Posts tagged with: LG
  • by | February 25, 2014 3:59 PM

    There are plenty of miniature things in this world that are great. Love or hate it, the Mini Cooper S is an incredibly fun car to drive. The iPad mini is a smaller, more affordable version of the iPad Air with just as much power and prowess. Even mini golf is one of my favorite time wasters to partake in when I'm on vacation. If my opinion on "mini" were instead based on the mobile industry's meaning of the word, I would hate practically everything with the mini tag. We all would. Samsung has been doing it for a few years now – throwing the mini tag on the end of its popular Galaxy S ...

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  • by | February 25, 2014 1:40 PM

    Thought we were wrapped-up with LG's new phablet, the G Pro 2, following our hands-on with the Android yesterday? Not even! In addition to bringing you footage of the new smartphones, tablets, and wearables making an appearance at the MWC this year, we're also doing our best to bring you early comparisons between this new gear and models with which you may be already familiar. Today we put the G Pro 2 up against the pope of phablet-town, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3. Even with the G Pro 2's larger display it doesn't come off as substantially larger than the Note 3 - and that's a big deal, ...

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  • by | February 25, 2014 11:52 AM

    LG did not make a big deal about its MWC presence this year: no "Unpacked" event, no grand unveiling - all the high-end stuff LG had to share it already announced weeks ago. But that's far from saying that the company didn't have anything worth showing off, and we keep learning about more and more LG handsets crawling out of the woodwork. We already told you about those F-series models that popped up over the weekend, and now we've got a couple more L-series phones to share with you, as we go hands-on with the family. It was just over a week ago when LG first broke news of its L40, L70, ...

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  • by | February 24, 2014 8:08 PM

    Didn't get enough of that sweet mid-range-on-mid-range action from our Sony Xperia M2 vs HTC One Mini comparison video? Fear not, smartphone fan, for the Mobile World Congress is a big, big event, and its walls are home to more smartphones than most of us would know what to do with. Satisfied we saw everything we needed to from the M2, we went looking for other mid-rangers to share with you, and came across one of LG's many new additions, the G2 Mini. The G2 Mini may play fast and loose with that word "mini," but we're going to do our best comparing it against the One Mini. Really, it's an ...

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  • by | February 24, 2014 4:12 PM

    LG's MWC showing, if nothing else, has been nicely predictable. Just like last year, that meant making most of its announcements in advance of the actual show. And just like last year, we saw a new wave of L-series budget handsets. When learning about those three new models last Monday, we posited that this all meant that we'd similarly be seeing LG introduce a couple new F-series phones – again, just like last year. It may have taken until the last minute, but sure enough, news of a pair of new F-series Androids quietly slipped out yesterday. Whereas those L devices were seriously ...

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  • by | February 24, 2014 8:46 AM

    Waiting until MWC to announce your new hardware? So gauche. Rather than fight for the crowd's attention, LG decided to get a head start on things, and introduced its G Pro 2 well over a week ago. As such, there hasn't been any mystery there: we know the phablet runs a Snapdragon 800, has 3GB of RAM, and offers a 13-megapixel optically stabilized camera. But even armed with all that knowledge, we still needed some hands-on time with the phone in order to more properly form our assessment of it; especially with larger devices like this, design and layout are more important than ever, and an ...

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  • by | February 24, 2014 8:46 AM

    A 1.7GHz quad-core SoC. A 4.7-inch IPS display at qHD resolution. A 2400 mAh battery. 8MP or 13MP camera (depending on market) with no optical image stabilization. LTE Category 4 with Android 4.4 KitKat. Oh, and a rear key. You know the old saying: if it's a mixed bag of impressive and meh, it's probably a "mini" phone. That's the sitch with LG's new midsize smartphone, a device we bemoaned as not enough mini and not enough G2 on last week's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Still, the G2 mini exists - and now that we've had a chance to play with it in person, we're not entirely ...

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  • by | February 23, 2014 1:27 PM

    The other tablet Huawei's CEO specifically called out -- alongside the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display -- when talking about the new MediaPad X1, is the LG-made Google Nexus 7. While we didn't have a 2013 version of the Google slate with us, we compared the MediaPad X1 with the original Nexus 7. Not to worry though, we're not focusing on specs and horsepower specifically, but we're looking at how two tablets with the same display size can have dramatically different overall physical dimensions. That, plus it's the eternal question of whether you want stock Android (and timely updates), ...

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  • by | February 23, 2014 11:14 AM

    When Microsoft announced its intention to absorb Nokia's devices and services group last year, many wondered what effect the $7.2B acquisition would have on the company's relationship with its Windows Phone hardware partners. It's a sensible question (how can a company endorse partners' hardware while also building its own?) and it's one Microsoft addressed directly on its Windows Phone blog. Today, Microsoft has backed up its commitment to Windows Phone diversity by announcing nine new hardware partners for its mobile OS. The list of vendors is largely made up of Chinese and Indian ...

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  • by | February 21, 2014 5:56 PM

    Getting a little sick and tired of MWC-rumor-this and MWC-rumor-that? Do you crave answers and official product announcements? Well, get yourself ready for a few days' worth of redemption, as MWC events start kicking off this weekend, bringing you hard news of all these products that have otherwise been so darn nebulous. We've got Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera on the ground in Barcelona, and the Pocketnow team back home will be supporting them, bringing you news of all the latest MWC developments while they go in search of getting you hands-on looks at this flood of new hardware. There's ...

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  • by | February 21, 2014 7:24 AM

    "Mini" smartphones are an odd creation. One definition would have one believe that a "mini" version of a flagship phone is the same as the flagship, only smaller. In reality, a "mini" version generally doesn't share anything with the flagship, other than its name.  Such is the case the the LG G2 Mini. On first glance, this sounds like a typical case of bait-and-switch, but it's not. "Mini" versions typically have a smaller screen -- or at least screens running a lower resolution -- than their flagship counterparts. Because of the reduced amount of pixels to push, the RAM can be reduced, ...

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  • by | February 20, 2014 7:33 PM

    MWC 2014 is already upon us, with Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera hitting the ground in Barcelona just as this podcast goes under the mic, and we're here to bring you mobile mavens all the pre-show rumor and speculation that you've come to expect. But there's also plenty of news of the non-Mobile World Congress variety, from the endless leaks focusing on the "All-New HTC One" to speculation surrounding the Galaxy S 5 launch date - and we'll be spending plenty of time on that, too. Plus, Taylor Martin has finally spent enough time with his suitcase-coddled Lumia Icon to develop some ...

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  • by | February 20, 2014 1:12 PM

    Yesterday we saw the LG G2 Mini get confirmed, but the announcement was a little odd. We didn't see a formal press release from LG, and though it was clear we were dealing with official information, there were a few holes in the specifics. For instance, while we learned that the phone wasn't going to get the Snapdragon 800 that had been rumored, we didn't learn specifically which SoC would power the handset – all we knew was that it was a 1.2GHz quad-core chip. As it turns out, the situation's slightly more complicated than that, and today we hear about three different versions of the G2 ...

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  • by | February 19, 2014 11:10 AM

    Rumors have been suggesting that an LG G2 Mini has been in the works for a while now, and with LG itself publishing some teaser images last week, it was just a matter of time before the smartphone saw official confirmation. We might have expected that to come at the Mobile World Congress, but LG's gotten started with its new hardware announcements a week early, like we saw with those L Series III handsets. Today that trend continues, bringing us word of the G2 Mini itself. While early rumors had us optimistic that the G2 Mini might keep some of the high-end hardware of the original G2, ...

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  • by | February 17, 2014 7:57 PM

    Last year, LG brought quite a few new smartphones to the Mobile World Congress, but it just couldn't help itself from spoiling the surprise a couple weeks early, like we saw it do with the Optimus L Series II. The three models it introduced then were all pretty low on the hardware ladder, designed more for affordability than anything even approaching cutting-edge specs. This year LG's up to its old tricks, and outed a trio of new L-series phones yesterday. This time the numbering steps up a little, and instead of the L3, L5, and L7 we have the L40, L70, and L90. Specs are still quite low, ...

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