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 the best Windows Phones for various price ranges. 2014 saw some change in the Windows Phone market, with the dominant player Nokia being purchased by Microsoft earlier this year. Microsoft also made some changes to the platform to make it easier to build a Windows Phone from scratch with the Qualcomm reference platform, and they changed the hardware requirements of the software to allow device makers to port their Android based smartphones over to Microsoft’s platform.

Google IO 2014 Day 2 Recap Video

I just finished up another day at Google IO and wanted to share a few tidbits prior to getting this stuff down in text. I spend a little bit...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/26/2014

Google IO 2014 Day 1 Recap Video

I just got back from a day at Moscone West listening to Google present updates on Android on nearly all screens. I recorded a brief video recapping some of...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2014

HTC Commits to Android L For One (M7) and (M8)

In a rather surprising move, HTC is the first OEM to promise an update to Android L. HTC has stated that this policy is part of their HTC Advantage...

11 by Joshua Ho on 6/25/2014

Google Reveals Details About Android L at Google IO

Today at Google I/O many of Google's designers and engineers took to the stage to give the world a few previews of the new design and features that will...

22 by Brandon Chester on 6/25/2014

Microsoft Launches Nokia X2 Dual SIM Smartphone

Today Microsoft announced a second iteration of the Nokia X family of low end smartphones they first announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. The new device is...

14 by Brett Howse on 6/24/2014

Samsung Launches the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A: First Snapdragon 805 Phone, First 20nm Modem

While this launch is Korea-only, Samsung recently announced a new version of their Galaxy S5 smartphone, dubbed the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A. Naming aside, this makes this phone the...

40 by Joshua Ho on 6/19/2014

Manual Camera Controls in iOS 8

For the longest time, iOS had almost no camera controls at all. There would be a toggle for HDR, a toggle to switch to the front-facing camera, and a...

42 by Joshua Ho on 6/18/2014

Micromax Moves Forward With Windows Phone For India

At MWC this year, Microsoft announced it was partnering with several new companies to bring additional Windows Phone devices to market. At BUILD, they announced an additional two companies...

13 by Brett Howse on 6/16/2014

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 Review: Incredible Battery Life & Value

The commoditization of the smartphone segment has been predicted for more than a while now. It's almost obvious in a way though, especially when one looks at the progression...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Joshua Ho on 6/12/2014

Best Smartphones: Spring 2014

The major product launches for this spring are now behind us. This gives us the opportunity to evaluate the current smartphone market and identify the best smartphones in that...

46 by Brett Howse on 6/5/2014

HTC Hits a Lower Price with the One (E8)

Today, HTC announced the HTC One (E8), a phone that is effectively aimed at providing the One (M8) spec at a lower price point. While the phone doesn’t keep...

20 by Joshua Ho on 6/3/2014

Smartphone Audio Testing - HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5

Since our initial testing of smartphone audio, I’ve had a lot more time to play with the APx582 from Audio Precision. I’ve also received far more feedback than I...

78 by Chris Heinonen on 6/2/2014

Computex 2014: New Transformer Book V from ASUS

One of the interesting dynamics in the mobile device industry is the integration of several form-factors in the same device. ASUS has been a major proponent in this...

14 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

A Closer Look at the G3's IR Laser Auto Focus System

Earlier today LG announced its 2014 flagship: the G3. Based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801, the G3 features a 5.5" 2560 x 1440 display and a host of other improvements...

16 by Joshua Ho on 5/27/2014

LG G3: Launch and Hands On

Today LG announced the LG G3, the successor to their 2013 flagship smartphone the LG G2. Like other OEMs, LG is emphasizing that the device is going back to...

55 by Brandon Chester & Ian Cutress on 5/27/2014

HTC One mini 2 Review

Last year around this time, HTC had yet to release a mini version of their flagship phones. As OEMs continued to push bigger and bigger displays into bigger phones...

75 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Joshua Ho on 5/26/2014

SIM Card Adapters Reviewed

A few weeks ago, I was genuinely questioning what SIM adapter I should buy. After all, while a SIM adapter is generally cheap and also a relatively simple product...

24 by Joshua Ho on 5/24/2014

Some Thoughts on Half-Life 2 and Portal on Shield

If you talked to me seven years ago, the concept of phone games beyond Snake and basic flash games would've been beyond me. That wasn’t really on my mind...

40 by Joshua Ho on 5/22/2014

HTC One mini 2 Announcement

Today, HTC is launching the HTC One mini 2, a phone that is supposed to be a smaller version of the HTC One (M8), both in price and size...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Joshua Ho on 5/15/2014

Motorola Introduces the Moto E: The $129 Smartphone for Everyone

It doesn't seem like it was long ago that everyone was excited by rumors of a new Motorola phone after Google's short-lived acquisition of the company in May 2012...

37 by Brandon Chester on 5/13/2014

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