Phandroid » Deals Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:18:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Deal: Best Buy offering $100 gift card on $0 down LG G3 from Sprint, AT&T or Verizon Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:48:09 +0000 LG-G3-Hero

Best Buy has one of the best deals we’ve seen yet for the LG G3 if you’re in the market for one. You can get the phone for $0 down on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint through each company’s respective payment programs (AT&T Next, Verizon Edge and Sprint Easy Pay). That’s nothing special by itself, but perhaps the $100 Best Buy gift card that’ll come with the phone will get you to consider buying through the big box retailer.

Best Buy makes sure to emphasize that this offer will only apply to “well-qualified buyers,” which means you’ll probably need a decent line of credit to be able to take advantage. The other caveat is that these retailers usually tie you to the account for six months unless you’re willing to eat a hefty early cancellation fee, though that shouldn’t be much of an issue if you plan to stick with the LG G3 for quite some time.

While yesteryear’s LG flagship was a huge first step in turning public opinion about LG’s smartphone prowess, the LG G3 was the definitive stake in the heart of any naysayer. The phone impressed the hair off Kevin Krause with him noting in our LG G3 review that it is perhaps the best phone they’ve ever created, and that it certainly can stand up to the stiff competition by HTC and Samsung. Be sure to read that review if you need a solid opinion before jumping into this deal. You can head into your local Best Buy store to take advantage if you eventually decide to take the plunge.

[via Best Buy]

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Deal: Back to School sale gives you an off-contract Moto X for as little as $300 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:34:31 +0000 moto-x-featured-LARGE

Ready for one last big sale before Motorola announces the follow-up to the Moto X? The device has gone on sale — as it has many times before — in a back to school promotion that gives considerable savings on off-contract prices for the phone over at Moto Maker. You’ll be able to get Motorola’s 2013 flagship for the following prices depending on which model you opt for:

  • 16GB — $299.99
  • 32GB — $324.99
  • 64GB — $375.99

Not too bad, I’d say. Note that the 32GB pricing also applies to the 32GB Developer Edition that can be had here for all of you tinkerers out there. The Moto X, while not boasting the most amazing technology, brought us a phone that introduced interesting, innovative features, a phone that you can customize however you want, and a user experience that was a breath of fresh air from the usual OEM skins we’ve seen in years past. You can check out our review if you want to know whether the phone was worth its skin in its heyday.

We’re not sure how smart of an investment the Moto X would be at this point with its successor said to be on the horizon, but if you don’t care about a potentially dated experience (the price tag is good enough to dismiss that) then you can get started customizing your own right here.

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Square Enix summer sale brings Final Fantasy Android games down to much more reasonable prices Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:58:50 +0000 final-fantasy

As great as many of the early Final Fantasy titles are, the Japanese RPG games are no doubt horribly overpriced in the Google Play Store. Titles cost as much as $16, and while that gives you a pretty full game with hours of gameplay and no in-app purchases, it’s still a little much considering PC versions of these classics can be had for quite a bit cheaper.

Thankfully Square Enix has decided to lower those prices quite a bit during this summer sale they’re putting on. The sales will come in waves, with the first two offers being for Final Fantasy 3 and Final Fantasy 4. Both titles can be had for $8, down from the $16 they’re usually available for. Here’s the full breakdown of dates and prices for each game going on sale:

We won’t assume that the other titles will be getting a drop to the same $7.99 as the first two up for grabs, though we’re certainly hoping for that trend to continue. You can use the links above to get to their respective listings in the Google Play Store if you’re interested. We’ll be updating this post as the weeks go on to reflect the confirmed pricing for all remaining titles.

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Chromecast’s first birthday sparks 90 free days of Google Play Music All Access offer Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:38:56 +0000 Chromecast-featured-LARGE

It’s been a year since the launch of Chromecast, which has taken the world by storm as 2013′s top gadget and one of the hottest selling items on Amazon and Google Play. To celebrate all of that goodness Google has decided to give users a nice treat for being part of the early wave of consumers to get in on the fun.

They’re offering 90 days of Google Play Music All Access, a premium subscription that gives you unlimited access to a library of over 20 million tracks. You can easily add these tracks to your library and playlists or listen to radio stations based on them. They won’t be there for you once your subscription ends, though you obviously have the option of paying for each individual track or album you want to keep should you decide to give up your membership.

The offer is good for anyone who has bought a Chromecast, and is available from today’s date all the way through September 30th. You’ll have to fork up about $10 per month at the conclusion of the offer if you want to keep on listening, though that’s not a terribly high price to pay for unlimited access to such a big library of music. Of course, the offer doesn’t apply to you if you already have a subscription so feel free to continue enjoying it as you always have. You can head right here to get started.

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Terraria drops to its cheapest price yet on Google Play Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:42:28 +0000 terraria

Terraria is one of my favorite independent games. Many people describe it as a 2D minecraft, and they might not be far off the mark. But don’t let that fool you into thinking this is a shameless ripoff devoid of quality, and said quality can now be had for just $2 on Google Play (down from the $5 it typically goes for).

Terraria has you taking a set of tools into a world that’s ripe for the picking, allowing you to mine deep into the earth for valuables and materials that will go toward building, well, pretty much whatever you want. The game doesn’t really have an “end goal,” so to speak, but you do encounter over 70 monsters and 5 different bosses to overcome as you work to achieve whatever it is you set your mind to (and there’s a lot to keep you busy with over 200 craftable items). You can also interact with 10 different NPCs and invite them to your home to help you out.

One of the best things about Terraria is that the world is different each time you start a new game, so there’s no telling what to expect whenever you are plopped down into the world. The Android version also includes multiplayer, Google Play Games support with Achievements, and you’ll be able to find a pet that’s exclusive to Android. We’re not sure how long this sale will last so if you’ve been looking for something a little different to play then consider foregoing that morning Starbucks fix to pay for it.

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Android Deals: $100 off Kindle Fire HDX, discounted KEMCO RPGs, west coast hip hop sale, and more Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:23:42 +0000 deals

Plenty of great hardware deals abound this week as quite a few outlets are offering sweet savings on devices like the Kindle Fire HDX, Google Play Edition phones, and more. Also going at clearance rates are a few of KEMCO’s RPG titles as well as a solid collection of west coast hip hop albums at Google Play. Act quick — these deals are fleeting. All prices represented below were active and accurate as of the time of publishing.

Hardware & Accessories

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

$100 off Kindle Fire HDX 4G LTE tablet at Amazon with prices starting at $229 for a 16GB model with special offers. The discount puts the LTE edition of the tablet at the same price point as its WiFi-only counterpart, making the purchase a no-brainer for those in the market. The 7-inch tablet features a hi-res HDX display,  quad-core processing, and access to Amazon’s full library of digital content. [Amazon]

Save up to $125 on the purchase of a Moto X smartphone when using coupon code MBXISMOT at checkout. Buyers can save $100 on a 16GB model (final price of $299.99) or $125 on a 32GB (final price of $324.99) or 64GB (final price of $374.99) edition. Act fast, though, as this deal will expire tomorrow, the 23rd of July. [MotoMaker]

Steep discounts on older Galaxy Play Edition phones at Expansys USA while supplies last. Those in the market for a sweet deal on these stock Google Experience phones can snag an HTC One M7 or Samsung Galaxy S4 for $399.99 each or a Sony Xperia Z Ultra for $349.99. The LG G Pad 8.3 GPE is also on sale for an easy $224.99. eBay is getting in on the savings as well, offering the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition for $425 with free shipping. [Expansys (One M7, GS4, G Pad 8.3, Z Ultra), eBay]

Get these Mpow Muse wireless noise canceling headphones for $69 at Amazon. Featuring Bluetooth 4.0 and active noise cancellation, these headphones pair perfectly with your smartphone and eliminate annoying cord tangles by doing away with the wire altogether. [Amazon]

Apps & Games


Today’s app and games deals couldn’t be much better. Get great utilities like Today Calendar Pro and gps4cam at discounted rates or lose a few hours to one of several KEMCO RPG titles now experiencing steep summer savings.



Music & Media


Kick back with Google Play’s great selection of discounted west coast hip hop albums or take the opportunity to own the classic martial arts flick Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as just a couple of the many deals going on this week from Google and Amazon. Plenty of options here to beat the heat or kick up the party to the next level.

Music Albums

Music Singles


TV Shows

[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]

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Android Deals: 50% off Nexus 7, Anomaly series on sale, free Breaking Bad and more Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:20:11 +0000 deals

What if I told you I could point you toward savings of over 50% on a 32GB Nexus 7 tablet? You’d probably jump right on that deal and stop reading this article altogether, but I insist you don’t do so just yet. There are plenty of more discounts to be had, including savings on the excellent Anomaly series of games as well as an Emmy season nod to Breaking Bad. Read on for the goods, but remember, as always, these deals won’t last forever. All were active as at the time of posting on July 15th.

Hardware & Accessories

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Get a 2nd generation Nexus 7 with 32GB onboard storage for $159.99 through eBay’s Daily Deals page. We’re still waiting for Google to announce an updated Nexus 7 for 2014 (or the rumored Nexus 8), but you can save over 50% on last year’s model right now plus snag free shipping in the process. [eBay]

Save up to $24 on the purchase of a Nexus 5, another great eBay Daily Deal. You can get the unlocked GSM version of the Nexus 5 with 16GB of storage for $335 (a $15 savings, now out of stock) or the 32GB model for $375 (a savings of $24). Free shipping is included. [eBay]

A refurbished Kindle Fire HD is today’s Lightning Deal over at Amazon where you can snag a 16GB model (previous generation) for only $89. The deal only lasts for a couple more hours, so act quick. [Amazon]

Get a refurbished Kindle Paperwhite for $85 as Amazon’s Deal of the Day. If you missed out on your chance to save big on the Kindle Fire HD, perhaps this comes as some sort of consolation. It’s not a tablet and it doesn’t run Android, but it sure is cheap. [Amazon]

Save 66% on this 5-port USB charger with space for your tablet, Android smartphone, and even an iOS device or two. The Photive 24 Watt 5 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger is normally $33, but you can get it now for $16.95 [Amazon]

Save $30 on a Philips Bluetooth Soundbar Speaker with Dolby Digital technology. Set it up with your TV or pair with a phone to listen to your favorite tunes, no wires attached. [Amazon]

Apps & Games

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We’ve got some great deals on apps and games this week. Highlights include popular media streaming app Plex for only $1.99 as well as the entire lineup of 11 Bit Studios’ excellent turn-based strategy series Anomaly



Music & Media


Summer is a time for leisure, and this week’s deal have got you covered in that regard. Hot on the heels of its nomination for multiple Emmy Awards, Google is featuring the first season of Breaking Bad at a discounted price (plus the pilot for free) for your binge-watching pleasure. You can also snag MAGIC!’s summer earworm “Rude” for only $0.69 over at Amazon and an excellent compilation of free tracks from Merge Records over at Google Play

Music Albums

Music Singles

Music Compilations


TV Shows

[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]


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Android Deals: 50% off the LG G Watch, HTC One for a penny, and more Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:57:34 +0000 deals

Nobody likes to spend money when they don’t have to, and we’re here to help out. We’ve scoured the web for all the best Android deals on everything from handsets and smartwatches to apps and music. You better act fast, though. Many of these deals are for a limited time only, so don’t say we didn’t warn you. The below deals were active as of posting on July 8th.

Hardware and Accessories


Get 50% off the LG G Watch and other accessories when you preorder the LG G3 or purchase an LG G Flex from AT&T. Normally $229, the G Watch could be yours for as low as $115. Also available for 50% off as part of this limited time deal are the LG G3 Quick Circle Folio Case with wireless charging and the Tone Ultra Bluetooth Stereo Headset. The LG G3 is available for preorder as of today (July 8th) for $199 with a two-year contract or as low as $25 per month as part of an AT&T Next plan. The phone ships by July 11th. [AT&T]

Get the LG G Flex for $99 from AT&T with a new two-year contract. The handset is marked down from its original price of $299. Purchasing a G Flex qualifies the buyer for the aforementioned 50% off the purchase of an LG Watch or other select accessories. More deals can be found at AT&T’s deal’s page. [AT&T]

Save $50 on an Altec Lansing Inmotion Bluetooth Speaker. Normally priced at $149.99, Amazon has the iMW555-BLK Imotion Bluetooth Speaker available for a limited time at $99, a savings of 33%. This speaker features NFC pairing and includes a battery rated for 10 hours of nonstop playback, making it the perfect companion to your Android phone. [Amazon]

72% off NXG Technology Wireless Bluetooth Headphones at Amazon. These wireless headphones normally priced at $52.99 can be yours for a meager $14.95. The high-fidelity stereo headset offers playback controls plus an onboard microphone for hands-free calling. [Amazon]

Get the HTC One M7 for a penny when purchasing from Amazon and agreeing to a new two-year individual or family plan with Verizon Wireless. The One M7 may have been supplanted by the One M8, but it is still an excellent Android phone in its own right. At $0.0.1, it remains a steal. [Amazon]

Turn your phone into a handheld gaming device for $75 with the Phonejoy Pro Gamer bundle. Compatible with devices running Android 4.0 and up, this handheld controller can be used both as a smartphone cradle as well as a standalone peripheral for use with tablets. The bundle includes the Phonejoy controller with hardshell carrying case, charging accessories and 3.5mm audio adaptor, as well as a tablet kickstand. [StackSocial]

Apps and Games

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As always, Google Play and Amazon have some great deals on apps and games to offer up. You’ll want to hurry up, though, as many of these deals won’t last through the end of the day.



Music and Media


The deals aren’t done yet. Looking for some great entertainment options at rock bottom prices? Look no further. Here is just a sampling of some of the great deals on movies, music, and TV shows sprinkled across the web.

Music Albums

Music Singles

Music Compilations


TV Shows


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Deal: Get $20 off LG’s ChromeBase computer from Amazon Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:48:55 +0000 lg chromebase

Looking for a new desktop all-in-one that doesn’t break the bank? LG’s ChromeBase is already a decent deal in that regard, but it got a bit better with a sale Amazon’s put on. You can get $20 off its typical cost, bringing us from  $349.99 to $329.99. $20 might no be the steep eye-opener that pushes you over the edge, but it’s still worth considering a purchase if you need a desk-bound all-in-one without many frills.

The ChromeBase features Intel’s Celeron 2955U processor clocked at 1.4GHz, and also features 2GB of RAM, a 22-inch 1080p display, 16GB of flash storage, 3x USB 2.0 ports, 1X USB 3.0 port, and 802.11 a/b/g WiFi. It weights a whopping 9.5 pounds, though that’s expected for a device that’s not meant to be carried on your back or in your lap. Last we checked the ChromeBase came with the standard 100GB of Google Drive storage space for two years if that 16GB isn’t enough for you.

Chrome is bound to become a very viable operating system despite its roots as a browser-based platform. Many apps are beginning to incorporate offline modes, and Google announced forthcoming functionality that allows Android apps to run natively on Chrome OS. It certainly wouldn’t be a bad purchase for your average student, light user or anyone who doesn’t need to do any heavy lifting.

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Amazon Deal: up to 70% off Sony SD cards, microSD cards and USB drives Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:19:19 +0000 Sony-Building-Logo-600x450

In case you haven’t taken care of your memory needs during Amazon’s billion other Gold Box sales here’s another opportunity. Sony’s silicon is being offered up cheap today, with SD cards, microSD cards, and USB drives going for as much as 70% off. Here’s a full list of what’s on tap:

SD Cards

MicroSD Cards

USB Flash Drives

Whew, that’s a lot. There should be enough here for any of your needs, whether that’s a microSD card for your phone, a full-sized SD card for your tablet or Chromebook, or even double-sided USB drives for transferring data between multiple smartphones, computers and tablets. The deal won’t be lasting past the end of the day so get in on it before it’s too late!

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Deal: Get a refurbished 16GB Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for just $139 today only Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:35:31 +0000 Kindle Fire HDX

Amazon’s holding a pretty nice sale on the 16GB Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for those in the market for a new tablet. You can get one for just $139, which is $60 cheaper than it typically sells for. The catch is that this unit is refurbished, though Amazon stands by the quality of their refurbished products. Here’s their list of promises when you buy one of these devices:

Prior to sale, every pre-owned Kindle undergoes a rigorous refurbishment process, including:

  • A full diagnostic test.
  • Replacement of any defective parts identified in testing.
  • A thorough cleaning and inspection process.
  • A new product box.
  • A software update to the most recent software version available for the product.
  • Final QA inspection before acceptance as Certified Refurbished stock.

Every Certified Refurbished Kindle:

  • Can be purchased and shipped within the U.S.
  • Comes with a USB cable or power adapter and Quick Start Guide.
  • Is subject to the same return policy as any new Kindle.
  • Includes the same One-Year Limited Warranty you receive with a new Kindle.

Sounds like there’s not much to worry about if you end up taking the plunge on one of these. Do note that you only have one day to take advantage of this price, though, so you don’t have much time to decide. Be sure to take a look if you’re feeling rather impulsive to start the week.

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5 great Sonic games are on sale for $.99 in the Google Play Store Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:56:20 +0000 Sega Sonic 4

We thought SEGA and Google’s relationship yesterday would just bring us the goods in the form of limited time content inside Sonic Dash, but it seems a more lucrative result of said relationship has arrived. A huge sale puts five great Sonic games on sale for just $.99 in the Google Play Store. Here’s what you have to choose from:

Two great classics, two great modern reimaginations of great classics, and a pretty decent racing game as a cherry on top. That’s a recipe for draining $5 straight from my wallet. Head to Google Play using the links above if you feel like taking advantage.

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90% off Xtreme Guard’s tempered glass screen protectors using this coupon code [DEALS] Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:16:37 +0000 SpartanGlassHeadWeb

Ever since the first “tempered” glass screen protectors started hitting the market, we have to admit — we were intrigued. Unfortunately, their steep pricing always kept us admiring from afar. It’s a good thing we came across this awesome deal from Xtreme Guard and their line of “Spartan Shieldz” real tempered glass screen protectors.

Normally priced at $40, these screen protectors can be yours for only about $4 using their special 90% off promo code: Huge90off2. Keep in mind you’ll need to add at least 2 items in your cart to get the discount.

Xtreme Guard promo

Typically, we’d opt for those cheap, 99 cent plastic screen protectors because any form of protection is better than nothing. The only problem we found with plastic screen protection is that they can quickly and easily become scratched up, requiring another purchase after only a few months of use. Now, we can’t vouch for the quality as we’ve never tried this brand, but this is simply a deal we couldn’t afford to pass up.

What’s more, you can purchase Xtreme Guard’s traditional plastic screen protectors complete with back protection for next to nothing. The choice is yours but if you’ve always wanted to see what the tempered glass hype was about, now’s your chance. Link below.

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Motorola is letting you test drive a custom Moto X before you buy [UPDATE] Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:03:13 +0000 Motorola Moto X try before you buy deal

After recently dropping the price of a Moto X as part of a 2-day sale, Motorola is back with another enticing promotion. Starting Monday, June 9th, you can custom build your own specialty Motorola Moto X via Motomaker and only pay 1 single cent.

More of an Amazon-like try-before-you-buy promotion, you have 2 weeks to test drive the Moto X before deciding if it’s the right phone for you. Motorola says the deal will only be good “while supplies last,” meaning you may want to mark it down on your calendar if the Moto X sounds like a phone you’ve been thinking about picking up for sometime. Here are the terms:

What are the Terms of Service for the Try Then Buy program?

Motorola will charge your credit card after 14 days if you have not created a return request via our online form.

If the phone is returned damaged (e.g. cracked screen), Motorola will charge the credit card on file for the repairs.  If the phone is non-functional due to user damages, Motorola will charge the full retail price.

All items delivered to you in the box containing the phone will need to be returned, including the handset itself, wall charger, cable, the SIM removal tool, the SIM card, and documentation.

If the phone is not returned and the credit card on file cannot settle, Motorola will notify you and provide you with an additional period of time to provide a valid new credit card number.  If you fail to provide a valid credit card number in the stated time frame, Motorola has the right to remotely disable the phone and/or to pass your account to a collections agency.

All Try Then Buy orders must be shipped to the same address for which the billing address is associated.  If the bill to / ship to are not the same, the order will be canceled.

Motorola reserves the right to place a full authorization on your credit card or to cancel your order after your order is submitted if fraudulent activity is suspected. Motorola will attempt to reverse the authorization on your credit card after a successful authorization. Authorization reversal may take up to 5 business days.

Full promotion details can be found via Motorola’s FAQ linked below. Anyone thinking about test driving the contract-free Moto X for a few weeks?


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Deal: get $50 in Google Play credit when opening a new line with AT&T Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:33:23 +0000 att-store-logo

Here’s a quick deal for those of you planning on buying a new smartphone or tablet on Ma Bell soon. AT&T is giving away $50 in Google Play credit to folks buying an Android smartphone or tablet under a two-year contract or an AT&T Next installment agreement.

Google Play credit is good toward any digital items over at Google Play, including books, games, apps, music, movies, magazines and TV shows. What you can’t get are devices and accessories, so keep that in mind whenever you’re planning out your splurge fest. Here are just a few things to note from AT&T’s FAQ:

  • Upon getting your phone, AT&T will email you with a code within seven business days, and you’ll need to redeem the code by July 31st to get in on it. No
  • You can get up to 10 of these $50 credits if you happen to be activating that many Android devices.
  • The credits must be used by May 15th, 2015 or else they’ll expire.
  • You’ll need a Google Wallet account to redeem the credits, but if you have a Google account (which you should since you’re getting an Android device) that should be easy enough.

And that’s it. No reason not to take advantage if you are planning to upgrade or open new lines of service. Be sure to read up on the promotion here and go wild in the Play Store whenever your credits arrive.

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