smartphones

Phabulous for e-books! 84 percent growth expected for 5.5”-to-6” phones in 2015

By David Rothman
August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

My sister has switched from an iPad to her 5.5” iPhone Plus when she e-reads on the go, and a new study from the International Data Corporation suggests that Dorothy has lots of company. While smartphone growth on the whole is slowing, big-screened “phablets” are a different story. The iPhone [...]

TeleRead Links: Phone battery tips, Microsoft goals, $30 Android PC, blog wisdom for authors, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

How to Make Your Phone Battery Last Longer (Reviewed.com) Though there’s a limit to how far any phone can stretch, battery life isn’t written in stone. How you use your phone and how you treat it determine not only much time you get on a charge, but also how long the battery itself [...]

How I finally fixed my Android phone’s internal storage issues

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

At long, long last I finally worked out how to cure my Navon Mizu M500 Android smartphone of the insufficient storage issues that were bedeviling it. Despite all my past efforts to clean it out, the phone was down to just 1.1MB of internal storage lately. But as of this morning, I’ve freed up [...]

How to save loads of memory on a MediaTek device

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Readers may recall I rooted my Navon Mizu M500 phone a short while ago, partly in order to stop the machine running short of phone memory and refusing to update apps. Sure enough, the problem started to manifest again, with hidden files apparently filling up the machine’s onboard capacity. In [...]

Smart phones : The dating and reading angles

By David Rothman
June 22, 2015 // 4 Comments

This  Atlantic video delves into the pros and cons of smart phones for daters and others. But what about phones for reading? Have smart phones in the end done more harm than good, through distractions such as Facebook and other social media? Is your iPhone really “saving literature”? Few [...]

How to tool up a rooted Android phone

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

After successfully rooting my Navon Mizu M500 with Framaroot, I settled down to working out what to do with it to tune it up as a better ereader and all-round Android powerhouse. Only, what to do? Many Android rooters do their phones in order to install custom mods and ROMs like CyanogenMod – [...]

A dedicated smartphone for e-reading?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 6, 2015 // 3 Comments

The launch of the ASUS ZenPhone Selfie, a smartphone – well, obviously – optimized for taking selfies, put me in mind of other dedicated, specialized phones out in the market right now. Smartphones, remember, are increasingly commoditized, and differentiation is ever more important, [...]

My Android phone successfully rooted: The glories of Framaroot

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

I concluded my previous post on the travails with my Navon Mizu M500 generic Android smartphone with a gripe about still looking for a way to root my phone. Well, now I found it. Courtesy of the Framaroot application, I was able to root the phone with just one download, without using a PC, and with [...]

How to rescue an Android phone from the insufficient storage curse of death – almost

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 30, 2015 // 4 Comments

I’m an unapologetic Android diehard, but I do find some of its foibles infuriating. One is the notorious message “insufficient storage available” or “there is insufficient space on the device” when attempting to install or update an app on the phone. This only seems to [...]

Phablets Are Too Big?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

Ah, first world problems. Phablets are too big to comfortably use one-handed. The post on ReadWrite goes into some detail about how inconvenient large screen phones can be. (Check it out for the image of the phone ring on the iPhone 6+. I didn’t know they were a thing.) Basically, the point [...]

Samsung may reposition its big handsets

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Chances are that if you read ebooks at all on an Android smartphone, you’re very likely doing it on a Samsung. And yet, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the Korean giant may be rethinking its game plan and cutting back on that market dominance after its founding father, Lee [...]

LG G Stylo offers new Samsung Note competition for a song

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

LG Electronics in Korea has announced a new budget smartphone/phablet, the LG G Stylo, with size, specs, and pen input implementation to challenge the Samsung Galaxy Note, at a considerably lower price point. For some readers – me included – this could be the portable writing and [...]

OnePlus One phone available to all, OnePlus Two to follow

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

The OnePlus initiative, previously covered in Teleread, was a bid to create a smarter, better Android-based smartphone that has achieved some success and quite a few fans, with some commentators claiming that its debut OnePlus One model put Google’s own Nexus phones completely in the shade. [...]

Cyanogen looks to diversify mobile experience with Microsoft apps

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Cyanogen Inc., the commercial operation behind the highly popular Cyanogen range of Android OS variants, has announced a partnership with Microsoft that offers prospects of a more diverse Android platform in future – if it still counts as Android OS at all. “Cyanogen Inc. and Microsoft [...]

App Annie Index suggests Google has an app problem?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

The latest quarterly mobile app market index from analytics firm App Annie, the App Annie Index: Market Q1 2015, suggests that the Google Play store and the iOS App Store are following “different paths” as the mobile app market evolves. According to App Annie, “Google Play [...]

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