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Deal: Save $300 off any Verizon phone worth $400 or more

Posted by wicked June - 16 - 2016 - Thursday Comments Off

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If you’re currently looking to pick up a new high-end smartphone, hold on a minute. There’s a discount code that you can use over at Verizon that will save you $300 off any handset that is worth more than $400. All you have to do is enter the code FORYOU300 at the checkout to receive your discount.

If there is a catch, it’s that this coupon code only works when you’re entering into a new device payment plan with Verizon, rather than buying a phone up front. Even so, this means that you can grab a Galaxy S7 Edge for $492 rather than $792, which works out to just $20.50 per month over 24 months. Similarly, the HTC 10’s price drops to $348 and the LG G5 can be yours for just $324 over the length of the contract. In addition to that, this discount seems to only apply to new lines, so customers looking to upgrade their current phone unfortunatley won’t be able to capitalize on this offer.

That’s all there is to it, so I’ll leave you to your shopping. Here’s a link to the online Verizon store, and let us know if you pick up any bargains in the comments below.

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DEAL: Get $300 Off Any Verizon Phone Over $400 With This Code (Updated)

Posted by Kellex June - 16 - 2016 - Thursday Comments Off

Ready for the deal of the day (or maybe month)? Verizon is currently allowing use of a coupon code that will land you $300 off any phone that is priced over $400. Is there a catch? Eh, not really, but there is one requirement – you have to sign-up for a device payment plan. 

This is how it works. You find a phone you want that is priced at a full retail price of over $400, like the Galaxy S7 Edge, which retails for $792. If you use coupon code “FORYOU300” at checkout, the price will drop to $492. With that discount, your monthly payment drops from $33 per month for 24 months to $20.50 per month. Pretty sweet deal right?

We tried it on a bunch of phones and it really does seem to work for anything over $400. We even tried the iPhone 6s with 128GB of storage and dropped it from $849 to $549. The Turbo 2 can be dropped from $624 to $324. You get the idea.

Have at it via the link below!

Verizon Link

UPDATE: Verizon tells us that this was a limited time offer for select customers and that it has expired.

Note: When logged into my Verizon account, the discount seems to be having issues with upgrades, but certainly works for new lines and new accounts.

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Cheers Stuart!

DEAL: Get $300 Off Any Verizon Phone Over $400 With This Code (Updated) is a post from: Droid Life

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Verizon’s Moto Z Moto Mods cost quite a pretty penny

Posted by wicked June - 13 - 2016 - Monday Comments Off

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While Motorola may have only just announced its new Moto Z handset and accompanying modular accessories, the tech blogosphere had more than a few inklings of such an impending inclination. At one point, the actual add-ons themselves- called Moto Mods – were even presented in picture form. Still, even after the formal unveiling it was clear that Lenovo/Motorola had far more grandiose plans for their modular modal than say, the more “mundane” LG G5.

Today however, some news has broken via Reddit that may make make a mockery of those murmuring for a moderate price tag: the pieces are positively pricey.

An entire photo gallery of My Verizon pricing photos can be perused here, but let’s just skip to the chase:

  • The Insta-Share Projector will cost $299
  • The JBL SoundBoost will cost $79.99
  • The TUMI Power Pack will cost $89
  • The TUMI Wireless Charging Power Pack will cost $99
  • The Kate Spade shell will cost $79

These prices are quite likely, not what many were hoping for. LG has already been criticized for what some feel is “overpricing” on its modular Friends for the G5, but there had been some high hopes Motorola would keep things priced in a more manageable manner. The idea of spending $300 on a projector that features a meager 1,100 mAh power cell, and WVGA projection output with just 50 lumens is likely not going to go over that well with mainstream consumers.

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While it is possible this pricing is strictly of a Verizon affair and thus the carrier unlocked Moto Z accessories may be cheaper, it seems unlikely. Motorola, in turn, is no doubt betting on the idea that because these pieces are custom made to interface directly with its handset, customers will be more likely to splurge and spend rather than going with a standard-affair 3rd party product that doesn’t place in as picturesque a fashion as the modular components do.

What do you think? Are these prices fair? Does Motorola – and Verizon – have a legitimate reason to charge this much given the development and manufacturing costs of such custom-made technology? Leave a comment or two below and sound off!

Verizon slips up and reveals Moto Mods pricing

Posted by wicked June - 13 - 2016 - Monday Comments Off

Lenovo went public with the Moto Z as its first global flagship least week. Both the Moto Z and Moto Z Force come with a very special feature called Moto Mods, a platform for Lenovo and the company’s partners to give their phones new capabilities through simple modules that attach to sixteen magnetic dots. Since their capabilities are […]

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Select Moto Mods Pricing Revealed, Spoiler Alert, They’re Expensive

Posted by Tim-o-tato June - 13 - 2016 - Monday Comments Off

Listed inside of the My Verizon app, pricing for select (not all) Moto Mods has apparently been listed. As mentioned in the headline of this piece, you will need to prepare your wallet, as a couple of the Moto Mods are priced quite high, unsurprisingly.

According to the listings, the Insta-Share Projector will be priced at $299, which is quite the expense. The JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod, the one we demoed last week, is priced at $79, seeming a bit more realistic. The TUMI battery packs are also priced, with the wireless charging Power Pack listed at $99 and the standard Power Pack listed at $89. For those interested, the Kate Spade Style Shell is priced at $79. At this time, pricing of other shells is not known.

We had a feeling that these Moto Mods would not be too cheap, but the $299 projector definitely blows our mind. While the tech itself is pretty sweet, it would be hard to cough up $299 for the ability to project Angry Birds or YouTube videos onto a wall. As for the JBL speaker, that’s priced much better, almost what I would label as cheap. When we demoed the mod at Lenovo Tech World, you could tell that the little speaker packs a mean punch.

It seems to me that if you intend on buying a Moto Z or one of the DROID Editions, you would have to be interested in the Moto Mods, too, right? If you are, which one are you going to buy? Do any of these prices scare you away from the Moto Z lineup?

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Via: reddit

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It’s 2016 and Verizon has dibs on the Moto Z

Posted by wicked June - 9 - 2016 - Thursday Comments Off

Lenovo today announced the new Moto Z flagship, but Verizon seems to have exclusivity on it until September. The carrier will have its own versions of the Moto Z family, the Moto Z DROID Edition and the Moto Z Force DROID Edition, both of which will be available to buy this summer. Verizon and Motorola have had a partnership for […]

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The Modular Moto Z Range Has Arrived

Posted by wicked June - 9 - 2016 - Thursday Comments Off

At the Lenovo Tech World 2016, Lenovo unveiled the second head turner of the day, the Moto Z and all of its brethren. Before we move on to the nitty-gritty about the devices, take a look at a quick spec sheet of the announced devices, below:

Moto Z Moto Z Force
Android Version 6.0.1 Marshmallow 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Chipset Snapdragon 820 — 2.2 GHz Quad-core CPU, Adreno 530 GPU Snapdragon 820 — 2.2 GHz Quad-core CPU, Adreno 530 GPU
RAM 4GB DDR4 4GB DDR4
Storage 32/64GB UFS, microSD 32/64GB UFS, microSD
Dimensions 153.3 mm x 75.3 mm x 5.19 mm 155.9 mm x 75.8 mm x 6.99 mm
Weight 136 grams 163 grams
Display 5.5 inch 1440p AMOLED, 535 ppi 5.5 inch 1440p AMOLED, 535 ppi
Battery 2600 mAh 3500 mAh
Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Fingerprint, Reader, Gyroscope, Hall Effect, Magnetometer, Proximity Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Fingerprint, Reader, Gyroscope, Hall Effect, Magnetometer, Proximity
Connectivity USB Type C
No 3mm Jack (USB Type C adapter included)
Bluetooth 4.1
NFC
2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
USB Type C
No 3mm Jack (USB Type C adapter included)
Bluetooth 4.1
NFC
2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
Rear Camera 13MP, f/1.8 aperture, OIS, Laser AF, Zero Shutter Lag, CCT Dual LED flash, 1.12um pixel 21MP, f/1.8 aperture, OIS, Laser AF, Phase Detection AF, Zero Shutter Lag, CCT Dual LED flash, 1.12um pixel DTI
Front Camera 5MP f/2.2 aperture, Wide-Angle Lens, Flash, 1.4um pixel 5MP f/2.2 aperture, Wide-Angle Lens, Flash, 1.4um pixel

Moto Z

The Moto Z is the successor to the traditional flagship lineup from Motorola, which was previously referred to as the Moto X series of phones. Lenovo’s decision to change the name up falls in line with their decision to change everything else up as well, as the Moto Z is something completely new off Lenovo’s Moto brand, different enough to deserve a distinct naming scheme.

Starting off, the Moto Z claims to be the world’s slimmest premium smartphone (premium being the important word there, as other midrange phones have achieved thinner). Although While, Lenovo did not share any exact measurements on stage, their specifications page lists the depth at 5.19mm. This is achieved at the cost of giving up other physical traits, which we will get to in a bit.

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If you do overlook the thinness of the device, you’ll see that the Moto Z sports a premium metallic construction with rounded corners. On the front of the device is the 5.5” QHD AMOLED display. Below the display, you will find the “moto” branding, along with the square fingerprint scanner. Above the display is the earpiece, which we suspect is the speaker as well as we could not locate the speaker elsewhere on the device. There’s also a 5MP front camera with wide-angle lens and an LED flash above the display.

On the back of the device, you will find the large and unmistakable camera setup. The Moto Z sports a 13MP rear camera with Laser Auto-focus, OIS and dual-tone LED flash. Judging by the most recent Moto line camera ventures, we can expect good results; The camera does protrude by a fair bit, which is a side effect of trimming the waistline. The bottom half of the Moto Z sports a 16-pin connection interface, which will be used for powering and interacting with the MotoMods.

On the bottom of the frame of the Moto Z is the USB Type C port. On the right side, you will find the volume rocker and the power button. On the top is the SIM tray slot, and on the bottom is the USB Type C slot. You will not find any 3.5mm headphone jack on the device because there is none — another of those side effects of making the phone this then. Thankfully, an adapter is included, which should aid in making your transition less painful.

On the inside of the Moto Z is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, coupled with the Adreno 530 GPU for powering that dense QHD display. You get 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of expandable storage via a dedicated micro sd card slot. The phone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and with Motorola’s history, this should be a fairly untouched skin. All of this is powered by a measly 2600 mAh non-removable battery, becoming the worst aspect of a device with a 5.5” QHD display and the top-of-the-line SoC. But for Motorola, that is the plan, as this is where MotoMods comes in.

Moto Z Force

Before we move on to the MotoMods, Motorola also announced the Moto Z Force, a device that makes a lot more sense from a flagship perspective.
The Moto Z Force bumps up the thickness to 7mm from the vanilla Moto Z variant but still has a camera hump. The increase in dimension lets the Moto Z Force bear a larger 3500 mAh battery, although it still does not accommodate a headphone jack. The Moto Z Force also bumps up the display tech by bringing in the flagship feature of the Force line of smartphones — the ShatterShield display tech from Motorola. The camera also receives a bump up to 21MP and adds in PDAF to the existing package of OIS and Laser AF. Both devices have some aggressive fast charging as well.

MotoMods

The new Moto Z and Moto Z Force may seem a bit underwhelming on their own, since the competition does rack up against it. But this is the part where the rest of the family joins in, as the Moto Z and Moto Z Force make use of their 16-pin attachment interface to connect magnetically with MotoMods.

MotoMods are Motorola/Lenovo’s take on modularity and fix a few shortcomings of LG’s existing modular setup. With MotoMod, the modules connect completely externally, which means that you do not need to power down your device or remove the battery. You simply bring them together in the right orientation and the magnets will snap the Mod onto the back of the device.

Motorola showed off three MotoMods on stage:

The Moto Insta-Share Projector adds the abilities of a small projector to your device. The Mod has a built-in 1100mAh battery and a kickstand for angle adjustment. From the look of the Mod, it also has a speaker, although this was not explicitly mentioned on stage.

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The JBL SoundBoost Mod, as you’d expect, is a speaker with a built-in 1000mAh battery. The Mod also works as a speaker for phone call uses, and has a kickstand to prop up incase you want to use the 5.5” QHD AMOLED displays for videos too.

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The Incipio Off-Grid Power Pack is a battery pack that snaps onto your Moto Z. The Powerpack adds in 2200 mAh battery to your device, which you will more than likely need with the vanilla Moto Z variant. The Power Pack Mod will also be availble in a wireless charging option, and will have a couple of design options as well.

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The final Mod displayed on stage is the Style Mod. These mods are cosmetic only back-plates, with different options of fabric, wood and leather.

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Outside of these finished Mods, Motorola also promised more coming in the future (just like LG did). A few concepts were shown off, like the HyperCharge Mod (Fast Charging 3600 mAh battery pack), OneCompute Mod (Adds on I/O and PC peripheral connectivity) and SmartCast Mod (with multi screen I/O and Laser Keyboard). These are not finalized, and as such, should be treated as such.

Along with the Mods, Motorola also announced the MotoMod Developer Program. This is a platform through which Motorola will invite 3rd party Mod developers. There will be a “simple” certification process to become a part of this. The program will provide access to MDK when it becomes available. Lenovo also announced an Award scheme with prize upto 1 Million USD, although we recommend that all read the fine print for it. You can find more information on the MotoMod Developer Program over here: http://developer.motorola.com/

The US market will witness the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force as the Moto Z Droid Edition and the Moto Z Force Droid Edition. As expected from the branding addition, both of these will be Verizon exclusive and will launch in Summer of 2016. The unlocked variants of the device will launch in Fall of 2016. Global availability of the device is promised for September 2016, along with the MotoMods which will be available at the same time. No pricing details were revealed yet, and we suspect these to be revealed closer to their availability.


The Moto Z, the Moto Z Force and MotoMod family have certainly put out a good show. The execution of the modularity concept on smartphones feels much better and end-user friendly than on the LG G5 with its “friends”. The ability to simply hot-swap the modules just gives the Moto implementation a good headstart over the LG Friends.

With regards to the Moto Z itself, the device does feel a bit lacklustre for a flagship. Motorola went in for the premium audience with that device thickness, and in the end, sacrificed some practicality. Even though the Moto Z promises to be a flagship, it will lag behind when the next wave of 6GB-RAM totting flagships do roll in. Till then, we hope the device manages to convince the audience enough for a Moto Z2.

What are your thoughts on the Moto Z, the Moto Z Force, and the MotoMods? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Moto Z and Z Force will be exclusive to Verizon until this Fall

Posted by wicked June - 9 - 2016 - Thursday Comments Off

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Lenovo has just unveiled its new Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones at its Tech World event currently taking place in San Francisco, but it looks like US customers will be seeing the phones as the “Moto Droid Editions”, which will be sold exclusively through Verizon for a limited time.

The Droid Edition phones will be exclusive to Verizon in the US until sometime this fall, at which point the unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Force will go on sale in the US more broadly using their original names. The hardware specifications will remain unchanged between the two releases, it just appears to be the name that is changing. Prices and the exact launch dates for the Moto Droid Editions haven’t been announced yet, but we know that they are launching at some point in the summer.

This isn’t the first time that Verizon has managed to grab an exclusive Motorola handset, the Droid Turbo and Droid Turbo 2 have remained locked down to the carrier since they were announced. Fortunately this time around, US customers on other networks will be able to pick up the new Moto Z handsets, albeit at a slightly later date.

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Lenovo states that other parts of the world will see the unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Force go on sale globally in September, and I imagine that a number of US customers will be eying up imports too. What do you think about Lenovo’s timed exclusive with Verizon, is it better than past deals or are you disappointed not to see a full general release?

Moto Z and Moto Z Force Arrive Exclusively to Verizon This Summer, Elsewhere in the Fall

Posted by Kellex June - 9 - 2016 - Thursday Comments Off

With the Moto Z and Moto Z Force (along with their DROID Edition variants) now official, you are probably wondering how and when you can get one. Well, I have really sh*tty news on that front, unfortunately. Why? Because Motorola went the exclusive route to start. Yep, ready to hear about this?

The Moto Z and Moto Z Force will first arrive in the US as DROID Edition exclusive phones for Verizon this summer. If you aren’t a Verizon customers, you’ll be able to buy the Moto Z later in the fall. You’ll notice I only mentioned the Moto Z and that’s because the Moto Z Force, with its shatterproof display, is a Verizon exclusive completely. 

The Moto Mods that snap on the backs of the Moto Z will be available at the same time they launch on Verizon.

In somewhat decent news, the Moto Z will be released as an unlocked phone in the fall, though we aren’t sure how unlocked it’ll be, meaning, we aren’t sure if it’ll be as unlocked as a Nexus or the Moto X Pure Edition, with connectivity on all major networks.

If you are a global Moto Z fan, you can expect a launch in September.

Full specs or each device can be seen here.

UPDATE: We asked Motorola if the unlocked Moto Z would be open to all major networks, like last year’s Moto X Pure Edition, and they responded by saying that the Moto Z will be “available on GSM networks starting in September.”

Via:  Motorola

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow rolling out now to Verizon’s Galaxy Note Edge

Posted by wicked June - 9 - 2016 - Thursday Comments Off

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Verizon started updating its carrier-branded version of the Galaxy Note 4 to Marshmallow last week, and now it is  rolling out Marshmallow to its Samsung Galaxy Note Edge devices. The new update (known as MMB29M.N915VVRU2CPD1) not only brings Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the Note Edge but it also brings a few other enhancements such as Wi-Fi calling, a new app icon and folder design, Android for Work, as well as Ultra-High-Quality Audio (UHQA) mode.

According to Verizon’s release notes the new Ultra-High-Quality Audio enhancements improves the sound quality for any file type to bring it nearer to Audiophile level quality. At the same time, Verizon has opted to no longer pre-install Amazon Music. Coincidence surely?

As well as Android for Work and UHQA, the Verizon branded Note Edge will also get the normal Marshmallow features, such as Google Now on Tap, Doze mode, application permissions and much more.

Since the jump up to Marshmallow is quite large, you’ll want to make sure you’re on a steady Wi-Fi connection and that your battery has sufficient charge. It’s also worth noting that these updates might not reach your device for a few days, so don’t worry if the update isn’t available for your device yet. However when it does arrive, you’ll receive a notification that there’s a new software update available. Tap Install Now to continue with installation. The device will power off and back on and the installation process will begin.

If you want to manually check if the update is available for your handset then go to About phone->Software updates in the Settings. Then tap Check for updates. If your Note Edge finds a new software update, tap Download now. When the download is complete, tap Install update.

Have you received this update yet? If so, let us know how you’re liking Marshmallow in the comments below!

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