Tag Archive: Galaxy


Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S vs. Samsung Galaxy S9+: Iterated to perfection

The Mi Mix 2S and Galaxy S9+ are iterative updates, but they offer key upgrades in several areas.

The Galaxy S9+ shares the same fundamental design as its predecessor, with Samsung instead focusing on improving the camera. Xiaomi is undertaking a similar strategy with the Mi Mix 2S, which has the same design as last year’s Mi Mix 2 but with an upgraded chipset and a new dual camera setup at the back.

When I compared the  [Read More…]

Android Oreo hitting unlocked Galaxy Note 8 and locked Galaxy S8 Active

U.S carriers over the past few weeks have been busy releasing the firmware to update the Note 8 to Android Oreo. Left in the dark was the unlocked variant of the Note 8 due to its extensive testing requirements. That is now about to change as the device is finally getting Android 8.0. The update […]

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Galaxy S9+ vs iPhone X: A MrMobile/TechnoBuffalo Collab

To anchor a collaboration years in the making, Jon Rettinger and I chose a comparison that never seems to get old. That’s right: for the ninth year running, it’s Galaxy vs iPhone time as we put Samsung’s Galaxy S9+ head to head with Apple’s iPhone X! In this break from the traditional MrMobile format, I visit the TechnoBuffalo offices for a podcast-like debate with Jon Rettinger on the merits of iOS vs Android, FaceID vs iris scanning, and simplicity vs  [Read More…]

Unlocked Galaxy Note 8 in the U.S. is being updated to Android 8.0 Oreo

The update is a little over 1122MB.

Wireless carriers in the U.S. have recently been updating the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to Android 8.0 Oreo, but those that bought the phone unlocked have been missing out. Thankfully, after months and months of waiting, the update is finally being rolled out.

We just received the 8.0 Oreo update on our U.S. unlocked Galaxy Note 8 today, and it weighs in at a little over 1122MB. This also changes the  [Read More…]

Best Wallet Cases for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

Cut down on your daily carry with a wallet case for your Samsung Galaxy S9!

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ is a downright sexy phone, so in some ways, it’s a shame to cover it up with a case.

But the benefits of rocking a wallet case might be worth it. With services like Google Pay and Samsung Pay there are more ways to pay with your phone, so a wallet case will let you keep  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S9 battery problems, explained: Exynos vs. Snapdragon

U.S. users get the better experience for a change.

New phones should have better battery life than their predecessors. That’s a given, and part of the unspoken rule of technological progress. And yet in recent years that hasn’t been a given. Along the way, we’ve seen blips — Snapdragon 810, anyone? — on the way to greater efficiency.

This year, the culprit is Samsung’s Exynos 9810, the ultra-fast chip that ships with all Galaxy S9 and S9+  [Read More…]

Canadian Galaxy Note 8 units to receive Oreo update April 5

That’s this Thursday.

A brief delay between Galaxy S8 Oreo rollouts on U.S. and Canadian units is happening again with the Note 8. A week or so after the U.S. counterparts started receiving their Oreo updates, Canadian Note 8 users can look forward to Android 8.0 starting April 5.

While only Rogers has definitively issued a date on its update schedule, Samsung typically rolls out major updates to all of its carrier partners at once, and the Note  [Read More…]

Galaxy S8 Active on AT&T and T-Mobile updated to Android 8.0 Oreo

The update’s rolling out now on both carriers.

Over the last couple weeks, U.S. carriers have been hard at work to update the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 to Android 8.0 Oreo. Shortly after Samsung’s main flagships got their Oreo treatment, the same can now be said for the S8’s Active cousin.

AT&T and T-Mobile are two of the three carriers in the United States that carry the Galaxy S8 Active, and both have started pushing Android  [Read More…]

Best Battery Cases for the Galaxy Note 8

Don’t be the sucker holding a $ 1000 phone with a dead battery!

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the latest ultra-functional smartphone that uses that glorious S Pen that allows you to do more with your phone throughout the day — as long as you don’t run out of battery life.

That’s where a battery case can come in real handy. If you’ve found your Note 8 battery can’t make it through a full day of  [Read More…]

Samsung lets us in on some of its Galaxy S9 960 fps slow-motion secrets

This is how the GS9 slows down time.

Amazingly slow motion video capture is the latest big differentiating feature on smartphones. And Samsung is one of the leaders right now, pushing to 960 fps on the Galaxy S9 — only matched by the Sony Xperia XZ2. But Samsung actually released its phone already, and it isn’t hard to see why people are excited about using the 960 fps slow motion mode.

Now that we’re over a month removed from  [Read More…]