Posted by Scott Quarterman on 8/21/2014
Like any other year, 2014 has already brought its fair share of headlines in the mobile industry. From Google’s continued ramp up to the inevitable release of its highly touted Glass headset, to the enthusiastic reviews Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 received upon its arrival, all the way to the speculation about whether or not Amazon’s Fire Phone will be successful, tech followers have gotten plenty to talk about this year.
Posted by Scott Quarterman on 8/19/2014
For a product that just about everyone has been talking about for over a year now, the Google Glass has somehow managed to remain an enigma. Buyers cannot seem to decide whether it is geeky or trendy, and no one knows whether it will launch an age of popularity and prosperity for wearable technology or simply emphasize what it is that people love about handheld devices like smartphones and tablets.
Posted by Scott Quarterman on 8/13/2014
One of the biggest complaints about most modern smartphones is that their screens are too fragile. Buyers are, quite simply, sick of dropping their expensive pocket computers on tile floors and having to deal with cracked or shattered glass screens for the remainder of their two-year contracts. Cases and phone wallets, like the ones offered on eHolster.com, help to curb the risk of damaging your device, but many users are ready for additional protection, preferably in the form of screens that don’t break so easily.
Posted by Scott Quarterman on 7/30/2014
When Amazon.com announced the Fire Phone, its first foray into the smartphone market, it was the kind of moment that everyone knew was going to invite a mountain of scrutiny. A similar phenomenon happened back in 2007 when Apple first broke the silence on its original iPhone, and we all know what happened there: the phone redefined the mobile experience for an entire generation. Could the Amazon Fire Phone be the next iPhone? Is this device going to change the way we look at smartphones? Or will it merely be an expensive pretender to the throne, a phone that can’t quite break into an already busy market?
Posted by Scott Quarterman on 7/24/2014
There was a time when the gulf between “tablet” and “laptop” was the size of an ocean. Early tablets may have been sleek and cool, but they were more like oversized smartphones than feasibly laptop alternatives. But with each wave of new tablets, with each added feature and with each extra accessory, tablets have gotten closer and closer to laptops, to the point where some modern mobile users are at the point where they are considering ditching their laptop altogether and using their tablet devices as portable personal computers.
Posted by Scott Quarterman on 7/21/2014
Customers in search of a more secure, privacy-minded smartphone need look no more. A Swiss-based company called SGP Technologies SA has developed an Android-based device called the Blackphone, and its biggest claim to fame is that it provides levels of security that have hitherto been unavailable to smartphone users.
Posted by Scott Quarterman on 7/18/2014
In this day and age, proper care for your phone is more important than ever before. Modern smartphones aren’t just fully functional computers that can fit comfortably into the palm of your hand; on the contrary, they are also beautiful pieces of engineering craftsmanship and technological ingenuity. A new iPhone is as sleek and pristine as any piece of jewelry, and just as you want to protect your jewelry and make sure it still looks like a million bucks years after you bought it, you want your iPhone to still look brand spanking new every time you pull it out of your pocket.
Posted by Scott Quarterman on 6/27/2014
One of the greatest things about smartphones and tablets is that they’ve made it possible for our lives to consistently have a soundtrack. It used to be that our music listening was limited to the CDs, tapes, or vinyl records in our collections; then, it was all about MP3 players and which tracks you could fit on an iPod; now, the sky is the limit on what you can listen to and where you can listen to it, with mobile devices making it possible to take entire music libraries on the go, or to access huge catalogs of music via subscription services like Spotify. Long story short, if you’re a music fanatic, you’re living in the golden age of listener freedom, and mobile technology is a big part of the reason why.
Posted by Scott Quarterman on 6/24/2014
It’s bizarre, isn’t it? Tablets and smartphones haven’t even been around for a decade yet, and countless tech analysts are already ready to declare that mobile devices are running out of places to go. There is, of course, a reason for the assumption: innovation in smartphones and tablets has slowed down markedly in the past few years, with the idea mill at Apple churning out fewer industry-defining features with each consecutive iPhone or iPad, and with many other mobile developers simply copycatting one another in a never-ending parade of the same basic ideas and design principles. If the age of rapid innovation is over, then it’s only a matter of time before consumers get bored with the novelty of the smartphone, right?
Posted by Scott Quarterman on 6/18/2014
If Apple stays true to the “third Friday of September” release date plan that it has observed with the last few iPhone devices, then the latest product in the company’s flagship phone line is still three months away. That hasn’t stopped iPhone 6 rumors from leaking to the web, however, nor has it kept Apple fans from making premature judgments about the company’s supposed plans for the highly anticipated iPhone 6.