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LG G3 Spigen Slim Armor review


I hate to put cases on my beautiful new smartphones, it always seemed so awkward to me.  Sure, I understand that smartphones are expensive and break easily, but why should I cover up my brand new phone.  Someone at LG spent a lot of time and effort designing the G3, covering it up seems almost sacrilegious.  Well, after a few days with my new phone, I began to realize I had a problem.  The G3 is a wonder to behold, but can be slippery when trying to use it one handed.  After a near miss with a toilet bowl, I decided I needed to take some precautions.

I decided I needed a case that met three conditions:  It needed to add some grip, keep the slim profile of the G3 intact and look decent. There is certainly no shortage of cases out there and I quickly found a few that looked interesting.  There was the LG circle case, some OtterBox type cases and your typical hard plastic snap on jobs.  None of these suited my needs really: too big, no grip, ugly, etc.  Finally, I came across Spigen Slim Armor.  I quickly decided that this was the case for me.

The Spigen Slim Armor case is made of two pieces, a soft rubber in piece and a hard plastic outer shell.  The first piece is a grippy, rubber feeling inner sleeve that slips on right over your phone.  The second piece is made of hard plastic and snaps on over the soft inner core.  The soft inner piece adds grip and aids in shock absorption.  The hard plastic piece holds everything together, while adding a bit of armor.

Once the case is on it feels great.  It adds very little bulk to the G3 and provides a border of soft rubber that greatly enhances grip.  While it’s not as attractive as a naked G3, I’m happy with how it looks.  In the past I’ve used cases that make it impossible to attach headphones or charging cables.  The Slim Armor should fit just about any connector you can throw at it.  The 3.5mm connector on my RHA earbuds is pretty bulky, but fits with no problem.

The one complaint that I have, is that it takes a bit of effort to hit the volume buttons on the back of the G3, it would be nice if the cutout for the volume rocker tapered a bit.  This is a minor issue that I got over quickly, I actually came to appreciate the design because it eliminated accidental button presses.

After using this case for about a month, I feel confidant that it will stand up to most abuse.  My phone has survived a number of small drops and one big one.  While juggling my backpack, water bottle and other items, I dropped my phone as I got out of my SUV.  As I watched my phone fall to the pavement, screen first,  I was sure that my phone was done for.  When I picked it up, much to my amazement, there wasn’t a scratch on it.

As much as I hate to cover up my G3, I’m glad that I decided to purchase this case.  It offers great protection in a package that isn’t ugly or bulky.  If you pair your phone with a screen protector and Spigen Slim Armor your phone should be able to stand up to just about anything.  You can find Spigen Slim Armor on Amazon.  It fits a wide variety of phones and comes in a number of colors.  The case retails for about $25, but you can get it now for $17.99.

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Verizon: Moto X and Moto Maker due tomorrow, September 26


Verizon on Thursday confirmed the upcoming availability of the Moto X and the custom design tool known as Moto Maker. How soon, you ask? How about tomorrow, September 26. Indeed, you can head to a Verizon store and pick up the 16GB model in Black for $99 with a two-year service agreement. Or, you can save the gas and hassle and order one online, too.

For a limited time, Verizon is offering the White and Bamboo combination for $99.99 with the same requisite contract. If you’re looking for a fully customized version of either model you can design yours at Moto Maker for $99 (16GB) and $149 (32GB).

A separate promotion sees Verizon giving customers who activate or upgrade to a new smartphone on a MORE Everything plans some extra data. Anyone who snags a plan with at least 1GB of data will get an extra 1GB of bonus data per month – for up to two years.


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New Moto Nexus details come to light with leaked render


Yesterday we reported a rumor from Android Authority that talked about the release dates of upcoming Nexus devices and Android L. The other day we discussed an article from WSJ outlining an upcoming tablet from HTC. Today, we bring to you an exclusive from 9to5Google giving details about the Moto Nexus device that’s been rumored about for months now.

They say that they can confirm that this device will indeed be a phablet with a huge 5.92″ screen, and essentially will look like a stretched out Moto X (2014). Other specs they give are a QHD screen (2560 X 1440, 498 PPI), a 3,200 mAh battery, a 13 MP camera with 4K UHD recording capabilities on the back, 2 MP on the front, a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and at least one storage option of 32 GB.

They do say while they are sure this is smartphone that will come out, they can’t necessarily say it’s not the only smartphone that will come from Google this year, and that there’s a likelihood that a 5.2″ device will come out.

Stay tuned as the release of these Nexus devices draws nearer, we’ll report any new details that emerge.

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Enter our ‘In The City’ sweepstakes and we’ll fly you to NYC for Expand!

So there’s this free Engadget Expand shindig happening November 7-8 at the Javits Center in New York City that you’ve probably heard about. We’ve announced a bunch of exciting speakers, including RJD2 and Arati Prabhakar (who heads up DARPA), and plenty more will be added soon. You’re super pumped and can’t wait to experience the future of technology, but don’t live anywhere near NYC. What’s someone like yourself to do?

Here’s where our “In The City” sweepstakes comes in. We’re going to fly one winner (maybe you!) and a guest (your girlfriend, boyfriend, court-appointed guardian, parole officer… whoever you want!) to the Big Apple, put you up in a delightful nearby hotel for three nights — all so that you can enjoy Engadget Expand in person.

We’re also giving away 10 Google Chromecasts, because if you can’t be in New York, you might as well sit on your couch in your underwear and enjoy the live feed from our stage.

First things first

Do you have a user profile on Engadget? If so, there’s a way you can earn more entries in this sweepstakes. Create a profile and fill up your “Gadget list” (like the one above) with at least 5 gadgets you had, have or want. Then, enter your username in the entry form below and we’ll give you 5 bonus entries. (Of course, if you’ve already done this, you’ll still get the extras — this isn’t only for noobs).

Let’s talk

If you’ve seen our “Sound Off” and “Feedback Loop” posts, you likely know all about our forums. They’re a great way to talk about the technology issues you’re passionate about with your fellow Engadget readers. Start a discussion and we’ll give you 5 more bonus entries. (A recent one you’ve posted will count too). You’ll need to add the URL of the post into the entry form below in order to receive credit for the bonus.

How to Enter

You have until 11:59PM ET on Tuesday, October 7th to enter using the Rafflecopter entry form / widget below. By entering the sweepstakes, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the official rules (so make sure you review them before you enter — and we’re sorry, but this is only open to residents of the 48 contiguous United States). Good luck!

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iRig Pads offers multicolored MIDI control for iOS and more

It’s no secret that we’re fans of handy audio gear here at Engadget, and if you’re looking to kick off that DJ habit, IK Multimedia may have a compact option for you. The company’s new iRig Pads brings a 4 x 4 grid of multihued touchpads (as the name suggests) for MIDI control of iOS, Mac and PC apps. Those 16 rubber pads are also pressure sensitive while flashing red, green and orange. What’s more, a smattering of buttons and a slider are programmable to handle custom presets alongside onboard edit controls. At less than an inch thick, the outfit says it’s the smallest of its kind available at the moment, and it grabs power from whatever device it’s tethered to via either a Lightning or USB cable. As you might expect, this latest iRig offering plays nice with IK Multimedia’s suite of audio apps (SampleTank, DJ Rig, etc.) as well as popular MIDI-friendly options like Ableton Live, GarageBand and more. If you’re itchin’ to start composing those trance grooves, the gadget is now shipping worldwide with a $150/€120 price tag.

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Amazon’s latest free Android app bundle includes a $59 dictionary

Amazon sure loves giving away free apps, and today sees the start of its third Appstore promotion in almost as many months. If you’re not following, Amazon’s Android Appstore already offers a different piece of paid software for free each day. Lately, though, it’s been discounting collections of apps for a limited time, like with the new “work, play & watch” bundle. In total, there are 27 apps worth around $135/£100 up for grabs until September 27th (this Saturday). It’s not the most attractive buffet, but Riptide GP2, SketchBook Pro and the Swype keyboard are notable inclusions, with the most expensive being OfficeSuite Professional 7 (usually $14.99/£9.36) and the latest edition Merriam-Webster dictionary (normally $59/£34.44). Anyway, you may as well check out the full selection in case you spot anything you like; and remember, Amazon’s Appstore isn’t just available on its own hardware, but to anyone with an Android device and a few spare minutes.

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Phones4u comes clean about iPhone 6 preorder refunds: there won’t be any

Phones4u couldn’t have folded at a worse time. The upcoming expiration of reseller contracts forced the company into administration earlier this month, three days after it opened up preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While hard-up employees are finding new homes and empty stores new owners, customers who were eager for Apple’s newest aren’t so lucky. Today, in an email to iPhone 6 preorderers (that’s definitely a word) that laid down an upfront payment, Phones4u came clean about the refund process, or more accurately, the lack of one. You see, Phones4u previously stated it would refund any iPhone preorder payments it’d taken, which it probably wasn’t in a position to say since, you know, it’d gone into administration by that point.

Long-story-short, the email tells ex-customers there basically won’t be any refunds, and suggests they contact their credit card provider to dispute the charge. If news of this backtracking wasn’t enough, Phones4u sent the mass email out with all recipients’ addresses visible, inspiring more frustration and several reply-to-all gibes (Business Insider has a few of the emails). Perhaps Phones4u’s biggest blunder, however, was waiting to tell people. Since administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers took over, refunds were just as unlikely as they are now, and the page explaining as much has been live on PwC’s site for some time, if a little buried.

Anyone that can’t go to a credit card company for help is pretty much out of luck, although there is another option that involves submitting a refund claim to PwC. The problem with that is there’s a high possibility it’ll be more trouble than it’s worth. A disclaimer on the claim page reads “Please note, given the level of secured liabilities, if there is any dividend to unsecured creditors, any payment if made at all, would not be for many months and is likely to be negligible.” In normal-speak, this means if you seek a refund, your request will join a long line of companies/individuals Phones4u owes money to as a priority. And considering the company’s just folded, there’s unlikely to be any left for you when all the larger debts have been squared away. Sadface.

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Samsung, HTC, BlackBerry, and Others Mock ‘Bendability’ of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus

Competition between mobile phone manufactures is fierce with handset companies using social media and other public platforms to call out their competitors. It’s not surprising then to see a wave of tweets and comments from big name companies like Samsung and HTC mocking Apple following its recent iPhone 6 Plus bending controversy.

LG and HTC were among the first to attack Apple, commenting on Twitter shortly after the #bendgate controversy began to escalate. At the same time, BlackBerry CEO John Chen mentioned the bending issue during the company’s launch of its new Passport handset, saying “I challenge you to bend the Passport,” reports CNET.

Samsung, Nokia Deutschland, and even candy maker and Android sponsor KitKat also joined in on the mockery, noting that their products don’t bend.

These social marketing efforts are a response to Apple’s controversy in which some iPhone 6 Plus users were accidentally bending their 5.5-inch handsets after placing them in their pockets. While the prevalence of the issue appears fairly low, photos of warped iPhone 6 Plus units spread like wildfire, with subsequent “bend test” videos showcasing how much the iPhone 6 Plus was susceptible to bending.

According to The Next Web, Apple reportedly is looking into the issue “with an insane amount of detail.” A support representative also confirmed Genius technicians may replace bent phones under warranty following a visual inspection. Such inspections typically reject bent iPhones for warranty coverage, however, and it is unclear how much latitude Geniuses will have with this issue.

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Dashlane Premium: Store and manage all of your passwords with military-grade encryption $49.99 [Deal of the Day]


Are you dealing with password fatigue? It’s at least once per day when I take pause at my keyboard and think to myself, “there’s gotta be a better way”. With dozens of passwords floating around in our heads for all sorts of sensitive information and access, it’s a wonder we aren’t constantly forgetting or locking ourselves out. 

Dashlane Premium eliminates all of the hassle by storing your each and every password with AES-256 encryption. It’s automatic form-filling works anywhere online and across all of your devices. On top of offering automatic cloud backup, Dashlane also keeps you aware of security threats or breaches on sites that have your password stored. If something’s been compromised, you’ll know. Normally priced at $100, AndroidGuys readers can now scoop up Dashlane Premium for just $49.99!

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LIMITED TIME PROMO: Amazon offering dozens of paid and premium apps for free


Looking to scoop up some quality Android apps and games but don’t want spend a penny? You’re in luck! Amazon is, for a limited time, offering more than two dozen titles for free in its Appstore. Available immediately, you can pick up the following apps or games. Worth well in excess of $135 for the lot, you’re advised to hop on and or all of them. Here’s what we found listed:

  • OfficeSuite Professional 7
  • Sonic 4 Episode II
  • Relax Melodies Premium
  • Riptide GP2
  • SketchBook Pro
  • Threes!
  • Swype Keyboard
  • Perfectly Clear
  • Knots 3D
  • Sworkit PRO
  • My Diet Coach – Pro
  • Quell Memento
  • mSecure
  • Genius Scan+
  • City Maps 2Go Pro
  • Alarm Clock+
  • Another World
  • Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden
  • Mahjong Artifacts
  • Heroes of Steel RPG
  • Paper Camera
  • Schedule Planner PRO
  • MetaMoJi Note
  • PrinterShare Mobile Print
  • Earth & Moon in HD Gyro 3D PRO
  • Merriam-Webster’s Third New International Pro Dictionary
  • Air Harp

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