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    by Published on 10-01-2013 08:15 AM
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    Yesterday saw a big leak of specs for the forthcoming Nexus 5. Each new tidbit seems to reaffirm that the next Nexus will follow in the footsteps of the 4 and 7 rather than the original Nexus One -- it won't be a premium device, per se, but will instead deliver impressive technology at an equally impressive price.

    If this is indeed the case then specs-wise then the LG G2 will easily trump the new Nexus that it's supposedly based on -- a bigger screen, better camera, bigger battery... You get the idea. Today I'll add some additional thoughts into the mix, which might make you reconsider the LG over the Nexus as your next device. Or not.

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    by Published on 09-28-2013 08:46 PM
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    Apple recently released their new flagship phone, the iPhone 5s. However, unlike previous years where they took the old iPhone and discounted it, they’ve replaced the old 5 with a new model - the 5c.

    Apple isn’t saying why they choose the letter “C”, but the first things that come to my head are Cheap, Colour and Chinese. Apparently Apple is really targeting China with the release of their new iPhones. As for cheap, the 5c is only $100 cheaper than the top-of-the-line 5s. So, while it’s cheaper, it’s still priced like an iPhone. Probably the best guess is that the “C” stands for colour. Yup, you can get the 5c is white, blue, yellow, green and pink.

    It’s funny but coloured phones aren’t that common in the marketplace and when there are different colours, they’re usually just white and black with maybe some other colours being made available months after launch. With the 5c you can get it in all 5 colours from the very beginning.

    Outside of the 5s and the 5, people might cross-shop the 5c with the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One which cost similar money or are slightly cheaper on-contract.
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    by Published on 09-26-2013 07:45 AM
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    Ok, technically the photos below were taken with the LG G2 -- but we all know that the same optics will almost certainly make their way into this year's Nexus phone, right? So really the title of this post is only a bit misleading, RIGHT?

    Right, so yesterday I took Howard's Rogers-branded G2 with me on a stroll through the back alleys of downtown Toronto, to see what the camera could do. I purposefully looked for challenging lighting conditions -- saturated colours, bright sunlight and dark shadows, all in the same shot.

    There's also a short video at the end, captured in 1920 x 1080 HD at 60 fps.

    It's all very subjective, and not meant to be a camera test, just some samples of hopefully interesting subject matter to give you an idea of what to expect from the G2's optics.

    Note that the photos are embedded from my Flickr account so that you can view them in their native resolution. If you want you can also compare them to similar shots taken with my Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4.

    So without further ado, please enjoy these exclusive photos taken with the Nexus 5.

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    by Published on 09-25-2013 08:48 AM
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    If you follow my reviews you'll notice I routinely complain about Super AMOLED displays and how they're not very good outside. Last year's Galaxy S III was very difficult to see, the Note II was a step in the right direction but was still not good enough. The Galaxy S4 was a big leap forward but it was still a step behind LCD.

    After I got my Note III the first thing I did was try it outside. What do you think?
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    by Published on 09-24-2013 07:45 PM
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    I just got a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 but I had to sign a sheet of paper promising I wouldn't review it in depth. So, I guess you'll have to wait a few days before I post it. In the mean time I'll post a couple of pictures of the Note 3: ...
    by Published on 09-24-2013 10:10 AM
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    ***Entries are now closed. Good luck!***

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    *Contest Rules: 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 is the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system? U.S. winner will be responsible for all taxes and customs. Wireless carrier compatibilty 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.

    Contest ends on Tuesday October 8th at 9:00 PM Pacific. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced within three days after being selected. If the winner does not respond to us within 24 hours of being contacted, a new winner will be chosen.

    Good luck!
    by Published on 09-23-2013 04:12 PM
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    It’s that time of year again. Apple just introduced their new 5s (and 5c), which is supposed to be twice as fast as last year’s 5. They’ve upgraded the camera and added a new fingerprint reader. Oh, and now you can get it in gold. How good is the new 5s? Why should you buy that instead of an Android phone? Read on!

    Comparing Android and iPhone is always really difficult because they’re so different. If they were restaurants, Android would be an all you can eat buffet (a really good one) while iOS is more of a fancy restaurant with small portions. Both appeal to two different sets of people. Heck, many iOS users will view the fancy restaurant comment as a compliment while Android would view that comment as an insult if it were said about Android and vice-versa.

    I’m generalizing here but iPhone’s strength is how well everything is integrated into one package. There’s no custom launchers or anything, you do things Apple’s way or else you’ll have to wait forever for a new jailbreak. You get Apple’s core apps and then you go download more at the App Store.

    Generally speaking, I think the good apps on iOS are higher quality than the good apps on Android. I could write a whole article about this but I’ll just leave it at that

    With Android, it’s more about choice. Since there’s so much choice, things aren’t quite as polished as they are on iOS (generally speaking). However, since there’s so much choice, there are many more types of apps - this will appeal to who like to tweak and mod their phone. ...
    by Published on 09-19-2013 07:51 PM
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    So far this year, the Galaxy S4 has been Android’s poster child. Since the GS4 launched, companies have tried to offer something slightly different rather than go head-to-head with the GS4. Motorola has focused on their touchless voice activation while Sony has been experimenting with making their phones water resistant. After all, out-Galaxying the Galaxy S4 is a tall task.

    Still, it now looks like Samsung now has some competition in the LG G2, the first phone that really takes the GS4’s strengths and tries to improve on them.

    I already mentioned that the G2 is aimed squarely at the GS4 but people who are looking at the G2 are probably also going to take a look at the HTC One, the Apple iPhone 5s and the Sony Xperia Z.
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    by Published on 09-18-2013 08:54 PM
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    When Howard asked me to review the new Samsung Galaxy Mega, I had already read what he wrote and wondered whether I could do this device justice… without being offensive. I believe in the value of joy in life. A smile and giggle are exactly what our world needs. It's not that I take the ask of Howard lightly; because it's truly a privilege to contribute my thoughts. The problem here is the fact that this smartphone is comical. Let the fun begin!


    There aren't many other things in life that are 6.3" that you can laugh at, and if they do it's time to chop it off and cut your losses. Can you picture those creative South Koreans in a scrum (Project Management talk for brainstorming) discussing the latest rerun of Baywatch and discovering the Western world's affinity with big things that defy all biology and reason? Perhaps across the hall in the design room, Samsung engineers just finished watching Zoolander and got the joke about the tiny Motorola flip phone. And automagically the Samsung Galaxy Mega was born! Finally this was the moment that Asians could succumb to the universal truth that bigger is better (that's what she said) and bigger is more satisfying (that's what she said) and size matters!

    Bottom line for this smartphone is simple: you are trying to make up for your life's shortcomings. Take that every and any which way you like. You can try to tell me about the hardware performance or that it's replacing two devices - I won't believe it for a second. Samsung is boldly making you pay for a joke where you are the punch line.

    Allow me to conclude by encouraging the rest of us in our fragile states of insecurity. Let's face it, every single person has more than one part of their created being that is embarrassing. We are all using "stuff" to make up for something and I admit I'm more like the president of that club (or mayor of that town). Take for instance our first stop: I use a 27" BenQ monitor ...and the Mega isn't bigger than that!
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