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October 28, 2015 • Editorials

The True Innovation in Verizon’s New Motorola Droids Is the Droid Maxx 2!

Yesterday Verizon and Motorola announced two new Droid smartphones; the Droid Turbo 2 with an “indestructible” screen, and the Droid Maxx 2. On paper, the Turbo 2 is the real story; the screen, 48 hours of battery life, and tons of customizations. The Maxx 2 has a lot of that, minus the indestructible screen. Oh, …

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October 20, 2015 • News

The New HTC One A9 Is More than Just an iPhone 6 Wannabe

After all the articles swirling around last week regarding how the new HTC One A9 looked like an iPhone 6 copy, looking at the just released phone, I’d have to say “not really”. Okay, it’s got the same antenna lines, but you can find those in other unibody Android phones.

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October 7, 2015 • Rants and Raves

An Android User’s Thoughts on iOS: Likes and Dislikes

I’ve been an Android user ever since I received a G1 as a gift. I’ve only ever had Android phones and tablets, so I haven’t had a lot of exposure to iOS. When my workplace offered us a phone for work use, I had a choice between a Galaxy Note 4, a Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6.

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October 3, 2015 • Reviews

Always Have a Charging Cable Nearby with the Echo Connect Key!

We’ve all panicked while out and about, realizing that our phone battery is low, and either we scramble to the car to get the cable, or we turn off every setting possible in attempts to keep enough battery to make it home. The Echo Connect Key by the company named, you guessed it, Echo, is a …

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September 30, 2015 • Reviews

Huawei’s P8 Lite Is a Premium Mid-Tier Smartphone, but Is It Worth It?

Fact is, what we once thought was considered “mid-range” in regards to smartphones has truly changed. And now, you can have the same premium features you’d expect from those $500 and above smartphones at a reasonable price!

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September 30, 2015 • News

Is a $300 Savings on a Smartphone Worth It to YOU?

I asked the Gear Diary team a question last night: if you had an additional $300, how would you spend it? The reason I asked, was that $300 seemed to be the average cost difference between an iPhone/Galaxy phone, and the new Nexus phones (Nexii?) and the Moto X Pure; was it enough to lure switchers?

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September 24, 2015 • Rants and Raves

Android Pay Ruins Loyalty Cards by Tying Access to Your Credit Card Information!

I used Google Wallet for one reason: it held my loyalty cards. Unfortunately, with the new Android Pay I can’t access my loyalty cards unless I have a compatible bank card added! Wallet functioned fine without a card added, and even if I add a bank card, if it’s not a supported card I can’t …

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September 4, 2015 • Health and Fitness, News

Android Wear Marches on at IFA With New Offerings from Motorola, Huawei, and Asus!

Apple Watch has been stealing much of the wearable thunder since it debuted, but Android Wear isn’t cowering in the corner. Motorola, Huawei, and Asus all showed off new versions of their Android Wear watches at IFA this week. From budget-minded to extravagant, there appears to be an Android Wear watch for all tastes!

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September 3, 2015 • Events, News

Huawei Impresses IFA Crowd with the New Mate S and Huawei Watch

Remember how Steve Jobs used to always have “one more thing” that he would mention when presenting a keynote? That’s how the IFA Huawei press conference seemed to go as they introduced their new Mate S and solidified details and pricing on the Huawei Watch.

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September 3, 2015 • News

New Acer Predator Computers at IFA – and a Deca-Core Phone!

Acer CEO Jason Chen started their IFA 2015 press conference with a bang; not only did he announce a new Chromebook and a new 2-in-1, he also announced new additions to the Predator gaming line. Are you interested in bigger, faster, and stronger? That’s what Acer seems to be aiming for.

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August 31, 2015 • News

Google Surprises Everyone with Android Wear on iOS

Do you use an iPhone but drool over the Moto 360? Or have you been eyeing up the beauty of the LG Urbane while staring forlornly at your 6+? Google has some good news for you: Android Wear is now available on iOS, though with some restrictions (both Google and Apple-related).

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August 19, 2015 • Editorials

The Frogurt is Also Cursed, or, Why Smartphones Have Become Boring

One of my favorite exchanges in “The Simpsons” comes from “Treehouse of Horror III”, where Homer goes to buy a doll for Bart and has an exchange about the tradeoffs (doll is good, but cursed, but comes with a free frogurt, also cursed). It seems like the same good/bad tradeoffs exist in smartphones these days …

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August 11, 2015 • News

Does HTC Have a Future?

HTC is not doing well. Their stock is trading badly right now, and their reputation as a top-tier smartphone company is under a great deal of pressure. The HTC One M9 landed with a whimper rather than a bang, and they had to delay their Grip fitness band. So does HTC have a future?

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August 5, 2015 • Reviews

LG G4: An Android Phone in 2015 That Finally Got It Right

It took a long while to finally receive one to review, but we here at Gear Diary finally received an LG G4 to review for you guys!

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July 28, 2015 • News

Motorola Unveils New Moto X Style and Play Editions, Plus a New Moto G!

Motorola has been having a busy morning. They’re updating their flagship Moto X with not one but two new devices, plus their budget Moto G is getting a boost as well! All three phones are going to be available via Moto Maker, so your phone will be uniquely yours. The question is, which one to …

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July 13, 2015 • Reviews

GIV Mobile Is a Great Service Provider If You’re on a Budget

You can ask anyone about one thing they would love to change about their cell phones, and most will tell you: They’d like more data, and a lower bill. As someone who has been grandfathered in on data, I know for a fact that having to pay full retail for my phones every two years …

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June 10, 2015 • News

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Gets Official; Available Friday June 12th

After alluding about it through Twitter teasers at the tail end of May, Samsung quietly unveiled their Samsung Galaxy S6 Active to the us all earlier this week. To be made exclusive to AT&T, one of the nation’s biggest carriers, the S6 Active as of June 12th will be available only through their stores and …

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June 5, 2015 • News

Nubia’s Borderless Z9 Smartphone Is Ahead of The Curve

There’s no shortage of innovative smartphones these days, but there is a shortage of one particular feature that not many devices get correct, and that’s screen retail. But as of today it seems that Nubia, a high-end Android smart phone manufacturer, has officially solved that problem for folks looking to get more screen and less …

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June 3, 2015 • News

The Huawei P8lite Is a Smartphone That Everyone Can Afford

If you are tired of paying higher data rates for your under-contract cell phone, then you might want to look at paying full price for an unlocked smartphone. But if a $500+ phone isn’t in your budget, you don’t have to buy a crappy cheap phone just to avoid making monthly payments; instead check out the …

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May 21, 2015 • News

Alcatel’s OneTouch Idol 3 Pre-Orders Have Begun Shipping

If you were able to read our review on the Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 earlier in the month and were excited about it enough to pre-order, you’ll be surprised to know that pre-orders have officially began shipping as of today! The IDOL 3, Alcatel’s new global flagship device will also officially launch here in the …

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May 14, 2015 • News

LG’s G Stylo Smartphone Available Now Through Boost Mobile; Sprint in June

Not everyone wants to pay an arm and a leg for a smartphone. Or you simply just want your phone to work directly out of the box, regardless of carrier. If you are one of those people, you should be checking out the LG G Stylo, which is a budget smartphone that is sure to …

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