Last year LG unveiled the V10, a giant smartphone (or phablet) with a 2.1″ second screen above its 5.7” Quad HD display. It felt as robust as Droid Turbo 2 with a ruggedized back and a solid aluminum frame. It was far too large for the average consumer, yet it was weirdly satisfying to use. We called it “bold,” “sexy,” and “clean and industrial.” It had a decent dual-camera and wonderful internal specs. And we generally really liked the thing.
Android smartphones have come an incredible distance since their origins in Verizon-exclusives, like the first “DROID” devices in 2009. From plastic, chunky, and cheap flip-out keyboards (Motorola DROID) and trackballs (HTC DROID Eris), Android devices have evolved into polished art pieces made with aluminum and glass. And although Apple’s attention to detail definitely inspired the emulation, it’s difficult to argue the flattery of repeating such design concepts is a negative thing.
Verizon has taken the crown of wireless performance in the Washington, D.C. area, according to RootMetrics. In the cellular network testing organization’s 2nd Half of 2016 Metro Area RootScore Report, D.C.’s networks were studied for the tenth time to rate end-user mobile network experience. With all the data collected and analyzed, Verizon was awarded the Overall RootScore Award. AT&T was the runner up, followed by Sprint and T-Mobile.
If you’re looking for a cheap and spec-heavy Android tablet, there might be a new one for you. The Ellipsis 8 HD, now available exclusively through Verizon, could be a thrifty Christmas present. For $99.99 and a 2-year contract (or $10.41 for 24 months), Verizon is offering the decent 8″ device with various features and widgets of their own.
As you’ve likely heard by now, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is finished. Finito. Kaput. Dead. In fact, there are even doubts about the phone’s replacement. Can Samsung possibly offer a Note 8 after the disaster that was the Note 7? It’s anyone’s guess at this time, but experts are thinking the answer to that question might be an emphatic no.
Google’s new smartphone has finally been unveiled. After a series of leaks, Google has brought its new flagship devices to light, the Pixel and Pixel XL. Both devices are made by HTC and are being advertised with white and aluminum bodies almost identical to the iPhone 6 and 7. However, Google is keeping one feature Apple threw out–the headphone jack.