-In the current “OS” battle that has been waged within the mobile space, there are two contenders, two adversaries competing for your heart, and money. IOS & Android, or…. Apple and Google. Who’s better? I’m personally not going to cop out and say “well that is dependant upon personal preference”. I’m going to flat out say, right here at the first who, in my opinion is superior. I will skip to the end to accommodate short attention spans. Not to say any of my potential readers are such people. I just like getting to the point. The answer to the infamous question, a question that has plagued the ancients since the dawn of the G1, is a simple one….. Android. Calm down now, let me elaborate to the half that are left. You might call it preaching to the choir at this point. 

-Not to say iOS or iPhone or Apple are bad, really, just Android is superior. Well, correction, high end Androids are superior. And only when battling iPhone directly. However the vast diversity you have in Android (including low end emerging market devices) is one of the reasons I consider Android superior. 

-It (Android) caters to all walks of life and social statuses. They aren’t an elitists o.s. I can go into any best buy, and purchase a prepaid Moto E for around 30$. A working smartphone, a device that is not only a cellular phone but a GPS device, an mp3 player, a camcorder/camera, a means to stay connected to the internet and people across the globe, device…. For 30$!!! That’s amazing. All with technology and processing power that trumps the first computers. Can you get a modern iPhone for 30$? The answer is a crushing no. With Android you have choices for all economic classes and lifestyles and mobile preferences. Phones ranging from the earlier insane price of 30$ to upwards of  1,000$ can be found in the diverse Android marketplace…….. Ughhghgmm.. 

-Here’s a random list of features and or technology completely alien to iPhone/ios. 

  1. Home screen widgets
  2. Quick charge technology
  3. Open source
  4. 2k or QuadHD ultra high definition screen
  5. Wireless charging
  6. Expandable storage
  7. Water resistant
  8. Shatter proof screen
  9. Modular ecosystem
  10. Stereo Front facing speakers
  11. Curved displays
  12. Google integration
  13. Customization and personalization

-Not all Androids will have all these things, which brings me back to choices and diversity. The fact that we have these options proves the most flexible diverse innovative o.s. out there in mobile tech, is Google’s own Android. If you’re an Apple fanboy and still reading this congratulations, you are part of a minority. Now, c’mon over to the good side of the force. Don’t become an Apple Sith.

What’s So Exciting About Modularity?

-What’s so exciting about modularity you might ask? Well to start with, everything! In regards to smartphones and mobile technology it’s all the buzz around the phone hive. If you haven’t heard of modularity or modular phones, then you’re probably not reading this. If you are, and chances are… You……are… then you’ve been dreaming for Project Ara to become a reality. If not that, then something similar, I would think, fills your hopeful wishes.

-To answer the above mentioned question, modularity, in essence, involves at the center point of the experience, interchangeable and or upgradable parts. In other words, they are exciting because they would have swappable pieces for the phone. Don’t like your camera anymore, but still like other parts of your phone? That’s ok,…purchase a camera module with better optics and replace your camera with a simple click, much like you could with batteries in phones of yesteryear. Instead of disposing your whole phone for a brand new one, like most of us if not all of us, currently do. This would be the “greenest” way to fulfill the need for upgrading. Just research Project Ara, you will see the potential in it’s concept. On with the blog……

-Enter The Moto Z and Moto Z Force, or in America the Droid Z & Droid Z Force respectively. Where there is Droid there is Verizon. At least for awhile. Lenovo will offer unlocked versions somewhere around September. Dropping the “droid” name and going Moto Z and Moto Z Force. Until then, if you can’t wait, Verizon is doing a buyout program at corporate stores nationwide.

-This phone is enticing enough to bring customers over to America’s largest most reliable network. Big Red, as we affectionately like to refer to them here at PhabletGuru, are unveiling the most undeniably unique phone this side of the iPhone. A modular phone, at least one that’s the closest we’ve ever had to becoming a reality. I’m going to skip the boring high end spec checklist and praising of the beauty of its aesthetics. And go right into the innovative uniqueness that separates this phone from all other current flagships, modules, as you may have guessed. With three available at launch, and more to come, these magnetic attachments via an 18 pin connector on the back, will allow the phone ecosystem to expand and become more versatile. Here are the three attachments available upon release.

  1. The Battery Mod pack……back. This definitely thickens the device to say the least however adding massive battery expansion to your precious. There will be various third party battery backs on launch.
  2. The JBL speaker attachment… This is the one I’m looking forward to. It will have its own battery supply, and a kickstand! Get your groove on with this remarkably loud speaker.
  3. The pico-projector with tilting kickstand (even straight up) which is built in as well. With this you will be able to Project up to 70 inches on any wall or surface. My lips have now gone numb.

-If you’re still with me,  I’ve saved the best for last. Repeat after me……style mods. Ahhh, doesn’t that sound good? A wood paneled back is reported to be included with your purchase. With other options of materials and colors available to buy separately, you can spice up your phone and personalize and or customize to your hearts content. Choose from leather, wood, ballistic nylon, red, purple, black and blue galore. All with a simple pop onto the magnetic back. No need to turn it off or download separate apps or mess with buttons and snap on plastic locks. Even with the modular attachments like the projector.

-Lenovo is also offering a developer kit to aid in creating mods for third party developers. The sky is the limit, I wouldn’t be surprised to see VR and or augmented reality modular attachments in the near future. Or perhaps various camera attachments.  Whatever the future might bring, one cannot deny the exciting possibilities ahead.                                        The future is now
-Until next time this is the PhabletGuru reminding you…. once you go big………

Samsung Galaxy Note “7”??

-The first Samsung Galaxy Note shockingly burst onto the scene in October 2011 & it’s been nearly five years! FlashForward to 2016 and the Note series has become one of the most successful series in cell phone history. As we approach the release of their upcoming Galaxy Note 7, rumors sure are buzzing around the net, or as I like to refer to it (nostalgically so) as the World Wide Web. With it’s monstrously huge (for the time) 5.3 inch screen and blazing fast dual core processor… the original Samsung Galaxy Note was a trailblazer, to say the least. Something to which they continue to aspire to.

-Rumors surrounding their latest iteration in this prestigious line gives hope to a continuation of their wildly popular phablets devices. Word around the courtyard is that there will be much improvements over the previous five big boys. All the while keeping that one special thing that separates this line of phones from the rest, the all mighty immortal “S”Pen.

-Back to the aforementioned rumors, can you say Iris scanner, 4k display, and……. 6, yes 6, gigs of ram? Now say it without the drool. Although none of these rumors are confirmed nor set in stone, we mobile nerds remain diligently hopeful. Personally, I hope that the 4K display rumor is true. I am a screen junkie after all.

-Had it not been for the original Samsung Galaxy Note, we might not have phones today any larger than 4.5” displays. They pushed the envelope, literally, creating a new niche’. A push that grew the entire cellphone industry and market, again literally. Apple might not have even felt the need to create the plus series (5.5 inches). What’s worse is I might not have even come up with the name PhabletGuru, because the original Note was the original phablet some would say. I personally did not own the original Note. I jumped on board with the second-generation, skipped the third, and then tried my hands with the Galaxy note 4 before leaving to search out greener pastures with the Nexus 6. Youknow what they say, once you go big… Anyways, I digress, the functionality and productivity it brings to the proverbial table is unmatched as of currently.

-Some people might ask what happened to the Note 6?  To answer that question we will have to discuss the Galaxy S6. As painful as it might be to bring up this particular phone, I think the answer is obvious. It had no memory card (a kind of trademark of Samsung devices) and a horrible battery life. The negative feelings surrounding that phone play an important part in why they chose to skip to the 7. In addition to it being confusing that the Galaxy Note 5 was superior to and was released after the Galaxy S6. It just makes sense to have all your devices streamlined with the same number.

-Samsung has indeed created a legend with the Note line. This Phablet Guru is excited to see what’s in store for this, royalty status phone, in the phablet market.  The future is bright and shimmery with gleaming digitizers and air command galore. On the horizon is optic security with the iris scanner, and a new day will dawn. In the blink of an eye the future is now. Oh, And Samsung……if you could, lighten up on the touchwiz.

-Until next time this is John Phillips signing off.

Sincerely,…..-The PhabletGuru-

Top Five most influential/innovative phones of all time! 

-How would one define influential? How would one even judge such a list? What constitutes innovative? Where would one even start? Questions I may or may not answer. Thus,….boring introductions aside, here are my top 5 of all time.

  • #5 Motorola DynaTAC

– In the beginning there was light. That light would forever change the course of humanity. The collective minds of mankind would now be mobile, a global Giant Demiurge was born, and his given name was DynaTAC of Motorola! The year was 1973, And the first publicized mobile phone call was made by Martin Cooper on the Motorola DynaTAC. It’s safe to see why this starts the list off. Pressing onwards towards the light, Motorola is now owned by Lenovo. Days of yesteryear shine in the limelight of nostalgia,  days in which Motorola was THE name in the mobile landscape. Once again, with hopeful luck, Motorola is on the cusp of innovation. Stay tuned to your nightly broadcast for more.

  • #4 BlackBerry RIM 850

-Ahh Good’Ol RIM…. Smartphones, before smartphones, was the name of the game for this innovative Canadian company. BlackBerry’s rightful place in the mobile temple of sacred artifacts has been sealed.  Can you say secure email on a cell phone? BlackBerry can, and did with the RIM 850. BlackBerry pioneered and made popular several features within the world of mobile technology focusing on email and productivity. Some of which still persist today, while other features remain endangered as it were, namely the physical qwerty keyboard. Enough with the build up, you get the picture …. They were kings, mainly among business professionals,.. And consumers throughout the years,…however, the RIM 850, is perhaps recognized as the most iconic/innovative device in BlackBerry’s arsenal. With their new high end flagship device (the Priv) running Android, BlackBerry hopes to make a comeback. 

  • #3 HTC G1 (Dream)

-This is one that, for me, transformed my mobile experience. And, as you shall see, earns it’s keep in this list of the who’s who, the Bee’s knees, the cat’s pajamas as the young folk might say. All hipster lingo aside, in the world of Android, this was the first Adam, to use Gnostic terminology. The alpha-omega, (no pun intended) blasted on to the scene in circa 2008, also known as the HTC Dream, or in the states, the T-Mobile G1. The world’s very first Android device which was, as Noah Kravitz (previously of called it, “A game changer”. In the shadow of the IPhone, this Linux based Android operating system climbed insurmountable heights to one day be the global Giant that it is today. Android is used on more mobile devices than any other O.S. and it started with the G1. Android, and with it HTC, brought into the market (a market of 3 at the time) customization, openness, a notification system, and Google integration. Not to mention home screen widgets! Being able to personalize your home screens (of which there were only 3)  with wallpapers, informative widgets, and truly make it fit your personality, was an extremely satisfying novel experience. This was an experience you couldn’t get with the three big boys of the time, iOS, BlackBerry OS, or Symbian OS (formerly of Nokia).  Which brings me to our next Iconic “Cell” phone….

  • #2 Nokia 3310

-Before they were called phablets, before they were known as Feature phones, before IPhone, Android or Windows phones, even before the nomenclature of “mobile” they were deemed “Cell phones”. It was in this golden era of the modern cell phone age, equivalent to the roaring twenties, that the birth of the Nokia 3310 took place. This phone was born in a manger, and could walk on water and raise the dead! The ancient prophecy that had foretold of a phone to come, a phone to unite the people, a phone that would bring light to darkness, had been fulfilled. Are you tired of the references yet? Seriously though, if ever there was an iconic cell phone the Nokia 3310 was it. This phone (or tank, or brick as some have referred to it as) coincided or perhaps helped create the booming industry. Everyone now had a cell phone, and chances are it was the Nokia 3310. It was 2000 in the year of our Lord. And Nokia was spreading the good news, the holy gospel of the global cellular network. Nokia had become a giant, a behemoth, a household name if you will. To top it off, with a sweet nostalgic cherry, we had……. wait for it….. Snake.

  • #1 The IPhone

-Keep in mind this is coming from someone who greatly prefers Android over IPhone, as my daily driver. But this is not a favorites list, nor is it a list declaring supremacy. This is a list of the all time top five most influential/ innovative phones. Taking that into consideration I have to give it up to, give props for, and or recognize the mondo influence and innovation this God of smartphones has had on the industry. The original Iphone was both the bearer of a rebirth, a Renaissance, and a staple of a time passing, a destroyer of worlds. It came in the era of the feature phone. It was OT’ 7 (That’s 2007, to keep the whole motif going) and there was a wide diversity within the aesthetics of phones.There were slider Phones, T-Mobile’s swiveling sidekick line. There were bar style phones successors and copiers of the Nokia family. The most popular phone of the time was the original Motorola Razr (A flip phone). There was a golden dawn looming on the horizon and the stars were aligned. An awakening was nigh. Cue the iPhone. A completely revolutionary and innovative phone it was. But above and beyond that, the iPhone was influential in the market, to say the least. It set the bar. The iPhone drove the competition towards more and more complex and powerful devices. One of the most important aspects of the newly launched iPhone was DAT screen (sorry I couldn’t resist). Not so much the resolution aspect of it, but it’s capacitive touch screen technology. Which seemed like it was centuries ahead of the now lame resistive touch screen technology. Not to mention the “app” concept being what it was, suffice to say, the iPhone oozed novelty into the lives of modern man. One last thing……. FaceTime!

-Honourable Mentions that didn’t make the cut, it was very hard to keep them out.

  1. Palm Pre
  2. T-Mobile SideKick LX 09
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note

-This ends another edition of the Tech Five. Join us next time and see if Little Timmy makes it out of the well.

Top Five Underdog Phones Of 2016

– We have all seen, read, and watched reviews on the IPhone 6s, and the Galaxy S7 lineup. Luckily this isn’t another boring review on either of those camps. In this Blog I want to talk about the underdogs. The lesser knowns if you will, in the smartphone world. These aforementioned underdogs are the ones risking everything for design, uniqueness, and innovation, trying desperately to woo us. Below I will give five smartphones I believe are the ones best fitting to this category. Welcome to the First Edition of PhabletGuru’s TECH 5.

  • #5. Verizon’s Motorola Droid Turbo 2

-Starting off the list is a company that has continued to innovate throughout the last half of the century. A company that never ceases to amaze. A company we owe the existence of mobile phones to. Motorola invented the handheld mobile phone in 1973 with the introduction of the DYNAtec. They gave us the RAZR, The original “DROID” the Moto X line, the Moto 360 smart watch and lastly, The Droid Turbo 2. This is the world’s very first shatterproof smartphone display. With a near stock android build, 23 megapixel camera, 2K resolution, and a up to 2 terabyte expandable storage!

  • #4. Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

-Weather it’s rights to Spider-Man, high end console gaming with the PlayStation 4, pumping out premium Televisions with cutting edge technology or innovating smartphones, it’s safe to say Sony is a company dedicated to technology and entertainment. The latest in Sony’s smartphone family is also a world’s first. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium boasts a 4k ultra high definition display. That in of itself is reason to be worthy of this list. Not to mention it’s elegant design and flagship specs. The Z5 family also pairs with the PlayStation 4 for extra functionality and gaming, making for a pretty enticing ecosystem.

  • #3. LG G5

-LG (Life’s Good) is a company that has been making phones for quite some time. From flip phones to smartphones and feature phones in between, one can call this giant a seasoned vet. LG has a diverse range of products. They produce high end televisions, and home appliances, as well as Bluetooth headsets and smartphones. It would seem in the world of modern smartphones they are a dying breed. Namely the fact that they still have removable batteries, a trait going the way of the dinosaur. They continue this feature in their new flagship the G5. But, not so run of the mill, is the semi-modular design incorporated therein. Pop the bottom off and replace with accessories ranging from camera attachments to DAC audio modules. And with an added unique bonus to the semi-modularity aspect of the phone you also get a wide angle camera paired with a normal camera for a unique dual camera setup.

  • #2. BlackBerry Priv

-Chances are, if you consider yourself a phone nerd, as the case may be, then you probably owned a BlackBerry device. A long time ago, in a tech world far far away…BlackBerry held the ranks of mobile king. A Canadian company that skyrocketed up the mobile charts to become smartphones, before smartphones. Great for business professionals and average consumers alike, I mean email on my phone yeah!!! Flash forward to the modern era and the king of days passed is struggling to exist. The introduction of the first iPhone initially made it hard for companies like BlackBerry to profit. With the help of Android o.s. BlackBerry is hoping for a comeback. What, might you ask, is justification for their new Android smartphone being on this list? I dunno….. how about a modern high end flagship Android smartphone with a physical qwerty keyboard, and curved display! Yes yes, the Samsung Galaxy s7 edge also has a curved screen, but the added qwerty keyboard that doubles as a trackpad interface gives the Priv the “edge” over the S7 no pun intended. Not to mention, as with the LG G5, it supports a micro sd card slot up to 2 terabytes. It has a 2k (quad HD) amoled display. The Priv also houses an 18 megapixel camera, snapdragon processor, and added BlackBerry security and minimal BlackBerry software. This is all on top of a near stock build of Android which gives consumers something intriguing to consider. On a side note, the backing material (which BlackBerry owns a patent of) feels extremely premium in the hand. Nostalgia is the name of the game.

  • #1 Motorola Moto Z Force.

– Topping off this list is a second entry for Motorola. The Moto Z Force, along with the LG G5, tries it’s hand at modularity. Modular phones found their way into the limelight several years back with Project Aura. Basically modular phones support the idea of replacing parts or, modules, instead of upgrading the whole phone. Which in theory would be more Environmentally sound and cost effective. You Like your camera? But want a better display? No problem buy a screen module and swap it out. You get the idea. However much like the LG G5 the Z Force falls short of this. That isn’t to say it’s not unique or innovative. Because this is an exciting concept. And Motorola delivers on the innovation. The back of the phone sports strong magnetic connectors to customize and personalize the backing as well as add nifty attachments. Like a Pico projector module or high fidelity speaker. This phone also brings the Droid Turbo 2’s shatter proof display, however instead of being IPS, it is AMOLED. Pair that with the 21 megapixel optical setup and the 4 gigs of ram and you have yourself a mouthwatering unique flagship phone. Hopefully this is a sign that Lenovo (who recently purchased Motorola) is bringing good things to the Moto line. Only time will tell.

-That’s my top five underdog phones of 2016. Stay tuned for more to come. This ends our daily broadcast.