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Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 Review



The Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 is a 8-inch Android tablet with a premium metal back and 1080P display that shoppers need to look at when buying an Android tablet with 4G LTE connectivity.

Thanks to the metal back and nice build quality we called the LG G Pad 8.3 an Android iPad mini competitor in our full LG G Pad 8.3 review. The iPad mini with Retina display is a better tablet for iPhone owners, but it is also double the price. This puts the LG G Pad 8.3 in competition with the Nexus 7 LTE, more than the iPad mini with Retina.

Shoppers can buy the Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 for $199 on contract or $299 off contract. If you don’t plan to upgrade to a new tablet in the ext two years the $199 option is a decent deal, but if you can afford the higher off-contract price it is ultimately a better deal.

Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 Display

The Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 features features an 8.3-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, like most HDTVs. Overall the display is nice to look at and delivers a good user experience for binge-watching on Hulu Plus or watching an HD movie from Google Play.

The LG G Pad 8.3 display is good, but not as bright as the competition.

The LG G Pad 8.3 display is good, but not as bright as the competition.

The display is not as bright as the Nexus 7 or the iPad mini with Retina display, both of which are also available on Verizon Wireless. The display isn’t too dark to use or enjoy, but ultimately a brighter screen would be better.

Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 Design

LG took notes from the iPad mini and opted for a metal back that feels and looks great. The aluminum back curves up to the edges on the left and right, but LG includes plastic at the top and bottom of the tablet, likely for better WiFi and 4G LTE connectivity.

The LG G Pad 8.3 and the iPad mini offer metal backs, while the Nexus 7 is plastic.

The LG G Pad 8.3 and the iPad mini offer metal backs, while the Nexus 7 is plastic.

The LG G Pad 8.3 is slightly taller and narrower than the iPad mini with Retina display. It is slightly taller and wider than the Verizon Nexus 7 LTE. Overall the size is just right to fit in a large coat pocket, hoodie pocket or small bag; but it’s not as easy to slide into the pocket of a p[air of jeans for a quick trip.


Users can add storage with a Micro SD card slot on the edge. There are stereo speakers on the back of the device that deliver quality sound, though it would be nice to see the speakers on the front of the device.

Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 Performance and Connectivity

When it comes to using the LG G Pad to surf the web using Chrome or play games from Google Play things are smooth, but there are some areas where LG’s software and the older version of Android get in the way.

Tap twice on the display to wake the tablet up without hunting for a power button. Unlocking the tablet and switching between home screens is quick and fluid. Switching apps is pretty quick, though holding the home button to access multitasking is a bit slow. When launching LG apps like alarm and voice recorder the app screen loads fast but there is an odd lag of a second or two before the app actually loads enough to actually use.

It is possible these issues come from the older version of Android that LG includes on the G Pad 8.3. Google is up to Android 4.4.2 and with the past two major upgrades Google focused on performance. There is a LG G Pad 8.3 Android 4.4 update in the works in Korea, but no official word on a Verizon model. Traditionally LTE tablets on carriers see updates well after a WiFi update.

The Verizon LG G Pad 4G LTE works well where signals are strong.

The Verizon LG G Pad 4G LTE works well where signals are strong.

The LTE connectivity on the Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 performs well in areas with good coverage. Unfortunately the Verizon 4G LTE coverage is nearly unusable in my neighborhood, resulting in download speeds of .22 Mbps and .50 Mbps upload speeds while near my house. Thankfully the WiFi connectivity is easy to count on at home, resulting in fast and reliable speeds. Traveling four blocks away, with a full 4G LTE signal the G Pad 8.3 delivers the fast 7 to 12Mbps down and 3 to 8Mbps up speeds that Verizon is capable of delivering.

There is a remote control app and an IR blaster that lets me control a HDTV and other home theater components with the tablet, which is a nice touch not found on the Nexus 7 or the iPad mini with Retina display.

I wouldn’t plan on using the LG G Pad 8.3 to take a lot of photos, but the rear facing 5MP camera performs well for the scanning documents into the tablet and with enough light can deliver a photo that is good enough for Facebook. The front facing 1.3MP camera will suffice for video conferences.

Read: LG G Pad 8.3 vs iPad mini Retina

The Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 is a good tablet with a few areas where users will need to accept tradeoffs for the lower price. The G Pad 8.3 is leaps and bounds above cheap Android tablets that shoppers will find in big box stores and places like Walmart, but it is not that much more expensive than those tablets.

If you prefer an Android tablet and you are shopping with a budget the LG G Pad 8.3 is a solid choice for users that want a metal back and a larger screen than the Nexus 7 and who are willing to live with a slightly dimmer display and older software.

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Android 10: When Will My Phone Get the Update?



The big Android 10 update is still slowly but surely hitting more and more phones as 2020 continues, and it’s coming to your device soon if you didn’t get it already. With all the neat new controls and features, you’re probably wondering “will my phone get Android 10?” or “when will my phone get the Android 10 update?”

There’s usually a big delay from when Google releases new Android software to when something like a Samsung Galaxy or LG phone actually gets this new software. Samsung delivered updates pretty fast this time around, while others like LG and Motorola continue to struggle.

Here’s what to expect from all the biggest brands and when you might get the Android 10 update on your device.

Google Pixel Android 10 Updates

As expected, we’re starting with Google’s very own Pixel phones. Earlier this year the company confirmed every Pixel phone they’ve ever made will get the update, and they did. All Pixel devices got Android 10 in September of 2019, even the awesome budget-friendly Pixel 3a family.

Android 10 arrived on September 3rd, and my Pixel 3 got it within an hour of the launch. They’re the first phones to enjoy the new software. You can even try the Android 11 Dev preview right now if you have a Pixel, but we recommend waiting for the public beta.

Samsung Galaxy Android 10 Updates

The most important update for most people in the US is the Samsung Galaxy Android 10 update. Due to the fact that they’re the most popular phones. Over the last year or two they’ve gotten faster, and thanks to a long Android 10 “Q” beta that started in March of 2019, Samsung released Android 10 and One UI 2.0 faster than any previous update.

In fact, they started the Galaxy S10 Android 10 beta in early October and released 8 previews before quickly delivering the final version. We saw devices around the globe get Android 10 in November, and then US models in December. It took Samsung less than four months, which is faster than usual. They updated the previous generation faster this year, too.

  • Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra all shipped already running Android 10 (and One UI 2.1)
  • Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and S10e (global release in December, US rollout as of Dec 16th)
  • Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+ (January 2nd)
  • Galaxy Note 9 (released in late Jan, early February 2020)(Some got it in March)
  • Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ (released in late Jan, early February 2020)
  • Galaxy S8 and S8+ (Maybe)

Obviously there are several other Samsung Android devices from the Galaxy A series, tablets, to the older Galaxy Note 8 that should, could or might get Android 10 as well. Unfortunately, we don’t have a roadmap or any solid leaks to go by. So, instead, we simply listed the most important and most recent flagship devices above.

Expect ANY Samsung phone released within the last 18 months to get Android 10, as that’s part of the contract they sign with Google to use Android. Here’s a look at what’s coming or already available on your phone. This is a quick video of Android 10 (One UI 2.0) on Samsung devices. Plus, it looks like we’ll get One UI 2.1 sometime in the near future, too.

If you have Samsung’s best phone from the last 2 years you’re already enjoying Android 10. Then, for those with older or budget models, stay tuned for more information in the near future. That, or just buy the sweet new Galaxy S20.

Essential Phone Android 10 Update

Android’s co-founder Andy Rubin went off and made a new smartphone company. They struggled, and will never make another flagship phone, but the Essential PH-1 is still pretty good. Plus, it gets software updates faster than any other phone on the market, aside from Google’s own Pixel phones.

The Essential Phone received Android 10 on September 3rd the same day it was released for a select few, then everyone else started getting Android 10 on September 13th. It was the first non-Pixel update.

OnePlus Android 10 Updates

A big selling point for OnePlus is fast updates and a clean, fast, nearly stock Android experience. And, over the past 2-3 years they’ve delivered exactly that. OnePlus devices were one of the first to try Android 10, they beat Samsung to releasing it, and are far far ahead of brands like LG.

Almost every major OnePlus phone already has Android 10, and they continue to be one of the best in the industry. Here’s a list of the devices that will get it or already did, starting with the OnePlus 7/7T which was first in line. Then, the 7T family launched with Android 10.

  • OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T, OnePlus 7T Pro (Already on 10)
  • OnePlus 7 Pro 5G (Arrived Late February)
  • OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T (Delivered in early November, re-released in January)
  • OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5T (coming in May)

Remember, companies only have to offer support and updates for 18 months, and those with a OnePlus 3 were lucky to get Android 9 Pie. Just don’t expect a device that old to see the 10th version of Android. However, they quickly delivered it for the OnePlus 6, and promised it for the older OnePlus 5, which is good news.

LG Android 10 Updates

Like Samsung, LG covers Android in a custom skin which makes updates cost more and take longer to complete. And, unfortunately, LG continues to get worse and worse in this department. Most LG Android Pie updates arrived several months after Samsung, 6-8 months after OnePlus, and a few took 11-12 months to arrive. In fact, some LG phones are now an entire year behind and still haven’t got Android 9 Pie, which is ridiculous.

That said, they have delivered Android 10 to a few devices, and we’re expecting more before spring and summer.

  • LG G8 ThinQ (Available around the globe, in the US, and unlocked models)
  • LG G7 ThinQ, G7 variants (Released in select regions)
  • LG V50 (Available in Korea and some areas, Sprint V50 got it)
  • LG V40 (Expected in Q2 2020)
  • LG V30/35 is a maybe
  • LG Q7

Remember, this list is unconfirmed but we’ll update it with more information as it becomes available. Basically, any phone released within the last 12-18 months by LG should get Android 10 eventually. Select older devices might get it too, like the LG G6, Stylo 5, & other budget devices. We’ll have to wait and see. LG Italia recently shared an update roadmap, but it didn’t tell us much.

Huawei Android 10 Updates

Despite some recent trouble with governments, Huawei is still one of the biggest and most popular smartphone manufacturers on the planet. And while we know they’re working on HarmonyOS to replace Android, they recently confirmed plenty of details about upcoming Huawei Android 10 updates. We’ve seen EMUI 10 hit several high-end models, but the entire situation around Huawei is still ongoing, and unsure.

Huawei makes so many phones in the high-end flagship category that competes with the Galaxy S10 or iPhone Xs, all the way to budget devices. Then, they have a secondary sister brand, Honor, with more excellent mid-range phones. This is just the shortlist, and we’re probably missing a few that will absolutely get Android 10.

We don’t know when, but a few updates started in December, even more arrived in January for high-end models like the P20, but with all the government drama we’re not sure what else is coming. Expect more updates around the globe during the next 2-3 months and this Spring.

Motorola Android 10 Updates

A few years ago Motorola woulda been at the top of this list, quickly updating devices to the latest version of Android. Sadly, those days are long gone. And while they’re still fairly quick to updates, we don’t have too much information yet to share.

Motorola recently started the Moto G7 Android 10 update, which is its most popular budget phone, but there are several different versions of that phone in regions all around the globe, making it difficult to track what device where is getting Android 10. Then, in early March we finally saw the first “flagship” Moto phone get Android 10, with the Moto Z4 up next. We’re expecting more to follow in the coming months.

  • Moto Z4 (Started March 10th)
  • Moto Z3,  Z3 Play
  • Moto G7, G7 Power, G7 Play, G7 Plus (G7 got it first, G7 Plus followed in the US)
  • Moto E6
  • Motorola One, One Power, One Action (beta hit the Moto One Power)
  • Moto X4 Android One
  • Moto G6 (maybe)

For what it’s worth, in the summer of 2019 nearly a year after Android 9 Pie came out, Motorola canceled the Moto Z2 Force update for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint models of the phone. The phone wasn’t even 2 years old, and they only pushed Pie out to the Verizon edition. So don’t expect updates to the Z2 at all, and we’re already worried about the Z3 getting Android 10.

However, we think most of the devices on our list above should see updates sometime within the first 3-5 months of 2020. The only exception is the Motorola One lineup, which is guaranteed Android 10, and a few of those got it already.

Nokia Android 10 Updates

Nokia might not be the powerhouse they once were, but they actually make excellent affordable Android smartphones that ALWAYS get software updates. In fact, they just received an award for being the #1 phone brand globally for software updates and security. Realistically though, they haven’t been around long enough to have to choose whether or not they want to spend money and resources to update an older phone.

The Nokia reboot is still new, but they’re already off to a great start with Android 10. Here’s the full breakdown.

  • Nokia 7.1, Nokia 8.1, Nokia 9 Pureview (rolling out now)
  • Nokia 7 Plus (January)
  • Nokia 8 Sirocco (January)
  • Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6.1 Plus (done)
  • Nokia 6.2 and 7.2 (coming soon)
  • Nokia 5.1, 5.1 Plus (coming in March)
  • Nokia 4.2
  • Nokia 3.2, Nokia 3.1, 3.1 Plus, Nokia 2.2, Nokia 2.1 (got it in March or early April)
  • Nokia 1, 1 Plus

HDM Global delivered three major Android 10 updates before the end of the year, several within the first few months of 2020, and plan on offering even more updates before Q2 ends. It’s only March, and they’ve updated almost every phone they offer.

This is impressive, and we’re hoping they stick to that roadmap.

Sony, HTC and Other Android 10 Updates

Unfortunately, brands like HTC just don’t deserve a full breakdown, as they’re not really trying too hard anymore. There are several other important brands that will release Android 10 to some devices, at some point, and a few might even surprise you with quick releases. Here’s another list of a few we think are worth mentioning.

  • HTC U12, U12+ (who knows what else)
  • HTC U11 just got Android 9 Pie (in December 2019, lol)
  • Sony Xperia XZ2, XZ3, and most variants (Started in February, but delayed)
  • ASUS ROG Phone, ROG 2 (coming soon)
  • ZTE Axon 9 Pro (ZTE updates should start in 2019)
  • BlackBerry KEY 2, KEY 2 LE
  • Vivo NEX S, NEX A, X27
  • Oppo Reno models (open beta)
  • Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi Mix 3
  • RealMe 3 Pro
  • etc

This list could go on and on, but we wanted to focus mostly on the bigger high-end brands, US models, and popular phones for the masses. That said, several other incredible devices like the Vivo NEX S, Razer Phone 2 or budget RealMe phones should see Android 10 in the next month or two if they didn’t get it already.

Honestly, Android 10 is no longer new, as it got released over eight months ago. At this point, in my opinion, every major brand should have already made announcements, released timeframes, or already delivered the update. We shouldn’t be hearing about betas just starting or a companies first few Android 10 updates in April of 2020, as that’s too late.

At the same time, the main brands like Samsung, Google, and OnePlus all delivered update before the end of the year and even more in January/Feb, so things are trending in the right (and faster) direction lately.

For now, enjoy Android 10 on your Pixel, OnePlus, Samsung, Essential and select LG or Motorola phones and a few others, join betas if they’re available, or check back often to see if your device gets added to the list. If you are using Android 10, here’s a guide for any potential problems. Then, now that Google released the first Android 11 Developer Preview in February, expect an official Android 11 beta in early April for a few dozen phones.

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Best Android Phones Under $200 (2020)



These are the best Android phones under $200 available so far in 2020. Our list suggests several cheap Android phones that are perfect for people on a budget. You don’t need to sign a 2-year contract or spend $800+ for a good experience, so here are some affordable phones we can comfortably recommend.

With expensive phones like the Galaxy Note 10 and Pixel 4 XL heavily advertised sometimes buyers forget about cheaper options. If you haven’t been paying attention you won’t know what’s good or what to buy. Plus, it’s pretty hard to get under $200 and still be happy with your choice. That’s where we come in and show you the cheaper side of Android.

Finding a great Android phone is really easy, but finding a good phone that’s also cheap, isn’t. There are dozens of cheap budget smartphones with awful screens, poor performance, outdated software, and terrible battery life. That’s what we want to help you avoid. Motorola continues to lead the market with some of the best price/performance phones, but so does Nokia and a few other brands.

Best Android Phones Under $200

This is our shortlist of recommended phones, then read on for more details and links to buy one below. Additionally, if you can afford a little more we highly recommend Google’s Pixel 3a.

1. Samsung Galaxy A20

Buy it Now on Amazon for $150

For years Motorola dominated the budget Android phone market, but lately, Samsung has started offering great phones that deliver high-end looks at a wallet-friendly price. Perhaps the best phone on this list is the Samsung Galaxy A20, which came out near the end of the summer in 2019.

The first thing you’ll notice is the big, beautiful 6.4-inch HD AMOLED display. This phone packs a decent punch, has dual rear 13+5MP cameras, and a tiny little notch on the front that’s even smaller than the iPhone’s. If you watch a lot of movies or play games, this is a great option. Not to mention the 4,000 mAh battery inside so you can game for hours or the expandable storage for all your movies and music.

Something else we really like about this phone is the fact that it works with almost all US carriers — including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Some models only work on GSM (AT&T or T-Mobile) while others work everywhere.

2. Moto G7

Buy it Now on Amazon for $130 or from Motorola

Whenever you need a budget phone you should instantly check out the latest from the Moto G lineup. For years the Moto G has been one of the most popular budget Android phones. Right now, that’s the Moto G7, G7 Play, or G7 Power. Initially, the main Moto G7 came in for $249, but now you can find it for under $200 which makes it perfect for this list.

Along with the low price and a decent screen is amazing software. You get clean stock Android, somewhat fast updates, and some neat software add-ons that Motorola owners always seem to enjoy. My favorite is Moto Actions — where you can twist the phone quickly in your hand to launch the camera or swing it like an axe to fire up the camera. These are actually useful day-to-day and work even if the screen is off.

In 2019 Motorola worked closely with Amazon’s Alexa, for better or worse, and most of the G7 models have the power of Alexa readily at your fingertips. That said, you can always use the Google Assistant instead. Aside from that you’re getting a big 6.2-inch HD display, two cameras on the back, expandable storage, USB Type-C, a dedicated fingerprint scanner and it works with just about every carrier. The battery is only 3,000 mAh so keep that in mind if you game a lot.

3. Nokia 4.2

Buy it Now on Amazon for $159

Perhaps one of the best overall options is the newer Nokia 4.2 smartphone. Yes, Nokia is back and they make excellent phones with a guarantee of software updates. Something we can’t say about Motorola anymore.

While the screen is only 5.71-inches, not everyone wants a giant phone. The real benefits are the low price point and the software experience. The Nokia 4.2 is part of the Android One program, which ensures updates, and it already has Android 10. You’re also getting dual rear cameras, a tiny notch in the screen for the front-facing camera, expandable storage, a fingerprint scanner, and a dedicated Google Assistant button. It’s a nice little phone.

4. Samsung Galaxy A10e

Buy it Now on Amazon for $179

Our next recommendation is the Samsung Galaxy A10e, which is similar to the A20 but a little more affordable, newer, and it works on virtually every carrier in the US — even Verizon and Sprint.

Again, this phone looks like a far more expensive device than it really is, and that’s mostly thanks to the edge-to-edge 5.8-inch HD AMOLED display. Samsung also threw in 32GB of storage, microSD support up to 512GB for all your content, and a decent 8MP camera on the back. It’s also made of plastic on the back, not glass, so it’s very durable and won’t break the first time you drop it.

5. LG Stylo 5

Buy it Now from Amazon for $139 or Boost Mobile

LG still makes some pretty great budget phones and those include the LG Q7 and the newer LG Stylo 5. It’s basically a poor man’s Galaxy Note 10, and that’s ok. With the LG Stylo 5, you’re getting a big 6.25-inch Full HD display and a built-in stylus — which are the two stars of the show.

This phone has a powerful Snapdragon processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and microSD support up to 2TB. You can add plenty of storage and do just about anything with this phone. And while you only get a single 13MP rear camera it does have a physical fingerprint scanner button, the stylus, and Amazon Alexa built-in.

The LG Styl0 5 works with most carriers and you can even find it at a heavy discount from carriers like Metro and Boost Mobile. If you’re a busy professional or want to do more with your phone the stylus will really come in handy.

6. Moto G7 Play (With Alexa)

Buy it Now on Amazon for $169

We already recommended the Moto G7, but Motorola actually has a few different models and the Moto G7 Play is another excellent phone for under $200. And while the notch is way bigger than the Galaxy A10e or even the Moto G7, it has a few other features or aspects that might make you choose it over others on our list.

The biggest differences are the smaller 5.7-inch display and battery-efficient processor which allows for all-day battery life. If you don’t want a huge phone and want a device that is durable, works great and lasts plenty long, consider this over some of the flashier options. It works on every carrier from Verizon to Cricket, and it’s the cheapest of the Moto G7 lineup.

7. Xiaomi Mi A3

Buy it Now on Amazon for $190

Xiaomi might not be a household name in the United States, but they’re one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers outside of America and in places like India. They even stole a Google/Android VP to run the smartphone division for several years, and excellent phones like the Mi A3 were a result of that move.

Looking at this phone you’d never guess it’s only $175. It packs a vibrant 6-inch AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint scanner like the Galaxy Note 10. There’s a tiny notch at the top for the front-facing camera, then three capable cameras on the back. There’s also a Snapdragon processor inside with 64GB of storage, face ID unlock features and a big 4,030 mAh battery. The downside is it only works with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile.

8. Nokia 2.2

Buy it Now on Amazon for $110

If you’re really on a budget something like the Nokia 2.2 is a great option worth considering. It’s usually under $120 but you will have to make some sacrifices to pay such a small premium. However, it doesn’t look like a cheapy phone either, so it’s a win-win, really.

The Nokia 2.2 is part of Google’s Android One initiative, so it’ll get Android 10 soon if it hasn’t already. Plus, it has a nice little 5.7-inch screen and a durable plastic design. It’s small, lightweight, durable, fast and affordable. There is only 32GB of storage and the camera probably isn’t great, but for the price, you can’t really complain. It’s a good little budget Android smartphone.

9. Redmi Note 8

Buy it Now on Amazon for $169

Over the last few years, Xiaomi has really started offering great budget phones, starting with the Redmi lineup. Near the end of 2019 they released the Xiaomi RedMi Note 8 and it’s one of the best Android smartphones for under $200. I mean, just look at it.

You’re getting a huge Samsung-style 6.3-inch AMOLED HD display that looks amazing and has a tiny little teardrop notch for the front-facing camera. There are almost no bezels anywhere, which means it’s not that big physically either and will be a joy to use. Then, around back, you’ll quickly notice a Quad-Camera setup. Yes, this has four rear cameras like the new Galaxy S20.

The Redmi Note 8 has a 48MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a macro telephoto zoom lens and more. It’s packing quite a bit in that sleek package, including 64GB of storage and a big 4,000 mAh battery. Buy this and love it.

Xiaomi offers an even bigger Redmi Note 8 Pro for around $230.

10. Moto e6

Buy it Now on Amazon for $139 or Motorola

Last but not least, we wanted to recommend the ultra-affordable Moto e6 for those on a really tight budget. This phone is only $119 and certainly has some compromises, but it’s still a nice little phone.

This little phone has a 5.5-inch 720p HD screen and a single rear camera that’ll be just good enough for social media. However, it’s small, portable, durable, lasts plenty long and it’s affordable. This is a great starter phone for young children or as someone’s first smartphone. It’s fairly updated with Android 9 Pie and should see Android 10 in 2020, has 16GB of storage, but does take a microSD card so you can expand the storage if necessary.

Our favorite part of this little phone is it’s globally unlocked and works for almost any and all carriers everywhere. Buy it for a vacation and don’t worry about losing it, or keep it as a backup. There are countless great reasons to get this phone. They even have a newer and bigger Moto e6 Plus in select regions for about $140.

Final Thoughts

You really don’t need to spend a ton of money on a smartphone these days, at least if you don’t want to. Just a few years ago $200 got you a terrible phone with outdated software, low-resolution screens, and single rear cameras. Now, you can get highly capable devices with in-display fingerprint sensors and beautiful edge-to-edge screens like the latest $1,000 Samsung Galaxy or iPhone.

Throughout 2020 you’ll be quite surprised by just how much you can get for $200, and we’ll be seeing more great budget phones as the year moves ahead. For now, consider that Samsung Galaxy A10e or something like the Nokia 4.2 as they’re both excellent phones that work on any carrier. MetroPCS even has a 6.7-inch Alcatel phone for just $189. You have a lot of options.

In closing, you’ll be happy with any of these phones. And while everything on our list is certainly worth checking out, as are a few others we left off, to keep things short and sweet recommend the Galaxy, Nokia or Moto G7 ahead of the rest.

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Best External Monitors for Your MacBook Pro



These are the best monitors for your MacBook Pro. Whether you just started working from home or simply want to upgrade your productivity, adding an external monitor is something we recommend. You can quickly turn your MacBook Air into an entire work station or just enjoy a larger screen experience.

The displays below will work with all the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models from 2016 and beyond thanks to USB Type-C or Displayport.

The screen on Apple’s MacBook Pro is nice, but if you’re still using something like an older MacBook Pro 13-inch, you’ll want a bigger screen. I use a single 34-inch widescreen monitor instead of two monitors side-by-side, that way there aren’t any bezels in the way of my content. However, others might just want one huge screen so we’ve gathered some great options below.

Best Monitors for the MacBook Pro (2020)

1. LG UltraFine 4K Display (24 or 27-inch)

$699 at Apple

If you don’t want to just upgrade to a bigger device like the new MacBook Pro 16 your best bet is an external monitor like the LG UltraFine 4K. Which, by the way, is the display that Apple recommends you pair with your Mac. With a 3840 x  2160 4K resolution your photos, videos, or games will come to life.

This monitor comes with a Thunderbolt 3 cable that provides up to 85W of charging power to your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, not to mention three USB-C ports. Additionally, there are two Thunderbolt ports you can use to hook-up a second screen so you have dual external monitors for your MacBook Pro. These screens have beautiful accurate colors, great sound, but they’re not cheap. If you want to go even bigger, Apple and LG offer a 27-inch 5K UltraFine monitor if you’d like.

2. Lenovo L24i IPS Display (24-inch)

$165 at Amazon

The Lenovo L24i is an elegant, affordable, and slim monitor you can easily put almost anywhere to expand the desktop real estate of your MacBook. This is perfect for those that have limited space or a limited budget, yet don’t want to compromise too much. It still gives you a large 23.8-inch IPS monitor, but it’s only 1080p HD at this price point. However, the IPS panel should deliver accurate colors, great viewing angles, and it’ll even be good for gamers with a 4ms response rate.

Or, you could just get a 27-inch iMac and call it a day.

3. LG 34UM69G-B Ultrawide IPS Monitor (34-inch)

$379 at Amazon

These days ultrawide monitors are all the rage and with good reason. They deliver tons of screen real estate that’s perfect for gaming or business users, all without taking a crazy amount of space up on your desk. And while I wish I waited for a fancy curved screen, the LG 34UM is the monitor I’m using to this day.

This is a big, wide, 34-inch Ultrawide IPS screen that looks simply stunning from any angle. I ditched my dual monitors turned upright into portrait mode, and oped for a widescreen and never looked back. You’ll love connecting this to your Mac thanks to HDMI, Displayport, USB-C and more. It’s a full-featured, fully wide monitor that won’t break the bank.

4. ViewSonic VG2755-2K Tilt USB-C Monitor (27-inch)

$350 at Amazon

If you’re looking for an external monitor for your MacBook that’s the perfect middle ground of size, specs, and price this ViewSonic is for you. The ViewSonic VG2755 packs a decently large 27-inch 2k resolution screen and it’s under $400. It’s not too big, not too small, and still has a high resolution. You’re getting USB 3.1, USB-C, HDMI and DisplayPort options, so it’s highly versatile. Plus, it has a 40-degree tilt option that’ll help with ergonomics making it perfect for your office, or working from home.

5. Dell U3419w Ultrasharp Curved Monitor (34-inch)

$877 at Amazon

Dell makes some of the best monitors around, and if you love the idea of the ultrawide screen from LG but want something that’s better quality for work AND play, get this. The Dell U3419 is a fully curved 34-inch Ultrawide screen that’s part of the Dell high-end “Ultrasharp” family of displays. Better yer, the U3419 has a USB-C out that delivers 90w of power, that way you can fully charge your MacBook safely right from the monitor and cut down on unnecessary cables.

It’s still an IPS display, so everything looks great, but the curve helps deliver better viewing angles, sharp crisp colors, less glare, and is just better overall. If you can afford you’ll love everything this display has to offer.

6. Samsung 850 4K Series Work Monitor (28-inch)

$399 at Amazon

We can’t recommend a display for your MacBook without suggesting at least one Samsung. The company has a premium 850-series monitor that’s built for business users and will pair great with any Mac. The Samsung 850 packs a stunning 4k UHD resolution, USB-C, and tons of connectivity options. It even works with VESA mounts, too, if you want to buy more than one.

Not only does the Samsung 850 has a USB hub with HDMI, DisplayPort, and Mini DisplayPort inputs for peripherals and accessories, but we love the rotate function. This monitor works regularly, but can also turn completely up/down in portrait mode, perfect for reading documents. If you scroll a lot and don’t need a widescreen, give this a try. It’s also one of the best TAA compliant monitors for the Mac.

7. LG 34WL85C Curved Ultrawide IPS Display (34-inch)

$796 at B&H Video or Amazon

Last but not least we wanted to recommend one more awesome ultrawide monitor, and this is the one I wish I waited for myself. The LG 34WL85C is a little more than LG’s other ultrawide screens, but that’s because this has a curved screen, tilt, and HDR10 with a beautiful 3440 x 1440 resolution. The edges wrap around your field of view delivering the best colors and picture quality, plus reduces glare all at the same time. It’s truly a wonderful monitor for gaming or doing heavy video editing.

LG added a neat Reading Mode for heavy workdays to go easy on your eyes, not to mention a “Black Stabilizer” option for when you switch from work to play and start watching Netflix movies with dark scenes. Basically, it can do a little bit of everything and it looks great doing it. Get this monitor for your Mac and enjoy all that it has to offer. Or, if money is no object try this 38-inch curved widescreen display.

In closing, find a monitor size, specs, and features that are right for you. If you plan on using your MacBook and the extended monitor for work or video editing, get a good IPS screen with great colors. If you’re a college student that wants to game and enjoy movies, that cheap LG widescreen would be a great choice. Choose what’s right for you and your budget.

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7 Reasons to Wait for the LG G9 & 4 Reasons Not to



You probably have your eyes on the Pixel 4 XL, LG V60, or Samsung’s new Galaxy S20, but some of you might be better off waiting for the new LG G9 that’s on the way and here’s why.

The LG G8x is a neat phone with a second screen add-on and the company offers several budget devices for fans. If you’re looking for a new phone in early 2020 they’re all good choices. That said, waiting a few months could pay off big.

Unfortunately, the G8 and even the LG V50 offered marginal changes, average battery life, and didn’t quite compete with the Galaxy S10 in 2019. LG could look to change that and start this new decade off strong.

So, if the fancy phones available right now with in-display cameras or crazy 3D gesture controls aren’t what you want, or too small of an upgrade over the LG G7 or your current LG phone, here are a few reasons why you should wait for the LG G9 ThinQ 5G, or why maybe you shouldn’t.

LG G9 Rumors, News & Speculation

As you probably know, LG is already working on a brand new G9 for 2020. One that’ll pack a huge screen, tons of cameras and 5G speeds. And while the phone is still a few months away, we’re already starting to hear talk of a 4K screen, tear-drop notch, quad rear cameras, and other rumors. Plus, we just got our first unofficial photos and video based on leaked blueprints.

Unfortunately, that leak also suggests the LG G9 will still have a notch in the screen, yet did away with the facial scanning and gesture control 3D cameras from the G8. However, it does appear to still have a 3.5mm headphone jack — basically the last of its kind — and a few other noteworthy features like the entire screen doubling as one big speaker.

We could also be getting an in-display fingerprint sensor, a powerful periscope camera on the back as part of the quad-camera array, and a 4K screen. Reports claimed the G8 last year would pack not a 3K, but a 4K screen, sadly that never happened. So, 2020 might be the year LG finally delivers its groundbreaking new screen tech. Although, we are hearing LG won’t use the best and fastest processor, and instead a budget Snapdragon 765 to keep the price down. And honestly, that might be a good thing here in 2020.

Plus, LG recently put the “turnaround expert” from its highly successful TV division in charge of mobile, and now that he’s had time to work on products we could be in for some exciting changes. Either way, there are some very tempting phones available right now, and in this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to wait for LG’s G9 ThinQ or why you shouldn’t wait and look elsewhere today.

Wait For a Bigger, Better LG G9

The big LG V50 and its five total cameras is nothing to shrug off. It's a highly capable phone packed with 5G and likely the best device we've ever seen from LG. Well, aside from maybe the new LG V60 that just hit shelves. 

It offers excellent performance, a huge vibrant display, double the storage, and a trio of high-end cameras on the back, not to mention two more up front. It's a great phone anyone would love, even with the large notch in the screen, but some of you might want to hold off for what's coming next.

We don't have a full spec sheet yet, but you can expect the company to make significant upgrades that follow the path of Samsung, Apple, OnePlus and more. 

The LG G9 could be a bigger, better, smarter, faster LG V50/60. It looks like we're getting a bigger 6.7 or 6.9-inch screen, which is a first for LG, considering the G series always has a smaller screen than we expect. Then, they use the V-series later in the year for the bigger screen size.

But with the iPhone 11, iPhone 2020, and the upcoming Galaxy S11 all having massive screens, LG can't deliver a small 6.2-inch LG G9 if they want to compete. So, we think it'll be bigger, and recent leaks suggest exactly that. The video below shows a phone that's apparently 6.7-inches in size.

We wanted to see no notch, or an in-screen front camera, but instead it looks like LG is sticking with 2018 and 2019 tech and using the teardrop notch for the front camera. If you hate the cutout idea, with a hole in your screen, the G9 and its teardrop notch might be perfect. 

We'll get a new processor (Snapdragon 865) with improved performance and gaming, better battery life, Android 10, and great speakers. Yes, they'll return the sound-on display technology

Update: New reports suggest LG will use the Snapdragon 765G with 5G, which is almost as powerful, better on battery life, and more affordable. This will keep the LG G9 under $800, making it one of the best 5G phones coming this summer. We'll have to wait and stay tuned for more details. 

If you aren't thrilled with the LG G8 or V50 design, like me, just know that something better could be coming this year. There's no way things stay the same, especially with what we're seeing from the rest of the competition. Then again, we thought the same thing last year and LG disappointed. 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus vs LG V60: Which One to Buy?



With the Samsung Galaxy S20+ readily available and the LG V60 here to take it on buyers have a tough choice to make. This year phones are bigger, better and faster than ever before, and these are two of your best options so far in 2020.

In this Galaxy S20+ vs LG V60 ThinQ comparison, we’ll go over everything you need to know about both and how the specs, features, and cameras compare to help you choose your next phone.

Samsung just released three different versions of the Galaxy S20, and this year LG is offering the V60 in March instead of near the end of the year, giving buyers two flagship phones with a lot to offer. And while this makes the choice more difficult, it’s always better to have options, and now you have several screen sizes and price points to choose from.

Galaxy S20+ vs LG V60 ThinQ: Specifications

 Galaxy S20+LG V60 ThinQ
Screen Size6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED6.8-inch P-OLED
Screen Resolution3200 x 1440 & 120Hz2460 x 1080 & 60 Hz
Storage & RAM128GB & 12GB RAM128GB & 8GB RAM
ProcessorSnapdragon 865 or Exynos 995Snapdragon 865
Cameras12MP main, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultra-wide lens, ToF64MP main, 13MP wide-angle lens, ToF sensor
Front Camera10 Megapixel10 Megapixel
SoftwareAndroid 10 (One UI 2.0)Android 10
Battery Size4,500 mAh5,000 mAh
Charging & Wireless Charging25w Fast Charge & Fast Wireless ChargingQuick Charge 4.0 & Fast Wireless Charging
Fingerprint SensorUltrasonic In-Display SensorOptical In-Display Sensor
MicroSD ExpansionYesYes
Other DetailsUSB Type-C, WiFi 6, 5G, Dual Stereo Sound, IP68 Water ResistantUSB Type-C, WiFi 6, 5G, Hi-Fi Quad DAC sound, IP68 Water Resistance
Price$1,199TBA (Expected $949)

Surprisingly enough, these two phones are very similar across the board but there are a few differences you’ll want to absolutely pay attention to. They’re very similar under the hood and in terms of the overall look, although the V60 looks more like a Galaxy S10+ than the new Galaxy S20+.

They both have a similar screen size, and the LG V60 actually sits right between the Galaxy S20+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Both phones have plenty of power thanks to the latest Qualcomm processor that delivers a smooth user interface, video streaming, or gaming experiences. They both have plenty of storage, lots of RAM, and optional upgrades. The Galaxy S20 comes with 128GB of storage, which is more than enough for most along with 12GB of RAM, which is overkill for a phone.

Likely to keep the price down the LG V60 only comes with 8GB of RAM, which is plenty, along with 128GB of storage and a massive 5,000 mAh battery. The V60 has a headphone jack, too. Honestly, that big battery is likely one of the most important aspects of this phone, and will make you seriously want to consider it over the Galaxy S20+.

This is the LG V60 ThinQ 5G

LG isn’t using a Quad-HD screen or a high refresh rate. And while some will consider that a con, as it’s not as good as the S20, you’ll get substantially better battery life as a result.

The biggest differences between these phones will be the camera experience, where Samsung usually wins, the screen, and then the software. So, we’ll break down those areas with a few more details for potential buyers.

Galaxy S20+ vs LG V60: Design & Display

Last year LG added a ton of sensors at the top of the phone and added a notch like Apple. Thankfully, this year they ditched that completely and the only thing stopping it from being an edge-to-edge display is a tiny circle for the front camera — just like Samsung. However, Samsung has a cutout for the camera while LG added a circle teardrop notch up top.

  • Galaxy S20 Plus: 6.7-inch Quad-HD Display – 120Hz
  • LG V60 ThinQ: 6.8-inch 1080p HD Display – 60Hz
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra: 6.9-inch quad-HD Display – 120Hz

Just like they’ve done for several years, LG chose a screen size that fits perfectly between two of Samsung’s main options. That way buyers have an option if one is too big and the other one is too small. That said, 6.8-inches is the biggest we’ve seen LG offer in a while, so no matter which phone you choose you’ll have to get used to a massive screen.

Samsung is using an all-new screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, where the screen refreshes 120 times per second. Users will notice devices feel faster, more smooth, and more responsive thanks to this technology. We expected at least a 90Hz panel from LG, but we didn’t get one. It’s also only a 1080p screen which some people won’t like.

Honestly, I don’t mind the 1080p resolution or the 60Hz panel, as that will ensure excellent performance and truly all-day battery life with the LG V60. I’m pretty confident it’ll absolutely last longer than the Galaxy S20.

LG’s popular second screen case accessory will come with every LG V60, too, which gives you a secondary 6.8-inch screen to mess with when you want. So, while it’s a 6.8-inch phone you can easily turn it into a 14-inch tablet whenever you want. That’s pretty neat, right?

Samsung once again has an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor inside the screen, the same style as its previous phones. LG finally adopted this technology on the V60, although they’ll be using an optical (camera) fingerprint sensor inside the screen. This takes a photo up through the screen to confirm your identity. Both types have pros and cons in terms of speed and accuracy.

Both phones have curved glass displays, a metal frame, and glass covering the back too. Both phones will be quite fragile and you’ll want a case.

Galaxy S20+ vs LG V60: Cameras

Next, we want to briefly mention the cameras on both of these phones, as that will be the strong suit and selling point for many. Both the Galaxy S20 and the LG V60 have substantially upgraded cameras compared to previous years. That said, the LG V60 does NOT have a telephoto zoom lens, while Samsung actually went really big on zoom tech. If that’s important to you, skip the V60.

  • Galaxy S20+: 12MP main, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultra-wide lens, ToF lens (Depth of Field)
  • LG V60 ThinQ: 64MP main, 13MP Wide-angle, ToF lens (Depth of Field)

Again, two similar overall setups with a different approach. Samsung is using an upgraded yet similar main camera as previous models, which takes great photos. Then, they’ve updated the telephoto camera to something new that does 3-30x optical and digital zoom, and so far the results we’ve seen are excellent. Furthermore, that lens can take 8k video too.

Then, LG did the opposite and upgraded its main camera to 64MP, which will do Pixel-binning to deliver excellent 16MP photos when you just shoot regularly. Then, there’s a 13MP wide-angle lens that they’ve offered for several years along with a new ToF sensor to help with information gathering and depth-of-field.

Oddly enough, LG isn’t offering a telephoto zoom lens at all this year. They ditched that 4th sensor completely, while Samsung went all-out with a 5-30x zoom. Does a telephoto zoom lens matter to you?

If we had to guess, the Galaxy S20+ will be the better of the two, as Samsung typically leads the pack when it comes to camera performance. Plus, early reviews suggest the Galaxy S20 family has an amazingly capable camera setup.

Galaxy S20+ vs LG V60: Battery Life & Charging

If there’s one area the LG V60 will probably beat Samsung (aside from pricing) it’s on overall battery life. This year LG came out swinging and threw a massive 5,000 mAh battery inside the LG V60 ThinQ 5G. We think that might help it be the battery life champ in this new 5G world.

The LG V60 is only a hair bigger than the Galaxy S20+ but has a way bigger battery that doesn’t have to do nearly as much work. Yes, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 5,000 mAh battery also — but that phone packs a bigger higher resolution and refresh rate display — not to mention costs $1,400. LG’s V60 is only 1080p and still 60Hz, yet has a huge 5K battery. It’s really exciting.

Just know that higher refresh rates, 5G, and big bright screens all drain your battery.

  • Samsung Galaxy S20+: 4500 mAh (25w fast wired charging, fast wireless charging, reverse wireless charging)
  • LG V60: 5,000 mAh (Quick Charge 4.0, fast wireless charging, etc)

We won’t know more about battery life until we see just how much the big 120Hz screens and 5G speeds drain the battery on the Galaxy S20, but we have a feeling it’ll make a huge impact. That leaves the LG V60 to last longer than any of Samsung’s new phones, and easily get you through an entire workday.

Galaxy S20+ vs LG V60 ThinQ: 5G Connectivity

Another thing we need to briefly mention is 5G, simply because that’s the next big thing. We’ll keep this short and sweet.

Yes, both the Galaxy S20+ and the new LG V60 ThinQ have 5G built-in. They work on almost all major carriers in the United States and around the globe. If you’re interested in 5G both of these phones should be on your radar.

Release Date & Price

And finally, we want to talk about the release date and pricing for these phones. Obviously, when they’re available and how much are two very important topics — especially the pricing.

As you probably know, the Galaxy S20 family of phones are all super expensive. Samsung’s new phones came out in early March and are available everywhere as we speak. The LG V60 however, hits carriers in the United States near the end of March and starts at $799 without the second screen, and a little more with the neat accessory.

Here’s the pricing for the Galaxy S20 along with what we expect from LG.

See the difference here? The LG V60 is comparable to the Galaxy S20+ and sneaking up on the Ultra, yet will cost less than Samsung’s cheapest regular Galaxy S20. LG didn’t announce full pricing and availability yet, but they did confirm the LG V60 price will fall “under $1,000” which is a big deal. We’ve since seen pricing from carriers like Verizon for around $949, and a little less at AT&T and T-Mobile.

If you don’t want to spend $1,200 on a new phone consider waiting for devices like the LG V60 or the OnePlus 8 Pro.

Final Thoughts

In closing, it’s hard to completely compare these two phones this early, and we’ll have a lot more information once we get our hands on both for some testing. That all said, getting an experience comparable to the Galaxy S20+ which costs $1,199 for under $900 makes this a tough choice.

Either way, these are stacking up to be two of the best smartphones for the first half of 2020, if not the entire year. You should definitely consider buying one of these instead of something released last year.

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