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Review: LG G Flex

February 20, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

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?

Review: Sony Xperia Z1S: Great Smartphone, Phenomenal Dinosaur Camera

February 13, 2014 10:51 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Sony has built a handsome, if somewhat smudge-prone, smartphone in the Xperia Z1S. ...

Review: HTC, Nokia Offer Good, Giant Choices

November 26, 2013 8:57 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

 I find giant phones hard to carry and use, but I'm well aware that many people like the...

Review: Nexus 5 Delivers Basics at Great Price

November 21, 2013 3:51 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

You don't get a lot of frills with Google's new Nexus 5 phone. There's no fingerprint reader, no...

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Review: Sony's Smartwatch Good, but Not Essential

November 15, 2013 9:37 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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.

Review: Pricey iPad Mini Keeps Apple Premier Brand

November 13, 2013 9:29 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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.

Review: Oplink TripleShield Proves Powerful, Affordable, Potentially Creepy

November 8, 2013 9:34 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

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.

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Review: New Kindle Is Strong Challenge to iPad Air

November 7, 2013 9:11 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

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.

Review: Curved Phone Falls Flat, Literally

October 29, 2013 9:13 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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.

Review: New Surface Tablets Great for Productivity

October 21, 2013 9:25 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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...

Review: Button Location Sets LG's G2 Apart

October 18, 2013 9:35 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

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...

Pico Projectors Headed for the Boardroom

October 15, 2013 1:02 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

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. 

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Review: Gear Watch Has Potential, But Falls Short

October 1, 2013 11:04 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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...

Review: Pantech Discover

February 6, 2013 9:46 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

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.

Review: Droid DNA by HTC

December 18, 2012 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

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.

Review: Gift Guide to eReaders, Tablets, $99-$500

December 7, 2011 7:07 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

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.

Review: Apps to Make Holiday Shopping Easier

December 1, 2011 7:11 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

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.

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Review: iTunes Match Wins Cloud Music War by Wisp

November 29, 2011 7:15 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

In recent weeks, Apple, Google and Amazon.com have each launched the missing puzzle piece in their wireless mobile music systems.

Review: Kindle Fire Sacrifices to Get under $200

November 14, 2011 7:04 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

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.

Review: Motorola Revives Razr Name with Smartphone

November 10, 2011 6:56 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Now, many years later, the company is trying to recapture some of that magic by ushering the Razr into the smartphone age.

Review: iCloud 'Just Works' for Songs, So Far

October 20, 2011 8:40 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

Syncing music from your iPhone or iPad across computers has got to be one of the least enjoyable experiences in Apple's computing ecosystem.

Review: Skype Phone and Adapter for Home Calling

September 22, 2011 8:00 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

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.

Review: ViewPad 10 Features Windows and Android

July 28, 2011 7:56 am | by Ron Harris, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

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.

Review: Google All the Time on the Chromebook

July 14, 2011 8:35 am | by Ron Harris, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Games, productivity tools and anything else you might need are handled by distant computers connected to the Internet.

Review: 5 eBook Readers for Less than $175

June 16, 2011 8:11 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

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.

Review: HTC Flyer Tablet Mates with Slippery Pen

June 9, 2011 7:57 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

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.

Review: For Smartphones, What's Too Big or Small?

May 13, 2011 8:06 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

With scores of smartphones available, one obvious way for them to stand out is with size. Two new phones take that to extremes...

Review: Friday App Appetizers

April 29, 2011 8:36 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Here's a few tasty morsels from the world of apps to get your weekend started right...

Review: Making a Case for the Misunderstood BlackBerry PlayBook

April 23, 2011 7:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

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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