Video: iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy Alpha vs. Xperia Z3 Compact

We are in the process of wrapping up final thoughts on the iPhone 6, but while it’s still in hand and on our minds, we wanted to compare it to a couple of interesting Android devices that are doing the opposite of today’s smartphone trend – going smaller. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact carry flagship-level specs, but weigh in with smaller bodies and slightly lower-resolution displays, which just so happen to match up nicely to the new iPhone. Funny how Apple went bigger by using a 4.7-inch display, yet these Android phones are technically “small” with their 4.7-inch and 4.6-inch displays.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Unboxing (AT&T)

When Samsung first introduced the Galaxy Alpha back in August, we weren’t exactly sure what to make of it. Was Samsung trying to take on the iPhone by using premium materials like metal? Was Samsung trying to set a new standard for their design going forward? Were they trying to enter Sony’s “Compact” arena, where you have a smaller device that still packs mostly high-end specs? They may have been trying to do a little of all that.  (more…)

This Galaxy Note Edge Infographic Attempts to Sell You on Its Slanted Gimmick

I think it’s safe to say that Samsung created the Galaxy Note Edge so that they could stand in a demo room and go, “Check it out, we bent a smartphone display and it still works!” The problem with creating a “look what we did!” product, people like me (or any other skeptical tech fan) want to know what the point is. Samsung, in a massive infographic posted to their corporate blog, is trying to explain how an angled, secondary display could be useful.  (more…)

Puntastic Galaxy Note 4 Promo Noteo Published by Samsung

A new video from Samsung is here to highlight the Galaxy Note 4, without actually highlighting the phone whatsoever. In the video, named Note Pun Intended, two best friends and one of their girlfriends attempt to twist everything they say to include a Note pun. At first, the girlfriend thinks the game is stupid, as is customary for girlfriends to think. Then, after what seems like months, she catches on and becomes the master of puns.

Also included is a bit of fantastic dialogue between the two roommates and a bartender/barista, one roommate landing a hottie at a bar using Note puns, and plenty of smack talking on the basketball court.  (more…)

AT&T Sends Minor Update Out to Galaxy S4 Active

A minor update is being pushed out to the Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T, build number I537UCUCNH3, filled with fixes for network connectivity and security patches.

In the official changelog posted on AT&T’s support site, the company notes that connectivity improvements related to receiving calls and text messaging, a single security patch, and a few updated Google applications are included.  (more…)

Galaxy Note 4 Full Retail Pricing is Out of Control at AT&T

AT&T thinks you are a sucker. Either that, or they want to discourage you from even considering the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 off-contract. At $825.99 with “no annual contract,” AT&T will sell you Samsung’s latest oversized device, the same oversized device that Verizon is asking $699 for. Or that T-Mobile is asking $749 for. They all have the same storage, display, processor, and camera. There are no differences other than the branding on the back.

Oh, well maybe you could just go for the AT&T Next pricing, which sits at $34.42 per month, a full $0.57 lower than Verizon’s monthly Edge option? Except that AT&T’s monthly payment plan runs 24 months and Verizon’s runs just 20? Ugh.

Seriously, what the hell, AT&T?