Phandroid » Retailers Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:51:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Target announces their Black Friday 2014 deals Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:02:36 +0000 Check out the top Black Friday 2014 Deals and Cyber Monday 2014 Deals!

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Target has just announced their big Black Friday deals in time for you to start planning your holiday shopping plans early. The United States retailer revealed a huge 39-page ad filled with deals on tech, toys and anything else you can think of. There will be a modest selection of Android tablets, phones and accessories on sale starting at 6pm on the evening of Thanksgiving:

And you’ll also find great deals on things such as televisions, video game consoles, toys and more. Here’s a quick list of Target’s biggest deals being offered that day:

Target’s already previewing the big ad over at their website so be sure to give it a good look through and see if you can’t stock up on holiday stocking stuffers and gifts after the turkey’s settled in your stomach.

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Buying a Nexus 9? Best Buy has same-day pickup available right now! Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:29:34 +0000 nexus-9-tabled

Earlier today we told you guys about availability of the Nexus 9 over at Google Play. You can order one right now and have it shipped within 1-2 business days. But if you would rather have the device sooner then you’re in luck — Best Buy has them in stock right now, and you can get free same-day pickup in-store.

There is one small catch, and that is that the device is only available in Indigo Black. That said, if you didn’t have your heart set on Lunar White then you can get the 16GB or 32GB models right now. Head to to get your order in and wait for that sweet, sweet email letting you know it’s ready to be picked up.

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[Update: global launch details] LG G Watch R sales begin in the UK as early as tomorrow Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:55:29 +0000 lg-g-watch-r-2

Popular UK retailer Clove has given our first indication of launch plans for the LG G Watch R outside of South Korea. The company has updated their G Watch R listing to note that first stock is expected to land as early as tomorrow, with orders beginning to ship Monday, October 27th. Folks should expect to see the watch arrive on their doorsteps early that week, and we imagine most of the initial orders will be fulfilled by Halloween.

The G Watch R is the first circular smart watch to launch since Motorola’s Moto 360, and while it may not be getting the same level of hype that particular unit received it’s still anticipated by many. Its sporty look adds to its appeal for many, though that same look is what moved many others to go with the Moto 360 or hold off for something else down the line.

LG’s experience with Android Wear began with the LG G Watch and it wasn’t a bad first attempt at all. That should give everyone confidence that they’ll follow up with a device worthy of your attention and money once it finally lands outside of South Korean borders. Let us know if you’ll be giving LG’s latest wrist dweller a shot once it arrives.

[Update]: LG has announced official global launch plans for the LG G Watch R. Alongside the UK, they’ve confirmed France, Italy and Spain as some of the first European countries slated to get the smart watch. Those rollouts will happen throughout early November.

LG says North America, the rest of Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States will get it “soon after,” and we also get confirmation that the smart watch would be made available via Google Play in select markets (though we didn’t expect anything less considering every Android Wear smart watch to date has launched there). We’ll be on the lookout for exact release date details for more regions and will certainly deliver them to you as they become available.

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Nexus 9 keyboard folio and Magic Cover cases go up for pre-order on Amazon Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:44:58 +0000 nexus 9 keyboard folio 1


You’ve already pre-ordered your Nexus 9, so why not pre-order the accessories to go with it? Amazon is now listing the keyboard folio case for the tablet that we’ve seen so much of. It’s a little on the pricey side at $129.99, but considering it’s a fully mechanical keyboard, has wireless pairing and looks to be built quite well (it attaches itself to the Nexus 9 using magnets) we imagine it might be well worth it for some of you. The case promises to live for 5 months on a single charge so you won’t have to hook it up to the wall very often. The case also folds to two different angles.

The cheaper case option is the $39.99 Magic Cover, a magnetic slab that can go on the front or rear of the device. It, too, uses magnets, and features smart cover features for automatically waking the display when removed from the front, or automatically launching the camera when the flap covering the camera sensor is removed when attached to the rear. The case folds at 5 different points — one at each corner and straight through the middle — to give you two different viewing angles and to provide for a sturdy prop whenever you are watching video or typing.

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The keyboard folio case comes in your standard black, while the Magic Cover can be had in black, coral amethyst, lime stone, and mint indigo. Both are set to ship November 3rd, which is about the same time Nexus 9 units are expected to leave warehouses for those who’ve pre0rdered one. Head to the Amazon links below to order if you’re interested.

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Nexus 9 pre-orders now up at Best Buy (WiFi+LTE) and HTC (WiFi-only) Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:56:30 +0000 Nexus-9-fanned

If Amazon isn’t your thing then a couple of new options for placing a pre-order for the Nexus 9 have just opened up. Best Buy is one, with the big box retailer offering up WiFi and LTE models. You can choose between the WiFi-only editions in 16GB or 32GB for $399 and $479 in both Lunar White and Indigo Black, or opt for a 32GB T-Mobile LTE model for a cool $599 (though you’ll only be able to get it in Indigo Black.

HTC also has the device, but they only have the WiFi model in 16GB and 32GB for both colors — that means you’ll have to go through Best Buy if you want the LTE model as Amazon does not carry it either. That, or wait for the tablet to appear on Google Play at some point later today. Head the the source links to play your orders and expect them to ship starting early next week.

[via Best Buy, HTC]

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Amazon has Samsung’s Note 4 unlocked (but you probably won’t be able to stomach the price tag) Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:03:12 +0000 galaxy-note-4-front

Amazon may have presented an early opportunity for buying the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 here in the United States, but you better have pretty deep pockets if you want in. Third party retailer NGP is selling the device for as low as $854.88 unlocked (black version) and up to $904 (gold version). You’ll get the Note 4 as advertised by Samsung, but there are a couple of caveats to note:

  • The device won’t work on Sprint, Verizon or any other CDMA carriers
  • The device is not compatible with any carriers’ 4G LTE networks, though you should be able to hop onto HSPA+ just fine.

That, coupled with such a ludicrous price tag, would probably convince you to hold off. Carriers should be selling their respective versions at considerably cheaper off-contract price tags starting next week so it’s definitely worth waiting if you aren’t dying to have it as soon as possible. If your pockets are fat and you want to make them even fatter with the addition of this 5.7-inch beast then be our guest. Find the purchase links straight ahead.

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Unlocked Moto G (2014) heads to Best Buy for $179 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:52:06 +0000 moto-g-back-hero

It didn’t take long for you to get your hands on one of the most powerful affordable phones to drop this year. Best Buy is now selling the Moto G 2014 for $180 unlocked, meaning you won’t have to sign a contract or jump through hoops to get it.

The device was reviewed favorably by Kevin Krause, though its lack of 4G may be off-putting for many. We’re sure Motorola has plans to launch an LTE-equipped model like they did for last year’s variant, but it may be some time before we see that (and we expect it to cost a bit more, as well). But if HSPA+ 3G is fine for you and you need a new inexpensive smartphone to have a go with, the Moto G can’t be a bad choice. It’s available in either black or white using the links straight ahead.

[Best Buy Black | White]

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“Stone Leather” Moto 360 quietly creeps into Best Buy Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:04:25 +0000 stone leather moto 360 2

A new color option for the Moto 360 seems to have found its way to Best Buy’s store shelves. You can now order the Stone Leather version of the watch, which is a few shades of grey lighter than the original grey model.

Everything else should be just as it’s always been on the Moto 360 — a circular smart watch with some questionable hardware inside. But oh, does it look so good. You can buy one from Best Buy’s site for the standard going price of about $250, and don’t forget to read our review to see whether or not it’s worth the money.

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Deal: Amazon has up to 60% off SanDisk microSD and SD cards today only Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:07:02 +0000 sandisk-64gb-microsd

Amazon has another great deal up for those looking for cheap memory. SanDisk’s catalog of tiny memory products — including flash drives, microSD cards — are up for grabs for up to 60% off today only. Phone users in particular will no doubt be interested in the collection of microSD cards available:

And for those with Chromebooks and the few tablets out there with full-sized SD card slots:

SanDisk also has a cool 64GB microUSB drive with USB OTG support for Android phones and tablets. It usually runs $50 but today’s sale brings it down to $29.99. Not a bad price if it’s something you’ve had your eye on. These deals don’t sound too bad so be sure to take advantage at the retailer’s site before the day expires.

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Charge 13 gadgets at once with this $8 USB Hub Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:03:34 +0000 13-port usb hub

Gadget lovers will understand the frustration: you go to plug in a gadget to charge or transfer data only to realize that you’ve suddenly run out of USB ports. Before you know it you’re swapping chords and chargers left, right, and upside down until your whole life is a tangled mess. Why not eliminate that pain altogether?

Amazon’s latest round of GoldBox Lightning Deals puts a 13-port USB hub on sale for just $8.75. It’s a simple little brick that can plug into any standard USB 2.0 port, and should you find the need to charge your gadgets without a computer you can pick up a 3.5mm DC cable to use with a wall outlet. The device also has its own dedicated on/off switch in case you want to cut or conserve power without having to unplug everything.

Unfortunately this doesn’t support USB 3.0 speeds, but at such a steal of a price we don’t have much room to complain. The swath of good reviews for the device don’t hurt, either. The lightning deal only lasts for about 5 hours (from the time of this posting) or until all stock is sold so you’ll have to move fast or miss out (buy it here!). Let us know if you’ll be “in for 1″ in the comments below!

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Deal: Best Buy has the Moto G 4G LTE for $180 (that’s $40 off) Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:59:03 +0000 moto-g-3

Best Buy has put on a pretty decent sale for the 4G-equipped Moto G if you’re looking for an inexpensive smartphone. They’ve chopped $40 off its usual price of $220, bringing it down to $180. That’s the same MSRP for the 3G-only version that originally launched, so we’d say this is a pretty good opportunity to get the most for your money if you need an entry-level smartphone.

The Moto G has a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a 4.5-inch 720p display, 8GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 32GB via microSD), a 5 megapixel rear camera with a 1.3 megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS w/ GLONASS, a 2,070 mAh battery and more.

The device also comes with 50GB of Google Drive storage for at least two years, and comes with a lightly customized version of Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. There aren’t many better values in tech at the moment so be sure to take advantage as soon as possible if you’ve been eyeing Motorola’s best selling device of all time.

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Deal: up to 50% off Transcend memory from today only Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:04:07 +0000 transcend logo

Quick heads-up on a deal for those of you in the market for cheap memory. Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is putting Transcend’s silicon on sale at up to 50% off for the entire day, but you’ll only have today to take advantage. Highlights include a 32GB Class 10 UHS-1 microSD card for $13.99, down from its usual $37.40. The 64GB version of that same card is $28.99, down from its usual cost of $49.99.

There are an assortment of other storage options available at discounted prices, including 64GB and 128GB full-sized SD cards that write at 60 megabytes per second costing $37.99 and $79.99, respectively.

Transcend’s brand doesn’t carry quite the same weight as Sandisk, Samsung or Sony, but they still offer a solid product that not many have complained about. Don’t be afraid to take a chance on them if you feel these prices are too good to pass up. The full suite of goods can be browsed at Amaozn’s site right here if you’re interested.

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Deal: get a refurbished Nexus 7 2013 for $140 today only Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:53:18 +0000 New Nexus 7 hand wm

The Nexus 7 2013 is still one fine tablet despite it being outclassed by more juicy options in recent weeks. If you don’t mind having one that may have been owned by someone else at one point in the past Woot is giving you a chance to get it on the cheap. For the next 12 hours you can grab a 2013 Nexus 7 for just $140. It’s refurbished, sure, but my experience with refurbished units has always been painless (and there’s a 90 day standard warranty directly through ASUS if you have you have any doubts).

The 7-inch tablet features 1920 x 1200 resolution, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core chipset clocked at 1.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, NFC, 5 megapixel rear camera with a 1.2 megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and more.

And while Woot’s listing shows it as having Android 4.3 out of the box, we’re sure it won’t take much for you to hook it up to WiFi and accept an upgrade to KitKat over-the-air. Not a bad deal if you’re in the market for a tablet, but you’ll want to act soon as it’s only guaranteed to be in stock until the end of the day or until stock runs out, whichever comes first.

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Grab the Amazon Fire Phone from Amazon and AT&T starting today Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:58:17 +0000 amazon-fire-phone-books

If you haven’t already pre-ordered your Amazon Fire Phone from Amazon and had it shipped to your doorstep, you can grab yours from a couple of different places as soon as today. You’ll be able to stop into AT&T retail locations nationwide if you’re the type to need to feel a smartphone before you walk away with it.

Like any smartphone by Ma Bell, you’ll be able to grab it for $0 down through AT&T Next so long as you don’t mind paying a monthly balance until you’ve paid the full off-contract price of the phone. The 32GB version can be had for $27.09 per month for 18 months, while the 64GB version steps up to about $31.25. Each option is available under a two-year contract structure, of course, costing $200 and $300, respectively.

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Amazon wants to change the way you find information about all the products you come into contact with using the Amazon Fire Phone’s Firefly feature. Whether you want to check prices for a book or CD you come across or you just want to learn more information about a painting or landmark you come across in your travels, Firefly’s expansive database is likely to have all the information you need. Of course, their end goal is to get you to buy as many of those products as you can… with them.

The most interesting thing about Firefly, though, is how developers can hook into it. For instance, if you snap a photo of a poster of Orange is the new Black, Firefly could potentially tap the Amazon app to bring the series up for you to begin watching immediately. It’s pretty interesting stuff that we’re going to get down and dirty with in our full review in the days to come.

Other unique features of the Fire Phone include Dynamic Perspective, an experience powered by four cameras that lets you manipulate your phone by tilting your phone and your head. For instance, scrolling through a web page can be done by simply tilting the phone up or down. The maps app could reveal a different angle of a street depending on which way you tilt your phone. There’s also the usual Amazon goods such as X Ray, Second Screen and that all important Mayday button should you ever need help with the device.

Don’t forget that you’ll be entitled to a free year of Amazon Prime (movies, TV shows, music, book rentals and discounted shipping) and $10 in Amazon Coins to use on apps and games should you buy one. Quite a bit of value if I do say so myself. You can order one from Amazon or AT&T, or just stop into your AT&T store to do your shopping in person. Let us know if you’ll be picking one up!

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