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    We know, we know, there will always be some no-name Chinese device manufacturer ready to undercut the most absurdly low prices of Western phones and tablets for a few headlines and free publicity. But among the brands that count, the Fire 7 can’t possibly be rivaled in terms of extreme affordability. Yes, Amazon’s newest 7-incher, based loosely on Android, launched at $50 last fall, quickly dropped to $35 for Black Friday, smashed sales records over the holidays, then went back up to 50 bucks, and is now again sold for a deep discount. Well, deep is perhaps a bit of a stretch, since ...

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    Start collecting a stable of “smart” gadgets in your life, and you might quickly find yourself sliding down a slippery slope, unable to look at anything you interact with on a daily basis without that thought popping into your head: “wouldn't it be neat if this could run [platform of choice]?” For those of us blessed by inspiration and armed with a little DIY know-how, it doesn't take long for thoughts like that to start manifesting themselves in the form of projects, and one Google engineer's been getting a lot of attention recently for the very impressive-looking hardware he ...

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    After months and months of discounts, with Amazon trying to move any remaining stock of its failed Fire Phone experiment, last year we finally saw the handset run out of steam: the company's inventory looked depleted, and the saga of the Fire Phone appeared to be over. No doubt a costly mistake for Amazon to learn, we wondered if the close of the Fire Phone's story meant the end of the company's smartphone ambitions, and if we'd see its future mobile interests constrained to tablets. But now a new report suggests that Amazon's not done with phones quite yet, and claims the company is ...

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    Here at Pocketnow we don't just love telling you about the hottest mobile devices and accessories out there, but also sharing some of the best deals you'll find on them – the only thing better than a killer new phone is one you pick up at a serious discount. And while we're not talking about any big price cut on a must-have flagship today, we've got something that might just be better, helping you to take advantage of plenty more deals throughout the year, while getting that hardware on your doorstep just a little bit faster, to say nothing of cheaper. That's because starting this Friday ...

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    The original Nexus 6 is not that old, and it’s certainly not obsolete as far as both its software and hardware are concerned, but in order to make room for the new, Huawei-manufactured Nexus 6P, Google decided to halt direct sales more than a month ago. Of course, that doesn’t mean the stock Marshmallow-running phablet is dead and buried already, with a number of third-party retailers still selling it either unlocked or strictly for single carrier use. The question is how much longer will Amazon or Best Buy be able to keep it up when Big G and Motorola have obviously stopped producing ...

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    Take a walk around the CES show floor as we just did, and it's impossible to ignore the growing army of connected-home appliances and gadgets. Whether you're talking about a fridge with a screen or a contextual remote to help you control this gear, everyone who's anyone is scrambling to come out with products for this burgeoning market. Back in 2014, Amazon got a comparatively early start with the introduction of its Echo, an interesting mash-up between a Bluetooth speaker and a virtual personal assistant. The Echo may have been a little slow to catch on, but we've recently heard reports ...

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    Thought the Huawei GX8, aka US-specific derivation of the “international” G8, provided great bang for buck at $350 with a full-metal jacket in tow, Snapdragon 615 power, fingerprint recognition, 5.5-inch Full HD screen, and 3,000 mAh battery? Wait until you hear what the Honor 5X offers in exchange for just two Benjamins. In a nutshell, everything the GX8 hides up its sleeve. Yes, literally everything. Even better, the first Honor-series device to officially launch in the US can already be pre-ordered from Amazon, with shipping underway on January 31 in three snazzy coats of paint: ...

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    Update: We're not sure why Amazon UK and France have paused sales for the Lumia 950 XL, but the good news (for those who want to grab one) is that the phone is now back on sale. First, Amazon Germany pulled the rookie Windows 10 phablet from the direct sales channel, citing vague product quality issues. Actually, no, first came a number of pretty serious software glitches for both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL that seemed to continue running beta builds of Microsoft’s theoretically finished and polished new OS. While Redmond quickly patched the bugs, the 5.7-inch Snapdragon 810 powerhouse ...

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    From the day Amazon announced that its Fire tablet would sell for a mere $50, we knew this slate would be a big deal. It didn't really matter how meager some of the specs looked on paper, nor how frustrating it was that the tablet's Fire OS lacked the familiarity of traditional Android; at that price, this thing was going to sell, and sell like hotcakes. With the holiday shopping season now drawn to a close, Amazon's sharing a bunch of figures about just what we bought this year – and unsurprisingly, that impossibly affordable tablet is right up there at the top. The Fire tablet wasn't ...

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    It took more than a little doing, but last week we finally got our hands on the big brother to Microsoft’s new Lumia 950 flagship, the Lumia 950 XL. In theory, the 950 XL should have been all the 950 was, and a bag of chips – or, at least, a slightly higher-powered, presumably more capable version of its sibling. Sadly, not only was the 950 XL unable to make up for some of the 950's shortcomings, but in quite a few areas we found the more heavy-duty smartphone coming up worse; what the heck was going on? It looks like we're far from alone in our frustrations, as Amazon Germany takes ...

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    Google’s newest stock Android-running phablet is likely outselling the smaller, lower-end, plastic-made Nexus 5X, but that hasn’t stopped the search giant from taking $50 off both devices for Christmas, also throwing in free overnight shipping until December 22. Even better, the Nexus 6P can now be purchased stateside through Best Buy as well, following a far too lengthy period of Google and Huawei exclusivity. And believe it or not, the Marshmallow-powered 5.7-incher is marked down at Best Buy right off the bat. Unfortunately, we’re only talking the 64GB “aluminum” (read silver) ...

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    Quick, before Amazon reconsiders, go ahead and buy your omniscient Microsoft Band 2 for $200 in small, medium or large models. Or you can take your business to Best Buy. Or, better yet, get your $50 discount directly from the fitness-oriented wearable’s manufacturer. That’s right, the patchy deal that came and went all week is back with a vengeance, and likely destined to last a little longer. Possibly, through Christmas, though you probably shouldn’t count on that, and hurry, especially if you want to actually receive it in time to stuff it inside a celebratory stocking. Much ...

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    The most “giftable” smartphone this holiday season just got even more giftable, thanks to the always benevolent Amazon, which charges only $350 for the 32GB unlocked Motorola Moto X Pure Edition stateside as part of another one day-limited steal. That’s down from the regular list price of $450, and it’s actually a better deal than anything we’ve seen offered by the handheld’s manufacturer and third-party retailers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Ironically, the 16GB model is stuck at $400, and therefore clearly to be avoided for the next 20 hours or so, as is the case with ...

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    Huawei took a big gamble when it chose a “premium” design path for its first ever smartwatch, pricing the super-stylish Android wearable device on-par with the Apple Watch, at $350 and up. But while Black Friday brought some obligatory discounts to the table, there was nothing too drastic to signal the Huawei Watch failed to catch on. Now, rumor has it a couple of variants designed specifically for ladies will land at CES 2016 in January, followed by an all-new, cellular-enabled generation in the summer, which is yet another sign the Huawei Watch is doing well at the box-office… ...

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    What exactly happened with the Galaxy S6? It brought that highly desirable build overhaul to the table, ditching cheap plastic for a premium combination of glass and metal, carried all the right ultra-high-end specifications for an H1 2015 Android flagship, yet power users never warmed up to the non-edgy 5.1-incher, which caused unexpected financial losses in Samsung’s otherwise productive camp. The microSD slot absence could at least in part explain the phone’s failure, along with a tiny, non-removable battery and, perhaps, the lack of water protection too. At the same time, maybe the ...

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    Before LG attempted to bring us the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE – a smartwatch with a ton of promise that was mysteriously pulled from sales nearly as soon as it became available – we had the the first-gen Watch Urbane. Going up for sale back in April the smartwatch is still relatively young, and we found a lot to like about the wearable when performing our review, from its premium metal construction to high-quality OLED display. If there was one big negative to the Watch Urbane, though, it had to be the price: at $350, it's one of the pricier Android Wear options out there, and ...

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    If you thought Big G’s $300 Nexus 5X listing from a couple of weeks back was a one-time deal just because it expired once Black Friday wrapped up, you were… technically right. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still get LG’s stock Marshmallow-running 5.2-incher at a nice discount for Christmas. Through December 30, the US Google Store will apparently charge $330 for the 16GB N5X configuration, which is a little steeper than the BF offer, yet a cool 50 bucks off the MSRP nonetheless. Even better, a group of third-party electronics merchants including Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H ...

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    It’s no secret tablet sales are slumping big time nowadays around the world, and if there’s one manufacturer capable of overturning the market crash, it’s Microsoft. Not Apple, definitely not Samsung, but Microsoft, with its steadily growing Surface family. What about low-cost Android specialists like Amazon or Asus? Well, the latter was at the forefront of the affordable 7-incher’s rise back when non-voice call-enabled Nexuses were still a thing, and the ZenPad line seeks at least part of that lost glory. Possibly the tab with the greatest bang for buck already, the Asus ZenPad S ...

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    Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? The clock's ticking, but you've still got time left, and assuming you didn't blow your whole budget on Black Friday deals, some new gift options are only now arriving. Amazon introduced its Fire HD 8 tablet back in September, and while the 1280 x 800 screen and MediaTek SoC didn't scream “top of the line specs,” the $150 price point sure was right. But if that model just feels a little too “plain” for gift-giving, you're in luck, as Amazon is tricking the tablet out for the new Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition. Don't let the new name fool ...

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    Recent market research showed that Microsoft could secure double-digit share in the tablet world by the end of the year for its slowly but steadily rising Windows-powered products, with almost a fifth of pad sales prospectively going to Surfaces and their relatives in 2019. Stateside, Redmond’s 2-in-1s might reach great popularity peaks much sooner, as the 1010data Ecom Insights Panel claims Apple is no longer the top-selling online brand. At least in October, when the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book launched commercially, while the iPad Pro didn’t, Microsoft ruled at the top 100 ...

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    It's not like Continuum where you plug in your phone and get a quasi-desktop experience. And then there's the lack of practicality of an stationary Android-based console. But there's more than a je ne sais quoi to the Remix Mini that had a whole crowd fund it to over 30 times the original goal pot of $50,000. Jide, a Chinese company that already has an "ultra-tablet" out, has put up a $70 personal computer on Amazon that runs Android. It's more low-end proof of concept than anything else, though: there's a 64-bit quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 2GB of RAM and a paltry 16GB of storage. ...

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    Is your smartphone or tablet a key part of your nighttime rituals? Do you like to curl up in bed with your favorite app, check the latest news, and maybe watch some videos before drifting off to sleep? You're far from alone, but sometimes that late-night device usage can have a negative impact on our sleep. Problem is, all the blue-spectrum light given off by mobile screens has a tendency to mess with our natural circadian rhythms – we see all that blue, and our brains think it's daytime, not sleep time. We've already looked at some apps that try and remedy this situation by dialing-down ...

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    Today of all days, if you're hearing about Amazon, you'd expect it to have to do with one of the company's hot deals. And while there are certainly some fantastic offers to be found (and taken advantage of), we've also got one development to cover that's not at all about saving a few bucks on a popular new gadget, as we get an important update on Amazon Video and its spread to competitors' media players. You may recall that last month we heard about Amazon butting heads with Apple and Google over its own streaming video service, shutting down sales of both Apple TV and the Chromecast due ...

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    Just as it did on Friday, Amazon will likely refresh all kinds of bargains all day today, some simply being too good to last more than a few hours. Case in point, this $400 Samsung Galaxy S6. Granted, Cricket Wireless sells the exact same phone for Cyber Monday for even less, namely $250. But the prepaid carrier’s offer comes with a couple of strings attached, including the requirement of use only on AT&T’s subsidiary. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S6 you can find on Amazon at four Benjamins is completely without obligations, factory unlocked, and most importantly, backed by a standard US ...

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    You didn’t need to be Nostradamus to prophesize Amazon’s eight days of holiday deals would put discounted Kindle and Fire gear front and center, but one of the e-commerce giant’s new tablets was notably absent from the massive yard sale. While the entry-level 7-incher took another 15 bucks off its already crazy low price of $50, the HD 10 stubbornly clutched to its $230 MSRP, only occasionally dropping to a $200 that didn’t quite make for a bargain. But for the next 24 hours or so, the Amazon Fire HD 10 sure looks like a steal at $170 through both the most valuable e-tailer ...

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