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  • LG Nitro HD review

    And then there were three. AT&T’s lonesome LTE duo — the Samsung GS II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid — just gained a new member with the recent launch of LG’s Nitro HD. You may recognize this particular handset from its former life as the Optimus LTE, except here the phone’s been rebranded with a moniker that more astutely conveys its blazing 4G purpose. There may be tough times ahead for the handset, considering the current crop of high-end devices hogging the spotlight. But if three’s company, the Galaxy Nexus, HTC Rezound and Droid RAZR are sure to make this a standing room-only crowd — an especially haughty bunch given their heavyweight specs. Which is why this sudden end-of-year release for the Nitro HD has us questioning the company’s timing. Sure, it’s no slouch when stacked up against the competition, with a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 AH-IPS display, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor and 1.3 front-facing / 8 megapixel rear cameras. Yet at $250 on contract, the Nitro HD needs to outshine the legacy set by its best-in-class Sammy stablemate or, at least, offer a performance boost over the cheaper Vivid. So can LG’s last second contender rise above the fray to win your holiday dollars? Will it succeed in outclassing its LTE compadres? Or is it a case of too little, too late for this me too three! smartphone. Follow on past the break as we dive into the mobile nitty gritty.

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    LG Nitro HD review originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Dec 2011 16:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • LG DoublePlay review

    It’s no secret that Android’s dominance of the smartphone world is due in part to the sheer number of models available running the OS. This abundance of choice, while undoubtedly good for consumers, presents a challenge for OEMs as they design and build handsets: how to craft a device that stands out from the crowd? At this point, we’ve seen slabs of all sizes, a legion of landscape sliders, and a dual-screen oddity join the Android family. Now, LG has created the DoublePlay, giving users both a hint of the Echo’s dual screen experience along with a split physical keyboard for tactile typing. In doing so, the company has accomplished something we weren’t sure was possible by building a unique Android phone. The question is, does this unusual form factor provide an improved user experience, or is it destined to go down in gadget history as a gimmick?

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    LG DoublePlay review originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Dec 2011 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Verizon planning streaming video service, gets ready to take on Netflix
    VerizonWe can’t say we’re entirely shocked by the move but, according to Reuters, Verizon is getting ready to enter the streaming media market. Reports are that the company is in talks with programming partners to provide content for a Netflix-like video service that it could offer to customers not currently covered by its high-speed FiOS network. Obviously, details are scant, and there’s no telling when it might actually launch, but you can bet its competitors will be watching closely… and we don’t just mean Netflix. Cable and satellite TV providers are already wary of the public embracing cord-cutting — when one of their own seems to be encouraging the behavior it sets off a lot of alarms.

    Verizon planning streaming video service, gets ready to take on Netflix originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Dec 2011 15:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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