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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".
The more I use Cortana the more I am convinced it beats Google Now and Siri for getting things done and having some fun.
Motorola announces successors for two of its popular smartphones. ZDNet tested them out in Chicago.
Huawei continues to release high quality phones at reasonable prices and the upcoming Mate 7 looks to push the technology further with a few interesting innovations.
It is pretty rare for US carriers to get Sony flagship smartphones when they launch, but it looks like one group of customers will be pleased with Sony this year.
Consumers are becoming smarter about the full price of their phones and manufacturers are offering great fair-priced options. Is Apple immune to price competition when it comes to the iPhone?
HTC is doing something that no other manufacturer has yet done by getting the exact same phone on all major US wireless carriers running two different mobile operating systems.
HTC continues to round out their smartphone profile with a new Desire designed to bring LTE to those who cannot afford a high end smartphone.
LG's sneak peak video last week showed a G3 with a stylus that we thought would be a direct Note 4 competitor, but that turned out not to be the case.
HTC just released a Windows Phone version of its flagship smartphone. It is not an easy choice to make.
Over the last couple years we have seen Nokia update and release their Lumia Windows Phones so it is refreshing to see HTC jump back in and provide a high end Windows Phone, especially one as good as the M8.
T-Mobile is serious about taking the third place spot away from Sprint and is coming up with creative ways to bring in more customers and keep existing customers happy.
US carriers continue to offer low cost, no-contract phones, disrupting the subsidized model they have long relied upon to sell $650+ Apple iPhones.
Hands-on: Mugen Power Extended Battery case for the Moto X, an extra 2,800 mAh and a microSD card slot
The Moto X battery satisfies many folks, but I need to charge it up to get through a day. Mugen Power has a solution that also adds a microSD expansion card slot.
Low cost smartphone providers are powering the popularity of the Android platform and ZTE continues to gain market share with devices like this new Nubia 5s mini LTE.
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- 3 Republic Wireless Moto X review: Top consumer smartphone and low cost service are a killer combo
- 4 Apple Pay vs. Google Wallet: hands-on experiences at McDonald's
- 5 Best unlocked smartphones (February 2014)