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Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom Mega Review – Is this the optical zoom champ with a 5,000mAh battery?

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom review. The phone with killer specs and a killer camera setup. So how does it perform in the real world? Well let’s find out. First the key specifications.

Key Specifications

– Colours – Black, Silver and Pink
– Dimensions – 154 x 77 x 7.99mm
– Weight – 170g
– 5.5 inch 1080p IPS screen. 500 nits brightness. Gorilla Glass 5.Blue light filter, Oleophobic coating. 10 point multitouch. Over 100% NTSC high colour gamut.
– Snapdragon 625. Adreno 506 GPU.
– 3/4gb ram with 32gb/64gb storage. eMMC storage

Main Camera – ASUS SuperPixel™ Technology for 2.5 times light sensitivity compare with iPhone 7 Plus,12 megapixels, f/1.7 aperture, SONY IMX362 sensor (1/2.55″ large sensor size, 1.4 µm large pixel size),Focal Length 25mm,6p lens, 82° field of view,
– 4-axis, 4 stops Optical Image Stabilization for steady photos, 3-axis Electronic Image Stabilization for shake-free videos,
– 4K UHD (3840 by 2160) 30 frame per second video recording,
– Colour correction (RGB) sensor for the best white balance and natural-looking colours, Dual-LED real tone flash,
– ASUS Exclusive TriTech+ Auto Focus system with 0.03s instant focus:
– World leading fastest Dual Pixel PDAF (100% pixel used for focusing)
– 2nd generation Laser auto-focus, 3 times distance than previous generation
– Subject tracking auto-focus for both photos and videos

Zoom Rear Camera – 12 megapixel, 12 times total zoom, 2.3 times optical zoom, Focal length 59mm,5p lens

– PixelMaster 3.0 camera modes: Auto (default),Manual,HDR Pro,Beautification,Super Resolution,Children,Low Light, QR code, Night,Depth of Field, Effect, Selfie, GIF Animation, Panorama, Miniature, Time Rewind, Smart Remove, All Smiles

– Video – 4K video recording (3840 by 2160) at 24 fps, 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps, 720p HD video recording at 30 fps, 3-axis electronic image stabilisation, Take still photo while recording video

Front Camera – 13 megapixels photos, SONY IMX214 sensor (1/3.06″, 1.12um),f/2.0 aperture, Screen flash
– PixelMaster 3.0 camera modes: Beautification, Selfie Panorama,Auto (default),Night,HDR Pro,Effect,Low Light, GIF Animation, Slow motion,Time Lapse

Audio – Speaker 5-magnet speakers with NXP Smart Amp for up to 4 times better performance,
– Audio Output Hi-Res audio 192kHz/24-bit standard that is 4 times better than CD quality
– DTS (Digital Theater System) for headphone support
– Mic Dual internal mic with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology
– FM Receiver, FM radio

– 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi direct
– GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDSS
– SIM 1: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
– SIM 2: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
– Dual SIM dual standby, SIM 2: Only use the Nano SIM card or the MicroSD card at a time
– Both SIM card slots support 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE network band. But only one SIM card can connect to 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE service at a time

Networks – FDD-LTE, TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA (CN Version), WCDMA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, GSM/GPRS/EDGE
– Data rate LTE Cat4: UL 50 / DL 150 Mbps (WW/US/BR/IN/ID version),DC-HSPA+: UL 5.76 / DL 42 Mbps
– US version reviewed – FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 28),WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 8)
GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) Other versions have different bands

– Sensors – Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, RGB sensor, IR sensor, Fingerprint

Battery – 5000mAh (non-removable), 1A Reverse Charging
– Power adapter – Output: 5V 2A 10W
– In The Box – ZenFone 3 Zoom with Android™ 6.0 and ASUS ZenUI 3.0, ASUS ZenEar with Mic, USB-C Cable, Ejector Pin, USB Power Adapter, Documentation (User Guide, Warranty Card)

– Asus ZenUI 3 – includes ZenFit (uses camera to measure heart rate) ,launcher, fingerprint sensor, file manager, themes, zenmotion, game genie, camera, photo collage, mini movie, zencircle, keyboard, phone, contacts, weather, clock, calculator, do it later, mobile manager, zenfone care

Asus really do think of everything when it comes to features. Some are more useful than others. Like everything you use the ones you want and turn off what you don’t need. Anyway, head over and watch my full 20 min review of the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom with camera showcase covering the zoom capabilities and much more.

Video Review

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The best phone of 2017 – Editorial

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The best phone of 2017 according to my views and usage testing a wide range of flagships, budgets and medium priced phones. 

The answer is not quite straight forward and here’s why.

The problem with the top end flagship is often design. Made with materials to make the phone look gorgeous but ultimately with poor grip meaning a case is a must have. The other problem is QHD or 4K screens and still with a 3,000mAh battery.  I have used the Lenovo P2 and recently the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom both of which have 5,000mAh batteries or more. Once you have experienced a battery of this capacity that lasts 2 days, you realise how much you have become a victim to constant charging of your phone. 

Now if you have a big battery you need quick charging. Really fast charging if possible. Qi wireless charging is a bonus if included. But if you have a monster sized battery the need for wireless charging is negated. 

Cameras.  The best phone of 2017 needs the photo quality of shots from the iPhone 7 and Samsung S8.  Plus HDR quality of the Google Pixel. The phone camera needs ultra fast focusing of the Samsung S8. The microphones need to be as good as those from the S8 and have auto focusing front facing camera with OIS and one that can record QHD stereo. Then the camera needs the optical zoom and portrait mode of the iPhone 7 Plus, the monochrome lens from the Huawei P10 Plus and the wide angle lens of the LG G6.  In terms of the default camera app, this needs to be a cross of the Samsung S8 and Huawei P10 Plus. It needs to include all the manual controls at your fingertips but the simplicity of working every time perfectly in auto. The camera app needs to include the special light painting and wide exposure modes of the Huawei camera app. 

When it comes to audio the best phone of 2017 needs the quad dac from the LG G6 along with its Bluetooth stack and aptx HD. The headphone jack needs to remain. Stereo speakers with the minimum quality of the iPhone 7 Plus but ideally at the level of the HTC U 11. 

When it comes to screens this is a one horse race. The phone needs a panel from the Samsung S8. So than means a phone with a 6 inch screen with minimal bezels meaning it’s a big as 5 inch phone from several years ago. 

In terms of durability this needs to be at the level of the LG G6. IP68 dust and water resistant along with a MIL spec for drop resistance. 

Finally the crucial aspect of any phone is the software and processor. A phone needs the processor from the latest iPhone. Powerful yet efficient. In terms of software, it needs to run a merging of iOS and Google android. iOS needs the google assistant merged with Siri. The Apple cloud services replaced with the Google cloud including Google Photos. 

So summarising the best phone of 2017 will have 3 lenses, normal, wide and optical zoom, a 5,000 mah battery, stereo speakers, a headphone jack, 32 bit audio with a built in headphone amp, hi res Bluetooth, an amoled  screen with minimal bezels , running andriOS, a great camera app and be durable against dust, water and accidental drops. Not much to ask for is it 🙂

Improvements for 2018 that I would like to see is a phone that can have one camera lens that merges all 3 options and wireless charging that works without having to place the phone on a pad. 

So what would be your best phone ?

Samsung Galaxy S8 – Review – Plus Camera Tips and Showcase

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Samsung Galaxy S8 review. Welcome to my review of the Samsung Galaxy S8 which includes a video and photo camera showcase, some tips and tricks, the pros and cons and much more.

I have already published camera samples and a 4 way camera comparison between the S8, Huawei P10 Plus, LG G6 and iPhone 7 Plus Click Here.

So let’s take it away for Samsung’s flagship phone.

Video Review

Useful Links

Latest info & deals on the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and S8 cases and accessories

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom – Day 2 Impressions – PLUS – Camera Samples

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom impressions Day 2. Lots to talk about but so little time so I will try and cover off some points.

That 5,000mAh battery is epic. 2 days heavy use should be straight forward. 10% lost in 13 hours. 35% in a day which included using the camera. The power management is super smart with a couple of slick options which I will cover off in my main review.

The front camera does slow motion video as well as the rear. 4K video from the rear. 1080p from the front.

The audio system is consumer friendly. It has a slight presence towards the bass, producing a full, powerful and fun sound. Just not the bleeding edge in neutrality for audio, although it does manage hi res audio and include apt-x. I need to spend some more time with the audio though to decide where it fits in my scoring.

So below are the first 7 shots from the camera.I intend to go through the options in a lot more depth. Just remember this phone costs £330 which is over half the cost of an iPhone 7 Plus.

Reds & Greens #zenfone3zoom

Close up of some bushes. There is a slight softness on close up shots.

Scenic views around Church of St Michael & All Angels #zenfone3zoom

Both the shots above and below look good.

Scenic views around Church of St Michael & All Angels #zenfone3zoom

All photos shot in auto mode.

Scenic views around Church of St Michael & All Angels #zenfone3zoom

Sky looks quite good too.

Scenic views around Church of St Michael & All Angels #zenfone3zoom

I love this shot of my local church. Captured the mood really well. This was just before a hailstorm.

Dandelions #zenfone3zoom

After dusk I took the shot of the dandelions.

Dreamy Clouds #zenfone3zoom

The sky looks great last night.

So there you have it so far. Plenty plenty more to cover off.

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom – Dual lenses with optical zoom & a 5,000mAh battery – First Impressions


Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom has arrived. This phone looks the business. 

– It has 2.3 x optical zoom and up to 12 times zoom. OIS and EIS. 

– Super Pixel Technology for 2.5 times light sensitivity than the iPhone 7 Plus.

– Specialist camera modes and 4K video. 

– World leading fastest dual pixel PDAF auto focus system. Same as the Samsung Galaxy S8. 

– 2nd generation laser auto focus with 3 times the distance. 
– The loudspeaker is a 5 magnet affair with a NXP SMART Amp.

– Hi-Res Audio, DTS and more.

– Dual sim.

– More sensors than your kitchen sink.

– A whopping 5,000mAh battery paired to a Snapdragon 625 for incredible battery life. 

– So much more you’re just going to have to wait for the review. 

Tech Addicts Podcasts – It’s Live – Note 7 FE (Fire Edition) and More

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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

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Samsung Pay launches in the UK – List of Banks and Phones accepted plus major feature missing

So Samsung launched Samsung Pay in the UK yesterday. This was a day of celebration that turned rapidly sour for several reasons.

Firstly, Samsung Pay is only launching with 3 banks.

Not all is lost as you can use it instead of your Oyster travel card. It is also compatible with the following phones and places.

But the problem with Samsung Pay is two fold. Firstly, you have to decide whether to use Android Pay or Samsung Pay as your default payment system. Why would you pick Samsung over Android Pay which accepts so many more banks and is Google’s own system?.

Secondly, and this really is a big point, Samsung Pay has a major advantage over Apple and Android Pay. It works not only at terminals with a contactless machine but also on the machines without contactless that use the magnetic strip system. That meant Samsung Pay could be used anywhere. However, Samsung decided the UK didn’t need the MST feature and turned it off. WTF Samsung!!

Views of St Thomas Church in Thorveton – Shot on the Samsung Galaxy S8

Below are photos taken of St Thomas Church in Thorveton, Devon, all shot on the Samsung Galaxy S8, which did an amazing job. My review will come very soon of the Galaxy S8.

First shot is a macro of a leaf on a headstone.

Samsung S8

Here’s another view, shot in auto.

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Lovely bokeh here and great colours.

Samsung S8

Now you can see more of the church.

Samsung S8

There are some superb trees in the graveyard.

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Frontal viewpoint.

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The church looks superb.

Samsung S8

One for the road.

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I was pleased with the S8 camera and its output. The video is top notch too and having QHD on the front camera is awesome.

Samsung Gear 360 (2017) – Review – Every Mode Tested on iOS, Samsung S8 & Mac

Samsung Gear 360 2017 Review. This is my review of the Samsung Gear 360. I used it on my Samsung Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 Plus and MacBook Pro. The review covers all modes, the pros and cons, the differences using it on a Samsung S8, iPhone 7 Plus or Mac.

Plus there are sample footage of all modes below, with links. This page will get updated as more 360 footage is captured and or any updates arrive that impact the experience good or bad.

The Blockbuster Review of the Samsung Gear 360 2017

Samsung Gear 360 2017 Live Broadcast Sample Footage

Below is a sample of the footage from a live broadcast using the Samsung S8. This was at max quality. Unfortunately the duration is shorter than expected as I lost cell signal.

Samsung Gear 360 2017 4K Video Sample

Samsung Gear 360 2017 Video Looping Mode Sample

Samsung Gear 360 2017 Time Lapse Mode Sample

Samsung Gear 360 2017 Photos

I have embedded the photos below with full 360 and VR headset support. Just click play. If you are wearing a VR headset press the icon top right. I have also uploaded these to my Flickr and Google Photos accounts. Links are at the end of the review.

Landscape HDR photo mode

Normal Photo Mode

Normal Photo Mode HDR on

Low Light Photo

Conclusion

The new Samsung Gear 360 2017 is a win. Much easier to use than last years, easier to hold and good quality output.

Useful Links

Samsung Gear 360 latest pricing and more info
Samsung Gear 360 2017 First Impressions
The original Samsung Gear 360 review and help guides
My Flickr Gear 360 2017 Album
My Samsung 360 Album on Google Photos

Samsung Galaxy S8 – Camera – Epic macro shots

The Samsung Galaxy S8 camera is meant to be on paper better than last year’s S7. It has a new Sony 12mp sensor but also has new image processing whereby 3 shots get snapped each time and blended.

This is not the HDR+ mode found on the Google Pixel. This is a natural method of obtaining better images. The benefits should appear more in low light and sports or motion.

So below are 3 photos. All taken in auto. But check out the shots and what level of detail was captured. Epic.

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LG G6 Review – Quad DAC Korean G600 plus Camera Showcase

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LG G6 review. Welcome to my review of the LG G6. This is Korean G600 version of the LG G6 being reviewed. This review has been compiled by massive input from my wife Ellie and additional input by myself.

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. Come on LG, one model with an equal feature set please across all markets next time!

Key Specifications

– Body: Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 3 front, Gorilla Glass 5 back; chamfered LCD for impact resistance; IP68 certified for water and dust resistance, 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
– Display: 5.7″ IPS LCD, 2,880x1440px resolution, 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio, 565ppi; HDR 10 and Dolby Vision compliant.
– Dual 13 MP rear cameras (f/1.8, OIS, 3-axis, phase detection AF) + 13 MP (f/2.4, no AF), dual-LED flash, check quality, 1/3″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size
– 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound recording mics
– Front camera 5 MP, f/2.2, 1080p video
– Rear camera: 13MP f/1.8 primary camera with 71° field of view, OIS. Additional 13MP f/2.4 wide-angle camera with 125° FOV, no OIS. 1.12µm pixel size on both. 2160p/30fps video recording on both.
– Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821; quad-core CPU (2xKryo@2.35GHz + 2xKryo@1.6GHz), Adreno 530 GPU.
– Memory: 4GB of RAM; 32GB/64GB storage (region dependent); microSD slot for cards up to 2TB (practically up to 256GB).
– Battery: 3,300mAh Li-Po (sealed); QuickCharge 3.0 fast charging; WPC&PMA wireless charging (US version only).
– Misc: Fingerprint reader; ; 2 mics, single speaker on the bottom; 3.5mm jack.QUAD DAC
– LG G6 G600 Bands – GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100, LTE : B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B12, B17, B20, B26, B38, B39, B40, B41
– Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
– Weight 163g
– Fast Charging QC3 – 50% in 30 mins

Phone Basics

The LG G6 features a 18:9 aspect ratio meaning the phone is narrow. By far it is the easier phone to hold and manage with one hand. It is doesn’t feature and curved edges, just a practical flat edge to grip. It is also drop proof too as would have noticed from the specification, something the iPhone 7 Plus or Samsung S8 doesn’t feature. The LG G6 is water and dust resistant too. The HDR+ screen is beautiful with good viewing angles. It comes with average readability in bright sunlight. The best screen for sunlight readability comes from the S8. Battery life will last a day, predominately because the standby drain is non existent. Screen on time is 4.5 hours in my heavy setup. Fortunately, the G6 comes with quick charge 3. I haven’t needed to top it up yet during the day, although I did get close one day.

Cellular coverage is excellent. It pulls LTE when Gavin’s iPhone 7 Plus on the same network is only receiving 3g. Bluetooth is superb. WiFi has been buggy from time to time. After phone has been in standby for sometime, if I went to use WiFi it shows connected, but I have had to toggle WiFi on and off for it to be working properly.

Audio vs Quad DAC Audio

If you are in the UK or USA the standard built in DAC is still excellent and IMO better than that found on the S8 or even the iPhone 7 Plus. The standard G6 also has APT-X HD, a Hi-Res Bluetooth codec providing 24bit audio over bluetooth with a compatible headphone. Fortunately, I have been able to test this APT-X HD and the quality is exceptional. However, even normal APT-X is top notch. My AirPods sound better on the G6 than on any other phone including the iPhone 7 Plus or S8.

Now lets introduce the Quad DAC. Plug in some decent wired headphones or any wired headphone to be honest. Sit back in your favourite chair and be prepared to be blown away. The Quad DAC works with headphones up to 600 ohm. I would personally recommend using no more than 300 ohm to get the optimal balance.

Camera

The LG G6 cameras are excellent. With both rear cameras at 13mp the balance is near perfect. Ellie did a 4 way camera comparison with the iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8, Huawei P10 Plus and LG G6 – CLICK HERE. The LG G6 often nailed the shot better than all the other phones, although the difference is minimal now. So now its about dual lenses and the features these add to the pot. The G6 camera app is great. Lots of ways to take a photo or video in auto, but then there is a brilliant manual mode for photo and video, both of which are better by far than that found on the Samsung Galaxy S8. Square mode and all the other camera modes work really well and are fun to use. See the camera showcase for examples of each option.

Video Review

Camera Showcase Video

Conclusion

Ellie – Gavin gave me the LG G6 to take some photos and provide some first impressions. I haven’t given it back to him. It is brilliant. I adore the camera, phone and everything about it.

Gavin – Looking at the G6 versus the completion it is by far my favourite phone. The headphone output is tremendous and looking at the photos Ellie has captured makes me very envious that she has the G6 and not myself.

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

Huawei P10 Plus Review – new Leica rear cameras, QHD and more

The Huawei P10 Plus review comes courtesy of Vodafone UK. who provided the handset on loan for this review. My wife Ellie provided a lot of the content for this review, along with some additional input from myself.

Before I detail the key specifications of the Huawei P10 Plus, I thought it might be useful to illustrate the differences with the P10.

The Key Differences P10 vs P10 Plus

Below are they key differences between the P10 and P10 Plus. The Plus advancements over the P10 are significant from the rear cameras, screen and more.

-P10: 145.9 x 69.3 x 7mm
-P10 Plus: 153.5 x 74.2 x 7mm

-P10: 149g weight
-P10 Plus: 165g weight

-P10: 3,200mAh battery
-P10 Plus: 3,750mAh battery

-P10: Leica Dual Camera 2.0 with f/2.2 aperture Summarit lenses
-P10 Plus: Leica Dual Camera 2.0 Pro with f/1.8 aperture Summilux lenses

-P10: 5.1-inch 1,920 x 1,080 resolution IPS LCD 1080p
-P10 Plus: 5.5-inch 2,560 x 1,440 resolution IPS LCD QHD

-P10: 4GB RAM, 64GB storage
-P10 Plus: 6GB RAM, 128GB storage

-P10 Plus only: Infrared IR controller/blaster and stereo speakers

-P10 Plus only: 4×4 MIMO (up to 600Mbit download speeds)
-Both: 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi

As you can see there are some significant improvements over the P10 Plus over the P10 from screen, battery, cameras and connectivity.

The additional specifications of the P10 Plus are –

-OS Android 7.0 (Nougat)
-Processor HiSilicon Kirin 960,CPU Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) GPU Mali-G71 MP8
– Rear Cameras Dual 20 MP + 12 MP, f/1.8, OIS, Leica optics, phase detection and laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash,
– Front camera 8 MP, f/1.9
– Stereo speakers
– IR blaster
– Front fingerprint sensor with control functions
– Fast charging

Phone Basics

The phone looks good with its thin profile and cameras that do not protrude. Call quality and signal was excellent. WiFi and bluetooth worked well. Screen viewing angles were good. Battery life was 5-6 hours screen on time with a strong standby time. This was without using any of the extensive power saving options. The 6gb of ram made this phone feel really nimble with no slow downs coming from the Kirin 960 processor.

The phone comes with a pre fitted screen protector. If you remove this, you will discover the P10 Plus does not come with an oleophobic screen covering which reduces screen fingerprint smudges. In the box was a plastic clear case too.

The phone runs on EMUI 5.1 which is vastly improved over EMUI v4. There are options to tweak nearly every aspect of the phone too.

Camera and Audio

The camera continues Huawei’s tradition of providing a full featured camera app. Loads of different shooting modes including HDR, panoramic, night, light trails as well as a full features Pro mode which allows raw capture. The photo quality is excellent from the rear cameras too. New to the P10 Plus is a Portrait mode which works well capturing people portraits. Video is good too, but not as good as the iPhone 7 Plus when it comes to stabilisation. Also its 4K video resolution is filmed using the new codec H265 which saves a lot of storage space. To upload this to YouTube or Google Photos it is necessary to convert it first using a third party app. 1080p video does not need to be altered. Below are some photo samples.

A really lovely shot of the church. Shot in auto. All photos uploaded in full size too.

Monochrome mode. A bit different for sure.

And now in full colour and in auto mode.

Some macro shots, truly amazing too.

A tree stump.

Flag pole and another monochrome shot.

Panoramic Shot.

The P10 Plus loudspeaker goes relatively loud and clear. The headphone audio is good as well as bluetooth audio. It is not at the same quality as the LG G6 though.

Video Review

Now sit back and enjoy the second part of the Huawei P10 Plus review.

Conclusion

All things considered, the Huawei P10 Plus is a good phone. I personally enjoyed using it as it was quick to unlock and very nimble to navigate. The cameras are excellent and the included IR Blaster was an added bonus. However, the flagship fight at the top of the ladder is brutal but at least there is choice.

Useful Links

Vodafone Shop UK
Huawei pricing on Amazon

Samsung Gear 360 2017 – First Impressions on iOS & mac

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Samsung Gear 360 (2017). First Impressions.

First up it’s new design over last years ball style is vastly improved in terms of holding it instantly.

The Samsung Gear 360 (2017) is currently only compatible with a number of Samsung flagship and Samsung A series along with the iPhone. Other android phones don’t work with this. I will cover off more of the what does and doesn’t in my full review.

There are 2 apps for the MacBook to install. One is a gallery photo and video app that stitches the media on your MacBook. Samsung recommend a core i7 processor. Then there is the Samsung Gear 360 iOS app.

At this stage everything worked well, from the mac software to the iOS app. No bugs. There are limitations on a few features that are available with the Samsung Galaxy S8 but not via the iPhone 7 Plus.

These currently include –

– Live broadcast (only available using mac not iPhone )
– No live video feed
– Resolution is reduced when stitching slightly on iPhone. Full resolution can be maintained using mac software.

Then menu system is a breeze to use and there are a few tweaks to be had to improve the results.

If you have any questions on this please let me know for the full review.

NB. Photo shot in portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Useful Links

Latest pricing on Samsung Gear 360 2017 on Amazon

Tech Addicts Podcast – Its Live with all the new tech on 3rd May 2017

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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.

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