Samsung Back At Its Best with the Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 Trade In

The Galaxy series levels up to S6 this week, and the reviews for Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are the best its gotten in years. CNET proclaims that, “The Galaxy S6 is Samsung, reborn” and Engadget is happy to see that Samsung was able to “build a truly interesting smartphone again.” What is it exactly that has everyone so excited by the Galaxy S6?

Most of the excitement surrounds Samsung’s move to go upscale. The Galaxy S6 has abandoned its plasticky past, introducing a new phone body built from aluminum alloy and Gorilla Glass. With rounded sides and an improved fingerprint sensor, the Galaxy S6 looks and feels very much like an iPhone 6. The S6 delivers features that its Apple counterpart doesn’t offer, however, including wireless charging support and compatibility with the Gear VR virtual reality accessory.

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Apple Reviving Watch After Killing It Off

Apple Watch

Five Million Plus At The Gate

Talk about confidence. When the iPhone came out, it killed the watch business. Overnight, the wristwatch, an entrenched accessory, became unnecessary because iPhone users saw the time, all the time, as they quickly became addicted to their iPhones. Now, Apple is poised to revive the industry and has five million watches ready to launch this spring. While a nice looking Swatch fetches around $50, the anticipated price range for the Apple Watch is $349 for an entry-level timepiece to a SpaceX, sky-piercing $10,000 for an 18k gold Apple Watch Edition.

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42% of Americans Are Suffering from EGO – Extreme Gadget Obesity

Holding onto phones, tablets and other electronic devices is weighing down the American public. Why? At uSell we believe people hang onto used devices unnecessarily because they are unaware the devices are still worth good money.

To confirm this we surveyed 1,000 people using our exclusive Gadget Mass Index, a system that measures an individual’s propensity to store unused gadgets instead of disposing or selling them. The results clearly confirmed that 42% of all Americans suffer from EGO – Extreme Gadget Obesity. The details are startling:

Evolution through 7 Years of iPhone Launches

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And the most desired feature for the iPhone 6 is …

Design render courtesy of Johnny Plaid

Design render courtesy of Johnny Plaid

 

As a follow-up to our favorite iPhone 6 rumors, we polled mobile shoppers across the U.S. on the features they’d love to see in the iPhone 6. While it’s no surprise that customers know exactly what they want, we found the survey results to be interesting.

THE MOST DESIRED NEW iPHONE 6 FEATURE – SAPPHIRE SCREEN

Topping off the list with the greatest number of votes is the Sapphire screen, with a staggering 50% of Samsung, iPhone and Android users (combined) who said they would ditch their current phones for it. What makes the Sapphire screen so special? For one, the Sapphire screen is really sapphire.

Though synthetically produced, this means the screen could potentially be almost as hard as a diamond, which is why a lot of watchmakers favor the material for watch faces. Imagine never shattering a screen again… How’s that for phone bling?

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Don’t Let iPhone 6 Take a Bite Out of Your Trade-In

As the authority on iPhone trade-ins, it’s safe to say uSell knows what sells and why. In anticipation of the iPhone 6 launch, we want to let you in on the secret of maximizing the value of your current iPhone whose trade-in price is set to drop very soon.

iPhone trade-in prices drop more than 20%

iPhone trade-in prices drop more than 20%

 

We tracked iPhone trade-ins during last year’s launch cycle to see the impact of a new iPhone release. According to our data, older iPhone models kept 100% of their value the week that Apple announced the iPhone 5S and 5C. By week 8 post-launch, the same phones had only 79% of their original value remaining.

That means a phone worth $115 during the week a new iPhone was announced was worth only $91 after seven weeks.

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What Everybody Ought to Know About the Mobile Payment Wars

Apple Pay in Action
Insert Brand Name Here Pay. If you had to sum it up in one sentence, that’s the state of the mobile payment wars today. Apple Pay. Samsung Pay. Android Pay. All the top smartphone makers want to make the wallet extinct with their latest handsets that let you pay with a tap of your phone instead of a swipe of your credit card.

3 Reasons You’ll Care About Mobile Payments

The promise of a smartphone that can pay instantly is super compelling. Here’s a quick rundown of how consumers will win with mobile payments:

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Expansion of Mobile Gaming

The expansion of smartphones and tablets has opened video games to a new demographic who previously would have scoffed at the idea of gaming. But now, 78 percent of the world’s 1.2 billion gamers play mobile titles. That number is expected to grow as smartphones and tablets penetrate more of the market. This growth is so explosive that revenue from mobile games in 2015 is set to eclipse traditional console and PC video games, according to a study by research firm Newzoo.

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iPhone 6 – The Good, the Bad and the Bendy

Now that the fireworks from the iPhone 6 launch have fallen back to earth and “Bendgate” is straightened out, iPhone pundits from across the web chime in about how Cupertino lived up to the hype. While Apple didn’t deliver on what our survey said was the #1 desired feature, a sapphire glass screen, there are still plenty of impressive surprises:
 
Marques Brownlee hones in on the iPhone 6 grip, advanced retina display and the questionable protruding camera lens:

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