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    FIGHT: V30 vs Note 8

    By Stuclark, in Reviews,

    The third in our series of phone head to heads puts the newly announced LG V30 up against the only-recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Here's how they stack up

    Comparing phones is always a somewhat emotive opinion on the part of the person doing the comparison, so I have tried to keep this one based upon facts rather than feelings. Some may argue with some of the decissions and some may need explaination. For example, the V30 wins the screen category purely because it has the highest ppi (pixels per inch) rating - screen size has been ignored; and the V30  also wins the size  category because it's combination of size vs. weight is more impresive than the others.
    The winning phone in each category is shown in dark green and gains 2 points. Where no obvious winner exists, "highly commended" scores are in light green and gain 1 point)
    Feature Galaxy S8 (for reference) LG V30 Galaxy Note 8 Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Size 148.9mm x 68.1mm x 8.0mm 151.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.3mm 162.5mm x 74.8mm x 8.6mm Weight 155g 158g 195g Screen 5.8" 2960x1440 570ppi 6.0" 2800x1440 537ppi 6.3" 2960x1440 521ppi Battery 3000 mAh 3300 mAh 3300 mAh Processor Exynos OctaCore Snapdraggon 835 Exynos OctaCore RAM 4GB 4GB 6GB Storage 64GB + MicroSD 64GB / 128GB + MicroSD 64GB / 128GB / 256GB + MicroSD Camera (rear) 12Mpix f/1.7 (77deg) DualPixel IOS Main: 16Mpix f/1.6 (71deg)& Wide: 13Mpix f/1.9 (120deg), IOS, HDR10, Assisted Zoom Tele: 12Mpix f/2.4 (45deg) & Wide: DualPixel 12Mpix f/1.7 (77deg), IOS, 2x Optical zoom Camera (front) 8Mpix f/1.7 5Mpix f/2.2 (90deg) 8Mpix f/1.7 Connectivity 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 Android version Android 7.0 Android 7.1.2 Android 7.1.1 Fingerprint Sensor Yes, rear (left) Yes, rear (middle) Yes, rear (left) Protection Waterproof (IP68) Waterproof (IP68), Shockproof Waterproof (IP68) Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Price £ 689 £ £ 869 Availability Now September 2017 September 2017 (pre-order delivery) Total points - 19 11 So there we have it; the LG V30 has finally beaten it's major rival, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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    Picking up from a comparison we did previously (when  the LG G6 and Samsung S8 / S8+ were launched; it has now been updated to include the new LG V30... the results are quite interesting :)

    Comparing phones is always a somewhat emotive opinion on the part of the person doing the comparison, so I have tried to keep this one based upon facts rather than feelings. Some may argue with some of the decissions and some may need explaination. For example, the S8 wins the screen category purely because it has the highest ppi (pixels per inch) rating - screen size has been ignored; and the V30 wins the size and weight categories because it's combination of size vs. weight is more impresive than the other three.
    The winning phone in each category is shown in dark green and gains 2 points. Where no obvious winner exists, or where the size of the V30 / S8+ is a contributing factor, "highly commended" scores are in light green and gain 1 point)
    Feature LG G6 LG V30 Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8+ Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Size 148.9mm x 71.9mm x 7.9mm 151.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.3mm 148.9mm x 68.1mm x 8.0mm 159.5mm x 73.4mm x 8.1mm Weight 163g 158g 155g 173g Screen 5.7" 2880x1440 564ppi 6.0" 2800x1440 537ppi 5.8" 2960x1440 570ppi 6.2" 2960x1440 529ppi Battery 3300 mAh 3300 mAh 3000 mAh 3500 mAh Processor Snapdraggon 821 Snapdraggon 835 Exynos OctaCore Exynos OctaCore RAM 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB Storage 32GB + MicroSD 64GB / 128GB + MicroSD 64GB + MicroSD 64GB + MicroSD Camera (rear) Dual 13Mpix f/2.4 (125deg) & f/1.8 (71deg), IOS, HDR10, Assisted Zoom Main: 16Mpix f/1.6 (71deg)& 13Mpix f/1.9 (120deg), IOS, HDR10, Assisted Zoom 12Mpix f/1.7 "dual pixel" IOS 12Mpix f/1.7 "dual pixel" IOS Camera (front) 5Mpix f/2.2 (90deg) IOS 5Mpix f/2.2 (90deg) IOS 8Mpix f/1.7 IOS 8Mpix f/1.7 IOS Connectivity 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 4.1, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 Android version Android 7.0 Android 7.1.2 Android 7.0 Android 7.0 Fingerprint Sensor Yes, rear (middle) Yes, rear (middle) Yes, rear (left) Yes, rear (left) Protection Waterproof (IP68), Shockproof Waterproof (IP68), Shockproof Waterproof (IP68) Waterproof (IP68) Charging QuickCharge 3.0 QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Price £ 649 £ £ 689 £ 779 Availability 27th April 2017 September 2017 20th April 2017(pre-order delivery) 20th April 2017 (pre-order delivery) Total points 7 22 12 11 There we have it; after the disappointment that was the G6 (compared to the S8 / S8+), the V30 has won all those points back and set itself up to beat Samsung's biggest sellers of the year.
    ...we'll do a comparison with the Galaxy Note 8 soon...

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    LG's V series phones have previously been select-market-only premium models, but with the V30 it seems this might be about to change. Read on to find out why LG might just have launched their best phone ever...

    "Why do you say that?" I hear you ask... well, The LG G6 was a great phone, but unfortunately LG chose to nobble it by having different variants which meant not all the phone's features were available in all markets. Europe has traditionally always been badly hit by this policy, with the G6 lacking it's two USPs in the european edition.
    However, it now seems (if LG's UK website is to be believed, see below) that LG might have finally learnt from those errors and produced a phone which doesn't suffer in the European market.

    The standout features of the V30 are:
    6.0 inch OLED display Snapragon 835 4GB RAM 64 / 128 GB ROM Quad-DAC Wireless Charging ...yes, you read that right; Quad-DAC and Wireless charging in an UK spec model!
    Here's the full spec, according to LG (note Quad-DAC isn't mentioned in here, but is in the promotional material)
    Phone type Touch with rear fingerprint sensor Design Metal Frame & Gorilla Glass Display 6.0” QHD+ OLED FULL VISION (2880 x 1440), Aspect Ratio 18:9 Chipset Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 (2.45Ghz Quad Core) Size 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm Weight (g) 158 Front Front 5MP camera, Wide-angle 90° Rear 1st Camera: 16MP, Standard 71°
    2nd Camera: 13MP, Wide-angle 120° Software Android 7.1.2 Bluetooth 5.0 BLE (with Apt-X HD Support) USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac Wi-Fi Direct Yes NFC Yes A.I. Google Assistant V.R. Google Daydream Biometric Access Finger Print, Face Recognition, Voice Recognition OTHER IP68 & MIL-STD 810G Memory 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM, micro SD slot (up to 2TB) Battery 3,300mAh (embedded) - PD / QC 3.0 & Wireless Charging

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    Another (3) days, another build, that happens to be 3 advanced from the previous one. Yesterday Microsoft pushed Insider Preview build 16278 out the door. Here's the lowdown:

    Once again, this is only a bug fix release; or as MS put it:
    The change log is:
    I won't bother posting the build announcement this time, as everything it says is above.

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    It's finally happened. Samsung yesterday launched the much-leaked Galaxy Note 8. Is this just a bigger S8; is it worth the wait; will it's battery explode?

    Samsung's press release is below, which in some ways answers those all-important questions. I'll summarise for those who can't really be bothered reading the whole thing:
     
    Is it just a bigger Galaxy S8?
    Yes, of course it is. But it's also "so much more" ...
      Is it worth the wait?
    That depends. Are you a Note fan who's still using their Note 4? (the Note 5 never officially made it to the UK; the Note 6 didn't exist; and the Note 7 ... well...) If you are still using your Note 4, then yes, this probably is worth the wait. Whether it's worth the £850 Samsung are asking is another issue though...
      Will it's battery explode?
    Samsung really, really, seriously, really, hope not!
     
     

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    After a gap of 2 weeks that felt more like 10, Microsoft have finally released a new Insider Preview build of Windows 10. This time it's build number 16273. The question is, what's new this time...?

    This is the second release to be officially labelled rs3_release, meaning it has come from the Creators Fall Update release branch of the Windows development tree. As such, there are no major new features as Microsoft start focussing on polishing the build for public release (due in about October).
    Having said that, Microsoft has introduced a new font in this build called Bahnschrift. Here's what they have to say about it:
    There's the usual skew of Edge updates, plus some new emoticons in this build. As usual, Microsoft's full release announcement is here.

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