• Stuclark

    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...

  • Stuclark

    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

  • Stuclark

    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.

  • Stuclark

    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!
     
     

  • Stuclark

    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.

  • Stuclark

    Nokia 8 released

    By Stuclark, in News,

    HMD Global, the new owners of the Nokia brand, today announced the Nokia 8, "a high performance, beautifully crafted smartphone, designed with content creators in mind".

    The Nokia 8 brings three world-firsts to Android smartphones, including a debut collaboration with ZEISS optics. With performance and pure Android at its heart, as well as the most advanced aluminium unibody design to date, the Nokia 8 represents all the hallmarks of a true flagship Nokia smartphone.

    Be less Selfie, be more Bothie: The Nokia 8 introduces a world-first in enabling Dual-Sight video to be livestreamed natively and in real-time to social feeds such as Facebook and YouTube. Dual-Sight simultaneously harnesses both the front and rear cameras in a split screen visual for both photos and videos. With just one touch, this world-first livestream capability gives more immersive experiences for those who love to create and share special memories.
    Nokia 8 is also the first smartphone to feature Nokia OZO Audio, placing exclusive Hollywood technology in the palm of your hand. OZO spatial 360° audio brings a fully immersive audio experience to your 4K video. Leading-edge 360° audio capture ensures the playback lets you truly relive the moment so your memories never fade.
    4.6mm thin at the edge and just 7.3mm slim on average, Nokia 8’s seamless unibody is precision milled from a single block of 6000 series aluminium and its pure design has been refined through a 40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing. Select models feature a high-gloss mirror finish that has taken over 20 hours to complete to achieve a flawless look. The phone features Qualcomm’s powerful SnapdragonTM 835 Mobile Platform and paired with the pure, secure and up to date Android experience ensures outstanding performance.
    Be less Selfie, be more #Bothie There are two sides to every story and the Dual-Sight feature of Nokia 8 is designed to help you create and share the full picture. The front and rear-facing cameras on the Nokia 8 have been co-developed with ZEISS optics for an optimum all round experience. Content creators can natively broadcast their unique #Bothie stories to social media through the Dual-Sight functionality located within the camera app. Fans can also enjoy unlimited1 photo and video uploads to Google Photos.
    A new dimension of sound with OZO Audio Featuring OZO Audio, Nokia 8 combines three microphones with exclusive Nokia acoustic algorithms to capture audio with immersive 360° spatial surround sound. Share your 4K videos with OZO Audio anywhere – binaural codecs enable high fidelity playback even on devices without OZO Audio.
    Innovation and precision engineering Powered by the Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 835 Mobile Platform, Nokia 8 doesn’t compromise on performance.
    The Nokia 8 has been designed from the ground up with the consumer in mind to deliver unique content capture and sharing experiences. This requires it to be as meticulously designed on the inside as it is on the outside. To keep your phone working harder for longer, the design, innovation and engineering teams worked hand-in-hand to deliver. The result is a full-length graphite shielded copper cooling pipe that dissipates the heat generated by the high performing system across the full length and breadth of the handset. The Nokia 8 runs cooler in even the most demanding situations.
    Nokia 8 is Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 compatible, meaning when your battery is running low you can get back to recording your important moments sooner.
    Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global, said: “We know that fans are creating and sharing live content more than ever before, with millions of photos and videos shared every minute on social media. People are inspired by the content they consume and are looking for new ways to create their own. It’s these people who have inspired us to craft a flagship smartphone which perfectly balances premium design, an outstanding experience and powerful performance.”
    Always pure Android Nokia smartphones always offer a pure Android experience, with no unnecessary apps slowing down the performance of your device. And with Nokia 8, pure Android combined with our innovative engineering processes unleashes the full potential of the SnapdragonTM 835 Mobile Platform. With monthly security updates, the Nokia 8 is safe and up-to-date. Your device is secured with biometric fingerprint authentication, delivering enhanced security and making Nokia 8 a versatile companion whatever your needs.
    Accessories We offer a range of accessories perfectly tailored to suit the active lifestyle of any Nokia 8 owner. The Nokia 8 works beautifully with the Nokia Active Wireless Headset – a lightweight, water, sweat, and dust proof premium headset. Carved from aluminium for the perfect match, this headset features a beautiful diamond cut design. The full portfolio of accessories for Nokia phones includes a range of headsets, portable speakers, in-car chargers, cases and screen protectors.
    Availability Nokia 8 will be available in four colours: Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel and will be available at a global average retail price of €599 with roll out throughout September.

    Nokia 8 specifications
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor 5.3in Quad-HD (2560x1440 pixels) IPS display with 700 nits brightness and Gorilla Glass 5 Android 7.1.1 Nougat 4GB RAM 64GB storage plus microSD support up to 256GB Dual 13Mp rear cameras (one colour, one mono), f/2.0, 1.12um, OIS, Laser autofocus, dual-LED flash 13Mp selfie camera, f/2.0 IP54 splashproof 3090mAh battery with Quick Charge 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 5.0 NFC Fingerprint scanner USB-C 3.5mm headphone jack 151.5x73.7x7.9mm 160g Available in Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel

  • Stuclark

    Yesterday evening, Microsoft released Insider Preview build 16257. What's new in this release?

    Quite a lot actually; the big news is eye control, as announced by Microsoft yesterday. This technology essentially lets you control Windows just by looking at it (it needs a third party piece of hardware, which then tracks your eyes and essentially turns them into the mouse). It's all very clever and very new, and at the moment quite restricted, but there's a lot of potential in this technology. Here's a quick video of gesture typing using eye movement.
     
    The rest of this week's build is the usual collection of changes and enhancements to Edge (this week it gets a bit of a design make-over to make it more "modern" in appearance); plus some Windows Defender changes and updates, continuing it's rise to being 'actually useful'; oh, and full 24 bit colour support for the good old Windows console (otherwise known as Command Prompt / Powershell window (terminal to those Unix-y people here))
     

  • Stuclark

    Yesterday Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16251 into the wild. There's quite a few changes in this build, some of which are actually quite significant ... without further ado, here's the lowdown on this release.

    The first thing to notice, and Microsoft have sort of touched on it, but in a very round-about way, is that this build is a forked rs3_prerelease build. What this means and why it is significant is because this indicates that Microsoft are now in the polishing and fixing stage of the Creators Fall Update cycle - they're not concentrating on major code changes now (as is evidenced by the "forking" of this build), and are instead concentrating on fixing the myriad bugs they've introduced (or not fixed) since the original Creators Update.
    On the new features front, Microsoft have added a new "Linked Phone" feature, which allows you to link your Android (iOS coming soon) phone to your PC and then "transfer" tasks from your phone to PC. At the moment all you can do is open a web page from your phone on your PC, but it works quite well and quite nicely (even if it does ignore your browser preferences and dump you into Edge).
    There's a bunch of Cortana updates, including getting web results without having to open a web browser, and new commands to turn your PC off, restart it etc. all from the delights of your voice. (rumours that this feature was tested by telling the computer to f*** off are completely made up)
    As far as fixes go, the biggest, most important one for anyone using a Surface-type device is that, after 3 builds of flakiness, Windows Hello finally appears to be working again! Surface (and other tablet users) were getting rightly pissed off at being told their expensive devices couldn't support Hello, when they perfectly well could! I've tested this and so far* it is working
    Microsoft reckon they've fixed the ability for Windows to auto-log in to finish an update in this build - this "feature" was initially part of the Anniversary Update, but it never worked properly - well now it's back again and apparently sorted. (the jury is out until the next build update to test it though)
    Lastly, there's the usual skew of Edge updates; some more work on touch keyboards (useful for mobile and smaller tablets, but an utter waste on anything with a screen 10" or larger), plus a bunch of random bug fixes.
    Here's Microsoft's full release notes: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/07/26/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-16251-pc-build-15235-mobile/#dHpkUVWYxdVt6mvo.97