If You Had to Get a Smartphone Today, Which Would You Buy?

If You Had to Get a Smartphone Today, Which Would You Buy?Maybe you just recently bought the phone of your dreams. Maybe you’re due for an upgrade. In any event, the phone you coveted six months ago is probably not the one you’re coveting now. So which would you buy today?

Androids and iPhones are getting better at doing business. Blackberrys are getting better at doing multimedia. OS updates are rolling out fast and furious, bringing compelling new features with each iteration. Things in the mobile industry are changing fast, and the devices available to consumers are changing right along with them. It’s OK if it makes you feel kinda funny inside.

Perhaps, if you had to choose, your allegiance would be with the iPhone. It has a beautiful, if flawed, design; there are more apps than you can wave an iTunes gift card at; and the OS is polished like beach glass. Read more

The Most Popular Phone in the World

Nokia has problems. Smartphone problems. Software problems. But to fully understand what’s wrong, we’ve got to understand what’s been right, or to put in another way, what’s distracted Nokia. Meet the most popular phone in the world.

It has been said that more of the world’s population has access to a cellphone than to a sanitary toilet. But of the planet’s estimated 5 billion cellphone users, a privileged minority have smartphones; a paltry few, iPhones.

If you spend hours thumbing through pages of apps, scoffing at less-than-perfect software upgrades and grousing about screen resolution and pixel density, it’s easy to forget that the very concept of a mobile phone is a miracle. It’s a device that shrinks your day to day world into a single point, making you simultaneously accessible to and able to access nearly everyone you know, instantly and everywhere. Read more

5 Gadgets that Broke New Ground in 2010

The year hasn’t been heavily focused on creating new gadgets, but major hardware revisions have kept technology interesting in 2010.

Huge movements were made in Android, with the platform accelerating rapidly across both carriers and devices. Apple defined a whole new class of iOS devices. The Internet finally wove its way into virtually every aspect of our lives, from hyperconnected mobile devices to Internet TVs.

And that’s just a shred of it. The year isn’t dead yet.

There are more than a few devices left on the 2010 radar, so here are just five of the coolest happenings so far this year in gadgetry. Read more

Twitter for iPad

It’s no secret that Twitter for iPhone is often regarded as the gold standard for mobile apps – it blends functionality, performance, and usability together with a dash of playful quirkiness that works so well Twitter just bought the app and hired developer Loren Brichter back in April. That delayed the release of an iPad version, but Twitter’s finally come through — and as you’d expect, Twitter for iPad does things just as uniquely as its sister apps on the iPhone and Mac. In fact, we’d go so far as to say a few of its interface conventions will become as commonplace as slide-to-refresh, which was first introduced in Tweetie for iPhone — but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Read more

20 ways to customise your Mac desktop

Apple has done a great job making sure Mac OS X is aesthetically pleasing with its Aqua theme, exciting desktop images and clear, eye-catching icons.

Yet out of the box, your Mac looks like every other. To really make it your own, you must personalise it, tailoring it to suit yourself on both a practical and cosmetic level. Change the desktop, use custom icons, install your own alert sounds, and a whole lot more. Here’s how… Read more