Next to the awesome Will It Blend? series by Blendtec, we're big fans of what iFixIt does to hardware. Whereas Blendtec tosses electronics into an industrial blender and records the carnage, iFixIt tears into expensive gadgets, giving the average user who doesn't have the stomach for tech surgery more than just a peek inside. The newest patient to land on iFixIt's operating table is Motorola's Droid RAZR.
Wall warts are our least favorite option for charging mobile devices. They’re bulky, ugly, and no matter which angle they’re oriented, they inevitably block the adjacent outlet on the strip or on the wall. Joy Factory’s innovative Zip USB Touch-n-Go eliminates them forever. It’s a little expensive, and it’s probably bigger than it needs to be, but we dig it.
A new survey of 259 service providers and Wi-Fi vendors reveals that global pulbic Wi-Fi hotspot numbers are roadmapped to grow from 1.3 million in 2011, to 5.8 million by 2015. That's a 350 percent increase and doesn't even include community hotspots created by users sharing their own Wi-Fi access points. Those will add another 4.5 million to the tally.
Apple's iPhone 4 has had a bear of a time trying to impress the folks over at Consumer Reports. After a round of testing, Consumer Reports said it was able to confirm a design defect relating to the antenna placement and how it could potentially lead to dropped calls, and that was the reason it could not recommend the device. And when Apple rolled out a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 for Verizon customers, Consumer Reports called it a "middle-aged device" and said customers should wait for a newer model. So how does the iPhone 4S rank?
Show of hands, are there any Android users not yet salivating for Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)? Anyone? There's plenty to be excited about, assuming your device will be getting an upgrade, and therein lies one of the two big unknowns: When is Ice Cream Sandwich coming and which devices will support it? HTC answered both of those questions on its Facebook page, as least as it applies to its own smartphones.
The whole idea of having a mobile data cap blows, especially when you consider the things we're using our smartphones for, like downloading games, surfing all corners of the Web, streaming Netflix, tapping into streaming music, and so forth. Snug fitting data caps become even more bothersome when you have access to a fast 4G LTE connection, but there's a bit of relief in sight.
Every Android user with the requisite hardware is craving them some Ice Cream Sandwich right about now, and why not? ICS, or Android 4.0, is a major update to the Android platform filled with delicious new features, and when LG Optimus 2X owners heard they wouldn't be able to partake, they were understandably miffed. Not to worry, LG says -- ICS is coming your way.
AT&T is giddy as all get-out to unveil its latest BlackBerry devices from Research In Motion (RIM), never mind the fact that the smartphone world is currently infatuated with Android and iOS. Nevertheless, for those that prefer a sweet BlackBerry over an Apple or Google powered smartphone, AT&T wants you to know it has the broadest BlackBerry portfolio out of any wireless carrier.
There are lots of reasons why battery life in smartphones might fall well short of expectations. You could have too many services turned on all the time, each one sipping juice from the lithium-ion battery. There could be a rogue app that's flawed or poorly coded and constantly doing things in the background. It could be a software snafu, and it could be a hardware problem. Or, as one Apple Genius put it, the phone could be stressed out, man.