Tip: Galaxy S6 May be the New King of Quick Camera Launching

The Samsung Galaxy S6 (and S6 Edge) may be the new king of quick camera launching, thanks to the addition of a double-tap action on the home button that launches the phone’s camera at any time from anywhere (seriously, anywhere – with the phone asleep or in an app). I’m not kidding – this is faster than Motorola’s wrist twist move, HTC’s never-reliable turn-phone-hit-volume-down gesture, and the struggle that often ensues when trying to find-then-hold down LG’s rear volume down key. Couple Samsung’s double-tap with the fact that the camera is also insanely fast to focus and shoot a picture, and you really do have the new champion.

To toggle the setting on or off, head into your camera, open up the settings menu and look for “Quick Launch.”

Try it.

Verizon Pre-Orders for the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and HTC One M9 are Now Live

While the world was opening up pre-orders for the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and HTC One M9 on March 27, Verizon held back because they are a “leader, not a follower.” Thankfully, today is April 1, the super serious, perfect day to do anything on the internet. Yep, Verizon pre-orders are now live for the three Android flagships that will dominate headlines for the foreseeable future.

The Galaxy S6 comes in black, gold, or white, and starts at $24.99 per month on Edge, $199 with a 2-year contract, or $599 at full retail. The Galaxy S6 Edge comes in the same colors, but starts slightly higher at $29.16 per month on Edge, $299 with a 2-year contract, or $699 at full retail. The HTC One M9 is the same price as the Galaxy S6 and comes in either silver or gunmetal grey.

Verizon Links:  Galaxy S6 | Galaxy S6 Edge | HTC One M9

HTC One M9 Review

For the last three years, we found ourselves skipping past the mess of CES and setting our sights on Mobile World Congress, hoping that both HTC and Samsung had something special in-store to show us. Over those three years, some of their new products have blown our minds and others seem like minor upgrades from one to the next. If we look specifically at this year, one could argue that Samsung gave us that “something special,” while HTC played it much safer with the One M9.

The HTC One M9 looks almost identical to last year’s One M8, except that the Duo Camera setup on the back is gone and there is a sharp ridge running around the side of the phone. It’s almost as if HTC slapped on a metal casing that was too big and said, “F*ck it, design!” Oh, they also added this feature that turns adjusting the volume or turning the phone on or off into a game, thanks to a 3-button setup on the side of the phone. Every time I go to press one, I can’t help but quote the great Rob Schneider in Demolition Man, who said “He doesn’t know how to use the three seashells!”

HTC did change a few things, though. The camera on the back is a traditional sensor and the internals have all been upgraded. Oh, and Sense 7.0 is here (spoiler: it looks a lot like Sense 6.0).

We know that it’s difficult for companies to go back to the drawing board each year. Look, even Apple doesn’t do that. But this year feels safer than ever for a company who is still trying to figure out how to claw its way back into the game.

With all that said, our HTC One M8 M9 review is ready. This wasn’t a difficult one, as you might have guessed.  (more…)

Motorola’s Selfie Stick Isn’t Real, But Their 1-Day $140 Off Moto X Deal Is

Motorola went super silly last night with their custom Selfie Sticks, an obvious April Fools’ joke that is worth a chuckle or two. But buried inside that custom made debauchery, they are also hosting a 1-day deal on the Moto X that will save you $140. Now, I know that the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 will be here next week, so this may be a difficult sell. Still, you are looking at under $400 for a phone that was the best of 2014.

Motorola Deal Link | Selfie Stick Link  (more…)

Our April Fools’ Day 2015 Round-Up – Google, Samsung, and More

First of all, today is April Fools’ Day. Don’t believe anything that happens in the next 24 hours, especially anything that appears on the internet. Today is both entertaining as hell, and also the most annoying day on Earth every single year. Companies like Google started in on the jokes yesterday and haven’t stopped yet this morning. Some are good – others, not so much. But hey, it’s all in good fun (until we can’t take it anymore and want it to be April 2).

Second, we have a rolling post of some of the better April Fools’ pranks over here. We started it yesterday and will continue to add to it throughout as more good ones arrive.

Finally, if you can’t take a bit of sarcasm and fun and lightheartedness, and find yourself just criticizing April Fools’ Day like a crusty old blogger, just go back to bed and wake up tomorrow.  (more…)

Verizon Pre-Orders for the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 Start at 3AM ET

Just a quick heads-up, but if you were planning to pre-order the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, or HTC One M9 from Verizon tomorrow (April 1), know that the listings will go live at 3AM ET (12:00AM PDT). In other words, east coasters, you won’t be able to buy these phones right at midnight, you will instead have to wait a couple of hours. As for you west coasters, well, you do get to click “buy” at midnight. (more…)

Video: Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6

Since we reviewed the iPhone 6 last year, we still have the little guy around the office. That may seem like an odd thing, knowing that we are an Android-focused site, but as it turns out, it’s actually a pretty good thing now that we have the Samsung Galaxy S6 in house. As many of you know, during our review process, we try and compare new flagships to current flagships of the moment to get a sense for our feeling with each in hand, talk about the specs of each, and generally, weigh in on the little things we prefer from one to the next. With both iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 available, this gives us a chance to compare the current smartphone king, to what may become the new smartphone king.  (more…)