Posts tagged with: LG
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    We've got Android Wear. We've got Samsung's proprietary Gear line-up. We've got Pebble. Even Sony has some skin in the game. You probably won't find anyone who would argue with you that those are all "smartwatches". But they're all so different from one another! That got us scratching our heads: what is a smartwatch? According to Wikipedia: "A smartwatch (or smart watch) is a computerized wristwatch with functionality that is enhanced beyond timekeeping, and is often comparable to a personal digital assistant (PDA) device. While early models can perform basic tasks, such as calculations, ...

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    Updated with time codes, new streaming portals, and links to the high-quality version. Skip past the YouTube embed and download your very own copy of this week's podcast. Enjoy! Thanks to our new Blackphone review devices, we're already halfway off the grid ... or at least, halfway buried under Post-It notes littered with passwords, which is almost the same thing. Before we get too stealthy, though, we're hosting us a little show. Some of you might know it as the mobile technology podcast that's gone 108 episodes without missing a single week (accurate). Others might know it as the last ...

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    Bootloader unlocking has always been a hot subject, and there's been no shortage of debate regarding it. Custom ROM flashers and others who want complete control of their Android devices are vocal about the fact that they want bootloaders to be unlockable, but carriers like AT&T and Verizon have made manufacturers ship their devices with a bootloader not officially unlockable. Recently, manufacturers like HTC and Samsung have taken steps against this: the former has an official bootloader unlocking tool (though it won't work on phone models carriers deem un-unlockable), and the latter ...

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    Confused about all the LG G3 family members out there? We don't blame you. Between the flagship itself, the Snapdragon 805 version, the G3 Beat, the G3 Stylus, and that new G3 A that came out of nowhere, it's all a lot to wrap your head around. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like LG's lineup is about to start embracing minimalism any time soon, as we pick up word today that not only may the G3 Beat be coming to a carrier in the US, but that it could get a new name as it does so. The G3 Beat, as you may recall, is a much more restrained device than the bleeding-edge G3, featuring a ...

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    Right now, if you mention “LG” and “phablet,” we're liable to start thinking about that G3 Stylus LG seems to have accidentally outed earlier this week. At least, it's going to have an integrated stylus, but the jury's still out on a number of other hardware specs, including a precise screen size. But wind the clock back just a little further, and we had a much more straightforward LG phablet on our mind, the 5.7-inch G Vista that launched last month. Right from the start, rumors identified the phone as a Verizon model, and by the time it was finally read to go official at the end ...

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    In our latest smartphone review, looking at the AT&T version of the LG G3, we lamented the lack of good options for quad HD content; the G3's got this fantastically high-resolution display, but it can be a real pain to track down any content that takes full advantage of all those extra pixels. Just a couple months back, though, we saw real progress being made towards improving the state of high-res media on our phones, as a YouTube update started giving users the ability to manually select from HD resolutions, including 720p and 1080p. Now, that's finally extending up into the 2K space ...

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    Many of LG's very best smartphones over the years have been easily forgettable, not visually stimulating, and overwhelmingly mundane. We'd also call them under appreciated, as many of them were firsts for the industry. The Optimus 2X, for instance, won a Guinness World Record for being the first dual-core smartphone. The Optimus LTE, if my memory serves me correctly, was the first smartphone with a 720p display. The Optimus 3D was the very first glasses-free 3D smartphone. And so on. LG has a ton of smartphone firsts under its belt and, surprisingly, the G3 isn't one, unless you count the ...

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    They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and if that's indeed the case, smartphone manufacturers are some pretty big flatterers. But when we throw around accusations of copying in this market, we're usually talking about design: whose phone looks too much like someone else's? We've got imitation on the mind this morning, only this time not in regards to a phone's design, but to a company's release strategy. For while we're used to Samsung dropping a flagship Android, only to later surround the phone by half a dozen family members with similar names, now it looks like we're ...

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    Yesterday LG brought us a bit of a surprise. Whether that was intentional or not remains to be seen, but for whatever reason, the manufacturer was caught promoting the unannounced LG G3 Stylus in the outro for a G3 Beat video. We saw what sure looked like a G3, but with the notable addition of an integrate (capacitive) stylus. Still, there were early signs that this wouldn't be as straightforward as taking the G3 as we know it today and giving it a stylus; things like the single LED flash on the phone's back hinted at possible downgrades compared to the flagship model. Today we hear some ...

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    If you're a big smartphone OEM, chances are that you've got a phablet as part of your lineup. Maybe you're Samsung with the Galaxy Note, Sony with the Xperia Z Ultra, or Nokia with the Lumia 1520. But what's LG's entry? The Vu series initially felt like the company's phablet effort, with the requisite stylus (even it it was capacitive), but in recent years the flagship G-phone itself has grown to the size where it nearly feels like a phablet (not to mention how Vu models have failed to keep up on the spec side of things). So is that that? Should we just treat the G3 as both LG's phone and ...

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    We've got a winner! Congratulations, Isaac Rodriquez: you're getting a Nexus 5 and the Android Wear smartwatch of your choice! Everyone else, check back next week, only this time instead of Monday, we'll be bringing you word of our new contest on Wednesday. ___ Last week, we saw our second Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G LTE giveaway draw to a close.  And as it did so, it marked the end of the last contest we announced back at the start of July, for our month of giveaways. So, is that all she wrote? Not hardly. We're expanding that month of giveaways to a summer of giveaways, and if you were ...

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    The story of LG's new G Pad models has been slowly rolling out since late spring. First the tablets themselves were announced all the way back in May, and then June brought us some detailed spec breakdowns. By July, we were starting to hear about availability (at least for some of the family) in the US, and now with August before us, the carriers are starting to weigh in, with AT&T announcing a special deal to welcome the G Pad 7.0 to its stable of devices. We already knew the G Pad 7.0 would sell for about $150 in the States, but that was for the WiFi-only version. With AT&T, ...

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    Smartwatches just can't seem to catch a break when it comes to power. Their compact construction affords little room for anything close to phone-sized batteries, forcing users to recharge their wearables with nearly daily frequency. And even then, we've seen problems with the charging interfaces themselves, like the issues Samsung's had with the charging adapter for the Gear Live. Now it's LG's turn to tackle a power-related problem for its own smartwatch, as the company delivers an update to address corrosion issues with the G Watch's charging contacts. Corrosion? What could software do ...

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    Updated with high-quality audio and links to download and stream below! Enjoy! Round smartwatches, roundly terrifying TOS agreements, and roundtable smartphone discussion: 'round here, it doesn't take much more than that to get a mobile podcast together, and –assuming the Hangouts gods will it– we'll be proving it to you in less than four hours. On today's episode, we're returning to a new favorite in the segments list, plumbing the depths of the podcast inbox to let you know what phone you should buy. We'll also tell you who won last week's smartphone giveaway and surprise you with ...

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    There was no shortage of leaks regarding the LG G Vista, and, while some of them were a miss, others were spot on regarding its availability date and upcoming specifications. As predicted, the phone is available today, July 31, online, from Verizon Wireless, and it goes for $99.99 with a two-year contract (or $19.99/month on Verizon Edge, or $399 outright). The Verizon LG G Vista specs, as expected, include a 5.7–inch qHD display (that's 940x560, unfortunately not Quad HD, like the G3), a resolution that is rather small for such a large display form factor. Also in is a 1.2 GHz ...

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