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Nokia 5 – Check out the Camera Samples from the 13mp camera

The Nokia 5 is made from a solid piece of 6000 series alumimium. It runs on a near stock version of android, called android one and it is a joy to use. My full review will be up this weekend, along with some tips and tricks. This is sat squarely in the budget category too, with 2gb ram and 16gb storage which is expandable with a micro SD card. You can buy this from Amazon UK for just over £110.

So what can the 13mp rear camera achieve when it comes to taking photos?

Let’s take a look.

The Dominos sign is looking crispy. Nothing wrong with this shot.

Again, another good shot. Maybe could do with a little brightening up, but overall pretty reasonable.

Above is the front facing 8mp camera, taken indoors. My face is a little pale as it hasn’t exposed perfectly for the light that is streaming through the glass window.

A couple of sheep on Dartmoor that were moving fairly quickly. Again, quite a fairly reasonable shot.

Before the storm. My village. Quite like this shot.

So what happens when we take the above shot, edit it in Snapseed using the HDRscape filter. A more dramatic shot!

Above, post box. This is the snapseed edit. Camera was aimed towards the sun, so the original shot was a little too dark, but snapseed helped make the shot a little bit more interesting.

I will talk more about my conclusion on the Nokia 5 camera and the rest of the phone in my main review. So stay tuned.

If you fancy buying one of the budget gems, you can pick one up from Amazon now.

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UAG Monarch case for Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – Lightweight yet Tough!

The UAG Monarch Series case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Case is designed & precisely engineered to provide a case that meets double the Military Standard for drop & shock protection. The UAG Monarch case is available for other phone models too.

Key Features include –

– Handcrafted, feather-light construction with 5 layers of protection
– Top grain leather and alloy metal hardware
– Soft impact-resistant core & honeycomb traction grip
– Oversized tactile buttons & protective screen surround
– Compatible with Samsung Pay and Samsung Fast Wireless Charging
– Meets 2X Military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)
– 10-Year Limited Warranty

Buy the UAG Monarch case at Amazon UK

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – What’s in the box? Details of everything included

In case you’re wondering what’s in the box of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, I can confirm it includes an awful lot of goodies. So what does Samsung include?

Below is the full list of what is included –

– The Note 9

– S Pen

– USB cable

– Earphones

– Ejection pin

– USB power adapter

– USB connector

– S Pen nibs

– Tweezer for S Pen nibs

– Clear Cover case (carrier and region dependant)

– Quick start guide

– USB connector leaflet

As you can see, Samsung have you covered completely in the included stuff in the box.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Duos – The Two Week Experiment

The Samsung Galaxy S9 was released back in March this year. I had the larger S9+ which was good to use. Battery life was poor though. So 4 months later, has all the firmwares made the S9 a formiddable device.

Well, one thing that hasn’t changed, the battery life is still shockingly poor.

The S9 Duos is the official dual sim version of the S9. Either 2 nano sims or one nano sim and a micro SD card. So whats my verdict after obtaining a S9 again, and using it for 2 weeks. Well, its a complex device. First of all, setting it up from scratch took a lifetime, as its on Android 8.0 instead of 8.1, and instead of using Google’s Smart unlock, Samsung insists on using its own system, Samsung Pass, that uses your eyes to reveal the passwords. And that is a pattern repeated in many apps, duplication galore. The good news, some of Samsung’s own apps are better than Google’s default ones, so you just need to pick and choose whcih app you want to do what with. At the end of the day, I ended up with a phone that can do more.

And more is a feature of the S9. It has more hardware and software features than any other phone on the market, as well as the best screen on a phone. The size of the S9 versus the S9+ is far easier to hold and use one handed too. It is just let down by a battery that is too small and means you will need to charge it during the day. I have managed 4.5 to 5 hours screen on time regularly, which sounds great, and it is, except standby time is dreadful.

The camera on the whole is fast, fluid and reliable. See shot above. Looks good enough. Video recording is very good and one of the best phones on the market for video. Audio from the video is excellent too. It is not the best phone for photos though, but its good enough.

A headphone jack. Its included and its useful from time to time. Quality is excellent too, just needs some efficient headphones. And then there is the bluetooth setup, which is superb.

There’s more to the S9 with the DeX system, enabling the S9 to be used as a processor/computer with a screen and keyboard attached. I really like how it handles USB drives and such like, moving data quickly across. Having a micro SD card slot has been handy too, switching cards when needed.

All in all, its been a good phone to use, albeit nothing super exciting. Let’s hope the Note 9 with its 4,000mAh battery can last a whole day between charges!

Below are my original reviews of the S9+.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ deals & accessories on Amazon UK

Sunset on Dartmoor National Park in 4K 60FPS – Filmed with a Samsung Galaxy S9

Out of all of the phones I have used in 2017 and 2018, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is still the king when it comes to video recording. The video quality is excellent and the microphones record top notch audio. The phone itself still has a headphone jack and the best display of any phone. The Samsung Galaxy S9 (not plus) is a great sized phone too. Fits nicely in the hand with a superb body to screen ratio.

I went out last night and ended up with a short video capturing some of the scenes around sunset on Dartmoor National Park, along with a short time-lapse.

Apart from the Samsung Galaxy S9 I also used a DJI Osmo Mobile 2 . If you are into video, you should not be without this stabiliser. It’s cheap yet brilliant at the same time.

It just so happens that Amazon are selling the Samsung Galaxy S9 in the dual sim version at a discounted price of £619, and including a Samsung LEVEL Bluetooth speaker and a pair of AKG Y50BT Bluetooth Headphonesat no extra charge (all products must be added to basket, discount applied at checkout). – Learn more, click HERE.

When you watch the video below, make sure to change the video quality to 4K.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Dual Sim + Promotion on Amazon UK
DJI Osmo Mobile 2 on Amazon UK
Samsung HyperKnit case for the S9 – lovely case

Sony Xperia XZ2 First Impressions, Review, Camera & Audio – The Best Camera Ever on a Sony Phone!

Welcome to my all in one review of the Sony Xperia XZ2 phone.

The Key Specifications

– Snapdragon 845, 64gb storage, 4gb ram
– 1080p IPS screen, HDR compliant
– Battery 3,180mAh with QC3
– Ip65/68, Gorilla Glass 5
– Rear camera – 19MP Motion Eye™ camera 1/ 2.3” Exmor RS™ for mobile memory-stacked sensor
Pixel Pitch 1.22μm, HDR video, 960fps super slow motion in 1080p
– Front camera 5mp f/2.0, video 1080p
– EIS on front and rear camera
– Bluetooth 5, LDAC, APT-X HD
– High-Resolution Audio (LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD)10, DSEE HX™,Clear Audio+, Stereo speaker with S-Force Front Surround
– PS4 Remote Play

The Sony Xperia XZ2 is the first Sony phone where the Auto mode is the best mode to use and actually takes good shots in daylight. The predictive focus option is amazing too. More of that in the review.

The phone is extremely slippery, so you will need a case. I found a cheap case on Amazon BoseWek TPU case that did the trick nicely.

Video Review

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XZ2 BoseWek Silicone TPU Case on Amazon
Sony Xperia XZ2 deals & accessories on Amazon UK

BlackBerry Key2 – Camera Showcase – Vote now on the camera quality!

In my BlackBerry Key2 review I was extremely critical of the phone’s cameras. So I decided to create a camera showcase of over 50 photos.

The BlackBerry Key2 features a dual rear camera setup, with 2 x 12mp lenses, dual tone LED flash. The rear camera can record 4K video at 30fps. The main 12mp lens has a field of view of 79.3 degrees, with a pixel size of 1.28um, F/1.8 and with dual phase detection auto focus. The second 12mp lens is for 2 x optical zoom, has a field of view of 50 degrees, a pixel size of 1.0um, F/2.6 and phase detect auto focus.

The front camera is 8MP and fixed focus, with a selfie flash using LCD. 1080p video recording at 30 fps is possible too.

So just as some context, the photos were shot in auto and portrait mode. The low light indoor church shot was in manual. 90% of the photos have been edited on the device to bring the best out of each shot.

But what do you honestly think? Vote “thumbs up” for its a good camera, or “thumbs down” for its sub par. Also feel free to add a comment as well. Now for even more clarity, I have a Key2 Flickr Album where you can browse

So sit back and look carefully at the photos and then vote afterwards or leave a comment.

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BlackBerry on Amazon UK

BlackBerry Key2 Review – It’s so BAD yet I still love it!

Welcome to my review of the BlackBerry Key2.

Who says keyboards on a phone are dead! In fact, the BlackBerry Key2 is the fastest machine available to get things done, and I mean fastest. So its a badass phone but it’s also so bad too.

Key Specifications

– Size – Height 151.4mm, Width 71.8mm, Depth 8.5mm
– Keyboard – Touch enabled 35 key backlit Physical Keyboard (QWERTY) with integrated fingerprint sensor
– Weight 168g
– Navigation – Touch screen, with touch sensitive keyboard
– Dedicated keys Volume Up/Down, Power Key (for Power On/Off), Customisable BlackBerry Convenience Key (usable as Mute Key when on an active call )
– Snapdragon 660 with 6gb ram, 64gb storage, USB C, USB 3.0, USB OTG
– 3,450 battery with QC3
– Rear Camera – Dual Camera 12M+12M with Dual Tone LED Flash, HDR, 4K video recording at 30 fps, Scan, Private Capture, 12MP Fov 79.3°, Large Pixel – 1.28um, F1.8, Dual Phase Detect Auto Focus (Dual PDAF)
12MP Fov 50°, Pixel-1.0um, F2.6, Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF)
– Front camera, 8MP Fixed Focus, Selfie Flash using LCD, 1080p video recording at 30 fps
– Bluetooth 5, GPS, NFC

So what makes the phone so badass and bad at the same time. Watch my review to find out.

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BlackBerry Key2 & accessories on Amazon UK

BlackBerry Key2 – First shots from the camera

Lots of coverage incoming on the new Blackberry Key2, but one criticism from the online reviews so far is just how lacklustre the camera is on the Key2.

Below are my first shots from the Key2. So what do you think?

Sample photos from the #blackberry #key2

My local church.

Sample photos from the #blackberry #key2

Sunrise over the war memorial in Princetown.

Sample photos from the #blackberry #key2

Three of my 4 labradors. Sophie, Fury & Tiggy. The girls!

Sample photos from the #blackberry #key2

Of course, shooting in portrait mode is quite easy to. George.

Sample photos from the #blackberry #key2

The girls again.

Sample photos from the #blackberry #key2

One thing you can do with the camera is use the finger print sensor (spacebar) as the shutter button. This acts as a secure shot, saves it that way away from prying eyes.

Anyway, just a few quick photos. Let me know what you think.

Asus Zenfone 5 Review – Camera & Audio – Asus’s stunning new midrange phone will surprise you!

Welcome to my review of the Asus Zenfone 5.. This is Asus’s new midrange phone which completely surprised me in nearly every area that defines what makes a great smartphone.

The Key Specs/Features

– 6.2-inch Full HD+ (2246 by 1080) Super IPS+ display, 90% screen-to-body ratio, 550nits brightness, supports DCI-P3
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, 64-bit Octa-core Processor with AI Boost, FinFET LPP (Low Power Plus) powersaving technology, GPU Qualcomm Adreno 509
– 4gb ram, 64gb storage
– Dual SIM dual standby, Slot 1: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card, Slot 2: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card, or the microSD card (supports up to 2TB) at a time

– Cameras – DxoMark Scoring 90 for camera, 93 for photos
– Dual rear camera
Lens 1 – Sony flagship IMX363 12MP dual pixel image sensor – 1/2.55″ large sensor size, 1.4µm large pixel size, F1.8 aperture, 6p lens, 83° field of view, 0.03 seconds phase-detection autofocus, 4-axis, 4 stops optical image stabilization, LED flash, AI photography with scene detection, RAW,
Lens 2 – 120° wide-angle camera
– Video – 4K UHD (3840 by 2160) video at 30 fps for main rear camera, 1080p FHD video recording at 30 / 60 fps, 720p HD video recording at 30 fps, 3-axis electronic image stabilization for rear cameras, Take still photo while recording video, Slow Motion video (1080p at 120 fps / 720p at 240 fps), ZeniMoji: Live Emoji

Audio – Dual speakers 5-magnet speaker with dual NXP Smart AMP for louder, deeper and less distorted sound effect
– Audio Output Hi-Res audio 192kHz/24-bit , DTS (Digital Theater System) Headphone:X™ 7.1 virtual surround sound for headphone support, Audio CODEC integrated into PMIC, AudioWizard with listening profile, Microphone, Dual internal microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology
– FM radio

– Sensors – Rear fingerprint sensor (0.3 seconds unlock, supports 5 fingerprints), Face recognition, Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, RGB sensor

– Power – 3300mAh with fast charging, AI & scheduled charging for battery protection, 5 minutes charge for 2 hours talk time, 38 minutes charge to 60% capacity

– In the box – ZenFone 5 with Android™ Oreo™ and new ASUS ZenUI 5, ASUS ZenEar Pro Hi-Res earphone with microphone, Type-C USB cable, Ejector pin (SIM tray needle), USB power adapter (10W), Documentation (user guide, warranty card), Clear soft bumper (optional)

The camera was excellent, video too and stabilised nicely. The default video mode out of the box is 1080p at 60fps. Good speakers and headphone sound too via the 3.5mm headphone socket.

Now for the main event.

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Asus Zenfone 5 & accessories on Amazon UK

Urban Armor Huawei P20 Pro Plyo Case Review – This is proper protection!

Welcome to my review of the UAG Huawei P20 Pro Plyo Case. The case features –

– Perfect fit for the Huawei P20 Pro
– Armor shell & impact resistant soft core
– Air-soft corners for cushioning impact
– Feather-light composite construction
– Compatible with wireless NFC payments
– Oversized tactile buttons & easy access to touchscreen and ports
– Protective screen surround
– Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)

Nearly 2 weeks ago, UAG sent me their Huawei P20 Pro Plyo case. I have been looking at tons of different cases for the P20 Pro, but after 2 weeks of outdoor testing of there Plyo case, it is firmly sitting at the top of the tree as the best case and my preferred case for my Huawei P20 Pro.

I take hundreds of photos on Dartmoor National Park, walking across its rugged terrain. The other day, I came across Black Tor Waterfall and had my P20 Pro balanced on some loose rocks. Was I worried? Not at all. The UAG Plyo case provided superb protection. To understand why its so good, take a look at my video review.

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UAG Huawei P20 Pro Plyo Case on Amazon UK

OnePlus 6 Review including Camera Showcase & My Top 8 Highlights

Welcome to my OnePlus 6 Review. My review includes my top 8 highlights along with a camera showcase. If you are uncertain whether you wish to buy the OnePlus 6, hopefully my review will help you make an informed decision.

The OnePlus 6 starts at £470 for the 64gb version and also comes in 128gb and 256gb storage. The remainder of the specifications include –

Key Specifications

– Dimensions 155.7×75.4×7.75 mm
– Weight 177g
– Operating System – OxygenOS based on Android™ Oreo
– CPU Qualcomm® Snapdragon 845 (Octa-core, 10nm, up to 2.8 GHz), within AIE, GPU Adreno 630
– RAM 6 GB / 8 GB LPDDR4X
– Storage UFS 2.1 2-LANE 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB
– Sensors Fingerprint, Hall, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, RGB Ambient Light Sensor, Electronic Compass, Sensor Core
– Ports USB 2.0, Type-C, Support USB Audio
– Dual nano-SIM slot, 3.5 mm audio jack
– Battery 3300 mAh (non-removable) Fast Charging (5V 4A)
– Audio Bottom-facing speaker, Noise cancellation support, Dirac HD Sound®,Dirac Power Sound®
– LTE/LTE-A – DL 4CA/256QAM, UL CA/64QAM, 4×4 MIMO
– Supports up to DL CAT16/ UL CAT13 (1Gbps/150 Mbps) depending on carrier support
– Wi-Fi 2×2 MIMO, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G
– Bluetooth 5.0, support aptX & aptX HD, NFC enabled, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
– Display Size: 6.28 inches, Resolution: 2280 x 1080 pixels,Aspect Ratio: 19:9
– Cover Glass: 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
– Rear Camera – Main,Sensor: Sony IMX 519, Megapixels: 16, Pixel Size: 1.22 µm,OIS, EIS, Autofocus: DCAF,Aperture: f/1.7
– Rear Camera – Secondary, Sensor: Sony IMX 376K, Megapixels: 20, Pixel Size: 1.0 µm, Autofocus: PDAF, Aperture: f/1.7 , Dual LED Flash
– Video, 4K resolution video at 30/60 fps, 1080P resolution video at 30/60 fps, 720P resolution video at 30 fps, Super Slow Motion: 1080p video at 240 fps, 720p video at 480 fps, Time-Lapse, Video Editor
– Front Camera, Sensor: Sony IMX 371,Megapixels: 16, Pixel Size: 1.0 µm,EIS: Yes,Autofocus: Fixed Focus, Aperture: f/2.0, Video 1080P resolution video at 30 fps, 720P resolution video at 30 fps, Time-Lapse
– Audio Supported Formats – Playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY
– Video Supported Formats – Playback: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM
Recording: MP4

So as you can see, the specifications for the OnePlus 6 are pretty impressive. So now lets take a closer look and see if its all specs and no substance, and just how good is the camera!

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OnePlus 6 and accessories on Amazon UK

OnePlus 6 – Just how good is the camera for taking photos?

The OnePlus 6 is a top specified phone, but its cameras have never been its highlight. With the OnePlus 6 can OnePlus have something to shout about.

Video. My first impressions of using the camera for video were extremely disappointing. The electronic video stabilisation would not work and the footage looked wobbly as hell. If you encounter this, just turn the phone off and on again. This was the fix required. Now video looks excellent and is super stabilised.

With photos, the camera was having trouble on and off with focusing. At this point, I was ready to return the phone. However, I had managed a few reasonable shots as below.

Scenes of Bristol shot on the #OnePlus6

Scenes of Bristol shot on the #OnePlus6

Dartmoor Visitor Centre #OnePlus6

Pony Life #dartmoor #oneplus6

Scenes around Two Bridges & Princetown #dartmoor #oneplus6

Since my first impression of using the phone for video and photos, a new firmware update landed, oxygen os 5.1.6. Apart from adding new functionality, the camera quality and camera focusing was vastly improved. So below are a few shots using the new firmware.

Foggintor Quarry and scenes around Dartmoor #oneplus6

Foggintor Quarry and scenes around Dartmoor #oneplus6

With difficult light due to the overcast and misty conditions, the OnePlus 6 was performing much better than expected.

With the dog shots, they were running, so good job by the phone to freeze the shots.

George, Fury, Tiggy & Sophie enjoying their walk on Dartmoor #oneplus6

George, Fury, Tiggy & Sophie enjoying their walk on Dartmoor #oneplus6

So following this firmware update, the camera is performing well. It will be interesting to see just how much more OnePlus can improve this phone!

OnePlus 6 Audio Review – Bluetooth, Loudspeaker & 3.5mm Headphone Jack vs The Top Flagships

Welcome to my OnePlus 6 Audio review, covering the bluetooth, speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack. I also discuss how it compares to other flagships phones like the Honor 10, Huawei P20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S9+, iPhone X and more.

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OnePlus 6 deals and accessories on Amazon UK

OnePlus 6 vs Honor 10 vs Huawei P20 Pro – Camera Comparison – Photo & Video – A Winner is Picked!

Welcome to my camera review and comparison of the OnePlus 6 pitted against the Honor 10 and Huawei P20 Pro.

It is worth noting that the OnePlus 6 in 128gb storage is £519, the Honor 10 also with 128gb storage is £399 and the Huawei P20 Pro is £799. Whilst some deals might be available on these phones, the Honor 10 is £120 cheaper than OnePlus 6, and the Huawei P20 Pro is £180 more expensive than the OP6.

So take a look at the photos and vides, covering many modes. I have scored each shot with 3 points to the winner, 2 points for second and 1 points for last place. At the end, I total up and present the final scores and winner. What scores did you give each phone?

Below is some bonus footage from all 3 phones rear cameras!

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