jonmorris

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  1. The Random Bits of Football Chit Chat Thread

    Mike could issue themselves if he thought they were tax deductible.
  2. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Thread

    6 1/2 hours SoT is very good. I was hoping the new hardware would get more from what seemed like a disappointingly small battery. After finding out about it being limited to Cat 9 for Europe (goodness knows why) I spoke to someone within EE who confirmed that the Note 8 will support Cat 16 and EE will be actively pushing that fact later in the year, also confirming that the EU S8s definitely are restricted to Cat 9 - regardless of what the Samsung UK site says. As I expect the fingerprint sensor issue to be fixed for the Note 8, and possibly an even better camera sensor (or two?) with the improved post-processing from the S8, and almost certainly a larger battery, this is going to be 'the one'. The S8 is so very nearly there though, but what was Samsung thinking when deciding to cripple specs? LG and Motorola have done that for a while and got loads of negative press, so why do the same?
  3. Honor now promises 24 months support. Not sure why the Honor 7 didn't get updated, but I think they started their promise with the Honor 5X or the Honor 8. Not a lot of consolation for older users. Mine is now sitting in a window acting as an Alfred CCTV camera! I really like the Honor 8 Pro. It's a very nice package, with a lovely large screen and - despite only having the single speaker - excellent boomy sound too. In my review, I stated less than stellar battery life - but I've since done a reset and think I identified an app that was causing problems because yesterday I was out at a meeting in Croydon (from Hertfordshire) where I left at 7am and got home at 8pm and I was still on 55%! I did enable the power management feature in the morning, but never charged it as I was trying to see how long it could do. I am going to update my review once I can get some timings and see how it goes the next couple of days. (Plus EMUI 5 is now really nice. Thank God they changed things, as I was getting tired of having to try and defend the old version. Yes, it was something you could live with - but most people hated it. It's pretty hard to detest the new version as it's very similar to normal Android).
  4. Honor today announced the arrival of its latest, and arguably most impressive phone yet: The Honor 8 Pro. It marks the start of a new line of phones from the trendy startup that’s part of Huawei’s ever growing empire. Jonathan Morris of jmcomms.com published the following: Some of you will already be well aware of this phone, as a rebrand of the Honor V9 that went on sale in China earlier this year. It was always pretty likely that it would make an appearance here after a while, and here it is. Think of it is as cross between the current flagship Honor 8, and the Huawei Mate 9 – with some of the software features from the latest Huawei P10. Honor 8 Pro: The phone built for speed Rather than waffle on, let me list the highlights: A 5.7-inch QHD LCD display, designed for immersive VR experiences – and made possible to enjoy straight away because the Honor 8 Pro box itself converts into a Google Cardboard VR headset. A 4,000mAh battery. Take note Samsung! The same Kirin 960 chipset as powering the Huawei Mate 9 and Huawei P10, which has a GPU that offers a staggering 180% performance increase over the Kirin 955 used in last year’s flagship Huawei P9. A 12-megapixel f/2.2 dual-camera, with wide aperture mode, and now offering a standalone monochrome mode like the Leica-branded Huawei models 6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and a memory card slot Available in three colours (blue at launch) £474.95 retail price All of that represents a lot of phone for the money, and alongside the Honor 8, a personal favourite of mine, Honor now has something to suit those who found a 5.2-inch screen too small, but perhaps didn’t want to sacrifice performance and functionality for the cheaper Honor 6X that had a 5.5-inch display. While the Mate 9 and Honor 8 Pro aren’t entirely separated at birth (the Huawei phone having a 5.9-inch screen and a pseudo-stereo sound system in landscape mode), there are still many similarities and, like the Honor 8 vs the Huawei P9, the Honor phone actually offering more functionality in some areas. Take the Mate 9 with a Full-HD display on all but the more expensive Pro models, whereas Quad-HD is standard here. Likewise, 6GB is standard on the Honor, compared to 4GB. What the Mate 9 does offer over the Honor 8 Pro is a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor coupled to a 12-megapixel colour sensor, but the Honor 8 camera is still a great performer to this day and can hold its own to a lot of the competition. Read my full review and check out my photo and video gallery. The Honor 8 Pro supports fast charging (9V/2A), whereas the Huawei models supports even faster ‘super’ charging. The other thing to note is that, for now at least, no UK network will be stocking the phone. The only way to get one is direct from Honor’s online store itself. The Honor 8 Pro can be pre-ordered from today, in platinum gold, midnight black or navy blue. Take my advice and get the blue. It may not have the wonderful shimmering effect on the back, but it’s still the most stylish of the three. To help make up your mind, there’s no need to wait for a review as it’s already here! The Honor 8 Pro should start being delivered to customers around April 20th. More info: Honor 8 Pro Store This article was originally published by Jon on his website jmcomms.com and is copyright to Jonathan and his website View full news
  5. Some of you will already be well aware of this phone, as a rebrand of the Honor V9 that went on sale in China earlier this year. It was always pretty likely that it would make an appearance here after a while, and here it is. Think of it is as cross between the current flagship Honor 8, and the Huawei Mate 9 – with some of the software features from the latest Huawei P10. Honor 8 Pro: The phone built for speed Rather than waffle on, let me list the highlights: A 5.7-inch QHD LCD display, designed for immersive VR experiences – and made possible to enjoy straight away because the Honor 8 Pro box itself converts into a Google Cardboard VR headset. A 4,000mAh battery. Take note Samsung! The same Kirin 960 chipset as powering the Huawei Mate 9 and Huawei P10, which has a GPU that offers a staggering 180% performance increase over the Kirin 955 used in last year’s flagship Huawei P9. A 12-megapixel f/2.2 dual-camera, with wide aperture mode, and now offering a standalone monochrome mode like the Leica-branded Huawei models 6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and a memory card slot Available in three colours (blue at launch) £474.95 retail price All of that represents a lot of phone for the money, and alongside the Honor 8, a personal favourite of mine, Honor now has something to suit those who found a 5.2-inch screen too small, but perhaps didn’t want to sacrifice performance and functionality for the cheaper Honor 6X that had a 5.5-inch display. While the Mate 9 and Honor 8 Pro aren’t entirely separated at birth (the Huawei phone having a 5.9-inch screen and a pseudo-stereo sound system in landscape mode), there are still many similarities and, like the Honor 8 vs the Huawei P9, the Honor phone actually offering more functionality in some areas. Take the Mate 9 with a Full-HD display on all but the more expensive Pro models, whereas Quad-HD is standard here. Likewise, 6GB is standard on the Honor, compared to 4GB. What the Mate 9 does offer over the Honor 8 Pro is a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor coupled to a 12-megapixel colour sensor, but the Honor 8 camera is still a great performer to this day and can hold its own to a lot of the competition. Read my full review and check out my photo and video gallery. The Honor 8 Pro supports fast charging (9V/2A), whereas the Huawei models supports even faster ‘super’ charging. The other thing to note is that, for now at least, no UK network will be stocking the phone. The only way to get one is direct from Honor’s online store itself. The Honor 8 Pro can be pre-ordered from today, in platinum gold, midnight black or navy blue. Take my advice and get the blue. It may not have the wonderful shimmering effect on the back, but it’s still the most stylish of the three. To help make up your mind, there’s no need to wait for a review as it’s already here! The Honor 8 Pro should start being delivered to customers around April 20th. More info: Honor 8 Pro Store This article was originally published by Jon on his website jmcomms.com and is copyright to Jonathan and his website
  6. The Premier League Thread

    Chelsea lost? You sure? Didn't think the ref had blown the final whistle yet. Sent from my DUK-L09 using Tapatalk
  7. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Thread

    I didn't get to see the S8+ but the S8 seems plenty big enough. I quite liked it, but at the same time, I was chatting with the EE staff and stayed in the store for almost two hours - and in that time I felt like I got my 'fix' of coolness and walked away not feeling like I was really missing out. It certainly didn't make me feel 'oh my God I absolutely must have this' and I can wait until I get a review unit. But I can see how it will make many think otherwise and absolutely love the display, pre-ordering and desperately counting down the hours until delivery.
  8. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 thread

    I still use my Nexus 7 2013. Helped perhaps because it is the LTE edition, so can come in handy on travels (although I don't actually have a SIM in it right now). Last year, Argos was selling these for £70-80 (32GB model) which was considerably better than the dross from Lenovo/Acer/Samsung at around the same price, or higher.
  9. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 thread

    After seeing how badly Samsung support tablets, I don't think I'd buy a new one if it was £59.99! At the moment, I am left wondering what good tablets are out there. Anything at a half decent price now seems to have rock bottom specs (whether from Amazon, Samsung, Acer, Asus, Lenovo etc) and everything else tries to compete with the iPad. We badly need someone like Google to bring back affordable tablets, with decent screens and chipsets, but I guess there just isn't enough money in it - so we now have everyone pushing low-res crap for people who, admittedly, probably don't do much with it.
  10. News: LG G6 launched

    Very true. I guess it depends on the overall volume a company like that would expect to sell. But there is one problem, which I learned from Huawei, in terms of updates and support (explaining why SIM free models get updated late). The process for many manufacturers now is to get individual operators to approve updates themselves (nothing major there), so EE may get a build with VoLTE support and approve it for roll out. Vodafone gets a build for a feature they want. And so on. It's only when all the operators in an area have approved updates that a generic build will go out. In the case of Huawei, that has meant a long delay for those who have a model not bought from a network - and could even mean some features never make it. The generic P9 still doesn't have VoLTE or Wi-Fi Calling. The EE one does. So there's always that problem - getting a SIM-free model that has less features and will be slow to get updates, if at all. Gone are the days where the SIM-free model got the updates first, and then operators had to approve it for their network. A real shame.
  11. News: LG G6 launched

    I saw the LG G6 and it's so much different in the hand than in the photos. Very odd. Lovely display, super bright and with great HDR video. I don't see the point with a taller screen, but it's infinitely nicer than the G5. Good riddance to the modular design, although it was brave to give it a go I suppose. I wonder if the removal of certain features is down to the response from carriers? I wouldn't be surprised if the big ones didn't want to get the price down, so LG agreed to cut the specs to suit. LG probably won't ever have the clout to say 'take it or leave it' as Samsung or Apple could, and I know Sony also had to ditch things in the past to satisfy a network. That said, don't feel too sorry for LG as it has made its own bed over the years. I saw the V20 on the Qualcomm stand (along with other phones not sold in Europe) and that's so much nicer than the G5. Why LG wasn't pushing this line instead of the G-series I do not know, but maybe that's the same problem; carrier support.
  12. Three Like Home returning

    It's a bit off that the ASA seems to assume people will accept its not really like home, as if roaming could never be that way - yet EE and Vodafone customers can use their data abroad with no restrictions. Sometimes even faster than home, and tethering allowed. If Three argued that AYCE plans were restricted beyond a certain amount of data, that wouldn't be a problem. And if Three hadn't been restricting data for those paying £5 a day, that would have been fine too. Heck, if it had been called Reminiscent of Home then maybe that would have been okay. It seems they've perhaps unrestricted some services and I did even get YouTube working at 144p (if you can call that working) on my last trip. It did let me upload photos and video to Google Photos and I could of course use a VPN if I'd needed/wanted to. But Three's roaming is no longer quite the deal it was now the competition is offering better alternatives if you want higher speeds, or tethering, or access to all services. Bearing in mind many VPNs are going to be restricted, so business users will be losing out and actually have no way to pay for unrestricted data. Basically, Three is not only not trying to attract business users but it is actually actively trying to stop business users signing up voluntarily.
  13. Tapatalk

    Tapatalk has got a lot more powerful than it perhaps needs to be, but I have to say that it works well when you're on a lot of forums. Not least the way it notifies you of new posts across the board in one place, and you don't (usually) miss private mails. I do think as new features get added perhaps they should be options you can enable and disable, as it does seem OTT for many I'm sure.
  14. 'Smart' Televisions