Is there a compelling reason to buy an Android smartphone now that the iPhone 6 is upon us?

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In case you were living under a rock, you probably know by now that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were both introduced yesterday. Just like every other iPhone that preceded them, Apple added specs that have been enjoyed by most Android users for a while now. Android faithful love to make fun of Apple in that they seem to always play catch up with Android, which is one of the biggest reasons why Android smartphones have enjoyed so much success. Consumers who might have bought an iPhone in the past, didn’t because of certain things that Apple failed to provide. However, it appears the gap is just about closed with the introduction of the new iPhones, and I am wondering if there is a compelling reason to buy an Android smartphone now?


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Apple Watch parody shows how non-revolutionary the new smartwatch is

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When Apple hosts an event, it seems like each product launched is revolutionary. To everyone else, it is just another device because Apple really fails to push boundaries in terms of specifications. For example, wuch of what was seen in yesterday’s iPhone 6, in fact, are things that the Nexus 4 of 2012 featured. So Jacksfilms of YouTube took to creating a parody of how the Apple Watch really isn’t anything special. In the video, the Apple Watch actually stands for A Pleasantly Plump Little Electronic Watch Android’s Terrible Come Here.

Hit the break for the video.


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Samsung has fun on Twitter at Apple’s expense

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Unless you hid yourself from the world yesterday, you probably know about the two new iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Neither brought anything all that new or exciting into play, but both do sport bigger screens than in the past (4.7-inches for the iPhone 6 and 5.5-inches for the 6 Plus). Now, following HTC and Sony’s lead, Samsung are having their fun with the announcement.


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Trolltastic: Sony, HTC rip into Apple’s advertising campaign on Twitter

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With the big unveil of Apple’s upcoming devices today, Sony and HTC took the opportunity to dig in on Apple’s advertising campaign.

Sony tweeted out an image which resembled the Apple Live event invitation, but with the words, “Better than bigger,” and the hashtag, “#DemandGreat.”

HTC’s tweet read, “Bigger screen. Better performance. Elegant design. Welcome to the party ,” with an image of the One M8 next to a blurred out image of the iPhone 6.

You can check both tweets out after the break.


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IKEA promotes its 2015 catalog by using Apple’s style

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To help explain the magnificence of its upcoming catalog, IKEA has called upon chief design guru Jorgen Eghammer. He goes over the true power of such a product. It is not a a digital book or one operates with an e-ink display. The 2015 IKEA catalog is a true “bookbook.” There are no cables required as the 2015 IKEA catalog has eternal battery life. And it features tactile touch so users can easily navigate to where they want to go without any lag time.

The style of the video may be familiar since it is something straight out of Apple’s book (and not its bookbook). Eghammer is just like Jony Ive, the man that exaggerates just how revolutionary the design of every product Apple puts out is.

Hit the break to watch the video. You will not be disappointed with its humor.
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Lenovo takes a dig at Apple, possibly hints at Android L with September 4 invite

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Lenovo, like everyone else, is hosting an event next month to introduce the Vibe X2. Invites have been sent out for an event on September 4 during IFA 2014. There is a comedic part and an interesting part to Lenovo’s invite. The comedic part has to do with Apple and its September 9 event and the interesting part involves Android L.

Hit the break to see the break for more.


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Samsung highlights thinness, weight and screen resolution in new Galaxy Tab S promotional video

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We all know Samsung’s main competition in the tablet market is Apple — the company was smart to release an ad this week highlighting the advantages of its Galaxy Tab S over the iPad Air.

The video highlighted the thinness, weight and screen resolution of the Tab S relative to the iPad Air, which in all categories, it seemed to win.

Of course this is just an ad so interpretation is up to you, but do you think Samsung has a shot at beating Apple and winning the market share battle for tablets? Hit the break for the full video.


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Apple loses bid for injunction of Samsung products

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As the lawsuits between Apple and Samsung continue to slowly wind down, Samsung has prevailed in avoiding an injunction that Apple was asking for in the latest episode. Earlier this year Apple prevailed in a patent lawsuit to the tune of $120 million. The injunction request was related to that lawsuit as Apple hoped to stop Samsung from selling products that used the patents in question.
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Samsung and Apple will face challenges with high-end phones in China

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Samsung and Apple are the biggest manufacturers of smartphones, but China’s state-run wireless operators will pose a threat to their business models. China Mobile Ltd said it will cut subsidies by $2 billion, while other competitors are cutting as much as $1.9 billion. This will impact the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 as well as the iPhone 6.

Subsidies make expensive phones reasonable by offering the phone at a lower price while locking in the customer to a long term contract. So for example, a phone that might cost $800, would only cost the customer $100 with a subsidy. Both the Note 4 and the iPhone 6 are likely to retail for over $800, so how will consumers take to these higher costs? Probably not too favorable. While the consumer might not have to pay the for the full retail cost, it will still be a lot higher than the $100 they are used to.


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