Mobile phones


Xperia exasperation

November 11th, 2014

THREE months ago, I shopped around for an Android smart phone to replace my aging Samsung handset. Drawn by the good reviews and the phone’s sleek design, I settled on the Xperia Z1 Compact. In my case, one “feature” that tipped the scales in favor of buying this brand and ...

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Another shot in the foot

September 17th, 2013

LIKE many people, you might have felt underwhelmed by the two new iPhones that Apple brought to market earlier this month. There was certainly nothing groundbreaking about the new flagship iPhone 5S, which features a faster processor, a fingerprint scanner and Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS7. Available in gold, silver ...

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Hero to zero

September 10th, 2013

I'VE got an old gag T-shirt that reads “Bokia – Disconnecting People.” I guess you have to be Filipino to get the joke (“bokya is slang for zero or failure), but the font used would probably be recognized almost anywhere in the world—especially in Finland, where the company Nokia grew from ...

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Missed call

August 20th, 2013

THERE is no sugarcoating it. The crowdfunding campaign to raise $32 million to build 40,000 units of the Ubuntu Edge, a hybrid smart phone that can be used as a full desktop PC when attached to a monitor and keyboard, is now almost certain to fail. With only three days left in ...

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On the Edge with Ubuntu

July 30th, 2013

HOW many people would pay hundreds of dollars for a cutting-edge phone that hasn't yet been built? Quite a number, it seems. To date, more than 1,800 people have pledged between $725 to $10,000 to get an Ubuntu Edge, a high-end smart phone that dual boots dual boots between Android and Ubuntu, ...

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Nokia burning

Nokia’s burning platform

May 21st, 2013

YOU can’t get fired for buying IBM. Those who are old enough remember this piece of advice back in the day when IBM dominated the world of large, mainframe computers, and its competitors were referred to derogatorily as the seven dwarfs. Back then, buying IBM was the safe choice. Personal computers changed ...

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Surfing Android

Android browsing

April 23rd, 2013

IF I can help it, I don’t do a lot of browsing on my Android phone. Because of the small form factor and my rather large fingers, I’ve never found browsing on the phone to be particularly compelling or rewarding, and have resorted to it only for emergencies (What time is ...

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Troubling numbers for Microsoft

April 9th, 2013

IS Microsoft doomed to become a bit player in the next five years? The latest research from Gartner suggests this might be the case, as more and more consumers shift away from personal computers where Windows dominates, to tablets and smart phones, where Microsoft is still struggling to catch up with ...

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