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    Phone and driver: apps for your car

    Posted June 30, 2012 - 7:03 am

    If you're like a lot of folks, today's still-shaky economy is pushing you to live more frugally--including keeping your car on the road as long as possible. And with gas prices bouncing around $4 a gallon in many areas, the last thing you need is to get hit with pricy repairs, traffic tickets, or other unexpected auto-related expenses.
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    HTC Evo 4G LTE review: almost great

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:50 am

    HTC's Evo 4G LTE smartphone has a lot going for it, but other factors, including the lack of LTE service from Sprint, make it difficult to recommend.
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    Samsung Continuum: Two Displays Not Better Than One

    Posted December 6, 2010 - 9:23 am

    When we first heard about the Samsung Continuum ($200 with a two-year contract from Verizon), we were equally skeptical and intrigued. Does a full-touch smartphone really need a secondary "ticker" display? While we found the ticker display more useful than annoying, it still might not be for everyone--and it can occasionally be a pain to use.
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    Smartphone Video Camera Smackdown

    Posted May 19, 2010 - 11:03 am

    With ever-improving sensors, on-board editing tools, and wireless sharing features, smartphones are a popular option for capturing video on the go. But not all smartphone camcorders are created equal: In my head-to-head tests, I found that certain phones handled motion more skillfully than others, some performed better in dim lighting while others floundered, and some produced noticeable pixelation in my test shoots.
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    Holiday gift ideas: cell phones, smartphones and accessories

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 6:02 pm

    Going mobile? Check out a bunch of phones, smart or otherwise, plus other tools.
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    Blackberry 9700 Isn't All That Bold

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 12:26 pm

    BlackBerry is rolling out the Bold 9700 which will be available from T-Mobile and AT&T. For T-Mobile and AT&T customers who are Blackberry devotees, this is great news. For the rest of the smartphone market it is more or less not news-- at least not compared with more innovative device that have been introduced lately.
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    Samsung Instinct HD (Sprint) Cell Phone

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 12:02 pm

    Fans disappointed with the minor upgrades in last spring's Instinct S30 will be pleased with the Samsung Instinct HD ($250 with a two-year contract from Sprint; price as of 9/25/09).
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    Smartphone OS Smackdown: iPhone OS 3.0 vs. WebOS vs. the world

    Posted June 28, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    Here's a look at how WebOS compares with Apple's iPhone OS, Google's Android, Microsoft's Windows Mobile, Nokia's Symbian S60 5th Edition, and RIM's BlackBerry OS. Drilldown on capabilities, ease of use, visual panache, standard applications and third-party programs.
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    Palm Pre, webOS: Software outshines device

    Posted June 26, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    The Palm Pre, along with webOS, represents what may prove to be Palm's final effort at a comeback against those other little smartphone makers, RIM and Apple.
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    Should you put a Pre in your pocket?

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 8:22 pm

    When my present phone contract expires at the end of summer, I'm going to get a Pre -- that is, if my budget allows. It's just the right size, has a screen that's big enough for Web work and e-mail, and now that I've used the Pre's micro-keyboard I don't ever want to go back to a screen-based one again.
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    Palm Pre Apps and Palm's App Catalog: A Closer Look

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 3:32 pm

    The Palm Pre might have a slick OS and stylish hardware, but when it comes to apps, it has a long road ahead of it. And if Palm wants WebOS and the Pre to challenge Apple's smartphone juggernaut, it's going to have to step up its apps game.
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    Palm Pre Roundup: The Critics Have Spoken

    Posted June 4, 2009 - 10:46 am

    Everybody is comparing the Palm Pre with Apple's iPhone. Well, the Pre was actually designed to go head-to-head with Apple's phone, no room for doubt here. And the Pre brings a few extra perks, such as a physical keyboard, a better camera and a removable battery. So, does the Palm Pre live up to the hype? Read on for the latest reviews:
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    Palm Pre vs iPhone 3.0 vs Blackberry Storm 2

    Posted May 22, 2009 - 11:11 am

    In the next few months four smartphones are going to battle it out. The Palm Pre, the iPhone 3.0, the BlackBerry Storm 2 and the Nokia N97 are all going for the crown title this summer. But which one should you choose?
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    Location-Based Service Helps You Remember

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    Location-based services that remind you about to-dos when you're on the go are exactly what busy mobile professionals need. A new service, ReQall Pro ($3/monthly or $25/yearly), gives you reminders that are tied to specific locations. Unfortunately, in its current incarnation the service doesn't go as far as I'd like, because it's hampered by some technological limitations beyond ReQall's control. Even so, it's worth a try.
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    Samsung Innov8 (Unlocked)

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 9:50 pm

    The pricey Samsung Innov8 (US$930, unlocked; as of 4/7/2009) innovates in several ways--most notably with its 8-megapixel camera; carrying the highest resolution among phones sold to date in the United States, the Innov8 offers advanced in-camera photo editing capabilities and delivers excellent photo quality. And it has versatile multimedia features and an easy-to-use interface.
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    Samsung Instinct S30 (Sprint) Smartphone

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 9:48 pm

    Phone fans had been hoping that Sprint's next-gen version of the Samsung Instinct smartphone would drop weight and beef up on specs. Then, at CTIA 2009, the Instinct S30 (US$130 after rebates, with a two-year contract) premiered. Let's just say that the new version underwhelms.
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    Clash of the handsets: Smartphones for business

    Posted April 9, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Apple iPhone, Android G1, AT&T Fuze, HTC Touch Diamond, and three flavors of BlackBerry compete for one pocket.
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    Nokia E63 Smart Phone

    Posted February 19, 2009 - 11:08 am

    Already available overseas, the Nokia E63 has finally come to the United States. The little brother of the Nokia E71, the E63 lacks a GPS receiver and preinstalled games, and it has a downgraded camera. On the other hand, it possesses the same excellent e-mail and messaging capabilities as other members of the Nokia E-series. And the biggest news here: The E63 sells for $250 unlocked--about half what the E71 cost when it debuted.
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    Hands on with the HTC Touch Pro2

    Posted February 16, 2009 - 9:20 pm

    HTC has improved one of its newest smartphone models, the Touch Pro2, with better software for the touchscreen and a tilt screen.
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    A Closer Look at the Palm Pre and webOS

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 11:57 am

    The Palm Pre smart phone and the company's much-anticipated new operating system -- called webOS -- are among the most buzzed-about products to come out of CES this year. PC World sat down with Palm and delved into the OS everyone is talking about. Here they share what they liked -- and what they didn't.
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    Product review: Nokia E71 3G smartphone

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 2:54 pm

    As Nokia's very first 3G phone with a full QWERTY keyboard, the US$500 E71 is an all-around improvement on its predecessor, the E61. It not only has a sleeker and more sophisticated curved design, but it packs a multitude of features ideal for both business and personal use.
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    Product review: Palm Treo Pro smartphone

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 2:50 pm

    Having enjoyed success with its sporty Centro models, Palm is taking some of the lessons it learned there back to its Treo business line: The Palm Treo Pro integrates certain Centro design elements with the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system and with the more robust features of contemporary BlackBerrys to produce a sleek smart phone built with the image-conscious corporate user in mind.
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    Product review: HP iPaq 910c Business Messenger smartphone

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 2:47 pm

    In the world of smartphones, while Apple's TV ads insist that the company's iPhone 3G "works great with work" and BlackBerry fans eagerly await RIM's BlackBerry Bold, HP's new Windows Mobile 6.1-based iPaq 910c Business Messenger offers an alternative aimed at corporate users who are willing to pay top dollar for a high-end smart phone with advanced features.
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    Beyond the iPhone: Three smartphones worth a look

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 3:52 pm

    I put three iPhone alternatives - RIM's Blackberry Curve, LG's enV2, and T-Mobile's Sidekick - through their paces. Here's how they stack up.
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    HTC Touch Diamond smartphone

    Posted September 12, 2008 - 3:27 pm

    HTC's Touch Diamond ($350 with a two-year contract) is a well-designed Windows Mobile smartphone whose compact, candy-bar design widens its appeal.
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