Samsung shows off a new Galaxy A7 phablet for 2017, now with water resistance

Samsung has just announced several new mid-range smartphone releases slated for launch in just a few weeks. The most notable of the bunch is the 5.7-inch Galaxy A7 phablet, now boasting a refined design with certified water/dust resistance and Samsung Pay capabilities. Rumors of the new Galaxy A series of smartphones have been leaking around the internet for weeks and it looks like what we have been hearing about these new premium mid-range phones is true. The Galaxy A features a premium metal frame and 3D glass back that mimics Samsung’s premium design found on its flagship models. The Galaxy A7 is the most premium of the three devices, sporting a 5.7 FHD AMOLED display (1080×1920), 3GB RAM, and a pair of 16 megapixel f/1.9 cameras. Other models in the lineup include the Galaxy A3 with a 4.7 HD display and the A5 with a 5.2 FHD display. While all three phones feature similar metal designs, they vary rather dramatically … Continue reading Samsung shows off a new Galaxy A7 phablet for 2017, now with water resistance

Turn your Android phablet into a portable Wi-Fi hard drive with this guide

Not everyone likes storing their personal files on a cloud service, and carrying around extra hardware all the time can be cumbersome. Android enthusiasts remain passionate about our options to expand internal storage which is why it’s time to ditch that old portable USB hard drive and start using your phablet for file storage instead. In this guide, you will learn how to turn your Android powered smartphone into a portable hard drive you can use wirelessly! Android Hard Drive: How to Guide Contents Hardware Requirements Required Software and Configuration Transferring Files to the Android Wireless Hard Drive Using Your Wireless Hard Drive Without a trusted Wi-Fi network Hardware Requirements for Android Wireless Storage The first thing you will need for this project is a phablet with plenty of internal storage space. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for example comes pre-loaded with 64GB internal storage that can be expanded beyond 300GB via 256GB microSD. How much space you need is … Continue reading Turn your Android phablet into a portable Wi-Fi hard drive with this guide

6 Sexy 6-inch Phablets for 2016

People who love phablets are also those who like to standout from the crowd. They know that big screen smartphones are awesome because they give you more real estate for videos and getting stuff done. With smartphone screen sizes getting bigger at a rapid rate, most flagships are now hovering anywhere from 5-5.5 inches. It’s funny to think that not too long ago; the top-tier handsets of the day only had a screen size of 4.3 inches. Remember how everyone reacted when the original Galaxy Note made its debut? If you’re looking to buy a big-screen phone in 2016, its time to broaden your spectrum, and by that we mean going with something that’s bigger than the conventional 5.5-inch handset, yet smaller than a 7-inch tablet. The following is our list of the top 6-inch phablets for 2016. Top Phablets 2016 – 6″ Display Size Sony Xperia XA Ultra Oppo R9 Plus ZTE ZMax Pro ZTE Grand X Max 2 … Continue reading 6 Sexy 6-inch Phablets for 2016

I survived the Galaxy Note 7 recall and all I got was this microSD card

It’s been a crazy month for Samsung and the Galaxy Note 7 after exploding batteries wreaked havoc across the globe, causing the tech giant to call back one million units following nearly 100 reports of injuries and property damage in the United States alone. The Galaxy Note 7 “Batteryexplosiongate” is among the largest smartphone recalls in history. Safety regulators in the United States have issued warnings in recent weeks cautioning consumers not to turn on their Note 7s on airplanes — and not to use their phones at all. Going down in the history books doesn’t always pay off, as Samsung has learned after losing more than $14 billion of its market share in the recall to cover the costs involved with providing loaner smart-phones and exchanging defective units in favor of other select Galaxy devices free of charge. Not to mention the additional parts and labor required to refurbish the phablets with new batteries. Samsung recently shipped 500,000 new … Continue reading I survived the Galaxy Note 7 recall and all I got was this microSD card

T-Mobile rolls out Safety Updates OTA for the Galaxy Note 7

Due to exploding batteries on the Galaxy Note 7 device, T-Mobile is rolling out a mandatory update from Samsung that will change the color of the battery indicator light to green if the phablet has been replaced with one containing an unaffected power plant. Users will also be greeted with a friendly reminder to exchange their phone after installing the update package. The package started rolling out over the air to Galaxy Note 7 users Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, leaving a software update notice in their notification tray informing them of the mandatory installation: “Due to battery issues on Note 7 devices, this update checks whether your phone has been exchanged for one with a new battery. If it has been changed, the battery indicator light will turn green; if not, the light will not change. For your safety, if your phone has not been changed, a notification will be displayed when it turns on and after you charge … Continue reading T-Mobile rolls out Safety Updates OTA for the Galaxy Note 7

Huawei Mate 9 with Iris-recognition said to be a Galaxy Note 7 killer

While Samsung is busy cleaning up the mess left behind by the exploding Galaxy Note 7, news out of China suggests that Huawei’s latest Mate 9 could deal the Korean flagship another potentially fatal blow when it drops November 8th, sporting an iris scanner and 6GB RAM. We’ve seen a few leaks already that suggest the Huawei Mate 9 is going to be a powerful 6-inch phablet, and the news just keeps getting better. Latest indications from MyDrivers tells us that the upcoming Mate 9 will come in four versions, with the high end “Monarch” variant boasting 6GB RAM and 256GB internal storage . Built-in iris recognition coupled with fingerprint scanner was a big selling point for the Galaxy Note 7, making it one of the most secure smartphones on the market. If rumors hold true, it looks like we will see the same functionality with the Mate 9. Looking to raise the bar even further, the upcoming flagship from … Continue reading Huawei Mate 9 with Iris-recognition said to be a Galaxy Note 7 killer

Need a Note 7 Loaner? One of these phablets will hold you off while you wait for a replacement

If you recently bought a Note 7, you now have a tough decision to make. You can either go to bed every night wondering if your phablet is going to explode while you sleep, or you can exchange that ticking time bomb for a new phone with some peace of mind. Unfortunately, letting go of your beloved Note 7 won’t be easy, even if it’s only for a few weeks until the replacement models come in from Samsung – which are expected to ship to the U.S. no later than September 21, according to the official Note 7 recall page. With the Note 7 recall now official in the United States, carriers like T-mobile are offering complementary “loaner” devices to anyone who recently made an unfortunate purchase. For those thinking about going with a replacement or the dreaded temporary loaner, exchanging with another Samsung device means seamless functionality with your wearable devices and other accessories. Here are four suggestions worthy … Continue reading Need a Note 7 Loaner? One of these phablets will hold you off while you wait for a replacement

6 Amazing photos captured with a Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The Galaxy Note 7 has an incredibly dependable and responsive 12 MP camera, fitted with pro features that will have any mobile photographer salivating over the endless shooting possibilities. Even in auto mode, the Note 7 can effortlessly capture sharp, high-contrast images in almost any condition. With a super fast f/1.7 lens, the latest Galaxy Note is able to capture more light than any of its predecessors in the series. If you’re looking for a phablet that can replace your point and shoot, Samsung cameras are the best in-class among mobile phones right now. Combining the same powerful camera tech found in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge with a beefy 5.7-inch display makes the Note 7 a great choice for those who want it all. Just take a look at these photos and decide for yourself… Landscape shots are stunning on the Note 7, packing rich color and sharp detail throughout the depth of field. By dialing in the … Continue reading 6 Amazing photos captured with a Samsung Galaxy Note 7

4 Terrifying Galaxy Note 7 Battery Explosion Stories

Samsung has had a rough couple of weeks as it warns users of exploding batteries in their latest flagship phablet, loosing $22 billion in market share along the way. In the united states alone, there were over 70 reports of the Note 7 overheating, and earlier Saturday, the tech giant urged owners to turn the devices off immediately and take them in for an exchange. If you are still sitting on the fence wondering if you should return your Galaxy Note 7, here are four stories that perfectly illustrate the risk you’re taking by waiting. Man’s Home Condemned after Note 7 Allegedly Explodes in Garage A South Carolina man found his house up in flames after leaving his Galaxy Note 7 charging in the garage. Wesley Wartzog says he left the house to pick up his two daughters and when he returned, his home was surrounded by fire fighters. “Everybody was here and they were actually at the front door … Continue reading 4 Terrifying Galaxy Note 7 Battery Explosion Stories

Infrared camera shows Galaxy Note 7 getting really hot

With all the hype about Samsung batteries catching fire, we thought it would be fun to put one to the test with an infrared camera. Watch things get heated and see how hot this Note 7 actually got when we took it full throttle with a fast charger connected. The device used for this test was a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Model #SM-N930T, manufactured in China. Recent reporting by Phone Arena suggests that this phablet most likely has ATL-packaged battery cells inside, which are not believed to be fire prone. Nevertheless, T-mobile is also taking part in the voluntary recall being carried out by the other US carriers. Baseline readings (10%) At the start of the test, a baseline photo was taken without the charger connected. Battery life was at 10% with a surface temperature of 87.6°F. The phablet was then connected to the standard Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging Adapter and the Samsung USB-C cable that shipped with the … Continue reading Infrared camera shows Galaxy Note 7 getting really hot