Sprint announces HTC One M9 and Galaxy S6 preorders begin March 27

T-Mobile and AT&T both announced today that preorders for the HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 will begin tomorrow, and now Sprint has come out to do the same. It seems as if each carrier is using a different tactic to get you to go with their service (what’s new?), and Sprint’s method will be to offer a lease of the Samsung Galaxy S6 for completely free for those willing to sign up for the Sprint Unlimited Plus plan. Read more

HTC One M9 goes on sale tonight unsubsidized but should you buy it?

The HTC One M9 goes on sale tonight in the US. We’d love to tell you all about it, but it is currently under embargo and Dom will have an amazing video review when the embargo is eventually over. Sure, lots of publications got to review the almost identical international version, and to sum up those reviews, it isn’t a huge upgrade from the M8. Think tweaked look, more megapixels in the camera, and a slightly toned down Sense overlay.

The device that goes on sale tonight is the GSM version, which is similar to the one that will be sold on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US. It won’t be subsidized by the carriers and will cost $650.

If we were allowed to tell you about it, we’d probably tell you that the heat issues you’ve seen are unfounded. From pictures (above), you can tell it looks very nice in both the popular Gunmetal and Gold/Silver models. It feels less slippery in the hand and is very subtly smaller and lighter than its M8 predecessor (or so we’ve heard).

In general I do recommend buying a phone outright and getting yourself on an inexpensive pre-paid plan. If your carrier starts messing with you, you can easily go to another carrier either with number portability or, Google Voice/Hangouts (my choice).

Even with that in mind, though, should you buy this phone at full price?  Read more

Android 5.0 Lollipop now rolling out to AT&T’s Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Tab S 10.5

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More than 4 months after the update started rolling out to Nexus devices, AT&T has finally announced this morning that it is pushing Android 5.0 Lollipop to its Galaxy Note 4 variant. Earlier this month, Sprint also began rolling out Lollipop to its Note 4 model. The update for AT&T users comes in at 1.16GB and is based on Android 5.0.1.

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HTC One M9 review roundup: too similar to its predecessor to stand out against strong competition

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HTC revealed its 2015 smartphone flagship, the One M9, at Mobile World Congress earlier this month. The device was met with a seemingly ‘meh’ reaction at the time, with HTC fans complaining that the device was too similar to its predecessor and worrying about the use of the over-heating Snapdragon 810. This evening, reviews for the HTC One M9 have officially started popping up around the web and they give us a much more in-depth look at what the company has to offer as we head into 2015…

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An early review of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge has arrived (Video)

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge isn’t due to release for a few more weeks, but it looks like one of the first reviews is already here. The video uploaded by BeginnersTech on YouTube explains the standout “Edge” features of the device, provides a closer look at the hardware/software, and offers some opinions on the new dual-curved device.

We initially went hands-on with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge at MWC 2015, and while the launch is right around the corner it appears that Ryan from BeginnersTech managed to get his hands on the device early. If you’re curious as to how this device compares to the Galaxy S6, check out our hands-on/comparison video, but you can find the early review video below…

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Samsung executive behind “Next Big Thing” marketing campaign leaving the company

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Samsung’s S6 marketing so far

According to a report from Business Insider, Samsung Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer Todd Pendleton has left the company. Pendleton notified colleagues of his departure, effective in April, earlier this week. Neither Samsung nor Pendleton have offered a statement on the shake-up, and details regarding reasoning are sparse at this point.

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Poll: Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 compared – which is your pick?

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Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 (and the S6 Edge) and the HTC One M9 were announced yesterday, showcasing the best that these two Android OEMs have to offer this year. Both of these devices were horribly-kept secrets in their own ways, so there weren’t many surprises yesterday—we already knew almost every detail about both phones before they were announced.

But now that they’re here, which one do you think you’ll be getting? Or if you’re not in line for an upgrade right now, which one would be your pick? Let’s take a look at a few of their differences… Read more

Samsung Pay coming to US and South Korea this summer, compatible w/ 30mill merchant locations

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Hot on the heels of unveiling the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, Samsung has also announced its venture into the mobile payment industry. Cleverly dubbed Samsung Pay, the initiative will be compatible with both of the company’s latest flagship devices. Samsung Pay will launch in the United States and South Korea this summer, with Europe and China support to come at a later date.

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