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 Take a Screenshot on the Galaxy Note 4

  The Galaxy Note 4 has one of the sharpest, most colorful screens on any smartphone. The 5.7-inch AMOLED display provides a detailed, 2560 x 1440 resolution and shows an impressive 163 percen...

How to Disable Annoying Touch Sounds on the Galaxy Note 4

Like Chinese water torture, the "bloop / blop" sounds that occur when you tap on the screen on Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 can drive you crazy. Fortunately, it's easy to silence the phone's annoying noises with a simple settings change.

8 Ways to Slash Your Cellphone Bill

A high cellphone bill has become a staple of modern life for most people, alongside rising gas costs and the dreaded home cable bill. The average wireless subscriber pays $61.15 per month for service,...

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...