Smartphones

The LG G3 was probably the Android phone that was closest to getting everything right last year, but it ultimately fell short of being the “best Android phone”. The camera was the most balanced between the Galaxy S5 and One M8, the design wasn’t quite as nice as the One M8 but definitely better than the Galaxy S5, and LG’s UI fit in relatively well with Android 4.4. The one flaw that held it back was ultimately the display, which was probably responsible for a lot of the problems that I noticed in the G3. Battery life wasn’t as good as the competition, which was probably due to the new 1440p display. The display itself wasn’t all that impressive either, as there was significant saturation...

Apple Q1 FY 2015 Financial Results: Record iPhone Sales Drive Record Earnings

Apple announced its earnings today for their first quarter of fiscal year 2015, with the quarter ending on December 27th 2014. This was a huge quarter for them, with...

30 by Brett Howse on 1/27/2015

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3 With Bug Fixes and Reduced Storage Requirements

Today Apple sent out the newest version of iOS to all devices capable of running versions of iOS 8. This update brings iOS to version 8.1.3, and like the...

13 by Brandon Chester on 1/27/2015

Microsoft VP Details Windows 10 Update for Windows Phone Users

Microsoft used its Lumia Conversations blog today to give some of the details for the upcoming software update for Windows Phone, which will be moved to Windows 10. Chris...

22 by Brett Howse on 1/22/2015

Dropbox Releases App for Windows Phone

Late last year Dropbox announced that they had entered into a partnership with Microsoft. When this partnership was announced, the first benefit that it brought to consumers was Dropbox...

6 by Brandon Chester on 1/21/2015

Google Updates Docs Apps With Improved Functionality and Touch ID Support

Today Google has issued an update to their Docs, Sheets, and Slides applications on iOS and Android. These productivity apps were some of the first to receive Material Design...

0 by Brandon Chester on 1/21/2015

Google Updates Chrome for iOS With Material Design and Handoff

Google has updated Chrome for iOS to version 40, specifically version 40.0.2214.61. With it comes a number of improvements that definitely justify the major increase in version number. The...

14 by Brandon Chester on 1/20/2015

Samsung CES Booth Tour: Tablets, Phones, and Core M ATIV Book 9

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Samsung’s booth is what they weren’t showing: laptops. They had exactly one laptop on display, the new ATIV Book 9 with Core M-5Y10c...

45 by Jarred Walton on 1/19/2015

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

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