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    Just because it's a new year doesn't mean things are changing with the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. We're still shaking up the host roster on occasion, and we're still squeezing more than 90 minutes of discussion out of the mobile-technology news sector, even in the pit of the post-holiday lull. On our first podcast of 2013, Joe Levi joins us to talk Android amid a sea of pre-CES leaks, but not before we dive into a long and detailed discussion about the new mobile version of Ubuntu - a platform we'll learn how to consistently pronounce someday, but not today. We also touch on Sailfish and ...

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    Considering how much money we put into our phones, and just how reliant we are on them, we always want to be careful with our handsets and do all we can to keep them in tip-top condition for as long as possible. Why is it, then, that some manufacturers seem intent on taking steps to make that even more difficult than it needs to be? I'm talking about glass-backed phones, and the slippy, scratch-prone, liable-to-shatter future they spell for any handset that finds itself constructed in such a manner. With the Nexus 4 now the new hottness that it is, plenty of new users are being exposed to ...

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    The LG Optimus G may certainly be an impressive phone, but we've already started to piece together the story of the company's follow-up flagship device. HTC got the ball rolling on 1080p smartphones with its Droid DNA, and now plenty of the other OEMs look ready to follow suit; we already caught wind of at least one LG 1080p model in some benchmark results earlier this month. Now a new report claims that LG is preparing to release the so-called Optimus G2 sometime around next May. Like that model we saw in the benchmarks, the G2 would supposedly employ a 1080p display. We're not sure if ...

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    The LG Optimus G is a great phone, the best from the manufacturer so far hands-down! It also just so happens that the manufacturer is the one that makes the latest Google Nexus phone, which is as much an LG Optimus G on the inside as it is on the outside, with a couple of Nexus-specific tweaks. While the Optimus G is available on both AT&T and Sprint -- and it is now unlockable -- the company went ahead and posted the below ad in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. The all-caps text says "we make phones not war" and it's a tricky one: whether it is aimed exactly at the ...

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    If you have an LG Optimus G on AT&T, like the one we have recently reviewed, or on Sprint, and you want to do some deep customizations, you will probably need to have an unlocked bootloader. This is now possible via Project FreeGee which unlocks both phones in preparation for custom ROMs. If you are familiar with all the disclaimers and you apply this unlocker you will probably have to double-check on every OTA update you'll receive in the future to see whether it is compatible with this solution or not. LG might be able to patch this workaround. You'll have to have a Windows-based ...

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    Verizon and HTC took the veil off their new 5-inch superphone yesterday in New York City, and we were there to cover it. We took home a review unit that evening, and before we'd even unboxed it, Joe Levi was asking questions. In an editorial on the first-of-its-kind device, Joe speculated that the huge pixel count on the Droid DNA's 1080p display might cause it to run more slowly than comparably specced devices. Devices like the LG Optimus G, which is also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro backed up by 2GB of RAM, and one of which we just happen to have handy here in the office. Our ...

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    LG's Optimus G is a powerhouse of a phone. It's got a 1.5 Quad-core S4 Pro SoC with 2GB RAM on board. Today we learned of a new phone with almost identical specs: the HTC Droid DNA. There's one significant difference between the two phones: the number of pixels on the screen. The screen on the Optimus G is a little better than 720P HD at 1280x768, which is 983,040 total pixels.  HTC's Droid DNA has a 1080P HD screen (1920x1080) which equates to 2,073,600 pixels -- yes, well over two million pixels! Higher resolutions require significantly more calculations just to keep up. Compared to ...

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    The LG Optimus G is basically the foundation for the Nexus 4. If you would rather go with a phone that has a couple of LG goodies installed instead of the vanilla Android experience offered by the pure-Android Nexus 4, you can now grab the Optimus G from AT&T. It goes for $199.99 on a two-year contract or $549.99 outright. For the money you get a great phone which scored well in our own review which you should read for all the details if you're considering the device. The 'Bond' phone was recently announced and, as AT&T promised, the Sony Xperia TL is available as of November 2. ...

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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a mobile-phone reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other, less-awesome thing: you eventually have to give it all back. “Empty Nest” is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. ___ The Optimus G for AT&T was a surprise to me in nearly every respect. It was my first ...

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    "The Nexus 4." "The Nexus G." "The New Nexus." "The phone that kind of looks like the Galaxy Nexus, except built by aliens." Whatever special name you have for it, it's finally been confirmed that this year's headlining Google smartphone bearing the "pure Android experience" is coming from the company that we've reluctantly gotten used to calling the perennial also-ran, LG. At first, we weren't exactly bowled over by the news. The device's spec sheet is respectable: it offers a boost over the current Galaxy Nexus, trading that device's poor PenTile-hobbled AMOLED display for a ...

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    Even though it will become available only on November 2, the LG Optimus G is available for pre-orders and we've spent some quality time with the device for our review. While the phone is an excellent performer due to the Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, power users will probably want to tweak it further. However, this might be difficult. According to official wording from LG, "the Optimus G doesn’t support an unlocked bootloader". This means that until the community manages to hack it open (or someone over at AT&T or LG changes their minds) there will be no custom ROM flashing and alike. Even ...

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    For the past few years, most new-product announcements from South Korea's LG have been greeted in America with a heaping helping of "who cares?" The company has spent so long in the shadow of its more-successful rival Samsung that its smartphones, particularly in the United States, have struggled for even moderate mind share. That struggle is also a product of the widely held conception that LG devices just aren't that good, a conception that devices like the LG Intuition have only reinforced. But recently, LG has caught a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel. We had the opportunity ...

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    "Once we get a slow news week, we're gonna talk about this in-depth." That's been the go-to fallback phrase for the Pocketnow Weekly for the past few weeks, and as the holiday shopping season approaches, we doubt that's going to change anytime soon. On this installment of the densest podcast in mobile tech, we talk about the LG Optimus G and the Nexus 4, HTC's new Butterfly J, Apple's forthcoming iPad Mini, and the Microsoft Surface pre-orders and pricing. Plus, Brandon Miniman continues last week's riffing regarding pen-based input methods, and special guest Joe Levi the Android Guy, ...

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    We know the Galaxy S III inside out as it is the most popular Android phone of the moment. The LG Optimus G, which we've recently unboxed, is the new kid on the block with its Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC and the best from all LG divisions in terms of components. Well, the two South Korean manufacturers are now competing directly against each other and LG claims its Optimus G owns the Galaxy S III in the battery life compartment. We'll be the judge of this claim in our upcoming full review. Until then, Korea Herald reports that LG tested both phones and the Optimus G allows for 15.8 hours voice ...

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    We've heard official wording from AT&T about their flavor of the LG Optimus G, which we've recently unboxed. November 2 and $200 on contract are the things to remember about it and now Sprint is also weighing in on the first device to rock the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC. The Now Network, which recently announced its deal with Japanese carrier Softbank, will offer the LG Optimus G for $200 on a two-year agreement on November 11. In case you need a reminder of its specs, aside from the exciting SoC, the Optimus G also features a 4.7-inch TrueIPS display with HD resolution, 32GB of ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the photos of the Sony Nexus X that were recently discovered. Then we talk about the leaked price rage that we may find for the iPad Mini later this month along with the possible storage and wireless variances. We then discuss Softbank's recent purchase of Sprint, which still doesn't necessarily mean anything good or bad for current customers. Then we go through our coverage of the LG Optimus G and our first impressions. We end today's show by talking about Microsoft's new Xbox music and what's good and bad about it. All this and more after ...

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    There's been so much talk lately about the Optimus G being the source of the hardware for the rumored Nexus 4, that it's been easy to forget that the Optimus G is a phone of its own, and one that's nearly about to arrive. We've been expecting the phone for both AT&T and Sprint, and while Sprint issued its own announcement about the Optimus G last week, it still wasn't ready to provide a release date or pricing. Today, though, AT&T steps forward to finally deliver some answers along those lines, revealing how the Optimus G will make its retail debut. Starting tomorrow, you'll be ...

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    The Optimus G is the most significant flagship product we've seen from LG in a little while, and another in the company's long line of "firsts." This time, that accomplishment is processor-specific, with this smartphone the first to offer the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. That means quad-core and LTE on the same device, which has until now been a rarity for much of the developed world. Along with the other hardware specs, like an 8MP camera, "True HD IPS Plus" display, and 2GB of RAM, the Optimus G also features unique glass construction with some interesting visual flairs. That's something ...

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    That chill in the air as fall arrives doesn't just mean shorter days, longer nights, and time to break out your sweater collection; with the clock running down on 2012, it's high time we learned of a new Nexus smartphone. There are some hard-to-ignore rumors that a big change to the Nexus program could be on the horizon, and we'll be seeing a bunch of handsets crowned with Nexus names, but one way on another, at least something's bound to be on the way. When that new Nexus finally does get here, will you be buying one? The problem with talking about plans to purchase the next Nexus is just ...

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    The LG Optimus G is the first phone to rely on Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and it is now officially coming to Sprint. The carrier just announced the phone which packs a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display, 32GB of storage, but only runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Sadly there is no information regarding pricing or availability at this moment. Alongside the LG Optimus G Sprint also announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 which we already know and the LG Mach, a slide-out QWERTY phone which is claimed to be one of the thinnest devices on the carrier to pack a hardware keyboard. ...

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    It looks like the floodgates are open when it comes to rumors about the next Nexus phone(s); just hours after we shared the latest leaked specs with you, giving us a little insight into just how the supposed LG Nexus would differ from the already-revealed Optimus G, a couple new details have arrived, focusing on just how the smartphone would launch. Those last rumors mentioned that the phone might go up for sale sometime around mid-November. Now CNET's coming forward with a source of its own claiming that the phone will be formally announced near the end of October. That would be ...

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    There have been a whole mess of rumors lately about what to expect from Google as far as its Nexus lineup goes, and a good number of them have been looking to LG's Optimus G as one model we could potentially see a new Nexus phone based on. From what we've heard so far, it's clear this wouldn't be just a renamed Optimus G, but besides a re-styled case, it hasn't been obvious just what would be different. Some new rumored specs have just come to our attention, though, that start to show how this LG Nexus could diverge from the Optimus G. While by and large these specs have been lining up, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's press invites for their official Windows 8 announcement on October 25th along with the first day of sales for their Surface tablet. Then we go through their other press invites for the Windows Phone 8 launch on October 29th. We then talk about the rumors of an LG Optimus G-based Nexus device in the making. Later we go through AT&T's decision to serve as the guinea pig for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Camera. We end today's show by talking about the launch of the Nokia Lumia 920 in the US, and sadly, as an exclusive to ...

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    Will we be seeing a whole flood of assorted Nexus phones this fall? That's what some rumors have been saying for months now, and as we settle-in on the right timeframe, some of the headlining models from various manufacturers are being tapped as candidates for one of these Nexus devices. That's certainly been true for LG's quad-core S4 Optimus G, for which we just learned about US carrier availability. A new rumor concerns one source's claims of some first-hand interactions with just such an LG Nexus. Supposedly, this source isn't a Google employee himself, but had the brief opportunity to ...

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    LG's quad-core Optimus G is ultimately destined for US shores, but just how till it get here? We've known to expect the phone to arrive sometime in November, after the handset launches in Japan this month, but haven't had access to the details. The picture's still far from complete, but a couple US carriers just made it clear that the Optimus G will be a part of their lineups in the near future. LG released a statement confirming AT&T and Sprint as homes for the Optimus G, with AT&T separately preparing its own statement to announce the news. Unfortunately, this far out everyone ...

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