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All posts tagged "LG"

  • 5 good 2017 smartphones that just missed out on greatness

    We've already looked at a few smartphones that you should certainly avoid, but what about solid or good smartphones that just miss out on greatness? Whether it's a significant flaw or a few missteps in an otherwise solid package, here are a few good smartphones that don't quite reach giddy heights. LG G6 I really enjoyed using the LG G6, representing a return to form of sorts for the company. The improved wide-angle camera, water-resistant design and tall screen all came together to make a lovely package. The phone felt rather durable too, while endurance was solid enough for a full day of...

  • 2017 smartphones: avoid these devices

    The year has really delivered in terms of smartphones, as LG, Samsung, Sony and others delivered great flagship devices. We're not saying that all the phones were fantastic though. In fact, there are a few you should generally stay away from... BlackBerry KeyOne Now, this one is a great phone for a BlackBerry-branded device, but is it worth the R9000+ price tag? No. No it isn't. For your cash, you get a mid-range Snapdragon 625 chip, a 12MP main camera that's pretty great and a 3505mAh battery. The combo of Snapdragon 625 and battery means that two days of usage is certainly possible. But...

  • LG V30+ set for November release in SA, pricing revealed

    The LG V30 is poised to be a huge upgrade over the V20, offering a water-resistant design, much-improved camera setup and more. LG South Africa has confirmed on its website that we'll be getting the LG V30+ (which doubles the storage to 128GB) in November. But what about pricing? Expect a prepaid tag of R15 499, a Cellucity representative told Gearburn in response to a query. The representative added that the smartphone would be launched on 7 November. When asked to corroborate the price, LG South Africa told Gearburn that the V30+ retail price starts "from R15 469". However, the Korean brand also revealed...

  • 6 smartphone trends that need to be stopped right now

    Smartphones have evolved at an amazing pace, going from single-core Symbian devices with 2MP cameras to today's octacore, dual-camera-toting superphones. Despite this rapid evolution, we also see a few trends that really don't need to happen. We look at a few that just need to stop. Removing the headphone jack Okay, look... we get it. You prefer Bluetooth anyway. Or maybe you don't mind the switch to Lighting/USB Type-C wired accessories. Whatever the case may be, you can still use Bluetooth or USB Type-C/Lightning headphones if your phone has a 3.5mm jack. They are not mutually exclusive. Firms claim that it's one less...

  • What do reviewers think of LG V30?

    The LG V30 looks like a beast of a smartphone on paper, doesn't it? There's a top-end Snapdragon 835/4GB RAM combo, a 6-inch OLED screen with 2880x1440 resolution, IP68 water/dust resistance and fantastic audio credentials. So what do reviewers think of the phone thus far? We highlighted three reviews for your convenience. TechRadar (4.5 out of 5) The publication heaped praise on the "gorgeous" OLED display, design and "interesting" camera improvements, to name a few. However, it criticised the lack of Android Oreo, expensive price and low-light photography/selfie results. TechRadar elaborated on the display side of things. "When it comes to watching movies, LG...

  • LG K7i is a smartphone that ‘repels’ mosquitoes [Update: no SA release]

    Update, 5 October 2017: LG South Africa has confirmed that the K7i won't receive a local release. "This device will not be coming to SA," a representative told Gearburn. Original article: Who says smartphone innovation is dead? No, I'm not talking about dual selfie cameras and slightly faster fast charging. Instead, the LG K7i has recently been announced, packing mosquito repellent technology. Spotted by Stuff and PhoneRadar, the smartphone seems to be a bog-standard budget buy at first. But the South Korean firm has added "Mosquito Away" tech in the form of a rear cover that uses ultrasonic frequencies to drive the pests...

  • Game of Thrones cinematographer ‘praises’ LG V30 video chops

    Many high-end smartphones boast great video recording capabilities, but LG's V series is at the top of the pile when it comes to sheer variety of options. Now, Game of Thrones cinematographer David Franco has seemingly heaped praise on the LG V30. In an interview posted on AdWeek, Franco revealed that he teamed up with LG to get early hands-on time with the new handset. The result was a pretty mundane but well-shot Day in the Life video montage, which can be seen on the AdWeek website. The cinematographer/director of photography (DP) told the publication that he rarely carries a DSLR...

  • 4 other companies that should release a pure Android phone

    Between the HMD/Nokia range, Lenovo's latest phones and the brand-new (but not really) Xiaomi Mi A1, our choices for pure Android smartphones have expanded nicely this year. Offering regular updates and a lightweight skin, it's not hard to see why these developments are such a big deal. Nevertheless, we'd love more options beyond Nokia, the Mi A1 and the Pixel range. So with that in mind, we look at a few companies we'd like to see offer stock Android. Samsung We've previously seen Samsung offer a Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, delivering speedy updates and none of the horrendous (at...

  • LG V30 official: is this the pick for video enthusiasts?

    The LG G6 (review) was one of our favourite smartphones of 2017 thus far, even if its low-light performance was erratic and it wasn't as powerful as the likes of the Galaxy S8 (review). Now, the V30 has finally been revealed, upping the ante in quite a few ways. For starters, the phone features a Snapdragon 835 processor (as opposed to 2016's Snapdragon 821), 4GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of expandable storage and a 6-inch OLED "FullVision" display with that distinctive 18:9 screen ratio and 2880x1440 resolution. Other notable features include a 3300mAh battery, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, IP68 dust/water resistance, HDR10...

  • LG V30 to pack improved audio chops, company confirms

    Last year's LG V20 (review) was arguably one of the best all-round phones for audio recording and playback, offering quad-DAC hardware and extensive audio-related features. Now, LG has announced that the V30 will be packing an upgraded quad-DAC, enabling two new features in the form of digital filters and sound presets. "Digital filters, normally only available in expensive digital audio players, improves the pre- and post-ringing of the impulse response with filters that can be customised to personal tastes. In developing sound presets, LG engineers studied the characteristics of popular tones and identified the best combination of sounds to create four...