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More Smartphones Opinion

  • Opinion: Wait! Don't Rush Out for Droid Bionic or Mango Just Yet

    It's an exciting time for high-end smartphones--HTC unveiled a couple hot Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" smartphones coming soon, and the Droid Bionic is available from Verizon starting today. Devices like the HTC Titan and the Droid Bionic are impressive, but do yourself a favor and wait a month or two before getting a new smartphone.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 7: Threads Ties Messaging Together

    I do a fair amount of instant messaging and texting. There are some reports suggesting that texting is emerging as the preferred method of communication for a smartphone--more than voice. Obviously Windows Phone 7 is capable of both, but with Mango Microsoft adds a new twist. For today's 30 days With Windows Phone 7 post, I am going to check out the Threads feature.

  • Opinion: Lost iPhone Case Continues, SF Police Launch Probe

    There's a new development in the caper involving a lost iPhone in San Francisco. A new report says the S.F. police will be investigating their own, specifically the role that officers may have played in assisting an Apple corporate security team in a home search earlier this summer.

  • Opinion: Rocket Bunnies Review

    Rocket Bunnies has an interesting premise: You're a rabbit on a rocket (hence the name)...in space. There's no real story line, but your job is to ride your rocket across various galaxies, collecting all of the little bunnies that are stuck on various planets.

  • Opinion: Phone Transforms Into Tablet, Laptop, Gaming Device

    Motorola's Atrix and newly announced DROID Bionic smartphones can dock into laptop accessories, but they have nothing on this transforming device: A KT Spider smartphone hybrid that can turn into a laptop, tablet, or even a PSP-like handheld gaming device.

  • Opinion: Researchers Develop 'Duplex' Wireless

    Rice University researchers has come across another breakthrough that could double the capacity of wireless signals. The "full-duplex wireless technology" allows a wireless device, such as a phone or tablet, to upload and download data on a single frequency as opposed the two required today.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 6: Let the 'Mango' Games Begin!

    30 Days With Windows Phone 7: Day 6

  • Opinion: Hummingbird Brings Your Bricked Phone Back to Life

    Bricking a gadget--that is, rendering it unusable--is a risk that all gadget hackers and tinkerers take. Bringing a bricked phone back to life can be a pain too, but a pair of XDA Developers may have found a quicker solution to the issue.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 4: App, Windows Phone 7 Marketplace

    It's all about the apps. With a smartphone, the mobile OS and default apps just form a foundation, but it is the apps that you apply on top that foundation that make the device uniquely yours, and enable it to be the indispensible tool you need it to be. For today's 30 Days With Windows Phone 7 post, I am going to take a look at the apps and the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace that sells them.

  • Opinion: A Baseball Sim for Hard-Core and Casual Gamers Alike

    Com2Us's 9 Innings Pro Baseball 2011 is an excellent title for baseball fans and baseball video game fans. 9 Innings Pro Baseball 2011 features all of the latest players, their stats, team and coach information, and even batting orders and pitching rotations for the 2011 season. On top of that, it offers a simple-yet-fun baseball simulation for people who are less interested in the numbers.

  • Opinion: Google Bought Motorola for the Hardware, After All

    Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility last month wasn't just about the patents. The Mountain View, Calif. company is interested in the hardware business, too.

  • Opinion: Did Police Impersonators Try to Get iPhone Prototype?

    The case of Apple's second lost iPhone prototype just got even weirder, with one man claiming that police impersonators demanded to search his home for the missing handset.

  • Opinion: 30 Days With Windows Phone 7

    Today starts a new "30 Days" series. This month I am abandoning my iPhone 4 to spend 30 Days With Windows Phone 7. I have an HTC HD7S with Windows Phone 7, and I am all set to see what Microsoft's mobile OS has to offer.

  • Opinion: Did Apple Really Lose Another iPhone?

    The Web was buzzing Wednesday with reports that an Apple employee had lost yet another iPhone prototype in a bar. Whether or not this is indeed the case is now less clear, following some additional reporting and investigation.

  • Opinion: Apple Loses Another iPhone Prototype in a Bar

    Remember the iPhone 4 scandal of 2010? Well apparently Apple didn't learn its lesson the first time, and it's misplaced yet another top-secret iPhone prototype. This time, however, it was (supposedly) an iPhone 5.

  • Opinion: Why I Get Apps From Amazon, Not Google

    Apple makes a lot of noise about the size of its iOS app store, and there's something to be said for selection, sure. But in my view, having the most apps isn't the same as having the best apps, and I generally like what I get with Android more. Of course, that's not an objective statement about the merits of the two platforms; it's a subjective, personal preference. But one thing I don't like about Android's App Market is its slightly-too-open open-door policy on app submissions. That's why I download my apps from Amazon these days.

  • Opinion: Sprint Hiking Early Termination Fees for Smartphones

    Sprint believes that the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger will increase costs for consumers. So is it hypocritical that Sprint is making its own plans more expensive? According to Sprint enthusiast blog Sprintfeed, Sprint will hike early termination fees on September 9.

  • Opinion: App Creates Mobile Cloud for Android, Windows

    Wyse is introducing the concept of a personal cloud--a seamless connection between your mobile device and your PC--with the launch of the latest version of Wyse PocketCloud Pro for Android. The new PocketCloud Pro challenges file syncing and transfer services by providing drag and drop file sharing between Android mobile devices and Windows PCs.

  • Opinion: Android Photo Apps, Backing Up Photos on a Trip

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many as I can--though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can't promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus. For more frequently asked questions, read my newsletters from May, June, and July.

  • Opinion: iPhone 5 May Get Metal Back, Sub-4-inch Display

    The still-unacknowledged iPhone 5, expected to make its debut in October, is now expected to sport a metal back instead of glass, and its screen size will not exceed 4 inches, contrary to earlier reports.



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