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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How to Wipe Personal Data from Your Smartphone

Credit: Gualberto Becerra/Shutterstock So you've just bought a new phone. You want to sell your old phone, but you're worried about the buyer finding personal information on it. That's smart -...

iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Start Now: How to Get Yours

The wait is over. That shiny new iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) you've been clamoring for is finally available for pre-order, allowing you to secure one of Apple's bigger, sleeker and faster smartphones right ...

How to Watch iPhone 6 Launch on Sept. 9

The wait is almost over. In just a few hours, Apple fans will finally get to see what the tech giant has up its sleeves. The iPhone maker is expected to unveil the follow-up to its flagship phone at 1...

How to Update Verizon's Galaxy Note 3 to Android 4.4 KitKat

  While most Galaxy Note 3 owners received an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat months ago, Verizon Note 3 owners have been left out in the cold...until now. As of today, if you have the Galaxy No...

How to Block Someone With Extreme Prejudice

  Whether you've just ended a toxic relationship, or have had just about enough of an annoying acquaintance, there are times when it is necessary to cut ties with someone completely. Unfortuna...

How to Block Someone on Yahoo Mail

Sometimes you accidentally give out your personal email address to an unfortunately persistent contact, or you want to stop seeing emails from a frenemy. Marking their messages as spam isn't enough, s...

How to Use PayPal with Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Sensor

The Galaxy S5's fingerprint-scanning home button could make it easier for you to pay online. When you link your fingerprint to a PayPal account, you can approve transactions by swiping your a digi...

10 Worst Bloatware Apps and How to Remove Them

Your Android or Windows Phone handset comes preloaded with dozens of powerful apps. Unfortunately, in a cynical ploy to make money at your expense, carriers and manufacturers also dump loads of bloatware on your smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Bloatware Removal Guide

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a suite of powerful apps, from its S Health fitness software to its innovative camera. Unfortunately, the flagship phone also comes loaded with bloatware, courtesy of whichever wireless carrier you buy it from.

How to Use Yik Yak

Sharing secrets anonymously is all the rage these days. Joining the ranks of Secret and Whisper, the Yik Yak app uses your geographical location but not identity and lets you complain, praise and otherwise unburden your conscience anonymously.