Articles about Smartphones
Matthew pre-ordered both new Android smartphones and after spending more than a week with each, one is getting returned and the other is his new daily driver.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away ... Star Wars was released on VHS. The epic space saga is now coming to digital HD and our own Palmsolo could not be happier.
HTC's first quarter was saved by a big sales pop in March. What's unclear is whether the HTC One M9 can keep delivering as it battles Samsung's Galaxy S6.
LG Electronics' soon-to-be-unveiled G4 smartphone will be the first to use the company's new UX 4.0 software.
Samsung expects to continue to see earnings fall, estimating that its consolidated operating profit will decrease a further 30 percent to 5.9 trillion won in the first quarter.
Fitbit just announced that Jonah Becker is the new VP of industrial design, a week after he departed HTC. Fitbit is a leader in fitness tracking with three new compelling products.
There has been a 28 percent increase in spending in relation to the prior year - and the market will continue to grow despite the current recession, says research
In an attempt to alleviate concerns relating to the durability of its new flagship Galaxy S6 handset, Samsung has released information regarding just how much pressure it will take to bend the device.
If you're in the business of repairing PCs, smartphones, or tablets, then these tools will help you get the job done in a fast, efficient, and safe way.
A couple new flagship phones are launching this week and Matthew decided on one to keep. Both MoTR hosts are planning to order an Apple Watch on Friday too.
OnePlus launched the One last year with high end specifications at an affordable price. The new OxygenOS moves away from using CyanogenMod to its own operating system.
If you're not interested in Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, then how about the HTC One M9?
Tech insiders are pondering the deeper meaning of the Galaxy S6 Edge screen. Spare me. Here's where the story goes in the market: "Hey, that screen looks cool. $120 more? Sure, I'll take it."
Apple is not generous in recycling its own products in China, as the US giant offers roughly half of the reclaiming prices offered by private shops, Chinese consumers have complained.
The top-of-the-line Blackphones are said to be "NSA-proof," despite the FBI's new policy that demonizes encryption as a "huge problem" for law enforcement.
Rather than pick gifts for you and yours, I'm looking at the best of the best when it comes to tech that I've had the pleasure of using this year, from the big stuff like notebooks, tablets, and smartphones, to smaller stuff like storage devices and smart bulbs.
Some gifts in this feature you just might have to buy for yourself.
The new Nexus 6 is a six-inch Moto X running a pure Google experience. Matthew is convinced the Motorola enhancements make the Moto X a better choice.
What are some of the most interesting apps for Google's Android operating system we've discovered this month?
Motorola is already rolling out its latest firmware updates to bring customers to Lollipop.
Samsung's latest large screen smartphone offers a unique experience that has made me more efficient. The second edge display looks great and offers more than you might think at first.
The wearable market continues to develop with activity trackers and smartwatches available in prices ranging from $50 to $300 or more. Matthew offers up six wearables across the pricing spectrum for you to consider.
Given that so many people use smartphones every day, purchasing accessories for those phones make gift buying fairly easy. Check out Matthew's personal recommendations for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
No other smartphone has an accessory market like the iPhone. Three new cases provide unique functionality and protection for the iPhone 6 Plus.
Travelers often try to balance their smartphones while using them for navigation. Pick up an excellent, low cost mount now and drive without worry.
The Android platform continues to enjoy significant advantages over that offered by Apple, and this is why it remains the platform of choice for business, BYOD, and power users.
What Android and iOS apps are out there to save business executives time when on the road?
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.
Microsoft launched the Microsoft Band late at night, but it turns out they may have delivered one of the best values in wearable technology to date. Matthew has spent the last three days running, walking, and sleeping with it.
At Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Google VP of Product Management Mario Queiroz and Android Senior Product Manager Erick Tseng demo the new Google Nexus One smartphone, or as he calls it, "superphone." The new phone is made with HTC hardware and runs Google's Android 2.1 OS. Some of the features include GPS with Google Maps and turn-by-turn navigation, an accelerometer, a virtual keyboard, a light sensor for adjusting the display to save battery power, a proximity sensor, a compass, a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash, Wi-Fi, a new media gallery interface with access to Picasa and YouTube, Facebook access, and stereo Bluetooth.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das and senior editor Sam Diaz discuss the new Droid phone set to release in early November. Diaz also previews the upcoming Salesforce.com conference and weighs in on whether consumers will buy Windows 7 during the holiday season.
ZDNet Senior Editor Sam Diaz shares his views on the recent iPhone related controversy--Apple’s rejection of Google Voice. He says, AT&T was not behind the app rejection and that Apple should adopt it because it has already approved other VoIP apps such as Skype.
For start-ups without a lot of time or money, is it smarter to develop for the iPhone first or the Android OS? Panelists at the AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford discuss the pros and cons of each platform. With 65,000 apps available, the iPhone may be the most popular smartphone, but that also means that many more apps can eclipse yours. Panelists include Purnima Kochikar, vice president of the Nokia Community and Developer Forum; Dorrian Porter, CEO of Mozes; Simon Khalaf, CEO of Flurry; and moderator Mark Newhall, co-founder of IdealWave Solutions and INmobile.org.
ZDNet Senior Editor Sam Diaz talks about Research In Motion's recent praise from UBS analyst Jeffrey Fan and whether his notes are merited. Diaz believes the company's successful first-quarter was due to some special promotions and that the second quarter will be a better gauge of RIM's long-term health as competition in the smartphone market heats up.
At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundrota showed off the prototype of a new Web-based Gmail app that could one day be used on any smartphone. By using HTML 5 standards, he predicts, developers will no longer have to choose just one platform to write for. When the app is released, users will be able to archive and use their e-mail even when not online. Moderator: Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media
Ken Silva, CTO of Verisign, says blocking new technologies from coming into your company, isn't a smart strategy. Eventually, he says, someone at the top will want to use their iPhone or other mobile device, so planning to do this securely is more savvy.
Faced with the difficult decision of which smartphone to buy, Senior Editor Sam Diaz explains to ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das what happened when he hopped on the iPhone bandwagon. Diaz reveals which phone he's sporting now (and why), and also shares his cardinal rule for cell phone shopping.
At a Churchill Club event, The Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg shows CNET News Editor in Chief Dan Farber new gadgets consumers might want to consider buying for the holidays. Mossberg demos some new tech products including RIM's new Blackberry Storm, the MinoHD by Flip Video, and Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1 smartphone.
The second generation of this dockable smartphone/tablet combo has a lot to recommend it, although we'd prefer a better tablet screen, a storage expansion slot (or two) and a standard Micro-USB connector.
The Z10 is a nicely designed handset with a superb touchscreen and good specifications that include LTE and NFC support. The new BlackBerry 10 OS offers a decent user experience once you get used to it, although we'd like to see a physical home button.
The LG-built Nexus 4 offers terrific value for money, if you don't mind its moderate battery life and lack of LTE support. Shame it's currently sold out at Google's Play store.
The first Intel-powered smartphone offers excellent value for money, with its large screen, good battery life and NFC support. On the downside, it lacks storage expansion, runs Android 2.3 and some apps may not run on the Atom processor.
The 4.8in. quad-core Galaxy S III is a very impressive device that currently represents the state of the smartphone art. That's why we've given it an Editors' Choice award.
The 4.3in. Lumia 900 is not especially pocket-friendly, and not everyone will need such a large screen. If you want a Windows Phone and find the Lumia 900 too bulky and pricey, take a look at the more affordable 3.7in. Lumia 800.
HTC's flagship One X is a large yet stylish Android 4.0 handset with a stunning 4.7in. screen. Its cutting-edge specification, headed by a quad-core CPU, will appeal to power users, but the lack of storage expansion and poor battery life are disappointing.
The Xperia S is a large and somewhat ungainly smartphone with a superb screen and some high-end features. However, it's severely let down by its lack of storage expansion and sealed-in battery.
The Bold 9790 has a small screen and a somewhat cramped keyboard, but it runs BlackBerry 7 OS and there's a full 8GB of internal storage. If you're on a restricted budget and can cope with a compact handset, the Bold 9790 could be a good buy.
The Galaxy Extreme is an affordable rugged handset, although it's short on internal storage and the screen and camera are both disappointingly low-resolution. If you want a tough Android smartphone, you should also consider the similarly priced Motorola Defy+.
The Omnia W is attractively priced, and the screen is large enough to deliver a reasonable web browsing (if you can live without Flash) and mobile email experience. Build quality is solid, but the design is unremarkable.
If you're a Windows Phone fan seeking a relatively compact and solidly built handset, the HTC Radar could fit the bill. The optional dock may prove attractive, although that must be balanced by the inaccessible battery.
The Galaxy Note has a large, vibrant and responsive screen, and is a good size for using 'notepad style' with the S Pen. However, it's too large to carry around as an everyday smartphone, and isn't as useful at home or in the office as a full-sized tablet.
HTC's Windows Phone 7.5-based Titan has a fast 1.5GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera, but its standout feature is a huge 4.7in. screen. We'd like the display better if it had more than 480 by 800 pixels, and people with small hands will find the device unwieldy.
The Lumia 800 has appeal for both professional and personal users, and the reuse of the N9 chassis design is a good move. The result is a solid Windows Phone 7.5 handset.