Comparison: Nexus 6 vs. iPhone 6 (and Plus), Moto X, Galaxy Note 4, and More

Yesterday, during the madness that was Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Lollipop day, we put together a quick comparison of the new Google phone to its predecessors. The point was to show how far we have come over the years, both in terms of specs, price, and size. But what about the rest of the smartphone world? How does the Nexus 6 stack up to the new iPhones (6 and 6 Plus), Galaxy Note 4, Moto X, LG G3, Galaxy S5, and HTC One (M8)? Well, we have that info for you below in one of our classic charts.  (more…)

Samsung Protection Plus Mobile Elite Plan Will Fix Your Device for $99+

Owners of the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note 4 can purchase additional insurance for their devices straight through Samsung this week, granting accident forgiveness starting at just $99 and up, depending on your device.

The replacement plan covers cracked displays and liquid damage, with the ability to make 3 claims within a two year period. In addition, an extended warranty covers mechanical damage for 1 year after the manufacturer’s warranty expires, giving you a bit more protection for your device.  (more…)

Deal: Unlocked AT&T Galaxy S5 in Black, White, or Gold for $429

Even though it has been available for months, longer than most 2014 flagship phones, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is still a force to be reckoned with. With its industry-leading Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 801 processor, and great camera, the Galaxy S5 still stands up nicely to other top-tier devices introduced over the last couple of months. If you haven’t been moved by the new Moto X or LG G3, and the Galaxy S5 has remained on your radar, today may be the day to consider pulling the trigger on one.

A current eBay daily deal has the AT&T version (SM-G900A) in black, white, or gold with 16GB of storage for just $429.99. That’s off-contract of course. The device’s description says that it is unlocked and should work on both AT&T and T-Mobile. It does appear to be missing one of T-Mobile’s GSM bands, though, so your best bet would be to attach it to AT&T to get full LTE and GSM connectivity.  (more…)

Comparison: iPhone 6 and Plus vs. Galaxy S5 vs. Galaxy Note 4 vs. Moto X vs. G3 vs. One (M8)

Apple is done showing off the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (official names), so we slapped their available specs into a chart below to show how they stack up against Android’s current flagship devices. The new Moto X and Galaxy Note 4 are as new as these new Apple devices, but the Galaxy S5, LG G3, and One (M8) are veterans at this point. Still, Android devices have pushed the limits of specs for years now, often upgrading specs here and there throughout the year with new models.  Apple still only gives us one (now two) phone(s) per year, but every so often, comes out swinging with a major upgrade, like they did last year with their 64-bit processor.

In the chart below, you will see Apple’s new storage scheme (they are skipping 32GB), the new bigger displays and their resolutions, inclusion of new chips like NFC, and the weight and size measurements of devices that are now on the same level as you favorite Android phones. You have to admit that it feels a little odd to have Apple in our oversized phone neighborhood, but the move shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Thoughts?  (more…)

Chart: Moto X vs. LG G3 vs. Galaxy S5 vs. One (M8) vs. Nexus 5

We are fully into testing the new Moto X, with hopes of having a review up within a week or so, but before we get there, we wanted to do one last comparison that has become standard around these parts. Since the new Moto is a flagship that matches up quite nicely to the other flagships introduced this year from Samsung, LG, and HTC, we put together our standard comparison chart that matches each device up, spec-by-spec, to give you a general feel for their under-the-hood capabilities.

This is by no means the full story of the Moto X or its competitors (Galaxy S5, G3, One (M8), and even the Nexus 5), but this certainly shows the industry standard for the first half of 2014.  (more…)

Verizon VoLTE Launch Details: Advanced Calling 1.0, Devices, Video Call Billing, and More

This morning, Verizon announced that it would launch VoLTE and HD Voice nationwide within the coming weeks. They also pinged us later in the day with clarification on how HD Voice calls would be treated compared to regular voice calls (in short: the same). As the evening has progressed, we have continued to learn additional details about Big Red’s full VoLTE launch, including the two devices that will be able to take advantage out of the gate, specifics on Advanced Calling 1.0, how both Video and HD Voice calls are billed, and what happens when a customer hands-off from WiFi to LTE.  (more…)