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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.


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



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.


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



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.


Review: LG G Flex

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



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.


Preview: HTC unveils all-new One smartphone

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



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.


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



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.


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.


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.


Preview: LG G Flex curved smartphone coming to Future Shop

by Blogger ‎02-21-2014 06:04 PM - edited ‎02-21-2014 06:07 PM

LG G Flex preview.jpgLG has confirmed that it will launch the G Flex, its vaunted curved smartphone, exclusive to Rogers, and sold at Future Shop on a date that is still to be determined. The curved phone has been out in South Korea since last fall, but was shown off at CES in Las Vegas last month, where I got some personal time with it. Read on for some of the things you can expect to find with this big and curvy handset.


NetTalk launches new Android app with Canadian features

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

NetTalk Android app.jpgIf you’re familiar with NetTalk and its VoIP products and service, then you know how it can save you money both at home or on the go. Now, the company is showing Canadians some love by launching an app exclusively for the Great White North that offers a free Canadian phone number and free app-to-app calling anywhere in the world.


BlackBerry 10.2.1 update.jpgBlackBerry has rolled out a major update to its BB10 operating system today with version 10.2.1, which brings in a handful of new features meant to streamline and enhance specific controls and options. The update includes some other upgrades and enhancements that have been overdue in the company’s latest devices.


Review: Motorola Moto G

by Blogger ‎12-25-2013 07:32 PM - edited ‎12-25-2013 07:31 PM



Smartphones tend to be expensive products when you factor in all the costs associated with them, whether or not you buy them outright or on contract. The Moto G is very much an exception to that rule, offering a quality design and feature set that delivers solid performance and a serious bang for your buck. It does this with some trade-offs, mind you, but if your needs don’t necessarily require those things, you may find that this is the right phone to go with when you’re on a budget or new to smartphones.


HTC Desire (2013 Edition)

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2013 10:04 AM - last edited on ‎12-16-2013 03:28 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



Despite a recent drop in market share, and increasing pressure from its competition, HTC still seems pretty bent on not only producing some awesome devices, but also making sure every single device it launches satisfies individual market tastes. Let’s take a look at the 2013 edition HTC Desire.


Comparing the top Android smartphones: which one is right for you?

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2013 01:46 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2013 03:54 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

android logo.jpgIt wasn’t that long ago that mentioning Android to the average person was met with a raised eyebrow and a look of confusion. The mobile operating system has risen meteorically because of all the smartphone manufacturers that have embraced it, and the competition between them and against Apple’s iPhone has pushed the boundaries on quality further. The bevy of choice within Android is great, but it also makes it challenging to find what you think will be the best fit. If your mind is set on a flagship Android device, here’s some insight to help you make a more informed decision.


Review: Google's New Nexus 5

by Blogger on ‎11-21-2013 01:02 PM - last edited on ‎11-21-2013 01:33 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



Google’s Nexus devices are some of the most interesting Android devices because they have good prices and don’t skimp out on specs and features. The real bonus, however, is that they have the purest Android experience you can find. Neither bloated with preloaded apps, nor overlaid with a different user interface, the Nexus 5 is one of the most unique Android smartphones to launch this year. Its combination of feature set and price make it undeniably attractive, and if you can manage a couple of its shortcomings, you may have the right fit here.


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