Matt Safford began accumulating electronics experience as a child with his Mattel Aquarius and Tandy TRS-80 (Model 4) computers. He built his first PC in 1996, and has spent the last several years covering consumer technology and geek culture for Computer Shopper, PC Magazine, Wired, and Popular Science. His other interests include politics, human evolution, comedy podcasts, and abrasive electronic music. Matt's Android device reports that he has trekked more than 5,000 miles through the streets in and around New York City. He hasn't yet grown sick of the urban scenery, but he would like to log a few hundred more miles in the Scottish Highlands. You can follow him on Twitter @mattsafford.
Though $1,000 convertibles probably make for larger profit margins, we think the PC industry would be better served by making low-cost notebooks running existing, battery-efficient gear. Oh, and customers would win too.
Google, though, has no real reason to stop purchased links from shoveling nefarious software—as long as the software isn’t overtly loaded with viruses. Google makes money from any operating system connected to the Web, so long as it…
Just ahead of CES, Samsung announced the new NX30 mirrorless camera and Galaxy Camera 2 Android-powered point-and-shoot. Both offer feature upgrades, but imaging specs remain relatively the same. We went hands-on with some pre-production…
If you’re keen on the idea of picking up a Windows 8 tablet that can be used as a laptop (if you grab the optional keyboard dock) for basic tasks, Dell’s Venue 11 Pro is a solid option with a nice 1080p IPS screen and good battery life.
The Blackberry Z30 is a solid improvement on the Z10. Hardware, software, and battery life are markedly better. But specs are still mostly mid-range, while the price is in line with more powerful flagship phones.
Lenovo’s X240 doesn’t stray too far from the formula of its excellent predecessor, but tweaks to the touchpad and wrist rest make what was already one of the most comfortable laptop typing experiences even better.
We compare the four biggest phablets - large-screened phones - available in the US right now. The Galaxy Mega, Galaxy Note 3, HTC One Max, and Sony Xperia Z Ultra duke it out in this in-depth comparison and spec chart.