Samsung Galaxy S8+ – Just how good is the camera? – by Ellie

Yesterday was the turn of the Huawei P10 plus and now it is the turn of the Samsung Galaxy S8+. So just how good is the camera? Well it takes photos just like any other phone which is the harsh reality, but is it any better than last years S7 or the current competition. If you scroll back you will see similar shots on from the Huawei P10 Plus and over the next 2 days you will see how well the LG G6 and iPhone 7 Plus fared.

The first shot above is panoramic mode. Looks good.

Below are some macro shots. Sometimes, the focus point is missed. Easily done, but when spot on, the macro shots are fab.

Colours and bokeh look superb.

Some of the detail is exceptional.

If you like macros, the S8+ doesn’t disappoint.

Fast action is easy with the S8+.

All the shades of green were accurately captured here.

Lots of saturation, but nonetheless a lovely punchy shot.

One for the road.

All in all the S8+ camera delivers the goods. If you are smart enough to work out how to press the shutter button, the Samsung S8+ does the rest for you, its that good!

Despite the good camera this phone is flawed. Why is the fingerprint sensor unreachable and next to the camera lens. And WTF is that stupid Bixby button for other than decoration and constantly being activated by accident.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Camera Showcase

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Huawei P10 Plus – First Impressions and Camera Samples by Ellie

The Huawei P10 Plus has arrived for review with thanks to Vodafone UK.

It feels like that expression about buses. You wait ages for a bus, and then 10 arrive all at the same time. That is what it feels like with flagship phones at the moment.

So this is the time for the Huawei P10 Plus, the flagship phone from Huawei. This has the new improved dual Leica cameras over the standard Huawei P10.

So what does it look like. Well in its black finish its rather slick. Fairly grippy too which is not the case with some of the other phones I have used recently. In the box was all the usual bits but also a clear silicone style case.

The other thing I have noticed is the red power button on the side. That looks neat. Out of all of the phones I have seen recently this feels the quickest to unlock, and nip around the various apps. Being used to my iPhone 6S, I do like the fingerprint sensor on the front, and it was good to see the same on this phone, except the P10 Plus is so much faster. Mind you nothing is slower/trickier to unlock than the new Samsung Galaxy S8+. I asked Gavin about the finger print sensor being so flipping awkward and up so high on the Samsung S8+, and I got some spiel about the iris and face unlock methods.

Anyway, below are a few shots from the camera taken at the weekend. Nothing too fancy. I noticed some of the camera modes and must check these out soon. Lots of fun to be had by the looks of it.

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.

Conclusion.

The photos look good to me. What do you think? Of course there are so many other camera modes on this phone from wide aperture, portrait, light painting and more. The Huawei P10 Plus is impressive so far.

Useful Links

Vodafone Shop UK
Huawei pricing on Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs iPhone 7 Plus vs LG G6 vs Huawei P10 Plus – Camera Comparison by Ellie

Four of the top flagship phones. Left to right LG G6, Huawei P10 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the iPhone 7 Plus.

I took 2 shots of the local church from different angles using all 4 phones. I have uploaded all photos full size. For both scenes the Huawei P10 Plus photos come first, then the iPhone 7 Plus, followed by the LG G6 and lastly Samsung Galaxy S8+.

Huawei P10 Plus Side View

iPhone 7 Plus Side View

 

LG G6 Side View

 

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Side View

 

Huawei P10 Plus Monochrome mode

Huawei P10 Plus Colour Auto

iPhone 7 Plus Colour Auto

 

LG G6 Colour Auto and then Wide Angle

 

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Colour Auto and Flower Shot

 

Conclusion and Results

Side Church Shot

I would rank the side church shot as follows. First place LG G6, then Samsung S8+, then Huawei P10 Plus and in last place the iPhone 7 Plus.

Church Colour Auto Shot

A very close call and hard to pick a winner. The LG G6 pips the post but only just. The others are all a draw. The Huawei P10 Plus monochrome shot is excellent. So is the wide angle shot from the LG G6.

Final Words

As you can see a very close call in terms of camera performance. So which are your favourites?

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.

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.

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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.