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There was once a time when a cellphone was a dedicated, stand alone device for mobile communications. Just as the camera, MP3 player and GPS were all their own mutually exclusive entities. Samsung has been at the forefront of Android device development which has combined all of these different devices into the unified smartphone platform. Snapping photos used to be somewhat of a special activity considering it required having a camera and film, but with the advent of the digital age, we can take photos of anything, anytime. In light of...

In our comprehensive price analysis of last year’s top Android phone, the Galaxy S II, we found that T-Mobile’s version retained the highest value over time out of all the U.S. variants: We attributed this behavior to a combination of the SGH-T989’s ease of transfer (GSM/SIM card) and lack of internal competition (T-Mobile customers don’t have the iPhone option) to the phone’s high value. This year, the Galaxy S III is even more impressive than the S II at the time, and T-Mobile still doesn’t carry...

Samsung and Apple have both been making numerous appearances in headlines for their innovative hardware and intense legal battle. What began as a feud between two rivals and partners turned into the great patent war of 2012, which has had OEMs and software giants up in arms about who has the right to what intellectual property. We were curious what our readers thought about the outcome of the trial so we polled them and found that 75% of users thought that Samsung had not infringed and did not deserve to pay the damages. 16% of participants polled...

The Samsung vs. Apple case has been filling headlines for the better part of a year, constantly reminding us of the industry’s patent and IP issues. Two and a half days of jury deliberations resulted in what was deemed a “sweeping, definitive victory for Apple.” Apple was awarded $1.049 billion for Samsung’s copying of Apple’s intellectual property. The jurors decided that Samsung had indeed infringed on all three of Apple’s software patents, and that Apple’s design patents were infringed upon...

How useful is a stylus for your smartphone? Well that depends, which type of smart phone do you have? In our latest survey, we polled our readers regarding the usefulness of the stylus–essentially a pen for your digital device display. Before capacitive touchscreen displays became common place (think back to the early days of Palm devices), you may recall the use of stylii as the input tool of choice on the less precise resistive touchscreens. Now stylii are back with a vengeance, allowing users precise control over elements...

Hey kiddos, we are down to our last 3 EPICASEs for the Samsung Galaxy Note, and we want to get these into the hands of some devoted readers! In case you missed out, we recently held a survey where 10 lucky participants were chosen at random to receive their choice of an EPICASE for their Galaxy Note. After reviewing the EPICASE, we noted that is minimalistic design made it easy to install and remove, but its durable construction also provided great protection for your valuable device. But don’t take my word for it, here’s...

Ever since the release of Samsung’s Galaxy S lineup, there’s been a debate between naysayers and supporters of Samsung’s TouchWiz launcher. Heck, ever since the major OEMs began releasing default launchers other than the stock Android version, people have been up in arms decrying such vile vandalism of Android’s natural state of being. What is the reality of the situation? As you can see, the most prevalent and in my opinion, most obvious solution/opinion is that TouchWiz can come installed on the phone but users...

My relationship with device protection has been a love/hate affair for many years. It all started with my 3rd gen iPod’s silicone case. It fully encased the device in a 1.5mm thick layer of jelly silicone (at a time when silicone was new, novel and predominant), that protected my iPod like no other, but also caught dust like a glue stick and made it impossibly difficult to put in and out of one’s pocket. This gave me a strong aversion to device protection for quite some time. That is until I did this… After that lesson...

Hey guys, we recently took a look at a line of unique designer cases for the Galaxy Note in our EPICASE review. These cases are currently exclusive to their Korean home market and normally cost $35.00, but now you guys have a chance to win one of your favorite EPICASEs for free! EPICASE Artwork Showcase For those of you who aren’t familiar with EPICASE, they are a Korean case manufacturer that provides unique smartphone cases showcasing designs by Korean artists and illustrators. Although they started out quite small, in less than...

Its about that time of year again, where we start to hear rumors about what the next generation of smartphones will bring to the table. With rumors of supposed quad-core, 1080p Galaxy S III looming around the web, it’s hard not to get excited about our next purchase! We know that you guys love Samsung Phones just as much as we do but we were curious which features are the most important to you at this point in time. Samsung is well known for their brilliant Super AMOLED displays and snappy Hummingbird/Exynos SoCs, which means they...