Galaxy S8 & S8+ Hands on First Impressions. 

-Imagine if the note 7 and the S7 edge hooked up and had a love baby. that offspring would be the Samsung Galaxy S8 +. Without the battery issue of course. At least that’s what they’ve promised us. Without further Ado I give you my initial thoughts and first impressions. 

-Included is the Note 7’s iris scanner technology, a minority report esque feature for high tech security. 

-Speaking of security, the fingerprint sensor is in a very odd place in my opinion. It is located on the back next to the camera. You can expect smudges on the protective glass, covering the camera lens, while trying to locate the fingerprint scanner. 

If ever there was a bells and whistles kind of company.. Samsung’s it. I’m not going to lie, this phone feels great in the hand. I know that’s become a sort of trendy catch phrase for phone reviewers but it’s true.

-Samsung has outdone themselves this time. With the S8+ version you have a 6.2 inch screen that feels smaller than it is, this is most definitely a sight to behold, an amazing design feat no doubt. The same holds true with the smaller of the 2 weighing in at 5.8″ diagonally.

-The fact that both phones have such small footprints, with the screen sizes they have, is a design beauty. They have over an 84% screen to body ratio, with symmetry all around. As far as overall design and aesthetics, in my opinion, this is one sexy phone. (I had touched the S8 screen below as I placed it against the wall, hence the notifications tray and navigation buttons) 

-The next category I’d like to give my impressions on is screen quality. As I’ve stated in previous articles this is an area in which Samsung excels in, and is the undisputed heavy weight champion of. The screens on the S8 & S8+ are simply gorgeous. Rocking 2k Quad HD super AMOLED displays with HDR included. HDR, the slight edges and that crazy 2:1 ratio make this what Samsung calls the world’s first “infinity display”. Whatever that means. 

-What stands out most with this phone, besides the beautiful display is the display aspect ratio. It’s being called 18:9 or 2 by 1. Put simply it’s twice as tall as it is wide. This is the same as the LG G6. That review is coming shortly if you were wondering. Both the G6 and S8 have HDR screens.

-HDR stands for high dynamic range and it’s been all the hype in the TV industry for the past couple of years or so. If you bought a high end 4K television in 2016 or this year, it’s probable that it will be HDR capable.

-HDR means the display is able to produce a wider range of colors, bringing a truer to life representation of… well… True.. life, and you might hear talk about 10-bit or 12-bit color. Basically it will display magenta, green hues, reds, etc. as it is intended to be viewed. But it’s not only about color. HDR also incorporates higher levels of brightness.

-This display defies the traditional framework of screen tech and trends. Dat bezel though. My God it’s gorgeous. Anyways where was I. Onwards and upwards, we now come to the pressure sensitive psuedo-button that is Incorporated into and part of the screen making it invisible. Which aids in the extreme minimalist bezels drooled over above. 

-Located bottom center, this area of the screen essentially gives when you push. Combine that with taptic feedback and neato! (think iPhone 7 home sensor). As I was pushing it today, I thought ‘hey cool parlor trick’, and quickly realized it’s somewhat gimmicky. I then moved on, as we shall do now.

-USB Type C, wireless charging, The same camera sensor as the S7 with enhanced software and processing, all glass design, slightly curved and less pronounced edges, all make a return to this beast of a device. What’s new is the latest Snapdragon 835 Processor (for the states anyways). Combine that with 4gb of RAM and the onboard Adreno 540 graphics processing unit and expandable storage and you’ve got a powerful pocket computer. Speaking of computers. 

-Meet the DeX. Samsung’s attempt at what Microsoft did last year with Continuum. In essence place your Galaxy in the dock, hook the dock up to a TV or monitor via HDMI, throw in a mouse and keyboard via the two USB ports on the dock or, DeX, and viola you have a makeshift computer. With onboard fans for cooling the phone. The S8 or S8+ would essentially be acting as the brains, the Tower, as it were. The whole interface reminds me of Chrome OS. Cool idea, we’ll see how it fairs in the upcoming months. 

-How all this super high end powerful tech will affect the battery life of these 2 phones, will remain to be seen. The S8 has a 3,000 mAh battery while the S8+ has a 3,500 mAh battery. In today’s age this means nothing. 

– Lastly I would like to talk about Bixby… this shot taken from the website…

– This a small look at Samsung’s second attempt at AI… S-voice was horrible, while Bixby seems promising. Imagine looking in your photo gallery, and saying “send this to Mom” and it did! The Bixby hardware button, located on the left,  is an interesting design implementation choice. All in all Bixby is potentially an amazing voice assistant. Why you need that on a Google Assistant enabled device is unknown to me… However, I didn’t get to play with it much today, but hopefully it delivers. 

-Bixby plans on besting Siri and Google Assistant. Samsung claims that since it is integrated into hardware features like the camera and fingerprint sensor and so on… That the software and hardware work in conjunction to give you a more powerful AI. It will be more immersive and accurate in essence. 

-In conclusion my few short hours aren’t warranted enough for a review, as soon as I get my review unit in and get to spend some precious time with it, I’ll drop a few lines. Consider this my first thoughts and impressions. Hopes and dreams alike… The “norms” as Michael Fisher (Mr. Mobile) calls them will be lining their pockets with this phone. But I think the geeks will as well.  Included in the box will be 100$ set of AKG earbuds! A Treat for those of you reading this to the end. 

A beautifully crafted Uber powered spec’d out, symmetrical, high end-cutting edge Phablet is all any “Phabletguru” truly wants. This has been my first ever hands on impressions article. Made possible by viewers like you.

  

Samsung Galaxy Tab A Review 

-I would like to start off by saying this tablet is a great value for the price. The tablet market has been hurting the last year or so. It is a very saturated market and hard to stand out in said market. Regardless I still love tablets as I’m sure most of you do as well. Without further ado I give you today’s review. 

-Let’s get the geeky specs out of the way shall we….. 

DISPLAY Physical size: 10.1 inches Resolution1200 x 1920 pixels Pixel density: 224 ppi       Technology: Super PLS LCD           Full 1080p hd 

CAMERA Main Shooter: 8 megapixels Aperture size: F1.9           Camcorder1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)                                                 Front-facing camera 2 megapixels

HARDWARE System chip: Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870 Processor: Octa-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit Graphics processor: Mali-T830 MP2 System memory: 2 GB RAM       Built-in storage: 16 GB Storage expansion: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 200 GB 

BATTERY Capacity7300 mAh! 

-The 2 most positive prominent features that stand out the most with this tablet are the battery life and screen brightness. Both are extremely superb. With it’s saturated colors and bright 10.1 inch screen the Tab A delivers a wonderful media consumption experience. Screens are something which Samsung does right and best. The battery life is simply amazing. Expect 2 to 3 days with light to moderate use, and all day with heavy use!

-The Galaxy Tab A has a unique form factor, in essence it’s tall and narrow with a 16 by 10 viewing ratio and 73% screen to body ratio. This thing is great for watching movies and YouTube. Gaming on this beautiful HD display is quite enjoyable, and the speaker is adequately loud. The are no front facing speakers nor stereo speakers however. 

-The soft touch back feels incredible in the hand and it’s surprisingly easy to hold. Cameras are never a talking point with tablets due to the fact they are awkward to use as a daily camera. That being said the front facing camera is sub par in my opinion. The rear mounted shooter will get the job done as far as tablets are concerned. 

-Some applications such as Facebook don’t harness the screen real estate when in landscape mode. It would be nice to use the whole screen whilst in landscape instead of only using the center with giant black unused portions of the screen. The included SD card slot is a welcomed addition being as though it only comes in a 16gb flavor. It supports up to 200gb expansion perfect for storing movies, videos and TV shows.

-The TouchWiz software interface, running atop Android as always, is in your face with a few useful features such as side by side split screen multi tasking. Overall the UI is snappy with very few bog downs. It runs    Android™  6.0.1 Marshmallow, with no promised updates, go figure.

-I have the Sprint version harnessing the power of LTE, however there are WiFi only models. If you have Sprint I can whole heatedly recommend buying this tablet due to the fact that it’s $100 off​ right now making it $289. Sprint offers you a chance to pay it out over a 24 month period making it a reasonable $12 and some change a month. Combine that with their new $25 unlimited tablet plan and you’ve got yourself a winner. 

-In conclusion you should buy this tablet if you are in the market for a good mid range tablet with a big beautiful screen and great battery life. The Galaxy Tab A gets the official Phabletguru thumbs up.

-This ends today’s review. Join us next time as we encounter the meaning behind synchronicity. As always stay golden yo-

JBL Duet Review Decent Headphones Decent Price

-JBL has been synonymous with great audio products since 1946. Named after it’s founder James Bullough Lansing. Who had ties with Altec Lansing. However… you are not here for a history lesson are you. You want to know about these JBL headphones. Through happenstance I have the cure to what ails you.

 -For about a Benjamin, (100$ in street lingo) these aren’t bad headphones. They aren’t completely mind blowing headphones either. There is an absence of noise cancellation and they are a little small for my tastes, other than that I don’t have much beef with the Duet headphones. To my ear they have a very dense meaty sound to them, somewhat low mids, and crisp highs, (and in true JBL form) deep basses. 

-Personally I’ve only recently started to delve into the nuances of the world of the audiophile. These headphones in my humble opinion, sound great. The Bluetooth functionality brings a sense of freedom to the music listening experience. I haven’t discovered any flaws in the connection aspect. When connected via included cord to my LG V20 with it’s hi-fi quad DAC feature enabled whoa Nelly! 

-As far as build quality and design, this product gets 3 1/2 stars out of 5. They aren’t as ergonomic as I’d hoped. The leather is a welcome touch. They fold up nicely with rotating ear pieces. Finding the volume keys is a journey if you don’t wish to take the headphones off beforehand. They have a sturdy feel yet as I’ve stated previously, the ear pieces are too small. This can hurt your ears after prolonged use. Not as bad as a lot of other headphones however. All in all they don’t feel cheap. On the contrary they feel well made.

 

-The unboxing experience was great, JBL paid attention to detail including charging cord (micro USB) auxiliary cord (2.5mm to 3.5mm) and the included carrying case seen below. 

-In conclusion I do recommend these headphones for this particular price range. I have enjoyed using them for music, phone conversations and watching videos and movies. I watched Captain America The First Avenger and I was thoroughly impressed with the dynamic range. JBL continually impresses me with their speakers. Check out my JBL Flip 3 review for more great JBL awesomeness.

-Until we meet again… Welcome To The Machine ‘elves’-