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Samsung Gear 360 (2017) priced at $229 for May 25 launch, just $49 with Galaxy S8 purchase

During its press event in late March for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung also showed off the upcoming 2017 edition of its Gear 360 camera. Today, the company finally announced that the price of the camera will be $ 229, and that it will go on sale starting tomorrow, May 25.

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If you buy either the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus between May 25 and June 19, you can also get the Gear 360 (2017) camera for just $ 49. You can learn more about this promotional offer, and register to get this deal, starting tomorrow at Samsung’s website.

The new version of the 360-degree camera will support video recording at up to 4K resolution, and it will also support live streaming to Facebook, YouTube and other social networks at 2K resolution. In addition, the camera can take still images at up to 15 MP.

As we noted in our brief hands-on look at the Gear 360 (2017) back in March, the camera has been redesigned and is slimmer compared to its predecessor, which should make it easier to hold in one hand. The column below the camera serves as its stand, and it also houses its battery. The camera itself has two 8.4 MP CMOS sensors with fisheye lenses.

Samsung has already launched the companion Gear 360 app in the Google Play Store, which will allow owners to control the camera remotely. The app can also be used to edit and share any videos made with the camera. The app will only work with a select number of Samsung’s smartphones. Besides the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the app supports the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 EdgeGalaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A7 (2017).

Will you be getting the 2017 edition of the Samsung Gear 360 camera, especially if you plan to buy the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus? Let us know what you plan to do in the comments!

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Samsung Galaxy S8 color options and pricing leaks

Despite the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus won’t be formally revealed for a few weeks, we already know a lot about them. We have seen a bunch of images as well as a few videos, which show both the devices in all their glory. We now have a few more interesting details to share with you regarding Samsung’s upcoming flagships.

According to Roland Quandt, a well known tech blogger and leaker, the retail listings show that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be available in three colors in Europe: black, silver, and violet. Additionally, he mentioned that the S8 will retail for €799, while its bigger brother will set you back €899.

This is consistent with previous rumors claiming that the devices will be more expensive when compared with the Galaxy S7 series, which is something most users aren’t really happy about. But please keep in mind that nothing is confirmed at this point. We’ll know more once Samsung officially announces the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, which will happen on March 29.

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Galaxy S8 always-on home button and more revealed in leaked images (Update: even more images!)

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There are also a ton of other rumors regarding the upcoming devices. Reportedly the phones will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset, feature 5.8 and 6.2-inch displays respectively, and will come with Samsung’s new digital assistant called Bixby. If you want to know more about the smartphones, check out our Samsung Galaxy S8 rumor roundup post.

Do you think that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are too expensive? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Get the Secure Folder feature on your Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (Nougat only)

We all have files on our phones that are private and for our eyes only, right? That’s why Samsung announced the Secure Folder feature last year that made its debut on the Galaxy Note 7. It’s used for storing files, documents, contacts, and other personal content that can be accessed by the owner of the device with his fingerprint.

This is a feature a lot of users want to have, which is why the South Korean giant said that it will bring it to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge as soon as the devices get the Android 7.0 Nougat update. It looks like Samsung has kept its promise. The Nougat update has already hit the company’s flagships, and now the Secure Folder for both devices is available.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge getting Nougat update on AT&T

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However, the Secure Folder hasn’t officially been released. You won’t find it on the Google Play Store just yet, but you can get your hand on the APK file courtesy of the folks at Sam Mobile. We do expect that the app will soon make its way over to the Google Play Store, although the exact timeframe is currently unknown.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge with Android 7.0 Nougat and would like to try out the Secure Folder, click on the button below to download the APK.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge getting Nougat update on AT&T

Update, February 18: AT&T has begun its rollout of the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Weighing in at 1.6 GB, the update delivers all the usual Nougat features you’d expect as well as the February security patch from Google and some Samsung-specific changes. Those include removal of the AT&T Address Book, addition of Samsung Pass and Samsung Cloud and some network performance enhancements. T-Mobile also began its Nougat rollout for the S7 range on February 17.

Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android update tracker page. This page covers all major U.S. carriers with a quick reference table for each and a log with links to further details. It will be regularly updated with the latest Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge update information.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge tend to receive their updates simultaneously – or at least very close together. For this reason, they both appear here on this update page. Also, note that we won’t be covering general security patches in our list.

We recommend you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date with the very latest updates.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android Nougat update

Following a soak test in early January, on January 12 Samsung officially rolled out Nougat for unlocked international Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices that were enrolled in the beta program. A few days later on January 17, the update became available for all users (at least internationally – U.S. unlocked devices have still not been updated). The update then slowly creeped its way across Europe and India before making it to U.S. carriers in mid-February.

On December 20, the fourth Android Nougat beta updates for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge rolled out OTA to those enrolled in the Galaxy beta program. Technically the fifth update (the other simply patched a crash issue with Facebook), the last beta’s main change was removing the Samsung Notes app and ditching the Samsung Experience interface name in the About Device settings.

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Update US

Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge updates – US Android 6.0.1 Android 7.0 Android 7.11
Verizon Yes No Planned
AT&T Yes Yes Planned
T-Mobile Yes Yes Planned
Sprint Yes No Planned

Verizon Galaxy S7 (SM-G930V) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935V) update:

  • September 1, 2016, improved voice calls, FM Radio, Barcode Beaming functionality and NextRadio app added.
  • May 9, 2016, DT Ignite added. Helps Verizon package and install apps on devices. Can’t be removed without root.

AT&T Galaxy S7 (SM-G930A) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935A) update:

  • February 18, 2017, AT&T began the Nougat update roll out for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
  • July 27, 2016, Wi-Fi calling arrives.
  • April 21, 2016, DTV Widget added, better Wi-Fi performance when using BTLE, home and volume key responsiveness improved, other performance enhancements arrive.

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 (SM-G930T) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935T) update:

  • February 17, 2017, T-Mobile became the first U.S. carrier to roll out Nougat for the S7 and S7 Edge.
  • November 5, 2016, enabled 256/64 QAM, domestic data roaming improvements, system crash fix.
  • May 4, 2016, FM Radio, power and volume key fix, system improvements.

Sprint Galaxy S7 (SM-G930P) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935P) update:

  • May 26, 2016, battery life improvements, Wi-Fi calling added.

International Galaxy S7 (SM-G930F) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935P) update:

  • January 17, 2017: Nougat became available for all international unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edges.
  • January 12, 2017: Samsung rolled out Nougat for international unlocked devices enrolled in the beta program.
  • January 4, 2017: Samsung began a limited soak test for the unlocked S7 and S7 Edge.
  • December 21: Vodafone Australia has confirmed that the Nougat version they’re testing for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is Android 7.0 , not Android 7.1.
  • December 20: The fourth major beta update has rolled out to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge for those enrolled in the Galaxy Beta Program. The update removes the Samsung Notes app and a previous mention of the Samsung Experience interface.
  • December 16, 2016, Vodafone Australia lists the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in its weekly software update wrap-up. States “testing in progress”, but doesn’t provide an ETA.

If you’ve received an update we’ve missed, hit the comments below or Tip Us!

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Samsung Display ad shows a phone that resembles Galaxy S8 rumors

The Internet rumors and speculation about the Samsung Galaxy S8 appear to be never ending at this point. However, the latest twist on the company’s rumored smartphone may have come from Samsung itself, or at least from one of its other related divisions.

The source of these latest reports are two YouTube videos posted by Samsung Display, to promote its AMOLED smartphone screens that it provides to other companies, as well as for its own devices. Both of the videos show what appears to be a smartphone with a display that only has small bezels on the top and bottom. It also lacks a physical home button. Both of these features have been rumored for the Galaxy S8.

So did Samsung actually leak out the look of the Galaxy S8 in these clips? Well, most likely the answer is “No”. Both of these videos were shown as examples of the company’s overall smartphone display technology and are probably not directly linked to what the Galaxy smartphone team has in mind for its next flagship device.

Having said that, the videos are likely a clue as to what the display technology will be like inside the Galaxy S8, even if the design shown in the video might not match up to the actual product.

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Buy a Galaxy on T-Mobile this Saturday and get one for free

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If you buy one of the newer Galaxy devices on T-Mobile, the self-proclaimed Un-carrier is giving you a second one for free – this Saturday only.

If you’ve been thinking of buying a new Galaxy phone with T-Mobile, you may want to go ahead and do that this Saturday, August 6th. America’s fastest network will be offering a free Galaxy phone for those who purchase a qualifying Samsung Galaxy this Saturday only.

Dubbed the Saturday-Only Samsung Superphone Superdeal (gotta love some alliteration!), T-Mobile’s BOGOF deal covers the most beloved Galaxies from the recent years: Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, and Galaxy Note5.

As you may have noticed, the newest addition to the Galaxy family, the Galaxy Note7, is not on the list, so pre-ordering the iris-scanning phablet won’t get you a free smartphone sadly. However, the deal does include last year’s Note5 as well as Note7’s S-Pen-less siblings: the Galaxy S7 family.

Want all the fine prints? Well, here they are:

If you buy a qualifying Samsung Galaxy phone on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (EIP), and you add a line of service, you get a second Galaxy phone of equal or lesser value for free. According to T-Mobile, customers will be credited on their monthly bill over the 24-month EIP term for the full amount of the second device after paying any down payment, which will also be credited.

The deal is available at T-Mobile stores in the US and online for US customers.

With the Galaxy Note7 launching on America’s third largest network soon, T-Mobile probably wants to boost sales of all the older Galaxy models. Considering all of the qualifying devices still boast top-notch specs and considering T-Mobile’s recent victory, the Super-deal is indeed quite… super.

What are your thoughts on T-Mobile’s latest deal? Let us know if you plan on buying a qualifying Galaxy device on T-Mobile this Saturday!

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Just when you thought Friday couldn’t get any better, T-Mobile has an out of this galaxy deal for you this weekend. Starting tomorrow on Sat., Aug. 6, for ONE DAY ONLY, buy a qualifying Samsung Superphone and get a second of equal or lesser value for FREE when you add a line! Here’s the lowdown:

Get a free Samsung Galaxy superphone when you buy a Samsung Galaxy superphone with T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (EIP), and add a line of service.

Customers will be credited on their monthly bill over the 24-month EIP term for the full amount of the 2nd eligible device of equal or lesser value, after paying any down payment (they’ll be credited for that, too!).

Qualifying devices: GS7, GS7 edge, GS6, GS6 edge, GS6 edge+, Note5

The one-day deal will be available at T-Mobile stores nationwide and online at T-Mobile.com <http://t-mobile.com> on August 6.

And, T-Mobile is the only place to take full advantage of your new Samsung superphones with unlimited music streaming, unlimited video streaming, unlimited data and text in 140+ countries and destinations worldwide, and more – all at no additional cost!

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Samsung explains how the Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner works

The just released Galaxy Note 7 has become the first handset from Samsung to feature iris scanning technology, which could possibly pave the way for the company to do away with other security methods, such as PIN, pattern, simple swipe, and even fingerprint, even if that is quite unlikely.

With iris scanning arriving in the Galaxy Note 7, you don’t need to touch the device to verify your identity and can access the phone by just looking at the screen. Our tests with the iris scanner in the were pretty positive, particularly given the number of times we have seen the same security feature in other devices failing to respond, or proving unreliable.


For the uninitiated, iris scanning uses mathematical pattern recognition of images of the iris – the thin, colored ring of your eye that opens and shuts the pupil to regulate the amount of light reaching the retina. Just like your fingerprints, your iris pattern is also uniquely different and cannot be changed or replicated, making devices with iris scanning technology highly secure.

Now, in a post on its website, Samsung explains the hardware and technology behind its iris scanner in the Galaxy Note 7. According to the company, the device stores your registered iris information as an encrypted code safely in its hardware using its KNOX security platform. Whenever you want to access content, such as a protected app, the device first captures your iris pattern for recognition, extracts and digitizes it, and then proceeds to match it with the encrypted code to provide access. You can be sure that no one else apart from you can access your device in case it is stolen or lost because the Note 7 registers the iris information of only one person.


Samsung has made all this possible by including a dedicated iris camera for recognizing the composition of the user’s eyeballs. The dedicated iris camera uses a special image filter to receive and recognize the reflected images of the irises through an infrared light on the other end of that panel. The light emitted from the Galaxy Note 7’s display allows the scanner to receive data even in low light environments.

Along with iris scanning technology, the Galaxy Note 7 offers a separate Secure Folder for storing private apps and files that can be accessed using your fingerprint, iris scanner, pattern, or PIN. You can use the Secure Folder to keep your private and personal information, like your banking details, completely separate on the device, as well as block access to specific games or content for children. If this sounds familiar to you, that’s because it is similar to Samsung’s KNOX security platform found on its other devices that allows you to manage two different profiles for work and normal usage.

The Note 7 also brings Samsung Pass, a security feature which you can use to log into websites on the Samsung Internet Browser using biometric authentication without having to input your username and password. Samsung now plans to partner with major financial institutions such as Bank of America, Citibank and U.S. Bank to allow the integration of its iris scanner into mobile banking apps.
Even as Samsung looks to expand the use of its iris scanning technology, you can be sure that the company is likely to introduce the biometric security feature in other future devices, including its mid-range smartphones.

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Let us know in the comments below if you would like to see the Galaxy Note 7’s iris scanner in other Samsung smartphones!

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Galaxy Note 7 vs the competition

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note series is often held up as the pinnacle of phablet devices and now the Galaxy Note 7 has arrived with yet another selection of high-end specifications and new features. While not as heavily contested as the sub-5.5-inch flagship segment, there’s still plenty of consumer demand for large powerful smartphones. So let’s see how the Galaxy Note 7’s specifications stack up against some of the best in the field.

To enter into this contest, handsets much breach the 5.5-inch display mark. I’ve picked out the Nexus 6P, LG V10, Huawei Mate 8, and the Moto X Pure Edition (Style) as four of the best contenders. Those looking for slightly smaller handsets, might also find that the Xperia X5 Premium or the OnePlus 3 worth a look at.

  Galaxy Note 7 Nexus 6P LG V10 Huawei Mate 8 Moto X Style
Display 5.7-inch AMOLED
2560×1440, 518ppi
5.7-inch AMOLED
2560×1440, 518ppi
5.7-inch LCD
2560×1440, 518ppi
6.0-inch LCD
1920×1080, 368ppi
5.7-inch LCD
2560×1440, 518ppi
SoC Snapdragon 820 Snapdragon 810 Snapdragon 808 Kirin 950 Snapdragon 808
CPU 2x Kryo @ 2.15GHz
2x Kryo @ 1.6GHz
4x Cortex-A57 @ 2.0GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.55GHz
2x Cortex-A57 @ 1.82GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.44GHz
4x Cortex-A72 @ 2.3GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.8GHz
2x Cortex-A57 @ 1.82GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.44GHz
GPU Adreno 530 Adreno 430 Adreno 418 Mali-T880 MP4 Adreno 418
Memory 64GB UFS 2.0 32 / 64 / 128GB 32 / 64GB 32 / 64GB 16 / 32 / 64GB
MicroSD Yes No Yes Yes Yes

Starting as we always do, you’ll instantly notice a lot of similarities in the display section of our table. Most manufacturers seem to have settled on 5.7-inch panels as the sweet spot for larger smartphones, and a 2560×1440 (QHD) resolution offers up a little extra clarity with these big displays. Display clarity will be equal across these models, but some more subtle color and viewing angle differences may be noticeable across the range. The only exception here Huawei’s Mate 8, which opts for a larger 6.0-inch display with a reduced 1080p resolution, which will result in slightly less crisp images. That said, the Mate 8 does cost a bit less.

We’ve started seeing a lot more smartphone manufacturers make use of more vibrant AMOLED panels this year, but the only competitor to match Samsung’s Note 7 display type at this size is the Nexus 6P. Of course, Samsung’s latest Super AMOLED technology offers up some minor color improvements over the 6P’s display. The other three phones on our list opt for LCD technology, which doesn’t quite offer the same pop or deep blacks as AMOLED displays. Samsung has also chosen to only offer its curved dual-edge AMOLED design with this year’s Note 7, which offers a sleek look and some extra software features that you can’t find in any of these rivals.

There’s a lot more diversity on our list when it comes to processing power, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is the first major flagship phablet to make use of Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 820 processor. This processor is the chip of choice for many of 2016’s slightly smaller flagship phones, so you’ll find equal processing power inside the likes of the HTC 10, LG G5, and the Sony Xperia X Performance.


Benchmarks, for what they’re worth, show that Snapdragon 820 is the fastest chip around. However, most of the extra performance come into play thanks to its improved Adreno 530 graphics chip. CPU performance, and therefore day to day tasks, should perform pretty much identically across all of these handsets, although the Snapdragon 808’s lower high performance core count may hurt it in some instances.

Looking at the GPUs, there’s quite a performance gap between the Snapdragon 808’s mid-tier Adreno 418 and the Kirin 950’s Mali-T880 MP4. Gamers will definitely see extra performance from the newer 820 chip, and it even hands in notably more grunt than the Snapdragon 810. Given the very high resolution of these display panels, this GPU will certainly aid the Note 7’s performance and offers a major boost over last year’s Galaxy Note 5 (Exynos 7420).

Rounding off our look at the main processing components is memory. 3 or 4GB of RAM is plenty enough for multitasking, and the Galaxy Note 7 sits at the top of the group, along with the V10 and the more expensive Mate 8 model. The Note 7 only offers one internal storage option of 64GB, but that’s still a typical value across all of these phones and lends itself to plenty of space for pictures, movies and music. Samsung’s choice of fast UFS 2.0 memory might see apps and large files open up a little more quickly than its competitors that use eMMC. If 64GB isn’t enough, all of these phones apart from the Nexus 6P can be supplemented with a microSD card.

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  Galaxy Note 7 Nexus 6P LG V10 Huawei Mate 8 Moto X Style (aka Pure Edition)
Cameras 12MP f/1.7 rear with OIS & PDAF
5MP f/1,7 front
12.3MP f/2.0 rear with laser AF
8MP f/2.4 front
16MP f/1.8 rear with OIS & laser AF
Dual 5MP f/2.2 front
16MP f/2.0 rear with OIS & PDAF
8MP f/2.4 front
21MP f/2.0 rear with PDAF
5MP f/2.0 front
Battery 3,500mAh 3,450mAh 3,000mAh (removable) 4,000mAh 3,000mAh
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fingerprint Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Fast Charge Yes Yes Quick Charge 2.0 Yes Yes
Extras Wireless Charging, Samsung Pay, USB Type-C, IP68 water resistance USB Type-C Secondary display, 32-bit audio, shock resistant IP52 splash resistance
Dimensions 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm
159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm
159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6 mm
157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm
153.9 x 76.2 x 11.1 mm

It’s impossible to judge final camera quality without doing a head to head shootout, but based on the specifications we have a pretty good idea about how the Galaxy Note 7 should perform. The 12 megapixel dual pixel f/1.7 sensor matches the Galaxy S7’s specifications, which was an excellent performer when we last put it to the test.

Opting for larger pixel sizes at the expense of some resolution has also worked out well the the Nexus 6P. Although we were still pleased with the results produced by the more traditional higher resolution LG V10 and Moto X Style cameras too. Video shooters will want to pick from the Note 7, V10 or the Mate 8 as they come equipped with optical image stabilization. The only camera that we were so-so about at review time was the Huawei Mate 8’s. Front facing cameras are more varied still, and Samsung hasn’t opted to catch up with the 8 megapixels offered by the Nexus 6P or the Huawei Mate 8.

Moving into the handsets’ extras, Samsung again shows the industry how to squeeze as many features as possible into a smartphone. Fingerprint scanners, NFC, and some form of fast charging technology have become the standard, and only the Moto X Style drops the fingerprint scanner from the list. Android Pay will work on all of these handsets, thanks to NFC support. However, Samsung Pay is still a cut above thanks to its universally compatible MST technology.

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Samsung also remains the only manufacturer to support two wireless charging standards by default and has also joined other manufacturers by offering a USB Type-C interface with the Note 7. Although above the 5.5-inch size, only the Note 7 and Nexus 6P are on the cutting edge of USB port technology right now. Speaking of power, the Note 7, Mate 8, and the Nexus 6P offer up the largest batteries. There’s little excuse for falling below 3,300mAh in these supersize handsets, and customers  can expect slightly better battery life than the V10 or Moto X Style.

There aren’t many gimmicks to be found in these top-of-the-line models, although some consumers may not find too much use for the secondary display properties of either the Galaxy Note 7’s dual-edge display or the secondary ticker display on the front of the LG V10. Then again, some consumers firmly swear by these features, and Samsung did a good job at refining its Edge software with the S7, which is now available with the Note 7. There’s also some improved stylus support and extra features for those who find this long running Note feature particularly useful. It’s also worth mentioning the Note 7 adds waterproofing to the mix, following in the footsteps of the Galaxy S7 series.

Finally, we come to the much more subjective element of design and build. The Mate 8 and Nexus 6P cater well to those who prefer metal build materials, while Samsung has chosen to stick with its slick glass design. The LG V10 is also an interesting option thanks to its shock absorbent casing. Impressively, Samsung has produced a large phone that weighs a bit less than its competitors. The Note 7 is around 10g lighter than its closest rivals and 22g lighter than the hefty LG V10.


Wrap Up

As we have all come to expect from Samsung’s Galaxy Note range, the latest edition continues to refine an already well polished experience. The Note 7’s extras continue to help it stand out just a smidgen above the rest of the pack, complete with top-of-the-line hardware that we’ve come to expect. That being said, there are some very competitive pieces of hardware on offer from late last year, which can now be grabbed at very compelling price points. Especially when we consider that Samsung’s hasn’t fundamentally changed anything major since last year’s Note 5.

Of course, the successor to the LG V10 is right around the corner, and it might give the Samsung a run for its money. Do you think that Samsung is still on top of the phablet market with its Galaxy Note 7?

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Entry level Samsung Galaxy J1 arrives in Canada

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If the Samsung Galaxy J1 were one of your high school classmates, it wouldn’t be the cheerleader who went on to get a doctorate in nanotech engineering and who dabbles in modeling when she’s not globetrotting with her rugged photographer husband. No, you’re thinking of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The Galaxy J1 is that good ‘ol boy who made solid B’s, married his high school sweetheart, and who has developed a reputation as an honest mechanic in your hometown. He might not have taken on the world, but he’s doing right by the people around him in his own humble way.

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That’s the Galaxy J1. It’s a solid entry-level device that does away with flash and flair in favor of nuts-and-bolts reliability on a budget. And now this wallet-friendly smartphone is available at major retailers and Samsung Experience Stores in Canada. You can get it in any color so long as that color is black.


Let’s take a look at what you’re getting when you throw in your lot with the J1. The screen is 4.3 inches and and has a resolution of 800 x 480. The 1.2GHz Dual-Core Cortex A7 CPU is powered by half a gig of RAM, and it’s got 4GB of internal storage that can thankfully be expanded with microSD. The rear camera is 5MP, and the selfie-snapper is 2MP. For a device in the $ 100 to $ 150 range, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck, honestly. Although it’s not for everyone, the device is proving to be very popular in developing smartphone markets, and it might even help Samsung secure its foothold in India.

What are your thoughts on the humble Galaxy J1? Although it’s intended as an entry level device, it seems like it would also make a good compliment to a more robust daily driver. If you’ve owned this device, let us know what your experience was like in the comments below. You might just help someone make a better purchasing decision.

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Verizon begins rolling out Marshmallow for its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung's latest flagships all sport the formidable Mali-T760 GPU

Here’s some good news for Big Red Galaxy S6 owners. Verizon has announced that it will begin rolling out its Android Marshmallow update for its branded Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones today.

As I’m sure you’re already aware, the update packs in a slew of new core Android features. The list includes Doze power management, Google Now on Tap contextual search, and greater control to grant and deny app permissions. Samsung has also packed the “latest security patches” into the update, so that presumably means the March fixes, along with some miscellaneous performance optimizations.

As for Samsung’s half of the update, there’s the new look TouchWiz user interface complete with tweaks and improvements, such as the revamped notification panel. There’s also the new web browser with ad-block support. Not forgetting that the Galaxy S6 Edge is now updated with the much more functional edge panel, which can now be used to create shortcuts for a ton of apps and other useful features.

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As with all carrier roll outs, the update will be making its way out across the country in waves. Although you can always try to manually download the update via a tap (or many) of the software update button under Settings > About device. The update will begin rolling out today, April 1st, so keep an eye out for that notification.

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