LG G6 vs Samsung S8+ vs iPhone 7 Plus – Burst mode comparisons by Ellie

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As you know by now Gavin likes to photograph our 3 labradors an awful lot. I think they have learnt how to pose for that perfect selfie too.

One of the modes Gavin likes to use is burst mode. So Gavin asked me to perform some tests on the speed of each phone in burst mode.

So here are the results.

iPhone 7 Plus

– Time to take 100 shots in burst mode is 10 seconds.
– Maximum number of shots in burst mode is 999 shots. Holy crap. And it can save them all fairly quickly and take another 999 shots in a burst without pulling a sweat.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

– Time to take 100 shots in burst mode is 7 seconds. And 100 shots is the maximum. Also the focusing was fastest out of all 3.

LG G6

– Time to take 100 shots in burst mode is 10 seconds the same as the iPhone 7 Plus. Like the S8+ , 100 shots is the maximum in burst mode. Focusing was as quick as the iPhone but slower than the S8+.

I will try and get some shots over the weekend but there’s no guarantee.

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LG G6 – New Firmware & New Features & Improvements by Ellie

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Hi it’s Ellie again. I have been using the LG G6 for less than a week and it’s now had 3 firmware updates.

With the help of Google Translate I was able to get some resemblance of what was being improved, fixed and added.

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One feature I spotted on the S8+ was the slide to zoom on the shutter button. I thought this was quite useful. Well it seems LG copied Samsung.

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However, unlike the S8+ using the zoom slider on the shutter button always switches smoothly between the wide angle and normal lens. This is neat. Only one problem is it only appears in auto mode , and not in manual.

As you can see it seems the camera quality has been improved along with a few other aspects of the phone. The Google security patch is showing as 1st April. As a comparison the S8+ I have is on the 1st March.

A company called Wondamobile got in touch. They are selling the LG G6 Korean G600 version which has the quad DAC and 64gb storage and have offered a £8 discount for gavinsgadgets using code “GFLaymond”. This isn’t an affiliate link.

LG G6 – Examining the macro performance from the camera by Ellie

Hi again, its Ellie stepping in for Gavin while he’s recovering. I have had quite a bit of fun already with the LG G6 camera but OMG just check out the macro shots. I discovered if you use the manual mode, slide the focus slider to macro you also have the option for focus peaking. This shows you which part of the shot is in focus by overlaying green speckles. As you move the G6 in or out of focus the green appears or disappears respectively.

The dandelion above is so crisp. All of these shots are jpegs straight out of the camera with a crop from 4:3 to 16:9.

I have overheard some of Gavin’s podcasts and gather some of you like to pixel peek. I would rather read a good book but to keep you guys happy I uploaded all these shots in full resolution.

Now this leaf is impressive but lets take a closer look.

I will try and do a few more posts like this, so if there is something you would like me to focus on let me know and I will see if its possible. Gavin has asked me to look at the Samsung S8+ from Samsung that is sitting in its box too.

LG G6 – Update on Battery Performance by Ellie

Hi its Ellie again with an update on battery performance. Apparently, according to Gavin this is what you guys all talk about. I could think of a million and one better things to debate but anyway here goes.

I spent an evening setting it up, also trying to get to grip with android as it feels different to iOS, the phone battery was dead in 4 hours, but to be fair I hadn’t charged it 🙂

I have settled for this white theme which is one of the options for the default launcher. There are black themes. Even found a Samsung S8 theme for you Samsung fans.

I have all of my social media apps installed, from twitter to Facebook and one email account. The second day I got about 4.5 hours screen on time and had just enough battery left before bedtime.

However, I turned off the always on display, bloody annoying too, and boom what a difference in battery life.

At around 8.45pm last night I had reached the dizzy heights of over 6 hours screen on time with 42% battery left.

I wish my iPhone 6S had a battery as good as this G6. Actually I wish the camera was as good as this G6. And one last thing, don’t tell Gavin, he won’t be getting this phone back 🙂

LG G6 – First Impressions & Camera Shootout by Ellie

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Welcome to first impressions of the LG G6. This is not the stripped down feature less UK version G6 being cross examined, this is from LG Korea. This is the LG G6 G600.

The Korean version features double the storage at 64gb versus 32gb for the UK. In addition it has a 32 bit quad DAC which can power headphones up to 600 ohms. If your reading this from the USA, you don’t get 64gb or the quad DAC but you do get wireless charging.

Anyway, lets get down to some basics. As Gavin’s wife, I hate phones. To me there are just another It’s another rectangular blob. However, I must concede the slim bezels and large display look great for viewing content on the screen, although being narrow and tall with the 18:9 aspect ratio does look weird. For such a large screen the narrowness makes it a breeze to hold. I do like the flat side edges too. Practical for usability.

If you get the G6 without the quad DAC, the audio is still good, just not epic amazing plus you won’t be using any huge over the ear hifi headphones. I borrowed a few of Gavin’s Sennheiser, NuForce and Oppo headphones plus some in ear headphones and the difference is so noticeable. It is like having a pro music player. There is a toggle to turn the DAC on or off. When on, all audio from any application via the headphones is enhanced. The reason for an off switch is to save battery. The quad DAC uses more juice. All versions of the G6 feature the Hi Res Bluetooth APTX-HD which is a bonus.

I took the G6 out in the bright sun last night. The display was visible but could have been a wee bit brighter. As a comparison when I took a photo on the iPhone 7 Plus in landscape, the screen was crystal clear through my polarised sunglasses. Not so on the G6. The iPhone display only becomes clear in landscape with sunglasses not portrait.

I took a photo of our local church using an iPhone 7 Plus and then using the normal lens on the G6. I stood in the same spot. Just look how different the field of view is.

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The above is the G6 shot. And below is the iPhone 7 Plus from exactly the same spot.

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In fact to make life easier, I have created a LG G6 camera video showcase with my views on each shot. This has a variety of shots in bright and low light too.

Useful Links

LG G6 on Amazon UK
LG G6 cases on Amazon
Samsung S8 and S8+ on Amazon UK
Samsung S8 and S8+ cases on Amazon
LG G6 G600 Quad DAC 64gb from Wondamobile

Optoma GT5500 Projector Review – Ultra Short Throw at its best!

Welcome to my review of the Optoma GT5500 Ultra Short Throw Projector which retails for about £1,100. This is one of Optoma’s top end projectors.

Key Specifications

– Display Technology – Single 0.65” DarkChip 3 1080p DLP® Technology by Texas Instruments
– Native Resolution 1080p 1920 x 1080
– Brightness1 (Bright Mode) 3500 ANSI Lumens
– Contrast 25,000:1
– Lamp Life2 Eco+/Dynamic/Eco/Bright 6500/5000/5000/3000 (hrs)
– Throw Ratio 3 0.25:1
– Zoom Type Fixed
– I/O Connectors 2 x HDMI (1.4a 3D support), 2 x VGA (YPbPr/RGB), Composite, 2 x Audio In 3.5mm, Audio Out 3.5mm, VGA Out (Shared with VGA2), RJ45, RS232, USB remote mouse/service, 12V trigger, Mic In, USB-A Power, 3D-Sync
– Keystone Correction ± 20° Vertical
– Weight (kg) 4.78
– Dimensions (W x D x H) (mm) 385 x 310 x 120
– Aspect Ratio 16:9 Native, 4:3 Compatible
– Offset 118%
– Projection Screen Size 2.03 – 2.54m (80” – 100”) Diagonal 16:9
– Projection Distance 0.45 – 0.59m
– Projection Lens F/2.4; f=3.72mm, Fixed Zoom
– Computer Compatibility UXGA, SXGA, WXGA, HD, XGA, SVGA, VGA, Mac
– Video Compatibility PAL (B, D, G, H, I, M, N, 576i/p), NTSC (M, 4.43/3.58 MHz, 480i/p), SECAM (B, D, G, K, K1, L) HD (1080i, 720p)
– 3D Support Full 3D – The 3D features of Optoma projectors can only be used with compatible 3D content. Typical applications include use with 3D educational or 3D design and modelling systems. 3D TV broadcast systems, (SKY in the UK),
– Blu-ray 3D™ and 3D games from the Sony® PS3 or Microsoft® Xbox 360 are now supported as part of the HDMI v1.4a specification.
– 3D Compatibility Side-by-Side:1080i50 / 60, 720p50 / 60
– Frame-pack: 1080p24, 720p50 / 60
– Over-Under: 1080p24, 720p50 / 60
– Security Security bar, Kensington lock, password protection
– Standard Accessories AC power cord, VGA cable, remote control, battery, quick start card, CD user manual
– Optional Accessories 3D glasses, wireless
– Warranty 2 Years

The only way to understand just how good this projector performs is by watching the video review below. Enjoy.

Video Review

Conclusions

The Optoma GT500 is all about image quality and the ability to project a huge image from a mere 30cm away from the screen or wall. It also allows projection in daylight as the image is really bright. Recommended.

Useful Links

More info & latest pricing on the Optoma GT5500 Projector
Optoma GT1080e Projector Review

Moshi releases its new Vortex Air Bluetooth Headphones 


Moshi Vortex Air Bluetooth headphones retail for £110. 

With these headphones you can enjoy and share your favourite tunes with Moshi’s Vortex Air wireless earbuds. Compatible with both iOS and Android devices, these high quality earphones give you 8 hours of playtime so you can listen to tracks and answer calls throughout the day, all on a single charge.

 Vortex Air also lets you share good times with a friend thanks to Moshi’s DJ4two™ feature which streams music to a second Moshi headset. Utilising the same drivers and proprietary RigidBody™ steel housing as Vortex, Vortex Air retains the beloved sonic signature of its wired counterpart featuring deep articulate bass without distortion.

 The details:-

· The drive units consist of high-definition Neodymium drivers housed in sintered steel alloy to minimise cavity-induced colouration.

· This design not only vastly improves low frequency extension, but also renders silky smooth highs.

· Vortex Air comes with 3 different sizes of hybrid-injection silicone ear tips as well as a set of memory foam ear tips that can effectively block out external noise while providing hours of comfortable listening.

· Also included is a convenient magnetic clip to secure Vortex Air in place.

Key specification – 

– Sensitivity 100 +/- 3db
– Impedance 18ohm
– Passive noise isolation up to 23db
– 3 Button in Line remote
– Bluetooth 4.1
– Profiles HSP v1.2, HFP v1.6, A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.5
– Paired up to 8 devices
– Microphone MEMS
– Microphone sensitivity-39dBV/PA @ 1kHz
– Battery 100mAh
– Talk Time/Music up to 8 hours @ 50% volume
– 100 hours standby time
– 2 hours to charge using micro USB port

Moshi’ products also include a larger range of headphones, the Arcus multi function backpack, Moshi Spatia which is a wireless airplay sound system that looks rather stylish and a range of USB C cables and adapters. 

More info & stockist details – Moshi

Moshi products on Amazon UK

Sennheiser Momentum In Ear Headphones – Review

Key Specifications

– Custom machined stainless steel acoustic pipes for more accurate sound
– High quality dynamic speaker system and enhanced attenuation of ambient noise
– Personalised fit directly into the ear canals
– Available in two variants with a three button in-line remote with an integrated mic optimised for either – Apple iOS or Samsung Galaxy smart devices
– Convenient high carrying case included
– Wearing Style Ear canal
– Transducer Principle Dynamic
– Frequency Response 15 – 22,000 Hz
– Impedance 18 Ohm
– Sound Pressure Level (SPL) 118 dB
– Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) < 0.5%
– Cable Length 1.3 m 1.3 m
– Mic Pick-up Pattern Omni-directional
– In the Box – Ear-adapter set (XS, S, M, L) / Premium carrying case

Video Review

Useful Links

Latest pricing & more info on Sennheiser Momentum In Ear Headphones

Merrivale Stone Circles on Dartmoor National Park – Shot on an iPhone 7 Plus – Slow Motion & 2 Movies

I have just come back from walking my 3 labradors across Dartmoor, ending with a view of the Merrivale Stones and Merrivale Stone Circles.

I have created 3 movies. One is just a highlight of the slow motion footage of my 3 labradors shot at 240fps, the other movies are both created using iMovie. One is using the Trailers option and the other is a normal movie I created from scratch.

Let me know in which order you prefer the different videos.

Merrivale Stone Circles – All Footage

The Mysterious Merrivale Stones

iPhone 7 Plus – Slow Motion with 3 dogs at 240fps

Useful Links

Shopping for anything on Amazon

Optoma NuForce NE800M In Ear Headphones – review

Key Specifications

– Frequency response 10Hz – 40kHz
– Sensitivity 113dB+/-3dB
– Cable length 1.37 M
– Driver unit 8.6mm
– Impedance 16 Ohms
– Maximum input sound level 120dB S.P.L
– Connections input 3.5mm (4-pole stereo)
– Connections output 8.6mm driver Titanium coated diaphragm
– Weight 18g
In the Box – Carry case, 3x pairs of single silicone earbuds (sizes S, M, L), 2x pairs of Comply™ earbuds (sizes M, L)

Video Review

Useful Links

More info & latest pricing on the NuForce NE800M In Ear Headphones

Tech Addicts Podcast is LIVE – Hands on with the Honor 8 Pro

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Tech Addicts Podcast is back again with a new episode starring Gareth Myles, Jay Garrett, Leila Gregory, Brendan Arndt and myself. Tech Addicts is released every week. Twitter: @garethmyles ; @gavinfabiani ; @GadgetyNewsCom ; @JayGarrett ; @swanny ; @girlsngadgets ; @wildlime

To listen to the latest episode subscribe by searching “Tech Addicts” within your favourite podcast app, iTunes, Google Play Music Podcasts or use the URL “mobiletechaddicts.libsyn.com/rss” to add directly.

Or you can listen directly below –

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ – Hands on Experience

A few days ago I got to spend some time with the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ along with a Samsung representative.

Last week I provided my initial impressions following Samsung’s launch, “Link to S8 and S8+ First Thoughts” , so now that I have seen the new phones in person have my opinions changed.

First up, both phones look gorgeous, even better in real life. They make last years S7 and S7 Edge seem dated. The S8 looks so small with its narrower width. The S8+ despite having a narrower width too, still looks huge.

Usability. The S8 is fine to use with the fingerprint sensor on the back with a little bit of care. But you will end up leaving fingerprints over the camera sensor. The S8+ is too tall to make reaching the fingerprint sensor a practicality.

It is in my opinion that Samsung had to alter its design of the phones when they couldn’t master the embedded fingerprint sensor under the front screen completely to replace the need for the finger print sensor on the rear. Potentially, if they had achieved this, the S8+ could have had dual rear camera sensors, similar to the iPhone 7 Plus.

However, that despite the poor positioning of the rear fingerprint sensor, the iris scanner has been improved over the Note 7. The iris scanner is faster and works within a wider angle, that is the eyes don’t have to be 100% level with the phone, and its much faster to use.

Cameras. Impossible to tell just how much better the cameras are on the S8. Both front and rear cameras have been improved. I did take some incredible selfies.

I still have a concern over the battery size / life. I can see 1080p resolution being used a lot to keep battery life in check.

However, despite any concerns I have mentioned above, the S8 looks great and has a fabulous camera. The S8+ looks ever better but is hampered by harder usability in terms of rear fingerprint placement.

Would I buy one? No. But for many people it will be a good upgrade over a Samsung Galaxy S5, maybe S6.

Honor 8 Pro – Now available in the UK – Full Details and Photo Gallery & More

Honor, the leading smartphone e-brand for digital natives, has released the Honor 8 Pro (RRP £474.99), the latest addition to the Honor 8 flagship series.

Honor 8 Pro key specifications:

– 5.7 inch, 2560 x 1440 Quad HD display, 515 ppi
– Kirin 960 octa-core (4x 2.4 GHz + 4x 1.8 GHz)
– 6 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM
– Android 7 (Nougat)
– EMUI 5.1
– 12 MP + 12 MP dual-lens camera
– USB-OTG
– 184 grams
– 4,000 mAh battery
– 6.97mm thick
– Cardboard VR inside box

Designed to meet the ambitious and fast-paced lifestyles of today’s digital generation, the new device has been built to deliver the best performance for gaming, streaming and photography. A stand-out capability is its high-density 4.000 mAh battery which works in tandem seamlessly with the latest SmartPower 5.0 technology, providing up to two full days of run-time from a single charge.

The handset packs this power into a beautiful, ultra-thin 6.97mm body, making it one of the slimmest smartphones on the market without compromising on performance. Coming in at 5.7 inches, the size of the QHD resolution screen isn’t compromised either, redefining design in the category.

Users can indulge in full HD VR journeys direct from the handset thanks to a brand new VR cardboard headset inside the smartphone box. Pre-installed onto the device, the Jaunt VR app brings 100s of premium, cinematic virtual reality experiences just a click away.

The Honor 8 Pro combines cutting-edge hardware and software with its third generation 12-megapixel dual-lens camera. The two lenses work in tandem to deliver the perfect shot – the monochrome lens captures a black-and-white image with incredible depth of detail, while the RGB lens ensures vivid colour reproduction. The camera’s wide aperture range (f/0.95–f/16) delivers DSLR-like depth of field effects, for both photo and video shooting.

The device also supports shooting of 4k videos encoded in the efficient H.265 codec, which produces files twice as small as its predecessor. And EMUI 5.1 introduces Highlights, a new feature co-developed with GoPro that intelligently organises photos by category and automatically generates video stories that are easily customisable.

Useful Links

Available to buy from Amazon on the 20th April – Click HERE
Pre Order from Vmall UK Online store – Click HERE.

Optoma NuForce uDAC-3 AMP/DAC Review

Welcome to my review of the Optoma NuForce uDAC-3 amp and DAC which retails for around £90.

The Optoma NuForce uDAC3 is an A-synchronous, full 24-bit, 96 kHz, high-performance USB Digital to Audio Converter (DAC) and combined headphone amplifier that upgrades any computers sound output.

To use the NuForce uDAC-3 you simply connect it to your computer’s USB port. The idea is that the DAC improves the sound quality of your digital music collection. As you can imagine, most Macs, computers and laptops are generally not engineered to deliver the best quality sound. This can result in subtle errors in the conversion and amplification processes which affects the audio quality. All of my headphones sounded better with the uDAC-3 than just using the headphone out with my MacBook Pro.

The uDAC3 provided a fuller sound with better clarity and a deeper and more powerful bass, more detail and separation. It is amazing the difference this made with streaming services and YouTube. The other aspects that is good about the uDAC-3 is its small compact size and that it gains all its power from the USB port of your computer.

Key Specifications

Output impedance RCA 100 Ohm, Headphone 5.6 Ohm
Maximum sampling rate 96 Bit resolution 24
Frequency response 20Hz-20kHz,THD+N:.005%
Signal to noise ratio 98db
Total harmonic distortion 0.05%
Power supply USB powered 80mA/5V
Native bit rate 32,16,24,48,88.2,96kHz
Dynamic range 90dB
Headphone power output 80m W x2@16Ohm
Volume control Rotory
USB sampling rates 44.1,48, 96
Connectionsinput USB
Connections output 3.5mm stereo, Coax S/PDIF, RCA L+R
Supported HD audio 96/24
Weight 90g
Dimensions 68 x 38 x 21 mm
In the box USB A-Micro cable, user’s manual

Video Review

Conclusion

For such a small compact device, this is an ideal addition to anyone who likes there music and wants their headphones to sound significantly better than the built in computer headphone audio.

Useful Links

More info and the latest pricing on the NuForce uDAC-3

Polk MagniFi Mini – Doly 5.1 Home Theatre Soundbar – My Review

Welcome to my review of the Polk MagniFi Mini Dolby 5.1 Home Theatre Soundbar review which has a recommended retail price of £349. The MagniFi Mini belts out a far larger sound than its size would allude too. So let’s find out more about the Polk MagniFi Mini.

The Polk Magnificent Mini includes “Voice Adjust” technology dramatically increases vocal clarity and volume level for crystal clear dialogue no matter what you’re watching. The difference with bass heavy films using this tech was so noticeable and made distinguishing voices a dream.

The MagniFi Mini has both wired and wireless. Connection include an HDMI input, connection, digital optical audio input which both support 5.1 audio. You can also use the 3.5mm analog input as well as an ethernet port to connect to your network. For wireless music playback, you can choose bluetooth audio or Google Cast music streaming over Wi-Fi.

It also comes with a handy remote control. Functions include power, volume, sound mode selector, inputs, bass and voice levels. You don’t have to use the remote as there are also controls on top of the speaker.

The internal amp is capable of a room filling 150 watts. It includes 802.11a/b/g/n/AC – 2.4GHz & 5GHz.

Movie, Music, and Sport Modes. One button preset EQ settings for Movies, Music and Sports optimize the sound bar and subwoofer to ensure you get the clearest dialogue, big surround sound and deep bass for the best audio and home theater experience. You can change these on the remote control as well. There is a one button night mode to reduce the bass and not disturb other people.

To understand more about the tech, drivers, power, sound quality and more, check out the video section below.

Conclusion

I really like the power and sound quality from the Polk MagniFi Mini and the on the fly adjustments for voice and bass levels. Recommended.

Useful Links

More info & the latest pricing on the Polk MagniFi Mini