We update our thoughts on LG's 2014 flagship — the G3
The G3 is LG's biggest smartphone launch to date, launched at events around the world just over two months ago, and arriving shortly thereafter on major carriers around the world, including the big four in the U.S. As rivals focused on metal unbodies and waterproof credentials, LG differentiated itself with an enormous 5.5-inch QHD (Quad HD) display, an updated software design language and frickin' lasers on the back.
But it's time to go beyond the initial launch hype and reflect on how the LG G3 has held up in day-to-day use. All five AC editors have had the chance to use the G3 over the past couple of months, and we've brought our thoughts together into a definitive roundtable feature. Read on to find out what we think of the G3, two months on ...
The LG G Vista will be available on AT&T for $49.99 with a two-year agreement or $354.99 with no strings attached starting August 22. If you're willing to sign up for a new two-year qualifying plan, AT&T will even toss in an LG G Pad 7.0 LTE for a buck.
We've been seeing plenty of Sony leaks leading up to IFA 2014, and the recent invites they've shot out for their press conference at the show provide a glimpse at what new devices we can expect. The Sony Xperia Z3 is a pretty safe bet and its little cousin the Z3 Compact is a distinct possibility. A new QX100-style camera is clearly shown in the invite as well, and that top-right image could be a new tablet.
Carphone Warehouse in the UK is now the exclusive retailer in that country for a pink colored version of the HTC One M8. The pink version is a web exclusive for the retailer and is the first known appearance of such a color for HTC's flagship Android smartphone.
We're just a few weeks out from IFA 2014, the annual consumer electronics show held in Berlin, Germany, each September. And for the past three years, the highlight of the week for Android fans has been Samsung's Galaxy Note devices — the line of half-phone, half-tablet hybrids with Wacom-enabled stylus input. The Note line has gone from a quirky sideshow in Samsung's Galaxy range to a series of handsets that's seen a surprising level of mainstream success.
This year, Samsung's Unpacked 2014 Part 2 invite leaves little to the imagination, telling us to "note the date" alongside a graphic that looks like the Note 3's Air Command menu. So we're pretty much guaranteed to see the Galaxy Note 4 in the next month, but what form is it likely to take? Let's dive in.
"This is the story of one reality in an infinite gamut of alternate possibilities." It's also the story of floating phones, slow-motion croissants, the girl next door, selfies in bed, GQ biker dude stealing, Field of Dreams, lasers, the morning after ... and a phone.
Lenovo has unveiled its latest Android powered smartphone, the Vibe Z2 Pro, and it's the latest device to boast a pixel-packed QHD display. It's big, too. The Vibe Z2 Pro boasts a 6-inch 2560x1440 display, so you're certainly not going to be one-handing this sucker. Underneath it's pretty much the norm for current high end smartphones with a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB of RAM and Android 4.4 KitKat.
Best Buy will start selling an Electric Blue version of Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone in its stores and on its website starting Sunday, August 17 for the price of $99 with a two year contract for customers who are on AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint's network.
The rugged Android-based Kyocera Brigadier smartphone is supposed to withstand a ton of abuse, and now the company has decided to let Man vs Wild star Bear Grylls become the face of their marketing campaign for the phone.
Demand for Xiaomi's Mi 3 continues unabated in India as the latest flash sales saw 15,000 units of the device getting sold in under two seconds. Prior to today's sale, Xiaomi has sold 20,000 units of the Mi 3 in India in two batches — the first batch of devices were sold out in 38 minutes and 50 seconds on July 22, while the second flash sale saw 10,000 units being sold out in five seconds last week.
Another day, another Galaxy Alpha leak. While yesterday's leak provided us with a clearer look at the metallic frame abutting the sides of the device, today's leaked images pit Samsung's upcoming handset against the iPhone 5s.
Could this stylus-equipped G3 be LG's Galaxy Note 4 competitor?
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 due to arrive within the next month, it appears LG is preparing its own stylus-equipped handset to challenge its local rival. The image above is taken from an official LG promotional video for the LG G3 Beat; at the end of that trailer there's an unfamiliar pen-toting handset shown alongside the two devices we already know.
One of the best options on any carrier comes to Sprint and continues to impress
LG pretty undeniably has a hit on its hands with the G3 in a way that it never could have imagined with the G2 and original Optimus G. The LG G3 is mentioned in the same breath as the Galaxy S5, HTC One and any other phone you can think of — and thankfully, this time around the U.S. carriers haven't done a whole lot to change that when the device hit their networks.
Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint all carry the LG G3 at this point, and to the delight of us all the phone is nearly identical on each. There are subtle differences, of course, and that's why we see value in taking a look at devices from each carrier to compare and contrast. The LG G3 on Sprint is, well, an LG G3 running on the Sprint network — and that's a good thing. Read along and see the fine differences between this and other models.
Following the debut of its own-brand Android tablet, budget supermarket chain Aldi has announced that it'll begin selling a smartphone from the same manufacturer this Thursday. Through its "Special buys" program, Aldi will offer up the Medion Life E4001 for £79.99 outright. What does that get you? Well, in a world where the Moto E exists, quite a bit less than you'd hope for...
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