JordanAT

JordanAT

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Gesture: No way to enforce, but it makes more sense that any batteries be removed and hand-carried and let the batteryless items be allowed in cargo.

Except that batteries can hold explosives, too. That's why laptops and tablets were banned from carry-on recently. It's a no-win.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 20:25 UTC
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Androole: Have they considered banning aerosols, instead?

If you need to buy a $5 can of hairspray at the other end of your destination, is anyone going to complain?

But if you check your iPad, or your laptop, or your camera, or your eReader, or your GPS, or any spare batteries, or anything...those are not at all feasible to replace on the other end.

These are the same people who are so worried that anything over 100ml could be a high explosive intended to take down a plane that they dispose of said explosives by piling them up in a 30 gallon trash can directly adjacent to the line/crowd of several hundred people queued up to enter the airport.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 20:24 UTC
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Jim Evidon: It shouldn't be a problem since the sensible thing to do is to carry-on your photo equipment. Anyone checking-in camera equipment is asking for potential theft.

That seems reasonable, until they disallow Li-Ion batteries in your carry on for safety reasons. They've already instituted that for laptops and tablets in some places - those items have to be checked. Now it turns out they're too dangerous to check, too.

You might end up having to ship all your batteries separately from your travel, via surface ship. Phones have already "blown up" on planes, so there's no reason to exempt any form or size of lithium based battery. Won't that be convenient?

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 20:22 UTC
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pahnson: "It’s not trying to cram as much of the interface onto the screen as possible."
This Bull*hit here is the worst s*it that god damn software designers are doing nowadays. I got a 27inch 4k screen I WANT THE DAMN FEATURES TO BE THERE and not hidden in a cascading system or being removed at all. Just give me the buttons right there. And give me the possibility to change the layout (like capture one with floating tools).
Like googles messed up the image search: some years ago you could choose the size with ONE klick. Now it is hidden in a menu 4 klicks away - all just to give me an empty GUI on my PC screen that looks like a blown up smartphone screen.
God Damn it, I got a PC to WORK not to look nice -___-
Anyway, I will not use it. Adobe Camera RAW is simple and clean and great for fast work - and Capture One is in terms of quality much better.
This is in total just a turn to the amateurs... and Lightroom "classic" probably keeps getting slower and slower.

I think most people working on the pro level have recognized the utility and efficiency of two monitors. I would love to see customizable work spaces with external docking of commonly used features on a second monitor, and an auto-collapse or selectable "mobile" layout that can be loaded for remote work (i.e. one profile when I'm docked with 1-2 external 4k monitors, and one when I just have my Surface).

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 14:44 UTC

"designed to pass MIL-STD 810G"

Despite the old, weak GPU and unknown CPU options and horribly lackluster battery, being able to drop this tablet from 6' onto a concrete slab onto every corner, edge, and flat surface without damage is quite an achievement. Unless whatever Note 14 is (since the link to the actual specs is dead) something like "vibration PSD when mounted to a sound surface only; not for drop testing".

Edit: Oh, and that huge bezel real estate...but let's not bother to put the speakers there, that would make for decent sound.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 14:29 UTC as 15th comment | 5 replies
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PhotoUniverse: Better priced than Microsoft's Surface

Do we actually know that yet? SB2 starts at $1500. This starts at $1750. Neither have any real bearing on what a top end model will trim out as.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 14:23 UTC
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MikeFromChicago: Google should have directed greater attention to this limitation, but they don't expend any effort at hiding the price. The $650 & up smartphone market just seems over the top to me. These gadgets generally have a life of a couple years, and then the customer is supposed to drop another bundle.

Agreed. It's like paying more than $50k for a house, or $10k for a car. It's jus tnot necessary because what we have is perfectly acceptable.

You'll have to excuse me now, I'm looking for colleges for my teen, and our budget is $5000/year, so we should be able to choose pretty much any school in America except maybe the Ivys. That's a lot of options to consider.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2017 at 22:03 UTC
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McArchive: "Bought to Congress by Hakeem Jeffries of the Democrat Party and ..."

sheesh

Freudian typo if there ever was one.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2017 at 13:04 UTC
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Gary Martin: Even better than the Galaxy Note 8?

It's clearly tied with the Note 8 since they both have "perfect" 100s, but the Note 8 is the far better bargain because it comes with both a 28 and 56mm lens.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 17:25 UTC
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cosinaphile: when will someone make a decent 5.5 in screen with a full sd slot
a 2\3 sensor [58 sqmm] a decent 35mm equiv 1.7 lens, then in the corner
just for fun add a 2nd tiny camera with a nice wide fov [14mm equiv?]
have the lens on a small extendable barrel to permit a reasonable sensor
give it all the best android features [stock android with zero bloatware or propriety nonsense]

@cosinophile Not much info out in the intervening three years, though, and only a 20mm equivalent f/l with the depth of a phone body. It was rumored to be included on the Z3...back in 2014, but there is no other mention of the sensor in the past year on Google which makes me think that it's not practical. Getting double the focal length into a flat package would require a completely new, likely micro-lens array, technology for packing that optical geometry into a phone.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 12:49 UTC
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munro harrap: If It does not have a physically LARGE sensor: and if it does not have radio you can record hi-def broadcasts on, WHY even bother to check it out?? All 4K proper cameras produce better video than these things do, ALL of them, and many do standard 1080p
that is of higher quality than a smartphone can produce with these ****** sensors, at a fraction of the revolting price of these gizmos. In the UK right now you can buy TWO 55" 4K smart TVs for the cost of a new high-end phone, or a brand-new full-frame DSLR, or around 3 secondhand ones now if you shop around. Just think, A Canon 1Ds MkII, A Nikon D700, and a Canon 1D MkIII or Sony A900 for the cost of an new iPhone 8. Get back to the real world with a real camera and a real screen, and campaign for Nokia to redo the 1020 and 808 in Android, for you!!

Can you get those two 55" 4k smart TVs to weigh less than 400g and run for 12 hours on a battery you can put in your wallet? How good are the Full Frame SLRs at uploading your images directly to a photo service, or making on-the-spot Lightroom edits in the camera? Do any of those devices include the ability to post to social media, type emails, make calendar appointments, keep your to do list, play your personal music collection, give you real-time turn-by-turn directions to a destination nearly anywhere in the world, collaborate on a project with team mates, send encrypted messages to family or colleages, make voice calls, make video calls, do you banking, allow you to make payments at merchants, and access all your files, images, music, and other documents - wirelessly? If not, then you need consider that, for $1000, you're getting a pocket computer that would have ranked in the top 500 supercomputers in the world just 12 years ago. And it happens to have a decent camera, too.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 12:23 UTC
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cosinaphile: when will someone make a decent 5.5 in screen with a full sd slot
a 2\3 sensor [58 sqmm] a decent 35mm equiv 1.7 lens, then in the corner
just for fun add a 2nd tiny camera with a nice wide fov [14mm equiv?]
have the lens on a small extendable barrel to permit a reasonable sensor
give it all the best android features [stock android with zero bloatware or propriety nonsense]

As soon as you and find a few million phone buyers who don't mind a 1/2" thick or larger phone. SD cards, with the contact space, are huge compared to a uSD. And a 2/3 sensor with a 35mm lens - no matter what optical tricks you do - is going to make for a thick phone simply due to physics. The iPhone already has an unsightly bulge to get their normal lens to focus on a 1/3.3 seonsor, and the Note 8's tele sensor is also microscopic to get the lens to fit. Both of them use digital zoom in anything but full sun because blowing up the center of the larger sensor on the brighter lens does a better job than the tele does.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 12:07 UTC
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Docno: Wow, now we've reached a score of 98. Approaching singularity. After the next couple of DSLR-conquering flagships come out, we'll hit 100 and it will be Armageddon for the traditional camera industry. Time to pack our bags and get ready for that ride into the sunset....

The Note 8 already has a "perfect" 100 score, despite it's constituent scores being in the 55-90 range. Clearly DxO is grading on a curve and everybody gets an A these days.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 12:02 UTC

Personally, over the last two years, I feel this has become a battle of automated post processing more than a battle of camera ability.

At this point, I'd kind of like to see a separate score on the photo side for RAW ability (Exposure, Noise, Flash) and in-camera processed photos (HDR, Bokeh, Texture, Contrast, Artifacts). I'd, personally, like to know both - for the shots I know I'll never PP, and for the times when I want something really exceptional but I don't have a large sensor camera with me.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 11:59 UTC as 44th comment

" a shockproof design able to withstand drops from 2m / 6.6ft when using the lens cover"

I wonder what the pictures look like in that configuration. I expect excellent simluated night shots with deep, saturated blacks throughout.

I also like that it's not actually IP65 rated, but rather has "IP6X dustproof equivalency... IPX5 splashproof equivalency".

Proving once again that it's just whoring out of the Kodak name to dupe unsuspecting buyers into trash hardware.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 15:28 UTC as 2nd comment
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ozturert: If Note 8 had normally screen, I would buy it right away. The problem with new Samsung phones is the curved s.it. Pointless. Otherwise, Note 8 I quite bit better than IPhone X in my eyes.

I couldn't wait to dump my S7E, tbh. It wasn't awful, it just wasn't nearly as polished (h/w and software) as the Note 7 was. The Note 8 isn't perfect - I find the tall form factor a bit awkward.

One thing I've altered is I set my most frequent apps on the Edge panel so I can switch between them without pulling up the most recently used page. The button/icon location on the bottom right for recents is, imho, poorly placed for big phones, but the edge panel is actually very useful. I can't use the S7E without a case (phantom edge touches), but I use the Note 8 without one without issue.

There is still a slight dimming of the panel near the very edge (due to refraction of the curved glass that can't be avoided. Unless you're perfectly square on, you only notice it on the far edge. I also don't think there is as much chromatic shift at the affected edge as there was on the S7E. Regardless, I think it's a much nicer handset than the S7E.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 17:28 UTC
On article iPhone X vs. Samsung Note 8 (378 comments in total)

Note on memory: The $930 version of the Note 8 comes with a 256GB uSD card and a wireless charger. Samsung is advertising a 128GB uSD and charger, but actual shipping units have been delivered with 256GB cards.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 23:46 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
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clicstudio: Every time I overlook at someone with a Samsung phone, I see the same color shift depending on the angle of the screen. Whites look green or blue in the most horrible way and the screen is inaccurate that it hurts. Try taking photos of red things on a Samsung. They look pink or orange. Oversaturated and oversharpened. Like thoe fake looking HDR photos. The human eye doesn't see like that. Apple alway had a more realistic display and camera. The world is not so vibrant.

If you don't like the color shift, change it. There are three presets, along with a color temperature slider (4 or 5 positions from "warm" to "cool") and - if that's not fine enough - a full set of R G and B sliders to adjust the display color to your heart's desire.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 23:43 UTC
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J A C S: "The iPhone X's wide gamut OLED is the most color accurate device on the market."

Was that tested, if so how, or it is just a marketing claim?

Before you complain about the screen color, you should handle one. More importantly, you should tune the screen to your personal preference. Unlike the Apple device, you can not only set the screen to 3 or 4 presets (including one which adapts to the current lighting color), you can manually alter the base color temperature as well as individually adjust the R G and B intensity/balance.

And, as far as anyone knows, the AMOLED screen on the Note 8 is the best screen Samsung makes for phones.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 23:37 UTC
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ozturert: If Note 8 had normally screen, I would buy it right away. The problem with new Samsung phones is the curved s.it. Pointless. Otherwise, Note 8 I quite bit better than IPhone X in my eyes.

If you're basing the utility of the curved screen on the S7E you should handle the Note 8. Going from the Note 7 to the S7E was a huge step backwards for me - though a slim case fixed 98% of the screen utility problems.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 23:33 UTC
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