smartphones

The Samsung Galaxy S6's Memory Is So, So Much Faster Than Other Phones

MWC 2015 had some pretty impressive announcements, but nothing as high-profile as the Galaxy S6. Here’s the thing, though — the next Samsung flagship smartphone has a huge improvement in one crucial, but under-appreciated area.


What Was Your First Smartphone?

Smartphones were once a boutique item, but now they’re essential. Still, we all remember a time before smartphones — at least, the time before we got our first one. How old were you when you got your first, and what year was it?


Virgin Is Letting You Roll Your Mobile Data Over Into The Next Month

If you’re a Virgin Mobile customer on a postpaid (contract) plan, we have some good news. Virgin’s already generous included data caps are about to get even moreso; any unused data allowance at the end of the month on these plans will be rolled over into your next billing period.


Your Most Crushing Stories About Smashing Your Phones

Nothing feels dumber than smashing your phone out of sheer carelessness and stupidity. No one knows this better than me. A few weeks ago, we asked you to share how you destroyed your expensive pocket computer. Here are the very finest stories.


Blackberry Is Bringing Back The Slider Phone Because Sure Why Not

When square phones don’t quite work and suing Ryan Seacrest is taking too long, what’s a BlackBerry to do? Combine the weirdest new hardware trend and a classic old one together in one super (silly?) smartphone. Blackberry just teased the new “dual-curved, all-touch display with a keyboard — yes a slider device!” at this years Mobile World Congress.


A Windscreen For Smartphones Means You'll Never Shout Over A Breeze

The noise-cancelling software your smartphone uses to eliminate background sounds from your voice when making a call is surprisingly good these days, but still not good enough to deal with the deafening crackle from a sudden gust of wind. That’s why microphones have those puffy foam covers on the end, and why these Windblockers for smartphones and tablets aren’t a terrible idea.


Lenovo's New Phones: A 16MP Camera-Lookalike, First Dolby Atmos Handset

At the Mobile World Congress, Lenovo has announced a pair of new phones. The first, the Vibe Shot, is a slim phone that has pretensions to be a camera; the second is the A7000, apparently the world’s first smartphone to come with Dolby Atmos.


Your New Samsung Galaxy S6 Will Have A Built-In Expiration Date

Your smartphone’s battery life won’t last forever. Today, your digital companion might work all day long, then party late into the evening — but, a year from now, you’ll almost certainly have depleted a substantial portion of its capacity. What happens when your phone no longer lasts the day? Time to replace the battery! But with Samsung’s new Galaxy S6, that’s not going to be easy.


Xiaomi Mi Note: The First Chinese Smartphone You'll Actually Want

You’ve probably never heard of the Xiaomi Mi Note. You can’t buy one in the US or in Australia. You should read this story anyhow. It’s about a smartphone — a really good smartphone — but it’s also about the future of personal electronics. You care about the future, no?


This Umbrella's Built-In Bluetooth Reminds You Not To Forget It

There’s a never-ending debate when it comes to buying umbrellas: Do you spend a lot of money on an expensive one you’ll probably end up losing, or do you buy a cheap model that will most certainly break in a light breeze? Davek wants you to go the former route, and is now upgrading its umbrellas with Bluetooth in the hopes that you’ll never forget it again.