Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ First Impressions

My full review on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ will come in the upcoming weeks with my usual YouTube videos and posts here.

For the first time, the Samsung Galaxy Note series comes in 3 options this year. The smaller standard Note 10 and the larger Note 10+, which also has an additional version that has a 5G modem.

I got hands on with the larger Note 10+ in aura glow. Aura glow is really a mirror like back, silver colour perhaps, but when lights, or sunlight hit the back, you see bright red, orange and green strips. It really is an eye catcher. Personally, my choice is the aura black as this won’t interfere with my photography.

Picking up the Note 10+ felt like I was holding a flipping huge phone due to its squared design and the phone being all bezel apart from the centre hole for the front selfie camera. But despite that it felt like a wow moment. Samsung is known for having the best screens, and the Note 10+ just looks stunning. The reality is, the phone looks bigger than it actually is. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a big phone.

So with such an impressive screen, every action I did on the phone just felt incredibly immersive. It hard to be certain, but the speed of the phone felt fluid and fast, and significantly more fluid than my iPhone X that I compared it to. I also compared it to an iPhone XS Max. The XS Max looks so ancient next to the Note 10+, and I’m not anti iPhone. It seems that the new exynos processor and 12gb of ram, plus software optimisations have really added to the performance.

Talking of software, from my brief test of the camera, it seems Samsung has undertaken even more tweaks. I tried as many modes as possible including the front selfie camera which took some great photos of me. Obviously, I need a lot more time with the camera, but it does seem to show some slight improvement over my S10+.

Of course, we also have the S Pen with all its added benefits. That’s for my future videos and posts.

In fact, there’s so much to talk about I could end up creating the first phone movie review!

Stay tuned for me and if you have any questions please let me know.

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Huawei Announces H1 2019 Revenue: 23.2% YoY Growth

Huawei Announces H1 2019 Revenue: 23.2% YoY Growth.

Shenzhen, China, July 30, 2019 – Huawei announced its business results for the first half of 2019: CNY401.3 billion (£47.95 billion) in revenue, a 23.2% increase over the same period last year. The company’s net profit margin for H1 2019 was 8.7%.

According to Huawei’s Chairman, Liang Hua, operations are smooth, and the organization is as sound as ever. With effective management and an excellent performance across all financial indicators, Huawei’s business has remained robust in the first half of 2019.

So despite all the challenges this is a good result.

Honor 20 Pro – Full Details of the Camera and Where to Buy

The HONOR 20 PRO is now on sale in the UK for £549.99 on available at Amazon UK, at Carphone Warehouse, Argos, MPD, Very and A1 Comms.

·         HONOR 20 PRO combines a 48MP AI Quad Camera with a powerful Kirin 980 chipset and GPU Turbo 3.0.

·         All customers who buy between 1 August and 18 August will receive a free HONOR Watch Magic, normally £179.99. This is redeemed on the Honor Redemption website.

A pro-grade camera experience with the second highest DxOMark score.

Featuring HONOR’s first ever AI Quad Camera, Dual OIS and industry-largest f/1.4 wide aperture, HONOR 20 PRO also comes with Ultra-High ISO Sensitivity, which provides a better low-light photography experience.

Armed with best-in-class software and hardware, HONOR 20 PRO is an enabler of a truly intelligent experience for its users, driven by the 7nm Kirin 980 AI chipset and industry-leading GPU Turbo 3.0, a feature that enhances the device’s gaming capabilities even further. HONOR 20 PRO also features a 4,000 mAh battery that can support a full-day uninterrupted use and 256GB storage, providing the headroom for extreme demands. To complete the entire experience, it comes with a Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound system, allowing for a more conducive audio environment.

Summarising the key specs –

– 48MP AI Quad Camera with Dual Optical Image Stabilization
– 16mp Ultra wide angle rear lens
– 8mp Telephoto lens
– 2mp Macro lens
– 6.26 inch full view display with 32MP under-screen selfie camera
– 8gb ram with 256gb storage
– 7nm Kirin 980 AI chipset with Dual-NPU and GPU Turbo 3.0
– 4,000 mAh large battery with 22.5W HONOR SuperCharge
– Side fingerprint to fast unlock
– AI Dual Frequency GPS offers great accuracy
– Enjoy the optimal audio experience with Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound technology

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Pixel 4 Front Radar System Revealed plus more juicy details

Google has just released official information on the upcoming Pixel 4 smartphone.

For the past five years, our Advanced Technology and Projects team (ATAP) has been working on Soli, a motion-sensing radar.

Radar, of course, is the same technology that has been used for decades to detect planes and other large objects. We’ve developed a miniature version located at the top of Pixel 4 that senses small motions around the phone, combining unique software algorithms with the advanced hardware sensor, so it can recognize gestures and detect when you’re nearby.

Pixel 4 will be the first device with Soli, powering our new Motion Sense features to allow you to skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls, just by waving your hand. These capabilities are just the start, and just as Pixels get better over time, Motion Sense will evolve as well. Motion Sense will be available in select Pixel countries. This restriction will be a privacy issue.

Also new is face unlock, apparently even better than that on the latest iPhones and just as secure.

Unlocking your phone should be easy, fast, and secure. Your device should be able to recognize you—and only you—without any fuss. Face unlock may be a familiar feature for smartphones, but we’re engineering it differently.

Other phones require you to lift the device all the way up, pose in a certain way, wait for it to unlock, and then swipe to get to the homescreen. Pixel 4 does all of that in a much more streamlined way. As you reach for Pixel 4, Soli proactively turns on the face unlock sensors, recognizing that you may want to unlock your phone. If the face unlock sensors and algorithms recognize you, the phone will open as you pick it up, all in one motion. Better yet, face unlock works in almost any orientation—even if you’re holding it upside down—and you can use it for secure payments and app authentication too.

Keeping your data safe with Pixel 4.

Security and privacy are core principles for Pixel. Face unlock uses facial recognition technology that is processed on your device, so that image data never leaves your phone. The images used for face unlock are never saved or shared with other Google services. To protect your privacy and security, your face data is securely stored in Pixel’s Titan M security chip. Similarly, Soli sensor data is also processed on your phone, and it’s never saved or shared with other Google services.

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Oppo demonstrates its new borderless smartphone screen tech

Oppo has taken the wraps off its new borderless screen tech which wraps right around the sides.

Until I have tested this new technology I will reserve judgement as to whether this will hinder or aide usability.

Using this type of tech could do away for the need of hardware buttons.

But what do you think?

Here comes the Nokia 9.1 Pureview – Full Details

Several months go I reviewed the Nokia 9 Pureview.

The Nokia 9 Pureview promised spectacular results, but in reality delivered a sub par phone experience. The fingerprint sensor totally sucked for starters and future updates made hardly any difference.

Next the post processing time was huge, opening Google Photos revealed white squares which took time to show your actual photos.

Well some good news, Nokia is going to release an update to this phone, called, the Nokia 9.1 Pureview. This will come in the last quarter of this year, more likely the end of the year due to some unresolved issues with the camera.

The Nokia Pureview 9.1 will continues HMD Global’s partnership with Light. The camera is expected to get a significant improvement especially in low light and video recording. It will also be faster due to the snapdragon 855 processor and better software algorithms.

The screen will move to a punch hole design, run Android Q and include 5G.

I will be curious to see how good this update actually is in real life and whether it can match some of the new computational cameras coming out in the second half of the year.

UPDATED AGAIN – Amazon Prime Day Tuesday 16th July 2019 – The Best Deals Highlighted

Today is Amazon Prime Day. It’s the second day of the 48 hour sale by Amazon. Below are all the best deals across a multitude of departments. The deals will be updated during the day so do check back for all the latest offerings. This years seems like a huge bonanza of deals!

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UPDATED AGAIN – Amazon Prime Day Monday 15th July 2019 – The Best Deals Highlighted for You

Today is Amazon Prime Day. A 48 hour sale by Amazon. Below are all the best deals across a multitude of departments. The deals will be updated over the next 48 hours so do check back for all the latest offerings. This years seems like a huge bonanza of deals!

If you just want to browse all the deals, click https://amzn.to/2lbBm3T

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Is the iPhone X still worth buying in 2019? Is the camera miles behind the competition ?

Apple introduced the iPhone X nearly 2 years ago. It was a new design, with new technology. It featured an array of front cameras for FaceID which replaced TouchID. It also featured courage, as the 3.5mm headphone jack was removed.

As some of you may know, my preferred platform of choice for a smartphone is android, however, I am fairly platform agnostic. I will always recommend iOS for someone if it’s the correct choice. I do use an iPad to keep my toes in the iOS camp and whenever a new iPhone is released I always test one.

However, it had been a while since I had used an iPhone in earnest, and one of my family gave me their iPhone X. So I thought let’s install iOS 13 Public Beta and see what’s new. Let’s see if the iPhone X is still worth buying in 2019.

Throughout my post you will see photos all taken on the iPhone X. All looking really good and arguably better than most phones of today. Whilst the default camera app is not the best for shots at night, as the iPhone uses iOS, there are heaps of apps that do take crazy good shots at night. For example, want to shoot the stars, star trails, car trails etc then you can use apps like Nightcap, Slow Shutter or if you need more control there are tons of pro camera apps. Adobe Lightroom has its own camera app, which really helped at night, as did Procamera HDR.

So my caveat here, is that phones like the Huawei P30 Pro and Pixel 3 have dedicated night modes in their default camera apps, and really do a much better job than the iPhone X. But using a third party app minimises that gap, but Apple really need to sort this out. It’s not as if their processors can’t manage this, as they can, and probably with ease.

But we are forgetting the iPhone’s strength in video. Excellent 4K 60fps, or even shoot at 24fps and without time limits. It’s burst mode allows up to 999 shots in a single burst. That’s way ahead of most other android phones which typically allow 100 shots in a burst. Also the iPhone shutter speed is legendary fast as you can see from the bee shots below. The camera is also very reliable. Press the shutter and you will get a usable shot. Then you have Live Photos bringing the gallery to back to life and also ensuring you didn’t miss a special moment with your pet or kid.

So in 2019, the camera is defiantly and definitely very relevant. So what about the rest of the phone.

The processor. It’s still in 2019 an extremely powerful, fast and efficient chip. The iPhone X is as fluid as it was from day 1. FaceID is a fast and reliable and one of the best security options. It is also extremely well integrated into the phone, it’s apps and third party apps. And talking of apps, iOS has the best range, and the best quality apps out there. So using the iPhone X is a joy still and in particular iOS 13 beta adds extra functionality that was badly needed to lift iOS into the modern century.

Ironically, whilst I have used iMessage more to send photos to other iPhone users, I haven’t used FaceTime. That’s because I’ve gotten used to WhatsApp and other messaging services now.

So in summary, I would say the iPhone X is definitely worth buying in 2019. It will also cost a lot less than buying a newer model, yet still provide you with a decent experience.

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Night Mode Shootout – Huawei P30 Pro vs iPhone X using True HDR Triple Exposures in RAW

So here’s a test you don’t see that often. The criteria, get the best shot inside part of Buckland Abbey which is dark inside, except for blazing sunshine crashing thru some of the windows and the door.

So what did a do to produce the photos. On the Huawei P30 Pro, I used the Night Mode. The sun pouring in via the door caused some issue with Night Mode, so I had to tap the screen to adjust the exposure point. Afterwards, some editing using Adobe Lightroom on the phone. The result is below.

On straight auto mode the doorway on the right is just a blob of white glare. This is the same issue when using auto mode on the iPhone X.

Now why am I using an iPhone X. Simply to run iOS 13 Beta. Now remember the iPhone X is nearly 2 years old. Now using the default camera app is not sufficient and so it’s over to Adobe Lightroom mobile. This app has an option to use its own built in camera app.

iOS has some very clever apps that can extend what’s possible way beyond the default camera app. Adobe Lightroom has a great feature. True HDR. It shoots several images in RAW and then blends them. A quick edit in Adobe Lightroom and here’s the result.

Now clearly there is more detail in the P30 Pro, but it’s too bright and not realistic. The iPhone X captures the atmosphere but is slightly too dark.

A perfect result would have been somewhere in the middle.

Which shot would you share or prefer ?