Monday, August 31, 2015

Did Spigen just make THE case for Note 5 Smartphones?

Your hard-earned money is well invested in the new version of powerhouse phones.  Protecting that investment is crucial as it can be very expensive to replace the device.  To this effect, I ordered a case for my Note 5 shortly after receiving the phone.  I would usually do it prior to ordering the phone, but I was torn between the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

What I hate most about cases is that they usually change the character of the phone.  For instance, for all of the beautiful design improvements that Samsung made from the Note 3 to the Note 4, I ended up using one of my favorite cases, from Caseology.  At the end they were almost indistinguishable!  My wife ended up asking me frequently which device was hers.  Now having bought the newest iteration of the Galaxy Note series, I would have to choose a new case again.

I am big on design, so I would not want to cover the phone's beautiful new design.  So, I took a risk and bought a clear case.  It is a case made by Spigen.  I love the way that it does not detract from the beauty of my phone.  In fact, it is quite invisible in person.  Super-clear, high quality, durable material is what this case is made of.  With the built-in side impact air cushion, I am no longer afraid of letting my kids play with my phone outside of the bedroom, on the mattress; their former area they were restricted to when wanting to explore the new tech toy.  I am not one to like screen protectors.  So, I do not have one, although if you are one that likes them, I recommend the JETech glass screen protector found here.  For just $9.99 + Shipping unless you want to become an Amazon Prime Member, for FREE shipping if you like the case, grab one here ===>

Friday, August 28, 2015

Easy fix for S-Pen Issue on Galaxy Note 5 (video)

As many of you have heard already, a number of people have gotten their S-Pen stuck inside of their devices for having inserted the S-Pen backwards.  Since it is viewed as a user-error and the device was not used as designed and shown on Samsung's promotional and how to videos, the users with this issue could be stuck paying the bill for the fix.

Well, there is an easy fix that YouTube Channel How2Tech has put out, explaining exactly how to fix the issue.

Here is their video.  Enjoy!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Will SD Cards, Removable Batteries be a Thing of the Past?

Two markets that will be negatively impacted by Samsung with their latest design model are expandable memory companies and after-market battery manufacturers.  That is, if I was ZeroLemon, Laza Wireless, Lenmar, or Ontrion I would be looking for ways to make cases that feature on-the-go charging options.  Few OEMs have the influence in mobile tech economics than Samsung does.  Their global footprint in the area of smartphones is quite impressive.  Now, thanks to the two largest phone manufacturers, Apple and Samsung, there will likely be a flood of sd cards, sitting in warehouses, collecting dust.  The prices have to follow suit as less people will need these, competition for these will go to an all-time low.   All of that, thanks, in great part, to Samsung's newest flagship devices.

Having said that, not all is lost.  Now, those that sell external battery packs, aka battery banks, may well see a steep increase in sales.  Whatever the case, as long as there is a way for money to be made, technology giants like Apple and Samsung will continue to spur business opportunities that employ hundreds of thousands if not millions of jobs world-wide.  Namely, case manufacturers, screen protector manufacturers, screen and mobile phone repair shops, mobile accessory retail outlets, as well as the shipping companies that move the supplies throughout the globe.

Either way, in our belief, there will always be companies that will give their customers the expandable storage option that many crave.  Will it be enough to turn the tide and keep the SDcard and after-market battery businesses from collapsing?  Only time will tell.  What do you think?  Should Samsung & Apple bring back SD cards and bring back (in the case of Samsung) removable batteries?

Monday, August 17, 2015

FM Radio Coming to a Smartphone Near You

Everyone knows who the most revolutionary wireless carrier is:  T-Mobile, The UNcarrier, with it's unconventional business moves has shifted trends and turned the industry on its head to make changes that customers love and have added to TMUS's bottom line.

So, what's next?  T-Mobile's own CEO, John Legere, fired up a tweet exclaiming: "Hey @NextRadioApp - We heard you! We're saying yes to FM chip and will push our OEM partners to support!

This move is a no-brainer for a company that is poised to be one of the only wireless companies that offers unlimited data, as it will relieve the data demand on their network.  After all, most people are either streaming music or videos on their devices.  Reduce the number of folks listening to streaming music and you have got some data that can relieve network constraints while the next gen technologies are implemented.

What do you think about being able to stream live radio via an antenna on your smartphone?  It is already being done in other countries.  In fact, the USA is the only country where carriers either disable or uninstall the hardware that allows you to listen to radio using a built-in antenna right on your mobile device.

Could streaming local TV be the next move?  One could only hope a digital tuner could stream television without killing your battery, but that's another story.  Battery technology is already in the works to support such functions.  In fact, the next series of Galaxy devices to be deployed in 2016 will feature battery technology that will blow your mind.  Don't say we did not tell you.

Until then, we're happy to stream all the music we can both online and now, locally, thanks to Magenta's forward-looking CEO, John Legere.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Will Apple Regain Traction in the Tablet Market?

Oh...the iconic iPad!  It was a much more nimble and versatile device than a laptop and typically had better battery life, making it a no-brainer to switch or at least begin a transition between laptops and tablets.  Then, came the large screen smartphone, making it less appealing to lug around with a large tablet.  At this time, people are very much addicted to their large-screen phablets; even those who at first thought of large screen phones as an unlikely and burdensome scenario.

I firmly believe that the reason Apple originally did not want to get into the phablet market is that it would potentially shrink its iPad growth.  

With more and more people buying 5 to 6” phablets, less people see it as absolutely necessary to buy a large tablet, even more so since the tablets are not usually subsidized or on payment plans.  

What will Apple do to regain some traction and reignite consumer attraction for the love of tablets?  I would like to learn your thoughts on what it would take for you to find it absolutely irresistible to buy a large tablet from companies like Apple.