Tag Archive for ‘Smartphone’

The Essential Phone ➝

Chris Hannah, on Andy Rubin’s newly announced Essential Phone:

In principle I like the Essential phone, but I just can’t imagine myself switching to Android (this is a deeper problem I’ll expand upon in the future). I would of preferred it to run a separate operating system, but I do respect the amount of work that would take to build, not even thinking about the app ecosystem.

However it is a step in the right direction for Android phones, which I believe was started by the Google Pixel. In my mind, android phones were all about quantity, and not necessarily being the best devices. But it’s started to take a different course, and it’s only for the best.

I didn’t follow the news of the Essential Phone very closely. It’s one of the best-designed Android phones I’ve ever seen, but at the end of the day, it’s an Android phone.

What You Should and Shouldn’t Do to Extend Your Phone’s Battery Life ➝

The Wirecutter:

One of the biggest complaints people have about their smartphone is that the battery doesn’t last long enough. For many people, just making it through the day can be a challenge, which is why you see so many “How to make your phone’s battery last longer!” articles in your friends’ Facebook feeds. But many of the claims in those articles are specious at best, and some of the tricks they suggest could actually shorten your battery life. So which ones should you try?

We partnered with The New York Times to find the answer by testing, on both Android and iPhone smartphones, a slew of procedures that people, publications, and—in some cases—smartphone manufacturers suggest for getting more use time out of your phone. The article on the NYT website includes a summary of our findings, but if you want to know more, read on for our extended recommendations.

This is a great read, but I would specifically direct your attention to the Battery-saving myths section. It’s filled with information that every smartphone owner should know.

(Via David Chartier.)

It’s Time For The Next Four Quadrants ➝

Mike Bates writes about how the lines are blurring between PCs, smartphones, and tablets.

The HTC One A9 Looks Familiar ➝

Remember when HTC was considered a top-tier handset manufacturer that was churning out unique smartphone designs? I guess those days are behind us as the company has found its true calling — selling iPhone knockoffs.

Marshall Announces a Smartphone ➝

Lynn La, writing for CNET:

If you’re an audiophile, the news of Marshall’s debut smartphone may be music to your ears. The audio and sound company, which specializes in making amplifiers, speakers and headphones launched a smartphone today called the London.

As Marshall’s first smartphone, the device emphasizes high-quality sound and sports a number of features that promise to boost a user’s listening experience.

The device doesn’t look completely ridiculous, especially compared to other Android devices on the market. But, I don’t understand who would actually buy this thing. I’d guess that most users who care about audio quality and love music are far more likely to just buy an iPhone than even consider the London.

Ars Technica Goes Hands-on with HTC One M9 ➝

The other android smartphone announcement I paid attention to today was the HTC One M9. I like the design of the device a lot more than the Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge and I think keeping the design virtually unchanged from last year’s model was a smart idea. There isn’t much of a reason to build a drastically different phone design every single year. And, I think their industrial designers might be able to come up with more interesting design changes if they only need to do so once every two years.

Live from Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Launch Event ➝

The Verge’s live blog from today’s Samsung event. They announced the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Samsung Pay. I always try to keep an eye on what the major Android handset manufacturers are up to. But, I don’t see anything interesting here.

Amazon Fire Phone ➝

Amazon’s newly announced smartphone, starting at $199 and shipping on July 25. It’s biggest landmark feature being 3D head tracking that Amazon’s calling “Dynamic Perspective” that allows you to look around object on the screen by tilting your head or the screen. It’s a neat piece of technology, but I don’t think any of the implementations are that compelling. I don’t see anything about Dynamic Perspective that makes me want to use it.

Also, I find it very difficult to look at a product/link scanning feature without thinking of CueCat. And, we all know how that ended.