LG G4 comes to New Zealand

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LG’s next great smartphone, the LG G4 has made it to New Zealand.  The cool smartphone with the natty, full-grain leather jacket comes with a bunch of distinguishing features including:

  • A 16 megapixel rear camera with an F1.8 lens for better pictures in low light situations.
  • An infrared-sensitive colour spectrum sensor that analyses and measures all of the visible light within a scene before a shot is snapped.
  • An IPS Display that produces high-contrast, vibrant images.
  • The G4 also comes with a selection of premium back covers that come in textured grey and full grain leather in black or brown.
  • Unlike competitors like the iPhone 6 and the Samsung S6 the G4 features a removable battery and a micro-SD card slot, something Android fans have long come to expect.

As you can see from the shots below the G4 has a larger screen.  At 5.5 inches it is the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus but not as large as the 5.7 inch Samsung Galaxy Note 4, my current phone of choice.

This particular selection of phones is quite interesting because of the difference in colour reproduction.  The G4 like the G3 before it has quite a clean but cool look about it.  The Samsung Note 4 with it’s Super Amoled screen has richer colours which puts people off (but I like it).  The iPhone is perhaps the Goldilocks phone because its colour rendering is just right.

The G4 display is Quad HD however and there’s no mistaking the detail and the quality of the image or video reproduction.

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From the front it is hard to tell the difference between the G4 and the other phones, but flip it over and you’ll notice the rear mounted on/off switch and volume rockers.  Of course you will also notice that distinctive genuine leather-skinned back panel.

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Summary:

I’m often asked which phone I would recommend and every month I find it harder and harder to pick one phone.  Todays consumer is spoiled for choice as the top notch phones just become more consistent and packed with features.

So what would I say about the LG G4?  It has a unique look about it which makes it stand out from the competition.  The rear mounted controls also give it a point of difference and you can’t go past the quality of the screen and camera.

I like the fact you can change the battery out (if you are one of those people who are paranoid about power and like carrying a spare battery) and the fact that you can add in an SD card.

If you definitely want an Android phone, and want to stand out from the crowd (a little bit)  then the G4 should be in your consideration set as it is one of the best high end phones on the market in 2015.

– New Zealand RRP: $1199

– Launch stockists: Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi & 2 Degrees
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First Look at the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in New Zealand

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched in New Zealand on Friday the 26th of September.  Here’s the “First Look” and discussion with Matty McLean and Alison Pugh on Breakfast on the morning of the launch (copyright TVNZ 2014).

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Having spent 48 hours with both handsets I’ve been asked by a number of people which one I prefer.  Right now I’m enjoying the iPhone 6 more than the 6 Plus which is a surprise to me as I’m a fan of larger format phones.

The iPhone 6 just seems to be more manageable in the hand, and there aren’t enough special features built into the 6 Plus to warrant the larger size.  Sure it’s great for photo and video viewing, but is the portability trade-off worth it? I’m not sure.

Oh and yes, it’s still flat despite having been transported in my jeans pocket. I guess NZ is going to have to try harder to get on the #bendgate bandwagon.
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Upwardly Mobile – Music Phones Reviewed for Real Groove Magazine

Apples iphone changed the game for mobile phones with music and multimedia capabilities. But the other players are finally catching up. We take a wander through the current range of handsets that allow us to play with our music and video, anytime anyplace, anywhere. – John Buckley

Nokia 5800 MusicXpress – The Newcomer.

1-nokiaThe Finnish mobile manufacturer has been working the music angle hard these past couple of years. Their latest effort is the excellent 5800 MusicXpress, the first Nokia phone to sport a full touch screen. The video quality and the through-the-earphone sound experience is impressive. However the inbuilt speaker, one of the 5800’s selling points, lacks grunt, so it’s unlikely to earn you a visit from noise control anytime soon.

To remind you that it is a music phone they’ve thrown in a pick to help you navigate across the screen. Try as we might we couldn’t find a strum Continue reading