The death march of BlackBerry’s handset business was closely chronicled by BGR for a long period of time. We gave the world an inside look at the company’s downfall after it failed to pivot when Apple’s iPhone changed the smartphone market, and now those early missteps have finally led to today. As BlackBerry reported a fiscal second-quarter net loss of $372 million on Wednesday morning, the company confirmed that it will cease all internal smartphone development and stop making smartphones. More →
If you have an iPhone 7 or an iPhone 7 Plus, you’ve probably noticed by now that something is missing from this year’s iPhones that had been present on every single iPhone up until this point. That’s right, the standard 3.5mm headphone jack you used to plug your headphones and aux cables into is no more. Shocking, we know.
Okay, so Apple’s move to ditch the standard audio port didn’t come as much of a surprise following months of rumors suggesting that would be the case. Even still, there are some people out there who are very annoyed at Apple’s decision, regardless of how “courageous” it may (or may not) have been. But if you own or plan to purchase an iPhone 7 — or any iPhone in the future — it’s time to get over it. You can either use the Lightning headphones in the box, buy a new pair of Lightning headphones, buy wireless headphones, or use the headphone adapter that came in the box with your iPhone. If you decide to go with that last option, we’ll show you how to make sure that you don’t lose it. More →
How are you enjoying those new iPhone 7s and iPhone 7 Pluses, Apple fans? Well guess what, some sweet new apps can make your older iPhone model feel brand new again, and it won’t cost you $650+. In fact, it won’t even cost you a penny — check out today’s list of the best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. More →
When Apple unveiled its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus earlier this month at its bug press conference in San Francisco, it was immediately clear that the larger iPhone 7 Plus model is the star of the show this year. Both new phones are impressive, of that there is little doubt. But the bigger iPhone packs a class-leading new dual camera setup that is arguably the best smartphone camera the world has ever seen.
Among the new features shown off by Apple was a “portrait mode” setting that creates a “bokeh” effect on photos similar to what you might see in photos captured by a DSLR. In fact, Apple has mentioned DSLR cameras a few times when discussing the new iPhone 7 Plus camera. Is it fair to mention Apple’s new dual lens camera system in the same breath as a DSLR, or is Apple just overhyping its latest iPhone? It’s time to find out. More →
Xiaomi is a name that smartphone users in the United States likely aren’t very familiar with. The company makes stunning Android phones that feature flagship power and specs, and it sells them at shockingly low prices. Why haven’t you ever seen one of Xiaomi’s phones in the US? Because the company built a multi-billion dollar smartphone business based on shamelessly copying everything Apple does, so it would likely be sued into oblivion if it had tried to sell its phones in the US market. One time, Xiaomi even had an executive in a black mock turtleneck and jeans unveil a new smartphone at a press conference. No, seriously.
Outside the US, Xiaomi just unveiled its latest flagship smartphone. It looks like it will instantly become a smash hit when it’s released, featuring a sleek design and killer specs. But the most interesting thing about the new Xiaomi Mi 5s may very well be the fact that it touts one of the hottest new features expected to come to next year’s new iPhone 8. More →
Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 was the most impressive smartphone the world had ever seen when it was first released over the summer. The phone featured a sleek design, a stunning display and more power than we had ever seen before in an Android smartphone. When we reviewed the Galaxy Note 7 back in mid-August, we called it the best phablet the world had ever seen, hands down, iPhones included.
Then, phones began to explode.
BGR was among the first to cover news that a Note 7 handset had combusted while a user was charging the phone, and at the time, some people dismissed the incident as a fluke. When reports of similar explosions began popping up, however, Samsung had no choice but to issue a global recall. Now, in an update, Samsung has reported that the recall is progressing but there are still hundreds of thousands of potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7 handsets in the hands of users. More →
Google’s official YouTube apps for iOS and Android are always wildly popular, but people who pay attention to app store rankings regularly see third-party YouTube apps come and go on the top free app lists. The official YouTube apps are so well-designed and they pack all the great features Google wants YouTube users to have, so why are Android and iOS users so interested in third-party apps? Simply put, people want the ability to save videos for offline playback, and Google’s official YouTube apps don’t support this key feature.
With a new app from Google called YouTube Go, Google has finally added this great capability. But there’s just one teeny, tiny problem: You can’t have it. More →
When I reviewed Apple’s iPhone 6 two years ago, I wrote about how different reviewing an iPhone is compared to reviewing any other smartphone — or any other product at all, for that matter. A reviewer’s job is generally to present an overview of a product’s user experience, as well as to discuss strengths and shortcomings. The goal in doing this is to assist the reader in making a purchase decision. But with iPhones, this hasn’t been the case since the first-generation model. Either someone is going to buy an iPhone or he or she is not; reviews have almost no bearing on anyone’s decision.
Interestingly, while Apple’s new iPhone 7 is the first new number-generation iPhones to resemble their predecessors so closely in terms of design, they are also the first new iPhones to differ so dramatically in this way: reviews actually do matter. Apple’s new iPhones look so similar to last year’s models and to 2014’s models that people aren’t quite sure what to make of them.
Are they really “boring,” like many gadget blogs have been saying for months? Or are they truly as impressive as Apple’s marketing rhetoric and Apple bloggers’ reviews would lead you to believe? In this review, we’ll cut through the noise and see just how impressive or disappointing Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are. More →
Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were released just under a week ago and they instantly became the hottest new smartphones in the world. As is always the case at launch, Apple can’t even come close to keeping up with demand and people are having a very difficult time finding the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus models they’re looking for. Of course, we told you about a little secret that makes it much, much easier to find the new iPhone you’re looking for.
If you’re among the millions of people lucky enough to have taken delivery of your shiny new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, congrats. The odds are good that you’re enjoying it already, but we’re going to show you a handful of apps that will make your experience even more enjoyable. More →
There are some things hiding in Apple’s new iOS 10 software that iPhone and iPad users still don’t have access to. That’s right, dark mode, we’re looking at you. The much sought-after dark user interface mode that was found buried in the code from Apple’s first iOS 10 beta back in June still hasn’t managed to see the light of day. Who knows when we might finally see dark mode make its way to iPhones and iPads around the world? In the meantime though, there are plenty of other features hiding in iOS 10 that users actually have access to, and learning about them will help you get the most out of your iPhone or iPad.
We already showed you dozens of secret features in Apple’s various iOS 10 apps, and now we’re back with a new list of hidden gestures that are going to change the way you use your iOS device. More →
Today’s batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for a limited time might be the best list we’ve put together in a while. There are plenty of high-quality iOS apps on sale for free today, and you’ll find the 10 best ones in this post. There are also a few remaining freebies in Tuesday’s post, so be sure to check back in that one for even more options. More →
The second half of 2016 has been very interesting as far as flagship smartphones go. First Samsung released the sleekest and most impressive smartphone the world had ever seen, but had to subsequently recall it because some units were exploding. The Note 7 is now back on sale in the US but having left destroyed cars, injured users and even a burnt down house in its wake, the phone may never gain back the momentum it had.
Then Apple launched its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but supply was so tight that Apple didn’t have a single iPhone 7 Plus model available to purchase in stores on launch day. Things are getting a bit better now and we recently showed you how to find the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus model you want, but good luck finding a Jet Black iPhone anytime soon.
Launch issues aside, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are still the phones to beat now that they’ve launched. In this post, we’ll look at several ways Apple’s new phones are unbeatable, even when pitted against Samsung’s best flagship Galaxy phones. More →
Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have only been available in stores for a few days now, but we’ve already seen enough to know that Apple meant everything its executives said when discussing the new iPhone cameras on stage during the iPhone 7 event earlier this month. We’re still waiting for professional camera review sites like DPReview to put the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras through the paces, but it’s fair to say that they’re among the best smartphone cameras that have ever existed. Their only peers are likely Samsung’s cameras on the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy Note 7, but it’s too soon to say which bests its rivals.
In the meantime, let’s sit back and enjoy some of the stunning photography we’ve seen hit the web since people began taking delivery of their new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets. More →