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by Rich Brome (Moderator)    Jul 13, 2012, 7:17 PM

We've launched a number of changes to the site in recent weeks, including some new ones just today.

First, we overhauled our page tools, including social buttons. At the top-right of every page, you'll find options to email, share, Like, and/or subscribe to whatever is on that specific page. The options are contextual, so they vary depending on what kind of page you're looking at.

As part of this, we also tweaked our RSS feeds for each phone. There's now one feed with news articles and updates, and a second feed for reviews (including user reviews.)

There are also new social links at the bottom of the site.

We also added comment counters (that link directly to comments) on phones on the front page.

Today, we also launched a few updates to our phone spec pages.

First, the "Modes" area at the top now expands to show a lot more detail. As the U.S. gets more frequency bands, that info is getting more complicated and confusing, so we felt it could use some explanation. If you're confused by the three different "700" bands, two different "800" bands, and two different "1900" bands, we hope that our new specs help clarify things a bit. If you see one company saying "1700", another saying "AWS", and yet another site saying "band IV", now you can come to our specs and see that those are all just different names for the same thing. We also have more glossary links in that expanded Modes section, so you can dive even deeper for more info.

The other spec page update is that we've simplified the feature list for smartphones by hiding redundant features by default. All smartphones have a calendar, alarm clock, picture-ID, games, etc. So now the feature list now just shows the features that actually set different smartphones apart. You can still view the whole list with one click if you want. This only applies to smartphones; those features are still relevant for feature phones, of course.

We'd love to hear your feedback on these changes!

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