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Nokia Lumia Icon Windows Phone 8 smartphone review

on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

I enjoyed reviewing the Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows 8.1 RT tablet a few weeks ago and since it’s been over a year, I thought it was time that I reviewed another Windows Phone device as well. Verizon offered to send me the Nokia Lumia Icon (aka Lumia 929), which is available exclusively from them. I Read More…


Google’s Nexus 5 now available in red

on Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Posted in: Android related, News

Have you been wanting to get your geek partner the perfect red gadget for Valentine’s Day?  You can now purchase Google’s Nexus 5 in bright red from the Google Play Store in 16GB or 32GB of storage.  This version of the flagship phone boasts all of the same features as the black or white Nexus 5 Read More…


verykool s470 Black Pearl Android smartphone review

on Monday, December 23rd, 2013

The verykool s470 is a full featured 4.7″ no contract/unlocked dual SIM Android phone marketed as an affordable “buy it and use it anywhere” device. This is a market segment that’s fairly sparsely populated in the US among the major phone OS platforms – for example the Nokia Lumia 520/521 (sub $100 no contract) in the Read More…


Does the LG G2 have what it takes to be your next smartphone?

on Sunday, September 15th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

This post brought to you by LG. All opinions are 100% mine. It seems like I’m never satisfied when it comes to my phone. There’s always some feature missing that is available on another brand phone or model. One of the latest Android smartphones on the market is from a company that you might not Read More…


HTC One Android smartphone review

on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

It’s that time of year again when gadgeteers like us start checking our wallets and bank accounts to see how much extra money we have available for a potential new phone purchase. There are quite a few new phones coming to Verizon and they have been kind enough to send me some demo units of Read More…


Keyprop, the portable smartphone stand on your key ring

on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Ever wish you had a way to prop up your smart phone for reading, Skyping or watching your favorite videos? The Keyprop by Integral Design may be the simple, stylish and portable solution you are looking for. The Keyprop is made out of polycarbonate and is over-molded with a rubberized TPE material. This means the Keyprop is Read More…


Android App Spotlight: CyanDelta Updater – Incremental Cyanogen 10.1 nightlies

on Monday, May 27th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

If like me your Android devices are rooted and running alternate ROMs  then you’ll be sick of downloading 200+MB files everytime an update comes out. If you’re running Cyanogen 10.1 nightlies then you’ll be downloaded these files, well, every night.  CyanDelta Updater is an app that does incremental downloads of your CM 10.1 nightly downloading only Read More…


GText from MightyText – SMS from Gmail

on Friday, May 24th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

I wrote an article on MightyText back in November; it’s a plugin that allows you to send and receive SMS texts from your Android phone via your browser.  I can honestly say that I use MightyText almost everyday.  Well it just got better.  While previously I had to have a separate MightyText tab open, GText is a plug-in that allows Read More…


Greenify *ROOT* Android app review

on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

I’m going to make a strange admission here for a gadgeteer:  I’m not really a power user on my phone or my tablet.  Though I use my devices for all sorts of things, though I love to play with alternate ROMs and want my devices to be fast and responsive, in the end I’m a Read More…


BlackBerry Z10 smartphone review

on Monday, April 15th, 2013
Posted in: Reviews, Wireless

To be honest, I can’t remember the last BlackBerry device that I reviewed. It’s been many years ago and they’ve been off my radar until recently. The announcement of the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone caught my eye because of the phone’s good looks. But can this smartphone run with the iOS and Android big dogs, or Read More…

Samsung GALAXY Note II – Perfect artist’s tool

on Friday, March 15th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

Three Australian illustrators were invited to create an exclusive piece of art using only the Samsung GALAXY Note II. Meet Andrew Millist and discover a stunning, digitally painted world of robots, turtles and pure happiness. Video sponsored by Samsung.


HTC announces the HTC One Android smartphone

on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

This morning HTC announced its new flagship smartphone, the HTC One, and boy is it a stunner. Designed with a zero-gap/unibody style sleek aluminum case and a 4.7″ 1080p 468 PPI display, the One looks like an Apple fan’s iPhone 6 fantasy. It features a 1.7Ghz quad core Snapdragon processor and will be available in 32GB Read More…


Ting’s Pay-For-What-You-Use cell service review

on Friday, January 11th, 2013

The major cellular providers continue to force their customers into bigger, bolder, more expensive plans that many folks do not need. I admit that I moved our family to Verizon’s Family Share Plan, where we pay a premium price for unlimited talk, text, and 6GB of data. However, there are many people that are not Read More…


Nokia Lumia 822 Windows Phone 8 smartphone review

on Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Posted in: Reviews, Windows Mobile

It’s been so long since I reviewed a Windows phone, that they weren’t even called Windows Phones back then. They were called Windows Mobile phones. So it’s an understatement to say that I’ve been long overdue to try one. Verizon Wireless was kind enough to send me a loan of a Nokia Lumia 822 Windows Read More…

Ubuntu on your smartphone?

on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

What do you use on your smartphone: iOS, Android, Windows? Well if Ubuntu has its way, it’ll become another major player in the smartphone market as well. It’s a pretty long video, but well worth a watch (the best phone interface info is between 6:20 and 13:45). What do you reckon? I think I want


HTC DROID DNA Android smartphone review

on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Is it just me or does it seem like every new Android smartphone looks almost exactly like the last new Android smartphone? It sure felt like deja vu all over again when I opened the box that Verizon Wireless sent me a few days ago. Inside was the HTC DROID DNA, their latest and greatest high-end Android Read More…


YotaPhone – Two screens this phone is having

on Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Posted in: Android related, News

From Russian company Yota Devices, the YotaPhone  (confused you must not get ) is a dual-screen Android phone. One side is a normal high-resolution 4.3″ 1280 x 720 LCD screen that you can use to watch videos or play games; flip it over and the other side has a 4.3″ E Ink screen to read a Read More…


Kanex DoubleUp Dual USB Charger review

on Saturday, December 1st, 2012

In my house, we have a lot of gadgets that need to be charged and a dearth of outlets.  Because all of us tend to have the same types of gadgets, we can usually share chargers, which minimizes how many chargers we have to have scattered around the house.  Since I now have a few Read More…


Motorola DROID RAZR HD Android smartphone first impressions

on Sunday, November 4th, 2012

A few days ago, Verizon sent me the Motorola DROID RAZR HD for a quick test drive. This phone comes in 2 flavors. RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD. The difference between the two is memory size and battery capacity, with the MAXX having more of each. This will be a quick hardware tour as Read More…


LG Intuition 4G LTE Smartphone review

on Sunday, October 21st, 2012

What do you get when you take a smartphone and a tablet and put them in a dark room with some Barry White music on the stereo? A bouncing baby Phablet, that’s what. Phablet’s are becoming pretty popular lately. Just look at the oversized smartphones like the Samsung GALAXY Note and Note 2. But what Read More…


Apple iPhone 5 Review

on Thursday, October 4th, 2012

The countdown to the press event where Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the new iPhone 5 had Apple fan(atic)s like myself waiting on pins and needles to find out what amazing, revolutionary and insanely great features we would be offered with the new model. I had waited months, saving my Verizon upgrade to use on Read More…


Everpurse Charges Your Phone

on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The Everpurse looks awesome and I want one. Now. But unfortunately it’s a darn Kickstarter project, which means I have to wait. I hate waiting. What is it you ask? It’s a small zippered purse that will hold your smartphone. Wait, don’t stop reading… It holds AND charges your smartphone’s battery with an internal battery. Read More…


HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint Quick Look Review

on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

I was recently sent the HTC EVO 4G LTE Android Smartphone for Sprint and it reminded me of the fact that I used to enjoy building my own desktop computers by picking out the case, motherboard, video card, audio card, monitor, OS, etc. I would always get exactly what I wanted that way. I sure wish we could Read More…

Fantom Tempered Glass

Fantom Tempered Glass Screen Protector for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

on Friday, August 24th, 2012
Posted in: Android related, News

We tend to cover quite a few screen protectors for various devices here on The Gadgeteer, however most of them are made of some sort of  soft and flexible PET film.  The Fantom screen protector for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus from XGear takes it up a notch. Made of shatter-proof tempered glass, the Fantom is only Read More…

Galaxy 5

Australian Deal of the Day – Samsung Galaxy 5 $49.50

on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
Posted in: Android related, News

Another fair dinkum Aussie deal. Need a cheap and cheery smartphone but missed out on the cheap LG Optimus Spirit? Woolworths has the Telstra pre-paid Samsung Galaxy 5 currently on sale for 1/2 price at $49.50 With a 600 MHz processor running Android 2.1 (Eclair), a 240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches screen and an included Read More…