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Get your hands on the HTC One M9 before deciding on your next smartphone

Posted by Andrea Drag on Apr 23, 2015 8:09:00 AM

Check out the new One M9 and see what feels different about the HTC's flagship phone.

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Topics: choosing a new phone, Android, Smartphone, HTC, mobile device, top device, HTC One M9, style, smartphone upgrade, M9, One M9, devices, functionality, power, Wireless Zone, cell phone, Camera, Product Information, smartphone user, photo friendly

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

You Have a Smartphone. Big Deal, Do You Have Smart Clothes?

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Nov 12, 2012 4:47:00 PM
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Topics: As heard on Damon Scott Show, Android, Smartphone, cell phone, iphone, smartclothes

Charity Miles. The New App in My 15 Must-Have Apps

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Nov 5, 2012 1:52:00 PM

Recently I had the pleasure to meet and walk about six and a half miles in New York’s Central Park with Gene Gurkoff. Gene is the is the CEO and founder of Charity Miles, which is essentially a smartphone app but it goes way beyond downloading yet another app to your phone. 

Gene's grandfather has Parkinson's Disease. Like many of us, when someone we love is afflicted with a disease, we become increasingly aware of that disease and begin to notice fundraisers and walks, bracelets, etc that support the research related to finding a cure. If able, we sign up for walks or marathons and enlist our family, friends and co-workers to sponsor us and begin to try to do our part to help raise money for that cause that has become dear to us. This is exactly what Gene did and as you are probably aware, there are only so many times you can tap into your friend's and co-workers wallets.

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Topics: Facebook, As heard on Damon Scott Show, Android Apps, apps, As heard on Mary Jones Show, Windows Apps, cell phone, As seen on Fox 61, iOS apps

Smartphones Provide Safe Trick or Treating

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Oct 22, 2012 5:24:00 PM

If you read my blog, surely you know my propensity for snarkiness or I prefer to refer to it as "telling it like it is. Occasionally a subject arises that even I can't make fun of and that is safety for your children. I'd like to talk about a few options using your smartphone (and in some cases basic phone) to keep track of your family. That doesn't mean just the kids. Often times this might apply to the older generation of your family or a family member with special medical needs.
Here are some options.

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Topics: As heard on Damon Scott Show, Android Apps, apps, WindowsPhone, Smartphone, Windows Apps, Blackberry, cell phone, iphone, As seen on Fox 61, iOS apps, Tablet, Iphone4S, iPhone5, Verizon, iPad

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

iOS v. Android v. WindowsPhone

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Oct 1, 2012 2:46:00 PM

So Many Phones, So Little Time. Which OS(Operating System) is Right for You?


If you are already due for an upgrade or expect to be relatively soon, I have 2 words for you. Good Luck.
There are so many phones out there and it's never going to slow down. Well, at least not before the end of the year. Starting today we are officially in the 4th quarter of the year and that means we'll be seeing even more before the holidays.
So what it all boils down to, unless you are a slave to your OS(Some people on iPhones will never switch no matter how great Android is) is what is the best OS for you? Two months ago I'd only be talking about Android and iOS but on October 26, WindowsPhone is making a comeback with Window 8 and they have some really sweet devices coming. Soon it may become a three-way battle if Windows8 is well received. It's a nice clean OS and I for one am looking forward to getting my hands on one. I am not including Blackberry because their Marketshare is very low. Here are a few fun iOS vs. Android cartoons. I never get sick of these!
 
   
If you are trying to pick a new smartphone, your best bet is to decide which OS is best for you.

iOS Apple iPhone

Pros
Fixed ecosystem-everything is intergrated so it's very easy to use, sync, backup etc.
Very intuitive Interface makes for a short learning curve.
All devices are running the same version.
Devices running on iOS are extremely stable. No freezing or locking up.

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Topics: As heard on Damon Scott Show, Android Apps, apps, WindowsPhone, Motorola, Android, Apple, Samsung, Apps Android Apps Android, Android 4.1, HTC, Windows Apps, Ice Cream Sandwich, cell phone, iphone, Upgrades, Android OS, Gingerbread, iOS apps, Iphone4S, Updates, iPhone5, iPad

Don't Become a Victim of Smishing

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Sep 27, 2012 11:28:00 AM

Smartphone Survival Guide

If you own a Smartphone or tablet, you are probably well aware that they are essentially mini, portable computers. Which means, they are susceptible to many of the perils a computer might face.  The most obvious is hacking and theft of identity or personal information. I referred to them as portable to remind you that they are also prone to loss or theft.

As long as there are devices that collect personal information, there will always be thieves inventing new scams to try to separate you from personal information. For example, there is a new threat called smishing. We are going to run out of "ishing" terms to name these scams. This is when you get a text message with an offer to get something free by going to a link. If you go there it is generally a website that asks for information. Just by clicking the link the damage is already done. You'll never get that $1000 gift card and there is now spyware on your phone capturing the keystrokes that you type in,  such as passwords, credit card numbers, etc.. 

 

 

Here are a few apps  to safeguard  your phone against these dangers. Most of these apps  are free.

Smishing/Malicious Attacks

Android

 

It's always easy to say after you have been hacked or lose your data, "I should have installed virus protection" or, "I should have backed up." What's really easy is installing Lookout on your phone. Lookout periodically scans your mobile device specifically looking for phishing, malware and spyware. It also checks any apps you load on your device and any websites you visit.

 

iPhone

Norton Identity Safe prevents dangerous websites from stealing your personal information. It does this by letting you know if a site is dangerous before you visit it. This can be downloaded from the AppStore for free.

 

 

 

Loss/Theft

 

Android 

This is the first and only phone locating app that you download AFTER you've already lost your phone. Having  Lookout on your phone is the best way to protect your phone and find it fast, but use  Plan B if you have already lost your phone and didn't already have Lookout installed. From another device, you can send the app to your phone OTA (over-the-air), as long as the phone is on. It will turn on the GPS and gmail your coordinates on a map back to you. I swear by this app as about a year ago my Droid Bionic was stolen nd using this app and the help of the police, I got it back.
Verizon Mobile Security provides antivirus protection to detect viruses and malware. It will also identify and warn customers of suspicious websites. That tier of the software is free. The next tier, available for $1.99/month per line,  Verizon Mobile Security Premium also provides a recovery feature that allows customers to remotely locate, alarm, lock or wipe data from a lost or misplaced device using their My Verizon accounts.

 

 

iPhone

 

Find My iPhone works on iPhones, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac. This will let you use another device to find and protect your data. Find My iPhone will help you locate your missing device on a map. From there you can choose to display a message, play a sound at full volume for two minutes, remotely lock your device or erase your data from it.  You can even write a message and display it on your screen. Something like, “If found, Please call me at 408-555-0198.” Your message appears, even if the screen is locked.

One thing to be aware of in OS6. if you turn off location services, it will disable Find My iPhone.

 

 

Lookout is an easy way to protect your iOS device from loss. You can use the Internet or another phone to determine the missing device’s location. It will also back up your data and protect your personal information. Then you can send a loud alarm to pinpoint its location, even if it's on silent.

Stay safe out there!

-CC

 

 

 


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Topics: Android Apps, Android, Lookout, cell phone scams, cell phone, iphone, iOS apps, Tablet, Iphone4S, As Read in CONNStep Advantage, iPhone5, iPad, As seen in ConnStep Advantage

Forget Your Cell Phone at Home? How to Still Get Your Calls

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Sep 18, 2012 10:52:00 PM
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Topics: As heard on Damon Scott Show, Call Forwarding, cell phone, Verizon

My Intuition Tells Me I'm Going to Need a Rubberdium Pen

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Sep 7, 2012 1:57:00 PM

On Tuesday, the first of many new products were announced for the week. Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics USA announced the Intuition by LG, a next-generation device that offers the full functionality of a smartphone and a tablet all in one slim, pocket friendly device. (If you have Goliath sized pockets!) In our MashUp kind of world, you'll hear these referred to as a Phablet (Phone +Tablet). Another one is coming soon from another manufacturer.
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Topics: Android, LG, Phablet, cell phone, Android OS, Tablet

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