Device Update: Galaxy Note 3, Moto X, LG G2 and more!
Jesse Simms • September 19, 2013if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?>
There are a bunch of great new and refurbished devices hitting the Ting lineup that we’re excited to tell you about! Here’s a run down of everything we’ll be launching in the next few weeks.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
We’re excited to announce that the Galaxy Note 3 will be coming to Ting!
Sporting a 5.7-inch screen, 3 GB of RAM and a 13 megapixel camera, the Note 3 is a solid step up from its predecessor. With a redesigned S Pen, leather-like back and original features, you’ll love all the improvements that have been made!
Awesome new functions include Pen Window, which lets you open a window by drawing a box anywhere on your screen. Once drawn, you can instantly open the app of your choice for true multi-tasking abilities!
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Both of these brand new Samsung gadgets will be coming to Ting in early October (*Update: Preorders will begin on October 18th, the device will ship in 2 to 3 weeks. I apologize for the confusion and delay). Exact price is TBD, but as always, it will be at or very close to the “unlocked” price.
Motorola’s new flagship device brings a ton of hype and for good reason. Running a tweaked version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the Moto X has the polished interface of stock Android with superb additional features. Touchless Control is a Motorola exclusive that actively listens for your voice and activates with a specific phrase (“OK, Google Now”). Once activated, this personal assistant lets you do tons of hands-free tasks like emailing your friends, switching music and opening apps. Another great tool is Active Display, that uses sensors to automatically wake your screen when you flip it over or remove it from your pocket. What’s more, the Moto X comes with 50GB of free Google Drive storage for device owners for two years!
LG’s G2 is a high-end Android Smartphone that packs some useful features within a unique design. It holds a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 2.3 GHz quad-core processor and capacious 3,000 mAh battery that’ll last all day. The G2 runs a customized version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and supports LTE tri-band network technology. In practical terms, that means better coverage, even indoors!
The G2 comes with some awesome tools like KnockON, which wakes the screen by double-tapping, and Optical Image Stabilization, which reduces blur and improves low-light shooting. It also includes an audio “zoom” feature, where it will focus on specific sounds while zoomed in during a video recording.
LG has also made an innovative move by positioning the Power/Lock and volume keys on the back of the device instead of the more common location. While this may take some getting used to, it’s a welcome break from the awkward finger stretching that has become the norm with big screen smartphones today.
The Hydro Edge is a reasonably-priced rugged smartphone that’s IP57 certified, meaning it’s waterproof up to 3.28 feet of water for 30 minutes. The 1 GHz dual-core processor packs a serious punch for those looking to use some power-sucking apps. You’ll also have access to the new Smart Sonic Receiver technology that lets you hear callers in noisy environments, along with Eco Mode, which takes control of some phone settings to optimize battery life.
The Hydro Edge should be arriving in less than two weeks, so keep an eye out on our Devices page!
Zing Mobile Hotspot and MiFi 500 LTE
The Zing Mobile tri-band LTE Hotspot is a sleek and affordable wireless hotspot. It includes a 2.4-inch color display. You’re given several options to manage the device’s settings, including on-screen controls, a browser-based management console, and Android/iOs apps. It supports up to 10 wireless devices with a range of 50 feet.
If you’re looking for an LTE hotspot with greater range (up to 100 feet), Novatel Wireless’ MiFi 500 LTE is for you. The attractive and compact MiFi comes with its own OS so you can run apps like maps and weather widgets, and includes a MicroSD slot so you can easily share files between connected devices.
The Talktanic itself, this phone aims to satisfy those who like it large. It has a massive 6.3-inch display, runs at 1080p resolution, and launches with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Mega is actually so big that it even has its own blog post.
While we still don’t have an exact release date or price for the Mega, keep an eye out as we’ll be adding it in the near future!
Refurbished Feature Phones
The latest flip phones to be added to our refurb lineup includes the Kyocera KONA, a device never before offered by Ting, along with a familiar face, the Samsung M260. You’ll be seeing both of these devices live on our site in early October.
The KONA is a simple feature phone that will suit anyone looking for an inexpensive, sturdy flip phone. It includes a small external color display and a 2.4 inch internal screen, along with a spacious keypad. While the KONA doesn’t include any sophisticated features or components, it has a straightforward interface that’s a breeze to use.
The Samsung M260 is a basic flip phone that’s compact, inexpensive and reliable. While it only includes the essentials, the M260 can accomplish your calling and texting needs with ease.