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Re: Poor Upgrade
Mar 7, 2017, 10:26 AM
in the Motorola Moto G5 Plus forum

I would argue that the target market for the G-series does not upgrade their phone annually.

Re: It's a SCAM that this is even a thing
Mar 6, 2017, 4:21 PM
in the Article: Hands On with the LG X power2 forum

First off, give LG some credit: They tried removable batteries in the G5 last year. It flopped. As for your larger point, I really want to agree with you, but... XL battery options made a lot more sense back in the day. There are multiple arguments against that path with modern phones. If you pop off the back and put in a larger battery, you're going to need a special back-plate as well. (Batteries with a meaningful amount of ...

Re: phone specs?
Mar 1, 2017, 7:16 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the LG X power2 forum

More info in the news item here: rticle.php?a=18777

Re: Nokia 3310
Feb 27, 2017, 8:17 AM
in the Article: Nokia Brings Back the 3310 forum

Yeah... pretty much. The whole product is a marketing gimmick, basically. The phone's technically real, but I think they're selling it for nostalgia and really just for people to collect, not use.

Re: Lower the resolution on one camera and raise it on the other.
Feb 26, 2017, 5:38 AM
in the Article: LG's G6 to Carry Dual 13MP Rear Cameras forum

The best phone cameras out there right now are the iPhone 7, Galaxy S7, and Pixel. They're all 12-megapixel. People want better pixels, not more pixels (beyond that baseline of 12.)

Re: AT&T LTE bands
Feb 26, 2017, 5:32 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the BlackBerry KEYone forum

Band 12 includes band 17. For AT&T customers on the AT&T network, they're the same, but band 12 improves roaming compatibility. That's why AT&T is phasing out band 17 in favor of band 12.

Re: Huawei
Feb 16, 2017, 5:24 PM
in the Article: Huawei P10 Revealed by FCC forum

We've reviewed most of their recent phones in depth: e.php?a=18228 ticles/article.php?a=18435 http://www.phon

Re: Hijacking
Feb 7, 2017, 12:02 PM
in the Article: 9 Ways to Use Your Phone as an Effective Tool When Protesting forum

We're merely trying to be helpful on issues that relate specifically to phones. ....and non-partisan. All of our advice is equally useful for a protest, counter-protest, or rally for any "side".

Re: I suppose
Feb 7, 2017, 11:59 AM
in the Article: 9 Ways to Use Your Phone as an Effective Tool When Protesting forum

I appreciate that it looks that way. We have, in fact, been planning a series of articles exactly like this (but not remotely political) for some time. We'll be giving tips on improving your phone's performance, recommending games, and a few other types of topics. This one was conceived recently and prioritized simply to be timely. The other ideas we have are not time-sensitive. That's the only reason this one was published first, I promise.

Re: Lg Aristo /no finger printer reader
Feb 3, 2017, 7:18 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile and MetroPCS Announce the LG Aristo forum

Corrected. Thank you. This was listed correctly on our spec page, but incorrect in the news item. Sorry about that!

New site feature: glossary pop-ups
Feb 3, 2017, 3:15 PM
in the forum

We've added a new feature to the site when browsing from a desktop/laptop. When you hover your cursor over a glossary term, (on a phone spec page, for example,) you'll get a pop-up preview of our glossary entry for that term. Let me know if you run into any issues with this feature or have feedback on it. Thanks!

Re: Fingerprints
Feb 3, 2017, 2:42 PM
in the Article: 9 Ways to Use Your Phone as an Effective Tool When Protesting forum

Good point.

Re: I like HTC and all, but isn't this device a little too late!?
Jan 12, 2017, 11:35 AM
in the Article: HTC U Ultra Is New, Glass-Backed Flagship Phone forum

It is available for pre-order in the US starting today, shipping in March.

Re: Meh...
Jan 12, 2017, 10:29 AM
in the Article: The Pocket-Size SCiO Could Tell You If Your Drugs Are Pure forum

I think it is "a real NIR spectrometer", but otherwise you are correct about its limitations. Still, if you create an app trained to know what pure/perfect MDMA or heroin looks like, it should be able to tell you if that's what you have, or if you have something else (that could kill you.) Also, if an app can be trained to tell you how sweet a strawberry is (it can, I witnessed that demo,) then it should be ...

Re: Great Idea
Jan 10, 2017, 8:19 PM
in the Article: The Pocket-Size SCiO Could Tell You If Your Drugs Are Pure forum

Indeed: We tried several demos, including a test of the sweetness of a strawberry, and detection of a fake Viagra pill. It was very simple to use and worked quickly, taking just a couple of seconds to measure and report results.

Re: ALL major US carriers? Or...?
Dec 9, 2016, 3:02 PM
in the Article: Hands On with the Huawei Mate 9 forum

I imagine it will be unlocked-only, although we'll find out when they announce US launch details (...soon, probably at CES.)

Re: LeeCo Phones
Nov 16, 2016, 4:54 PM
in the Article: LeEco Details the LePro3 with Snapdragon 821 forum

The US version of the Pro3 has good compatibility with US LTE networks: /phone.php?p=5320

Re: LeEco LePro3
Nov 16, 2016, 4:53 PM
in the Article: Review: LeEco LePro3 forum

We specifically asked them that question, and the answer — for the US variant — is in our specs: p?p=5320

Re: Note Replacement?
Nov 10, 2016, 11:16 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the Huawei Mate 9 forum

Most Note users I know don't use the stylus. A few do, but a minority. Most just wanted a large-screen, top-end Android phone. If you do use the stylus, then yes, this is not a good choice. But for those merely looking for a large, high-end Android phone, this is very much in the same category.

Re: The problem with reviewing an LG phone
Nov 8, 2016, 2:56 PM
in the LG V20 forum

Thank you for the feedback. My understanding is that this was a sporadic hardware issue, mostly with just one model (the G4). I'm confident that we've done the best review possible, within reason. If we had any reason to believe this might be a problem with the V20, it would require buying multiple units and using them daily for a long period of time. That's not practical for any review organization. But we don't have any reason to believe ...

Re: Huawei Mate 9
Nov 4, 2016, 2:19 PM
in the Article: Huawei Mate 9 Coming to U.S. forum

More detail on the CPU score: Math: 9700 Common Use: 11084 Multi-Core: 12556

Re: Huawei Mate 9
Nov 4, 2016, 2:18 PM
in the Article: Huawei Mate 9 Coming to U.S. forum

I just ran AnTuTu on my Mate 9: overall: 125515 3D: 41596 UX: 39963 CPU: 33340 RAM: 10616

Re: Android O
Nov 2, 2016, 10:12 PM
in the General forum

Possibilities: Oreo (if they can work out the branding as they did with KitKat).Oatmeal raisin cookie (which I love, but many do not)Orange... something. I would like to see Orange Creamsicle, for example.

Re: Please Delete
Nov 1, 2016, 9:44 PM
in the forum

Please see our FAQ on that topic: act.php?c=16&src=q

Re: About band 66
Oct 28, 2016, 5:00 PM
in the Article: LG V20: First Phone To Support Band 66 forum

Also, we've updated our Visual Guide to US Mobile Radio Bands to fully include band 66: icle.php?a=17640&p=6767#as=66

Re: Android version
Oct 26, 2016, 6:19 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Outs Windows 10 VR Phone From Alcatel forum

In this instance, yes, the standard US unlocked (Android) version of the Idol 4S does support T-Mobile bands, including LTE band 12: .php?p=5078 But that's not normally a safe assumption to make. The Android and Windows versions of this phone are quite different. It's quite common for such variants to have different network support.

Re: No Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra ?
Oct 6, 2016, 3:28 PM
in the Article: Hands-On with Asus Zenfone 3 Series forum

ZTE makes a couple: inder_results.php?m=s&w=s&avr=r&av_2=y&dpr=r& dpv=6

Re: No Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra ?
Oct 6, 2016, 2:59 PM
in the Article: Hands-On with Asus Zenfone 3 Series forum

It does seem like the Deluxe is the main one coming to the US, and possibly the Laser. The Deluxe actually has very good LTE band support, including band 12 and AT&T's band 29 & 30, which is unusual in an unlocked phone. The Laser's LTE band support is quite limited, though.

Re: Chipset Processor and Sensors
Sep 25, 2016, 5:13 PM
in the forum

Thanks! We do track and show the processor for all phones. Most smartphones have standard sensors that are either required by the platform, or a de-facto standard. For example, light sensor, accelerometer, and proximity sensor are standard. We've been moving away from listing those kind of standard features in smartphone specs. Some sensors are not as standard, such as barometer. We're in the midst of adding that one. What other sensors are you interested in seeing listed?

Re: Google officially ends its Project Ara modular phone initiative?
Sep 21, 2016, 3:17 PM
in the Development forum

Yep. ticle.php?a=18121

Re: Misleading
Sep 17, 2016, 4:42 PM
in the Article: US Government Issues Recall for Samsung Galaxy Note7 forum

Samsung's official policy is: Under the terms of the U.S. Note7 Exchange Program owners have the following choices and can take these next steps immediately: ... A refund can be obtained at your point of purchase. So perhaps carriers are still catching up and getting things in place.

About band 66
Sep 15, 2016, 9:36 PM
in the Article: LG V20: First Phone To Support Band 66 forum

FYI, there's more info about band 66 in the glossary: ry/term.php?gid=570

Re: LG X "power"
Aug 26, 2016, 10:02 AM
in the LG X power (GSM) forum

It's about the battery, not the processor.

Re: A little disappointed
Aug 17, 2016, 11:23 AM
in the Samsung Galaxy Note7 forum

It is 4K. The specs have been updated. Sorry for the confusion!

Re: A little disappointed
Aug 4, 2016, 9:52 PM
in the Samsung Galaxy Note7 forum

I could not find a 4K option when I spent time with the phone on Tuesday. I'll be sure to double-check it when we have our review unit, which will be very soon.

Re: A little disappointed
Aug 3, 2016, 8:44 PM
in the Samsung Galaxy Note7 forum

The camera is the same as the S7, which is an extremely well-regarded camera. It's higher quality than previous Samsung cameras. Megapixel count isn't everything. The video capture actually maxes out at Quad-HD (as noted on the full spec page), the same resolution as the screen. That's extremely high-res and would still look good on a 4K TV (which most people don't have anyway.)

Re: Qualcomm quick charge?
Aug 2, 2016, 2:50 PM
in the Article: Hands-On with the Samsung Galaxy Note7 forum

That's one of those things Samsung prefers to be cagey about. It uses Qualcomm technology, but also some "Samsung proprietary" technology. It has a Snapdragon 820 processor, so it could be QC 3.0.

Re: Note 7?
Aug 2, 2016, 2:47 PM
in the Article: Samsung Flagship Phone, Likely Note 7, Clears FCC forum

Correct. Samsung wants "S7" and "Note7" numbering to be in sync.

Re: G4/G4 Plus
Jul 13, 2016, 5:11 PM
in the Motorola Moto G4 forum

No, that's pretty much it.

Re: Well good luck with that...
Jul 13, 2016, 3:42 PM
in the Article: LeEco Planning Big Fall Launch in U.S. forum

As the article says: "Its U.S. products will be distinct, targeted specifically at U.S. millennials. The company is currently negotiating with rights holders for U.S. video content — both recorded and live — to offer via its service, which will be featured in the interface of its phones."

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