Tag Archive: Desk


From the Editor’s Desk: One-handed usability in the 19:9 world

When every phone is big and tall, one-handed mode and other accessibility features should come as standard.

It’s the age of big, tall. ridiculous phones, and we need to look again at the usability features that makes these devices easier to wrangle with one hand.

One of the great things about the emergence of 18:9 handsets last year was the ability to cram more inches of screen real estate into a similar device footprint. (Though, sure, direct  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: HTC U12+ quick takes

48 hours with HTC’s new flagship phone.

Happy Memorial Day to everyone in the states observing today.

I’ve spent the past couple of days getting to know HTC’s next big thing, the U12+, and this is a good enough place as any to offer some initial takes of varying temperature.

I’m planning on using the U12+ as my daily driver for at least the next few weeks, through the Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan, and other travel thereafter. After  [Read More…]

Prop up your smartphone with this $9 adjustable magnetic desk mount

De-clutter your desk and stay aware of incoming notifications.

While supplies last, you can pick up UGreen’s magnetic phone mount at Amazon for only $ 8.99 when you enter promo code 87HFODR4 during checkout. This offer saves you $ 6 off its regular price.

This aluminum alloy stand helps keep your phone viewable while it’s not in your hand. It comes with a metal plate you adhere to the back of your phone which then securely attaches to  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: The disappointing reality of in-screen fingerprint

Why haven’t we seen in-screen fingerprint in more Android flagships? Simple: The current tech is pants.

Finding a way to embed a fingerprint scanner into the display of your handset is seen the holy grail of smartphone biometrics. As phone makers push relentlessly towards the vision of “full-screen” devices, in-screen fingerprint provides yet another way to bump up that all-important screen-to-body ratio.

In-screen fingerprint also offers a futuristic edge — a much-needed differentiator in a homogenous marketplace of interchangeable,  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s desk: Motorola is a big deal in Brazil, and it’s not a fluke

Motorola’s position in Latin America is dramatically different from the U.S. and Europe.

I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a few days in São Paulo, Brazil this week to attend a Motorola launch event for the Moto G6 and Moto E5. Not only is it a lovely city filled with great people and tasty food, but being there was the best way to understand just how differently Motorola is perceived and embraced in Latin America compared to the  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Security, signal and noise

Another Android security scare, another round of muddled reporting.

Your Android phone might not have all the security updates it claims to. As reported this week, research from SRL (Security Research Labs) has revealed that sometimes there’s a discrepancy between the Android Security Patch date reported by a device, and the patches that are actually installed. So is your phone lying to you?

Like most Android security stories, what’s going on here is complex and nuanced. And,  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Display notches are fine, but companies are doing a horrible job justifying them

Proper messaging is half the battle.

It was all foreshadowed last year by the Essential Phone, and kicked into the public consciousness with the iPhone X. The notches are here to stay, and 2018 will be the year where notched displays are the norm rather the exception.

ASUS cringingly revealed its ZenFone 5 back at MWC. The new Huawei P20 and P20 Pro have notches on two different display aspect ratios. OnePlus chose to straight-up pre-announce that the OnePlus  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Samsung went from best to boring

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is a perfectly fine device that does little to excite me. So is it me, or the phone?

I’ve been using a Galaxy S9+ for a couple of weeks or so now, and it’s a real challenge to concisely sum up my overall thoughts on this thing. It’s a great phone, probably one of the best Android handsets of the year. And yet its dogged similarity to last year’s model leaves me feeling  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Manual focus

When everything is automatic, sometimes you have to spend extra time doing it yourself.

I learned to drive in an old Volkswagen Golf with a manual transmission. Instead of racing around the city of Toronto like the racecar driver I imagined myself to be, I spent the afternoon in an empty parking lot trying to figure out how to smoothly change gears. As the late summer sun set in the west, I gingerly drove the car up  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Entertainment in the Smartphone Age

I want my phone to do everything, but that doesn’t mean I only want to use my phone.

There isn’t much your average phone can’t do these days. From communication to entertainment, research to shopping, it has never been easier for my phone to be my only computer. This week alone I have used my phone to write an article while on the exercise bike, finish Stargate Origins while waiting for my daughter to finish gymnastics practice,  [Read More…]