Why I won’t be picking up the OnePlus 2

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On Monday, July 27, OnePlus took to the stage to unveil its eagerly-awaited flagship smartphone of 2015, the OnePlus 2. At first, the handset looked very promising with its Snapdragon 810 chipset, 4GB of RAM and $389 price tag. However, once the event had finished and we had time to mull over what we’d just witnessed, it instantly became apparent that the device isn’t a “flagship killer” after all.

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Does Power Saving Mode actually result in better battery life on the Galaxy S6?

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Various devices have power saving modes that are great for extending battery life. On the surface, they sound great because everyone wants to use their phones for as long as possible without having to sit next to a wall outlet while charging. Power saving modes can really limit what is possible in reality. So it may or may not be worth it, especially considering that the added time on batter life may not be worth it.

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Smartphone Camera Shootout: Samsung Galaxy S6 vs LG G4

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Reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have been pretty positive with the camera being a standout feature. However, last week LG announced their newest flagship, the G4, and they feel they might have one-upped Samsung. The Galaxy S6 and Edge sport an industry first f/1.9 aperture, giving them tremendous results in low light. It hasn’t even been a month and now LG has trumped Samsung by giving the G4’s camera an aperture of f/1.8. It might not sound like much of a difference to you, but LG believes it is. On top of that, they threw in auto laser focus, and OIS 2.0, which gives you a 3rd axis for even better image stabilization.

Android users have been craving for smartphones that sport cameras that can get the job done, so it’s nice to see both LG and Samsung pushing the envelope here. Is there a clear winner? Did LG trump Samsung?

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Win 1 of 5 Huawei TalkBand B2 fitness bands courtesy of Huawei Device USA and Talk Android [Updated With Winners]

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Huawei is going after the wearable market with full force. They announced the Huawei Watch and TalkBand B2 last month at Mobile World Congress, which has created a tremendous amount of excitement in the smartwatch and wearable community. Huwaei was generous enough to give us not one, but five TalkBand B2 wearable fitness bands to give away before it’s actually released.

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HTC One M9: Hands on and software walkthrough

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Will the third time be the charm for HTC? The HTC One M9 is the third edition of the One series, and is as much (if not more) a premium smartphone as its predecessors were. While many were hoping for something new, HTC decided to refine instead of redefine. By adding a super fine brushed finish along with a dual tone metal unibody and beefier specs, HTC is hoping the M9 is the “One” that will bring them to the promise land.

Check out our hands on video below highlighting the superb quality and workmanship along with some of the software features.

Since our review unit had an embargo agreement, our full review will be posted very shortly as well.

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Contest: Win a Spigen Capsule Solid case for the Samsung Galaxy S6 from Talk Android! [updated with winner]

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 will be one of the hottest devices on the market when it launches around the world next month. Millions of consumers will rush to purchase the device that takes Samsung in a new direction. The Galaxy S6 features a metal and glass body, two materials that just scream high-end. With that high-end look, however, comes concerns with how durable the device is. That is why protecting the Galaxy S6 will be important for many consumers.

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Will the Galaxy S6 be able to compete with the iPhone 6?

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The iPhone 6 took the world by storm when it was launched late last year. Collectively, the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus took away a significant chunk of the Android device market share. And now with Samsung launching the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, industry sources have started to wonder whether the Korean manufacturer has done enough to stop the behemoth that is the iPhone 6.

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