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Deal: Refurbished, Unlocked AT&T Galaxy Note 4 is Just $399 at eBay

Posted by Kellex June - 2 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Samsung probably has a Galaxy Note 5 unveiling lined up for some time in late August-early September, but that doesn’t mean last year’s Galaxy Note 4 isn’t still a heck of a phone (our review). In fact, me, the hater of all oversized phones, loves the Note 4. It’s one of those phones that is designed so well and feels so premium, that you can easily forget that it’s the size of a Smart car. It has an amazing camera, performs with the best of them, lasts well through an entire day on a single charge, and that display…that display.

If you are interested in the Galaxy Note 4, think about cruising over to eBay this morning to check out a deal on an unlocked, manufacturer refurbished model (SM-N910A) that will work on AT&T (T-Mobile for the most part, but is missing 1700 band)). Priced at just $399, you are looking at one of the best prices ever for a Note phone that isn’t really all that old.

The deal has been running for a day and is almost over, so be quick.

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Deal: Refurbished, Unlocked AT&T Galaxy Note 4 is Just $399 at eBay is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Get First Update With HD Voice, Photo Editor Tweaks

Posted by Kellex June - 2 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Verizon and Samsung have readied updates for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge this morning as software version VRU1A0D5. You would be safe in assuming that this is mostly a bug fixer, but there is at least one new feature in the photo editor.

That new feature is a drawing mode that allows you to drop over the top of photos using several different brushes, colors, thicknesses, etc. We received this feature back in early May on our international unit, so you should be familiar with it. 

As for the bug fixes and tweaks, Verizon is moving buttons around in the HD Voice calling screen, Google Wallet now comes pre-loaded, and People Edge (GS6 Edge only) now has a visual cue on the home screen. The rest of the list of bug fixes can be found below for each phone.

To grab the update, head into About device>Software update.

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Via:  Verizon [2]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is $100 off right now

Posted by wicked June - 2 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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If you are in the market for a new Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro tablet, the 8.4-inch version is on sale right now for over 30% off. That’s a $100 savings.

If you recall, the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is a 2.3GHz Quad-core processor powered 8.4-inch display Android tablet with 2560×1600 screen resolution, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. While not in league with the best around, the camera capabilities are fairly solid, with a 8MP rear shooter and a fairly average 2MP front shooter.

Out of the box, your new Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 will be running Android 4.4 KitKat, but do check for updates, as Android 5.x Lollipop should be along soon enough.

Aside from the spec sheet, this is a comfortable tablet with excellent screen performance. It sport a fairly typical Samsung button layout and even comes with a nice, albeit faux, leather back. Real world performance is still pretty solid, but battery life has always been a little short, especially under heavy usage.

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The last time we talked about pricing for this Samsung tablet, it was then also on sale at Best Buy, but for a few dollars more than we see it today. Be sure to check out some of our previous coverage for more details on the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

We don’t know how long this sale we be on for, and we do expect this year and a half old tablet to receive a permanent price reduction any time now, but you can grab it today from Best Buy for $199.99.

What do you say, will you grab a new Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 for $200?

Galaxy S6 sales are hitting Samsung’s internal targets, beating GS5 sales

Posted by wicked June - 2 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Samsung_Galaxy_S6_Edge_Right_Edge_Slanted_01_TASamsung was dealing with quite a bit of pressure with the launch of the Galaxy S6 this year. Sales for their previous two flagship Galaxy S devices had waned, with the Galaxy S5 failing to hit its internal targets for the company over the course of 2014. With that in mind, Samsung had to launch a fantastic device in 2015 that would solidify why they were the top dog in the Android market.

For the most part, they did. The Galaxy S6 was met with nearly universal praise (our own review commended the fantastic screen, amazing camera, and solid design of the device) while the crazy counterpart device, the Galaxy S6 Edge, has done far better than anyone anticipated. So while everything seems great, Samsung hasn’t publicly announced how well their current flagship is selling.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a concrete number. What we do have, however, is an unnamed Samsung executive saying that the GS6 is performing very well, and actually a little better than Samsung imagined. This same also believes that the GS6 should surpass the GS5, and while it’s not always an impressive feat to out-do a device that you considered a failure, improvement is always a good thing.

This commentary does come from an exec at Samsung, so obviously it should be taken with a grain of salt. But with Samsung’s bold marketing and serious commitment towards making a great phone, I think we should all expect the S6 (and the S6 Edge!) to have a pretty solid 2015.

source: Korea Times

via: GSM Arena

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Slickwraps’ Hero series gives you an alternative Iron Man Galaxy S6

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

If you’re a Marvel fan, specifically a fan of the red iron-wearing Avenger, you must have been over the moon when Samsung announced they are releasing a limited edition Iron Man Galaxy S6 edge. But when you thought about how expensive it will probably be, then you may have been starting to get depressed, not to mention they won’t be releasing a Galaxy S6 version. But the folks over at Slickwarps have a sort-of solution that might be the next best thing.

Hero Series wraps and skins for the new flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S6, may not carry the name Iron Man but it obviously is “inspired” by the Iron Man edition of the Galaxy S6 edge. The full-body wrap is made from “state-of-the-art metallic flake finish”, a far cry from the titanium alloy that makes up his real suit of course. The red and gold color is eye-catching and will definitely earn comparisons to one of the more popular Avengers of course. You can’t really say it’s a “poor man’s version” of the official one from Samsung, since having a Galaxy S6 probably means you’re not a “poor man”.

The limited edition Iron Man Galaxy S6 edge is really so limited that they’re only producing 1,000 pieces and it will be sold in South Korea only. So undoubtedly, it will sell out in the first few hours, even if it will be substantially more expensive than the regular edge smartphone. So maybe, just settle for a smartphone wrap for your Galaxy S6.

The Hero Series will cost you $24.95 if you buy it from the Slickwrap online store. If you want to complete your Iron Man look, there’s also a wrap available for the wireless charging pad, which will cost you an additional $4.

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SOURCE: Slickwrap

“Ok Google” Detection From Any Screen Fixed on Galaxy S6

Posted by Tim-o-tato June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

For whatever exact reason, “Ok Google” hotword detection from any screen on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge has been broken for the past couple of months. But according to one Google community manager, the issue has been fixed, and Galaxy S6 users can go back to saying “Ok Google” from whatever app they may be in. 

It is reported that the cause of the issue stems from Samsung’s own voice-reliant S Voice software. Once the fix rolls out to your device, it appears some S-Voice functionality will be limited, but if you had to choose between Google and Samsung’s assistant, we would recommend Google.

Here is the statement from Google’s community manager.

Now, we are happy to share that the “From any screen” function has been fixed for S6 and S6 Edge devices on the Google Search App (GSA), and the fix is actively rolling out to users. To ensure that this feature becomes available to you soon, please ensure that you are running the most up-to-date version of GSA (4.5+). Please note that “Ok Google” from any screen will be available, however remaining compatibility issues mean that turning on the feature will limit the availability of S-voice hotwording to only when the screen is off. Users who prefer to avoid this can turn off “Ok Google” from any screen.

Happy searching, Galaxy S6 owners.

Via: Google Product Forums

“Ok Google” Detection From Any Screen Fixed on Galaxy S6 is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE getting Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OTA

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE is getting the upgrade to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. It adds yet another device to the small percentage running Lollipop.

Android 5.0 Lollipop brings with it a myriad of awesome changes, mainly with animations, effects, design, and the progressive move towards Material Design. Notifications have been drastically improved, the recent apps menu has been improved, and performance has greatly increased. However, running Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, aside from added features, you may not see a whole lot changes on the design front.

Updates like these do take some time to get to you. So, if you haven’t gotten the notification to download the OTA update, you should see it within a couple of days.

If Samsung keeps this up, maybe we’ll just see Android M on the device this time next year.

source: Samsung
via: SamMobile

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Best for 4G: Galaxy S6 v Huawei P8 v LG G4

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off
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I often get asked which handset has the best network performance and reliability and usually the answer is Samsung, as for many years now the company has had by far the fastest LTE speeds on mobile devices.

With the change in build from plastic to metal and glass on the Galaxy S6 however, the company was faced with having to redesign its network antennae, so is the performance as good as past Samsung devices? How does it compare to the plastic-clad LG G4 and the metal-built Huawei P8, which comes with Huawei’s own extensive knowledge of mobile networks.

Which of these has the most reliable network connection, including call success rate, antenna strength and 4G Speed Tests? Let’s find out:

N.B. All handsets were tested using the same network – EE, which supports speeds of up to 300Mbps in the London area – and at the exact same time. The results below are based on a sample of 52 tests in 11 different areas spanning a distance of 170 miles.

Network Switch Rate

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One problem with most current LTE networks is that VoLTE (Voice Over LTE) isn’t supported in large parts of the network, meaning handsets need to switch down to a 3G connection when attempting to make a call while connected to an LTE connection. Often, the time taken to locate and switch to a 3G network can result in a dropped call; both, when making a call or receiving a call.

The purpose of this section was to test the handset’s ability to switch from LTE to 2G/3G and vice versa, while also determining which handset remained connected to the fastest network for longest. During our testing, we found the following:

  Galaxy S6 LG G4 Huawei P8
Average Time taken to switch to fastest network 1 minute 48 seconds 52 seconds 41 seconds
Number of dropped calls when connected to LTE 21 dropped calls 11 dropped calls 6 dropped calls
Time connected to fastest network 49 seconds 1 minute 3 seconds 2 minutes 9 seconds

The network switch rate on the Galaxy S6 is certainly surprising given that past Samsung devices – albeit they were made of plastic – would usually latch onto the best network. The LG G4 certainly performs well but Huawei’s network coverage shone through in testing, with the Huawei P8 switching the fastest and remaining connected to the best network for longest.

Antenna Strength

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This section tests how strong the antennae performance on each smartphone actually is. To test the antenna strength, we used the figures reported in the Settings > About Phone > Status screen. A signal rating of -60 dBm is recognised as near perfect while anything above -110 dBm is considered call-dropping quality.

Our testing shows that:

  Galaxy S6 LG G4 Huawei P8
Average antenna strength -91 dBm -74 dBm -62 dBm
Ratio of average connection (3G:LTE) 4:1 1:5 1:8
Occurrences of zero signal (out of 52 tests) 13 3 3

The Galaxy S6 again fails to excite here, with the handset often not even connecting to LTE. Considering that this particular unit may have been faulty, we decided to test with an alternate handset and found similar levels of performance: the second Galaxy S6 was on average 6 dBm better than the first handset and not enough to warrant the first unit as faulty.

The LG G4 again performs relatively well, with a relatively strong network antenna, but the Huawei P8 is again the best (and this time, by far).

LTE Speed Tests

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Now to the final section and probably the most interesting: superfast LTE speeds. This was a simple test to conduct; each handset was using the latest version of Ookla’s SpeedTest application and was connected to 4G.

Our testing found:

  Galaxy S6 LG G4 Huawei P8
Average speed test: download 50.03 Mbps 53.37 Mbps 58.31 Mbps
Average speed test: upload 15.69 Mbps 18.38 Mbps 20.04 Mbps
Fastest LTE speed recorded: 78.39 Mbps 88.46 Mbps 91.44 Mbps

The results were very surprising, given that the Ascend P7 was slower than both the LG G3 and the Galaxy S5. The G4 is better than the G3 thanks to the addition of Cat 6 support and the Huawei P8 is a marked improvement over the Ascend P7, with Huawei’s network knowledge really shining through thanks to the dual antenna system.

The Galaxy S6 tests showed that the handset is significantly slower than the Note 4 and Galaxy S5, despite the newer internal hardware and LTE Cat 6 support (which the Galaxy Note 4 also has). The Galaxy S6 also failed to latch onto 4G+ (Cat 6) – which offers downloads speeds of up to 300Mbps – and was instead limited to Cat 4, which offers a maximum download speed of 150Mbps.

Conclusion

Looking at all the tests and the various results, I think it’s safe to say that the Huawei P8 is the best handset for LTE, while the LG G4 comes second and the Galaxy S6 is significantly further back. Samsung’s adoption of metal and glass certainly worked for most parts of the handset but the network antenna seems to have suffered as a result of the switch, which could be expected given the problems others have had with metal builds.

With the G4, LG have made the antenna stronger than the G3 and the result is much better performance overall. The G4 is certainly impressive in holding onto a network connection and with Cat 6 support, the maximum download speeds have also vastly improved. The dual antenna system on the Huawei P8 clearly prevents any antenna-gate issues – where holding the handset the wrong way can affect your signal – and the handset can intelligently switch between the two antennae, depending upon which is the strongest.

Now read the reviews:

Huawei P8 Review
LG G4 Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

What do you think? Is LTE performance and network resilience important to you? Let us know your views in the comments guys!

Samsung refutes recent claims that the Galaxy S6 isn’t selling well

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off
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Despite the much-improved build quality on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, there have been a few rumors floating around the web stating that sales of the handsets thus far have been a disaster for the company, and that its mobile business is “imploding”. According to investment banking firm Oppenheimer, the poor sales are largely due to the fact that most of the improvements made this time around are solely based on hardware, and that Samsung’s software has barely seen any improvements.

In a letter to its clients, the banking firm explained:

When we look at Samsung’s flagship in 2015, the Galaxy S6 Edge, almost all of its differentiators fall back to hardware: a cutting-edge CPU, curved display, iPhone-like metal casing, front area fingerprint sensor, and camera with OIS. At the same time, we see little improvement in Samsung’s software user experience, and no value-added to existing Samsung users who are on prior generations of devices.

As evidence of this claim, Oppenheimer points out that Samsung sold roughly 10 million Galaxy S6 units in about one month’s time, compared to the 11 million Galaxy S5 units the company sold within the same timeframe last year.

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Whether these rumors that the Galaxy S6’s numbers are devastating to the company are true or not, Samsung still found it necessary to refute the claims. According to The Korea Times, an unnamed Samsung executive said in an interview that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are both selling very well. The exec explains:

Sales of the S6 and S6 Edge are meeting our internal target. S6 sales will clearly be higher than those of the S5. Samsung will aggressively promote sales in our target markets… You have to wait and see; however, the S6 and S6 Edge sales will be far higher than those of the S5.

Although the Galaxy S5 may have seen better initial sales than the S6, the company reportedly sold 40% fewer Galaxy S5 units than it anticipated. The Samsung employee added that roughly 305,000 GS6 units were being sold daily, which is much better than the S5 and S4’s 124,000 and 241,000 per day, respectively.

While Samsung’s claims seem genuine, we’ll have to wait until the company releases its next financial report before we make anymore assumptions.

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If you are getting more and more excited the closer it gets to June 12th, the release date of Jurassic World, then this may well send you over the edge. Or at least to Best Buy anyway, because the retailer has teamed up with universal Pictures and Samsung to bring an exclusive clip of the film to selected Samsung devices.

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The clip allegedly contains a big reveal, and can be viewed at the Samsung Entertainment Experiences at Best Buy stores until June 12th. Are you going to pop down to your nearest store to view the exclusive clip?

 

Source: Best Buy

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