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No, the phablet is not dead.

Smartphones may be getting bigger, but that doesn’t mean the word “phablet” is no longer relevant. Contrary to what some may lead you to believe, the phablet is not dead. To those who think there is no longer a category of smartphones that blur the line between a phone and a tablet I argue that you are wrong. Just because a majority of flagships now feature a screen size of at least 5-inches doesn’t mean that the phablet category no longer exists, only that it should be redefined. Here’s why. In the summer of 2011, Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Note with a 5.3-inch screen. At that time, it was considered to be extremely large since most popular smartphones of the day had an average screen size of anywhere between 3.5 and 4.5 inches. PC World called the Note "awkward" and even "too big to use as your primary smartphone," and with only 2 million sales in the first two … Continue reading No, the phablet is not dead.

Samsung’s Exynos 5433 Obliterates Snapdragon 805 in AnTuTu Benchmarks

The upcoming octa-core 64-bit chipset from Samsung has positioned itself squarely between the mighty NVIDIA Tegra K1 and the new Snapdragon 805 in the latest AnTuTu V4.0 benchmarks. It is a great time to be a phablist. We are getting all of the best phones. From the LG G3 to the almost but confirmed iPhone 6 phablet, there are plenty of options on the horizon if you are looking for a smartphone with a big screen and big specs, and if you are a Samsung fan you now have even more to get excited about. Last week we learned that the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 was spotted on AnTuTu in two variants: the SM-910S with a Snapdragon 805 and the SM-910C with Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos 5433 SoC onboard, both of which listed with Quad HD displays and 3GB of RAM. The only problem is we didn’t have any processor results to determine which was better, but they have now … Continue reading Samsung’s Exynos 5433 Obliterates Snapdragon 805 in AnTuTu Benchmarks

LG G3 Outperforms Every Top Android Phone in Battery Performance Test

Recent improvised battery tests by PhoneArena reveal that the LG G3 offers more battery life than all of the top Android flagships currently on the market. When the LG G3 was announced last month, we learned that the upcoming flagship would be equipped with the same size battery as the G2 despite having a much larger QHD screen with double the pixels. This information led many to believe that the G3 would offer very poor battery performance, but a recent improvised battery test by PhoneArena reveals that the LG G3 actually offers more battery life than all of the top Android flagships currently available. The most noteworthy victory for the LG G3 came over the Samsung Galaxy S5, which PhoneArena recently crowned as the most enduring flagship on the market after achieving over 8 hours and 20 minutes of simulated use on a single charge. The G3 was able to beat the S5 by a full half hour, scoring 8 … Continue reading LG G3 Outperforms Every Top Android Phone in Battery Performance Test

Galaxy Note 4 Spotted on AnTuTu Benchmarks

Two versions of the Galaxy Note 4 have been spotted in the AnTuTu database, one with a Snapdragon 805 and the other featuring an Octa-Core Exynos processor. With the Galaxy Note 4 expected to debut at IFA 2014 later this year, rumors about the highly anticipated phablet have been churning away for months, but new benchmark results from AnTuTu give us a sneak peek on what to expect in the coming months. Just the other day we saw the release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A in Korea packing a super-sharp QHD display and Snapdragon 805 chipset, which we predicted would be a good bellwether for the Note 4 – and if these AnTuTu benchmarks are genuine, we were right. Looking at the leaked results we see that there will in fact be two variants of the Note 4, both of which will feature Super AMOLED screens with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, but different SoC’s depending on which region … Continue reading Galaxy Note 4 Spotted on AnTuTu Benchmarks

Samsung Galaxy S5: How to root in 10 simple steps

Get the most out of your S5 with custom ROMs, free WiFi hotspots, and special apps in 10 easy steps. Just about every mobile carrier has their own firmware that places restrictions on your smartphone, preventing you from doing things like uninstalling bloatware or unlocking certain features without first paying a fee, but through a little method known as “rooting” you can gain full system access to your Galaxy S5 in no time. Famous iPhone hacker Geohot has released a one click solution called Towelroot that will enable root access on the AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5. The software does not require a PC and it can root the phone from within the application. Geohot has said that Towelroot should not trip Knox but there are no guarantees. While this process was specifically designed for the S5, Geohot says it should work with any Android phone with firmware releases prior to June 3, 2014. Warning: Proceed with rooting the Galaxy … Continue reading Samsung Galaxy S5: How to root in 10 simple steps

2 Ways to Take a Screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Sometimes the simplest things can be so hard to figure out. Learn how to take a screen shot on the Galaxy S5 with these quick tips. Taking a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is extremely simple and no different than any other Galaxy device, but for those who are switching over from an iPhone or other Windows Phone things may not be so cut and dry. So here are two ways you can do it: Method 1 – Saving a Galaxy S5 Screenshot Using Physical Buttons The easiest way to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S5 is by using the physical button combination. This method is very similar to the way you save a screen using the iPhone except the buttons are in different locations: Get your screen exactly how you want it to be saved. Simultaneously press and hold both the power and home buttons. This may be a little tricky for new users because pressing one … Continue reading 2 Ways to Take a Screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5

100+ Voice Commands and Easter Eggs for Google Now

With the latest release of Android, Google’s personal assistant has more voice commands than ever before. Use this list to save time and get the most out of your phablet using Google Now. To activate Google Now, simply say “OK, Google…” and use any of the commands listed below: Essential commands Productivity Communications Media and Entertainment Navigation and Travel Information Sports Easter Eggs Essential commands “Go to [phablist.com].” “Show me [google.com].” “Browse to [bing.com].” “Search for [Rihanna].” “Open [Gmail].” “Take a picture.” “Record a video.” Productivity “What’s my schedule today?” “Remind me to [call John at 6PM].” “Remind me [when I get / next time I’m at] [home / work / other location] [to call Mom].” “Remind me to [buy socks at Wal-Mart].” “Set an alarm for [6PM].” “Wake me up in [15 minutes].” “Wake me up at [6:00am].” “Create a calendar event: [Dinner at Chili’s on Wednesday at 7:00PM].” “Where’s my package?” “Note to self: [Car is parked in … Continue reading 100+ Voice Commands and Easter Eggs for Google Now

How to find your missing phablet without extra software

Why install third-party apps when Android has a device locator built in? This guide will show you how to keep track of any phone or tablet you’ve linked to your Google account using Android Device Manager. When it comes to protecting your missing Android device, there are plenty of apps available in the Google Play Store. But why install third-party apps when Android has a free device locator built-in? For a long time, Apple iPhone users have enjoyed the luxury of having a native way to remotely track their phones when it goes missing with the Find My iPhone service. This essential feature had been missing from Android up until last year, when Google finally released the Android Device Manager to anyone with version 2.2 and above. Whether your phone fell between the couch cushions or you left or tablet on the bus, this essential tool lets you remotely locate your Android device on a map and perform various tasks … Continue reading How to find your missing phablet without extra software

Beginners Guide to Android Encryption

As people transition from desktops to mobile computing it has become more important than ever to keep your data secure. Learn how to encrypt your android phablet and safeguard your personal information with this guide. Have you ever thought about what you would do if your mobile device fell into the wrong hands? How easy would it be for someone to flip through your contacts, read your emails, check out your schedule, or even make purchases online? As people transition from desktops to mobile computing it has become more important than ever to keep your data secure. But wait, I have a lock screen! While a lock screen is a good way to protect your device from unauthorized access in the short term, this will not stop somebody with a USB connection and the right software from circumventing the lock screen and gaining access to your data. This Is Why You Should Encrypt Your Android Device With encryption, all of … Continue reading Beginners Guide to Android Encryption

Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Gets Android 4.4.2 KitKat

The wait is finally over. Owners of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can now upgrade their device to the latest version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat Samsung started the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update in January with many regions, including the United States, receiving the update by mid-February. U.S. Cellular and Sprint were some of the first carriers to deliver the update and were shortly followed by AT&T and T-Mobile. Verizon on the other hand is notorious for being the last to deliver software updates, has lived up to its reputation by delivering its update after leaving Note 3 owners in the dark for almost four months. But on Monday, Verizon finally pulled the lever on its Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade – with a catch. The update was not available over the air, which meant you needed Samsung Kies or the Verizon Software Upgrade Assistant on a desktop PC in order to get the install it. All that … Continue reading Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Gets Android 4.4.2 KitKat