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She Tried It! The Samsung Galaxy S6

July 7th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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download2It’s not often we get the chance to review gadgets on MadameNoire so when Samsung gave me a Galaxy S6 to try out during the Essence Festival in New Orleans this past weekend, I was beyond thrilled. I’ve been an android user since before Apple vs. Android was a thing, but my enthusiasm for phone upgrades began to dwindle significantly as “new” iterations of mobile phones started to mean nothing more than a bigger screen or a different color case or an allegedly faster processing system. Hence, I planned to walk around with my cracked HTC M8 Harman Kardon until the wheels fell off — or the screen bled so bad I could barely read text messages, which is where things currently stand.

But along came the Galaxy S6, a major step up from my last Galaxy phone, the S4, which I used up until May 2014. If I tell you nothing else about this phone, you must know that the camera is exceptional. And don’t act like you don’t care. In this world of snapchatting, Periscoping, and Instagramming, a high-quality mobile camera is invaluable, and on this point the S6 definitely delivers. The phone offers a 5 megapixel front camera and 16 megapixels for the back camera, which is the reason more than one iPhone user told me they were seriously thinking about switching over to the S6 after they saw my pics this weekend. FYI, there’s also this beauty effect option on the camera phone that makes taking narcissistic selfies so much more enjoyable. One thing you should know is if you do decide to switch over to this device from an Apple or any other phone, Smart Switch will make the transition so much easier. All you have to do is download the app, select which info you want to move from the old phone to the new one, and then connect the devices via a USB cable, manual pairing, or wi-fi, and you’re good to go. More details on that here.

samsungAs someone who’s a sucker for big phone screens, (I wanted to buy the Galaxy note until the saleswoman asked me if I was an illustrator and told me since I’m not, there’s no reason I need a phone that big) I truly appreciate the large display of the phone coupled with its light weight. The organizational options are also pretty cool too, as I can find apps on my homescreen based on provider (Google, Samsung, Microsoft, etc.) or purpose, like social. There’s also a dual screen option that makes multi-tasking so much easier, and even images are meticulously categorized by where they were taken (camera, Twitter, screenshot, download) that it makes it almost impossible not to find an image when you’re looking forward in the midst of telling one of those great, “let me show you this picture…” stories.

The one drawback I noticed is the battery tends to drain rather quickly, but Samsung seems to be aware, as there are a few built-in features to help combat a I’m-stuck-on-the-side-of-the-road-with-a-dead-phone situation. The first is the Ultra Power Saving Mode which, at 10% charge, still gives you 24 more hours of texting and talking. The second is the fast charging mode which will allow you to boost your charge up to 50% in just about 30 minutes. And the third option is to charge wirelessly, via a charging pad that’s compatible with all Qi-certified devices which gives you a little more bang for your buck.

The bottom line? If you’re do for an upgrade on your current Android device or the only thing stopping you from leaving Apple is not wanting to have a green bubble on iMessage, make the switch to the Galaxy S6, which offers even cooler features in the Edge version. Trust me, at the very least your photos will thank you for it.

Here Are The Coolest Wearables Of 2014 (So Far)

September 23rd, 2014 - By Michelle Alerte
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Technology is getting smaller, faster and ­sleeker. You may be wondering what’s next. The answer: wearable technology. Technology has now begun to blend into everyday accessories, meant not only to make our lives easier, but to also keep us fashionable. Let this list of wearable technology give you insight into what we can all look forward to now and in the near future.

Which Smartphone Is Best Suited To Your Needs?

April 3rd, 2014 - By Janel Martinez
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hand zen htc oneThese days, the average smartphone can do it all. It is a photo-taker, portable search-engine, organizer, newsmaker/slash social-media updater, an actual device for making phone calls (which we sometimes forget), and perform even more valuable functions. Many people rely heavily on their smartphones for day-to-day tasks; and, for many, these portable devices are the only means of connection to the Internet.

While Internet use is virtually universal among younger, college-educated adults and those with high incomes regardless of race, the gap is far greater when age and race are factored in, according to the Pew Research Internet Project. Figures show smartphone usage is nearly equal among Blacks and whites — 56 percent of African Americans and 53 percent of whites are smartphone users. Furthermore, African Americans have high rates of social networking site usage, over-indexing on Twitter. When it comes to younger African Americans, some 40 percent of African-American Internet users, ages 18-to-29, report they use Twitter, as opposed to 28 percent of whites of the same age.

With smartphones serving as the entry way to the world of digital for communities of color, MadameNoire takes a look at which handsets are best for some of our daily needs:

Health: Samsung Galaxy S5

Health tech has taken off, allowing users to monitor their caloric intake, sleeping patterns and activity levels. The Samsung Galaxy S5 takes it to another level. Users can select the heart-rate monitor icon from within Samsung’s S Health 3.0 application, which comes pre-loaded in the Galaxy S5, and place their index finger on the center of the flash module to the right of the flash. Holding your finger in place for a couple of seconds, you’ll receive your heart-rate info, which can be used to plot exercise and training regimens (viewing it in hours, days or months). Technically, you can use the iPhone 5S in the same manner if you download an appropriate app.

We can do without the plastic exterior, but you can’t beat the 5.1-inch display or amazing 16-MP rear camera either, or that it’s water resistant. The device goes on sale on April 11.

Stay Up to Date: HTC One (M8)

We love to stay connected and the newly released HTC One (M8) will satisfy your there’s-an-app-for-that needs. It’s Blinkfeed newsfeed app, which allows you to display your favorite content (thanks in part to HTC’s top-tier content partners like The Associated Press, MTV, and ESPN) and social updates  on your home screen.

It comes with more storage (ahem, the 2,600 mAh and Snapdragon 801 processor), so you can store more information on your device. Whether it’s pictures from the family reunion or business files, you’ll have them at your fingertips.

For more on the HTC One (M8), click here for our review.

Greater Photos: Nokia Lumia 1020

There so much talk of the iPhone 5S or the latest Galaxy devices that other brands get squashed. But don’t sleep on this Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is equipped with a great camera phone, boasting strong manual controls, a selection of photo Lens apps and a 21-MP sensor. Yes, you’ll get sharper photos and greater creative control. AT&T dropped the price of the Lumia 1020 from $299 to $199 on contract.

Cool Videos: iPhone 5S

It’s not a never-before-seen feature (you can definitely capture these on the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S5 or phones with the SloPro app), but we’ll give it to them for now because there’s been some great videos captures with the device. Take a look for yourself.

Which is your favorite smartphone? We want to know how you use it and why it’s better than the rest?

Based in New York City, Janel Martinez is a multimedia journalist who covers technology and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of “Ain’t I Latina?” an online destination geared toward Afro-Latinas. You can follow her up-to-the-minute musings on Twitter @janelmwrites.

Can You Guess Whose Cute Kid This Is?

March 12th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Awwwwwww! Who doesn’t love toothy smiles from the babies? And it makes sense that this child’s smile would be so bright, his parents have some sparkling pearly whites themselves that they often show off at events or in magazines (and on Instagram of course). Little man’s father is one of the biggest names in basketball, and currently, his NBA team is smooth sailing with a 17 game winning streak. If they can keep it up, this player could be taking home another ring in the near future. His dad has been an NBA MVP, an NBA Rookie of the Year and NBA Finals MVP, and when he’s not killing on the court, he’s making some killer shoes for his fans and up-and-coming ballers and proving his naysayers and haters wrong (and there were a bunch of them for a while there).

As for his lady, his high school sweetheart, she’s a doting mom and fashionista who used to dabble in modeling and is now full-time support to her man. The two are set to be wed later this year in the fall, and we’re glad because they’re too cute for school as a couple. Gotta love black love! So whose cute kid is this? You’ve probably guessed already…

If You’re In NYC on March 14, You’re Invited to the Samsung Galaxy Unveiling

February 28th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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The floor of the Mobile World Congress. AP Photo/Manu Fernandez

The floor of the Mobile World Congress. AP Photo/Manu Fernandez

A couple of days ago, Samsung sent invites to a big unveiling for the next generation of Galaxy phones, taking place in New York City. Now the invite has gone out to everyone else.

If you’re in the New York City area — or, more specifically, in Times Square at 7pm — you can watch the unveiling with a ton of others, livestreamed on the plaza’s famous digital screens. The live event will be taking place a few blocks away at Radio City Music Hall.

Meanwhile, Samsung has already unveiled the Samsung Wallet, a direct competitor, if not very much like, the Apple Passbook.

Now Android owners now have a digital wallet to call their own that will hold their membership cards, tickets, and other information. According to Mashable, partners like, Expedia, and Walgreen’s have already signed on to make their info available to the service.

The Wallet is being compared to the Apple Passbook service (“ripped off” is the way Wired describes the Samsung app). But Samsung has high hopes and, on March 7, is opening up the app to developers to get in on it. You still can’t tap your phone to actually make purchases, but that and other changes could be coming.

Wallet was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress, which is taking place through today in Barcelona. The Guardian has a few pictures.



The Next Samsung Galaxy Will Be Unveiled March 14

February 25th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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Photo by Ben Cohen/Invision for The Hollywood Reporter/AP Images

Chris Tucker holding a Samsung Galaxy at The Hollywood Reporter Nominees Night earlier this month. Photo by Ben Cohen/Invision for The Hollywood Reporter/AP Images

Samsung has confirmed that they will be unveiling a new Android — the Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S IVa — in New York City on March 14. According to ABC News, the company told a Korean news outlet that they would be presenting their new gadget, and invites went out to the press today.

“The new phone is expected to have a higher-resolution screen, an improved camera and a quad-core processor. It is also expected that Samsung will focus on new software features that will set it apart from the other Android phones and the Apple iPhone,” ABC reports.

via Twitter

via Twitter

The company says it has sold 40 million phones since introducing the Galaxy S 3 last year. The question then is whether mobile users will be ready for a new phone at this point. Apple has notably gotten a lot of criticism for releasing new iterations of their devices soon after launching a previous version. (We’ll have more on that in a bit.) The Galaxy Note 8.0 was introduced this past week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Mobile competition is hot right now, with BlackBerry recently unveiling new phones that will be sold in the US next month.(The forecast isn’t good.) We took a quick look and it doesn’t appear that anything Apple is on the horizon anytime soon. But we’re sure there’s a rumor somewhere. And honestly, you kind of never know when Apple will just bust out with something. Just recently, a big supply of iPad Minis became available to the buying public, so that might be the focus right now.

Samsung tweeted about the event, posting the image at right. The LA Times says you can live stream the event (taking place at 4pm PDT) on the Samsung YouTube page. Will you be tuning in?


The Wait Is Over! iPad Minis Are Available to Ship Now

February 21st, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File

If you’ve tried to buy an iPad Mini in the past few months, you know the wait can be long. Well, actually only a few days. But you know. When you want your new gadget, you want it now!

According to Mashable, the Apple site is now showing that iPad Minis in all colors, with WiFi and with cellular, are now ready to ship for anyone interested.

The tablet starts at $329 and can go up to $659 before you add your cover and other extras.

There’s been lots of talk lately about Apple losing its luster after a 34 percent drop in its stock price and the announcement today that the company has been replaced by the once-reviled insurance company AIG as the top choice for hedge funds. There’s also been a surge in sales of Samsung smartphones, putting the dominant Apple devices on the defensive. London’s The Daily Mail notes that there’s been a spike in sales of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, with both phones outselling the Samsung in the fourth quarter of last year.

“With the Galaxy due for an update, it perhaps does not seem surprising that the latest Apple device outsold it, but what did surprise observers was that the older 4S model also outsold the more highly specced Samsung phone,” the newspaper reports.

With more iPad Minis available, we could also see an increase in sales of these tablets, which have been facing stiff competition from the more modestly priced Amazon Kindle.

Are you in the market for a new device? Which one are you thinking of getting?

Samsung Calling: The Electronic Giant Targeting African American Smartphone Consumers

December 21st, 2012 - By Ann Brown
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Kevin Packingham, senior vice president of Samsung Telecommunications America making a presentation. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

Kevin Packingham, senior vice president of Samsung Telecommunications America making a presentation. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

When it comes to smartphones, BlackBerries are the favorite among African-American consumers. But now South Korean electronics giant Samsung is hoping to change that.

The company, whose commercials usually one-up Apple’s iPhone, has a new commercial titled “Family Photo” that features a mostly African-American family. In the lighthearted commercial, the multicultural family is taking a holiday portrait with the new Samsung’s Galaxy Note II. “The commercial highlights the Galaxy Note II’s newest feature, called ‘best shot,’ which allows users to save individual shots of a group, then combine them into one photo at the end,” writes The Grio.

This commercial is a follow up to an earlier effort by Samsung to target the African-American buyer. According to The Grio, ads in November showcased LeBron James, who was featured in a series of  Galaxy Note II commercials in November.  In these commercial. LeBron uses his Galaxy Note II to give viewers a tour of his day-to-day activities, from breakfast in his swank Miami home to a haircut at the local black barber shop to a Miami Heat’s game.

It’s no wonder Samsung wants to capture the African American smartphone user. A 2012 Nielsen Mobile Insights report found that consumers of color are far more likely than whites to use smartphones. More than fifty percent of all African-American mobile users have smartphones. And, 2011 data from the “State of the African-American Consumer” found “that African-American adults owned smartphones at a 22 percent higher rate than the overall population,” says The Grio.

The issue usually is whether the ad is a true representation of African Americans and the lives we lead. So what do you think of this ad?

Introducing The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Android Ice Cream Sandwich

October 20th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(LA Times) — Samsung and Google introduced the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and offered a preview of the Android 4.0 operating system, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, on Tuesday night (Pacific time) in Hong Kong. The Galaxy Nexus — which will hit stores this November in Asia, Europe and the U.S. — will be the first device to run Ice Cream Sandwich, an operating system that will eventually make its way to tablets too.

The look and specs of the Galaxy Nexus, which had been rumored for months under the name Nexus Prime, are slick and mostly meet the standard of higher-end smartphones today.

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