After lots of anticipation, Samsung officially launched the Galaxy S6 at MWC 2015. When the S6 was officially launched, it included news that there will also be a Galaxy S6 Edge. Since we know you’re probably dying to know more about these awesome phones, we’re going to dive right in to answering questions about them:
When will the Galaxy S6 be released?
Now that the S6 has officially launched, it’s likely that you’ll be able to buy it during April. Given that both the S4 and Galaxy S5 were available to purchase in April of 2013 and 2014, it makes sense that the S6 would follow the same pattern of hitting the market in April 2015.
How much will the Galaxy S6 cost?
While there’s no way to know exactly what the price tag will be until it’s officially announced, there have been enough rumors floating around from credible sources that we can provide a reasonable price range. Expect the 32GB S6 to clock in around $855, the 64 GB at $970 and the 128 GB at $1085. Although this phone definitely isn’t going to be cheap, keep in mind that you can likely get a price break by purchasing through a carrier and signing a 2-year contract with them.
What is the Galaxy S6 made of?
One reason that this phone is on the higher end of the price spectrum is because it’s made from premium materials. The bulk of the body is made from metal, which gives the phone a very solid feel. Then the remainder is covered with glass.
What is the Galaxy S6 screen resolution?
If you’ve used the Galaxy Note 4 and liked its screen, you’ll be very happy to know that the S6 features the same 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD resolution. In terms of size, the S6 managed to offer a crisper screen while only being slightly larger than the iPhone 6.
What’s the difference between the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge?
Upon holding each phone in one of your hands, the first difference you’ll notice is that the S6 Edge does have slightly bent edges. While the S6 Edge is just a little thinner than the standard S6, the Edge is both lighter and features a larger battery. With its 5.1″ screen and slightly protruding camera, photo enthusiasts will likely have no trouble justifying the higher cost of the Edge.
What are the Galaxy S6 battery specs?
One of the biggest surprises of the Galaxy S6 is its reduced battery size. This phone features a 2550mAh battery. By comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 2800mAh battery. While it will take a full hands-on review to see how well the S6 battery performance stacks up, the company has said that just 10 minutes of charging will be enough for two hours of playing video.
What kind of camera does the Galaxy S6 feature?
With a rear camera that features a 16MP sensor and an aperture of f1.9, the S6 camera marks an impressive 34% improvement over what the S5 had to offer. It’s also clear that this camera is going to take really nice shots even in low-light conditions. Additional features include Auto HDR mode and Optical Image Stabilization. As an added bonus, the front camera has also been upgraded to provide between low-light performance and infrared that can be used to balance white levels.
What operating system does the Galaxy S6 use?
Although multiple reports have confirmed that Samsung is working on their own operating system, the S6 still uses Android. With the latest version of Android being Lollipop, one good thing about the S6 is Samsung has taken noticeable steps to help slim down the UI of the S6.
Should you buy the Galaxy S6?
This depends on several factors. If you consider yourself an early adopter and are a fan of Samsung phones, you can feel good about buying this phone on release day. However, if you don’t think of yourself as an early adopter, it makes sense to wait until the phone has been released and tested to ensure there aren’t any annoying problems with it.
For iPhone 6 users who are happy with their device, the Galaxy S6 doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking enough to justify the switch. It’s also worth keeping in mind that if you simply like having a quality smartphone and don’t care about having the absolute latest, the release of the S6 is likely to be a great time to pick up the Galaxy S5 at a noticeably discounted price.
If you’re thinking about buying a new phone within the next couple of weeks, there’s a good chance that you’re trying to decide between an Apple iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S5. While these two devices are far from being the only smartphones on the market in 2015, they’re heads and shoulders above the rest in terms of what they have to offer.
In a previous post from last year, we covered some of the biggest issues with the iPhone 6. Not only was the biggest issue specifically targeted at the iPhone 6 Plus, but Apple has put a lot of effort into correcting those original kinks. So with that being said, let’s take a look at whether you’ll ultimately be happier with an iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5 in your pocket or purse:
Comparing Their Designs
Although many people assume that the S5 is far bigger in size than the iPhone 6, as you can see from the above picture, the S5’s bigger screen doesn’t require a much bigger device. The same is true for weight. The iPhone 6 weighs 4.55 oz and the S5 weighs 5.11 oz.
When it comes to design, you need to think about what you’re personally looking for in your next phone. If you want a sleek device that’s easy to slide in and out of your pocket, the 6 is going to work best for you. But if you plan to carry your phone in a purse or bag and want as big of a screen as possible, you’ll be happy with the S5.
Breaking Down the Tech Specs
If you’re comparing two Windows devices to each other, it makes sense to look at tech specs like RAM. The same is true for Apple devices. What isn’t as useful is comparing these specs when one device runs iOS and the other runs Android. The reason that specs don’t provide useful insights for this comparison is because platforms utilize their tech resources differently.
Because the 6 is Apple’s best device and the S5 is the same for Samsung, both offer great performance on their respective platforms. So if you’re used to having a phone with iOS, you won’t be disappointed with the speed of the iPhone 6. The same is true for how you’ll feel about the S5 if you’re an Android user.
Special iPhone 6 and S5 Features
Whether you’re an iOS or Android user, you’ll be familiar with most of what each phone has to offer. However, upon upgrading to either device, there will be a handful of new special features that you’ll be able to enjoy. For the iPhone 6, the first new feature worth mentioning is Apple Health & HealthKit. Not only does Health provide a lot of useful information, but HealthKit provides a way for developers to integrate this information among multiple apps.
The other truly notable feature that the iPhone 6 brings to the table is Touch ID. While people were initially skeptical about the utility of this feature, being able to use it in conjunction with the Apple Pay platform is a genuine timesaver and is likely to have a far-reaching impact on how people make their daily purchases.
With the S5, the ability to use it as a TV remote is the first of its two notable features. And as with the 6, the other key feature of the S5 is Samsung’s S Health. This app utilizes the heart rate sensor built directly into the S5. Because the sensor is very accurate, S Health can provide you with a lot of interesting insights about your health and fitness habits.
Cameras and Battery Life
On paper, the fact that the iPhone 6 has an 8 megapixel camera and the S5 has a 16 megapixel one makes it seem like the S5 is the clear winner. However, in practice, not only do the two cameras produce comparable pictures, but many people feel that the colors and detail captured by the iPhone 6 is actually best.
For battery life, Apple claims 250 hours of standby and 14 hours of talk-time for the iPhone 6. Samsung claims 390 hours of standby and 21 hours of talk-time. Based on extensive testing, the S5 lives up to the significantly higher numbers it quotes. Samsung also provides the advantage of a removable battery.
iPhone 6 or S5: So Which One is Right for You?
If you currently have an iPhone and are happy with it, you won’t be disappointed by Apple’s iPhone 6. The same is true if you’re currently an Android user and end up purchasing Samsung’s S5. On the other hand, if you currently use iOS or Android and have been dying to switch to the other platform, the great experience that both devices offer means you should end up being very happy with your switch.
If you were surprised by the title of this post, let me clarify that Google Glass is definitely a cool concept. And while there are plenty of good things that can be said about the initial version of this wearable technology, it’s far from being perfect. In fact, there are some major shortcomings of Glass. The biggest problems that actual users of the product have reported are:
Poor Battery Life
According to Google, Glass should last a full day without needing to be charged. But as more people have actually used this device, they’ve found that with normal usage like checking email and snapping pictures, Glass only lasts five hours. And for users who like shooting video, it’s easy to drain as much as 20% of the battery in less than 10 minutes. Worst of all, when the battery does die, it usually happens abruptly and without warning.
Potential Security Flaws
About a year ago, a security expert figured out a way to completely take over Glass. That’s right; with this exploit, an individual could take over a Glass user’s device and see everything they were doing. The exploit took less than a minute to run, and while Google has taken steps to beef up the device’s security, the fact that it still doesn’t require a PIN or password make it particularly vulnerable.
The whole point of wearable technology is it’s something that can enhance day-to-day life without ever getting in the way. Unfortunately, many people have reported that Glass starts to feel uncomfortable after being worn for just a few hours. While a few lucky users had their frames specially altered by Google, that’s not a widespread option. As a result, Google is going to need to come up with a more comfortable design if they ever want Glass to be adopted by the mainstream.
Although it hasn’t been as widely reported as other complaints, some users of Glass have been less than thrilled with its display. Instead of offering the bright colors people are used to with an OLED panel or modern LCD, reviewers have compared the display of Glass with an old-school, passive-matrix LCD that often has murky hues.
If you get a message while you’re wearing Google Glass, it will chime to let you know. While that sounds like a useful feature, the problem is you only get to see the first few lines of text. If you want to see more or browse through messages, it requires a bunch of taps. What’s worse, you can’t compose a full email on Glass. On top of that, since text messages can only be done through voice, it can create an awkward situation if you’re trying to discuss something private. And to add insult to injury, speech-to-text is often very buggy on the device.
Easy to Break
There are two reasons why multiple users have reported that Glass is too easy to break. The first is because of the design itself. The most susceptible part of the device is the thin strip of plastic on the right side. While this component has the very important role of housing the battery, it simply doesn’t offer the same durability as the rest of the titanium frame.
The other reason it’s quite easy to break this wearable device is because of the case that’s included with it. Instead of a strong reinforced case that can travel fine in a purse or other bag, Glass only comes with a pouch. And even though it does have some reinforcement on the bottom, it only provides protection to the glass prism and not the previously discussed weakest component of the device.
5 Promising Competitors That Want to Kick Google’s Glass
Since Google has yet to create the iPhone of the wearable world, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are plenty of competitors who are ready to give the tech giant a run for their money. If you want to know which Glass competitors have hit the market or are planning to do so in the near future, here are five that showed real products at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas:
1. Lumus is an Israeli company that has been around for over a decade. Their credibility comes from having spent the last five years providing the US Air Force with optical systems that fit in their helmets. With their new DK40 device, they are offering a wearable to consumers that has a bigger screen than Glass and is operated through an Android app.
2. Although LAFORGE Optical is a fairly new company, it was founded by five people from RIT. They’re developing three sets of glasses. Known as Icis, these glasses use Bluetooth to display notification on prescription lenses. The beta version of the glasses were sold for $220.
3. The Vancouver company Recon Instruments isn’t focused on making a wearable device for the masses. Instead, their Recon Jet eyewear is specifically designed for athletes. What’s cool about these sunglasses is they’re able to pull in a ton of data like heart rate and altitude. It’s also worth noting that this isn’t Recon’s first rodeo. They previously sold 40,000 pairs of another model of smart goggles through a partnership with Oakley.
4. If you’re interested in the company that’s bringing the most innovative product to the table, iOptik is the winner of that prize. They actually have augmented reality contact lenses. The lenses are activated when worn in conjunction with special eyeglasses. This system actually has roots that go back to DARPA and the military.
5. With a basic version that costs $999 and a HD version that costs $5,999, Vuzix is definitely at the high-end of the market. But what makes them a compelling competitor is by putting a device directly in front of the eye, it’s easier to do tasks like translate a language or scan a barcode.
Because Google is far from being the only player in the wearables market, it will be interesting to see if these competitors put enough pressure on Google for the company to really up their game with the next generation of Glass!
Before there was Hairgate, there was Bendgate. Although Apple has built a reputation over the last decade of delivering the most innovative and polished products on the market, their release of the iPhone 6 has been a far cry from the high standards that people automatically think of when they think of Apple.
Not only has there been a big issue with the design of the 6, but there’s been a long list of problems with iOS 8. While it’s definitely much easier for the company to quickly fix software issues than it is to correct hardware problems, it still hurts their brand. Given that Apple’s release of the iPhone 6 Plus seems like a direct response to feeling threatened by larger phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, charging significantly more for a device that looks similar but has way more problems seems like about the worse strategy possible.
Since the Internet is already filled with plenty of people who will fight for or against Apple to the bitter end regardless of what reality may have to say, I want to dive right into the specific issues that have made this iPhone release such a disaster:
When Apple announced the release of the iPhone 6, they let the world know that in addition to a 5.4” x 2.64” device, they were also releasing a larger 6.22” x 3.06” iPhone known as the 6 Plus. Although it was obvious that Apple was trying to hop on the bandwagon of larger phones, it appears that their rigorous design and testing process missed something pretty major. Read More
Although just about every iOS update has at least a couple of minor bugs, the iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1 updates have caused some major problems for quite a few iPhone owners. While the iPhone 5S has been the model with the most problems from these updates, other models like the 4S have been impacted as well.
In terms of the specific problems these updates have caused, the four big ones are battery drain, WiFi not working, crashes & data loss, and Touch ID issues. If you have experienced any of these problems with your iPhone, keep reading to get more details on each issue, as well as what you can do to resolve it:
A thread in Apple’s official support forum has spurred three pages of responses about battery drain issues since the 7.1.1 update. The original poster said he’s had to charge his iPhone 5S two to three times per day since he installed the update. Several subsequent posters said they were experiencing the same problem with their iPhones, as well as one poster who said the update was causing his iPad 4 battery to drain in no time.
If you’re experiencing this problem, the first thing to do is check out this post from Overthought.org. It includes eight different steps for improving the battery life of your Apple device. If you go through those steps and are still experiencing significant battery drain, your best option is to fully back up your phone via iTunes or iCloud. Then once everything is backed up, do a full erase of all data and settings. Several people in the previously referenced thread about this problem said that the full erase solved the problem for their device.
WiFi Not Working
The next most common problem caused by the 7.1.1 update is an iOS device being unable to connect to WiFi. As several people explained in another official support thread, they’re experiencing one of two problems with their WiFi. Either the device won’t stay connected to a network, or it will keep rejecting the connection by saying the password is incorrect even though it’s not.
If you’re having this problem with your home WiFi connection, the first possible solution is to unplug your router and modem. Be sure you actually unplug the cords from the wall, and not just from the back of these devices. After letting them sit unplugged for a few minutes, plug the cords back in and see if this fixed your problem. If the problem persists, the next option is to click the lowercase i with a circle around it next to your network’s name on your iPhone, and then click the Forget this Network option. If that solution doesn’t work either, the other thing to try is the process discussed at the end of the last section of backing up your data and doing a full erase.
Crashes and Data Loss
Mirror Online reported that numerous iPhone 4S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S users experienced bricking or data loss after updating to 7.1.1. If this update caused you to lose any data, you may be able to restore it via an iTunes or iCloud backup. If you don’t have a backup with your most recent data, it’s probably going to be impossible to get back anything that was lost. The unfortunate truth is this is a rough way to be reminded that it’s always best to do a full backup before installing any update (even if it’s a minor one). And if you’re unable to turn your phone on at all, you’ll definitely want to get professional help with that problem.
Touch ID Issues
Although Apple said that improving Touch ID was one of the main goals of the 7.1 update, many users have reported that this update actually broke their Touch ID experience. If you’re in the same boat, iMore has published several steps to fix the problem. The two main steps outlined in their post are deleting all your prints from Touch ID and adding them again, and/or restoring your iPhone 5s from a backup. Also, if you haven’t updated to 7.1.1, several posters in this thread reported that solved their problem after experiencing multiple issues with Touch ID and 7.1.
If you’re experiencing any other problems with your iPhone 5S or other iPhone model, feel free to contact us so we can try to find a solution for you!
A broken iPhone is something that no one wants to have to deal with…or pay to have fixed. They’re expensive enough to buy in the first place! Unfortunately iPhones can and do break sometimes. Apple notoriously makes their products difficult for consumers to manipulate which can make you think that the only solution you have is to take the phone to Apple.
This in itself is a myth. However, the reality is that there are many mistakes people make when it comes to repairing their iPhone. And you may end up costing yourself a lot of money should you try to fix it DIY.
If you own an iPhone, you should do your research when the phone breaks. That way you know your options and you can be sure that you are making smart choices regarding the repairs of your phone.
Some of the common myths that people tend to believe about Apple iPhones that can end up costing you big are as follows:
- Water means the end of an iPhone. It is true that water is not good for a smart phone and Apple phones are notoriously bad when it comes to getting wet. Apple has installed many water sensors throughout the phones to ensure that the company does not end up paying to fix an iPhone that has gone bad because it got wet. However, just because your phone has some exposure to water does not mean that it should be written off or that you should need to get a new phone. About.com has some tips for how you can fix a wet iPhone or a wet iPod. You can also take your phone to professionals who may be able to help you to fix the phone in case it gets wet. While there is no guarantee that taking steps to save your wet phone will be successful, it is worth a try rather than having to spend a ton of money to buy a totally brand new iPhone.
- A dead battery means you need a new phone. As an article on Mother Jones pointed out, Apple has largely trained people to believe that they should just get a new device if the battery on their old one stops working. While Apple does make it needlessly difficult to change the battery on the company’s devices, there is a way for people to do this process without help from Apple.Adventurous tech-savvy people could try this on their own although there are pitfalls. Professionals who handle cell phone repairs and who work on Apple products could also make it possible for you to change the battery on your iPhone once the old one stops working rather than having to go out and buy a brand new and costly device.
- You must have repairs done by Apple. With its closed ecosystem and insular environment, Apple has created an environment where users tend to believe that the company is the only one qualified to do repairs to an iPhone. The reality is that you do not need to have repairs of your devices done by Apple. There are other experienced, qualified and professional cell phone and tech repair companies out there that offer services to fix broken Apple products. In many cases, these other companies can provide faster and better quality service than Apple would offer.
- iPhone repair has to be expensive, so you should just try it yourself to save money. Because most Apple products tend to be costly to buy, it is natural to assume that there will also be a significant expense associated with the repair of a broken iPhone. The reality is that while some repairs are more expensive than others, it is possible to get your device repaired without breaking the bank.This is especially true if you take your Apple iPhone to be repaired by tech professionals other than Apple. Repairing the phone can cost significantly less than getting a brand new phone and you should end up being able to use your phone for a long time to come after a successful repair.Should you try and fix the phone yourself, in many cases you may end up causing more damage. This damage will end up costing you more in the long run than it will to get it repaired.
These are some of the common myths associated with Apple iPhone repair. You should be sure that you fully understand the options for repairs that are available to you before you make the choice to either buy a new smartphone or send your phone off to Apple to be fixed.
Back on February 5th, The Verge published an interview with Dong Nguyen. Nguyen was the sole developer behind the smash hit Flappy Bird. In the interview, the Vietnamese developer revealed that the deceptively simple but very challenging free game was making $50,000 a day from ads. Although the app had already been downloaded over fifty million times, it seems that this interview created even more of a flurry around the game.
That’s why people were shocked when just five days later, Nguyen made the decision to remove the game from the app store. While that event created even more of a flurry, and there is still lots of speculation about the real reason Nguyen pulled the game, his explanation was that it was simply too addictive to players. Additionally, it seems that all the attention added a lot of unwanted stress to the solo developer’s previously simple lifestyle.
So if you agree with Nguyen that the game was quite addictive, but actually find that to be a good trait in games, you’ll be happy to know that there are still quite a few really fun games that can fill the void of Flappy Bird being gone:
If you’re looking for a game that provides a very similar experience to Flappy Bird, this is the one you want to play. While you control a superhero instead of a bird and fly through crates instead of pipes, the game mechanics are very similar. In fact, there are plenty of players who say that this game is actually harder than Flappy Bird. Also, since it’s hit the top spot for free iOS apps, it’s safe to say that it’s quite popular. Here’s the: iPhone version and Android version
Wish you could have completely mastered Flappy Bird? Well, if you want to eliminate the frustration and play a game where you can enjoy a lot of success, be sure to check out this one. Your main goal is to control a bird and avoid hitting pipes. But what makes it much easier is the pipes are spaced out and you can crash three times before having to start over. Here’s the iPhone version
If you’re looking for an experience that is very similar to Flappy Bird, then your best bet is one of the previous two games. But if you’re looking for something different but still quite fun, the reason you may really enjoy this game is because it’s another one that Dong Nguyen created. In addition to the popular 8-bit retro style, this one probably won’t cause you to pull your hair out. Instead, you will have an easier time protecting the row of five little guys from throwing stars than you ever did trying to fly through pipes in Flappy Bird. Here’s the iPhone version
4 Pics 1 Word
Now that we’ve covered some direct replacements for Flappy Bird, as well as provided another option made directly by Nguyen, it’s time to look at some games that are completely different but still a whole lot of fun to play. First up is the puzzle game 4 Pics 1 Word. As you may have guessed from the title, it combines both pictures and words. After being shown four different pictures, you have to guess the single word that connects them all to each other. Here’s the iPhone version and Android version.
In this free game, you are given sixty seconds to connect as many dots of the same color as you can. Even though that sounds quite simple, it only takes a few rounds to get hooked. And if you want to crank up the competition even more, you can connect Facebook and/or Twitter to compete with your friends for the game’s high score. Here’s the iPhone version and Android version.
Minecraft (Pocket Edition)
All the games we’ve covered so far have been free to download and play. For many players, those are the only types of games they want to touch. However, if you happen to be someone who enjoys paid games for reasons such as not seeing ads, Minecraft is a whole lot of fun. For $6.99, you can download this game and start building your own world. A big part of why it’s so easy to get hooked on this game is because regardless of how long you play, you’ll always feel like there’s something new for you to do. Here’s the iPhone version and Android version.
Now that you know all of the other great games that are available, all you need to do is head to the app store on your iPhone or computer, and download a few to try out for yourself!