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LG G5 Hands-On

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LG puts the fun back in function with the announcement of its latest flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress, the LG G5. It has everything a 2016 flagship is expected to have: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, Quick Charge 3.0 that promises 83% of battery after 30 minutes of charging, a fingerprint scanner, quad HD display, USB Type C, Android Marshmallow, and great cameras.

The G4 had one of the best smartphone cameras in 2015 so it’s no surprise LG retained most of its features. Simple, Auto, and Manual modes are still there, giving users more flexibility when taking photos.

LG also retained the same 8MP front-facing camera but added “selfie flash” – an extra white space framing the screen that illuminates the face when activated.

But what’s new are the phones two main cameras. Yep, it’s got two.

You can now switch from the main 16MP camera that’s also found on the G4 to a new 8MP shooter with a 135° wide field of view that captures more than what the human eye can see.

On the G5, the app drawer appears to be missing but we found out this can be fixed in the Settings menu under Home Screen.

First introduced by LG in the V10’s secondary screen, the G5’s main display also gets the Always-On feature to show time, date, and notifications. LG claims it only eats 0.8% of battery life per hour or about 5% per day.

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All of this are packed into a completely new design and form factor. Gone is the plastic and leather, slightly curved smartphone with sharp edges. Filling in the LG G4’s leather shoes is an all-aluminum unibody.

You can still hot swap batteries though thanks to a new innovative design.

Its trademark back side volume rocker has been moved to the phone’s sides leaving only the power button and dual cameras at the back.

But what really sets the G5 apart from all the other flagships this year is its modular design. And this is where the real fun and excitement begins. LG calls it an adventurous theme park in your pocket.

Aside from being able to replace your battery in case you run out of juice, it also allows you to attach accessory modules to expand the phone’s capabilities.

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One press on the lock button and the cap along with the 2800 mAh battery comes off revealing the hollow insides of the phone when you pull it out all the way.

Removing the cap and reattaching the battery to the modules is not as intuitive as it looks. We had to be coached before we got it right.

The modules LG introduced at launch were the LG Cam Plus and the LG Hi-Fi Plus.

The LG Cam Plus is a camera grip that turns the phone into a point and shoot camera. It has a toggle button at the bottom that launches the camera, a zoom dial, a dedicated shutter button, and a button for video recording.

It’s also packed with an additional 1200 mAh battery providing the G5 a massive 4,000 mAh battery life.

For audiophiles and improved media consumption, LG also introduced the LG Hi-Fi Plus, a 32-bit digital to analog converter or DAC made by top-tier audio manufacturer Bang & Olufsen.

It offers high-quality audio that would usually only be available through high-end audio devices.

At the bottom are its own headphone jack and USB-C port making it a stand-alone DAC, compatible with other phones.

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LG also introduced a wide-range of companion devices for the G5 which they call Friends.

These ‘Friends’ include the LG 360 VR, a virtual reality headset that’s much smaller and lighter than its rivals. It only weighs 118g – that’s ⅓ as heavy as competing VR goggles.

The LG 360 Cam – as its name implies a 360 degree camera with two 13MP 200-degree wide angle lenses, a 1,200mAh battery and an expandable 4GB internal memory.

And the LG Rolling Bot – a round, remote-controlled toy that has a built-in speaker and an 8MP camera, perfect for home surveillance. It’s packed with a 5000mAh battery and is smart enough to go to the charging dock when it’s about to run out of juice.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide: Give back to our dads!

We made you a list so you won’t have to worry

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Father’s Day is just around the corner!

Take the chance to give back and send some love. Here’s a quick list of things you can give your dad:

Give him a smartwatch to track the important things in life

The Fossil Q Commuter is a hybrid smartwatch that doesn’t look like one. It’s classic and stylish, and it uses smart technology to keep your dad updated with all the important things in life.

Fossil Q Commuter (Dark Brown Leather) – US$ 155

A camera to capture all the moments and experiences

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic has that timeless retro look that even I really dig. It instantly prints your photos and is perfect for those who treasure every moment.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic – US$ 179.99

Give him a smartphone that gets things done

They always give their best for us, and it’s our chance to give them back the best. The Huawei P20 Pro is a leading smartphone in the market today, a match for the dad who’s always aiming to be on top!

Huawei P20 Pro – US$ 899

A wireless speaker he can bring wherever he goes

If he loves to move and groove, a JBL Flip 4 might be what he needs. It’s loud and it’s waterproof so he’ll have his sounds anytime, anywhere.

JBL Flip 4 – US$ 99.95

Give him a power bank so he’s always charged up

Make sure he’s connected by having his devices charged all the time. The Anker PowerCore Speed 10000 is pocketable and it’s packed with power. He’ll never be disconnected again!

Anker PowerCore Speed 10000 – US$39.99

Get him a wallet that protects his valuables

Give him the SERMAN BRANDS 1.0 wallet, equipped with RFID secure technology that will protect him from any unauthorized scans. It also comes in Texas Brown and is stylishly slim in genuine leather.

SERMAN BRANDS 1.0 (Texas Brown) – US$ 34.99

Give him the gift of adventure

If you’re feeling really generous, give him the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. It’s a tough vehicle made for adventures. When was the last time your dad went to the great outdoors for some fun? Surely, that was ages ago. Let him enjoy his time!

2018 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor – US$ 50,675

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Titus&Wayne Luft Qi is a portable filter-free air purifier

Clean air everywhere!

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Literally breathe easy with this portable device, and never have to deal with allergens and foul smells again.

This is the Luft Qi air purifier from startup company Titus&Wayne. Announced first on Indiegogo, the purifiers debuted at InnoVex during Computex 2018. I got to check them out at the event.

These tiny things, the size of a soda can, can filter the air to get rid of germs, toxic chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and even bad odors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They’re lightweight and come in different colors — there’s even a limited edition handmade wood version available to Indiegogo backers that look especially classy. Because of their compact shape and size, they’re also ideal for those who travel. It’s particularly useful to those who are extra sensitive when it comes to allergens since you can bring it anywhere you go with ease.

Just one plug into a micro-USB power source and you’re all set; the purifier covers the surrounding 16 square meters. It’s pretty quiet, too. You won’t even know it’s running.

These things do not use filters. Nanotechnology is instead used to break down whatever impurities are in the air. This means that more than 80 percent of bacteria and mold are destroyed with this device on in just 30 minutes (according to independent studies). This also means you’ll never have to clean it out.

Here’s a quick and simple illustration of how it works:

Think about it: In your own room, in your car, or even in a hotel room, you get the luxury of clean air all the time.

The Luft Qi won a GadgetMatch Best of Computex award!

The Luft Qi ships this July, you can back their campaign on Indiegogo here.

SEE ALSO: Best of Computex 2018

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House of Marley Positive Vibration headphones: His and Hers

Featuring Joshua Vergara

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Each of us has a soundtrack to our lives. Yep, we make up the music that we go through our every day with. 

For this episode of His and Hers, we have special guest Joshua Vergara in tandem with Isa. Both of them try the House of Marley Positive Vibration headphones — one in pretty pink and one in stunning silver.

Joshua is a Bluetooth earphone and headphone lover and previous to this, he was sporting Jabra wireless earphones. Isa, on the other hand, is a recent earphones convert. She’s been using a pair of pink crazybaby Air earphones that coincidentally, Joshua gave her as a gift.


Isa: The Neutrals

On chill days, or when I’m out and on the go, I usually stick with my go-to colors: black, white, or beige. Dressing in bright colors definitely clashes with my look so I opt for more neutral tones. I own too many pink accessories, like these earphones, and my hair.

Photos by David Imel Web|Instagram|Twitter


Joshua: Daily Documentation

I keep it pretty simple and clean most days: my trusty pair of jeans with a minimalist shirt. And, of course, my Bruce Lee black and yellow shoes which are bright and stand out from the black on black on black. That last “black” is for my camera, of course.

Photos by David Imel Web|Instagram|Twitter


Isa: Cafe Lover

I like working in coffee shops. Most of the time, I just throw on a comfy sweater and head on to my next cafe destination to work. I usually start mornings with a cup of iced coffee to get me going. With handy headphones playing my go-to classical work playlist, I will happily type away, oblivious to the world.


Joshua: Work Related

Dress to impress, but also dress for the occasion. Even if I’m not talking to anyone face to face, business calls feel better in a collared shirt. In this case, I dressed down with my signature shoes and a pair of shorts for the warm day. A cup of cappuccino is extra, but ideal.


Isa: Lazy Daze

On slow days, I just throw on a tank and some sweatpants paired with a structured jacket for a relaxed look. I take my athleisurewear seriously and I do sometimes believe that sweats are acceptable outdoor wear.


Joshua: Taking a Moment

Headphones like these look good enough to have around the neck like an accessory. They’re often ready for when I need a break and stroll in the park with some tunes. A nice outdoor afternoon is chill — literally — so a pair of joggers makes sense for the walk so I don’t get cold in the shade.

The House of Marley Positive Vibration headphones are the perfect companion for your everyday adventures. From work to play, these headphones come in handy in a number of different scenarios. It doesn’t hurt that they look pretty good and come in these awesome color options.

You can follow Joshua’s day to day adventures and reviews here

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