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Darkness strikes at Sunset over Dartmoor National Park – Shot with a Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Last night, I went out to capture the sunset over Dartmoor National Park. Above Merrivale Stone Rows spanning 268 metres.

A few minutes later the sky turned blue and then this ominous cloud formation appeared over the Merrivale Stone Rows.

About 10 mins later, the skies darkened and I captured the moody view of Great Staple Tor.

The clouds did clear to allow me to capture the sun just as it set behind Great Staple Tor.

Before the sun set, I photographed the Merrivale Stone circle. There are some incredible landmarks around Merrivale on Dartmoor National Park.

Above, Merrivale Quarry and Great Staple Tor.

And finally, a shot of Great and Little Mis Tor. All the photos were taken using the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro.

Sunset and Shadows around Dartmoor National Park – Shot with the Huawei P40 Pro

Last night I went out to photograph the sunset over Dartmoor. It was a risk due to the clouds as to whether I would get the shots I wanted. Above Merrivale Stones, a long line of ancient stones covering a total distance of 264 metres!

Foxgloves are seen growing wild everywhere on Dartmoor. Above view of Great and Little Mis Tors in the background.

Just before the sun set, ominous clouds appeared creating some fantastic shadows over the landscape. Views of Great Staple Tor at sunset shown below.

All the photos were shot on the new Huawei P40 Pro.

Huawei P40 Pro REVIEW – beautiful hardware!

Welcome to my review of the Huawei P40 Pro. The P40 Pro retails for £899.

Key Features

– The HUAWEI P40 Pro 5G comes with the new HUAWEI AppGallery and is not compatible with Google Play Store and Services.
– Leica Quad Camera: 50 MP Ultra Vision Sensor (1/1.28 Inch Ultra Vision Sensor, RYYB colour filter array, Octa PD Autofocus), 40 MP Ultra Wide Cine Camera, 12 MP Telephoto Cameras, 3D Depth Sensing Camera
12 MP Telephoto Camera: 5x Optical Zoom, 10x Hybrid Zoom, 50x Max Zoom.
– Wi-Fi 6 Plus: Using Dynamic Narrow Bandwidth technology, the Wi-Fi 6 Plus enabled phone penetrates more walls and floors. Supporting 160 MHz bandwidth, it brings out optimal speed reaching up to 2.4 Gbps
– 5G and Outstanding Performance: Embrace the ultra-fast speed with the world’s first integrated 5G SoC, Kirin 990 5G chipset. Thanks to the 7nm+ EUV technology and innovative CPU architectures.
– Fast Charging Battery: 4200 mAh battery and the 40 W HUAWEI SuperCharge and 27 W Wireless HUAWEI SuperCharge.
– Quad-curve Overflow Display, IP68: The Quad-Curve Overflow Display is innovated to dissolve the barriers of vision and imagination on every edge. Plus with the 90 Hz refresh rate, you can enjoy an immersive view over the entire fluid screen
– Splash, Water and Dust Resistant is IP68. Water and dust-proofing are not permanent, and resistance may decrease as a result of normal wear over time. Do not charge the phone when it is wet or in moist environments
– 8gb ram, 256gb storage

My review includes –

– Camera
– Camera Tricks
– Walkthrough
– Apps & Google

Video Review

Conclusion

The P40 Pro 5G is a stunning piece of hardware. The lack of Google is a real shame, but the new Petal Search app from Huawei makes finding your favourite apps a lot easier.

Useful Links

Huawei P40 Pro 5G on Amazon UK

Huawei Petal Search Widget – the new gateway to a million apps

Huawei has a new search tool powered by the Petal Search engine that has been created in partnership with Global and European search engine leaders to offer Huawei users an innovative and diverse search experience.

Huawei, the global leading technology company, have announced the availability of the ‘Petal Search – Find Apps’ search widget, which comes pre-installed on the latest HUAWEI P40 Series and is already available for download via AppGallery. The new search tool offers Huawei users an open gateway to a million apps and a way to easily search for the things they need – including news, images and more – directly from the home screen of their device.

Gateway to a million apps –

It is now even easier for Huawei users to have the apps they want on their HMS devices.

1) Phone Clone – One easy way to transfer your apps, contacts, data, files and photos from your old smartphone to your new smartphone, in a few simple steps.

2) AppGallery – Huawei’s official app store with more than 420M monthly active users and a constantly growing list of apps. It features a 4-layer detection mechanism to ensure apps featured are safe to download and use. Simply browse and download the apps you need.

3) ‘Petal Search – Find Apps’ search widget – one of three ways in which Huawei users can find and download apps on to their HMS devices, alongside AppGallery and Phone Clone. Simply use it directly from the home screen of your device.

A new search experience

Powered by the Petal Search engine, the search widget brings an alternative search experience that locates and aggregates information, delivering the most accurate and relevant results for each user in order to enable them to fully personalise and manage their smartphone experience.

In addition to news, images and entertainment, the search tool lists apps from multiple sources – always listing the source origin. Huawei’s AppGallery is completely integrated into the widget and any apps already available in the AppGallery will appear at the top of any search in the new tool. Hundreds of new apps continue to be added to the AppGallery every week.

Created in partnership with global and European search engine leaders, including Qwant and Yandex, the ‘Petal Search – Find Apps’ brings together the best in hardware-based security and safety technologies, combined with the unparalleled privacy standards set by these leading privacy-by-design search engines, to ensure the highest standards of data privacy and security for Huawei users.

Availability

The ‘Petal Search – Find Apps’ search widget currently supports more than 40 languages and is available in 45 countries and regions, including the UK, with plans for wider rollout to even more countries in the future. The new search tool will come pre-installed on Huawei’s latest flagship HUAWEI P40 series, including the P40 Pro, P40 and P40 lite and for existing Huawei users, it is now available to download from the AppGallery by simply searching for Petal Search – Find Apps.

For more information on the search widget please visit:

https://consumer.huawei.com/uk/campaign/favourite-apps/?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Review (Global)

Welcome to my review of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (Global).

Key Features/Specs

-Qualcomm® 865, 7 nm Process Technology
-GPU: Adreno™ 650 GPU
-AIE: 5th generation AIE processor
– RAM: 8GB ,LPDDR5 memory
– ROM: 256GB
– UFS 3.0 flash storage
– 108MP ultra-clear primary sensor – 1/1.33”, 0.8μm 4-in-1 to 1.6μm, f/1.69, aperture, OIS, 8P lens
– 8MP 10x hybrid zoom lens
– 10x hybrid zoom, OIS, f/2.0 aperture,1.0μm pixel size
– 12MP Portrait lens
– 2x optical zoom, 1.4μm large pixel size 2PD autofocus, f/2.0 aperture
– 20mp front camera

20MP ultra wide-angle

Up to 117° FoV, f/2.2 aperture

Video Review

Conclusion

An incredible phone with lots of features.

Useful Links

Xiaomi Mi 10 range on Amazon UK

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G – First Written Thoughts vs OnePlus 8 Pro

If you have been following me on twitter @gavinsgadgets you will have seen a selection of photos I have shared from the OnePlus 8 Pro. The other day, my Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G arrived yesterday early evening, so below are my first thoughts as they occurred using the phone. I have also shared comparison shots between these two phones on twitter.

I opted for the Alpine White finish which is absolutely stunning. So it was wow, love the hardware. Setting up was fairly straight forward. Fast forward a few hours.

I looked at the first few photos that I had snapped and it looked like that the OnePlus 8 Pro was taking better photos, but I knew that I needed to spend some time with the mi 10 pro, as the focus distance is different due to the 108mp sensor vs 48mp on the oneplus. Zoom quality is also better on the mi 10 pro. I am also only on the first global firmware, there is another due soon, and I know the chinese version of the mi 10 pro has had a lot of fixes already. Xiaomi isnt the fastest for updates so time will tell as to how quickly the official global version gets updated.

The OnePlus 8 Pro macro shots are incredible, this is achieved using the 48mp ultra wide lens. There isn’t a single phone I have used that can take better macro shots. Whilst the Mi 10 Pro has a macro mode, it’s not an even close comparison.

A few more hours later. Been using the Mi 10 Pro a bit more last night, and I’m gonna swap my main sim into it tomorrow. It does a number of things better than the Oneplus 8 Pro. Pulled off some bananas good photos too.

The mi 10 pro has a 108mp main sensor that has takes 4 pixels to create one high quality pixel, so the end resolution is 27mp. You can shoot at 108mp as well. Above is my dog George, its a huge crop, but there is so much detail on every photo. This was at 27mp. At 108mp you can crop until you drop!

So last night I finished setting the phone app, installing all my apps. Everything works fine except android auto. When I select an app from the car interface, it doesnt load. If I start the music on the app on my phone, then it shows on the car display. I haven’t had any spare time today to investigate why this is happening.

Back to today. I will say the following. The photo file sizes are huge on the Mi 10 Pro. To avoid the large files, I’ve toggled the setting to save as HEIF which provides better quality shots and better quality data for editing them after as well. As heif files the photo size is a lot smaller. Downside. Google Photos cannot upload heic/heif from the phone. The Mi 10 Pro gallery app does convert to jpg on sharing, but there’s a bug where it only exports 4 at a time. My current solution is import into adobe lightroom mobile app, and re export straight out as jpg.

I have noticed the photos on the Mi 10 Pro come out looking natural with excellent colours. Having an ultra wide, normal, 2 x optical and 5 x optical zoom lens is great for flexibility.

Above is with main lens.

Above is 2 x optical zoom.

And finally above is the 5 x zoom shot.

So far so good. I forgot to mention the Mi 10 Pro has an infra red blaster on it, so I can control my TV! It also has some of the best stereo speakers and an incredible high quality audio system.

The OnePlus 8 Pro does not work currently with an external mic. I plugged in my Shure MV88+ and not only did the Mi 10 Pro recognise it, it brought up a wealth of options to fine tune the microphone audio.

Anyway, look at for more thoughts and videos on my YouTube Channel .

OnePlus 8 Pro review – detailed 19 mins review incl camera, audio & more

Welcome to my OnePlus 8 Pro review. In this review I cover off my thoughts on the phone, how it compares to my iPhone 11 Pro and Pixel 4 XL, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

As the video is 19 mins long, I have created a time index as noted below.

0:00 – Introduction
3:17 – Hardware thoughts
9:18 – Camera with sample footage
13:10 – Camera vs Samsung S20 Ultra
13:47 – Front camera & macro
14:37 – Finger print sensor & face unlock
14:50- Audio part 2 loudspeaker
15:11 – TPU case & screen protectors
15:41 – Camera night mode vs iPhone 11 Pro & Pixel 4 XL
17:12 – Camera vs iPhone 11 Pro vs Pixel 4 XL summary
18:35 – Final thoughts & details on next phone

Video Review

Conclusion

The OnePlus 8 Pro is an incredible phone and highly recommended.

Useful links to more info & latest pricing of gear mentioned in the review

OnePlus 8 Pro on Amazon
Babyliss Hair Cutting Kit for Men on Amazon
Fiio BTR5 on Amazon
Fiio FH7 on Amazon
iFi hip dac on Amazon
iBass dc-02 on Amazon

Honor 9X – Full Screen Phone – Unboxing, Setup & First Impressions

Welcome to my Honor 9X unboxing, setup and first impressions. The Honor 9X retails for £249, and at that price you get a lot of phone for your money.

The Key Features

– 6.59 inches IPS display with high screen-to-body ratio of 91%.
– AI Triple Camera, 48MP High-resolution main camera, 8MP Super Wide Angle Camera 120 degrees, 2MP Depth Assist Camera will provide hardware-based bokeh effects.
– AIS Super Night Mode can help you capture the beauty of night by holding your phone in just 6s.
– Pop-up camera withstands loads of up to 15 kg and passed testing to be able to raise & retract 100,000 times.
– 4000mAh large battery capacity, doubled with AI Power Saving technology, can last all day without stress.
– Memory 4GB RAM+ 128GB ROM
– GPU Turbo 3.0
– Powered by AI, HONOR 9X allows you to have interactions with EMUI 9.1. HiVsion is your personnel assistant, and can support QR code scanning, Object Identify, AI Shopping and Calorie Measure.
– 3.5mm headphone jack with built-in Histen 6.0 allows you to have immersive experience.
– HONOR 9X also has customized eye comfort mode certified by TÜV Rheinland, that can better protect your eyes by filtering blue light. With AI Video Enhancement.

Video

Conclusion

First impressions are positive. You get a lot of phone for your money and currently there is a deal available on the Honor 9X too.

Honor 9X on Amazon

My Top 5 Phones of 2019 – And there’s a surprise winner + apps/games on my phone

Welcome to my top 5 smartphones of 2019. This is my personal lineup of which phones are my top 5.

Factors that were taking into consideration include –

– Overall experience
– Camera Experience
– Camera quality split into video and photo and other features
– Phone UI
– Links to a wider eco system
– Software and security updates

The second half of the video, is a close up look of what’s now on my phone in 2019 and why. This includes apps and games.

Video

If you have a different top 5, what are they and why?

Useful Links

Google Pixel on Amazon
Huawei on Amazon
Oppo on Amazon
Honor on Amazon
Apple on Amazon

Huawei Nova 5T Review – The Phone with 5 A.I. Cameras!

Welcome to my review of the Huawei Nova 5T.

Key Features

– With one of the biggest screen-to-body ratios around, the all-new Huawei Nova 5T takes smartphone design to the limit. Embedding the front camera within the screen expands the field of view, revolutionising the user experience
– From panoramic, instagrammable views to sparklingly clear selfies, powerful photo and video algorithms capture every colourful detail, anywhere, any time. Equipped with four rear-mounted AI cameras, stunning high-definition, ultra-wide-angle, Macro and Bokeh photography are all possible with the Huawei NOVA 5T
– Shoot bigger and better photos with the F/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens. Whether showcasing beautiful landscapes or capturing striking portraits, the Huawei NOVA 5T is there to help you broaden your horizons
– With a huge 32 MP selfie camera nestled in the front top corner, Plus 4-in-1 Pixel Fusion, the Huawei NOVA 5T brings out your natural beauty and individual Characteristics. By balancing the exposure and backlighting while optimising the background, The AI technology creates Bright, clear selfies you can be proud of
– Unlike other smartphones, the Huawei NOVA 5T always keeps up with you. A massive 6 GB RAM accelerates and powers multiple apps, while 128 GB of internal storage gives you all the space you need for photos, songs, movies and more, so you never need to compromise on the things you love

Review

Conclusion

8.0/10. The Huawei Nova 5T offers a lot of phone for the money. I

Useful Links

Latest pricing of the Huawei Nova 5T on Amazon