DEAL: UE Boom Bluetooth Speaker Just $99 ($100 Off)

We don’t often write up deals on speakers because we’re not an audio site. But every once in a while, a deal pops up that we just have to pass along. Best Buy, in a pre-Black Friday deal, has the UE Boom wireless Bluetooth speaker slashed to just $99.99, which is a $100 discount. That’s a hell of a deal.

This is one of the best reviewed Bluetooth speakers on the market with a 4.7 star rating at both Best Buy and Amazon, through thousands of reviews. It has 2 active and 2 passive speaker  drivers, NFC, is rechargeable with up to 15 hours of playback, has a 3.5mm aux jack, and is IPX4 water resistant. If you have two UE Booms, you can link them together for some stereo fun.

The deal is for multiple colors of the UE Boom and includes free shipping.

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The Droid Life Show: Episode 98

After a couple of week break, we return for episode 98 of the DL Show, where we’ll catch up on the past couple of weeks of fun. We need to talk about our reviews of the Turbo 2, Maxx 2, and LG V10. We also have the TAG watch in house, a Blackberry Priv review on the way, and more, including our best phone you can buy today.

On a related note, we are ditching Google+ for shows, because well, Google+ changed this week and has basically made it impossible for us to use it any longer. We are now going with YouTube streaming through our main channel, which is actually the best solution anyway. Sorry if there is confusion here. Hopefully, your experience with the show won’t actually change at all.

We will kick the show off live at 1:00PM Pacific (4:00PM Eastern). We have a live video embedded below, along with an IRC chat, so you can kick it with us during the show. 

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Nexus 5X Now Available From Amazon in All 3 Colors

Google has been selling the Nexus 5X for a good month or so now with immediate availability and free shipping if you go the Ground route. Unlike the Nexus 6P, the 5X has been well-stocked and is easy to obtain. But if for some reason you don’t like to buy devices directly from Google and instead were waiting for Amazon or other retailers to sell LG’s new Nexus, your time has come.  (more…)

Thursday Poll: What is the Android Phone of the Year?

We’re closing in on the end of 2015, if you can believe it, so we need to start figuring out who won the day in terms of best smartphone. We want to know who you think made the Android phone of the year.

I honestly can’t recall a year that was filled with so many good phones from so many different players. And it wasn’t just a year where everyone had a single, pretty good phone. We had multiple great phones from some manufacturers that just kept getting better throughout the year. In a time where people keep talking about smartphone plateaus, I’m starting to wonder if we really are that close. Even if we are, we are at a time where phones are so good on so many levels, that I’m not so sure this plateau is a bad thing for you and I.

What’s interesting, is if we go back to this same poll we ran last year, I said the complete opposite. In fact, last year was a pretty terrible year for smartphones. We got a bunch of in-betweener, so-so phones, that all had pretty major flaws in some category. This year, we really had to nitpick to find things that were wrong.

So, you tell us – what is the Android phone of the year?

What is the Android Phone of the Year?

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Black Friday Deals 2015

Like we do most years, we are once again putting together a decent Black Friday round-up of the deals that might interest the good people here at Droid Life. This isn’t going to be the ultimate in Black Friday guides, because well, there are dedicated Black Friday websites that do that better than we could ever think of doing. This one, like in the past, is focused on the Android stuff and the accessories that go with the Android stuff and the occasional other electronic that may or may not go with Android stuff, but still might be of value thanks to a deep discount.

As the we close in on November 27, Black Friday day, we’ll continue to update this post. Feel free to check back!  (more…)

Verizon is Giving Away 1GB of Free Data Right Now for “Thanksgetting”

For the 2nd straight year, Verizon is trying to turn the day before Thanksgiving into some sort of freebie day, where they can promote their own products, along with those from others. Last year, they called it Connection Day or something really weird. This year, it has apparently changed to “Thanksgetting.” I have no idea what that is supposed to mean, but this day is like last year’s day before the feast in that Verizon is giving away free things.  (more…)