Sure the Moto X isn't the most powerful Android handset money can buy. Neither is it a big-screen mobile monster like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Nor is the Moto X equipped with a ridiculously high-capacity battery … Read more
Startup Basis Science shook up the nascent fitness-tracking world with its advanced Basis B1 Band. Now the company says a fresh software update enables the device to automatically comprehend when you're biking, on a run, or simply taking a stroll.
Called Body IQ, essentially a cocktail of software and product firmware, this improved code is designed to squeeze more functionality out of the Basis Band's impressive array of onboard biometric sensors. These include an optical blood flow monitor that extrapolates heart rate, sensors for skin temperature and perspiration, along with a more traditional accelerometer that records movement.
Basis … Read more
The long-awaited Nexus 5 Android handset made by LG was just made official by Google. Expected to be sold in an unlocked model, the new smartphone will also hit AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in time for the holiday season.
Specifically, Sprint will offer up the Nexus 5 for $149.99 after rebates and a two-year contract agreement. T-Mobile on the other hand also plans to sell the Nexus 5, "in the coming weeks" but no pricing has yet be announced. AT&T hasn't disclosed it will carry the device per se, but Google has … Read more
The tide has turned, dragging in new supersize smartphones with screens larger than 5 inches. Nokia's Lumia 1520, HTC's One Max, and Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 are the three top extra-large handsets sold through US carriers.
Each has its share of strengths and weaknesses that will either line up with your preferences, or disqualify it from your list.
I compare the specs and what it's like to use each phone out in the wild.
Nokia Lumia 1520 HTC One Max Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Dimensions 6.4 x 3.4 x 0.34 in.; 7.4 … Read more
If you've been waiting to get your hands on Sony's latest mobile gear in America, today's the day.
Sony has just placed unlocked versions of its Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra Android handsets up for sale at its US retail website. The company has also added its Smartwatch 2 wearable tech gadget to its virtual store shelves. … Read more
I've had a love affair with high-tech watches for as long as I can remember. I still recall with fondness my beloved Casio Marlin W-300, which I cherished as a tot. I've also proudly worn some truly laughable devices out in public, much to my friends' annoyance and eventual entertainment. Remember the Pimp series from Tokyo Flash? On second thought, perhaps it's better that you don't. … Read more
Smartphones are the Swiss Army Knives of the tech world.
They're cell phones, music and video players, mobile Web browsers, and personal organizers, among other things. Not surprisingly, all this can take a toll on battery life, and when you depend on your smartphone for so much, the last thing you want is for it to run out of juice when you need it most.
Generally speaking, with moderate use, smartphones can give you a full day's performance before needing to be recharged, but not all gadgets are created equal -- some simply run out of steam early, whereas others will hang in there for the long haul. Here are eight smartphones with battery usage that really impressed us, whether it was because they scored well in our CNET Labs battery tests, or simply because their usage time stood out from the crowd of humdrum cell phone batteries we encountered (and believe us, we encounter a lot). Give one of these devices a try if you're looking for a phone that packs some decent juice.… Read more
As someone who's thinking seriously about ditching his "tiny" iPhone 4S and pricey AT&T service in favor of a bigger phone and cheaper, no-contract plan, my ears pricked up a couple weeks ago when Virgin Mobile announced the 5-inch Supreme -- a ZTE-made Android phone reasonably priced at $299.99.
But what's this? There's already a deal to be had? Yep, for whatever reason, you can now get the Virgin Mobile Supreme smartphone for $249.99 shipped. And Virgin's no-contract plans still start at $35 per month.
I've been test-driving a … Read more
The carrier just unveiled a new promotion, which offers all three heavy-hitting Android smartphones for no money at time of purchase. Billed as "Zero Dollars Down," this special deal promises that customers will be able to sign up, then walk out of the store holding one of these powerful mobile devices without cracking open their wallets.
Sounds great, but shoppers aren't … Read more