With no Galaxy Note 7 for you to spend money on coupled with the chance that our list of solid replacement choices might not be for everyone, we have another smartphone option for your consideration – the Moto Z DROID at Best Buy. Why? Because if you buy this modular wonder from Best Buy on a payment plan or contract, they will hand you a $250 gift card to be spent on whatever.
The Moto Z DROID, for those not familiar, is Moto’s newest flagship that is compatible with Moto Mods (our full review). Moto Mods are modules that can add functionality to or improve the experience of the Moto Z, like a projector, external speaker, and battery pack. It’s by no means a flawless device, but it’s a solid device that is of flagship quality. Is it better than the Galaxy S7? I don’t think so, but you may, especially if you find Moto Mods to be appealing.
Right now, the phone can be had for 24 monthly payments of $26 or with a 2-year contract and $201 up front.
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Who has the best deal on the Pixel XL? Best Buy does. Since pre-orders first opened up, Best Buy has been selling the bigger Pixel at a $26 discount over Google and Verizon. How do they get away with that? I don’t know and I don’t really care.
If you pre-order the Pixel XL from the electronics retailer, you’ll pay $31 per month, which amounts to a total of $744 over 24 months. The same phone at Google and Verizon is $32.08 per month. That may not be a substantial savings, but 26 bucks is 26 bucks.
Best Buy is also tossing in a $100 Best Buy gift card and a free Chromecast with purchase (not the Ultra, just the regular).
Best Buy Links: Pixel XL (Silver) | Pixel XL (Black) (more…)
Before Google launches the next version of the Chromecast, thought be called Chromecast Ultra, they are hosting a deal on the Chromecast Audio that has shaved $10 off the retail price (dropping it to $25). That’s easily the best price we have seen to date. Most discounts on Chromecast devices are $5, since they are already reasonably priced at $35.
As a recap, the Chromecast Audio wants no part of your video needs. Instead, Audio wants you to attach it to your old unused speakers to try and bring them back to life. Chromecast Audio works the same way as a regular Chromecast, in that you open apps (like Google Music) on your phone and Cast their content on over, but again, it’s an audio-only experience.
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The unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play are now available for pre-order in the US at both Best Buy and Amazon. Motorola told us to expect them in October and that’s what each pre-order is telling us. The Moto Z is showing a release date of October 2, while the Moto Z Play will release on October 20. (more…)
We have no idea.
Seriously, that’s the current answer. What we do know is that the LG V20 will go up for sale this month in Korea, which gives LG a chance to say that they are the first to ship Android Nougat on a phone out of the box. As for when the rest of the world will get the V20, that’s anyone’s guess. (more…)
Still haven’t picked up a Chromecast or Chromecast Audio? Now would be a good time since Google is once again hosting a $5 off sale at a number of retailers. Remember, the Chromecast is already reasonably priced at $35, so anytime you get a discount, it’s worth jumping at.
Live under a rock and have no idea what a Chromecast is? The basics are this: The dongles attach to your TVs or speakers and then let you “cast” content to them, whether that be movies, TV shows, music, or photos. It’s one of the great technological advancements in recent years, especially when you factor in the reasonable price.
Jaybird X2, the Bluetooth sport earbuds that we have written up and shared thoughts on more times than I can count, are heavily discounted right now at Best Buy. The electronics retailer is hosting some sort of mega-sale on lots of tech products, but this deal here stood out for the size of reduction. Normally $149.99, you can grab any of the six different colors of Jaybird X2 headphones for $69.99, an $80 discount.
I don’t think I need to explain again why these earbuds are well worth that $70 price tag, but the basics are that you get great sound for a Bluetooth earbud, long battery life, all sorts of flexibility in fit, and a sweatproof design. They don’t look too shabby either, especially in some of the fun colors.
We don’t know how long this deal is lasting, so you may want to jump on it.
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The Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID are now available in-store from Verizon and can also be purchased directly from Motorola or at a substantial discount through Best Buy. In other words, today is Moto Z launch day.
At Verizon, the Moto Z starts at $26 per month with a device payment plan or $624 at full retail for the 32GB model. The Moto Z Force is slightly more expensive at $30 per month with a device payment plan or $720 at full retail for the 32GB model. Verizon is selling both phones in two colors, one that is mostly all black with some metallic shine, or the other which has a white front and all-gold back. (more…)