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March 14, 2018

OnePlus 5T Review

Introduction

Back in 2013, OnePlus jumped into the smartphone scene with a bang, introducing their OnePlus One smartphone, which quickly distinguished itself by offering flagship class smartphone features at a pricepoint of just $299. Thanks to massive community support, OnePlus was able to quickly build a name for itself as the enthusiast class smartphone with the best value possible.

Fast forward to June 2017 and OnePlus has continued this tradition of delivering flagship class smartphones at very reasonable prices. The OnePlus 5 featured all the latest and greatest hardware including a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, up to 8GB of [...]

 
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November 1, 2017

Razer Reveals Razer Phone Packing 120Hz 2K Display, Snapdragon 835, 8GB RAM

When Razer acquired Nextbit in January this year, we had a feeling that they would put that acquisition to good use combining Nextbit’s smartphone engineering know-how with Razer’s own gamer twist. After just less than a year in the making, Razer unveiled their latest smartphone which may be the first decent smartphone ever produced specifically for gaming and content consumption.

The new smartphone, which Razer calls the Razer Phone, looks very similar to the Nextbit Robin, which was Nextbit’s flagship smartphone before the company was acquired by Razer. From there, Razer has made some serious enhancements to the product to make it one of the [...]

 
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August 3, 2017

T-Mobile Takes All Awards in Latest OpenSignal Network Report

OpenSignal recently released their August 2017 State of Mobile Networks: USA report and for the first time ever, T-Mobile swept every single category which includes 4G Download Speed, 3G Download Speed, Overall Download Speed, 4G Latency, 3G Latency, and 4G Availability.

According to the report, T-Mobile testers were able to utilize a 4G LTE signal about 90.9% of the time and were able to achieve average LTE speeds of 17.5 Mbps. This is up from the average of 16.65 Mbps in February’s report. Verzion and AT&T on the other hand have shown significant speed decreases after re-introducing their unlimited plans. Verizon experienced the most significant drop [...]

 
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September 21, 2018

The Best Cable Modem of 2018

If you’re on cable internet, chances are you probably pay a monthly fee to your service provider to rent one of their modems. However, this fee can be eliminated by simply bringing your own modem and installing it yourself.

While cable companies would much rather you pay a fee to rent their equipment, FCC rules dictate that cable companies must allow customers to bring their own equipment if they choose. As such, today we’ll be sharing several of what we think are the best cable modems on the market today.

 

Best Cable Modem Overall ARRIS SurfBoard SB6183

For most people, the ARRIS SurfBoard SB6183 will be the best cable [...]

 
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May 23, 2017

Microsoft Announces New Surface Pro

Microsoft announced a new Surface Pro at its ShangHai event today. While the new Surface Pro is not a full-blown iteration of the Surface Pro 4, it does update it with some much-needed improvements and a few new features.

Model Microsoft Surface Pro Colors Platinum Material Magnesium Alloy Processor Intel 7th Gen Core m3, i5, i7 Graphics Intel HD Graphics 615 (m3) Intel HD Graphics 620 (i5) Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 (i7) Memory 4GB, 8GB, 16GB DDR4 Display 12.3″ 2,736 x 1,824p PixelSense display Cooling Passive (m3, 15) Active (i7) Weight m3: 1.69 lbs (766 g) i5: 1.73 lbs (786 g) i7: 1.73 lbs (786 g) Price Starting at $799.99

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May 9, 2017

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 660 and 630 SoCs

Qualcomm’s latest midrange SoCs are finally here! The Snapdragon 660 and 630 SoCs are slated to replace the highly successful Snapdragon 653 and the Snapdragon 625 SoCs.

The Qualcomm 660 switches from the big.LITTLE architecture to a unified octa-core architecture. The new processor replaces the ARM Cortex A72 and A53 CPUs in favor of eight Kryo 260 CPUs. The GPU has also been updated to the Adreno 512. Qualcomm states that users would see a 20% improvement in compute performance and 30% improvement in graphics over its predecessor.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 leverages eight ARM Cortex A53 Cores similar to the Snapdragon 625. Maximum configurable [...]

 
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April 29, 2017

Verizon Explains Decision Not to Bid in 600MHz Spectrum Auction

Earlier this month, the FCC concluded their 600MHz spectrum auction and T-Mobile walked away with 45% of the spectrum, spending nearly $8 billion. While this was no surprise, it was a surprise to see that both Sprint and Verizon didn’t even bother to bid. Sure, it’s understandable that Sprint may not want to finance a potentially costly bid for additional spectrum, but Verizon on the other hand is very wealthy and could easily afford to throw money at spectrum, begging the question, why?

In a recent blog post written by Verizon Wireless Chief Network Officer, Nicola Palmer, she explains that Verizon didn’t bid because “We simply don’t need [...]

 
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April 13, 2017

T-Mobile Wins Big at 600MHz Auction – Wins 45% of Spectrum Covering 100% of the US

In one of its most high profile moves this year, T-Mobile recently announced that they’ve won big at the 600MHz low band wireless spectrum auction, winning 1,525 licenses, or 45% of all 600MHz spectrum. The newly acquired spectrum covers every inch of the US including US territories such as Puerto Rico and quadruples T-Mobile’s low band spectrum holdings. According to documents from the FCC, T-Mobile was the biggest purchaser of spectrum in this auction, spending nearly $8 billion.

The auction, which began last year, was a special auction which would re-purpose spectrum currently used for broadcast TV into spectrum for wireless services. Low [...]

 
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October 25, 2017

How to Test Internet Speed, Ping, Jitter, and What Do These Numbers Mean

As we live in a more and more connected world, being able to conduct an internet speed test and subsequently interpret the results is one of the most important computer skills to have.

This is important for many reasons as it’s not only the first thing to do when troubleshooting a connection issue, it’s also necessary to determine if you’re getting the correct internet speeds you’ve paid for from your ISP.

 

What is Internet Speed, Ping, and Jitter

Before we begin, let’s first discuss bandwidth and latency, which are the two components that make up “internet speed”.

Bandwidth, which is most [...]

 
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February 22, 2017

T-Mobile Rolling Out LTE-U in Spring 2017, Aims to Boost Speed and Capacity

T-Mobile Projected Coverage Map 2017 | Source: T-Mobile

Although T-Mobile is generally associated with competitive pricing, strong marketing, and better-than-the-competition customer service, you simply don’t get 8 million new customers per year, 3 years in a row without seriously investing into network infrastructure.

Over the past few years, T-Mobile has taken the lead on rolling out numerous next generation network technologies including Wideband LTE, VoLTE, WiFi Calling, Carrier Aggregation, 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and according to a recent announcement, T-Mobile is also planning to roll out LTE-U this Spring. LTE-U has been a [...]

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