Facebook Is Making a Phone App Because We All Need More Facebook Apps

Facebook wants to be so much more than just a social network app. It wants to be your go-to SMS with Messenger. It wants to be a Reddit replacement with Rooms. You can even overlay Android with Facebook Home. Now your dialer is in Zuck's crosshairs. » 3/23/15 11:45am 3/23/15 11:45am

The Best Device For Reading Is Still the Phone In Your Pocket

For long-time book lovers, reading on an electronic device can be disorienting experience. The most obvious choice for those going down the e-book path is a device like the Kindle, completely and utterly dedicated to emulating the traditional experience of reading. I've been seduced by the promise of an e-reader… » 10/24/14 12:11pm 10/24/14 12:11pm

This Transforming Tablet-Phone Combo Costs Just $200

Isn't it fine to have a smartphone that fits in your pocket? Isn't it dandy to have a tablet for two-handed tasks? Soon you'll be able to buy both for just $200 — no contract required — with this Intel-powered smartphone that transforms into a tablet. » 10/15/14 12:01am 10/15/14 12:01am

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review: Beautiful, Comfortable, Flawed

Technology obsession can border on the pornographic. Extreme close-ups capture every detail, gush over every curve. People describe soulless bits of plastic and metal as "attractive" and "stunning." (We draw the line at "sexy.") For a premium smartphone to make it in this vain consumer world, it needs to look the… » 10/03/14 11:50am 10/03/14 11:50am

​iPhone 6 Plus Review: The Best Tablet I've Ever Used

Six years ago, I sat on my girlfriend's couch, casually flipping her new iPhone 3G end over end. I was pondering why anyone would buy an iPhone over my clearly superior T-Mobile G1 handset. Yes, I was an Android nut, a former Sidekick owner who believed that smartphones should have physical keyboards and be held… » 9/24/14 3:21pm 9/24/14 3:21pm

Moto G (2014) Review: A Phone This Cheap Shouldn't Be This Good

You are now entering the world of inexpensive smartphones. You're in the bargain bin, the bottom end, the cheapest of the cheap. Dispense with your expectations of blistering fast processors, pixel-heavy cameras, premium metal bodies, or 2K screens. Also, while you're at it, do away with the notion that "cheap"… » 9/16/14 10:19am 9/16/14 10:19am

How to Ditch Google Voice (and Keep All the Best Features)

Google Voice is a service we've loved for a long time, but any Voice user that's honest with themselves knows the service has been a second-class citizen for a while now. If you're feeling like it's time to move on, here's how to ease the transition (and even keep most of your favorite features in the process). » 7/08/14 8:00am 7/08/14 8:00am

This Is Samsung's First Tizen Phone

Samsung's been playing with its Tizen operating system for some time now, looking for a way to break free of the Google ties it relies on for its Android Galaxy smartphone successes. The OS recently wormed its way into the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch, and now, after a long development period, there's a Tizen phone too —… » 6/02/14 7:00am 6/02/14 7:00am

Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Hey friends, it's the weekend—and not just any weekend, but a holiday weekend. For a lot of you, that means an extra day off work, and therefore an extra day to idly play around with your smartphone. Make it a great one with these, our favorite new apps. » 5/23/14 6:00pm 5/23/14 6:00pm

Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

There you have it folks, the work week is done. Throw on your sunglasses and ride your smartphone off into a glorious sunset with these, our favorite apps of the week. » 5/09/14 6:00pm 5/09/14 6:00pm

Now You Can Get Totally Free Voice, Texts, and Data on Your iPhone

FreedomPop's crazy free voice, text, and data plan is awesome, but it's just been limited to Android handsets. Now, it's added iPhone support to its lineup. » 4/29/14 4:55am 4/29/14 4:55am

NYT: Obama Wants to End NSA Bulk Phone Data Collection

The New York Times reports that President Obama is planning to reveal a legislative proposal that will overhaul the NSA's practices—and put an end to its bulk collection of phone records. » 3/25/14 4:40am 3/25/14 4:40am

Watch the Entire History of Nexus Phones in Just Three Seconds

The Nexus 5 is finally here, and it looks lovely. But it was a long road to Nexus 5 greatness, and with this GIF from the folks at GadgetLove, you can speed down it in just three seconds. » 11/04/13 10:04am 11/04/13 10:04am

Amazon: We Won't Launch a Phone in 2013 and It Won't Be Free, Either

Late last week, Wall Street Journal vets Jessica Lessin and Amir Efrati claimed that an Amazon phone launch was imminent, and that the handset would be free. Amazon has responded to those claims, stating that neither is true. » 9/09/13 2:44am 9/09/13 2:44am

How the NSA Misleads the Public Without Technically Lying

The Wall Street Journal published an important investigation last week, reporting that the National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to many key telecommunications switches around the country and “has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic in the hunt for foreign intelligence, including… » 9/02/13 6:00pm 9/02/13 6:00pm

How Good Does Your Phone's Camera Need To Be?

Yesterday, Nokia announced to some fanfare its new Lumia 1020: a 41-megapixel, Xenon-flashed, highly tweakable camera that, y'know, also makes phone calls. But how good does the camera on your phone really need to be? » 7/12/13 7:15am 7/12/13 7:15am

The White House: We're Happy for the NSA to Spy on Your Phone Records

The National Security Agency has been busy bullying Verizon into handing over all of its customer's phone records—and the the White House is now on record as saying that, hey, that's just fine. » 6/06/13 8:53am 6/06/13 8:53am

This Proximity-Sensitive Volume Adjuster Needs to Exist

Apple has just scored a patent with the the US Patent and Trademark Office that's one of the most simple yet ingenious ideas we've seen in a while: a proximity-sensitive volume adjuster on a phone. » 5/28/13 7:01am 5/28/13 7:01am

How Hollywood Is Making Texting Look Dramatic

We all increasingly rely on non-verbal forms of communication—email, IM, texting—to let people know what's going on in our lives. That's great for us, but it's causing headaches in Hollywood when it comes to creating drama. » 4/08/13 6:26am 4/08/13 6:26am