BBY_smartphone.jpgIt’s that time of year again. With Mobile World Congress now a month in the rear view mirror, the smartphones that made their debut at the event are finally beginning to find their way into buyers’ hands. If one of those cool new smartphones is in your future, there are a few things you should definitely be thinking about before making a purchase. I’ve put together a checklist of features to consider when purchasing a smartphone to ensure you make the right choice.



Review: Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

by Blogger on ‎04-09-2015 11:08 AM - last edited on ‎04-12-2015 09:53 PM by Editor in Chief

Galaxy-S6-main.jpgFor the first time, Samsung has split its flagship Galaxy S line into two distinct models. There is the regular flat version following in the footsteps of its predecessors, and the Edge, which curves on both sides for unique functionality. Under the hood, there is little that sets these two apart, so your choice is going to be mostly about which look you prefer.


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: the curve that led to the Galaxy S6 Edge

by Blogger ‎03-27-2015 08:40 AM - edited ‎03-27-2015 08:40 AM

Galaxy Note Edge preview.jpgIf you’re excited about the pending arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with its curved display, you aren’t alone. But it was only a few months ago that Samsung released the Galaxy Note Edge, the flagship phablet that paved the way for the Galaxy S6 Edge. I spent several weeks putting Samsung’s curved display phablet through its paces. It does take some getting used to, but the curved glass looks great, feels great and bodes well for the Galaxy S6 Edge—which puts that curve on both sides instead of Note Edge’s one.


HTC One M9 ready for pre-order

by Blogger on ‎03-25-2015 06:00 AM - last edited on ‎03-25-2015 09:44 AM by Editor in Chief

HTC One M9 Preview.jpgSamsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge stole much of the spotlight at Mobile World Congress 2015, but there was another big Android smartphone reveal that has people talking. HTC unveiled the successor to its popular One M8 flagship smartphone, the HTC One M9. The beautiful aluminum design, BoomSound speakers and everything else that made the One M8 such a great smartphone remain, while the few complaints from users have been addressed in the new model. Now the wait is over, the HTC One M9 is available for pre-order in Best Buy stores as of today.


What is new with Android in 2015?

by Blogger on ‎03-19-2015 11:33 AM - last edited on ‎03-19-2015 12:19 PM by Editor in Chief


Not a fan of the iPhone 6 or iOS 8? Find Windows on a mobile device is a little “meh” and have no use for BlackBerry’s physical QWERTY keyboard on your smartphone? You’re not alone. Google’s Android operating system powers somewhere in the neighbourhood of 85% of all smartphones and it’s closing in on 70% of all tablets. Android fans have a lot to look forward to in 2015. Lollipop is rolling out to more devices, Android 5.1 just made an appearance, Android Wear smartwatches are gaining steam and some pretty amazing looking new Android smartphones made their debut a few weeks ago at Mobile World Congress.


My top 10 travel apps for your spring break vacation

by Best Buy on ‎03-06-2015 05:21 PM - last edited on ‎03-09-2015 03:31 PM by Editor in Chief

Going away for spring break? Whether you're heading down south for some beach bumming, taking the kids to Disneyland, or going on a backpacking adventure through Southeast Asia, a variety of apps can help make your travels easier and more exciting. From currency exchange to preventing jetlag, be sure to check out my top 10 travel apps you can't leave home without.


Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015): The Big Trends

by Blogger on ‎03-05-2015 07:43 PM - last edited on ‎03-09-2015 01:26 PM by Editor in Chief

mwcsmartphone.jpgMarch 5th marked the final day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. While most of the splashy announcements (like that Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge) took place early in the week, through the rest of the show some definite trends became clear. And given that MWC 2015 is the world’s biggest exhibition of mobile technology, trends there are likely to set the pattern for what we see here in terms of smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and other mobile gear throughout this year.


Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015) day one wrap

by Blogger on ‎03-03-2015 08:47 AM - last edited on ‎03-03-2015 09:31 AM by Editor in Chief

preview.jpgMobile World Congress in Barcelona is the world’s biggest event for mobile technology. Want to know what smartphones will be the “must have” devices this year? Look to the MWC 2015 reveals to find out. Monday was officially the first day of the conference (it runs until March 5), but there were some major media events on Sunday, too. Here’s what you need to know after the first full day of Mobile World Congress.


Samsung makes a big announcement at the World Mobile Conference

by Blogger on ‎03-01-2015 12:30 PM - last edited on ‎03-02-2015 12:30 PM by Editor in Chief


Mobile World Congress officially starts on Monday, but the biggest, most highly anticipated reveal of the show took place at a special Samsung event on Sunday. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are now official. Here’s what you need to know about Samsung’s two new flagship smartphones.



Preview.jpgDistracted driving has become a big problem now that we all have smartphones. With all your music on your phone, texts coming in nonstop, directions to where you are going right there on your phone display and the occasional voice call coming in, it’s really tempting to pick up that iPhone and look. Don’t do it. Using a hand held device while driving a vehicle is illegal in every province (except Nunavut). And it’s just plain dangerous. However, there is a solution and a pretty elegant one at that. Upgrade your in-car entertainment system with a new Pioneer audio deck and go hands-free!


Pioneer NEX: your first chance to get Apple’s CarPlay experience

by Blogger on ‎02-06-2015 07:39 AM - last edited on ‎02-10-2015 12:09 PM by Editor in Chief

Pioneer NEX preview.jpgIf you own an Apple iPhone and a vehicle, your in-car experience is about to get the upgrade you’ve been waiting for. Apple’s CarPlay—the ultimate hands-free, iPhone-powered experience—is now available in Canada. Even better, you don’t have to buy a new car to get it! Pioneer’s NEX multimedia systems are your first chance to get Apple’s CarPlay in your own vehicle. You can give your vehicle the sound system you always wanted, while also gaining integrated Apple Maps, hands-free calling and messaging, your music, third party apps and Siri voice control with Pioneer NEX. 


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: the phablet to beat

by Blogger on ‎01-31-2015 12:00 PM - last edited on ‎02-02-2015 09:00 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpg2014 was an exciting year for smartphones. Among other things, it was the year of the phablet, with even long-time big screen holdout Apple getting into the game with the new iPhone 6 Plus. I’ve had the opportunity to use the big iPhone (I opted for the more modestly sized iPhone 6 myself), but what I want to talk about today is the latest version of the smartphone that started the whole phablet thing: the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The newest Galaxy Note was a late arrival, hitting Canadian shelves at the end of October, but after spending a few weeks with the device early this year I can definitively say two things: worth the wait and still the phablet to beat in 2015.


How to protect your smartphone or tablet like a pro

by Blogger on ‎01-22-2015 03:07 PM - last edited on ‎01-22-2015 03:08 PM by Editor in Chief


Chances are you own a smartphone or a tablet—perhaps both. And if you do, you probably realize that you are carrying a very valuable piece of gear with you. They don’t just give these things away ... You may not realize just how fragile these devices are, but when you think about it they have at least one entire side that’s a sheet of glass and the electronics within are sensitive to dust, moisture and physical shocks. Then there’s the data on your mobile device which often includes digital photos, your web browsing history, e-mail, instant messages and passwords. That thing is a ticking time bomb! However, if you protect your tablet or smartphone like a pro, you can make the most of it on the go—like it was meant to be used— without losing sleep. Here’s how to do it.



Header.jpgThe cool gear coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show continues, including the latest trend in desktop PCs: curves! I don’t mean the case, manufacturers are taking what they’ve learned with those curved Ultra HD TVs and are applying the same treatment to PC displays. The latest USB standard (more interesting than it sounds) is also being shown off, iPhone 6 case choices are ramping up and Nabi is offering new wall-mounted kids tablets that are probably bigger than your TV.



CES 2015: Intel Broadwell CPUs, LG Flex 2, big Chromebooks, portable SSDs and more

by Blogger ‎01-06-2015 04:04 PM - edited ‎01-07-2015 04:46 PM

preview.jpgThe first official day of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show is wrapping up. Between today and the pre-show press conferences, a huge number of new products are coming down the pipeline when it comes to computers and mobile technology. I’ve put together an overview of some of the biggest news in this area, including one announcement that’s already had a big ripple effect in the PC industry: Intel’s “Broadwell” 5th generation Core processors.


Smartphone operating systems compared

by Blogger ‎12-16-2014 07:34 AM - edited ‎12-17-2014 08:53 AM

Preview.jpgWhen it comes to choosing a new smartphone, hardware features are important —the display size, CPU and camera image sensor are always something to consider. The operating system is arguably an even more important choice. Right now there are four main mobile operating systems: iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry. Not sure which one should be on your next smartphone? I’m here to help you choose.


Panasonic Connect links smartphone and home phone

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM on ‎12-15-2014 03:31 PM - last edited on ‎12-15-2014 04:17 PM by Editor in Chief

Panasonic 1-Handset DECT 6.0 Link2Cell Cordless Phone.jpgIf you’re like most typical Canadian homes, you probably still have a landline plus several cell phones. The Panasonic Connect series include the Panasonic KXPRD262 and Panasonic KX-PRW120c that provides a bridge between your landline and smartphone.



Gifts that will help them get the most from their smartphone

by Blogger on ‎12-12-2014 08:51 AM - last edited on ‎12-12-2014 01:01 PM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgDid someone on your holiday shopping list pick up a new smartphone this year? Or maybe they have an older one but aren’t making the most of it. Either way, here are some great ideas for gifts that will help them get the most from their smartphone.


2014 smartphone roundup

by Blogger ‎12-09-2014 03:49 PM - edited ‎12-09-2014 04:07 PM

Preview.jpg2014 saw a bumper crop of new smartphones, including the long-awaited “bigger” iPhones, what is arguably Samsung’s best
looking smartphone ever and BlackBerry’s return to its classic QWERTY roots. If a new smartphone is on your holiday shopping list, I’ve put together a collection of 10 of the biggest smartphone releases of the year —complete with a comparison of key features— that should make choosing the perfect smartphone a little easier.



Otterbox Defender series provides protection for tablets and smartphones

by Blogger ‎12-08-2014 04:19 PM - edited ‎12-08-2014 04:20 PM

Defender preview.jpgYou may not know that OtterBox is one of the fastest growing high tech companies, a supplier of ruggedized electronic gear protection to the US military and the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phone cases. Chances are, you know the OtterBox Defender, though. These super-tough cases have a well-deserved reputation for protecting smartphones and tablets from drops, scratches and other hazards. For those who aren’t familiar with the OtterBox Defender, here’s an overview of this award-winning series of protective cases.


Galaxy Alpha Review: Samsung’s Best-Looking Smartphone a Compact Performer

by Blogger on ‎11-30-2014 07:49 PM - last edited on ‎12-03-2014 02:30 PM by Editor in Chief

Alpha preview.jpgSamsung makes the world’s the best-selling Android flagship smartphone in the Galaxy S5, but not everyone is a fan of the device. Among the most frequent complaints are its large size and its all-plastic design. Samsung was obviously listening because the Galaxy Alpha addresses both of those issues with a premium metal-framed body and compact design. The Galaxy Alpha is Samsung’s best-looking smartphone to date, yet still offers a high performance Android experience.


Sony Z3 smartphone review: a big, beautiful Android flagship with amazing battery life

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2014 03:32 PM - last edited on ‎11-28-2014 11:54 AM by Editor in Chief

sony preview.jpgSony has been making waves with its latest smartphones, the Z3 Compact and the flagship Xperia Z3. I just sent a loaner Xperia Z3 back to Sony after several weeks of enjoying its big screen Android experience. This is one nice-looking smartphone and just in time for winter snow showers, it’s waterproof. And don’t get me started on the battery life. Read on for my full Sony Xperia Z3 experience.


Nokia Lumia 830, Microsoft’s new affordable Windows flagship smartphone

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2014 07:32 AM - last edited on ‎11-26-2014 01:51 PM by Editor in Chief

Lumia preview.jpgFans of Microsoft’s Windows Phone mobile platform can be forgiven for feeling left out with the glut of new smartphone releases every fall. New iPhones, BlackBerries and Android phones are commonplace, but Windows? A little tougher to come by. However, Microsoft announced a new “affordable flagship” Lumia smartphone at IFA 2014 in September and the Nokia Lumia 830 is now finding its way into Canada. It sports the familiar colourful polycarbonate shell and a big 5-inch display at an affordable price point.


Motorola Moto X review: bigger and better Android experience

by Blogger on ‎11-14-2014 07:53 AM - last edited on ‎11-14-2014 11:17 AM by Editor in Chief

moto 360 preview.jpgLast year’s Moto X was a surprise hit, winning praise for its attractive design, nearly pure Android UI and excellent value proposition. This year’s follow-up Moto X is much more than a spec-bumped version 2. The new Moto X is significantly bigger, much more powerful and gains new features, while retaining much of the appeal of the original. I just wrapped up a week with the 2014 Moto X and I’ll be sorry to see it go.


BlackBerry Classic set to make old-school QWERTY fans very happy

by Blogger ‎11-13-2014 05:48 PM - edited ‎11-14-2014 11:41 AM

bbpreview.jpgIf you’re one of those long-time BlackBerry fans who still holds on to your battered BlackBerry Bold 9900 because you just don’t see the point of an all touchscreen BlackBerry and couldn’t live without the trackpad and navigation keys that didn’t make it to the Q10 or Passport, the company has your back. It just officially announced the BlackBerry Classic.


His and Her Cell Phone accessories

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM on ‎11-05-2014 07:10 PM - last edited on ‎11-10-2014 01:36 PM by Editor in Chief

Powerocks Super Magicstick 2800mAh Portable Charger .jpgWe love our smartphones and the right accessory just makes them better. Here are some of the best his and her accessories that can be shared by everyone to enhance their smartphone experience.



Fall Fashion Finds

by Blogger on ‎10-02-2014 01:19 PM - last edited on ‎10-03-2014 09:25 AM by Editor in Chief

HM2014-aug-FB-share.jpgThe task of switching from your summer wardrobe to your fall wardrobe can feel daunting; going from espadrilles and sundresses, to boots and sweaters is like saying goodbye to sunshine and welcoming the cold, and that can be tough. But there’s something amazing about embracing new styles and colours, it’s like going back to school without the textbooks and teachers. Each fall you get the chance to try a new style on for size!


What is a Virgin Mobile Member?

by Blogger on ‎10-02-2014 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎10-02-2014 09:56 AM by Editor in Chief

Virgin Mobile VIPSo you think you might want a Virgin Mobile phone. You’ve heard about Sir Richard Branson and his plans to travel through space and time (OK, maybe not time) and you’re thinking that Virgin Mobile might be the best place for you. You’re right. Because with us you’re not just a customer, you’re a Member. But, what does that mean?


Moto G's helpful and fun features

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM ‎09-30-2014 07:56 PM - edited ‎10-01-2014 09:42 PM

testing_MotoG.jpgSometimes a return to basics gives you enough features that you can forgo the more expensive models out there. I will first give an overall review of the Moto G, then delve a bit deeper into its unique apps including Motorola Migrate, Assist, Alert  as well as the privacy settings, speakers, camera and video features. 


Hands on With iOS 8

by Blogger on ‎09-20-2014 02:44 PM - last edited on ‎09-22-2014 12:40 PM by Editor in Chief

iOS 8 preview.jpgEvery time Apple release a new version of iOS —the mobile operating system that powers the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (and behind the scenes the Apple TV)— it’s a big deal. On September 17, the company began rolling out iOS 8, what it’s calling “the biggest iOS release ever.” What can you expect from iOS 8? Should you upgrade immediately? Here are my thoughts after I installed iOS 8 on my iPad, as well as using it for a day on a newly arrived iPhone 6.


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