We aren’t seeing many good tech deals floating around today, but if you need an unlocked phone that will work with GSM carriers at an affordable price, you can grab a brand new LG G2 from eBay for $349.99. The phone supports AT&T’s HSPA bands, but does not appear to be ready for any LTE in the US. So yeah, a decent price on the phone, but limited connectivity.
The LG G2 was one of our favorite phones from last year (our review). We absolutely loved the camera experience it brought, along with its big beautiful edge-to-edge 1080p display, insanely long battery life, and incredible performance. The G2 is probably the most underrated phone of the last few years. Readers who own a variant are passionate about the G2.
Starting today, owners of the LG G2 on AT&T can expect a 39 MB software update, firmware D80020u. It sadly isn’t Android 4.4.3, but the OTA does include a new way of protecting your lock screen: Knock Code.
For the uninitiated, the G2’s unique button arrangement necessitated LG’s Knock On, which lets you wake your device by simply tapping the display. Knock Code is the natural extension of this concept, allowing you to record a security pattern of taps to unlock your G2. Sound familiar? A third-party app enabled similar functionality two months ago. Still, it’s good to see such a feature officially incorporated into firmware. (more…)
There is quite the list of discounted phones over at eBay today, along with the Nexus 7 (2013) deal we already told you about. Phones like the Moto X with 16GB of storage can be had for as little as $275. The Nexus 5 with 16GB is also back at its $335 price, in all three colors. Even the LG G2 and Galaxy S4, two of last year’s best phones, are discounted to $433 and $350, respectively.
All of the phones are brand new, not refurbished.
The Moto X falls under model XT1058, which is the AT&T model. The listing claims that it is unlocked, so it could potentially work on T-Mobile as well. The Nexus 5 is the same Nexus 5 you would get through Google Play, so it will work on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. The G2 and Galaxy S4 devices will likely only work on AT&T’s HSPA+ here in the US.
Each deal includes free shipping.
eBay Links: Moto X ($274.99) | Nexus 5 16GB ($334.99) | Nexus 5 32GB, white ($384.99) | LG G2 ($432.99) | Galaxy S4 ($349.99)
After running through a quick overview and tour with the LG G3, here at one of the satellite press events, we also took a couple of minutes to compare the size of the device to most of the flagships currently available.
We somehow forgot to compare the G3 to the HTC One (M8), but did put it side-by-side with the LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3, and Nexus 5. (more…)
With Verizon XLTE expected to be announced on May 19, we have had a number of readers ask about which phones will be able to take advantage of the upgraded speeds. As you may have guessed, most of Verizon’s phones that have been released within the last year are compatible. All they need is support for Band 4 LTE, which is the AWS spectrum that Big Red is pumping into cities to create this XLTE coverage. Phones like the Galaxy S5 and S4, Moto X, DROID ULTRA and MAXX, and One (M8) are all going to be a part of the fun.
Below, you will find a solid list of the types of phones that will work with XLTE, courtesy of our sources. (more…)
The hypebeast, my friends, is in full force as leaks regarding LG’s fabled G3 continue to mount. Over the weekend, PhoneArena posted yet another photo of the handset and details regarding its construction.
The photo captures the G3’s brushed plastic removable backplate, stylization that can be seen in previously leaked images. It also suggests the smartphone will come in black, white, and gold, which may not quite rival the Galaxy S5 for colors, but still represents an improvement over the G2’s selection. (more…)
LG’s fabled successor to the fantastic G2 may have different specifications than were initially rumored. According to TechManiacs sources, LG was obfuscating the G3’s true hardware with engineering samples, but final production devices will pack more powerful internals. (more…)
After seeing the Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2) update for Verizon’s version of the LG G2 become available through VZW’s Software Upgrade Assistant, we figured the OTA (over-the-air) update would rollout at any minute. Sure enough, Verizon has approved it and posted the changelog for build VS98024A, which means it really should be here with a couple of days, if not today for all to download. (more…)