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She Tried It! The Samsung GearFit 2

September 14th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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I’ve stated before that tracking has been as invaluable to my fitness journey as walking past Popeyes without stopping in for a 5-piece wing meal with an extra biscuit. When I’m at a peak level of discipline, I measure and monitor everything I intake and every step I make, and the Samsung Gear Fit2 device has actually helped me get back on the wagon after way too long of a weight loss hiatus.

You might recall that I was already an early adopter of Samsung wearables, having encouraged you to invest in the brand’s Gear S2 watch last fall. And while I’m certainly not one of those people who has to upgrade my technology every time a company releases a new product (who can afford that?), I would argue this is one switch that’s worth it.

Auto_Multi_Sport_Tracking_BlackFor starters, note the name difference: Gear S2 versus Gear Fit2, the latter is much more focused on the needs of fitness enthusiasts who wear smart watches to benefit their fitness goals, not just to simplify and better organize their lives. That’s why one of the biggest, and most important in my opinion, change with the Gear Fit is the tracking display on the homescreen which now counts steps, floors, and calories throughout the day. Prior to getting this device, I had to wear my Fitbit and my Gear watch because neither was comprehensive enough of their own. While I do still wear my Fitbit with my Fit2 as I try to reconcile the difference in the number of calories each device tells me I burn, it’s absolutely not a necessity — and something I don’t plan on doing too much longer. I also love that the Fit2 has more variety regarding the modes you can place it in to track a particular activity. With my Fitbit, I can only choose between running, walking, or hiking, with the Fit2 I can track each of those things (with the built in GPS for distance accuracy) as well as my time on the elliptical, strength training reps, and even yoga and pilates movements.

The second thing I like most about the Fit2 upgrade is that it is much lighter than the Gear2 which means I’m far less aware of the fact that it’s on my wrist 24/7 (I tend to get irritated by jewelry and things touching my skin by the end of the day). The watch band also isn’t removable like with the Gear2 which, honestly, was a problem for me — I broke the straps twice and one time couldn’t even remove the metal clasp from the watch face that connected it to the band. So, yeah, the design of the Fit2 is much more sleek and practical, considering it was created for people who engage in physical activity on a regular basus. That’s why it’s also smart that Samsung made the device water-resistant. Note: it can withstand up to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes; don’t go swimming with it on.

Finally, the great thing about the Fit2 is that along with the upgrades, the device retains all of the other features that make Gear wearables awesome. Like being able to answer calls, check and respond to emails and texts, receive Uber notifications, and connect with an android device via bluetooth to change your music or monitor other lifestyle elements with S Health — you know all those little conveniences you think don’t matter until you can’t find your phone at the bottom of your purse and you miss that important call from your boss while a song you hate is blasting in your ears thanks to a random Spotify selection.

If you’re looking for a little motivation on the fitness front, I say go ahead and treat yourself.

Kick Your Workout Into High-Tech With Samsung’s New Devices

June 4th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Samsung

Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Samsung

So, it looks like our daily sweat session just got even more lit thanks to Samsung.

The electronics brand recently announced two brand new wearable devices, the Gear Fit2 band and the Gear IconX earbuds, both of which are designed to give you an accurate analysis of your workouts without hindering your comfort, speed, or agility. Basically, if you’re just trying to get in a few extra steps to reach your daily goal during your daily commute or training for a marathon, you’ll want to have these sleek gadgets to get you through.

The Gear Fit 2 is a wearable fitness band that has the ability to function at full capacity without your smartphone being in close range thanks to GPS tracking. So no more being upset that you can’t keep count of your steps or how many calories you burned. There’s also an automatic fitness tracking that intuitively knows whether you’re running, biking, taking an indoor spin class, or getting it in on the elliptical. Not to mention, the extra large 1.5-inch screen is designed to let you glance quickly at your stats mid-workout.

The IconX are the earbuds you’ve always wished for. They are cord-free (YASSS!) and even offer real-time, in-ear feedback on your performance, without ever interrupting your groove. You can also load your favorite playlists to the buds directly. Plus, there’s a small touchpad on the outside of the earbud that lets you control the updates, enable step-tracking, and control the volume of your music. And if comfortability is a concern of yours, no worries. The IconX come with three sizes of wingtips and eartips so you get the best fit possible.

Preorders for the Gear Fit2 start June 3 for $180, and it ships a week later. No word on a release of the IconX, but according to Verge, they are said to launch later this year.

If You’re Tired Of Your Headphones Falling Out During Workouts, Try These

March 29th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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A few weeks ago I was on the elliptical at the gym struggling — not because the exercise was hard (okay, that was part of it) — but because alternating between wiping sweat out of my ears and catching my headphones every time they slid on to my shoulder started to feel like more of a workout than the 4:3 interval with an incline of 10 that I had going on on the machine. In short, I was over it and one thing I cannot do, even with the most determined of intentions, is workout without any music at all.

Over the course of the past 18 months I’ve tried several different types of headphones to carry me through my workouts, from the factory pair that came with my cell to more than a few others that claimed to be sweat resistant and “perfect” for working out. Hint: They were not. I even pulled out my Samsung Level U headphones which I love using when I strength train because they’re wireless and I don’t have to constantly adjust a cord while adjusting my body, but during my first few attempts at exercising with them the neck band and the ear buds never quite stayed put and I felt like I had the same problem I began with. And then I got my hands on the Level U PRO version marketed toward “active listeners” and my workout game was changed.

600x600_16Snugger fit and superior sound quality are the first things that come to mind when I compare the upgraded Level U device to the old one. I’m usually not one to buy into the promises manufacturers make when they take a product and release a premium version of it later, but when it comes to the Level U PRO headphones the bells and whistles aren’t just ad talk. For starters, the speaker units on the ear buds were upgraded from 12 mm to 13 mm which may not sound like a lot, but as someone who has used both (and likes her trap music loud) I can tell you the difference is significant. The PRO version also has noise-isolating ear gels which eliminate all the surrounding grunts and moans often heard from fellow gym-goers. And even better is the fact that these ear gels are sweat and splash resistant, which is why when I’m burning calories during my workout the headphones stay put and I can focus on the actual exercise rather than adjusting ear buds and drying sweat out of my ears. Plus the flexible, ergonomic design, which is just a tad more sleek and comfortable than the basic version of the headphones, keeps the neck of the PRO device flesh with my skin so I barely notice it when working up a sweat.

Amazingly, Samsung packed all of these upgrades into the new Level Us and still managed to keep the headphones lightweight — and with a battery life of 9 hours when charged. And if you happen to be a Samsung product junkie like myself, you’ll appreciate being able to sync these headphones and your Gear watch to your phone at the same time via Bluetooth and take calls, messages, and switch music during your routine without touching your cell once. And at $99.99, just $40 more than the original price of the Level U headphones, the Level U PRO series definitely makes for an affordable upgrade if you rather struggle with running, not sweat running down your ear buds. Have you tried them yet?



Rihanna Partners With Samsung for $20 Million Deal

October 31st, 2015 - By Toya Sharee
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Rihanna was not playing when she threatened “B**ch Betta’ Have My Money”. Fresh off her release with Puma footwear, VIBE reports the “Pour It Up” singer has just closed on a $25 million deal with Samsung, a leader in the tech industry. Samsung has agreed to sponsor Rihanna’s upcoming Anti album as well as the accompanying tour.

Managers Jay Brown and Jay-Z have been spotted at Samsung offices for the past seven months leading to speculation that talks to sell Tidal were in the works.  The music–streaming service had its share of ups and downs during the first few months of its debut. But Jay-Z and friends will still be riding the Tidal wave since apparently the meetings had nothing to do with the company but everything to do with Rihanna’s return to music royalty and her much anticipated eighth studio release. The agreement was said to take longer than expected since the artist made a few last minute tweaks to the album. The partnership of music, marketing and technology is said to be the biggest of its kind in recent history.

According to sources, Lebron James is also reported to be an integral part of the deal since he will be involved in anything in reference to the Anti tour, although what part the basketball superstar will play has yet to be revealed.

The Rihanna Navy will be happy to hear that exclusive content will be available to them through Milk Music radio due to the deal. The Bajan beauty who has been romantically linked to artist Travis Scott recently will also appear on CBS’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on November 10th and she’s been tapped to make an appearance in the film “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” by French filmmaker Luc Besson.

Oh, and did we mention she just released her latest fragrance “Riri” last month?  I am exhausted just reading about Rihanna’s busy schedule so I can see why rumors of affairs and other nonsense are no match for her career focus right now. Looks like there’s a Rih takeover scheduled for 2016 and I’m sure her Navy is standing at attention.

Samsung Pay Set To Give Apple Pay A Run For Its Money

August 14th, 2015 - By Chelcee Johns
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: Injong Rhee, Executive VP and head of Samsung Pay, speaks at the Samsung Unpacked Phone Launch at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on August 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/FilmMagic)

Injong Rhee, Executive VP and head of Samsung Pay, speaks at the Samsung Unpacked Phone Launch at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on August 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/FilmMagic)

Samsung has launched a full throttle campaign to gain new users with beloved stars sporting the brand and adding new devices and features daily. The latest announcement from the South Korean tech company came on Thursday with Samsung announcing it will debut its new Samsung Pay on September 28. Samsung Pay will allow users to swipe their phones at brick and mortar stores to pay for products and services.

“The launch of Samsung Pay along with its latest devices represents a step forward for the international mobile payment scene. Samsung launching into competition with Apple Pay demonstrates how two of the largest tech leaders in the world are putting mobile payment as a major priority,” said Dan Wagner, an eCommerce veteran and CEO of Powa Technologies.

But Samsung Pay looks like it may have a leg up on its competitor Apple Pay due to the technology it uses. Unfortunately for Apple, the chip used in its Apple Pay service is so high-tech  many cash registers aren’t updated to process it just yet and that’s where Samsung comes in.

Samsung’s system, which will come preloaded on the Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5 and will work for current Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge users, works by holding the phone near a card swiper making it compatible with almost all registers.

“Samsung’s inclusion of magnetic strip recognition alongside Near Field Communication (NFC) puts it ahead of Apple Pay, bringing more versatility for users and merchants alike – especially in markets where magnetic strip readers are still the main payment method,” noted Wagner.

The company has also partnered with a host of banks to make the pay transition as smooth as possible. Currently, American Express, Mastercard, Chase, Visa, Bank of America and US Bank have all partnered with the new service.

However, Wagner feels even more technological offerings need to come to the world of eCommerce.

“What shoppers and merchants alike really want is a cross-channel payment method that allows transactions to take place anywhere, at anytime, from a range of mediums,” Wagner said. “Until this level of freedom is achieved, mobile payments will remain more of an added bonus than the must-have feature the industry needs.”

Are you open to using your mobile device to pay for goods and service?







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.

Samsung Delivers For Moms, Dads and Grads This Year

June 18th, 2015 - By Kay Hudson
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Moms, dads and grads, Father’s Day is around the corner and a host of graduations are happening as we speak! Talk about a busy season! As a mom, the only thing hovering over my head right now is managing all of the tasks and errands ahead! My brain is on full multi-tasking mode. Although my family is relatively small, its important that everyone on my list – (including my 5 year-old toddler) gets to enjoy the festivities and milestones (like him exiting pre-K 4) in style!

Yes, vacations are in the stars, however this year I’ve decided to gear up my family with must-have tech and mobile devices from Samsung, a brand that I have trusted for years.  A classic maker of modern products that fit a variety of budget categories, I really made a true investment for the household! Take a peak at the Samsung collection that I invested in this week! True, I did a little damage to my wallet – but every single item was worth it! See for yourself!

Samsung Delivers For Moms, Dads and Grads This Year

The Lowdown On Samsung’s Two New Phones, Galaxy Note Edge & Galaxy Note 4

September 5th, 2014 - By Janel Martinez
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The iPhone 6 is not the only new smartphone debuting this month. Samsung unveiled a suite of products during simultaneous events in Berlin, Beijing and New York on Wednesday. Of the cool gadgets the tech giant presented, there were two new Galaxy Notes: the Galaxy Note Edge and the Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung is hoping the Galaxy Note 4 will build on the success of its Galaxy Note 3, which launched last fall and hit 10 million units sold in two months of its launch. The Note Edge’s unique curved Edge screen provides easy access to frequently used apps, alerts and device functionality (even when the cover is closed) all with the swipe of a thumb. And if you’re watching videos, your notifications will appear right on the screen—no more disturbances.

“The Galaxy Note series signaled extraordinary innovation within the technology industry. Its larger screen size and iconic S Pen technology launched a new standard in smartphone culture,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. “With the introduction of the Galaxy Note series, we brought the age-old culture of the pen and notepad into the digital world. The new Galaxy Note 4 introduces the most refined Note experience to-date by combining all the latest technology that users expect from the Galaxy series.”

Here, MadameNoire will walk you through the features of the oversized, Android-powered Galaxy Note models.

Note 4

Size/Display: Approximately 5.7 inch Quad HD, 518 ppi (2,560-by-1, 440) Super AMOLED display. It’s the same as the Note 3, and reproduces clearer, more vivid images with deep contrast better viewing angles and response times as fast as a millionth of a second.

Audio: Comes equipped with multiple microphones and an improved speakerphone for better noise cancellation when speaking in noisy environments. Its built-in Voice Recorder offers eight different directional voice tagging and a selective playback capability that allows users to isolate and listen to specific voices in a group conversation.

Camera: 16-megapixel rear-facing camera featuring a Smart Optical Image Stabilizer that counter-balances camera shake and automatically extends exposure time in dark settings. Also, a 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera with f1.9 offers a default 90 degree shooting angle and up to 120 degree wide angle. Think: Perfect for usies with friends!

Memory: 32 GB Internal memory + micro SD slot (up to 64GB); 3GB RAM

Processor: 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor

Color: Available in October, Charcoal Black, Frost White, Bronze Gold and Blossom Pink.

Battery: According to Samsung, the Note 4 will charge up to 50% in 30 minutes.

Operating system (OS): Android 4.4 (KitKat)

S-Pen: More responsive and versatile (reports PC Mag)

The Note Edge is very similar to the Note 4, but has a new form factor.

Note Edge

Size/Display: 5.6 inch Quad HD (141.9mm), 2,560-by-1, 440 + 160 Super AMOLED display. The 160 rows of extra pixels are used for the side display. It’s all about the edge screen, which allows users to display information and notifications along the strip along the edge of its thin screen. It’s 3.8mm wider and 2.2mm shorter than the Note 4.

Camera: Rear Facing: 16-mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Smart OIS.  Front Facing: 3.7 Mega pixel camera with f1.9

Memory: 32/ 64 GB Internal memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB); 3GB RAM

Processor: 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor

Color: Available later this year, Charcoal Black and Frost White.

Battery: Comes with a smaller 3,000mAh battery.

Operating system (OS): Android 4.4 (KitKat)

The Galaxy 4 will be out next month. However, the Galaxy Note Edge has no release date as of yet.

Which phone would you purchase: the new school Galaxy Edge, or upgraded Note 3, better known as the Note 4? Let us know in the comments section below. 

A New iPhone Is Coming? Apple Confirms September 9 Event

August 28th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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via Apple

We now have official confirmation that Apple will be hosting an event on September 9. It’s expected that we’ll finally get a look at the newest iPhone and the first in Apple’s line of wearable devices, likely an iWatch.

Earlier this month, it was rumored that this would be the day in which the big announcement would be made. Everyone anticipates an iPhone with a larger screen, with the device going from 4.7 inches to 5.5 inches. It’s unclear whether other wearable device will be a smartwatch or some sort of band like the Samsung Gear S. That device allows you to make phone calls, keep track of your fitness regimen and other functions. There’s still the question, of course, of how fast this will pick up steam with the purchasing public.

The new iPhone design has reportedly leaked a few times, but of course we can’t be sure until we see it on the 9th. Business Insider has what some suspect will be the plan. It looks a lot like what’s already on the market, but maybe a little bigger.

What would you like to see in the new iPhone?


As Its Smartphone Sales Stall, Can Samsung Take Advantage Of The Consumer Tablet Trend?

July 11th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Things aren’t looking too good over at Samsung. The tech giant recently announced its earnings and they were worse than many expected.

The Korean company’s operating income was $7.1 billion, a 24 percent drop on a year-over-year basis. And sales were down 10 percent. It has been a challenging year for the company as it struggles to take market share from Apple. It also have major competition from Chinese phone manufacturers and knock offs that sell much cheaper than Samsung’s typical $500 price tag but otherwise offer similar services, reports Business Insider.

One option for Samsung is to concentrate on its tablets. Tablets are hot products right now. In fact, they are expected to outsell PCs in 2015. Just in time, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S will hit the market July 12 and has already gotten great reviews.

According to technology research firm Gartner, worldwide tablet shipments (or units sold from manufacturers to retailers) will jump from 256 million in 2014 to nearly 321 million in 2015. Desktops and laptops will decrease from 276 million this year to under 262 million in next year. This development was actually predicted in 2010 by none other than late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs who called the shift to tablets the “post-PC” era and compared desktops and laptops to trucks.

“We were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks because that’s what you needed on the farm. But as vehicles started to be used in the urban centers and America started to move into those urban and then suburban centers, cars got more popular,” he said at the time. “PCs are going to be like trucks. They’re still going to be around. They’re still going to have a lot of value, but they’re going to be used by one out of X people.”

Emerging markets and consumer taste for lower-price devices are also pushing tablet growth, Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, told The Los Angeles Times. He says there will be an increase in tablets being sold for less than $100.

Atwal also predicts the move will be toward tablets with screens larger than four or five inches and the market for small-sized tablets will drop with the increased sales of smartphones.

“Now that you’re phone is getting bigger, you’re kind of replacing the activities of a 7-inch tablet,” Atwal told The Times by phone. “So now you might have a 6-inch screen phone and a 10-inch screen tablet. It’s an interesting mix and match of screen sizes.”