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Kyocera Hydro Life - No Contract Phone - (T-Mobile)
Kyocera Hydro Life - No Contract Phone - (T-Mobile)
Price: $124.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Waterproof Phone For T-Mobile, September 28, 2014
The Kyocera Life is a very good waterproof phone for T-Mobile. MetroPcs sells the same phone for 50% less than other stores. Both versions are LOCKED phones designed for the T-Mobile HSPA+ 4g network.

The Hydro Life is the same size as the new Apple iPhone 6, except the Life is much thicker due to its waterproof design. Its compact size is a good fit for even smaller hands and pockets.

The Hydro Life has a nice 4.5 inch screen and good sound quality for both phone calls and through the rear speaker. The rear camera takes good photos in bright sunlight but is mediocre indoors. The front selfie camera takes fuzzy photos even in bright light.

The Life uses T-Mobile's 4G HSPA+ network which is fast enough to stream Pandora Radio and play YouTube videos but it downloads files slower than a 4G LTE phone.

A huge advantage of the Hydro Life is that it has more than 3gb of available memory to store apps and games. Other phones in its price range usually provide only a tiny 1gb of storage which is quickly filled by adding just a few apps and games.

The Hydro Life permits you to install a 32gb microSD card for your songs and videos and music sounds great with good headphones.

The Hydro Life does not have a traditional front speaker. The top inch of the screen transmits sound directly when you press the top of the screen firmly against your ear. The direct contact method makes it much easier to hear callers in noisy places such as a construction site or downtown sidewalk.

This is my third phone with the Kyocera direct contact speaker. The Hydro Life speaker is louder and clearer than the older models.

Its waterproof design, the big screen, large internal memory for apps and games and its fast 4G HSPA+ data speeds for music and videos make the Hydro Life a "best buy", especially at the current $50 price at T-Mobile's MetroPcs website.


BlueAurora(TM) Kyocera Hydro Icon C6730 / Hydro Life C6530n (Boost Mobile, T-Mobile, MetroPCS) Hybrid TPU Mesh Case & FREE B.A. Stylus Pen-Retail Packing (Black)
BlueAurora(TM) Kyocera Hydro Icon C6730 / Hydro Life C6530n (Boost Mobile, T-Mobile, MetroPCS) Hybrid TPU Mesh Case & FREE B.A. Stylus Pen-Retail Packing (Black)
Offered by BlueAurora
Price: $3.99

1.0 out of 5 stars The Hybrid Mesh Case A Poor Fit On Hydro Life, September 28, 2014
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Hybrid mesh case does not fit the Hydro Life. The clamps that hold attach the outer shell to the phone are shaped wrong and do not clamp securely. I have the hybrid mesh case on my LG phones and it fits them perfectly.


Kyocera Hydro Life C6530 / Hydro ICON C6730 Black Flexible Gel Skin TPU Case
Kyocera Hydro Life C6530 / Hydro ICON C6730 Black Flexible Gel Skin TPU Case
Offered by GrabnGoWirelessCom

2.0 out of 5 stars An Inexpensive And Light Weight Case To Protect Against Scratches, September 23, 2014
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This listing includes about a dozen different styles of cases for the Kyocera Hydro Life/Hydro Icon. I selected the Black Flexible Gel Skin TPU case. It is a light, thin, flexible cover made from shiny plastic.

It is rather crudely molded, and looks much like the cheap phone cases sold at a dollar store. I wanted a case that would protect my Hydro Life from scratches when I set it down on a table, and this case will do that job. A ledge around the screen makes it possible to place the phone face down without the screen touching the surface. A thin gel cover will NOT protect against drops onto hardwood floors or concrete, for that you need a heavier and bulkier dual layer case.

Amazon vendor GrabnGoWireless included some bonus items, including a screen protector, a USB cable to connect the phone to chargers and computers, a cable to connect to a vehicle's audio port, a cable to connect to a speaker, a car charger and a wall charger. A prong on the wall charger was loose when I took it out of its bag. The cables look useful and are a nice bonus.


LG Realm (LS620) - No Contract - (Boost Mobile)
LG Realm (LS620) - No Contract - (Boost Mobile)
Price: $68.03
9 used & new from $54.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Phone On A Very Slow 3G Network, September 23, 2014
The LG Realm is a very good phone, limited by the painfully slow Boost Mobile 3G network. Boost sells much faster 4G LTE phones for a similar price.

The Realm has a big and bright 4.5 inch screen and and has good call quality in areas with a strong Boost signal. Netflix videos look great and music sounds terrific with good headphones.

The tiny amount of internal memory prevents you from adding many apps and games. When the memory is full the Realm slows down and then stops working smoothly.

You can add a 32gb memory card for your music and for videos which sound great with good headphones. Most apps can NOT be moved to the memory card so you are limited to just a few apps.

The rear camera takes good photos in bright sunlight but is poor indoors. The front camera takes fuzzy photos, even in bright light.

The Realm works ONLY on the Boost network. Use the coverage map at the Boost website to see the signal quality in your neighborhood.

The LG Realm is a good phone for Boost customers who only call and text but who do NOT often use the internet over the Boost 3G network nor need lots of apps.

Boost Mobile and "Big Box" stores sometimes sell the Realm for half price. Amazon sells a nice variety of cases. Search for "LG Realm dual hybrid mesh case".


Higher Education?: How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids---and What We Can Do About It
Higher Education?: How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids---and What We Can Do About It
by Andrew Hacker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $10.40
57 used & new from $1.59

4.0 out of 5 stars A Scathing Look At the Rotten State of Higher Education In America, September 19, 2014
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Mr. Hacker deserves praise for his blunt look at the terrible condition of "Higher Education" in America. At most of the "Big Name" universities in American (Notre Dame, Southern California, UCLA, etc.) the budget for football is ten times larger than the budget for teaching undergraduate students how to write. The "famous" members of the faculty refuse to teach first year students, or lower themselves to teach just one class, in a lecture hall that holds 800 students who will be graded by a multiple choice exam.

Mr. Hacker could have paid more attention to those fine small colleges that still care about teaching undergraduate students. Colleges such as Reed, Wooster, Swarthmore and Lafayette offer first-year college students a high level of education, with just twenty or twenty-five students in a typical class, and even the highest ranking faculty members devote the majority of their time to teaching undergraduate students.

Law school faculty and medical school faculty report that many of the "Honors" graduates of "Big Name" universities lack even basic writing and thinking skills. That is NOT a complaint made about graduates of Reed or Swarthmore. The question is: why do taxpayers pour billions of dollars a year into "Football Factories" when that same investment could be used to actually provide a first-rate education to America's college students?


T-Mobile Prepaid LG Optimus L90 4G No-Contract Cell Phone - Graphite Gray
T-Mobile Prepaid LG Optimus L90 4G No-Contract Cell Phone - Graphite Gray
Offered by TECKPO
Price: $160.00
37 used & new from $99.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good T-Mobile Phone - Watch Price, September 18, 2014
The LG L90 is a very good phone for T-Mobile customers. However, its pricing is confusing. T-Mobile sells the very similar LG F6 for $70 and the very similar LG L70 for $50 at its MetroPcs stores.

The L90 is a nice looking phone with a big 4.7 inch screen and good call clarity in strong signal areas. It has a mediocre camera that takes average photos in bright sunlight and poor photos indoors.

It has a limited amount of memory for apps and games and malfunctions when the memory is full. You can add a 32gb microSD memory card for music and videos but most apps must remain in internal memory.

The limited memory makes the L90 a poor choice for people who want dozens of apps and games. It is a good phone for people who want a phone just to make calls and send texts, especially if found at a price of under $100.


MYBAT Semi Transparent Smoke Candy Skin Cover (Rubberized) for LG MS323 (Optimus L70)
MYBAT Semi Transparent Smoke Candy Skin Cover (Rubberized) for LG MS323 (Optimus L70)
Offered by MyCellCovers (USA Seller)
Price: $1.96
3 used & new from $0.18

4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Light Weight Case For LG L70, LG Exceed 2, LG Realm, September 16, 2014
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The Transparent Candy Cover is the slimmest and lightest case available for the LG L70, LG Realm and LG Exceed 2. It is made is almost transparent, made with soft and flexible plastic. The back panel has a frosted grey coating that provides a more secure grip on your phone. The power button and volume buttons are covered, and work perfectly. It provides a small ledge around the screen that lets you place the phone face down without the screen touching the surface.

A thin and light gel case will NOT protect against drop damage as the bulky and heavy dual layer cases do. It does provide you with a more secure grip on your phone, and protects the phone against scratches from rough surfaces. The LG L70, LG Exceed 2, and LG Realm are among the smallest and lightest phones with a large 4.7 screen. The Transparent Candy Cover KEEPS your phone small and light.


ZTE Avid 4G Prepaid Android Phone (MetroPCS)
ZTE Avid 4G Prepaid Android Phone (MetroPCS)
16 used & new from $22.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Discontinued Phone For CDMA Network Being Shut Down, September 11, 2014
The Avid was a good CDMA phone in 2012 but MetroPcs converted to a GSM newwork and is turning OFF its CDMA network. That makes the Avid a paperweight. It is consumer fraud for Amazon vendors to continue to sell CDMA phones after these phones were discontinued by MetroPcs, and after MetroPcs began closing down its CDMA network.

MetroPcs sells new model GSM phones for $20 on the MetroPcs website. There is NO reason to buy discontinued CDMA phones that will not work on the new MetroPcs network.


Best Colleges 2015
Best Colleges 2015
by U.S. News and World Report
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.62
2 used & new from $8.62

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Misleading And Unhelpful Guide To Colleges, September 11, 2014
This review is from: Best Colleges 2015 (Paperback)
The U.S. News "Best Colleges 2015" is a misleading and unhelpful guide to colleges. Its appeal is based on its college rankings, where you learn Harvard outranks Montana State and Montana State outranks Texas Southern. People love rankings and it is fun to know who is "Number One". But rankings do not help you identify the "Number One" college for your own personal goals, interests and abilities.

The majority of high school students are looking for a college within a reasonable distance of their home and a college that offers the major they are interested in. Each college has a distinct personality. At some colleges it is essential to join a fraternity or sorority and wear expensive designer clothes. Another college has no fraternities or sororities, but has extensive community service programs and co-op job opportunities. One college is in a rural area, 50 miles from the nearest Dairy Queen, another is a few blocks from Time Square, in Manhattan. Which of these colleges is the best fit for you?

The best college guides focus on the personalities of each college, so a high school student can look for schools that are a good fit. The best guides are the Tanabe Ultimate Guide To Colleges and the Princeton Review Guide To Colleges. It is also important to have current information about the cost of colleges, the SAT and ACT scores of enrolled students, and the majors that are offered. The best source of current data about each college is the FREE College Board website. Just Google the name of a college and "College Board" and you will have accurate and up to date information about that school.

None of the college guides do a good job of explaining "Early Decision", "Early Action" and "Rolling Admissions" programs. These early admissions programs require students to apply in October of their senior year and students get a decision by December. At the top private colleges and top public universities, a third to half of all students who are admitted apply in October.

To get accurate information about the "Early Decision", "Early Action" and "Rolling Admissions" process, students must go to the admissions website for each of the colleges they are considering. That research should be done in September, as essays and applications need to be filed during October. At many colleges, applying early DOUBLES the odds of being admitted, compared with waiting until January to apply. At many large public universities, applying in October DOUBLES the odds of getting grants and scholarships, compared with waiting until January to apply.

BOTTOM LINE: High school seniors need to do a substantial amount of research on the colleges they are considering during August and September, and should strongly consider applying during October. The Tanabe Guide and the Princeton Review Guide can supplement the free College Board website during that research process. And, visit as many colleges as possible to really get a sense of whether a college is a "good fit" for you.


MyBat Semi Transparent Candy Skin Cover for LG Optimus Exceed 2/Optimus L70 - Retail Packaging - Smoke
MyBat Semi Transparent Candy Skin Cover for LG Optimus Exceed 2/Optimus L70 - Retail Packaging - Smoke
Price: $5.39
5 used & new from $0.37

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Light Weight Case For LG L70, LG Realm & LG Exceed 2, September 10, 2014
Heavy duty cases that are designed to protect a phone against being run over by a truck are popular, but they add weight and bulk to your phone. The Transparent Candy Skin Cover is NOT a heavy duty case. It is a very light and thin transparent layer of soft and flexible plastic gel. The frosted gray/smoke rear surface gives you an improved grip on your phone and it protects your phone against scratches from rough surfaces. A small ledge around the screen enables you to place your phone face down without getting the screen dirty.

NOTE: Some Amazon ads show a totally transparent version of this case, some show a white version, and some show a "smoke/gray" version. I have "smoke/gray" version.

The case covers the seams around the battery cover. The power button and volume button are also covered. The case provides a bit of protection against moisture if you answer your phone outdoors in a mist or light rain.

This is the thinnest and lightest cases available for the LG L70, LG Realm and LG Exceed 2. It shows off the attractive style of your phone. It is perfect for people who work indoors and NEVER drop their phone on hardwood floors or on concrete driveways. If you work outdoors or drop your phone twice a day, you probably need a much heavier dual layer case.


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