Contest: Win an LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live From Droid Life!

Android Wear is here in the form on the Samsung Gear Live (review) and LG G Watch (review). It’s early for the new wearable platform, which means it has a lot of growing to do before most of you need it in your life. With that said, we know that many of you are itching to try it out, but may not want to fork out the $200 it currently requires to get one of these on your wrist. So, we are here to give one of each away to two amazing DL readers. That’s right, because we love you, you have a chance to win either a G Watch or a Gear Live.  (more…)

Deal: Samsung Galaxy Note PRO 12.2 for $479, Regularly $699

Samsung’s massive 12.2-inch tablet, the Galaxy Note PRO 12.2, which was introduced at CES, is available through a daily deal today on eBay for $479.99. The tablet, thanks to its massive 2560×1600 display, typically runs anywhere from $650-700 when brand new at retailers like Amazon or Best Buy. A discount of close to $200 isn’t a bad deal, especially when you think of the entire package here.

The Note PRO line was Samsung’s top-of-the-line series of tablets until the recently introduced Galaxy Tab S line became official, so they are still quite capable. Outside of the high-res 12.2-inch display, the Note PRO 12.2 also features an Exynos 5 Octa processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, micro SD expansion, 8MP/2MP cameras, 9,500mAh battery and an S Pen. You also get Samsung’s vision for tablet productivity, with features like Multi Window, Multi User Mode, Samsung KNOX, and a bunch of “business” apps.

Today’s deal is for a “manufacturer refurbished” Note PRO 12.2 in either black or white.

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Samsung Gear Live Review

Google threw us somewhat of a curveball at last week’s Google I/O developer conference, when they announced the Gear Live smartwatch from Samsung. This is Samsung’s first take on an Android Wear device, based around Google’s new wearable platform, which is only a couple of months old.

At the conference, Google gave us a choice to either take the Gear Live or LG G Watch home with us, and I opted for the Gear Live, basing my choice on the overall look of the device and the Super AMOLED display that was advertised.

I have had the watch for a solid week now, using it every day throughout my normal routine, which includes running errands, going out at night, walking the dogs, plus certain activities like bowling and billiards, so I feel pretty confident in delivering our full review of the device.

Here is our Samsung Gear Live review. (more…)

Samsung Closing Video and Media Hub, You Have Until August 1 to Transfer Content

Samsung announced today that is closing the doors to Samsung Video and Media Hub. These services have come preloaded on all Samsung devices for quite some time now, allowing users to access an extensive library of purchasable content, such as movies and music.

Interestingly enough, the press release went out today, but according to the release, Samsung closed the doors to customers looking to purchase new content yesterday on July 1. Thanks for the heads up, Sammy. However, people with content already purchased still have until August 1 to download and transfer their purchases. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Specs

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini was made official today as the unsurprisingly little brother to this year’s flagship, Galaxy S5. It matches up to big brother in a number of ways, like appearance, connectivity, version of Android, water and dust resistance, and inclusion of a heart rate sensor and fingerprint scanner. The similarities stop there, though.

Mini has often been swapped for “cheap” over the last couple of years, with manufacturers taking flagship devices, cutting top-of-the-line features out, and then selling them as lower-cost versions through carriers and in emerging markets. The Galaxy S5 Mini is really no different. Gone is the 1080p display in favor of a 720p panel, the processor is likely not top tier (it is listed as a mystery here), RAM has been reduced, and the camera has dropped to 8MP and could be questionable if Samsung was looking to lower overall costs.

At this time, there are no carrier partners announced for the US, but that will likely change over the coming months.  (more…)