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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – Camera Shootout – Part 5 – Action Dog Shots – Plus Editorial

It had to be done. Could I obtain some shots of my 3 labradors in action as I have done so already with all my previous smartphones?

If you are need to refresh your memory of these action dogs shots, have a look again at the reviews for the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4 (especially) and LG V10 (also especially). Click HERE.

So off I went with 3 dogs on a day that was slightly overcast and a fair amount of glare. Not perfect lighting for shooting dogs. I shot all the photos in 4:3 12mp on the S7 Edge. All in Auto mode and using the burst, which is simply press and hold the shutter. Then on my iPad I viewed all 500 shots are selected the best. The annoying part was all 500 were in focus!!!!! So it took ages to decide as so many were great. I also was curious as to how fast the burst mode was on the S7 vs iPhone 6S Plus. The S7 reaches a max of 100 burst shots at a file size of 2.37mb, while the iPhone has only reached 40 burst shots at a file size of 2.07mb. On my iPad i used the iOS Photos app and cropped the photos to 16:9.

What is truly amazing the the S7 camera is its speed and speed to focus. Often the dogs would appear charging/running back to me. Each time I was able to double press the home button and hit the shutter and fire off another burst of photos, that were all in focus. Amazing.

Panoramic with Tiggy and View of Princetown, Dartmoor

I really like this shot a lot and its a smashing panoramic.

One Dog One Town One Panoramic #Tiggy #Princetown ##SamsungS7Edge

Burst Shots

This was Tiggy all lovely and clean.

This is me looking all clean and cute before I jumped into the mud and water #Tiggy #SamsungS7Edge

And Tiggy again with her ears looking triangular somehow.

Triangular Ears #Tiggy on #Dartmoor

And Tiggy now soaked in water and covered in mud. You can’t see the mud as her colouring disguises it, but believe me she had tons on her!

"Honest, I've not been near the Water" #Tiggy #Soaked #SamsungS7Edge

Another shot of Tiggy, She was running around 20mph.

Tiggy sprinting on Dartmoor #SamsungS7Edge

George on the left, Fury on the right. Check out those happy faces. Both dogs were running super fast.

Happy Days #George #Fury on Dartmoor #Sa5

Fury at full speed.

Fury at full speed on Dartmoor #SamsungS7Edge

And finally George and Fury. George was running like a rocket, Fury was too.

Catch Me if You Can - George & Fury sprinting on Dartmoor #SamsungS7Edge

Now I saved over 30 action shots for my personal photo library. Google Photos took some of the bursts saved photos and made a GIF. See below. This also shows you how well the S7 maintained focus despite Tiggy’s running speed and distance. Very very impressive.


BlackBerry Passport – Impressions Part 5 – Office, Clock and Video Options

So today I am going to cover off some of the other apps on the BlackBerry Passport. From a business point of view the Passport comes with Docs To Go, Contacts, Calendar, Adobe Reader, Evernote, Box, Dropbox sync, and Remember. And don’t forget BlackBerry Blend mentioned on Sunday’s post.

Docs To Go covers off Microsoft office docs and editing, from excel, word and powerpoint. It is worth remembering that BlackBerry has in terms of security a whole wealth of enterprise options and security. To be honest all the above apps mentioned to exactly what they say on the tin. The BlackBerry Passport really makes an excellent productivity tool.

So let’s have a look at some of the other included apps. The video app apart from play videos allows some basic editing from trimming, cropping, enhancing and adding filters. Quick sharing options are also available. Story Maker is another app that allows you to create new memories combining photos and videos with effects, music, titles and more. Below are some of the effects available shown at the top of the screen shot.


Some another app is the Clock app. This is a simple app with a few options to switch between digital or analogue, and some bedside options as shown below.


The clock app also allows for alarms, world clock, stopwatch and timer controls.To be honest there are no surprises here.


So finally for today, the file manager.

This does exactly what you would expect from a file manager, and links in with BlackBerry Blend. As you can see my iPad is now showing as part of the file manager. This is due to the BlackBerry Blend app.

All in all the Passport has a wealth of options. More tomorrow and in particular the keyboard.

LG G3 – review – part 5

Welcome back to part 5 of my LG G3 review.

My G3 is now running the latest firmware v10e. This improved power and heat management, fixed several bugs and updated many apps. Chromecast bugs were fixed as well. But something was changed by LG on the quiet. The colour saturation was turned down reducing ghosting and artefacts that were being reported by some people.

My boss got to see the G3 on Wednesday for the first time. He picked it up. Looked at the screen. And then said. “It’s a beast. This is a real beast” . I cannot disagree either. It’s an amazing phone.


One of the hardware functions of the LG G3 is an Infra Red blaster. This may sound like a useless specification but it does come in handy. When you are watching TV or a DVD, you never have the right remote control, but you always have your phone nearby! The G3 comes with a software package that is quick and easy to setup. It then enables an option to show the basic functions in the notification centre as shown above. I was really pleased that the DVD software options included an eject button. This eject button is omitted on the DVD remote itself and many other software IR programs. As my DVD eject button no longer functions properly this is a godsend.


Another feature of the G3 is smart cleaning. Simply, it makes management and removal of waste a simple affair.

The G3 also has a quiet mode option which you can schedule or leave on permanently. It is able to block the notification LED, alarms and incoming calls. You can select or deselect as required, and on the calls you can set up an auto reply message on blocked calls, allow repeated calls and set up an approved list of callers that can bypass quiet mode.


The G3 comes with smart screen, which will keep the screen on for longer if it detects your face looking at the screen. In terms of customisation, there is even an option for the type of screen off effect. Retro Tv is my favourite. Other options include black hole and fade out.


Other customisation options even include the swipe effect, as shown above. But the single best customisation feature is the on screen button controls. Before you select your button options, you can decide to have them transparent or not. Then you can go into the “hide buttons” option and select which apps to remove them completely. Ideal for many games or apps that display the on screen menu options. With the setting enabled they disappear after 3 seconds are are re enabled just by swiping up. So simple an idea and a superb solution too.


But lets look at the on screen menu options. Typically an android phone has 3 options. Running apps, go back, and home. With the G3 you can change the order of these 3 to suit your preference, and add up to another 2 options. The options are – QuickMemo, Notification Centre, QSlide and Dual Window. I love this option and wish all android phones included this.


LG have not forgotten about the lock screen. As you can see below there are plenty of options again.


And even the home screen has its fair share of options. Additional themes can be downloaded and installed from LG World. Icons can be changed individually too.


All in all, LG have really offered a very comprehensive package of software, software customisations and a fabulous piece of hardware.

On Monday, I will continue my review of the LG G3. Any questions, please ask.