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1 month ago

Hands-on with the Sprint LG G3

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Sprint LG G3

One of the best options on any carrier comes to Sprint and continues to impress

LG pretty undeniably has a hit on its hands with the G3 in a way that it never could have imagined with the G2 and original Optimus G. The LG G3 is mentioned in the same breath as the Galaxy S5, HTC One and any other phone you can think of — and thankfully, this time around the U.S. carriers haven't done a whole lot to change that when the device hit their networks.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint all carry the LG G3 at this point, and to the delight of us all the phone is nearly identical on each. There are subtle differences, of course, and that's why we see value in taking a look at devices from each carrier to compare and contrast. The LG G3 on Sprint is, well, an LG G3 running on the Sprint network — and that's a good thing. Read along and see the fine differences between this and other models.

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1 month ago

Aldi's Android phone is a tough sell, even at £80

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Following the debut of its own-brand Android tablet, budget supermarket chain Aldi has announced that it'll begin selling a smartphone from the same manufacturer this Thursday. Through its "Special buys" program, Aldi will offer up the Medion Life E4001 for £79.99 outright. What does that get you? Well, in a world where the Moto E exists, quite a bit less than you'd hope for...

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1 month ago

New set of leaked Galaxy Alpha images reveal metallic frame

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As we get closer to the rumored launch of the Galaxy Alpha, more pictures of the finished version of the handset are bound to leak, as is the case today. A user on China's Weibo uploaded several images of what looks to be a retail version of the Galaxy Alpha.

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1 month ago

Kogan Agora 4G the latest low priced UK arrival

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Kogan is a brand more familiar to our Australian friends, but the company's Agora 4G handset just became the latest low priced Android phone to become available on UK shores. Since the Moto G, our expectations on what constitutes a good budget device have somewhat increased, but the Agora 4G – on paper at least – doesn't seem to disappoint.

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1 month ago

The Nexus family — a smartphone retrospective

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Nexus phones

We take a look back at the five Nexus smartphones that captured our nerd hearts

As debate continues over whether we'll ever see a Nexus 6, or whether it'll be replaced by something else, like the rumored "Android Silver" program — and such conversations seem to happen around this time each year — it's time to take a trip down memory lane. We're prone to declaring "the best" of whatever around here. But when it comes to Nexus phones — those holier-than-everything-but-never-perfect smartphones we nerds obsess over every year — it's sort of hard to pick a favorite. We can't really declare one a winner over another.

Or can we? Nexus means something different to all of us. Maybe it means "developer phone." Maybe it means it's something you can tinker on without really breaking anything. Maybe it means "pure Google" and little else. Maybe it means a way to have a kick-ass smartphone without having to deal with the hell that is the U.S. carrier system.

We've all lived and loved our Nexus phones. Let's light a candle, turn on some soft music, and take a look back what made (and make) them mean so much to us.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia T3 available exclusively at Carphone Warehouse in the UK

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Announced mid-July, the svelte Sony Xperia T3 is now available exclusively in the UK at Carphone Warehouse, with monthly plans starting at £22.50.

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1 month ago

Small update for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 provides 'improvements'

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Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S5 on T-Mobile's network should be on the lookout for a new but small software update, which should offer some performance improvements.

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1 month ago

Kyocera Brigadier brings affordable ruggedness and a sapphire display to Verizon

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For Verizon users that need a truly rugged phone on the go, the Kyocera Brigadier is now ready to roll. Available for $99 on a two-year contract, $19.99 a month on Edge, or just $399 outright, the Brigadier features a 4.5–inch "Sapphire Shield" display and is completely dust proof, shock proof and waterproof. It's IP68 certification will keep it safe and sound, and you can even type on it while wearing gloves thanks to the Glove and Wet Touchscreen Operation feature.

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1 month ago

Verizon Moto X starts receiving Android 4.4.4 KitKat update

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Moto X users on Verizon, start checking your device settings, as the carrier has begun rolling out the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update.

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1 month ago

HTC announces new waterproof J Butterfly with One M8 specs for Japan

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Japanese mobile operator KDDI today announced a new Android device for the region, the HTC J Butterfly. It is essentially a localized version of the HTC One M8 with regards to specifications, but the second generation Butterfly comes packing some interesting features targeting local consumers.

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1 month ago

Samsung launches Galaxy S5 Mini and Galaxy Young 2 in the UK

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Galaxy S5 Mini

Eagerly awaiting the launch of the Galaxy S5 Mini in the UK? Wait no further, as Samsung has announced that the device will be available from high street retailers that include Samsung Experience Stores and Carphone Warehouse from August 7.

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1 month ago

The Amazon Fire Phone review

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Amazon Fire Phone

The best phone you probably won't want to buy

Of course we got interested when Amazon finally showed off the Fire Phone. Rumors had been flying for quite a while, but once we actually saw what Amazon had to offer, we had to take a look at it. It's Android at it's core — though not in a way we're used to seeing — and that's what we do here.

So is the Fire Phone more than Amazon Prime in your hands? With features like Dynamic Perspective and an a very custom user interface — and a complete lack of all Google services — the Fire Phone has it's work cut out.

Let's see what makes this thing tick.

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1 month ago

Huawei doubles sales from last year, eating into but still far behind Samsung

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Huawei has had a good year, according to the latest market share numbers from IDC. Between the second quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014, Huawei has enjoyed a huge 95.1 percent increase in smartphone shipments, placing them in third place behind Apple and Samsung, and ahead of Lenovo and LG. Previously they were fifth place in the rankings. Huawei's global market share works out to 6.9 percent with more than 20 million in shipments in the second quarter, versus 4.3 percent (10.4 million) last year. Samsung's shipments dipped 3.9 percent in the same period, while Apple's climbed 12.4 percent.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia T3 coming to Canada in August

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Bell, Virgin, SaskTel, and Sony Stores across Canada will be offering up the Xperia T3 starting in August. The Xperia T3 isn't top-of-the-line by any means with 1 GB of RAM and a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor, but the 5.3-inch 1280 x 720 Bravia display may be enough for students heading back to school, especially if the price is right.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini gets a mini teardown, finds mini parts

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The iFixit team managed to get their hands on a Galaxy S5 Mini for a teardown, and found that the device has a lot in common with its standard sized sibling, the Galaxy S5. Both devices for instance feature the same dust and water resistance seal, as well as the micro-SIM tray and the microSD card slot. The Galaxy S5 Mini also retains the fingerprint scanner and the heart rate sensor at the back from the Galaxy S5.

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