#MadeByGoogle: Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones

October 4, 2016  by Jessica Linnay

This morning (or afternoon, depending on where you reside in the world), Google held a keynote where they introduced the world to a slew of new products including a VR headset, 4K-enabled Chromecast, a revamped AI assistant, and two new premium smartphones: the Pixel and Pixel XL, which replace the Nexus line of devices.

Among the hoopla surrounding the event, it was noted that the Pixel has received a DXOMark Mobile rating of 89, the highest rating ever received by a smartphone. This honour means that the Pixel smartphone camera is "the best that has EVER been made”, to date.

Take a look at some of the other specifications revealed today by Google:

Key Features:

Google Pixel

  • Full HD display: Text and images look crisp and vibrant on a 5.0" display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Quad-core processor: Surf, chat, and watch all at once without lags thanks to a powerful processor
  • 2770 mAh battery with fast charging: Get up to 7 hours of use after only 15 minutes of charging
  • 12.3 MP camera: Shoot 4K video or brilliant portrait and landscape shots in any lighting condition

Google Pixel XL

  • Quad HD display: Text and images look stunning on a 5.5" display with 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • Quad-core processor: Surf, chat, and watch all at once without lags thanks to a powerful processor
  • 3450 mAh battery with fast charging: Get up to 7 hours of use after only 15 minutes of charging
  • 12.3 MP camera: Shoot 4K video or brilliant portrait and landscape shots in any lighting condition
See the full list of specifications for the Google Pixel XL. 
 

Rogers | Available for pre-order October 4; in-store October 20

  • Full price: Pixel 32GB $899, 128GB $1029 | Pixel XL 32GB $1049, 128GB $1179   
  • 2-year term: From $399

Bell | Available for pre-order October 5; in-store October 20

  • Full price*: Pixel 32GB $899 | Pixel XL 32GB $1049 
  • 2-year term: not yet listed

TELUS | Available for pre-order October 4; in-store October 20

  • Full price*: Pixel 32GB $899 | Pixel XL 32GB $1049
  • 2-year term: From $200

 Fido | Available for pre-order October 4; in-store October 20

  • Full price: Pixel 32GB $919, 128GB $1059 | Pixel XL 32GB $1079, 128GB $1219
  • 2-year term: From $400

Koodo | Available for pre-order October 4; in-store October 20

  • Full price*: Pixel 32GB $904 | Pixel XL 32GB $1054 
  • 2-year term: From $400


*Note: Full price reflects Google-set pricing as listed on 04/10/2016. Please verify with carrier websites for accurate and up-to-date outright device pricing.


Early Reviews:

Google Pixel camera review by DXOMark

Google Pixel review by TechRadar

Google Pixel review by Telegraph UK


Samsung Galaxy Note7: 7 Notes on Release and Recall

September 2, 2016  by Jessica Linnay
 
The launch and subsequent recall of the newest flagship smartphone from Samsung has been a whirlwind. Pre-orders, which took place during the beginning of August, astounded the market and exceeded expectations of the manufacturer. But only a few short weeks following initial shipments of the devices, Samsung has issued a worldwide recall. Here’s what happened:

1. On August 2, Samsung released the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note7 for pre-order on its own website, as well as with select service providers including Rogers, Bell, Verizon, and AT&T in Canada and the United States.

2. The sheer "unprecedented” amount of pre-orders caused supply constraints, forcing the world’s largest smartphone maker to adjust release dates in some markets. Samsung released a statement saying it was aiming to increase production and meet the demand as "early as possible.”

3. The Note7 was made available to ship to customers from Canada and the U.S. who had placed pre-orders on August 19. Samsung Canada CMO Mark Childs warned that the "huge response” could result in limited retail inventory, as well as delayed order fulfillment, across the country.

4. Despite great early reviews, shortly after the phone made it to customers photos started surfacing online showing charred phone bodies following explosions of what appeared to be the Note7’s battery pack. Comments stated that the flare-ups occurred while the device was charging.

5. August 31 news reports advised that shipments of the Galaxy Note7 were being delayed "due to additional tests being conducted for product quality.”

6. Following reports of a second explosion and with 2.5 million units already reportedly sold around the world, Samsung decided to halt Note7 production and shipments. On September 2, the manufacturer issued a statement responding to the incidents, saying that it found a battery cell issue in 35 cases and was issuing a voluntary recall of all units of the device.

7. As of today, September 2, sales of the Galaxy Note7 have now been stopped in 10 nations and customers who have already purchased the Note7 have been advised that they can have it replaced in coming weeks. Customers without access to another device in the meantime are counseled to use caution, use OEM chargers only, and to not leave the phone charging overnight.

"For customers who already have Galaxy Note7 devices, we will voluntarily replace their current device with a new one over the coming weeks. Canadian customers may call 1-800-SAMSUNG for additional information,” Samsung told Mobile Syrup.

Moving out of the Mobilicity: chatr Sweeps Up Shuttered Carrier's Customers With Exclusive Migration Offers

August 24, 2016  by Jessica Linnay

On August 15, Mobilicity officially closed plan and device offerings on their website, and Rogers stopped activating new Mobilicity lines.

The end of this carrier’s era came as no surprise to the approximately 150,000 Mobilicity subscribers who received news in June that creditors had approved a $440 million deal allowing Rogers to acquire the entire company, while divesting certain spectrum licenses to WIND Mobile. Both TELUS and Rogers put in bids towards the acquisition.

Existing customer plans have not been grandfathered; customers were instead given the choice of signing onto a comparable plan with Rogers’ other value-brand mobile provider, chatr Wireless. Chatr is Rogers’ "deepest discount subsidiary brand”, launched in 2010 to directly take on the unlimited talk-and-text offers of then-new entrants to the national mobile carrier landscape - entrants which included Mobilicity.  

Rogers will also convert a "large number” of its 180 Mobilicity dealers to chatr-branded stores and kiosks.

Current Mobilicity customers should visit mobilicity.ca/mychatrmove to see their exclusive chatr plan options before September 29th, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET. Features offered by chatr include:

  • unlimited plans for one flat fee
  • no term contracts or credit checks
  • larger unlimited zones


Questions about your move from Mobilicity to chatr? Read the FAQ.

Curious if your area is covered by chatr? Check out the expanded unlimited zones

Want to see what else chatr has to offer? Review all chatr rate plans.

Need a new device with your new plan? Browse all chatr devices.


Samsung Galaxy Note7 now available!

August 19, 2016  by Jessica Linnay

Following a few weeks of enthusiastic pre-ordering across Canada and the U.S., Samsung has released the Galaxy Note7 for shipping with its official launch today, August 19. This successor to the Note5 was designed for the technophile, combining the latest in power and performance technology to help you maximize all you can do with your smartphone to connect, entertain, and create. 

Key Features:

  • Dual-curved 5.7" Quad HD display - Its seamless, curvy build was made to feel more comfortable in your hand, while a nearly bezel-less display offers maximum space for onscreen functions.

  • Octa-core Exynos processor with 4GB RAM - This powerful combination ensures a smooth and seamless performance, even when you're multitasking using data-intensive apps.

  • Water-resistant phone body and S Pen - With an IP68-certified smartphone and stylus, you can write, call, and create in the rain or by the pool. The Note7 can withstand dust, dirt and sand, as well as drop to 1.5 meters underwater for up to 30 minutes.

  • HDR playback - High Dynamic Range technology delivers the most vivid, intense, and realistic entertainment possible for video-watching and gaming alike.

  • Iris scanner - Provides premium security that's also convenient and easy to use.


See full specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Note7.

Compare the Samsung Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy Note7.

Compare other Samsung phones.

 

Availability & Pricing:

Bell | Available August 19

  • Full price: $1049.99
  • 2-year term: $379.99

Rogers | Available August 19

  • Full price: $1060.00
  • 2-year term: $559.99 

SaskTel | Available August 19

  • Full price: not listed
  • 2-year term: $549.99

Vidéotron | Available August 19

  • Full price: $1059.95
  • 2-year term: $279.95
Verizon Wireless | Available August 19
  • Full price: $864.00
  • 2-year term: From $0 

AT&T | Available August 19

  • Full price: $879.99
  • 2-year term: From $0

Sprint | Available August 19

  • Full price: $849.99
  • 2-year term: From $200 

T-Mobile | Available August 19

  • Full price: $849.99
  • 2-year term: From $69.99 

 

Early Reviews:

Samsung Galaxy Note7 review by The Verge

Samsung Galaxy Note7 review by CNET


Samsung Galaxy Note7 review by Trusted Reviews

Samsung Galaxy Note7 review by Android Pit

  

 Samsung Galaxy Note7 review by Forbes


Samsung Galaxy Note7 now available for pre-order!

August 2, 2016  by Jessica Linnay

Samsung has released the Galaxy Note7 for pre-order to tide us over until its official release on August 19. This successor to the Note5 was designed for the technophile, combining the latest in power and performance technology to help you maximize all you can do with your smartphone to connect, entertain, and create. 

Key Features:

  • Dual-curved 5.7" Quad HD display - Its seamless, curvy build was made to feel more comfortable in your hand, while a nearly bezel-less display offers maximum space for onscreen functions.

  • Octa-core Exynos processor with 4GB RAM - This powerful combination ensures a smooth and seamless performance, even when you're multitasking using data-intensive apps.

  • Water-resistant phone body and S Pen - With an IP68-certified smartphone and stylus, you can write, call, and create in the rain or by the pool. The Note7 can withstand dust, dirt and sand, as well as stay 1.5 meters underwater for up to 30 minutes.

  • HDR playback - High Dynamic Range technology delivers the most vivid, intense, and realistic entertainment possible for video-watching and gaming alike.

  • Iris scanner - Provides premium security that's also convenient and easy to use.


See full specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Note7.

Compare the Samsung Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy Note7.

Compare other Samsung phones.

 

Availability & Pricing:

Bell | Available for pre-order August 2

  • Full price: $1049.99
  • 2-year term: $549.99

Rogers | Available for pre-order August 2

  • Full price: not listed
  • 2-year term: $559.99 

SaskTel | Available for pre-order August 2

  • Full price: not listed
  • 2-year term: $549.99

Eastlink | Available for pre-order August 2

  • Full price: not listed
  • 2-year term: not listed

Vidéotron | Available for pre-order August 2

  • Full price: $1059.95
  • 2-year term: $279.95
Verizon Wireless | Available for pre-order August 2
  • Full price: $864.00
  • 2-year term: From $0 

AT&T | Available for pre-order August 2

  • Full price: $879.99
  • 2-year term: From $0

Sprint | Available for pre-order August 2

  • Full price: $849.99
  • 2-year term: From $200 

T-Mobile | Available for pre-order August 2

  • Full price: $849.99
  • 2-year term: From $69.99 

 

Early Reviews:

Samsung Galaxy Note7 review by The Verge

Samsung Galaxy Note7 review by CNET


Samsung Galaxy Note7 review by Trusted Reviews

Samsung Galaxy Note7 review by Android Pit

 

 Samsung Galaxy Note7 review by Forbes


HTC Desire 530 now available!

July 26, 2016  by Jessica Linnay

HTC knows what you want when it comes to your smartphone. The desire to connect and share drives our attachment to our mobile devices, and their ability to entertain and enthrall us solidifies the relationship. The HTC Desire 530, with cutting edge photo and audio technology and premium processing power, was designed to meet needs and surpass expectations. Plus, its unique micro-splash paint job sets you apart in a crowd. 

Key Features:
  • 5” HD LCD display – See all your images, videos and text displayed in crisp crystal clarity
  • 5 MP selfie camera – The front-facing camera features auto and voice technologies, as well as a timer, for the ultimate selfie captures
  • Immersive audio – Enjoy the playback power of a high quality integrated amp with HTC BoomSound Audio for boosted volume and bass without distortion
  • Expandable storage – Add up to 2 TB of space for all of your media and apps
  • Unique style – Body is affixed with a lanyard hole and adorned with a textured, micro splash finish

 

Availability & Pricing:

HTC (Canada) | Available July 25

  • Full price: $199
  • 2-year term: n/a

HTC (U.S.) | Available July 25

  • Full price: $179 USD
  • 2-year term: n/a

T-Mobile | Available July 25

  • Full price: $159.99
  • 2-year term: $0

Verizon Wireless | Available August 4

  • Full price: $144
  • 2-year term: $99.99
WIND Mobile | Available August 8
  • Full price: $199
  • 2-year term: From $0

Vidéotron | Available August 8

  • Full price: $199.95
  • 2-year term: From $0

 

Early Reviews:

HTC Desire 530 review by TechRadar

HTC Desire 530 review by Stuff TV

HTC Desire 530 review by Android Authority

HTC Desire 530 review by PC Advisor


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