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Best small Android smartphones available today

Update: Here’s our new list of best small phones in 2018

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SamsungSamsung Galaxy S5 Mini G800F 16GB Unlocked Cellphone - International Version (Black)Buy on Amazon|$450.49(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)

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Bigger doesn’t necessarily equal better. It’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it. We mean the phone, you perverted oddballs! You may find it hard to score a half-decent small Android handheld these days, but despite the undeniable mainstream rise of phablets, there’s still demand for devices you can easily slide in and out of your standard-issue trouser pocket.

A compact form factor, proper one-hand maneuverability and sensible design will always go a long way with certain mobile consumers, especially if they’re linked to affordability, a high-res screen, and generally respectable hardware specifications.

Before setting out on a quest to find the best small Android phone in the world prior to the 2015 holiday season, let’s land on a display diagonal range. Can we all agree 4.7 to 5.2-inch handhelds are “normal” nowadays, 5.5 inchers start feeling a bit uncomfortable, and anything beyond 6 inches is excessive, unless your job is to make a dozen slam dunks a few times a week in NBA games?

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Good, then we can probably also agree 4 to 4.5 inchers are “small” by today’s high-end standards, yet remain crowd pleasers for those who like to effortlessly manage mobile business with one normally-sized hand. That said, here are the top ten contenders to the title of best small smartphone, ordered as usual from cheapest to costliest:

LG Leon – $78 for MetroPCS; $83 for T-Mobile

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It’s perhaps not fair to compare unlocked and carrier-restricted prices, but at the end of the day, CDMA networks like Verizon or Sprint rarely support gadgets not specifically made for them, so the only important thing that’s lacking at the Leon is AT&T compatibility.

Outside of the connectivity spectrum, the elegant, slim-bezeled 4.5 incher also disappoints with 854 x 480 screen resolution, though the quad-core 64-bit Snapdragon 410 CPU isn’t half bad… for a lot less than 100 bucks. Oh, and you get Lollipop goodies pre-installed as well.

Motorola Moto E (second-gen) – $90

Moto E 2015

Possibly the most appealing sub-$100 proposition, the E2 can be had in US and global GSM configurations, including with 4G LTE speeds, and the 4.5-inch panel is slightly sharper than that of the LG Leon, at 960 x 540 pixels.

Too bad the 2015 Moto E is only around 64 percent screen, massive bezels occupying the rest of the space, and making it a tad cumbersome, with 129.9 x 66.8 mm height/width measurements. On the plus side, the ultra-low-cost Android soldier already runs 5.1 Lollipop, and should be further upgraded to 6.0 Marshmallow sometime next year.

Motorola Moto G (1st generation) – starting at $92

Moto G

It’s old, not very attractive from a design standpoint, lacks microSD storage expansion possibilities, provides a measly 8 GB ROM in an entry-level variation, and tips the scales at a fairly chunky 143 grams while sizing up at 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm.

But it’s super-affordable, offers close to stock Android 5.1 user experience, and above all, it sports a beautiful 4.5-inch 720p IPS LCD screen.

Huawei Ascend P7 Mini – $144

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Don’t hold your breath for a Marshmallow makeover in the near future, as even Lollipop is yet to land on the China-imported qHD 4.5 incher. Be happy the P7 Mini is phenomenally skinny (7.8 mm and 115 grams), and pretty gifted in the selfie-taking department, thanks to a 5 MP front-facing camera.

Also, the 2,000 mAh battery is decently spacious, all things considered, and the quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip takes good care of your basic web browsing, multimedia and even gaming needs.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini – $192

Galaxy S4 mini

The tiny Super AMOLED 4.3 incher has turned two a few months back, which amounts to 50 or 60 in human years, yet a timeless design, hefty 1.5 GB RAM, satisfactory 8 MP LED flash main cam, and appropriate 1,900 mAh cell keep it in the spotlight for fans of pocket-sized gizmos.

The screen borders aren’t exactly unnoticeable, but the diminutive sibling of Samsung’s 2013 flagship measures just 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm, and weighs 107 grams.

Samsung Galaxy A3 – $201

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Unusually inexpensive for an all-metal device, especially one manufactured by a profit-hungry company, the A3 falls short of impressive aesthetics, with a mediocre 65 percent screen-to-body ratio, and also settles for a so-so 960 x 540 Super AMOLED 4.5-inch display.

Then again, 1.5 gigs of memory, 16 GB on-board hoarding room, Snapdragon 410 muscle, 8 and 5 MP photographic equipment, and Android 5.0 software all feel like the absolute cream of the $200 crop.

HTC One Mini 2 – $239

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Why on earth didn’t HTC renew this aging thing to try to squeeze M9’s magic in a smaller package? Granted, the latest hero and the One M8 the Mini 2 is based on are extremely similar, but a One Mini 3 could have brought SD410 power, 1.5 or even 2 GB RAM, and a refined exterior to the table.

Nonetheless, the 4.5 incher on tap offers a lot for a reasonable price tag, starting with 13 and 5 MP cameras, and of course, a premium aluminum unibody build.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact – $250

Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony made the sequel, confusingly named Z3 Compact, a bit too large to be considered here, and the Z5 Compact will also go on sale soon with a 4.6-inch display in tow. It’s all for the best however, as it allows us to remember this oldie but goldie 4.3-inch HD slab, capable of great things to this day.

Silky smooth multitasking? The 2 GB RAM have you covered. Overall system speed? There’s a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor inside. Shutterbug satisfaction? And then some, as the 20.7 MP shooter is simply amazing. And let’s not forget 2,300 mAh battery juice, 16 GB local storage, microSD support, as well as water and dust protection.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini – $267

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It seems Sammy inexplicably took a page from HTC’s undependable playbook, and decided to skip or greatly delay the Galaxy S6 Mini. Is last year’s Liliputian flagship still worth around 270 clams in this context?

Yes and no, given we very much dig the 4.5-inch 1,280 x 720 AMOLED panel, 1.5 GB RAM, quad-core Exynos SoC, 8 MP LED flash rear cam, microSD card slot, fingerprint sensor, and IP67 certification for water and dust resistance, but we’re not fans of the cheap plasticky construction or Android 4.4 KitKat flavor.

Kyocera DuraForce – $0 down with AT&T financing; $419 outright

Kyocera DuraForce

This expensive (off-contract), muscular 4.5 incher has a crystal clear target audience – people that constantly drop and damage their phones. By no means a featherweight, at a whopping 200 grams, the DuraForce withstands shocks of different nature, and produces HD images, driven by a Snapdragon 400 chip, and backed for stellar endurance by a colossal 3,100 mAh battery.

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SamsungSamsung Galaxy S5 Mini G800F 16GB Unlocked Cellphone - International Version (Black)Buy on Amazon|$450.49(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)

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5 Best Cheap Verizon Phones Sold By Amazon Prime Exclusives In 2019

If you’re looking for an unlocked phone so that you can use whatever provider you’re loyal to, today we’re sharing our five favorite options for Verizon users. And because these are Amazon Prime member exclusive, each one will come with the Amazon apps pre-installed, including Alexa-integration, which you don’t want to miss. Here’s our top picks:

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MotorolaMoto X (4th Generation)Buy on Amazon|$139.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
MotorolaMoto G PLUS (5th Generation) - 32 GBBuy on Amazon|$97.69(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
LGLG G6+ - 128 GBBuy on Amazon|$399.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
LGLG G6-32 GBBuy on Amazon|$171.62(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
MotorolaMoto E (4th Generation) - 16 GBBuy on Amazon|$117(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)

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Moto X4

The Moto X4 is a sleek smartphone that screams sophisticated. You’re not going to be disappointed with this one, especially with the 12MP camera which ensures clear, gorgeous photographs every time you go in for a shot. Another near feature is that the surface is water resistant to protect the phone from any accidental spills or drops.

As for the logistics of this Moto X, the display is 5.2 inches, it utilizes 4G LTE, and includes 32 GB of memory, a killer quad-core processor, and space to add a microSD for up to 2T of extra storage. SIM card not included.

Buy it now: Amazon

Moto G5 Plus

This phone is a fantastic option for anyone who lives a very fast-paced life. Which, let’s admit, is most of us. With up to 6 hours of power in just 15 minutes of the fast-charging feature, the Moto G is a phone that can keep up with you, no matter how hectic or detailed your schedule.

The Moto G has a 12MP camera for stunning photos and a 5.2 inch display. It also has 32GB of storage space, 4G LTE, and runs on Android Nougat. For even easier, quicker access while still being secure, the Moto G also includes a fingerprint scanner. If you’ve ever entered your passcode wrong about 7 times in a row because you tried to do it too fast, you understand just how helpful this is.

Buy it now: Amazon

LG G6+

This smartphone by LG is borderline huge at a whopping 5.7 inches for it’s display. With that huge display comes pictures that turn out pretty amazing, especially with the 13MP back camera and 4 mode variations to shoot with. It also has options for wireless charging (yes, you read that right) and meets 14 military-grade qualifications.

Other specifics include industrial dust and water resistance, a quad-core processor, and 128GB of built in storage space/memory with the ability to upgrade to 2T with an appropriate microSD card. As you can probably tell, nothing about this phone is little or half done. The LG G6+ is a beast, and will stand up to whatever wear and tear it faces.

Buy it now: Amazon

LG G6

The LG G6 may be similar to the G6+, but it’s a little less extreme and a truly awesome option for those of you who aren’t looking for something as heavy duty as the G6+. This one comes with two sleek color/design options: Platinum, and Black.

This phone is great for many reasons, but one of those is the quick-charging feature. If you’re needing to get out the door soon but just realized your phone is about to die, you can plug it in and it’ll be ready for you in no time flat. Just like the G6+, this one is also dust and water resistant, meeting military certifications and awesome for taking photos. It has 32GB of included storage with the capability to expand it further with a microSD card.

Buy it now: Amazon

Moto E

The Moto E is a bit smaller than all the other phones listed here, coming in at 5 inches. The rear facing camera is also only 8MP, but this is such a great little phone if you’re not looking to break the bank. It has some really nice features even though they’re on the simpler side. But even then, if simple is your game, this may be just right for you.

Other specifications include 16GB of built in memory and storage space, a fingerprint scanner for easy unlock, running on Android Nougat with 4G LTE speed. It’s compatible with all major providers, although please note a SIM card is not included in your purchase.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

Ranging from just over the $100 mark and under the $1000 mark, all of these phones offer some great capabilities, no matter how cheap you’re looking to go. On top of that, all of these smartphones are compatible with Verizon, making them even better options if that’s the provider you are plannning to go with.

Do you have experience with any of the phones listed here? Be sure to share your experience with us in the comments section.

ProductBrandNamePrice
MotorolaMoto X (4th Generation)Buy on Amazon|$139.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
MotorolaMoto G PLUS (5th Generation) - 32 GBBuy on Amazon|$97.69(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
LGLG G6+ - 128 GBBuy on Amazon|$399.99(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
LGLG G6-32 GBBuy on Amazon|$171.62(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)
MotorolaMoto E (4th Generation) - 16 GBBuy on Amazon|$117(Price as of 02/18/2019 06:31 ET)

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4 Best Cheap Sprint Phones Sold By Amazon Prime Exclusives In 2019

If you’re not familiar with Amazon Prime exclusive phones, you’ve come to the right place. These phones are an amazing option for anyone, because they work with all major carriers and there’s no hassle if you decide to change your provider down the road. Today, we’re sharing our 4 favorite Amazon Prime exclusives that will work with your Sprint plan.

Best Cheap Sprint Phone

ImgAmazon.com LinkBrandProductAmazon.com LinkPrice on Amazon.com
LGLG X charge171.11
MotorolaMoto X (4th Generation)139.99
MotorolaMoto E (4th Generation)117
MotorolaMoto G PLUS (5th Generation)97.69

Aside from the ability to switch providers whenever you want to without switching phones, Amazon Prime exclusives also come with some pretty cool features. First of all, your phone will come delivered to your door with all of Amazon’s major apps already installed on it. Second of all, each one comes with Alexa integration, so you can ask them anything.

Moto G5 Plus

The Moto G5 Plus is a great little phone for a very affordable price. In fact, currently Amazon is running a sale on this particular model, so if you think it may be right for you, this is an awesome time to order. The back camera on this phone is 12MP for ultimately sharp images, and a 5MP front camera. The neat thing about the front camera is that it’s a wide-angle lense. If you’ve ever tried to take a group selfie, you understand the struggle of getting everyone in the picture at once. This great feature makes that possible, so no one ever has to be half-in your photos ever again.

The display on the Moto G Plus is 5.2 inches, and it’s HD 1080p, which makes for a truly amazing viewing experience. And while this particular model will come with 32GB of available memory space, with the right microSD card, that can be expanded up to 128GB. If you’re constantly running out of space on your current device, this is great, because 128GB is a lot of space for content. 20,000 photos, here we come!

Buy it now: Amazon

Moto X4

The Moto X4 is another great phone from Motorola that’s not going to disappoint. It has a double back camera which is 12MP + 8MP, and a 16MP front-facing camera built for fantastic photos and selfies. Another neat thing is the water resistant exterior. While no phone is guaranteed to work after a dip in the pool or drop in the shower, the Moto X should stand up to some basic spills. Whether you have children who are constantly knocking over and dumping out cups, or you just don’t trust yourself to protect your smartphone from liquid damage, this may be a great phone for you to try.

This phone also displays at 5.2 inches and operates at a 4G LTE level so that you’ll never be behind. And, while it’s similar to the Moto G Plus in that it comes with 32GB worth of storage included, this one has space for a microSD that would bring that up far past 128GB, surpassing it up to 2T. Let us tell you, that’s something to write home about! The Moto X also runs on Android Oreo, which is Android’s current latest operating system version, giving you the power to utilize a ton of new emojis and work smarter, not harder.

Buy it now: Amazon

LG X Charge

The LG X Charge is a hot seller for plenty of reasons, but one of the major ones is the battery life. Chances are, you haven’t seen phone battery like this one to the date. The power behind this small, 5.5 inch phone is really something special. Why? Because the battery can last up to two days between charges. That’s right—two days. Now, with that comes the question, how long does do you have to charge it for this to be possible? Well, that’s another great thing tied up in this. For up to two days of life, you’ll only need to charge the LG X Charge for about two and a half hours. While this will all depend on how heavily you use your device, even if your phone battery lasts for just a single day, that’s huge.

While this particular model only comes with 16GB of built in storage space, it can definitely be expanded with the right tools. As for the camera, the lense comes in at 13MP. But the neat thing is that you can say goodbye to the days of awkwardly trying to press the “capture” button without throwing off your own groove while taking a selfie, because the front camera utilizes Auto Shot. Auto Shot is a feature that recognizes faces. So once you’ve steadied the camera for your selfie, it’ll automatically capture it for you.

Buy it now: Amazon

Moto E

Yes, we are closing out this article with another phone by Motorola, but what can we say? They make some pretty amazing phones at great prices that are affordable for just about anyone. This model from Amazon is only going to currently come in one color, black, but it’s extremely nice feeling and looks the part for sophistication with a nearly-matte finish. It’s also a smaller device coming in at just 5 inches, but it can do a lot, and it’s an awesome device for anyone, whether it be a first phone or perhaps even a downsize from what you’ve had thus far.

The Moto E comes with 16GB of built-in storage, which is expandable up to 128GB. One feature about this phone that’s really nice is the fingerprint unlock. Because it can be unlocked by your fingerprint, it’s easy to pick it up and use, eliminating the step of entering your passcode. It can also be more secure this way, because if you misplace your phone or leave it at a public place, no one can access it but you, whereas with a traditional passcode, it could be easy for anyone to figure out.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

Whatever phone you decide to use with your Sprint plan, we hope you found this article helpful and informative in your search. If you have tried any of these or are looking to, be sure to tell us about it in the comments section. We’d love to hear of your experience or questions.

Best Cheap Sprint Phone

ImgAmazon.com LinkBrandProductAmazon.com LinkPrice on Amazon.com
LGLG X charge171.11
MotorolaMoto X (4th Generation)139.99
MotorolaMoto E (4th Generation)117
MotorolaMoto G PLUS (5th Generation)97.69

[Deal] AT&T GoPhone Moto E (8GB) for $29.99

Moto E 2015

The 2015 Moto E from AT&T GoPhone can now be yours for just $29.99 thanks to an attractive deal running on eBay. The smartphone comes with a budget ranged hardware, which is to be expected for the price tag anyway. The Moto E is a pretty attractive device for the cost and can be used as a spare device if you want something temporary and not necessarily a daily driver.

Of course, the deal also includes an AT&T GoPhone subscription, which is one of the best prepaid offerings going around right now. What’s better is that the Moto E here also comes with support for 4G LTE networks, which is amazing for a handset at this price point.

The Moto E 2015 comes with a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 resolution display, a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera, Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 2,390 mAh battery.

Get the 2015 Moto E for just $29.99 from eBay!

Lenovo could sell the Vibe C2 as the Moto E in some regions

Vibe C2 - Moto E 2016

According to an online publication, #Lenovo could be selling the Vibe C2 as the 2016 #MotoE in some markets. This makes sense given that it would save Lenovo-Moto the trouble of designing and producing a new device from scratch. It’s not been confirmed by Lenovo yet, so treat this as a rumor for the time being.

From what we can tell, the Vibe C2 looks like the Moto E and it seemingly has very similar model numbers as previous-gen Moto E models. In terms of hardware, the Moto E/Vibe C2 should be packing a 5-inch 720p display, a MediaTek MT6735P quad-core processor, 8 or 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a 2,750 mAh battery.

The Moto E series has never been heavy on the hardware specs sheet, so we won’t be completely surprised if the rumored specs end up on the device. It’s too early in the day, however, but expect more word to follow soon.

Source: WinFuture.de – Translated

Via: Talk Android

[Deal] AT&T GoPhone Moto E for $49.99

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The AT&T GoPhone model of the #Motorola #MotoE can now be yours for just $49.99. This eBay deal is helping you save quite a lot on the smartphone, so make sure you give it a closer look if you’re in the market for a budget offering such as this one. There’s only 8GB of storage on board though, which shouldn’t be much of a concern given that the handset comes with a microSD card slot on board.

It is important to note that this is the LTE model of the Moto E (2015), which makes it an incredible value at $49.99. The Moto E comes with a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 resolution display, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 SoC, 8GB of internal storage (expandable), a 5-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera, Android 5.1 Lollipop and a 2,390 mAh battery.

Given the kind of deal on offer here, it wouldn’t surprise us if the retailer sold out all the units in no time. Head over to the link below for more details on this 2015 Moto E deal.

Get the AT&T GoPhone Moto E for just $49.99 from eBay!

First hint of the 2016 Moto E drops in the form of an import listing

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#Moto has been successful with two iterations of the #MotoE so far. A new import listing on Zauba has now given us hints of a third generation model, codenamed ‘Affinity‘. The handset spotted on the import listing supposedly has a pricing of 5,164 INR ($77). It is shown that the handset comes with a 5-inch display, suggesting an upgrade over the 4.5-inch display from the 2nd gen Moto E.

There are no further details available on this alleged Moto E model, but it seems like the smartphone will be revealed sometime in June. It is being said that the Moto X3 and the Moto G4 Plus will be launched on the 9th of June, so it is possible that the 3rd gen Moto E a.k.a. the Affinity will be shown off on the same day.

Moto E 2016 - Zauba

The Moto E with LTE managed to become a widely popular device in the mobile industry and something similar is expected of the third-gen model, especially if the pricing mentioned here is anything to go by.

Source: Zauba

Via: GSM Arena

AT&T GoPhone model of the 2015 Moto E (LTE) available for just $29.99 from Best Buy

Moto E

You can now snatch up the 2015 #MotoE with LTE for just $29.99 from Best Buy. This is a 50% discount on the regular asking price and only valid if you purchase the device via AT&T GoPhone (Prepaid). The Moto E might not be the most attractive handset out there, but for a price tag of just $29.99, one can’t complain much, especially since you’re getting a 4G LTE device for the cost.

The Moto E with LTE comes with a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 resolution display, a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 SoC, 8GB of internal storage (expandable), 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera, Android 5.1 Lollipop (upgradable to Marshmallow soon) and a 2,390 mAh battery underneath.

There’s no word on how long Best Buy will run this promo, but it seems like the company might have it for a prolonged duration considering that the Moto E isn’t the most popular device out there. Perhaps this is a stock clearance sale, which would explain the insanely low price tag. Hit the Best Buy page below for more details.

Source: Best Buy

Via: Pocketnow

Surprise, surprise: 2016 Moto E and Moto G won’t feature fingerprint scanners

Moto G

The #MotoG and the #MotoE are quite popular in developing regions, with the former being the highest selling device from #Motorola. But now with the company under #Lenovo, there are some changes to be expected. One such change as mentioned by a company executive Chen Xudong was that all 2016 Moto handsets will feature a fingerprint scanner.

But according to a new revelation, this doesn’t apply to the Moto E and the Moto G models that will be releasing this year. Motorola has issued a statement saying – “Xudong was referring to products specific to the China market. We’ll share more information about our 2016 products at a later time.” We can’t say we’re particularly surprised to hear this, but it would have been a nice touch to provide the luxury of fingerprint scanning to the midrange users (Moto G) at least if not to the budget ranged Moto E.

But that’s what Lenovo-Moto have decided and the market will just have to make its peace with that. Truth be told, Moto G enthusiasts weren’t exactly expecting to see this feature on the 2016 model, so there’s no harm done here.

Do you think Lenovo or Moto should bring fingerprint scanners to their budget and midrange handsets?

Via: Phandroid

Motorola clarifies that the Moto G and the Moto E are not retiring anytime soon

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Earlier today, we heard that #Lenovo will be axing the #MotoE and #MotoG lineup this year. However, a new statement from #Motorola has shed some light on the matter and we’re happy to report that it’s all good news.

In a statement to The Verge, Motorola said – “Although we are simplifying the combined Motorola and [Lenovo] portfolio, we have no plans to retire Moto G, our most successful smartphone, or Moto E.” Thus, both series should still be around, at least for the foreseeable future.

This puts things in a better light and it seems like the report earlier was taken out of context as most of it was translated from Chinese. So there you have it folks, the Moto E and the Moto G are here to stay, even though the company hasn’t promised a long term future at this point. It would be illogical of Lenovo to ditch one of Motorola’s most successful smartphones, so this clarification brings a sigh of relief to Motorola fans across the world.

Are you excited with this news? Share your comments below.

 

Via: The Verge

Best Christmas gift ideas for every Android enthusiast

Who doesn’t like Android? Based on recent market research, a very small fraction of the mobile tech-consuming world, with Google’s trendy OS hiking to an all-time record-high sales share of nearly 85 percent in Q3 2015.

Android Christmas ornaments

Basically, there’s only a 15 percent chance you’ll make a bad impression with an Android-powered Christmas gift this year, which comfortably beats the flop odds of your ties, watches, holiday-themed sweaters, perfumes, personal hygiene items, even good old fashioned toys and sweets for kids.

Forget all that, and forget racking your brains to come up with the best, most thoughtful, sweetest presents for the entire family, plus close friends and the obligatory randomly drawn Secret Santa work colleague.

Android gift box

The following smartphones, tablets and wearable devices may lack the intimate nature of an inspired gift, but you can rest assured they won’t be returned for a replacement or abandoned in a drawer somewhere come January.

Android Christmas gift ideas for him

Listen up, ladies, as we’ll only say this once. When in doubt, go black. Black phone, black tablet, black smartwatch. Nothing too fancy, pretty, delicate or swanky either. Rugged can be a good choice, though the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is a little pricey, at $650 unlocked.

lg-v10

The LG V10 looks even manlier, and can almost take a bullet for your husband or boyfriend, but once again, it costs an arm and a leg, namely $634 free of contractual obligations. Wait, we got it. The Sony Xperia Z3+. It lacks aesthetic bells and whistles, looks all mysterious and low-profile in black, withstands water and dust interaction, and will set you caring gals back a much more palatable $452.

Or how about the gunmetal grey HTC One M9? It’s tough, with an aluminum unibody construction in tow, it’s sharp, powerful, and can be had for no upfront charge with device financing.

Moto 360 2015

As far as “accessories” go, the second-generation black leather band Motorola Moto 360 feels ideal for retro-loving dudes, while the gold metal variant should put a big smile on the face of a gentleman not afraid to show off an original, posh style.

For her

Galaxy S6 Edge

Feel like you won the lottery, having found the “one” that shares most of your passions, from Star Wars to sports and gadgets? Don’t mess it up, and don’t be cheap. Undoubtedly, women are more complicated than men, so there’s no universal top Android pick for all your better halves.

But if you’ve been paying attention, you already know if she leans towards the white pearl $557 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, or if she’s more a pink $100 BLU Life 8 XL type of lady. Unless she’s crazy about selfies, in which case the $200 HTC Desire Eye will make her believe in Santa again.

Huawei Watch rose gold

Are you both intrigued by smartwatches, and would like to be considered early adopters? Then why not get a black leather-strapped Huawei Watch for yourself, and a beautiful rose gold plated model for her? The grand total sits at an exorbitant $1,000, but trust us, it’ll pay off in the long haul, covering your behind the next time you forget an anniversary.

For mom and dad

Moto-G-2015

Dumb phones? Not even your 80-year-old grandpappy uses one of those anymore, so naturally, mom and dad need something easy to carry around, with a simple to understand UI, respectable but short of mind-blowing specs to check their Facebook on.

Like the $200 or so Samsung Galaxy J5. Or, better yet, the $200 Sony Xperia M4 Aqua that comes backed by a US warranty, and won’t turn into a paperweight if it gets a little wet. Or how about the third-gen Motorola Moto G, aka the ultimate low-cost Android contender, priced at $177 with a relatively large 5-inch HD screen on deck, at least 1 GB RAM, decent battery life and cameras, as well as Marshmallows on the way?

Galaxy View

Now, a wearable piece isn’t exactly the right present for someone who can survive without notifications for a couple of hours, so if you’re thinking of a smartphone alternative, why not the Samsung Galaxy View? It’s a small fortune ($600), but you’ll please both parents, with portable instant access to big-screen sports for dad, and a nifty cookbook substitute for mom.

For the little one

Fire Kids Edition

Dolls? Action figures? Board games? Bikes? That’s so 2002. These days, children want their own phones, their own accessories, their own gadgets. Of course, you have to consider the consequences of exposing a young, fragile mind to all the technology you lacked access to growing up, and adapt to the specific needs of different age groups.

The $149 Fuhu Nabi 2S targets precisely preadolescents with loads of educational content and fun little games, not to mention it features stellar parental controls. The $90 Amazon Fire Kids Edition and $60 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Kids indicate loud and clear they’re more than toys, with unrestricted access to the two best Android app stores around, thus theoretically catering to older youths.

Moto E 2015

But if your “little” one is no longer very little, you’re probably better off going for a “normal” tablet, perhaps something designed with gaming in mind, like the $200 Nvidia Shield K1, or the $295 Google Nexus 9.

Searching for their first phone? Start them off modestly, with, say, the $90 2015 Moto E or an $80 BLU Studio Selfie.

For a coworker

Withings Activite Pop

You don’t want to spend too much money for Joe over in accounting, who you call Joe because you don’t really know his real name but now it’s too late to ask, yet you’re afraid he drew you for the traditional office Secret Santa gift exchange also, and would hate to be one-upped in festive “generosity.”

What to do? Easy – buy something that’s too novel for people to know for certain how much it costs. Case in point, the hybrid Withings Activite Pop smartwatch/fitness tracker. It’s just $120 and up, but it looks like a million 300 or so bucks. Or the original Moto 360 that used to go for $250, and now sets you back $150.

For your best friend

We left possibly the hardest choice for last. Hardest, as it requires personalization. So, yeah, we don’t have a single, all-inclusive, all-pleasing answer for you here. Merely a few suggestions. The $100 Fitbit Charge if your BFF is into fitness, or the $250 Microsoft Band 2 if your BFF is really into fitness.

Nexus 5X

The $200 and up LG Watch Urbane for fashionistas. The $329 Google/LG Nexus 5X for Android “purists” and geeks. The $620 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for power users you owe your life to. The $169 Asus ZenPad S 8.0 for someone who appreciates a solid bargain and hates the iPad mini’s overpriced guts. The $180 Amazon Fire HD 10 for, well, pretty much the same “target audience”, just looking for an iPad Air alternative instead of a diminutive slate.

We could probably go on and on for a while longer, but we’re sure you’ll be fine if you have some insight into your best bud’s preferences. And if you don’t, you might not be a great friend anyway, so why bother?

2015 Moto E to get Android 6.0 subsequently, no love for the American consumers

Moto E 2015

Moto E 2015

According to a new report, the 2015 #MotoE will receive the Android 6.0 #Marshmallow update soon. This is good news for customers of the smartphone as it was initially believed that #Motorola was leaving out the recently launched budget handset from the update list.

The company however has mentioned that the update will only be sent out to the 4G LTE models of the handset and the 3G (with a Snapdragon 200 SoC) models will be left out.

Also surprising is the exclusion of the U.S. in the update list, with Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia being mentioned. So does this mean that American 2015 Moto E (LTE) customers will never see Android 6.0 Marshmallow? Well, it’s tough to tell at the moment, but we won’t be surprised if that is indeed the case.

The Moto E 2015 comes with a budget hardware on board, with the promise of getting the latest software updates when they are made available. But this revelation might not be great PR for the company’s budget handset, especially in the U.S.

Source: Motorola

Via: Anand Tech

Deal: AT&T Go Phone Motorola Moto E Clearance at Target for $37.48 (was $74.99)

AT&T Moto E clearance sale was recently spotted by an user on the fawallet forum.  Target is clearing out the 2nd generation (2015) Motorola Moto E for the AT&T Go plan.  This phone is on sale for $37.48 and usually sells for $74.99 at target, and $98.99 on Amazon.

The Moto E features Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.5″ qHD touch screen display, 8GB internal memory, 5.0MP rear facing camera.  Please note this phone will not work with CDMA carriers such as Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Boost Mobile, or Virgin Mobile.

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As you can see from the screenshot below, the deal is still available at the Target located in Santa Ana, CA.  But this appears to be a pretty  limited deal, depending on the market.

To check if the deal is available in your area:

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Source: Fatwallet

Motorola turns its back on Moto E users by skipping the Android 6.0 update

Moto E LTE

Although the #MotoE (2015) was released just a few months ago, #Motorola has seemingly turned its back on the customers. Earlier today we saw the company releasing the list of devices that would be receiving the #Android 6.0 #Marshmallow update when it is made available.

Strangely, the 2015 Moto E was missing from the list. Motorola obviously hasn’t explained why the device is missing from the compatibility list, but we’re hoping to get more clarification on that over the coming days. Strangely, Motorola has also left out the Verizon and AT&T models of the 2014 Moto X from the update list.

This is something that could severely damage the credibility of Motorola as the company is known for frequent software updates and the Moto E 2015 or the 2014 Moto X don’t particularly have incompatible hardware on board. It is possible that Motorola might have encountered some issues while testing the update for the Moto E, so it would be unfair of us to jump to conclusions at this point.

What do you make of this? Is Motorola neglecting its users too soon?

Via: 9to5Google