Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Unboxing and Tour!

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active and its official self have arrived at the DL offices this week, so that means we will embark on a journey with it in pocket, on runs, and through waves of physical abuse to test its might. It should be an easy device to review, since it really is just a beefier, more protected Galaxy S7. That doesn’t mean we won’t enjoy it, though. The Active line has always been a DL favorite because of its toughness.

As a recap, you are looking at a device with a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display (that might be somewhat shatterproof), Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera, military grade protection, and a whopping 4000mAh battery. This phone is a beast on multiple levels.

So, to begin this review period, let’s unbox it! Also, let us know if you want us to test anything in particular. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Specs (Official)

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is official and arriving later this week (June 10!), you are probably weighing the decision over whether or not to buy one. As a fan of the previous Active phones from Samsung and AT&T, I’ve got to say that I’m actually quite excited to get this one in house. There are few phones on the planet that can take a beating like these phones can, and so that’s part of the fun when you have one – seeing just how much you can throw at it.

But the insides here matter too and that’s typically where the Active series shines. Instead of being a lesser version of the flagship Galaxy S of the year with some toughness thrown on the outside, Samsung keeps the Active as high-end in terms of specs as it gets along with the extra protection.

In case you were wondering what all of those insides were, we have them below.  (more…)

AT&T Announces the Galaxy S7 Active With 4000mAh Battery and Shatter Resistant Screen, Arrives June 10

This morning, AT&T went ahead and unwrapped the newest version of their exclusive Active line, also known this year as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active. The phone, as you should have expected, assuming you have any knowledge of previous models, is a lot like the standard Galaxy S7 only it has been toughened up to be able to withstand the elements.

With the Galaxy S7 Active, you are looking at a phone with a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED “shatter resistant” screen, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, rear 12MP Dual Pixel camera, front 5MP camera, 32GB storage with microSD support, and a whopping 4000mAh battery. It also has IP68 resistant to water and dust, Military Grade Body (MIL STD-810G), a customizable Active button (like previous Active phones), fingerprint reader, and access to Samsung Pay. Full specs here. (more…)

Unofficial Renders Provide First Look at Samsung Galaxy Note 6 (7?)

Even as we inch closer to the unveiling of Samsung’s next phablet (reported to be August-September), the industry is pretty uncertain as to what Samsung is going to call its next flagship device. Reports claim anything from Galaxy Note 6 to Galaxy Note 7, and even one insider states Samsung may launch two Note devices this year, with one featuring an Edge display. It’s getting pretty chaotic over at Samsung, apparently.

To most consumers, a name probably won’t matter too much, as long as the phone is awesome and a significant upgrade over last year’s Galaxy Note 5. Based on the latest renders to hit the web, the phone, whatever it is to be called (and seriously, we don’t care what they call it), is shaping up to be pretty righteous.  (more…)

Reports: Huawei’s Daydream-Ready VR Phone to Arrive in Fall, New Nexus This Year Too (Updated)

Through two separate interviews from Huawei executives that took place this week, we aren’t starting to understand that Chinese company’s plans for the fall. One of those plans includes their VR and Daydream-ready phone, but they may also include a new Nexus device.

According to Huawei’s Richard Yu, the man in charge of Huawei’s consumer electronics business who sat down for an interview with the Wall Street Journal, we should expect a phone that will take advantage of Google’s new Daydream VR platform this fall. He didn’t provide any other details, so he’s really just confirming what Google told us at I/O while adding in a time frame. The “fall” makes sense since we expect Android N (which has Daydream built-in) to hit stable in late summer, which would then mean the first devices running it would arrive shortly thereafter.  (more…)

Samsung Gear IconX Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Launch Q3, Priced at $199

The previously rumored Gear IconX earbuds from Samsung are now official, scheduled to launch in Q3 for a price of $199. Featuring a lightweight and comfortable fit, the Gear IconX earbuds are completely wireless thanks to Bluetooth technology, but go way beyond just playing music.

With the help of built-in sensors, the Gear IconX buds can track fitness data such as distance, speed, duration, heart rate, as well as calories burned, which is then easily sync-able with the S Health app on your smartphone. To help you on your way to healthy greatness, a built-in Voice Guide delivers instant voice feedback on a user’s workout progress, plus will help guide you through menus.  (more…)

Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds Hands-On

With announcements for the Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX earbuds out of the way, we can now share our own, albeit brief, personal experiences with both devices. During a small media briefing, we got a bit of hands-on time with Samsung’s latest wearable and even got to listen to the all-new wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

The experience was rather short lived, but I can at least provide my initial impressions for anyone interested in purchasing one of these devices. As a recap of the announcement, the Gear Fit 2 goes on sale in-store on June 10 for $179, while the Gear IconX earbuds will launch in Q3 with a retail price of $199.  (more…)

Samsung Announces the Gear Fit 2, Available June 10 for $179

Samsung officially unveiled the Gear Fit 2 this afternoon, a sequel device to 2014’s Gear Fit. Designed to be worn all day during any type of activity, this wearable smartband features a 1.5″ Super AMOLED curved display, plus a dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM.

Differences between the Gear Fit and Gear Fit 2 will likely jump off of the page for owners of the original, which includes an added GPS radio, speedier Exynos 3250 processor, complete notification support for Android devices, as well as a standalone music player application. Most importantly, while the Gear Fit was only compatible with Samsung Galaxy devices, the Gear Fit 2 will work on any Android device running 4.4+.  (more…)