It’s happened to most of us; we’ve just charged our phones and the next day, the battery level is almost down to nothing, even though we hardly used it to make calls.
And woe is to anyone who forgets to charge their phone the night before; you’ll be cut off from your friends, associates, and family until the little bugger is charged up. You may even have a spare charger at work, but who hasn’t left their phone behind in a hurry to get home?
One cool solution to extend the battery life of your phone is to install one of the many battery status or battery saver apps that are out there for iOS and Android phones.
We’ll go over what they basically do and list a few of them for you to check out. More...
Not everything on your phone is necessary or useful. Bloatware is an example of this—programs that are preloaded on your phone by your wireless carrier that takes up valuable storage space on your device.
But there are some apps that are essentially “useless” but are either entertaining or fun. We’ve rounded up a few of these so you can play with them. But don’t expect them to add to your productivity, because they won’t.
These are simple apps that can fool your gullible friends or family into thinking that you have an advanced identity protection system on your phone. Some of these apps mimic an ID scanner while others can “predict” your mood according to your fingerprint.
Amazingly enough, while these apps are just jokes and don’t really work, some users review these apps and complain that they don’t really scan their fingerprints. We pause to give everyone a chance to say, “Really?”
Fingerprint scanner apps are available for free or a nominal charge of 99 cents. More...
In a perfect world no one would have to worry about viruses, Trojan Horses, worms, and other assorted nasties that slowdown or damage Android phones, but the reality of the matter is that these things are out there and are waiting for hapless victims to enter their snares.
The good news is that you can protect your Android devices from this malware by downloading one of many free anti-virus programs from various tech and download sites on the Internet.
We’ll go over two of the most popular anti-virus programs and show you what they can do to make your Android safer. More...
For individuals who want to buy a new mobile phone, the question of whether to get an Android phone or iPhone usually comes up. But an even bigger issue is what the distinctions between these phones are, and do they make any difference?
Can iPhone apps be used on Android phones and vice versa? How can you tell an Android phone from an Apple phone? Are iPhones better than Android phones or the other way around?
If these questions concern you, we’ll take a brief tour and investigate what Android phones and Apple phones do and don’t do. More...
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...
By Frank Ling
As everyone knows, mobile phones aren’t just for making calls – they’ve evolved into devices that help us to do tasks such as schedule our week, remind us of events, surf the web, take photos, shop online, and of course, play games!
We've selected some of our top picks for mobile phone games and hope that you'll get as much fun out of these as we do. But we never play these games during work or school hours, right? (wink, wink)
The game Angry Birds has the distinction of being the most popular game app in history with over 500,000 downloads. It only takes a minute to learn but the game has such an assortment of fun physics-based puzzles that you can literally spend days in trying to solve some of the more challenging levels.
Gameplay is simple: slingshot various birds to crash into green pigs and other baddies. There is a selection of different types of birds for each version of Angry Birds, each one possessing a unique power. Some act as bombs, others can split up into several smaller birds, and one even blows itself up like a balloon. More...
By Frank Ling
As new models for smartphones come out every few months, the costs of owning one of these cool devices may seem out of some people’s price range and budgets. But not all is lost because you can buy a good one for just under $50, believe it or not.
If you don’t mind last year’s tech but still want to own one of Apple’s most successful products, you can pick up an iPhone 4 for the price of $49.99 with a two-year contract, and applicable data plan through Best Buy stores.
The iPhone 4 has an abundant supply of features for any potential smartphone customer. It has a great easy to use interface, is relatively speedy, fun to use, and has access to the iTunes store where tens of thousands of apps are available for downloading.
Some of the tech specs for the 8GB iPhone 4 model are its super-sharp Retina display, 3.5-inch touchscreen, 960x640 resolution, 7-14 hours of talk time, up to 300 hours of standby time, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, 8GB storage, 5-megapixel camera, LED flash, HD video, and 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor. More...
After months, even years of anticipation Verizon announced Tuesday that they will offer the iPhone 4 for its customers on February 10th. Not only does this mark the beginning of Verizon offering the iPhone, but it also marks the end of AT&T's exclusivity over the device since it first debuted in 2007. This event absolutely opens the floodgates to all sorts of discussions about the future of these two carriers, Apple, and the iPhone itself, not to mention the rest of the cell phone industry. Below Andy and Chris will conduct a point/counterpoint discussing the following subjects: What the release of the iPhone to Verizon means for AT&T, What it means for Verizon, What it means for Apple, and What it means for CDMA vs GSM iPhone. See our discussion after the jump.
That's right, 300,000 a day. Pretty impressive number, wouldn't you say? Last week, Google's VP of Engineering Andy Rubin tweeted that stat via his account (ARubin). It's safe to say that Google has definitely emerged as Apple's top competition in the smart phone industry.
This holiday season will be filled with terms like Kinect, iPad, Nook, and Windows Phone 7. This blog will focus on the latter of the four, and asks the question, "What exactly is Windows Phone 7?" More...
Here's a fun little graphic from TechCrunch.com that pits Android, Blackberry, and iPhone users against each other. Pretty funny, and not far from the truth!
For the first time in over 18 weeks, the iPhone 4 is not the number one phone in Japan. The perennial powerhouse has been dethroned by the Samsung Galaxy S. The iPhone 4 32GB had taken Japan by storm for the last few months, but now it seems that the Android based phone is trying to wiggle its way into the Japanese market. It remains to be seen if this is just a one week spike, or if the Galaxy S can stay relevant in the Japanese market, but regardless it's always interesting to take note of the battle between iPhones and Android based phones.
What do you think? Is the iPhone/Android feud old news, or do you think the war has just begun? I personally think it's the latter, but let us know how you feel in the comments section. No matter what side of this battle you might be on, whenever you want to sell your iPhone or Android phone, come visit us and we'll provide you with competitive payouts to help get you money for your next gadget!
Alright, so I slacked last week! I'll make up for it with 2 Quirkiques this week! This week we have the Motorola Flipout, an Android phone that affirms that it is indeed, hip to be square.