Nokia Lumia 810 and 820 review

Nokia managed to implement Windows 8 Mobile into a sleek, modern handset that’s comfortable to hold and use. The use of tiles makes one handed use of the phone easy and efficient.

Nokia is making a big gamble by choosing Microsoft Windows 8 Mobile as the OS for their line of smart phones. The fate of this once dominant player in the mobile space is tied closely to the success or failure of the Windows OS. By most accounts, adoption of Windows 8 has been less than stellar but Microsoft and Nokia marches on. Whether you like it or not, Windows 8 is here to stay and Windows 8 Mobile is a serious contender. It’s not the juggernaut that is iOS or Android but there may be a niche for a third mobile OS.

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Mugen Power extended battery for Samsung Galaxy Note II packs days of power

As mobile phone manufacturers pack more and more CPU cores into smartphones, the need for larger batteries become increasingly obvious.

As mobile phone manufacturers pack more and more CPU cores into smartphones, the need for larger batteries become increasingly obvious. Samsung’s Galaxy Note series has been a runaway global success.

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Sprint Guardian brings parental controls to mobile phones

Sprint Guardian is a suite of services and Android apps to help parents monitor and control up to four Sprint phones.

In a recent story,  Janell Hoffman gave her thirteen-year old son Greg Hoffman an Apple iPhone for Christmas along with an 18-point contract outlining the terms of use. The reaction was mixed with people debating the validity of various points as either too controlling or on-point. The story became viral in part because parental control of their children’s phone usage has been a hot debate for the last several years. With the processing power of smart phones exceeding some computers, smart phones can be a tool or a burden. Many fear today’s generation is becoming slave to their mobile devices. While the debate rages on on many fronts, Sprint has been working on leveraging mobile technology to try and solve some of the more common problems facing parents as it pertains to smart phone usage.

Sprint Guardian

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T-Mobile Sonic 4G mobile hotspot review

One possible solution is to add a mobile hotspot to connect a range of devices under a single wireless plan. T-Mobile’s Sonic 4G Mobile Hotspot can connect up to 5 devices concurrently all sharing a single 4G HSPA+ 42 high speed connection, if available in your area.

T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile Hotspot T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile Hotspot

2012 was a boom year for mobile devices with many vendors introducing new tablets, e-readers, Wi-Fi enabled cameras, and various other Wi-Fi enabled devices. Users face the challenge of connecting all these devices while on the go without going broke activating individual wireless plans for each device. Some carriers offer discounts for adding additional devices but that solution may not work for some devices which are Wi-Fi only.

While some high-end smartphones are capable of functioning as a mobile hotspot, carriers often disable the function unless you pay an additional charge. Even when enabled, some plans limit how many devices you can connect concurrently. One possible solution is to add a mobile hotspot to connect a range of devices under a single wireless plan. T-Mobile’s Sonic 4G Mobile Hotspot can connect up to 5 devices concurrently all sharing a single 4G HSPA+ 42 high-speed connection, if available in your area.

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2012 holiday gadget gift guide

The holiday gift giving deadline is fast approaching and for those who are still undecided, here’s a short guide to help you find the perfect gadget for yourself, family, or friends.

The holiday gift giving deadline is fast approaching and for those who are still undecided, here’s a short guide to help you find the perfect gadget for yourself, family, or friends.

Nokia Lumia 820

Nokia Lumia 810

Nokia Lumia 810/820

The mobile category is hot right now with thousands of devices to choose from. Nokia has made a fairly big gamble with the Lumia line of mobile phones with Windows 8. If this is a category you are considering, the midrange Lumia 820 (AT&T – $49.99) or Lumia 810 (T-Mobile – $99.99) is worth a look. This candy bar handset is about the size of an iPhone 5 sporting excellent build quality. The 810 and 820 vary slightly in size with the T-Mobile 810 version housing an upgraded front facing camera capable of 720 video using a 1.2 mp camera, perfect for those who Skype or do video chats. Both models run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and feature Nokia City Lens, an augmented reality GPS enabled app. It also offers free downloadable maps to allow offline turn by turn navigation without the need for a mobile connection.  Continue reading “2012 holiday gadget gift guide”