My Phones Part 1: BlackBerry Priv.

Hi there! So I wanted to start a new blog post series where I showcase my phones! I have been collecting phones since 2011. Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S2 that I bought for my own money. I want to go over my massive stack of phones and show them to you over here. First one I wanna start with will be the BlackBerry Priv! I will just randomly select a phone from time to time and just talk about it a little bit. Hopefully you will enjoy. It will be an unique series here on my website. Something than nobody else ever has done before.

This phone is having a large 5.4″ display with screen resolution of 1440×2560. A high 540 pixel density. Gorilla Glass 4 protection and a slight curved edge screen. The operating system is Android which is interesting because usually blackberry is using their own BlackBerry OS. But this phone with Android works with all the standard Android apps. It comes with Snapdragon 808 chipset and a Hexa-core 4×1.4GHz Cortex-A53 and 2×1.8GHz Cortex-A57 processor. The GPU is Adreno 418.

Here are some photos on my BlackBerry Priv!

It also has option for microSD card slot of 256GB. And internal storage of 32GB with 3GB of RAM. The primary camera is 18MP f/2.2 and secondary is 2MP, 720p. The battery is 3410mAh battery.

The phone also has a full qwerty keyboard that you can see when you slide up the screen. So you can decide if you want to use the physical keyboard or the Android on-screen keyboard. The phone comes with a matte plastic back feel. The only main disadvantage is that it doesn’t have a removable battery option. But most high end phones 2017 doesn’t have a removable battery.

Some have also complained that the plastic back on this phone makes it feel cheap for being a BlackBerry phone. I have to say that I don’t agree. I think it still feels very premium and also that plastic is a better material to use on the back than for example Samsung Galaxy S8’s glass back. And the new iPhone 8 that also will use glass back. Even LG have started to use glass back with LG G6. The problem with glass is it breaks easily and it creates ugly fingerprint marks on the back. And if it breaks it will be expensive to replace. Plastic usually won’t break. It’s made with more thinking about durability.

This phone has a bit of that business feel to it that BlackBerry phones usually have. It will surely stand out even in 2017 because most phones aren’t qwerty sliders these days. But I think it looks extremely look and people who want a niche phone to stand out 2017 this is the one still. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 might be another good niche phone because it’s the only high end device with good stylus support.

Triple A Samsung Galaxy S8 Review!

Today I want to review a new cool entertaining app. It’s called Triple A and is available in the Google Play Store. The app is being described as being a highly complex, kinetic and interactive visualizer. How you use the app is you open it up and inside you will see a bunch of particles on the screen. Touch and interact with the particles and start see amazing things. You can create amazing curves and effects just using your fingers. Makes you feel like an artist.

This app has 3 different art mode’s you can use: Art Wave, Art Particle, Art Gravity. You can also go in and select the number of particle’s, the size and the length. There is an option to disable the music. Each art mode has 5 different unique effects. So a total of 15 cool art effects.

This app is promising a lot when it comes to various effects and colors you will see: Fireworks, Tornado, Nuke, Atom, Nuclear bomb, Volt Lightning, Midnight falling star, Black hole, Dark meter, Tsunami, Gravity, Halo, Earthquake, Gun fire, Ice, Space, Universe, Aurora, Fluid, Alien, Laser, Fish, Fly, Blue Sky, Wave, Surfing, Jupiter, Moon, Earth, Sun, Venus, Mars, Mercury, Comet, Pluto, Saturn and more.

Screenshot from the App on Samsung Galaxy S8!

My favourite mode is the art wave because it follows your finger so amazingly, very relaxing music and very creative colours showing up. I would say this is a good app when you wanna calm down and look at something beautiful that you create in the moment with just your fingers. Some improvements in the app would be to be able to create even more patterns and special effects. There should be an option for more effects for example if you hold in 2 fingers or more on the screen. I also would like to see the option to complete different missions. And be able to save your effects in little movies.

This app runs nicely on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and has no problems. When you let go your finger from the screen the particles explode in a bang effect. I wish you could select some other various effects there than just an explosion effect. I think this app will be good for artists that want to find some quick inspiration. The various lines and effects has such an amazing harmony that after you been using this app you just wanna go and create something beautiful out in the real world. Here is the app again on Play Store.

Thanks for reading! Do you know any other cool app you want me to check out? Be sure to let me know about it.

Best Regards,
Adrian

New Android 8.0 Oreo is Official!

Google has unveiled the next generation of Android and it’s called Android 8.0 Oreo. The notification panel get’s an update in Android Oreo. Just as we have seen in the developer previews google has been released on Android 8.0. Also we will get a brand new set of Emojis. Over 60 new emojis. Also background apps that has been draining a lot of battery in previous Android versions Google is said to have been fixed a lot of those issues with this new Android version with more speed performance.

If you want to download the new Android 8.0 Oreo now then you need to have a Nexus phone and then go to this page. There you can go and download the latest Factory images. But it will take a longer time before Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6 will get updated from Android 7.0.

Google has a new security system in this update of Android and it’s called Google Play Protect. A malware protection system. Boot speed should be 2x faster. Google has also worked hard at implementing autofill in various apps like twitter to quickly be able to login to various apps with ease.

There is also a new Picture-in-Picture mode with Android 8.0 that allows you to use 2 apps at the same time. This is something we have been seeing Samsung been playing around with for a long time. There is also a new feature called notification dots. That gives you dots on app icons you can tap on to quickly see what’s new. With fewer taps. Another feature is called Android Instant Apps. You should be able to directly be able to teleport into new apps from your browser without any installation.

New Emojis!

There is a lot of talk by Google that battery life should be great with Android 8.0. I surely hope that will turn out to be true. Other cool features are: Accessibility Button, Accessibility Volume, Adaptive Icons, Ambient Screen, Background Execution Limit, Background Location Limits, Deep Color, Downloadable Fonts, Install Unknown Apps, Integrated Printing Support, Linkable Files, Native C/C++ API for high-performance audio, Notification Categories, Notification Snoozing, Pointer Capture, Project Treble, TextView autosizing, Tooltips & Wi-Fi assistant.

This new version is already available from Android Open Source Project for various Nexus devices. I find project treble to be the most interesting update.

It will try to make so we will see faster updates of Android on other devices. So for example Samsung and Sony can roll out latest version of Android faster on their devices. Because with Android you have the tricky thing how companies have their own custom skin on top of Android so when a new Android version gets released they have to implement their UI so it matches the new UI.

Wireless listening should be better with this Android version because it will have better bluetooth support. Especially for the codec LDAC, Sony is also helping Google in developing better LDAC which can transfer data up to 990kbps over bluetooth. By using machine learning copying and pasting should also become easier. By trying to detect what it is you are trying to do. You will also be able to long press on an app to select a widget that is available from that app. Instead of having to go through tons of random widgets.

I think I will install the AOSP version on my Nexus 6P to see how it performs! So stay tuned for that and let me know what feature you are looking forward to the most in this new Android Update. I have really enjoyed the new Android Beta in AOSP especially the notification area. So will be exciting to check out this release to see what improvement they have been doing.

Nexus 6P Android O 8.0 Oreo vs. Huawei Mate 9 Android 7.0 – Which Is Faster?

Nexus 6P Android 8.0 Oreo vs. Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 7.0 – Which Is Faster?

Thanks for reading.

Best Regards,
Adrian

New Amazing LG V30 Render Leaks. Galaxy Note 8 Killer?

We have a new render of the V30 that got leaked by Evan Blass. It looks beautiful with it’s edge-to-edge display. Will probably feature Snapdragon 835 processor just as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 will be running. We can see the dual-lens camera on the back. What I like here about this render is it seems like it won’t be having a glass back. But I may be wrong because some rumors points to a leaked glass panel.

Both the OLED iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to have a glass back. Which is bad if you drop the device by accident. Many of us don’t like to use extra cases. My S8 is already have glass shattered on the back and will probably cost 200 euro to replace so no point. Another thing with the V30 is it probably won’t have a removable battery option. We saw LG doing that with the G4 and G5. The G5 had this modular design that kind of failed.

We are expecting the new V30 to go official on August 31. And released date September 15. Standard variant seems like it will cost 700 dollar and a plus variant of V30 will cost 875 dollar. So what you get in Plus variant? More storage, wireless charging and better audio. For me personally it doesn’t seem to be that much worth it. Who uses wireless charging? Almost nobody. Too gimmicky.

I really do hope the V30 has an IP67 rating. The IP rating on Samsung phones have almost performed well for me. The IP rating on iPhone 7 was horrible for me. Two of my iPhone 7s got destroyed being in Water and Coca-Cola for me. I hope LG provide a quality protection and not just splash protection.

Other specs rumors are 4GB Ram, 6″ QHD+ Display FullVision OLED. Compared to the G6 it looks like the V30s camera will bump out a little. The G6 has a flat camera on back that doesn’t stand out from the body. The user interface will be LG’s UX 6.0. It will feature a floating bar with useful common settings. Kind of like Samsung is doing with their main phones. V30 will also feature Always on Display (AOD), also same as Samsung to quickly see the clock and other important functions without having to fully turn the display on. Other features in LG’s AOD will be Quick Tools, Music Player and a personal photograph.

V30 will also have face recognition that will be able to unlock the device even when the display is turned off. This is something that the Samsung Galaxy S8 cannot do. But I find face recognise feature to be working real well on the Samsung phone. Even better than the Iris scanner that scans your eyes.

LG have also said that the V30s camera will feature the largest aperture and most clear lens ever to be in a smartphone. it will feature F/1.6 lens that will bring in 25% more light than F/1.8 lens which sounds impressive. The V30 should be way better in colour reproduction.

I am looking forward to the LG V30! Are you?

Have an awesome day.

Best Regards,
Adrian

 

Mouse on Screen Scary Joke Samsung Galaxy S8 Review!

Have you ever wanted to have a big mouse walking around on your screen? Probably not! But there is now an app for that to simulate a fat mouse walking around on your screen. It’s called Mouse on Screen Scary Joke!

Inside of settings you can first Hide mouse icon in status bar. You can disable mouse sound. You can also put in a mouse delay. Either show mouse immediately, after 10 seconds, or a custom time. You can also select what edge you want the mouse to walk on. The default is left edge. The last setting you can tweak is mouse size. I wish that the textures they used inside this app was of higher resolution. If you go back to first screen you have a green button up on top you tap to Show Mice. Then he starts walking on your home screen.

I actually think this is a pretty cool app because of how smooth it runs on Samsung Galaxy S8. No slow-downs. But I wish you could make the mouse even smaller. And it would be cool if there was an option inside the app to include many different mouse variants. As well as more than one mouse at the same time. When mouse walks on screen he does walk over the app icons but he does not walk over the on screen keys at the bottom of the Samsung Galaxy S8 phone. Which makes it look a little weird.

 

Something that is very nice is if you make the mouse walk on the bottom screen then he doesn’t walk over the on-screen keys. So it looks way more realistic. It would be cool if you could add voice functionality to be able to talk to the mouse and make him stop and tell him to do certain tasks. But I don’t think this is possible to do with Android live wallpapers for the moment. Maybe in the future!

Will you download this app? Or would you like another animal to walk on your home screens? It would be cool if this app also worked on the lock screen. Oh wait it does! How amazing! If you have any future app recommendations then please let me know! I love to check out cool Android Apps.

Best Regards,
Adrian