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LG V20 Unveiled!

New LG V20 Unveiled and Reviewed!

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With the Note 7 and iPhone 7 released close to one another LG reveals the LG V20 flagship model. The timing is quite impeccable for LG to release a capable, premium device. On paper we are looking at a powerful smartphone with interesting specifications. Let’s see how well it performs up against its competitors.

The latest LG flagship device is the LG V20 claims to be the greatest multimedia smartphone you would ever own. LG included the world’s first 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC (digital-to-analog) converter inside the V20 for incredible sound via your headsets (still rocking the 3.5mm headphone jack). The device also features two rear-facing cameras for super wide-angle imaging.

Interestingly, LG’s “secondary display” makes a return this year which is basically a second screen up top above your main display which displays “always-on” ticker information.

The LG V20 is the first non Nexus device to receive the Android OS update to Nougat. This comes with improved battery life via the Doze functionality and multi-window features. The Google In Apps search feature is also included which functions a lot like Apple’s iOS search which combines contacts, apps, messages, and the web to find your information via key words. This is a clean and handy tool that should have been on Android a long time ago.

The device shapes up to be quite an interesting competitor within this time of the year when major flagship models are presented. We will review the unit and also talk about how well this device works for the user.

Specs:

  • Quad-Core Kryo Processors Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU (2 x 2.15 GHz Kryo combined with 2 x 1.6 GHz Kryo cores)
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB internal storage + microSD support up to 1 TB
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum display 2560 x 1440 resolution (513ppi)
  • Secondary Display: IPS Quantum 1040 x 160 resolution 513 ppi
  • Dimensions: 7 x 78.1 x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 174g
  • Camera 1: 16 MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and OIS (75 Degree lens)
  • Camera 2: 8 MP f/2.4 aperture wide angle camera
  • Camera 3: 5 MP front facing camera with f1.9 aperture (wide angle 120 degrees)
  • Removable 3200 mAh battery (Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 enabled)
  • USB Type – C
  • 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC inside
  • Finger Print Scanner on rear

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PROS

  • Great Quantum display
  • Removable battery
  • Secondary display is useful
  • Impressive wide angle dual camera system
  • Premium design materials used
  • The most audiophile friendly smartphone in existence right now
  • Great High Definition triple mics for audio recording
  • Top notch specs on paper
  • Android Nougat (7.0) pre installed

CONS

  • Performance is great but there are times when the phone feels sluggish due to lags and delays turning on (inconsistent performance)
  • Slow boot time
  • Not IP68 proofed
  • Can heat up in the hand
  • Can be a bit too big for some
  • No APP drawer by default

Introducing… the 32bit Hi-Fi QUAD DAC

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A huge selling point that LG has made a big deal about was the internal DAC. The V20 is the first smartphone ever to integrate a 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC (powered by the ESS Sabre ES9218) into its device. This provides powerful quality sounds through wired connections. Given that you are using high quality audio files and good pairs of can’s this would be a clear winner for audiophiles who had to choose a device for 2016. For other users this may be more difficult to distinguish, especially for those who do not use larger music files to play off of. If one spends enough time with this powerful sound setup you most likely cannot go back to any other high end phone such as the Note 7 or the iPhone 7 Plus. Did we also mention that the LG V20 comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack? Though DAC’s primarily bring high end music files such as FLAC to what it is meant to express the DAC within the V20 device can also take your simple MP3’s and make it sound louder and with great clarity. You do have the option to turn off the DAC system. The V20 enables users to revisit their old tunes and relive concert recordings, playlists, and other old songs you might find in your hard drive’s attic space.

The exterior speaker is found at the bottom of the phone and is quite good. It does not crackle or sound high like playing in a tin.

At the bottom of the device LG has included an HD 24-bit audio recording microphone system. This means your LG V20 comes with three AOP mics to ensure professional level sound recording that brings voice to the front. The mics will still record background noises that are articulated and it is works quite wonderfully. The recorded files are LPCM 24 bit audio formats with up to 48kHz sampling.

It is good to invest in a device knowing that you will have powerful music experiences that no other smartphone can offer via lossless files but also have the means to record sounds with high quality output.

To round of the tour de force of a sound system within LG is including a pair of Band and Olufsen H3 headsets in the box. If you would dare to compare these cans to simple earbuds that come with many other smartphones, you would be gravely mistaken. The quality upgrade in this decision is a huge step-up to really show what you can benefit with the DAC system inside the phone.

Double Snappers

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The V20 sports a dual rear facing camera one being 16 MP (f/1.8) and the other being an 8 MP f/2.4 wide angle camera. This can really help people create awesome content with two different degrees of view. Though 75 degrees is a lot narrower than 135 degrees the wide angle camera provides an interesting fish-eye look for creative content. Users would certainly find this fun to play with among friends and family. LG’s camera also comes with laser guided detection, phase detection and contrast auto focus. We should see high quality images coming out of this device.

However, as reported by users of the pre-production model the condition must be right. While images look crisp and sharp where light is adequate, mid to low light situations tend to cause motion blur and grainy effects during AUTO mode. Sharpness is visible but definition can be soft at times. The LG V20’s camera is still a very strong contender in the smartphone camera category.

It is important to note that no smart phone today can take great photos in darkness or low light compared to a DSLR or a professional camera. These cameras, though they have come very far into the future are still companions for certain creative work and mostly used for personal life to capture your moments and other information around you. Not really for professional use.

Within the pre-production model of the V20 we found that the camera had a tendency to crash. We hope that the final release of the model will have it updated and fixed. The only way, at this time, to fix the crash is to do a phone reboot. Compared to the iphone or the faster Note 7 which launches camera’s with a double click of the home button the LG V20 will need to sort out this bug. Missing a moment because your camera app crashing is no joke. Another important note is that this may be a faulty unit.

The device can record 4K video with the assistance of Qualcomm’s EIS 3.0 technology (electronic image stabilization) (AKA LG’s Steady Record 2.0) which should reduce sync latency by up to 50 milliseconds. This feature utilizes the phones gyroscope-based electrical image stabilization and digital image stabilization. In real world this means that your hand movements will cause a lot less jitters and shakes. This can seriously help with home movie makers and other people looking to take on a challenge. User can also record in 1080p video support.

Design Language

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The LG V20 features a matte metal body. It has a premium feel and is rather quite minimal and quite nice to look at. The size is a little bit large in the hand but it still feels good somehow. The device is light with the weight of 174 grams which is between the iPhone 7 and the Note 7. Physically, however, it is longer and wider then both alternatives. The larger size could possibly contribute to a well balanced device.

The look and feel of a device is very subjective and can be quite difficult for reviewers to try and please everyone with. Some may say that the V20 looks plastic and cheap when viewed from afar. Personal taste may alter on how you use the phone. Overall, we would agree that the V20 is a fantastic device.

To continue the LG tradition, the fingerprint sensor is found on the back of the phone. A USB-Type C port along with a 3.5mm headphone jack is found at the bottom of the device. An interesting point to make is that the LG V20 has a Metal back that is removable. This reveals the 3200 mAh battery, MicroSD slot, and SIM slot. To have user friendly battery exchanges right from your back is very convenient and important later on in the future. Battery life degrades over time due to heat and usage (charging) and it is unavoidable. That is why a few years down the road people start to report issues with battery life even from 100% charge. The batteries simply cannot hold a full charge like it used to on day 1. However, for the LG V20 the story changes. You can easily swap in a brand new battery pack from LG or a 3rd party company and voila you are set for another few years or more given that you do not switch out your phone so soon.

The phone is not water resistant which is a bit of a downer. The device can get hot in the hands due to the beefy CPU and GPU inside. You may feel some heat in your hands but the temperature is not crazy hot so no need to worry.

Secondary Display

The Secondary Quantum display above your main display features five quick tools which includes and are not limited to sound profiles, camera, flashlight, and Wi-fi. You can add on any other apps to an additional 5 slot row for a quick launching experience. Remember that this display does not turn off and remain on even if your main display is turned off. To add or remove the app you simply need to tap and hold the app on the secondary display and pull it down into your main screen and vice versa. The final section as you scroll on displays your name in a specific font. Notifications displaying information does show up as a rolling display. Rest assured, despite the “always – on” feature of this display, users can opt to turn it off via their settings.

Main Display

The 5.7 inch QHD IPS Quantum display is bright and has rich colors all around. The resolution is set at 2560 x 1440 pixels and is a fantastic display. The resolution is the same as that of the Note 7 while the iPhone 7 Plus uses an IPS LCD display that uses a 1920 x 1080 panel. While watching a movie or playing a game the colors are vivid, crisp and they are very much detailed thanks to its 1440p resolution. LG allows users to customize the temperature of the screen to make things easier on your eyes by applying a warmer hue.

The Internals and Battery Life

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The LG V20 comes with the new UX5.0+ UI which is a slightly more refined edition of what was seen on the LG G5. The main home screen does not have an app drawer. We were grateful to see that LG included 3 different home screen options with two of them offering the App drawer back. The LG UX5.0+ UI is relatively non-distracting from the overall Android experience. LG includes other App’s that are LG flavored and are quite useful. The QuickMemo+ app is sort of like Google Keep, the Comfort view function gives you screen a bit of a yellow hue to help you view the phone at night and still be able to fall asleep. We also found the Knock-to-Wake and Knock-To-Sleep functions extremely useful. A cool app LG deploys is called the Smart Bulletin. This is a home screen slide you can add and combines all of your related information into a simple layout.

The LG V20 utilizes the new Qualcomm 820 chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage with expandable storage via microSD, and support for X12 LTE speeds. On paper, the LG V20 is more than capable of handling its own weight right? Most of the time the device ran admirably and worked zippy and super fast as expected. However, it is important to note that there are moments time to time where the phone struggles with certain tasks such as Google Maps, Internet browsers, and other apps randomly. We are criticizing both the optimizations LG has made utilizing the Snapdragon 820 CPU and also Snapdragon as well for decreasing multitasking performance from octa core (810 cpu) down to Quad core (820 cpu). The biggest example is between the two different Note 7 (international vs North American) Exynos 8890 VS Snapdragon 820 battle. The Exynos with its octa core configuration and optimized performance destroys the Snapdragon 820 in many fronts. Snapdragon, while being an innovative silicon company who has great history in CPU and in the smartphone market, will need to come back stronger especially after the Snapdragon 810 failure. One thing we must note is that the Snapdragon 820’s Adreno 530 GPU is a powerful beast. It runs graphical tasks like no other and out ranks other silicons in the graphical department. The LG V20 has cross-platform Vulkan API support which is advertised as ushering in “console quality” graphics on your mobile platform.

The LG V20 comes standard with 64 GB’s of storage space and kept the microSD slot which supports up to 1 TB. Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and USB-Type C is also found on the phone.

The battery life of the device performs pretty well. You can expect about a day and a half of heavy usage. If you are a moderate user you can expect about 2 full days sometimes. Thanks to Qualcomm’s Quick charge 3.0 you would expect faster charging and we have seen this. It took 1 hour and 15 minutes for the battery to fully charge. A big plus to the removable battery is that you can simply swap out the battery pack when the phone dies. This eliminates the need to stand around a power source for 20 – 30 minutes for at least a good 2 – 4 days.

 Early Verdict

The LG V20 is ambitious. As LG’s next phablet-sized smartphone which strays far from standard smartphone designs we are happy to see powerful specs on the device. Despite some lag which we suspect should be fixed and non existent in most devices the LG V20 does not disappoint. With a Dual camera system on the front and back, a removable battery, and Android Nougat all in one package what is there not to love? LG V20 creates an innovative stance with the included QUAD DAC inside (compared to Apple’s rather boring iPhone 7 release) we are excited to see how users express what they feel about the LG V20. The LG V20 is a premium device that is recommended as one of the most interesting devices of 2016.

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Galaxy Note 7 Review Hands-On

Galaxy Note 7 Review (Hands-On)

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The Galaxy Note 7 has been made available to the public for quite some time now (since Aug. 19 2016) and has been making huge headlines on many blog sites and has been Samsung’s best offering yet for their Note series line up. The new phablet features Samsung’s latest technological advancements which include; perfectly edged screen and back, iris scanner, a fantastic low light camera, cleaner Touchwiz UI, improved S-pen and features, beefier processor, high quality materials and a great feel in the hands due to design language chosen by Samsung. We provide a hands on and honest review of the Note 7 after over 4 weeks of use as a daily driver.

Key Features

  • Octa-core CPU (Quad core Snapdragon 820 in North America)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB internal storage base model
  • micro SD support up to 256 GB
  • Fantastic 5.7 inch Super AMOLED screen
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • IP68 water resistance
  • Type-C port
  • 3500 mAh battery
  • New Blue Coral color
  • Excellent f1.7 camera

PROS:

  • Fast daily tasking thanks to powerful processor
  • Excellent screen
  • Edge screen is not as pronounced and features palm rejection to prevent accidental touches
  • Fantastic low light camera
  • S-pen Features improved
  • Edge screen features and always on included
  • Water Resistance rating of IP68
  • Black color version of the Note 7 is really black all around and looks sexy

CONS:

  • Glass front and back a finger print magnet
  • Samsung decided to use a Snapdragon 820 instead of the Exynos processor in the North American market
  • Battery life is mediocre compared to past Note phablets
  • Samsung’s RAM management is too aggressive
  • Snapdragon variant is reported as bootloader locked

This review is based on the North American Snapdragon 820 powered variant of the Galaxy Note 7. This is an honest review looking at the Pros and Cons as we present each category of the phablet.

The Review

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Display

There is not much else to say about the display of the Note 7 other than it being fantastic. The new Note 7’s screen features dual curved edges on the sides of the screen just like the S7 Edge. However, the curved display’s are not as pronounced and can be a rather pleasant sight to see. Images and videos roll off the screen into seemingly endless curves, sort of like a waterfall of color that flow off your screen onto your lap. The important thing here is that it is quite difficult to “accidentally” launch applications or tap something with your hands while holding it. Bravo Samsung. Samsung deploys their own Super AMOLED display this year (the same found in previous iterations of Galaxy devices). The resolution of the display is not quite 4K yet but it is nonetheless a very sharp and brilliant 1440 x 2560 (~516 ppi) display. We would be hard pressed to find someone who cannot appreciate Samsung screens by now. Samsung created a new system for the Note 7’s called “Mobile HDR” a first for any smartphone’s ever created. This is the same High Dynamic Range you would find in high end smart TVs but this time it is found on your very own mobile handset. This makes sense as for many people the majority of their waking hours is spent on their phone screen, watching videos, viewing images, chatting, gaming and the sort. Mobile HDR is activated through your user settings and will work on content that supports it. The screen is extremely bright as well going up to 1050 nits to help you keep content visible in harsh lighting.

The S-Pen

The main reason one should buy the Note 7 is to take advantage of its highly integrated S-pen. The aluminum pen that fits snugly into the bottom right corner of your device is what powers a host of apps, features and other useful functions which is broad enough to tailor to the specific needs of the individual. We would like to note that Samsung has finally combined all of their S-pen related applications into one app called “Samsung Notes”. This creates a clean interface and a much less cluttered UI all around.

This year, the Note 7 features double the pressure point of 4096 compared to last years Note 5. The Pen’s nub is also thinner which helps stimulate the feeling of accuracy while using the pen.

Artists, writers, and general pen users would appreciate the highly accurate and sensitive S-pen. Navigating the UI with the pen keeps the screen clear and helps reduce repetitive-stress finger issues. A good feature from the Note 5 has also returned. This involves simply pulling out the S pen while the screen is off. The screen will stay black but you are able to jot down your notes.Capture

We found that hand writing (cursive) is a lot easier on the Note 7. The precision demanded by the writer can be quite high and brings a lot of stress if expectations are not met. We are happy to say that the Note 7 fits the bill for taking notes, writing journals, and going about everyday tasks while jotting down information.

Sexy Design, New Iris Scanner, and IP68 Water Proofing.

The S7 and S7 Edge paved the way for 2016 to define a streamlined design language that Samsung has deployed. The Note 7 is not too far as a more refined version. The device uses gorilla glass 5 and is glass and metal all around. It feels great in your hands. The Note 7 is more of a box shape compared to the S7 edge, but because the Note 7 is curved front and back it really helps when you hold the phone. Key word: Comfortable.

The IRIS scanner is not a gimmick. It works very well and is simply another impressive method of protecting your device, logging in, and keeping your secure folder safer. The scanner is extremely fast to the point where your friends beside you would never suspect what just happened. The catch is that you cannot be wearing glasses, contacts, and the lighting conditions (though it can work in dark conditions to a certain degree) must be right. To be honest, we never found ourselves in a spot where the IRIS scanner has failed us yet.

TIris Scannerhe Note 7 is also IP68 which means that it can be submerged up to 5 feet for up to 30 minutes. It is nice to have that peace of mind.

New USB TYPE C

The Note 7 is the first of GALAXY devices to use the USB Type C. This is the new USB standard so we expect all future Samsung phones to start using this. The cool thing about USB Type C is that it is reversible. You can charge other phones or devices using your phones battery. Of course, a key selling point of this new type of USB is that you don’t have to fumble to plug the cable in any longer.

Camera: Best in class

The S7 Edge was rated to have the best smartphone camera to date. The Note 7 inherited this very same camera which features dual pixel technology, a wide aperture of f1.7, good gestures, and 12 megapixel sensor.

The Image Quality of the Note 7 is simply fantastic in any lighting. Take dark places for example, while a friend’s iPhone simply shows a black screen when they tried to take a picture the Note 7 was able to produce an image (albeit it was very grainy due to high ISO). The auto focus on this device is extremely fast as well and super smooth thanks to Dual Pixel technology. You would find this technology in DSLR’s such as Canon 70D or the 7D Mark II.

Battery and Speed3500mah

The Note 7 is very powerful. Everyday tasks will simply fly as you demand it. However, we have experienced lag in certain cases. We cannot pin point as to why this is happening and we are hoping that future updates will fix the issue. On the most part, however, the phone is blazing fast.

The Battery Life, however, can be quite average. The Note series are known to have long lasting life. However, it seems that the hardware inside is very power hungry. You can expect a full day’s use out of it. However, you would need to be conservative to have it last 2 days. The Note 7 has the largest battery size of all the Note’s so far holding a 3500 mAh battery so we expect the software and hardware taking a huge toll on the pack.

Conclusion:

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The Note 7 is a great flag ship smartphone. You cant go wrong with it. The design language is sleek and modern, comfortable and compact despite its large screen size. The display is almost bezeless and is popping with colors and certain content is powered by Mobile HDR. The Camera is a great low light performer and works extremely fast.

The Note 7 is a highly recommended device as it easily takes the number one spot of 2016.

 

 

 

 

Device Comparison, Part 2: Screen Size & Resolution

Device Comparison, Part 2 Screen Size & Resolution

While choosing one smartphone over the other may be exciting, it can also be an overwhelming and daunting process. You must consider brand name, processor speeds, and every other seemingly minute facet, especially the screen size and resolution.

Here is a breakdown of the different types of displays across the wide range of mobile devices today.

Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCDs

Undoubtedly, the most common type of display used in mobile phones and tablets are TFT LCDs. These screens are upgrades over previous versions of LCD displays and offer higher resolutions and better image quality. These are on the cheaper end of the spectrum and are commonly found on budget devices.
Even with all of its glamor, TFT LCDs are limited by poor visibility and narrow viewing angles in direct sunlight or light. These screens also consume significantly more battery power, which makes them less battery friendly.

In-Place Switching (IPS) LCD

In comparison to TFT LCD screens, IPS LCDs are much better. These screens use less power and offer wider viewing angles, which both contribute to a better battery life. However, these screens are more expensive than the standard TFT LCD screen. IPS LCDs are found on more upscale phones, such as the iPhone 4. With a significantly higher resolution of 640 x 960, it has a remarkably brilliant picture quality and is known as Apple’s coveted Retina Display.

Resistive Touchscreen LCD

Resistive touchscreens are designed with two layers of conductive material. Each layer is separated by a tiny gap, which includes acts as resistance for the device. Anytime the user touches the screen the two separate pieces of glass touch and creates a circuit.
The phone’s mobile processor or chip recognizes this information and communicates it to the OS. These types of touchscreen devices are not as responsive and commonly require a stylus to effectively identify points of touch. Resistive touchscreens are typically used in lower feature touch phones and screens.

Capacitive Touchscreen

Capacitive touchscreens are more high-tech than resistive devices. With capacitive touchscreen devices, the thin layer of glass is coated with indium tin oxide or another transparent conductor. Anytime the screen is touch by a finger, the interruption in the electrostatic field of the screen. This interruption is detected by the phone’s chip or processor, which communicates to the OS to act accordingly. These types of devices are much more effective for human touch and are more likely to be used in more expensive phones.

Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED)

OLED is one of the newer technologies mainly used in monitors and different mobile displays. With OLED technology, a carbon-based, organic material is placed between a cathode and an anode, which serve as two conducting sheets. In turn, these two sheets are sandwiched between a substrate (bottom glass plate) and a glass top plate or seal. As an electric pulse is applied to the two sheets, an electro-luminescent light is created from the organic material between the sheets of glass. Color and brightness can vary based on the actual electric pulse.
In comparison to LCDs, OLEDs are significantly better because of their wider viewing angles, lightning fast response time, exceptional reproduction of color, and light weight designs.

Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode (AMOLED)

AMOLED are a certain type of OLED displays for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. These types of displays are quickly growing in popularity among more expensive devices. AMOLED screens offer all of the same attributes of OLED, such as light weight design, higher sharpness and brightness, amazing color reproduction, and superior battery life.
These displays are currently being used in the mainstream devices, such as some of the newest Nokia N8. The AMOLED display is superior to the TFT LCDs.

Super AMOLED

Super AMOLED displays are a more advanced version of AMOLED. Super AMOLED displays were created by Samsung and actually includes touch sensors on the display. This is in direct contrast to having to create a separate touch sensitive layer. Because of the ability to have a single layer, Super AMOLEDs are the thinnest display technology on the market.
Samsung’s state-of-the-art devices, such as the Galaxy S I900 now come with this display. Super AMOLED displays are significantly more responsive than other AMOLED displays.

Retina Display

Retina display got its name because none of the pixels can be individually identified by the human eye. Instead of seeing individual pixels, you only see a brilliant, super sharp retina display. This type of display is used by Apple for its high resolution (640 x 969 pixels) IPS LCD.

Tactile / Haptic Touchscreen

When Nokia and Blackberry needed a display for their enterprise market smartphones, they chose tactile/haptic technology. With each touch action, the tactile touchscreen instantly feedbacks to deliver an unmistakable and immediate confirmation to the user. This technology has been found to bolster user performance, satisfaction, and accuracy while using keying words on a touchscreen.

Gorilla Glass

Gorilla Glass is some of the toughest material on the market. It’s designed with a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass that provides protection against drops, scratches, and everyday bumps. A large number of mobile device manufacturers are choosing Gorilla Glass, such as Nokia, Samsung, and Motorola. This technology makes the device more reliable and durable. In the end, users will always find more safety and security in using a device with Gorilla Glass.

The ‘Best of the Best’ in Smartphone Display

Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge

Both of these phones are equipped with Samsung’s powerful AMOLED technology stretched across a 5.1-inch to 5.5-inch 2k display. Users enjoy vibrant colors and deep blacks on Samsung’s Adaptive Display. Both of these devices boast a stunning resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, giving the Galaxy s7 Edge a pixel-per-inch (ppi) density of 534 & the Samsung S7 a ppi density of 577 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

With a 5.7-inch display, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge + features a 2k display and Gorilla Glass 4. While the pixel density of this device isnt as high as some of its competitors, the S6 Edge+ offers a ppi density of 518, it remains a solid choice for anyone interested in a crystal clear image.

iPhone 6s Plus

Apple is still using LCD technology on it’s iPhone. Unfortunately, LCDs do not have the same super rich blacks as OLED displays. This factor limits the iPhone’s ability for high contrast. Although it doesn’t have the 2k display, the iPhone 6s Plus Retina HD includes one of the highest color accuracies on any smartphone.

Droid Turbo 2

Hailed as the world’s first shatterproof phone, Motorola’s Droid Turbo 2 is truly in a class of its own. It’s designed with doubled-up touch sensors laid over a flexible Gorilla Glass OLED display, which will bend but not break.

LG G5

The LG G5 boasts a large 5.3-inch screen made from Cornings Gorilla Glass. This phone offers its users a crisp images on both photos and games with a resolution of 1440 x 2560, giving its a ppi density of

 

Review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet

Review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet

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Today we will take a quick look at Sony’s powerful and slim Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet. The Tablet was released back in 2014 but it is still a powerful device with a beautiful 8 Inch screen presenting a TFT 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution and a respectable 283 pixels per inch density. Because of the resolution Sony uses a 16.10 screen ratio here. Sony opted in for a Shatter proof glass and oleophobic coating to reduce or minimize finger prints if not completely prevented. As expected, Sony included their X-Reality Engine and also implemented a Triluminos display for that added color spectrum intensity.

 

SPECS RUN DOWN:

DISPLAY: TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen, 8.0 inches, 1200 x 1920 pixels (~283 ppi pixel density), Shatter proof glass, oleophobic coating, Triluminos display, and X-Reality Engine

MEMORY: microSD, up to 128 GB, 16 GB internal, 3 GB RAM

OS: Android OS, 4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to 5.0.2 (Lollipop)

Dimensions: 213.4 x 123.6 x 6.4 mm (8.40 x 4.87 x 0.25 in)

Weight: 270 g (9.52 oz)

Other: IP68 certified – dust tight and water resistant over 1 meter and 30 minutes and Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0)

Camera: 8.1 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels (secondary front facing: 2.2 MP, [email protected])

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X-Reality Engine and Triluminos Display

The X-Reality Engine and Triluminos display are some of Sony’s marketing points as they sold their Z3 Tablet. Triluminos is Sony’s new technology implemented with an LCD TFT display which allows a wide range of colors to be processed for a more pleasurable viewing experience. The X-reality engine, normally found in Sony’s T.V. line ups, enables the tablet to break down visual signals and the processor separately analyzes each signal (texture, outline, contrast and color) for the most attractive visual result.

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Moving on to specifications; the tablet runs on Android KITKAT (v4.4.2) out of the box and is upgradeable to Lollipop (v5.0.2) by this time. The tablet boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset clocked at 2.5 GHz (Krait 400) and also utilizes an integrated Adreno 330 graphics processing unit. In terms of memory the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet comes with 16 GB internal storage and a microSD expansion slot that enables  Sdcard sizes of up to 128 GB. The tablet also comes with 3 GB of RAM which should become the standard now by this time and age of tablets and mobile devices. The Z3 Compact also comes with a microUSB 2.0 slot which supports MHL 3 TV-out. The build quality of this tablet is quite good, the width of the device is only a hairline 6.3mm and weighs in at 290 g. The tablet is also IP68, meaning, this is water RESISTANT (not proof) up to 1 meters deep and for up to 30 minutes as well as dust PROOF. Here Sony is still enabling users to use their tablet’s in different situations, such as enjoy a show while relaxing in a bath.

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Camera

The Camera utilizes an 8.1 MP, (3264 X 2448 pixel resolution max) which also comes with software that enables HDR and panoramic shoots. The video capture quality is a [email protected] per second standard. There is also a secondary front facing camera which uses a 2.2 MegaPixel sensor  which also captures [email protected] per second videos. The camera experience on this tablet is not bad, albeit, we do not know many who actually uses tablets to take pictures when they have mobile phones available. However, for skype calls and other VOIP service apps the camera’s are perfect.

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Connectivity

Speaking of which, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact utilizes the standard WI-FI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual band chip, Wi-fi direct, DLNA and hotspot along with an updated Blue tooth 4.0 A2DP/LE/apt-X indicates that this tablet does not lack in local communication with networks. You can purchase a NANO sim from your local carrier to power your tablet with mobile DATA.

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Battery Life

An important feature that we must mention here is its battery life. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet is packed with a whopping 4,500 mAh battery that is stuffed into its super thin body. On normal tests the tablet runs for 13 hours +/- 1 hour on constant video looping tests. Normally this tablet should keep users happy for the entire day if not a bit longer. This is a perfect companion that can play games easily (thanks to a powerful Qualcomm processor and GPU), amazingly crisp screen and a very light and thin build.

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Playstation 4 Screen Share

As expected from the Sony Z3 line up, the Z3 Compact tablet will also support the Playstation 4 screen sharing technology. Utilizing your Wi-Fi network and your own PS4 to power the games, you can use your PS4 controller and and the tablet as the screen to play your games. This is a useful feature if you want to prop your tablet up on your bed, or other places where you would otherwise be unable to bring your large 37+ inch TV. This is a big two thumbs up for Sony. In terms of any criticism here, we have experienced that there are sometimes FPS drops when playing games via the device. This could be due to a number of things, such as a buggy connection or a hiccup in the wifi networking where the tablet and the PS4 is linking through. We hope that future revisions or patch updates will fix these problems.

 

Bose QuietComfort 25 Review: One of the Best Noise Cancelling Head Set

Bose QuietComfort 25 Review: One of the Best Noise Cancelling Head Set

 

CellUnlocker Bloggers RATING: 4.7/5.0


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The Bose QuietComfort 25 is easily an excellent choice for those looking for High End headsets in the 300+$ range. It has good sound quality that blows away people who are used to lower end headsets and has the best Noise Cancellation technology in the market. As soon as you put these headsets on it feels like silence falls upon you bringing peace and allowing you to have a more real experience with your music that you play, no matter where you are. The head set is light and very comfortable with high quality materials used. The white version of the Bose QC 25 looks great as well. These headsets will serve users well when looking for a moment of peace on flights, or in places where ambient noises may ruin your moments with your music. Cellunlocker Bloggers give this device a 4.9 out of 5.0 as it is an excellent piece of equipment but does have its flaws.

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My Review:

What can I say? I used to use lower to medium grade head set’s such as the Corsair Vengeance gaming headsets, Panasonics and other [$Mid Range] headsets that simply “played” my music and I accepted them as is. I walked into Best buy one day to purchase a new gaming mouse but I ended up wandering over to the headset section. I see some Bose head sets and remembering how nice Bose equipment does sound I decided to try a display model. The one on display was the QC 15 from BOSE. Even that model was extremely comfortable, great in sound quality and had advanced noise cancelling enabled. I had to make my purchase for my personal head set. I soon found out about the latest offering the BOSE QC 25. A respectable upgrade above the QC 15 I purchased them immediately. The difference between the two (QC 15 VS. QC 25) is that the QC 15 stops playing after the battery (AAA batteries for both) runs out. However, the QC 25 continues to play on but without its auto EQ technology. The BOSE QC 25 in comparison has the best noise cancelling available. Better sound quality, however, can be found in other 300+$ head set ranges.

Speaking of battery the QC 25 does have a decent battery life when running on one AAA battery. The protective case that the headset comes with includes a slot to hold a spare AAA battery but how long can the QC 25 last? From personal usage I found that the battery lasted just over 2 days. I use the headsets frequently picking it up time to time over the course of the day. Other times I turn off the Noise Cancelling via a switch located on the Right ear cup. The plus for turning OFF the noise cancelling feature is that it still allows your headset to keep playing as long as it is plugged into your source device. The downside to turning OFF noise cancelling is that it also turns off the Auto Equalizer feature which will degrade your listening experience to a degree that differs from person to person. The bass’s become a lot muddier and the highs don’t really reach the highs in full clarity. It sort of becomes a regular headset in a sense. Mind you I can still bear the music with EQ OFF but I prefer Noise Cancelling and AUTO EQ to be on to produce warm bass and rich clear highs. You can easily determine each layer of your music (given that your music files are of good quality) and experience a warm thump of the bass. In comparison the Dr. Dre Beats headsets provide heavier and sharper bass as that is their main focus in producing sound. Nonetheless, it is very pleasing and enjoyable to listen through the BOSE QC 25 head sets.

 

TL;DR Cut to the chase:

 

Sound —————————————————————

-These Bose headsets are absolutely gorgeous in sound.

-Revived all of my old music I have grown tired of. Thanks to Clarity and its Auto EQ technology I can hear so much more within my music.

-The Bass on these headsets are very warm but still give a good thump. The High’s are quite clear and you will be able to discern the different members or layers of your music.

-Thanks to the Noise-Cancellation technology it blocks out the world when I am tired of it and I am walking downtown at peace listening to my music. (Just always be aware of traffic! Safety First)

-No more “Squeezing” my head sets against my ears to block out sky train sounds or other loud ambient noise that may occur on a daily commute or situation.

Design —————————————————————

-The ear cup padding is very soft and is comfortable. -Bose quality built mixture of Plastic, Aluminum feel cup covers, rubbery material and nice leather/canvas bands and cups.

-Extremely light weighing only which reduces ear fatigue from long periods of usage (Ie. I am able to keep the QC 25’s on my ear for over 8 hours straight in my office without fatigue!)

-Doesn’t fall off my head easily (Unless I shake my head violently which I will not try) -Nice Switch on the right cup to switch from Noise cancellation + EQ processing mode to a passive mode which turns off NC/EQ but still plays your music -Music continues to play even when batteries run out (while the Bose QC 15 stops playing)

Others —————————————————————

– The case that it comes with is a hard case and I know it will protect my new sound tech.

-It contains useful extra storage room for a spare AAA battery and their advertised “Flight mode adapter”

-Detachable Cord  and good foldable design to store away the head set’s

-The ear cups on the QC 25 folds as well and swivels allowing for the carrying case to be reduced in size.

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Cons —————————————————————

-When battery runs out and the Head set continues to play your music the quality goes down. The bass muddy, the highs not as clear as it would be with Auto EQ technology turn on. It kind of feels like I am listening to lower end to Middle range headsets.

-Not a Rechargeable device via USB. Must swap batteries (AAA batteries)

-Noise cancelling technology today is not perfect, I can’t blame Bose for this. But it is impossible at this time to cancel out 100% of incoming sound waves. The technology clearly blocks out lower and a lot of the mid frequencies but higher frequencies can still be heard when Not listening to music or when listening to softer music quietly.

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Overall I am Very happy with my Bose Quiet Comfort 25 head set’s. I am well impressed by its Noise cancellation technology and its ability to produce respectable sound thanks to the BOSE Auto EQ balance technology. The device is very comfortable, looks good, sounds good and lasts quite long.