Deal: LG Selling Replacement Batteries and Charging Cradles for $15, Bundles for $20

For a limited time on LG’s website, the company is hosting a promotion on replacement batteries and charging cradles for the LG G3, G4, and V10. With the promo, owners of these devices can pick up replacement batteries for $15, as well as charging cradles for said batteries at the same $15 price. If you bundle a charging cradle and replacement battery for the V10 or G4, LG is only charging $20 for the couple, which isn’t bad at all.  (more…)

LG to Open Up Modular Design for Developers With SDKs and HDKs

This Friday, on April 15 in San Francisco, LG plans to host its fourth annual developer conference, inviting developer’s to create modules for the LG G5 flagship smartphone. During the conference, developers will learn how to better create apps and hardware designed specifically for the G5’s modular design, with LG announcing the launch of new SDKs (software development kit) and HDKs (hardware development kit). (more…)

Specs Comparison: HTC 10 vs. Galaxy S7 vs. G5 vs. Nexus 6P

How does the new HTC 10 match-up to the best on Android?

As we mentioned earlier, the HTC 10 is packed fully of almost all of the specs we want to see in a 2016 flagship, like the current Snapdragon processor, 4GB RAM, camera with bigger micron pixels, fingerprint reader, and a large capacity battery. But can all of that stand-up to Samsung’s new flagships, like the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, or the LG G5? What about up against Google’s high-end Nexus 6P?

Let’s find out. Here is a quick comparison of each phone’s specs.  (more…)

DEAL: Big Discounts on Aukey Quick Charge 3.0 Chargers With These Codes

Aukey, one of the leaders and early adopters in Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, has handed us a few coupon codes for extra discounts on some of their best selling products to share. They are currently handing out additional price drops on their 2-port QC 3.0 car charger, single port wall charger, and 2-port wall charger. With these new discounts, you can get into a QC 3.0 charger for as little as $12.99.

With Quick Charge 3.0, like with QC 2.0, you get excellent charging speeds that dramatically reduce the time you need to stay connected to a charger. Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology really is one of those game-changing technologies because battery technology still hasn’t caught up to our non-stop, always-moving lives. We’ve talked ad nauseam, but it’s one of those newish techs worth investing in if you haven’t already.

At this time the LG G5 supports QC 3.0, but we are expecting the HTC 10 too as well.

You’ll find links and codes below.  (more…)

T-Mobile to Ship Marshmallow Update to LG V10 Next Week

According to T-Mobile’s Des Smith, owners of the LG V10 should see their Marshmallow update begin to rollout next week. To compare, Verizon sent out Marshmallow for the V10 back in March, and AT&T still has yet to release any intel regarding an update.

The V10 was released in October, and since then, owners have had to endure Lollipop. With the update to Android 6.0+, users will benefit from comprehensive app permissions, Google’s Now on Tap, Doze for improved battery life, more control over notifications, as well as plenty of bug fixes.  (more…)

LG G5 Review

After Samsung finally took design seriously in 2015 by incorporating copious amounts of glass and metal into phones like the Galaxy S6, they left LG as one of the last major phone companies to still produce all-plastic flagships. LG caught some flack for it with the launch of the G4, so for 2016, they introduced the G5 as their first all-metal phone.

Along with the metal body, LG managed to keep their popular removable battery feature while attempting to usher in an era of modularity through phones, by offering up modules that could potentially add-on functionality on the fly. The idea could mean big things in the future, but the G5 and its couple of modules are here now. In other words, we are going to judge them today. LG also went with a dual-camera setup to give its users more flexibility when taking photos, a move that may have led to a questionable design.

I’ll say this, though, you’ve got to give it up to LG in the risk department because they certainly took some this time around. Did they pay off? Let’s find out.

This is our LG G5 review.  (more…)

T-Mobile is First US Carrier to Deploy Enhanced Voice Services

Announced today, T-Mobile is the first US carrier to deploy Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) across its network, bringing a much improved voice experience to all of the network’s users (with supported devices). As an added bonus, for those on T-Mobile who tend to call friends and family who are not on T-Mobile, the patent-pending deployment of EVS benefits customers even if the person on the other end of the line does not have an EVS-capable device. This means that regardless of who you call, as long as you have a EVS compatible smartphone on T-Mobile, your calls should sound better than crystal clear.  (more…)

iFixIt Tears Down the LG G5, Receives Very High Repairability Score

The good folks at iFixIt released their teardown of the LG G5 this morning, much to the excitement of those who enjoy breaking down and rebuilding little pieces of mobile tech. As you might imagine, thanks to LG’s new modular design, iFixIt had a pretty easy time dismantling the G5, with most of the phone being held together by a few screws, clips, and minimal adhesive. Not only that, but disassembling the device does not equate to shattering the display or other key components, which is a major plus over the Galaxy S7 and Nexus 6P. (more…)