Why I Finally Starting Stopped Changing Phone Every Three Months
Dec10

Why I Finally Starting Stopped Changing Phone Every Three Months

When you write tech for a living you get the chance to test a ton of new phones and after a while the device you are carrying starts to look like chop liver and you want just the latest and greatest. For the past three years I have been trapped in that cycle and haven't kept a smartphone for more than three months during that period. In fact I have sold some phones and bought the same one again 2 months later. Finally I stopped the...

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YotaPhone 2 Lands in Europe at a Cost
Dec03

YotaPhone 2 Lands in Europe at a Cost

The YotaPhone 2 is one of the more curious smartphones on the market at the moment, a new version of the original dual-display YotaPhone. The dual screen idea will be explored by other companies such as Meizu this year, but at the moment the YotaPhone is the only game in town. The device has long been promised for the European market and is now seems that it is happening as the company behind the handset stuck to its December 3rd roll...

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Budget Handsets Still Hold Sway in Emerging Markets
Dec02

Budget Handsets Still Hold Sway in Emerging Markets

While the flagship end of the smartphone market is the most exciting, you may have noticed that the budget side is becoming more vibrant and companies are focusing on it more and more. That was certainly not the case two years ago as getting a solid budget smartphone was a very hard thing to do. Now, almost every major player in the mobile world (Apple aside) is building entry level and budget devices at a rapid rate. HTC, Sony,...

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Sonim XP7 Extreme is a Rugged Go Anywhere Smartphone
Nov26

Sonim XP7 Extreme is a Rugged Go Anywhere Smartphone

Your smartphone doesn’t always need to be a sexy device that looks at home on the catwalk, some just need to fulfil a certain job. Using an HTC One M8 out when scaling Mount Everest or crossing the Sahara is probably not going to end well, so you will want to get something a bit more up to the task. Sure, company's like Samsung try doing the rugged stuff, but those are jokes for the true outdoorsman, who typically need something like...

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Stylus for Phones? Why Are We Going Backwards?
Nov13

Stylus for Phones? Why Are We Going Backwards?

Recently thanks to Samsung and it's PR machine all of a sudden we have a new generation of mobile device consumers that think that convenience means doing the extra step of pulling a stylus out of your phone to do what can do with your finger. (which is already "on hand") But isn't this going backwards? The last major release phone I can remember to include a stylus was the Nokia 5800 and that was back in 2008.  The stylus is device...

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MMS Message Now Working For Most North American Carriers

One of the few truly consistent things for Android user across the board is the Google suite of apps and services that come with almost every Android device sold.  One of these which is becoming more and more useful is Google Voice and it work pretty darn well here in North America expect for one thing.....MMS messaging.  That is about to change. According to reports MMS on Google Voice will now work with "100 different North American...

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