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June 5, 2015 • News

Nubia’s Borderless Z9 Smartphone Is Ahead of The Curve

There’s no shortage of innovative smartphones these days, but there is a shortage of one particular feature that not many devices get correct, and that’s screen retail. But as of today it seems that Nubia, a high-end Android smart phone manufacturer, has officially solved that problem for folks looking to get more screen and less …

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June 3, 2015 • News

The Huawei P8lite Is a Smartphone That Everyone Can Afford

If you are tired of paying higher data rates for your under-contract cell phone, then you might want to look at paying full price for an unlocked smartphone. But if a $500+ phone isn’t in your budget, you don’t have to buy a crappy cheap phone just to avoid making monthly payments; instead check out the …

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May 21, 2015 • News

Alcatel’s OneTouch Idol 3 Pre-Orders Have Begun Shipping

If you were able to read our review on the Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 earlier in the month and were excited about it enough to pre-order, you’ll be surprised to know that pre-orders have officially began shipping as of today! The IDOL 3, Alcatel’s new global flagship device will also officially launch here in the …

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May 14, 2015 • News

LG’s G Stylo Smartphone Available Now Through Boost Mobile; Sprint in June

Not everyone wants to pay an arm and a leg for a smartphone. Or you simply just want your phone to work directly out of the box, regardless of carrier. If you are one of those people, you should be checking out the LG G Stylo, which is a budget smartphone that is sure to …

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May 11, 2015 • News, Rants and Raves

Lolli-Flop 5.02 Bricked My Over-Priced Nexus 9

Friday I received notification that Android 5.02 was available for my Nexus 9.  I accepted the update and left it on the charger in my office before leaving for the weekend. Upon my return Monday morning, I found that update 5.02 has apparently bricked my Nexus 9, leaving it in perpetual reboot sequence, and it doesn’t …

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May 6, 2015 • Reviews

The VeryKool JUNO QUATRO s5511 Is Inexpensive…but Is It Cheap?

The old adage goes that you get what you pay for; in most cases it is right on the money. If a product’s price looks too good to be true, it probably is. Translation — most inexpensive products are inexpensive AND cheap. So what about the sub-$160 VeryKool JUNO QUATRO s5511? Is it just inexpensive or …

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May 4, 2015 • Editorials

Troubleshooting a Buggy HTC One M8

I mostly love my HTC One M8. It’s a year old, but still has the latest software, and nothing on the market is compelling enough to get my to trade in my trusty One. Except one thing: the One has been exceedingly buggy on and off lately, and I can’t decide if there’s a better …

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April 29, 2015 • News

Alcatel’s Pop Astro Will Be Available Via T-Mobile Starting Today

This morning Alcatel OneTouch announced one of the most affordable LTE smartphones to date in the POP Astro. Interestingly named, the POP Astro will be exclusive to T-Mobile stores, and will be available online today for $0 down, and $6.24 over the course of two years, which is less that $150.

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April 28, 2015 • News

The LG G4 Is Leather-Bound, and It Might Just Smell Like Rich Mahogany

Now it’s no secret, thanks to weeks of leaked images and much speculation, the time has finally arrived. LG’s new flagship smartphone, the LG G4 has finally arrived.

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April 27, 2015 • Reviews

A Week with Alcatel’s OneTouch Idol 3 Smartphone

You’ve read a few articles we’ve written about the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, but we finally have a hands-on sample to review and enjoy. Alcatel’s flagship phone is a beauty. I received it at my doorstep about a week ago to the day, and I’ve had the pleasure of using a T-Mobile SIM card, and I’m …

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April 27, 2015 • News

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 Now Receiving Android Lollipop Update

T-Mobile said that the Android update known as Lollipop would be coming this week to their Galaxy Note 4 and they weren’t lying. Multiple people (including me) are now receiving the latest Android update.  If you’re using a Note 4 on T-Mobile a quick check of available updates should start the process (about a 1 GB …

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April 24, 2015 • News

Google’s Nexus 7 Discontinued

If you’re in the market for a 7″ Android tablet which spontaneously powers down – I’ve got bad news. Google’s Nexus 7 Android tablet is now listed as ‘not available’ on their store. The Nexus 7 was first released July 2012 and subsequently updated July 2013 to a 2013 model.  The device’s primary feature was the pure …

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April 20, 2015 • News

ZTE’s Projector/Hotspot SPRO 2 Available from AT&T This Friday

As of today April 20th, ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the United States, announced that they’ve joined forces with AT&T marking the commercial availability of the 2-in-1 ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector & Hotspot with mobile hotspot features. Launching this Friday, April 24th, the ZTE Spro 2 will be available on the …

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April 17, 2015 • News

Breaking News! The Alcatel IDOL 3 Is Available for Pre-Sale $199

Some exciting news arrived in our mailbox this morning! The Alcatel IDOL 3, their new 5.5-inch flagship smartphone announced back at Mobile World Congress, is now available for limited time early pre-sale for $199.99!

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April 11, 2015 • News

Powerhouse Saygus V2 Android Smartphone to Ship at End of May

Utah-based smartphone manufacturer Saygus has been working tirelessly on their powerhouse Saygus V2 Android smartphone. “Powerhouse” isn’t said lightly here, as it packs a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 3GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, and two expandable memory ports up to 256GB. After months of anticipation, Saygus is aiming to ship the V2 at the …

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April 1, 2015 • Reviews

Ballistic Tough Jacket & Jewel Cases for Samsung Galaxy S5 Reviewed

So I had the chance to review the Ballistic Tough Jacket as well as a shiny yellow Ballistic case for the Samsung Galaxy S5 over the week, and there was a lot to love about them with only a few minor quirks

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March 19, 2015 • News

Refuse to Use Carrier Insurance on Your HTC Device? You May Be in Luck

If you are a fan of HTC devices, you’ll be pleased to know the company announced late Wednesday a new program named ironically named Uh Oh Protection for its flagship HTC One M9; it’s an option to carrier insurance.

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March 19, 2015 • News

Amazon Celebrates Google Play Birthday with $100 worth of Free Apps

Celebrating their Google Play birthday today, Amazon is sharing their joy with everyone by offering an unheard of amount of paid apps for FREE today. We don’t know exactly what time this deal will end, but with over $100 in apps (a total of 34) this is a HUGE free apps sale for some of the …

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March 16, 2015 • Editorials

How the Pebble Smartwatch Became My New Fitness Tracker

I posted recently about my quest for a new fitness tracker, and I found one that (so far) I love. It’s only been 24 hours but it seems to check off all my boxes…and it wasn’t any of the ones on my initial list! It isn’t even that new, but my new Pebble is exactly …

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March 16, 2015 • News

Apple to Offer iPhone Trade-In Program for Android Defectors

Are you thinking about making the switch from Android to possibly getting an iPhone? You may be in luck. Apple is reportedly looking to expand their iPhone trade-in program to include their biggest rival, Androids smartphones.

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March 16, 2015 • News

Specs are Everything, According to SayGus’s V2 Smartphone

The is a lesser-known Android smartphone that’s features look so good on paper, it’s surprising that the specs aren’t in all devices. Available for pre-order since February ($549), the phone packs everything you’d probably expect out of a laptop, not a mobile device.

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