Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Available in Pink Gold, Exclusive to Best Buy

Samsung announced availability of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in Pink this morning, finally bringing this highly-desired colorway stateside. According to Samsung, this color is Pink Gold, available exclusively at Best Buy. Looking over Best Buy’s website, you can grab this color option from Sprint, Verizon or AT&T, although, the Verizon model is still listed as a pre-order.  (more…)

Gallery: Here Are a Ton of Pictures Taken on the Galaxy Note 7

While we’re busy plugging away at our Galaxy Note 7 review (coming soon, we promise!), we figured we should at least provide a bit of insight into how it’s going. Over the past few days, we have been snapping a lot of pictures, trying to get a sense for just how good the device’s camera is. So far? It’s really, really nice.

Without diving into too much detail, as there will be plenty of that when we launch our review, enjoy the below gallery of photos that we have taken so far. None of the photos have been edited with software, with exception to a simple resizing. With this gallery, what you see is what you get with regard to how the camera performs straight out of the box.  (more…)

US Unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Finally Get First Updates

Just last week, I spent a good minute complaining about Android software updates and how we can’t even expect unlocked phones from the biggest manufacturer in the world (that would be Samsung) to receive them in a timely manner most of the time. I talked about the fact that carrier-tied phones seem to be getting updates more regularly than unlocked phones, even if unlocked phones don’t have that extra party (the anal carrier) meddling in update affairs. And then this morning, almost as if Samsung reads Droid Life (not likely that they do), updates popped up on both US unlocked variants of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge!  (more…)

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 7 Another Example of Carriers Interfering for No Good Reason

Before I signed-off for the weekend, I took part in a bit of a tweetstorm about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from Verizon, as it just-so-happened to arrive on my doorstep during the DL Show. The tweetstorm’s focus, in case you missed it, was about all of the unnecessary changes that Verizon had made to the phone that immediately pissed me off as I went about setting the phone up. I’m not talking about bloatware (though that is a part of it) as much as I’m talking about UI changes and feature removals for no good reason. Well, unless that reason is for Verizon to push an agenda or package of services I want absolutely no part of, then I get it.

Now, I don’t mean to throw a fit just for the sake of throwing a fit on a Monday where we were killing time in hopes that we may see the launch of Android Nougat to the stable channel (which happened), it’s just that in 2016, I don’t see why what I had to deal with on Friday is still happening. Samsung, the biggest smartphone seller in the world is essentially still being told how to setup and tweak a phone by Verizon. How is that still a thing? How is Samsung not just selling the phone they made, setup the way they want it setup, everywhere across the globe? (more…)

PSA: Bug Won’t Let Some Customers Redeem T-Mobile Galaxy Note 7 Freebies, Fix in the Works (Updated)

This is a PSA for anyone who pre-ordered the Galaxy Note 7 through T-Mobile the night it went live on August 2 (9PM Pacific) and August 3 (12AM Eastern). If you have attempted to claim your free promotional goodies from Samsung, beware, they are experiencing a technical issue that will automatically deny your claim.

Take my story, for example. I was in New York (Eastern time, obviously) for the Galaxy Note 7 launch event, then caught a flight back to Portland, OR later that night. During my flight, the clock struck 12AM (Eastern) on August 3, granting us access to pre-order the device through T-Mobile. However, when the purchase was complete and we received our receipt, the date stated August 2 at 9:07PM. Thinking this would be no big deal, we went about our lives.

Yesterday, when I received the device, I attempted to claim my free promotional goodie from Samsung. Oddly enough, on Samsung’s promotions website, there was no option for August 2 when selecting which date I made my purchase. I assumed it was a bug and selected August 3, since technically I was mid-flight and still on Eastern time when I made the purchase. This is where things get messy.  (more…)

Samsung Launched a Whole Bunch of Products Today, Outside of the Note 7

I know that everyone is hyped to get their shiny new Galaxy Note 7 today, but let’s not forget that Samsung is also launching five other products today, most of which are worth a look for the general tech nerd. The list of new goodies includes the revamped Gear VR for 2016, Gear 360 camera (sweet deal here), Gear IconX wireless earbuds, Level Active headphones, and the Samsung Connect Auto for AT&T, a product that aims to make your car smarter.  (more…)