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Best Buy Galaxy S7 Best Pre-Order Deal

Galaxy-S7-EdgeBest Buy Galaxy S7 Best Pre-Order Deal of the Year.

Best buy did it. They managed to offer the best deal when it comes to getting the new Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge.

The Deal losers are AT&T and Sprint which has not offered anything extra besides the Gear VR Headset.

Best buy is not really the winner of the best deal on Galaxy S7, T-Mobile is and Verizon comes in second. But there is a reason why we chose Best Buy as are winner.

We chose Best buy because they offer additional Free + 64Gb microSD ($30 Value) to the current pre-order deal of free Gear VR headset with Galaxy S7. But that is not all, they will also attempt to ship it all at the same time as your Galaxy S7. We were unable to verify this yet but that’s what we have been hearing. We chose Best Buy because this deal is not exclusive like Verizon or T-Mobile is. This deal is available to anyone if they pre-order by 3/18/2016

T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and At&t offer Free Gear VR but you will have to provide proof of purchase to Samsung and wait up to 6 weeks to get it. Where Best Buy will likely get it to you a lot sooner.

T-Mobile offers Gear VR Headset with purchase of Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge but they also offer free 1 year streaming subscription to Netflix ($100 Value). But they are exclusive to T-Mobile new and old customers.

Verizon offers even bigger deal, you can choose to get Samsung Gear VR or Samsung Gear S2 Watch ($350 Value). Unfortunately only available on device payment plan which means you will likely have to pay for it in a way, and you will be subject to 2-year contract. Also only exclusive to Verizon customers.

Best Buy Free Bonus Items

Samsung – Gear VR for Select Samsung Cell Phones – Frost White

Available for Gear-VRpre-order online or immediate purchase in store.

Samsung Gear VR for Select Samsung Cell Phones: Mobile virtual reality is finally here. Watch movies in your own private cinema, be at the center of your favorite games, and socialize with friends in a virtual world all your own. The lightweight design and intuitive touchpad drop you right in the action and allow for hours of immersive entertainment.

 

 

samsung-microSD-evo+Samsung – EVO+ 64GB microSDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card – Red/White

Store plenty of files on your action camera, smartphone or tablet by adding this Samsung EVO+ MB-MC64DA/AM microSDHC memory card, which features a generous 64GB capacity. A water-, temperature-, x-ray- and magnet-resistant design offers protection.

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Samsung Releases Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Waterproof Smartphone – Available March 11

Samsung-Galaxy-S7-And-Galaxy-S7-EdgeSamsung Releases Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Waterproof Smartphones – Available March 11

So it looks like Samsung did listen to the consumers as Galaxy S6 was a little disappointment when they announced that the Smartphone will no longer be waterproof, have SD Card and have removable battery. Well Samsung has changed that, well most of it. The new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are almost identical to S6 but now they are Waterproof and they accept microSD card to store up to 200GB of photos and videos. Unfortunately battery is still not removable but it did receive a upgrade to 3000mAh. INternal memory will stay at 32GB which should be sufficient. As we know 16GB was simply not enough to work with.

We did see drop in megapixel of the front camera but Samsung promises that it will take batter pictures.  To those that take photos for a living know that Megapixels are just a number and the quality is what matters. In addition to better pictures Motion Photo was introduced. This takes photo of moving objects, it captures a few seconds of video each time you take a picture and allows you to go thru the stills of the video and choose the best one to keep as photo.

Lets also not forget that if you Pre-Order the new Galaxy S7, Samsung will give you VR Headset with Games for free. So if you are planning a upgrade you may want to do it early.

 Prices vary by carrier but you you can expect to pay around $694 for Galaxy S7 and $794 for Galaxy S7 Edge. Some carriers like T-Mobile will add a Year of Netflix for free to the pre-order deal.

Key Features:

Operating System:          Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Galaxy S7 Display:            5.1-inch 2560×1440

S7 Edge Display:                5.5-inch 2560×1440

Processor:                           Quad-core Snapdragon 820

Storage:                               32GB:

Expandable:                       microSD up to 200G

RAM:                                     4GB

Rear Camera:                     12MP f/1.7 1.4-micron pixels OIS

Front Camera:                   5MP f/1.7

Connectivity:                     Wi-Fi 802.11 ac MIMO, Bluetooth v4.2 LE, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC,Wi-Fi 802.11 ac MIMO, Bluetooth v4.2 LE, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC

Charging:                             micro-USB, Fast charging, Qi wireless, Powermat wireless            micro-USB

Battery:                                 3000 mAh

Water resistance:               IP68 rating

Security                :                 One-touch fingerprint sensorSamsung KNOX

Dimensions:                       142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm                     S7 Edge: 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight:                                                152g                       S7 Edge: 157g

In The Box
  • Galaxy S7
  • USB Cable
  • Smart Switch USB Adapter
  • Start Guide

Samsung-VR-Headset-GearSo the specs are a lot better on Galaxy S7 then the specs on Iphone 6S but is it better?. We know its better than 6S because its newer but there is no real comparison as Iphone 6S is older and Apple Iphone 7 will most likely be extremely competitive to make sure they don’t lose customers to Samsung. But will it become waterproof like Galaxy S7 is unlikely.

So if you are a Galaxy S5 owner, this is really good time to upgrade as it is a major upgrade from Galaxy S5. If you are a Galaxy S6 owner then you may want to think twice about upgrading as there is not that much change to make you want to upgrade. Unless you already managed to get you phone wet, then upgrading is another story.  Don’t forget to Pre-Order to get your VR Headset. For more information about Samsung VR Gear Bundle Visit Samsung Website

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ASUS Thinnest 3x Optical Zoom Smartphone is ZenFone Zoom Available Feb. 1st

New phone from ASUS, The ZenFone Zoom has the smallest Optical zoom lens

New phone from ASUS, The ZenFone Zoom has the smallest Optical zoom lens

ASUS Thinnest 3x Optical Zoom Smartphone is ZenFone Zoom Available Feb. 1st

Asus announced it newest phone The ZenFone Zoom which features thinnest 3x Optical zoom in a Smartphone. This is a nice addition to ASUS flagship phones even if it is one year behind the schedule, I guess it was worth the wait.
ZenFone Zoom has nice hardware under the hood comparing to Apple Iphone 6S and Samsung Galaxy S6.

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

  • Intel Atom Z3590 Processor 2.5GHz

  • 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage w/ microSD card support up to 128GB

  • 5” FHD IPS (1920×1080) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4

  • 3,000 mAh battery (non-removable)

  • 13MP Camera with f/2.7-f/4.8, dual flash, laser auto-focus with 3x Optical Zoom and Optical Image Stabilization

  • Single SIM with 2G/3G/4G support

  • Dimensions: 158.9 x 78.84 x 5 ~ 11.95mm

  • 11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, BT 4.0, and NFC

Now the specs look really good and we are sure this is nice competition to Galaxy and Iphone, but unfortunately Samsung Galaxy S7 will be announced soon and we don’t know what it will bring to the table. The one thing that we know for sure the ZenFone Zoom will turn heads especially since its price tag is only $399. The down side why it will not become to popular is because it is going to be sold exclusively by B & H Photo. This exclusive deal will attract photographers rather than all users. I don’t think photographers will complain at all. Yet we all know that photographers stick with pro gear, so will they pick up the ZenFone Zoom? Time will tell.

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At&t brings Back Rollover, This Time for Your Data!

att-rollover-dataAt&t brings Back Rollover, This Time for Your Data – Now you get all Data that you payed for.

At&t has announced this Wednesday that it is launching Data rollover. Current At&t customers will see the change automatically and it cost nothing more, that is if you already have a data plan.

So what is Data rollover?, When you purchase a Data plan either for yourself or a Family Data plan. Any unused Data gets carried over to the next month. So if you have 10GB plan and you only used 8GB of data, the rest will be carried over to the next month and you will have total of 12GB to use the next month.

This is a great news for consumers because it cost nothing more. Now that you get unlimited Minutes with purchase of the data plan, rollover minutes would not help you. Data plans on other hand are expensive and keeping your unused data is a huge plus since we often use more data on certain months, and barely any on some.

At&t will not be the only one with rollover data plans. T-mobile has also launched Rollover Program that will also go in effect this month. Verizon has nothing like that but will most likely introduce rollover or will create more attractive data plans to compete with At&t and T-Mobile.

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THE AWESOME GADGETS THAT WE CRAVE FOR

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The Awesome Gadgets that we crave for and are available to us, only if we can afford them.

The parallel striking aspect of human civilization has always been the development in technology and inventions of newer gadgets which have been immensely beneficial to human lives. The wheel, printing press and aero plane were some of the previous seminal inventions. In our contemporary modern age computer and internet are the buzzword. With the help of these  devices we can connect to and do a plethora of things fright from the sheds of the golf lawn or from a cab or from a hill resort at any given point of time and connect with anyone staying almost anywhere in the globe.

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  • The tablet computer

In day to day language these are referred to as tabs. They offer the opportunity to view internet television or watching a movie while being on a long distance bus. They eradicated any sense of boredom or fatigue during, say a long journey etc.

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  • The mobile phones

Of course the cellular or mobile phones come in the top of the list while discussion about the mobile gadgets of the modern world. They have connected the world and have rendered an aspect or the globe shrinking to almost to be at one’s arm’s length.

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  • The digital camera

Although many people utilize the mobile phone handset itself for taking snaps – innumerable brands of specialized digital camera and handy cams have now been made available. The respective consumer can record the real life proceedings of any event or speech or family ceremony by using the handy cams according from his own desired angles.  The editing etc will also be as per his desire only.

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  • Laptop with special batteries

For doing high volume work like when correspondents send reports of international football matches right from the stadium – the laptop computers are used – especially those with high powered batteries for enormous duration of use. These are extremely productive when reporting of an ongoing war from almost the battlefields or army camps.

Thus it may suffice to conclude by mentioning the aforesaid items may only be a few among the modern day useful mobile gadgets but it does not need to make special mention of how effectively do these items serve our contemporary times’ hectic activities. These will undoubtedly develop day by day and in the coming days we might be witnesses to the advent of even newer mobile gadgets which may right now seem to be things existing only in fantasy.

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iPad Air 2 And iPad Mini 3 leak by Apple iTunes Day Early!

Tim Cook and IPAD AIR 2iPad Air 2 And iPad Mini 3 leak by Apple iTunes Day early, Opps someone made a mistake.

Pre-orders 17 October in the US

  • iPad Air 2: $499 for 16GB, $599 for 64 GB, $600 for $128 GB
  • iPad mini 3: $399 for 16GB, $499 for 64GB, $599 for 128 GB
  • Both in white, space grey and gold
  • iPad Air 2 has Touch ID and supports Apple Pay

It appears that Apple has leaked some info on the New iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 in their new released IOS 8.1 iPad User Guide that’s available on iTunes. Officially Apple is not releasing any New Products till Thursday . It appears accidently user guides have been uploaded to the ITunes library little too early. There are rumors that Apple has something New to Announce and is not concern about iPad as it will not be the highlight of the day.

 

 

FApple Ipad 4rom this leak we know that I IOS 8.1 Update will be available shortly and with it the New iPad mini with Retina Display and iPad Air 2 with A8X processor. Both Devices with feature Touch ID Sensor and iSight.

We are also expecting “Apple Pay” with the new IOS 8.1 Update.  Not to forget that its time for apple to make new announcement regarding iMac and OS X Yosemite. This oops by Apple has us thinking that rumors that Apple is bringing something new to the table. Apple Ipad mini  is not expected to do great because of its similarity to the iPhone 6 Plus. This lack of surprise indicated  that Apple may have something more important behind the curtains. Well we will know for sure this October 16. This is second month that apple is releasing something.ipad-Air-2

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Apple IOS 8 Bugs Again

Apple-PrombemsApple IOS 8 Bugs Again on IPhone 6 – many report Problems with the New IPhone 6

 

First we hear about IPhone 6+ that bends in your pocket (#BANDGATE) and now IOS 8 major bugs.

Users have reported that there phone looses service at random which Apple believes that it is a software issue. If you remember IPhone 4 had similar problem with service bars disappearing when holding your phone, Apple solution offer free bumpers that no one really used. This time might be different or maybe not. So far Apple has released IOS 8.0.1 updated to address the issue but we have learned that even IOS 8.0.1 needs a bug update  to IOS 8.0.2 that is scheduled for early next week.

Last time Apple had design flaw with IPhone 4, no one was discouraged from buying IPhone because Apple dint have much competition. This time however Apple has  lots of competition especial Samsung that has lots of similar phones with similar sizes.

iphone-6-plusAfter closer look at IPhone 6 it looks that hardware wise Samsung Galaxy S5 is better choise and maybe even better that Galaxy. However it is more important  how the operating system works with the Hardware.

Full IPhone 6 and IPhone 6 Plus review coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Apple IPhone 6+ Disaster – Worst IPhone Launch Ever

iphone-6-plusApple IPhone 6+ Bending, It is facing a major disaster as angry users express their disappointment with IPhone 6 design.

If you have not heard already the IPhone 6+ is Apples latest disaster. Soon after it lunch people have started reporting the IPhone 6+ bending when you apply pressure in the middle or even when you keep it in your pockets.

Video by Unbox therapy IPhone 6+ Bend test

Unfortunately the bending is not a new feature.  #BANDGATE

The problem with the IPhone 6+ and even IPhone 6 is that the chassis is made out of aluminum. Aluminum in nature is a soft metal material, unlike Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4 which is made of plastic. When tested bending it will emit some sound but at the end it will mostly go back to its original shape. You would figure that Aluminum is more durable that plastic. When you bend aluminum it will remain bend because it is metal.

Apple (Aiphone6+APL) Stocks drop on the news and this is a disaster of IPhone 6. Apple is already facing shortages of phones do to the early backlight design flaw and now a bendable phone to add on top of that. This is officialy Apples worst Iphone Launch ever. People are still waiting for Apple to comment.

Maybe its time to Chose Galasy S5 over Iphone 6 and Samsung Note 4 over Iphone 6+ SEE WHY

Samsung Edge has curved Screen and Now Iphone 6+ has one too, This is unfortunate not funny for current customers that paid at least $300 for the phone. In a way people feel that they might have got ripped off.

 

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Sony DSC-QX10 18.2 Megapixel Attachable Lens Review

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-QX10 18.2 Megapixel Attachable Lens Review – For IPhone or Android Smartphone

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Sony has developed a  portable 10X camera lens for a Smartphone. This is a nice add-on to your phone to take pictures, but perhaps Sony has come up short when developing this attachable Lens.

We tested the Lens with IPhone 5s and overall it worked great, the attachable lens attaches to the phone without a problem, but here is the problem with it. The connectivity between the phone is with either Wi-Fi or NFC, since IPhone does not support NFC we were limited to using Wi-Fi connection.

You can take great pictures with the Lens but you are limited by the Wi-Fi connection. It is great when you are home but that is the only place that you can really use it.

The lens has no internal memory so evey picture that it takes is trasfered via Wi-Fi to your Phone. Because of that there is some lag time. The worst part is that you can only use it where you are able to connect it to Wi-Fi, this makes this Sony Lens usage very limited.

If you have a phone that supports NFC then you are in better luck but NFC transfer speeds are pretty slow compared to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

For The current Price tag of $199.99 you are better of buying a Point and Shoot camera which will produce better results.

SONY-DSC-QX10-FRONT Attachable lens

PROS:

Sharp Lens

10X Zoom range

Wi-Fi with NFC

Attachable lens

CONS:

Some Image Noise

Lag in communication

Limited connectivity

Limited usage (restricted to Wifi Range)

 

BOTTOM LINE:

If only Sony had added Bluetooth connectivity, this Portable attachable lens could see a lot more attention, but because it has few major limitations we have to say that we will not recommend this product. Perhaps if a V2.0 comes out with Bluetooth capability then it would deserve a second look.

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Attachable lens

 

Specifications:

Model: DSCQX10/B

Height    2.5 inches

Width     2.5 inches

Depth     1.3 inches

Weight   3.2 oz. (body only)

Megapixels            18.2

Image Resolution                Up to 4896 x 3672

Optical Zoom        10x

Digital Zoom         None

Lens Features       Sony G lens with 9 elements in 7 groups (4 aspheric elements)

Lens Focal Length(s)            4.45-44.5mm (35mm equivalent 25-250mm)

Image Stabilization              Yes, optical

Internal Memory None

Interface Micro USB, USB 2.0

Audio     Yes

File Formats          JPEG, MP4

Batteries               1 rechargeable NP-BN

Imaging Sensor Type           CMOS

Tripod Mount       Yes

HD Movie Mode   Yes

WiFi enabled        Yes

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha is IPhone 6 Worst Nightmare

 Samsung-Galaxy_AlphaSamsung Galaxy Alpha might be IPhone 6 Worst Nightmare, or even Iphone 6 Destroyer.

Samsung has announced its all New high-quality metal frame, luxury look and feel Galaxy Alpha Smartphone. If we dint know any better Samsung is going after the soon to be announced Apple IPhone 6 4.7” Screen Size phone. From the rumors we have heard Alpha phone will look a lot like IPhone 6 4.7-inch version.

The Galaxy Alpha has metal Frame just like IPhone 5S and IPhone 6, Slimmer design just like the new IPhone 6 will have, No Micro SD slot just like IPhone 6. Same screen Size of 4.7 inch just like the IPhone 6.

Depending on which rumors you hear first, someone is trying to copy someone. Unfortunately  for Apple, Samsung got here first  and that is what matters.

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On September 6 Consumers will be able to see what Apple IPhone 6 has to offer and determine if they want to wait for IPhone 6 or get something similar right now.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a step down comparing to Galaxy S5 but at the same time it mimics IPhone 5s and possibly IPhone 6 in a way. This gets us thinking. If Apple does not deliver something innovative this year, Galaxy S5 will be the Flagship Smartphone of the year.

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Does the New Galaxy Alpha tells us that Samsung will start making metal frames on the next generation phones? Most likely !!

 

Samsung Galaxy Alpha specifications

Network:             LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)

Display:                4.7″ HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)

Processor:           Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz)

OS:                         Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)

Camera:               12MP (rear) + 2.1MP (front)

Video:                  UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps

Additional Features:      Ultra Power Saving Mode, Download Booster, Quick Connect, Private Mode

Connectivity:     WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2), Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC

Sensor:                 Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor ,Gesture Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, HR Sensor

RAM:     2GB

Internal Memory:            32GB, No micro SD Slot

Dimension:        132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm, 115g

Battery:                1,860 mAh

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