We’ve unboxed the Nexus 5 and given you a tutorial on how to unlock the bootloader, so in this video, we’re taking a look at how it compares in hand and in terms of size to a whole bunch of this year’s flagship phones. Since we have most of them in house (outside of the G2), here is how the Nexus 5 stacks up against the HTC One, Moto X, Galaxy S4, Note 3, and Nexus 4. (more…)
Whenever a new flagship phone from almost anyone is announced, we try to toss together a quick spec comparison sheet of it versus the competition, so that you can see what we’re working with. Since the Nexus 5 is most definitely in “flagship” territory – it’s Google’s only phone after all – then we thought it was time.
So here is how the new Nexus 5 compares to the iPhone 5S, Galaxy Note 3, Moto X, G2, and more in terms of specs. (more…)
This morning, I attempted to remove the SIM card out of my international Samsung Galaxy Note 3 variant and struggled mightily until giving up and going with a pair of pliers to snatch the little guy out. You see, Samsung chose not to spring-load their SIM slot on the Note 3, so you can’t use a nail to press the SIM in to release it. It’s a weird move, since almost every other phone on the planet has a spring-loaded SIM Slot. It definitely threw me for a loop, causing way too much stress over something as minuscule as a SIM card.
As it turns out, I’m not alone in struggling with the Galaxy Note 3 SIM removal process. I took to Twitter to see if there was a personal lack-of-SIM-removal-DNA on my part or a wide-spread dealio and was told that many have struggled to remove the SIM from their Note 3. Some used paper clips, others used mighty amounts of pressure from their now-purple fingers, and a couple worked with extra sticky tape. As much as it makes me feel better than I wasn’t alone in the process, I need to point out that we are all fools. Samsung had us covered from day 1, we just needed to dig a little deeper in the boxes that our phones arrived in. (more…)
Maybe it’s a secret-Verizon-ready Google Play Edition? Or not. Cute Star Wars family, though. (more…)
The Galaxy Note 3 is one heck of a device (our review). For most there is not much to would change about Samsung’s new overisized phone, but for others, the lack of Android tinkering thus far has been annoying. Thankfully, tinkerers no longer have to worry because a root method has been found for the Galaxy Note 3 on Verizon. Over at XDA, designgears took the work that noted developer Chainfire had done and prepared it for the Note 3, giving users a way to reliably root their device. (more…)
Two weeks ago, a “software glitch” in a Verizon system kicked off a weekend full of upgrades for many of you. The glitch was allowing (or at least showing) that upgrades were being processed with unlimited data still intact, something Verizon had killed off long ago. Once the weekend had finished, though, Big Red patched up your path to upgrading with unlimited data, but did issue a statement to us suggesting that they would honor all upgrades processed over the weekend. They would also allow those who upgraded to keep unlimited data.
Most of you were able to keep those upgrades and unlimited data as online orders arrived at your homes a couple of days later. But what about those who pre-ordered the Galaxy Note 3 and are just now receiving devices? (more…)
A reader of ours was cruising through Samsung’s product registry site recently to input his brand new Galaxy Note 3 and noticed a listing that should grab the attention of the tinkerers in the building. Listed along with the black and white Galaxy Note 3 variants for Big Red was another listing for a Developer Edition with a “Coming Soon!” note attached. We had yet to hear of Samsung’s plans for a developer edition of the new Note 3, but in the past have seen them release phones with unlockable bootloaders sold at full retail prices. Devices like the Note 2 and Galaxy S4 both came in Developer Editions. (more…)
Look! Blocking Mode on a Samsung product that was made for Verizon!
For those not familiar with Blocking Mode, think of it as a setting built-in to Samsung phones over the last few years that allows you to silence or snooze your phone during a specific time period. The idea is pretty simple, really. During those times where you actually care to get a peaceful night’s sleep or are in a meeting, you can turn Blocking Mode on, which would tell your phone to block incoming calls, turn off notifications, and even the LED indicator. Should the thought of your phone shutting down all notifications and calls completely, scare the hell out of you, you can tell it to allow favorites or important persons to pass through. (more…)