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 →
Remember when we called Motorola’s Moto Hint one of the 10 best accessories you could buy ahead of the holidays? Bluetooth headsets might be considered nerdy or geeky by some, but if you don’t already have one you might want to consider investing in a good one as soon as possible.
Why is there such urgency? It’s because the screen on your smartphone is basically a vile, putrid, disgusting Petri dish. More →
The world of contraband electronics probably isn’t one that you’re familiar with, but if you read about smartphones on a regular basis, you’re bound to come across stories of black markets all around the world selling devices for hundreds of dollars more than they’re worth. This is one of the most interesting we’ve ever read. More →
Looking for a last-minute gift that doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet? Hugely popular YouTube gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee has you covered. In his latest video on last-minute holiday tech gifts, Brownlee lists a bunch of different products and accessories that are relative steals and cost $50 or less. More →
Marques Brownlee has earned a lot of well deserved praise for his terrific gadget video reviews and now he’s put out another one that takes us back through the year that was in smartphones. At the end of the day, Brownlee lists the HTC One (M8) as the year’s best overall phone, followed by the 2014 Moto X, the iPhone 6 and the LG G3. More →
One of the interesting things about smartphone subsidies is that they’ve essentially convinced many people that they’re getting a steal when they buy a smartphone for $200 with a two-year service agreement, even though they’re making up the difference by being obligated to pay the carrier’s contract rate over the next 24 months. Now gadget trade-in website Gazelle has shared some new survey data with us that suggests many us are completely clueless when it comes to how much we’re really paying for our smartphones. More →