Friday Poll: Who is Your Current Wireless Carrier?

It’s been a year since the last time we asked which carrier you are using for your mobile phone needs, so it’s time to update our numbers.

Last year, the majority of voters were rocking Verizon, with Big Red capturing nearly 60% of the vote. Following Verizon was T-Mobile at 20%, then AT&T with 9%. Sprint, which got less votes than the total of “Prepaid or Other,” had 3% of the vote.

This time, to get a sense of which prepaid options people are using, we have included the names of the top US prepaid carriers, so let us know exactly who you are using.

Extra credit if you feel like telling us how you think your carrier is performing.

Who is your current wireless carrier?

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Friday App Sales: Last Horizon, Minecraft: Story Mode, Star Walk, and More

The weekend has arrived and we already know you got nothing going on. Even if you do, I’m sure you can find a bit of time to play a few games or mess with a few new apps. Over on Google Play, you can grab a ton of apps and games on sale, including Final Fantasy VI, Last Horizon, and Minecraft: Story Mode.

If games aren’t your thing, a couple nifty apps called Star Walk: Astronomy Guide and Star Walk 2 are also on sale, both of which I use myself when gazing up at the twinkling stars. They are great apps for identifying constellations and which planets you are staring at.

Have a look at the full list below.  (more…)

5 Reasons the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are Worth Buying

If you happened to read our reviews for these devices, which can be found here (Moto Z) and here (Moto Z Force), you will know that if it was our choice, we would likely opt for another device over either of these two. They just don’t quite mesh well with our lifestyles. However, if you are on the fence about these phones, possibly looking for a few specific reasons as to why they are worth your money, we can help you with that. You see, just because they aren’t for us, doesn’t mean you wouldn’t enjoy them.

Both of the DROID editions for the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are now available exclusively at Verizon. For pricing, the Moto Z full retail is listed at $624, while the Moto Z Force is priced at $720. These are not inexpensive devices.

With that being said, we can think of a few good reasons why someone might want to rock the Moto Z or Moto Z Force. Allow us to enlighten you.

Here are 5 reasons the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are worth buying.  (more…)

#TBT: When We Reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

This time next week, Samsung will have announced the Galaxy Note 7. Before that happens, though, let’s take a step back in time to late 2012. Nearly four years ago, we reviewed the Galaxy Note 2, and at that time, the Galaxy Note 2 was one of my favorite Android devices. I was getting pretty big into mobile gaming, and thanks to the 5.5″ HD AMOLED display, my gaming was on point. Keep in mind, though, not everyone shared my love of the bigger displays, Kellen included.  (more…)

Watch: Samsung is Hyping the Galaxy Note 7 on YouTube

I know we keep saying this, but for real, we are now just a few days away from Samsung’s unveiling of the Galaxy Note 7. We will be on-hand in NYC as Samsung gives us all of the details, but until then, the hypetrain rolls on.

Posted onto Samsung Korea’s YouTube, a video details what appears to be theme-able lock screens thanks to an updated TouchWiz UI. In addition, we see old telephones underwater. Water resistant Galaxy Note 7? Most definitely. We also see sentences on paper marked with highlighter, possibly detailing changes for S Pen.  (more…)

LG Posts Q2 Financial Stats, Spills Beans on Upcoming V Series Smartphone

LG announced its Q2 results this morning, but while a lot of the talk was on the company’s home entertainment and kitchen sectors, we are a bit more concerned with the mobile side of the business. According to LG, while the company saw revenues of $2.86 billion (an increase of 12 percent from Q1), it was an overall decline from last year’s Q2.

In other disappointing news for LG, the mobile business operated at a $132.10 million loss, apparently due to “increased marketing expenditures and somewhat slow initial sales of the G5 smartphone.” However, looking to the future, LG states that the launch of a new V series smartphone should help improve the business’s performance next quarter.  (more…)

Wednesday Poll: Do You Care About Monthly Security Updates?

With Google’s launch of monthly security updates last year, many device owners are beginning to take notice at how well, or how bad, their particular OEM and carrier are at delivering these updates. Realistically, if a smartphone owner is not constantly digging around sketchy websites or purchasing goods from the Silk Road, your phone should be relatively safe. Stick to downloading your apps from trusted sources and you should be fine.

With that being said, there are those who care very much about security updates. These updates prevent known threats and exploits from causing harm to your smartphone. If you read mainstream news, listening to the countless scary stories about new device exploits being discovered, you can imagine why these monthly updates could be important.

Now, besides Nexus devices from Google, it appears Samsung is making a valiant effort at keeping their devices secure on a monthly basis. On the other hand, we have Motorola. To be frank, they are not very good at updating phones monthly, literally stating that it’s “difficult to do.”

So, you tell us, are monthly security updates important to you?

Do you care about monthly security updates?

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