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2 months ago

Where to buy the Sony Xperia X Performance in Canada

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The Sony Xperia X Performance is the more, well, performant version of its Xperia X counterpart. Featuring the best aspects of Sony's Xperia Z series with a new focus on design and intuitive software, it's certainly Sony's best phone ever. Here's where to get it in Canada.

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2 months ago

OnePlus 3 versus Galaxy S7 edge: Challenging at half the price

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OnePlus 3 versus Galaxy S7 edge

The OnePlus 3 has a hit on its hands, but does it stand up to the top dog?

OnePlus has come out swinging in 2016 and released a great phone with few compromises in the OnePlus 3. It's launching into a world where we have tons of great flagship phone choices, not the least of which being the Galaxy S7 edge.

The Galaxy S7 edge has won over the hearts of many Android fans with its great hardware, awesome performance, industry-leading camera and top-end features, but it also retails for well over $700. At a fraction of the cost the OnePlus 3 aims to hit many of those same points ... but does it succeed? We're putting the phones head-to-head to see how they stack up.

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2 months ago

Save £120 on the 16GB Nexus 5X

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If you're looking for a solid deal on the Nexus 5X, UK retailer Argos is currently offering the phone for just £179.95.

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2 months ago

You won't want to miss this Nexus 5X deal

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If you happened to miss the last deal on the 32GB Nexus 5X, you won't want to miss out on this one. This time around, DailySteals is offering an additional $10 off the price with coupon code NexusEmail10, dropping the price all the way down to just $259. The deal is only available for the black variant of the phone, but it is still a great deal.

All you have to do is enter coupon code NexusEmail10 at checkout to get the additional savings. If you are in the market for a Nexus 5X, this deal is one you won't want to pass up.

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2 months ago

The importance of a OnePlus phone you can actually buy

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What happens when OnePlus competes on something other than making noise.

Like its two predecessors, the OnePlus 3 offers a lot of phone for not a lot of money. But there's a crucial distinction this year, as arguably the biggest barrier to entry no longer applies — you can purchase a OnePlus 3, from launch day, without an invite. And that's huge for a bunch of reasons, some of them more obvious than others.

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2 months ago

The Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Edition breaks cover

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Earlier this year, it was reported that Samsung would be coming out with a special variant of the Galaxy S7 edge for the 2016 Olympics. Thanks to Evan Blass, we now have an idea as to how the Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Edition will look like:

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2 months ago

Xiaomi is finally launching the Mi 5 in black and gold in India

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Xiaomi is finally making the black and gold color options of the Mi 5 available in India. The black variant will be up for sale starting later today, and will no longer be limited to Xiaomi's own website as retailers Amazon and Flipkart are set to start selling the handset.

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2 months ago

Sony's powerful Xperia X Performance now available in Canada

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Sony Canada has released its impressive new flagship, the Xperia X Performance, on two Canadian carriers: Rogers, and Bell.

Available for $199.99 on a 2-year plan, or $699.99 outright, the device is available to purchase today at Bell, and can be reserved at Rogers for a July 14 release date. Rogers' version comes with a free pair of Sony headphones with every reservation.

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2 months ago

Which Canadian carrier is the best at pushing Android updates?

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Avoid all of these issues by buying a Nexus. But if you don't want to, here's some advice.

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2 months ago

How we'd change the Nexus 6P

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Nexus 6P

Several months into the life of the Nexus 6P, we're taking a critical look at the phone.

Each Nexus phone garners extra attention as if they're Google's chosen platform for development, and a bastion of light for the Android enthusiasts among us. For some, the Nexus 6P is just yet another phone ... but for many of us, it comes with higher expectations, no matter the fact that it's less expensive than the top-end phones out there.

Just about everyone at Android Central has been using a Nexus 6P since it was launched, bouncing back and forth as work duties bring in fresh phones to try, and with this wealth of time spent with the phone we have a few ideas for how we'd change it to make it just right for us. Read on.

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2 months ago

Nextbit plans battery life boost for Robin in future OS update

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Nextbit has revealed its plans to release an OS update for its Robin smartphone in the fourth quarter of 2016 that will offer owners better battery life.

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2 months ago

The best unlocked phones

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Best Unlocked Android Phones

Unlocked phones — outside the shackles of the carriers and able to work on any GSM operator worldwide — are finally starting to have their moment in the sun.

And we're not just talking more expensive versions of top-shelf phones. There are a number of mid-range unlocked phones that will serve you very well — and not burn a hole in your wallet. Let's take a look.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

All that and a bag of chips, (and a microSD card slot)

Pros

  • Great battery life
  • Excellent camera
  • Amazing display

Cons

  • Samsung software leaves a little to be desired
  • A little bit slippery to hold

We can't have a best of Android phone list and not include Samsung's twin flagships for 2016: the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Rather than reinvent the wheel, Samsung chose to refine the best features of last year's flagships and make them better. Both phones feature Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, great for watching YouTube videos or streaming Netflix, and both have larger batteries than their predecessors, great for keeping them alive for a full day's use.

In keeping with Samsung's reputation for making superior cameras, both phones have excellent ones, with improvements made for taking better low-light shots. LTE connectivity means that you'll be able to surf the web and stream content without annoying load times, and yes, the microSD card slot is back, so you're not stuck with just the storage capacity they come with.

If you're looking for an all-around superior unlocked phone, you can't go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. Better yet, Samsung now sells a proper unlocked model for the U.S., so you don't have to buy one imported from another region.

Want more information? Read our Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge reviews. And learn specifically about the U.S. unlocked model here.

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Nexus 6P

Nexus 6P

Nexus and unlocked go together like PB&J

Pros

  • Great build quality
  • Excellent camera
  • Pure Google software

Cons

  • It's pretty big
  • Lacks wireless charging
  • A little bit slippery to hold

In the Android world, one brand should always come to mind when thinking unlocked: Nexus. For the Nexus phones aren't just a way to get the latest and greatest software from Google. They're also a way to get a good phone at a good price and stay away from a new contract. Of the two current Nexus phones, the 6P is the one to get.

We've previously had to recommend a Nexus phone with a rather large caveat — and that's usually had to do with the camera. Not so with the Nexus 6P, manufactured by Huawei.

It's got a camera that doesn't make us want to carry around a second shooter, just in case. It's got the design and build quality that stands up against any other phone. And perhaps most important is that it's going to always be updated to the latest version of Android, and that goes for the monthly security updates, too.

Read our Nexus 6P review

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OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3

Finally all grown up

Pros

  • Excellent build quality
  • Good camera
  • Fast, smooth software
  • Invite-free

Cons

  • Slippery body
  • Real concern over timely updates
  • Weak vibration motor

After releasing a few phones that were tantilizing but not quite complete products, OnePlus has really hit the mark with the OnePlus 3. This high-end device checks just about every box you're looking for, from top-end specs to a great screen, solid camera, fast software and long battery life.

Best of all, it'll only set you back $399, which is easily $200 less than the other flagships out there. You don't get a few of the nice-to-have features like waterproofing, but for the whole experience it's hard to get something nicer than what the OnePlus 3 offers. You no longer need an invite to get it, either — just buy it online.

More: Read our full OnePlus 3 review

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HTC 10

HTC 10

Premium sound in a stylish package

Pros

  • Great audio
  • Snappy performance
  • Aluminum unibody

Cons

  • Display has issues in sunlight
  • Inconsistent battery life

The HTC 10, the latest offering from HTC, is a solid phone with a stylish aesthetic and great audio.

Its aluminum body is beautiful and modern, while design elements such as the curved back and the wide chamfer make it comfortable to hold.

While its 5.2-inch Quad HD SuperLCD5 display has some problems in bright sunlight, its vibrant colors and sharp picture make it ideal for watching videos, whether they're from YouTube or Hulu.

Where the HTC 10 really shines is in its audio output — its got a tweeter for high frequency sounds in the earpiece and a down-facing woofer along its bottom for low frequency sounds, giving you amazing Hi-Fi audio right from the phone's speakers, and the sound from the headphone jack is even better, pushing out sound at 1V for a powerful audio experience.

If you want a solidly performing phone with amazing high quality audio, the HTC 10 is the one for you.

Read our HTC 10 review

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Yes, its big, but you can write on it

Pros

  • Top notch S Pen
  • Great new design
  • Awesome camera

Cons

  • Speaker isn't great
  • Expensive

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is a beast of a phone and is unique in the mobile space because of its accompanying stylus, the S Pen.

Running an Exynos 7420 octa-core at 2.1GHz quad + 1.5GHz quad and 4GB of RAM, its capable of running multiple apps at the same time and running even the most graphics-intense mobile game with nary a stutter.

Its 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display is one of the best around, and with that much screen real estate, you're sure to enjoy watching movies or playing games on this phone.

If you're looking for a phone with a large screen and a handy stylus, check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. It doesn't get much better than this.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review

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Motorola Moto G (2015)

Moto G

Still one of the best value phones around

Pros

  • Solid build quality
  • No manufacturer bloatware
  • MicroSD card slot

Cons

  • No NFC
  • Only a single speaker compared to previous model
  • No quickcharge or wireless charging

Motorola is arguably responsible for reinventing the budget phone space when it tore up the rule book with the original Moto G. Now three generations in and it's no more difficult to recommend to anyone looking for the best on a budget. And without a contract.

The hardware is more than ample for the price and Motorola's signature software experience of value added to stock Android remains. The camera is improved on its predecessor, Moto Maker allows for some customization on the color schemes and all-in-all the essence of what made this phone great hasn't gone away. And we'd definitely recommend the 16GB/2GB RAM model. It's worth the extra.

The Moto G isn't just a good phone for its price, it's a good phone, period.

Read our Moto G review

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2 months ago

When will Android 7.0 Nougat be released?

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We don't yet know exactly when the next version of Android will land, but Google's development timetable provides a few clues.

Update: Looking like it's gonna be August 22! Read More

For about as long as Android has existed, a major new platform version has dropped every fall. And starting with 2014's Lollipop release, Google has preceded that with developer preview builds designed to help devs get their apps ready for new Android releases. This year, that process kicked off a couple of months earlier than expected, with an initial Android 7.0 Nougat preview (then just called "Android N") in early March.

That's one of the many signs pointing to a slightly earlier release of Nougat than in years past. So when exactly will the next version be finalized by Google and unleashed as a stable release? And when will we learn the version number of the next version of Android? Well, Google's timetable offers a few clues.

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2 months ago

Bought the OnePlus 3 in India? You'll have to manually activate the 12-month accidental damage cover

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The OnePlus 3 is now on sale from Amazon India for ₹27,999. OnePlus and Amazon have rolled out several launch day offers for the handset, including a free 12-month accidental damage protection plan, which is handled by Servify. However, it looks like you'll have to manually activate the plan, or stand the risk of losing out on free service should the phone get damaged.

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2 months ago

Best cheap Android phones of 2016

There's never been a better time to buy a cheap Android phone and still get a top quality experience.

It used to be the norm that to get a good phone you'd have to spend a good chunk of change. But while the high end continues to progress at a predictable rate, the mid-tiers have suddenly become where the action is at. It's easier than ever to get a quality Android smartphone without paying too much for it. We daresay you can call it a "cheap" Android smartphone at this point and not feel bad about it.

For under $250 it's now possible to get a good phone by any standard — but it's worth taking care when spending this kind of money on a smartphone. Just as there are some great bargains to be had, there's also a lot of crap out there. So with that said, here's our roundup of the best you can get right now, broken down by their price and value.

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