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Posted on: February 18, 2014
Revised on February 18, 2014

Unlike flagship models such as the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S, not all devices are available on each of the major US carriers. This trend extends to Manufacturer relationships, which are constantly changing with...

Posted on: February 18, 2014

The smartphone market hit a critical milestone with over a billion smartphones shipped in 2013. Just in the US, there were 99 unique smartphone products announced that year from 8 leading manufacturers. This trend is down from the peak of 138 product...

Posted on: February 3, 2014

The Motorola Droid Maxx features one of the largest built in batteries available to date, resulting in notably longer battery life. While slightly thinner than its predecessor, the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD, the Droid Maxx drops the RAZR naming...

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Samsung's Galaxy S4, the successor to their very successful Galaxy S3, was announced in March 2013 and subsequently released to major US cellular carriers in late April/early May 2013. While maintaining similar dimensions to the Galaxy S3, the S4 has...

Posted on: September 18, 2013

ISC tests a variety of apps and services for functionality on new iOS devices and major operating system updates. Preliminary testing is with a baseline set of apps, though there may be other apps relevant to individual Schools and Centers. The...

Posted on: September 9, 2013

On September 10, 2013, Apple announced the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, incremental upgrades to the iPhone 5. Both models essentially retain the same dimensions as the iPhone 5 and are differentiated from the iPhone 5 by changes in components, colors, and...

Posted on: August 7, 2013

Announced in late July 2013, the new Nexus 7, a 7" tablet manufactured by ASUS, is a substantial revision of the initial and very succesful version released in 2012. The new Nexus 7 was released concurrently with Jelly Bean 4.3, the latest major...

Posted on: June 5, 2013

Revised on April 7, 2014

Information Systems & Computing (ISC) publishes Smartphone Device Recommendations as needed. These recommendations reflect institutional and industry trends but do not necessarily take into account the requirements...

Posted on: May 25, 2013

October 26, 2012

On June 17 , 2012, Microsoft announced their Surface tablet design. Two types will be sold: an ARM-based version (Surface RT) that was released today, and an Intel-based version (Surface Pro) that is expected in early 2013....

Posted on: May 25, 2013

On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, the company formerly known as RIM renamed and rebranded itself as BlackBerry, with the tagline "One Brand. One Promise." At the same presentation, BlackBerry announced its new smartphones, the Z10 and Q10, running on...