Articles about Smartphones
Do you like the look of Samsung's new Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge but hate the fact that it doesn't have a removable battery? Here's how you can add an external removable battery to the device, which also protects it from drops.
Not everyone wants to pay the premium $650 entry price of an iPhone 6. For about half the price, the Nokia Lumia 830 offers up an amazing design, solid camera, and great performance.
On the heels of mobile launches at CES and MWC, Matthew Miller has revised his list of favorite handsets. Whether you're looking for cutting edge camera, great value, or overall performance, the choices have never been better.
Thinking of picking up a new Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone once it's out? Better start saving those pennies because it's going to cost you more than an iPhone.
The Moto E is not the "best" or the "most powerful." But it is the most important.
A look at its peers in neighbouring China should give OlaCabs a glimpse of its promising future despite current headaches of regulation, potential rogue drivers, and an unproven business model.
Alongside its G4 and G Flex 2 smartphones, LG is preparing to launch a 'super' phone in the second half of 2015, according to mobile boss Juno Cho.
If you enjoy a premium ebook experience on an e-ink display and carry a smartphone, then you may be interested in having one device that serves both roles well. Look to the YotaPhone 2 Indiegogo campaign this spring.
Airline hopes wearable tech will help engineers save time during aircraft turnaround.
Are you excited by the new Samsung and HTC smartphones? If you're considering upgrading your old phone, here are some guidelines that will make the process easier and help you avoid unpleasant surprises.
Samsung has decided to split its flagship smartphone into two models - the standard Galaxy S6, and the Galaxy S6 Edge. But what is it exactly that separates these two devices?
The Chinese equipment maker that has already teamed up with three NBA teams said it will further lift expenditure on promotional activities in the US to gain the public's full awareness.
The spy-proof device was developed as a response to NSA spying revelations
Android 5.0 Lollipop is now running on three percent of all devices accessing the Google Play store, with a further 41 percent running KitKat.
Samsung and HTC each improved this generation of smartphone, but some design decisions may have customers choosing one over the other -- and it may not be the one you think.
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.
This unique device from the folks at Amazon wants to be your invisible friend in the room. In some ways it probably will be.
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.
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.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to senior editor Sam Diaz about the upcoming launch of the much-anticipated BlackBerry Storm. Diaz also details how the phone stacks up against its formidable competitor, the iPhone, and what's at stake for Verizon and RIM.
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.
Although the 3.7in. Torch 9860 is easy to use and responsive, we're not sure that RIM is best serving the BlackBerry brand by jettisoning the physical keyboard.
The Torch 9810 has a touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard, but both have their drawbacks. Performance and battery life are good, but the lack of Flash support is disappointing.
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