I'm a month-to-month T-Mobile customer with a Nokia 6133 that is on its lest leg. I want to get a phone with a full Internet browser and I'm deciding between the iPhone and the T-Mobile G1. I'd also like access for my Yahoo mail, but I don't need my work e-mail. Which do you recommend? Also, I don't own an iPod or use iTunes (I usually use Amazon to purchase music), so I'm concerned about moving to an all-iTunes environment. - EJ
That's a a very good question, EJ, and the answer depends on your individual needs and desires. Though the iPhone is the better overall device (at least right now) a person in your situation should seriously consider the G1. Here is why.
I always tell people who are considering purchasing an iPhone 3G that there are three reasons to buy one. Forget the slick design and the flashy and user-friendly interface; I recommend buying the iPhone for its Web browser, its media player, and (to a somewhat lesser extent) its support for third-party applications. These three areas are where the iPhone performs very well, so I advise basing your decision on a comparison of those points. Sure, the design and interface are important, but I'd treat them and the e-mail integration as secondary motivators. And of course, I wouldn't base my decision on call quality alone, as the iPhone 3G still suffers in that area.
When boiled down to those three points, the G1 offers a compelling alternative to the iPhone. It also has a Web browser and media player and it supports third-party apps. While those apps are limited for now, more will come in the future. And as Bonnie Cha and Nicole Lee reported in their G1 review, the media player and browser offered satisfying performance. Sure, they may not be as good as on the iPhone, but they may be good enough for you. And here's another advantage for you: the G1's integration with the Amazon MP3 store means you wouldn't have to switch over to iTunes. And on a similar note, the G1 would enable you to stay with T-Mobile if you're happy with its service. … Read more
As we mentioned in our hands-on with the LG Lotus at CTIA earlier this year, we had a really positive first impression of this new messaging phone from Sprint. Now that we've had a chance to really get to know it first-hand, we have to say we're even more impressed. At first we were skeptical about its unusual square shape, but its unique style and fabulous tactile keyboard eventually won us over. The Lotus has a very nice satiny feel in the hand, a vibrant internal display, external music player controls, and the aforementioned keyboard is as roomy … Read more
Verizon and LG have just released a flip camera phone, dubbed the LG VX5500. The VGA camera isn't great, but for an entry-level phone, it's not bad. You get all the basic cell phone features, as well as Bluetooth and A-GPS, but you won't get any EV-DO. It's available right now for only $49.99 after a two-year service agreement and a $50 rebate.
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We're not always the biggest fans of convergence in our electronics. Separate components usually work better than all-in-one units, and it's much easier to upgrade a component when new technology comes out.
That being said, the LG 32LG40 32-inch LCD, which comes with a built-in DVD player, makes a lot of sense. If you're looking for a bedroom TV or kitchen TV, a separate DVD player can be an eyesore, while the 32LG40's slot-loading DVD player on the side just looks slick. Not only that, but the LG also has pretty good image quality, with very accurate color thanks to extensive color management options.
We did have some knocks--lackluster black level and off-angle performance were the main ones--but overall we found there's a lot to like about the 32LG40.
A kitchen remodel takes an enormous amount of planning. Measuring, re-measuring, and losing the sheet with the measurements, browsing tile and appliance shops for hours on end, even more hours spent trying to draw your kitchen layout on graph paper--it's not easy. And if you're in the early stages, you may not really want to put in all that time just yet. Or, you might really want to, but you're not even sure where to start.
Lately, many appliance designers have been focusing on style as well as function. LG is no different: they've recently released the Swarovski side-by-side refrigerator. This bold red fridge is covered in delicate floral designs picked out in Swarovski crystals. It's also available in white and black and has already won a Red Dot Design award.
The Swarovski side-by-side Refrigerator isn't just a pretty face, however. It has all the bells and whistles that you might expect in an upscale refrigerator model, including a LCD control panel. The panel is blue and has soft-touch controls that make it … Read more
There's a new smartphone from LG called the Cookie. It has a little more juice than the Palm Centro. But Natali doesn't like juice in her cookies. But that doesn't mean she doesn't like this smart phone. We also cover the new mobile browsers and Apple's attack ads against Microsoft.
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Alltel has just announced the LG Rhythm, a music phone almost in the style of the LG Chocolate with the middle scroll wheel and the slider form factor. The wheel is touch-sensitive with an "interactive user interface," plus it comes equipped with a 1.3-megapixel camera, an MP3 player with FM transmitter, voice dialing, GPS, and a microSD card slot.
On the music front, the Rhythm claims 3D sound capabilities, plus it claims to have Digital Signal Processing with a graphic equalizer tuned by Mark Levinson. It also has a 3.5-mm headset jack and stereo Bluetooth.
The … Read more
Even for home theater fans, standalone Blu-ray players can be pretty boring. There are some major differences between the players, such as what Blu-ray Profile they support, but you rarely see any new or standout features.
The LG BD300 is different in this regard, as it's the first Blu-ray player that is Netflix-Internet-streaming-ready. It allows you to stream content available on Netflix's "Watch Now" service directly from the player to the TV, which is much more convenient than watching it on your computer.
Netflix aside, the BD300 is also a pretty solid Blu-ray player, although it … Read more