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Apple Pencil Review

Apple Pencil Review

Apple introduced the Pencil to give you even greater precision, expanding on the versatility of Multi-Touch. The Pencil can be used for numerous effects, giving you more creative freedom with your Apple device’s. The latency between the time you begin drawing and the time it appears on the screen has been reduced to a incredibly minimal level, giving Apple’s pencil an edge against other creative tools. Beyond lightning-fast, millisecond responsiveness, the Pencil can tell whether you’re using your finger or the Pencil due to the subsystem scanning the signal at 240 times per second, giving it twice the data points.

Apple Pencil Review

Imagery created with the Apple Pencil

The Pencil also features two tilt sensors in the tip which can calculate the exact orientation and angle of your hand. As your naturally draw or write, the relative positions of these sensors can be detected by the Multi-Touch display. So you can create shading effects simply by tilting Apple Pencil the way you would a charcoal or conventional pencil. Better yet, the new iPad Pro is designed with palm rejection technology, so you can rest your hand on the iPad screen, without worry, while you use the Apple Pencil.

Apple Pencil Review

The Apple Pencil features a slip-off magnetic cap that reveals a Lightning connector, this connector can be plugged into your iPad Pro to charge. The connector features a slightly elongated design so that charging is even possible when your iPad is inside a case. A full charge offers 12 hours of scribbling, sketching, annotating and editing.

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The Apple Pencil is available for £79.00 and is a great light-weight accessory for those interested in artistry, it also works well with a variety of applications, particularly Adobe Sketch and Abode Draw.

Introducing WhatApp’s Desktop App

Introducing WhatApp’s Desktop App

WhatsApp has launched another new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere with their desktop app. The new app links with your smartphone so that you can now message from your computer.

Similarly to WhatsApp Web, the web browser version of WhatsApp, the desktop app is another extension of your phone. You can also get set up the same way, by scanning the QR code on your computer screen with your phone to connect both devices.

The desktop app features a few improvements to WhatsApp Web, including a number of keyboard shortcuts, including Ctrl (Command on a Mac) + Shift + M to mute a conversation and Ctrl + Shift + U to change the read status of a message.

In order to for the desktop app to work, your phone must be switched on, close by and connected to the Wi-Fi, your conversations will then be ‘mirrored’ from the mobile app.

WhatsApp’s desktop app is free to download and is available for all software versions after Windows 8 and Mac OS 10.9. To download the desktop app click here: https://www.whatsapp.com/download/

Best Smartphones in 2016

Best Smartphones in 2016

Apple iPhone SE

Best Smartphones in 2016

Apple’s iPhone SE is the first 4″ iPhone released since the iPhone 5 in 2012, however it packs a lot more power. In fact, the SE has features on par with the iPhone 6S such as the advanced A9 Chip, Apple’s best 12 mega-pixel iSight camera and even 4K video recording – at a much smaller price tag. With a starting price of £305 + VAT for the 16GB version, compared to £454 + VAT for the 16GB iPhone 6S, the iPhone SE offers big value for money in a smaller package. For the full review on the Apple iPhone SE click here.

Huawei P9

Best Smartphones in 2016

The P9 is Huawei’s latest flagship, featuring a body thinner than the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Apple iPhone 6S, and a premium-looking aluminium design. But more interestingly, the P9 features  two Leica certified rear cameras, one that shots monochrome and one that shots in colour, the cameras can be used separately or in unison. According to Huawei, the addition of data collected from the B&W camera means photo brightness can be boosted by 200% and contract by 50% over a standard, single RGB snapper. Making for some pretty impressive shots. For the full review on the Huawei P9 click here.

LG G5

Best Smartphones in 2016

The G5 is LG’s first ever phone to feature a metal body, and definitely sports a completely different look to it’s predecessor, the leather and textured G4. But it’s not the metal body that makes the LG G5 stand out from the crowd. The latest flagship incorporates a changeable module with a slide-out battery, that can be replaced with an LG “Friend” of your choice, including the LG Cam Plus Camera, LG Hi-Fi Plus and a LG 360 VR Headset. For the full review on the LG G5 and it’s modules, click here.

HTC 10


Best Smartphones in 2016

The HTC 10 is HTC’s latest flagship and tick’s all the boxes. With improvements to design, moving over to a more premium look, a far better camera that features the World’s first dual OIS, 4K Video and even a 2K 5.2″ LCD display that is 50% more responsive than the previous HTC One M9. For the full review on the HTC 10, click here.

Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge

Best Smartphones in 2016

Samsung’s new models offer the best of both worlds – with a premium looking design and high-level durability. In fact, both are water and dust resistant, allowing you to immerse the device in 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 metres, without any damage. A further improvement since the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge includes an expandable storage card slot that can take up to a whooping 200GB, compared to the 128GB internal storage space that the Galaxy S6 held internally. For the full review on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, click here.

Sony Xperia X & XABest Smartphones in 2016

The Xperia X & XA are part of Sony’s new X Series, offering the next generation Xperia camera for super-fast and sharp photos, a microSD card slot for up to 200GB of storage space, and curved glass displays and rounded edges for a design re-boot. For more on the Sony Xperia X & XA, click here.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Best Smartphones in 2016

Featuring the latest octa-core processor, the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is the most powerful phone Microsoft has ever built to date. With further features including a 5.7″ Quad HD display, USB-C fast charging and an extra large battery, the Lumia 950 XL is designed to keep you productive all day long . For the full review on the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, click here.

Google Nexus 6P

Best Smartphones in 2016

Packed with a fingerprint sensor, a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 v2.1 processor, the most popular Google Apps and the best all-round camera Google has ever built into a Nexus, the 6P offers high-level performance in every aspect. You can also take advantage of the latest version of Android – 6.0 Marshmallow, and be the first to receive both software and security updates. For more on the latest Android Marshmallow update click here or to view the full review on the Google Nexus 6P click here.

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LG G5 Review

LG G5 Review

Design

LG has moved away from the G4’s controversial textured back covers and leather design variants, and used an all new metal and glass design, without an antenna slit, in it’s latest flagship device, the LG G5. More interestingly, the new iconic design is partnered with a changeable module with a slide-out battery. Featuring a 5.3″ Quad HD LCD Screen, this is not only LG’s first metal flagship smartphone, but also it’s smallest for quite some time, however the display is crisp, bright and colourful. The display is ‘always-on’ with the time, date and notification icons visible even when you’re phone is asleep or off. The G5 also features a fingerprint scanner where the rear button control was previously, allowing for more secure unlocking. The LG G5 is available in gold, silver and titan.

LG G5

Modules

The new ‘module’ feature allows you to replace the slide-out battery with a module of your choice, at present this includes the LG Cam Plus Camera controls/battery module, the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O play, for a Hi-Fi DAC and amp for 32-bit high-res playback, and the LG 360 VR, a virtual reality headset. Allowing you to improve your LG G5, at an extra cost of course. To remove the bottom, you simply press a button on the side and the bottom unhooks and slides out revealing the battery and a modular slot for adding what LG is calling “Friends”.LG G5

LG Cam Plus Camera

The £69 LG Cam Plus slots in the bottom with a camera shutter button, a video button and a jog wheel lining the stop of an added camera grip that also contains an extended 1,200mAh battery.

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LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play

The £150 Hi-Fi Plus, which is a 32-bit digital to analogue converter (DAC) and headphone amp that is meant to improve the sound quality of the music you’re listening to on the phone. It can also be used as a standalone DAC with a computer or other device.

Hi-Fi Plus

LG 360 VR

The £200 LG 360 VR plugs into the USB Type-C port on the bottom of the G5 and allows you to enjoy 360 contents and 3D games, thriller seeker videos, sports events and concerts.

360 VR

Further features

Similarly to the Huawei P9, the LG G5 features two cameras on the back, but rather than one being colour and one monochrome, LG has fitted one regular 16-megapixel camera and one 8-megapixel wide-angle camera. The regular camera holds a similar quality to most of the best cameras on the market and offers stunning imagery, while the 2nd camera allows you to take smartphone photography to a whole new level. With the wide-angle camera you can capture far more in one scene and enjoy a little fish-eye effect at the sides. You can also use the G5’s magnifying zoom in and out feature, and zoom out ultra wide (0.5X) for the first time ever on a smartphone.

Specs

The LG G5 offers powerful performance with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, and also features the latest version of Android – 6.0 Marshmallow. You can find out more about the new features in Android 6.0 Marshmallow here. Further specs include 4GB of RAM and 32GB of Storage and a 2,800mAh removable battery.

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Google Nexus 6P Review

Google Nexus 6P Review

Design

The new Nexus 6P features a 5.7″ cinematic WQHD AMOLED display with 518 pixels per inch and Gorilla® Glass 4 for tough protection and stunning clarity. Crafted from aeronautical-grade aluminium, the 6P’s display is 0.5″ larger than the previous Nexus 5X yet is still sized to fit comfortably in your hand.

Google Nexus 6P Review

Features

The 6P’s camera is the best all-round camera Google has ever built into a Nexus, featuring larger 1.55μm pixels to capture more light even in the dimmest conditions, for sharp and detailed images, and a 4K resolution for beautiful viewing. While Google Photos is a new way to store, search and share all of you photos and videos, whether that be by people, places or the things in them. Better yet, the amount of high-quality photos and videos you can store is unlimited and free.

In fact, the Nexus 6P comes with all the best Google apps pre-installed, including Search, Maps, Chrome, YouTube, Gmail, Drive and more so you can get to straight to business as soon as you take your 6P out the box. While the Google Play Store allows for access to millions of apps, books, songs, films and more, so you can add your own entertainment.

The Nexus 6P is also quicker and more secure with a featured fingerprint sensor. The 6P’s sensor is placed on the back of the device to complement the way you would naturally hold it, and your imprint will turn on your screen with one touch. With every use, the fingerprint sensor takes measurements to ensure it gets smarter and faster every time you unlock.

Specs

Packed with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 v2.1 processor and the latest version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. You can take advantage of the high-level performance and the World’s most popular operating system, and be the first to receive software and security updates. Find out more about the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update here.

Finally, the Google Nexus 6P features USB Type-C charging, offering you up to seven hours of use after only ten minutes of charging.

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HTC 10 Review

HTC 10 Review

Design

The HTC 10 is HTC’s latest flagship phone, featuring a 2K 5.2″ LCD display and a bold new chamfered contour and dual-textured finish. The full glass front has been merged seamlessly into the metal body, while the speakers have been redesigned to add to the sleeker look. Although HTC have gone for a more premium looking design, the HTC 10 is undeniably tough. In fact, it’s been subjected to over 168 hours of extreme temperature tests, ranging from -20°C to 60°C, plus over 10,000 drop, scratch and corrosion tests, ensuring the build quality can handle everyday knocks. The HTC 10 is available in Carbon Grey, which is similar in tone to the dark metal offered by the HTC One M9 and HTC One A9, Glacier Silver which looks like the classic HTC One M7 stylings, and Topaz Gold which is a muted gold back with a glossy white face.

HTC 10 Review

Features

HTC claims that their latest flagship device features the World’s first dual OIS, based on their research among major smartphone brand models earlier in the year.

With OIS in both front and back cameras, the result is bright, sharp and steady photos. While the main camera gives up to 136% more light in every shot, thanks to HTC’s new generation UltraPixel sensor with OIS featured and a bright ƒ/1.8 lens. Even the front camera is impressive with a large pixel sensor, ƒ/1.8 lens, and a screen flash offering brighter, richer selfies. While the wide-angle lens allows for easier group shots. The new camera has even been awarded a DxoMark score of 88 for camera quality, one of the highest scores to date. Finally, HTC takes visuals a step further with 4K video incorporated with the World’s first stereo 24-bit Hi-Res audio recording in a smartphone, to capture 265 times more detail across twice the frequency range.

HTC 10 Review

The HTC 10 camera launches in as little as 0.6 seconds

While sound has always been at the heart of the HTC range, the new high performance headset amplifier that works alongside the Hi-Res audio and 24-bit DAC takes symphony’s to a whole new level. Even the HTC BoomSound™ speakers have been re-engineered in the HTC 10 to Hi-Fi edition, featuring the same separated tweeter and woofer design as leading acoustic systems, with a dedicated amplifier for each speaker. While the new earphones featured 8µm thin aerospace-grade polymer diaphragm and 70% oversized drivers to pump out richer sound across twice the frequency range.

Specs

When it comes down to performance, HTC has ticked another box. The HTC 10 screen is 50% more responsive than the previous HTC One M9, and can even track the smallest and fastest of finger movements. While apps launch twice as fast thanks to the auto-optimisation algorithm. In fact, the HTC 10 brings you the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for the best performance. Plus enhanced 4G LTE support for faster network speeds and hassle free roaming in more countries.

The HTC 10’s screen is 50% more responsive than the HTC One M9, and apps launch twice as fast

When it comes to security and control, the HTC 10 features a fingerprint sensor for secure unlocking in 0.2 seconds, and an app lock function for locking any apps you choose, to protect your privacy.  In fact, the App Manager also lets you see which apps are using extra resources, and the HTC 10 itself comes with fewer preloaded applications and reduced duplicate apps and bloat-ware to save on your memory space.

Finally, the HTC 10’s battery life will keep you powered for up to 2 days of normal use, thanks to a new PowerBotics system that enhances hardware and software efficiency and delivers up to 30% longer battery life. Better yet, when you do need to power up, you can charge faster than ever before with the latest Quick 3.0 enabled Rapid Charger that offers up to 50% of battery life in just 30 minutes.

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