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Unlock AT&T Phones

While some devices are sold unlocked so that  people can use them with any carrier, the majority of phones are sold SIM-locked. If a device is locked it can only be used through one particular carrier.  Let’s assume you’ve  purchased a phone from AT&T and have chosen a plan. It’s not as easy as you might think to switch over to T-Mobile or another service provider.  You’ll first have to unlock the phone using one of our unlock codes.

Below is a simple step-by-step procedure to unlock ATT phones.

Unlocking AT&T devices

Before attempting to unlock any device that’s locked into AT&T, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must at one time have subscribed to the AT&T carrier network.
  • You must be sure that the device you want to unlock is from AT&T.
  • The phone should not be reported stolen.
  • You must not have attempted to unlock the device more than five times.
  • The device must have been active or carry a record of 60 days with no unpaid balance.
  • You must be sure that the phone isn’t associated with any fraudulent activity.

Unlocking T-Mobile devices

Unlocking a T-Mobile device is a little different. Check that the following requirements are met:

  • Make sure the phone is a T-Mobile device.
  • The device should not be reported stolen.
  • You have not made than two unlock request within that year.
  • You should be sure that 18 consecutive monthly payments have been paid, if the device is on service contract.
  • Your account should be in “good standing.”

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Samsung Exynos 9: Best Tech Announcement of MWC 2017

Samsung Exynos 9 Launched (Exynos 8895)

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What is it?

At MWC we not only witness the birth of great new smartphones and gadgets but also some of the hardware that power our smartphones into the future. In 2017 Samsung has finally taken off the wraps on the new SoC (System On Chip) toted as the Samsung Exynos 9. Labelled as the Exynos 8895 Octa-Core Processor it is built on Samsung’s own 10nm FinFET Process Technology. This chip set is the latest premium product released by Samsung for 2017. On paper we expect to see a 27% increase in higher performance while utilizing 40% less battery power when compared to the 14nm FinFET chips.

The Exynos 8895 is an octa-core processor which includes four of Samsung’s custom designed CPU cores (2nd generation) and four Cortex-A53 cores for power efficiency. With upgraded SCI (Samsung Coherent Interconnect) technology the chip will support Heterogeneous System Architectures which enables faster calculations for use in areas such as Artificial Intelligence and Deep Machine Learning.

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On the graphical front the 8895 features an ARM Mali-G71 MP20 GPU. This enables future smartphones to take advantage of next level 3D graphic’s performances while minimizing 4K UHD Virtual Reality latency. The GPU contains 20 graphical processing cores which, again on paper, toute’s a whopping 60% increase in performance compared to the previous generation.

The Exynos 8895 will support display panels with WQUXGA (3840 x 2400) resolutions and 4K UHD (4096 x 2160) displays as well. The 8895 will also have the capability to support LPDDR4x memory speeds along side eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1 and SD 3.0 for faster storage speeds.

4K UHD 120fps play back and video recording is made possible thanks to an advanced MFC (Multi-Format Codec) with codec support including HEVC(H.265), H.264 and VP9.

The ISP on board (Image Signal Processor) will support 28 MP camera sensors on the front and back of the device. Smart WDR and PDAF will be supported as well for a more efficient and faster focusing experience. The ISP also supports dual camera module support with a 28MP+16MP configuration. The chip will have two ISP units installed; one for high quality imaging while the other is dedicated to reduce power consumption through low power processing.

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The processor also will support biometric solutions such as iris and fingerprint scanners. A separate processing unit will be embedded on the chip to handle the security ends of the user experience. An embedded VPU (Vision Processing Unit) is used to analyze items and movements for improved video tracking of subjects, panoramic imaging, and machine vision technology.

Fast LTE Downlink and Uplink speeds

The Exynos 8895 will be the first mobile processor to support an integrated gigabit LTE modem. This modem can support up to 5CA (Carrier Aggregation) for downlink which supports maximum speeds of up to 1 Gbps (Cat.16) as well as Cat.13 speeds of 150Mbps or 2CA for uplink.

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Samsung has notified the press that the Exynos 9 Series 8895 SoC is currently under mass production. We should expect to see new high end smartphone devices to be unveiled later in the year with this fantastic processor. We hope to see the likes of the Note 8 unveiled with this chip, which will most likely be the case.


 

 

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Nokia 6: Hands On Review

Nokia 6: Hands On Review

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The Nokia 6 was revealed at MWC 2017 and is the top end model among Nokia’s new offerings. In terms of specs and design the Nokia 6 does not impress anyone. However, what is impressive is that the Nokia 6 marks the return of an age old technology company who in a time past lead the world with innovative mobile products. The company was bought out by HMD Global (it’s headquarter’s found in Finland) while the staff of Nokia remains largely the same (original Nokia employees). Due to this fact we are quite optimistic about Nokia’s future and their smartphone’s to come.

The Nokia 6 is not considered a high end device. It runs a Snapdragon 430 processor which falls in between entry level and mid range. The processor features an octa-core design with all eight Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz. The clock speed here is quite low which would deter people who are used to fast speeds and performances in gaming. The Adreno 505 is the integrated GPU found on the chip set. The Adreno 505 will be able to achieve generally okay speeds in various android games but will need to be toned down to medium graphical settings to play somewhat smoothly in other more graphically intense games. Despite the low to medium end graphic and cpu chipset we found that the Nokia 6, as expected, is still very smooth in normal tasks and operation when launching, swiping through, and trying out the phone.

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The Nokia 6 comes with a 5.5inch IPS LCD 1080p display. The display looks sharp and bright. Many have commented that, in the age of manufacturers pushing a bezel-less trend, the Nokia 6 has rather large bezel’s. The glass looks smooth and covers curves into the bezel’s and we particularly liked the deep black color option. The black color of the device sort of masks the thickness of the bezel until you turn on the phone with a contrasting wall paper applied. The bezel will be made of metal materials which should help in withstanding drops or bumps.

Still, Nokia did a good job with the design of the phone considering it as a medium range device. The edges are sharp and the device looks and feels excellent. There is a bit of a one plus look with an iPhone 7 glass. The back side came in a Matte Black color option.

Furthermore, the Nokia 6 comes with a 4 GB RAM module and 64 GB internal storage. This storage configuration will be made only available in the “premium” option of the Nokia 6. The standard Nokia 6 will have only 3 GB’s of RAM and 32 GB’s of internal storage.

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We found that the Nokia 6 has a 3,000 mAh battery pack (non removable). The Snapdragon 430, being power efficient and significantly less power hungry than its higher end counterparts (such as the Snapdragon 821) should have minimal impact on the battery life of the phone.

There is a 16 MP back camera with an aperture of f/2.0. The video recording is capped at 1080p so don’t expect any 4K or high end video features here. The CPU would have bottlenecked any resolution’s higher than 1080p. The front facing selfie camera is a 8 MP f/2.0 module.

The smartphone does come with a finger print scanner on the front. The module works pretty well but is not as fast or accurate as we would have liked. Perhap’s we are to used to finger print scanners to just work and not cause a fuss.

The Nokia 6 will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat.

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Sony Xperia XA1

Sony Xperia XA1 Review

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Quick Specs Sheet:

  • Dimensions:
    • 145 x 67 x 8 mm (5.71 x 2.64 x 0.31 in)
    • Weight: 143 g (5.04 oz)
  • Display:
    • 5.0 Inch IPS LCD Display (Resolution: 1280 x 720 (~294 ppi pixel density) Scratch-resistant glass (>9H)
    • Up to 4 fingers in multitouch
  • Processing Specs:
    • CPU: Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 ( Octa-Core 4 x 2.3 GHz Cortex-A53+ 4 X 1.6 GHz Cortex A53)
    • GPU: Mali-T880MP2
    • Android v7.0 Nougat
  • Storage and Memory:
    • 32 GB (4 GB RAM)
    • microSD support available
  • Imaging Processor:
    • 23 MP f/2.0, 24mm, back camera (PDAF, Laser AF and LED Flash available)
    • 8 MP f/2.0, 23mm, front facing OIS camera
    • Video: [email protected], HDR
  • Battery:
    • Non-Removable Li-Ion 2300 mAh

 

Quick Review:

Compared to the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra (the phablet version) the normal XA1 is a normal, smaller, version of the mid-range XA1 line up. It features a smaller display of 5.0 inches with a smaller resolution of 720p (1280 x 720) with less pixel density of ~294 ppi. This translates to a display with sharpness levels below that of the older brother, the XA1 Ultra. However, we must keep in mind that the phone is a mid range device with mid range specs. Don’t expect a fancy display here. With such a low resolution and low pixel density the XA1 may not be the best option for media consumption and other tasks. It will simply work as intended.

Aside from the confusing naming scheme the XA1 is found to be the least interesting device amongst Sony’s current 2017 line up. While Sony’s Xpera XZ is showcased as the device with a 4K HDR display and the older brother, the Xperia XA1 Ultra, showcased as a simply huge 6.0 inch mid range phone, the Xperia XA1 feels like a minor update from last years model, the XA.

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The design resembles that of other Xperia phones so far. It is not bad, rather we do like it in some ways. It has a striking design and is small enough to be somewhat lost in your deep pockets. The display is 5 inches which is a full inch smaller than the XA1 Ultra, but the problem does not end there. The display shows a lack of vibrancy and is simply dull without life. We have seen many other budget phones released with displays fantastically more vibrant and alive than the XA1.

Aside from the few bits of issues we have observed, the  XA1 does follow in its elder brothers footsteps, notably the camera. The Xperia XA1 uses the same camera found on the Sony 2015 flagship, the Xperia Z5. This is a 23 MP f/2.0 aperture camera module. The front camera is an 8 MP f/2.0 but this camera lacks optical image stabilization which is found in the selfie camera of the XA1 Ultra.

Given the track record of this particular camera module we expect good results in various lighting. The processor found in the XA1 is the same Helio P20 found in the XA1 Ultra as well. The processor is not the strongest available (hence the mid range category) and will not give you the best of the best. 3 GB of RAM is sufficient and is a good decision on Sony’s part to keep things running as smooth as possible while covering for the loss of performance values due to other components. The XA1 only comes with a 32GB internal storage configuration that can be expanded via a microSD card.

The battery is smaller in this model with a 2,300 mAh pack. We will need to wait for official release to see how the processor will impact the battery performance in the future.

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Sony XA1 Ultra Review

Sony XA1 Ultra Review: A New Phablet for the Mid-Range Market

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Quick Specs Sheet of the Sony XA1 Ultra Phablet:

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  • Dimensions:
    • 165 x 79 x 8.1 mm (6.50 x 3.11 x 0.32 in)
    • Weight: 188 g (6.63 oz)
  • Display:
    • 6.0 Inch IPS LCD Display (Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (~367 ppi pixel density) Scratch-resistant glass (>9H)
    • Up to 4 fingers in multitouch
  • Processing Specs:
    • CPU: Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 ( Octa-Core 4 x 2.3 GHz Cortex-A53+ 4 X 1.6 GHz Cortex A53)
    • GPU: Mali-T880MP2
    • Android v7.0 Nougat
  • Storage and Memory:
    • 32 GB (4 GB RAM)
    • 64 GB (4 GB RAM)
    • microSD support available
  • Imaging Processor:
    • 23 MP f/2.0, 24mm, back camera (PDAF, Laser AF and LED Flash available)
    • 16 MP f/2.0, 23mm, front facing OIS camera
    • Video: [email protected], HDR
  • Battery:
    • Non-Removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh

Quick Review

This phone has a massive display of 6.0 inches. The phone is also rather large to hold in the hand. The specifications aim at the middle range of the smartphone market with its Mediatek Helio P20 Octa Core processor. It’s predecessor the Sony XA Ultra was also a large 6.0 inch phablet back in 2016.

On top of the display we found that the camera module was pretty interesting as well. There is a 24 MP rear imaging sensor which was also found on Sony’s flagship model from 2015. There is an 8 MP front facing selfie camera as well. We expect the pricing of the Sony XA1 Ultra to be reasonably low, thus, for the price the photographic abilities of this phone should be good.

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Given a good day with good lighting outdoors users may be pleased with the strong shooter on the back camera module.

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Going back to the design of the phone this is a large device with a 165 x 79 x 8.1 mm dimension. The only reason one would buy this phone would be due to the desire for a large phone. Due to the enlarged 6.0 inch display that 1080p panel won’t look as sharp as we are all used to thanks to higher end devices released for quite some time now. Regardless, the colors on the display are good with impressive contrast ratios and the Octa-Core Helio P20 processor is strong enough to prevent lags or trouble while using the phone.

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In terms of performance the XA1 Ultra also comes with 4GB of RAM on board giving the phone a solid boost.

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The  Sony XA1 Ultra is a mid range phablet phone. The specs are very mid range but are good enough for daily tasks and most gaming tasks. For those who are looking for a big phone but also cannot spend a fortune on high end devices need to look no further. The Sony XA1 Ultra is a strong contender for the phablet category in the middle range market.

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Huawei P10 Plus Review

Huawei P10 Plus Review

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We reviewed the Huawei P10 earlier which is the “younger brother” of the more beefier Huawei P10 Plus. The Huawei P10 Plus comes with a larger display of 5.5 inches and the display is upgraded to a Quad-HD (from the Full HD display found on the regular P10). The phone is noticeably larger in size but other than that the differences are found internally. The Huawei P9 of last year was the companies last flagship device. The P9 is highly regarded as an excellent phone that can compete against big league rivals from the likes of Apple, Samsung, HTC and Sony.

Huawei P10 Plus Specs Sheet:

  • Dimensions:
    • 153.5 x 74.2 x 7 mm (6.04 x 2.92 x 0.28 in)
    • Weight: 165 g (5.82 oz)
  • Display:
    • 5.5 inch IPS-NEO LCD (2560 x 1440 resolution ~ 540 ppi pixel density)
    • Curved Edge Screen
  • System:
    • Android OS, v.7.0 (Nougat)
    • CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 960 (Octa-Core 4 x 2.4GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8GHz Cortex-A53)
    • GPU: Mail-G71 MP8
    • RAM: 4 GB
    • Storage: 64 GB (microSD support up to 256 GB)
  • Camera:
    • Dual 20 MP + 12 MP, f/1.8 OIS, Leica lens’
    • Front: 8 MP f/1.9
  • Hardware:
    • Battery: 3,750mAh capacity

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The P10 Plus is the regular Huawei P10’s older brother. It is a beefier, higher spec’ed device with more RAM, and a bigger, better display panel. Despite the new hardware we still found the P10 Plus to be more of an evolution from the older P9 than a revolution. The build is a full metal construction with the home button found on the front which doubles as a fingerprint sensor and a hub for various gestures which replace on screen navigational buttons. This means users can swipe to go to your recent apps, tap once to go back and tap and hold to activate your “home” button.

The design of the P10 Plus reminds us of the iPhone 7 in many ways including the antennae bands and the curve of the edges. In collaboration with a company called “Pantone” the P10 will be released in various colors including: Dazzling Blue, Rose Gold, Prestige Gold, Ceramic White, Mystic Silver, Dazzling Gold and Graphite Black. A new color called “Greenery” will be offered as well.

As mentioned, the P10 Plus will come in an all metal build with various color options available. Even though the P10 Plus is found to be the larger phone it still manages to sit comfortably in the hand and it does not feel to cumbersome. The dual camera does not stick out from the body and sits flush at the back. With a smooth chamfered edge all the way around, it was comfortable to play with. The USB-C Port and 3.5mm headphone jack is found at the bottom.

Performance

 

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The phone is runs on Android 7.0 but also has Huawei’s own custom skin called EMUI 5.1 on top. The usage response was smooth and there were no notable lags. General tasks should not be an issue in high end phones at this point in time of fast advancing technology.

The P10 Plus is loaded with the new HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset. This is also found in the younger brother the Huawei P10. Huawei also engineered a new memory optimization instruction set into the phone which offers machine learning methods. This method enables your phone to properly optimize memory functions based on usage patterns over time. For the average user this may not be obvious at all as it involves gradual micro adjustments by the system contributing to an overall better usage experience into the future. In addition the memory optimization tool integrates a memory compression algorithm which reduces the size of apps and other software materials into a smaller size to maximize your RAM.

Huawei is offering a 4 GB RAM and a 6 GB RAM option.

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This year, Huawei and Leica is continuing on their strategic partnership together in the Leica branded dual camera module. The Imaging set up has some notable changes in both the hardware and software front. A portrait mode was implemented which is similar to the “super bokeh” portrait mode found on the iPhone 7 Plus. This mode blurs the background behind your subject to create that artificial “bokeh” effect.

The difference from the iPhone 7 Plus is that the Huawei P10 Plus will not have a “zoom” lens as its second camera. Rather the dual camera works together per image to process lighting on the subject’s face and reduce issues found on the photo. The colors are also made to “pop” a bit more compared to iPhone portraits. Interestingly the same features are found on the 8 megapixel selfie camera as well which has a bright aperture of f/1.9.

The selfie camera on the front now comes with face detection that also calculates how many faces are found on the image. The Portrait mode will then defocus the background based on this given information. This will bring into focus all the faces available and defocus the rest of the background.

The dual camera on the back feature dual f/1.8 Leica Summilux lenses. This is significant as this means that the P10 Plus will have two bright lenses available. Low light photography will be more feasible thanks to this. This brings the P10 Plus super close to the Pixel and G6 night shots. The P0 Plus overall proivdes a great camera experience thanks to the better lens found on it.

Early Verdict

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The P10 Plus did not fail to impress many attendees at MWC 2017. The phone showcased high end products inside with an advanced chipset, new software that optimizes memory storage, and a fancy design language. The array of colors made available are quite interesting to see as well. We look forward to the officially released version of the hand set and to see its real world performances as reported by us and by users world wide.

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Huawei P10 Review

Huawei P10 Review

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Verdict:

The P10 is the younger brother of the bigger and spec heavier bigger brother the P10 Plus. Even so, the P10 still offers a slew of good features for it’s price. It is a good looking handset which can be really considered by users who may be using phone’s that are a few years old. Mainly, the P10 is marketed for it’s imaging capabilities as Huawei touted their “Co-engineered by Leica” banner. The P10 will come with dual-cameras. The P10 does feel like a worthy successor to last generations P9. The device is also touted to having All Day Battery Life.


 

Quick Spec sheets:

 

  • Dimensions:
    • 145.3 x 69.3 x 7 mm (5.72 x 2.73 x 0.28 in)
    • Weight: 145 g (5.11 oz)
  •  Display:
    • 5.1-inch 1080p IPS-NEO LCD touchscreen (~432 ppi pixel density)
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Internal Specs:
    • CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 960 (Octa-Core: 4 x 2.4 GHz A73 cores + 4 x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 cores)
    • GPU: Mali-G71 MP8
    • Android 7.0 (with Emotion UI 5.1 on top)
    • 4GB RAM
    • 32 GB internal storage (microSD support)
  • Camera:
    • 20MP monochrome sensor + 12MP RGB sensor (F/2.2 aperture)
    • 8MP front camera (f/1.9)
  • Battery:
    • 3,200mAh battery
  • Available Colors:
    • Mystic Silver, Rose Gold, Graphite Black, Dazzling Gold, Dazzling Blue and Greenery

 

 

The Huawei P10 feels like a good successor to the P9 if you need a smaller display as well. The specifications are high end, especially the camera, all except the display. We found that the display does still look good but it is a FHD (1080p) display.

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The design of the P10 is one of the more interesting talking points, it kind of looks like a cross between an iPhone 7, a One Plus 3, and a bit of a Galaxy S7. In other words, it looks great.While it may look similar to the previous Huawei P9 flagship model as well, there are some obvious design changes. The edges are a bit more curved but not as curved as the current competition thus making the phone a lot easier to handle. The power button has an indented design so that users can easily differentiate between the power button and the volume buttons. The finger print sensor is no longer found on the back of the phone but is now placed at the front on top of the capacitive home key. Huawei is also approaching a minimalist design and they are calling it “organic minimalism”.

Following the idea of organic minimalism the home button took on a new form. It is still a non click touch key but it retains 3 functions you would normally find on an android device. To go Home you must long press (for a short time) the key, to go back you simply tap it, and to open up recent apps you must swipe the home key. We figure that users will get used to this and become a lot more efficient at utilizing this new method than what new users would be able to manage at first. Huawei claims that this feature will be a lot easier to utilize compared to Android’s usual on-screen soft buttons. According to the company Huawei also integrated an “Ultra Response” feature which predicts and tracks your usage habits. This enables the software and hardware to predict where your finger might go next taking action before your action is complete (this theoretically should reduce latency between action and response with your device).

The P10 retains the 3.5mm head phone jack (thankfully) and also provides a USB-C port on the bottom. The lone speaker is also found at the bottom of the phone. The phone has a full-metal unibody design. Huawei included two “Dazzling” color options that provide a shiny/reflective metal body which looks quite…. spectacular.

Display

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The P10 uses a Full HD 1080p display. This is sufficient for a lot of folks as it provides enough sharpness and detail in videos and images. However, in a time of quickly advancing display technologies we at least expected a bump to QHD panels. Huawei did include a QHD panel in their P10 Plus model. The display certainly looks bright enough and should be view-able in sunlight. The display is a 5.1 inch IPS LCD panel. A 5.1 inch panel is considered an optimal size for being small yet big enough to comfortably play back media content and information back to the user. The viewing angles are also quite wide to view comfortably. Full HD resolutions are not as sharp/crisp as Quad HD displays but we do not think this is necessarily a bad thing. It retain’s it’s own abilities to perform in the display department.

It is also important to note that the P10 uses an IPS-NEO panel which means that blacks are improved compared to regular IPS displays. IPS-NEO also brings wider viewing angles to the table. While AMOLED displays have seriously deep blacks, IPS-NEO enables something good enough but not as deep. We had a problem with screens being too “cool” in regular IPS panels and the IPS-NEO panels seems to alleviate this with clean colors, and high brightness options.

Performance

Huawei loaded the P10 with a custom skin that they call “Emotion UI 5.1”. This is a skin slapped on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. While Nougat is great, some may have issues with Emotion UI 5.1. There are many reasons to like and dislike custom manufacturer skins on top of the main OS core. We believe that diversity in the user interface brings about the uniqueness of Android. Huawei included a new feature that they call “Ultra Memory”. This is a function that recycles memory faster in the background enabling the phone to run smoothly.

The P10 uses the HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor. This comes with the new Mali G71 MP8 GPU coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Kirin 960 silicon, on paper, puts it up there against high end competitors such as Exynos and Qualcomm. The processor is a big improvement over the P9 flagship of last year.

You would not have any issues with performance on the P10. The processor is blazing fast, you have the latest GPU integration on board, and due to all of this navigating and surfing through web browsing and settings showed no signs of slowing down. However, as others have also experienced there was some issues when trying out games. The phone tended to heat up during performance. We do not think this would cause any big issues though.

Camera

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The Huawei P10 has integrated dual cameras developed by Leica. This is a pair consisting of a 20MP monochrome sensor and a 12 MP RGB sensor. According to Huawei, this set up allows users more expansive photography options in a wide array of situations including low light circumstances. The camera will be able to create more realistic bokeh (shallow depth) and a more accurate black and white photo.

We always enter the conversation about phone cameras with a grain of salt. If we wanted to do some serious photography with attention to details and function, we would always go to our DSLR or mirrorless cameras. However, no body, at this time, can beat the convenience of having a good camera on something thin, light, and stylish that is carried everywhere with you. Given this, sure, the P10 may not be the worst performing camera nor will it blow you away with its images but it is still a big improvement from past years. The P10 is equipped with capable software that can render photos with cool effects such as super shallow depths of field (out of focus back grounds).

For low light photography the camera is alright. Compared to other smartphones on the market that are marketed as high end the P10 is not the best but will get the job done. As with any smartphone, you will face a fair share of noise the images will look quite over processed. The P10 does underperform in dark arenas compared to the likes of the iPhone 7 and even the Galaxy S7 devices. We sort of blame this at the phones smaller aperture of f/2.2 compared to the wider apertures of f/1.7 in the s7 and f/1.8 found on the iphone 7. The Pixel also has an aperture of f/2.0 which is slightly larger than the P10’s lens but the Pixel does produce good photos.

The camera is pretty good. We would like to make an emphasis on this. The software is snappy and fast, and we found zero lag when shooting. The phone won’t over sharpen your photos nor distort your color space when the lighting is good and so users would be quite happy with their purchase. The back camera can record 4K video at 30fps as well or FullHD at 60fps.

The camera app also comes with a manual control function setting, custom monochrome / portrait mode, and impact filter options. The camera app also enables users to perform basic touch up work on your images.

The front facing camera is an 8 MP f/1.9 which delivers great selfie’s in low light and normal. The low light part won’t blow you away but it works.

Battery

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The Huawei P10 has a 3,200mAh, non-removeable battery, which is rather large for a 5 inch device. The P10 typically loses between 8-12% battery life per hour while streaming videos at 50% screen brightness. The phone’s battery life does last you all day with moderate usage.

Conclusion

The P10 is a great addition to the market. New adopters of the phone will thoroughly enjoy what it has to offer. The design looks great, the screen is sharp, and the performance of the phone is up there with the competition. The camera works fine, though it can be a bit underwhelming in low light. The phone has an older brother called the P10 Plus which has beefed up specs for a tiny bit more payment. If that bit of payment is too much and if you are in the market for a smaller device the P10 is a worthy consideration.

 

 

 

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Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Review

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CellUnlocker Summary:

Rating: 4.9/5.0


 

Keyboards are an important part of any office job, writer, business man, and enthusiasts. Most keyboards are designed as flat rectangles that simply work. The flat design of keyboards can actually contribute to carpal tunnel and injuries from repetitive movements such as typing. According to Microsoft, our hands (while resting on the table and outstretched) are at a bit of a slant and are not perfectly flat when in their natural state. Most of us force our hands into a flat positions to accommodate our flat keyboards.

Microsoft seems to have been hard at work to figure all this out and to design an ergonomic design that would help people prevent injuries and provide a more comfortable typing experience. That is where the Microsoft Sculpt  Ergonomic Keyboard comes in. It is a fantastic peripheral that helps you get your job done but at the same time prevent any damages that would have otherwise happened to your wrists.

The keyboard has a wavy design and is curved upwards in the middle of the keyboard. The design is also known as a “manta ray” design. There is a split middle and from the split we see downward hills out towards the sides. The keyboard is thin, sleek, and light. The keyboard is also quite small as it does not have a number pad attached, rather it is detached as an additional accessory. Being small in size enables users to carry the device around. The keyboard also ships with an added number pad (detached) and a matte plastic stand that you can simply place underneath the front end of the keyboard which raises your hands as well.

The Sculpt Ergonomic is great at keeping good care of your wrists which is its main purpose and selling point. Microsoft describes the angle and slant as a “natural angle” for your hands, wrists and arms. There is a wrist resting pad as well on the front end of the keyboard. The cushion is not as soft as we would like but it does it’s job better than hard wood desks.

The keyboard has strangely enlarged keys (especially the keys at the center) due to the “split” design. It may take some time to get used to the keyboard but once that is mastered the keyboard is a joy to type on. The key’s are large and give a pretty nice “chiclet” style feedback but with deeper actuation’s. The angle this keyboard enables users to type in is the optimum typing position that enables users to stay comfortable and get their jobs done.

A bit about the Build…

The keyboard is mostly plastic, the plastic in between the keys are of the glossy type while the key caps are matte plastic (along with the underside). Black is the only color option we have seen. The space bar has a nice clicky feel to it and is also separated into two segments (left and right space bars). This enables you to use either thumb which are already resting on the space bars to take action when needed. I found it quite fun when alternating between each thumb. The front end where the palm of your hands (wrists) rest is covered in a soft rubbery clothe material. It is not super soft and pillow like, but there is firmness to it and we believe it does provide a level of comfort. The keyboard is not bluetooth, but it is wireless using a wireless receiver USB dongle. The USB dongle is non-replaceable so be careful. The keyboard uses two AAA batteries and they last a very long time. In our tests we found that the keyboard still operated after 2 months of usage which includes daily article write ups, and a lot of emails.

In Conclusion…

We have tested this keyboard throughout the years and found a lot of this to be true. Compared to it’s flatter counter parts the Sculpt keyboard truly takes off a lot of strain off your wrists. Writing thousands of words per day, everyday can take a toll. We have felt it before in a lot of different cases. If you are in the market for a truly comfortable, sleek, light and compact keyboard that was built with your wrists in mind, we recommend you to take a look at the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard. This summary was written with that very keyboard.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium: “Best New Smartphone for 2017

Sony Xperia XZ Premium: “Best New Smartphone for 2017

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Sony has had a strange past in terms of smartphone identity. It was confusing at best with all the naming schemes involving X’s, Z’s and Y’s with all the same Xperia prefix. Regardless, the Xperia XZ Premium is a solid piece of device with great innovative features. It is basically Sony’s best work all combined from different departments (from audio, imaging, to displays) into the XZ Premium. We expect this device to cost a lot which should be comparable to super high end phones such as the coming S8, LG G6, and other flagship phones.

Pros:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor
  • 4K Display
  • 807 ppi pixel density
  • HDR10 support
  • Large screen and good build quality

Cons:

  • Battery capacity is underwhelming
  • Most likely Expensive

Specs Sheet for the Xperia XZ Premium:

  • Dimensions:
    • 156 x 77 x 7.9 mm (6.14 x 3.03 x 0.31 in)
    • 195 g (6.88 oz) (Weight)
  • Body:
    • Front and Back: Corning Gorilla Glass 5 panels
    • IP68 dust/water proofing
  • Display:
    • 5.5 inch IPS LCD display
    • 3840 x 2160 resolution (~807 ppi pixel density)
    • HDR10 / Triluminos Display / X-Reality Engine
  • Platform:
    • OS: Android v7.1 Nougat
    • CPU: Snapdragon 835 (Octacore Kryo custom cores 4×4 configuration)
    • GPU: Adreno 540
  • Camera:
    • Main 19 MP f/2.0 aperture camera
    • 25mm focal length / EIS (gyro based stabilisation) / predictive phase detection + laser AF
    • Video: 2160p @ 30fps, 720p @ 960 fps
    • Front Camera: 13 MP, f/2.0 (23mm focal length)
  • Others:
    • 3230mAh battery capacity (non-removable)
    • 3.5mm head phone jack (24-bit/192kHz audio support)

 

Sony brought back 4K displays with the XZ Premium and this was a surprise for many. For what seemed like a nonsensical feature that wouldn’t work out any time soon on a previous Xperia phone (Xperia Z5 Premium) the 4K display made a strong return. The 4K display actually looks good. The Xperia XZ has all the necessary high-end stuff necessary to compete against its rivals (notably the S8, LG G6 and others). This includes features such as: the Snapdragon 835 chip, 5.5 inch 4K display, Android 7.1, higher water/dust resistance, and HDR support.

Sony is good at developing and manufacturing imaging sensors and lens’. We can see evidence of that in their line up of phones. Slowly but surely we see a “mobile” edition of a super high end feature found in their modern mirrorless cameras (such as gyro stabilisation) make its way into their top end phone. Sony’s knowledge and hand in the TV display and audio departments are invaluable as well as shown by the brilliant 4K display and strong audio suite including a 3.5mm headphone jack with enhancements to the bit rate to improve sound quality.

Design

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The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is pretty much a phablet. In fact, most high end phone’s are. Due to everybody making phablet sized phones the Xperia XZ Premium can be considered rather compact compared to other beefier phones. We say this is compact because it is easy to hold in one hand and operate. The power key is found on the right hand side of the phone which doubles as a finger print scanner (fingerprint sensor is missing in the U.S. version).  Sony’s research over the years to figure out where the users thumb would fall on easiest may have paid off here. Sony positioned the power key perfectly to accommodate this (we wonder how this will play out).

The XZ Premium is super glossy. It is an all glass and metal design (but mostly Gorilla Glass 5) so we will definitely see high levels of finger prints, and glare. You can use the phone to check out your own reflection if you so need to. The Chrome colour variant exaggerates the glossy finish compared to the darker colours. Better break out those microfiber clothes.

Display

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One of the most talked about feature in this phone is the 4K display. The device comes with HDR support (which was first seen in the late Note 7 device) which provides a noticeable difference when watching movies and performing other tasks on the device when active. For the HDR function to work you would need to be watching content that supports HDR in the first place. Basically this would enable more details in darker parts of the scene and make colours a lot more deeper / saturated. What the Xperia XZ Premium does better than LG (at this point in time) is that the Sony phone can stream 4K content as well (while LG will need to provide an update).

In terms of sharpness, clarity and colour in the XZ Premium is wonderful (at least in the demo video shown). We will need to look at it in further detail once we have the phone in our hands. Many content creators such as Netflix have already created a large library of 4K productions that we should not have any issues in getting our hands on them.

A mind blowing trait that the 4K display brings is also the ridiculously high ppi of 807 ppi pixel density. This is awesomely sharp and detailed which is perfect for virtual reality and just about everything else. It will be a joy to watch content and play games on the XZ Premium.

Camera & The Dawn of the Slo-Mo Mobile Era

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As mentioned, Sony is great at designing and putting together photography / videography equipment. It is a fact that Sony (who provides the camera modules for manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung and others) somehow could not deliver the same amount of real world performance in their own phones when compared to their competitors. The XZ Premium reduced the amount of megapixels on the back of the phone from 23MP down to 19MP this time around (Samsung S7 Edge with one of the best camera’s has a 12MP camera sensor). Sony’s camera module on the XZ Premium, however, contains a max aperture that is smaller than some high end phones with the best camera’s around (f/2.0 on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs. f/1.7 found on the S7 EDGE 2016). The amount of f-stops is almost negligible for a smartphone camera but f/1.7 is a larger aperture providing more light nonetheless. We were hoping for Sony to follow suit in this area but we do recognise that doing so may potentially hinder other functions. (The Google Pixel has an aperture of f/2.0 and still takes amazing photos).

Sony included their Motion Eye sensor feature into the camera module as well. This apparently enables the XZ Premium to process images almost 5 times faster than normal. This means that the phone can take pictures before you even capture the image (the camera hardware + software determines via prediction as to what the best image would be). This would enable users to get clearer results when shooting something in motion (like in sports or on the mountain while snowboarding with your buddies). This technically does beat the regular way of shooting in auto. We hope that the XZ Premium will be able to take good photos in normal mode as well.

The Slow-motion function is fantastic and fun. We will definitely be able to see some cool creative projects and little video uploads in 2017. The camera will be able to shoot at 960 fps (frames per second) which blew our minds initially. This is unheard of for a smartphone. The video recorded from the tests looked great and turned out fantastic compared to other smartphones. There are some trade-offs to consider here; this mode can shoot only in 720p and due to the high fps rate the system will need to crank up the ISO which introduces a lot of noise as you move into an area with less light availability. Also during shooting the camera is zoomed in (the frame is narrower) compared to a wider shot.

Slow motion features in a smartphone is a new thing that is slowly coming out and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium does a really good job. It can definitely be found at the top of the food chain amongst other upcoming high end phones.

Battery Life Questions

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The phone is not yet released so we cannot test the battery life. However, there are some question’s that are easily raised. How much power will that 4K HDR display consume? Will the battery which is rated at 3230mAh be big enough? By keeping the phone slim (as per Sony’s decisions) the battery most likely had to also be slimmed down. Qualcomm touted their next generation Snapdragon 835 to be 40% more power efficient under certain circumstances compared to the Snapdragon 821 of 2016. However, we are not so sure what that would really look like in the real world. Snapdragon 835 chipset’s will be able to provide a 21% boost in performance OR a 40% boost in battery life, so whether or not your battery life will be lasting or a big drain is determined by your software configuration and other optimisations made by the manufacturer. It is possible, that the 3230mAh battery may not be enough to support the fire power kicking inside the Xperia XZ Premium.

Conclusion

Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium was awarded the ‘Best new Smartphone’ for 2017 during MWC 2017 by the GSMA. We also do agree that the XZ Premium touts some of the best hardware we have seen yet and with such premium build quality whats not to like about the phone? The only caveats we had was that the battery capacity is a bit underwhelming. Other than that, the 4K resolution, crazy high 807 ppi pixel density, next gen CPU/GPU chip, next gen camera functionality, and high end protection on the front and back brings the device together into a powerful tool that many would be able to enjoy.