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Apple iPhone 6s Plus innovation and ecosystem keep it in my pocket (Return date decision)

The new iPhone 6s Plus is the most significant 's' upgrade yet. Another new phone has made it past the expiration of the return period and this one is now serving as my primary device.

Cat Phones announces Cat S40 rugged Android smartphone for the US market

Our smartphones are often the computer we use the most and when you are out in the mud, snow, or water you still need a device to perform. The Cat S40 is designed to go into these environments with you.

Early battery benchmarks show iPhone 6s A9 chip differences: Check your chip

The Apple iPhone 6s A9 chip was supplied by two different vendors and is sized a bit differently. Testing continues on the new chip to see if there are any differences in performance.

If Microsoft builds it, will carriers come? Not for the Lumia 950 and 950 XL

Microsoft continues to fight for scraps in the smartphone market. Launching a product in the US without wide carrier support is unlikely to change the landscape.

Hands-on with the Urban Armor Gear Scout for Samsung Galaxy Note 5

UAG is my go-to case manufacturer when a new device is launched. Its cases are lightweight, provide excellent back and side protection, and look great too.

HTC revealing fall hero smartphone device via online event on October 20th

HTC needs to show it remains competitive in the high end smartphone market and on October 20th we'll see if it has what it takes.

Hands-on impressions of the Google Nexus 5X and 6P: Solid, gorgeous phones at reasonable prices

Google officially took the wraps off its two newest Nexus devices and I spent some time trying them both out. These will appeal to consumers more than the Nexus 6 ever did.

Samsung Pay launched in US: Accepted at more locations than Apple Pay and Android Pay

Samsung Pay not only supports the NFC payment method found in iOS and Android devices, but also supports MST. This means you can use it just about anywhere you swipe a card in the US.

One month with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5: A device that may justify my iPhone 6s Plus return

Samsung radically changed the Note design with the Note 5 by removing the expandable storage option and integrating the battery. However, Samsung also pushed mobile technology to the limits while Apple continues to slowly iterate.

iPhone 6s Plus, Marshall London, best camera phone, Lumia 640XL (Phones Show Chat #310)

Steve and Ted invited me to join them in this latest podcast episode of The Phones Show Chat. Hear our thoughts on the new iPhone, camera phones we love, and more.

Moshi Apple iPhone 6s Plus case roundup: Quality, protection, and functionality

Millions of new iPhones are immediately placed in a protective case and Moshi's new lineup looks, feels, and functions well. Check out these options for your new iPhone 6s Plus.

Apple iPhone 6s 3D Touch: Apps that work and functions provided (screenshot gallery)

Apple added the ability to press deeper on an app icon to enable different functions. This 3D Touch is enabled on many native apps and some 3rd party apps, as shown in our screenshot gallery.

Convenience and insurance: The real price of the iPhone Upgrade Program

Many people will be buying a new iPhone through the iPhone Upgrade Program and it can be a good alternative. Go into the deal with your eyes wide open as you may be better off paying full price.

BlackBerry Priv Android smartphone: What we know and what we think we know

BlackBerry finally acknowledged that a new Android-powered BlackBerry slider phone is coming. Photos, videos, and spec sheets have also been unofficially revealed.

Samsung Gear VR price cut in half while support for Galaxy smartphones expands

You will be able to pick up and enjoy a Gear VR headset for just $99 this holiday season. Content partners are also bringing movies and games to the virtual world.

Caution: Don't use your waterproof Sony Xperia phone or tablet under water

Sony has actively promoted the high water-resistant rating of its Xperia devices in the past, but is backing off those claims.

Initial impressions of the ZUK Z1 $300 Cyanogen-powered Android smartphone

ZUK, a Lenovo subsidiary, is getting ready to launch its new Z1 smartphone and we've spent a few days testing it out. The software will be finalized in September and it's a low-cost device to consider.

ZUK Z1 Cyanogen-powered Android smartphone image and screenshot gallery

ZUK, a Lenovo subsidiary, will soon be releasing the ZUK Z1 smartphone for only about $300.

Apple iPhone: New 12 megapixel camera still trails Android rivals

Sure, leading Android cameras deliver up to 23 megapixels. But does the iPhone's shooter retain its edge in software and usability?

Amazon finally puts out the Fire: Inventory of its failed phone is exhausted

The Amazon Fire phone was one of the biggest flops in smartphone history and one year later the inventory is finally exhausted.

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