Most phones sold by carriers are smartphones, but there are still many reasons that a basic flip phone is still a valid option for many people.
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".
Google was one of the first to launch a widely-accepted mobile payment solution, but no one knew about it and carriers limited its functionality. It doesn't seem like much with change with Android Pay on Android M.
It's not often that people get excited about using their calendar. However, Moleskine's new TimePage application is fun to use and provides essential consolidated information in a way that makes you want to use your calendar.
Microsoft completes the trifecta with the full release of Office Lens for Android joining iOS and Windows Phone products.
There are a number of amazing new smartphones and wearable products, but these devices - and the bells and whistles they deliver - can cause us to lose focus on what's really important to have.
Customers can order a LG G4 from T-Mobile tomorrow and expect to receive it before the 3 June in-store date. Buyers will get a 128GB microSD card and leather back too.
While browsing through the Microsoft Store I stumbled across a Windows Phone priced at just $199. It turns out that the BLU Win HD LTE impressed me over the past week and is a device to consider.
Boating season kicks off this weekend and while many recreational boaters do not have advanced navigation and communications equipment, they do have a smartphone. Install the USCG mobile app to stay informed and improve safety.
Battery life is important and with more phones launching with integrated batteries, it's important to get those phones charged up quickly. Aukey makes a couple inexpensive solutions for rapid charging.
The competition for the best Android smartphone is heating up. While the Samsung Galaxy S6 is an excellent choice, I think the LG G4 is the best choice for the business world.
You can save money and pick up some quality hardware if you know where to shop and what to avoid. Matthew Miller has the details.
Now that all the latest and greatest smartphones have been announced and in my hands, it's time to see which are the best available.
Don't let the elements slow you down with Catalyst, LifeProof, and Seidio cases for the Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Many of us take our iPhones everywhere, including our outdoor adventures. Whether you run, cycle, ski, ride, boat, or take part in some other outdoor activity there are a few solid choices to protect your iPhone 6 Plus from the toughest elements.
I enjoy running and biking, often working out in pouring down rain. Cases from these three manufacturers protect your iPhone from water, drops, dirt, snow, and other extreme conditions.
Flagship smartphones can cost you close to $1000, but there are many affordable options available. Here's six smartphones priced from $100 to $299.99 for you to consider.
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