Posts tagged with: Galaxy S5
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    Back near the start of the month, before Google launched its latest Nexus models and confirmed the name Lollipop for its Android 5.0 release, we took a look at an early video previewing Samsung's work towards bringing what was then known only as Android L to its Galaxy S5. It was great to get an advance glimpse of how TouchWiz would make the transition to Android 5.0, but previews are one thing – when can we expect a public release? We don't yet have a specific date, but new rumors seek to narrow-down the timeframe in which the update might be likely to arrive. Last month, SamMobile had ...

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    Every six months, Samsung drops another contender into the bloody phablet-vs-flagship slugfest. This contest is one of Samsung's own making, a result of alternating annual Galaxy S installments with annual Galaxy Note upgrades in the spring and fall of each year. With each new chapter, two things are guaranteed: there will be much indecision among buyers as to which is the better buy, and much confusion in the comments about which comparisons are and aren't worth doing. For the former group –the cash-flush consumers biting their nails and wondering which of these high-end superphones to ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S5, while not a showstopper or ground-breaking piece of hardware, is a great smartphone, designed to appeal to a very large demographic. However, its size is simply too large for some. What if there were a device with almost the exact same specifications in a smaller package? Would that phone be as good – or even better – than the Galaxy S5? That phone does exist but, unsurprisingly, it isn't made by Samsung. Instead, Sony makes it, and it's the smaller version of its newest hero device, the Xperia Z3. It's called the Xperia Z3 Compact and it's nearly a spec for ...

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    Nobody wants a broken smartphone, but accidents happen, hardware fails, and all it takes is some bad luck to leave us high and dry without a functional handset. In order to protect themselves against such disaster, plenty of phone users pick up insurance, replacement plans, extended warranties – any sort of service that helps cushion the blow of repair or replacements costs and gets a working phone back in their hands as soon as possible. Apple's got its AppleCare+, and today we learn of a similar service coming from Samsung, as the manufacturer begins selling its Protection Plus Mobile ...

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    Samsung is definitely not having its best couple of quarters when it comes to its economics, but we wish this was the only drama the Korean giant faces right now. We've seen the continuous patent lawsuits that the company has lost against Apple, and we also know this is not the only lawsuit Samsung faces. NVIDIA is another company that's currently battling Samsung over patents, and some recent developments might complicate things even more. NVIDIA has recently announced that the ITC (US International Trade Commission) has voted to investigate whether certain of Samsung's recent devices ...

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    In the last two years or so, one word in particular has become increasingly popular in this industry: flagship. Samsung’s new flagship this or that. What’s the best flagship of 2013? Is this new phone Company X's flagship? It gets tossed around endlessly, and practically every new high-end smartphone is considered a “flagship”. But what is a flagship, exactly? What does the term actually mean? Are we using it improperly and, thusly, altering its meaning in the mobile realm? According to Wikipedia, a flagship is "the best or most important thing owned or produced by a particular ...

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    When we've been talking about the refreshed new look for Google's mobile platform coming with the release of Android L this fall, we've largely been approaching the question from a pure Android perspective: how things on devices like the Nexus 7 or Nexus 5 will differ from previous Android versions. But there's a whole world of Android out there beyond Google's gates, with OEMs endeavoring to give their phones their own unique looks – well, to the extent that Google lets them. So what's Android L going to spell for the likes of the Senses and TouchWizzes out there? Today we get some ...

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    If you saw our hands-on coverage of the Galaxy Alpha from IFA, you know that Taylor Martin and I were quite taken with the little device. Though it packs only a 4.7-inch display and none of the waterproofing or expandable specs of its bigger sibling, I was starstruck by its far superior looks. Standing on the show floor in Berlin, I found myself wishing the Galaxy Alpha would come to the US – and wondering whether I'd pick one up for myself. The latter question is still up for debate, but the former isn't. AT&T just opened preorders for an October 17th exclusive launch of the Galaxy ...

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    If you watched Pocketnow's Moto X vs Galaxy S5 comparison, you'll remember that for a huge swath of the US, Samsung's Galaxy S line is the de facto iPhone alternative. If you're not buying Apple, odds are you're shopping for The Next Big Thing (despite the fact that there's a whole other platform out there, but I digress). Given this iPhone vs Galaxy mindset, it seemed prudent to put the best of Apple up against the best of Samsung to see who came out on top. While our comparisons generally avoid focusing on a "winner," preferring to leave the ultimate decision up to you, I decided to ...

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    Last year, the comparison between Moto X and Galaxy S4 wasn't all that close – specs-wise, the Galaxy S4 excelled, and the Moto X arguably presented a more compelling software package. But both of those products have since been given iterative bump-ups by their respective OEMs for their 2014 flavors. So how do the new ones compare? Find out in our Moto X 2014 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 video below. Unlike last year, when Motorola went bold in bucking the specs trend (with specs such as a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro featured on the Moto X, even when the quad-core Snapdragon 800's arrival was ...

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    For as high-tech as our smartphones are, the voice calls they make decidedly aren't. Phones have long been held back by legacy voice standards, failing to take full advantage of the bandwidth and processing power of modern handsets. Luckily for us, salvation awaits in the form of voice over LTE, or VoLTE. Last month, Verizon shared its plans to activate its own VoLTE network in the weeks to come, and today we get word that it's getting things started, going live with what it's calling Advanced Calling 1.0. With Verizon VoLTE now active, how can you take advantage of it? Well, for the ...

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    When we told you, one post earlier, that a hot (hotter) comparison is on its way, we weren't just teasing. Our team on the ground is ready to bring you a comparison between two flagships from the same manufacturer. How is that possible? Well, for a generation (or two) now, the Note family is easily Samsung's second (or fall) flagship, while the S family is the spring one. They're two flagships, each of its certain class, and they can live wonderfully together on the market. But how do they live side-by-side, faced with real-life operation? There's a fundamental difference between these ...

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    This is probably one of the most anticipated comparisons of the day (and, believe us, the next one!), and we're glad to bring it to you! One is a fresh, hot flagship that just came out, while the other one is already established on the market as a reference Android flagship. Funny thing is, that the Xperia Z3's predecessor, the Xperia Z2, already had a go at the Galaxy S5, when they were both young and beautiful, and now, it's time for the the Z3 to continue what the Z2 started. They're both waterproof, they're both flagships, they both pack stellar internals, and are feature packed. One ...

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    While neither of these two devices is an actual IFA 2014 device per se, we couldn't resist the urge of putting Samsung's flagship (correction: S-flagship, as the Note 4 can easily take the crown now) against the metallic-frame rocking Galaxy Alpha, announced by Samsung on August 13. This is actually the first time we're seeing the Alpha in person, so we also had to go hands-on, to see exactly what that metallic frame is all about, and what design cues it lends to the new Note 4. The Galaxy S 5, on the other hand, is what it is, whether you like it or not. In any case it's definitely a ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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