You can easily break your Galaxy Note 5 by inserting the stylus wrong

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The newly released Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has what appears to be a serious design flaw.

According to two independent reports from Android Police and Ars Technica, inserting the Note 5’s S Pen backwards will not only cause it to be stuck and difficult to remove, but could also permanently break its stylus features.

As you can see in Android Police’s video below, the S Pen can slide all the way into its slot and then the spring mechanism inside clamps onto it, rendering it stuck.

“Pen detection on our review unit is completely broken,” according to Android Police’s David Ruddock Read more…

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Can the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ take down Apple’s iPhone 6?

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We’ve got a new tongue twister for you: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. Seriously, try saying that fast 10 times!

Last week, Samsung shook up the phone world with the announcement of two new phones: the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Also in the mix are rumors about Apple’s iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPad.

On our latest episode of MashTalk, we discuss all things mobile tech! How do Samsung’s new phones stack up against the competition? What can we expect from the next editions of the iPhone and iPad? Is #Bendgate2.0 on the way? Android 6.0 is named Marshmallow?! Read more…

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Why Samsung still has a fighting chance in mobile

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“The high end of Android isn’t what it used to be.” Such was the supposition posited to me by a longtime observer of the consumer electronics industry recently. Specifically, he was referring to a new class of manufacturers such as OnePlus and Xiaomi, who are willing (and able) to sell handsets that are comparable to the Samsungs and HTCs of the world, but at much slimmer margins

The context surrounding the comment was Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, a pair of devices that are more or less just larger versions of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge released earlier this year — which, while critically acclaimed, failed to provide Samsung with the much-needed breakout quarter in its quest to recapture lost market share. Read more…

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Samsung is tempting iPhone users with a 30-day trial of its new phones

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With the launch of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5, Samsung has Apple in its crosshairs.

Samsung is now offering iPhone owners a 30-day trial of the Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge for the tidy sum of $1

Samsung requires iPhone users to sign up for the trial using the browser on their phone. After selecting their device and carrier, Samsung will send participants a phone with an activated SIM card and a cable for migrating data from the iPhone to the Galaxy. The $1 charge includes use of the phone for 30 days and a “standard” data plan for the month. Participants will be able to keep their phone numbers. Read more…

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a pretty face and that’s pretty much it

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The Galaxy Note series is no longer the face of Samsung’s phablets. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is.

And depending on where you stand in terms of design, the phone’s two curved screen edges are either cool in your book or totally lame and not worth the $100 premium over the Galaxy Note 5’s flat screen.

There is no doubt in my mind the S6 Edge+, which sells for around $800, exists only to throw down with the iPhone 6 Plus, the most powerful phone Apple’s ever created.

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is essentially a larger version of the Galaxy S6 EdgeThe S6 Edge+ was designed to beat the iPhone 6 Plus into the ground with better and faster specs, and a design that dazzles and surprises. Read more…

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13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

weekly roundup USE This week, Amazon came under fire by The New York Times for harsh work culture allegations, Google surprised the world with a new router, and data from an extramarital affairs site was leaked online. These are the stories to catch you up on all-things tech. Read More

Samsung’s next Android tablet could have a giant 18.4-inch screen

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Apple is apparently not be the only one working on a really big tablet

Samsung is reportedly working on an Android 5.1 Lollipop tablet (codenamed “Tahoe”) with a giant 18.4-inch display, according to a new report from SamMobile, a Samsung-focused blog with a reliable track record on leaking the company’s upcoming products.

The tablet, which is said to have dimensions of 17.7 x 10.85 x 0.46-inches, may come with a somewhat “low-res” screenThe report says the screen resolution will be 1,920 x 1,080 (full HD), which isn’t anywhere nearly as sharp as the 2,560 x 1,600 resolution on the company’s 12.2-inch Galaxy Tab Pro. Read more…

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5: The big screen goes chic, but at a cost

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 suffers from a split personality. Samsung says the big-screen phone is meant for power users, but it clearly has improvements — like the beautiful metallic design — that are meant to attract mainstream attention.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A little high-end styling never hurt any smartphone, and the Notes have always drawn two audiences: Productivity-obsessed workhorses and people who just like the Note’s big screen, which has measured a pretty-much-just-right 5.7 inches diagonal for the past three generations.

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Here’s Samsung’s Answer To The Apple Watch

Samsung Gear S2 Last week, Samsung held a big conference in New York. While many anticipated the announcements of the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+, the company also teased a new upcoming device — the Samsung Gear S2. This new smartwatch looks nothing like the Samsung Gear S. It’s a smaller, more fashionable watch that will go head-to-head against the Apple Watch. Read More