Google Pixel

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Google have released their first ever phones; the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. This is Google’s first attempt and they have pretty much nailed it. They have killed off the famous Nexus line, and what they have now is already looking much much better. here’s a quick overview of Goog;e’s new devices

Google Pixel:

  • 5 inch full HD AMOLED display
  • 32/128GB storage
  • 4GB RAM
  • Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 12.3MP rear camera (dual-LED)
  • 8MP front camera
  • Fingerprint
  • 2770 mAh battery
  • Gorilla Glass 4

The Google Pixel XL is similar in most aspects but has a beautiful 5.5 inch QuadHD display and a larger 3450 mAh battery to compensate for that.

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Both devices come with a smarter, more personal Google Assistant. This is an upgraded Google Now. Assistant is currently only available on the Pixel phones, and is something they are pushing to be a centrepiece of your life. It’s smarter, more useful and a whole lot more fun.

 

The Pixel is something new for Google and with it’s bright vibrant screen and excellent hardware, I can see why they are looking to rival Apple on their iPhones. It even has the high price range to match!

HTC 10

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HTC is back with one hell of a phone. In recent years HTC has not been at its best, falling short of its competition. A heavy interface with missing features such as a Quad HD display and a fingerprint scanner has let them down. But this has all been included in the HTC’s new phone.

The HTC 10 has it’s iconic design and full metal body with a chamfered edge giving it a bit of a curve around all sides making it easier to hold in the hands. HTC Sense has lost weight and has reduced bloatware. This makes it a quicker sleeker experience.

The new Quad HD screen gives it a sharp look backed by a powerful quadcore processor and 4GB RAM. Quick charge 3.0 has also been introduced giving it a fast char of 50% in 30 minutes. A big inclusion is the fingerprint scanner at the front. This has been missing in every flagship HTC in the past and something that its successor has had for years

The 10 is something that can finally rival Samsung. I am once again excited by HTC. Samsung is still the king when it comes to phones, but the HTC 10 is not far off and makes one hell of a second best.

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Specs:

  • 5.2 inch Quad HD (565PPI) LCD screen
  • Snapdragon 820 quadcore processor (Dual-core 2.15 GHz & dual-core 1.6 GHz)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32/64GB expandable storage
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Boomsound dual speakers
  • 12MP Ultrapixle rear camera with Laser autofocus
  • 5MP front camera
  • Fingerprint scanner

 

 

LG G Flex 2

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The first in the next-gen phones, the successor of the original G Flex pack the Qualcom Snapdragon 810 processor. 8 cores, Quad-core 1.5GHz and a Quad-core 2GHz. It has 3GB RAM and a 5.5 inch P-OLED (plastic-OLED) full HD screen.

This is the first time I have treated myself to a high-end phone, and I must say, I am very impressed. It was a battle between the G Flex 2 and the Nexus 6, with the Nexus and its screen size loosing out. I have never been happier with my choice and with the device I have.

The Flex, as its name states, has a unique curve to the phone making it have one of very few stand out designs. It sits perfectly in the palm of your hand, with your index finger resting on the power button located on the back of the phone. Having the volume and power buttons on the Back of the device also allows for a clean stylish look on the sides. The device also has a self-healing back. Meaning, any minor scuffs will be taken care of automatically – something dare not test myself!

The LG, running Android Lollipop, is smooth and stylish. The quality of the curved screen is stunning and they have ironed out the issues they had with the first Flex and it’s screen. The colours are bright, vibrant and strong, and I could not see much difference between the full HD on the Flex and the QHD on the Nexus.

The performance on this device is nothing less than what you would expect with a top processor, and scrolling through the menus and switching apps is seamless. The device can get a little hot under intense usage, but its nothing overly worrying.

Battery life is above average. It’s 3000 mAh battery can last at minimum of two days with average use, and the fast charger is able to give it the extra quick juice if needed. I tend to use the phone just above average, with my Bluetooth on and connected to my G Watch R constantly, several email accounts, social media and the usual messaging and calling. This gets me very close to two days use from the device.

On to the camera. With a 13MP rear camera and its laser auto-focus technology and OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilisation), this camera can shoot some great images. The only issue i have with the camera is the basic 2.1MP front camera. It does have some cool features such as the ability to soften the image and make your skin look perfect! But in low light, the front camera isn’t much use. It does brighten the image, but it still comes out a bit grainy.

Overall, this is an incredible phone. It has a tone of great features, from the unique flex design, to the rear camera. The picture quality is great and the full HD display is more than enough, and helps prolong the battery compared to those with the QHD screens. The only minor let down, is the front camera.

Score: 8.5/10

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Moto G (1st Gen)

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This budget phone packs a 1.2 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM, and for only £90 when I got it, it does a fantastic job of doing what I need it to do.

The phone can freeze at times and it can be a bit sluggish when you have several apps open, but overall the performance of this does what I need it to do. Now running the new Android Lollipop, the only issue I have is the internal storage. I fhave the 8GB version. This also comes in 16GB. For me, 8GB is fine if your just installing limited apps and have a few pictures. But if you want to store music and have the apps you want, I feel space may become an issue.

I do not have many apps installed, and I do not have any music. On the device I have 1GB of photos and ony 1.5GB of storage left.  This can cause problems in the long term, with app updates.

The phone has a basic 5MP rear camera. The low megapixels performs well in a range of conditions, including low light. The same cannot be said for the front 1.2MP camera. I would not recommend video calling.

The 720 x 1280 resolution (326), makes for a good  720p screen. and i can not complain for the price.

Battery life on the Moto G is superb. I2,070mAh battery is non-removable, but  I still end the day on 30% with good use. Texting throughout the day, phone calls, web browsing, and social networking. This is on top of having my Wi-Fi and bluetooth on constantly to connect to my LG G Watch R and my Pebble.

Overall I do love this phone. It is something I chose to have in the short term and it has served me exceptionally well. This is, to the most part, due to the quad-core 1.;2 Ghz processor. This is a great choice for someone who wants a phone for basic every day use. It is a value for money phone.

The Pebble Smartwatch

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I’ve had the pebble for 7 months now, and for me, I cant live without it. It does everything i require from a smart watch. Yes, it looks like you have a computer on your wrist but i can’t fault the features. This kickstarter was a success. From it’s simple easy to look at watch faces, to viewing your emails and text, the Pebble does what it needs to make a persons life a bit easier.

The Good

The Pebble is very customisable, and with a battery that lasts for 5-7 days, It is a lot less hassle compared to the competition there is now. This lengthy battery life is due to it’s e-paper display. The lack of a touchscreen plays to its advantage in this sense and I found the Pebble very easy to navigate with the buttons. The display adjusts automatically with light, and has a backlight for those dark times. Due to it’s built in accelerometer, a quick flick of the wrist is the easiest way to get the backlight on.

With the accelerometer, the watch is able to have fitness capabilities. It has a large amount of apps that can track your steps and can show you information when you go on a run, such as distance, speed and time. These are all displayed on your watch and can be later reviewed on your phone with the companion app.

Another nifty feature is that it is waterproof, so you don’t have to take extra care when in the shower or washing up. This is another advantage over the majority of its competitors.

The Bad

Although the pebble has some great features, there are, unsurprisingly, some bad ones too.

The screen is very scratch-prone. I have a few scratches on mine, and although i don’t notice them day-to-day, they are there and can be very annoying at times. Also it does look like a computer on your wrist and can be big on some people. The display has good points as mentioned above, but the lack of colour puts it behind all other smart watches. It is expected that a smart watch has a colour display, and even the pebble steel with its fresher more stylish design lacks this feature.

Overall

As a whole I absolutely love this product. With the release of the round faced Moto 360 and expected LG G Watch R, I still am more than happy with this kickstarter watch. It does everything I require . Its simple to use and doesn’t over do it. The lack of a colour display and touch functions are not a hassle and the long battery life is amazing.

The Pebble is proof that a smartwatch can be successful and that  a bright future is ahead for wearables.

Apple Watch: First Impressions

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So its been a few days since the Apple Watch was reviled. It will come in 3 editions, the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and the Edition.

My thoughts as soon as i saw it were mainly to do with design, both inside and out. It is Apple after all, and I would of thought after seeing what the competitors are bring out, they would have done something special. Maybe a round face like the Moto 360? The watch seems a little thick and when viewing all your apps, it just looks messy. and although the fact it comes in a variety of colors, it doesn’t change my opinion of a poor design. Though it does have a variety of watch faces. Flicking up from the bottom is an easy way to get to your most important apps. From there you can swipe left to go from app to app, including, messages, maps and fitness (as fitness is a big thing for this watch). The watch also has built-in infrared and LED sensors accurately record your pulse rate, which is great.
The sapphire display is impressive, and the digital crown on the right hand side may come in very handy as the screen may be too small to use the touch. The crown can be used for navigation and zoom. Below that is another button which will take you strait to your contacts, which is nifty.

iPhone 6 Vs iPhone 6 Plus Tech-specs

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Finally Apple enter the big screen market.

Size and Resolution:

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inches (119.38mm) with 1,334 x 750-pixel resolution where as the 6 Plus is 5.5 inches (139.7mm) with 1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution

Camera:

Both have a disappointing 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p HD video, and a 1.2-megapixel front facing (selfie) camera with 720p HD video

Processor and Capacity:

Both have a 64-bit A8 chip with M8 motion co-processor and come in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB versions with no external storage. 

Features:

iOS 8, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Non-removable battery, talk time up to 14 hours

Prices:

When it comes to prices nothing surprises me with the starting price at £539 for the 16GB, £619 for the 64GB, and £699 for the 128GB version.