Stories by Ginny Mies

  • Phones Worth Breaking Your Contract For

    Smartphones are constantly and rapidly evolving -- which can make sticking to a two-year commitment increasingly hard. Herewith, a quick look at five of our current favorites.

  • Windows Phone Mango officially goes live

    Windows Phone 7 owners rejoice: Your smartphone is finally getting the Mango update. The update will be pushed to existing Windows Phone 7 owners over the next few weeks.

  • Samsung Epic Touch 4G for Sprint: Slim, speedy

    The arrival of Samsung's Galaxy S II phones has been a long time coming. We first saw the next generation of Samsung's popular line of Android phones back in February at Mobile World Congress. After many successful months in Europe, the Galaxy S II line of phones is finally coming to U.S. shores. The first of the phones, the Samsung Epic Touch 4G ($200 with a two-year contract with Sprint; price as of September 12, 2011) will be available starting on September 16.

  • BlackBerry Bold 9930: Fast, slim, overpriced

    I reviewed the very first <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/153026/rim_blackberry_bold_9000.html">BlackBerry Bold 9000</a> way back in October 2008 so I was excited to get my hands on the latest addition to the Bold family, the pricey <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/238324/first_4g_blackberry_bold_9900_on_sale_aug_31_from_tmobile.html">BlackBerry Bold 9930</a> ($250 with a two-year contract from Verizon). In terms of design, this phone has come a long way. Finally, the Bold gets some touch screen love, but still retains that iconic QWERTY slab design. But is adding a touch screen enough to keep the Bold relevant in today’s smartphone wars? If you’re longtime Bold owner or a BlackBerry fan, you’ll love the 9930’s updated design and new operating system. On the other hand, if you’ve been using an Android phone or an iPhone, the Bold probably won’t catch your eye.

  • Future smartphones: How they will look, what they will do

    As you're reading this article, developers, engineers, and product designers are working on the next great mobile technology. The mobile world is rapidly changing: Smartphones have gone from portable messaging and email devices to streaming-video machines that surf the Web at blazing speed and have cameras that rival point-and-shoots (and they also happen to make calls). What will smartphones look like in five years? Or ten? What sort of amazing things will they be able to do?

  • T-Mobile myTouch 4G slide review: Best phone camera ever

    Earlier this month, T-Mobile announced the latest addition to its myTouch family, the myTouch 4G Slide. The specs look pretty standard for this summer's slew of high-end smartphones: 4G connectivity, a 3.7-inch Super LCD display, Android 2.3 and a dual-core processor. All of this is great and everything, but what really caught my eye were the camera's specs. In fact, T-Mobile claims that the Slide 4G has the most advanced camera of any smartphone available. So how does the Slide 4G hold up as both a phone and a camera? Read on to find out.

  • APP OF THE DAY: Slay vampires with your phone

    Feel like slaying some vampires today? Or did you fall asleep watching <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/appguide/app.html?id=547527&amp;expand=false">True Blood</a> and dreamt that you grew some fangs? Third Eye, a new free Android game from Viewdle, uses a combination of augmented reality and facial recognition technology to make a whole new kind of mobile game. Whether you're a fan of complex <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/190752/the_iphones_best_role_playing_games_action_strategy_and_adventure.html">MMPORGs</a> or enjoy <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/229141/zyngas_new_facebook_game_empires_and_allies_goes_live.html">casual social gaming</a>, like Farmville or Mafia Wars, Third Eye offers something for everybody. The idea behind Third Eye is really cool, but I wonder if this first game in a three-part trilogy will be enough to hold the sometimes short attention span of gamers.

  • First look: Windows Phone 7 Mango - hot new features

    Tuesday morning, Microsoft took the wraps off Mango, an update to its Windows Phone 7 platform that includes more than 500 new features designed to improve multitasking, offer more dynamic information and make apps and the OS work together more efficiently.

  • Google introduces Android 2.4: Meet Ice Cream Sandwich

    Google unveiled Android 2.4 (deliciously nicknamed "Ice Cream Sandwich") at this morning's keynote at Google I/O in San Francisco. Ice Cream Sandwich brings the best features of Honeycomb to mobile phones. Still, other than a few intriguing demos, Google did not disclose many details about the update such as when it will be available to consumers.

  • HTC Sensation 4G hands-on

    HTC stopped by the PCWorld offices last week to show off its latest Android smartphone, the HTC Sensation 4G. The phone was officially unveiled today at a launch event in the UK, but we got an exclusive hands-on look. Coming to T-Mobile this summer, the Sensation is a Qualcomm dual-core phone running the latest version of Android, Gingerbread. While I was certainly impressed with HTC's last superstar, the Thunderbolt on Verizon, I have to be honest: in terms of specs and design, the Sensation blows it out of the water.