As expected, the LG G Flex has now landed on T-Mobile’s network, both in-stores and online. The LG G Flex can be yours for no down payment at all, though you will have to make 24 monthly payments of , or you can buy the handset outright for 2.
It goes without saying that the LG G Flex much more expensive than many other high-end Android devices, particularly when you consider that it’s 6-inch display has a resolution of 720p, instead of the now-standard 1080p found on most flagship devices.
Of course the saving grace is that the LG G Flex stands out in a crowd thanks to to its unique semi-flexible display. Whether that’s worth the extra cash is up to you. For those that need the refresher on the rest of the hardware, the G Flex is powered by a 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM. The device also packs a 13MP camera and a 3500 mAh battery.
For more details on what to expect from the LG G Flex, be sure to check out our full review.
Android users out there that are more interested in the idea of an Android device with a sliding QWERTY keyboard will be happy to know that today T-Mobile is also bringing out the LG Optimus F3Q.
Unfortunately, the LG Optimus F3Q isn’t exactly a powerhouse the handset and features a dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1GB of RAM. There’s also 4GB storage, a 4-inch 480×800 display, a 2460 mAh battery and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
While the specs are probably good enough for those with basic needs that absolutely want a sliding keyboard, the price isn’t particularly cheap. The LG Optimus F3Q can be yours for 2 outright, or a month for 24 months.
Originally announced last week during CES, the Sony Xperia Z1S has already arrived with T-Mobile. The carrier has the handset available for online sales beginning today. The handset is also coming to retail stores, however that will not happen until January 22nd. Regardless of whether you move forward and buy online now, or from a retail store on the 22nd — the pricing and specs for the handset remain the same.
To begin with, T-Mobile has the Sony Xperia Z1S priced at down. The handset will then be per month for 24 months which brings the full retail price to 8. The option doesn’t sound all that bad, however it seems as if there could be some other handsets to consider if you are willing and/or able to shell out the full 8 at the time of purchase.
That being said, the Xperia Z1S is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and sporting a 5-inch display at 1920 x 1080. The handset is then powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a microSD slot that supports cards up to 64GB in size. All in total, that accounts for as much as 96GB of storage space depending on the size of your memory card.
Other highlights in terms of specs include 4G LTE connectivity, a waterproof design, 3000 mAh battery and 20.7 megapixel camera on the back. The camera has a flash and is also capable of capturing video at 1080p. Similar to many of the newer Xperia handsets, the Z1S has a full range of software related camera features. Plus, as this is a T-Mobile branded model, there is support for some of the T-Mobile specifics such as WiFi Calling and T-Mobile TV.
An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.
Spotted by a reddit user, the eight-week long course offered by the University of Maryland is directed to Sophomore- or Junior-level undergraduate students who already have some Java knowledge. However, this is a course for beginners, as the students are “not expected to have studied mobile application development.”
In order to attend it, students will need an Internet connection, a computers and “time to read, write and discuss.” An Android device is not required, as all the graded exercises will be done using the Android Emulator.
Each lesson will be comprised of video presentations and lab exercises that will help students practice what they learn. At the end of the course, students will be given a more complex final project. The students who will complete the course will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor of the course.
In case you’re looking forward to learning how to build your own Android apps, you should at least check out this apparently free resource to get you started.
What appear to be unannounced LG and Samsung Android handsets have been spotted online, with product numbers reminding us of Nexus and Galaxy Note devices, respectively.
Well-known leaker @evleaks asked on Twitter in two status updates what the LG D830 and the Samsung SM-N7505 are, adding that the Nexus 5 has two versions (D820 and D821), while the Galaxy Note 3 has model number SM-N900x.
The LG D830 has been spotted on LG’s website, and the model number is awfully similar to the Nexus 5’s model numbers. The LG D830 has a Full HD display (1920 x 1080) according to the user agent profile, and will have LTE support.
The Samsung SM-N7505 device has been spotted on logistics website Zauba, which has been the source of similar leaks in the past concerning the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. According to the information available, we’re indeed looking at a mobile phone which will have a screen size between 5.5 and 5.7 inches, and which has been shipped “for testing and evaluation and not for retail sale.”
However, its model number isn’t similar with the Galaxy Note 3’s model number, rather reminding us of the Galaxy Note 2, whose model number is SM-N7100.
Images for either device aren’t available yet. Furthermore, we’ll add that the fact that these LG and Samsung devices have been spotted online doesn’t mean anything just yet, so we’ll just have to wait for more details.
However, the 32GB model of the handset is not available from T-Mobile. We’ll also note that the white Nexus 5 is also unavailable from the carrier. These models can still be purchased from the Play Store, even though you’ll have to wait a few weeks to get some of them.
If you’ve not already fired up your web browsers and added an iPhone 5s to your collection, it’s now time to get going. Apple has their online store up and ready to take orders and additonally carriers such as Verizon, Sprint and AT&T sites are currently having their servers being stress tested.
After announcing the pricing and availability dates earlier this month, the LG G2 is now available online from both T-Mobile and AT&T. While the release is right on time as per AT&T’s schedule, T-Mobile has managed to launch the phone a few days earlier than previously announced.
As a part of T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plans, the LG G2, you can pick up the highly-anticipated LG flagship from a down payment, followed by monthly installments for 24 months. Of course, you can also pay for the device outright, which will set you back 3.99. T-Mobile will also be giving away for free a LG QuickWindow case, worth .99, with every purchase. You can find out more and pick up the device from the T-Mobile website here.
The LG G2 can be picked up for 9.99 with a 2-year contract from AT&T. The company also offers one year contracts, with a device cost of 9.99, and an outright purchase cost of 4.99, which is cheaper than T-Mobile, but doesn’t include any free accessories. Customers can also avail of the new AT&T Next offer, which features no down payment, and a monthly installment of for 20 months. You can find out more and pick up the LG G2 from the AT&T website here.
As a reminder, the LG G2 features a 5.2-inch Full HD (1080p) IPS LCD display, 2.26 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 13MP rear camera with OIS, 2.4MP front camera, 3,000 mAh battery, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on-board.
If you’re unsure of whether the LG G2 is the smartphone for you, don’t forget to check out our detailed hands-on review, along with comparisons between the LG G2 and a few of the current flagships from other device manufacturers, in the playlist below.
We hope you’ve enjoyed iMore’s extensive coverage of today’s iPhone 5s and 5c event, but if you’re wanting to watch the whole thing back, Apple’s got you covered. Over on the Apple Events page you can now view the entire presentation starring Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi, and of course the new iPhone 5s and 5c.
See the colors. See the fingerprint scanners. See the A7 chip and the cool camera stuff. See it all, right now. What are you waiting for? Hit the link below and get your viewing on!
While AT&T users were lucky enough to get their hands on the Moto X on the 23rd of August, folks on other networks have been left waiting a bit longer. The good news is that Verizon’s version of the Moto X has now launched as well, right on schedule.
At the moment, the only way to land yourself a Moto X through Big Red is by ordering online, as the phone is still slated for in-store arrival in “the coming weeks”. It’s also worth noting that if you are stoked about customizing your device with the MotoMaker, you’re going to have to wait until the AT&T exclusivity wears off, which is rumored to happen in November.
If the lack of customization and in-store availability doesn’t put you off, the 16GB model of the Moto X can be purchased online for 9.99 with contract in your choice of woven black or woven white. The handset can also be purchased off-contract for 9.99.
For those looking to save some cash on the outright price, Verizon’s “VERIZON30” coupon code will allegedly work with the Moto X, bringing the price down by 30%.
So should you pick up the Moto X or not?
If raw power is what drives your purchases, you might be better served by another device. If you are looking for cool ‘extras’ like Touchless Control and Active Display, then by all means, the Moto X could fit the bill.
To get a better idea of what to expect with Motorola’s latest flagship, check out our video review below:
So what do you think, interested in picking up the Moto X or not?
Early this month, we got a glimpse of ASUS’ plans for mobile world domination and one of those involved a new FonePad hybrid. That device might be arriving soon, as an online retailer has put up a page accepting pre-orders for one variant of the upcoming ASUS FonePad HD 7.
ASUS unveiled the first FonePad at the Mobile World Congress last February. The device is a cross between a tablet and a phone, offering complete telephony functionality, including calls, on a 7-inch form factor. We were able to get a short hands-on experience with the original FonePad and couldn’t quite decide if we were prepared to say goodbye to phones that we can stow away quickly in our pocket in exchange for a tablet and a phone in one device.
However, ASUS obviously believes there is such a market for this kind of device as it has been rumored to be working on a successor. And last week, we got word about its hardware. The FonePad HD 7 seems only a slight upgrade from the first model, now running on a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 at 1.6 GHz. It also sports a slightly higher 3 megapixel rear camera. Other than that, most of the specs remained the same. It will still have a 7-inch 1280