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Moto X+1 vs Nexus 5: What to Expect

3 hours 57 min ago

Moto X+1 vs Nexus 5: What to Expect is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The different options available for those looking to buy a new smartphone this summer are already wide open, but come next month multiple new choices will be on the table. While most manufacturers have released their devices for 2014, Motorola’s yet to deliver anything, but has at least two new phones coming in early September.

The past few weeks have been very busy for Motorola. We’ve learned they have at least two brand new smartphones coming in early September, the Moto 360 smartwatch, an accessory of some type, and possibly a duo of smartphones for the Verizon DROID lineup.

Read: Moto X+1 Release Date and Rumor Breakdown

The original Moto X was rather popular due to a few fancy features and hands-free voice commands, not to mention a slew of customization no other phone has ever offered. However, in 2014 a new Moto X+1 (or Moto X2) is coming, and below we’ll take a look at what buyers can expect from the new Moto X+1, and how it compares to another wallet-friendly device like the Google Nexus 5.

Last year Motorola surprised everyone they took the stage and unveiled the original Moto X in August of 2013. Offering a rather impressive looking smartphone full of customization options unlike any phone before it. The Moto X arrived with a website allowing users to choose over 18 different colors for the back, accent colors for the camera and buttons, engravings, and even wood backs such as Bamboo and Walnut.

The phone was awesome all around, but had a smaller display than most other flagships in 2013, wasn’t quite as powerful, and started off at the same price point. Eventually the price dropped and more units were sold, but in 2014 Motorola is back with something even better, and that will be the Moto X+1 which is officially going to be announced on September 4th in Chicago.

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A few months after the Moto X debut Google released the Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKat. Both phones are still available today and are excellent when it comes to price vs performance. Here we’ll compare last years Nexus 5, for those who own it or may be considering buying one, to the new and upcoming Moto X+1.


The overall design for the new Moto X+1 hasn’t changed too much, that is if the few rumors and leaked images are accurate. That being said, nothing has been confirmed and we’ve only seen a few very small leaks potentially revealing the smartphone. Below is one of the best looks we’ve seen of the new phone, showing its size and new front facing speakers, but that’s about all we know.

So far we can gather that Motorola learned a thing or two from Google during their short time being owned by the company before being sold to Lenovo, and both of these phones offer nearly stock Android with a sleek and unassuming design.

Moto X+1 (left) vs Moto X (right)

The design is nearly the same with the new Moto X+1 as the original, but the bigger screen size should help it compete with the Nexus 5 and its 5-inch 1080p HD Display.

While the Moto X+1 will likely have an array of customization options like the original, the stock versions from most carriers will be white and black, offering a similar simple design as Google’s own Nexus 5.

Both phones have subtle curves around back making them easy to hold, and very simple yet elegant designs. It’s hard to know what consumers need, want, or prefer, and in the end you’ll need to see each model yourself before making a choice.

Specs & Features

The Nexus 5 offered some of the best specs we’ve seen yet from a Nexus smartphone, and arrived with a brand new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system with tons of new features and a few major design changes. Performance was swift, and we can expect the same from the Moto X+1 once it’s released.

Specs don’t mean everything, and users are likely more concerned with solid and smooth performance, as well as longevity, but here’s the numbers for those interested in how the upcoming Moto X+1 could compare to the Nexus 5 from October of 2013.

Moto X+1 Specs (Rumored)

  • 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD Display
  • 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core with 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB storage with micro-SD expansion included
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 12 Megapixel rear and 2.1 front cameras
  • Dual front-facing speakers (aimed at the HTC One M8)
  • 2,900 mAh battery
  • Tons of customization options

Nexus 5 Specs

  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080p HD Display
  • 2.3 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB storage, no micro-SD
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 8 Megapixel OIS camera, 1.3 front shooter
  • Single bottom speaker
  • 2,300 mAh battery
  • Available in White, Black, and Red

As you can see the new Moto X+1 is finally getting around to competing with other top-tier devices, considering the original was a dual-core while most smartphones in 2013 had at least four cores for improved performance.

However, specs aren’t everything, and the Moto X ran quite excellent, and we can expect the same thing this year from the new Moto X+1. It’s worth noting the Moto X+1 will have a bigger screen, potentially a better camera, improved front facing speakers, and tons of customization all that makes it a better option than the plain Jane Nexus 5.


One of the most important aspects of the Moto X was software. For one, it ran stock Android with a few small changes rather than an entire overlay or skin like Samsung, LG, or HTC offers. This means it had fluid and fast performance just like a Nexus device, making it an awesome choice for potential Nexus 5 owners.

In 2014 we’re expecting the same thing to happen, with possibly even a few more awesome additions to make the software even better. Both the Moto X+1 and Nexus 5 will run the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat, but Nexus devices always receive updates first. That being said, Motorola has been the quickest manufacturer to updates the past 6-8 months, and we expect that trend to continue thanks to their simple and near-vanilla versions of Android they employ on their smartphones.

Above is a quick video showing off Android 4.4 KitKat, and while a few minor updates have changed things, nothing is much different than what’s shown above.

Motorola has a few small additions with the Moto X like the Active display and hands-free voice controls, which we expect to be even better with the new X+1 coming next month. There’s also rumors the Moto X+1 will have a clickable and usable button on back (the Moto logo) but we’ve yet to learn exactly what the company has planned for that. Whether it be for pairing with new hardware, or a software shortcut.

Release Date

The Nexus 5 is readily available around the globe, but mainly it’s in the Google Play Store. Some carriers offer it in store, like Sprint, but it won’t work with Verizon.  The Moto X+1, G2, and Moto 360 will all be revealed on September 4th by Motorola, and rumors suggest a global launch date on September 10th. Other reports suggest the Verizon Moto X+1 won’t arrive until September 25th, which could be the date other carriers receive it too. That means if you need a phone right now, the Nexus 5 or something else may be worth getting.

Almost the entire month of August we saw deals deliver over $100 in savings on the original Moto X, and currently the $25 wood backs are free, likely in an attempt to move some inventory and make way for the newer model. This doesn’t mean the release date is as close as we think, but it will likely arrive before the end of September across all major carriers.


The Nexus 5 is $349 for the 16GB version, and $399 for those wanting 32GB of storage. It’s one of the best price/performance phones available, and will stay that way until the Nexus 6 arrives later this fall. A few rumors point towards the same $399 price point for the new Moto X+1 when it gets released, but that’s yet to be confirmed.

There has been speculation that they’ll offer a one-day sale for $199 on the new Moto X+1, but that’s unlikely. On top of that we’re hearing the new Moto X+1 will replace the original at the same $399 price point from MotoMaker with all the customization colors being free. The wood and leather backs will likely remain a $25 charge.

If the rumors are accurate, the new Moto X+1 16GB model may end up costing the same amount as the current 32GB Nexus 5. Making this a rather tough choice. The Nexus 5 is still an excellent phone, but the Moto X+1 will potentially offer more. The screen is bigger, it has front facing speakers, tons of customization, and likely a much better camera experience.

The Nexus 5 is hard to argue with, especially if you want stock Android. However, if a near stock version of Android is something you’re interested in the Moto X+1 is worth the wait, just to see what they’ll have to offer consumers and prospective buyers.

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Moto X+1 vs Nexus 5: What to Expect is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


See How Apple’s iPhone 6 Reversible USB Cable Could Work

4 hours 7 min ago

See How Apple’s iPhone 6 Reversible USB Cable Could Work is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

iPhone 6 rumors have been buzzing lately about a new development that could see Apple introduce a reversible USB Lightning cable with the iPhone 6 when it’s expected to launched next month. If you’re curious to see a connector like this in action, we actually got a hold of a reversible USB cable to play around with.

Recently we saw photos of what appeared to be a new reversible USB connector that could be coming with the new iPhone 6, showing a new design that allows this new connector to be used with the current USB standard, meaning that the design of USB ports themselves don’t need to change in order for this new reversible connector work. Plus, we even saw a rather sketchy video that allegedly demoed the new Lightning cable on camera. However, whether you believe that Apple will introduce a reversible Lightning cable with the iPhone 6 or not, the reversible USB connector actually already exists.

We ended up spotting reversible USB cables on Amazon, and you can grab them for around $5. They’re made by a company called Tripp Lite, which is mostly known for its surge protectors and universal power supplies, but we’ve now found out that they also make reversible USB cables.

Granted, they only come in USB 2.0 flavorings, so transfer speeds aren’t going to be that great compared to what you’re probably used to with USB 3.0, but they can still make good charging cables if you want the convenience of a reversible USB connector. Simply just plug in your normal iPhone Lightning cable into the female end of the reversible USB cable, and then plug the reversible end into your laptop in either direction. You’ll find that it plugs in both ways and your life just got that much more amazing.

The new reversible connector keeps the familiar “duck bill” shape so that it can work with current USB ports, but the contacts and the PCB circuit board on the inside of the connector are now centered in the middle instead of taking up one half of the connector. This allows the reversible connector to be used with current USB ports without a problem.

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However, we are curious as to how the swapping of the pins work when you flip the connector over, seeing as to how we would think the ground and positive pins on the female port would need to swap places as well. Although, it’s clear that the pins on the male connector are wired in such a way that the top and bottom of the pins are opposite, or it could be a new chip inside of the connector that tells the plug which pins need to be ground and positive.

We’re also curious if this new design will affect the robustness of the connector in any way in the long term. iPhone users are no doubt familiar with worn out Lightning cables, so if Apple actually made this new reversible cable any tougher, we’re sure users will be grateful.

While this development has recently gained popularity over the last few days, discussions of a reversible USB connector go as far back as last year when it was revealed that the USB 3.0 Promoter Group detailed a new “Type-C” USB connection that would be reversible, although the design would call for a smaller connector overall and would oust the familiar “duck bill” design that USB is known for.

While  the USB Group might still have plans for such a design, Apple may be getting a head start with this new USB design and make it mainstream before the Type-C connector even has a chance to get off the ground. However, whether or not we’ll see a new reversible connector introduced with the iPhone 6 is up in the air. We certainly wouldn’t be surprised, but it’s also possible that Apple could still be working on the design and might be waiting to release it until the iPhone 6s in 2015.

Either way, it’s good to know that the current USB ports can support reversible connections with just a bit of a design change in the connector, and we look forward to the day when we no longer have a 50/50 chance of plugging it in wrong.

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See How Apple’s iPhone 6 Reversible USB Cable Could Work is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Video: Specs, Size & More

10 hours 38 min ago

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Video: Specs, Size & More is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you are considering buying a cheap Galaxy S4 today, or want to upgrade from your Galaxy S4 to the iPhone 6 with a bigger screen we can help with an iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 video that comparing the size, design, specs and more of these devices.

In this comparison we’ll show you the AT&T Galaxy S4 next to a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6. This is a real Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 6 devices are mock-ups based on iPhone 6 leaks which we procured from China.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is free on contract and under $400 off contract with current Galaxy S4 deals, making it a tempting choice for users, but the iPhone 6 release date is reportedly just a month away with two larger iPhone 6 models on the way.

In this video we compare the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 to help you decide which one is the best smartphone for you. If you are thinking of buying a Galaxy S4, and are even considering an iPhone 6 it is a good idea to wait for the announcement that should take place on September 9th.

Watch out iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 video comparison to learn how these phones stack up.

The Galaxy S4 is just under two years old so you may not be eligible for cheap upgrade to the iPhone 6 this fall, but if you bought the Galaxy S4 on an early upgrade plan or are simply looking for a new phone there are always options to buy a new iPhone and trade in your Galaxy S4 or sell it to a third party for cash to help with your upgrade plans.

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We expect an iPhone 6 release date on September 19th and the iPhone 6 price will likely start at $199 on contract for a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and $299 on contract for a 5.5-inch iPhone 6. There is a chance that the larger iPhone 6 release date arrives later in the month or even in October.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Video

Watch our iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 video to see how these three devices compare. If you are thinking of upgrading from the Galaxy S4 to the iPhone 6 this video will show you what to expect.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Size Comparison

The iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 size comparison shows that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is about the same size as the Galaxy S4. This isn’t surprising considering the Galaxy S5 display is 5-inches, not much bigger than the screen on the smaller iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 4.7-inch is taller and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is much bigger than the Galaxy S4.

The photo above shows that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is much larger than the Galaxy S4. It is taller and wider than the Galaxy S4 thanks to the massive screen and large bezels. In fact the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is taller than the Galaxy Note 3 based on our mock-up.

It looks like the iPhone 6 may be slightly thinner than the Galaxy S4.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Size Screens

The Galaxy S4 display delivers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, and even though the Galaxy S5 display looks better and uses less power the Galaxy S4 display is no slouch. The display looks quite good and a respectable 441 pixels-per-inch (ppi). DisplayMate describes benefit of a high ppi rating for the Galaxy S4 as, “People with 20/20 Vision cannot resolve the individual pixels on a 441 PPI display for viewing distances of 7.8 inches or more, which is exceedingly close for viewing a 5.0 inch display.”

Here we see a 4.7-inch iPhone 6, 5-inch Galaxy S4 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 resolution is still up in the air. Early reports pointed to a shared 1,704 x 960 resolution that would mean 416 ppi on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 356 ppi on the iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch display. Recently reports suggest Apple could be planning even higher resolutions. This is “Retina” at eight inches or more from your face on a 4.7-inch model and 10-inches or more on the 5.5-inch model.

9to5Mac reports that iOS 8 includes hints of a 1,472 x 828 resolution or even 2,208 x 1,242 resolution, though that pixel-bursting iPhone 6 spec is less likely.  If the iPhone 6 arrives with these higher resolutions the pixels-per-inch could be as high as 539 on a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 460 on the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Time will tell how much of an upgrade Apple is able to deliver and how it looks in person. These resolutions allow a “Retina” resolution as close as 5-inches to your eyes.

We expect a Sapphire iPhone 6 display on at least some of the models, which would deliver a screen that is hard to scratch and that could handle drops better than chemically strengthened glass.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Specs

Here is a quick look at how the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 6 specs compare. These are rumored iPhone 6 specs, and they may change before the release next month. We typically see some rumored specs not arrive on the new iPhone. NFC is one that is rumored each year, but has yet to arrive on an iPhone.

iPhone 6 Specs (Rumored)

See how the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 specs compare.

Galaxy S4 Specs
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Processor
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB / 32GB storage options (U.S.)
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 13MP rear-facing camera
  • 2,600 mAh battery
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Regular Home Button

Expect a better camera experience on the iPhone 6 and you’ll also get more storage options and a fingerprint sensor.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Design

There are three things you need to know about the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 design. These are the biggest differences between these devices.

A removable back with access to a Micro SD card and removable battery are key parts of the Galaxy S4 design.

  • Metal or Plastic – The Phone 6 uses an aluminum design with curved edges and the Galaxy S4 uses plastic with straight plastic trim on the edges.
  • Removable Back – You can pull the back off the Galaxy S4 and attach a wireless charger, new case or other accessory. The iPhone 6 back will not likely come off.
  • Add Storage or a New Battery – When you remove the back you can add more storage with a cheap Micro SD card and swap in a new battery when you run out of power. Neither of these are expected as iPhone 6 features.

Ultimately you’ll need to decide what you like best. If you want these S4 features with better specs, look at the Galaxy S5 or check out our iPhone 6 vs Galaxy Note 4 comparison.

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iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Video: Specs, Size & More is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6 Rumors Look Real in New Photos

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 23:03

iPhone 6 Rumors Look Real in New Photos is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The latest iPhone 6 rumors have been brought to life in stunning realism thanks to new iPhone 6 photos that showcase Apple’s rumored new iPhone release next to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

As we head deeper into August, we’re starting to see iPhone 6 rumors hint at iPhone 6 specs and the all important iPhone 6 release date. We’ve also seen rumors attempt to reveal the iPhone 6 design ahead of Apple’s September 9th iPhone 6 launch date.

Despite all of these credible iPhone 6 design rumors, we’ve yet to the see the iPhone 6 in the flesh. Fortunately, thanks to iPhone models and talented designers, we’ve been able to slowly piece together that iPhone 6′s looks. While these might no serve as an official window into the iPhone 6′s design, these leaks and concepts provide an extremely credible and detailed view.

iPhone 6 concept with iOS 8 based on iPhone 6 rumors.

Well known Martin Hajek has taken it upon himself to deliver beautiful iPhone 6 concept renders ahead of Apple’s iPhone 6 launch. These renders combine iPhone 6 rumors and leaks into renders that are stunningly realistic. And Hajek’s latest, which includes a look at how the iPhone 6 could compare to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, might just be his best effort yet.

iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy Alpha.

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These new iPhone 6 renders showcase the latest iPhone 6 design rumors next to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the mid-range Galaxy smartphone that Samsung announced earlier this month, and one that will be joining the iPhone 6 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 in September. The Galaxy Alpha will be released in September though a release date isn’t known.

The Galaxy Alpha is a mid-range smartphone but it comes with a premium design that combines plastic with a outer metal edge. It’s a departure from Samsung’s usual designs that only incorporate plastic material and it might foreshadow the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 design, also rumored to have a premium metal edge.

Hajek’s iPhone 6 concept mirrors exactly what we’ve heard time and time again about the iPhone 6 design.

The iPhone 6, on the left, is expected to be thin.

iPhone 6 rumors have continually pointed to a redesign and recently, we’ve seen rumors and leaks align around some very specific iPhone 6 design details. Apple’s new iPhone 6 design is rumored to feature more metal than the iPhone 5s, ditching the glass top and bottom parts on the back of the phone for a full metal back cover. It’s also rumored to be thin, perhaps as thin as 7mm, and feature a front panel that’s protected by sapphire material.

Apple’s iPhone 6 is also widely expected to have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a feature that arrived on the iPhone 5s. VentureBeat claims that Apple will introduce improvements that will speed up read times and improve accuracy. We’ve seen enough Touch ID rumors emerge over the past few months to sink a battleship. It’s all but confirmed at this point.

Exactly how the iPhone 6 design compares to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be revealed on September 9th when Apple takes the stage to announce the iPhone 6, its features and its highly anticipated release date.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is much bigger than the iPhone 5s.

The specific iPhone 6 release date is still out of reach but September 19th fits Apple’s criteria perfectly as it falls just a few short days after the announcement and lands on a Friday. Unsurprisingly, the date is actually rumored to be the first of what could be two iPhone 6 release dates.

iPhone 6 release date rumors have continued to point to two separate release dates. The latest rumor comes from VentureBeat who claims that a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 release date will happen in September while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 release date could arrive up to a month after the initial release. This lines up with early iPhone 6 rumors including details from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Both Recode and The Wall Street Journal expect the company to debut both iPhones on September 9th, regardless of release date. Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) recently confirmed that two iPhone 6 models are on the way, a disclosure that reportedly has led to a meeting with Apple.

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iPhone 6 Rumors Look Real in New Photos is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


Why You Shouldn’t Buy the Moto X Today

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:58

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the Moto X Today is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Moto X is still one of the best price to performance smartphones available today, not to mention it has been on sale nearly the entire month of August. With frequent updates to the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat it’s still running smooth and an excellent option for those who aren’t fans of the current crop of Android flagship smartphones.

And while the Moto X is a solid option that comes at a low price, it’s one of many smartphones we think prospective buyers should avoid, at least for the next few weeks.

Read: Moto X+1 vs Moto X: What to Expect

Last year Motorola shocked the mobile world when they revealed the Moto X in August full of customization features, engravings, and even wood backs that would make each buyers device one of a kind. It offered plenty the competition didn’t, had a decent price, but overall was a bit overpriced given the specs against the competition. The reason you shouldn’t buy one today, is because the new Moto X+1 (or Moto X2) and multiple other options will be announced in the next few weeks.

Motorola took the stage August 1st and announced the Moto X in 2013, but this year they’re slightly behind schedule and instead will be revealing the impressive phones successor at an event in Chicago on September 4th. While that isn’t the only reason we think you should avoid the Moto X right now, it’s one of the primary factors.

The Moto X is now a year old, has a dual-core processor even when most phones last year were running quad-core chips, and only has a 720p display. Most phones this year have made the switch to 1080p, and we’re already seeing multiple devices with quad-hd 2560 x 1440 resolution screens. It was behind the curve on release date, and that’s more true than ever one year later.

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Read: Moto X+1 Release Date & Rumor Breakdown

There are two main reasons we think buyers should wait before buying the Moto X, and both of those will be announced on September 4th by Motorola. Those are the new Moto X+1 (or Moto X2) and the new and improved Moto G2. Last year the Moto G was a huge success. In fact, it was their best smartphone of all times. Both of these are worth waiting for, simply to see what Motorola has in store for buyers. They’ll also be releasing the new Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch, and some sort of accessory.

Moto X+1

The Moto X+1 looks to offer everything the original Moto X has to deliver, and more. They’ve improved the device in all aspects, increased the screen size, will probably tack on a few new impressive software features, and rumor has it they may even hit the current $399 price point of the current X. Meaning if you buy the Moto X today, a new seriously improved model may be available in a few weeks for the same price, or a few dollars more.

Moto X+1 (left) vs Moto X (right)

According to an array of leaks and rumors the Moto X+1 will have front facing speakers like the popular HTC One M8, and be better in every aspect over the original. The image above is reportedly the new X2. All of this while packing in a massive battery, giving buyers more customization options, and potentially even leather backs on top of the multiple colors and wood options. Here’s what we’re hearing it will deliver:

Moto X+1 Specs (Rumored)

  • 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD Display
  • 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core with 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB storage with micro-SD expansion included
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 12 Megapixel rear and 2.1 front cameras
  • Dual front-facing speakers (aimed at the HTC One M8)
  • 2,900 mAh battery
  • Tons of customization options

A few leaks even suggest the Motorola logo on the back will actually be a special button. We’re not sure what they have planned yet, but it will reportedly be actionable (clickable) and users can set it up as a shortcut button to launch apps, like the camera. That’s yet to be confirmed, and for all we know they might even have a fingerprint scanner in there like the Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S.

Reports suggest that following the September 4th announcement, the Moto X+1 will launch across the globe and in the United States on September 10th, possibly at the same $399 price point the current phone is at. That alone is worth waiting for.

Moto G2

Last year the Moto G was a surprise smartphone by Motorola that was wildly more successful than anyone expected. It had a small 4.5-inch screen that was 720p, was decent all around, but didn’t support 4G LTE and was more aimed at emerging markets. It was priced under $200 outright. No contract required. The device blew up, sold millions, and eventually they released an improved 4G LTE model with a micro-SD slot for $229.

Read: Moto G Review

The same September 4th event Motorola will unveil, and likely release, the new Moto G2. This device is what many are actually waiting for, as it will have many of the customization features of the original Moto X and G, but be a better device as well.

According to leaks the Moto G2 will be a perfect blend between last years model, and the Moto X from 2013, yet still offer that impressive $200 price tag. If you’re eying the Moto X for the price, the new G2 may surprise you with what is has to offer. These are only rumors, and less confirmed than the X+1, but here’s what we’re hearing will be included.

Moto G2 Specs (Rumored)

  • 4.7-inch 1280 x 720p HD Display
  • 1.4 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 400 or 410 with 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB internal storage with micro-SD expansion
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 8 Megapixel rear and 1.3 front camera (up from the 5MP last year)
  • Dual front-facing speakers
  • $200 price point again

These specs aren’t confirmed, nor do we know the all the details to help paint a clear picture, but this is stacking up to be another excellent option for those on a budget. Or just smartphone buyers in general. Not everyone needs a massive 5.5-inch screen and blazing fast processor with a stylus and 3GB of RAM. The average user will be more than happy with the Moto G2, especially if it’s anything like what we’re seeing above.

Other Phones

September is going to be a busy month. We have both of these new Motorola phones mentioned today, the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3rd, the new iPhone 6 with a Moto X-sized 4.7-inch display, and possibly even two or three more phones from Motorola specifically for Verizon.

The rumor mills have been mentioning a few new Motorola DROID devices are headed to Verizon. Names like the DROID Turbo and DROID MAXX have been floating around, so that’s potentially four new smartphones from Motorola very similar to the Moto X that may arrive in the next 3-4 weeks on carriers around the globe.


Last but not least, we can expect tons of deals to continue arriving when the new phones get announced at the beginning of next month. The Moto X has been on sale for $299 rather than $399 almost all of August trying to move inventory, and it’ll likely receive a permanent price cut once the new X2 and G2 are available.

If you have your heart set on a Moto X, customized or not, a few weeks wait to see what’s coming, or if they’ll get a drop in price is certainly something to consider if you have the time to spare. If you need a phone right this minute, by all means, get it and enjoy.

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy the Moto X Today is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


GameStop PS4 Deal Gets Buyers Free Infamous & More

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:43

GameStop PS4 Deal Gets Buyers Free Infamous & More is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Used and new games retailer GameStop is giving away free copies of Infamous Second Son and 3 months of PlayStation Plus as part of a new PS4 deal running for this weekend only.

GameStop revealed the PS4 deal when it posted its flyer for the upcoming weekend this morning. From Friday, August 22nd to Sunday August 24th users can pick up the PS4 at GameStop and get that free three months of PlayStation Plus and a digtal copy Infamous Second Son. This is deals are just part of a larger roundup of PS4 deals that’ll get users copies of PS4 games and individual PS4 accessories on the cheap.

As of right now, GameStop isn’t slashing the price of the console itself. Purchasing the PS4 at GameStop with these extras will still cost $399.99. That being said users are saving a lot on the things they’ll need to get going with the console. Infamous Second Son regularly costs $59.99. Buying three months of PlayStation Plus separately costs $17.99.

As part of the deal, slashed accessories and games include a disc based version of Infamous Second Son and MLB The Show for $39.99. Killzone Shadow Fall is available at just $19.99 as opposed to its $39.99 regular price tag. Game is slashing the price of the PS3’s DualShock 3 wireless controller by $15 to just $39.99. GameStop is also giving away a Nav controller when users purchase the PlayStation Move controller for $19.99.

All told, this GameStop PS4 Deal is an incredible way to save some cash on Sony’s latest consoles. Launched last year, the console costs $399 and only includes a controller. That free three months of PlayStation Plus is a ticket to tons of free games. Each month Sony gives PlayStation Plus users access to a free selection of games that they can download to their console and play as long as they want – provided that they continue paying for PlayStation Plus. That’s a ton of free games that PS4 buyers get without much effort.

PS4 buyers will need a PlayStation Plus subscription for more than just free games. Having a PlayStation Plus account is the only way users can play against their friends and family over the PlayStation Network, the PS4’s online gaming service. Normally, a year of PlayStation Plus costs $49.99. With this GameStop PS4 deal a year of PlayStation Plus is just $29.99 too.

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Unfortunately, this GameStop sale is completely specific to the PS4, meaning users can’t head to their local GameStop to pick up an Xbox One and get a free game and three months of Xbox Live. That being said, buyers of Microsoft’s console hardly need the incentive, the company has been giving away free games with its base-level $399 console for some time. Just last week Microsoft announced a new bundle that gives users a digital version of Madden NFL 15 absolutely free.

Read: PS4 Review: From an Xbox 360 & Xbox One Owner

As with all deep deals, there’s a catch or two. First, in order to get the three-month PlayStation Plus subscription buyers need to purchase a new version of the console, not the used and refurbished versions that GameStop sells. Those cheaper games and accessories are only discounted while supplies last. That means that once they’re gone, they’re really gone.

There is good news for users who don’t live in urban areas though. This GameStop Sony Sale is available through the company’s website as well as many of its stores. That should make redeeming this deal a lot easier. Still, users looking to take advantage of the cost savings are better off checking the company’s website to see if their local store has units in stock. Even better, GameStop’s website is showing the price changes as available immediately, even though they won’t arrive in stores until this weekend. No deals or extra purchases are necessary.

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GameStop PS4 Deal Gets Buyers Free Infamous & More is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPad Air Sale Knocks $75 Off All Models at Best Buy

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:26

iPad Air Sale Knocks $75 Off All Models at Best Buy is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Best Buy is holding a one-day-only iPad Air sale where it is discounting all iPad Air models by $75.

The discount allows you to get Apple’s newest full-size iPad for as low as $425 for the entry-level 16GB WiFi only version, which is down from $499. If it’s the 16GB WiFi + Cellular iPad Air that you’re wanting, you can grab it for just $555, which is down from $629.

Plus, if you’re a student, Best Buy offers $50 off all iPad models through its education site. This means that students can get an iPad Air for as low as $374.99 when they apply the limited-time $75 discount.

Granted, this isn’t the best deal that we’ve seen recently, but if you missed any of the other iPad deals that have taken place over the last couple of weeks, this is your chance to finally get on board and grab an iPad Air at a sweet discount.

Both Staples and Target have discounted the iPad Air by $100 recently, with Target giving customers a $100 store gift card if they purchased an iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina display at full price, effectively lowering the cost of the two tablets to $399 and $299, respectively. Plus, it was nice that the deal applied to any model in the lineup, including WiFi + cellular versions.

In any case, we’ve seen a ton of iPad deals suddenly make an appearance over the last few weeks. Before then, it’s been a while since we’ve seen iPad deals this good. Usually we see retailers discount Apple’s flagship tablets by only $50 or so, but retailers seems to be taking it to a new level and giving customers a nice $75 and $100 discount on a new iPad Air, which is probably better than any Black Friday deal you’ll ever come across for a flagship tablet. However, since the deals are taking off right now, this year’s Black Friday could be a doozy.

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We’ve already seen plenty of iPad sales this year from a plethora of retail stores, including Walmart, Best Buy and Target, where you can usually find an iPad for around $50 off the normal retail price. The number of deals that we’ve seen has drifted off slightly since the beginning of the year, though, but they’ve still been rolling in steadily over the last few weeks.

2014 has certainly been the year of iPad sales so far, with deals coming from every which direction from practically every big franchise store. Walmart had a big sale on the iPad 2 at $299 awhile back, and Staples even took $30 off on every iPad model. Best Buy also knocked $50 off the price of the iPad Air back in January, allowing consumers to pick one up for as little as $450.

All of these deals came at off-peak shopping times (save for Valentine’s Day, we suppose), so we can’t imagine what future sales will be like throughout the year and even leading up to Apple’s annual fall event where the company usually announces a new iPad model. This time around, the iPad Air 2 is expected to make an appearance, as well as an updated iPad mini Retina model, although rumors about that have been fairly quiet except for the expected Touch ID integration.

The iPad Air 2 and the new iPad mini with Retina display are expected to come equipped with a slightly new look and the inclusion of Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Touch ID was definitely one of the features that users were looking forward to the most ahead of the iPad Air event back in October last year, especially after it was introduced on the new iPhone 5s just a month earlier, but Apple sadly did not deliver such a feature that time around, which we weren’t too surprised about. It’s possible that Apple wanted the Touch ID technology to be around for a year or so and see how it did before expanding the feature to other iOS devices.

One of the biggest reasons that the Touch ID fingerprint sensor is so popular on the iPhone 5s is because of the convenience it offers when unlocking your device and purchasing apps in the iTunes App Store. It’s a lot quicker and easier than entering in your passcode every time, as well as typing in your confusing Apple ID password whenever you want to buy an app.

That same convenience could easily be used on the iPad as well. Plus, iOS 8 introduces third-party support for Touch ID, so we should be seeing a lot more capabilities with the fingerprint sensor come this fall.

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iPad Air Sale Knocks $75 Off All Models at Best Buy is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Video: 5 Key Details

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:22

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Video: 5 Key Details is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Our iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 video comparison offers a look at the size of these devices, display differences and other key details potential buyers need to know.

We compare the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 size and other important details using an AT&T Galaxy S5 and mock-up iPhone 6 models from China. These iPhone 6 models match the iPhone 6 rumors and show what the iPhone 6 will look like.

This fall Apple plans to announce two new iPhone 6 models with larger screens, marking the second time Apple delivered a bigger screen on the iPhone. With bigger screens the iPhone 6 offers more competition with the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Potential buyers no longer are looking at a screen difference of over an inch when comparing the iPhone and the Galaxy S5. Although the smaller iPhone 6 doesn’t come with a display as large as the Galaxy S5, buyers face a tougher decision in 2014.

Watch our iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 video to learn how these devices compare.

If you are on the fence about waiting for the iPhone 6 or buying a Galaxy S5 today, we’ll outline the current iPhone 6 rumors and show you how the devices compare based on the best information we have. The iPhone 6 rumors may change over the next few weeks, so remember that anything we share about the iPhone 6 is still a rumor.

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Read on for the key details that separate the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Video

This iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 video shows the differences between the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5, with a quick run down of the information that we cover in more detail in the sections below.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Size

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 size comparison is pretty close. The Galaxy S5 is slightly taller and wider than the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen and it is thicker as well. The thickness is thanks to the water-resistant feature that Samsung includes, and it is not something we expect on the iPhone 6.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is larger than the Galaxy S5, but the 4.7-inch iPhone is still smaller.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 size comparison reveals a much bigger difference. Even though the screen is not that much bigger on the iPhone 6, the photo above shows the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is significantly bigger. This isn’t a surprise considering the iPhone 6 is taller than the Galaxy Note 3. In the Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 6 comparison photos below you can see more details on the size of the three devices.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Display

Each of these phones offer a different size display that will best fit the needs of specific consumers. There are some potential iPhone 6 buyers who cannot wait to buy the biggest iPhone 6 possible for more screen space when watching movies and playing games, others may simply want an iPhone version of the popular Galaxy Note 3 without the S Pen.

See how the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 displays compare.

The photo above shows the screen sizes of the iPhone 6 models and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The list below includes the important details about the displays including size, resolution and pixels per inch (ppi). A new rumor shows the possibility of a higher resolution so this could change by the iPhone 6 release.

  • iPhone 6 – 4.7-inch display – 1,704 x 960 – 416 ppi
  • Galaxy S5 – 5.1-inch –  1,920 x 1080 – 432 ppi
  • iPhone 6 – 5.5-inch display – 1,704 x 960 – 356 ppi

Samsung packs in more pixels per inch than both of the new iPhone 6 models, and it earned praise for offering the best mobile display soon after release. In addition to delivering a beautiful viewing experience the S5 display is power efficient. It uses less power at the same brightness level as the Galaxy S4, delivering better battery life.

We expect to see Sapphire on the iPhone 6 display, though some rumors suggest it will only come on select models. A Sapphire iPhone 6 display would prevent most scratches and deliver more protection when dropped according to early reports.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Specs

If you want to compare the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 specs you will see some differences, but it’s tough to judge the phones by specs alone. The specs on each of these devices deliver features you’ll use like mobile payments, health tracking and better looking photos.

iPhone 6 Specs (Rumored)

Here’s how the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 specs compare so far.

Galaxy S5 Specs
  • Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor (U.S.)
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 5.1-inch FHD display
  • 16GB storage option
  • 2.1MP front-facing camera
  • 16MP rear-facing camera
  • 2,800 mAh battery
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • NFC
  • Heart rate sensor

It looks like Apple will finally catch up and add NFC for mobile payments, which is something the Galaxy S5 already offers. We could see 1GB of RAM on the iPhone 6, compared to 2GB on the Galaxy S5, but the advantages boil down to how each device uses that RAM. Another important area to look at is storage as we expect up to 64GB iPhone 6 options and the Galaxy S5 tops out at 32GB in the U.S., but you can add up to 128GB of storage with a Micro SD card. You cannot do that on the iPhone 6.

It’s not clear what exactly Apple plans for the iPhone 6 camera at this point, but expect an upgrade from the iPhone 5s. Samsung delivered faster focusing and live HDR on the Galaxy S5 which are very handy features.

The difference in battery size between the devices is interesting, but not something that we can talk about very much until we see how the iPhone 6 battery life measures up. Galaxy S5 battery life is good and when you need more power you can switch to Ultra Power Saver mode.

Samsung packs in a heart rate sensor on the back to help track some health data like heart rate and stress levels. Apps can use the iPhone 5s flash to do this, and likely will offer similar heart rate solutions on the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Design

There are three major differences in the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 design that buyers should take note of. The phones definitely look different, but once you get past the overall looks and use of curves or dimples here are the important bits.

We take a closer look at the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 design.

  • Water-Resistant – The Galaxy S5 can survive in three feet of water for 30 minutes. That’s not a lot of depth, but it means the phone won’t die after a drop into the sink or if you spill something on it.
  • Aluminum vs Plastic – The iPhone 6 design keeps metal as the main element and uses more of it on the back. The Galaxy S5 offers a plastic back like the other Galaxy devices.
  • Removable Back & Battery – Galaxy S5 design includes a removable back that offers access to the Micro SD card slot and a removable back.

Ultimately the design preference comes down to what you like and what you need from a smartphone. It would be a surprise to see a water-resistant iPhone 6 with Micro SD card support.

Price & Release Date

The Galaxy S5 release arrived in April and the price started at $199 on contract, but we are already seeing Galaxy S5 deals that drop the price to $99 on contract. If you want to buy the Galaxy S5 on one of the new $0 down plans expect to pay $27 to $32.50 over 24 installments.

The Galaxy S5 is already available for as little as $99 on contract. We expect an iPhone 6 release date in September and prices at $199 and $299 on contract are likely.

The iPhone 6 price will likely stick at $199 for the 4.7-inch model. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 price will likely jump $100 to $299 on contract. We can expect installment plan options with $0 down for payments starting around $27 and up.

Apple is holding an iPhone 6 event on September 9th, according to reports, and that points to an iPhone 6 release date on September 19th for at least the 4.7-inch model. We could see a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 release date later in September or in early October.

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iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Video: 5 Key Details is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


Best Galaxy S5 Screen Protectors

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 23:10

Best Galaxy S5 Screen Protectors is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When the Samsung Galaxy S5 was first released, the popular group DisplayMate said it had the best smartphone display ever. And you’ll want to protect all 5.1-inches of that beautiful 1920 x 1080p full HD AMOLED display. While there’s many reports that dispute that, there’s no arguing Samsung makes some of the better screens around.

This phone has some of the best hardware available, a stunning camera that takes excellent photos, and it’s fully dust and water-resistant thanks to an IP67 certification. The screen even has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that’s supposed to be able to handle scrapes and scratches. However, many users still want to use a screen protector.

Read: 5 Best Galaxy S5 Wallet Cases

It may be dust and water resistant and be built to last, but you never know when an accident will occur or one too many tosses in your backpack will finally scratch that display. Screen protectors are nothing new to smartphone owners, but choosing the right one these days can be a challenge. There’s hundreds of different options and variety packs on Amazon, cheap terrible options at many carrier stores, and more, so read on for our list of some of the best Galaxy S5 screen protectors available today.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 and its screen are both extremely durable, and the entire design was crafted with protecting that screen from drops, scratches, or accidents. However, many people still choose to use screen protectors, myself included, so we figured a round up of a few of your best options was in order.

You can get cheap $2.99 protectors on eBay, but they won’t last, and are all usually junk. Even a few of the decent $9.99 options usually aren’t your best route. When you pay $599 for a smartphone, you shouldn’t cheap out on protecting the most important aspect of the device.

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Read: How to Perfectly Install a Galaxy S5 Screen Protector

When it comes to picking a screen protector we’ll help you weave through all the options, explain why some are more than others and what makes them expensive, then show you the few we’d use personally on our own Galaxy S5 smartphones. These days you can actually buy screen protectors made of strengthened and hardened glass. Essentially a second layer of extremely durable glass on your device. If you drop it and it breaks, you’re regular screen is likely just fine. Those are the best option, but also cost the most.

ZAGG was extremely popular back in the day with their military grade protectors, but the technology we use to protect our devices has come a long ways. There’s no reason to have cheap protectors that bubble or fade in color, or ones that show every single fingerprint and get scratched from anything that touches it. There’s no point in protecting your screen from scratches if it’ll still look terrible because the screen protector is as scratched as can be. Instead, choose one of the options outlined in our slideshow below.

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Not only does Spigen make some of the best and most durable cases for smartphones, including the Galaxy S5, but their screen protectors are some of the best on the market. That being said, they're also some of the most expensive.

The Spigen GLAS.tR series offers real glass screens, ones that are extremely rugged, won't show fingerprints or reflections from screen glare, have a coating to resist fingerprints and oils, and they won't fall apart if for whatever reason it does shatter.

The edges are round so they won't chip, and cases will still fit snug without pulling up your screen protector. We've all probably had that happen, but Spigen designed theirs so it won't. The GLAS.tR Slim is 0.4mm thin, so you'll notice it installed, but it's also the most durable. It isn't cheap, costing $27.99, but will be well worth the purchase.

Spigen also offers a 0.2mm option for $32, and a super thin yet still extremely durable 0.15mm NANO Slim option for even more money. Personally I'd choose the middle ground, but for those on a budget the $27.99 option is your best bet when it comes to protecting the Galaxy S5.

Spigen GLAS.tR SLIM - $27.99 - Amazon Link

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Best Galaxy S5 Screen Protectors is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update Hits More U.S. Users

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 22:32

Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update Hits More U.S. Users is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

With no Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates in sight, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update roll out continues in the United States with a major Galaxy S4 mini variant getting its bump from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to Android 4.4.2 KitKat today.

Since January, Samsung has been rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat, Google’s latest Android update. And while some manufacturers have moved to newer versions of the Android 4.4 KitKat update, Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat to be specific, Samsung has been content with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, an older version of the software.

Samsung is currently rolling out a number of Galaxy Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates including Android 4.4.2 upgrades for the Galaxy Note 2 and variants of the Galaxy S4. Today, a new Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update has landed in the United States though it’s not Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat, it’s the same old Android 4.4.2 KitKat update.

Thanks to an update on Samsung’s software upgrade page, we know that the AT&T Galaxy S4 mini Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is set to roll out starting today. It’s not clear what will be on board the device’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat update though we suspect that it will feature the same enhancements and fixes that arrived for AT&T’s regular Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Active earlier this year.

AT&T Galaxy S4 mini owners will want to be on the look out for the update going forward. To manually check for the update, head to Applications > Settings > About Phone > Software update > Check for update. If the update is available, there will be a prompt that starts the download and installation process. It’s not yet clear how big this update is.

The update follows in the footsteps of the Galaxy S4 mini Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates for Sprint, U.S. Cellular and Verizon, all of which were rolled out several weeks ago. The arrival of the AT&T Galaxy S4 mini Android 4.4.2 KitKat update could mean that a roll out in other parts of the world, namely Canada, could be close behind.

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Canadian carrier Rogers is typically not far behind AT&T when it comes to Android software updates and the carrier lists its Galaxy S4 mini Android 4.4 KitKat update as “coming soon.”

This Galaxy S4 mini Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is just one of several that are still missing in the United States. Specifically, we still haven’t seen the C Spire Galaxy S4 or MetroPCS Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates roll out and it’s not clear what those carriers have up their sleeve. Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates hit major Galaxy S4 variants in the U.S. many months ago.

Carriers in Australia are still promising their remaining Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades for August though new Android update schedule releases for Vodafone and Optus don’t guarantee updates for the month of August. We simply haven’t seen any movement in the past few weeks and users shouldn’t feel confident about imminent upgrades.

As we’ve pointed out, things could be worse. Fellow Aussie carrier Telstra still hasn’t confirmed a Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade even though it’s now listing update releases through September.

It’s not clear where the Galaxy S4 goes from here. Earlier this month, we spotted a Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update in testing at an Australian carrier though it’s not clear when or if it will roll out. We’ve also seen Samsung announce that its upcoming Galaxy Alpha will arrive with Android 4.4.4 KitKat on board.

While those leave the door open for Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates for older devices, it’s possible that Samsung will opt to skip them for Google’s brand new Android L update that’s expected to arrive later this year.

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Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update Hits More U.S. Users is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


Android’s Photo Sphere Camera App Comes to iPhone

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 18:58

Android’s Photo Sphere Camera App Comes to iPhone is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Joining the long list of other Google apps available for the iPhone, Android’s Photo Sphere 360-degree camera app is now available on Apple’s smartphone.

If you’re not familiar with the many features of the Android camera, Photo Sphere is one of those features that lets users create 360-degree panoramas, very similar to how you can look around in Google Maps Street View in any direction. And in fact, you can submit your own Photo Spheres to Google Maps and have anyone view them.

Anyway, this same feature has now made its way to iOS and is available now for iPhone users. Unlike the built-in capabilities of Photo Sphere in the Android camera app, Photo Sphere on iOS comes as a dedicated app that you have to download from the iTunes App Store, but it’s completely free to do so.

So how does it work? You stand in one spot, press the shutter button and slowly and carefully move your iPhone around and take pictures at every possible angle so that you capture a complete 360-degree panorama of your surroundings. Once you’re done, the app will stitch all of those photos together to create a “sphere” and then you can view it by swinging in any direction. It’s almost like you’re standing inside of a globe looking out into your surroundings; it’s quite magical.

Of course, this isn’t the first app of its kind to hit the iPhone. Microsoft’s Photosynth app has the same capability, but a little bit of competition is a good thing.

It’s important to note that Photo Sphere on iOS only works with the iPhone 4s and newer, so iPhone 4 users are out of luck here. However, it does work with iPad, though, which is an added bonus for those who want more screen real estate when creating their 360-degree panoramas with the app.

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After creating your Photo Spheres, you can you can publish the photo to Google Maps or share it to Google+, Facebook, Twitter or through email.

Ever since Apple dropped Google support for Maps and YouTube out of iOS, the search giant has been taking matters into its own hands by releasing iOS apps of its own for iPhone and iPad users to take advantage of. iOS users can get Gmail, Google Maps, Hangouts, Google Voice, YouTube, and a ton of other Google apps right on iOS. To say that Google isn’t ignoring iOS would be an understatement, and while Android users can get more benefits from the Google ecosystem, iOS users aren’t far behind.

Of course, while Google Now is available on iOS, it’s certainly not as handy as it is on Android, and the confusing situation with the Google Drive app is frustrating to say the least, but if you heavily rely on Google’s ecosystem for your productivity, you definitely want to use its apps on iPhone whenever possible.

Google has come a long way on iOS, originally just being the default maps provider for the original Maps app. Since then, though, Google has brought its own Maps app to iOS, as well as Gmail, Google+, Hangouts, Google Voice, and a ton more. We can’t see any reason why the company would stop developing for iOS, and this latest release of the Photo Sphere app is proof that the company is still firing on all cylinders when it comes to iOS apps.

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Android’s Photo Sphere Camera App Comes to iPhone is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.


Midnight Destiny Release Date Events Announced

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 18:47

Midnight Destiny Release Date Events Announced is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Destiny release date arrives with at least one confirmed midnight release opening that will give gamers fast access to Destiny. We already know one midnight Destiny release date event that includes a $10 reward and a free t-shirt and expect to see another event confirmed in the coming weeks.

Gamers can stop into a midnight Destiny release date event to get the game at 12:01 AM as soon as it is available for sale, and thankfully this is a bigger budget game with more stores open late than we saw for the Madden 15 midnight release date events.

As the Destiny release date nears we’ll have more info to share, but for now you can count on a Best Buy midnight destiny release day event and with GameStop offering plenty of bonuses and claiming that Destiny is their most pre-ordered game ever it’s a good chance we’ll see a GameStop Destiny midnight release event as well.

Here is what we know about midnight Destiny release date events and plans so far.

We even have a few details about when you can grab a digital Destiny midnight release, with great news for players on the east coast.

Compare Destiny Special Editions

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On top of formal midnight Destiny release date events, it is very likely that Walmart and Target will sell the game at 12:01 AM at any store open 24 hours.

Best Buy Midnight Destiny Release Details

We already have confirmation of a Best Buy midnight Destiny release date event at many stores. Not all Best Buy locations are open late for this, including some in decent size cities, so make sure you check which Best Buy locations are open at midnight on the Destiny release date.

Here are the Bet Buy Midnight Destiny release details you need to know.

Best Buy offers a free t-shirt while supplies last. The free Destiny t-shirt shows the three player classes users can choose in black and blue on a heather gray shirt. The free shirt is only available at the midnight release.

Free Destiny t-shirt.

Read: Destiny Multiplayer Details

Check the Destiny Midnight release store openings to see if your local store is involved in this option. There are no details on any special events, aside from the shirt, so you may end up standing outside Best Buy until midnight.

If you pre-order Destiny from Best Buy and are a MyBestBuy member you’ll get a $10 reward certificate to use on your next game.

GameStop Midnight Destiny Release Details

There is nothing on the calendar for a GameStop Destiny midnight release event, but it is incredibly unlikely that the company will pass up this opportunity, especially with an incredible number of pre-orders from gamers that want to play Destiny as soon as possible.

No confirmation yet, but you can expect GameStop Destiny midnight release events.

When GameStop makes an official announcement we should see a banner on the GameStop Events page advertising the Destiny Midnight release events. Right now it is focused on Madden. The Destiny Midnight release may also share the spotlight with NHL 15, which arrives on September 9th as well. With two big games arriving on the same day expect GameStop to open up for the midnight sales.

Typically GameStop opens at 9PM for a midnight release event, completing any sales for the pre-order and then will hand out Destiny at 12:01 AM, with employees available until 12:30 at most locations.

It’s possible that there will be chances to play Destiny early at the event or other festivities, depending on the store and any plans from Bungie or Activision.

Typically more GameStop stores open for a midnight release than Best Buy locations.

If you want to buy the digital Destiny release on PlayStation you should be able to pre-load the game a day early and then play right at midnight Eastern. This is not confirmed yet, with similar options for Madden 15 we fully expect Sony and Bungie will make this happen.

Read: Destiny PS4 vs PS3 Comparison

After the Destiny beta let gamers play one of the most exciting games of the year early, many users cannot wait for the Destiny release date to arrive on September 9th. We don’t know of any Destiny deals just yet, aside from the $10 reward, but we could see some arrive in the coming weeks.

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PS4 Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Details:

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is one of the top PS4 games to buy in 2014 not only becuase it is a new Call of Duty game, but because it is ready for a PS4 lacking fun shooters. 

Yest it arrives into a fall filled with Destiny, but Killzone didn't live up to the excitement and there is no Titanfall for PS4. 

Instead gamers get this Kevin Spacey filled Call of Duty Advanced Warfare release that delivers a super soldier with smart weapons and access to technology like never before including drones and hoverbikes. 

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Gameplay Video


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Midnight Destiny Release Date Events Announced is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


EA Access Madden 15 Release Date Confirmed with a Catch

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:19

EA Access Madden 15 Release Date Confirmed with a Catch is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The EA Access Madden 15 release date is confirmed for this week delivering five days of early access to Madden 15 to users with an Xbox One and a subscription, but it comes with a huge catch.

This is as close to a Madden 15 demo as you’ll get this year as EA is offering the full Madden 15 game early on EA Access instead of just parts of it for a demo.

There is a catch. The EA Access Madden 15 release is limited to six hours of game play. It’s not clear if that is time spent playing actual Madden 15 games or if time spent in Madden Ultimate Team or the Gauntlet will also count.

Read: Madden 15 Release Date Details

While EA did not offer a specific time, the EA Access Madden 15 release date arrives on August 21st, five days before the new Madden release date lands in stores.

The EA Access Madden 15 release date is confirmed for five days of early access.

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We’ve reached out to EA to ask what time EA Access members can download Madden 15 on the 21st. Odds are good that the time is 12:01 AM Pacific like most digital launches on the Xbox One, but there is a chance that EA will shift this to a different time. This is the first EA Access game to offer early access to a full game on the Xbox One.

To use EA Access to play Madden 15 early you need an Xbox One, EA Access Hub and to subscribe to EA Access for $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year. You can pay with a credit card or PayPal, but EA will not accept any Xbox credit that you may have on your account, despite being tied into Xbox and Xbox Live. The subscription auto renews and is non-refundable.

Read: Is EA Access Worth Buying?

An EA Access subscription includes early access to Madden 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15 and other EA games. You also get to play four older games including Battlefield 4, Madden 25, FIFA 14 and Peggle 2.

The EA Access Madden 15 download only offers six hours of game play.

Gamers who pay EA for the chance at the early EA Access Madden 15 release also get 10% off digital downloads including full EA games. So you can save about $6 off Madden 15 if you buy it digitally. On Xbox One there is no option to pre-order and so far the Madden 15 Xbox One digital download is missing from the store. There is also no word on the option to buy a digital Madden 15 Ultimate edition on Xbox One.

With the 10% off deal gamers can also save on in-game purchases like Madden Ultimate Team packs, cutting the price slightly. This is a small deal, but it could add up if you buy a lot of in-game content for a better Ultimate Team.

Gamers who still can’t wait to play have a few more days to get in on the Madden 15 deal that cuts the price to $15 with a Madden 25 trade in and a coupon for $10 off a future purchase. This Best Buy Madden 15 deal is the best we’ve seen yet and the store staff now knows how to check users out and provide the $10 coupon. You can get in on this Madden 15 deal through August 23rd.

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This year's edition of Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, promises to be a huge departure for the series. To be clear, players objectives for the most part remain the same. Players will still be tasked with killing the enemy as fast as they can. That being said, Sledgehammer, the game’s developer, has put its own stamp on the franchise.

This year’s game will come loaded with strange new gadgets. There’s a new directed energy weapon for when you really need to take down an opponent with just one shot. New weapons will also give players the ability to temporarily see through walls when they need to. This being a game about war from the future, there’s also plenty of outlandish flying vehicles and exoskeletons that gives players the ability to climb walls and super strength.

Read: Amazing Video Shows Cool Gadgets Coming in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches on November 4th. It’ll be available on the Windows PCs, the PS3, the PS4 and the Xbox 360 in addition to the Xbox One. Xbox owners will get access to special downloadable content before anyone else.

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EA Access Madden 15 Release Date Confirmed with a Catch is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s: 5 Things to Know About the Big iPhone

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:42

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s: 5 Things to Know About the Big iPhone is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple is finally ready to deliver a big iPhone that will surpass the iPhone 5s with a larger display. Thanks to many leaks and shipping from China we can share a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s comparison that shows just how much bigger the largest iPhone 6 will be.

It’s been almost two years since Apple increased the iPhone screen size, and the iPhone 5s carries that same 4-inch screen. In a month we expect to see Apple deliver two new iPhone 6 screen sizes including a 4.7-inch model and a massive 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

We’re taking a closer look at the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s size comparison as well as other key details that potential buyers need to know as we move closer to the iPhone 6 release date in late September.

A 5.5-inch iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s shows a massive difference in size.

We are using a Verizon iPhone 5s running iOS 8 and two iPhone 6 mock ups from China that bring the iPhone 6 rumors to life with a 4.7-inch display and a 5.5-inch display.

The larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5 side-by-side photo above shows just how big this new iPhone is. There is a chance that the final design will change, but we are already seeing iPhone 6 cases for the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 with the same design.

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Watch the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s video below to see how the iPhone 5s and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 compared. We’ll also show you the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 for good measure.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s Size

It is impossible to hold the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5s and not immediately say, “This is huge.”

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is not much bigger than the iPhone 5s, but the 5.5-inch iPhone is simply massive. It is taller than the Galaxy Note 3, which is already a big device.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is much bigger than the iPhone 5s.

In the photo above you can see the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s size comparison that shows a big difference in size. The larger iPhone 6 still fits in a pocket, but users with small hands may need to commit to two-handed use and small pockets on women’s pants may prove to be a challenge for this device.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s Display

The main reason that the new iPhone 6 is so much bigger than the iPhone 5s is the big jump in screen size. The iPhone 5s features a 4-inch display and the iPhone 6 next to it in this photo delivers a 5.5-inch display. That’s a 1.5-inch increase, the largest Apple’s ever delivered on the iPhone.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s screen size comparison shows a major upgrade.

The iPhone 5s resolution is 1,136 x 640 with 326 pixels per inch (ppi). The largest iPhone 6 will offer a 5.5-inch display with a 1,704 x 960 resolution based on current leaks. This translates into a higher 356 ppi that should deliver a little more detail to photos and videos. The iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display will reportedly use the same resolution and offer a higher 416 ppi.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s One Handed Use

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is easy enough to hold in one hand, and although we don’t own a functional prototype, it feels like a device most users can operate with a single hand. One-handed use is one thing many users love about the 4-inch iPhone 5s. The relatively small screen makes it easy to hold the phone in one hand while browsing, texting and using apps.

The iPhone 5s and 4.7-inch iPhone 6 are easy to use in one hand, but the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is too big to use with one hand.

A 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is clearly in two hand territory. The relocated power button to the side of the device will help users perform simple tasks with the bigger iPhone 6, but the overall size is still too big to be used with one hand all the time. Competing devices offer a one-handed mode, but most implementations are clunky — shrinking the full screen. If Apple implements any special software features expect it to be a keyboard or phone dialer shift to the side.

Thankfully the Notification Center, Control Center and swipe back gestures will help users access some items with one hand, even on a 5.5-inch iPhone 6. If you plan to buy this larger iPhone 6, expect to use both hands for most of your usage, and invest in a bluetooth headset.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s Design

The iPhone 6 features a new design with more curves than the iPhone 5s.

Once you get over just how much bigger the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 is than the iPhone 5s you’ll notice that it includes a new design. This is a design that it shares with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and appears very close to the final design.

The back of the iPhone 6 is all metal this year, dropping the glass top and bottom panels from the iPhone 5s. Leaks suggest there is a break in the metal filled in with some material where the white lines are on these mock ups. These breaks and a special opening for an Apple Logo are designed to help WiFi, GPS and cellular connectivity inside the metal frame.

The new design makes the large iPhone 6 easier to hold.

The edges of the iPhone 6 feature curves where the iPhone 5s uses straight sides and chamfered edges. The corners are also more round on the iPhone 6 than on the iPhone 5s. We expect a thinner iPhone 6, but the build quality on mock-ups is not good enough to deliver a spot-on analysis of the exact iPhone 6 thickness.

Specs Comparison

Although some reports suggest the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will arrive with different specs it is more likely that apple plans to put the new Apple A8 chip and the same basic features into each of these devices. Here’s a list of the likely iPhone 6 specs.

Expect a big upgrade in iPhone 6 specs this year.

The iPhone 5s specs are well-known with the following items delivering familiar iPhone 5s features.

  • Apple A7 64-bit processor
  • iOS 7.1.2 – Free upgrade to iOS 8.
  • 4-inch display
  • 16GB / 32GB/ 64GB storage options
  • 1.2MP front facing camera
  • 8MP rear facing camera
  • 802.11n WiFi
  • Touch ID fingerprint Sensor

We’re still waiting to learn exactly what iPhone 6 camera upgrades Apple will offer this year and other items like NFC are not confirmed at this point. We’ll know more about the iPhone 6 specs after Apple holds an announcement in early September.

According to multiple sources Apple plans an iPhone 6 event on September 9th, which means the iPhone 6 release date may land on September 19th. A 5.5-inch iPhone 6 release date may come weeks later in October due to a later start in manufacturing. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 price should stay at $199 like most new iPhones, but analysts predict the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 price will jump $100 to $299 for a 16GB model.

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iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s: 5 Things to Know About the Big iPhone is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


Why You Shouldn’t Buy the iPhone 4 Today

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:50

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the iPhone 4 Today is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s iPhone 4 is no longer an option from the Apple Store but that doesn’t mean that it’s no longer an option. There are still plenty of ways to acquire an iPhone 4. While it might seem like a tempting offer, do yourself a favor and avoid the iPhone 4.

Several years ago, Apple took the stage and announced the all new iPhone 4, a device that took over for the iPhone 3GS with a number of big time features including a beautiful Retina Display, faster processor, improved camera, and a redesign that put the plastic iPhone 3GS to shame. At the time, the iPhone 4 was considered one of the best smartphones that money could buy. That was nearly four years ago.

These days, the iPhone 4 is no longer an option through Apple’s shopping portals. That doesn’t mean that it has disappeared completely though. The iPhone 4 is still available and we’ve talked to several people that are considering it as their next smartphone. Either because it’s cheap or because they don’t care about new hardware or updated software.

Over the years, the iPhone 4s has seen its price drop down to nothing on-contract. It’s also continued to receive software support it currently sits on Apple’s iOS 7.1.2 update. It’s a cheap way for consumers to gain access to Apple’s ecosystem but it’s one that we simply don’t recommend going forward.

Right now, these next 40 to 60 days, are the worst possible time to buy an iPhone and really, any smartphone. That’s because we’re hitting the tail end of the yearly smartphone cycle. The devices that arrive in the next two months or so will likely represent the top smartphone options until the cycle begins anew in the beginning of 2015.

And that’s just one of the reasons why the iPhone 4 should be avoided right now.

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One of the more compelling reasons to hold off on buying the iPhone 4, at least for right now, is because of the iPhone 6 launch date that is coming up in just a few short weeks. As we’ve noted, Apple’s iPhone 6 is expected to set off a chain reaction of events, events that will work in the favor of those looking for a new smartphone.

The first event in that chain reaction is the iPhone 6 launch itself, a launch that’s expected to take place on September 9th at an undisclosed location. That date isn’t confirmed but Recode’s John Paczkowski is a solid source and smartphone buyers can go ahead and circle September 9th, in pen, on the calendar. We should see Apple send out media invites to confirm that date, perhaps in and around September 3rd, the date on which Samsung will announce the Galaxy Note 4.

What this means is that in just a few weeks, we’re going to see another iPhone option emerge. This only happens once a year and we only see a massive overhaul to the iPhone once every two years. The iPhone 6 is not expected to be an ‘S’ iPhone variant and rumors suggest that it will be loaded with brand new features including a redesign. In other words, it’s going to represent a massive leap up from the iPhone 4.

Expect a bigger screen on the iPhone 6, but not incredibly big.

The iPhone 6 is expected to deliver some significant changes to the iPhone, changes that we think will make the iPhone 4 look even more outdated. iPhone 6 rumors point to two new screen sizes, 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches, both of which will provide more screen real estate for gaming, web, getting work done, and television shows and movies.

The best part is that it looks like the company might be able to accomplish that without blowing up the size of the iPhone. Rumors suggest that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model will only be slightly larger than the iPhone 5s.

Apple’s iPhone 6 is also rumored to have a higher-resolution display, a slimmer and better protected design, a camera that’s improved over the iPhone 5s’, and an A8 processor that could deliver better performance and battery life. It could also provide more color options and software features that need the device’s hardware to function. It will also come with 4G LTE data, something that the iPhone 4 doesn’t have.

In other words, it’s going to beat out the iPhone 4 in every single key area. And you’re only going to have to wait a few short weeks to acquire it as possible option in your search for a new device.

Granted, the iPhone 6 is going to be much more expensive than the iPhone 4 but like I said, its launch should cause a chain reaction that will benefit prospective iPhone 4 buyers.

iPhone Deals

So maybe the iPhone 6 isn’t up to snuff and you don’t want to shell out $199 or more for the flagship model. Even if that’s the case, just by waiting a few weeks you’ll open yourself up to a number of other potential possibilities, all of which are better than the almost four year old iPhone 4.

Walmart is already offering a $99 iPhone 5s deal. You’ll need to sign a contract but that’s a pretty amazing price for the current version of the iPhone. It’s a deal that prospective iPhone 4 buyers should be taking a look at before the iPhone 6?s arrival because the iPhone 5s trumps the iPhone 4 in every single possible way.

The iPhone 6 design will look much different than the iPhone 5s based on leaks.

We also expect more iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c ($29 at Walmart and way better than the iPhone 4), iPhone 5 and maybe even iPhone 4s deals to emerge in and around the iPhone 6 release as retailers attempt to compete with each other and with Apple as well. I would not be surprised if a struggling retailer like RadioShack offered a deep discount on the iPhone 5s, a deal that you would not be able to take advantage of if you bought the iPhone 4 right now.

I should also add that Apple currently offers the iPhone 4s for nothing on-contract. The iPhone 4s is better than the iPhone 4 and just as cheap.

Android Deals

The same goes for top Android smartphones. Top iPhone 5s competitors like the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, devices that are all better than the iPhone 4, will likely see their prices drop in September as sweeten their offers after the arrival of the iPhone 6. We’ve seen several of these devices drop below $100 already.

As an added bonus, we’ll likely see the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 arrive in September to compete with the iPhone 6. The Galaxy Note 4 will be a powerful smartphone and we should see day one deals emerge for it as it attempts to compete with the iPhone 6.


If you’re still not convinced, maybe this will persuade you. The iPhone 4 reached its EOL (End of Life) after the arrival of iOS 7. That means that the iPhone 4 will not be getting any more iOS updates. iOS 8 will be coming to the iPhone 4s and above but it will not be coming to the iPhone 4. And because Apple’s software is closed, you won’t be able to install an unofficial version of the software.

The iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s and even the iPhone 4s are all set up much better than the iPhone 4. iOS 8 is the iPhone 5?s second iOS update , the first for the iPhone 5s, and the third for the iPhone 4s. As we’ve pointed out, there are plenty of reasons why you’d want iOS 8 over iOS 7.

If you’re not in a hurry to replace your current smartphone and you aren’t one hundred percent sold on the iPhone 4, I highly recommend waiting, at least until September. In September, you’ll have access to the iPhone 6 and you should also have access to cheaper Android devices and a cheaper iPhone 5s.

We understand that every situation is different. Phones break, money appears, whatever. If you simply can’t wait, we suggest buying the iPhone 4 off-contract at an extremely cheap price point. Apple’s iPhone 4 is nearly four years old, won’t be getting more iOS updates and is outclassed by devices that are just as inexpensive.

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy the iPhone 4 Today is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


DROID Turbo Leaks To Speed Past Galaxy S5

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:44

DROID Turbo Leaks To Speed Past Galaxy S5 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Motorola has a busy month of September planned with tons of new products. Those include at least two smartphones and the Moto 360 smartwatch, but a new report suggests they have a phone to take on the Galaxy S5 and LG G3 following close behind.

The Moto X+1, Moto G2, and Moto 360 smartwatch are all reportedly coming next month and are scheduled to be announced on September 4th, but that might not be all the company has planned for next month. New leaks have surfaced suggesting a high-end Motorola DROID Turbo for Verizon is coming soon.

Read: Moto MAXX Rumors Emerge as X+1 Release Nears

As many of you may know, Motorola and Verizon have an exclusive deal to offer up “DROID” branded smartphones. In the past we’ve seen a few from HTC, but moving forward all Verizon DROID phones will be manufactured by Motorola. We’ve yet to see anything from Motorola or Verizon on that front in 2014, but a few are reportedly coming soon

Last years DROID Ultra and Ultra MAXX are still impressive phones, ones that already run the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat, but their successors should be coming soon considering it’s nearly September and we’ve yet to see anything new from Verizon or Motorola.

In 2013 the new DROID lineup actually arrived a few weeks before the popular Moto X, but that doesn’t appear to be the case so far this year. Motorola is making the Moto X+1 and G2 priority, while still making room for the new Verizon DROID smartphones. The Moto X+1 may be first to market, but if the leaks below are accurate the Verizon DROID Turbo will be the better smartphone, one consumers may want to wait for.

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According to AndroidAuthority the new DROID Turbo is indeed real, and a few screenshots from a well-known app CPU-Z reportedly show off all the specs. These can be faked, so we’ll take it with a grain of salt, but new DROID smartphones should be coming sooner rather than later.

If what we’re seeing above is correct, following the new Moto X+1 release Verizon and Motorola will debut a new smartphone that should take on the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, LG G3, and of course the new iPhone 6.

There’s no mention of the screen size, but coming with a large 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display, we’d imagine at least 5.2-inches like the Moto X+1. The DROID Turbo will reportedly run a new Snapdragon 805 Quad-core processor running at 2.6 GHz, offer 3GB of RAM, and this report goes as far as to say a 20 megapixel camera on the rear. That being said, the entire DROID lineup and Moto X last year were nearly identical, with a 10 megapixel camera, so we doubt Verizon would have an exclusive on any hardware that tops what Motorola’s offering with the Moto X+1.

Read: Motorola DROID Ultra & MAXX Android 4.4.4 KitKat Updates Arrive

The leakster claims the new DROID Turbo will only have a 5-inch display, yet still have a 2560 x 1440 resolution panel. Meaning it could be one of the best displays available in 2014. The device in question is model number “XT1254″ and is also being listed as the “quark_verizon”, but that’s all we know thus far.

All said and done, this new Motorola smartphone has already silently cleared Bluetooth certification in the US, will likely be headed to the FCC for its testing next, and shortly thereafter be released i the United States on Verizon Wireless. That is, if all of this ends up being accurate information.

Verizon and Motorola are due for an upgrade to replace the current DROID lineup, and it arrived in August last year, so chances are we should be hearing and learning more regarding what’s in store very soon. If rumors are accurate the company could release both a DROID Turbo, and a longer lasting DROID Turbo MAXX in time for the fall season.

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DROID Turbo Leaks To Speed Past Galaxy S5 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


New Moto X+1 Leaks Emerge Ahead of Release Date

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:10

New Moto X+1 Leaks Emerge Ahead of Release Date is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This year Motorola has done a rather excellent job keeping its new devices for 2014 a complete secret, but with only a few weeks left before the Moto X+1 release date (or Moto X2) we’re finally starting to see more details emerge.

The original Moto X leaked on video months and months ahead of the release date, possibly one of the earliest device leaks that ended up accurate we’ve seen in a long time. That didn’t happen this year, because the Moto X+1 announcement is scheduled for September 4th, and we barely know anything about it.

Read: Moto MAXX Rumors Emerge along with Moto X+1 Release Details

That being said, an array of benchmark results have appeared, as well as a few pictures that could possibly be Motorola’s next smartphone set to be announced and released inside of September. A few photos emerged last month, but this weekend a brand new set of photos show the brand new, bigger Moto X+1 alongside the Moto X from 2013. Courtesy of HelloMotoHK.

At this point we’re not 100% sure what Motorola has planned for its September launch event, but the invite teased a new Moto X, a new Moto X, the Moto 360 smartwatch, and some sort of bluetooth ear accessory.

This isn’t the first Moto X+1 rumor or sighting as of late, but the images above and below are giving us our best look yet at Motorola’s new smartphone for 2014. One thing worth noting is these differ from the images we saw last month, meaning there may be different options available, or one was the Moto G2.

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What you see below is reportedly the all new Moto X+1 (or Moto X2) which is slightly larger than the prior version. Rumor has it the Moto X+1 will grow from the 4.7-inch screen last year up to 5.2-inches, add front facing speakers, and get a huge boost in specs and overall performance, without making the device much larger.

Thanks to sleek bezels around the display we’re seeing a device not much larger than the original from 2013, which is great news for those who don’t want a massive device, but would still like to enjoy a large HD display. Here’s what rumors suggest will be onboard the new Moto X+1.

Moto X+1 Specs (Rumored)

  • 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD Display
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM
  • 16 or 32GB of storage, and micro-SD expansion available
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 12 Megapixel Rear Camera, 2.1 front
  • Dual Front-facing speakers
  • 2,900 mAh battery
  • Custom colors, wood, leather, engravings and more at

So far the exact design, details, or customization options have yet to fully surface, but most likely we can expect the same as 2013 if not more. Rumors of leather options coming, and even a fully customizable shortcut button on the back of the Moto X+1 smartphone. The Moto X will be available on all major US carriers.

The Moto X logo on back will be actionable, for certain tasks like unlocking the device or quick launching the camera. This was spotted in several leaks, but has yet to be confirmed.

As it stands the new Moto X+1 has much improved specs and hardware from last year, which was the highly popular customizable phones only downfall. This year it looks like Motorola will have a premium flagship device to take on the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and LG G3, all for a lower price with more customization.

Read: Moto X+1 Details Continue to Leak Ahead of Release

These photos from the weekend reveal side-by-side comparisons to the original, new speakers on the front that could possibly rival HTC’s Boomsound, and a sleek design. There’s more coming soon, and we’ll have all the details live from Motorola’s event on September 4th.

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New Moto X+1 Leaks Emerge Ahead of Release Date is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


August Xbox One Update Arrives

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:53

August Xbox One Update Arrives is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Microsoft has been on a roll these last few weeks, announcing updates and features for members of the Xbox One Preview Program at a rapid pace. With all of that activity it’s was easy to forget that normal users, that is Xbox One owners who haven’t signed up for the program, hadn’t gotten an update since July. Microsoft is now addressing that small issue. Today the company began sending out the August Xbox One Update to users.

Microsoft announced that it was rolling out the August Xbox One update to normal users this week on its Xbox Wire news blog, formally bringing the release cycle for the update to an end.

The August Xbox One Update adds mobile purchasing so that users can pick up full video games and add-ons without actually being in front of their console. To allow Xbox One owners to take advantage of the feature, this update also enables the Xbox One to automatically download new purchases when the console is in its low-power state. Today’s post about the update insists users need to have their Xbox One setup to automatically download software updates for this mobile purchasing system to work. Users can purchase games and add-on content from the Xbox One SmartGlass app for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows and Windows Phone.

For years Xbox Live has been a social network, a way for users to easily connect with other users. That being said, prior versions of Xbox Live has always been about connecting in video games for multiplayer or over the service’s voice chat system. Those are still there, however the August Xbox One Update adds some more obvious ways for users to communicate. After the update users can share status updates on the console to their friends, they can also share other’s statuses and comment on statuses too. Just think Facebook or Twitter and you’ve got the right idea.

3D Blu-ray support, the option to disable notifications when the Xbox One is playing back video and a low-battery notification for controllers are also included in the August Xbox One Update. To be clear, what’s not included in the update are all the features Microsoft announced for Xbox One Preview Program participants late last week.

With the September Xbox One Update Microsoft is adding a new Friends area to the home screen of the console. Users can also expect a new media app for playing video and audio from a USB flash drive or hard drive too. The ability to delete multiple GameDVR clips and track how much bandwidth the Xbox One consumes is also included. As the name suggests, Xbox Ones that aren’t enrolled in the preview program should expect this update to arrive sometime in September, if Microsoft stays true to form.

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Read: Xbox One Update Brings Streaming TV & More Today

Beyond the few changes in the Friends app and the new downloading options, users shouldn’t notice a ton of differences after their console has been successfully updated. Microsoft gradually rolls out new Xbox One updates to systems that are configured for background updates.

Users with automatic updates enabled will find that their console has been updated without them having to do a thing. Xbox Ones not enrolled in the Xbox One Preview Program will need to go into the console’s Settings app and select System from the list of options. If the update is ready they’ll see an Update option in the bottom left corner of their screen.

Users who have the Xbox One’s low power mode disabled will not be able to use the Xbox One SmartGlass apps to automatically download new games and add-ons to their system when not at home. Again, the feature depends on automatic updates and low-power mode being on.

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August Xbox One Update Arrives is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


Why You Shouldn’t Buy the 4GB Xbox 360

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 23:44

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the 4GB Xbox 360 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

With Microsoft’s Xbox One console off to sort of a slow start, naturally more and more users are considering purchase the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s last-generation console. That makes sense, the Xbox 360 has a ton of games that users can play with a controller or an Xbox 360 Kinect sensor. There’s also tons of apps to download and watch streaming video through. Buying an Xbox 360 to satisfy your family’s entertainment needs just make sense – as long as you absolutely don’t purchase the 4 GB Xbox 360 console.

Why not get the 4GB Xbox 360 bundle? Because it all comes down to pricing. More specifically, it all comes down to the things Microsoft had to do in order to charge what it does for the 4GB Xbox 360.

What is the 4GB Xbox 360

When a user purchases the 4GB Xbox One with Kinect bundle they’re getting all the best technology available to Xbox 360 users.

The design of the console is based around the Xbox 360e. The Xbox 360e launched last year, shortly after the Electronic Entertainment Expo. They achieve the same tasks just fine but the Xbox 360e has a ton of things that just weren’t around for the first version of the Xbox 360. With the original white Xbox 360 Microsoft made a console that wasn’t just loud – it was obnoxiously loud. The Xbox 360e isn’t and lets users play their games or watch movies without having to hear all the fan noise that’s generated by earlier versions. Upgrades included a new design that matches the Xbox One and built-in wireless internet access like the previous version of the Xbox 360, the Xbox 360 S. A wireless controller is also included in the box. For $199 users don’t get a Kinect 2 sensor. For $250 users do get that Kinect sensor.

Why 4GB of Storage is Such a Big Problem

There’s a key thing that you don’t get with the 4GB Xbox 360: storage. As the name suggests, the 4GB Xbox 360 comes with just 4GB of storage space for users to take advantage of – less after you take into account system updates.

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If that doesn’t sound like a problem to you, than I might add that even the cheapest Samsung Galaxy S5 has 16GB of storage and only around nine of that is free for users to play with.

Storage, or in the case the lack of storage, is important because the Xbox 360 relies heavily on having as much storage as possible. Every game that you add to the system will ask you if you want to keep a game save on your console. In most cases you can get around loading them directly on the console itself by putting them in the cloud on Microsoft’s servers, but what if you decide to play at a friend’s where there’s no internet connection? Game saves take up space.

If your family is really into entertainment apps you run into the same issue too. The Xbox 360 requires that users who want to take advantage of different entertainment services download an app for that service through Xbox Live. These apps aren’t big, but if you add enough of them things get out of hand pretty quickly. It’s hard not to add them either, the Xbox 360 has around 100 different apps for services like Netflix and Hulu Plus.

It’s not just ancillary stuff that’s bad for anyone picking up a 4GB Xbox 360. Gaming is very storage intensive. When the Xbox 360 debuted, digital gaming wasn’t as big as it is today. That meant that users were perfectly fine with going out to retailers and purchasing a copy of a game to load on their Xbox 360. With 4GB of storage you’re not going to be downloading any high-profile titles and you’ll be hard pressed to download a single Xbox Live Arcade title too.

Practical Concerns

Until about a year ago, the problems that the 4GB Xbox 360 could create were mere theories. Those theoretical issues slowly started to show up as time passed. Take Microsoft’s Halo 4 game for example. With Halo 4 developer 343 Industries wanted to create a new multiplayer mode with graphics to amaze long time series fans. In order to do that Halo 4 required that users have 3.5GB of free space to install the game’s multiplayer on – minimum. You may already know that the Xbox 360 has USB ports and allows users to store information on a flash drive or hard drive. It does, but that ability didn’t help 4GB Xbox 360 users because Microsoft required that users install the Halo 4 multiplayer on their machine so external hard drive installation weren’t allowed either.

Halo 4 debuted roughly two years ago, but this trend has continuedMany games now require that users install large chunks of data on their Xbox 360 hard drive before they can play multiplayer.

Listen, I understand the allure of the 4GB Xbox 360. It includes all the same features as more expensive Xbox 360 consoles without the hefty price tag. Still, if you’re going to have to think about mundane things like storage whenever you get a new game, it’s better to leave the 4GB Xbox 360 on store shelves no matter what the cost savings. Considering picking up the $249.99 Xbox 360 Spring bundle instead. It doesn’t’ come with a Kinect sensor, but it does include two games. You can buy the Kinect separate later if you think your family will enjoy it.

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy the 4GB Xbox 360 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy Note 4: What Buyers Can Expect

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 16:54

iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy Note 4: What Buyers Can Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

With a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release confirmed and an iPhone 6 release rumored for September, things are starting to get real for those in the hunt for a brand new smartphone. With September just a few weeks away, we want to take a look at what we expect from the inevitable iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 battle that’s already starting to brew ahead of the fall.

This appears as though it will play out a lot like last year. Last year, we saw iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumors dominate the rumor mill all the way up until their launches last September. The two devices represented two of the biggest and best smartphones of the year and it looks like we’ll see more of the same in 2014.

For the last seven months, we’ve seen iPhone 6 rumors and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors emerge next to each other, detailing supposed features of both flagship smartphones. As we’ve pushed closer to the month of September, we’ve started to see iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 specs and Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 release rumors start to firm up.

Needless to say, we’re closer than ever to the arrival of these two juggernauts and unsurprisingly, people, smart people, are starting to weigh the two devices against each other, especially because the iPhone is rumored to be coming with a much larger display than usual. The Galaxy Note series has dominated the large screen smartphone market for many years but it appears that Apple’s had enough.

These two devices have been rumored side-by-side all year and it’s now looking like they will arrive side-by-side in the month of September. With that in mind, we want to explore the latest iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 rumors offer up some predictions in key areas. Here’s how we expect the Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 match up to play out.

iPhone 6 Launch Date vs. Galaxy Note 4 Launch Date

It’s looking like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 are on the collision course that we’ve expected all year.

The Galaxy Note 4 launch date will come just days before the iPhone 6 launch.

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Earlier this month, Samsung confirmed the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launch date for September 3rd. The confirmation came in the form of an invite that beckons the media to upcoming Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 events in New York City, Beijing and Berlin. Samsung will live stream the event over YouTube giving millions of consumers around the world the chance to watch the events unfold live.

The Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event, which teases a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release, will take place just six days before Apple is expected to launch its new iPhone 6.

Apple’s not talking about the iPhone 6 just yet but that doesn’t mean that we don’t know when to expect it. After months and months of rumors, it’s now clear the company has something cooked up for September, right around the Galaxy Note 4 launch.

The iPhone 6 launch has been repeatedly rumored for September and a new, credible rumor puts the iPhone 6 launch date on September 9th. While the date itself isn’t confirmed, Recode’s John Paczkowski is a solid source and we expect Apple to confirm that date sometime between now and early September. We would not be surprised if Apple tried to take some steam out of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 4 launch on September 3rd.

This should not come as too much of a surprise. Last year’s Galaxy Note 3 launch event took place on September 4th. Apple’s iPhone 5s event? It took place on September 10th. Apple sent out iPhone 5s press event invites on September 3rd, a day before the Galaxy Note 3 launch in an effort to take the wind out of Samsung’s sales.

Looking like more of the same here which means that we expect a flurry of information to arrive in the first part of September.

iPhone 6 Release Date vs. Galaxy Note 4 Release Date

It’s looking like the iPhone 6 launch date and Galaxy Note 4 launch date will take place just six days apart. We’re expecting something similar from the iPhone 6 release date and the Galaxy Note 4 release date.

An alleged Galaxy Note 4 box leaks, with more questions than answers.

Galaxy Note 4 release date rumors have continued to point to a quick arrival in an effort to take on the iPhone 6. Rumors have singled out the week of September 15th as a possible release window for the Galaxy Note 4 though that remains unconfirmed. We are fully expecting the Galaxy Note 4 to be released in September and would not be surprised if Samsung produced an incredible turnaround in an effort to compete with the iPhone 6.

If true, we could see the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 released just days apart.

The specific iPhone 6 release date is still out of reach but we’re expecting an iPhone 6 release date that takes place inside the same iPhone release window that Apple historically uses for its iconic smartphone.

The company almost always releases iPhones in and around two weeks after launch. It’s a pattern it has used for many years now. It’s also known for releasing new iPhones on Friday with stores opening up early. September 19th fits the criteria perfectly and unsurprisingly, the date is actually rumored to be the first of what could be two iPhone 6 release dates.

While the Galaxy Note 4 might have just one release date, iPhone 6 release date rumors have continued to point to two separate release dates. The latest rumor comes from VentureBeat who claims that a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 release date will happen in September while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 release date could arrive up to a month after the initial release. This lines up with early iPhone 6 rumors including details from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

iPhone 6 Release Date rumors continue to point to a September release.

If Apple does have two iPhones up its sleeve, we expect the company to debut both on September 9th. If the company holds back, it could potentially cut into initial iPhone 6 sales as consumers take a wait and see approach into the month of October.

It helps that Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) recently confirmed that two iPhone 6 models are on the way. The disclosure reportedly has led to a meeting with Apple something that points to the information being credible.

So in summary, here’s Apple’s potential iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 launch and release timeline:

  • Galaxy Note 4 announcement on September 3rd.
  • iPhone 6 announcement on September 9th.
  • Galaxy Note 4 release date during the week of September 15th.
  • iPhone 6 release date on September 19th. (Or September 26th, another Friday in late September.)
  • iOS 8 release somewhere between September 9th and September 26th.
Design Similarities and Differences

As always, we expect the iPhone design and the Galaxy Note design to differ from one another. We also expect to see some similarities as Samsung looks to help its device compete against a larger iPhone 6.

Let’s start with the iPhone 6. This is not an ‘S’ version of the iPhone which means that there is a very good chance we’ll see Apple introduce a brand new design. Unlike Samsung, Apple tends to update its designs every two years as opposed to every year.

These iPhone 6 photos show the new design in detail.

iPhone 6 rumors have continually pointed to a redesign and recently, we’ve seen rumors and leaks align around some very specific iPhone 6 design details. Apple’s new iPhone 6 design is rumored to feature more metal than the iPhone 5s, ditching the glass top and bottom parts on the back of the phone for a full metal back cover. It’s also rumored to be thin, perhaps as thin as 7mm, and feature a front panel that’s protected by sapphire material.

The iPhone 6 is widely expected to have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a feature that arrived on the iPhone 5s. VentureBeat claims that Apple will introduce improvements that will speed up read times and improve accuracy. We’ve seen enough Touch ID rumors emerge over the past few months to sink a battleship. It’s all but confirmed at this point.

This close up is one of two new iPhone 6 photos that show a key part of the new iPhone design.

The iPhone 6 itself has yet to leak out but we were able to go hands on with Spigen’s upcoming iPhone 6 case ahead of time. The video below will give you a pretty good idea about what to expect from the iPhone 6 design. The mockup is based on rumors but there is a chance that Spigen is armed with inside info. After all, it released a Nexus 5 case early and it proved to be deadly accurate.

If you want a little more realism, take a look at these iPhone 6 concept photos below. These photos, from our friend Martin Hajek, bring the latest iPhone 6 design rumors to life and offer a glimpse at what the real iPhone 6 could look like when it arrives.

So how will this all compare to the Galaxy Note 4? Well, it’s impossible to say that exactly, these are both rumored smartphones, but we will do our best based on what we know and what we know about Samsung.

Rumors out of Korea suggest that the Galaxy Note 4 could come with a metal frame. This is something that was recently backed up by an alleged Galaxy Note 4 photo-op that shows a device with a textured back with metal edges. While we were a tad skeptical, Samsung’s recent Galaxy Alpha launch shows that the company is indeed committed to using new materials.

This could be the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha features a combination of plastic and metal and it could certainly be a foreshadow of what’s to come. As we’ve pointed out, the change makes sense. For years, consumers have complained about Samsung’s boring plastic materials. Last year’s Galaxy Note 3, for instance, used a faux plastic leather back that wasn’t as nice as the iPhone 5s’ design.

It’s clear that Samsung is quite nervous about the impact the iPhone 6 could have on its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note sales and so we could see it finally elect to change things up with the Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 design rumors also suggest that we’ll see a fingerprint sensor, an IP67 certification (dust and water resistance) and the same four colors that debuted on the Galaxy S5 (blue, white, black and gold). These seem likely at this point given their presence on the Samsung Galaxy S5. Rumors also point to a microSD card slot for expanded storage and we’ve also heard that it will come in 32GB in the U.S.

To give yourself some idea about what the Galaxy Note 4 could look like, take a look at the Galaxy Note 4 concept photos below. They rope in the latest Galaxy Note 4 rumors and offer a detailed look at what Samsung’s new flagship could look like.

Big Beautiful Screens All Around

Now this is where things get extremely interesting because we’re expecting the iPhone 6 to finally make a leap up to Android territory when it comes to screen size.

iPhone 6 rumors continue to point to a brand new higher-resolution Retina Display that measures both 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. Apple’s iPhone 6 will reportedly deliver a 4.7-inch screen with a 1704 x 960 resolution that delivers 416 pixels-per-inch for sharper, crisper content. It appears that this 4.7-inch iPhone may not be too much larger than the 4-inch iPhone 5s thanks to thinner bezels and design tweaks.

Expect a bigger screen on the iPhone 6, but not incredibly big.

As for the 5.5-inch model, it could be much larger than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and perhaps right around the size of the Galaxy Note 4. We’ve only seen that device leak out a few times and in each photo, it’s been noticeably larger than the 4.7-inch model. The photo below shows a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 next to a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 – Apple reportedly preps a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch iPhone.

This 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is the device that’s probably going to be the most attractive to those looking into the Galaxy Note 4 because of the screen real estate that both are going to offer for things like gaming and watching video.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is rumored to be coming with a large 5.7-inch QHD (Quad HD) display. QHD resolution will offer higher resolution gaming, something that’s key on a device of this size, and it will also sharpen the look of movies, television shows and other content. Those unfamiliar can take a look at our buyers guide between the LG G3 and the Galaxy Note 3 below.

At this point, there’s nothing else to expect. Galaxy Note 4 QHD rumors are rampant and we’ve recently saw Samsung deliver a new Galaxy S5 LTE-A, a device that comes equipped with a QHD display.

The top 1080P display doesn’t show as much detail as the WQHD display on the lower phone.

We also expect Samsung to keep the Galaxy Note screen in and around 5.7-inches. As we’ve noted, if Samsung goes any bigger it pushes the Note further into niche smartphone territory. If it goes any smaller, it gets too close to the 5.1-inch Galaxy S5. The 5.7-inch screen provides excellent gaming, multitasking, and more than enough real estate for the S Pen, the device’s stylus.

Supercharged Specs

Here’s a breakdown of the latest iPhone 6 specs:

And here’s a breakdown of the latest Galaxy Note 4 specs:

Apple’s new A8 64-bit processor has been rumored many times throughout the year and it appears to be a lock for the new iPhone. Rumors also suggest that the 5.5-inch model could actually be clocker faster than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 which makes sense given the larger display. We still don’t have any benchmarks but both of these appear to be powerhouses particularly the Galaxy Note 4 with its Snapdragon 805.

We’re also expecting the usual upgrades to the iPhone and Galaxy Note 4 rear cameras though rumors are still a bit blurry. iPhone 6 rumors point to a better camera in 2014, but it isn’t clear what Apple plans to do. Rumors currently focus on several upgrade options including:

  • 8MP sensor with bigger pixels
  • 13MP sensor from Sony
  • Optical Image Stabilization or Electronic Image Stabilization

As for the Galaxy Note 4, it’s expected to feature a larger sensor at 16MP and come with Optical Image Stabilization, auto-focus and dual-LED flash. In other words, expect it to be good.

The Galaxy Note 4 S Health app will measure UV radiation and offer education according to rumors.

We’re also now expecting a new UV sensor that could tie into Samsung’s S Health application and provide readings on UV levels. As we’ve pointed out, it’s a feature that could save your life. It might also come with a heart rate sensor like the Galaxy S5.

These are the most credible iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 specs at the moment, the other pieces like iPhone 6 NFC and three storage options for the Galaxy Note 4 are extremely flimsy.

iOS 8 vs. Android 4.4 KitKat

When the iPhone 6 arrives in September, it will be running Apple’s new iOS 8 update. To get a feel for the new iOS 8 update, we suggest taking a look at our iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough. It will bring you up to speed on the many changes Apple’s made to its operating system.

Check out our iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough to see the new iOS 8 features coming this fall.

Samsung’s Note 4 won’t run iOS 8. In fact, it probably won’t run anything like we’ve ever seen. The Galaxy Note 4 comes bundled with an S Pen stylus that can be used to write and draw on the screen like a regular stylus. However, it can also take advantage of unique apps like S Note, a powerful notetaking app that’s only found on Samsung’s Note line of products. Those unfamiliar will want to take a look at the video below.

We’re expecting the Galaxy Note 4 to come with souped up applications for the S Pen though we’re still not sure what those will be. Here are a few non-S Pen Galaxy Note 4 software features that have been rumored ahead of time:

  • Smart Fingerprint -  It wasn’t fully detailed but it’s assumed that it has something to do with being able to customize a fingerprint reader for certain actions.
  • Multi Network for Booster -  Could be similar to the Download Booster feature on the Galaxy S5 that combines Wi-Fi and cellular data for faster download speeds.
  • Swipe to Launch Motion Launcher -  Could be similar to Motion Launch on the HTC One M8.
  • Aqua Capture – Possibly similar to the Aqua Mode found on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. Aqua Mode allowed Galaxy S4 Active users to take photos underwater.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is rumored for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. Same as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. We don’t expect to see smaller carriers hop on board the Galaxy Note 4 bandwagon.

We haven’t seen any iPhone 6 carrier rumors emerge though we expect the same deal from this year’s model. That means the usual suspects AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon along with and an assortment of pre-paid and smaller regional U.S. carriers. We would also not be surprised if U.S. Cellular released the iPhone 6 alongside the big boys this year.

We expect a huge difference here.


Galaxy Note 4 pricing hasn’t emerged just yet but it’s hard to imagine a device of this caliber, with these high-end specs on board, dipping far below the Galaxy Note’s usual home at $299.99 on-c0ntract. If that pans out, we could see an iPhone 6 model priced in and around the same point.

According to several analysts, a potential increase in size could lead to a change in price. The latest iPhone 6 price prediction comes from Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt courtesy of WSJ’s MarketWatch. McCourt says that Apple will likely charge a $100 premium for the larger 5.5 iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 price is a hot topic, with analysts predicting different decisions by Apple.

Chris Caso of Susquehanna Financial Group has stated that he believes the price of the iPhone 6 could jump up as much as $100. These predictions have been backed up by Jefferies analyst Peter Misek who says that he believes there is a potential for a $100 price jump and that Apple is negotiating a $100 price jump with carriers.

Don’t be surprised if Apple unleashes the 4.7-inch model at $199.99 and the larger model in and around $300 on-contract. This of course would be similar to the Galaxy S5′s $199.99 price point and the Galaxy Note 3′s $299.99 price point.

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iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy Note 4: What Buyers Can Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.