The One

As many of you have noticed the post have been scarce as of recently and there is good reason for that. The past few years we have seen the technology of phones comes and go through modifications and upgrades and some just to the technological grave yard. HTC and LG were big on the 3d technology that seemed to have some hype at one point and time; also there were the boom speakers, ultra pixels, and ir blasters. All have come and gone the way of the buffalo, or at least for the most part. So what's the next big thing VR? Well time will tell, apparently its the new hype and I for one am interested to see what will happen with it. That aside lets focus on what has happened to the phone itself as far as aesthetics are concerned there has been an evolution. The bodies are typically more sleek and smooth, there has been a fad of all metal designs, the edges and screen to body ratios have been improved but what about the actual phone itself as a whole. What happened to using a phone for the purpose of its intended origin. To make phone calls that are clear and crisp and have more than eight hours of usage. Sure technology has advanced and we now have literally mini computers in the palms of our hands but what about dependability when its needed most? Where is there a mobile smartphone phone out there that actually can make it count when needed? This is one of the main reasons I have been quiet over the past couple of years. I have been waiting, for that phone that doesn't get compared to an iPhone or the next best thing. Why haven't manufacturers focused more on quality than features that really don't do much of anything else but waste our time? Battery life, screen size, higher resolution, faster operating systems, more ram, better cameras, faster data, louder speakers, virtual reality, all of this means nothing if you cant use the phone for its most important feature. Making a call that counts, lasts, is clear, and secure.. So I say kudos to you manufacturers who have sucked us in with the gimmicks and the time wasters, but where's the real deal at? Where's the one?


Windows & Nokia What's Going On?

So with the merger of Nokia into the world of Windows we are wondering what is going to come next. Who will be crowned the next CEO after Balmer leaves, what devices will be coming out, will they be Nokia or Microsoft branded, and does Nokia actually have Android on the mind?
That said I want to talk about what maybe the last Nokia branded device coming out this year. It's dubbed the Icon aka the Lumia 929 for Verizon. From the looks of it this phone will be a killer Windows Phone that's not in the phablet category and can compete with some of the top contenders currently out on the market now. Phonearena.com tipped the world today of Verizon's page with the new device up and out for the camera scene. This could be a great device for Verizon customers to try something new or jump ship completely to a new OS. The specs on it match up pretty close to the LG G2 which is a beast of a phone and the camera looks to be the star of the show on this phone. The only thing Windows really needs to go to town on to make this phone sell better is the ecosystem of apps in its market. If Windows can get more developers on board and more premium apps out for the OS then they have a chance of really lighting things up.

What's Next?

So in the mobile world we have a lot of news to catch up with with the CES event already come and gone there have been announcements from Asus, Sony, Lenovo, Samsung, Nokia, Insignia, and many more. However we are going to focus more on what's not here today rather than what is. First and foremost everyone and their best friend are waiting for MWC with hopes that Samsung might announce the Galaxy S5. Phone Arena and BGR have already given their leaked information on pure hardware specs on the phone but one thing is still not certain. Fingerprint scanner or iris scanner? With the announcement of Apples darling, the iPhone 5s and the fingerprint scanner and the 64 bit processing chip it seems that the mobile industry is yet again trying to play tit for tat. Not that Apple is far ahead of the curve, because they aren't, but the fact is they usually set the standard in the mobile world and many have followed. Some with success and actually doing a better job and some have been left in the dust. With security being a huge ordeal this year not only with the NSA but with Blackberry's secure devices, Samsung's attempts with their Knox system, and Apples fingerprint scanner, more and more manufacturers are trying to one up their competitors in order to look like they are staying ahead of the curve. The only issue with this is why do you want a phone to scan your finger print or your eye in the first place? If you are a government employee sure I see the point, or a spy haha, but in all seriousness why does a phone need to be so secure when the average consumer really should only be using it for doing what a smart phone is made to do. In order of importance, texting, phone calls, surfing the web, using social applications, and photography. With each year I am amazed at the quality of photos coming out from some smartphones and the pure processing power to run certain applications. I also am impressed with the abundance, and overabundance sometimes, of apps in each eco system. The screens also are impressive with the overall clarity and vibrancy,  for the most part. There's just so much a smart phone is capable of now it's almost overwhelming. However there is one thing that stands out to me the most and that's call quality. I still feel like I don't have the clarity of the almost extinct land line telephone system. Sure there are companies that offer voice over lte and hd quality voice but in the US market it's not as prevalent as one might think. Sure we use texting as a way to communicate more often than actually calling but there's a problem in that. Texting can be misleading, read the wrong way, and impersonal. You can't tell the tone of a text message by just reading words on a screen. You have to imply that you are mad, or not mad, by lol or ! marks or :-( faces and it's a bit time consuming and impractical. So why not take voice and improve upon that? Yes we have voice to text and vice versa and can even send voice message via text which is great but instead why not go a step further or is that just silly talk?


2013's Top Phones

So with the 2013 behind us here's to hoping 2014 will be brighter, faster, and smarter, at least in the mobile world of cellular devices.  Last year's phones were great and don't get me wrong, I loved some of the devices released last year and here's a list of 2013's top mobile devices by specific feature. First off the best battery life on a mobile smart phone title belongs to the one and only LG G2. This thing lasts and lasts and on top of that has a bright screen, great camera, and a plethora of features. As far as phablets are concerned I'd have to go with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It's size might not be for all but it's battery life is just beaten out marginally by the LG G2 but has plenty under the hood going on to make it best Phablet of 2013. With 3gb of ram, micro sd expansion, amazing amoled screen, multi-tasking abilities this thing flies and without a hiccup. For build quality I had to choose from two different devices running two separate operating systems. For Android it's gotta be the HTC One. The build quality was just amazing for a Android device. Minus the underwhelming camera the overall performance of the device was actually pretty good. Secondly the title of best build goes to the unsurprising Apple iPhone 5s. It also had a few new bells and whistles including a finger print scanner and a 64-bit processing chip which will hopefully pave the way for future development both for mobile Android and Apple devices. Next is the camera department all of us who have been following the mobile industry are already familiar with Nokia lumia devices and the 41 megapixel 1020 was the clear winner in the Windows phone department but for Android it was much closer. The Samsung Galaxy S4 was amazing but the LG G2 seemed to have just slightly better results overall and the optical image stabilization helped quite a bit for the shaky hand photography as well. Call quality was a tough one which I feel was a close draw with the iPhone 5S and the Galaxy S4 just behind and that's just barely. My major complaining point with Android is not just the overall responsiveness but the touch response and still to this day is a pain point for me. Even with third party apps like SwiftKey it's still sometimes a burden and for that reasons I can't say Android has the top phone in this category for now at least. It's going to have to be the iphone 5s, it's just buttery smoother and responsive but I have a surprise waiting around the corner with this category as a Windows phone device comes in close second for touch response and that is the HTC 8x. This phone had one of the most responsive touch input from any phone I played with in 2013 and was surprisingly a decent phone other than a poor camera. So there are many more features I could list and go over for the mobile phone devices but for that reason alone I'm keeping it short and to the point. You can't go wrong with the LG G2, Galaxy Note 3, Iphone 5s depending on what you want and need. So here's to next year for a chance to take the crown and maybe in all departments, we can all dream right?