Can phones sold without US carrier backing find a path to success?

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Earlier this week, Andy Rubin announced the start of a new mobile device company, called Essential.  They are going to be making a number of different consumer products, but foremost among them is their PH-1 smartphone, made with premium materials and costing a cool $699 retail and off contract.  Its the off contract part that is both intriguing and potentially disappointing, as Essential will launch their device using the direct-to- consumer model that other OEMs have used before.  The question we should be asking is not about phone specs or display size or battery capacity.  Its about whether or not a phone sold direct to consumers without any carrier presence can find a measure of success.  So far, the results are a mixed bag.  Let’s explore some of the reasons why a bit further.

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Feature – The best phone(s) for the money

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I get asked pretty regularly about the phone that I use, and what phones I’d recommend most people to buy.  So that got me to thinking – what are the phones I’d recommend to most people?  And the first question is usually “what is your budget?”  The good news is that there are options for folks in just about every price range.  So, what is the best phone you can get for your money?  Let’s explore…

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OEM Stock Watch 2017 – part 2

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This is part 2 of our feature on OEM Stock Watch 2017.  If you haven’t already, make sure you go back and check out part 1 to get our feelings on how the other major OEMs are doing this year.  Once you’ve done that, click on through to read part 2!  Part 2 covers what my (Shawn) thoughts are on the rest of the OEMs; Sean P. will have his parts coming in a special part 3 (as soon as his RL work stuff calms down a bit)

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OEM Stock Watch 2017 – part 1

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As the year is reaching its midway point, we wanted to take a look at how we felt the major mobile device manufacturers were doing, and we thought it would be appropriate to treat them like we would any other big company…by rating their “stock” (according to both Sean P. and myself) We’ll give our thoughts on everyone from Apple to ZTE, and loads more in between. Because the list is so big, we will do it in two parts, with part 1 today and part 2 coming next week.  So without further ado, let’s give you a look into the crystal ball of these two day traders!

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Silicon Theories – April Edition

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It’s April, which means its time for another edition of the Silicon Theories for this month. This go around, we take a look at whether AI assistants can actually be helpful in our lives, whether or not electric cars are here to stay, and wonder what HTC is up to with their latest phone, the U Ultra.  Ready?  Let’s dive in!

*Don’t have time to read?  Check out the audio version of the April Edition of Silicon Theories on iTunesGoogle Play MusicSoundCloud

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I love tech: Flipboard

flipboard-iconWhen you read, write, and in general make a good portion of your life about tech, you need to find a way to keep up on the latest news and trends.  You can scour the internet on your laptop, spend hours on your phone, and read your tablet before you go to bed, and maybe still not get all of what you are looking for.  If you’re like me, and want to get to the best of the news quickly, a news aggregator can really come in handy.  And the one that I use is Flipboard.  This is I love tech:  Flipboard!

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Google Pixel XL – 6 months later

Here we are 6 months now since the release of a new paradigm for Google – a phone designed by and sold under Google’s own branding.  The Pixel isn’t your father’s Nexus device; and boy, does it show.  Starting with the pricetag on down, the Pixel and Pixel XL are premium devices that are different than anything that Google has done before.  Literally, as they’ve never really done a phone by themselves before.  Knowing that, it’s 6 months later – how is the Pixel doing today?  Let’s find out.

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[Feature] I love tech: Pocketcasts

I spend a lot of time in my car.  And I need something to take my thoughts off the mind numbingly boring drive I have to make every day…so naturally, I turned to podcasts.  Not only do I host and produce a podcast for Silicon Theory, but I do enjoy and listen to others as well.  I originally got into the format using my loaner iPhone and though the podcasts app for iOS is fine, its not nearly as robust and fully featured as you might expect in a product from Apple.  So I went on the search for something that would 1) work on the Android platform 2) have a few more perks than what I’d been using.  And after a bit of searching (and lurking on message boards in various places) I came across the app Pocketcasts.  And I couldn’t be happier I did.

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