Verizon Preps Its Goodwill (And Services) For The Holiday Season


In an attempt to diversify (in an industry where it has already gained immense stature), Big Red has proclaimed November 26th to be “Connection Day”. By partnering with companies like Amazon, Apple, Boingo Wireless, Condé Nast, Gogo Technologies, JetBlue and Pandora — the day before Thanksgiving — it looks like VZW is setting itself up for a profitable fourth quarter.

The best part? A lot of these deals/promotions are courtesy of Verizon, but available to all regardless of wireless carrier. Some of the collaborations between Verizon and the aforementioned companies include:

  • Verizon FiOS: Special mobile access to popular movies and TV shows on November 26, compliments of Verizon FiOS, by downloading the free FiOS Preview app.
  • Amazon: Selection of 10 free/discounted apps, plus two free Audible book downloads (new members) or $10 Audible credit (current members)
  • Apple: A special offer from iTunes to be revealed on Nov. 26
  • Condé Nast: Free Digital Edition downloads of 17 Conde Nast Publications, including Wired, Vanity Fair and GQ.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Complimentary Internet sessions through Boingo Wireless (at airports) and Gogo (in-flight).
  • JetBlue: Free in-flight Fly-Fi (Wi-Fi) for flights between November 26th and December 31st.
  • Pandora Media: Free seven-day trial of Pandora One.

Sounds like a solid ploy to appealing to everyone, not as Big Red, but simply as a wireless carrier. Interesting take, indeed.

Via: VZW

Meanwhile, At Verizon: Meet The Droid Turbo, An Upgraded Moto X

vzw_droidturbo_960pxAfter months of speculation, the DROID brand lives. The Droid Turbo, a Verizon Wireless exlcusive smartphone coming out October 30th for $199.99 on contract  (32GB model) or $249.99 on contract (64GB model). The 5.2-inch display reamins, but is instead at an insane qHD resolution (four times the HD res on the new Moto X).

There’s a more powerful Snapdragon 805 processor, more RAM (3GB), a larger 3,900mAh battery (48 hours of use between charges), and a higher-resolution 21-megapixel camera — also included is 8 hours of battery life on just 15 minutes of charge.

Included at launch is Android 4.4 KitKat will be upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop, after it is released. Including all the Moto X features — voice control, Moto Display, launching the camera via a twist gesture of the wrist.

Design of the device itself is drastically changed; it’s not as beautiful. Verizon offers a few colors choices: metallic black, metallic red, or what Verizon calls a “ballistic” black (with textured back).

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review


The cards have been cast: Samsung is here with another Galaxy flagship smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a tribute: not in some sorry, nonsensical finite sort of way, but a chance for the South Korean manufacturer to show the market that it has a firm grip on the majority of Android devices. What this means is that resting on one’s laurels is a big possibility; after all, the Galaxy S5 wields a design akin to that of the two previous flagships.

But, it is very different.

In fact, it’s the minor differences that make the Galaxy S5 better than all previous Galaxy devices. Credit for that can be attributed to one thing: for once, Samsung probably some attention in user experience class.

A Look At: The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 On Verizon

Note 3 on VerizonSame phone, different carrier. 

Back in November of 2013, I reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note 3; the South Korean company’s third iteration of their most successful “big phone” — i.e. a phablet. In this scenario, fast forward to March of 2014, and Samsung is ready to launch the Galaxy S5, their new flagship smartphone, which is smaller in keeping with differentiation between the models.

The All New HTC One: Hands And Eyes-On!

6As seen in the previous post, the All New HTC One M8 has plenty of tricks in its aluminum frame. Dual cameras, a 5-inch 1080p screen, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 6 aside, the new One is perhaps the highest-quality Android phone ever produced. Everything about it beams of premium and refined, and in the hand, especially with the addition of rounded edges.

Camera-wise, the focus was very consistent and took little to no time at all. Definitively, there’s an excellent feel that you get when you handle the HTC One M8 for the first time, and continue to do so. Thankfully, there’s also the characteristic where the M8 doesn’t appear too shiny, yet is very glossed over and polished; kind of like a Swiss chronograph.

Check out the rest of the hands-on photos, after the break!

The New HTC One M8, Announced In NYC: 5″ 1080p Screen, Dual Back-Facing Cameras, $199


The All New One has arrived.

HTC successfully kicked off a press event in two locations, simultaneously — London and New York City. In doing so, the All New HTC One M8 (yes, that’s the full name) has been announced for the 2014 year. HTC’s new flagship smartphone has a 5-inch 1080p OLED screen, a 5 megapixel front-facing camera, IR blaster, and microSD card slot.

The New HTC One Was Sold On eBay For A Steady $500

verizon_htc_one_ebay_leak_1-820x420Complete with Verizon retail packaging, someone very anonymous sold a new Verizon HTC One on eBday, to the tune of $500. On the back of the box, a list confirms most of the specifications speculated for the new HTC One, including: a new 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, a 5-inch 1080p display, microSD slot for expandable memory and 32GB internal storage, a 5MP front-facing camera, UltraPixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, a Nano-SIM slot and 2GB of RAM —  and of course, LTE which in this instance, is on Verizon Wireless.

So, HTC. You have to impress us on that March 25th press event — most of your secrets are out already.

Via: Droid-Life