How do you fix that which is broken? Specifically, how do you access your smartphone—to wipe all of your important data off of it, presumably before shipping it off for repair—when you’ve destroyed the screen? I apologize for giving away the topic of this week’s Tech 911 column in advance. If you’re a new reader to this weekly tech advice column, welcome! Tradition dictates that I share the email I received from a Lifehacker reader struggling with a geeky dilemma, even though you probably know the story by now. Frank is in the spotlight this week: “I have my [Samsung] J7 Pro. How can I wipe or delete all the data on it? The screen and LCD are totally cracked, but it powers on and lights up.” Frank even sent us a photo: I’m not quite sure what your broken smartphone actually does, based on your phrasing. If it’s cracked, but it powers up and you can get a reasonable sense of what you’re tapping—if the device even … [Read more...] about How Do I Factory Reset an Android Phone with a Broken Screen?
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Cheap things come to those who wait. That's probably going to end up on my tombstone, I've said it so often, but it's true. Case in point: Samsung's current-gen phone, the Galaxy S9, made its debut earlier this year for a starting price of $720.Today, for a limited time and while supplies last, Never-msrp (via eBay) has the factory-unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 (64GB) GSM phone for $499.99 shipped. That's new, by the way, not refurbished -- though your only color option is purple.See it at eBayTake note: Something like this is likely to sell out quickly. If that happens, though, you can rest assured you'll see similar S9 deals in the future.Take another note: If you're looking for super-cheap service to go with the S9, check out Day 9 of CNET's 10 Days of Deals: Today only, you can get a phenomenal price on a year of Red Pocket Mobile service.There's not much I can say about the S9 you probably don't already know, but for a deep dive into the phone's pros and cons, look no further than … [Read more...] about Grab an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 for just $500
The first thing you'll have to decide If you're interested in the Samsung Galaxy Watch is what size to get. Having a small wrist, I initially thought I'd be a candidate for the smaller 42mm model, which comes in midnight black or rose gold and starts at $330 (£279) for the noncellular editions, with LTE models costing $50 more. But after trying on the silver-only 46mm version ($350, £299), I quickly realized I'd made a mistake, and opted for the larger model. While it's a little heavier, it fit my wrist comfortably and has some clear benefits: Not only is its screen bigger but it has better battery life. I also preferred the look of its stainless steel silver finish. So, regardless of your wrist size or gender, you should definitely check out the larger Galaxy Watch before locking into a specific size. (All the models are equipped with Samsung's 1.15GHz Exynos 9110 dual core processor and 4GB of storage, but the noncellular editions have 748MB of RAM while the LTE … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Watch review: A worthy Apple Watch alternative
We've tested the Samsung Galaxy Watch for nearly a full day, and even though it isn't the Samsung Gear S4, it's a true upgrade with new features and pleasing aesthetics. It's designed to look and feel like a real watch, yet help you stay fit and connected. It does that while also adding Bixby Voice, new watch faces, and better battery life.We're literally running paces on the larger 46mm Galaxy Watch in Silver, but we also tried the smaller 42mm version that comes in two colors and more strap shades.Yes, the big 46mm Watch looked big on us, but it's worth it for the larger screen and extra battery capacity. If it fits you, that's the one to go for based on the specs.All of this is just enough change for it warrant a new name. Here's what we thought.To see the Samsung Galaxy Watch in action, watch our hands-on video below:Samsung Galaxy Watch release date and priceGood news, the Samsung Galaxy Watch, depending on the size you want, is actually cheaper than the Gear S3 at launch. … [Read more...] about Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Watch review
The new Samsung Galaxy Watch was unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 9 back on August 9, and -- like the Note -- is available for sale as of today. We've only had the Watch for a bit more than 2 days, so we're not ready to render a final verdict yet. But we have plenty of impressions after our first 48 hours:First off, If you're interested in the Samsung Galaxy Watch, you'll have to decide what size to get. Having a small wrist, I initially thought I'd be a candidate for the smaller 42mm model, which comes in Midnight Black or Rose Gold and starts at $330 (£279) for the non-cellular editions (LTE models will ship later this year for $50 more). But after trying the silver-only 46mm version ($350, £299) at a launch event in New York City, I quickly realized I'd made a mistake, and immediately opted for the larger model. While it's a little heavier, it fit my wrist comfortably and has some clear benefits: Not only is its screen bigger but it has better battery life. I also … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Watch hands-on: 4 ways it’s better than Apple Watch (so far)