All New HTC One Now Available in the US Starting at $199

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:04 -- Marshall Walker

HTC today announced its second-generation "all new" HTC One smartphone with Duo Camera. The new handset will be available from Verizon Wireless, Sprint and AT&T today at 1 PM Eastern. Verizon will get the jump on the competition by being the first carrier to offer the HTC One in retail stores, and as usual T-Mobile will be late to the party not offering the device until some time next month.

HTC One Pre-OrderThe HTC One 16GB model is $199 and the 32GB will set you back $249. There will also be a contract-free version available via HTC.com for $649, and a $699 Google Play Edition will be hitting the Play store sometime in the near future.

T-Mobile Now Accepting Galaxy S5 Pre-Orders

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 16:05 -- Sammy Snyder

T-Mobile is now accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S5. You can nab the flagship handset for $0 down with 24 equal installments of $27.50 per month. That is a total of $660 over two-years. You can order the Samsung Galaxy S5 directly from T-Mobile.com.

T-Mobile Galaxy S5You can also pre-order the GS5 from retailers like Best Buy and Target or carriers such as Sprint and AT&T. Sprint is offering two ways to pay for the next-generation device. You can either pay the old way and nab the GS5 for $199 with a new two-year contract, or pay $0 down and 24 payments of $27.09. Sprint will also throw in a free Galaxy Tab 3 when you select their Family plan.

Pre-Order the Samsung Galaxy S5

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 16:23 -- Alex Gardner

Several US carriers and retailers are now accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Best Buy is offering a $10 gift card with a two-year agreement from AT&T or Sprint, and RadioShack is offering $50 in savings for a limited time. Target has posted a pre-orders / store locator page, and Amazon.com, Costco, Sam's Club and Walmart are all also supposed to carry the new handset at some point, but none of them have opened pre-orders at this time.

Here's a quick look at the four major US carriers' pre-order statuses:

Samsung Galaxy S5 Pre-OrderSprint's website reads:

"Signing up for a Sprint Family Plan not only gets you the Galaxy S5 at $0 down, it also gets you a FREE Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. OR Pre-order the Galaxy S 5 for $199.99 with $50 mail-in rebate via reward card."

ZAGG Launches New GLASS Screen Protector for the Galaxy S5

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 15:23 -- Marshall Walker

ZAGG has launched a new thin glass screen protector for the Galaxy S5 and other popular mobile devices. ZAGG claims its invisibleSHIELD GLASS offers the most "precise touchscreen sensitivity" of any screen protector made out of scratch-resistant tempered glass.

invisibleSHIELD GLASSThe GLASS screen protector promises to keep your 5-1-inch display safe from any damages or scratches and blemish-free thanks to its oil-resistant coating which repels natural finger and face oils. GLASS also features the same easy-to-use installation adhesive found on ZAGG's other popular invisibleSHIELD products.

Gear 2 and Gear Fit Prices Officially Confirmed

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 11:29 -- Sammy Snyder

Samsung has officially posted the prices for its Gear 2 and Gear Fit smartwatches. The Gear 2 will retail for $295, and the Gear Fit will cost $197. That makes the Gear 2 only $5 cheaper than its predecessor the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which was released last year.

Samsung Gear PricesThe Gear 2 features a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display and it is powered by a 1.0 GHz dual core processor and 512MB RAM. It also ships with a heart rate sensor, 2.0 MP camera and 4GB of storage.

The Gear Fit is a lighter and streamlined version of the Gear 2 which focuses more on health and fitness. It also features a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display, 2.0 MP camera and a heart rate sensor.

2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Now Available at Verizon

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 17:40 -- Alex Gardner

The 2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is now available on Verizonwireless.com. The 32GB model is $600 with a new 2-year agreement or $700 off-contract.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 EditionThe Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition boasts a 10.1-inch 2560x1600 TFT display, a 2.3 GHz quad core processor, 3GB RAM, and an 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus. Other features and specs include: Android 4.3, up to 64GB of expandable memory via microSD, a 8220 mAh Li–ion battery with up to 15 hours of usage, a 2MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and 4G LTE.

Leaked Australian Ad Explains HTC One 2014 'Duo Camera'

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 19:24 -- Marshall Walker

It looks like the second-generation HTC One (aka HTC M8) is going to follow in the 3D footsteps of the HTC EVO 3D. GSM Arena has obtained a leaked advertisement from the Australian carrier Telstra which details the HTC One's "Duo Camera". According to the leaked brochure, the HTC One will have two cameras so users can enable 3D and bokeh effects.

HTC One Duo CameraThe leaked advert has also revealed that the new HTC One will feature a 5-inch, full HD scratch-resistant screen, dual "BoomSound" speakers, and it will cost AUD 840 (RRP) off-contract, which is around $760.

Asus Announces Android 4.4 Timeline for Some PadFone Devices

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 18:42 -- Marshall Walker

Asus has announced that it will be upgrading some of its PadFone devices with Android 4.4 KitKat. The announced devices will also be receiving the company's new Zen UI. Here's the complete list of devices including the regions the updates will be rolling out in:

Asus PadFone 2 Android 4.4

  • Padfone 2 (Q2 2014)
  • Padfone Infinity in Russia and Asia (Q2 2014)
  • Padfone A80 in Europe (Q2 2014)
  • New PadFone Infinity models (Q3 2014)

Unfortunately, Asus did not reveal anymore details, and some of these upgrades are arriving really late.

Save 10% on Samsung Galaxy S5 Cases

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 10:49 -- Marshall Walker

Trusted accessory maker Griffin Technology is now accepting pre-orders for its new line of Samsung Galaxy S5 cases. You can also save 10% if you pre-order before March 15, 2014. Just use the promo code GS5 during check out. Here's a quick look at all three Galaxy S5 cases available from GriffinTechnology.com.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Survivor Case

The Survivor case is Griffin's most trusted and durable case available. It features a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame surrounded in shock-absorbing silicone that has survived concrete drop tests, and it meets the conditions outlined in the US Department of Defense MIL-STD-810. It also includes a built-in screen protector and hinged plugs to keep your device's various ports dust and debris free. The Survivor case is now available for pre-order for $50 from GriffinTechnology.com.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Officially Unveiled

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 16:56 -- Sammy Snyder

Samsung today officially unveiled the Galaxy S5 at its Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The new handset will be available on April 11, 2014 in 150 countries. The phone will be offered by Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular in the U.S., and through EE, Three and Vodafone in the U.K. You will also be able to pick up the handset at Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Target and Walmart.

Samsung Galaxy S5As for specs, the S5 has a slightly larger 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution. It is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM and Android 4.4. It also boasts an improved 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with 4K video capabilities and real-time HDR processing. Other features include better battery life, a fingerprint scanner, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a new heart-rate sensor on the back, and all of the Samsung extras like S Voice and S Health 3.0.

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