Stories by Armando Rodriguez

  • The Moto X is the most convenient Android phone ever

    The Moto X reveal didn't deliver the super phone many Android fans were hoping for, but Motorola's latest flagship handset isn't playing the spec game like Samsung and HTC. The philosophy behind the Moto X is a laudable one, and I hope that other Android phone manufacturers take note.

  • Hands on with Moto X, the phone that just might save Motorola

    Motorola is finally making a play for smartphone relevance. Although the company's previous Android handsets were generally well-received, they've never achieved the same popularity that Samsung enjoys with its Galaxy line. That may soon change, as the Moto X is easily one of the most interesting Android phones Motorola has produced in recent memory.

  • The Nokia Lumia 1020 marries an amazing camera to year-old hardware

    They say the best camera is the one you have with you. In the case of the Nokia Lumia 1020, you might as well be carrying a high-end point-and-shoot in your pocket, as the phone's 41-megapixel camera outclasses the shooters on both the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 by a long mile. But for all these advancements, the Lumia 1020 sometimes feels rough around the edges.

  • Hands-on: Google's new Nexus 7 gets a great screen and more processing pep

    It looks like Google is finally starting to take Android tablets more seriously. I took Google's second-generation Nexus 7 out for a spin and found it to be superior to its predecessor in nearly every way: The tablet has a better screen, better guts, and better software than the Nexus 7 that shipped last year. The only thing it doesn't do better than the original Nexus 7 is coddle your wallet. This new model costs $US30 more (starting at $US229 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model) but that extra $US30 buy you a much better overall Android tablet experience.

  • Motorola plans Moto X unveiling for August 1

    In a few weeks, your wait for the Moto X will come to an end. Motorola plans to take the wraps off its most anticipated Android phone ever on August 1. The company will host a small, private event in New York where invitees will presumably be the first to check out the phone in person.

  • Five Android-only apps to make iPhone users jealous

    While iPhone users are often first to experience the latest games, Android users get apps that fully automate their phones and predict what they want to type next. Here are five apps that Android users can brag about to their iPhone-toting friends.

  • Nokia's fall from grace

    What should have been a day of pride for Nokia served only to remind the world how far the company has fallen. At last week's Lumia 1020 event in New York, it became clear that the company has no plans to change its ways--even if its stubbornness means sliding into irrelevance in the smartphone market. As Apple and Samsung duke it out for first place, Nokia is left fighting for the scraps along with BlackBerry and every other unlucky device maker in the smartphone game.

  • 7 must-have iOS apps that still haven't reached Android

    Let's face it: All the best apps come to iOS first. Even though Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world, it has to wait patiently for developers to port their wares over to it. We'd love to see some hot iOS-only apps join the Android party, including these seven.

  • How Samsung can save Windows 8 tablets

    Windows 8 tablets aren't in good shape: Microsoft's OS gets plenty of hate for its desktop functionality, and many people aren't willing to pay premium prices for the ability to run Office--and not much else--on what amounts to be keyboard-less PCs.

  • Hands on: New Google Maps make maps interesting again

    We may not have a new version of Android to drool over, but at least we've got more feature-filled, better-looking maps. At its Google I/O keynote, the company announced an enhanced version of its popular Google Maps service. The demos shown on stage drew some applause out of the otherwise listless attendees, and I was itching for the chance to put this improved version of Maps through its paces.

  • What's next for Android? New gaming and social features could be on deck

    Brace yourselves: Google will definitely announce a new flavor of Android at Wednesday's Google I/O keynote. It remains to be seen whether the new build will be a full version jump to Key Lime Pie or a more incremental update, but if rumors prove true, Google's mobile OS should move in a more game-oriented and social direction.

  • HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: Which phone should you buy?

    So you've read the reviews and checked out the cameras, and now it's time to decide: the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the HTC One? Though we gave the phones two very different scores, both the One and the Galaxy S4 have their respective strengths and weaknesses. One smartphone doesn't fit all, and the choice really comes down to what you're looking for in a handset.