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ZUK Z2 could turn out to be the best sub-$300 phone this year

Lenovo’s sub-brand ZUK unveiled the mighty Z2 Pro earlier this month, offering a Snapdragon 820 and 6GB of RAM for $ 420. The vendor has now announced the ZUK Z2, which offers a 5-inch Full HD display, the same 2.15GHz snapdragon 820 SoC, and 4GB of RAM along with 64GB internal storage for what amounts to $ 273 (¥1,799).

Other specs include a 13MP ISOCELL camera with PDAF, 8MP front shooter with 1.4μm pixels, fingerprint scanner,  [Read More…]

T-Mobile targets short-term US tourists with new $30 plan

T-Mobile on Tuesday rolled out a new prepaid service plan designed for tourists who are visiting the United States. Priced at $ 30, it comes with three weeks of service that includes 1,000 voice minutes and 2GB of LTE data. Texting, both domestic and international, is unlimited for the duration of the plan. T-Mobile does not

Asus Zenfone 3 announced with three variations

Asus this week announced its next-generation Zenfone handset, the Zenfone 3. Making its debut at the annual Computex trade show in Taiwan, the device will be made available in three versions. Specifications vary from model to model, of course, with each speaking to a different user base. Zenfone 3: The standard bearer, this one comes with

Verizon Galaxy S5 now receiving its Marshmallow update

If you’re rocking the Galaxy S5 from Verizon, you may want to check your phone for an update. The carrier is now pushing out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update, which has a software version of MMB29M.G900VVRU2DPD1 this time around.

Following the update, you’ll be able to take advantage of Doze, the enhanced permission controls and much more.

Verizon notes that the update also includes:

This software update brings the latest Android™ Marshmallow OS along with Wi-Fi  [Read More…]

EC Technology Bluetooth 4.1 Headset: Solid headphones without breaking the bank (Review)

When it comes to Bluetooth Sports Headphones, the options are plentiful. Even the price range is ample with a high-end in the thousands and the low going as low as five dollars. There are many things to consider with a new purchase. If you’re looking for a budget pair of sports style headphones, EC Technology’s Bluetooth

How your phone can help now that hurricane season is here

Hurricane season is upon us, and your smartphone is now one of the most important tools in your preparedness kit.

June 1 marks the official start to hurricane season. And while we’ve actually gotten off to a bit of an early start this year, with a bit of a development off the East Coast, there’s no better time than to bone up on some of the best ways to keep current on what’s out there, and  [Read More…]

T-Mobile offers visitors to the U.S. a new $30 calling and data plan

T-Mobile will launch its new Tourist Plan on June 12 for people who are visiting the United States. It will give them unlimited data and 1,000 minutes of calls inside the U.S for three weeks for $ 30.

The T-Mobile Tourist Plan also includes 2GB of high-speed data, along with unlimited texting to over 140 countries. The plan also gives tourists in the U.S. a free SIM card. However, the plan does not offer international talk  [Read More…]

Here’s how much the Sony Xperia X series costs in the U.S. — and when you’ll be able to buy

U.S. pricing and release date info for the Sony Xperia X, X Performance, XA and XA Ultra.

As the first phones in Sony’s new Xperia X series approach launch, we’re able to tell you more about exactly when you’ll be able to pick up Sony’s latest handsets in the United States, and how much they’ll set you back. Since the firm hasn’t yet announced any carrier partnership, the only way to pick up the Xperia X,  [Read More…]

Drainpipe: A clever, but frustrating experience (Review)

Overview: Drainpipe is a 2D arena shooter where you play as a rat, Ratfink, trying to survive against a horde of spiders in the sewers of the world. Developer: SeudoApps Cost: Free (with ads) Impressions: Drainpipe is certainly an odd one. It has some clever humor and excellent music, but the gameplay itself is frustrating

Sony Xperia X review: The Android workhorse

The first in Sony’s new line of Android phones nails the core experience, but struggles to justify its hefty price tag.

The quick take

Sony’s first high-profile Android handset of 2016 is a perfectly good, if slightly boring phone. Most of the basics are well-executed, from the impressive display to the solid though understated build. It’s a phone that performs well and comes with minimal distractions, and as such it lacks the wow-factor of other big-brand  [Read More…]