We're a group of dedicated mobile technology maniacs who've been working with consumer mobile gadgets since the days
of the Apple Newton. Our site was founded in 1998 and our name changed
from pdabuyersguide.com to MobileTechReview.com in Jan. 2005 to
better reflect the broad range of mobile technology we cover.
We love gadgets, and are not biased
toward one platform or OS. While the most expensive
units offer the most features, we understand that our readers
have all sorts of budgets and hence we review models in all price
ranges and will never tell you that you've got to buy the most
expensive model out there. We also know that some of you are super-techies while others are novices, so we provide detailed reviews that are written in an accessible fashion.
Our team of writers have strong technology backgrounds. Our Editor in Chief worked for years as an IT Director and software architect while our Senior Editor honed her career in Silicon Valley. Both have advanced degrees in language and writing. Our contributing hardware reviewers are technologists and our game reviews are... hardcore gamers!
We are not owned by a parent
corporation and we are not paid by any of the manufacturers
whose products we review. We like it this way: it insures
that our site will offer you unbiased reviews and opinions of
the products you're considering purchasing. Our staff writes
all reviews on this site, they are never farmed out to commercial
writing firms. Manfuacturers do loan us the products we review, but that does not influence our opinion of the products.
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the best in the industry, and perhaps more importantly, they're
the folks we've been buying from as consumers for years because
of their very low prices, fast shipping, reputability and quality
of customer service. So if you decide to buy a device after reading
our reviews, do us a favor and use the links on our site to make
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The FTC requires that bloggers and online writers disclose any monetary relationships with the companies who make the products we review. So here it is:
We buy some of the products we review at retail stores, but the majority of the products we review are review units, or loaners, sent to use by carriers or manufacturers. No, we don't get to keep phones, laptops and other pricey gear they send us, these are loaned and must be returned complete and in perfect condition after 2-4 weeks (sometimes we get to test them longer). Manufacturers sometimes don't request return of small, relatively inexpensive accessories because expedited shipping would actually cost them more than the product itself. So we sometimes do keep small accessories like Bluetooth headsets and cases from a variety of manufacturers, but this in no way influences our review. Software such as iOS games and Android apps can't really be returned, and as such those apps are provided to us for free. We do sometimes review apps just because we really like them and want to inform our readers about them, even though we haven't received review copies.
There are e-commerce links on our review pages. These are links to places like Amazon and other online retailers. Some of these links earn us a little money if you click on them or end up buying something after you click through. This does not in any way mean we'll give glowing reviews of everything just so you'll buy stuff. If stuff stinks, we'll tell you so. Why would you believe us and come back otherwise?
When we attend trades shows, exhibitors sometimes give us handouts (technical term: schwag). Sometimes we review the products made by these exhibitors, and sometimes we just pocket random goodies they throw (sometimes literally) at us because we're warm bodies. We're talking T-shirts, bizarre plastic action figures and squishy balls that our cat really loves. Sometimes the companies that make items we review mail us schwag, which probably isn't the best use of our diminishing fossil fuel resources. Oh well.
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Senior Editor: Tong Zhang
Games Editor: "Jade Dragon" @jadedragonMTR
Contributing writer emeritus: "Tanker Bob"
Smartphone and accessories reviewer: Michael Thwaite
Chief iOS Correspondent: Jacob Spindel
iPhone and iPad writer: Tom Slayton
Contributing writer: Jennifer Shelamer
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