Smartphones

VAIO, the former PC division of Sony and now an independent supplier of PCs, this week announced plans to introduce its first smartphone in Japan this spring. The company will use Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile operating system and will target business users with its VAIO Phone Biz handsets. VAIO intends to capitalize on Microsoft’s eco-system in order to offer products that will not directly compete against smartphones running Apple iOS or Google Android. VAIO will promote its smartphones together with Microsoft and local operators in Japan. One of the selling points of the VAIO Phone Biz will be its support for the Continuum technology, which lets users to connect their smartphones to large displays or televisions using Miracast technology, HDMI/DisplayPort outputs, USB type-C ports or...

Microsoft Launches Two Additional Low Cost Lumia Smartphones

The Lumia brand has a couple of new additions to compliment the already dizzying array of devices launched in the last year. Those waiting for a new flagship to...

14 by Brett Howse on 1/14/2015

Samsung Announces the Galaxy A7

The smartphone space is not as it was a few years ago. There's increasing competition from vendors based in countries like China and India who can put out high...

9 by Brandon Chester on 1/12/2015

A Quick Look at Keyssa: Contactless USB 3.0

While we often don’t discuss startups, at CES we found a company called Keyssa that claims to have the technology to do away with wired connectors entirely. Normally, these...

18 by Joshua Ho on 1/9/2015

LG G Flex 2: Hands-on Impressions

With the announcement of the LG G Flex 2 at the LG Press Conference, we finally saw the launch of a device with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC. While the...

24 by Joshua Ho on 1/9/2015

Microsoft Demonstrates Updated Lumia Camera App At CES

Last night I got a chance to meet with Juha Alakarhu, head of the Lumia Imaging technologies, to get a demonstration of the updated Lumia Camera app that will...

16 by Brett Howse on 1/8/2015

MediaTek Demonstrates 120 Hz Mobile Display

While we often don’t deeply discuss MediaTek as a company, they are a major force in the mobile space. Their SoCs are widely used in the mid-range and budget...

31 by Joshua Ho & Brandon Chester on 1/7/2015

HTC Announces the Desire 826

Yesterday at CES, HTC announced the newest device in their lineup of Desire smartphones. Years ago, HTC's flagship devices fell under the Desire brand. In recent years, the Desire...

40 by Brandon Chester on 1/6/2015

HP Sells Palm Brand To Alcatel OneTouch

We haven't heard much from Palm since they were purchased by HP in 2010. The Palm Pre 2 was unsuccessful, the Pre 3 was cancelled, and after the failure...

20 by Brandon Chester on 12/31/2014

Samsung Launches the Galaxy Note 4 LTE-A

Note: An earlier version of this article stated that this version of the Galaxy Note 4 used Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810. This is not the case, and the article had...

56 by Brandon Chester on 12/28/2014

Understanding Brightness in AMOLED and LCD Displays

While we generally avoid going into deep detail when it comes to our display testing, in light of statements that seemingly contradict our testing it becomes important to contextualize...

85 by Joshua Ho & Brandon Chester on 12/22/2014

T-Mobile Announces Uncarrier 8.0: Data Stash

Today in a live interview T-Mobile CEO John Legere has made his eighth major announcement in their line of Uncarrier programs that try to differentiate them from the business...

36 by Brandon Chester on 12/16/2014

Best Windows Phones: Holiday 2014

The end of 2014 is quickly approaching, so this is a great time to look back at the year that was in Windows Phone, and give our recommendation on...

38 by Brett Howse on 12/3/2014

The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 Review

It's been a while since I got the Mate 7 at IFA in Berlin and I have been using it on an off since then. As a new member...

72 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/2/2014

The Android 5.0 Lollipop Review

Google has been very busy with their expansion of Android as a platform this year. At Google IO we saw the announcement of endeavors like Android TV and Android...

126 by Brandon Chester on 12/1/2014

Nokia Lumia 830 Review

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...

97 by Brett Howse on 11/25/2014

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...

93 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...

148 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...

19 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

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