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Capture Every Holiday Memory with One of These High-Performance Smartphone Cameras

Posted by Andrea Drag on Dec 16, 2015 5:00:48 PM

With the end of the year comes no shortage of postcard-worthy photo opportunities, especially on days when the entire family is together under the same roof. For most folks short of professional photographers, the chore of lugging around a digital camera has been made obsolete by the popularity of the smartphone. Each year, smartphone cameras become more powerful and sophisticated, meaning it's easier than ever to snap great shots from your mobile. 

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Topics: Samsung, LG, HTC, iphone, Device Features, Wireless Accessories, Wireless Technology, samsung galaxy, Selfie, Smartphone Camera, Happy Holidays

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

4 Ways to Improve Your Selfie (Using Your Smartphone's Camera)

Posted by Kevin Downs on May 12, 2014 3:44:00 PM

Capturing the best YOU.

 

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Topics: Android Apps, Smartphone, HTC, Camera, iOS apps

Take Great Holiday Photos with Your Smartphone or Tablet

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Dec 23, 2013 3:36:00 PM

Many of the more current smartphones have some unique photo options that will help you get the best holiday shots. For example, new Samsung smartphones give you the option to take video and snap a photo at the same time.

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Topics: As heard on Damon Scott Show, Android Apps, Samsung, Smartphone, LG, HTC, iPhone5S, Windows Apps, iOS apps, Tablet, Iphone4S, iPhone5, iPhone5C

HTC Thunderbolt Finally Gets an Upgrade

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Feb 5, 2013 11:30:00 AM

Sometimes I forget that people actually keeps phones until they have an upgrade available which is about 20 months because I generally don't have a phone much more than 3. Its a blessing and a curse. By the time I get it all fine tuned just the way I like it, it's time to give it up and start all over again. So don't be hatin' on me!

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Topics: Android, Smartphone, Android 4.1, HTC, Ice Cream Sandwich, Upgrades, Gingerbread, 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

Windows Phone 8 Takes On the Powerhouse Smartphones

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Nov 13, 2012 4:27:00 PM
Chances are you aren't a geek like me, having worked in this industry for 12 years, so you probably don't know that Windows phone sales actually outranked the iPhone for the first 2 years while the "smartphone" category was still in its' infancy.

I was rather fond of my first Windows 6 phone, in fact, I'm almost positive it was my very first "smartphone," as I was never a huge Blackberry fan. After the enormous learning curve, it honestly was very clunky, I could get my email, use the 5MP camera and look at pictures on a large touchscreen, albeit resistive. The mention of the large touchscreen was meant to poke fun at the Blackberry. That 3.2" screen was heavenly!



Apple's iPhone and Android eventually romped right over Windows and Blackberry, taking over the marketshare. So for the last few years we have been talking about the battle between Apple's iOS and Android. WP8 will be be jumping back into the ring and I think it's coming strong. Microsoft is admittedly spending more on this "launch" than they've ever spent in their history. The question I am most asked is, which Operating System is better. More often than not, they mean between iOS and Android but I should prep you for the third OS that's making a strong comeback.

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: WindowsPhone, Android, Apple, Samsung, Smartphone, HTC, Windows Apps, iphone, Upgrades, Android OS, Iphone4S, Updates, iPhone5, Verizon, iPad

Look At Me When I'm Talking To You: Video Messaging Apps

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Oct 8, 2012 1:57:00 PM

The In's and Out's of Video Chatting

Now that universities are in full swing and everyone’s settled into their new scenery (students new living situations / parents new exercise room?) there’s got to be that little nagging voice of missed communication. Even though you could always pick up your phone and dial their number, you still can’t get that “in person” feeling with just a voice call. But with recent advancements in mobile technology,( well, upgrades are more like it) you can still tell Mom that her hair cut looks nice and she can still yell at you for your dirty laundry being all over the floor. Here are several great apps that really do the trick at keeping that connection strong.

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Topics: Android Apps, apps, WindowsPhone, Motorola, Android, Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC, Windows Apps, Phablet, iphone, Android OS, iOS apps, Tablet, Iphone4S, iPhone5, iPad, Rezound, Skype

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

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