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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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April 27, 2015 • News

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 Now Receiving Android Lollipop Update

T-Mobile said that the Android update known as Lollipop would be coming this week to their Galaxy Note 4 and they weren’t lying. Multiple people (including me) are now receiving the latest Android update.  If you’re using a Note 4 on T-Mobile a quick check of available updates should start the process (about a 1 GB …

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April 24, 2015 • News

Google’s Nexus 7 Discontinued

If you’re in the market for a 7″ Android tablet which spontaneously powers down – I’ve got bad news. Google’s Nexus 7 Android tablet is now listed as ‘not available’ on their store. The Nexus 7 was first released July 2012 and subsequently updated July 2013 to a 2013 model.  The device’s primary feature was the pure …

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April 20, 2015 • News

ZTE’s Projector/Hotspot SPRO 2 Available from AT&T This Friday

As of today April 20th, ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the United States, announced that they’ve joined forces with AT&T marking the commercial availability of the 2-in-1 ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector & Hotspot with mobile hotspot features. Launching this Friday, April 24th, the ZTE Spro 2 will be available on the …

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April 17, 2015 • News

Breaking News! The Alcatel IDOL 3 Is Available for Pre-Sale $199

Some exciting news arrived in our mailbox this morning! The Alcatel IDOL 3, their new 5.5-inch flagship smartphone announced back at Mobile World Congress, is now available for limited time early pre-sale for $199.99!

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April 11, 2015 • News

Powerhouse Saygus V2 Android Smartphone to Ship at End of May

Utah-based smartphone manufacturer Saygus has been working tirelessly on their powerhouse Saygus V2 Android smartphone. “Powerhouse” isn’t said lightly here, as it packs a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 3GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, and two expandable memory ports up to 256GB. After months of anticipation, Saygus is aiming to ship the V2 at the …

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April 1, 2015 • Reviews

Ballistic Tough Jacket & Jewel Cases for Samsung Galaxy S5 Reviewed

So I had the chance to review the Ballistic Tough Jacket as well as a shiny yellow Ballistic case for the Samsung Galaxy S5 over the week, and there was a lot to love about them with only a few minor quirks

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March 19, 2015 • News

Refuse to Use Carrier Insurance on Your HTC Device? You May Be in Luck

If you are a fan of HTC devices, you’ll be pleased to know the company announced late Wednesday a new program named ironically named Uh Oh Protection for its flagship HTC One M9; it’s an option to carrier insurance.

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March 19, 2015 • News

Amazon Celebrates Google Play Birthday with $100 worth of Free Apps

Celebrating their Google Play birthday today, Amazon is sharing their joy with everyone by offering an unheard of amount of paid apps for FREE today. We don’t know exactly what time this deal will end, but with over $100 in apps (a total of 34) this is a HUGE free apps sale for some of the …

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March 16, 2015 • Editorials

How the Pebble Smartwatch Became My New Fitness Tracker

I posted recently about my quest for a new fitness tracker, and I found one that (so far) I love. It’s only been 24 hours but it seems to check off all my boxes…and it wasn’t any of the ones on my initial list! It isn’t even that new, but my new Pebble is exactly …

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March 16, 2015 • News

Apple to Offer iPhone Trade-In Program for Android Defectors

Are you thinking about making the switch from Android to possibly getting an iPhone? You may be in luck. Apple is reportedly looking to expand their iPhone trade-in program to include their biggest rival, Androids smartphones.

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March 16, 2015 • News

Specs are Everything, According to SayGus’s V2 Smartphone

The is a lesser-known Android smartphone that’s features look so good on paper, it’s surprising that the specs aren’t in all devices. Available for pre-order since February ($549), the phone packs everything you’d probably expect out of a laptop, not a mobile device.

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March 14, 2015 • Reviews

Apply Straight Protection to Your Galaxy S5 Screen with the TYLT ALIN

One problem I’ve always had about screen protectors: I cannot put them on. Three out of every four times I attempt to do it myself the end result is either fingerprints UNDER the screen protector (even when I touch the sides like instructed) or the one really, really good time I put it on, there’s …

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March 12, 2015 • News

Facebook Owned WhatsApp Celebrates One Billion Android Installs

That makes two Facebook apps in Google Play hitting a billion! Jan Koum of Evernote tweeted yesterday: WhatsApp crossed 1B Android downloads. btw our android team is four people + Brian. very small team, very big impact. pic.twitter.com/sW4F9SlKKv — jan koum (@jankoum) March 11, 2015

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March 12, 2015 • News

Redesigned Evernote for Android Features Material-Like Layout

Evernote has updated their Android version of their note-taking app; the new version features a major overhaul, including a material design courtesy of Android lollipop. The material design provides app guidance and has a visual design that is clean and intuitive. Tactile elements like shadows and depth make the interface more user-friendly while still giving …

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March 12, 2015 • News

Nexus 6 with Lollipop 5.1 Headed to Verizon March 12th!

Just a few hours ago, Verizon announced that they will finally release their Nexus 6 today, March 12th online. After months of whispers and speculation the time has finally come.

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March 4, 2015 • Editorials

Do You Pick Gadgets Based on the Accessories?

This week’s flurry of news and smartphone announcements, combined with the impending launch of the Apple Watch, has me thinking a great deal about my next phone. Now, Android versus iOS versus Windows Phone is one part of the debate, but even when I narrow it down there’s another piece: how many accessories are out …

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