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…)

Mophie Juice Pack for Galaxy S5 Coming September 8, Available for $99

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…)

Verizon’s Push to Talk Plus Now Available for Galaxy S5, DROID MAXX, and 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…)

Samsung’s Electric Blue Galaxy S5 Launches Exclusively at Best Buy on August 17

Want to help boost Samsung’s disappointing bottom line and/or don’t have your heart set on the manufacturer’s rumored Galaxy Alpha? The new Electric Blue Galaxy S5 might just suit you.

The color, which has been available on Rogers for months, will land stateside exclusively in Best Buy stores starting August 17. My Best Buy members can pick up the handset early, August 15 in stores and online. The Electric Blue Galaxy S5 will launch at a discounted price of $99 for all through August 23 for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint customers with a two-year contract.  (more…)

Verizon Galaxy S5 Now Receiving Build G900VVRU1ANE9, Here is the Full Changelog

Verizon approved an update today for their variant of the Galaxy S5 as build G900VVRU1ANE9, but leaves the phone at Android 4.4.2. The update looks like a massive bug fixer, as it includes improvements to performance, brings updates to bloatware, and addresses all sorts of issues.

In the update, users will find new versions of Caller Name ID, Message+, and Cloud. Once past the bloatware, issues like better connectivity when streaming music, Gear Manager stability, and Visual Voicemail working when a Samsung Flip Cover is closed have all been resolved.  (more…)