Phandroid » Retailers Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:56:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Amazon’s big “Prime Day” sale will have more deals than Black Friday Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:19:56 +0000 Amazon Prime

Amazon loves putting on sales, and now they’re about to give Prime members even more of a reason to spend money. The company has announced Prime Day, an online shopping event exclusively for Amazon Prime members.

The event happens July 15th, and you’ll get access to an entire day’s worth of deals from electronics, toys, video games, movies, clothing, patio, lawn and garden, sports and outdoor items and more. Amazon says there are so many deals that there will be more on tap than you would see during Black Friday, and that new deals will pop up on the site as often as every 10 minutes.

We’re not sure all of the deals will be amazing, but we can’t imagine Amazon won’t have a few crazy surprises up their sleeve. If you’re an Amazon Prime member through July 15th you’re already set.

If not? You’ll be able to sign up for an account and get access to the deals on that same day (you could even start your free trial right now) so there’s plenty of time to  decide whether you want to subscribe or renew an expired subscription (we think it’s totally worth it). We’ll be rounding up some of the best deals on tech when the sale launches so be sure to stay tuned!

[via Amazon]

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Deal: Grab the ASUS ZenWatch for $50 off at Best Buy Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:38:39 +0000 asus-zenwatch-hero

Best Buy is holding a quick sale on the ASUS ZenWatch. It’s $50 off its usual price of $200, meaning you’ll walk away with one for just $150.

The ZenWatch admittedly isn’t the hottest boat rocking in the land of Android Wear smart watches, but it still boasts a neat design, competent internals and will receive the latest Android Wear updates for the foreseeable future.

That said, something new from the Taiwanese company is on the horizon, and if you’re the type that has to have the latest and greatest then it’s best to hold off as the ASUS ZenWatch 2 will be out rather soon. Otherwise, get your watch (with free shipping or in-store pickup, if you prefer) at Best Buy right here.

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You can now pre-order the Pebble Time for $200 at Best Buy Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:54:54 +0000 pebble time hero 1

Didn’t get in on the Pebble Time Kickstarter? You’ll be happy to know that the retail pre-sale has kicked off exclusively at Best Buy. $200 will get you a color e-paper smartwatch that’s bound to last days instead of mere hours.

The hot new feature for Pebble is the Timeline, a system that delivers the information and notifications most important to you when and when they make sense. Appointment coming up on your calendar? Timeline will show it to you first before reminding you about a dinner later that evening. If your favorite sports team just got finished playing a game it’d probably decide to show you its score before anything else.

Pebble Time will also deliver more rich watch faces and apps thanks to its colored UI, a microphone for dictating voice responses and more. Best Buy has them in White, Black and Red, so take your pick and place your order in anticipation of its arrival (which Best Buy currently expects to happen on July 22nd).

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Amazon takes $40 off the 2nd Gen Moto G today only Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:28:19 +0000 motorola moto g 2nd gen

One of Amazon’s deals of the day will take $40 off the cost of a 2nd Gen Moto G.  That brings it down to $139.99 from its usual going price. The 2nd Gen Moto G is a very capable smartphone that should provide a comprehensive Android experience on the cheap.

It has a 5-inch 720p display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1GB o RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera coupled with a 2 megapixel front sensor, and a 2,070mAh battery. It also now has Android 5.0 Lollipop, in case you were worried you wouldn’t be on the latest and greatest software.

The price tag only lasts until the end of the day, though, so you should hurry and order one if you’re interested. Note that it doesn’t have LTE radios, but at least you can select between global and US GSM versions. Will you be picking one up?

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Deal: Get a Chromecast for $20 through Groupon Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:20:23 +0000 Chromecast Featured ready to cast

One of Groupon’s sweetest deals is back: it’s a $20 Chromecast. It’s refurbished, mind you, but we’ve not known Groupon to ship faulty hardware. The thing usually costs $35 new, so this is a hefty discount of 43%.

If you don’t like stuff that was owned by other people you can always head to Amazon to buy it new. They have it for $28 in that condition, which isn’t a whole lot of money for more peace of mind. Be sure to consider both options and get yourself one of the hottest multimedia devices being peddled on the market.

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Kingston’s memory cards are up to 75% off as Amazon’s deal of the day Tue, 19 May 2015 14:38:39 +0000 KINGSTON logo’s deal of the day is all about Kingston today, and they’ve got some pretty good discounts if you’re looking for removable storage. Most of you will care about the collection of SD and microSD cards.

For the former category, there are 16GB and 32GB Class 10 UHS-1 options available for $6.99 and $13.49, respectively. They also have microSD options (with SD adapters included) at 32GB, 64GB and 128GB for $11.99, $24.99 and $70.69, respectively.

There are also gaming headsets, SSD drives, flash drives and RAM for your PC if you’re in need of any of that stuff. You can check it all out right here, but don’t wait too long as the deal will expire by the end of the day.

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Best Buy has the HTC One M8 for $300 off-contract in latest 1-day sale [DEAL] Wed, 13 May 2015 17:25:33 +0000 HTC One M8 DSC06660

Best Buy’s bonus deal of the day is putting up a very good flagship smartphone for just $300 without a contract. It’s the HTC One M8, and while it may not be the newest slab of metal from the Taiwanese company it still holds its own up against more recent options.

The price applies to Verizon, Sprint and AT&T variants, with T-Mobile missing because Best Buy doesn’t sell T-Mobile phones. You’ll get free shipping if you don’t require it to be expedited. There are no strings attached otherwise — go buy one, but do it before the day is over if you want it at this price.

Buy the HTC One M8 at Best Buy for $300

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HURRY: $209 for the Motorola DROID Ultra at Amazon until 3PM Central Tue, 12 May 2015 19:14:19 +0000 IMG_2475

One of Motorola’s best phones from 2013 is now on sale for a mere $209 at Amazon. It”s the Motorola DROID Ultra, and this bad boy is on a lightning deal that’s set to expire soon. Like, “3PM top of the hour” soon.

We reviewed this bad boy back when it was still the new kid on the block and found that it was an excellent top-line smartphone for its time despite not having the gaudy Snapdragon 600 and a 1080p display. Don’t take too long reading our review, though, because the current price could evaporate before you even realize it.

PS: Note that this smartphone is only intended for use on Verizon Wireless. Don’t purchase it if you don’t plan to use it with Verizon service.

Motorola DROID Turbo for $209 at Amazon

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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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