What happens when you take the best Android phone you can buy today and toss a protective shell on it, enlarge its battery, and make it waterproof? You get the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, an AT&T exclusive that is aimed at the “active” crowd who enjoys working out, has a job that requires a tougher phone, or those who want a little extra protection around a phone without giving up flagship-level specs and experiences.
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks with the Galaxy S6 Active, taking it on daily runs and a couple of hikes, to try and put it through what I would consider to be “active” tests. I also used it as a daily phone for checking email, messaging, cruising YouTube, playing music, and running my favorite apps, which is the way most will use it, since most of us aren’t working out or smashing our phones with hammers 19 hours a day. I didn’t drive over it with a car or throw it off of a building, because well, that’s just stupid. I used it like an active person would.
This is my Galaxy S6 Active review. (more…)
T-Mobile’s new JUMP! On Demand program is all the rage this morning, with smartphone lovers excited over the idea that they could trade in phones for the new hotness up to 3 times per year. But some of you may be wondering which phones are a part of the program and how much they will cost. We have that info for you now to get you ready for June 28, the day this new upgrade program kicks off. (more…)
A new theme based off Material Design is available this morning to users of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The theme can be applied directly from the Themes Store or your Samsung device, and if you are a fan of Lollipop and vanilla Android in general, this theme should excite you. Most traces of the TouchWiz coloring have been wiped out, being replaced by more subtle, neutral tones. And frankly, this makes us happy. (more…)
T-Mobile is currently offering a free storage upgrade on Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge purchases that doubles your 32GB to 64GB or 64GB to 128GB at no extra cost. That’s a great deal and all, but Samsung may have just sweetened the deal for those who are actually interested in purchasing the 64GB version of the phone from T-Mobile. They are also offering a solid $100 off for those who buy the phone from other carriers. (more…)
The T-Mobile variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is now receiving an update to Android 5.1.1, build G900TUVU1FOF6. This update gives T-Mobile yet another of their phones the newest version of Android. A week ago, they posted a similar update for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. (more…)
If your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge device fell victim to a system toggles bug that Samsung has yet to explain, there is now a fix available. According to a few users in forums and on social media, system toggles for mobile data, mobile hotspot, and private hotspot simply disappeared one day, and Samsung stated they were working on a fix. (more…)
A featured deal popped up at eBay this afternoon that includes a brand new, unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 with 32GB of storage for just $529. That is a hell of a deal for a phone we just dubbed the best Android phone you can buy.
This is model SM-G920F, which is one of the unlocked international variants. The other is the SM-G920I. This model should work without a hiccup on AT&T, but should also work well on T-Mobile. I have the G920I as an unlocked Galaxy S6 and have used it on T-Mobile. Both appear to have similar, if not the same, bands.
As for the price, well, this is almost $200 lower than the AT&T and T-Mobile full retail prices. Since it should work on both carriers, this is a tough deal to pass up if you are in the market for a new phone.
eBay Link (free expedited shipping included) (more…)
Every week, at least three or four or twenty people ask us in some way or another, “What phone would you recommend I buy?” In reality, they just want to know what the best Android phone is that they can buy today. I get why we get asked. After all, we handle every new flagship under the sun.
Since there are so many good phones these days, the decision hasn’t become any easier in recent years. Before, though, we use to worry about whether or not a phone could last two years. Now, the criteria is much more specific. People want to know which phone has the best camera or the best battery life or the best display. What’s the storage situation like? Is it made of metal or cheap plastic? How often does it get updated?
Rather than try and answer all of those questions in individual emails, we thought we may as well just put our thoughts out there every so often, so that everyone can see what we think the best Android phone is that you can buy. Don’t worry, though, we’ll keep this simple and to the point. You have other things to do.