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3 years ago

Reminder: If Motorola's servers ever come up, you can grab a Moto X off-contract for $350

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Motorola's servers appear to be taking quite a beating early this morning. But if you somehow manage to get through, here's your reminder that the Moto X — our current pick for the best Android phone available — is $150 off today, outright. That means $350 total gets you an off-contract, 16GB Moto X. Another $50 bumps you up to 32GB.

Accessories are still 30 percent off today as well.

Buy now: Motomaker.com

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3 years ago

Samsung announces 'merlot red' and 'rose gold' black and white Galaxy Note 3s

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'Rose gold white' Note 3 headed to China this month

A couple of days after it quietly unveiled the new color options in Argentina, Samsung has today officially announced the arrival of the Galaxy Note 3 with "rose gold" accents in black and white, as well as a new "merlot red" model. The two rose gold versions have front and back designs similar to the existing "classic white" and "jet black" Note 3s, but with bronze accents in place of the standard silver edges. The merlot red version with silver accents sports a more traditional paint job.

The new Note 3 colors join the existing classic white and jet black with silver accents, as well as the lesser-spotted blush pink variant. Samsung says the the "rose gold white" Galaxy Note 3 will launch this month in China, with other colors to be launched "according to each market’s preference."

Update: We've got a gallery featuring all the new Galaxy Note 3 colors after the break.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Moto G up for preorder on Amazon today, ships Dec. 4

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The new Moto G is one of the best values you can get in an Android smartphone — and it's now available for preorder on Amazon. Pricing is exactly the same as from Motorola — $199 for the 16GB mode, and $20 less for 8GB. Those prices don't come with those pesky two-year contracts, either.

This one's definitely worth taking a look at, folks. Here's how we put it recently in our full Moto G review:

Depending on your perspective, the Moto G can be seen as a ridiculously cheap phone considering its quality, or a ridiculously good phone for its price. 

The phones start shipping Dec. 6.

Thanks, Marcela!

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3 years ago

Samsung unveils red and 'rose gold' Galaxy Note 3 in Argentina

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Samsung Argentina has revealed two new color options for its oversized Galaxy Note 3 handset today — "rose gold" and red — bringing the total number of color variants up to five. The rose gold Note 3 is white, like the standard "classic white" version, but with bronze accents around its edges, buttons and camera. The red version is — well, red.

There's no official indication as to when, or even if these new colors will spread outside of Argentina, but recent rumors from Samsung fansite SamMobile point to the red version launching internationally in the first week of 2014, followed two weeks later by the rose gold model.

Source: Samsung, SamMobile

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3 years ago

Dutch Galaxy Note 3 buyers get €125 rebate, free SD card on Nov. 30

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Samsung Netherlands offers Galaxy Note 3 customers discount plus 64GB card this Saturday

Samsung is hoping to tempt Dutch consumers towards its Galaxy Note 3 handset this weekend, with a one-day promotion giving buyers €125 off the price of the handset (after a mail-in rebate) and a free 64GB microSD card. The offer is valid at participating stores — Phone House, Vodafone, Bell Company and Media Markt — this Saturday, Nov. 30.

Customers will get their SD cards when they buy the device, and the rebate will be given within 15 days when buyers send in a copy of their receipt, IMEI sticker and a completed registration form. Vodafone NL customers picking up a Note 3 on "Red Essentials" contract get the phone for free and a €45 monthly fee, down from €54. More details, including terms and conditions, are can be found at the source link.

Source: Samsung Netherlands; via: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Verizon Droid Ultra + Droid Mini now available in white

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Following some recent (and not-so-recent) leakage, the Motorola Droid Ultra and Droid Mini have appeared in white on Verizon's online store. Nothing has changed besides the color of the phones' exterior — you're still basically looking at a Moto X-class device in a different form factor with added "Droid" branding from Verizon. The phones' prices are also unchanged — the Ultra is $99.99 on a two-year plan, $449.99 outright or $18.97 on Verizon Edge, while the Mini remains $49.99 on-contract, $399.99 outright or $16.81 on Edge.

Hit the source links below for more details.

Source: Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Mini; via: Droid-Life

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3 years ago

O2 Speed to Refresh reduces cost of paying off contract if you upgrade

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Carrier offers 25 percent reduction in cost of buying out contract to get subscribers onto 'O2 Refresh' plans

O2 UK has announced a new promotion designed to tempt existing customers onto its O2 Refresh price plans, which decouple the cost of customers' phones from their monthly service payment. Dubbed O2 Speed to Refresh, the new deal gives existing customers 25 percent off the cost of buying out the remainder of their contract if they upgrade to an O2 Refresh plan.

O2 Refresh is part of a growing trend which has seen some operators offering a clear distinction between the price of cellular service and the cost of payments towards the value of handsets. The plans mean customers' monthly bills are reduced after they've finished paying off their phone, and they can pay the full cost of the device up-front in exchange for lower monthly fees.

O2 Speed to Refresh is open to O2 Pay Monthly customers who have been with the carrier for at least three months.

Source: O2; More: O2 FAQs

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3 years ago

Dual-SIM HTC One with microSD slot coming to the UK

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Available now for pre-order, priced £494.99

HTC has announced that it'll bring a dual-SIM version of its flagship HTC One handset to the UK. The dual-SIM HTC One will also feature a removable back panel, like the HTC One Max, and expandable storage via a microSD slot supporting up to 64GB cards. Dual-SIM devices allow users to stay connected through multiple numbers at the same time, and HTC says it's targeting this specific model at "foreign nationals and students studying in the UK and business users who regularly travel abroad." A similar dual-SIM device has been available in China since April.

Aside from the extra SIM slot and microSD support, we're looking at the essentially the same device that's been on sale since the spring, with a Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel" camera and a 1080p SuperLCD display. It's worth noting however that the spec sheet makes no mention of LTE, meaning you'll max out at 3G data speeds on this device, with the first SIM slot supporting quad-band HSPA.

The handset is available for pre-order now, priced at £494.99; HTC says it's in talks with retailers and carriers to offer the dual-SIM HTC One to consumers and businesses.

More: HTC

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3 years ago

The best Android phone you can buy is $150 off on Monday

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A quick heads up, folks, that the Moto X — which is currently the best Android phone you can buy — gets even better on Cyber Monday. Motorola will take $150 off any off-contract Moto X — including the developer edition, as well as one you customize yourself with Moto Maker.

That means the 32GB Moto X can be had for $400, and the 16GB version drops to $350. (That's the same price as the Nexus 5, by the way.)

Motorola says supplies will be limited, and to stay tuned for more info.

Source: +Motorola

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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse reveals orange, pink and purple Galaxy S4 Minis

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Pink and purple available now, orange due December 6

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has announced that it'll sell the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini in three exclusive colors — orange, pink and purple. The brightly-colored Minis can be had for £379.95 SIM-free, as well as being available for free on 24-month contracts starting at £21 per month from Talkmobile or Vodafone. Carphone Warehouse is also selling the S4 Mini on-contract with EE, O2, T-Mobile and Orange.

Besides the fresh coat of paint, this is the same Galaxy S4 Mini we reviewed over the summer, powered by a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, with a 4.3-inch qHD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera and 4G LTE connectivity. It's not the most capable "mini" phone out there, but it's a decent all-rounder all the same.

The Galaxy S4 Mini is available from Carphone Warehouse now in purple and pink, in addition to the standard white and black; orange is expected to follow by Dec. 6.

More: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

HTC reveals new Desire handsets for Taiwan

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Desires 300, 501, 601 and 700 fill out HTC's entry-level and mid-range lineup

HTC has today expanded its mid-range and budget portfolio for its home market of Taiwan, announcing the HTC Desire 300, 501, 601 dual-SIM and 700 dual-SIM. We've already become acquainted with the Desire 300 and 601, recently introduced in Europe as single-SIM phones, but the 501 and 700 appear to be new members of the Desire family.

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3 years ago

Moto G available for just £99 on Tesco Mobile

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UK Supermarket chain offering the Moto G for quite a bit less than competitors on its own network

The Moto G isn't exactly an over-priced Android smartphone as it is, but Tesco Mobile has already slashed the price down to just £99 for the 8GB version. That's a saving of £36 over list price for what frankly is already the best budget smartphone in town. 

The 16GB Moto G can also be had, and this one will cost you just £129. Better still, since it's being sold at Tesco, Clubcard points and vouchers can be gained and used by buying the Moto G here leaving a real possibility for an insane bargain as we head towards the holiday season. It'll be locked to Tesco Mobile, but at this price it's even harder to resist picking one up. Head on over to the source link for more and to buy your own. 

More: Moto G Review

Source: Tesco

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3 years ago

The best Android phone you can buy

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It’s time fo​r another look at the best Android handsets out there

It’s been a busy three months since we brought you our last roundup of the best Android phones on the market. In that time we’ve witnessed the launch of important devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2 and Nexus 5, along with the new Android 4.4 KitKat — and important updates for existing phones. The Android smartphone landscape has altered considerably, with the established flagship phones released in earlier months facing new challengers as we approach the end of the year.

So it’s time to take a fresh look at things as 2013 draws to a close. Just about everything that’s going to land in Q4 has done so, and so the current selection of Android phones will be sticking around until the first wave of 2014 handsets arrives in early Spring.

Join us after the break, where we’ll crown the best Android phone overall, the best oversized phone and the best value phone — and look at a few runners-up and honorable mentions.

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3 years ago

Canadian Galaxy S3 and Note 2 receiving Android 4.3 update

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Another group of devices make the jump to Android 4.3

We're hearing from multiple Canadians with Galaxy S3's and Galaxy Note 2's today that are receiving the big update to Android 4.3. Falling in right behind those with the Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini that received the update up north, those with the last-generation handsets aren't being left out in the cold.

As we're sure you're aware by this point, the big 700MB+ update brings all sorts of improvements to the two phones, including support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung's KNOX enterprise software and a visual refresh of some menus and icons throughout the system.

If you haven't received the update on your own Galaxy S3 or Note 2, now's a good time to start checking more frequently.

More: Samsung Galaxy S3 Forums | Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Forums

Thanks, Michael and William!

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3 years ago

Moto G now available directly from Motorola, shipping December 2

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Global and U.S. versions selling for $179-199 SIM-free

A little earlier than expected, Motorola's entry-level Moto G is now available to purchase directly from the manufacturer's U.S.-based website. The 4.5-inch Android 4.3 handset is available for $179 (8GB) or $199 (16GB) SIM-free, with U.S. and global-optimized versions of both available. (Moto's site says both devices can roam globally, but the U.S. version is optimized for American networks, and vice-versa for the global model.) In the U.S. you'll be able to use this unlocked Moto G on T-Mobile or AT&T HSPA+, but there's no CDMA or 4G LTE support on this particular model — a CDMA version will be coming in January, Moto says.

The Moto G is one of the most impressive budget handsets to pass across our desks this year. It sports a Moto X-like polycarbonate exterior, a 720p LCD display and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU. On the software side it's near-stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean running the show, with a few Moto software tweaks.

Here's a snippet from our recent review of the Moto G:

"Depending on your perspective, the Moto G can be seen as a ridiculously cheap phone considering its quality, or a ridiculously good phone for its price. Either way, it’s a lesson to other manufacturers in how to make a good, cheap Android phone. The screen is the best you’ll find on a budget handset, the CPU, while by no means high-end, strikes a great balance of performance and energy efficiency, allowing the built-in battery to drive the device through a fully day of use with ease."

Moto G orders placed today on Motorola.com should start shipping from Dec. 2.

More: Moto G review

Source: Moto G on Motorola.com

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