The Perfect Phone

With so many phones on the market and new ones around every corner it's hard for anyone these days to pick and choose from the crop as to what the "Best" phone is. We have so many feature phones on the market that advertise this feature and that to the point that it's become difficult to really remember what cell phones are or were made for in the first place. To talk on! So what's important to you as a smart phone or even non smart phone owner? Call Quality, battery life, camera, apps, ease of use, aesthetics? Has it gotten to the point where more phones are sporting gimmicky software and features rather than focusing on the things that matter? So lets take a poll and see what matters and then really make it interesting and pick from your favorite phones and see what you like about them and what you don't. Example: I wish my iPhone was more like my Samsung Galaxy S3 because of this feature.
Survey here!


PRINT WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!? Servin' up some frankenstein technology:)

Organovo Pushes to the Sci-Fi Frontier: Printing Human Organs

Kidneys, livers, whatever, made to order in a lab. With Organovo's 3-D printing technology, it's possible.
The Novogen mmX Bioprinter builds tissue with real human cells.
Photograph by Timothy Hogan
MADE TO ORDER The Novogen mmX Bioprinter builds tissue with real human cells.

Right now in the United States, nearly 120,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant. Among them, 95,000 are waiting for a kidney, 15,000 need a liver, and 3,000 must get a heart. Depending on age, blood type, and ethnicity, these patients will wait anywhere from a few months to a few years for an organ--and some won't get it in time.
Keith Murphy, CEO of the biomedical engineering start-up Organovo, thinks there's a better answer: 3-D bioprinting. Doctors could create an organ in a lab precisely when it's needed.
"Surgeons are very limited by what they have available today," Murphy says. "If you can give them tissue to order, you can multiply, exponentially, the types of surgery that we can even envision doing. And if you could do it with a patient's own cells, surgeons could go places they haven't gone before."
They're printing what?
Professor Gabor Forgacs and his team at the University of Missouri, Columbia, developed Organovo's technology and founded the company in 2007. Since then, Organovo has made startling progress in the tissue engineering field. Unlike other tissue engineering methods, which make use of polymers--biomaterials that create structure and bond to cells--Organovo's NovoGen MMX Bioprinter uses human cells and shapes them into real tissue.
It may sound like science fiction, but it's all possible through a carefully controlled engineering feat.
As with any 3-D printer, lasers guide the production of each tissue. But instead of ink or plastic molding, the printer ejects a liquid filled with thousands of human cells. The process repeats, creating multiple "stacks" of cell layers, and a noninvasive gel holds the stacks together.
Then, cell biology kicks in: The cells assemble themselves as they would in a developing human body and mature, finally, into actual tissue.
Race to market
To be sure, Organovo isn't the only team working on 3-D bioprinting and tissue engineering. Academic institutions around the country, including Columbia, Cornell, and Wake Forest, have scores of researchers devoted to this very concept. But experts in the field point to Organovo's progress.
"If Organovo succeeds, it fundamentally alters the trajectory of health care. That's pretty hard to trump."
--Max Levchin
"These kinds of surgical tools have been lacking for a long time," says Dr. G. Sitta Sittampalam, a senior adviser and project manager at the National Institutes of Health and an expert in cell pharmacology and 3-D tissues. "This is very important."
To date, Organovo has used the technology to conduct research on liver cells and collaborated with both private enterprises and academic institutions (Pfizer and Harvard Medical School, for instance) to test tissue samples. In 2012, the company received multiple patents.
The biggest challenge in tissue engineering is thickness: Ultimately, Murphy says, going from tissues that are 1 millimeter thick to 5 millimeters thick will be harder than going from 5-millimeter tissue to building an organ. "We're still a couple years off," Murphy says, "but we're moving forward."

The Next Big Thing

So with the Samsung Galaxy SIV being released around the corner and the HTC One already having been released as well as Blackberry's Z10 the question now is what will Apple pull out of its hat? Typically Apple has done modest upgrades here and there and focused primarily on the premium aesthetics and feel of their hardware and primarily on their software side of the the OS. So this leaves everyone thinking what's going to happen this year? As far as design aesthetics everyone has come to expect the same old same old which is one of the reasons Apple has been not a hot topic as much as usual. The past three iPhones look almost exactly the same other than a larger screen on the 5 and a aluminum brushed back plate. Android has made itself known to the masses and offers so many different features on their phones that Apple has begun to seem, well, very outdated. So this year we have apparently a low end model for Apple and the standard premium but the thing is will it be enough to regain the confidence of investors and real in the masses? Apple needs to do something new and bring innovation back on the table. Sure the iWatch will be cool but will it be great? We need Apple to do something big and new and innovative to actually hold the masses of Android devices back. If Apple releases another small upgrade to its newest phone then I fear they will be losing the market in the long run. Yes Apple makes great mobile devices, yes they have this premium aura that most people associate them with, yes they have a great and refined operating system, but are those good enough with an outdated OS and old looking hardware? I think not..


Why Didn't Verizon Get the HTC One?

So the HTC One has been somewhat of a hit thus far or at least it appears to have been as most of the larger US carriers are sold out of the device online but why did only three of the big four get the One? It appears Verizon held off on the One because they already had a quad core beast by HTC dubbed the DNA aka Butterfly overseas. However it appears that we have another variant of the Butterfly overseas dubbed the DLXPLUS which could very well be a variant for the Butterfly 2 for Verizon. If this is the case it would be interesting to see the aesthetics and overall specs of this model versus the current One that is out now. Time will tell I suppose. In the mid range Android wold we have the announcement from Pantech with Motion Sense gestures baked into the phone for hands free operation which is really quite snazzy for a mid ranger. Apparently Verizon will finally be announcing their flagship Nokia Lumina device the 928 which will probably be the best Windows 8 Phone on their list at least till the holidays. Lastly it seems Apple is just getting bashed everywhere I look today with low projected sales, falling stocks, delayed devices for their next iPhone and the list just goes on.


HTC One Review!

So it's time for a review of the recently available HTC One. I have had the past few days to go over the device extensively and here are my thoughts. I will break it down by screen quality, responsiveness, ease of use, build quality, text input, camera quality, call quality, batter quality, and features.

Screen Quality: The screen on this thing was nice to view and natural looking when viewed in the dark and indoors. However once outdoors it was visible but not nearly as much as some other phones I have used, such as the DNA or iPhone 5.  Also I had a of what I am sure was a quality control issue and received a new out of box One with a dead pixel on the screen. Barely noticeable unless you were viewing emails or light colored screens but still shouldn't be on a brand new phone like this. Viewing angles were pretty good while indoors but outdoors you might as well forget it unless it's overcast out. As far as the picture clarity goes the pictures are sharp and look great but a bit too cold for my liking. In the end I still was very impressed with the actual clarity and quality of the screen aside from the small imperfections.

Responsiveness: Well as far as I could gather this thing didn't have any hiccups at all with the exception of dropping wifi a few times while trying to watch videos on youtube. It did seem to render a bit slower than normal for youtube watching but I think it was due to the internet connectivity issues. As far as running memory intensive apps it worked very well. I played Horn and it didn't stutter a bit. Web pages loaded fast as well and it even gave me the option to load web pages with flash. I did have some issues watching some videos online however due to enabling flash but not too many. Swiping between screens and going from different applications was fine and had no lag at all. Definitely a great phone and can handle itself even under a load.

Ease Of Use: The new home page section integrates your social networks such as Facebook rather well but not entirely too sure it is needed. It however can be disabled, sort of, to where you can have the typical Android homepage experience. I didn't mind the actual home page integration itself and it reminded me of a live tile experience but a very limited one. Not a bad thing but not something that is much needed either. Making phone calls was simple and quick and the setup was rather nice too. Once you get used to the lack of the menu button everything was much simpler. Opening and closing apps was a breeze as well yet a menu button would be nice.

Build Quality: The phones design aesthetics are certainly one of the best I have seen on an Android device in a very long time, possibly ever. It had a sturdy feel and wasn't too terribly heavy in the hand without a case attached to it. As for the screen it did seem to not be exactly flush with the bezel. Part of it was or seemed to be above the metal bezel at the top of the phone and more flush at the bottom. This could just be a quality control issue though and not an actual design flaw. I also received a new in the box unit that had a dead pixel on the screen right out of the box so it could of been just a dud. When holding the device it felt rather comfortable but if you have small hands it might not be the phone for you as its actually slightly larger than a Galaxy S3. Overall I enjoyed the feel and build quality of the phone.

Text Input: This one I was a bit uneasy about mainly because I felt that even though the responsiveness of the phone was great the keyboard was not laid out very well and felt cramped and unresponsive so I opted to use Swiftkey instead as it has better predictive input and feels less cramped overall. The built in emotions were kind of a cool perk but nothing that made the keyboard feel top notch.

Camera Quality: This is where I left most disappointed. The camera on this thing was/is supposed to be not just good but great and though indoor shots were good they weren't great and it became worse as the day progressed. The outdoor night shots just didn't seem nearly as crisp and sharp as the SGS3 or the iPhone 5 and at the clubs you might as well forget it. I tried hdr, night shot, and auto, night shot was the best one I got but you had to stay still and the processing time took way too long to get a sub-par picture. Maybe I was doing something wrong but I just didn't come home at the end of the night impressed with the shots. However Zoe is extremely intuitive and useful and made a lot of my sub-par photos come out to be acceptable.

Call Quality: Call quality was great, when I actually had service, I used Sprint and well it's really hit and miss with them. Voices sounded clear and very audible even at a low volume setting. Also the speakerphone was loud and clear and didn't distort at all with my calls. As far as dropping calls I didn't at all but some calls faded in and out and this was clearly due to the network the phone was on and not a quality issue with the phone in my opinion. All in all it was more than acceptable.

Battery: I got about 8 hours of usage on the phone without having to recharge. The usual email checking, text messaging, Pandora Streaming Bluetooth, and movie watching was not at a high but moderate level and it seemed to work fine. I did however leave the phone uncharged for a day and at night when I went to bed it was about 3/4 full and went to less than half during my sleep which I am not sure if that was due to the wifi connectivity dropping or not. I do think the phone if being used on LTE would of put a more severe battery drain on it as I was strictly on 3G and WiFi during my time with it.

Feautures: Zoe, The Amazingly Loud Speakers with Beats Audio, were great and definitely make this phone a top contender and worth getting but I am weary about the overall camera quality still and if you are a photo hobbyist I might say wait and see what else comes out in the next few months. However I have to applaud the speaker build and quality of this thing. The sound will fill a quiet room and make it sound like you have a radio playing. It's just that good.

Conclusion: Would I recommend this phone to a friend on T-Mobile, AT&T, or Sprint? Most definitely I would if you don't have small hands and sub-par picture quality. Overall the phone is amazing and I think stands a good chance of doing well against Samsung's upcoming SIV and possibly other new flagship phones coming this year. If they got their camera right and possibly the keyboard a revamp I'd give this thing a 9.3 but I am settling with a 8.75 due the small yet significant shortcomings.

HTC One, Apple Not Doing So Well & More!

So things haven't been looking too well for Apple and apparently with the low sales projections their stocks quality control issues for their iPhone line. Veering away from Apple Samsung rumors are flying about the next Note to have a flexible shatterproof display that's made of plastic? HTC is offering its One phone to the US in an unlocked flavor and check back later for a full review of the One. Also for HTC One if you order from Radioshack you get a $50 play store card for those much needed apps and games.  AT&T is making way for their version of the Samsung Galaxy SIV for April 23 launch and Verizon has put up their pre-order page.
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HTC One Demoed!

So today I decided to demo HTCs new baby the One and all I can say is woah. I mean wow this thing flies and has an amazing build quality and screen to back it up. Also the camera I did some shots with and was impressed. I meant iPhone 5 is amazing in that category but I feel that the One did just as good of a job. Not to say that once on the big screen it would still hold up but still amazing clarity. I also noticed that the responsiveness was very above average and everything flew by with no issues at all. So far this phone is one that I'm digging. Lets see what Sammy can pull out of their magic hat with the SIV!

HTC One Available Today & More!

Today the HTC One is available at retailers such as Sprint, AT&T, & More. More press shots of the rumored Nokia 928 were released today also in Nokia world we have heard that there will be a new flagship device coming within the next few months. I have to post this one just to give LG props for doing something hilarious and different.  Bad news for Verizon customers, they will not be getting the Samsung Galaxy SIV this month which may come to a disappointment to some. HTC Desire L was announced today and is basically a mid ranger. That's it for now folks! Thanks for reading!


Why Don't We Get Awesome Drool Worthy Phones & More!

So today as I was actually free to browse the web for new mobile tech today I ran across this little beauty made by Zopo today and became instantly jealous of China. It's sporting some pretty amazing specs all for around $230 which is pretty amazing. In other news Samsung and Sprint are taking Galaxy SIV pre-orders starting on April 19th for $250 for existing customers or $150 for new customers porting their number from another carrier. T-Mobile also announced their pricing for the Sammy flagship as well. Blackberry also apparently has a phablet in the works which may or may not come to see the light in the next few months. Moto is working on a phone for the masses putting emphasis on size and hopefully specs too which should be coming in the second half of 2013. Oh and lastly, chuckle chuckle, Apple shares have fallen to the lowest levels since 2011.. Hmmm wonder why?

Samsung Announces Release Date For The SGSIV End Of April!

“The Galaxy S line of smartphones has achieved momentous success with 100 million in unit sales worldwide in less than three years. This validates that we are addressing what consumers want from a smartphone,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “The fourth generation of Samsung’s flagship device builds upon the tradition of excellence and provides consumers with even more innovation that simplifies and redefines the way individuals will interact with their Galaxy S 4. We believe this device will be a true companion to all aspects of a consumer’s life from work, to travel and even watching TV.”

Meaningful Moments

The Galaxy S 4 combines the simple and visual interface introduced with the Galaxy Camera with a 13- megapixel rear-facing camera to take professional looking photographs with a smartphone. The front-facing 2- megapixel camera on the Galaxy S 4 allows consumers to capture special moments in unique and new ways with the Dual Camera shooting mode. Dual Camera mode takes pictures with both the rear and front cameras simultaneously to enable the photographer to be in the photo as well.

The Galaxy S 4 is loaded with several innovative capabilities that let anyone shoot like a professional:

Drama Shot: Capture a progressive event, like a baby’s first steps or a basketball player’s slam dunk, in one frame
Eraser Shot: Remove unwanted objects or people from an otherwise perfect picture
Animation Shot: Turn your favorite moments into animated GIF
Live Filters: With built-in filter options, an individual can now see how a picture will look– on both the camera and camcorder – before the photo is taken
Compile photos with location and weather information with Story AlbumTM to create the most comprehensive and personalized memory book. Integration with Blurb’s photo book printing service allows consumers to e asily print a physical book to keep or share.

Effortless Experience

The Galaxy S 4 introduces a completely new way to interact with a smartphone – without a touch. A simple wave of the hand over the screen scrolls through a screen and changes a song; holding a finger over the screen allows one to preview content within the photo gallery, email and calendar; pause a video by looking away from the screen and scroll to the top or bottom of a page by looking up or down.

Features include:

Air Gesture: Answer a call or skip to the next song by waving your hand in front of the screen. Useful when your hands are otherwise occupied
Air ViewTM: Preview emails, photos in the gallery, or even the stories in Flipboard® by hovering your finger over the screen
Samsung Smart Pause: Pause a video by looking away from the screen
Samsung Optical Reader: Automatically recognizes text, a business card or QR codes and take immediate action like placing a call from a scanned card or translating text
Protect Work and Personal Information

The Galaxy S 4 is not only perfect for personal use, but it is enterprise ready as a SAFETM-designated device. The Galaxy S 4 is the first Samsung device to include Samsung’s KNOX solution, which provides comprehensive mobile security at the hardware level and enhanced personal privacy for individuals at the software level. All framework components come standard on the device, and full-feature activation by solution providers and distribution channels will be available at a later date.

The Galaxy S 4 simultaneously delivers on IT executives’ need for industry-leading mobile security for companies with stringent security requirements. KNOX enables consumers to separate work via Samsung’s containerization approach. IT managers can now access and manage the passcode-protected work container without disturbing the content within an individual’s personal space on the device so consumer content, including photos, emails, music files and social network data remain intact on the device when an employee separates from a company.

Ease of Use

With the Galaxy S 4, there are a number of features to simplify the experience for first-time smartphone owners, those interested in switching from another operating system and long-time Samsung consumers. The Galaxy S 4 has a streamlined start-up wizard so consumers can begin using the device faster and learn about its unique features from the start.

Easy Mode, which was first introduced on the Galaxy S III, has been enhanced to smooth the transition for first- time smartphone owners by simplifying the home screen layout, camera, calendar, messaging and the internet browser to make the settings menu easy to navigate. Once a user is more comfortable with their Galaxy S 4, they can easily switch back to the standard home screen interface.

With the launch of the Galaxy S 4, Samsung is also introducing Samsung Smart SwitchTM, a PC application that lets new owners transfer contacts, messages, photos, music, calendar notifications and more from another phone to the Galaxy S 4. Smart Switch can identify favorite applications and recommend the same or similar applications within Google PlayTM.

The Galaxy S 4 greatly improves upon the popular notification shade, which provides quick control of new innovative features, and the functionality most often accessed and changed by consumers. The expanded notification shade shows 19 settings so consumers can quickly and easily toggle them on and off as needed.

Powerful Performance

The sophisticated Galaxy S 4 is designed with a full-HD Super AMOLEDTM (1920 X 1080) display with 441ppi for brilliant, stunning graphics on the device’s 5-inch screen. The slimmer, sleeker smartphone weighs 4.6 ounces, is 7.9 millimeters thin and has a minimized bezel to maximize the viewing experience.

The Galaxy S 4 includes AndroidTM 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) with TouchWiz® enhancements, a 1.9 GHz quad core CPU and 2GB of internal RAM. The Galaxy S 4 is also uses Gorilla Glass® 3.0 – the most advanced, fortified glass for its stunning 5-inch display, making it stronger and more resistant to scratches and cracks than ever before.

The Galaxy S 4, available at select carriers in Black Mist and White Frost, is powered by a removable 2,600 mAh battery for extended use on a single charge. Users can store large libraries of photos, music and videos on the Galaxy S 4 with expandable memory of up to 64 GB to complement the standard 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage.

Protect the Galaxy S 4 with the S View Flip Cover, a specially designed flip cover that has a clear window to read a text message, answer or reject a call, and view the battery status. Sold separately, the S View Flip Cover comes in Black Mist and White Frost to add style, while protecting the device and providing privacy, and is sold separately.

For more information on the Galaxy S 4 and accessories, please visit http://www.samsung.com/us/galaxys4 or http://www.samsungmobileuspress.com.


Phone Arenas Results Poll For Samsung Galaxy SIV Woes

So normally I wouldn't do this but I had to post the poll results from phonearena.com on the Samsung Galaxy SIV for apparent reasons. Spoiler alert! Look at the last answer and who wrote it. :-)


Why Does North America Always Get The Lower End Flagships?

So today in the news we have results for the Global version of Samsungs Galaxy SIV which smokes the US and European versions in the antutu benchmark scores and HTC has their Global edition of the One which has expandable storage and dual sim card slots. So what is it that keeps these flagships not being so flagship when they hit North America and Europe. Here's a little hint, money. If you think on it the FCC regulates what comes in here in North America and restricts certain devices based on a multitude of things, bandwidths, radiation levels, and money. Yes money controls all and unfortunately it's a dog eat dog world and in order to have certain premium devices we have to pay a premium price but it's never just that simple or is it?
Other things in the news today we have T-Mobile working on a revised bid in order to save the merger for Metro PCS. Also Samsung is televising their new Galaxy SIV Models and actually not bashing Apple. Lastly Lg Optimus Pro might be released in the upcoming months for AT&T. Thanks for reading!


HTC Woes And More!

So today in the news we have HTC taking another big loss in their earnings report and having their flagship One device being delayed isn't going to help with Samsung Galaxy SIV being released around the corner. The One should be available with T-Mobile April 19th however. Other interesting news today we have Windows Blue rumored to merge Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 into one product which seems to be the route they have been going from the start with the release of 8. More news follows as we see it and thanks for reading.


No New Facebook Phone! Debunked Folks! Update:

Facebooks very own Mark Zuckerberg just debunked the Facebook phone rumor and has stated they aren't working on a phone. Details at the link!
Update: Here is a link showing some of the cool features of Facebook Home. It looks like there is a bit of a Web OS element here and that's kind of cool to see yet somewhat sad too since Web OS was such a intuitive operating system back when it was announced. Maybe LG will do something with it in the future rather that just use it for their television line. Time will tell...

Facebook Home Event Today!

Today Facebook should shed some rumors on their Facebook Home event and maybe even announce a Facebook centric phone. Announcement is at 1 pm Eastern Standard Time and we will be updating as we hear more.


Cell Phones Turn 40 Today, HTC One Global Edition & More!

So Engadget posted an article today about the HTC One gloabl edition having a removable back cover and addition of a micro sd card and two sim card slots. The sim card slots are not a big deal but the addition of the micro sd slot for more memory has me a bit envious of people outside the US who have access to this phone. Today is the 40th birthday for cell phones which is pretty awesome if you think about it and how far they have come. Best Buy and Walmart are slashing Apple iPad and iPad Mini prices to open the path for newer iPad models in the next few months. In the rumor mill we have a possible HTC Facebook phone called HTC First which may or may not be a flop. Nokia might have a new device in the works dubbed the Nokia Lumina 950 which will obviously be a Windows phone. Lastly we have T-Mobile possibly having a carrier update for existing iPhones on their network to enable LTE which might make some very happy. Thanks for reading!


HTC One Review From BGR Is Comical & More!

So BGR decided to do a review on the HTC One yesterday and give it a best Android Phone Ever shout out without even saying anything about the battery life and comparing the screen to Apple's iPhone but in the same sentence saying it's not as good is a total joke. I literally lol'd myself after reading the poor satire of an review. Check the link for the full read. In other news we have the HTC One doing quite some promotional marketing for their new device which is slated for the end of April and it seems each carrier is offering different incentive. Also Samsung maybe have a leak on their hands for their new tablet over at Phonearena.com  Lastly for now we have a Google rumor of an actual Android laptop in the works. Check the link for the write up and thanks for reading!


T-Mobile & MetroPCS, Win, Lose, Or Draw!

With the T-Mobile and MetroPCS shareholder voting around the corner we could have a make or break on our hands for T-Mobile. If it goes through and T-Mob does go through with the merger it will help T-Mobile significantly in the LTE race and possibly push it towards number three instead of last place for the Nations largest carriers. Here's the logistics of the story at the link. In other news Sony is apparently in the works for a Cyber Shot quality camera phone with possibly a 20mp sensor. Here's an interesting one for you, apparently Facebook has or is in the works for making a Facebook Home Icon for Android which is familiar of what Htc is doing with its One phone now with the whole live tile like home page. Taking a page right out of Windows Phone 8? It sure looks that way. The Samsung GSIV looks like it paid a visit to the FCC this weekend, hopefully by the time it's released the Exynos processors will not be on the hard to find list. Lastly in the rumor and April fools world we have an floating iPhone 5s in the works, courtesy of Phone Arena. That's it for now folks, have a good Monday morning!