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...
There are some of you that have become accustomed to wireless Qi charging. You may have bought a whole slew of Qi charging accessories. The fact that the new Moto X will not have wireless charging may be a big turn off for you. Today @P3Droid explained why Motorola decided to not include wireless charging. According to him the reason is that Motorola would have had to up the price of the device to change the design to include Qi charging. Instead of adding wireless charging they were able to increase charging speeds. Personally I would rather have faster charging and no wireless charging. Is the lack of wireless charging a deal breaker for you?
Devices like the Galaxy S6 and the upcoming Note 5 are doing away with the old tried and true Sdcard slot. This means you either have to pay a couple hundred dollars for the high capacity versions of these phones, or pay to store all of your files in the cloud. The one saving grace to these devices not having an on board micro sdcard reader is the fact that they do have support for On The Go USB 2.0. These small flash drives are a quick and convenient way to add storage to your phone.
Right now the 64GB Micro USB 2.0 OTG Flash Drive from Sandisk is on for less than $19. That is a low price for 64GB of storage period. If you have had your eye on a USB OTG flash drive now is the time to grab one or even a few up. Head to the link below for the deal!
The Nexus lineup has to be one of my favorite series of devices. The reason for this is because I am a huge fan of the Root and Rom community. These phones also tend to set the standard for what is expected of OEMs that use Android as their operating system. While these phones are great where they generally lack in greatness is their cameras. Not only is the camera quality normally subpar when compared to other flagship phones, the camera software often leaves much to be desired.
The HTC camera software on the other hand is feature rich. If you are looking for a more feature rich camera experience on your Nexus or other smartphone you can actually install the HTC camera. Installation is pretty simple. The HTC camera comes in app form so you won't have to install it via recovery. Root is not required. Grab the app from the link below.
If there is one thing we can all agree on its that the OnePlus invitation system is annoying. Many of you missed out on the OnePlus One because of it. I gave up on the OnePlus One because of it and never even tried. There are over 1 million eager fans registered for a OnePlus 2 invite so far. It was discovered early on that the registration system rewards you for referring people to the registration system. The more referrals you get the further up the list you move.
This did not sit well with a OnePlus fan who was pretty upset after being about the 9,000th person on the registration list then waking up to find out that he had moved all the way down the list to be around the 70,000th person. He decided to use some python hackery to move back down to the 1,694th spot. He lays out the entire process in the link below. If you are interested you should check this out fast, as the poster has said he will remove it if OnePlus ask him to.
Many of you around here like to unlock your bootloader and modify your phone's OS. If you also like to customize the exterior of your device you normally would need to purchase a case or add a skin. Slickwraps and DBrand make some pretty awesome skins, but Motorola has been giving us some customization options via the Moto Maker. Moto Maker will also be available for the Moto X Style. The Style is the international version of the Pure which will be sold in the US. Today a Moto Maker leak was posted to twitter by @P3Droid showing off all the options for the Moto X Style. We still don't have anything official, but P3 has been getting his info directly from Motorola via the MotoMaker rep program.
There are four different leather options (natural, cognac, black, and red) for the back, and four different natural options (bamboo, walnut, ebony, and charcoal ash). There are also seven different metal options to choose from (silver, dark grey, champagne, red, pink, green, and blue). The metal frame comes with three different options (silver, black or gold). The front bezel can be white or black. There seems to be plenty of options here. The unlocked Moto X Pure will set you back $399, and I am willing to bet the moto maker customizations will set you back a few bucks extra, but will probably be worth the cost.
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...