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frankspin

by frankspin

What are your favorite alternatives to Android's default apps?
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One of the strongest features with Android is the ability to set third party apps to be the default app of choice for certain actions. Don't like using Hangouts? Install Textra and you're good to go. Need more features from your camera? Don't worry because CameraZoomFX has loads more.
Today on Engadget we offered up some of the best alternatives to default apps... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Could you live without Google products?
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After Google shutdown reader, and with their bigger push of Google+, I'm noticing blog posts popping up a bit more with people moving away from Google services. Aside from the companies history of just axing products, the issue appears to be users are becoming uncomfortable with Google's changes that affect products across the entire web -- not to mention the sweeping change to Gmail, IMAP, XMPP is leaving some people unhappy.
I was trying to think about how difficult it would be to make this... Read more →
TgD

by TgD

Wireless Charging: Is it worth it yet?
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Ever since the Nexus 4, and early Nokia Lumia's were announced, I was somewhat excited by wireless charging. This was the future. I wanted to have this functionality.
Over a year later, I own a nexus 4 and still plug in a cable every night. In my opinion I still don't think wireless charging is at the place I want it to be. Here is why:
1. You have to find one that will work well for your phone
I know Qi charging is rapidly becoming the best standard in wireless charging, but a lot of the wireless... Read more →
JasonTsay

by JasonTsay

My Year with Android
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I’m coming up on a year of living with an Android phone, so I thought now might be a nice time to post some thoughts about it.
A year ago, I was using an iPhone 4, which I had seen though iOS 4, 5, and 6. I was on the route to getting a used 4S, and then Google came along and announced the Nexus 4 – a pretty well specced, stock Android phone for $350 unlocked (16GB). I’ll admit, although I liked what I was seeing in terms of Android evolution at the time, I was pretty deeply invested in... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Galaxy Nexus owners won't officially be getting KitKat
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Engadget posted yesterday (http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/31/google-galaxy-... that Galaxy Nexus devices will not be getting KitKat. They haven't gotten official word, but their sources say it's due to the phone using Texas Instruments who is now out of mobile.
Meanwhile, over on the Galaxy Nexus FAQ (https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/3468085) it states Google will not be updating the phone because it "falls outside of the 18-month update window." This falls in line with the... Read more →
daninbusiness

by daninbusiness

Go get this now, or better to wait & see?
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It's a funny time as a mobile phone buyer; there are some okay deals on the market now, but they mostly exist to allow retailers & carriers to clear out stock in prep of holiday phone releases.
I'm totally aware of this, yet am getting pretty tempted by the low $250 price for a 16 gig Nexus 4.
Am currently switching between an iPhone 4 and HTC 8x as daily drivers.
Kind of considering an iPhone 5 or 5S as well; just got an iPhone 5 for the wife (feel okay about that since we're within an... Read more →
JasonTsay

by JasonTsay

The future of "Nexus" devices?
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Today, at Google I/O, the company announced a Galaxy S4, free of any skinning - basically, a Nexus device, if you define Nexus as pure, unadulterated Android with on-time updates. The thing is, they didn't give the phone a name. It isn't the Nexus 5 or the Galaxy Nexus 4, it's just another Galaxy S4.
Given that the Nexus project hasn't been a huge success in the past, is this Google's new strategy? Give people a flagship phone they know but with Google's own experience on it? And what happened... Read more →
efibarra

by efibarra

iPhone Boredom
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I've been the owner of every iPhone but the first one but I've reached a point where I'm extremely bored with it. This happened shortly after my iPhone 5 purchase. Although this is the best and most beautiful iPhone ever, I suddenly found myself yearning for something different. I made a rash decision and returned my iPhone 5 for an S3 only to run right back to my iPhone 5. I hated the Samsung apps and Touchwiz in general. Plus I felt a certain incompatibility to my spouse, family & friend's... Read more →
xam

by xam

wireless charging orb
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I got the orb and had no issues the first few weeks. But now the phone slides off after a couple hours. Anyone else experiencing this problem? I've spotted other reports — any solutions? Do I need to return it?
marc

by marc

gdgt Zeitgeist 2012 Part II: Most-Wanted Products
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If you’re a gdgt member, you already know about our lists; you can build a list of every gadget you currently have, used to have, or want, share those lists with friends on social networks, and see what gadgets you have in common with your friends on gdgt. The lists are also a great way for us to track which new products are most popular with our members, and the tables below show some interesting patterns. As expected, there are a lot of... Read more →
nueclipse

by nueclipse

Best protective case/cover option for LG Nexus 4?
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I was quite impressed with the 16GB Nexus 4 that i've been using for the last few weeks...until I dropped it. The Gorilla Glass back is now quite cracked and damaged (Damn!). I'm about to get on the phone to LG to try and sort out a warranty repair/replacement. Can anybody on here recommend a good/great quality casing/cover that would prevent this from happening again?
JasonTsay

by JasonTsay

Photo quality through integrated camera cover glass?
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Although the iPhone 4 was the first mainstream smartphone to have a full glass back, the Nexus 4 seems to be the first phone to have the entire back cover also act as the camera cover glass. Theoretically, Gorilla Glass 2 would be good for the durability of the camera area but is Gorilla Glass 2 glass of the same optical grade as other cover glass used on smartphone cameras? Although the "cover glass" is not the same as the "lens", I... Read more →
saarhay

by saarhay

There are two reasons, and two reasons only, why I won't buy this
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The first one is the 16GB storage, which is a big problem for me because I don't use cloud storage and I need a lot of space.
The second reason is that a little device called Asus PadFone 2 will come out shortly and for me this device plus the "Tablet" are the perfect combination.
DWAnderson

by DWAnderson

Nexus 4 is all but vaporware
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The Nexus 4 seems like it would be a fine phone if it were actually available in the market. As it stands now one cannot actually purchase a 16GB Nexus 4 except on eBay for around $600, making the $350 price illusory. If Apple wanted to sell 1000 iPhone 5s for $100 and the rest through third parties for $600, that does not make it a $100 phone and it should not be reviewed as such.
frankspin

by frankspin

Nexus 4 orders are backordered for up to three weeks.
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After many reports of the Play Store crashing when pre-orders went live some are now reporting they're receiving am email informing them their Nexus 4 order has been backordered. Google is estimating the delay for orders to take up three weeks for the shipments to start rolling out again.
Here is the email:
Thank you for your recent purchase on Google Play. Due to overwhelming demand, your Nexus 4 is on backorder and is expected to ship... Read more →