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Is this the Year of BlackBerry?

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Feb 18, 2013 4:06:00 PM

Why We Should Give BlackBerry a Chance

Now, they might not have had the best reputation for the past few years, but I believe BlackBerry has a chance for a huge comeback. With all the new technology smartphones have now, I think it’s time we give BlackBerry a fair chance. With the new BlackBerry models slated to release around mid March, who knows, they might come to surprise you. Considering they were the tech titans of the early 2000’s I feel like we at least owe them the benefit of the doubt. Here are some reasons why:

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Topics: Smartphone, Blackberry, Upgrades, Product Information, 4G LTE, Updates, Verizon

Cellular Chloe's 2012 Best of the Best in Wireless

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Dec 31, 2012 11:10:00 PM
Another year is practically upon us so I thought it was a good time to reflect on a few things that I thought made the wireless world great this year.

Best Smartphones

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD Reviewed on Oct 26, 2011
Pros:
Awesome long life battery
Solid, sturdy phone with Gorilla Glass and a Kevlar back
Splashproof
Gorgeous HD screen
Cons:
Swype texting is touchy, occasionally loses connection with your finger
halfway through the word.
Final thoughts:
I am a very heavy phone user and I have finally found a phone that will get me through the whole day of use (including GPS and Bluetooth). It is also packed with Motorola's Smart Actions which are ways you can customize the phone to do even more for you. Like turning on your WiFi when you get to work, or putting the phone into Drive Mode when you get in the car. Set these actions up once and never worry about them again!

HTC DNA
Cons:
Disappointing Battery considering the technology available
Irritating door on micro USB port
16GB memory with no microSD expansion
Final Thoughts: This is a beautiful, sleek device, with a gorgeous HD screen. The only thing I am skeptical about is the 2020mAh battery, as I am used to 3300mAh. The 16GB with no microSD isn't going to be a problem if you take advantage of cloud storage.
Pros:
Beautiful large screen
Super thin
Battery Life
Cons:
Predictive text is not very good. I loaded SwiftKey instead .
Final Thoughts: Nice big screen with tons of options for personalizing this device to carry out your every whim. The S-Voice and S-Beam are great features

Apple iPhone5
Pros:
Great Camera
Bigger Screen
4G LTE
Cons:
No NFC
Disappointing Battery
Final Thoughts: Most of the new features (turn by turn directions, simultaneous photo and video, larger screen size, better front-facing camera, panoramic pictures, and an 80% smaller plug) were already in place on Androids, but if you are a die-hard Mac user, the iPhone has come much closer to being able to do all the cool things the Android fans have been bragging about for a while.

Best Phablet

Galaxy Note 2 
Pros:
The S-Pen might have a little something to do with it, but this thing is just the right kind of wonderful for being productive. It's just the right size, the screen can lend itself to using two apps at the same time, you can hover over things to preview with the S-Pen without having to fully open them. The screen is so big it offers picture in picture!
Cons:
I honestly haven't found one!
Final Thoughts:
This is my blue ribbon, first place, you'll have to pry it out of my cold dead hands, hands-down best device. It fits all the criteria I look for in the device I am going to use on a daily basis; great battery, fast, able to use Swype or SwiftKey Flow sucessfully, extra storage if needed,   large, sharp screen and great camera. 

Best Apps

Evernote I have taken to cloud services like Bieber takes to ridiculous fashion trends. Evernote allows you to store and organize URLs, pictures, sound files (voicenotes) and documents. This type of service is ideal when you are shuffling many different file types within a project and it also gives you the ability to share/sync if you are working on it with other people or if you want to pick it up from another device. It's also a great place to file your recipes so you can access them at the grocery store!
CamScanner 
This works on both phones and tablets, Android and iOS. It scans your item with the device's camera or you can select a photo from the gallery, it will automatically crop, and turns it into a pdf. You can tag your documents for easier searchability. Then you can upload them, send by sms, bluetooth, Evernote, Dropbox, email or whatever other service you have loaded on your device.
QR Droid   We all know what a standard barcode looks like, this is a QR (Quick response) code. It can be used for a number of different marketing strategies. When scanned it can provide a URL, a telephone # or a message that will come up in text format. QR Droid is also capable producing these nifty little squares of information!. 
Pocket
 This is that handy place that you save all of the articles and URL's that you never have time at the moment you see it. Instead of keeping the window open or bookmarking it, Pocket is a cloud service that you can have access to from any device. So if I save an article to my work desktop, I can access it from my phone while I am waiting in line at the grocery store. It's ALL about productivity for this Gadgetista!
Gas Buddy  If you drive a bus, I mean SUV, you'll thank me for this. Gas Buddy gives you a listing of all the gas station prices in your zip code or close to your location so you can find the cheapest  
For example: say the place you normally get gas is .22 cents per gallon more expensive then a place down the street. If you get 20 gallons, you'll save $4.40 per fill up. If you fill up 5 times a month that's a $22.00 savings. Alternately, if you report gas prices you can earn yourself some free gas.
Astro  This is an essential file manager that allows you to move, erase, rename files. It also has image and text viewers, Networking, SMB, Bluetooth, SFTP, ZipTar, downloader, thumbnails, search files, application manager, task manager and attachments. 
Lookout 
will keep your phone and information safe. Lookout is a great all around app that checks the websites that you are about to visit, and blocks phishing and malware sites in real-time. It also has a phone locator service in case your phone is misplaced or stolen.
A Wallet Password  Keep all of your valued passwords arranged by category under one master password's lock and key! Just don't forget the master password! And don't use your child's name to keep them all safely guarded!
Pulse  Is an aggregated mosiac of all the news stories from all your favorite news sources. You can easily see a graphic and title of over 20 articles in a colorful collage and expand on the one you want to read.
Google Now  This is difficult to sum up in a short paragraph so   click here  to read more about this awesome notification service .
Picture Password To be explained in a "coming soon" video.

Best Keyboard

Swift Key Flow
Why? I was in love with Swype for years until this mysterious stranger SwiftKey came along. This bugger not only predicts the word you are typing but it also does a pretty dam good job at guessing your next word. It's like kismet! Enter SwiftKey Flow, SwiftKey and Swype got together and the rest is history.
Notes: It is stubborn, if you manually enter something, sometimes it thinks it knows you, better than you do and it keeps auto correcting. So if you don't want to end up on Facebook with a auto correct gone wrong screenshot, you might do well to check your outgoing message one last time before you caress the send button.

Best Browser

Google Chrome
Why? I like that you can Bookmark to the Cloud with hardly any effort at all and pick up those pages in your chrome browser on another device. You don't need a third party app, it happens within the Browser you are already using. Oh yeah, did I mention it's also a very fast browser? Some browsers don't support Google in search and I'm a Google Girl through and through!

Best Speakers

Monster Clarity HD

Why? For under $100 you get the sound equivalent to a to a major stereo set up in a package about the size of a box of animal crackers. People around you will be amazed at the sound that comes out of this thing. And so will you, of course! It can be used wirelessly or with a 3.5 mm cord and you can even use it for conference calls.

Best Tablet


Google Nexus 7

Why? Because it isn't hung up on a carrier so updates come to this bad boy first! You have to have WiFi if you want to use it so it isn't for the faint of heart, I meant the faint of WiFi! Normally I would never suggest this since it is not on the mighty Verizon but if you are tempted to get a Kindle or Nook or any e-Reader, give this a look. Otherwise I'd stick with a tablet on the Verizon network. If you are a Big Red fan, you can always use your Verizon smartphone or JetPack to give this some 4G LTE WiFi.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Why? It's thin, lighter than original 10 inch tablets and it has the amazing screen we've come to expect from a Samsung device. Watching movies on it is a pleasure and well, need I say more?
Notes: It still has a proprietary plug for charging. Ewww.
iPad Mini

Why? For starters, the i in front of the name is probably all you need to know. I will always give credit where credit is due,even though I'm an Android fan, Apple products are generally great sound products. Not everyone wants to push the envelope to see exactly what their device can do.

Best Case-Waterproof

Lifeproof 
Why?
I trusted this thing so much that the second I had my iPhone tucked safely inside, I tossed it in a swimming pool. Thank goodness I installed it correctly because it came out dripping wet but only outside the Lifeproof case! 
Notes: I would be remiss if I didn't mention however that some accessories aren't Lifeproof friendly so you might want to check this before running off on vacation with a USB cord that might not fit into the phone's charging port via the almost unforgiveable area there is to plug it in through. Also, they say that you shouldn't "install it" more than 10 times and expect it to still make a good seal.

Best Case Overall

Otterbox
Why?  If you have EVER owned an Otterbox product you would just agree and move onto the next category. However for those of you who haven't invested in the best cell phone case EVER, there's a few things you should know. First of all, Otterbox offers different levels of cases ready to accept the rigors YOUR phone endures. Whether you work in a boutique and want a pretty, uncumbersome case to protect your phone or a forklift operator whose phones falls out of your pocket on a daily basis, Otterbox has the case for you! The case shown above is the reflex series. It is light and streamlined yet with built-in air pockets in the corners that absorb impact energy, kind of like bumpers!

Best Headphones-In Ear

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Topics: Motorola, Samsung, Smartphone, Google, Android 4.1, HTC, Phablet, Tablet, 4G LTE, iPhone5, Verizon, iPad

Verizon Announces the First Two Windows 8 Devices

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Nov 16, 2012 12:28:00 PM

So lets get to know a little more about each device.

Nokia Lumia 822

Click on device for complete specs or to
compare to other devices


Running Windows Mobile 8, this 4G LTE device offers a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3 in. OLED display, an 8MP camera and a 2.1 MP front facing camera.  With 16 GB on board memory and the ability to add up to 64 GB of removable memory, this phone offers Bluetooth, VZ Nav, NFC (Near Field Communication) Mobile Hotspot and Wi-Fi capabilities. 

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Topics: WindowsPhone, Smartphone, HTC, Windows Apps, cell phone, Product Information, 4G LTE, Announcements, Verizon, Nokia

Extra Jelly Bean Flavors Added With Android 4.2

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Nov 2, 2012 4:52:00 PM

Google is at it again. Along with announcing their new lineup of Nexus devices, Google threw in Android 4.2. There were many rumors out there that this new update would be the next software version following Jelly Bean (affectionately thought to be Key Lime Pie-which is my fav desert) but that wasn’t the case. With 4.2 came awesome new features, some that I’m totally amped to try out.

Photo Sphere

Google had a minor yet major update within their camera. Photo Sphere allows the user to take multiple pictures at once in multiple directions and it’ll blend them all into a pretty little sphere. Not only can you view these on your phone as a sphere, but you can also add them to Google + and Google Maps right from your phone.

Daydream

Have you been getting sick of your drab lock screen photo? With this new feature you can either set up a slideshow of what pictures you have on your phone or set up information to scroll through from Google Currents. Kinda livens things up a bit.

Wireless Mirroring

This feature seems great on the outside, but it has a catch. Aside from the ability to mirror almost anything you're doing on your phone, I.E. videos, Facebook, YouTube and more, you can’t really do it without a wireless display adapter and an HDMI- enabled TV.

Multi-User Support

I think this is my favorite part of the new update. With this, you can share your tablet experience with others. Instead of cluttering your main screen with someone else’s apps, you can set up a secondary user. On the other side, you’ll find you can have separate apps, backgrounds, lock screens, widgets, games, etc. Sadly, this option will only be available for Tablets.

Gesture Typing

Google is taking their keyboards to the next level. I’ll admit that it’s very reminiscent of the Swype app but I think Google is taking a great forward step. Not only do you slide your finger from letter to letter, but it’ll also anticipate and predict your next word for you.

Google Now

This really isn't new for anyone who already has Jelly Bean 4.1. Google made due on their promises and they added more cards to the Google Now stock.

 In the latest update, you’ll get  

 

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Restaurant Reservations
  • Events
  • Packages
  • Movies
  • Concerts
  • Stocks
  • Developing Story & Breaking News
  • Nearby Attractions
  • Nearby Photo Spots

 

I can’t wait to try out all these new features. If you're just as excited as I am, you’ll have to wait a little bit. So far, the only devices to get this new version of Jelly Bean will be the newly announced Nexus 10 and Nexus 4.

 Peace Out

-CC

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Topics: Android, Smartphone, Upgrades, Android OS, Jelly Bean, Tablet, 4G LTE, Announcements, Updates

Two New Smartphones Continue the DROID RAZR Legacy

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Oct 17, 2012 2:25:00 PM

New DROID RAZR Smartphones Now Available

DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD by Motorola have hit the shelves this week.

Last month, DROID RAZR M by Motorola launched as the full-screen phone with edge-to-edge display, and last week, two more exclusive DROID RAZRs have arrived – DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD by Motorola. Both smartphones continue the DROID RAZR legacy and provide the features and power that customers have come to expect.

As the most compact 4.7-inch smartphone, DROID RAZR HD is built with premium materials such as Corning Gorilla Glass and DuPont KEVLAR fiber. And to defend against the occasional spills and splashes, there’s a protective layer of water-repellant nanocoating.

DROID RAZR HD features an 8-megapixel camera and an HD display that makes movies, photos, magazines and websites appear with vibrant clarity. The Circles Widget makes it easy to view battery life, text notifications, missed calls or weather updates, right on the home screen. The smartphones are near-field communications(NFC)-enabled, so customers can use Android Beam to share contacts and maps directly to compatible phones.

DROID RAZR MAXX HD has the same features as the DROID RAZR HD but includes a battery that allows for up to 32 hours of normal use and double the internal storage to 32 GB. Customers can also maximize their battery life using the updated SMARTACTIONS app that features a new Driver Mode.

Both new DROID RAZRs run over 4G LTE, combined with Chrome for Android, meaning customers can enjoy blazing fast speeds that make downloading documents or surfing the Web a breeze. Verizon Wireless 4G LTE will soon be available to more than 245 million people in the United States. Also, both devices are Global Ready, so calling home or sending emails is possible from more than 205 countries around the world.

The DROID RAZR HD is available in either Black or White and has 16 GB internal storage. The DROID RAZR MAXX HD is available in Black and has 32 GB internal storage. 

 

I can't wait to get my hands on these!

Stay tuned for my review!

-CC

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Topics: Motorola, Android, Smartphone, Ice Cream Sandwich, cell phone, Android OS, Jelly Bean, 4G LTE, Announcements, Verizon, microSIM

Now It's Incredible and 4G!

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Jul 3, 2012 10:10:00 AM


At 4G speed, this HTC Incredible 4G will be in stores before you know it!

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Topics: Android, Mobile Broadband, HTC, Ice Cream Sandwich, cell phone, games, 4G LTE, Announcements

Android Utility Apps For Your Everyday Needs

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Jun 5, 2012 9:50:00 PM

We use our Smartphone’s for everything in our lives. Whether it’s making a call, checking your bank account, or updating your twitter feed; Smartphone’s have become our new best friend.  So why would that stop anyone from using it for a simple task? With new apps rolling in all the time, here are some timeless ones to help you in your everyday life.

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Topics: Android Apps, apps, Android, Tablet, 4G LTE

Verizon's 4G is Headed for the Shore and Points Beyond

Posted by Cellular Chloe on May 16, 2012 7:58:00 PM

Now that 4G LTE is a household word, it's time to get it out of the house and down to the shore!

Verizon's 4G LTE is covering a pretty good size footprint of the US, but they aren't stopping there. On May 17th, Verizon plans to upgrade some popular summer vacation spots to their red hot 4G LTE coverage. Now 4G will be where you work, live and PLAY!

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Topics: Upgrades, Expanding Coverage, Summer Vacation Spots, 4G LTE, Announcements

8 Wonders of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Posted by Cellular Chloe on May 10, 2012 1:39:00 PM

I gotta tell you, I am long overdue for a trip to building 44. My last Android OS rock star photo was with the Honeycomb. The Ice Cream Sandwich has been chillin’ on the lawn over there waiting for me. Check out my OS pix from last year!  Below, I will remind you what to expect with ICS and some if the great features it has to offer. 

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Topics: Android, Samsung, Ice Cream Sandwich, Upgrades, Product Information, Tablet, 4G LTE, Announcements, Updates

Monday Matters! An RSS recap of Verizon Wireless News 11.14.11

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Nov 14, 2011 4:47:00 PM


Hold onto your hats! There's a windstorm of new devices coming your way and the wind has already picked up speed! On 11-11-11 the Motor Droid RAZR unveiled itself as the thinnest Android yet! 1.2 GHz dual-core processor on the 4G LTE blazing fast Verizon Network. This phone is fast, thin and sleek. You are going to love it!

Today the HTC Rezound hit the stores sporting beats audio and Beats Headphones. What a nice accompanyment to listen to music the way it was intended with another fast device. This one is sporting a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and on the 4G LTE network. If you love your music and love your mobile devices, this one is a beauty!
There are many new fine devices already out Motor Droid Bionic, iPhone 4S, LG Enlighten, Samsung Stratosphere and many coming before the end of the year. How do you sort it all out? I will do as much research as I can and make as many comparison videos as I can tolerate the hot studio lights! Here's what you should do. Ask questions. Do it here, go to CellularChloe.com or...better yet, go to one of our stores because you will find experts there that you can talk to one on one and get a feel for the devices. Honestly, when it comes to electronic devices like phones, tablets, cameras etc., personally I want to feel them and see how the work first hand. I don't like ordering that stuff on-line.
Keep checking back to our YouTube channel as I will just keep adding videos! 381 and counting!

Peace out

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Topics: Motorola, Android, Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC, Gingerbread, Product Information, Tablet, Iphone4S, 4G LTE, Announcements, microSIM

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