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We have come to expect big things from LG, a leader in the consumer-electronics arena. Whether you’re talking home entertainment, mobile devices, or wearables, the bar for this tech giant has always been set very high—and year after year, the company has cleared it. 2015 proved to be absolutely no different, as LG continued to push the innovative envelope with a series of high-profile gadgets and exciting consumer electronics. Here are just a few that have really caught our eye.
Leading the way for LG in 2015 was its much-anticipated Watch Urbane. Featuring a stylish stainless-steel case, large 1.3" round P-OLED touchscreen display, and choice of leather band, the Watch Urbane offers both enhanced aesthetic and performance to the increasing demand of the wearables-eager public. Running the popular Android Wear operating system, the Watch Urbane enables users to access a wide range of applications, including smart notifications, voice commands, Gmail access, and much more. While the Watch Urbane was originally designed for use with Android, cross-platform users can rejoice as many of the Watch Urbane’s functions now work with iOS devices when connected via Bluetooth. This means that both Apple and Android users can enjoy this stylish new accessory.
Wanting to update its G Pad line of tablets, LG also recently unveiled the new 8" G Pad II. The successor to last year’s popular G Pad, this latest iteration ported over many of the powerful specs of its predecessor (quad-core Snapdragon processor, vibrant 1280 x 800 resolution, a gigabyte of RAM, etc.), but also dramatically enhanced its functionality and application with the inclusion of a stylus and a full-sized USB port built directly into the chassis, making the G Pad II capable of interfacing with USB-wired keyboards and mice—a feature relatively unheard of in tablet devices. The G Pad II also includes many of the features and applications that have made the line a fan favorite, including QuickMemo+, QSlide, Dual Window mode, and much more. It runs the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system.
Not to be outshined by its handheld and wearable innovations, LG also just unveiled its latest home entertainment projector: the Minibeam Pro PF1000U Projector. This compact LED projector features a Full HD 1920 x 1080 native resolution and supports screens up to 100"—with an ultra-short throw ratio of 1.4:1, meaning you can enjoy a 100" image when the device is placed just 15" away from the screen. The PF1000U can also serve as your go-to smart device for streaming online content, such YouTube, Netflix, and social media platforms and services. An integrated DTV tuner, built-in WiDi, Miracast, and DLNA support means the PF1000U could easily serve as your all-in-one home-entertainment solution. If you do want to connect it to any external components, the PF1000U is equipped with a full array of ports, including 2 USB, 2 HDMI, and composite video inputs.