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  1. In the fifth of our comparison articles, I've decided to compare the various flagship phones from all the major manufacturers. In this, part 1 of that fight, we have Google, Apple, LG & Samsung. The winner is quite interesting, (as is the outright looser), so read on to find out what the numbers tell us... 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 decisions and some may need explanation. 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 Google Pixel 2XL iPhone X LG V30 Galaxy Note 8 Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar,stainless steel & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Size 157.9mm x 76.7mm x 7.9mm 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm 151.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.3mm 162.5mm x 74.8mm x 8.6mm Weight 175g 174g 158g 195g Screen P-OLED 6.0" 2280x1440 538ppi AMOLED 5.8" 2436x1125 458ppi P-OLED 6.0" 2800x1440 538ppi AMOLED 6.3" 2960x1440 521ppi Screen / Body Ratio 76.4 % 82.9 % 81.2 % 83.2 % Battery 3520 mAh 2716 mAh 3300 mAh 3300 mAh Processor Snapdraggon 835 Apple A11 Bionic Snapdraggon 835 Exynos OctaCore RAM 4GB 3GB 4GB 6GB Storage 64GB /128GB 64GB / 256GB 64GB / 128GB + MicroSD 64GB / 128GB / 256GB + MicroSD Camera (rear) 12.2Mpix f/1.8, IOS, Phase Detection autofocus, HDR Dual 12Mpix f/1.8 & f/2.4, Phase Detection autofocus, IOS, 2x Optical zoom 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/2.4 7Mpix f/2.2, HDR, panorama 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 2.0 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 Operating System Android 8.0 iOS 11.0.2 Android 7.1.2 Android 7.1.1 Biometrics / security Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Face ID Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Fingerprint (rear - left), iris detection, face detection Protection Waterproof (IP67) Waterproof (IP67) Waterproof (IP68), Shockproof Waterproof (IP68) Charging QuickCharge 3.0 Fast Charging, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Price £ 799 £ 999 £ 799 £ 869 Availability Now Now Now Now Total points 5 4 10 10 ...So there we have it; a newly altered scoring card produces a different result. Whereas the LG V30 had walked away with the "best phone" prize on our previous scoring matrix, now we've included screen / body ratio and a couple of other changes, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has jumped up to claim joint first place. See part 2 of this comparison for more of the 2017 flagship phones, and maybe a full on, definite winner... View full news
  2. 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 decisions and some may need explanation. 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 Google Pixel 2XL iPhone X LG V30 Galaxy Note 8 Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar,stainless steel & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Size 157.9mm x 76.7mm x 7.9mm 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm 151.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.3mm 162.5mm x 74.8mm x 8.6mm Weight 175g 174g 158g 195g Screen P-OLED 6.0" 2280x1440 538ppi AMOLED 5.8" 2436x1125 458ppi P-OLED 6.0" 2800x1440 538ppi AMOLED 6.3" 2960x1440 521ppi Screen / Body Ratio 76.4 % 82.9 % 81.2 % 83.2 % Battery 3520 mAh 2716 mAh 3300 mAh 3300 mAh Processor Snapdraggon 835 Apple A11 Bionic Snapdraggon 835 Exynos OctaCore RAM 4GB 3GB 4GB 6GB Storage 64GB /128GB 64GB / 256GB 64GB / 128GB + MicroSD 64GB / 128GB / 256GB + MicroSD Camera (rear) 12.2Mpix f/1.8, IOS, Phase Detection autofocus, HDR Dual 12Mpix f/1.8 & f/2.4, Phase Detection autofocus, IOS, 2x Optical zoom 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/2.4 7Mpix f/2.2, HDR, panorama 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 2.0 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 Operating System Android 8.0 iOS 11.0.2 Android 7.1.2 Android 7.1.1 Biometrics / security Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Face ID Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Fingerprint (rear - left), iris detection, face detection Protection Waterproof (IP67) Waterproof (IP67) Waterproof (IP68), Shockproof Waterproof (IP68) Charging QuickCharge 3.0 Fast Charging, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Price £ 799 £ 999 £ 799 £ 869 Availability Now Now Now Now Total points 5 4 10 10 ...So there we have it; a newly altered scoring card produces a different result. Whereas the LG V30 had walked away with the "best phone" prize on our previous scoring matrix, now we've included screen / body ratio and a couple of other changes, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has jumped up to claim joint first place. See part 2 of this comparison for more of the 2017 flagship phones, and maybe a full on, definite winner...
  3. As widely predicted, Apple's event today launched a new iPad Air, iPad mini, iMac and Mac mini, but there were one or two surprises on the way. .Given every man and his dog has already covered this evening (and I've been travelling all day) I'll point you to Apple's webpages and give you a very brief summary. iMac - Basically the big news is that there's a new version, to go alongside the slightly upgraded standard versions, which has a 5k display. That's 5k, not 4k. The painful bit is that the new 27" retina screen costs an extra £400 than the standard 27" version, meaning it will cost £2k (see what I did there! ) for the 'basic' model. As a side note, there's no dedicated 5k display for Mac Pro users..... Mac mini - There's been a minor spec bump with more power and better connectivity, and they've dropped the price slightly too by £100. Not bad really if you're looking for a desktop. Whilst we're talking macs, it's worth mentioning that Yosemite should be available to download by now as a free upgrade. As much as I want to download it, and using it's handover with iOS8, I won't until all the bugs become apparent. I'm starting to treat Apple like I used to treat Microsoft and wait for the first major update. Shame on you Apple. iPad mini 3 - It's basically the same as the iPad mini 2, but has a Touch ID sensor, and is also available in gold. That's it, really. Nothing else. Apple will continue to sell the mini 2 and original mini, but will drop prices. The iPad mini 2 looks like a bit of a bargain compared to the mini 3 unless you really want that touch ID (but the biggest size is now 32GB....) iPad Air 2 - Strangely, this excites me. It's got a new A8x processor (supposedly better than the iPhone 6's A8), an improved 8MP rear camera knicked out of the iPhone 6 (no OIS), and it's super skinny. I mean it's skinnier than the iPhone 6. It's also got the same styling of screen as the iPhone 6, and I'm preying they've changed the screen glass compared to the original Air, which felt a bit meh. Of course it's also got Touch ID and improved wifi connectivity. Other things worth noting, battery life remains the same on the iPads, but the Cellular versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 also include an Apple SIM. What's that? Well, it's a sim which lets you add temp data packages on it from different networks. Only EE is an option in the UK, but it's also got a couple of US networks as options, and you can bet other networks around the world will be added. This could be really interesting for international travellers, and it's significant as all networks had been fighting against such an idea in the iPhone. So watch this space! Whilst Touch ID isn't the end all and be all. Having used it on an iPhone 6 now for a couple of weeks, I'm finding it really useful as lock, and also to activate certain features in some apps. Where I think this could have a significant effect though is in business. When paired with the partnership with IBM, I can see a lot of businesses getting excited by this, for different security and user profile purposes. Another thing worth noting, I'm now lusting for a 4K display for my desktop now.... Click here to view the news
  4. Given every man and his dog has already covered this evening (and I've been travelling all day) I'll point you to Apple's webpages and give you a very brief summary. iMac - Basically the big news is that there's a new version, to go alongside the slightly upgraded standard versions, which has a 5k display. That's 5k, not 4k. The painful bit is that the new 27" retina screen costs an extra £400 than the standard 27" version, meaning it will cost £2k (see what I did there! ) for the 'basic' model. As a side note, there's no dedicated 5k display for Mac Pro users..... Mac mini - There's been a minor spec bump with more power and better connectivity, and they've dropped the price slightly too by £100. Not bad really if you're looking for a desktop. Whilst we're talking macs, it's worth mentioning that Yosemite should be available to download by now as a free upgrade. As much as I want to download it, and using it's handover with iOS8, I won't until all the bugs become apparent. I'm starting to treat Apple like I used to treat Microsoft and wait for the first major update. Shame on you Apple. iPad mini 3 - It's basically the same as the iPad mini 2, but has a Touch ID sensor, and is also available in gold. That's it, really. Nothing else. Apple will continue to sell the mini 2 and original mini, but will drop prices. The iPad mini 2 looks like a bit of a bargain compared to the mini 3 unless you really want that touch ID (but the biggest size is now 32GB....) iPad Air 2 - Strangely, this excites me. It's got a new A8x processor (supposedly better than the iPhone 6's A8), an improved 8MP rear camera knicked out of the iPhone 6 (no OIS), and it's super skinny. I mean it's skinnier than the iPhone 6. It's also got the same styling of screen as the iPhone 6, and I'm preying they've changed the screen glass compared to the original Air, which felt a bit meh. Of course it's also got Touch ID and improved wifi connectivity. Other things worth noting, battery life remains the same on the iPads, but the Cellular versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 also include an Apple SIM. What's that? Well, it's a sim which lets you add temp data packages on it from different networks. Only EE is an option in the UK, but it's also got a couple of US networks as options, and you can bet other networks around the world will be added. This could be really interesting for international travellers, and it's significant as all networks had been fighting against such an idea in the iPhone. So watch this space! Whilst Touch ID isn't the end all and be all. Having used it on an iPhone 6 now for a couple of weeks, I'm finding it really useful as lock, and also to activate certain features in some apps. Where I think this could have a significant effect though is in business. When paired with the partnership with IBM, I can see a lot of businesses getting excited by this, for different security and user profile purposes. Another thing worth noting, I'm now lusting for a 4K display for my desktop now....
  5. The new iPhones have been out for two weeks now, and since the dust has settled and I’ve had time to use both versions, countless reviews have been written, so I won’t add to that list. Instead, I thought I’d write a brief article about my thoughts and experiences. I’ve not been an iOS user for two years now. Some of you may remember I had my iPhone 5s stolen a year ago, so although I maintain I’ve bought every iPhone on launch, I’ve not used any iOS device for a significant amount of time. It’s interesting coming back to it after having missed iOS 7 and Touch ID. It’s certainly helped give me a fresh look at it. .Apple’s products create a huge amount of emotion around the world, unlike virtually any other product. The new iPhones are no different. There’s been no end of mocking of Apple adopting a new larger size, both from other manufacturers and other mobile fanatics. There’s also been Bendgate which probably hasn’t done Apple any harm either, given the follow up research. Saying that, Apple’s continued desire to control the whole world’s media probably has left a sour taste in some people’s mouths, even if it probably hasn’t affected sales one bit. Back to the new iPhones though! The first thing I noticed is that Apple have changed the packaging. Gone is the picture of the handset on the front of the box, instead we have a raised outline of the iPhone instead. It’s very white, plain, and minimalistic. I can’t say I like it much. It feels more like you’re buying something knocked off, in a plain box, rather something ‘special’ and worth hundreds of pounds. Apple does do emotion like no one else though. Whether it’s love, hatred or jealousy, Apple provokes a level of emotion which no one else can replicate. Picking up a new iPhone 6 or 6 plus repeats that experience. There’s a moment of excitement, and then admiration of the phone when you first pick it up. They are beautiful, and there’s no getting away from it. The gentle curves of the body of the phone and the glass curves on the edges which meet the metal do exert some sort of gadget lust, as does the way that the curved glass reflects light. It’s completely irrational, and yet here I am writing about it. Two weeks down the line and I’m still just picking up my phone and looking at it. Admiring it. Whilst I’m talking about admiring, I must also mention the screen. It’s beautiful. There’s something more immediate about it. It’s crisp, clear, bright, very low reflection when the screen is on, and it’s in your face, closer to you. I’m not sure how this illusion is achieved, but it does tie you into the emotional experience once again. The magical reality distortion field is rudely broken though when you switch the phone on and try to restore from an old iCloud or iTunes backup. From iCloud, I failed to restore all the apps, and from iTunes I failed to download my music playlists. Restoring and syncing became an ordeal which reminded me of the things I dislike about Android. This was not ‘it just works’. This was ‘I want to throw something’. I have no idea how Apple finds this acceptable. I know when I bought my first Macs and iPods, I felt the money was justified because I didn’t have to deal with bugs and glitches like I did on Windows at the time. This is so untrue now of most of Apple’s products. Sticking to the iPhone, we have seen problems with Bluetooth, freezing screens, disabling Wi-Fi, and deleting iCloud data to name a few. I could rant about the problems I’ve had with my retina Macbook Pro and Mavericks, but that’s another time…. Apple needs to stop working to product cycles and make sure things just work once again, otherwise more and more people will question the premium they pay when purchasing Apple products. Whilst I’m being critical, I should also mention other issues I have. Firstly keyboards. It’s implementation is half arsed, to be polite. You find yourself switching keyboards depending on where you enter text, and then you also find that switching from Swiftkey, for example, to the emoticon keyboard and then back again becomes a trial. I’ve stopped using emoticons as a consequence. I also find the animations in Safari when opening a new tab are very old fashioned. Not modern in the least. Nor is Apple’s pull down, pull up, lack of real widgets approach. Having used mostly Android over the last two years, I do find it’s a lot more immediate in accessing certain options and information. I do think Apple has failed in this aspect. Where I do find Apple has succeeded though is through the ecosystem. It works. It’s not a ball ache like Android, and apps don’t suddenly freeze, crash, become incompatible because you’ve got the wrong type of handset or have done an OS update. I also wonder about the use of live app icons. I oddly like watching the second hand of the clock icon going around on the iPhone, but wonder what could be achieved if other apps could provide live animations… Getting back to the iPhone 6 plus. It can be summed up in one word. ‘Wow’. There are two things which hit you. Firstly the size. It’s massive. There’s no way round it. I wanted to like this one over the iPhone 6 because of it’s bigger, better screen, Optical Image Stabilisation, and bigger battery, but I can’t. I remember reviewing the HTC ONE MAX many moons ago and complaining about the size. I come back to some of the same problems with the iPhone 6 plus. Whilst it is slim, svelt, light and comfortable to hold, it’s just too big to use with one hand. Apple did recognise this, and have used the double touch of the home button to enable reachability mode, but it’s a bit of a fudge, and I find using the iPhone 6 far easier and slicker. iphone 6 , LG G3, iPhone 6 plus, Oneplus One The LG G3 has the same size screen and yet it’s far easier to use one handed. This is because Apple has a problem. It’s ‘iconic design' with the home button. Whilst over generations, the side bezels have become slimmer, the top and bottom bezels haven’t. This is because of the symmetry needed to keep the large home button at the bottom and be reflected on the top. HTC suffers a similar problem with it’s front facing speakers (which incidentally are much better than the iPhones’). Apple needs to eat some humble pie and start copying some of LG’s design tricks. The home button needs to go on the back of the phone, and bezels need to disappear on the side, and become a lot slimmer on top/bottom. This would make the 5.5” screen far easier to use and also stop the odd weight distribution of the iPhone 6 plus, which does make me fear that it will slip out of my hand as I’m only holding the bottom, and there’s so much more phone I can’t hold. I should also mention that whilst the iPhone 6 plus does fit into even slim jean pockets (with a case on), it does become more of an operation to put it in and take it out of my pocket then I’m used to, or feel comfortable with. The second thing which hits you with the iPhone 6 plus, is the battery life. It’s phenomenal! I can get two days solid use out of it without having to plug it in. I’m normally pleased if a phone gets me home at the end of the day, but this is just spectacular. I know other phones can match it, but they tend to be mid-tier spec handsets which compromise on power and screen size/resolution, to give you better battery life. This is the first top end smartphone which gives me such impressive battery life. There’s not even any use of battery saving modes. You can use your phone as much as you like and know it will last two days. The iPhone 6 is less impressive. It will last 24 hours under the same usage. That’s still pretty good, and meets most people’s basic requirement, but next to the iPhone 6 plus, it’s a bit disappointing. Whilst I’m talking about battery life, I should also mention charging. One thing I’ve noticed is that both phones, and the 6 plus in particular, take ages to charge if you use either your computer, or the included plug. What is particularly irritating, is that if you use Apple’s 12W plug for the iPad, it charges a lot quicker. Nearly all manufacturers are guilty of this these days, but they tend to include underpowered chargers with their phones, and expect you to buy a better plug separately. Stop it. Speaking of the iPhone 6, it’s a bit of a gem. Given the larger and larger size of flagship handsets these days, it’s in fact the screen is in fact the size of the original HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z3. It is beautiful, easy to hold, has a wonderful screen, but doesn’t have the battery life or OIS of it’s big brother. I do find the lack of OIS hasn’t affected me compared to the iPhone 6 plus. I know the OIS should make a difference, but I’ve not really noticed it in everyday use. I’m sure someone’s written a review about it, but I find myself not really hung up about it. I do notice however that I do have to zoom in on webpages with a lot of text on, whilst I don’t have to on the 6 plus. I do find Apple’s adoption of the two sizes a little odd. One being too big, whilst the other possibly being too small. The Goldilocks size for me, if Apple’s going to continue it’s same design language, is 5”. It gives a bigger screen, but remains easy to use one handed. 5.2” is just about acceptable. 5.5” would be great, but Apple does need to change the design. I’m not sure how they’d feel about that, especially as the Plus is apparently outselling the standard 6. So. What have I done? I’ve decided to keep my iPhone 6 and return my iPhone 6 plus. I’ve found it enjoyable coming back to iOS after two years, and despite my grumbles, find things like Touch ID and integration between iOS and OSX to be killer features for me at this moment. Despite the 6 plus having immense battery life, and possibly a better camera, as well as the better screen, it’s just too big to use as your main phone. Please do share your thoughts and experiences. Click here to view the news
  6. Apple’s products create a huge amount of emotion around the world, unlike virtually any other product. The new iPhones are no different. There’s been no end of mocking of Apple adopting a new larger size, both from other manufacturers and other mobile fanatics. There’s also been Bendgate which probably hasn’t done Apple any harm either, given the follow up research. Saying that, Apple’s continued desire to control the whole world’s media probably has left a sour taste in some people’s mouths, even if it probably hasn’t affected sales one bit. Back to the new iPhones though! The first thing I noticed is that Apple have changed the packaging. Gone is the picture of the handset on the front of the box, instead we have a raised outline of the iPhone instead. It’s very white, plain, and minimalistic. I can’t say I like it much. It feels more like you’re buying something knocked off, in a plain box, rather something ‘special’ and worth hundreds of pounds. Apple does do emotion like no one else though. Whether it’s love, hatred or jealousy, Apple provokes a level of emotion which no one else can replicate. Picking up a new iPhone 6 or 6 plus repeats that experience. There’s a moment of excitement, and then admiration of the phone when you first pick it up. They are beautiful, and there’s no getting away from it. The gentle curves of the body of the phone and the glass curves on the edges which meet the metal do exert some sort of gadget lust, as does the way that the curved glass reflects light. It’s completely irrational, and yet here I am writing about it. Two weeks down the line and I’m still just picking up my phone and looking at it. Admiring it. Whilst I’m talking about admiring, I must also mention the screen. It’s beautiful. There’s something more immediate about it. It’s crisp, clear, bright, very low reflection when the screen is on, and it’s in your face, closer to you. I’m not sure how this illusion is achieved, but it does tie you into the emotional experience once again. The magical reality distortion field is rudely broken though when you switch the phone on and try to restore from an old iCloud or iTunes backup. From iCloud, I failed to restore all the apps, and from iTunes I failed to download my music playlists. Restoring and syncing became an ordeal which reminded me of the things I dislike about Android. This was not ‘it just works’. This was ‘I want to throw something’. I have no idea how Apple finds this acceptable. I know when I bought my first Macs and iPods, I felt the money was justified because I didn’t have to deal with bugs and glitches like I did on Windows at the time. This is so untrue now of most of Apple’s products. Sticking to the iPhone, we have seen problems with Bluetooth, freezing screens, disabling Wi-Fi, and deleting iCloud data to name a few. I could rant about the problems I’ve had with my retina Macbook Pro and Mavericks, but that’s another time…. Apple needs to stop working to product cycles and make sure things just work once again, otherwise more and more people will question the premium they pay when purchasing Apple products. Whilst I’m being critical, I should also mention other issues I have. Firstly keyboards. It’s implementation is half arsed, to be polite. You find yourself switching keyboards depending on where you enter text, and then you also find that switching from Swiftkey, for example, to the emoticon keyboard and then back again becomes a trial. I’ve stopped using emoticons as a consequence. I also find the animations in Safari when opening a new tab are very old fashioned. Not modern in the least. Nor is Apple’s pull down, pull up, lack of real widgets approach. Having used mostly Android over the last two years, I do find it’s a lot more immediate in accessing certain options and information. I do think Apple has failed in this aspect. Where I do find Apple has succeeded though is through the ecosystem. It works. It’s not a ball ache like Android, and apps don’t suddenly freeze, crash, become incompatible because you’ve got the wrong type of handset or have done an OS update. I also wonder about the use of live app icons. I oddly like watching the second hand of the clock icon going around on the iPhone, but wonder what could be achieved if other apps could provide live animations… Getting back to the iPhone 6 plus. It can be summed up in one word. ‘Wow’. There are two things which hit you. Firstly the size. It’s massive. There’s no way round it. I wanted to like this one over the iPhone 6 because of it’s bigger, better screen, Optical Image Stabilisation, and bigger battery, but I can’t. I remember reviewing the HTC ONE MAX many moons ago and complaining about the size. I come back to some of the same problems with the iPhone 6 plus. Whilst it is slim, svelt, light and comfortable to hold, it’s just too big to use with one hand. Apple did recognise this, and have used the double touch of the home button to enable reachability mode, but it’s a bit of a fudge, and I find using the iPhone 6 far easier and slicker. iphone 6 , LG G3, iPhone 6 plus, Oneplus One The LG G3 has the same size screen and yet it’s far easier to use one handed. This is because Apple has a problem. It’s ‘iconic design' with the home button. Whilst over generations, the side bezels have become slimmer, the top and bottom bezels haven’t. This is because of the symmetry needed to keep the large home button at the bottom and be reflected on the top. HTC suffers a similar problem with it’s front facing speakers (which incidentally are much better than the iPhones’). Apple needs to eat some humble pie and start copying some of LG’s design tricks. The home button needs to go on the back of the phone, and bezels need to disappear on the side, and become a lot slimmer on top/bottom. This would make the 5.5” screen far easier to use and also stop the odd weight distribution of the iPhone 6 plus, which does make me fear that it will slip out of my hand as I’m only holding the bottom, and there’s so much more phone I can’t hold. I should also mention that whilst the iPhone 6 plus does fit into even slim jean pockets (with a case on), it does become more of an operation to put it in and take it out of my pocket then I’m used to, or feel comfortable with. The second thing which hits you with the iPhone 6 plus, is the battery life. It’s phenomenal! I can get two days solid use out of it without having to plug it in. I’m normally pleased if a phone gets me home at the end of the day, but this is just spectacular. I know other phones can match it, but they tend to be mid-tier spec handsets which compromise on power and screen size/resolution, to give you better battery life. This is the first top end smartphone which gives me such impressive battery life. There’s not even any use of battery saving modes. You can use your phone as much as you like and know it will last two days. The iPhone 6 is less impressive. It will last 24 hours under the same usage. That’s still pretty good, and meets most people’s basic requirement, but next to the iPhone 6 plus, it’s a bit disappointing. Whilst I’m talking about battery life, I should also mention charging. One thing I’ve noticed is that both phones, and the 6 plus in particular, take ages to charge if you use either your computer, or the included plug. What is particularly irritating, is that if you use Apple’s 12W plug for the iPad, it charges a lot quicker. Nearly all manufacturers are guilty of this these days, but they tend to include underpowered chargers with their phones, and expect you to buy a better plug separately. Stop it. Speaking of the iPhone 6, it’s a bit of a gem. Given the larger and larger size of flagship handsets these days, it’s in fact the screen is in fact the size of the original HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z3. It is beautiful, easy to hold, has a wonderful screen, but doesn’t have the battery life or OIS of it’s big brother. I do find the lack of OIS hasn’t affected me compared to the iPhone 6 plus. I know the OIS should make a difference, but I’ve not really noticed it in everyday use. I’m sure someone’s written a review about it, but I find myself not really hung up about it. I do notice however that I do have to zoom in on webpages with a lot of text on, whilst I don’t have to on the 6 plus. I do find Apple’s adoption of the two sizes a little odd. One being too big, whilst the other possibly being too small. The Goldilocks size for me, if Apple’s going to continue it’s same design language, is 5”. It gives a bigger screen, but remains easy to use one handed. 5.2” is just about acceptable. 5.5” would be great, but Apple does need to change the design. I’m not sure how they’d feel about that, especially as the Plus is apparently outselling the standard 6. So. What have I done? I’ve decided to keep my iPhone 6 and return my iPhone 6 plus. I’ve found it enjoyable coming back to iOS after two years, and despite my grumbles, find things like Touch ID and integration between iOS and OSX to be killer features for me at this moment. Despite the 6 plus having immense battery life, and possibly a better camera, as well as the better screen, it’s just too big to use as your main phone. Please do share your thoughts and experiences.
  7. The iPhone 6 Thread

    It's come to that time of year when we crack open the traditional new thread and let the speculation on here start to build.... So what do we think we know so far? Probable September launch as usual. Expected in 4.7" and 5.5" sizes (current is 4"), although the most recent rumours are there's problems producing the 5.5" display. Probably have a sapphire screen which runs closer to the bezel, or possible curve over the edges A change in screen lighting may also produce thinner phones. An A8 processor is expected which will again give more power and improved power consumption, moving from 28nm to 20nm chip. The camera could be Apple's first to use Optical Image Stabilisation and will probably have a slightly bigger sensor, brighter lens, but maybe not anymore megapixels. I'd also guess that 801.11 ac wifi will be introduced and I'd hope that it would produce a similar trick to the Samsung S5 where it can combine mobile signal and wifi for down/uploads. The big unknown is what other sensors maybe included, especially as the iPhone 6 is expected to work alongside an 'iWatch'.
  8. Which? Magazine is well known for it's independent tests, so it was of great interest to see which smartphones came out on top for battery life, given how so many people complain that they struggle to get through the day without having to top up their phones. Samsung must be feeling pretty smug right now, whilst Apple must be feeling that the test wasn't done correctly. It seems that if battery life is your key concern, then the Samsung Galaxy S4 should be your first choice. We do add a bit of caution to the result though from our own completely non-scientific experience, where we find that all the phones there do seem to last much of a muchness, (give or take a couple of hours) during the day, and perhaps pure call usage, or data usage is too simple a summary of how long a phone will last you in day to day usage. I get at least 24 hours usage from all the recent top end phones I've used. It still makes for an interesting read none the less. Source Click here to view the news
  9. Samsung must be feeling pretty smug right now, whilst Apple must be feeling that the test wasn't done correctly. It seems that if battery life is your key concern, then the Samsung Galaxy S4 should be your first choice. We do add a bit of caution to the result though from our own completely non-scientific experience, where we find that all the phones there do seem to last much of a muchness, (give or take a couple of hours) during the day, and perhaps pure call usage, or data usage is too simple a summary of how long a phone will last you in day to day usage. I get at least 24 hours usage from all the recent top end phones I've used. It still makes for an interesting read none the less. Source
  10. Seemed a bit odd that the most talked about smartwatch didn't have it's own thread, so here it is.... In related news, it seems that Apple may have struck a deal with two suppliers for the OLED screens, one not being Samsung....
  11. Apple reported it's latest financials. Sales still seem to be going up, but profits are slightly down. That could be down to exchange rates though... iPod sales have almost disappeared and iTunes is really starting to grow. The iPhone still dominates. Speaking of which, Cook said that the 5c's not supposed to be an entry phone. The 4s is. There's no figures on 5s vs 5c sales, but analytics suggest 5s sales are three times 5c sales at the moment.
  12. You may have heard that Apple has been offering to buy back your Apple gear in the US for some time now. Now they're introducing it to the UKGo to the Apple Site and fill in the details of what you want to sell, and they'll give you a price so it's all set up for when you drop off the stuff into your local Apple store. Naturally, prices aren't as good as if you just sold you're stuff in the Classifieds here, but for those who don't want any hassle, then it's a good option. We'd also suggest you look at http://mobilevaluer.com/ to see if Apple are giving a fair price compared to other companies. Click here to view the news
  13. Go to the Apple Site and fill in the details of what you want to sell, and they'll give you a price so it's all set up for when you drop off the stuff into your local Apple store. Naturally, prices aren't as good as if you just sold you're stuff in the Classifieds here, but for those who don't want any hassle, then it's a good option. We'd also suggest you look at http://mobilevaluer.com/ to see if Apple are giving a fair price compared to other companies.