Mobile Archive


Of Course I Broke My Windows Phone…

Some of our more faithful readers know this already, but I’m hell on phones. I broke an iPhone (twice). I beat up a Speck Candyshell Satin (the finish wore off, and the bottom started to crack from taking it on and off), and a Speck FabShell (fabric started to peel). Back in


30 Days Later: From iPhone 5 to Android

My interest in Apple products is innate. My dad teaches electronics and computer technology at Indiana State University, and so I literally grew up on campus, surrounded by dozens of computers and servers in his office. Each one was a Macintosh, and as I got older I watched the development of Apple


Essential Windows Phone 8 Apps

Windows Phone gets dinged a lot because there are “no apps.” It’s not really a fair assessment. While there are fewer apps, and not everything has an official client, there are plenty of apps to get things done. The number of apps in the store isn’t what is important. It’s if they


14 Days Later: Did I Keep My Windows Phone?

It’s been two weeks since I picked up my Windows phone. It was a risky choice, one I only felt comfortable with because I have an iPad if need/want an app that Windows Phone doesn’t have and Verizon’s 14 day return policy.   Corrections and Clarifications I corrected a few things in


5 on Friday: Streaming Music Services

When I got my Windows Phone, I had problems connecting to Spotify. It ended up being a problem with logging in via Facebook with dual authentication. Basically, I’m a fringe case. While I was working out my issue with Spotify (who has awesome and helpful support) I used the opportunity to check


5 on Friday: iOS7 Edition

When iOS7 was first released last week, my initial thought was “Gah! Fisher-Price has taken over my iPhone.” Everything became rounded, soft, and because of my wallpaper, pastel. There were good updates, and bad updates to the iPhone with iOS7. Here are both, plus how to improve your experience, as seen from


Giving Windows Phone a Chance

Oh I can never leave well enough alone can I? I mean really, the iPhone is fine. It does phone things. But I’m just not a huge fan of iOS7 (more on that later this week). I don’t want Android. I tried that. Recently. And I’m sorry, there’s still not an Android


Yawn, Another iPhone Announcement

It’s fall, which means its time for Apple to announce the new iPhone. Following their established pattern, this year is the year for the iPhone 5s. About midsummer or so, advertisements from Apple have focused on how they perfect their devices. First time I saw the ad below I leaned over to


Overchoice: Drowning in a Sea of Apps

We as consumers are suffering from overchoice with our devices. There are too many apps. Too many services. Too many options. Let me rephrase that; there are too many apps that do X, where X is any popular service at the moment. We become paralyzed by the choices, fearing we will pick


An Open letter to Microsoft: Windows Phone

Dear Microsoft, I want to like Windows Phone. I really, really do. Live tiles seem like they’d be exactly what I want out of a notification system. The overall design reminds me of my XBox, which is always a great way to get me interested. Not to mention the killer app for