Requests for "Best of" app review articles continue to hit my mail box, and one of the most commonly requested seems to be for SMS or messaging apps. This is one category which is very well represented by some incredibly well-rounded apps, so I spent some time trying out dozens of the most popular to come up with my list of the three best SMS replacement apps available right now. If you are still using the stock text messaging app on your phone, get ready to be amazed at what you can do with a free replacement!
Ready to take the leap from feature phone to smartphone, but worried that you will be baffled by the very thing that is supposed to make your life easier? Well don't worry! There are scores of guides, tips and reviews aimed squarely at the beginner on About Cell Phones, all designed to make using your smartphone easier and more rewarding. And if you don't see a guide you need, or have a question which hasn't been answered, you can let me know here and I will do my best to help out. A great place to start is the Android Smartphone FAQ.
It constantly amazes me that many smartphone uses seem to know how to do incredible things on their devices, yet neglect things like backing up or virus protection. These things take minutes to do, and could save you hours or even days of frustration should anything go wrong with your phone. Come on you smartphone owners, isn't it time for a little housekeeping?
Think of any of the big-selling, flagship smartphones which have launched this year and many of them, including the Galaxy s4, Galaxy S3 and HTC One, have been quickly followed by mini versions. There is obviously a market for smaller devices, despite the trend to make phones with bigger and bigger screens. Sadly, the mini versions of most phones are so far removed from the original that they bear little more in common than the name. Check out my review of the HTC One Mini to see if there is a glimmer of hope for these shrunken down versions.
If you keep up with the latest news in smartphone technology, you will almost certainly have seen the supposed next big thing: Curved screens. Both Samsung and LG have recently announced a mobile device with a curved screen, called the Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex respectively. Well aside from looking pretty cool, it does in fact seem as if a curved screen can actually improve the performance of a smartphone.
It never fails to amazes me when friends or family members complain that their phone is behaving strangely or taking ages to do anything, and when they ask me to have a look at it for them I find that they have dozens of apps running in the background, widgets filling every conceivable space on the five, six or seven home screen panels available to them, GPS and Bluetooth turned on. Sure, your smartphone is clever, but there is a limit to how much processing power and RAM is available to it. If your phone is starting to chug along, perhaps it's time to take a few simple steps to breathe new life into it with our tips for Speeding up Android?
Having just returned from a short vacation where my real (and quite good quality) digital camera barely left the hotel safe, but my Android smartphone was constantly in use to grab photos, I have been playing around with several photography apps. All of the apps I have been using are available free from the Google Play store, and I have to admit, i'm very impressed with some of them. There really is something for everyone from the shutterbug to the occasional snapper.
Following months of rumors and speculation, it seems that the news that Amazon is working on a smartphone is actually true. Reports on TechCrunch seem to suggest that the online retailer is actually working on two different phones: one fairly standard budget smartphone, and a high-end 3D device which features four cameras, designed to track eye and head movement of users.
About Cell Phones will now regularly be featuring a monthly roundup of the smartphones that we think should be on the top of everyone's wish list. If you are looking for a new smartphone, but can't decide which to choose, our guide will help you by detailing the unique features of several current handsets. If you want to find the best smartphone, you really need to look here first!
And if you don't agree? Well why don't you let me know which phone you think deserves to be on the list, and why?
There are a couple of different ways to backup the data on your Android smartphone. You can backup some data to the Google servers, including app passwords and settings. Unfortunately, things like apps, SMS messages and call logs won't be backed up. If you want to create a full backup of everything on your Samsung Galaxy device, you will need to use Samsung Kies.
If you are a Samsung Galaxy owner (or indeed the owner of many other brands of smartphone) struggling to make the battery in your device last more than a day, you should definitely take a look at our guide to Saving Battery Power. Although the tips are aimed at Samsung Galaxy owners, they will also apply to many other smartphones.
According to lifestyle website Handbag.com, up to a third of us are using our smartphones to get fit or lose weight. From using it as a handy food diary, to Tweeting pictures of the food we eat, a smartphone can be a great tool for those of us who would like to lose a few pounds or improve our general fitness.
If you have ever found yourself looking aty a huge bill after returning from vacation, just because you wanted to check your Facebook on the beach or upload a few photos by the pool, our guide to avoiding data roaming charges should make interesting reading. Not only does it show you how to prepare your phone for vacation time, but also includes some tips on how to save data whilst you are away.
The HTC One has been the recipient of several industry awards since its launch, including the GSMA's "Best Mobile Handset, Device, or Tablet" at MWC 2013, Computex Taipei's Gold Medal award for Design & Innovation, as well as receiving a host of five star reviews and editorial awards around the world. It has now earned the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) award for 'Best European Advanced Smartphone 2013-2014'.Read More...
According to Nielsen Newswire, in 2012 the average smartphone user had around 40 apps on their device at any one time. This was an increase on the year before, and the number will probably increase again in 2013. I have just checked my Galaxy S4, and not including apps that are pre-installed by Samsung or my carrier, I have 72 apps installed. Well at least I am above average in something!Read More...
A few weeks ago I blogged about Samsung seemingly trying to create a Galaxy phone for every possible market, from tough phones to camera phones to phablets. Shortly after tha post, Samsung revealed the Galaxy Golden, a retro style flip phone with some cutting edge technology inside.Read More...
Despite the critical success of their flagship phone, the HTC One, the Taiwanese manufacturer recently showed its profits have dropped by 83 percent on last year. HTC was one of the pioneers of the smartphone market, but it seems that the company just can't compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple when it comes to making phones that people want to own.
Having just spent a few days finding out which Windows Phone 8 battery saving tips work the best, I want to know your best tip for saving juice on your phone (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or Windows, it doesn't matter which). Are you prepared to sacrifice usability to increase time between charges? Do you have everything turned on all the time, but carry a spare battery in your bag? The best tips shared here will be collated into a single guide and added to the site.
The Google Play store, along with many other Google apps and services, has had yet another redesign recently. Now there is nothing wrong with wanting to improve user experience, and I can only assume that the redesign is supposed to make finding and downloading apps easier, but to me the new style seems to be a bit of a backward step. There seem to be fewer apps on each page, making looking through recommended apps or the best seller lists a longer task.Read More...
There is increased pressure for smartphone manufacturers to include anti-theft mechanisms in their phones which are able to make the device inoperable if stolen. These days, a pattern or password lock screen just isn't enough. Smartphones are easily stolen, easily hidden and easily sold on by thieves, and with mobile phone theft on the increase all over the world, it really is time that this problem was tackled.
Whilst it is fairly common to see phones given away free on contract in other countries (particularly the UK), the US has been slow to adopt this business model. But now, with a new CEO at its helm, T-Mobile are looking to shake up the American cell phone market by letting users have high-end smartphones such as the HTC One and Galaxy S4 for $0 down!
Due to be officially announced this week, the Nokia Lumia 1020 (previously called the Nokia EOS) is thought to feature a 41MP camera, along with a Xenon flash and the sort of aperture usually only found in digital cameras. Whilst this is very impressive, does a phone really need that sort of camera specifications? It surely won't replace your dedicated digital camera (if you already have one) and probably wouldn't stop most people buying a camera if they needed one. Would the BlackBerry Q10 become more desirable to smartphone users if it had a 14MP camera instead of a perfectly good 8MP?
Having just put together lists of some of the best Android security apps, the best travel apps and the best BlackBerry business apps currently available, want to know if there are any more app lists you, the readers, want to see? I plan to put together several more lists in the next few weeks, including the very best apps for grabbing a bargain and the best apps for students. If there is something you would like to add to that selection, perhaps you have been trying to choose between several camera apps and need a bit of advice, let me know. The most interesting requests or suggestions will definitely make it onto the site.
Rooting is the process of gaining privileged root access to the Android operating system on your phone. If you are careful and follow rooting instructions, there is little danger to your phone hardware or contents. However, it is always a good idea to back up as much of your data as possible to your Google account and make sure that there is nothing on your phone that you couldn't live without if it was lost. Ideally, you should restore your phone to factory default before rooting, as this will help to ensure that things go smoothly and none of the apps or data you already have installed conflict with the root process.
Amazingly, there are now five different Samsung Galaxy S4's to choose from. These range from the Google version of the S4, which features a vanilla version of the Android operating system, to the Galaxy S4 Zoom. The S4 Zoom looks something like your phone would look if you super-glued a digital camera to the back of it. Although you lose out in screen sizem you gain a 16MP camera with optical zoom. Read More...