LG G4 – The Review updated plus All 13 Posts

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Since my review of the LG G4, I have included several other posts. All the links are noted below. I have also included a link to the special LG G4 Flickr album set. Once thing I have noticed with the G4 is its overnight battery strength which has been consistent. Generally on a 6 hours period overnight the battery drops from 100% to 98%, just a mere 2%. Its screen on time for a charge is 4 to 4.5 hours.

Anyway here are all the links to all the posts. The action shots are a must view post. Using burst mode I was able to snap some amazing motion shots. Also worth noting is the burst mode shots were 7.9mb in file size over 3 times the size of a burst shot from the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

Shooting in difficult conditions – http://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/05/24/lg-g4-shooting-in-difficult-conditions/

More Thoughts on the G4’s F/1.8 Camera – http://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/05/21/lg-g4-more-thoughts-on-that-f1-8-camera/

LG G4 – More Camera Samples – http://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/05/21/lg-g4-more-camera-samples/

LG G4 – Incredible action shots – http://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/05/19/lg-g4-camera-action-shots-wow/

LG G4 – The Review – updated – http://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/05/17/lg-g4-the-review/

Happy Families – Life on Dartmoor – View the photo featured by Flickr in Explore – http://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/05/17/taken-by-the-lg-g4-happy-families-life-on-dartmoor-and-now-featured-by-flickr/

LG G4 – Colour Spectrum Shots – http://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/05/16/lg-g4-colour-spectrum-sensor-camera-shots/

LG G4 – More camera shots – http://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/05/16/lg-g4-more-camera-shots-2/

LG G4 – Manual Mode at Night – http://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/05/15/lg-g4-manual-mode-camera-shots-at-night/

LG G4 – First looks at the camera – http://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/05/15/lg-g4-first-looks-at-the-camera/

LG G4 – The arrival – http://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/05/15/lg-g4-its-arrived/

LG G4 – Launch Report with First Impressions and Specific Testing – Video and Photos too – http://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/04/28/my-hands-on-with-the-lg-g4-plus-first-impressions/

Link to my LG G4 Flickr Album set with around 30 photos from the LG G4 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157652876197995

LG G4 – Shooting in difficult conditions

Every time I take photos on the LG G4, I am simply amazed at the quality of the camera shots. The shot below was taken about over an hour ago, in crazy thick fog and rain.

First the original shot. Just look at how green the grass is and how in focus the Princetown sign has been processed.

Quick enter before village disappears #Princetown #Dartmoor #LGG4

And using VSCOcam and preset B1 to convert to black and white, you end up with a lovely moody shot.

Enter before village vanishes #Princetown #Dartmoor #LGG4 #B&W

What’s the point of Samsung Galaxy S6 Themes – themes omit features

I was just changing themes around with my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and noticed when you apply any theme it kills off features.

Here’s the default theme.  Screen shot below.

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And now the BMW theme used as an example. Any theme could be used.

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Can you spot the differences ?

So far I can spot the default theme clock and calendar icons are actually active icons displaying the time and date.

Lets hope the themes get updated to provide this extra functionality.

Oppo PM-3 vs Oppo PM-2 Headphones – Decisions

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On the left we have the Oppo PM-3 and on the right the Oppo PM-2 headphones.

I’m currently undertaking a comparison with these 2 amazing headphones. Whilst they share many technological firsts and both sound amazing, they are also different in their sound styles and price points.  The PM-2’s are double the cost of the PM-3’s and offer an open back construction for the ultimate sound performance. The PM-3’s are closed back to keep your music private to yourself.

A more detailed post will be upcoming in a few weeks with my comparison findings.

In the meantime you can read my individual reviews on each.

Oppo PM-3 Headphone review – click here.

Oppo PM-2 Headphone review – click here.

The Mountain Climb of a Lifetime

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This is about my sister, Justine. She is about to attempt her hardest mental and physical challenging experience following her life as a double lung transplantee. This is no easy task even for a fit person. For Justine, she has hard to undergo a special training regime. This is made even harder as she still gets breathless and has other symptoms post transplant.

To find out more click here – https://www.justgiving.com/JUSTINE-LAYMOND5

This is her story –

“Raising money for To Transplant and Beyond.Cotopaxi Climb in Memory of our Donors.

Post transplant climb to highlight Organ Donation for To Transplant and Beyond because of new technologies like the Organ Care System

£1,030.85 Raised

£2,000.00 Target Required.

Story

After surviving one of the world’s rarest diseases, Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), enduring 15 lung collapses, 3 weeks in a coma. A further 2 months conscious on life support unable to eat,drink,communicate,  or walk. Then having to  learn how to walk again with a zimmaframe. Living for 6 months at Harefield Hospital, my life was saved after waiting 16 months for a double lung transplant July 9th 2006. 
I was no longer wheelchair dependant or relying on oxygen 24 hours a day.

I have been selected to be part of a heart /lung transplant team to climb an active volcano, Cotopaxi in Ecuador that stands at 5897m. It will be with a film crew as we embark to make history of a never before venture. The trip will be to raise awareness of Organ Donation. This climb will challenge me with its height, altitude and its temperature as well as being mentally challenging. 

I am raising funds to help for specialist clothing/kit, travel for both Scotland (training) and Ecuador. 

If I reach my target, excess monies will be used for the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital Charity to go towards an Organ Care System. This will reduce deterioration of heart and lungs during transportation , meaning increased chances of a successful transplantation  and fewer post operative complications. It also extends the transplantation window from the existing 3 hour limit to 8 hours therefore having the ability to save more lives as well as providing other  significant medical benefits

Many thanks for your support. Every penny helps. Much love. Justine xx

For me info and to help with a small donation click here – https://www.justgiving.com/JUSTINE-LAYMOND5

I’ve got the Power

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is the pinnacle of technology crammed into a crazy thin profile. It’s screen is far more powerful. In fact, I could have cranked the brightness up even further, but I wanted to give the Sony some advantage!

But here is the crazy thing. I keep using the Sony Z3 Compact. I prefer the sound quality via headphones, it has a FM Radio and a battery that lasts twice as long at least as the S6 Edge. It also has all the apps loaded just the same as the S6 Edge. It has my 128gb micro sd card installed, so has more music and photos loaded than the Samsung. And it is pocketable. The camera is poor in auto mode, so I just shoot everything in manual. And the results are ok and good enough for social media.

I also have the LG G4 which is fabulous with its lovely screen and camera and cracking audio quality. So where does this leave the S6 Edge? On a precarious position….. To be continued….

Photography by – Honor 4X

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact – my durable second phone just received another update OTA plus 1st Impressions

A few weeks ago I picked up a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact on pay as you go at my local Vodafone store in Plymouth. It was on a special offer and was unlocked by the store before I left.

I have since fitted it with a front screen protector, bought a few magnetic to usb cables to charge it, and now have a superb terrapin hard soft to touch case cover for it. I also bought the special noise cancelling headphones to try out with Sony’s music app. My 128gb micro sd card is installed and this has 60gb of music on it along with a wide selection of my photos. 

Originally, my plan with the Z3 Compact was to review it and then sell it on. However, I find it one handed use and extremely pocketable size a joy. Add to the fact it is waterproof and dust proof, this is the phone I am now using when I go walking on Dartmoor. I use Viewranger GPS maps and the Z3 Compact is an ideal companion as the wet and windy and foggy conditions of Dartmoor are ideal for this phone. It also has 2 days battery use without even using any of the special power saving modes which extend it further. 

The Z3 Compact on paper has a 20.7mp rear camera. It’s pretty terrible in auto mode, so I have to use manual settings all the time. Fortunately, I can cope with this fairly easily, although the photos are still below par versus other smartphones. Regardless of the camera, this pocket rocket of a phone is wonderful. I will be writing my full review at some point too.

Anyway, the phone came with android lollipop out of the box. This morning it received an OTA update that took this phone to android 5.0.2. 

After the update, the next message I received was Google Play services had stopped. This is the lollipop memory bug, still present and dangerous!

Honor 4X – Dual LTE Sim Smartphone plus more

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I have been putting the Honor 4X through several tests this week, with even more to follow before providing my thoughts on this handset. This phone piques my interest due to its feature set versus its price of £144.99.

For a start it is a 5.5 inch 720p IPS screen that looks really good. It next features dual micro sims, both of which are LTE enabled. Plus another slot for a micro SD card up to 32gb. It features 8gb storage and 2gb ram, along with a 3,000 maH battery for 2 days battery life and 7 days on ultra power saving mode. It is powered by a 64 bit 1.2Ghz processor. Honor have not skimped on the cameras either as you get 5mp on the front and 13mp on the rear. There are more features which will all get covered off during its review.

Before I write my review, I would be interested if you have any questions you would like answering. If so leave a comment below or contact me using any of my social media links.

To find out more on the Honor 4X click here – Honor 4X deal and info at Amazon UK

LG G4 – More thoughts on that f/1.8 camera

I have already written my review on the LG G4 and followed that with 2 camera posts. I have uploaded around 22 photos to a dedicated Flickr album – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157652876197995

It is evident in my time testing the LG G4 camera that it is a stellar performer and one of the best smartphone camera when it comes to snapping photos.

I also have been very impressed with the quality of the burst mode shots. To put matters into perspective each burst photo is around 7.9mb in file size. This equates to tons of detail. My Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge shrinks the photo quality down to around 2.6mb in file size.

With the G4 producing a 7.9mb photo burst individual shot, it is possible to crop that shot and still have phenomenal detail.

I also love the colour accuracy and final result of every single photo I have taken on the G4. Video is reasonable but not as good as something like the S6 Edge for video.

I suppose you can’t win the all. But for me, the G4 is a cracking piece of kit and one that will remain in my collection for the foreseeable future.

LG G4 – More Camera Samples

The weather on Dartmoor has been a mixed bag over the last few days, making it difficult to take photographs.

Anyway below are a selection of camera shots snapped so far by the LG G4.

Below is a view from the summit of Hartland Tor, Dartmoor.

Views from the summit of Hartland Tor, Dartmoor #LGG4

This is also from Hartland Tor summit, but from the East side.

Views from the summit of Hartland Tor, Dartmoor #LGG4

Below is a crop from a dandelion. Lots of detail here.

Dandelion plus crop highlighting detail from #LGG4

Happy Families – Life on Dartmoor is one of my most popular photos I have ever uploaded to Flickr.

Happy Families - Life on Dartmoor #LGG4

Merivale, Dartmoor. The original Tower Bridge in London was built using the granite from Merivale quarry, now abandoned.

Merivale, Dartmoor #LGG4

Example of a Panoramic shot.

Panoramic view from Dartmoor down towards Tavistock, Devon #LGG4

One of my favourite shots of my 3 dogs. Apart from George smiling, Fury’s (black dog) name tag is floating in the air. Amazing detail. And look at all the water droplets frozen mid air around the dogs.

George smiles for the camera as Fury flies above, poor Tiggy lags behind #LGG4

Lets not forget Tiggy. She is a bionic dog. Maybe she ate my breakfast below to give herself bionic powers.

Bionic Dog aka Tiggy

And I hope this is what you are all eating for breakfast :)

Honest it's a low calorie snack  #LGG4

Oppo PM-3 Planar Magnetic Headphones – Review

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Welcome to my review of the Oppo PM-3 Headphones. 

The Oppo PM-3 Headphones arrived beautifully packaged.

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Included with the headphones are a denim carry case ideal for transporting, a heavy duty 3m length headphone cable for at home listening and an adapter to convert the 3.5mm end to 6.3mm,  a android / windows phone 1.2m cable with mic, phone and music controls, an iPod / iPhone and iPad 1.2m cable with mic, phone and music controls and a portable 1.2m cable without mic. Basically Oppo has you covered for whatever device you have any whether you are at home or travelling. 

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As you can see the headphones are luxuriously built and comfortable to wear. I really have an issue normally with headphone comfort but not with the PM-3’s.

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But the burning question is what do these sound like?  Well I have had these burning in for 100 hours now and the difference that makes to the sound is remarkable. Once I have 200 hours burn in I will update my review. But before I detail the sound quality, let me explain more about the technology and what makes these headphones special.

The OPPO PM-3 utilizes a planar magnetic driver that was developed from Oppo’s driver in their EISA award-winning PM-1 headphones that cost £1,100, Technological breakthroughs achieved during the PM-1’s development, such as the 7-layer double-side voice coil diaphragm design and FEM-optimized neodymium magnet system, have enabled Oppo to reduce the weight of the planar magnetic drivers while maintaining excellent sound quality and high sensitivity. Oppo state that this driver would not have been possible without the breakthroughs achieved in the PM-1’s driver design. The PM-3’s offer tremendous value as these cost £349.

In the PM-3’s planar magnetic driver, sound is generated by a very thin and light diaphragm which is driven in a symmetric pull-push manner, and the magnetic system and conductor patterns have been optimized for maximum sensitivity and consistency. This allows the diaphragm to generate very stable and linear piston-like vibrations, ensuring phase coherence and high resolution performance with minimal distortion.

The PM-3 driver’s smaller size and high sensitivity overcome the shortcomings of traditional planar magnetic technology such as being difficult to drive and heavy weight. This all-new 55 mm diameter round driver is especially suitable for a lightweight close-back design like the PM-3. The PM-3 maintains the very natural and smooth sound signature of the PM-1, and is tuned to have deep, tight bass and a touch of excitement. The OPPO PM-3 has a sensitivity of 102 dB, which allows it to be easily driven with mobile devices. Its low impedance works well with smartphones that ship with low impedance ear buds.

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With a weight of just 320 g, the OPPO PM-3 is the world’s first truly portable closed-back planar magnetic headphone. It folds flat and comes with a selvedge denim carrying case. When folded and protected in the carrying case, the PM-3 takes very little space in a briefcase or backpack.

Technical Specifications –

– Acoustic Principle Closed back
– Ear Coupling Circumaural
– Nominal Impedance 26 Ohm
– Sensitivity 102 dB in 1 mW
– Clamping Pressure 5 N
– Cables 3 m detachable cable (3.5 mm with 6.35 mm adapter)
– 1.2 m detachable cable (3.5 mm)
– Cable Connectors Output: 3.5 mm stereo jack
– Input: 6.35 mm stereo jack, 3.5 mm stereo jack
– Weight 320 g (without cable)
– Included Accessories Carrying Case
– User Manual
– Driver Specifications
– Driver Type Planar Magnetic
– Driver Size (Round) 55 mm diameter
– Magnet System Symmetric push-pull neodymium
– Frequency Response
– In Free-Field 10 – 50,000 Hz
– Long-Term Max Input Power 500 mW according to IEC 60268-7
– Pulse Max Input Power 2 W

Audio Quality

Below I have chosen a selection of tracks from a wide genre of music to give you an idea as to how these headphones sound. For testing purposes I used my wife’s iPhone 5S, a LG G4 smartphone and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. I also added in for comparison the Oppo HA-2 Portable Headphone/DAC. My music is recorded at 320mp3 bit rate. For FLAC playback, I used my Tidal subscription to compare a number of tracks. What I will say from the outset, that all 3 smartphones had no issues powering the Oppo PM-3’s. As I scaled up the power and quality with the Oppo HA-2 the performance and reproduction improved again. 

James Holland & Florence Welch – Florence Welsh’s voice is sublime. The piano playing and the backing orchestra come across really accurately. Good musicality and bass lines.

N-Fluence Clubbers Guide to Trance – Sweet Subtance – not much in the way of vocals with this track, but plenty of punch and the electronic instruments are easily separated in the track. Plenty of power and volume through the PM-3’s!

Matt Cardle – All for Nothing – stunning performance. Good clear vocals, and punchy bass line. 

Duran Duran – Proposition – superb instrument separation at the start of the track. Realism of vocals too. Musicality so evident. In fact with all songs playing I often find myself toe tapping to the music with these headphones. 

Jerry Goldsmith – The Mummy – Crowd Control – incredible performance inside my ears. If you get these headphones, just hunt this track out and listen for yourself! The sound is so dramatic you can imagine yourself within the music. 

Emeli Sandé – Next to me – drums accurately and musically produced. Emeli’s voice is excellently produced. You can hear all the backing singers too. 

Stevie Wonder – I played the Definite Collection and every track sounded so good I replayed the entire album.

London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry – Pavane – a beautiful piece of music that sounded full of emotion through the PM-3’s. Instruments clearly defined too. 

Now using Tidal HiFi streaming service and playing FLAC quality into the PM-3’s. At this point I also used the Oppo HA-2.

Leonard Cohen – Field Commander Cohen – everything from his voice to all the instruments just sound crazy good. You can really pick up his tone of voice. 

Blur – Lonesome Street – time to close your eyes and rock away with Blur!

Caira – Stuck on You – great bass track and vocal presentation 

With all the above tracks I found I was constantly toe tapping to the music. The Oppo PM-3’s are a dream to use with your music. By providing a closed back design, only you hear the music and being able to work from your smartphone is such a bonus that is previously unheard of with planar magnetic headphones. 

Conclusion

I am amazed at how Oppo managed to manufacture the PM-3 Headphones for such a competitive price of around £349. This is even more remarkable when you take into account the class leading innovation and technology sitting inside these headphones. They also sound marvellous, comfortable to wear, keep your music private to yourself and come with all the extras cables need to provide compatibility with a multitude of mobile devices too. Seriously recommended.  

If you want to read my review of the Oppo PM-2 Headphones click here – http://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/03/31/oppo-pm-2-headphones-review-be-prepared-to-be-blown-away-with-incredible-sound/

For more information or to buy these stunning headphones, head over to Amazon UK – Oppo PM-3 Classic Planar Magnetic Headphones

LG G4 – Camera action shots – Wow

One of the hardest types of shot for any phone to snap are action shots of people, pets and similar things. Well last night just before sunset I took the following photos. These are superb and my 3 dogs are in focus in all of these shots. These were taken in auto mode, using the burst option. I also snapped a few single shots of the scenery as it’s so beautiful. This back garden of mine is called Windy Post, Dartmoor.

I took loads more photos and they were all in focus! And in my opinion the best shots I have ever taken on a smartphone.  It was so difficult choosing which shots to use for this post.

First up a short video taken in 4K.

And now enjoy the photos from yesterday evening.

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I love the accuracy of the colour reproduction from the LG G4.

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And here we go. George in the lead about to jump across. It is possible to crop in and see how amazing the detail is from this shot.

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Now a crop from the above shot.

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And now a bit further into the jump across the leat. The G4 is taking this in burst mode.

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And here is a crop from the shot above.

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George looks over at me to say, “look I am in the lead” :)

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And here is a crop of the shot above to reveal the detail.

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Even shaking his head, George is still in focus.

Cropped shot below.

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Little Tiggy is coming up in the rear, and about to jump across.

Now the crop.
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I bet that hurt! Tiggy bites Fury’s tail. And below the crop again.
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George mid air. And below the crop.

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And the crop shot.

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Crop below.

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And the last crop.
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All in auto mode, using the burst option. With a small crop applied to each photo to focus in on the action, the detail is unbelievable and the best I have been able to take on a smartphone.

Don’t forget to read my full LG G4 review – http://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/05/17/lg-g4-the-review/