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More Smartphones Opinion

  • 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.

  • Opinion: Latest Android Kit Kat leak shows off new interface

    Who needs a launch event when everything leaks online ahead of time?

  • Opinion: Event invite hints mammoth HTC One Max with fingerprint sensor is coming

    Like the HTC One? We sure did. But did you ever think its 4.7-inch display is just a bit too minute for your mobile needs? HTC is betting that there's a lot of people out there who do. The company will hold a pair of events next week in Hong Kong and Taiwan that are largely expected to unveil the supersized HTC One Max.

  • Opinion: How to choose a USB hub

    If you purchased a new laptop recently, especially an Ultrabook, you may have noticed a certain dearth of USB ports. Indeed, my Samsung Series 9 has just two of them. Two! A mouse here and an external hard drive there, and bam, no more ports.

  • Opinion: What does my phone know about me?

    Tech news in late September was dominated by the launch of two new iPhones. The playful iPhone 5c and the serious iPhone 5s – along with iOS 7 – puts more power in users’ hands than ever before. Should that worry us?

  • Opinion: OMG the iPhone's been hacked!

    Apple's released a phone with a fingerprint reader built-in and guess what: it's been hacked. Its encryption's been shredded. It's been NSA'd.

  • Opinion: Hands-on: First impressions of the iPhone 5s

    The iPhone advances in ticks and tocks, new designs alternating with more subtle advancements. I haven't decided whether the iPhone 5s is a tick or a tock. It most definitely looks like last year's model but there is also most definitely more to it than meets the eye. (And besides, which one is tick and which one is tock?)


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