Philips Hue was one of the first truly mainstream smart lights. You can find them in a variety of styles, including bulbs and light strips. There are competitors in the space that may or may not do a better job. That’s usually up to personal interpretation. As it turns out, there are plenty of options when it comes to Philips Hue apps. Philips has left their stuff open for third party developers to play with. Here are the best Philips Hue apps for Android! Note, some of these also come with support for Lifx lights as well, one of Philips Hue’s larger competitors.
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After months of leaks and rumors, the OnePlus 5 is finally official, and we really do love this latest flagship phone that combines high-end hardware features with a relatively low price point. However, it was just seven months ago that the same company launched the OnePlus 3T, and that phone is still a solid choice for anyone looking for a new handset. So how does the new OnePlus flagship compete against its immediate predecessor? Is it worth it for OnePlus 3T owners to upgrade to the OnePlus 5? That’s just what we will try to answer in this quick.
Both the OnePlus 5 and 3T feature a full metal unibody construction and some design and hardware elements remain the same between both phones. The OnePlus 5 retains the popular Alert Slider found on other OnePlus devices, and the fingerprint sensor remains on the front. Moving around to the back, you’ll notice the OnePlus 5 is a bit cleaner than its predecessor, with the antenna lines that blend in and the camera, now of the dual-sensor variety, moved to the top-left corner.
Before we go any further, we will admit that the OnePlus 5 looks very much like the iPhone 7 Plus in terms of its design. It is also practically identical to the recently announced OPPO R11. Some of you may feel that OnePlus should have used some more inspiration when it comes to the look of their new phone. However, there’s no denying that the OnePlus 5 is still a sleek smartphone that looks and feel great in the hand. That is also the case with the earlier OnePlus 3T.
In terms of size and handling, the OnePlus 5 is only a hair shorter, thinner, and narrower than the 3T, and the handling experience is pretty much the same with both. In short, if you like the look and feel of the OnePlus 3T, you should be happy with the new OnePlus 5.
Both the OnePlus 3T and the OnePlus 5 come with the same 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a 1080p Full HD resolution and the more standard 16:9 aspect ratio. OnePlus has yet to make the jump to a Quad HD display for its phones, but unless you want to view some VR content, the Full HD screen for the OnePlus 5 should be more than acceptable.
The OnePlus 3T shipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, which at the time was the fastest chip you could get in a phone. The new OnePlus 5 is even faster, with the new Snapdragon 835 chip, which is the same found in the US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus and the HTC U11.
Also read: OnePlus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: quick look
The OnePlus 3T came with 6 GB of RAM,which is still more than what you can get from most current flagship smartphones. The standard OnePlus 5 can be bought with either 6 or 8 GB of RAM, and either with 64 GB or 128 GB of onboard storage, compared to just 64 GB for the OnePlus 3T. The OnePlus 5 has plenty of memory and storage for most users, although it does not have the option to add more storage due to the lack of a microSD card slot.
The OnePlus 3T launched with a 3,400 mAh battery, but thanks in part to its thinner design, the OnePlus 5 comes with a slightly smaller 3,300 mAh battery. However, the phone is supposed to last up to 20 percent longer on a single charge compared to its predecessor, thanks to the more power-efficient Snapdragon 835 chip. Both phones also feature the super fast Dash Charge technology. The OnePlus 5 can charge over 50 percent of its battery in about 30 minutes, and can reach its full capacity in less than 90 minutes.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the OnePlus 3T and the OnePlus 5 is with their rear cameras. The 16 MP rear camera of the OnePlus 3T proved to be a very good and reliable shooter, but the company decided to take the big leap by putting in a dual lens setup on the OnePlus 5, with 16 and 20 MP sensors. Both phones come with the same 16 MP front-facing shooter that will help you capture some high-quality selfies.
On the software front, both the OnePlus 3T and the OnePlus 5 feature the same software package with the latest version of the company’s own OxygenOS, which is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. There are a few new software features that owners can check out on the OnePlus 5. They included a Reading Mode that uses gray-scale mapping and the blue light filter to provide an excellent reading experience on its display. It also includes an automatic night mode, expanded screenshots, a do not disturb mode while gaming, and more.
|OnePlus 5||OnePlus 3T|
1920 x 1080 resolution
16:9 aspect ratio
1920 x 1080 resolution
16:9 aspect ratio
|Processor||2.45 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform||2.35 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
Main: 16 MP Sony IMX 398 sensor, 1.12 μm, ƒ/1.7 aperture, EIS, dual LED flash
Telephoto: 20 MP Sony IMX 350 sensor, 1.0 μm, ƒ/2.6 aperture
Front: 16 MP Sony IMX 371 sensor, 1.0 μm, ƒ/2.0 aperture, EIS
|Rear: 16 MP Sony IMX 298 sensor, 1.12 μm, ƒ/2.0 aperture, OIS, EIS, dual LED flash
Front: 16 MP Samsung 3P8SP sensor, 1.0 μm, ƒ/2.0 aperture, EIS
Dash Charge (5V 4A)
Dash Charge (5V 4A)
|Software||Android 7.1.1 Nougat
|Android 7.1.1 Nougat
|Dimensions and weight||154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm
|152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 mm
As we have mentioned before, the OnePlus 5 has a starting price of $479 for the 64 GB version, and $539 for the 128 GB edition. That’s a bit higher than the starting price of the OnePlus 3T at $439. However, we still feel that the OnePlus 5 gives customers a lot for the money, especially compared to its current, and higher-priced, rivals.
The OnePlus 5 is not a massive upgrade compared to the OnePlus 3T, and it also comes with a higher price. However, the faster processor, the more efficient battery, and especially the upgrade to the dual rear camera setup makes up for the lack of upgrades in some of the phone’s other features. If you are looking to upgrade from the OnePlus 3T to the OnePlus 5, we think you will be happy with the result.
We want to know your opinion on the OnePlus 3T compared to the OnePlus 5. Do you think 3T owners should upgrade to the 5? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Want to learn more about the OnePlus 5? Check out our full review!
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Google has cooked up an interesting new idea to showcase excellent Pixel photos to millions of users across the globe as Chromecast background screensavers. If you’ve got a Pixel and fancy yourself a bit of a photographic genius in the making, read on.
It’s super easy to enter. All you have to do is append the hashtag #teampixel on any images you shoot on a Pixel and share on Twitter or Instagram. If Google likes what it sees, you’ll be contacted directly to take your first steps towards Chromecast superstardom (if that’s a thing?).
As you can probably guess, competition will be fierce, with actual photographers likely using the platform as a means to get their shots out to millions of Chromecast users. But as we increasingly see with the super-impressive cameras found on most smartphones these days, just being in the right place at the right time with the camera in your pocket is often enough to capture an amazing photo.
You’ll probably remember Google recently did something similar with its Google Featured Screensavers on Macs. You simply had to install the app on your laptop or desktop to enjoy some of the best photos doing the rounds on Google+. This Backdrops competition is just a natural progression, promoting the Pixel’s photographic excellence to folks that already have some Google hardware in their homes, while giving your best shots a chance to be seen by millions.
Here’s Google tips for the best chances of success:
- Suggested Content: Landscapes, Macro, Nature, Animals, Abstract, Life, Cities, Buildings, Textures
- No people, logos, watermarks or branding
- Landscape orientation works best
- Family friendly: these photos will be seen on millions of devices
To find out more, just visit this page in the Pixel user community.
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With the LG V30 right around the corner, not surprisingly, the LG V20 is seeing some solid sales. This current one, via eBay, is about as good as any we’ve seen: just $354.99 for an unlocked 64 GB LG V20. It’s the U.S. version with support for GSM and CDMA networks.
If you hit the link below you’ll initially see a $369.99 price tag, but never fear, just enter the coupon code PSUMMER15OFF to get an additional $15. There’s not telling how much stock the seller has, but as always, act fast if you don’t want to miss out. There’s also free shipping on offer.
The LG V20 is still our own Joe Hindy’s all-time favorite Android phone, primarily due to it being a pretty great all-rounder, especially for power users. It also has impressive audio abilities, including a headphone port with a built-in amp and Quad DAC that can support headphones with up to 600 Ohms impedance. The V20 is still unbeatable as far as audiophile go, especially at this price. If you need some awesome headphones to go with it, don’t miss our sister site Sound Guys’ best headphones of 2017.
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When you’re in the market for a feature-heavy phone with all of the trimmings, you can usually rely on LG‘s V series to deliver. Just look at the LG V20: QHD display? Check. Latest edition processor? Check. Dual-camera? Check. MicroSD card support? Removable battery? Android’s latest platform? Audio chops? The list goes on.
What’s more impressive is that LG’s two prior V series devices, the V10 and V20, not only delivered on the specs front but also on innovation, bringing an additional “ticker” display into the mix for unique functionality. Despite their flaws, there’s much the Vs got right, which is why we’re eagerly anticipating the rumored successor, the LG V30.
LG is yet to officially announce the handset but feasible speculation from various sources suggests it’s on its way, and possibly in the next two months. In this article, we’ve rounded up all the current LG V30 specs, price, and release date rumors to give you an idea of what you can expect when it launches.
LG V30 release date
The LG V30 is tipped to be unveiled on August 31, one day before the opening of IFA 2017 in Berlin which runs until September 6. This rumor was first picked up by The Investor (and then backed up again separately) and, at first glance, it seems unlikely — LG’s previous V series phones didn’t launch at IFA or indeed see an official release in Europe.
However, if LG was to launch the V30 in Europe as it has been suggested, this would be the best time and place to do it ahead of MWC next February — and the company might be keen to get its new phone out there to take the shine off an upcoming 10th anniversary iPhone, expected September. If we do see the V30 at IFA, its official release will probably follow a few weeks later, in South Korea for sure, but hopefully globally.
LG V30 price
It’s still early days to be putting down a potential price on the LG V30, though ETNews has offered one suggestion. Apparently, the LG V30 could set you back 800,000 KRW in South Korea, the equivalent of around $699 for the version touting 64 GB of internal space (32 GB and 128 GB models are also anticipated). ETNews doesn’t outline the source of the information, however, and even if it were true right now, bear in mind that things could change between now and release time. Straight currency conversions are always a risky business too (for reference, the LG V20 had a RRP of $799).
LG V30 Specs
The LG V30 specs are said to include a Snapdragon 835 processor (which seems pretty likely), 3,200 mAh battery, IP68 certification for dust and water resistance and ESS Quad DAC support, as well as a headphone jack. Both the LG V10 and LG V20 were known for offering high-quality audio, so the chances are this will be a standout feature once again. For more on what a Quad DAC means for your phone, hit our explainer article at the link.
More recently, leaker @OnLeaks has suggested that the unit would come with wireless charging, a dual rear camera setup and a rear fingerprint scanner — the latter two of which are also supported by the image at the top of the page (again via ETNews from a concept video). OnLeaks also speculates that the V30 will have a glass rear, something which would corroborate the talk of an IP68 rating. This would dash hope for a removable battery, though; the V10 and V20 both featured removable batteries but their design was far from waterproof.
As for the display, LG is said to be utilizing an OLED panel instead of the LCD screens typically used on its handsets. This may be to support a curved display, like on its LG G Flex devices, which also use OLED tech, but it may also just be a flat panel. This would probably be a “bezel-less” display, more like its LG G6 than the LG V20, and is equally likely to include a second screen built into it as on the V10 and V20.
This may feature an inset camera, similar to what’s seen on the Essential Phone and in the LG patent below, though there was also left field speculation of a slider concept design for the V30 (concept images from which can be seen in the pictures above). We’re pretty confident these were very early ideas and won’t be making it into the final product.
That’s all the news we have on the LG V30 so far but we’ll have more for you in the coming weeks. How do you think the LG V30 is shaping up? Let us know in the comments.
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