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LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen review: For $700, better productivity than the Galaxy Fold

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LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen review: For $700, better productivity than the Galaxy Fold

While Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is pushing technology forward, LG offers up an inexpensive 2 screen device that’s higher for productivity than the Fold.

The flexibility to use the LG G8X as a standard Android phone with one screen is a benefit too.

While Samsung is pushing innovation with the Galaxy Fold, it is very expensive at $2,000, and despite the large 7.3-inch display, the dual app experience is definitely compromised by screen size. For the past week, I’ve been testing out the LG G8X ThinQ with its LG Dual Screen cover, and it clearly offers a platform that is much better for productivity at a price that is even less than flagships from Apple, Samsung, and others.

Rather than focusing on gimmicks this time, as it did with Air Motion on the G8, LG is heavily promoting the LG Dual Screen cover experience, which is a great approach since that is the standout feature of this device and is improved over what was offered in the LG V50 ThinQ device. In addition, you still get LG’s Quad DAC audio, MIL-STD 810G shock resistance, Google Assistant key with LG specific functions, and capable video recording features. A microSD card and 3.5mm audio socket are also found on this phone

See also LG V50 ThinQ 5G review: A dual-display 5G flagship

At the MSRP of $699.99, it’s tough not to at least consider the LG G8X.

The OnePlus seven professional is priced during this vary, along with the Apple iPhone 11, but the Dual Screen cover offers a lot for multi-taskers and is not something

that has to be attached at all times.

LG G8X THINQ SPECIFICATIONS

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Display: 6.4-inch, 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution OLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio (403 PPI)
  • Operating system: mechanical man nine.0 Pie with LG UX 9.0 UI
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128 internal with microSD expansion card slot
  • Cameras: 13MP super-wide (136 degrees) f/2.4 and 12MP rear f/1.8 cameras. 32MP f/1.9 front-facing camera.
  • Water resistance: IP68 water and dust rating
  • Shock resistance: MIL-STD 810G
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, FM radio
  • Battery: 4,000mAh non-removable with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • Dimensions: 159.3 x 75.8 x 8.4mm and 192g
  • Color: Aurora Black

For the first time, we see LG going without a rear capacitive fingerprint sensor.

Instead, it places one below the show with optical technology.

The LG G8X has dual stereo speakers and that lovely 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC that LG is known for so audiophiles will love this phone.

The dual rear cameras are flush-mounted and are aligned horizontally on the G8.

It has mechanical man nine Pie out of the box with the Gregorian calendar month 2019 security update thus it’s current at launch.

LG DUAL SCREEN SPECIFICATIONS

  • Display: 6.4-inch, 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution OLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio (403 PPI)
  • Outside cover display: 2.1-inch mono
  • Hinge: 360 free stop
  • Dimensions: 165.96 x 84.63 x 14.99mm and 134g
  • Color: Aurora Black

The LG G8X ThinQ has a gorgeous OLED screen with a small teardrop notch for the front-facing camera. Something new for LG is an in-display fingerprint sensor. It’s an optical one, so it has been performing well — better than the ultrasonic one on new Samsung phones.

A 4,000mAh battery gets me through a full busy day, but heavy usage of the Dual Screen cover will burn through battery life at a pretty quick pace. I still made it through the day but developed battery anxiety with constant use of both screens. Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging and wireless charging are also present so battery life should not be a concern with the G8X.

LG was the first to launch dual cameras with an ultra-wide-angle lens and it continues with a dual-camera setup on the back. The ultra-wide-angle lens is a bit wider than we have seen on previous LG devices with the field-of-view going from 107 to 136 degrees. There has been some disappointment with Google’s move to using a telephoto lens for its second camera, so this setup may please folks who prefer ultra-wide-angle photography.

One aspect of this rear camera setup that differs from others is that these two cameras are designed so there is no protrusion from the rear and the back glass panel also serves to cover the camera lenses. The cameras are centered in the upper third of the phone.

While nearly every flagship today has some level of dust and water resistance, an IP rating, LG is the only one that continues to design and certify that its phones meet some level of drop/shock resistance. This capability is often overlooked, but the MIL-STD 810G certification of the G8X is something to seriously consider when you are in the market for a new smartphone. It also has a high-level IP68 rating so it is ready to go with you in the field.

LG is also one of the rare brands to continue to offer microSD expansion card support and a standard 3.5mm audio socket. It makes it even further with an integrated 32-bit Quad DAC so that you get an optimal audio experience when plugging in a headset.

LG also supports enjoyable audio playback through the speakers on the phone itself with the top speaker appearing at the very edge above the front-facing camera. The front-facing camera is incorporated into a teardrop design and sports 32 megapixels.

A dedicated Google Assistant button is on the left side with two volume buttons while a single power button is on the right. The microSD card/SIM cardholder is at the top of the phone. The second speaker, headphone jack, and USB-C port are all on the bottom of the G8X.

SOFTWARE

Android 9 Pie is installed by default with the Sept. 1, 2019, Android security patch. LG doesn’t have a great record for updates, but even more important than the major software versions is the monthly Android security updates. Let’s hope that LG improves in this area as it offers a very affordable, compelling phone with a capable dual-screen approach.

LG has worked to improve its UX a bit with the layout changing to a card type menu system, colors, and icons being refreshed, and grouping options and icons into a more intuitive arrangement. Tabs have been moved down to the bottom to be more reachable and user-friendly, too.

Out of the box, the G8X comes with the home screen set like the iPhone with all apps present on the home screen. Your Google Discover page is also an option as a home screen panel, which I find useful and use on every Android device I can find that supports this.

As an Android traditionalist, I prefer the home and app drawer setup so quickly switched to this layout. The problem here is that the app drawer continues to be a disappointment. In the app drawer, LG provides a couple of select folders and then app shortcuts are placed one after the other as they are installed. There are a few menu options for organizing apps — but even if you select alphabetically, that only applies to that moment. Apps installed after accessing the menu appear back in installed order, so you have to reorganize again. It’s pretty terrible that you have to so actively manage the app drawer and I look forward to the day LG updates this area of the OS.

Just like Samsung, LG provides some duplicate apps in addition to what is provided within Android.

I like a number of these over what Google offers, such as email (excellent for Exchange accounts), FM radio, file manager, and gallery.

However, the rest of the apps seem to offer more confusion than utility, especially when these apps are then updated via LG SmartWorld rather than the Google Play Store. These apps include; QuickMemo+, calendar, music, LG Health, and messaging.

Unfortunately, I tested the AT&T version that comes installed with AT&T Call Protect, AT&T apps, AT&T Mobile Security, AT&T Secure Family, AT&T ProTech, AT&T Smart Wi-Fi, DriveMode, Device Help, Setup & Transfer, Visual Voicemail, DIRECTV Remote, AT&T TV, DIRECTV, CNN, Bleacher Report, B/R Live, and various games. Some of these can be uninstalled, but the rest can only be hidden from view and are still taking up device storage.

The camera application is handy with an easy interface the same as what we have a tendency to see on the iPhone and different trendy golem smartphones.

Auto mode launches by default with bottom swipe options including studio, portrait, auto, manual camera, and more. More options include slo-mo, manual video, panorama, flash jump-cut, night view, YouTube Live, and AR stickers.

You can add, remove, move around on a lot of pages, or move these choices into the mode slider.

Cine video, cine shot, food, and more utilities are also available to download and use with the camera.

Icons appear on the right side of the viewfinder to switch between the two rear cameras or you can pinch and zoom to move between the wide-angle and standard cameras. Four options are present on the left side of the viewfinder that provides access to general camera settings (Google Lens suggestions, HDR, live photo, grid, and more), filters, a flash toggle, and timer settings.

DUAL SCREEN OPTIMIZATION AND USE CASES

While the LG G8X is a solid smartphone by itself, the real power comes with the full package that includes the LG Dual Screen cover. There is a Dual-Screen utility that appears on the right edge of the primary display to give you the following options: Swap screens, show main on dual-screen, show dual screen on main, but the main screen to sleep, wide view, and turn off the dual-screen.

Some apps have been optimized for the Dual Screen experience, as well as interesting use cases with the cover in place. Some examples include:

  • Text entry: Open up an app like Google Docs or Google Keep where a cursor appears in the app and then the bottom display will turn into a keyboard for mini QWERTY keyboard entry. I prefer to have the keyboard appear on the main display since it is heavier and will balance out the vertical second display best.
  • Wide-screen view: While there is an option to have the application you are using appear across both displays at once, I haven’t yet found much utility in this mode because it’s just too hard to ignore the large hinge and separation between the two displays.
  • Gaming: LG provides the ability to set up a custom game controller on one display, or use a default one, and then have gameplay appear on the upper display, when in landscape orientation. One aspect of gaming on phones that bothers me when playing first-person shooters and other action games is having to use your fingers on the display to control play. Having a separate display for this is a great option, while a physical controller would still be the best.
  • Watch and work: If you can multi-task, then it is fun to have a movie playing on one screen while you work on the other screen.
  • Shop and chat: I detest going to the grocery store, but I’ll do it for my wife if she gives me a list. I have shopped with the list in Google Keep on one side and messages open on the other to get updates from my wife while I’m in the store.
  • Watch a ball game and check stats: Given that we are in the final days of the World Series, you can watch a game on one screen while checking stats in the browser on another display.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The LG G8X ThinQ is available from B&H, AT&T, and Sprint for an MSRP of $699.99.

The LG twin Screen cowl is enclosed by most sellers too.

For the lowest price, consider purchasing it from B&H Photo Video as it also comes unlocked without all of the extra carrier bloatware.

The AT&T price for this phone is $779.99. Sprint will sell it for $15/month (after a $16.21/month credit) with an 18-month lease obligation.

DAILY EXPERIENCES AND CONCLUSIONS

It’s nice to see LG address a couple of the cons that ZDNet’s Sandra Vogel listed in her full review. She mentioned lower resolution on the second screen and a poor speaker, but we now have the same resolution on both screens and solid stereo speakers. The resolution on the primary display has been lowered to match the second display, but at 403ppi, I doubt anyone will notice while the slightly better battery life may be worth the change in resolution.

LG has always come in at a launch price a bit lower than others, but this year it is trying to compete with a price hundreds less than comparable flagship phones. Also, users get a dual-screen experience that helps take productivity and efficiency to the next level.

If you want a phone that can stand up to the elements, brings an interesting experience with a second display, and doesn’t break the bank, then you should seriously consider the LG G8X ThinQ.

Initial testing of the camera reveals it is solid, but may not be quite as good as what we see from Google, Samsung, and Apple. This is one area I could not fully test in a week though so I’ll continue to use it and see how it works out.

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Do I need a VPN for my Android smartphone?

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Do I need a VPN for my Android smartphone?

Most people use a virtual private network (VPN) to safely browse the internet while they are away from home. This allows you to bypass restrictions on region-specific content and websites. So, this is maybe something you also want to use on your smartphone.

There are several scenarios in which you could use a VPN, for example if you are connecting to a public (and unsecured) Wi-Fi network.

Of course, it sometimes happens that you do not have a laptop available, but you do carry a smartphone with you. In these cases, you can consider downloading an android VPN app for your mobile device.

Is it wise to download a VPN app?

The main reason for installing a VPN app on your Android device is internet security. If you use a Wi-Fi connection a lot, for example in the catering industry or on a holiday abroad, it is certainly advisable to use a VPN.

Public connections

Do you often connect to public Wi-Fi networks via your Android phone? It is wise to think about securing your data. There is so much information stored on your phone, from online account login credentials to personal financial information. Therefore, some extra security is always a good move.

A VPN ensures that your data is encrypted and nearly impossible for third parties to access, even if you are logged into a public network with questionable security features. This means, you couldn’t get closer to real online anonymity.

Which VPN app is a good option for my Android device?

There are a lot of VPN providers. Of course, you want a service where the developers have thought carefully about how smoothly the VPN service should work on your Android device.

NordVPN is extremely popular and has more than ten million downloads worldwide. The app contains almost all the features you would expect from a good VPN and is also very focused on security and privacy.

The ‘Double VPN’ technology offers an extra layer of security by sending your connection over two separate VPN servers. NordVPN also offers a zero logs policy. This means that your data will not be stored by the company.

Not unimportantly, the NordVPN app has an automatic kill switch. This means that access to the web with your device is immediately lost if the VPN connection is accidentally lost.

NordVPN is very user-friendly. If you connect to a Wi-Fi network, a connection is automatically made with the app. NordVPN also has good performance when it comes to speed and it offers a 24/7 live chat option.

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Use Google Docs to Edit and Share Documents in the Cloud

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What is Google Docs?

Google Docs is Google’s version of a word processing system that is completely cloud-based. Google offers this product for free to anyone with one of the slowest Internet connections. It works great with Google’s hard drive too, as you can imagine. Google Docs also has very strong sharing and workgroup features that make it easy to team up with others. Even if those people are on the other side of the world.

Google Docs is a simple word processor and spreadsheet that allows the creation and editing of documents. These documents are stored in the cloud (ie online) and can only be accessed with an Internet connection.

In Google Docs, documents can be shared with other users and allows editing by those who share such access to the document. It is only necessary to have a gmail account to use this service.

Google Docs Features:

It’s free

One of the advantages of Google Docs is that it does not have any type of cost, and at the moment it does not include advertising.

No installation

Google Docs does not require the installation of any specific program. It is only necessary to subscribe to the service and have an internet connection.

Information availability

With Google Docs, all documents are stored on Google’s servers. This allows users not to have to save documents on storage devices (USB, hard drives, CDs, pen drives, etc.)

Less use of computer resources

By not storing the information within the memory of the computer, it saves a lot of space.

Frequent updates

Google Docs is constantly updated to improve functionality and correct stability errors. These updates do not depend on the user, nor should the user perform any type of action, as they are automatic.

Compatibility

Documents saved in Google Docs can be easily and easily exported and downloaded.

Group work

Since Google Docs allows one or more users to work on the same document, it facilitates teamwork at the student or professional level.

File organization

Google Docs has a methodology for organizing documents and dividing them into folders for easy use. Some of its functions include the ability to create folders, share documents (or hide them), highlight certain documents, etc.

File import

This word processor in the cloud allows you to import text files from any computer as long as it is prepared by Microsoft Office or Open Office.

Change notifications

In Google Docs you can create alerts through which if one of the users makes a change to a document, then the rest are notified. You can also create notification rules.

HOW TO ADD AN IMAGE BEHIND YOUR TEXT IN GOOGLE DOCS

One of those features that people wish had is the ability to add google docs background image.

USING GOOGLE DOCS

The first method of making the list is to use Microsoft Word to get the job done and then import the file into Google Docs. Of course, this requires you to have access to Word in some form, be it a copy of Word or an Office Online subscription. If you don’t have one of those at your disposal, then you won’t be able to use this method.

1. You want to start making the document in Google Docs with all the text and whatever else you want the final document to have

2. After having made your document in Docs, you need to make a new Word document in your version of the program

3. Next, copy the content of your Google Docs document and paste it into the new Word document

4. You can also save the Google Docs file as a .docx file, which may actually work better, just by clicking

5. If you choose this way, you will open the .docx file in Word

6. Select Insert, then Image from the toolbar at the top of the page

7. Now, choose your image in the file dialog and then choose Insert

8. You should see the image you chose in the Word document now

9. The next step is to right click on the image and choose Wrap Text and then In Front of Text

10. You have to do it because Google Docs does not support the text option behind the page

11. Now, save the Word file and close the program

12. You have to go back to Google Docs and click on File, and Open

13. Next, you will choose the Upload option and choose the file that you just saved in Word

14. You will then select Image Options to open the image options menu

15. In this window you need to move the Transparency slider to make the image more transparent so that you can see the text under it, and there you have it

BUT WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF USING GOOGLE DOCS?

ADVANTAGE

You can create documents online and share it with your friends.

You can select who to share your documents with and restrict access by giving them some permissions that the application allows you to do, such as: only view, only comment or only edit documents in Google.

You will not worry about saving the document every moment, since in Google Docs the documents are saved automatically, you only need to assign a name and that’s it.

It has a wide variety of add-ons to install for free, which can facilitate the development of some tasks that you want to insert into your document. For example, you can install a plugin that allows you to insert equations and diagrams making work much easier, as well as these there are many other plugins that will help you save time.

DISADVANTAGES

To make use of Google Docs or Google documents as it is called in Spanish, you must have a Gmail account that allows you to access the Google Drive service within your Google account.

Google Docs tools are basic if we compare it with the Microsoft Word program, which are more complete.

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Best laptops to choose for Professional Bloggers

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Best laptops to choose for Professional Bloggers

Professional Bloggers

Introduction 

Blogging or content creation has become very popular these days. If you are into blogging or creating content, then this article might be useful for you. As a blogger, a lot of research is required on the topic, Photoshop is done for editing photos and videos, and all this requires a machine that can handle these tasks quickly and with efficiency. There are many gadgets that a blogger needs, one of which is a laptop, which can make these things pretty simple and easy for you. A good laptop with great features can make your content super attractive and creative. Here we will be listing some best laptops which can come in handy and be useful for professional bloggers.

What to look for while buying a laptop from a blogger’s point of view?

The list has been compiled by taking into consideration such factors as-

  1. Battery life 
  2. Screen resolution
  3. Comfortable keyboard 
  4. Compact and easy to handle laptop design 
  5. Processor /RAM
  6. Connectivity 

Best laptops for professional bloggers

Let’s look at some of the best laptops available in the market which can be used by professional bloggers.

  1. MacBook Pro – Apple’s MacBook Pro with a 15-inch display screen is suitable for working for long hours. It has slim edges and a lightweight aluminum chassis. It has four USB ports and a headphone jack. It also has the feature of a Touch Bar, which replaces the standard keys. It has also led options in it and can be changed depending on the person’s app. The display has vibrant colors and high accuracy. The music system of the laptop is also excellent. It has deep bass and crunchy trebles. The keyboard is very comfortable and pressure-sensitive. It has no actual buttons like the standard keyboard. It has an i7 core CPU and is excellent with multitasking. It has a RAM of 16 GB and copying files is relatively very fast. It also has the features of graphic and light gaming. The battery backup is also good. It can last up to 10 hours with continuous Wifi connectivity. It is ideal for traveling because of its compact size—all in all; it makes for one of the best buys for professional blogging.
  1. Dell XPS-15 – the laptop is sturdy and has a silver aluminum lid, a backlit keyboard, and a battery status indicator. It has USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt 3 port, a headphone/mic jack, an HDMI output, a Kensington lock slot, and an SD card reader. It has a biometric reader at the bottom of the keyboard. The display is 15.6 inches with vibrant colors and accuracy. The keyboard is spacious, and it supports the precision gestures of Windows 10. The laptop offers clear and loud audio. It has 16 GB RAM and Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU. The battery backup lasts for about 8 hours and is ideal for light gaming. It also has features like Support Assist and Premier Color. 
  1. MacBook Air 2017 – the laptop has a 13-inch display with a stunning silver design and weighs 2.96 pounds. It has features like a headphone jack, two USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC card slot, two mics, a Thunderbolt 2 port, 2 USB-A, and a MagSafe two power port. It has a resolution of 1440×900 with vivid and bright colors. It has a high speed of 1.8 GHz and 8 GB RAM. Wireless connections are also available through 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. It has a 720p webcam and is ideal for content writers.
  1. Lenovo ThinkPad T460 – the laptop looks classy with its Matt black chassis and has a stunning 14-inch display that weighs 3.8 pounds. It has excellent features like three USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, an HDMI output, an Ethernet jack, an SD card reader, a SmartCard reader, a SIM card slot, a mini DisplayPort, and a Kensington lock slot. The keyboard is split resistant and has a key with lots of travel. It is excellent for audio and video conferencing. It also has the features of Dolby Audio software that allows you to control the equalizer. It has a removable high capacity battery. This is an ideal buy for professional bloggers.
  1. HP Notebook 15 – this is a budget-friendly option with some stunning features. It has a sparkling diamond textured pattern and is available in many colors like silver, red, blue, white, and purple. It has a 1080p resolution display and has 2 USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, an Ethernet jack, and an SD card slot. It comes with an Intel Core i5-6200U CPU, 1TB hard drive, and 8GB RAM. It has a battery life of about 5 hours and has 25GB of Dropbox storage for 12 months. It has Chiclet-style keys with 1.1 mm of travel. 

A good laptop with great features can make your content super attractive and creative like you get on a site like doe. Here we will be listing some best laptops which can come in handy and be useful for professional bloggers.

Conclusion 

The laptops listed above are some of the best buys for professional blogging. Not only do they have good battery life and storage but also a good screen resolution and hence, even if you are a travel blogger who realized that you would want to write while you are right in the middle of a forest- it will serve the purpose!

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