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BLU Energy XL review: Huge screen, epic battery life, and a reasonable price

BLU released a new phone a few days back called the BLU Energy XL and they sent me one to take a look at. The XL in the title is there for good reason; everything about this phone is massive. It has a huge 6" HD screen, 64GB of on-board storage, and mammoth 5,020 mAh battery. The only thing that isn't enormous about this behemoth is the price, which is a very reasonable $300.

Sound pretty good on paper, right? Let's see how good it is in practice.

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[Deal Alert] Nextbit Robin on sale for $239 for Amazon Prime Day [Update: Still live after Prime Day]

The Nextbit Robin is a fine phone with a neat design. The original $399 was a little high, though. Even the new $299 price direct from Nextbit can be pushing it when there are so many great budget phones. If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, this phone is on mega-discount today. You can get the Robin for a mere $239.

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Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2 is out (NVD83H), makes some significant changes

The Android Wear 2.0 Preview milestone 2 build has been released today for the Huawei Watch and LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition. You can get the builds for your flashing pleasure here. What's new? I'll let the official Android Developers Blog take it away from here.

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ASUS says there's a Snapdragon 821 variant of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe on the way

Asus already has three different versions of the ZenFone 3 planned in fast food-style denominations: vanilla, Deluxe, and Ultra. The Deluxe is the highest-specced version ("Ultra" is about a bigger screen, not better specs), as it's equipped with the latest and greatest Snapdragon 820 processor. Of course that's no longer the latest and greatest: Qualcomm announced the even faster Snapdragon 821 just yesterday. Not to be outdone, a new version of the ZF3 Deluxe has been announced via a Taiwanese press release.

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[Update: 16GB gone] Deal: NVIDIA Shield and Shield Pro $50 off on Amazon, plus free 2nd gamepad

As part of Prime Day, NVIDIA is offering the Shield and Shield Pro on Amazon for $50 off their respective MSRPs, in addition to throwing in a free second gamepad (Shield's gamepad is, by the way, excellent). Normally, the cost of a Shield 16GB console with two gamepads would be $259 - today it's just $149. The 500GB Shield Pro with a second controller would normally be $359, but for Prime Day, it's $249. That's a heck of a deal, and while Shield promotions aren't exactly rare, they're usually either a flat discount or a free remote - this deal hasn't happened before, and offers the greatest net discount on the console and its accessories we've seen yet.

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Project Fi ups international data to 3G speeds, offers $150 off Nexus 6P for new signups

Google announced today on the official Android blog that Project Fi's international data roaming speeds will be up to 10-20x faster than before. "Before" was previously advertised as around 256kbps, so this brings speeds up to or around 2560-5120kbps (2.5-5Mbps, basically), which is pretty much in line with what you can expect on 3G in most countries. This should take Fi's international data from "usable in a pinch" to "usable."

The same pricing applies as always: you pay for the data you use abroad at the same rate you'd pay for that data in the US. The new data speeds come courtesy of the addition of Three to the Fi network.

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[Deal Alert] Get $100 off the HTC 10 on HTC's store through the end of July

Let's be real here—the HTC One M9 was not a good phone, but the HTC 10 is. The only problem is that it's very expensive at $700. Now, HTC is knocking $100 off the price through the end of July, but the deal is only valid through HTC's online store. This probably would have been a better starting price.

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[Deal Alert] Huawei Nexus 6P 64GB and 128GB down 26% on Amazon, starting $403.75

Far be it from me to tell you what smartphone to own, but if you were looking at getting a Nexus device, I'm going to go on a limb and advise you to skip the Nexus 6 and 5X and even the 32GB Nexus 6P, and go straight to one of these 64GB or 128GB Nexus 6P deals on Amazon.

As part of its Prime Day Deal, Amazon is discounting these models of the Nexus 6P by 26%. If memory serves me right, the biggest discount we've seen on the Nexus 6P is $80 off plus a $50 gift card from B&H.

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[Deal Alert] Huawei Watches are discounted up to 52% on Amazon Prime today, starting $175.99

In my opinion, the Huawei Watch is the best Android Wear watch available on the market now, and that hasn't changed in the many months since its introduction. While we're still waiting for the next generation of Wear devices to be released, prices on Huawei's beautiful watch have been dropping increasingly. And we might be seeing them at an all-time low today with Amazon's Prime Day Deals.

To cut to the chase, here are the models you can buy on a discount today:

The only model not being discounted is the rose gold stainless steel plated with brown leather strap.

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[Deal Alert] Huawei Honor 5X $119.99 (40% off $199.99)

The 5.5-inch Huawei Honor 5X Marshmallow update is finally rolling out, solving one of the major issues we had with this device in our original review. With only 16GB of on-board storage (which we figured closer to 8GB after counting the OS and bloatware), Android 6.0 Marshmallow's SD card capabilities make this a much more attractive offering, especially considering the price! We saw the 5X on eBay for $159.99 back in March, but this is by far the best deal yet: $119.99 on Amazon for an unlocked device that will work on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.

Just to recap our initial thoughts:

A $200 smartphone with a fingerprint scanner, a decent camera, solid battery life, and LTE...

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