Samsung Pay Beta Launches in US, Limited to Select Cardholders

Samsung Pay, Samsung’s mobile payments solution, has entered private beta here in the US. With Samsung Pay, users load up their credit card and debit card information, and can then use these cards via their Samsung smartphone at virtually any terminal thanks to the Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology. MST allows your phone to emulate a typical card swipe at credit card readers, instead of relying on NFC to transmit secure data.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Review

After having spent the last couple of months with a Samsung Galaxy S6 in hand, you would think that setting out to review the newly released Galaxy S6 Edge+ would be easy. And it is, actually.

People have joked since this phone’s unveiling that it’s nothing more than a blown up version of the original Galaxy S6 Edge, and as it turns out, that’s really all this is. It’s a Galaxy S6 Edge with a bigger display, battery, and more shine. Otherwise, it’s got the same set of specs for the most part, but it feels slightly different in hand. So yeah, reviewing a phone that’s a bigger version of a previous phone really is as easy as you would think that it would be.

With that in mind, understand that this is going to be somewhat short because well, we’ve already said just about everything there is to say about this phone in two separate reviews here and here. If you haven’t yet, be sure to read both of those, then come back to get the specifics about the differences from those phones to this one.

This is our Galaxy S6 Edge+ review.  (more…)

Video: S Pen Features on the Galaxy Note 5

The S Pen featured on the Galaxy Note 5, when not stuck upside down in your device, features a few minor tweaks over last year’s S Pen on the Galaxy Note 4. First, it has an awesome clicker mechanism built-in, giving it a more pen-like feel while in-hand. Even though it truly serves zero functionality besides sounding and feeling good, and helping you remove it from the phone, it does offer a “cool” attribute. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Pre-Order Now Live, Starts at $399

The Galaxy Tab S2, announced from Samsung in July, is now up for pre-order in the United States. Carriers are also getting in on the fun, as you can purchase the tablet with LTE radios inside, launching in-store through AT&T on September 4, and T-Mobile on September 3. US Cellular, Sprint, and Verizon are also confirmed to carry the device, but we have yet to learn the in-store launch date.

The Galaxy Tab S2 comes in four models, a 8.0″ and 9.7″, both sporting WiFi-only and LTE variants. For specs, the tablets feature Super AMOLED displays, octa-core processors, 3GB of RAM, 8MP rear-facing cameras, and decently sized batteries. More impressively, both tablets are extremely thin, with both models measuring in at just 5.6mm thick. For comparison the Galaxy S6, a rather thin device, is 6.8mm thick. (more…)

Samsung Execs are Now Wear-Teasing the Gear S2 Watch

Samsung’s new round smartwatch, the Gear S2, will be here shortly – at IFA in Berlin in just over a week. We have already seen the device on the wrist and in the hands of models looking all sorts of modern, but today’s new image comes courtesy of a Samsung executive, who is contributing to the terrible trend of dressing up your watch with bracelets taking the round wearable for a “test drive.”

Oooooh, round watch that will only ever pair with Samsung devices, oooooooh. Oooooooh.  (more…)

Please Don’t Put the Galaxy Note 5 S Pen in Backwards. (Updated)

Hey, guy over there with the Galaxy Note 5, please don’t put your S Pen in backwards. If you do, you will probably break something in the phone, like the sensor that recognizes whether or not the S Pen is in or out of the phone. You may not even be able to remove it at all, actually. As with many things in life, it’s almost always a bad idea to put things in backwards. So, don’t do it with your S Pen.  (more…)

Video: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs. Galaxy S6 Edge

So, yeah, we have a Galaxy S6 Edge+ in house. Interested in it? We are, sort of. Since it’s really just a bigger version of the already-released Galaxy S6 Edge, it’s tough to take this phone all that seriously. OK, that’s not fair, because this phone is equally as good as the smaller Galaxy S6 Edge, it’s just that you already know everything about this phone for the most part, outside of how the Edge experience translates over to a bigger body. Because in reality, that is what we are looking at here. Sure, some specs differ here and there, but what you have in front of you is a blown up Galaxy S6 Edge with a “+” next to its name.  (more…)

Sprint Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Updates Prep Devices for Samsung Pay

Updates rolling out today to Sprint’s variants of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will get each phone ready for the launch of Samsung Pay. Keep in mind that Samsung Pay doesn’t actually launch until September 28, but a trial opens tomorrow that select users will get to be a part of.

As for the rest of the update, you are looking at “Live broadcasting via Yahoo!” being loaded, along with better audio with Samsung headsets, UI updates, and bug fixes.  (more…)