Phandroid » Retailers Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:07:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Amazon celebrates first successful series by making Prime $72 Saturday only Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:44:46 +0000 transparent amazon

Looking for a reason to give Amazon Prime another try after the company decided to hike prices? Well, if our top 5 reasons why you need Amazon Prime feature wasn’t enough, then perhaps the latest deal is: you can get the service for $72 — down from its usual $99 — Saturday only (you can sign up for it right here).

The deal is commemorating Amazon’s accomplishment of winning two Golden Globe awards for their original series Transparent (one for best television comedy or musical, and one for Jeffrey Tambor’s performance in a TV musical or comedy).

With that they’re also making the entire first season of the show free for anyone — not just Prime customers — Saturday only. If nothing else then it’s a good chance to check out Amazon’s first legit television series in the absence of anything better to do this weekend. Let us know if you’ll be taking advantage.

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Lumoid lets you try on smart watches and fitness bands before you commit to buying one Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:44:48 +0000 lumoid how it works

An interesting new service has launched that could make it easier for you to determine which wearable is right for you. Its name is Lumoid, and they’ll ship you have 5 wearables — be it a smart watch, a fitness tracker or what have you — to try for 7 days.

It’s not free, but if you are truly looking to purchase a smart watch they will waive the rental price of $20 if you purchase one of them through their service. Should you decide you aren’t really comfortable with any of them? Well, it’s only $20, and it’s better to lose that than to spend possibly hundreds on something you aren’t totally satisfied with.

The service is mostly limited to fitness trackers and sleep tracker bands right now, though there are a smattering of smart watches available. Of noteworthy mention in that category is the Pebble. For fitness and sleep trackers, the Samsung Gear Fit, Fitbit Flex, Jawbone Up24 and Nike + FuelBand are among the most popular available.

Notably missing are Android Wear smart watches, though it’s possible they’ll look to add many more products over time (we’ve reached out for comment to see if they have any more they’ll look to add to the list in the near future). Keep this site in mind the next time you’re in the market for something smart to slap onto your wrist.

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Samsung’s flagship London store has been shut down Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:53:19 +0000 samsung experience store closed

Samsung’s aspirations to have a network of retail stores like their big rival out in Cupertino may have been dashed if their latest action is any indication. It’s been revealed that the company has shut down their flagship Samsung Experience retail shop in London’s Westfield Stratford City mall, a location where folks could go to learn about and buy the latest Samsung electronics.

That isn’t the only store in the region — Samsung has nine others in the market that they say they’re still fully committed too — but it can’t bode well for the South Korean company to begin shuttering doors on their biggest European locations, especially when they expected to greatly expand in 2015.

There could be any number of reasons for the shop’s closure, and the obvious first target for those of us on the outside looking in would be the troubling sales (or lack thereof) of Samsung’s 2014 smartphone offerings. Namely, the Samsung Galaxy S5 reportedly came well short of Samsung’s sales target for the handset – by a few million units, at least — which showed up in a big way on the company’s quarterly financials reports.

But the truth is we don’t know why, exactly, Samsung decided to close the shop. Could be some weird logistics at play, or perhaps that store just wasn’t seeing the sort of traffic that made it viable to remain in the area (after all, the mall is one of the biggest throughout the UK and Samsung’s spot was reportedly prime real estate for any serious company looking for attention).

Either way, this event isn’t doing anything to help comfort Samsung in times where they could definitely use a lot of it. We’ll have to wait and see if this was either a one-off closure or if they’ll end up doing the same for other locations at some point throughout 2015.

[via The Verge]

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Best Buy is now listing the leather Nexus 9 Magic Cover case for $49 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:44:28 +0000 nexus 9 leather magic cover caseIt looks like HTC and Google were whipping up a real leather Magic Cover case for the Nexus 9 after all. The accessory has popped up on Best Buy’s online storefront before even hitting HTC’s or Google’s. Best Buy will apparently sell it for $49, which is just $10 more than what the regular version of this case is going for over at Google Play.

There is one annoying catch, though — you can’t actually order one yet, as the listing says it’s sold out online. That said, this is good indication that inventory is being prepped for those who want something a bit nicer to go over their Nexus 9 compared to what’s already available.

We’ll be keeping an eye out for its availability to change so stay tuned if you were holding out on buying cases to order this one.

[via Best Buy]

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Amazon Prime Now looks to get your items to you within the hour Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:55:26 +0000

Yesterday we gave you guys several good reasons why it’d be a good idea to be hooked up with Amazon Prime, and now — not even just a day later — Amazon has added another. The online retailer has announced Amazon Prime Now, a new shipping option that could get you the items you order within the hour.

The service, which is only available in Manhattan to start, allows you to pay $8 shipping on tens of thousands of goods to get them within the hour. If that $8 extra shipping isn’t ideal for you then there’s the next best thing: shipment within 2 hours for absolutely no cost. Shipments can go out between 6am and midnight, 7 days a week, so you won’t have to shuffle your schedule around just to wait for a quick package.

Unfortunately that “tens of thousands” of good are only a tiny fraction of the more than 20 million items eligible for regular Prime shipping, but Amazon says it’s a great service for getting essential items in a pinch without having to venture off to a crowded, cold store. Speaking of tiny fractions, Manhattan is only one small part of a big state and country, but Amazon says they’ll be working to bring Amazon Prime Now shipping to more cities through 2015.

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Items can be ordered from within Amazon’s app made especially for Prime Now. Alongside placing the order and selecting the time you would like the items delivered, the app will allow you to see where, exactly, the driver of your shipment is so you can make sure you’re home before they arrive.

If the service isn’t in your area, downloading the app and inputting your zip code will hook you up with a notification letting you know when the service finally arrives. Amazon Prime Now launches today so if you’re lucky enough to be in the Manhattan area and don’t have time to go to the store for something you need give it a go.

[via Amazon]

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5 Reasons you need Amazon Prime right now Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:58:50 +0000 amazonprime

While many folks have gotten their shopping done during Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other special events throughout the holiday season, there’s always bound to be one person who hasn’t quite gotten their stocking stuffers secured just yet. You could brave the cold and venture into brick and mortar stores to cross off those last few items on your shopping list, but that isn’t always the best route for a few different reasons:

  • You can’t always find what you’re looking for inside the specific stores in your area
  • The prices tend to be better online
  • And sometimes, well, we just like to be lazy

With Amazon being the first online stop for many shoppers we thought it’d be a good idea to show you why you shouldn’t proceed to order anything without having an Amazon Prime subscription. It offers many benefits that can not only help you save money on shipping, but also take care of some other holiday needs that may arise. Let’s run them down!

A box from is pictured on the porch of a house in GoldenFree 2-day shipping for those last minute Christmas gifts

Most products on Amazon ship extremely fast, but if you need to ensure your gifts make it to doorsteps in time for Christmas then you’ll likely want to opt for two-day shipping. With Amazon Prime, Amazon guarantees 2-day delivery on all Prime-eligible items, of which there are a ton.

Not only is there that guarantee, there’s also the fact that it’s free — no need to shell out extra dough for increased peace of mind. And should you really push the clock and need 1-day shipping, you can pay anywhere between $4 and $8 on most items, instead of the usual $15-20 you’d have to pay without Prime. This alone is usually worth the cost of admission for anyone who shops with Amazon on a daily or even weekly basis.

Access to Amazon’s daily lightning deals 30 minutes before the rest of the crowd

Of course, saving money doesn’t only have to apply to shipping. Amazon likes to put hundreds of items on sale for ridiculous prices through their lightning deals each day. If you’re worried that a deal that’s too good to be true is going to be sold out before you get a chance to order, Amazon Prime now gives you the added benefit of accessing those deals 30 minutes ahead of the rest of the pack. Nothing like a steep discount to help make your gift purchasing decision that much easier.

Holiday entertainment with Amazon Prime Instant Video, 500,000 eBooks and Amazon Prime Music


Whether you’re traveling to see family for the holidays or hosting a crowd at your own home, Amazon Prime equips you with enough multimedia to keep the family entertained. Amazon Prime Instant Video gives you access to a large library of movies and television shows, Amazon Prime Music has thousands of free songs (check out our review right here), and you even get access to over 500,000 Kindle eBooks through the Kindle Lending Library, all for no cost over the typical $99 per year Amazon asks for.

Unlimited photo storage to save your holiday memories

Amazon recently added another cool perk for folks who decided to sign up for Prime — unlimited photo storage. While the gigabytes of space you’re afforded from other services are typically more than adequate for storing quick photos, a large collection of high quality images (like those taken with DSLR cameras) could take up a rather big chunk of space. If you need somewhere to store tons of photos for long-time safe keeping, there’s no good reason to venture outside the comfy confines of your Amazon Prime account (especially considering Amazon prides themselves not only on server speed, but also availability and stability, as well).

It’s free for 30 days if you haven’t already tried it!

The last reason is the most obvious, and it should be the one that tips you over the edge: you’ll get the first 30 days for free, which you can sign up for right here. Even if you decide you don’t like it, you’re not on the hook to continue the membership past that initial 30 days.

You’ll get full access to all the perks paying members enjoy during that time, so whether you’re just looking to save money on some last minute shipments or looking to let Netflix rest for something a bit different you should definitely give it a go.

It’s worth mentioning that you get a full year of Amazon Prime with the purchase of an Amazon Fire Phone, so you’re potentially getting a serviceable smartphone and Amazon’s premier service for just over $100 each. Not a bad deal there. Oh, and students can also get the service for free for a whopping 6 months, after which they only pay $50 per year. What are you waiting for?

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Amazon’s Cyber Monday arrives, features Amazon Fire TV for $69 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:10:00 +0000 Check out the best Android Cyber Monday Deals


Amazon is putting on a pretty nice deal for their multimedia set-top box if you’re not interested in something like the Nexus Player or a Chromecast. The Amazon Fire TV is $69 for Cyber Monday, a cool $30 off its original price tag of $99. It’s worth noting that this doesn’t include the gaming controller — that can be purchased separately for its original retail price of $39.99.

The deal isn’t yet live on Amazon’s website but the company expects it to go live at some point this afternoon. We’ll be keeping a look out on their page and will update this post once it goes live, but for now just make sure your Amazon account is ready to go with your updated payment and shipping information. Will you be taking advantage?

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Deal: Amazon has the Nexus 9 for $50 off Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:54:31 +0000 Nexus 9 DSC07273

The Nexus 9 might not be the subject of many Black Friday festivities, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save a few bucks on one. Amazon is giving you one of the best deals to come along since HTC’s big blowout a few weeks back — $50 off its original retail costs of $399.99 (16GB) and $479.99 (32GB), respectively.

That figures to save you the same amount of money as Google Play’s own deal on the thing, though an up-front discount is a lot different compared to Google Play credit that you may or may not take full advantage of. Better to choose what you want to spend the savings on than to be locked into one bubble, we’d say.

That also comes with the typical Amazon experience of reliable and — for Prime members — cheap shipping. Stock still seems plentiful over yonder so be sure to head over there and order one if you’re in the market for a pretty sweet Android tablet with Lollipop

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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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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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