Verizon Black Friday Deals: Galaxy Note 3 for $199, JAMBOX at $99, 25% Off Mophie Power Station

Verizon has rolled out its Black Friday deals early this morning with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 looking like the best of the lot. Normally priced at $299 on-contract, Verizon has slashed the price to $199 on-contract for the day or $599 at full retail. If the Note 3 wasn’t on your radar, there are some other deals here and there that may be worth a look.  (more…)

Samsung Offering $50 in Google Play Credit to Galaxy Note 3 Owners

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Samsung must be feeing mighty generous, as they are now giving away $50 in Google Play credit to all U.S. owners of a Galaxy Note 3. Claiming your $50 is extremely easy, and works for any carrier you are on, as long as it is in America. Simply put in your phone number, fill out the address form, and then input your device’s unique IMEI number. Once completed, you should receive your Play credit code to the email you submitted within minutes.  (more…)

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 Receives First Update, Improves Sound Quality and Connectivity

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Verizon is receiving an update this week which addresses the two complaints we have heard on a consistent basis in our inboxes:  connectivity issues and terrible sound quality. Seriously, that’s all that is listed. Verizon didn’t even bother to give us a new build number. The fixes must have been that simple. Edit: The new build number is VRUBMJ7 and should take 5 minutes to install.

A couple of readers have already reached out, claiming that the update popped up on their devices, one through Verizon’s update tool and the other OTA. Go check!  (more…)

Video: Nexus 5 vs. Moto X vs. Note 3 vs. Nexus 4 vs. Galaxy S4

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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…)

Spec Comparison: Nexus 5 vs. iPhone 5s vs. Galaxy Note 3 vs. Moto X and More

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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…)

How to: Remove Galaxy Note 3 SIM Cards (Updated)

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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…)

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 Gets Root at the Cost of Completely Wiping Your Device

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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…)