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Latest Nexus 9 tablets address some HTC quality issues

Posted by wicked November - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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In the rush to be an early adopter of the new Google Nexus 9 tablet, some buyers discovered some quality issues with the HTC built tablet. Despite their struggles in the market, HTC generally has been viewed as a manufacturer of quality devices, so the shortcomings were probably unwelcome news for HTC executives. Based on a new post on reddit, it looks like HTC has stepped up to address at least some of the problems for buyers.

One of the issues that was identified was a problem with the volume and power buttons on the edge of the Nexus 9. Some users were reporting the buttons were difficult to press apparently because they were sitting too far in the device relative to the chassis. The reddit user who posted up the image above shows how HTC has made sure the buttons are raised up higher.

Another issue for the same reddit user, along with other early buyers, was excessive light bleed from the display. Reports indicate this was improved, though not eliminated, in the replacement unit provided by HTC.

source: reddit

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LG G Flex 2 could be announced at CES 2015

Posted by wicked November - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Sources are reporting that LG is preparing to launch the LG G Flex 2 at CES 2015 in January. The device will be a successor to the LG G Flex smartphone. Although not a commercial success, the LG G Flex was really a device intended to serve as a kind of proof of concept for smartphones with something other than a flat, rigid screen. According to the sources, the LG G Flex 2 will include a new curved screen using a high-resolution plastic OLED and the self-healing back material that was present on the original G Flex.

In addition to building on and extending the curved screen and self-healing materials of the original G Flex, LG supposedly has created a new hard rubber chassis that can bend much more than the current model. Other than these basics about the device, no other information about the internal hardware or specs is available yet.

Are you interested in smartphones that incorporate non-standard shapes and form factors?

source: Android Authority

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Latest leak ups the hardware ante on HTC’s next flagship

Posted by wicked November - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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A new leak about the next HTC flagship smartphone, possibly dubbed something other than the HTC One (M9), indicates the hardware specs may be a little better than previously thought. According to this latest report, the HTC device will get a 5.5-inch screen, not the 5.2-inch screen previously reported. The resolution is still expected to be 2560 x 1440, so there would be a slight drop in pixels per inch. The rest of the alleged specs match what we have already heard, including a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a 16 MP OIS-equipped camera.

According to the report, HTC is working on a partnership with Bose on the sound system included in the device. HTC’s front-facing speaker system has been one of its more favorable features and a partnership with Bose would strengthen that quality of HTC smartphones.

The latest rumors also suggest HTC will reveal two variants of their next flagship at MWC 2015 next March. There will be the main HTC One (M9) and an HTC One (M9) Prime. No information was provided as to what might be different in a “Prime” device.

If HTC makes it to market with hardware close to this, do you think they will be in the ballpark as far as 2015′s flagship devices go or will they find themselves lagging behind?

source: MyDrivers.com
via: AndroidHeadlines

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Order your OnePlus One now, no invite required

Posted by wicked November - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Since its release back in June, the OnePlus One has demonstrated to be one of the hardest smartphones on the market to get our hands on, due solely to its incredibly high demand. To keep up with the large amount of orders, the company had to introduce a unique invitation system in which customers had to first obtain an invite before they could purchase a handset. But for the next 72 hours, the device is available for anyone to order, no invitation necessary.

The OnePlus One is a powerhouse packing a 5.5-inch LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels, a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB of RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter, 16/64GB of internal storage and a 3,100mAh non-removable Li-Po battery.

In terms of pricing, the Sandstone Black (64GB) variant of the device will set you back $349, whilst the Silk White (16GB) model is retailing for $299. Also, since it’s Black Friday, OnePlus is offering a handful of discounts on accessories, too, including cases, earphones, screen protectors and cables.

All orders are expected to arrive before December 25, but, please note, that this promotion is only running while stocks last and once it’s gone the traditional invitation method will be resumed — so if you want to get your mitts on one, act fast.

Source: OnePlus

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LG G Watch has $99 price tag on Google Play for the next 3 days

Posted by wicked November - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Looking for a good deal on a new smart watch this Black Friday? If so, Google has you covered. For the next 72 hours, it’s cutting a whopping 56% off the LG G Watch — so from now until midnight on Monday, you can pick one up for just $99. The same deal also applies to residents in the UK; they can grab the device for £79.

To further sweeten the deal, Google is offering $50 complimentary Google Play credit to those who purchase the G Watch as part of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotion. This can be used for apps, books, movies, magazines, music or games.

If you like the sound of the LG G Watch and want to pick one up via the Google Play Store — hit the source link below.

Source: Google

 

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Motorola selling standalone Moto 360 bands, available in leather and metal

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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When the Moto 360 launched a few months ago, consumers were stuck with the bands that shipped with the watch. There are third-party solutions, but a good amount of people like to use what is provided by the manufacturer. The demands of many are finally being met as standalone bands for the Moto 360 are now available directly through Motorola. The bands come in leather and metal materials. The leather options include black, stone, and cognac for $29 each. The metal, priced at $79, comes in light finish (silver) and dark finish (black).

Source: Motorola

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Karbonn Sparkle V available in Europe as region’s first Android One handset

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Folks in Europe seeking a entry-level handset with quality software now have an option in the form of the Sparkle V. The handset, manufactured by Karbonn, is a product of Android One. Through Amazon UK, the Sparkle V is available for £129 and the retailer will discount it on Black Friday to £99.

The great thing about this handset (and all others under Android One) is the guaranteed software updates. Google is in charge of software updates with Android One and promises a device will be up-to-date for two years following launch. The Sparkle V ships with Android 4.4.4 KitKat; however, we fully expect Android 5.0 Lollipop to arrive very soon.

The hardware specifications from this Karbonn handset is unsurprising at its price, but it will suffice for its target consumer. The 4.5-inch screen has a resolution of 854×480. The component keeping the price low is the quad-core processor from MediaTek clocked at 1.3GHz with 1GB of RAM. The internal storage is set at 4GB but it is expandable thanks to the microSD card slot. On the back is a 5MP camera while the front has a 2MP camera.

Source: Amazon UK
Via: Phone Arena

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[Deal] Staples taking 25% off (almost) everything in-store only, includes Moto 360 for $187

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The best deal a retailer can offer is a discount on everything in the store. Today only, Staples is doing just that with an in-store coupon that takes 25% off any item; however, “any item” is not exactly eligible. Immediately, everyone is going to want to use the coupon for an electronic because of the generally high price. Many electronics are not eligible, but there are a few items slipping through the cracks. For example, the Moto 360 from Staples can be brought down to $187. Just over to the local Staples and present them with the coupon code 19646.

The coupon expires at the end of Staples store hours this evening.

Here is what the coupon’s disclaimer reads (with the exclusions in bold):

Valid in Staples® U.S. stores only. Discount applies to highest-priced item. Limit one coupon per customer, nontransferable. Not valid on desktop or laptop computers, tablets, netbooks, Amazon Kindle®, Apple®, Beats™, Bose®, Canon® ink, Epson® ink and toner, HP ink and toner, Roku®, SquareTrade® warranties, Staples® EasyTech(sm), Steelcase®, custom printing orders placed online, gift cards, mobile phones and mobile phone services, phone cards or postage stamps. Each item purchased can only be discounted by one coupon, applied by cashier in the order received and prior to tax. Coupon not valid if purchased or sold and must be surrendered. No cash/credit back. Not valid on prior purchases or purchases made with Staples® Procurement or Convenience Cards. Expires 11/26/14.

Let us know in the comments if you used the coupon on a particular item.

Source: DealNews [Staples Coupon Page]

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[Deal] Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 for $79 and Kindle Fire HD 7 for $109

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Two low-cost tablets from Amazon just became even cheaper. The Kindle Fire HD 6 and Kindle Fire HD 7 normally cost $99 and $139, respectively. Just in time for the holidays, the two now have price tags of $79 and $109. Giving the gift of an Amazon product is valuable due to the core services built around them. Thousands of applications, movies, and television shows are available alongside the traditional Amazon shopping hub. Of course, it has the Kindle name and at its roots are a premium reading experience.

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[Deal] Motorola hosting Cyber Monday sale with Moto X (2014) starting at $359

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Looking for some sweet deals out of Motorola? Cyber Monday is the day. The company is discounting its flagship smartphone. The Moto X (2014) will be discounted to $359 and $409 for 16GB and 32GB models, respectively. That is a savings of $140. Verizon customers looking to sign a contract can purchase the Moto X for $0.01 and $50.01 for the same models. Choosing wood or leather back panels will cost an additional $25. Finally, Motorola taking 30% off of each and every accessory it offers (except Chromecast) when purchasing a Moto X.

On December 1 at 12:00pm EST, you need to go to this page and register for a promotional code. That code will expire just before midnight on December 15.

Here are the details directly from Motorola:

  • $140 off the price of an off-contract Moto X (2nd gen).
  • Moto X (2nd gen.) on Verizon Wireless starting at one cent. If a consumer signs up for a new account, has an eligible upgrade, or adds a line, they can get a 16GB Moto X for $.01, 32GB for $50.01. Wood and leather available for an additional $25.
  • 30% off any accessories with the purchase of a Moto X (2nd gen.)*.
  • Registration for the code is Mon, Dec. 1, from 11:00am to 5:00pm CST OR while supplies last
  • Codes must be redeemed by Monday 12/15 11:59pm CST.

Source: Motorola

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