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2 days ago

Everything you need to know about the LG G6's cameras

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LG G6

LG is super proud of its dual cameras, and is putting even more focus on them with the G6.

Photography has become one of the leading factors in choosing a phone today, with so many companies putting out great choices. LG has been near the top of the pack for the past few generations of its G and V series of phones, and it is hoping subtle tweaks to its formula can keep it in the conversation with the LG G6.

Dual rear cameras are very much the focal point here, with the wide-angle camera getting a much-needed boost of attention as LG finds that nearly half of its users use that as their primary shooter. At the same time, the wide-angle front-facing camera stands alone as your only camera choice up front, making sure you fit as much as possible in your selfie.

Here's the full breakdown of what to expect in the LG G6's camera setup.

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2 days ago

LG G6 specs: Dual 13MP cameras, 3300mAh battery, Snapdragon 821

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LG G6

Get to know everything that's inside the latest from LG.

The LG G6 isn't pushing the envelope in every spec category, but still has plenty of what you want in a top-end phone today. With a high-res display, dual cameras, fast charging and waterproofing there's lots to like here. Though perhaps some may see downsides in the Snapdragon 821 processor, limited 32GB storage in some regions and wireless charging that's exclusive to the U.S.

Here's the full spec sheet for the LG G6.

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2 days ago

LG G6 first photo and video samples!

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LG G6 camera

Check out our first sample images and video from the G6's dual 13-megapixel cameras!

With the official announcement of the LG G6 today in Barcelona, we're finally able to share our first sample images and video from the phone, which we've been using here in Barcelona, Spain for the past few days. The G6 builds on the dual camera setup of the LG G5 and V20 from last year, now with the same 13-megapixel sensor in both cameras. In the regular 71-degree camera you've got an f/1.8 lens and optical image stabilization. For the wide-angle, it's f/2.4, but without OIS. And around the front, LG brings a 5-megapixel behind an f/2.2 lens, with a 100-degree angle to fit more stuff in your selfies.

Check out our sample pics below, and be sure to hit up our full review for the verdict on LG's 2017 flagship! (Keep scrolling for our (#vidsample) at the bottom of this post.)

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2 days ago

BlackBerry KEYone vs. BlackBerry Priv: Lock, stock and mobile

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BlackBerry Mercury morphs into the KEYone, and the Priv is still all about your privilege. Which one is better for you, though?

There are only two Android-based BlackBerrys with keyboards, and while they share a few key features, at their cores they couldn't be more different.

The BlackBerry Priv has been available since November of 2015, so it's certainly not the newest cat around, but for all its quirks it did a lot of things right — and for being the first BlackBerry running Android, it was ambitious as hell.

The KEYone has a quirky name — as do most BlackBerrys cough DTEK50 cough — but it's got some real reasons to get excited. Let's run through some of them.

But first, a spec rundown between the two phones:

Category BlackBerry KEYone BlackBerry Priv Operating System Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Display 4.5-inch
1620x1080 IPS LCD
434ppi 5.43-inch curved
2560x1440 AMOLED
540ppi Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Quad-core 2.00GHz
Adreno 506 GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
Hexa-core 1.8GHz
Adreno 418 GPU RAM 3GB 3GB Storage 32GB 32GB Expandable microSD up to 2TB microSD up to 2TB Rear Camera 12MP f/2.0, PDAF
dual-tone LED flash
HDR, 4K, 30fps 18MP f/2.2,
OIS, PDAF
HDR, 4K, 30fps Front Camera 8MP f/2.2
1.12um pixels 2MP f/2.8
1.75um pixels Battery 3505 mAh
non-removable 3410 mAh
non-removable Charging Quick Charge 3.0
USB-C Quick Charge 2.0
Micro-USB Water resistance No No Wireless charging No In some models Dimensions 149.1 x 72.39 x 9.4 mm 147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm Weight 180 grams 192 grams

Now, the Priv, when it was announced, was a high-end phone; it cost $699 when it debuted which, without carrier support, made it pretty hard to swallow. It had a big, high-resolution display with curved glass, a fast-at-the-time processor in the Snapdragon 808, and an 18MP camera that produced some great shots. Its 3410mAh battery was no slouch either.

And while BlackBerry's Android build debuted with some crushing bugs and some slow-as-molasses software, it improved with the Marshmallow update (though our friend, MrMobile, somewhat disagrees).

Of course, many people bought the Priv not for the specs but the thing that lay underneath, the better-than-it-deserved-to-be slider keyboard. While shallow, sure, it was an incredible feat of engineering, and a viable input alternative to the also-excellent virtual option bundled with the phone.

The KEYone's 3,505mAh battery should last considerable longer than the Priv's.

The KEYone is a different class of phone altogether. At $549, it's not as expensive (though not as cheap as we hoped), and the keyboard is prominent. It replaces the Priv's high-resolution AMOLED display for a more reasonable and less battery-sucking IPS panel, and the camera has stepped down to a better-in-the-dark 12MP Sony IMX378 sensor.

Finally, the 3,505mAh battery should last considerable longer than the Priv's, given its Snapdragon 625 chip, an octa-core multitasker that, while not as fast as the Snapdragon 808 in single-threaded tasks, shouldn't pose a problem to any of its users' average daily tasks. Indeed, the 625 holds its own in other devices like the Moto Z Play and Huawei Nova Plus, and leads them to best-in-class battery life, so I have no doubt the results will be similar in the KEYone.

Of course, the KEYone, running Android 7.1 out of the box, has a distinct advantage over the current Priv — better notifications, true multi-window, and improved efficiency — but the same update is expected on the Priv at some point. The Priv, however, has a 16:9 screen, with no obstructions like a keyboard when held in landscape, so it's better for watching movies or playing games.

The Priv is currently sold for a more reasonable $499 directly from BlackBerry, and can be found for less around the internet.

See Priv at BlackBerry

The BlackBerry KEYone will be released in April for $549, and you can find out more information over at BlackBerry Mobile.

See KEYone at BlackBerry

BlackBerry KEYone

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2 days ago

BlackBerry KEYone specs

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What's inside the BlackBerry KEYone?

The latest BlackBerry, the 'Mercury', is now officially called BlackBerry KEYone. The latest device from BlackBerry Mobile has a strange 3:2 aspect ratio screen to accommodate the full-sized QWERTY keyboard, similar to what CrackBerry addicts were using for years and years.

With a 4.5-inch HD display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, this isn't necessarily a state-of-the-art powerful device, but the 3505mAh battery, along with the very efficient chip, is aimed at making the KEYone the longest-lasting BlackBerry to date.

Here's the full spec sheet.

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2 days ago

BlackBerry KEYone hands-on: Your dad's favorite Android phone

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Mercury has a name, but there are still lots of questions remaining.

The BlackBerry 'Mercury' isn't new — you saw it at CES — but the company behind the new phone, BlackBerry Mobile, has been trickle-announcing the hardware QWERTY flagship, teasing it to hardcore CrackBerry addicts who came of age tapping away on Bolds and Curves.

But this is a new BlackBerry — the phone itself is made by TCL, under the eponymous Waterloo company's brand — and the first in a series of devices set to be released this year, next year, and if successful, well beyond. This is the BlackBerry KEYone.

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2 days ago

BlackBerry KEYone is the Mercury's official name, and it's coming in April for $549

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Mercury is no more, but in its place, the KEYone hopes to be the beginning of a beautiful QWERTY legacy for BlackBerry.

The Mercury has a name, and the phone that rode into 2017 without one hopes to be a catalyst for a series of devices released annually by the newly-formed BlackBerry Mobile.

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3 days ago

Which alternative carriers allow tethering?

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Just because you're not paying much for data doesn't mean you don't want to share! Here are the MVNOs that support tethering.

Saving money on your data plan? That's fine — who says you shouldn't be allowed to share that data with the rest of your peers when the situation arises? If you're hoping your carrier allows tethering so you can log on with your laptop, read on. And if you don't see your preferred carrier, let us know in the comments.

Republic Wireless

Tethering is available on its Clear Choice Plans.

See at Republic Wireless

Metro PCS

Hotspot and tethering capabilities are included with all data rate plans.

See at Metro PCS

Ting

Only 3G wireless tethering is supported for GSM devices.

See at Ting

Boost Mobile

Mobile Hotspot is included in Boost Mobile's $35-$50 unlimited plans. On the $35 a month plan hotspot usage will draw from the high-speed data allotments of that plan. You can purchase more high-speed data as you need.

See at Boost Mobile

Cricket Wireless

New and existing customers with $50 or $60 per month plans are eligible for tethering abilities. You'll have to pay an extra $10 a month to use it and it isn't available for Talk & Text, $40 Basic, or $70 Unlimited plans.

See at Cricket Wireless

US Mobile

Tethering is offered at no additional cost.

See at US Mobile

Your turn

Does tethering matter to you when you're paying so little for data? Does it factor into your strategy when looking for an alternative carrier? Let us know!

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3 days ago

Verizon really is updating the Droid Turbo 2 to Nougat

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Good on you for keeping your promises, Verizon.

One of the big guarantees that came with the Droid Turbo 2 was software updates, which was a big deal after so many Droid Turbo owners felt left out when all of the other phones released at the same time were updated so quickly. Verizon's Turbo 2 push was a big deal in stores, but it's been a long time in smartphone years since those days and Motorola isn't exactly its own company anymore.

All the same, it looks like Nougat is officially rolling out for the Droid Turbo 2!

...and of course Google Assistant is nowhere to be found.

Verizon includes all of the usual warnings for a big update on their landing page for this announcement, but also includes some new information on how Nougat-specific features will work on the Turbo 2. Bundled notifications, multi-windows, and improves notification shade features all work the way you'd expect if you've used a Nexus or Pixel with Nougat.

It's not a surprise that Lenovorola would keep the software on this phone as close to the Google experience as possible given the way that UI was touted as a feature at launch, and of course Google Assistant is nowhere to be found. The big things for Droid Turbo 2 owners to look out for will be better battery life through enhanced Doze features, better data saving features in Settings, and of course more emoji than anyone will ever know what to do with.

This update will be rolling out to Droid Turbo 2 owners over the next couple of days, so be sure to hit up our Turbo 2 forums if you run into any update issues!

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3 days ago

Pick up an unlocked Moto Z at Best Buy for just $449 today only!

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Our friends at Thrifter are back with another great deal, this time saving you $250 on a Moto Z at Best Buy!

Best Buy's Deal of the Day scores you an unlocked Moto Z for just $449, which is a savings of $250 from the regular price. This brings it down to the same price you'd normally pay for a Moto Z Play, but allows you to grab the model with higher specs instead. The Moto Z is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor that is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Inside, you'll find a 2600mAh battery that recharges via USB-C.

One of the big appeals of the Moto Z line is the Moto Mods, which allow you to add a battery pack, speakers, a projector and more to the back with ease. This deal is only good for today, February 24, so don't wait too long to make your purchase or you'll be stuck paying the full price!

See at Best Buy

For more great deals on tech, gadgets, home goods and more, be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now!

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4 days ago

LeEco is finally adding an app drawer to the Le Pro3 and Le S3

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Upcoming EUI update will bring new features to LeEco's phones in the U.S.

LeEco has announced that an upcoming update to its EUI user interface will bring an app drawer to the Le Pro3 and the Le S3. The update will add the app drawer icon to the middle of the dock, moving the Live entertainment app — which lets you access LeEco's content offerings — to the right.

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4 days ago

LG X Power2 is a phone with boring specs and a huge battery

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LG continues to focus on just one feature and ignore everything else in its X series.

LG has introduced the successor to the X Power, and like last year's handset, the X Power2 has a huge battery and not much else going for it. The phone sports a 5.5-inch 720p display, 1.5GHz octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM (1.5GB in select markets), 16GB storage, microSD slot, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front shooter, and a 4500mAh battery that LG claims will last "an entire weekend without recharging."

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4 days ago

Everything you need to know about Sprint's Unlimited Freedom plan

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A complete breakdown of Sprint's Unlimited Freedom plan and everything else you can get when you sign up for service.

In the United States, there are a lot of companies that can get you and your phone online, but most people use one of the four biggest: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Choosing between them can be difficult. Your first priority should be what service works best in the places you spend your time. It's not worth saving $10 a month if the service is bad. Once you have that sorted, you can look at what each company has to offer and the prices they charge for it.

More: Which unlimited plan should you buy?

Let's take a look at Sprint to see what they can give you and what it will cost.

Note: The details of this plan are current as of February 20, 2017.

Sprint Unlimited Freedom plan details

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data (with certain restrictions)
  • Unlimited data for streaming video up to 1080p
  • Unlimited data for gaming up to 8Mbps
  • Unlimited data for streaming music up to 1.5Mbps
  • 10GB high-speed mobile hotspot with VPN and P2P support
  • Add a tablet with unlimited data for $25 per month

Note: These features apply only to new accounts.

Sprint's definition of Unlimited Data means that after you use 23 GB in a single month, your service can be slowed down if you're in a congested area. You'll hear the word throttled used here but you need to know that it's only a temporary deprioritization of your data connection when you're in a busy area. It may not happen at all depending on how many other customers are using the same towers.

Buying a phone and getting exactly the data plan and extras you want is far easier on Sprint than every other company we've tried.

Sprint's Unlimited Freedom plan applies only to new customers who are also buying (outright purchases or financing) or leasing phones from Sprint at the time of purchase, and credit approval is required. There is an activation fee of up to $30 per line and the Unlimited Freedom Plan requires eBilling. Current customers can call 1-866-275-1411 with questions about changing their plan.

Sprint offers a 14-day satisfaction guarantee and devices purchased on installments are subject to a $350 early termination fee.

Additional lines can be added to a Sprint Unlimited Freedom plan. Every line has the same benefits outlined above and requires an equipment purchase. Here is a pricing breakdown.

  • One line of service is $50
  • Two lines of service is $90
  • Three lines of service is $90
  • Four lines of service is $90

Sprint Unlimited Freedom plan add-ons

Sprint's Unlimited Freedom plan is a no-frills option at a low price. There are few extras and add-ons available if you want international options or a few extra features.

  • Free Sprint Open World Winter Promo: Free calls, texts and high-speed data from Canada, Mexico and 25 other countries in Latin America until March 31, 2017
  • Mexico-Canada Plus: Unlimited calls and texts from the U.S. to Mexico and Canada, unlimited messaging to 180 countries and discounted international calling rates from the U.S. for $5 per month
  • Upgrade your phone every 12 months with a $5 monthly charge

Sprint also offers trials and discounts on some premium services for new customers. Spotify Premium has a 30-day trial available, as does Lookout and Sprint Family Locator. After the trial period, normal monthly rates apply.

Sprint also will offer "unlimited access to exclusive artist content not available anywhere else" now that the company has bought one-third of Tidal, though exact details on this aren't yet available.

See at Sprint

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4 days ago

LG G5 review re-do: The worst Android flagship of 2016 isn't that bad

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MWC is just beginning, and LG is slated to show off the G6. Since we're just about to look ahead, I'm taking a look back at the LG G5. This phone was a flop, but now that the price has dropped, it's worth taking a look at again. Well, not too close a look.

I'm Michael Fisher, better known to the wider world as MrMobile, and if I had to recommend a good camera phone for under $400, I've got a new contender. Watch this video and revisit the good (just the camera, which is really good), and what was not (pretty much everything else).

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5 days ago

Korean media says LG G6 will launch on March 10, Galaxy S8 debuting globally April 21

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We now have launch dates for this year's biggest flagships.

A report out of Korea's ET News suggests Samsung and LG have finalized the launch dates for their upcoming flagships. The publication states that the Galaxy S8 — which is rumored to be unveiled in New York on March 29 — will be launching globally on April 21, while the LG G6 is slated to become available on March 10 following an unveil at Mobile World Congress later this week.

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