Deal: Buy a Moto X From Motorola, Get a Free Moto E (2nd Gen)

We know how tough it is to consider buying a phone right now with new flagships from HTC and Samsung arriving in days, but Motorola continues to toss out decent deals that should at least make you look. Through March 24, if you buy a Moto X (2nd gen) through Moto Maker, Motorola will toss in a Moto E (2nd gen) 3G for free ($119 value). While that deal would have been even sweeter if the free Moto E was the LTE model, a free phone is still a free phone.

It appears as if the deal is good whether you go for an unlocked version or an on-contract Moto X.

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Motorola Gallery Receives Update With Material Enhancements, Highlight Reel on More Devices

Motorola pushed an update to its Gallery app this afternoon that includes a number of Material Design enhancements, along with a new icon. The update also improves the camera roll view sorting, introduces a “simplified design of Highlight Reel,” adds quicker access for cropping a photo, and should be more stable, on all supported devices.

The update should be live on Google Play.  (more…)

Verizon Nexus 6 Orders are Already Shipping and Arriving

Verizon’s Nexus 6 became available for purchase last Thursday with an estimated ship or arrival date of March 18. If you took the plunge and ordered last week, you may receive your phone well-before the 18th. A number of our readers pinged us within the last day because they had received shipping notices for their orders. Most were showing an expected arrival time of March 17, but at least one reader says he received his phone today.

Some times it does pay to pre-order.

Other Verizon Nexus 6 orderees, have you received your orders? What’s your current shipping time frame looking like?  (more…)

DROID Turbo Drops to $149 at Verizon, $549 Off Contract

You didn’t buy the DROID Turbo yesterday when the new Sapphire Blue ballistic nylon version dropped, did you? If so, you may want to ask Big Red for a price adjustment, because the price was cut this afternoon by $50 to $149 on-contract. The off-contract price dropped as well, from $599 to $549.

As a recap, the DROID Turbo is the first DROID in years that hasn’t brought shame to the brand. Motorola did everything they could to maxx out this phone by tossing in high-end specs like a 5.2-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, 20MP camera, massive 3,900mAh battery, and then covered it in Ballistic Nylon, which is awesome, by the way. Be sure to read our DROID Turbo review if this phone is on your list.

At $149 with a 2-year contract or $549 without one, you are looking at a deal worth considering even with the Galaxy S6 on the way.

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DROID Turbo in Sapphire Blue Ballistic Nylon Now Available From Verizon

The DROID Turbo, a device that cracked our top 5 phones of 2014, is now available from Verizon in a shiny new Sapphire Blue color. Better yet, that blue is atop the Ballistic Nylon version of the Turbo, which is our personal favorite. Like the black Ballistic Nylon version, you can grab the new color for $199 on-contract, $24.99 per month on Edge, or for $599 without a contract.

As a recap, the DROID Turbo is the first DROID in years that lives up to the name. It features a QHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, 20MP camera, and a massive 3,900mAh battery. It also runs stock Android with Motorola’s suite of Moto software add-ons and should get Lollipop any day. Right, Verizon and Motorola?

Be sure to read our DROID Turbo review if you haven’t already.

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Moto E 4G LTE Now Available on Verizon Prepaid for $99

Motorola’s brand new Moto E, the LTE version, which launched at the end of February as the best deal in smartphones, is now available from Verizon prepaid for just $99. That’s without a contract.

As a recap, the new Moto E 4G LTE sports a Qualcomm 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, 4.5-inch qHD display, 2,390mAh battery, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, and Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” Again, you get all of that for $99. While this isn’t in flagship territory, it would make an outstanding first smartphone or as a placeholder while you wait for something like the Galaxy S6 to arrive.

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Verizon’s Nexus 6 Officially Arrives Tomorrow With Android 5.1

After months of waiting, Verizon has made it official – the Nexus 6 will be available tomorrow, March 12. Through a note in their news center, Verizon thanks Nexus fans for their patience while waiting for Google’s new flagship phone that debuted back in November.

The device will be available online starting March 12 and will then arrive in stores on March 19. If that sounds familiar, that’s because we broke this news last week on Twitter.  (more…)