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…)
An update is being pushed out to owners of the Galaxy S5 from Samsung on Verizon’s network, one which includes a bump up to Android 4.4.4.
Unfortunately, Verizon has yet to update its official page where it displays changelogs, so besides the bump in Android version, what else is exactly included is still unknown. (more…)
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.
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…)
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…)
Mophie, leaders of all things attachable battery packs, announced today the availability of the Juice Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S5. I’m not exactly sure why it has taken them six months to make this available, but hey, it’s coming! Potential buyers can pre-order the GS5’s Juice Pack today for $99.95 at Mophie’s site with an expected ship date of September 8.
What is a Juice Pack? Put simply, it’s a case with a built-in battery pack. Mophie has made a living and name for itself by creating these cases for the iPhone, since iPhone’s don’t have removable batteries and people often need to charge throughout a day. But they have also found some success on Android, even though a handful of Android devices (like the Galaxy S5) have removable batteries that can be easily swapped without the need of a massive battery case. (more…)
Samsung made the Galaxy Alpha official this morning, a device that looks and thinks that it is every bit as high-end as other flagships. Unfortunately for the Alpha, its list of specs tends to disagree with that idea, so we thought a comparison to the rest of Samsung’s line-up of phones from the last couple of years was in-store to show just that. (more…)
Verizon’s Push to Talk Plus service has been opened up to a few new devices this morning, the Galaxy S5, DROID MAXX, Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE, and other not-so-crazy-popular models.
The service allows for members of a team on the job to speak to one another by pressing a button, much like every other push to talk service. Verizon built in a few additional features in its Plus service, allowing initiators to control a group call, making sure only they can be heard over other members of the call. Perfect for when the boss needs to get a word in. (more…)