The Droid Life Show: Episode 82

The Droid Life Show episode 82 is going down on this lovely Friday afternoon with a focus on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge reviews that Tim and I just posted. Can you believe it? We actually got reviews out in time for launch day. Good job, us!

Now, we still have an HTC One M9 to review (hopefully by early next week), but for this show, we really want to tell you every single final thought we have on the new Galaxy phones. If you read our reviews, then you’ll know just how much we like them. With that said, we know they have minor flaws as well, all of which need to be discussed. It should be a fun show, assuming you care about the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge.

At 3:00PM Pacific (6:00PM Eastern), won’t you please join us? 

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Video: Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Over the “Regular” Galaxy S6

To me, the Galaxy S6 Edge represents a risk Samsung was willing to take when it comes to design. It’s something different. And even though it is different, it’s not completely unorthodox when I really think about it, and at times, is quite nice to have. I have been asked what viewing content is like on the rounded display, and to the shock of a few, I actually really enjoy it. While the Galaxy S6 Edge does not feature as much “usefulness” as say, the Note Edge does, it still offers a few things that regular Galaxy S6 owners don’t have access to.

In the video below, I go over the differences that make up the two, but be aware right now, it’s not all that much. Samsung does not include a ton of options or features for the rounded display, but of the few that are included, I could see them being somewhat beneficial at some point or another to someone out there.  (more…)

Quick Look: OnePlus One’s OxygenOS Update

Over the weekend, OnePlus released their custom Android skin, also known as OxygenOS, to the OnePlus One as an “update” just a week after it was originally supposed to debut. I’m putting “update” in quotes there because well, it’s not really an update. This is a custom ROM that requires a full factory reset and a custom recovery in order to get onto your phone. This isn’t delivered over-the-air (OTA) – instead it requires you to be familiar with adb commands, fastboot, unlocking a bootloader, and more. It’s a load of fun!  (more…)

Ugh, Samsung Issues Galaxy S6 Edge #Bendgate Response and Challenge

On Friday, phone insurance peddler, SquareTrade, attempted to create a “bendgate” scenario for the Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung’s shiny new curved phone, and grab all the headlines in the world. They succeed by posting a video to YouTube of the phone cracking under pretty intense pressure that no human could ever re-create with their own hands (or butt), and then spammed out a press release saying the phone was just as bendable as the iPhone 6 Plus, which was the original “bendgate” target. We clowned the “news” via Twitter, because it’s not actual news. It’s a video from a phone insurance peddler trying to grab headlines and scare you into buying their phone insurance or warranties.

Clearly, the tactic worked because almost every mobile phone or tech related site outside of us, took the bait and posted the video with varying levels of clickbaity titles. It got worse this morning when Samsung responded with an official statement, a video of their own tests, and a request for SquareTrade to publicly post new results after re-doing their tests on both sides of the phone. Ugh. Why, Samsung?  (more…)