Ahead of the holidays last year, AT&T unveiled new smartphone plans that finally offered subscribers what many people have been seeking for years: a discount on phone service once the device subsidy is paid for. Traditional cell phone service plans include an additional fee built in to help carriers recoup the cost of the phones they sell, which are made available to customers at a discounted price up front. The rest of the phone’s value is worked into the monthly cost of service.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 might be a brand new smartphone, but it’s also quite familiar in a number of ways. The look of the phone is very similar to the Galaxy S4 aside from the new texture on the back, and the software is unmistakably similar as well. In fact, I noted in a recent post that the best thing about the Galaxy S5 just so happens to be its gorgeous display. The screen, of course, was also the best thing about last year’s Galaxy S4.
As it turns out, these two flagship phones also have something else in common: Their worst feature. More →
After experimenting with a marginally cheaper iPhone in 2013, Apple might be looking to move in the opposite direction for the launch of the iPhone 6. Business Insider shares some research from Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek, who believes that the next generation of iPhone might be subject to a price increase. More →
It feels like we have been waiting forever for the Galaxy S5 to launch. The release of Samsung’s new flagship smartphone actually comes less than a year after the Galaxy S4 first debuted, but to be frank, the S4 was a pretty big let down. It was a jack of all trades, master of just one: the display.
Samsung’s flagship smartphone for 2013 wasn’t a bad smartphone, per se, but it really wasn’t anything special. And it certainly wasn’t the envelope-pusher we were looking for from the top smartphone vendor in the world.
But with the Galaxy S5, Samsung tried even harder to wow us. More →
It looks like Apple suppliers are really gearing up to mass produce the iPhone 6 because Nowhereelse.fr has snagged some leaked pictures showing the aluminum mold that manufacturers are using for building the iPhone 6′s casing. Nowhereelse.fr then went an extra step and superimposed an image of the iPhone 5s into the picture as a point of comparison for the new device. Assuming that the new iPhone’s display will have a 4.7-inch diagonal, then Nowherelse.fr estimates based on the leaked mold that the iPhone 6′s full dimensions will be 66 millimeters wide by 138 millimeters long. For comparison, the iPhone 5s has basic dimensions of 58.6 millimeters wide by 123.8 millimeters long, so it looks like the new device won’t fit as snuggly in your pocket as earlier models. More →
Apple introduced a major reimagining of its mobile software last year when it released iOS 7, and since then the trend in mobile has been “flat.” Several companies including Samsung and HTC have flattened their user interfaces a bit since then, and they have also turned to the use of brighter colors to accent apps, just as Apple did in iOS 7. Now, it looks like Google may be planning to follow suit and offer a slightly flatter take on Android in an upcoming major redesign. More →
The iPhone 5s has one of the best smartphone cameras in the industry, but Apple’s camera software is also one of the most simple and lackluster stock camera apps out there. While rival companies like Nokia, Samsung and HTC add exciting new features to their camera software, Apple continues to rely on third-party developers to issue nifty camera enhancements for the iPhone. And with apps like ProCam in the App Store, it’s easy to see why. More →
A new set of leaked images from Weibo seem to indicate that the iPhone 6 production preparations are already underway and the phone will see a big design overhaul. The pictures, spotted by G for Games, reveal alleged schematics as well as molds that could be used to manufacture the iPhone 6’s chassis. More →
Can anything actually kill the Galaxy S5? So far we’ve seen Samsung’s newest flagship device get run over by an SUV, dropped into a pool for an hour and even put through a full washing machine cycle and still come out working perfectly. Now YouTube user GadgetGuruHD has decided to go even farther in the mad quest to find out what can kill the Galaxy S5 by dropping it from the second story of a two-story building. More →
Taking the stand on Friday in the second U.S. Apple vs. Samsung patent lawsuit, Google’s Android engineering vice president Hiroshi Lockheimer said that the company did not copy iPhone when designing Android. However, Re/code and AppleInsider have obtained internal Google documents submitted into evidence that remind us just how different Android was in the beginning, with the first Android devices not even supposed to support touchscreen displays. More →
Will the Galaxy S5 find huge success and erase any memory of the S4′s lackluster sales performance last year? It’s far too early to know for certain, of course, but a new report suggests that Samsung’s latest flagship phone is off to an impressive start, with launch-day sales that not only topped last year’s Galaxy S4, but even doubled S4 sales in some markets. More →
The highly anticipated Apple iWatch will be significantly cheaper than expected, one analyst believes, as health insurers could subsidize the cost of the smartwatch in the future. Cowen & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri said in a note to investors on Friday that “we continue to believe it is possible the product (iWatch) is backstopped by some sort of insurance subsidization model similar to the carrier subsidization model for the iPhone.” More →
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