Google surprised many people with a six inch Nexus at a $650 starting price, but the promise of wireless carrier subsidies and payment plans appeared to be a viable strategy.
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 mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of 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 more than 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 830, 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".
HTC kicked off a weekly deals promotion last week with the Nexus 9. Make sure to visit the HTC site at 9:00 am Pacific for the big One M8 deal.
Apple's iOS 8 includes support for advanced text input software. Matthew has six alternatives installed, so take a look to see which might work best for you.
A common concern with the Moto X is its rather small capacity battery. Verizon and Motorola fixed that with the Droid Turbo and this is the Moto X you want if you are a Verizon customer.
Sony doesn't release too many smartphones on US carriers, but T-Mobile has a real winner here with the Z3. Matthew not only tested one out, he bought his own and put aside the iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple Pay lets you purchase items with your iPhone at selected merchants, but there are still many times when you need your ID, another credit card, transit card, and more. That's where the iFrogz Cache comes in.
T-Mobile's Uncarrier initiatives have shaken up the US wireless industry and continue to draw customers away from its rivals.
There are plenty of GPS navigation options for Windows Phone and the prices have fallen dramatically over the years. CoPilot is a powerful, low-cost option that has helped Matthew for the past month.
It's been just over a month since Matthew Miller switched from being a big screen Android and Windows Phone user. Apple's large phone exceeds his expectations.
Apple launched its new virtual wallet service with the iOS 8.1 update yesterday while Google has had its system running for a couple of years. ZDNet's Matt Miller took two devices to McDonald's and was able to pay without a real wallet.
Apple's iPhone remains the most popular camera on Flickr. The new models can capture content in even more creative ways so let's take a closer look at some methods.
The new Galaxy Note 4 is one of the best large screen smartphones available today and one feature that sets it apart is the S Pen stylus.
There are some outstanding smartphones available for the business user and in this article Matthew Miller identifies the best ones running iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry.
Samsung's Note line always sets the bar for Android specifications and after spending a week with the Note 4, Matthew Miller is about ready to visit his carrier store.
The new BlackBerry Passport hardware QWERTY keyboard is unlike anything you have ever used before so take a look through Matthew Miller's gallery and optimize your keyboard experience.
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- 3 BlackBerry Passport review: World's best QWERTY in a uniquely functional form factor
- 4 Best unlocked smartphones (February 2014)
- 5 Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: Stroke of genius in a black slab world