Phandroid » Retailers Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:06:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The 1st Gen Moto G for Verizon is $25 until 4PM Eastern at Best Buy Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:19:29 +0000 moto-g-3

You’ll want to act fast for Best Buy’s latest deal: they have the 1st Gen Verizon Moto G for a mere $25. This isn’t the LTE model, mind you, and it might not be the greatest budget phone by today’s standards, but for less than the cost of a month of service on any decent prepaid carrier you can’t really go wrong here.

The catch is that this is part of Best Buy’s latest 4-hour sale, and there’s less than hour left on that. The window closes promptly at 4PM, so be sure to get that order in as soon as possible.

PS: There are a few other decent options on sale, including the LG Volt 4G for Boost Mobile for $54.99, the unlocked Blu Dash 5.5 for $99.99, and the unlocked Sony Xperia T2 Ultra for $197.99. All of it is right here so get on it before it’s too late.

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Amazon’s Dash Button lets you refill home goods at the simple press of a button [VIDEO] Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:26:10 +0000 amazon dash tide

Our immediate reaction to Amazon’s latest announcement was that it has to be an April Fools joke, but perhaps that’s a testament to just how cool and future-thinking this product actually is. This is the Amazon Dash Button, a tiny little button that you can press to instantly order replenishment for any perishable product you need from Amazon.

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Whether that product is a huge case of diapers, enough gatorade to supply a full basketball team or some macaroni and cheese, you only need to press the button once and Amazon will automatically place an order for shipment to your doorstep. You’ll get a notification on your phone to confirm the details of your order, and Amazon’s app will make it easy enough to make changes to your button’s behavior whenever you need, such as setting up different quantities or flavors.

The buttons can be ordered from Amazon, and the best part is it’s free for any Prime user. You might also find some products that come with Amazon Dash Buttons pre-installed, such as a washing machine with a Tide button or a water cooler that’ll get you jugs of nature’s primary element whenever you need it.

amazon dash button phone appIn fact, there’s already one such product that exists. It’s Poppy’s smart coffee machine that’ll make you coffee whenever you need it, whether you set an automatic timer to have it make a batch in the morning, or you tell it to make a cup via the smartphone app for when you get home. Poppy’s machine integrates Amazon’s dash replenishment service to automatically detect when you’re running low on coffee and place an order for more to ensure you get a shipment before you run out.

You’ll see the same sort of functionality in Brita’s smart filters and Brother’s printers. Sounds like cool stuff. Unfortunately we’re not yet sure of some of the details of Dash Button, such as whether you’ll be able to order a generic one to program for getting items such as those that can be bought through Amazon Subscribe & Save.

Amazon users who are interested can actually sign up to be let in on the early round of testing set to go down within the next few weeks. In the meantime be sure to check out the early crop of products you’ll be able to order Dash buttons for right here once Amazon’s fully launched this thing, and keep your fingers crossed that this isn’t the most elaborate April Fools day joke in existence!

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Samsung confirms Galaxy S6 US pre-sales begin tomorrow for Best Buy and all major carriers Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:00:53 +0000  Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge DSC08487

We’d heard Best Buy was going to have the Samsung Galaxy S6 in their stores beginning tomorrow, and that they were also going to begin pre-sale events at that time. Samsung has come out to confirm that information today as the company has announced the device will not only be available for pre-sale and on display at Best Buy March 27th, but also for all major US carriers — that’s T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular. The devices will become available April 10th, Samsung previously announced.

Exact details about pricing and availability of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models will have to come from each carrier, but we know that all five will be offering both the regular S6 and the curved Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS are also confirmed to be carrying just the regular Galaxy S6. Other retailers who will eventually get in on the fun are, Costco Wholesale, Inc., Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart.

The timing of this pre-sale is very interesting considering HTC just announced the unlocked version of the HTC One M9 would go on sale online tonight. That gives us two very compelling devices to consider going with for 2015 on the very same day. Let the games begin!

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HURRY: Get $100 off the Nexus 9, but only until 4PM Eastern Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:33:46 +0000 Nexus 9 DSC07276

Quick: Best Buy has a deal going on right now that will net you a Nexus 9 for $100 less. The right now isn’t a joke: it will literally only last a couple of more hours as it’s their latest 4-hour flash sale.

You can also get a few bucks off some cases and accessories for it, $5 off a Chromecast, and $50 off a couple of Acer Chromebooks. You have until 4PM Eastern to take advantage. Why are you still here? GO!

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Best Buy might have Galaxy S6 pre-sale this Friday, plans to throw in wireless charging pad [RUMOR] Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:52:05 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge DSC08452

Put this one firmly at the top of the rumor category in bold letters: Best Buy might have Samsung Galaxy S6 demo units in-store as early as this Friday. That much was revealed by a Samsung rep at a Best Buy shop according to this Redditor.

Another user claiming to be familiar with Samsung (his posting history somewhat solidifies that) suggested the user was, in fact, correct, and a horde of other users jumped in to corroborate the information.

What’s more is that they revealed a couple of details about Best Buy’s pre-sales process:

  • Pre-sales commence March 27th, the day the demo units are expected to arrive in stores.
  • Pre-sales will only be held for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, as usual.
  • Launch is expected to be April 10th for all 3 of those carriers as Samsung has previously announced.
  • Pre-orderers will get some sort of “free device” with their purchase, though which exact device remains to be seen. The supposed Samsung employee suggested it would be a wireless charging pad worth $50.
  • Mostly all stores with a Samsung Experience booth will have the regular Samsung Galaxy S6, but not every store will have the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Be sure to call and check once the day arrives.
  • Some Samsung Experience agents might already be walking around with a Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge as part of their training. If you ask around you might find one nice enough to give you a quick showing!

That was about the extent of the information available. Note that rumors are always to be taken with a heavy grain of salt, especially when the source is an unchecked (but usually honest) community.

So first movement on getting your Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge secured could happen as soon as this Friday. There’s only one question left — have you decided to buy one yet? Let us know!

[via Reddit]

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Deal: Get the HTC RE camera for $99 (that’s 50% off) at Best Buy Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:20:26 +0000 htc-re-standing-colors

Quick deal alert for folks wanting to add some funky stuff to their digital photography kit. The HTC RE Camera is on sale for $99 at Best Buy, which is a full $100 off its normal retail price. HTC RE is meant to be a sporty camera that challenges products like the GoPro. Strap it to a helmet, a bike or something else and take unique photos and videos of the world — what’s not to like?

You can even live stream your musings in real-time and automatically sync clips to use for highlights with HTC’s Zoe app in Google Play (available to anyone with an Android phone, not just HTC users). Unfortunately it looks like Best Buy no longer has any orange units in stock, but the Blue and White are just as readily available as anything else.

Wondering how well this thing works? Here are just a few quick samples to give you a good idea before you run over to your local Best Buy:

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Head here if you’re looking to scoop one up.

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Apple plans to steal more Android customers by accepting their trade-ins Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:19:51 +0000 galaxy s4 vs iphone 5

One annoyance for many folks looking to leave the Android camp is that they can’t trade their device in if they plan to do their business at the Apple store — Apple only ever cared to buy back their own phones and tablets. A new rumor suggests that could be changing, though.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple is looking to introduce a trade-in system for folks who might own Android and Windows Phone devices. The process will be just like your typical trade-in at any retail store or carrier: you take your phone in, they give you a trade value based on its condition, and you decide whether you want to keep your device or fork it over for store credit.

You’re probably vomiting at the thought of letting Apple judge the value of a device that wasn’t conceived within their Cupertino halls. Believe me, I’m with you. But the company partners with BrightStar to monitor the trade-in values for their own products, and there’s no reason that partnership wouldn’t extend here (in fact, we’d say it’s almost necessary for Apple to team up with existing trade-in valuation companies to execute this ambitious undertaking).

Apple’s already had themselves an unfathomable quarter, and giving Android users an easier way to transition certainly won’t hurt. Would you or anyone you know be more willing leave Android and give the “dark side” a shot through the sheer ease of being able to swap your hardware at one destination?

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Amazon’s Deal of the Day takes up to 40% off SanDisk microSD cards, flash drives and more Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:49:04 +0000 sandisk-64gb-microsd

Amazon deals time! Today’s gold box deal puts another dent into the price tag of premium storage. This time it’s from the SanDisk camp, and they’re taking up to 40% off a smorgasbord of storage options.

In the realm of microSD, their 32GB and 64GB Ultra Class 10 cards are down to $12.99 and $24.99, respectively. The “Extreme Pro” versions of these classes with UHS-I / U3 classification are a bit more at $31.99 for 32GB and $62.99 for 64GB. The difference between the two sets of cards is in speed: the Class 10 Ultra cards read at speeds of up to 48MB/s, while the Extreme Pro cards’ read/write speed hover around the 90MB/s range (which is good for devices that can record video at up to 4K resolution).

Those looking for more full-sized options can get in on these other great deals:

Sorry folks, no 200GB or 128GB microSD cards on sale just yet, but considering how new they are we wouldn’t hold out for sales on either of them until at least another year passes by. Head to Amazon to check these out if something catches your eye on the list above.

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Google’s first ever retail location is a playground for tech lovers Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:35:39 +0000 google retail shop store uk

We’ve heard murmurings that Google has wanted to explore physical retail stores for years, but there hasn’t been a solid reason to do so to this point. But with a large army of Android phones and tablets, the advent of Android Wear and virtual reality headsets, and the #1 gadget of recent years Chromecast, the company has good reason to start testing the waters.

CNBC reports Google has done just that with their first ever retail presence. It’s not a full-blown store, mind you, but a mere corner inside of Curry’s PC World, one of the UK’s biggest electronics retailer. The exact location is on Tottenham Court Road in case you’re eager to take a visit.

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It’ll have everything you’d imagine a tech store would have — demo areas for phones, tablets, computers and smart watches. There’s more to it than just tables filled with tech, though (we’re looking at you, Apple store). Google apparently has Chromecast “pods” to check out video, and even a huge video board where you can do some digital spray painting. Or perhaps going on a virtual trip through Google Maps using the “Portal” is more your thing.

It sounds extremely cool, and we hope Google can expand this experience to more regions over time. We imagine Google will add a lot more to this experience in the future should the store prove successful, such as being a one-stop shop for getting some Project Ara modules, or a place to get fitted for Google Glass whenever the consumer version arrives.

Still, all of that depends on Google’s success. It won’t be easy — Samsung will tell you that much — but if Google can establish a strong retail presence then it could be the single most exciting place to check out all the latest innovations in tech. Fingers crossed!

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HTC One M9 and its full spec sheet is on Best Buy with a $650 price tag well ahead of schedule Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:15:13 +0000 htc one m9 at best buy

Needed even more evidence that HTC was announcing the HTC One M9 today? How about its sudden arrival on America’s biggest electronics retailer? The device has hit Best Buy’s listings, and yes — it looks like an HTC One M8. This listing joins another leak earlier this morning of the device being compared to the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 on video.

Best Buy also has a pretty full spec sheet to go along with their pretty picture. It doesn’t say anything we weren’t already expecting, but in case you were curious:

  • 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset
  • 5-inch Super LCD3 1080p display
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage with microSD
  • 20 megapixel rear camera, 4 megapixel (UltraPixel) front camera
  • GPS, WiFi AC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 4G LTE
  • 5.68 x 2.73 x 0.38 inches, 4.96 ounces
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC Sense

More than all of that, we’re treated to an early word on its price tag: $650 unlocked. The listing only notes compatibility with AT&T, though we’re sure to see variants that are fit for the other major carriers in due time. You obviously can’t order yet, but it’s there and its early arrival to major retailers could suggest HTC won’t take very long to push this phone out of the door.

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Amazon’s deal of the day takes 70% off Samsung NX smart cameras, 30% off Blu Studio 6 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:12:41 +0000 samsung nx300

Amazon’s latest deal of the day might be the perfect excuse for aspiring photographers to get their first decent piece of equipment. Several refurbished models of Samsung’s NX smart cameras are on sale for up to 70% off.

You can grab the NX1000 for $189.99, the NX2000 for $229.99, and the top-end NX300 for $269.99. All three cameras have the same 20.3 megapixel camera sensor, and all are bundled with a capable 20-50mm detachable lens that can be replaced with any NX-compatible lenses you may own or purchase in the near future.

Note that these aren’t the Samsung “Galaxy” NX cameras that run Android, but they can back your photos up in the cloud automatically thanks to built-in WiFi. Other “smart” features are for those with Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets, such as remote viewfinder and AutoShare (which sends photos you take directly to your smartphone).

Also on sale as a bonus item is the Blu Studio 6.0 HD. It’s a 6-inch smartphone with 720p resolution and a decent 1.2GHz quad-core processor. You’re also getting 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and an 8 megapixel camera that can record 1080p video. The cost for all that? $130, and that even comes with free standard shipping if you don’t want to pay anything for the courtesy of having it show up on your doorstep in a week or two.

Be sure to check out the lot of Samsung NX cameras here, while you can grab the Blu Studio 6.0 right here for those in the market for a new smartphone.

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Deal: Get at least $15 off Amazon Fire TV, even bigger discounts if you sign up for Sling TV Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:45:19 +0000 20140403_123550WM

The Amazon Fire TV is a very capable companion for your home entertainment center, but if you’ve been on the fence about buying one perhaps the company’s latest deal is enough to push you over. You can grab one for $15, making it just $84 to have on shipped right to your doorstep.

Amazon’s also giving you a reason to consider grabbing a Sling TV subscription for $20 per month by giving you a free Fire TV Stick or $50 off the Amazon Fire TV if you opt for it. The subscription comes with unlimited access to live television on any device that supports the Sling TV app. Yes, that includes the Android phone or tablet you likely already own.

We took a look at Sling TV while it was in beta, and while its roster of channels is a bit slim right now for $20 the service itself proved quite exceptional. There are optional channel packages you can add for $5 each if you’re interested.

It’s a great alternative for cord cutters who don’t like the hassles of maintaining a cable TV package but still wouldn’t mind paying for premium content. Check out the offer at Amazon right here, and if it doesn’t sound like something you’d get value out of then you can find the standalone $15 off deal for the Amazon Fire TV right here.

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Deal: Get up to 50% off PNY memory and portable chargers at Amazon Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:48:40 +0000 pny flash drive cropped

Amazon’s big deal of the day is all about smartphone accessories again. PNY is the company this time, and while they might not be the top brand when it comes to this flash memory stuff they’re still quite solid. Highlights of the sale include 16GB, 32GB and 64GB Class 10 microSD cards $8.75, $14.49, and $23.23, respectively (adapter pictured above not included).

They’ve also got 32GB, 64GB and 128GB Class 10 full-sized SD cards for $14.49, $23.99, and $48.99. For those with devices that have full-sized USB ports or using USB OTG cables there is a collection of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 flash drives available.

PNY is also offering up portable battery chargers between 3,000mAh and 8,000mAh, and for anyone in the market for an SSD those can also be had for a respectable discount. All of it is waiting for you at Amazon right here so be sure to check them out if you’ve been looking to add new pieces to your tech-filled life.

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Sprint officially announces plans to take over 1700 RadioShack stores in co-branding deal Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:46:02 +0000 sprint logo

It was only 3 days ago we’d heard RadioShack was doing so bad that they were looking to sell off a major fleet of retail stores to Sprint, and now that rumor has been confirmed. The electronics retailer officially filed bankruptcy this week to help stabilize a ship that was only centimeters away from hitting rock bottom.

Sprint will look to take on 1,750 of RadioShack’s most prime retail locations in a deal where the value wasn’t publicly disclosed. To put that into perspective, Sprint currently commands just 1,100 retail stores of their own, so they’ll be more than doubling their footprint in one fell swoop.

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Good news for RadioShack fans is that those stores will be co-branded, so the name itself will live on. Sprint says they will occupy about 1/3 of each retail space, while the rest will remain classic RadioShack goodness. Think of it as a one-stop shop for everything mobile and electronics (except one big retailer in the United States already does that better than everyone else).

Sprint says their branding will take precedence over RadioShack’s, and we didn’t expect anything less considering they’re the ones forking over money to make this whole thing happen. All of it is subject to approval by a bankruptcy court, of course, but we have a hard time believing anyone will have reason to block this deal.

While an increased retail presence can’t hurt Sprint, they’ll have to do more than just spread their name and logo onto more buildings. The company seems to understand that with their latest moves, including a decent flow of value-added features, edgy marketing and a plan to continue improving subpar network performance.

Even with all that it’ll be tough to supplant Verizon and AT&T as the nation’s biggest and best carriers, but it should at least help them remain competitive and maintain a healthy balance of competition in a very fierce industry.

[via Sprint]

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Report: Sprint to buy up to half of RadioShack’s 4,000 stores as iconic retailer struggles Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:02:01 +0000 radioshack store

Sounds like Sprint’s looking to heavily increase their retail presence. Bloomberg is reporting that RadioShack is in such bad shape that they are considering selling off and closing all of their stores, half of which could go to Sprint.

An apparent source tapped Sprint as a buyer of up to half of RadioShack’s fleet — around 4,000 stores currently — and that those stores would be rebranded under Sprint’s banner. The rest of the stores would simply close, and RadioShack will effectively cease to exist.

For now the deal is considered to be “on the table” with no clear commitment made (meaning RadioShack could sell the stores to someone else or find a buyer to take control of the brand and keep it alive). The report also goes on to suggest RadioShack wants the name to live through co-branding, though there’s really no incentive for Sprint to attach the RadioShack name to their business.

It’s always a sad day to see electronics retailers having to succumb to the pressure put on them by big box names like Walmart and Best Buy. Circuit City and CompUSA suffered similar fates a few years back.

Circuit City still lived on in the form of online storefronts, but were mostly shells of the same warehouse operation known as Tiger Direct (the stores have since been consolidated under the Tiger Direct brand). We wouldn’t be surprised to see the same happen for RadioShack if this effort to bow out of the electronics retail scene falls through.

It’s even tougher to see this happen to RadioShack considering the humble beginnings and nature of the store. What once started off as a small-time local business blossomed into a national hotspot for new technology, and although it never reached the heights of Best Buy it remained a primary electronics destination for many people.

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Still, this is a business and it’s hard to stay open when you’re losing money for 11 straight quarters. That performance has caused RadioShack’s stock to hit the lowest point it’s been since it began public trading, and there’s nothing to suggest it will ever recover.

Looking back toward Sprint’s side, this new fleet of retail space would help bolster an already decent brick and mortar presence, which — combined with an improved network, edgy marketing and value-packed features — should go a long way toward shortening the gap between them and their competitors.

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