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2 years ago

Samsung's metal-clad Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 launch in Taiwan

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Samsung is looking to reinvigorate its portfolio with new designs that are aimed at a younger audience, with the Galaxy A series said to be the starting point of that change. The manufacturer has launched the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 in Taiwan, and while the former handset is already available in a few countries, this is the first time we're seeing the Galaxy A3 in action.

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2 years ago

Verizon Moto X (2013) 32GB Developer Edition drops to just $199.99 on Amazon

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We stand at the nexus of affordability, openness, Motorola, and Verizon: the 32GB Moto X (2013) Developer Edition has dropped to a mere $199.99 sans-contract on Verizon, at least when purchased through Amazon. This is last year's model of the Moto X, but it's still no slouch. For your two Benjamins you get a compact and ergonomic phone that supports Big Red's LTE, plus it comes with an unlockable bootloader.

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2 years ago

Walmart is offering the on-contract Galaxy S5 for just $79

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Walmart is offering the Galaxy S5 for just $79 on a new two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon, which is a $60 discount from the retailer's usual selling price of $139. The deal is only valid in-stores, and will be offered until December 25.

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2 years ago

Nexus 5: Past, present and future

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Nexus 5

A year on — and with an all-new version of Android — how does Google's 5-inch handset measure up?

I've used the Nexus 5 — Google and LG's last Nexus collaboration — on and off for the past year. The phone never quite managed to become my daily driver, mainly due to underwhelming battery life and the arrival of newer, shinier things in the earlier part of the year. Regardless, the N5 has never been too far from my side. This summer it was the first phone to get a sneak peek at Lollipop through the "Android L" preview, and it was among the first to get Android 5.0 proper last month.

Unlike previous years, Google's keeping the older Nexus handset around for the time being, selling it alongside the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 at the same price point it launched at in November 2013. (Though Play Store availability remains sporadic.) So the Nexus 5 isn't quite dead yet. But how does it compare to other handsets running Android 5.0? Is it still worth the money twelve months on? And might we see another smaller Nexus handset in 2015? Read on for our take on the Nexus 5, twelve months on.

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Turbo or Moto X (2014): Which should you buy?

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Droid Turbo and Moto X (2014)

Motorola's flagship and the latest Droid are cut from the same cloth, but each excel in their own areas

Since Motorola took over the job of making all Droid phones for Verizon, it has put customers on the carrier in an interesting position of choosing between the leading Droid device and the latest Motorola flagship. This year that's the Moto X (2014) and the Droid Turbo, which are clearly based on a similar platform but diverge in outward appearance, features and point-by-point specs.

If you're on Verizon and interested in the top phones on the carrier, there's no doubt you'll have both the Droid Turbo and Moto X on your short list — we're going to help you make the final decision between the two. Read on and see which is best.

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2 years ago

HTC Desire Eye reviewed

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Selfie. The first time I heard the word I paused. Do we really need a term for taking a photo of yourself at arm's length with a crappy front-facing camera? (I may have used stronger language). That was a few years ago. Today the term has exploded in use, and smartphone cameras aren't quite so little and crappy anymore, but I still hate even reading the word, much less using it. It's spawned dedicated social networks, a horrible (and blessedly short-lived) ABC sitcom, and now the HTC Desire Eye smartphone. There's more than the front-facing 13-megapixel camera at play here, but it's the defining feature on the face of this device.

It's a sign of the times that a manufacturer like HTC would feel compelled to release a phone with what should be a high-quality, high-resolution a camera dedicated to taking pictures of the user. But that commentary on the state of our society is probably for another day. Seeing somebody taking a selfie today isn't a surprising thing. Walking through Times Square or the Champ de Mars you'll see selfie-taker after selfie-taker. It might prompt an eye roll or two, but it's not a crazy, narcissistic thing anymore.

The HTC Desire Eye, however, is a surprising and kind-of crazy phone. The big center-mounted circular lens at the top dominates the face of the phone, like the eye of a cyclops. It's so dominant that you don't even notice that the phone's ringed in red, or how the the speakers are artfully hidden, or that there's a dual-LED flash up with that front-facing camera. For better or worse, the HTC Desire Eye is the selfie phone, and this is our review.

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2 years ago

Photo of a Samsung Galaxy S6 prototype has reportedly leaked

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hits Vodafone UK

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is now available from Vodafone UK. The carrier is offering the Note Edge starting at £49 on contract. You can also grab the phone for £795 if you want to go SIM-free.

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2 years ago

Nexus 6 back in stock on UK Play Store, but you won't get it until next year

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The Nexus 6 is back in stock on the UK Play Store, but you probably won't get it in time for the holidays. The listing mentions that the device will leave Google's warehouses in three to four weeks.

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2 years ago

Galaxy Grand 3 sails through TENAA, is thinner and lighter than predecessor

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A new filing has been published over on TENAA, China's version of the FCC, showing off the Samsung Galaxy Grand 3. Samsung may be looking to cut its smartphone line-up in light of the company's slight financial downturn, but that seemingly won't halt Samsung from releasing new successors to popular handsets.

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2 years ago

Verizon Note 4 gets software update for Gear VR, other fixes [update: Sprint, too]

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Verizon Note 4

Update: Samsung has reached out to let us know that the Note 4 on Sprint is also getting an update with Gear VR compatibility. The update hasn't been posted to the Sprint support site just yet, but should be arriving shortly.

Original story: Ah ha! And not one day after folks began fretting that their Verizon Galaxy Note 4 wasn't working with the new Samsung Gear VR ... the Verizon Note 4 gets an update to work with the Gear VR. (Among other things.)

Here's the full changelog for software version KTU84P.N910VVRU1ANJ5:

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2 years ago

OnePlus gets into the holiday spirit, lets anyone buy the OnePlus One without an invite

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While the OnePlus One is a great device in many ways (as we've noted in our review), availability has always been invite-only, barring a few occasions. That's all changing this holiday season as OnePlus has just announced that customers will be able to pick up the handset without an invite until December 25. The vendor is even promising delivery by Christmas Day.

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2 years ago

Leaked specs of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy A7 reveal high-end hardware

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Samsung already launched two devices in the Galaxy A series, the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5, and now it looks like the vendor is set to launch its third offering, the Galaxy A7. Alleged specs of the handset leaked by SamMobile show that Samsung is targeting the high-end market with the upcoming smartphone.

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2 years ago

With a thickness of just 4.75mm, the Vivo X5 Max makes your phone look chunky

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Step aside, Oppo R5. Vivo has just announced a super-thin smartphone that clocks in at just 4.75mm. The X5 Max is the latest handset to compete for the title of world's thinnest smartphone, and judging images and details shared by the manufacturer, it's clear to see just how thin the Max X5 is.

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2 years ago

Project Ara's Spiral 2 printed circuit board prototype is put on display

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Google showed off an image today of one of its printed circuit boards created for the Spiral 2 prototype of Project Ara, its modular smartphone project that its ATAP division has been developing for some time.

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