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August 25, 2016

[Rant] AT&T takes the liberty to swap Galaxy Note 7 retail box with their ugly, flimsy packaging

As you all know, the Galaxy Note 7 is not a cheap phone by any means. Sitting at close to a $1000 with taxes, it is one of the most expensive Android phones around. With a price tag that high, you’d expect to get the phone with whatever Samsung decided to package it in. They usually use a really nice and durable box with their logo on it and yes, it does look premium as it should be (see picture below).

On Monday, I picked up my AT&T Black Onyx Note 7 to find out that it is packaged in the ugly-flimsy carrier blue box. The phone is probably safer being on its own than inside it.

I call this practice bullshit. For $930, I expect to get an original [...]

 
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August 11, 2016

T-Mobile gets rid of the HTC 10

The HTC 10 is definitely one of my favorite Android phones for 2016. HTC upped the bar and actually put a great phone together. I reviewed it a few months back and was, and still impressed by it. The phone isn’t perfect by any means but it offers an awesome experience for those looking for a stock-like software and top of the line hardware.

As of today, T-Mobile quietly took the HTC 10 off his website and probably did the same in their brick and mortar stores. You don’t have to be a genius to know that it has not been selling great for Big Magenta. AT&T avoided selling it  from the get-go, maybe Tmo should have done the same 2 months ago. The only HTC phone [...]

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August 9, 2016

[Review] A quick look at the Tudia cases for the Oneplus 3

In this world, there are people who use cases for their phone and there are people who do not. I consider myself a part of the first group. I hate getting dings on my phones. Today, I am taking a look at a couple of Tudia cases: The Tudia Merge and the Tudia Arch.

Tudia Arch

The Arch is considered an “Ulra-Slim” case. It is made out of a “high Quality Thermoplastic Polyurethane TPU rubberized gel silicone” according to Tudia. It offers a soft touch finish which gives you a better grip of the phone.

The Arch case wraps nicely around the Oneplus 3 covering all of the edges and camera bump without adding bulk. The volume and power buttons cutouts [...]

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August 8, 2016

[Hands On] Samsung Galaxy Note 7 AnTuTu , AndroBench Benchmark Results

While I was at the Unpacked event last week, I ran a couple of benchmark tests on the Note 7 using the Antutu and AndroBench apps. The model I used was the Samsung SM-N930V which packs the Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

According to the AnTuTu app, the Note 7 scored 143,816 higher that the Oneplus 3 which sits at 140,288 and the vivo Xplay5 (138,706) and the LeEco Max2 (138,026).

On the other hand, the phablet scored 416.87 MB/s in sequential read and 145.6 MB/s in sequential write on AndroBench. The read speeds are lower than the Exynos-powered Galaxy S7 Edge (479.09 MB/s). The Write speeds are also lower than vivo Xplay7Plus [...]

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August 3, 2016

A Quick look at a couple of Spigen Cases for the Galaxy Note 7

If you’re like me and always have some type of case on your phones, you probably know about Spigen and their beautiful cases. No matter what phone I get, I always get the Spigen Rugged Armor. Why? I love how it doesn’t add too much bulk and how grippy and protective it is. I am also a big fan of their Neo Hybrid case as well which is a combination of a though TPU case and and bumper made out of polycarbonate.

I took advantage of a pre-sale Spigen had on its Note 7 cases and grabbed a Rugged Armor and a Neo Hybrid for about $3 each. I decided to take along to the Unpacked event and see how they fit on the new Samsung phablet. As I expected, both cases were perfect. [...]

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August 3, 2016

[Deal] Buy the Galaxy Note 7 from Sam’s Club, get the Gear Fit 2 or 256GB microSD card plus $150 gift card

On the heels of yesterday’s announcement, Sam’s Club is offering a pretty decent deal on the Galaxy Note 7. Starting today, you can reserve your Note 7 to be picked up on August 19, get either the Gear Fit 2 smartwatch or the 256GB microSD card, and get a $150 Sam’s Club card. If you shop there, this deal drops the price to $730. The Gear fit 2 is selling for around $150-$180 on eBay. This deal could land you the phablet for around $580-$600 which isn’t bad at all.

It seems like only the AT&T model is included in this promotion. Sam’s club also mentions that they will waive the activation fee which is worth $36 if you purchase the phone [...]

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August 2, 2016

[Video] Hands On with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

During the Samsung Unpacked 2016, I had the chance to play with the newly announced Galaxy Note 7. As I expected, the build quality of the phone is top notch, in the same line as the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and even the Note 5. They also introduced a new color called Blue Coral which actually looks really cool but to reflective for my own taste. The whole phone was basically a fingerprint magnet to be honest.  My favorite color is definitely the Black Onyx.

It was only a matter of time for Samsung to add USB C to one of its “flagship” phones. Notice I used the quotation marks on flagship. The Note 7 doesn’t feel flagshippy this year. It really feels like an S7 [...]

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August 2, 2016

[Press Release] Samsung finally unveils the Note 7, packs the Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM

Samsung announced today he the release of the Galaxy Note 7 during the Unpacked 2016 event in NYC. As expected, the phablet packs the new Snapdragon 821 processor along with 4GB of RAM – no 6GB.  It will launch on August 19. For more,  hit up the press release below.

Samsung Unveils the New Galaxy Note7 the Intelligent Smartphone That Thinks Big

The Galaxy Note7 combines advanced S Pen capabilities with ultimate security features to help users accomplish and do more

SEOUL, Korea – August 2, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. continues to drive the smartphone market with the Galaxy Note7 by building on the company’s category-defining leadership with [...]

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July 27, 2016

[Press Release] Blackberry unveils the DTEK50, a promising “secure” budget phone shipping August 8

Blackberry unveiled their newest Android device, the DTEK50. This is their second Android phone yet and it does look good on paper. It will sell for $300 and will available sometimes in the coming weeks. Folks who are interested can head to Blackberry.com to reserve it. According to the online store, it looks like shipping will start sometimes in the week of August 8, 2016. They are also offering an array of accessories from cases to chargers and more.

Spec-wise, here is the list:

Fully Android, with access to millions of apps from Google Play™ 5.2” scratch resistant display (1920×1080, 424ppi) Snapdragon 617 processor 3GB of RAM Intelligent Keyboard 16GB internal [...]
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July 12, 2016

[Promo] Save $100 on the unlocked HTC 10 and get free $100 worth of accessories

HTC announced today the’re running a new promo on the newly released HTC 10. Starting today, you can save $100 on the unlocked model if bought directly from HTC.com. On top of that, you  will get $100 worth of HTC accessories for free. If you bought the phone elsewhere, you can still take advantage of the accessories deal as long as you furnish a receipt. Here is the official wording from the manufacturer:

Starting today, July 12 through July 31 at 11:59 p.m. PT, HTC is offering a promotion with the purchase of the HTC 10. 

The details follow:

+ $100 off HTC 10 at htc.com, this includes UH-OH Protection, a free service that comes with the purchase of HTC 10 [...]

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July 12, 2016

[Unpacked 2016] The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is coming August 2

By now, we probably all heard a good deal about the Galaxy Note 7. Leaks have been all over the net about 1, 2 or 3 possible models of the phablet. So far, none of that is confirmed.

Today, the Korean company reached out to US media outlets to inform us about the new Unpacked 2016  event which will take place in New York on August 2nd to unveil the new Galaxy Note 7. Samsung decided to skip number 6 and go directly to 7 this year.

First and foremost though, you might be curious as to why it’s called Galaxy Note7 instead of Galaxy Note6. There are a couple reasons why. First, the Galaxy Note7 will  complement our Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and unify our product portfolio. [...]

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June 6, 2016

AT&T launches the Galaxy S7 Active, packs a 4000mAh battery and a lot of ruggedness

AT&T announced today the release of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active. The carrier is known for releasing a “rugged” iteration of each year’s Galaxy flagship. This year’s model looks more rugged than ever and packs an impressive 4000 mAh battery which is said to last 30% longer than the regular S7. As far as specs are concerned, here is the list:

5.1-inch Super AMOLED display Snapdragon 820 Processor 4GB of RAM 32GB internal storage expandable to up to 200GB with the microSD port 12MP rear camera 4,000 mAh battery Fingerprint reader NFC, Bluetooth

Starting June 10, you can purchase the Galaxy S7 Active on AT&T Next for $26.50/month for 30 [...]

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