April 30, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Posted in Samsung | Leave a comment


The good: The Samsung Galaxy S4 has Android 4.2.2, a fantastic camera, a powerful quad-core processor, and software solutions for just about every scenario — including working as a TV/DVR remote. It’s also comfortable in hand and has NFC, a user-replaceable battery, and a microSD storage slot.

The bad: Its screen is dimmer than competitors’, its plastic design gives it a cheaper look than its rivals, and we found the Galaxy S4’s power button turned on at undesirable times. Not all camera modes work as promised, and a long list of software features can quickly overwhelm and confuse.

The bottom line: Its laundry list of features require time and effort to truly master, but the Galaxy S4 is the top choice for anyone looking for a big-screen, do-everything smartphone.



April 30, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Posted in Blackberry | Leave a comment


Let’s face it: BlackBerry 10 isn’t going to be for everyone. There are going to be people who have purchased a Z10 only to find out it’s not the device for them, and some people might find that they prefer the Q10, which launches soon.

As such, you’re going to want to securely wipe all of your information from the device. With just a few taps you’ll be able to secure your data, ensuring it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

  • Before wiping your device, it’s a good idea to use BlackBerry Link to back it up. Erasing your device is permanent, and should you need information from the device at a later time, you’re going to be thankful you made the backup.
  • Have a backup, right? Alright, then go ahead and launch the Settings app and tap on the “Security and Privacy” option.
  • Toward the bottom of the screen you’ll find “Security Wipe”; tap on it. You’ll need to type “blackberry” into the text field at the bottom before proceeding. This is BlackBerry’s way of keeping you from accidentally wiping your device. After entering the keyword and tapping on the Delete Data button, your device will begin resetting itself to its factory state.


April 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Posted in Samsung | Leave a comment


The good: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is comfortable to hold and has the best-looking small tablet screen yet. Writing with the S Pen feels natural and is preferred over typing on a tablet screen. Storage can be expanded via microSD, and the Watch On feature has potential as a universal remote/video content hub.

The bad: The $399 price is a lot for a small tablet, no matter its features. It’s not as thin or as light as the iPad Mini, and some people won’t appreciate the highly saturated look of the OS. Also, its face buttons sometimes get in the way and there are occasional performance hangs.

The bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a stunning tablet with a truly useful stylus, but it’s not worth $400 unless you’re an artist or prefer pen input.


April 9, 2013 at 4:16 am | Posted in HTC | Leave a comment



The good: The HTC One flaunts a stunning metal design, powerful quad-core processor, and a beautiful 4.7-inch 1080p screen. It runs Android Jelly Bean, takes great pictures, and has a feature-packed camera app.

The bad: Sealed case design means no SD expansion slot or user replaceable battery. The BlinkFeed software can’t be completely removed. The phone isn’t available on Verizon.

The bottom line: A few quibbles notwithstanding, the powerhouse HTC One is a beautifully crafted, near-ideal smartphone.

As HTC’s new flagship smartphone, the HTC One is packed to the rafters with top-notch components and technologies including some of the latest processing gear Qualcomm can muster. In addition to being state of the art, the successor to 2012’s HTC One X is lovingly crafted from premium metals, leaving no doubt that the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has placed considerable blood, sweat, and tears into this handset.

Like all other smartphones, the One isn’t perfect — it lacks both an SD Card slot for extra storage expansion and a removable battery. The camera isn’t quite as revolutionary as advertised. Android purists may not love HTC’s Sense UI skin, and the One’s non-removeable BlinkFeed news reader isn’t particularly welcome.

That said, I can easily say the HTC One is the fastest, most beautiful phone I’ve ever used. It should be at or near the top of the consideration list for anyone looking for a phone on Sprint, T-Mobile, or AT&T — where it will be going head-to-head with the Samsung Galaxy S4.

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