It would appear that Verizon is trying to do away with us grandfathered unlimited data users once and for all. For the past 3 years I have been buying my phones at full retail price to save my old school Altell plan. This plan gives me 500 minutes to share between myself and my wife, 10 family and friends numbers which are free to call, free calling after 7 and on weekends, unlimited text messages and unlimited data. Many people really wouldn't be able to justify an unlimited data plan, but for my family it is a must. I regularly use 40GB per month while my wife uses nearly 20GB per month. We do nothing abnormal just all the social media, netflix, youtube, and pandora we care to use all without having to worry about a stinking wifi hotspot.
Today I walked into my local Verizon corporate store pretty stoked to be purchasing an LG G4. I literally had my debit card pulled out of my wallet as i walked up to the register. (A little bit of context here I have been buying phones at full retail price now for years. I don't know if the sales reps get a commission off of selling a plan or upgrading a...
Gearbest was nice enough to send us a Lenovo Ke Note. In the video above I unbox the device and give you a quick rundown of the device. Here I will give you my initial first impressions of the device. For starters lets talk specs the phone works on GSM/HPNA/and LTE networks, it has dual sim, 5.5" 1080p IPS capacitive touch panel, MediaTek MT6752 Ocat-core processor clocked at 1.7Ghz, micro SD storage expansion up to 32GB, 16GB of storage, 2GB of ram, 13mp rear camera, 5mp front camera, and it runs Android 5.0 with Lenovo's Vibe skin overlay.
First lets talk design. While this phone feels nice in the hand and is pretty solid this is still a budget device the back plate is flimsy plastic and you have those button covers instead of physical buttons, which are pretty easy to break. The phone itself is pretty heavy, it is a bigger phone at 5.5" so that is to be expected the heft almost gives it a less cheapy feel though. The screen does not include Gorilla glass protection so DO NOT drop it. This is pretty thin at 8mm compared to 7.1mm on the iphone 6 plus. The phone that Gear best sent me is Laser Yellow which would be perfect if your are into yellow. It isn't plain yellow but has a metallic type of finish to it if that makes any sense.
Next lets talk performance. The device seemed to fly with the included Mediatek octa-core processor and 2GB of ram, mind you I have not really loaded up a bunch of apps or really stress...
Check this out. We found a video of the new Moto G 2015 version being dunked in a bowl of water to test its IPx7 water resistance. To clarify, what IPx7 means is that the phone is not dust-resistant (indicated by the "x"), and that it is certified to be submersible in up to 3.28 feet of water for as long as 30 minutes (indicated by the "7").
The video shows the phone... you didn't think we would spoil it for you, did you? Let's just say that you shouldn't go diving with your Moto G 2015, but it can easily survive an accidental dunk in the toilet or fish tank.
Fans of the Angry Birds series might be pleased to know that the true sequel, Angry Birds 2 is now available on the Google Play Store. Sadly, in may not be all good news, even if you are a fan. Apparently, the new version of Angry Birds is laced within even more in-app purchases than the previous versions (or at least that's the current perception).
Here's a brief description of how it works now: With Angry Birds 2, you now only have a maximum of three lives. If you run out of cards, you have to either spend gems (won in game) to continue or you will lose a life. Lives do regenerate in 30 minutes, but you can recharge for 60 gems. To put it in perspective, you get 80 gems for $1. Obviously you can buy even larger bundles of gems for quite a bit more money.
The main complaint is that this is makes it annoying to simply restart a level when you believe you've made a big mistake and still won't be able to beat it. If these complaints don't bother you, and you love the same gameplay formula as the original, then you will probably enjoy Angry Birds 2. Here's the link: Angry Birds 2 - Android Apps on Google Play
We have some images of third party case designs which are supposedly for the next generation LG-Made Google Nexus 5 for 2015. What's intriguing about these cases is that they would suggest the design of the Nexus 5 will change substantially.
Based upon the placement of the holes, the rear camera will move to the center of the device. We also have a larger spot for the rear flash which is likely the rectangular hole. One of the circular openings is probably for the camera assembly, while the other is possibly a fingerprint sensor.
We can also see the phone's physical button’s positioning (in some of the images in the thread below). This includes the headphone jack as well as the speaker and charging port. This is so dramatically different than the previous generation of the Nexus 5, we wonder if this is for a different device. Such is the nature of unconfirmed leaks...
Well, this seems unfair (and a bit ironic). Apparently, Samsung was sued by a Chinese consumer rights committee, and now they will be forced to allow customers to uninstall pre-loaded apps from Samsung devices. Samsung was sued after the committee found 24 of the 44 pre-installed applications on a Galaxy Note 3 were required to use the smartphone.
On the Samsung China website, it was made clear that Samsung will allow customers to remove preloaded unwanted applications on all of its smartphones from now on. It's ironic that this happened in China first. The US is easily the most litigious country in the world, yet we weren't the ones who thought to sue Samsung for all of their bloatware. Of course, that also has to do with the difference in laws between the US and China.
Still, it seems like this is something consumers could do here in the States as well. Maybe if enough people banded together to sue Samsung and the other OEMs (and carriers) for their crazy amounts of bloatware we could get the same deal they have in China...
The included pics are definitely the clearest images yet of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5. This time we have what artist renders that are look remarkably like official press renders of the device. These were created using the leaked CAD data we reported previously.
They definitely take design queues from the Galaxy S6 series. Despite that, these renders still have that Galaxy Note quality in their aesthetic. It appears that Samsung did a good job of marrying the Galaxy S6 design characteristics with the overall style of the Note series. What do you guys think?
In this video we take a look at the Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 Dual Port Car charger. This is the best car charger I have ever used hands down. It is well built and doesn't feel cheap, and it comes with a micro usb cord. I wasn't expecting that at all and it was a really nice plus. There are two ports on the charger. One was labeled 2.4a the other was labeled QC2.0. When I plugged up my Galaxy S6 Edge to either port it started to fast charge. So it would seem as if fast charging comes through both ports. This is a must have if you do a lot of driving for work. Most car chargers charge my S6Edge in about 4 hours where as the Aukey Charger gets the job done in about 1 hour!
This is off topic for an Android site, but since we have a slow news day, and this is the biggest tech news of the day, we wanted to share Microsoft's Windows 10 launch with you guys. We know many of you still use Microsoft products at home or in the office, so it should be useful regardless.
The day has finally arrived and the big news of the day is that Microsoft has launched Windows 10 to the masses. Enthusiasm is running high for the new OS from Microsoft, and rightly so. Windows 10 promises to reshape the entire Microsoft ecosystem, merging their mobile devices, Xbox One and PCs into a cohesive whole. Microsoft has even gone to great lengths to create cross platform compatibility with some Android and iOS devices.
With the new launch of Windows 10, there is a great deal of information to disseminate. Here's a once-stop-spot for you to get some of the handiest info regarding Microsoft's newest product. We have included the following: "Windows 10 System Requirements," "How to Install Windows 10," and "the top 5 cool features of Windows 10." Let's kick this quick guide off with a bang!
Windows 10 System Requirements and Upgrade Tool Instructions -
First, here are the Windows 10 requirements:
Latest OS: Make sure you are running the latest version of either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
Don’t know which version you are running? Check...
We found an intriguing story about a device that is not available in the US, but we still had to share it with you folks. It's called the Doogee HomTom, and the reason it stands out is because the OEM, Doogee, was able to cram a massive 6,250 mAh battery in the phone without it being stupidly chunky.
The device is definitely thicker than the average smartphone, but it isn't unreasonably so and sits at a plump 0.38in (9.9mm) thickness. To put this in perspective, the OnePlus 2 only contains a 3,300 mAh battery yet is almost the same size at 0.38 (9.85mm).
Of course, one of the reasons that manufacturers don't put such big batteries in smartphones isn't just because of the physical size. It's also because it usually takes an enormous amount of time to charge the larger batteries. Luckily the folks at Doogee thought of this and included fast charging tech in their device. They aptly named it the PumpExpress Plus fast charging technology, and it can charge its battery to 75% capacity in around 30 minutes.
Here's the rest of the specs for this device:
Quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC
5.5-inch, 720p display
13MP camera with a Sony sensor
5MP front camera
The outer shell is made of an alloy of unknown composition with a rear panel of plastic
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Doogee didn't really share estimates on how long a battery like this would last, but it must be a crazy amount of time for a smartphone. It makes you wonder why other...