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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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    When buying a new smartphone, what makes us choose one carrier over another? Device selection? Sure, but let's consider a phone like the Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 that's broadly available on different networks. What then? Maybe you're already locked-in to service with one carrier, or maybe one has plans that are really attractive. Maybe you live someplace where reception is spotty, and some carriers have better coverage than others. But one thing we rarely consider when making these types of decisions is battery life. Perhaps we should, though, as one study points out how consistently longer ...

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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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    How much do you spend each month just to stay connected? As cell phones – namely, smartphones – have increased in popularity over the last decade, the cost of keeping them connected has slowly crept upwards. Cheaper functions, like voice calling and SMS, have taken a back seat to the more convenient and bandwidth-hogging mobile data. As such, calling plans and text messaging are now, more often than not, offered in unlimited quantities. However, gone are the days of $20 and $30 unlimited data plans (unless you're lucky enough to be hanging on to a grandfathered plan). The cost of ...

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    The long-rumored, long-awaited "Amazon Phone" is finally here, and it's a doozy in more ways than one. Over the past week of testing, we’ve shown you its most fun features and run through its camera capabilities, and we've taken your questions live on the air during a special segment of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Now it's time to see how our impressions of the Fire Phone have changed since our first hands-on. As Amazon's own site helpfully reminds buyers, Fire is the only smartphone on the market with "Dynamic Perspective, Firefly, Mayday, and more." It's the only phone that gives ...

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    Update: Due to today's difficulties with Hangouts, the below Hangouts video is not the ideal recording of today's Weekly episode. Instead, we highly recommend the Libsyn-hosted version, edited by our own Jules Wang and available for streaming and download at the links below. Thanks for listening! One of the nice things about hosting your own podcast is that you get to decide exactly what qualifies as "news." Not in the mood to pretend the latest wave of iPhone 6 display-glass leaks fit the description? Well, tweak the filter a little, and suddenly you've got just a small handful of ...

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    Yesterday we shared we you a post from an AT&T community manager on one of the company's forums that seemed like it might be saying that Windows Phone 8.1 updates for some of the WP8 handsets in the carrier's stable might be on their way this week. At least, maybe; we could also read the same statement as simply acknowledging that sales of native WP8.1 devices had arrived. And considering how international updates only began last week, was it too soon to expect a US network to join in? Apparently not, as AT&T has gone ahead and formally confirmed the start to its WP8.1 updates. The ...

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    Michael reviewed the LG G3 back in June and called it "more than just a pretty screen." I followed-up a few weeks later with my thoughts, which turned out to be more of a corroboration than a rebuttal. Despite all the collective time we spent with the South Korean G3, we didn't get a full look at the phone and its capabilities because it didn't properly support all the U.S. bands, thus affecting battery life and network performance. Now that the G3 has landed stateside, we felt it was high time we gave the LG G3 another, more in-depth look at what the phone is like when it's made for U.S. ...

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    A little over a week ago, Microsoft got the ball rolling for Windows Phone 8.1 updates, as confirmation arrived that Nokia Lumia models would soon be getting WP8.1 alongside the phones' Cyan software updates. Of course, carriers being what they are, even that news didn't mean that users everywhere would be receiving 8.1 immediately. Those Windows Phone users in the States who check Nokia's update page are currently presented with notices that updates are still under testing across multiple carriers, with no ETA given; just when might we expect them to arrive? At lease some might turn up ...

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    Smartphone carriers are in this business to make money, and when we're talking maximizing profits, there are two obvious ways to boost income: charging more, or offering less. For some carriers, that “offering less” angle has taken the form of doing away with old unlimited data plans, and favoring tiered offerings, instead; both AT&T and Verizon axed their old unlimited data plans years ago. Now a new survey attempts to show just what kinds of plans current subscribers have with the major US carriers, and it looks like there's a surprising number of users still clinging to those ...

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    AT&T was kind enough to host us at a hands-on event in NYC last night, and of all the things we came away with, one of the biggest was a renewed appreciation for what a crazy-busy review season it's been. We'd already reviewed almost every single one of the devices AT&T had on display, from wearables like the LG G Watch to affordable smartphones like HTC's Desire 610 to outliers like the not-quite-so-durable Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. Standing apart from these devices, though, was the holy grail of the event: thanks more to its rarity than any one distinctive feature, the ...

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    AT&T remains one of the best carriers to be with if you want to get your hands all over the newest phones to hit the market. Apart from the Amazon Fire Phone exclusive, the carrier has just net itself two new phones, announcing Nokia Lumia 635 and HTC Desire 610 availability on its network. The Lumia 635, which just showed up on the doorsteps of rival carrier T-Mobile, packs a 4.5-inch 480x854 display and Windows Phone 8.1. It will be available on AT&T GoPhone on July 25, and will later make its way over to AT&T online and in retail stores on August 8. The GoPhone pricing is ...

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    Earlier this week we saw AT&T join the growing list of carriers announcing their plans for the start of LG G3 sales, and just like it told us would happen, the phone's available in the company's retail stores as of today – no surprise there. Over at Sprint, though, users were supposed to still have a little bit of a wait on their hands: pre-orders were set to begin today, but the phone itself wasn't scheduled to arrive until next Wednesday, July 16. Well, apparently Sprint didn't feel like being late to the party after all, and has gone ahead with making the G3 available at retail as ...

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    Last Thursday saw the second big US carrier share its plans for the arrival of LG's G3, as Sprint revealed details about its start to G3 pre-orders, coming up this Friday. That followed T-Mobile’s earlier announcement, leaving Verizon and AT&T as the holdouts. Over the weekend we got to check out G3 renders from all four of the networks, but didn't pick up on any updates about AT&T or Verizon availability. Today, AT&T finally goes official with its G3 sales details, while also welcoming the G Watch to its shelves. Pre-orders for the G3 and orders for the G Watch open at ...

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    The LG G3 did well in our review, being one of the 2014 Android flagships to want, together with the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Sony Xperia Z2. However, our review was based on opinions formed while using a South Korean version of the device, with an American carrier unit not being available. That being said, thanks to @evleaks, we're seeing all (major) four US carrier models being leaked in press renders, as seen above. From left to right, we're seeing the upcoming Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile versions. Interestingly, of all four devices, only Sprint version (as ...

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    Though the LG G Watch is currently a Bluetooth-only device (though a cellular-supporting version may be on the way), it's understandable that carriers want to stock the device as an accessory for their phones. To that effect, AT&T has already announced its intentions to stock the G Watch, and a new report mentions that a G Watch Verizon debut could be in the cards. We aren't thinking that this will be a cellular-supporting version of the watch -- that's rumored to only grace South Koreans. It won't have Verizon Wireless bloatware either, and that is a confirmed fact. The unadulterated ...

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    Google I/O 2014's keynote is now in the books, but the news still keeps flowing in. Now we're hearing of AT&T's intentions to carry the LG G Watch on its network." But wait, the LG G Watch doesn't have cellular radios!" Of course it doesn't -- let's go over the details. AT&T is bringing the G Watch in as a purchasable accessory, and you'll probably be able to pick one up either in stores or on the carrier's website. The LG G Watch can connect to any smartphone touting Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or better, so many will be able to get in on the fun should they choose to. It's all about ...

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    HTC has been all about releasing mid-range phones recently, adding to its portfolio smartphones such as the One mini 2 and new members of the Desire lineup. One of our favorites from this lineup was the Desire 610, and now we're finding out that the phone may just be heading stateside to everyone's favorite wireless carrier -- AT&T. The AT&T possibility was mentioned first in a leak a couple months ago after the phone itself was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. To re-hash specifications quickly before diving into the leaked render, we're looking at a qHD ...

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    We've said it before: durable smartphones shouldn't have to be crappy ones. After all, these things are supposed to be “life companions.” You want a device that can keep up with you no matter how muddy, wet, or bumpy your slog through life becomes – and you shouldn't have to sacrifice specs for that level of durability. Samsung gave us a taste of that best-of-both-worlds experience with last year's Galaxy S 4 Active, but in doing so it introduced significant compromise to the spec sheet. When the new Galaxy S5 launched earlier this spring as a waterproof flagship for the ...

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    Zero hour has arrived. After quite literally talking about the idea of Amazon releasing its own smartphone for years, the rumors and guesswork have coalesced into this afternoon's event, where we've been looking forward to the company finally confirming its news. Today in Seattle, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos took the stage before a room full of both Amazon fans and representatives from the press to draw the curtain back on his company's first smartphone, the Fire phone. The handset features a 4.7-inch HD display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, and has 2GB of RAM. There's a 13MP main ...

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    Earlier today we picked up one of the latest rumors to add to the story of Amazon's first smartphone, the device we expect to see the company announce tomorrow. With all the time we had already spent talking about the handset's interesting hardware, and some unique (if not maybe a little gimmicky) software, we switched gears and instead turned our attention to sales. Word was that Amazon had found itself a little carrier interest, and that its phone might arrive as an AT&T exclusive. While that detail has yet to be confirmed (not to mention the phone itself), T-Mobile CEO John Legere ...

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    Samsung's recent devices have been notoriously difficult to root, with bounties for rooting AT&T and Verizon-branded Galaxy S5 phones shooting past $15,000 in a matter of months. It's not just Samsung, too -- more and more OEMs, possibly spurred on by carrier policies from the likes of AT&T and Verizon, have been restricting their phones from customization. Most of that changes today, though, a new root method has been unveiled that's the closest thing to an end-all-be-all we've seen so far -- Towelroot. Towelroot comes to us from developer Geohot, of XDA-Developers fame. It should ...

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    One of the best features of the LG G Pro 2 was its unique Knock Code feature, allowing users to unlock their phones using one of 86,367 tap combinations instead of traditional PIN codes or passwords. Users of the AT&T LG G2 are finally now receiving this feature on their smartphones. A 39MB update brings Knock Code, along with enhancements to Exchange Active Sync (EAS) and the Calendar. The update, version D80020u, requires WiFi to install according to AT&T, and should be pushing out via FOTA (Firmware Over-the-air) to all AT&T G2 owners. The Android version number remains at ...

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    Carriers in the US have seen their stranglehold on subscribers locked-in to two-year contracts wane in recent years, as more and more users are lured away from the temptation of subsidies and elect to buy their phones outright, enjoying the freedom of service options that choice affords them. But even as the popularity of these sorts of arrangements grows, getting set up with them isn't always the most graceful experience: you buy your SIM-less phone from one retailer and are then left to your own devices so far as tracking down a SIM and getting things activated go – for us ...

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    When it rains mobile devices at AT&T, it pours. At least, that's what this new onslaught suggests -- the ASUS PadFone X, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, and Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 are all now available from purchase from the United States's second largest wireless carrier. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is a mid-range tablet, with not many impressive specs. It features a Snapdragon 400 processor, and a 10.1-inch display with a mediocre screen resolution of 1280x800. It costs $379 on a two-year data plan contract, and $479 off-contract. Alternatively, it can be financed through AT&T, which ...

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