Category Archives: Smartphones


    It’s the end of an era, folks. Shortly after launching its premium new Pixel phones, Google confirmed to The Verge that there are “no plans” to create another Nexus-branded device. The report was corroborated by the ruthless eradication of the Nexus 5X and 6P (among other devices) from the Google Store, and several tweets by […]


    Fifteen minutes with Google’s new Pixel phone can’t tell me much. It’s can’t tell me anything about real-world battery life. It can’t tell me about still-photo image quality. Indeed, 15 minutes is only enough time to develop the inchoate wisps of first impressions. But I still left the Tuesday Pixel phone demo feeling like I […]

  • HTC One A9s revealed in new image leak

    Last year, HTC introduced a new hero phone in the One A9, which offered a sort of One M flagship styling in a more affordable package. Now a new report claims that HTC is prepping a follow-up to the One A9. The HTC One A9s will make its debut later this week, says VentureBeat. The […]

  • Galaxy Note 7 shipments being delayed for quality testing, says Samsung

    The Galaxy Note 7 is one of the biggest smartphone releases of the year, and unfortunately for Samsung, shipments of the device have been delayed. Samsung confirmed today that it is delaying shipments of the Galaxy Note 7. The company told Reuters that this move was made for “additional tests being conducted for product quality,” […]

  • Moto Z Play debuts alongside Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod

    The wave of announcements at IFA continues with Lenovo and Motorola, who are announcing a new handset and a fresh Moto Mod module. First up, the Moto Z Play is the latest addition to the Moto Z family. It’s got a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 Super AMOLEd display and a 5-megapixel camera on its face, and there’s […]

  • ZTE Nubia 11 coming to the U.S., U.K., Italy, and more

    Following its official debut back in June, ZTE today shared the details of the Nubia 11’s availability outside of China. The Nubia 11 will launch in Germany, Spain, and Italy starting in September. Pricing will start at €499 ($556 USD) for the standard 4GB/64GB version and go up to €599 ($668 USD) for the 6GB/64GB […]

  • Head Honchos at Apple HQ Admit the Original Apple Maps App Was an ‘Embarrassment’

    If you’ve been an iOS user for an extended period of time, you probably remember the first iteration of Apple Maps when it was introduced alongside iOS 6. And the one thing you probably remember most distinctly about the app is how incredibly awful it was – especially when compared to the competition. The lack […]

  • Top 5 Extended Battery Cases for iPhone 6, 6s, Plus, SE

    Any avid iPhone user will likely tell you that, as powerful and feature-rich as Silicon Valley’s hottest handsets are, they’re unfortunately not the best when it comes to maintaining a charge throughout the day. Unless you merely glance at your iPhone just a few times throughout the day — which is highly unlikely, I’m sure […]

  • LG G5 Modular Phones Dogged by Numerous Defect Complaints

    LG’s G5 phones have gotten into hot water lately. Complaints of design flaws and other defects, such as broken GPS, blown out speakers, malfunctioning power buttons, and poor battery life, have dogged LG’s flagship modular phones. Other customers have raised issues about the gap between the removable battery module and the remainder of the phone’s […]

  • How to Download Android 7.0 Nougat Right Now onto Your Nexus Android Device

    Google has just finally released Android 7.0 Nougat to the public — at least, if you own one of the devices that’s included in the initial launch. These devices include the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Google Pixel C and Android One. Of course, the update isn’t immediately available on […]

  • Samsung to Ship High-End ‘Veyron’ Android Flip Phone Soon

    Although flip phones may have never quite recaptured the cachet they enjoyed during the Motorola Razr’s heyday, Samsung made an impressive argument for their relevance last year with its release of its high-end SM-W2016 Android-powered flip phone. Now, it appears that Samsung plans to launch its successor, the SM-W2017 (codenamed ‘Veyron’), in stores later this […]

  • iPhone 6s Demolishes the New Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in This Speed Test

    It’s certainly no secret that Apple and Samsung are currently locked in a war for smartphone dominance. The rivalry between the two companies is legendary — so it’s no surprise that, sooner or later, someone would put Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 head-to-head with an Apple flagship. And the people at PhoneBuff did just that […]