Smartphone

Arm’s New CPUs Aim To Kickstart Smartphone Market And Enable Richer PC Experiences

Late last month, Arm announced a pair of new CPU cores that the company licenses to chip partners who then use these designs to build chips of all kinds. Arm itself is owned by the Japanese conglomerate Softbank but was acquired because of the dominant position the company has in smartphones and is poised for …

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Apple IPhone SE Versus Samsung Galaxy A51 Comparison Review- Best Phone For $399?

In 2020, Apple and Samsung have both beefed up their budget-friendly smartphone offerings with the iPhone SE and the Galaxy A51. Both companies globally do well at the mid-range but there is a lot of market share to be taken. There seems to be a lot of appetite from consumers for the look of a …

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UL Benchmarks Delists MediaTek-Based Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, Sony, And Realme Smartphones With ‘Suspect’ Benchmark Scores

UL BenchmarkUL BENCHMARK The saga of MediaTek’s benchmark score scandal continues where AnandTech accused the company of ‘cheating’ via whitelisting certain benchmarks into a special unsustainable ‘Sports Mode’ high-performance mode. This was written in detail by Anandtech and covered by yours truly with some of my own analysis based on over a decade of benchmarking phones. One …

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Samsung’s Timing Is Perfect For The Latest A Series Phones

Samsung released its newest lineup of Galaxy A series devices last week. The Galaxy A series lineup targets budget-friendly consumers, but this year Samsung implemented a flagship feature. The A-series lineup features 5G variants at an affordable price range, and Samsung released these 5G variants at the perfect time. Consumers can be put into two …

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How Technology Kept Me Sane During My Fight With COVID-19

If you follow me on social media, you may know that a few weeks ago I managed to contract the SARS-COV-2 virus, also known as the 2019 novel coronavirus or COVID-19. During that time, I exhibited all of the common symptoms of the illness as well as some that are less common. While I will …

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A Review: Six Months With The Samsung Galaxy Fold

Looking back, I can say definitely that the Samsung Galaxy Fold the most impressive phone I tested in 2019. Not just that—it was the most interesting and curiosity-inducing device I’ve ever used. As I mentioned in my recent column on foldables, I’ve had numerous strangers come up to me and ask about the Fold to either …

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Review: If You Were Ever Thinking Of Swapping Out Your iPhone, Now’s The Time

A couple of weeks ago, I attended Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event with Moor Insights & Strategy analysts Anshel Sag and Mark Vena, where Samsung released its new line of phones. You can find Moor Insights & Strategy Senior Analyst Anshel Sag’s coverage of the S20 here. You can find my coverage of the S20 lineup here, as …

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We Know The New Samsung Galaxy S20 Is An Awesome Consumer Phone, But How About For The Enterprise?

Many have predicted that 2020 will be the year that 5G really takes off and I believe that. Last year most major carriers announced their plans for 5G network deployment and in the US, every major carriers have some kind of 5G network based on mmWave, sub6 GHz, or both. Additionally, we’ve seen 5G-enabled devices …

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Review: A More Refined Foldable Phone

Last week, Samsung released its new line of Galaxy S devices and its newest foldable device, the Galaxy Z Flip. You can find my event coverage of the S20 here and Moor Insights and Strategy Senior Analyst Anshel Sag’s coverage of the S20 here. The Z Flip is Samsung’s second, arguably third, go at a …

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Line Marks A Generational Leap For Samsung

There have been a lot of leaks about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 line of phones. The company’s new line of Galaxy S phones promised to mark a generational leap in the phone’s specifications and capabilities—hence the jump from S10 to the S20. Now that we’ve seen the full specifications of the new Galaxy S20 …

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Like It Or Not, The Future Is Full Of Foldables

I first got a chance to play with Lenovo’s prototype foldable devices 3 years ago at Lenovo Tech World, and I’ve been excited about the emerging category ever since. It’s not just me, though—lots of people recognize the potential of foldable devices. Foldables were back in the news last week with the unveiling of its new Galaxy …

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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Long-Term, Twelve Week Review

It has been around three months since Apple started shipping its new generation of iPhones. The quicker-take reviews are out but I wanted to do a longer-term, twelve-week review. For Android users, I also try to do as many comparisons as I can if you’re interested in flirting with Apple and iOS. The iPhone 11 …

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Samsung Launches Category-Defining Galaxy XCover Pro For Frontline Workers

Samsung is a company I follow very closely in a number of areas. Lately, the Samsung newsroom has been abuzz with consumer electronics news from its various announcements at CES 2020 (see my coverage here if interested). Samsung launched a number of intriguing new devices at the consumer electronics extravaganza, including my personal favorite, the new Samsung …

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MediaTek Surprises With Dimensity 1000 5G Smartphone SoC

MediaTek has a long history of being a competitive player in the smartphone market. The company’s position has always been one that many have considered being a mid-tier and low-end solution provider with many of the most popular phones in the world selling with its chips in volumes that would surprise anyone. However, most of …

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Samsung Improves And Expands The Mobile Experience With One UI 2

A few years ago, I believe the general industry consensus was that Android phones didn’t provide the best overall smartphone experiences. The hardware may have been ahead in certain areas, but some felt Android phones felt a bit sluggish, maybe even the experience degraded over time and seemed complex.  After my experiences with the Galaxy …

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Why Microsoft’s Foldable Surface Duo Smartphone Could Be Successful

I attended Microsoft’s fall event in New York City today and you can find my analysis of the Surface Pro, Laptop, Neo and Earbuds announcements here. In this analysis, I wanted to take time to discuss the biggest bombshell of the event, which is that Microsoft will ship a Surface phone during Holiday 2020 that folds …

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Samsung’s Galaxy Fold Enables New Vertical And Horizontal Commercial Use Cases

As I sit here today with the new Samsung Galaxy Fold in my hands, I can’t help but think about how Samsung is enabling new smartphone use cases while everybody else is cranking out improvements and incrementalism to its smartphones. After taking the new and improved Fold for a spin, I feel like it is …

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Analyst Take: It’s A Mixed Showing For Apple On iPhone Launch Day

I had the opportunity to attend Apple’s fall event in Cupertino today. Coming on the heels of the IFA Berlin event which analyst Mark Vena covered here, Apple’s fall event signals what the company will be selling for the western holidays and in Q1. While Apple has been successfully diversifying its business over the last two …

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After A Month-Long Review, I Believe The Galaxy Note10+ Is The Ultimate Business Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 is the newest in a long family of Note devices that the company released in August. After four weeks of use, the Galaxy Note10+ has been an impressive business workhorse. This review goes more into detail on the productivity and business side of the Galaxy Note10+ and how Samsung has set …

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