People, Return Your Galaxy Note 7 Already

Over the weekend, a Galaxy Note 7 reportedly exploded in the hands of a child while he was watching a movie. Jeeps are apparently blowing up as well. All hell has broken loose on the Note 7 battery recall. You need to return your Galaxy Note 7. If your friends own them and are not in-tune to all of the recall news, you should tell them that they should return their phone. If you see anyone on the street with a Note 7, even today since chances of it being an old, possible ticking time bomb are likely, kindly inform them of the situation. It’s time we all get new Note 7s, or at the very least, take up carrier offers on loaner phones until new stock has arrived from Samsung.  (more…)

Quick Look: Carved Wood Cases for the Galaxy Note 7

The Galaxy Note 7 has been available for a few solid weeks, but if you are still looking for just the right case to protect your precious investment, Carved has a new lineup that might suit you well. We previously took a look at Carved’s offerings for the Nexus 6P and Galaxy S7 Edge, coming away extremely impressed by the quality of the pieces. For the Galaxy Note 7, we asked to check out a few different options, and we are still very pleased with what we received.

The three options we received are the Grand Teton Inlay, Random Puzzle, and the Katy Lipscomb Pack Print. Given the names, you should be able to spot which one is which rather easily, but if you can’t, I’ll dive into each one briefly.

Let’s take a look. (more…)

Samsung: We See You FAA, and We’ll Expedite New Shipments of the Note 7 From This Week

Seconds after pressing publish on that last article about the FAA telling Galaxy Note 7 owners that they would rather you not use your mini-bomb on planes, Samsung has issued a response. That response says that Samsung is aware of the FAA’s recommendation and is now expediting shipments of non-mini-bomb Note 7s “starting this week” to “alleviate any safety concerns and reduce any inconvenience.”  (more…)

FAA Doesn’t Want You Using, Charging, or Storing Galaxy Note 7s on Planes at the Moment (Updated)

In light of exploding Galaxy Note 7 devices that have forced Samsung to issue a global recall, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is advising device owners to not use them while flying on airplanes. That means not only do they not want you using your Note 7 while in flight, but they don’t want you charging it or storing it in baggage. In other words, once you step on a plane, you are to turn your mini-bomb off and put it in your pocket or purse or carry-on.  (more…)

Verizon Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ Get Updates With Barcode Beaming, New Contact Sharing

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 on Verizon are both seeing updates today to software version VRU2BPG5. The updates aren’t major, but do include Barcode Beaming Service for scanning coupons, loyalty cards, etc. in Samsung Pay. Each phone is also getting new contact sharing, while the S6 Edge+ is getting a new addition to People Edge as well.  (more…)

Carriers Acknowledge Note 7 Battery Recall, Most Offer Immediate Exchanges and Refunds (Updated)

UPDATE:  Samsung has now revealed an official exchange program for the Galaxy Note 7 recall. Full details at this post, but you may want to read some of the details below for your specific carrier.

UPDATE 2: We have updated each carrier section below with the latest details.


All of the major US carriers have now acknowledged that they have stopped sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, following Samsung’s statement about battery cell issues and an impending recall. While most seem to still be working with Samsung to determine the best course of action for replacing the Note 7 you may have purchased with a new one, almost all of them are offering immediate returns and full refunds with no re-stocking fee should concerns over exploding batteries have you worried.

Below, you’ll find statements and details from each carrier.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review

Since the day the Galaxy Note 7 was released, Tim and I have each had one in hand, in pocket, next to us on a desk, or traveling by our side across the country, accompanying us through every move because this is one of those phones that offers so much, you have to dedicate every ounce of your mobile life to it to get the most out of it. In fact, for the two weeks we have been on the Note 7 full time, you still get the feeling that there is more to learn here.

Note phones have always been thought of as power user phones, though they are also becoming quite good as every-person phones, thanks to Samsung’s recent attempts at softening the software experience. Sure, Note devices still offer top tier specs and S Pens and multi-window fun and a big ass display, but they are also just really damn good phones, even if you don’t want to mess with all of that extra fluff. And I think that’s a lot of what Samsung is trying to do going forward, especially with the Note 7, is remind you that this isn’t just for power users any longer and can really be a great phone for anyone. Let’s talk more about that.

This is our Galaxy Note 7 review.  (more…)