Archive for Mike Lowe

Hyundai i30 N review: A surprise hot hatch star is born
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Hyundai i30 N review: A surprise hot hatch star is born

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We come screeching around the a corner of a track, warm rubber cutting the sidelines and barely keeping out of the gravel, before firing off down the straight in sixth gear and then quickly adjusting down to third for a tight cone-crafted chicane. In... >>

South Park The Fractured But Whole review: Fan favourite or a bit of a stinker?
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South Park The Fractured But Whole review: Fan favourite or a bit of a stinker?

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A lot has happened in the three-and-a-half years since the release of the last major South Park videogame, the controversial Stick of Truth. For starters, there's an elected president who has arguably been more controversial than the potty-mouthed protagonist... >>

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 in pictures: Is the designer handset really worth €1395?

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 in pictures: Is the designer handset really worth €1395?

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When Porsche Design revealed its design special of the Huawei Mate 9 back in 2016, it was a handset that stood head and shoulders above the standard Huawei model in design terms - and the phone we wish that Huawei had made for all its customers.Which,... >>

Huawei Mate 10 Pro initial review: A flagship to take on the best of them

Huawei Mate 10 Pro initial review: A flagship to take on the best of them

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It's fair to say that Huawei has had its ups and downs since pushing into the smartphone market. Most recently it was the P10 that didn't quite hit the mark - especially on reflection of the better and cheaper Honor 9, which is also made by the company... >>

Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the smartphone set to shake-up the flagship elite

Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the smartphone set to shake-up the flagship elite

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It's been no secret that the Huawei Mate 10 was imminent - the Chinese maker has been teasing the big-screen flagship in various forms for weeks.What might come as a surprise, however, is that the Mate 10 won't be coming to the UK... only the Mate 10... >>

Huawei Mate 10 vs Mate 10 Pro: What's the difference?

Huawei Mate 10 vs Mate 10 Pro: What's the difference?

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After a year of ups (Honor 9) and downs (Huawei P10), Huawei has come out kicking and punching with its latest handsets, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.Although the entry Mate 10 won't be coming to UK Shores - it's Mate 10 Pro only in Blighty, boys and gals... >>

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III initial review: Finally, a compact to truly take on a DSLR

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III initial review: Finally, a compact to truly take on a DSLR

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With budget compacts killed off by the ever-advancing phone camera, dedicated cameras play a very different role these days. And as everyone wants to lug around a massive lump, mirrorless and DSLR cameras simply won't suit all photographers all of the... >>

Canon G1 X Mark III is the first compact with an APS-C sensor and optical zoom

Canon G1 X Mark III is the first compact with an APS-C sensor and optical zoom

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It's been a long time coming, but Canon has finally unveiled the first compact camera with a DSLR-scale APS-C sensor size and an optical zoom lens. The PowerShot G1 X Mark III updates the range by making the sensor larger than the Mark II predecessor... >>

Google Home Mini preview: The macaron-shaped sweet taste of Google Assistant

Google Home Mini preview: The macaron-shaped sweet taste of Google Assistant

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It wasn't so long ago we were raving about the capabilities of Google Home, the company's first home assistant speaker product, which uses Google Assistant to answer your queries and control your smart products. Now, chasing Amazon and its Echo Dot -... >>

Google Pixelbook preview: Is a £1,000 Chromebook worth it?

Google Pixelbook preview: Is a £1,000 Chromebook worth it?

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It's not the first time we've seen Google bust out a £1,000 Chromebook - back in 2013 the company went all-out with the massively mediocre Google Chromebook Pixel.But the Chromebook landscape has changed a whole lot since then, which makes a more compelling... >>

Huawei MateBook E review: Round two still has work to do
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Huawei MateBook E review: Round two still has work to do

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Say hello to the Huawei MateBook E, the Chinese manufacturer's second-round attempt at a 2-in-1 device. It builds on the original 12-inch device by offering enhanced innards and a dramatically improved adjustable stand as part of its new keyboard cover.However,... >>

Urbanista Seattle Wireless review: An affordable on-ear ace
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Urbanista Seattle Wireless review: An affordable on-ear ace

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We're fortunate enough to test all manner of headphones at Pocket-lint, branching across a wide variety of feature sets and price points. What's particularly striking about the Urbanista Seattle Wireless is the subtle yet elegant design - achieved at... >>

Focal Listen review: Wired headphones with a vocal-forward neutral sound profile
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Focal Listen review: Wired headphones with a vocal-forward neutral sound profile

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With so many sound technologies now available in headphones, lots of over-ear models cram in all the bells and whistles features - which typically sees the price skyrocket.Not so the Focal Listen. These over-ear cans are wired only, meaning no fancy Bluetooth... >>

B&O BeoPlay H9 review: Audio prestige doesn’t come cheap, but it's well worth it
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B&O BeoPlay H9 review: Audio prestige doesn’t come cheap, but it's well worth it

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B&O BeoPlay headphones are all about comfortable wear, luxury materials, considered style and, well, everything that its Danish parent company, Bang & Olufsen, represents.That said, we've actually found the range of BeoPlay H-series headphones to have... >>

Fujifilm X100F review: Fixed-lens finery
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Fujifilm X100F review: Fixed-lens finery

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If there's one high-end fixed-lens camera that gets people excited, it's the Fuji X100 series. A unique proposition among compact cameras, its rangefinder-styling, unparalleled viewfinder and fixed 35mm window onto the world make it unlike anything else... >>

Apple MacBook (2017) review: Third time's a charm
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Apple MacBook (2017) review: Third time's a charm

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Apple is an interesting beast. Often considered king of design, its MacBook cut up the rulebook when it first appeared in 2015, ditching full-size USB ports and, well, almost any wired connectivity for the sake of a single USB Type-C port. Controversial... >>

B&O Play Beolit 17 review: Boxing clever
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B&O Play Beolit 17 review: Boxing clever

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When it comes to sound quality, Danish high-end maker Bang & Olufsen is well regarded. The company's offshoots, B&O Play and Beoplay, also create excellent portable speakers and headphones at more accessible price points.Not that the Beolit 17 is exactly... >>

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II review: Touchscreen camera power in your pocket
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Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II review: Touchscreen camera power in your pocket

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Compact cameras as they were once known are dead and buried. Now if you go looking for a dedicated camera - one that's not on your smartphone, anyway - it'll come with a larger-scale sensor and more features to help it stand out.That's the case with the... >>

What is Dolby Cinema? Why the UK needs 'the OLED of theatre'

What is Dolby Cinema? Why the UK needs 'the OLED of theatre'

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You know the phrase "seeing is believing"? On a recent trip to Dolby Laboratories we got to sample first hand exactly what that means in terms of theatrical installs, having sampled the reference Dolby Cinema on site at the company's headquarters.To some... >>

Fujifilm X-E3 mirrorless camera adds touchscreen for the smartphone generation

Fujifilm X-E3 mirrorless camera adds touchscreen for the smartphone generation

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Four years after the success of the Fujifilm X-E2 interchangeable lens mirrorless, Fuji has unveiled the third-gen update: the X-E3. And it's the smallest X-series model with a viewfinder in Fuji's range.The viewfinder remains the same as its predecessor... >>

Canon EOS 200D review: The perfect mini DSLR for beginners?
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Canon EOS 200D review: The perfect mini DSLR for beginners?

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DSLR cameras were once seen as these big, beastly pro-spec machines that you wouldn't want to lay hands on unless you had an encyclopaedic knowledge of photography. How times have changed, eh?The Canon EOS 200D is an interesting small-scale DSLR, designed... >>

Acer Switch 7 Black Edition preview: Unrivalled power from this mighty 2-in-1

Acer Switch 7 Black Edition preview: Unrivalled power from this mighty 2-in-1

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With the rise of the Microsoft Surface and increasing strength in the 2-in-1 market, manufacturers are looking for different ways to stand out from the growing pack. In the case of the Acer Switch 7 Black Edition it's all about power - lots of power.The... >>

Lenovo Yoga 720 12-inch preview: Portable convertible gets added muscle power

Lenovo Yoga 720 12-inch preview: Portable convertible gets added muscle power

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It was only a year ago we were praising the Lenovo Yoga 11 710, an 11-inch laptop which we said "offers just about everything you get with the 12-inch MacBook, and a bit more besides, for much less money," when reviewed in mid 2016.But that era is over,... >>

Acer Chromebook 15 preview: Large and in charge

Acer Chromebook 15 preview: Large and in charge

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The Acer Chromebook 15 is the perfect example of how Chromebooks have progressed over recent years. No longer does the word 'Chromebook' dictate an ultra-budget look and feel, with the Acer 15's aluminium panel finish paving the way for this future of... >>

Dell Visor preview: A Windows Mixed Reality headset that will be hard to beat

Dell Visor preview: A Windows Mixed Reality headset that will be hard to beat

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The theme at this year's IFA show - the largest technology show in Europe - is all about Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft's dive into easy-to-setup virtual reality experiences, which will debut from 17 October when a Windows 10 update arrives.And manufacturers... >>

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update coming 17 October, Mixed Reality leads the charge

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update coming 17 October, Mixed Reality leads the charge

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If you've been waiting for the next step in Windows 10 then it's just around the corner: the Fall Creators Update will begin rolling out from Tuesday 17 October - bang on schedule for Microsoft's proposed six-monthly updates plan.It's no coincidence that... >>

Acer Swift 5 preview: Light-as-a-feather laptop delivers killer design punches

Acer Swift 5 preview: Light-as-a-feather laptop delivers killer design punches

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In a world where laptops often look like carbon copies between brands and model ranges, it's not always in the visual aspect that innovation can be found. Sure, the Acer Swift 5 looks snazzy in its blue and gold finish, but its real selling point is its... >>

Motorola Moto X4 preview: Mid-range muscle phone brings dual cameras and Alexa voice control

Motorola Moto X4 preview: Mid-range muscle phone brings dual cameras and Alexa voice control

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There was a time when the Moto X was a ruler among smartphones. But as various competitors rose up through the mid-spec or sub-flagship space, its power dwindled somewhat. And then, following the Moto X Style and Moto X Play at the tail-end of 2015,... >>

Lenovo Explorer preview: The best-fitting Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

Lenovo Explorer preview: The best-fitting Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

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If there's a theme at this year's IFA show - that's the largest technology show in Europe, if you're not in the know - then it has to be Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft's dive into easy-to-setup virtual reality experiences.Lenovo had previously announced... >>

Lenovo Tab 4 with Home Assistant preview: A great Amazon Echo Show alternative falls short of its potential

Lenovo Tab 4 with Home Assistant preview: A great Amazon Echo Show alternative falls short of its potential

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Amazon looks set to take over the world with its Alexa voice assistant, which continues to pop-up in a multitude of third-party products. The Amazon Echo Show - which combines the Alexa voice assistant with a touchscreen for additional presentation and... >>

Coming to a galaxy near you: Star Wars Galactic Empire & Rebel Alliance Lenovo Yoga 920 laptops

Coming to a galaxy near you: Star Wars Galactic Empire & Rebel Alliance Lenovo Yoga 920 laptops

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To celebrate the launch of the eighth Star Wars movie we're going to see a lot of official merch popping up. But perhaps nothing as quirky as the Star Wars Special Edition Lenovo Yoga 920 Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance laptops.Yup, The Force has... >>

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro preview: Specced for swimmers

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro preview: Specced for swimmers

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Earlier this year the second-gen Samsung Gear Fit landed, focusing on fitness fans. At IFA 2017 - the largest European tech show in the  calendar - the Korean giant unveiled its spiritual brother: the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro.So what's different in what... >>

Samsung Gear Sport preview: Health-tracking in a compact and capable package

Samsung Gear Sport preview: Health-tracking in a compact and capable package

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Since 2013 Samsung has been making Gear smartwatches. At first, we didn't think they were that smart - but since 2017, with the introduction of the excellent Gear S3, the Korean giant has found its groove.The next step in the journey is the Gear Sport:... >>

Samsung Gear IconX 2018 preview: Battery life boost and Bixby voice control for wireless in-ears

Samsung Gear IconX 2018 preview: Battery life boost and Bixby voice control for wireless in-ears

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The truly wireless in-ear market is well and truly upon us, with heaps of options now available: Apple AirPods, Jabra Elite Sport, Bragi Dash Pro, Sol Republic Amps Air, to name but a few.Samsung also wants a piece of the wire-free pie, with its original... >>

Canon EOS M100 preview: Pocketable point-and-shoot makes mirrorless easy

Canon EOS M100 preview: Pocketable point-and-shoot makes mirrorless easy

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Canon is in an interesting spot with its mirrorless cameras: despite the two-year-old EOS M10 being a best-seller, it's an uninspiring point-and-shoot take on the interchangeable lens market, as we said when we first saw the camera in 2015.Time for a... >>

V-Moda Remix speaker review: High-end highs and lows
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V-Moda Remix speaker review: High-end highs and lows

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Portable Bluetooth speakers have widened their appeal over recent years, with high-end brands also muscling in on the space to deliver affordable, transportable and great-sounding products.V-Moda is well established in the headphones market — it makes... >>

Samsung Galaxy Book (10.6 inch) review: The affordable, long-lasting Windows 2-in-1
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Samsung Galaxy Book (10.6 inch) review: The affordable, long-lasting Windows 2-in-1

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In recent times the promise of post-PC era in 2-in-1 form seems to have been somewhat dashed by the creeping high price points of devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro or Lenovo Miix 720. It was only a year ago that we were calling out the £849 Samsung... >>

AKG N60NC Wireless review: The ultimate on-the-go headphones?
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AKG N60NC Wireless review: The ultimate on-the-go headphones?

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When it comes to noise-cancelling headphones for travellers there are many premium options. The AKG N60NC Wireless cut the necessity for wires in these established noise-cancellers — although a 3.5mm cable is included, as backup — in a lightweight,... >>

Lenovo Yoga 720 review: Setting the bar for 2017
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Lenovo Yoga 720 review: Setting the bar for 2017

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In recent years laptops have gone through big changes: while embodying the familiar screen-and-keyboard form, increasingly touchscreen operation, detachable keyboards and flexible hinge designs have become ever prevalent, typically hiking up the price... >>

Honor 6A preview: The best £150 phone choice?

Honor 6A preview: The best £150 phone choice?

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Even affordable phones have got pretty good of late. If you're non-plussed about buying the snazziest looking, ultra-powerful flagship then, well, £150 will get you a perfectly serviceable device.The Honor 6A being the latest to squeeze itself into... >>

Canon EOS 6D Mark II review: One of the most versatile full-frame DSLR cameras
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Canon EOS 6D Mark II review: One of the most versatile full-frame DSLR cameras

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Full-frame: the holy grail of DSLR cameras. The term describes a sensor size equivalent to a classic 35mm film frame. And in 2017 it's a market more accessible than ever before, rather than just something for heavyweight pros to handle.Which is what the... >>

Best laptops 2017: The best laptops you can buy today

Best laptops 2017: The best laptops you can buy today

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Tablets and smartphones are great for enjoying games and movies on the sofa or browsing emails on the train on the way to work, but neither are a match for actually getting things done when it comes to work. Whether it's school work, video editing,... >>

Lenovo Miix 720 review: Can it outsmart the mighty Surface?
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Lenovo Miix 720 review: Can it outsmart the mighty Surface?

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It might be splitting hairs, but the 2-in-1 world is changing: there are now medium-powered tablets with clip-on keyboards, and powerful almost-laptops with removable keyboards. It's this latter category that the Lenovo Miix 720 slots into — given... >>

Best DSLR cameras 2017: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

Best DSLR cameras 2017: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

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You want to buy a DSLR camera but don't know what to go for? Then you've come to the right place, as this is where we round-up the best DSLR cameras of 2017. We'll guide you through the hottest cameras available - and only models that we've seen in reality... >>

Acer Switch 5 review: The silent Surface killer?
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Acer Switch 5 review: The silent Surface killer?

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If you're in the market for a 2-in-1 device then there's an increasing amount of choice when it comes to powerful Windows tablets with magnetic clip-on keyboards. And the Acer Switch 5 has all the spec prowess to take on the Microsoft Surface.It's not... >>

What is Facebook Spaces and how can I use it? Social VR explained

What is Facebook Spaces and how can I use it? Social VR explained

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When Facebook purchased Oculus VR - the company that makes Rift, a virtual reality (VR) headset - there were questions looming over how the social media/network company would leverage its newly acquired VR technology.Facebook Spaces is one of its answers:... >>

What are Moto Mods? Everything you need to know about the snap-on accessories for Moto Z

What are Moto Mods? Everything you need to know about the snap-on accessories for Moto Z

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The smartphone industry is always seeking the next big thing. For Motorola that's Moto Mods (or Moto Snaps in some territories): clip-on accessories that work with its Z-series of phones and transform their functionality or style.Lenovo launched the Moto... >>

Moto Z2 Force vs Moto Z2 Play: What's the difference?

Moto Z2 Force vs Moto Z2 Play: What's the difference?

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There will be no second-generation Moto Z2 in 2017. Instead it's a choice between the battery-heavy Z2 Play or all-powerful Z2 Force (which isn't a Verizon exclusive in the States like the original Z Droid model, hence name change).At first glance both... >>

Moto Z2 Force is the ultra-tough dual-camera modular phone you've been waiting for

Moto Z2 Force is the ultra-tough dual-camera modular phone you've been waiting for

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The Moto Z2 now comes in two flavours: the Z2 Play, which we initially reviewed back in June upon its release; and the Z2 Force, a high-end model in the series, which we saw during preview sessions behind closed doors back in May this year.As with all... >>

Moto Z2 Play review: All the mod cons
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Moto Z2 Play review: All the mod cons

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Modular phones are in a rather interesting spot. At the end of 2016 Google canned Project Ara, its open-source modular mobile project. In 2017, the latest LG G-series unceremoniously ditched the company's lacklustre "Friends" modules. Motorola, on the... >>