Sprint celebrates Earth Day with the LG Optimus Elite

LG Optimus EliteIt’s Earth Day this Sunday, and Sprint has announced an Android smartphone ideal for anyone wanting to do their bit for the environment, while still buying some new tech. Step forward the LG Optimus Elite, which despite being a low-end device for those on a budget, still manages to pack in some interesting features.

Let’s look at its “green” credentials first. The box it comes in is fully recyclable, while the chassis has been constructed using 50-percent recycled plastic, and the device has been given various stamps of approval to show it’s free of nasty, hazardous materials.

The Elite will replace the outgoing LG Optimus S, a particularly uninspiring Android phone released back in 2010. Thankfully, the Elite has been improved in every way.

Powered by an 800Mhz single-core processor, it’s never going to win any speed trials, but it should keep the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system ticking along happily. The 3.5-inch screen’s 320 x 480 resolution isn’t ideal, but in line with other, similarly priced devices.

The rear-mounted 5-megapixel camera has a flash and can record video — but don’t expect it to be super-high resolution — and the phone will come in both silver and white.

Best of all, LG has blessed the Elite with an NFC chip. This means the phone is compatible with Google Wallet, plus it can control NFC accessories and converse with NFC tags.

It’s priced at just $29.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, plus a two-year contract. Virgin Mobile USA will also be selling the Optimus Elite if you’d prefer a little more freedom. It’s also the network’s first phone with NFC and Google Wallet support.

The Optimus Elite will go on sale on Earth Day, April 22


Too close to call: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs LG G7 ThinQ camera shootout

We take the LG G7 ThinQ and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus to Rome for a camera shootout, photographing everything from the amazing local sights to an impressive showjumping event. How do these two excellent phones compare?

Find out how Apple's new iPhones measure up to the most bezel-less designs

As the smartphone industry marches toward a bezel-less future, we compare the shrinking bezels on the latest and greatest devices. Find out which manufacturers have the smallest bezels on their smartphone as we measure them side by side.
Home Theater

PlayStation Vue: The master guide to Sony’s internet TV service

PlayStation Vue is Sony's answer to live TV without the need for a cable or satellite TV subscription. To help you understand the service, its plans, and numerous features, we've created this handy guide.
Home Theater

Throw away those EarPods -- we dug up the best headphones in every style

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our 10 favorites.

The LG V40 ThinQ will be revealed at an event in October

The LG V30 was one of our favorite phones of 2017, and we're expecting big things from its successor in the later part of 2018. Here's absolutely everything we know about the upcoming LG V40 ThinQ.

Handy iOS 12 tips and tricks to master Apple's latest update

Apple's iOS 12 mobile operating system introduces a ton of new features, with more options to help boost productivity. But updating to it can be overwhelming, so we're here to make it easier with some iOS 12 tips and tricks.

Dozens of bite-sized features add up to a feast in Android 9.0 Pie

Google’s latest version of Android is here, and it’s called Android 9 Pie. We’ve been using it for the past few months on a Google Pixel to see how this flavor stacks up.

The Google Pixel 3 smartphone may arrive dressed in pink

Forget the Pixel 2: Google will announce its latest flagships, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, on October 9 in New York City and Paris. Here's everything we know about the upcoming Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Google’s Family Link expands globally, now works on more devices

Google's Family Link app makes it easier for parents to keep track of their kids' smartphone usage. They can restrict them from downloading apps, see which services they use the most, and more. Here's everything you need to know.

Google Play rewards system arrives in Japan, no sign of U.S. release yet

After some rumors, Google has finally revealed the existence of Google Play Points. But for now, it's only available in Japan, and there's no indication of when a U.S. or worldwide release is planned.

Mi 8 Pro looks like an iPhone, but has a feature Apple fans can only dream of

Xiaomi has launched two new phones in the Mi 8 family: The Mi 8 Pro and the Mi 8 Lite. Unlike the past models, these two are definitely going to be sold internationally. Here's what you need to know about them both.

Apple iPhone XS vs. Samsung Galaxy S9: 2018’s biggest flagships clash

The iPhone XS has been revealed, and it's one of the best phones of the year. But even though it's Apple's latest and greatest, it's up against a lot of competition. Is the iPhone XS better than the Samsung Galaxy S9?

Samsung exec confirms upcoming Galaxy S10 will sport 'very significant changes'

While we still may be months away from an announcement, there's no doubt about it: Samsung is working hard on its successor to the Galaxy S9. Here's everything we know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.

Be an online phantom and web surf safely with Ghostery’s mobile browser

Keeping your private information to yourself has become progressively harder in the internet age. If you're worried about your personal information, check out the new version of the Ghostery browser for iOS and Android.