Anna Scantlin

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Anna Scantlin

Anna is a Contributing Editor at PhoneDog.com. She was born and raised in Kansas City, which ironically is not located in Kansas, but in neighboring Missouri. She has an ornery son named Riley, who may or may not be more obsessed with technology than she is. Her passions include writing, drawing, gaming, music, and of course mobile tech! She's been a member of the PhoneDog team since August of 2012 and is a serial cell phone hoarder.

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Samsung Galaxy Feel

The Samsung Galaxy Feel is the "Galaxy Mini" I've been waiting for

Once upon a time, when flagships were getting bigger but consumers weren’t quite sure bigger was necessarily better, somebody came up with the idea to release “mini” flagships alongside its larger,...
Microsoft Lumia 950

Windows 10 Mobile isn't dead; it's just quietly fading from existence

I don’t speak much about Windows Phone (Windows 10 Mobile) these days. There isn't much left to say about it. The last article I wrote regarding Windows 10 Mobile basically stated yes, some people...
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Among more elaborate gadgets, basic eReaders remain relevant

Owning my first smartphone was an eye-opening experience. Slowly but surely, I was able to get rid of other gadgets I once deemed necessary. My mp3 player was the first to go, followed by my digital...
Apple iPad mini and iPad Air

Has the iPad Mini outgrown its purpose?

The iPad Mini, released in 2012, was a breath of fresh air from its large and clunky older brothers, the iPad and iPad 2. At the time, a smaller and lighter tablet made sense. The original iPad Mini...
new Android emojis

Android's Redesigned Emojis: Yay or nay?

From the days of using “emoticons” to the more detailed emojis we have today, there has never been a better time to express yourself through text. As emojis continue to evolve to include as many...
Google Assistant

Google Assistant’s updates make a big difference

When Apple introduced Siri in the iPhone 4S in 2011, I was enamored with the idea of being able to do things with your phone just by talking to it. I would ask her to set alarms, send messages, and...
Android O

Android O features detailed, but still nameless

Today marks the first day of Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference, and today’s keynote has already unveiled a truckload of information. One of the expected announcements was the...
Google Assistant

Google Assistant adds iPhone support, text input, and third-party device support

Today’s keynote kicks off Google I/O, and the start of the event has been largely about Google’s focus on AI integration. Last year, Google introduced Google Assistant to the scene. Initially shipped...
HTC U 11

HTC U 11: Honestly, I kind of dig it

Oftentimes, I will brainstorm an outline for an article based on rumors. Sometimes this saves me time because the rumors were correct, and other times it’s a big waste of time because everything was...
smartphone battery

Flagship is to power as budget is to battery: Which one is best for you?

Not too long ago, if you wanted to purchase a functional smartphone there was no doubt about it: you would need to shell out some fat stacks for the best of the best. While saving money on a cheaper...
ZTE Max XL

ZTE Max XL Written Review

You could probably tell by the name that one of the defining features of the ZTE Max XL is its size. The Max XL features a large 6-inch display and an impressively large 3,990 mAh battery, but is...
Amazon Echo Show

Amazon Echo Show offers a necessary element to smart speakers

When Amazon unveiled the Amazon Echo, a smart speaker that features Amazon’s virtual AI named “Alexa”, the idea caught on quickly. The Echo propelled the idea of a “smart home”, and at a reasonably...
iPhone 8 render

For Apple, 2017 means "iPhone 8" or bust

Although not due for release until later this year, you’ve probably heard rumors and leaks regarding the Apple iPhone 8 for months at this point. With 2017 marking the 10th anniversary of the iPhone...
Surface Laptop

The Surface Laptop is not a Chromebook competitor; it's a league of its own

If you’re one of the many people eagerly waiting for the release of the Surface Pro 5, Surface Book 2, or (dare I say it) Surface Phone, then you may have been disappointed with Microsoft’s even this...
Samsung Galaxy S7

How to make any smartphone feel (sort of) brand new again

Between the LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8’s recent releases and constant presence in headlines, it’s easy for the mobile enthusiast to get that “new phone” itch that needs to be scratched – and for...

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