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    You don't have to be born in the early 80s, like some of our team members, to feel a certain nostalgia to the flip phone form factor. We have spent quite some time lamenting about the Android flip phone and its comeback, and yes, we were super excited when we got the chance to spend some time with LG's Android flip phone offerings, the Wine Smart and Ice Cream Smart at MWC 2015 earlier this year. LG seems dedicated to the cause and has announced yet another Android flip phone. The LG Gentle brings a 3.2-inch LCD display with (an ancient) resolution of 480 × 320 pixels, 1.1GHz quad-core ...

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    What comes after the LG G Pad? The LG G Pad 2, of course. The LG G Pad was announced at the 2013 IFA, more or less two years ago, and the South Koreans circled back to the 8.3-inch tablet in May 2014, adding three more to the G Pad family, measuring 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inches in diagonal. It might skip the 2015 IFA, but the LG G Pad 2 is definitely coming, if this leak is to be believed. October is when the LG G Pad 2 should become official, and the report claims it will sport the same screen size of 8.3-inches, a somewhat lower, Full HD resolution (compared to WUXGA (1920 x 1200) on the G ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    This would be the third fourth year where we praise LG's efforts in mobile. Surely the LG G3 wasn't our favorite smartphone last year, but this years LG G4, the company's new G Flex 2, and even some of its legacy devices from two years ago continue to spark joy. If you thought this Korean giant was done for the year, then you clearly don't know much about LG. LG CEO Cho Jun-ho was recently on the company's results conference call, and teased that the company will launch a "super premium phone" in the second half of this year, as if the LG G4 and G Flex 2 weren't already premium enough. It ...

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    If you've been following the industry over the past couple of years, you are definitely familiar with smartphones that pack flexible screens. From the LG G Flex to the G Flex 2 and G4, to the Samsung Galaxy Round, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge (and soon Plus), to name a few, there's a real trend in the industry to go with a flexible screen. Whether it is for looks, ergonomics, or just flexing R&D muscles, these flexible screen smartphones look like are here to stay. To cope with demand, both present and forecasted, LG Display is investing in the flexible screen industry, by building ...

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    Rumors about corporate acquisitions in the smartphone world have a funny way of surprising us. Just look at last year's acquisition of Motorola by Lenovo: it felt like Google had only just bought the company, and the idea of dumping it already sounded almost preposterous – until Google confirmed the news just hours after the first rumors landed. So when fresh rumors starting bouncing around yesterday that Google could be looking to purchase a major stake in LG, our thoughts quickly went from skeptical to imagining how we might just see such a thing happen. Alas, the deal may never come ...

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    LG's L-lineup of budget and mid-range smartphones was created with emerging markets in mind, and the LG L Bello from August 2014, alongside the LG L Fino, were part of it. Now the South Korean phone-maker is releasing a follow-up to the L Bello, as the LG Bello II gets officially announced, as a mid-to-low-end smartphone. The LG Bello II features a five-inch display with FWVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels), a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.3GHz (of unspecified make and model, but possibly a MediaTek MT6582), 1GB RAM, 8GB of expandable internal storage, eight-megapixel camera, ...

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    If you’ve got an LG G4, you’ve got a pretty solid smartphone. We enjoyed our time with the new flagship, finding it to be a "leather looker with a killer camera" in our full review – and in some ways it even compares favorably with the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9. But out of the box, it’s lacking one cool feature that OEMs have steadily been adding to their smartphones: Qi wireless charging. Sure, you could buy a Quick Circle case from LG to enable this feature, but it’s pricey – and not everyone finds a booklet-style case convenient. Fortunately, as we recently learned from a ...

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    LG's working on what should be some impressive new Android hardware: that much we know. The company's been talking about such plans for months now, intending to release another flagship-level device sometime later this year. As for what form that might take, we've heard some good theories, and the rumored G4 Pro is a prime contender. Beyond that there have also been suggestions that the company could be cooking up another Nexus phone – so one way or the other (if not both), we've got some new hardware to key an eye out for. That's just what we're up to this evening as we learn about some ...

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    If you pit three struggling companies against each other, what happens next? In an ideal world for the smartphone enthusiast that wants to see everybody succeed ... well, they do. But in reality, things aren't that simple, and the smartphone market becomes an every-man-for-himself race to see who can innovate faster. Who can pack more features. Who can market their products best. That's all easy when you're a giant corporation like Apple or Samsung, with billions of dollars to throw towards whatever research team or ad firm they want, but when you're financially in the red and literally ...

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    Interested in the looks and general feel of the LG G4, but on a tight budget? LG might have the perfect new offering for you, as it has taken the wraps off of a new LG G4 Beat model today – according to the company, the device "delivers premium design, [and] superior features in a mid-tier package." Let's talk specs. The G4 Beat comes with a 5.2-inch FHD (1920x1080) IPS display, which is quite impressive considering this is a mid-range smartphone. It also has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, and the built-in modem does allow for 4G LTE connectivity ...

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    We're already moving into the second half of 2015, and it's been a great year for smartphones — and the people looking to buy one. We've seen devices improve across the board at all different price points, from the affordable to the high-dollar. It's getting harder and harder to buy a *bad* phone these days, as the market grows more mature and full of great options all around. But of course, there still has to be that one "gotta have it" phone. For all different kinds of people, these are our top picks for the best smartphones in early 2015. [embed width="780" ...

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    Ever since junior high school I've worn a smartwatch - whatever the definition of "smartwatch" was at the time. Whether it was a calculator watch with a calendar and contacts storage, or a watch with an altimeter, barometer, and moon phases, I tried to wear the latest tech on my wrist. Yeah, I'm a geek, but you already knew that. Most of those watches had plastic bands, but as I've gotten older I've gravitated to metal or leather bands. One of the first upgrades I performed on my LG G Watch was the installation of a black metal band. My Moto 360 came with an elegant leather band, but I ...

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    Here's one fact a lot of people don't know: Apple doesn't make its own display panels for its iPhone. It outsources them to not one, but a variety of different display panel manufacturers. In the first quarter of 2015, LG Display took the number two spot for Apple display providers. No, you didn't read that wrong: LG manufacturers iPhone panels. LG actually has a quite good Display division, responsible for the display breakthroughs we saw with the G2, G3, and then G4. A year earlier, it took the number three spot, but it has moved up for the first quarter. It was responsible for 34.5 ...

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    Last year saw Google give the Nexus-phone nod to Motorola rather than returning to LG for a third model in a row, but to hear the rumors LG could be back in the running for 2015, with reports of a 5.2-inch handset in development. We'd already heard about some interesting hardware that could be on the table, like some manner of 3D camera, and now a new source further expounds on LG's intentions for the phone, including where it likely won't find inspiration. The LG-made Nexus 4 took heavy design notes from the Optimus G, and though it divulged a little more, the Nexus 5 (above) shares a ...

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    After the LG G4 was announced and all the dust settled, we started hearing about a certain LG G4c, which was believed to be the mini version of the flagship. Fast forward to May 19 and the company officially introduced the LG G4c, alongside the G4 Stylus, and now we're hearing rumors of a certain LG G4 S. But before we look at the LG G4 S, Business Korea reports that the LG G4 flagship is ranking higher in Consumer Reports' list than its direct competitors, the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge and the iPhone 6. On to the LG G4 S rumors: the device is expected to pack (as per an alleged GFXBench result ...

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    Editor's note: In the gulf between iPhone releases and in the run-up to the next Windows Phone resurrection, the ratio of Android to non-Android phones in our review inventory continues to rise. As a result, this piece is written from a predominantly Android-centric perspective. Everybody wants awesome smartphone battery life. Whether you’re addicted to the latest power-draining augmented reality game or just trying to get through a day of texting and talking, the panic moment is a familiar one: mid-afternoon, no charger in sight, and a pop-up dialog warning you that you’re 15% away ...

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    It was very early this year that we caught a glimpse of Android Lollipop running on the LG G2, the company's 2013 flagship. Since then, LG did a good job in officially bringing Android 5.0 to the two-year old device (in some cases, even earlier than its -- back then, before the G4 -- flagship, the G3) but apparently support has not been abandoned for the LG G2. According to this report from Germany, the company is already working hard on the LG G2 Android Lollipop 5.1.1 update, claims the report that cites an unnamed person inside the manufacturer's software development department. The ...

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    We just told you about a new rumor concerning Apple's plans for a 12.9-inch iPad “Pro,” looking at a recent trademark application and explaining why it wasn't quite the evidence for an OS-X-powered iPad as some were making it out to be. But that doesn't mean that work on a larger iPad isn't happening, and the idea that Apple could still release this long-rumored tablet has yet to fade. This evening, we get the latest word about how this jumbo-sized iPad could be coming together, as we hear some supply chain rumors about the companies Apple's chosen to build the tablet's display. ...

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    Reports of the LG G4 not meeting sales expectations might or might not be true, but the South Korean manufacturer continues to push its 2015 flagship with different deals, campaigns, and more recently, freebies. In addition to all of those, LG has now decided to look for the #BestShotEver of Instagram, part of the company's latest marketing push, presented as a contest. You can win a trip to New York City and two LG G4 smartphones. All you have to do is upload what you think is your best shot to Instagram, tag it with #BestShotEver and @LGUSAMobile, and LG will decide who the lucky ...

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    When it comes to LG's plans for a new G4-series model, our attention's been glued to rumors about the LG G4 Pro. We've heard talk about things like a metal frame, speedy Snapdragon 820 SoC, massive 4GB of RAM, a big 5.8-inch quad HD display, and a very high-res 27MP camera. That could make for one beast of a smartphone, but the G4 Pro may not be the only new G4 sibling LG's been cooking up. Today we get to check out a leak purporting to reveal the LG G4 S, a slightly scaled-back version of the G4 proper. That's supposedly it up top there, with a screen that shrinks from the G4's 5.5 inches ...

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    Buying a new smartphone can be its own reward: you get to start fresh with a new, unmarred handset, still months away from seeing its storage bogged down with dozens of apps you ran once and never touched again, or those hours of video footage you accidentally recorded while sleeping (and later forgot about). But if you can score not just a new phone, but also some free extras along with it, so much the better. A few Android manufacturers are offering such perks this week, as we learn about special promo deals for the LG G4 and HTC One M9. LG already had a free extra battery and microSD ...

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    We've heard a lot about Samsung Galaxy S6 sales; some reports claimed that things are looking good, others insinuated that the situation could be better. You never know who to trust when it comes down to bits like these, and today's report doesn't manage to shed more light either (granted, the report is based on "industry watchers'" findings and insights, so there's, as usual, room for speculation). Said sources claim that Samsung Galaxy S6 sales are falling short of expectations for Q2 of the year; the situation is reportedly not brighter when it comes to Samsung's domestic competitor, ...

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    Manufacturers are having a lot of fun with off-kilter phone designs these days, bringing us models with curved bodies or those with over-the-edge screens. And in order to take full advantage of cavities within these curved handsets, we've seen the development of some interesting battery designs, similarly shaped to offer an optimal fit. But it's not just phones that are playing with new form factors, and smartwatches have really been embracing the idea of non-rectangular designs, heralded by last year's launch of the Moto 360. With more such wearables on the horizon, LG has been working to ...

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    Enter to win a brand new handset with The Choose Your Own Android Phablet Giveaway at the Pocketnow Deals Store. A phablet offers all the conveniences of a smartphone but with a larger, tablet-like screen size. As far as mobile devices go, it’s like having the best of both worlds. One lucky person will have the opportunity to choose one of five new phablets, valued at $750 each, to be their prize. Up for grabs is the Google Nexus 6, LG G4, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, OnePlus 2, and the LG G Flex 2. To enter, just go to The Choose Your Own Android Phablet Giveaway page at the Pocketnow Deals ...

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