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More Smartphones Opinion

  • Opinion: How to make your gloves touchscreen capable

    Since winter has officially gone from "Awwww, snow!" to "Dear Lord, will I ever be warm again?" it's time to break out every little trick you have to keep yourself warm: thermal everything everywhere, hot tea, hot coffee, hot chocolate, and never taking your gloves off.

  • Opinion: Use your smartphone to check your remote control batteries

    Most standard remote controls send signals to your home theater gear using a beam of infrared light, which a sensor on your hardware picks up. You can't see this beam, but your smartphone's camera can! So, if your remote isn't working right, you can use your phone to check if your remote needs fresh batteries.

  • Opinion: OnePlus' Cyanogen phone will debut in the first half of 2014

    Android's biggest blessing--and its curse--are the wealth of smartphones you can choose from. Some of them don't even run Google's version of Android, but it's nice to have that option--right?

  • Opinion: Master SMS with these 9 basic texting tips

    Nobody uses phones as phones anymore.

  • Opinion: Here's what Nokia's Android interface would have looked like

    We normally don't like to draw attention to unverified rumors, but this one is too juicy to pass up.

  • Opinion: Samsung may have a much-needed interface overhaul on the way

    I've never been subtle about my dislike for Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0. It's one of the gaudiest Android interfaces out there. You'd think that the world's biggest smartphone manufacturer would jump on the bandwagon of flatter icons and a simplified interface design, but unfortunately Samsung is trailing behind.

  • Opinion: T-Mobile buys a bunch of unused Verizon spectrum around major cities

    While T-Mobile and AT&T engage in a delightfully public PR urination competition, the wireless industry still trudges along. Verizon announced Monday that it had agreed to sell a block of unused spectrum to T-Mo in exchange for cash and spectrum licenses.

  • Opinion: 5 fab phones that rocked our socks in 2013

    You've got to hand it to 2013. This year was chock-full of phones that brought new ideas to the mobile game, including some that fell short of the mark and some that rocketed way past it.

  • Opinion: Smartphone photo tips for the holidays

    [Editor's note: This is an updated version of a previous article.]

  • Opinion: A Nokia Android phone might not be so crazy

    Despite Nokia's sworn allegiance to Microsoft and Windows Phone, the company may be working on a low-end Android phone for emerging markets.

  • Opinion: Why Nokia definitely isn't launching an Android phone

    That Nokia Android phone you've been reading about isn't going to happen. Something is going on at Nokia, and it involves Android. But 'Normandy' will not be an Android phone you can buy.

  • Opinion: Planned Android 4.4.1 KitKat update should help Nexus 5 take better photos

    Google continues to tout the camera application on its latest smartphone, the LG-manufactured Nexus 5, since it launched more than five weeks ago, but the handset has failed to deliver. Even though the stock camera software is capable of piecing together 360-degree panoramas and snapping HDR+ photos, the overall photo quality remains subpar. As a result, the search giant is coming out with an update to Android KitKat to help address those camera performance issues.

  • Opinion: Android, Bluetooth, and your car will all play nicer with new Broadcom software

    Pairing your phone to a car via Bluetooth can be a flaky, frustrating experience. Assuming your phone is compatible, the connection could still be subpar, resulting in poor audio for calls and streamed music.

  • Opinion: Why is HP cutting 1124 jobs in the UK?

    The news that HP is cutting more than 1100 of its UK workforce is tragic for all involved, coming as it does just before Christmas. But how has one of the world's most recognisable companies found itself in this situation? I've been looking at HP's history and the past 10 years of the personal computer to explain why HP is cutting 1124 jobs in the UK.

  • Opinion: Mobile device rudeness

    Consider this: a group of friends gather socially. They're interacting, not taking mobile snaps of their cocktails and Facebooking them off to "friends" who aren't friends. They're socializing in person--at a restaurant or similar establishment. Actual conversation takes place.

  • Opinion: Do your homework before buying a new smartphone this Black Friday

    The clock is ticking down to Black Friday, the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season. Granted, the definition of "Friday" has been blurred as retailers continue to leapfrog each other to be first to offer unbeatable holiday deals, but sometime this week you should be able to find some excellent deals on a new smartphone if you're in the market.

  • Opinion: How to switch from iPhone to Android in 4 easy steps, courtesy of Google's chairman

    Thinking of giving your iPhone the old heave-ho and defecting to the Android Army this holiday season? Google chairman Eric Schmidt wants to help--and no, I'm not talking about the jaw-droppingly low $350 off-contract price of the high end Nexus 5. Over the weekend, Schmidt posted "Eric's Guide: Converting to Android from iPhone" on Google+.

  • Opinion: 7 killer tips for editing photos in Android

    For many of us, our phones are now our primary piece of photography equipment. We use them to snap photos, record videos, and share our creations with the world. While most smartphone cameras do a decent job of capturing the moment, it never hurts to know your way around an image-editing app.

  • Opinion: Thinner, lighter tablets aren't the way to our hearts

    It doesn't take a seer to predict that any given piece of tech will get slimmer and lighter as time goes by. Now more fragile, easier to misplace and with compromised audio quality and ergonomics, it's time to put some meat back on the bones of our phones and tablets.

  • Opinion: Ride the rails with Pocket Trains

    I'll be very upfront about this: I have invested more time than is probably healthy playing mobile games from NimbleBit.



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