LG G6

LG’s newest monster is back and sexier than ever. The LG G6 has to be one of the most gorgeous phones we are seeing in 2017, with a 5.7 inch IPS LCD Screen, full metal build and nearly bezeless design, this is sure to make it into anyone’s wishlist.

The G6 sports the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and 5 on the back (why),a 1440 x 2880 display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, Dual cameras on the back, one widescreen lens and a regular zoom lens, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 Processor (Quad-core (2×2.35 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo), 4 GB of ram and yes a Headphone Jack. Software wise, we’re getting a slightly cleaner looking version of LG’s skin of android 7.1.1 Nougat, not much notable there other than that it should be much more fluid with day to day tasks.

One notable feature of the G6 is the Dual camera setup its got going on. The widescreen lens allows you to take pictures at nearly 180 degrees (nearly), its probably the feature that sets it apart from the IPhones Dual Camera setup (IPhone has a telephoto lens). The most notable feature thus far has to be its gorgeous display which has set a new standard in the market.

Wrapping things up is it worth it?

Yes if you’re just dying to upgrade or are an LG fan otherwise, while it offers a more remarkable design this year along with a more features, but what sets it back is it’s old processor from 2016, which although is not bad, will loose its long term usability faster than its competition, the Samsung Galaxy S8.

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Nokia 6

The Nokia 6 is Nokia’s newest take on their smartphone line. In the past Nokia has made attempts to reaffirm their position in the smartphone market with the Lumia line, which wasn’t necessarily a wreck but didn’t get the traction Nokia was hoping for. The 6 brings on a familiar look to the market with a 5.5 inch LCD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Headphone Jack, Adreno 505 Processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 an octocore processor with a 1.4 GHZ clock speed (decently fast).

The hardware appears mediocre but the biggest hurdle for Nokia this generation is the leap away from the windows based OS to the near stock version of android 7.1.1 Nougat. Overall there isn’t much to say, while the hardware isn’t breaking any records, this phone isn’t necessarily targeting the flagship market (Nokia is certainly trying) instead it is being advertised as a budget phone at $240 US.

Is it worth it? if you’re someone who just needs a phone that works, yes. If not I wouldn’t recommend it.

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus is the latest iteration to the S – line of Samsung products. After the explosive failure of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is hoping its upcoming flagship will restore the companies credibility and reaffirm trust with their customers whom some of which switched to #TeamIPhone.

The Galaxy S8 will come in two variations, the regular sized S8 and the S8 Plus. The regular S8 will have a whopping 5.7 inch screen, and the S8 Plus will be coming with a crazy 6.2 inch screen. As crazy as it all may sound this actually makes a lot of sense. The smartphone market has recently shifted into a new trend that doesn’t involve removing the headphone jack, bigger screens with smaller bezels are the apparent future. We’ve seen how gorgeous a bezeless display looked in the Xiomi Mi Mix and the LG G6 which we talked about recently. Having more bezels allows the touch screen to take up more unused real estate while allowing you to consume a lot more content at once.

The S8 will also be coming with the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, Samsung’s Iris scanning technology which was also a feature of the note 7, another innovation in bio-metrics. There’s also the usual fingerprint scanner, and heart rate sensor. Samsung seems to be playing it safe with the batteries as it appears the S8 will have a 3,000 mAH battery, and the S8 Plus will have a 3,500 mAH battery; with what happened last year, this is an understandable decision but not one the power users are gonna appreciate. Both versions of the S8 will have a measly 4GB of ram in the market with 6GB in the Korean market.

On the software front, it appears as the Grace UX used in the Note 7 will be making a comeback on the S8 with some minor tweaks and optimization. All in all the S8 this year is shaping up to be a kickass contender for smartphone of the year 2017, although its not satisfy the power users, it’ll be one hell of an upgrade for everyone else (who can afford dishing out $1000 on the Canadian market.)

Is it worth it?

If you have a 3 year old phone and want to switch yes otherwise, the price tag is questionable even if it is bringing a lot to the table, there is much that samsung failed to bring to the table this time around that I can’t justify spending $1000 for anyone.

The HTC U (Ultra) 2017

The HTC U is the latest iteration of HTC phones, while its not a true successor to the HTC 10 we saw in 2016, it is new and sports upgraded internals with a glass back, Snapdragon 821 processor and 5.7 inch LCD screen. The HTC U is 750$ US but is it worth it?

Short answer is no, in my opinion it is not worth it. My reasoning is quite simple, while the phone looks premium and innovative, any tech head like me can see the flaws of its design and the lame gimmicks they have copied from other smartphone lines who have more to offer with phone from 2016 at a similar price point. The LG V20 for example has the same secondary screen that HTC shamelessly ripped.

As far as the aesthetics go, the glass finish on the back is a trade off of HTC’s usual metal backing, an while it does look gorgeous when it’s clean, it is a fingerprint magnet which HTC knows (box comes with a microfiber cloth, thank HTC). The glass itself is Gorilla Glass 5 which we last saw on the Note 7, a welcome upgrade. The size of the phone might be the biggest bane to the smartphones existence, having a 5.7 inch screen is not a deal breaker but having an overall footprint bigger than the IPhone 7 Plus is something that’ll get people turning away almost immediately, unless you have larger hands. It seems the only thing actually stopping the success of the phone is that price tag, at 750$ it is placing itself near the price range of premium phones that have way more to offer, the phone itself feels more budget oriented but the price says otherwise.

Overall, the HTC U line is welcomed to the smartphone market, but the HTC U has a long ways off before their phone can compete with androids premium market, maybe the U 2.

Is it worth it?

Hell no

Phones An Intro

Whether we like it or not, phones have become an integral piece of the every day ritual of western society, whether you’re an A -List celebrity seeking pleasure from fan mail, or an average Joe just checking your email for the next business dealing.

There are many variations of smartphones that have appeared in the last 20 years. After the rise of the IPhone, the diversity had appeared to shrink as people turned to Apple for all their smartphone based needs. But what makes people stick to apple? When there are android options that are significantly cheaper and in some cases, vastly superior in graphical, and processing performance.

Well, there are multiple reasons, there is brand loyalty, which can keep people loyal through thick and thin. Brand loyalty is exhibited in multiple groups of people of many different age groups, and usually happens when people have had a bad experience with a previous phone. That jump in performance experienced allows the user to associate that brand with superiority. After which, it is unlikely that person will switch into another brand.

The simplest reason is fluidity. Switching between the latest IPhone and any other android device, its clear that IPhone has the edge in hardware/software optimization. IOS with all its lightweight features, allow apple to use in some cases outdated specifications without seeming at all different from its competition. It is that same fluidity and ease of use that keeps users tied to the IPhone.