> Zach Epstein
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    OnePlus 3 review: A ‘flagship killer’ that really kills other flagships

    By on June 14, 2016 at 10:42 PM.

    OnePlus 3 review: A ‘flagship killer’ that really kills other flagships

    Think about how difficult it is right now to break into the smartphone market. You’ve got Apple and Samsung at the top of the pile in developed world, gobbling up well over 90 percent of the global smartphone market’s profits each quarter and toppling former heavyweights like BlackBerry, Microsoft and Palm. Then you’ve got established players like LG, Sony and HTC struggling beneath them. Despite their big budgets and sleek smartphones, they haven’t been able to get much traction at all in recent years. More →
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  • Hands On

    Galaxy Note 5 hands-on: The premium phablet Samsung fans have been waiting for

    By on August 13, 2015 at 9:56 PM.

    Galaxy Note 5 hands-on: The premium phablet Samsung fans have been waiting for

    Let’s just begin with the conclusion: Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 5 is the best Android phablet the world has ever seen. The hardware is exquisite, the software is improved in every way compared to last year’s model, and the newly enhanced S Pen stylus makes it remarkably easy to be productive. More →
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    Galaxy S6 edge+ preview: A unique phablet that still manages to copy Apple

    By on August 13, 2015 at 9:53 PM.

    Galaxy S6 edge+ preview: A unique phablet that still manages to copy Apple

    The Galaxy S6 edge is a curious phone. Some people don’t understand why Samsung even released the handset to begin with, so I did my best to explain it in a recent article. Long story short, the S6 edge offers differentiation in a market full of boring phone designs that look nearly identical. Samsung also enjoys wider margins with the edge, which is crucial since Samsung’s smartphone margins are quite low. More →
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    Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge hands-on: We finally found the Galaxy we’ve been looking for

    By on March 2, 2015 at 12:59 PM.

    Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge hands-on: We finally found the Galaxy we’ve been looking for

    Samsung just unveiled its two next-generation flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and tech fans will spend most of the day reading the same thing over and over again: These are the best Samsung phones ever — nay, the best Android phones ever. More →
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    Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on: Meet the smartphone to beat in 2015

    By on March 2, 2015 at 12:01 PM.

    Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on: Meet the smartphone to beat in 2015

    What a difference a year can make. 2014’s Galaxy S5 was, to put it plainly, an utter disappointment. It wasn’t a bad phone by any stretch of the imagination, but it was hardly the exciting new Galaxy smartphone consumers were hoping for. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 was the definition of an iterative update, and it was uninspired and boring compared to the gorgeous HTC One M8 and other flagship phones like the second-generation Moto X. With the Galaxy S6, Samsung made up for everything that was wrong with the S5… and then some. More →
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  • Hands On

    Samsung Gear VR hands-on: Virtual reality like you’ve never seen it before

    By on September 3, 2014 at 7:59 PM.

    Samsung Gear VR hands-on: Virtual reality like you’ve never seen it before

    It didn’t exactly come as a surprise when Samsung unveiled its first ever virtual reality headset during a press conference on Wednesday, but I’m not sure anyone expected the Gear VR to come out the way it did. Unlike the Oculus Rift and other virtual reality headsets we’ve seen in the recent past, the Gear VR is not a standalone device. Instead, Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 4 docks in the headset and the phone’s 5.7-inch quad HD display serves as the screen for all the action. More →
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    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on: Does Apple’s iPhone 6 phablet stand a chance?

    By on September 3, 2014 at 7:17 PM.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on: Does Apple’s iPhone 6 phablet stand a chance?

    Samsung wasn’t the first handset vendor to launch a smartphone with an oversized display, but there’s no question that Samsung single-handedly popularized the new “phablet” category. The company laughed in the face of neighsayers — myself included — and proved that consumers were indeed looking for phones with supersized screens. In fact, devices that would have been considered phablets back when Samsung helped pioneer the category are now the norm, and top rival Apple has been forced to finally increase the display size on its iPhone lineup. More →
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    Galaxy Note Edge hands-on: Samsung’s newest phablet packs a huge twist

    By on September 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

    Galaxy Note Edge hands-on: Samsung’s newest phablet packs a huge twist

    Samsung has proven time and time again that it is not afraid at all to experiment with new ideas. Sometimes, those ideas lead to huge new product segments — imagine Samsung hadn’t pushed so hard with supersized smartphone screens. Other times, the company falls flat on its face. Of course, Samsung has enough money in the bank that it can afford to fall down while it searches for “the next big thing.” More →
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  • A week with iOS 8

    By on June 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM.

    A week with iOS 8

    All things considered, the past year with my iPhone has been pretty boring. I have discussed the state of smartphones countless times here on BGR. For savvy power users like myself — and like millions of BGR readers out there — we’re in a bit of a lull right now. Put plainly, 2013 was a pretty boring year for smartphone fans. Innovation doesn’t grow on trees, and impressive progress has been made in the smartphone market over the past 18 months. Phones are thinner and sleeker than they ever have been before. Mobile operating systems like Android, iOS and Windows Phone have been updated with plenty of nifty new features. Has anything been introduced that might truly excite power users, though? That’s open to debate. What most technology fans likely won’t debate, though, is that the new features introduced in iOS 7 were not exciting for savvy users. Not even a little bit. More →
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  • The funniest thing you’ll see today: Kids react to old computers

    By on May 28, 2014 at 3:22 PM.

    The funniest thing you’ll see today: Kids react to old computers

    The Fine Brothers’ YouTube series called “Kids React” almost never fails to amuse, but a new installment was published on Sunday that is particularly hilarious. Titled “Kids React to Old Computers,” a group of young children are shown an old Apple II computer one at a time. Then, they react. More →
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