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1 month ago

The Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact launch in India with hefty price tags

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At a media event in New Delhi, Sony launched the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact for the Indian market. The Xperia Z3 is priced at Rs. 51,990 ($850) in the country, while the Xperia Z3 Compact will set you back Rs. 44,990 ($735). Both handsets will be available from brick and mortar stores as well as online retailers starting today.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung finally does metal

In years gone by, Samsung phones have been synonymous with unspectacular plastic construction. At one time it was shiny, slimy plastic that the No. 1 Android phone maker utilized. More recently Samsung has veered towards faux leather and dimpled soft-touch plastic. In any case, the company seemed content leaving more exotic materials to the likes of Apple and HTC.

No more.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha sees the Korean electronics giant finally taking premium materials seriously as a point of differentiation, while offering high-end specs in a device smaller than the typical 5-inch Android slab. It's available now in Europe; on Sept. 26 it launches on AT&T in the U.S.

Samsung calls it the future of its smartphone design language. We say it's a great phone with just a couple of tragic flaws. Read on to learn why.

Read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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1 month ago

How to hide that annoying network name on the Moto X

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Motorola Moto X — kill the network name

This one's not exactly new (you'll find it on the 2013 phone as well), but it's one of the first things you're going to want to do when you get your new Moto X, and so it's worth a reminder here. When you first boot up, you're going to see the name of the network you're on in the status bar up top. And you're going to wonder why it's sitting there, doing absolutely nothing of use. You bought the phone. You know damned well which network it's on.

Well, you can get rid of it. Here's how.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active now available on TELUS

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is now available from Canadian carrier TELUS. The device will cost CA$250 with a two-year commitment, and CA$750 if purchased outright.

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1 month ago

T-Mobile taking pre-orders for Galaxy Note 4 for $749.76 or $31.24 a month

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T-Mobile has become the third of the four major US carriers to start taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, showing a no-contract price of $749.76 for the 5.7-inch smartphone and a ship date of October 17,

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1 month ago

Accessibility features on the 2014 Moto X and Moto G

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Moto X and Moto G accessibility options

We continue our look at accessibility options on today's latest phones with the 2014 editions of the Moto X and Moto G. Motorola's phones, as we've been saying for the last year or so, mostly stick with the "stock" builds of Android, only adding some select features here and there. And the Moto X is going to have more of those than the more bare-bones Moto G.

So it's not a huge surprise that we don't see as many accessibility options in the Moto X and Moto G as we do, say, in the LG G3 or Samsung Galaxy S5.

There is, however, a little bit to talk about here.

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1 month ago

Uniquely designed Lenovo Vibe X2 set to make its way to India soon

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After an official unveil at the IFA, we haven't heard much about the Lenovo Vibe X2 — a mid-range handset boasting a unique multi-layered design — until now. Lenovo has listed the device on its Indian website, signifying an imminent launch in the country.

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1 month ago

Xperia Z3 and its smaller sibling are now available in the UK

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Sony's Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are now available for purchase in the UK, with a variety of retailers like Amazon, Clove, Unlocked-Mobiles and Carphone Warehouse offering both devices.

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1 month ago

Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 hands-on

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Big phone with a small experience

Alcatel's newest budget phone, the OneTouch Fierce 2, comes to T-Mobile for $126 dollars, or a mere $5.25 a month. It's got a 5-inch screen, a hefty size and feel (though the construction feels as cheap as it is), and even runs 4.4.2 Kit Kat. But can this phone compete with the new 5-inch Moto G, which is only 50 bucks more?

Let's take a look.

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1 month ago

Samsung aims to launch the Galaxy Note 4 in 140 countries by end of October

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Samsung isn't one to delay the launch of one of its flagship products, and the manufacturer has announced that its upcoming Galaxy Note 4 will be available in 140 countries by the end of October.

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1 month ago

New Moto X launches in India for Rs. 31,999

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Motorola has officially launched the new Moto X in the Indian market today, with the handset set to be available exclusively on Flipkart starting later today for Rs. 31,999 ($524). Motorola is offering the black, bamboo and leather back options for Indian customers. The pricing of the handset is welcome news for customers in the country waiting to make the switch to the latest from Motorola.

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1 month ago

HTC Desire 510 now on sale at Boost Mobile for $99.99

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As promised a few weeks ago, Boost Mobile is now selling the white version of the HTC Desire 510 in its retail stores for the price of $99.99 without a contract.

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1 month ago

How much will a Galaxy Note 4 cost off-contract?

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Galaxy Notes have never been cheap phones, and the Galaxy Note 4 is no exception. While buying the phone on-contract can soften the blow (or at least spread the misery out), for many, that's not an option. Maybe you have to buy unlocked to keep that precious unlimited data plan. Maybe you just don't like And besides, you don't have to sell your wireless soul for two years to get the Note 4, you can buy off-contract. You'll be spending a pretty penny, but it's a pretty phone, and a pretty useful one at that. So, here's what the newest phablet will run you on each of the major American carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint).

  • We'll start with Verizon, mostly because they'll be the cheapest for the Note 4 off-contract. Big Red will sell you an off-contract Note 4 for $699.
  • Next is Sprint, which is offering it at $720 dollars off-contract for its users.
  • T-Mobile is offering the Galaxy Note 4 at $750 to all users, since there is no carrier subsidy.
  • And AT&T will be happy to sell you a Galaxy Note 4 at a $825, without a contract but with all of AT&T's bloatware.

There you have it. Go forth and claim your Note 4, wherever it may be.

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1 month ago

Verizon's Droid Turbo struts its stuff in new leaked photos

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Even as Motorola starts shipping the Moto X, the company is rumored to be preparing a new Droid smartphone for release soon. Today, alleged images of the back side of this new Droid Turbo were posted on the HellomotoHK Facebook page.

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1 month ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 23

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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