The Moto Z’s Alexa Smart Speaker is mostly useless

 The Moto Z is a phone built around a strong gimmick, but it’s a gimmick nonetheless. A little over a year after release, the company has added some interesting Mods to its selection, but none have offered an entirely compelling justification for the phone’s modular system. That certainly applies to the new Alexa Smart Speaker. Read More
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LG V30 review: Proof that LG can build a grown-up phone, mostly

For years, LG’s smartphones have always seemed to trail Samsung’s in some crucial ways. Being direct rivals hailing from the same country, this must rub LG the wrong way. Samsung’s OLED displays have always bested LG’s IPS LCDs. Its cameras have generally been well ahead in terms of quality and features. Samsung was waterproofing its phones before LG. Samsung Pay beat LG Pay. Samsung’s Gear smartwatches have received far more critical acclaim than LG’s Android Wear ones.

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LG V30 review: Proof that LG can build a grown-up phone, mostly was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google’s November system images and OTA files for Nexus and Pixel devices are (mostly) live [Update: Pixel 2 XL OTA rolling out]

The month is getting underway, and that means it’s time for Google to issue its monthly raft of Pixel and Nexus updates. The updates will filter down to phones in the next day or so, but the system images and OTA files for most devices are available now if you want to sideload. There’s not a ton new here, but as this is a November patch level, you should have protection from the KRACK vulnerability.

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LG V30 enters the JerryRigEverything torture chamber, emerges mostly unscathed

The LG V30 was announced way back at IFA almost two months ago, but it’s only just started shipping to consumers. This phone is almost unbelievably light but that doesn’t mean it’s not sturdy. The latest LG phone has gone through usual JerryRigEverything durability tests and it managed to remain in one piece.

The JerryRigEverything test consists of scratch, flame, and bend portions. The scratch test verifies that the V30’s screen is as durable as other phones sporting Gorilla Glass 5.

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Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL review: The best gets (mostly) better

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We were all a little concerned to see the Nexus program come to an end, but Google assuaged our fears with the 2016 Pixel phones. They weren’t the prettiest devices on the market, but the Pixels showed what was possible when Google got serious about making a phone. These devices had terrific cameras and consistently fast performance—even to this day the Pixel and Pixel XL are robust experiences. They were not perfect, though.

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