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Sprint Buyer’s Guide for Android (November 2014)


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In the hunt for a new smartphone from Sprint? Regardless of whether you’re buying your first Android or upgrading for the fourth time there’s something for everyone. And, as you might suspect, Ma Bell has plenty to choose from. In fact, counting variations, there are roughly two dozen models to choose from today.

As the last of the big four carriers to adopt Android, Sprint is doing a bang-up job in supporting the platform. It seems we’re constantly hearing about an exclusive model or head start on the competition.

Defining high-end

Today’s top Androids feature big, gorgeous displays, fantastic high-resolution cameras, and lots of memory. Toss in some quad-core and octa-core processors and some killer high capacity batteries and you’ve got mobile devices that would rival your computer from just a few years back.nexus6_chargerAs 2014 draws to a close and we look at the hardware from late model Androids it’s not uncommon to find screens hovering at 5-inches or larger. Thanks to ever-shrinking bezels we have phones with massive displays that also happen to fit comfortably in our hand. And, they’re not only big, but they’re sharp, too. Resolutions across the the top models are 1080p and higher. For what it’s worth, we’re starting to get our first glimpses of 2K and Ultra HD screens. It can be argued that average users cannot discern much beyond 720p/1080p on such a small device.

If you’re not coming to the table with at least a quad-core processor and 2GB RAM then you’re not going to sit at the big boy’s table. Most of the bleeding edge stuff you’ll find today comes with 3GB memory and chipsets of around 2.3GHz – 2.7GHz.

Storage capacities, for the most part, haven’t moved forward quite as quickly as other areas. You’ll still routinely find 16GB and 32GB models in most models though some are creeping into the 64GB space. Given that many handsets offer external storage via microSD cards it should matter little where you start out – especially if cost is a factor.

Another important factor in determining a smartphone purchase is the version of Android. Typically, it’s a simple case of “the newer the phone, the newer the operating system”. Today’s most recent phones are powered by Android 4.4.4 KitKat but anything running at least 4.4 should suffice for the average person. You will still find an occasional straggler, though, running something older.

Flagships & Exclusives

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Launched in October, this is Samsung’s annual plus-sized experience. Thanks to the release time-frame, these are typically a step-up from the Galaxy S series of smartphones. Standout specs include 32GB storage, a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, 3GB RAM, an S Pen stylus, and a 3220mAh battery. Sprint | Best Buy
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: The first device of its kind, Samsung’s plus-sized smartphone is the best of the Note series with some extra ticker-width screen on the side. Sprint | Best Buy
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: Released in spring 2014, it’s the most popular series of Android models to date. Hardware includes a 5.1-inch display, 16-megapixel camera, 16GB storage, and a 2800mAh battery. Sprint | Best Buy
  • LG G3: LG’s increasingly popular family of phones, this one is unique in that it features rear button configuration under the camera. Sprint | Best Buy
  • Google Nexus 6: Motorola’s take on the annual Google flagship experience, the 6-inch handset runs the latest version of Android (5.0) and offers users plenty of battery and top-notch power. Sprint | Amazon
  • HTC One M8: Perhaps the oldest model in this list, HTC’s flagship handset received very high marks for its build quality and toned-down custom UI. Often cheaper than others in the group, it’s still plenty of bang for the buck.  Sprint | Best Buy
  • HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon edition: A beefed up audio experience with Clari-Fi technology and LiveStage enhancing your listening enjoyment. Sprint | Best Buy
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport: A variation of the flagship with pre-installed apps based around the more active user. Dirt and water resistant, it comes in a pair of alternate colors. Sprint | Best Buy

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Mid-range

While not always the case, the mid-range Android is typically made up of last year’s top models. This is not to suggest, however, that there’s not a one-off model or variation that sneaks in every once in a while. Specs, as you can imagine, are often a step below. Processors, cameras, and batteries are sometimes the key difference though many of them also feature a screen resolution of 720p or 1080p. What follows what could be considered some of Sprint middle-of-the-pack handsets.

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  • LG G2: One of LG’s breakout devices over the last few years, the smartphone was the first to employ the rear button setup. Killer hardware and a refined UI make this one hard to resist even a year later. Sprint | Best Buy
  • LG G Flex: The first smartphone from LG to offer the curved display; six inch screen and a 3500mAh battery make it big and long-lasting. Sprint | Best Buy
  • HTC One (M7): The flagship model that kicked off HTCs current signature look, the phone offers plenty of bang for not much buck. And, thanks to a promised Android 5.0 update, it’s a great bargain with longer term appeal.  Sprint | Best Buy
  • HTC One Max: The plus-sized approach to the 2013 flagship HTC handset line, it comes with a 5.9-inch screen and 32GB internal storage. Sprint | Best Buy
  • Sharp AQUOS Crystal: With an edgeless 5-inch HD display and a quad-core CPU, the Sharp is quite a bit more power for the money than what you’ll find from other brands. The 1.5GB RAM and 2040mAh battery are par for the course in today’s mid-range. Sprint | Best Buy
  • Samsung Galaxy S4: One of the most popular smartphones of all time, this one is offered in a variety of colors.  Features include a 5-inch display, 16GB storage, and a quad-core CPU. Sprint | Best Buy
  • HTC One E8: What happens when you take the flagship One M8 and tap it with a polycarbonate body? You end up with a lower-cost version with very respectable internal hardware. Sprint | Best Buy
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3: As the plus-sized Samsung flagship from 2013, its quad-core CPU and camera make it a moderately strong device one year later. Sprint | Best Buy

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10
Nov
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Android 5.0 Lollipop for the LG G3 leaked just a day after being officially announced



Android 5.0 Lollipop update for LG G3Man do these guys move quick. Just a day after LG officially announced that Android 5.0 Lollipop for the LG G3 was coming next week, we already have a leak of the software for some of you lucky people to enjoy. The leaked build is specifically for the F400S variant of the LG G3, so it probably won’t be useful to all of you LG G3-toting folk, but for those who do, we can’t wait to see how it turns out for you. If you are interested in checking out, make sure to head over to the XDA forum page here where the original post was.

LG surprised us all yesterday with its announcement to start rolling out Android Lollipop this week, albeit start only in Poland, but it’s still likely to be the first Android device to be updated. Notably, this update comes before even Nexus and Motorola devices which have held the honour of first cab off the rank previously. Seems like it’s going to be a race to see who can update their devices next or before the Holiday season.


What do you think about Android 5.0 Lollipop for the LG G3 being released first out of all smartphones? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: XDA via XDA News


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Nov
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Lollipop firmware for Polish variant of the LG G3 leaked


LG_G3_Back_Rear_Controls_LG_Logo_TALG has already announced that they’re close to pushing out the Android Lollipop update for the G3 in Poland, but for those of you that just really cannot wait, a leaked build of the update has shown up on XDA.

The firmware is currently only available for the F400S model of the G3, which means it won’t work on every single variant. However, the good news is that it gives others a base to work with, so it’s pretty likely we’ll see it ported to other versions of LG’s flagship pretty quickly. If you’re stuck with a device that’s going to be a few months behind the update curve, this is a good thing.

You can grab the leak from the thread below, but remember, unless you have the F400S model device, this one’s not for you. Not yet, anyway.

source: XDA Developers

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Nov
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LG stakes claim as first to get Lollipop upgrade to the market


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LG has announced that they have Android 5.0 Lollipop ready to start rolling out to their flagship device, the LG G3, and in so doing they claim they are the first company to get the upgrade out the door to owners of their devices. The first location slated to get the upgrade will be Poland, where owners of the device should see the update start to hit their devices some time this week. LG is vague on when other global markets will start to see the update, only mentioning the new operating system will hit “key markets in the near future.” LG also indicated the will announce an upgrade schedule for other LG mobile devices, which is good news for LG fans.

LG president and CEO Dr. Jong-seok Park says “bringing Android Lollipop to G3 owners as soon as possible is a top priority” for the company. He also indicates the improvements that come with Lollipop will “bring a whole new user experience to the G3 and make it even better.” LG did not share details about what the upgrade includes, other than the standard language about Lollipop features, but we did see some leaked screenshots a few days ago showing some of the tweaks to the interface that LG made.

You can check out the press release below.

LG FIRST TO ROLL OUT ANDROID 5.0 LOLLIPOP UPGRADE

Flagship G3 to be the First LG Smartphone to Receive Newest and Smartest Features of Lollipop OS

SEOUL, Nov. 9, 2014 ― LG Electronics (LG) this week will begin rolling out the highly anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for G3 smartphones starting in Poland this week, to be followed by other key markets in the near future. LG, the first global smartphone manufacturer to offer the Lollipop upgrade in 2014, will subsequently announce an upgrade schedule for other LG mobile devices.

This latest Android OS delivers a host of improvements including a new design language with added depth, shadows and animations. Notifications are improved with a new layout and color scheme and will be available on the new lock screen. A new security feature to strengthen the connectivity between devices will include enabling users to unlock their smartphone when it is physically near a pre-registered Bluetooth device such as the LG G Watch or G Watch R. Lollipop also introduces Android Runtime (ART) software to improve performance.

“LG is absolutely committed to giving our customers the best mobile experiences available and bringing Android Lollipop to G3 owners as soon as possible is a top priority,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The new features and improvements in Android 5.0 will bring a whole new user experience to the G3 and make it even better than it already is.”

Additional details related to LG devices will be announced in the near future as the Lollipop upgrade becomes available in local markets.

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LG G3 running Android 5.0 Lollipop has leaked


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Android 5.0 Lollipop has been officially announced since October 15th, and we have already seen plenty of devices sporting the newest version of Android. Some of those devices include the Galaxy S5, Moto X (2014), Xperia Z3, and the HTC One M8. The latest device to get its dosage of Lollipop is the LG G3.

The latest leak of the G3 running Lollipop is from a Vietnamese source and it is good to see how LG will incorporate their UI into the new update. You can see in the images that LG still uses the old navigation bar soft-keys. It could be that this is just an early build, or LG has decided against the new triangle, circle, and square buttons seen on the Nexus devices.

It is also worth noting that LG still has the same icons in the notification panel, such as the battery, Wi-Fi, mobile signal, etc. From there on out it is Lollipop through in through, such as the new drop down notification panel with its opacity and the multitasking menu.

Although there’s no expected date for the LG G3 update it could definitely receive it before the end of the year. The G3 is LG’s best selling phone and they definitely want to keep up with the competition. The leaked images of the device can be seen below.

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LG first to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop (OTAs start next week)


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LG has officially announced that their highly-touted G3 will be the first device to receive the all-new Android 5.0 Lollipop update starting this week. The update will start in Poland with other markets such as the United States to be announced at a later date. To go along with the G3 receiving the new update, LG did state that they will announce an upgrade schedule for their other devices at a later date.

CEO and President of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company Dr. Jong-seok Park had this to say:

LG is absolutely committed to giving our customers the best mobile experiences available and bringing Android Lollipop to G3 owners as soon as possible is a top priority. The new features and improvements in Android 5.0 will bring a whole new user experience to the G3 and make it even better than it already is.

Earlier today we posted leaked screenshots from the G3 running Lollipop, and you can view that here. When update schedules get released, we’ll be sure to have you covered. Be sure to bookmark out Android 5.0 Lollipop Watch, too!


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First: LG to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop update for LG G3 this week



Android 5.0 Lollipop update for LG G3Google. Motorola. These are names that we expected to be saying when we announced the first smartphone to be officially updated with Android Lollipop, but it appears LG has something to say about that. LG has today officially announced that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for LG G3 will roll out this week in Poland with other markets soon to follow, which could definitely make it the first smartphone to be updated to the new version of Android seeing as Google has been radio silent on updating the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, and Motorola has just pushed its soak test out. In their official announcement, LG detailed a few of the new features that the LG G3 will see after the update:

“This latest Android OS delivers a host of improvements including a new design language with added depth, shadows and animations. Notifications are improved with a new layout and color scheme and will be available on the new lock screen. A new security feature to strengthen the connectivity between devices will include enabling users to unlock their smartphone when it is physically near a pre-registered Bluetooth device such as the LG G Watch or G Watch R.”


This is pretty impressive form from LG, who says that it will announce a schedule for its other devices in the near future. Naturally though, the LG G3 was prime candidate to receive the update first, and it appears LG is keen to stress that they are the first manufacturer to offer an Android Lollipop update. We are impressed, LG; we are impressed.

What do you think about the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for LG G3 being the first smartphone update? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: LG


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Nov
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The top 15 smartphones you can buy right now


It’s possible you already purchased one of the smartphones we listed in our buyer’s guide last July, but things tend to move quickly, and with fresh handsets from names like Apple, Samsung and Motorola, some of you may already be itching for an upgrade. To that end, we’ve made some fresh additions to our list of the latest and greatest smartphones out there today. Sure, our official Holiday Gift Guide is just around the corner, but this update will help you make some quick decisions, or at least get a head start on that holiday wish list.

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Nov
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AT&T Buyer’s Guide for Android (November 2014)


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In the hunt for a new smartphone from AT&T? Regardless of whether you’re buying your first Android or upgrading for the fourth time there’s something for everyone. And, as you might suspect, Ma Bell has plenty to choose from. In fact, counting variations, there are roughly two dozen models to choose from today.

As the last of the big four carriers to adopt Android, AT&T is doing a bang-up job in supporting the platform. It seems we’re constantly hearing about an exclusive model or head start on the competition.

Defining high-end

Today’s top Androids feature big, gorgeous displays, fantastic high-resolution cameras, and lots of memory. Toss in some quad-core and octa-core processors and some killer high capacity batteries and you’ve got mobile devices that would rival your computer from just a few years back.

mtoo_x_2014As 2014 draws to a close and we look at the hardware from late model Androids it’s not uncommon to find screens hovering at 5-inches or larger. Thanks to ever-shrinking bezels we have phones with massive displays that also happen to fit comfortably in our hand. And, they’re not only big, but they’re sharp, too. Resolutions across the the top models are 1080p and higher. For what it’s worth, we’re starting to get our first glimpses of 2K and Ultra HD screens. It can be argued that average users cannot discern much beyond 720p/1080p on such a small device.

If you’re not coming to the table with at least a quad-core processor and 2GB RAM then you’re not going to sit at the big boy’s table. Most of the bleeding edge stuff you’ll find today comes with 3GB memory and chipsets of around 2.3GHz – 2.7GHz.

Storage capacities, for the most part, haven’t moved forward quite as quickly as other areas. You’ll still routinely find 16GB and 32GB models in most models though some are creeping into the 64GB space. Given that many handsets offer external storage via microSD cards it should matter little where you start out – especially if cost is a factor.

Another important factor in determining a smartphone purchase is the version of Android. Typically, it’s a simple case of “the newer the phone, the newer the operating system”. Today’s most recent phones are powered by Android 4.4.4 KitKat but anything running at least 4.4 should suffice for the average person. You will still find an occasional straggler, though, running something older.

Flagships & Exclusives

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Launched in October, this is Samsung’s annual plus-sized experience. Thanks to the release time-frame, these are typically a step-up from the Galaxy S series of smartphones. Standout specs include 32GB storage, a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, 3GB RAM, an S Pen stylus, and a 3220mAh battery. Best Buy | AT&T
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: Released in spring 2014, it’s the most popular series of Android models to date. Hardware includes a 5.1-inch display, 16-megapixel camera, 16GB storage, and a 2800mAh battery. Best Buy | AT&T
  • LG G3: LG’s increasingly popular family of phones, this one is unique in that it features rear button configuration under the camera. Best Buy | AT&T
  • Motorola Moto X (2014): Motorola’s now annual flagship model, the Moto X is significant for its stripped down Android experience. Slightly bigger than last year’s model, this one has been very well received in the space. Best Buy | AT&T
  • HTC One M8: Perhaps the oldest model in this list, HTC’s flagship handset received very high marks for its build quality and toned-down custom UI. Often cheaper than others in the group, it’s still plenty of bang for the buck.  Best Buy | AT&T
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha: The first device from Samsung to employ the new “design language”; features a svelte body wrapped in metal trim. Best Buy | AT&T
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: A variation of the flagship with pre-installed apps based around the more active user. Rugged and durable, with a trio of new colors. Best Buy | AT&T

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Mid-range

179215-overviewtab-lgz-immerseWhile not always the case, the mid-range Android is typically made up of last year’s top models. This is not to suggest, however, that there’s not a one-off model or variation that sneaks in every once in a while. Specs, as you can imagine, are often a step below. Processors, cameras, and batteries are sometimes the key difference though many of them also feature a screen resolution of 720p or 1080p. What follows what could be considered some of AT&T middle-of-the-pack handsets.

  • LG G2: One of LG’s breakout devices over the last few years, the smartphone was the first to employ the rear button setup. Killer hardware and a refined UI make this one hard to resist even a year later. Best Buy | AT&T
  • LG G Flex: The first smartphone from LG to offer the curved display; six inch screen and a 3500mAh battery make it big and long-lasting. Best Buy | AT&T
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3: As the plus-sized Samsung flagship from 2013, its quad-core CPU and camera make it a moderately strong device one year later.  Best Buy | AT&T
  • Amazon Fire Phone: The first smartphone from Amazon, it’s exclusive to AT&T. It might be a little more gimmick than seasoned Android users might enjoy but plenty for new users. Works great for those who can’t get enough Amazon (Prime). Best Buy | AT&T

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Verizon Buyer’s Guide for Android (November 2014)


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In the hunt for a new smartphone from Verizon? Regardless of whether you’re buying your first Android or upgrading for the fourth time there’s something for everyone. And, as you might suspect, Big Red has plenty to choose from. In fact, counting variations, there are roughly two dozen models to choose from today.

As the lone carrier to offer the Droid series, Verizon transitioned the family away from other hardware makers into an exclusive relationship with Motorola. Beyond that, you’ll also find some devices that are exclusive to the nation’s largest wireless provider.

Defining high-end

Today’s top Androids feature big, gorgeous displays, fantastic high-resolution cameras, and lots of memory. Toss in some quad-core and octa-core processors and some killer high capacity batteries and you’ve got mobile devices that would rival your computer from just a few years back.

As 2014 draws to a close and we look at the hardware from late model Androids it’s not uncommon to find screens hovering at 5-inches or larger. Thanks to ever-shrinking bezels we have phones with massive displays that also happen to fit comfortably in our hand. And, they’re not only big, but they’re sharp, too. Resolutions across the the top models are 1080p and higher. For what it’s worth, we’re starting to get our first glimpses of 2K and Ultra HD screens. It can be argued that average users cannot discern much beyond 720p/1080p on such a small device.

If you’re not coming to the table with at least a quad-core processor and 2GB RAM then you’re not going to sit at the big boy’s table. Most of the bleeding edge stuff you’ll find today comes with 3GB memory and chipsets of around 2.3GHz – 2.7GHz.

Storage capacities, for the most part, haven’t moved forward quite as quickly as other areas. You’ll still routinely find 16GB and 32GB models in most models though some are creeping into the 64GB space. Given that many handsets offer external storage via microSD cards it should matter little where you start out – especially if cost is a factor.

Another important factor in determining a smartphone purchase is the version of Android. Typically, it’s a simple case of “the newer the phone, the newer the operating system”. Today’s most recent phones are powered by Android 4.4.4 KitKat but anything running at least 4.4 should suffice for the average person. You will still find an occasional straggler, though, running something older.

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Flagships & Exclusives

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Launched in October, this is Samsung’s annual plus-sized experience. Thanks to the release time-frame, these are typically a step-up from the Galaxy S series of smartphones. Standout specs include 32GB storage, a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, 3GB RAM, an S Pen stylus, and a 3220mAh battery. Verizon | Best Buy
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: Released in spring 2014, it’s the most popular series of Android models to date. Hardware includes a 5.1-inch display, 16-megapixel camera, 16GB storage, and a 2800mAh battery. Verizon | Best Buy
  • LG G3: LG’s increasingly popular family of phones, this one is unique in that it features rear button configuration under the camera.  Verizon | Best Buy
  • Motorola Moto X (2014): Motorola’s now annual flagship model, the Moto X is significant for its stripped down Android experience. Slightly bigger than last year’s model, this one has been very well received in the space. Verizon | Best Buy
  • Sony Xperia Z3v: The first Sony smartphone for Big Red, it’s sleek, sexy, and waterproof. Featuring a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the handset also boasts a stellar 20.7-megapixel rear camera, and 3200mAh battery   Verizon
  • Motorola Droid Turbo: The first Droid from Verizon in over a year, it’s big and beautiful with a lean Android 4.4 KitKat experience. Standout features include turbo charging (8 hrs juice in 15 minutes) and a Quad HD display. Verizon | Best Buy
  • HTC One M8: Perhaps the oldest model in this list, HTC’s flagship handset received very high marks for its build quality and toned-down custom UI. Often cheaper than others in the group, it’s still plenty of bang for the buck.  Verizon | Best Buy

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Mid-range

While not always the case, the mid-range Android is typically made up of last year’s top models. This is not to suggest, however, that there’s not a one-off model or variation that sneaks in every once in a while. Specs, as you can imagine, are often a step below. Processors, cameras, and batteries are sometimes the key difference though many of them also feature a screen resolution of 720p or 1080p. What follows what could be considered some of Verizon’s middle-of-the-pack handsets.

  • LG G2: One of LG’s breakout devices over the last few years, the smartphone was the first to employ the rear button setup. Killer hardware and a refined UI make this one hard to resist even a year later. Verizon | Best Buy
  • Samsung Galaxy S4: Quite possibly one of the most popular handsets ever, this Samsung features a 5-inch 1080p display, 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 2600mAh battery.  Verizon | Best Buy
  • Droid Maxx: Centered around its all-day battery life, the Droid Maxx is one big and powerful device. As often is the case with these signature Motorola handsets, this one features Kevlar coating and a splashproof screen. Verizon | Best Buy
  • Droid Mini: Still powerful enough for the typical smartphone user, this Droid is smaller in hand. At 4.3-inches it might feel diminutive by today’s standards, however it gets the job done. Verizon | Best Buy
  • HTC Desire 612: As a budgeted approach to the flagship One M8, you’ll find slightly less powerful hardware and a plastic housing. The 4.7-inch qHD display looks sharp and shows off the modern approach to HTC’s Sense UI. Verizon
  • HTC One Remix: Also an offshoot of the One M8, this HTC packs a 4.5-inch screen and eschews Ultrapixels in favor of 13-megapixels. The front-facing 5-megapixel shooter is a selfie-lover’s dream. Verizon | Best Buy
  • LG G Vista: A twist on the flagship G3, the G Vista boasts a massive 5.7-inch HD display and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Toss in a 3200mAh battery and a quad-core CPU and you’ve got an excellent option for plus-sized smartphone lovers. Verizon | Best Buy

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