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OnePlus 3 review: Finally all grown up

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OnePlus 3

The quick take

OnePlus is finally ready to join the big leagues with the OnePlus 3. Gone are the days of justifying missing features with a cheap price, and no longer can we give it a pass for its upstart-style of operation. The OnePlus 3 is the real deal, ready to be compared and evaluated as the flagship phone that it is. It isn't going to wow you with oodles of new features or headline-grabbing, never-before-seen experiences — it's just a downright great smartphone, and that's precisely what most people are looking for.

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1 week ago

Spec showdown: OnePlus 3 versus the 2016 flagship competition

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See how the new OnePlus 3 compares to the leading devices of 2016.

Each time a new top-end phone comes out, there's no shortage of comparisons to be made. From software to camera to design, we can debate all day — but there's less wiggle room when you look at the straight-up spec sheets between the phones. There's no doubt that the OnePlus 3 is aiming to compete with the highest of the high-end phones out today, and so we've compiled a comparative spec table to show you how all of the line items stack up.

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1 week ago

Spec comparison: OnePlus 3 vs. OnePlus 2 vs. OnePlus One

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We're now in our third year of OnePlus flagships — here's how the full set of specs from each generation stack up.

Three years in, and we can start to see some patterns in the specs that OnePlus values in its phones. Some things haven't changed, like sticking to a 5.5-inch screen, a top-end processor and available 64GB of internal storage. Other specs have bumped up, with the OnePlus 3 having double the RAM of the original OnePlus One, as well as a higher-resolution camera, and a few additional specs like NFC, USB-C and fast charging support.

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1 week ago

OnePlus 3 specs

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Just about every line item is filled here.

OnePlus has always been known for offering solid specs for an affordable price, and the OnePlus 3 is no exception. The difference this time around is that there aren't as many "gotcha" missing little features — this is a stacked spec sheet for sure.

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1 week ago

OnePlus 3 announced: Aluminum body, 6GB RAM and $399 invite-free

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The latest high-end device from OnePlus takes things to a new level, and its highest price point yet.

After weeks of teases and a handful of solid leaks, we finally have the official announcement of the OnePlus 3, the latest in the high-end-but-affordable line of phones from OnePlus. The OnePlus 3 aims to carry on the legacy of its predecessors with all of the big specs and performance that you expect out of a flagship phone, but for a lower price — and has always been the case, you get great performance and a simple software experience.

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1 week ago

These Galaxy S7 and S7 edge cases can be yours for as little as $4 for a limited time

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Right now you can pick up a variety of cases from Vena for your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge for as little as $4. That's right, you can pick from a number of colors and styles to find the right case for you, all while saving some big money on them. Most cases are 50% off, so you may want to pick up a couple to swap them out with your outfits.

The coupon codes will work with the seller of SF Planet or SF Planet fulfilled through Amazon, so you should be able to get free shipping on these cases as well. Included in this round of deals are:

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Galaxy S7 edge

These deals usually don't last very long, so if you are interested be sure to grab one quickly. Let us know which case you end up deciding on in the comments.

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1 week ago

Best accessories for the LG V10

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Best accessories for the LG V10

Turn your LG V10 into a superstar with these great accessories.

You probably carry your LG V10 with you everywhere you go, but is your phone prepared for all situations? Accessories aren't just the icing on the cake; they help your V10 to be as useful as possible all the time.

Anker PowerCore+ 10050

Anker PowerCore+ 10050

Even though your LG V10 has a big enough battery on its own, you may still have times when you're not near a plug; the Anker PowerCore+ 10050 can help.

As its name suggests, this power bank holds a 10,050mAh battery, meaning it's large enough to charge the LG V10 three times without running out of juice. Plus, it has QuickCharge 2.0, which means your V10 will charge at the fastest speed it can, letting you stay on the go.

The Anker PowerCore+ 10050 is also pretty small, so lugging it around in a purse or a backpack isn't hard, and it's even got a matte aluminum finish, which not only looks stylish but also provides some durability.

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LG Official Spare Battery Kit

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The LG V10 has a removable battery, and to take full advantage of that you'll want to pick up the manufacturer's official spare battery kit. You'll get a second 3,000mAh battery to swap in on the fly, so you can instantly recharge to 100 percent.

What's more, you'll also get an external charging dock for charging your a second battery outside of the phone. While quick charging is all well and good, nothing beats being able to switch batteries and be back up and running again in a matter of seconds.

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iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Universal Car Mount

iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Universal Car Mount

If you're on the road with your LG V10, the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Universal Car Mount can make your daily drives more convenient.

Although the LG V10 is a big phone, the iOttie car mount is sturdy enough to hold it in place, meaning you don't have to worry about your phone falling out of the car mount while you're driving around. It's easy to install, and its adhesive suction cup can adhere to just about any flat surface, making it easy to find the perfect location.

You'll always be able to access your V10 quickly since the iOttie mount has three pivot points and can even extend in length by a couple inches.

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Ringke Fusion clear case

Ringke Fusion clear case

If you require some protection for your LG V10 but want to keep the natural look of the phone intact, the Ringke Fusion case is the perfect choice.

This one-piece TPU sleeve fits the V10 snugly and doesn't block the usage of any buttons or ports around the phone, meaning you have full functionality of the fingerprint sensor and don't have to worry about any hassle while trying to unlock your phone. There's a dust cover on the headphone jack, so rest assured that your music will always sound great, and dirt won't prevent you from using your favorite headphones.

It's a little thicker around the edges of the LG V10 to protect it from a fall, and it even comes with a screen protector, so it protects the entire phone.

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Aukey Dual-Port Quick Charge 2.0 car charger

Aukey Dual-Port Quick Charge 2.0 car charger

If your long daily commutes are taxing on your LG V10's battery, you may want to consider picking up an Aukey Dual-Port Quick Charge 2.0 car charger.

QuickCharge 2.0 certification means your daily commute can give your V10 a huge boost in battery life in a short amount of time. It even has another USB port, meaning it can also charge any other device you want at the same time. Plus, this charger features over-voltage protection and short circuit protection, so all your devices are well-protected by any car trouble you may have.

The Aukey Dual-Port Quick Charge 2.0 car charger is a no-frills car charger that'll quickly power up your LG V10 and your other devices; there's no reason to pass this one up.

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SanDisk Ultra 128 GB microSD card

SanDisk Ultra 128 GB microSD card

The LG V10 can support up to 2TB of external storage and all you need to take advantage of that is the right microSD card.

The SanDisk Ultra is one of the quickest and most reliable cards around, and 128 GB is a lot of space for your phone, meaning you should be able to download or save all the files and apps you want. It's a class 10 card, so you know it can record and play HD videos with ease, meaning that excellent manual video camera on your LG V10 won't go to waste.

This card also comes with a microSD to SD adapter, which is a great bonus and will save you the hassle of running out and getting one the next time you want to transfer files to a computer.

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Yootech tempered glass screen protector

Yootech tempered glass screen protector

One of the things you probably love about your LG V10 is that big beautiful display; keep it looking brand new with a Yootech tempered glass screen protector.

The Yootech screen protector is only 0.26 mm thick, so you don't have to worry about the screen not picking up your taps and swipes. It covers the entire screen, but still has a perfect cutout for the two front-facing cameras, so don't worry your selfies are safe.

Its surface is oleophobic and hydrophobic, which means your fingerprints shouldn't muck up your screen and any oil or sweat from your hands should wipe off easily.

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UE Roll 2

UE Roll/Roll2

If you want to turn it up with your LG V10, why not get a portable Bluetooth speaker?

The UE Roll 2 has a cool design and a great water-resistance rating. It can withstand being submerged in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes — it can follow you into the shower, so you don't have to sing alone.

The sound quality on this small device far exceeds expectations, and is even more impressive if you create a stereo pair with another UE Roll 2. To top it all off, it has an app you can download to control playback, so you can don't even have to touch it.

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How do you accessorize your LG V10

Do you have cool accessories for your LG V10? We want to know about them. Tell us which accessories you use and why you love them by leaving a comment below!

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1 week ago

Samsung Gear 360 gets a firmware update to improve image quality

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Samsung Gear 360

If you're one of the lucky few (OK, more than a few) who already have a Samsung Gear 360 camera, you've got a firmware update waiting for you.

The new firmware (C200GLU0APE4 is what my imported Gear 360 is now on) includes the following:

  • Time lapse menu added to onboard camera settings (set video resolution)
  • Front/rear lens adjustment for optimized color matching from each lens input
  • Image quality improvement

Those last two are particularly important, as color matching between the two images is what helps the stitch line disappear. Plus, the all-encompassing "image quality improvement."

In addition, there's also an update available for the Gear 360 Manager app. Samsung didn't give a changelog, but you'll be taken from v1.0 to 1.04. That app is only available (in the U.S., anyway) in Samsung's own app store.

The Samsung Gear 360 is expected to be available in the United States sometime this summer.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile adds PBS, YouTube Gaming and more to its Binge On service

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T-Mobile has added more media streaming partners to its Binge On service, which allows its customers to access those partners on the carrier's network with no impact on their data plans.

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1 week ago

Five things I learned traveling with the Galaxy S7 edge

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Galaxy S7 travel

Travel revelations from Samsung's latest phone.

Nothing taxes a smartphone like travel, and the past month has been a unique chance for me to push my Samsung Galaxy S7 edge to its limits. I've been on the road for a little over three weeks — first covering Google I/O in Mountain View, Calif., then a quick stop-over in Seattle, then on to Taipei, Taiwan, for the Computex show. During that time I've been pushing the phone about as far as it'll go every day, taking photos, constantly keeping in touch with teams on the ground and people back home, and shooting countless photos.

So what I have I learned through all this? Well ...

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1 week ago

Xiaomi Redmi 3S makes its debut with Snapdragon 430 SoC, 4100mAh battery for $105

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Xiaomi has launched a new version of the Redmi 3, the Redmi 3S, in China. The entry-level phone — which has a fingerprint sensor at the back — is available in two variants: a base model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage for ¥699 ($106), and a version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage for ¥899 ($136).

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1 week ago

Vodafone's Smart Platinum 7 offers a 5.5-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 652 for £300

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Vodafone has been releasing its own devices for a decade and to celebrate the company has just announced the Smart Platinum 7. This handset will set you back £300 if you wish to purchase it outright on Pay-As-You-Go, while contracts kick off from £28 a month, which bags you 1GB of UK data and 500MB of roaming.

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1 week ago

Google brings its AI smarts to the enterprise with Springboard, Sites gets a major refresh

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Google showcased how it was leveraging machine learning for communication at this year's I/O, and the search giant is now bringing artificial intelligence capabilities to Google Apps users with a new utility called Springboard. The application lets Google Apps users search across Drive, Gmail, Calendar, Docs, and more from a single location.

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1 week ago

Android thoughts on Apple's WWDC announcements

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There's nothing like a good, live nerd event. And Apple still does some of the best.

Our cousins at iMore were on hand at the WWDC keynote as Apple unveiled the next generation of its four pillars of products and services. Computers. Mobile. Wearables. TV. There's a whole lot going on here. And like many of you out there, we also use myriad devices both at work, and at home. We use Android. We use Google. We use Windows and Mac and everything in between. Our families use them all, too.

And so we all have some skin in this game, and we at Android Central watch these keynotes as intently as anyone.

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1 week ago

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is your favorite S7

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In last week's poll we asked which Samsung Galaxy S7 is your favorite? The Samsung Galaxy S7 has three fantastic choices this year, and each one is pretty fantastic. It allows you to get to a fantastic camera, and great battery life, without having to choose just one feature to get you by until you purchase your next phone. That's why we asked which S7 was your favorite.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge took first place, grabbing up 45.7% of the vote. In second place with 21.3% of the vote was the Samsung Galaxy S7. "I'm not a fan of the Samsung Galaxy S7 series" came in third place, grabbing up 19% of the vote. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active took fourth place, picking up 11.2% of the vote. Last, but not least, was "I can't decide" which made up only 2.9% of the vote.

Did your preferred version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 win this week? Are you unimpressed with the S7? Be sure to let us know about it in the comments.

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