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    by Published on 06-18-2014 09:29 AM
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    Hereís Acerís Liquid S1. Itís available for $380 at various places that sell Acer products and is completely unlocked. Since itís unlocked you do whatever you want with it. You can switch carriers, take it travelling, buy it as present and not have to wonder whether you passed all of a carrierís rules to get your unlock code nor do you have to visit a 3rd party to get a code.

    For $380 you get a 5.7", 1280x720 IPS display. Underneath the hood is a quad-core 1.5Ghz MediaTek MT6589 SoC with a PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (5.5GB available) and a MicroSD. On the back is a 8MP camera with a 2MP one in front and a 2400mAh battery. There's no LTE but you do get penta-band DC-HSPA+. On the software side you get Android 4.2.2 with Acer's custom launcher.

    Aside from a couple of iPhones (which cost a lot more than the S1), Googleís Nexus 5 and Motorolaís Moto E and some Moto Gís, there arenít a whole lot of unlocked phones in the Canadian market.

    The way I see it, the Liquid S1 has 2 main competitors; The Google Nexus 5 and Motorola Moto G. Like the S1, both are sold unlocked and some what readily available locally. The Nexus 5 is available for $349.99 online from Google Play while you can pick up the Moto G unlocked from Staples for $249.99. Letís compare:
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    by Published on 06-11-2014 08:16 AM
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    Readers of these forums should know that I'm a big fan of the personal hotspot, or MiFi. Almost immediately after my first experience with LTE data on a DoCoMo MiFi in Japan last spring I got myself one for back homeófirst from Bell and then another with better rates from Rogers.

    Now it seems that there's a MiFi tailor-made for the savvy world traveller. It takes up to 10 SIMs and can connect up to 5 devices. It's called the Goodspeed, and is sold by Finnish company UROS. ...
    by Published on 06-06-2014 06:45 AM
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    Samsung sent me 2 of there wearables recently: The Gear Neo and the Gear Fit. I just finished reviewing the Samsung Gear 2 Neo. To me, I was really surprised because itís the first piece of wearable technology that I didnít truly hate.

    While the Neo is a full fledge Smartwatch, the Fit is more of a fitness band on steroids. Whatís the difference between these 2 classes of devices? Iíd say the main difference is the shape. Smartwatches usually have large displays while Fitness bands donít have a display or if they do, it tends to be smaller and more rectangular.

    Where do the steroids come in? Well, in addition to being a fitness band, the Fit is also able to display notifications from your phone. In a way, itís a converged device.
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    by Published on 06-04-2014 07:15 AM
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    It looks like the Moto G is now available online and in-store at Staples Canada.

    The exact model for sale is the XT1034, with 16GB of onboard storage and support for AWS. Yup, it's the same phone you'd get from WIND Mobileóexcept that this one comes unlocked for a $21 premium. If you like buying your hardware outright that's not a bad deal. ...
    by Published on 06-03-2014 11:49 AM
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    Technology is an interesting thing; It can simultaneously make our lives easier and be a complete pain in the neck. In order for technology to be successful, it has to be more of the former and less of the later.

    Take the Galaxy S5 or one of its contemporaries. It has a large and wonderful 5.1Ē display. Its large size is fantastic for reading emails, browsing the web, gaming and just about everything else. The trade off is that the large display means you really have to use it with both hands to get the most out of it plus itís not quite as pocket-able as a smaller phone.

    However, for many, the large screen outweighs the usability and portability penalty and so the GS5 is a great and successful product.

    With that in mind, what trade offs do wearable technology have?

    Samsung sent me their Galaxy Gear 2 Neo and Galaxy Gear Fit to find out.

    The Gear 2 Neo is a smartwatch with a large display while the Gear Fit is more of a fitness band with a small screen. Iíll talk about the Fit in a later review.
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    by Published on 05-27-2014 07:55 AM
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    LG's 2014 hero device, the G3, is to be revealed later today at synchronized events in London, New York and San Francisco. As the timing is perilously close to when I usually post the day's mobile news, I thought I'd post coverage from the tech blogs there while bringing us all up to speed on the G3 here.

    One thing you should know: if rumours are to be believed then the G3 won't be the basis for the next Nexus phone from Google, because there will apparently be no more Nexus devices. As a Nexus owner who basically gets a brand-new phone with every new flash of a custom ROM, that would really suck.

    But I digress; back to the G3. ...
    by Published on 05-21-2014 08:27 AM
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    As the social media marketing juggernaut that is OnePlus continues to cut a wide swath across the internets I've paid particularly close attention to reactions from Google+. Most of the comments I see on OnePlus posts are overwhelmingly positive, even desperate, as everyone tries to secure an invite to what is already one of the most talked-about Android devices of 2014.

    But in other corners of G+ things aren't quite so rosy. I would expect there to be some push-back from OnePlus's aggressive marketing, but I never would have thought that the anger would be so misdirected.

    TL;DR Critics of the OnePlus invite system would do well to educate themselves about another, already-successful Chinese Android phone-maker. ...
    by Published on 05-16-2014 09:42 AM
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    Now that the original Moto G (XT1032 "Falcon") has been around for six months or so, it's probably a good time to have look at available options for custom firmware and suchóthat is, if you're a fan of such things. I certainly am.

    Root access on an Android device gives you the power to block ads with AdAway, hide software bloat with Titanium Backup or even install a new OS via a custom recovery. It will also, as you can imagine, immediately void your warranty. But since when did that stop a l33t h@X0r anyway? ...
    by Published on 05-15-2014 08:42 AM
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    I realize that I'm writing this for maybe two or three other forum members who, like myself, use Linux as their primary desktop OS. But this freedom beard would be remiss if he didn't relate an odd experience with the new Rogers LTE Moto G.

    This latest version of the G has only 8GB of onboard storage, but compensates for that with a micro SD card slot. For Linux users this should be great news; this Linux user has had challenges with file transfers between phone and computer ever since Ice Cream Sandwich and the introduction of MTP. It's not a huge deal by any means, and MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) has steadily improved in updates to Ubuntu and its derivatives. Most times my Nexus 5 will mount on my Linux Mint desktop just fine; for larger file transfers, like TWRP backups and such, I use FTP on my local network.

    With the Moto G and a micro SD card it's a bit of a different story. ...
    by Published on 05-14-2014 10:22 AM
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    This morning I fired up a pre-production, locked-to-Rogers, LTE-powered Moto G. Here in Canada it will be exclusive to Rogers and Fido at launch, retailing for $225 to $275 outright or $0 on a contract.

    Let's see what's new!

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