Smartphone leases seem to be the hot topic of the moment, thanks to a public battle between the CEOs of T-Mobile and Sprint. They also seem to be confusing to many, including those in this industry. What’s the difference between T-Mobile and Sprint leases? Do you own your phone or not on a lease? What happens at the end of your lease? Can you buy the phone or do you have to return it? How do upgrades work? Is a lease a good or bad thing? There is a lot to talk about here.
To try and make this all as simple as is possible, we are going to take some time to go through T-Mobile and Sprint’s lease plans, hopefully to give you some sort of comparison of the pros and cons of each. Since T-Mobile’s appears to be a decent deal for those who like to upgrade often, we’ll start there. (more…)
The brand new Android 5.1.1 (build LMY48G) update for the Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi that first serviced via factory image earlier in the week is now available for download as an over-the-air .zip from Google. Yep, you can sideload this little guy as long as you are coming from LMY47V.
For instructions to sideload using adb, check here. You can download the file through the Google link below. (more…)
Here’s a fun way to get the morning started and your brains moving. According to an FCC filing that went live yesterday, Google has a new product in the works under FCC ID A4R-GG1. This product…is a mystery. I thought about using a picture of a Chromecast at the top of this post because part of me wants to believe that this could very well be the new Chromecast that sources of ours said to expect in Q3. But if you read through the various documents in this filing, it could also be some sort of wearable. In fact, it might just be a new Google Glass.
The device isn’t categorized like most devices we see go through the FCC. Most are labeled as a smartphone or wearable, etc. This one is labeled as “BLUETOOTH & DTS/UNII a/b/g/n/ac” with model name “GG1.” Forget the random category name, but is it foolish of me to think that “GG1″ could mean Google Glass? (more…)
As you all know by now, Sprint introduced a new plan this week called “All-In” that’s basically them trying to usher back in the subsidy model of wireless carrier pricing. They bundle the price of a phone with service, just like wireless carriers have done for years but are now moving far away from. Of course, leave it to Sprint to try and re-invent subsidies when no one wants them. Not only that, but the plan included this insanely offensive and quite sneaky video streaming data “limitation” that they have already (sort of) backed away from. It’s mostly a mess of a smartphone plan that also includes a human being having to deal with Sprint’s network on a day-to-day basis.
To make matters more comical, T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to Twitter yesterday to share his thoughts on the plan. He, as you could have guessed, thinks it’s a “miss” and that you should all #sprintlikehell from it. Again, shocker, John Legere is talking sh*t about a competitor. That’s not the story here.
This became a hilarious piece of news when Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure actually responded to Legere’s Tweet in full meltdown mode. Here, take a look. (more…)
You can tell a lot about a person by the volume status of their phone. OK, I just made that up, but I am curious as to how everyone typically keeps there phone when it comes to volume settings. An internal polling of the DL crew showed varying results, with some going sound-on all of the time, while the rest were split between full silence and vibrate-only.
So today’s poll is simple – sound, vibrate, or silent?
Battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge isn’t something you will be bragging about any time soon. It’s borderline bad, actually. But these phones happen to have the best displays and cameras in any mobile phone, along with a hell of a premium build, so it’s hard to argue against anyone interested in buying one. With that said, we know that battery life is a top 3 category for some, especially those who aren’t near a charger all day long for quick re-fills.
For those people, we give you the ZeroLemon 3500mAh Slim battery case at just $28.99. With this case, you not only get quite a bit of protection, but you also get an extra 3500mAh of juice that can be used once your initial charge runs out. The case will add some thickness, but since the phone is quite small, it shouldn’t be unwieldy.
Companies like Mophie have made these types of cases famous, but they also charge a $100 premium for most. At $28.99, this is a pretty good deal.
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If you own the Verizon-branded Nexus 6 and have not yet received the update to Android 5.1.1 (build LMY47Z), get ready, because Big Red has approved it for rollout.
This is the same build that already rolled out to Sprint and US Cellular models. It’s a minor bug fixer.
To check for the update, head into Settings>About phone. (more…)
With Android 5.0, Google introduced support for guest accounts and additional users on phones. This is the type of feature that may not be of use to everyone at all times, but it certainly is a welcomed addition to a maturing platform, as it’s there for those who need it. When Google pushed Android 5.1 a few months after 5.0, they didn’t remove the feature. Although, if you are a DROID Turbo owner who recently updated to Android 5.1 (it’s rolling out now to all by the way), you are probably wondering where it is. (more…)