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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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May 11, 2015 • News, Rants and Raves

Lolli-Flop 5.02 Bricked My Over-Priced Nexus 9

Friday I received notification that Android 5.02 was available for my Nexus 9.  I accepted the update and left it on the charger in my office before leaving for the weekend. Upon my return Monday morning, I found that update 5.02 has apparently bricked my Nexus 9, leaving it in perpetual reboot sequence, and it doesn’t …

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May 6, 2015 • Reviews

The VeryKool JUNO QUATRO s5511 Is Inexpensive…but Is It Cheap?

The old adage goes that you get what you pay for; in most cases it is right on the money. If a product’s price looks too good to be true, it probably is. Translation — most inexpensive products are inexpensive AND cheap. So what about the sub-$160 VeryKool JUNO QUATRO s5511? Is it just inexpensive or …

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May 4, 2015 • Editorials

Troubleshooting a Buggy HTC One M8

I mostly love my HTC One M8. It’s a year old, but still has the latest software, and nothing on the market is compelling enough to get my to trade in my trusty One. Except one thing: the One has been exceedingly buggy on and off lately, and I can’t decide if there’s a better …

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April 29, 2015 • News

Alcatel’s Pop Astro Will Be Available Via T-Mobile Starting Today

This morning Alcatel OneTouch announced one of the most affordable LTE smartphones to date in the POP Astro. Interestingly named, the POP Astro will be exclusive to T-Mobile stores, and will be available online today for $0 down, and $6.24 over the course of two years, which is less that $150.

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April 28, 2015 • News

The LG G4 Is Leather-Bound, and It Might Just Smell Like Rich Mahogany

Now it’s no secret, thanks to weeks of leaked images and much speculation, the time has finally arrived. LG’s new flagship smartphone, the LG G4 has finally arrived.

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April 27, 2015 • Reviews

A Week with Alcatel’s OneTouch Idol 3 Smartphone

You’ve read a few articles we’ve written about the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, but we finally have a hands-on sample to review and enjoy. Alcatel’s flagship phone is a beauty. I received it at my doorstep about a week ago to the day, and I’ve had the pleasure of using a T-Mobile SIM card, and I’m …

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