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5 Fantastic Smartphones You Can Get for $300 or Less

By on June 17, 2015 at 2:38 PM.

5 Fantastic Smartphones You Can Get for $300 or Less

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 →

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International Data Plan Roaming

How to travel abroad without having to sell your house to pay your cell phone bill

By on June 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

How to travel abroad without having to sell your house to pay your cell phone bill

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 →

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Science Teacher Jams Students' Smartphones

Fed-up science teacher jams students’ smartphones, gets suspended

By on June 4, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

Fed-up science teacher jams students’ smartphones, gets suspended

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 →

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CNBC pundit declares smartphones ‘over,’ says Apple could be the next BlackBerry

By on May 22, 2015 at 4:41 PM.

CNBC pundit declares smartphones ‘over,’ says Apple could be the next BlackBerry

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 →

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Why you should always buy an unlocked phone whenever possible

By on May 19, 2015 at 5:50 PM.

Why you should always buy an unlocked phone whenever possible

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 →

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Smartphone Battery Drain Causes Free Apps

Here’s why so many ‘free’ apps drain your phone’s battery and memory

By on April 21, 2015 at 11:27 AM.

Here’s why so many ‘free’ apps drain your phone’s battery and memory

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 →

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iPhone Killer

16 smartphones that ‘killed’ the iPhone

By on March 26, 2015 at 3:06 PM.

16 smartphones that ‘killed’ the iPhone

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.

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How To Find The Best Smartphone

Awesome interactive chart is your ultimate cheatsheet for finding the perfect smartphone

By on February 9, 2015 at 2:20 PM.

Awesome interactive chart is your ultimate cheatsheet for finding the perfect smartphone

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 →

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Smartphone Screen Bacteria

Your smartphone is absolutely filthy – and these disgusting photos prove it

By on January 22, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

Your smartphone is absolutely filthy – and these disgusting photos prove it

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 →

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Where Do Stolen iPhones Go

Here’s what happens to your iPhone after it gets stolen

By on December 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Here’s what happens to your iPhone after it gets stolen

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 →

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Best Cheap Tech Gifts

Video: These terrific last-minute tech gifts all cost $50 or less

By on December 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Video: These terrific last-minute tech gifts all cost $50 or less

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 →

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Best Smartphones 2014 Video

Video: One of the world’s best gadget reviewers hands out awards for 2014’s best smartphones

By on December 8, 2014 at 2:25 PM.

Video: One of the world’s best gadget reviewers hands out awards for 2014’s best smartphones

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 →

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Survey shows many of you have no idea how much you’re paying for your smartphone

By on November 25, 2014 at 4:18 PM.

Survey shows many of you have no idea how much you’re paying for your smartphone

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 →

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