Tuesday Poll: What’s a Bigger Deal, Hardware or Software?

With HTC launching a One (M8) powered by Windows Phone exclusively onto Verizon, it got us thinking just a tad on what aspect of a phone is more important to you, the consumer. Each company has a different hardware design language, as well as a very unique take on how software should look and perform. The point is, if your favorite phone was the One (M8), and now that is available running Windows Phone, would you leave Android because of that?

As another example, if Apple does in fact launch two larger iPhones in the near future, will you be leaving Android only because Apple is finally making bigger phones?

For a few of you, we realize that both hardware and software are equally important, but for the sake of debate, if you had to choose just one, is hardware or software a bigger deal to you?

What's a bigger deal: Hardware or Software?

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Most Nexus Devices are Out of Stock on Google Play These Days

Taking a quick tour through any of the Nexus device pages on Google Play these days doesn’t return much. Sure, the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 10 are all still listed, but few models are actually available for purchase. Over the last couple of months, we have watched as inventory levels of each has come and gone. However, those “out of inventory” notes seem to be sticking as of late. To be fair, the Nexus 10 went out of stock well over a year ago, but only recently have the Nexus 5 (in many colors and storage sizes) and Nexus 7 (2013) remained unavailable.  (more…)

The Galaxy Note 4: Three Things I Want to See

Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3 at IFA in Berlin, Germany. It seems that the Galaxy Note devices are always some of the most hyped unveilings each year, thanks to Samsung’s ability to throw in the latest and greatest hardware/software additions unlike any other OEM.

There are already a lot of great rumored specs for the Galaxy Note 4, so making it better with a few things I would like to see is actually quite difficult. So far, the Galaxy Note 4 is rumored to come equipped with a 5.7″ QHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, 4GB of RAM, 16MP rear-facing camera, and all of the other top of the line goodies you would expect from a flagship device.

How do you make a device with all of that better?  (more…)

Samsung Announces Level Box Mini Bluetooth Speaker, Kind of Like a Jambox

Samsung added to their line of Level audio products this morning with the announcement of the new Level Box Mini. As the name suggests, this is indeed the smaller version of their previously announced Level Box.

The Box Mini is Bluetooth speaker that offers users “a smart, seamless user experience combined with Samsung’s iconic design and premium sound technology.” The body of the speaker is “metallic,” sports a large 55mm stereo speaker and a passive radiator, which is “optimized to deliver a premium-quality sound that is powerful, crisp and balanced.” You could use it for conference calls or consume media, just like any other Bluetooth speaker. Devices are paired to it via NFC.  (more…)

Mailbox Opens Public Beta for Mac Users, Brings Drafts and Snooze to Desktops

If you have been rocking the official Mailbox app for Android, and also use a Mac computer, then you will be happy to learn that a public beta is now available for you to use on your desktop or laptop.

While it is your basic email client, just as you would see on iOS and Android, a couple new features are included which work not only on the desktop, but on your smartphone as well.  (more…)