smartphones

Ask LH: Do Any Telcos Offer Shaping On Their Mobile Plans?

Hey Lifehacker, I have friends with two young teenagers (11 and 13) who are screaming for their own mobile phones. The parents are concerned about cost overruns, particularly with data limits. What they are looking for is a plan (preferably pre-paid) that has a “real” data limit. If the use gets to that limit then the connection is either shaped or cut off. No risk of excess data charges and parents don’t have to worry about a surprise bill. Any suggestions?


Kogan's Latest Budget Agora Phone Offers 4G For $229

It’s getting seriously competitive in the low-cost 4G handset space, with Kogan announcing presales on a $229 4G LTE 5″ handset.


Which Cheap Smartphone Should You Buy?

A flagship smartphone usually costs somewhere in the region of $800, with some models creeping closer to one grand. That’s just silly money! If you’re willing to forgo the latest wizz-bang features — most of which are useless gimmicks — it’s possible to snag a cutting-edge phone for well under $400. Here are five of the best cheapskate-friendly models on the market.


Put Your Phone Down At The Restaurant For Faster Service

A New York restaurant discovered complaints about slow service were rising year over year, despite adding more staff. After comparing security footage from 2014 with similar footage from 2004, a surprising culprit was identified — the humble smartphone.


Are Cheap Android Phones Worth It?

There was a time when buying a cheap Android smartphone was as good as burning your cash. But Android has come a long way since then, especially with 4.4 KitKat optimised to run better on low-end hardware. So are low-cost Android phones still a waste of your money?


Inside The New HTC One Duo Camera: A Whole New Way To Shoot

There’s been loads of speculation about the HTC One M8′s strange new camera. With one large lens on the back and a slightly smaller one just above it, no one quite knew what to think. Is it just a 3D camera? Is one telephoto and one wide? Is it a light field camera like the Lytro? None of the above.


Reminder: Factory Resets Don't Make Your Android Phone Safe To Sell

If you plan on selling or donating your smartphone and want to make sure all of your data is removed from it it, make sure you do more than just factory reset through the phone’s OS. Security researchers picked up several phones “wiped” this way, and found loads of data.


Target Selling Huawei G526s For $79

Not everyone needs or wants a smartphone worth hundreds of dollars — for some it’s all about bang for buck. Huawei’s 1.2GHz, dual-core G526, complete with 540 x 960, 245ppi screen is more than good enough and a solid deal at around $150. So Target’s current sale price of $79 makes it an absolute steal, if you can find them in stock.


Use Your Phone Or Tablet To Physically Separate Distracting Tasks

Chances are you work on some combination of a desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. If you have a smaller screen with you, it may actually help your productivity to use it for distracting tasks.


How Your Phone Can Make You A Better Worker At The Office

At the office, don’t think that the computer is the only tool you need. Used right, your smartphone can help you better navigate life at the workplace.