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5 Reasons to Ditch the Plastic & Use Samsung Pay

The following article was not paid for or sponsored by Samsung… but if the electronics giant is reading this, we do accept donations. Wink Wink!

Do you own one of these Samsung devices?

If the answer is yes, then pound it my Samsung brotha ?.

Your device is compatible with Samsung Pay – the middle man you didn’t know you needed in your life.

Samsung Pay is a revolutionary application that allows you to load your debit cards, credit cards, and store rewards cards right onto your Samsung phone. With Samsung Pay, you can purchase items in store without the need of your physical card by simply tapping or scanning one’s phone on the POS pin pad.

Many folks will be hesitant to ditch their tiny rectangular plastic companions in favor of electronic ones, but before you discount the concept completely, check out five reasons why you definitely should try out Samsung Pay!

#5 It’s freeeeeeee!

There are no service charges or annual fees when you use Samsung Pay.

It’s literally freer than a majestic American bald eagle on the Fourth of July.

#4 You won’t need to worry about forgetting your wallet

Our phones have become an extension of our bodies, and for some of us, browsing cat memes on Tumblr is as essential as breathing. So I know, you know, and the whole world knows that a human being in the 21st century is not going to be leaving the house without their cell phone in hand.

It just doesn’t happen.

Forgetting your wallet, though? That happens. And in my case, more often than I care to admit (*cough* almost everyday *cough*)

With Samsung Pay, I have the security of knowing that I always have my debit card with me… even if the physical one is currently in the middle of a laundry wash cycle.

#3 Digital payments are securer than swiping

Your card information is stored in retail stores’ online systems the moment you finish your transaction. Hackers are able to steal your card number (and millions of other card numbers) by installing malware into retail stores’ security and payments systems. These hacks tend to occur during the holiday season, when shoppers are out in record numbers.

Remember that massive Target hack? Yeaaaaahhh.

Samsung Pay keeps your credit card information safe by using tokens to transmit your payment information to the store POS. This means that your card number and other sensitive information will never be shared wirelessly.

Worried about exposing your credit card information in the event that you lose your phone? Don’t be. Your Samsung Pay account is fingerprint secured, so you, and only you, can access and use it.

#2 It’s accepted basically everywhere

Like Android Pay and Apple Pay, Samsung Pay uses NFC (near field communication) technology to wirelessly process payments at terminals.

This technology is a standard feature in many modern POS terminals, but not all stores have switched over to the new technology.

Samsung Pay is the only digital wallet service to accompany NFC with MST (magnetic secure transmission) technology, which, long story short, means the app will work on normal (albeit archaic) magnetic swipe terminals.

Samsung’s patented MST technology doesn’t work 100% of the time (usually in old ma and pop stores where the clerk watches in silent, judgmental confusion as you hit your phone against their swiper like an animal), but it works often enough to make Samsung Pay the most widely accepted digital wallet service in existence.

#1 You shall be rewarded!

Samsung loves to occasionally reward its users with free gift cards (and I love to use them!).

As of this writing, all new users will receive a $10 Visa gift card after their first qualifying purchase (no minimum purchase!), and new and existing users will receive a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card after making three qualified purchases (again, no minimum!).

Make sure to put in a referral code before making your first purchase and you (and the person who referred you) will receive a $5 Visa gift card after your first purchase. Users can earn up to $200 by referring friends and family to Samsung Pay.

Free money? You’d have to be bat-shit crazy to say no to that.

So what are you waiting for? Download Samsung Pay today and get your first $5 reward by using referral code F21F03 !

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Samsung Recalls Galaxy Note 7 Devices Amid Explosion Concerns

Samsung Electronics is recalling all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after finding that their device’s battery has the potential to catch fire or explode.

Videos and photographs of charred Note 7 devices began surfacing online shortly after the device’s August release, and Samsung has said in an official statement that the company was able to confirm 35 cases where Note 7s have caught fire or even exploded.

“There was a tiny problem in the manufacturing process, so it was very difficult to figure out,” Samsung Mobile president Dongjin Koh explained during a news conference. “It will cost us so much it makes my heart ache. Nevertheless, the reason we made this decision is because what is most important is customer safety.”

The Note 7 features a 3,500mAh lithium-ion battery, which is designed and manufactured by Samsung. However, due to heavy product demand, Samsung has enlisted third-party companies to help manufacture the battery used in the Note 7. Samsung believes that a faulty battery cell created by one of their third-party suppliers is to blame for the device fires, but the company has refused to name supplier responsible.

“We are currently working with [our battery suppliers] to protect our customers’ safety first and foremost,” noted a Samsung Mobile public relations representative.

Over 2.5 million Note 7s have been sold globally since the device launched 2 weeks ago, and it is estimated that 24 out of 1 million units may include a faulty battery.

No injuries resulting from battery malfunctions have been reported, but the company has decided to pause the sale of all Note 7 devices until the problem is resolved.

Customers who already bought Note 7s will be able to exchange their smartphone for new one in about 2 weeks, Koh estimates.

The recall effects Galaxy Note 7 owners and prospective owners in The United States, South Korea, and 8 other countries. Customers in China will not be effected by the recall and sale suspension, as the company uses a different battery supplier for that market.

GeekGirl World will update this story with Note 7 exchange directions when news of the process becomes available.

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The Galaxy S7 Edge is an Impractical Waste of Money

If you’ve decided to purchase a new Samsung Galaxy smartphone but can’t decide between the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, then I have some simple advice for you: buy the normal Galaxy S7.

I own the Galaxy S6 Edge, and to be honest, purchasing that phone was one of the worst financial decisions of my life, and if I owned a DeLorean i’d go back in time and purchase the normal S6 instead.

Now I know that the S6 Edge and S7 Edge are wildly different in terms of power and internal features (the S6 Edge does not offer expandable storable, for instance), but these phones are nearly identical in terms of exterior design, and that design is what ultimately led me to hate the Edge series.

I’ll be damned if I let another Samsung lover go down the road that I did, so before you make any rash decisions, check out my 4 reasons why you should purchase the normal Galaxy S7 over the S7 Edge:

Both phones have nearly identical specifications

When it comes to power and performance, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are basically the same phone.

Both phones boast a powerful Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU and each have 4GB of RAM*. They each also have the same 12-megapixel camera with phase detection, as well as a 5-megapixel front camera. This is a decrease from the S6 variants which had 16-megapixels, but truthfully, high megapixels are essentially meaningless unless you plan on creating cardboard cut-outs.

There is one major technical difference between the two S7 variations, though: the battery.

Since the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is slightly bigger the normal S7,  Samsung was able to throw in some extra battery space. The Edge has a 3600 mAh battery, while the normal S7 has only a 3000 mAh battery. This means that you’d generally get a longer battery life out of the S7 Edge.

Extended battery life on the S7 Edge sure is good news, but that’s not the only thing you should take into consideration…

The S7 Edge is far more vulnerable

Both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are water resistant, which is a great upgrade from the S6 series (oddly enough, Samsung did not make that series water resistant, even though the S5 series was).

Both phones also feature Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on both sides of the device. This damage-resistant material is extremely durable and shock absorbing, but a gigantic downside is that it’s not even remotely shatterproof.

In all fairness, most phones on the market do not boast shatterproof glass, either, but those phones have the luxury of hiding behind a case with relative ease. The Galaxy S7 will do well against drops when properly secured in a case, but the Galaxy S7 Edge has a major disadvantage here due to the fact that, case or not, the phone will always be exposed.

The Edge’s dual-edge display must be completely exposed in order to fully utilize the phone’s touch capabilities, and case makers such as OtterBox and Spigen have yet to develop a product that is able to fully product the exposed portion of the phone from drops. If you really want to make sure that your S7 Edge is 100% protected, then investing in a hefty protection plan is really your only option.

Well, either that or purchase the normal Galaxy S7.

The Edge is a total nuisance

The Edge’s curved screen and dual-edge display is beautiful, no doubt, but it loses its novelty after about a week of use and provides many challenges for the user in the long run.

One of those challenges is video streaming. The display curves over the side of the phone, distorting the image and creating a glare from outside light sources, which, as you could imagine, is extremely frustrating to deal with when watching Netflix or Hulu on your phone. That distortion can also affect the user experience when reading ebooks or articles online, but it’s not as noticeable or annoying as the video distortion.

As far Edge feature utilization is concerned, there really is no utilization.

One of the dual-display’s main features, the color notification beacon, is impossible to see if your phone has a case on it, as that case will generally block the notification light. In addition, the notification bar will be hard to read for most people, as it’s very slim. It’s far more convenient to simply click on your phone and view the lock screen to see what’s new, and truthfully, most people will rely on this method rather than the notification bar, which renders the entire feature essentially useless.

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The side popup menu is a nifty little addition to the Galaxy S7 Edge, but it’s far too easy to open it by accident while playing games or scrolling through Tasty videos on Facebook. The menu feature can be disabled, but for casual users who don’t dive much into their phone settings, this is a huge annoyance.

$$$$ $$$ $$$$

If you purchase the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge outright, these phones would cost you $694.99  and $794.99, respectively. But let’s be real, most people will not be purchasing the phone through that route.

So here is basically what you need to know: when going through a carrier plan such as AT&T Next or Verizon Edge, the Galaxy S6 Edge will always cost you more per month on your cellular bill.

The question you need to ask yourself, then, is whether or not the Edge is worth that higher price.

…You already know my answer.

Am I being too harsh on the Galaxy S7 Edge? Weigh in below!

* U.S. general specifications. Processor specifications may vary by country and carrier.
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Samsung Teases Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge

You may soon be able to rock an Iron Man edition of the Samsung Galaxy S6!

Samsung recently tweeted an image of what appears to be a red Galaxy S6 Edge box with Iron Man’s face embossed in gold with the words “coming soon” glowing above.

The tweet has since been deleted by Samsung, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that any plans to release the special edition Iron Man S6 are being scrapped from the table.

Samsung’s head of marketing for their mobile division announced earlier in the month that the new phones would be released late May or early June.

This new phone will have been created due to a partnership between Samsung and Marvel.

Samsung has released a few advertising campaigns in cooperation with Marvel, and in one of them you may be able to see what the Iron Man themed phone will look like. View the video below and shortly after the  3:00 marker you will see the Iron Man Galaxy phone, as well as other versions corresponding to the different Avengers.

There is no word yet on what the price of this new phone will be, and we do not know if it will be exclusive to certain wireless carriers.

Samsung’s tweet only specifies that it will be available for the Edge, but there is a possibility that it may be available for the normal S6 as well.

The Edge has nearly identical specifications to the normal S6, but the screen on the Edge is curved, allowing for colorful side notifications when the phone is placed faced down. It is slightly thicker than the S6, but also is slightly lighter in weight.

Both phones run on Android Lollipop and boast a unibody aluminum design with 32 GB of storage available at the base model level. There is no removable battery or external storage slot, which is a huge change from past Galaxy incarnations, where those features were standard.

The Galaxy S6 currently starts at $199.99 USD (with a 2 year standard contract), while the Edge is priced starting at $299.99 USD (again, with a 2 year standard contract).

Would you rock an Iron Man S6 Edge? Let us know in the comments below!

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