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It might be hard for many of us to believe, but some people out there still love using flip-phones. I am not sure if it's an issue of function, or simply nostalgia, but it appears there's still an ample enough market for flip-phones that LG has decided to release one using the latest and greatest version of Android, 5.1 Lollipop. As far as flip-phones go, I think this latest one, called Gentle, hits all the right marks. It looks good (and would have been amazing ten-years-ago), and it has nice bubbly buttons for the sake of good feedback. Of course, one thing to set this phone apart from phones... Read more...
The folks at OnePlus haven't just proven that they're capable of producing a great smartphone, they've proven that they're marketing geniuses. Despite the fact that the OnePlus One was the company's first-ever smartphone, its "Never Settle" tagline and exclusivity made it one hot product. I couldn't believe the number of people I knew that were either offering or looking for invites - it was great to see so much hype around a smartphone not produced by a fruit-inspired company. Despite the enormous success of the OnePlus One, its invite system left a lot to be desired. Earlier this month, company... Read more...
If the multitude of companies telling us are to be believed, mobile payments are going to be a huge part of our future. It's not exactly hard to understand why. Most of us tote around a phone at all times, and in some cases, it might be easier to take out of a pocket than a wallet. But, with most things that are convenient, there are some caveats to be aware of. In this case, the biggest one is security. While Samsung has proven in the past that it doesn't mine compromising its users' security, where money's concerned, it means business. So, to prevent possible exploitation, it's been discovered... Read more...
It almost seems impossible nowadays for a company to keep a product under wraps until it's officially meant to be unveiled, and one recent example is with Motorola's third-gen Moto G. While we learned last week about its expected specs, the company itself leaked even more information, all revolving around customization. As a recap, the third-gen Moto G will sport a 1080p display, a Snapdragon 610 SoC, and a sweet boost to 2GB of RAM. While 8GB will be the default storage option, users will be able to expand it up to 128GB with the use of a microSD card. On its own website, Motorola has revealed... Read more...
Most of the attention in the smartphone space gets placed on Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets and Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models. It's sometimes easy to forget that there are other mobile phone makers competing in the high end space too, and to help consumers remember that fact, LG Electronics is readying a new flagship device.Apparently LG's next mobile handset won't just be a smartphone, but a "super premium phone," which the company plans to release sometime this year (sooner rather than later). The mention of a super premium phone has stirred up speculation... Read more...
Microsoft has sky-high ambitions with Windows 10, due out next Wednesday, and that goes for mobile just as much as it does for the desktop. It needs to have some attractive smartphones on the market if it's going to make a real impression on people, and beyond that, they need to boast higher-end specs. No one gets excited over a budget phone. We've talked in the past about the upcoming Lumia 940 and 940 XL, and based on what we've learned up to this point, both phones look to be quite good. But, as we're now learning, models sporting those names might not even exist. Instead, Microsoft could go... Read more...
Motorola is getting ready to unveil new mobile devices, which we know because it's been sending members of the press invitations to a livestream event scheduled to take place on July 28 (next Tuesday) at a bright and early 6 AM Pacific. While nothing has yet been confirmed, it's generally believed that Motorola will unveil a new Moto 360 smartwatch and a new handset or two.Speculation is all over the place on what smartphone Motorola will unveil. Some believe it will be the a third generation Moto G, while others are holding firm that a third generation Moto X (see our review of the second generation... Read more...
We all have that one friend or family member that's notorious for accidentally calling from their smartphone every so often without realizing it. Known as butt dialing (or pocket dialing if you want to be a little more tactful), the polite thing to do once you realize what happened is to hang up the phone so you don't end up hearing something you shouldn't. Or you could throw manners out the window and continue to listen to a private conversation, which may not be entirely moral, but it's not illegal.A federal appeals court in Ohio ruled that a person who accidentally pocket dials does not have... Read more...
Many Android users I know like to stick with Google's official Nexus phones, and every single one of them cite the same reasons for it: a clean user interface. It's true; Nexus devices are the go-to for experiencing Android as it's meant to be, similar to how Microsoft sells "Signature" desktops and notebooks that deliver the experience it wants you to have. Ultimately, both Microsoft and Google have the same goal with their respective lines: that lack of bloat. Well, it seems like Sony might be catching onto the perks of this. In a new blog post, the company writes that it is going to be... Read more...
Anticipation is running high for the OnePlus 2, the forthcoming successor to the popular OnePlus One, and that's exactly by design. One thing the OnePlus team is really good at is building up excitement, which it accomplishes through periodic updates that offer just enough information to get fans talking again. However, it's Chinese telecom regulator TENAA that gets credit for the latest leak.The Chinese-language website posted several photos of the OnePlus 2, along with a bit information on the specs, some of which had already been previously confirmed. Given that the pictures are appearing fairly... Read more...
In a move that is sure to tick off customers, AT&T is reportedly preparing to hike its upgrade and activation fees for standard postpaid subscribers, and will also impose a seemingly arbitrary activation cost to its Next and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) customers. The additional fees aren't significant, but they're the type of thing that makes the wireless industry as a whole look bad.What we're talking about here is a $5 bump to AT&T's upgrade/activation fee for customers signed up to one- and two-year service contracts, which puts the cost at $45 instead of $40. What's another $5, right? ... Read more...
Adding to its portfolio of "Rugged" Latitude notebooks, Dell has just announced the release of a tablet that falls into the same series. The Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet's goals are obvious: it's designed to work in a variety of environments and handle a bit of abuse - should some come its way. This Windows-based tablet features Intel's fifth-gen Core M processors under-the-hood, and with its dual 2-cell batteries, it can last for up to 12 hours. Its screen is 11.6-inch and can be viewed outside, although the press release doesn't mention a resolution. It's probably safe to say that it will be 1080p,... Read more...
If you live in Canada, go ahead and stop reading now to avoid any feelings of jealously and resentment. That's because Samsung is offering one heck of a bundle offer to U.S. residents -- purchase a select 4K SUHD television and receive a 32GB Galaxy S6 smartphone for free, zip, zilch, nada! That's a tantalizing offer that could be of interest to anyone shopping a TV or phone.It's an especially good deal if you're looking to upgrade your aging television to a 4K Ultra HD model. The only caveat is that you have to stick with a handful of specific models, those being the Samsung JS9500 (65-inch),... Read more...
Whether your old tablet is starting to spit and sputter or you're looking to buy a slate for the first time, you have a lot of options to choose from. And if you can hold off until next month, you can add Samsung's newly unveiled Galaxy Tab S2 in two different size options -- 9.7 inches and 8 inches -- to the list of potential candidates. The ongoing trend among mobile device makers is to build increasingly thin and light models, and according to Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S2 boasts the thinnest and lightest metal frame of its size on the market. It has a thickness of just 5.6mm and checks in at just... Read more...
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