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Preview: LG G3 pushes to be among the best smartphones

by Blogger on ‎07-17-2014 12:39 PM - last edited on ‎07-17-2014 04:23 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If it’s true that LG made a breakthrough in the tough smartphone market, it may well have been the G2, which signaled the company was serious about competing with the best. As good as the phone was, in some respects, it needed some work to improve the user experience. This is exactly what the LG G3 seems to be tailored for, not only trimming the fat of its Android skin, but also using a display that is unquestionably one of the best on any handset today.

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Review: Motorola Moto E

by Blogger ‎06-19-2014 11:15 AM - edited ‎06-19-2014 11:24 AM

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With the Moto G, Motorola was knocking on the door of the large budget consumer smartphone space by offering respectable performance, great build quality and an almost “pure” Android experience with no annoying overlays and skins. The Moto G was a huge success and Motorola’s rewarded it by making it a mid-range model and adding 4G-LTE as well as microSD card functionality.

 

At the entry level, Motorola’s created the Moto E, which is smaller and more compact but which offers a decent set of specs for a device that’s designed to replace a feature phone.

Smartphones for emerging markets are a thing now.

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Review: Motorola Moto G LTE good value for money

by Blogger on ‎06-12-2014 05:17 PM - last edited on ‎06-13-2014 09:42 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Smartphone manufacturers have tended to pack in whatever they can into their devices, choosing to offer as much as possible without paralyzing them. Despite a bit of caution in that trend so far this year, flagship handsets will always be about what can be done, rather than what can’t. But not everyone is in the market for the hottest item when practicality, functionality and price intersect. Motorola has looked to fill that mid-range void by offering devices that don’t aim to unseat anyone from a perch, but rather provide value without a big financial commitment. This is exactly where the Moto G LTE lies, a phone that neither dazzles nor disappoints.

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Review: Canon SELPHY CP910 Wireless Compact Photo Printer

by Blogger ‎05-30-2014 08:13 AM - edited ‎05-31-2014 07:30 AM

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In the digital age we live in today, it’s never been easier to capture and share moments through the photos we take. From shameless selfies to group shots—it’s almost a given that any social outing will end in a spree of photos. What better way to celebrate and cherish these special memories than by taking it past the digital screen and into the palm of your hands? The portable and lightweight SELPHY CP910 Wireless Photo Printer from Canon is the perfect companion that will do just that, and with its fun, creative, and easy-to-use functionalities, it’s no surprise that it’ll also be an instant hit with any tween girl!

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Samsung products simplify life by seamlessly working together

by Blogger on ‎05-21-2014 04:51 PM - last edited on ‎05-26-2014 09:18 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If you look around your home and live in the world of Samsung when it comes to your entertainment devices, you are part of a growing ecosystem of the company’s products. All of them are designed to work seamlessly together, pushing content over or picking up where you left off. These also tend to be the devices you use and interact with most, so it stands to reason that they would be able to “talk” to each other. Here’s a quick look at how this web of connectivity actually works.

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Review: Sony Xperia Z2

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2014 03:27 PM - last edited on ‎07-28-2014 04:49 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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When it comes to its smartphones, Sony has been a tough company to understand. On the one hand, they’ve made good quality handsets with solid specs, great battery life and waterproofing. But on the other, they’ve been behind on Android updates, software and key design points. Last year’s Xperia Z and Z1 tidied up some of these issues, for the most part, except that the screen quality and camera performance needed upgrades to compete with the best on the market. Enter the Xperia Z2, quite possibly the most complete smartphone Sony has produced.

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Wireless-AC vs. Wireless-N: What you should know

by Blogger ‎04-24-2014 10:33 AM - edited ‎06-16-2014 09:56 PM

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Wireless, or Wi-Fi, protocols aren’t common knowledge for the average consumer. It’s one of those understated tech specs that can play a big role in how well you enjoy the convenience of browsing or streaming on your home network. So, when you see the term 802.11ac, or Wireless-AC, you know you’re looking at the current standard. Still, there are routers and devices out there that work on 802.11n or Wireless-N, and it might be worth it to you to know the differences between them.

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Sony may have finally gotten it right, or at least finally achieved what it had originally set out to do with the Xperia Z1 only six months ago. The Xperia Z2 is probably the most complete smartphone Sony has ever brought to market, offering the same waterproofing of its predecessor, while also taking significant strides in key areas like the screen, camera and power under the hood. I got some hands-on time with the device and here are my first impressions.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 is a notable evolutionary step in the right direction

by Blogger on ‎04-09-2014 11:50 AM - last edited on ‎04-11-2014 05:21 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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When Samsung released the Galaxy Note 3 last fall, I called it the company’s true flagship smartphone because there wasn’t much else like it on the market. By that time, the Galaxy S4 had the notoriety despite being supplanted by a few other handsets. The Galaxy S5 is not a huge leap forward from its predecessor, but it is a notable evolutionary step in the right direction that ensures this phone will compete to be the best.

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Review: HTC One (M8)

by Blogger on ‎04-05-2014 05:52 PM - last edited on ‎04-07-2014 11:27 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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HTC took a different approach with the One (M7) last year, a body made of aluminum on the outside, with a subtler take on the overall interface — fastened together by the UltraPixel camera and BlinkFeed. The same cues are apparent in the new One, with improvements to the design, hardware and software that make this not just an elegant handset, but one that might compete for the crown as among the best ever made.

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Review: LG G Flex

by Blogger ‎03-31-2014 12:01 PM - edited ‎03-31-2014 12:04 PM

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Curved displays aren’t really a new idea, since movie theatres have had them for decades, but their implementation in mobile devices like smartphones takes a little getting used to. In that respect, the LG G Flex is a bit of a pioneer. It not only features a curved display, it also does so with a larger 6-inch P-OLED that proves to be an important element to how you might perceive it. LG hasn’t positioned this device as a solution for every consumer, nor is it the company’s flagship (that’s still the G2; soon to be the G3), but it’s a functional handset meant for those who want something bigger to look at.

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Preview: HTC unveils all-new One smartphone

by Blogger ‎03-25-2014 01:01 PM - edited ‎04-03-2014 10:20 AM

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HTC launched its new One (M8) smartphone today at an event in New York, looking to expand on the design culture that featured so prominently on last year’s model. I was on hand in the Big Apple to check out the shiny metallic handset, including the hardware and software features the company packed into its new frame.

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Spritz is an app looking to change how you read

by Blogger on ‎03-11-2014 10:10 PM - last edited on ‎04-21-2014 03:15 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Usually, the term “a need for speed” doesn’t tend to rhyme when it comes to reading, a pastime that is more about slowing down enough to retain all the information on each page. There appears to be an app for that, too, and it’s called Spritz. Well, to be fair, Spritz is actually more than just an app, it’s a technology that its developers believe could change the speed, recognition and retention that people read with, managing to get you through up to 1,000 words per minute. Samsung devices will be the first to showcase it on mobile devices, with the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Gear 2 coming first.

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New phones and tablets announced at Mobile World Congress

by Blogger ‎02-27-2014 02:08 PM - edited ‎02-27-2014 02:08 PM

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Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona has become the preeminent world event for all things mobile, with some of the latest flagship phones, tablets and apps being introduced to the masses during the show from Feb. 24-27. Some of the standouts so far will be coming to Canada, and even sooner than you might think.

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Samsung unveils new Galaxy S5

by Blogger on ‎02-24-2014 02:05 PM - last edited on ‎05-14-2014 11:10 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Samsung introduced the new Galaxy S5 smartphone at its Unpacked event in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress (MWC), promising a handset that will be its most “mesmerizing” and connected yet. With a similar, though more refined design, the S5 appears to take some of its design and functional cues from the previous two devices, but Samsung seems to also want to make sure consumers understand that the focus is a little bigger with this one.

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