Deal: All Android Phones $199 and Over are 50% Off at Verizon, Including Galaxy Note 4

Verizon is currently hosting a deal for 50% off of their best Android phones. Of course, the 50% is only off of the on-contract price, but still, the deal includes all phones over $199 on-contract. The devices to consider are the Galaxy Note 4 ($149), Xperia Z3v ($99), and DROID Turbo ($99). Actually, those might be their only Android phones that qualify, all of which we are big fans.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to read our Galaxy Note 4 review, DROID Turbo review, and Xperia Z3v review.

Verizon is also doing free overnight shipping, so if you get orders in by 4PM on December 23, they should arrive by X-mas.

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

2014 is less than two weeks from being officially in the books. It has been a solid year for smartphone tech, especially on Android, though I’m not sure this year carried the same weight or significance as years past. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year and a bunch of really great smartphones were released that will last a long time, I just don’t know how many of them will be all that memorable in a couple of years from now. With that said, we still need to decide who came out on top.

We saw follow-up flagships from all of the major players, like Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG, Sony, and HTC. None of them really took any chances, but they all still delivered phones that you would have no difficulty finding supporters of. Beyond the standard crew, we also saw Sony finally enter the US market while its newest flagship was still fairly fresh, and OnePlus made a big splash while pissing people off along the way. Like I just said – there were a ton of options, all of which were good in their own right.

We will have our DL staff top lists here shortly, but for now, we want to know the DL reader phone of the year. Who are you taking?

What is the Android Phone of the Year?

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DROID Turbo Update Adds Advanced Calling 1.0, Verizon’s Version of VoLTE (Updated)

Update:  It’s confirmed. The soak toast began rolling out and Verizon posted the official changelog for build 21.44.8 – the update is for VoLTE and Advanced Calling 1.0. If you were hoping for Lollipop, continue hoping. You can find the full changelog below.

Yesterday, a number of readers tipped us to an impending update for the DROID Turbo that was kicking off through Motorola’s Feedback Network. We speculated yesterday that the update would include both Advanced Calling 1.0 (VoLTE and HD Voice) and Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” According to readers participating in a test of the update through Motorola, we may only see one of those – Advanced Calling 1.0.  (more…)

Deal: Buy a DROID Turbo From Best Buy, Get $100 or $150 Gift Card

The DROID Turbo, a device we actually really like for the most part and consider to be the best “DROID” phone in a couple of years (our review), is currently included in Best Buy’s Green Monday deals. It’s still listed at $199 on-contract, but if you buy one through Best Buy, they will hand you either a $100 or $150 gift card (good luck figuring out which one they will give you). So in a way, you could be picking up the new DROID for around $50.

As a recap, the DROID Turbo sports a 5.2-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, 21MP camera, 3GB RAM, and a massive 3,900mAh battery. It also runs mostly stock Android with Motorola’s useful suite of apps added on, all of which are included in the new Moto X (2nd gen). This phone, is legit.  (more…)

Verizon Black Friday 2014 Deals: Free Galaxy S5, Moto X Football Edition, Xperia Z3v – $99 G Watch, $50 Off Nest, and More

Ahhh yes, Black Friday. The biggest shopping week of the year is here, friends. Whether you are ready to start thinking about X-mas and presents or not, now is the time to at least start looking at deals on some of your favorite products, even if they are items you plan to gift to yourself, because there are plenty to be had. For example, you will want to take a look at the list below, which is from Verizon’s planned Black Friday weekend price slashing.

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DROID Turbo Review

The DROID brand deserves the majority of credit for the amount of early success that the Android operating system had in 2009 and 2010. From the original Motorola DROID to the original DROID Incredible, this was the brand of phones that people flocked to if they wanted a phone outside of the iPhone, not just because of a great marketing campaign, but because these were top of the line phones. Ask most of the readers on this site which phone got them started on Android, and you shouldn’t be surprised to hear them say, “The OG DROID.” It’s an iconic phone that helped launch Android to the top.

But as the years have flown by, the DROID brand’s popularity has diminished, largely due to the Samsung Galaxy takeover and other competitors focusing on releasing a single flagship phone across all carriers. DROID has always been there, but it doesn’t seem to have been given the attention it had in early years. The DROID brand, since 2011, has become watered down, stale, and if I’m being honest, kind of annoying, leaving it with little influence.

And then came the DROID Turbo, a device that beats almost every other phone spec-for-spec, has ditched the red robotic eye and obnoxious “Drooooooooooid!” sounds, and doesn’t look like the Terminator designed it. It’s still a bit flashy depending on the color you choose, but it feels durable, can probably take a bullet, and is a serious competitor in a crowded space. It also might be the DROID phone you have been looking for, after all these years.

This is our DROID Turbo review.  (more…)