Smartphone Guide

From the ever-popular iPhone to Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets, LAPTOP reviews the best smartphones of 2014 to help you compare models and determine which smartphone to buy. We also help you make the most of your handset by picking the best smartphone apps and accessories while providing helpful tips.

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Apple and Gazelle Compete for iPhone 5 Trade-Ins

As recently as a week ago, the popular gadget trade-in serviceGazelle reported that iPhone owners were selling their old phonesas frequently as once per second, presumably in advance of the upcomi...

Best Father's Day Gadget Gifts of 2013

Father's Day is the third Sunday in June and there's no better way to show Dad that you appreciate him than by giving him a gift he can actually use -- and likes. Whether you want to get Dad a gadget ...

Best Tech Gifts for High School Graduation 2013

Those four years of high school flew by faster than you can say "homework," and now it's time to reward your grad and help them prepare for the next level.

Top 8 Back-to-School Smartphones

If you really want to send your student off to school with everything they need, give them the gift of apps. And games. And Facebook. And a great camera. And everything else they need on the go. Our s...

Verizon's Share Everything Plans: Who Saves, Who Pays More

This week, Verizon announced the launch of its long-awaited shared data plan. Dubbed "Share Everything," the new plan allows you to purchase data in chunks of 1 to 10GB and share it among all your fam...

Help Me, LAPTOP: What to Buy When You're Pining for Your PDA

We recently received a note from a reader who's isn't impressed with the current lineup of smartphones, and who longs for his venerable Palm T/X PDA. Matt believes that in the rush to create the slimm...

10 Great Gadget Gifts for Grads

You're so proud you could burst. Your little academic is growing up. But does he or she have all the tools they need to really face the world? You can help with the perfect gadget, and we can help wit...

Appscars: Which is the Best Shopping App? Voting Ends 2/24 at 9 a.m.

Now that LogMeIn Ignition has won the Appscar for Best Productivity App, we can move on to the Shopping category. Your nominees are as follows: Amazon Mobile, Barcode Scanner, Groupon, ShopKick, and ShopSavvy.

Groupon Guide: How to Save Money With New Deals Every Day

Talk about a phenomenon. Groupon launched in November 2008 and in less than two years became a juggernaut in the world of collective buying. After rebuffing a buyout offer from Google in 2010, the com...

Help Me, LAPTOP: My Android Phone Went Through the Wash!

We've heard of dropping a phone in a toilet, or spilling a glass of liquid all over a handset. We've even heard of gutter phones soaked in water. But when Andrew Riley's mother put his Samsung Vibrant...