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Xiaomi may have forfeited the top spot to Huawei as China's largest smartphone player, but that doesn't mean the company is throwing in the towel and conceding defeat. Just the opposite, Xiaomi has come out swinging with the Redmi Note 3, a premium-looking handset with some high-end features and a budget price tag.The Redmi Note 3 follows the modern design philosophy of top-tier competitors like Samsung and Apple with a metallic and glass construction that's thin (8.65mm) and light (164g). It also boasts a sizable 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p display, which is the same size and resolution as the iPhone... Read more...
Trying to figure out the best wireless carrier and plan for your budget involves wading through a bunch of smoke and mirrors. All of the major carriers talk a big game with fancy sounding plans and special promotions, but you have to be on the lookout for hidden costs. One of the most annoying fees is the cost of activation. Verizon customers have been able to duck an activation fee when signing up with a device payment plan, but that might be changing..New customers who sign up with Verizon on a device payment plan will have to pony up an additional $20 for a one-time activation fee. That's on... Read more...
Not long ago, we kicked the tires on Motorola’s well-received Moto X Pure Edition. The smartphone impressed us with its Quad HD display and overall build quality, as well as its $399 price tag, which places it more reasonably below the lofty prices of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6S lines. Today, we’re taking a look at two new smartphones from the Lenovo-owned Motorola - the Droid Turbo 2 and the Droid Maxx 2, which bring their own unique value proposition. Whereas the Moto X Pure Edition isn’t carrier-specific, the Turbo 2 and Maxx 2 are part of the Verizon Droid line. The Turbo 2, which... Read more...
Has the smartphone market reached a point of diminishing returns? Time will tell, though according to market research firm Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments only grew 10 percent to 354 million units in the third quarter of 2015. That sounds like a lot, but it actually represents the industry's slowest growth rate "since the depths of the global economic recession back in 2009."It's tough to get a beat on the smartphone market. While Strategy Analytics notes a slowed rate of growth due to increasing penetration in major markets of the U.S., Europe, and China, there's some conflicting... Read more...
There are few things that will strike fear in the heart of even the toughest son of a gun. One is looking over your schedule and discovering your next game is against the New England Patriots (just ask the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars, Cowboys, Colts, and Jets about that). And the second? That moment of horror when a smartphone slips from your grip and heads towards the pavement. Murphy's Law dictates that it's going to land glass side down, and at best, you'll be left with a functioning phone behind a shattered display. That's why the launch of Motorola's shatterproof Droid Turbo 2 earlier this week... Read more...
Google is prepping a new flagship phone for pre-order sale, the Nexus 6P, and it looks every bit a top-end device. Naturally the only logical thing to do with a high-tech handset loaded to the brim with cutting edge components is tear into the sucker and get a close-up look at its guts. Ah, but save yourself the cost and stress and disassembling a $500 device, it's already been done.Fresh off a teardown analysis of the Surface Pro 4, the gutty geeks at iFixIt turned their attention from tablets to smartphones by prying open the Nexus 6P. The teardown actually represents a first for the website... Read more...
In a perfect world, wireless carriers would do away with data caps altogether and there would be much rejoicing. Unfortunately that's not the way the wireless world works -- barring a pricey unlimited plan, we all pay for a set amount of data per month and adjust our usage accordingly. But what if it's not enough? You can upgrade your plan, go over your data allotment and pay any applicable penalties, or take surveys for more headroom.Say what now? The survey thing is new, at least in exchange for data. AT&T is the one playing around with the idea through a new program called Data Perks, which... Read more...
For the first time ever, Huawei is China's largest smartphone player, having surged to the top spot to replace Xiaomi in the third quarter of 2015, according to data presented by market research firm Canalys. Huawei's ascension to the top was fueled by a staggering 81 percent year-on-year shipment growth. Meanwhile, Xiaomi saw its phone shipments slide 8 percent in the third quarter, according to The Wall Street Journal, which read the full report by Canalys (it hasn't yet been published). That caused Xiaomi to slip into second place in China's smartphone market, though Canalys hasn't disclosed... Read more...
We've all seen a distracted motorist veer off into a neighboring lane because he or she was too involved with operating a smartphone to safely navigate an automobile, but would the person be any better off using hands-free technology? Car makers think so, though new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that motorists can remain distracted for nearly half a minute after using voice commands. "The lasting effects of mental distraction pose a hidden and pervasive danger that would likely come as a surprise to most drivers," said Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation... Read more...
Verizon can hardly contain its excitement over a new flagship that's coming its way. That flagship is the Droid Turbo 2, and while we'll get a full look at the handset during a joint press event between Verizon and Motorola next week, the wireless carrier posted a teaser video on Twitter that provides a clear view of the backside. The Droid Turbo 2 is shown falling in slow motion to the pavement, display side down, which would normally result in a cracked screen and a few obscenities, Presumably the Droid Turbo 2 will be able to withstand such a torture test, hence why Verizon is pitching the handset... Read more...
You don't need a crystal ball to figure out Apple will release a new iPhone handset every year. It's been doing it since the original came out in 2007, and starting with the iPhone 3G, Apple's naming convention has consisted of introducing a new model number every two years, with "s" variants in between. There was the iPhone 3GS in 2009, iPhone 4s in 2011 (the first to use a lowercase "s"), iPhone 5s (and iPhone 5c) in 2013, and now the iPhone 6s/6s Plus. The one thing that's been true of each "s" upgrade is they've all been faster than their predecessors while retaining the same overall exterior... Read more...
LG's flagship Nexus device for 2015, the Nexus 5X, is now on sale in the Google Store. Pricing starts at $379 for what's essentially a higher-end mid-range device, if that makes sense, and includes 16GB of built-in storage. For an extra $50 ($429 total), you can double up on storage and pick up the 32GB version.The Nexus 5X is an interesting product for the price. It has a 5.2-inch display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution (423 ppi) protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. Powering the handset is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz with Adreno 418 graphics and... Read more...
Oh no, a minority of insatiable data guzzling wireless users on Sprint's network are crowding up the joint and leaving no room for the other 97 percent of responsible users, something must be done! Right? Right!? We're paraphrasing a bit here, but that pretty much sums up the sentiment of Sprint's Chief Technology Officer, Dr. John Saw, who warned the wireless carrier's unlimited subscribers that using more than 23GB of data in any given month could have performance consequences. Sprint is implementing a real-time Quality of Service (QoS) scheme that kicks in when its cell sites are "constrained."... Read more...
The OnePlus team promised yet another smartphone model by the end of the year and it will announce that upcoming model later this month. Specifically, on October 29, which falls on a Thursday. That's the date OnePlus is teasing on Twitter, and it also appears on a handful of Chinese-language invitations. Each teaser photo with the October 29 date sports a giant illuminated X in the middle. It doesn't take a rocket scientist, or even a general purpose scientist, to figure out that OnePlus is gearing up to launch the rumored OnePlus X handset, which will be its second handset released in 2015 (the... Read more...
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