HTC 10 Now Offered in Camellia Red and Topaz Gold, Priced at $599

To take a bit of excitement away from Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy Note 7 this morning, HTC is offering the HTC 10 in two new colors – Camilla Red and Topaz Gold. Both colors are exclusive to HTC’s online store and are available for pre-order right now.

HTC’s $100 off on the HTC 10 is still valid, pricing the phone at $599 down from $699. Alternatively, folks can also opt for the free set of JBL Type-C earbuds, which carry a value of $199.  (more…)

DEAL: Amazon has the Samsung Gear 360 for $280 ($69 Off) (Updated)

Samsung’s Gear 360, the 360-degree VR camera that was first introduced months ago but just today launched in the US, already seems to have a steep discount at Amazon. Normally priced at $349.99, Amazon appears to have a load in stock with Prime shipping at just $280.30. That’s a solid $69 price reduction and easily the best price you will find on the internet.

In case you were curious, Amazon lists this as model number SM-C200NZWAXAR, which is the same version Samsung, Best Buy, and B&H Photo all are selling for $349. So, if you have been curious about Samsung’s Gear 360, you may want to jump on this price before it’s gone.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Now Available in the US

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is officially here and available at carriers and retailers across the US (and the globe). We like to call this “launch day.” If you took the plunge and pre-ordered, your phone should arrive today at the very least, if it hasn’t already. If you didn’t pre-order, well, today is the day to walk into a store, buy one, and walk back out the proud owner of what should be a hell of a phone. (more…)

Galaxy Note 7’s Always-On Display Actually Shows You All Notifications, Unlike the Galaxy S7

As you know, we are just now diving fully into the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, so that means we are discovering all of the new tweaks to software that Samsung has issued this time around in real-time. As we discover them we will share them, assuming they are a big enough deal, like new improvements to Always-on Display, a feature first introduced with the Galaxy S7 that didn’t quite live up to the hype.

On the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has improved Always-on Display by adding something that should have been a part of the experience from day 1 – notifications from all apps. You may recall that with the S7, we called Samsung’s Always-on Display a “decent first attempt,” but found the lack of notifications to be a major downer, leaving the idea of an always-on display…lacking.  (more…)

#TBT: When Sticking the S-Pen in Backwards Broke Your Galaxy Note 5

Does anyone here remember the mini controversy surrounding the S-Pen on the Galaxy Note 5? If not, allow me to refresh your apparently deteriorating memory.

Almost one year ago today, we sent out a PSA, stating that you should never insert the S-Pen into your Galaxy Note 5 backwards. We weren’t saying this because we are OCD weirdos or anything, but in fact, doing so broke the mechanism the device uses to detect the S-Pen has either been inserted or removed. When it comes to utilizing S-Pen software properly, having a broken S-Pen detection mechanism is a massive deal. (more…)

Google’s Instant Native Notification Warnings for New Device Logins are Live

At the beginning of August, Google introduced a new security feature to Android that should help users catch unwanted logins from other devices. While Google has always sent out email confirmations or warnings about new device logins, this new feature was supposed to pop-up native notifications on your current device the second you or someone else logs in.

The new feature, which was supposed to start rolling out gradually right away, now seems to be live, at least for me. While setting up the Galaxy Note 7 that arrived at the DL offices today, I received instant notifications on my Galaxy S7 immediately after adding my Google accounts to the Note. The notifications look exactly like Google showed when they announced the feature, but we also have the other screens that you are taken to below.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Unboxing!

Hey, a Galaxy Note 7 in house! What a shocker, you know, that we finally have one. Like you, we were starting to wonder if we would ever hold this phone outside of the Samsung Unpacked event from a couple of weeks ago.

All complaining aside about PR politics, this is exciting! And here we are, ready to dive into the dirty details of Samsung’s new Note device. Even with early reviews out, we will do what we always do with new phones – give them our full attention as we lead up to a review. We’ll start with an unboxing (below), get touch-feely with the camera, show you all of the most meaningful features, and ultimately, help you figure out if this should be your next phone or not.

Ready to go?  (more…)

Sprint Also Introduces New Unlimited Plan With Just as Many Drawbacks as T-Mobile’s

This morning, moments after T-Mobile unleashed their latest mostly-crappy unlimited plan, Sprint announced something very similar that is equally, if not more, crappy. The new Sprint plan is also pushing the unlimited angle and can even be had for cheaper than what T-Mobile is offering. Unfortunately, it carries many of the same downsides as T-Mobile’s.

Called Unlimited Freedom (‘Merica!), Sprint’s new plan will be available starting tomorrow, August 19. The plan includes “unlimited” talk, text, and 4G LTE data “for most everything.” It also features optimized (read: throttled) streaming video, gaming, and music. People, I am not making this up. Oh, Sprint is tossing in 5GB of 4G LTE hotspot data at no extra cost, though, so that’s a bonus. T-Mobile is charging you $15 for 5GB of tethering.  (more…)