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Here we go as usual with the loads of rumors of the next big thing by Samsung and the talk now is Galaxy S8.  So with everything that has happened with the Note 7 just what is Samsung going to do next with this S8 device? I will start by letting you know that it looks like Samsung will be playing it a little safe in the S8 this time. Now some are going as far as saying Samsung will be making the S8 worse than the Note 7 but I think that is a little over dramatic. So let’s get to it shall we?

What about the battery?

There are numerous reports that claimed the S8 will have bigger batteries but it looks like Samsung is playing it safe due to the Note 7 battery fires. Korean sites have stated that the S8 and the S8 Plus will have 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteries respectively which are almost the same capacities used for the Galaxy S7s. Samsung appears to have been talking to New1 Korea as having said:

“After completing a range of tests, Samsung made a final decision to deploy the battery capacity for the two S8 variants”

“We decided to install 3000mAh for the 5.8-inch model and 3500mAh for the 6.2-inch model through various tests on the Galaxy S8 battery,”

Samsung has made a change just as they said they would by replacing battery manufactures SDI and ATL in China with SDI and Murata in Japan. So Samsung will be sticking with their own company and changing their alternate. I would assume keeping their own is a way to pay closer attention to what goes on during manufacturing while kicking ATL to the curb would be justified since they screwed up in the aftermath of the SDI (Samsung) screw up. So Samsung is going with someone else to have their back this time. There are sites stating this change while also saying what they think as Samsung still using ATL but who knows really for sure other than Samsung and its employees. I will contact Samsung for a response to be sure though.

Samsung has started getting the components in large volumes in preparation for mass production of the Galaxy S8.

So what is this new S8 going to be like?

There is always rumor going around for every device before it  launches and it looks like Samsung had a hard than usual time keeping the cat in the bag this time. (or maybe  after the Note 7 issues they may have wanted rumors to spill out this time as a way to hopefully spark interests and subvert skepticism) Some of the rumors this time are a tad interesting.

Release Date:

With all of the rumor going around I had to really go looking to find a consensus and it looks good to say that Samsung will unveil the S8 in March with the device being made available for sale on April 18th. This is apparently a pushed back date from what Samsung had planned. They wanted to take more time in making sure there are no issues to avoid a repeat Note 7 debacle.

Specs:

Pictures work better. Don’t you think?

Keep in mind though that  most of the images are leaks and renders that people have created as their predictions of what the phones will looks like. Some based on eyewitness accounts.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Display: 5.8in Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2650 (2K) Gorilla Glass
• Operating System: Android 7.1 Nougat
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Samsung Exynos 10-nm
• RAM: 4GB RAM
• Back Camera: 16MP, f/1.7 optics, 4K video, dual-LED flash
• Front-facing camera: 8MP wide-angle lens with f/1.7 optics
• Battery: 3,000mAh
• Internal Storage: 64GB, w/256GB microSD card slot
• Other Features: Fingerprint scanner, Metal frame, Wireless charging, USB-C

Samsung Galaxy S8 (Plus)

Display: 6.2in Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2650 (2K) Gorilla Glass• Operating System: Android 7.1 Nougat
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Samsung Exynos 10-nm
• RAM: 4GB RAM
• Camera: 16MP, f/1.7 optics, 4K video, dual-LED flash
• Front-facing camera: 8MP wide-angle lens with f/1.7 optics
• Battery: 3,500mAh
• Internal Storage: 64GB, w/256GB microSD card slot
• Other Features: Fingerprint scanner, Metal frame, Wireless charging, USB-C




The specifications have been gathered over the past several weeks from a lot of leaks and insider tips of different varieties so take it with a  few grains of salt. Until Samsung releases their official specs for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, we won’t really know for sure but the leaks over the years for phones have been pretty good as far as accuracy is concerned. Well, as long as you know what leaks to call bull crap cause there are usually a few that are more conceptual in idea.


eGlobal Central link

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge @ eGlobal Central

Samsung’s Disclosure of Note 7 Explosion Issues


The Galaxy Note 7, a smartphone by Samsung, received huge press and the story we all know by now. Just in case you missed it the phone was recalled Sept 2nd which was only 2 weeks after it release.  By the second week in October, the phone was discontinued following reports of the phone exploding even after replacements were sent out. The issue continued with the replacements… crazy right?

Despite the issues the phone still received good reviews as being the better phone, minus the explosion problem. So millions of phone were sold (about 3 million) and still today there are people holding onto the phone. All this after a large scale recall campaign led by Samsung, mobile carriers, and retailers.

Apparently, Samsung has disclosed the results of an intensive investigation that points to the issue as being a battery defect which led to the heat failure of their Galaxy Note 7s. In the investigation Samsung ruled out numerous causes like Fast Charging, Wireless Charging, tightness of the phone’s design, the Iris Scanner, the USB Type C port, software, and the manufacturing process. Samsung performed their own investigation and enlisted the help of the 3 firms: Exponent, UL, and TUV Rheinland. The final results being the same among all investigation and research performed.

I was curious who the battery suppliers were since Samsung only referred to them as Company A and Company B cause without that detail in my book Samsung is just saying anything. Company A was the initial company used while Company B was used during the recall in an effort to rectify the problem. Now I could get into details of the investigation but that would lose most people who probably would not know what hell was being said (or read).  I am including a gallery of images to help some sort of visualize the problem but the images themselves are still not the easiest to understand without knowledge of how batteries work.



Explaining the Note 7’s battery flaws (with cake)

Like I said earlier I needed to know who these companies are so I went digging and could only find them as being Samsung SDI (Company A) and Amperex Technology. So if this is correct then Samsung technically made the batteries while they went to Amperex after the recall again to fix the problem. After looking over the details it seems everything just went wrong in this whole ordeal or it just feels that way by Samsung. So when Samsung release the Note 7 the batteries they made had defects so they recalled the phone and used Amperex batteries in the recalled models only to still find out that these batteries also had defects. So in Samsung’s haste to fix the issue they only created a reoccurring problem but for different reasons while simply said is the same issue. Question……   Anyone ever cross the negative (Black) and positive (Red) terminals on your car battery while trying to give someone a jump? What happens?

⇐ You can also watch the video by CNET to get an idea of what is being said in this post here.

Well this is what simply happened in both company’s batteries. The design of the batteries did not ensure enough that the positive and negative tabs stayed separated and the flaws found allowed the tabs to touch in both batteries. To make it worse the second company’s batteries, by Amperex, some of the them had no insulator (separator) at all in between the tabs.

Well it seems believable giving how much trouble Samsung went through to find the cause of the Exploding Notes. From all of the stories I have read about the damages to cars, homes, and bodily injury that this has to probably be the most expensive recall made. It took time but we all know how it is when dealing with such or similar matters, or even any matter at all when more than one person or group is involved. Always full of red tape, excuses, and is time consuming. All of this in an effort to save face through the use of transparency.

Samsung also has new policies and procedures being put into place to make sure this never happens again. They talked about improved quality assurance, safety processes, multi-layered safety measures, an 8-point battery safety check, and actually forming a group to oversee all of it. A Battery Advisory Group of sorts. So with all this talk Samsung is showing seriousness in gaining consumer trust and with the Galaxy S8 coming soon, let’s hope it all can be toss to the side along with with myriad of memes out there that this EXPLODING NOTE started.

It should be all over right? Let us know what you think?

On September 2nd Samsung acknowledged issues with the battery inside the Note 7 handsets. There were several reports of faulty batteries going around where the phone (or the battery) exploded. Samsung said it had found a problem with the battery in some of the phones and was halting sales in 10 countries, including South Korea and the U.S.  Samsung said phones in China don’t appear to be affected because it used another battery supplier but was unclear if models sold in China would be recalled. All sales outlet for the Note 7 have followed suit and halted sales, pulled the device form their sites, and offer exchanges. I hear Sprint is offering up similar devices for customers to use during the recall process. To give you a better picture of the situation here is a video to checkout.

Imagine this happening to you while the phone is in your pocket?
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A Galaxy Note 7 owner in South Korea, who asked that he not be identified, told CNN Money he was awoken in the middle of the night when he “smelled something burning.” His phone had melted and he used his older model Samsung, Galaxy Note 2, to take photos that he posted online. (source: CNN)  A south Korean news agency Yonhap had reported five claims around the world of Note 7s catching fire while charging while unverified photos posted on social media showed charred devices.

There have been 35  reported cases of this happening and Samsung has jumped in quickly and announced a full recall of the the Note 7 phablet. Samsung has stated that they will replace all of the phones that were already purchased and they have already setup an exchange program. The exchange program goes as follows.
United States customers have 2 options

  • Exchange a Note 7 for a new, fixed Note 7
  • Exchange a Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 Edge and replacement of any Note 7 specific accessories with a refund on the price difference between devices.

Samsung mentioned that the Note 7 for Note 7 exchange could start next week but nothing so far as to when the Note 7 for S7 Edge will start. ALSO, Samsung is giving Note 7 buyer a $25 gift card or credit off of their phone bill for  their troubles. Of course this only applies if you are swapping out phones with another Samsung Note or S line of phones.

The program will be implemented in conjunction with your carrier so visit your carrier to get the ball rolling.

The Note 7 Recall is definitely a huge blow to Samsung. All you Apple fans can start talking your junk now to no real avail since Samsung is obviously not going anywhere.  Samsung’s response to the problem is not what Apple has done in the past which chalking issues up to software related problems. If you think that is an error feel free to comment. (Just throwing that out there…lol) Samsung stock as dipped to a 2-week low (reuters) while the Apple iPhone 7 is expected to be announced next week in San Francisco. So Samsung needs to get moving or they stand to lose money by the iPhone 7 eating into the market. The cellphone business being one that still locks people in for a period of time.

So if you waited to buy the Note 7 or were warming up to it… You will have to wait. Although I have been hearing that September 30th may be a day you may be able to buy your new, cool, fixed Note 7. As the issue just seems to be a battery issue. Changing batteries and/or battery carrier would fix things just nicely. I can imagine the process being accepting all the bad phones and just changing the battery. Although I will say people have been finding issues with the phone. Mentioning that the phone lags and very fast battery drainage. This mainly though came from T-mobile customers. I have not seen all of the complaints has of yet but these were the ones that stood out.  Oh carriers are waiving their restocking fee…  ooooh. (sarcasm) I cannot  forget also customers still get to keep their free year of Netlflix.

UPDATE:

I have heard from a source close to Samsung that the phones will be available for exchange starting next week. Samsung will not be doing it directly so this process will happen at the carrier level.

Sept 6, 2016

Note 7 related hotel fire…

Another Note 7 has been reported as exploding. The owner was an Australian man in a hotel no doubt. The explosion caused about $1400 in damages in the hotel room. The man was apparently on a business trip when his room almost went up in flames.

“My brand new Note7 exploded this morning while I was still asleep, it was plugged in and charging,” he said. “Phone completely fried, I can’t eject the SIM tray to retrieved [sic] my SIM or the SD card. I was using original charger and cable if you are wondering. Charred the hotel room bed sheet and the carpet when I whacked it down to the floor, burnt one of my finger [sic] while doing that too. “[Samsung] told me this is the first case in Australia,” he added. “I have gone to Samsung store and they gave me a loan device, and have been promised that they will take care of the hotel damages bill.” (Numerous sources. Just google it.)

Though still insure of this story which originated on Reddit where the man posted the story.

Possible House Fire Caused by Note 7

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FAA Plans to Ban the Note 7

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a ban on the Note 7. So passenger will not be able to take their Note 7 device on planes. Now the FAA is still thinking about it. The Transportation Security Administration and US Airlines are talking about it also. If these all decide to label the Note 7 as a hazardous product, passengers will be, I repeat, prohibited from carrying a Note 7 on board of upcoming flights. The actual details are still confusing which means they have no clue yet what they wanna do. Since Samsung has not made an official recall of the phone they feel the need to take some action. If you are yet still confused. Yes Samsung has recalled the Note 7 but they have not taken the official steps which is getting the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission involved. It just sounds like a lot of time wasted going through red tape and paperwork to me. So Samsung has initiated their own recall. But the official way to do it apparently makes sure no one else can still sell the possibly defective Note 7s still out there.


Sept 12, 2016

6 Year Old Boy from Brooklyn Burned by a Note 7

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Sept 15, 2016

Signs of ‘Safe’ Note 7s

New Galaxy Note 7 phones will have boxes with a giant S mark on them to show you have the “safe” phone. Which is an indication to help ease the public’s concerns about having to get another phone with a defective battery. We all know how the insurance replacements go. You pay money for your replacement normally to quite often get a refurbish unit. Anyone that is not new to the cellphone game knows this. To add there may be another indication of ‘hitting the safe spot’ is the battery indicator which supposedly will have a green fill instead of the default white. This detail though I would not trust 100% cause this can be easily changed or mimicked so if you buy your Note 7 online be careful. (–source zdnet.com & pocketnow.com)

President of Samsung US Apologizes

Sept 19th is the day to start looking for safe Note 7s while the 21st is the latest.

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PhoneArena.com setup a poll…

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DECEMBER 10, 2016


UPDATE:

The Note 7 had several reoccurring fire incidence so Samsung went through official channels & started the recall. Now Samsung you could tell was trying to avoid this to preserve the Note 7’s ability to sell but they had no choice due to the reoccurring events. Samsung has made several attempts at getting these phones out of people’s hands, the replacement program being its main effort. Note 7s in the US are restricted from charging past 60 percent and receive a pop-up notification about the recall every time the screen is turned on. In Canada, Note 7s are about to have all wireless networking disabled so they won’t even be able to make a phone call.

Months later and a large part of the public still wants a Note 7. There are numerous reviews of the Note 7 that despite the battery fire issues deem the Note 7 the better phone among current options available. This being the case, other phones have been released by other manufacturers while consumers look for some equivalent option. Some make claim the LG V20 being equal without pen features. A true Note user knows better as the S-Pen just adds so much more to the device.

Note 7 owners basically just did not want to give up their phones. Samsung says that 93 percent of US-sold Note 7 units have now been returned, which means there are about 133,000 phones still out there. 

So what now?

Samsung will now render the remaining Galaxy Note 7s in the US useless and inoperable with an update for the recalled smartphone. Anyone getting any Apple thoughts in the brain? (This though is intentional where Apple just messed up.)  On Dec 9th Samsung confirmed that it plans to release an update on December 19th that will be distributed across all major carriers within 30 days. So what’s happening is this update will disable charging of the phones all together which will eventually render all updated phones useless.

Now this sounds good an all but I can literally think of a way around this which I will not mention here in this blog but anyone that is familiar with jailbreaking & rooting will already know what I mean.

If you must break down & give up the ghost. Note 7 owners still rocking the cool phone can still return your phones or exchange them for other Samsung devices.

If there is anymore updates I will keep you posted… Keep checking.

Here goes another battle of Samsung verses Apple were so much seems to reside on how much a person likes the phone as opposed to whether or not the phone is actually better. The phone industry battle still mainly involves Samsung and Apple.SammyApple You do have other companies who throw there bombs in like LG and Huawei. Companies like Huawei and Blu have made a dent into this battle as far as sales go mainly because they have offering phones with some pretty good specs for less money and less money spent is always enticing. A good number of consumers do not want to spend a lot of money on a phone to then have to spend a lot monthly to keep that phone on. At the end of the day you buying that flagship phone is still better than buying the cheaper copies. Main reason is longevity and yes a new version comes out every year and yet I am still right. Why? I will give you an example. The Note 3 is years old now. We are about to see a Note 6 soon and the Note 3 is still a great phone. I have seen Note 3 phones with Note 5 software on them giving these phones new life for the owner that wants to wait to upgrade and let’s face it, it is not always beneficial to upgrade every year (i.e. Note 5 removal of the SDCard) but a worthwhile upgrade also depends on where you are coming from.
Now we have the Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. the Apple iPhone 6s. The first thing that comes to mind is the “s” in the iPhone 6s which to me just tells me that is but a minor change from the 6 at first glance but come to find out the 6s is just what the 6 should have been from the start (gotta know to read between the lines). So first let us start with what is different with the 6s vs the 6.

Screen: Same screen but with 3D Touch
Design: .2 mm thicker, 14g heavier, another color option of Rose Gold, and 7000 anodized aluminum as opposed to 6300. So the design is worse actually but for a worthwhile reason if anyone remembers the “bend-gate” scandal of the iPhone 6.

Performance: Apple A9 64bit dual core 1.84GHz (CPU), PowerVR GT7600 (GPU), 2GB RAM. What this means is the 6s has a newer CPU and GPU which is faster and the phone has more memory than 1GB (finally an iphone with more than 1GB) More memory translates into more you can do at once and more webpages opened. Oh also any review you read about the Apple CPU do not be impressed by how much more percent the CPU is faster cause all that matters is how that CPU can handle the Operating System period.

Camera: 4MP higher camera with all the same features while adding 4K video and 5MP front camera instead of the 1.2 the 6 had. Oh and they added a Live Photo feature.

Battery: It is a smaller battery than the 6 but supposedly the newer iOS in the 6s is more power efficient.

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So now that you know the differences between the iPhone 6 vs the 6s (it is relevant…..trust me as I will go into more info on that later) let’s get into business. I am not going to go into a long review of these phones but instead show you a spec comparison and then explain it.

iPhone 6s

OS : iOS 9

Dimensions : 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches (138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm)

Weight : 143g

Display

Size : 4.7 inches

Resolution : 750×1334 pixels

Pixel Density : 326 ppi

Type : IPS LCD

Features : Light & Proximity Sensor, 3D Touch, Scratch resistant glass, Oleophobic coating

Camera

Flash : Dual LED

12 MP

Aperture : F2.2

Camcorder : 3840×2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (120 fps), 1280×720 (720p HD) (240 fps)

Front-facing camera : 5MP

Hardware

System Chip : Apple A9 APL0898

Processor : Dual-core 1840MHZ (1.84GHZ), 64bit

Graphics Processor : PowerVR GT7600

Memory : 2048MB (2GB)

Storage expansion :

Battery

Capacity : 1715 mAh

User replaceable : no

Wireless Charging :

MSRP : $849

Galaxy S7

OS : Android 6.0

Dimensions : 5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches (142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm)

Weight : 152g

Display

Size : 5.1 inches

Resolution : 1440×2560 pixels

Pixel Density: 576 ppi

Type : Super AMOLED

Features : Light & Proximity Sensor

Camera

Flash : LED

12 MP

Aperture : F1.7

Camcorder : 3840×2160 (4K)

Front-facing camera : 5MP

Hardware

System Chip : Exynos 8 Octa 8890 / Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820

Processor : Octa-core, 2300 MHz (2.3GHZ), Exynos M1 and ARM Cortex-A53 , 64-bit / Quad-core with a
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo

Graphics Processor : Mali-T880 MP12 / Adreno 530

Memory : 4096MB (4GB)

Storage expansion : microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 200 GB

Battery

Capacity : 3000 mAh

User replaceable : no

Wireless Charging : Optional

MSRP : $650 – $795 (Edge version costs $100 more)

What does this all translates to?
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Screen:
The Galaxy S7 screen is better by far with more pixels resulting in a much better look. Quite frankly nothing beats out a Samsung AMOLED display. The Iphone has 3D Touch an all which sounds cool if you use it. 3DTouch is a feature that allows the screen detect pressure which you can use to preview emails and websites. Let us not forget the Edge version of this cool display with its curve edge which adds more features to the phone.
OLED technology is the future where future phone can be flexible and foldable. These displays are lighter, thinner, faster in response time, have more vibrant colors, better viewing angles, high color accuracy, and like you see in the new line of Samsung phones an always-on display mode.
Performance:
The S7 is the winner here while both perform great with their respective operating systems. The S7 no matter which variant you get whether the Exnyos or Snapdragon (US versions) you are still getting more cores for your buck along with more memory. Double the amount of memory (think like your home PC or laptop) translates into faster performance and more multitasking. You can basically do more with 4GB and you can with 2GB. More open apps and more opened webpages. Now some will say the Apple is better here and I ask…. Based on what test? These 2 phones are very different while using different operating systems and frankly there is no true way to compare them performance-wise. If there was some way to test these phone on equal grounds while using the same OS then maybe as performance depends greatly on software. So when you see performance benchmarking reviews take them with a grain of salt cause what matters is if it runs good for what you use that phone for.
Software:
Which OS being better depends largely on what you like and want. Which one actually being better won’t matter to most if not all people. iOS and Android are both great but here we run into that age old battle of windows verses Mac OS, though not same per say but definitely is the same battle based on the same pros and cons. Apple’s closed management of iOS makes it better as far as upgrades are concerned as long as your device can run it which Apple also dictates. Android is more open by far with an app store that offers a lot more at the price of zero. Updates take longer and if you are a techy person you can do a lot more with your phone by installing customized versions of android on your phone by going to certain sites like xda-developers. This option is what can largely increase the life of your phone as I have mentioned latter in my reference to the Note 3. Not to mention those movie apps people find like Showbox or Moviebox.
Camera:
The camera is something you have to test out no matter what the specs are and a lot of reviews are stating the S7 camera is better. We use our phone to take selfies and capture those special moments which are usually in low light environments. Samsung has focused on this and the S7 has proven to be better in low light. I have seen a lot of mixed reviews, of course, but most of them praise the S7 on its low light performance. Even an Apple fan site, iMore, says the S7 won in their comparison of the cameras. Anyone reading this can look this up and you will find these camera shootouts going on, on websites. Other sites to check are Yahoo and CNET.
Battery:
The S7 has a bigger battery but at the same time needs it and still has not beaten Apple yet on battery life.
Overall I would have to say the S7 is better. I have chosen to not get into the design cause both phones are beautiful phones and no one can knock the Samsung phone for not having the metal, premium design. Samsung screens have been the best since the Epic 4G in 2010. Note that this was not the first phone to use OLED technology. Nokia has that win with the N85 but after that Samsung did make the i7110. Back then though these were not what you see today and they performed rather bad in direct sunlight. Anyways the S7 having more memory is a definite win here and to add the new Marshmallow Android OS along with a more robust processor but…..
The Apple iPhone 6s is already halfway through its lifecycle and there are rumors already on the iPhone 7. These rumor go as follows:
  • Removal of the headphone jack
  • Faster LTE modem made by Intel instead of Qualcomm
  • Wraparound screen using OLED technology (I doubt this very much. Maybe later down the road in like 2018 or something as Apple is always behind.)
  • Copying of some S7 specs like the dual-lens camera.
  • A new chassis that allows radio signals through it or just redesigning the antenna lines. (Hmmm great for signal increases but bad if you one of those people that are into the effects these signals can cause on people.)

So if you have an upgrade up and are looking to upgrade you probably should wait till around September/October time to see what this new iPhone 7 will be then decide what to upgrade to then. Oh will add that the Note 6 will also be a choice then too as I hear Samsung will be bringing back the SDCard. When it comes to the Note series of phones even if you do not use the S-Pen they are great phones and from what I hear the Note 6 may sport 6GB of memory, 4000mAh battery, and the same water and dust resistant features as the Galaxy S7. Yeah another feature the S7 has. Check out this video.

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If you want to read more on the S7 you can checkout the S7 rumors post.

Skip to final update.

Here we are and the Galaxy Note 5 has not been out that long really and there have already been talks of the Samsung Galaxy S7. I am going to opt to giving you some real info here. Call it opinion, whatever you want but I am gonna say it anyways. The cellphone industry is heading in a direction that I do not totally like. It started with Apple suing everyone for stealing their own already stolen (okay bought) ideas. Somewhere in all that Samsung was accused of just copying Apple. So now at this day we have the Galaxy S6 and the newest Note 5 and all I can think of is: Are the accusations true? Samsung’s Note 5 is a beautiful phone, do not get me wrong, and I do like it very much so; but, they removed the sdcard and placed a nonremovable battery. Mind you these features are what made an iphone really kind of suck. I can add sub par hardware to that too when talking about the iphone. I do not care what you say about Apple’s internal hardware because how well that hardware really performs we can never really know due to vast differences in the software that they run.So since the Galaxy S4 Samsung’s flagship sales have falllen. The S4 did very well, the S5 did about 60% of  that, the S6… well would have probably done better if it were not for Samsung screwing up manufacturing and making too much of one version of the phone. Now we have the Note 5 which did not do as well as it was expected to. Now the Note 5 did sell twice as well as its counterpart, the S6 Edge Plus. Note the last word there….. “Plus”. Here we go with the Apple terms being stolen. You think Apple will try to sue Samsung for using Plus in the name as  part of any argument?  So Samsung has some work to do as far as I am concerned (others do feel the same way) or they will lose more footing in the game to Apple. Apple already has low options to choose so losing to Apple just makes the smartphone world rather boring. The world would be like a utopia of sorts with everyone using the same phone and wearing the same clothes , most likely white, and talking the same way while anyone else would be considered outlaws (I know I am exxagerating a bit.).  So onto to the Samsung Galaxy S7. What do we have so far to look forward to? Keep in mind these are only rumors, some will be on point while others you can take as a grain of salt.


Samsung Exynos 8890


There are rumors around that say there will be a Samsung phone with a new CPU (processor) that will be faster and better. Pretty much the same claims as always but this processor already has a name, the Exynos 8890 chipset. I know I said CPU and then named a chipset but Samsung has pretty much coined it by the whole package you are getting. This processor is being made using the company’s 14nm FinFet processor and features custom 64-bit Exynos M1 CPU cores. The rumors also say that Samsung may be able to release the S7 ahead of its usual cycle.  Also as to who will be able to acquire this phone which will not be everyone. Supposedly half of the phones made will be made with this new chipset while the other half will feature, yeah you may have guess it, a Snapdragon 820 chipset. The Exynos chipset is said to possibly mean a faster and more stable experience. Given the said specs, it could make the S7 Samsung’s most integrated smartphone as of yet, minus google Android of course.


Camera


The talk on the camera has been all over the place really and no one really knows what’s up. At one time it was said that Samsung was talking to Sony about acquiring the camera module it used in the Xperia Z5. The Xperia Z5 has a a 23MP camera with Hybrid Autofocus which is said to be able to focus really fast. You will have to click on the link to see more about that if you want. Another rumor report said that there will be a 12MP rear camera but with a larger half inch sensor. The idea is that when coupled with the larger pixel size it  would allow better performance. Oh also some new Samsung application supports this rumor. Most recently though the rumors say that the camera will be a 20MP camera that can shoot in RAW format. Also having the Pro mode to the camera and more advanced options for video recording also. There have been no confirmation on this though so… wait for Feb 2016 when the S7 is expected to unveil.


Firmware


Next there are insider rumors that Samsung has started development of the firmware for the S7.  Since these rumor are stating a time that was a month earlier than normal it is being assumed this is a sign of an earlier release date. Report also say there will be again two versions of the S7 with one being flat while the other curved. So development on G930FXXU0AOK6 and G935FXXU0AOK6 has begun this month so may be the early release date is valid.

Aside from all of this and with the Galaxy S7 only a few months away rumor suggest Samsung is already producing some of the hardware for this phone. Korean news claims manufacturing had kicked off for the processor and it is assumed Samsung will continue with a metal design but rumor say it will be a tougher metal. I will believe it when I see it…


Updates:


Price


Yeah price is probably important right? Well lately we have seen an increase in pricing for all of the flagship phones out and that has only pushed consumers away from buying the coolest phones. As I have mentioned latter, Samsung has seen a decline in sales for their biggest phones especially having to compete with Apple and companies like Huawei and Xiaomi who offer phones at a lower price that do have some pretty cool specs. So I read that Pan Jiutang, an analyst from China, has stated that the S7 price will be about 10% less than the S6’s price. If this is the case we may see Samsung back on track in sales soon. If this is the case I assume Samsung will do well in India then due to the iPhone 6S Plus’s price being too expensive for most customers there.


What is this thing gonna look like?

Next question…..What is this thing gonna look like? I really do not know. I have seen alot of images…supposed images and videos from possibly correct to totally idiotic. So I will post this video for you to watch here as possiblly correct since I have seen these image floating around quite often. I will also post a few images that I have seen more recent than this video. Checkem out.

Final Update:


As for all of the rumors looks like they were on point minus a few small differences that you will never even notice just the Galaxy S7 is a gorgeous phone. The S7 line comes in the S7 and the S7 Edge which this time around Samsung made larger with a larger battery to distinguish more the 2 phones. I personally think this is cool cause now you can actually justify paying more the the S7 Edge. After reading all of the rumors in this post I will just add a video so you can just relax and watch. Who wants to read alot of the same stuff anyways right?






Samsung’s Phablet line of phones just keeps on pushing the edge going from strong contenders to even stronger. Despite the Note 5 not having a few features (and Samsung taking too many cues from Apple. Just saying.) it still has that large screen and plenty of features to take advantage of it.  The Note 5 is a nice looking phone. I had to check it  out and found it at an AT&T store before launch and I did love the way it looked. It is hands down one of the best looking and will cost you a pretty (ugly) penny too. The Note 5’s aesthetics though come with a price of there own. It is a bit fragile and I had to be extra careful to keep the phone from slipping out of my hand. Don’t get me wrong it is not too bad but coming from a different phone (Also a Note series phone) I felt I had to grip it tighter even though it had a lower footprint in my hand then my current phone at the time. So you will need protection for what  is still a beast of a phone. The cases listed here are in no order or importance or whichever is better so here goes…


Ringke Fusion Crystal Case

Ringke Fusion Note 5

I just happen to like this case and I keep seeing it mentioned in forums by people. The case is a hard slim case that shows off the Note 5 by also being transparent. The case is scratch resistant but nothing big is really talked about this part. You will see some stuff on the case eventually over time. There are TPU plugs that protects the ports from debris and this thing comes with a screen protector. Two for one baby…


Spigen Slim Armor Case


Spigen Slim Armor Note 5



I have this case for my Galaxy Note 4 and this case is just fine for me and it looks good. I bought it in a blue color and Spigen has continued onto the Note 5. The case has a kickstand and two layers. One layer being a rubber-type layer which is great for protection. Its TPU core helps to increase grip around the edges. The shell is smooth (polycarbonate) looks great while is a bit slippery though but still feels good in the hand. The buttons sit flush with the case which does take some getting used to. I noticed it takes a lil bit more strength to press the buttons too. (That is how the case is on my Note 4) Oh I will add in that the kickstand you should take care when using it. The kickstand is more stable while the phone is in the case so if you decide to try to pull it out while the phone is not in the case and find it either hard to do or whatever you notice….its better with the phone inside. I used the kickstand from time to time but I make sure I am careful with it. The Slim Armor Case for the Note 5 comes in gunmetal, metal slate, violet, and gold.



Spigen Slim Armor in Violet

Now the case was hard to find in this color. I could only find it on Spigen’s UK site. The case is available on other sites. You may just have to go looking for it. In the meantime I have included some sites. (Updated as of 3/5/2018)





OBLIQ Slim Fit Hard Case

The OBLIQ Case is another option if you do not want fatten that Note 5 too much. This case (also polycarbonate) snaps on your phone allowing easier access to the ports, side buttons, and whatever else. The case has an airbrushed finish, looks great, and is easy to grip.


Obliq Bumper Case-Note 5

SUPCASE Heavy Duty Case and Holster

Supcase HD Combo Note 5

This next case is one we all have seen some version of on different phones. Kind of remeniscent of an Otterbox but without the Otterbox price tag. So if you want that level of protection for your phone but do not wanna spend alot this case is an option. The Supcase has a built-in screen protector for that guard against scratches and the polycarbonate shell. TPU increases its grip while handling impact quite well. It has that rugged Hummer style to it and it has a few colors even for that rugged ride-or-die female.


Caseology Wavelength Series


Caseology Wavelength Case Note 5



The next case, the Caseology Wavelength at first glance I would say it must have some grip. This is a nice case also which adds a bit more to the look of your device while at the same time offering protection. Okay this case does have a polycarbonate frame and the matching TPU that covers most of the phone which also supplies the grip. The buttons are raised and the camera/ports are open. The colors it comes in are navy blue, mint, pink, and black.

Pelican ProGear Voyager Case

Pelican Pink Voyager Case & Holster Note5

This Pelican case made its way in recently for a case that is military grade. Like alot of cases it is built from a shock-absorbing layer with a polycarbonate shell but… with extra rubber on the outside where you will need it most. This case comes with a screen protector and the space from the edge to the screen is rather spacey for what I am used to. The usual button covers and cut-outs for all the ports and stuff along with a holster that can be used as a kickstand. This case though seems harder to find. I found a pink one floating around and the black one I think is an AT&T exclusive offering. So you will have to hit up the AT&T site to find that one.


Honorable Mention for Outdoors


I added this in because I did wonder what was around for say policeman or security guards. Most cases aren’t really great for running with and when I run with my phone I find myself having to hold the phone in order to keep it from jumping out of my pocket. (Cargo pockets are out cause as you run the phone will literally start banging on your knee. Unless you wear tight pants………………)


OneTigris MOLLE Tactical Smartphone Pouch for iPhone6 iPhone6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4, Blackberry 8300, HTC One Max

This pouch is designed to hold a smartphone with a larger screen. The ONETIGRIS site says it fits the iPhone 6 Plus perfectly. The site also says that with an Otterbox Defender case the phone would fit so tightly. The iphone 6 plus is very much the same size so grab you a slim case with a screen protector and rock this pouch to keep you phone around while on duty. The pouch is made of rugged 1000D nylon with a padding interior and strengthen buckle. The pouch allows for attaching to the MOLLE-compatible backpacks and vests that ONETIGRIS makes. Horizontal and verticalically worn on a belt and can be installed into webbing.


OneTigris MOLLE Tactical Smartphone Pouch

Veterans Advantage, Inc.



samsung-evo-microsdhc-class-10-32gb

 

Get the most out of your smartphone or tablet PC with Samsung’s EVO 32 GB microSD Memory Card. This high-performance memory card features read speeds of up to 48 MB/s for transferring music, photos, and videos and is UHS-1 enabled to capture Full HD video. Waterproof, temperature proof, magnet proof, and X-ray proof, this reliable memory card ensures your files remain safe during life’s little mishaps. An included SD adapter lets you use the card with your digital camera, laptop, or desktop computer.

 

Designed for the Latest Smartphones and Tablets

This high-speed memory card is ideal for your smartphone or tablet. Its fast read speeds keep up with the demands of mobile apps and save you time when downloading or moving memory-intensive files like Full HD video or high-res photo libraries.

Shoot Seamless Full HD Video

Capture special moments as vividly as you experience them. This memory card is Class 10 and UHS Speed Class 1 rated, which means it records smooth Full HD video.

Fast Read and Write Speeds for Better Performance

Fast read speeds of up to 48 MB/s make transferring photos, videos, music, and other media files to your smartphone or tablet extremely quick. The memory card’s write speeds let you capture shots twice as fast as conventional microSD cards, making the card ideal for fast-action photography. When shooting in continuous burst mode, you can capture up to 360 photos (8 MB) per minute.

Huge Storage Capacity for Thousands of Photos and MP3s

The card’s generous 32 GB capacity holds up to 18,630 photos (8-megapixel), 550 minutes of HD video, or 7,490 songs. This means you can download and store more media files and apps on your smartphone or tablet.

Built to Withstand Extreme Conditions

This waterproof and temperature-proof card can withstand up to 24 hours in seawater and in temperatures ranging from -13 to 185 degrees F. It also protects your data from damage caused by airport X-ray machines and resists up to 13 times the magnetic force of home theater speakers.

Includes SD Adapter for Use with PCs and Digital Cameras

The Samsung EVO 32 GB microSD Memory Card includes an adapter so you can use your card with SD-enabled devices such as digital cameras, laptops, and printers. This lets you easily transfer photos, music, and video content from your mobile device to your computer or any other device with an SD slot.

While searching for games I ran across a game that caught my attention. I was skeptical at first due to the numerous games that lead on to being cool but just turned out to be the average card/summoner games.  I noticed the game was free which always looks good and so I went and found a youtube video of it so I can get an idea. Well the game has my attention.  The first thing that comes to mind when viewing the game is the Marvel vs. Capcom type of game. I also notice the graphics of the game are rather pleasing…especially for an Android game. I began to think,”Oh can my phone handle this game.” ………………………………..I pulled my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 out (What can this phone actually not handle…lol) and installed this game.

Contest of Champions Comic book

Contest of Champions Comic book

First thing I noticed is how long it took  the phone to open the game. I though that was weird but then again lately the internet has not been up to its normal quality so I ignored this. As I started to play I started to remember something. See the storyline of the game is something I have seen before in the comics and cartoons.

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The heroes are controlled somehow and force to fight in a contest tournament. I forget the details but nothing you can’t just google to find out more about. As for the game… The game is fun to play while not having complex controls. Some would say that takes away from the game especially since Marvel vs. Capcom is available for mobile phones. There is also Injustice too which I will get into playing also. Differences between Injustice and Contest of Champions is mainly that more work was put into Injustice. Now this is just something I read which just makes me wanna play it. Trust me I will play it and once I do I will post a video but for now here is a lil look at the game.

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So try out Contest of Champions and feel free to post a comment on what you think. Get it on Google Play.

Finally Apple has come out with a phone to compete with the market and I must say it is a nice looking phone but that is nothing new when it comes to Apple products. Apple is now doing things different (for them anyways) and has made a larger iphone. In fact, they made 2 larger iphones. Now if you want some specs on the phones just check out a previous post, APPLE’S SPENDING HAS INCREASED… IPHONE 6 LAUNCH COMING?, on Ninja Tech forums where I talk about the rumors of the phone that were out before launch.I’m just going to get straight to the point here. I have seen the phones and I do like them. While holding the phone it feels metal and sturdy, yet a bit slippery. The phones are thinner and do feel better in your hands. I looked closely at each one and they look to be well designed and they have the curved ends that iphone fans should not find as a new thing. The design actually reminds me of the original iphones starting from the 1st generation to the iphone 3GS but only thinner. Let’s not forget that these also had the rounded curves. It wasn’t until the iphone 4 that the blocky design was used.

I like the metal Apple logo on the back yet it is a definite fingerprint magnet. As I picked up the phone on the display I saw the previous customer’s fingerprint and looking at it I thought, “Man his hands must be dirty.” Mind you I saw the person and he looked clean, I guess, but whatever residue he had on his hands were easily seen on the logo. The iphone 6 was really light and felt good I must say but I myself not being so easily impressed looked closer at the phone and I saw the screen curving at the edges. I tested this by swiping my finger across the edge and yep.  My first reaction was good but then I started to think then asked myself, “What would happen if I dropped the phone one day?” and from what I know the result did not seem good to me.  Now I have dropped my Note 3 and the metal bezel caught a ding while the glass and everything is fine but the same kind of fall my Note 3 took, if it were to occur on the iphone… The impact would affect the screen more given the curved design of the phone.  As I looked away at the phone I began to hear T-mobile reps pushing customers to get the insurance. Even stating that the wait for the phone will be shorter for those that get the insurance. I wonder why that it. So I look around the web for drop tests and find that the iphone in most of those tests have not held up.  Here are a few you can check out:



This test by Android Authority is thought of as very skeptical by most viewers since most of the test done by other users have different results but if you want durability who are you gonna believe? the minority or the majority?


I have decided to also include the bent tests for the Note 3 and the iphone 6 plus.

As you can see the screen cracked on a flat out on the screen fall. I have don’t this on my Note 3 and the noise it made did not sound good at all but the phone is still fine and kicking. Shoot some may never even be able to tell that I dropped it. The iPhone 6 drops tests concern me and anyone going out to purchase one make sure you buy the insurance. Now get this, I heard a story of a person who dropped his iPhone 6 (already?) Watch the video and remember this is on  the first day. This guy I think may be the first customer to have it.



Dude?… can you imagine just buying the phone after camping out to get it and you drop it? I hope Apple sees the video and helps him out just because I can feel that just watching  the video and it  does not feel good. (My empathy at play here.) Well, moving along I learn what is on the inside of  the phone and I personally am not impressed. The specs are fine for most but they remind me of the commercials of the Note 4 that I have seen and the question that comes to mind is “Didn’t an earlier Google Nexus phone have similar specs as this?” Seriously, a dual-core processor? Okay it is a 64-bit processor with a coprocessor (M8) to handle the phone’s motion capabilities while rocking 1GB of DDR3 RAM. Oh and the graphics chip is quad-core, a detail which saves the phone in my book.  This graphics chip should serve the phone well for gamers. I’m going to move on to some pros and cons to help you decide.





Apple iPhone 6

Pros

  • New Sleek design
  • Confortable to hold
  • Fast performance
  • Great display
  • Good camera (generally)

Cons

  • Lacks Optical Image Stabilization
  • Battery Life is okay
  • NFC can only be used for mobile payments

The iPhone 6 with the larger screen is still confortable to hold. My initial testing shows it to be fast and the display was okay to me. Although Samsung’s AMOLED screens are still better from what I can see. The iPhone screens just didn’t seem as bright to me. (A little screen brightness adjusting may fix that though.) This iphone does not have the same battery which translates to shorter battery life as the iPhone 6 Plus. This detail has been mentioned in other reviews throughout the web also just in case you want more proof. The Optical Image Stabilization is also not present but the phone is a good choice for most people.


Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Pros

  • Long Battery Life
  • Great camera with Optical Image Stabilization
  • Fast performance
  • Large great display

Cons

  • One-handed use is  not for everyone and can be uncomfortable
  • NFC can only be used for mobile payments

The iPhone 6 Plus some would say is difficult to use one-handed but that really depends on what you are used to and how big your hands are. Although I have heard it mentioned that the phone is more uncomfortable than similar phones of its size. Now I like my Note 3 and its shape at times has help me catch it before it fell due to the more square look and the metalic bezel. I literally had the phone at my finger tips at times but you cannot beat having enough screen real estate for the playing of games, movies, and web surfing. So with the larger size you do get an iPad-like experience on a small device. The phone is said also in all areas that it does have better battery life then the smaller iPhone 6. The camera is also better which can the a deciding factor for some.

Overall both phones are great phones and at different sizes, Apple will be able to cut into the ‘phablet’ market that Samsung has started with the Note series. The iphone 6 looks great but inside the hood is just mid to mid-high components. Again Apple has cut a few corners by doing what it does best, take lower end hardware and create a cult of fans by captivating the senses with great looks. Smartphones in general are said to be more and have more features than what a lot people will ever use. There is also website all over the web talk about Apple fans being people who think different and are more artistic. If that is the case then why are they settling for the mere great looks of an iPhone and not buying a Samsung Note device? The answer for most is simply to be cool. Oooooh I have an iPhone and I will defend it to the end with false Pros and true Cons, despite of the fact which prove otherwise. Then again having a lot of features just isn’t a concern and just want a cool smartphone with simplicity.  In that I do agree but with any device there are quirks. The iPhone just isn’t for me due to having been spoiled by the Galaxy Note’s S-Pen but to anyone who hasn’t been spoiled like me I would recommend the iPhone most definitely as a 2 year phone. What I mean is, sure get the phone, but when upgrade time comes get a different phone so you can actuallly feel like you upgraded because the iphone experience has not really changed that much over the years. The idea of improving the integration and interactivity of iphones with other Apples would be the only change you will find. So if I was an iPhone 5 user that actually put my phone to use by using as many features as I can find a use for then upgrade to the iPhone 6 Plus. If most of what you do is talk then there is no large reason (a cracked screen would be  good reason) to upgrade from any iPhone 4 or 5 other than to simply have the newest (and greatest……supposedly) phone.  So you cannot go wrong with the iPhone really just make sure you get nsurance on it and protect the phone with a case and screen cover.