Smartphones and tablets seem to be everywhere today, but a recent Flurry study shows most of the time US users spend with those devices is for gaming, social networking, and entertainment.
The Mobile Gadgeteer
Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile gadgetry such as tablets, cutting edge smartphones, and portable gaming.
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".
Sure, Office for iPad will help some justify using the iPad for work. But there other reasons people do or don't decide to buy an iPad.
Android Wear and wearables, Surface 2 LTE, new Android phones are coming (MobileTechRoundup show #317)
Google revealed the Android Wear platform with LG and Motorola showing off a few watch details. There are several new Android phones coming, but it is going to be tough to knock out the Moto X.
Five reasons you should still consider the Pebble and Samsung Gear even with Android Wear coming soon
Google excited many folks by announcing Android Wear smartwatches with a focus on Google Now, but there are still many valid reasons to consider the Pebble and new Samsung Gear options.
Some new information was posted showing how extensive Apple's Healthbook may be and seeing the list of data I can't believe an iWatch can collect it all. Healthbook may turn out to be a Passbook for your activity and collect data from other sources.
I always travel with rented movies and TV shows on my iPad mini and it now looks like free content will be coming soon to iOS owners.
Just a couple months after the iOS release, Jawbone is now rolling out their UP 3.0 app for Android devices so you can now use the UP24 band with your favorite Android device.
Many products were announced the last couple of months and are starting to ship to us for review. Kevin and I talked about a few of these as well as whether or not the Nokia Android move is the right one.
Pebble rolled out the iOS version of Pebble 2.0 last month and has been working hard to get the Android version out. You can now download and install the new Pebble app on your Android device and enjoy the new apps and functions.
MWC 2014: Given success of Galaxy smartphones and recall of Fitbit Force, Samsung Gear Fit could rule wearables
Samsung sells millions of smartphones and dominates the Android market while Fitbit's Force has been one of the most popular fitness bands. The attractive Samsung Gear Fit may be timed perfectly to succeed in the wearable market.
In this catch-up edition Kevin and I cover the news from the past couple of weeks along with some initial MWC thoughts. Stay tuned for our MWC wrap-up next weekend.
Samsung kicked things off at MWC with their new generation Gear 2 smartwatches. They both run Tizen and connect to a number of Galaxy smartphones.
Hands-on review: The new Pebble Steel -- attractive, functional and well-supported -- is clearly the best smartwatch now available. But competition's on the way.
We heard a lot about wearable technology at CES 2014 and it sounds like the battle may soon be raging on your wrist. I am a fan of the UP24 and look forward to seeing more this year.
The glory days of ebook readers is gone and another sign of their fall is the closing of the Sony Reader store in March 2014. Consumers will have their purchased content available on Kobo so hopefully they stick around for a while after Sony.
The best of ZDNet, delivered
- 1 If your Kindle Fire is having issues, follow these instructions
- 2 The Surface Pro 3 is fueling my move from Evernote to OneNote
- 3 Word, Excel and PowerPoint on your Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet? (Android Office app showdown)
- 4 Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 review: Best Android tablets thanks to a super display
- 5 Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Docking Station and new Universal Mobile keyboard are key to my home office