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1 month ago

Spigen Slim Armor case for the Galaxy Note 3

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The Spigen Slim Armor case is soft on the inside and hard on the outside, just like your favorite blogger

 

We all try to be careful with our expensive Androids. But sometimes, stuff happens and they escape our clutches — usually when we're on a hard surface that guaranteed to break things that fall on it. Like the rocks of Mordor, or the parking lot at Winn-Dixie. It's those times that a good case can save your bacon. The Spigen Slim Armor case for the Note 3 is that good case.

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1 month ago

Motorola puts college colors into Moto Maker

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Show your college pride this season with new colors, accents and a range of cases for the Moto X

Motorola has announced a new selection of colors its dubbing the "College Collection" to Moto Maker to customize your new Moto X in the colors of your school. Taking a look at colors across the board, Motorola has added 9 new back colors, three new accents and a range of clear cases to create the college themed phone of your dreams.

Visit the College Collection design gallery on the Moto Maker site starting today to see the various pre-designed options for your College, and the range of clear cases complete with logos. 

And, if you're a student at one of those schools, register with a valid .edu email address and take the off-contract price for a new, custom Moto X down to just $339. Find out more at the source link below. 

Source: Motorola

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1 month ago

Bright red Nexus 5 lands on Canada's TELUS

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Free on contract or C$500 outright

Canadian residents wanting a Nexus 5 in one of their country's national colors can now pick up the "bright red" version of the phone from TELUS. The Canadian carrier is offering the current Nexus handset in red as well as the standard black, for free on a two-year contract or for C$500 SIM-free. That's a good deal more than the Google Play Store price, but TELUS is offering in-store pickup and up to C$250 off when you trade in an old phone.

In case you were wondering, the red Nexus 5 is a particularly vivid shade of the color, as Phil Nickinson explains in our hands-on feature with the device —

"This is a bright red phone. At times, it's almost neon red. It goes from startling to painful to "Oh, my God, what have I done?!?!" depending on your lighting source. Consider yourself warned."

More: Red Nexus 5 hands-on; Nexus 5 review

Source: TELUS; via: MobileSyrup

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1 month ago

Nokia X coming to India on March 10

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Nokia's new budget phone, the Android-powered (but very much Microsoft-centric) Nokia X, will be heading to one of the world's most important emerging markets next Monday. Invites sent out by Nokia India asks guests to "Xperience a new beginning" on March 10 with local exec P Balaji leading the event. Our sister site Windows Phone Central will be on the ground next Monday to cover the Indian Nokia X launch, where we're likely to learn more about Indian pricing and availability for the device.

Source: Windows Phone Central

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1 month ago

Seidio Innocell 4800mAh battery for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Now that is a whole lotta juice

 

Your Galaxy Note 3 already has a healthy 3200mAh battery, but for some folks that's just not enough. The large screen is perfect for watching video on the go or playing games, and everyone knows that watching video over the cell network and playing games is h-e-double-hockey-sticks on a smartphone battery. Seidio has a product that might be able to alleviate a lot of the issues — their 4800mAh battery for the Note 3.

It makes your Note 3 a little thicker, but with approximately 50 percent more battery life and NFC capabilities, it's a trade a lot of us will be willing to make. Have a look and see if that sounds like you.

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1 month ago

LG's Mini View shrinks things down for better one-handed use

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Sometimes a big phone is just too big — LG's Mini View scales it down

So you bought a giant phone. In the case of the LG G Pro 2, you've bought yourself a 5.9-inch phone. That's a whole lot of phone. And at times it might be too much, leaving you longing for simpler days, when you were able to use your phone with one hand. 

(We'll save for another time the idea that perhaps you should have bought a smaller device.)

LG's got your covered with the G Pro 2. With a simple swipe across the on-screen buttons you can enable Mini View, which shrinks things down to a more manageable size.

And that's just the beginning, really. Mini View has some flexibility to it.

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1 month ago

Moto X in Europe: The Android Central casual review

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After a late arrival in the UK and mainland Europe, how does the Moto X shape up?

After a five-month wait, European consumers finally got the Moto X this February. A significant launch for Moto’s European arm, it’s occurring as the company prepares to enter yet another period of transition following the Lenovo acquisition.

Industry drama aside, the Moto X the most high-profile Motorola smartphone to hit European shores in at least a couple of years, and undoubtedly the company’s best effort to date. For that reason, the Moto X was our favorite phone of 2013, beating competition from HTC and Samsung. But in contrast to its US launch, the European Moto X is positioned more as a mid-range companion to the Moto G, rather than a competitor to the raft of new high-end Androids appearing in the next month.

In our “casual review” of the European Moto X, we’re not going to re-hash everything we’ve already covered in our full Moto X review and six-month look-back. Instead we’re going to reflect on some general thoughts on the device after three weeks of use, and consider where it belongs in the wider Android marketplace.

So how does the Moto X fit into this new mid-range role, and is it still worth a look so long after its global debut? Let’s take a look...

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1 month ago

HTC unveils new entry-level Desire 310

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Traditional three button set up is back again

HTC has today pulled the wraps off its latest entry-level offering, the Desire 310. And, immediately noticeable over its predecessor, the Desire 300, is that the traditional three button arrangement is back in business. No giant gaps between two buttons here. Otherwise it sounds pretty much like we'd expect of a budget offering from HTC with Blinkfeed and Video Highlights included.

Hardware wise the Desire 310 houses a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, a 4.5-inch display and a 5MP rear camera. We're not given much more than that at this point, though it all sounds very much entry-level. The press render up top also shows – rather oddly for a HTC device – stock app icons and the blue status bar. It could well be a mistake in the photoshopping process, but it would also indicate Jelly Bean and not KitKat. Either way HTC hasn't said right now. Head on past the break for the full press release.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia Z2 up for pre-order in the UK, arriving April 11

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Free from £47 per month on contract, with pre-order goodies from Phones4u

British retailer Phones4u has unveiled its on-contract prices for Sony's upcoming Xperia Z2. The Z2 is set to land at P4u on April 11 — the same day as the global launch for the Samsung Galaxy S5 — with the phone available for free on 24-month contracts from Vodafone and EE starting at £47 per month. Pay £49-99 upfront and it's possible to knock the monthly fee down to £42. Phones4u has the Xperia Z2 in white and black at present — no purple option, as that model is only available at O2 — but P4u dos have exclusivity over the white Z2 in the U.K.

Pre-order customers will get a free Sony SRS-BTX300 wireless speaker valued at £119, in additition to "exclusive Sony content including games, music and six movies," and a 50% discount on the cost of Sony's Smartband accessory. And order on a 4G tariff and the retailer will throw in £50 Google Play credit.

To learn more about the Sony Xperia Z2, check out our hands-on report from Mobile World Congress.

More: Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on

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1 month ago

LG makes the L90 extra official, details specs and features

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The highest-end of the low-end brings new 'Knock Code' to more people

Following up on the announcement just before MWC that its L Series III devices will be coming to market in short order, we now have more details and a launch window for the highest-end of the bunch, the L90. Before you prepare to get blown away, let's remember that these devices are targeted at the lower end of the market with the goal of bringing some LG style and features to those who won't (or can't) shell out the cash for an LG G Pro 2 or even G2 Mini.

The L90 is sporting a 4.7-inch qHD IPS display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 5MP camera — solid specs for a lower-end device that won't command a high price tag. On the software side you're getting Android 4.4 KitKat as well, including a refreshed interface and LG's latest feature, Knock Code, which lets you unlock your device from sleep by tapping in a sequence on the locked screen.

More: How to use Knock Code on the LG G Pro 2

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