Posted by Scott Quarterman on 9/30/2014
The concept of “jailbreaking” phones and using them on different mobile networks than the ones the were purchased to work with has been common ever since Apple launched the first iPhone with an AT&T exclusivity deal. Mobile customers with other carriers, from Sprint to Verizon, wanted to see what Apple’s brand-new smartphone had to offer, and since they wanted to do so without having to change carriers to AT&T, they instead figured how to unlock the devices and use them on any network they wanted.
Posted by Scott Quarterman on 9/16/2014
It is not uncommon for battery life to be the nadir of modern smartphone design. Even the top smartphones on the market right now, the Apple iPhones and the Samsung Galaxy devices, can be drained of their battery life rapidly through intensive use. Since most of us need these devices to last through a work or school day, running out of battery power remains a concern among the majority of smartphone users.
Posted by Scott Quarterman on 8/25/2014
According a recent article in Time Magazine, tablet sales fell in the first quarter of 2014 for the first time since the market started heating up. There are several potential reasons for this slowdown.
The first and most obvious of these is that virtually everyone who wants a tablet already has one and that the market is just growing oversaturated at this point. While smartphones have been able to thrive and keep selling thanks to a two-year mobile carrier contract system, which seems to urge buyers to replace their phones every other year, tablets do not have a similar structure in place. More along the lines of laptops than smartphones, it is reasonable to expect that users are simply holding onto their tablets for longer than they do their phones, which in turn means fewer repeat buyers every year or two, and lower sales figures.
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.