Month: May 2017

Best Pocket Drone with HD Camera

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MAIN FEATURES

  • FPV CAMERA:REAL TIME Video Camera (0.3MP), which provides you FIRST PERSON VIEW, is able to take aerial videos and photos horizontally with the smartphone device (both IOS and Android systems are ok). Images and videos will be shown in both app and mobile album system.
  • MOBILE/APP CONTROL:Control the drone with the APP in a smartphone. And multiple functions can be activated.
  • ONE KEY TAKE OFF/LANDING:When get started, the drone would fly to a preset altitude. And during the flying, the altitude is adjustable which makes the drone easy to control, especially for beginners who are not skilled yet.
  • LIGHTING SYSTEM:Equipped with LED Navigation lights for night flights.

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The JJRC quadcopter is pretty awesome. Yes, it flies using the app on your cell phone (once downloaded and installed) and I prefer using a transmitter, but for what you get with portability and easy setup and operation, it’s worth the trade-off to use and fly this quadcopter when you need it.

I won’t say this is my daily go to quadcopter, but it has its time and place like everything else. This folds up and is very light weight and makes it very easy to shove in a pocket or bag and carry with you when you leave the house or are going somewhere. This comes with a velvet carrying bag with a drawstring to carry this around with and store all the parts that come with it, which include 4 extra props and the battery charger.

The camera looks to be a 0.3 MP camera capable of shooting 720p. Not the greatest, but still holds detail and isn’t grainy looking and some people can’t tell the difference between 720p and 1080p anyway. The attached video has some video in from the drone camera in it.

This has three speeds at 30, 60 and 100% and with this being so lightweight, you need to be at 100% if there is any wind out in order to control this and fight the wind. The altitude hold on this (without GPS) is spot on and holds very well. It may float side to side but holds the altitude. The yaw and pitch on this are also pretty good and reactive and actually has some pretty good range on it for a WIFI drone.

You connect your phone to the drone WIFI, start the app and connect the app to the drone and away you go. The controls take a little getting used to and if you play games on your phone, should be no problem for you at all.

This does have one touch, takeoff and landing and will also autoland when the battery gets too low, so it doesn’t fall out of the sky and crash, nice feature. This also can be flown using the gyros on your phone and you can fly this by tilting your phone side to side and forwards and backward instead of using the on-screen controls.

This also has a 360 button on it to allow you to do flips. It’s not great at flipping but it does work, but it loses a lot of altitude, so you need to be up high enough not to crash it into the ground when you do it. It’s a selfie drone and not a sport drone, so I wouldn’t expect much in flips.

The lights on this (front white and back red) are very bright and easy to see and make this great for flying at nighttime as well.

Overall, nice portable and foldable quadcopter that takes decent pictures and videos (you’re not making a movie here) and flies pretty decently.

No Fly away tip: Turn off your mobile data on your phone/tablet and go into your settings and tell it to forget any WIFI connection you may have in the area you are flying this at the time. You do not want the WIFI to drop the connection to the drone and connect to another WIFI while you are flying this or you will lose connection to the drone and may get a fly away drone and possible lose it forever.

Click to check the current prices: JJRC Foldable WIFI FPV Drone

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Hands-on Review

Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8

The first thing I want to talk about is screen: it’s big, it’s high resolution, it’s bright. Its aspect ratio is stretched out, so wide-screen content fits it better. The extra visual real estate is nice but using it one-handed is not very easy.

The second thing is the design. I mean, visually it looks amazing but it’s more than that. This is the first phone that I’ve used where the curved screen felt really comfortable in my hand. When it comes to phones, I don’t care too much about millimetres and grammes and stuff like that I just want to feel comfortable my hand and most curved screens just don’t feel good in the hand. But this one does and that’s because of the frame. The transition from the front glass to the frame and then to the back glass feels almost seamless, there’s just nothing with texture. It’s really nice to hold but it’s also really slippery. I would strongly recommend getting a skin for S8, or even a case.

The other things I like are the wireless charging, the headphone jack and Bluetooth 5.0. I love the micro SD slot, the USB-C port and the performance feels really quick so far.

The camera hardware is similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge. But, let’s be honest, the camera on the S7 was awesome, so it’s not too big of a deal to me that they didn’t upgrade the camera. The front-facing camera has improved quite a bit and considering how many selfies I take every day I think this was a good call.

So this device has a large screen that is super bright and has high resolution so there’s a lot of pixels to process and the battery size isn’t huge, so I wasn’t expecting amazing battery life. The first full day of use I end up the day with thirty-one percent left. Relatively heavy use over the course of the day. At night I charged it back up, watched some YouTube videos with maximum volume and maximum screen brightness, highest resolution (WQHD+) and when I checked it eight hours later it was at thirty-six percent. The screen on time was basically the same. I think that’s not bad I mean on iPhone 7+ I’d probably got some very similar numbers.

The facial recognition is awesome – it works fast and it’s reliable. I tried it with sunglasses and it didn’t work very well.

Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8

The fingerprint scanner isn’t in the best location. I have to stretch for it but since the facial recognition is so good I’m totally fine with it being on the back.
The Galaxy S8 is packed with a lot of cool techs. But hardware specs aren’t everything. For me, the user experience is by far the most important thing when it comes to any kind of device. And with this, there are a couple things that kind of detract from the user experience.

The first is that on-screen home button. I think it could or should be a little bigger. And the haptic feedback isn’t good, it feels like a regular phone vibration.

The speakers are also not stereo and I know a lot of people don’t care about this. But I consume most of my media on my phone and it’s so weird watching a super high-res video that looks gorgeous on the screen while having tinny audio that just comes out from one side of the phone. It just feels off.

The screen is also difficult to use one-handed. So a wide phone like the Google Pixel XL is already wide and a little bit uncomfortable to use but it’s okay – I manage. The S8, because of the tall screen, the vertical stretch is crazy.

The last thing is, probably, my most personal opinion I know a lot of people are going to disagree with this, but I don’t love where they’re going with Bixby. And this time it comes with a dedicated hardware button which you cannot reassign to some other function.

So if you’re interested in this phone and you enjoyed the S7 Edge user experience (as I did) you’re going to love the S8. It’s just a basically an elevated version of this phone. Truly next level hardware, you’re going to love it.

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