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    Whether or not the iPhone SE will ultimately be able to generate as much consumer interest and sales as the 6s or 5s (not, by the looks of things), a certain resurgence of compact high-end handhelds is to be expected. After all, the Apple Watch didn’t hit the box-office heights some analysts predicted, but it still arguably caused an onslaught of copycats. The key to a successful “clone” is usually to strike a balance between imitation and originality, which might be a bit of a problem for LG. The Korean company’s flagship G5 smartphone could soon get a diminutive derivation, ...

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    There comes a time in any tech company’s existence that certain accusations must be faced in a court of law. Some hardware and software manufacturers are routinely sued over OS glitches, misleading storage claims or dubious third-party repair shop-rejecting policies. Others, of course, have to defend themselves against mountains of copyright infringement allegations and the occasional deceptive advertising tactic litigation. But perhaps the most common among makers of anything that uses a battery are physical injury disputes. Phones, tablets, laptops and even smartwatches have been known ...

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    Ah, foldable gadgets! An idea as old as time, a concept as revolutionary as the touchscreen, but an execution as difficult as sending humans to Mars. Sooner or later though, it has to come to fruition, and there are only two companies prospectively capable of pulling it off. Samsung could ultimately get a crucial head start on arch-rival LG in terms of flexible smartphone production, but 2016 doesn’t look like the year of Youm materialization either. Instead, ET News reported last Friday, a groundbreaking 5-inch handheld/7-inch tablet convertible is to hit stores “from next year”, ...

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    They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And without a doubt, there’s no such thing as an unbreakable smartphone. Not unless you count those fugly Kyoceras, and ultimately, even the most rugged handhelds will crack. But if designs are so subjective, and no matter what materials gadgets are made you still need protective covers, how come every high-profile Android, iOS and Windows Phone launch stirs up such great aesthetic controversies? The Galaxy S7 looks cool and all, yet it resembles its predecessor a little too much, and doesn’t handle drop tests very gracefully. iPhones ...

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    There are a number of different options for customizing a smartphone, and the most obvious is of course slapping a case on your phone. There are a number of companies that produce adhesive skins for various phones, usually synthetic, sticker like solutions, but lately a trend towards "natural fibers" are supplying people with unique ways to tailor fit a phone to an individual's personal style. Toast is a funky company up in Portland Oregon, who championed real wood tech skins several years ago. All products are designed and manufactured in the United States, and their operations are 100% ...

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    Wireless charging sounds like such a great idea, but too often we find the technology plagued by trade-offs: sure, we may get to charge our phones without the need of cords, but charging range is often perilously short, hardware alignment can be tricky, efficiency isn't great, and speeds just can't compete with wired charging. The good news is that there's the potential for improvement on multiple fronts there, and particularly in the case of speed, we've heard about some big steps to deliver wired-charging parity. Now LG has confirmed that it's producing hardware capable of taking ...

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    Customer curiosity and media hype don’t always translate into box-office hits. We know it, LG knows it, even Samsung learned it the hard way last year. But while the ingenious modular G5 looks incapable of reaching the sales heights of its Galaxy S7 arch-rival, all the buzz surrounding the 5.3-incher’s top-shelf specs and creative accessories could ultimately pay off pretty decently. At least by LG standards, with around 15,000 units reported as sold in South Korea alone on March 31. That, of course, was the phone’s local opening day, US retailers and carriers joining the fun as we ...

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    Like that best friend you haven't seen all year, so is the UPS guy that brings your LG G5 to the front door. The LG G5 is definitely unlike any other smartphone we've seen this year. The company not only continues its legacy of expandability, but has done so in a design unlike any other that we've seen in the smartphone world to date. From addressing the horrible antenna lines we see everywhere else with a neat little trick we'll discuss later, to offering expandability in every dimension without compromising in design, and that dual camera at the back is something we can't wait to test. ...

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    The LG G5 is just now reaching the hands of consumers, and it won't be long before users everywhere have the chance to start playing with LG's new Android flagship for the very first time. That means exposure to the phone's unique modular accessories as well, letting new owners add functionality to the handset by attaching an optional camera grip or high-quality DAC. One of the biggest questions we have right now is just how many users might take advantage of these add-ons, and if the hardware's presence will really help contribute to the G5's retail performance. But while we still need to ...

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    Pre-order madness meriting early shipments aren't unprecedented. T-Mobile pedaled into overdrive by fulfilling Samsung Galaxy S7 edge pre-orders before the month in which sales were to officially begin. In AT&T's case with the LG G5, it's the same case in technical terms, but it's practically a wash. Android Central is reporting that shipment confirmations for a few of those AT&T LG G5 phones are out right now. Some of those unboxings could happen as early as tomorrow, a day before South Korean stores have these things on the shelves. Everyone else everywhere else, if they play ...

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    It wasn’t that long ago that we were making jokes about how small cellphones could get. From Zoolander’s tiny flip phone, to Amy Wong in an early season of Futurama, the mobile tech trends convinced us that future phones would be the size of one of our nostrils. Then smartphones happened As mobile devices began tackling more duties than phone calls and texts, the demands on displays grew. Email drove the design of Blackberrys. Multimedia became the hallmark of the iPhone. Then in 2011, Samsung popularized larger screen phones with the first Galaxy Note. While that fist Note was ...

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    We're going to see numerous smartphone camera experiments over the next several years. Samsung is experimenting with reducing the resolution of the sensor on the Galaxy S7. Asus is experimenting with a hardware optical zoom on the ZenFone. One of the more interesting experiments is using multiple camera sensors. The LG G5 packs two different sensors, with two different lenses. The main 16MP sensor and lens is similar to what we've already seen on the G4 and the V10, but the second sensor is a lower 8MP resolution which is paired with a super wide lens. That second lens approaches a 135 ...

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    Uh. Yeah. Apparently an action movie star is going to exemplify the "'fun and playful experiences possible with the G5 and its versatile Modular Type design." Jason Statham will star as multiple (and the only) characters in at least one video commercial for LG's latest flagship Android phone. It will be directed by Fredrik Bond who has mostly stuck to the ads industry, but has directed Shia LaBeouf-led "Charlie Countryman," a dramatic rom-com. A villainous peg of recent productions in the "Fast & Furious" series, Statham "enjoyed partnering with LG and working on this commercial, so I ...

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    Although history tells us LG can’t hope to even come close to flagship Samsung phone sales numbers, there’s still a lot of online rumble regarding the modular G5 at the dawn of its global rollout. Scheduled to start shipping later this week, the 5.3-incher and its “Friends” are far from perfect, but they’re slowly getting there. Many carrier freebies are offered stateside to sweeten the deal, and even without them, the LG G5 isn’t prohibitively priced for what it brings to the table. Meanwhile, nitpicky old fans of the classic Android look and the platform’s traditional ...

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    As tempting as Big Red’s G5 pre-order offers look, as unappealing two other LG devices recently launched on America’s largest carrier seem at a first glance. And second, and third. Proving it’s learned absolutely nothing from past mistakes, VZW follows AT&T’s suit in rebooting the troubled Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, but once again horribly misses the pricing mark. While Ma Bell charges $200 on and $360 off-contract, Verizon promises to ship the standalone cellular connectivity-enabled timepiece “by” April 1, as long as you’re willing to pay $450 with or $500 without ...

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    It’s the end of an era, and the beginning of a new one. Just as a couple of fresh styles for a very fashionable Fossil timepiece and an all-new Outdoor Watch from Casio picked up official Google support, the seemingly timeless LG Watch Urbane surprisingly saw its days cut short. But is it really surprising? In a way, sure, since Big G never tried to preserve the circular Android Wear gadget’s charm with any sort of discounts. The Watch Urbane debuted in April 2015 at $350, and it was sold for $350 by its search giant endorser up to its demise. Then you have an inexplicably rushed ...

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    Apple's introduction of the iPhone SE earlier this week was anything but business as usual for the company: here we had a new smartphone that delivered all the processing might of Apple's flagship models, while doing so at a substantially lower price. Understandably, the reaction from industry and consumers alike has been mixed. Did Apple just throw its flagship phones under the bus in the name of capturing mid-range sales? Is the company lazily re-using an old design and existing tech rather than delivering a fresh, new handset? Or is this exactly the smartphone a large number of users ...

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    Which carrier you choose for your flagship smartphone purchase doesn't just effect what you'll end up paying for monthly service, or the quality of the mobile network your phone gets to access: depending on how and where you buy the phone, you could end up paying a lot more (or less) than other places, or manage to score some extra hardware. Right now, carriers everywhere are opening pre-orders for the LG G5, giving shoppers plenty of options for how they get their hands on the phone, and the sort of value shoppers get from these deals has been pretty variable. We've seen AT&T with its ...

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    The iPhone SE is officially official! We're answering your questions about Apple's new mini powerhouse, taking a look at a smaller iPad Pro, and we finally have the full scoop on LG's Friends for the G5! We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and photography term definitions, and of course we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's podcast time on episode 193 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video ...

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    Recent history tells us that Sprint has been on the ball in terms of managing Android Marshmallow OTAs to Samsung, HTC and LG devices. But the carrier didn't pick up the V10 as its three major competitors did. And it looks like Verizon will be chief among those players to kick out a major software update. It's a simple update that just moves LG's skin on top of Marshmallow onto the V10. The OTA can be downloaded via Wi-Fi or on cell service, but with packages like these usually tipping the scales at over a gigabyte, you do have some considerations to make. But the rollout is at-hand and ...

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    The Galaxy S7 has had promo after promo after promo to boost its sales. LG has been trying to keep up with Samsung's shenanigans with a couple of its own tricks. US Cellular was the first carrier in the country to make its LG G5 offer known. AT&T pushed the envelope with a BOGO deal and a free battery. T-Mobile went all-out and put in the LG 360 CAM in the bag gratis. But it looks like Sprint — whose CEO has been a little hapless with Twitter today — will take the race at this stage with low prices and an accessory bundle. With the stipulation that you trade-in your current phone, ...

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    It's been a month since LG's flagship G5 smartphone launched at MWC, but now the handset is very nearly here, with retail availability beginning in a little over a week. And while we know you'll have the chance to get your hands on the phone not too long from now, the question of exactly when that might be has harder to pin down. First we saw Canada and the UK getting ready for the G5's arrival on April 8, before US carriers started talking about April 1. Then LG itself mentioned a March 31 global release, and other US carriers pushed the date up further still, saying they could start ...

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    LG's new flagship G5 is getting ready to make its retail debut, with the MWC-announced phone set to land in just over a week. Depending on where you pick the phone up, you might find yourself paying anywhere from $576 to $630 on carrier installment plans – or even a stupid-high $800 for an unactivated handset. And while G5 pricing itself is no secret, it's been more difficult to get hard numbers for the G5's myriad accessories: the LG Friends. With those set to also begin making their debut, we're finally picking up info from different markets about just what all this hardware will cost. ...

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    LG has been on a run of preparing us for these new-fangled phones it's got in the pipeline before turning the faucet on with an official release. Well, every other manufacturer does it, too, but not to the extent LG has been recently. Take the X series, a line of mid-range of phones exemplifying one particular hardware aspect. The two big ones so far — the X cam and X screen — were told of right before MWC. They just went official and have officially vague plans to be in the market this week. The X cam, carrying two rear cameras, and the X screen, featuring a V10-esque Second Screen, ...

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    Those of you looking to buy and activate the modular new LG G5 smartphone on America’s second largest wireless carrier can hit the trifecta if you hurry, as AT&T throws in more deal sweeteners than T-Mobile and Best Buy combined. While Ma Bell doesn’t let you have the ingenious LG 360 CAM or any “Friends” modules for free, pre-ordering the device by March 31 can hook you up with a gratis “backup” unit. That’s right, LG takes a page from its domestic arch-rival’s playbook, fighting fire with fire and Galaxy S7 BOGO promotions with virtually identical two-for-one G5 ...

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