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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Maxx: The phone for serious battery junkies

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Why aren't other manufacturers offering this kind of battery life?

Verizon has been pushing its three-tiered Droid strategy for a couple generations now, and the highest-end phone of the group has always sported a gigantic battery. The case is no different with the latest roundup of Droids — the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx — where the $299 on-contract Maxx has a substantially larger battery than the other two.

At 3500mAh it is over 64 percent more capacity than the Droid Ultra and 75 percent more than the Mini, while still fitting into a casing that is only 8.5mm thick. While Motorola claims an already high (but higher than we've experienced) 28 hours of "mixed usage" on the Droid Ultra, it claims an absurd 48 hours on the Maxx variant.

Throughout our time with the Droid Maxx, however, we found you can actually push closer to that 48 hour claim than you may think.

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3 years ago

The LG G2 rear buttons: A few quick thoughts

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So we've got the LG G2 here for a little one-on-one time. That's the good news. But we also need to make clear that this is a preproduction unit. The hardware is solid, but the software's not quite final. (As we found out already in a new hands-on video.) Not a huge deal, and it gives us time to play around with some of the more unique features of this phone before we get into review mode. 

So let's flip over to the back of this phone, where the volume rocker and power button live. Crazy, we know. But maybe — just maybe — it's our kind of crazy.

A few quick thoughts:

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend P6 review

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Great design, impressive specs and a solid price ... so where does it fall short?

Huawei is one of the dark-horse Android manufacturers, with a larger market share than you would guess (mostly outside the U.S.) and drastically better design and manufacturing chops than you'd expect from what most would call a "no name" manufacturer. The Chinese company has been making phones of all shapes, sizes and price points for many years now, but has just started moving into the higher-end smart phone game as of late where it sees room for growth.

It's latest entry into the market that is hoping turn a few heads is the Huawei Ascend P6, and on paper and in press images it looks like it has it all. A quad-core processor, a high-quality screen, numerous software features and all packed into a metal chassis that measures up at just 6.18mm thick. Add all of that up and you still come home with a device that has an unlocked price of about $450, which is even more impressive.

But can it ever live up to the marketing materials and spec sheets? Read on for our full review of the Huawei Ascend P6.

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3 years ago

Blue HTC One tipped for Sept. 10 launch on Sprint

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We've seen plenty of the blue HTC One of late, thanks to various pre-release leaks of the unannounced color option. And now it seems U.S. carrier Sprint might be getting first dibs on the new, blue version of the phone, if a leaked internal screenshot is to be believed.

PhoneArena has obtained an image of a recent Sprint handset update advisory showing the HTC One in blue listed alongside a Sept. 10 launch date. If accurate, the blue HTC One would join the "glamor red" version on Sprint -- the carrier already has exclusivity over that model in the U.S.

Source: PhoneArena

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3 years ago

LG G2: The video hands-on redux

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A deeper look at LG's latest device with big features and interesting buttons

This hot little number here? That's the LG G2, and it just flew halfway around the world and into our hot little hands for some one-on-one smartphone love.

Yes, this is the phone with the buttons on the back. The volume buttons and power button have been moved there in deference to the size of the smartphone itself. That's the sort of thing that's going to take some getting used to, but the logic is sound — and it makes the sides of this phone just feel slick, without any unsightly bumps and bulges.

The front end is as nice as we recall from the launch event in New York City as well — that 5.2-inch IPS display at 1080p resolution. And this is one of the first Snapdragon 800 devices to be released, so it'll be fun putting that system on a chip through its paces as well.

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3 years ago

10 phones that now cost more than the Nexus 4

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The Nexus 4's new price tag makes it cheaper than a lot of entry-level phones and older models

Google’s recent, dramatic price cut for the Nexus 4 on the Google Play Store has made it one of the best value handsets you can pick up. In fact, at £159 in the UK and $199 in the U.S., the Nexus 4 easily provides the best bang for your buy when buying an Android smartphone, with just a few caveats attached.

So we decided to take a look at the phone market at large and see where exactly the Nexus 4 fits at its new price point. And it’s surprising to see the company it’s keeping at its new $200-level price. Check past the break to see ten devices that are now more expensive than the Nexus 4.

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 price drops by $100 on Google Play to $199 or $249 [Updated]

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The best deal in smart phones just got better, but why is the price dropping?

Update: The official Google Play Twitter account has just confirmed the "25% off or more" sale for the Nexus 4 is active in Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Korea, US and UK.

Original story: When Google put the Nexus 4 up for sale at an unlocked price of $299 or $349 at launch, everyone knew it was an amazing price for what you were getting. Well as we come around on a year since that date, Google has just dropped those prices by $100 to $199 for 8GB or $249 for 16GB — still fully unlocked and available direct from Google Play. For our U.K. readers, the price has also dropped to £159 and £199.

That's a pretty ridiculous price considering you're getting a fantastic device unlocked for the same as what you'd pay on-contract for other phones at a carrier store. We're not entirely sure why Google has decided to drop the prices, but you may want to snatch one up now if you've been looking to get yourself a Nexus on the cheap.

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3 years ago

Off-contract AT&T Moto X now available through Moto Maker

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Off-contract pricing of $580 for the 16GB model and $630 for the 32GB model will now get you the custom colors and options

If you've been wanting to buy an AT&T branded Moto X without signing a new contract, and still use the Moto Maker customization site, today is the day. Motorola has just announced that the Moto Maker site will now let you pay the full $579.99 (16GB version) or $629.99 (32GB version) for your customized device and keep your contract status as-is. The option for AT&T's Next program doesn't seem to be available online yet, so if that's how you want to roll you'll still have to visit a store.

While the Moto X should be landing on Verizon come August 29, and Motorola has said a developer edition is coming soon, for now Moto Maker is still an AT&T exclusive. Motorola says that other carriers and wider availability of the Moto Maker program is coming soon, but we've not yet been told any dates.

We've been liking what we see from the Moto X so far, and once it becomes more available it should become a pretty popular Android device. For now, AT&T customers get all the fun. For more information, follow the link below.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

'Waterproof' Kyocera Hydro Elite headed to Verizon Aug. 29

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IPX5 and IPX7 certifications make the Hydro Elite a tough customer

A new "waterproof" phone is headed to Big Red this week — the Keyocera Hydro Elite. Closely resembling its counterpart on Sprint, the Hydro Edge, the Hydro Elite will feature "protection from blowing rain and immersion in up to one meter of water (3.28-feet) for as long as 30 minutes"

Let's be clear here. The Hydro Elite's main selling point will be the IPX5 certification for low-pressure water spray and the IPX7 certification for water immersion. This means that the phone will withstand "water spray projected at all angles through a half-inch (6.3 millimeters) nozzle at a flow rate of 3.3 gallons (12.5 liters) per minute at a gage pressure of 30kN/m2 for 3 minutes from 3.28 feet (1 meter)." And this is a big selling point for many, who aren't concerned with having the latest and greatest specs, or playing console-quality games on their smartphone. The rest of the supplied specifications — wireless charging, NFC, 2100mAh battery, 8MP (rear) and 1.3MP (front) cameras and expandable storage — are pretty standard for all phones now.

The Hydro Elite will be available online on August 29, for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. See the source link for the full details.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Galaxy Note 3 display leak shows reduced bezel, 5.68-inch size

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Also looks like a Galaxy Note

As we approach Galaxy Note 3 launch day, a new leak has given us our closest look yet at the phone — or at least part of it.

ETradeSupply managed to track down what it says is the display assembly from the upcoming handset, which they say has a 5.68-inch diagonal measurement — in line with earlier rumors. Besides the obvious similarities to both the Galaxy S4 and Note 2, the site spotted slimmed-down horizontal bezels — just 2.2mm, it says — suggesting that the Note 3 might not be much bigger than its predecessor.

The leak also appears to confirms the traditional Samsung three-button layout, along with the use of a brushed metal-like texture on the front of the darker model.

Stick with us in the run up to Samsung Unpacked 2013 Ep. 2, which kicks off next Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Source: ETradeSupply

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3 years ago

Why you might want to wait to buy a Moto X ...

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Maybe now's not the best time to buy a Moto X, actually. Oh, don't get us wrong, it's still a damn good phone — good enough to make our list of the best Android phones as of August 2013 out of the gate. But Moto X also introduces a new era of custom-made Android smartphones. And that brings with us a few reasons why you might just want to hold off for a bit.

So here are a good seven nuggets for why one of the best Android phones available today might not be the best Android phone for you right now.  

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3 years ago

Galaxy Note 3 to feature 4K video, high-quality audio, Korean press reports

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Advanced audio and video capabilities purportedly heading to new Note device

With just over a week to go until Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 unveiling at its Unpacked 2013 Ep. 2 event in Berlin, we're starting to hear a little more about what might be lurking inside the company's next big-screen, high-end smartphone. Today the Korea Economic Daily, citing "industry insider sources, reports that the Note 3 will feature a 4K (3840x2160) video recording mode, as well as higher-definition 24-bit/192KHz music playback.

The outlet describes Samsung's 4K smartphone camera as a "world's first," however we suspect Sony might have something to say about that — it's expected to show its own 4K cameraphone, the Xperia Z1, at an event hours before Samsung's. Similarly, LG's already announced its G2 smartphone with 24-bit/192KHz playback, a step up from the 16-bit playback supported by current phones.

In any case, it's unlikely average users will see much benefit from 4K footage, as "Ultra HD" TVs remain expensive, and even high-end tablets can't display anywhere near that number of pixels. Regardless, there's no denying it's an impressive technical feat to cram this kind of video camera into device that fits into your pocket.

We'll be live from Berlin next week to bring you full coverage of Samsung's Unpacked event and the Galaxy Note 3 launch — as well as the rest of the IFA 2013 show.

Source: Korea Economic Daily; via: SamMobile, Engadget

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3 years ago

Sony shows pretty much all of the Xperia Z1 in new teaser video

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"The best of Sony is about to get even better"

It's not like we haven't already had a pretty good look at the Xperia Z1 (or "Honami") thanks to a spate of pre-release leaks, but this morning Sony's taken things a step further with a preview of — well, essentially the entire device.

A new teaser video shows a device similar in design to the original Xperia Z, with a Sony "G"-branded rear camera, a physical camera button and waterproof credentials, before stating "The best of Sony is about to get even better."

In a tweet linking to the video, the official Sony Xperia Twitter account said, "3...2....what comes next?," which suggests that the rumored Z1 name could be right on the money. Purported specs include a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 20-megapixel rear camera with Sony G Lens and a five-plus-inch screen.

We're almost certain to see the the Xperia Z1 unveiled on Sept. 4 at Sony's pre-IFA press conference, but between this trailer and the various pre-release leaks, there might not be too much we haven't already seen.

Source: @SonyXperia

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3 years ago

Moto X coming to Verizon online Aug. 29, in-store 'in the coming weeks'

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Available in black and white for $199.99 on-contract, as expected

Verizon has just announced on its official @VZWnews Twitter account that you'll be able to get your hands on a Moto X for Big Red starting August 29th, provided you're okay ordering online. Just as we expected, on-contract pricing will hit $199.99 just like the other carriers, although remember that Verizon won't have access to Moto Maker just yet so you're going to be stuck (with the admittedly still nice) white or black versions.

For those of you wanting to buy the device in-store, Verizon isn't giving any timeframe other than "in the coming weeks". So you'll want to grab yours online if you want it as soon as possible. We have a feeling Thursday can't come soon enough for many Verizon customers out there.

Source: @VZWnews

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3 years ago

The best Android phone you can buy, as of August 2013

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See which phones get the nod from Android Central as the best you can get

We've hit a point in the year where most of the major manufacturers have had their biggest devices out in the market for a bit, and even the late-comers have dropped their entry into the 2013 smartphone game. This is about as "mature" as the market is going to get in the year before a new wave of devices gets ready to hit, so it really is a great time to evaluate where each one stands.

Manufacturers have started to focus a bit less on specs in 2013 (or so they'd like you to believe) and have really pushed forward new features and experiences on their devices, giving a variety of interesting outcomes. There are a robust number of great choices in the market, and we're also reaching a point where U.S. consumers have a variety of options regardless of their carrier.

It's been almost three months since our last "best Android phones" roundup, and now it's time to re-evaluate the ranks in late August. In the end there has to be one winner, so read along with us after the break and see which phone comes out on top.

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