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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 youíll 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 itís 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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    Iím 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 Iíd 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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    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 ó my job for today is to bring to your attention some little things you may have missed. ...
    by Published on 02-24-2014 07:15 AM
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    These are not the Droids you're looking for.

    Today Nokia finally revealed the "Normandy" device that leaked on Twitter last November, showing off not one but three Android-powered smartphones at Mobile World Congress. For the Nokia faithful who have long dreamt of an Android-powered Lumia there's little if anything here to get excited about, IMHO. But I'll let you decide for yourself. ...
    by Published on 02-21-2014 11:04 AM
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    I love watching videos on my Android phones. From the large screen sizes, to the wide codec support you get from the plethora of video playback software. Itís just a fantastic platform for this. The problem is that many of the coolest Android phones lack a MicroSD slot. If you own a HTC One, Nexus 5 or LG G2, youíre stuck with whatever the phone came with. I donít know about you, but nothing is more annoying than being stuck on the train and realizing you have nothing to watch.

    Stream video via your network connection is always an option but this can have a heavy toll on your data plan. Do it too often and you could find your data bucket running empty.

    You could copy new videos to your phone whenever youíre about to leave the house but letís face it, copying files to and from a phone is still a bit of a pain since even the fastest memory cards still take some time plus your phone storage is shared with your pictures, music and apps.

    So what can you do? Well one thing you could try is to use a portable drive with WiFi like the Sandisk Wireless flash drive I just reviewed. It does work but it has some problems like being a little complicated plus you canít access the internet while youíre using it unless thereís a WiFi hotspot close by.

    A simpler solution is to use a USB OTG cable and a flash drive. Itís a good solution; copying files from your computer to a flash drive is usually faster than copying it straight to your phone. Of course, youíll have to fiddle with both a cable and a flash drive whenever you do this.



    Hereís where Sandiskís Ultra Dual USB drive comes in.



    It has a regular USB on one end for connecting to your computer and a micro USB OTG connector on the other.



    The idea is the same as using a OTG cable with a flash drive but this is a little bit more portable. ...
    by Published on 02-21-2014 07:30 AM
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    I'm just back from my annual pilgrimage to Hong Kong, with a bonus side trip to Kuala Lumpur. As I slowly become reacquainted with life in the Eastern Time Zone I thought I'd share a few mobile insights from what I saw overseas.

    To round out my first week back here's a list of the top 5 devices I came across on my travels. They all run Android, hence me posting this in the Android forum. One of them I've already written about, another will be detailed in a post next week, and a third you can actually buy here in Canada. Imagine that!

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    by Published on 02-18-2014 07:29 AM
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    I'm just back from my annual pilgrimage to Hong Kong, with a bonus side trip to Kuala Lumpur. As I slowly become reacquainted with life in the Eastern Time Zone I thought I'd share a few mobile insights from what I saw overseas.

    A mandatory stop in Kuala Lumpur was the local temple of tech, Plaza Low Yat. The closest analog for those of us living in Toronto would be if Pacific Mall had an additional four floors of techy goodness. Even then, Low Yat would still have the edge ó the first three floors are all about mobile.

    My girlfriend was thrilled to find a cheap wallet-style case for her Nexus 4; my interest was piqued by a temporary display occupying almost all of the ground floor: The IPro Roadshow. ...
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