By |

Samsung isn’t afraid to try new things (to varying degrees of success). It pioneered the big phone trend, and was one of the first to tackle the nascent smartwatch market. Now the company seems very interested in experimenting on the smartphone, taking a stunning proof of concept and turning it into a tangible consumer product. We saw hints of the future with the concave Galaxy Round. But the Note Edge, essentially a more enthusiastic Note 4, is something entirely different.


By |

The criteria for what consumers want from a smartphone has never been simpler: display, camera, powerful guts and design. Every major flagship we’ve seen this year fits the bill to some degree. Somewhere along the line, however, in our pursuit for best and biggest, it’s become increasingly rare to see these monster phones rock multi-day battery life. There are two or three exceptions that might get through a heavy workday. But, by and large, you’ll be searching for an outlet sooner rather than later.

Motorola’s new DROID Turbo is here to change that.


By |

Google’s Nexus lineup has always been a terrific showcase for pure Android. From the start, these devices have been important for developers and die-hard enthusiasts, but let’s be honest: the Nexus brand has never been desired the way a Note or iPhone has. Consumers just don’t know any better.

Slowly, surely, that’s begun to change. The Nexus brand has started to build an audience (albeit, a very small one) outside of elite tech circles. Today, “Nexus” is a name people actually associate with Google, and that’s a very big deal. Consumers who might normally purchase something from Samsung or HTC are now spending their money on Nexus devices, signaling a shift in the industry. People are seriously starting to take notice of the look and performance of pure Android.









By |

The first Moto X, which debuted last year to muted consumer enthusiasm, didn’t get caught up in the smartphone hustle. And that’s what made it so great. While other Android competitors ran rampant with features and specs, Motorola used its brain to create a new breed of smartphone; it made a phone for everyone, something intelligent and thoughtful. It was the phone companies last year tried so hard to make, and although some companies got close, the Moto X was our pick for best phone of 2013.