This is How Good the Samsung Galaxy S5 Camera can Be

The camera in the Galaxy S5 is pretty awesome. In our review, we noted that Samsung is once again leading the charge for mobile optics with the release of this year’s flagship phone. The GS5′s camera can take pictures with incredible detail, thanks to its 16MP sensor, but also does a fantastic job of capturing brilliant colors when it needs to without overdoing it.

To continue to show how impressive their cameras can be, Samsung released the video above, which takes us on a tour of Trieste, Italy during a day from sunrise to sunset. The video was shot entirely with a Galaxy S5. While it’s obvious that some sort of professional crew was behind it all, you can’t help but be impressed by the results.

Verizon Makes It Official: Throttling Comes to Unlimited 4G LTE Customers in October

Verizon took a minute this morning to confirm our report from yesterday, announcing that they are indeed going to include unlimited data customers with 4G LTE devices in their version of throttling, which they refer to as “Network Optimization.” Starting in October, if you fall into their top 5% of data hogs bracket and have unlimited data, you could see slowed speeds when attached to a cell site that is experiencing high demand.  (more…)

Deal: Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB for $129 on eBay Deals, $100 Off

Another Friday, another deal on the Nexus 7 (2013). In today’s price slashing, you are looking at the 16GB WiFi model for $129, which is $100 cheaper than a brand new retail unit through Google Play. You also get free standard shipping with purchase.

This unit has been “manufacturer refurbished,” so it is not brand new.

This may be the best deal we have seen yet for last year’s Nexus 7-incher. Even though it is a year old, and Google decided not to give us a 2014 model, the N7 is one hell of a tablet that still has at least a good year of updates ahead of it. Keep in mind that this is the version that has an Android L developer preview available to it, in case that interests you.

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Did the Moto X+1 Finally Make a Major Appearance?

Motorola has done a pretty remarkable job at keeping its next flagship, largely thought to be dubbed the Moto X+1, under wraps. And then a couple of hours ago, a whole series of pictures of a device that may just be the next Moto X, leaked in a big way. We are talking front, back, side, top, bottom angles of a phone with a wood back, large camera sensor, and Moto X styling throughout. Let’s talk about it.  (more…)

Starting October 1, Verizon Will Include Unlimited 4G LTE Customers in “Network Optimization”

Back in September of 2011, Verizon introduced a new initiative called Network Optimization that only affected unlimited data customers. What is Network Optimization? Well, it’s a little bit like throttling in that Verizon can slow down your data connection if you meet a list of factors, because they don’t want you to ruin the data experience for the rest of their customers.

The thing is, up until now, Network Optimization only affected the 3G connection of those with unlimited data plans. Since most of you are all on 4G LTE now, it really didn’t matter much. But according to sources of ours, along with at least one reader who has been notified of the change, LTE will become a part of the “optimization” starting October 1. Like before, this only affects unlimited data customers.

This is what we know.  (more…)

Verizon Tests New Bloatware Process on the G3: Installs Apps on Setup, But They can be Fully Uninstalled

Verizon pinged us this afternoon to point out a new bloatware application installation process they are currently testing with the LG G3. On the G3, users may notice during the activation and setup process that there are apps being installed in the background that will eventually show in the app drawer. These are applications that in the past have come pre-loaded out of the box on Verizon phones, only Verizon doesn’t appear to want to do that anymore.

The downloading of these bloatware apps does not count against your data plan. Verizon also noted that these can be uninstalled just like any other app you would download.  (more…)

Moto X Deal Extended Through July 31, Grab a 16GB for $299

Motorola has extended the deal they ran last weekend for the Moto X, which priced last year’s flagship at $299 (16GB), $325 (32GB), and $375 (64GB). The deal is on starting today and ending July 31, so you have a full week to think about it. Custom designed Moto Xs through MotoMaker are included, as are the Developer Editions.

At this point, though, do you really want a Moto X? The phone is almost a year old and has a replacement on the way that could be here within the next month. That’s not to say that the Moto X isn’t still a capable device, but I can already envision the disappointment should you fork out a few hundred dollars for the 2013 model and then see the 2014 model arrive with all sorts of upgrades.  (more…)