Budget Android Phones and Tablets: 5 Things You Shouldn’t Skimp On

penniesIf you’re like me, you love technology. Unfortunately, if you’re like me, you also are strapped for cash. As any lover of tech knows, these two things don’t mesh together very well. The life of a technophile with a budget is a sad one indeed. The solution to this dilemma is, of course, to purchase and use lower-end devices with weaker specs and features. Since I’ve been living this life for a while, I’ve found out the hard way which features and specs to skimp on and which ones must always be a priority. Flashy cameras, brilliant displays, and blisteringly fast processors can be sacrificed in the name of saving a dollar, but the following cannot.


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See which apps and games are draining your phone battery and chewing up the most storage

android-appsApps are easily the biggest draw of owning a smartphone, but unfortunately, they can also be what hinders the performance of our devices, too. AVG anonymously collected data from over 1 million smartphone and tablet users to measure just which apps drained battery the fastest and used up the most storage space, and the results are pretty interesting.
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DROID TURBO may have 3,900mAh battery

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A new leak about the upcoming Motorola DROID TURBO for Verizon indicates the battery will be a massive 3,900mAh unit. This should provide plenty of battery life for the DROID TURBO. Last year’s DROID MAXX had a 3,500mAh battery and was one of the larger batteries on the market. Combined with a possible QHD display and 3GB of RAM, the DROID TURBO could find itself competing at the high end of the market.


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LG now including extra battery and charging cradle with purchase of new G3

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According to a LG press release, the company will now be including an extra battery and charging cradle with the purchase of a new G3.

The promotional period starts today, but only goes until Sept. 22, so you have some time to decide if you want to go in on the G3.

The free extra battery and charging cradle are valued at a total of $70, so this is a pretty solid offering from LG.

Source: PR Newswire

Motorola responds to Moto 360 battery discrepancy

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Earlier today iFixit reported on the results of their teardown of the Motorola Moto 360. Achieving a score of only 3 out of 10 for repairability, Motorola was in for more criticism when the iFixit team noted the battery was labeled as 300mAh. This was at odds with Motorola’s stated specs for the device indicating it had a 320mAh battery. That is not a big difference, but given the battery already appears to be a weak point for the device, this discrepancy did not help and set off a mini-firestorm of complaints around the Internet. Motorola has now responded to explain the discrepancy.
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Verizon’s LG G3 has a removable battery

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Verizon mistakenly listed their LG G3 as having a non-removable battery, but it looks like that’s not actually the case. Thanks to a picture on Twitter, we know the battery and back cover are completely removable. Since every other version of the G3 has a removable battery, this really shouldn’t be surprising, but it’s good to see Big Red not purposely butchering out any functionality from the device.

Are you planning on picking up a G3 on Verizon soon?

source: VZW Albert

Updated Skype application promises to save more battery life

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Many Skype users prefer to stay logged out of the service on their phones and tablets while not video chatting because of a fear of drained battery. If you remember, Google admitted that the Nexus 5 battery is currently experiencing faster battery drain due to the camera communicating with apps such as Skype.

Skype just updated the Android app to version 4.7, which will hopefully alleviate the situation. Just one other change includes message notifications in group chats being turned off by default.

Battery life is precious these days, so anything Skype can do to improve the situation is good news.


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HTC looking to enter smartwatch game in 2014

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HTC clearly isn’t dominating the smartphone market, so it looks as though it’ll be trying its hand in the smartwatch game. According to a recent Bloomberg report, HTC’s chairman, Cher Wang, said the company has been researching the possibility of entering smartwatch industry for years, and is optimistic that a product will be released this year. Wang also cited the fact that the company has to solve many of the battery and LCD-light problems that many manufacturers are currently having with their own smartwatch models. We’ll just have to wait and see what HTC has up its sleeves, and if this offering is any better than what it’s putting out in the smartphone market.

Source: Bloomberg 

Samsung may have another bloated battery issue

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In recent years, we have seen Samsung continue along a path of producing larger and larger devices, whether it is the normal smartphone market where they have established a 5-inch screen as the standard for a top tier device or the large smartphone market whether their Galaxy Note line pushes to blur the lines between smartphones and tablet devices. However, one area where Samsung may not be too happy to know they are growing bigger is in the batteries of the devices they sell, especially when that growth occurs after the device is in the hands of the consumer. Last month Samsung had to acknowledge a problem with batteries swelling in their Galaxy S 4 devices, costing them some coin after they started offering free replacements. Today news of another swollen battery issue has surfaced, but this time it involves an older device.

South Korean TV station KBS1 has aired a report detailing problems some owners of the original Galaxy Note device, released in 2011, are having with their batteries. The batteries are growing larger and take on some rather odd dimensions causing them to no longer fit in the device. Thus far the impacted devices appear to be those from Samsung’s home market, South Korea. Owners of the devices have thus far had no luck in getting replacements out of Samsung like owners of the Galaxy S 4 were able to do when their batteries started to super size themselves. That may be because Samsung seems to think the swelling is just a normal part of a battery’s life and is just an indication the battery has reached the end of its life. However, this does not seem to be a problem for other manufacturers.

Are you worried your smartphone’s battery may suffer from bloat?

source: Unwired View

How to enable battery percentage in the status bar on Android 4.4 KitKat

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Google has finally implemented a battery percentage indicator in the status bar with Android 4.4 KitKat, but you won’t find an option to enable it any of the settings menus. However, it’s really not all that hard to enable it, and you don’t need to be rooted. There are two methods, one involves an ADB command and the other involves installing a simple app. Now I know you can just download one of probably 10,000 battery widgets in the Play Store, but you might be looking to clean up your homescreens. Head on past the break to find out how to enable it.


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