What Size Smartphone Do I Need

How to find the perfect smartphone for your hand size

By on March 27, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

How to find the perfect smartphone for your hand size

There are so many different sizes of smartphones these days that it can be tough to figure out which one is the best size for your particular hand. However, The Wall Street Journal’s Geoffrey Fouler has put together a terrific interactive test to help you decide which smartphone size is the right one for you. Your first step in the test is to make sure your display is properly calibrated by holding a quarter up to it and seeing whether it matches up with the quarter size used in the Journal’s test. Your next step is to measure the length of your thumb and then the length of your grip, which is the space between the crease in your thumb and your index finger’s middle joint. More →

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What Is The Best Smartphone Display

This is the real secret to making a killer smartphone display

By on March 3, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

This is the real secret to making a killer smartphone display

The trouble with making a new smartphone stand out based on specifications such as pixels per inch is that by now most new devices have pixel densities that are so high that most users can’t really tell the difference between them with the naked eye. Thus, it’s natural for many smartphone enthusiasts to look toward the size of a display’s color gamut, which determines how many different colors you’ll be able to see on your device. However, AnandTech makes a very compelling case that big color gamuts aren’t all they’re cracked up to be either because they don’t tell you anything about how accurate a display’s colors really are. More →

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Smartphone Size Comparison 2014

What is the perfect size for a smartphone?

By on February 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

What is the perfect size for a smartphone?

It seems like smartphones keep getting bigger every year but at some point there’s a limit to the size of a device that people will want to carry with them everywhere they go. Kantar Worldpanel’s latest report on mobile trends has found that many consumers have started to shy away from the more gargantuan phablets out there and are gravitating more toward devices that are somewhere between the size of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. More →

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IDC Smartphone Shipment Growth

As smartphone growth slows, Windows Phone could come out on top

By on February 26, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

As smartphone growth slows, Windows Phone could come out on top

Smartphone market saturation is fast approaching, but a winner may step forward once the dust settles after all. According to IDC, despite 39.2% growth in 2013 (the year of 1 billion smartphone shipments) every major OS will begin to gradually shed its market share over the next four years — every OS except for Windows Phone. As the developed markets hit saturation, OEMs with a plan to reach maturing markets will have the most room for growth. Microsoft has already positioned Windows Phone as the OS for the rest of the world, a move that could pay dividends as the decade comes to a close. More →

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Cellphone Unlocking Bill Passes

Almost free at last: House passes bill legalizing cellphone unlocking

By on February 26, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Almost free at last: House passes bill legalizing cellphone unlocking

It’s a rare but welcome sight: The United States House of Representatives has passed a commonsense bill by a wide margin. Reuters reports that the House on Tuesday passed a bill that would make it legal for consumers to unlock their cellphones once their contracts have expired so they can be used on other networks, although there is a pretty big catch. According to Reuters, the bill still bans “bulk unlocking,” which means that consumers still wouldn’t be allowed to “sell their old devices to third parties that could unlock phones in bulk.” The language added against bulk unlocking has led some consumer groups to withdraw their support for the bill. More →

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Gionee Elife S5.5 Specs

This is the thinnest smartphone money can buy

By on February 19, 2014 at 4:22 PM.

This is the thinnest smartphone money can buy

The Vivo X3 isn’t the slimmest phone out there anymore, Engadget reveals, as Gionee has launched the Elife S5.5, which appears to be the thinnest smartphone money can buy right now. The Android smartphone has a profile of just 5.5mm, slightly smaller than the 5.75mm thickness of the Vivo X3. More →

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How Smartphone Wi-Fi Tracking Works

You won’t believe how easy it is for just about anyone to track your smartphone (updated)

By on February 19, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

You won’t believe how easy it is for just about anyone to track your smartphone (updated)

It’s not just spy agencies that can track smartphone users… in fact, almost anybody can do it as long as they have the right equipment, a new Forbes report reveals. Many third parties already track smartphones and tablets by picking up their user data for various purposes, mostly commercial or ad-related. Advertisers and retail stores can record location data about users in order to either serve certain location-related ads, or to better customize store layouts to maximize in-store impulse purchases. More →

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Pomegranate Battery

How a delicious fruit could change tech forever

By on February 18, 2014 at 9:34 AM.

How a delicious fruit could change tech forever

Believe it or not, one tiny fruit could change consumer technology forever — and no, fanboys, we’re not talking about Apple. It turns out that the pomegranate, which is quite trendy right now for everything from flavoring drinks to scenting shampoos and candles, is also the inspiration for new lithium-ion battery technology that may feature dramatically improved battery performance and longevity. More →

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Slim Smartphone Bezel Infographic

This infographic shows why bezel-free smartphones aren’t as crazy as you think

By on February 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM.

This infographic shows why bezel-free smartphones aren’t as crazy as you think

A new infographic posted on Twitter by @somospostpc shows how much screen you’re getting out of current smartphones, with the LG G2 leading the pack. The device, currently LG’s the flagship handset, has a display that takes up 75.7% of the handsets front side, a percentage the company heavily promoted when unveiling the handset. Interestingly, four of the top 10 devices in the infographic belong to LG, including the G2, the G Pro, the Nexus 5, and the Optimus G. More →

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Smartphone Tablet Theft Law

Proposed law could end smartphone and tablet theft once and for all

By on February 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM.

Proposed law could end smartphone and tablet theft once and for all

We know that thieves have been increasingly targeting people’s smartphones and tablets for theft in recent years and the problem has gotten so bad that the New York City Police Department says that iPhone and iPad thefts alone accounted for 18% of all grand larcenies in the city last year. IDG News, via Network World, reports that legislators in California have written a bill that would require any smartphone or tablet sold in the state to come equipped with a “kill switch” that would brick the devices in the event that they’re stolen.  More →

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Smartphone Work Sleep Study

New study says smartphones are wrecking our ability to work and sleep

By on February 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

New study says smartphones are wrecking our ability to work and sleep

Do you find that reading on your smartphone late at night ruins your ability to sleep? Well you’re not alone. The Wall Street Journal reports that researchers from University of Florida, Michigan State University and University of Washington have found that reading on your smartphone and checking work email on your phone late at night will make you much more restless and will even make you less productive at work the next day. The researchers say that smartphone fatigue can be so bad that it might offset all the productivity benefits that smartphones have to our work lives. More →

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smartphone infographic

This is how careless we are with our smartphones

By on February 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM.

This is how careless we are with our smartphones

A new infographic from gadget insurance company Protect Your Bubble (via VentureBeat) shows the “top 10 most dangerous things people do with their smartphones,” revealing various smartphone-related activities that either threaten the user’s privacy or the handset’s integrity if not done right. More →

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Smartphone Damage Study

Why Super Bowl XLVIII is way more dangerous than you think

By on January 30, 2014 at 1:43 PM.

Why Super Bowl XLVIII is way more dangerous than you think

Football is a very dangerous sport but fans may face an even bigger risk than the players. What’s this terrifying danger that each and every football fan will face this Sunday as Super Bowl XLVIII kicks off? According to the findings of a new study released on Thursday by SquareTrade, 23 million Americans have damaged their cell phone or tablet during a major sporting event. More →

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