Samsung Galaxy Alpha Unboxing (AT&T)

When Samsung first introduced the Galaxy Alpha back in August, we weren’t exactly sure what to make of it. Was Samsung trying to take on the iPhone by using premium materials like metal? Was Samsung trying to set a new standard for their design going forward? Were they trying to enter Sony’s “Compact” arena, where you have a smaller device that still packs mostly high-end specs? They may have been trying to do a little of all that.  (more…)

Deal: Pre-order Pocket-sized Karma Go LTE Hotspot for $99

For a limited time, folks who have been itching for a more portable data solution can pre-order the upcoming Karma Go LTE hotspot. Set to be priced at $150, but available for $99 through a pre-order promotion, Karma Go allows users to pay for the data they use, sort of like a pay-as-you-go hotspot plan.

Users pay a set price per GB of data they consume, with the hotspot itself feeding off an available LTE connection in the area. Should LTE not be available at the moment, the system falls back to a 3G CDMA connection. For a more detailed look at where connectivity is offered, please see here(more…)

Eric Schmidt Says He Currently Uses the “Motorola RAZR X,” What?

In an interview with The Canadian Press to promote his new book about Google and to announce a $1.5 million grant to Actua, Google’s Eric Schmidt talked through a number of wide ranging topics. Of course, we tend to focus on the mobile or Android-related stuff that Big “E” mentions from time to time, something he graced us with yet again. The interviewer asked Schmidt what his current phone was because Canadians like to talk about Blackberry still, and Schmidt has been a fan of Blackberry for years. While Eric admitted that he still carries around a Blackberry, he noted that his current phone is the “Motorola Razr X.”

Umm, what?  (more…)

BREAKING: Verizon Cancels Plans for Network Optimization of Unlimited Data Users

That title says just about all you need to know. Verizon has informed us that they are canceling plans to move forward with Network Optimization of unlimited data customers. In other words, Verizon is not going to slow down the data connection of customers with unlimited data plans who fall in the top 5% of the carrier’s data users. Instead, Verizon is going to focus on delivering exceptional mobile service to every customer, while continuing to work with industry players to make sure that  you and I are receiving “world-class” mobile service.

The statement Verizon provided to us can be read in full below.  (more…)

Dropbox Finally Adds Support for SD Card File Transfers

Despite Google’s obstinacy on the matter, a whopping 63% of our readers made it clear in our July poll that they considered SD card support an important factor in deciding on smartphones. That’s a pretty large number of people, one which Dropbox is apparently happy to accommodate. The company announced today an update that will bring an option to export files straight to SD cards. (more…)

This is What a Whale Looks Like in Hand, Yes, the Nexus 6

Is that the Nexus 6 aka “Shamu” aka Willy-has-been-freed aka your-hand-needs-to-grow-in-the-next-month-if-you-like-Nexus-phones, in the wild? It could very well be. We see a similar form factor to the new Moto X, which the new Nexus is largely based off of. We see what appears to be an Android L “back” button. We have lowered volume and power buttons on the side. It looks huge (or does it?). Or maybe this person has small hands.

You tell us.  (more…)