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Apple Haters 😭😂😂😂😂
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A quick preview of Galaxy S6 camera performance. One of my standard test shots, captured with default settings and no editing.

More samples and detailed discussion soon!
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About the Galaxy S6 and bloatware....

Forget what you might have heard: There's plenty of it. And though all but a few of the apps can be disabled (as is standard with most Android manufacturers these days), none can be easily removed.

That's the case for the U.S. T-Mobile version of the phone, at least. And to be clear, this is nothing out of the ordinary, especially for a carrier-connected phone; Android devices without this type of bloatware are more of the exception than the rule. I point it out only because of all the reports suggesting that Samsung was going to be doing something meaningfully different with preinstalled apps this go-round.

(My initial impressions of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are here, in case you missed 'em: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2901269/galaxy-s6-galaxy-s6-edge-hands-on.html) 
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+Constantine D I have to disagree. My main driver is a moto x 2014, and I tried the s6 and m9 at best buy. The s6 has No lag, its camera is awesome, and battery believe it or not is actually a lot better then excepcted. Fast touchwiz= great. The s6 as of now IS THE BEST. And I am a stock fanboy
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The most interesting Samsung phones I've used in a long time -- and we're just getting started.

Some initial impressions of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge:
Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are the most talked about new smartphones of the season -- and they're officially here in my hands. Ready to check 'em out?
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It's stil a good phone better than the hct one m9.
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A quick peek behind the scenes as we gear up for a crazy few weeks.
The inside scoop on what happens behind the scenes of a smartphone review, from someone who's written more than a few of 'em.
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+Faruk Ahmet Haven't had to find out yet, thankfully (well, except in the case of this phone -- http://www.computerworld.com/article/2490971/smartphones/kyocera-brigadier-review-an-android-phone-built-for-abuse.html -- but abusing it was kind of the point, and to its credit, it emerged more or less unscathed!).
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Neat idea. Really digging all the ways Smart Lock keeps expanding.
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Just tried it on a train, it locks.
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Everyone repeat after me:

I will not click on a story about Galaxy S7 rumors.
I will not click on a story about Galaxy S7 rumors.
I will not click on a story about Galaxy S7 rumors.

Thank you for your consideration.
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I can't click the link with my flip phone browser, yay!!!!
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An important update to my Chromebook Pixel review

In my original review of the 2015 Chromebook Pixel, I noted that the laptop's audio quality seemed rather underwhelming compared to the original Pixel, which had outstanding speakers. At the time, Google told me the new Pixel's speaker quality was comparable to the old model's and that what I was describing seemed like it might be a fluke defect.

After hearing complaints from some early adopters that echoed my observations, I reached out to Google following the review to inquire further about the new Pixel's speaker configuration. Upon further investigation, a representative informed me the speakers used on the first- and second-gen Pixel devices are, in fact, different sizes and shapes and that the laptop's internal configuration has also evolved. Consequently, the two models are "tuned differently" in terms of audio and may not sound the same when played side by side.

My review has been updated accordingly.

[http://www.computerworld.com/article/2896399/chromebook-pixel-2015-review-a-cloud-dwellers-dream-machine.html] 
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Give the screen a bit of time to work in too.  I have always felt that my displays get better after you run them for a good 10 hours or more.  It could just be me getting used to things, but I sure wouldn't judge it too hastily.
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I am so incredibly tired of the emotional arguments over how Android Brand X is, like, so much better than Android Brand Z.

Being unconditionally married to a manufacturer or product line is the best way to tell the world your opinion is irrelevant. Come on, people. These are companies that sell us things. There's no need for ongoing blind loyalty or this weird sense of family-like pride toward a brand of mobile device. 

Can't we just evaluate each individual phone for what it is and -- gosh, I don't know -- have mature discussions without all the silly "my team against yours" arguments and childlike name-calling?

Probably not, I realize. But hey, a guy can ask. And at least now, I can link to this post and its lovely GIF every time a comment thread starts testing my patience.
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So, yeah -- if anyone needs context for this, see https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JRRaphael/posts/Jy3BXDGznR4.

I just went through and deleted the truly over-the-top and hateful comments from overnight -- quite a lot of them -- and blocked those who were responsible for them. It was way, way worse before I did that. Such emotional, mean-spirited, hate-filled rage -- about what type of electronic devices someone does or doesn't prefer?! Unbelievable. Life's too short, and I certainly don't want to waste my time wading through that crap or playing hall monitor throughout the day.

  That's the kind of nonsense I was referring to in this post -- not merely thinking that you tend to like a certain manufacturer's products or appreciate how a company approaches Android (which, of course, there's absolutely nothing wrong with). Some people just need to step back and realize this isn't life and death we're talking about, nor is it war, politics, or even religion. It's technology. Something that's supposed to be fun and interesting, not a source of emotion-laden strife and virtual gang violence.

And with that, I'll close the door on this discussion. Thanks for chiming in, everyone. Onward and upward!

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Thank you, carriers, for making it impossible to describe how much the Galaxy S6 costs without launching into a 12-part novel.

Seriously -- this may be the most confusing thing I've ever read about a phone's price. And this is just one of the carriers. (The rest aren't much better.)
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+Matt Wilkins​ they are only good deals if you don't like selling your phone, otherwise it's cheaper or equivalent to go for a contact.
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Man -- after all that buildup, Feedly's big "Material Design overhaul" of its Android app sure is a little underwhelming, isn't it?

I'm still quite happy with the third-party app FeedlyReader, thankfully (see https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/f15x51zcppC). It's almost everything I want in an RSS client -- though I must admit I'm getting a bit worried that it hasn't been updated since mid-January. Hopefully it's still being actively developed.
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Just tried Feedly Reader and oh man I'm sold. So smooth, so simple, so beautiful! Buh bye feedly app.
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It's official: Acer has just confirmed it'll offer a Core i5 version of its new Chromebook 15

Launching in April for $500. 5th-gen (Broadwell) Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB SSD.

Other than the upgraded CPU, it's the same exact system I reviewed earlier this week: 

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2898232/acer-chromebook-15-review-a-large-laptop-with-ample-appeal.html

Probably not worth the extra $150 for most folks -- as you'll see in my review, the $350 Celeron model is actually quite capable -- but if you like this laptop and want the added horsepower, the option is available.

(Still no official word on pricing for the middle-ground Core i3 variant.)
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Is it for sale in African market?... Feel interested after reading most of the comment 
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I write about Android, Chrome OS, and other titillating technology. You may have seen me in such places as PCWorld, Computerworld, and SeaWorld (hey, that Shamu is all right). I'm the guy behind Android Power and eSarcasm, voted 0.2 times as the best geek-humor website in the world. I also make one hell of a turkey sandwich.

In my spare time, I enjoy flossing, staring blankly, and writing about flossing and staring blankly.

If you'd like to stalk me, consider these helpful starting points:

• My website: jrstart.com
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• The webcam installed on my left fibula [not yet available]

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I was once honored by the American Mustache Institute. Seriously -- see here: http://goo.gl/DOv36
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