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HTC One M9 and Galaxy S6 pre-orders kick off: which are you buying?

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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The time has come for many smartphone fans around the world to choose which device they’ll pick up next – the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the HTC One M9. Both devices are now up for pre-order on most U.S. carriers, so tell us, which one will you choose?

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are arguably two of the most beautiful devices the company has ever produced. Both handsets feature a dual-sided glass build with metal trim and a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD display. The S6 has a 2550mAh non-removable battery, while the S6 Edge will give you a little more juice with its 2600mAh cell. They’re both powered by a Samsung Exynos 7420 processor, 3GB of RAM, and either 32, 64 or 128GB of on-board storage. Although Samsung has opted to give us higher storage options this time around, the omission of a microSD card slot and removable batteries may stray Samsung fans away from the company’s newest devices. To learn more about the Galaxy S6, check out our full review.

Where to buy:

Since there are multiple different storage options available on each carrier, to save some room, we’ll give you availability info for the 32GB variant of each device.

Galaxy S6

  • AT&T – $199.99 with a two-year agreement/$22.84 per month with the Next 24 program
  • T-Mobile – $679.91 outright/$27.50 per month over 24 months
  • Sprint – $199.99 with a two-year agreement (after $50 mail-in rebate)/$20 per month over 24 months
  • U.S. Cellular – $199.99 with a two-year agreement/$34 per month for 20 months
  • Verizon has yet to open up pre-orders, but you can sign up on this page to get updates on the device

Galaxy S6 Edge

  • AT&T – $299.99 with a two-year agreement/$27.17 per month with the Next 24 program
  • T-Mobile – $779.76 outright/$32.49 per month over 24 months
  • Sprint – $299.99 with a two-year agreement/$25 per month over 24 months
  • U.S. Cellular – $299.99 with a two-year agreement/$39.50 per month over 20 months
  • Verizon hasn’t opened up pre-orders for the S6 Edge either, but you can sign up on this page to get updates on the device

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HTC One M9

While Samsung changed just about everything with the S6 and S6 Edge, HTC went for a more iterative approach this time around. Even so, it’s hard denying that the HTC One M9 is one beautiful smartphone. The handset features HTC’s iconic aluminum unibody design language and a 5.0-inch LCD full HD display. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of on-board storage with microSD expansion up to 128GB. It also has a non-removable 2840mAh battery. HTC decided to move the UltraPixel camera around to the front of the M9, but the device’s 20.7MP rear-facing shooter just doesn’t compare to the Galaxy S6’s 16MP camera. Many HTC fans have been concerned that the One M9 isn’t a worthy upgrade from the One M8, though many would argue the company didn’t need to make drastic changes this time around. For more information on the One M9, check out our full review.

Where to buy:

  • AT&T – $199.99 with a two-year agreement/$23.64 per month with the Next 24 program
  • T-Mobile – $649.92 outright/$27.08 per month over 24 months
  • Sprint – $199.99 with a two-year agreement/$20 per month over 24 months
  • Verizon’s pre-orders begin April 1st, and you can sign up here if you’d like updates on the device
  • HTC – $649 outright for the unlocked/developer editions

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Looks Like a Few Best Buy Locations are Accepting Galaxy S6 Pre-Orders on Verizon

Posted by Tim-o-tato March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

According to a few tip emails we have received, it appears that a couple Best Buy locations here in the US are accepting pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge on Verizon.

From the information we received, a Best Buy location in Williamsville, NY is accepting VZW pre-orders, but other than that, the tips we received only say which state they are in, which were California and New York. We know, it’s vague.

As of this yesterday, it was announced by Verizon that pre-orders would not go live until April 1 for the GS6. Why a few Best Buy stores had a change of heart, we do not know. I have personally called the local Best Buys in my area (Portland, OR) to confirm this, but none of them seem to have received the ‘okay’ from Big Red.

Feel free to call your local Best Buy and see if they are accepting pre-orders. If so, go for it if that is the phone you have decided on.

Cheers Tate, Luke, and Matt!

Looks Like a Few Best Buy Locations are Accepting Galaxy S6 Pre-Orders on Verizon is a post from: Droid Life

How much free space do you actually get on a Galaxy S6?

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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The folks over at GSM Arena have been lucky enough to get their hands on three of Samsung’s flagship smartphones of 2015, the Galaxy S6, and have taken to their blog to report how much free space you’ll actually be getting when you purchase a 32GB, 64GB or 128GB model.

Straight out of the box, the 32GB model will have a mere 23GB of free storage, with a whopping 9GB being taken up by Samsung’s firmware. More specifically, 6.5GB has been assigned to the operating system, with 2.5GB being allotted to stock applications, which can, of course, be disabled, but not uninstalled.

The 64GB variant will ship with around 54GB of clear space, whilst the beastly 128GB version will have 118GB free for all of your apps, documents, pictures, videos and music.

So which model should you opt for?

I’d recommend picking up the 64GB Galaxy S6 if you can. My reasoning behind this is simple. Most smartphones on the market ship with 32GB of internal memory, but users still find themselves inserting a microSD card in order to store additional files. Seeing as Samsung removed the microSD card slot from the S6, it would be best to opt for a higher capacity, so you don’t risk running out of space.

Source: GSM Arena

 

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Reminder: HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Pre-orders Now Live

Posted by Tim-o-tato March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

It’s pre-order day for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and One M9. Well, at least on carriers not named Verizon. Big Red pre-orders for these phones won’t start up until April 1, so keep that in mind.

Regardless, each of these phones is now purchasable through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. You can also get them from many retail locations, such as Best Buy. And as a bonus, if you order the Galaxy S6 through Best Buy, you get a free wireless charger. 

Below, we have listed each site where you can get your pre-order through. For pricing, please see this post (GS6/GS6 Edge pricing) and this post (One M9 pricing) for further information on each carrier’s range of prices.


AT&T

Sprint

T-Mobile

US Cellular

Verizon

  • Verizon pre-order for these devices begins April 1.

Best Buy

HTC

Reminder: HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Pre-orders Now Live is a post from: Droid Life

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Update: As expected, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge pre-orders have now begun at Best Buy. For those who pre-order from the retailer, you’ll get the bonus of a free wireless charging pad, as long as you pre-order between today and April 11th. 

Pre-orders of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge from Best Buy will come with a free wireless charging pad. The Best Buy deal will run from March 27 through April 11. While carriers are now selling the devices online, and most are already shipping orders as well, Best Buy’s inclusion of the wireless pad is a nice addition.
We have already taken an extensive look at wireless charging on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, so be sure to see why this $59 savings may be the deal for you. Head into your local Best Buy before April 11 if you want to snag a wireless charging pad with your purchase.

In Reddit we trust… For leaks that is. Over the weekend, a thread began that told of a trip to Best Buy wherein an employee disclosed a small-scale Samsung “secret”: the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be making their way into stores this Friday (March 27th), the same day the yellow-colored retailer will open pre-orders for the AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint models. An additional product was also mentioned as a free “device” for those who pre-order, which could be a wireless charger. The phones would then begin shipping on April 10th.

Additional posts in the thread saw other users independently verifying the news from their respective stores, as was it also revealed that in-store demo models have been available for testing in Canada for some time now. It is unclear as to if the “free device” will be exclusive to reservations at brick and mortar stores, or if it will be provided to all advanced proceedings.

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Soon you too can get your hands on one!

While none of this has been confirmed by either Best Buy or Samsung, given the mass-scale of interest in the devices, it would be prudent for Best Buy to open reservations as early as possible. Talk of the freebie in particular is interesting in that it follows suit along with what Samsung did in Japan last year: Pre-orders for the Galaxy Note Edge were sold with the device’s Flip Wallet case, and the Galaxy Tab S with the official Book Cover case.

Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9: where and when to get them

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

The cat is out of the bag: Samsung‘s and HTC‘s flagships are coming to town. But while they are set for an April launch, some might be able to get their hands on one, or at least on a pre-order form, earlier than others. If you’re a bit confused on where to get them, if you haven’t sworn fealty to a carrier, Android Community has the low down on availability dates as well as some prices to help you make the decision of which smartphone to get this year.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

The good news is that both the Galaxy S6 and its dual edge cousin will be available in the US and from all major carriers. It all boils down to when they will actually land in stores. Different carriers, different dates, different prices. Here’s the Cliff Notes version on Samsung’s twins.

AT&T

Pre-order: Starts March 27
Shipping/Retail: Unspecified
Colors: Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum
Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Prices:
Galaxy S6: 32 GB starts at $22.84/mo on Next 24
Galaxy S6 edge: 32 GB starts at $27.17/mo on Next 24

T-Mobile

Pre-order: Starts March 27, 7 a.m. PT
Shipping/Retail: April 10 (pre-orders will get theirs before this date)
Colors: Black Sapphire, White Pearl (Gold Platinum still to come)
Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Prices:
Galaxy S6: 32 GB $28.33/mo x 24 or $679.92; 64 GB $99.99 down + $27.50/mo x 24 or $759.99; 128 GB $199.99 down + $27.50/mo x 24 or $859.99
Galaxy S6 edge: 32 GB $0 down + $32.49/mo x 24 or $779.76; 64 GB $99.99 down + $31.66/mo x 24 or $859.83; 128 GB $199.99 down + $31.66/mo x 24 or $959.83

Verizon

Pre-order: Starts April 1
Shipping/Retail: Unspecified
Colors: Black Sapphire, White Pearl
Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Prices:
Galaxy S6: 32 GB 24.99/mo x 24 on Edge or $599.99; 64 GB $29.16/mo x 24 on Edge or $699.99; 128 GB $33.33/mo x 24 on Edge or $799.99
Galaxy S6 edge: 32 GB 29.16/mo x 24 on Edge or $699.99; 64 GB $33.33/mo x 24 on Edge or $799.99; 128 GB $37.49/mo x 24 on Edge or $899.99

Of course, you can also get your Samsung fix from prepaid carriers such as Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, and MetroPCS, who will only have the Galaxy S6, as well as retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Costco, Sam’s Club, and Target, who will carry both.

Be sure to check out our brief hands-on of the Galaxy S6 as well as the Galaxy S6 edge.

HTC One M9

Of course, HTC’s “jewel grade” One M9 isn’t that far behind. Although somewhat disappointing in its hesitation to make a leap of faith, fans will undoubtedly appreciate the refinement of their favorite smartphone. Like Samsung’s contenders, the One M9 will be available across major carriers as well as directly from HTC itself. Here are the details.

AT&T

Pre-order: Starts March 27
Shipping/Retail: April 10 (pre-orders can get theirs on the same day if ordered before 1 p.m. CT)
Colors: Gold on Siilver, Gunmetal Gray
Prices: $23.64 on Next 24 or $708.99

T-Mobile

Pre-order: Starts March 27, 6 a.m. PT
Shipping/Retail: April 10
Colors: Unspecified
Prices: $27.08/mo x 24 or $649.92

Verizon

Pre-order: Starts April 1
Shipping/Retail: April 10
Colors: Gold on Siilver, Gunmetal Gray
Prices: $24.99/mo x 24 on Edge

The HTC One M9 is also available unlocked from HTC ‘s website for $649. Retail partners who will also carry the smartphone include Amazon, Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile, Costco Wholesale, and Target.

Get to know more about the HTC One M9 on our review of HTC’s early 2015 champion.

Galaxy S6 to reportedly have dual sim in China, Russia, Philippines

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

We’re still a few weeks away from the official release of Samsung’s newest flagship the Galaxy S6, but already, rumors of a dual SIM version have been flooding tech sites these past days. A Chinese website has reportedly gotten hold of this variant, ahead of the March 31 press conference, and if the pictures are to be believed, this Galaxy S6 definitely shows a dual sim tray. Other news sites have also said Russia and the Philippines will also have this version of the flagship.

If these rumors and images are true, then this will be the first time that a Samsung flagship will get a dual-SIM variant, although a lot of the Korean OEM’s lower variants have always had the ability to house two different carriers at the same time. From what we could glean from this Chinese site, the SM-G9200 is the official model name of the Galaxy S6 and that it will be carried by Netcom. And more importantly, their communication agency “confirmed” that the device to be released there will indeed be dual sim models.

Meanwhile, just a few days ago, a Russian online retailer reportedly listed a Galaxy S6 Duos on their site, which they say is the dual-sim variant of the smartphone and that it will have a 64GB internal storage. Another country that has also reported that they will be getting the same model is the Philippines, where dual-SIM smartphones comprise a huge part of the entry-level market. It will reportedly have two nano SIM card slots, but only one of them will be able to support LTE.

We still have to wait a few more days (in the case of China) or a few more weeks until we find out if any of these reports are actually true. But launching this variant in China might be part of their attempt to capture (or recapture) a market that is being dominated by brands like Xiaomi and Lenovo.

VIA: Igao7

Verizon opens Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge pre-orders on April 1st, hopefully not a joke

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

samsung_galaxy_s6_front_back_slanted_blueVerizon has announced that they’ll be opening up pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge on April 1st in all storage sizes and both black and white colors.

Pricing for the devices is about where you’d expect them to be. The cheapest, 32 GB Galaxy S6 will run $199 (after a $50 mail-in rebate, standard for all of these phones), and you can expect to shell out an extra $100 for the 64 GB or an extra $200 for the 128 GB. The S6 Edge runs $100 more, so the devices cap out at $499 for a 128 GB Galaxy S6 Edge. That’s pretty pricey for a device that you’re buying with a two-year contract, but I doubt anyone will be surprised by these price tags.

Full retail on these devices start at $599 and cap out at $899, which actually isn’t too bad for a brand new phone on Verizon’s network. You can always finance the device through Verizon Edge, too.

Will you be pre-ordering the S6 on the 1st?

source: Verizon Wireless

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Galaxy S6 Active might have a microSD card slot

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is definitely coming soon all rugged and waterproof. A User Agent Profile recently turned up showing the specs of the smartphone: 5.1 inch QHD Super AMOLED+ display (same screen as the Galaxy S6), 32GB built-in storage, Exynos 7420 SoC processor, and the 16MP and 5MP cameras. At least, these are for the AT&T model.

We don’t doubt there will be a Galaxy S6 Active because it has been the tradition of Samsung to release an Active version of each flagship Android smartphone. One Redditor known as Garshoi shared on the social network that he was able to get some information about the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. He had a meeting with an unnamed Samsung representative and he said he was able to get some added information.

Garshoi noted that details about the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are limited for the European region. As we already know, the Galaxy S6 is beautiful and stylish, its software is less bloated, and that it will soon be ready for LTE Cat 6/7.

When asked about the estimated launch date for the S6 Active, the Redditor simply said it is similar to the Galaxy S6 and will have no fingerprint reader and pulse meter. Camera is not as impressive but it may come with OIS but unlike the latest flagship, the Galaxy S6 Active might have a microSD card reader.

The Galaxy S6′s lack of a microSD card reader is a bit of disappointment for some, as well as, the lack of a removable battery or rather the fact that battery is difficult to replace. Another rumor has it that the battery will be increased to 3500mah. Phone is still in the works so the specs and features could still change so let’s just wait and see.

VIA: Reddit

Samsung starts rolling out Lollipop OTA for the Note 4 in Spain

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Samsung has now started pushing out the much-anticipated, eagerly-awaited Lollipop update to all unlocked models of the Note 4 located in Spain. This upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, together with a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

To start the update, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, followed by ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

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