Articles about Smartphones
Good Technology finds that iPhone 6 is lifting Apple's iOS in the enterprise, but the tablet market is diversifying.
Country's smartphone shipments drop 4 percent year-on-year to 98.8 million units in first-quarter 2015, with Apple overtaking Xiaomi to take pole position, IDC figures reveal.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer's latest Lenovo A7000 offering is available in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines exclusively through e-commerce website, Lazada.
Kevin and Matthew are both sporting Apple Watch devices, using them for fitness and critical notifications. Matthew also has a LG G4 in hand to talk about.
T-Mobile stopped carrying BlackBerry devices last year and as both companies look to future growth, there is a realization that BlackBerry smartphones are important to business customers.
Matthew picked up a LG G4 to evaluate before the retail units begin shipping to buyers and he has spent the last two days with it in Seattle and New York.
ZTE's sub-brand Nubia has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone model the Z9, which offers a thin bezel of just 0.8mm, giving a bezel-free appearance.
With Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, Americans have found the device worth making the leap to phablets.
Samsung continues to work with carriers to update existing devices to Android Lollipop. Following the update on the Note 4, the Note Edge was updated on T-Mobile.
South Korea and the European Union will cooperate in their ongoing investigations on US chip giant Qualcomm's alleged abuse of standard essential patents.
Memory bugs aren't the only issues plaguing Samsung's flagship smartphones. There are plenty of other fixes that need to make their way to the handset. However, until they are fixed, the handset is a bad bet for BYOD.
We all expect Microsoft to roll out new Windows 10 flagship smartphones when Windows 10 is released a bit later this year and new rumors show there may be two variations with 20 megapixel cameras.
US chip giant Qualcomm is being investigated by South Korea's antitrust regulator for its alleged anti-competitive patent licensing practices, and may face a yet undecided penalty this year.
T-Mobile is aggressively trying to reach other carriers' customers and in this latest initiative is offering a way for Verizon customers to use their own number and try out T-Mobile.
LG announced the G Flex2 at CES and many thought it was quite compelling. However, the LG G4 is launching soon so Matt Miller isn't sure why we need a flexible display model.
Whether or not smartphone cameras will ever catch up with DSLRs is debatable, but there are many accessories out there that can spruce up mobile device photography.
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.
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.