Huawei Honor 8 Unlocked for $259

If you are curious about dual-lens smartphones, and you are also looking for an unlocked 4G LTE new condition smartphone, the 32GB Huawei Honor 8 Unlocked with USA warranty in the blue or white color schemes is on sale for $259 at Amazon by Amazon itself. It has 4GB RAM, 32GB on-board, microSD slot, etc.

Keep in mind, IFA 2017 is just around the corner in Berlin [see Trade Show Calendar] with more Fall 2017 smartphones revealed in the next few weeks (Note 8, LG V30, Pixel 2, iPhones, etc).

Cameraphones: Huawei Honor 6X Dual Camera Unlocked (USA warranty) for $190

If you are looking to try out dual-camera smartphones that won’t break the bank or lock you into a particular carrier, the new condition Huawei Honor 6X Dual Camera Unlocked (USA warranty) is on sale for $190 with free shipping in your choice of silver, gold or gray.

The dual camera is a 12MP + 2MP rear camera, with 3GB RAM, dual SIM, 5.5″ 1080p, Nougat out of the box, etc. It averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 360 customer reviews and it has over 600 questions answered. It works on GSM networks only.

Thursday: refurbished Google Pixel for $405 to $455

If you are a fan of the cameras of the Google Pixel, and don’t want to wait for the late 2017 flagship phones to be revealed (including new iPhones, Pixel 2, Note 8, LG V30, etc), Woot is offering the refurbished Google Pixel phones (first generation) for $400 in the 5-inch model or $450 in the 5.5-inch model, along with $5 flat shipping. Limit three of each per customer. They come with a 90-day Woot warranty. Offer ends 1am ET on Friday or earlier if sold out.

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 for $425 with Trade-IN or $575 without [add $100 for S8+]

Samsung too joined the dual camera party with the Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship introduction. And the prices are dropping. You can now get the Galaxy S8 phone in new condition, unlocked, with USA warranty and no carrier obligations for $575 at B&H Photo and the Samsung website. Make sure you are looking at the US variant if you are switching between colors and such.

On the other hand, if you have an older ex-flagship smartphone that are willing to part with, the samsung website has a $150 off trade-in promotion that would drop the price to $425. Only specific Samsung, iPhones, Pixels and LG phones are eligible for the trade-in promotion.

There is also a parallel promotion on the Galaxy S8+ going for $675 unlocked, or for $525 with a qualifying trade-in at the Samsung website.

PS: note also (yes, pun intended) that the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be revealed August 23 in 2017 but it’s likely going to be closer to four figures unlocked when it starts rolling out.

Pre-order new Nokia 6 Android phone for $230 (or $180 with Ads)

Once upon a time giants of communications, Motorola and Nokia had their soap-opera paths of mergers and acquisitions. The current incarnation of the HMD era of Nokia brand is launching Android smartphones, and the current leader of their pack is now available for pre-order with USA warranty in the US market!

The Nokia 6 is available for pre-order in three color schemes for $230 each at Amazon by Amazon itself. This is fully compatible with T-Mobile, and partially compatible with AT&T (missing a couple of bands – check phone websites/forums for complete details). This is as close to a pure Android phone as a 3rd-party maker can make with Google PLAY support. Perhaps trying to fill the void of good old Nexus getting shutdown by The Google.

This is not a flagship phone, but you get 3GB RAM, 32GB on-board storage, microSD card (up to 128GB), a 5.5-inch full HD touchscreen, Snapdragon 430 quad-core, Android 7.1 (how many phones offer this now?), etc.

On the other hand, if you want to pay $50 less, and you are comfortable with the way Amazon does their Sponsored Lockscreen Offers and Ads, Amazon is also offering a Lockscreen Ads version for $180 in two of the three colors. This is restricted to Prime members only, and it appears to have a limit of one per color per customer at the moment.

IF you are not a Prime member, but you want to get the Lockscreen Ads version, you can do it by becoming a Prime member. You will pay the full price of $230, but you will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card AFTER you become a paying Prime member (you get a 30-day free trial). The Details also note that if you return the phone or cancel your Prime membership within 3 months of purchase, they make charge you back for the $50 gift card). In other words, they are trying to prevent people from signing up just to buy the phone for $50 less and then cancelling 🙂

NOTE: as usual at Amazon, there are also listings of the international/imported versions of the phone. The Chinese version has 4GB RAM and 64GB on-board. If you are surfing around, make sure you are looking at the right version!

This has been around outside the US for a few months now, so you can find many reviews and opinions on it, such as this 9-pager from GSM Arena. Or jump to their conclusions if you don’t want to go through it all.

This is one of five new phones that joined the Amazon Prime line-up including the latest Motorola Moto E (4th gen), the Alcatel Idol 5S, and a couple more. It looks like “Blu” may be getting “punished” for their China “phone home” issue, as there are no new Blu phones added to the line-up?

LG G5 Unlocked (USA) with LG CAM Plus for $288 [no contract]

The modular LG G5 was not greeted as a liberator by the smartphone reviewer industrial complex, but of photography interest, this has a dedicated camera controls add-on module, and said module, the LG CAM Plus, is included for FREE with the LG G5 which in itself is on sale for $288 with free expedited shipping in the Titan color scheme, unlocked with US warranty, with no contractual/carrier obligations at B&H Photo. The other colors go for more and do not include the LG CAM Plus module.

Amazon itself also has it for $288 (limit three per customer) but does NOT include the LG CAM Plus for free.

ASUS ZenFone Zoom ZX551ML for $180

For a limited time, B&H Photo is offering the new condition factory-unlocked black color scheme of the ASUS ZenFone Zoom ZX551ML for $180 with free expedited shipping and a free 10050 mAh ASUS portable power bank. This has a 3x optical zoom (4-11mm f/2.7-4.8), GSM compatibility, 32GB on-board storage, 5.5″ 1080p LCD, etc… For more action, check their Featured Sales

Motorola Moto Z for $500 (Unlocked USA warranty)

If you want a factory unlocked smartphone with a USA warranty and GSM compatibility AND like the idea of having optional add-on modules (like the Hasselblad True Zoom camera), the Motorola Moto Z smartphone is on sale for $500 with free shipping at B&H Photo (with free B&H photo/video kit), and by Amazon itself.

On the other hand, if you want to pay a lot less AND want a phone that works with all four major US carriers, B&H Photo is offering the new condition 64GB Moto G4 PLUS with a free B&H photo/video kit for $220 with free shipping. This is available in black or white. The 64GB version also has 4GB of RAM, while the 16GB version has 2GB of RAM, so keep that in mind.

UPDATE: speaking of smartphones, the brand new HTC U11 with its 12mp Ultrapixels and a 90 DXoMark score is now available for pre-order at Amazon by Amazon itself.

Now shipping: Factory Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships

If you much prefer to get the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships factory unlocked, with Samsung USA warranty and in new condition, there are now in-stock and shipping in limited quantities at the Samsung USA website. The S8 goes for $725 while the S8+ goes for $825.

It is also available for purchase through Samsung Financing on 24-month installment plans with 0% APR on approved credit.

They are also shipping from B&H Photo. The S8 goes for $800 while the S8+ goes for $900.

NOTE that with previous models (eg Galaxy S7), Samsung did not prioritize updates for the unlocked phones. For example, the S7 only just now is getting Nougat (7.0, not even the latest).

ASUS ZenFone 3X Optical Zoom Smartphone with FREE Garmin Forerunner 25 GPS Running Watch for $200

Smartphones are embracing dual lenses but single-lens optical zoom remains a rarity. If you are interested in single-lens optical zoom smartphones,the ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML, 32GB, Android, Unlocked, Black) comes with a 4-11mm f/2.7-4.8 optical zoom lens with Hoya OIS (28-84mm eq) is bundled with a FREE Garmin Forerunner 25 GPS Running Watch (Large, Black/Blue), all together going for $200 with free shipping at B&H Photo. This is a limited time offer (I do not know when it expires).

No coupon, no rebate. The free item will be included automatically while this offer is running. When the offer expires, you will not see the free Garmin mentioned on the page (see screenshot below). This is factory unlocked and works with compatible GSM carriers (check bands and forums and such). This is one of a few Intel Atom powered smartphones.

LG G6 with LG Watch Style for $650 (Unlocked with USA warranty)

If you like to buy unlocked smartphones with USA warranty and also want to dabble into smartwatches, B&H Photo is bundling the new condition LG G6 (USA warranty, unlocked version) with the LG Watch Style for $650. The phone on its own goes for $600. The watch on its own goes for $250. All these are pre-orders.

On the other hand if you are comfortable with carrier phones and want to commit to 24 months of Sprint service, you can get it for $14.75 per month on 24 monthly installments through Sprint, on approved credit. This comes to just over $350 for the phone, but you are committing to 24 months on their Unlimited Freedom plan.

If you defy conventional wisdom and prefer the previous flagship, the LG G5, the one with the modules, including the camera module, you can get it unlocked with a USA warranty for $330 at B&H Photo. Or for $20 less you can get the AT&T models unlocked, but they have an AT&T logo on the back of the phone. IS a $20 discount enough for you to stare at the AT&T logo? (you can always hide it in a non-clear case).

As usual with all these, be sure to double check compatibility with the cellular networks you plan to use them with.

LG G6 (Sprint) for $354 with 24-month installment plan only

If you like what you saw with the LG G6 camera samples and reviews, and you don’t want to wait for the new Galaxy and iPhone and Pixel flagships to come out, and you are okay with switching or continuing with Sprint, they have a new installment-plan promotion that gets you the new LG G6 smartphone for $354 on a 24-month installment plan. Customers with “Good Credit” pay 24 monthly installments of $14.95, while “Building Credit” pay a $200 deposit with 24 monthly installments of $6.42. They both come out to around $354 total by the end of the installment discount promotion. The offer is good on both the Ice and Black color schemes.

The sale is only good on the installment plan. The pay-full-price-now price is $708. Sprint has a new “Unlimited plan” (with 10GB of mobile hotspot per month) for $50 per month, guaranteed until June 2018 (then it goes to $60/month). These prices are with Auto PAY activated. Add an extra $5/month if you don’t want AutoPAY. They also have promotions on adding lines (the second line is +$30/month, more lines for +$20/line; the prices on the additional lines will also increase in July 2018). You also get a FREE Google Home (hardware device, not a house made by Google) from LG by filing the necessary e-paperwork online.

Ships tomorrow: Unlocked Sony Xperia XZs for $699

The new Sony Xperia XZs Android smartphone with its 19mp stacked Exmor RS Motion Eye sensor and 960fps slow motion capture is scheduled to start shipping tomorrow (April 5). It is available for outright purchase, no contract, no preconditions, no installment plans, unlocked with USA warranty for $699 in three color options by Amazon itself. It takes microSD cards (up to 256GB), has 4GB RAM, 64GB on-board, 5.2″ 1080p screen, Snapdragon 820, IP68 waterproofness, dual nano SIM, Android 7.1, etc.

Speaking of unlocked smartphones, Amazon has launched a new featured Unlocked Smartphone sale featuring various models including ASUS Zenphone Zoom, Sony XA, and more.

$150 Gift Card and Gear VR Controller with Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ pre-orders

Sam’s Club is offering two freebies when you pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+. You have to follow the steps and the deadlines and requirements of each promotion. Freebie #1 is “Gear VR with Controller” to be sent to you later on by mail. You have to submit your information after purchase at the Samsung promotions website, and then they will mail you the Gear VR. Freebie #2 is a $150 Sam’s Club gift card. To redeem this, you must pick-up and activate your phone at a Sam’s Club store between April 21-30 in 2017. Activations are free April 21-23. Check their website for more details.

Cameraphones: Up to three freebies with pre-order of LG G6 on Verizon

The new LG G6 flagship is doing a lot better review-wise than its modular predecessor, the LG G5. If you have read the G6 reviews, checked the camera samples and comparisons, and you don’t want to wait to see what Samsung has to …unpack with their …explosive presentation of the Galaxy S8 next week, there are various LG G6 pre-order promotions at Verizon Wireless.

If you are a brand new customer to Verizon, and willing to trade-in a qualifying phone (they have a list), and port your old number over, and sign-up for eligible plans and promotions, you can get all three freebies. If not, you can get one or two of the freebies. Each freebie has its own preconditions, requirements, and deadlines. The three freebies are: 1) free 43″ LG HDTV offered through Verizon Rebates, 2) free Google Home offered through LG’s launch promotions, 3) $200 Trade-In bill credit distributed over 24 months. Be sure to read through the terms/conditions of each promotion and ask their CSRs questions if you are not certain or familiar with their promo-speak. More details on their promotions page.

ASUS ZenFone Zoom (64GB, Unlocked) for $199

Zoom-zoom for smartphones! The new condition ASUS ZenFone Zoom (3X optical zoom with Hoya’s blessings; Unlocked, No Contract, 64GB on-boar storage, Black, U.S. Warranty) is currently on sale for $199 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon herself with a limit of up to three units per customer. This is not a lightning deal. This has a 5.5-inch IPS Gorilla Glass 4 touchscreen, 1080p, 4GB RAM, 64GB on-board, etc. Check bands if you plan to use it with a cellular carrier.

Huawei Mate 9 with dual Leica Cameras for $593 (US warranty; No Contract)

For Leica fans, the Huawei Mate 9 Android flagship smartphone is currently on sale, in new condition, with USA warranty, unlocked, without contract or installment plan or any other preconditions, for $593 at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit up to three per color per customer. Check bands and specs to make sure it works with your carrier(s) of choice.

UPDATE: speaking of flagship smartphones, the + Lenovo-Motorola Moto Z Unlocked goes for $450 (no contract; limit 2) by Amazon itself.

Moto Z Unlocked flagship for $500 (no contact/installments)

On the camera-phone front, the current Motorola flagship, the 64GB Moto Z, unlocked, without contract or installment plan requirements, is on sale for $500 with free shipping, with a limit of two per customer at Amazon by Amazon itself… This is a modular phone with optional add-ons/modules such as the Hasselblad 10X True Zoom… There is no combined purchase discount – if you want both, you may want to wait for future offers. The sale this time is on the phone, not the bundle…

Speaking of unlocked no-contract cameraphones, the dual lens Huawei Honor 6X is now shipping for $250.

In-Stock now: Huawei Mate 9 with Leica Cameras for $600 (no contract; unlocked)

If you are a fan of Leica mobile cameras/lenses and are looking for an unlocked no-contract with USA-warranty Android flagship-level smartphone, the Huawei Mate 9 with dual Leica Cameras is now in-stock and ready to ship for $600 at Amazon by Amazon itself. With Google betraying the Nexus line-up with an iPhone-wannabe Pixel-Schmixel (#BitterNexusFans), it opens the door for Nexus fans to explore other unlocked options from the many other Android manufacturers that even have microSD cards 🙂

Unlocked LG G5 (RS988) with LG Cam Plus (camera module) and VR headset and Extra Battery/Charger for $450

The Holiday Shopping Situation Room update is now completed, and one last offer emerged from the price-checking, B&H Photo added one more freebie to their LG G5 Unlocked smartphone while remaining at $450: an LG Smartphone VR headset which goes for $170 on its own. The other three freebies continue, the LG Cam Plus (camera module) and extra charger and battery. This is model RS988, the unlocked North America variant with GSM and CDMA support. I like this trend of flagships being able to work with GSM and CDMA.

PS: check with your carrier(s) before buying though to be 100% certain it is compatible.

LG G5 + LG Cam Plus (camera module) + Cradle + Extra Battery for $450 (unlocked; no contract)

If you want to be a rebel and avoid the “blockbuster” phones of Apple, Samsung, and Nexus-killing Google, LG is one of the alternatives, especially if you are curious about modular design and LG’s Cam Plus camera module. Because the “LG Cam Plus” (the camera module) is included for FREE for a limited time, along with a charging cradle and an extra battery along with the 32GB LG G5 smartphone (model RS988, GSM + CDMA / 4G LTE Capable, North America variant, no contract, with microSD slot, with USA warranty) for $450 with free shipping at B&H Photo.

NOTE: there are multiple options on the same listing, if you are traversing the other options, make sure you are looking at the “North American Variant” with the four freebies, not the “AT&T Variant” (which goes for $370, but you don’t get any of the four freebies, and you get an AT&T logo on the back; also the AT&T variant does not have CDMA).

Regardless of option, check to make sure it is compatible with your carrier(s) of choice.

(ENDED) ASUS Zenfone Zoom (3x optical; 64GB, Unlocked) for $199 (limit 3)

This sold out… The new condition ASUS ZenFone Zoom, one of the few out there with a 3X optical zoom lens, 64GB on-board storage, unlocked and without contractual obligations, and USA warranty, is on sale for $199 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of three units per customer. This is not a lightning deal.

Google Pixel (Verizon Wireless) for 24 monthly $10/mo installments [or Pixel XL for 24 monthly $20/mo]

Since smartphone cameras have improved dramatically over the years, I will now also include them under the “Other Cameras” umbrella blog-category.

Which brings us to a flagship smartphone promotion, Verizon Wireless is offering the new condition 32GB Google Pixel smartphone on a 24-month installment plan for $10 per month for 24 months on an installment plan. The total price you would pay over the 24 months is $240. This is done using 24 monthly bill credits that bring the price down. You are billed $27.08 per month (the phone’s regular price) but you get $17.08 bill credits monthly, making it $10 per month. It’s basically a faux-contract of sorts… Also eligible for the promotion is the 128GB version which comes out to $15 per month for 24 months after the bill credits. You can adjust colors and storage size on that listing…

Meanwhile the larger 32GB Pixel XL is offered for $20 per month for 24 months, in a similarly structured promotion. The 128GB Pixel XL goes for $25 per month.

UPDATE: the same $10 per month for 24 months on an Installment plan is also offered for the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Hasselblad True Zoom with Moto Z PLAY for $500 or Moto Z for $750

Motorola too has some Black Friday bundles, you can get the Hasselblad True Zoom modular camera along with one of their Z series phones for just slightly more than buying the phone alone. These are unlocked phones, no contract, no obligations. You pay for it, you own it. The Moto Z PLAY + True Zoom bundle goes for $500, while the Moto Z + True Zoom bundle goes for $750.

(ENDED) Thursday: ASUS Zenfone Zoom (3X Optical) + ZenWatch 2 Android Wear Watch for $300

The day is over and so is this bundle… If you are a fan of real optical zoom lenses on smartphones, the ASUS Zenfone Zoom (3X optical zoom lens; 5.5″, 4GB RAM, unlocked, USA warranty, 64GB storage, microSD, Android 5.0) is bundled with the ASUS ZenWatch 2 Android Wear Smartwatch at NewEgg for $300 with free shipping as one of their Thursday daily deals…

The Zoom ZenFone on its own goes for $250 at Amazon which itself appears to be a sale of sorts since Amazon has a limit of three per customer.

(SOLD OUT) Hasselblad True Zoom Camera for Moto Z and Z Play drops to $200 [or FREE purchased with Moto Z phone for $700]

As of 10/11/16 AM re-check, this is sold out and cannot be ordered for $200. This often happens temporarily when Amazon runs out and pulls their own listing until a later time… Other 3rd-party sellers have it for $250+ but they are not eligible for the promotion…

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Pre-order new Pixel Phones [updated with more options]

Google generated some waves in multiple dimensions with today’s Google-centric Made-by-Google announcement (raw video stream which I was live-tweeting at high speed). One of those waves was a new flagship “made by HTC for Google” Pixel phone duo. Already this phone got reviewed by DxoMark which gave it the highest camera score ever for a smartphone camera.

The said phones are now available for pre-orders. If you prefer to go through a carrier, it is available through Verizon Wireless only which is running a trade-in credit promotion.

If you prefer an unlocked no-contracts no-obligations phone or to prefer the other carriers, you can purchase it from the Google Store (not to be confused with the Google Play Store) or through Project Fi. Yes, it is Project Fi compatible! They offer financing as well (through Symphony Bank) and for a limited time, you can get a free Daydream View VR headset for FREE ($79 value).

Prices are flagship prices here, the 5-inch model goes for $650 (32GB storage) while the 5.5-inch model goes for $770 (32GB). If you prefer the 128GB model is an extra $100 for each model. If you are used to Nexus pricing, it’s a bit of a sticker shock 🙂

UPDATE: Best Buy is offering pre-orders for the Verizon Wireless versions with a free $100 Best Buy Gift Card and a free Chromecast.

UPDATE #2: if you purchase the Unlocked Pixels, you can activate them with Republic Wireless using their budget-friendly BYOD plans (if you don’t need a lot of cellular data).

ASUS ZenFone Zoom ZX551M (64GB, 3X optical) and Zenwatch 2 and $50 Gift Card and Battery for $364 with coupon

There are hundreds of smartphones but still very few of them have a zoom lens, despite various attempts by manufacturers to differentiate their products. One of the zoom-lens models is the 64GB ASUS ZenFone Zoom ZX551ML (3x optical zoom, Black) and it has a special bundle for it at B&H Photo. Using coupon code ZOOMWACH drops the price of the bundle to $364 with free expedited shipping. The bundle is this:

+ 64GB ASUS ZenFone Zoom ZX551ML (Black; No Contract; Unlocked; Android)
+ ZenWatch 2 Smartwatch (rose gold, unlocked)
+ $50 B&H Photo Gift Card
+ one 10050 mah portable battery (choice of four colors)
+ limited time offer but expiration date unknown

Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 (GC200; 21x optical; Android) for $295

To the galaxy of eBay Deals we return, where the legendary Legend Micro store (I can’t help all these bad puns) is offering the manufacturer refurbished Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 (GC200) Android camera with 21x optical zoom for $295 with free shipping and a 90 day warranty.

AUKEY 3 in 1 Clip-on Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit for $11

The AUKEY 3 in 1 Clip-on Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit (three clip-on lenses, fisheye, wide, macro) is currently on sale for $11 by the maker (Aukey Direct) with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so you get free shipping if you are a Prime member, or with a $49+ ($25+ books) order. These average 4.1 out of 5 based on 400 customer reviews, and they also have sixty questions answered by other shoppers there. This is not a lightning deal, so this could last anywhere between 1ns and forever 🙂

Pre-order LG G5 Unlocked VR Bundle (LG G5, 360 Camera, 360 VR Headset) for $750

And now we have a mini VR camera theme from B&H Photo, starting with the LG G5 VR Bundle offered for $750 with free shipping in either the Silver or Titan color schemes. This gets you the LG G5 smartphone (carrier unlocked, GSM, CDMA depends, no contract) along with the LG 360 CAM Spherical Camera and the LG 360 VR Smartphone Headset. Shipping estimate is early May 2016.

Pre-order new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Since we are in the pre-order spirit, here’s the new flagship duo of the Samsung line-up, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, now with bigger pixels, fewer megapixels, wider aperture, the return of the microSD card, IPX 68 water resistant, and more advanced auto focusing. It is now available for pre-order:

+ T-Mobile offers include 1-year of Netflix

+ Verizon Wireless offers

+ Sprint offers with various transfer offers and “Buy One Get One Half Off”

+ AT&T Offers include a cross-promotion for Direct TV customers for unlimited data

+ Samsung is running a pre-order promotion when you buy from authorized dealers (such as the above) that gets you a VR kit and in-game currency.
+ summary of the terms and conditions

If you prefer unlocked with no contract, there are no prices or pre-order options yet but the new phones have product pages ready at B&H Photo which is always a good sign.

Amazon doesn’t have the phones yet, but there have dozens upon dozens of S7 and S7 Edge phone cases available.

As usual, if you are buying through a carrier with a contract or an installment plan or frequent-upgrade plans, be sure to check the terms and conditions and restrictions and fees and such.

Google LG Nexus 5X with $20 Gift Card for $300 (16GB) or $350 (32GB)

To the eBay Deals we go, where BuyDig’s eBay store is offering a nice deal for fans of Android purity who want to have the latest version (Android 6.0) with the new permissions system, and compatibility with the Google-Fi hybrid cellular-wifi service that refunds you any unused data. They include a $20 VISA gift card with either the 16GB Nexus 5X ($300; two color options) or the 32GB Nexus 5X ($350; one color option). No contracts!

This is a good way to use and test the latest versions of a variety of camera and photography Android apps but restrict them when they get too grabby with their permissions and data hoarding. Having said that, keep in mind that the new Permissions system is not perfect and it only gives us partial control. There is a very good write-up on it at the Ars Technica review.

Pre-order ASUS ZenFone Zoom (3x optical) for $400

Optical zoom lenses have had a hard time breaking out in non-superzoom camera-phones, but ASUS is trying their hand at it with the new ASUS ZenFone, and this creature, unlocked with 64GB on-board storage and a 3x flat-ish optical zoom lens (4-11mm f/2.7-4.8) is now available for pre-order for $400 at B&H Photo. This is model ZX551ML-23-4G64G-BK, with Android 5.x, a generous 4GB RAM, Intel Atom Ant Z3580 processor, 5.5-inch iPS Gorilla Glass 4 1920 x 1080 screen, microSD slot, and things like that. This looks like an actual phone, unlike the various Samsung superzoom Android phones that look more like travel-zoom digital cameras than phones.

DXO One and $60 Gift Card and 32GB card for $572

The DXO One discounting action moves to Amazon’s website where you can get the new condition DXO ONE along with a $60 plastic Amazon Gift Card and a 32GB Transcend microSDHC card (633x with full SD adapter) for $572~ with free shipping… In the off chance the gift card arrives before the camera actually ships (eg your credit card is billed), you can use the gift card to partially pay for the camera…

B&H Android Sale: Panasonic CM1 for $450, Nexus 5x with $20 GC for $330, and more

Meanwhile, the theme of the latest B&H Days of Deals group sale is a Smartphone Sale featuring various phones and accessories, including the Panasonic CM1 Android-Camera with 1″ sensor for $450, the Nexus 5X bundled with a $20 B&H Gift Card Card for $330 (16GB) or $380 (32GB), along with models from Samsung (eg 32GB Galaxy S6 for $480), ASUS, LG, Sony, Blu, ZTE, Alcatel and Huawei. The sale also includes accessories such as olloClip add-on lens bundles and cameraphone-holders.

2TB WD My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $70 (limit 5)

And now something to put all pictures, more storage options at the eBay Deals. This time it is Adorama’s very own eBay store offering the new condition 2TB WD My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $70 with free shipping, in the black color scheme, with a limit of five per customer.

Speaking of eBay, if you want to be among the first to get the official Android 6.0 release, and your current Nexus device (Nexus 10 or 7 (first gen) or 4 or earlier) will not get the official 6.0, and you are looking to get a device that will get that, the new condition factory unlocked Nexus 6 by Motorola in the blue color scheme is on sale for $300 with free shipping and a one year warranty by MobilePros1 (97.9%) on eBay. Limit five per customer. Over 3500 units sold so far from this listing. (the Nexus 5 will also get Android 6.0 but it will probably be its last official major release, while the Nexus 6 will likely get two more official major releases – this is based on previous patterns, by no means guaranteed).

Crazy deal on seller-refurbished unlocked HTC One M8 for $165

The latest Trending eBay Deals have a crazy low price on the 2014 HTC flagship smartphone/cameraphone, the One M8, with a microSD card, so you can many and more pictures without worrying about filling up the on-board storage.

NOTE: this is seller-refurbished, so they have a higher risk than manufacturer refurbished, so if you are risk-averse or a bit of a perfectionist, you may want to avoid them or at least approach with caution.

It is the seller refurbished 32GB HTC One M8 (6525), the Verizon model with its GSM part unlocked for use with any GSM provider. Check the bands and frequencies to make sure it works on your carriers of choice if planning to use it for cellular. Limit five per buyer. Over 4000 units sold so far. Only the gray color scheme remains. The other colors sold out. The M8 is one of the devices scheduled to get upgraded to Android 6.0.

They also have a couple of seller-refurbished Galaxy models, the S4 for $100 and the S5 for $180, at the Trending eBay Deals. No more microSD card with the new Galaxy S6 and its contemporaries.