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    The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as the saying goes, and every so often we see a manufacturer come out with a phone that commits wholeheartedly to some noble idea, only to see everything come apart in the execution. LG's G3 is the first phone many smartphone fans will ever get to see with a high-res quad HD display, so it only stands to reason that LG will be doing its darnedest to make that screen look as impressive as possible. But now a growing number of complaints is piling up from new G3 owners frustrated about one way LG seems to be pursuing that goal, as it implements ...

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    It almost seems like par for the course by this point: you're a major smartphone OEM, you release your latest flagship handset, and then a couple months later you follow that up with a tweaked edition boasting some slightly better hardware (and available only in a very limited market). Samsung did that with its LTE-A Galaxy S5, just as it had with the GS4 before it, and we'd been tracking rumors of LG working on a similar upgrade for its G3. A little earlier this month we spotted what looked like official confirmation of just such a G3 on an LG site, and today the hardware finally sees a ...

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    To say I've been excited about Google Now on a smartwatch is a bit of an understatement. I've ranted about how Google Now and wearables were a match made in heaven more than once. And the minute Android Wear was announced, I stopped what I was doing and vented about my buyer's remorse over the $250 I had just spent on Pebble Steel. Things have changed somewhat, though, and I'm now perfectly okay – even quite pleased – with Pebble Steel. Android Wear has finally hit virtual shelves and the launch hardware is, dare I say, boring and bland. And turns out, our Michael Fisher found the new ...

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    I'm more connected than ever before, and I have the smartwatch to thank for it. To those who think we're already too deeply mired in the muck of always-on communications, that might not sound appetizing – but smartwatches don't exist merely to bring us more connectivity; the good ones connect us to the world in a smarter way. Skeptics of the new category focus mainly on its redundancy, which is a fair point (why wear a smartwatch when I can just pull my phone out instead?). But once you've worn one for a while, you realize just how useful it can be to have notifications and simple ...

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    Google hasn't necessarily taken the world by storm with its Android Wear offerings. Some people claim to still be waiting for the Moto 360, and others have found that being an early adopter is not such a good idea. If you read Michael Fisher's reviews on the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, you'll learn that even though these two products are cool, their biggest shortcomings are found within their software. Basic issues like not allowing developers to create custom watch faces is one of them, and Google has decided to end the complaints with a statement. Wayne Piekarski, a senior ...

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    When it comes to small phones, Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact has reined supreme for most of 2014, with no real competitors in sight. Now that there's a new kid on the block, we decided to quickly compare the two through specs -- so here is LG G3 Beat vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. This one's pretty much a no-contest. It's pretty ridiculous how the Z1 Compact is able to massacre the G3 Beat in almost every spec, and it's mainly because one's a flagship-class phone while the other is clearly a midranger. In both our comparison with the Galaxy S5 mini and One mini 2, one thing remained consistent -- ...

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    Continuing on with our post-announcement spec comparisons between the G3 Beat and other similar phones (the last one being between it and the Galaxy S5 mini), we've put together LG G3 Beat vs HTC One mini 2. It's a similar story to the last comparison -- the G3 Beat just isn't a compelling hardware package when pitted against its closest competitors, but we stress that hardware doesn't necessarily equal stellar performance. The two phones are equal in most categories, with the One mini 2 winning out with its screen, storage capacity, front and rear-facing camera, and WiFi bands. It also ...

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    Now that the LG G3 Beat has been announced, it's time to start talking comparisons between it and 2014's other mini phones, including Samsung's own Galaxy S5 mini. As we don't yet have review units of either, spec comparisons will have to suffice for now, so let's do it -- this is LG G3 Beat vs Samsung Galaxy S5 mini. On paper, there's one clear winner between the S5 mini and the G3 Beat -- the Samsung takes the cake in almost every department, but remember that specs are almost never an exactly accurate gauge of performance. Things such as OEM skins and component quslity will determine ...

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    LG has just announced its G3 Beat, but is this a Sony Xperia Z1 Compact-level phone, or just another midrange small-screener? Let's take a look through our full list of LG G3 Beat specs, compiled for you down below. The need-to-know specifications for this phone include the display and SoC, which are (respectively) a 5-inch 1280x720 panel and a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 unit. There's also a decent 8MP camera, but the storage and memory allotments leave us with the word "midrange" in our mouths -- 8GB of ROM and 1GB of RAM are included. For a complete list of LG G3 specs, ...

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    We've seen it in a variety of leaks so far, but it's now finally official -- say hello to LG G3 Beat, a smaller version of LG's G3 flagship phone. Let's take a look at what it packs, shall we? It offers the same "Floating Arc" metallic design as its bigger brother, and has a 5-inch display trapped in a chassis with minimal bezel. It overall looks like a scaled-down G3, just as you'd expect. Since we've covered specs extensively in a follow-up post, let's go over the basics for now. As mentioned earlier, there's a 5-inch display, but this phone is unfortunately quite the midranger. That ...

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    Two of the hottest products in consumer electronics right now are the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, the first in a wave of Android Wear-flavored wearable devices. Both have bene fairly hard to get by if you're a Google Play-hater, but now Android Wear availability has expanded to both Best Buy and Google's own Shopping Express service. The prices haven't changed for both Best Buy and Shopping Express, though first-time buyers on Shopping Express get a 10-dollar discount. Shopping Express is also limited to a very specific list of regions, while Best Buy is pretty much nationwide ...

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    There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 3,000-word review, and they certainly don’t have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards it’s won). These people might be sneaking a quick YouTube fix on a bathroom break, trying to make a point to a rival smartphone owner at a bar, or even standing in line at a wireless retail store, waiting to make a purchase. They need the facts delivered quickly, with a minimum of window dressing and a firm conclusion in as little time as possible. For them, we’ve created the 60-Second ...

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    We've already seen a positive flurry of LG G3 S/Beat/Mini news today, and the momentum is not about to slow down now. Following that G3 S user manual and new G3 Beat pics, we've got some fresh G3 S finds that really seem to help flesh-out the phone's picture, as a Russian retailer posts not just some very legit-looking G3 S press renders, but also details the phone's specs. The five-inch 720p display looks confirmed, as does a quad-core 1.2GHz SoC. Not all specs align with what we've heard about the G3 Beat, however, and this listing says the G3 S will arrive with just 1GB of RAM instead ...

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    Feeling a little confused about the rumored LG G3 Mini? We don't blame you, as there's been a lot of talk of different specs, not to mention different names, surrounding the hardware. Late last month we saw an LG G3 Beat for China, a five-inch device that might have been pushing the limits of how large a “Mini” phone could be (but maybe that's exactly why LG gave it a different name). Then just overnight we shared with you the user manual for a device dubbed the G3 S, and while the docs didn't reveal a lot of technical detail, the idea that this could be the Western version of the G3 ...

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    At its core, the mission of a smartwatch is to make life easier. To improve on the smartphone experience by giving you leave to keep it in a pocket or leave it on the table across the room, because your messages, calls, emails, and other notifications are coming straight to your wrist. The nondescript, water-resistant G Watch does a fairly good job of delivering those notifications, popping up inbound messages alongside weather reports, calendar items, pedometer readings and much more on the 1.65-inch IPS LCD. But it's not until the Snapdragon processor spins to life that the G ...

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