Tag Archive: Phones


U.S. consumers are now keeping their phones for three years or more

Strategy Analytics surveyed 2,500 U.S. smartphone owners aged 18-64.

What you need to know Latest research from Strategy Analytics claims the average U.S. smartphone replacement time has increased to 33 months. Interestingly, only 7% of those surveyed by Strategy Analytics were willing to spend more than $ 1,000 on a new phone. The market research firm notes prices for 5G phones will be a key barrier, although one out of four people surveyed consider 5G as being  [Read More…]

Nokia’s first Android phones will get an extra year of security updates

The Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8 will receive quarterly security patches until October 2020.

What you need to know HMD Global has announced that its first Nokia-branded smartphones will receive quarterly security updates till the end of the third year. The Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8 were initially promised two years of regular security updates. Sadly, the Nokia 6 variant sold by Amazon in the US and India will no longer  [Read More…]

Sprint 5G: Where is it available and which phones offer support?

When it comes to mobile phones and wireless technology, some people like to look ahead to the next big thing. What’s looming on the horizon? As if we’re somehow not happy with what we have in our pocket, we spend time reading rumors, and speculation, looking at leaked photos.

One could argue that 5G is that next big thing, at least for smartphones. Sure, it’s still in its infancy, but the tech, its promises, and benefits won’t be going anywhere  [Read More…]

Samsung’s phones are so consistently good, it’s boring at this point

It’s a fine line to walk between consistency and complacency.

In many ways, the biggest selling point of Samsung’s phones over the past 10 years has been consistency. Yes, Samsung regularly advances its technology, design, and features — but does so with a good bit of conservatism as to keep things consistent from year to year for its loyal customers. The Note 10 and 10+ launch reminds us that Samsung’s playbook hasn’t changed.

It’s a fine line  [Read More…]

Cricket Wireless Buyer’s Guide: Coverage, rate plans, phones, deals, and more

A growing number of US consumers are becoming familiar with Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) like Metro, Boost Mobile, and Straight Talk. They operate using the towers and infrastructure from the big players but have their own rates, customer service, and phone selection.

Let’s take a look at one of them in particular: Cricket Wireless

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Cricket Wireless (Cricket) initially launched in 1999 and is a US-based prepaid wireless service provider; it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T. It offers  [Read More…]

Black Shark 2 review: Turning up the heat for gaming phones

With an aggressive design and ultra-low touch latency, the Black Shark 2 is one of the best gaming phones you can buy.

Gaming phones are increasingly becoming more and more common, with ASUS, Razer, and Xiaomi offering devices tailored to this category. The first Black Shark device was unveiled last April, followed by the Black Shark Helo in November, and Black Shark 2 earlier this year.

There’s a lot to like in the Black Shark 2: the  [Read More…]

Boost Mobile Buyer’s Guide: Coverage, rate plans, phones, deals, and more

Just about everyone knows the names of the “Big Four” top-tier wireless service providers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. But, for every one of these major network operators there are a number of others in the space. These smaller, lesser known brands use the towers and infrastructure from the big names but with their own rates, customer service, and phone selection.

These prepaid Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) include the likes of Metro, Boost Mobile, and Cricket Wireless. These brands license  [Read More…]

How to stop those annoying Galaxy Store notifications on Samsung phones

The notification shade is for useful information, not your terrible ads.

Having the Galaxy Store installed on your Galaxy phone alongside the Play Store isn’t ideal, but it’s the only way to update some of your phone’s core services. What isn’t necessary at all are its notifications, which can be useful sometimes but are often just promotional pushes you may not care about. You can turn off the notifications for the app entirely, though, and it only  [Read More…]

Simple Mobile Buyer’s Guide: Coverage, rate plans, phones, deals, and more

Picking out the right wireless carrier isn’t all that difficult. After all, there are just a few names to choose from in the US, right? Hardly. For every one of the service providers you can name, we bet there are two others you’re not familiar with.

The Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) space is a crowded one and there’s plenty to consider. While they each have their own rate plans, terms, and features, they rely on the network infrastructure built  [Read More…]