Although I ordered my Google Pixel 2 XL right as pre-orders were opened, I had to wait over 2 weeks to get my phone as the Black & White version wasn’t shipping until a few days. While the wait was rather long, I had plenty time to play with the regular Pixel 2 and the wait was well worth it as I like the Black & White version much more. The Pixel 2 XL is the bigger brother of Pixel 2 and I am really digging it, especially the curved design.
For those of you who want to take better photos with your Android smartphone, you can now use the full power of Google Camera HDR+ with a modded version of Google HDR+ Camera APK. Now, this modded version ONLY works on devices running Snapdragon 820, 821, and 835. That means you can use it on Samsung devices like Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8 Plus, Note 7, and Note 8 with Snapdragon processor. Exynos models are not supported yet. Also this Google HDR+ Camera APK works on stock and rooted phones, no root required! For LG, you should work on LG G5, G6, V20, and V30. If you have a phone you are not sure about, you can try googling its specs first. I’ve tested the APK on my Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, and V20, all of them work GREAT!So, the biggest question of the day, does it really improve your photos with Google HDR+ Camera?
In this 4K cinematic camera test, I took the Pixel 2 on a trip to the beach with my daughter Peony to see how well it worked during sunset hours. To my surprise, the Pixel 2 has an “amazing” stabilization using its OIS/EIS combo. Now, the original Pixel also had OIS/EIS combo but wasn’t as good as the Pixel 2. With better processor and better electronic stabilization algorithms, the Pixel 2 behaves like it is on a gimbal during good lighting. Now, I did find stability does not work as well in low light and I assume this is due to the fact EIS(Electronic Image Stabilization) works by cropping out the mistakes.
For those of you who need extra battery for your Samsung Galaxy Note 8, you may want to consider a battery case like ZeroLemon SlimPower, which comes with 5500mAh capacity, enough to recharge your Note 8 about 1.5 times. The ZeroLemon SlimPower is rather thick and bulky, this isn’t for everyone but for those who absolutely need extra 1-2 days of battery life.
Probably the biggest question of the week regarding Pixel 2, how much has it improved over last year’s original Pixel? I wanted to see for myself if Pixel 2 indeed has gotten better since last year’s Pixel, which is also an excellent low-light shooter.
In this camera comparison, we compare the Google Pixel 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. LG V30 in a low-light and see which one performs best in 4K video recordings including stability tests.
In this low-light camera comparison, we take up the Google Pixel 2 vs. Galaxy Note 8 vs LG V30 in challenging low-light situations where a lot bright background lights are involved. To conduct this test, all phones were set to 100% “auto” mode.
With purchase of a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, SamsungPromotions.com offers a Samsung 360 4K camera or Samsung Wireless Charging Convertible plus 128GB EvoPlus microSD card. Since I got the 360 camera already(for free from attending the Galaxy S8 launch event earlier this year), I opted to go with the latter.
In this video, I review the Chamberlain Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener, which I replaced my 50-year old dying garage door opener and also made my garage “smart”. Now I can open and close my garage door from anywhere in the world with an Android app! And yes, if you forget to close your garage door, you can even have it automatically close!
In this quick test, we compare the brightness of LG V30(pre-production) vs. Galaxy Note 8 in indoors and outdoors.
In this EXTREME camera stability test, we take the all-new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. LG V30(pre-production unit) on my Suzuki GSX-R600 motorcycle to find out which one can handle motorcycle shakes better. Both were shot in 4K in auto mode.
In this video, I take the Galaxy Note 8 into the nature in my backyard and also take my daughters to Ocean Beach in San Francisco. All shots were in auto-mode hand-held except for the timelapses where I used a tripod. (Timelapses were simply sped-up footage of the video.) Comparing to the older Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the added 2X zoom camera proved to be very useful in situations where zoom was needed without losing quality. I did make use of the manual mode in certain shots where manual focus was needed plus I didn’t want the ISO or shutter speed to flicker my shots. Overall, the Galaxy Note 8 does have very good 4K video camera that you can use for family videos or even professional-quality videos. Although still one of the best, I prefer the new LG V30 for videos which I feel have a ton better room for cinematic colors along with LOG mode and better manual mode.
In this video, I take the LG V30 in cine video mode & the Mavic Pro 4K for a quick trip around Mussel Rock, Daly City, California where I live. All shots were done with LG V30 except for drone shots that were done with Mavic Pro. *Note – Please watch in 1440P or 4K as YouTube rendering is horrible.