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Coupon Apps That Will Help You Save Money

Over the past two years, grocery store prices have increased drastically. So have stores that offer your basic needs as well. Thanks to smartphone apps, all of that extra money does not need to go flying out of your bank account. Finding coupons and discounts can be a bit time consuming, especially when you’re doing it all manually. But if you’re one of those people that does not mind spending five or ten minutes looking for coupon, you could save yourself a lot of money through a few handy smartphone apps. I’ve handpicked a few apps below:

Coupons.com — This app is the most helpful out of all of the coupon apps I am going to list. From playing around with this app, it seems like all of the coupons are universal coupons. Meaning that you can print off the coupon and use it just about anywhere a retailer carries the product. Most of the coupons in this app are things that I would use just about everyday as well. That said, most of these coupons are actually helpful and aren’t the ones that you will probably never use in your life that you get from a newspaper or something. At the time of this writing, there are 198 coupons available that could potentially save you $330.22.

Coupons — This app is similar to Coupons.com, but it has a few extra features added to it. It will show you the cheapest gas that is near your location. Often the gas prices it shows is extremely accurate. What I’ve noticed is that the gas prices on the app don’t usually update if gas goes up or down by 1- or 2-cents. It will update when there’s a drastic change in gas pricing though. Of course, if you’re looking for a gas pricing app, there are others out there that are extremely accurate and update manually. The Coupons app also shows a bunch of online coupons. So, maybe you want $5 off of a trip to White Castle, just click on the offer and the app will take you to there website where you can claim the coupon. It’s a pretty handy app.

Dining Deals — Lastly we have Dining Deals. A lot of people like to go out to eat, especially after a long day shopping. While that may be common sense, bear with me here. Going out to eat is often expensive, most of the time you find yourself spending a good $20 – $30 on food at a restaurant plus a tip. You can easily reduce that cost by checking out coupons in Dining Deals. While it does not have every restaurant on the planet listed, it certainly has some of the more popular restaurants listed. That said, if you go to one the restaurants listed on the app, you could easily save a good $5 or $10 off of your next meal.

Before downloading any of these apps you should keep in mind that you’re still going to have to cut out coupons yourself. The only thing that these apps do is consolidate coupons around the web and allows you to print them off easily. It makes the process much smoother and saves a lot of time even though you have to cut them out yourself.

AMOLED displays now cheaper to produce: Could we see more AMOLED phones?

AMOLED - Galaxy S6

#AMOLED panels are standard on Samsung’s Galaxy flagships as we all know. But as of now, they are a rare commodity in the mobile industry. But that trend could be changing soon with the production cost of an AMOLED panel cheaper than a standard TFT LCD panel. This is big news and could see a major change in mindset among mobile OEMs.

The report from IHS Technology mentions that a standard 5-inch Full HD AMOLED panel costs $14.30 while an LCD panel in the same size costs $14.60 for an LCD display. There’s still no word on how much a Quad HD display would cost, but it’s pretty evident that the gulf is narrowing. So what exactly could this mean for the mobile industry?

Well, we have already seen manufacturers like Motorola, HTC etc using AMOLED panels, while a wide range of Chinese OEMs have also resorted to using AMOLED panels. Now with AMOLED panels becoming cheaper than LCD panels, we don’t see why manufacturers would want to stick with LCD panels. Sure, LCDs have their advantages as well, but one must agree that AMOLED would be the preferred choice of most manufacturers if the cost was not a concern.

Source: IHS Technology

Via: Android Authority

Cricket Wireless bringing the ZTE Grand X 3 for $130

ZTE Grand X 3

ZTE Grand X 3

#ZTE showed off the #GrandX3 smartphone at the CES event earlier this month. At the event, it was also mentioned that the midranger would be revealed via Cricket Wireless in the U.S. The day has finally come today, with the carrier announcing that the Grand X 3 will be priced at $129.99 in the United States.

Judging by the pricing, you have probably guessed that this won’t be a specs monster, which is true to some extent. However, at $130, you can’t do much better in the budget segment.

The Grand X 3 comes with a 5.5 inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable), a 1.3 GHz quad core Snapdragon 210 SoC, an 8-megapixel camera on the back, a 2-megapixel front camera and a 3,080 mAh battery. The handset should be running Android Lollipop although the carrier hasn’t specified the version. It’s certainly not going to win benchmark contests, but there’s no denying that the smartphone is an excellent value for that price.

If you’re looking to switch from another carrier, Cricket will offer you a $50 discount, effectively giving away the phone for just $80, which makes this an even better deal. You should be able to pick up the smartphone from the carrier’s online store as well as retail outlets across the U.S. right away.

Source: Cricket Wireless

Motorola’s latest experiment perfectly illustrates smartphone addiction [Video]

Moto X Style

#Motorola has just released a new video titled “Out Of Touch“, which is tagged under its series of Moto Experiment videos. This particular experiment talks about smartphone addiction, while cleverly highlighting one of the crucial hands-off features of the #MotoXPureEdition. The video has Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher talking users into taking a test which involves keeping both their hands inside sensors (which are fake) and placing the phone right in between them.

And once he exits the room, messages are sent to them and phone calls are made to see if they can resist the urge to not remove their hand off the fake sensor. But in one case, the candidate couldn’t last more than 42 seconds and touched the phone to receive the call/message, thus illustrating how smartphone addiction works. In the end, Kutcher enters the room with a Moto X Pure Edition and demonstrates how people don’t need to use touch in order to talk to their phones and manages to make the phone read out a message by only using his voice.

Kutcher’s involvement in a Motorola ad is relatively new, but it’s not really a surprise given that he has worked with Lenovo products in the past, which now owns Motorola. You can catch the video in its entirety below.

https://youtu.be/_qUZai-kGgA

Source: YouTube

Black Friday 2015 Android deals roundup – Target, Sam’s Club, Staples, Office Depot and OfficeMax

No point beating around the bush. You all know what’s coming, and Best Buy already got the ball rolling by voluntarily divulging its full Black Friday 2015 deal roster ahead of time. More retailers quickly followed suit, some directly, others through unofficial channels and “unintentional” exposés, previewing their imminent generosity towards Android fans stateside.

Black Friday

Of course, Target, Sam’s Club, Staples, Office Depot and OfficeMax can only rival Best Buy’s promotion supremacy combined, even though the first merchant listed below exceeds BB’s revenue numbers by itself.

Then again, none of these four is focused primarily on consumer electronics vending, which explains why we had to tackle them in bulk to provide a satisfactory second installment in our Black Friday special offer roundup saga this year.

Best Black Friday 2015 Android deals at Target

Boost Mobile Motorola Moto E – $30

Free $250 gift card with Samsung Galaxy S6 and Note 5 purchases on installment plans

Galaxy S6 and Note 5 – $0.01 with Verizon or Sprint pacts

Target Black Friday deals

AT&T GoPhone ZTE Maven – $40

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $230 and free $30 gift card

Pebble Time – $130

Fitbit Charge HR – $119

Fitbit Surge – $200

Beats Solo2 headphones – $96.99

Beats Powerbeats 2 wireless – $150

Two of the best phones in the world offered gratis on-contract or bundled with nifty coupons, an ultra-low-cost prepaid duo, a respectable mid-range Lollipop slate at an all-time low price, a long-lasting, cross-platform smartwatch, heart rate-monitoring activity tracker, fitness “superwatch”, and sleek audio accessories from Dr. Dre.

Pebble Time

Quite the robust albeit short of remarkable list of Android-powered and Android-compatible bargains, many of which will be available as early as Thanksgiving Day evening, starting at 6 PM on November 26, both on and offline.

Our top recommendations? Probably the marked-down Pebble Time, up for grabs today at $170 on Amazon, and the twice discounted 9.7-inch Tab A, normally worth roughly $300. Not the ZTE Maven, though. Definitely not, considering the crappy display and sub-par cameras on deck.

Sam’s Club Black Friday 2015 Android preview

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 – $179

Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $229

Fitbit Charge

Fitbit Charge bundle – $90

NRG wireless speaker – $25

$100 Google Play gift card – $79.64

“The best phones at prices too low to show”

You have to hand it to the membership-only warehouse club: it sure knows how to keep its customers on their toes while tempting outsiders to sign up. A “variety of phones” will apparently be available at phenomenal prices beginning the 26th, and Sam’s Club’s flyer unsubtly suggests the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge+ (likely the S6 Edge too) shall lead the pack.

Sam's Club Black Friday

Right now, we know there are $20 trims cooked up on Play Store vouchers, a $60 Tab A 8.0 cut compared to Amazon’s current ask, and some sort of promotional Fitbit Charge package set to cost around $25 less than the smart band alone. Not too shabby!

What to expect from Staples

Amazon Fire 7 tablet bundle – $55

$400 gift cards for Samsung Galaxy S6 Verizon purchases on monthly payment plans; $100 credit when you switch to the carrier; up to $200 for trade-ins

NuVision 7 – $40

Fire HD 8 – $150

Fire HD 10.1 – $230

Staples Black Friday

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – $80

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $120

Galaxy Tab A 8.0 – $180

Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $230

Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 – $350

Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 – $400

Amazon Fire 7

First of all, what the heck is a NuVision? Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question. The fact of the matter is no obscure pad warrants more than a few pennies with the $50 Fire 7 out and about. Speaking of, that $55 bundle will also include a black case and 32 GB microSD card, so it’s arguably not the world’s ultimate steal, but it sounds awfully enticing when you’re down to your last Benjamin for holiday gifts.

The Fire HD 8 and 10 can already be nabbed for $150 and $230, albeit with sponsored screensavers and ads, whereas the Galaxy S6, well, the Galaxy S6 is triple discounted and hands down the headliner of the Staples Black Friday deal bonanza. Why spend upwards of 500 bucks on it when you can get paid yourself simply for owning it?

Just remember to set your alarm for early Friday morning, or buy online starting two weeks from Thursday.

Everything Office Depot and OfficeMax have in store this Black Friday

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – $79.99

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 – $180

Office Depot Black Friday

Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $230

NuVision 10.1 HD – $49.99

No-name selfie stick – $3.99

 “All tablets on sale”

4,000 mAh power bank – $4.99

10,000 mAh power bank – $14.99

Craig Bluetooth earbuds or headphones – $10

Plantronics M70 Bluetooth headset – $19.99

When these two companies combined to create the largest US office-supplies chain, we expected a stronger presence in the winter deal landscape than this. Granted, the promise of “all tablets on sale” sounds pretty great, but without names and numbers, we’re left with words.

Galaxy Tab A 8.0

Overall, the assortment of products making up the two Offices’ Black Friday blowout feels like a mixture of Staples scraps, which may not be far from the truth, given the three will soon unite under the banner of the bigger retailer.

Sub-$20 filler items are always nice… when you have a starting point for your shopping cart. That NuVision thing can’t be it, so as mundane as they look, you’ll need to settle for non-flagship Samsung Galaxy Tabs if you want to buy more than a slew of questionable mobile accessories manufactured by unknown businesses.

That’s it for today, our bargain-hunting friends, but obviously, there’s much more to come. We’ll be here over the next couple of weeks to give you sneak peeks of Black Friday 2015 discounts and offers from at least a dozen other stores, so keep in touch.

Sources: Staples, BFAds

VAIO could announce its first ever smartphone on the 12th of March

Sony VAIO

Sony sold off its shares in VAIO last year, which meant that the company would function independently. The Japanese manufacturer recently launched a couple of ultra-slim notebooks and it seems like the company is all set to make its entry into the smartphone business as well.

A new report suggests that the PC maker will announce a new smartphone on the 12th of March, which is in about two weeks from now. The company was initially believed to be launching a smartphone at the CES 2015 event last month. It is interesting to note that even though Sony has sold off most of its stake in VAIO, it still holds about 5% of the company, which could be tapped into bringing this new smartphone to the market.

Rumor suggests that this VAIO handset will have a 5 inch 720p display, a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 SoC, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Given that Sony is primarily focusing on high end smartphones, it makes sense for VAIO to take up the midrange segment under Sony’s (partial) command.

Would you be interested in a VAIO branded smartphone? Sound off below.

Source: Blog of Mobile

Via: GSM Dome

Top 8 High-End Smartphones to look forward to this Black Friday

AT&T store

Black Friday is almost here, folks, and we have some fantastic deals coming your way! If you are in the market for a new, high performance smartphone, there are a ton out there from a great variety of bands–Samsung, LG, Google, and more! And with it being the day before Thanksgiving, all of the online and in-store deals are already starting. There are some huge discounts available right now, folks. I would act fast before people begin to go out of stock! Here’s our top 8 to look out for today, tomorrow, and the following week!

 1. Samsung Galaxy S5

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the hottest smartphones available this year. It’s quick, helpful, slim, performs like a beast, and has some amazing display quality. Coming in at a whopping 5.1-inches, you get a beautiful Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a pixel density of 432ppi. Of course, with the Super AMOLED display, you get those deep and vibrant colors. In other words, movies and most entertainment is going to look really good. And with that 5.1-inch screen, watching movies is not a problem!

Under the hood of this bad boy is quite a processing package. You get a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, clocking in at a whopping 2.5GHz. To compliment this high performance processor, you get the Adreno 330 and 2GB of RAM. It will handle just about anything you throw at it with ease. I cannot imagine a lot of people being able to push this package to its limits. Either way, the Galaxy S5 plays movies, games, and all sort of entertainment without a sweat. If you are looking for a high performance device that isn’t too large and is not too small, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is easily the way to go!

You can find this bad boy real cheap on Amazon, of course. Also, a lot of the carriers are having their own deals on all sorts of smartphones. I personally noticed that AT&T had some really good ones going on, though it seems like it’s for customers only when ordering directly from AT&T. Check it out!

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Galaxy Note 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is yet another device to gawk over when it comes to high performance smartphones. This behemoth is great for just about anything. I am a big entertainment buff, so the smartphone’s 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display was perfect for me, and will be perfect for those of you with similar interests. Anyone who likes a lot of screen real estate on their smartphones will love its 5.7-inch display, clocked at a whopping 2560 x 1440 resolution. It also has a pixel density of 515ppi. The deep and vibrant colors of the Super AMOLED really look great on that bigger screen. Things just generally look nice on this device.

Under the hood, you get to see what really powers this behemoth. Depending on where you are from, you will either get the Exynos processor or the Snapdragon 805 processor, though most people will probably see the latter. The quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor clocks in at 2.7GHz, and with it you get a whopping 3GB of RAM, and the Adreno 420, which is a huge upgrade from what was in the Galaxy S5, the Adreno 330. This beast will rock just abut anything–Netflix, business presentations, you name it.

So, where can you find the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on sale? As always, Amazon is a good start, but you also have to remember that this is a fairly new smartphone, so you might not see many massive discounts on this guy.

3. LG G3

Blue Steel LG G3

The LG G3 is probably my favorite on this list. It’s a hair smaller than the Galaxy Note 4, coming in at 5.5-inches, but it still has a beautiful display. It is rocking a resolution of 2560 x 1440, and a pixel density of 534ppi. To compliment all of that, you get Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 with that. Overall, it is a great entertainment package. Videos and movies look great, and if you drop it, it is not much of a problem, as the screen is not likely to shatter. I found articles and a lot of blogs very easy to read on this smartphone, too.

Under the hood is a bit more impressive. You get a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked in at 2.5GHz. Similar to the Galaxy S5, it has the Adreno 330 GPU, but an extra gig of RAM at 3GB. In terms of everyday use, I would say the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5 perform on the same level. However, it is nice to have that extra gig of RAM, as it tends to speed up the smartphone by old apps not hogging all of its memory.

If you are interested in picking this bad boy up, Amazon has it on sale right now, and you will get an even better discount if you are willing to sign up for a contract, though you may end up paying more by the end of the contract. Just keep that in mind!

4. Nexus 6

Nexus 6

Finding a deal on Google and Motorola’s new device, the Nexus 6, is going to be a bit of a difficult one, since the smartphone just recently arrived on store shelves…and quickly evaporated. Google claims that the company will have more Nexus 6’s available every Wednesday, so be on the lookout, as this is a smartphone that is hard to pass up, especially when it is only $649 off-contract. Sure, that is a lot of money to shell out all at once, but you are getting quite a bit of smartphone here.

The Google and Motorola’s Nexus 6 is sporting a 5.96-inch AMOLED screen. It has a resolution of a whopping 2560 x 1440, and a crazy pixel density of 493ppi. Overall, this smartphone has a lot going for it when it comes the display package. Not only do you get the quality of the AMOLED display, but you also get some really high quality video and games with those specs.

Under the hood we have Qualcomm’s very own quad core Snapdragon 805, clocking in at 2.7GHz. To take things even further, it has an Adreno 420 and 3GB of RAM. If that is not a powerhouse of a smartphone, I am not sure what its. And for the photogenic crowd out there, strapped on the back of this bad boy is a 13-megapixel dual LED sensor. That said, you will be able to take some really nice photos with this bad boy.

If you are interested in the Nexus 6, make sure to check back on Wednesday at the Google Play Store bright and early to hopefully gets your hands on this guy. And you are going to have to act quickly, as their coming off the shelves as quickly as they are being put on!

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 might be last years technology, and if you had the choice, you would probably rather get the newer and nicer looking Galaxy Note 4, but the Note 3 is still quite a behemoth, just like its successor. Coming in at 5.7-inches, you get a 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED display, coming in at a pixel density of 386ppi. Overall, it is not a bad package. In all honesty, the biggest difference between this phone and the Galaxy Note 4 is the larger resolution and higher pixel density. In terms of screen real estate, you may not notice a difference, but you will notice the degrade in screen quality, if you have used the Galaxy Note 4 before.

Under the hood is also fairly similar, aside from a upgraded processor and a slight bump in power. You get Qualcomm’s quad core Snapdragon 800. clocked at 2.3GHz. With it, you get the Adreno 330 GPU, and 3GB of RAM. Again, this is last year’s technology, but there is still a lot of power behind this guy. This beast plays Netfix, YouTube, and all of your everyday tasks without a sweat. So, if you do not mind a little less power, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is probably the best route to go, especially when it comes to cost savings.

And if that did not sell you, just remember, strapped onto the back of this guy is 13-megapixel sensor, which means you also get Samsung’s full suite of camera abilities.

Where you can pick this behemoth up? Amazon has it on sale for a mere cent through Verizon Wireless if you are creating a new account with the carrier or adding a new line of service. If you just plan on upgrading your device, it will be a $99.99 down payment, which still is not bad for how much smartphone you get!

6. Motorola Moto X

2014 Moto X Cyber Monday

Motorola had a hard run for a couple of years. Then came the Moto X. Not only did the company push it really hard via aggressive advertising, but it is actually a really good smartphone as well. It was first launched in 2013, and then remastered in 2014, which is actually a bit of a step above the previous model. In the 2014 model, you get a 5.2-inch screen, rocking a resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a awesome pixel density of 424ppi. Of course, it also has the AMOLED display. Overall, the smartphone has a great display package. You will not be disappointed in this beast.

Under the hood of Motorola’s Moto X is a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, clocking in at a whopping 2.5GHz. With it, you get the infamous Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The Moto X is quite the performer with this processing package. I was impressed with how fluent movies and video in general was played. It also handles games really well. Apps like Clash of Clans and Modern Combat 4 played flawlessly.

If you are interested in getting your hands on Motorola’s latest edition of the Moto X, you can do so through a variety of options. If you are looking for an off-contract option, be sure to stay tuned for Motorola’s Cyber Monday sale, as the device is getting a massive price cut there. In the meantime, Amazon has some great deals on the Moto X already.

7. Samsung Galaxy S4

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Up next is the Samsung Galaxy S4. It is a year older than its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S5, but it is still a great performing phone. In fact, much like the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 4, there is not a huge difference between the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4. The only real difference you will notice in using the Galaxy S4 is the screen quality, and that is only if you have used the Galaxy S5 before. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 sports a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, touting a resolution of 1920 x 1080. All of that makes for a great entertainment package, but what really seals the deal is the Galaxy S4’s pixel density–441ppi. Movies, video and entertainment generally look fantastic on this smartphone. Text is sharp, and colors are deep and vibrant.

Under the hood of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is where things are really different. As with most Samsung devices, the processor setup you get will differ based on your region, but in most cases, you will see this performer sporting a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, clocked in at 1.9GHz. With it, you get the infamous Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. All in all, it is not a bad setup. I would not hesitate to use this for business presentations, media, heavy gaming, and etc. It can really take the pressure.

Of course, let’s not leave out one of the best parts of Samsung’s higher end smartphones–the camera. Strapped on the back of this beast is a 13-megapixel sensor, capable of capturing beautiful photos at a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096. And don’t forget, with that you get Samsung’s fully featured suite of camera features to help you capture the perfect moment.

If you are interested in picking up the Samsung Galaxy S4, Amazon has some great deals on this device, on-contract and off-contract!

8. LG G2

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Last up on our list is the LG G2. I can be a bit biased when it comes to LG, but I think most people will agree that the LG G2 was one dang good smartphone, and it still is, despite its successor, the LG G3 being even better. If you could not get the LG G3 or you are just looking for higher chances of a deal, the LG G2 is obviously the way to go.

The LG G2 has a true HD IPS LCD display, coming in at 5.2-inches, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It also has a great pixel density of 424ppi. As you might expect, the LG G2’s screen quality is some of the best out there. Movies look great, videos look great, and entertainment in general just looks fantastic on this display.

Under the hood of the LG G2, believe it or not, is not much different from the LG G3. In the G2, you get a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, clocked in at 2.26GHz. As you might expect, you get the Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM to go with it, all making a great processing package. Compared to the LG G3’s Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked at 2.5GHz and 3GB of RAM, there really is not a big difference.

In the G2 you also get a 13-megapixel sensor strapped to the back of it. It is capable of taking photos up to 4160 x 3120 pixels. It has all of the cool goodies with it, too–optical image stabilization, autofocus, geo-tagging, face detection, you name it.

If you are interested in picking up the LG G2, Amazon has a great sale going on for it right now, on-contract and off-contract.  Of course, I would also encourage you to go back up in the article and check out the LG G3 first and see if you can get it around the same price–it really is worth it!

Conclusion

And that wraps up our top eight list for the best high performance smartphones on the market right now. All of these smartphones are currently on sale right now, whether you like contracts or prefer to have your phone off contract. Thanks to this weeks early Black Friday sale, there is something for just about everyone out there.

We here at The Droid Guy are curious–what is your favorite high performance smartphone, and have you seen any deals on it yet? Be sure to tell us all about it in the comments below! And be sure to stay tuned with The Droid Guy, as we have a lot more Black Friday deals to let you know about!

Top 10 Budget Smartphones to look out for this Black Friday

LG phones

The holidays are coming up quickly, and with it comes some really awesome deals on our favorite pieces of technology. If money is a little tighter than usual this year and you cannot afford some of the more high end gadgets, we have put together our top 10 list of the best budget smartphones to look out for this coming Black Friday. There is a whole lot of them out there, but in all honesty, there is only a few worth looking at, as you want it to be something that lasts and does not die out on you six months from now. With all of that said, here is our top ten list!

1. Motorola Moto G

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First up on our budget phone list is the Motorola Moto G. Motorola ushered in a new level of expectations for budget smartphones, and the Moto G is just that. With a 5-inch display, set at a resolution of 1280 by 720 and a pixel density of 294ppi, you get a great viewing experience with this device. It also has the IPS LCD screen, which really is not a bad display at all for a budget smartphone. Compared to most budget smartphones, the overall viewing quality is phenomenal.

As for the processing package, you get 1GB of RAM, which is all you will need for this little performer, an Adreno 305 GPU, and a quad core Snapdragon 400, clocked at 1.2GHz. On top of that, you get all of the other goodies that come with any other smartphone–camera, GPS, accelerometer, the latest Android OS, you name it. Overall, you get a great smartphone for an extremely low price.

If you are looking at picking up this little performer, you can do so through Amazon, Motorola or any major smartphone retailers on the ‘net.

2. Samsung Galaxy Fame

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The Galaxy Fame is another favorite of mine, in terms of budget smartphones. It is nothing like the Moto G, mind you, but it is dirt cheap and gives you a decent means of communication. It has a 480 by 320 3.5-inch display, with a pixel density of 165ppi. Again, this one is nothing to write home about, but for what you are paying, this really is not a bad little performer.

As for the processing package, this is just about as low as it gets. It does not get much lower than 512MB of memory, a 1GHz Cortex A9 processor, and a Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU. While it does not look like much, this little beast still runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean like a champ. You will not be getting much done on this guy in the name of gaming or movies, but again, it is a great means of communication for a really low price.

If you are interested in picking up the Samsung Galaxy Fame, Amazon has it fairly cheap right now, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, it is only bound to get even cheaper. I would grab it while I could, if you really needed something!

3. Sony Xperia M

Xperia Z1 Compact

The Sony Xperia M is yet another great budget smartphone. For the display, you have a 854 by 480 4-inch screen, set at a nice pixel density of 245ppi. At 4-inches, the Xperia M is about as small as some of the earlier iPhone’s, so this little guy is not bad at all. Of course, I would not personally go watching movies on such a small device, but if you were to, and even throw in some video here and there, the overall quality display of media consumption is actually really great. Colors are pretty vibrant and deep for such a small device.

As for the processing package, you get 1GB of RAM, an Adreno 305 GPU, and a dual core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor. For something like this, it really is not a bad little package, and I doubt you would put this smartphone to the test in everyday tasks. It also has a 1750 mAh battery, which actually keeps this phone alive for quite a long time, though that depends on how much you use it.

If you want to pick up this little performer, Amazon currently has it on sale, and again, with these Black Friday sales coming up, you will probably see it even cheaper.

4. Motorola Moto E

The new Moto G

Sure, the Motorola Moto G was a pretty good budget smartphone, but Motorola is getting even cheaper with the Motorola Moto E. With a resolution of 960 by 540, a 4.3-inch screen, and a pixel density of 256ppi, you honestly get a great viewing experience. It is a little smaller than the Moto G, but there is still enough screen real estate to be able to enjoy a high quality video here and there. Colors for a budget smartphone are also great, Motorola excels at keeping things above quality in this department.

As for the processing package, you actually do not get too much of a drop in power. You still have the 1GB of RAM and the Adreno 305 GPU, you just get a smaller, dual core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor. You even get Android 4.2 KitKat with this little performer, which might be a surprise, but whose complaining? This processing package will give you everything you need to accomplish everyday tasks, and it is a lot cheaper than the Motorola Moto G, too!

If you are interested in picking up this little guy,  you can get it straight from Motorola or you can head to over to Amazon, who already has it on sale!

5. Nokia Lumia 635

Nokia logo

The Nokia Lumia 635 in terms of the display is between the Motorola Moto G and the Motorola Moto E. It has a 4.5 inch display, a resolution of 854 by 480 and a pixel density of 218ppi. It really is not a bad display–I would not hesitate to play an occasional game of Angry Birds or watch a few videos on it. If you are looking to get some high quality movies out of this guy, you are probably looking at the wrong phone–I would go for the Motorola Moto G, personally.

As for the processing package, it really is not bad, though the amount of RAM is disappointing. You get 512MB of RAM, an Adreno 305 GPU, and a quad core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. Definitely not a bad processing package. It is more than the Moto E, but also a bit more expensive. It will run your everyday tasks with ease, though.

If you are interested in picking up this little performer, you can grab it from Amazon, which is the easier route, as it is a hit or miss whether certain carriers will support it or not.

6. Huawei EE Kestrel

kestrel

For those of you across the pond, you may just want to check out the EE Kestrel. It has a 4.5-inch, 960 by 540 display. This is yet another good budget smartphone that produces some decent quality display. This is another one I would not hesitate to watch video on, as colors look pretty decent on it. Although, watching a movie on a 4.5-inch screen would not be a whole lot of fun, personally.

As for the processing package, you actually get some decent performance hardware. Sporting a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad core CPU, this little guy is able to handle most anything. It has 1GB of RAM and runs Android 4.3, so you actually get a very good package for what you will be paying for this little performer.

It also comes with a 5-megapixel camera. You won’t be able to take the best shots, that is for sure, but if there is just something you need to snap a photo of, you have that 5-megapixel sensor available to you.

You can pick up this budget smartphone at Amazon or straight through the United Kingdom-based carrier, EE. It costs less than 100 pounds, so we will definitely be seeing some sweet deals on this guy this coming Black Friday.

7. Sony Xperia M2

Xperia M2 Aqua - Back

The Sony Xperia M2 is actually a little bit of a step up from the Huawei EE Kestrel. You get just about the same screen–a 960 by 540 4.8-inch TFT  screen, sporting a pixel density of 229ppi. Again, video and over visual quality on this media package really is not that bad, especially with the larger, 4.8 inch display available to you. Color reproduction is good, but I certainly would not expect to get the deep and vibrant colors that you might expect in an AMOLED display out of this guy.

As for the processing package, this is where the step above of the Kestrel comes in. In this package, you get 1GB of RAM, which is standard for most budget smartphones, an Adreno 305 GPU, and a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, clocking in at 1.2GHz. It is not a huge jump, but it can certainly handle a bit more, which might be more useful to those of you that like to game on your Android devices.

Also, this smartphone has an 8-megapixel sensor strapped to the back of it, so you can get a bit better shots out of the Sony Xperia M than you can the Kestrel. I am just looking forward to the day when we have 10-megapixel sensors on the back of our budget smartphones. Maybe in a few years!

If you want to get your hands on this performer, you can do so through Amazon, who has this device on sale right now, and will be slashing the price on it again for this coming Black Friday and Cyber Monday. That said, keep your eyes peeled for some awesome deals on this guy, you will not want to miss out on this one!

8. ASUS Zenfone 4

Asus Zenfone 4

The ASUS Zenfone 4 is not a bad performer at all, and one of its high points is its sleek design. As for the display, you get a 800 by 480 4-inch display, sporting a pixel density of 233ppi. One of the benefits of this device is that it is rocking Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 for maximum shatter resistance, which is always a bonus. In this smartphone, and in my personal research, I did not find the screen quality to be as good as a lot of the others. With that said, it is not bad either.

As for your processing package, the ASUS Zenfone 4 is sporting a 1GB of RAM, a PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU, and a Intel Atom Z2520 dual core 1.2GHz processor. Not a bad processing package at all, if I do say so myself. The only problem with it is that Intel processor heats up really easily, so the smartphone can feel pretty hot in your hand, but beyond that, it runs like a champion. Games, video, and movies play on this little performer no problem.

Also, the ASUS Zenfone 4 is equipped with a 5-megapixel sensor and can shoot 1080p video, which is a huge plus for what we already have going with this smartphone. If you are interested in picking up this guy, you can grab it from Amazon really cheap, though I would wait a few days in anticipation of some better Black Friday deals!

9. Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

galaxy-ace-3

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is an interesting device. It has a 800 by 480 4-inch display with a pixel density of 233ppi. Screen quality in the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is alright, but it is nothing to write home about. If you need to watch a quick video showing you instructions on something, that is about what it is good for, just do not expect any high quality video out of this guy. The overall screen quality just does not support that very well.

As for the processing package, it is fairly decent–Samsung actually did a pretty good job in this area. Like most of the budget smartphone out there, you get 1GB of RAM, an Adreno 305 GPU, and a dual core 1.2GHz Cortex A9 processor. If you get the LTE version, you will get a dual core 1.2GHz Krait CPU. Overall, not a bad package. If you are looking for a budget smartphone, you certainly will not put its processing package to the test for everyday tasks, phone calls and general communication.

What is cool about this particular smartphone is that you get the 5-megapixel sensor strapped to the back of it, but you also get an array of Samsung camera features, which the company is infamously known for. If you want to pick up this little performer, you have a few options over on Amazon, although I would suggest going with the 3G version, as the battery will die faster running the LTE model, and the LTE model is also a bit pricier. That is all up to you, though!

10. Sony Xperia SP

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And the final contender on our list tonight is Sony’s Xperia SP. Sony makes some really good smartphones, whether they be low end, mid range, or high performers. The Xperia SP in this case, is a low-end smartphone, but it is a darn good one! Next to the Moto G, this is probably the next best on our list, though it is not really supported by many American carriers, so you will have to figure out all of the network technicalities out on your own with this guy.

With the Xperia SP, you get a 1280 by 720 4.6-inch display, with a pixel density of 319ppi. You do get the Corning Gorilla Glass with it for shatter resistance, too. This smartphone actually plays some very good video. It is a step above most of the smartphones on this list. I would not hesitate to watch movies on it while at the Airport or something!

In terms of a processing package, you get something above average–1GB of RAM, an Adreno 320 GPU, and a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon, clocked in at 1.7GHz. It will handle your everyday tasks with ease, and go even beyond that.

If you are looking to get your hands on this guy, you can head over to Amazon right now and order. Again, just make sure that whatever carrier you want to put on supports the network types, otherwise, you will just have a smartphone that works strictly on Wi-Fi and not cellular data.

Conclusion

And that wraps up our list for our Top 10 Budget smartphones to look forward to this Black Friday! There are definitely a lot of good budget smartphones out there, if you cannot afford a lot of the high-end stuff, and many people just can’t for their own personal reasons. That said, these smartphones make up for that rather well. As far as durability goes, they will probably last as long as any high-end smartphone, too, though I can imagine that one can tell when their smartphone is going bad with a lower end device a lot quicker, as things probably slow down to a crawl.

Anyway, what is your favorite budget smartphone? Do you have any recommendations? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to stay tuned to The Droid Guy, as we will have a top 10 list of high-end smartphones for you all to over soon as well!

LG grabs the No.3 smartphone manufacturer spot in Q1 2014

LG Logo

LG’s mobile division has successfully become the third most successful smartphone manufacturer after strong sales of its smartphones in Q1 2014. The company is trailing the likes of Samsung and Apple which are still quite ahead at the moment. But it’s the first time LG is reaching the 3rd spot, so it’s quite a commendable achievement for the manufacturer.

The company will hope to make further inroads in the smartphone segment with the LG G3 expected to be announced later today and several other midrange offerings sold across the world. Devices like the LG G2 and the Nexus 5 have been crucial in LG’s success as well.

LG has risen as one of the primary Android OEMs over the past couple of years, which was a trend started after the launch of the Nexus 4. The company will obviously want to overtake Apple to grab the second position, but it seems unlikely to happen anytime soon given the vast difference in sales figures between the two companies. However, it wouldn’t take long for LG to start vying for that second place as well.

Source: Yonhap

Via: Pocketnow

Amazon’s rumored smartphone revealed in a new leaked render

Amazon Render

Amazon Render

The highly rumored Amazon smartphone has finally shown itself in a comprehensive leak, revealing the front and back of the device respectively. Prior to this, we had seen the device leak out in a couple of live shots revealing the lockscreen and the multiple cameras on the front for gesture and 3D features.

This leak however shows us the design of the smartphone in its entirety for the first time, thus confirming that the device is nearing launch. The handset is expected to feature a 4.7 inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, a quad core Snapdragon processor and a skinned version of Android similar to what we see on the Kindle Fire tablets.

Other details regarding the smartphone are a bit sketchy right now, although it is said that the smartphone will come with multiple camera sensors on the front to track head movement of the user. We’re not sure what Amazon plans to do with this, but it certainly sounds interesting.

It was rumored that Amazon would partner with AT&T to launch the smartphone in the U.S. which means there could be exclusivity right from the start. We’ll update you with more information on this smartphone as the launch date gets closer.

Via: BGR

Upcoming Amazon smartphone might rely heavily on tilt based controls

Amazon Smartphone

According to a new report, the upcoming Amazon smartphone could sport tilt based controls in addition to the 3D features that have been rumored for a while now. We saw the handset leaking out in pictures a few days ago which revealed quite a bit about its looks, although the body was covered by an external shell.

Speaking more of the tilt based controls, BGR claims that this could be more of a substitute to the menu button with a tilt allowing users to see more options within an app such as a movie listing or a search result. If this is all the tilting feature can do, we’re afraid it will simply be a novelty addition on the handset. It is expected of Amazon to shed more light on these aspects when the smartphone is expected to break cover in June.

This new revelation also claims that the camera on the smartphone could feature OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology to quickly save and search for images of signatures or other essential data. We expect to learn more about these features and more in the coming weeks.

Via: BGR

Oppo R1S with LTE launching on April 25

Oppo R1S

Oppo R1S

Oppo has revealed that it will be launching the R1S smartphone next week at a dedicated event in China. This event scheduled for April 25 will unveil a slightly modified variant of the Oppo R1 carrying 4G LTE, which is an essential feature for many international markets. The manufacturer will reportedly offer a 4,000 mAh external battery pack and a mobile wireless speaker along with the smartphone for free as a promotional offer.

The Oppo R1S is expected to pack a 5 inch 720p display, a 1.6 GHz Snapdragon 400 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and possibly Android 4.4 KitKat. The 3G only variant of the smartphone will feature 1GB of RAM and a MediaTek made SoC according to initial reports.

Looking at the hardware, it’s clear that Oppo wants to bring the device to markets outside China as well, which is a very good sign. There’s no word on the pricing at the moment, but if past devices from the manufacturer are anything to go by, we don’t think the Oppo R1S will go heavy on your wallets.

Source: Weibo

Via: GSM Arena

Possible Japanese version of the LG G3 leaks out

LG G3 Isai KDDI

LG G3 Isai KDDI

The LG G3 isn’t breaking cover until June this year, but possible variants of the handset are already making their way to the rumor mill. This new smartphone that you see above is reportedly launching on Japanese carrier au by KDDI. The smartphone is known as the LG isai, which is most likely a code name or a region specific name tag for the handset.

Now there’s no confirmation that this is indeed the LG G3 that we’ve all been eagerly waiting for, but looking at the UI and the subtle hardware changes, especially the back placed buttons, we’re bound to believe this is something interesting. The device also has very narrow bezels, much like the LG G2, which is again very good news.

Of course as this is coming from a leak on Twitter, there’s still no confirmation of its legitimacy. But the source has a decent track record with leaks like these, so we can expect an announcement soon. By the looks of it, this appears to be a Japan only affair for the time being, although a global announcement might not be far away.

Source: @evleaks – Twitter

Fixing the “Unfortunately Gallery has Stopped Error” in Galaxy S4

Unfortunately Gallery has Stopped error in Galaxy S4

Unfortunately Gallery has Stopped error in Galaxy S4

“Whenever I start tinkering my Gallery, I usually encounter the ‘Unfortunately Gallery has Stopped’ error message in my Samsung Galaxy S4. Is there a way to fix this?” This is the message that was recently sent to us through The Droid Guy Mailbag.

Source of the “Unfortunately Gallery has Stopped” Problem in Galaxy S4

According to various forums online the issue is usually caused by corrupted temporary files in your Galaxy S4 Gallery cache. It can also be triggered by a faulty external SD card if you have saved all the photos that you are trying to access there. The worst possible scenario is that your system files have been corrupted.

Solution to the “Unfortunately Gallery has Stopped” Error Message in Galaxy S4

Fortunately, fixing the problem is nothing major. If a simple restart fails to do the trick, just follow the steps below to arrive at a solution for it:

1. Clear the Gallery Cache and Data

After the continuous use of your phone and its apps, its cache gets cluttered and bugged. If this is the case, simply clear the cache of your Gallery app. When clearing the cache alone fails to work, clear its data as well. Be reminded though that you will lose the personalized configuration of your app and your thumbnails when doing the latter. So, only do it when necessary.

2. Remove Your SD Card

If the picture you are trying to open, transfer, copy or delete is located in your external SD card, it is possible that your hardware or its contents have been corrupted. To test this theory, remove your SD card and check if the problem persists. If it no longer occurs, that will confirm our suspicion.

Try to save your photos to a computer or another device. Then, put back your SD card to its slot and reformat it with your phone.

3. Do a Factory Reset

When all else fails, you may be facing corrupted system files already. As a last resort, backup all the data stored in your device and do a Factory Reset. The procedure will let you restore your factory settings as well as remove the bugs hindering you from using the normal operations of your Galaxy S4.

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