Rich Warren

Rich Warren

Rich Warren | New iPhone is a questionable investment

Why spend $1,100 for a product that lasts three to five years? Or, perhaps months if you drop it. The new Apple iPhone XS Max boggles the mind. More than likely, it costs Apple $300 or less to build. Apple audaciously charges an extra $9 for an adapter to use conventional headphones with the new XS models.

Rich Warren | Shinola rolls out impressive speakers

In a world of declining fidelity, the new Shinola Bookshelf Speakers reproduce sound for sore ears.

Admittedly, Detroit-based Shinola chose a name too clever by a half, but product quality compensates.

Rich Warren | Samsung rolls out its latest TVs

The IFA consumer electronics show held yearly in Berlin at the end of August and beginning of September dwarfs the American Consumer Electronics Show. Furthermore, IFA welcomes the public. Many companies display their latest innovations at IFA rather than CES.

Rich Warren | It may be awhile before we see 5G

If your current smartphone works, wait before buying a new model. While the new 5G cellular transmission system may not arrive in East Central Illinois in 2019, it will be activated in several major cities around the U.S. No current phones, and few that will be introduced this fall, will be able to take advantage of the dramatic improvements offered by 5G.

Rich Warren | Today's TVs still have limitations

In my youth, our 23-inch TV screen looked huge. Even the 16-inch screen in my bedroom seemed substantial. The maximum home TV screen size settled at 25 inches for decades.

Rich Warren | Amazon Prime numbers on the rise

Credit Jeff Bezos with pure genius. Amazon Prime Day, now safely past, marks one of the most spectacular marketing successes of recent time. P.T. Barnum could not claim better. Somehow, without spending on advertising, Bezos managed to snooker the media into advertising his Amazon event.

Rich Warren | Facts about TVs can get twisted

My barber knows more than his way around a clipper. He's a bright guy who would probably make a better governor than the crowd currently running, and we don't share the same political party. Yet, when he went to buy a new TV, he was grievously misled by a salesperson who either was woefully ill-informed or downright lied to him.

Rich Warren | Maximize the life of your devices

This simple reader question warrants a complex answer: "Can you tell me if iPads wear out? Mine is acting up, and friends are telling me it wore out. It's about 6 years old."

I can't diagnose the problems with your iPad. Six years is a good run.

Rich Warren | As reviewers and entertainment options multiply, costs increase

Readers frequently ask for reviews of various products ranging from TV sets to smartphones. In the pre-internet days, a reviewer for a major newspaper could request evaluation samples. I was on a first-name basis with the UPS driver with boxes coming and going daily.

Rich Warren | Intelligent smartphone choice calls for savvy

Smartphones divide people into two camps. Some need basic voice communication, the ability to send an occasional text, and perhaps a basic camera. The rest crave a palm-size computer able to accomplish nearly anything that can be done by a laptop computer, plus take better photos.