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3 years ago

Should I upgrade? HTC One X versus the Nexus 4

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Welcome to Round 2 of our "Should I upgrade?" series. We've already taken a look at the obvious -- the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

So let's move on to another of the flagship devices of the past year -- the HTC One X, and perhaps the new and improved HTC One X+ for good measure. (And you can basically apply all this to Sprint's EVO 4G LTE as well.) It's the pinnacle of the 2012 rebirth of HTC and packed quite the hardware punch, with HTC's usual design chops as well. 

So let's break it down: Should you upgrade to the Nexus 4 from the HTC One X?

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3 years ago

From the forums: Can I buy a Nexus 4 from another country's Google Play Store?

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This one was borne in our burgeoning Google Nexus 4 forums, and prompted us to do a little digging around in Google's support pages. The OP from forums member jerryberry83 read like this:

Hi can someone help me out ? I will be traveling from Europe to the USA for two weeks at the end of November. Would I be able to buy the Google Nexus 4 from the online store and can I use an international card ? How long does it take to deliver ? Have never bought from the store before!

It's a good question. The problem prospective buyers around the globe face, is price. Outside the reach of the Google Play Store, we're already hearing that the Nexus 4 will be considerably more expensive. While we don't necessarily like this, it isn't all that surprising. But, for consumers in countries not supported by device purchases direct from Google, can they use the store from a country that does have it, if like jerryberry83 they will be visiting such a country soon. Or, maybe if you have friends or family there to accept a delivery and forward it on for you. Or, anyway at all you could think of to buy a device using your card. Is it possible? 

The short answer, sadly, seems to be no. The answer lies within Google Play's own support pages, with the key points being these that relate to possible reasons for declined payments:

Your billing address doesn't match the one on file with your bank. Check that the address listed in your Google Wallet account matches the billing address that appears on your credit/debit card statement.

At this time, the country of your credit card must match the the country to which you're shipping.

In short, it has to be a credit card that not only matches the address registered to the Google Wallet account, but that also is registered in the country to which your device will be shipping. So, if you know someone in a Google Play supported country, you're going to need to get them to buy you one, with their credit card. 

One suggestion posed in response to the initial query, was the use of a VCC (Virtual Credit Card.) Again, this looks like a non-starter, as Google goes into specifics regarding these cards. A VCC cannot be used to purchase a device from the Play Store. 

So, there we have it. Not necessarily what some were hoping to hear, but likewise isn't new as far as policies go. For more on the subject, head on into the Google Play Support Pages at the link below. 

More: Google Play Support, LG Nexus 4 review

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3 years ago

One last set of Droid DNA renders confirms earlier leaks

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Nope, not done with the Droid DNA yet this morning. Our pals at @evleaks let loose another pair of renders of the coming Verizon smartphone, and this is the one I've been waiting for. The rear shot confirms the design is the same as in the pics we showed you back in October, and you can just make out the little holes to the left of the rear camera lens (even rez'd out here). It'll be interesting to see how much that camera housing sticks out from the body of the phone as well.

And it all line up with evleaks' other shots as well. It's safe to say this is it, folks.

We'll see you at Tuesday's launch in New York!

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Verizon makes the Droid DNA official

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Verizon on its website this morning officially outed the HTC Droid DNA. The phone, which will be unveiled at an event Tuesday morning in New York City (we'll be there), is clearly listed under Verizon's "News and Offers" section.

What's more is that Verizon's throwing a Google Hangout on Monday, Nov. 19, at noon Eastern. A special unboxing, apparently, some six days after this week's event.

More: Exclusive first pictures of the Droid DNA

The Droid DNA is expected to be a 5-inch device, the largest thus far of HTC's traditional smartphones, and a cousin to the J Butterfly released in Japan. It should have a ridiculous 1080x1920 resolution, powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. Our previous leak pegs it at 1.5 Ghz, with 2GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear camera. It'll likely run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the new Sense 4+ user interface.

Verizon's event Tuesday is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Eastern.

Source: Verizon; More: Verizon on Google+

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3 years ago

LG Escape review

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While the LG Escape isn’t brand new, nor was its release back in September exactly hotly anticipated, we here at Android Central are nothing if not thorough, and we believe that everyone should have all facts before they throw down some sawbucks on a new phone. Here, we’ll take a brief look at LG’s entry-level device and how the $50 Escape fares against the rest of AT&T’s portfolio, just in time for the holiday season.

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3 years ago

Should I upgrade? Galaxy Nexus versus the Nexus 4

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It seems like an easy decision to make -- the Nexus 4 is available for as low as $299 outright. Why wouldn't you get one? But the fact isn't lost on those of us who have a ridiculous number of smartphones that this is still a good chunk of money, and it's quite possible the phone you're holding right this second is still really good and should last a while longer.

So we're going ask the question about a number of current phones and help break it down. Should you upgrade to the Nexus 4?

Let's start with last year's Google phone -- the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Have a Galaxy Nexus? Will you upgrade to the Nexus 4?

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3 years ago

Motorola to let users 'Test Drive' future software updates before release

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Following the announcement that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is rolling out to the Droid RAZR M, Motorola introduced a new initiative they're calling "Test Drive". The idea behind Test Drive is to let a small number of registered users have access to the latest version of a software update before its general public release. Starting with updates to Android 4.2, a "few hundred consumers" will have access to the software to give a try and provide valuable feedback to Motorola before an official release.

Motorola didn't provide any official information about when or how users will be able to register to be included in Test Drive, but you can bet it'll be quite a rush to get into those few hundred open spots.

Source: Official Motorola Blog

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3 years ago

Google offering Price Protection for recent Nexus 7 purchases

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At $249, it's easy to understand why a few people may have bought a 16GB Nexus 7 on a whim in the past few weeks -- only to find out that a price drop was coming as part of the big Nexus announcement. Fear not, as Google has added the 16GB Nexus 7 to its "Price Protection" list on Google Play. This means that users who purchased a $249 Nexus 7 on or after October 14th will receive refunds covering the difference of the new and old prices.

That's a pretty generous protection window, so if you fall into this category, hit up the source link below to request a refund. Google says it'll refund the difference -- in this case $50 -- within 14 days.

Source: Google Play Help

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 now available at AT&T

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Those of you itching to get a hold of Samsung's latest phablet will be happy to hear that, as expected, the Galaxy Note 2 is now available at AT&T stores and online for $299 on a two-year contract. 

The Note 2 launch on AT&T is going to be a bit crowded by Windows Phones though, as both the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X are also hitting shelves today, and they're getting a lot of visibility. On the other hand, Samsung has already sold 3 million Note 2 devices. There aren't any surprises as far as Note 2 specs go, as the 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, LTE connectivity, 8 megapixel camera, and quad-core 1.6 GHz processor are the same as models released elsewhere. 

 Who's in? Of course, you'll want to check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 before taking the plunge. 

More: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 forums

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3 years ago

Official Jelly Bean update hitting Motorola Droid RAZR M today

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We saw a leak of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Motorola Droid RAZR M just shy of a month ago, and Verizon has just taken off the wraps on the official update today. The official support page is now live, and the update will start rolling out in phases -- as is typical -- starting today. The page also indicates that eager users will be able to manually check in and download the update in the next week.

The update is bringing the whole host of Android 4.1 features including Google Now, smart keyboard predictions and a few Motorola tweaks like an enhanced notification pane thrown in. Love it or hate it, the update is bringing along ISIS mobile payments as well. Surely we would have preferred to see the device launch with Jelly Bean on board, but a hasty update right after launch is the next best thing. It looks like Google kept its promise on this update.

Source: Verizon; More: Motorola Droid RAZR M Forums

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the new black T-Mobile HTC One S

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Meet the new T-Mobile HTC One S. Same as the old T-Mobile HTC One S. Well, mostly.

See, way back in February, deep in Hall 8 of the Fira de Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, we discovered that there actually were two versions of the HTC One S. T-Mobile U.S. was to get the gray version, with its traditional "gradient paint color sheet," while the rest of the world got to play with the cool-looking black one with its Micro-Arc Oxidation treatment that basically fries the metal into thinking its a ceramic

And now, you can get that same MAO-treated phone on T-Mobile U.S. And this is it.

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR MAXX lands on Alltel

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Alltel has started selling the Motorola RAZR MAXX today for $129.99 on contract or $499.99 off-contract. Don't confuse this with the RAZR MAXX HD, though it sounds like the last generation had great battery life too. Here's what's under the hood. 

  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM
  • 4.3-inch 960 x 540 display
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • MHL video-out support
  • 3300 mAh battery with 21.5 hours talk time

Any RAZR MAXX owners out there? Alltel customers, anyone tempted to pick this one up, or would you sooner switch carriers for access to the MAXX HD?  

Anyone interested, can order a Motorola RAZR MAXX from Alltel Online over here

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3 years ago

AT&T's Samsung Captivate Glide gets Ice Cream Sandwich on Nov. 10

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AT&T this morning announced that the Samsung Captivate Glide -- the 4-inch QWERTY we first saw about a year ago -- will get its update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich starting this Sunday. It doesn't look like it'll be made available over the air -- it's still 2012, right? -- and instead you'll have to go to a Samsung update page, which at the time of this writing still says the update is on hold. 

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia advance on sale unlocked in the U.S.

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The Xperia Advance (known elsewhere in the world as the rugged Xperia Go) is now available to Americans through online retailers like Newegg for a scant $249.99. Beyond being pretty dang tough, here's what you can expect spec-wise. 

  • 3.5-inch 480 x 320 display
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Jelly Bean is on the way)
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video recording
  • IP67 dust and water resistant ("the highest level of dust and water resistance available on Any Android smartphone" as of October 29)
  • UMTS HSPA 850, 1900, 2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • DLNA and USB host connectivity

So, entry-level, but a decent, affordable unlocked phone with a fair bit of ruggedness to boot. Good enough for any of you, or does it make more sense to sign on to a contract for something higher-end? Is the IP67 rating an attraction at all? Anyone in the UK pick up the European version? What do you think?

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini now available in the UK

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Samsung's miniaturized, mid-range Galaxy S3 Mini has gone on sale in the UK, where it's now available to purchase SIM-free and on-contract. If you're looking to buy one outright, online retailers Expansys and Unlocked Mobiles are selling the Galaxy S3 Mini for £299.99 and £294.98 respectively.

If you're after a network-subsidized Mini, you'll find it offered on 24-month contracts from £28 per month from Three UK, or £27 per month from O2. Three's plan is more data-friendly, with "all you can eat" data included, while O2's is limited to 500MB, but with unlimited texts. O2's price plans go as cheap as £16.50 per month, but if you opt for that deal, you'll pay over £100 up-front for the phone. (It's worth noting that Three isn't selling the S3 Mini online until Nov. 16 -- until then it'll be available in stores only.)

Anyone considering picking up a Galaxy S3 Mini today? Shout out in the comments!

More: Galaxy S3 Mini forum

Source: Three, Expansys, Unlocked Mobiles, O2

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