Tag: Android

Reviewing the Alcatel Idol 4 and Pixi 4

By Ted Kritsonis

These two latest smartphones from Alcatel are targeted at consumers looking to save a few bucks without having to lose too much on features and functionality. There are plenty of trade-offs in making that work, and one of them delivers on that more than the other.

Overview: First look at Google’s new Pixel phones

Unfortunately, our review Google Pixel sporadically disconnected from our carrier network rendering it useless for calls or accessing the Internet. Our same SIM card worked without issue on five other devices. Google’s response was for us to contact our carrier, not really a helpful direction which dampens any enthusiasm I have in recommending the Google Pixel at this time.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 woes seal its fate

By Ted Kritsonis

In what can only be described as one of the worst 30-day stretches a consumer electronics company has endured, Samsung’s troubles with its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone have hit another low with calls to stop using the device entirely, even if it is a replacement.

Lenovo bets on modularity for the smartphone’s future

Lenovo, by virtue of Motorola, is looking outward. They’ve created the thinnest smartphone in the market with the Moto Z and its cheaper, slightly thicker variant, the Moto Z Play. But while both of these are premium flagship devices, it is the availability of Moto Mod accessory modules that really pushes the smartphone paradigm towards the future.

The top smartphone photography apps

Initially, using smartphones to take photos was a convenience even if the quality, speed, and performance of these cameras was not ideal. Smartphone manufacturers have realized that photo quality on their smartphones is a major selling point and what keeps customers upgrading to the latest version of their chosen mobile devices.

LG G Pad III 8.0 is a practical and portable Android tablet

LG G Pad III comes with Microsoft Office for Android installed, this is a huge freebie that makes it possible for this content consumption device to shine as an ultraportable note-taking, editing and spreadsheet-enabled device which can work with the most popular document formats.

Review: Motorola Moto G4 Plus makes a strong case to go mid-range

By Ted Kritsonis

Buying a premium smartphone outright isn’t what it used to be, now that prices routinely hit above $1,000, except mid-range phones are creeping up to close the performance gap. The Motorola Moto G4 Plus is a solid example of a phone that performs admirably well, yet comes in considerably lower on the price tag.