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All About Smartphones

Not sure what makes a smartphone so smart? Not sure if a smartphone is for you? We have the answers.

What is NFC?
NFC, or Near Field Communication, is becoming a standard feature on mobile phones. But aside from sending pictures between phones, what else is the technology useful for?

Which Operating System Works for Your Smartphone?
Some cellphones are smarter than others. The capabilities of any phone are largely determined by its operating system, which is the platform on which all of its software applications run. Here's an overview of two of the most popular smartphone operating systems: Palm OS and Windows Mobile.

Smartphone Basics - How to Buy and Use a Smartphone
These articles will help you understand exactly what a smartphone is, and how they work. They'll also help you determine what type of smartphone best suits your needs, and how to get the most out of your phone once you make your purchase.

How Much Will You Pay for a Smart Phone - How Much Does a Sma…
How much would you be willing to pay for a smartphone?

Smartphones: The Decade's Best Hardware, Software, and Services
Ten years ago, the smartphone didn't exist -- not really. Sure, early cellphones, like IBM's Simon, were released in the 1990s. But this past decade is the one that truly saw the birth of the modern smartphone. Here are 11 products and developments that have changed the way we think about and use mobile phones.

Buy a BlackBerry Smartphone
Interested in a BlackBerry smartphone? You've made a wise choice: BlackBerry's phones offer some of the best messaging features around. And many of them are good-looking devices with some fun extras, like music players and built-in cameras. Here's what you need to know before buying a BlackBerry.

How Much Will You Pay for a Smart Phone - How Much Does a Sma…
How much would you be willing to pay for a smartphone?

Buy: Which Operating System Works for Your Smartphone?
Some cellphones are smarter than others. The capabilities of any phone are largely determined by its operating system, which is the platform on which all of its software applications run. Here's an overview of two of the most popular smartphone operating systems: Palm OS and Windows Mobile.

User Answers: Do You Prefer a Cell Phone or Smartphone?
Different from cell phones, cellphones feature a mobile version of an operating system. Do you prefer owning a cell phone or a smartphone? Share your answer with About.com!

What is Inductive Charging?
You may have heard the expression "inductive charging" or "wireless charging" being used when shopping for a new cell phone. But what is inductive charging? Despite sounding like a new cell phone billing system, this technology is all about how we get the juice into our cell phone batteries.

Simple Ways to Reduce Mobile Data Usage
Mobile data can be expensive, particularly if you don't have a data allowance with your cell plan.

Home Screen Launchers
Home screen launchers are a great way to customize your Android phone without having to risk rooting.

Samsung Galaxy - S Voice Tips
Useful tips to help get the most out of S Voice on your Samsung Galaxy.

Set Up My Family – Windows Phone 8
Se up and use the My Family feature for your, or your childs, Windows 8 phone, enabling you to control what apps are downloaded.

Backup a Windows 8 Phone
Learn how to quickly set up the backup options on your Windows 8 phone, and ensure your settings, files and data are safe.

Updating to Android KitKat
Learn how to check for and install the KitKat 4.4.2 update on your Android smartphone.

Galaxy S5 Tips and Tricks
Some of the clever, useful, time-saving or just plain cool things your Samsung Galaxy S5 can do.

Set Up Android Device Manager
Learn how to set up and use the extremely useful Android Device Manager service, to help avoid losing your Android phone in the future.

Android Viruses and Malware
An introduction to the potential risk from viruses to your Android phone, along with some simple ways to avoid infection.

HTC One (M8) Battery Saving Tips
Five simple ways to reduce battery use on the HTC One and HTC One (M8) smartphones, without affecting day-to-day use.

Before You Root
If you are thinking about rooting your Android phone, here are a few things to think about before you take that first step.

Using the Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner
Want an alternative to passwords and PIN's? Learn how to use the clever fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone.

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