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2 weeks ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 13

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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2 weeks ago

Sony Xperia Z3 on sale at T-Mobile online Oct. 15 and in stores Oct. 29

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Verizon isn't the only carrier that will offer the Xperia Z3 in the US, as T-Mobile has confirmed that it will start offering the device starting October 29 in its retail stores.

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2 weeks ago

How to use Moto Migrate to transfer your 'stuff' to your new Moto X

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Moto Migrate

I gotta have my stuff!

While it's not as flashy as talking to your phone and using those admittedly cool voice actions built into the new Moto X, there's a slick little tool in the app drawer that a lot of people will find useful — Moto Migrate. It's been around since the first iteration of the Moto X, and if you talk to people who have used it, most will say it worked great. It just never caught the spotlight like the other features, because it's one of those apps you use once then never look at again.

I've been fiddling with it, and noticed a few changes (mostly good changes) so I wanted to talk about it a little bit, and hopefully folks buying a new Moto X will see how it works and get some use out of it. I did!

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2 weeks ago

These Android phones can handle wireless charging

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Pretty chargers for picky devices.

Wireless charging has been around for a few years now, but sadly it hasn't become as widely-adopted as we'd like. Our microUSB ports start to loosen and bend over time and being able to limit that wear and tear by using wireless charging would be a godsend, but due to the fight over wireless charging standards, most phones simply go without it. And while Qi and Powermat and the various companies backing them fight it out, smartphone users are left in the cold.

However, many popular phones are beginning to embrace wireless charging, and if that's something you're looking for in your next phone, here's a list of those lucky devices.

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2 weeks ago

Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo teaser looks ravishing in red

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Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo teaser looks ravishing in red

We've learned a lot about the upcoming Motorola Droid Turbo on Verizon, and while the @DroidLanding Twitter account has been teasing things like faster charging, today they gave us our first official peek at the new phone. And it is red and so very hot, at least in this incarnation.

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2 weeks ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 10

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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2 weeks ago

ZTE ZMax hands-on

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A just-decent-enough $250 smartphone strapped onto a monster battery

The ZTE ZMax is the type of phone that you get for a very specific reason: you want to play lots of videos and games but you don't have a lot of money to blow on a pricier phablet like the Galaxy Note 4 or the impending Nexus 6/X/whatever. The ZMax is $252 outright on T-Mobile, and for that money, it performs better than its budget in most areas, but not quite all of them.

So, can this phone stand out in the mid-range phone market? Let's take a quick look

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2 weeks ago

Our hands-on video with the Sony Xperia Z3v

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We've already reviewed the Sony Xperia Z3, but Sony and Verizon have just announced its variant for U.S. customers. The Xperia Z3v brings many of the latest innovations and standout features to Verizon customers, such as the 5.2-inch 1080P display, IP68 waterproof rating, Hi-Res Audio support, and the 20.7MP camera. What's different is that they've added Qi wireless charging and increased the battery capacity to 3200 mAh. We met with Sony earlier today to give us a brief tour of the device. Take a look at the video.

If you're a big gamer, the Xperia Z3v is one of the first smartphones in the market with PS4 Remote Play. It lets you connect the phone to your PS4 to play its games when the living room TV is in use. You can connect the Xperia Z3v to the PS4 via home Wi-Fi and use the DUALSHOCK Wireless Controller with the Game Control Mount.

Verizon customers can buy the Xperia Z3v from Verizon online and at participating stores nationwide starting October 23rd, 2014. It'll be available for $199.99 with a new two-year activation.

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2 weeks ago

Sony Xperia Z3, Z3v and Z3 Compact specs

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Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

Sony's late-2014 flagship, the Xperia Z3, sports a refreshed design and some impressive internal specs. It's the combination of the two that make a phone great, so here's the full listing of all internal specs on the Xperia Z3. For completeness, this page also lists the specs for the Xperia Z3v, the Verizon-exclusive version, and Z3 Compact, the smaller variety of the flagship.

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2 weeks ago

V for Verizon: Hands-on with the Sony Xperia Z3v

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Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v

Sony's latest flagship comes to the states on Oct. 23

Verizon and Sony today in New York City unveiled the Xperia Z3v, the first version of the latest flagship from Sony (you'll recall we're really not all that far removed from its last one) to hit the United States. (Don't worry, T-Mobile fans, your time's still coming. Eventually.)

Anyhoo. For the most part we're looking at the same device here. It's got a 5.2-inch TRILUMINOS display at 1080p, and it looks mighty nice. It's got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor inside. You have 32GB of on-board storage, plus a micro SD card. (And Verizon is tossing in 25GB of its own cloud storage.)

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2 weeks ago

Sony's Xperia Z3v launching on Verizon Oct. 23 for $199 on-contract

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Sony Xperia Z3v

Today in New York City, Sony officially announced its flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3, for the U.S. market exclusively on Verizon under the Z3v name. The Z3v marks Sony's latest effort to break into the U.S. in a meaningful way, with availability from Verizon starting October 23rd. The Xperia Z3 boasts a 5.2-inch display and an aluminum-framed, glass-backed chassis with all of the latest internals and Sony's now-standard waterproofing. The one difference Verizon has included is Qi wireless charging.

The Xperia Z3v will naturally set you back $199 with a two-year contract from the carrier. With the launch of the Z3v, Verizon is also offering a bundle deal to pick it up with an Xperia Z2 Tablet and save $200 on the bundle. Verizon will also carry new Sony accessories with the launch of the Z3v — the Sony SmartWatch 3 ($249), the CPW5 Wireless Portable Qi Power Supply ($59), and DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller ($59) and GCM10 Game Control Mount ($39) for PS4 Remote Play.

Verizon has put up a sign-up page where you can enter your email address for more info.

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2 weeks ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 9

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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3 weeks ago

One M8 Eye pops up on HTC's e-store in China with 13 MP rear camera

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HTC launched the Desire Eye and the RE camera yesterday, but didn't share any details on another device rumored to make its debut, the One M8 Eye. It looks like HTC was aiming for a limited release with the latter handset, as the manufacturer has silently listed the One M8 Eye on its Chinese e-store.

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3 weeks ago

HTC Desire Eye specs

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At its "Double Exposure" event in New York City today, HTC took the wraps off a new member of the Desire family with a big selfie camera front and center — meet the HTC Desire Eye. Naturally we've got hands-on coverage of the Desire Eye and HTC's new imaging dealie, the RE camera for your perusal. But if you prefer a by-the-numbers look at the speediest Desire phone yet, head on past the break for the full spec sheet.

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3 weeks ago

Hands-on with the HTC Desire Eye

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HTC Desire Eye

It's not exactly a cyclops, but this phone's 13-megapixel front-facing camera aims to see all

HTC's not been shy about trying things when it comes to mobile imagery. We've spent the last couple years in the world of the UltraPixel. But we're starting to see a bit of a shift back to more traditional sensors. That continues today with the new HTC Desire Eye. As the name implies — and any picture of the phone makes perfectly obvious — this cyclops is all about the selfie.

But beyond that front-facing 13-megapixel camera, the phone lends itself to a bit of a taxonomy conundrum. Typically the Desire line has been a bit below the One line. But on paper, the Desire Eye (like the One E8 before it) isn't far off from the HTC One M8 — it's the design that really diverges.

So there's a lot to talk about here. Let's take a dive into our hands-on with the HTC Desire Eye.

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