If you’ve had the same phone for a while, you might be feeling the urge to upgrade, even though the prices right now are astronomical. The cheapest iPhone 7 is $649. Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 8 is $930. So, with the upcoming iPhone 8 rumored to cost a grand when it debuts, the question is this: should you drop hundreds of bucks to buy your phone outright, or is leasing your device the way to go from here on out? Depending on how much you need the latest device, how often you travel, or how much disposable income you have, there are benefits and downsides to each method, though both get you a pretty dope phone for as long as you want it. Buying is Great for International Travelers and Cost-Conscious Consumers At first glance, buying a phone might seem like the way to go. Not having to worry about a thirty-something dollar charge for a device you grow increasingly unsatisfied with as you use it over the next two to four years. Sure, dropping over $600 on a new device … [Read more...] about So, Are You Going to Buy or Lease Your Next Phone?
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Some months back, my old and inexpensive Samsung handset suddenly stopped charging. It was a rather basic smartphone that had served me nearly 15 months. I rejoiced. I finally had a reason to buy a new smartphone. That same evening, I bought the Samsung Galaxy S3. I chose the maroon option with a matching case. After making the payment, I asked the shopowner if he would buy back my old phone. He said yes and offered 2,000 rupees (US$37) for it. I didn't tell the salesperson the old handset was faulty. I thought he'd figure it out and return it to me. Or, he might lower its resale price to 500 rupees (US$9.2). But he didn't do either of that. He repaired the phone within a few seconds and gave me 2,000 rupees in return. It takes approximately 165 pounds of raw materials to manufacture a cellphone, and over 8 gallons of water to produce one microchip. It was, of course, too late to return the S3 (and keep the old newly-repaired one) and I did want a new phone. But it made me … [Read more...] about Environmental need to make devices repairable
Sometimes, you just need a friend to convince you that you're right. Over the past months, I've had a few friends who are "lifelong" iPhone users message me and ask about switching away from Apple. They want to break their biannual iPhone upgrade cycle and eschew the new iPhone X for the Google Pixel 2. One of my friends wrote me this:"I'm really over Apple iPhones. I'm kind of into the Pixel 2, but that's only on Verizon, right? I don't like their unlimited plans. I like the iPhone X, but don't want it."After receiving a handful of similar messages, I decided to take this Pixel pining seriously and share my experiences with both phones. This comparison is less about proving which phone is "better," and more about why the Pixel 2 is a solid upgrade for someone who's always owned an iPhone. Note that rumors about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are starting to surface and though we can reasonably expect the Pixel 3 to launch this October, these are still only rumors for now. Now Playing: … [Read more...] about Pixel 2 vs. iPhone: Why Google’s phone is the better upgrade
BARCELONA—The Fairphone 2 isn't new to Mobile World Congress; it's already available for sale in Europe and is being shipped out to consumers who pre-ordered. What makes it special is that it is completely modular, similar to Project Ara, which is expected to have a 2016 test launch in Puerto Rico. Fairphone 2 functions on the same principles as Project Ara, where every component from the screen to the battery to the processor is completely user-replaceable, but the two projects have their differences. "The idea [behind] the design of these modules is to make it easy to maintain and keep it alive for as long possible," Fairphone's Chief Technology Officer, Olivier Herbert, told me here at MWC. "We use this modular design to extend the lifecycle of the phone, that's different from using the modular design for customization," he said. "That has never been a goal of the company." Instead, the focus is on environmental and social concerns; the devices are "easy to repair … [Read more...] about Hands On With Fairphone 2: The Real Modular Phone
After FCC chairman Ajit Pai today called on Apple "to activate the FM chips that are in its iPhones," NextRadio told us on Twitter that it's ready and willing to develop an FM radio app for Apple's smartphones. Pai argues that "FM chips can allow Americans to get vital access to life-saving information" after natural disaaster like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Hurricanes often knock out cellular networks, but FM transmissions cover a much wider range and can come back more quickly after a storm, as broadcasters only have to repair one tower. The radio industry has been pushing for a government mandate to turn the FM tuners on for years, but it's generally opposed by cell phone manufacturers and wireless carriers. Chairman Pai has called for more widespread FM tuners in phones before, but doesn't think the feds should force companies to turn them on. "As a believer in free markets and the rule of law, I cannot support a government mandate requiring activation of these chips," he … [Read more...] about FCC, NextRadio Want FM Radios on iPhones