In this video we run the Antutu benchmark on the Note 5. The phone with its power house specs chews right through the benchmark with no problems at all. It beats the Note 4 in the test handily. Is this a worthy upgrade. If performance is your only concern then yes!
If you study up on the current root method for the Note 5 it is said to work with all variants of the Note 5 minus the AT&T and Verizon versions. On the main root thread there is a sub link to "test methods". If you follow the link you will find many test kernels which are said to root many variants of the Note 5. If you read through the thread you will find people asking about their version of the Note 5 and see that they are being encourage to atleast give it a try.
While it is clearly stated that these methods do not work for the Verizon or AT&T variant there have been a few users who decided to "give it a try". Their phones will no longer boot. They can only get the black screen of death. The only fix for this would be to flash a stock image in Odin, but that is only if you can get your Note 5 into download mode, and currently their is no Verizon or AT&T stock file available. Whatever you do DO NOT try current root methods on the Verizon or AT&T Note 5 unless you wish to brick your $700 phone.
The Galaxy Note 5 now has root thanks to a pre rooted kernel from developer "Manh_IT". His method for root simply involves flashing a custom recovery to your device and then flashing his prerooted kernel via recovery. The only downside here is that this method will trip Knox which means that you won't be able to use security-relevant services like Samsung Pay. There may be a root method later on from Chainfire that does not trip knox, but for now this is the only way.
To root your device check enable OEM unlock in the developer settings. Next flash the kernel via Odin. Once the kernel is flashed simply install SuperSU from the Play Store. There is also a link for TWRP at the link below. This will not work on ATT or Verizon obviously.
Android Pay and Apple Pay have been battling out the Mobile Payment space for quite a while now, however Samsung has something up their sleeves which has the p otential to unseat both competitors as Samsung knocks the others off the hill firmly planting their rear on the throne. The ground breaking ability to make payments at virtually any payment kiosk that takes a traditional magnetic strip card really sets Samsung apart. This could be what takes mobile payments mainstream!
Verizon has still yet to say whether or not they will support Samsung pay. I feel like they are currently leaning towards not supporting it which is a bit unsettling to me having just dropped $700 on a brand new Verizon Note 5. I would really love to be able to give this feature a try. If you are on another carrier, one that has already announced compatibility you may be eligible to beta test the service.
To test the service you will need to be using one of four phones (Note 5, S6 Edge Plus, s6 Edge, S6). You will also have to have an official Beta invite. The invite would hit your email. You must have requested early access as well. If you are lucky...
There are so many keyboards out there. Over the years I have tried many, but I go through phones so often that I rarely remember to grab a third party keyboard which almost always improves the user experience. Swype has been one of the best keyboards around and has consistently been one of the top ranked keyboards on the Play Store.
They have just released an update which brings lots of new features. Swype now suggests entire multi-word phrases when typing. This new feature seems to be based on your sentence history. This new feature should really speed things up especially if you find yourself typing the same sorts of sentences on a regular basis. There is also now a predictive number suggestion which suggest numbers when you click on any key that has secondary numbers. There is now a new and improved emoji keyboard with lots of emojis. Lastly the new swype has brand new Star Trek themes which can be purchased for only $2 each or you can buy an entire character pack for only $7. There are other themes as well.
Don't put your wallet away just yet. Android is great for those of us who love shiny new toys and often. It seems like every time you turn your head there is a slick new phone to buy. Apple is different they only release a new phone per year. Last year they mixed it up by adding the larger Iphone 6 Plus, and the year before that they did have a cheaper version of the Iphone called the Iphone C. This year we may see three devices an Iphone 6s, 6s Plus, and 6sC.
I know that many of you here have not one care in the world for an Iphone. Believe me I am right there with you. I love to have a device that I can do what I want to do with, and customize any way I like. I did a speed test between last years Iphone 6 and the Note 5 I bought a few days ago and was surprised at just how much faster last years Iphone was. This got me to thinking.
Don't get me wrong I will forever be an Android guy, but I think this year I may have to give the latest Iphone a try. Whatever Apple has up their sleeves we will find out on September 9th. The event will be held at 10 am Pacific at the Bill Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. We may also see new ipads here instead of later in October. What...
Several weeks ago we discussed the MicFlip indiegogo project. MicFlip is the self proclaimed "World's first reversible Micro USB cable". If you were able to get in on the crowdfunding campaign you were able to grab one for only $10. Those units are now shipping! I got mine today and it is surprisingly high quality. It is built with a super high quality tangle free cable.
The PC side is not reversible like the company had first intended. Apparently in testing they found that the reversible PC part of the cable was not very sturdy and broke alot so I don't really mind this part of the cable not being reversible. This side will more than likely be plugged into a wall brick which will be plugged in to the wall so it doesn't bother me in the slightest that it is not reversible.
The phone end is reversible, and it really does work! So far I have to say that this is pretty stinking sweet not having to fidget with the cable. I don't even have to look at it since it goes in the phone either way. This cable is pretty sweet!
For folks who actually want to be productive with their tablets, LG's latest invention might prove useful. It's called "The Rolly Keyboard" (model KBB-700), and it's basically a foldable bluetooth keyboard that is nearly the same size as your standard PC keyboard.
The Rolly is a Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard in which 4 rows of keys fold up on a central "stick." You can check out the video above for a demo of the device. No details on pricing or availability were revealed at this time, but we will get to see it live at IFA in September.
How many of our members out there could use something like this?
Lenovo must be very confident in Motorola's ability to find success in the mobile world. According to their own recent press statement, Lenovo is going to fold its entire smartphone devision into one which will be under the umbrella of Motorola. They even plan to eventually shutter their own Lenovo Mobile (although it will likely not be discarded as a brand name), and current Lenovo Mobile employees will now join Motorola.
According to the source of this report, Lenovo shared that "Effective immediately, Rick Osterloh, formerly president, Motorola, will be the leader of the combined global smartphone business unit." Here's a quote with a few of the details,
Here's a hot deal alert for anyone out there who needs a ton of data storage space for their devices. Amazon has a sale on a 128GB SanDisk microSD card. It's only $59.99 for a limited time! That's at least a 40% savings.
To spice this deal up, this is not a boring run of the mill microSD card either. This is one of their UHS-I/Class 10 cards, which means it can achieve speeds of up to 48MB/s. It even comes with its own SD Slot adapter and a 10 year warranty. What's not to love here?