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3 years ago

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 should start shipping from Dec. 2.

More: Moto G review

Source: Moto G on

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3 years ago

HTC Black Friday promos: Verizon + Sprint HTC One on the cheap, chance to win real gold phone


Verizon and Sprint HTC Ones available from $49.99 today, $29.99 on Friday and Saturday

HTC has kicked off its Black Friday deals early, giving buyers the chance to pick up the Verizon or Sprint HTC One at a significant discount. From Nov. 24-28 and Dec. 1-7 it's available for $49.99 on-contract for new subscribers and upgrades; this Friday and Saturday that price drops to just $29.99.

HTC is also launching new gold-themed promotion in the run up to the holidays. Enter the manufacturer's #HTCinNYC photo contest, which gives mobile photographers the chance to have their images splashed on HTC's Times Square billboard, and you could win a 24-karat gold One valued at $2,500. (Not to be confused with the less precious champagne-gold model to be sold in Europe.) Two winners will receive the golden handset, and one will also be chosen each week to win a regular, aluminum HTC One.

Source: HTC Black Friday deal, HTC photo contest

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3 years ago

Samsung unveils the large, mid-range Galaxy Grand 2


Pretty big, pretty average specs define Samsung's latest Galaxy Grand

If we weren't already offered plenty of large smartphones to choose from, Samsung has thrown yet another new device into the pot with this, the Galaxy Grand 2. The successor to the original Grand sees a bump in hardware specs, but this is still a distinctly mid-range device.

The 5.2-inch display has a resolution of 1280x720, and underneath Android 4.3 is pushed along by a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and 1.5GB of RAM. On-board storage is limited to just 8GB but there is at least a microSD card slot to go with that, and a reasonably sized 2600mAh battery. 

Round the back there's an 8MP camera, and since the Galaxy Grand 2 is running the latest version of Touchwiz, a bunch of Samsung's own apps and services can be found on the Grand 2 including S-Translator, S-Travel and the Samsung Hub. 

The Galaxy Grand 2 will come in black, white or pink in selected regions, and comes in a dual-SIM variety for folks that sort of thing is important to. What we don't have is any word on price or availability. The full press release can be found after the break. 

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3 years ago

HTC announces the HTC One in gold


After the 'real gold' HTC One, this one's more of a 'champagne' version

Following the (very) limited arrival of the HTC One in 18-carat gold, HTC has announced a new "golden" version of the HTC One to go alongside the silver, black, red and blue versions. As a mainstream color option, this version isn't plated with the precious metal — rather the aluminum chassis has been treated with a "champagne" color, similar to the "gold" iPhone 5s. Besides the eye-catching exterior, it's basically the same handset we've been using since the spring, with a Snapdragon 600 CPU, 1080p display and Android 4.3 plus HTC Sense 5.5.

The gold HTC One will be released across Europe "with a number of partners," HTC says, adding that details of local availability will be revealed later today.

So is anyone tempted by this new color option for the HTC One? Shout out in the comments!

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3 years ago

U.S. Cellular now offering Galaxy S4 Mini for $50 on-contract


Ludicrous $500 off-contract price likely won't entice many to forgo the service agreement

Although the carrier didn't make much noise about it, U.S. Cellular is now selling the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. While we knew the smaller (and lesser-appointed) Galaxy S4 was headed to the carrier at some point in November, no new information was known until the phone just popped up on its online store.

The Galaxy S4 Mini can be yours on U.S. Cellular for $50 with a two-year contract or (a frankly absurd) $500 without any service agreement. You'll have your choice of white or black for the color, and in either case you'll be getting much the same experience as those who have the S4 Mini internationally or in the states on Verizon.

If you are considering the S4 Mini on U.S. Cellular, you may want to shop around just a bit, however. The carrier is currently running promotions that peg devices like the Moto X at free on-contract. 

Read: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Review

Source: U.S. Cellular; Via: AndroidPolice

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3 years ago

Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini from Canadian carriers receiving Android 4.3 update


Three big Canadian carriers are pushing updates

Just when you thought that every version of the Galaxy S4 had received its Android 4.3 update, now Canadian carriers are having their turn. Users with Galaxy S4 and S4 Minis on Rogers, TELUS and Bell are all reporting that the big 'ol 790MB update to Android 4.3 is hitting their phone today.

You'll be seeing much the same as every other Galaxy S4 owner that has received the update, including slight visual refreshes to some icons and menus and support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. If you haven't received the update on your Canadian carrier-branded S4 or S4 Mini, now's the time to start checking.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 Forums

Source: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Updated HTC One Max Power Flip Case will also serve as a stand


When we first showed you the HTC One Max Power Flip Case — this is the one with the 1,200 mAh battery tucked into the cover — we did so with a caveat. It wasn't final hardware, and the ability to use the case to prop up the large phone like a stand would be added.

We now have that updated version of this $90 accessory, submitted for your approval.

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3 years ago

Moto G shells and flip covers now available from UK retailer


Brighten up your new Moto G with a colorful back and matching flip cover

Since the Moto G went on sale, one of the most frequent questions has been surrounding availability of the different colored backs and flip covers. UK retailer Clove Technology now has a range of both on sale to buy now, with the backs costing just £8.99 and the flip covers a very reasonable £18.99. 

Red, blue, violet and the rather fetching yellow are all available in the back covers, while the flip cover has a turquoise and white option to add to those in place of the yellow. The Moto G is a ridiculously affordable Android smartphone, and the accessories are equally so. Head on over to the source link below to get your order on. 

More: Moto G Review

Source: Clove

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3 years ago

Moto X KitKat update brings enhanced 'touch to focus' mode to the camera


Touch and drag to focus and expose your images, and it really works

The camera on the Moto X is not going to win any awards. It won't turn you into Trey Ratcliff, it won't get you paid for your pictures by National Geographic, and it won't keep you warm in the evenings. But it opens fast, and with the new enhanced "touch to focus" mode that came with KtiKat it takes pictures a bit better than it did before.

Previously, something was broken with touch to focus. Things seemed to focus on the center of the viewfinder no matter where you tried to move it to, and a lot of pictures showed this by being blurry and grainy. Focus and exposure are two of the most important things we need out of a small sensor camera (the third being good white balance and color correction) and part of the reason why pictures from your phone always look like pictures from your phone.

Motorola wants the camera to be good. They used relatively good components, and are working on the software little by little. Hit the break to see what I mean.

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