Review: Updated: LG G3

Introduction and key features Update September 16, 2014: If you’re looking for a phone with a large display, and it doesn’t matter what platform you’re on, the iPhone 6 Plus was announced last week and will become available September 19, 2014. How does it stack up to the LG G3? Well, since we’re primarily concerned with size here, we’re looking at two 5.5-inch displays. But all displays are not created to be equal, and this is where the LG G3 really shines. It has an insane 2560 x 1440 resolution, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a paltry 1920 x 1080 display by comparison. It’s not terrible, but not razor sharp as the G3. Also, the LG G3 has more megapixels in terms of its camera. Both cameras have image stabilization, but the iPhone 6 Plus has phase detection autofocus, which could potentially be better than the LG G3′s laser AF system. We’re waiting for the iPhone 6 Plus to become available to put this to the test. Pricing is a huge consideration, too. You can …
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Moto X (2014) review: Have it your way

The new Moto X arrived exactly a year after its predecessor brought us customizable looks, wrapped in a sleek body, proudly wearing the "Made in USA" label. The new flagship of the company is likely one of the last Motorola products developed during…
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Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix CM1 review: Is it a camera, is it a phone? It’s a bit of both

When we first heard the rumour that Panasonic was going back into the phone business we didn't think it could be true. But, sure enough, at Photokina 2014 the Panasonic Lumix CM1 appeared. Thing is, the CM1 isn't a phone. The clues are in the above sentence:…
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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review: Not your usual suspect

Of all the features that set smartphones apart, screen size is as close to a decider as they get. Counter to the trend of the last decade that saw cellphones become as small as technology allowed, the…
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Moto 360 review: It’s the best Android Wear watch, but that isn’t saying much

When it comes to wearables, fashion trumps function. That’s the mantra Motorola went by when it designed and developed the Moto 360, and judging by the enthusiastic response the watch received when it was unveiled earlier this year, plenty of people…
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Moto X review (2014): from also-ran to amazing in one year

I’ll be honest with you: When the first Moto X came out last year, some early apprehension soon gave way to unwavering fondness. It wasn’t because of the sheer horsepower (there wasn’t much of it) or a stunner of a screen (it was fine, at best). No,…
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Samsung Galaxy Alpha review

Samsung's first truly premium quality phone, the Galaxy Alpha, has arrived. Has Samsung got everything perfect for those people looking for a bit more luxury in their smartphone? Could it even be the replacement for the S5 flagship smartphone? We've been…
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Hands-on review: IFA 2014: LG G3 Stylus

The LG G3 Stylus aims to bring the style of the flagship LG G3 to a more affordable price point, while also getting the addition of a stylus. LG has promised that the G3 Stylus will carry an affordable price tag, but it’s still unclear what it means by that as we wait to hear official word on how much it will cost. It’s safe to say though that this 5.5-inch handset won’t be challenging the might of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, as its set to slide into the busy middle market. The stunning QHD display from the G3 has been lost on the G3 Stylus, and you’ll have to settle for the less impressive qHD IPS 5.5-inch screen – that’s a lowly resolution of 960 x 540. While that may sound awful on paper, in reality I found the G3 Stylus was still very readable, and it’s perfectly acceptable for a lower tier device. Pick up the LG G3 Stylus and it’s immediately obvious that this isn’t a flagship phone. It may sport the same design curves as the G3, but it’s slightly chunkier and the plastic feels cheap. The …
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IFA: Lenovo Tab S8 hands-on review

We check out the Chinese firm’s first Intel-powered 8in Android tab
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Hands-on review: IFA 2014: Motorola Moto G (2014)

Motorola aced 2013 with the Moto G, and it’s got so caught up in its success that the naming department got all in a fluster and forgot to come up with a new name for the successor. So it’s bye bye Moto G, and hello… Moto G. Of course, it’s the Moto G2 in reality. That is, as long as you don’t count the Moto G 4G as the Moto G2. Hang on, this is getting confusing. Anyway, call it what you like, the Moto G 2014, the Moto G 2, the Moto G 2nd Generation… the brand has once again gone low on the price point without compromising the spec sheet. It should be noted that the new Moto G is about 15% more expensive worldwide than its predecessor (£145 in the UK, $179 in the US with Australia TBA), but Motorola has upped its game in terms of build quality and specs, which should pacify prospective buyers. The biggest change is the screen, now up to 5-inches while maintaining that 720p resolution. It does show, especially when compared to the new Moto X (which has a stunning 5.2-inch screen that’s …
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