Smartphone

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Verizon sent me short term loaner unit of the LG G5 a couple weeks ago and I've been holding off reviewing it until I received the camera grip module. Since the grip module isn't due to get here for another week or so, I thought I'd go ahead and split the review into two parts [...]

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VeryKool-SPARK-SL5011-Review02

The verykool Spark LTE SL5011 Android phone is an affordable alternative to other Android smartphones in the market right now.  We here at The Gadgeteer have received a few of these to review, so let's take a look at this Spark LTE SL5011 and what features are packed in this 5" smartphone. Note: Images can be [...]

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LG Stylus

LG will introduce the LG Stylus 2 next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. This phone, a sequel to the G4 Stylus, will be available in the United States later this year. It features a nano-coated thin-profile stylus tip that provides real pen-like feel and allows for more accuracy when note-taking and drawing compared to a rubber-tipped stylus.  The LG [...]

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When I reviewed the LG G2 three years ago, I wasn't convinced that LG's decision to locate buttons on the back of the phone was a good idea. Who ever heard of putting volume buttons on the back of a phone instead of on the side?  At that time, no one had done it before, but then one year [...]

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huawei. All opinions are 100% mine. I had heard of Huawei, but had never really paid attention to their devices before now because they were mainly only available outside the US. Pronounced “Wah-Way”, Huawei is a mobile technology company that is based in China [...]

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Google_Nexus6p-frontback

Dave Rees and I have been waiting for what feels like years in gadget time for the Nexus 6P. We each ordered one on the day they were announced and waited over a month to receive them. During that time, Dave had second thoughts about the 128GB version and cancelled in favor of a 64GB [...]

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huawei-logo

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huawei. All opinions are 100% mine. When I mention the brand name Huawei, is it one that you recognize? If you answered no to that question, then you are not alone. But Huawei hopes this is all about to change and I think it's [...]

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samsung-galaxy-note5-1

Samsung's newest top-end smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. How much has it evolved since the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was introduced last year? Should Note 4 users consider upgrading? Those are just a couple of the questions that I'll answer in this review. Let's get started. Note: Images can be clicked to view [...]

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blackberry-passport-1

BlackBerry isn't the first platform that I think of when it comes to smartphones. But in a world where it's difficult for a smartphone to stand out from the crowd, the BlackBerry Passport is obviously different. But is it different good or different bad? Let's find out. Note: Images can be clicked to view a [...]

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nuu_z8-inhand

The bar for any smartphone or smart device keeps going up no matter what tier its specs and build quality put it in. This, in conjunction with the middle and entry level device pricing continuing to come down, only means a better and better bang for the buck. Add in the fact that Samsung and [...]

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LG G4 review

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Even though I'm the Gadgeteer, I don't upgrade my personal phone every few months like some people might expect. I'm still using the LG G3 that I purchased last August. That means that in a few short weeks that I'll have been using the same phone for an entire year. Are you shocked? That doesn't mean [...]

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samsung-galaxy-s6-2

Samsung's latest Android smartphones include the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge. Both of these phones are essentially the same except that the S6 edge has a display with curved edges and the S6 does not. The curved display isn't a new feature though, it was first introduced with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge which I [...]

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google-nexus-5

I've been looking forward to trying the Google Nexus 6 since it was first announced late last year. Sadly for me, I had to wait several months before this device became available through Verizon. I'm not sure why there was such a long delay, but now that I've had one for two weeks, it's time to let you [...]

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samsung-galaxy-s6-edge

Today in Barcelona, Spain at the 2015 Mobile World Congress convention, Samsung took the wraps off of two new Galaxy smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. These two devices feature a metal chassis, glass on the front and back, and a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,560 [...]

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At the end of November I reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and found it to be one of the nicest Android smartphones to date. Although I liked it very much, I didn't lust after it enough to end up upgrading to it from my LG G3. It seems that the current crop of high end Android [...]

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oneplus-one-phone

Have you been wanting to get your hands on one of the OnePlus One phones that offer global 4G LTE on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks, and you are tired of waiting to receive an invitation to purchase one?  If so, you'll be excited to know that OnePlus has decided to make their phones available for purchase every [...]

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20 years later

Reporting on CES, NY Times columnist Farad Manjoo, in an article titled In a World of Phones, Gadgets Must Adapt, speaks to a Gadgeteer's greatest fear: getting a gadget that is no longer needed because of being subsumed by your phone. I saw this meme-type photo the other day and this story reminded me of it. I [...]

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Last year at this time, I took a look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and ended up feeling that the device was too large for me. Funny thing is that not long after that article was posted, I started using a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 as my primary device. After a short adjustment period I got used to [...]

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sony-xperia-z3-3

It's been over three years since I've reviewed or even used a Sony smartphone. The last time was back in 2011 when Verizon Wireless sent me the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Android smartphone. In the three years that have passed, Sony has dropped Ericsson from their name, but the company is still making high end [...]

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motorola-droid-turbo-1

It's the time of year that I always look forward to... No, it's not the gorgeous autumn foliage that I like, it's not Thanksgiving dinner or Black Friday deals either. It's the time when many new smartphones roll out. A few weeks ago it was the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from Apple and now [...]

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VeryKool-SL5000-Main

 The Verykool SL5000 is an affordable alternative to other Android smartphones in the market right now.  I snapped up this little guy to see how it compares to my Nexus 5 and other Android phones that I've used in the past.  It packs quite a feature set for an unlocked phone at good price, so let's [...]

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lgg3-8

I'm crazy lucky (although some would use the word spoiled) because I have the opportunity to review any phone that runs on Verizon's network. I just tell my Verizon contact what I'd like to do a review and they send me a loaner phone for a couple weeks. Yeah, I'm definitely spoiled. So much so that I haven't really [...]

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triggertrap-for-smartphones

I've purchased remote shutter releases for all of the Nikon DSLRs that I own.  Some are wireless, some are wired, but they all require me to push a button to get a photo - and that's all it can do.  With the Triggertrap cable and an app for your smart phone (most versions of iPhone [...]

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Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, iOS, News
amazon-fire-phone

After months of rumors, Amazon finally announced their new phone, the Fire.  The Fire is the first phone to be designed to give you instant access to the music, books, movies, games, etc., offered by Amazon.  It also has Dynamic Perspective, which uses a "custom-designed sensor system that responds to the way you hold, view, and [...]

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samsung-galaxy-s5-1

I'm bored with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which is the main phone that I use when I'm not in the process of testing other phones. We're right at the beginning of the new phone rollout season and so far Verizon Wireless has sent me the new HTC One M8 and now the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android [...]

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