BlackBerry has been circling the rim, so to speak, of going down the financial drain due to past problems related to poor management, a stagnant product line, and the BlackBerry brand of smartphones fighting against phone behemoths for market share--namely Apple and Samsung.
But this hasn’t stopped the proud company from continuing to try to break out of its situation, and today Blackberry announced its latest and greatest smartphone—the Z30.
The newest BlackBerry
The Z30 competes with its competition by offering a new 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 pixels of resolution. It features a dual core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor with a QuadCore Adreno 320 Graphics processor unit, and is a touch-only device with no physical keyboard. More...
There are individuals who own a basic mobile phone for everyday use but don't want to upgrade to a smartphone because of all the fees and contracts associated with these devices. A typical smartphone with a two-year contract plus the monthly data fee charges can easily mount up to over $2,000 after the contract expires!
One solution for people who like the features of smartphones, but don't want to invest in one is to buy a media player. We'll investigage what media players are and what they can do.
What’s a media player?
Imagine a smartphone without the phone and you basically have a media player.
A media player can view, store, and stream videos; it can play MP3s and stream music; it can play virtually any game that its smartphone cousin can play; it can take photos and videos, and almost anything else that a smartphone can do, except of course, make calls. But even this can be worked around as we'll see later on. More...
Let’s face it, monthly wireless carrier bills can be a bit shocking. What you thought you were paying for is usually crammed with extra charges related to government fees, 911 fees, special taxes, and other tag-along costs not explained when you first signed up.
Added to this dilemma of expensive wireless bills is the two-year contract and mandatory data plans you must purchase with your cell phone. You may have paid “only” $200 for your Super Duper smartphone, but did you know that you’re really repaying the entire cost of it ($600-$700) over the life of your two-year contract and data plan?
There are certain reasons why it may be a good idea to switch over to a prepaid phone plan, and we’ll point out what they are, and who may benefit from them. More...
Urban legends have been around the Internet for decades and virtually every topic has been included in these tales. But some are so realistic that it is often hard to distinguish between what is fact and what is fiction.
Cell phones have been the object of some of these urban legends and interestingly enough, some of them are actually based upon truth.
Here are some of the most popular ones from around the Web; we’ll explore which ones are accurate and which ones are not.
Worldwide emergency number 112
According to this information, if you are in any part of the world and need emergency assistance, all you have to do is dial 112 from your cell phone. 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...
According to some industry estimates, stolen or lost phones may account for several billion dollars or more in losses per year in the United States. In some urban areas, 40 percent of reported robberies are directly connected to cell phone thefts.
There are steps you can take in preventing your phone from being lost or stolen, and what you can do if it is missing or taken from you.
In the open
Restaurants, libraries, study halls, and bus stops are some of the hot spots where people lose or have their phones stolen.
People regularly leave their phones on desks and tables while eating, studying or doing business, but by doing so, it leaves them wide open for an alert thief to take advantage of the situation. It only takes a second for someone to run by and snatch your phone, so although placing your phone on a table is convenient; it isn’t the safest thing to do. More...
Smartphones come in a variety of storage sizes. If you own one or are planning to buy one, how much storage space is really needed? Should it be 8Gb, 16Gb, 32Gb or even 64Gbs?
If your phone has a microSD card slot, it’s a simple matter because all you need to do is to insert a memory card to expand your phone's storage capacity.
But some tablets, Android phones and Apple’s iPhone, memory is fixed. In other words, the devices come with preset storage configurations and whatever storage level you choose; you’re stuck with it with no way to upgrade unless you upgrade to a new device.
So how much storage space should you get for these electronics? 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...
By Frank Ling
Many of us don’t give a second thought to how we carry around our mobile phones. They’re usually tucked away in a pocket where they’re susceptible to all types of damage from loose change, house keys, and other objects. Purses also contain their own little shop of horrors to mar and scratch cell phones.
Tablets fare a little better because most users buy an aftermarket case or screen protector. But after a while, the care for a new device starts to get more casual and the dings and dents start to accumulate.
Keep your machine clean and pristine
The thought of keeping our electronics neat and clean isn’t the highest priority for a lot of us, but the benefits of doing so can mean extra cash in your pocket when you trade them in. All it takes is a little care, a few dollars of investment, and a little foresight on what these preventive measures can do for you.
Buy an outer shell
Whether you have a tablet or a mobile phone, a small investment in the purchase of a protective case covering can not only help you to preserve the new look of your device, it can also save it from minor damage related to slippery fingers syndrome or the occasional accidental drop. More...
By Frank Ling
If you want to see some sparks fly among dedicated gamers and smartphone users, just mention that smartphones are as good as handheld game consoles for gaming---you’ll witness some intense debates on the subject and in some cases, perhaps a bit of yelling, too.
To clear the air, we’ll try to give a general overview of the two types of devices and make a determination on which one wins in terms of being the best portable mobile video game platform.
Handheld game consoles
When it comes to these types of gaming machines, Nintendo rules the pack as far as the selection of different models. They range from the standard versions such as the DS Lite to Nintendo’s crowning achievement, the 3DS, which offers three-dimensional graphics that pop right out of the screen without wearing special glasses.
Sony offers three handheld gaming machines; the Sony PSP ( PlayStation Portable) that allows gamers to play from Sony’s library of old and new games; the PSP Go, a smaller edition of the PSP; and the recently launched Sony Vita that sports a quad-core processor, super-fast performance, 3G connectivity, and other upgrades.More...
A phone is only as good as its ability to power on. If it doesn't power on, it's no good! But how do you tell whether or not a phone powers on? This handy guide will light the way.
Before powering on a phone, make sure a battery has been inserted into the device, a known working battery is best. Next, press the power button. It should have a symbol like on the picture above, keep in mind that another key, such as the "end" key, might also act as the power button. If you see no light eminating from the device, the battery might be drained.
Plug a charger into the phone and see if any charging indicators pop up, if none pop up, then your phone doesn't power on, but if it springs to life? Huzzah! Your phone powers on!
The hardest part for customers of BuyMyTronics is deciding what condition their phone is in. It's a subject science, for sure! What could be one persons "trashed piece of junk" could be another's "slightly used device." This guide will help you figure out how to accurately rate your items.
For working items, we offer quotes for four different condition levels. Each level holds a specific price, so it’s important to be as accurate as possible when submitting an order. Below is a breakdown of each condition: More...
By Frank Ling
As odd as it may sound to some tech-hounds, not everyone wants or needs a quad-core, Super-AMOLED, 4G LTE lightning-fast, fire-breathing mobile phone. Why? Because some people just want a dependable no-frills phone. Perhaps it’s contrary to logic, but low-tech can actually outperform high-tech when it comes to mobile phone value. For example, simple mobile phones start at prices as low as $29.99 (and even free sometimes) from wireless carriers with a two-year contract.
If you don’t need Internet access, low-tech phones don’t require a mandatory subscription to monthly data plans that can cost an additional $360 or more per year for Internet connectivity. More...
By Frank Ling
Are you looking for a smartphone that is a head-turner and is able to raise your pulse every time you use it? Are copycat-styled phones making you yawn? Do you want an Android phone that will totally knock you out? More...