Monthly Archives: March 2017

Top 5 iPhone 7 Plus Camera Tricks

Iphone 7 Plus Camera

1) Snap in portrait mode

Portrait Mode is a new camera option, exclusively for the iPhone 7 Plus. Portrait Mode is accessed, like Photo, Video, Slo-Mo and the rest, via the rotating swipe menu at the bottom of the Camera app interface. Swipe left one step in the rotating menu so that Portrait is highlighted in yellow.

2) … Without doubling up

When you click a Portrait shot, iOS saves a normal version of the photo, in case you don’t like the Portrait mode photo. Although this can be helpful, it also means you’re using double the storage space for a single image. To avoid this, you can go into “Settings” -> “Photo & Camera” and disable “Keep Normal Photo” from under the Portrait Mode section.

3) Shoot in 4K

4K screens have four times the number of pixels compared to HD screens and offer twice the resolution, making for pretty impressive viewing. Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus offer 4K video recording, however it’s not turned on by default. If you’re in good lighting and want to film a special occasion, we highly recommend you switch to 4K – but not all the time(!) 4K videos can take up a lot of storage. To do so, head to your Settings, go to “Photo and Camera”. From “Record Video” option, switch to “4k at 30 fps“.

4) Lock your lens while recording

Now that the iPhone 7 Plus has a zoom lens, there’s a new setting available to lock the lens when recording a video. This means the zoom won’t re-adjust itself every time there’s a flickering image or a light issue. You can find the “Lock Camera Lens” option in the same “Record Video” section.

5) Optical Zoom

The iPhone 7 Plus offers 2x optical zoom, thanks to the secondary telephoto lens at the back. To activate it, all you have to do is tap on the “2x” button above the shutter key. You can also swipe around to go from 1x to 10x, for finer control. Anything above 2x is software zoom.

Huawei announces the P10 Lite

Huawei announces the P10 Lite

The Huawei P10 Lite will be launched on March 31st 2017, as a budget version of Huawei’s flagship device, the P10. In fact, the price drop is pretty significant, with the Lite version £300 cheaper than the original P10, at just £299.

Design:

The P10 Lite is the budget version of Huawei’s latest flagship, the P10. The P10 Lite features a 5.2″ full HD screen with an accompanying fingerprint sensor. The body is formed of doubled-sided, curved glass for a premium look at a much lower price tag.  Colours include midnight black and platinum gold.

Image result for huawei p10 lite

Specs & Features:

But how do the specs compare? The Lite version is definitely mid-range, with Huawei’s own Kirin 658 chipset (16nm, octa-core), 4GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The flagship model on the other hand features notably better cameras with a 20MP rear camera and 12MP front camera.

On the upside, according to Huawei, you’ll get 43% charge in just 30 minutes, two hours of video payback from a 10 minute charge, and a full charge in just over 90 minute from the P10 Lite’s 3,000mAh battery.

The device is also the first lite model to feature Knuckle Sense Technology. Using this technology, you’ll be able to create shortcuts using gestures. The P10 Lite also runs the latest version of Android, – 7.0 Nougat, straight out of the box. You can see the full new features of Android Nougat here

Key Spec Overview:

  • 5.2″ HD display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Octa-core chipset
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 4GB RAM

To find out more about the Huawei P10 Lite, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager. You can email sales@callmastermobile.co.uk or phone 01252 854352.

Introducing the Sony Xperia L1

Introducing the Sony Xperia L1

Announced on March 20th 2017, the Xperia L1 is a new ‘mid-range’ phone for Sony’s collection. Featuring a 5.5-inch HD display and 5MP front camera, while its back houses a 13MP primary camera with auto-focus and an LED flash.

Xperia L1

The Xperia L1 runs on a customised version of Android Nougat, you can see the full new features of Android Nougat here, and boasts 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via the micro SD card slot. A ‘smart cleaner’ feature has also been included, which removes any cached or background data which may slow the performance of the phone.

The new Xperia also features different modes for you to choose from depending on your day. For example, ‘Good night’ mode automatically sets the device to ‘Do not disturb’ and lowers brightness to reduce the chance of disruption when you’re sleeping.

Key Spec Overview:

  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • MediaTek 64-bit quad-core CPU @ 1.5GHz
  • 5MP front camera, 13MP rear camera
  • 2620 mAh battery
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 256GB

Colours include black, white and pink. The Sony Xperia L1 will be available from the 1st week of June, however UK pricing is yet to be confirmed. For updates on the Sony Xperia L1 please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager. You can email sales@callmastermobile.co.uk or phone 01252 854352. We are always more than happy to help.

O2 unveils new virtual reality experiences

O2 unveils new virtual reality experiences

O2 is set to launch three new VR experiences across 90 of it’s stores nationwide, as well as at Twickenham on matchdays and at The O2 later this year. The first VR experience will mark the first time O2 Academy venue’s have given 360 degree ‘behind the scenes’ access. You’ll be able to virtually transport yourself to an O2 Academy venue and experience a pre-performance, as either a fan or member of the band. Can’t decide? Throughout the experience, you’ll be able to swap between the perspectives of the band members on stage or as a member of the audience.

“Through a combination of world first CGI characters and unique interactive gameplay, each experience has been designed to give the user unprecedented access to O2 Academy venues, The O2 and our relationship with the England Rugby team.” – Gareth Griffiths, O2 Head of sponsorship.

The second VR experience will allow you to immerse yourself in the world of England Rugby and compete against CGI characters. The interactive experience uses Xsense motion capture to provide in-game player movement, taking cues from England Rugby players’ weight, mass and average speeds to ensure their character’s movements are as realistic as possible.

Finally, the third experience will allow you to experience some of the biggest moments at the London O2 arena. The experiences will be available for download later this year on compatible VR headsets including the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.

How to use Samsung Screen Mirroring

How to use Samsung Screen Mirroring

Screen mirroring gives you the ability to mirror your Samsung device’s content to your TV screen. Follow our quick guide below to open the connection for screen mirroring on both your Samsung smartphone or tablet and your TV.

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Getting started

Older Samsung devices or those running on operating systems before Android 4.1.12 may not feature Screen Mirroring. To check, pull down the extended notification menu from your home screen to see if your device has the ‘Screen Mirroring’ or ‘Smart View’ function. If your device does not have the feature, you can still connect via Quick Connect.

Compatible devices

Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S III , Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Camera,  Samsung 8” Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1”, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1″ 2014 Edition.

Preparing your Samsung TV

Method 1:

1) Press the Source button your remote

2) Navigate to the Screen Mirroring source

3) Your TV will now display a screen informing you that it is waiting for your device to be connected. The screen will be displayed until your device is connected. We recommend you have your device on hand as the scan will time out if you haven’t connected your device within 2 minutes.

Method 2:

1) Select Menu on your remote

2) Scroll down to Network & press Select

3) Scroll down to Screen Mirroring and press Select

Preparing your Samsung smartphone

1) Pull down the extended notification menu from your home screen

2) Tap Screen Mirroring

3) Your device will starting scanning for TV’s and other devices that can be used for mirroring. Tap the TV/device that you wish to connect to.

Why use Screen Mirroring?

  • You’ll be able to show pictures stored on your tablet or smartphone, offering easy viewing for larger audiences, whether that be colleagues, family or friends.
  • Watch videos directly from your external device or from apps.
  • Enjoy better sound by playing music through your TV’s speakers instead of your external device’s.

Nokia brings back the 3310 – Update

Update: Release date & availability 

The Nokia 3310 will be released in mid June 2017, however the 3310 will only be available on Vodafone and EE networks, with O2 and Three announcing they have no plans to stock the new retro handset. 

Nokia brings back the 3310 – 17 years later

Nokia has brought back the 3310, originally announced on September 1st, 17 years ago. The original 3310 was a large success with 126 million units sold worldwide. How will the 2017 version compare?

Design

Most notably for previous 3310 owners, the 2017 version will feature a colour screen (gasp), and a bright plastic shell available in glossy yellow, glossy orange, matte grey and matte dark blue colour options. Keeping in line with tradition, the 3310 sports Nokia’s reliable keypad. Noticeably sleeker than it’s predecessor, the updated 3310 is thinner by 9.2mm and weighs 53.4 grams less than the original.

Specs

Upgrades include a 2MP camera, micro-USB charging port, headphone jack, microSD storage and Bluetooth. However it’s still an old-school phone so there’s no WiFi, GPS or app store but there is 2.5G internet. Further features include calls, texts, lo-fi photos and the much loved Snake for all those feeling nostalgic. But even better than Snake, Nokia claims the battery on the updated 3310 will last almost an entire month on standby.

Full overview:
  • 320 x 240 colour screen
  • 2MP camera with LED flash
  • Nokia Series 30+ Software
  • Opera Mini Browser and 2.5G internet connection
  • FM Radio
  • Micro-USB charging port, MicroSD storage
  • Headphone jack
  • Bluetooth
  • 79.6 grams
  • 12.8mm thick

Price

The 3310 is $49 which converts to around £42, making it ideal for a child’s first phone, for festival trips or holidaymakers, but for work and daily life, you may not be trading in your iPhone just yet…