AT&T has a special version of the ASUS ZenFone 2 for their GoPhone prepaid network plans named the ZenFone 2E. It's a very scaled-back version of the ZenFone 2 you've seen people on the Internet gushing over, and at just $120 out the door, with no contracts and no strings attached, it's something we wanted to take a long look at.
So what do you get when you buy a smartphone that costs about the same as a good dinner and a movie for two? That was our question as well. While it's not in the same class as the very expensive phones you'll see lining the shelves at the AT&T store, or even the great mid-range phones we've seen in 2015 and grown to love, it's not too terrible if you've tempered your expectations a bit.
Another insane week has passed, and so it's time to take a look back: this is Mobile Nations Weekly!.
This week started off kind of on the quiet side, but if there's one company that will never let quiet stand, it's Samsung. So they mixed things up with the announcement of the latest in their popular big-screened stylus-toting Note series, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. It's an impressive device on its own, but Samsung somehow felt it wasn't enough and also gave us the Galaxy S6 edge+, a bigger version of their interesting, if expensive, Galaxy S6 edge.
We're not entirely dominated by Samsung, but it's close. We've got the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5. The new Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+. More details on Samsung Pay. A teaser of the Samsung Gear S2. A crazy Samsung keyboard case cover thing. And probably some other Samsung stuff that we can't even remember because of all the other Samsung stuff. (That pretty much sums up our lives, actually.) Plus, Google getting a new parent company, and CEO, and other crazy stuff. Slow news week, really.
CrackBerry — QNX, BBM and BlackBerry's turnaround strategy
While we had some new hardware to look at last week in the form of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition and some leaked BlackBerry 'Venice' slider renders, this week was a little slower paced but just as important. In light of the recent automotive hacks BlackBerry found themselves clearing the air surrounding their subsidiary QNX's involvement. They also found time to begin rolling out a new BBM beta with PayPal integration. Plus, we got a fresh interview with BlackBerry CEO John Chen where he lays out BlackBerry's turnaround strategy.
It has been another whirlwind week for Windows 10 as Microsoft's latest OS makes its way into the world. Our help and how-to page is growing with many tips, tricks, and answers to your most common questions about the free update.
Windows 10 Mobile for Insiders got another big release with build 10512. Although there are no new features, the forthcoming mobile OS did get over 2,000 bug fixes as Microsoft puts on the final polish. The OS is expected to be released this fall with two new flagship phones in tow. Editor-in-Chief Daniel Rubino shared his thoughts about the update in a nice summary article.
This week on Kicked, we look at some cool toy robots for kids. We also feature a drink chiller, fingerprint door lock, garlic shaker and computer monitor motor. Plus Drew makes his Kicked debut as Dan is traveling abroad in Thailand. All of this and a visit from Patrick with his robot invention that you need to see to believe. (It's not good!)
This week on Connectedly we took a look at Windows 10, how and why you should upgrade as well as explain how you can install it on your Mac. We also looked at an electric longboard, the $50 Android based PC replacement, an OLED lamp that can charge your devices. We also saw printers with ink that can last up to two years, turning your iOS device into a universal remote, the ultimate convenience backpack and much more.
After having initial looks at both the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, we now have one of each phone to call our own and use for a longer period of time. As we work through all of the details of both phones to bring full reviews and plenty of other commentary, we want to know specifically what's interesting you about them, and answer every question we can.
There isn't much going on in the Galaxy S6 edge+ hardware that we haven't seen in a slightly smaller size with the original Galaxy S6 edge, but seeing how this design scales up to wrap around a 5.7-inch screen is interesting. The larger size is sure to create a few usability issues, but for some the larger screen for viewing everything on your phone will be worth it.
Let us show you the Galaxy S6 edge+ from every single angle.
ASUS has released a big update for its Zenfone 2, part of which is a patch for the Stagefright exploit. The update, which is now available, also includes a new Mobile Manager app that lets you monitor your data usage, as well as some new functionality for the flip cover.
Samsung has released its first official Samsung Galaxy Note 5 commercial, and the main focus this time around is the S Pen. This year, Samsung has made some changes to the S Pen, which is one of the signature parts of the Note lineup.
Being in control of your schedule and keeping track of the many events that fill our lives can feel like a juggling act. Smartphones have made it easier, by giving us easy access to our calendars while we're on the go. Calendar for Android Wear takes the ease of seeing your upcoming appointments a step further, by letting you see your full schedule from your Smartwatch. A simple calendar that lets you view your appointments, and syncs to the calendar on your Smartphone. If you don't always have the time to check your phone, then this Calendar for Android Wear might be right up your alley.
To open up Calendar for Android Wear, just say 'Ok Google, open calendar' or grab it manually. It should automatically sync with your current calendar app. There aren't any real options for customization, or settings, but that's because the app concentrates on doing everything right. It's a basic calendar view, with the month and year at the top of your screen.
The current date is denoted by a red box around the date. You'll also notice that while some numbers are black, there are red ones as well. The red dates are the days on which you have appointments in your calendar. If you want to check on your calendar for months other than the current one, a quick swipe to the left or right will let you go forward or back in time.
If it's a day where nothing is scheduled, then all you'll get is a little gray box informing you there are no events scheduled on that date. If you tap on a date, then you'll get a list of all the appointments you have scheduled. Tapping on a specific appointment will open up another screen with all the information you put into your phone.
This means whatever you labeled the event as, time, date, location and details are all available right there on your wrist. It's a simple but capable design that lets you see everything you need to, without digging for your phone at an inconvenient moment.
As mentioned earlier there aren't any options available with this app. This includes editing, deleting, or adding new events to Calendar for Android Wear. It does sync up with your phone very quickly though, so when you add an event via your Smartphone it shouldn't take more than a minute or two for it to show up on your Smartwatch screen. It's available on the Google Play Store now, and it's 100% free.
If all you need is an organized glance at your calendar, this is one of the simpler options out there. Will you be checking out this Calendar, or do you prefer a different one?
We're back from the Samsung events in New York and London, so we'll wrap up everything Galaxy Note 5 and GS6 edge+. And Samsung Pay. And that weird keyboard thing. Plus we've got the OnePlus 2 in our hot little hands, we'll check in on the latest with the Stagefright saga, and we answer more of your questions live!
There are big physical changes this year with the launch of the Galaxy Note 5, most notably with a complete refresh of the design to bring it in line with the Galaxy S6 from earlier this year. A full metal frame surrounds the Note 5, filled in on both sides with glass — with the rear pane sporting the same curves found on the front of the Galaxy S6 edge+.
It's a pretty big change from what we had on the Galaxy Note 4, and we're here to show you the new design from every possible angle.
After initially teasing the launch of Samsung Pay back at MWC in March, Samsung finally unveiled the working technology and a launch date in conjunction with the announcement of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. We were on-hand at the NYC event to try Samsung Pay for ourselves in a demo setting — here's how it works.
Amazon just keeps rolling out the features to the Amazon Echo, the latest of which bring support for more Wink hub-connected smarthome products, along with some new third-party app support for Alexa called Skills.
Compact and portable, Aukey's new 10,000mAh power bank sports 2 USB ports — 1 dedicated to Quick Charge.
I've had no reason to abandon my original Aukey single-USB Quick Charge power bank — which I use more often than I like to admit — until this new and improved backup became available. While the capacity of the internal lithium-polymer battery hasn't changed, the solo USB output has. Aukey's added an extra USB output to juice up 2 devices head to head.
Motorola has posted a new video on its Twitter account which includes renders of what may be the next-generation Moto 360. The render looks nearly identical to the images which the Lenovo CEO posted and then removed, and there are some distinct differences when compared to the current hardware.
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