DxOMark gives Huawei Mate 10 Pro a 97 overall, a 100 for stills

The Google Pixel held its reign as the top dog of the DxOMark camera ratings for a long time. Since them, the rating system has changed to incorporate points for dual camera systems and a few new phones have surpassed the Pixel. Of course, the top spot was retaken by the Pixel 2 despite it lacking a secondary camera.

Shockingly, the recently announced Huawei Mate 10 Pro has now taken second place with a score of 97, a single point below the Pixel 2. And even more interesting, the Mate 10 Pro scored a 100 in still images, a point above the Pixel 2 (which received a better 96 in video, while the Mate 10 Pro got a 91) and matching the Note 8. Is the Leica-branded Mate 10 Pro a better smartphone shooter than the Pixel 2?

Well no, these numbers are not a perfect representation of final image quality. The meat of the information is in the write up, and the Mate 10 Pro seems to be an absolutely excellent camera. In fact, it can shoot more natural, lower noise shots in low light than the Pixel 2 (which is admittedly brighter and shows more dynamic range). It looks like that second monochrome sensor is putting in work. DxOMark even praised the device’s 2x digital zoom, which is not quite as good as a dedicated 2x zoom lens but far better than other devices without one.

Hit the source link for the full scoop on camera performance and the intricacies of how it takes photos. It’s an interesting read, and it’s definitely cool to see a different brand make it to the top of the DxOMark leaderboards!


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Google Pixel 2 durability test does not end well

If you’re a smartphone enthusiast, you’ve likely heard of JerryRigEverything. He’s the man that comes off as rudely destructive until you figure out that his tests are valuable and constructive rather than destructive (well, both).

The latest victim is the Pixel 2, and the man doesn’t hold back when he’s not happy. The removal of the headphone jack in particular is a problem, because it’s a removal of a feature that so far has not been adequately replaced.

Problems with design aside, the durability of the device is dubious. The metal unibody is covered in a “hybrid coating,” which is just a thick layer of plastic that scrapes off easily. This can cause ugly wear down the line. It’s reminiscent of the LG G5′s coating that people hated so much.

When it came to the bend test, which emulates (albiet in an exaggerated manner) what a phone endures in back pockets or skinny jeans, the phone immediately fails along the antenna band. The entire casing cracks along the side. The device itself still works, but it seems oddly fragile. The water resistance is also compromised due to this.

While the Pixel 2 does not earn a spot on JerryRigEverything’s shelf of shame due to a lack of catastrophic failure, it still didn’t hold up as well as expected. Plus, we’re sure that the plastic coating is going to piss some people off.

Let us know what you think of the Pixel 2′s durability in the comments!


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Welcome the new week with 45 temporarily free and 54 on-sale apps

Welcome to the final full week of October. We're nearing the holiday season craziness, so let's enjoy the calm while we can, eh? Anyway, we have a huge list to get through today with only a few notable apps. mainly Forever Entertainment's catalogue. So it's the usual story again, mostly.

Free

Apps

  1. 0Quotes $0.99 -> Free; 2 hours left
  2. 10 Minute Burning Workout - Full Body Workouts $3.49 -> Free; 2 hours left
  3. Trig or Treat $0.99 -> Free; 2 hours left
  4. Cambi Photo Camera $0.99 -> Free; 1 day left
  5. learndutch.org - Flashcards $3.49 -> Free; 1 day left
  6. Poke Me - Water Drink Reminder $0.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  7. Smart Wi-Fi Hotspot PRO $2.99 -> Free; 5 days left
  8. Chemistry Dictionary $2.99 -> Free; 6 days left
  9. Names and Meanings $2.99 -> Free; 6 days left
  10. Drugs Dictionary $0.99 -> Free; 7 days left

Games

  1. CosmoLands | Premium Edition $0.99 -> Free; 1 day left
  2. Dead Ship $0.99 -> Free; 1 day left
  3. Socxel | Pixel Soccer | PRO $1.99 -> Free; 1 day left
  4. Cube.IO Pro $0.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  5. MontaSayer PRO $0.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  6. Survival Time FULL $0.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  7. QoQo: Camera $0.99 -> Free; 3 days left
  8. Can You Escape - Fear House PRO $0.99 -> Free; 5 days left
  9. Mystic MAZE - A 3D Adventure $1.49 -> Free; 6 days left
  10. AceSpeeder3 $0.99 -> Free; 7 days left

Icon packs & customization

  1. classic timeless poweramp skin $1.99 -> Free; 2 hours left
  2. Digi Clock Widget Odinson $1.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  3. Gear Sun 2 $0.99 -> Free; 2 hours left
  4. Real Zen Garden 3D LWP $0.99 -> Free; 2 hours left
  5. Bits Oreo- Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 1 day left
  6. Gear Live Wallpaper $0.99 -> Free; 1 day left
  7. Life Icon Pack $2.49 -> Free; 1 day left
  8. Space Clock Live Wallpaper $0.99 -> Free; 1 day left
  9. Star X 3D live Wallpaper $0.99 -> Free; 1 day left
  10. Tropical Ocean 3D LWP $0.99 -> Free; 1 day left
  11. Vibrant Zooper $0.99 -> Free; 1 day left
  12. Zebra Zooper $0.99 -> Free; 1 day left
  13. Zed Zooper $0.99 -> Free; 1 day left
  14. Art Alive 3D Pro lwp $0.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  15. Vesuv icon pack red glow gold black $1.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  16. light blue HD live wallpaper $2.49 -> Free; 3 days left
  17. Graby Spin - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  18. Poweramp Widget Pure Gold $1.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  19. 3D/4D HyperCube B&W Wallpaper $1.49 -> Free; 5 days left
  20. Rarent - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 5 days left
  21. Recticons - Icon Pack $2.49 -> Free; 5 days left
  22. Prettiee Wallpapers $0.99 -> Free; 6 days left
  23. Oreo Square - Icon pack $0.99 -> Free; 7 days left
  24. Rugos Premium - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 7 days left

Sale

Apps

  1. CPU Monitor PRO $1.49 -> $0.99; 4 days left
  2. Geometry Calculator $3.95 -> $1.95; 4 days left
  3. North Pole Command Center - Video Call Santa Pro $3.99 -> $0.99; 4 days left
  4. Computer and IT Quiz (Pro) $3.99 -> $1.49; 5 days left
  5. doubleTwist Pro: music, podcast player (FLAC/ALAC) $7.99 -> $5.49; 5 days left
  6. Glextor App Mgr & Organizer $4.49 -> $2.49; 5 days left
  7. Diseases & Disorders $2.99 -> $0.99; 6 days left
  8. MailDroid Pro - Email Application $6.99 -> $4.49; 6 days left
  9. Speccy - Sinclair ZX Emulator $3.99 -> $1.99; 6 days left
  10. AR GPS Compass Map 3D Pro $3.49 -> $1.49; 7 days left
  11. Be Stronger $1.99 -> $0.99; 7 days left
  12. Super Resume Builder Pro, CV $4.99 -> $0.99; 7 days left

Games

  1. Draw Rider Plus $1.99 -> $0.99; 1 day left
  2. Frederic: Director's Cut $2.99 -> $0.99; 5 days left
  3. Frederic - Evil Strikes Back $2.99 -> $0.99; 5 days left
  4. Frederic Resurrection of Music $2.99 -> $0.99; 5 days left
  5. Merchants of Kaidan $5.99 -> $0.99; 5 days left
  6. Millie $2.99 -> $0.99; 5 days left
  7. Potato Thriller Portable $2.99 -> $0.99; 5 days left
  8. Sinless: Remastered $2.99 -> $0.99; 5 days left
  9. Sparkle 3 Genesis $2.99 -> $0.99; 5 days left
  10. Teddy Floppy Ear: Kayaking $2.99 -> $0.99; 5 days left
  11. Teddy Floppy Ear: Mt Adventure $2.99 -> $0.99; 5 days left
  12. Teddy Floppy Ear: The Race $2.99 -> $0.99; 5 days left
  13. The Dweller $2.99 -> $0.99; 5 days left
  14. The Final Take $2.99 -> $0.99; 5 days left
  15. Dungeon Adventure: Heroic Ed.
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Cerberus is working on a personal safety app called Persona

Cerberus has been one of the most popular device security apps over the years, and the developers are now looking to protect more than your phone. Persona is a "personal safety" app that can instantly share your location in the event of an emergency. This service is included with Cerberus, so subscribers are already set as soon as the app goes live.

Persona is out in beta today, with the opt-in available at this link, and the app will be here.

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Devialet Phantom Silver WiFi/Bluetooth speaker review

I can already hear people screaming. “$2,400 for a speaker? Who would be crazy enough to buy that?” What if I told you that they can be used in pairs via a separate hub? What if I told you that, with the remote, a stereo setup using the Phantom Silvers costs over $5,000?

The Phantom Silver is the mid-range 3,000 watt version of the Phantom, sandwiched between the 750 watt regular Phantom and the 4,500 watt Phantom Gold. It’s a ridiculously expensive, ridiculously high-end WiFi speaker that uses its own app to stream music from your devices and also offers Bluetooth. The sound coming from this guy will knock your socks off.

Overview

  • Price: $2,390.00
  • Wattage: 3,000W
  • Sound pressure: 105 dB SPL at 1 meter
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth with aptX, optical, WiFi, Ethernet, Airplay
  • Dimensions:  253 mm x 255 mm x 343 mm
  • Weight: 25.1 lbs
  • Where to buy: Devialet

The design of this speaker is striking, and the last word I’d use to describe it is subtle. It stands out as a huge white egg. Opinions on its design will be mixed, but I think it’s beautiful. Even in a more traditional interior, it somehow looks the part. Maybe that may not be the case for the gold Phantom, but the white and silver make for a stunning look.

On the front you’ll find a flowery grill housing the aluminum tweeter. The ring around it is the aluminum mid driver with a Devialet logo right above it.

On the sides are stainless steel panels and the all important bass drivers. These can pulse for effect, but when the sound is turned up, they’re pumping out some crazy pressure.

On the back is the only button you’ll find on this speaker. It’s a simple power button. Every other control is done on your phone, aside from the pairing command. At the bottom there is a big metal heatsink and the power cable coming out of it. Underneath the power cable cover is an Ethernet port and an optical port. The power cable is an unfortunate yellow color, and being very thick, it stands out too much.

Inside is an ARM Cortex-A9 800MHz dual-core processor with 512MB of DDR RAM paired with a Texas Instruments PCM1898 DAC that supports 24bit/192kHz audio.

The box the Phantom comes in is pretty brilliant. Split it open and you’ll find the Phantom in a thin, tight cover on a styrofoam stand. It’s a pretty triumphant unboxing experience.

Build quality

The outside shell is a glossy ABS plastic with no give to it. The sides are covered in matte stainless steel. Inside is an aluminum core made to build high pressures, replacing the need for a large cabinet size. Devialet claims that it can produce up to 1.2 tons of pressure. All of this results in over 25 lbs of weight; it’s a hefty speaker.

All of the materials feel very premium, though with stationary speakers this is not critical. The main part is that they look premium, which they absolutely do. Again, the only thing I really take exception to is the yellow power cord.

Sound quality

So what does $2,400 and 3,000 watts get you? An amazing listening experience. The maximum volume is ridiculously loud. The highs are perfectly clear even at full volume. Every detail is obvious in a way I have not heard before.

And the bass. It’s thunderous. It shakes your ribs, which is a wonderful feeling and very unexpected for the size. At one point the clock mounted to the opposite wall fell off. The woofers move like crazy, and putting your hands on them allows you to feel just how hard they’re pushing. It’s a wonderful sight to see these speakers putting on a show. Yet place your hand on top of the speaker and it’s barely even vibrating.

But it’s not all about impact, as the woofers produce a smooth, complex sound that really brings out the detail in the lows. This results in a beautifully warm tone to the music.

The highs are very powerful but far from sparkly. They’re surprisingly smooth, and that’s rare in any sound system. Brightness tends to be popular, but I never much enjoyed it. Despite not being sparkly, the highs are incredibly detailed.

The overall sound signature becomes very warm, though the bass never becomes overpowering. I do wish that the bass was adjustable, as in music like power metal I might turn it down a tad, but overall the sound is balanced very well.

My favorite part about the speaker is how distinct the separation is between the lows, mids, and highs. It really feels like the various sounds of complex music are coming from different spots despite the speaker being fairly small. This is especially apparent when two are set up in stereo.

The Phantom produces sound below the 20Hz level of human hearing. These tones have been shown to produce feelings of unease and nervousness from long exposures. With the Phantom able to product 16Hz sound, this creates a feeling of chills and depth that regular sound simply can’t.

Yes, the Phantom is an amazing experience at crazy volumes. But even at low volumes the sound is so smooth and warm. At a quiet volume you can talk over, you’ll easily differentiate between a Phantom and a sound bar with a subwoofer almost outsizing a Phantom. Unlike most speakers, clear details and warmth are not lost at low volumes.

Listening over Bluetooth is definitely a downgrade from WiFi streaming, so you’ll want your music to either be local or through Tidal (which prides itself on high-fidelity audio). Over Bluetooth you’ll notice a loss of detail and a lower maximum volume. It’s definitely still extremely enjoyable, but if you’re turning it up to 11, WiFi is the way to go.

Software

The speaker comes with its own Android app called Devialet Spark, both to set the system up and to stream music over WiFi. The app supports streaming of local music, Deezer, Spotify, Qobuz, Tidal, and built-in web radio stations. There’s no Google Play Music here, which is a huge shame.

The initial setup basically asks what room your speaker is in and what connections you’ll be using. During the setup, a quiet tone will play and the woofers softly quiver like they’re alive. It’s almost eerie, but it adds so much to the experience. If you have two or more as well as a Dialog hub, you can assign each to a separate room or assign two to the same room in stereo. To select the speaker, you simply place a hand on it and the woofers will pulse and make a sound. Once it is done, the tone gets higher pitched and fades away. It’s an amazing and really special setup process. I’ve redone it simply for the experience!

From there, you can select local music, make playlists, listen to streaming services, and change settings for your speakers. It’s a simple, barebones app that isn’t particularly great. Thankfully it’s not buggy or annoying to use, either. It streams music just fine.

This app also updates all of your Devialet devices, which adds new features on a regular basis. Spotify support was added not too long ago.

Extras

With the Devialet Phantom system, you can buy various accessories. The Dialog is a central hub that allows you to sync up multiple Phantoms and build a multi-room network. If you want more than one of these $2,400 speakers, you’ll need this box. It has its own Ethernet and optical ports.

Devialet Phantom 3

You can also get a $149 remote. Will this remote control every function of your Devialet system? Absolutely not! It’s a simple volume knob, but what a volume knob it is. The ring is made out of stainless steel with an acrylic center. To connect it to your Phantom, you bring it close and turn it upside down. It’s definitely an awesome piece of tech, but it’s a ridiculous amount of money for a remote that just does volume.

Then there are the various mounting methods if you don’t like your speakers on the floor. The Tree is a tall stand that comes in brown or white for $375 and $349, respectively. The Treepod is a three-legged, short stand that is $329. The Gecko is a $199 wall mount that is frankly impressive as it holds over 25 lbs. You can also get the $299 handmade Cocoon, a carrying case for travel.

Devialet Phantom Silver9.5 / 10

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It’s hard to describe the experience of listening to a pair of Phantoms. It’s just that: an experience. All the reviews and specs on paper won’t explain how it feels to listen to music on these speakers. Fire up some high-quality music of your choice, sit back, turn it up, and enjoy.

You’ll hear details you may have never heard with every listen. The bass will shake your chest. The warmth will envelope you. You’ll experience music in a new way. This is a bit dramatic, but it’s truly amazing when one has never had experience with truly high-end audio.

Of course you can build a better sound system for the money. It won’t be fancy, it won’t have all the nice software and support, and it’ll be much much larger. But you can get better sound for the price. However, Devialet has built an incredible, easy-to-use product that packs a ridiculous punch in a small package.

If you can get a chance at listening to one of these, take it. If you can afford to pick one up, do it. It’s an amazing product that matches audiophile sound and flashy presentation. Plus, every guest will ask you what that weird white egg is in your living room.


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Google delaying some white Pixel 2 orders by a month

One of the biggest questions Google was forced to answer with the launch of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL was whether or not it’d be able to meet demand for its new smartphones. When Google launched the original Pixel and Pixel XL last year, it took quite a while to start fulfilling orders on a timely basis, especially for the Pixel XL. This year doesn’t seem to be much different, but it looks like the smaller Pixel 2 is seeing the brunt of the pressure this time around.

As noted by Android Police, many people are expressing their unhappiness at the fact that Google has apparently delayed their order of the white Pixel 2 by a month. In an effort to appease customers whose orders have been delayed, Google is offering a $40 Live Case for free.

It’s worth noting that shipping for the Pixel 2 is a bit all over the place depending on which model you are looking for. The unlocked 64GB white Pixel 2 is listed as out of stock at the time of publication. However, the same variant with 128GB built-in storage will ship in 3 to 4 weeks. The Verizon variant of the 64GB white Pixel 2 ships immediately, but the 128GB Verizon model will ship out in 3 to 4 weeks.

Depending on the model you want and the amount of storage you need, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are kind of hard to come by just days after launching to the public.

Were you notified by Google that your white Pixel 2 order had been delayed?


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11 new and notable Android apps from the last week (10/17/17 - 10/26/17)

roundup_icon_largeWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Apps

LastPass Password Manager Beta

Android Police coverage: LastPass releases separate beta listing on the Play Store to test autofill in Android Oreo

The LastPass Password Manager Beta is just that, a beta release.

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Google is actively investigating reports of Pixel 2 XL display burn-in

Following the October debut of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, early reviews for the Pixel 2 XL began to call out issues with the display.

Google recently responded to those complaints, saying that the display was designed to have “more natural colors,” but that it could perhaps address the issue by adding more color options via a software update at some point in the future. That wouldn’t necessarily fix some of the other issues some have caught with the display, but it might be enough for some owners.

Over the weekend, some reviewers started to notice something else: what looks like screen burn-in:

There’s some speculation that this could be image retention and not actual burn-in. Image retention isn’t as bad, but it wouldn’t be a permanent issue like screen burn-in.

Still, The Verge saw the same thing happening with its own Pixel 2 XL review unit. As is pretty standard, Google’s statement touts the technology in its POLED display and says that there is an extensive quality testing procedure that happens before a phone is launched. Still, they say that they’re investigating the report of screen burn-in. Here’s the statement:

“The Pixel 2 XL screen has been designed with an advanced POLED technology, including QHD+ resolution, wide color gamut, and high contrast ratio for natural and beautiful colors and renderings. We put all of our products through extensive quality testing before launch and in the manufacturing of every unit. We are actively investigating this report.”

Screen burn-in is an issue with OLED displays, but this is typically diagnosed after months, if not years, of usage. Having this problem crop up with just a couple of weeks of usage could be a big problem for Google, especially if it is discovered to be actual screen burn-in and not image retention.

If you picked up a Google Pixel 2 XL, what are your thoughts on its display?


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