HTC Desire 530 now available!

July 26, 2016  by Jessica Linnay

HTC knows what you want when it comes to your smartphone. The desire to connect and share drives our attachment to our mobile devices, and their ability to entertain and enthrall us solidifies the relationship. The HTC Desire 530, with cutting edge photo and audio technology and premium processing power, was designed to meet needs and surpass expectations. Plus, its unique micro-splash paint job sets you apart in a crowd. 

Key Features:
  • 5” HD LCD display – See all your images, videos and text displayed in crisp crystal clarity
  • 5 MP selfie camera – The front-facing camera features auto and voice technologies, as well as a timer, for the ultimate selfie captures
  • Immersive audio – Enjoy the playback power of a high quality integrated amp with HTC BoomSound Audio for boosted volume and bass without distortion
  • Expandable storage – Add up to 2 TB of space for all of your media and apps
  • Unique style – Body is affixed with a lanyard hole and adorned with a textured, micro splash finish

 

Availability & Pricing:

HTC (Canada) | Available July 25

  • Full price: $199
  • 2-year term: n/a

HTC (U.S.) | Available July 25

  • Full price: $179 USD
  • 2-year term: n/a

T-Mobile | Available July 25

  • Full price: $159.99
  • 2-year term: $0

Verizon Wireless | Coming soon

  • Full price: n/a
  • 2-year term: n/a
WIND Mobile | Coming soon
  • Full price: n/a
  • 2-year term: n/a

Vidéotron | Coming soon

  • Full price: n/a
  • 2-year term: n/a

 

Early Reviews:

HTC Desire 530 review by TechRadar

HTC Desire 530 review by Stuff TV

HTC Desire 530 review by Android Authority

HTC Desire 530 review by PC Advisor


Sony Xperia X line of smartphones now available on the WIND network!

July 25, 2016  by Jessica Linnay

A sudden gust has finally blown the Sony Xperia X line of smartphones into the hands of WIND Mobile customers.

WIND received three models from the series introduced to markets earlier this year: the Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia XA Ultra. Each is uniquely designed in looks and hardware, yet each was created with the goal of offering "layers of world-leading technology [to] help amplify the activities [you] love doing every day; letting you interact with the world around you in exciting ways, making lives more enjoyable and delivering new intelligence that sets it apart," said President of Sony Mobile Communications for North America, Kunihiko Shiomi. 

 

THE XPERIA X SERIES:

 

Sony Xperia XA

Key Features:

  • Octa-core processor - Ensure top power and performance no matter the task at hand
  • 5” borderless display - A slim, curved design looks great and stays comfortable in your hand all day
  • 13MP Quick Launch camera - Make sure you capture every moment as it happens, in stunning clarity
  • Qnovo Adaptive Charging - Intelligent power management technology maintains battery performance, so you benefit from a lifespan up to twice as long as earlier Xperia phones

See full specifications for Xperia XA

 

Xperia X

Key Features:

  • 23 MP camera - Quick Launch ensures you can capture every spontaneous photo-worthy moment
  • 5” display - Curved glass and a seamless back make the phone easy to hold and impressive to look at
  • PS4 Remote Play - Access any PS4 console remotely using local Wi-Fi to stay in the game
  • Qnovo Adaptive Charging - Intelligent power management technology helps you benefit from battery life that's up to twice as long

See full specifications for the Xperia X

 

Sony Xperia XA Ultra 

Key Features: 

  • Large 6” display - A near borderless design with a narrow, curved grip is comfortable to use and hold
  • Octa-core processor - Ensure top power and performance, no matter the task at hand
  • 21 MP and 16 MP cameras - Hybrid Autofocus captures split-second moments in sharp quality, while slow sync flash allows for stunning low light photos
  • Qnovo Adaptive Charging - Intelligent power management technology maintains battery performance, so you benefit from a lifespan up to twice as long as earlier Xperia phones

See full specifications for the Xperia XA Ultra


Compare all WIND phones in the Xperia X Series

Compare all Sony phones

 

Availability & Pricing:

Xperia X | Available July 21 (Graphite Black)

  • Full price: $649

  • 2-year term: $0 


Xperia XA
 
| Available July 21 (Graphite Black)

  • Full price: $299

  • 2-year term: $0


Xperia XA Ultra | Available July 21 (Graphite Black) 

  • Full price: $399

  • 2-year term: $0


LG X Power and Samsung Galaxy J3 now available on the TELUS network!

July 20, 2016  by Jessica Linnay

TELUS added two new smartphones to their catalogue today: the LG X Power and Samsung Galaxy J3. Both devices come equipped with powerful batteries to last through long and active summer days, but that’s where the similarities stop. Become acquainted with the features that make these phones hot ticket items for the summer.

LG X Power

Key Features:

  • 5.3” IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution - See all your images, videos, and text appear in vibrant crystal clarity

  • 4100 mAh battery - Offers long-lasting use on a single charge, while QuickCharge 2.0 technology provides power 50-60% faster than with standard charging

  • Quad-core processor and 16 GB RAM - Provides all the performance power you need to multitask efficiently 

  • 2 TB external memory - Expand device memory via microSD to hold over 500,000 songs, 96 games, or almost 2,000 movies in the palm of your hand

See full specifications for the LG X Power

Compare the LG X Power and Samsung Galaxy J3

Compare other TELUS phones

 

 Samsung Galaxy J3

Key Features:

  • 5.0” Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 resolution - See every detail of images, videos, and text in crisp and vibrant HD 

  • 2600 mAh battery - Provides power all day with up to 22 hours of talk time, and when you get low Ultra Power Saving Mode lets you complete tasks before shutting down 

  • Quad-core processor and 16 GB RAM - Provides all the performance power you need to multitask efficiently 

See full specifications for the Samsung Galaxy J3

Compare the Samsung Galaxy J3 and LG X Power 

Compare other TELUS phones

 

Availability & Pricing:

LG X Power (TELUS) | Available July 19

  • Full price: $240

  • 2-year term: $50

Samsung Galaxy J3 (TELUS) | Available July 19

  • Full price: $240

  • 2-year term: $50

 

Early Reviews:

LG X Power review by Tech Radar

 

LG X Power review by Android Authority

Samsung Galaxy J3 review by PC Mag

Samsung Galaxy J3 review by CNET

Get Smart About Home Security with Rogers

July 18, 2016  by Jessica Linnay
 

Does the idea of a smart home seem out of reach?

Well, now you can access this cutting-edge integrated technology within the palm of your hand.

Rogers just launched their new Smart Home Monitoring app for both Android and iOS. Now, Smart Home Monitoring (SHM) customers can access all the security and automation features that were previously only available on the web, from their smartphones and other mobile devices.

Some notable features of the new app:

  • Groups of devices, or Tiles, on the app interface make it easy to customize your home management mobile experience.
  • Popular menu choices like Pages, Activity (formerly History), Automations (formerly Rules) and Settings can be accessed from any page in the app by using a taskbar at the bottom of the screen, making it easier to quickly see what’s happening at home while you’re away
  • Edit, delete, enable and disable individual Automations on the fly, instead of waiting for access to a desktop computer or laptop
  • Access and change the thermostat schedule directly to adjusting heating, cooling, and timer settings

What’s a smart home, anyway?

A smart home can do things like send alerts to your smartphone or tablet when a motion detector or smoke alarm goes off, or when doors and windows are opened. Setting rules such as to send you an SMS when the front door opens between 3:30-4:00pm on weekdays lets you know when the kids come home, while having the family room light go on for five minutes every 20 minutes between 7pm and midnight while you’re on vacation deters unauthorized entry by making it look like you’re at home.

Get the Rogers Smart Home Monitoring app at iTunes or the Play Store. 


ZTE Axon 7 now available!

July 14, 2016  by Jessica Linnay

ZTE has released the Axon 7, a flagship device loaded with features designed to enhance everything you do with your smartphone. A quad-core processor lets you multitask without lags, displaying videos and more in crystal clarity on a screen with 2560 x 1440 resolution, while Hi Fidelity sound performance ensures your media plays with immersive sound. Only pre-orders are available in Canada until its official launch on July 27.

Key Features:

  • 5.5" QHD display - A whopping 2560 x 1440 resolution ensures all your videos, photos, and text appear crisp and vibrant

  • Long-lasting battery - Provides up to 24 hours of talk time and paired with Quick Charge 3.0 technology, ensures your time spent without power is minimal

  • Fingerprint customization - Set apps to launch with one touch 

  • 20 MP rear camera with 4K video capture - Snap sharp and brilliant photos and videos even from afar, or capture your best selfie with the 8 MP front-facing camera

  • HiFi Audio - Provides the highest quality sound reproduction and amplification for an immersive listening experience

 

See full specifications for the ZTE Axon 7

Compare the ZTE Axon & ZTE Axon 7

Compare other ZTE phones

 

Availability & Pricing:

Newegg | Pre-orders only (Canada)
Limited time offer! Get a pair of Monster N-Pulse DJ Headphones FREE with your pre-order

  • Full price: CDN$529.99
ZTE | Pre-orders only (U.S.)
  • Full price: USD$399.98

Early Reviews:

ZTE Axon 7 vs. OnePlus 3 review by Android Guys

 



LG Stylo 2 Plus now available!

July 12, 2016  by Jessica Linnay

LG has officially launched the LG Stylo 2 Plus. This smartphone takes all the great features of the LG Stylo 2 to the next level and offers all the specs, security, and sleekness you could want in a personal device. 

Key Features:

  • Fingerprint sensor - Confirm your identity, make mobile payments, and secure your device with a simple touch

  • 5.7" HD display with stylus - Write, draw, and more with precision on a bright and vibrant IPS display

  • Octa-core processor - Witness the performance power that lets you multitask using data-heavy applications without interruption

  • 13MP rear camera - Capture every detail of all your life's most memorable moments

  • 2TB expandable memory - Keep all your important photos, music, videos, and other files on hand, without ever running out of room for apps

See full specifications for the LG Stylo 2 Plus

Compare the LG Stylo 2 & LG Stylo 2 Plus

Compare other LG phones

 

Availability & Pricing:

Vidéotron (Canada) | Available July 12

  • Full price: $349.95

  • 2-year term: $49.95-$149.95


MetroPCS
(U.S.) | Available July 12 

  • Full price: USD$219.00 (USD$149.00 after mail-in rebate) 

 


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