I need you HELP urgently in the next 7 days

YouTube has deployed a new algorithm to demonetise millions and millions of unsuitable videos that aren’t acceptable for all audiences. The concept is fine. Except its not working correctly. My last 3 YouTube videos on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium all suffered from this.

YouTube offers a manual review providing your video gets 1,000 views in 7 days. This is where I need your help.

Please share this link to this video of mine and help get it to 1,000 views ASAP.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium – My Review – 4K HDR, 960fps Slow Motion and More

Sony Xperia XZ Review. The Sony Xperia XX Premium is a phone that holds many firsts in a phone. For a start it has a 5.5 inch 4K HDR display and a 19mp rear camera that can take 960fps slow motion. The phone also has the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, a 13mp front camera along with a range of camera modes and options.

Over the last 24 hours, I have published dedicated reviews on the camera, audio along with the best headphones to provide more detail on particular aspects that some of you had requested.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Mega Camera Review and Showcase – Click HERE.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Audio Review & Best Headphones – Click HERE.

Original camera shots on Flickr Album.

My thanks to Vodafone UK for the loan.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review

Also available from Amazon UK

Sony Xperia XZ Premium – Audio Review & The Best Headphones to Use

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Audio Review plus the best headphones to use with the phone. The Sony Xperia XX Premium is a phone that holds many firsts in a phone. For a start it has a 5.5 inch 4K HDR display and a 19mp rear camera that can take 960fps slow motion. The phone also has the latest Snapdragon 835 processor along with a dedicated audio setup. It is this audio setup, the Bluetooth, stereo loudspeakers,headphone output and the best headphones to use with it that I am going to cover off today.

Over the next 24 hours, I will be publishing my main review of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and a dedicated camera only review too.

Camera Review & Showcase

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Main Review
My thanks to Vodafone UK for the loan.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Audio Review

Also available from Amazon UK

Sony Xperia XZ Premium – Detailed Camera Review and Showcase

Sony Xperia XZ Mega Camera Review and Showcase. The Sony Xperia XX Premium is a phone that holds many firsts in a phone. For a start it has a 5.5 inch 4K HDR display and a 19mp rear camera that can take 960fps slow motion. The phone also has the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, a 13mp front camera along with a range of camera modes and options.

Over the next 24 hours, I will be publishing my main review of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and a dedicated audio only review too.

My Sony Xperia XZ Premium Flickr Album.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Main Review
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Audio Review & Best Headphones
My thanks to Vodafone UK for the loan.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Camera Review and Showcase

Also available from Amazon UK

YouTube has a BIG problem with de monetisations of videos – My Story so far

Apart from my website, I have videos being shown over on my YouTube channel. Please subscribe if you haven’t already. My videos are harmless, well within YouTube guideline for acceptable content, have no swearing or nudity. I also only use the royalty free music provided with the video editing apps I use – iMovie and Luma Fusion. To be even safer, I have created my own audio tracks using GarageBand now.

In addition, all video content is my own. So in practice and theory all my content meets YouTube’s guidelines. So it was a totally shock when I realised 2 of 3 new videos uploaded and scheduled to go live this weekend on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium were de monetised by YouTube, as content was flagged as unsuitable for all advertisers. WTF.

So I had a mini rant on twitter and YouTube replied.

There was no reason for any of the 2 videos to be struck off like this. None whatsoever. The appeals process to get a manual intervention involves waiting until your video gets 1,000+ views and then YouTube wants 7 days to check it. The most valuable time of a video is the first few days and for me getting 1,000 plus views is a challenge sometimes. So in other words, YouTube doesn’t care at all or even have a fair process of appeal.

I can now see what other YouTubers were moaning about when they had the same problem. YouTube has a BIG problem and they need to fix it ASAP.

My only solution was to delete the 2 videos off YouTube and re-edit them, which sadly involved me removing the AR Camera footage I had created as I could not think of any reason why my videos were against the YouTube guidelines.

Anyway here is the footage I removed shared to Instagram – Warning its scary and frightening and I have even created a scary title 😉

Sony Xperia XZ Premium #AR #Camera #mobilephotography #abitoffun – turn volume on

A post shared by Gavin Fabiani-Laymond (@gavinsgadgets) on

Scenic views of Newquay and Dartmoor – Shot on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Below are a number of shots taken with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. All shots were snapped in auto.

The above shot is one of my favourite with good colour and dynamic range. All shots have been uploaded in full resolution.

No need to rush for a space on the beach!

A home on your own rock with a private bridge too. I would imagine the maintenance costs are pretty high.

The above shot was taken before sunset. It is a little too dark versus the real lighting conditions.

Dartmoor ponies. Again the photo is a bit dark. This could be brightened up afterwards. The f/2.0 rear lens is the primary reason in lower lighting conditions, the photos tend to be a little dark.

And there you have it, some photos from the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. At the weekend, I will have a separate camera and audio reviews, and the main review too.

My thanks to Vodafone UK for the loan.

Tech Addicts Podcast – The Next Episode is Live – Nokia 8 and HTC U11 Love

Tech Addicts Podcast is back again with a new episode starring –

– Gareth Myles – Twitter / YouTube / Tech Addicts UK
– Jay Garrett – Twitter 1 ; Twitter 2 / YouTube / Gadgetynews
– Leila Gregory – Twitter 1 ; Twitter 2 / YouTube / Swanny
– Brendan Arndt – Twitter / YouTube
– Ricky West – Twitter / YouTube
– Myself – Twitter / YouTube / Instagram

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.

To listen now, hit the play button below –

HTC U11 Review plus Camera Review & Showcase


Welcome to my review of the HTC U11 including a camera showcase. This is the top model of the HTC U11 in solar red, dual sim and with 6gb ram and 128gb storage.

In addition I have two additional posts covering the HTC U11 –

HTC U11 solar red vs iPhone 7 Plus Product Red
HTU U11 Full Audio Review incl best headphones to use & comparison with LG V20 & DACs

If you’re buying anything on Amazon UK please head over by this LINK . It won’t cost you anything extra either but will helps towards the running costs of Gavin’s Gadgets.

HTC U11 – Audio Review + Best Headphones To Use + vs LG V20, DFR & more

HTC U11 in Solar Red with 6gb ram and 128gb storage. The best version of the HTC U11. It is also dual sim.

But for this review, I am going to look at the following –

– HTC U11 Audio Review including the HTC uSonic Noise Cancellation Headset

– The Best Headphones to use with the HTC U11

– Bluetooth Quality

– HTC U11 vs LG V20

– HTC U11 vs Dragonfly Red and other DACS

– And my overall conclusion.

The Audio Review


I also have two additional posts on the HTC U11 –

HTC U11 solar red vs iPhone 7 Plus Product Red

HTC U11 Review incl Camera Review
If you’re buying anything on Amazon UK please head over by this LINK . It won’t cost you anything extra either but will helps towards the running costs of Gavin’s Gadgets.

HTC U11 Solar Red vs iPhone 7 Plus Product Red


Today I am comparing the solar red HTC U11 vs iPhone 7 Plus Product Red. How does the solar red compare against the Product Red. Which is your favourite. 

Enjoy.

Also check out my additional posts on the HTC U11 –

HTC U11 Full Audio Review incl best headphones to use & comparison with LG V20 & other DACs

HTC U11 Review incl Camera Review
If you’re buying anything on Amazon UK please head over by this LINK . It won’t cost you anything extra either but will helps towards the running costs of Gavin’s Gadgets.

Tech Addicts Podcast – The Next Episode is Live – A Packed House – Note 8, Pixel 2 and iPhone 7S/8

Tech Addicts Podcast is back again with a new episode starring –

– Gareth Myles – Twitter / YouTube / Tech Addicts UK
– Jay Garrett – Twitter 1 ; Twitter 2 / YouTube / Gadgetynews
– Leila Gregory – Twitter 1 ; Twitter 2 / YouTube / Swanny
– Brendan Arndt – Twitter / YouTube
– Ricky West – Twitter / YouTube
– Myself – Twitter / YouTube / Instagram

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.

To listen now, hit the play button below –

The solar red HTC U11 – First Impressions and First Shots from the camera


The solar red HTC U11 is without a doubt the most stunning phone I have seen. I even prefer it over the Samsung Galaxy S8. Red on one side and the edges with a black front is a cracking combination. HTC seem to have a habit of making gorgeous red coloured phones. 

In my main review I’ll briefly compare it to my red iPhone 7 Plus. I left the phone on my desk at work yesterday and the reactions and attention it good were so positive and lots of them. Of course all you will want to do is stare at it and maybe give your little gem a squeeze. Actually you’re meant to squeeze this phone as it does stuff when you squeeze the lower half. At the moment one squeeze opens the camera and another fires the shutter to take the photo. 

Before I received the HTC U11, I was fairly critical of HTC. Surely the squeeze is a gimmick. The HTC launcher is old as hat. It doesn’t have the new 18:9 screen ratio. No headphone jack. Just a single rear lens and no dual lenses. And so on. At this point, until you have held and used the phone, you have no idea what you are talking about! The sum of all the parts make this a killer phone. The hardware is incredible. The software too. The camera is a monster. The camera app is well designed. Now as a disclaimer these are my first impressions in a honeymoon period, so I will be more objective by the time I publish my full review. However, first impressions are important. If you didn’t like a phone when you first set eyes on it, you would find it hard to use it going forward. 

Below are literally the very first shots I have taken. 

The pointy tower in the rear of the photo has a clock. The below shot is a crop from a photo I took of the clock section. 


It was an overcast day, so lighting was not the best, but still the HTC U11 performed really well with great dynamic range. 


This was a tricky shot as the glare was particularly strong. Not that you would realise. 


No clip on lenses used here. Just switched to the pro mode, manual focus. And then cropped in to see how much detail was available. Pretty impressive. 


After sunset, dim light and a Dartmoor pony. This is unedited but with a few minor tweaks it is easy to bring the pony’s face up a few notches in brightness. However, the photo is very true to life. 

HTC have tweeted that future software updates will include Bluetooth 5 and adding 60fps to the camera app. 

My review will be as in-depth as possible, and I will create a separate camera showcase too. If you have any questions you would like answered in my review please let me know.  

The new Honor 6A – My Review – A lot of phone for under £150


Welcome to my review of the Honor 6A. As smartphones creep up in price, it is refreshing to see a new phone being released for under £200. In fact the Honor 6A is currently available for £144.90 on Vmall UK , £139.99 on Pay as You Go with a £10 top up from Three UK or on contract and also from Amazon UK for under £140.

The Key Features / Specifications

– 5.0 inch HD (1280×720) IPS, 2.5D glass front
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core (4x 1.2 GHz + 4x 1.0 GHz)
– 2GB RAM, 16 GB ROM + microSD card up to 128 GB
– Android 7 (Nougat) + EMUI 5.1, July security update
– 13 MP main camera and 5 MP front camera
– 3.020 mAh battery
– Bluetooth 4.1
– LTE FDD:Cat4
– VoLTE
– Dual Nano SIM or Nano SIM + microSD
– FM Radio
– Headphone Jack

The Honor 6A also features a metal body, a 13mp rear camera that focuses in 0.5s using phase detection, selfie beauty options, eye comfort, a superb photo editor for enhancing your photos (more in my review on this) but it doesn’t have NFC or a fingerprint sensor. It also still uses a micro usb connection for charging and not the newer USB Type C. However, at this price most people will probably still be using Micro USB cables. EMUI 5.1 provides lots of extra options too, from themes, screen colour adjustments and more, all of which I have detailed below in my review.

Camera

The camera is one area where Honor shines. The auto mode is reliable and quick. All my dog action shots were in focus and the overall colour balance was impressive. Also the Honor camera app includes a superb front selfie mode with the ability to create your own custom beautify setting. Pro modes are available for photos and videos. In addition to the comprehensive camera app, Honor include a great photo editing app with more features than many paid photography apps. I have explained all the options in my video review below along with many other aspects of the Honor 6A. 

Camera Samples


George was running at high speed. Snapped in auto mode. 


George has a really long tongue. 


Fury, she’s looking happy. All 3 shots have captured the scenes really well, with accurate colour and contrast. 

Video Review including Detailed Camera Review & Showcase

Conclusion

With phones forever increasing in price, it is good to see an option available for under £150, that has a strong focus on photography with decent battery life. Recommended.   

Available from Vmall and Three UK and also on Amazon UK for under £140.

LG V20 vs ZTE Axon 7 – Audio Comparison – With guest Steve Litchfield 


Earlier today, Steve Litchfield from The Phones Show compared the audio quality from the ZTE Axon 7 and LG V20. 

So without further ado, see what we both had to say about the audio centric phones. 

Video Review

You can find links to all of Steve’s websites and , podcasts and YouTube channel, by clicking HERE.

Vodafone Smart N8 Review – Camera & Audio Review – The £85 PAYG marvel from Vodafone

Welcome to my review of the Vodafone Smart N8 which is a budget phone from Vodafone available for £85 on Pay as You Go or on pay monthly plans from £17 per month.

Key Features and Specifications

– Weight 151g, 8.6mm thickness
– NFC and Fingerprint Sensor, Android Pay
– FM Radio
– Android v7.0
– Chipset Mediatek MT6737, CPU Quad-core, GPU Mali-T720 MP2
– Internal storage 16GB, RAM 1.5GB
– microSD, up to 32GB
– Battery 2,400mAh
– Primary 13MP with flash, Secondary 5MP, Video 720p @ 30fps
– 5 inch IPS 720p screen

Camera Samples

The below shots are from the Vodafone Smart N8. Can you believe the amazing quality!

I must admit I was rather surprised at just how good the rear camera photos were from the Vodafone Smart N8. My main review below, has more samples and video clips from the front and rear cameras, along with more information on the whole phone its strengths and weaknesses.

Video Review including Audio and Camera Analysis

Conclusion

The Vodafone Smart N8 is a superb budget phone. It has weaknesses but it pulls off a decent overall experience for £85.

For more Vodafone handsets from as little as £19.99, view the range available on Amazon UK.