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How to Install iOS 8.1 Early

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 01:49

How to Install iOS 8.1 Early is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple announced an iOS 8.1 beta on September 29th offering a collection of fixes for iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.2 problems to developers for testing. This hints at a quick iOS 8.1 release date for regular users, but you can’t install iOS 8.1 on your iPhone or iPad as an over the air update yet.

For users who can’t wait for an iOS 8.1 release date that could be weeks or months away, there is a way you can install the iOS 8.1 beta without waiting. This is the same method we shared for how to install iOS early.

The only official way to install iOS 8.1 early is to pay $99 and register as an iOS developer with Apple. iOS developers gain access to the iOS 8.1 downloads and are able to register their devices to install the iOS 8.1 beta.

Here’s what you need to know about the iOS 8.1 beta.

If you try to install the iOS 8.1 beta without registering a device as a developer device you won’t be able to complete the installation and you’ll be stuck with an unusable device until you manually install iOS 8.0.2 on it.

Users who don’t want to pay Apple $99 for the opportunity to develop apps and to try iOS 8.1 early can register their iPhone or iPad UDID with a site like ATFDL and then install iOS 8.1 beta software.

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IMZDL will not upload the iOS 8.1 beta, so before you spend any money make sure you can find an iOS 8.1 beta download that works. ATFDL promises an iOS 8.1 beta download soon.

It’s important to remember that this is an iOS 8.1 beta, which means it is unfinished software. There may be bugs that crash the iPhone, battery life may be horrible on the iOS 8.1 beta and some apps may not work. It’s not a great idea for most users to install the iOS 8.1 beta on their main device.

No worries, 8.1 Beta 1 is uploading!

— ATFDL (@ATFDL) September 30, 2014

Users who still have an old iPhone or iPad sitting around after upgrading may want to try iOS 8.1 early. If this sounds like you and you’re ready to accept that some things may not work — and you won’t leave negative reviews if apps crash on iOS 8.1 then you can follow the directions below to install iOS the iOS 8.1 beta.

How to Install the iOS 8.1 Beta Early

Follow these directions to install the iOS 8.1 beta now. You need to make sure you register the UDID for the device you plan to install it on. If you registered for the iOS 8 beta this June it should still work. This is not like the iOS 8 GM that installed on any device without the need to register with Apple.

If you proceed you will need to install other iOS 8.1 beta updates or risk losing access to your device when one of the betas expires. If this happens you need to restore the device to use it again and will lose access to your data that was not backed up or synced. Keep in mind iCloud and other iCloud features may not work right during the beta.

1. Find an iOS 8.1 beta download link from a site like IMZDL or on social media.

2. Download the right iOS 8.1 beta for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

3. Plug the device into the computer and perform a backup. You should be able to upgrade without losing anything, but this is a good idea.

Install iOS 8.1 early.

4. Open iTunes and upgrade to the iOS 8.1 beta by choosing Update.

  • Be sure to hold alt/option on Mac when you click Update.
  • On Windows, hold Shift when you click Update.

5. Find and click on the .ipsw file you downloaded.

Find the right file to install the iOS 8.1 beta now.

6. Complete the iOS 8.1 beta installation.

Users can install the iOS 8 GM on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad Air iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini Retina and iPad mini as well as the iPod touch 5th gen.

Officially you can not downgrade back to iOS 8.0.2, but in most cases this is possible, by following the same instructions, but with the older file. You won’t be able to restore an iOS 8.1 backup to an iOS 8.0.2 device though.

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We start our iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough with the iPhone home screen, which is where you'll start your iOS 8 experience after an update this fall. 

These screens are incredibly important as you see them anytime you turn on the iPhone or need to choose an app to launch. There is no way around using them, so Apple needs to make sure they work just right. 

As you can see in the iOS 8 vs iOS 7 comparison above, there is no change between the home screen in the new iPhone software. Apple changed the status bar and some other small visual changes in iOS 7, but there are no updates for iOS 8.  

We could see Apple change the home screen slightly for iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. The new iPhone will feature a larger 4.7-inch display with a higher resolution. This is something Apple may use to add more icons to the screen. Or they could stick with the current layout, it's tough to tell.  

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How to Install iOS 8.1 Early is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1 Beta Rolls Out For iPhone & iPad

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 23:02

iOS 8.1 Beta Rolls Out For iPhone & iPad is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple today released its first iOS 8.1 beta to developers ahead of the upcoming iOS 8.1 release for iPhone and iPad. Apple’s first iOS 8.1 beta update comes just days after the release of iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.2.

Earlier this month, Apple announced that it would deliver its brand new iOS 8 update on September 17th. The company made good on its promise and on September 17th, Apple pushed iOS 8 to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users for the first time. iOS 8, like major iOS updates before it, delivers a number of new features, enhancements and fixes. And as we’ve learned, it delivered a number of iOS 8 problems to iPhone and iPad users as well.

iOS 8 issues have been plaguing iPhone and iPad users since release day though Apple has done its best to alleviate many of the initial problems. Last week, it pushed out iOS 8.0.1, a bug fix update that fixed a number of issues but delivered cellular connectivity problems and more to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users around the world.

Those issues sparked the release of another iOS 8 update dubbed iOS 8.0.2. iOS 8.0.2 rolled out last week and squashed a number of iOS 8 problems including those cellular data issues. And while we’ve seen a flurry of iOS 8 updates emerge in recent days, it looks like Apple isn’t slowing down.

In a bit of a surprise, the company has pushed out its first iOS 8.1 beta update to developers. iOS 8.1 beta 1 is available for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV. Those with a developer account can download and install the very first iOS 8.1 beta right now. It’s not clear what’s included in the update though we imagine it’s full of fixes aimed at quelling the unrest around the iOS 8.0 update release.

The company delayed its Apple Pay service and iPhone SMS continuity feature though it has said that both features will come on board an update in October. That update could, perhaps, be iOS 8.1 though that remains unconfirmed at this point.

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Apple’s iOS x.1 updates are typically much larger than standard bug fix updates though it’s not clear how big iOS 8.1 will be. Last year, the iOS 7.1 update entered the beta process in November but wasn’t released until March. The iOS 7.1 update, like past iOS x.1 updates, brought tweaks, enhancements and a few new features to iOS users.

If iOS 8.1 is released in October, it’s shaping up to be a busy month for the Cupertino-based company. OS X Yosemite is rumored to be arriving next month alongside a brand new iMac with Retina Display and a brand new iPad Air 2. Rumors have also hinted at changes to the MacBook line though like the other rumors, nothing is confirmed.

Apple is expected to host another media event to demo its new products ahead of the holiday shopping season so we could, perhaps, see Apple announce an iOS 8.1 release date in the weeks ahead.

Rumors suggest that Apple is working on at least two other big updates to the iOS 8 operating system including iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3. It’s not clear what those updates will have on board though we’ve seen rumors hint at transit directions for iOS 8 and split-screen multitasking for the iPad. With an Apple Watch release confirmed for early 2015, we could see the company push out a compatibility update to support its new wearable.

While the specifics aren’t clear, it’s clear that Apple has several iOS 8 updates up its sleeve, updates that should serve as the operating system’s bridge to the iOS 9 update that is already rumored for arrival in September or October alongside new hardware, perhaps new iPhones to replace the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

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iOS 8.1 Beta Rolls Out For iPhone & iPad is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note Edge: 5 Things You Must Know Now

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 22:36

iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note Edge: 5 Things You Must Know Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the iPhone 6 Plus now out on shelves and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date heating up, consumers in the United States and around the world are weighing the iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note Edge. In this comparison, we take an updated look at the key details buyers should focus in on ahead of the Galaxy Note Edge release later this year.

Earlier this month, Samsung and Apple took to the stage to announce their brand new smartphone releases. First, it was Samsung and the Galaxy Note Edge, its high-end flagship that will join the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 later on this year. The Galaxy Note Edge and its high end features make it an appealing device and a device that’s worthy of consideration this fall.

This year, Apple did not let the Galaxy Note series go unchecked. At its event on September 9th, the company unveiled two new iPhone 6 models including the iPhone 6 Plus, a 5.5-inch iPhone that joined the iPhone 6 on shelves on September 19th. The iPhone 6 Plus, its big screen, and its powerful features make it one of the more intriguing smartphones on the market and a true competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date is inching closer and with a few weeks to go before its arrival, we want to help consumers prepare for its release. Here, we focus in on the Galaxy Note Edge vs. iPhone 6 Plus and take a look at the key things buyers need to know about as we prepare for the Galaxy Note Edge’s arrival.

S Pen & Curved Screen

There are two features in particular that we think you absolutely must focus in on as we get closer to the Galaxy Note Edge’s release date later on this year. The first is the device’s S Pen. The other, the Galaxy Note Edge’s bent display.

Both the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note Edge come with big, beautiful screens but the S Pen and the Galaxy Note Edge’s unique curve are two features worth singling out. The S Pen is the Galaxy Note series’ bread and butter and one of the features that helps to separate it from other big name smartphones.

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It’s a feature that many people love but it’s also a feature that some Galaxy Note users end up neglecting in the long run. You’ll need to figure out which one you’re going to be before buying in.

Samsung’s made some significant improvements to this year’s S Pen including increased sensitivity to make the note taking experience on the Galaxy Note Edge feel more like writing on paper. More sensitivity also leads to better looking text from handwriting. Samsung’s also made some significant improvements to the S Pen’s applications including, Air Command, S Note and Voice Memo, and more. These features are great but they’re not going to be for everyone.

The other feature is its unique display. The Galaxy Note Edge comes with a screen that curves down over the edge of the device. Thus the name. The Galaxy Note Edge and its screen can be seen in the video below.

The bent display offers some advantages. The bent part of the Galaxy Note Edge’s display not only offers better viewing angles for content, it also provides users with an extremely quick way to access their most used applications, settings and more. All it takes is the swipe of a thumb.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge bent display can also display notifications on the side without pausing or interrupting content that’s running on the main screen. So if you’re watching a movie and you get a text or an email, it will appear on the side as opposed to on the main screen. This is only the beginning as Samsung will deliver a Galaxy Note Edge SDK that will allow developers to take full advantage of the new display type.

The question is, do you need all of these features, features that are central to the Galaxy Note Edge experience and the device’s presumed high-end price point? You’ll want to be sure before you make a commitment.

Galaxy Note Edge Release Date MIA

Problem is, we still don’t know when the Galaxy Note Edge release date is. It’s clear that Korea and the United States will get it before the years over but all we have are comments from a Samsung exec who says the company is targeting late October for a release in Korea. The U.S. release date appears destined for the fall but we still don’t have specifics.

Do not discount the size of the iPhone 6 Plus.

What this means is that you’ll likely need to wait a few weeks to go hands on if you live in the U.S. or Korea. Other countries like the UK (delay) and Canada (release confirmed for 2015) will probably need to wait longer to compare the two together. We highly recommend comparing the two, physically, before making a commitment. You’ll just need to decide if the Galaxy Note Edge will be worth the price.

Limited Galaxy Note Release

Another Galaxy Note Edge release detail that we should note. The iPhone 6 Plus is a device that’s available in a number of different regions around the world. It’s a widespread smartphone and one that should be available where you live. The Galaxy Note Edge is probably not going to be available everywhere.

Right now, by our count, it’s confirmed for Korea, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. We’re expecting it to hit China and other European nations though we are expecting a very limited release.

The Galaxy Note Edge been touted as a high-end device aimed at the high-end market. Samsung made this explicitly clear in several controlled leaks including one from Bloomberg earlier this year.

Earlier this month, a Samsung executive said that the Galaxy Note Edge would be a “limited edition concept.” In other words, it’s not expected to be a mass produced device like the Galaxy Note 4. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is expected to hit 140 countries by the end of October.

Samsung also recently said that “the Galaxy Note Edge will be released in selected markets” which points to a very controlled release in a limited amount of markets around the world. In other words, unless you live in a key battleground, there’s a chance that you’ll be unable to score a Galaxy Note Edge on your favorite carrier.

iPhone 6 Plus Carriers vs. Galaxy Note Edge Carriers

The iPhone 6 Plus comes with far more carrier options than the Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note Edge comes with only four current options (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon) while the iPhone 6 Plus comes with an absolute ton.

This might not seem important to many of you but it is. What this means is that you’re going to have a lot more flexibility when it comes to choosing your iPhone 6 Plus network and iPhone 6 Plus data plan. The up front costs will be relatively similar but network size, customer service and data plans are going to be huge factors in your upcoming purchase.

iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note Edge Price

We still don’t know the exact Galaxy Note Edge price but all signs point to an extremely expensive price point.

The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299.99 on-contract and goes up to $499.99 on-contract for the 128GB model. The Galaxy Note Edge is expected to be more expensive than the $299.99 Galaxy Note 4. We don’t know how much the 32GB model will cost consumers but every single price leak we’ve seen hints at a premium price point.

What this means is that there will be some added pressure to do your homework ahead of time. In other words, you’re really going to have to buckle down and decide if the curved display, the S Pen and the Galaxy Note Edge’s software are worth the price of admission. That’s something we can’t decide for you though we will be able to make some recommendations in the weeks ahead.

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iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note Edge: 5 Things You Must Know Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note 4 vs Note Edge: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know Now

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 18:55

Galaxy Note 4 vs Note Edge: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date confirmed and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date heating up, we want to take a look at the five most important things buyers must know about the Galaxy Note 4 vs. Galaxy Note Edge, a match up that has been brewing in the minds of consumers for several weeks now.

Several weeks ago, Samsung took to the stage in Berlin, Germany and announced a number of new products including two new flagship Galaxy Note models dubbed Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The two devices are similar in many ways though there are some key differences that consumers should now be aware of.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is an impressive smartphone and it comes loaded with high-powered specs including its 5.7-inch Quad HD display, its brand new 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, its new S Pen, its Android 4.4.4 KitKat software that’s backed by TouchWiz, its new design that comes with both plastic and metal materials, and a whole lot more.

The Galaxy Note Edge is also a powerhouse. It features a Quad HD resolution, a 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM, Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung TouchWiz, 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, massive battery, and a thin 8.3mm frame. It also comes with an S Pen stylus though the display, seen in the video below, should be its biggest draw.

Those looking to pick up a new smartphone, particularly one with a massive screen, are likely weighing the Galaxy Note 4 vs. Galaxy Note Edge in the lead up to their release dates later on this year.

With a Galaxy Note 4 release date now confirmed for October and a Galaxy Note Edge release date still in the cards for 2014, we want to take a look at the five most important things buyers need to know about the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. This comparison will look at both key similarities and differences between the two new Galaxy Notes.

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If you’ve been following along at all, you’d know that the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge are in possession of similar hardware and software specifications. And while the devices aren’t out just yet, early benchmarks indicate that these devices will offer a similar amount of firepower to those that pick them up later on this year.

Korean AnTuTu benchmarks for both the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge show only a time gap in performance between these two devices. While the benchmarks aren’t final, they show a bit of an edge for the Galaxy Note 4. What’s extremely interesting is that the Galaxy Note 4 is running a Snapdragon 805 while the Galaxy Note Edge is touting a Exynos 5433.

What this means is that no matter what you end up buying, you should walk away with an extremely powerful device that’s capable of delivering fantastic multitasking and beautiful gaming. Power and performance are hallmarks of the Galaxy Note series and it looks like these devices will continue to carry that flag into battle later on this year.

It also means that the biggest difference between the two will be the curved screen on the Galaxy Note Edge.

Galaxy Note 4 Release vs. Galaxy Note Edge Release

All along, the Galaxy Note Edge been touted as a high-end device aimed at the high-end market. Samsung made this explicitly clear in several controlled leaks including one from Bloomberg earlier this year.

We are targeting consumers who want more professional use and tend to be willing to pay more for handsets.

In September, a Samsung executive said that the Galaxy Note Edge would be a “limited edition concept.” In other words, it’s not expected to be a mass produced device like the Galaxy Note 4. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is expected to hit 140 countries by the end of October. It’s going to be a mass produced, widespread device.

Samsung recently said that “the Galaxy Note Edge will be released in selected markets” which points to a very controlled release in a limited amount of markets around the world. So far, only a few regions have been confirmed. The device will be heading to the United States, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Canada. As we’ve pointed out, these are all high-end markets and key battlegrounds.

So, what this means is that consumers in emerging markets and unimportant markets should be bracing for the worst. While you will probably see the Galaxy Note 4, there’s a good chance that you won’t see the Galaxy Note Edge, something that could force you to buy it off-contract through a retailer outside of your region. Don’t expect that to be cheap, though.

Galaxy Note 4 Release Date vs. Galaxy Note Edge Release Date

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date is set for October for a number of different locales including the UK (October 10th) and the United States (October 17th). Most countries will get it by the end of October as Samsung looks to compete with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and other top Android smartphones. It also wants to get it out ahead of Black Friday and the holidays.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge release date is still unconfirmed. In other words, the Galaxy Note 4 release date should beat it in most regions. A Samsung official recently stated that the Galaxy Note Edge release could take place in late October though that window might be limited to Korea. Whether that holds up or not remains to be seen.

U.S. carriers appear to be committed to a release in 2014 while other regions might encounter delays. The UK is still without a release date and retailer Clove is convinced that there will be a delay in Europe. Things are worse in Canada where the Galaxy Note Edge release date won’t arrive until 2015, long after the Galaxy Note 4 release date.

Those living outside the U.S. and Korea should prepare for a bit of a wait when it comes to the Galaxy Note Edge release date. We should see more movement from those two release dates in October though.

Galaxy Note 4 Pre-Orders vs. Galaxy Note Edge Pre-Orders

Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders are live around the world including the United States and the UK. In fact, we’ve seen new Galaxy Note 4 pre-order details emerge as top retailer Best Buy has started taking pre-orders for select models. Those pre-orders join early orders being taken at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.

The Galaxy Note Edge is also up for pre-order though early orders are far more limited. German retailers are taking early orders and so is Clove UK but beyond those pre-orders, we haven’t seen much. While the Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders are solid, we recommend avoiding Galaxy Note Edge pre-orders until Samsung and its partners announce specific pricing and release date details.

Galaxy Note Edge Price vs. Galaxy Note 4 Price

It’s clear, at least to us, that the Galaxy Note Edge price will be more expensive than the Galaxy Note 4.We just went into great detail about the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge price and we’ve determined that there’s a very good chance the Galaxy Note Edge will be priced at a very expensive price point. Everything is pointing in that direction and buyers are going to want to prepare for the worst.

We still haven’t established exactly how much it’s going to cost in the United States though with the Galaxy Note 4 priced at $299.99 on-contract and between $700 and $850 off-c0ntract, we should see the Galaxy Note Edge become one of the most expensive flagship smartphones money can buy.

Neither device is cheap but the Galaxy Note Edge and its screen technology could force some buyers to the Galaxy Note 4 or a phone like the iPhone 6 Plus.

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Galaxy Note 4 vs Note Edge: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Is Sprint’s iPhone for Life Plan Worth It?

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 18:34

Is Sprint’s iPhone for Life Plan Worth It? is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

The moment Apple CEO Tim Cook left the stage after revealing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus you could almost feel the apprehension. All at once, millions of potential iPhone 6 buyers were busy rushing to their wireless carrier’s website. Many looked for their carrier’s iPhone 6 release plans or were trying to figure out if they’d be able to upgrade to the iPhone 6 without having to pay for it completely from their own pockets. The overwhelming majority of users were simply looking for the best iPhone 6 deal.

Sprint, America’s third-largest wireless carrier, entered the fray with a deal of its own depending on what your definition of a deal is. Called iPhone for Life, it’s essentially a leasing program for just the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. How does Sprint’s iPhone for Life Plan stack up against its closest competitors at T-Mobile? Is Sprint’s iPhone for Life Plan worth it? Yes, but no depending on your smartphone purchasing habits in general.

How iPhone For Life Works

Sprint has offered only three ways for users to purchase a new handset for a while now. The first is what most users would consider the traditional way to buy a smartphone. Simply put, users sign a two-year contract and only pay $199 for their iPhone 6. Then they’re required to pay Sprint monthly payments of around $80 for service. Terminating the contract early incurs a penalty.

The second way to get the iPhone on Sprint is to simply finance the phone through the carriers Easy Plan. This means users get the iPhone 6 for free on day one, but are required to pay sales tax plus the complete cost of the phone in installments on top of their bill. The third way is to pay the full price of the phone upfront. Paying for the iPhone 6 up-front without a two-year contract costs $649.99 before taxes.

iPhone for Life has elements of all these purchase methods in it. Sprint users who purchase a device using iPhone for Life aren’t forced to pay a down payment in the same way that those who finance their device purchase with Easy Pay don’t have to. Also like with Easy Pay, with the iPhone for Life Plan users are charged a bit more on their wireless bill every month — in the iPhone 6’s case its $20. An Unlimited Plan for iPhone for Life Buyers is $50 a month.

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Thinking crucially, iPhone for Life is a good deal – provided you know exactly what you’re getting as part of the program and what you aren’t getting out of the program.

First let’s talking about upgrading and pricing. Essentially iPhone for Life is based on the idea that iPhone buyers on Sprint will want to replace their device every two years for a new version. iPhone for Life subscribers are paying $20 on top of their wireless charges a month, which works out to be $480 for the iPhone 6. That’s far less than the $649 the iPhone 6 would cost normally, which is why it should be very clear to anyone signing up for the service that they’re just renting the device. Paired with the $50 unlimited plan users are looking at $1680 over two-years before they’re able to upgrade.

T-Mobile is Sprint’s closest competitor in terms of calling plans and phone purchasing options. T-Mobile’s iPhone 6 costs $27.08 a month with no down payment. In two years’ time that’s $649.99, the full cost of the device. T-Mobile’s Unlimited Plan is $80 and that’s where the savings in Sprint’s iPhone For Life Plan hinges. Over two years T-Mobile users are spending $2587.90 on an iPhone 6 on T-Mobile. In that respect, Sprint’s plan wins out.

Read: Why T-Mobile Has The Best iPhone 6 Deal 

Except for there’s a catch. When the iPhone For Life Term is up users upgrade their phone and start all over again or keep paying the $20 for the lease program, according to the details provided on Sprint’s website. Meanwhile, buyers who take advantage of T-Mobile’s iPhone 6 Equipment Installation Plan will own their device outright. After that, their bill will fall to just $80 a month and they’ll be able to take their phone to another network or trade it in for money towards a new one. At that point, the only thing separating the pricing on each is $10 a month. At least, that’s if Sprint doesn’t change its Unlimited Plan Pricing in the meantime.

Read: iPhone 6 Deals: Savings Extended

If you’re looking for an iPhone 6 and you know you’re going to just want to upgrade again in two-years, what Sprint is offering with iPhone for Life sounds like a win. It’ll save real people, real money. That being said, if you’re one of those users who like to get something for their cash and know that what they’re paying on will be there’s to resell and do what they want to within two years, the iPhone For Life Plan isn’t for you. It’s like leasing an expensive automobile. It’s only worth it if you’re sure you’ll think it’s old and busted at the end of the agreement.

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Is Sprint’s iPhone for Life Plan Worth It? is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.0.2 on iPhone 6 Plus: Impressions & Performance

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 19:55

iOS 8.0.2 on iPhone 6 Plus: Impressions & Performance is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

One week after the iPhone 6 Plus release Apple delivered two new iOS 8 updates in rapid releases. The iOS 8.0.1 update broke cellular service on the iPhone 6 Plus and Apple soon delivered the iOS 8.0.2 release to fix connectivity and bring iOS 8 fixes back to users.

Although this is a small update it adds an important feature to iOS 8, which is only a week old. Apple pulled the feature that allowed apps to connect to the new iOS 8 Health app. iOS 8.0.2 brings this feature back, so you’ll soon see more health focused apps connecting to Apple’s one stop shop to let you track your overall health and fitness levels.

Apple also includes fixes for third-party keyboards and various other small tweaks. You can see many of the new iOS 8 features in the video below.

Even though the iOS 8.0.2 update is small compared to iOS 8 it is an important fix for many users. Small updates can break things just as much as large ones, as we saw with the iOS 8.0.1 release.

It’s understandable that many users are now wary of installing the iOS 8.0.2 update. We spent the last two days testing the update on the iPhone 6 Plus to help you decide if it is safe to update and if you should install iOS 8.0.2 or wait until Apple releases another update in October. Apple already confirmed an iPhone 6 Plus update will unlock the Apple Pay feature next month.

Overall the iOS 8.0.2 update is a stepping. The right direction, but it’s not perfect and one team member had to get a replacement is iPhone 6 Plus after the update broke his phone.

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Unlike the iOS 8.0.1 update that broke cell service on the iPhone 6 Plus, the iOS 8.0.2 installation went smoothly for me. I installed the small update over the air with WiFi in about 20 minutes including the download time.

Gotta Be Mobile team member Kevin Purcell installed iOS 8.0.2 on the iPhone 6 Plus and after it finished the touch screen was not responsive. After initial troubleshooting he spent a day at an Apple Store to get a replacement so Apple could capture the device and figure out why this happened.

iOS 8.0.2 Performance

Here’s a look at the iOS 8.0.2 performance on the iPhone 6 Plus.

After installing iOS 8.0.2 on the iPhone 6 Plus I checked the performance of five key areas to make sure things work as expected. Even though one of our team experienced a failure there are no major show-stopping issues with iOS 8.0.2 on the iPhone 6 Plus. This update is not perfect, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Apple push out iOS 8.0.3 or a similar update in the next few weeks. Here’s what I discovered after using the iOS 8.0.2 update on the iPhone 6 Plus for several days.

Apps

There is nothing in this update to fix the fact that many apps still look blown up and grainy on the large screen. App updates are slowly adding support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but progress is slow.

Overall most of the apps I use on a regular basis; Tweetbot, Alien Blue, Netflix, Instagram and Spotify work well on iOS 8.0.2, but there are still a variety of app crashes while using this update. Occasionally apps freeze on iOS 8.0.2 and it takes a while before I can launch the multitasking menu to close the app.

I’m not sure if this is due to iOS 8.0.2 alone, or if developers need to fix some problematic apps. No matter the cause, be prepared for some overall app crashes on the iPhone 6 Plus.

iOS 8.0.2 Battery Life

The iPhone 6 Plus battery life is great right out of the box thanks to the large battery and power sipping parts. After installing iOS 8.0.2 the battery life remains great. On the first full day of use the iPhone 6 Plus battery did not last as long as normal, but after looking at what apps used the most battery life it was clear that a poor AT&T signal and a lot of hotspot usage drained the battery faster than normal.

Overall most users should not see a major change in battery life on iOS 8.0.2.

iOS 8.0.2 Connectivity

Small updates like this can fix or break connectivity issues, as many users experienced last week. The iOS 8.0.2 fixes the no service issue that took my iPhone 6 Plus offline and after two full days of use while mobile connectivity is working as expected..

There is some odd behavior with the personal hotspot on iOS 8.0.2, but this likely due to the OS X Yosemite public beta, rather than the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple need to fix the wifi problems on iPhone 6 Plus on iOS 8.0.2! #Apple #iPhone6plus #iOS802 #iOS8

— Jonatan Blomberg (@Moisix_Music) September 28, 2014

I am not experiencing major iOS 8.0.2 WiFi problems, but occasionally the network lags before loading a bag or refreshing an app. Other users report more problematic WiFi problems on iOS 8.0.2.

iOS 8.0.2 Bugs and Issues

The iOS 8.0.2 update brings a number of smart and small updates, but it doesn’t fix every iOS 8 problem. As you can tell by now in this early iOS 8.0.2 review there are WiFi bugs and some app crashes still present as Apple needs to perfect the iPhone 6 Plus experience.

Sometimes the iPhone 6 Plus is stuck in landscape mode on iOS 8.0.2.

One of the problem that I experience often is the iPhone 6 Plus getting stuck in landscape or portrait mode. This typically happens inside an app. When this happens I need to leave the app, open multi-tasking and close whatever app the problem took place in before things work right.

Sometimes the camera will not recognize that I am holding it in landscape and will take all my photos stuck in portrait.

Speed

The  iOS 8.0.2 performance is good on the iPhone 6 Plus. The overall speed of using the iPhone 6 Plus feels snappier after installing iOS 8.0.2, as long as it doesn’t freeze in an app.

Overall iOS 8.0.2 is fast, and it is a step closer to the iPhone 6 Plus experience users expect from Apple, but it’s not quite there yet.

Should You Install iOS 8.0.2?

Most users can install iOS 8.0.2 without worrying.

Most iPhone 6 Plus owners should install iOS 8.0.2. There are enough fixes like better support for third-party keyboards and HealthKit fixes that pave the way for apps to connect to the new iOS 8 Health app.

Given all the fixes included in iOS 8.0.2, and the fix it brings for anyone who installed iOS 8.0.1, it makes a lot of sense to upgrade to iOS 8.0.2.

If you want to wait, it looks like Apple will need to push out a new iOS 8.0.3 or similar update in the coming weeks to address other issues and turn on Apple Pay.

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These screens are incredibly important as you see them anytime you turn on the iPhone or need to choose an app to launch. There is no way around using them, so Apple needs to make sure they work just right. 

As you can see in the iOS 8 vs iOS 7 comparison above, there is no change between the home screen in the new iPhone software. Apple changed the status bar and some other small visual changes in iOS 7, but there are no updates for iOS 8.  

We could see Apple change the home screen slightly for iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. The new iPhone will feature a larger 4.7-inch display with a higher resolution. This is something Apple may use to add more icons to the screen. Or they could stick with the current layout, it's tough to tell.  

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iOS 8.0.2 on iPhone 6 Plus: Impressions & Performance is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Surface Pro 3 NFL Ad is Football and Nothing Else

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 17:41

Surface Pro 3 NFL Ad is Football and Nothing Else is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Microsoft has enjoyed a deal with the National Football League in America for some time, but lately its been pushing to eek even more publicity and notoriety for its Surface tablets. Early last week the company revealed a new television ad, one that doesn’t so much explain each feature of the Surface Pro 3 as it does get the 2-in-1 in front of NFL fans who might be looking for their next productivity upgrade.

The commercial in question is typical of Microsoft these days. Having failed to persuade buyers in large numbers to purchase older Surface devices with bright, colorful commercials with people dancing, this new Surface Pro 3 ad trades in normal users for some of the NFL’s greatest stars. Throughout the advertisement coaching staff and players of the Seattle Seahawks are seen preparing for a match on Sunday. They often use the Surface Pro 3 for just about everything.

Read: Surface Pro 3 to Take On the MacBook Air for $799

One scene includes an NFL player getting pumped for the coming gaming by listening to music through Microsoft’s Xbox Music service. Earlier in the week coaching staff are busy showing game film to the entire Seahawks roster using the Surface Pro 3’s built-in USB port and display settings. The Surface Pro 3’s detachable Type Cover is also shown in the video along with its other big hardware advantage, the digitizer and pen that allow users to quickly take hand written notes.

All told, the ad is pretty good for Microsoft. It manages to educate potential buyers about the features the Surface Pro 3 offers. All the while, it doesn’t resort to the zany antics of past Surface commercials and shows how buyers would use the Surface Pro 3 in the real world. Actually showing why users should buy the tablet has been something Microsoft has struggled with ever since it unveiled the original Surface Pro and Surface tablets back in 2012.

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Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3 to press and industry insiders early this summer. While it’s still very similar to past Surface Pro devices, the Surface Pro 3 different from other tablets in the Surface Pro line in a few key ways. Microsoft says it designed the Surface Pro 3 to be the only true tablet that can replace a laptop. As such, the Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch screen for buyers who are more comfortable with larger aspect rations of laptops instead of the 16×9 ration that other Surface screens have. Inside are any of three Intel Core processors so that users can run any of their Desktop apps like iTunes along with new Windows Store apps. Around back is a freely adjustable kickstand that allows users to see that 12-inch screen from any angle. That’s key since past Surface Pro devices were dinged for requiring a case to get the screen at just the right angle.

The Surface Pro 3 starts at $799 for a version that includes 64GB of storage and an Intel Core i3 processor online at the Microsoft Store. There are more expensive versions that don’t add a bigger screen but do include faster processors, more RAM and more storage space to keep pictures, programs and files. The Surface Pro 3 also includes a MicroSD card sot so that users can add a bit more storage if it’s required. Buyers should note that the Surface Pro 3, doesn’t include the Type Cover. It’s a $129.99 accessory.

This NFL Surface ad isn’t the only one making the rounds lately. Earlier this year Microsoft revealed another ad that compares the Surface Pro 3 to it’s arch-competitor, Apple’s MacBook Air. In that video Microsoft points out a lot of the same things it shows off here, but takes jabs at Apple’s notebook for not having things like a touch screen or an integrated pen. The company has also offered trade-in deals to MacBook Air users willing to switch.

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Surface Pro 3 NFL Ad is Football and Nothing Else is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 Plus vs HTC One M8: What Buyers Need to Know

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 16:15

iPhone 6 Plus vs HTC One M8: What Buyers Need to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

We’ll walk through the major differences between the iPhone 6 Plus vs HTC One M8, two large screen smartphones with metal bodies. Although the iPhone 6 Plus features a larger display, buyer will notice many similarities between these two devices.

Picking the best smartphone is complicated, especially if you only look for a new phone every two years. Our goal is to help you choose between two of the top smartphones available so you can walk in to a store with confidence, try out the devices side-by-side and make your final decision.

The HTC One M8 arrived earlier this year and the iPhone 6 Plus in mid-September, but don’t pick your next smartphone solely on the release date. There are key strengths for each of these devices that you can key in on as you make your decision.

Learn what buyers need to know about the iPhone 6 Plus and HTC One M8.

Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus is $299 on a two-year contract and it is available on all major US carriers. The HTC One M8 is $199 at carriers and is as cheap as free on contract with Amazon. This device is also available on all major U.S. carriers.

Here’s a closer look at the most important things buyers need to know about the iPhone 6 Plus vs HTC One M8 comparison.

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When you pick a new smartphone it is important to find one that fits your hand, your pockets and your needs. Size is a very important part of this decision and even though the iPhone 6 Plus features a half-inch larger display there isn’t as big if a difference as you might expect.

Both phones use larger than average bezels on the top and bottom so there isn’t a big difference in size.

As you can see the iPhone 6 Plus is taller and wider, but it is thinner than the HTC One M8. The thicker HTC One M8 features a curved back, which is part of why it is thicker. Even though it is over 2mm thicker, the curve helps it fit in your hand easily.

  • iPhone 6 Plus – 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm – 172 grams
  • HTC One M8 – 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4mm - 160 grams

One reason people definitely want to compare these two phones is the metal design. Apple isn’t new to metal designs, but some users aren’t a big fan of the lines on the back. Both phones make use of the a similar antenna design, so you’ll need to come to terms with that.

The HTC One M8 is slightly thicker, thanks to a curved back.

The iPhone 6 Plus is pretty slippery, so most users will want a case of some kind. The HTC One M8 is also tough for some users to hold on to, but it’s not as slippery as the new iPhone.

iPhone 6 Plus vs HTC One M8 Display

The iPhone 6 Plus display looks better than the HTC One M8 display based on a week of use and extended time staring at the screens. That doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with the HTC One M8 display, but Apple simply did a stunning job with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus display.

The difference in size is less noticeable than you might expect.

Apple includes a 5.5-inch display and HTC a 5-inch display, but both use the same 1080P HD display. That’s the same as the HDTV hanging on your wall.

  • iPhone 6 Plus – 5.5-inch 1,920 x 1080  – 401 pixels per inch
  • HTC One M8  - 5-inch 1,920 x 1080  – 441 pixels per inch

With more pixels per inch you should see more detail on the HTC One M8 display, but the iPhone 6 Plus display is simply stunning.

iPhone 6 Plus vs HTC One M8 Features

No matter which of these phones you choose you get a collection of handy features, but the iPhone 6 Plus camera is the better options here. The HTC One M8 is capable of delivering some things Apple chose to leave out of the new iPhone.

The HTC One M8 speakers sound better than anything the iPhone 6 Plus can put out.

  • Mobile Payments – Apple Pay turns the iPhone 6 Plus into a mobile wallet starting in October. The HTC One M8 works with Google Wallet and Soft Card to deliver the same functionality, without a fingerprint reader.
  • Security – The iPhone 6 Plus includes Touch ID, a fingerprint sensing home button that lets you unlock, make purchases and in iOS 8 it now unlocks some third-party apps. There is no fingerprint sensor on the HTC One M8.
  • HTC Advantage – Users who break the HTC One M8 screen in the first six months get a free replacement, but not if there is damage to the body. This also includes support, at least 25GB of cloud backup and a promise of faster updates. Here’s our HTC Advantage review.
  • Speakers – The HTC One M8 delivers louder, better sound than the iPhone 6 Plus thanks to two front-facing speakers. Apple upgraded the volume a little on the new iPhones, but it’s not as good as the HTC One M8.
  • Remote Control – There is an IR blaster on the top of the HTC One M8 that can control your HDTV and other gadgets. Some apps will control a DVR from the iPhone, but there is no IR, so it is less optimal.
  • Micro SD – The HTC One M8 includes a Micro SD card slot that lets users add more storage. There is no option for this on the iPhone 6 Plus.
iPhone 6 Plus vs HTC One M8 Cameras

The iPhone 6 Plus camera is better than the HTC One M8.

Apple and HTC both focus on using larger pixels to take better looking photos, but after using both Apple delivers a better camera. The HTC One M8 features a 4 MP Ultrapixel camera and a second Duo camera to help take photos at varying focus points so you can blur a background for a beautiful looking shot. This is great, but overall the day-to-day performance of the main camera mode doesn’t measure up to what we’ve experienced with the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple chose an 8MP camera with new large pixels and a new focus method that is incredibly fast. Toss in optical image stabilization to help accommodate camera shake and the results are crisp and great to look at.

The HTC One M8 camera app includes several cool options like a dual-camera mode and the very fun HTC Zoe creation tool, but overall the photos on the iPhone 6 Plus are better.

iPhone 6 Plus vs HTC One M8 Specs

If you like to compare specs before buying a new phone here’s what you need to know to make that comparison. As you can tell by now, there are a lot of features unlocked by these specs.

iPhone 6 Plus Specs
  • Apple A8 64-bit Processor
  • iOS 8
  • 5.5-inch Retina HD display
  • 16GB / 64GB / 128GB storage options
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 8MP rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization
  • 2,915 mAh battery
  • 4G LTE
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
  • NFC

Compare the iPhone 6 Plus vs HTC One M8 specs.

HTC One M8 Specs
  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080p HD display
  • 2.3 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 801 with 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage (Micro-SD expansion support)
  • 4 Ultrapixel camera (new second Duo Camera) and 5MP front, dual flash
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Sense 6
  • Front facing speakers, infrared port for remote
  • Brushed aluminum design
  • 2,600 mAh battery
iPhone 6 Plus vs HTC One M8 Software

The software that runs on the HTC One M8 and the iPhone 6 Plus is quite different, but there is no longer this huge gap between design and quality that existed two or three years ago.

The HTC One M8 runs Android 4.4 with special HTC touches like BlinkFeed and a special look that also lets users pick a theme to change the overall color scheme of the phone.

Read: HTC One M8 Tips & Tricks

HTC BlinkFeed is a long scrollable feed of your news, social channels and other important information that sits to the left of the home screen. You’ll love BlinkFeed or hate it, and either way you can customize it and disable it if you need to.

The video above walks through the HTC One M8 software features, tips and tricks to show everything users can do with the HTC One M8. This includes the handy gesture controls.

Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus runs iOS 8. This is almost identical to the free iOS 8 update that arrived on older iPhones recently, but the iPhone 6 Plus includes a special landscape mode that shows more information in some apps, similar to the iPad view.

The video above shows many of the iOS 8 features you’ll experience on the iPhone 6 Plus. You can also check out the slides below to see more of these features, including the ability to answer calls to your iPhone using your Mac or iPad.

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We start our iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough with the iPhone home screen, which is where you'll start your iOS 8 experience after an update this fall. 

These screens are incredibly important as you see them anytime you turn on the iPhone or need to choose an app to launch. There is no way around using them, so Apple needs to make sure they work just right. 

As you can see in the iOS 8 vs iOS 7 comparison above, there is no change between the home screen in the new iPhone software. Apple changed the status bar and some other small visual changes in iOS 7, but there are no updates for iOS 8.  

We could see Apple change the home screen slightly for iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. The new iPhone will feature a larger 4.7-inch display with a higher resolution. This is something Apple may use to add more icons to the screen. Or they could stick with the current layout, it's tough to tell.  

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iPhone 6 Plus vs HTC One M8: What Buyers Need to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Get DuckDuckGo as your iOS 8 Default Search Engine

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 19:40

How to Get DuckDuckGo as your iOS 8 Default Search Engine is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

For the millions of Americans who were shocked to find out that the NSA may have monitored their communications without them knowing, last year was a rough one. The initial firestorm that leaks triggered has subsided, but a growing number of Americans are still concerned about their privacy and that’s where the DuckDuckGo search engine comes in. With iOS 8, Apple has made it very easy to use DuckDuckGo as the default search engine on its line of iPhones and iPads. We’re going to show you how to get DuckDuckGo as your iOS 8 default search engine so that your searches stay private.

Read: 2013 story of the Year Was Data Security & Privacy 

Before we begin, it’s super important that you already have everything you need. Of course, you’ll need your iPhone, but you’ll also need the iOS 8 update for your iPhone or iPad. Don’t worry it’s free. You can download it from the General settings area in the iPhone or iPad Settings app. Be sure that you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Also, make sure that you don’t need your iPhone or iPad for the next few hours, the update can take a bit.

Settings Up DuckDuckGoin iOS 8

Unlock your iPhone or iPad by sliding your finger from left to right at the bottom of your screen. If you’re using a passcode you’ll need to enter it now. If you’re using an iPhone that’s equipped with TouchID, simply put your finger on the Home button.

Welcome to the Home screen. Look for and open the Settings app. If  you’ve customized which apps sit where on your Home screen you could find the Settings app buried in a folder or on another Home screen accessed by swiping to the right. The Settings app is there somewhere, you’ll just need to find it.

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Inside the Settings app scroll down until you see the settings for Safari, the iPhone and iPad web browser that comes built-in. You’ll want to tap on the option once you find it. Safari is the 26th option on the list of Settings.

Now look for the Search Engine setting. Tap it for a list of other default search engines to use.

For this example, our default search engine is Bing. Tap on DuckDuckGo as the search engine you want your iPhone or iPad to use by default.

Now go back to the Home and open the Safari web browser. For now on, whenever you type anything into the address bar at the top of Safari you’ll get results from DuckDuckGo.

Why Use DuckDuckGoin iOS 8?

Nothing explains why having DuckDuckGo on the iPhone and iPad than the search engine’s own mission statement. “Our vision is simple. To give you great search results without tracking you,” the thing search engine’s home page reads. That’s about all you need to say, really.

Read: DuckDuckGo vs. Google Search

Google may have started out as a search engine, an easy way to find what you’re looking for in a sea of overwhelming information, but it’s become more than that. Google makes a large amount of money on the advertisements that its ad network provides. Because Google Ads are embedded in millions of sites, the argument is that Google can and does track user’s search history so that it can present them with more accurate advertisements. If you’ve ever searched for something and then noticed that you only saw ads related to the thing you searched for days on end, that’s why.

In the last decade or so Google has expanded to other areas. Gmail, the company’s webmail service, also has ads and the company has admitted to and defended its decision to include advertisements in Gmail that scan user’s emails for accurate subject matter.

Judging by the popularity Gmail and Google Search enjoy, once can only conclude that wider public either doesn’t know or doesn’t care about Google building accurate profiles of their search and browsing habits for the sake of more accurate ads. Last year’s NSA leaks added a new dimension to the problem though. Those leaks concerning the NSA last year pointed to an agency that had unchecked authority to tag user’s communications. Information provided by the world’s largest tech companies has pointed to an alarming number of policing organizations in the United States being granted access to user’s personal information stored by web services like those offered by Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. Earlier this year Microsoft was ordered to surrender email it’d stored on a server in Ireland. It’s not hard to imagine that an order like that couldn’t be extended to search history on Google or some other search engine’s servers.

Good luck with DuckDuckGo on your iPhone and iPad.

 

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How to Get DuckDuckGo as your iOS 8 Default Search Engine is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Gear Live Review: Needs Some Work

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 19:30

Samsung Gear Live Review: Needs Some Work is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Gear Live took the familiar hardware from the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2, refined it a bit, and put Google’s Android Wear operating system on it to make it the first Samsung smartwatch compatible with all Android phones running KitKat 4.3 or later, even those made by other manufacturers. After a month of daily use I’ll keep wearing the watch, but wouldn’t buy another one until it gets some needed polish, which means the Gear Live specifically, and Android Wear watches generally, won’t break out as mainstream jewelry because of their look and function.

Android Wear launched earlier this year. The smartwatch platform connects a phone to a watch and puts phone notifications on the watch’s touchscreen. Users talk to the watch to search the Internet, navigate to a location, set reminders or create appointments. Third-party apps extend the watch’s functionality so users can record voice memos, check into restaurants or pause podcasts.

Samsung Gear Live Design

Samsung designed the Gear Live with a beautiful bright super AMOLED screen with a 320×320 resolution or 278ppi. It’s housed in a smooth silver aluminum casing and a plastic back. The hard rubber watch band comes in black, or wine-red, and clasps around the wrist thanks to metal clasp with two raised snaps. These snaps fit into the holes on the other part of the band, which makes for awesome resizing.

The watch feels light even though it looks really big, even on thick wrists like mine. Think cheap digital watch band instead of fine jewelry watch band. The fashion conscious wearer should look elsewhere. Sadly, no smartwatch available today will measure up to style-conscious tastes because they’re all ugly. On a spectrum from plain ugly on the left to stylish beauty on the right, the Samsung Gear Live fits between the LG G Watch and original Pebble Smartwatch at the extreme left end, and the Moto 360 that sits in the middle. No Android Wear watch looks as attractive as the images we saw from Apple during their announcement of the Apple Watch.

The Gear Live carries an iP67 rating, meaning users can shower with it after working hard in a dirty environment. I recently drenched it with a bucket of water and wore it while baptizing someone at my church without any problems.

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The Gear Live measures 56mm x 38mm x 8.9mm and weighs 2.12oz. It’s big on the wrist but feels light.

The only control button sits towards the bottom of the right side of the watch. Press the button to wake up the screen, or press and hold to bring up the option menu to do things like adjust the brightness, restart or shut down.

Users can reset the watch from the button, if there’s a problem. I had to do this a few times because it lost the connection to my phone and only resetting to factory settings fixed it.

Samsung uses the same horrible charging system found on their earlier watches. The charging connector snaps onto the back of the watch and plugs into a micro-USB to USB cable to charge the phone. It requires a nightly charge, because it won’t run for more than a 36 hours.

On the back of the watch below the charging connectors there’s a heart rate sensor that works pretty well.

The wearer can change the band to something more stylish or comfortable using standard watch bands.

Compatibility

Unlike previous Samsung smart watches, the Samsung Gear Live works with any Android phone running 4.3 or newer. I tested it with a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the HTC One M8 without big problems other than the connection problems already mentioned. These happened on both phones.

The smart watch won’t work with iPhone or Windows Phone.

Software

The Android Wear app makes the first connection and controls some basic options. It also explains a little about how to use the watch.

The Samsung Gear Live comes with a handful of decent watch faces to match different tastes. Some look uglier than others. Third-party watch faces look better. The Moto 360 popularity means some third-party faces only come with round faces, so be sure to check before installing them.

The Google Play Store holds hundreds of Android Wear apps and other apps that recently added Wear compatibility. For example, my favorite podcast app, Pocket Casts, added Android Wear control functionality to their app. Foursquare lets users check in through their watch. Other apps only work with Android Wear.

The Android Wear operating system uses Google Now cards to show notifications. When an appointment reminder shows up on the phone, it also shows up on a card on the watch. Swipe right to dismiss it or left to interact with it. For example, when the Gmail app sends a notification to the watch of new mail, the user can just dismiss the notice by swiping right. However, the user can also swipe left and tap to archive the message on the phone.

The Google Now cards that show up on Android Wear can get annoying. Swipe away an all-day calendar appointment card and the next time the Android Wear OS shows another card for a text message, that same appointment card will show up again, thus forcing the user to swipe it away again and again till the appointment ends. I’d like to swipe away things like this once and make them go away forever.

On occasion, the software doesn’t respond well to touch. I find myself needing to swipe a few times to get it to react the first time. This can get frustrating.

Functions

The basic set of functions mostly work fine. I miss some of the Gear 2 features, like using the watch as a Bluetooth headset to talk to callers via the watch. Gear Live lets people answer calls through the watch, but the wearer must still take out the phone to talk.

The Samsung Gear 2 on the left offers more functions than the Samsun Gear Live, like a Bluetooth speakerphone feature and a built-in camera.

The Gear 2 also had a camera, which I didn’t use much. The Gear Live doesn’t, but Google Camera app users can control the shutter on Google Camera through the watch. This reduces shakiness in low light shots since the photographer doesn’t tap the phone. The wearer can get into the shot by posing it, moving into the frame and then tapping the watch to engage the 3-second shutter timer.

Ease of Use

The Gear Live offers a simple set of features, and a person already familiar with Google Now voice commands knows how to use Gear Live’s voice commands.

The process of connecting the phone to the watch didn’t take much effort or time. This translates into an easy-to-use smartwatch that does a few things well right out of the box. The connection dropped more than it should, which gets frustrating. A few times I couldn’t reconnect without resetting the watch to factory settings.

Wear Mini Launcher app helps users easily launch apps on the watch via touch.

The more apps a person uses, the more complicated the watch becomes. Some apps like Wear Mini Launcher (see above) help. The app puts a grid of small icons on the screen when the users swipes from the edge of the screen. Tap the icon to launch that Wear app’s functionality. That’s not what Google had in mind, but the more apps an owner installs, the more necessary such a launcher becomes. Remembering app titles to launch with voice gets complicated with too many apps.

The two biggest frustrations come when the watch touchscreen doesn’t respond to swipes at first. I often had to try to swipe repeatedly before the watch app responded. Second, the connections consistency already mentioned got annoying.

Price and Value

The Samsung Gear Live costs $200. Compare that to other smart watches:

  • Samsung Gear 2 (not Android Wear and only works with Samsung watches) – $299.99
  • LG G Watch (Android Wear) – $179.99, down from $229 launch price
  • Moto 360 (Android Wear) – $249.99
  • Pebble Smartwatch (original design, not Android Wear, compatible with iPhone/Android) – $149
  • Pebble Steal (not Android Wear, compatible with iPhone/Android) – $249
  • Apple Watch (iPhone only) – starts at $349 and not yet available

After a month of use, I wouldn’t buy another Gear Live unless Samsung cut the price or Google updates Android Wear to make it more reliable and intuitive, meaning I don’t have to keep swiping away the same card.

Samsung’s Tizen operating system works fluidly and intuitively, but only with Samsung Phones. I sold my Pebble Steel to get the Gear 2 and sold the Gear 2 to get the Gear Live. After using all three, none of them is really worth the cost, because they all draw attention to themselves for the wrong reason. Android Wear works okay, but a few annoyances made me long for my Gear 2 and inconsistent connections meant I often had to repeat voice commands before giving up.

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Samsung Gear Live Review: Needs Some Work is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Speck Candy Shell Review: iPhone 6 Wallet Case

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 17:15

Speck Candy Shell Review: iPhone 6 Wallet Case is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Speck CandyShell Card Case is one of the best iPhone 6 wallet case options out there, and it is an essential iPhone 6 accessory even with Apple Pay turning the new iPhone into a mobile wallet.

This $40 iPhone 6 wallet case comes in black, blue and pink options and as well as offering space for cards and cash it does a good job of protecting the iPhone 6 from small drops and keeps it safe in your pocket as well.

Without a case the iPhone 6 is thin and slippery, and with the Speck iPhone 6 case on, it’s easier to hold without a lot of added bulk. It certainly is thicker than a naked iPhone 6, but thanks to the thin body the total package isn’t too much to put in your front pocket.

The Speck iPhone 6 wallet case carries three cards and some cash, plus protects your new iPhone.

Speck is one of the most well-known case makers and their iPhone 6 wallet case isn’t a brand new design. That’s a good thing as the company stuck with an easy to use slot on the back that allows the user to push cards out with a thumb and a small internal rubber part that keeps them in place the rest of the time.

At first glance you might worry about the cards slipping out when you are using the iPhone 6, but that’s not an issue at all. I normally carry three cards in the back, but when I need one more I can easily fit the a fourth in. If you need cash you can stick a bill or two between the cards. Four cards and cash is pushing it, so you’ll want to stick with three cards and some cash for most use.

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In a pinch I can fit four cards in this iPhone 6 wallet case.

When Apple Pay arrives in October it will be easier to slim down the number of cards I carry. Apple Pay uses NFC inside the iPhone 6 and Passbook to let users make payments with any of their credit or debit cards and Touch ID. You don’t need to carry the card with you, but you’ll still need ID in some cases. Another factor to consider is not many stores accept mobile payments yet, which is another pain point and a reason to buy an iPhone 6 wallet case like this.

The front of the iPhone 6 is protected thanks to a small lip.

There is a lip on the front edge that keeps the iPhone 6 screen off a table or the counter when you inevitably sit this case down after taking your card out. This helps prevent scratches on the iPhone 6 screen and adds some added drop protection.

It is easy to put the Speck CandyShell on and to take it off thanks to the easy to move rubber grip and interior cushion. You don’t need to do this often, but I prefer to take this case off at home in favor of a super-slim iPhone 6 case.

The glossy back shows fingerprints and scuffs easily.

The only real downside to this iPhone 6 wallet case is the shiny black finish collects fingerprints and scratches. The photo above shows the scuffs and wear after a week of use. This doesn’t impact the ability to use the case by any means, but it would be nice if the finish stood up to more abuse.

Speck lines the inner part of the case with a shock absorbing lining, that also covers the volume and power buttons. There is an opening for the mute switch and for charging. You’ll have no trouble using the buttons or charging, even with thicker lightning cables thanks to a wide opening at the bottom.

You can still access the charging port and headphone jack easily.

You can sign up for notification when the Speck CandyShell Card Case for iPhone 6 goes on sale or you can order the Speck CandyShell Card Case for iPhone 6 on Amazon right now.

If this isn’t the iPhone 6 wallet case you are looking for you can check out a selection of the best iPhone 6 wallet cases available so far.

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The Q-Card case shown above (and below) is probably our favorite iPhone 6 wallet case for a few reasons. For one, we've used them in the past on the iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, and personally on my Galaxy S5, and they're excellent cases. It isn’t a flip case like almost everything else available. We’re not fans of holding a flap open to use and enjoy our device, which makes the CM4 an attractive offer out of the gate. Secondly it’s made of a durable lightweight plastic that protects the screen and camera, but then finished off with premium leather for the wallet aspect of the case.

The patented soft-touch rubber design is comfortable and easy to hold, not to mention it wraps around the camera for added protection, and extends beyond the display to protect your big screen while face-down. It’s an awesome design that can hold 3 credit cards plus some cash. It comes in black, champagne, or pacific green.

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Speck Candy Shell Review: iPhone 6 Wallet Case is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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13 Galaxy Note Edge Release Details You Need to Know

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 17:14

13 Galaxy Note Edge Release Details You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

As we push deeper into the fall, we get closer to a Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date, a release date that consumers around the world have their eyes on. With that in mind, we want to take a look at the most important Galaxy Note Edge release details buyers in the U.S. and elsewhere need to be aware of as we move ahead.

In the beginning of September, Samsung announced a slew of new products including a brand new Galaxy Note 4 and a surprise device called the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note 4 will be the true successor to last year’s Galaxy Note 3 and it will go on sale with a number of high-powered features starting in mid-October. The Galaxy Note Edge, a device that shares a lot in common with the Galaxy Note 4, will also deliver some explosive specs including a curved display.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge features a Quad HD resolution, a 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM, Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung TouchWiz, 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, massive battery, and a thin 8.3mm frame. It also comes with an S Pen stylus though the display, seen in the video below, should be its biggest draw.

At its Unpacked event, Samsung ran many of the key Galaxy Note Edge features including hardware, software, and carriers. It even announced a Galaxy Note Edge release date for later this year. However, Samsung failed to mention anything about the specific Galaxy Note Edge release date or the Galaxy Note Edge price leaving it up to us to fill in the blanks for consumers ahead of its official announcements.

Today, we want to roundup everything we’ve learned over the course of the last month and paint a vivid picture for those interesting in the upcoming Galaxy Note Edge release date.

Specific Galaxy Note Edge Release Dates MIA

The first bit of Galaxy Note Edge release date information that you need to know is that the Galaxy Note Edge release date, the specific Galaxy Note Edge release date, remains out of reach.

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We’re now almost a month removed from the Galaxy Note Edge launch and Samsung, and its carriers provides, have failed to produce a single concrete date for buyers around the world. Typically, we hear some murmurings behind the scenes but we haven’t heard much of anything in the days since Samsung first took the stage.

Samsung’s announcement will likely come out of nowhere. We saw Galaxy Note 4 release date details emerge from thin air earlier this month and we expect the same from the Galaxy Note Edge.

There’s a chance that carriers, and Samsung, are waiting for the Galaxy Note 4 release to heat up before announcing details. The company may not want to overshadow one flagship with another. The Galaxy Note 4 is available in Korea but it’s still up for pre-order in most regions around the world. At this point, October is a safe bet for an announcement.

Galaxy Note Edge Release Will Be Limited

The Galaxy Note Edge has, all along, been touted as a high-end device aimed at the high-end market. Samsung made this explicitly clear in several controlled leaks including one from Bloomberg earlier this year.

“We are targeting consumers who want more professional use and tend to be willing to pay more for handsets.”

Earlier this month, a Samsung executive said that the Galaxy Note Edge would be a “limited edition concept.” In other words, it’s not expected to be a mass produced device like the Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung recently said that “the Galaxy Note Edge will be released in selected markets” which also alludes to a very controlled release in a limited amount of markets. So far, only a few regions have been confirmed. The device will be heading to the United States, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Canada. These are all high-end markets.

Nothing is confirmed but the Galaxy Note Edge could potentially skip emerging markets, markets where the Galaxy Note Edge and its powerful technology will prove to be too expensive for most people.

Galaxy Note Edge Release in October?

While Samsung still hasn’t confirmed a specific Galaxy Note Edge release date, a Samsung executive recently told ZDNet Korea that the company is targeting a late October release date for Korea. This lines up with the RRA filings that we’ve seen and it suggests that the Galaxy Note Edge release date may not be too far behind the Galaxy Note 4 release.

This timing is still not set in stone which means that consumers will want to keep late October circled in pencil. It could potentially serve as the initial Galaxy Note Edge release window though we could see it limited in scope. The Galaxy Note 4 arrived early in Korea, weeks before other key markets like the U.S. and the U.K.

Galaxy Note Edge Release (U.S.) Still Pegged for Fall

We still don’t have any specific information regarding the Galaxy Note Edge release in the U.S.

We’re heard “later this year” and T-Mobile still says “fall” but we haven’t seen much more than that. The most telling detail of all though is the fact that none of the U.S. bound Galaxy Note Edge models have been caught passing through the FCC. This needs to happen before the release can happen and before carriers can announce release details.

U.S. bound Galaxy Note 4′s hit the FCC over the course of a week and the release date announcement came a few days after U.S. Cellular’s version passed through the FCC’s clutches. The Galaxy Note Edge has to pass through the FCC and when it does, you’ll know that we’re probably close to a release announcement for the United States.

U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note Edge Release MIA

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon will all carry the Galaxy Note Edge. We still don’t know if the nation’s fifth largest carrier, U.S. Cellular, will carry it. The carrier has not confirmed one way or the other though at this point, with no details yet available, we’d say that the odds are slim to none. Don’t count on a release this year.

UK Delay

Earlier this month, UK retailer Clove passed along some key Galaxy Note Edge details concerning the device’s release date in the United Kingdom. The retailer claimed that the Galaxy Note Edge will not be available in the United Kingdom right off the bat and that it’s still not clear when it will arrive.

All Samsung UK is willing to say is that the Galaxy Note Edge release date will be “confirmed in due course.” That sounds like folks in the United Kingdom have a bit of a wait ahead of them though it doesn’t rule out an arrival in 2014.

The UK is a key market and one that Samsung has focused on for several years now. While it might not get it right off the bat, there’s a good chance that the UK will be among the second tier regions.

Delay Throughout Europe?

Clove UK also passed along another strange bit of information, information that it says comes from its distributors. Here’s what Clove said about the Galaxy Note Edge release a few weeks back:

When the Note Edge launches, there will not be UK stock available. It will not be available in the majority of European countries.

For those customers that are interested in purchasing the Note Edge, we will look to source non-UK stock. This means that, if possible, we will purchase the stock intended for one of the countries where the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is due to launch.

So, we could see some European countries slip through the cracks though we still don’t know any of the details. The UK is typically out in front when it comes to Europe though we could see it lag behind a few places. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Galaxy Note Edge Release Date (Canada) in 2015

In mid-September, Samsung unexpectedly revealed some new Galaxy Note Edge release date information for North America. While it did not include Canada in its initial Galaxy Note Edge announcement, the company confirmed that Galaxy Note Edge release date in Canada will take place and that it will take place next year in 2015.

The company did not offer any specific Galaxy Note Edge releasedate. It did, however, mention that the country would be behind the U.S. Galaxy Note Edge release date.

If Canada is getting the Galaxy Note Edge in 2015, it’s safe to assume that other countries will likely not see the Galaxy Note Edge release until 2015.

Galaxy Note Edge Pre-Orders Live in Germany

Limited Galaxy Note Edge pre-orders are live in Germany. German retailer Notebooksbilliger is currently taking early orders for the Galaxy Note Edge though its pre-orders come with a steep asking price. Prospective Galaxy Note Edge buyers in Germany would be wise to avoid these early pre-orders and simply wait for Samsung to release official info.

Galaxy Note Edge Pre-Orders Live in UK

Clove is also taking Galaxy Note Edge pre-orders in the UK though, by its own admission, it’s doing so without knowing the Galaxy Note Edge’s price. Again, unless you’re absolutely sure, you’re probably going to want to avoid these early orders. Just wait for the official pre-order to begin.

Galaxy Note Edge Price

We just went into great detail about the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge price and we’ve determined that there’s a very good chance the Galaxy Note Edge will be priced at a fairly absurd price point. Everything is pointing in that direction and buyers are going to want to prepare for the worst.

Galaxy Note 4

You need to know that the Galaxy Note 4 is probably going to beat the Galaxy Note Edge to release and that this isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s fantastic because it will allow you to go hands on with Samsung’s alternative Galaxy Note before the Galaxy Note Edge’s arrival.

These two devices share a lot of the same features and it appears that they’ll both offer a ton of horsepower. You’ll just need to decide whether you need that curved display or not.

iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus release also beat out the Galaxy Note Edge release. This means that you can go hands on with Apple’s own phablet ahead of the Galaxy Note Edge release. Two important things to consider.

One, are you going to need that curved display? And two, are you going to need the Galaxy Note Edge’s S Pen? If the answer is no, then the iPhone 6 Plus is a device that could suit you very well.

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13 Galaxy Note Edge Release Details You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8 Downgrade to iOS 7.1.2: Too Late Now

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 21:15

iOS 8 Downgrade to iOS 7.1.2: Too Late Now is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you upgraded to iOS 8 when it was initially released last week before the iPhone 6 launched, you were still able to downgrade back to iOS 7.1.2 if you didn’t like the new changes. However, Apple has officially quit signing iOS 7.1.2, which means if you updated to iOS 8, it’s now too late to downgrade to iOS 7.1.2.

This certainly isn’t out of the ordinary for Apple to prevent users from downgrading to older versions of iOS. The company likes to have its users stick to the latest version once they upgraded, so it usually closes out older versions of iOS after a week or so when a newer version is released.

This news is especially important to those whose iOS devices are jailbroken on iOS 7.1.2 or earlier. If you update to iOS 8, you’ll lose your jailbreak and won’t be able to downgrade back to iOS 7.1.2, so be extra careful when plugging your iPhone or iPad into your computer and opening iTunes, as the program will ask you to download and install iOS 8. Remember when your parents taught you to “just say no”? Now is that time.

When will we see an iOS 8 jailbreak then? Ever since the initial announcement of iOS 8, jailbreakers have been curious as to when an iOS 8 jailbreak would hit the public. Of course, we could rely on past history as far as when to expect it, but even that’s a little shaky.

We likely won’t see an iOS 8 jailbreak until closer to the end of the year at the earliest, and that’s because jailbreak developers don’t want Apple to patch up the exploits used for the jailbreak too early. What this means is that if devs were to release the jailbreak to iOS 8 right now, Apple would quickly patch it up before the company releases another iOS 8 update, which would mean jailbreak devs would have to start from square one again.

We should ultimately expect the same time frame as the iOS 7 jailbreak, which was released a few months after iOS 7 was publicly launched in September 2013. Because of this, you’ll be waiting a while for an official iOS 8 jailbreak to release.

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iOS 8 comes with a very similar user interface that practically remains unchanged from iOS 7, but it includes some very cool features that we’ve seen before in other apps and in jailbreak tweaks, but are now coming to iOS natively.

However, what if you actually want to lose your jailbreak so that you can update to iOS 8 and get the new features? No one’s stopping you, and you’re free to do so. We actually have a guide on how to update to iOS 8 from an iOS 7 jailbreak the right way.

If you’ve made the decision to lose your jailbreak and update to iOS 8, there are a few things to keep in mind before you take the plunge. Most notably, it’s important how exactly you restore your iPhone and update to iOS 8. Updating from a jailbroken iPhone to a new version of iOS 8 isn’t all that complicated, but it’s also not a quick and dirty process.

You’ll want to make sure you perform a full backup through iTunes, and then you’ll want to do a full restore while updating to iOS 8. From there, you can then restore your apps and settings to your iPhone or iPad, and you should be greeted with a working copy of iOS 8.

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iOS 8 Downgrade to iOS 7.1.2: Too Late Now is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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New HTC One M8 Release Could Deliver Improved Camera

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 21:09

New HTC One M8 Release Could Deliver Improved Camera is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The HTC One M8 was announced and released back at the end of March and has been an extremely popular smartphone throughout the year, with one major flaw. That being the improved “Duo Camera” on back featuring two 4 Ultrapixel cameras for a unique set of features. However, a new and improved option is reportedly coming soon.

The original HTC One had the same 4 Ultrapixel camera, and in 2014 HTC added a second camera on the back of its flagship phone in order to deliver tons of new features, but many complained about the dip in resolution, and lack of the option to crop photos.

Read: iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: What Buyers Need to Know

The One M8 received heavy praises from most reviews in all aspects except the camera, and it sounds like HTC is listening to its fans because two new rumors have surfaced this week suggesting a new HTC One M8 release could be coming next month with a 13 megapixel Duo camera setup instead. Simply called the HTC One M8 Eye.

The 4 megapixel “Ultrapixel” camera delivered on the phone simply can’t compete with the 8 megapixel iPhone 6, or even the 13 and 16 megapixel cameras in smartphones like the Moto X, LG G3, or the Galaxy S5.

As a result, HTC is apparently set to release another smartphone with a long and odd name, and two new reports are confirming that. While we’ve yet to see any leaks or hear anything of this sort from HTC, a few sources have all the details. Popular HTC developer LlabTooFer posted the information this week on Twitter, and a second source is reporting something similar.

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M8 + 13MP Duo Camera = M8_EYE :)

— @upleaks (@upleaks) September 13, 2014

@Upleaks doesn’t reveal as much as the other, but simply states that there is a new HTC One M8 coming with the 4 Ultrapixel camera being swapped out to offer a 13 megapixel Duo Camera (still two cameras on back) and it is called the HTC One M8 Eye. This may not be the final name upon release, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Speaking of release, LlabTooFer claims the new smartphone is actually set to be announced and released in October along with some changes. The current HTC One M8 only runs Android 4.4.3 KitKat, but the new M8 Eye will have the absolute latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat, HTC Sense 6.0 UI on board, and of course the better camera.

It’s worth noting that HTC released a plastic variant of the One M8 on Sprint earlier this year with a 13 megapixel camera called the HTC One E8, which could have set the groundwork for this new and improved smartphone.

The HTC One M8 is arguably one of the best smartphones of 2014, save for the camera, and another option with this issue addressed could sway a few of those iPhone 6 buyers to look back to HTC before years end.

@Upleaks also confirms the front camera will still be 5 megapixels, like the HTC One M8, and the new phone will offer an all aluminum design. Most likely we’re looking at the exact same smartphone with a different camera, but will have to wait and see. If so buyers can expect a 5-inch 1080p HD display, quad-core processor, 32GB of storage, the new 13 and 2MP Duo Camera options on the back, and a decent 2,600 mAh battery on this new phone.

Read: HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Rumored

Hopefully some sort of trade-in deal will be available for those with the original HTC One M8 released earlier this year, but that’s only speculation. There’s also no telling if this new variant will even arrive in the United States, especially considering many are expecting a new HTC One M9 to be released sometime in March or April of 2015.

HTC has an event scheduled for October 8th in NYC for a GoPro like camera, and the company could use that stage to announce this new HTC One M8 Eye too. We’ll have to wait and see, and will update once we hear additional details.

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New HTC One M8 Release Could Deliver Improved Camera is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.0.2 Problems Plague Users Even After iOS 8.0.1 Update

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 18:55

iOS 8.0.2 Problems Plague Users Even After iOS 8.0.1 Update is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple released the first update for iOS 8 earlier this week in the form of iOS 8.0.1, which was supposed to fix some minor issues that users have discovered on launch day. However, the minor update actually made things worse, killing cell service and making Touch ID completely useless.

However, just yesterday, the company released iOS 8.0.2, which fixes many of the sudden problems that iOS 8.0.1 introduced, but it seems that some users are still having some issues with their iPhones.

Some users are reporting that even after updating to iOS 8.0.2, the Springboard crashes and restarts constantly. Furthermore, other users are still reporting that they can’t get any cell service after updating to iOS 8.0.2.

Over on our end, a member of the GottaBeMobile team says that he’s having issues as well on his iPhone 6 Plus, where the screen won’t respond suddenly at random times. The only solution that has been found so far for this is restoring the iPhone 6 in DFU mode, but even then the screen won’t respond.

Overall, though, it seems like smooth sailing for the iOS 8.0.2 for a lot of users, but it seems some iPhone 6 units are still plagued by the haunting of iOS 8.0.1.

Shortly after releasing iOS 8.0.1 to the public, Apple pulled the update because many users were having major problems with it. While they could downgrade back to iOS 8.0.0, Apple went ahead and just pulled the plug on the update at the time until iOS 8.0.2 released.

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iOS 8.0.1 came with a handful of bug fixes and improvements including fixes for the keyboards, Photo Library, unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS or MMS messages, and much more. Overall, the update just seems to fix a few problems that have plagued users who installed the update on launch day, but it’s been causing more harm than good lately.

Users on iOS 8.0.1 who are experiencing these issues will see Searching… appear up in the left-hand corner of the screen in the status bar where the cell signal is usually located. When that appears instead, it means that you don’t have cell service in that particular area. However, even while located in a well-covered cellular area, some users are still claiming they can’t get service after updating to iOS 8.0.1.

First off, you could still make calls on your iPhone 6 even without a cellular signal. All you need to do is connect to a WiFi network and use an app that can make audio calls, such as FaceTime Audio, Google Hangouts or even Skype.

Better yet, if you installed iOS 8.0.1, you can still downgrade back to iOS 8. All you have to do is download the iOS 8 install file and restore your iPhone by selecting that install file from iTunes (make sure you turn off Find My iPhone before you begin this process). This also works if you upgraded to iOS 8.0.2 and are still experiencing problems.

Apple usually doesn’t let you downgrade to previous versions of iOS after you’ve already updated, but in this case, the company is still signing iOS 8.0, so it’s still open to download and install if you need to go back to it for this reason.

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iOS 8.0.2 Problems Plague Users Even After iOS 8.0.1 Update is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 vs LG G2: What Buyers Need to Know

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 18:42

iPhone 6 vs LG G2: What Buyers Need to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This month Apple released the highly rumored and much anticipated iPhone 6 with a bigger 4.7-inch display. The phone is finally here, available as we speak, and consumers are likely weighing all the options available this fall for a new smartphone.

While many manufacturers have released flagship phones this year that compare nicely to the new iPhone 6, some from 2013 do too. In fact, here we’ll compare the new iPhone 6 to last years LG G2. A phone that is still extremely capable. While there are tons of options to choose from in 2014, below we’ll rundown a few things you’ll want to know about the iPhone 6 and the still impressive LG G2 from 2013.

Read: iPhone 6 vs LG G3: What Buyers Need to Know

The new iPhone 6 shows some major changes for Apple. First with a new and improved iOS 8, and then a major redesign of the iPhone for the first time in two years. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are both big, rounded on the sides, and look completely different from past models. LG has a new G3 this year that can take on the iPhone 6, and below we’ll explain why last years G2 is still a good alternative to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 was finally released on September 19th and sold millions of units. In fact, reports suggest over 10 million were sold in the opening week alone, meaning the phone is doing extremely well thus far. It’s a great phone for a lot of users, but so is the LG G2. These phones are very different, but both have a lot to offer.

Display

First up is the display, considering this is the first time Apple has taken a major step in regards to screen size. The new iPhone 6 Plus has a massive 5.5-inch screen, but it’s only 1080p. This can’t compete with the LG G3 Quad-HD display, and the same can be said for the smaller versions.

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The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch 720p HD display, and when compared to the LG G2 which offers a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display, size becomes important for the buyer.

To be exact, the iPhone 6 is 1334 x 750 pixels per inch. This should still look relatively clear, but most phones over the past year on the Android side in that screen size have already adopted the 1080p resolution that Apple saved only for its larger device.

After using the iPhone 6 since being released we can say that it’s an excellent display. All of Apple’s phones look great. The screen is bright and crisp, and viewing angles are rather excellent.

The LG G2 from 2013 though, is 5.2-inches and 1080p. Images will be more crisp, sharp, and possibly vibrant. While the colors or viewing angles don’t seem to be as good, it’s still a great viewing experience. If you want a bigger screen, but not an iPhone 6 Plus size, the LG G2 is a great middle ground. It also has tiny bezels to keep the physical size of the device rather small.

Design

The new iPhone doesn’t have any bold new changes, but the entire look is slightly new. They’ve changed out the look used over the past two years in favor of a more solid aluminum construction throughout the phone. There’s no more two-tone colors, as it’s all silver, black, or gold. However there are some gaps in the aluminum design for WiFi, 4G LTE, and NFC connectivity. This is essentially a gap to ensure proper performance from wireless radios, and to make sure you get enough bars to place calls. It can’t be all aluminum, or connections will suffer.

The overall design of the new iPhone 6 is pretty impressive. It’s sleek, thinner than previous generations while also being bigger and boasting better battery life, but there are a few compromises. One is the resolution of each screen as mentioned above, and the second is the new 8 megapixel iSight camera protrudes out a bit. We’d prefer it to be flat, but for whatever reason this wasn’t feasible.

Overall the design is what we’ve come to expect from Apple. It’s gorgeous, well made, and looks extremely durable. A few reports have surfaced claiming the bigger design and thin aluminum materials aren’t durable and the phones are bending in pockets. But that’s a bit overblown.

On the flipside, the LG G2 was built with one thing in mind, and that was to be sleek and offer nearly nothing on the front but a speaker grill and the huge display. The buttons are on the back in order to keep the sides clear. This allows for an edge-to-edge screen that just looks stunning. This allowed for a large 5.2-inch HD display on a phone not much bigger than most phones with smaller screens, including the new iPhone 6. Although it is slightly bigger.

The LG G2 is made of a lightweight plastic and certainly doesn’t look or feel as premium as the iPhone, but that isn’t what it’s going for. Whether that matters to you or not is up to the buyer, we’re just sharing the details. The LG G2 is lightweight yet durable, easy to hold, and has a stunning screen. We have a feeling the 6 Plus may be too big for many, but some still want a screen bigger than 4.7-inches, and the LG G2 could be a good fit.

Specs

Comparing specs doesn’t mean one is better than the other, especially considering one is Android vs iOS. While we won’t go into the discussion of quad-core vs dual core (or iOS vs Android for that matter) below is the detailed breakdown of what both have to offer in terms of specs, and size. These phones are nearly the exact same size, with the iPhone 6 of course being thinner.

LG G2 Specs

  • 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD Display
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage (no micro-SD)
  • 13 megapixel camera with OIS, 2.1 front shooter
  • Plastic design, buttons on the rear
  • IR Blaster for remote control
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm and 143 grams

iPhone 6 Specs

  • 4.7-inch 1334 x 750 HD IPS Retina Display
  • 1.4 GHz Dual-core Apple A8 processor with 1GB of RAM
  • 16/64/128GB storage, no micro-SD
  • 8 Megapixel rear and 1.2 front facing cameras
  • Meal design all around
  • Apple iOS 8
  • Fingerprint scanner with TouchID
  • 1,810 mAh battery
  • 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm and 129 grams

Looking at the specs you’ll notice a lot of similarities, and differences. The overall size is extremely similar. With both being the same height, LG being a bit wider for the bigger display, and Apple’s new phone being a bit thinner. It’s worth nothing these are very similar in size while one has a bigger more HD display, bigger battery, and what could be a better camera.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

One thing buyers should be aware of is storage. Apple never offers micro-SD cards for expandable storage, and LG didn’t either on the LG G2 in 2013. You get 16/64/128GB iPhone 6 options, vs a 16 or 32GB LG G2, and that’s the only option. This is a rare case where Apple wins over an Android in terms of storage, as most Android phones support a micro-SD card, including the newer LG G3 released back in May. This brings us to our next point.

Price

One major aspect of buying a new smartphone is the price. We all know Apple devices are expensive, and the new iPhone’s are no different. However, this year Apple buyers will have a few new choices in terms of storage configurations too, but at a cost. Here’s the breakdown for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus vs the LG G2.

  • iPhone 6 16GB – $199
  • iPhone 6 64GB – $299
  • iPhone 6 128GB – $399
  • iPhone 6 Plus 16GB – $299
  • iPhone 6 Plus 64GB – $399
  • iPhone 6 Plus 128GB – $499

As a reminder, these prices are when you sign a 2-year contract with your carrier of choice. Meaning the 128GB iPhone 6 is $499 along with a 2-year contract. The LG G2 however, is $499 outright, no contract required. It originally launched for a bit more, but now that it is a year old most carriers are offering it free vs $99 or $199 on contract, and the full retail price has dropped to only $499.

A bigger redesigned iPhone 6 with more storage options than ever before sounds great, but it comes at a price. If you truly need 64 or 128GB of storage the LG G2 isn’t a good option, but there’s plenty of other Android phones around.

Most likely users will opt for the 64GB iPhone 6 option, as 16GB isn’t much these days with all the impressive games and high quality applications available for smartphones. However, a 32GB LG G2 for free sure sounds nice, right?

Camera

Apple is known for providing good cameras in its phones, and the new iPhone 6 promises to deliver the best experience yet. It’s still 8 megapixels, like previous years, but has been overhauled to deliver the best camera on any iPhone. Last year the LG G2 was one of the first phones with Optical Image Stabilization. It took pretty excellent photos, but didn’t work as well as many hoped. The new G3 though, is even better, and both offer Apple some competition.

Initial impressions on the iPhone 6 camera are excellent, so camera-focused buyers will likely want to get the iPhone 6 over something like the aging LG G2, but it should do a great job for the vast majority of buyers.

Not to mention Apple’s TrueTone flash and 240 FPS slow-motion video capture are a few more features that LG’s smartphone simply can’t match. If the camera is important, you’ll want to try these both before buying one vs the other.

Final Thoughts

If you’ve used an iPhone or an Android device in the past you know what you’re getting with either of these phones, most likely. Instead of trying to compare each and every little bit, above are the important things buyers will want to know. Those being the design of each phone, the screen size and resolution, and of course the price. Both phones are readily available around the United States from all major carriers, and many still offer the LG G2 for a huge discount, if not free.

We’re still digging through everything on the new iPhone 6 and iOS 8 and reviews are coming, but in the meantime feel free to take a peek at our LG G2 Review from last year.

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iPhone 6 vs LG G2: What Buyers Need to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.0.2 Release Fixes iOS 8.0.1 Problems

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 01:48

iOS 8.0.2 Release Fixes iOS 8.0.1 Problems is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Just a day after the iOS 8.0.1 release, Apple’s released a new iOS 8.0.2 update that not only tackles iOS 8 problems but also iOS 8.0.1 problems that impacted iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 users after iOS 8.0.1′s arrival.

Yesterday, Apple released its first iOS 8 bug fix update in the form of iOS 8.0.1. The update came a week after the iOS 8.0 release and it was aimed at solving some of the initial problems brought on by Apple’s brand new update for iPhone and iPad. And while it did deliver fixes to iOS users, it also delivered some problems of its own.

Almost immediately after the iOS 8.0.1 release, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users started complaining about iOS 8.0.1 problems and specifically, issues with cellular data and Touch ID. Within minutes, Apple pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update from its servers leaving a bunch of angry iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus users in the update’s wake.

Earlier today, it appeared as if Apple would wait a few days before releasing an iOS 8.0.2 update. Tonight though, it delivered a surprise update to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users running iOS 8.0 and iOS 8.0.1.

That surprise is the iOS 8.0.2 update, a bug fixer that not only fixes the iOS 8.0.1 issues from yesterday but also includes the same bug fixes that iOS 8.0.1 had on board when it touched down earlier this week. The update is available for all devices running iOS 8 which includes the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display, iPad mini, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, and iPod touch fifth-generation.

Here’s what’s new inside of Apple’s latest iOS 8 update:

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  • Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store
  • Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library
  • Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages
  • Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases
  • Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups
  • Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari

This is an essential update for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were left without network activity after the arrival of iOS 8.0.2 though owners of other iPhones and iPads might want to see how the update plays out. While these small updates bring bug fixes, they can also bring trouble. We saw that first-hand with Apple’s iOS 8.0.1 update.

The iOS 8.0.2 update is fairly large on the iPhone 6, nearly 80MB, though it’s much smaller on an iPhone 5 running iOS 8.0.1. That update is a mere 14MB and it took only minutes to download and install. Those with precious files will still want to make sure the device is backed up before installing Apple’s brand new software update.

iOS 8.0.2 will likely be the second of many upcoming bug fixes. Apple tends to roll out several bug fix updates over the course of the year including a mid-year x.1 update that typically delivers new features in addition to key bug fixes. iOS 8.1 still isn’t confirmed though rumors have alluded to several features that it could have when it arrives months down the road.

The release of iOS 8.0.2 comes just days after the arrival of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The two new iPhones replace the iPhone 5s as the company’s flagship models and it will be the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that take on the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, LG G3, and Moto X during the holiday shopping season.

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iOS 8.0.2 Release Fixes iOS 8.0.1 Problems is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Photos & Features

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 23:17

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Photos & Features is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a new Galaxy Note that includes a new curved display that many users can’t wait to see. Although you’ll need to wait for a release to go hands-on, you can check out this collection of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge photos to see the new curved display and design.

In early September Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphones with crisp new QHD displays packing an incredible number of pixels into a smartphone display. The Galaxy Note Edge features a special edge that curves along the right side of the phone.

In addition to the 5.6-inch 2,560 x 1,440 resolution display on the front of the device the curved edge offers a place where you can see notifications and other important information as well as personalize the look of the Note Edge.

We still don’t know the Galaxy Note Edge release date, but rumors point to a limited release internationally and abroad later this year, with more countries in 2015. Given this is a new device with a special display, expect to see limited quantities available when it finally arrives.

This is still a Galaxy Note device, and like the Galaxy Note 4 this includes the S Pen and S Not software that adds new features to help users capture notes from a whiteboard and then keep taking notes with the S Pen. Other features include Multi-Window mode to run two apps at once and a new fast charging option that lets users charge up to 50% in 30 minutes.

Galaxy Note Edge Photos

Samsung let us use the Galaxy Note Edge earlier this month to figure out what’s so special about the curved display on the edge of the Note Edge and to see the other features. Along with all the Note Edge photos we’ll share important details like features, specs and more that you can expect from Samsung this fall.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge includes a slightly smaller dispaly than the Galaxy Note 4, but the curved edge is something you won't find on the flagship Note 4. 

The display is a big deal due to the curved edge that you won't find on any other production smartphone and for the high resolution that is quickly becoming a must have feature for high-end Android smartphones. 

Samsung packs in a 5.6-inch QHD display on the Note Edge. This is a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution display and another 160 x 1,440 resolution area for the curve. By comparison, the Galaxy Note 4 features a 5.7-inch 2,560 x 1,440 resolution display. 

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Photos & Features is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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The Galaxy Note Edge Price: Everything We Know

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 22:53

The Galaxy Note Edge Price: Everything We Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date continues to elude consumers in the United States and abroad but it’s not the only vital piece of information that remains missing in action. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge price remains a mystery as we push further away from its launch date though we have started to piece things together with the information that we do have.

At the start of the month, Samsung announced a slew of new products including a brand new Galaxy Note 4 and a surprise device called the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note 4 will be the true successor to last year’s Galaxy Note 3 and it will go on sale with a number of high-powered features starting in mid-October. The Galaxy Note Edge, a device that shares a lot in common with the Galaxy Note 4, will also deliver some explosive specs including a curved display.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge features a Quad HD resolution, a 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM, Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung TouchWiz, 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, massive battery, and a thin 8.3mm frame. It also comes with an S Pen stylus though the display, seen in the video below, should be its biggest draw.

At the event, Samsung ran many of the key Galaxy Note Edge features including hardware, software, and carriers. It even announced a Galaxy Note Edge release date for later this year. However, Samsung failed to mention anything about the specific Galaxy Note Edge release date or the Galaxy Note Edge price leaving it up to us to fill in the blanks for consumers ahead of its official announcements.

While we’ve spent a lot of time delving into the Galaxy Note Edge release date, it’s now time to take a look at what we know about the Galaxy Note Edge price, a important piece to the puzzle and a piece that could ultimately decide the Galaxy Note Edge’s future. We don’t know everything but we do know enough to help paint a broad picture for those interested in Samsung’s new Galaxy Note with the curved display.

Galaxy Note Edge – Limited Edition & High-End

First, we want to set the stage for those of you interested in picking up the Galaxy Note Edge in the weeks ahead. The first thing that you must know is that the Galaxy Note Edge has, all along, been touted as a high-end device aimed at the high-end market. Samsung made this explicitly clear in several controlled leaks including one from Bloomberg earlier this year.

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“We are targeting consumers who want more professional use and tend to be willing to pay more for handsets.”

The other clue that we have are recent comments from a Samsung executive who says that the device will be a “limited edition concept.” Limited edition, concept, these words to us hint at an expensive device that will be aimed at people that are alright with shelling out some extra money for something that could be fairly exclusive.

If you recall, Samsung released a limited edition concept called the Galaxy Round. The Galaxy Round, which hit Korea in 2013, was in possession of an extremely expensive price tag that priced most consumers out.

While we may not see the same exact price here with the Galaxy Note Edge, it does look like Samsung might be trying to set consumer expectations without actually revealing the price tag.

Galaxy Note Edge Price

The Galaxy Note Edge price leaks that we have seen all point in the direction that Samsung’s seems to be taking consumers. That is, they all suggest that the Galaxy Note Edge will be more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the other flagship that’s touching down later this year.

We haven’t seen a ton of details emerge just yet, and none for Western countries like the U.S. or the UK, but we have seen some details emerge in Germany and in China.

Galaxy Note Edge pre-orders are live in Germany and they come with some startling price tags. Amazon Germany was charging nearly €1000 for the Galaxy Note Edge though we can no longer find the listing on its website. German retailer Notebooksbilliger is currently charging that same amount for the Galaxy Note Edge, a price that’s €300 more expensive than the Galaxy Note 4. This isn’t the only chatter.

A Weibo post from an alleged China Mobile employee suggests that the Galaxy Note Edge price could be expensive in China as well. That post indicates that China Mobile could charge 7,000 Yuan for the Galaxy Note Edge. That translates to about $1,139.

Last year’s Galaxy Note 3 was 5,399 yuan and the Galaxy Note 4 is expected to command a price around 5,100 Yuan or around $830. That’s around the price that AT&T is charging for the Galaxy Note 4 off-contract so the price makes sense.

Now these Galaxy Note Edge prices don’t come from Samsung itself so they’re a little hard to trust. That said, everything is trending in the same direction. Exclusive device, high-end, more expensive than the Galaxy Note 4. Which, we should add, makes sense given the screen technology that is on board Samsung’s new device.

How this translates for the U.S. market, we can’t be sure. What we do know is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is $299.99 on-contract and up to $826 off-contract. It’s not a cheap smartphone. So if the Galaxy Note Edge is more expensive than the Galaxy Note 4, we could be pushing into the $350 to $400 territory on-contract and perhaps into the $900+ range off-contract.

That’s absurdly expensive for a smartphone and far more expensive than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 starts at $199.99 while the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299.99.

Nothing is confirmed at this point so Samsung does have some wiggle room. We already saw it bump the Galaxy Note 4 release date up to better compete against the iPhone and we could potentially see it make some behind-the-scenes changes to the Galaxy Note Edge price.

Given what we’ve seen though, we’d start preparing for the worst.

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The Galaxy Note Edge Price: Everything We Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to See What Apps Use the Most iPhone Battery Life

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 18:18

How to See What Apps Use the Most iPhone Battery Life is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

When you experience bad iPhone battery life it’s not always the way you’re using the iPhone. With iOS 8 you can see what apps use the most iPhone battery life with just a few taps.

Once you discover what apps are using the most iPhone battery life you can stop using the app so much, turn off background app access or remove the app to get better iPhone battery life on iOS 8.

For years you could only guess at what app used the most iPhone battery life, but with the free iOS 8 update Apple now includes the option to see the apps using your iPhone battery life.

Find out what apps are using iPhone battery life on your phone.

We’ll show you how to see what iPhone apps use your battery the most, what the listing means, and how you can stop an app from draining your iPhone battery life. This works on any device running iOS 8. That includes the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s and iPhone 5c. You do need to upgrade to the free iOS 8 update to unlock this feature.

How to See Apps Using the Most iPhone Battery Life

These directions walk you through how to find out what apps use the most iPhone battery life on your iPhone. This is better than simply looking for the overall apps that are the worst iPhone battery life hogs because it is specific to your iPhone and your usage.

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Go to Settings -> General -> Usage -> Battery Usage. This shows you a list of apps that use your iPhone battery life the most. You can view this or the last 24 hours or over the last several days.

iOS 8 shows what apps use the most iPhone battery life.

With this list of apps and services that use the most iPhone battery life you can start making changes to get better battery life on your iPhone.

The list shows the apps in order of the battery life they used and a small piece of information about the usage.

For apps that only show an app name it is listing the iPhone battery life you use when you are actively using the app. Most of the listings will only show the app name and icon.

Common reasons apps use more iPhone battery life.

Sometimes you will see “background activity” listed under the app name. If you see this, the app is using battery life to get updates when you are not using it. This can be a chat app like Hangouts or a mail app that is checking for messages all the time.

If you want to turn this background access off you can go to Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh -> Turn off access for the app you need to limit. You don’t need to turn off Background App Refresh for all apps, just those you want to limit.

You can stop background activity from using your iPhone battery life overall or per app basis.

Another warning you’ll see is “low signal” when you are using  service in a poor reception area. When the phone needs to search for a signal all the time it uses more battery life. We normally see this on Home & Lock Screen and Personal Hotspot. The best thing to do is look for a way to get a better signal, or maybe even turn cellular off when you are in really bad reception areas. You can turn off cellular by going to Settings -> Cellular -> Off. With this off you can’t make calls, so you don’t want to leave this off all the time, but it can help in some situations.

If neither of these options help you can uninstall the app from your iPhone. Tap and hold on the app you want to uninstall, the app will start to wiggle, then tap on the small X. That will remove the app. After removing Facebook our iPhone battery life improved, which is just one example.

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How to See What Apps Use the Most iPhone Battery Life is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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