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1 month ago

A second opinion on the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Our Samsung Galaxy S6 review stands as our collective definitive take on this year's phone. But that doesn't mean it's not worth getting a second opinion. And I'm an interesting choice for it, having mostly ignored Samsung devices the past couple years.

But this year's different. This is the year I find out what I've been missing.

And so I've been using the Galaxy S6. A lot. Almost exclusively, and mostly enjoying it far more than I expected.

Let's take a second look at the latest next big thing.

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1 month ago

Cyanogen OS 12 update for the OnePlus One starts up again, bundles some bug fixes

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OnePlus One owners can now once again download the Cyanogen OS 12 update, following a decision to halt the rollout earlier this week.

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei claimed they halted the update because they wanted to add the "Ok OnePlus" feature. However, today it looks like the Cyanogen OS 12 update rollout was stopped again to fix some "critical" bugs.

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1 month ago

Xiaomi's $200 global phone is the Mi 4i: 5-inch FHD display, 13MP camera and 3,120mAh battery

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Mi 4i

Xiaomi's Mi 4i is the first phone the manufacturer has launched outside of China, and will debut in India initially.

Xiaomi's VP of global operations Hugo Barra was on hand to announce the Mi 4i, the Chinese vendor's latest flagship. The device features a 5-inch full-HD display, 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC (the second-generation variant) with eight Cortex A53 cores: four high-performance cores clocked at 1.7GHz and four energy-efficient cores at 1.1GHz, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB internal memory, 13MP Sony/Samsung sensor with a f/2.0 lens (the same sensor used in the Mi Note) and two-tone flash, 5MP shooter at the front with a wide-angle lens, dual-SIM connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and a massive 3,120mAh battery.

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1 month ago

Asus launches ZenFone 2 in India with prices starting at ₹12,999

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ZenFone 2

At a media event in New Delhi, Asus launched the ZenFone 2 in the Indian market, with several variants of the device — including the one with 4GB RAM — set to be available in the country.

The entry-level ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML) offers a 5.5-inch 720p display, quad-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3560 CPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage along with dual-SIM connectivity, microSD card slot, 13MP camera, 5MP front camera and a 3,000mAh battery, and be available in the country for ₹12,999.

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1 month ago

EE launches two affordable branded smartphones with 4G and Wi-Fi calling

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UK mobile operator EE today unveiled two new own-branded smartphones. The Harrier and Harrier Mini are new devices with support for not only 4G connectivity, but Wi-Fi calling too.

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1 month ago

LG Watch Urbane will be launching on the Google Store later this month

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LG's all-metal Watch Urbane is going on sale in South Korea this week, followed by a launch on the Google Store later this month.

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1 month ago

Latest LG G4 teaser is all about the leather [updated: camera and display, too!]

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It's just 15 seconds, but it's 15 seconds of leather. That is, 15 seconds of leather on the upcoming LG G4.

It'll finally be unveiled April 28 in New York. But for now, enjoy.

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1 month ago

Check to see if you're covered by the Project Fi network

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Networks, when you think about it, come down to one thing. Coverage. If you're not covered, nothing else matters. But in partnering with two U.S. carriers — Sprint and T-Mobile — Google's Project Fi definitely has an interesting advantage.

But the question stands: Will you have Project Fi coverage where you live?

And, of course, there's a handy map for that.

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1 month ago

T-Mobile CEO John Legere: Google's Project Fi 'a no-brainer'

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Now that Google's Project Fi is officially official, the partners are starting to weigh in. And one of the first is (unsurprisingly), T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

So what did the outspoken exec and the public face behind the "Uncarrier" movement have to say?

Plenty.

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1 month ago

The latest Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge TV ad gets colorful to hype its display

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Samsung's newest TV commercial for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge uses a lot of bright colors to promote the device's impressive display.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge both have a 5.1 inch high resolution Quad HD 2560x1440 pixel screen with 577 pixels per inch.

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1 month ago

How to use Easy Mode on the HTC One M9

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If you love the idea of the HTC One M9 but can't handle everything the Sense 7 launcher throws at you, then Easy Mode might be the right choice for you.

Launchers are powerful things these days. They're your portal to all the apps and widgets and information your smartphone has at its disposal. But for some folks, the options can be a bit too much. And to that end we've seen manufacturers include a more simple launcher on their devices.

That's true on the HTC One M9, which sports an "Easy Mode" alongside the full Sense 7 launcher. And here's how to use it.

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1 month ago

LG announces the budget- and pen-friendly G Stylo for Korea

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LG G Stylo

We've been awaiting a new stylus-happy smartphone from LG, and here it is — the new G Stylo.

This is a 5.7-inch display at 720p (for a whopping 258 pixels per inch), powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 at 1.2GHz. It's got an 8-megapixel rear camera with 5MP out front, a 3,000 mAh removable battery, only 8GB of on-board storage and 1.5 GB of RAM. It's running Android 5.0 Lollipop, though, and also has a removable SD card.

Look for this one in May.

Source: LG Korea

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1 month ago

AT&T HTC One M9 latest to get the new camera improvement update

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It's now AT&T's version of the HTC One M9 to get the new software update that offers, among other things, camera improvements for the recently launched smartphone.

The AT&T update follows similar ones launched for the Sprint and T-Mobile versions of the HTC One M9.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T now getting its Lollipop update

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AT&T has started pushing Lollipop to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, bringing many new features to the older device.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active owners on AT&T will be happy to see the Lollipop update hitting their devices. The update is around 1GB in size, and bumps the device up to Android 5.0. In this update are a number of changes, including Google's Material Design and more.

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1 month ago

Sony's Xperia Z4 is the flagship nobody asked for

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Xperia Z4

Sony's latest high-end phone, announced for the Japanese market, is a bizarre non-upgrade that does no favors for the company or its customers.

Let's talk about the Sony Xperia Z4. The Japanese electronics giant announced the latest in its line of premium Z-series smartphones recently for its home market. And it's fair to say the popular reaction to the device has fallen somewhere between bewilderment and outright derision. Consumers and critics alike seem confused as to why this phone exists, questioning the priorities Sony's taken with what appears to be its early-2015 flagship.

With questionable hardware priorities and no word of any global launch, it's a bizarre turn for Sony, coming as the company looks to restructure and streamline its smartphone offerings and focus primarily on the high end of the market. The Xperia Z4 can boast only a couple of meaningful improvements over its six-month-old predecessor, and in one or two important areas it may actually be a regression from the Z3.

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