Samsung Pokes at Apple’s Failed Live Stream, Welcomes Them to the Big Phone Bandwagon

Last night, during our recording of the DL Show episode 68, Samsung unleashed six new ads, which of course, were centered around Apple’s recent announcements. The ads aren’t all great, but the first two below are actually silly enough to watch, just to see Samsung poke at Apple for their failed live stream of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus event and remind them that large phones have been around for two years.

The commercials all star faux Apple Geniuses that are borderline hipster. They encounter issues throughout with their Apple products, issues that they wouldn’t have if they were using a Galaxy Note 4. At least that’s the theme here.

I think the best part about these ads, is seeing the Apple apologist media tell the world how terrible they are, even if they are spot on.  (more…)

Google Posts Four New Android Wear Commercials, Focuses on Voice Commands

We have not seen too much advertising of Android Wear from Google yet, but with Motorola’s official unveiling date for the Moto 360 set for September 4, it looks like Google is now ready to get started.

While the commercials are nothing too special, they do show off Android Wear’s ability to listen to voice commands, display traffic, as well as send/receive messages. If your hands are full and you happen to be sprayed with water, you can now easily inform your friends. Playing with an elephant? Don’t worry, you can ask Google how much they weigh with no hands.  (more…)

Samsung Reminds iPhone Users That They Have Been Waiting Years for a Bigger Screen

Samsung, in its latest ad targeted directly at iPhone owners getting excited about the larger display that has been rumored to finally arrive in the next phone from Apple, took the chance to remind those users that it has been at least two years now without that display, and yet a bigger, better display was right in front of them this whole time. Of course, Samsung is talking about the display in the Galaxy S5 or a number of other Galaxy products.

I think we will all laugh when Apple revolutionizes the big display. As Samsung points out, it will likely be “awesome” and “blow your mind.”

What Hummers?  (more…)

Does This First Amazon Fire Phone Commercial Change Your Mind?

On the day that Amazon announced the Fire Phone, we opened up a thread for you all to weigh in with your immediate thoughts. Some of the shorter reactions included “Junk!” and “Hot garbage,” “Overpriced,” “Poop,” and “D.O.A.” Another said “It’s basically an Android phone with everything we love about Android removed and replaced with gimmicky garbage.” Others dropped lists of issues they had with the phone like, “overpriced, over customized, and shouldn’t be restricted to one carrier.”

We, of course, pointed out what we consider to be the biggest flaw pulled straight from the Fire Phone’s Amazon listing, which showed that zero Google apps are included or available to it. I think it is safe to say that the DL community is not exactly excited about Amazon’s first phone.  (more…)

Video: This Could be Verizon’s First XLTE Commercial (Updated)

Verizon is going to announce XLTE on Monday, according to our sources. We know that the point of this rebranded LTE network is to brag about Verizon’s use of AWS spectrum that will double bandwidth in cities across the US. It should be awesome for Big Red customers in major cities, especially since its network has been struggling as of late to keep up with the strain that has been placed on it thanks to a growing number of connections.

In yet another sign that XLTE is all-but-confirmed, we have what may be the first commercial for the newly rebranded network. Thanks to a clip posted to Vimeo by the art director for McGarryBowen, a major marketing firm that does all sorts of work for Verizon, we get to see how XLTE will be introduced to the world. Assuming this commercial made the cut, we will see Verizon talk about opening up space, giving you more bandwidth, and allowing you to no longer wait in line.  (more…)

Samsung’s Newest Galaxy S5 “Next Big Thing is Here” Commercial

Milk Music. Family time. Hitting the gym. Playing with your kids and their friends. Taking trips with the crew, top down in the coupe. Higher resolution camera than the iPhone. Heart rate monitor. Water resistance. Traveling. Kicking the skinny girls’ asses on the trail. All features in the new Galaxy S5 commercial from Samsung.

Loving yours?

Oh, and yes, our review is still on the way.

HTC and Gary Oldman Tell You to “Ask the Internet,” Rather Than Sell You on the One (M8)

What do you do if you are HTC, are barely hanging on for dear life in the mobile race, have zero marketing budget, and just released your latest phone that needs to be a winner in order for you to survive? Apparently, you hire Gary Oldman and have him say nothing related to your product other than “Blah blah blah” and “Ask the internet” about it.

I wouldn’t say that the spot is worse than those embarrassing Robert Downey, Jr. “Hipster Troll Carwash” commercials, but it’s not giving us much. I know that HTC needs to do something different while spending wisely, but talking about your product might help, you know, sell it. Maybe a feature mention or two? At least take it out off the dark and actually show it off? (more…)