The Lumia 830 was launched by Microsoft at the IFA trade show in September. As seems to be the norm for most Nokia phones, it has taken a short while for announced phones to be generally available, but the Lumia 830 can now be found in many markets. When it was announced in September, it was marketed as an “affordable flagship” and we will take a look and see how it lives up to that kind of marketing. But marketing phrases aside, what we are left with is one of the best Nokia phones launched this year.

Encryption and Storage Performance in Android 5.0 Lollipop

As alluded to in our Nexus 6 review, our normal storage performance benchmark was no longer giving valid results as of Android 5.0. While Androbench was not a perfect...

90 by Brandon Chester & Joshua Ho on 11/20/2014

The OnePlus One Review

The OnePlus One has been one of the most hyped smartphones of 2014. There's really not much else to be said, as OnePlus' marketing has been quite noticeable amongst...

144 by Joshua Ho on 11/19/2014

Motorola Begins Rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop

Motorola has done a good job with keeping their devices updated. The fact that they don't ship dozens of different devices and use software that is close to what...

18 by Brandon Chester on 11/12/2014

Samsung Introduces Gear VR Innovator Edition for the U.S.

Today Samsung announced that their Gear VR Innovator Edition will be available in the United States starting in early December of this year. The Gear VR Innovator Edition is...

9 by Brandon Chester on 11/12/2014

The Nexus 6 Review

When consumers think of Google's Nexus devices, they think about the promise of receiving the latest updates for Android essentially as soon as they release. They also think about...

128 by Brandon Chester on 11/12/2014

HTC Offers The HTC One M8 For $299 In The Latest HTC Hot Deal

Last week HTC launched their new HTC Hot Deals website which offers deals on HTC products every Tuesday. The first deal was an offer that put their newly released...

13 by Brandon Chester on 11/11/2014

Microsoft Reveals The Lumia 535 Low Cost Smartphone

It has been a while since the official Nokia smartphone acquisition was completed, but to date all of the current Lumia phones have carried the Nokia brand alongside Lumia...

24 by Brett Howse on 11/10/2014

Apple Releases Web Tool for Deactivating iMessage

Not long ago the internet was abuzz with articles and posts about Apple’s issues with iMessage. Users were concerned about not getting texts from iPhone users if they switched...

13 by Brandon Chester on 11/9/2014

Quick Note: Android Camera2 and Support For External ISPs

While we've written about Android's Camera2 API before, there was one notable aspect of the discussion that was missing. The missing piece was a discussion of the physical link...

7 by Joshua Ho on 11/9/2014

Samsung Launches the Gear Circle in the U.S.

Samsung has announced the availability of their Gear Circle Bluetooth headphones in the United States. The Gear Circle is a pair of Bluetooth earbuds that are worn around the...

11 by Brandon Chester on 11/5/2014

Google Updates Gmail With Material Design and Support for IMAP and Exchange

Google's applications like Gmail, Camera, and Chrome are likely applications that came on your Android phone when you first purchased it. But unlike iOS where Apple has to ship...

36 by Brandon Chester on 10/31/2014

Samsung Announces the Galaxy A5 and A3 With Full Metal Unibody Designs

Today Samsung announced two new smartphones that fit into their portfolio of mid-range devices. They are the Galaxy A3 and A5. Normally there's not a lot to get excited...

32 by Brandon Chester on 10/31/2014

Lenovo Completes Motorola Mobility Purchase

Back towards the start of this year, Lenovo announced that it would be acquiring Motorola Mobility from Google. Motorola Mobility, the phone and gadget arm of Motorola, would be...

10 by Ryan Smith on 10/30/2014

Motorola and Verizon Announce the Droid Turbo

Verizon and Motorola have always had a close relationship. The smartphones in Motorola's Droid line are typically exclusive to the carrier, and they helped make Verizon a heavy supporter...

34 by Brandon Chester on 10/28/2014

Apple Releases iOS 8.1 With Bug Fixes and New Features

Today Apple released iOS 8.1, the first major update to iOS 8 which launched in September alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Prior to 8.1 we got a...

22 by Brandon Chester on 10/20/2014

Thin is the New Thin: Hands On with the 5.15mm KAZAM Tornado 348

My take on thin phones is not a positive one. This comes from two main areas. Firstly I like my phone to have some form of bulk – this...

25 by Ian Cutress on 10/16/2014

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review

At this point, the Galaxy Note line needs little introduction. After all, the Galaxy Note is Samsung’s biggest success in mobile. While Apple redefined the smartphone and tablet segment...

192 by Joshua Ho on 10/15/2014

Sony Announces the Xperia Z3v for Verizon

Consumers in the United States have typically been unable to purchase Sony smartphones if their carrier is Verizon. The carrier's lineup has been devoid of any Xperia offerings for...

23 by Brandon Chester on 10/9/2014

HTC Silently Adds HTC One (M8 EYE) To Chinese Store

At HTC's Double Exposure event in New York we saw the launch of the Desire EYE, a smartphone with a serious focus on the camera. HTC has silently put...

8 by Brandon Chester on 10/9/2014

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