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LG Tone Platinum HBS-1100 Stereo Bluetooth Headset – Review – The Worlds First with APT-X High Definition

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Welcome to my review of the LG Tone Platinum HBS-1100 Bluetooth Headset. This is the world’s first pair of headphones/headset that comes with the new APT-X High Definition Codec.

This means you can listen to 24 bit Hi-Fi / Hi-Res Sound with LG G5. At the moment the LG G5 is only only smartphone that comes enabled with the revolutionary Qualcomm® apt-X™ HD codec.The aptX™ HD Audio Codec delivers CD-like quality audio over Bluetooth that faithfully reproduces the full audio bandwidth and minimizes latency by significantly reducing the bit rate without affecting sound quality.

LG state that “now no wires are truly a thing of the past as you can bask in the sheer superiority of a 24 bit audiophile experience in total wireless comfort.”

Note that the APT-X HD codec comes as standard with the LG G5. You do not need the LG Hi-Fi Plus module.

Key Specifications

– Bluetooth Version 4.1
– Supported Bluetooth Profiles Headset (HSP), Hands-Free (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP),
Audio/Video Remote Control (AVRCP)
– Talk Time Up to 11 hours
– Music Play Time Up to 10 hours
– Standby Time Up to 17.3 days
– Charging Time Less than 2 hours
– Operating Range 33 ft.
– Dimensions 6.0″ (W) x 7.04″ (H) x 0.5″ (D)
– Weight 2.05 oz.
– Call & Play/Pause Buttons Inline on side of headset
– Available Colours – Black, Silver, Gold
– Sound Profile Harman Kardon® Platinum Sound
– Tone & Talk™ Support – Support for Android and Apple® Devices
– Audio Speaker Optimization Technology Balanced Armature Speaker Technology
– Qualcomm® aptX compatibility Qualcomm aptX / Qualcomm aptX HD
– In the Box – LG TONE PLATINUM Bluetooth Stereo Headset (HBS-1100),Micro USB Charging Cable (AC Adapter Not Included), Extra Ear Gels (Small and Large), User Manual, Quick Start Guide, & Warranty Card

The LG Tone Platinum Bluetooth headset is fairly slim made with an anodized brushed aluminum alloy trim. LG has used a Balanced Armature design as the sound module to minimise distortion and reproduce the sound accurately. The headset also offers noise cancelling dual microphones for clearer calls even in the noisiest environments. In testing these worked really well. Calls were exceptionally clear. LG added Voice Command to handle incoming calls.

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Tone & Talk app has been enhanced to support Voice Memo and Find Me via any Android smartphone (version 4.1 and higher). The LG Tone app adds a lot of extra functionality and makes this headset easier to use.

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The other controls on the headset are everything you expect and more. Controls for music, calls, volume, cable retraction and more as shown in the photos.

The Sound Quality

This is the part that matters most. Does the new APT-X HD codec work? In my testing it really does work and really well. It also sounds better than Samsung’s proprietary UHQ codec found on the new Samsung Galaxy S7.

As this is created by Qualcomm more headphones are due later on this year featuring this new codec which will undoubtedly become the new audio wireless standard.

LG’s decision to use balanced armature over a dynamic driver is a statement in itself. Balanced armatures tend to reproduce sound fairly naturally with delicate mids and treble.

I have listened to loads of different genres and all were faithfully reproduced. It is hard to believe these are wireless headphones. The Tone Platinum are not bass heavy. But if the track has bass it digs deep too. Classical and vocals were wonderful. Playing flac songs and again the sound quality was excellent.

My current favourite Bluetooth headphones are Plantronics BackBeat Pro. These deliver huge amounts of bass and impact. A lot of people will listen to these are even prefer them on a quick listen. These are over ears and massive so have the ability to deliver such impact. However, over a longer listening period the LG Tone Platinum will triumph. Ear fatigue is non existent and the overall quality is way above the Plantronics.

Another bonus is that the in ear canals are comfortable even after lengthy usage.

Conclusion

Qualcomm’s APT-X HD is the real deal. The LG Tone Platinum are fantastic as a headset from a feature count, superb for phone calls and more and sound brilliant with your music.

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LG G5 – Highlights from the Weekend

Tomorrow will see my review on the next 2 LG Friends, the LG 360 Cam and LG 360 VR. In the meantime, in an out of the fog I managed to snap several shots.

Below are my favourite –

The fog never cleared until 4pm yesterday. The shot below is using the wide angle lens.

The Haunted Church of St Michael & All Angels #Princetown #Dartmoor #lgg5wide

Haunted Land #lgg5

George having a blast in the foggy conditions on Dartmoor #lgg5

And then another day, and totally different weather.

Anyone for an ice cream #Dartmoor tonight

The ice cream van shot is a wide lens and cropped. Plenty of detail from that lens.

Merrivale, Dartmoor - still looking amazing tonight

The young cat snapped really well. A small crop.

Black & White Cat #lgg5

Last shot. This was snapped using one of the filters in the LG Camera app. Normally I would apply a filter afterwards, but for this shot I tried something different.

Dream Trees

I really liked the result of the above shot. Moody.

LG G5 – Using the wide lens for a Time Lapse – Plus Another 360 degree video – Footage

One of the features of the LG G5 camera app is the time lapse mode. Switching to the time lapse mode reveals options to select the time period between each photograph taken. You can also select on which lens to use, that is the wide or standard 16mp.

For this test, I reduced the standard 15 seconds down to 10 seconds and use the wide lens.

The time lapse video is 2 mins long and using the wide lens produces a max resolution of 1080p. Enjoy.

In addition, I recorded another 1 min video using the LG 360 Cam. This is in stock now at Clove Technology. I thought I would include this video as it gives a different perspective to the area that I was filming in with the time lapse as well. I also managed to remove myself from the footage 😉

What I like about the LG G5 camera so far – And what setting must be used for the G5

I have been using the G5 for over 2 weeks now and I am really starting to find out how to get the most from its camera. I also have the LG Cam Plus connected permanently.

I will review the LG Cam Plus separately but its extra 1,200 mAh battery does make a difference to the battery performance as you would expect. The Cam Plus extra battery seems to get triggered when you use the G5’s camera thus slowly adding more juice. After a certain amount of time of not using the camera, its stops recharging the main battery.

In terms of using the G5 camera this is what I like about it and why I prefer it over the S7 camera. Take a look at the photo below. I am about 15 feet away from the start of this shot. To view full size, click on each photo and select full size or original.

Playing in the bog

And now look at the cropped version and the amount of detail still retained below. I had tried to take this type of photo with the S7 and crop afterwards, but its a total non runner due to lack of pixels. To shoot 16:9 on the S7 requires dropping the resolution down to 9.1mp. The G5 main camera is nearly double at 16mp.

Zooming in on George having fun

The main 16mp camera takes excellent photos. The 8mp wide camera also takes excellent photos and with loads of detail too. Photos from the wide lens possess a lot of depth and make clouds look like they are moving.

The LG G5 review – 2 weeks later

I am now into my second week of the LG G5 and will start to put pen to paper to document my thoughts on the LG G5.

I want my review to include at least 4 of the LG G5 Friends so that I can provide a FULL experience. I also want to wait until the first firmware which is due very soon, to see if any of the small bugs are fixed and also what new features are added. (new features are coming).

The G5 uses USB Type C and that meant having to make sure I had enough cables and USB Type C adapters. Now that I have a wide selection and more devices using USB Type C, I just cannot look back at micro USB. It feels so primitive. It is the same feeling after using Apple’s lightning cable.

So it is at this point in time, if you have anything you want included in the review, please let me know. I already have been asked about GPS performance.

LG G5 – Views after One Week

Drake Building, Tamar Science Park, Plymouth #lgg5wide

I have now had the LG G5 for one week. The phone is a revelation. It is so enjoyable to use I no longer have the Samsung S7 Edge.

I love the design and feel of the G5. In gold it looks good. USB Type C connector. Infra Red Blaster. Great cameras. Modules. Did I say great cameras. Very loud loudspeaker. Lovely bluetooth audio quality. The single let down is the screen brightness. It doesn’t go high enough when needed. May a software fix is required to fix this problem,

Milbay Harbour, Plymouth #lgg5wide

The wide angle lens makes capturing a scene previously impossible, now possible. The entire harbour in one shot captured above.

The first shot of Drake Building produces such dept.

Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth #lgg5wide

You can step really close to the hotel to capture this shot.

Everything on the G5 works really well from hardware and software. And then there is the modules and friends which are all about to come into stock. I am really looking forward to the LG Cam Plus and B&O HiFi DAC. I like the concept that I can make my G5 better or different with these modules.

And now LG is teasing more options with these modules, including a GamePad, Printer, Projector and more. See below.

LG G5 – More camera shots from my trip to London Docklands with commentary

Below are a selection of photos snapped whilst I was in London Docklands the other day along with commentary for each photo.

Don't look down - View from Emirates Cable Car #lgg5

The above shot was snapped whilst travelling in the Emirates Cable Car than runs from Royal Victoria to North Greenwich in London Docklands. I cannot remember if I used the wide lens or not for this photo.

O2 Arena - View from the Emirates Cable Car

Again snapped whilst inside the cable car, and made B&W using VSCO Cam preset B3.

The River Thames - View from the Emirates Cable Car #lgg5wide

The above shot is using the wide lens. Apart from the cable car glass reflection, its a superb shot. It was a really sunny day.

Scenic views of the River Thames and Emirates Cable Car #London

Wide lens again. This is the landing bay at Royal Victoria.

Emirates Cable Car Landing #London

Above with the standard 16mp lens. Loads of detail and the colours are accurate to what my eyes were seeing too.

The Crystal, Royal Victoria, London

Again using the 16mp lens on the G5. This building is called The Crystal at Royal Victoria, London Docklands.

The Crystal, Docklands #lgg5wide

The wide angle lens creates the above shot. Not for everyone due to the excessive curves.

Emirates Cable Cars gliding downwards, Docklands #lgg5

Wide angled and cropped. The G5 wide angle lens still has enough detail for crops.

Emirates Cable Cars , Docklands #lgg5

Again wide lens and cropped with a filter applied. I just wanted to show the distance the cable car travelled.

Canning Town Station #red #lgg5

Canning Town station is not attractive. So using Camera360 magic colours (red) filter, I jazzed it up.

Red Construction Cranes , Canning Town, London #lgg5

A building site is not very attractive, but again, used Camera360 and the magic colours red filter. This is using the 16mp lens.

Sunrise at Canning Town, London #lgg5wide

Again wide and not too warped. This was taken at sunrise.

Canning Town Fly Over, London #lgg5

Just a road in Canning Town with lots of building work. Edited in Photo Express using the Pinhole effect.

Paddington Station, London #lgg5

And finally Paddington Station London. Using the 16mp lens which did a great job.

All in all I was very impressed with the shots from the G5 camera.

LG G5 – Recent shots from the G5’s cameras

Below are a selection of different shots from the G5’s camera taken over the last couple of days.

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Above a lovely wide shot of a farmer mucking the field.

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In this shot I prefer the jump lens as shown above.

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Above a lovely macro of a dafodill.

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Above shot of Postbridge Bridge and the original clapper bridge using the wide lens.

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Again the 8mp wide lens. Produces a lovely shot.

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Another 8mp wide shot but cropped inn and still there is plenty of detail.

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Just for fun. Inside a train carriage. Wide.

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Above 16mp lens. Not everything needs the wide lens.

The more I use the G5 the more I enjoy the phone.

LG G5 – How to get 10 hours screen on time? Battery Re-Charging Timings?

So I have now had the retail version of the LG G5 for 4 days.

During this period I have wondered how the 2,800mAh battery will perform versus the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The S7 Edge has a larger battery at 3,600mAh along with an amoled screen versus the LCD of the LG G5. The S7 Edge can reach 6 hours screen on time with ease. This normally starts happening after 3 days from installing all your apps. During this time the phone learns which apps to optimise.

So over 3 days have now lapsed on the LG G5. So how do you get 10 hours screen on time? Answer with 2 batteries 🙂

That’s cheating of course, but actually it isn’t because the G5 does feature a removable and user swappable battery. But that does mean you can reach 5 hours screen on time with relative ease, providing you do one or two things. The most important improvement in battery life is made by switching off the always on display. Personally I like this feature but it uses 1% of battery per hour, so over 24 hours that is 24%, and that is nearly one quarter of your battery. In my book that is too much. The next step is to head over to the settings app, select battery, battery usage and then look at which apps haven’t being optimised in the list that you can pull up.

Mid way through the day yesterday, I turned off the always on display and the difference was fantastic. I went from expecting just over 4 hours screen on time to actually reaching 5 hours screen on time.

So what about recharging times. I wanted to test my current Quick Charge 2 portable battery pack.( I haven’t got a QC 3 pack yet which should be faster than QC2). So how fast was the recharge. From 5% to 60% took 20 minutes. 25 mins longer and the battery had reached 80%. The last 20% took another 30 mins to charge to full. So in total Quick Charge 2 took 1 hours 15 mins.

I will test Quick Charge 3 later this week using the official charger and an Anker QC3 device.