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Big Red is welcoming two new devices to its stable today: HTC's mid-range One Mini 2 One Remix, and Samsung's 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4. Both are available on the Verizon website right now, and should be in retail stores today or soon thereafter. The One Remix costs $49.99 on-contract (half of what we expected), or $449.99 without the commitment, which actually isn't bad as far as Verizon phones go. You can pick up the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 for $359.99 with a two-year contract... if you're a sucker. The off-contract price is just $100 more.

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The One Remix (stylized "remix") is a carrier-customized version of the One Mini 2. It has Verizon's characteristic logos on both the front and back, but at least it wasn't branded in the cattle chute fashion of some LG phones. Stylistically it's quite similar to the HTC One M8, with a rounded, all-metal body, dual front-facing speakers, and big bezels on a screen with virtual navigation buttons. Underneath that 4.5-inch, 720p display, you'll find a Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage longing for a microSD card to fill its slot. At least the software is mostly up to date, with Sense 6 running on top of Android 4.4. The rear camera is 13MP with no "ultrapixels" or dual setup, which some users might prefer. The processor is a 1.2Ghz quad-core chip, almost certainly a Snapdragon 400.

Given the somewhat lackluster specs, I'd pick something else if I were looking for a cheap on-contract phone - last year's HTC One, LG G2, Moto X, DROID Mini, and DROID Maxx are all currently free on Verizon's site.

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The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 suffers from Verizon's usual premium pricing for tablets. And even with the contract discount, it's a bit hard to swallow the decidedly budget specs, including a 1280x800 screen, 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage augmented by a microSD card slot. (Hey, that's remarkably similar to the One Remix.) The rear camera is a disappointing 3MP with no flash, and software is Android KitKat with Samsung's TouchWiz sprinkled on top. At this point I don't understand why Samsung continues to release a new Tab series every year - it's basically just a new coat of paint. And picking one up on Verizon when you could tether a Wi-Fi tablet for free (thanks to the company's latest plan terms) seems unwise.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Calvin Uijlen

    I still don't understand why phones in the USA have carrier-logos on them.
    No such thing in the EU, a HTC One will have a 'HTC' logo and not one from T-Mobile, Verizon, KPN, Free, Virgin etc..

    • ProductFRED

      Well, it's several things:

      - Most Americans don't care. But if you're tech savvy enough to visit a website like Android Police (you and I), you probably do care.

      - It's free advertising for carriers

      - It's argued that it's non-intrusive (by carriers). Or at least it's what they would say if someone actually brought it up to them.

      - It ensures that customers are confused and think that the phone = the service; even putting aside CDMA carriers, I know plenty of people who don't know that if you unlock a GSM device, you can use it on another GSM carrier. Many people don't even know what a SIM card is or how to change it. Some people even think a microSD card is a SIM card.

      - Phones are so ingrained into society that nobody questions them. Once they buy the service and the phone is set up, that's it. They don't think about it. If they want new service, they buy a new phone.

      I'm 100% with you. So far, only Sprint has taken a stance on phone branding (but they're a CDMA carrier who programs their phones to reject US SIM cards besides their own [they use SIM cards only for LTE]...). So yeah, it's pretty bad here.

      The good news is on phones with removable backs, like the Galaxy series, you can just buy an unbranded/International/Euro battery door. But it's not really a solution.

    • patt

      Interesting how I saw Orange logo on EU phones lol

    • cesium

      Do you typically buy your phones off-contract in EU or are they subsidized by the carrier? If off-contract, then that's why they don't have a carrier logo on them. Vast majority of phones bought in the US are subsidized by the carrier, and so they essentially have free reign to sell you their slightly customized version.

      • Calvin Uijlen

        Even phones that are subsidized don't have a carrier logo on them (in the EU).
        They may have another bootscreen with the carrier logo.

  • BoFiS

    You cite the HTC One, LG G2, Moto X, DROID Mini, and DROID Max, but NONE of those phones have a MicroSD slot nor front-facing speakers and good, metal build. In my opinion, if you want a SMALL device that's still decent, the Remix is a great choice finally, though sure, it could have used a removable battery or Snapdragon 800 ;-)

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  • InfoPsyche

    HTC has officially released One Remix in July, 2014. The HTC handset is available for a new two-year contract with Verizon. The phone is powered by 4.4.2 KitKat android version. It is equipped with 13 megapixel camera, Quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of system memory, DLNA and NFC.
    http://tech.infopsyche.com/htc-one-remix/

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  • J

    I tried to buy an HTC One Remix today and it was $149.99 with a $50 rebate, with a 2 year agreement. They said I'd have to give up my low minute legacy plan to get the rebate. No thanks, I'll save my $100 and continue paying less per month.

    • Mr. B

      That's BS, I'm not saying that directly to you, go to the online Site at the end of checkout you can put in promotional code(s), Verizon has two I know of VZWDEAL and FIFTYSAV ends 31st of October 2014