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HTC is the Best of Android

HTC, after floundering and doing some soul searching in 2011 has returned in strong form to become the premier Android handset maker in my opinion. The One Series shows that HTC understands how beautiful design of both hardware and software not only make sense (pun intended) but elicits a positive emotional response from customers as well. These are the best phones Android has to offer, form any manufacturer or any carrier hands down.
I applaud AT&T and T-Mobile (in the US) for releasing these amazing phones as they are with only their logo added on. I accept the fact that the upcoming HTC EVO 4G LTE is a reworked HTC One X to mesh with Sprint's branding initiatives and to follow up the success of the EVO family on Sprint. I don't get why Verizon is insisting on a new HTC Incredible that is also most likely a riff on the HTC One X. I would much rather HTC focus their efforts on a single great line of products that all the carriers could use. Why does AT&T get the One X…

Does Sprint Have a Comeback in Them?

On April 22 Sprint took the first steps towards actually competing on network performance, rather than just price with AT&T and Verizon. The LG Viper and the Galaxy Nexus, the first LTE capable handsets for Sprint, have launched. Now there's no LTE network for them to connect to just yet as Sprint hasn't turned the service on in their launch markets yet. But this launch of devices, followed up with the launch of the HTC EVO 4G LTE in another month or so (hopefully with LTE service to back it up) shows the carrier is ready to play ball with the big boys.

My big concern at this moment is that Sprint is too late to the game and holding onto too much debt to make the run they need to. Sprint's merger with Nextel didn't go very well and while the number three carrier has made some improvements and taken some gambles to try and win back customers (like WiMAX), I'm concerned with their ability to keep things going long term.
Sprint made what I consider to be a deal wi…

What is Microsoft Thinking?

Microsoft, the underdog in the mobile space took radical steps to combat the iPhone and Android, to come back and become a relevant player in the market once again. The entire Windows Mobile line, scrapped and done away with. The old bath water drained out so a fresh new start could be made to truly tackle the mobile needs of consumers with a new mobile OS in Windows Phone 7. While a drastic move, it was widely praised as the right decision, even if it did burn bridges with consumers and business professionals who's work was built around applications that wouldn't run on WP7. Now Microsoft is going to do it all over again. With every single customer who's bought into the Windows Phone 7 system if the rumors are to be believed.

All I can say for Microsoft is that this is bad for business. The fact that this rumor, contradictions to it and general confusion have swirled around the web for as long as they have without being cleared up by Microsoft is not a good thing. Basical…

Why I can't Recommend anything but an iPhone

I've been putting a lot of thought into mobile phones lately. My honeymoon phase with Android has worn off and I'm having second thoughts about Windows Phones now that I'm starting to hear rumblings that no current Windows Phone running version 7.5 of the software will be upgraded to version 8. So the question I get from my friends and family right now is, what phone would you get?

If I had to pick a phone right now, this minute on any carrier, I'd have to choose the iPhone. I know you may be thinking, the iPhone? Really, are you sure? The iPhone 4S, without LTE and is destined to be updated in another 6 months with a new form factor, that iPhone? Yes, and here's why.

I'll put it plain and simple, Apple has their act together. They make one device, the exact same hardware no matter the carrier, and it's a really great device. Sprint and Verizon use the CDMA radio inside with the option to roam internationally with GSM radio. AT&T get's the GSM "…

An Open Letter to Microsoft about Windows Phone

The world we live in, the technological world, is evolving and changing at such a rapid pace. Just since 2007 we've seen the introduction of both the iPhone, Android, the introduction and fall of WebOS, Microsoft pulling the rug out from Windows Mobile and the launch of Windows Phone 7. That's just the major highlights in the mobile space. No matter how you look at it, the technology we use today has evolved and changed rapidly from what we were using just a few years ago.

This is why I wanted to take a moment and address Microsoft and their push to recapture market-share in mobile while simultaneously pushing to counter the iPad with Windows 8. Microsoft will likely never see this post, and I'm ok with that. I want to make my opinions known to the world at large. First off, I'd prefer to use a Microsoft product. I say I'd prefer to, but I don't always, because right now, they aren't always the best tool for the job. That doesn't mean I won't switch…

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ARMing Windows

Qualcomm announced on June 4th, the Snapdragon 850 for use exclusively in PCs. A move that is clearly designed to improve the shortcomings of the Snapdragon 835 in current ARM-based Windows PCs. In fact, Qualcomm is telling us to expect a 30% improvement in performance over the 835 chip.
This new class of ARM chip from Qualcomm signals a new shot in the ongoing war of Intel vs ARM. Qualcomm clearly sees the opportunity for a return on its investment in customizing silicon for PCs otherwise the new wave of Always On, Always Connected PCs would be using the Snapdragon 845 that is currently featured in high-end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S9 or OnePlus 6. The 850 is the second-generation of the 10nm platform that debuted with the 835. Intel is now only beginning to slowly roll out 10nm chips, showing they've had a hard time reliably stepping down from 14nm.
I believe this new chip, along with continued development of Windows 10 on ARM could potentially make this new category of…

Windows 8 Review

Before I begin my review on Windows 8, I want to explain how I approached this review. I'm not going to review Windows 8 from the power user's perspective, I'm looking at this from the average, casual computer user. That is the user who is going to be most affected by this change from Windows 7 to Windows 8. To that end, I've been using Windows 8 for the past two months in the most traditional way, on my work PC and on my home PC, with no new touch or gesture enabled hardware, just a keyboard and a mouse.

Windows 8: A Bipolar Operating System Windows 8 represents a monumental shift from Microsoft to combat Apple and Android devices that have been stealing mind and market-share away from Windows based devices. Unlike Google who has Chrome OS and Android or Apple who has OSX and iOS, Microsoft is opting to use Windows 8 across the board for phone, tablet and desktop. While this strategy allows for Microsoft to re-use thousands of lines of code across platforms, it also f…

iPhone X isn't Worth It

So full disclosure, I haven't held or seen in person an iPhone X yet. But between the glitzy Apple ads, giant billboards, and hands on videos others have published, I know everything I need to know. The iPhone X isn't worth the money, at least not right now.
You may be wondering why I'm so quick to pass judgment on a product I've never used, let alone seen in person. Apple has admitted that the iPhone X was slated for 2018, but they worked really hard and got it out early. I don't buy that for a minute. The iPhone X is a reaction to Samsung, to Google, to LG, and HTC. Worse, it's a first generation reaction, with an unproven design, already admitted supply constraints, and compromises that don't make sense for users.

If you are an iPhone fan, I say buy the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. These are proven designs of a great phone. No, there's no flashy design, but what are you losing from an iPhone X? A screen with a notch in it, Face ID, and Animoji. That's it.…