Review: Speck Presidio Cases for Samsung Galaxy S8

Speck’s Presidio series cases for the Samsung Galaxy S8 come in many forms and serve many functions. The Presidio Clear case is all about letting the S8’s design speak for itself, while the Presidio Grip case is a more rugged option for the active sort. Are either of these cases the case for you? We put them to the test to find out. Here is Phone Scoop’s review.

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Facebook Expands WiFi Finder Tool

Facebook today made its free Find WiFi service available to more people around the world. Facebook has been testing the tool in select regions since last year. The service helps mobile users find and log into free public WiFi networks, particularly those that have shared their login details with Facebook. The idea is to help people on metered data plans access WiFi when possible, though Facebook also says it helps when cellular connection speeds are congested or slow. The Find WiFi tool is buried in the settings of the main Facebook mobile application for Android and iOS devices.

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AT&T Says More Local Channels Coming to DirecTV Now

AT&T today said more major broadcasters around the country are supporting DirecTV Now, it’s mobile- and internet-based television service. According to AT&T, ABC is available in 30 new markets, NBC is available in 4 new markets, and FOX has expanded to one new market. The company claims that DirecTV Now provides local coverage to almost 70% of U.S. households. Further, AT&T says by the end of August it will have tripled the number of local live ABC, NBC, and FOX channels available since the service launched in November 2016. Pricing for DirecTV Now starts at $35 per month. AT&T’s wireless customers can stream DirecTV via LTE without impacting their mobile data plans.

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Samsung Halo Sticks a Perfect Landing On Cricket's Web Site

Cricket Wireless recently added the Samsung Halo to its collection of inexpensive smartphones. The Halo harkens back to the design language of older Samsung handsets. It features a 5.5-inch 720p HD screen and it is powered by a 1.6 GHz octa-core processor with 16 GB of storage. The main camera captures 8-megapixel images and full HD video assisted by an LED flash, while the front camera snaps 5-megapixel pictures. Other features include Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, WiFi, and LTE 4G. Cricket said the phone is compatible with most of its data plans and it supports HD Voice. The Samsung Halo runs Android 7 Nougat and costs $180.

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Verizon Passes VoLTE Call Over Its Cat M1 Network

Verizon Wireless today said it completed the first test call using VoLTE on its Cat M1 network. The achievement is worth noting because Verizon’s Cat M1 network is reserved for machine-to-machine and IoT applications. Adding voice call capability to M2M and IoT gear opens up new doors for device makers, service providers, and app developers who will be able to connect with customers and end users in a new way. For example, the new technology will make it possible to voice-enable alarm panels or medical devices which can in turn allow people to reach out to and speak with people to gain entry to protected spaces or seek help. Verizon used Ericsson’s network infrastructure and Qualcomm’s modems to make the VoLTE Cat M1 call a reality. The company didn’t immediately say if or when it might deploy voice-calling capability on its M2M/IoT network.

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Moshi IonSlim 5K Portable Charger – Review

Moshi IonSlim 5K Portable Charger   Review

At just 8.5mm, this is as thin as some smartphones. It sits in your pocket and is easy to carry around in your jeans without any unsightly bulges, measuring in at just 13 x 7 x 0.85 cm.

Inside the aluminium casing there’s a 5,150mAh battery and it’ll do fast charging thanks to the 3A output via the USB-A port on the side. You’ll also find some tiny LEDs to show how full the battery is and a USB-C charging port so that you can fill this portable battery up before heading out. Charge it off your wall charger, your car charger or any USB port you can find. It’s ideal to use one with a 2.1A output for faster charging though.

Moshi IonSlim 5K Portable Charger   Review

A small USB-C / USB cable is provided, but if you have an iOS or microUSB charging requirement you’ll need to dig out your own cable and take that with you.

Moshi tell me that the cell inside is a lithium-polymer and has no “memory effect”, so you can charge as often as you wish.

That, though, is about all I can say. The battery is a 5,150mAh unit, so a regular smartphone with a 3000mAh is going to get one full charge from 0% and then a top-up. It’s definitely useful to stick in your pocket or keep in a bag as there’s no real weight to this – at 143g it’s less heavy than a lot of smartphones I’ve reviewed.

You can get more details on the Moshi website and it’s available from Amazon US. The only real problem I have is the price. At £49.95 or $54.95 it’s a lot of money for what it is, even if it is super-lightweight, pretty powerful and pretty slim.

Moshi IonSlim 5K Portable Charger   Review

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  • Snapchat’s New Snap Map is Frightening as a Privacy Threat

    On Friday, Snapchat introduced Snap Map, an opt-in function that allows you to share your location with your friends on a map. The point of Snap Map is to share the location of posted Snaps to Our Story, which is public, and could be useful for, say, seeing a collection of Snaps from a particular event. […]
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    A Mobile Love Story – Comparing the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6

    Smartphone fidelity has not been my strong point lately. In the last 2 years I’ve had got through 6 phones. However, I am generally monogamous, sticking to one at any one time…but I seemed to be now, for the first time, genuinely torn between two different devices.

    Do I really have to choose between the LG G6 and Galaxy S8?

    A Mobile Love Story   Comparing the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6

    Now this post started off as a review of the Galaxy S8 (as mentioned on our lovely podcast). But after our dear leader Leigh gave his fantastic review, it seemed better to expand on how it compares to a major competitor, the LG G6.

    One of the most important things I think in reviewing a device is giving it time to bed in. Get to know the nuances and what its like to use for an extended period. I often get infuriated with reviews which come out with 48hrs experience of the phone. Those are basically just first impressions. You only get a real idea after you’ve used the full gamut of its features on a day-to-day basis. For this reason, I try and use a device for as a daily driver for at least 4 weeks.

    I got my Galaxy S8 at the time of launch as an upgrade to my contract. I got the midnight black version and it is beautiful. This is, in my humble opinion, the best looking phone out there on the market. Samsung have really nailed the design. When switching it on I was blown away with the display, the bezel-less 18.5:9 screen is a marvel showing that Samsung have the best in display tech. The software as the latest incarnation of Touchwiz, now dubbed the Samsung Experience. And I quite liked it. It had a good design aesthetic, added loads of functionality onto Android 7 Nougat (Smart actions etc etc) and was responsive. I was head over heels in love and (even with all my laptops and tablets) it became my main computing device. It was my camera, my music player, my podcast player, my Netflix screen, everything.

    A Mobile Love Story   Comparing the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6

    But there were some niggling doubts, i thought none of them would be deal breakers, but over time, they kept growing and growing.

    Firstly, the unlock situation. I don’t have the biggest hands, so thought that the off-centre fingerprint sensor wouldn’t be a problem….it was. Apart from being in an awkward position, I didn’t find it anywhere near as reliable as others by HTC, OnePlus, LG etc. This lead to a lot of fiddling trying to unlock the phone. “Don’t worry,” I thought “there’s an iris scanner”. And yes, there is a iris scanner….which only seems to work with my glasses off. Not the easiest.

    A Mobile Love Story   Comparing the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6

    Secondly, there’s Bixby. Or more accurately, the Bixby button. Bixby is very far off being even half-cooked, and a dedicated button, that is very easy to hit, and the fact that (despite many attempts by developers) you cant remap or disable it, means that it’ll activate just when you don’t want to.

    Thirdly, the software. Ok, I know I’ve just said the software looked and felt nice, and I quite like manufacturer skins like Samsungs (sorry I mean distributions Matteo). I know that Android as an OS slows/lags/stutters over time…but after only 2 months? I felt like I was walking through treacle! I thought it was rogue apps, but a factory reset only solved it for a short while. I also tried changing animations, changing launchers and switching off features. But the same problems remained.

    Now….I may be biased in this regard. My last device was the OnePlus3 and that was, without doubt, the fastest and most responsive phone I have ever used. It also had some many useful tweaks (like swipe down to get the notification shade down) but without bloating the software. Coming from that, well, it could colour my expectations, but doesn’t change the fact that the S8 was quickly becoming very annoying.

    Enter the G6

    Anyhoo, I was continuing with the S8 when I saw a real deal on eBay for the G6. £389. For that, it seemed a steal. Thought I’d be a good secondary device, and I’d heard a lot of good stuff about the dual cameras. I was concerned about performance as it has the older Snapdragon 821 as opposed to the 835 in the S8.

    The base storage is lower at 32GB compared to 64GB on the S8, but there is still microSD expansion. All the “lifestyle features” such as water and dust resistance are also there.

    A Mobile Love Story   Comparing the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6

    So, again, I thought to get a good idea of it, I’ll use it as my daily driver. What happened next was surprising (at least to me). I really, really liked it. So much so my S8 is now on sale!

    The G6 has a nice screen, it has a great dual camera setup with the wide angled-lens. But fundamentally (to quote a California-based fruity company) it just works. The skin isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing, but its quick, customisable and gets out of the way. There’s also some nicely thought-out features, like having a button to drop the notification bar. The fingerprint sensor is much easier to hit and work nearly 100% of the time.

    A Mobile Love Story   Comparing the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6

    I don’t have annoyances of unlocking, I don’t have any annoyances with the software. The build quality is good (though not as good as the S8). Frankly what more do I need?

    I’m sure I’ll go all magpie and be wanting the next new hotness (OnePlus 5 anybody?). But this is a keeper.

    And so its clinched, G6 stays, S8 goes.

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  • Google Says Affordable Phone Coming to Project Fi

    Google today indicated that Project Fi will be accessible from reasonably priced handsets before too long. At the moment, Project Fi requires people to use the Google Pixel or Pixel XL, or the Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X smartphones. The Pixel XL has a price tag that reaches as high as $870. Responding to questions posed to its Project Fi Twitter account, Google said, “We hear you loud and clear. Keep an eye out for a new Fi-compatible device at a mid-tier price from one of our partners later this year.” Google didn’t say which phone maker might be involved, nor did it name the potential handset in question. Google recently expanded the availability of Project Fi to its G Suite customers. The two bits of news together show Google may be taking the fledgling service more seriously.

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