Kevin and I typically purchase high end smartphones, but there are millions who are still looking to make the jump to a smartphone and a new product the just launched may be perfect for them.
Smartphones and Cell Phones
Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile phones sporting iOS, Android, and Windows.
Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 different devices running Palm, Linux, Symbian, Newton, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, webOS, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone operating systems. His current collection includes a Nokia Lumia 1520, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, BlackBerry Passport, Sony Xperia Z3, Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and many more, along with tons of accessories and classic devices like the Apple Newton MessagePad 2100 and Sony CLIE UX50. Matthew can be found on various discussion forums under the user name of "palmsolo".
There are lots of excellent Android smartphones and after spending considerable time with five of them I offer pros and cons for each to help you narrow down your choices.
I tested the new HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5, but couldn't bring myself to buy either from my local T-Mobile store. Based upon many recommendations, I bought another device -- and quickly discovered eight additional benefits.
Similar to their strategy last year, HTC just announced a smaller member of the One family with more limited specs. There are some slight improvements over last year's model as well.
Nokia has been a leader in smartphone imaging for a long time and their PureView cameras are the best in the industry. A lead engineer announced his departure from Microsoft to help a competitor improve their cameras.
The app gap continues to erode for the Windows Phone platform and one of my most used Android and iOS apps is finally available for my Lumia devices.
I have now spent over a month with both devices and neither has compelled me enough to visit my local T-Mobile store to make a purchase. They are both solid phones, but also both lack some things I want in a flagship device.
The HTC One (M8) is an audio powerhouse and this new Sprint exclusive version provides some software enhancements along with $140 H/K earbuds in each package.
Kevin and I were actually able to meet up in person to look at Windows Phone 8.1 a couple weeks ago and we have many other devices that we checked out as well.
The HTC One (M8) is the latest smartphone from HTC and there are already several case alternatives for this slick smartphone. Take a look through these three new choices.
OnePlus just announced their OnePlus One high end Android smartphone with specs that beat the S5 and HTC One (M8) with a price starting at just $299.
Samsung recently released the Galaxy S5 across the world and it is destined to sell millions. There are a few new gimmicks you will try once and never use again, but also some great features that make it a phone to consider.
Windows Phone 8.1 is available as a Developer Preview and the new and improved Word Flow keyboard with shape writing is stunning. Microsoft researchers took an amazing keyboard and made it even better.
I had the opportunity to capture photos with the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), LG G2, Apple iPhone 5s, Nokia Lumia Icon, and Nokia Lumia 1020. They all take great photos, but I did notice some differences.
Apple commonly copies other mobile operating systems and makes apps and utilities better. In this case, Microsoft did the same thing with notifications and may have just come up with the best approach.
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