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Recent Phone, Bluetooth Headphones and Audio Equipment reviews

There have been several reviews over the last few weeks. Below are the links. Over the next few weeks there will be more reviews covering new smartphones and the brand new Chord Mojo which has taken the audio world by storm.

Apple iPhone 6S Plus incl Apple Watch review (continuously updated) – Now 14 Parts
https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/07/apple-iphone-6s-plus-the-review/

August SE20 Mini Radio and Portable Bluetooth Stereo System Review
https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/15/august-se20-mini-radio-and-portable-bluetooth-stereo-system-review/

August EP650 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones Review
https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/14/august-ep650-bluetooth-stereo-headphones-review/

August EP610 In Ear Bluetooth Stereo Sports Headphones review
https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/13/august-ep610-in-ear-bluetooth-stereo-sports-headphones-review/

August EP636 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones review
https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/12/august-ep636-bluetooth-stereo-headphones-with-nfc-and-mic-review/

Honor 7 Smartphone review
https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/05/honor-7-review/

Suaoki 40W 8A 5 Port Compact USB Charger
https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/29/suaoki-compact-40w-8a-5-port-high-usb-charger-review/

Motorola Moto X Play
https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/01/motorola-moto-x-play-review/

LG G4 – 4 month review
https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/24/lg-g4-4-month-review-the-ultimate-package/

LG G4 – main review
https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/06/04/lg-g4-the-review-all-26-parts/

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact 23mp Camera Test
https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/08/sony-xperia-z5-just-how-good-is-the-new-23mp-camera-see-for-yourself/

Huawei Watch review
https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/21/huawei-watch-my-review/

Samsung Note 5 Dual Sim review
https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/22/samsung-note-5-dual-sim-first-impressions/

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All the Reviews from the last 30 days – iPhone 6S Plus, LG G4, Honor 7, Huawei Watch and more incl accessories

In the last 30 days I have written and published over 10 reviews. For ease I have included the reviews below along with the links.

Apple iPhone 6S Plus incl Apple Watchhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/07/apple-iphone-6s-plus-the-review/

Huawei G8https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/06/huawei-g8-first-impressions-of-huaweis-mid-market-flagship/

Samsung Note 5 Dual Simhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/22/samsung-note-5-dual-sim-first-impressions/

Honor 7https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/05/honor-7-review/

Huawei Watchhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/21/huawei-watch-my-review/

Huawei Mate S https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/18/huawei-mate-s-my-review/

Acer Liquid Jade Shttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/08/acer-liquid-jade-s-review/

Acer Iconia One 8 Tablethttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/28/acer-iconia-one-8-tablet-review/

Samsung S Health app (Google Play version) – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/23/samsung-s-health-app-works-in-all-android-devices-but-is-it-any-good/

Suaoki 40W 8A 5 Port Compact USB Chargerhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/29/suaoki-compact-40w-8a-5-port-high-usb-charger-review/

Motorola Moto X Playhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/01/motorola-moto-x-play-review/

LG G4 – 4 month reviewhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/24/lg-g4-4-month-review-the-ultimate-package/

LG G4 – main reviewhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/06/04/lg-g4-the-review-all-26-parts/

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact – 23mp Camera Testhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/08/sony-xperia-z5-just-how-good-is-the-new-23mp-camera-see-for-yourself/

Honor 7 Smartphone – my review

Welcome to my review of the Honor 7 smartphone.

   
 

Basics

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The key specifications of the Honor 7 are –

– 20 MP rear and 8 MP front camera f/2.0
– 5.2 inch 1080p HD display, metallic body, ceramic blasting
– 3100 mAh battery, Smart Power 3.0, Reverse Charging
– Kirin 935, 64 bit OctaCore CPU with up to 2.2 GHz, revolutionary heat dissipation design
– 4G LTE Bands: 3/7/20 (works with all UK 4G networks)
– Dual sim arrangement with option for second sim or micro SD card up to 128gb.
– Good clear loudspeaker
– Super fast fingerprint sensor
– Emotion EMUI v3.1
– 3GB ram
– Smart Key – configurable to 3 actions and or apps

The Honor 7 used for this review was kindly loaned to me in which time I have undertaken a number of tests.

First impressions are fantastic. Open the box, lift the phone and it feels so premium with it metallic unibody finish. And then you start to use it and it really becomes a joy to use. There are so many neat touches I will try and cover them all.

Basics – cellular signal and reception is excellent on the Honor 7. It seems to be a trait of Honor devices. It is a shame with mobile payments starting to take off, that NFC is not included. Call quality was also good. Honor also have their Signal+ and WiFi+ options present in this phone.

Grip – the rear has a slightly curved back and edges which helps with holding the phone.

Smart Key – on the left side is a key you can configure to do 3 different things. Press, double press, long press. You can leave each option to do nothing. Options includes ultra snapshot, voice recording, torch and screen shot or launching whichever app you required. I had screenshot, camera and Google search.

EMUI 3.1 – This is the custom launcher Honor install. I really like it. The main difference with this custom launcher is the removal of the app drawer. Think iPhone with folders or apps on home screens. There are many many themes available for EMUI to change the look as required. Of course, if EMUI is not to your liking then you can install another launcher eg. Nova or Google Now.

Screen – the screen is a 5.2 inch 1080p screen with good viewing angles.

Processor – the phone comes with Honor’s in house processor and 3gb ram. AnTuTu produces a score of 50,000 and the 3gb ram keeps everything running smoothly.

Extras –

– Its a dual sim. Only one sim has 3g and 4g. The second sim can only manage data at 2g. However, the first sim does 4g on all the UK bands. The dual sim management works well. You can select which sim is the default for data, calls and messages. Also when using 2 sims as I did, you can have 2 signal strengths showing in the status bar as well as both network names and the network speed.

– On screen menu buttons can be reconfigured and an extra menu for the notifications screen is available.

– To conserve battery there is an option for Protected apps (apps to be allowed to run in the background), Notification Manager (control apps that are allowed to be in the notification centre), Battery saving modes. If you are installing a lot of apps, you might find apps stop working in the background. It is important to make sure you setup the apps you want to run in the background. Also the phone reminds you of apps that are draining battery. This can become a nuisance.

– Fingerprint sensor that allows up to five fingers to be stored. Once unlocked the fingerprint sensor can be used a a touch panel. You can go back to previous view, back to home with a touch and hold, take photo, answer a call, stop an alarm, slide up to show the recent apps and slide down to display the notification centre. The fingerprint sensor is lightning quick to unlock.

– Voice Wakeup – by speaking at any time, “Dear Honor, where are you”, the phone plays this creepy music with a voice that gets louder whilst saying “I’m here”. You can also use the voice control to call contacts are other functions are available.

– Motions – You can flip to mute, pickup and reduce call volume, double touch to turn on, draw 4 different letters to launch an app e.g. draw a C to launch the camera.

– Glove mode. This is also available.

All the above extras are user configurable. So you could turn them all off or turn on just the features that you want.

Battery life – The standout feature for me was the battery life. I often got 5.5 hours screen on time. The worst day was only 5 hours screen on, and my best day was 6 hours 2 mins screen on time. This was with location on high, wifi and bluetooth on and connected to my FitBit Charge HR.

Camera and Audio

The camera app includes many options with shooting modes good food, video, photo, beauty, light painting (car light trails, light graffiti, silky water, star track), HDR, watermark, super night , best photo, audio note, panorama, all focus and time lapse. Within the settings you can turn on voice control, object tracking, adjust ISO, white balance, exposure, saturation, contrast, brightness and more. There is no manual mode and no raw options.

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Camera sample shots below –

Random shots taken with the Honor 7

Above, fog had arrived on Dartmoor. A difficult shot in terms of focusing, but the Honor 7 did an okay job.


Random shots taken with the Honor 7

This turned out better, with the orange colour popping.


Random shots taken with the Honor 7

Not so impressed here. A bit over exposed and looking washed out.


Random shots taken with the Honor 7

And now a macro of the flower.


Random shots taken with the Honor 7

Again, over exposed slightly, but a fair amount of detail. The Honor 7 does have optical image stabilisation which might have assisted here.


Random shots taken with the Honor 7

Reasonable shot this time.


Random shots taken with the Honor 7

My overall thoughts on picture quality is that the Honor 7 is average is good light and can produce some ok photos, but struggles in lower light with image quality unless using super night. Some of these fancy modes like super night mode or light painting are fun to use and work surprisingly well, but tripods are needed for these to achieve a decent image.

Now to the audio. The loudspeaker pumps out volume at around 90db and is clear too. I had nearly 5,000 songs on my 128gb micro SD card and the Honor 7 had no issue managing that number of songs. However, the sound produced by the default music app was a little sharp in the treble when using headphones despite having good left and right separation. Using Poweramp app did help a little. USB Audio is not supported

Conclusion

The Honor 7 is a strong offering. Good quality build, lots of features, satisfactory camera and strong battery life. It represents good value for money and it is a shame NFC is not included which is needed for Android Pay.

Honor 7 4G UK Dual SIM-Free Smartphone deal at Amazon UK

Honor 7 – First Impressions

I have had the Honor 7 smartphone 48 hours now, but really only got to use it fully and exclusively all day yesterday. I have installed over 50 of my apps and about 5 games. This is a review device from Honor PR.

The Honor 7 runs Emotion UI which removes the android app drawer. This all your apps appear on the home screens and will require you to folders if you have many apps. Below are my 2 home screens.

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I managed to snap a few more photographs yesterday, the first one using HDR due to the sun glare, and the second is a macro of pollination by a bee. I felt the photos were better than those I took yesterday.

The Historic Lloyds Bank Building, Penzance, Cornwall

The above shot is the historic Lloyds Bank building in Penzance, Cornwall. I really like the HDR effect produced by the Honor 7.

Pollination macro

Honor 7 – Just how good is the 20mp Sony Sensor? – Read on

So I have only just got the Honor 7, so snapped a few random shots in auto with the 20mp Sony Sensor.

See sample shots below –

Random shots taken with the Honor 7

Above, fog had arrived on Dartmoor. A difficult shot in terms of focusing, but the Honor 7 did an okay job.

Random shots taken with the Honor 7

This turned out better, with the orange colour popping.

Random shots taken with the Honor 7

Not so impressed here. A bit over exposed and looking washed out.

Random shots taken with the Honor 7

And now a macro of the flower.

Random shots taken with the Honor 7

Again, over exposed slightly, but a fair amount of detail. The Honor 7 does have optical image stabilisation which might have assisted here.

Random shots taken with the Honor 7

Reasonable shot this time.

Random shots taken with the Honor 7

Honor announces the Honor 7 flagship phone costing £249

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Last night Honor announced the new Honor 7 for the UK. Retailing at £249 but available now for a few days until 31st August 2015 for £209 via https://www.vmall.eu/uk/honor-7-grey-281214/ .
If you want to buy via Amazon UK it is now available Honor 7 Amazon UK deal

I have watched all the hands on videos and reviews and really like what I see. Some of the highlights include –

– Fast Fingerprint indicator, Smart Voice WakeUp, personalised “Smart Key”
– 20 MP rear and 8 MP front camera
– 5.2 inch FHD display, metallic body, ceramic blasting
– Long lasting 3100 mAh battery, Smart Power 3.0, Reverse Charging, Quick Charging
– Kirin 935, 64 bit OctaCore CPU with up to 2.2 GHz, revolutionary heat dissipation design
– Dual sim or sim plus micro SD card
– Boost the volume by up to 2dB with Voice+ or eliminate all noise for up to three metres with the super hands-free calling 3.0 mode.
– Storage: 16 GB / RAM: 3 GB / User Available Memory: approx. 9 GB / External: microSD card (up to 128 GB)
– 3G: YES / 4G: YES / Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1 / A2DP stereo / Bluetooth BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) / Wi-Fi: 802.11ac/a/b/g/n, 2.4G Hz /5G Hz
– NFC included

So if you pre-ordered before the 31st August 2015, you could pick up this phone for £209. That seems like a lot of phone for your money. See what Btekt and Gadgette thought of the Honor 7 in an open review type discussion of the phone. I think its amazing what you can buy for a few hundred pounds nowadays!!

So what do you think?

Will the Honor 7 come to Europe? Plus Specs

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It doesn’t feel that long ago that the Honor 6+ got released in the UK. But time flies quickly in the tech world and now Honor have released the Honor 7 in China. No news has been provided about whether this beast of a phone would come to Europe until Honor released the following video –

The Honor 7 packs a 5.2-inch Full-HD display, Octo-core 64-bit Kirin 935 SoC, 16 or 64GB of internal storage, a memory card slot, 3GB of RAM, 20mp rear camera featuring a Sony IMX230 image sensor (same part used on the Samsung Galaxy S6) a front-facing 8mp front camera, LTE Cat 6 support,
fingerprint sensor and a 3,100mAh battery. It will be interesting to see what tweaks are made for the LTE bands prior to the UK launch.