Articles about Smartphones
If you've seen one phone or tablet, you've pretty much seen them all. That's the problem facing those who make them.
Following on from last year's ZenFone trio, Asus has released a single 5.5-inch ZenFone 2 as well as a super slim 3X optical zoom camera phone.
The CEO of Samsung Electronics theorizes how the Internet-of-Things has brought us from the dreams of science fiction to the realities of, well, science fact.
At the CES in Las Vegas Lenovo unveiled two new smartphones and its entry into the wearable space.
Geeky looks, high cost, and short battery life are major complaints about smartwatches. Withings has a new smartwatch that addresses all of these concerns.
Turns out smart devices might cause more work (or at least stress) for consumers than intended.
The company also sold 75 million smartphones during the year -- an increase of 40 percent from the preceding year, according to a leaked internal memo.
A teaser website hints at the return of Palm in both name and logo.
Communications are critical and when Sony was shut down by cyber attacks they ended up finding help in an archived collection of BlackBerry phones.
T-Mobile's brash CEO has been shaking things up in the US wireless industry and that has been a good thing for all subscribers. His antics will continue next year.
Hacker conference Chaos Communication Congress 31c3 is under way in Hamburg, Germany right now where three SS7 talks have revealed the ease of invasive cell phone surveillance.
In the world of Android this week were reports of an Acer tablet getting a split-screen feature, a patent war against Android ended, and the Note 2 may be getting Lollipop.
Kodak is an iconic name in imaging and as millions use their phones to capture images it's great to see this brand coming to mobile devices.
There are a number of excellent high end smartphones available today and most will satisfy buyers. Matthew updated his September list with some new candidates and a bit of reshuffling based on hands-on experiences.
Chinese authorities reportedly have asked the world's largest chipmaker maker to lower its patent fees and unbundle its licensing agreements, following a year-long antitrust investigation.
Here are some of the most interesting apps for Google's Android operating system we've discovered this month.
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.
After its initial release, the Amazon Fire phone was labelled a shopping trolley with a phone attached. Now it's arrived in Europe, is there more to the device than that?
From controlling your child's device to keeping track of their movements, here is a list of useful apps for modern-day parents.
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.
Lacking enthusiasm this Halloween? These apps will get you in the mood.
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.
No matter the age, learning a programming language is a marketable skill. Here are mobile apps to assist you.
Google unveiled its brand new 6-inch phablet smartphone, and 9-inch tablet.
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.
Lacking Twitter followers or not reaching customers over Facebook? These apps can make your life easier.
Worried about getting the "bends" with Apple's latest smartphone? OtterBox has you covered.
Good gadgets get even better when used with accessories. Here are some pretty good ones.
BlackBerry needed to go back to its hardware QWERTY roots. With the Passport they did just that and a whole lot more.
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 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.
If you want to try 3D on a smartphone we recommend the less expensive LG Optimus 3D, which shoots 3D stills to a higher resolution and has a dedicated 3D user interface with better 3D integration.