16 hours ago

Vodafone UK's Black Friday deals include the Moto G 2015 for £17 a month


Vodafone UK has kicked off its Black Friday deals, offering discounts on pay as you go handsets as well as monthly plans. Notable promotions include a £15 reduction in the monthly plan of the Moto G 2015, and a price cut on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2.

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18 hours ago

Google Store slashes prices of Nexus 5X, Nexus 9, Chromebooks, and much more


Google Store has kicked off its Black Friday promotion, offering a discount of $80 on the Nexus 5X. You can now pick up the 16GB model for just $299, with the 32GB version available for $349. Retailer B&H Photo is also running a similar deal, throwing in a $25 gift card as well.

Update: Amazon has the 16GB Nexus 5X for $299. Prime customers get free 2-day shipping.

Buy 16GB Nexus 5X at Amazon ($299)

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18 hours ago

Unlocked 32GB Nexus 6 down to $199 on Amazon, 64GB version selling for $259


Amazon is currently offering the 32GB Nexus 6 for just $199. The 64GB model has been discounted to $259. The deal is valid only for today, and is applicable on both the Cloud White and Midnight Blue color options.

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19 hours ago

OnePlus 2 and X now on open sale, select accessories discounted


OnePlus is kicking off its Black Friday sale by making the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X generally available for purchase without an invite. The Chinese vendor is also running a discount on accessories, with the deals valid until November 30.

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1 day ago

Save on Nest at Amazon UK until December 1


Amazon UK has a good saving on the Nest Cam and Nest Learning Thermostat until December 1 as part of its Black Friday deals week. The previous version of the Thermostat can be had for £149 from the regular £179 while the Nest Cam is down to £119 from it's regular £159.

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1 day ago

The best Android tablets


These are the best Android tablets you can buy right now. We've got them side-by-side for a quick and easy comparison.

You're on the hunt for the best Android tablet out there, and we're going to help you out. Whether you're looking for something slim and compact, or a big-screen beauty bordering on laptop replacement, we're rounding up the best of the best.

The diversity of the Android ecosystem means there is likely something to suit everyone. Large tablets, small tablets, those that don't cost so much, those that are the bleeding edge. Whatever it is you're looking for this little list is what we consider to be the cream of the crop.

Note: This post will be continuously updated as new tablets are released and reviewed.

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1 day ago

Please don't buy a crappy cheap tablet on Black Friday

Don't buy crap tablets

You owe it to yourself to avoid buying something terrible.

We've all been there, scrolling down the list of sales online or flipping through the heap of ads that arrive in the newspapers that week. A tablet that was "regularly priced at $299" is going to be available for $50, but only to the first 20 people in line who ask for them. That tablet never cost $299. The store probably didn't spend $299 to get those 20 units into the store to trick you into buying in the first place. If you go stand in line for that tablet, you will come home to find little more than sadness in the box.

Let's get this out of the way right here and now — there is no such thing as a good cheap tablet on Black Friday. They don't exist, and any company trying to sell you one knows you're going to get more use out of the box that tablet comes in than you will the hardware contained within.

If you are dead set on purchasing any kind of technology on Black Friday, here's what you need to know.

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1 day ago

HTC One A9: A second opinion


The HTC One A9 made quite an impression at launch ... but then things happened.

HTC has been missing the mark on its last few phones, and it's not been a good year for the company as a result. With the One A9, we thought it was finding its way back. An iPhone doppelganger, the A9 is a compact 5 inches while the majority of the Android field is pushing 5.5. The camera was better than HTC had ever given us. It was the first non-Nexus phone to ship with Android Marshmallow, and the first phone to take advantage of Adoptable Storage. It was even promised updates within 15 days of Google releasing a patch. In Alex Dobie's review, the biggest sticking point was the price.

But then the price went up a sharp hundred dollars. And the update promise was scaled back for all but the U.S. unlocked model.

Is the HTC One A9 still a phone you want in your pocket? In my humble opinion, yes. Is the HTC One A9 still a phone you should buy right now? That's a bit tougher to answer...

About this review

I have been using an unlocked US HTC One A9 as my daily driver for about a month on the AT&T network in Texas, mostly around Waco and Austin, on Android 6.0, build number 1.12.617.6 CL 639737. I have been connected to a Huawei Watch at all times and my Kinivo BTH240 bluetooth headphones several hours a day.

HTC One A9 ​Hardware

As a 5-foot 2-inch, 120 pound girl, let's say that my idea of the perfect phone size is probably different from most technology enthusiasts. I've used an LG G4 for a few weeks mostly comfortably, and my Galaxy S6 edge will fit in the front pockets of maybe half my jeans. Coming to the HTC One A9 is like a small breath of fresh air in relation to size. It's light, it's lithe ... and it is without a doubt the slipperiest phone I've used in a long time.

The two weeks before I was able to get some cases in were full of sweaty hands, small slips, and keeping a hand on my pocket just to make sure it hadn't slipped out again. With Uh-Oh protection you don't need much out of a case, but at least get a TPU case so you can get some grip.

It's light, it's lithe and without a doubt the slipperiest phone I've used in a long time

Adjusting to the power button being below the volume rocker rather than above took a few days, but now the only time it frustrates me is when I'm going back and forth between the A9 and my 2014 Moto X. I wish the speaker was front-facing, but at least it's loud. I do cover it up quite frequently, though. I'm happy with the fingerprint sensor's placement and reliability; it has worked very well over the last month of heavy use. I didn't even both setting up Smart Lock the first two weeks because the fingerprint sensor worked so well.

For a premium-feeling aluminum-body phone, it is predictably smooth and slick … except for the microSD and SIM trays on the left side of the phone. Neither tray sits completely flush, and both trays are somewhat floppy, as there's a not quite stiff hinge between the actual tray and the aluminum door. The SIM tray is also a loose fit with my AT&T SIM card, which doesn't help the cheap feel that comes over me every time I open either tray. Not something most folks will be doing often, but definitely not something you'd expect from a $500 phone.

HTC One A9 ​Software

I've never been the biggest Sense fan, but on the A9, it's come a bit closer to stock and works well. I can also easily turn off most of Sense and turn the A9 into a 85 percent stock phone. Even if you don't intend to use the Sense launcher, take a browse through HTC Themes; they'll extend to HTC apps like the dialer and Settings. I wish they were searchable, but at least they work well and add a little flair where normal personalization apps will not tread. Sense handles the lockscreen well, especially in conjunction with Smart Lock and the fingerprint scanner.

Marshmallow has played well with the A9, and most of the small hiccups I run into relate to Adoptable storage, which is only on a handful of phones so far. Google Play Music, for instance, only shows the actual internal storage in Manage downloads, and it appears to only be storing music there rather than offloading them to the adopted microSD card. Solid Explorer has likewise hiccuped when attempting to copy batches of files from Google Drive to merged local storage. I have no doubts that as adoptable storage comes to more phones and as developers spend more time with it, the kinks will be ironed out.

Yes, everyone has ragged the A9 about its battery, including me from time to time, but in reality, it isn't any worse than my Moto X or my Galaxy S6 edge. The problem for me lies not in consistently bad performance, but in the inconsistency of the battery life I've seen. I present to you a tale of two work days.

I woke up one morning with my phone around 50 percent from the previous evening's charge. I used it in bed for over two hours (productive morning, I know), and then stuck it on the charger while I showered and got ready for the day. It was fully charged by the time I finished lunch, and I took it to work for notification answering and casual music listening. It was a light day, and at 9:38 p.m., the phone sat on my desk at work, still at 73 percent.

Another day, I took the phone off the charger right before heading to work. Again, I had a light day answering texts, notifications, and listening to music. My only prolonged interaction with the phone that day was installing a system update. The A9 was pushing 40 percent by dinner not even seven hours later. I made it through the rest of the night, barely, but I was itchin' for a charger.

If my battery goes down quickly during a heavy day, or even a medium-use day, I understand. I'm consistently if not constantly using the device. But on days when I'm not, on days when Doze takes over — or it should be taking over — I'm left with inconsistencies, thanks to just how often notifications are waking up my phone and just how well Doze is actually keeping things subdued.

HTC One A9 ​Camera

HTC does not have a long tradition of impressing us with its cameras, but the HTC One A9 actually has a camera worth using. And it's a camera that I'm happy to have in hand as I encounter life and its capturable moments. The camera is an improvement over my previous daily driver the 2014 Moto X, not that that takes much.

The camera app is quick, responsive, the Pro controls are both useful and relatively simple to figure out, but I'm not a fan of swiping left and right for different modes. Almost every single phone I've used in the last few years that same swipe send you to the gallery, and instead, I end up going to the selfie mode. And while I think HyperLapse is awesome, it's not a camera setting that I use everyday.

But the A9 has not let me down in a pinch, focusing and snapping off shots quickly and fairly accurately. I've accidentally hit the video button rather than the shutter quite a few times, but the shots produced have been more than enough for my needs: sharing on social media and the odd photo for an article. And while I may not be going selfie-crazy over here, the front-facing camera has performed quite well for video chats in Hangouts.

My bottom line: Find it on sale

There's a lot to love about this little phone once you've got a case on it. But there's one big hurdle to actually putting one in your pocket: the price. When it was at $400 dollars during the launch period, the A9 seemed to justify its price, just barely. But since then, the price has gone up a hundred dollars, and what do we have to show for it? The 15-day update promise has been bent (not quite broken) right out the gate for the U.S. unlocked model (albeit by a matter of days rather than weeks or months), and outright taken away for every other model. The Verizon compatibility has been delayed, as well.

It's not been a good month for a good phone. And yes, it is a good phone — at least for me and my dainty pockets.

The HTC One A9 is a slick phone, literally, and while its updates may be up in the air right now, the phone in my hand is compact but more than ready to work. It's got Sense-ible software, a good camera (at last), an inconsistent battery, and Android Marshmallow-y goodness. Adoptable storage will change your device habits, and Doze helps make a small battery manageable, if slightly inconsistent. For those looking for a decently-spec'd phone that won't wear out your small pockets or hands, the A9 might be just right.

Just wait for it to go back on sale, which will also give you time to see how HTC fares over the next few months of security updates. Please don't pay $500 dollars for one. (And for the love of Lloyd, don't pay £470 for one.)

HTC One A9


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1 day ago

Android Central's Huge Holiday Sale: 25% off accessories through December 2


Skip the mayhem of shopping for accessories in person, pour yourself some eggnog and enjoy your holiday shopping experience with us here at Android Central.

Shopping during the holidays can be hectic; and this year we've decided to make it easier than ever to pick up the perfect gift for that special someone. We're combining Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday into one huge sale where you can save 25% on all accessories available at ShopAndroid. There's an incredible selection of items to consider for popular Android devices including the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S5, LG G4, Galaxy Note 4, and much more.

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1 day ago

Save more than £200 on a new Motorola smartphone in the UK for Black Friday


Motorola UK has kicked off its deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The company is offering a bunch of deals across its catalogue of smartphones, including the Moto X Play and Moto E. Whether you're on the hunt for a replacement smartphone or a present for that special someone this holiday season, prepare to save up to 50% on Motorola's store.

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1 day ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch tablet is now available for £219 in the UK


The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch tablet is currently listed for £219, a fantastic deal should you be on the hunt for a new tablet. Knocked down from £319, the Exynos 5-powered machine from Samsung is ideal for web browsing, light gaming and checking those emails just before hitting the pillow.

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1 day ago

Grab the Wileyfox Swift for just £99 on Amazon UK today


The Wileyfox Swift is a decent budget phone, offering Cyanogen OS 12.1 out of the box coupled with a 5-inch 720p display and Snapdragon 410 SoC. The handset retails for £129, but you can get it for £99 on Amazon UK for today (Thursday, November 26) only.

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1 day ago

Your OnePlus Type-C cable is safe to use... with your OnePlus 2


OnePlus has responded to concerns about the company's Type-C cable, reassuring customers that the accessory is perfectly safe to use with the OnePlus 2. It is – however – not recommended to use the cable with other hardware. The company is working to address the problem with future revisions of cables, but you will be able to request a refund should you have purchased the Type-C cable separately.

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1 day ago

Vodafone reveals Red Thursday deals ahead of Black Friday


Vodafone has released details on the UK network's Red Thursday deals. This batch of deals have been released ahead of Black Friday, offering up to 30 percent off a range of devices which can be picked up online and in store. Today, we're looking at the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

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1 day ago

Obi Worldphone SF1 makes its debut in India for ₹11,999, sales commence December 7


After making its debut in the US, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam, Obi Worldphone has set its sights on India for the SF1. The handset will go on sale starting December 7 for ₹11,999 ($182), and will be available exclusively on NDTV's Gadgets360 technology portal, which counts Obi co-founder John Sculley as an investor.

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