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The Incredible Evolution of the Smartphone Notch: From Bezels to All Screen The Incredible Evolution of the Smartphone Notch: From Bezels to All Screen

Despite Essential being first, after Apple adopted the notch, nearly every other smartphone maker jumped on the bandwagon and made those stupid little cutouts at the top of the screen the most discussed and reviled feature on handsets in the last 18 months.

HTC's U12+ Looks Like an Awkward, Budget Hybrid of an iPhone X and a Pixel 2 HTC's U12+ Looks Like an Awkward, Budget Hybrid of an iPhone X and a Pixel 2

Earlier this summer when I took a look at HTC’s most recent flagship phone, I was terribly conflicted. On one hand, I was a big fan of the U12+’s clear glass back (haven’t you heard, translucent gadgets are cool again), while its dual cameras on the back are probably the most underappreciated cameras in the…

The 1950s Guide to Proper Telephone Etiquette The 1950s Guide to Proper Telephone Etiquette

Phone calls here in 2018 seem to be more and more rare, especially with younger people. But most Americans still know basic phone etiquette, like saying “hello” when you answer the phone, and not hanging up without some kind of goodbye. But in case you’ve forgotten, here’s a helpful guide from 1950 that was produced…

Finally, a Perfect Phone for Small Hands Finally, a Perfect Phone for Small Hands

Whether it’s because you’ve got small hands, prefer a more pocketable device, or simply don’t care about having a giant display, when it comes to truly small phones, there just aren’t a lot of options. Your choices are essentially the iPhone SE, the standard Pixel 2, and this: the Xperia XZ2 Compact. However, with…

Leaked Pics Show a Scary-Big Notch on an Alleged Pixel 3 Leaked Pics Show a Scary-Big Notch on an Alleged Pixel 3

Based on the timing of last year’s Pixel 2 launch, we’re still a solid two months away from confirming whatever Google has planned for 2018. But that isn’t going to stop internet sleuths from trying to dig up any info they can. Over the weekend, two leaks popped up that could have some interesting consequences for…

How to Charge Any Phone Wirelessly

More and more phones are adding wireless charging capabilities, but if you’re using an older handset or one that still needs a cable to juice up—hello, Google Pixel 2—you don’t have to be left out of the party. Here’s a straightforward guide to the kit you need to charge up any phone by just placing it down on a…

Samsung's Smartphone That Can't Connect to the Internet Is Actually a Great Idea Samsung's Smartphone That Can't Connect to the Internet Is Actually a Great Idea

In the mid-‘90s, public use of the internet boomed, and it’s been all downhill ever since. I mean, let’s be honest with ourselves for a second, while the internet can be used to do great things, most people would rather browse cute cat pics or sling hate speech than work on anything productive.

To Combat the Notch, This Phone Revived the Slider

Just a couple days ago, rumors leaked out that Apple might try to reimagine forgotten tech like air gestures and curvy concave screens for use in a future iPhone. But now, another company is taking a different page out of history, and this time its purpose is to help fight off the incoming notch apocalypse.

Apple's Newly Rumored Smartphone Ideas Sound Straight Out of 2013 Apple's Newly Rumored Smartphone Ideas Sound Straight Out of 2013

Now that notches are popping up on just about every new smartphone screen, Apple’s next iPhone will need some new tricks to stand out from its competitors. But if a report from Bloomberg is true, instead of coming up with entirely new ideas, it seems Apple may try to crib some features from a handful of five-year-old…

OnePlus Please Stop Explaining Your Phone Notch OnePlus Please Stop Explaining Your Phone Notch

Even though the iPhone X wasn’t the first handset with a notch (please see examples A and B), after Apple added cutouts to its $1,000 phone, a lot of Android fans suddenly developed strong feeling about the whole notch trend.

Can Nokia's Breezy New Sirocco Phone Stand Up to Samsung's Mighty Devices? Can Nokia's Breezy New Sirocco Phone Stand Up to Samsung's Mighty Devices?

As slick as the designs on the Galaxy S8 and the brand new S9 are, some people just can’t get down with all the changes Samsung makes to Android on the inside. It’s an understandable complaint, especially since just a few year ago, Samsung’s TouchWiz skin (which is now called the Samsung Experience), was often…

Nokia's Latest Retro Revival Is Making Me Crave Bananas Nokia's Latest Retro Revival Is Making Me Crave Bananas

Some folks have started to take exception to companies that rely on people’s nostalgia to peddle their tech. But that ain’t stopping Nokia.

Fake Best Buy Reviews Won’t Help Huawei Sell Phones But Here We Are Fake Best Buy Reviews Won’t Help Huawei Sell Phones But Here We Are

2018 has gotten off to a rough start for Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone maker. Just before the company’s CEO made a keynote speech at CES, AT&T pulled out of a partnership that would have put Huawei’s flagship in the stores of a major US carrier for the first time. A month later, Verizon did the same…

Honor’s Mid-Range Phone Is Trying to Save Us From the $1,000 Flagship Honor’s Mid-Range Phone Is Trying to Save Us From the $1,000 Flagship

For the last few years, $600, $650, or maybe even $700 was all you needed to get a brand new top-of-the—line phone. But in 2018, a lot of people are going to tasked with a difficult choice: shell out another $200 or $300 to hit the increased price tags flagships are now demanding, or settle for something a bit more…

Samsung Fans Better Prepare for a Ridiculously Expensive Galaxy S9 Samsung Fans Better Prepare for a Ridiculously Expensive Galaxy S9

With less than three weeks to go until Samsung officially unveils it next flagship Galaxy S phone, leaks and rumors have already given us what seems like a pretty good look at the phone. And despite a body that’s almost indistinguishable from last year’s phone—especially from the front—the Galaxy S9 is shaping up to…

iPhone X Users Blame Bug for Missed Calls iPhone X Users Blame Bug for Missed Calls

While Apple continues to address the fallout of performance throttling on iPhones with older batteries, the company now has another issue to worry about, this time in regards to its pricey iPhone X.

Report: Verizon Dumps Huawei Phones as US Government Pressure Mounts Report: Verizon Dumps Huawei Phones as US Government Pressure Mounts

For a company hoping to gain fans and customers in the US this year, Huawei has had a rough start to 2018. Earlier this month, just a day before Huawei CEO Richard Yu gave a keynote speech at CES, reports came out that AT&T had canceled plans to carry Huawei phones in its stores. Now, according to a report from…

OnePlus Says Hack Exposed Credit Cards of Up to 40,000 Customers OnePlus Says Hack Exposed Credit Cards of Up to 40,000 Customers

Data breaches are now commonplace, but that doesn’t make them any less serious. So when a number of users reported seeing suspicious activity on their credit cards after buying something from OnePlus’ online store, the company launched an investigation to find out what really happened. Now the results are in, and it’s…

At $100, This Super-Tall Phone Will Be Super Cheap At $100, This Super-Tall Phone Will Be Super Cheap

The biggest trend among smartphones in 2017 was extra-wide 18:9 aspect ratio displays. Samsung and LG got things started back in the spring, and even Apple hopped on the trend earlier this fall with the iPhone X. But if you’re looking for budget handsets with one of those super-tall screens, the best you can do right…

White House Finally Realizes That Using Personal Phones Is a Security Risk White House Finally Realizes That Using Personal Phones Is a Security Risk

Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly just did something he should’ve done the day he took his job. He banned the use of personal devices by staff and guests in the White House. The ban will go into effect in the coming days, and the reason is obvious: security. But, c’mon, how is the Trump administration just now…

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