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Consumer Reports joined Into Tomorrow this week to talk about the G6:
LG just unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the G6, at some stupid show. Consumer Reports electronics spokesman James McQueen is here to talk about its key specs and features.
LG previewed this impressive new phone for us earlier this week. Here are our first impressions.
Tough construction. The phone is protected front and back by Gorilla Glass 5, which Corning claims will protect your phone from serious harm if dropped from a 1-meter height onto the “real world of streets, sidewalks and parking lots” 80 percent of the time.
Classic headphone jack. Unlike the iPhone 7 models and Moto Z Droid Force, the G6 still has a 3.5mm headphone jack to accommodate the still-popular and affordable headsets many smartphone users enjoy.
Big-screen benefits. Besides increasing screen size without making the phone feel wider in your hand, the display’s taller 2:1 screen ratio provides more space to view details of e-mails while in split-screen mode. And when you’re using the G6’s camera app, there’s also room enough for the display to simultaneously split its duties between the viewfinder and a preview of up to four previous photos.
Water resistance. LG says the G6 complies with the IP68 manufacturing standard, and will handle immersion in about five feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
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Chris shared an app he’s been playing with:
One of the coolest apps I’ve found in a long time is called SkyView . Ever wondered what stars or other celestial bodies were overhead? If you live out in the middle of nowhere with no city lights to pollute the night sky, you just have to look up. Those of us that live in populated areas and can’t really see stars at night need another way. SkyView is a great stargazing app that uses the camera in your Smartphone or tablet. You just hold your phone up to the sky and, using augmented reality, it will overlay images of stars, constellations, planets, satellites and even some space junk. Move your phone around the sky to see what else is out there. You can even see what satellites are currently overhead, and as they orbit, you can see them move in the app. Want more information on something you see? Just tap on it and it’ll tell you about that object. It even works indoors. SkyView is $1.99 for iOS and Android , but they have a free version that lacks some of the extra features. But even the free version is enough to wow you.