The Microsoft Surface Duo and Duo 2 are mobile devices that get their name from the dual-screen design that makes the devices unlike just about any other phone or tablet currently on the market. Shipping with Android software and a bunch of Microsoft apps and services pre-installed, it’s easy to think of them as phones. […]
Lilbits: What do you do when your phone stops receiving security updates?
Some Android phone makers are starting to get serious about offering long(er) term support for their phones, while others ship phones that may never see a single security update, much less a major operating system update. You’d think Google would be at the head of the class here, since the company’s Pixel phones run Google-made […]
Does a $200 price drop make Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface Duo any more attractive? (Now it’s $1200)
The Microsoft Surface Duo is both one of the most interesting devices Microsoft has released in years… and also possibly one of the hardest to justify buying. With a list price of $1400, it’s a first-generation dual-screen handheld that could eventually pave the way for a new type of computing device. But right now it […]
Hole punch cameras killed the pop-up selfie cam
Over the past few years smartphone makers have declared war on bezels. The black borders that surround displays have gotten smaller… and phone makers have found new places for the fingerprint sensors and cameras that used to hang out in those borders. But it looks like one solution is on its way out. Pop-up selfie […]
Would you miss Windows 10 Live Tiles if they were gone?
Rumor has it that Microsoft may pull the plug on the Live Tiles feature in Windows 10. Actually, that rumor has been making the rounds since last summer when Microsoft (apparently accidentally) released a Windows 10 preview build with a revamped start menu — and no Live Tiles. But a new report from Windows Latest […]
Weekend poll: Liliputing comment voting — like or dislike?
For the past few years Liliputing’s comment system has been powered by a WpDiscuz, a plugin that takes the native WordPress comment system and supercharges it with additional features. But one of those features seems to be at least a little controversial: voting. So I figured I’d ask the community what you think: should we […]
How often do you buy a new smartphone?
Research firm Strategy Analytics put out a report last week that, among other things, claims a growing number of folks in the US plan on keeping their smartphones for 3 years or longer. Given that the US wireless market seems to be built around the idea that users will upgrade every year or two, that […]
How much would you pay for a Google Pixel 3a?
Rumor has it that Google is going to officially unveil the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL on May 7th. And if you believe a random redditor who claims to work at a Verizon Store, they could be available for purchase at around the same time. They’re expected to be cheaper than the flagship […]
Are you buying a 5G phone this year?
Wireless carriers are starting to roll out their 5G networks and phone makers are starting to introduce 5G-ready phones (or modules that bring 5G to phones that wouldn’t otherwise support it). But honestly, at this point I’m not sure why anyone would actually want a 5G phone. They cost more than other phones. You’ll pay more […]
Would you rather have a phone with a slide-out camera, or a hole in the screen?
As the war on bezels continues, smartphone makers seem to be falling into one of three camps this year. There are phones with slimmer-than-in-the-past bezels. There are notch-phones with a cut-out near the top of the display for a front-facing camera. And recently we’ve seen the addition of a third category: phones with slide-out or […]