Smartphone Guide

From the ever-popular iPhone to Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets, LAPTOP reviews the best smartphones of 2015 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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How to Root the Sony Xperia Z

Sony added a lot of its own apps to the Sony Xperia Z and, frankly, never really asked us if we wanted them there. If you'd like to free up some space or run apps that require admin-level access, the ...

How to Root the HTC One

If you want to love your HTC One a little bit more, maybe you should root it. Rooting is the process of gaining root (aka administrative) access on a device, which will allow you to access the entire ...

How to Transfer Camera Photos to an Android Phone

Picture this. You're outside taking high-quality photos with your DSLR or mirrorless camera when you shoot a picture that you need to get online right away. Normally, you'd need a laptop to copy your...

Children and Smartphones: What’s the Right Age?

One of the biggest and most divisive debates among parents of young children and preteens deals with the age at which children should be allowed to have their own smartphone. The advent of kid-friendl...

How to Use Google Voice on Your Smartphone

Google Voice may not get much attention from Google these days, but it's still a great service. Google Voice gives you a phone number to use that, when called, will ring any of your phones — work, h...

How to Connect USB Storage Devices to Your Android Phone

Your Android phone uses its microUSB port for charging and transferring files back and forth with your PC, but what if the files you need to email your boss are sitting on a Flash drive or a full-size...

How to Replace the Screen on the Samsung Galaxy S III

It's happened to all of us. One minute you're chatting away on your phone and the next minute you go to put it back in your pocket and you idiotically miss and it slams into the concrete below. And, a...

How To Use Vine On Android

Android users: the wait is over at last. Twitter has finally released their popular video-sharing app Vine to Android, allowing a new wave of users to join in with their iPhone-owning friends. If you'...

4 Ways to Speed Up Your Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most powerful and versatile smartphones ever, packing a 1.9-GHz quad-core processor and a dizzying array of features. You can answer the phone with a wave of your h...

12 Worst Android Annoyances and How to Fix Them

Android may be the most popular mobile platform on the planet, but it's not without flaws. Android phones and tablets frequently suffer from mediocre battery life, performance that slows down over tim...