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 →
Over the past year, we’ve repeatedly highlighted the work of Marques Brownlee, who has emerged as one of the best gadget reviewers on the planet. On Twitter Monday, Brownlee revealed his five favorite smartphones released this year, in no particular order: The Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8, the OnePlus One, the iPhone 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Nexus 6. More →
Black Friday is still two weeks away but retailers have already started hyping the huge sales they’ll be having for personal electronics, including some of this year’s hottest smartphones. Below we’ve listed the best Black Friday 2014 deals we’ve seen for smartphones so far this year from a wide variety of big box retailers such as RadioShack, Walmart and Best Buy.
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been there. Buzzed, dinged, and blooped to death. For as incredible as smartphones are, their ability to notify you about anything and everything can quickly become a nightmare. Early on, in simpler times, it was a common technological courtesy for your phone to notify you whenever a call, text, or email was inbound. We branched out a bit with instant messaging, and if you were really crazy, you might even ask the ESPN app to ping you whenever your favorite team recorded a W. More →