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The popSLATE puts a customizable 4-inch E-Ink display on the back of your iPhone 5

The popSLATE is an iPhone 5 case with a difference. Unlike your standard "dumb" cases, the popSLATE won't just protect your phone, but also provides a rear-facing 4-inch E-Ink display that's capable of displaying images, slideshows and even app alerts.  Read More

How do 2012's best smartphones stack up?

In just five years, smartphones have gone from expensive novelties to fundamental parts of our lives. If you're shopping for a new smartphone, the choices can be daunting. How do you sort through the mess? Our 2012 Smartphone Comparison Guide is designed to help you decide which model is best for you.  Read More

How does Google's latest flagship Nexus phone compare to the iPhone 5?

Google is going straight for Apple's throat. In addition to announcing its first direct iPad competitor, the Nexus 10, it's also set to release a new high-end smartphone, the Nexus 4. How does Google's (and LG's) latest flagship compare to the iPhone 5? Let's take a look …  Read More

Apple was gunning for a cash cow with its Lightning connector, but that may be in jeopardy

If you bought an iPhone 5 or iPod touch 5G, then you've enjoyed the perils and pleasures of the new Lightning connector. The tiny port lets Apple make their new devices so thin, but it also creates annoying costs. A Lightning-to-30-pin adapter costs a whopping US$30. Hardware hackers may have saved the day for Apple's customers, as the Lightning authentication chip has reportedly been cracked.  Read More

It's no contest, but the iPhone 5 can help put the Galaxy S3 Mini in perspective

When Samsung revealed the details of its new Galaxy S III Mini, mobile tech junkies let out a collective "meh." Those hoping for a Galaxy S III squeezed into a smaller, lighter body instead got a mid-range (probably low-priced) smartphone. Though it isn't an even battle, let's see how it compares to Apple's latest high-end offering, the iPhone 5.  Read More

How do Apple's newest iOS devices compare?

The iPod touch is a strange bird. The first edition was released just a few months after the iPhone in 2007 as the iPod line's lone multitouch device. Through the years, though, it's become known more as a Nintendo DS rival than an MP3 player. Though kids' gaming may be the iPod touch's claim to fame, the device is almost on par with the iPhone. That point may be more valid today than ever, as the iPod touch has received a long-awaited update - probably its biggest yet. How does the new 5th generation iPod touch compare to its big brother, the iPhone 5? Let's take a look…  Read More

Apple Store employees may be hitting the maps soon (digitally altered)

Apple's iOS 6 Maps has been widely criticized. The company is under pressure to improve its service - quickly. MacRumors reports that Apple has a novel solution: employ its army of retail employees to report errors. Could this be a stroke of Genius?  Read More

iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4: which is the best for you?

The budget iPhone: rumormongers have obsessed out the possibility for years. Though Apple hasn't – and likely never will – manufacture a new iPhone just to tackle the economy market, the company has covered that segment nonetheless. The recipe is simple: continue selling previous years' iPhones in decreasing increments of $100. So, on store shelves this year, the iPhone 5 is joined by its previous two ancestors. There's no question which phone is the best – the iPhone 5 is a phenomenal smartphone – but is it worth saving a few bucks on one of the older models?  Read More

Does the iPhone 5 live up to the hype?

Buzz for the iPhone 5 began way back in 2010. Many then assumed that the iPhone 4's sequel would be a major redesign; instead we got the incrementally-updated iPhone 4S. It brought a much-improved camera, a faster chip, and Siri, but it wasn't a breakthrough update. We would have to wait a full 27 months after the iPhone 4 to get our hands on the next big refresh. Now that it's here, was the iPhone 5 worth the wait? To sum this review up in one word: absolutely.  Read More

Who's the grand poo-bah of the smartphone market?

There's nothing like a good rivalry. Whether it's Ali vs. Frazier, FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, or Magic vs. Bird, gritty duels have a way of getting people pumped. In this Digital Age, consumer tech has its own sets of sworn opponents: in the 80s it was Apple vs. IBM, later we saw Windows vs. OS X, and gamers have Playstation vs. Xbox. In 2012, however, the biggest tech rivalry is the match between the two biggest players in mobile: Apple and Samsung. This one has gotten nasty, extending into international courts. Things only get more interesting with the release of Apple's iPhone 5.  Read More

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