Since we reviewed the iPhone 6 last year, we still have the little guy around the office. That may seem like an odd thing, knowing that we are an Android-focused site, but as it turns out, it’s actually a pretty good thing now that we have the Samsung Galaxy S6 in house. As many of you know, during our review process, we try and compare new flagships to current flagships of the moment to get a sense for our feeling with each in hand, talk about the specs of each, and generally, weigh in on the little things we prefer from one to the next. With both iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 available, this gives us a chance to compare the current smartphone king, to what may become the new smartphone king. (more…)
We now have the Samsung Galaxy S6 in our possession. I’m not sure I can put into words how ready for this moment I am. You see, we feel a little screwed by Samsung for not hosting a US satellite press event during MWC for this phone and its brother, like they have done every year for every phone as far back as I can remember, so this is, as odd as this sounds, the first time I have placed my hands on one. The excitement truly cannot be contained. (more…)
Drop tests are dumb. Really dumb. Unless you are a device protection/insurance company who is offering replacement services or you make screen protectors, you shouldn’t be dropping phones on the ground for pageviews or YouTube subs. You look like a fool. Stop doing it.
With that said, this video is great. I have no idea who this person is, but they are throwing a Galaxy S6 Edge as hard as they can on the ground to see if the screen can break. It doesn’t appear that they are succeeding, which is kind of impressive. While there is nothing scientific about this, it might show some of the durability included in Samsung’s new curved phone. Or, it could just be a cool video of someone going H.A.M. on a brand new $900 phone. (more…)
Hey, look, the HTC One M9! Not only that, but it’s the HTC One M9 for AT&T in Gunmetal Gray!
With one now in our possession ahead of the April 10 launch date, we thought we would take it for a spin in an unboxing video to share some initial thoughts before we get to fully testing this bad boy. How different is it than the One M8 at first look? Does it feel better, worse, the same when first held? How odd does that squared-off camera look in person? Is anyone really going to be able to tell the difference between the volume and power buttons without looking? We will hopefully answer all of that in this quick preview. (more…)
I think at this point, we have made our opinions clear on Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 – we love it. We think every phone should have either this or some other form of quick charging. Wireless charging is still a really handy feature, but I would much rather be able to charge my phone in a shorter amount of time, or at least give it a burst of juice in a couple of minutes, than be able to lay it down on a charging pad that likely charges slower than a conventional charger.
To demonstrate the power of Quick Charge 2.0, Qualcomm put together the video featured below, which includes three Nexus 6 phones, all of which are using a different charger. Two of the phones are using conventional chargers (5 volts/1 amp and 5 volts/2 amps), while one uses Motorola’s Turbo Charger. You probably don’t need to watch the video to know who wins the battle to 50% from 0%. (more…)
When HTC isn’t reminding the world that the “Ultra Melt Your Face Off Mode” found in the new HTC One M9 is only an included feature because current handsets in the wild are running software that isn’t final, they are putting together promo videos to you know, promote their new flagship handset.
Through a series of clips released over the weekend, HTC walks us through the headline features of the One M9, which includes things like the new Blinkfeed, more personalization in home screens, a smart widget,
advertisements suggestions for restaurants, the best low-light selfies (low-light selfies are a thing!), sleeveless jean jacket dance parties with the crew, and fairy dust sound effect-filled magic tricks with the moon. (more…)
How should you end your week, a week that features the always-fun Friday the 13th? With the Droid Life Show episode 80, of course.
On this week’s show, Ron re-joined Tim and I for a chat for the first time in a couple of months, which is enough reason in and of itself to watch. If you need more, well, know that we talked about Android 5.1 updates, the Apple Watch at length, my experience with the G Flex 2, and if anyone actually cares about VR outside of manufacturers making VR headsets (spoiler: nope!). We ran a little long, but the conversation warranted it.
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In the third installment for Samsung’s official hands-on videos of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the company takes a nerdier approach to explaining the phone by diving into the processor, RAM, UFS 2.0 memory, before going through software-related features like Smart Manager and Ultra Power Saving Mode. From there, it’s on to the phone’s “Fast Charge” capabilities, support for multiple wireless charging standards, and Samsung Pay.
This isn’t the best of the videos thus far, but it’s something, especially for those who can’t get enough of Samsung’s two new flagship phones.