Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 14 Jun 2014 2:47 pm
The little phone that reaches past its price point
I've been excited to have a look at the Moto E since its announcement in the middle of May. At $129 US, the Moto E is about the same price as dinner and a movie, and the buzz about how well it performs in the entry-level smartphone domain put it at the top of my wishlist. I've had a little time with it, and have to say I'm not disappointed in...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 14 Jun 2014 5:11 am
Even before the launch of the Galaxy S5, the Internet rumormill was abuzz with reports of a metal-clad Quad-HD variant, dubbed the Galaxy S5 Prime. After months of leaks, possible device sightings and rumors, we have our first clear look at the purported Galaxy F, thanks to notorious leakster @evleaks.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 14 Jun 2014 2:48 am
A leaked Samsung KitKat update schedule document mentions that the manufacturer is set to roll out the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update to the Galaxy S5 later this month, and for the Galaxy S4 in the month of July. An earlier version of the document, which was leaked last month, revealed that the South Korean manufacturer was starting to integrate the latest Android build into the Galaxy S5 and...
LG's latest, the LG G3, is now up for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse in the UK, starting at £37.99 a month with no money down. The G3 is one of our favorite smartphones this year — just read our review of the LG G3 to find out why — and is expected to be delivered by Carphone Warehouse on the 1st of July.
Archos may have brought the world the first Android tablets, but their latest smartphone takes a more budget-friendly line by going big and cheap. The Archos 50c Oxygen has a 5-inch 1280x720 IPS display (293ppi) slapped onto the front of a matte black body that measures just 7.64mm thick. What's inside isn't terribly impressive, but that's what you get at £179 (US$300) unlocked and off contract...
Oppo has introduced their latest device, the R3, and is touting it as the world's thinnest 4G LTE smartphone. Measuring just 6.3mm (0.25 inches), the R3 is thinner than other LTE devices on the market, though it's not the overall thinnest. That title currently goes to the 5.5mm Gionee Elife S5.5.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 12 Jun 2014 9:41 am
If you've held out on buying the Galaxy S5, Vodafone UK has quite the deal for you. The UK carrier is bundling a Gear Fit with every purchase of the Galaxy S5. The deal is active now and will run through June 26.
This year's gathering of tech giants and press in Berlin might very well see a new Samsung Galaxy Note, as well as new 4K OLED TVs and the Gear Glass headset. It's not surprising that we might see a new Galaxy Note at IFA — after all, it is the event where the previous three iterations of the big-screen stylus-happy smartphone launched.
How has HTC's 2014 flagship stood up to a couple of months in the hands of AC's editors?
It's been just over two months since HTC announced and launched the One M8, its flagship smartphone for 2014, across two continents. An unprecedented Day 1 retail launch allowed buyers in the UK and U.S. to pick up the M8 just hours after its global unveiling, though only after an extended campaign of...
As rumors continue to swirl surrounding the final form of Samsung's purported "super flagship" handset, popularly referred to as the Galaxy S5 Prime, we're seeing yet more evidence of the device's existence. PhoneArena, which snagged a couple of cheeky pictures of a similar looking phone back in May, has published new images showing the back and front of the device, along with a comparison with...
A quick heads up for those of you rocking the LG G2 on AT&T: If you haven't already noticed, there's a system update waiting for you. And that 39-megabyte update brings forth one of our favorite features of the year — Knock Code.
Samsung's been building their own chipsets for a while, but for their recent high-end devices they've relied almost exclusively on chips from Qualcomm — but the Galaxy Note 4 might shift the tide back over towards Samsung's Exynos processors. While the Exynos processors have been available in both Galaxy Note and Galaxy S-series phones for some time, they've recently been limited to fairly...
UK retailer Carphone Warehouse is once again selling the Nexus 5 SIM-free, and this time with a substantial discount. The 16GB Nexus 5 is now on sale for £249.95, around £50 off the Google Play Store price, in black, white and eye-melting 'bright red' color options.
Well, that didn't last all that long. Rosewood had been an option as a custom Moto X back for about two weeks now, but it appears to have been replaced by walnut. Bamboo, ebony and teak round out the other three options available at MotoMaker.com.
And that we just wrote any of those sentences seems a bit silly, but whatever. Wood phones are cool.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 9 Jun 2014 10:00 am
Interested in a waterproof smartphone, but don't want to splurge on the Galaxy S5? Kyocera's Hydro Icon may just be the device you're looking for. Announced for Boost Mobile, the Hydro Icon will be available from June 17th for $149.99 off-contract.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 9 Jun 2014 8:11 am
We hope you were able to snag a promo code for Motorola's Try Then Buy promotion that allows you to create a custom Moto X and try it out for two weeks before you buy for just one cent, as the manufacturer's website lists that all codes have been given out. If you're still interested in getting a Moto X however, we have good news, as Motorola has begun offering the 64 GB version of the handset...
On Monday, June 9, Motorola will let you build a custom Moto X with Moto Maker, and then ship it to you for a two-week at-home trial. All for just $0.01. That's right, a custom Moto X for two weeks for a penny. That is, just on Monday, and only "while quantities last," though we imagine we're still looking at a good number of phones here.
In case you were away from the Internet for the past couple of days, you might not know Amazon will be holding a press event in Seattle on June 18. It's more than likely that the briefing will introduce its first smartphone that's rumored to have a screen that creates 3D effects without glasses.
It's a Galaxy S5, only tougher. A lot tougher.
Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S5 for the hunting set. OK, that's not quite fair — camouflage is but one color you can get the GS5 Active in — gray, red and green are other options — but how can you not go for camo, right?
So what we have here is basically your standard Galaxy S5, hardened even beyond the IP67 rating of the original with some MIL-...
Being about a year since NVIDIA launched its Tegra 4-powered Shield gaming handheld, we're about due an updated model, and a new NVIDIA gadget passing through the FCC certainly seems to fit the bill. Dubbed the "P2570" (the OG Shield was P2450), the new device sure looks like a new version of the chipmaker's standalone gaming device.