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Where’s The Hookup? Find The Best Deal On The Samsung Galaxy S5

April 10th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

 

There’s no better time to be in the market for a new smartphone than now.  With the super competitive smartphone climate that we’re in, the buyer practically ALWAYS WINS!  The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5 goes on sale on all major carriers tomorrow and if you’re like many consumers looking for the best deal on the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear accessories, I’ve got you covered with the round up that’ll eliminate time wasted shopping around for the best deals.  Discover which carrier has the deals you want and where to find the best bang for your budget below.

 

Galaxy S5

Best Buy

Best Buy is offering the AT&T Galaxy S5 for $229.99 with a two-year contract and the Sprint Galaxy S5 for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Customers will receive a free $10 Best Buy gift card with the pre-order and purchase of the Galaxy S5. Best Buy will sell the Galaxy S5 for both carriers in Charcoal Black and Shimmery White.

 

Sprint

The Sprint Galaxy S5 will sell for $199.99 with a two-year contract. In addition, customers can participate in Sprint’s Easy Pay plan, which offers the Galaxy S5 for $0 down and $27.09 per month for 23 months, with a final payment of $26.92. Customers who choose the Easy Pay option can also get a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (which requires a two-year contract). The non-contract, full retail price of the Galaxy S5 when purchased through Sprint is $649.99. The carrier will sell the Galaxy S5 in Charcoal Black and Shimmery White. Pre-orders can be made online and in stores. Sprint will have the Galaxy S5 available in stores starting Friday, April 11.

 

samsung galaxy s5Radio Shack

Radio Shack is offering the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Galaxy S5 models and is currently accepting in-store pre-orders. The retailer is also offering a coupon for $50 off Galaxy S5 handsets for customers who pre-order. In addition, customers can utilize Radio Shack’s Trade & Save program and save between $75 and $300 by trading in their existing handsets. The Galaxy S5 will be available at Radio Shack starting April 11. The retailer has not yet detailed which carrier models of the Galaxy S5 it will be selling.

 

T-Mobile

The T-Mobile Galaxy S5 will sell for an introductory price of $0 down, $27.50 per month for 24-months, under T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan. Full retail price for the Galaxy S5 on T-Mobile is $660. T-Mobile is known for changing its pricing with various deals and promotions, so it’s likely the carrier will revert to requiring a down payment for the Galaxy S5, in addition to monthly payments, when the introductory period ends.

Target

Target will offer the Galaxy S5 Verizon, AT&T and Sprint models for $100, through a trade-in program. Customers can exchange eligible old devices for a $100 credit toward a new Galaxy S5, which originally costs $199.99. Customers can take their old handsets to a trade-in location or can trade in online. Target will run this offer from April 11 to 26; quantities are limited.

 

samsung galaxy s5AT&T

The AT&T Galaxy S5 will sell for $199.99 with a two-year contract. In addition, consumers can participate in AT&T’s Next program: With the Next 18 plan, the Galaxy S5 will cost $25 per month for 26 months, and with the Next 12 plan, the device will sell for $32.50 per month for 20 months. The non-contract, full retail price of the Galaxy S5 when purchased through AT&T is $649.99. The carrier will sell the Galaxy S5 in Charcoal Black and Shimmery White. Pre-orders can be made online and in stores. According to AT&T, the Galaxy S5 will ship in early April, although the carrier has not given a specific date when customers will get them.

 

Amazon

Amazon is offering the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Galaxy S5 models; the AT&T and Sprint models are selling for $189.99 with a two-yea contract while the Verizon model is selling for $99.99 with a new line of service, or for $149.99 with a device upgrade. All models are selling for $699.99 without contract. Amazon will sell the Galaxy S5 for both carriers in Charcoal Black and Shimmery White.

 

samsung galaxy s5Verizon

The Verizon Galaxy S5 will sell for $249.99 with a two-year contract, which comes down to $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. In addition, customers can use Verizon Edge, which offers the Galaxy S5 for $0 down and $25.22 per month for 24 months. The non-contract, full retail price of the Galaxy S5 when purchased through Verizon is $599.99. Verizon is also offering a buy one, get one, deal for the Galaxy S5; customers can purchase a handset and get a get another Galaxy S5, Samsung ATIV SE or HTC One M8 free after a $50 mail-in rebate.

 

MetroPCS

MetroPCS has announced that it will begin carrying the Samsung Galaxy S5 in April, but pre-orders are not yet available. Customers can pre-register for more information.

 

Are you looking to get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone?  Need a hands on refresher course first?  Check out my hands on experience with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear here

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Samsung Confirms Surprise JAY Z And Kanye West SXSW Show

March 10th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Jay Z And Kanye West SXSW

Samsung confirms that it will host a special concert at SXSW this Wednesday, 3/12, with JAY Z and Kanye West. Samsung will be rewarding Galaxy owners with complimentary tickets to the show. At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Samsung will be giving away wristbands to Galaxy owners and a guest at the Galaxy Experience on 2nd & Trinity in downtown Austin across from the convention center.

See below image for details on how consumers can win JAY Z And Kanye West SXSW tickets.

 Jay Z And Kanye West SXSW

Samsung has continued to build their relationship with Roc Nation since last year when they helped launched JAY Z’S new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. JAY Z And Kanye West SXSW performance on Wednesday is the first time the two will perform together since Kanye joined Roc Nation. It’s been since 2012 that their Watch the Throne tour ended.

Additionally, Samsung will be hosting several concerts for Galaxy owners throughout the week (Thursday-Saturday nights). These shows will showcase a variety of music genres and will again be offered on a complimentary basis to Samsung Galaxy owners with Milk Music.  Samsung plans to distribute concert wristbands only to owners of Galaxy devices with the newly launched ad-free radio service called Milk Music downloaded on their devices. They can pick up their wristbands at the Galaxy Experience pop-up location at 2nd Street and Trinity Street starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. CT.

Other musicians performing this week for Samsung will be Janelle Monae and Gary Clark Jr. on Thursday, Broken Bells on Friday, and Cut Copy and Holy Ghost! on Saturday.

JAY Z and his entertainment company Roc Nation previously partnered with Samsung in 2013 to release his 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. They gave away 1 million copies of the album, purchased for $5 each by Samsung, to Galaxy owners, who had to download an app to snag a copy. The stunt influenced the Recording Industry Association of America to modernize its 55-year-old certification process to immediately include digital sales.

Wednesday’s concert will be the first time JAY Zand Kanye have performed together since Kanye joined Roc Nation earlier this month. They previously shared the stage during the Watch the Throne tour, which ended in 2012. Could this weekend be as epic as anticipated?  I hope so!

 

 

Hands On With Samsung Galaxy S5 And Gear At Samsung Galaxy Studio [VIDEO]

February 26th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

 

On Tuesday, February 24th – I along with other NYC tech media got a first hand look at the new Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit devices at the Samsung Galaxy Studio in NYC.  During the unique product experience, guests had the chance to enjoy food, drinks and witness the LIVE Unpacked 5 event announcements from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  After the event, I got the chance to get hands on with the new Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 smart watch and Gear Fit wristband.

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 Image

 

Favorite features thus far:

Samsung Galaxy S5 – Fingerprint sensor.  Galaxy S5 has a built-in sensor that will allow users to unlock their phones with a fingerprint scan. The sensor has other security functions as well: it will act as password protection for PayPal payments, according to Samsung.

Samsung Gear 2 - 4G Memory w/ Bluetooth music capabilities.  Samsung decided to turn the new Gear 2 into a wearable music player, thanks to its standalone music player with Bluetooth player. Users will be able to go running outdoors or working out at the gym wirelessly by listening to music without the need to carry their smartphones.

Samsung Gear Fit - Heart rate monitoring sensor.  The Gear Fit includes a built-in heart rate monitor on its rear panel, allowing the fitness tracker to measure your beats per minute via its onboard app. During the hands-on, the app was able to instantly detect heart rate and display it on the Fit’s screen.

 

Check out a quick demo of a few of my favorite S5 and Gear 2 features from the fingerprint scanner to built in heart rate monitor coupled with a few moments of in studio shenanigans below…

 

 

The Samsung Galaxy Studio is open to the public daily and located in the heart of  NYC at 130 Prince Street in SoHo.  Discover more on the Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear fit with in depth reviews coming soon…

 

Raising The Fitness Bar With The Samsung Gear Fit

February 25th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

If you’re one of the many Fitbit Force users that have been affected by the recall and looking for an alternative device – move over Fitbit Force, there’s a new wearable in town – the Samsung Gear Fit.

Gear Fit

Yesterday we were introduced to the Samsung Gear Fit, the industry’s first curved, Super AMOLED wearable device for the active consumer. The Gear Fit offers the unmatched convenience of Samsung Gear technology with the most comprehensive fitness tools available, empowering consumers stay physically active without sacrificing personal style or mobile connectivity.

 

Gear Fit

 

The Gear family continues to expand with the new Gear Fit designed to help those consumers striving to live more fit and active lives without sacrificing their own personal style or their ability to stay connected on the go.  Whether used as a standalone or companion device, the Samsung Gear Fit puts people in charge of their personal and active lives while staying connected so they never miss a moment.
The Samsung Gear Fit was designed to comfortably contour to consumers’ wrists while offering a vivid Super AMOLED display. Gear FitIt provides much more than an everyday fitness band, keeping consumers up to date instant notifications from Galaxy smartphones such as incoming calls, emails, SMS, alarm, S-planner, 3rd party apps while consumers are on the move so they can stay connected. Changeable straps in Black, Orange and Mocha Grey will let users express their individual style, changing the look of the Gear Fit to match their outfit or mood for any type of activity.  Check out video below.

 

 

It’ll receive notifications, track your heart rate, control music, and…well, do all the basic things most people think of when they think of “smart watch.” Will the Gear fit usher in a whole new world of wearables for the future?  I sure hope so.  What do you think?  Would you buy a Gear Fit to replace your current fitness tracking wristband?

 

Is The Samsung Galaxy S5 On Its Way Later This Month?

February 4th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Samsung has announced an “Unpacked 5″ event for Feb. 24, the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Since the invitation makes references to the number 5, the world may get its first glimpse of the upcoming Galaxy S5 sooner than we thought.

Samsung has sent out invitations to an event in which the company will unveil its “new flagship product.” The Unpacked 2014 Episode 1 show will take place in Barcelona on Monday February 24th — the opening day of Mobile World Congress, which is held in the Spanish city.  Rumor has it that a total redesign, iris scanner and new display and feel of the newest Galaxy device will be revealed later this month and available to consumers as early as April.  Are you looking forward to the latest from Samsung?

The Trends At CES 2014: Beautiful Design Meets Function

January 9th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Check out all the fun from Day 2 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  For the fourth year in a row, DivasandDorks.com will be on the ground running to show you only the biggest and brightest trends at CES 2014.

trends at CES 2014 LG G G FLEX

Checking out the video quality of the G Flex bendable smartphone by LG.

 

This year, we’ve partnered with OnStar and General Motors to bring the hottest trends in tech directly to a screen near you with daily “trendspotting” videos daily on Fastlane.GM.com and DivasandDorks.com.  Noticing the sleek curves of the Corvette and the angular lines of the Chevy Spark, it’s apparent that Chevrolet embraces the evolution of style and form. Aside from vehicles, products that combine style, form and functionality on the show floor include transformative TVs, smartphones, cameras and more.

Check out the full video featuring, Samsung UHDTVs, the LG G Flex and 360 Fly Panoramic camera below:


 

For more #ConnectedByOnStar CES 2014 coverage, visit: http://fastlane.gm.com/event/ces2014/

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review – The Fun Phablet

November 26th, 2013 by Analie
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Galaxy Note 3 is easily one of the most anticipated phones out there. You already knew that.Samsung stunned the game with the original Note and then took over with the Note 2. Many didn’t expect a large phone to be so popular and become somewhat mainstream. I was personally a huge fan of the Galaxy Note 2. I used it daily. It was just so convenient with the screen size and even more with the S Pen.

I didn’t think it could get any better. Just like Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone, the Galaxy Note 2 was a great mix of all extremes. A formula with just the right push of change. When the Note 3 finally announced I was thinking “Nooo, don’t make the screen bigger. Don’t mess with it!” At the same time I was curious about what changes Samsung was prepared to offer. I had an idea of what was to come in certain aspects due to the features of the S 4. Camera upgrades, TouchWiz features were somewhat of a given. But what about the S Pen features? How was Samsung going to upgrade those?
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Build
So lets do this the way it usually goes. I start off with the hardware. When you go shopping for a phone looks are so important since most phones are candybar phones. The Note 3 easily stands out due to its large size. Just like other Galaxy line phones, the Note 3 is plastic. But the back cover has a leather look to it. Samsung could have fooled me into thinking it was the real thing (until I felt it). The phone has a metal looking border (it’s also plastic, not metal) to give it that premium look. Under it you will find a 3,200 mAh battery.
The layout of the buttons is no different than other Galaxy phones. Power/standby button on the right and volume rocker on the left. The front facing camera is on the top right. 3.5 mm jack and and IR blaster are on the top border. The bottom border has a USB 3.0 charging port. On the right side of the border is the S Pen, the Note 3′s most important feature. If you’re not syncing with the USB 3.0, you can charge with the Micro USB cable.
The rear of the phone houses the 13 megapixel camera. The overall build of the Note 3 is sturdy and tough. It won’t stop me from putting a screen protector on it. But the feel is pretty solid.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Inside the Galaxy Note 3
On the inside the Galaxy Note 3 is packing 3 GB of RAM and a quad-core processor. Needless to say that the phone is ready to take on the work you throw at it. It comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (waiting for Android 4.4) and of course Samsung TouchWiz skin. With Samsung TouchWiz, Samsung has preinstalled apps that tailor to the S Pen and the Note 3 features. I think besides the big screen, the S Pen is one of the main reasons you would buy the Note 3.
I’ve played with the Galaxy Note 2 and the Note 10.1 tablets, so I have a good feel for Galaxy Note features.
Air Command
But my favorite new feature with the Note 3 is the Air Command. When you remove the S Pen from the slot, this little menu (in the shape of a semi circle) with a few things that you can do right away with the S Pen. It allows you to do 5 things: Action MemoScrap Booker, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window. Every time you click on one of the actions, it explains what the feature does and how to work it. Action Memo is the feature that I find most useful. You write something down and can take “action” with it. You can write down a number an dial it, save it, email it. Pretty logical feature for a phone with a pen.
Screen Write is pretty good feature as well. It takes a screen shot of whatever screen you’re on and lets you add your notes to it.
S Pen
The S Pen is comfortable to hold and it still has the action button on it. The S Pen is awesome because it feels the pressure. If you press on harder, you will see it in the writing. It will be bolder and thicker. Pretty cool.
I absolute love the S Pen. When I remove it from the slot, I use it for everything. It’s a great accessory!

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Performance
This phone looks great on paper. 3 GB of RAM, that’s almost enough to sell me right there. This phone should be zooming through pages and apps. For the most part the Galaxy Note 3 performs well when surfing through screens. Apps load up rather quickly, but not as quickly as I would hope for 3 GB RAM. It’s not a noticeable difference, but it feels just the same as if it had 2 GB of RAM. Maybe it’s all the apps I downloaded, maybe not.
One Handed Use
While the Note 3 provides one-handed operation features, I didn’t like using it as much. Others may find it more useful than me. It’s helpful but I just enjoy the full keyboard. But if you’re afraid of the large size of the Note 3, the keyboard might help.
Camera
I love the Note 3 camera. It has a huge viewfinder and many of the great features that the camera of the Galaxy S 4 has. It can even record in 4K quality. Not that I have a 4K display yet, but it just goes to show you the power of the device. The auto focus is pretty good on the Note 3. The phone takes decent pictures. Not great pictures like a Nokia device, but decent enough.
Call Quality
As usual I have no problems with AT&T service. Great speeds and loading times on the Note 3. I’ve been using Google Play Music All Access, and I had no problem streaming tracks.

Galaxy Gear Accessory:

The big hype around the Galaxy Note 3 is that it had an accessory that only worked with the phone at the time of release.  The Galaxy Gear is Samsung’s first attempt at a smartwatch. While many people are against it. I think it’s a good idea. It’s a bluetooth accessory. And you have to expect it to work as such. Seeing as how the Note 3 is a large phone, you may not always have it in your hands as easily as another phone.

The Galaxy Gear gives you a nice alternative in receiving your notifications. You can control your music from the Gear as well. There are different color combinations that you can get it in. Right now the gear retails at $299. The price is sure to drop, as most Android accessories do. But it’s definitely a device for the geek who likes those types of gadgets. But Samsung did a good job with their first attempt.

Overall

It might not be a necessary upgrade from the Note II to the Note 3. But if you don’t have a Note device and were looking into it, now might be the time to try it. It’s the third time around and Samsung has gotten it right. It might be a bit of a learning curve for some, but it’s nice to try it. Don’t brush it off due to its size. Even playing with it at the store won’t be enough as it takes a while to get it. But once you do, it’s awesome! You will witness the power and strength behind this phone, and the large size won’t even be a factor anymore.

Right now the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is $199 with a 2 year contract and is available for all major carriers.

Find out more about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 HERE

Introducing the HP Chromebook 11 by Google

October 9th, 2013 by Analie

If you haven’t heard of the HP Chromebook that was announced yesterday, you will be hearing about it a lot more.

HP Chromebook 11 by Google

So What is a Google Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a computer that works with Google’s suite of apps and of course with Google Chrome. You basically use your Gmail email address to sign in and out of the Chromebook. Since you’re using Google products (Google Chrome, Gmail, Drive, Docs) all your information is backed up in the cloud. You can access it from any other Chromebook or browser.

So a Chromebook is basically a laptop that you use with Google Apps to get work done. As you may have realized, to be the most productive, you need internet service to get the job done. But don’t be fooled you can get a lot of work done offline.

HP Chromebook 11 by Google - Black

The 11 inch HP Chromebook by Google

Yesterday, HP and Google introduced another addition to the Chromebook lineup. The 11 inch version comes in 5 different colors. Check out the specs:

Display: 11″ (1366 x 768 resolution)
Processor: Samsung Exynos 5250 processor / 2GB
Storage: 16 GB / 100 GB Google Drive
Ports: 2 USB 2.0 / 3.5 mm headphone jack
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n // Bluetooth 4.0 / Built-in 3G (later on)
Weight: 2.3 pounds
Color Options: Piano White with blue accents, Piano White with red accents, Piano White with yellow accents, Piano White with green accents

HP Chromebook by Google - Black-nexus-smartphone - Analie Cruz

What’s Great About the HP Chromebook?

Well this goes for any Chromebook really. But these are some of the few reasons why I am a fan of the Chromebook and have been for a while.

- It updates by itself: You don’t need IT back-up or to learn the latest about anti-virus software to keep it safe.

- Stay Updated: I love that it’s over the air, so if I’m updating a Google Doc, it will be updated in real time through all my devices.

- The Price: At $279, who can say no to a Chromebook? You get to be productive, portable, stylish, and it’s budget friendly.

- The Charging Port: It charges through a micro USB port, for the win! That sold me right there! FYI, this is for the HP model. The popular Samsung Chromebook doesn’t charge through micro USB.

HP Chromebook by Google - Black- accessories

 

Where Can You Purchase the HP Chromebook?

You can purchase it at the:

Google Play Store

Best Buy

Amazon

and HP soon, for $279.

 

Can you see yourself using a Chromebook daily or do you need to have a full blown laptop?

Samsung x Alexander Wang Collaborate To Benefit Art Start New York

August 26th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

When functional style meets creative design, that’s a recipe for stylish success!  Samsung, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, and New York-based designer Alexander Wang revealed the finished product following months of collaboration with some of the industry’s most creative contributors. The limited-edition Alexander Wang Wallie gym sack is the first co-created bag inspired by crowd-sourced sketches and images created using the GALAXY Note II.

Samsung x Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang resourced the ‘collective inspiration’ of a select group of Samsung smartphone users for his latest collection. Called the ‘Wallie’, the gym sac has a drawstring closure, reinforced leather corners, and a black and gray print on the lambskin finish.?  The bag’s abstract print was produced by Wang by combining different images (photos, doodles, patterns) created using Samsung’s Galaxy Note II smartphones by a group of his close friends, stylists, photographers, and others.

Samsung x Alexander Wang

“The abstract print really captures the energy of New York City,” the designer explained. “This collaboration is a great example of how technology and style can come together in an unexpected but really meaningful way.”  The bag will go on sale this August The bag is available in select locations from this month, and proceeds from the sale of the $550 bag will go towards the Art Start charity, that uses the arts to nurture the creative talents of at-risk children and youth.

Morning Tech Rumor Roundup: iPhone, HTC, Beats By Dre

August 19th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

There’s a bevy of tech rumors and shake ups that happy everyday from mergers to break ups and new technology emerging by the second.  Here are the top tech rumors to keep you in the know.

 

iPhone 5s

tech rumor

The iPhone 5s rumors keep pouring in and they include everything from fingerprint scanning technology to NFC capabilities.  Your next iPhone may be able to unlock itself based on your touch and hold a charge without requiring a cable.  These are just three intriguing possibilities that could turn up in Apple’s iPhone 5 successor, which is rumored to go public as soon as September.  Check out more iPhone 5s rumors here.

 

Steve Jobs Crash & Burns At Box Office

tech rumor

The first of two movies about the late Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs hit theaters this weekend without any of the buzz or sales enjoyed by the iPods or iPads created by its subject. The movie opened in seventh place with a paltry estimated weekend gross of $6.7 million despite opening broadly in the U.S. and Canada.  Throughout the movie, Mr. Jobs’s up-and-down career at the company is chronicled, as a rotating cast of board directors and executives hire and fire him before he returns the company to superstar status with the launch of the iPod in 2001. (more)

 

Dr. Dre Wants To Drop HTC

tech rumor

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dr. Dre and Co. are planning to buy back the phone maker’s remaining 25 percent stake in the business — just a year after HTC reduced its stake by half. Either way, we’re hoping that this potential separation helps HTC get back to winning ways and frees up Dr. Dre to resuming prescribing those pills he’s now so fond of.

 

Samsung Smartwatch

tech rumor

It’s official: Samsung Electronics will launch its first wristwatch smartphone early next month, people familiar  with the plan say. The move  would allow Samsung to  potentially beat rival Apple Inc. on what is expected to be the next major battleground for mobile phone makers.  The world’s largest smartphone maker will unveil the device worn around the wrist called Galaxy Gear on Sept. 4, ahead of Berlin’s IFA, a  consumer electronics show where technology companies showcase their gadgets. It will go on sale this year, the people said.

 

That’s our roundup for today!  What tech rumors are you intrigued by?  Share below…

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