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SomeGadgetGuy on Android Central’s Podcast
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I had a great time sitting down to chat with Daniel Bader on the AC Podcast. If you’ve ever wanted more behind the scenes info on how we approach gadget reviewing, this was a fun nerdy conversation about the tech scene. Especially as Daniel and I are both “But I Digress” kinds of reviewers.

Took me back to some of the fun conversations I used to have on the Pocketnow team, highlighting the main differences between being a solo reviewer and working on editorial for a larger site.I hope you enjoy the conversation, and make sure to subscribe to the Android Central Podcast in your favorite podcast app!

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User #7095741 - 27 Apr 20 02:15
Excellent job! I can't comprehend how you are able to put out so many videos, podcasts, etc. Hopefully some of the AC audience will come join us fans of the less popular phones! I like AC, so that was not meant to sound negative.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 27 Apr 20 02:52
I was honestly a little anxious doing the podcast. Not sure how their audience would receive me.
iPhone SE is HERE! TK Bay and Juan's First Impressions!
iPhone SE is HERE! TK Bay and Juan's First Impressions!more_vert
2020-04-25T00:12:58+00:00
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Join us live tonight at 9pm PDT!

The new king of the mid-range! No Notch! Touch ID Returns! BEZELS! And a MONSTER chipset! The iPhone SE 2020 is a PERFECT successor to the original SE! TK joins me to share his thoughts on this new budget champ!


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User #9544698 - 25 Apr 20 06:46
This reminds me of your coverage of the original SE! That was such a fantastic review! Good old days :)
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SomeGadgetGuy - 25 Apr 20 14:48
It's incredible how well that phone held up. I have very high expectations for the SE2020 😁
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SomeGadgetGuy - 25 Apr 20 14:48
It's incredible how well that phone held up. I have very high expectations for the SE2020 😁
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User #9544698 - 25 Apr 20 14:52
Yeah it's nuts that the original SE still gets updates, and judging by Apple's track record, it might get more! And it still feels pretty speedy to me! I'm honestly not the biggest fan of iOS itself, but I wish every Android OEMs copy Apple's long term support of phones! Google is the closest, and that's why I'm on the Pixel 4 atm!
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User #9544698 - 25 Apr 20 14:52
Yeah it's nuts that the original SE still gets updates, and judging by Apple's track record, it might get more! And it still feels pretty speedy to me! I'm honestly not the biggest fan of iOS itself, but I wish every Android OEMs copy Apple's long term support of phones! Google is the closest, and that's why I'm on the Pixel 4 atm!
JayzTwoCents didn't waste his money on the SM7b! He's using it wrong! (A Recording Primer on the Proximity Effect)
JayzTwoCents didn't waste his money on the SM7b! He's using it wrong! (A Recording Primer on the Proximity Effect)more_vert
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Always makes me sad when someone buys nice gear but they don't get the results they were hoping for. JayzTwoCents recently picked up an SM7b, but couldn't get the tone he wanted. Here's a quick explanation as to WHY his mic under-performed!

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User #19751183 - 23 Apr 20 12:58
Wow, thanks as usual Juan, that was a crash course for me on mics, I am certainly no erudite on these subjects so I really appreciate all of what your doing on the question of sound. Great initiative.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 23 Apr 20 14:21
Try to carve out my little niche. Where i feel qualified to comment 😊
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SomeGadgetGuy - 23 Apr 20 14:21
Try to carve out my little niche. Where i feel qualified to comment 😊
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User #32089171 - 23 Apr 20 01:26
Hey Juan, great video as always. I've been doing live sound and studio work for a while, so I'm completely on the same page. I dropped a comment to Jay as well, suggesting he should get the right mic for the job! I did a studio recording of a female singer with a rock band (I was playing bass too) and the SM7b gave great results. He should not blame the mic, without knowing what he has and how it works! Cheers, Pete
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SomeGadgetGuy - 23 Apr 20 01:38
He went through so much work to get what the mic would do better on its own.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 23 Apr 20 01:38
He went through so much work to get what the mic would do better on its own.
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User #32089171 - 23 Apr 20 01:59
For sure! And spent unnecessary money along the way :(
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User #32089171 - 23 Apr 20 01:59
For sure! And spent unnecessary money along the way :(
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SomeGadgetGuy - 23 Apr 20 03:08
Yeah that definitely hurts...
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SomeGadgetGuy - 23 Apr 20 03:08
Yeah that definitely hurts...
PowerDirector for Android Updated! New Layout! I Kinda Don't Love It!
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I edit a LOT of video from my phones, and PowerDirector has been one of my favorite tools for editing on the go. The new update changes the UI a bit, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a few concerns. Let's take a look at the New PowerDirector IN PowerDirector. I'm getting a bit meta here...


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User #32438572 - 5 Apr 20 19:33
I wonder why you haven't switched to Kinemaster. It has a much better UI, more granular controls, animations using keyframes and it supports 4K layers. On my SD845 Poco F1, I can have one 4K layer (you might do better on new phones). The only things PowerDirector is better in are stacking of adjacent layers in the timeline and better color grading controls. I use both the apps but fall back to Kinemaster for most of my edits. And as for the new UI, I'm with you, I liked the old one better, but maybe it's just about time you will get used to it
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SomeGadgetGuy - 5 Apr 20 19:57
4k and 60p. Kine is terrible at updating for new phones and supporting old phones. I can count on PD to finish 4K projects even on an SD660.
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User #32438572 - 6 Apr 20 06:17
Kinemaster can do 4K@60 too. Anyway, whatever setup you use, the thing is to make videos. And dude I love your vids! Keep up the good work!
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User #32438572 - 6 Apr 20 06:17
Kinemaster can do 4K@60 too. Anyway, whatever setup you use, the thing is to make videos. And dude I love your vids! Keep up the good work!
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User #9568280 - 5 Apr 20 19:57
I'm I'm with you. Not loving the new layout myself. Then again I'm new to the program with only a few months of use with it. It works better now with my Galaxy Fold than my more traditionally shaped devices, so that a plus i guess.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 5 Apr 20 19:57
True. It might be BECAUSE of narrower phones. Hurm...
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User #11680916 - 5 Apr 20 19:53
I love Power Director so I'll have to check out this update. I haven't used it in a while so this should be interesting. May play around with some footage from the kids time outdoors at the park today.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 5 Apr 20 19:58
Do it! It's amazing for cutting up family videos.
Does the Galaxy S20 use a FAKE Zoom?
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How DO cameras work?

As I've been talking about the Galaxy S20 and LG V60, people seem surprised by some of the performance I've been describing.

We might complain about compromises on one phone, but how do those changes compare to the competition? How closely should we examine marketing claims?

Should popular manufacturers be graded on a curve JUST because they're popular? Let's take a look at the Galaxy S20's spec sheet here...


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User #27562189 - 2 Apr 20 07:26
Samsung could have used just the 64 regular and 12 megapickles ultrawide and add a time of flight sensor as a third camera on a regular S20... That would have made more sense than the current combination...
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SomeGadgetGuy - 2 Apr 20 14:32
At least have been a little cheaper...
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User #30686177 - 2 Apr 20 21:54
I hear you but it doesn't grok. I've had the third lens zoom on the Huawei p20 pro and the Samsung s9+and my memory is that the zoom lenses worked much better than cropping. Are you maybe saying that their heavy duty crop process is better than me just zooming in?
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User #19751183 - 4 Apr 20 06:15
I just wish they'd bring out an updated 1020, the best phone experience I've had so far. It produced 8mp shots out of the 41mp with ois that were great (detail) and it was lightyears (ok 4 years) ahead of the competition in terms of zoom cropping. What is so hard to understand!? With today's technology they could iron out the niggles. The Nokia 9 Preview was a valiant effort but I could honestly care less about 5 lenses I want the end result. And 7 years later... the only reason were still discussing this is because manufacturers want to shift the phones and empty the shelves and the number of sensor madness suits them fine. And in general as consumers we just swallow it up. Frustrating indeed but it makes for fun conversations.
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User #11680916 - 4 Apr 20 20:17
I have been saying the same thing about an updated Lumia 1020/808 Pureview for years but Nokia/HMD didn't see the need for such a beast of a phone if they couldn't sell enough units I guess. My Lumia 1020 still takes nice pics to this day.
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User #274893 - 2 Apr 20 13:00
I feel your frustration! Most consumers can focus on 1 ,at the most 2 numbers, when buying/judging tech. It's a repetition of the digital compact camera hype cycle... Back then it was megapixels and perhaps zoom"ratio"*. Not a word about sensor noise, quality of the glass (read plastic) or what type of media-card it used... Right now the two numbers is still MP and then number of cameras. The rest is irrelevant - too much to remember, and who cares..? Right! [sigh] * Don't get me started about maximum aperture contra zoom"ratio"
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SomeGadgetGuy - 2 Apr 20 14:33
Yup. We're in a new megapickle race now. We're getting larger sensors thankfully, but people seem to think "premium" means 5 sensors on the back...
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User #26898600 - 2 Apr 20 00:00
I felt they did it on purpose is because they use the telephoto for 8K video. Cause I don't think 12mp lens can use for 8K video.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 2 Apr 20 00:17
Nope. Too low a resolution. Which still just begs the question, why bother with the 12MP shooter at all?
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User #19751183 - 4 Apr 20 07:01
... I even question the need for the "ultrawide", are we really sure a 2 pic panoramic on a better sensor wouldn't produce a better result most cases?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 4 Apr 20 14:59
With care and composition, panoramas beat ultra wide for detail and clarity. But the ultra-wides are handy for action shots. I don't really take many photos from the ultra-wide, but I do shoot a bit of video from them. Like sitting on the couch and capturing my daughter's first steps. I grabbed it from the ultra wide, i didn't have time to jump overthe couch and shoot the same frame from the main sensor.
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User #27562189 - 4 Apr 20 16:39
Panorama would be better image quality wise but people would complain then about stitching problems in images and how difficult it would be to take a good panorama shot. And yeah, ultrawide is snappier in those quicker situations which are over in seconds.
Great Tech Resources for Homeschooling! Videos, Apps, and Websites!
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2020-03-31T22:40:02+00:00
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Hey Patrons! It would really mean a lot to me if you could give this video a share. We're trying to pivot to making more Newegg content like this. Leading discussions on ways to help the community. You're participation is greatly appreciated!

More parents than ever are having to adjust to the realities of homeschooling, and my family is no exception. To keep kids intellectually engaged while traditional schools are closed, there are a variety of video resources, apps, games, and tech tools you can use.

In this video, lets rounds up some of my favorites and share some thoughts about the best way to keep our children learning during this challenging time.

We’re all in this together! Let’s share some good family tech!

If you need some homeschooling tech, check out Newegg’s homeschooling page: http://newegg.io/341054d

Science links discussed:

Dinosaur Train: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-QxR…
Dino Dana: https://youtu.be/3eotCE9aBmk
PBS Eons YouTube: https://youtu.be/JDnQmBFxIfE
SciShow: https://www.scishow.com/
NatGeo Kids: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Mike Likes Science: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxZp…
Geek Gurl Diaries: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxrp…
Grasshopper app for Android: https://grasshopper.app/

Art links discussed:
Lunch Doodle with Mo Willems: https://youtu.be/RmzjCPQv3y8
Art for Kids Hub: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5XM…
Origami: https://youtu.be/OhqzXHSAZUA
SketchBook from AutoDesk: https://sketchbook.com/
Bob Ross: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxcn…

Math links discussed:
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/
Khan Kids: https://learn.khanacademy.org/khan-ac…

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The Unite for Literacy: https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/
Storyline Online: https://www.storylineonline.net/
DuoLingo: https://www.duolingo.com/

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The Cosmic Kids: https://www.cosmickids.com/


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User #21235150 - 31 Mar 20 22:50
This is great, thank you!
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SomeGadgetGuy - 31 Mar 20 23:43
You're very welcome 👍
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User #20024473 - 1 Apr 20 02:29
Storybots on Netflix - it seems silly - but there is some great material in there. My [then] 6 year-old could explain why the sky is blue. And the songs are really catchy!
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SomeGadgetGuy - 1 Apr 20 02:31
We'll fire it up! Lex chewed through Motown Magic. Gotta find more stuff to keep her from binging on PJ Masks... Shudder...
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User #32574669 - 31 Mar 20 23:04
Shared on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook. Great idea!
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SomeGadgetGuy - 31 Mar 20 23:42
Thanks Ryan!
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User #32574669 - 31 Mar 20 23:47
My pleasure. I love your content.
ICYMI: Super Hyped LG V60 First Impressions Live Stream with TK Bay!
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User #27562189 - 20 Mar 20 16:52
Nice! You got it already. Seems to be so that no carrier will offer V60 in Finland but there may be one large retail store that can offer it if they can get it on stock. No information of availability though so might take quite many months to get it if at all here...
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SomeGadgetGuy - 20 Mar 20 18:21
Yup. LG struggling with distribution. Hopefully different markets get similar hardware. Like this might be a good G9X for some regions. Even if it's mostly the same phone.
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User #27562189 - 25 Mar 20 13:49
Aaaand I just got a confirmation that V60 won't be available anywhere in Finland. Ffffuuuuuu!! Maybe it will be possible to import one from Europe whenever it will arrive. I'm just beginning to lose hope of getting that device in my hands. 😂
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User #15153933 - 20 Mar 20 20:38
Dremel makes a great case enhancement tool.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 20 Mar 20 20:46
Ugh I need to get a new dremel. I had one I used to use ALL the time.
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User #16713209 - 21 Mar 20 07:25
I managed to get one here in Hawaii today, in one of the few T-Mobile stores open (and just before the mad rush of people). I'm surprised that Hawaii even got some on opening day (3 on Oahu, one of which is mine now); usually we're back of the bus and get things last.
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User #11680916 - 21 Mar 20 17:33
Hey Juan can you address the color conversion situation Danny brings up in his video. Is it because of the use of Final Cut Pro or do you also see the same thing from your video? https://youtu.be/K2EkFnwAH_k
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User #32387889 - 2 Apr 20 18:03
Question does any other phone have the auto time lapse mode . I found this yesterday and the theme options.https://photos.app.goo.gl/Wes4cHwEwHiLQ1kP8
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User #32387889 - 2 Apr 20 18:04
Just looking at the shot in the time lapse were pretty cool .
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User #17497471 - 28 Mar 20 17:34
Hi Juan, I always appreciate your videos. I picked up the G8 on your recommendation and really like it! What I'm wondering is if it's worth upgrading to the V60 from the G8? Thanks in advance!
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SomeGadgetGuy - 28 Mar 20 18:15
Depends on what you like in a phone? I think the G8 is the better "on the go" communicator, and will likely be unique as one of the only phones to have true secure face unlock AND a dedicated rear fingerprint. The V60 is the better "big computer", more powerful, more versatile.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 28 Mar 20 20:18
Still testing but early experiences looking positive.
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User #17497471 - 28 Mar 20 19:55
Thanks for the info. I do like the fingerprint sensor but it's not as accurate since the android 10 update. I haven't used the face unlock, yet, but have considered it since the fingerprint sensor, now, infrequently wakes up the phone. I'm not in a hurry to upgrade but the V60 does look pretty good. What do you think about the camera quality between the two devices? Thanks again!
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User #7826763 - 20 Mar 20 15:59
Please test the headphone audio asap :) I can't see it being much difference than the V40 and up as it's the same tuning company and as far as I can tell the same 4yr-old DAC But I heard from the designer of a popular app that LG has disabled pure DSD playback for some dumb reason. Since their V50 it converts to PCM which defeats the whole purpose of DSD--and is a real travesty.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 20 Mar 20 18:20
DSD. Nerp.
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User #16713209 - 21 Mar 20 07:27
Juan, you mentioned that the magnetic dongle has a couple of more pins than the G8X one? I'm wondering if the G8X dongle will work here (at least charge the phone)? You would think LG would try to make things simple and sell the same dongle for both products. And remember, Juan, it ain't gum! =P
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SomeGadgetGuy - 21 Mar 20 14:43
Nerp. The G8X adapter is a different shape.
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User #16713209 - 21 Mar 20 07:30
Also, did LG give up using their own email app, like how the G8 had? So now the default is Gmail?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 21 Mar 20 14:46
I guess so. I didn't use their mail client before, so I wasn't looking for it on the V60. Looks like LG is streamlining a bit...
Blackberry leaves the smartphone market (again): Some rambling thoughts on how we review gadgets...
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Blackberry is ending their partnership with TCL. No new Blackberry devices will produced or licensed. I took this news harder that I was expecting. My main goal in any tech conversation is to find better competition. Our gadgets are only fun and exciting when we have good options. The smartphone market got a little smaller today. I felt this was a good time to share some thoughts on tech reviewing and gadget fandom.


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User #25192030 - 4 Feb 20 21:14
I just couldn't bring myself to buy the KEYxxx series. I have my old Passport I use for fun (yes for real) and my main phone is an old LG V20. I am not such an enthusiast to spend money on these things sadly, nor can I really afford. I do use the virtual keyboard on my V20. I still love that keyboard. So yes, haha I made that comment :D Sort of.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 4 Feb 20 22:46
LOL The Passport is incredible though. I just pulled mine out recently to do a lookback article. It's amazing how smooth it is for the hardware packed inside.
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User #23634926 - 4 Feb 20 00:03
Damn Juan!!!! That's a well thought out video. Every tech YouTuber need to watch and understand this video. You are the best!!! Going to bump up my patreon sub to $2. Well done!
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SomeGadgetGuy - 4 Feb 20 01:02
Appreciate it bud 👍
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User #12024326 - 4 Feb 20 01:36
That was dope Juan, among the many things, thanks for shining a brighter light on the other side of YT. Not sure if you remember the Nuans Neo Reloaded (and W10 mobile Nuans Neo before it)., if not, it was a dope phone from Japan, that went the kickstarter route and unfortunately didn't hit it's target. Fast forward and we have things like the Planet gemini, Planet Cosmo, nexdock2 and most recently the the Fxtec Pro 1 making it to market! It's sad news about BB in the mobile space...though nothing wrong with re-trenching, restrategizing and possibly returning, not sure how it works for them in terms of scale but considering the volume of red edition key2s (one day !)...perhaps there's an avenue for Community input (a la Eve V, Eve Spectrum) and crowd funding the next Blackberry key3 or Priv2, etc.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 4 Feb 20 05:29
One would hope. It's just a shame that TCL had become a really solid ODM. Fingers crossed we see BB try again.
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User #12024326 - 4 Feb 20 18:52
Tell me about it, and the way TCL is starting to move with their own branded offerings & distribution, , they're looking to make a bigger name for themselves, especially here in the states. Could you imagine some BB or TCL phones that among other things, can properly Continuum/Dex themselves with TCL branded TVs? Anyway, one can dream! wonder if BB will consider relicensing with India's Optiemus, the BB Evolve , and Evolve X especially, were some nice looking/ sounding phones.
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User #18911389 - 4 Feb 20 01:17
Damn this hit kinda hard. As a person who has been around BlackBerrys ever since the Storm, the news was hard to hear today. I appreciate you shedding some light on how broken tech reviewing has been as of late, and I will always appreciate your honesty and fairness when it comes to these reviews- and thankfully I have the awesome V40 because of them. I think its time to go up a tier here on patreon. Thanks for all of your hard work! :)
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SomeGadgetGuy - 4 Feb 20 01:30
More than ever we need to be the good resources for our family and friends. I'm very encouraged by the conversations we have here and on social media.
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User #13322898 - 4 Feb 20 00:47
Speechless. Never thought of tech reviewing this way but so obvious once you say it. Juan you really made an impact on how I think about the tech ecosystem. Thanks.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 4 Feb 20 01:04
So happy to hear that. I'm proud to lead conversations like these with tech enthusiasts, and that we all in turn can be good resources for our family and friends.
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User #12186821 - 4 Feb 20 00:12
Thanks for being a sane voice in the nonsensical clutter that is the online✌️tech✌️ community. This is why I support you.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 4 Feb 20 01:02
Right back at ya. Greatly appreciated.
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User #12181502 - 3 Feb 20 23:34
😥
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SomeGadgetGuy - 3 Feb 20 23:41
Same.
Android 10 on the Sony XPERIA 5: Gestures for a Skinny Phone?
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2019 was a strong year for Sony hardware. The Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 showed off a new skinny form factor, a bold new design which still echoed the hard-edged rectangular DNA of classic Xperias. I was very taken with this approach in my X5 review.

The other half of the phone review equation though, how well has the manufacturer updated the software for the phone?

Pretty darn well.

Sony is a very quiet manufacturer, especially in North America. I wouldn’t blame any consumers for being unaware of the phones, and the fact that Sony software support is surprisingly good.


I’m always happy to trot out my Xperia XZ1 Compact from 2017. The phone was updated to Android 9 in 2018, and while it hasn’t received Android 10, it’s still getting bug fixes and security patches today. Sony has delivered over two years of support so far.

Similarly, the Xperia 1 and 5 were recently updated to Android 10. Sony fell behind most of the OnePlus 7 phones, but was ahead of Samsung, LG, and other premium manufacturers.


Sony’s UI strategy is fairly conservative. Xperias use a mostly stock layout with a handful of small customizations to icons and a few standalone Sony apps and services. The 2019 Xperias add a side navigation panel to help with the taller form factor.

Numerous articles have been written on the new features in Android 10, but the most immediately visible is the system wide Dark Mode. Sony moved to OLED displays for this generation of premium phones, and those screens are put to great use with a dark theme. The phones already look like the monolith from 2001. A dark theme just reinforces that angular design.

The main practical consideration for the Xperias, how do the phones handle gestures around Sony’s custom navigation panel?

Android 10 introduced a side-swipe to replace the back button. Sony’s side panel uses a double tap on the edge of the display to open shortcuts and controls.

My first day using this combination was a little frustrating.

If I missed the swipe, I’d often open another app or interact with something in an app, like accidentally clicking a link in my browser. Double tapping the edge of the screen, I was almost equally as likely to accidentally mimic the back swipe or open an app as I was to open the nav panel.

It took a couple days of casual use to differentiate these actions. Whenever we change something like a navigation action, it’s unfamiliar, and we need a little time to retrain that muscle memory. On day one, each gesture was a jarringly deliberate action. A couple days later, I think I have a good feel for these actions.

I’m still not the biggest fan of the back button side-swipe, but the gesture makes more sense on these increasingly taller phones. Sony screens at 21:9 and other manufacturers pushing to 20:9, the reach from the top of the screen to the bottom navigation dock is getting wider and wider. I still don’t think Android handles gestures as well as a direct button tap, but we at least don’t have to move the phone around in our hands as often for basic navigation.

The Sony Cinema Pro camera app also gets some fantastic new features.

The same great controls remain for shutter speed, white balance, and focal length across all three sensors. The Xperia 5 showed off a new rack-focus option, allowing you to smoothly transition from one focus point to another over a set amount of time.

Users can choose different options for frame guidelines. The app natively shoots 21:9, but you can frame for 16:9 to make sure you get the look you want.

Audio controls were easier to use in this update, and there’s a new focus guide to help you snap on to your subject.

And there’s a new level to help with positioning the phone. A tiny little green guide in the viewfinder, but super easy to reference while shooting.

Sony remains one of the top options for shooting video, and offering up nearly complete professional control over the content being shot. My one request moving forward would be focus peaking, to help make sure we’re locking on our subject correctly.

Performance Stays Snappy…

Lastly, Android 10 seems to have helped ironed out some of the performance deficits we saw in Android 9. The Xperias this year were capable performers, if falling just outside the top tier of speedy phones using the top Qualcomm chipsets.

Video rendering stayed almost exactly the same from Android 9 to 10. Both PowerDirector and KineMaster posted almost exactly the same numbers, differences well within margin of error. Rendering times just behind the OnePlus 7T

Video stabilization however saw massive improvements. Smoothing out a one-minute clip of UHD video, the Xperia 5 dropped from 92 seconds on Android 9. Android 10 completed the same task in 53 seconds. That puts the Xperia ahead of the Galaxy S10, and just a second behind the Pixel 4.

I’ve just started using a new RAR compression test, and I’m going back to re-test phones to see how they compare. I’ve taken every top single from 1960 to 1969 (1,017 MP3 files weighing in at 3.22GB), and we smash them all together to make one RAR file. I use RAR because RAR Labs makes a native app for Android which compares well against Windows 10 compression tests.

A Pixel 4XL completes this task in 5:03. The Xperia 5 squeaked by in 4:55. By comparison, my Windows laptop with an 8th Gen Core i7 finished up in 4:25. A modern premium phone is only falling behind a $1000 laptop by around a 10-12% deficit. That’s terrific performance.

Lastly, Geekbench does show a tiny improvement. Single-core performance hasn’t changed, but there’s a small but repeatable lift to multi-core scores.

The Xperia 5 is a fun phone to revisit.

We should all be on the look out for differentiating features. Sony’s form factor and display are a unique twist on the standard Android slab. The smartphone division is drawing terrific inspiration from the Sony Camera team. And thankfully, Sony remains one of the better options for timely software support.

That’s a good combination for folks shopping a competitive premium handset.

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User #15546162 - 16 Jan 20 14:20
I just visited a Sony store in China and both the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 are such singular looking devices. They somehow have a futuristic and yet old school Sony look to them. The Xperia 5 is definitely on the top of my list for phones, specifically the red coloured.
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User #11680916 - 16 Jan 20 14:29
Definitely pondering on what they're gonna be showing at MWC this year especially with the return of the headphone jack and front facing speakers. That paired with their new cinema mode is a match paired in content creators heaven.
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User #12024326 - 15 Jan 20 23:16
Dope phone, if only they had a NA release with some of those other colors they showed off at launch !
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SomeGadgetGuy - 15 Jan 20 23:28
Truth. You can have any color you want so long as you want black.
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User #26645493 - 18 Jan 20 00:50
Absolutely love that you cover Sony phones!! Excited to see what Sony does this year!
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SomeGadgetGuy - 18 Jan 20 01:32
After the X1 and X5, I'm VERY excited to see what they do next.
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User #12080016 - 18 Jan 20 17:53
Me too! I'm expecting a next tiny phone...from XZ1C. I can say nothing about gestures and skinny devices; I haven't had the opportunity to use it 😀
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SomeGadgetGuy - 18 Jan 20 18:10
I'd love to get a new Compact. Especially with Qualcomm improvements in 2020.
The Patreon 4K Flip Begins!
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Hello Patrons!

Welcome to the magical world of 2020!

During our last state of the Patreon, I detailed one of the plans I'll be using for content delivery.

In the past, "preview videos" on Patreon were 1080p and then public videos on YouTube were 4K. My new years resolution was to flip that relationship, and that happens NOW!

Moving forward we're going to have a dual stage release for videos.

Patreon will now get the full resolution 4K version of the video. I'll release those videos early for subscribers on the "Preview" tier.

When the video goes public, a separate 1080p version will be published on YouTube. And after YT, a 1080p version will be archived on Twitch.

The first video to get this treatment was the iPhone 11 Pro vs LG V50 comparison. Patreon is the best place to see that video, and those camera samples, in full quality!

Happy to share this perk with all of you supporting this project and my channel! Looking forward to working with you in 2020 and beyond!


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User #12080016 - 5 Jan 20 20:55
So, if I've understood you correctly, 4k is just for us (patron), right?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 5 Jan 20 21:44
Yup.
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User #12080016 - 5 Jan 20 22:23
Sounds good 😀
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User #23710314 - 5 Jan 20 20:27
Absolutely no regrets!
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User #11680916 - 5 Jan 20 22:48
Nice.
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User #25192030 - 5 Jan 20 20:49
Thanks. And Happy New Year man, and all the best 2020!
Christmas on the Sony A7iii: A full frame miracle!
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2019-12-28T00:00:02+00:00
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Test driving the Sony A7iii!

I’m so used to shooting on phones, it was refreshing to take a Sony mirror-less out for a spin. Our holiday memories this year are looking REALLY good. After a couple weeks, I’ve got some thoughts to share on this monster camera body, which completely deserves all the praise it’s been receiving.

Is it good enough to convince me to switch? Let’s take a look!

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Pixelbook Go review: I love it for reasons Google might not like…
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There are a TON of great options when shopping PCs and Laptops. Differentiating features are really nuanced. The Pixelbook Go is a fun take on a mid-ranger laptop with solid hardware specs. It's the software that will make or break the consumer experience. Who is the Pixelbook Go for? That was a trickier question to answer than I thought it would be...

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User #23710314 - 20 Dec 19 23:57
Beat everyone to it?
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User #23710314 - 18 Dec 19 19:03
My time has come
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SomeGadgetGuy - 18 Dec 19 19:13
I've only just scratched the surface 😁
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User #23710314 - 18 Dec 19 19:16
Would it make for an Apples to Apples comparison? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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User #11914598 - 21 Dec 19 05:35
I feel this is a great hardware package with some skepticism in regards to software. Knowing this, the 13 inch LG Gram pops in my head as the option for those that like local software. That a fair comparison?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 21 Dec 19 05:46
It's a good comparison for sure. I think the Pixelbook is a bit more durable feeling, the LG seems lighter. We use a gram at Newegg as our "do everything else" fill in the gaps PC.
OnePlus 6 on Android 10: A High Water Mark
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The OnePlus 6 is one of my favorite phones from 2018 to revisit. The last offering from OnePlus with a rear fingerprint sensor and a headphone jack, this phone STRONGLY tested my theory on waiting for the "T" version.

The OnePlus 6T was an exciting phone. It came in a gorgeous purple shell. It got a carrier deal with T-Mobile. However, the farther we get from 2018, the OnePlus 6 is the phone I hold closer for its practicality.

Well over a year from its initial launch, how well is OnePlus keeping up with support for the 6? Pretty stinking well...

Which shouldn't come as any great surprise. OnePlus has built and maintained a solid reputation for software support. There's now an expectation. Not only will your phone get a solid couple years of support, but those full OS updates will come relatively quickly.

The OP6/6T series of phones landed the Android 10 update in a comfortable window, just outside the fastest updates delivered for phones released in 2019. The original estimate was for a public BETA in October and a public release in November. OP lagged slighlty behind that, with a staged public release the first week of December.

There was some gnashing of teeth over on the OnePlus forums, but in the grand scheme of Android updates, slipping a couple weeks is far from the worst performance we've seen.

What's interesting from a reviewer perspective, is getting to test a phone which launched with Android 8, and see how this hardware holds up on Android 10. Two significant updates.

I've mentioned numerous times before, the update from Android 8 to Android 9 arrived with some noticeable performance hits. One example on the OnePlus 6 specifically, using Google Photos to stabilize one minute of UHD video, went from 69 seconds to 81 seconds after the update.

Android 10 has been touted as better performing OS, and OnePlus is a terrific platform to test those claims. The brand delivers some of the snappiest devices available, at any price point.

Conclusion at the top of this section: The OnePlus 6 mostly did get faster!

Android 10 and OnePlus optimization seems to be "peanut butter jelly time".

Not to put TOO much value on synthetic benchmarks, but Geekbench 5 shows a roughly 4% improvement in the final score. I doubt the phone really did just magically get 4% faster, but it is 4% faster at running Geekbench. That's not nothing.

Better still, that pesky video stabilization test now bests the results we used to see on Android 8. From 69 seconds down to 62. I ran the OnePlus 6T on Android 9 again just to double check, and ended up with a time of 83 seconds. Android 9 does not like Google's video stabilization plugin.

Video rendering saw a small but consistent improvement. My new render test is one minute of UHD video over 6 ten-second clips, with transitions, a watermark, and a soundtrack. The OnePlus 6 on Android 9 completed the render in two minutes and eighteen seconds. Upgrading the phone to Android 10 brought that time down four seconds. Again, testing the OnePlus 6T on Android 10 confirmed about a four second difference in performance.

I'm still structuring a good compression test, loading a bunch of audio files into a folder, then timing how fast they're compressed and extracted. Android 10 was consistently slower than Android 9, but in a range so close I'm tempted to call it margin of error. Where a test could take a minute to run, the differences were typically within two seconds. I need to structure that test a bit better before sharing more results.

Above all that, I'm just thankful the phone still feels quick. I think we've all been in that situation where we finally get an update, and then the phone performs slower or stutters through the UI. I don't know of many consumers that would be able to detect the differences in performance between the OnePlus 6 and a more recent flagship phone from 2019. In fact a few newer phones might feel pokier by comparison.

Oxygen OS (OnePlus' custom spin on stock Android) really is something special. I still fully believe manufacturers like Samsung and LG can innovate on top of Android, and fill some of the gaps Google leaves.

Oxygen is different though. A "stock adjacent" flavor of Android, which still improves on the customization of Google's platform, offers up some fun unique perks, but is still instantly recognizable to folks who like a more "pure" experience.

Returning to the OnePlus 6 specifically, it's another data point reinforcing the idea that OnePlus really will update and support older handsets. The OP6 didn't get the fastest update. Bundled with the 6T, they were pushed to a second tier. However, "Second Tier OnePlus" support is still faster than most of the rest of the Android industry.

I believe 2020 will be a challenging year for OnePlus. OnePlus released significantly more phones this year than last. Rumors point to even more phones coming from OnePlus next year. That puts additional strain on resources to support and update older phones. OnePlus might already be struggling, given that the Android 10 update was released for the 2018 phones BEFORE the 2019 5G devices.

Google proved surprisingly capable of getting updates out for three years of phones on day one. I don't believe we'll see that kind of response from OnePlus in the future. Instead, I think we'll see the company pivot to a more traditional staggered model. We can hope that "slower" updates from OP still manage to outpace larger brands (who should be able to devote more resources to support).

And when we get those updates, we can all hope they continue to improve the performance of our gadgets. Trust is a precious commodity in the tech space. The Android 10 update for the OnePlus 6 affirms that my trust wasn't misplaced.


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User #16713209 - 13 Dec 19 21:18
Now, if only LG can get with the program and update our G8s in such a timely manner....
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SomeGadgetGuy - 14 Dec 19 00:04
What's super frustrating, there are Android 10 roms out. The Korean phones are understandably ahead, but the carrier branded phones are just sitting there. someone leaked the Sprint V50 Android 10 internal beta. You can grab it now. It apparently works great. No word or urgency on getting it out to consumers. Shrug.
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User #16713209 - 13 Dec 19 21:16
In conjunction with oxygen updater, I updated my McLaren 6T to the latest Android 10 version. I also got the OP 7T Pro 5G McLaren from TMobile to take advantage of the 5G network (amazingly, Hawaii is included in the initial rollout!). So now I have two phones running Android 10, and I can compare and contrast the two against each other. I've already noticed some slight differences between the two in that certain apps behave the same on both, but one app may run okay on one phone but not fully function on the other (any thoughts? I'm chalking it up to the different chips and maybe the 5G stuff.)
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User #15012480 - 13 Dec 19 20:49
Great Write up Juan! I got my OP6 right after the release of the 6T specifically because of they removed the headphone jack and rear fingerprint sensor in the 6T (I had to get it on Ali express because they didn't sell it in the OP store anymore). Coming from the 3T I was holding out for the T variant but those where too much of deal breakers for me. But like you said, this phone feels so snappy even now. I haven't noticed any performance hits since 9 (unlike my old 3T which felt a bit more sluggish after the update). The stock feel and added useful customization of OOS as well as timely updates is what keeps me wanting another OP. I haven't gotten the 10 update yet, but I keep furiously refreshing the OP downloads page for the OOS 10 full zip to drop.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 13 Dec 19 20:52
It really is a special phone. Did you try oxygen updater? That usually works for me.
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User #15012480 - 13 Dec 19 21:02
Oh it grabbed it! Thanks Juan!! (queue my entire evening going away haha)
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SomeGadgetGuy - 14 Dec 19 00:01
😁👍
LG G8X Review: Two Screens ARE Better Than One!
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2019-12-07T22:29:14+00:00
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I like this phone a lot. LG has done an amazing job of straddling their usual premium phone strategy, while also competing in a space closer to OnePlus for pricing. Unique features, great performance, excellent battery. There aren't many weaknesses here. Let's dig in! LG G8X REVIEW IS GO!

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User #7826763 - 30 Dec 19 15:04
So much for the G8x nice low price point. That has apparently ended with no notice....good 'ol LG.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 30 Dec 19 15:10
Sales can only last so long 😥
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User #25743951 - 8 Dec 19 16:32
Hello, thx for your work. I first intended to get a korean v50 and saw right after that a v50s was released with , I think, interesting improvements but I have questions that you might clarify If u could, does v50s share same audio output and recording as v50? And is it overall the same phone put aside the cameras change, the screen resolution to pair with the dual screen and dual screen power change?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 8 Dec 19 17:27
That I don't know. I think the G8S lacks the quad dac, but no idea about the V50S. Sorry.
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User #16713209 - 26 Dec 19 08:11
Juan, what are your thoughts that the LG V60 will also have a two screen accessory set up like it's predecessor, the V50? Apparently, it will rotate freely like the G8X version. Looks like LG is learning and improving with each iteration.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 26 Dec 19 23:50
A V50 with an SD865 and a better second display would be killer. Wouldn't need much improving. The only major "change" id want is a non-carrier-molested unlocked model.
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User #16713209 - 7 Dec 19 23:33
So Juan will force LG to issue a legal disclaimer/warning for the magnetic clip: "WARNING: Do not place clip near boxes of white gum. Always check your white gum to insure that you do not ingest your clip by accident. LG will not be responsible for personal medical bills or discomfort if this warning is not followed."
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SomeGadgetGuy - 7 Dec 19 23:34
Ha! I totally should...
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User #16713209 - 7 Dec 19 23:39
I gotta say, of all the ways to lose that clip, that's the most original one I've ever seen.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 7 Dec 19 23:45
Best facepalm of my life!
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User #25743951 - 8 Dec 19 18:46
It also jumps ram to 6g to 8 and ram to 256 from 128
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User #7826763 - 11 Dec 19 00:23
Can you see if LG finally fixed the DSD cut off issue using their otherwise great music player...that's been plaguing their phones for at least three generations now? In case you weren't aware, the built-in player will cut off the first second of a DSD track... and it's yet to be fixed (through V40 anyway) since that app has no upgrade path.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 11 Dec 19 00:57
I'm totally down to try, but none of my music is DSD. If you've got a source or a link on preferred encoding from another source, I can give it a spin.
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User #7826763 - 11 Dec 19 03:53
Try these. You haven't heard what the phone can do if you haven't heard DSD :) I've been collecting every great DVD-Audio & SACD disc (the best music formats ever IMHO) since early 2000s. On my LG V30s the music player cuts off the first second when DSD played directly. I use UAPP personally to directly play my meticulously compiled ISOs but would be nice to have stock working as backup player. https://www.oppodigital.com/hra/dsd-by-davidelias.aspx http://www.2l.no/hires/index.html (first track is great) V30s music player is version 6..20.11 / V40 version (not loading) is 8.0.7. What is G8x version number (settings/app info)
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SomeGadgetGuy - 11 Dec 19 06:20
Right on! I'll give that a listen.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 11 Dec 19 23:18
Thanks for that link. I SWEAR I'd seen that before, but completely forgot about it. I fired up some of the David Elias links and they seemed to play fine. Tiny little click inbetween each track, but they seemed to play from the very beginning fine.
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User #7826763 - 23 Dec 19 14:12
That's good. I'm sure the phone's audio is pretty much in line with the V50 (and the V40 before that) since they all use the same 9218P chip and are tuned by Meridian. Ironically, that is the *same* Merididan of MLP fame...or DVD Audio. That and SACD are IMHO the best invention ever for hi-res audio...just a simple 5.1 setup needed unlike 87.2 channels now needed for ATMOS :)
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User #25743951 - 8 Dec 19 18:21
Alright, I’ll try to get this phone it’s name is lgv50 LM-V510N so I think it should have it just like the lgv30s or 35s had, thx
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User #9544727 - 7 Dec 19 23:52
I must say, I'm loving my G8x. Its a very solid phone and I'm happy with it.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 8 Dec 19 00:22
It's such a solid performer. A good replacement for folks that can't grab a V50.
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User #25743951 - 11 Dec 19 19:50
Hi again, in my journey to gather info about v50’s audio chip I have been told that v50 has ess chip quad dac while v50s has qualcom own chip quad dac. that don’t talk to much to me but then a Korean seller answered me that LG v50 can read MQA and LG v50s can read both MQA and dsd files could you guy confirm that?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 12 Dec 19 15:53
Scott and I have been discussing that. The V50 (I don't have a V50S) has no issues with DSD and MQA from what I've been able to test.
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User #25743951 - 13 Dec 19 15:29
Ok, does lg8x read dsd too? Since it is The US version of v50s, v50s should be able to read it too. It seems that v50s Korean seller attempted to fool me by saying me that v50 could not dsd and v50s could, thx for the feedback.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 13 Dec 19 16:39
It SEEMS to support SOME DSD and MQA, but it's flakier. MQA only shows up as HI-FI, where the V50 shows MQA. Most of the DSD tracks play fine except for some of the HUGE files that also borked on the V50. The MQA though, it's about 50/50 if the phone recognizes the file, which could be an issue with the FLAC container? It doesn't seem the G8X audio support is exactly the same as the V50.
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User #25743951 - 13 Dec 19 17:41
By this enlightenment and With exclusively audio wise on point of view, would u pick v50 over g8x or the differences aren’t significative enough to matter ?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 13 Dec 19 17:42
Regardless, seems that seller had his info flipped. I'd assume the V50S would be similar to the G8X.
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User #25743951 - 13 Dec 19 19:28
G8x being slightly behind v50, At least when it comes to MQA? I d’ prefer get a V50s/g8x but if the audio is behind the v50 I’d rather stay on lgv50 as choice, sorry with all my asking this represent a big investment to me so I’d like to be the most aware before taking the plunge
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SomeGadgetGuy - 13 Dec 19 19:59
So obviously my testing is REALLY limited in scope of just this conversation, but it would SEEM the V50 is the safer play for broader audio file support. That can't be conclusive though, as I've only fired up about ten MQA and DSD tracks.
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User #25743951 - 13 Dec 19 22:17
Alright alright I think i will take more time think, no need to hury. Thx you still for your availability
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SomeGadgetGuy - 14 Dec 19 00:01
Happy to help. It was a great question.
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User #25743951 - 9 Dec 19 13:00
Hi again, is the g8x audio segment exactly the same of the lgv50 one?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 9 Dec 19 15:00
It's VERY similar audio-wise.
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User #7826763 - 11 Dec 19 21:01
From the V10 on, they have all used ESS DAC chip (same 9218P). However *some* G series depending on country have used the Snap chip instead. The V10 through V35 were tuned by B&O, but starting with the G8 (and V40), the tuning moved to Meridian in the UK. With the right material the sound difference is noticeably better...as the earlier V series devices coudl sound a bit bright at times.
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User #12095092 - 9 Jan 20 16:30
I picked this up from Telus (in Canada) for $650. I agree with so much of your LG comments. They consistently put out some of the best phones and people constantly overlook them. Bang for your buck, there isn't a better deal than this phone right now. When you combine that with the flexibility it offers and all the cool stuff no other phone has, it's a no-brainer. I do hope they continue to evolve the dual screen experience though. it's pretty basic right now and has so much potential for more.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 10 Jan 20 00:00
Fingers crossed they can dog themselves out of this trend and they don't become another HTC.
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User #16713209 - 7 Dec 19 23:45
And LG isn't charging an arm and a leg for the clip, either. $7.99, per their website. So it's affordable enough to get a couple, leave one at work and keep one at home as a backup.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 8 Dec 19 00:22
I really should grab a couple...
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User #11367200 - 11 Dec 19 09:38
If only LG would bring this to the UK 🥺 all we got this year was the V50 and unfortunately that is out of my price range.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 11 Dec 19 16:10
It's so weird. In years past everyone would get some flavor of the G, and the V was hard to get in many places. This year it seems every region and carrier got something different. G8, G8S, G8X, V50, V50 dual screen, V50S...
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User #7826763 - 11 Dec 19 00:03
I've been waiting for Mr LG to review this phone. I'm dying to know if there's any audio improvements between my similarly tuned V40 & what he thinks overall of probably the best value phone out there right now. Delving into the review right now...
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User #25743951 - 9 Dec 19 15:19
So I guess either the v50s share the same audio hardware with v50 nor it has the same with g8x which is pretty much the same. Alright, thank your for the help😄
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User #25743951 - 8 Dec 19 16:34
Regards from France👍
Sony Xperia 5 Review: 2019’s best sleeper?
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Sony has been refining and polishing the Xperia line up. The Xperia 5 now represents one of the best performing Sony phones I've ever used, at a more competitive price than previous "premium" Xperia handsets. Great cameras, very good battery life, and a fantastic screen!
It's just a shame that no one will know about it...

XPERIA 5 on B&H https://bhpho.to/2PdxSt0
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XPERIA 5 REVIEW! Sony has been refining and polishing the Xperia line up. The Xperia 5 now represents one of the best performing Sony phones I've ever used, at a more competitive price than previous "premium" Xperia handsets. Great cameras, very good battery life, and a fantastic screen! It's just a shame that no one will know about it... XPERIA 5 on B&H https://bhpho.to/2PdxSt0 XPERIA 5 on Amazon https://amzn.to/2s15t15 TEAM SGG PATREON https://www.patreon.com/SomeGadgetGuy Juan's Phone Photography Book https://amzn.to/2HqvUCk SomeGadgetGuy's Gear List Panasonic G85 http://amzn.to/2oKNwAm Panasonic G9 https://amzn.to/2XU3mLQ Olympus 17mm f/1.8 https://amzn.to/2StRDxF Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 https://amzn.to/2LAASjA Audio-Technica Lavalier https://amzn.to/2WywofM Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface http://amzn.to/2p5l7py Shure SM57 Microphone http://amzn.to/2oypnLm Cloudlifter CL1 http://amzn.to/2oKN9G5 LED Light Panels http://amzn.to/2oy60ls AJA U-TAP HDMI http://amzn.to/2wfprBF Elgato HD60 S http://amzn.to/2p95Unu -------------------------------------- SGGQA Podcast RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SGGQA SGGQA Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1CoyEVlB2S8QD1nYZEAOwc SGGQA Podcast Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/I35g3xxwbkpkvijbncryxr4tpea SGGQA Podcast iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/somegadgetguy-sggqa-podcast/id1027231243 SGGQA Podcast on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/juan-carlos-bagnell/sggqa-podcast-talking-tech-with-somegadgetguy?refid=stpr SGGQA Podcast on PlayerFM: https://player.fm/series/sggqa-podcast-somegadgetguy SGGQA Podcast on Archive.org: https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator:%22Juan+Carlos+Bagnell%22&sort=-publicdate Official site: http://somegadgetguy.com/2012/07/15/support-somegadgetguy-get-cool-stuff/ Juan on Twitter - http://Twitter.com/SomeGadgetGuy Juan on Instagram - http://instagram.com/somegadgetguy Juan on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/SomeGadgetGuy Links on this page may be affiliate links which help support production on this website. #sony #xperia5 #android

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User #23412859 - 6 Dec 19 03:52
Loved the review! (Frantically refreshing software update screen) love this thing. Just wish more color choice than black for US models.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 6 Dec 19 04:17
Would love to see this phone in a rich jewel blue...
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User #15182654 - 5 Dec 19 16:18
... and the Android 10 is launching today. Any chance you'll still have the phone and will be able to offer you thoughts on Sony's take on Queencake?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 5 Dec 19 16:22
I'm actually asking to hold the phone a bit longer RIGHT mow LOL.
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User #12961928 - 5 Dec 19 05:30
you know it's weird everytime I see Sony coverage I'm reminded of that one friend that used to swear by his Sony device but he kept breaking it and then he went to LG and now I think he's on an iPhone but they really do make some great devices it's sad that not too many people know about them but I digress. Either way another solid video really good stuff keep up the great work catch you on the next one.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 5 Dec 19 07:51
Not to say they didn't have some rough years there, but damn these new Xperias have gotten SO much better.
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User #20351390 - 19 Dec 19 18:15
So this phone still does not unseat the LG V40 or V50 as a content creation tool and/or contender to replace my latptop?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 19 Dec 19 22:20
It's tough. It's REALLY good, and we've used footage from the G8X at Newegg and on my own channel, but if I were really leaning into content creation, I think the V series would be my focus.
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User #20351390 - 20 Dec 19 19:34
I figured. The G8X looks really compelling because of the dual-screen option, which seems more refined that the V50's. But, I assume V50 is superior in video rending with PowerDirector. I can't recall if you tested your new rendering test on both phones side-by-side. The problem with the V50 is the 5G only support, which is a BIG deal for traveling to places, mostly without 5G. I suppose I could track down the Korean variant, which I think is still 4G LTE. Have you played with a Korean V50?
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User #15182654 - 5 Dec 19 16:43
I've been liking the new gestures on my OG Pixel and I'm curious to see how they will work on the smaller phone with the 21:9 screen
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SomeGadgetGuy - 7 Dec 19 00:09
I think it might be kind of a pain with side panel gestures. Probably have to pick one or the other.
Pixel 4XL Review: Accepting it's a really good phone...
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Can we make it a rule? That we don’t take Pixel reviews seriously until we see the fabric case is messed up? I mean, like someone actually used the phone enough to get a LITTLE life on it…

At some point we need to acknowledge that the Pixel 4 is a good phone. A REALLY good phone. The heatlhy debate isn't "winner or loser". Instead, the tricky question for Pixel fans:

How large is the audience for THIS phone, who won't be satisfied by a Pixel 3A?

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User #12961928 - 5 Dec 19 00:41
Wow now that's what I call a balanced and fair review my friend good stuff
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SomeGadgetGuy - 5 Dec 19 03:09
Glad you enjoyed it 😊
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User #278409 - 7 Dec 19 03:37
The Black Friday $500 deal for 128gigs was pretty good. I'm enjoying it now. It's as slippery as a wet soap bar so I need to get it in a case fast, before I drop it like one of those water snake toys.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 7 Dec 19 05:24
And the matte finish is even a little grippier than most glass sandwiches.
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User #27899995 - 8 Dec 19 15:39
I just bought my Pixel 4 XL in Singapore few days ago and believe me it is so hard to find one. 4 XL is OUT OF STOCK. I had to talk to the manager and arrange one from any available branch they have in Singapore. Luckily I got one! This phone is fuckin amazing! By the way, it comes with free Google Nest.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 8 Dec 19 17:28
Aw man. Ours didn't come with anything extra like that. We just have to settle for getting a really good phone...
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User #27899995 - 9 Dec 19 03:44
I think Google has a promo this time. My Pixel 2 XL before doesn't come with any promo and I got it a bit expensive. :D
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User #23710314 - 4 Dec 19 17:52
Juan you gotta stop with these logical & reasonable reviews, they're melting my little brain!
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SomeGadgetGuy - 4 Dec 19 21:12
😁
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User #11914598 - 6 Dec 19 08:09
Great review. The Pixel 4 has my jaw on the floor in performance. A lot was lost in brand names and spec sheet flexing.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 6 Dec 19 15:27
It was a surprising result for sure.
Asus ROG Phone II Review and Some Thoughts on How Gaming Phones are Reviewed...
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If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree...

One part phone review. One part cranky soapbox on how no phone will ever really be "good enough" to tempt reviewers away from the most popular brands for YT SEO.

This was a LOT of phone for me to wrap my brain around in two weeks. Let's chat specs, hardware, and UNCOMPROMISING performance.

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User #22956124 - 22 Nov 19 00:25
Oh how I have missed my ROG but I have really enjoyed my time with the v50. Review.... COMING SOON TO A PATREON NEAR YOU 👀
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SomeGadgetGuy - 22 Nov 19 01:10
Woot woot!
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User #19988627 - 14 Jan 20 01:09
I'm sorry I'm quite a few month late to this one I know but I just gotten around to watching it, but I have a question I'm currently using an aging Galaxy s8 plus with a dead USB port screen burn in and an a massivly decreased battery life so needless to say it's time to upgrade the question is as somone who isn't interested in Mobile gaming (I am a gamer but I prefer my consoles) is this a good opition for just a generally heavy user ? Or do you think there's better opitions ?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 14 Jan 20 01:14
It's a solid option, but some things to consider. It's big, heavy, and chunky. The open air vent means no water resistance. You do get great performance, great battery life, and a fast fluid screen. As with all phone selection choices, it kinda depends on what you need/want and what compromises you can live with. If you're not going to use the gaming features, it's still very good, but you might be able to save a little cash for a more mainstream performer.
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User #19988627 - 14 Jan 20 01:43
I'm a big guy with big hands so phone size is never really an issue for me as for water resistance it is the reason the port on my s8 is dead it feel in the sink while I was washing my hands and now I have a notification saying there's water in the port that haven't went away for a year and it prevents from using the USB port so not having water resistance to me at this point is a feature, and to be honest what really draws me in towards this device in particular is the battery I'm a university student and I use my phone on campus all the time I have my text books loaded on it I use it to take and exchange notes edit documents on the go and hell even record entire lectures at times I also use it watch videos between classes and listen to music/audiobook/podcast on my way to my way to university and on the way back and all that on mobile data so battery life is my priority here alongside performance. For the point you made about saving cash where I live I can get my hands on the Chinese version which is around 500USD and that's cheaper than most other opitions in the same performance bracket (I'm sorry I posted this comment incorrectly the first time 😅)
LG G8X vs LG G8: The difference ONE letter makes!
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Will a phone by any other name perform as sweetly? Sure!

I really thought these two would be more similar, but ONE accessory decision makes them feel significantly different. The G8X couldn't feel more different from the G8 than if they were made by different manufacturers.

Let's take a quick tour through what's different!

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User #25324528 - 22 Nov 19 08:15
Taking the case out of the equation which one is the better phone overall?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 22 Nov 19 08:27
G8.
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User #25324528 - 22 Nov 19 08:48
Thanks. Now just how I can source it from an importer for the Korean version in the UK
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User #11287986 - 23 Nov 19 01:44
Can we use the G8x without the second screen?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 23 Nov 19 01:49
Of course. It's sort of a V50 lite without the second screen.
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User #865200 - 22 Nov 19 00:08
The G8X isn't available on Verizon and that makes me sad.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 22 Nov 19 01:11
Seems like the unlocked version lists Verizon compatibility https://bhpho.to/2O5Bvlv
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User #20024473 - 22 Nov 19 14:56
I researched the bands pretty thoroughly and took the chance and bought the unlocked G8X off Amazon , and activated on Verizon. So far so good. And - no Verizon bloatware!
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User #15546162 - 24 Nov 19 05:25
I would absolutely enjoy your commentary and analysis of the cameras between the G8 and G8X. Thanks!
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User #20024473 - 22 Nov 19 15:00
Juan - what's that pointy-shaped stylus you've got there?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 22 Nov 19 15:57
https://youtu.be/7jGSQdoA_kw just my old wacom
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User #20024473 - 22 Nov 19 18:22
Great! Thanks!
Pixel 4XL Camera Deep Dive - Script Preview!
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I’m not sure I’m going to make ANY friends with this review.

I’ve had a long running love/hate with Pixel cameras. Since my days at Pocketnow, I’ve tried to push back against the idea that the best auto HDR automatically equals “bestest evar camera evar”. I don’t think a manufacturer needs to exclude people who care about composition and control, to cater to folks who don’t.

But I digress.

CONCLUSION

To begin at the ending.

Google delivers one of the smoothest consumer experiences available, and it’s almost immediately clear when using the phone, that every compromise of the platform is dictated by the limitations of the hardware, and arriving at the decision to make the phone smoother. Every feature lacking from this phone was removed to make the camera experience smoother.

It’s the tricky thing about the Pixel this year. Google is trying to focus on a specific kind of feel, and that’s rubbing enthusiasts the wrong way. But acting like, because the phone isn’t for enthusiasts, it can’t be for anyone else, is disingenuous. It’s not difficult to imagine an audience for this phone who will love this experience. Our debate should be “how broad is that audience”.

Google’s march towards smoothness makes this the single most effortless snapshot experience I’ve used this year. We know this hardware well. We’ve gotten really comfortable with Google’s software processing.

You pull the phone out of your pocket, hit the shutter, put it away, and you can be pretty confident the image you captured will be juicy and ready for Instagram.

And then that’s it.

You can’t really go any deeper. Even my Pixel 3a has a few more settings and controls to chew on.

This camera is at once a fantastic victory for refinement, and also introduces some unexpected roadblocks. We ultimately arrive at a very positive review for those folks who aren’t inclined to do much more than push a shutter button. Conversely, I can also appreciate those people annoyed by some of the omissions.

The duality of the Pixel 4, the easiest phone camera I’ve ever used while shooting samples, and also one of the most difficult to describe.

The phone for the 80%?

Kind of.

I could keep waffling on the philosophy of this phone, but what’ll make more sense is just digging into some samples and looking at performance.

HARDWARE

Starting with hardware, as mentioned, this is well worn territory. We’re at the end of this sensor’s superiority. Smaller than half inch 12MP shooter, all the bells and whistles.

Even for adding a second sensor, Google upgrades the pixel in the most traditional way possible with a zoom. I’m really glad all these techies finally came around on ultra wide sensors. People used to tell me they were fun but unnecessary when I would show them off on LG, but now that popular phone companies have started using them, NOW lacking an ultra wide is a “deal breaker”.

And again, I think it’s easy to see why Google made this hardware decision, but it definitely strays from the phone camera zeitgeist.

I could go on, Let’s look at some samples.

Exposure

Starting with exposure and saturation, We immediately run into the main philosophical decision of the whole camera. There’s no control over HDR or AI settings. It’s all or nothing. There’s no way I’ve found to consistently deliver a standard style jpeg. Every shot has some degree of multi-capture or additional processing.

In making the camera more “reliable”, preventing output from blowing out highlights, juicing up the color, it can make the use a little less predictable. What kind of photo will you get out of the phone? Whatever Google thinks will look good. And that’s good enough for you.

It’s ultimately successful. I’ve advocated for this kind of auto mode numerous times in the past. I don’t like cameras that return us to the old menus of separate modes. Food mode, ai mode, multiple tiers of HDR, crop mode, fireworks mode, mode mode. Google is absolutely correct. If it’s an auto mode, we should use all the technology we can get to make the experience as automatic as possible. I just wish we had a manual mode for more simplifed output.

Everything here is out of the camera ready for social media sharing. You build a lot of trust that this camera is going to crush your highlights and shadows. Everything is “safe”, but everything has that processing sheen.

To my eye, this works best for cooler and earthier colors, but the sky can sometimes land that unnatural “BLUUUUUEEE”, or browns that start to push too ruddy. HDR often lets us down with warmer colors, and the Pixel is no exception. Yellows seem to be the worst for color clipping, where we start to lose detail between petals, differentiating between parts of the flower, color, and depth of field blur.

Reds actually maintain a bit more structure. We see that push into unnatural magenta, but pieces are more identifiable in a busy menagerie of blossoms.

I don’t often comment on skin tones, but this HDR style processing doesn’t really lead to a more natural depiction of light and shadow. Compare this against a camera with a larger sensor, and skin from a pixel will look more colorful, but flatter and plastic-y, compared to a sensor with a real advantage for dynamic range.

White Balance

One of my two biggest concerns for this camera though, moving to white balance, there’s no way to tell the pixel to make an adjustment when it gets the color wrong, and the Pixel struggles with warmer light, then HDR processing compounds that color value.

Indoor lighting regularly looks kind of gross yellow. Like these shots of Lex using her first easy bake oven by an open window. And then shifting to a different angle, we should expect some differences, but this is a pretty extreme swing, and completely different color values, that I don’t think we’d have been able to predict. Even for getting comfortable with the camera, this was a surprise, and I don’t like surprises when I’m trying to preserve family memories.

This kind of mustard-y look is more expected at night, under gross street lamps. Hanging out with the YouTube Tech Guy, it’s an ugly look, but this we could have predicted given the lighting.

But then we get to the creepy gate, and the Pixel is working against the lighting, trying to compensate for the true white of the subject. Again. After looking at the night portrait, I would not have expected this result on the gate. Color me mustard-y surprised. And I don’t like surprises.

Back to daylight shots, we’re in the middle of fire season here in the valley, so I expected most samples would be warmer than our traditional setups. Smoke in the air, longer winter shadows on the ground, the Pixel is doing a reasonably good job working around that quality of light.

Again, this camera seems programmed to shoot around the situations most folks like to capture with their phones, the 80%, but output gets unpredictable at the fringes of our photography, and that’s exactly where you’d want to be able to predict what a camera might do in challenging situations.

Dynamic Range & RAW

The dynamic range conversation is increasingly useless when talking about JPEGs. Most phones seem to be moving to this multi-exposure HDR style processing. The actual dynamic range of this sensor hasn’t changed, we’re just smashing more and more raw images together. We’ll talk more about this in the app performance section, but Google is mangling so many exposures together, there are times this phone feels like a Nokia 9.

The RAW side of the situation feels a bit stunted. We know this sensor can produce larger RAW photos, so I wonder if Google opted for some kind of mRAW or compressed RAW to increase speed of capture. I’m happy that every photo can preserve a RAW, but they don’t seem to demonstrate the same editing range as a camera that saves a larger file. Not quite two full stops of brightness to reign in, but still a decent safety net for folks that like to edit.

Lens Quality

Maybe the biggest improvement from the original Pixel to know, is how well Google has reigned in lens flares. We’re at the limit of optics with this sensor, huge apertures on tiny glass elements. All phone cameras will demonstrate some optical problem with this style setup, we’re just choosing which flavor of distortion, fringing , or flaring looks better to each end user. There’s no right answer, that becomes a personal preference. I think we’re all glad that the worst JJ Abrams style destructive flares are gone now.

The tricky thing about lens quality when looking at such heavy processing, it comes with pros and cons. Google’s software does an awesome job of scrubbing out fringing and ghosting, but sometimes the structure and sharpening look really unnatural. It’s HDR right? So, if the cleanest shot of a burst has some motion blur, the camera will still try to apply structure and sharpening filters. And parts of a face might look crisp, and smeared, at the same time.

The RAW files give us a better indication of what the lens can really do, and unsurprisingly, it’s about the same quality of performance we’ve been seeing since the Galaxy S7, with some small refinements over the years to improve performance at larger apertures.

Macro / Bokeh

But one of the best ways to stress test a camera lens, is work right up close. The Pixel is an upper average performer for Macro shots. A regular close focusing distance, no ultra wide to use as a super macro lens. Using a touch of zoom can help close the distance, and highlight your subject.

It’s a nice soft bokeh when working at the closest focusing distance, but Again, HDR stacking and auto processing can work against us. If your subject is just a bit farther away from minimum focusing distance, that structure and sharpening will try to enhance the background of your shot. I don’t want branches behind a flower to be more identifiable, they start to compete for attention behind my subject. And again, I can’t control for that. The camera will decide when and how it applies filters, or I can only work off the RAW photos.

Portrait Mode

When you can’t shoot at macro distances, Google includes a software cutting background blur mode. Google’s portrait option delivers some of the best subject identification I’ve ever seen. From the rear camera, I haven’t seen a cutting error yet. The only thing I wish we had was a more natural focus fall off, like the depth tracking we got on the Nokia 9. More layers of distance and blur information, and consumers will have a functional replacement for nicer standalone cameras. We’re getting really close.

Sadly, the selfie camera doesn’t perform nearly as well. This needs another update or three. Seeing that halo around the subject is a bummer. I expect this will be adjusted for, but it’s something we would have expected to see perform better out of the box.

Low Light

Minus white balance, the Pixel is pretty well behaved in lower light conditions. Again, performance at night is comparable against other phones using always on HDR modes. The software processing will leave in a bit of grain and noise to balance detail against a faster set of exposures. I really like that it’s not wrecking a shot to scrub out all the noise, and then produce that gross cartoony look of over sharpening what’s left.

Color and white balance can be problematic in really challenging conditions, but an out of the pocket candid shot is what this phone excels at in any lighting condition.

Night Mode

When you do have the opportunity to sit and stage your composition, Google popularized a night mode, and it’s still one of the better solutions for a handheld longer exposure.

It’s another step less predictable for all the auto processing, returning to our creepy gate, it scrubs out even more color info from the light, to find a bright white on the gate which REALLY doesn’t exist. This gate is not that white.

Many competing phones are offering some kind of night mode now, but Google’s is still near the top of the heap for making night look as close to day as we can from a phone.

New for this year, if you set the phone up on a tripod, you’ll have access to an astro photography mode. For how streamlined the camera is, an advanced feature like this is poorly buried in the menu options, and suffers terrible conveyance. I doubt the people who Google is claiming to make this phone for, will know where it is or how to activate this mode.

I wish I could test this better, but even up in the hills, there’s way too much light pollution to get a good star capture. The capture is impressive though, how a phone can sample the scene for almost five minutes, and balance that against the rotation of the earth. In a traditional long exposure, 30 seconds or longer, stars start to become streaks not pinpoints of light. I REALLY want to take this phone camping, and see what this mode can really do.

Focusing

Google also excels at focus and subject tracking. It’s one of the best features of this camera, never gets enough praise, but tap on a subject once, and even when you switch around in a handful of modes, the camera will try to follow what you originally focused on. It’s a huge innovation, delivered in the simplest “take it for granted” kind of package.

I really can’t stress this enough. Delivering a feature this advanced, which completely blends into the background of how a consumer uses the product, something the user doesn’t need to consider or think about, is a supremely difficult coding challenge, and Google nailed it with autofocus.

The future of technology will not lie in making flashy things to impress us. The future of tech will be incorporating gadgets into our lives in ways where we don’t even notice they are assisting us.

Zoom

And Google is attempting to do that with zoom. They’re just a bit clumsier here.

Remember. Smoothness. Every decision is balanced against “smooth”. Managing the transition from standard view to zoom is smoother than switching from standard to wide. If we’re going to make this feel like it’s one constant action, no interruption, then the zoom makes sense.

Google wants to prune every setting, every option, and ANY interruption which might pause the user experience. Ultra-wide doesn’t currently fit in that equation, and Qualcomm’s chipset doesn’t really offer good support for triple cameras. The support for dual cameras is still kinda weak.

And Google is correct, this is the smoothest action I’ve yet used on a phone moving to the zoom. There’s almost no perceiveable change in performance, there’s very little dance between the two sensors interrupting your composition, and again, we just take that smoothness for granted in how it blends into the background of the experience.

It takes a ton of work to push us that little bit smoother. Making it look this easy isn’t easy. But it’s easier for techies to whinge on about the phone lacking an ultra-wide. An ultra-wide most reviewers acted like was no big deal when LG was the only option.

Oh, but now iGalaxies have ultra wides? DEAL BREAKER.

Google’s zoom is slick. You do shift to a smaller sensor at around two times zoom, and google’s software helps tremendously. Filling in the gaps, improving on the weaknesses of that smaller sensor. But even Google can’t completely fight physics and lens clarity. At the far end of the zoom, image quality is still going to look like a water color. It’s in the medium range of this zoom, you’ll see really well behaved performance.

No HDR – No AI

This is the section where I would normally talk about HDR and then AI modes, but that’s the whole phone. So for a minute or two, I’m just going to side by side some raw and jpeg photos. You can see some of those processing differences. I’ll check back in after a couple comparisons.

Panorama

Moving on to panoramas performance is great, but I still don’t like the zooming out effect when capturing a panorama. As you need to line up the shot, the shot is zooming away from you and getting smaller. It looks clever, but is an exceedingly dumb way to compose a wide shot.

Google’s fine detail stitching though is absolutely insane. This is the new champ for the street scene, not only nailing all the powerlines, but continuing the way they’re curving through the scene, without a single bump or distortion. I’ve never seen that before.

Exposure leans a bit bright, but it’s a well balanced look considering a 180 degree panorama will often include the sun. Unlike, say a Samsung where exposure can get real weird shooting into the sun.

The lake shot is simply stunning. Perfect curves, the horizon doesn’t have weird bumps in it. No stuttering. I love shooting panoramas, and Google’s performance here is fantastic.

One quick counterpoint, I’ve seen some folks say you don’t need an ultra wide if you can shoot a panorama, and that doesn’t quite work for me. While the stitching here is the best I’ve ever seen, pano shots still have problems with moving objects. We’d expect the camera to struggle with cars, but even humans walking will distort during the scan.

If this was my only memory of seeing the millennium falcon, I’d be upset at how distracting all the people on the ground were.

Selfies

I hate taking selfies, and the Pixel is good, but doesn’t convince me to use a smaller front camera instead of a rear camera selfie.

At arms length we benefit from a softer depth of field blur from the rear sensor, where the front camera feels sharper and buzzier.

There’s only so much software can do to fight the physics of light. And the Pixel fights the fight well, but this is still not how I would prefer to capture or preserve memories. Not when it’s so easy to line up that square housing and shoot off that rear sensor.

The video off this front camera doesn’t inspire much confidence either. A fairly standard 1080p, respectable stabilization, but it wouldn’t be my first pick for a walk and talk vlog.

Video

Sticking with video, there’s been much gnashing of teeth over the lack of high frame rate UHD video. We know this hardware is capable of 60 frame per second video, but it seems the choke point again is Qualcomm and the snap dragon.

Again, how do you create a video camera with no noticeable interruption between two different camera sensors? Those two cameras need to shoot at the same time. And that seems to be the lock Google placed on the Pixel 4. This chipset has no issues capturing 30 frame per second UHD from two sources, it’s a no-go doing that at 60 frames per second.

I feel like I’m repeating myself here, but the user should never perceive that anything has changed. From 1.9 times zoom to 2.1 times zoom, there’s a barely noticeable pop as the phone shifts the viewfinder over, and many people will miss that pop as just a part of the hand shake from holding the phone. It’s barely a twitch.

Google made a decision. There should be as few things to manage as possible. The user shouldn’t be concerned with any operation other than pointing the camera in the right direction. That’s it.

Now, I’m glad techies are starting to care about higher quality video, but I felt like I was alone out there for years. Pushing 4K on the Note 4 and the V10. Thanks to phones like the V20, no moment of my daughters life has been captured below UHD except for slow motion video.

I guess first world smartphone consumers, who can afford premium phones, good cloud storage, and a back up hard drive, just hate their families. Only thing I can think of for why they wouldn’t want to capture their memories in the highest possible quality. If you shoot 1080p, you hate your family.

Why are you booing me? I’m right! If you’re complaining in my comments, why waste time whining at me when you could be helping your family and friends shoot better video. My family loves each other, and I make sure they shoot 4K.

4K video, HEVC, now gadget nerds care about 4K 60 because Apple did it. It certainly wasn’t a deal breaker at the beginning of the year. And no one seems to care about LG delivering AMAZING high frame rate video even with the limitations of the Snapdragon chipset.

But for someone who does care about pushing the limits of video creation on a phone, it is a bummer we don’t have an option to toggle on the Pixel 4. It just flies in the face of Google’s philosophy here. There’s no way to do 4K 60 seamlessly, so the Pixel 4 won’t do it at all. You’d need to disable hardware zoom, and have an extra option consumers would have to interact with in a menu, some way to explain what the differences are, and that’s not gonna work here. Google is cutting every extra option and mode that they can.

But while I make fun of specs nerds and tech reviewers, I do have a word for google as well. The explanation that “most people still shoot 1080p” is factually accurate, but a terrible excuse. Out of the box, new premium phones should shoot UHD. Most nicer mid-rangers should default to 4K. What are you paying for? What’s the point of improving the performance and the camera every year, if out of the box we encourage most consumers to shoot the same quality video we’ve been able to capture for almost a decade now.

Dear Google, this is not how you lead. A market LEADER does not look at what consumers can currently do, and just give them that. A market LEADER shows consumers how they can do better than what they currently have.

At once I think the Pixel 4XL completely delivers on the experience most consumers will want from it. And I completely understand some of the ire aimed at this phone. It’s stuck inbetween huge expectations, and Google is doing a terrible job explaining why they’ve made certain decisions. So, it looks bad when you have limited storage options on the phone, you lose a perk like unlimited full quality cloud storage, and some camera features are locked when competing android phones can deliver high frame rate options.

That’s a delicate path to navigate, and like many other companies this year, Google’s PR isn’t quite getting the message across.

Stabilization

What I can’t complain about though, the stabilization is still top notch. Software stabilization is a tricky thing to get right, and when the user tries to hold still, few phones will deliver a video shot that looks like it’s on a tripod.

The issues remain with pixels at night though, when the shutter speed is wide open at 1/30th of a second, you’ll see blurry frames, and buzzy transitions. But I want you to look at the light reflection on the creepy tunnel. That’s what my hands are doing. The video is incredibly smooth.

If you want to take a deeper dive on stabilization, and improving the quality of your video, I have a separate tutorial on how to use manual modes to capture smoother and cleaner video, but of course you can ONLY do that out of the box on LG and Sony phones. Not even Filmic can consistently deliver true pro video capture across all phones and all camera sensors.

Audio

Another happy discovery, Google is starting to take audio capture more seriously. The mics and noise rejection on the Pixel 4 are substantially better than where we were in years past.

There’s a brighter more vibrant quality around music and human speech. And these mics seem to be capturing a wider dynamic range. Especially in louder environments and concert situations, we get peakier, but we’re able to keep a prettier audio signal going before distorting. I have some samples on the Patreon which I can’t upload here because of potential copyright, but it’s pretty impressive.

Slow-Mo

What used to be one of the pixel’s strengths, the rest of the market has caught up or surpassed Google. Slow motion is fine, it’s just sort of normal good. No fancy burst modes, no better options or control. It’s good. I was just hoping to see some improvement or new features. Google kept this mode simple too.

App Performance

And that brings us to the app and camera performance.

Google cut everything they could out of this phone. The main modes on the right. A floating panel slides in from the left, and then just the photo and video basics are left in the options. Again, a 3A will have a few more options to control for photography. Like white balance, which the pixel 4 could really benefit from.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this phone is incredibly smooth in it’s intended operation. I really don’t think we could make a point and shoot shooter much easier without loosing more functionality. Snappy, quick, and accessible.

The issue for performance, this phone does a TON of computational lifting in the background, and it’s not hard to prompt a thermal warning in hot weather.

90 degree heat in los angeles, and it took me a while to figure out, that bursting three or four sample photos and then shooting a 4K video sample was running the phone twice as hard. If you shoot heavy, this phone starts to feel a little like a faster Nokia 9. If you immediately check a shot, you’ll see the phone is still processing it in the background.

Shooting those sample photos and then shooting a video immediately, the phone was still chewing up the photos while I was dumping 4K video on top. Add in the fancy fabric case, which seems to insulate the phone, and very quickly into capturing samples, Viewfinder got choppy, a thermal warning popped up on the screen, and a few videos got stuttery.

This phone doesn’t seem to have any advanced thermal hardware, where a V50 will never stutter under heavy use, the pixel seems primed for a much more casual audience.

Happily, this is one of the few phones I’ve used, where playing audio won’t get interrupted by shooting video. I listen to podcasts while I shoot, and even with the phone running hot, it wouldn’t pause playback to capture the video. Kinda neat.

One last point, I’m not sold on the highlight and lowlight sliders. Considering the push towards simplifying, dual sliders require more fiddling. This seems to complicate what should be a quick adjustment. Tap to focus, and slide up or down for brightness is fast. Tap to focus, slide the highlights, slide the shadows, check the viewfinder, doesn’t really seem to make this any easier. I’m a creature of habit, but spot metering and adjusting one slider seems better to me.

The Wrap Up

But that’s enough rambling from me, let’s wrap this up. Where’s that leave us with the cameras on the Pixel 4XL.

Reviewing a camera is NEVER a binary decision, winner / loser, or a one number score.

  • What are the manufacturer claims?
  • How has the phone improved over previous models?
  • How does it stack up against the competition?

Google’s claims here seem pretty modest. They’re trying to make the easiest to use camera for causal smartphone shooters. By that metric, this is one of the best “shutter button” solutions in the mobile market. Tech reviewers keep reviewing phones, hiding behind the idea of “average consumers” and then freak out when Google really does focus on “average consumer” use.

You spent all that time demonizing manual modes, hyping up the iPhone, and acting like Samsung’s pivot towards less functionality was a good thing, this is the end result of streamlining.

Why are you booing them? Google is correct.

If we let the market indicate what features consumers use the most, this is the camera we will receive. Instead of using our reviewing platforms as ways to educate consumers how to get more for their money, techies keep pointing to the lowest denominator use. Don’t act like reviewers have been champions of functionality and features. I’ve been on the receiving end of naysayers since I’ve started reviewing phone cameras.

Case in point, how does the Pixel stack up against the competition?

Pretty well.

The iPhone 11 pro is capable of doing more. Has that wide angle shooter people seem to care about NOW, but out of the box, it’s kinda the same experience. The only exception being 4K 60 video.

So here’s what we have to believe listening to tech reviews.

MOST AVERAGE CONSUMERS don’t use advanced camera modes, will rarely ever look at the settings in a camera app, almost never install third party camera apps, and only ever want to push a shutter button.

But at the same time, the pixel 4 camera is “garbage” because it doesn’t have 4K 60 – which most people won’t activate, and it doesn’t have a wide angle camera, which was never worth it on LG and Huawei phones, before Samsung and Apple adopted them.

For $1000, the smaller iPhone 11 Pro is going to cut your storage in half, and won’t offer much additional photography performance over a Pixel 4XL.

It’s really convenient to cherry pick “pro performance” when it helps a popular brand, but let’s not pretend any of this ever mattered until it became a way to trash the pixel.

Apple is making grand "Professional" claims with their camera, which can’t be realized without professional accessories, and a different camera app like filmic. Maybe also a small film crew.

Google is making a completely different claim in delivering the easiest to use point and shoot solution.

Out of the box, at the same price, Google arrives much closer to their claimed performance than Apple does.

Apple gives you more room to grow, but from years of being an LG and Sony fan, other reviewers keep telling me that potential doesn’t matter.

The Pixel will never be a camera for me, but this is an incredibly easy camera to recommend to folks looking for the most streamlined option in the android ecosystem. Someone out there wants a nicer premium phone, with first party Google software support, and a crazy clean camera. We should debate how broad that potential consumer audience might be, but for those consumers, it won’t get better than a Pixel 4.

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User #14423180 - 22 Nov 19 01:47
Having used the U11+ for 2 years now (HTC's HDR Boost algorithm is essentially a scaled down HDR+), I can safely say that I don't want to have another Google phone camera. I just hate image stacking on phones. Maybe I'm sensitive to it but so many daylight shots just come off as unnatural. Especially regarding dynamic range, where the phone will appear to find more detail and lighten up the shadows than what can be seen with the human eye - perfect for instagram, but it can get annoying when trying to use the camera to capture something in a creative manner. It's definitely the type of phone camera I would imagine my parents loving, if that says anything about Google's strategy.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 22 Nov 19 02:00
It does WEIRD stuff to skin, especially when the white balance leans warm, and it makes the whole affair just silly unpredictable. The only thing you can count on is "juicy" color.
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User #15134535 - 23 Nov 19 05:36
THANK YOU. I thought I was the only one on Earth who felt that sentiment about certain companies adopting ultra-wide shooters and then people acting like it was a "new thing" that every flagship should have when LG has had them for like 4-5 years.
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User #11680916 - 22 Nov 19 01:12
Am I the only one who reads these in Juan's voice?😂
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SomeGadgetGuy - 22 Nov 19 01:42
😁
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User #23710314 - 23 Nov 19 18:23
This review just made me shout "my thoughts exactly!" in my brain quite a few times. That $5/mo really is worth it for content like this!
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SomeGadgetGuy - 23 Nov 19 22:14
I greatly appreciate the support! I can't really dig into "less popular" phones without the help.
Smartphone Thermal Throttle Test: Pixel 4XL vs LG V50 vs OnePlus 7T vs Asus ROG II
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EPIC smartphone throttle test!

If we want phones to start replacing laptops, they have to handle heavier workloads. I’ve gotten criticisms that my video rendering test is too short, so let’s REALLY drive some phones hard. What if we rendered a WHOLE MOVIE on a phone? Can our mobile gadgets hand with laptops? Will phones run too hot?

Only one way to know! We gotta do it!


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User #15836833 - 16 Nov 19 01:46
All I need at this point is a video editor on Android that's very close to Premiere Pro in terms of features and I'm sold. PowerDirector does its job pretty well but I've only really found myself using it for basic rough cuts
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SomeGadgetGuy - 16 Nov 19 03:18
We can be fairly sure Adobe will take their time with any mobile offerings. They'll lead with iPad and filter to a handful of popular devices from there.
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User #12080016 - 16 Nov 19 20:26
I never expected a defeat... pardon, this kind of result, in terms of power computing from OP7T. However, OP7T should be very useful in a lot of situations, compared to most of the laptops nowadays. What we don't know is how much temperature influence the results. Astonished by the Pixel 4Xl... Both Google's hamsters are...wow. Ps. just a suggestion... maybe a compararative with a laptop (Mac?) let us to understand how really fast are this devices.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 7 Dec 19 16:06
That's what's so incredible here. The OP trashed my Matebook, and the other phones were still faster. Performance isn't one score or metric. The OP would still beat the Pixel for heavy gaming, but if you're REALLY into going there's the ROG. More competition for specific needs is always better.
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User #27857312 - 7 Dec 19 15:06
I too am astonished by the Pixel 4XL. It makes me wonder what kind of black magic they're using to get that level of performance.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 7 Dec 19 16:07
"Ok Pixel engineers... Who sold their soul to the devil THIS time?"
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User #12080016 - 16 Nov 19 19:48
I never expected a defeat... pardon, this kind of result in terms of power computing. However, OP7T should be useful in a lot of situations, compared to most of the laptops nowadays. Astonished by the Pixel 4Xl... Both Google's hamsters are...wow.
Apple: Premium e-waste - Normalizing Disposability
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Let’s be frank. If I hadn’t put “Apple” in the post title, would you have clicked on it?

The reason this article is going to focus on Apple, they are the highest profile company pushing these kinds of manufacturing decisions. If you’re a fan of Apple hardware, I’m sure there will be an inclination towards defending your brand.

“Other companies are doing things like this too.”

Other companies should be criticized too.

Though, we should acknowledge that many of these companies wouldn’t be following this path if Apple hadn’t shown how profitable it would be to make expensive headphones as disposable as possible. Apple will also stand to take the lion share of the profits. It’s my belief we should start with the largest companies, and THEN work down to smaller players copying Apple.

We should “punch up” with our criticisms. Apple is currently the king of this e-waste hill. We’ll start with them.

I’m an Audio Snob

I playfully use the term “audio snob” instead of “audiophile” to describe my headphone addiction. I’m not looking to sit in a perfectly acoustically tuned home theater with a single pair of crazy expensive headphones on a super expensive amp, plugged into a turntable, all at a price tag worth several times more than my boring old Nissan sedan.

I like collecting different options, that have different strengths and weaknesses. Those options are generally pricey compared to the general population buying headphones, but they’re not outlandishly expensive. It's really not difficult finding great options for $200 or less.

I like practical and time-tested solutions, especially for nice studio monitors.
I’m thrilled by this new generation of low cost in ear monitors.
I prefer spending a little bit more on headphones that can be serviced and repaired easily.

Audio Kit Should Last

The tough thing about audio gear, manufacturers won’t get a ton of turnover purchases.

Once someone invests in a decent pair of cans, with care and maintenance, those headphones should last for a really long time. I purchased my first pair of Sennheiser HD25’s in 2008. I used them in studios, on location shoots, and they’re still a comparison point today in my headphone reviews. I was NOT kind to these headphones, especially on the location shoots, but they proved to be rugged and dependable monitors. Almost twelve years later, they look rough, but they’re still completely function. The only repair was new ear pads about four years ago.

I completely expect these cans should last me at least another ten years with care, if I can find more replacement ear pads.

Talking about “professional” audio, I think a lot of consumers are intimidated by the perceived premium price tags. I spent roughly $200 on my HD25’s over ten years ago. There’s no battery in them to fail. The tech won’t fall behind for Bluetooth or fancy new codecs. They’re tanks.

What consumer electronics can you buy for $200 today, and expect them to perform for twenty years?

Bluetooth is Different

Ok. If we want the convenience of wireless, it’s not entirely fair to compare studio-grade cabled audio to consumer-focused wireless audio.

We’re excited about the true wireless earbud trend today. No cables of any kind while worn. A magic driver plugs into each ear. It kinda looks like Star Trek.

The issue with this design? Tiny earbuds require tiny individual batteries.

The original AirPods were rated for around four hours of listening per charge, and after two years of regular use, those tiny batteries are delivering far less play time. Heavy AirPods users are finding significant degradation, and the only solution is to replace them. AirPods can NOT be repaired.

The AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro aren’t much improved. Similar play-per-charge ratings of around five hours per charge.

Starting at $160, topping out at $250, we’re in the same ballpark as professional audio gear, but the expected life-cycle under regular use might only be about three years. Worse, there could be an expectation of uneven battery wearing. If you use one AirPod more than the other, it’s likely a consumer might need to replace one part before the whole system wears to a similar level.

If you paid the additional $29 for AppleCare, your replacement cost will only be $29 per part. If you’re out of warranty, then an AirPod will cost $69 and an AirPod Pro will cost $89.

If you’re nearing three years of use on AirPods Pro, as those batteries are starting to fail, it’s going to be far more cost effective to buy a new set of wireless ear buds than to replace what you’ve been using.

Apple believes $250 every 2-3 years is an appropriate cost for decent audio.

WhattaBout-ism…

I wanted to compare AirPods against a similar, but older solution.

My Plantronics BackBeat GO were my first pair of stereo Bluetooth earbuds. Released in 2012, I bought them in early 2013 on sale for $70. The original retail price was $89.99.


It’s a cabled neckband solution. Just a wire connecting the drivers to one single battery. They were originally rated for 4.5 hours of playback (similar to AirPods), and they still support features like activating a voice assistant and on-earbud volume control. No fancy case, they charged over Micro USB on the rear of the right driver.

For almost two years, these were my daily driver earbuds. Listening to podcasts and music, taking phone calls, I topped them off every day. Somewhere near the end of 2015, I lost them. I shoved them in an old camera bag, and completely forgot where I had put them. At that same time, I was reviewing more consumer gadgets, and I was cycling through more headphone and speaker reviews.

I recently found them while cleaning up in the Gadget Lab. From the end of 2015 to almost the end of 2019, they sat completely discharged in a backpack. Letting a little battery completely drain is never good. There’s no way to replace the little battery in this neckband that I know of. The BackBeat GO 2 battery surprisingly CAN be replaced, but I haven’t found a guide for the original BackBeats.

Let’s stress test!

This is a worst-case situation for a wireless product: two years of daily use, and then four years of neglect.

The BackBeats wouldn’t turn on at all when I found them. I plugged them in, and it took about two hours for the charge indicator to display a full charge. I paired them to my LG V50, and I played music in one continuous stream until they died.

They ran for two hours and twenty-four minutes.


I’m shocked they held on that long. I wouldn’t want to rely on them today as my daily driver earbuds, but this is much better than I was expecting. Almost two and a half hours of consistent stereo playback, from a pair of six-year-old earbuds, which in 2013 cost about half of what a pair of AirPods sells for today.

I don’t think we should assume AirPods will fare as well if treated in a similar fashion.

Conditioning Consumers to Pay More

This is the insidious side of a product like AirPods.

Apple built a reputation for making some of the most polished products available. Over years of this manufacturing advantage, many consumers will simply trust that the experience of staying in the Apple ecosystem will be better than if they stray.

Rather than comparing and contrasting, it’s just “safer” to trust Apple has the “It Just Works©®™” solution.

However, when it comes to audio, Apple’s solution is significantly more expensive over time, and offers dubious conveniences over competing solutions. Most of the AirPod “convenience” is simply replacing what Apple broke when they removed the headphone jack from the iPhone.

We Should Fix This

As I stated at the top of this article, we should absolutely be critical of any company engaged in similar manufacturing. However, if we really want to change this industry, I believe “Top Down” criticism will be more effective than “Bottom Up”.

Seeing a repair guide on the Backbeat GO2 from 2013, and similar guides on products like the Creative Outlier Air, give me a little hope that we can refine this true wireless trend. There’s simply no reason that wireless options need to be completely glued shut.

If we’re going to spend premium cash on audio gear, we should get more than three years of use out of those products.

If we’re going to really “vote with our wallets”, we also need to acknowledge competing options like neckbands. I’ve already made a cheeky video declaring neckbands superior.

Continuing that conversation, we should be discussing these options with family and friends. Apple’s marketing budget rivals the GDP of small nation states. They have a much larger megaphone to drive what’s “in vogue”. If we give up on the conversation, then the sales trend of non-repairable true wireless ear buds will make competing options far less attractive to manufacturers.

“Consumers will spend MORE upfront for LOWER audio quality, AND they need to replace these earbuds MORE often!?!?! SIGN US UP!!!”

That’s not the audio future I want.

Respect your ears. Respect your wallet. Respect the planet.

We can do better.


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User #12080016 - 17 Nov 19 00:46
Someone said: "I was an Apple user, then I grown up". Ok, it's sort of a joke but it kind reflects my feelings about Apple products. I'll try to be brief. My Apple story begins whit an ipod for running sessions. It was good enough. When was time to switch to a new laptop, I've chosen a white macbook thinking was as good as the ipod. Used for around 4 years, and then was time to switch: no new O.S. Updates, no possible to change the hdd with a ssd (I've tried but it remains very slow), run out of 3th part batteries, and fun started to be very noisy. I couldn't considered a new mac because more expensive and even worse than the competitors (it wasn't available with ssd!). So I moved to desktop pc. OK, in 5 years I've changed only the power supply unit and saved some bucks. I'd like to have the possibility to fix my stuff with a small issues, and not forced to buy a new one. All the companies have to show respect for their clients. We aren't their ATM 😀. So, what we can do is bringing the consumer attention to this question.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 17 Nov 19 02:36
The most critical part is just being a good tech pal for our fam and friends. Keeping these conversations current, keeping these topics active, and being a good resource that people can trust.
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User #12080016 - 17 Nov 19 10:00
Yep.
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User #23710314 - 13 Nov 19 16:50
If Apple's excuse for this dumb design is the water resistance I'd like to point to the Galaxy Buds. You can replace the earbud battery without compromising water resistance.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 13 Nov 19 20:28
I want to cut apple the benefit of the doubt, but this really just seems like a cynical cash grab.
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Mmmmmm classic 😀
Neckbands are BETTER than True Wireless Earbuds: It's not even close...
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Consumers are being pushed to Bluetooth audio, as phones ditch the headphone jack. The popular trend is true wireless. It’s kind of futuristic to cut the cord, but is it really better?

It is not.

There’s not a single comparison point where true wireless earbuds are better than a neckband solution, other than “they look nifty”.

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User #8333982 - 12 Dec 19 22:49
I went to go watch this video by clicking on the thumbnail image and the video doesn't load... it just replaces the image with a blank white box with the URL to the jpg. Other embedded videos on the page are working fine for me, just not this one.
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User #8333982 - 12 Dec 19 22:54
Of course it works on the Patron app on my phone, but I'd wanted to watch this in my browser on my computer screen. Tried Chrome (v79) and Firefox (v71) and it just won't load the embedded video player. Oh well, at least I can still consume the content.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 13 Dec 19 16:18
Hurm. I tried a different watch link. It's working on my end, if you wouldn't mind giving it another shot.
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User #11142359 - 14 Nov 19 21:15
I agree with you, but that's just theory at this point. There aren't a lot of wireless neckband earphones out there on the market any more; I'm not sure if I could find any in a small country like mine whatsoever! Btw, I was thinking just the same thing just a few days before you published the article. :)
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User #25324528 - 10 Nov 19 02:36
I like the way you articulate your argument with reasoned analysis. I always wondered why people would buy an inferior technology and also pay a ridiculous premium too to look even more goofy 🙄! I had the Sony SBH90C which had the best of both worlds with regards to wireless and wired via USB C. Unfortunately had to return them because of battery issues. I then tried the new Sony wireless WF-1000XM3 and the audio was amazing. The only let down being the call quality from the microphone. After this I got the Oneplus bullets neckband and pretty satisfied, but not as convenient as the Sony SBH90C!
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SomeGadgetGuy - 10 Nov 19 16:43
Sony gear is on another level for consumer audio tech. I wish they would bring back a little of this magic to their phones.
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User #25324528 - 10 Nov 19 18:01
To be fair their phones are pretty good (rocking an XZ3), but they are suffering from their stubbornness. Also not wanting to help support their sales via subsidies. At work it's all about how Samsung and others are prepared to throw cash to help shift units. Unfortunately telcos don't want to give anything a chance unless it has market share.
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User #25324528 - 10 Nov 19 18:03
By the way the Sony SBH90C is quite reasonably priced for what it offers. Also read somewhere that it can decode DSD. Don't know if you can confirm that.
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User #25324528 - 10 Nov 19 18:06
On another note are wireless earphones better than wired ones in phones that have LDAC, etc., but no inbuilt DACs?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 10 Nov 19 18:44
Well all Bluetooth options have their own dac. The phone only sends data, the headphone converts the data to sound. LDAC under optimal conditions is nearly indistinguishable from cables, but BT is not as stable, has more dropouts, and moving around will likely cause the codec to drop out of highest quality playback.
Pixel 4XL vs LG G8 vs Galaxy S5: Air Gestures Are HARD
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Motion control showdown! We've been dancing around Jedi controls for years. Alternative actions are NOT easier. Google is taking a simpler approach to air gestures. Here's how it stacks up against the other methods used by LG and Samsung! Simpler is better!

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It's one of the best phones of the year at any price. I'm not going to shock anyone by sharing my mostly positive experiences. Still, let's chat OnePlus, a CONFUSING year of products, and what people MIGHT want if they decide to shop upscale.

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User #26860923 - 12 Nov 19 10:57
How is the audio output on an Oneplus compared to Samsung Galaxy? I´m thinking of buying an OP 7t pro and maybe an Dragonfly Dac for my headphones.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 12 Nov 19 15:56
Speakers? Pretty close. Here's the full list of audio reviews http://somegadgetguy.com/2018/05/25/the-master-list-of-somegadgetguy-smartphone-audio-reviews/
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User #2668029 - 8 Nov 19 00:15
It was really between this and the V50 for me and I was leaning really hard towards the OP7T but this morning I saw a Korean V50 with the dual screen case on swappa for 350. I had to pull the trigger. That deal was too sweet.
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User #25305940 - 6 Nov 19 15:48
I'm still not sure what to get I want to have a phone with good performance, good record on software updates a bigger battery (that Mi Note 10 with that 5,260 mah is temping) features, and a good camera (not pixel 4 quality of amazing just a decent camera that can take good enough shots)
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User #2668029 - 8 Nov 19 00:22
The camera system and the battery on the mi note 10 had me reeeeeaaaallly considering it. That larger sensor with that creamy bokeh is just *chef's kiss*
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User #15836833 - 8 Nov 19 04:33
The Mi Note 10 seems to use a 700 series Snapdragon processors but unless you game, it's not gonna make much of a difference. Camera performance is in question though since I have no experience with that series processor though the hardware might take the brunt work of photography to churn out at the very least, some good shots. Everything else about the phone looks solid though.
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User #11680916 - 8 Nov 19 20:27
Also what's the game(s) being played in this review? They look really interesting.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 8 Nov 19 22:05
The top down shooter is 'Tesla vs Lovecraft' and the fantasy game is 'Brightridge'.
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User #11680916 - 8 Nov 19 22:08
Ah Brightridge. Thanks.
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User #26860923 - 12 Nov 19 16:24
I've ordered an Dragonfly, i vill test it on my galaxy Note 8 first. Thanks, keep up the good work 😊
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SomeGadgetGuy - 12 Nov 19 17:01
Enjoy! I've heard great things about those dacs.
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User #387118 - 6 Nov 19 04:40
I got my 7t after getting fed up with my Note 9 and I do not regret it. The higher refresh rate, the phenomenal software experience (especially compared to Samsung) finally having a wide angle lens camera again after giving up my v30, I'm extremely happy with it.
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User #25305940 - 6 Nov 19 13:32
Had a Samsung S10e sold it use a iPhone 8 just can't get to using a iPhone now I'm using a cheap moto e4 plus now I'm thinking of either getting the new Xiaomi Mi Note 10 or get the Oneplus 7T but watching this video I might go towards for a 7T
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SomeGadgetGuy - 6 Nov 19 15:26
I don't get to spend much time with xiaomi but they look like killer bargains.
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User #11680916 - 8 Nov 19 03:31
I have my eye on that Mi Note 10 myself. 108mp sensor which pixel bins 27mp standard photos with a 5000mAh battery for most likely much cheaper than any flagship you can name? Heck yeah. But then I ask myself do I really *need* a phone with that much camera tech?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 8 Nov 19 03:40
Of course we NEED it! 😉
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User #11680916 - 8 Nov 19 20:27
😂 absolute need.
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User #15836833 - 8 Nov 19 04:30
I'm kinda surprised and also not surprised that the 7T only comes in a 128GB variant. Also help that OnePlus has definitely been weird with releases this year. Makes me wonder whether this was wholly decides by Pete Lau and the gang or if BBK was the one to push that "release X phone here but not here and flip flop the variant releases come October" approach to OnePlus.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 8 Nov 19 04:31
It's the game you need to play when you start landing carrier deals, especially now with 5G rollouts.
Is the Pixelbook Go the mobile future we want?
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It feels like we keep trying to protect the laptop. Companies dancing all around mobile computing, but few looking to really disrupt the traditional laptop experience. Only as phones and tablets have gotten more powerful have manufacturers started chipping away at the laptop's superiority.

Google's take on the Pixelbook Go is a conservative return to the comfortable notebook we're all familiar with. Good hardware and snappy software at a decent price, but is this the mobile future we want?


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Pixelbook Go first impressions! More than just reading off specs, I have a serious question for viewers. What DO we want for the future of mobile computing? Lot's of tech reviewers are quick to point out the flaws of less popular products. I refuse to believe that the future of tech is "whatever Samsung and Apple decide to make". With that idea in mind, are there any good ideas here that we hope will evolve? TEAM SGG PATREON https://www.patreon.com/SomeGadgetGuy Juan's Phone Photography Book https://amzn.to/2HqvUCk SomeGadgetGuy's Gear List Panasonic G85 http://amzn.to/2oKNwAm Panasonic G9 https://amzn.to/2XU3mLQ Olympus 17mm f/1.8 https://amzn.to/2StRDxF Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 https://amzn.to/2LAASjA Audio-Technica Lavalier https://amzn.to/2WywofM Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface http://amzn.to/2p5l7py Shure SM57 Microphone http://amzn.to/2oypnLm Cloudlifter CL1 http://amzn.to/2oKN9G5 LED Light Panels http://amzn.to/2oy60ls AJA U-TAP HDMI http://amzn.to/2wfprBF Elgato HD60 S http://amzn.to/2p95Unu -------------------------------------- SGGQA Podcast RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SGGQA SGGQA Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1CoyEVlB2S8QD1nYZEAOwc SGGQA Podcast Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/I35g3xxwbkpkvijbncryxr4tpea SGGQA Podcast iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/somegadgetguy-sggqa-podcast/id1027231243 SGGQA Podcast on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/juan-carlos-bagnell/sggqa-podcast-talking-tech-with-somegadgetguy?refid=stpr SGGQA Podcast on PlayerFM: https://player.fm/series/sggqa-podcast-somegadgetguy SGGQA Podcast on Archive.org: https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator:%22Juan+Carlos+Bagnell%22&sort=-publicdate Official site: http://somegadgetguy.com/2012/07/15/support-somegadgetguy-get-cool-stuff/ Juan on Twitter - http://Twitter.com/SomeGadgetGuy Juan on Instagram - http://instagram.com/somegadgetguy Juan on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/SomeGadgetGuy Links on this page may be affiliate links which help support production on this website.

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User #19692548 - 4 Nov 19 03:00
As an IT Admin, I think the laptop is here to stay for a while - even though it is quite fun to think of alternatives. If I could make one change at my office tomorrow, I'd eliminate Macs and PCs from every deployment except Dev/Eng and creative users. Everyone else would get a 16gb RAM Chromebook and, done.
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LG V50 vs G8X dual screen showdown! If you want more space for activities, LG's solution of a second screen case might be just the trick. Here's how the G8X improves on the first generation V50 case! FIGHT!


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LG V50 vs G8X dual screen showdown! If you want more space for activities, LG's solution of a second screen case might be just the trick. Here's how the G8X improves on the first generation V50 case! FIGHT! TEAM SGG PATREON https://www.patreon.com/SomeGadgetGuy Juan's Phone Photography Book https://amzn.to/2HqvUCk SomeGadgetGuy's Gear List Panasonic G85 http://amzn.to/2oKNwAm Panasonic G9 https://amzn.to/2XU3mLQ Olympus 17mm f/1.8 https://amzn.to/2StRDxF Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 https://amzn.to/2LAASjA Audio-Technica Lavalier https://amzn.to/2WywofM Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface http://amzn.to/2p5l7py Shure SM57 Microphone http://amzn.to/2oypnLm Cloudlifter CL1 http://amzn.to/2oKN9G5 LED Light Panels http://amzn.to/2oy60ls AJA U-TAP HDMI http://amzn.to/2wfprBF Elgato HD60 S http://amzn.to/2p95Unu -------------------------------------- SGGQA Podcast RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SGGQA SGGQA Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1CoyEVlB2S8QD1nYZEAOwc SGGQA Podcast Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/I35g3xxwbkpkvijbncryxr4tpea SGGQA Podcast iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/somegadgetguy-sggqa-podcast/id1027231243 SGGQA Podcast on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/juan-carlos-bagnell/sggqa-podcast-talking-tech-with-somegadgetguy?refid=stpr SGGQA Podcast on PlayerFM: https://player.fm/series/sggqa-podcast-somegadgetguy SGGQA Podcast on Archive.org: https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator:%22Juan+Carlos+Bagnell%22&sort=-publicdate Official site: http://somegadgetguy.com/2012/07/15/support-somegadgetguy-get-cool-stuff/ Juan on Twitter - http://Twitter.com/SomeGadgetGuy Juan on Instagram - http://instagram.com/somegadgetguy Juan on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/SomeGadgetGuy Links on this page may be affiliate links which help support production on this website.

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User #16713209 - 1 Nov 19 23:44
Hmmm, I wonder if it can fit a LG G8....or am I asking for too much? Well, if we're gonna shoot the works for outlandish wishing, how's about a timely OS update, LG?
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User #11680916 - 1 Nov 19 17:58
Man I was early for this one. I recently saw a review for the G8s and I wish LG had released that one in the US instead of the two camera only G8 we got. The G8X seems ok but I'm really just waiting for the Duo next holiday season.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 1 Nov 19 18:58
I'm REALLY hoping Microsoft delivers...
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User #11680916 - 1 Nov 19 19:09
Me too cause after all these years they would have no excuse not to.
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User #16713209 - 1 Nov 19 23:47
I concur, Juan. While that magnetic USB part is cool (doesn't it remind you of the final minutes of the Bugs Bunny cartoon, Compressed Hare?), it is too damn easy to lose. Is this the LG/Android version of Apple Pods? You know, kids, we don't have to copy EVERYTHING the fruit folks do. Realistically, I would keep it at home, or buy another one for work/travel. I'm sure LG would love to sell it to me for some insane amount.
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User #19692548 - 4 Nov 19 03:06
I went from G6 to G7 to Pixel 3. There only thing not overated about the Pixel 3 is the camera ai/software, but even that was so good that it nearly took some of the fun out of it. I appreciated the bold move of the gestures of the G8 but I went for a Pixel 3 on sale (a lot) because the camera performance didn't move forward enough and because the screen speaker thing was weird. But this!! This seems like a very practical type of genius! This actually makes sense for me in a lot of ways.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 4 Nov 19 03:13
I'm hoping our phones continue to get smarter with alternative displays and form factors. This could be a big shift for functionality.
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User #16713209 - 2 Nov 19 09:35
Here's the ending of Compressed Hare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFvoRexxA2Y
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SomeGadgetGuy - 2 Nov 19 14:41
Nothing suggestive about that rocket at the end 😁
SomeGadgetGuy’s TOTALLY Biased Pixel 4XL vs LG V50 ThinQ Comparison! Brains vs Brawn!
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I’ve already gone on record proclaiming the V50 as my favorite phone of 2019. As a reviewer and editorialist, I don’t believe in some kind of “true objectivity” in something like a review. Instead, I believe if you know more about me, how I use my gadgets, and the work I put them through, you will have a better understanding of my analysis. You can apply my experiences which overlap with your needs, and you can disregard the parts of my analysis which don’t apply to you. I made a video on this idea, which you can watch below.

'MY PHONE BIAS' on YouTube

I try to be as fair as I can. I try to examine a gadget based on the claims made by the manufacturer, not my preconceived idea of what the gadget SHOULD be. I try to figure out who the audience might be for EVERY gadget I review. I can not hide that I am a human, and as a human, cannot perfectly separate my specific wants and needs from the editorial process. Every phone I’ve reviewed this year has gotten SOME kind of purchasing recommendation, but obviously some phones have been more broadly recommended than others.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at one of the most brutal comparisons in the premium tier of the Android ecosystem. This is a battle of polar opposites. Two substantially different takes on the idea of an expensive phone. And when the dust settles from this showdown, the songs we will sing of these mighty titans will echo through the halls of history.

Or, we’ll just totally nerd out on two flashy gadgets.

I’m not joking about these phones as “book ends”.

The V50 stands as one of the most hardware feature-packed pocket-slates of 2019. Five cameras, dual speakers, an audiophile headphone jack. There really isn’t much missing. However, where LG’s phone succeeds with a brute force approach to hardware, Google counters with some interesting hardware choices and incredible attention paid to software and optimization. Looking up each phone on various carrier sites, we have two very different ways to spend $1000.

Before we jump into individual categories, I always feel it’s worth repeating, there is a great value proposition in shopping a $1000 phone. These pocket computers are now insanely powerful. For the right consumer, they can easily disrupt a significant amount of laptop or tablet work. I praise this hardware for folks who really are trying to push the limits of what they can do from a single gadget. For me, using a V50 means not traveling with a $300 audiophile media player, my mirrorless camera, my gaming laptop, and still being able to achieve a high quality of work.

Those folks who aren’t likely to push more aggressive use, who are looking at a phone for communication and social media, I find little benefit in recommending expensive phones. A high-quality camera and social media experience can EASILY be found for $400 today. Often less.

The disclaimer is out of the way. Let the games begin!

Display: Pixel 4XL

Both phones offer phenomenal OLEDs. Both phones deliver great high-resolution panels, great contrast, great color. Both phones have flat front screens, which many of us will miss when manufacturers curve and wrap the displays on expensive phones.

I personally appreciate the more granular customization options for tuning the display on the LG, but I have to give the win to Google for the higher refresh rate. It’s an early glimpse of a feature I’m sure more manufacturers will use in 2020, but Google (alongside OnePlus and a handful of gaming phones) is beating the rest of the market to the punch.

Design: LG V50

Glass on glass sandwiches. Google’s matte finished rear plate is a little nicer on my fingers, but all premium phones require a case these days. I need to give a special award to the Pixel for the courage of returning to a (rather large) fivehead bezel, but ultimately LG’s work in smoothing out the rear panel takes a win for me. It’s a subtle and rather unappreciated design.

I don’t hate the square camera module on the Pixel. It’s a design I enjoy in a funky modern sense, and the ‘Commando’ phone cases we’ve seen since the Huawei Mate 20 still crack me up.

But, compared against the nearly featureless and symmetrical back of the V50, the Pixel just doesn’t seem as sleek.

Haptics: LG V50

Both phones utilize terrific haptic motors, but LG incorporates tiny precise “pops” deeper into the user interface. There’s a refreshing pulse when unlocking each phone. Menu selections have a reassuring confirmation. Typing feels great.

Then you fire up LG’s camera app, and every slider you manipulate feels like a clicky dial. The focus icon pulses when you tap, and flutters when it locks, confirming focus with a visual and tactile indicator. You keep your eyes on your subject and your fingers feel the confirmation.

2019 should be well remembered as the year even mid-rangers took basic haptic feedback more seriously, but no Android manufacturer has quite caught up to the thoughtful implementation of LG’s touch feedback.

Audio: LG V50

Both phones utilize dual speakers, not quite true stereo left/right audio sources. All newer Android phones have support for advanced Bluetooth audio codecs.

Drilling deeper though, if you own decent cabled headphones, LG is the only game in town. There’s a profound difference between including any old headphone jack, and including a truly premium, audiophile grade headphone solution. The V50’s Quad DAC and premium amp shame standalone media players in the $300-$400 range.

The Pixel 4XL doesn’t include a headphone dongle in the box. The newer official Pixel dongle is also lower quality than the dongle which came with the Pixel 2.

'The NEW Google Pixel Dongle: Pay more, get less' on YouTube

Cameras: LG V50

This category is closer than the hardware on paper would indicate.

A camera is more than just the sensor, lens, and the video frame rate. The camera comparison is the easiest place to show how different these two companies are. We’re making completely different arguments, and targeting completely different consumers.

From Pixel 1 to Pixel 4, Google has cut almost all fluff out of their camera app. It’s all or nothing. You push the shutter button, and the phone will analyze the scene, decide on HDR settings, and pump out a juicy vibrant JPG. Or, you can get a RAW file.

Even a Pixel 3A will let you decide on HDR settings.

It’s a stark, but understandable, strategy. A large number of consumers will appreciate as streamlined an approach as possible for producing a “good” photo. Google’s computational image delivery system is top tier. It makes very good decisions in most shooting situations. A lot of people, maybe most people, will be very happy with this output.

But not everyone will be happy with the Pixel 4 out of the box.

From the V30 to the V50, we’ve seen a tremendous improvement to LG’s auto mode performance. It’s not as “good” as the Pixel (in that it’s not as effortless to get that juicy HDR), but scene selection, HDR and AI modes close in on the performance we enjoy from the Pixel. You just have to fiddle with a few more settings to get there.

For example, I leave HDR permanently toggled in Auto mode, and if I want HDR disabled, all I have to do is switch over to manual mode. This distinction is faster to operate than any previous Pixel I’ve owned, and is not available on the Pixel 4. Believe it or not, there are still situations where someone might not want a super-color-crushed HDR photo, but I can’t tell the Pixel 4 when to turn that off.

Those manual modes extend to video, for the most feature complete camera available on any phone. It’s a busier app. There’s a LOT more going on. Taking a couple minutes to look through some settings though, you can make the imaging experience as easy or as detailed as you want it to be.

Some folks like digging into modes and settings and filters. Most folks likely just want to push a shutter and get on with their day. In terms of complete capability, the V50 covers a wider swath of consumers, of all skill levels, than Google’s harder targeted approach.

Software: Pixel 4XL

I don’t need to explain this point do I? Ok. Here we go.

LG should get a LOT of credit for the background software running the cameras and audio hardware. It takes a TON of development to improve on the systems built into Qualcomm chipsets. If only they’d turn some of that attention to a stagnant UI. We’re seeing teases that LG might be improving their update schedule. Maintenance updates on the V40, G8, and V50 have been phenomenal, but it’s still fair to be skeptical about OS updates in all regions.

Google takes an easy win here.

The Pixel 4 will be getting first party Android support, and already offers one of the smoothest UI experiences in the hand. Individual apps still deliver a “Wow” factor not seen on many other Android handsets, like on-device real-time speech to text across the whole phone. Streaming a video from OneDrive, and seeing subtitles, is jaw dropping.

When Google produces hardware, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the hardware exists solely as a platform to show off some impressive software and design.

Performance – Radios: Tie (with an asterisk)

Both phones deliver fantastic signal connection. Both phones make full use of my cable internet connection on my mesh WiFi router. Around town, LTE performance is within margin of error between the two phones in my less than scientific speed testing.

The LG V50 does get an honorable mention for including a 5G radio at the same price as the Pixel 4XL, though that will be of limited use through most of 2020 considering the markets likely to get 5G carrier upgrades.

Performance – Apps: Pixel 4XL

By a hair, the Pixel 4 takes this win.

The V50 is a diesel truck of a phone, but utilizing a larger cooling pipe and vapor chamber, this is one of the nimblest LG’s I’ve ever reviewed. Seamlessly moving from aggressive sustained workloads like video editing, to graphics intense gaming. It would seem LG isn’t as afraid of thermals as they were during the “bootloop” era of phones (that was five years ago), and are making much better use of current era chipset tech.

Surprisingly, without fancy cooling hardware, the Pixel 4 is just a touch faster.

We shouldn’t be too surprised that the company which makes Android, would know how to optimize that software for a very specific build of hardware. The OS is leaner and meaner than the necessary custom code on the LG. We also see a snappier file system for user data stored on the phone.

'Pixel 4XL - 2019's Fastest' on YouTube

The synthetic benchmarks don’t look particularly impressive, but I wouldn’t let that fool you. The Pixel 4 is a screamer in the hand, and like the V50, is giving consumer grade laptops a serious run for their money.

Performance – Battery: LG V50

Another area where the brute force approach works, if you want longer run time out in the field, use a bigger battery.

LG finally got this memo. The V50 packs a larger capacity than Google’s phone, and new Adaptive Battery modes can help extend run time out in the field.

It’s early days yet for the Pixel 4, and we should expect performance to improve as people get used to the phone. However, there are two features which will likely always take a bite out of overall run time. Fully using the higher refresh rate display will obviously sap battery at a much faster rate. Also, engaging the radar for all of the Ambient Display and Motion Gesture support will wake the phone up a lot more often.

Fully using all the features which make a Pixel 4 unique means it’s unlikely the phone will ever be a marathon battery champ. Disabling those features when you NEED better battery is of course NOT a deal breaker.

Security: Pick Your Poison

Both phones only offer one method of “secure” biometric lock. It’s still highly recommended, for folks most concerned about protecting their data, to use a strong password instead of a PIN or Pattern unlock.

Google’s face unlock, paired with the Soli radar, is the most seamless solution yet for unlocking a device and having it in a ready state as you’re looking at the screen.

LG’s rear mounted fingerprint is one of the most ergonomic solutions for unlocking a phone, and having it in a ready state before you’re looking at the screen.

It’s a shame we can’t have both, like we got on the LG G8. There’s no outright winner here, as both are “very good” solutions for protecting your data.

Storage: LG V50

At $1000, both phones offer 128GB of internal storage. That’s your only option for built in space. You can’t go any higher.

The V50 easily wins this fight for including a MicroSD card slot to expand your storage for cheap. A 256GB U3 MicroSD card can EASILY be found for under $40. Those cards are fast enough to keep up with 4K video, so install apps to the built-in storage, and keep media on the card. With a killer headphone jack, you’ll probably want to move your music over to FLAC. Tripling your space for two Andrew Jacksons is a killer deal.

Google has an interest in promoting cloud and streaming solutions, but sometimes you just need a big bucket of storage. The Pixel 4 just doesn’t offer an option to carry around that bigger bucket.

Conclusion: YMMV

It’s going to be exceedingly difficult to find a device that really makes me want to put down the LG V50. I’m a hardware junky, and LG seems to have designed a perfect collection of hardware and specs FOR ME. It really is a dream unicorn phone for mobile content creation and absurdly high-quality multimedia playback.

That said, I keep picking the Pixel 4 up, and it’s easy to appreciate the attention to detail. It’s easy to see where Google is targeting the user experience, and there so many little joyous surprises in how the Pixel interacts with the user. People keep talking about Google “cutting too many corners”. Using the phone for a week, it feels more like sanding down the edges.

I wish Google could include more of the features that appeal to me, but not every gadget needs to be “FOR ME”. I know MANY people in my circles of family and friends that would easily prefer the Pixel experience over the LG.

Premium phones are in a difficult spot. There are tremendously good “daily-driver” options near the $400 tier. The compromises are likely indistinguishable from more expensive handsets when used to browse social media and message with contacts.

Spending above that mid-range level, we should be engaged in more “laptop disrupting” conversations. Our pocket computers can get a tremendous amount of work done.

I’m copping out when I say: “People should buy what they need.”

This battle shows how insanely different the approach can be when building a gadget. Google’s software brains, versus LG’s hardware brawn. I can’t think of any people in my social circles who I would legitimately offer both phones to as a purchasing recommendation.

Which SHOULD be the point. It’s important to have options.


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User #25324528 - 25 Oct 19 22:18
Great article Juan! Reading and watching reviews online from your good self and others LG offers great options like Sony. The only reason I go for the latter brand is software resilience and support. If LG sort out the OS upgrade side then they would be a serious contender to the top three in the industry.
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User #11680916 - 27 Oct 19 02:34
Man have you seen the V50's prices on eBay? An outright steal and I think I'll pick one up during the holidays this year.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 27 Oct 19 03:07
LG is in an odd space. The V40 held its value better than the S or Note last year, but this year it's dropping hard.
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User #11680916 - 27 Oct 19 05:04
The V50 is what the V40 should've been minus the 5G. Knowing LG and their knack for off timed releases, there'll be an LG V50S or V60 launched in the next month or so just because anyway.lol It's the LG way. You never know what's gonna happen.😹😹
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User #23710314 - 25 Oct 19 21:24
As much as I shill for Pixels definitely agree with you here. Aside from laughable software support LG's phones are some serious sleepers that people looking for a feature-packed & fast device rarely consider.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 25 Oct 19 21:45
Glimmers of hope. LG maintenance updates this year have been spectacular. Now we need to see if they can deliver better OS updates.
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User #2940858 - 25 Oct 19 21:59
LG's support seems to be decent (not great), but the carriers don't seem to care about doing their part. Because my imported G7 has pie, and has been decent with security patches.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 25 Oct 19 23:14
That's definitely an issue LG needs to sort too. My AT&T V40 never got ANY support.
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User #11584592 - 26 Oct 19 21:26
That's why I got the OnePlus 7T. It has the Lg's brawn and pixel's brains, sometimes better (for my needs) .
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User #25324528 - 25 Oct 19 22:20
The Pixel has a couple of showstoppers in that the storage option is measly and the face unlock is "unsafe".
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SomeGadgetGuy - 25 Oct 19 23:15
If the Pixel's lack of "focus" face unlock is a showstopper, Samsung's face and fingerprint security are outright DISASTERS LOL.
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User #25324528 - 25 Oct 19 23:19
Totally agree! I know I am nitpicking, but if Google is a direct replica of the iPhone then it has to be on par or better with this feature.
Silly Tech Geeks: Of course the Pixel 4 is worth $100 more than an iPhone 11!
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I feel we all get swept up in popularity trends. It can be difficult to swim against that stream once a general consensus has been agreed upon. I have to be honest here, as an editorialist, I happen to enjoy those situations where I can shine a light on a topic, and maybe poke at that popular trend.

Whether I’m responding to a mega-youtuber about a jack-of-all-trades phone, correcting a popular Android blog about audio, or explaining how camera crop factor works when people flip out about a 3X zoom. I enjoy ruffling a few feathers to spread better data on complicated subjects.

The Pixel 4 was one of the worst kept secrets in tech, maybe of all time. Now that it’s finally arrived, the tech community is in first stage of impressions and reviews. What makes the Pixel 4 different, we knew pretty much everything about the phone a month before it launched. Google isn’t facing a community just beginning to form opinions on the new Pixel. They’re facing a community that has already made up its collective mind on the Pixel.

It’s pretty clear that Google is setting their sights on Apple as the primary competition. For better, and for worse. When Apple does something, it seems to motivate a LOT of the decisions made by Google’s hardware team.

When the original Pixel launched, we all lovingly joked about it being “Google’s iPhone”. For a hot minute, I really tried to get the nickname “gPhone” to stick. With the Pixel 4, it would seem Google took those early sentiments to heart. The Pixel 4 seems a purpose-built iPhone competitor, the closest way to recreate an iPhone-style experience, but in the Android ecosystem.

It’s entirely fair to compare Pixels against the phones Apple released this year. What’s frustrating though, is seeing folks cherry-pick one or two features to declare a winner, and to highlight “worth”.

Phones should be judged holistically, and any phone can win or lose a showdown if we move the goalposts to align with a user’s pre-determined bias. The common criticism I see now, is declaring the Pixel 4 unworthy to compete even against the cheaper non-pro iPhone 11. It’s a causally delivered verdict, folks kind of nod along. It’s a surface statement that sounds good, and throws a thumb in the eye of Google.

“The Pixel 4 can’t possibly be worth $100 more than an iPhone!”

The issue is, that statement doesn’t really hold water…

Buying a phone IS subjective. Every individual has different needs and wants, but tech “fans” love having it both ways. Saying “users should buy what they want” in one breath, then pontificating on “worth-it-ness” with the next breath.

It’s true. Phone reviewing and phone ownership is highly subjective, but there are data points we can highlight to guide the discussion. We shouldn’t be trying to declare winners and losers. We should be trying to make sure a consumer can find the exact right fit gadget for their needs.

I’ll take this showdown! It’s actually kind of a fun debate.

Is the Pixel 4 “worth” a $100 premium over an iPhone 11? I say it is.

First, let’s eliminate some of the subjective reasons someone might choose one over the other. We can’t put an exact price on ecosystem, or how much someone might value iOS over Android, or vice versa. We can also be fairly sure that the two phones will likely receive excellent support over three years of ownership. The iPhone likely getting a few more maintenance updates past that point. One COULD argue though that the Pixel is less likely to get CPU throttled as it ages, so I’m going to call long term device health a wash.

We’re looking at pricing first and foremost. $100. That means the smaller Pixel 4 against the base model iPhone 11.

We can’t fully quantify the personal preferences of a user as it pertains to phone size. I would happily pay a premium price tag for a smaller “Mighty Mouse” phone, but I’m likely in the minority. Bigger FEELS like it’s more “worth it”. Acknowledging that, I still have a handful of points that I think support the Pixel’s price hike over the iPhone 11.

The Screen is Better

First and foremost, when using a smartphone, what do you interact with the most?

The screen on the Pixel 4 represents three major advantages for the most used aspect of a smartphone. It bests the iPhone 11’s resolution by almost 1 Million pixels in a smaller surface area. This helps with image details and font, especially when on-screen items and font are set to smaller sizes.

The Pixel 4 also uses an OLED. The iPhone 11 LCD is a high-quality display, especially for a “cheaper” phone, but we live in the age of “Dark Modes”. To get the full benefit of a darker display, true deep blacks, and better battery life, OLEDs reign supreme.

Not only does the Pixel 4 use an OLED, it’s a high refresh rate display. The screen can scale up to 90Hz to make movement ultra-fluid. It’s a feature which will likely find more adoption next year. Alongside gaming phones, Google and OnePlus are driving this tech early on smartphones aimed at mainstream audiences THIS year.

Overall, it’s a wonderful effect. An extremely high contrast, high quality, higher resolution display with a silky-smooth visual feel. That’s gotta be worth at least a $50 premium, right? In Apple-land, moving from an LCD to an OLED on an iPhone is a minimum $300 price increase.

The Radar is Nifty

Both the iPhone and the Pixel use Face Unlock as the only biometric security system, but Google is bolstering that by including radar hardware to encourage gestures. The early reactions, focusing on music controls and silencing alarms, are a bit underwhelming. It’s early days, for a new technology, on one phone. A phone we can be confident won’t sell in the same volume as the iPhone.

The radar sensor does add to the cost of the phone, but it already provides an ergonomic benefit in one of the simplest interactions we likely perform dozens of times a day. When propped up in my office, there is zero contact with the phone to unlock and go directly to my homescreen. A Jedi-like wave of my hand, and the phone is open and ready for use. The phone is already starting the verification process as I’m reaching for it.

Someday I’ll tell you the story of how I silenced an alarm, without touching the phone, while I was eating fried chicken and my fingers were covered in grease. Actually… That’s the whole story… It was really cool…

Apple gave up on alternative interactions like 3D touch. There is no “other” use on an iPhone. Whether someone individually feels that functionality is “worth it”, we shouldn’t omit it from the bill of sale.

Radios Aren’t Apple’s Strong Suit

Maybe one of the most critical components of a data-connected pocket-computer, how well does it STAY connected?

Apple used Intel radios again this year, and while improved, the 11 Pro still doesn’t compete at the same level as a premium Android phone using a Qualcomm radio. Worse, for the non-pro iPhone 11, it uses a weaker set of antennas further reducing signal stability.

It’s early days for Pixel testing, but we’re already seeing better signal reception on Google’s hardware. Some people might value that, knowing their phone can make better use of cell carrier and WiFi infrastructure.

Advanced Audio Codecs are an Android Thing

This is a minor point after the radio discussion, but premium phones are increasingly pushing consumers to wireless audio options.

Apple has no solution for higher quality Bluetooth streaming or compression. All iOS devices transcode through AAC compression to send to headphones. Pay for Amazon HD or Tidal, rip your music to lossless FLAC, it all gets re-squished through AAC.

You can invest in higher quality headphones (and you still should), but pairing those headphones with an iPhone will always limit the signal. Using a Pixel means having proper support for APTXHD and LDAC.

While I still think cabled headphones are the top solution for price/performance and signal stability, the scientific quality of LDAC likely surpasses the threshold of human hearing to discern differences in quality.

Apple ushered in the modern era for consumer digital audio, but they haven’t led that industry for a long while.

It’s not difficult to rationally consider a few differences between the two phones and see where Google can make an argument for a $100 price premium. An individual then decides if THEY value those differences enough to PAY the premium, but the price from Google isn’t a baseless cash grab.

After that, the two phones put up a fun fight.

The iPhone 11 has a 10% larger battery than the smaller Pixel. iOS has a reputation for better battery life brand new, but my one-year old XS now has a menu “feature” to enable CPU throttling. Google’s OLED power draw in dark mode will likely get nuked by the 90Hz display, but at least we get a little eye candy for that higher battery draw (which we can disable when we want better battery life).

iOS runs more efficiently on less RAM, but the Pixel 4 does have 50% more RAM than the iPhone 11. That has to have some cost associated on the spec sheet.

Comparable fast charging. Comparable wireless charging. Comparable “dual” speakers (neither has real, matched, stereo speakers).

Dual cameras. I prefer a wide shooter over a zoom, but other folks will certainly disagree. Otherwise, both phones should be top tier auto-mode shooters, with almost NO out of the box consideration for manual mode or pro mode use.

Both phones are glass on glass sandwiches with IP68 ratings. Water resistance that instantly fails after a compromising drop, so both phones require a case to mitigate daily life abuse.

iPhones will retain value better over time, but there will be more aggressive sales on a Pixel over the first year of the phone’s life.

Value is HIGHLY subjective, but the onslaught of review titles like “Is the Pixel 4 WORTH IT?!?!?”, is more than a bit exhausting as a tech enthusiast. Titles meant to trigger a reaction, and largely masking an implied conclusion “no the Pixel 4 is not worth it”. All before the phone has seen real-world use from folks other than tech reviewers.

I’ve used this metaphor before, but I wish we could talk about phones more like we talk about cars. There are numerous options and vehicle types at every price point. Coupes, roadsters, sedans, minivans, trucks, SUVs. Maybe your daily driver phone needs to be a heavy-duty turbo diesel? Maybe you want a pretty (and impractical) exotic convertible? Most consumers have needs and wants somewhere in the middle of that vehicle spectrum.

We accept this with laptops. There’s a huge variety of form factors and performance tiers. From cheap tablets to sleek multi-mode options, heavy rugged modular kit, insanely powerful gaming rigs, and professional mobile workstations. We don’t act like two companies “win” in the laptop space. It would be nice if we weren’t turning every phone review into an implied comparison against a more popular phone we’ve determined SHOULD win.

I can’t tell you how to spend your money. I’ll never try to tell you how you just spend your cash. The only team I’m really rooting for is #TeamCompetition.

That said, if we want to give the Pixel 4 another brutal fight, let’s see how the $1000 Pixel 4XL faces a fight against the $1000 LG V50.

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User #19966049 - 22 Oct 19 17:49
As always, fantastic article.
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User #21271377 - 23 Oct 19 13:17
Removing the fingerprint sensor from the back makes the huge camera bump acceptable in terms of design. Although the removal raises privacy concerns for me. Ild rather not have my face recognized and stored by google each time I unlock the phone. Tech companies like apple and now google seem to be pushing for face unlock and the removal of fingerprint sensors.
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User #12080016 - 22 Oct 19 19:28
The radar mechanism here exemplifies what I would expect from a top tier phone: a pleasant user experience. Let me enjoy the way I use my phone. That's enough. :-)
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And the immediate reaction by consumers will likely be a shrug.

“What can you do?”

The problem is, that apathy shouldn’t be a surprise. We don’t have much room to “vote with our wallets” these days. The reality of the tech market, these supposed “upgrades” happen way too quickly for consumers to react. Gadgets sales paced out over years from individual consumers don’t guide manufacturing decisions.

This week Samsung stumbled into a bit of a security issue on the Galaxy S10.

The in-display fingerprint sensor can apparently be unlocked by ANY finger. I discussed this on the #SGGQA podcast while the story was fresh, and the general sentiment from Samsung fans was that this had to be a case of user error. We’re getting confirmation now that this is a flaw in the current software from Samsung. Users are starting to test this flaw, and it has nothing to do with improper setup or using Non-Samsung approved accessories. BBC confirms Samsung will release a software patch for the problem.

Here’s a video of a Galaxy S10 owner on Twitter demonstrating the problem, freshly training a thumbprint, and then bypassing the fingerprint lock with a different finger.

지문인식 등록 과정부터 촬영해보았습니다… 어이가 없네요 pic.twitter.com/sPISwuKYgi
— StaLight (@Sta_Light_) October 16, 2019

(You'll have to click that Twitter link, it won't embed here on Patreon.)

My hypothesis during the podcast was that this was similar to the issues facing the Nokia 9. To speed up the performance of the fingerprint sensor, you reduce the accuracy of the scan. The Nokia 9 could be unlocked by a gum wrapper pressed against the screen. It would seem my guess during the podcast wasn’t too far off the mark.

People complained about slow performance, so the security hardware was updated for speed. Security was bypassed for convenience.

This is another example in a chain of recent smartphone design decisions that really suck all the fun out of being a tech enthusiast. Again, “vote with your wallet” is a dying concept.

We’ve got pretty good market data that consumers are trying to get more use out of their gadgets. Phones are expensive, and are somewhat mandatory lifestyle accessories in this age. The average range of phone ownership has increased year over year. Today, average phone lifespan is somewhere around 2.75 years, depending on the analyst you ask.

If an “AVERAGE” consumer is shopping a new Samsung today, it’s VERY likely they’re currently using a Galaxy S7.

Think about all the things we’ve lost on premium phones over the last three years. Off the top of my head: removable batteries, headphone jacks, IR blasters, alternate (not glass) materials for the backs of our phones. We’re chipping away at flat screens and higher resolution displays. Most companies have moved to in-display fingerprint sensors or face unlock.

It’s not to say our phones haven’t improved in other areas, but slightly faster benchmark scores and improved camera auto modes don’t quite feel like enough to balance the scales. Worse, some features like wireless charging likely reduce the overall longevity of the battery by running it hotter. Don’t even get me started on reverse wireless charging on phones…

Year over year, our phones become more expensive, more fragile, less practical, and require more accessories.

Consumers are holding onto their phones longer? Let’s make them out of glass, and force a case purchase! They’re STILL trying to use them longer? Let’s curve the edges of the screen and glue the battery into the frame! People don’t buy headphones very often? Let’s make using cabled audio as painful as possible!

None of these recent manufacturing decisions were dictated by consumers. If you have a phone from 2018, chances are REALLY good that some features you currently enjoy won’t be on your phone when you’re ready to upgrade.

When Apple got rid of the headphone jack, no rational consumer was happy about that. But consumers had to shrug that off, and bought more expensive accessories, to stay on Team Apple. “What can you do?”

Samsung’s current fingerprint issues highlight the design problems we face in a “form over function” environment. If a part of a phone purchase is based on an emotional high, and we want to see cool new futuristic tech EVERY YEAR, then it makes sense to see this kind of feature pushed to market before it’s ready to replace an established solution. The major issue we face is how the market reacts to these kinds of problems.

Now be honest, if the headlines on a faulty in-display fingerprint sensor were linked to LG, Motorola, or HTC, would tech enthusiasts be chill and dismissive? Would they shrug off these issues? I’m fairly certain this kind of fault would be declared a “deal breaker”. A security fault like this would be used as evidence as to why a consumer should only buy products from a popular brand.

Just to recap, Samsung’s face unlock is less secure than Apple’s or the LG G8’s, and currently, their fingerprint sensor can be bypassed by a $3 gel screen protector. I’m feeling a LOT better about recommending the Galaxy S10e as my top pick for Samsung fans this year…

In sharing this story on social media and on the podcast, I’ve gotten numerous replies defending Samsung.

  • It’s the price of progress.
  • It’s good this was discovered because now Samsung can fix it for the S11.
  • It’s fine going back to a password.
  • Who’s really trying to break into your phone?
  • MY Galaxy NEVER lags, (whoops I mean) MY Galaxy doesn’t have THIS problem.

I’ve gotten a handful of questions from concerned consumers about upgrading from a Galaxy S7 or S8. Should they get an S9? A Note 9?

There couldn’t possibly be any other options to examine. No other brands exist. Maybe if we keep buying from the same brands, but just complain in a handful of frustrated tweets, that’ll fix the issue?

Shrug. What can you do?

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User #2940858 - 17 Oct 19 17:51
I've been saying that the market has been acting faster than consumers can vote with their wallets ever since screen sizes started exceeding 5.5 inches. The only phones that were smaller than 5.5 were considerably lesser phones, not true options when shopping against flagships, especially at that point in time.
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User #3575228 - 21 Oct 19 00:28
I voted with my wallet by buying a Mi Mix 3 in 2019. I'm like a Larouche supporter over here.
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User #12080016 - 17 Oct 19 22:20
Thank you for your "Real Editorial Review", a room where we have the opportunity to discuss how we feel about tech & gadgets nowadays. I couldn't have said it better. I can just add that, I believe on the consumer consciousness, I mean the way someone is able to manage the technology, according to their needs. But this "ability" is almost entirely to build. We just need time and efforts.
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User #22185807 - 20 Oct 19 06:20
I personally think the obsession of form over factor becomes over-emphasised when people started looking at stuffs or "visual concepts" from shows and movies that were imagined in the past, such as Star Trek, Minority Report, Iron Man and a lot of other sci-fi stuffs. However, in that obsession to do fill that vision, often not people forget the question "does it blend practically in day to day usage?". Then again, there are apologists that would defend every decision made by these companies. For example, skeumorphism was a thing when the iPhone first came out. Every fanboy praised it as if it was the next best thing after sliced toasted bread with butter. However, when the same company decided to go away from skeumorphism, but they still didn't address the elephant in the room: functionality of the design. Then, when asked, their answer: " doesn't it look so cool like what you see on star trek / minority report / insert any sci fi films" etc.
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User #11584592 - 17 Oct 19 17:42
I have the S9 plus and don't think it's be getting anthem samsung when it's time to "upgrade". Because Samsung emitted all the features that led me to get the s9 instead of OP6, I'd rather get the cheapest OnePlus or even the ROG phone at the time, rather than upgrading to the new S/Note phone.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 17 Oct 19 17:53
I think it's hilarious we're already talking about s11 rumors, and that Samsung is looking to copy Sony's form factor.
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User #25324528 - 17 Oct 19 18:46
I have been having these type of discussions at work and unfortunately the consumers are clueless and as you say show very little apathy. Telcos and manufacturers just take advantage of this!
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User #25324528 - 27 Oct 19 06:44
This Kai OS is great for the feature phone market and like a lot of people who are tired of smartphones could be a great solution in the long term. If it is at the same level as symbian s60 then it would be a terrific alternative.
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User #25324528 - 25 Oct 19 22:41
Still think the BlackBerry Z10 was a missed opportunity for the consumer. One the one hand a very secure phone and on the other super convenient with the size. It literally had everything except apps. Way better than anything iOS/Android/WP could achieve with productivity to boot.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 25 Oct 19 23:30
Both WP and BBOS were missed opportunities. We could really use a third place OS to shake things up.
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User #25324528 - 25 Oct 19 23:44
Where is this disruptor?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 27 Oct 19 03:21
Right now I have some hope for KaiOS, otherwise it'll be hoping for another flavor of Linux to gain traction, which never seems to happen.
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User #11515645 - 18 Oct 19 16:24
I agree with most of what you said. I'm using a Note 9 now, and I have no idea what to use when this phone gets "old". It's probably the last real "Note" phone, with a headphone jack, expandable storage, no notch, iris and fingerprint scanners, 1440p display, large battery, and stereo speakers. I expected Samsung to get a lot of heat for removing the headphone jack (which I still use almost daily), but nothing happened. In any case, please keep featuring phones like the V50 and the 3a -- which actually deliver things consumers want. Luckily here in Asia we still get phones like the Mi 9T.
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User #11803896 - 19 Oct 19 20:32
There was a line in a song that said ".. The public wants what the public gets.." this rings true with smartphones today. Tell a lie enough times and it becomes a truth!
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SomeGadgetGuy - 19 Oct 19 20:51
Last year, Samsung outspent P&G to become the world's spendiest advertiser. Over $11 Billion world wide. I wonder how that influences Galaxy pricing when you have to cover $11 Billion in advertising...
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User #2544443 - 18 Oct 19 18:45
I swear by LG and I immensely enjoy your reviews of audio quality on LG headphone jacks.
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User #651850 - 17 Oct 19 17:45
I think most people don't even concern themselves with these things. Just what's convenient, flashy and/or cheap. But when you consider today's current state of lack of privacy and security, people should be concerned. Extremely so. I agree with you on the double standard in the industry. If this happened to anyone other than Samsung, then the Hellmouth has officially opened and the Slayer is nowhere to be found. Personally, I thought when Samsung's IDFP came out, using the ultrasonic scanner and not an optical one, it'd definitely be more secure, right? This just shows that not everything new is better. Give me a standard FP scanner any day.
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User #25324528 - 17 Oct 19 18:50
Samsung and Apple rake in a lot of revenue and profitability for the Telcos (not news for anyone here), but it's at the détriment of the consumer who unfortunately sleepwalks into the shop.
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User #19966049 - 19 Oct 19 06:10
This is why I am a patreon 👍
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User #11142359 - 17 Oct 19 18:13
Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is Qualcomm tech, not Samsung's. Only other 'premium' phones most people can buy other than Samsung are either Apple or Huawei, and the problem with one is it's not running Android (aka. "switching is a pain in the a**"), and the other has a WHOLE LOT of problems.
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User #11142359 - 17 Oct 19 18:17
I mean, I'd LOVE to get a phone that's not a Samsung. There's very little choice in many regions.
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User #2940858 - 17 Oct 19 21:07
No LG? I'm not terribly surprised...
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User #11142359 - 17 Oct 19 22:00
I'd consider an LG, but they're almost impossible to find!
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User #14633395 - 17 Oct 19 17:38
Is this on the blog?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 17 Oct 19 17:52
Yeah cross posted there too.
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User #14633395 - 17 Oct 19 17:54
Okay wasn't sure if I was allowed to share it or not!
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User #25324528 - 17 Oct 19 18:51
Then you get the apologists who are so blinded that they refuse to acknowledge the truth.
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User #25324528 - 17 Oct 19 18:48
Because everything is market share driven innovative players rarely get a look in and hence we get the echo chamber that you were talking about.
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I need to find a place to get fitted for molds in Columbus, Ohio area.
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I'd start by calling an audiologist. If they can't do it in office, they'd have a recommendation for who could.
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User #25192030 - 10 Oct 19 22:55
Cool. A good friend got moulds and highly recommended them to me. I've awkward ears with my right being tighter and normal buds always wrecked my head. I laughed at your comment about your daughters attention span lol my 3 year old daughter is easily distracted. Plus she's crazy. Fun combination.
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Threenagers. Epic drama and craziness.
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I like to listen to video game orchestral music, classical music, and some EDM. Which of these 4 headphones would you recommend for someone like me? Love the videos, by the way. Nothing quite like them are on YouTube or anywhere on the internet for budget conscious audiophiles like myself.
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It's not so much what music you listen to, as much as what do your LIKE TO HEAR in your music. MeeAudio's little bar graphs actually help narrow that down. If you want more bass, if you want the FLATTEST EQ, if you want a lift in the mids. Decent solutions all around.
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LG V50 ThinQ Review! One of the most powerful phones of the year. One of the best multi-media experiences available. One of the best options for mobile content creation. All that and a 5G radio, for the same price as an iPhone 11 Pro with half the storage and an Intel LTE radio. So why aren't more people talking about this phone? TEAM SGG PATREON https://www.patreon.com/SomeGadgetGuy Juan's Phone Photography Book https://amzn.to/2HqvUCk SomeGadgetGuy's Gear List Panasonic G85 http://amzn.to/2oKNwAm Panasonic G9 https://amzn.to/2XU3mLQ Olympus 17mm f/1.8 https://amzn.to/2StRDxF Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 https://amzn.to/2LAASjA Audio-Technica Lavalier https://amzn.to/2WywofM Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface http://amzn.to/2p5l7py Shure SM57 Microphone http://amzn.to/2oypnLm Cloudlifter CL1 http://amzn.to/2oKN9G5 LED Light Panels http://amzn.to/2oy60ls AJA U-TAP HDMI http://amzn.to/2wfprBF Elgato HD60 S http://amzn.to/2p95Unu -------------------------------------- SGGQA Podcast RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SGGQA SGGQA Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1CoyEVlB2S8QD1nYZEAOwc SGGQA Podcast Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/I35g3xxwbkpkvijbncryxr4tpea SGGQA Podcast iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/somegadgetguy-sggqa-podcast/id1027231243 SGGQA Podcast on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/juan-carlos-bagnell/sggqa-podcast-talking-tech-with-somegadgetguy?refid=stpr SGGQA Podcast on PlayerFM: https://player.fm/series/sggqa-podcast-somegadgetguy SGGQA Podcast on Archive.org: https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator:%22Juan+Carlos+Bagnell%22&sort=-publicdate Official site: http://somegadgetguy.com/2012/07/15/support-somegadgetguy-get-cool-stuff/ Juan on Twitter - http://Twitter.com/SomeGadgetGuy Juan on Instagram - http://instagram.com/somegadgetguy Juan on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/SomeGadgetGuy Links on this page may be affiliate links which help support production on this website.

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User #3573985 - 8 Oct 19 23:56
I couldn't agree more
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SomeGadgetGuy - 9 Oct 19 17:41
😎👍
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User #4357702 - 9 Oct 19 02:14
I still got my G6. May be the spare phone but it was there best I've had. Only reason I don't have a V50 is 'cos my Mobile Network Operator doesn't stock it [so no full support for their VoLTE] Their phones are so underrated. It's a shame LG are pulling out of the UK market too. On a change of subject, I support u completely if you feel u need to put videos behind a paywall. YouTube make it so hard these days. If U need to put more than 1% on Patreon then that's fine too.
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User #15144467 - 11 Oct 19 15:14
Great review as always. I share some of your passion for LG Phones and I think they have an unbeatable price performance ratio after a few months when they prices drop substantially compared to other manufacturers . Are you thinking of doing a camera review on this one or is the image processing identical to the V40? I really don't like LG's image processing after the G4 (too much now reduction) and mainly shoot in RAW nowadays.
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User #18572127 - 11 Oct 19 02:34
Love your reviews, especially your attention to the sound in phones! I'm currently on Galaxy S7 Edge, was looking to get a LG G8, I can get one at around $375. I would like to have 3 cameras, but besides the lenses what else would I miss going with G8 vs V50? Also, as far as updates, do LG support unlocked phones better than carrier devices? Thnx!
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SomeGadgetGuy - 11 Oct 19 03:06
I don't believe the G8 has the same internal thermal hardware, and the mics are better on the V50, but I don't miss the zoom sensor when i use the G8. The updates are tricky. I think the carrier models are updated faster than USA unlocked, but slower than Korean unlocked.
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User #18572127 - 11 Oct 19 04:33
Thank you! And one more question: can you switch the 5G LTE off in V50 setting, so it can only run on 4G LTE?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 11 Oct 19 04:37
That's a really good question that I'm embarrassed to say i didn't think to check. I don't THINK there is a way to disable 5G?
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User #22956124 - 9 Oct 19 08:20
That was a excellent review. Really showing off what the LG v50 can do and not just saying its a phone good screen but buy Samsung or apple. Couldn't agree more it needs more attention and its a shame its not available in all markets. This phone should be a top 2 phone. But as is the way with the market it will fly under the radar. I love this phone from what you have shown us. Good job man
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SomeGadgetGuy - 9 Oct 19 17:42
Thanks bud. Just a shame LG is their own worst enemy it seems.
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User #11803896 - 12 Oct 19 06:43
That's the main reason I've had to part from LG phones, the software updates are an influencing factor but I could have lived with it. No G8, no V50, it looks like they've given up this side of the pond. I'm having a great time with the pixel 3xl, the camera is fantastic and Android 10 is shaping to be a really mature and enjoyable platform. How is the auto performance on the V50? Are they getting closer to the pixel?
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User #2544443 - 15 Oct 19 06:33
Thanks for the review. The best part is - as always - the test of audio quality.
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User #12927923 - 11 Oct 19 10:04
I’ll never figure out why LG puts everything they’ve got into phones like the V50, but then refuse to put inventory in stores or have displays for them. I work at a big box electronics retailer about an hour north of Tampa, FL, and we have cages full of Samsung and Apple phones but not even 1 G8 or V50 anywhere near us for maybe an hour’s drive (we’re lucky if a store in Tampa has a G8, never mind a V50). I asked my LG rep for info on it and he knows of it, but couldn’t go into a deep dive like you did. Thank you for making these videos so I can be the one unbiased guy in the Mobile department at my store and not only sell just Samsung or just Apple like a lot of my co-workers do.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 11 Oct 19 13:45
Oooph that's tough. I've gotta share that with my LG pr rep. I'll omit your name.
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User #12309930 - 18 Oct 19 09:56
Hi, you should try Mate 30 (not Pro). I am really impressed by the audio quality. My impressions are highly subjective but I like what I hear. I would be interested in more scientific comparison with LG phones. My last was G8 I imported from Canada, I really liked it but the camera quality whas just not sufficient compared to Huawei phones.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 18 Oct 19 20:26
Hoping to get back to it. Tough to get one here and be able to re-sell it.
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User #7826763 - 11 Oct 19 16:45
Great phone, but as usual the US as usual got screwed out of the dual screen version of this phone found overseas (doesn't even have the pogo plugs to add it!)...but I personally waiting to see if this newly introduced G8x model shows up here because this is refined even over the V50 dual screen. I really think this phone is going to be the REAL sleeper... https://www.cnet.com/news/g8x-thinq-is-lgs-its-dual-screen-bid-to-win-over-the-high-end-phone-market/
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SomeGadgetGuy - 11 Oct 19 17:03
Not getting the dual screen is a bummer, but at least we're getting the phone. V series isn't going to Canada, eu, uk at all it seems. I'll never understand LG distribution.
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User #25192030 - 9 Oct 19 16:38
Great review Juan. I want this phone so bad. My old v20 is really creaking. Sadly it's out of my price range at the moment so I guess I'll wait for the inevitable price drop *sigh*
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SomeGadgetGuy - 9 Oct 19 17:43
Dude V20 to V50 would be a nice upgrade, but YEAH thats pricey. I wonder if this phone will see the same price drops. What with the five gees and whatnot...
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User #25192030 - 9 Oct 19 18:43
I'll save like normal people :D my v20 is still working and I do like it a lot. But living in Ireland it's not so easy to get the v50. There are a few on eBay in the USA but I don't know much about US carriers - sprint variants are going cheaper. Unlocked too.
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User #25192030 - 9 Oct 19 18:51
Also... hooray I got a reply :D I can't reiterate enough how much I appreciate your videos. Dude you're truly the best reviewer on YT. And that's why you're my first patreon contribution. 😁
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SomeGadgetGuy - 9 Oct 19 18:57
Im glad youre on board! As to the V50, id be very careful with usa carrier branded models trying to use them in eu/uk markets. They SHOULD work as LTE devices IF they really were carrier unlocked, but youre probably safer with the korean variant if it supports your local bands.
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User #7826763 - 14 Oct 19 13:42
Not only is Lg distribution tricky to follow...but they seem to release a new phone every month! This is apparently the latest--and again coming to the US. The G8x screen improvements are coming to a V50s. Going to be a rather interesting next few months leading into 2020.
OnePlus 7T vs OnePlus 7Pro: What do you NEED?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 5 Oct 19 01:15
This year has been really scattered for OP. We had the OP7 and OP7Pro, but the OP7 didn't launch in the USA. Then we got the OP7Pro 5G which JUST arrived on Sprint. Now the OP7T is here, and T-Mo will discontinue selling the OP7Pro. Then there might be a OP7TPro, but that probably won't come to the USA...
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User #12080016 - 5 Oct 19 01:26
Oh gosh, I've lost the 5G version! Thank you for reminding me... I can't do that... 😜
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SomeGadgetGuy - 5 Oct 19 01:27
RIGHT!!!
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User #11846514 - 14 Oct 19 19:44
Lets not forgot how far behind the 5G model is, in terms of updates, compared to its non 5G siblings. Last I checked, the 5G model still has the June security patch. I have been loyal to Oneplus since the original OPO, but I feel that they are shifting from the enthusiast brand to the more mainstream brand. My next phone may not be a Oneplus device.
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User #12080016 - 5 Oct 19 01:12
I have the feeling that I'm quite confused. What I know is that the 7 Pro it should be the top. Then we have a 7T, a refresh of a OP7 that it seems so improved to reach a 7pro or even better. At the same time, I remember that a OP7 is quite similar at the oldest 6T... I don't know you, but in my mind there are 4 OP smartphone, each one could be worth... Idk... Afk... :-)
LG Tone Flex: Revenge of the Neckband!
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True wireless earbuds are all the rage, but we shouldn't discount the practicality of a good neckband.

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User #23634926 - 3 Oct 19 23:43
I loved my old LG Tones but they're too short for my big fat neck. They should make ones with an adjustable neck band. I'm stuck with the awful battery life of the Beats X. Would like to test the OnePlus Bullets.
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User #23437295 - 6 Oct 19 18:35
Holy crap, Girl Talk! Fantastic album man. One of my favorites.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 7 Oct 19 05:36
I love that mashup style. Shame he's not putting out new mixes.
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User #25324528 - 6 Oct 19 00:52
Hoping one day you can review these: https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/in-ear-headphones/wi-1000xm2
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SomeGadgetGuy - 7 Oct 19 05:37
Me too!
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User #25324528 - 7 Oct 19 07:45
Always had a good experience with Sony neckbands. Especially as these have noise cancelling tech from the same family.
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The highest compliment I can pay a manufacturer, that a new phone is improved enough to warrant replacing last year's model. This question is even more difficult to answer when talking about OnePlus. This brand has built a solid reputation for top tier performance. The 6T is still able to hang with some premium phones made today. Has the 7T evolved enough to replace it's predecessor? Let's take a look...

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User #16713209 - 3 Dec 19 05:55
Price of the McLaren is $900.00, though you can knock off $200-300 with trade ins on certain phones. I knew hanging onto my V40 was good for something...a couple of hundred bucks of discount something. =)
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User #16713209 - 3 Dec 19 05:53
Well, the McLaren is going to come out on T-Mobile on 12/6. And it appears Hawaii (well, parts of it but more importantly, it's the part I live and work in) will get that new fangled 5G rollout on Friday as well. Ah, nuts! Looks like I'm getting a McLaren after all....
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User #16713209 - 17 Oct 19 09:21
Looking at these two phones, my 6T McLaren seems to be stuck right in the middle of a 6T and 7T. It was the first to get Warp charging, has more RAM (10g) and 256gb memory, features we see in later OP phones. But it still operates with the 6T cameras and other design features. And like your Mace Windu phone, it's a beauty. So I look it at more like a 6T plus. It's not bleeding edge but it can still hold it's own, and has enough beauty and oomph to say "Don't trade me yet!"
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SomeGadgetGuy - 25 Oct 19 18:33
LOL never an easy choice in the world of tech...
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User #16713209 - 17 Oct 19 09:25
Not to mention the new OP 7T Pro McLaren is almost $1K, and won't be available in the U.S.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 17 Oct 19 13:15
That certainly helped MY decision making process 😊
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User #16713209 - 25 Oct 19 02:11
As they say in the late night informercials, But Wait! There's More! T-Mobile just announced that they're bringing in the OP 7T Pro McLaren as their next 5G dedicated phone. No date or price announced though I won't be surprised if it's around the $1K price. Just when I made my peace with my 6T McLaren....
Helm Audio True Wireless 5.0 Review: Diamonds in the Rough
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True wireless earbuds are getting really good. Beyond simple convenience, now we're finally starting to hear different premium solutions. Different features, and different tuning to better fit consumers with different tastes. Audio kit should never be a simple "good" or "bad" review. A healthy ecosystem of products depends on having a variety of solutions.

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User #387118 - 30 Sep 19 23:52
Wireless earbuds are such a struggle. 😩 Much like you have Hobbit hands, I have small ears. It's such a hit or miss thing to find IEM's that will fit in my ears comfortably. So far the Galaxy Buds fit my ears the best out of like, the six sets of true wireless IEM's I've tried. But they're connection is so inconsistent and the audio is really bland if you're not on an Android phone. I own a pair of the new Sony TW IEM's but I can only wear them for like, an hour before they start to hurt and it's so sad because they sound so great.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 30 Sep 19 23:53
You might want to consider molded ear tips. I'm producing the video of my wife getting molds this week!
Focals by North Review: Wearing the Future
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It's been a while since a tech accessory really lit me up. That "WOW" feeling that leaves you feeling like tech is about to change. Putting a computer on your face is REALLY hard, so it's not only refreshing, but exciting how good the Focals are. Taking them right out into the field, traveling with them. Getting updates. This is a tantalizing tease of the post-smartphone world...

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Focals review! Augmented reality! Heads up Display! Face computer! It's been a while since a tech accessory really lit me up. That "WOW" feeling that leaves you feeling like tech is about to change. Putting a computer on your face is REALLY hard, so it's not only refreshing, but exciting how good the Focals are. Taking them right out into the field, traveling with them. Getting updates. This is a tantalizing tease of the post-smartphone world... Focals by North site https://www.bynorth.com/ TEAM SGG PATREON https://www.patreon.com/SomeGadgetGuy Juan's Phone Photography Book https://amzn.to/2HqvUCk SomeGadgetGuy's Gear List Panasonic G85 http://amzn.to/2oKNwAm Panasonic G9 https://amzn.to/2XU3mLQ Olympus 17mm f/1.8 https://amzn.to/2StRDxF Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 https://amzn.to/2LAASjA Audio-Technica Lavalier https://amzn.to/2WywofM Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface http://amzn.to/2p5l7py Shure SM57 Microphone http://amzn.to/2oypnLm Cloudlifter CL1 http://amzn.to/2oKN9G5 LED Light Panels http://amzn.to/2oy60ls AJA U-TAP HDMI http://amzn.to/2wfprBF Elgato HD60 S http://amzn.to/2p95Unu -------------------------------------- SGGQA Podcast RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SGGQA SGGQA Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1CoyEVlB2S8QD1nYZEAOwc SGGQA Podcast Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/I35g3xxwbkpkvijbncryxr4tpea SGGQA Podcast iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/somegadgetguy-sggqa-podcast/id1027231243 SGGQA Podcast on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/juan-carlos-bagnell/sggqa-podcast-talking-tech-with-somegadgetguy?refid=stpr SGGQA Podcast on PlayerFM: https://player.fm/series/sggqa-podcast-somegadgetguy SGGQA Podcast on Archive.org: https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator:%22Juan+Carlos+Bagnell%22&sort=-publicdate Official site: http://somegadgetguy.com/2012/07/15/support-somegadgetguy-get-cool-stuff/ Juan on Twitter - http://Twitter.com/SomeGadgetGuy Juan on Instagram - http://instagram.com/somegadgetguy Juan on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/SomeGadgetGuy Links on this page may be affiliate links which help support production on this website.

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User #651850 - 28 Sep 19 01:46
Interesting tech.
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User #22185807 - 27 Sep 19 23:47
What changed with the update?
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SomeGadgetGuy - 28 Sep 19 00:08
I said in the video.
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User #22185807 - 28 Sep 19 00:10
I'm definitely going to re-watch this, again.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 28 Sep 19 00:10
😁
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User #22185807 - 28 Sep 19 00:26
okay, i definitely re-watched that, but nothing about an update about Amazon (assuming that was the update)? I'm definitely missing out on something here!
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SomeGadgetGuy - 28 Sep 19 00:27
I talked about the Android system and notification update twice...
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User #22185807 - 28 Sep 19 00:30
I know you did right in the beginning of the video that you emphasized ... oh... that was the update, nothing about Amazon! (grumbles at reading Youtube comments)
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User #19751183 - 29 Sep 19 16:30
👍💪
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SomeGadgetGuy - 29 Sep 19 16:37
Why I'm so glad to have this crew along for the ride 😊👍
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User #19751183 - 29 Sep 19 09:58
Hi Juan, great review as usual, I had no idea there was a finished product like this available already. There is huge amount of work you've done to make this review possible, I mean just getting them fitted for starters and forcing yourself to depend on them for real world usage. These are the kinds of reviews that should "get out there" more. I loved it but in our zappy world of soundbites I just wonder if you might be better rewarded for your efforts by shorter reviews. Having said that, making a review shorter often means more work so maybe it isn't possible. In any case THANKS and nice job.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 29 Sep 19 16:29
Naw. I think I want to make the videos I want to make, and if folks are game to have real conversations about this stuff, then those are the people I want to chat up. I'm not really interested in an audience of passive viewers, who don't participate, but demand "entertaining" videos and "reviews".
USE REAL MICROPHONES ON YOUR PHONE! Comica LinkFlex AD2 Review!
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Our phones can capture INCREDIBLE video, but those little microphones can't always keep up. If you're REALLY interested in mobile production, you should try to treat your ears as well as you treat your eyes. Comica has a handy little adapter which can do just that!

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User #19751183 - 29 Sep 19 16:29
I loved the Comica WS60 review setup that you showed in Taiwan (I think). I was amazed by what seemed to me as pretty professional quality sound solution for field video recording. Now this! These guys at Comica seem to be producing some neat stuff at more consumer level pricing. Thanks for finding, testing and sharing.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 29 Sep 19 16:38
It's surprisingly good gear. Still on the consumer side, but we're finally seeing the tech catch up for audio.
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User #651850 - 26 Sep 19 17:25
Can't say I'll ever need this, but always enjoy seeing videos on your setup(s) and the tech utilized.
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User #22185807 - 26 Sep 19 16:20
I'm definitely going to save up for one of these. Great tool for my school kids to experiment on for digital student news production!
Sony Xperia 1 Long Term Review: Something Fresh
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We can't keep crying about phones getting boring, then only talk about two or three manufacturers on YouTube. Following the Xperia 5 announcement, Sony is continuing to move towards a different style of premium phone. It won't radically change the smartphone as we know it, but this aspect ratio change feels fresh. It's a special device, for a certain kind of premium consumer. Let's take a look at my month with the Sony Xperia 1!

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User #15140228 - 25 Sep 19 04:30
Juan .. what is the capactive pen you use in your reviews . if possible can you link me to those would like to purchase it.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 25 Sep 19 04:35
Just an old beat up wacom bamboo tip. Not sure wacom even really makes them anymore. https://amzn.to/2mC8ja7
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User #12080016 - 26 Sep 19 17:49
I'm using it too! It's quite good on scrolling up and down on the phone. But it's useless if you want use it to draw.
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User #387118 - 22 Sep 19 22:43
When I switched to T-Mobile ages ago, I got the Xperia Z3 as my replacement phone. I still have a lot of great memories of that phone and I keep waiting for Sony to capture the magic of that phone again. I feel like the Xperia 1 is the closest they've come since then and I'm really hoping to find a good deal on it when I get bored of my Note 9.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 22 Sep 19 22:46
Damn that Z3 was such a high point for the brand. The X was a dark year, but from the XZ3 to the Xperia 1, I think Sony is FINALLY on a good track again.
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User #12080016 - 26 Sep 19 18:00
I was so close to buy the Xperia X at a good deal, but I said "No, the camera issues are too intrusive" and I've renounced.
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User #22956124 - 23 Sep 19 07:10
Sony make some GOOOD stuff it's a shame they can't hit the market with some crazy advertising to get people to notice.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 23 Sep 19 07:16
It really is a bummer. Just coasting with a shrug...
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User #22185807 - 24 Sep 19 11:49
Earmarked, will definitely share this to my Sony-fanboy cousins who are waiting for this phone! :D
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User #15140228 - 28 Sep 19 19:06
I tried to install battery care apk file through apk mirror . it wasn't installing but i will let you know if i find any but google should add that feature to android .
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User #15140228 - 28 Sep 19 18:58
Off topic . Does anybody know if it is possible to have battery care app installed on other phones like v30 . if so let me know how to do it or if there is a similar app in play store which does the same like battery care, let me know .
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SomeGadgetGuy - 28 Sep 19 19:02
I haven't found a good 3rd party battery care app. If you find one lemme know.
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User #651850 - 22 Sep 19 23:00
The sheep sound effects were perfect. :D Great video.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 22 Sep 19 23:05
Got a little cheeky with that...
Building a better mouse trap... I mean video render test...
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After all the drama surrounding my iPhone video rendering tests, it got me thinking.

I have been using the same sample and render test since 2017. While I think the test still scales well today, it's not a good representation of what you can really do on a phone. Compressing one video clip from 100Mbps to 50Mbps.

If I'm trying to encourage folks to do more with their phones, then maybe I should do more in my tests. Devise a test which better replicates what I do when I shoot a travel vlog, or send my Mom one of my Daughter's adventures.

And it still needs to be a test which can be standardized across different devices, different operating systems, and different processors.

Instead of one sixty-second clip of UHD/30p footage, now I'll be using six, ten-second clips with a one second cross fade per clip. These will still be samples from my Panasonic mirrorless at 100Mbps. We're avoiding phone clips to prevent any advantage on one specific phone, and we want LARGE MP4 files to really tax these different chipsets.

I'm sticking with 30fps footage, so this test can be run on mid-range hardware too. A lot of mid-pack phones can render UHD/30p, but not all can render UHD/60p.

Adding to the test, I'm slapping on a music bed, and using my PNG watermark from my videos. Each device that walks through this test will carve up the exact same samples, in the same order, with the same overlay and audio, and all will have to complete a final render at 50Mbps.

This is a lot more to chew on, and should also give us a better (more real world) comparative test against laptops and tablets.

For example:

My Razer Blade 14, with an NVIDIA GTX970, completes this render in 1:38 using Vegas Pro 16.

My LG V50 in PowerDirector delivers a similar video output quality in 1:36.

I've got a little to tweak still. I need to look at what apps should be used (the video render engine on KineMaster might be faster than PowerDirector's when using an overlay), but I think this will be a more challenging and realistic test moving forward.

I think this'll be fun!


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User #22956124 - 21 Sep 19 21:22
Love how your sticking with 30fps to make mid rangers available for testing. As most people own midrangers now will be interested in seeing if a well optimised mid ranger can render faster than a iPhone or flagship android 🤔
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SomeGadgetGuy - 21 Sep 19 21:25
I figured that way we could really see what the performance improvement would be from an SD600 to an SD800.
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User #22956124 - 21 Sep 19 21:34
Totally agree to many people concentrate on high end and forget most of the market have mid range phones. Nice to see you thinking about everybody and not just the 1000 plus phone crew
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User #17882584 - 25 Sep 19 04:58
Nice 🔥
Stop Software Stabilization from BLURRING Your Video!
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Don't let EIS BLUR your video! Software stabilization and "super steady" modes can look AMAZING in great light, but as soon as you shoot in slightly dimmer or darker conditions, video gets foggy and shifty. Shooting indoors or at night, here's a quick tip for producing the smoothest and clearest video you can.


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User #12080016 - 27 Sep 19 23:20
Nice
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User #11680916 - 21 Sep 19 03:32
Great short and practical video Juan. I really hadn't considered doing that for night/low light videos. Can't wait to try it now.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 21 Sep 19 03:49
Alongside this tip, I almost always prefer shooting a half stop dark.
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User #11680916 - 21 Sep 19 16:50
I do as well but I never thought about increasing the shutter speed for movement.
T-Mobile Revvlry+ Review: Don't make that face, it's a GOOD phone!
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More competition in the sub $400 tier is always going to be a good thing! In the past though, carrier branded cellphones could be dicey purchases. T-Mobile has refreshed the Revvl, it's store brand mid-range phone. How does it stack up against other budget options? Should you "GASP" if a family member buys one?

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User #651850 - 17 Sep 19 23:28
The title of this video is spot on. I did make a face. LOL
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SomeGadgetGuy - 17 Sep 19 23:28
😁
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User #23637421 - 19 Sep 19 23:04
It really is a good phone. I work for T-Mobile and it is always so difficult to try and convince people that it is a really good choice especially if your on a budget.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 19 Sep 19 23:28
Well, there's a video of mine you can share now :-)
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User #16612257 - 20 Sep 19 11:23
Again, good deal for Americans, but elsewhere, I'd pay $250 tops for it, considering the competition.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 20 Sep 19 15:09
Baby steps... We're getting there...
Cheap Phone Challenge CONCLUSION with TK Bay! New Entry Level vs Old Mid-Ranger! FIGHT!
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When we talk about "Old vs New" we usually mean "old premium phone vs new mid-range", but what about folks on a tighter budget? Should you buy a new entry level phone, or should you shop a used mid-ranger. TK Bay joins me in a challenge! For two guys who use a LOT of expensive phones, what was it like switching to the opposite end of the price spectrum? Who got the better deal?

Cheap Phone Challenge TK's Reaction to the XGODY

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When we talk about "Old vs New" we usually mean "old premium phone vs new mid-range", but what about folks on a tighter budget? Should you buy a new entry level phone, or should you shop a used mid-ranger. TK Bay joins me in a challenge! For two guys who use a LOT of expensive phones, what was it like switching to the opposite end of the price spectrum? Who got the better deal? Cheap Phone Challenge TK's Reaction to the XGODY https://youtu.be/J1d5j8AXKis Cheap Phone Challenge SGG's Reaction to the Revvl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpcaFRUX9IA Support production on this channel! Early access, BTS, Fun Perks and MORE! https://www.patreon.com/SomeGadgetGuy I wrote a book! If you want to take your smartphone photography and video skills up a notch, you'll want to read my book! 'Take Better Photos: Smartphone Photography for Noobs!' is now available - http://amzn.to/1LZMa52 Get some GREAT games for cheap! Humble Bundle Monthly! At least $100 worth of games each month for around $12! https://www.humblebundle.com/monthly?refc=MShhPy Buying a OnePlus? Use this link to get $20 towards accessories when you buy one! https://www.oneplus.com/invite#HHII19IUDV51I7U Shop for electronics using the following link on Amazon to support our site and reviews at no additional cost to you: http://goo.gl/aK495 SomeGadgetGuy's Gear List Panasonic G85 http://amzn.to/2oKNwAm Panasonic 15mm f/1.7 http://amzn.to/2qWH0UZ Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 http://amzn.to/2ohTzsd Audio-Technica Lavalier https://amzn.to/2WywofM Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface http://amzn.to/2p5l7py Shure SM57 Microphone http://amzn.to/2oypnLm Cloudlifter CL1 http://amzn.to/2oKN9G5 LED Light Panels http://amzn.to/2oy60ls AJA U-TAP HDMI http://amzn.to/2wfprBF Elgato HD S http://amzn.to/2p95Unu Get a free 30 day trial at Audible! Sign up using this link to get TWO free audiobooks AND support this channel! http://bit.ly/GeekBookClub -------------------------------------- SGGQA Podcast RSS: http://goo.gl/oSUjvi SGGQA Podcast on Spotify: https://goo.gl/uyuSsj SGGQA Podcast Google Play https://goo.gl/ABF7Up SGGQA Podcast iTunes: https://goo.gl/YUcyS7 SGGQA Podcast on Stitcher: http://goo.gl/cyazfY SGGQA Podcast on PlayerFM: https://goo.gl/34B8SG SGGQA Podcast on Archive.org: https://goo.gl/9zh4pK Official site: http://SomeGadgetGuy.com Juan Carlos Bagnell on Google Plus - http://bit.ly/SomeAudioGuy_on_GPlus Juan Carlos Bagnell on Twitter - http://Twitter.com/SomeGadgetGuy Juan on Instagram - http://instagram.com/somegadgetguy Support SomeGadgetGuy Production: http://amzn.com/w/34V1TR2551P6M http://about.me/jcbagnell

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How to Enable Desktop Mode in Android 10 (OnePlus 7 Pro Open Beta)
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Took a couple minutes to whip together a little tutorial on how to activate my favorite feature on Android 10! The desktop mode is ROUGH around the edges, but if you'd like to take it for a spin, here's how you can activate it!

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Android 10 Desktop Mode! First Look on the OnePlus 7 Pro! Can our phones replace laptops?
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Android 10 is here! The finished update is heading out to Pixels, but what about desktop mode? Conneting our phone to an HDMI cable? Here's a first look at Google's Android 10 Desktop Mode, running on a BEAST of phone. Can the OnePlus 7 Pro replace your laptop?

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User #16612257 - 4 Sep 19 00:37
was expecting something like Dex. this is... spartan, to put it kindly.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 4 Sep 19 04:58
Yup... Pretty... Uh... Simple...
LG V50 Dual Screen Case: TWO screens in one! (Or, why I don't want a folding phone)
LG V50 Dual Screen Case: TWO screens in one! (Or, why I don't want a folding phone)more_vert
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It wouldn't be an LG review without some bizarre regional issues. Phones that get features in some places, but are removed in other places. The V50 continues that proud tradition with one of the signature accessories for the phone. Living with the second screen case for a week, was this a deal breaker omission? Has it changed my opinion of folding phones? Let's take it for a spin...


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User #16713209 - 25 Oct 19 02:14
While we many not get the dual screen case for the V50, it looks like the LG G8X will have the dual screen case in November or so via AT & T and Sprint, as well as Amazon. Now, if T-Mobile can get into the game....
OMARS MONSTER travel battery with an AC Plug!
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It's HUGE, but the specs are on point. 96Wh battery, with 90W power output. 26,800mAh capacity. It's right at the limit for packing on an airplane. We can pack more power in a smaller shell, but not with an AC plug! If you're that person who has to support a FAMILY of gadgets while traveling, this might be up your alley!
OMARS Portable AC plug power bank on Amazon https://amzn.to/2ZAELMc

And if there WERE some way i could give one of these away, I wonder where someone might search for that info...

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Omars AC Power Bank Review! When you need BIG power, and you need an AC plug, AND you need to take it on an airplane! If you're the person who needs to support a family of gadgets, this bad boy might be the power solution for you. Let's take a look at a BIG battery, and if it's the right fit for you (and your luggage). Omars AC Power bank on Amazon https://amzn.to/2MOJe7Q TEAM SGG PATREON https://www.patreon.com/SomeGadgetGuy Juan's Phone Photography Book https://amzn.to/2HqvUCk SomeGadgetGuy's Gear List Panasonic G85 http://amzn.to/2oKNwAm Panasonic G9 https://amzn.to/2XU3mLQ Olympus 17mm f/1.8 https://amzn.to/2StRDxF Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 https://amzn.to/2LAASjA Audio-Technica Lavalier https://amzn.to/2WywofM Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface http://amzn.to/2p5l7py Shure SM57 Microphone http://amzn.to/2oypnLm Cloudlifter CL1 http://amzn.to/2oKN9G5 LED Light Panels http://amzn.to/2oy60ls AJA U-TAP HDMI http://amzn.to/2wfprBF Elgato HD60 S http://amzn.to/2p95Unu -------------------------------------- SGGQA Podcast RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SGGQA SGGQA Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1CoyEVlB2S8QD1nYZEAOwc SGGQA Podcast Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/I35g3xxwbkpkvijbncryxr4tpea SGGQA Podcast iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/somegadgetguy-sggqa-podcast/id1027231243 SGGQA Podcast on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/juan-carlos-bagnell/sggqa-podcast-talking-tech-with-somegadgetguy?refid=stpr SGGQA Podcast on PlayerFM: https://player.fm/series/sggqa-podcast-somegadgetguy SGGQA Podcast on Archive.org: https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator:%22Juan+Carlos+Bagnell%22&sort=-publicdate Official site: http://somegadgetguy.com/2012/07/15/support-somegadgetguy-get-cool-stuff/ Juan on Twitter - http://Twitter.com/SomeGadgetGuy Juan on Instagram - http://instagram.com/somegadgetguy Juan on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/SomeGadgetGuy Links on this page may be affiliate links which help support production on this website.

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User #11680916 - 2 Sep 19 17:41
The names never showed up for the video but we know who we are.😃 That's a fair price for that size battery with the outlet plug.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 2 Sep 19 20:45
The public video has them. Rendering credits takes a lot longer, so the private previews won't have them moving forward.
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User #11680916 - 2 Sep 19 20:56
Ok got ya.
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User #9555269 - 30 Aug 19 23:45
This would be nice for a Emergency kit bag too. For random power outages etc.
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User #9555269 - 30 Aug 19 23:46
Emergency Tech Bag... With 20 cables of all sorts.😂
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User #3573985 - 30 Aug 19 21:45
You know where to give one away at
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User #11344196 - 2 Sep 19 02:04
I was about to drop my answer to the mystery question, until I read that it is only for people in the US.
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User #12080016 - 2 Sep 19 10:56
When your Tesla is out of battery... Omar's will save you. 😀
GoCube Edge Review! The Rubik's Cube FROM THE FUTURE!
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GoCube Edge Review! A Bluetooth connected Rubik's cube sounds silly, but I've NEVER been able to solve one. The GoGube is a platform not just for teaching you how to solve a cube, but also full of other games and puzzles. A decades old puzzle toy with a fun tech twist! Get it? Twist? It's a cubing pun.

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GoCube Edge Review! A Bluetooth connected Rubik's cube sounds silly, but I've NEVER been able to solve one. The GoGube is a platform not just for teaching you how to solve a cube, but also full of other games and puzzles. A decades old puzzle toy with a fun tech twist! Get it? Twist? It's a cubing pun. More info on the GoCube https://getgocube.com/ TEAM SGG PATREON https://www.patreon.com/SomeGadgetGuy SomeGadgetGuy's Gear List Panasonic G85 http://amzn.to/2oKNwAm Panasonic G9 https://amzn.to/2XU3mLQ Olympus 17mm f/1.8 https://amzn.to/2StRDxF Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 https://amzn.to/2LAASjA Audio-Technica Lavalier https://amzn.to/2WywofM Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface http://amzn.to/2p5l7py Shure SM57 Microphone http://amzn.to/2oypnLm Cloudlifter CL1 http://amzn.to/2oKN9G5 LED Light Panels http://amzn.to/2oy60ls AJA U-TAP HDMI http://amzn.to/2wfprBF Elgato HD60 S http://amzn.to/2p95Unu -------------------------------------- SGGQA Podcast RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SGGQA SGGQA Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1CoyEVlB2S8QD1nYZEAOwc SGGQA Podcast Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/I35g3xxwbkpkvijbncryxr4tpea SGGQA Podcast iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/somegadgetguy-sggqa-podcast/id1027231243 SGGQA Podcast on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/juan-carlos-bagnell/sggqa-podcast-talking-tech-with-somegadgetguy?refid=stpr SGGQA Podcast on PlayerFM: https://player.fm/series/sggqa-podcast-somegadgetguy SGGQA Podcast on Archive.org: https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator:%22Juan+Carlos+Bagnell%22&sort=-publicdate Official site: http://somegadgetguy.com/2012/07/15/support-somegadgetguy-get-cool-stuff/ Juan on Twitter - http://Twitter.com/SomeGadgetGuy Juan on Instagram - http://instagram.com/somegadgetguy Juan on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/SomeGadgetGuy Links on this page may be affiliate links which help support production on this website.

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User #10060633 - 31 Aug 19 00:24
Cool! I was a teen when the Rubik's Cube came out. I think it came with instructions to do 1 side. No interenet but you could write for a solution. I used to be able to do them casually watching TV. I've forgtten now and can only do 2 sides. That looks like fun!
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SomeGadgetGuy - 31 Aug 19 05:32
It's become my fidget spinner. Something really zen about twisting one up.
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User #10060633 - 1 Sep 19 00:02
I know! when could do them if I ever saw one unsolved I would just do it!
Sprint 5G in Los Angeles Test Drive with my buddy TK Bay!
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Sprint just fired up their 5G network in Southern California! TK Bay and I were invited to take this new network for a test drive! Here's part of our livestream (from the LG V50 on 5G), sharing some thoughts on infrastructure, tower deployment, and the new phones that support 5G! Also I was REALLY hungry when I shot this...

Our full 40 minute livestream https://www.twitch.tv/videos/473148758
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User #14004198 - 29 Aug 19 15:50
Juan, would you be reviewing the LG V50 cameras and audio? I hope you will! Can't wait for that.
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SomeGadgetGuy - 29 Aug 19 15:55
I'll be digging in for sure, but I might not do the same deep DEEP dives. The performance is looking similar to V40 and G8.
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User #14004198 - 29 Aug 19 15:57
Awsome bruh! Take your time. And thanks for the swift reply!
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