A couple of months ago, my brother in law came to me with a question: he needed an affordable $200-300 Android smartphone that he could purchase from the UAE or Lebanon and that would do the basics right. My ready-made answer in the category in the past few years has been Samsung's A/C/J series. You get nice hardware, decent software with less bloat nowadays, excellent after-sale support no matter which mom-and-pop repair store you stop at, easy accessory purchase, and it's super fast to sell it on when the time comes to part with your phone. But that's only because Samsung's presence in Lebanon is huge, LG's midrange devices are too costly for the features, Moto and HTC essentially don't exist, Nokia/HMD hadn't begun selling phones again yet, and Huawei started breaking into the market about a year or so ago. Read More
Earlier this year, Blu released what would end up being my favorite phone from the manufacturer today: the Vivo Air. It was super sleek and thin, had a beautiful display, and was a generally great phone for just $199. Today, Blu announced the Air's successor, the Vivo Air LTE.
This phone basically corrects the weaknesses found in the original Air by bumping the RAM up to 2GB and adding LTE. This, of course, means the processor has also changed, and Blu has chosen to go with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 this time around. Otherwise, most of the other specs are the same:
It's really an incremental update, but it's a pretty significant incremental update...if that makes sense. Read More
Finding a decent ten inch tablet that won't break the bank can be an interesting process. There are so many options on the market, it's easy to get overwhelmed. If, however, you're in the market for something from the ASUS Transformer line, there's a pretty solid deal on eBay happening right now: the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T is just $200. Keep in mind that we're talking about the Tegra 3 model here, by the way - not last year's TF701, which features the Tegra 4 chip.
While this deal is specifically for the tablet (no dock is included), it's worth noting that the units being sold are new, as opposed to refurbished models that we often see with prices this low (it's $70 cheaper than what's going on Amazon right now). Read More
A couple of days ago, we found out that LG's latest powerhouse, the Optimus G Pro, is going to be exclusively available on AT&T in the United States. We had our eyes on this device ever since David reviewed the Korean version and found it "decidedly superior to the Galaxy Note II in many ways."
The 5.5" 1080p device packs a competitive Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 13MP/2.1MP cameras, and a 3,140mAh battery. Not bad, right? The only thing it seems to be missing compared to its two major competitors, the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4, is 802.11ac Wi-Fi, but chances are that by the time you are able to fully utilize that kind of speed, you'll be due for an upgrade. Read More
After a short delay, Sprint is now ushering Samsung's highly anticipated successor to the popular Galaxy S III to store shelves, but how much does it cost? New customers can pick up the Galaxy S4 with a two-year contract for $149, but existing customers looking to upgrade must plop down $249 to bring home the same phone. This isn't the best of news for current Sprint customers, but there is now another option available.
As of today, Amazon is allowing existing Sprint customers to upgrade for $50 less. This brings the price of upgrading an existing contract down to levels resembling the price of starting a contract anew. Read More
The Nexus 4 has been in-and-out of stock like a California burger joint, but today it's back—as long as you don't mind getting it from T-Mobile. The subsidized hardware with a two-year contract is available again from everyone's fourth-favorite carrier. If you want one without a contract, though, that's still an option. It will just run you $500.
Of course, there's no knowing how long this will last. We'll update this post if the device well dries up, but if you really want one before the holidays, ordering sooner would be better than later. Get a move on.
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Three days ago, Amazon dropped the price of Sprint's Note II to $230 for new customers, but the white version was excluded. Today, it has dropped the price yet again, and this time it's good for both the gray and white variants.
Effective now, you can now grab a Note II with a new agreement on The Now Network for $199. The price for upgrades has also been dropped by $30 - from $280 to $250. This is the best deal that we've seen for Samsung's next-gen phablet - but remember, Cyber Monday's just around the corner. Who knows what kind of great deals it may - or may not - bring. Read More
One of the downsides to Google's Nexus sales model is that, if you want to get your hands on a Nexus 4, you have to order one. Thankfully, T-Mobile is also going to be carrying the newest flagship phone. If you want to save some money up front in exchange for a 2-year contract, you can pick up the device for $200. It's currently available online here, as well as in select stores.
Oddly, if you want to buy the phone off-contract from T-Mobile, it's going to run you a jaw-dropping $500. The handset is the exact same hardware that's being sold by Google, so there's no real reason to spend the extra $150 unless you really like T-Mo and feel like being generous. Read More
By now, you've probably heard about NVIDIA's Kai platform. However, it hasn't been entirely clear what Kai actually is. Is it a tablet? Or a specific chipset? If so, can it be used in other devices? NVIDIA recently posted on its blog more details about Kai that answers those very questions, as well as touches on the possibilities of where Kai can be used.
First off, Kai is neither a specific piece of hardware, nor is it a software configuration. It's a design reference. NVIDIA wasn't pleased with the crop of low-end tablets currently on the market. Users really only have two options: spend upwards of $400 and get a device that offers a good user experience, solid performance, and a vast app ecosystem; or, spend less money and get an underpowered device with a less-than-ideal experience. Read More
The latest RAZR-looking, 5-row-keyboard-sliding, LTE-packing Droid incarnation - the Motorola Droid 4 - went live today on VZW.com and at Verizon Wireless stores nationwide. The Droid 4 is the first LTE-enabled device in the family which makes it much more appealing to those of you who have been shying away from Moto's iconic line due to data speed constraints.
The Droid 4's full specs include:
- 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 processor
- 1GB of RAM
- Android 2.3.5 (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable in the future)
- 4-inch qHD "scratch-and-scrape resistant" display with Gorilla glass
- 16GB internal memory, up to 32 GB microSD card supported
- Full 5-row LED edge-lit laser-cut QWERTY keyboard
- 8MP rear shooter with 1080p HD video capture
- 1.3MP 720p HD front-facing camera
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- 179g (6.31oz)
- 2.8 (w) x 5.0 (h) x 0.5 (d) inches
- CDMA 800, 1900 EVDO REV A/LTE B13 700
- 1785 mAh battery
- Talk time - 12.5 hours, standby time - 8.5 days
Compared to the Droid 3, this device is faster and better all around - it has a faster processor, supports faster data speeds over LTE, and doubles up on the RAM (1GB vs 512MB). Read More