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LG's G3 Compacts Form & Function

LG's latest G3 smartphone is all about simplification and this theme is reverberated in its slogan "Simple is the new smart” for an all-new smart interface; larger, clearer display; and a laser-precise camera demonstrating that power and precision really works.

With a 5.5-inch Quad HD display with 538ppi, the G3 has four times the resolution of HD and almost two times higher resolution than a Full HD display
camera. G3's Laser Auto Focus lens can shoot stunningly sharp images in a fraction of the time required by conventional phone cameras. Polished metallic skin on the rear cover that is lightweight, fingerprint-resistant and most of all, aesthetically pleasing.

According to LG, the G3 is the first Quad HD smartphone in the US with 78% more resolution than the Samsung Galaxy S5.  The Quad HD has about four times the number of pixels as a 720p HD display. Compare this to Apple’s iPhones, which tout a “Retina” display, having only a resolution of about 326 pixels per inch.

The improved user interface yields a much more fluid, more intuitive, and therefore easier, way to navigate through the handset. Less clutter, a flat tile look and more muted tones creates a mature look. Each core app, such as contacts and messaging, has its own color scheme. The circular motif of the graphic assets in the new UI reinforces the shape and concept of LG’s logo.To create a more relaxed and ergonomically-correct grip, the G3 features a floating arc design (i.e., a curved back) which creates an illusion (in the hand) of holding a thinner, narrower device despite a wider display.

The LG’s new UX (user experience) will be available on its low and mid-range devices.  Key highlights include:

  • Smart Keyboard - adjustable board where you change its height to your preference, as well an intuitive one where it learns your tap habits so it’ll automatically fix common typos or have faster input with customized individual keys set for commonly used symbols.
  • Smart Notice – a personal assistant offering suggestions or information based on user behavior or location.
  • Smart Security - Knock Code is a clever system where one can simply tap the right quadrants of the screen with the screen turned off and it works the same as an unlock code or pattern. Content Lock keeps personal files safe and hidden from view while sharing the LG G3 with others. Kill Switch gives LG G3 owners the ability to disable and wipe out personal information their phones remotely in the event of theft or loss.
  • The G3 is one of the first smartphones to introduce a laser-based autofocus system for its camera – a system more commonly found in high-end DSLR cameras – which is supposed to focus much faster than a typical smartphone and perform better in lowlight situations. The G3 features a 13MP and a front 2.1MP 'selfie' camera.  The latter has wider angle lens and features clever gesture recognition to activate the G3 self-portrait timer and a white-balance feature to correct skin tone imperfections.

 

The all-new LG G3 will arrive in the U.S. later this summer with T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores. The stylish and fingerprint-resistant metallic skin with matte finish that keeps the LG G3 is available in: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet and Burgundy Red.

To learn more, go to: http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/g3

The Samsung Galaxy S III - the Swiss Army Knife of Cellphones

Just a few years we boasted as to how small our phones were. Remember the Motorola’s Pebble cellphone?

Well, now it’s all about how big the screen is, what applications we have, and of course, how fast our data service is.  The Samsung-Galaxy-S-IIISamsung Galaxy S III (S3) has all that and more. 

We’re now entering an era of hybrid cellphones/ tablets. The S3 is like the Swiss Army Knife of cellphones.

The S3 offers one of the most sophisticated, powerful and interactive smartphones to date. At 5.4 inches tall and 2.8 inches wide, and the massive 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display (with a 1,280x720-pixel resolution), the S3 is larger than the average cellphone, however the handset's slim and sleek 0.34-inch width, contoured sides, and glossy coating make it a comfortable handhold. At an amazing 4.7 ounces (wow!), its physical body belies its weight. With its 1.5GHz dual-core cpu and 4G service, tasks are done at lightening speed. 

With so much capability, one would think that you’d be constantly recharging (the bane of many owners of Android-system smartphones), however the S3 carries an impressive battery life. It can last a full 24 hours with minor usage and about 12 hours with heavy usage 

And here's the basic specs:

  • Dimensions: 5.4" x 2.8" x 0.34"
  • Weight: 4.7 ounces
  • Screen Size: 4.8 inch
  • Screen Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels
  • OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz Dual-Core
  • Camera: 8 Mega Pixel with 1080p video recording capability
  • Network: 3G (HSPDA/CDMA) / 4G (LTE/HSPA+)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, expandable MicroSD card slot

Besides standardized features like Google apps, Bluetooth, and WiFi, the S3’s has S Beam.

The Samsung-only S Beam combines NFC (near field communications) and Wi-Fi Direct to "beam" / share larger-file photos, videos, and documents in mere minutes.  However, this capability is only between S3 phones. S Beam is an addition to Android Beam's capability of sharing URLs, maps, and contact information.  

Then there’s S Voice -- Samsung’s answer to Apple's Siri. Adding onto Android's built-in Voice Actions, S Voice is an improvement on Vlingo both on the listening and interpretation front, and sources answers from databases like Wolfram Alpha. 

It also includes  sharing software. Multimedia sharing is one of the S3’s main focus, with four main ways to share content.  AllShare Play (sharing among Samsung TVs, tablets, and phones), GroupCast, Buddy Photo Share, and ShareShot. 

While offering top-of-the-line performance and innovative features, the S3 is priced at a competitive 199.99 price tag for the 16GB version (with contract) and is available in the U.S. on five carriers:

  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • Sprint
  • T-Mobile
  • U.S. Cellular

An aggressive distribution strategy indeed.  It’s no wonder that the S3 has been in such high demand in pre-orders already.  Available in “Pebble Blue” or “White” in 16GB or 32GB. 

Hand on E3: Sony Xperia Play

The Xperia Play is Sony Ericsson’s first PlayStation brandedSony Xperia Play. phone promising to mesh the gaming experience from a regular portable platform with the functionality of a phone. According to the representatives at this year’s E3 event, the Xperia is the world’s most powerful phone running the latest Android Gingerbread operating system. Featuring the 1GHz Snapdragon II processor and the Adreno 205 graphical unit, this phone promises a high powered mobile phone and gaming affair.

Read more: Hand on E3: Sony Xperia Play

AT&T Wants To Be America's Largest Cell Company -- to my Chagrin

How I have avoided AT&T and Verizon. One provided bad connectivity the other offered horrible customer service. Though Att T-Mobileit wasn't much better I went with T-Mobile if only because they had to try harder. Now much to my dismay the encroaching monopolization of technology once again steps on toes -- this time with AT&T's impending purchase of T-Mobile.

A $39 billion deal with T-Mobile's parent company, Deutsche Telekom means its customers and infrastructure will become part of AT&T, creating the largest cellular carrier -- and the only one to offer GSM phones -- serving the US.

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