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LG Optimus L7 review: a beautiful, entry-level Android 4.0 smartphone with LG … – Engadget

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

LG Optimus L7 review: a beautiful, entry-level Android 4.0 smartphone with LG … – Engadget
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Consider your last trip to the car dealership. Let’s say you saved up and hit up BMW. While you might’ve looked at — or even test driven — the M3, there’s a good chance that your better judgment (and your budget) led you to drive off of the lot with a 328i. Sure, it’s only got a four-cylinder engine inside, but the car offers great handling and good gas mileage. Better yet, you didn’t have to spend an atrocious amount of money to get behind the wheel. The same goes with mobile phones. While it’s fun to dream of owning a One X, a Galaxy S III or an Optimus 4X HD, they’re called superphones for a reason: they cater to power-hungry individuals with a fair amount of disposable income. Like supercars, they’re designed to bring people into the store, even if shoppers ultimately leave with something else in hand.

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Sandwich Carrying Case For LG Vu Plus GR700


This case is compatible with the following LG model(s) : LG Vu Plus / GR700 The top-loading design allows easy access to the phone. The phone is placed between neoprene covers. The elastic sides ensure the phone is held securely. A belt clip is attached on the back of the case. Color : Black
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LG Optimus L7 review (unlocked)

Friday, June 29th, 2012

LG Optimus L7 review (unlocked)
News from CNET:

Most of the devices that LG introduced this year at Mobile World Congress have a standout feature. The LG Optimus 3D Max has, you guessed it, 3D imaging. The flagship Optimus 4X HD has its quad-core processor going for it. And the Vu can flaunt its 5-inch screen.

The LG Optimus L7, however, sadly wasn’t meant to have its own “thing.”

Designed as a midlevel Android device, the L7 has no outstanding identifying features. Its run-of-the-mill specs include a 5-megapixel camera and a disappointing 1GHz processor. However, if you consider the fact that it runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has NFC capabilities, suddenly the term “midlevel” doesn’t seem so deflating anymore.

The phone is available in multiple countries, including India and the United Kingdom, but there is no word yet on a U.S. launch. Officially, the device is priced around $ 514, but at online retailers like Amazon, the price is lowered to about $ 290.

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LG Optimus L3 launches in Kenya to take on Ideos, Asha
News from The Star:

Friday, 29 June 2012 00:22 BY JAMES MBUGUA

The LG L3 Optimus phone is a low-cost compact phone that the Korean company has introduced into the local market as the battle to provide affordable multifunction phones rages on in Kenya. Equipped with a 3 Megapixel camera and running on Android 2.3.6, the phone takes aim at the Huawei Ideos and Nokia’s Asha range of handsets.

The touchphone has a medium-sized touchscreen and sports just one front button for taking you to the home menu. Two touch buttons for going back and for menu just like on most Android handsets sit beside the home button. There is a side volume adjustment button while for ease of listening to music with the phone in your pocket, the earphone jack is at the top of the device while the mini-USB/charging port is at the bottom.

It is not the thinnest of phones but has a textured back that provides for good grip and its touchscreen is very responsive to the touch. You will have to buy your own memory card as the phone doesn’t come with one. The screen resolution is average and could be better especially because of font sharpness and clarity. Typing on the phone’s virtual keyboard is relatively easy, the ch…………… continues on The Star

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LG Optimus Vu Headed to Verizon’s 4G LTE Network?

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

LG Optimus Vu Headed to Verizon’s 4G LTE Network?
News from Gotta Be Mobile:

A new LG smartphone recently passed through the FCC with radios for Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

According to Engadget, the LG V5950 recently visited the FCC with NFC as well as 4G LTE bands that match Verizon’s network. The wide design, speaker placement, and SIM card tray seem to match the LG Optimus Vu, LG’s giant Galaxy Note competitor. The upper left corner of the device also seems to hold an antenna like the Korean version of the phone.

The FCC never outright mentions the name Optimus Vu, but we don’t know of any other LG phones that look similar to this one. We don’t know of any other phones that match this form factor, actually.

After a visit to the FCC, we might see the Optimus Vu land on Verizon sometime in the near future. We have no idea when it will launch on Big Red, but it will likely be relati…………… continues on Gotta Be Mobile

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Quick Voice search
News from Engadget:

After Apple and Samsung have made their Siri and S Voice features keystones of recent smartphone releases, it wasn’t long before other manufacturers jumped in and now it’s LG’s turn with Quick Voice for its Android phones (we’ll see how Apple responds to that). Just announced in Korea and rolling out soon for various members of the Optimus family like the Vu (later this month) and LTE II (in July), it brings natural voice recognition to commonly used functions like searching, setting up appointments or pulling up videos on YouTube. For Korean users it’s even tuned to check dates on the lunar calendar, although there’s no word yet on when or if it will arrive elsewhere.

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Nokia Is Turning Its Focus On China

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Nokia Is Turning Its Focus On China
News from Seeking Alpha:

Struggling to find the expected demand for its latest phones in North America, Nokia (NOK) is turning its focus in China where the company enjoys a strong image. Unfortunately for Nokia, many Americans are unaware of Nokia’s latest phones as those that can afford Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone usually go with it and those that can’t afford Apple’s phones end up buying phones by either Samsung or LG. Nokia doesn’t enjoy as strong of a brand name in US as it enjoys in the rest of the world, hurting the company’s sales here.

Olivier Puech, the operations officer of Nokia’s Asia-Pacific unit announced that “The company has made a decision to continue investing heavily in Asia in terms of product development” last week, meaning that the company will continue to move its efforts and focus from the western world to Asia where it hopes to deliver smart phones to the next billion people. Nokia made a strong presence in Mobile Asia Expo in China last week and its new products received a lot of positive reaction from the visitors.

Lately, the company closed a couple production plants in…………… continues on Seeking Alpha

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Japan: Docomo’s LG Optimus it (L-05D) starts selling on June 30 …
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LG Optimus 4X HD to be launched by mid July in India

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

LG Optimus 4X HD to be launched by mid July in India
News from The Mobile Indian:

LG’S first quad core smartphone, Optimus 4X HD, which was unveiled during the Mobile World Congress in February this year, will be launched in India by the second week of July.

Sources familiar with the development said to The Mobile Indian, “LG Optimus 4X HD is already available in select European countries and will be launched in India by mid July.”

LG Optimus 4X HD is an Android 4.0 device and has an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB RAM, a massive 4.7 inch True HD IPS display and an 8 megapixel camera. It also boasts a powerful 2,150 mAh battery and LG’s new user interface, Optimus UI 3.0.

With a 4.7 inch screen, it’s certainly going to impress users who love large screens. The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixel and 16:9 ratio, which allows for viewing more information at a glance.

Optimus 4X HD will be the first quad core phone from LG and will compete directly with the likes of HTC One X and Huawei Ascend D Quad( it is yet to be launched), which are also powered by quad core processors.

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LG Optimus Vu review (unlocked)

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

LG Optimus Vu review (unlocked)
News from CNET:

As first impressions go, seeing the LG Optimus Vu will make your jaw drop — and not necessarily in the good way.

Though I heard about the Vu back in February as the “phablet” that was LG’s presumed answer to the Samsung Galaxy Note, I never saw it until it was sent to our offices for this review. At first sight, I asked myself the same question everyone else asked when I showed the device to them: “Is that really a phone?”

It may be difficult to believe due its large, squarish frame, but yes, the Vu does make calls. Just expect a lot of sneers from other people when you do so in public because this handset will stand out in a crowd.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, for those of you in North America who actually want it), the Optimus Vu won’t arrive at a U.S. or Canadian carrier anytime soon. It is exclusively available in Korea now, for an eyebrow-raising $ 900. And given that huge phones, including the Note, are appearing in K-dramas (screenshot by CNET), its oversized body might not be considered as daft as we think.

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LG slips out Optimus L3 DualSim for Russia and Ukraine, keeps you …
News from Engadget:

LG’s Optimus L3 was always designed with modest ambitions — mostly of scooping up the starter smartphone crowd — but a new variant for Russia and the Ukraine has our ears perked. The tiny L3 DualSim includes two SIM slots to let locals hop between two different phone numbers with a switch. Ostensibly it’s to give jetsetting businesspeople a way to switch between their home and work phone lines, although the abundance of prepaid service options in the two countries makes us think there’s some cost-saving involved as well. The tweaked L3 isn’t just another dual-SIM conversion; LG has also seen fit to overcome qualms about performance with an 800MHz Snapdragon replacing the 600MHz of the original. Sadly, we’re not seeing any upgrades to the creaky Android 2.3 install or the 3-megapixel camera, so this won’t let you get a shrunken L5 on the cheap. At a price of 1,500 Ukranian grivnas (6,169 Russian rubles, or $ 186) without a contract, however, we suspect many Muscovites and Sevastopolians won’t have objections to picking up the L3 DualSim for themselves come the July release.

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TELUS LG Optimus 7 gets Tango update, fixes numerous bugs

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

TELUS LG Optimus 7 gets Tango update, fixes numerous bugs
News from MobileSyrup.com:

TELUS LG Optimus 7 gets Tango update, fixes numerous bugs

The TELUS LG Optimus 7 was one of the first Windows Phones released in Canada released in October 2010, but it’s always been one of the first to get updated. Like the Rogers Lumia 710, which received the Tango update a few days ago, the Optimus 7 has received an initial rollout of the upgrade.

According to TELUS, there are MMS enhancements and numerous stability improvements, alongside the requisite “disappearing keyboard bug” fix that was introduced with Mango.

To receive the update, plug in your device and open Zune or Windows Phone Connector and check for a notification. Microsoft will be rolling out the update over the next few weeks, so if you don’t have it yet check back in a few days. If you’ve received it, let us know what you think!

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StraightTalk To Add Verizon-Powered LG Enlighten Android …
News from PhoneNews.com:

Not one to rest on its laurels, StraightTalk will be adding another Verizon-powered Android smartphone to its lineup in the coming weeks with the stealth confirmation that it will launch the LG Enlighten entry-level Android smartphone within the next few weeks with the. This will be the prepaid operator’s second Verizon-powered smartphone following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim last month mere weeks after the Verizon launch.

The Enlighten as launched on Verizon last year features Android Gingerbread, a 3.5 inch display and a sliding hardware QWERTY keyboard underpinned by an 800MHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor based off of the higher-end Snapdragon core with full support for Flash 10 despite Adobe abandoning further development for mobile devices.

With the Samsung Proclaim experiencing unexpected levels of popularity to the point that the phone is currently sold out online, StraightTalk may be looking to diversify its Android lineup and take full advantage of its newly revived agreement with Verizon Wireless, as its current $ 45 unlimited service rate greatly undercuts the carrier’s own $ 80 rate for smartphones on prepaid while offering a higher data allowance per month at 4GB with the same level of coverage, since Verizon restricts prepaid smartphone…………… continues on PhoneNews.com

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LG enV2 VX-9100 Black QWERTY Cell Phone for Verizon Wireless
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LG Optimus 4X HD Vs. Sony Xperia S: Head-to-Head Comparison

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

LG Optimus 4X HD Vs. Sony Xperia S: Head-to-Head Comparison
News from Eastern Morning Herald:

LG and Sony are two companies that, despite having wildly divergent histories, haven’t exactly set the Android smartphone market on fire. Both firms have tried their best to turn the situation around, with the Sony Xperia S and LG Optimus 4X HD, their flagship smartphones.

Both phones have a squared-off aesthetic that serves as an interesting counterpoint to the increasingly curvy competition. The Xperia S is marginally narrower and shorter than the Optimus 4X HD, but is also slightly heavier.

The two handsets also have excellent screens as befitting their high-end market placement. The LG’s 4.7-inch IPS-based display has a 720p resolution, which equals a pixel density of 312ppi. In contrast, the Sony handset features a 4.3-inch screen with the same 1280 x 720 resolution – equivalent to a remarkable 342ppi of density.

These smartphones also offer limited storage options. The Optimus 4X HD has 16GB of onboard storage, with support for 32GB of space on a microSD card. Meanwhile, the Xperia S only comes in a 32GB flavor and does not have a microSD slot.

Meanwhile, the specifications sheet hands a victory to the Optimus 4X HD. Its 1.5GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset clearly outpaces the 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdra…………… continues on Eastern Morning Herald

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LG Optimus Handsets Soon to Have ‘Quick Voice’ Software
News from The Driod Guy:

LG now has a voice recognition software counterpart for Samsung’s S Voice and Apple’s Siri called Quick Voice. The feature will be available soon on the line of LG Optimus phones such as the upcoming Vu, which will be released this June, and the LTE II, which will arrive next month.

The feature combines voice recognition and virtual assistant functionalities, a lot like Siri and S Voice do, by allowing users to access smartphone functionalities by means of voice input. LG is launching it with support for 11 apps, including text message, voice call, alarm, calendar, and phone book.

Moreover, it enables users to perform web searches, and get updates on the weather and stocks. Korean users also enjoy an exclusive feature that permits them to check the lunar calendar using Quick Voice. It remains to be seen whether this will eventually be available for other international users.

LG claims that a strong feature of Quick Voice is its ability to comprehend natural conversational language. Essentially, it appears that Quick Voice will ask a series of question to know what the users want to do, and the questions become more and more specific.

At this point, we do not know how Quick Voice differs from the voice recognition software already available from Samsung and Apple. Moreover, the list of languages that Quick Voice will support is also unknown,…………… continues on The Driod Guy

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LG Optimus Vu Review: An Impressive Phone Held Back by Clumsy …

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

LG Optimus Vu Review: An Impressive Phone Held Back by Clumsy …
News from PCWorld:

On paper, the LG Optimus Vu (currently available only in South Korea) sounds like a killer phone: It has a high-resolution display, a speedy processor, and NFC (near-field communication), and is LTE-compatible. However, the phone itself doesn’t live up to what you see on the spec sheet, and you’re left feeling let down by what could have been a superb product. The disappointments include an awkward design, a nonremovable battery, and some software that felt a little undercooked.

Design

Much like Samsung’s wildly popular Galaxy Note, the Vu is a tablet-size phone–casually referred to as a “phablet”. The Vu’s 5-inch IPS display has the same resolution as the original iPad (1024 by 768) and is one of the phone’s defining features. Unlike other phones, the Vu has a 4:3 aspect ratio–a rarity now that most modern smartphones are shipping with widescreen displays. This works to the Vu’s advantage when it comes to presenting Web pages, since most websites and docume…………… continues on PCWorld

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LG 4X HD P880 review
News from Wired.co.uk:

The HTC One X might have been first out of the quad-core traps, but it’s since been followed by the Samsung Galaxy S3 and now it’s the turn of the LG 4X HD, which does its best to beat Samsung and HTC’s much-hyped powerhouses at their own game.

Design
At first glance, the 4X HD looks much like the other quad-core mobiles, and half a dozen other outsize Androids, but look a little closer and it has a distinctive double metal trim around the sides flanking a tactile, ridged centre. The thin plastic back also has a distinctive feel, with a ridged pattern that looks and feels a little like wood grain.

The 4X HD is a little smaller at 132x68x9mm than the S3′s 137x71x9mm but not enough to really notice. The capacitive screen’s ever so slightly smaller too (4.7-inches as opposed to 4.8-inches on the S3) and takes up most of the front, with just a thin strip above and below.

The True HD-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen has the same resolution as the S3′s Super Amoled and the One X’s Super LCD at 1280×720 pixels, with 313 pixels-per-inch. In truth, you won’t be disappointed with any of these screens. They all deliver deep blacks…………… continues on Wired.co.uk

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LG plans major redesign of smartphone portfolio

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

LG plans major redesign of smartphone portfolio
News from Mobile Today:

LG Mobile is planning a major redesign aimed at creating a similar look across its smartphone portfolio, using the recently launched LG Optimus LTE II smartphone as the blueprint.

The manufacturer will also focus on developing LTE phones and improving its smartphone screens.

The plans were revealed by Kenneth Hong, the global director of corporate communications for LG, who also insisted LG has no plans to quit the mobile phone business, despite falling sales.

Hong said LG’s mobile division is focusing on three key areas – LTE speed, smartphone displays and design, with LG Mobile planning to develop a more uniform design for all of its phones, akin to the LG Optimus LTE II (pictured), which the manufacturer launched in Korea this month.

Hong explained: ‘We want our phones to have a certain look to them. Not like in the past where every phone had a different look. They all are going to start looking similar to the LTE II that we just announced.’

Turning to LG Mobile’s plans to upgrade the displays on its phones, Hong said: ‘The display is a big driver for us as well because, to be honest with you, when it comes to components, that’s the one component that people have to look at every day. They don’t have to look at the memory every day, they don’t have to look at the battery every day, but the…………… continues on Mobile Today

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Virgin quietly releases the LG Optimus Net for $ 100 on Prepaid
News from MobileSyrup.com:

Virgin quietly releases the LG Optimus Net for $ 100 on Prepaid

The LG Optimus Net is an entry-level device that’s been around the block for a few months. It runs Android OS 2.3 and will probably stay there for life, but comes in priced right at $ 100 prepaid. If you’re looking for an in-between phone until the next big thing, possibly head on over to Virgin (or Bell) and pick this up. The specs are incredibly basic: 3.2-inch display, 3 MP camera, Wi-Fi, 800 MHz processor.

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