Articles Tagged with: mobile

Samsung Galaxy S4 (Verizon)


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Recently I moved “up” from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (just Gnex from now on) to the Samsung Galaxy S4 (just S4 from now on) – both on Verizon. You can read my write up on the Gnex here.

I’ve been asked to give my opinions on the new S4 and while I covered it on my podcast, Passenger Seat Radio – I think a written review is in order.

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About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE Phone Review


On December 15th, there were two types of people in the world; ones that had never even HEARD of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone and ones that were ready to burn down the nearest Verizon store if there were any other delays in releasing this device.

The consumer’s anger toward Verizon’s handling (or mishandling) of this phone is actually mitigated and completely understandable – especially as the story began to unfold.  The phone’s release dates were leaked by “reputable” sources, only to come and go without release.  Some dates appeared to be purposefully changed immediately after they were leaked; as if Verizon was saying “Now now now … no peeking .. and just for that, we’re going to delay it another week – just to teach you a lesson”. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Android Phones, Smartphones

How Much of a Threat is Mobile Gaming?


We’re all about disposability these days.  Nothing is built to last anymore.  Remember when you paid $300 for a top-loading VCR?  Chances are likely, that VCR is still working today for someone.  A 20 year car is almost unheard of these days – with people leasing and trading up every two years, who cares?

Of course, video gaming has taken a hit too.  Gone are the days when most games would give you months of entertainment; now games are designed to be purchased on Friday, finished by Sunday and returned to Gamestop for store credit by Monday.  We’re told DLC (Downloadable Content) is the answer to that – where not only do we buy the game ONCE, but we keep buying the content over and over again.  I remember when that sort of mentality was just for the yearly release of the standard sports games; bug fixes and new team rosters for only $60 a year. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Smartphones, Tablets

Portable Consoles Are Not Dead: The True Cost of Smart Device Gaming


I’ve been reading article after article discussing how “Nintendo is doomed” or “portable consoles are dead” because of the meteoric rise in popularity of smartphone devices (Androids, iPhones, tablets, etc).  We continue to hear that “no one will pay $30+ for a game on 3DS|NGC when you can get games for $1 on your phone”.  Some articles even go so far as to say that consumers are being “ripped off” by traditional consoles and are DEMANDING that pricing on these consoles reflect the lower prices on smart devices.

I think it’s time for everyone to take a step back – take a deep breath – and fully explore what we have here.

Let’s take a look at some facts. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

From DroidX to Thunderbolt: One Man’s Story


This last week, I upgraded from the Verizon DroidX 3G to the HTC Thunderbolt phone and I’ve been asked to write up a review.
This article will be both a review and an introspective of making the change from one smartphone to another.

Introduction

People “upgrade” their phones because they are unhappy somehow with their current phones (or they are a “keep up with the Jonses” type).  Since I’m not the latter and I really like the DroidX hardware, you’re probably wondering why I chose to upgrade at all.

The HTC Thunderbolt is the first Verizon 4G phone which is what was initially attractive to me.  With 4G boasting double-digit speed multiplication – I figured it would be more than an “incremental” upgrade of speed. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+