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The flagship phones: The top models from the manufacturers - Part 2

clock May 1, 2013 15:32 by author Frank Ling

For mobile phone aficionados, information on which models are the best can be used as a reference point for making intelligent decisions regarding the sort of features they would want in selecting a new smartphone.

In part 1 of “Flagship Phones,” we covered the devices from Apple, BlackBerry, and Motorola. In part 2, we’ll go over the cream of the crop from Samsung, Nokia, and HTC.

HTC One
The long awaited flagship phone from HTC has arrived and T-Mobile is the first wireless carrier, as of the time of this writing, to carry it.

The HTC One is a thing of beauty and sports an all-aluminum case, super thin profile, a Snapdragon 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, 32 or 64GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, 4.7-inch full HD display with 468 pixels per square inch, Android OS with HTC Sense, and the new UltraPixel camera with super-sensitive light sensors. More...



The HTC One smartphone finally launches: T-Mobile has it first!

clock April 26, 2013 15:58 by author Frank Ling

Usually, this type of hype and excitement about the launch of a new smartphone is usually reserved for iPhones, but “the times are a-changin’” and HTC’s One has created a buzz that even Apple would be envious of.

It’s here!
T-Mobile announced today on its website that “the one you’ve been waiting for” is finally here. And that “one” is HTC’s One flagship smartphone. Preliminary reviews of this device have been very high, and users have been anxiously waiting for its arrival.

Even some who would never even consider purchasing an HTC phone are looking forward to getting their hands on one, and there are good reasons for this; the HTC One is a stunning looking smartphone that has features that will make any gadget fan happy. More...



The flagship phones: The top models from the manufacturers - Part 1

clock April 22, 2013 12:49 by author Frank Ling

When thinking about purchasing a new mobile phone, most people like to compare different models from all the manufacturers in order to gauge which ones are the best. Each company has a “flagship” phone or in other words, a device which represents the best it has to offer.

In this article we’ll present the flagship phones from some of the most popular companies in the industry and give a brief synopsis on each device.

Which one is the best out of all of them? For that answer, we’ll leave that up to you because everyone has different needs, tastes, and preferences. But what we can do is to showcase what’s out there so you can make the right choice. More...



Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 review: A good iTouch alternative

clock April 18, 2013 12:45 by author Frank Ling

Ask any mobile phone fan on the street if they know what a Galaxy phone is and they’ll immediately respond in the affirmative. But this recognition rate goes down quickly if you ask them if they’ve ever heard of a Samsung Galaxy Player.

A few coughs and some blind guesses later, they’ll probably arrive at “It’s a MP3 player?” Yes it is, but it is more than that. The Galaxy Player series, seemingly buried in the subconscious of electronics fans everywhere, also happens to be a great little multimedia device, and a serious alternative to Apple’s iPod iTouch.

We’ll explore this mysterious gadget and clue you in to what it can and can’t do, and if a Galaxy Player 5.0 is right for you. More...



Buying an off-brand 7-inch tablet: The risks and rewards

clock April 12, 2013 17:35 by author Frank Ling

People who are considering purchasing a new tablet or want a second one that is inexpensive have probably seen off-brand devices offered by various electronics and gadget websites.

These “no-name” tablets are often only half the cost of mainstream items and the lure of a cheap tablet can be hard to resist. But are these tablets worth taking a chance on? We'll go over the ins and outs of buying one and give you our take on this.

So taking some artistic license from Shakespeare on these tablets, the point of interest is this: To buy or not to buy; that is the question.

Cheap and good?
The first thing that comes to anyone’s mind about these bargain-priced tablets is if they’re any good at all. The answer to this is maybe. If you shop carefully and do some homework, and don’t need a lot of CPU power, they can be quite good. More...



Simple phones for simple needs: Basic phones with basic tech

clock April 10, 2013 20:18 by author Frank Ling

Although it may seem odd to those who live and breathe cell phones, some people want simple mobile phones. Some scenarios include those who only need them to call for help in case of emergency, individuals who are baffled by high tech but like the idea of having a mobile phone, and for those who just want something simple and low cost.

But with current phones that sport quad and even eight core processors, it is increasingly difficult to find plain vanilla devices. But they are out there and we’ll list a few of them for those who want to get one for their mom, dad, aunt or uncle.

Flip phones
The flip phone (“Beam me up Scotty”) was the prevalent style only a few years ago, but has almost been totally replaced by iPhone-styled devices from virtually all cell phone manufacturers. Interestingly enough, many of the simple mobile phones available today incorporate the flip phone design—go figure. More...



The Enterprise Buyback Program: Businesses generate cash for their old electronics

clock April 4, 2013 19:52 by author Frank Ling

As a company expands, its needs for cutting edge technology also grow, and the eventual phasing out of old electronics will eventually happen.

BuyMyTronics, part of the GameStop network, understands this and has just launched its Enterprise Buyback Program to address the issue of recycling old devices, which will help to cut down the e-stream, and also benefit businesses, both large and small, by recouping part of the purchase price of their decommissioned electronics.

The way it works
The lifeblood of any successful corporation is effective business communication. Employees use mobile phones, tablets, and laptops to process orders, contact clients, generate marketing campaigns, and a host of other essential functions important to the growth of a company. More...



BuyMyTronics launches new TIMS trade in service for wireless retail businesses

clock April 2, 2013 16:14 by author Frank Ling

Wireless retail stores can increase their point of sales revenue by implementing a new mobile web-based application, newly launched by BuyMyTronics--a part of the GameStop network, which can help sales reps to instantaneously quote current trade in values for used tablets or cell phones. The new service is called TIMS or Trade In Management System.

How it works
Customers who walk into wireless retail stores are often looking to purchase a new mobile phone. But what do they do with their old phones? This is where the genius of BuyMyTronics’ TIMS program enters the scene.

A sales rep can show customers what new mobile products may be a good fit for them, but now they can sweeten the deal by using the TIMS program to find out what sort of trade in value they can get for used phones or tablets. The TIMS app shows the cash value for thousands electronics, and displays the most current information with just a few clicks. More...



The HTC One smartphone: The specs and the buzz

clock March 27, 2013 17:00 by author Frank Ling

HTC has a new flagship smartphone that is about to launch and judging by the preliminary reactions and reviews, the HTC One may be the one that will put the company back on the map.

Stunning design
The design and look of this new smartphone offers some great eye-candy, but as we’ll find out with the HTC One, there’s a lot of good stuff going on beneath the metal enclosure too.

Those who have already seen and handled the HTC One are struck by its stylish design lines overall good looks. It has a large display that virtually goes from side to side with hardly any bezel, and the slim case is made out of matte-finished aluminum.

This phone is sure to turn some heads.

What’s on the inside?
The HTC One starts out with a full 4.7-inch HD display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. The phone runs on a Snapdragon quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor (8-core in some countries) with Android 4.1.2 OS (Jelly bean), which can be upgraded to version 4.2.2.

The One comes in two storage configurations—32GB and 64GB with 2GB of RAM. Along with LTE capability, it has GPS, NFC compatibility, Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0 port, and Wi-Fi, among other features. More...



iPhone alternatives for smartphones: There is life after Apple

clock March 27, 2013 15:30 by author Frank Ling

Since the iPhone first launched in 2007, the device has taken the world by storm and has been a consistent top seller in the smartphone industry. But in spite of the popularity of the iPhone throughout the years, Apple’s competitors have been constantly challenging the iPhone for market share.

We’ll go over some of these alternatives to the iPhone and give a quick overview of each one, their advantages, and who may want to purchase them.

Samsung Galaxy S4
Of all of Apple’s rivals, Samsung is the one company that gives Apple the most worries because of the South Korean smartphone manufacturer’s constant drive to overtake Apple as the world’s number one phone company.

For anyone looking for a solid performer in smartphones, the new upcoming Galaxy S4 is something to definitely look at, literally, because it sports a huge Super AMOLED 5-inch HD screen. The display has 16 million colors available at its beck and call, and a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels for super sharp detail, color, and contrast.

If you are someone who wants to use a smartphone as a primary way to view video content, for playing video games or surfing the Internet, the Galaxy S4 fits the bill nicely. More...



How to keep your Mac notebook happy: Simple fixes that anyone can do

clock March 22, 2013 16:06 by author Frank Ling

Mac laptops are pretty easy to use and are relatively carefree, which adds to their reputation as dependable and user friendly computers. But even Macs can have their share of problems such as slowdowns in performance or slow boot times.

In this article we'll point out three of the most common reasons why your Apple notebook computer isn't as quick as it used to be. By following the suggested remedies, you'll be able to keep your Mac healthy and happy.
 
There's too much “Icon Clutter” on your desktop
If you have lots of icons on the displays screen of your Mac, this could be a reason why your computer seems slow in performance. Each icon takes up a bit of computer power from your system, and the more you have on the desktop, the more resources are needed to manage them.

If your desktop looks like a crowded parking lot, it’s time to remove some of the icons or place the ones you don’t use very often into a separate folder. More...



The latest new iPhone rumors: Everything we’ve heard so far

clock March 19, 2013 17:32 by author Frank Ling

The seasonal occurrence of iPhone fever has started up again and will continue to get more serious until a surefire remedy is applied—buying a new iPhone. But if and when the new models come out later this year, talking heads and industry buzz abound on the Internet about the next iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6, and even a cheaper version of the iconic device from Apple.

We’ll break down these rumors into their respective iPhone models and see what may be in store for loyal Apple fans.

iPhone 6
Although early buzz surrounding Apple’s next gen smartphone said it would be coming at the end of this year, the latest rumors say that it probably won’t make its appearance until 2014 due to the additional time needed to incorporate all of the phone’s new features.

First off the bat, for iPhone 6 rumors, is the possibility of a new display screen that will measure at least 4.5-inches with a higher resolution than the iPhone 5. Others report that the iPhone 6 may move into the category of a “phablet;” a device made popular by Samsung with its Galaxy Note smartphone. More...



Samsung unveils the new Galaxy S4 smartphone: It looks like a winner

clock March 14, 2013 23:27 by author Frank Ling

On Thursday, 7:00 p.m. EST, a press event was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  J.K. Shin, CEO of Samsung Electronics, took the stage and announced what eager ears have been waiting to hear since last year—the Galaxy S4 smartphone has arrived!

A life companion
Shin said that Samsung’s goal was to create something that "helps us get closer to what matters in life” and to experience life that can be “richer and fuller.”

He continued by saying:

"For each of us, life is a journey. What we want is a device that can join us in our journey." At this point a giant image of the Galaxy S4 was projected on the screen behind him and he referred to the new smartphone as a “life companion.” More...



Three good laptop computers that cost less than $500

clock March 12, 2013 19:07 by author Frank Ling

With the advent of tablets, laptop sales have slowed down and some industry watchers are predicting the imminent demise of these devices. But notebook manufacturers aren’t taking this lying down and are fighting back with product lines that can not only do more than tablets, but challenge them on the price front as well.

In this article we'll name some of our picks for notebook computers that cost less than $500.

Tablets are great but...
Tablets are great devices for multimedia, surfing the Internet, reading ebooks, and playing games, but sometimes owners wish they could do more with them.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet promises to do this by offering a detachable keyboard and full compatibility with most PC software, but at a price; $899 plus an additional charge for the keyboard.

For that much money, some are reconsidering the purchase of a fully functional, smaller-sized notebook, and as we’ll see there are bargains to be found. The following is our short list of affordable tablets that cost less than $500. In comparison, the latest version of the iPad clocks in at $499. More...



The Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone: They call it a ‘phablet’

clock March 9, 2013 15:43 by author Frank Ling

In October 2011 Samsung released the largest smartphone display of any phone manufacturer; it was called the Galaxy Note and had a screen size of 5.3-inches. Detractors of the new device called it a “phablet” because it was in a no-man’s land that placed its functionality somewhere between a phone and a tablet.

Critics were quick to dismiss this gargantuan phone and predicted its early demise. However, Samsung had the last laugh and has sold over 10 million units.

The latest one from Samsung, the Galaxy Note 2, has an even bigger screen measuring 5.5-inches. We’ll go over the latest specs of this phone and also pick up on recent rumors regarding the next iteration: the Galaxy Note 3.

Size matters
The Galaxy Note II was released in September 2012 and is the newest model, at the time of this writing, in the Galaxy Note line of smartphones from Samsung. Since its release there have been over 5 million units sold.

While a small segment of industry pundits have voiced their disapproval on such a gangly device, the Note has garnered a loyal customer base and has proven that there is a market for oversized smartphones. The Galaxy Note sports a 5.5-inch display. More...



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