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2 years ago

Bear Grylls puts his face behind rugged Kyocera Brigadier phone

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The rugged Android-based Kyocera Brigadier smartphone is supposed to withstand a ton of abuse, and now the company has decided to let Man vs Wild star Bear Grylls become the face of their marketing campaign for the phone.

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2 years ago

Xiaomi sells 15,000 Mi 3 handsets in two seconds in India

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Demand for Xiaomi's Mi 3 continues unabated in India as the latest flash sales saw 15,000 units of the device getting sold in under two seconds. Prior to today's sale, Xiaomi has sold 20,000 units of the Mi 3 in India in two batches — the first batch of devices were sold out in 38 minutes and 50 seconds on July 22, while the second flash sale saw 10,000 units being sold out in five seconds last week.

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2 years ago

Galaxy Alpha gets sized up against the iPhone 5s in latest leak

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Another day, another Galaxy Alpha leak. While yesterday's leak provided us with a clearer look at the metallic frame abutting the sides of the device, today's leaked images pit Samsung's upcoming handset against the iPhone 5s.

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2 years ago

'LG G3 Stylus' outed in official promo video

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LG G3 Stylus

Could this stylus-equipped G3 be LG's Galaxy Note 4 competitor?

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 due to arrive within the next month, it appears LG is preparing its own stylus-equipped handset to challenge its local rival. The image above is taken from an official LG promotional video for the LG G3 Beat; at the end of that trailer there's an unfamiliar pen-toting handset shown alongside the two devices we already know.

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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years ago

The Nexus family — a smartphone retrospective

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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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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