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Motorola Welcomes The Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone

When it comes to advances in technology, we all want everything to be faster. This is especially true when it comes to our smartphones. We want to upload and download faster, connect faster, and work faster. With the 5G network already present in cities like Chicago and Minneapolis, with other major cities like New York on the horizon, you need a smartphone that can handle the next major step of mobile telecommunications standards and speeds. This is where the Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone comes in.

We had the pleasure of attending the Moto Z4 launch event where the newest member of the Moto Z family was announced. This latest phone is packed incredible new features at just about half the retail of its competitors. Boasting a longer lasting battery, more storage, bigger display, and incredibly crisp night vision capabilities at prices that don’t match a month’s rent, you’ll love what the Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone has to offer.

Check out some of the amazing features below:

  • An integrated in-display fingerprint sensor right on the phone’s 2.5D curved glass screen
  • 15w turbo power charging for quicker battery power
  • Enjoy amazing speeds with the new 5G moto mod at Verizon
  • Etched matte glass screen, water resistant, aluminum, the earphone jack is back, 6.4″ max vision, full HD+ OLED
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, AI engine, 3.0 GHz Octa-core
  • Enjoy up to 2 days of battery life
  • Moto Mods don’t just customize your phone with experiences you want,t hey add an extra battery to the Moto Z4
  • The 48-megapixel and 25-megapixel front-facing camera are amplified thanks to the sensor with OIS and Quad pixel technology.
  • Smart Composition feature that recognizes potential improvements to your photo and creates a second photo based on those improvements
  • One button navigation at the bottom of the screen. Quick flashlight with a flick of your wrist
  • Add fun, animated characters to your photos with AR Stickers
  • Spot Color Mode allows you to pick one color to keep, and then turn everything else in the photo to black and white. You can also choose from twelve different live color tones filters
  • Timelapse / Hyperlapse, Slow Motion, and YouTube Live
  • 128GB internal storage expandable up to 512GB with a microSD, 4GB RAM

Some of our favorite features include the incredible photo sharpness and clarity of the Moto Z4’s night vision; the auto smile photo capture that can capture up to 5 people in a group and single photos; the ability to add an artistic blur effect in the background for professional-looking selfies in both front and rear cameras with portrait lighting; and the 360 photo and video capabilities when you add on the 360 Moto Mod.

The Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone is available now through Verizon in Flash Grey and Frost White. It can be purchased at Best Buy, B&H Photo, and www.amazon.com in the US; Starting June 13, customers who purchase the Verizon Moto Z4 at Best Buy will receive a limited time offer of $5/month for 24 months for new lines or $10/month for 24 months for upgrades.

Get the Moto Z4 at Verizon for only $10/month for 24 months. For those who want to bundle, the Moto Z4 + 5G Moto Mod starts at $439.99 for new activations; and the Moto Z4 + 360 Mod Camera Bundle is $499.99 unlocked. Canadians will be able to purchase the Moto Z4 this summer.

We highly encourage you to pop into one of the above retailers and try out the Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone for yourself. Try out all the mods and see which is best for you, then go enjoy this epic phone.

Smartphone Repair Housecalls: the Benefit of Using Cellsavers

When it comes to connecting with your world, your smartphone is your lifeline. Without our cell phones, we really do feel lost. What happens when your connection to that lifeline is severed? What can you do to recover it? Can you afford to recover it? We recently experienced just that when on a rainy day, our beloved, customized Motorola Pure X Edition (which features our favorite color, and is inscribed with our name) fell from our hands and hit the concrete streets head one. Although our beloved phone still functioned (we continued receiving texts, emails, and calls), the touchscreen was cracked so severely, it no longer responded to our touch. Our options, say goodbye to our customized phone and get a new one, try to get it repaired, or try to repair it ourselves. Sadly our budget wouldn’t allow for a new phone, the inquiries we made about repairs proved just as costly as purchasing a new phone, and we’re nowhere gifted enough to try any DIY repairs. Thankfully, we found our smartphone savior in CellSavers, who provides quick, affordable and certified cell phone repair service at your door, be it your office or your home.

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Say goodbye to the constant research in trying to find a reputable cell phone repair service that a) is within a bearable distance of your work or home, b) won’t charge you an arm and a leg for repair services, c) won’t have you waiting in line for hours, or d) leave you in limbo on the status of your repair request. With CellSavers, all those annoyances are gone. Not only do they come to you, their prices are lower than other repair services, even those offered by your phone’s manufacturer. CellSavers normally repairs iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Samsung Galaxy models, but the repair tech worked his magic on my Moto X Pure.

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CellSavers makes it simple to book mobile phone repair, ONLINE! You pick the place, and they’ll be there with tools in hand. Setting an appointment as ridiculously easy and involved just submitting my availability, the model of my phone and repair needed. Within minutes CellSavers confirmed the date, time, and the name and contact information of the technician, Clydal, that would be coming to my home for the repairs. To set up your iPhone, iPad, or Samsung repair appointment, click this link to begin your repair process. Armed with his tools and specialty headgear, Clydal proceeded to save my cell from the beyond broken mess you see back to its brand new form. Hence the name they’re called CellSavers.

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All the details and customization I used to build my phone were not lost, even the small add-ons like the pink details you see on the front. My Moto X Pure looked and worked as new as when I first took it out of its box.

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CellSavers currently offers cell repair in the following locations: Atlanta, Austin, Baldwin Park, Carlsbad, Chicago, Dallas, Del Mar, Encinitas, Fort Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Orange County, and Phoenix. As we stated before, their prices are significantly lower than other repair options, they come to you, and you get your fixed phone in an amazingly timely manner. What more can you ask for! Could CellSavers help you with a phone repair?

Retro Cool | Meet THE BRICK Phone from Binatone

If you haven’t noticed, there’s been quite the resurgence of 80’s and 90’s inspired style hitting the market, not just in fashion and beauty, but in technology as well. One of our favorites of these retro tech products is the  BRICK Phone from Binatone. Although it features the cool nostalgic look of the 90’s, the BRICK is a very modern phone. It can be used either as a bluetooth handset for your smartphone or as a powerful mobile phone when you insert your own SIM card, making the BRICK a 2-in-1 device that makes an amazing emergency phone.

Here’s what we love about this retro phone: unlike today’s smartphones, the BRICK offers 14 hours of talk time and one month standby time (over 700 hours without the need for charging); it is Bluetooth compatible with iOS and Android phones, works with any 2G SIM card, boasts a large speaker and a micro SD slot that allows you to load and play your favorite music from your smartphone, gives you the capability to access your smartphone contacts, includes an FM radio, an LED flashlight, and some very cool retro games, including SNAKE

We recently read about a teen who feel asleep with her phone under her pillow, which of course proceeded to catch on fire. Because the BRICK has a bluetooth range of 33 ft, it can remain near you without overheating, while your smartphone is at a safe distance away from flammable fabric. The 2-in 1 original BRICK mobile with 1 month standby retails for $69.99 and can be purchased online at shop.meetthebrick.com.

Samsung Mobile US Launches Next Generation Galaxy S 5

Ladies and gentlemen, the next big thing truly is coming soon. Next month, the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S5 finally arrives and we are very excited because we’ve been fans of Samsung’s Galaxy range for quite a while. We know why we’re excited, so we’re here to tell you why you should be. The Samsung Galaxy S5 continues with its introduction of new experiences, industry leading technology and meaningful innovations that you never knew you needed.
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The Galaxy S 5 boasts unrivaled experiences, new features designed with you in mind and experiences to improve your everyday life. Imagine paying for things with your fingerprint, expanding your microSD memory card slot to a massive 128GB, enjoying elements only seen on DSLR cameras, such as taking video that adapts to your surrounding light, etc. These are just a few of the amazing things available on the Samsung Galaxy S 5.

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The Galaxy S 5 features a brilliant 5.1-inch display powered by technology that enables you to enjoy amazing new camera experiences, lightning fast data connections, and health and wellness monitoring. With an adaptive Full HD Super AMOLED® display, colors are richer, blacks are darker and you get a faster response time for clearer, high-speed content. The S 5 also boasts wide viewing angles and crisp HD video on it’s bright bold display that adapts to bright outdoor sunlight or indoor ambient lighting – anytime, anywhere!

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The new camera features and simplified controls, paired with the 16 megapixel rear facing camera elevate the photo-taking experience, which means sharper photos and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for less grainy selfies. With the Galaxy S 5’s HDR (aka dynamic range of luminosity), you can see what your photos will look like before you even take them, while the amazing 4K allows you to take video in four times the HD resolution.
  • Phase Detection Autofocus: Advanced auto focus speeds for capturing a shot quickly – first smartphone with phase detection autofocus, a feature usually found in DSLR cameras
  • Real-Time HDR: High Dynamic Range (HDR) preview mode makes it easier to choose when to use HDR – like trying to photograph a beautiful sunset. It also enables users to capture HDR photos or videos with no shutter lag or post-processing.
  • Selective Focus Mode: Blur images near or far for a creative, one-of-a-kind shot
  • Shot and More Mode: The camera chooses and recommends Drama Shot, Best Photo, Best Face or Eraser shot after the picture is taken to create the best photo
  • Studio: Add effects to photos and edit movies with a complete suite of editing tools within the Gallery

The features we’re really looking forward to is the Ultra Power Saving Mode, Water Safety, and the Built-in Fingerprint Sensor. Is your battery running low? In Ultra Power, the Galaxy S 5 will reduce itself to a battery power, monochrome-colored saving mode, giving you more power and longer battery life. Just as with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active, if you drop the S 5 in water, it will still function (no need to rush to find some rice like with other phones). the built-in fingerprint sensor unlocks and locks the Galaxy S 5 and provides secure password protection to use PayPal for secure payments. The Galaxy S 5 also supports the latest mobile wallets, including Isis (a consortium among various carrier partners) and Google Wallet™.

The Galaxy S 5 is packed with leading technology enhancements, including Quick Connect, which locates the nearest devices to share content, files, or your screen through Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi® or Wi-Fi Direct™. Features Download Booster, an innovative Wi-Fi technology for boosting data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously for the fastest browsing, streaming, downloads, and better coverage than ever before whether you’re at home or on the go.

With S Health™ consumers can access health info, track and map workouts and make and track healthier eating choices right on the Galaxy S 5.It also boasts the world’s first built-in heart rate monitor (HRM) which provides real-time data before and after your workout when you place a finger on a sensor by the rear-facing camera. Key platform components of S Health include:

Nutrition: Meal tracking and planning with nutritional information
Fitness: HRM, exercise log, mapped runs and location tracking

The Galaxy S 5 will be available in Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Charcoal Black and Shimmery White. Accessories will include a Wallet Case, S View Flip Cover, and Wireless Charging Covers and Wireless Charging S View Flip Covers in an array of colors. It will be available to U.S. next month across various channels including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular. Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy, as well as Amazon, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart, will also carry the Galaxy S 5.

TECH REVIEW | HTC One Smartphone

The HTC One has been touted as the best Android smartphone available today. As a Samsung Galaxy S4 user, I took the challenge to see how amazing this android phone is and this post is my result. First, the HTC One offers great, crisp sound quality for both calls and music. I particularly love Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers, it makes multitasking on and off your phone a wonderfully stress-free experience with great sound quality. The HTC BoomSound™ with Beats Audio™ and HDR Recording combine to deliver a sharper and richer sound experience and HTC Sense Voice™ that boosts call volume and quality in noisy environments (I can’t tell you at how many noisy events this came in handy).

Visually, the screen resolution is superb; it features a gorgeous 4.7-inch, full-HD 1080p screen, which offers 468ppi resolution and rich, natural colors. The HTC’s UltraPixel Camera redefines the capture and creation of content with a f/2.0 aperture lens and sensor, gathering 300% more light than traditional camera sensors and HTC Zoe™ that enables your high-res photos to come to life by capturing up to 20 photos and a 3-second video. There were lots of moments when people commented on how great my photos were. I didn’t play games on it (not that much of a gamer) but I’ve heard wonderful things and it seems to stand up to that reputation. When it comes to streaming videos, using the GPS, and other key functions, the HTC One is in a word …….amazing.

Other key features includes HTC BlinkFeed™, a bold new the new standard experience that transforms the home screen of your phone into a live stream of personal content – do you find yourself more active on one social media network than the others? Have all your favorite content streamed one one screen as its happening. The HTC One also has a distinct zero-gap aluminum unibody (I love the new bold red HTC One – pictured above – that launched in August) and tapered edges for a slim comfortable grip.

My only qualms are I wish it had a longer battery life (I love the S4’s battery life), it is heavier than the S4 and I wish it had a microSD slot for more storage, other than that, this is a great phone.

  

Tech Style | Customize Your AT&T Moto X by Moto Maker

When it comes to style, individuality is key. No one wants to walk down the street or be out and see several people with what they have. This is not just true for fashion but for everything personal. AT&T and Motorola presents the Moto X by Moto Maker which allows you to express your individual style with the option of customizing your cellphone. With on-trend style elements (bold color, texture, etc) have become more than just a phone – they are now an extension of our style. While it’s cool to have the latest technology, we still want to make it highlight our personality plus the Moto X is also the first smartphone to be designed and assembled in the US.

With the Moto X, you can choose the back color, front color, accent color and case. With over 2,000 possibilities to choose from, you can design a phone that’s uniquely yours. You can also choose your phone’s memory size (16GB for $199.99 or 32GB for $249.99, add a name or greeting that’ll pop up every time you turn on your phone, select your wallpaper and pre-sync it with your Google account (Moto X owners get an extra 50GB of Google Drive storage on top of the standard 15GB free for two years to safely keep and share photos, documents and other files).

Moto X responds to your voice, no touching necessary, it perfectly fits your hand, twist your wrist twice, it becomes your camera. it discreetly lets you know your notifications without draining your battery. Moto X runs on Android, which lets you take Google with you wherever you go. You’ll have access to more than 975,000 apps and games on Google Play. Full specs include:

  • Android 4.2.2, Jelly Bean Interface
  • Width 65.3mm; Height 129.4mm with a weight of 130G
  • 4.7″ AMOLED (RGB) / HD 720p display
  • 4.0 LE + EDR Bluetooth Technology
  • Rear-Facing Camera w/ 10MP CLEAR PIXEL (RGBC) – Quick Capture – LED flash – 1080p HD video (30 fps) – 4X digital zoom – Slow motion video – Burst mode – Auto HDR – Panorama – Tap to focus
  • Front Facing Camera w/ 2MP 1080p HD video
  • 2 GB RAM, 16 GB standard with 32 GB version available online
  • Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System which includes a software optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (1.7GHz Dual-Core Krait CPU, quad-core Adreno 320 GPU), a natural language processor and a contextual computing processor
I love the concept of customizing your phone and of course the patriotic aspect of it being assembled in the US. I look forward to Motorola expanding on it with prints or patterns, and of course uploading your own image or design. What do you think of the Moto X?

Mobile Technology Highlight | Samsung GALAXY Note II

I never thought I’d love a phone more than I loved my Samsung GALAXY S 3, but that was before I got the Samsung GALAXY Note II. To merely call the GALAXY Note II a phone is a mistake, it is a life organizer. This powerful mobile device is perfect for that on-the-go viewing experience; it makes multitasking easy there making life easier plus it’s a striking device, it’s no surprise, I get asked about it almost every time I’m working on it.
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The Samsung GALAXY Note II boasts a 5.5” HD Super AMOLED screen which offers better clarity and a 16:9 screen ratio (that’s cinema quality) – making all viewing experiences perfectly crisp. The innovative design of the GALAXY Note II includes a bigger screen while maintaining a slim body to fit right in your hand. The S Pen and S Note provide a number of  features like Color Picker, newly added in the S Pen settings, it captures a color from any image to use for drawing. Other great artistic features include diverse sketch effects such as Auto Outline, which turns any photo into sketched outlines. What other features makes this device so amazing for your daily life?

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It’s Multi Window allows for multiple tasks on the same screen at the same time with no screen transitions; Air View (previewed below) saves you time, energy, and makes it easier to manage your life’s contents allowing convenient and quick browsing through your pictures, preview your emails and calendar details; and Quick Command allows you to send an email, call or send a text message to friends, share a meeting location, etc. All you have to do is just write the command on the pad.

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Want to get that perfect photo? Create it by capturing the best pose of each person with Best Face (shown above) on the Note II’s 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, then enhance those memories with handwritten notes on the back of your photos with Photo Note; someone on a call giving you information you need? Write down directions, phone numbers, and other information while on a call with Popup Note, it will intuitively open when you pull out the S Pen; For those of you who are not so tech-savvy, the GALAXY Note II features an easy mode which helps you easily access key functions such as favorite contacts, apps, dialer, etc on the home-screen.

What I highlighted above are just a few of the dynamic attributes of this amazing cell phone/tablet hybrid. Want to know more, get to know the Samsung GALAXY Note II by visiting Samsung/GalaxyNote2.

Samsung Experience Shop Featuring Bruno Mars

For those of you that are fans of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and all its revolutionary features, you’ll love the Galaxy S 4, which not only features the S3’s most loved features but some very interesting additions. To celebrate the launch of this newest addition, as well as the launch of the Galaxy Note 8.0, to their mobile family, Samsung, along with Best Buy, held an amazing event filled with the opportunity for guests to not only learn about these two new mobile device launches but to win them as well. Welcome to the Samsung Experience Shop Featuring Bruno Mars.

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The events was set up in different stations where you can learn and try out the various features on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 8.0. Guests won tokens from each station visited which they redeemed for prizes. The grand prize winner (50 tokens) won five Samsung products including a Flatscreen TV, Galaxy Note 8.0, Smart Camera (which I’m dying for), Galaxy S 4, etc. (I got a photo of the winner below after he was jumping up and down)

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The second prize winner won four products and so on. The evening also included a rousing performance by singer, Bruno Mars who stayed on stage for an hour captivating the crowd

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Check out a video snippet from one of his performances at the event

Check out some more images from the amazing, one-of-a-kind event below. Along with all the night’s activities, guests were able to see their tweets from the events as it happened on Samsung’s colossal live twitter board

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