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frankspin

by frankspin

Has your phone replaced your camera?
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It's that time of the year when we get all the latest bits on the camera industry: Photokina. Of course we're there and covering it [1]. I know it's still early but one thing I'm noticing is we're not getting a ton of announcements for point and shoot cameras. Sure, Canon has a fancy new rival with the RX 100. Panasonic followed up with the update the LX7. But these are higher end cameras commanding something in the $500-700 price range.
As our phones get more and more powerful, we're getting... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

How often do you upgrade your phone?
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We're getting a lot of exciting phone announcements over the last week.
IFA gave us the following:
  • Galaxy Note Edge
  • Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha
  • LG G3 Stylus
  • Sony Xperia Z3
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
That same week Motorola also showcased the following:
  • Moto X
  • Moto G
And tomorrow is Apple's big day where we'll likely be seeing a new iPhone (or two).
The thing is, even with all this exciting new stuff I don't have any urge to upgrade. I bought my iPhone 5S on release day and a... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Have you replaced your remotes with a mobile device?
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Ever since I picked up a Harmony One I have been singing its praises. To me it's the perfect device for the living room with its sleek profile and convenient to reach buttons. This is why it pains me every time I go to use it and notice buttons not responding as well as they once did: it's on its last legs. Naturally, these aren't made anymore and the options from Logitech aren't great. The Hub is a... Read more →
DanCooper

by DanCooper

How would you change Samsung’s Galaxy S4?
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Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is one of the most popular smartphones on the market, and we’d wager that a hefty proportion of our readers use it as their daily driver. When we placed the device in front of our mobile expert Brad Molen, he was full of praise, with one or two exceptions. In his mind, the only thing that kept the Galaxy S4 from a perfect score was a tired design and some user interface decisions that... Read more →
Christina3712

by Christina3712

Torn Between HTC One M7, Samsung Galaxy S4, and Samsung Note II
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I have to get a smart phone for a job I'm starting soon and since I'm going to be entering into a two-year contract, I'm doing tons of research on the three phones mentioned in the subject. I was just wondering if anyone had one of these phones and could weigh in; or had a very strong, unbiased opinion in favor of one of them.
I've already written out pros and cons for each phone, but I'm inundated with new information every time I go online and just can't make a decision anymore. I love the size... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Does the remote control really need to die?
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A recent post[1] on the website Read Write Web discusses the remote control, and how the author feels it needs to "die." Over the course of the article, there are points made with regards to the current implementations of remote controls and their pitfalls, including:
  • Rather than evolve with televisions, remotes just got bulkier
  • Navigating endless amount of channels is cumbersome due excessive button pressing
The author goes on... Read more →
overidemehra

by overidemehra

Samsung Galaxy S4 S-View Flip Cover - Alarm Clock Problem
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Hi guys,
[I have no idea if this topic has been discussed before here or not, if it has, sorry about the repeat.]
Ok, the problem what I am facing here is that I just updated my Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 (Indian Model) to 4.4.2 Android OS via Smasung Kies as it was not showing up through the settings options.
After a long while (3hrs) of downloading (1.2GB or firmware file, very slow internet at my place), everything was updated to my phone, new white colored icons on the status bar and all.
At the... Read more →
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

How do you handle tracking your daily routines and journaling?
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Something that I have been trying to get into more is logging daily activities, work related duties, photos and just general journaling. This has become far easier thanks to smartphones and there is no shortage of tools to make this possible. I have a few different ones that I use to accomplish specific tasks, but I'm always open to hear how other people go about handling their daily journaling.
  • Daily Journal - I can't speak highly enough of DayOne and everything it...
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frankspin

by frankspin

What is going on over at Google!?
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Google is certainly busy in the mobile space with news coming out about an agreement with Samsung, and the potential sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo.
First, there is Samsung (http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/29/google-and-sam... who has made an agreement with Google to tone down the total amount of customization on Samsung phones. I don't doubt anyone will disagree this is a good thing because Touchwiz has been two steps forward in features but always one step back in appearance.
Right after... Read more →
sen619

by sen619

Audio quality Tests & Comparisons - II !
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I saw an article here @endgadet about the audio quality of different cellphones...it was a great article and I being an audio enthusiast really appreciated that...that test was taken about a year ago...and now, there are many new devices that claim and are worth checking if you're an audiophile so as the audio quality is your only concern nothing else....like for eg. HTC One & One Max, Sony Xperia Z & Z1, Nokia Lumia 1020, 1520 & Lumia 925, Apple iPhone 5S & iphone 5C, Samsung... 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 →
frankspin

by frankspin

How much does audio quality matter when buying music?
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In a recent conversation via Twitter I came across the site mp3ornot.com which uses an A/B test to see if you can find the difference in the files. It's an interesting test to take and see if you can actually notice the difference; mind you it's still not the best since they're not local files and sources may vary.
It did get me to thinking about music quality and perhaps some peoples obsession with having the best quality when they may not even notice. If you're... Read more →
sofica

by sofica

CamSpeed, Camera Speed Comparison (Iphone 5s, Galaxy S4, Lumia 1020..)
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Here is a result snapshot of the CamSpeed database comparing some of the most popular smartphones currently available.
List contains average measurements of the listed models in normal light conditions.
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As you can see Oppo Find5 is a lot faster to take the first picture than Lumia 1020. Those 38MP have their cost, but on the other hand Sony Xperia Z1(C6903) with its 20MP camera is still pretty fast.
Another interesting thing is... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Moving from Android to iOS is not as bad as you think
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As a previous Android user I often saw a lot of Android users exclaim about how coming to Android was such a liberating experience from the grasp of Apple's walled garden. For the last few years I believed this, but over time I started to open up to what Apple and iOS have to offer. After moving to the iPhone 5s this past September I can comfortably say making the move is not nearly as bad as it's made out to be, and to be honest it's been nice to not have the freedom that Android provides.
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frankspin

by frankspin

Does a product's repair score really matter to you?
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iFixit has become quite popular, and their teardowns of newly announced products always grab the attention of the tech world. Their most recent teardown of the newest Retina model Macbook Pro unsurprisingly scored a 1, and of course it's causing a bit of a stir. While they are often interesting since they provide a real good look at the product, do these teardowns serve any form of relevance anymore? Especially for products like the... Read more →