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Smartphones are ubiquitous these days as are the problems associated with owning one. Many of these include hardware issues, but I’m talking something even more relatable–gravity. Dropping your phone, trying to pick up your phone, and looking at your phone from an awkward angle in bed are constant issues people tend to deal with.
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.
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.
The modular smartphone fad continues with Motorola’s new Moto Z (fraternal twin of the Moto Z Force). Like LG, Project Aria, and others, Lenovo (recently bought Motorola) has decided to to incorporate add-on functionality to hardware to sell more devices, while keeping its pleasant Moto branding pristine, fun, and interesting. But does it succeed past the trend-setting gimmicks? Find out in our full review below of the Moto Z Droid Edition, on Verizon Wireless.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Debut at Mobile World Congress with Bigger Batteries and MicroSD Storage
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were finally revealed at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona over the weekend. The new Samsung flagship devices bring back some understandably missed features from last year’s S6 and S6 Edge–larger batteries and expandable microSD storage.
However, there’s even more good news as Samsung brought back the S5’s waterproofing; both come with a IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. The phones remain aesthetically similar to the beautiful S6 devices before them, but they are slightly more ergonomic, even despite a larger battery bulge. The S7 is still 5.1″, but the S7 Edge has a much larger 5.5″ display looking to compete in screen real estate with Nexus, LG, and other large Android devices.