Category Archives: Android

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.



Honor 20 First Impressions + Camera

Welcome to my First Impressions of the Honor 20.

The Key Features are –

– Dual Nano-SIM
– 6.26 inch IPS LCD, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio, 412 ppi
– Android 9.0 with Magic 2.1
– Kirin 980 processor
– 128 GB storage, 6 GB RAM
– Rear Cameras – 48 MP f/1.8 , 16 MP f/2.2 13mm ultrawide,2 MP macro camera & 2 MP depth sensor
– No headphone jack
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, 32-bit/192kHz audio
– Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, apt-X HD, LE
– Infrared port included
– Fingerprint side-mounted
– 3750 mAh battery with fast battery charging at 22.5W (50% in 24 min)
– Dimensions 154.3 x 74 x 7.9 mm
– Weight 174 g
– Build Front/back glass, aluminium frame

As you can see the Honor 20 is a well specified device. Now sit back and enjoy my first impressions, with a wide range of photos to take a closer look at too.

Video Review

Useful Links

Honor 20 more info and latest pricing on Amazon UK

Close up Photography – shot on the Samsung Galaxy S10

The other day I shared some close up photos from the Huawei P30 Pro and today it’s the turn of the Samsung Galaxy S10.

As you can see the S10 is very capable at snapping close up / macro images.

In fact I would say it’s one of the phones strengths.

The level of detail is impressive. For moving creatures you might need to use Pro mode in the camera and manually adjust the focus range and shutter speed. ISO should be as low as possible. 50 or 100.

Judging the results from the S10 vs the P30 Pro, I would say that the S10 achieved a better result plus the shots were easier to pull off.

Even flowers came out well with the S10.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a competent camera that since launch has had several updates that have improved the camera software, and it shows.

So what so you think? Have a look at my previous post on the Huawei P30 Pro close up photography, and let me know your winner.

Close up photography – shot on the Huawei P30 Pro

Earlier today I took my Huawei P30 Pro and went out to snap a range of subjects, from macro, flowers and landscapes.

There were no extra lenses used, just my phone, the Huawei P30 Pro, which has many camera modes, including super macro mode.

Here the bees were captured as they were coming in to land, to feed on the pollen. The Pro mode is really handy for this type of shot.

Sometimes, insects make great photos when shooting in macro mode.

Of course, not everyone likes insects, so here are some flowers. These were shot in the auto mode.

Having such a versatile phone with all its rear lenses helps nail whatever type of shot you require.

Above, 5 x optical zoom is a blessing sometimes. Get closer to the animals without disturbing them!

LG V50 Thinq Camera Review including 120 Stunning Photos & Comparison Galaxy S10 vs Huawei P30 Pro

Welcome to my camera review of the LG V50 Thinq. This is a detailed review covering a multitude of sub topics covering the camera. There is also a comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro.

Index to Review

– O mins 0 seconds – Front Video Camera
– 0 mins 33 seconds – Camera App Deep Dive plus tips and tricks
– 4 mins 45 seconds – Special Camera Modes sample footage
– 8 mins 14 seconds – Manual Photo and Manual Video
– 10 mins 40 seconds – Video Samples incl Manual Video, HDR10 Video, Manual Slow Motion Video
– 14 mins 10 seconds – LG V50 Thinq vs Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Huawei P30 Pro Camera Comparision
– 22 mins 30 seconds – 120+ Photos from the LG V50 Thinq
– 28 mins 26 seconds – Final Thoughts

Other posts on the LG V50 Thinq include –

Photographing Bees with the LG V50 Thinq

LG Folding Dual Screen Review for the LG V50 Thinq

LG V50 Thinq First Impressions

Useful Links

LG V50 Thinq on Amazon

5 x Bee Shots ALL photographed using the LG V50 Thinq – The Phone with 5G

Photographing bees isn’t the easiest thing to capture. Bees move, the sting if you’re not careful and using your phone isn’t always the best option.

However, the LG V50 Thinq has a little trick up its sleeve that I will reveal in my Camera Review which goes live tomorrow.

The Camera Review will also include a mini tutorial of the camera app, how to gets the best shots from the app, and live samples of the camera modes.

I will also show some of the editing options you can perform after taking the shot.

In addition to photos, video will be covered off too, with footage and more covering the auto and manual options.

The LG V50 Thinq is full of surprises!

The Camera Review will include a photo gallery at the end of over 120 photos.

Google to roll out RCS messaging, the iMessage destroyer – full details

Google has lost its patience with carriers/networks. In a bold and dangerous move it has decided to force their hands and will roll out RCS messaging with or without them.

If you own an iPhone users, the biggest hurdle holding you back from switching to Android is iMessage. RCS messaging is the solution to this problem by bringing iMessage-like features to Android devices. But RCS will mean even iPhones might have to get this support, negating the need for iMessage even on an iPhone.

The problem so far has been that the various carriers around the world have been dragging their feet when it comes to rolling out RCS support. Google has been trying valiantly to push carriers to speed up the process, but things aren’t going much faster.

Now Google is throwing in the towel on getting the carriers to bring RCS to everyone. Google is just going to roll it out itself.



LG’s Folding Dual Screen for the LG V50 Thinq Review

The LG V50 Thinq is quite a remarkable phone. It seems to have all the features anyone could ask for in a phone including triple rear cameras, dual front cameras, large 4,000mAh battery, the best 3.5mm headphone jack audio from any phone, Qi wireless charging, OLED screen and 5G.

But it also has another party trick up its sleeve. It has a folding screen accessory, called the LG Dual Screen.

So check out my review to see it in action and all the options available, including using it as a gamepad. Fortnite gamers will love using it for this.

LG V50 Thinq – First Camera samples from the triple rear cameras

The LG V50 Thinq features 3 rear lenses and 2 lenses on the front providing superb flexibility.

Above and below are sample photos from the camera.

The main rear lens has a f stop of f/1.5 providing excellent natural bokeh.

This also means the lens is fast enough to freeze motion.

Excellent detail is also possible as you can see from the bee above.

Colours are pretty good too.

The ultra wide lens is 107°. Not as wide as the Samsung Galaxy S10 at 130°, but definitely wide enough. I was able to capture the above house without needing to step too far back.

The LG V50 Thinq also captures the mood of the weather pretty well !

So there you have it, the first camera samples from the LG V50. My camera and audio reviews for the phone are coming soon as well as my review for the LG Dual Screen accessory for the LG V50 Thinq.

HONOR 20 to launch in the UK on 21st June – Pre-Order Deal Available

HONOR 20 goes on sale for £399 on 21 June at Three, Amazon, Mobile Phones Direct, Very and Carphone Warehouse.

HONOR 20 combines a 48MP AI Quad Camera with a powerful Kirin 980 chipset and GPU Turbo 3.0. All customers who pre-order by June 20 will receive a free HONOR Watch Magic, normally £179.99.

HONOR 20 gathered the global limelight at its London launch thanks to its combination of powerful 48MP AI Quad Camera with a multi-dimensional, Dynamic Holographic glass back and industry-leading technology including Kirin 980 chipset, GPU Turbo 3.0, a 3,750 mAh battery and Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound.

The HONOR 20’s Quad Camera leads with a Sony IMX586 48MP Main Camera, as well as a 16MP Super Wide Angle Camera, 2MP Depth Assist Camera and 2MP Macro Camera. The HONOR 20 is also equipped with AIS Super Night Mode, letting users record their magic moments in great details even in dimly-lit scenarios.

The HONOR 20 also comes with Super Bluetooth, powered by its Kirin 980 and Hi1103 chipset. Thanks to Super Bluetooth, the HONOR 20 can use AI algorithms to adjust its Bluetooth signals and connect to Bluetooth devices further away than ever before. In HONOR’s lab tests[i], the HONOR 20 was able to stay connected to a pair of Bluetooth headphones more than 244 meters away – further than any other phone tested.

HONOR 20 users also can indulge in an immersive audio experience through the Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound feature powered by Histen 6.0. This is the first time that this cutting-edge technology is applied to smartphones. The Virtual 9.1 surround sound supports all types of wired and wireless earphones and packs an in-built dual microphone with noise reduction – a system tailored according to the specific needs of technophiles and audiophiles.

Honor 20 on Amazon UK