You know all of those commercials you see from the top four wireless carriers bragging about how fast their LTE data speeds are and how wide their LTE footprints are? There’s no question that LTE service has gotten better over the past few years, but you’ll be shocked to learn just how far behind the rest of the world America has fallen when it comes to LTE data speeds. More →
The device pictured in the image you see above might look a bit primitive, but it’s actually a prototype built to showcase technology that may very well be the future of touchscreens. Researchers from Technische Universität Berlin in Berlin, Germany built the device, which offers a brilliant solution for touchscreens by giving them real physical buttons that appear temporarily when you need them, and then vanish when you don’t. More →
What should you do if your smartphone stops working after you drop it in water? That’s easy: You should put it in rice to dry off… or should you? While we’ve heard many success stories about people drying off their phones by putting them in rice, at least one study claims there are more efficient ways to dry out your soaked device. More →
In 2013, Samsung launched the Galaxy Round smartphone with a flexible display… though the phone really didn’t have any legitimate reason to exist. As we’ve seen happen a few times in the years since Samsung first entered the smartphone market, the company created a consumer device that included new technology it had been developing, but the company didn’t bother to first determine how that new technology might be made useful.
We’ve seen a few phones with flexible displays launch since then, the most recent among them being the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge plus. Of course, while curved edges on a smartphone display supply a great differentiated look, they don’t offer much utility.
Now, however, there’s a phone that bends with purpose. More →
Look, we know that having your smartphone’s battery go into the red is something that makes you deeply anxious — we’ve been there many times ourselves. But at some point, you’ll just have to accept the fact that the device is going to go into low-power mode and you’ll only be able to use it for the barest of necessities such as making important phone calls to friends and family. This simple concept was apparently too much for one smartphone user attending a Broadway show to handle, however, as he climbed up on the stage before the start of the performance and tried to charge his device in a fake outlet that was part of the show’s set. More →
The iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S6 typically dominate the discussion about the world’s best smartphones but you don’t have to pay top dollar to get a quality device. Popular YouTube gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee has gone through his stash of low-cost smartphones and has picked out five gems that deliver good performance and amazing value for $300 or less. More →
When it comes to using your cell phone abroad, international travel has gotten much less painful in recent history. Several U.S. wireless carriers offer more wallet-friendly international roaming plans than they have in the past, but there are always caveats and limitations. For example, T-Mobile recently added free unlimited data in more than 100 countries for Simple Choice plan holders, but it’s only low-speed 2G data. If you want faster data speeds, it’ll cost you $100 per GB — and those rates can climb even higher with other carriers.
As it turns out, however, there are some ways to save money while traveling abroad. More →
If your job was to teach a class and all of your students spent the entire time playing with their smartphones, you’d probably be pretty fed up as well. This is why we have some sympathy for Dean Liptak, a Florida science teacher who recently got in trouble for jamming his students’ smartphones in class after Verizon complained that someone at his school was interfering with its network. More →
It’s always fun reading contrarian hot takes that tell us why certain major companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google are doomed to fail. The hottest take we’ve read this week comes to us from venture capitalist Ed Fernandez, who writes over at CNBC that the smartphone industry is essentially “over” and that Apple is in danger of going down in flames like BlackBerry did circa 2011. More →
Carrier subsidies can be awfully tempting — after all, who doesn’t want to get a brand-new smartphone for just $200? But Droid Life makes a good case that they’re also a temptation you should resist because the value of having an unlocked smartphone is just too good over the long haul to pass up. More →
Believe it or not, quality apps really are worth paying for. If you want proof, look no further than new research that shows how ad-supported free apps are a significant drain on your smartphone’s battery and memory — and they use up a lot more mobile data compared to apps without ads as well. More →
Ever since the iPhone became a bonafide hit, critics and tech pundits have been predicting that it was only a matter of time before Apple’s iconic smartphone would fall from grace. Whether it was Apple’s staunch refusal to support mobile flash or the company’s admittedly bizarre App Store rejection policies, there has never been a shortage of reasons tech pundits have clung to in order to bolster their claims that some competing smartphone would finally be the “iPhone killer” the world has been waiting for.
Want to buy a new smartphone but are confused by all the options you have at your disposal? If so, then you really out to check out this awesome interactive chart posted over at Product Chart that will help you narrow down your choices and find the smartphone of your dreams. More →