LG G6 Review, Finally A Contender… Sort of.

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-LG or “Life’s Good” has made a beautifully designed well crafted phone in the G6. It’s best feature being the screen. Is that enough to sway you from Samsung or Apple? Does LG deserve your money? Find out in today’s review of the LG G6. 

-Having thoroughly and sufficiently played around with my review unit I can say that I am impressed with the G6 compared to it’s predecessors. Pinning it against the Galaxy lineup or the iPhone sheds a different light however. This elegant phone has that good feel in hand thing going on, beating Samsung to the punch with it’s 18 by 9 aspect ratio. Basically the display is twice as tall as it is wide. 

-Besides the design LG brought a couple of new things to the table. First and foremost LG has now joined the ranks of it’s 2 main competitors, Samsung and Apple, with ip68 water and dust resistance. This is a welcome addition to the G series feature set. This brings a sense of security when it comes to water damage in my opinion, it was a great move. 

-Secondly LG was gracious enough to give us wireless charging… (where you at iPhone)? This came at a cost however, gone is the Quad DAC from previous LG phones. Audiophiles will be disappointed. Alas, sacrifices must be made. Keep in mind all this is for the US versions of the phone.

-To me even though the G6 feels great in the hand, it feels antiquated and passe’… Next to the sleek and modern futuresque Galaxy S8. What once looked like uber tiny bessels now looks like old news and monstrous. Thanks to the curved design of the new Galaxy lineup. But this is true of all other OEM’S. 

Next to the iPhone the LG G6 looks sexy and modern. Thanks in part to the hideously huge bessels on the iPhone. Not to mention that the G6 design looks almost like LG maybe got an early leak from a Samsung insider. And rushed it’s own design borrowing heavily from the all glass front and back, and metal trim design of earlier Galaxy phones. 

-I’ve never really been a fan of LG’s software. There’s a couple cool features but overall it’s sophmoric with very cartoony overtones. This of course is rocking Android Nougat, with LG’s custom skin UI on top. I highly recommend downloading a launcher if this is your next phone. 

-LG did away with the removable back of the V20 and half baked pseudo mods and replaceable battery of the G5. And gave us a unibody glass and metal design. Had this been 2 years ago I might’ve been impressed. As far as software goes as stated above I’m not a fan. However that being said, it’s better and slightly toned down than in iterations past. 

-A feature that made it over, slightly improved, is the dual camera. With both the G5 and The V20 the secondary camera sported an ultra wide angle lens at a measly 8 megapixels. Whilst the primary camera with a traditional field of view sported 16 megapixels. With the G6 however, both lenses have 13 megapixel sensors. Here’s a shot taken with the G6. 

-As you can see it takes great photos. Great depth of field, and contrast. The colors are rich but not overly saturated. I’ve been impressed with the camera. Lg, in my opinion, is one of the most underated OEM’S when it comes to camera quality. The fact that they offer full manual controls i.e. able to change white balance, ISO, and manual focus etc.. Makes setting up your shot a fun personal experience that allows amateurs to feel like professionals.

-Internally the LG G6 is no slouch. I do have one complaint, why give us last years processor? Sure the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 is sufficient, but the newest phone should equal the latest processor. The Galaxy S8 and S8 + will give us the Snapdragon 835. Why LG chose this is uncertain. 

-Offering 4gb of RAM was a nice touch. The 3300 mAh battery should be sufficient to last all day, at least that’s what you would think. I have found it extremely hard to last all day. Scurrying for an outlet to charge my review unit after moderate to heavy use. But it’s par for the course comparatively.

-The display is gorgeous, with Dolby HDR Vision on board. Amazing colors and brightness. But next to the Galaxy S8 again we see a display that is lacking. This is true for all other OEM’S as well. It’s hard to beat Samsung in this category. But in of itself this display is gorgeous. 

-If you’re an LG Fan (all 4 of you) buy this phone. Otherwise you will probably want to look elsewhere. It is a bit underwhelming, and the build quality, though the best lg has ever produced (aside from the Nexus 5) seems copy catt’ing if you will. 

-The unique 18 by 9 aspect ratio in my opinion isn’t enough to recommend this phone. I would recommend this phone for the camera, and also because it’s an underdog phone. It’s definitely sexier than the current gen iPhones. If you don’t want Samsung or Apple phones then go for this one. Especially if you have Sprint it’s half off and it just came out 2 days ago! 

-Most of you will probably not buy this phone. If you do, more than likely you will enjoy it. With the Galaxy phones on the verge of launching if you can, I say wait a couple weeks for those. If you can’t wait, then the LG G6 is a solid Contender against Galaxy and iPhone, sort of.

-This has been another Phabletguru Review, remember you can’t spell review without Phabletguru!-

Samsung Gear Icon X Review: Unique Wireless Earbuds At A Cost…

-With all the hype surrounding Apple’s AirPods, I thought I’d give a review of a product that did it first, and with more tech involved better. Samsung, with it’s unique wireless earbuds the Gear Icon X gave us freedom, style, and novelty. 3 amazing characteristics bundled into this will designed product.

-I’m not much of an earbuds kind of guy. I prefer over the ear cushioned headphones, that being said my wife is however, she prefers buds. Most of this is coming from her, although I have tried them, my perception is already skewed due to preferences. One thing I can say is that Samsung is quite the innovator and these buds are forward thinking. 

-The coolest most innovative thing about this product is that these are Earbuds that can store 4gb of music directly on the buds themselves without needing a phone to pair with. Yeah…. Let that sink in…k, let’s continue.

-Here’s the Geek 10 for you fellow geeky peeps….

  • Dimension. Earbud: 18.9 x 26.4 x 26.0 mm. Case: 35.3 x 30.3 x 92 mm.
  • Sensor. HR, Accelerometer, Capacitive Touch. Gesture control
  • Storage. 4GB. …
  • Connectivity. BT 4.1 (BLE)
  • Battery. Earbuds: 47mAh. …
  • Water Resistant. Splash Resistant (P2i Nano Coating)
  • Audio Spec. Frequency Range: 20~20 kHz. …
  • Microphone. 2 per earbud.
  • Completely independent and wireless buds without awkward shaft hanging out of your ears
  • Wireless charging case included

-I’d like to start off by saying that these have a futuristic feel to them, even still. The left and right buds operating independently yet together to bring you freedom, untethered, and innovative. There are no unsightly bars coming down out of your ear (cough cough), nor wires connecting them to each other, no wires of any kind. 

– The sound quality…. Is…. Well… Barely passable. They are sufficient and have good levels in the mids and highs the decibel levels and the bass, however… I find myself wanting in these areas. But I’m a bit of an audiophile so don’t let me dissuade you from buying some I’m sure you will quite enjoy them. Especially for my next topic, the interface. 

-Within that gold lining or trim, lies the user interface via the touchpad. Tap once to pause/resume. Tap twice to skip music tracks, or three times to play the previous song. The sensitivity is a fluctuating thing apparently, it’s somewhat annoying to accidentally pause when you were trying to go back a song. However it seems to adequately work 70% of the time. It takes a while to get use to the UI but once you do it’s pretty smooth sailing. 

-The onboard 4gb of storage does wonders for the fastly diminishing battery life. A battery life that seems vulnerable to constant Bluetooth streaming. The fact that you can store around 700-1,000 songs directly on the buds is reason enough to buy these at half the cost of the AirPods. Way to think differently and practically Samsung. This is an extremely useful feature for you exercise types. No need to lug around a phone on your morning jog or bike ride.

-The wireless charging container that these buds sit nestled in all snug like, is a nice touch. There’s something satisfying about placing them in there and seeing the indicator lights come on. You can charge the case separately and then it will charge the earbuds when on the go. 

-The fitness aspect of these novel buds, is superb. The square area of the buds is the optical hear rate sensor. The Samsung Gear App and S health apps work as you’d expect. With calories burned, steps made, and more, you’ll get you all the info needed. 

The music settings and app settings allow for things like choosing which ear will be the call answering ear, or controlling the ambient noise. Which is a handy and very useful feature by the way. Basically it allows you to somewhat hear the world around you. 

-The Gear Icon X PC software has some extra features, use it to put music on the Icon X buds. To replace lost buds and delegate left and right etc… This has been very useful, as mentioned above battery life suffers when used as Bluetooth streaming buds. In contrast the battery life is exponentially better when playing native songs.

-My wife enjoys them, and has only a couple of dissatisfactions. Namely the battery life and maximum loudness, or depth of sound. Those things however are not warrant enough for her not to love them. Because she does. As for me… Again I’m not your earbuds kind of guy. But I can say I love the concept and execution of the Samsung Gear Icon X wireless earbuds. There’s a lot going on with them. I can say you will most likely enjoy them if bought. 

-Remember kids….. Don’t try this at home-