Friday, 18 May 2018

OnePlus 6 Unboxing - Is This The One?

OnePlus 6 Unboxing - Is This The One?

In front of me I've got the latest smartphone the OnePlus 6 just announced, now I do need to say this is an un-boxing article the software that's on here is the review version it's not the final version so I can't really evaluate it right now, but I can show you what it looks like and some of the changes from the 5T.
OnePlus 6 Unboxing

So in front of me here I have the mirror black version with a hundred and twenty 8 gigabytes of storage I've also got the midnight black over there so I'll be showing you both of those and there will be a third color as well but for now it's these two.
OnePlus 6 Glass Back (Black)

The OnePlus 6, mirror black and it's got this polished look to it, it's made out of glass you can see the layout changed here in the back from the 5T you still have a dual camera setup with the fingerprint sensor now underneath it, portrait orientation here if I compare that to the 5T everything lines up now comparative to the last one.
Comapring OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 6

You still have the famous OnePlus textured hold switch this will switch between the various sound modes on the device quickly and when you reach into your pocket you don't even need to see the device to know that you're touching the right switch.

The OnePlus have a USB type-c port for the - charge thankfully a headphone jack still exists in this location alright as you can see it's got some juice right now and there you have it this of course the first one plus device adopting the notch, there's something I'm happy to report here if you are not a notch fan you can actually get rid of it in the settings as you can see right here,
Hide the Notch on OnePlus 6

you can hide the notch area or show the notch area so there's something for everyone you want to get rid of it there you go even if you don't like the look of the notch you're still using that space if you see what I'm saying so it looks like it's part of the bezel, but it's displaying information for you. I think all manufacturers should do this if you are going to have the notch make it so that within the software you can disable it if you choose to, there is the ability to go into each app and configure how it deals with the notch situation.

The display is 2280 by 1080, 6.28 inches OLED very vibrant display as you've come to expect you're going to have the - charger one of the fastest chargers in the game they're also going to include a case with a smoked clear look to it, they're also going to have first party accessories including one of my favorites the OnePlus carbon fiber, some wood grain threaded kind of nylon look, the classic sandstone soft touch red material okay cool as you can see super reflective this is kind of the luxury look for my taste buds I'm more of a midnight black guy it's a more matte finish for me slightly more still a little bit less reflective, so it's a two camera setup 120 megapixel one 16 megapixel.

I know you're interested in specs this unit here it's running the new Snapdragon 845 it still has a 3300 milliamp hour battery, it'll be available in two different Ram layouts you could either get six gigabytes entry point or eight gigabytes of RAM there's also going to be three different storage options entry-level 64 gigabytes then 128 like the mirror black version I have there and you can even go up to 256 gigabytes of storage, it is a dual SIM setup as you probably hoped for.

The OnePlus 6 also has faster LTE than the previous version it's now gigabit and I was told that the design decision to go with the glass back that's right even on this midnight version the matte finish that still glass was in order to facilitate this faster LTE.

Camera sensors have gotten bigger which is something I'm sure many of you wanted to hear this should mean better low-light performance and I hate to say it I can't show you a full demonstration right now optical image stabilization and in video 4k up to 60fps, it's also going to feature super slow-mo you can get 1080p footage at 240 FPS or 720p footage at 480 fps.

Now I know you're probably curious about this screen to body ratios it's the hot topic, we now have 84% screen to body ratio keeping the same form factor though as the 5T, so you can see from a form factor perspective almost identical so it's not just the notch at the top where they gained more screen in relationship to the body you can see the chin shrunk down a little bit also from the 5T.

Now the device is also going to feature gaming mode as you might have expected there's some improvements there as well not only is it capable of blocking notifications, but it also has a network boost feature which will limit other apps network usage when gaming prioritize bandwidth for the game in an effort to lower latency for online gaming and as you can see here you can turn on gaming mode automatically for certain apps so you could put your favorite games in here so you could have it on or off depending on the game.

The OnePlus is going to retail for 529 dollars super competitive it's going to make you think, so there it is mirror black finish midnight black finish this one's probably my preference right now though I really do like the white one hopefully I'll get my hands on that one as well for the more comprehensive article for the oneplus 6.

Monday, 14 May 2018

The ULTIMATE $30,000 Gaming PC Setup

The ULTIMATE $30,000 Gaming PC Setup

we're trying to put together amzing things and today I think we've done that so in a previous article I showed you a set up with a really special chair kind of been upgraded it's been replaced by something even more outlandish by what I think by what I know is the ultimate gaming / workstation setup I've ever seen experience been a part of yes, it will blow your mind, yes it is completely bonkers, that's the point. Now I unveil to you my current top tier top of the food chain place to sit right here.
The ULTIMATE $30,000 Gaming PC Setup

It's too much Lou I can't handle it I can't deal with it deal with it you shall if you sat there you would know what I was talking about that one in the middle 4k LG Display 42.5 inches and then blanket with a couple portrait mode displays which is exactly what I've done right here, yeah 24 it's almost a hundred inches because you want to get immersed and of course we need the right PC to drive it all, we brought over the side X PC from the other setup we have a Playstation there as well because there's multiple inputs to this set up that's what the ultimate set up needs its RGB.

This chair here was made by a company called Imperator works and I imported this thing it's kind of the heart of this setup about this light on the front you slid it in there rigged it up it's called nano leaf that just went in there for even more.

This is where you want to be in life at most moments so from this spot you can control everything you hit the zero-g the whole thing evolve, a nice little recline going on I could be here a week the chair even has a massage built into it so you could get the nice little vibe going on this is the moment I have to give a big shout-out to SteelSeries for sponsoring this episode and also making such amazing gaming peripherals this headset is the Arctic's pro game DAC.

The rival 600 super comfy pull off these side panels and adjust the weight of it each one of these units is four grams, four of these on each side of the mouse now the keyboard is the M 750 the same lighting that you would get on a full-size but in something that's more compact now you also probably noticed this playstation controller sitting up front you might want to play a console game in here the PC gamers out there in the audience to like a setup like this and you're playing on a console, I'm offended who cares it's the ultimate setup it should have everything right the cool thing with this main displays it has a ton of inputs DisplayPort, multiple HDMI 2.0 so up to 60fps in okay even with the playstation up on the main display you still see the portrait displays on the side showcasing your gaming pc.

From a Productivity standpoint or even in an entertainment standpoint you could be multitasking here, the game is now across all three monitors believe it or not little bit difficult to do when you have portrait mode monitors on the side I've mapped it pretty well here you could play with the middle monitor and do the kind of productivity entertainment thing that I mentioned earlier, you can see we've got a decent frame rate here over 80 fps mostly.

I can't think of a better spot in the world the possibilities are endless everything is right where it should be and you really feel like you could be here for a while before fatigue sets in it's not going to be for everyone it's obviously outlandish yes it's expensive, but sitting here is a very special experience I promise you that.

So there you have it the most insane setup that I've ever put together courtesy of Steel series they fit right in, couldn't imagine not having the proper peripherals to go with a setup like this, I don't know you let me know if you've seen a crazier setup than this I don't think you have how about this you keep this ball rolling step this up even further do more crazy setups let me know in the comment below.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

The Perfect iMac Pro Setup

The Perfect iMac Pro Setup

Welcome to my Perfect iMac Pro Setup. So, that is an iMac Pro on a desk outside. The reason behind this is I thought it'd be fun to take this outside, shoot AK raw, and then use that to test on this iMac Pro. So with the setup, I wanted something clean, something simple, but most importantly, I wanted something to compliment and match that beautiful space gray finish.
The Perfect iMac Pro Setup

So the centerpiece of this setup is without a doubt the iMac Pro and for those who love talking specs, get them wet naps ready. This is the 10-core, three gigahertz model. 128 gigabytes of RAM, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics with, get ready for it, 16 gigabytes of HBM2 memory.

Last but not least, this is packed with two terabytes of flash storage, which should be insanely fast. Now these go on sale this Thursday and alongside the 10-core there is the baseline 8-core, a surprise 14-core model and it will max out at 18 freaking cores.

Now for the desk, I went with the ARTIFOX DESK 02. This is their limited run black edition. It's very simple but also extremely well thought-out and compliments the iMac Pro perfectly. Now this comes in both sit and stand variations and what's awesome is it's extremely modular, so you go simple like I've done here or you can deck it out with a ton of different accessories to complement your setup. Now a couple of really smart things that come with this desk out of the box is one, you have a little cable drop towards the back so in my case I threw a wireless charger here, dropped that cable right through and it keeps things nice and clean.

And for those curious about the wireless charger, this is from Kroma Wireless and I will say on the Amazon page it looks like its space grey, clearly it's not. As much as I would have loved space grey, this is still a really nice accent and the best part about it is that it's under 15 bucks.

Now the second really smart thing with this desk is towards the front you have hooks on each side. You can probably hang a ton of different things but in this case it works amazing for a pair of headphones. So the headphones are the Focal Listen closed back over ear headphones and these were perfect for two reasons. One, aesthetically this complemented the entire setup really well and more importantly, two, they sound amazing. Focal makes some crazy high-end gear but these are under 200 bucks and honestly they're probably one of the best headphones you can get under that price point. And for the keyboard, the mouse, and in this case the trackpad I didn't have to look elsewhere because they all came with the iMac Pro.

The black keys with the space grey finish on the keyboard look beautiful across the desk. Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of the Magic Mouse but in that finish it was hard not to include with this setup.

Lastly, that space grey Magic Trackpad 2, no complaints there. It works well and has the looks to match. Now as far as the speakers go, I don't think I could have planned this out any better. They weren't tweaked, modified, or customized. The Kanto YU2 Powered Desktop speakers come in this matte gray finish that is nearly a perfect match for the space grey iMac Pro. They're small but they pack a surprising amount of punch and what's cool is you connect them directly via USB to the iMac Pro. So the size paired with the finish and more importantly, how it fits on this desk all work perfectly.

Now jumping to the back of the iMac Pro this thing is pretty decked out. You have a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, an SDXC card slot with UHS-II support, four USB 3.0 ports and then four Thunderbolt 3 ports in the USB-C flavor which is double what you get on the non-pro iMac.

Last up is the Ethernet port but the big thing here is that it's 10 gigabit which is a pretty big deal. Now as far as performance goes, over the next week I will be putting this thing through its paces but to get the obligatory geek bench score out of the way, on the single core side we're looking at 5,450 but more impressively, on the multi-core side that is 37,434.

So on the outside it looks like an iMac Pro with a space grey finish but on the inside it is clearly a different story.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

The True All-Screen Smartphone is Here.. Vivo Apex

The True All-Screen Smartphone is Here.. Vivo Apex

One of the most anticipated articles that I could possibly make, in front of me today the VIVO APEX, there's like everything that happened before this and then what will come after ambition boiled down into something you can hold.
The True All-Screen Smartphone is Here.. Vivo Apex

Smartphone design is dead, we've talked a lot about differentiation in the space especially in the Android world, that one's pretty good that one's pretty good like which one every single manufacturer looked at this thing and realized immediately how do we get there, they started working the next day this screen to body ratio thing for people like you that's the challenge, that's I guess for a smartphone maker the reason to be in this business now but from a manufacturing standpoint it's a super difficult problem to approach.

I hit the Vivo Apex power button you get to see it, what this future looks like, it's not completely bezel-less there's a tiny little bit of a chin, 1.8 millimeters on the top as well as the sides and 4.3 millimeters on a little tiny chin at the bottom, when the people from vivo brought it over there like No, the goal is zero bezel.

First of all in order to achieve this there's a whole different manufacturing process necessary which is part of the reason why you can't buy this phone right now, what it would cost to put this thing together is beyond what normal people will be willing to pay for a phone at least right now. The goal is to make the bezel identical the whole way around, if you show the Vivo Apex to me when I was 15 years old I'd be like that man is living in the future.

This particular design introduces all kinds of problems, where's the front-facing camera, where are the proximity sensors, how do you unlock the device? But believe it or not they're here in the function surprisingly well, so first off let's talk about this front-facing camera it doesn't exist on the bezel at all it's up on the top and it's recessed, it's kind of nice to look at a display and not stare at a camera so I just I just think the hidden camera thing has some positive attributes for people who might be a little bit sensitive to having a lens facing them all the time, all right privacy concerns whatever it's a full-on motor that will push the camera up.

It's unprecedented the beard hair test I understand some of the apprehension about this particular decision it's moving parts it could possibly fail the level of concern that you have it almost directly maps to how important selfies or video conferencing is to you personally if you're that kind of person is using the front-facing camera I'm going to go with you have a valid concern there would be some serious engineering necessary to make that motorized front-facing camera lasts for five thousand, ten thousand, a hundred thousand actuations.

Some other interesting things about the design here power switch is actually it's over where your finger lands, it's not where your thumb is, I do like this round button actually it's very distinctive, you probably notice down here on the bottom bar we have this fingerprint indicator this is a demo, you can increase the security level by requiring two thumb prints instead of one to unlock the device.

If I bring up the test you're going to see what the potential lock screen would look like and in this case it's asking me to authenticate two fingerprints at the same time now this is a possibility because of the size of the sensor area, now when these began to emerge the size of that area was much smaller the technology adjusts you, according to vivo the goal for the fingerprint scanner is to eventually be the entire screen.

I have to sit when I saw this emerged on the web I was very skeptical and now having tried it myself I had to say I think it exceeds my expectations even though it's a little bit slow works surprisingly well on a product that's just a concept.

There are some security disadvantages to an optical fingerprint sensor you are correct Apple is but it made a huge deal of this face ID thing multiple points it's a big topic of conversation right now and it's true optical scanners might not be the absolute most secure method of authentication, that said you can always put the old-school pin code in.

What we're seeing on the Viva Apex is sort of an initial stage I expect to see improvement let's get back to the display real quick, so why is it so interesting to have a bezel list display? as the screens grow if the device grows along with it you end up with these really large objects in your pocket I know that bothers Ryan to no end so the shrinking bezel is an antidote because everybody wants a big screen the goal is around 98% screen to body ratio so when you hold this thing it's basically all screen, how impressive this screen to body ratio is, how much video you get in such a small form-factor.

Another thing that kind of surprised me about this device it maintains a headphone jack alongside the USB type-c connector we have a traditional 3.5 millimeter headphone jack and I was like if this is the phone of the future is the headphone jack still a thing? I'm not so certain, I kind of like it because it gives a real nod to the tech community and the fact that we still value it, why I think it makes sense why not it's not doing anything to the form factor it's not making the phone bigger or harder to hold there's a really no downside they do have an OLED panel in the phone which as far as I'm concerned is the best you can do right now it's a flexible OLED panel because it actually has to be wrapped so that they can get these ultimate slim bezels and beyond that the microchips have to be mounted directly to the flexible circuit in order to fit, that's where the complexity comes in.

How do you manufacture that at scale? But what's particularly compelling about this concept is the fact that it works so well, this isn't Samsung doing this, this isn’t Apple doing this, and this is vivo doing this. The package (Vivo Apex) functions surprisingly close to something that's finished.

I came here knowing that I was going to look at something impressive, but I have to say as a package deal the Vivo Apex has exceeded even that I believe even more now in my original tweet in which I said smartphone design is dead for everybody else in the game it's time to scramble reconfigure throw the design team out the door and figure out how to make a screen that you hold and that you see in the absence of anything else.

Kitchen gadgets that are actually useful

Kitchen gadgets that are actually useful

The best piece of the kitchen is that it's a position of sustenance. Second to that, preparing and cooking are positively fun. While tidying up is dependably an errand, these kitchen devices will influence you to appreciate everything much more.
Kitchen gadgets that are actually useful

If you consider revamping your kitchen with the right accessories and gadgets, you’ll not only be able to cook faster but also be more efficient in meal-planning. Take air-fryers, for example, that are helping us eat better and tastier by using minimal oil. Or, sous-vide cooking devices that can cook for hours and hours without even requiring you to be in the kitchen. These useful gadgets don’t just help you manage your cooking time in a smarter way but also help you eat healthily in the process.

Here are some of our favorite kitchen gadgets, both tech and non-tech, to prep your kitchen this spring.

Get ahead with prepping

Prepping always takes the precedence when it comes to cooking a perfect meal. Here’s how you can get ahead with the right countertop accessories:

Work Sharp Culinary E5 Electric Knife Sharpener
Did you know that a sharp knife is actually safer than a dull knife? This revolutionary system uses flexible abrasive belt technology, the same method for making knives. The E5 Sharpener features sharpening guides, which produce a consistently superior edge every time you sharpen.

Index Range by Joseph Joseph

This is a stylish stainless steel case that comes with four large chopping boards. Each one is color-coded with non-slip feet on both sides as well as index-style tabs. With this system, you can always be sure you’re using the right cutting board.

Yeti Touch Defrosting Tray

Featuring innovative design and materials, this tray actually defrosts your food twice as fast as leaving it on the counter. The Yeti Touch is complete with an aero-aluminum tray with enamel coating. This FDA food-grade material works to quickly and efficiently defrost any type of food.

Cook with your phone

In addition to calls, texts, and running our smart devices, you can also use your smartphone to cook.

Mellow Intelligent Sous Vide

This must-have kitchen companion does the legwork for your recipes to ensure you get only the best flavors. Mellow has the capacity to fit up to six portions at once so you can serve the entire family. Simply fill with water and use the Mellow bags for your food.

Tasty One Top Smart Hot Plate

This cooking tool is developed by Tasty, the viral Buzzfeed cooking channel. It features a unique engineered crystal glass surface. In addition, the surface is complete with integrated sensors so you can monitor your food from afar.

Store food wisely

Food storage isn’t confined to just having a good refrigerator. You also need to make sure you employ those ways of food storage to keep everything fresh for longer.

FoodGuard Adaptable Super Lid

Whether it’s Tupperware with a lost lid or a casserole, the FoodGuard stretches to cover it all. You’ll never have to waste time searching for a lid again. In addition, the highly durable material forms an airtight seal to prevent any mess.

Vacuvita Home Base Food Storage Vacuum

Complete with patented technology, this device removes the air from your food, bags, and containers. With this method, your food will last longer than ever. The Vacuvita Home Base is perfect for your leftovers as well as for meal prep.

FoodSaver FM2000-000 Vacuum Sealing System

Compatible with most FoofSaver containers, it works with a latch and lock operation that can eventually reduce the usage of bag material by up to 40%. Since it helps keep air out, your food stays fresh for longer than general FoodSaver units.

Tackle waste like a pro

Food waste, if not taken care of, can be a big concern for the kitchen. With these new-age recyclers, you can now turn waste into fertilizer and use it in your garden.

FoodCycler Eco-Friendly Food Recycler

The FoodCycler actually reduces food waste by up to 90%. And, the soil is perfect for your garden. All you have to do is remove the lid, drop in your food scraps, and run the system once the bucket is full. In just three hours, you have nutrient-rich soil at your disposal.

Biovessel Living Composter Worm Farm

Totally odorless, the Biovessel is as beautiful as it is functional. The modern aesthetic makes it something you want to display and be proud of. Simply pour in your leftover fruit and veggies, grains, and even tea bags to get growing.

For the health conscious

Eating healthy begins at home. Here are some devices that ensure your food and water intake is on track.

Dash Compact Electric Air Fryer

Featuring AirCrisp technology, the air fryer quickly circulates air to cook ingredients while maintaining the crispy texture of fried foods. Additionally, you don’t even need to use oil. By air frying food, it reduces added fat by up to 80% without losing any flavor.

Drinkpod 1000 Series Cooling Water Filter

This appliance delivers the freshest water right to your glass in just seconds. In fact, its built-in filtration system provides 100x more powerful purification than your refrigerator.

Little kitchen hacks

There are plenty of smaller things you can do that will have a big impact on your cooking efficiency. They can cut down on prep as well as cleanup.

Hug Doug Silicone Spoon Saver

The Hug Doug Silicone Spoon Saver ensures that your utensils don’t fall into the soup or make a mess during meal prep. Additionally, Hug Doug easily adjusts to grip most of your kitchen tools using flexible silicone.

BakeSplit Baking Sheet Divider

This incredible gadget separates your baking sheet into two watertight sections. With the Bakesplit in place, your food, sauces, juices, and more will stay on their respective side. The Bakesplit is perfect for creating entire meals on a single baking sheet.

Dessert paradise

We love making those desserts. We’d love them even more if they took less time to prepare.

Wim Instant Frozen Yogurt Device

Working with the included pods, this device gives you ultra tasty dessert in less than ten minutes. Simply open the pod, add milk, and load the pod of your choice into the machine. With a press of a button, Wim begins to mix and stir as it freezes your tasty treat.

Hand-Polished Ice Cream Scoop

The scoop emerges from a die-cast tool and is a design that is both elegant and durable. Each piece is hand-polished and feels just right in your hand.

Beverage time

A great way to enhance your meals and wind down after a long day, a tipple does wonders in the kitchen.

Plum Fully Automatic Wine Dispenser

Because consuming an entire bottle of wine in a single sitting isn’t always ideal, the Plum system can hold up to 750ml of your favorite wine, perfectly chilled and preserved, for up to 90 days.

BrewQube Countertop Draft Beer System

With thousands of craft beers to choose from, this technology ensures you get the best taste out of your favorite beverage. The BrewQube is designed to sit right on your countertop. The interactive system uses built-in sensors and WiFi to communicate the vitals of your beer, including temperature, beer volume, gas level, and more.

Grow your veggies indoors

Convenient and green, this is the way of the future.

Botanium Hydroponic Edible Plant Grower

With this style of growing, this garden uses no soil yet gives you delicious herbs, tomatoes, and more. In addition to this simple system, the Botanium automatically waters the plant on its own.

Smart Garden 9

This new garden by Click & Grow focuses on upgrading the way you grow your veggies at home. While on one hand, the NASA inspired Smart Soil gives them the optimal water, oxygen, and nutrients, the LED grow lights gives them the energy they need to survive.

Presentation is (almost) everything

They say that you eat a meal with your eyes before anything else. Why not accompany your dish with the best of the best?

Knork Innovative Flatware Sets
Featuring an ergonomic design, Knork flatware accurately fits the way we naturally eat. Combining function and innovation, Knork’s patented design includes an entire range of modern flatware that offers comfort, stability, and style.

The First Vinyl-Inspired Porcelain Plate

These plates come with a beautiful porcelain finish, are dishwasher & microwave safe as well as certified for food use. The idea is simple: give the appeal of an LP to a standard plate.

Kitchen furnishings redefined

With these, you can work even faster in the kitchen.

Moen Ridgedale Motion Activated Faucet

Featuring beautiful stainless steel, this kitchen faucet will always look its best. The Ridgedale Faucet is complete with a high-arc pull-down spout. With a single motion of your hand, you can easily turn this faucet on and off. Instantly, the Ridgedale Faucet delivers a free-flowing stream of water.

Tetra Connected Countertop Dishwasher

Incredibly innovative, this smart home device is a miniature and intelligent dishwasher. Unlike the bulky machine in most homes, the Tetra Dishwasher is ideal for homes with two to three people.

We spend a considerable amount of our time in the kitchen. By making sure that our kitchen is well equipped with the right accessories, we’re one step closer to enjoying the way we cook and eat this spring.

Friday, 4 May 2018

LG G7 ThinQ Impressions

LG G7 ThinQ Impressions

This is your first look at the brand new LG G7 ThinQ, so I'd actually described this g7 kind of like a V 30 but updated for 2018 so if you don't know if you're a member of the LGV 30 one of the most underrated phones of last year, basically this feels like a very reactive phone in 2018 meaning it doesn't really do anything new that we haven't seen before but a lot of the things it does it has its own little LG twist on it.
LG G7 ThinQ

On the outside is looking familiar right, this one's silver but there will be four colors it's glass on the back and then aluminum around the rails, yes it does have wireless charging and yes it is really reflective, but not as bad as some others. The biggest difference is now it actually has a real power button on the right side instead of just using the fingerprint reader on the back as a power button and on the other side you'll probably notice the volume rocker and then a weight look another button that is the Google assistant button.

That's actually I'm surprised is the first time we've seen a dedicated button for Google assistant in a phone, not counting the squeeze feature of the pixel that's not a button, so you can press it to open the assistant or hold down and it'll let you ask certain things with custom voice commands kind of like a walkie-talkie, but that's all this button does, so it's kind of like the Galaxy S9 bixby button, but better because it's Google assistant, but here's the thing I didn't just roast the bixby button because Bixby is bad, it was because the button also wasn't remappable it was either on or off you couldn't make it do anything else, this Google assistant button on the G7 is also not remappable and I have to stay fair and say you should also be able to remap that button not just because it's an assistant button because it's an extra button on a phone you should be able to whatever you want with it, so you'll be able to enable it or disable it through the software, but no one wants a useless extra button on their phone when it's disabled so I encourage LG to allow us to remap it to a custom software button.

Around to the back the cameras orientation for the dual cameras is now vertical, very 2018 putting dual cameras like this but they still keep the flash and the laser autofocus outside of the camera module, I kind of like it better when they put everything inside the same module but that's just me it feels cleaner that way, either way G7s camera bump is really small it's in the middle of the phone it's not bad and on the cameras themselves might be the standout distinguishing feature of this phone, so two 16 megapixel cameras and F 1.6 aperture and the one is still a super wide angle instead of a telephoto, so LG sticking to their guns this year but this time it's a slightly less extremely fisheye still wide angle though.

No photo or video samples with the final software available yet though, that's something we're going to have to test for the full review and that goes along to say - with things like battery life on that 3000 milliamp hour battery and just general performance through LG's software on top of Android Oreo, but I think we kind of know what we're getting ourselves into here with snapdragon 845 and 4 gigs of ram it's probably pretty good.

G7 is taking all the boxes it's built well, it's ip68 water-resistant, it has a micro SD card expansion slot, if you look at the bottom of the phone yes it absolutely still does have the headphone jack backed by that impressive 32-bit quadact, so LG stays committed to that premium audio experience and that little speaker down there it looks the same but they are much louder. “LG says it's about 40% louder” from hearing it I'd say it's definitely a lot louder but what's actually more interesting is you can feel it vibrating and moving the whole phone, the speaker uses some of the space inside the phone and it acts as a literal resonance chamber and you can actually put your hand up at the bottom of the phone and feel air moving out of it which is really impressive, but also just holding it it's vibrating your hand it's actually pretty cool.

Filling the bass actually move air from a phone is impressive but the sad part is there's no stereo speaker action happening so this tiny speaker grille is it and it's really easy to block accidentally sadly, but then this main attraction of the phone is up at the front it's got the display a 6.1 inch 31 20 by 1440 IPS display with a notch, this one's interesting it's a big display with small bezels obviously so that's great for 2018 there's a bit of a small chin more than some other phones, but not so big that it's like a huge problem for me, but the interesting part of their choice is to go with an LCD panel instead of an OLED. The biggest benefit to this was they're super bright mode there's a little toggle and the brightness slider which is basically when you're outdoors you can boost up this display as brightness by a lot and I can definitely say it's effective Samsung also kind of has something like this and it's also an OLED display but nobody can do panels quite like Samsung's so as long as what LG is doing here is effective I don't mind it works I got to use this one outdoors for a bit as you can tell and it looked pretty good to me it's also colorful it's definitely sharp and it gets bright and it has this nice little notch up at the top just in time for 2018, LG in the settings calls it a second new screen for some reason not really sure why, but there's the software feature that lets you hide the notch of course if you're not into that but then also even decorate it a bit if you want to but then you can just see the notch again so I don't really see a point to doing that, but the bottom line is it's here Android P1 when it comes out will have some other apps working better with the notch, I suspect that before it happens this one will have some problems the same way the Huawei P 20 and other early Android phones with notches did, but that just about covers it for the hardware like I said pretty familiar to the V 30, but a lot of the other new differentiating things with this phone or of course in the software department and a lot of them have to do with you guessed it AI.

It kind of feels like this point like it's a buzzword that everyone's throwing around everyone's got some new AI feature in their new phone but it is here so the main place will see it in this G7 is the camera now in the camera app there is a portrait mode button and there's also this huge new AI cam button, so if you open that up you'll get this different mode that identifies and recognizes up to 18 different situations similar to what we saw with the p20, so it has a pet mode, a food mode, a sunset mode, a fruit mode, all that stuff I'll have to play with it more to see how it actually adjusts the photos once it identifies what it's taking a picture of, but one thing it does is sometimes suggests four filters based on what mode it's in that you might like based on what's in the photo, it seems like very early like no one really knows exactly what they want to do with AI and the camera, but that's what it's doing now.

There's also a new super bright camera mode which kind of acts like a knight mode and other cameras really brings up brighter exposure in nighttime or dark shots and crossing my fingers that works well and there's a portrait mode on both the back facing and front facing cameras with adjustable blur which is cool, but of course all this will have to be tested for the full review and I think this will be a real interesting phone when it actually does come out, a lot of this feels similar and familiar to people who have owned LG phones if you've owned an LG phone before this will be right at home, even if you've owned a Samsung before with all the features they pack in the settings it'll feel right at home plus a notch.

It feels like LG's biggest challenge is standing out from the pack in some way, none of the features are really went over in this article about this new phone kind of let's break it away from the pack and give you a reason to get this phone over galaxy s 9 or even pixel 2 or iPhone or whatever, it's still definitely unique with the wide-angle camera lens I'll give it that and having a headphone jack with the quad DAC that's pretty unique but outside of that you know it's pretty tough I think this phone is probably going to fly under the radar again.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

How FAST is the 18-Core iMac Pro?

How FAST is the 18-Core iMac Pro?

18-cores and iMac are probably two things you would never expect to say in the same sentence, but with the iMac Pro that is a thing. This is the fastest iMac Pro you can buy. 18-core AMD Vega 64 graphics, 128 gigabits of Ram, and a 4 terabyte SSD.
How FAST is the 18-Core iMac Pro?

So I've got a chance to spend the last couple of days with this monster of an iMac, and I really wanted to focus on performance. For reference I'll be showcasing it against a 10-core Vega 64 iMac Pro, as well as an 8-core Vega 56 model.

So jumping into the obligatory Geek bench 4 score because honesty it's just kind of fun to see where this 18-core stacked up. This did not disappoint with a multi-core score of over 48,000. Now what was a little surprising but also positive is you don't lose that much in terms of the single-core score compared to the 10-core model especially considering that the base clock on this is 2.3 gigahertz. Also what was kind of interesting for me, this was the first time I've got a chance to stack up the one terabyte, two terabyte, and four terabyte as it's reconfigurations. The bad news is the four terabyte really isn't much faster than the two terabyte or one terabyte for the matter, but on the flip side of that the good news is no matter which route you go, you're going to get pretty much the same performance across the board.

Now as far as how that power translates into performance, the first thing I did was taking 8K raw footage. It was about 100 gigabytes or just over 26 minutes of footage and trans-coded that into 8K ProRes. To do this I used REDCINE-X program which really puts those cores to work. Like it was maxing them out. With the 18-core especially when you factor in multiple threads, seeing 36 insistence's running at the same time is kind of a beautiful thing. As far as what those cores translate it to, the 18-core iMac pro took a little over 39 minutes, the 10-core was 46 minutes, and 8-core iMac pro did the job in just about 51 minutes. Now your initial reaction might be five, six minutes that's not that big of a deal, but where it counts is when you do that multiple times per day, multiply that every day for a week, for a year, that's where that really makes a difference.

So next up is Cinema 4D. This is a custom scene that was tweaked by my buddy Matt Workman. But essentially it is only using the CPU to render out the scene so it's a great way to showcase the performance between the processors. The 18-core rendered everything out in four minutes flat. The 10-core was four minutes and 48 seconds. While the 8-core finished everything up in six minutes and four seconds. Again, much like the Red Raw transcoding these numbers and this time save on a small scale might not seem like the biggest deal, but over time, it definitely adds up.

From there jumping over to Final Cut Pro 10. Red Raw, the iMac Pro, and final cut pro have been amazing. To give you a little run down on this project I have 8K Red Raw footage at a 12 compression. This was shot in Reds IPP2 logs have a lot of applied a few layers of color correction and then I back he rendering off to really put iMac Pro's to work. So the raw time line which is unrendered is about three minutes and taking that next importing it into a ProRes 422 file the 18-core iMac pro did that in five minutes and 51 seconds, the 10-core six minutes and 34 seconds, and the 8-core seven minutes and 22 seconds. Even though the 10-core iMac-Pro still has the fastest single two out of turbo clock speed. In this case you can see in terms of final cut, the extra cores do actually make a difference. In my continuing search of programs that really take advantage of the processing power, Screenflow 7 actually takes really big advantage of all those cores with the iMac Pro. What I did was taking a 5K screen recording, had a three minute project and then exported that into 4K H.264 footage. The 18-core iMac pro did that in one minute 48 seconds. The 10-core two minutes and 24 seconds, and lastly the 8-core iMac Pro, two minutes and 46 seconds.

Now I did mess a little bit with Adobe Media Encoder. Took A6500 footage is about ten minutes of 4K video. I tried to transcode that into 422 ProRes. The 18-core did that in six minutes 54 seconds, the 8-core was eight minutes and 36 seconds, but for some reason, the 10-core was actually slower than the 8-core at ten minutes and eight seconds. But from what I could tell, Adobe Media Encoder really wasn't taking advantage of all that hardware. I'm going to do a little more research and a little more investigating, but I did want to share those preliminary Adobe results first.

Now plot twist those motion graphics benchmarks featured throughout this video were created in After Effects so naturally I thought it would make sense to render then out on these iMac Pros. So for total of six independent renders the 18-core iMac Pro finished everything up in ten minutes and 36 seconds. The 10-core was actually the fastest here at nine minutes and 43 seconds, and then the 8-core iMac Pro did the job in 12 minutes and 19 seconds.

So these numbers kind of tell me a couple different things. One, the clock speed on the 10-core iMac Pro here in this case definitely makes a difference and two based off those comparisons against Adobe Media Encoder, Adobe is clearly not taking full advantage of the hardware on these iMac Pros. Honestly I still think the 10-core iMac Pro is the best value in terms of bang for your buck with performance. But, if you need that sheer processing power, those 18-cores really come in handy.

Now if you line the eight, the ten and 18-core in my case the only one I haven't checked out yet is the 14-core. In terms of price and what you gain performance wise it's a pretty even jump. So if you transcode a ton on a day to day basis, or potentially use really CPU intensive programs like Cinema 4D, that's maybe where those extra cores come into play. But if you’re asking me, I still think again the best bang for your buck is the 10-core iMac Pro. But nonetheless the 18-core iMac Pro is a super solid performer, it is very, very powerful.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

The truth about the Apple iPhone X - Review!

The truth about the Apple iPhone X - Review!

The iPhone X, it's not perfect, but it is really good. Today I am diving deep into the iPhone X both the good and the bad, and if you picked one up I would love to know what your experience has been so far.
The truth about the Apple iPhone X - Review!

So with the iPhone X, there are couple key elements that make this phone what it is, the first of which being the display. It's a 5.8 inch OLED panel with a classically weird Apple resolution of 2436 by 1125 and weird numbers aside it looks really good. I think any doubt or concern with the display not being bright enough has been put to rest It's super bright the colors are extremely accurate and honestly the display is one of the most enticing features of the iPhone X.

Now for the million dollar question of "Is there any blue shift?" And yeah, if you look for and you tilts it off access you will definitely see a little bit of that. It is by no means Pixel 2 XL status, but there's no denying if you're a little tilt and shift crazy you are going to see a little bit of blue. Now the reason Apple is able to squeeze so many screens into the iPhone X because Of what is probably The biggest change to ever come to the iPhone and that is the omission of the home button, It is completely gone.

Honestly, I got used to this and adjusted to it way Way faster than I thought I would no joke every time I pick up a phone that is not the iPhone X, I find myself Wanting to swipe up to go home. Now for the most part this works incredible And I don't find myself missing the home button, but there are a couple dumb things.

One is Control Center- that used to be a one-handed move where you swipe up and that's how you access Control Center, but now you got to swipe down all the way on the top. Right and most of the time to comfortably do that you need to use two hands. Conversely, You can enable reachability Which is not enabled by default, so pro-tip head in to Settings > General > Accessibility Once you have it enabled you can access for reachability by doing this really Really precise swipe down at the bottom edge of the phone It's definitely easier than having to reach all the way towards the top right of the phone and then swiping down, but it's still two steps, and I don't think it's a foolproof solution.

Now, I know Snazzy Q is busting out of the seams and has this well thought out to elaborate solution to this But I would also love know what you guys think is a better alternative to this weird Control Center option We have now. From there the other slightly dumb thing that's not really a huge deal is how you exit out of apps before all I used to do is open up multitasking and swipe Up and that was it, Now once you're in the multitasking window you actually got to hold the app wait for that little minus icon And then you can swipe out and exit out. Yeah, it's not the biggest deal in the world and before anybody yells at me I totally get it technically you don't have to exit of apps, but for me it’s just kind of one of those unnecessary Two-step movements.

Now with the lack of home button, the way you enable Siri is by one saying Hey [Siri], Not going to say that and trigger your phone or two Holding the side button. Now one slightly annoying thing is if you have Do Not Disturb enabled, unless you are in Control Center There is no way to know that it's on, whether you're in the lock screen or actually in the phone There is no icon in the top right-hand corner Which makes it super easy to forget that it's on.

Now from there that kind of leads into the next Controversial thing with the iPhone X that is the notch. Initially every mostly angry tech fans on Twitter seem to hate it, honestly though the notch really isn't a big deal like 95% of the time I don't realize it's there. The only time I do notice it is when I'm watching Widescreen video because the way that's formatted that notch is creeping its way in there and there is nothing you can do about it. Now the flip side of that for most YouTube videos that are in 16:9 you are not seeing the notch whatsoever. Yes, you can zoom in, but for the most part that’s not the optimal viewing experience because you are chopping off heads.

Over the weekend both Kevin Kenson and Austin Evans dropped some Incredible looking widescreen video and watching those back on the iPhone X, it kind of got me thinking Is this the future of content especially with more and more of these phones headed in that direction.

Next is FaceID that feature that anyone anti-Apple deep down really wanted to fail, but it actuality it was really well done and well executed. Just like the iPhone X FaceID isn't perfect, but it's really good for me. It has to have worked like 98% of the time there really hasn't been too many times where it's failed. It absolutely works at night, in the dark, whether you're in a car. I've been in planes where it's worked flawlessly. On the opposing end of that spectrum. It's worked great outdoors, in sunlight with glasses on, with a hat on. The only time I've ever really had trouble with it is in the middle of the nights when I wake up. I got one Eye closed and then it kind of trips up but for the most part it’s worked really well, and I haven't really missed TouchID. I think where FaceID really shines is for password based applications especially when you're browsing online you're already looking at the phone So it kind of becomes this instant thing that you don't really think about, The other pro with FaceID in the case where your hands are wet or it is crazy cold outside And you're forced to wear gloves Yes, the same argument could be made with FaceID in the situations where it doesn't work, but overall as a whole I think it's a step in the right direction Hasn't slowed me down at all.

Now because of all that tech required for FaceID that is also yielded Animojis I guarantee you by now You've probably seen some an Animoji Karaoke in your feed, I kind of wish I had a dollar for every time someone said "The iPhone X [Ecks], the thousand dollar emoji machine. One, It's an Animoji and two, it's kind of fun man. So are Animojis is the sole reason why you would buy an iPhone X? Absolutely not. If you want to use them, they're there, but if you don't, no one's forcing you.

Now as far as performance that A11 Bionic chip inside the iPhone X is no joke. Everything from Multitasking to gestures to gaming is buttery smooth. Now with all that power one area where the iPhone X and even 8 and 8 Plus For that matter excels at and are kind of in a league of its own is AR, It's still really early in terms of the development of apps and games, but there's some pretty incredible stuff out there And if you own an iPhone X or 8 or 8 Plus and haven't checked out augmented reality yet It is a lot of fun. I will say it's worth mentioning This is the exact same chip also found in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus so it's kind of a testament to their performance as well, but as far as smartphone performance goes it is not even close right now.

"But the iPhone X doesn't have as many cores as..." Clearly it is not about the cores because there is some insane performance Coming out the iPhone X as well as the 8 and 8 Plus. So now that we're fired up and before anyone asked. What about the iOS bugs? Why did I have to bowl? Yes, performance on the iPhone X is incredible, but there is no denying iOS has been a little weird especially No one can forget that weird stupid, "I" glitch where you type an "I" and it autocorrected it into some weird characters and a question mark. It has been since updated and fixed But it was out there for a long time and honestly that was one of the weirdest, dumbest, most annoying bugs I've ever dealt with on a smartphone so to say the iPhone X has been an overall smooth experience isn't quite the case.

Shift into some positive, the camera in the iPhone X has been incredible. Again, this features dual lenses, a wide-angle and a telephoto lens, but the big thing here is that telephoto lens now features optical image stabilization. Now we first saw this dual lens with OIS on the Note 8 It's something the iPhone 8 Plus does not have and it definitely makes a difference. The biggest thing I've noticed jumping from wide-angle to telephoto is that you're getting a much more consistent image in terms of low light and low light performance, Portrait mode in terms of the rear facing camera is excellent I think Apple does a really great job with this. As a whole there really isn't much to complain as far as the camera goes on the iPhone X. Images are crisp, they're sharp, they're vibrant, they're saturated.

Now as far as the front-facing camera goes I would say it is equally as impressive as the rear camera my only real gripe with it Portrait selfies. Regular selfies look great; lighting, color, skin tones. My only complaint is I wish it was just a little wider something I've always liked on Samsung phones, but as far as those Portrait selfies go it just seems like it's not quite there yet. The actual image quality and skin tones and color all look great, but for whatever reason it seems to have a real hard time with both hair and in my case Ears where it just doesn't get those correctly.

With the Pixel 2, the images sometimes over sharpened whereas with the iPhone I much prefer the more natural look so if we could somehow combine both these elements that would be amazing now. I think the Pixel 2 might have the slight edge on the iPhone X as far as photos Go there is no comparison in terms of video. The color, the ability to go up to 4K 60 frames per seconds the image stabilization on the iPhone X is second to none. You have slow motion at 1080p, up to 240 frames per second which is ridiculous, so if you use your phone to capture and create video, the iPhone X is kind of in a league of its own as far as that goes.

From their notable mentions, battery life on the iPhone X has been surprisingly good. It's not as good as something like that from 8 Plus or 7 Plus for that matter, but it is definitely better than both the iPhone 7 and 8. For me I've been averaging about 6 to 8 hours of usage, so getting through day is not a problem whatsoever. The stereo speakers in the iPhone X yeah, they're not going to blow your mind, but I do enjoy having that feature and it does make a difference over phones that don't have stereo speakers.

As a whole I think the iPhone X is the best and most exciting thing Apple's put out in a very long time. I'm excited to see where this goes in the future not only with Apple specifically, but with the smart phone game as a whole. What I'm saying is that it's a great time to be alive in terms of smart- phone technology and technology in general right now. The iPhone X is definitely a part of that.

Friday, 20 April 2018

The Perfect Minimal Laptop Desk Setup

The Perfect Minimal Laptop Desk Setup

This is my take on a perfect, minimal laptop setup that you can plug in, and dual functions as a desktop. So there are three main components to this setup, the laptop, the desk, and the monitor.
The centerpiece is the 2018 14" LG Gram, which is portable, crazy light, but also packs a surprising amount of power. Inside are Intel's eighth generation I7 CPU, 8 gigabytes of ram, and a 512 gigabyte SSD. Unlike most laptops, and phones these days, that seem to get rid of every single port, this packs a ton, and specifically a really crucial element to this setup, this USB C-port.
The Perfect Minimal Laptop Desk Setup

This supports data, video, and power, and that allows it to connect the laptop to the monitor, and even charge it with a single cable, which is awesome. On top of that, you have a finger print reader, a beautiful display that also doubles as a touchscreen, so you kind of get the best of both worlds.
There's a back-lit keyboard, fantastic audio when you want to rock head phones, and as impressive as all that is, again, what stands out most to me is how light weight this thing is. When you pick it up, you kind of almost got to do a double take, it is that light. Plus, you're going to get crazy long battery life out to this laptop, up to 17 and half hours, which means you won't have to worry about being stuck to an outlet.

So when you combine that portability, with the power and flexibility, that kind of rounds this out as the perfect laptop to take on the go.

We, of course, are not just on the go, so dive in a little deeper into the setup. The desk is a combo from Ikea. Like usual, I'm most likely going to butcher these names. This is the Gerton table top, and that is paired with the Oddvald trestle legs. This combo is simple, but also very satisfying. Those dark legs with the light wood top contrast really well together, and I'm going to tell you, that is some seriously solid wood. Now from there, that beautiful monitor sitting on the desk is LG's 27 UK 850-W, which is 4K, features HDR 10 and USB-C, which makes all the magic happen.

This is a gorgeous, crisp display, with super accurate colors, but again, the magic here is that USB-C port, which connects the Gram, and allows us to do everything with a single cable. So again, data, power, and video all through a single cable, and that's really important because it allows us to leave everything but the laptop at the desk.

The keyboard and mouse, which is an ergonomic combo from Microsoft, run off a USB receiver. So instead of having to leave that plugged in the laptop, potentially worrying about losing it, I can just leave that plugged into the monitor, and because everything is sent through that single cable, again, that's why everything is so simple and so convenient. Touching back on the keyboard and the mouse, this is my first time ever using or trying something ergonomic. It was a little weird at first, but after getting used to it I could definitely see where the benefits were. And if you're someone who types for hours and hours every single day, I would definitely consider checking these out.

Now to throw in a variation of this setup, the display will also rotate vertically. So in the instance where you potentially wanted to use your LG Gram as your main display, and take advantage of that vertical real estate, you can also do that as well.

Now this looks awesome, but for me, I've never really used a vertical display, or been a fan, but if you rock one in your setup, Now initially when I asked you guys on twitter what this setup might need, the number one answer was "a chair". Unfortunately, this chair cannot do this, but the good new is, it is not 399, it is much cheaper. In fact, it's around 60 bucks on Amazon. It's insanely comfortable, complements the desk legs really well, and side note, it's what allowed me to grab some of the shots in this video.

Now potentially, the most interesting thing about this setup has got to be the speakers, which is actually LG's SJ7 soundbar. What caught my eye with this is the sound bar actually is split off into two separate stereo speakers, so you can use them in a multitude of ways. For this setup, it allowed for a really unique vertical look which I think looks awesome, but why it works so well with this is the fact that I can connect wirelessly through Bluetooth to the LG Gram.

There's also a subwoofer, which kind of rounds out the sound, gives you that "umph" down low, and even though these speakers weren't meant for desktop, they work amazingly well, and I think round out the entire experience. That again follows the idea of leaving everything but the laptop at the desk, that way when I come back, I have a keyboard, I have a mouse, and I have a beautiful display and amazing sounding audio.

Lastly, I have no idea where I found this plant, but if I find it, I will drop a link down below. That also includes the salt lamp, because I know you were thinking about that. Thank you guys so much for watching.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Top 5 Smartphone Cameras: The Blind Test!

Top 5 Smartphone Cameras: The Blind Test!

I've done some smartphone roundups, some camera comparisons in the past, I've done these very objective very numerical evaluations of how good the camera performance was and what these things are capable of, but that was back in 2014, now that is 2018 smartphone cameras have gotten so good that the difference between the top five best smartphone cameras meaning the ones that you buy because you take a lot of photos and videos the difference is so small, it's gotten so small that the difference is way less about like objective differences in performance like better or less dynamic range or more or less megapixels and it's more just about personal preference which one you think looks a little bit better,
  • maybe want to have some software features you like or 
  • maybe one has a little bit of a different hue it just looks a little better in the color
To prove that I have the top 5 best smartphone cameras out here and I've taken identical photos with all of them, a bunch of them from the exact same angles and you decide the winner, we're going to go through A B C D and E, you can see if you can pick one of them that you like better than the others, you can look at what you like about sharpness and detail or dynamic range or just colors or maybe just look at it and pick the one you like that looks better, let's take a look.

The first one is a backpack and it's outdoors on a bench and the biggest thing you're going to notice between these is actually the color temperature and contrast, so just looking at that black pocket that's underscore is supposed to be black but you can notice in each of the pictures there's a little bit of a different color cast, bit of a different hue and the sharpness and the detail levels are about the same in and out of focus and the background is about the same, but you'll notice the color temperature is the biggest differentiator so here's your side-by-side.
Top 5 Smartphone Cameras: The Blind Test!

This is another outdoor picture and there's a little bit less colors but the same effect you'll see a little bit more, this is a gray car but as you can see in each of the individual shots the car and the round which is the asphalt varies again with the color the yellow lines get a little bit warmer or cooler on each shot, but for the most part the exposure and the sharpness are about the same again, here's a side-by-side
Top 5 Smartphone Cameras: The Blind Test!

This one's a pretty distinct foreground and background shot so I'm taking a portrait here so you guys can see how blurred out the backgrounds get and smartphones these days have really wide aperture is f 1.9, 1.8, 1.7 even a lot of these are doing a really good job that you can see to the extent and the degree that they blow out the background and of course you get a sense of white balance as well with the different colors and shades of the white of the table so again you can take a look at this side by side.
Top 5 Smartphone Cameras: The Blind Test!

Here's another portrait and we're outdoors, it's a little bit contrast here, but again the bigger differences you notice here is the difference in color on the white wall, the black asphalt and then just the color of the jacket it kind of changes with coolness or warmness based on the color temperature again, but yeah overall a pretty similar shot in each one as far as sharpness goes because again everything's in focus, but you can notice the difference is an image processing just based on the way the colors look so again here's your side by side of each single one
Top 5 Smartphone Cameras: The Blind Test!

Notice a bit of a lower light photo and this is where the best smartphone cameras or cameras in general can actually Excel and separate themselves from the lower end, so for this one you're looking at the tones in groups little face and you want to look at noise reduction you can look at his eyes and the black shelf that he's sitting on, the rest of it is a little bit of the cast in the hues and there's a backlight behind him on a white wall, but you can see to the extent that they blow up group space or don't and also if you want the side-by-side here is that again

This one's a landscape to the extent that I could do a landscape on such a dreary day like this, but you can see the Empire State Building there in the background and for landscapes you really want to focus on just detail so if you're counting windows on the Empire State Building you have a pretty good idea that this one gets sharpen as well but again the color differences is what I notice is the biggest difference here as well, so look at the colors of the cement on each one and then we'll get this side-by-side

I think this is the tell-all or the most revealing photo, you want to keep an eye on two things on this one the top tones of the steering wheel it's an all black interior and over on the left in the rear view mirror the amount that you can see that American flag in the mirror, in some it's a little bit overexposed in others it's perfectly visible so you can see which ones have the most dynamic range or which ones have the most pleasing image, but again here is the side by side of the center point which was a steering wheel which is the part that I tap to focus on when I took the photo.

Now that you've seen all the comparisons you've made your pick by now which one is your top choice maybe leave it in the comments section below with it a, b, c, d or e and this is the phone you picked.

A. OnePlus 3T
B. Samsung Galaxy S8
C. Google Pixel XL
D. iPhone 7+
E. LG G6

Note: All photos taken in full automatic with Auto HDR enabled and tap-to-focus.

That is your top choice for a smartphone camera so does your winner surprise you at all probably not because these are among the best smartphone cameras the reason why they were chosen was because they have good cameras and they're all very similar in that regard.

Hopefully this sheds a little bit of light on the fact that they're all really damn good and there's other things that of course go into picking a smart phone even just for the camera, I've gone over them in the past just autofocus speed, software features, time-lapse features, stabilization, all these things when taking a video even the selfie camera is important all I went over and this one is just raw back facing camera performance.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Huawei Mate 10 Pro -The Real Deal

Huawei Mate 10 Pro -The Real Deal

This is the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, It's another one of those phones that you've either heard a lot about or you've never heard of it at all, for a lot of people this isn't even on the radar. It's brand new hasn't come out yet in the US. So it's not in any stores, it's not on any carriers some a brand you may not have ever heard of, it's just super uncharted waters, but in the tech community if you follow pretty much any tech youtuber or any site. It's showed up in some form and some post of one of the best phones of last year.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro -The Real Deal

Basically, Huawei is already really popular in a lot of Asian markets, but they also have a big media budget and they're trying to expand and make their first big splash in the United States and Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the phone that they've chosen to make that splash. So I've got one and I've used it.
The question now is, is it for those 800 bucks you'll pay for it, Is it worth it over the other main players that are already established in the US for like the HTC 11 or the Samsung Galaxy S8, S9 or LGBT 30s, Let's find out.

First of all, aesthetically everything on the outside Huawei has adapted well to this basically what the market seems to expect out of a phone in 2018 in the US, it's these glass sandwiches front and back, its dual cameras, it's metal rails on the sides. In fact, it's built just as well here as any other Samsung phone like the Galaxy S8, tight tolerances, precision milling, IP67 water resistant, shiny Bezels. It's of course, really reflective, it's a nice contrast actually to most of always designs from the past couple years I am feeling this design. Unfortunately, being very 2018 also means no headphone jack just kind of the way it is and there's also no wireless charging on this phone seems like they could have done it with a mostly glass back but that's a minor one for me I've used plenty of phones with no wireless charging.

So the only weird thing for the hardware for me is just, it kind of looks a little bit weird I think something about the dual cameras being so separate like that it's not the fingerprint reader. That's absolutely perfect. And it's extremely fast if you've ever seen it and use and it's also right where I'd wanted in the upper middle back of the phone so I guess just in terms of looks. I think the big two separate camera rings are a little weird. Luckily, I don't have to look at the back, very much.

The buttons are tight and clicking on point and the speaker is its average it's at the bottom. It's something special. Again, it reminds me of like a Samsung or an iPhone speaker because it's really easy to block.

The specs are all also up to what you'd expect for the price. It's an eight core CPU and this version has six gigs of RAM and 128 gigs of onboard storage and its fast, but we'll get to the software in a second. It's also rocking a 4000 milliamp hour battery, but just like the razor phone, this one has fantastic battery life, I can say this is a winner for the mate 10 Pro also really good standby time which may of course be in part due to the really aggressive closing of background apps but again battery life is killer on this thing.

The display- It's a six inch OLED display so pretty big. I'm a big phone person so I like that, obviously. But even with the display this big. It keeps the bezel pretty small at the top and the bottom.
The phone brightness range is fantastic, it gets way dimmer than most Android phones and I like to notice that. So using it at night isn't a pain, but it's also plenty bright and sharp and colorful for everyday regular use.

 The mate 10 Pro has excellent camera hardware on paper. It's a primary 12 megapixel sensor f 1.6 aperture with optical image stabilization and then the secondary camera a 20 megapixel sensor also with F 1.6 and OYS, so incredible numbers sounds amazing on paper probably best in class, but as we're learning cameras are more and more about the software and the image processing, just as much as the hardware itself, Huawei Mate 10 Pro takes pretty good photos not incredible photos but pretty good ones, sharpness is great, thanks for the OYS and colors are pretty good though I find images a bit contracts, but that could be because I'm more used to the more aggressive HDR from my pixel 2 either way though pixel 2 camera consistently outperform mate 10 Pro in color accuracy and dynamic range and just the overall range and quality of the photo. Plus, it does a much better portrait mode with one camera instead of the two.

Sometimes it looks kind of unfair to compare like anything to the pixel 2 camera just because it's that far ahead. It's that good. But part of the reason it is that good is because of the software and I think mate 10 Pro's camera could be a bit better than it is because of the software. In fact, that's an important sentence. It could be better than it is because of software that's like a metaphor for this entire phone.

The skin on top of Android 8.0 on this phone is EMEY and it's not subtle. It's a pretty in your face skin with a couple of pretty obvious design and functional cues from iOS. I mean, that's just being real. For example, out of the box. There's no apperture. So your home screen will just kind of look like this just straight up icons everywhere plus bloatware that you can't uninstall or hide. So you have to put it in a folder, but it's still on your home screen like an iPhone.

This is Android so you can change a lot of the stuff you don't like you can grab Nova Launcher. You can use Google Photos, etc. There's plenty of ways to customize it in the ways you want and of course I can say there are also plenty of additions in the software that aren't just copying the iPhone to scroll shot screenshot feature it isn't super new that's more of something we've seen in Samsung skins, but it's built in here as well where you can scroll down to take taller screenshots. In fact, it's about time this feature made it into the stock version of Android on the pixel as well.

There's also video screen recording built in with a shortcut and the quick settings. It's not the best screen recording, but it's there and it gets the job done and also for apps that aren't the two to one aspect ratio natively yet there's a full screen app button works fine. One touch and you're done.

There are also plenty of features for making it easier to use a much larger display so yeah the skin. It's a bit hit or miss. It's decently customizable because it's Android. So if you don't like some of the decisions made out the box you can change them, but not all of them. There are definitely still things that are stuck the way they are, like one thing they built in is on most phones, you can double tap the power button and it opens up the camera on this phone double topping the power button doesn't do anything you double tap the volume rocker and it opens up the camera takes a photo real quick and that's fine. I mean, it's decently useful. I don't know how many people are ever going to use that first photo I can get used to it, though. But like Mr. Mobile mentioned in his review. That's kind of rough. If you're listening to music or listening to a podcast or doing something audio related then the double tapping the volume button is disabled. It's weird. I guess why not just use double tapping the power button like everyone else.

Then the camera modes, there's like 7000 different camera modes in here, based on what it thinks you're taking a picture of and an auto mode, the cameras actually smart at quickly identifying the subject of what you're taking a picture of which is really impressive.

I'm just not sure how much optimization is actually happening. Once that identifies the subject like is it speeding up the shutter speed when it detects a pet or adding saturation when it detects a blue sky I don't really know, but it would be nice to know that.

So okay at the end of the day, overall, what's the verdict on mate 10 Pro? Putting aside all the weird rumors about the Chinese government, the weird quirks about AT&T or Verizon not putting this in stores. Is it a good phone? Well, yes, it actually is. It's a really solid phone but it comes in at 800 bucks so that kind of puts it in a weird place where like you're choosing between this or some of the other main established players like the Galaxy S8, S9 or HTC U11 or LG V30, like is there any reason to buy this one.

Basically, you should get this phone if you're a big fan of the designer. If you just really want to be unique and really don't want to get one of those big main players’ smartphone in the same price range. Then again, why wouldn't you like those other phones are obviously quality, but with this one. You still get your A+ battery life. You're great display, great build quality, and great camera. Basically whether or not you like this phone will depend on what you think of EMEY.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

LG V30: Top 5 Features!

LG V30: Top 5 Features!

This is LG V 30 this is way better than any other phone LG's ever made and it is so very clean, it's basically the opposite of the essential phone I just reviewed like in every imaginable way.
LG V30: Top 5 Features!

Essential phone is a minimal sort of bare-bones small stock phone from a pretty new company while the LG V30 is a big feature packed really richly enhanced Android flagship from a well-established company has done this before, but I want to share it the LG V30 with you guys because it's so good so these are the top five things that you should know about this phone.

Top 5 Features of LG V30

5. Checked Boxes- All the little things, all the attention to detail in this phone and I think a lot of us can come from the fact that LG has had a lot to learn from the v20 and the G6 and the G5, but some of it is just knowing what people want and this phone checks pretty much all of the boxes imaginable like:

  • It has expandable storage via microSD for those who like it.
  • It has wireless charging.
  • It has fast charging it has USB type-c of course.
  • It has IP certified waterproofing.
  • It has a headphone jack and not only does it have a headphone jack, but it backs it up with a 32-bit quad act that audio enthusiasts will really like. 
  • The removable battery might be gone but the 3300 milliamp hour battery onboard here is pretty promising if not standard for this size.
  • It has fast charging and wireless 
  • It gets the fingerprint reader right also it puts it in the middle of the back

Again it seems like LG V30 is the opposite of that Essential phone which for 700 bucks had literally none of the things that I just mentioned above.

4. The Software- I've said this a couple times in previous articles, but I'm not the biggest Android skin fan, so it takes a lot for me to say this about a phone, but I really don't mind this skin and I think a big part of that for me is how many features LG’s added again think the opposite of the Essential phone this is an LG skin on top of Android 7.1.2 fingers crossed for a getting updated to 8.0 quickly and right off the bat it doesn't feel too cartoonish or weird, there is a bit of bloatware but most of it you can remove or hide if you want and performance is not only smooth as you would expect, but like really fluid high frame rate animations you can't say that about every new phone with the skin, but yeah it just berries so many features in the settings to mess with if you want.

Previous V Sirius phones the v10 the V 20 had that second screen obviously this one doesn't have that but they do have this optional floating bar so you can bring it in from the edge and keep some app shortcuts there or your favorite actions whatever you want, it's basically kind of like apps edge on the new Samsung phones.

You can rearrange the buttons in the bottom of the phone and any order you want, so you can add or remove buttons place it exactly how you want if you take a lot of screenshots you can add that capture button there I'm happy to see that still exists.

There's also these smart settings to adjust profiles basically based on different scenarios so linger at home it might turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and turn down the brightness and set your alarm, but when you get to work it does something different.

It has a couple themes built in too and then of course a themes store if not of the built-in ones suit your fancy, so if you're into that you can really make this phone look a lot different, so there's a lot going on here with the software obviously because it's Android you can use as much of it or as little of it as you want, so you might not be interested in any of the things I just mentioned in which case you never touch them, but if you're interested any of that it's all included.

LG V40 BACK VIEW

3. The Design-  it's the huge display up front the 82% screen to body ratio that kind of curves over at the edges, it makes this sort of a glass sandwich design it's not anything we haven't seen before in fact if you didn't know better you might say it looks a lot like a Galaxy Note 8 because it does, but yeah the sides sort of round off smoothly you've got the antenna bands matching pretty well a really thin and lightweight device in the hand, IP certified water-resistant again like design is really complete and this is sort of what you'd expect when you put a dream phone together, minimal bezels the camera bump on the back is the tiniest of bumps so no big deal it doesn't Rock the phone or anything when it's down and the logos aren't too much of an eyesore either.

The only real complaint with the design is I wish they'd put the headphone jack on the bottom, that's it so everything else is props LG.

2. The Display- this new screen is incredibly good, it's a six inch 2880 by 1440p OLED display and it gets really bright, it is totally visible outdoors much more easily than most and honestly rivals some of the best Samsung displays we've seen in the past year two in colors, brightness, clarity and saturation.
LG V30 FULL DISPLAY

Obviously 2880 by 1440 that's an 18 by 9 aspect ratio or as I like to call it since I learn fractions two to one, so it's a bit narrower than your typical sixteen by nine so when you're watching videos or using certain apps sometimes gaming you'll get these black bars on either side of the display, but again it's not that big of a deal since it's an OLED and the black parts of the screen go completely blank.

The viewing angles are pretty good, the curved corners are really great, I mean this is all-around great.

1. The Camera-  the camera is the best feature on the LG v30, this phone supports dual cameras again like all its older brothers on the back gets one 16 megapixel F 1.6 main camera with OYS and then a secondary super wide angle 13 megapixel F 1.9 camera and they've done these dual cameras before with the wide-angle secondary this time just with pretty much everything around them being improved.

The main cameras a lot better, shots off this thing looked top-notch, I’m going to have to disclaim that it's pre-production stuff, but they're clean they have punch, saturated colors, plenty of contrast and detail and dynamic range, of course having a fixed F 1.6 aperture means you can get pretty close to a subject and the background will fade away to a decent Boca which is cool and then the super wide angle camera has less distortion than before so less of that fisheye GoPro look and more of just a really wide angle rectilinear perspective which is awesome.
LG V30 CAMERA SETTINGS

The camera app itself is really impressive, it’s really what makes this the number one feature on the LG V30, so you can drag the shutter button to move between the two cameras zoom in and out which is smart that's also what Samsung is doing with the Note, it's not the first place we've seen it but it's very clean and it has your usual massive amount of settings, auto HDR, auto phone triggers, self timers, auto mode is obviously the one that most people use, but enthusiasts will get into manual mode, manual video, time lapses, panoramas, slow-motion all that stuff and then there is something called cine mode and when you turn on cine mode the camera records to a flat log color profile so you can maximize sensor data, dynamic range and then add color later.

The cine mode in this LG V30 video camera is literally made for people to import it from the phone and bring it to a computer and edit it later, so this is kind of the ultimate enthusiast’s photo and video cameras.

Obviously stuff like the video quality itself and more photo quality testing and the battery life those things will have to be tested for a full review, but right off the bat v30 looks really promising and I didn't even cover everything but it's pretty clear this will be a mobile photography and videography powerhouse and a phone that enthusiasts who like all those boxes to be checked will really like, so let me know would you get a V30, I mean is V30 on your radar? let me know in the comment section.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Google Home Max Review: $400 Smart Speaker?

Google Home Max Review: $400 Smart Speaker?

This is Google home max, it's brand-new, but you might have forgotten about it since its announcement a couple weeks ago so let me refresh your memory on exactly what it is, so we already had Google home Mini the little donut sized puck speaker it cost $49 and then we have Google home the original it's about the size of like a large coffee mug and it's 119 bucks and the Google home max, it's like the size of probably a watermelon right now pretty heavy too and it will cost 399.
Google Home Max Review

The HomeMax design is pretty solid, inside its dual 4.5 inch woofers behind the mesh here and then dual 0.7 inch tweeters, so right off the bat the biggest advantage to home max having this cabinet that's so big with so much more space is dedicated drivers for dedicated frequencies.

I want sideways here in landscape mode these drivers are going to give you stereo audio which pretty much no other smart speaker does, Apple Home pod won't even do that from what I've been told.

It’s a pretty simple looking speaker it just kind of blends, it comes in two colors black and white or charcoal.

HomeMax Reviews & Features

There is lights in the middle of the mesh and there really are no buttons up at the front or the sides or anything just a single touch bar at the top, you slide left and right to adjust the volume and you can touch in the middle to play pause simple as that.

Home Max sits on a little magnetic circular pad that it comes with it's pretty dense and then there's some magnets in the bottom of the speaker and it just kind of slaps onto the bottom like that and that acts as an isolation pad so it doesn't Rumble whatever surface it's on, you have that in a lot of high-end speakers that sit on bookshelves or on desktops so it's cool that it comes with that.
Home Max sits on a little magnetic circular pad

If for some reason you buy two of HomeMax you can set them up vertically like bookshelf speakers and they pair with each other and each one is a channel in a stereo audio, so you can get some real separation and these little isolation pads just slap on the side now so they can stand up and look great and now the volume control works with the correct orientation as well and if you accidentally turn it upside down you get a little warning.
home max back view

The rest of the hardware if you flip it around to the back you'll see up at the top is meet switch, I mentioned I wanted it to be a button because on the mini you could get out of sync, but now you can't meet the mics with just your voice anymore so it's just a switch so I guess that's less confusing and then the bottom corner you get your headphone jack to plug in an external audio source like a record player or whatever else you got going on a USB C port nice I don't know what I'd use it for exactly, but nice I plugged my phone in the Homemax and it charged which is cool.
Home Max Used to charge Phone

The power cable itself on the white one is like this olive off white greenish color not sure why but what I do like about it is a small end to it meaning the power circuits are all on the speaker itself so it leaves room for other stuff at your outlet unlike the other two Google homes.

Also Read: 5 Unique Smart Home Gadgets - 2018!

How the Home Max Sound 

Home Max is a four hundred dollar premium smart speaker, so it better sound great so how does it sound? It sounds great.

It gets ridiculously loud the speakers are twenty times more powerful than the Google home speakers which is nuts when you're talking to the assistant it literally sounds like there's another person in the room with you it's kind of trippy.

You really get all the benefits of the dedicated drivers though when you just listen to music at full blast, it's stupid loud obviously and unless they're playing music for a party you'll probably never use it this loud and it does distort a bit at this volume but at seventy seventy-five percent volume it sounds great and is still pretty damn loud, the original Google home sounded alright.

It has a lot of rich punchy bass and a nice clarity to everything across the board, it is exaggerated like don't get me wrong it is a v-shaped equalizer because it's not a reference monitor it's a speaker designed for listening it's trying to color it up and make it sound fun so the bass is still really punchy and impressive and that's also where these microphones come in first of all it needs those mics to hear you say commands from like 20-plus feet away over the music it's already playing pretty loud and it does a pretty good job at that, but it also uses those mics for what's called smart sound.

When speakers get big enough they can produce frequencies so low that they literally bounce off the walls in the room you're in like I'm sure you've been in a room where the sound just resonates everywhere and it overpowers everything else this is supposed to eliminate that, it uses the microphones to measure the acoustics of the room it's in, figure out how close the nearest wall is so it's not overpowering you with base and then makes its adjustments accordingly, it doesn't seem to make a drastic difference to me in the way it sounds like it sounds good anyway, but the idea is really smart it's machine learning and the speaker definitely likes to be in the corner of a room in the first place it's not an omnidirectional speaker like the home mini or like a 360 degree sound all the audio is going in one direction so you tend to put it near a wall or somewhere in the corner and then let it fill the room from there.

You can also control the sound via the app so if you want to add more or less basing or already getting you can do that pretty easily, so that's what you're getting it's a kind of hyper smart premium speaker you're just dragging in the best of both worlds.

Most smart speakers like Alexa and the other Google homes don't have the really nice rich high quality sound and stereo speakers but most high-quality speaker systems don't have the machine learning and the Google assistant built-in.

You could grab a Chromecast Audio 35 bucks plug it into some existing nice speakers and then get Google home-Mini 49 bucks and set the default audio output of the Google home to be that Chromecast Audio so it's always using those speakers boom and now you have your smart speakers.
The HomeMax does all the exact same stuff the Google home does but sounds a million times.

Is the HomeMax speaker really worth the money at 400 bucks? it's definitely not an insta buy for most people, I say wait until the Apple home pod comes out not because you might buy that instead well you might buy that instead but that's supposed to come out of 350 bucks and once it does I wouldn't be surprised to see the price of HomeMax drop to match HomePod, they're still pretty different in a lot of ways Google assistant is way better than Siri home pods like half the size but it'll have some different smart audio features and I think that'll make it competitive, but if that doesn't convince you then you'll probably just be better off getting the original Google home and then you can use the money you save to buy an actual nice set of bookshelf speakers or TV speakers or whatever you want.