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New Moto X 2014 Deal Chops Price For Buyers

4 hours 50 min ago

New Moto X 2014 Deal Chops Price For Buyers is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The brand new Moto X 2014 version was announced and released last month, and has since been a rather popular smartphone due to all the features and customization options. Leather or wood backs, 18 different colors and more, and now you can get it for $1 on Verizon Wireless, or free from other carriers.

The Moto X arrived in September for a wallet-friendly price, but a new Moto X deal has surfaced over at Amazon that’s worth checking out. With the Galaxy Note 4 and new Nexus 6 both hitting the streets, Amazon wants to get a few users on the new Moto X instead.

Read: iPhone 6 vs New Moto X: What Buyers Need to Know

Verizon dropped the price of its Moto X earlier this month, but this new Moto X deal from Amazon is the best we’ve seen yet. It includes the new leather customization option too, completely free. Making this the best Moto X deal available. If you’ve been eying the Moto X, read on for what to expect, and how to get yours today for $0 on contract.

Motorola kicked off the new Moto X at $99 with a new 2-year contract, or $499 outright, which undercuts all other flagship smartphones available today. That’s less than the HTC One M8, Galaxy S5, LG G3, and many other premium smartphones. Then it dropped to $49 on contract from Verizon or AT&T, and now Amazon.com is offering it up for free, or just $1 depending on the carrier.

As you can see below, Amazon has the AT&T Moto X (2014) in black resin plastic, or the impressive new custmizable black leather finish for $0 with a new 2-year contract. That beats the $99 asking price, and surely is worth checking out. You can’t get any other leather colors for free, but black looks pretty nice. Check it out in our Moto X Review below.

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Then Amazon has the regular black color (not wood or leather) available for both AT&T and Verizon Wireless for only one dollar with a new 2-year contract. This is the lowest price we’ve seen yet for this impressive phone, and surely worth considering before you spend $199 on something else, or even $99 in carrier stores.

Read: Moto X Review

So what does that $0 price get you with the new Moto X? A pretty impressive smartphone actually. Motorola completely redesigned the Moto X for 2014 with aluminum edges, a bigger better display, an improved camera, and the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat with a promise to Android 5.0 Lollipop very soon. Here’s what to expect from the new Moto X 2014.

Moto X 2014 Specs

  • 5.2-inch 1080P Display
  • 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 Quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB and 32GB storage options
  • 2,300mAh battery
  • 13MP rear facing camera w/ 4k video, 2MP front camera
  • Dual LED Ring Flash
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • Over 25 customizable back options
  • 140.8 x 72.4 x 10 mm and 144 grams

We’re not sure how long these impressive new deals from Amazon will last, so you better hurry and snag either a black, or leather Moto X 2014 on Verizon or AT&T for free, or for one dollar.

It’s also worth noting that Best Buy currently has the same deal going on for the black model, for those curious, so head into a nearby store and try it out yourself today.

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New Moto X 2014 Deal Chops Price For Buyers is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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7 New Samsung Galaxy KitKat Update Details Emerge

6 hours 16 min ago

7 New Samsung Galaxy KitKat Update Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

New Samsung Galaxy KitKat update release details have emerged as Samsung continues its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update and Android 4.4.4 KitKat update push ahead of its inevitable Android 5.0 Lollipop update release.

Since January, Samsung has been delivering Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates to select devices in the United States and abroad. We’ve seen updates push out to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 2, and even the aging Samsung Galaxy S3. The Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4.2 KitKat update, as many Galaxy device owners know, brings new features and bug fixes that are important to their overall experience.

Android 4.4.2 KitKat isn’t the only Android update that Galaxy users have in their sights. Samsung is also rolling out Android 4.4.4 KitKat to select Galaxy devices and it also appears to have grand designs for Android 5.0 Lollipop, the update that Google will use to replace its Android 4.4 KitKat update later on this year.

Despite the presence of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Samsung’s Android 4.4 KitKat update push continues and we’ve tracked down a number of new details for Samsung Galaxy users. Samsung continues its aggressive Android 4.4 KitKat update roll out and new KitKat updates have landed for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2. We’ve also seen a few other developments emerge as well.

French carrier SFR has announced three different Android 4.4 KitKat roll outs. The first, a Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for its 4G model. That update had been promised for months and the carrier finally delivered. This is fantastic news for those Galaxy Note 2 users who are still waiting on KitKat because it means that Samsung and its carrier partners are still committed to getting the update out.

The carrier also recently rolled out a Galaxy S4 mini Android 4.4.2 KitKat update and a new Galaxy Note 4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update. While the Galaxy S4 mini’s update is massive, it takes it up from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean after all, the Galaxy Note 4′s Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is simply a maintenance update aimed at improving the stability of the device.

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Vodafone Australia, a carrier that serves as a gauge for many international Galaxy Android update roll outs, recently released its updated Android update schedule and it contains several interesting tidbits. First and foremost, the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update and Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update, both of which were promised months ago and at one point had precise ETAs, haven’t moved. The carrier appears to be waiting on Samsung and it’s still not clear when Samsung is going to deliver.

Of course, they may not be any kind of a rush. Both of these devices are old and there’s a good chance that they’ll miss out on the Android 5.0 Lollipop update that’s set to hit the Galaxy S5 and others. Samsung typically keeps devices around for two years before killing them off. Both the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 are now two years old. The carrier’s new Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat appears to be in the same boat.

It’s also worth mentioning that the carrier has finished testing on the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update and that update is set to roll out at some point in the future. Look for the carrier to set a date and time sometime next week.

As we push into November, Samsung Galaxy users are starting to keep an eye on Android 5.0 Lollipop but thus far, only the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 updates have been rumored. Samsung itself hasn’t confirmed anything but Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 leaks continue to point to an arrival in December ahead of the new year. If true, it would represent a faster roll out than last year’s KitKat update for Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

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7 New Samsung Galaxy KitKat Update Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update Release All but Confirmed

10 hours 21 min ago

Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update Release All but Confirmed is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update release continues to make progress behind the scenes as another leak has shown substantial movement in regard to the software and the inevitable Galaxy S5 Android Lollipop release date.

While the attention of most Samsung Galaxy smartphone and tablet users is still on Android 4.4 KitKat and more specifically, Android 4.4.4 KitKat, there’s another update that’s starting to grab at their attention. That update is, of course, Android 5.0 Lollipop, the update formally known as Android L, and an update that’s coming to replace Android 4.4 KitKat in just a few short weeks.

Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update release will be accompanied by two new Nexus devices including a Nexus 9 from HTC and a Nexus 6 from Motorola. Both devices will help usher in a new era for Google and its Android operating system. Google recently confirmed the update for a number of older Nexus devices as well and other Android manufacturers like HTC, Motorola and Sony all confirmed a slew of Lollipop updates for the future. Samsung, however, remains mum.

Several weeks ago, a rumor suggested that the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update and Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update would arrive in November or December. The release window, if true, would come sooner than last year’s Android 4.4 KitKat release which did not start hitting Samsung’s Android devices until January. Another rumor put the Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update release inside the month of December. Today, we’re seeing more Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop progress.

SamMobile today leaked a new version of the Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update. This version, dubbed LRX02E, is far more polished than the initial leak and the site goes on to say that the differences are “night and day.” The leak also contains a number of new features including the Galaxy Note 4′s new lock screen, a new system wide font, improvements to Samsung’s core TouchWiz apps including Music, and new animations that make the update far smoother than the previous early build.

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Samsung’s clear cut progress means that the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update release is making a ton of progress in the build up to December and it also means that the update, which still hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung, is all but certain to be arriving for the Galaxy S5. Like there was any doubt. Still, it’s reason for Galaxy S5 users to get excited.

While Samsung is making progress behind the scenes, the Galaxy S5 Lollipop release is still not very close. The update is still in the alpha stages and isn’t ready to be released to Galaxy S5 users as a leak. Given the progress that’s been made in the past few weeks between the two leaks, the next leak could be the one that’s finally released to brave Galaxy S5 users.

The Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop updates are the only Galaxy Lollipop updates rumored thus far though there’s a good chance Samsung will expand beyond the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 with its Android 5.0 Lollipop push. Android 4.4 KitKat represented just the first major Android update for both the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4. Both devices should be included in Samsung’s Android 5.0 plans.

Historically, Samsung’s kept devices updated for two years which means that phones like the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 are teetering on the edge. There’s a chance that both of those former flagships stay on Android 4.4 KitKat though nothing is confirmed.

Samsung typically does not confirm Android update releases until its ready so it could be several weeks or more before the company decides to spill the beans for Samsung Galaxy smartphone and tablet users. But when it does, expect the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 to be among the first Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to roll out.

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Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update Release All but Confirmed is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Early Walmart Black Friday 2014 Deals Start Monday

10 hours 42 min ago

Early Walmart Black Friday 2014 Deals Start Monday is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Walmart Black Friday 2014 deals start very early this year. How early you ask? Try Monday November 3rd.

That’s right on Monday November 3rd the Walmart Black Friday 2014 deals kick off online only in a special 24 hour savings event. If you can’t wait for Thanksgiving evening or Black Friday later this month you’ll be staying up very late for this deal.

Early Walmart Black Friday 2014 deals go live at midnight Pacific on Walmart.com. That’s 3AM Eastern for those of us on the east coast. These deals are online only, but you can choose same day in store pickup free for all the early Walmart Black Friday 2014 deals.

Walmart promises, “Deals typically reserved for Black Friday and Cyber Monday start on Walmart.com shortly after midnight Pacific Time on Monday, Nov. 3.” This is part of the holiday shopping events that start on November 1st, which combined with this deal include 20,000 rollbacks and line up with new Savings Catcher App savings and the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release on Monday. 

Early Walmart Black Friday 2014 Deals

From a gadget standpoint, the early Walmart Black Friday 2014 deals include the following confirmed options and likely many others, Here are the early deals that Walmart boasts are as good as you would traditionally see on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

  • Sony 48” LED HDTV for $348, was $448
  • Nintendo 2DS Handheld Video Game System for $79, was $129
  • Nextbook 7.85” tablet with 8GB memory for $49, was $99
  • Element 40” LED HDTV for $199, was $298

In total there are 15 early Walmart Black Friday 2014 deals available online during this 24-hour pre-Black Friday sale that Walmart calls a “cyber-savings event.” The items listed above are confirmed as well as several toys and appliances, but you’ll need to wait until Monday to see the full list of early Walmart Black Friday sales for 2014.

How do these early Black Friday 2014 deals stack up to what you can expect right after Thanksgiving?

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The early Walmart Black Friday 2014 deals start this week.

The Sony 48-inch LED HDTV is the Sony KDL48R470B, with a full 1080P display a 60 hertz refresh rate and built-in WiFi. There are two HDMI inputs, which is low for a 48-inch HDTV, but may work for many users. You can wall-mount this TV with a standard wall mount. Walmart offers a three-year protection plan for $44. This price is in line with what Dealnews predict you will see for a 47-inch name brand HDTV on Black Friday. You can screen mirror your iPhone or Android to this HDTV to show photos according to the feature list and user reviews are generally positive.

The Element 40-inch LED Walmart Black Friday 2014 deal is in the average range for a Black Friday HDTV, but it’s not doorbuster level. Dealnews predicts a 42-inch off brand HDTV for $178 doorbuster, but this is still a decent deal. This is probably the Element ELEFW408, which you can see in stores right now for $298. This is a 1080P 60Hz HDTV with three HDMI ports and it is wall mountable. User reviews average three stars, which isn’t surprising for a budget set like this.

Save another $20 on this Nintendo 2DS Black Friday 2014 deal.

The Nintendo 2DS is on sale for $79 on the early Walmart Black Friday 2014 sales. The regular price is $129, but Walmart normally sells this portable gaming system for $99 so the savings are only $20 off what you’d pay today. If you grab this deal, make sure you look at Target for Buy Two Get One deals starting November 9th.

The Nextbook 7.85-inch tablet with 8GB of memory is 50% off, but keep in mind this is not going to be the same as a good Android tablet from Google, Samsung or Lenovo and it’s not going to compare to the iPad mini. The device runs an old version of Android and will not likely see updates, and it is also a low resolution screen. Most shoppers will be better off saving up or a better tablet, even with decent reviews on Walmart.

The Walmart Savings Catcher app also now includes turkey and ham to help shoppers get the best deal this holiday season. There is also a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release at midnight Sunday night and 50% added value to trade-ins towards the game or towards a PS4.

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Early Walmart Black Friday 2014 Deals Start Monday is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 6 Release Date Mysteries Remain

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 22:48

Nexus 6 Release Date Mysteries Remain is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Earlier this month Google announced the all new Nexus 6 smartphone along with the Nexus 9 tablet, and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Later, it confirmed a Nexus 6 pre-order date for October 29th. Yesterday, the Nexus 6 went up for pre-order as expected, but sold out in less than 5 minutes by my count.

After several weeks of silence, the Nexus 6 pre-order pages finally opened up, stock was limited and only a few eager buyers were able to place orders while the rest were plagued with Google Play Store problems. That all said, it has now been several weeks and we still have absolutely no new details regarding the Nexus 6 release date.

Read: Nexus 6 Release: What to Expect

Google made the Nexus 6 official on October 15th, confirmed pre-orders, and announced devices would arrive in November, but that’s all. There is no solid release date for those who ordered from the Google Play Store, and no carriers have set a formal date, or made any announcements. Read on for all the details (or lack-thereof) regarding the Nexus 6 release date.

As October comes to a close the Nexus 6 release date is quickly approaching, at least that’s what many potential buyers are hopping for. When Google debuted the Nexus 6 they surprised everyone by confirming it would also be available on all five major carriers in the United States.

Those being AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and yes, even Verizon Wireless. This is the first Nexus smartphone to hit all major carriers in the US, and it’s poised to be the biggest launch in Nexus smartphone history, but we need a release date.

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After all the dust settled on announcement day back on October 15th, T-mobile sent out a few tweets relieving its customers that both the new Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 tablet will be available in T-Mobile stores and online starting November 12th. Technically, this could be the Nexus 6 release date. That said, Google didn’t confirm it, and no other carriers have confirmed anything.

@AngryEnglishDan 64 gb yes, online only, 32 gb in stores

— Des (@askdes) October 21, 2014

Above is another tweet from a T-Mobile rep, stating the 32GB model will be available on release day which they claim is November 12th, and the 64GB model will be available exclusively online only.

That’s all we actually know about the Nexus 6 release date. The pre-orders (if you can call it that) from Google Play sold out in about 2 minutes, and Google’s shipping estimate says they’ll leave the warehouse within 3-4 weeks. We managed to order one in the short time it was on the Play Store, and our email states the Nexus 6 will ship by November 21st. Meaning that could be the release date as well, after T-Mobile launches it first.

So what about everyone else? Who knows. Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and US Cellular have yet to make announcements. AT&T had a pre-order page go live and quickly removed on October 14th, and have yet to release any official information as well.

Google made it pretty clear that the Nexus 6 would be available from all five major carriers in the United States starting in November, but as the days count down it looks like some could possibly be waiting until December. Verizon is usually last with releases for all networks, and don’t have a good record with Nexus devices, so they could be last, but we can’t be sure.

As it stands right now T-Mobile is the only carrier with a solid November 12th release date, and the only one communicating with consumers and its customers. Now that pre-orders have opened up and November is about to arrive, hopefully more details surface from the other four carriers.

Google’s official Nexus 6 product page does state “availability and timing will vary by carrier and retailer.” The moment we have actual details regarding a Nexus 6 release date on the rest of the US carriers, or elsewhere, we’ll be sure and update.

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Nexus 6 Release Date Mysteries Remain is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 Best Smartphones [October, 2014]

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 21:38

5 Best Smartphones [October, 2014] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re in the market for a brand new smartphone in the month of October, you’re going to be faced with a very difficult decision. The smartphone marketplace is full of big name devices ahead of the holidays. In an effort to help those in need, we take a look at the devices we think are the five best smartphones money can buy right now.

Over the past 10 months, we’ve seen smartphone manufacturers unleash a number of big time smartphones. Early in the year, it was the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 that made a lot of noise. More recently, its been devices like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and Moto X that have opened up the minds, and wallets, of consumers across the United States.

While it’s nice to have that amount of choice, it presents problems for many people, especially those that don’t keep up with the fast paced smartphone world. By our count, there is only one big smartphone release remaining and that’s the Nexus 6 from Motorola and Google. Picking out your next smartphone can be a struggle and that’s why we want to help those who are struggling with a decision.

We are constantly bombarded with questions about the best smartphones money can buy. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend, the smartphone smartphone market is full of solid choices, but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider to be the top five smartphones available.

These devices represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the devices listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.

With that in mind, here are the five best smartphones for October, 2014.

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After months in the rumor mill, Apple's new iPhone 6 replaces the iPhone 5s as the company's high-end iPhone flagship. Like the iPhone 5s before it, the iPhone 6 is one of the best smartphones on the planet and a device that smartphone shoppers should look at before they buy.

Apple's iPhone 6 comes with an assortment of top notch features including a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, a speedy A8 processor, a fantastic rear camera, a metal design, Touch ID fingerprint technology, tons of storage space, and the company's brand new iOS 8 operating system.

The iPhone 6 isn't cheap, it starts at $199.99, but those that buy into the new iPhone will be getting one of the best phones on the market and one that should last three years or more thanks to new iOS software updates. Apple tends to keep iPhones updated for three years before kicking them to the curb.

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5 Best Smartphones [October, 2014] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy S5 vs DROID Turbo: What Buyers Need to Know

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 21:21

Galaxy S5 vs DROID Turbo: What Buyers Need to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When it comes to choosing a smartphone this holiday season, there are a lot of options. However, with the new Motorola DROID Turbo now available, those on Verizon have a few excellent phones to choose from. Here we’ll compare the new DROID Turbo to the popular Samsung Galaxy S5.

The Galaxy S5 was released back in April and has a good lead on the DROID Turbo, but Moto releasing it later in the year enabled them to deliver some stunning features that takes out the competition. That said, many buyers didn’t want to wait. If you’re looking for a new phone to replace the DROID RAZR HD or Ultra from last year, these are two great choices.

Read: Nexus 6 vs DROID Turbo: What to Expect

Here we take a look at how the flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 compares to Motorola’s latest DROID for Verizon Wireless, what they both have to offer, how they differ, and explain everything buyers will need to know before forking out hard-earned money or signing a 2-year contract for either smartphone.

Lately all the attention has been on the upcoming Galaxy Note 4, the iPhone 6, or the new Nexus 6, but for those wanting to stay on Android, or don’t want a massive 5.7-inch device like the Galaxy Note 4, you have other options. Not to mention if you need a phone today, the devices we’re comparing are both available.

When it comes to which smartphone is actually “better” between the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the DROID Turbo there are a lot of things that come into play. User preference, software or hardware needs, and of course the size of the device. While we don’t have all the answers, nor know what every user needs or wants, below are a five or so key features or differences that separate the two and may help consumers make the right choice.

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Many buyers these days are choosing a smartphone based on screen size. One example of that being is shown by Apple finally moving the iPhone like to a bigger 4.7-inch display with the new iPhone 6. With that being said, both the Turbo and Galaxy S5 have much bigger screens, but you’ll want to see them both in action before making a choice.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 5.1-inch 1920 x 1080p HD AMOLED display. To be honest, I feel it’s the best display of any smartphone this year. The colors, saturation, clarity, viewing angles, and natural whites just makes it a stunning device. But then we got the DROID Turbo. It has a similar but slightly bigger 5.2-inch Quad-HD (or 2k) display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution. It blows almost everything out of the water. Including the quad-hd screen on the LG G3.

With both of these phones images are sharp and crisp, videos are big and vibrant, and it’s an excellent experience. Both have somewhat big bezels but one has more space for the dedicated home button, while the DROID Turbo has capacitive buttons and needed room up top for the front facing speaker.

Read: Galaxy S5 Review

We haven’t had tons of time to enjoy the DROID Turbo as it was only released today, but the colors are vibrant, text is crisp, and the viewing angles are better than a few other 2k screens we’ve used as of late. We’re talking about the LG G3.

You can’t go wrong with either choice here. If you want 2k display and the latest and greatest, but not a huge Note 4 or Nexus 6, the DROID Turbo is a good choice over the aging Galaxy S5.

Design

If you’ve ever owned a DROID from the past few years, you know what you’re getting. A rather industrial looking phone with a Kevlar coating and design on the rear. Then of course with Samsung the phone is entirely made of plastic, and is very lightweight. The biggest difference between these two phones is the weight and build quality, but we’ll get into the weight below.

In terms of design and build quality they’re pretty much on par, but the Metallic Black or Red Kevlar on the Turbo is scratch resistant, comfortable, and feels slightly better than the Samsung plastics. It isn’t as pretty, but still feels nice.

However, there’s a few major differences between both these phones. One being the DROID Turbo has a front facing speaker, and the second being Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is IP67 dust and water-resistant. Something Moto can’t claim, even if the Turbo has a “splash guard” coating that should help from small water contact.

The Galaxy S5 can be dropped in water for hours and hours (they suggest only 30 minutes max) and come out working just fine. We’ve seen this from various tests online and from YouTube videos. It’s extremely durable and rugged. The DROID Turbo is very durable too, and we’ll need to test it more before we say anything further.

It’s hard to say which looks better or is designed better, but the DROID Turbo certainly has that robot industrial vibe to it, so the choice is yours. It isn’t as much about the looks though, as it is about software, features, and most importantly, battery life.

Specs

While specs aren’t as important as having a device that’s fast, fluid, and will work for years to come, it’s still something many consider while making a purchase. Below are the hard numbers for those interested, but it all boils down to these devices being similar under the hood with a few small changes in Motorola’s favor, then software will play the biggest role in how each device performs.

Galaxy S5 Specs

  • 5.1-inch 1920 x 1080p HD AMOLED display
  • 2.5 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 801 with 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal storage (Micro-SD expansion)
  • 16 Megapixel camera and 2MP front shooter
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a new TouchWiz
  • USB 3.0, infrared port for remote
  • IP67 dust and water resistant
  • Fingerprint and heart rate sensors
  • 2.800 mAh battery

DROID Turbo Specs

  • 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display
  • 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 Quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB storage, 64GB option for $249
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Android 5.0 coming soon)
  • 21 Megapixel Rear and 2.1 front camera setup
  • 4k video recording
  • Front facing speaker
  • 3,900 mAh battery (wireless charging)
  • Turbo Charger Support
  • Water repellent (coating guards against everyday spills and up to 20 minutes in a downpour), scratch resistant

Motorola’s DROID Turbo has a slightly bigger display with a higher resolution, a tad faster processor with more RAM for multitasking and improved performance, a camera which could be better coming in at 21 megapixels, and a front facing speaker. Although Samsung has better security with a fingerprint scanner, a micro-SD slot for storage expansion, and even an IR port for remote control functions.

They both are powerhouse flagship smartphones each with a few unique features that will push buyers one way or the other.

Software

Another big difference is the software. Moto runs the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat with minor changes, while Samsung runs Android Android 4.4.2 KitKat and should see 4.4.4 eventually. Whether you’ve used a Galaxy device or an Moto phone in the past, they’ve both been completely redesigned. Samsung’s TouchWiz is much different than years past, but also getting slower and slower as they continue to pile more features, gimmicks, and options inside.

However, there’s plenty to love from the Galaxy S5 software. It offers multi-window mode, one-handed operation controls, kids mode, and even an Ultra battery saver option for when you truly need to expend battery life. There’s tons  it can do, and read about it all in our series of Galaxy S5 how to coverage. You won’t need battery saver with the Turbo’s big battery though, so consider that.

Here’s a quick rundown of the Galaxy S5 new software right from the Samsung launch event, for those wanting to see it in action a bit more.

Deep down both of these phones are extremely powerful, fast, fluid, and run the newish Android 4.4 KitKat software from Google. One big difference is Motorola keeps 99% of it stock Android, and most of the changes are apps through the Play Store. This promises a more stock experience as Google designs it, and faster, easier updates. The Moto X was the first device to Android 4.4 KitKat, and we’re betting the Turbo will beat the Galaxy S5 to Android 5.0 Lollipop too.

Price

Of course last but certainly not least is the price. Sadly there’s no winner here either and you’ll have a tough choice to make. Verizon has both the DROID Turbo and the Galaxy S5 for $199 with a new 2-year contract. The Galaxy S5 is 16GB though, while the Turbo is 32GB, but Samsung has a micro-SD slot. Then of course all carriers offer monthly payment plans if you’d like to get the phone free, and pay it off month by month. Starting at $24 or $25 per month for the Turbo.

Both phones are also $599 outright, so the choice is pretty simple when it comes to the price. They’re about the same. Tough choice right here.

Both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and new DROID Turbo will likely be two of the best smartphones of 2014, so you really can’t go wrong with either option. That aside, read everything mentioned above and try them both out yourself before making a decision.

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Galaxy S5 vs DROID Turbo: What Buyers Need to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Release Date Rumored (U.S.)

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:34

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Release Date Rumored (U.S.) is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The long awaited U.S. Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date is drawing closer as new intel pinpoints a precise Galaxy Note Edge release date for a popular U.S. carrier.

Back in early September, Samsung took the stage in Berlin, Germany and announced a slew of new products including the curved Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. At the time, the company revealed the Galaxy Note Edge specs and confirmed a release for later this year though it did not offer any specifics regarding the exact Galaxy Note Edge release date or the Galaxy Note Edge price.

As the weeks have gone on, we’ve started to see Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date and Samsung Galaxy Note Edge price information emerge for select markets. Earlier this month, Japan became the first country to release the Galaxy Note Edge and earlier this week, Korea became the second country to release the Galaxy Note Edge to the public at large. And while we’ve seen the U.S. Galaxy Note Edge release make progress, today is the first time we’ve seen a specific release date rumored.

A leaked document from WPCentral proclaims November 14th as the T-Mobile Galaxy Note Edge release date. That date, which remains unconfirmed, is just two short weeks from now and two weeks out from Black Friday, the start of the holiday shopping season and one of the most important retail dates of the entire year.

Unfortunately, the document doesn’t out any other U.S. Galaxy Note Edge release dates though we know that the others are drawing closer as well. T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note Edge recently passed through the FCC, a necessary step on its way to release. The AT&T and Sprint models also moved past the FCC in recent days leaving the Verizon Galaxy Note Edge as the only model needing to gain clearance.

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Last week, we saw all four models hit Samsung’s website for the first time, another step towards their release date. The listing there confirmed their storage space (32GB) and their two color options, black and white. The Galaxy Note Edge specs will remain the same across carriers though we still aren’t sure about the Galaxy Note Edge price.

Korean carriers will charge 1,067,000 South Korean Won which amounts to over $1000 in U.S. currency. The Korean price is not indicative of the Galaxy Note Edge’s price point in the United States though the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is expected to be more expensive than the Galaxy Note 4 that arrived in the United States earlier this month.

This is the third Samsung Galaxy Note Edge price point that we’ve seen emerge in the past few weeks. In Russia, the Galaxy Note Edge is going to be extremely expensive. There, the Galaxy Note Edge will cost 49,990 rubles which is the equivalent of $1221 in the United States. Russia is expected to get the Galaxy Note Edge in November or December before the end of the year.

While the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date remains missing in the United States, it does look like an announcement for Samsung’s new high-end smartphone is closer than ever. Other countries, including Russia, should not be too far behind.

Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Note Edge is a concept phone and one that should be intriguing to those that are looking to upgrade to a high-end smartphone. Its specs include a Quad HD resolution, a 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM, S Pen Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung TouchWiz, 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, massive battery, and a thin 8.3mm frame. Unlike the Galaxy Note 4, it comes with a curved display that Samsung’s touting as its key feature.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Release Date Rumored (U.S.) is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 Bending Problems May Have Quietly Been Fixed

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:31

iPhone 6 Bending Problems May Have Quietly Been Fixed is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

While the launch of the iPhone 6 was one of Apple’s best opening weekend releases ever for the iPhone, the company wasn’t getting let off easy. The internet has been buzzing lately over some users noticing that their iPhone 6 Plus units slightly bend while tucked in their pocket, but it seems that Apple has quietly fixed the issue.

The issue only seemed to affect a very small percentage of users, and it wasn’t enough for Apple to issue replacements for bent units. However, it did seem enough for the Cupertino-based company to secretly redesign the iPhone 6 in order to prevent random bending from occurring.

According to one Reddit user who compared an iPhone 6 Plus that he just bought to his wife’s unit that was bought shortly after launch day, there were some significant design differences between the two units.

First off, the smoothness between the two devices seemed to be different, with the older model having a softer and smoother aluminum finish than the newer model, suggesting that Apple could have toughened up the aluminum body a bit.

Secondly, tapping on the back and sides of the iPhone 6 Plus units where the bending would usually occur resulted in a much different sound from both devices, with the Reddit user saying that there’s “a night and day difference in sound.”

He went as far as putting on a stethoscope and listening closely to the taps:

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Without a doubt, the new 6 Plus (the one I got yesterday) sounds much more dull toned, indicating to me it’s more solid than my wife’s week 1 phone. Her phone had a lot more percussion sound, indicating that area was previously hollow.”

He even got out his trusty microscope and looked through the cracks of the volume buttons. From that, he noticed  a red-colored object placed in the volume down button opening on the newer iPhone 6 Plus model. However, there was nothing to see on the older unit, concluding that Apple might have re-enforced that section of the phone where there was an apparent weak spot, which resulted in iPhone 6 Plus units getting bent so easily.

Lastly, he weighed both units and discovered that his newer iPhone 6 Plus weighed 21 grams heavier than the older unit. It’s possible that his 128GB storage chip was heavier than the 16GB storage of the older unit, but it seems unlikely that it’s 21 grams heavier.

Based on all this, we wouldn’t be surprised if Apple indeed updated the iPhone 6 Plus to be more sturdy and durable. At the same time, though, it’s hard to believe that Apple made such a big structural change the iPhone 6 in a short amount of time, considering that they would have to design the new structural re-enforcements and test them out, all of that taking just a couple of weeks, which seems rather quick.

In any case, we’re sure that many users are hoping that Apple actually did make some changes the smartphone’s internal design to make it stronger, but it’s certainly something that we don’t know for a fact until someone can get their hands on a newer unit and do a complete teardown comparison.

Apple has been rather quiet about this specific issue, but that’s likely because the fiasco with iOS 8.0.1 has garnered a lot of attention as well. However, Apple says that it is “looking into this with an insane amount of detail.”

In any case, a phone made out of thin aluminum will bend with the right amount of force, so we don’t see this as something incredibly surprising. In fact, there were several reports back when the iPhone 5s released of units bending in people’s pockets. Of course, the amount of attention the issue got was nothing compared to what the iPhone 6 “bendgate” is receiving now, which is rather unfortunate, since this issue is nothing new.

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iPhone 6 Bending Problems May Have Quietly Been Fixed is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Lenovo 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Arrives with Windows 8.1

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 01:05

Lenovo 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Arrives with Windows 8.1 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The new Yoga Tablet 2 from Lenovo features a 13-inch screen, runs Windows 8.1 and starts at $699. This new Yoga Tablet 2 option arrives just a month after the first set of Yoga Tablet 2 devices premiered with Android and Windows options.

Lenovo sticks with a familiar cylinder at the base of the Yoga Tablet 2, that houses a large 12,800 mAh battery and the mechanism for a fold out stand that helps this tablet live up to the Yoga name.

With the small stand that folds out from the cylinder users can prop the Yoga Tablet 2 up to watch a movie or work, type on an angle and even hang it on something for the perfect angle and placement while they work.

The new Yoga Tablet 2 with 13-inch display and Windows 8.1 goes on sale in November. This is not the Yoga with a built-in projector.

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 features a 13-inch display, Windows 8.1 and it starts at $699.

The larger screen offers an opportunity to push things ahead and Lenovo is able to pack a Quad HD display, 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, into the 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2.

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The larger screen and Windows 8.1 combine with a detachable Bluetooth keyboard cover to allow for more productivity than on a basic tablet, and this also means you should be able to run many tools from work on this portable device.

The Bluetooth keyboard attaches as a cover when traveling and comes off when you just want a large 13-inch Windows 8.1 tablet to use for entertainment or on the couch.

The video below offers a closer look at the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 family. This starts with the Android versions, and includes the 10-inch Yoga Tablet 2, with a closer look at the keyboard.

Lenovo claims the 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 can deliver 15 hours of battery life, and it supports on the go charging so you can charge up your phone or other gadget from the battery when the device is not on and open.

Inside is an Intel Atom Z3745 Quad Core processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Users can add up to 64GB of additional storage with a Micro SD card. This processor features Intel Burst technology, which helps ramp u the power available to users when needed, while also conserving battery life the rest of the time. There is a 1.6MP camera on the front of the device and no rear-facing camera.

There are twin chamber speakers and a JBL subwoofer in this tablet, with Dolby Audio and Master Hi-Fi enhancements that should help deliver better sound, even in a small package. The tablet includes a one year Office 365 subscription.

Users can connect with Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi and there is a Micro HDMI port, Micro USB port and 3.5mm audio jack as well as a Micro SD card slot. The Yoga Tablet 2 weighs 2.27 pounds without the keyboard, so it’s not as mobile as the 8-inch and 10-inch options, but the screen is much larger. The Yoga Tablet 2 measures 12.8 inch x 8.7 inch x 0.2-0.6 inch.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Specs

Processor

Intel® AtomTM Processor Z3745 (2M cache, 4 cores, up to 1.86 GHz)

Operating System

Windows 8.1

Display/Resolution

13.3-in Quad HD (2560×1440) IPS display

Color

Ebony Black

Memory

4GB LP DDR3

Storage

64GB, Supporting microSD card up to 64GB

Audio

2x large-chamber speakers + JBL® subwoofer, Dolby® Audio, Wolfson® Master Hi-FiTM

Connectivity

802.11a/b/g/n Dual-Band Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth® 4.0

Ports

Micro HDMI, Micro USB, 3.5 mm audio jack, microSD card

Camera

1.6MP HD fixed-focus (front)

Battery1

Up to 15 hours battery life, 12800mAh Li-Ion polymer battery

Weight

2.27 lbs. (1.03 kg) [not including keyboard]

Dimensions

12.8 in x 8.7 in x 0.2-0.6 in (324.1 mm x 221 mm x 3.7-14 mm)

 

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Lenovo 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Arrives with Windows 8.1 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 6 Pre-Orders Were A Joke

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:39

Nexus 6 Pre-Orders Were A Joke is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Earlier this month, Google announced the all new Nexus 6. Later, it confirmed a Nexus 6 pre-order date for  October 29th. Today, Nexus 6 pre-orders went live only to vanish minutes later leaving many consumers without a phone. We’re still not sure what’s going on over there at Google but today’s Nexus 6 pre-orders, if you can call them that, were a complete joke and a slap in the face to people who have been loyal to the Nexus brand for years. I’m one of those people.

For the last couple of months I, like many of you, heard rumors about the Nexus 6 from Motorola. As an iOS and Android user and someone who has owned every single Nexus smartphone not called Nexus S, I was pretty excited when Google confirmed those rumors earlier this month. I was elated when I learned the device would be coming from Motorola, a company that I’ve always liked and a company I always wished would make a Nexus device.

The Nexus 6, while big, comes with a ton of likeable features. Water resistant design, check. Massive Quad HD display, check. Speedy processor for games and multitasking, check. Gorgeous Moto X inspired design, check. Tons of carriers in the U.S., check. LTE, check. Lots of storage space, check. Vanilla Android 5.0 Lollipop, check.

So when Google announced Nexus 6 pre-orders for October 29th, I got excited but not as excited as I probably should have been. You see, I’ve been through this process before.

Two years ago, Google announced the Nexus 4, a device with a ton of likeable features, a stellar price tag, and a pre-order date. And when that pre-order date came around, I hopped online to try and order one and Google sold out. And then it sold out again. And again. It didn’t have Nexus 4 stock back until February and at that point, I was over it. It was an extremely frustrating situation, not just for me, but for many other Nexus users out there.

Needless to say, I was extremely nervous about last year’s Nexus 5 release. Google decided to cut out the nonsense though. Instead of offering a pre-order, Google simply put the Nexus 5 on sale. And I bought one, day one, like many other people, without any problems. To this day, the Nexus 5 remains one of my favorite phones and I look back fondly on the ordering experience. Still, I’ve been unable to shake what happened with the Nexus 4 and memories started to flood back in after Google’s Nexus 6 pre-order announcement.

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That’s when the internal questions started rolling in: “There’s no way they could muck up another pre-order, not after what happened with the Nexus 4.” And “It’s a 6-inch phone and expensive at that. Google should be able to handle demand.” I also thought about the turmoil that’s supposedly been going on behind the scenes. And I thought about the million other phones I could buy with the money I’d be spending on a 32GB Nexus 6. And still, I was focused on today’s pre-order date. No way Google would let Nexus enthusiasts and buyers down again. Boy, was I wrong.

Today, the Nexus 6 went up for pre-order on the Google Play Store for a grand total of five minutes by my count. No warning, no announcements, no broadcasts from the Nexus Twitter account, no excitement from Sundar Pichai or any other Android leaders, nothing. I, like many of you, had no idea that pre-orders had even started. And by the time I tried to go order, it was too late. Sold out, gone. Nexus 4 all over again.

There are terrible smartphone pre-orders and then there’s Nexus 6 pre-orders. If this isn’t the worst smartphone pre-order of all time, it’s got to be pretty darn close. And with that in mind, let’s run down the list of follies:

  • Google never announced any sort of pre-order time so no one had any idea when to pre-order the Nexus 6.
  • Google put the Nexus 6 up for pre-order without telling any of its customers.
  • Google sold out of Nexus 6 pre-orders in minutes maybe even seconds, who knows.
  • Shipping times are at three to four weeks for those that did get through. Oh, let’s not forget that the Nexus 6 doesn’t even have a confirmed release date. Anywhere.
  • The company hasn’t done or said anything to make it right. I can’t be the only one complaining about this, can I? Is it having production problems? If that’s the case, why not delay the pre-orders? Why push forth this half-baked excuse for a pre-order process? Why not take five minutes to explain the situation to customers looking to buy the phone?

That last bit, at least to me, is the most astonishing. Google’s said nothing. Silence, zilch, nada. Maybe pre-orders are coming back, maybe not. Who knows! That’s great business. Apple apologized for a software bug. A bug that lasted less than 24 hours. This Nexus 6 pre-order nonsense could last weeks and Google’s silent. I don’t get it. And maybe Google doesn’t either. Maybe it doesn’t care about Nexus users. Maybe it never did. If that’s the case, stop wasting everyone’s time.

Today’s Nexus 6 pre-orders were a complete farce and I’m sure that the fun is far from over. I can tell you one thing though, I’m not playing Google’s games anymore. They just lost a customer and a long time Nexus user today. There are plenty of other phones out there with near vanilla software that’s less buggy than Nexus software. Phones out there that are just as cheap. Phones that are actually available when I go to buy them. And companies that treat their customers right.

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Nexus 6 Pre-Orders Were A Joke is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Release Inches Closer

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:26

Android 5.0 Lollipop Release Inches Closer is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

It has been a busy month for Google with the announcement and launch of the new Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and the all-new completely redesigned Android 5.0 Lollipop update. And while the devices are only available for pre-order, shipping early next month, the Android 5.0 release date is quickly approaching.

While a new Nexus smartphone and tablet from Google are important and exciting, the release of the next version of Android will be even more important moving forward for the millions of Android users and all manufacturers, not to mention the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices.

Read: Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Release Confirmed

The Nexus 9 is the first device that will be powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop, which hits store shelves on November 3rd, but it’s highly likely Google will begin updates to all its Nexus devices the same day, making November 3rd the official Android 5.0 release date. That’s yet to be confirmed, but Google’s inched closer to the release this week after hitting a few milestones.

This week Google highlighted a few of the new security features inside Android 5.0 Lollipop, and updated a slew of their own apps to be completely ready for Android 5.0 to be released. The new design approach in Android Lollipop is called Material Design, and we’ve seen countless Google apps updated with the new look and feel over the past few weeks.

Those include the Google Play Store, Google Music, Hangouts, Newsstand, and countless other apps. Developers have also been busy creating and modifying apps to support the new design language. However, with the Nexus 9 and Android 5.0 update coming soon, Google has a few more things to do before the update can officially start rolling out for smartphone and tablet owners.

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Last week the Google Play Music app received an overhaul with the new Android 5.0 look and feel, material design, and today Google’s announced two more are joining that list. Google Wallet and the Google Docs suite have all received major design changes, and are available now in the Google Play Store.

Today the Nexus 6 went up for pre-order, after months of rumors and a few weeks of waiting, and it is expected to start shipping to buyers around November 21st, according to Google. This means that all of Google’s apps need to be ready to go and on board the Android 5.0 Lollipop and Material design train.

Over the past two weeks Google has updated multiple key apps with support for Android 5.0 Lollipop, including Google Chrome again this afternoon. This is a sign that the company is fully prepared to push out Android 5.0 to multiple devices, we’re just still not sure when that will actually happen. Then, this week Google debuted a Material Design Checklist for developers to better prepare their apps for the impending release of Android 5.0.

All this means that Google is finally ready to update its devices to Android 5.0, and send out the software code to manufacturers to start tweaking as well. Once this happens, Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC and others have all promised updates for most of their key devices before the end of 2014, or within 90 days. We’re just waiting on Google to officially release Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Read: Android 5.0 Lollipop Release Arrives Early for Some

According to Android Police, the Nexus 7 (both models) and the Nexus 10 tablets will be the first devices to receive the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Their sources claim this will kick off on November 3rd, making that the official release date. Sources suggest the smartphone parts still need some tweaking, so Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 users have a few more weeks to wait.

That being said, it looks like Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming along nicely, as are all of Google’s key Android apps, and everything could be released around November 3rd. We’ll update once Google makes it official, or updates start rolling out to select devices.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Release Inches Closer is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1: 5 Things iPhone 6 Users Need to Know

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:43

iOS 8.1: 5 Things iPhone 6 Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Earlier this month, Apple delivered its second major iOS 8 update in the form of iOS 8.1. iOS 8.1 delivers new features and bug fixes to iPhone users including owners of the aging iPhone 5. With iOS 8.1 moving into its second week of existence, we want to take a look at the five most important things iPhone 6 users need to know about their iOS 8.1 update.

Several weeks ago, Apple released the iOS 8.1 update into the beta program. For several weeks Apple, and its developer partners, poked and prodded the update ahead of its public release date. In mid-October, Apple took the stage to announce several new products and there, it confirmed an October release for the highly anticipated iOS 8.1 upgrade for iPhone and iPad.

A week ago, Apple’s iOS 8.1 update rolled out to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users all over the globe and, as we’ve noted in our reviews, the iOS 8.1 update for these devices seems to have tackled some of the annoying problems that emerged last month in iOS 8.0. However, it appears that the iOS 8.1 update failed to squash them all.

These iOS 8.1 issues have left some iPhone users wavering. iPhone 6 users have been vocal about their struggles and we’ve heard from several who are having trouble deciding between their current software and iOS 8.1. This comes as no surprise. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both struggled after the iOS 8.0, iOS 8.0.1 and iOS 8.0.2 updates.

With you iPhone 6 users in mind, we want to take a look at the most important things that iPhone 6 users need to know about their iOS 8.1 update, an update is small in size but one that has a ton of potential.

iOS 8.1 Fixes Some iOS 8 Problems

I’ve been using the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 since the day that they came out. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed my experience with Apple’s brand new smartphone. However, I encountered some frustrating issues inside iOS 8 that put a damper on things in the days after the device’s arrival. Fortunately, iOS 8.1 fixed many of those issues.

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I’ve been saying this for a week now and I’ll say it again here. iOS 8.1 is the update that Apple should have released with the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6. Sure, it would have still needed to release a bug fix here or there but this software is clearly more ready for prime time. It’s far more stable and far more reliable than the previous three iOS 8 updates.

The iPhone 6′s software still isn’t perfect but it’s much better with iOS 8.1 on board. I solved many of my initial issues and I have a feeling that it will solve many of yours as well. For more information on what’s new in iOS 8.1 on the iPhone 6, have a look at my full length review.

Landscape Issues Persist

iOS 8.1 is more stable than iOS 8.0.2 and iOS 8.0 but that doesn’t mean that it’s not without its own issues. Over the past week, I’ve run into an extremely annoying problem. Landscape issues where the iPhone 6 would get stuck in landscape mode after moving from portrait mode existed in iOS 8.0. and iOS 8.0.2. iOS 8.1 killed part of the problem but it did not cut off the whole head.

While the problem is not happening as frequently as it once did, I’m still getting stuck in landscape mode when using iMessages. It’s extremely annoying and the only way that I’m able to get it unstuck is by closing iMessage by double tapping the home button and bringing up the multitasking screen. This happens at least 20-30 times a day, I’m on Messages a lot for work, and so far I haven’t found any kind of a permanent fix.

Resetting my iPhone 6 seems to have toned the problem down a bit but it’s still happened several times in the last hour. I hope Apple permanent squashes this bug in iOS 8.1, it’s why I am bringing attention to it here.

If your iOS 8 problems are persisting in iOS 8.1, have a look at our fixes for common problems.

More iOS 8.1 Issues

I’ve also been dealing with a number of other iMessage issues. Yesterday, I saw a group thread split into three different group threads for the first time. The issue happened after one person turned on Do Not Disturb and shortly after someone changed the group threads name. I’m not sure if those caused it but I started seeing three of the same thread in the minutes after those changes.

Then, this morning, I got a flurry of iMessage alerts indicating that iMessages I sent out yesterday had not been received even though the person I was talking to had clearly received them. I know this because he responded to my comments. I did not see any of these issues inside iOS 8.0.2 or iOS 8.0 and I’m hoping that they do not become a regular occurrence.

I will say that my own iMessage fixes seem to have alleviated the problems, at least for now. The first thing I did was toggle iMessage off and on. After that, I rebooted the phone. And then, just to be sure, I reset my network settings.

To do that, head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. The phone will reboot, and while the stored Wi-Fi networks will be lost, reentering a Wi-Fi password is a small price to pay for working iMessages. I haven’t experienced any iMessage hiccups since then.

I’ve also started getting dead Wi-Fi signals. Resetting my network settings also seemed to fix that issue but consider this a warning if you’re experiencing good Wi-Fi connectivity in either iOS 8.0.2 or iOS 8.0.

You Don’t Need to Install iOS 8.1 Right Now

Remember, you do not need to install iOS 8.1 right now. In fact, some of you probably shouldn’t install iOS 8.1 right now. iOS 8.1 for iPhone 6 isn’t going anywhere any time soon and there’s no reason to rush into things. Take your time, prepare for the update and things will probably go a lot smoother.

As I noted in my review though, iOS 8.1 is probably worth the download for most of you. iOS 8.0.2, iOS 8.0.1 and iOS 8.0 are all buggy in one way or another and while iOS 8.1 does have some issues, I think you’re going to be better off with it in board. Just don’t rush into it because you have time.

iOS 8.1.1 Nowhere in Sight

Finally, we should note that there is no iOS 8.1.1 update in sight. iOS 8.1.1 is presumably going to be the first update to fix iOS 8.1 problems though it remains unannounced and firmly in the shadows. We haven’t even seen a pick up in our analytics, something that typically happens as Apple ramps up testing ahead of a release.

So what does this mean for iPhone 6 users? Well, it means that those of you currently experiencing iOS 8.1 problems are going to need to rely on temporary fixes. Our fixes for common iOS 8.1 problems should help at least some of you overcome the difficulties you’re having with your brand new iOS software. I’ve also detailed a few fixes above.

Apple will continue to improve the iPhone 6 over time and app developers will continue to release updates that bring performance enhancements for the iPhone 6′s larger display. Most already have and we should see updates continue as we head into the holiday shopping season, one that should be huge for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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iOS 8.1: 5 Things iPhone 6 Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop Release: What We Know So Far

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:14

Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop Release: What We Know So Far is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

As we move away from the Android 5.0 Lollipop launch date, Nexus 5, Nexus 10, Nexus 7, and Nexus 4 users are starting to get a bit anxious. Today, just ahead of the rumored Android 5.0 Lollipop release date, we want to breakdown everything we know, so far, about Google’s Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop update pipeline.

Google’s Android L update was announced as Android 4.4 KitKat’s successor in June at Google I/O 2014. At the event, Google did not confirm an Android L release date or name though it did outline many of its features and release a pre-release version to select Nexus devices. In the weeks after the early beta release, we saw features teased and release dates rumored and earlier this week, Google finally spilled the beans on Android L.

As expected, Android L is called Android 5.0 Lollipop. The update will be accompanied by two new Nexus devices including a Nexus 9 from HTC and a Nexus 6 from Motorola. Both devices will help usher in a new era for Google and its Android operating system. Problem is, Google still hasn’t confirmed a specific Android 5.0 Lollipop release date for owners of older Nexus smartphones and tablets.

Earlier this month, the company confirmed several Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for arrival including updates for the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 2012, and Nexus 10. And while those updates are confirmed, the Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop release date for each of those devices remains out of reach, at least for right now.

Google’s silence doesn’t mean that we haven’t heard about some of the particulars. In fact, we currently have a pretty good outlook on the Android 5.0 Lollipop release date for Nexus devices. Today, with a Lollipop release on the horizon, we want to relay as many details as we possibly can to Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Nexus 7, and Nexus 5 users to help prepare for Google’s inevitable roll out for these devices.

Google Still Silent

As expected, Google continues to remain silent about its Android 5.0 Lollipop release for Nexus devices. For those of you that are new to the Nexus Android update game, this is nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, this is exactly what we expected.

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Google typically announces a vague Android release date alongside new Nexus hardware. That’s precisely what it did when it announced Android 5.0 alongside the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Then, it typically waits until just before a roll out or shortly after a roll out to confirm the actual release. Very rarely do we see it confirm dates ahead of time and we never see it confirm Android update release times ahead of time.

With the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 set to usher in the Android 5.0 era in early November, it’s looking like we’ll probably hear more about Android 5.0′s arrival next week.

You Can Install Android 5.0 Lollipop Right Now

Those of you that own a Nexus 5 or a Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi edition can install the Android 5.0 Lollipop update right now. It’s not the public release, it’s the final version of the developer version of the update that was released earlier this year. It’s a solid update and it gives you a chance to try out Android 5.0 early if you want to.

To do this, you will need the newly updated Android Lollipop factory images provided by Google. You will need to install the Android SDK or at least ADB and Fastboot. It’s a bit complicated but fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Have a look at our full instructions so that you can get Android 5.0 Lollipop up and running ahead of its release. Just remember, this is the developer version and not the public release.

Nexus 10 & Nexus 7 Lollipop Release Date

The Nexus 7 Lollipop release was a bit confusing right out of the gates. Google confirmed an update but did not initially confirm an update for both the 2013 Nexus 7 and 2012 Nexus 7. The company cleared that up soon after the announcement and both versions of the Nexus 7 will be getting the bump to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Thing is, we may not see them arrive at the same time.

According to the reliable Android Police, Google will kick off the Android 5.0 Lollipop roll out on November 3rd, or, the day that it unleashes new Nexus hardware unto the world. It looks like the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi, both the 2012 and 2013 models, and the Nexus 10 will get Android 5.0 Lollipop that day. This is not confirmed but the information should be considered genuine.

So, unless something goes horribly wrong behind the scenes, we should see the first Android 5.0 Lollipop updates roll out next week. Again, Google never shares the exact roll out time ahead the roll out so we could see it land in the morning, we could see it land late at night.

Nexus 4 & Nexus 5 Lollipop Release Dates

It looks like the cellular versions of Google’s Nexus devices will get their Android 5.0 Lollipop updates a little later in the process. This isn’t surprising. They typically take a little more work.

Unfortunately, there still isn’t a firm date for these devices though a leaked document suggests that updates for the Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and LTE models including the Nexus 7 will push out later on in November. Specific dates are not yet known and there’s a good chance Google will not reveal those dates in the early part of the month.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Should Treat You Well

Finally, we know that the Android 5.0 Lollipop should treat Nexus users well. We’ve gone hands-on with the Android 5.0 developer edition and we’ve found it to be an impressive upgrade over Android 4.4 KitKat. To learn more about Android 5.0 Lollipop and the features that will land with Google’s new update, have a look at our Nexus 5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update impressions.

While we haven’t discovered any game changing bugs just yet, Nexus updates tend to be buggy. Keep that in mind before installing your Android 5.0 Lollipop update the second it comes out. Google tends to be a bit slow when it comes to major bug fix updates so you’ll also want to know where to head should something go wrong.

We’ll keep you informed about Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs and fixes should they emerge in the days after the Nexus Lollipop release date.

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Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop Release: What We Know So Far is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Cheap iPhones Are No Longer in Apple’s Future

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:39

Cheap iPhones Are No Longer in Apple’s Future is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the iPhone 5c, Apple became a company that no longer offered just high-end flagship products, but it seems that was a one-time thing and Apple doesn’t plan on making cheaper products ever again.

Apple’s product marketing executive, Greg Joswiak, said that consumers shouldn’t expect to see lower-cost Apple products any time soon, and that includes cheap iPhones and Macs. Many people have said that Apple should make a cheap iPhone in order to compete with Android, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue for Apple.

It seems that Apple made that mistake before, with Joswiak reminiscing about the older days of Apple and how they attempted to make cheaper products:

Backstage, we were talking about some of the mistakes Apple made in the ’90s, and some of it was trying to do things like making cheap products that were chasing market share instead of chasing a better experience. You make that mistake once in your life, you’re not going to make it twice.”

Of course, Apple doesn’t see its recent iPhone 5c as a cheaper product, but retailers sure turned it into one, with all sorts of sales that marked down the device to extremely low prices.

Before it was announced, the iPhone 5c was rumored to be a low-cost phone that more people could afford. It was going to be Apple’s entrance into the budget device market in order to compete with low-cost Android devices, and hopefully get those who originally passed on the iPhone back on train, thanks to the lower price.

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However, it didn’t quite turn out that way. While you could get the new phone for just $99 on-contract on launch day, its off-contract price of $550 wasn’t that attractive, especially considering that Google was selling the Nexus 4 off-contract for a mere $299 at the time.

We first saw iPhone 5c deals creep below $50 and eventually some retailers chopped off the price entirely, allowing you to grab the iPhone 5c for $0 after signing a two-year contract.

Apple seems okay with that, though, but it looks like that won’t persuade them to continue building cheaper products, as they’re more focused on creating the best user experience rather than owning the most market share:

Our goal is to make the best products with the best experience. And we’re trying to make sure that we are delivering on that, and by and large we do. Our customer satisfaction rate is higher than anybody’s. We have no shortage of either developers or customers … maybe it is naïve, but we [believe] that if we make a better product and a better experience, that there will always be a healthy market for that. And a healthy market doesn’t mean we have to be market-share leader.”

Then again, the MacBook Air is one device that has seen a gradual decline in price, now starting at only $899, which is the cheapest a MacBook has ever been. Apple will probably stick with that price for a while, so don’t get too hopeful that we’ll see an even cheaper MacBook any time soon, but the company is definitely getting better at offering some of its products at lower prices at least.

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Cheap iPhones Are No Longer in Apple’s Future is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Release Date Info

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:06

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Release Date Info is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

In one week the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release will bring a new Call of Duty to consoles with exoskeletons, drones and you guessed it — advanced weapons.

The new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release kicks off a huge fall lineup of games, and there is hope that this year gamers with an Xbox One or PS4 will see the benefits of purchasing one of the new consoles.

Kevin Spacey is the star of this game, but you don’t control him. Instead you are in charge of a soldier in the military world controlled by the Atlas Corporation, which Spacey leads as Jonathan Irons. The Atlas Corporation handles military needs for countries who are now outsourcing army needs.

Watch the new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare season pass trailer for a look at upcoming DLC and an early bonus on day one.

You Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare soldier can jump higher and in new directions thanks to an exoskeleton and boost jumps. You also gain grappling abilities, cloaking enhancements to sneak around and increased strength, speed and endurance thanks to biomechanic upgrades.

Gamers also take advantage of new energy weapons, smart grenades, new shields and drones to take on the enemy in the single player missions and in the upgraded Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer modes.

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Here’s an early look at the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release, with a focus on what buyers need to know.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Release

The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release date is November 4th, election day in the U.S. This is the same for digital and disc copies of the new Call of Duty. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is $59.99 for the base version, but that’s just the start.

Call of Duty: Kevin Spacey? Nope. It’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

For the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release date there are many special editions including the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Limited Edition for $79.99 and the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Pro edition for $119.

Each of these special editions include special in-game and out of game gear. In game you unlock upgrades and more and out of game you get maps, soundtracks and steel game cases.

Plenty of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pre-Order Bonuses

There are plenty of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare pre-order bonuses. It’s tough to track all of these, since they seem to change almost weekly, but with the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release date just days away this list should be pretty spot on.

  • Best Buy – $10 Reward Certificate, Day Zero Bonuses, Advanced Arsenal
  • Amazon – Destiny BlackSmith Armor, Day Zero Bonuses
  • GameStop - Day Zero Bonuses, Advanced Arsenal

You can watch the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Advanced Arsenal trailer above to see what you get with your pre-order.

Where to Buy for Early Access to Call of Duty

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero.

The biggest benefit to pre-ordering Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is early access. The Day Zero edition includes 24 hours of early access starting at 12:01 AM on November 3rd. This also includes a day of double XP so you can level up faster in the game.

Existing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare pre-orders include a free upgrade to Day Zero editions from most retailers. If you qualify you should get a code to enter. If you order now you will get an email or if you buy in store there should be a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero code on your receipt. 

Most big name retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and others are part of the early access.

The makers of the new Call of Duty warn that there are only a limited number of Day Zero spots available.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Deals

There’s a few exciting Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare deals available that help gamers save on the game, get a free upgrade when they upgrade to PS4 or Xbox some and a $50 off Xbox One Bundle with Call of Duty and a special edition console. 

Save big with this Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare deal.

Best Buy offers a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare deal when you trade in Call of Duty: Ghosts or Call of Duty: Black Ops II with a bonus coupon and inflated values. You can get $30 off Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare with trade in Ghosts for Xbox One or PS4 and slightly lower discounts with PS3 and Xbox 360 trades. Stack this with the $10 pre-order rewards and you can get Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for just $20. Gamer’s Club Unlocked members can save even more on this deal with 20% off the full price.

Gamers on Xbox 360 or PS3 can buy the digital version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and get a free upgrade when they buy a Xbox One or PS4. The only catches are you need to upgrade by early 2015 and you can only upgrade from Xbox 360 to Xbox One or PS3 to PS4. This needs to be the digital version of the game

Microsoft starts a $50 off Xbox One deal on November 2nd that includes the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Xbox One bundle. For $449 you get a special edition Xbox One, controller 1TB hard drive and a digital version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Midnight Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Release Details

There are two main places to go for  midnight Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release events.  

Several stores offer midnight Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release events.

Many Best Buy locations are open late for the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release, which is good considering early access ends at 11:59 PM or close to there so you’ll need the game to keep playing. Check to see if your local Best Buy is open for the midnight Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release. 

The better bet for a midnight Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release date event Is at GameStop. Most locations will start finalizing offers at 9 PM and remain open until 12:31 AM to finish the sales. The event is sponsored by Mike and Ike, so expect some freebies if you attend.  

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Release Date Info is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 Best Android Phones [October, 2014]

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 23:03

5 Best Android Phones [October, 2014] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re in the market for a brand new Android smartphone in the month of October, you’re going to be faced with a very difficult decision. The Android marketplace is full of big name devices ahead of the holidays. In an effort to help those in need, we take a look at the devices we think are the five best Android phones for the month of October, 2014.

Over the past 10 months, we’ve seen Android manufacturers unleash a number of big time smartphones. Early in the year, it was the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 that made a lot of noise. More recently, its been devices like the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and Moto X that have opened up the minds, and wallets, of consumers across the United States.

While it’s nice to have that amount of choice, it presents problems for many people, especially those that don’t keep up with the times. By our count, there is only one flagship Android smartphone remaining and that’s the Nexus 6 from Motorola and Google. It can be a struggle and that’s why we want to help those who are struggling with a decision.

We are constantly bombarded with questions about the best Android phones money can buy. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend, the Android smartphone market is full of solid choices, but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider to be the top five Android phones available.

These devices represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the devices listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.

With that in mind, here are the five best Android phones for October, 2014.

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The LG G3 is one of the premier Android smartphones on the market combining high-end hardware, useful software and an inexpensive price tag. The LG G3 is one of our personal favorites and a device that should be on the radar of those looking to buy a new smartphone this fall.

LG's G3 took over for the LG G2 several months ago and since then, it has reigned as one of the best all-around Android devices on the market. From its large Quad HD display to its speedy processor to its camera and battery life, this is one of the best smartphones that money can buy.

Best of all, the LG G3 is now extremely cheap as retailers and carriers try and make it attractive next to the latest and greatest Android devices. The LG G3 might not have the biggest name but it's a big time device and it's worthy of your attention. Take a look at it before buying your next phone. Our LG G3 review should help.

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5 Best Android Phones [October, 2014] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy the 16GB iPad mini

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 22:03

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the 16GB iPad mini is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

With Apple’s brand new iPad mini 3 joining the iPad mini 2 and original iPad mini on shelves, consumers have a number of different options to choose from. If you are one of those people thinking about buying the iPad mini, and you’re not sure which model to buy, we have some advice for you: Avoid the 16GB iPad mini if you can.

Earlier this month, after several months of anticipation, Apple announced its two new iPad models dubbed iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. While the company’s iPad Air 2 is a major refresh with anti-reflection technology and an improved design, the iPad mini 3 is a far more subdued successor to last year’s iPad mini second-generation, now called iPad mini 2.

The iPad mini 3 isn’t much different than last year’s model. It retains all of its features minus two. First, it comes in a new gold color. This is the first time that Apple’s offered the iPad mini in gold. The other feature is Touch ID, the fingerprint technology that arrived on last year’s iPhone 5s, and now finds itself on board Apple’s new iPads. It’s a great feature and one that should have iPad mini buyers intrigued.

Apple’s new 7.9-inch iPad mini 3 takes over for the iPad mini 2 at the company’s $399 price point. The iPad mini 2, last year’s model, drops down to $299 while the original iPad mini, the one without a Retina Display, sits at the $250 mark. The iPad mini’s price points are dictated by the amount of storage that’s in its possession. For instance, the 128GB iPad mini 3 is the most expensive variant while the 16GB iPad mini 1 is the cheapest. Deciding which to buy before entering an Apple Store is essential and that’s what we want to help you out with today.

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the 16GB iPad mini

While we can’t make your decision for you, we can tell you that there is one particular iPad mini model that you should avoid. Apple’s 16GB iPad mini 3, 16GB iPad mini 2, and 16GB iPad mini are the cheapest iPad mini’s that you can buy. Cheap Apple products are extremely attractive, especially for those looking to buy for other people. Well, before waltzing out of a store with a 16GB model, hear me out.

You Will Run Out of Space

Last year, I bought the 16GB iPad Air. All year, I’ve been regretting that decision. Over the past year, I’ve slowly filled up my iPad Air’s internal storage space with applications and other files like photos, and messages. And while the iPad Air itself is great, the storage is a constant headache and a source of immense frustration. I can’t tell you how annoying it was trying to install iOS 8 Over-the-Air.

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I did not make this same mistake with the iPad mini. After going through this experience with the iPad Air, I opted for a 32GB version of the iPad mini and let me tell you, the extra money was well worth it. I literally have not had to worry about storage space once. Not a single time.

When Apple put the iPhone 6 up for sale, I bought the 64GB model. And if and when I buy a new iPad, it’s going to be a 64GB model, a 128GB model, or nothing. 16GB simply isn’t enough for my needs and it’s probably not going to be enough for your needs either. Not when a single game takes up 1GB of space or more.

You are more than likely going to run out of space if you buy a 16GB iPad mini 3, a 16GB iPad mini 2 or 16GB iPad mini. I would be willing to bet the house on it.

32GB or 64GB iPad mini

Now, what would I do? Well, I’d pay the extra money for the 32GB iPad mini 2 or the 64GB iPad mini 3. I highly, highly recommend avoiding the original iPad mini. Not only is it missing a Retina Display, it only comes in 16GB. $250 isn’t exactly cheap either.

What’s nice is that the 64GB iPad mini 3 has moved into the price slot that used to be occupied by Apple’s 32GB model. In other words, a 64GB iPad mini 3 costs $499. That extra $100 is going to give you incredible peace of mind and it’s going to ensure that you don’t fill your iPad mini up in the first week or better yet, the first month.

If you want to save some extra money, consider the 32GB iPad mini 2 which is going for $350 or $50 cheaper than the base 16GB iPad mini 3 model. If you don’t need Touch ID or the gold color, and many of you don’t, this is the model I would be looking at. 32GB is not as good as 64GB but it’s certainly better than 16GB.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. The iPad isn’t a device that you upgrade every year. For most of you, it’s a device that will stick around for two years or more. So, this is a decision that you shouldn’t take lightly. Do your homework, wait or scrape up the extra money, and get the 32GB or 64GB iPad mini instead of the 16GB model. I think you’ll be happy that you did.

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy the 16GB iPad mini is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1 Review: Is It Worth Installing?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 21:12

iOS 8.1 Review: Is It Worth Installing? is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

A little more than a week has passed since Apple rolled out its iOS 8 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. And over that week, we’ve spent some quality time with Apple’s latest and greatest iOS 8 update and today, we want to help you answer that ever so important question: Is iOS 8.1 worth installing on iPhone or iPad?

Back in September, Apple released the iOS 8.1 update into the beta program. For several weeks Apple, and its developer partners, poked and prodded the update ahead of its public release date. In mid-October, Apple took the stage to announce several new products and there, it confirmed an October release for the highly regarded iOS 8.1 upgrade for iPhone and iPad.

iOS 8.1 rolled out a week ago and as we’ve noted in our reviews, the iOS 8.1 update for iPhone and iPad seems to have tackled some of the annoying problems that emerged last month in iOS 8.0. But as we’ve learned over the past week, it hasn’t tackled them all.

iOS 8.1 problems are a big issue with some iPhone and iPad users with issues ranging from bad Bluetooth to issues with apps to random reboots. In the past few days, a growing number of iPhone users have begun to complain about iOS 8.1 battery life problems with many noticing a considerable drop after installing Apple’s new software.

We continue to get bombarded with questions about Apple’s iOS 8.1 update and the most popular question revolves around whether or not it’s worth a download. Today, we want to help answer that question for you as we run down our experiences on top iPhones and iPads and offer you a definitive answer to one of the most popular iOS questions: Is iOS 8.1 worth installing? Let’s find out.

iOS 8.1 Review

Over the past week or so, we’ve spent a ton of time with iOS 8.1. And while we’re confident about our testing, we should note that mileage is going to vary from device to device, person to person. We probably don’t have the same apps installed and there’s a good chance that we stream more movies, use more LTE, and play more games than you do.

Consider these short reviews a guide to your final decision about whether to update to iOS 8. Ultimately, the final decision is going to rest in your hands and neither we, nor Apple, will ever force you to make an upgrade.

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iOS 8.1 on the iPhone 6 has, for the most part, been a stable update. As we noted in our review, we’re still getting great battery life after the update and the speed of the software, the overall speed of the operating system, is still tremendously fast. We’re also getting great Bluetooth connectivity and overall, the update is very stable.

We have, however, encountered a couple of issues include the resurgence of landscape issues wherein the device gets stuck in landscape mode. This problem seems only to occur when trying to enter the iMessage app after entering the phone from the lock screen. In other words, it’s far more isolated than what we saw in iOS 8.0.2.

The other issue we’re seeing is inconsistent Wi-Fi. Connections seem to drop more frequently and a few times, the phone hasn’t recognized the Wi-Fi connection at all. We’ve also noticed that at times, the iPhone 6 will simply start using 4G LTE data even with a known Wi-Fi connection in its presence. The issues are infrequent but frustrating nonetheless.

For those iPhone 6 users seeking more information about iOS 8.1, our full review will go over the update’s core features and problems in greater detail. It should also help you come to an informed decision.

iPhone 6 Plus

Apple’s iOS 8.1 update for the iPhone 6 Plus is similar to the update for the iPhone 6. No question, it fixes a ton of the issues that came along with iOS 8.0.2 and iOS 8 but there are still some very pesky iOS 8.1 bugs that annoy.

iOS 8.1 delivers a better experience on the iPhone 6 Plus.

We’re still seeing the same landscape issues that we saw in the earlier versions of iOS 8 and we’ve also seen the keyboard disappear on occasion. Obviously, this isn’t a good thing on a device that heavily relies on a virtual keyboard. So far, these are the only noticable bugs that we’ve seen though there’s always a chance that we’ll encounter more as time goes on.

Overall, the update is way better than iOS 8.0.2 and iOS 8.0 and for more information, be sure to check out our full length review. It will detail all of the benefits and problems that iOS 8.1 offers iPhone 6 Plus users.

iPhone 5s

Our experience on the iPhone 5s has been very solid. While we haven’t offered a full review of iOS 8.1 on the iPhone 5s just yet, we’ll outline what we’ve seen here.

In short, we haven’t noticed anything wrong with the iOS 8.1 update. At least not yet. Battery life is still extremely solid, connectivity across the board (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE) remains stable, speed and fluidity of the iOS are still top notch, and we haven’t run into any game-changing bugs. In fact, iOS 8.1 actually fixed some of the problems we were seeing in the update, problems like getting stuck in landscape mode.

Overall, iOS 8.1 appears to be a very solid update for the iPhone 5s and we’re not anticipating any changes between now and Apple’s next iOS 8 update. It’s an update that iPhone 5s users will certainly want to consider, especially those dealing with major iOS 8 or iOS 7 problems.

iPhone 5

While our initial impressions of the iPhone 5 iOS 8.1 update were made, the update made some noticeable improvements over the past week. Battery life continues to frustrate some iPhone 5 users but we’ve emerged unscathed. Connectivity is good, so is app performance. We also haven’t noticed any insane bugs. Most bugs have been resolved after the iOS 8.1 update.

The only issues that we’ve encountered has to do with the speed of the software. It’s not as smooth as the iOS 7.1.2 update though it’s on par with what we saw in iOS 8.0.2 and ioS 8.0. Transitions are a little clunky and animations could certainly be more fluid. Hopefully, the overall speed gets ironed out as time goes by. We’re not too confident though.

To get a better read on our iPhone 5 iOS 8.1 experiences, check out our full review. It will run down everything you need to know about the iOS 8.1 update on Apple’s aging former flagship.

iPad Air

iOS 8.1 on the iPad Air is a solid update that keeps the same great performance that we saw with iOS 8.0.2, iOS 8.0 and iOS 7. For whatever reason, be it hardware or something else, iOS on the iPad has been a much smoother experience than iOS on the iPhone. iOS 8.1 for the iPad Air is no different and it hasn’t given us much trouble.

While we did encounter some speed issues after the initial install process, the experience got better with time. We haven’t noticed any issues with the software either. While it’s certainly a recommended update, we suggest taking a look at our full length iOS 8.1 on iPad Air review. It should help you decide whether the update is worth it.

iPad 3

iOS 8.1 for the iPad 3 delivered a much improved experience from the iOS 8.0.2 and iOS 8.0 updates that Apple rolled out earlier this year. The update has essentially returned the iPad 3 to the performance that we got on iOS 7.1.2. iOS 7.1.2 worked beautifully on Apple’s aging tablet and iOS 8.1 is working beautifully as well.

iOS 8.1 performance on the iPad 3 is better.

We still haven’t discovered any real downside to the update but those that want the full scoop will want to take a look at the full review to make an informed decision about whether it’s worth the download.

iPad mini 2

Finally, we’ve been using the iOS 8.1 update on the second-gen iPad mini, also known as the iPad mini 2. iOS 8.1 on the iPad mini 2 is working out just like the update on the iPad Air. We haven’t discovered any crazy bugs and performance hasn’t taken a big hit. It’s still very solid, just like it was in iOS 8.0.2 and iOS 8.0.

We still recommend taking a look at our full review of the software which will outline all of the pluses that come with the update. iOS 8.1 is working out fine in the iPad mini 2.

Should You Install iOS 8.0.2?

All of that sets up our response to your burning question about whether or not it’s worth installing iOS 8.1 at this time.

At this point, there are only two kinds of people that might want to think about holding off on the iOS 8.1 update: Those of you who are still on iOS 7 and those of you that own an iPhone 5.

iOS 8.1 on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad 3 improve the performance tremendously and we highly recommend installing the iOS 8.1 update today. The iOS 8.1 update for the iPad Air and iPad mini 2 doesn’t change much but it doesn’t break much either. If you’re already on iOS 8.0 or iOS 8.0.2, it’s a recommended update. Same goes for the iPhone 5s.

Most users should install IOS 8.1 on the iPhone 6 Plus.

The potential for battery life issues and the speed problems on the iPhone 5 are enough to caution users. While iOS 8.1 does fix a lot of the problems that arrived with iOS 8, it does introduce some problems of its own. We recommend waiting a week or so to see if the problems get ironed out. Often, all it takes is time.

Finally, if you’re on iOS 7 and you’re thinking about moving to iOS 8, we recommend waiting one more week just to if issues pop up. iOS 8 isn’t a massive upgrade but it does pose some potential problems and we think it’s worth giving it some time before installing it. Remember, there is no going back to iOS 7 after installing it.

For most of you though, iOS 8.1 and its features and fixes are going to be worth the download.

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iOS 8.1 Review: Is It Worth Installing? is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Motorola DROID Turbo Release Confirmed

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 16:15

Motorola DROID Turbo Release Confirmed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

After months of leaks and rumors this morning Verizon Wireless and Motorola have announced the brand new Motorola DROID Turbo smartphone. In case the new Moto X for 2014, the Moto G, and even a Moto E smartphone all released in 2014 weren’t good enough, the new DROID Turbo is official, and available for pre-order starting today.

As if we didn’t know everything about the upcoming Motorola DROID Turbo for Verizon Wireless already, thanks to multiple pictures that have leaked ahead of the unveiling and official launch. We’ve seen plenty of it already, but below are all the details now that Motorola’s made it official.

Read: DROID Turbo Release: What We Know So Far

Just as all the leaks, pictures, and rumors have suggested, this morning the DROID Turbo was made official and confirmed everything we’ve heard thus far. That being an impressive smartphone the size of the new Moto X 2014, but improved in all areas to replace the DROID Ultra from last year, following a long line of DROID smartphones on Verizon Wireless.

Yesterday a slew of photos leaked of the new smartphone, as well as a purported release date, and all those leaked turned out to be 100% accurate. As expected, the phone was announced this morning, will be available for pre-order starting at 10 AM PT, and will officially hit Verizon Wireless stores and be available online starting October 30th. That’s one quick launch. No two week or one month wait here.

The Motorola DROID Turbo for Verizon Wireless is rather similar to the new Moto X, at least in terms of software, but everything else has been vastly improved.

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DROID Turbo buyers will enjoy the same 5.2-inch display, but the screen resolution has been increased from 1080p to a whopping 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD, or a 2k resolution display. Add in a stunning 21 megapixel camera, a massive 3,900 mAh battery with wireless charging, and wrap it in a sleek Kevlar finish (or ballistic fiber) and that is most of what makes up the brand new Verizon DROID Turbo by Motorola.

Everything is improved over the Moto X. From the display, processing power, camera, RAM, battery and more. The only thing missing here is the customization options made available for the Moto X from MotoMaker.com. Here’s the full rundown of what to expect from the DROID Turbo.

DROID Turbo Specs

  • 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display
  • 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 Quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB storage, 64GB option for $249
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Android 5.0 coming soon)
  • 21 Megapixel Rear and 2.1 front camera setup
  • 4k video recording
  • Front facing speaker
  • 3,900 mAh battery (wireless charging)
  • Turbo Charger Support
  • Water repellent (coating guards against everyday spills and up to 20 minutes in a downpour), scratch resistant
  • More

Like the new Moto X, the DROID Turbo’s got the Moto Voice, Moto Actions, Moto Assist and Moto Active Display features, and is running a near stock version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat, with a promise to Android 5.0 Lollipop soon. It also features a new “Turbo Charger” that delivers 8 hours of battery life after only 15 minutes on the charger, in case that massive 3,900 mAh battery wasn’t enough. This should have some of the best battery life of any smartphone released to date.

So when can you get it and for how much? The new DROID Turbo is available for pre-order starting today, and the release date is officially October 30th. Buyers can get the 32GB Turbo for $199 with a new 2-year contract or for $25 a month with Verizon Edge, and the 64GB version is $249 or $27 a month. Personally, $2 more for the 64GB variant is the best option, and you can get yours starting Thursday.

This device will come in Metallic Black, Metallic Red, and Ballistic Nylon color options, and the two storage configurations detailed above. We’ll update once we learn more, and get some hands-on time with Motorola’s latest flagship smartphone.

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Motorola DROID Turbo Release Confirmed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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