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    by Published on 03-11-2014 08:56 AM
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    Just got word that when the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes to Bell it will be available in black or white. They'll be carrying the 16GB version (approx ~8GB of free space) for $699.95 off contract.

    Good to know that they're keeping prices in line with the GS4 when it launched even though the Canadian dollar has been slipping lately. ...
    by Published on 03-05-2014 07:47 AM
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    A few years back on an episode of a podcast that I used to do I can remember telling one of my co-hosts, an unabashed Apple enthusiast, about the inevitability of Android tablets being one day more popular than his precious iPad. He was adamant that that would never happen, but here we are.

    In a similar vein at least one Apple blog is contesting Android's newly dominant market share in tablets, while elsewhere there is no doubt some number of rabid Android fanboys cheering Apple's imminent demise.

    Let's see if we can figure out what's really going on here. ...
    by Published on 03-03-2014 07:39 AM
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    HTC's 2014 flagship device won't get its official reveal until March 25th, but it's already leaking all over the web. At this point it's not 100% clear what the final product is to be called, but the handset is known internally as the M8 so let's go with that for now.

    The big news over the weekend was the release of a 12-minute video "review", removed by the uploader but captured and re-posted by someone who caught it. We'll get to that shortly first let's try to reconstruct exactly what leaked and when. ...
    by Published on 02-28-2014 01:14 PM
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    First and foremost I'd like to thank Limefuel for providing this case for review.

    Let me start by stating the obvious.
    I Love my Nexu5. Love.

    I've had S3's, S4's and Note 3's and I've enjoyed all of them, but the Nexu5 they aren't.
    As much as I can understand and see the value that manufacturers place in putting their own touches to Android it drives me nuts.
    I want pure, unadulterated Google Android goodness. To be quite honest, Google almost always refuses to give that to me / us. Not so with the Nexu5. Finally we'd have a powerful spec'd phone with the goods to back up the vanilla Android OS we've been lusting for.

    With fevered anticipation I scoured www.howardforums.com and the general web at large for news and info prior to the launch of the Nexu5. As each day and week passed I was convinced that it would have a 3000mah option on the battery. "the G2 has it, LG makes the G2, so why wouldn't they include it" was the logic I had at the time, and it was sound logic.

    the Nexu5 finally launched and instantly threw me into phone nerd tech rage when it was confirmed it would pack a 2300mah cell.
    "2300mah, WHAT! Again!" I shouted towards the heavens with a clenched fist wondering what bean counter approved this battery. Why wasn't the 3000mah battery in the 32 gig model at least. I want more memory, and arguably more battery so make a slightly thicker model with 3000mah on board. Bah, all thoughts were in vain.

    Should've
    Could've
    Would've.

    Limefuel has stepped up with their L28N5 battery case to address our concerns friends. I'm going to assume that many of us here want more battery life from our phones, so that's a safe assumption to make.

    Howard approached Lime Fuel for a unit to review and they so graciously shipped one for review so let's get to the brass tax here.
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    by Published on 02-28-2014 09:12 AM
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    Since screen sizes have been creeping up with each new generation of smartphone, it was only a matter of time before companies started releasing smaller, less expensive versions of their flagship phones. The timing is perfect since Canadian carriers are now forced to offer 2 year contracts. Customers are forced to pick their poison.

    If you want a fancy phone youll have to pay more than you used to each month.

    This is where the less-costly smaller versions come in. If you don't want to spend so much each month you can opt for a cheaper plan and get a less expensive phone.

    I checked out the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 Mini a while back and now its time to give the HTC One Mini a twirl.
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    by Published on 02-28-2014 08:23 AM
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    With Mobile World Congress over and done I'd be remiss if I didn't bring to your attention some of the other notable announcements from the annual trade show. I've been following the news over the course of the week, and feel confident that the devices mentioned below are a fairly accurate representation of the other highlights from MWC.

    If it's not, you know what to do.

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    by Published on 02-26-2014 10:50 AM
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    This is the first tablet that I've ever tested and I went into it with a bit of an unfair bias AGAINST tablets. I've never really seen the need for one, because I find them too bulky to carry around, and so for me they don't work as a substitute for a smartphone. I'm also a software developer, and so I needed a full laptop to do development work on. My time with the Galaxy Tab Pro 10 didn't change my mind about tablets, but I promise not to let my bias stand in the way of a reporting on this device as I do for all Android smartphones.

    The Galaxy Tab Pro 10 that I tested is one of whole range of new tablets that is slated for release at the end of the February. This lineup will come in 3 screen sizes, which are 8.4 inches, 10.1 inches, and 12.2 inches. There will be WiFi-only versions (which I tested) and versions that offer cellular connectivity via LTE. These devices will also be available in Galaxy Tab versions (which I tested) and Galaxy Note versions. The latter differs from the Tab in that it offers the S-Pen (and its included functionality), but is otherwise essentially the same device. To make the choice even more bewildering, you will also be able to pick up 32 GB or 64 GB versions. ...
    by Published on 02-26-2014 08:12 AM
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    Im back from my annual pilgrimage to Hong Kong, with a bonus side trip to Kuala Lumpur. As I become reacquainted with life in the Eastern Time Zone I thought Id share a few mobile insights from what I saw overseas.

    This final installment will document my quest for the ultimate mobile souvenir from China, the elusive Xiaomi Mi3.

    To find a Chinese smartphone in Hong Kong seemed a lot harder in 2014 than it had been in 2013 or 2012; the Meizu flagship store which I had visited on previous trips was no longer there. And though Xiaomi supposedly has an office on Nathan Road the surging holiday crowds in Mongkok made it pretty much impossible to find.

    Fortunately, a day trip to Shenzhen was in our itinerary. ...
    by Published on 02-25-2014 09:38 PM
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    EDIT: See Camera fixes below!





    This is my review of the Alcatel One Touch Fierce, a low cost smartphone that doesn't feel or act like a low cost smartphone. This can be had for as low as $29.99 on MetroPCS, or for around $100.00 on T-Mobile(U.S. prices). It can be unlocked to work on many U.S.A. GSM carriers as well(ebay has an unlock code for around $5.00...or you can use one from the advertisers on here). ...
    by Published on 02-25-2014 07:37 AM
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    So the latest iteration of the world's best-selling smartphone by the world's biggest smartphone maker was announced yesterday at Mobile World Congress. At first glance both the hardware and software look to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, with Samsung either building on prior strengths or playing it safe, depending on how you see things.

    You can find a proper rundown of features, specs and which carriers the SGS5 is coming to (hint: all of them) elsewhere my job for today is to bring to your attention some little things you may have missed. ...
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