Question of the Day: Has Hardware Design Reached a Plateau?

In a recent discussion posted online between Vodafone and Warren Saunders, Sony’s UK and Ireland Sales Director, Saunders talks about the new Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. Early in the talks, Saunders states that when it comes down to a buyer deciding between the larger Xperia Z3 and the smaller Z3 Compact, it’s simply, “a choice thing.” With almost identical internal specs, the question is, do buyers want a big phone or a not-so-big phone?

But more importantly, and the actual reason for this post, is that Saunders alludes to one very important theory within this discussion. To him, it appears that hardware/design innovations have essentially reached a plateau, and companies like Sony, will begin to focus more on a cohesive package across multiple devices.  (more…)

Samsung Launches $200 Guaranteed Total Trade-in Program for Galaxy Note 4

Starting tomorrow through October 17, which is the official launch date for the Galaxy Note 4, anyone who pre-orders Samsung’s latest device through any carrier or retailer is eligible for a guaranteed $200 total trade-in value on almost any working smartphone.

The process to receive your cash, which is listed on a new launch page from Samsung, looks somewhat difficult, but should not be over the heads of anyone who has ever filled out a mail-in rebate. It is essentially the same thing.  (more…)

5 Fresh Icon Packs: Alos, Sawyer, Etched, Balx, and Tenuix

Within days of posting our last “5 fresh icon packs” feature, another 10 or so quickly popped up on our radar to be featured in the next round-up. I feel like I say this almost every time, but icon designers just keep getting better and better even though you would figure that ideas from this scene would plateau or stall for a while. Thankfully, that hasn’t even come close to happening, which is evidenced by the five packs we have to feature today.

We have packs that carry a vintage vibe, others that put a better spin on Apple’s flat iOS theme, and even one that puts to use the floating circle button from Google’s Material Design. If you can’t find a pack in this round-up to slap on your phone, then I’m not sure you have any taste.  (more…)

Deal: Lithium Card is a Wallet-Sized Power Bank for $39

Power banks or battery packs are something that we think most people should own. You don’t need to own a big 15,000mAh pack, by any means, but you never know when you might need some extra juice to power your phone in a pinch.

A power bank like the Lithium Card, which is currently discounted on our DL Deals site and was an Indiegogo sensation, is a great option for those without a big budget or a lot of room. The Lithium Card is a wallet-sized (5 credit cards thick) battery pack that holds 1,200mAh of power and can charge up to 1% of battery per minute. That may not be enough to get you a full battery refill, but some times you only need just enough to get you through the rest of a day.

To see reviews, comments, and specs for the Lithium Card, hit up the deal link below.

Deal Link  (more…)

Ten iOS 8 Features Your Apple Friends Are Freaking Out About

Below are the top ten features your friends who use iOS devices are probably freaking out about at the moment. Maybe some of them simply cannot believe how revolutionary iOS 8 is, but hopefully they recognize that a lot of iOS 8 is just Apple catching up to Google and features its Android platform has had for years. On the other hand, some of these improvements would be great to have on Android.  (more…)

Contest: Win a Moto 360 From Droid Life (Day 4 of 5)!

Day 4!

Our first three Moto 360 contests in our week of giveaways have been insane. Each grabbed well over 23,000 entries, which is mind-bogglingly tough to comprehend. We aren’t complaining, though – it just shows how awesome the DL community is. But you knew that. With that said, it’s time for day 4’s giveaway!

As a reminder, we are giving away a Moto 360 each day of this week, meaning that in total, you have 5 chances to win a new Android Wear device from Droid Life. Yes, we still love you like that.

It is the same deal as the first three days – simply fill out however many entries you would like in the Rafflecopter widget below, sit back in your chair, and wait for tomorrow morning at 8:30am Pacific to see if you are winning a brand new Moto 360 in black.

Let’s do this (again, again, again).  (more…)