Samsung Galaxy S8 Active officially unveiled!

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To the surprise of exactly no one, the Galaxy S8 Active has been officially unveiled for the public. The Active is now available for pre-order from AT&T. It is listed as an AT&T exclusive for now, however the device tends to only be available for AT&T normally. This is the 4th rendition of the ruggedized device meant for those who may need a little bit of extra protection to go along with flagship specs. The S8 Active, as usual, will come with pretty similar specs to the regular Galaxy S8, with the addition of MIL-SPEC rating to protect it from water, shatter, shocks, and dust.

The S8 Active comes in two color options, Meteor Gray, and Titanium Gold. The device is surrounded by a metal frame with bumpers, and a rugged, textured back to give the phone a solid grip. The S8 Active will also have a shatterproof display, which will handle drops from up to 5 feet.

The S8 Active also has bixby capability, along with a compass, stopwatch, barometer, and flashlight to help you navigate the outdoor lives of those who will likely use the device. The S8 Active will also have a 4000 mAh battery. The S8 Active will also have a 12MP rear camera, and an 8MP front facing camera. The screen size is comparable to the S8, with a 5.8″ 18.5:9 aspect ratio, however the infinity edge will not come along for the S8 Active ride. Considering how the device is meant for active lives, its not all that surprising.

The S8 Active will be on sale through AT&T Next at $28.34 for 30 months, which adds up to roughly $850 dollars.

Its always nice to see Samsung continue the trend for the Active lifestyle folks with their Active series devices. Check out more information about the S8 Active at Gadgets 360

Looking to purchase the Galaxy S8 Active?  Head over to ATT to pre-order the device.



Samsung plans to release the ‘Fandom’ Edition Galaxy Note 7

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Hey!  The Note 7 can be yours again, that is, if you have no sense of concern for flammable products and don’t mind traveling to South Korea to buy it.  If these things don’t bother you then look out for yet another attempt at a Note 7 Launch.

As Samsung continues to deal with the fallout from the ill fated Galaxy Note 7 launch in 2016.    The tide is beginning to turn in Samsung’s favor.  The company had to recall over 3 million devices due to battery exploding issues.

During the Note 7 debacle, the company was sued for the battery issue,  tried issuing short-term fixes, and had a failed relaunch.  Fortunately the company had a successful Galaxy S8 launch earlier this year. While the company did well with the recall overall, there were still a number of folks that still clung tightly to the Note 7 in early January.

To help ease the folks who were left burned by the Note 7 recall (pun intended), the company has been working on a refurbished Note 7 model with updated specifications and more than likely a smaller battery.  The Verge obtained information surrounding the relaunch of the Galaxy Note 7.   The refurbished Note 7 will be known as the Note 7 ‘Fandom Edition’ and will be available in South Korea at first for roughly $610 dollars.   According to a report The Verge found from The Wall Street Journal, the Fandom Edition Note 7 will launch on July 7th.  As stated by The Verge, Samsung will initially launch 400,000 units to three major carriers in South Korea first. But a small number of devices will be launched outside of South Korea afterwards.

Presumably the launch of the ‘Fandom Edition’ of the Note 7 won’t hinder any sales of the Galaxy S8 or the upcoming Samsung Note 8 in late August.

Interested in the Note 7 ‘Fandom Edition’?  Tell me more in the comments!

Why on earth would you spend $50 on a Screen Protector?

No really, why would you spend 50 of your hard earned dollars on something that is made to potentially break, and fray, and generally just fail at any given moment in time?  Sure screen protectors are made to protect your screen, but curved screens tend to leave protectors generally failboat likely faster than you can throw your relatively expensive phone at.

We all know very well that screen protectors are there to protect the screens of our expensive devices,  and the multitude of options for screen protectors has confused us for decades.   Invisishield Screen Protectors have always been at premium pricing levels, and curved screens have always been elusive to screen protector manufacturers, but ZAGG has gone to an extreme with the pricing of their S8 screen protectors.  Best Buy sells them, which means you know very well that salespeople will be recommending these overpriced screen protectors when you pick up your brand new S8.

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Why would you do this?!

A quick look on Amazon gives you multiple options for curved screen protectors for less than half the price of the ZAGG version.  Surely with the same quality of screen protection as ZAGG protectors give,  with the same issues that the ZAGG protector has with the curved screen dilemna.  With many flagship phones that exist today, screen protectors will automatically have a slight curve to them for a natural, more ergonomic feel,  but attempting to curve the screen to a greater level as the S8 screen protector does will surely run you into some air pocket issues messing up your screen presses, and possibly a screen protector that surely will not last.

The screen protector currently has currently succumbed to some fairly dismal reviews on Best Buy’s website.  The dismal rating on Best buy should hopefully warn you that spending 50 dollars on a screen protector, let alone a poorly reviewed screen protector should be avoided at any cost.

Don’t waste your money.  You could buy your friend a Gear VR instead.  You could even buy someone a fancy present!