Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Now Available in the US

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is officially here and available at carriers and retailers across the US (and the globe). We like to call this “launch day.” If you took the plunge and pre-ordered, your phone should arrive today at the very least, if it hasn’t already. If you didn’t pre-order, well, today is the day to walk into a store, buy one, and walk back out the proud owner of what should be a hell of a phone. (more…)

Galaxy Note 7’s Always-On Display Actually Shows You All Notifications, Unlike the Galaxy S7

As you know, we are just now diving fully into the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, so that means we are discovering all of the new tweaks to software that Samsung has issued this time around in real-time. As we discover them we will share them, assuming they are a big enough deal, like new improvements to Always-on Display, a feature first introduced with the Galaxy S7 that didn’t quite live up to the hype.

On the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has improved Always-on Display by adding something that should have been a part of the experience from day 1 – notifications from all apps. You may recall that with the S7, we called Samsung’s Always-on Display a “decent first attempt,” but found the lack of notifications to be a major downer, leaving the idea of an always-on display…lacking.  (more…)

Google’s Instant Native Notification Warnings for New Device Logins are Live

At the beginning of August, Google introduced a new security feature to Android that should help users catch unwanted logins from other devices. While Google has always sent out email confirmations or warnings about new device logins, this new feature was supposed to pop-up native notifications on your current device the second you or someone else logs in.

The new feature, which was supposed to start rolling out gradually right away, now seems to be live, at least for me. While setting up the Galaxy Note 7 that arrived at the DL offices today, I received instant notifications on my Galaxy S7 immediately after adding my Google accounts to the Note. The notifications look exactly like Google showed when they announced the feature, but we also have the other screens that you are taken to below.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Unboxing!

Hey, a Galaxy Note 7 in house! What a shocker, you know, that we finally have one. Like you, we were starting to wonder if we would ever hold this phone outside of the Samsung Unpacked event from a couple of weeks ago.

All complaining aside about PR politics, this is exciting! And here we are, ready to dive into the dirty details of Samsung’s new Note device. Even with early reviews out, we will do what we always do with new phones – give them our full attention as we lead up to a review. We’ll start with an unboxing (below), get touch-feely with the camera, show you all of the most meaningful features, and ultimately, help you figure out if this should be your next phone or not.

Ready to go?  (more…)

Sprint Also Introduces New Unlimited Plan With Just as Many Drawbacks as T-Mobile’s

This morning, moments after T-Mobile unleashed their latest mostly-crappy unlimited plan, Sprint announced something very similar that is equally, if not more, crappy. The new Sprint plan is also pushing the unlimited angle and can even be had for cheaper than what T-Mobile is offering. Unfortunately, it carries many of the same downsides as T-Mobile’s.

Called Unlimited Freedom (‘Merica!), Sprint’s new plan will be available starting tomorrow, August 19. The plan includes “unlimited” talk, text, and 4G LTE data “for most everything.” It also features optimized (read: throttled) streaming video, gaming, and music. People, I am not making this up. Oh, Sprint is tossing in 5GB of 4G LTE hotspot data at no extra cost, though, so that’s a bonus. T-Mobile is charging you $15 for 5GB of tethering.  (more…)

T-Mobile ONE Isn’t Really an Unlimited Dream Plan

You may be still reading through the fine print on T-Mobile’s new ONE unlimited plan because there is plenty of fine print and drawbacks to try and wrap your brains around. T-Mobile is billing this as the end of data plans, but for real unlimited users who want HD or better video and data available for tethering, or sign-up for service as an individual, this might not be a great choice.

If you saw our initial write-up on T-Mobile ONE, hopefully you tracked down the section where we pointed out four critical sticking points. If not, we’re about to dive into each right here to give you an idea as to why each could be a deal breaker.  (more…)

T-Mobile Uncarrier 12 Arrives With T-Mobile ONE, a New Unlimited Data Plan

T-Mobile, only hours after AT&T added throttled unlimited data to their Mobile Share plans, dropped Uncarrier 12 on us with a real unlimited focus that “goes all in on unlimited.” That focus comes via T-Mobile ONE, the new “100%” unlimited data plan that starts out at $70 for a single line, but can drop to as little as $40 per line for a family of four with auto pay enabled.  (more…)