If you’re due for a smartphone and have been looking for a deal, there’s no better time than now to point your browser to Amazon.com where they’ve listed a number of devices and counting to be among their Penny Pincher sale. This will be the only time a year and the only site on earth offering high-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy S II and Verizon Droid Razr for a mere $0.01 through November 28th. The list is growing and you’ll find other devices from carriers like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon making the cut. In addition, Amazon while in the spirit of giving, is offering a $100 gift card for anyone additionally signing up for mobile hotspot services with a new two year agreement. Sorry, if you’re currently on a plan already, this will render ineffective for you. We’re not sure you’re ever going to find a deal like this, so hop on over via the source link and let us know what device you’ll be snatching for the holiday.
Update: Amazon’s Penny Pincher site seems to be down at the moment.
Oh snap! Somebody within Best Buy marketing either made a huge snafu or Verizon decided to throw a major curve ball real late in the game. According to Best Buy’s upcoming December wireless catalog, the Galaxy Nexus, as it was officially named by Google, has reappeared with the Nexus Prime name. Some reports are saying that they believe the ad to be true and that Verizon wants to have their device stand out from the other carriers’ device. I personally don’t believe this to be the case because Best Buy has been known to botch a few print ads here and there. Another reason this sounds fishy is because the ad refers to the phone as being apart of the Galaxy S II family – which we know it isn’t.
Over the past couple months we have seen the device referred to by Verizon as the Galaxy Nexus on many occasions,on ads, in print, on accessory packaging and on in store training documents. For Verizon to decide to change the name so late in the game makes no sense. What could have happened for them to go to this extent? I just don’t really see any foreseeable reason for the name change and I atribute this to a major error on Best Buy’s part. Who knows, I could be wrong and this is Big Red’s way of putting their stamp on Google’s latest masterpiece, either way, it makes for some entertaining news and we will definitely keep our eye on this one. I am willing to bet that you can plan on buying a new Galaxy Nexus hopefully on December 8th, or whenever they decide to release the damn thing. Jump past the break to see another page of the ad.
What do you guys think? Fact or fiction?
Ever since Amazon announced that they would be entering the tablet market it was rumored that they would be bringing different tablet sizes to the table. This rumor became more reputable when Amazon announced the 8.9-inch version of their Kindle Fire. Well it appears that a 10.1 inch version may also be in the works. According to Digitimes:
“Amazon is developing 8.9- and 10.1-inch next-generation Kindle Fire models and has selected an 8.9-inch model for launch by the end of the second quarter of 2012 due to LG Display’s and Samsung Electronics’ promotion of 8.9-inch panels and to avoid competition with 9.7-10.1-inch products offered by other vendors, the sources said. Foxconn will begin ODM production of 8.9-inch Kindle Fire in the middle of the second quarter of 2012, the sources indicated.”
Digitimes is known for receiving information from component producers in regards to the kinds of parts that each OEM orders. For the most part they deal with information regarding displays. So it is safe to say that they are a good indication of what’s coming down the line.
It appears that Amazon is working on bringing their next-generation Kindle Fire to arrive second quarter next year, in the 8.9-inch variety. Given that the Kindle Fire is an e-reader/tablet crossover and promotions offered by LG display and Samsung Electronics, not jumping straight to the 10.1-inch tablet makes sense. However, there’s no word as to when an Amazon 10.1-inch tablet will debut. This information only leads to more questions as to what Amazon is up to, and given that Amazon may also be entering the smartphone market at some point, the questions continue to pile up.
Here’s something to make you stateside folks a little envious. The SIM free, carrier unlocked Galaxy Nexus is all ready to be shipped out tomorrow morning to those who already placed a pre-order. Clove is reporting that enough stock has arrived to fulfill all pre-orders and shipping will begin tomorrow morning and continue through Wednesday.
If you have been on the fence and a bit worried due to the reported EDGE/volume bug, no need to worry, Clove has said that this batch had an “initial quality control check” so theoretically these should be worry free. A “limited amount” of stock is available so if you missed out on pre-orders now is your chance. Just take a gander at the photo above and tell me you wouldn’t want to see one of those show up on your doorstep sometime in the near future. Hit the link below for further details and let us know if you get one!
[via Clove UK]
With Thanksgiving only a couple days away the Black Friday deals are really piling up! To add more confusion to the chaos, Verizon just announced their Black Friday deals adding a bunch more great devices to the list. You can find the following devices for a heck of a lot cheaper than you normally would.
Although those prices are nothing to scoff at, Amazon’s penny sale is going to be your best bet for 4G devices like the Motorola DROID RAZR and the HTC Rezound. Speaking of 4G phones on sale, Metro PCS is also having a Black Friday sale in where 3 different Samsung devices will be offered at a discounted rate. If it’s a tablet you’re looking for, be sure to visit our huge Black Friday tablet list for the complete low-down.
It seems that the Galaxy Nexus is fraught with will it/won’t it rumors. We posted an article on Saturday suggesting that Verizon would only offer the Nexus in the 16GB internal storage variety. This caused quite a stir for those who were excited about the phone. Given that the phone has no external storage support, people were worried that 16GB isn’t enough space for apps and media. People have suggested that this amount of storage is more than adequate given Google Music’s cloud storage capabilities. This however, may be an issue given Verizon’s 2GB data cap. So Verizon dropping the 32GB model seemed surprising.
Well worry not. It appears that Verizon has released a document that highlights Verizon’s top three LTE phones versus AT&T’s two LTE phones. This document sheds some light on the Nexus storage dilemma. If you look at the document it shows that the Galaxy Nexus has 32GB of storage, highlighted in red. Given that this is a document that was given to their employees, it appears that Verizon has made this 16GB rumor moot. For those of you that were worried, this document should ease your doubts.
[via Droid Life]
We should probably be used to this by now but every time it happens it seems like it’s too good to be true. Amazon is now offering two of Verizon’s brand spankin’ new, top tier phones for only a darn penny. That’s right folks, right now you can get either the HTC Rezound or the Motorola DROID RAZR from Amazon Wireless for only a penny.
In order to qualify for such a great deal you must of course sign a new two-year contract, if you are due for an upgrade unfortunately the price jumps up to $229.99 for either phone. This is still a good deal since Verizon is offering both phones at the same price of $299.99.
Both devices are great pieces of hardware with rather similar specs. The HTC Rezound is HTC’s first crack at HD displays and sports a 4.3-inch HD 720p screen. It’s equipped with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB on-board memory, a 16GB microSD card, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front and of course an LTE radio. The Motorola DROID RAZR is an LTE device built from stainless steel, kevlar and wears Gorilla Glass over its face. Inside you will find a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB microSD card, a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display and an 8MP rear camera with a 1.3MP front shooter.
Hit either of the source links below to get yours for only a penny. You might want to make it snappy though if you don’t want to face any backorder issues.
Some Canadians have been green with envy considering there’s little news of smartphone sliders heading their way. After all, those Stateside recently found out they would be getting the myTouch Q while nothing was announced for Canada. You’re finally in luck since Bell will be releasing the myTouch Q as the LG Eclypse. In case you’ve forgotten, the device will feature a 1GHz Qualcomm single-core processor, 5MP camera with 720p video recording and of course, that sweet, sweet Gingerbread 2.3 goodness. Oh and if you look at the picture carefully, there’s a specific demographic targeted for the Eclypse. We’re looking squarely at you LG Rumour owners!
(Photo courtesy of Mobile Syrup)
[via Mobile Syrup]