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!-

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-

KIT Power Bank review – is £15 too cheap?

Hello to all.

– Before I start this short review, I’d just like to let you all know that I am encountering some troubles with the Huami Amazfit smartwatch, and likely will not be continuing with the comparison review. I will soon be buying a Pebble Time Round, despite the lack of warranty, and will post a review about that soon. I may also post a short blog about which I think is the better smartwatch, and what actually using the watches is like – a personal opinion, ignoring the reviews. 
– Anyway, this is a review of the Kit 4,000mAh battery pack (or power bank, whichever you prefer). I’ll start by saying that I am disappointed, and this is a negative review. 
– I purchased this power bank from a Carphone Warehouse store in the UK (I am unsure about availability elsewhere). It came in little packaging, and included a small micro USB (Android) cable, an instruction manual and the power bank itself. I was sold the device with no warranty – I was told that because it was a battery, it could explode, blah blah blah… Understandable, I thought. I wasn’t worried in the slightest as the battery pack only cost me £15, which isn’t too big of a loss if the device did turn out to be faulty. 
– Opening the packaging, the power bank has a very nice look. A small, black, rectangular box with rounded off edges and a battery inside. It has small bumps on the front, which serve absolutely no purpose but improve aesthetics. The Kit logo is printed on the front. 

– Hardware wise, this power bank has everything it needs – a port to charge it, a port to charge another device, an LED indicator and a battery. It has no fancy features like pop out cables – it’s simple, and cheap because of it – which is no bad thing.
– And here we come to using the power bank. This went as expected for the first few charge cycles, with me charging my phone to 100% each time, from around 7% – a full charge. It was easy to use, with the charging indicator showing red when it was flat and on charge, and green when the battery in the power bank was fully charged. However, after these first few charge cycles, the power bank began to stop charging the phone. This was because of a failure in the output port of the power bank – it only charges if I hold the cable upwards to this day. 
– Overall, because of the issues I’ve had, I would not recommend this device. With no warranty, and a broken product, I would tell everyone reading this to shop elsewhere, and to buy a different product. Maybe if this device had lasted a year it would be worth the £15. Ah well.
– That’s it. Sorry for the short review, but I thought I’d post something while I decide what to do with my Amazfit. Hopefully the return process will go smoothly – I may post a blog about my experience. Probably not. But I might. Anyway, hope you all have a good day, and hope you have a better experience with power banks than I do. Until the next blog – see you all, and thanks for reading.

Anxiously Awaiting The Galaxy S8

-By now we all know about the Note 7 fiasco. The official report from Samsung states it was a design flaw, there was so much stuff crammed into the casing that the battery had no room to expand. Did this, or I should say, will this hurt the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8? Is the name of Galaxy now tainted? Only time will tell.

-Personally I believe that Samsung will not be affected and that they will deliver a superb phone in the S8. Samsung will not be announcing the phone at the annual Mobile World Congress event as they have traditionally done. Instead they’ve opted for a solo debut at a Samsung event later this month. I think that’s a good marketing/pr move. The launch will likely be about a month after the debut, so look for it to launch in late March, perhaps early April. 

-These are some of the renderings of possible design and build of the Samsung Galaxy S8. If they are even remotely as beautiful as the concepts pictured we are in for a treat folks. Samsung prides themselves on the aesthetic quality of their phones. A pride that didn’t really come into being until the Galaxy s6 lineup. Hardware rumors aside I would like to delve into what we should expect and a little of what we hope to see with Samsung’s upcoming flagship. 

-I’m hopeful for the edge variant to possess a 4k ultra high-definition super AMOLED display. This would be perfect for the VR (virtual reality) trend sweeping the nation. It’s the next logical step, we’ve seen screen resolutions (with the exception of iPhone) continually increase. There is a possibility that the iconic home button will be retired. And many believe there will be a dual camera setup.

-Incremental upgrades are always present in phone successors. Better battery, faster processor, more ram, etc… And we will expect this. Hopefully they keep the micro SD card slot for expandable storage. The “no home button thing” for this Phabletguru is no big deal. However if they pull an Apple and get rid of the headphone jack many might be upset.

-Expect to see the Note 7’s Iris scanner technology. There are also speculations that the iconic “S Pen” will come with the larger “edge” variant of the Galaxy S8. if this is true would that imply that the Galaxy Note series is dead? I hope not. Wireless charging will assuredly return along with water and dust resistance. 

-Other than that the most drastic changes, in my opinion, will be in design and camera. Samsung might try and give “S Voice” a facelift to compete with Siri and Google assistant. I think that Samsung should nix  SVoice and just use Google Now. I don’t see that happening though. It would leave more room for advancements in other areas.

-Lastly, Samsung being the Consumer electronics giant that they are, will undoubtedly make an amazing smartphone. After all Samsung is the “Apple” of Android. I’m allowed to say that right? Keep the channel locked here for more on the Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8 Edge.

-This has been a Phabletguru News Brief-

LG V20 Review

-After having used this phone for quite awhile now, I can say overall I have been thoroughly impressed with the V20. That’s not to say it’s perfect, no phone is, but more on that later. As far as we are concerned here at Phabletguru, this was a homerun for LG. A homerun that frankly, was much needed. The problem now is getting the word out about this phone. Which is one of the reasons for this review 3 months after the fact. Perhaps I could sway you to give LG a try? Without further delays I give you The Phabletguru LG V20 review.

-I’m going to start with a few things I really like about this phone. Then, logically, I’ll talk about a few things I really am not a fan of. We shall begin with the secondary display located above the primary display. This little novel feature is surprisingly useful, not to mention customizable. I like the fact that when you are listening to music and you turn your screen off, you have the ability to pause or skip forwards or backwards between tracks, without turning your screen back on. You can customize quick toggles (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, quick capture, flashlight) app shortcuts and more. All in all this is a very useful feature.

-Build quality would be the next aspect of this phone that I really enjoy. The metal build feels great in hand, and the center placed dual camera and rear mounted fingerprint sensor gives it an iconic symmetrical look. I enjoy the size after all this is Phabletguru…. The back metal plate is removable via the release button on the right side at the bottom. The last part of this build quality rant is that this beast comes with military grade drop resistance.

-Can’t talk about smartphones these days without the almighty camera. As always a good camera depends on a multitude of different things. From megapixel count to aperture, from software rendering to various focus modalities, there is always personal preferences in this category. Personally I think there is vast potential in the V20 dual camera setup. It has an ultra wide angle 8 megapixel camera along with a standard 16 megapixel 1.8 aperture lens. All specs aside it is a fun camera with manual controls like you would see on a DSLR camera paired with the ultra wide angle secondary camera you’ve got yourself a great clicker.

-The small things in life matter. For example this phone is rocking not only a removable back but an SD card slot for expandable storage up to 2 terabytes!! Not to mention an IR (infra red) blaster…. Tada universal remote control. These are things that are extinct in the era of the unibody, and frankly, I dig’em. 

-Speaking of extinction, This monster phone has a hi-fi 32bit built in quad DAC (Digital Audio Converter)… Headphone jack. In non nerd words, makes headphones sound really really really good. Audio quality has been, well…. Badass as us previous young folk used to say. 

-Lastly, I will go over a few things about the LG V20 that I wasn’t a fan of. First and foremost LG’s UI. The software is, yes lighter than previous versions, yet still over compensating. The Android Nougat aspect of the experience has been amazing. I love the double tap the square feature. That being said LG’s software in my opinion needs some work. 

-The volume button placement is annoying. Especially when you turn it to landscape orientation. The volume is on the left mid upper side of the phone. As mentioned earlier, the small things in life matter. Even though the build quality is amazing, there is one flaw….. It’s slippery. Very slippery. One of the slipperiest phones I’ve held. A case or skin is recommended. Finally, I find the battery life to be sporadic, amazing at times, yet atrocious at others. Thankfully as said, it is removable.

-In conclusion, the LG V20 is one of the most underrated smartphones of the 2016-2017 bunch. Many online reviewers, YouTubers and Tech journalist have praised the LG V20. I agree with their praise. This is a customizers phone, as well as a mobile photographers phone. A media consumption and content creation phone all in one this is, to go Yoda on y’all. I highly recommend this phablet to anyone wanting something different. I could recommend this phone to anyone who loves selfies, or recording and editing video and audio. This phone is perfect for the music lover, the audio snob, Android fans, ex-galaxy note 7 owners or even new smartphone owners. In essence, I love this phone. 

-Different carriers in the US have various deals and prices for this high end LG smartphone. One example and probably the best deal right now comes from Sprint. If you activate a new line, you get this phone for half the price, coming in at only $396. That’s about 16.50 a month for 24 months! 

-This has been an official bona fide notarized rated and approved Phabletguru Review. Until next time ‘thank you come again’-

Lindy BNX-60 review – ANC and Bluetooth for £90

  Bluetooth headphones aren’t particularly new as technology goes. Many still use the standard wired earphones that use the standard 3.5mm jack – they’re easy, and they’re cheap. To listen to music, I always used whatever I could find on Amazon. For me, this worked fine. I never thought I’d buy anything different, and I never really looked at alternatives. I only really knew about Bluetooth headphones because they were sold in supermarkets, and because of the occasional advertisement on the internet. They never really caught my eye – I never thought Bluetooth could be as good as using a cable. 

  It was only when I started to use more Bluetooth devices that I began to wonder if these headphones could actually be worth the extra money. The introduction of Bluetooth connectivity with car radios and other devices such as smartwatches made me reconsider my choices – could Bluetooth be better than a cable? I didn’t really have time to dwell on this too much. This was due to the earphones I was using at the time deciding to break. I took this as the perfect opportunity to try out some Bluetooth headphones – but which ones to buy? 

  This is where the Lindy BNX-60 Bluetooth Active Noise Cancelling Headphones come in. Before buying headphones, I took a quick look on “What Hi-Fi?”, a popular and trustworthy review site. They strongly recommended these headphones, giving them a 5 star review (which isn’t too common on their site – I’ll link the review below).  Needless to say, a pair were on their way to my address soon after I read their thoughts on these headphones.                                                                                  

  Once these had arrived at my door, I took a look inside the box. Even after reading the “What Hi-Fi?” review, I didn’t really expect too much – £90 for ANC and Bluetooth isn’t much, but I was blown away by how high quality everything was (especially considering I had never heard of Lindy). The hard case (which is included) has a nice texture to it, and, surprisingly, doesn’t attract things like crumbs. I keep this case in my schoolbag, and I can say from experience that it does its job well. The headphones also come with a micro-USB charging cable (no socket), a standard 3.5mm-3.5mm cable to connect your headphones if the battery runs flat, some very simple instructions and some warranty/safety information.                                                        

  Now, onto the earphones themselves. One of the first things I noticed about these was the lack of creaking and squeaking that you often get with over or on ear headphones and headsets. This gives a very good impression of the overall build quality. I actually expected a little creaking, but no. The build quality exceeded my expectations. The plastic they used for the casing of the BNX-60s has a smooth, very slightly rubbery texture. It looks very nice for plastic, having a matte finish that isn’t too prone to fingerprints. The leather (I believe it’s genuine) and foam they use to cushion the ears and head is extremely soft, and very comfortable. The foam gives a similar feel to memory foam – it’s slightly softer and reforms a lot faster though. Adjustments are easy with these earphones – the hinges are metal and extend a good distance, the earpieces rotate backwards, up and down, and the headphones do flex slightly to fit almost all head shapes.                                             

  Here I’ll move onto the lower part of the earpieces, where everything seems to be located. The buttons (on the left earpiece) are small, but not too small. They don’t stick out too much, but are still easy to press, and are easily distinguishable thanks to a small bump on the Play/Pause button. The buttons give a nice feedback despite their size, and give a small click when pressed. The LED power indicator, 3.5mm port and microphone (for calls) are located below these buttons, and the USB port is located on the other side of the earpiece. On the right earpiece you will find the ANC (active noise cancellation) switch and the volume rocker. Active noise cancellation is a way of cancelling background noise to make a users listening experience better – from what I gather it takes in background noise from the outside of each earpiece (via some hidden microphones), then plays a sound of a wavelength that cancels out the noise from outside the cups over your ears (clever stuff, I know). Just a quick note though – it’s only really designed to cancel low frequency noises such as jet engines or cars (but I found it perfect for drowning out Drake on the school bus 😉). 

  Testing this feature was amazing. It works fantastically on these headphones. This paired with me, someone who has never experienced witchcraft like this, was just amazing. My journey to and from school is noisy – there’s the bus engine – which is very loud due to lack of thick soundproofing (it’s a Leyland Olympian – not a very modern bus) – there’s people talking and shouting, there’s music, and there’s any other noise you’d associate with 50 teenagers on a bus going home. 

  Putting these on was magical. All engine and wind noise was completely gone, and the remaining noises were drowned out massively. Once music was playing – nothing. Just the music. Amazing. No more chart music forced into my ears again – at least, not on the bus.
  This leads me to the end of this review. I could go into the quality of the bass and treble, and how good the specs are – but I’m not. I’m not an expert when it comes to headphones. All I’ll say is the sound is good – much, much better than £10 Amazon earphones (not to knock Betron – they were okay too). And besides – “What Hi-Fi?” cover the specs really well (link below).
  Thanks for the read.