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Armando is an Android nerd, covering both apps and phones, and a former programmer. He is also a world-class heckler on Twitter.

Hands on with Facebook Home and the HTC First smartphone

At first glance, Facebook Home and the HTC First look like good bets for social butterflies, but power users and those who don't like 24/7 connectivity may opt out.

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How to mute annoying email threads in Gmail

Sick of endless email threads? Can't delete them? Mute them instead! Gmail makes it easy.

The Canopy Sensus case lets you touch your phone all over

Sensus adds touch sensitivity to the back and right edge of your iPhone.

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How does the iPhone 5 stack up against the competition?

Our Android expert, Armando Rodriguez, sizes up the iPhone 5 against the competition.

TechHive: What the new iPhone has to live up to

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At TechHive, two writers share their perspective on what features the iPhone 5 must match to remain competitive.

TechHive: The end of do-it-yourself

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Laptops, desktops, phones, and tablets are being increasingly unopenable and unrepairable.

Motorola Titanium: Great battery life, not much else

The Titanium is a push-to-talk phone with great battery life, but slow data speeds make it useless as a smartphone.

Samsung Infuse 4G: More media player than phone

A multimedia champ, the Samsung Infuse suffers from pixelated pictures and jagged text.

Profile: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone

Gaming with your phone has just gotten 10 times better thanks to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.

The Kyocera Echo: The phone that wants to be your tablet

The Echo attempts a bold design innovation, unfortunately the phone’s two screens don’t work together well enough to create something greater than the sum of the parts.

Verizon ThunderBolt: Real 4G speed comes to the smartphone

Attaining 12 megabits per second of download speed on a well-appointed HTC smartphone might be mobile nirvana for many data-hungry Verizon customers.

Samsung Continuum

The attractive and speedy Samsung Continuum’s secondary ticker display can be useful, but it isn’t for everyone.

Pantech Laser

The Pantech Laser has a beautiful display and an excellent keyboard, but its performance is hit-or-miss.

Samsung Mesmerize: A Top-Notch Galaxy Phone

The Samsung Mesmerize for U.S. Cellular packs power and a brilliant screen in a sleek and stylish form.