LG G3 – review – part 5

Welcome back to part 5 of my LG G3 review.

My G3 is now running the latest firmware v10e. This improved power and heat management, fixed several bugs and updated many apps. Chromecast bugs were fixed as well. But something was changed by LG on the quiet. The colour saturation was turned down reducing ghosting and artefacts that were being reported by some people.

My boss got to see the G3 on Wednesday for the first time. He picked it up. Looked at the screen. And then said. “It’s a beast. This is a real beast” . I cannot disagree either. It’s an amazing phone.


One of the hardware functions of the LG G3 is an Infra Red blaster. This may sound like a useless specification but it does come in handy. When you are watching TV or a DVD, you never have the right remote control, but you always have your phone nearby! The G3 comes with a software package that is quick and easy to setup. It then enables an option to show the basic functions in the notification centre as shown above. I was really pleased that the DVD software options included an eject button. This eject button is omitted on the DVD remote itself and many other software IR programs. As my DVD eject button no longer functions properly this is a godsend.


Another feature of the G3 is smart cleaning. Simply, it makes management and removal of waste a simple affair.

The G3 also has a quiet mode option which you can schedule or leave on permanently. It is able to block the notification LED, alarms and incoming calls. You can select or deselect as required, and on the calls you can set up an auto reply message on blocked calls, allow repeated calls and set up an approved list of callers that can bypass quiet mode.


The G3 comes with smart screen, which will keep the screen on for longer if it detects your face looking at the screen. In terms of customisation, there is even an option for the type of screen off effect. Retro Tv is my favourite. Other options include black hole and fade out.


Other customisation options even include the swipe effect, as shown above. But the single best customisation feature is the on screen button controls. Before you select your button options, you can decide to have them transparent or not. Then you can go into the “hide buttons” option and select which apps to remove them completely. Ideal for many games or apps that display the on screen menu options. With the setting enabled they disappear after 3 seconds are are re enabled just by swiping up. So simple an idea and a superb solution too.


But lets look at the on screen menu options. Typically an android phone has 3 options. Running apps, go back, and home. With the G3 you can change the order of these 3 to suit your preference, and add up to another 2 options. The options are – QuickMemo, Notification Centre, QSlide and Dual Window. I love this option and wish all android phones included this.


LG have not forgotten about the lock screen. As you can see below there are plenty of options again.


And even the home screen has its fair share of options. Additional themes can be downloaded and installed from LG World. Icons can be changed individually too.


All in all, LG have really offered a very comprehensive package of software, software customisations and a fabulous piece of hardware.

On Monday, I will continue my review of the LG G3. Any questions, please ask.

Apple’s Results simplified

Apple announces it’s earnings for the last quarter. The key takeaways were -

Revenue: $37.43bn v $38bn expected

EPS: $1.28 v $1.23 expected

iPhone sales: 35.2m v 35.3m expected – down 18 percent from the prior quarter, but consistent with sales in the months before an anticipated refresh of Apple’s product line.

iPad sales: 13.3m 14-15m expected – Investors are also watching tablet sales, which slumped 16 percent from the prior quarter. That’s also at the low end of wall street’s estimates. In Brazil, Russia, India and China, growth was very high. However, in the US the market is weaker. Apple has now sold 225m iPads.

September quarter revenue: $37-$40bn v $40.4bn expected

September quarter gross margin: 37-38pc v 37.5pc expected

Apple also sold 4.4m Macs and 2.9m iPods in the period. iTunes accounted for $4.5bn of revenue, down from $4.6bn in the last quarter, while accessories sales were $1.2bn, down from $1.4bn.

China – 26% growth above Apple’s own forecasts

Developers have now earned over $20bn through sales of their software on the App Store. Cumulative app downloads have now topped 75bn.

iPhone 5C – Tim Cook revealed on Tuesday that year-over-year growth rates comparing the iPhone 5c to last year’s performance of the iPhone 4S show the greatest growth. That means that the share gains seen by the iPhone 5c outpaced those of the 2014 iPhone 5s vs. 2013 iPhone 5, and also bested the 2014 low-end iPhone 4s vs. 2013 iPhone 4. So the iPhone 5C is a secret slow burning success.

More than 20 million people watched the WWDC keynote in 2014
Earnings per share up 20% y/y, the highest growth rate in 7 quarters
iPhone sales up 55% y/y in Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

Apple has completed 29 acquisitions since the end of FY 2013, 5 since the end of Q2 2014

iTunes billings grew 22% year over year to reach an all-time high

Clearly, Apple’s future success depends on how great it’s upcoming product line is for the key September quarter. With fever pitch starting on the new iPhone and Apple Wearables it could be exciting times ahead.

LG announces a game for the LG G3 QuickCircle case

LG announces a new game for those with the new LG G3 and the QuickCircle case.


“SEOUL, July 23, 2014 — Proving that QuickCircleTM can be as much about fun as function, LG Electronics (LG) today introduced the world’s first mobile game developed exclusively for its windowed LG G3 case. Now in addition to being able to check the time, place calls and take photos without opening the cover, LG G3 owners with the QuickCircleTM Case can now have a bit of fun on-the-go with a free game, Puppy Pop.

Puppy Pop is a match-three puzzle game developed by LG specifically for the G3 with QuickCircleTM Case to be played through the open window on the cover. Players accumulate points by drawing lines through three or more identical puppies, removing as many from the board before time runs out. Scores can then be shared on the player’s favorite social network site.”

All I need is the QuickCircle case to arrive in the post. I will then put this game through its paces.

Here comes the Samsung Galaxy Alpha – A metal phone to take on the iPhone 6 – photos



Sammobile (www.sammobile.com) have obtained exclusive photos of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. This is Samsung’s metallic framed phone, produced to take on the new 4.7 iPhone head to head. The Alpha is also 4.7 inched screened phone. So it really is game on. The Alpha will feature a nano sim card , the same as the iPhone. It will also take it design language from the Samsung Galaxy S5. It will come with 32gb storage but no memory card slot.

I still think people will buy an iPhone. The Apple brand is more desirable as Apple only produce one new phone (or two) a year whereas Samsung produce a multitude.

LG G3 – Review – Part 4

Welcome back to Part 4 of my review of the LG G3. To read the previous parts, just scroll back a few days.


In Part 4 I am covering off the running apps options and multi-window. Tapping the bottom right running app on screen button (its bottom right in my case, but you can adjust it in to any position).


By pinching in or out you can change the view. This feature is not documented in the manual. By default you get the small app previews as show above.


But you can pinch outwards using two fingers to achieve large app previews. These can be swiped away as necessary, or hit the close all option to close all running apps. You can also have an alternative size.


Another feature of the LG G3 is Qslide apps. The choice is rather limited but you can have your chosen apps float above whatever you are working on. These can be resized too.


There is also an option to make them full size, close them and even using the slider as shown in the screen shot, fade them out as required.

Finally you can activate LG’s multiwindow. It has a smaller selection of apps compared to something like the Samsung Note 3, but being a bit simpler is easier to use. You simply select which apps you want on the top or bottom. You can swap positions once on screen, drag one part smaller or larger, or close or expand one half.


You even have the option for multi screen to enable and open when clicking on email links. I quite like this feature.


Tomorrow I will cover off more of the LG G3 smart features.

Once again, any questions, please ask.

Phone Manufacturers – You’ve got it all wrong – Teenagers don’t won’t BIG screens!


Currently the craze with phone manufacturers is to out do each other with bigger and bigger screened phones. Except Apple, which produces the iPhone 5S with a 4 inch screen. This may all change come September with the new iPhone 6 with a 4.7 inch and possible 5.5 inch iPhone.

Anyway, my son was reaching his 18th, so I asked him what he wanted for his birthday. No surprises when he said a new phone. So I showed him a number of the current crop of phones from the LG G3, HTC One M8, Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy K Zoom and then the Moto E and G.

His response was simple. They are all too big. Far too big. An iPhone 5S was more realistic. Why an iPhone I asked. Because it’s made by Apple and was more pocketable. And the best response came when I started to discuss the different smartphone cameras. My son just turned round and said, “if I want to take a decent photo, I will use a DSLR!”

Part of me wonders whether the high pricing of an iPhone makes it more desirable even though a Moto E or Moto G can do a similar job for a fraction of the cost. My son knows that if he wants a phone of flagship colour he will have to save up and buy it himself, but he seems dedicated in this quest. It was also interesting that he had no desire for an oversized screen and that he recognised how poor phone cameras are versus a DSLR. I imagine this knowledge arrives from the fact that at 18, he uses Adobe Photoshop for editing!

LG G3 – review – part 3

Welcome back to the LG G3 review part 3. Don’t forget to scroll back a few days to read parts 1 and 2.

One question I was asked about the LG G3 was battery. Just how much a toll does a 2.5k screen impact the battery. LG have stated the G3 has many battery saving options, that help ensure good battery life. Some are applied automatically and some require user intervention. So below are some screenshots showing battery stats at the half way mark.


So from 6am to 4pm the G3 battery stands at 53%, with another 12 hours remaining and a typical 4-5 hours on screen time. So in essence the G3 will get you through a typical day. My G3 has loads of background processes, push email and other cloud services always running. But what impacts the battery is heat. When the phone detects heat build up you will not be able to crank the brightness slider up to 100%. And when the phone gets hot, the battery may drop faster. However, every phone I have used which get hot, all suffered from a faster battery drain. But what about playing an action type game like Asphalt 8. The G3 has to push 534 pixels per inch, and that does impact the duration of the battery. Nothing can beat the law of physics. However, LG’s methods of boosting the battery do work. So what you get is an android phone with a crazy hi res screen, that has similar battery performance to the majority of the android phones available to date. The G3 does have seriously stunning battery performance when in standby. It sips the battery at a very slow rate! Overall, I always get through a working day and with enough juice until I go to bed. WiFi, Bluetooth and Location Mode are all active. Location services are left in high mode too.

Lets move on to storage. The UK LG G3 is a 16gb storage/2gb ram configuration. I bought the European version which is the same as the UK D855 G3 except you have the option to get it in 32gb/3gb ram. And with all my games and apps installed, this is my storage stats.
As you can see, it feels liberating to have so much space available plus the 3gb ram must make a difference to the overall performance, even if it is marginal. If nothing else, it future proofs the device for longer.

Moving on to some other options with the G3. One handed use is an option in the settings.

The one handed options are useful, but I am having no issues using the G3 normally. I think this is because it fits snugly in the hand and the weight distribution is well balanced.



It is worth exploring the accessibility options in the settings app. As shown in the above screen shots there are some interesting options. The screen colour adjustment allows you to adjust the colour contract and hue. There is also an option for text messages and calls to be announced. The body of a text message is not read out aloud, just who sent the message or is calling. If the notification LED is not bright enough, you can enable Flash Alerts. This triggers the camera flash when you receive notifications and incoming calls.

And the last item to be covered today, is the option to enable shortcut keys on the rear volume buttons.
When the G3 is off, a long press on the volume up launches quick memo and on the volume down launches the camera.

Tune in for part 4 tomorrow.

Any questions, please ask.

LG WCD-100 review – LG’s G3 Qi Wireless Charger

LG have made a number of accessories for the LG G3. One of these is the LG WCD-100 Qi charger. As the G3 has Qi charging built-in, you can charge it using a Qi compatible device.


LG offer their own branded Qi charger, which according to LG offers a sleek design, portrait and landscape position for viewing content hands-free and a portable fold away design. In the box, you got the charger, some manuals and nothing else. No usb lead or power cable. You are meant to use the power and usb lead that came with your G3. This annoys me somewhat, as LG are asking £60 for the WCD-100. And for £60 I do not think it is too much to ask for a power lead as well. The problem occurs when you decide to get several of these Qi chargers, perhaps a few at home and maybe one at work. You only have one lead, so then you need to factor in purchasing additional cables. LG state you must only use a 5V 1.8 amp lead, the same as that supplied with the G3.
As you can see from the photos it rests just fine on the charger with the bottom curve matching that of the G3. It also works with the LG Premium Hard Case as mentioned yesterday. The charger also folds flat. One aspect of resting in a slanted portrait position, is that it makes interacting with the device on a desk for example a breeze. When placing the phone on the charger, a large battery icon appears on screen, with the words “wireless charging”. In the morning, after leaving the G3 on the Qi charger overnight, I found my G3 fully charged at 100%, and without any heat present. LG specify that the WCD-100 takes up to 6 hours to fully charge the battery, which is why this makes a great option for charging at night. Often with other Qi chargers I have used in the past, the phone and case if fitted, seem to get rather warm during charging.

Overall, a decent Qi charger from LG, just somewhat expensive.

LG G3 – review – part 2


In the second part, I am looking at the hardware aesthetics, and how the overall design works or fails.

The first thing that strikes you is just how big this phone is but then it does have a 5.5 inch screen and this will never fit inside 4.5 inches! I have used a number of phablet devices including the Note 3 and other larger phones from including the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8.

So how does the G3 compare. For a start there is no getting away from the fact it is big and for some people it will always be huge. However, it is damn comfortable to hold in the hand due to 2 design decisions. First there are no hardware buttons on the side of the phone. These are moved to the rear. This means, the phone has hardly any bezels making the 5.5 inch screen size shrink into the smallest profile possible. Next, as the hardware buttons are on the rear, the phone has been an excellent curved back and even weight distribution making it comfortable to hold. Really comfortable actually.

The front side hides the notification LED, proximity sensor and front camera. The bottom has the the headset jack, slim HDMI port/micro usb and mic. The top includes the Infra Red blaster and mic. The back has the power button, main camera, volume keys, loudspeaker, dual tone flash and laser auto focus. Hidden beneath the rear back cover is the built in Qi charging and NFC point.
Another bonus is LG manufactured the G3 with a removable battery and expansion with a micro sd card up to 128gb.

So as I am using the 32gb storage, I can have a total of 160gb storage. Sounds like a dream machine :)

I will just mention one function which is selectable in the first setup. That is choosing the Home or Easy Home mode. I think LG really nailed the easy mode. Below are screen shots from both.

First up, easy mode -


I absolutely love this easy mode. It is tempting to leave the phone always in this mode, but ultimately I prefer more control so use the standard home mode as shown below -


Tomorrow, I will look further at the software setup, breaking it down in to manageable chunks and highlighting some of the key LG software tweaks.

But lets finish on a cute note. A photo of George, taken on the LG G3 in full auto.

LG G3 Premium Hard Case in Tan – review

The official LG G3 Premium Hard case arrived and is now fitted on my G3. It comes in minimal packaging and fits over the G3. Unlike some of the LG cases that replace the rear back cover, this one does not.


However, it is in reality a polycarbonate back cover case, finished in a tan finish. It is meant to mimic leather and from a distance it achieves this look. But it is plastic. However, it feels a little too smooth although it is slightly grippier than the standard phone but not by much.


Does it work with the LG official Qi Charger WCD-100? The answer is yes.

The hard case offers a good fit with access to all the cutouts but is it worth the typical selling price of £17.99. Honestly, I don’t think so as for that price there will probably be better options eventually.

LG G3 – Sample Photos

Below are some sample photos from the LG G3. Please allow a bit of time for the photos to load if on a slow connection.

St Bartholomew's Church , Lostwithiel, Cornwall, unedited - LG G3

House on a Rock with private bridge , Newquay, Cornwall

Seagull - Full Flight mode - LG G3

For more shots from the LG G3 camera be sure to keep checking my flickr album, which will grow over the coming weeks and months. https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157645618979801/ Currently there are 19 shots.

LG G3 – Review – Part 1


I have now had the LG G3 32gb/3gb version for nearly 2 weeks and in that time I have been using this phone exclusively. It certainly has been a different experience to that of any Samsung, Sony, HTC, Nokia and iPhone experience.

First up lets have a look at the official specs. Just a short note, I have the 32gb storage/3gb ram and not the 16gb storage/2gb ram version, so it is quite likely that the extra storage and 3gb ram have helped improve my overall experience with this phone.

Specifications –

- Networks 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600 / 2100
- SIM Type – Micro-SIM
- Dimensions – 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm
- Weight – 149 g
- DISPLAY – True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours,1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.5 inches 534 ppi p
- Protection – Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- MEMORY – Card slot microSD, up to 128 GB
- Internal – 16 GB, 2 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
- DATA GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
- EDGE Class 12
- Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 21 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
- WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
- Bluetooth – v4.0, A2DP, LE
- NFC – Yes
- Infrared port Yes
- USB microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort), USB On-the-go, USB Host
- CAMERA Primary 13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, phase detection/laser autofocus, optical image stabilisation, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
- Features 1/3” sensor size, simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR
- Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, optical stabilisation, HDR, stereo sound rec, Secondary 2.1 MP,1080p@30fps
- FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
- Chipset Qualcomm MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801
- CPU Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
- GPU Adreno 330
- Sensors – Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Messaging – SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
- Browser – HTML5
- Radio – Stereo FM radio with RDS (D855 model only)
- GPS – Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
- Java – Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
- Colours Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- SNS applications
- MP4/DviX/XviD/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- MP3/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+/WMA player
- Photo viewer/editor
- Document viewer
- Organizer
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
- BATTERY – Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 565 h (2G) / Up to 553 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 19 h (2G) / Up to 21 h (3G)

So those are the official specs. Now just one last point to highlight, I am reviewing the European D855 model.

Some of the standout features for me of the LG G3 are the Qi Wireless charging built in, Infra Red Blaster for controlling your TV etc, the comfortable design for holding in your hand, the 2.5k screen with 534 pixels per inch, the audio quality via headphones, overall well designed software and hardware integration, the simple effective camera and strong battery standby time.

I am going to work through over the next few days, maybe weeks, describing each aspect of this phone. I will say from the outset that I recommend you read the manual with the G3 next to you to make sure you understand all its unique features. I will also document some tricks not found in the manual as well.

Today, I will cover off the camera. It is a 13mp affair, with optical image stabilisation and comes with a laser auto focus system. LG have also provided a default easy mode. Just tap screen to focus and picture is taken instantly. And based on all the photos I have taken in all lighting conditions, I am really pleased with the G3′s overall photo quality. Lower light, night time, macro, people, dogs, bright light and more all have produced very acceptable images. So out of all the smartphones I have used this year, the G3 is my favourite smartphone camera. The G3 can snap panoramas up to 70mb in size which is far greater than the Samsung Galaxy S5.

So how simple is the LG G3 camera app? This simple, see below.

In this mode, you just tap the screen to focus and take your shot. Just in case anyone is wondering what is in the camera viewfinder, it is my finger over the lens, pressing the power button and volume down to take the screen shot. Lets say however, you prefer a more traditional layout. LG has you covered. See below.

To keep matters simple, LG has included only a few shooting modes as shown below. I will cover off each mode as well.


If you tap the settings icon, you have a few more options, but not many to choose from. These are HDR on/off/auto, MP size/aspect ratio, voice control, timer, grid lines and storage options.


The final screen shots shows you the various photo and video options, including 4K video recording and 120fps slow motion.


Lets look at some of the camera options in more detail. First up, the LG G3 has no hardware buttons on the sides. They are all on the rear of the phone, which are easy to adjust too. One of the options when the phone is off, is too long press the volume down key to launch the camera app. Selfies – these are easy to take, as all you need to do is raise your hand, clench into a fist and a countdown timer appears. Magic focus mode lets you change the focus after taking the shot (bokeh style). Only issue is once focus mode is selected and saved, you cannot re-edit the shot. Dual mode uses both the front and rear cameras at the same time. You will see your face in the shot in a little rectangular box which is moveable. Panoramic shots are fantastic with file sizes up to 70mp possible. You can use your voice to take a photo. Commands accepted are cheese, smile, whiskey, LG, and kimchi. For me kimchi worked the best.

The timer option gives you 3 or 10 seconds or off. The G3 has up to 8 times digital zoom. I found this works fairly well up to about 3-4 times zoom. Clearly not optical zoom but better than nothing. If you have recorded video at 4K, whilst in the LG video playback mode, go into settings and turn on screenshots. Now you can take photo stills of your video footage. This can be done at any resolution of video. The G3 also supports dual play over 2 screens using miracast or using the slim-HDMI port on the phone.

If you are shooting video, you can take photos at the same time. Whilst playing back your video, you can live zoom in to the video. In terms of picture quality, do keep looking back at the LG G3 flickr album which will increase over the next few weeks in content. Currently 19 shots. Flickr album link https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157645618979801/

But what if the LG G3 camera app is too simple. Well I have the Google Camera and A Better Camera app installed. It seems that LG have allowed access by Third Party camera apps to the manual options within the camera. As I have more time, I will test these apps further, but initial results over the last few weeks have been fine. But being honest, the G3 camera app just works really well for most shots, so this is getting used the most.

So I am sure you all want to know how does the G3 compare to other current top tier smartphones. Lets start with the Lumia 925 and 1020. Both the optics on these phones have the ability to take better quality shots but not all the time. They are let down by software and processor strengths. The G3 takes higher resolution shots than the HTC One M8, so it has the edge. The Z2 has the ability using manual settings to take some very good photos but in auto mode the G3 wins. However, the Z2 does have some snazzy camera modes but be warned it can get too hot so may shutdown the camera. The Samsung Galaxy S5 – if the weather is lovely bright sunshine and HDR is used or macro, then the S5 wins. However, the G3 shoots photos in all conditions, so really is the better option. G3 vs iPhone 5S. Winner here is the G3. It provides the iPhone’s simplistic user experience but with better quality photos. However, the iPhone 5S is no slouch, in fact it’s one of the strongest features of the phone.

I want to reserve my judgement on the G3 camera until I have had at least one month using it. I found with the Samsung S5 my shots improved considerably after 3-4 weeks as I was becoming very familiar with the software/hardware limits.

That’s all for now, but if you have any further questions on the camera please let me know.

Part 2 coming soon.

Other reviews incoming over the next few weeks

Apart from the LG G3, LG G3 official accessories , LG G Watch and an update on the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom reviews coming up next week, I also have a few other reviews on the horizon.

On the headphone front the AKG K845 are being reviewed. At the time of being reviewed they were compared head to head with the Sennheiser Momentums Over The Ears. Expect big surprises from these AKG cans.

Don’t forget to look at the accessories reviews sections for previous reviews on the Sony SBH80, Sony XBA-H1, Logitech UE 6000 and Audio Technica ATH-900x headphones. Click here to jump to accessories review page http://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/reviews-accessories/

This also includes reviews of other accessories, including Wearables from Pebble , Samsung and LG.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – The Final Part – Part 1

This is the final part of my review on the K Zoom. Final Part 1 since a newer firmware might change things for better or worse later on in the future.

In my last post http://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/why-the-samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-is-winning/ I mentioned the K Zoom was winning. It still is, but it no longer used as my main device/phone. This duty has moved to the amazing LG G3.

However, the K Zoom is still carried with me at all times. It compliments the LG G3 due to the optical zoom, xenon flash and wide angled lens, plus it runs android so connects to my G3 as easy as ABC.

Continuing the easy as ABC theme, because it runs android kitkat, you have a full feature Google Play app store at your disposal, along with the Samsung Camera and Studio Editing apps, with simplicity at the fore front.

For example, the camera has many modes and creative options. So if you are visiting a waterfall, just select waterfall mode. There are other modes like fireworks, indoor party, night, HDR, snow, sunset and so on and on. With all its modes, it makes it so easy to always capture that moment in front of you regardless of the conditions. It is not DSLR quality but at least I know I have never not been able to capture something. In fact I have used Shot and More mode, then the Drama selection many times and all to great success.

I even considered at one point changing the K Zoom for a dedicated compact zoom camera but there is nothing quite like the K Zoom. It is already fairly compact, has the advantage of android kitkat and if I so desired I could put my micro sim back into it and use it happily as a standalone smartphone.

However, at the moment, it is used as a connected camera and this shall be the case for the future months and years.