With the introduction of the Lumia 630 and 635 models, we have our first look at the next generation of low cost Windows Phone devices, and the Lumia 630 is a phone with many firsts for this segment. It’s the first phone launched with Windows Phone 8.1 from any manufacturer. It’s also the first phone released after the acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft, though the phone was announced at BUILD prior to the final paperwork was completed on the acquisition. This is the first Windows Phone ever with an optional Dual SIM model. This is also the first Windows Phone which incorporates a SensorCore branded pedometer. It’s the first Windows Phone which replaces the hardware back, home, and search keys with on-screen equivalents, and...

Smartphone Audio Testing - HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5

Since our initial testing of smartphone audio, I’ve had a lot more time to play with the APx582 from Audio Precision. I’ve also received far more feedback than I...

77 by Chris Heinonen on 6/2/2014

Computex 2014: New Transformer Book V from ASUS

One of the interesting dynamics in the mobile device industry is the integration of several form-factors in the same device. ASUS has been a major proponent in this...

14 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

A Closer Look at the G3's IR Laser Auto Focus System

Earlier today LG announced its 2014 flagship: the G3. Based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801, the G3 features a 5.5" 2560 x 1440 display and a host of other improvements...

16 by Joshua Ho on 5/27/2014

LG G3: Launch and Hands On

Today LG announced the LG G3, the successor to their 2013 flagship smartphone the LG G2. Like other OEMs, LG is emphasizing that the device is going back to...

55 by Brandon Chester & Ian Cutress on 5/27/2014

HTC One mini 2 Review

Last year around this time, HTC had yet to release a mini version of their flagship phones. As OEMs continued to push bigger and bigger displays into bigger phones...

74 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Joshua Ho on 5/26/2014

SIM Card Adapters Reviewed

A few weeks ago, I was genuinely questioning what SIM adapter I should buy. After all, while a SIM adapter is generally cheap and also a relatively simple product...

24 by Joshua Ho on 5/24/2014

Some Thoughts on Half-Life 2 and Portal on Shield

If you talked to me seven years ago, the concept of phone games beyond Snake and basic flash games would've been beyond me. That wasn’t really on my mind...

40 by Joshua Ho on 5/22/2014

HTC One mini 2 Announcement

Today, HTC is launching the HTC One mini 2, a phone that is supposed to be a smaller version of the HTC One (M8), both in price and size...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Joshua Ho on 5/15/2014

Motorola Introduces the Moto E: The $129 Smartphone for Everyone

It doesn't seem like it was long ago that everyone was excited by rumors of a new Motorola phone after Google's short-lived acquisition of the company in May 2012...

37 by Brandon Chester on 5/13/2014

Motorola Introduces the Moto G with LTE and MicroSD

Along with the launch of the new Motorola Moto E, Motorola has also provided information about an update to the Motorola Moto G. In our review of the Moto...

17 by Brandon Chester on 5/13/2014

Samsung Launches KNOX 2.0

Samsung today announced the worldwide commercial availability of its updated Enterprise Security and Management suite for Android - KNOX 2.0 - which is available first on the Galaxy S5...

17 by Brett Howse on 5/7/2014

Huawei Launches Ascend P7 Based on Custom HiSilicon SoC

Today Huawei announced the Ascend P7, its new flagship smartphone. The P7 replaces last year’s Ascend P6 and brings significant improvements across the board. Huawei is positioning the device...

17 by Brandon Chester on 5/7/2014

Google Updates Maps for Android and iOS with Improvements to Offline Maps, Navigation, and More

Today Google updated its maps application for Android and iOS. Google seems confident enough in the updates that it decided to call this major release version 8.0 on Android...

30 by Brandon Chester on 5/6/2014

ARM Expects ~1B Entry Level Smartphones in 2018, $20 Smartphones Coming This Year

When we first started covering mobile, nearly every silicon vendor I spoke with issued the same statement: eventually, all phones are smartphones. Continued scaling on process technology, combined continued...

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2014

A Discussion on Material Choices in Mobile

Within the past four years, the smartphone market has changed drastically. Displays have dramatically increased in quality. Battery life has increased. As OEMs converge on largely similar platforms, the...

70 by Joshua Ho on 5/5/2014

A quick look at Google’s new Google Docs and Sheets mobile apps

Today Google released two new applications on Google Play and the iOS App Store. The new apps are called Google Sheets and Google Docs and they are essentially standalone...

11 by Brandon Chester on 4/30/2014

Samsung Unveils the Galaxy K Zoom with 20.7MP Camera

In June of last year Samsung released the Galaxy S4 Zoom. The phone was related most closely to the Galaxy Camera and the Galaxy S4 Mini. While its specifications...

19 by Brandon Chester on 4/29/2014

Microsoft Closes Nokia Acquisition

Back on September 3rd 2013, Microsoft announced its intentions to purchase Nokia's mobile phone business, and after several extra months of waiting for regulatory approval, that deal officially closes...

22 by Brett Howse on 4/25/2014

Samsung Galaxy Beam 2 Revealed on Samsung China Website

Back in 2010 Samsung launched the original Samsung Galaxy Beam i8520. The phone ran Android 2.1 which was a bit outdated at the time as Android 2.2 launched just...

14 by Brandon Chester on 4/24/2014

Apple Q2 2014 Fiscal Results

Today Apple announced its Q2 results, and sales of the iPhone continue to dominate revenue and earnings for the company. Revenue for the quarter came in at $45.6B – a...

27 by Brett Howse on 4/23/2014

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