The Motorola Moto G is one of those handsets that just looks like a good value from the start. The 4.5” display looks beautiful, the camera takes decent enough photos and the $129 price tag is practically ridiculous. When you take that powerful Moto G and add in the Verizon network, the value gets even better. Then cut the cost of the handset practically in half and begin the party.
With Verizon Wireless’s Prepaid plans, the Moto G isn’t just a good value, but a great deal. For just $45 a month on the Verizon All Set Plan, your Moto G will give you unlimited talk, text and 500MB of data. For $5 more you can double your data by adding another 500MB that expires after 30 days. Need a bit more and want it for longer? Verizon offers two more add on data packs that are $10 for 1GB or $20 for 3GB, both of which expire after 90 days.
Without the data add-on, the Moto G and 24 months of Verizon service will only set you back $1148.99. This is almost half the cost of their traditional plans. For more information, hit the link below.
The Virgin Mobile rendition of the Samsung Galaxy S3 has finally fallen under the $200 mark. While the device has been out spec’d by the newer S4 and S5, the powerhouse S3 is still an amazing device to use. At a sub $200 price point without contract, the S3 not only becomes a great phone, but also an incredible deal.
The Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 runs on the Sprint network and is LTE capable in markets where Sprint has their LTE network active. If you do not have LTE in your area, your download speeds will crawl, so it is only recommended to those outside of Sprint’s LTE network if you rely heavily on WiFi throughout the day.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 features a 4.8” display, an 8MP primary camera and 2MP front camera. It is rated at just under 190 hours of talk time.
If you live in one of the areas where Sprint has their native LTE network active, you will want to jump in and grab this deal as this device is available for use on the $35 Virgin Mobile – 300 minute unlimited text and data plan. At $200, that makes the 24 month cost of this deal $1040 including the phone.
If there is one thing about summer in Seattle that we just can’t wait for, it would be the annual visit of Engadget Live! to the Emerald City. Each summer the amazing folks at Engadget.com and Engadget Events bring the latest in tech to our fair city and bring along the makers of the products to show us just how amazing they really are. This year’s event was a bit smaller than past years, but delivered quite a few great items for the tech-inclined person to add to that Christmas list.
Starting out with the Smartphone crowd, Huawei was present with their new Ascend Mat2 4G LTE monster phone. We use the term monster phone because of the capabilities of this device. It isn’t often that a manufacturer leads their product page with a battery spec, but this beast’s 3900mAh battery deserves top billing. This power plant is used to power the 6.1” display for days at a time. According to the reps on hand, you can stream 3 to 4 movies on it before the battery decides it is done. That is epic battery life, period.
Then we get to the normal specs of the device. The 6.1” display was simply gorgeous to look at. The IPS panel is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for extra resistance to breakage. The rear camera on the Ascend Mate2 is a 13 MP shooter that took good shots in low-light, but we will hopefully have a chance to investigate this more when Huawei sends over a review unit. The front camera features 5MP, which is double what most of the industry is offering on their front cameras. This makes the Ascend Mate2 a great camera for those Instagrammers and Selfie posters.
The device features 2GB of GAM, 16GB of internal storage which you can supplement with MicroSD cards. The device also features a 1.6GHz Quad-Core processor, 1080p video capture and playback, plus DTS sound. For those that are wondering, the radio setup also features LTE bands for AT&T, T-Mobile and their MVNO’s. All in all, the Ascend Mate2 is just about the perfect package for anyone wanting a Phablet. Now, we get to the competition destroyer, the retail price of the Ascend Mate2 is a measly $299, without contracts.
Escort, yes, those “radar detector guys from the 80’s,” were next up in line. While we didn’t expect much from their little table, what they had to offer was simply mind-blowing. Most of our readers are familiar with Waze, the social “GPS” app that allows users to share speed traps, traffic jams and other relevant road issues with other users via their App. Well, all I can say is Escort Live! is like Waze on steroids.
Escort Live! works with any iPhone or Android device. It also can be adapted to work with just about any Escort detection device from the last 5-7 years. A Bluetooth adapter plugs into the detector, which allows a signal to be sent to the App on your mobile device. The amount of data that Escort is able to provide to users in real time is incredible. Speed traps, red light cameras, caution areas and even congestion is all instantly accessible. The Escort Live! service is $5 a month or $50 for the year.
Next up on the tour of awesomeness is the perfect addition to the student or business user’s bag, the Boogie Board Sync. Now, the Boogie Board booth was loaded with note pads that ranged from $20-100. The one that hit us as brilliant was the Boogie Board Sync.
The Sync features a 9.7” e-Ink display that allows for sketching until your heart’s content. The feel of the pad is much more like a piece of paper than a digital tablet. The Sync isn’t just another notepad, it really offers a top notch sketching and note taking feel, while allowing everything you write to be instantly synced over many popular services. Evernote, Illustrator and OCR software are all able to import content from the Sync, as are the free Android and iOS Apps from Boogie Board.
The included rechargeable battery runs about 5 days under normal use. We’re hoping that the folks at Boogie Board are able to get us a review unit soon so we can give you a true hands on with this amazing device and see if there are any real limitations to it.
As we round the corner we felt a tinge of a flashback to 1995 when we saw the TiVo logo popping up out of the giant LCD in the corner of the room. Yes, that TiVo is back, but it is not your good ole TiVo any more. This device is aimed at the media consuming monster in all of us. With Apps from Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and more, the new TiVo Roamio series DVR’s are going to be under quite a few trees this Christmas.
The 6 way tuner support allows a single stream to be pulled to 6 different tuners inside the unit for simultaneous recording of 6 different channels. The addition of the TiVo Mini will expand the playback of your Roamio to any rooms of the house with just the placement of one tiny little accessory. Of course, the TiVo experience isn’t complete without having the TiVo App installed on your iOS or Android device.
The TiVo Roamio is available in 3 lines, the standard with 4 tuners and 75 hours of HD recording, the Plus with 6 tuners and 150 hours of HD recording and the Pro with 6 tuners and 450 hours of HD recording.
ExoLabs was also on hand with their new iPad microscope camera. Using the microscope you already own, the ExoLab camera replaces the eye piece on the microscope and shows a gorgeous magnified view of your subjects directly on your iPad’s screen. It’s a concept that has been done before, but this is one of the sharpest renditions we have ever seen before.
The Skylock by Velo Labs was also on hand in a prototype format. This brilliant product ditches the old combination lock in favor of bluetooth/NFC contact with your mobile device. Once connected to your mobile device, the SkyLock also links to your device to provide an additional layer of security in that if your bike is in a collision, it will automatically call emergency services or your ICE contact on your device.
The SkyLock is the perfect companion to the single long distance rider or the bike commuter.
More information at https://skylock.cc
The last of the mobile friendly devices that we saw at Engadget Live! was the Poppy3D iPhone camera goggles. At first it was a bit of a turn off that they were selling a gadget that just turned an iPhone into a ViewMaster, but after looking at the hardware, and seeing it in action, we quickly warmed to the idea. You really don’t get an idea of how fun the Poppy3D is until you try it.
VapShot brought a breath of fresh rum to the party at the Showbox Sodo. Their VapShot Mini compresses your alcoholic shots down to vapor and lets you inhale your shots instead of just drinking them. A great party enhancer and a fun way to experience some new drinks. The ‘shot’ takes about 15 minutes to exit your system but gives you the experience of having that shot for a few minutes.
PicoBrew was another device we couldn’t leave out of the report. Even though this has nothing to do with mobile phones, a beer making machine that is programmed by the internet is pretty darn amazing. The $1699 price tag is right in line with what one would spend setting up their own home brewery, but this takes all the guess work out of the process. Craft beer from recipes found online or just start tweaking them right off the bat. It’s your choice and you really can’t miss with the PicoBrew.
We want to give Endgaget a HUGE thank you for bringing Live! to Seattle again this year. The last three years that we have had the opportunity to cover has been great and we look forward to many more. For those in one of the upcoming cities, make sure to get in early to check out all the amazing swag before it’s gone!
For the slightly less tech inclined folks out there, Groupon is currently running a great offer on the refurbished, soon to be five generation old, iPhone 4. The successor to the iPhone 3Gs offers plenty of pop for everyday use, just don’t expect to be able to update to the latest and greatest features that iOS has to offer. The deal starts with the 8GB model for $119.99. The 16GB and 32GB models are also available for $129.99 or $149.99 respectively. Although the iPhone 4 might be outclassed by the newer specs of the 5 and 5s, it still delivers that amazing Apple experience on a 3.5″ IPS display. At a price that is less than what you might pay for a simple iPod, you can access the Verizon Wireless 3G network. Of course, even more brilliant is the fact that you can use this device with Page Plus Cellular as well. The lower cost plans that Page Plus offers makes this great price an even better deal. This is a mobile post sent from the HTC One powered by www.4GFastData.com
When looking for an ultra slim smartphone powered by an Octa-Core processor, the market doesn’t have much to offer. Now add in a 5” HD display that is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, an 8MP camera and 1GB of RAM, you have something that might cost $500 without that precious long term contract. Fortunately, Blu Products doesn’t think like that, and consumers can be the winner. The Blu LIFE 8 is currently on presale.
The Blu LIFE 8 is a smart choice for anyone looking for a bit more screen real estate, but doesn’t want to make the jump to a full phablet style handset. The 5” display delivers sharp images, crisp text and performs flawlessly when streaming video. The Blu LIFE 8 also features a good camera and that ever popular MicroSD slot to expand the 8GB of storage that is on-board the device.
The Blu LIFE 8 is a great choice for AT&T MVNO’s like Red Pocket Mobile. The HSPA+21 radio is equipped with the 850 and 1900 bands, which also means that it will work well with Spot Mobile and Simple Mobile in those markets where T-Mobile was able to refarm their 1900Mhz band.
The Blu LIFE 8 is shipping with Android 4.2, which is a bit of a blemish, but it states that it will be upgraded to Kit Kat (Android 4.4) at some point. For those looking to upgrade their device without renewing that 2 year deal, the Blu LIFE 8 at $199 is quite the steal.
Link: Blu LIFE 8
Last year, Nokia turned the entry level smartphone market on its ear with the introduction of the Lumia 520 series devices. The Lumia 520 quickly became their best selling device of the year and the 521 consistently ranked in Amazon.com’s top five in no contract phone sales. The devices were more than aggressively priced, had enough features to make them relevant and delivered an experience that was better than anything Android could throw at it in the price range. Fast forward a year and to new competition from devices like the Moto E and G series, and Microsoft Mobile has stepped up their game to match with the Lumia 635.
The Lumia 635 is part of the new Lumia 630 series. The devices are identical across the board except for the inclusion of the LTE radio systems that will work in the US. The Lumia 635 features a 4.5” display, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a MicroSD slot for memory expansion and ships with Windows Phone 8.1 installed. It is sad to see that the memory sits at 512MB as this does rule out playing some of the more intense games on the Lumia 635, but as an entry level handset running Windows Phone goes, the Lumia 635 has more than enough power to make the average user happy.
The other amazing feature of the Lumia 635 is that you can activate this device on T-Mobile’s $40 Simple Starter plan, Spot Mobile, Simple Mobile or any other T-Mobile MVNO and save cash off your bill every month. That can make the 2 year cost for the Lumia 635 as low as $1089.99 with the $40 unlimited plan from Spot Mobile. Comparing this to the AT&T Lumia 635 GoPhone package, you are going to save $450 over that 2 year period.
The T-Mobile Lumia 635 is definitely a deal if you have strong T-Mobile coverage in your area. If not, the AT&T version is due out July 25th. Click the link below to grab the Lumia 635 before they are all gone.
Link: Lumia 635
If you love your AT&T service and were on the fence about getting a new Windows Phone your life just became much happier. Beginning July 25th, you can snag the new Nokia Lumia 635 for under $100 without that pesky contract. This is fantastic news for people that use services like Red Pocket Mobile, Straight Talk or Net10. They can also grab one of these locked AT&T GoPhones for under $100 and use them on their MVNO of choice.
Keeping in mind that the 635 is an entry level device is hard when you look at the specs. The 4.5” display, 5MP camera, 8GB of internal memory with expandable SD card slot and it ships with Windows Phone 8.1, making it possible to install Apps to that SD card.
Again, the 635 will be available on the 25th of July for those that want to give Windows Phone a real chance, for those that need a back up handset, or for those that just want to upgrade their smaller 520’s.