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...
If you purchase a new mobile phone from a wireless carrier you’ll be offered an extended warranty plan for your new purchase. Most people disregard these offers because they simply aren’t worth the monthly premiums for the limited coverage benefits.
But if you visit an online store such as Amazon.com, you’ll see various add-on warranty protection programs that are very reasonably priced and are available for a one-time fee for additional coverage against product defects or even accidental damage.
Do these protection programs work and should you consider purchasing one? We’ll go these plans and see what works and what doesn’t. More...
If you’re thinking about trading in your Samsung Galaxy phone to BuyMyTronics.com for cash, the first order of business that must be taken care of is identifying what sort of Galaxy phone you have.
The issue of identifying your phone becomes difficult because the regular phones and smartphones under the Galaxy class umbrella are numerous. If you've lost your phone manual and don't remember what sort of phone you have, identifying your phone can get a bit confusing.
But don't give up, we'll give a brief description of the various models and then give you the magic genie solution in answering the question: What kind of Samsung Galaxy phone do I have? More...
Most of us have recycled things from our home or workplace at one time or another. We usually do this with used glass bottles, plastic containers, and paper, but you can also recycle your used electronics and get some nice cash in the process.
You can recycle your old phone, tablet or media device easily and it only takes just a few minutes to do it. We’ll go over the ins and outs of recycling your electronics, your options, and the benefits of doing so.
Your top drawer is full
If you are a typical small electronics user, the top drawer of your office desk or living room cabinet holds a good selection of used phones. Where did they all come from? We’d like to say they were from the Gadget Fairy, but alas these obsolete pieces of equipment came from years of phone purchases and upgrades by you, and even family members.
Buy a new device and the old one goes into the top drawer along with a cornucopia of various charging devices, USB cables, and product user manuals. But there’s a better way to handle these old electronics than just stuffing them away in a drawer—you can recycle some of them. More...
Let’s face it, at one time or another we’ve let our precious cell phones slip out of our hands. If we were lucky, it happened over a carpet, but it’s those other times when the floor beneath us was concrete or some other hard surface that presented problems. So the next logical step is to buy a protective phone case.
We’ll go over a few of the most popular types of cases and also give you our recommendation for the ones that actually work.
The different types
If you’ve ever shopped for a cell phone case at a wireless carrier store or online, you can be easily overwhelmed by the number of different cases that are available for sale. Which ones are good? Are expensive ones better? How about overseas products?
But before we go into the specifics of case manufacturers, let’s go over some of the different types of cases that are for sale out there. More...
The trend for smartphones, in the past few years, has been an emphasis on providing larger displays for these wonderful mobile devices. Common screen sizes for flagship phones are just a bit under 5-inches, the exception being Samsung’s Galaxy Note phones breaking the 5-inch display barrier.
But according to sources from around the industry and the Internet such as the Wall Street Journal, Samsung may be going in the opposite direction and is planning to unleash a smaller version of its popular Galaxy S4 smartphone, dubbed the Galaxy S4 Mini.
Smaller is better
Some individuals would like to own the feature-packed Galaxy S4 but have put it off because the screen size is just too big; not everyone thinks big screens are a good idea.
On June 20, 2012 Samsung will be holding a special press event in London starting at 10 a.m., which will also be available for viewing on YouTube. The event is called “Samsung Premier 2013” and Samsung has emphasized that it will feature its Galaxy class Android phone as well as its Ativ line of Windows powered mobile devices. More...
In part one of SD memory cards: Tips, hints and why you need one, we went over the basics of SD cards regarding storage size, speed, which ones you can buy, and the different types of these great storage devices.
In part 2 we’ll give some insights on accessories for SD cards, what to avoid when buying one, how to spot fakes, and general advice on how to take care of them.
SD card adapters
While it isn’t obvious at first, an accessory named an SD card reader is an essential gadget if you want to move, store, and write data to and from your computer. These devices don’t cost much and the multi-readers are compatible with just about every type of SD card sold on the market. These card readers usually range in price from $4 and up. More...
If you have a mobile phone, tablet, digital camera or multimedia device that accepts an SD memory card, that’s very good news for you because you can expand upon your unit’s storage capacity. The “bad news” is that there are so many different types of SD cards to choose from that it can be a pretty confusing process for some people.
In this article we’ll go over the ins and outs of SD cards and shed some light on the mysteries of these great little storage units.
Do you need one?
This should be the first question that should be asked. If your device has 16GB of onboard memory or more, you should be doing fine and may not need the extra storage capacity that SD cards offer.
But if you like to take a lot of pictures, download a lot of content or apps or want to backup your files, an SD card may be a good investment. More...
Let’s face it, part of the enjoyment of owning a good mobile phone is using it to play games. You can grab a quick fun session while waiting for your boyfriend/girlfriend to finish shopping, while attending a boring lecture or the famous “checking email” maneuver when sitting in a lomg company meeting. Oh, you can play any other time too!
Our list will cover the most popular ones plus a few that you may or may not have heard of before, but as far as fun factor, they rank right up there with the biggies.
Any Rovio game
For newbies, the game developer Rovio doesn’t mean much, but to half a billion people around the globe, it means one thing: Angry Birds! These games are simple physics-based action puzzles featuring various birds with special powers.
They are launched from a slingshot and barrel into various obstacles in order to eliminate dastardly green piggies, free other birds or perform acrobatics in space. Various iterations of Angry Birds include the original title, Seasons, Rio, Space, Angry Birds Star Wars, and Angry Birds Friends.
Other fun titles from Rovio include Amazing Alex and Bad Piggies More...
For all Android lovers, Google Play, formerly known as the Android Market Place, is the lifeline for downloading music, videos, games, and apps. The number of Android apps has grown tremendously over the past few years and now numbers over 700,000. That’s a lot of apps!
But with so many to choose from and many of them duplicating each other, which apps should you install on your Android devices to improve them? We’ve made a short list of five of our favorites and checked it twice.
The following apps were selected for their ability to perform their tasks well, ease of use, features, style, and overall ease of getting things done. More...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...