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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Amazon Echo

Amazon’s Echo is becoming a tempting buy

When Amazon first launched the the Echo in late 2014, I was tempted to buy it. As a Prime member, I was able to purchase it for a mere $99. However, as somebody who typically likes to justify...
Nokia 7600

10 bizarre phones of the past decade

When you walk into a mobile retail store today, you’re greeted by walls of phones that look nearly identical to each other: rectangular slabs with sharp (sometimes rounded) corners that typically...
HP Pre 3

Why webOS is better left to nostalgia

If there’s one thing I know about the people of my generation, it’s that we hang on to nostalgia like we’ve never had a single good thing happen to us since puberty. Our love of Nickelodeon cartoons...

How do you determine it’s time for an upgrade?

I feel like I have been considering a new daily driver for a very long time now. I was on the hunt for a new phone last year, and I'm still on the same hunt this year. I keep putting off pulling the...
Samsung Ultimate Test Drive

Final thoughts on Samsung's Ultimate Test Drive

Last August, Samsung unveiled a bold program directed at iPhone users called the “Ultimate Test Drive”. The program, when active, allows iPhone users to test one of three 2015 Samsung flagship...

Should Google take more control over Nexus?

Since its inception, Google has employed the help of various manufacturers to create a purified Android experience in the form of Nexus. Nexus devices contain little to no modifications from wireless...
iPhone 7

I have low expectations for the iPhone 7

When I think about Apple’s iPhone I have mixed emotions about it. I love iOS. Since I first started using it in 2011, it has always felt like a solid platform that I could depend on. There’s not a...
App Store

The perks of iOS: The App Store is your oyster

I try to be as unbiased as I can when it comes to different smartphones and operating systems. Objectively speaking, there are things to like and dislike about each platform, and just because one...
iPhone 5s

Why I think a new 4-inch iPhone could still be successful

You may or may not know that I’ve had an affinity for “compact” or “mini”-sized smartphones for quite some time. Anywhere from 4 to 4.7-inch display is about the range I like for my smartphone...
Galaxy Note Edge

Edged displays: Purely aesthetic or meant for a purpose?

When Samsung debuted the asymmetrical Galaxy Note Edge alongside the Galaxy Note 4 back in 2014, consumers expressed mixed reactions. On the one hand, the idea of having a usable secondary display...
Samsung Galaxy Note 5

One week with the Note 5: 5 things I like about the Note

It’s kind of weird how going from Android to iOS is akin to the saying “never forgetting how to ride a bike”. iOS has basically had the same basic functionality since I had my first run with it in...
HTC Google Nexus One

Why HTC should make a Nexus this year

It’s no secret that HTC isn’t exactly doing their best right now in regards to their smartphones. Despite the positive attention that the HTC One M7 garnered for the company 3 years ago due to its...
App Permissions

How proactive are you in protecting information on your phone?

I, like many others, pick up my phone several times throughout the day to browse the web, check my e-mail, text my friends and family, update social media, and do whatever else it is that we do on...
Apple iPhone 5s TouchID

I love fingerprint scanners, but not for their security

As our smartphones evolve to get better and (presumably) more secure, we’ve had a couple of interesting ways to boost the level of security we have over our precious phones. There have been PINs,...
Night Shift iOS

“Night Shift” is the best thing to come out of iOS 9.3

Once upon a time, I would have considered myself a die-hard Android fan. Android was my first “modern” smartphone experience, and was the platform I went with due to the fact that the iPhone was...

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