Tag Archive: Smartphone


What ever happened to the $200 smartphone? (Podcast)

Remember when pretty much every smartphone on the planet was priced $ 200 with a plan? Those were the good ol’ days, right? What happened? Why are phones now routinely approaching $ 800-$ 1,000 for a name brand flagship?

Is next-generation technology like AI, 5G, foldable displays, or desktop mode software worth the extra money to you? Phone makers sure hope so; they’re not going to slow down on innovation.

As we’ve seen in a number of reports, consumers are  [Read More…]

Smartphone shipments suffer fifth consecutive quarter of decline

Don’t look now but smartphones sales are in a tumble. Okay, you can look, but it’s not really all that pretty. The latest numbers out of research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) indicate that 375.4 million devices shipped to customers during Q4 2018, representing a decline of 4.9 percent when compared to the year before.

With overall shipments hitting 1.4 billion units in 2018, that sounds like an incredibly high number. It is, to be sure, but it is down some  [Read More…]

Get your hands on a refurbished Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone from $280

One of the most accessible ways to get these phones that still pack plenty of power.

Woot has a number of refurbished Samsung smartphones on sale for today only. The promotion includes 2017’s Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ models with prices starting at $ 279.99. All of the phones in the sale are unlocked and come with a 90-day Woot warranty.

Both of the S8 devices feature a 12 MP rear camera and 8 MP front camera  [Read More…]

Improve your smartphone photography with $4 off this Aukey Ora lens kit

Take a picture, it’ll last longer.

Amazon has this Aukey Ora Smartphone Camera Lens on sale for just $ 15.99 when you apply coupon code AUKEYWD7 during checkout. Typically this would cost you about $ 20 and today’s deal matches the best deals we tend to see for this product.

This 2-in-1 lens kit includes a 140-degree wide-angle lens and a 10x macro lens. Get extreme close-ups or gorgeous landscape shots that your phone’s camera simply would  [Read More…]

Samsung’s smartphone business really needs to have a great 2019

Samsung’s smartphone business is definitely the most public example of its growth and success over the past 10 years, but it’s certainly not the most profitable. That falls to the company’s memory division, which supplies DRAM modules for most smartphone makers, including Apple.

Well, as we know, Apple’s been experiencing some struggles of its own in recent months, warning of an multi-billion-dollar revenue shortfall due to slowing iPhone sales. Samsung is Apple’s biggest provider of memory chips, and thanks to  [Read More…]

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is a unique and brilliant smartphone

Xiaomi has finally arrived in the UK, and the Mi 8 Pro makes an immediate splash.

Xiaomi has elevated itself to one of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers without any real presence in the west. The Chinese company has still been able to build a passionate fanbase throughout regions such as Europe, even without official availability in many locations.

Xiaomi has recently made its official arrival into the UK market with a range of products, including  [Read More…]

The $169 unlocked Honor 7X smartphone is a favorite budget option

Inexpensive but fully loaded.

The Honor 7X unlocked smartphone is down to $ 169 via Amazon. This device has been around for more than six months selling for $ 200. Today’s drop is a match for the lowest we’ve ever seen, a price it has only hit twice before. You can also find a similar deal at B&H where you’ll be able to snag it tax-free if you live outside of NY or NJ.

At this price,  [Read More…]

Motorola One review: The meat-and-potatoes smartphone

Like most Android One phones, the Motorola One isn’t all that exciting. But for less than £200 it’s a great buy.

The flurry of Android One phone launches in the past few months has given us one of the more unusual devices in Motorola’s lineup. The Motorola One sits adjacent to the more mainstream Moto G6 series, offering a different balance of features for its £269 price tag.

What you get is pretty standard Android One setup  [Read More…]

Get a free 50-inch Samsung TV when you buy a qualifying Samsung smartphone

Great phone. Free TV. Time to go pink.

Starting Nov. 30, if you go into a T-Mobile store and purchase one of Samsung’s qualifying smartphones on the T-Mobile Equipment Installment Plan, then add a voice service, you’ll get a Samsung 50-inch 4K TV. For free. That’s for existing customers. If you’re a new customer and want the deal, you’ll have to add two voice lines. Either way, it’s first come first serve and in-store only.

The Samsung  [Read More…]

Amazon has an unlocked 64GB Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone for $399

Previous gen but still powerful.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB Android smartphone is down to $ 398.99 unlocked on Amazon. This is a brand new low price for the S8. It normally sells for around $ 600, and even when it does go on sale it usually just drops to $ 500. We’ve never seen it go lower than $ 400 on Amazon.

The Galaxy S8 received rave reviews from the Android Central team. It has a  [Read More…]