LG G4 Review – Good phone, fantastic camera

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Author’s note:  On September 10th I received an O.T.A. update with this phone that solved every issue I had with the phone in terms of performance. It does not have any signs of lag, missed input or stuttering. As of now, I have amended this review from a 4-star to a 4.5-star and would now recommend this phone without hesitation. The original review is left below for your reference.

Rating: 4.5/5


Pros: 

  • The best phone camera currently on the market
  • Removable battery and expandable SD Storage
  • Colorful, big and bright screen
  • Comfortable to hold despite the large size
  • Great battery life

Cons:

  • Plasticy build
  • Touch screen seems to miss occasional touches
  • Prone to stuttering and lag on content rich websites
  • Auto screen brightness is far too aggressive

Summary:  If you’re looking for the camera phone to buy this year, the LG G4 is the way to go. It’s an absolutely fantastic camera phone for amateurs and professionals alike. It had features other competitors are sorely missing – a removable battery and expandable storage. In theory it is an excellent balance of usability, form and function, but there’s a few little performance issues with the phone that prevent it from being the perfect device.


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Micro Review: Diztronic TPU Case

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Rating: 4.5/5


Pros: 

  • Nice tight fit, but not too tight
  • Thin fit doesn’t add much bulk
  • Smooth matte finish isn’t too slippery
  • Prevents phone scratches and bumps

Cons:

  • Does pick up some fingerprints
  • Dust gets trapped in the edge around the sides
  • Does not include a screen protector

Conclusion:  As a basic, inexpensive TPU case the Diztronic case is one of the best. I feel that something a bit softer would do a better job of drop protection, but hopefully I won’t have to find that out! There’s a little ridge around the edge that traps dust, but that’s about the only thing that bothers me about this case. Overall, as far as inexpensive TPU cases go, this one is a very nice build quality and feels good. I would recommend it.


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Motorola Moto G (2015) Review

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Rating: 4/5


Pros: 

  • Excellent build quality
  • Stock android runs very fluidly
  • Great daylight photographs
  • A real brand name means better support and warranty service

Cons:

  • Some minor autofocus issues
  • Low-light photograph quality is lacking
  • 1GB of Ram on lower end model can be limiting

Summary:  After playing around with the Moto G (3rd Gen) for a couple of hours I was convinced: this is one of the best sub-$200 phones out right now. The combination of a great build quality, stable operating system and decent camera make it a winner for those who don’t need a high-end device.


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Panasonic RPHJE120 In-Ear Headphones Review

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Rating: 4/5


Pros: 

  • Excellent audio range with deep bass and clear highs
  • Great surrounding sound isolation
  • Very comfortable and streamlined fit

Cons:

  • Thin wire is prone to tangles
  • No volume or mic
  • Prone to wire-slap noise

Summary:  The Panasonic RPHJE120 series are by far the best sub-$10 headphones I have ever used. They have a surprisingly balanced audio range, with decent bass and clear highs. In a blind test, it would be difficult to distinguish these from other more expensive headphones. If you want a pair of cheap in-ear headphones these are definitely a good choice.


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Inateck 36W USB Charger UC4003B Review

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Rating: 3.5/5


Pros: 

  • Charges multiple devices at once
  • Full speed charging up to 2.4A per port

Cons:

  • Collects a lot of dust and fingerprints
  • Phone stand may not fit a phone with a case on it
  • Has almost no weight to it so it slides around on the counter too easily

Summary:  With four USB ports, the Inateck UC4003B charger has enough ports for all your devices and enough power to charge them all at full 2.4A speed. While there are a few things that could use improvement, notably the weight and finish, this charger does exactly what it advertises.


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iLuv Mobitour ISP-202 Bluetooth Speaker Review

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Rating: 2/5


Pros: 

  • Connected and paired easily

Cons:

  • Their sound is rather ‘hollow’
  • Lacking clarity, bass and treble
  • Iffy build quality

Summary:  As far as Bluetooth speakers go, there are far better options in the price range. While they did wirelessly play music, these speakers sound very cheap and overall do not offer much more than you would get if you used the speakers built into your phone. I’d advise looking elsewhere if sound quality and budget prices are your concern.

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Pateker FVL9 Dash Cam Review

Rating: 4/5


Pros: 

  • Excellent daytime video quality
  • Adequate night video quality
  • Acceptable still photographs
  • Straightforward user interface
  • Reliable over long-term use
  • Built in battery lasts long enough to snap a few photos or a short video once the power is unplugged

Cons:

  • Size makes it visible from outside the car
  • GPS available but not included
  • Poor mounting system
  • “High Resolution” still images are just lower resolution photos that have been upsized

Summary:  The Pateker FVL9 Dash Cam does all the things that a car blackbox camera should with excellent video quality and high reliability. It makes a great day-to-day dash cam if you don’t need features like record while parked or built in GPS.


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PDP Afterglow Xbox 360 Controller Review

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Rating: 4/5


Pros: 

  • Really cool design
  • Wonderful feeling buttons and sticks
  • Solidly built
  • Plug-and-Play on Windows PCs

Cons:

  • LEDs are way too bright
  • No brightness settings
  • Grip is super slick and slippery

Summary:  I’ve been using this as my go to controller for playing games on my PC. The controls are responsive and the overall design is comfortable. However the clear plastic is quite slippery and can be hard to hold in tense situations.


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FRiEQ Light Carbon Fiber Selfie Stick Review

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Rating: 4.5/5


Pros: 

  • Excellent build quality
  • Standard tripod mount
  • A number of adapters included
  • Doubles as a short monopod
  • Stunning, professional appearance

Cons:

  • Bluetooth shutter battery arrived dead; takes expensive CR2025 watch batteries
  • No instructions included

Summary:  As far as selfie sticks go, the FRiEQ Carbon Fiber selfie stick is a class act. The stylish chassis and telescopic arm make the product appear professional. However the Bluetooth shutter release battery came dead and there are no instructions included as to how to use it.


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