The endless line of slabs stepping up to the frontlines of the smartphone spec wars has settled like a malaise across the land. The “bigger, faster” mantra of the OEM often brushes aside true innovation in favor of muscle. So when a phone like the LG G Flex came along with its attractive curve and “self-healing” finish, heads really turned. But once the afterglow subsided, what were we really left with?
Sony has built a handsome, if somewhat smudge-prone, smartphone in the Xperia Z1S. ...
I find giant phones hard to carry and use, but I'm well aware that many people like the...
NEW YORK (AP) — Sony's new SmartWatch 2 doesn't get as much attention — and doesn't do as much — as Samsung's Galaxy Gear computerized wristwatch. But for the things it does, Sony's version performs better. The SmartWatch 2 is also 33 percent cheaper, at about $200, and works with a variety of Android phones, not just Sony's. Samsung's Galaxy Gear sells for $300 and is compatible only with a handful of high-end Samsung phones.
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is probably one of the few companies that can pull off a price increase. The new iPad Mini starts at $399, or $70 more than last year's model. For that price, you get a leap forward in power, speed and display. There are plenty of cheaper choices out there, including tablets for just $229 from Google and Amazon. None of them match Apple's iPads in app selection, design and cachet.
The fact that I was able to freak out my with with the Oplink TripleShield is a testament to just how far consumer wireless technologies have come. A complete home security system in a box,TripleShield takes about 15 minutes to set up and I found that it pretty much does what it says it will do.
On the heels of Apple's new, lighter iPad, Amazon has come out with a full-size tablet that weighs even less yet sports a sharper display and a lower price tag. Although Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 hasn't received as much attention as the iPad Air, it is emerging as the strongest challenger yet to Apple's device.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Galaxy Round created some buzz in tech circles when Samsung announced it earlier this month, but no one in the downtown Seoul cafe where I played with the curved screen smartphone asked me about it or even gave a curious glance. That is likely because the curve is so subtle it is not apparent without a close look.
Whether or not you like Microsoft's updated Surface tablets will depend on your needs. On one hand, the tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance...
LG's flagship mobile gadgets — the G2 smartphone and the G Pad 8.3 tablet — are great mobile devices that have fantastic screens, top-end cameras and ample processing power. But making an impressive Android device is not enough to stand apart from the crowd in the ultra...
In terms of external hardware, there isn’t a whole lot a tablet needs to be a success. The iPad restarted the whole tablet market and brought along for the ride only a headphone jack, microphone, volume rocker and connector port. That sparse packaging—still pretty much the formula for all tablets—has led to a svelte form factor standard almost across the board.
It didn't take long to see how a computerized wristwatch might help manage my digital life — or to see how Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch falls short. First, the potential: Smartwatches are supposed to offer quick access to many of the things you normally do on your phone...
The Discover by itself won’t reinvent Pantech overnight and there are still flaws like an outdated OS—though the company told PC Mag Jelly Bean is coming—that will prevent it from really having a wide impact. But it’s a terrific entry-level phone that looks and feels like a flagship more often, showing off impressive muscle and thoughtful construction.
Once you get your hands on the new HTC Droid DNA, Verizon’s new flagship Android phone, you’ll fall in love with this sleek beast’s flat-out gorgeous five-inch, 1080p display and the breathtaking 1.5 GHz quad-core processor it has rumbling under the hood. You’ll spend more time than you thought possible polishing the screen.
Flat, hard packages will be welcome this year. Tablet computers are extremely popular, and electronic reading devices such as the Kindle have matured and come down in price.
Even if you love to shop, it can be a pain this time of year. Stores are crowded, gift options seem endless and it's hard to determine if you're getting the best prices.
In recent weeks, Apple, Google and Amazon.com have each launched the missing puzzle piece in their wireless mobile music systems.
The Kindle was always an odd product name. Amazon used a verb to name a thing, raising the question: Kindle what? Now we have the answer: Kindle Fire.
Now, many years later, the company is trying to recapture some of that magic by ushering the Razr into the smartphone age.
Syncing music from your iPhone or iPad across computers has got to be one of the least enjoyable experiences in Apple's computing ecosystem.
With two new products, Skype has made it easier to make Internet calls from home phones, for savings on international calls and potentially also domestic ones.
Viewsonic's new tablet has a unique solution for consumers who are still clinging to Microsoft's Windows, even as Google's Android operating system gains traction: It offers both.
Games, productivity tools and anything else you might need are handled by distant computers connected to the Internet.
When Amazon.com's ground-breaking Kindle e-book reader came out in 2007, it cost $399. Now, some e-readers can be had for just north of $100.
A new tablet computer that takes aim at one of the deficiencies of the iPad: that it's difficult to write on it with a stylus or pen.
With scores of smartphones available, one obvious way for them to stand out is with size. Two new phones take that to extremes...
Here's a few tasty morsels from the world of apps to get your weekend started right...
I suggest that Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook is not a media tablet, or at least it's not just a media tablet. Neither is it an iPad competitor.
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