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    by Published on 08-30-2014 11:46 AM
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    These days, pretty much all smartphones come with multiple processing cores. I canít remember the last phone I tried that had less than 2 cores. Correct me if Iím wrong but all phones sold in North America had 4 cores or less, that is till now. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ is now available with a whopping 8 processor cores which you can all use simultaneously. Yes, EIGHT cores.

    If you donít know what that means, let me explain that to from a marketing perspective; 8 cores is double the number of cores in a 4 core and four times as many as a 2 cores.

    Itís the follow-up to the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X which I checked out a couple of months ago. The X+ is available from Koodo for $300 while its $350 on TELUS.

    The way I see it, at $300 the Idol X+ has 1 main competitor the Samsung Galaxy Note II - admittedly because itís also $300 outright. I donít recommend buying the X+ at $350. ...
    by Published on 08-29-2014 08:24 AM
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    I just got another OnePlus One 64GB Invite. If you want it, just reply to this post. I'll pick a one randomly later today (around 3PM EST). It has to be used by tomorrow 8/30 at 9AM EST.

    If you enter, remember, to check your forum PM around 4PM to see if you won. Also remember, a OnePlus ends up cost a little over $450 CAN after taxes, currency conversion, shipping and customs brokerage so don't enter unless you plan on buying. ...
    by Published on 08-27-2014 08:04 AM
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    Here is the Sony Xperia T3; Sonyís svelte new phone with a large 5.3Ē screen thatís only 7mm thick. Itís available from Bell for $49.95 on a 2 year ďLiteĒ plan, $399.95 outright or $449 unlocked from Sony. For your money you get a large 5.3Ē screen, a 7Ē thin profile, quad-core 1.4Ghz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera, 2500mAh battery and the latest version of Android.

    Is that enough for your money? Letís check it out: ...
    by Published on 08-22-2014 09:55 AM
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    Itís been a while since Iíve reviewed a Windows Phone. The last one I managed to get my hands on was the Lumia 1020 - a phone with a fantastic albeit deeply flawed camera.

    Anyways, since I last tried Windows Phone, the operating system has been updated to 8.1 but it isnít available on every phone yet - my Lumia 920 is still getting by with an older version though itís possible to update it using the 8.1 developer preview..

    Which brings me to the Nokia Lumia 635 that Iím checking out today. Itís my first taste of Windows Phone 8.1 and at $149 or $199, itís Canadaís most affordable LTE Smartphone.
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    by Published on 08-21-2014 01:09 PM
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    If youíre an iPhone user youíre probably familiar with this: When your iPhone 5s was brand new with only a handful of apps on it, it had great battery life. The thing is, if youíre a power user with many apps, then the battery life quickly goes from acceptable to woefully inadequate.

    When this happens, there are a couple of things you can do. You can buy a couple of extra chargers and lightning cables to leave at work/in the car. The problem with this solution is that sometimes if youíre out all day, you might not get a chance to charge it.

    An external battery pack will allow you to charge whenever you want, but the catch is that youíll have to carry it and a lightning cable with you all the time.

    To me, the best solution are cases with a built in lightning connector and battery like the Mophie Juice Pack Plus.
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    by Published on 08-20-2014 04:40 PM
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    Today, Iím reviewing the Mazda3. Why a Mazda3 you ask? Why are you checking out a car? The answer is simple, Iíll review anything if I see it as an accessory for my phone. Until recently, cars and phones were very separate pieces of technology. You might be able to use your car to make calls and maybe play music from your iPod but other then that, thereís been very little integration between the two.

    That is until now. While weíre still in the initial stages of bringing the two together, itís still worth checking out where weíre at right now. Mazda let me borrow a 3 with their solution called Mazda Connect which is what Iím checking out here: ...
    by Published on 08-14-2014 09:08 AM
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    Who needs an invite? We're giving away a 64GB OnePlus One! If you don't know what the OnePlus One is make sure you check out my review.

    To enter you can leave a comment on this post, like us on Facebook and like the link this post that appears on our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter @howardforums and tweet a link to this post with #HoFoOnePlusOne

    Any one will give you an entry, two or all three will give you that many chances to win.

    Contest Rules and Terms: Contest is open to U.S. and Canada users who do not reside in Quebec. If a Canadian wins they must answer the skill testing question: What mobile OS does the OnePlus One run on? U.S. winner will be responsible for all taxes and customs. Carrier compatibility not guaranteed. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Only one entry per method described above allowed. Contest not open to HowardForums staff and their families. Rules and Terms and contest details can be modified at our discretion at any time and without prior notification.

    Contest ends on Friday August 29th at 9:00 PM Pacific and the winner will be chosen randomly within three days afterward. If the winner does not respond to us within 24 hours of being contacted, a new winner will be chosen. ...
    by Published on 08-12-2014 02:44 PM
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    Hereís the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 S. Yes, the name of this phone weighs in at an impressive 9 syllables which is more than the Samsung Galaxy S 5 which has a measly 7.

    Seriously though, the Idol 2 S has a 1280x720 display with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM and LTE. Yup, itís a Motorola Moto G competitor.

    However, at $299.99 off contract as a Bell exclusive, the 2 S actually costs $50 more than the Moto G LTE on Rogers. So what do you get for your extra $50?
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    by Published on 08-11-2014 08:49 AM
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    We're giving away an invite to purchase a 64GB OnePlus One!

    We'll be choosing a winner randomly on Tuesday August 12 around 8AM EST.

    If you're the winner, you'll only have one day to purchase the OnePlus One as the invite expires then. Please don't enter if you don't intend to buy it.

    The OnePlus One costs $299 USD for the 16GB or $349 for the 64GB. Note that you also have to pay for shipping and possibly import taxes and brokerage fees. If you're in Canada that means after currency conversion the 64GB version will cost you around $480.

    To enter just reply to this thread. If you do enter, MAKE SURE YOU CHECK YOUR FORUM PM AND OR EMAIL after we pick a winner. You snooze, you lose!

    Oh and in case you don't win the invite, we'll be giving away a OnePlus One later this month! ...
    by Published on 08-08-2014 08:30 AM
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    Hereís my review of the Blu Studio 5.0C HD. Iím re-using the intro from my hands-on article of this phone I posted a few days ago so if youíve read that, just skip to the last paragraph of the intro and start reading.

    Lately, Iíve been trying to get my hands on as many affordable phones. With entry level handsets, itís always interesting to see how many features manufacturers can cram in without over-inflating the bottom line. After all, I keep saying this but itís worth repeating: The amount of money you have to spend on a phone that doesnít suck keeps falling.

    As this happens it will transform the industry. Companies that are too reliant on selling high-end phones but donít have enough Brand equity will fall to the side (Iím thinking Sony and HTC) while those who understand how to thrive in a low margin environment (those who know how to squeeze water out of the proverbial rock) will thrive.

    Motorola and their relatively powerful brand have been making splashes on the wallet friendly end of the market with their Moto G and E. Other powerful players in this space in North America include ZTE, Huawei and Alcatel which are all seeing their market share grow at Samsung and their high-end Galaxy lineís expense.

    Then there are other players who are posed to take advantage of the shifting market like BLU. Iíll be honest, Iíve never heard of Blu until someone mentioned them in the comments of one of my phone reviews. I decided to check them out and asked them to send me something cheap and cheerful to try.

    The 5.0C was described to me as being a Moto G killer. I noticed Bell is also bringing the ZTE Grand X which is another phone that competes directly with the 5.0C.
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