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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. Getting a new gas boiler fitted Tuesday. Had a quote from British Gas who are crazy expensive at £4K. An independent company will do the same work for £2400. As nice as Hive looks it ain't worth £1600! So I'll be having a Nest thermostat installed by the independent (it was their preferred wireless solution).
  4. Realised there's a need for this thread. Google are rumoured to be creating an iOS app for Android smartwear. Probably a smart move as iPhone users are more likely to splash cash than Android users.
  5. It's October, it's miserable outside, and our thoughts turn to how we're going to entertain ourselves over the next few bleak months. Google, HTC and Motorola are doing their part by rolling out a new tablet, phone and media player. Firstly, as widely predicted, HTC are back in the tablet making game with the Nexus 9 It's good to see that the Nexus 9 matches the Nexus 10's screen resolution (in a slightly smaller and different shape display), and we're really happy to hear that HTC's front facing BoomSound speakers are present. There's no news yet on UK prices yet (US prices - $399 for 16GB, $479 32GB, $599 32GB LTE), or if it will include expandable memory (probably not). Also no news if any of the new devices will support wireless charging or not. If you'd like to see more info, look here or look at the video Google also launched the Nexus 6 phone It's basically a larger version of the Motorola X with a more powerful Snapdragon 80 processor, 2MB RAM, 5.9" 1440x2560 display (493 ppi), 3220mAh battery, 13MP OIS rear camera and 2MP front camera. It also comes in 32GB and 64GB options in white or midnight blue. Once again, no wording on price ( US - $649 for 32GB) or wireless charging. Preorders kick off on 29th October. If you'd like more information, have a look here, or look at the video Google have also released a Nexus Player made by ASUS. Think of it as a Chromecast to stream stuff to, plus also runs standard Android apps so it will also be able to use Netflix, iPlayer, Amazon Video etc and play games on. It comes with a voice control remote. You can also buy a games controller for it too. Price is yet again unknown (US $99), Preorders from 17th October for 3rd November launch. Finally, the one thing which ties all these devices together is Android 5.0 Lollipop. Hopefully we'll get to have a play with these in the near future and leave reviews. Click here to view the news
  6. Firstly, as widely predicted, HTC are back in the tablet making game with the Nexus 9 It's good to see that the Nexus 9 matches the Nexus 10's screen resolution (in a slightly smaller and different shape display), and we're really happy to hear that HTC's front facing BoomSound speakers are present. There's no news yet on UK prices yet (US prices - $399 for 16GB, $479 32GB, $599 32GB LTE), or if it will include expandable memory (probably not). Also no news if any of the new devices will support wireless charging or not. If you'd like to see more info, look here or look at the video Google also launched the Nexus 6 phone It's basically a larger version of the Motorola X with a more powerful Snapdragon 80 processor, 2MB RAM, 5.9" 1440x2560 display (493 ppi), 3220mAh battery, 13MP OIS rear camera and 2MP front camera. It also comes in 32GB and 64GB options in white or midnight blue. Once again, no wording on price ( US - $649 for 32GB) or wireless charging. Preorders kick off on 29th October. If you'd like more information, have a look here, or look at the video Google have also released a Nexus Player made by ASUS. Think of it as a Chromecast to stream stuff to, plus also runs standard Android apps so it will also be able to use Netflix, iPlayer, Amazon Video etc and play games on. It comes with a voice control remote. You can also buy a games controller for it too. Price is yet again unknown (US $99), Preorders from 17th October for 3rd November launch. Finally, the one thing which ties all these devices together is Android 5.0 Lollipop. Hopefully we'll get to have a play with these in the near future and leave reviews.
  7. The Nexus 6 Thread

    Could this be the new Nexus 6? It's supposed to be a 6" powerful beast made by Motorola. Should be launched in the next few weeks. And there was me complaining about the size of the iPhone 6+
  8. The Nexus 9 Thread

    The rumours earlier this year seem to be true. HTC are the most likely candidate to make the next Nexus tablet which will an 8" tablet. (8.9" has also been rumoured). What is possibly more alarming, is that it's also rumoured to be Google's last Nexus tablet.
  9. Everyone's into wearables these days. They tend to fall into two types, watches and glasses. Given Google's Glass has been out for a while, as has it's software development kit, it's of particular interest to hear that Google's Sundar Pichai has pitched in with some SDK news.It would appear that Google is planning to release the SDK for wearables in the next couple of weeks. What makes this interesting is that Google traditionally releases such things after a product is released. It seems this time, that they might be nervous, and as Pichai puts it, would like plenty of feedback, before launching. A LG 'Nexus' smartwatch is expected this summer. Also of interest is that Pichai also hinted that Chromecast has been a relative success, selling millions, and that Google plans to use it's purchase of Nest to create a new layer of software to mesh how devices work together. source Click here to view the news
  10. It would appear that Google is planning to release the SDK for wearables in the next couple of weeks. What makes this interesting is that Google traditionally releases such things after a product is released. It seems this time, that they might be nervous, and as Pichai puts it, would like plenty of feedback, before launching. A LG 'Nexus' smartwatch is expected this summer. Also of interest is that Pichai also hinted that Chromecast has been a relative success, selling millions, and that Google plans to use it's purchase of Nest to create a new layer of software to mesh how devices work together. source
  11. I was reading this article about Google's terms for using Google services on Android handsets and couldn't help thinking that it's very similar to historic examples of uncompetitive practices from Microsoft and Google itself. Because Google forces OEMs to install a package of apps and also insists that it is the default search engine and locator provider, it seems very similar to Internet Explorer and Google Ads unfair competition practices. Surely this will get sorted out? I know Google's only just now sorted out issues with it's search engine demoting other competitors results with the EU.
  12. News: Google Buys Nest

    Given many people consider Nest to be an unofficial Apple product, it comes as a bit of surprise to find Google has forked out $3.2 Billion for the home automation company.Founded by iPod designers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, Nest Thermostats and smoke detectors became objects of gadget lust due to their beautiful design and simplicity. Sadly they were also out of reach for most people. (Not because they were put up too high on the wall). Google have promised lots of cool things in the future by merging Google and Nest's skills, and also promise to continue to support iOS. Fingers crossed it will be affordable too..... Source Click here to view the news
  13. Google Buys Nest

    Founded by iPod designers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, Nest Thermostats and smoke detectors became objects of gadget lust due to their beautiful design and simplicity. Sadly they were also out of reach for most people. (Not because they were put up too high on the wall). Google have promised lots of cool things in the future by merging Google and Nest's skills, and also promise to continue to support iOS. Fingers crossed it will be affordable too..... Source
  14. There can't be many places left where Google doesn't search for results, but it found one stone to look under within its own Android OS.The new Search App will now also look for results within your existing apps, and also suggest apps for you to download, and a little button for you to press to download. This will also be available via Chrome browser. This will make it a lot easier to find information within the myriad of apps you've already got, or help find 'the app for that'. Sadly it is only working with a small handful of apps and in the US for now, but it should roll out quickly enough. More info Click here to view the news
  15. The new Search App will now also look for results within your existing apps, and also suggest apps for you to download, and a little button for you to press to download. This will also be available via Chrome browser. This will make it a lot easier to find information within the myriad of apps you've already got, or help find 'the app for that'. Sadly it is only working with a small handful of apps and in the US for now, but it should roll out quickly enough. More info
  16. Larry Page and Serj Brin are well known for wanting to make things x times better, so why not our health?Larry Page has teamed up with biotech dude Arthur Levinson to create a new company, Calico, which is dedicated to making a difference to healthcare's biggest problems. They aim to revolutionise care and think long term. (Having worked for a pharmaceutical company, there's very little short term planning except by pointless managers...) According to Page, finding a cure would only increase life by 3 years, but I think he's messing with statistics. It might increase average life expectancy by 3 years, but it would increase the lifespan of those who would have died of cancer by much more. We'll see what they achieve. It sounds like the Gates Foundation, but less sincere.... Link Click here to view the news
  17. Google Searches for Health Cures

    Larry Page has teamed up with biotech dude Arthur Levinson to create a new company, Calico, which is dedicated to making a difference to healthcare's biggest problems. They aim to revolutionise care and think long term. (Having worked for a pharmaceutical company, there's very little short term planning except by pointless managers...) According to Page, finding a cure would only increase life by 3 years, but I think he's messing with statistics. It might increase average life expectancy by 3 years, but it would increase the lifespan of those who would have died of cancer by much more. We'll see what they achieve. It sounds like the Gates Foundation, but less sincere.... Link
  18. Sometimes, like during the winter months, not being able to catch a virus could be considered a good thing. Unfortunately for Google, this is not one of those times.Google made a bit of noise just recently, that it is updating it's Play store services with Project Bouncer which scans your devices for malware. It does that to both your official downloads, and other stuff downloaded from elsewhere. Xuxian Jiang from NC State University in the US decided to put it to the test against Virus Total (which was purchased by Google) and found to be seriously lacking, catching only 15% of viruses. The problem seems to be that Google only does a face value check on stuff, and doesn't go deep down into code. Google's bound to improve things over time, but don't rely upon it's new service to protect you just yet. More info Click here to view the news
  19. Google made a bit of noise just recently, that it is updating it's Play store services with Project Bouncer which scans your devices for malware. It does that to both your official downloads, and other stuff downloaded from elsewhere. Xuxian Jiang from NC State University in the US decided to put it to the test against Virus Total (which was purchased by Google) and found to be seriously lacking, catching only 15% of viruses. The problem seems to be that Google only does a face value check on stuff, and doesn't go deep down into code. Google's bound to improve things over time, but don't rely upon it's new service to protect you just yet. More info
  20. News: Google Anti-Virus

    Google have bought online antivirus company Virus Total for an undisclosed amount.Having recently bought Sparrow and QuickOffice, it looks like Google wants to beef up it's security. It's anticipated that Google will add these services to all it's online products so that dodgy files and url's can be spotted before you click on them. Source Click here to view the article
  21. Google Anti-Virus

    Having recently bought Sparrow and QuickOffice, it looks like Google wants to beef up it's security. It's anticipated that Google will add these services to all it's online products so that dodgy files and url's can be spotted before you click on them. Source