Android Stuff: Best T-Mobile Android phones (November 2015)

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T-Mobile is the carrier everyone else is watching out for. They’re currently the third biggest mobile service provider in the United States, and they’re growing very quickly. Thanks to T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” plan of action, they’ve been changing industry standards for the better over the recent years. On top of all of the changes they’re making, they have one of the widest varieties of smartphones available on any carrier. We’ve already taken a look at the best phones you can buy on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, and now it’s T-Mobile’s turn.

Related: Best prepaid phones for T-Mobile

T-Mobile works a bit differently than the other carriers when it comes to pricing. They’ve gotten rid of carrier subsidies, and basically put all of their phones at full retail price. There are options to pay the device cost monthly, though most of the time, you can still get the devices for $0 down. That’s why we’re taking a look at the full retail costs of the phones. The categories we’re looking at today are solely based on price range, split up into three tiers: best phones above $500, below $500, and below $250. Let’s dive right in!

Editor’s note – we will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.

Update, November 2015: This month saw the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 depart from the list to make room for the LG V10. Also gone from the list is the Samsung Galaxy S5 to make room for the Nexus 6P. We’ve also completely revamped the “Under $250” category, adding the Moto G, Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 and ASUS ZenFone 2 to the list.

Best phones above $500

#1 – Samsung Galaxy Note 5 & Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

The Galaxy Note series is often referred to as the true Samsung flagships, and this year the Korean manufacturer didn’t disappoint. Not only is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 an awesome device, but they also released the Galaxy S6 Edge+ for those who like curves on their super-sized screens. These are hands-down the best Samsung smartphones around right now.

The only issue is these bad boys won’t come cheap. The Note 5 is priced at $699.99 over at T-Mobile’s website, while the Galaxy S6 Edge+ goes for $779.99. Far from affordable, but definitely worth it if you care about screen size and performance. Not to mention, the Galaxy Note 5 has all those additional S Pen features for productivity buffs. You will also enjoy Samsung’s new design language and build quality, which is a much needed improvement over previous Note devices.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution
  • Samsung Exynos 7420 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, no microSD card slot
  • 16MP rear cam, 5MP front cam
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Note 5: 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, 171 grams / S6 Edge+: 154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm, 153 grams
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

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Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for $699.99

Buy the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ for $779.99


#2 – Samsung Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung really hit the ball out of the park with its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices. These were the first to adopt a better design language and build quality, something that proved to be a success under most reviewers’ eyes.

These are essentially the same device, with the only difference being the obvious curved screen on the Galaxy S6 Edge. Aside from a few software enhancements on the Edge (and 50 mAh of battery), there are barely any other differences. Both are sleek, powerful, fast and well built. We must also mention the display and camera, which are among the best in the market!

While not as pricey as their larger brothers, the Samsung Galaxy S6 series is still up there. You can get the normal version for $579.99. Meanwhile, T-Mobile also sales the Edge iteration for $679.99

Specs

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi
  • Exynos 7420
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128GB storage options, no microSD expansion
  • 16 MP rear camera with OIS
  • 5 MP front-facing camera with 90 degree wide angle lens
  • Non-removable 2,550mAh battery (S6) and 2,600mAh battery (S6 Edge)
  • 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm, 138 grams
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz

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Buy Samsung Galaxy S6 for $579.99

Buy Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge for $679.99


#3 – LG V10

If you aren’t completely satisfied with the LG G4, perhaps the V10 will suit your needs. It has the same powerful Snapdragon 808 processor and 16MP rear-facing camera as the G4, but with a few extra features included. Most notably, the V10 sports a secondary “ticker” display LG calls the Second Screen. This extra display aims to provide its users useful information without the need to turn on the main screen. It will display app shortcuts, notifications, and even weather and battery percentage information. Although the placement is a bit wonky, we’re sure you’ll be pretty happy with the added benefit of having a secondary display.

The V10 also has two front-facing cameras for wide-angle selfies, a fingerprint scanner that’s actually really reliable, a MIL-STD-810G Transit Drop Compliant rating for shock absorption, and a 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC electronic processor with support for Qualcomm’s QFE2550 closed-loop antenna tuning solution. It’s also the first smartphone ever to come with a manual mode for taking video.

Both the V10 and the G4 are great smartphones. If you aren’t concerned with spending a bit more money, though, you should buy the V10. It’s available now from T-Mobile for $599.99.


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Specs

  • Main display: 5.7-inch IPS Quantum Display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513ppi
  • Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • Adreno 418 GPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2TB
  • 16MP rear-facing camera, 5MP Dual Lens front-facing camera
  • Removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6mm, 192g
  • Space Black, Luxe White, Modern Beige, Ocean Blue, Opal Blue

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Buy now from T-Mobile for $599.99


Best phones below $500

#1 – Nexus 6P

As the successor to last year’s Motorola Nexus 6, Google recently unveiled the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. This device is the higher-end of the two Nexus phones announced at Google’s event, and that’s incredibly apparent when looking at the spec sheet.

It comes with a big 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, super fast Snapdragon 810 processor, a giant 3450mAh battery and an impressive 12MP rear-facing camera. Want to get your hands on one? The Nexus 6P is pretty cheap, considering the specs and build quality. You can purchase it from the Google Store starting at just $499!

This is really one of the best Android handsets we’ve ever seen. If you have a few hundred dollars to spend and aren’t keen on the best from Samsung or LG, get the Nexus 6P.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD card slot
  • 12MP rear-facing camera, 8MP front-facing camera
  • Non-removable 3450mAh battery
  • 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3mm, 178g
  • Aluminum, Graphite, Frost
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Buy now from the Google Store for $499

Buy from Amazon for $590


#2 – LG G4

The LG G4 enters the market promising amazing performance, an outstanding design, insane battery life and customization like we haven’t seen in a while. In an industry where most manufacturers sacrifice battery life for thinness, LG manages to stand out from the crowd by offering a massive 3000 mAh battery. Want more? This battery is removable, so you can easily swap batteries on-the-go. Furthermore, it supports microSD cards, which is a dying habit nowadays.

You also get the advantage of having a damn good-looking phone! You can switch your covers, but I am sure you won’t want to once you put that genuine leather back in there. Add in the fact that the phone comes with one of the best smartphone cameras in the market and you have a true winner.

Want to hear the best part? This bad boy is only $399.99

Specs

  • 5.5-inch LCD Quantum Dot display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution (534 ppi)
  • 1.82 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • Adreno 418 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, expandable via microSD up to 128GB
  • 16 MP rear camera with LED flash, 8 MP front-facing camera
  • 3,000 mAh  battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 148.9 x 76.1 x 6.3 – 9.8 mm, 155 grams

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#3 – Moto X Pure Edition (Moto X Style)

With the original Moto X, Motorola proved you don’t need to have the latest specs to get a great user experience. With the second generation, the Lenovo-owned company took no chances and double-downed on the spec side as well, packing the new Moto X (2014) with a dense 5.2-inch AMOLED screen, a beefy processor, and a capable 13MP camera. But with the Moto X Style, Motorola reaches the perfect balance between performance, simplicity, price and… well, style.

By Style we are mostly referring customization capabilities, a factor which has been an integral part of the Moto X experience since day one. Customers can use Moto Maker to manipulate their devices’ aesthetics to their will. You can change the color of the metal areas, engrave the back and even choose from a plethora of back options, including materials leather, wood, rubber and other materials.

The device is not a bad contender in terms of hardware, either. The larger screen puts the phone up with contenders like the OnePlus 2, Nexus 6, LG G4 and the Galaxy Note series. It may not sport the “best” processor in the market, but the Snapdragon 808 is pretty close to the 810, and Motorola has proven time and again they can make a super fast phone without the greatest chipset.

It’s worth noting that the phone will be sold in most markets under the Style branding, though in the United States it will be sold as the Moto X Pure Edition, an unlocked model that will play nice with all U.S. carriers. You can purchase the Moto X Pure Edition from Motorola or Amazon for only $399.99.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch display with QHD 2560x1440p resolution
  • 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 CPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 21MP rear cam, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • 153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm, 179g
  • Customizable via Moto Maker
  • Water resistant
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

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Buy from Motorola for $399.99

Buy from Amazon for $399.99


Best phones below $250

#1 – Motorola Moto G (2015)

The Moto G, one of the most beloved budget phones on the market, is now in its third iteration. This time around, the handset offers up a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and either 8GB storage and 1GB RAM, or 16GB storage and 2GB RAM. bother models include microSD support, a 13MP rear cam, a 5MP front cam, a 5-inch 720p LCD display, and a hefty 2470 non-removable battery. While the Moto G has never been about flashy extras, this year’s model does introduce waterproofing and LTE to the mix.

For those that lust for customization, the Moto G also includes limited Moto Maker support. While this feature isn’t as robust as you’d find with the Moto X Style (Pure Edition), it’s still a great step in the right direction. As for software? The phone runs Lollipop out of the box, and it is likely only a matter of time before a Marshmallow upgrade makes its way into the hands of consumers.

The Moto G (2015) with 8GB of storage can be yours for only $179.99, while the 16GB model is available for $219.99.

Specs

  • 5-inch LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution
  • Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 410 CPU
  • 1/2GB of RAM (depending on storage option)
  • 3G/GSM/LTE
  • 8GB and 16GB storage options, microSD expansion
  • 13MP rear cam, 5MP front cam
  • Non-removable 2470mAh battery
  • 142.1 x 72.4 x 11.6 mm, 155 g
  • Removable colored backs and Moto Maker customization
  • Android Lollipop (Marshmallow shouldn’t be too far off)

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#2 – Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3

The Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 (5.5-inch variant) is one of the best budget-friendly smartphones on the market. It features a simple and elegant design, a solid 13MP rear-facing camera and a fantastic audio experience. For the price, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better value than the Idol 3 – it has a beautiful 5.5-inch Full HD display, a capable Snapdragon 615 processor, and runs a slightly customized version of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The phone is now available from Amazon for just $250, which is quite the steal considering the impressive features this phone brings to the table. Be sure to head to the links below to check out our full review. Trust us, this phone might surprise you.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 Snapdragon 615 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 13MP rear cam, 5MP front cam
  • 2910mAh battery
  • 152.7 x 75.1 x 7.4mm, 141g
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

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#3 – ASUS ZenFone 2

ASUS launched its newest flagship, the Zenfone 2, at CES 2015 a few months ago. It was originally marketed as the first smartphone to feature 4GB of RAM, but that’s not all this powerhouse brings to the table. Toting a 5.5-inch 1080p display, the Zenfone 2 features a big 3000mAh battery, 13MP rear-facing camera, a powerful 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The Asus Zenfone 2 is now available in the U.S., China, Taiwan, Europe and a few other regions. The base model, which is the variant running on 2GB of RAM and the Z3560 processor, is now available from Newegg, Amazon, and several other major retailers starting at just $199. If you want to spring for the higher-end model, which has a 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, that will only run you $299.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch full HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3560/Z3580 processor (running at 1.8 or 2.3GHz)
  • 2/4GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB of on-board storage, MicroSD card expansion up to 64GB
  • 13MP rear cam, 5MP front cam
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm, 170g
  • Osmium Black, Sheer Gold, Glacier Gray, Glamor Red, Ceramic White
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

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How did you like our list? Do you have any other suggestions? If so, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below!

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Android Stuff: OnePlus unveils new exchange offers for India

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OnePlus has started an exchange program for prospective owners of OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, and OnePlus X smartphones in India. The exchange program teams up with ReGlobe to make two routes available to users, so individual device owners can elect to make their swap using whichever is more convenient for them.


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To qualify for the exchange program, the user has to register their old smartphone on OnePlus’s website or the ReGlobe dedicated page. Note that not all devices are exchangeable. From there, they can decide on which method to use to get a new phone in their hands. The Buy First, Sell Later method involves users selecting a smartphone online. ReGlobe will then send the user an invite code for the device and set up a pick-up service to retrieve the old handset once the invite code has been used. After using the invite code, the user will be sent to a page where they can redeem insurance for the service and apply to receive an Amazon Gift Card in the amount of their old phone’s worth.

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Those who choose the Sell First, Buy Next option sell their smartphone to ReGlobe first (as the name implies) and receive an Amazon Gift Card or cash as payment for their device. Choosing cash, however, makes them ineligible for the extended warranty or free insurance ReGlobe is offering. With cash or card in hand, the user is then free to purchase their new device.

This exchange option is only open through the end of 2015, so if you want to take advantage of it, act this month!

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Android Stuff: UN links dating apps to growing HIV-rates among teenagers

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When you throw an 80’s party, everybody breaks out the denim and the “Frankie Says Relax” t-shirts, but what nobody really wants to think about is the terrifying HIV epidemic that ravaged that decade. Since then, HIV rates have been in steady global decline, but it looks like a similar outbreak is occurring again, this time reportedly facilitated by smartphones.


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According to a two-years long study by the United Nations, a new HIV epidemic is currently going on among teenagers in the Asia-Pacific region, a part of the world where more than half of all people in the 10-19 age range now live. The problem is especially bad in regions with strong social stigmas against premarital sex, those lacking sexual education programs, and those possessing harsh views of homosexuality.

Although teenagers of all sexual orientations are at risk, the epidemic is hitting gay youths even harder. To make matters worse for the gay teen population, these individuals are far less likely to seek out medical attention because doing so would require them to come out of the closet to their relatives. In areas where stigmas against homosexuality are particularly powerful, this is putting sick kids between a rock and a hard place.

The origin of the epidemic seems to stem from decades-long sexual repression in the area that made casual sex nearly impossible and meeting new people with similar sexual interests incredibly difficult. The rise of dating apps like Tinder and Grindr have let interested parties discreetly contact each other, and suddenly teenagers are free to have a lot more sex. Sadly, the sexual revolution going on in the area is stunted by lackluster sexual education and social attitudes that make prohibit reaching out for help or even getting tested (many countries in the area prohibit teens from getting an HIV test without a parent’s permission).


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All of this works together to fuel the proliferation of HIV at an alarming rate. The number of teens known to be infected with HIV in the Asia-Pacific region is more than 220,000, and Unicef says that they believe the actual number of HIV-positive 10-19 year-olds to be significantly higher, since many are too frightened or under-educated to seek testing or medical help.

Bangkok’s initial reaction to the epidemic was to work with app developers and charities to produce pop-up ads in apps to encourage teens to seek HIV testing. The plan has not been effective, and the UN is advocating a region-wide overhaul in sexual education to fight this mounting problem.

What are your thoughts on this development? Let us know in the comments.

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Android Stuff: Best Android phones (November 2015)

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With Android thoroughly dominating the mobile industry, picking the best Android smartphones is almost synonymous with choosing the best smartphones, period. But while Android phones have few real opponents on other platforms, internal competition is incredibly fierce.

From sleek devices that impress with premium design, to powerhouses brimming with features, to all-around great devices, and affordable phones that punch above their weight, the Android ecosystem is populated by a staggering variety of attractive phones.

But “greatness” is subjective, and sometimes spec sheets and feature lists are not enough to make an idea of how good a phone really is. In this roundup, we’re looking at the absolute best – the Android phones you can’t go wrong with.

Editor’s note: we’ll be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.

Update, November 2015: This month saw the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium depart from the list to make room for the Xperia Z5. We are still in the process of reviewing the Z5 Premium, so we saw fit to replace it with another great Sony device for the time being. Also, we moved the Nexus 6P to the top of the list, right behind Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

Samsung Galaxy S6 (and S6 Edge)

Depending on who you ask, one might tell you that the last truly impressive member of the Galaxy S family was the widely popular GS3. While the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 were not bad handsets, their highly derivative nature came under fire, bolstered further by the fact that many of its rivals have since taken to pushing more premium builds made of metal, glass and other similar materials.

With the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Korean giant has finally delivered a truly premium Galaxy S experience, melding a glass front and back with a metal frame. Most tech journalists and even everyday tech enthusiasts agree that the redesign is a welcome one. Of course, Samsung’s new look isn’t without sacrifice, ditching Samsung staples like a removable back and battery. The microSD slot is also absent on the Galaxy S6.

Another major change for the Galaxy S6 is the processing package, with Samsung electing to leave behind Qualcomm, solely offering up its Exynos 7420 processor, paired with 3GB RAM. And finally, the software has also been scaled back a bit with the latest iteration of the Galaxy S.

Like the idea of the Galaxy S6, but hoping for something that stands out even further? The Galaxy S6 Edge offers the same specs, but adds dual-edges and a few special features that take advantage of the phone’s unique design.

Specs

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi
  • Exynos 7420
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128GB storage options (non-expandable)
  • 16 MP rear camera with OIS
  • 5 MP front-facing camera with 90 degree wide angle lens
  • Non-removable 2,550 mAh battery
  • 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm, 138 grams
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  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz

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Buy the Galaxy S6 from Amazon

Buy the Galaxy S6 Edge from Amazon


Nexus 6P

As the successor to last year’s Motorola Nexus 6, Google recently unveiled the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. This device is the higher-end of the two Nexus phones announced at Google’s event, and that’s incredibly apparent when looking at the spec sheet.

It comes with a big 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, super fast Snapdragon 810 processor, a giant 3450mAh battery and an impressive 12MP rear-facing camera. Want to get your hands on one? The Nexus 6P is pretty cheap, considering the specs and build quality. You can purchase it from the Google Store starting at just $499!

We’ve just published our full review of this handset, and come to the conclusion that it’s up there with the best of the best. If you aren’t a fan of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 for any reason, you should get the Nexus 6P.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD card slot
  • 12MP rear-facing camera, 8MP front-facing camera
  • Non-removable 3450mAh battery
  • 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3mm, 178g
  • Aluminum, Graphite, Frost
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Buy now from the Google Store $499

Buy from Amazon for $590


LG G4

With every phone on this list bringing something different to the table, LG attempts to offer the most with their latest flagship. While maintaining the design language and the unique elements of its predecessors, LG’s attempt to standout on the design front involved adding a subtle curve to the display, and the availability of different back cover options in a hard plastic or leather variants.

Speaking of back covers, the LG G4 is one of the very few flagships to come with a removable back cover, which makes possible an even rarer feature: a replaceable battery. A gorgeous Quad HD display, a great camera experience, and a smooth and fluid software iteration make for a fantastic device. If what is missing in other flagships kept you from buying them, the G4 just might be the phone that you’re looking for.

It should be noted that while LG recently released the V10 (found below), we found that the G4 still offers up some great features for the price.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch LCD Quantum Dot display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution (534 ppi)
  • 1.82 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • Adreno 418 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, expandable via microSD up to 128GB
  • 16 MP rear camera with LED flash, 8 MP front-facing camera
  • 3,000 mAh  battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 148.9 x 76.1 x 6.3 – 9.8 mm, 155 grams

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LG V10

If you aren’t completely satisfied with the LG G4, perhaps the V10 will suit your needs. It has the same powerful Snapdragon 808 processor and 16MP rear-facing camera as the G4, but with a few extra features included. Most notably, the V10 sports a secondary “ticker” display LG calls the Second Screen. This extra display aims to provide its users useful information without the need to turn on the main screen. It will display app shortcuts, notifications, and even weather and battery percentage information. Although the placement is a bit wonky, we’re sure you’ll be pretty happy with the added benefit of having a secondary display.

The V10 also has two front-facing cameras for wide-angle selfies, a fingerprint scanner that’s actually really reliable, a MIL-STD-810G Transit Drop Compliant rating for shock absorption, and a 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC electronic processor with support for Qualcomm’s QFE2550 closed-loop antenna tuning solution. It’s also the first smartphone ever to come with a manual mode for taking video.

Both the V10 and the G4 are great smartphones. If you aren’t concerned with spending a bit more money, though, you should buy the V10.


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Specs

  • Main display: 5.7-inch IPS Quantum Display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513ppi
  • Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • Adreno 418 GPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2TB
  • 16MP rear-facing camera, 5MP Dual Lens front-facing camera
  • Removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6mm, 192g
  • Space Black, Luxe White, Modern Beige, Ocean Blue, Opal Blue

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Motorola Moto X Style (aka Pure Edition)

With the original Moto X, Motorola proved you don’t need to have the latest specs to get a great user experience. With the second generation, the Lenovo-owned company took no chances and double-downed on the spec side as well, packing the new Moto X (2014) with a dense 5.2-inch AMOLED screen, a beefy processor, and a capable 13MP camera. But with the Moto X Style, Motorola reaches the perfect balance between performance, simplicity, price and… well, style.

By Style we are mostly referring customization capabilities, a factor which has been an integral part of the Moto X experience since day one. Customers can use Moto Maker to manipulate their devices’ aesthetics to their will. You can change the color of the metal areas, engrave the back and even choose from a plethora of back options, including materials leather, wood, rubber and other materials.

The device is not a bad contender in terms of hardware, either. The larger screen puts the phone up with contenders like the OnePlus 2, Nexus 6, LG G4 and the Galaxy Note series. It may not sport the “best” processor in the market, but the Snapdragon 808 is pretty close to the 810, and Motorola has proven time and again they can make a super fast phone without the greatest chipset. The best part? This phone’s price will start at only $399!

It’s worth noting that the phone will be sold in most markets under the Style branding, though in the United States it will be sold as the Moto X Pure Edition, an unlocked model that will play nice with all U.S. carriers.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch display with QHD 2560x1440p resolution
  • 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 CPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 21MP rear cam, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • 153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm, 179g
  • Customizable via Moto Maker
  • Water resistant
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

It’s hard denying that Samsung has always been the king of large-screened smartphones, and that still holds true today. With its crystal clear 5.7-inch display, powerful Exynos 7420 CPU and killer 16MP rear-facing camera, the Galaxy Note 5 is one of the best Android phones available on the market right now.

It’s an all-around solid device, boasting an all-glass chassis that’s similar to that of the Galaxy S6. It comes with an improved S Pen and some great multitasking features that will make it easy to get work done. The software is much more clean and simple than we’ve seen from the company in the past, too.

With all of that said, though, this device doesn’t come without its caveats. Samsung’s decision to omit the microSD card slot and removable battery has been a controversial one over the past few weeks, especially among Samsung die-hards. Even with these notable omissions, the Note 5 can still be considered one of the best out there.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution
  • Samsung Exynos 7420 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, no microSD card slot
  • 16MP rear cam, 5MP front cam
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, 171g
  • Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titan, White Pearl
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

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Sony Xperia Z5

Alongside the Xperia Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium, Sony unveiled another high-end offering, the Xperia Z5. Featuring a solid design, premium specifications and a slightly toned down software experience, the Z5 certainly brings a lot to the table.

It may not stray too far away from other Sony handsets on the design front, but there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s one of the sleekest and most elegant smartphones on the market, thanks to its mostly glass design and metal trim. It also has some pretty solid specifications under the hood. The Z5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor backed by 3GB of RAM, and comes with a big 2900mAh battery. It also features Sony’s new 23MP Exmor RS camera sensor, microSD expansion up to 200GB, and a fingerprint sensor that’s embedded in the home button.

The Sony Xperia Z5 may not be the best smartphone on the market in terms of software, hardware or extra features, though it’s still a really solid option for anyone looking for a premium Android handset without many compromises.

Specs

  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 428ppi
  • 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 23MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera
  • Non-removable 2900mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 146 x 72 x 7.3mm, 154g
  • White, Graphite Black, Gold, Green

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There you have it – our picks from the best Android has to offer right now. Missed anything? Tell us in the comments!

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Android Stuff: BlackBerry pulls out of Pakistan after refusing the governments demands for unrestricted data access

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Even though Pakistan remains an important mobile market, BlackBerry has announced that they will be formally withdrawing from the country. This development has come about as a result of Pakistan’s government insisting that BlackBerry grant them backdoor access to encrypted services earlier this year.

BlackBerry is a company that touts the value of security pretty vocally. The CEO even said that the BlackBerry Priv was given its name in-part because it was short for “Privacy.” In an era in which companies seem more than willing to fold on their values for financial gain, it’s encouraging to see BlackBerry’s unconditional refusal. The company has taken a firm stance on the side of their users’ personal privacy, and the Pakistani government wasn’t thrilled.


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When BlackBerry refused to comply, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority commanded carriers in the region to shut down BlackBerry’s Enterprise Service by the end of 2015 for “security reasons.” The ultimatum is that Pakistan will allow service to continue only if the government gains free access to emails and BBM messages flowing through Enterprise.

What happens when an unrelenting force encounters an immovable object? The answer is: a lot of very disappointed Pakistani BlackBerry users. BlackBerry says that, while they would be willing to grant limited access to law enforcement agencies for use in investigations, what the Pakistani government is demanding is a bridge too far.

With the NSA recently ceasing bulk collection of data from US smartphones, this is a second win for privacy in as many days. A change in the winds, perhaps? We can all hope. As information becomes more and more available and valuable, security and freedom from government surveillance are both becoming issues of immense import.

What are your thoughts on this? A financial mistake on the part of BlackBerry, or an important statement to their user base regarding their commitment to privacy? Let us know in the comments!

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Android Stuff: Cyber Monday deal: NVIDIA Shield Android TV for $50 off, plus free Shield remote

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On Black Friday, NVIDIA held a special promotion where you could get the Shield Android TV set-top box for just $150, with a free Shield Remote ($50 value) included as well. This made for a savings of $100 all-together, though the only catch was the offer was good in participating brick-and-mortar locations such as Best Buy. For those wanting to get in on the deal online, today is the day!

Celebrating the still relatively new Cyber Monday tradition, NVIDIA is opening up the promotion online, while supplies last. NVIDIA is also offering discounts on a handful of games on its website, so head to shield.nvidia.com to shop around.


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Should you pick up a Shield Android TV? To answer that question, we recommend checking out our full review. As a quick refreshers, the Shield Android TV is powered by the high-end Tegra X1 chip, capable of providing console-like graphics, and backed by 2GB RAM. The base model has just 16GB storage but can be further augmented by microSD and external drives. As for the software, the Shield Android TV is powered by Android TV, on top of some excellent NVIDIA-specific extras like the GeForce Now gaming service that streams PC games right to the set-top box with no PC required. If you have a compatible PC, you  can also locally stream many PC games to the box as well.

 

While the discounted price is the big news here, NVIDIA is also offering discounts on a handful of games on its website, so head to shield.nvidia.com to shop around. Want more Cyber Monday deals? Be sure to check out our big list of the best promotions available today!

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Android Stuff: Today is your last chance to get Nexus 5x for $80 off

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Despite being very new to the market, the LG-made Nexus 5x saw its first price drop during Black Friday sales last week, going down $80 to just $299 for the 16GB model, or $349 for the 32GB version. If you’ve been considering buying the phone at the reduced price, now’s your last day to get in on the deal.

Amazon and B&H have already returned pricing to its original range, but the Google Store is still selling the phone for the same $80 off for Cyber Monday. The Nexus 5x might not be as exciting as the Nexus 6p, but at $300 it’s still a pretty solid deal.

For those that need the brief refresher, the Nexus 5X is powered by a Snapdragon 808 with 2GB RAM. Other specs include a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 16/32 GB of internal storage, a 12.3 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front shooter and a 2700 mAh battery. On the software end you’ll find Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

For more details on what to expect be sure to check out our full review. What do you think, worth picking up at the discounted price? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.

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Android Stuff: Motorola offers some big savings for Cyber Monday (Update: live now)

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Update (11/30): Live now!

Next Monday, Motorola is rolling out a slew of savings just in time to get your holiday shopping done early. The sale begins on Cyber Monday (November 30th) at 11AM CT and will last until midnight the following Monday, December 7th. 

What exactly can you expect to see in this week-long deal fest? For starters, the 64GB version of the Moto X (2nd Gen) is getting a full quarter of its price tag slashed. That gorgeous AMOLED screen and all the boons of Moto Assist can be yours for only $299.99. Normally you could expect to fork over $400 dollars for this device.

It looks like that sale will last all week long, but some of these will flicker right by if you aren’t paying attention. The Moto G (2nd Gen), for instance, is dropping from its usual $179.99 to a cool $99.99. However, to take advantage of this offer, you have to jump on it quick. This sale only lasts the twenty-four hours spanning Monday, November 30th at 11:00AM to Tuesday, December 1 at 10:59 AM.

Had your eye on a Moto 360 (1st Gen) smartwatch for a while, but just weren’t quite ready to pay $300 for it? All week long, these sleek, stylish devices will be going for half price. $149.99 is a pretty incredible deal for a smartwatch with this much aesthetic sensibility and technical innovation.

Motorola is offering to let you finance any of these deals with Motorola credit, which allow you to checkout without paying a dime for your device. Pay it in-full within 6 months, and you won’t even be paying any interest. Truly, if you’ve been wanting to experience what all the Moto buzz is about, next week will be your chance to dive in.


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Android Stuff: Best Android Wear watches

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Android Wear has evolved a lot since it was first announced back in 2014. In the early days, there were only a few options, mainly from Motorola and LG. These days, many handset makers have thrown their weight into Android Wear, and even traditional watchmakers have begun to embrace the Google-powered smartwatch platform.

With the number of watches available increasing dramatically, it’s hard to keep track of which watches stand out as the best. For one thing, most of the watches are all quite similar in software and hardware, leaving design preferences as the biggest factor. In order to help you make the most informed decision on which watch is right for you, we’ve rounded up what we feel to be the best Android Wear smartwatches you can buy right now.

Editor’s note – this post will be updated periodically, as new devices hit the market.


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Fossil Q Founder

In the early days of Android Wear, it was mostly traditional Android device makers that were involved in creating smartwatches running the platform. This has changed recently however, with Fossil being among the first “watch makers” to jump into the fray.

The new Fossil Q Founder is one of the most traditional looking smartwatches ever to be released, though in many ways it styling resembles the Moto 360 family, including the presence of a circular display that has a “flat tire” design – where the very bottom of the display is always black due to sensors that take up the space there.

Not only does the Fossil Q Founder have the distinction of being one of the first Android Wear watches made by a watch company, it also is the very first to be powered by an Intel Atom chip inside. As for pricing? The Fossil Q Founder is just $295. While the Q Founder is far from the cheapest Android Wear watch on the market, the pricing is actually pretty good considering what you get on the hardware/design front.

Specs

  • Display: 1.5” circular LTPS LCD with resolution of 360 x 326
  • Processor: Intel Atom processor
  • RAM/ Storage: 1GB RAM, 4GB storage
  • Battery: 400 mAh battery
  • Model choices: Stainless steel case with silver finish steel bracelet or leather band
  • IP671 water resistance
  • Weight/size: 38.1 mm diameter, 172.9g with steel, 70.9 g with leather

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Huawei Watch

The Huawei Watch was first unveiled towards the beginning of the year at MWC, though it didn’t actually make its way to retail until the tail-end of the summer. Offering a design that is much more “watch-like” then many of its competitors, the Huawei Watch is certainly one of the more attractive Android Wear watches on the market and benefits from easily replaceable watch straps and a long-lasting battery.

For those that aren’t a fan of the flat-tire look we’ve seen with Motorola’s circular watches, you’ll be happy to know that this isn’t the case here. As for the rest of the specs? Everything is pretty standard fare, as most of the newer Android Wear watches feature roughly the same internals. That said, the AMOLED display on the Huawei Watch is one of the best displays available in the Android Wear market right now.

As far as pricing is concerned, starting at $350, the Huawei Watch isn’t at the very top of the pricing totem, but it is certainly not the lowest priced either.

Specs

  • Display: 1.4-inch sapphire crystal AMOLED 400 x 400 pixels
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Battery: 300mAh

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Motorola Moto 360 (2nd gen)

Even today, the original Moto 360 is regarded as one of the best Android Wear options on the market, but with the Moto 360 (2nd gen) a great watch experience has been further refined.

Not only does the watch get better battery life thanks to its switch to a Snapdragon 400 processor, it also now come in sizes aimed at both larger and smaller wrists, and you can even customize its design to your liking with the Moto Maker. Overall, the biggest advantages to the new Moto 360 are the refreshed processor package, the more customizable design, and the addition of lugs that make it easier to add new watchbands to help you make the most out of your watch.

The Moto 360 (2nd gen) starts at $350, though pricing can go up considerably depending on your customization options.

Specs

  • Display: 1.56-in IPS LCD 360 x 330 pixels
  • Processor: Snapdragon 400 processor
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Battery: 400 mAh
  • Water protection: IP67

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Asus ZenWatch 2

Despite fairly limited availability in many markets, here at Android Authority we were quite impressed with Asus’ first Android Wear powered watch. The attractive timepiece showed us that it was possible to create a square watch that still stood out from the crowd in a positive way. The ZenWatch 2 follows this same path, offering a compelling design while pushing pricing further down.

Offering standard Android Wear hardware like a Snapdragon 400 processor with 512MB RAM, you get everything you’d expect from the $300+ Android Wear devices on the market right now, but at half the price – just $149.99. The ZenWatch 2 is also offered in two different sizes, allowing you to find a model that best fits your wrist.

Bottom-line, if you are looking to pick up a current-gen Android Wear device at a great price, there are few better options than the ZenWatch 2.

Specs

  • Display: 1.45-inch 280 x 280 AMOLED (small) or 1.63-inch 320×320 AMOLED (large)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Battery: 300 mAh (small size) or 400 mAh (large)
  • Water protection: IP67
  • Size: 49.6 x 40.7 x 10.9 mm

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Android Wear luxury option:

TAG Heuer Connected

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Up until now, most Android Wear powered devices were priced in the $150 to $350 range, but the TAG Heuer Connected changes all of that. The luxury smartwatch is “inspired by” the company’s Carrera watch and is made of grade 2 titanium with seven different color options. At $1,500 it is easily the most expensive Android Wear device on the market.

Aside from stunning looks, the high-priced watch also sports all the latest specs including an Intel 1.6GHz dual-core processor with a full gig of RAM (many watches have only 512MB). The rest of the specs are pretty standard, with TAG saying battery life should be somewhere in the 25 hours of use range.

Specs

  • Display: .5-inch circular LTPS LCD scratch-resistant sapphire crystal display, resolution of 360 x 360
  • Processor: Intel processor
  • RAM:1GB RAM
  • Storage:4GB storage
  • Battery: 410mAh
  • Water protection: IP67

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Best Value:

Motorola Moto 360

The Moto 360 might not be the newest Android Wear watch on the market, but it’s still one of the best out there, even today. Featuring a large circular screen (albeit with the infamous “flat tire” cutout at the bottom), a sleek brushed metal build, and several replaceable bands, the Moto 360 will look good in just about any occasion.

On the inside, the processor is older than the competitors’, while the battery is on the small side – still, the Moto 360 will last a day of usage for all but the most active users, and you get wireless charging. With a variety of cool watchfaces taking advantage of the round screen and more launching constantly, the Moto 360 is a great choice if style is your biggest priority.

Probably the best thing about the Moto 360 is that you can now get it for as cheap as $145. That’s pretty aggressive pricing for a round smartwatch. Sure, there are better watches out there,  but at half the price, it’s hard to complain here.

Specs

  • Display: 1.56-in IPS LCD 320 x 290 pixels
  • Processor: Texas Instruments OMAP 3
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Battery: 320 mAh
  • Water protection: IP67
  • Weight and size: 49g, 46mm diameter

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There you go – our look at the best Android smartwatches available right now. Missed anything? Tell us in the comments.


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Android Stuff: Now this is privilege: BlackBerry Priv gets a coat of 24K gold

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There’s no denying that the BlackBerry Priv is a beautiful smartphone. It’s pretty sleek, and offers a premium look and feel that many other high-end smartphones on the market just can’t offer. If you’re looking to take that premium look and feel to the next level, though, Karalux, a Vietnamese gold-plating shop, has got you covered.

Karalux has just introduced the 24K gold-plated BlackBerry Priv, which will soon be available for purchase from the company’s online store. Karalux is the same company who brought us the gold-plated Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and many others. As you can see from the images below, the camera module, side buttons, rear panel (below the screen) and the screen bezel are all plated in gold. To do so, Karalux’s engineers had to take apart the Priv piece by piece before dipping it into a gold tank.

As is the case with other 24K gold items, these don’t run cheap. For domestic customers, Karalux will give your Priv the gold treatment for VND 8 million (~$355 USD). Domestic customers can also purchase a gold-plated Priv from the company for VND 25 million (~$1,111 USD). International customers will need to pay VND 30 million (~$1,333 USD) for a gold-plated Priv.

We reviewed the standard non-gold version of the Priv, which you can find at the link attached below. Before you go, tell us – would you ever consider purchasing the 24K gold Priv? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.


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