Phandroid » Deals Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:39:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Get an unlocked HTC One M8 for $370 (reburbished) with free shipping [DEALS] Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:24:07 +0000 HTC One M8 DSC06660

If you hurry, you can snag yourself an unlocked HTC One M8 on eBay for only $370. It’s a refurbished model and the listing isn’t entirely clear on the exact model meaning this could either be the AT&T model that’s been unlocked for use on any network (comes with AT&T bloatware), or it’s the actual unlocked model normally sold through HTC (updates direct from HTC).

HTC One M8 eBay

In either case, you’ll probably only want to pick this up if you’re already on AT&T customer, as either model will only offer full compatibility with that network (or global GSM bands). The phone ships free out of California and should arrive well before Christmas. You can find the purchase link down below.

[Unlocked HTC One M8 (refurbished) on eBay]

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OnePlus shows off first retail store, announces Black Friday deals with deeper discounts for sharing Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:47:07 +0000 OnePlus One DSC06079

While jokes are still being made about the OnePlus One’s invite system, it hasn’t stopped the startup from opening up their very first retail store in China. Revealed earlier this week but not officially opening up shop until December 20th, the store is just the first of a few expected to hit China where it will likely stay. The OnePlus store doesn’t have a robust selection of mobile products to show off — just one: the OnePlus One (along with a few accessories). Still, it’s a pretty big step for a company that barely got off the ground a little over a year ago.

OnePlus Experience Store outside OnePlus store 2 OnePlus store China 1 OnePlus store 3

In related news, OnePlus has revealed their latest scheme to offer up Black Friday deals. A new landing page can be found with a countdown timer to Black Friday, and a variety of OnePlus accessories who’s discounts depend on the amount of shares the deal gets on Facebook. Discounts aren’t too deep, but a few can hit 50% off with 500,000 shares. Expect more in the range of 20% if even that.

[OnePlus Black Friday |]

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Reminder: sign up for Verizon’s Promotion Day today only for free holiday gifts Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:54:29 +0000 Verizon_Wireless_store

Quick reminder, folks: today is Verizon Connection day! It’s Verizon’s promotion to help folks stay connected and entertained as they travel throughout the holiday season, and comes with some nice stuff even if you’re not a Verizon customer. Here’s everything you can get in on by signing up:

  • Verizon FiOS: Special mobile access to popular movies and TV shows on November 26, compliments of Verizon FiOS, by downloading the free FiOS Preview app.
  • Amazon: Selection of 10 free/discounted apps, plus two free Audible book downloads (new members) or $10 Audible credit (current members)
  • Apple: A special offer from iTunes to be revealed on Nov. 26
  • Condé Nast: Free Digital Edition downloads of 17 Conde Nast Publications, including Wired, Vanity Fair and GQ.
  • Free Wi-Fi: 30-minute complimentary Internet sessions through Boingo Wireless (at airports) and Gogo Technologies (in-flight).
  • JetBlue: Free in-flight Fly-Fi (Wi-Fi) for flights between November 26th and December 31st.
  • Pandora Media: Free seven-day trial of Pandora One

Being a Verizon customer does come with a couple of extra perks, though, including 1GB of extra shared data for MORE Everything plans until the end of your next billing cycle, as well as an additional 1GB of data for the entirety of the next billing period after that. If you haven’t yet hopped onto the MORE Everything train then you can still get $10 off a Mophie JuicePack 4,000 to help you charge ALL the things.

You can grab a hold of all these things at Verizon’s site right here, but act fast as they won’t be available after the calendar turns to Thanksgiving. Let us know if you’ll be taking advantage of any of it.

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At $200 unlocked, the Amazon Fire Phone could be one of the greatest holiday bargains Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:07:35 +0000 amazon-fire-phone-books

Reports of alarmingly low sales for the Amazon Fire Phone weren’t all that surprising, though Amazon has never been interested in entertaining those reports. Whether that’s due to a policy to not comment on speculation or them being embarrassed about the phone’s performance is up in the air, but the company seems to have conceded defeat with their latest move: putting the Fire Phone up for $200 unlocked.

We’re not sure if this is a permanent price tag or just a promotion for the holidays, but it’s telling either way. It’s not often you see a phone going for $450 less than its off-contract price mere months after availability, even if it is for a big holiday sales promotion or some other special occasion.

When rumors of Amazon’s first phone were still just rumors it was exciting to think about what one of the world’s largest online retailers could offer. After all, their Amazon Kindle Fire line isn’t half bad for the price, and the world is always looking for unique and new options. But once the phone launched we saw the device for what it really is — an overwhelmingly shallow phone with underwhelming gimmicks. It was overpriced, to boot, coming in at $650 unlocked (or $200 on-contract with AT&T).

To be fair, this is still a very good deal if you consider everything it comes with. The biggest takeaway is the fact that Amazon is still giving away a full year of Amazon Prime with the purchase of the phone. A year’s subscription of Prime normally costs $100, so that effectively gives you a $100 phone. With a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset, a 4.7-inch HD display, a 13 megapixel camera and 32GB of internal storage we’d say that’s plenty of high-powered silicon for your dollars.

Despite all that goodness, though, not everyone feels the Fire Phone is up to scratch. Our Amazon Fire Phone review discusses many of the reasons why this device doesn’t charm the pants off of anyone like most Amazon products seem to, so be sure to take a look at that if you’re wondering what it has to offer.

Still, for $200 it could be a very decent smartphone for you or a loved one if you’re in dire need of an upgrade, though we would be just as quick to opt for an unlocked Moto G 2014. Here’s the phone on Amazon’s website if you’re interested.

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Motorola offers $140 discount on unlocked Moto X for Cyber Monday Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:00:27 +0000 Moto X 2014 Holiday

Motorola announced a blockbuster Cyber Monday deal early Wednesday morning (about 14 minutes into Wednesday on the East Coast in fact): $140 off an unlocked 2014 Moto X. If plunking down a starting price of $359 for an unlocked “Pure Edition” Moto X is too rich for your blood and you don’t mind jumping on the Verizon bandwagon for two years you can get your X for a mere penny.

You’ll have to wait until Monday, December 1st to register for your deal on Motorola’s Cyber Monday landing page, but you’ll also be able to accessorize for a 30% discount. You might also want to keep in mind that the window of opportunity is only open until 6pm Eastern or “while supplies last” so might want to jump on that link early in the morning. Considering “while supplies last” is often “until the server crashes in 27 seconds”… have your clicker finger ready if you’re itching for this deal.

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The Humble Crescent Moon Bundle potentially delivers 17 games from the publisher Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:32:48 +0000

Humble Bundle is back, folks, and this round of affordable gaming goodness brings a ton of games from publisher Crescent Moon. As with all other Humble Bundles, the main draw here is being able to name your own price, though paying more than the average will get you access to more. Here’s how it breaks down:

Pay what you want for:

  • Space Chicks Premium
  • 2-Bit Cowboy
  • Neon Shadow
  • Ravensword: Shadowlands

Pay more than the average ($7.25 as of writing) for:

  • Topia World Builder
  • Shadow Blade
  • Mines of Mars
  • Blocky Roads

Pay $8 or more for:

  • The Deer God
  • Exiles: Far Colony

That’s a whopping 10 games for less than a tenner. To top all that off, Humble Bundle is using a stretch goal system to potentially reward you with more games should they raise a certain amount of money. An extra 7 games can be had if they hit the maximum goal of $400,000. One extra game — Siegecraft Defender — has already been unlocked, with the company close to delivering the second with just a few more purchases.

humble crescent moon bundle

Of course, proceeds can be split up however you wish (toward developers, charity or the Electronic Frontier Foundation) and all downloads should be DRM free. Take a look at all of it over at Humble Bundle’s site and make sure you free up some space on your device if you plan on playing all of it.

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SKEYE Nano Drone for $35 plus savings on apps, games, and more [Deals] Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:23:55 +0000 nano-drone

Here is your chance to become the drone pilot you always wanted to be without sinking hundreds of dollars into a hobby you’re not sure you even fully grasp. Yes, being a drone pilot has its perks, but it isn’t always cheap. And have you ever even tried piloting one of these things — it’s hardly as easy as it looks!

Good for you we have the SKEYE Nano Drone available for the special price of $35 over at Not only is it your cheapest ticket to the sky, but it’s easy to fly with 6-axis controls complete with adjustable gyro sensitivity. The tiny aerial acrobat is great for pulling off stunts, and could serve as an excellent point of introduction for younger R/C enthusiasts.

You will want to hurry to grab this one. The sale pricing ends later this week, but supplies might not even last that long.

Buy SKEYE Nano Drone for $35 at

Now read on for even more great deals on Android hardware, accessories, apps, games, and media below.

Hardware & Accessories


LG G3 for a penny when purchased with a new wireless contract from AT&T or Sprint via Amazon. One of our favorite Android smartphones of 2014 drops to rock bottom pricing in time for the holidays. Be sure to check out Amazon’s other great deals on contract smartphones while you’re there. [Amazon]

Save $15 on the Amazon Fire TV Stick and bring streaming media to your living room at a price that can’t be beat. Normally $39.99, the mini media dongle can be yours now for only $24.99. [Best Buy]

Take half off select music accessories from Motorola including the DECK wireless speaker, Moto Stream, and S11-HD wireless headphones. Savings range from $25 to $100. Sale prices end at midnight tonight. [Motorola]

Bundle the  Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 and get both for only $179. Sale is for a refurbished Nexus 7 (2012) bundled with a refurbished Nexus 4. Together, both normally sell for $250. Separately, you might pay twice as much to take home both. [Expansys USA]

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

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Best Buy’s Black Friday 2014 features $1 Galaxy S5, $39 Android tablets and more Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:08:52 +0000 Check out the top Black Friday 2014 Deals and Cyber Monday 2014 Deals!


Best Buy is sure to be one of the first places folks check out during Black Friday for electronics needs. Those in the Android camp will have a multitude of great deals to choose from, with the biggest highlights being featured in the big doorbusters category: a $1 Samsung Galaxy S5 (AT&T, Verizon or Sprint with a two-year contract) or a $39.99 7-inch Android tablet that features a quad-core processor. There’s much more than that to be had so let’s dive right in:

Android Tablets

  • DigiLand 7-inch 8GB quad-core Android tablet for $39.99, bundle with case and screen cleaner/protector for $54.99
  • DigiLand 10-inch 16GB quad-core Android tablet for $69.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 16GB for $399.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 32GB for $449.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 8GB for $149.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 16GB for $199.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids’ Edition 7-inch 8GB for $129.99
  • Amazon Fire HD 6-inch 8GB for $79.99
  • ASUS MeMo Pad 7 with case and 8GB microSD card for $99.99
  • ASUS Transformer Pad TF0310 10.1-inch 16GB for $179.99

Android Phones

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon for $1 w/ two-year contract
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 $0 down for well-qualified buyers with $50 Best Buy gift card
  • LG G3 on Verizon, Sprint or AT&T for $1 w/ two-year contract
  • LG Realm Android phone on Boost Mobile for $19.99 w/ no contract
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 4G on Sprint Prepaid for $79.99 w/ no contract
  • HTC Desire 510 4G on Virgin Mobile for $29.99 w/ no contract
  • Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 on T-Mobile Prepaid for $24.99 w/ no contract
  • LG Ultimate 2 on Net10 Wireless for $29.99 w/ no contract
  • Unlocked Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 4G for $199.99

Android Accessories

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip cases for $24.99
  • Samsung Level On headphones for $99.99
  • Samsung 64GB microSD Class 10 for $24.99
  • Chromecast for $23.99
  • Mophie JuicePack Powerstation Duo battery pack for $59.99
  • PNY portable battery sticks for $7.99
  • Dynex portable battery sticks for $9.99
  • RocketFish capacitive stylus for $3.99

Android Wearables

  • Pebble SmartWatch for $79.99
  • Pebble Steel SmartWatch for $149.99
  • Samsung Gear Fit for $99.99
  • Fitbit Activity + Sleep tracker for $99.99
  • Fitbit Flex Activity + Sleep tracker for $79.99
  • Jawbone Up24 fitness band for $79.99


  • Nest Learning Thermostat for $199.99
  • Dropcam wireless monitoring camera for $99.99
  • $100 off any laptop or tablet w/ purchase of Verizon Hotspot for $1

Of course, there’s a lot more to be had from the big box retailer (including a 50-inch Panasonic HDTV for a mere $200) so be sure to check out their full ad right here. Best Buy’s Black Friday event runs from November 27th through November 29th, and don’t forget that premium Best Buy Rewards members enjoy early access through the end of today. Head on over there to see if you can’t find something you like.

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Best Buy offering $100 off a Nexus 9 when you trade-in any working tablet Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:36:55 +0000 Nexus 9 DSC07276

Technology moves fast and if you’ve been eying a new Android tablet this holiday season, chances are you already have one that hasn’t aged so gracefully. If re-purposing that old tablet is out of the question, you can always trade it in and recover some of that money you poured into it.

Right now, Best Buy has a trade-in deal for anyone looking to pick up a Nexus 9. According to their new promo page, you can nab yourself $100-off a Nexus 9 with the trade-in of any working tablet. Okay, so the word “any” is still subject to Best Buy’s terms and conditions in that there are some tablets they wont take, for instance, any of the Barnes and Noble Nook or e-readers.

The full $100 comes in form of a $50 Best Buy giftcard for the trade-in, and another $50 discount off the Nexus 9 for a grand total of $100 in savings. It’s not bad, especially if you have an old Nexus 7 you’ve been meaning to upgrade. For full terms and conditions, make sure to check out Best Buy’s promo page here.

[Best Buy]

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Google offering 1TB of free Drive storage when buying a new Chromebook for a limited time Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:12:12 +0000 Google Chromebook

Looking for an affordable laptop for the holidays? Google is making their popular Chromebook line a lot more enticing by upping their previous 100GB of free Google Drive storage to a whopping 1TB (that’s 1,000GB) for 2 years. The offer is good for any new Chromebook user buying a laptop either in-store, online, or through the Google Play Store.

It’s not a bad deal by any means. A 1TB Google Drive plan runs about $10 a month and over the course of 2 years, that’s a $240 in savings. By comparison, the cheapest Chromebook is barely $200 meaning you even get to save a little bit of dough in the process (if you were planning on getting the storage anyway). Don’t forget, Google Drive storage is all encompassing spanning across Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and even includes your Gmail storage.

Typically, internal hardware storage on Chromebooks are lacking compared to “full fledged” PCs, but with 1TB of Drive storage, it should take some of the sting out of moving all your pictures, music, and other media to the cloud. The deal is only good until January 1st, so get a move on.


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Sprint’s Black Friday 2014: $200 off Samsung Galaxy S5, up to $300 off JBL and Harmon-Kardon audio equipment Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:03:45 +0000 Check out the top Black Friday 2014 Deals and Cyber Monday 2014 Deals!


Sprint has announced their Black Friday deals for 2014. The effort by the Now Network this year is quite moderate, though if you’re in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S5 or some new audio accessories you’ll want to see what they have to offer.

For starters, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport can both be had for $200 less than they typically go for. The catch? This price only applies to those who opt to buy the phone for full price through Easy Pay or Sprint’s leasing program. The former will get you the device for $0 down and 24 installments of $18.75.

The leasing program, while a tad similar in nature, has its differences. You’ll pay $20 over the course of 24 months, though you’ll receive an $8.34 “Black Friday credit” every month, effectively bringing  payments down to $11.66. And that’s about it for cellular hardware. Sprint’s also holding some pretty nice promos for those who want to get the most out of their audio experience.

The biggest deal will come with the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio, a $400 piece of kit that promises to deliver superior Bluetooth audio. You can get a massive $300 off, but not without buying something else. If you buy three or more accessories, or any JBL or Harmon-Kardon product, you can get the wireless speakers for just $99.

The cheapest product listed on their website that fits that bill goes for $60, though considering you’re getting $300 off a pretty nice set of speakers we wouldn’t complain too much (and there’s also a chance they have more to choose from inside their actual storefront).

Finally, with any purchase you make you’ll get 50% off the purchase of JBL’s Synchro Slate Headphones or Harman Kardon’s SOHO II NC earbuds for $139 and $99, respectively. Sprint was quick to note that the deals for audio accessories will only be available in-store, so you’ll want to be quick to the punch on the morning of November 27th when their doors swing open.

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Online retailer Newegg has “leaked” their own Black Friday ad, and there are a few Android tablets to be had. Five tablets in all are being discounted, with four of them going for under $100. Here’s the list of goods you can try for as we head toward the post-Thanksgiving shopping fest:

What’s more is that the savings are available right now so you won’t have to wait until next week to cash in. There’s a chance Newegg will put more items on sale throughout the week leading up to next Friday as they claim their Black Friday listings will be updated on a daily basis. We’ll be sure to update this page with any new goods that might pop up throughout that time so check back often.

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Toys R Us Black Friday 2014 ad: kid-friendly Android tablets on sale for cheap Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:01:07 +0000 Check out the top Black Friday 2014 Deals and Cyber Monday 2014 Deals!


Toys R Us is readying their big Black Friday event for next week, and with that we’ve gotten our first look at the ad scans for the big day. Alongside a ridiculously massive sea of toys, games and other kid-centric stuff are a healthy selection of Android tablets receiving steep discounts.

A few of Samsung’s affordable options are being put up for grabs, though folks looking to get a cheap kids’ tablet for their children will also find some very nice deals. Here’s the full list of everything you’ll be able to fight in the aisles for:

  • Polaroid 7-inch Android tablet for $39.99
  • Polaroid 9-inch Android tablet for $59.99
  • Camelio 2 7-inch Android tablet with free accessories for $69.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch Kids’ Edition for $129.99
  • Kurio 7S kids’ Android tablet for $99.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7-inch for $149.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8-inch for $199.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10-inch for $249.99
  • Nabi 2 kids’ Android tablet for $119.99
  • Amazon Fire HD 6-inch for $79.99
  • Amazon Fire HD 7-inch for $109.99
  • Skullcandy Jib ear-buds for $4.99
  • Kurio Touch 4S 4-inch multimedia player for $29.99

Toys R Us will be opening 5pm on Thanksgiving evening and all throughout Black Friday so be sure to get in as early as possible to make sure you don’t miss out (though we hear certain Rewards R Us members will be invited to shop Black Friday deals early on Sunday, November 23rd). Drop a line below if you’re looking to get in on any of this.

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Go tree-free with the Doxie portable scanner, only $139 at [Deal] Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:33:04 +0000 doxie-scanner

For a world where we are so tethered to our digital lives, so much of is still dependent on paper. You remember paper, right? The compressed form of tree pulp used to writing and printing. Why can’t we reconcile this paper-filled existence with our technologically advanced society? Now we can, with Doxie, the portable document scanner.

Scan those documents as you go. Receipts? Sure. Parking tickets? Not a problem. Photos? Not sure who still prints physical photos, but if you have old ones, sure, go ahead and scan away. Doxie stores its scans internally, but can sync to a Mac or PC to offload documents at your leisure. A plus for Android users is the ability to store saved documents on an SD card for easy access on your mobile.

Buy Doxie portable scanner for $139 from

You don’t want to get excited about a paper scanner? Boo hiss. As far as paper scanners go, this one is pretty darn cool. Normally $200, it’s yours from for only $139.

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For $30, you can relive your gaming glory days with this NES30 Bluetooth controller [DEAL] Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:33:02 +0000 nes30-bluetooth

If you have been gaming since the 80s, chances are you have fond memories of the Nintendo Entertainment System. It brought us its share of iconic games, but perhaps no piece of Nintendo history is more familiar than the original NES controller. Ergonomics be damned, the rectangular controller was as simple as it was functional, perfectly suited for the 8-bit games it would help bring to life.

Buy the NES30 Bluetooth controller for $29.99 at

Controllers have evolved a great deal since the heyday of the NES, but if you are longing for a bit of nostalgia with some modern updates, you’ll want to snag the NES30 Bluetooth controller. It may bring back memories of the past, but there is no time like the present with 25% savings through That’s an Android-compatible Bluetooth controller for only $29.99.

Updated features include the aforementioned Bluetooth wireless control (try that with your old Nintendo!), additional buttons to adapt to today’s games, and a reprogrammable button layout. The NES30 charges via USB for up to 20 hours of game time.

For even more great deals on Android apps, hardware, and accessories, be sure to visit

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