Getting ready to go back to school? You probably need a new cellphone to stay connected and ease your way to success. Remember, smartphones are not always a distraction; these advanced little gadgets are also great research tools and knowledge machines. And if you don’t want to break the bank for a new handset, checking out the back to school deals on eBay would be the best idea. All these discounted phones cost under $299 off-contract.
Not bad at all, right?! I know I would recommend some of these to my friends, so let’s take a look at some of our favorite deals.
- Verizon Motorola Droid Ultra only $99.99
- AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 only $249.99
- Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 only $234.77
- Amazon Fire Phone only $139.99
- Verizon LG G3 for $219.95
- HTC Desire 816 only $149.99
- Verizon Moto X (XT1060) only $119.77
There’s plenty of other deals in eBay’s back to school page, but these just happen to be the ones that stood out to us. You can also look around the site to find other good deals. We really just wanted to pass on the good news and make sure you are in the loop.
Are any of you buying one of these handsets? Hit the comments and let us know!
The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Verizon LG G3 earlier in the year was apparently plagued with technical issues and bugs, but a new update has just been release that should fix at least some of these problems.
The update is labelled version VS98524B, or simply 24B. The changelog states that the update introduces a few new features, including a Bluetooth button to the in-call screen. The Lollipop Interrupt feature from has also been implemented and notifications can now be set to completely off, Priority mode for messages and events, or all be allowed to sound. This option can be found under the Quick Settings menu.
Finally, Advanced Calling settings have been implemented, which allows for HD Voice and Video Calling. LTE Video Calling will also be automatically disabled if the customer isn’t subscribed to the service.
The original Lollipop update for the Verizon LG G3 caused some users to experience excessive battery drain, Wi-Fi stability issues and even random reboots. Oddly, there isn’t a list of any bug fixes included with the changelog, so it’s not clear exactly which of the issues have been addressed. The update unfortunately doesn’t bring the G3 up to the latest version of Android 5.1 Lollipop either.
The update should be rolling out to customers as we speak and will be making its way to handsets throughout the week. Keep an eye out for that OTA notification or check out www.vzw.com/lgg3update for instructions on how to download the update manually.
When the Android 5.0 Lollipop update came to Verizon’s variant of the LG G3 in late March it brought an enhanced experience with a plethora of new features and Material Design. Along with that came a lot of problems such as bugs, frequent battery drain and a loss in performance. Ever since then, Verizon’s G3 owners have been posting away in the carrier’s forums pleading for an update to fix these bugs. Now it’s July, and Verizon has finally pushed out an update to help resolve these issues and add some new useful tools.
As with almost all software updates, patience is required here. You can check for the update but that really won’t force it upon the device. In any case, look for update version VS98524B or “24B” to appear in the coming days.
The software update brings changes to Bluetooth, interruptions, and advanced calling tweaks in addition to major bug and performance issues.
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LG sure knows how to make a promo video – after sending their last flagship, the LG G3 into an active volcano to help advertise the camera and its laser focus, LG has tried to one-up themselves this year by strapping their new LG G4 to a drone and taking video while airborne. The effect is… well, check out the results for yourself:
Drones are all the rage right now, so it’s a smart move on LG’s behalf to make use of that burgeoning market space as a marketing canvas. As for the LG G4’s camera, there’s definitely beauty to what was captured, but we can’t exactly say that it’s all down to the camera. LG intended for this video to advertise its new optical image stabilization, and for the most part, it actually does a pretty amazing job, but it’s clear that the juddering of the drone was sufficient to overcome this feature at times. Still, it’s a cool ad, and we wish some of the other manufacturers were a bit creative like this sometimes with advertising relatively real-life scenarios – because we all own drones, right?
What do you think about LG’s latest LG G4 promo video? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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With both the LG G2 and LG G3, Samsung and Apple have increasingly had to deal with a smartphone competitor that more and more consumers are taking a look at and opting to buy. Although LG may not be meeting internal sales expectations with the LG G4, the phone is still a hit and attracting a lot of attention from buyers. That interest may increase after a recent report from Consumer Reports that ranked the LG G4 ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6 on performance testing.
According to the latest testing results from Consumer Reports, only last year’s Samsung Galaxy S5 managed to perform better than the LG G4 and the LG G3, both of which scored 78 out of a 100-point scale. In the most recent round of testing, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6 ended up tied for fifth place.
The LG G4 was probably helped in the Consumer Reports‘ rankings by the large display and a laser-assisted focus system for a strong camera system included in the smartphone. LG has also set the device apart from the rest of the leaders in the smartphone market by staying away from the glass and metal construction trend, opting instead for leather or plastic backs.
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The LG G2 is by now a 2 year old flagship that most people have forgotten about. Fortunately those who do still remember – most probably owners of the device – Android 5.1.1 for the LG G2 is allegedly going to be released for the device in the coming months. This marks about a 6 month gap between Android 5.0 and Android 5.1.1 being released on the device, and is great news for existing and prospective LG owners who are wondering whether the Korean manufacturer is going to keep supporting their aging devices.
Unfortunately for LG G3 owners, there’s still no news of their update to Android 5.1.1, with the only news being rumours that it won’t be getting Android 5.1.1 in favour of Android M. This actually marks the second update to the LG G2 that the LG G3 hasn’t received with the first being Android 5.0.2 and now Android 5.1.1 – as an owner of the LG G3, that really grinds my gears. But really, this should be a celebration for LG G2 owners whose device is getting a much needed breath of fresh air in a smartphone market that waits for nobody. Based on the rumour, the update is going to be rolled out in the next two months – but remember that carrier variants will take some time after that to “appropriate” the update for your device.
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AT&T is currently rolling out an update to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G3 located in the United States. Unfortunately, though, this upgrade doesn’t bring Android 5.1 to the handset, but does transport McAfee Factory Reset Protection to your device, which is actually a pretty nifty feature to have on your smartphone.
Once updated, users will see a new application in their drawer. Opening it will prompt them to log a secure 8-character password, which will have to be entered before a factory reset can take place, giving owners peace of mind that any potential thieves will not be able to reset their phone, thereby making it easier to track them down if they go missing.
As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device to hit your unit, you could always search for the update manually. To do so simply follow the four steps below:
- Open the Settings app
- Scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”
- Hit “System Updates”
- Tap on “Check for update”
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One aspect of Android 5.1 is Factory Data Reset protection. This small, but useful, addition to Android is designed to cut down on Android theft by requiring the Gmail account holders password to reset the device to factory defaults. Whether or not I feel it will actually help cut back on theft, or just force criminals to be more tech savvy, is not the topic of discussion. Rather, it is all about a similar ability that is being pushed out by AT&T today for LG G3 owners. The G3 is currently sitting on Android 5.0.1 comfortably, but still lacks Android 5.1 at the moment. In a change to the devices support page a new update is being rolled out that brings Factory Data Reset protection to the handset by way of another app that the carrier has obviously partnered with, McAfee.
I will assume the update is rather small, about the size of the app. There could potentially be some bug fixes or tweeks inside as well, but AT&T doesn’t list anything else on the support page. It is your call to update or not, but if/when Android 5.1 does come to the device you will have no alternative option.
When LG rolled out the Lollipop update for their then flagship smartphone, the LG G3, they staked a claim as being one of the first to get Lollipop out to their devices. We all know manufacturers will roll out an update to a small market to make claims like this. Nevertheless, it is usually a decent sign of a commitment to providing the latest version of Android for a given device even if users have to wait a bit longer for kinks to be worked out and carriers to give their blessing. At the time, as a relatively new owner of an LG G3, I was looking forward to seeing what would happen with my device. Fast forward half a year later and Verizon finally pushed out the Lollipop update. That was the beginning of the transition for my “dream” phone to a nightmare and now signs point to Verizon not doing anything to fix the problems they have wrought.
When I say the G3 was a “dream” phone, what I mean is I finally had a device that had a relatively svelte interface that did not get in the way of my use of the phone, it was snappy in operation, great battery life and really had no negatives. The closest to a problem was a propensity to get hot under heavy use. Life was good and I was looking forward to getting a couple years use out of it unless I decided to go for an early upgrade.
Unfortunately, Verizon brought all of that to a screeching halt when they sent out their version of the Lollipop update. Granted, there are a few issues that seem to be inherent to how Lollipop operates that LG either couldn’t or wouldn’t find a way around, the most noticeable being changes to how the lock screen works, which has added some steps to the process of waking up the device.
If getting the device to spring to life were the only issue, I could probably write it off as an annoyance. Unfortunately, Verizon’s input into the update really messed things up beyond what LG had done. The most notorious problem is the WiFi notifications issue. A quick peek at the Verizon support communities reveals legions of users complaining about this problem. At first, users assumed the issue was just that notifications would not show up when connected to WiFi. After dealing with this for a couple months though, it appears the problem is actually that apps do not even bother to connect while on WiFi.
A good example is Gmail. Between all my accounts, I usually get a new email at least every 30 minutes all day and all night long. Yet, leaving the phone overnight or worse, sitting on my desk at work, connected to WiFi will cause Gmail to not even check for anything until I switch to the carrier network (and use up valuable data) or force the app to check for mail. So it is goodbye to the days when the phone worked for me and would let me know when I had to pay attention to something like an incoming email.
Other problems are now present, mostly subjective, but it does not appear I am alone. Apps load slowly, screen refreshes and redraws are slow, and recently the notifications bar has stopped loading unless I go through the extra step of swiping down from the top of the screen. Considering the hardware packed into the device, none of these problems should be present.
Another problem is the return of the hypersensitive touchscreen, a problem that LG fixed shortly after the initial release of the G3. This particular problem is why I am unable to use knock codes as the screen keeps registering “knocks” when the phone is in my pocket, turning on the screen unnecessarily. Overall I am routinely having to reset the device or shutdown apps running wild, steps I rarely took when still on KitKat.
Having about reached the end of my rope with the problems, and missing some time-sensitive emails until it was far too late to matter, I decided to reach out to Verizon about a solution to the problems. Of course, this meant dealing with support protocols like doing device factory resets, steps I had already taken. Once we dispensed with those, Verizon support indicated to me that they are “working hard to resolve these issues” which seems to imply that they know there is a problem with Lollipop on LG G3 devices. Unfortunately, they also indicate “No ETA currently.” Considering LG appears to be skipping Lollipop 5.1 and will hold out for Android M for the next major update on the G3, I suspect no fix is in the works.
My next step was to inquire as to whether I could trade-in my device for a different phone since the carrier is the source of the problems. It seems only fair to me that they should stand behind their updates. Unfortunately, despite recognizing that I no longer have a functional phone, Verizon support told me there is no way to trade for another model.
I did ask them whether my only option was to pursue a breach of contract, to which they replied they may be willing to pursue a warranty replacement or I could wait to see if LG issues a patch, a response that sounds like they are passing the buck.
My next step is to try a local Verizon retail store to see if the sales side of the house may have a little more flexibility in trying to keep a customer, much less keep one happy.
Any other Verizon LG G3 owners out there that have pursued a device replacement?
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Many of you will know that I own a LG G3, so excuse me if I get a little emotional during this post. News is circulating today that the LG G3 may not be updated to Android 5.1 after being updated from Android KitKat to Android 5.0 not long after Google’s official unveiling of Android Lollipop. It seems relatively legitimate news after comments made by LG on the LG Greece Facebook page said that there were no plans to bring Android 5.1 to the LG G3. Bummer.
Of course, this might just mean that LG is skipping Android 5.1 in favour of Android M, the next verison of Android due for release later this year – however given the state of the LG G3 right now on Android 5.0, I’m a bit disappointed that LG isn’t going to try and fix some of the more crippling problems like instability and battery drain that some users are experiencing. It’s especially unusual since the work has already been done for the LG G4 which ships with Android 5.1. All the same, we’ll take this news with a grain of salt just in case LG Greece just meant that devices in that region shouldn’t be expecting an update (sorry, Greece!).
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