Category Archives: smartphone technology

SMARTPHONE INCREMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS DISRUPTED BY HUAWEI’S P20 PRO ON STEROIDS

Photography has become the battleground for today’s smart phones. Especially flagship phones from Google, Apple, Samsung, LG and Huawei bringing several 2018 camera phones to the $1,000 club with more to come before the Holiday season.

Huawei P20 Pro uses three rear lenses for night, high resolution and black and white photography

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ALL TOGETHER NOW WITH ALEXA. “OH CANADA…”

Amazon’s Alexa joins Canada Day celebrations and her very own first year anniversary in Canada with Anthem singing, party ideas, Canadian jokes and tongue twisters and more. If you have an Alexa speaker you are all set. If not, check out Amazon’s Alexa smart speakers: Alexa Echo $99.99, Alexa Dot $39.99 and the newest Alexa Spot with screen and cameras, available at www.amazon.ca. Alexa tries Canadian accents, but she can’t pronounce Regina quite right, eh! Still, this new catalogue of voice command utterances are available now to make Canada Day special.

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LG G7 SERIES MATURES INTO A NICE PHONE WITH A TOUCH OF AI

TORONTO/June 1, 2018 — Today LG Electronics (LG) launches its latest premium smartphone, the LG7 ThinQ focused on bringing smart and convenient AI features to consumers.

Powered by the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile chip platform, the LG G7 ThinQ comes with  4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It features an extra bright 6.1-inch bright display nearly half an inch larger than its predecessor but keeps the same width making it easy to use with one hand.

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SONY RE-THINKS ITS NEW XZ2 PHONE WITH ALL THE RIGHT STUFF

Sony’s redesigned and noticeably improved flagship phone, the Xperia XZ2, launches in Canada.

What’s the big deal? Costing several hundred bucks less than the top tier competitors, the XZ2 has unique features like gently curved Gorilla Glass 5 body shell with aluminum rim, fitting nicely in your palm. Despite the rear curvature, the XZ2 still stays flat when you lay it down to use its sensitive touchscreen on your desk.

 

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SAMSUNG S9 SLOWS TIME WITH SMART EASY TO USE SUPER SLOW-MO

Although slow motion photography has been a specialty for professionals, smartphones have been getting better at giving users a taste of slowing down time.

I recently put the new Samsung S9+ through the paces of capturing fast moving events using the phone’s SUPER SLOW-MO camera setting.

Slowing down time 1/960th of a second with the S9 Slow Mo

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NEW LG PHONE SPORTS BRIGHT 1000 NIT DISPLAY AND INTELLIGENCE

Following the announcement two weeks ago of the new LG G7 ThinQ May 2 launch in New York, LG is starting to share hints on its newly designed phone. It will feature artificial intelligence, ThinQ, to make it easier to use the phone as well as communicate with other LG products, like appliances and TV’s.

One specific feature is the much-improved screen viewing in bright, sunny days – the equivalent of 1,000 nits (that’s real bright in TV screen lingo) using LG’s latest Super Bright Display technology. An early pre-release phone (under embargo, except for the features in this story) I saw this week, showed natural colours, even in bright outdoor lighting.

 

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LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING ON SMARTPHONE SCREENS FOR BEST SUNSETS

Love photographing sunsets? Learn how smartphone apps can help you predict sunrises and sunsets in my just published feature in the Spring Edition Canadian Photo News magazine.  Check out the article here.  Continue in the picture book format to lot’s of other helpful articles by seasoned photography writers on tips for shooting wildlife photos, helpful macro photography techniques, inside secrets shooting in RAW format and more.

You can also pick up the free magazine issue at the following locations across Canada:

  Henry’s Photo, Lozeau Photo,  Gosselin Photo, The Camera Store, Kerrisdale Camera, Don’s Photo, Forest City , Camera Kingston, Photo Central, Burlington Camera and London Drugs in the western provinces.

Finding the perfect spot to shoot an old castle lookout tower a modern lighhouse and a fireball dip in a wall break was easy with Sun Position and a tide table for the best date to be on dry land during sunset

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SONY PHONES PUSH THE ENVELOPE IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Today Freedom Mobile and Videotron launch two new Sony Xperia smartphones with top features, the XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra, at affordable prices. Videotron offers the Xperia XA2 for $29.95 on a $54.95 Plan and Xperia XA2 Ultra startingat $39.95 on a $64.95 plan, while Freedom Mobile offers the XA2 starting at $0 on MyTab $10 & $40 plan and Xperia XA2 Ultra is $0 on My Tab $15 & $40 plan.

Sony differs from most phones in better quality engineering, great optics and smarts, without necessarily going overboard in hardware most consumers would never care to pay more for.

Sony Xperia XA2 120 degree super-wide selfie

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SONY PHONES PUSH PHOTOGRAPHY QUALITY ENVELOPE

Today Freedom Mobile and Videotron launch two new Sony Xperia smartphones with top features, the XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra, at affordable prices. Videotron offers the Xperia XA2 for $29.95 on a $54.95 Plan and Xperia XA2 Ultra startingat $39.95 on a $64.95 plan, while Freedom Mobile offers the XA2 starting at $0 on MyTab $10 & $40 plan and Xperia XA2 Ultra is $0 on My Tab $15 & $40 plan.

Sony differs from most phones in better quality engineering, great optics and smarts, without necessarily going overboard in hardware most consumers would never care to pay more for.

Sony Xperia XA2 120 degree super-wide selfie

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SAMSUNG’S NEW S9 CAMERA PHONE MIMICS THE HUMAN EYE FOR BETTER PICTURES

BARCELONA, SPAIN 2018/02/25 – At the unveiling of its newest Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones in Barcelona on the eve of the World Mobile Congress, Samsung unveiled its ”reimagined” smarter camera phone which shoots in the dark without flash, slows down videos at time-stopping speeds and creates 3D talking emojis of your likeness in seconds.

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