We have a special treat for you folks, thanks to @Jeffrey (for negotiating this) and the folks at Elephone (who graciously gave us the unit). DroidForums is giving away a brand new Elephone S2! This is the same phone that our very own @cereal killerreviewed last week.
The contest to win this device is fun and easy too. The topic of Micro SD Card slots missing from smartphones has been cropping up a great deal lately, and here at HQ this made us curious to see just how much the trends have changed on the subject. What better way is there to figure that out than with a poll?
To enter the contest, you simply need to vote in the poll. We will make your votes visible and then choose a winner from among them randomly. Since you can't enter more than once, there's no way to get duplicate entries, and it let's you continue discussing the subject in the thread if you want without messing up the contest.
The contest/poll will stop on Monday, August 13th at Midnight (CT), and the winner will be announced Tuesday.
Full Disclosure: the Elephone S2 DOES include a Micro SD Slot.
Here's the poll:
MicroSD Card Slots on smartphones...
A. ...are not important to me and never have been important to me.
B. ...are no...
Some of you might get a kick out of this video above. Most of it isn't in English, but the video does have translation in it. It's basically a video of Apple fans being interviewed in the street. They are shown an iPhone 6 and told that the OS on it is the new iOS 9. In reality, it's actually the latest Android Lollipop. The results are predictable yet humorous (and perhaps a bit sad as well). In fact, it might make you cynical!
Sony officially revealed their latest smartphones. They specifically called them their "Super Mid-Range" phones, whatever that means. One is a phone we have heard rumors about for a couple weeks now. Here are the stats on both:
Sony Xperia C5 Ultra -
6-inch Full HD display
13.0MP camera on the front and rear
64-bit 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek chipset
2GB of RAM
16GB of storage + microSD (up to 200GB)
Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi, NFC, GPS and 4G LTE
164.2 x 79.6 x 8.2 mm, 187g
What's interesting about this phablet-style device is that they didn't reveal any waterproofing for it, even though it was rumored to have it. It is unlikely that it ended up with this feature, which is a bit odd.
This one had the waterproofing specifically called out. Either way, it's also intriguing that Sony calls these "super mid-range" phones. That seems like fancy marketing speak, but the specs on these devices actually come close to flagship level, so perhaps it makes sense.
Amazon has decided to tighten up a bit on Prime security and perks. Until now, Amazon Prime membership has allowed you and four other members of your household (of any age) to share one account. As of today, that will change.
Amazon revealed that their new policy for Amazon Prime account sharing will be limited to one user and that user must be an adult. Furthermore, it's a bit more difficult to use multiple cards now. You will still be able to use other member's cards, but you will need to manually authorize each card.
There are also some stipulations regarding how children can use the account, so be sure to check out the source link below for more details.
Finally, there may be one bit of bright news regarding this change. It doesn't appear to be retroactive, and may only apply to new Amazon Prime memberships. We cannot seem to confirm this at the moment, so don't hold our feet to the fire if this changes.
How would you feel about working for a company that had such lax safety measures at its facilities that you contracted something as bad as cancer? Sadly, that's what happened to more than 200 people who worked at Samsung factories over the last 10 years.
The South Korean activist group "Sharps" found more than 200 individual cases in which workers fell ill after working at one of Samsung's factories. The illnesses were wide-ranging and even included various incurable diseases like leukemia and lymphoma. In fact, over 70 of the stricken individuals have died.
Apparently the problems at the Samsung factory ranged from gas leaks, to radiation leaks and more. Samsung has agreed to address the issues and compensate the afflicted and their families. Here's a quote with a few more details,
I don't know about you folks, but less than $100 Million dollars spent on research into making factory improvements and to compensate victims seems paltry...
This is definitely the most detailed and solid leak for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus that we have seen. We have the leaked press images for both devices. These are NOT concept renders as we have seen before.
On top of the image (shown above), the leak also included full specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Here are the details,
Exynos 7420 SoC (4×2.1GHz+4×1.5GHz)
5.66″ 2560×1440 Display
4GB of RAM
32GB of Storage(presumably base model)
16MP rear-facing camera
5MP front-facing camera
Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
No SD Card Slot
You will notice we are back on the "no SD card slot" bandwagon now with this latest leak. Sadly, the source is very reputable, as it comes from @evleaks. Still, he's not infallible so there's still a slight hope that it turns out wrong and we get an SD card slot.
One thing's for sure... in 10 days we will now all the facts.
Here's our dedicated sections for discussing both of these devices:
Here's a hot deal alert for folks who need a new Android Tablet. The Google Nexus 9 32GB is on sale on eBay for only $349.99. That's a full 27% off the normal price of $479. The best part is that these are new units in their packaging and are not refurbished.
As TV's get bigger and better and cheaper many people are wondering what is the future of moving image technology. There have been some pretty amazing holographic displays at major events. Tupac performed in hologram form a few years ago at Cochela along side Snoop Dog and Dr Dre. The technology for in home use seems to be decades away. You can actually get a simulated hologram now! The video above shows how you can construct an upside down pyramid out of plastic. There are a few hologram videos on youtube that your phone will actually project onto the pyramid. Links to both the pyramid's template and the hologram youtube videos can be found in the video above's description.
The Moto G has only been available for purchase for a few days. A few of you actually already have the device in hand. Developer Squid2 has released an experimental build of Team Win Recovery Project. This is just a port of TWRP from another device. Squid2 does not even have the device in hand, so this recovery has not been fully tested. It should be used with caution. For this to work your bootloader will need to be unlocked. Once your bootloader is unlocked you will just flash the recovery with a fastboot command. Grab the download from the link below.
This sdcard situation for the Note 5 has been more fickle than a politician during presidential preliminaries. Of course Samsung has not officially made any statements on the situation. It was assumed that the Note 5 would take after its older the brother the Galaxy S6 and ditch the micro Sdcard reader, but then we had a leak "confirming" the existence of an sdcard slot on the device.
Yesterday afternoon Evan Blass of @Evleaks leaked some render images of both the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. He also posted specifications of the Note 5 to go with the images. The specs include an Exynos 7420 SoC processor, 5.66" QHD display, 4GB of ram, 32GB of storage, 16mp rear shooter, 5mp front shooter, 5.1.1 Android, and NO SD.
For many of you this will be a bummer. I would also take this report with a grain of salt. While Evan Blass is a reputable leaker anyone could "leak" this tidbit of info with a 50-50 chance of getting it right. We shall know the truth in a few days.