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Paul Briden 21/02/2017 - 2:45pm The LG V20 is an odd beast, but well worth a look for its raft of innovative and well-implemented features At first glance the LG V20 might seem like something of an oddity; it was awkwardly slotted in between last year’s LG G5 and this year’s yet-to-be-launched LG G6 flagship, it has a premium price tag, it’s a phablet, it has a weird dual-display setup, and it was only made available in specific world regions (yet again, we in the UK get left out). But with all that said, there’s a lot to like about this phone. It’s getting rave reviews in most places you care to look, and in no small part this is due to the fact that it is innovative, quirky, and feature-packed. The price might be a bit high, but you certainly get a lot of stuff for all that dough. So without further ado, let’s take a look at what makes the LG V20 such an appealing handset.
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Paul Briden 21/02/2017 - 2:05pm The LG V20 is an odd beast, but well worth a look for its raft of innovative and well-implemented features At first glance the LG V20 might seem like something of an oddity; it was awkwardly slotted in between last year’s LG G5 and this year’s yet-to-be-launched LG G6 flagship, it has a premium price tag, it’s a phablet, it has a weird dual-display setup, and it was only made available in specific world regions (yet again, we in the UK get left out). But with all that said, there’s a lot to like about this phone. It’s getting rave reviews in most places you care to look, and in no small part this is due to the fact that it is innovative, quirky, and feature-packed. The price might be a bit high, but you certainly get a lot of stuff for all that dough. So without further ado, let’s take a look at what makes the LG V20 such an appealing handset.
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Paul Briden 21/02/2017 - 12:26pm The LG V20 is an odd beast, but well worth a look for its raft of innovative and well-implemented features At first glance the LG V20 might seem like something of an oddity; it was awkwardly slotted in between last year’s LG G5 and this year’s yet-to-be-launched LG G6 flagship, it has a premium price tag, it’s a phablet, it has a weird dual-display setup, and it was only made available in specific world regions (yet again, we in the UK get left out). But with all that said, there’s a lot to like about this phone. It’s getting rave reviews in most places you care to look, and in no small part this is due to the fact that it is innovative, quirky, and feature-packed. The price might be a bit high, but you certainly get a lot of stuff for all that dough. So without further ado, let’s take a look at what makes the LG V20 such an appealing handset.
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Thanks to the incendiary Note 7 battery issues, Samsung delayed the production schedule of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus to ensure that the correct lessons were learned from the burning phablet. That has pushed the launch date further back into 2017 - but nobody seems to have told the leakers.
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Huawei's Mate 9 is a prestige phablet that's equal parts Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (minus the fire) and iPhone 7 Plus , mixed in with the brand's own increasingly-stylish design sensibilities both inside and out. Simply put, everything about the Mate 9 screams sophistication. With its new EMUI 5.0 OS (based on Android Nougat), the Mate 9 has successfully bridged the gap between iOS and Android, letting users place their apps in an App Drawer or spread all of them across numerous home screen pages, iPhone-style. Like the Huawei P9, the Mate 9's camera is Leica-branded, and with a bit of tinkering, users can produce photos with professional-looking depth of field effects and incredible detail. We also like the many functions the Mate 9 camera app provides, including a proper monochrome mode with dedicated sensor, as well as modes for document scanning and night shooting.
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Cut to the chase What is it? Samsung's next flagship phablet When is it out? Probably late 2017 What will it cost? A lot, the Note 7 cost $850/749/AU$1,349 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date Samsung tends to stick to a rough schedule with its flagship phones, and that schedule suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will arrive a few months before the end of 2017, but at this point we cant get any more specific than that. The Galaxy Note 7 launched in September, but the Note 5 arrived in August, and the Note 4 landed in October. Then again, Samsung might break with its usual release date schedule, given that it had to kill the Note 7. It could make sense for the company to push the Note 8s release forward, to avoid going two full years without a new phablet flagship on the market. And this all assumes the phone exists at all, as there was some suggestion that Samsung might kill at least the name given the bad press now associated with it, but two things suggest its in the works.
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One example of this is the listening library for children and adults who are blind. That project was launched initially in Iran's Gorgan province in the north of the country. The flagship store comes as the company tries to rebuild its reputation globally from the failure of its flagship phablet Galaxy Note 7 in September last year which spontaneously combusted in users' hands. At the time the company's local representative offered Iranian users refunds or replacement with other Galaxy phones even if they were not purchased from official outlets.
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Minor weak points are battery life, design and the lack of waterproofing - but they don't stop the Pixel XL from being an excellent flagship phablet. Read the full review: Google Pixel XL 5. Apple iPhone 7 Better, sleeker and faster than the iPhone 6S OS : iOS 10 | Screen size : 4.7-inch | Resolution : 1334 x 750 | RAM : 2GB | Storage : 32GB/128GB/256GB | Battery : 1,960mAh | Rear camera : 12MP | Front camera : 7MP On paper, the iPhone 7 doesn't seem like much of an upgrade from last year's terrific iPhone 6S, but seeing as that phone was fantastic, that's not such a big deal. Much has been said of Apple's decision to drop the traditional headphone jack from the iPhone 7, and while we can't really agree with this "courageous" decision, the flagship handset does pack its fair share of improvements, too. It's got slightly longer battery life, a better camera, fast innards and protection against water – if you're going to buy a new iPhone, this is the one to get.
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Read the full iPhone 6S review The iPhone 6S Plus is essentially an iPhone 6S with a bigger and sharper 5.5-inch screen. That makes it more unwieldy than the iPhone 6S, but a big screen also has a number of advantages, making movies and games more immersive - and the extra resolution really helps make apps look even better. It also has a longer-lasting battery, matching the iPhone 6 Plus in terms of longevity. It's big, powerful, feature-packed and going to last the longest of all the iPhones, making it the best Apple handset for phablet fans with money to burn. Plus, as it comes in sizes of up to 128GB you can store your entire movie collection on it, if that's your thing. Read the full iPhone 6S Plus review The iPhone 6 was a big change for Apple. Not only did it sport a curvier chassis than the last few models - complete with a change from metal and glass to all-metal - but it was also bigger, with a 4.
Mashable
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There are two kinds of people: Those who are fine with a smartwatch being a "companion" device for their phones and those who want it to replace their phones, at least in some respects. I always thought I would fall into the latter group because, honestly, who would rather carry around a giant phablet instead of a do-it-all smartwatch? but after wearing LG's Watch Sport for about a week, I realized I don't actually need LTE in my smartwatch, and you probably don't either. SEE ALSO: 6 things Android Wear smartwatches can do that the Apple Watch can't The $349 LG Watch Sport goes on sale Feb. 10 and is one of two flagship smartwatches Google is launching with Android Wear 2.0 . The other is the smaller and cheaper ($249) LG Watch Style. Read more... More about Wearables , Android Wear 2.0 , Watch Style , Lg , and Lg Watch Sport
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Screen Boasting an exceptionally bright and vibrant 1080p AMOLED display, the Oppos R9s is no slouch when it comes to delivering striking images. Admittedly, the screens colours err on the side of over-saturation, and aside from settings that turn down brightness or reduce blue light for the sake of your eyes, theres not much that can be done about this. That said, Id personally take over-saturated colours over drab, undersaturated ones. At 5.5 inches, the handsets display puts the Oppo R9s directly in line with the iPhone 7 Plus , and while Apples phablet feels quite large in the hand, the R9s does not. This is due to the R9s thinner frame, as well as its almost non-existent side bezels and slightly smaller top and bottom bezels. Interface Based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Oppos ColorOS 3.
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The battery cells on both phones are similarly sized as well. Crucially, however, the Alcatel Pop 4 features a more up-to-date build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, still not Android 7.0 Nougat, admittedly, but more recent than the Pixi 4's Android 5.1 Lollipop build and thus more fully featured. Both handsets also have similar camera setups, although the Pixi 4 does allow video recording as high as 1080p while the Pop 4 can only achieve 720p. Alcatel Pop 4 vs Alcatel Pixi 4: Design Display This is where there's a marked difference between the two devices. The Pixi 4 is a substantially larger 6in phablet, a full inch larger on the diagonal from the Pop 4's 5in display. They are both quite thin devices, however, and each uses the same IPS LCD display technology with an HD 720p resolution; this is slightly sharper on the smaller Pop 4 to the tune of 294 pixels-per-inch (ppi) versus the Pixi 4's 245ppi, but for most users this probably won't be too noticable.
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Paul Briden 03/02/2017 - 2:58pm We review Samsungs answer to the Moto G – the Samsung Galaxy J5 £160.00 There's no getting round the fact that Samsung's big hitters steal a lot of the limelight; flagships like the Galaxy S8 and members of the Galaxy Note phablet series, but Samsung has always been a firm which likes to provide a wide range of handsets at all levels of the market. While they often get overshadowed, Samsung's mid and low-end tier models do help the firm generate plenty of sales figures and revenue. Importantly though, in recent years there has been a real push for better quality lower and mid-tier handsets; in part this was pushed by the emergence of Google's Nexus series (back when it was more affordable), and Motorola has been a key player with the Moto G line. The Samsung Galaxy J5 approximates to something in this bracket, it's an affordable handset at only £160 SIM-free .
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You can either download the instructions and make your own headset, or you can buy a kit from a variety of vendors for around $25 (the most expensive model is an outlier at $85). Once you've bought or constructed your headset, you can download Google Cardboard apps to your iOS or Android phone, drop your device into the headset, and get playing. It's not the best VR experience out there, but if you have a modern phablet-sized phone with a hi-res screen, it's actually pretty good. Read the full review: Google Cardboard
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If you're on the hunt for the best possible deals for the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, so you've come to the right place, as we list the best ever deals for 2017. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium remains one of the most impressive smartphones on the market, thanks in part to its remarkable 4K display, which results in breathtakingly sharp images. What's incredible is that this isn't even the most impressive and useful bit of the Xperia Z5 Premium - it's a phone that's also got one of the market's leading cameras. At 23MP it's definitely high resolution, and the autofocus has to be seen to be believed: 0.03 seconds is all it takes to get a sharp, clear picture. There are three great colour options, the ability to expand the memory with a microSD card, and the fact it's waterproof - ace, right? It's a well-created phablet, and one that offers the best that Sony can put together.
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If you hold the Huawei Mate 9 just right, it can almost look like a Galaxy Note7 . Granted, you probably dont want it to look like a Note7 after all it went through, there’s no denying the character and craftsmanship that Samsung’s phablet exuded. And while there are distinct differences between the two handsets, the sturdy, svelte build of the Mate 9 instantly conjures images of the Note7 in happier times. But that’s not to write it off as a copycat. Even with a somewhat derivative design, the Mate 9, which recently became available for purchase in the U.S., packs quite a punch. With a proprietary chipset, Leica-branded camera, and decidedly unique spin on Nougat, the phone absolutely plays by its own rules, and proves that Huawei can hold its own against other premium phone makers. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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Of course, the LG G5 is around the corner, so be aware of that. Read our LG G4 review iPhone 6S Plus Apple's first big phone was great, but the iPhone 6S Plus makes the phablet even better. It's the closest rival to Samsung's phablet and true to Apple's nature it's more expensive, both on-contract and off-contract. As the largest iPhone, it has a lot of good things going for it. A polished build quality, a bright display, Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a new improved camera. Plus it comes running the latest iOS 9 software that gives you the latest Apple functionality. iOS 9.3 , now in beta, actually has useful new mid-cycle features too. There's also the new 3D Touch screen technology that gives you different functionality depending on how hard you press down on the display. Apple has improved a lot on the iPhone 6S Plus and now it's difficult to decide between the 6S Plus and the Galaxy Note 5.
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Update: The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is over a year old and we're still a long way from the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 . Because of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall, the Note 5 is now under our review microscope again. By default, it's newest S-Pen-equipped Android phone you can buy, and now the Note 5 price is a little more attractive. Here's how it does more then 15 months later. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is a large phone that's either a game changer or deal breaker for longtime fans of the Android phablet, now that it has a premium look and feel. Its 5.7-inch display, super-fast processor, improved camera and S Pen stylus are joined by a new, glass-and-metal design that reflects the solid construction of last year's Samsung Galaxy S6 and the newer Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge . That makes it a huge leap over last year's Galaxy Note 4 , which backed the phone in cheap, textured plastic.