Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (the old one), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

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This is what it's like to use a $9,000 smartphone
A fancy phone for fancy people

This is what it's like to use a $9,000 smartphone

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There are flagship Android phones and then there are luxury Android phones. The Vertu Signature Touch is the latter, and you'll pay for the privileges that come with it. The quick take Made of premium materials with a solid design, the Vertu Signature Touch is an impressive piece of hardware with some cool services to back it up. But it's hobbled by inconsistent performance that hurts...

Which has the better camera: G4, iPhone 6, or GS6?
Three smartphones enter, only one will leave

Which has the better camera: G4, iPhone 6, or GS6?

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It's time to really compare: just how good is the LG G4's camera? LG's talking a big game about the quality of the LG G4's camera, and in the time we've been playing with it, it's certainly produced some impressive images. But it's also up against some impressive competition — smartphone cameras have never been better than they are today, and today they're really good. So we're pitting...

Chromebit is an entire Chrome OS computer in an HDMI stick
It's like Chrome OS, but for your TV

Chromebit is an entire Chrome OS computer in an HDMI stick

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If you've been looking for the easiest way to get Chrome OS onto your TV, Google's new Chromebit HDMI stick might be exactly what you need. Google has a new type of Chrome OS device, one that's designed to make it easier and more discreet than ever to hook up a TV. It's called Chromebit, and it's a complete Chrome OS computer in an HDMI stick about the size of a candybar....

Your smartphone can't cause cancer — physics won't allow it
Ionizing radiation and you

Your smartphone can't cause cancer — physics won't allow it

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Repeat after me: your smartphone is not giving you cancer, and neither is your smartwatch. We in the Mobile Nations family tend to be tech-obsessed. We get the newest smartphones with the biggest batteries and most powerful radios, we strap on the latest in fitness bands and smartwatches, and we spend our days interacting with laptops and tablets and all other manner of technology. And...

Microsoft won't be investing in Cyanogen after all
First comes love, then comes a $110 million investment round

Microsoft won't be investing in Cyanogen after all

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Alternative Android OS developer Cyanogen is poised to raise around $110 million in a funding round, but contrary to earlier reports, Microsoft might not be chipping in. Several weeks ago brought the news that Microsoft was considering investing in Cyanogen and their customized Android system CyanogenMod. That OS is installed on a few retail devices, including the OnePlus One and the...