It seems to be common these days for smartphones to blow up, and it's not just limited to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, with an iPhone 6 Plus owner in Fresno, California having her iPhone 6 Plus blow up next to her... while she slept.
Yvette Estrada was sleeping when she heard a flash and then flames leaping from her bed, coming from her iPhone 6 Plus which was on charge. She explained: "I heard a sizzling, then we heard the pop and the whole fire was coming out of the screen", adding that her husband put the fire out by throwing the phone into a sink, adding: "He put water on it and told me to call 911".
The fire and heat from the iPhone 6 Plus got so hot that it damaged the nearby dresser, a pair of glasses, and two Apple Watch stands.
Though Pixel is a Google phone, the company has partnered exclusively with Verizon for its latest. That might lead you to wonder: am I getting my updates through Verizon (and late, at that), or through Google (in a timely fashion)? Apparently, both.
"Monthly security updates will come from Google (for all models), and system updates will be managed by Verizon for Verizon models, and Google for unlocked models bought from Google Store," explained a Google spokesperson.
In other words, buy from Google, as the finance options are the same and you can still use your unlocked model on Verizon, so there's no downside and one major upside.
Today, the technology is affordable and accessible to almost everyone. But not so long ago things were different. Just a decade can make a huge difference in technology. In 2014, the number of active mobile phones was higher than the number of people on Earth.
The progress in the field of technology is evident and fascinating, so we decided to compare how the devices have changed over the past decades.
Just like its competitors at Cupertino, Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL flagship duo carry a premium price tag.
Google's new Pixel phones carry some hefty specs, with 4GB of onboard LPDDR4 RAM, a snappy quad-core 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 processor, and roomy storage. Google is clearly taking a jab at Apple with a powerful handset duo, but like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the new Pixel phones carry a hefty price tag: the Pixel XL with 128GB of storage costs a staggering $869, with the base 32GB option starting at $769.
- Pixel (32GB) in Very Silver, Quite Black or Really Blue: $649 or $27.04/month for 24 months with Google Store Financing
- Pixel (128GB) in Very Silver or Quite Black: $749 or $31.21/month for 24 months with Google Store Financing
- Pixel XL (32GB) in Very Silver, Quite Black or Really Blue: $769 or $32.04/month for 24 months with Google Store Financing
- Pixel XL (128GB) in Very Silver or Quite Black: $869 or $36.21/month for 24 months with Google Store Financing
Now if you're used to upgrading to flagships every year or two, you won't really be deterred by this cost, and Apple's probably conditioned your wallet. But for everyone else who isn't used to paying almost $900 for a smartphone, Google is offering financing options, and you can get a Pixel XL with 128GB for less than $40 a month for 24 months. Google is also throwing in a free Daydream VR headset for Pixel XL purchases.
The latest iPhone looks almost identical to the previous two, and it is understandable that many users expected a bigger change in design.
One YouTuber decided to take the matter into his own hands. In the description of the video he posted on YouTube he wrote: "I couldn't bear another iPhone with the same, slippery design...I just couldn't. It was time to take matters into my own hands."
Apple has been slowly losing its lead of battery life champion with the iPhone, and it looks like this streak continues with the new iPhone 7, which gets smashed by flagship competitors from Samsung, HTC and LG.
Tests performed by Which? used custom battery tests on the Apple iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10, and LG G5 smartphones. The battery test involved normal tasks that everyday users would do, like phone calls, browsing the web, and watching videos. All smartphones were using the latest version of their respective OS, so we have the iPhone 7 with iOS 10 and the three Android smartphones with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
In the tests, we have the following results:
- iPhone 7: 712 minutes
- Galaxy S7: 1492 minutes
- HTC 10: 1859 minutes
- LG G5: 1579 minutes
- iPhone 7: 615 minutes
- Galaxy S7: 677 minutes
- HTC 10: 790 minutes
- LG G5: 640 minutes
The problems continue for Samsung, with a replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphone catching fire on a Southwest Airlines flight, a smartphone that Samsung said was safe from these battery-related problems.
The Verge says it spoke with the owner of the Note 7, Brian Green, had picked his new phone up from an AT&T store on September 21. There's a sticker on the back of Green's new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone that he said had a green battery icon, indicating that it's a replacement that is meant to not have these issues.
Green said that he boarded his flight and turned his Note 7 off as requested by the flight crew, putting it into his pocket as smoke starting coming out of it. He dropped the smoking Note 7 to the floor, saying there was "thick grey-green angry smoke" coming out of the phone. The plane was evacuated, with Green's colleague getting back on the plane later to get some personal belongings, where he noticed the Note 7 has burned through the carpet and scorched the subfloor of the plane.
Today's phone market is run by Samsung and Apple but before their time other phones were popular. Just a decade ago flip phones were everywhere, we had to use mechanical keyboards to write texts, and battery life was longer. For companies like HTC, Xiaomi and Huawei almost nobody heard of and Samsung phones weren't as nearly as popular as they are today.
Today we use our phones to pay the bills, read the news, listen to music, play games, etc. They have become much more than just a communication device. Still, some phones from the pre-smartphone era have earned the cult status.
Google announced its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones with a rebranding of their handsets from Nexus to Pixel, and with it the older Nexus Protect insurance program has been updated to Device Protection.
The new Device Protection initiative is available to Pixel smartphones for a small $99 flat fee, which you can tack onto your purchase at the checkout with your Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone. Device Protection covers your Pixel for accidental damage from a drop or spill, and it also covers you for general malfunctions over two years.
A one-year warranty covers pixel for defects, so the second year on top of the accidental damage cover are a big win for Pixel owners at $99. If you drop or break your Pixel, Google has your back with next-day shipping or your replacement smartphone, but you have to pay a fee for that. The smaller Pixel will cost $79, while the 5.5-inch Pixel XL costs $99. Still, you're getting a brand new phone with next-day delivery for a small cost. Not too bad at all, and you don't even have to leave the house.
Google has announced its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, with prices starting at $649 and pre-orders opening up today - but Google is stepping in a new direction with Pixel, offering 24-hour customer service.
The new 24/7 support for Pixel is almost unprecedented, especially when you consider Apple doesn't offer anything close to this with the iPhone. Google will be including 24/7 support over chat, with customer service representatives capable of screen sharing with your Pixel, and even over the phone if you need detailed help.