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Differences Between Black and White Variants of Google Nexus 5

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Google officially announced the Nexus 5 last week and it comes with the new Kit Kat (Android 4.4) operating system. Although the shipping starts to slip due to low stock, many consumers will be getting the device throughout the whole week. The Google Nexus 5 comes in two color options; white & black and matte black.

The matte black Nexus 5 is extremely comfortable to use with its rubber surface. Meaning, it is not too slippery for most users. The texture is quite nice and users will find it comfortable to hold and operate. Unfortunately, the surface is also a fingerprint and dust magnet, although not quite as bad as phones with outdated silicon cases.

Many would have expected to get an all-white Nexus 5, but this isn’t how the company envisions it. Only the rear soft touch matte plastic is white, while the glossy plastic on the sides and front fascia are all black. Meaning, the white version actually has two-toned design. It may not be quite as textured as the all-black one, but users won’t find it too slippery. But those are worried about dropping the Nexus 5 should considering choosing all-black variant.

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LG Motion 4G Review

LG Motion 4G is a phone that offer tremendous value. But like many entry-level smartphones, the LG Motion 4G has its quirks.

Design

Like any smartphone, the LG Motion 4G is dominated by its screen. The 3.5” display looks a bit dim and it is not terribly impressive either.

Call quality

The phone offers rock solid reception quality and voice calls should be clear and loud enough. With the built-in noise cancellation feature, your voice can be heard more clearly in noisy places. The phone is one a few low-end handsets equipped with 4G (LTE) support.

Software

As an Ice Cream Sandwich, the phone offers a considerably more responsive web browser, than the Gingerbread. LG heavily skinned the stock Android interface with unique app drawer and launcher. It is quite unfortunate that the phone is loaded with tons of bloatware with some apps that don’t even work smoothly out of the box.

Multimedia

For a $99 smartphone, the LG Motion 4G offers an impressive multimedia support. The phone has 6GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, which allow you to keep plenty of songs, images and videos. The 5Mp rear-facing camera is a rarity for in low-end category with 1080p HD recording capability. It’s a little unfortunate that the camera is only capable of snapping VGA images in burst mode.

Verdict

The phone offers tremendous value for the price, but the mediocre display may not be appealing for some. If you are going to stare at the display a lot, there are better entry-level alternatives. However, if your wallet isn’t thick enough, this is still one of the best affordable 4G smartphone out there. While it won’t win any expert recommendation, with its good camera and 4G support, the LG Motion 4G still offers a solid value.

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LG Optimus L3 Review

This phone is clearly LG’s attempt to deliver an affordable Android handset with style. In fact, the phone is capable of beating Huawei Ascend G300 and Samsung Galaxy Ace with its look alone.

Design

This could be one of the prettiest entry-level Android smartphones out there. Sure, it has a huge LG logo and is made from plastic, but the South Korean company has made a great step toward delivering a premium style in low-end category. The L3 is meant to be a pocket sized device with its dimension and it would hit the mark where convenience and style converge.

Features

The Optimus L3 is equipped with a fast browser, acceptable screen, 1540mAh battery and 3Mp of rear-facing camera. As LG hasn’t messed with the stock Android interface too much, the phone is easy to use. The microSD card slot supports up to 32GB of additional storage, while the built-in Twitter and Facebooks apps feel responsive. As an entry-level smartphone, the LG Optimus L3 offers adequate support for music playing and social networking. The 5Mp camera offers good quality in the low-end segment and it snaps quickly.

Display

For years, a 3.2” display is considered as decent in low-end category, but it is increasingly harder to find the 320 x 240 resolution acceptable. Apps like Twitter and Facebook would run well, but games less so. Nevertheless, the viewing angle is good and the display is sufficiently bright.

Performance

The 800MHz single-core processor is slow by today’s standard and you shouldn’t force it to run latest games. Fortunately, the Gingerbread interface runs quite well, with little lags and stutters.

Battery

The 1540mAh battery offers enough power to handle one busy day and you should manage a couple of days with moderate usages.

Verdict

The Optimus LG is a capable budget-friendly smartphone with amazing style. It should satisfy you with a low price tag, responsive keyboard, social media integration, decent camera and good music app. Unfortunately, it won’t get a 5-star rating due to the poor screen resolution.

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LG Optimus 4X HD: LG’s High-end Smartphone Review

On paper, LG’s high-end smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD seems to have it all, quad-core processor, a True HD IPS display, thin and light design, 8MP with HD recording ability and Ice Cream Sandwich. Had this been released early in 2012, we would have something that blows the competition out of the water.

Design

As far as the dimensions go, this would be a smartphone that could fit nicely in our palm and its square look quickly reminds us of the once popular Samsung Galaxy S2. Aside from the inclusion of the LG logo and the absence of physical button, we could easily confuse the two at first glance. It’s only marginally heavier at 133 grams and bigger at 8.9mm thick.

Display

With 720p resolution spread over an impressive 4.7” True HD IPS LCD capacitive display, LG Optimus 4X HD does make an amazing high-end smartphone. Unfortunately, there seems to be greater gap between the glass layer and the display itself and the amazing clarity is lost when viewed from the side. Taps don’t register occasionally, which leaves us wondering whether it’s actually a resistive screen.

Performance

Propelled by a fast 1.5GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, the phone zips long quickly like nobody’s business. And you will have trouble trying to slow down even by opening multiple demanding applications.

Software

Android 4.0 is at the heart of the phone’s software solution and we get music widgets, Google Search and Yahoo! Weather by default. Though not many people know how the underlying Android OS works, nearly everyone can use it easily due to intuitive interface design. With seven homescreens to choose from, the proud owner of LG Optimus 4X HD can add dozens of shortcuts, folders and widgets for immediate access.

Camera

With its 8Mp rear-facing camera, the handset will easily prove itself as a fairly competent point-and-shoot device. The image quality won’t be the best in the industry, but still quite passable. The 1.3MP front-facing snapper is decent enough for quick video calls.

Verdict

There are some slight annoyances with the phone, the poorly assembled display and its affinity for fingerprint can smudge the otherwise exquisite graphics representation. Overall, LG has worked really hard to make the phone looks nice and comfortable to use. The overall design is spot on and the quad-core chip flies along so quickly, you wouldn’t believe it’s there.

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LG Optimus Elite: Preorder this affordable Android Smartphone at Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile recently announced the release of an eco-friendly, affordable Android handset, the LG Optimus Elite. It seems, LG really plays up green features in this smartphone. For starters, the Optimus Elite complies with the highest standard of environmental performance and it is ULE Platinum certified. You can now preorder this smartphone at Virgin Mobile for the prce of $149.99, the shipping of LG Optimus Elite is sheduled to be started from May 15th 2012.

The phone casing is RoHS compliant and made of 50 percent recycled materials, which are free from common industrial toxins such as PVC, phthalates, mercury and halogens. Its charger has very low no-load consumption, it consumes only 0.03W when not connected to the phone, but plugged into the wall socket.

Green features aside; LG’s new phone offer entry-level features, with 800MHz single-core processor and Android 2,3 (Gingerbread). The phone has 3.5” (480×320) display and 5Mp rear-facing camera is likely to deliver average performance. Like any Gingerbread handsets, it will support NFC for wireless transaction and easier data transfer. The phone will be priced only at $149.99 off-contract and it can be paired with Virgin Mobile’s unlimited data plan starting at $35 per month.

LG Optimus Elite (Sprint) Review by PhoneArena

By PhoneArena.com: Back when we reviewed the LG Optimus S a year and a half ago we came away amazed that such a low-end device could perform so well. Now LG is back with the Optimus Elite for Sprint. The follow-up improves on the original by adding a bigger display, better camera and NFC connectivity. Can this new low-end Optimus live up to its predecessor’s pedigree? Read on to find out.

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LG LS970 Quad-core Smartphone News

LG may be planning to release a new Android 4.0 LTE smartphone in near future. The LG LS970 (likely under the moniker of LG G) may hit shelves later this year. The fact that the phone use LS-based model number may mean that it will head for Sprint. The LG LS970 includes a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 4.7” display.

Some analysts suggested that the processor might be TI OMAP5 which supports LTE capability and the display could possibly be using the True HD IPS technology. LG revealed very few additional details and there is still a great deal of unknowns about LG’s upcoming high-end phone. The phone may be available at the end of 2012, but LG hasn’t officially confirmed it yet.

The LG LS970 isn’t LG’s first quad-core smartphone, previously it unveiled the LG Optimus 4X HD P880, which uses Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Unfortunately, Nvidia’s architecture still doesn’t support LTE.

The LG Optimus 4X HD P880 also uses a 4.7” 720p display, which causes many to suspect that the LG LS970 is simply an LTE-version of the former.

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LG Lucid 4G LTE Smartphone Review

The LG Lucid could finally be a phone that you love on the hardware side of things. With exceptional build quality, it may offer best first impression of any smartphone that you have used to date. A perfect weight distribution makes the LG Lucid feels balanced, while providing an enjoyable experience. LG only allocated a very small amount of front-side real estate for front facing camera, speaker and logo, while at the bottom of the phone; you can find the standard four capacitive buttons.

It uses a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, which allows apps and graphics to run without much overall lag. Also, with 8GB of internal storage and 4G LTE data connectivity, the phone sure looks like a perfect recipe for success. However, users only get 1.5GB of space to put their apps on, as the LG Lucid comes preinstalled with many bloatware. Removing the back cover will reveal a microSD card slot, microSIM slot and a 1700mAh battery.

LG Lucid’s LTE capability packs a serious punch, so serious that it can hurt you. Current LTE technology is a battery hog and the 1700mAh may not be able to run the phone adequately during a busy day while being connected continuously to the super-fast data network.

LG Lucid Unboxing by Phonedog.com

Aaron takes a first look at the LG Lucid, a mid-range Verizon 4G LTE smartphone. Packing a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Lucid offers a 4-inch IPS display (480×800 pixels), a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, a front-facing camera, 1,700 mAh battery, and Android 2.3 with LG’s custom UI. At $79.99 after rebate, it’s a nice little smartphone that should resonate with buyers.

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LG Optimus LTE2: Will it be More Impressive than Sammy’s Galaxy S3?

In the midst of intense reports on Samsung Galaxy SIII, LG seeks to spoil the party by unveiling a smartphone that potentially offers more interesting hardware specs. Complete with the massive 2GB of RAM and True HD IPS display, the phone will definitely steal some of Samsung’s potential consumers. Leaked images show that though the phone doesn’t have similar sleek curvy design, it does have a few things to offer.

LG promised that the phone will arrive in mid-May and it available elsewhere shortly. It means consumers can get the LG Optimus LTE2 two weeks before the Samsung Galaxy S3’s official release. LG offers only very little details, but it’s very likely that the phone will run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).

If LG is really determined to spoil Samsung’s fun, the phone should use at least Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Nevertheless, the 2GB of RAM is a mind-blowing feature, and it will be the first phone to have that amount of random access memory. Its 2150mAh battery is slightly higher than Galaxy S3’s 2100mAh battery, which will give them roughly similar battery life. The LG Optimus LTE2 will come with integrated LTE support, while the Galaxy S3 supports LTE only on certain regions.

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LG Optimus M+ review: A Sleek and Stylish Smartphone

The LG Optimus M+ is now available at MetroPCS’s authorized sellers, with a price tag of $129. For today’s standard the phone is considered as a low-end handset with 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7627A ARM Cortex-A5 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, 3.5” (480×320) display, microSD card slot, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

The LG Optimus M+ is a new, affordable addition to MetroPCS’s network and it is a worthy successor to the Optimus M. Weighing at 119 grams and measuring 9.9mm thick the phone is manageable for any user. It offers standard features of an Android smartphone, such as Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, GPS, microUSB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The primary 5Mp rear-facing camera is equipped with LED flash and autofocus, but unfortunately it can only record VGA clips.

The smartphone runs on CDMA 800/900 and the 3G data connection is served through the CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network (153 kbps), which is much slower than current GSM-based 3G connections (7.2Mbps and above). The 1300 mAh battery offers a talk time of 4 hours and stand by time of 250 hours, which is a bit too short compared to similar phones in the market.

LG Optimus M+ Video Tour

A Review of the LG Optimus M+ from Metro PCS:

LG Optimus M+ Specifications

  • Type: Smartphone
  • Keypad: On Screen
  • Network: GSM and UMTS
  • Operating System: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Internal storage: 2 GB, 4 GB
  • Card slot: microSD Support up to 32 GB
  • Memory: 512 MB
  • Processor: 800 MHz Cortex A5
  • Graphics: Adreno 200
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM7627A Snapdragon

Display:

  • Type: TFT, Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi Touch
  • Size: 3.5 inch
  • Resolution: 320 x 480 pixels

Camera:

  • Back: 5 Megapixel Autofocus and LED Flash
  • Video Recording: VGA

Data Connectivity

  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • 3G: 153 Kbps
  • WiFi (b/g/n), Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
  • microUSB v2.0(for data transfer)
  • 3.5 mm Audio jack

Battery

  • Type: Li-Ion 1300 mAh
  • Talktime 2G: 4 hours
  • Stand-by 2G: 10 days

Size

  • 113.8 x 62.7 x 9.9 mm (HxWxD)
  • 119 grams

Other Features:

  • Camera Features: Geo-tagging
  • Touch-sensitive controls
  • Social networking integration
  • Music player (MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+)
  • Video player (DivX, MP4, H.264, WMV)
  • Document viewer
  • Predictive text input
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LG May a Smartphone with Wireless Charging Next Month

ETNews, a Korean publication reported that something interesting is brewing on the mobile industry and LG may eventually release a new smartphone with wireless charging capability. Before the iPhone 4S was released, we often heard that Apple was mulling whether to add wireless charging to its next smartphone.

Samsung may also consider using it on the Galaxy S3, whether as built-in capability or as a separate accessory. ETNews is known for its spot-on reporting on rumors related to Samsung and LG; and it believes that LG will introduce a smartphone with wireless charging next month. LG is no stranger to this technology, earlier this year; it released a charging pad for the Revolution.

The phone to be released is likely the LG D1L which seems to be a variation of LG Optimus 4X HD (with LTE and Snapdragon S4 processor) and it was showcased at the MWC event not so long ago. LG claimed that the technology consumes 20-30 percent less power and instead of using separate bulky back cover, the phone may incorporate a wireless charging coil attached to the chassis. Some experts believe that LG may use Fujitsu’s solution, which is known for its highly efficient wireless charging.