LG Offers Up Free Leather Back, Charging Cradle, and Extra Battery to G4 Buyers

For those who picked up a LG G4, the OEM is offering up a few free goodies, including a free leather back cover and extra battery. More specifically, for those who enter their proof of purchase and other information needed to verify ownership, you can receive your choice between one of five different leather back colors, an extra battery, and a battery charging cradle. That’s a value of $140, all for free.  (more…)

Sprint’s HTC One M9 Gets Android 5.1 Today, LG G4 Gets Minor Update

Earlier in the week, HTC told us to expect an Android 5.1 on the Sprint One M9 come July 1. This morning, they delivered on that promise. The update will arrive as software version 2.6.651.11.

Sprint didn’t bother to list out much in their changelog, only that this is 5.1. I would imagine HTC might sneak in some camera improvements and other little tweaks to Sense. If you get the update, be sure to let us know.

Meanwhile, the LG G4 is receiving a minor update that improves “Reactivation Lock” and lands as software version LS991ZV5.  (more…)

Verizon LG G4 Update Live, Brings Enhanced Advanced Calling

An update is rolling out for the LG G4 on Verizon, bringing a few features to owners, but nothing all that special. The software version is labeled as VS98611A.

Included is an enhanced Folio display while a call is taking place, an updated consistency for displaying contacts and non-contacts in the Dialer app, and an enhanced Advanced Calling feature. That’s it.  (more…)

Decent Deal: $499 for a Brand New Unlocked LG G4

A deal running since yesterday over at eBay has the LG G4 priced at just $499. That’s a solid price on a phone that is arguably as good as Samsung’s Galaxy S6 in most categories and may beat it in some (battery life would be an example). Verizon wants $550 for it, while T-Mobile and AT&T each want $600 and $630, respectively.

The phone is brand new, unlocked, and ready for use on your favorite GSM networks. The bands listed show that it should work perfectly on AT&T (or Cricket), but should also work well on T-Mobile. The phone comes with 32GB of storage, plus that lovable microSD card slot for more (You could toss in the 200GB card from Amazon).

At this time, the grey model is sold out, but both white and gold are available. Free standard shipping is also included.

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These are the Phones and Prices for T-Mobile’s JUMP! On Demand (Updated)

T-Mobile’s new JUMP! On Demand program is all the rage this morning, with smartphone lovers excited over the idea that they could trade in phones for the new hotness up to 3 times per year. But some of you may be wondering which phones are a part of the program and how much they will cost. We have that info for you now to get you ready for June 28, the day this new upgrade program kicks off.  (more…)

The Best Android Phone You Can Buy Today

Every week, at least three or four or twenty people ask us in some way or another, “What phone would you recommend I buy?” In reality, they just want to know what the best Android phone is that they can buy today. I get why we get asked. After all, we handle every new flagship under the sun.

Since there are so many good phones these days, the decision hasn’t become any easier in recent years. Before, though, we use to worry about whether or not a phone could last two years. Now, the criteria is much more specific. People want to know which phone has the best camera or the best battery life or the best display. What’s the storage situation like? Is it made of metal or cheap plastic? How often does it get updated?

Rather than try and answer all of those questions in individual emails, we thought we may as well just put our thoughts out there every so often, so that everyone can see what we think the best Android phone is that you can buy. Don’t worry, though, we’ll keep this simple and to the point. You have other things to do.

Ready?  (more…)