Your Smartphone is Your Computer

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Many tend to use their phones for all kinds of computing tasks now that they have become powerful enough to handle it. The one hold back to this seems to be the interface. While typing or reading something relatively short is fine, the small touch screen experience is not most comfortable for long hauls.

Multiple device makers have noticed the desire for some to want to use their phone as the one and only computing stop and have started to make devices that provide a full desktop or laptop experience from a connected smartphone. While these are not the first solutions for this, it seems are though this concept is picking up the pace lately. With multiple crowd funded projects and major manufacturer projects being shown off.

Two such devices are at the top of the list for a complete solutions.

Best Smartphones for the Cash - March 2018

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MWC’s announcements of new units, and new mobile technologies has resulted in quite a few changes to this list with some units no longer being recommended and others getting price drops.
As usual, these prices are for unlocked, direct sale units.

Sub $150

Moto E Plus (4th Generation)
Still going for less than $150, you will be hard pressed to find this combo of 5.5” HD screen, removable battery, quad core CPU, microSD card slot and a fingerprint reader. As usual with the Moto E line, you get a lot for a surprising price. Considering Moto’s history with updates this is a worthwhile consideration for anyone trying to get a lot for less. There is also a 32GB built-in storage version for close to $200.




$150-$200

Best Smartphones for the Cash - December 2017

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Just in time for holiday shopping, here is a list of some of the best smartphone deals within a given price range.
Given the gap since the last article, there have been some major changes with new releases and major price drops. As usual, these prices are for unlocked, direct sale units.

Sub $150

Best Smartphones for the Cash - September 2017 [Updated]

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I seem to get asked this question a lot, so I figured it may be a good idea to put together one cohesive list for reference.
Here will be a list of some of the best smartphone deals within a given price range.
Since this list was last compiled, the market has shifted slightly with some phones being replaced with newer revision or just being aged out completely. As with the last time, these prices are for unlocked, direct sale units.

Best Smartphones for the Cash - May 2017

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I seem to get asked this question a lot, so I figured it may be a good idea to put together one cohesive list for reference.
Here will be a list of some of the best smartphone deals within a given price range.

Sub $150
Moto G 4th Generation - The 5th Generation is out now, but that just means 4th Gen units are at even better titles. With 16gb and 32GB options you can get the storage you want for what you can afford. Prices range from $99 to $150 depending on the storage options.

Sony enters phablet market with Xperia Z Ultra

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Today at the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai, Sony unveiled the Xperia Z Ultra.
With a 6.4" display this is the largest phone is Sony portfolio. It is a full HD (1080p) TRILUMINOS® Display powered by X-Reality™ for mobile picture engine.

Under the hood of the Z Ultra is Qualcomm's highend Snapdragon 800 Quadcore SoC clocked at 2.2GHz.

iOS 7 announced at WWDC

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Video provided by The Verge
Other upgrades in video that are not displayed:
- Expanded multitasking to all apps.
- New iTunes Radio service for on demand music streaming
- App Store apps can show you whats popular based on location
- Siri now has multiple voices and can control phone settings. Also capable of earching other services such as wikipedia and twitter for results.

Jolla announces first device

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At the Jolla Love Day event the first device running the company's Sailfish OS was revealed.

The device is unique in the fact that its rear half snaps off to allow for other pieces to be added on. It was noted that the back plate not only supports the color plates that react with the OS to have it auto theme to match, but also allows for other accessories.

T-Mobile USA Blackberry Z10 Unboxing

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Will your Galaxy S4 really be a Galaxy S4?

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Looks like Samsung is repeating their trend of having multiple variants of a phone with the same name. Thanks to the tech rumor mill and now the official announcement, we have all come to know the Galaxy S4 as an 8-core powered device. This may not be the case for everyone who buys the phone though. In North America, Samsung will be selling a variant different from the rest of the world.
The international version is GT-i9500 and the North America specific version is the SGH-i337(i545 for CDMA).

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