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More Smartphones Opinion

  • 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.

  • Opinion: Motorola, HTC, and Google announce a bowlful of new KitKat upgrades

    So, we weren't lying yesterday when we pointed out that the Moto X (on Verizon) would get Kitkat before the stockilicious Nexus 4. We just weren't aware of how close to the wire we would be.

  • Opinion: Android KitKat comes to Moto X on Verizon before Nexus 4

    After Google's introduction of Android 4.4 KitKat, numerous manufacturers--including the Google-owned Motorola--laid out vague plans to introduce the updated OS on their devices.

  • Opinion: 7 apps for ordering photo prints from your phone

    The instant gratification of digital photos cannot be overstated. You take a picture and boom, you can see it! You can tell right away if the lighting was horrible or the person had his eyes closed, and retake until it's perfect. It's so much better than the old way of shooting 24 frames of film and not knowing what you had until you got those expensive prints back from the lab.

  • Opinion: Does Amazon's smartphone threaten Apple?

    Will Amazon launch a smartphone that locks people into its world, just like a Kindle Fire tablet? And if it does, will it lure people away from the latest iPhone?

  • Opinion: HTC and Motorola promise sweet Android KitKat updates

    HTC and Motorola are first out of the gate with promises to upgrade their phones to Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of Google's operating system.

  • Opinion: Don't fear the fun tax, and try Dead Trigger 2

    I'll admit, I've never really been sold on Dead Trigger. It combined two things I've grown weary of--the undead and mobile first-person shooters--into a package that was amicable enough, but never quite set my world on fire. To its credit, it did serve as a sort of de facto performance benchmark for tablets and smartphones, and was one of those titles (alongside Infinity Blade II, or Shadowgun) that reminded folks these touchscreen devices could crank out some awfully pretty games.

  • Opinion: The White House cares about games, but not for the reasons you think

    Mark DeLoura, the White House's Senior Advisor for Digital Media, expounded on the government's games policies at the Gamesbeat 2013 conference Tuesday, focusing on education and the game industry's problem with "perceptions."

  • Opinion: 5 Quick Tips for Taking Better Pictures with Your Smartphone

    Last week, I took a Basics of Business Photography class led by Bob Ring and Don Toothaker of New England Photo Workshops. The goal of the session was to get participants to think more strategically about photography. Though it was not focused specifically on smartphones, I learned a number of helpful lessons that can be applied to camera-phone photography. During the past couple of years, phone photography has also become a bit of a hobby of mine, and I have some tips of my own to share.

  • Opinion: $349 Nexus 5 appears, then disappears in Google Play

    We've seen a ton of Nexus 5 leaks lately, including a purported technical manual, rumors about an October 15 release date, and a 7-minute leaked video showing off the purported device. Now, however, we've got an all but official unofficial confirmation of the phone, after Google accidentally a 16GB Nexus 5 on Google Play for $349--the original selling price of the 16GB Nexus 4.

  • Opinion: Keep your hands off our smartphones, Verizon!

    As if mobile carriers don't ruin smartphones enough, Verizon has decided to take things a step further. Press images for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini have made their way online, proving once and for all that the carrier will take the opportunity to shoehorn its logo onto practically any space.



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