Wait What? Consumer Reports thinks you should buy the Galaxy S5 instead of the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge

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While just about every reviewer has been praising the Galaxy S6 (including myself) and Galaxy S6 Edge, Consumer Reports isn’t in love with either phone. They do admit that both phones rank as among the best that you can buy today, but their overall scores rank them lower than the Galaxy S5.

They feel the loss of the removable battery, microSD slot, water resistance, and overall battery life on the Galaxy S6 and Edge makes the Galaxy S5 the better buy if you’re looking for a smartphone right now. They do praise the rapid charging capabilities, the ability to wirelessly charge it via Qi and Powermat, and the gorgeous display, but they don’t feel they are enough to capture your hard earned dollars.

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[Deal] Amazon has 38 paid apps and games for FREE ($110 value) through May 16

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Amazon is at it again with another Android app and game sale. Amazon always has at least one free app of the day, but today they are bundling 38 apps and games. All of these titles are absolutely Free and will stay that way through May 16.

Some of the more notables are Photo Studio Pro (normally $3.99), Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 (normally $2.99), Game Of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series (normally $4.99), and Fleksy Keyboard (normally $1.99).

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Google I/O 2015 app now available in the Play Store

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Google I/O is only two weeks away so it’s time to start planning your schedule whether you will be there in person or not. The official mobile app is just the thing you need to get that done and it’s now live on Google Play.

Not only will you be able to see the full schedule, but it also includes a video library from past I/O events. Based on whether you will be attending in-person or not, the app will show you relevant content. For example, if you’re on site, you will be able to view the venue map and your WiFi will already be configured by the time you arrive at Mascone West.

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Verizon and Sprint will pay $158 million to settle customer complaints

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The mobile carriers always seem to be in a little bit of hot water don’t they? Maybe it’s because they are always playing games with billing, throttling, and anything else shady they can think of.

This time around it’s a practice called “cramming” which is when customers are billed for third-party services they didn’t request. In most cases, it resulted in a $10 monthly charge in which Verizon and Sprint declined to offer refunds. According to the Federal Communications Commission, both carriers received roughly 30% of the charges.

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Android 5.1.1 OTA update and factory image now available to download and flash for the Nexus 9 Wi-Fi

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Google has finally pushed the Android 5.1.1 update to Nexus 9 Wi-Fi devices. The factory image was already posted and now we have the link to the official over-the-air update as well.

Flashing the OTA is probably your easiest method since you don’t have to lose your data. However, you need to make sure you are on Android 5.0.2 (version LRX22L) before you can do it. Android 5.0.2 was already pushed about a week or so ago, so if you won’t have it, you will need to flash that OTA update first. You can also opt for flashing the factory image, but you will lose your data if your Nexus 9 doesn’t have an unlocked bootloader.

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Three new Verizon Motorola smartphones appear with Quad HD displays

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Now that summer is almost here, it’s time to start thinking about what Motorola has in store. They usually announce their products in the late summer to early fall. Of course, we know there will be a new Moto X and a new Moto 360, but let’s not forget about the Verizon exclusive DROIDs. Last year, Verizon chose to go with one DROID, the DROID Turbo. In previous years, they did offer multiple models, and it looks like they might adopt that strategy again this year.

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Here are the high resolution wallpapers from the LG G4

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You can always use a new wallpaper right? Maybe you have an LG G3, but want the G4 look or maybe you’re just looking for a new look for your non LG phone. We got you covered with the latest and greatest wallpapers from the LG G4 and it hasn’t even been released yet.

The LG G4 has a 2K (2560 x 1440) display so these wallpapers are quite large and have a resolution of 2880 x 2560. There are 10 in all so hit the break to start downloading.

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[Deal] Grab the Silver LG Watch Urbane for $300 from eBay

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If you’re looking for a classy Android Wear watch, then look no further than the LG Watch Urbane. It’s stainless steel, features a 1.3-inch (320 x 320) P-OLED display, and a 410 mAh battery. It has a proper Always On display as well so you can enjoy all those beautiful watch faces.

The watch normally goes for $349, which I know is pretty steep. However, you can grab the silver version right now on eBay for only $300 with free shipping included. Plus you can also escape the sales tax so you are looking at close to $75 in savings depending on where you live.

If you’re looking to get started in Android Wear or you want to upgrade, the Watch Urbane is the one to get. Let us know if you grab one.

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OnePlus 2 to sport the Snapdragon 810 and cost $400

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OnePlus already confirmed that the OnePlus 2 won’t launch until the fall, but more details have been revealed thanks to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau.

According to Lau, the OnePlus 2 will sport the Snapdragon 810 chipset. That seems surprising since we are talking about a release in the later part of the year. Then there is the question of the overheating issues, which Qualcomm continues to deny, but even LG dropped the 810 in favor of a lesser chip (Snapdragon 808) for the G4. The Snapdragon 820 might have been the better choice, but it might not be ready in time.

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