Reviews

Chris Maquardt and the iPhone 13 Pro

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1838

Chris joins Leo to talk about the new iPhone 13 Pro and how improvements in the camera have really changed photography with a mobile phone. The cinematic mode is particularly noteworthy for shooting video because you can pull or "rack" focus. That makes your videos look more like a cinematic movie.  Macro Mode is also a great new feature, allowing users to take pictures from up to 2CM away. The iPhone Pro also has a 3x telephoto lens. 

New iPhone 13 Gets Solid Reviews. However...

iPhone 13

Episode 1836

The reviews are in for the new iPhone 13, and they are largely favorable. However, the performance boost of the new A15 processor is really only about 10%. But the battery life is vastly improved and is probably the best feature of the new iPhone. Still, Leo says that we've probably reached the point where upgrading to the latest and greatest every time is really a waste of money. Only get a new phone when you absolutely need to. 

Leo Tests Repairable Laptop

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Episode 1825

Leo picked up a new Windows-based laptop this week that has something very interesting about it. It's repairable and upgradable. It's by Framework.  And Leo says he's a real fan of the approach. Nothing is glued in, and it's still completely solid in its construction. It also came plain with no operating system, so he can choose his own OS. And iFixit gives it a 10 out of 10 for repairability.

Scott Wilkinson: Ready to Party

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1780

Scott joins Leo to talk about a new pair of headphones he's been reviewing. The great thing about a good pair of headphones is that they take the room's acoustics completely out of the music experience. This pair is called the Focal Clear MG headphones. They're an open-back design, which allows the back wave sound to escape into the room without sacrificing sound quality. Scott says this provides for a neutral tonal value, and the sound is a bit creamier and brighter.

Scott Wilkinson and the Grado Headphones

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1772

Scott has a review of a new pair of headphones, the Grado GW 100 v2 Bluetooth Headphones. Grado has been making headphones since 1991 and the GW100 is their first wireless Bluetooth headphones. What's interesting about them is that they have Bluetooth, but not active noise cancellation. The choice was deliberate in order to focus on better quality sound. It's also a better quality experience with AAC and other codecs which are transmitted over Bluetooth 5. Battery life is about 40 hours, which is very impressive. The cost is about $250.

Scott Wilkinson and the High Priced Headphones

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1719

Scott joins Leo to talk about a pair of headphones he's been reviewing. They're called the Focale Stellia headphones and at $3000, they are easily the best sounding headphones he's ever used. The main word to describe them is CLARITY. These headphones are ideal for deep listening into complex mixes. The design "opens up" the recording and Leo mentions it gives each track or instrument some space to hear everything. But $3,000?! 

Read Scott's review in the link above.

Leo got the iPhone 11 Pro Max

 iPhone 11 Pro Max

Episode 1628

Leo bought Apple's most expensive iPhone, the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Leo says it's a work of art, and he also says it's largely future-proofed for the next two years. He also says that the biggest change is the odd three-camera array on the back, which looks like a missile launcher. But Leo says it takes really NICE pictures since Apple's camera app now lets you zoom while recording video and going between each lens.

Leo Got the Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Episode 1620

The phone is out now, in an inopportune time, with the new iPhone coming out in a few weeks, and Google's Pixl 4 coming soon. The Note 10+ has 12-hour battery life, and a three-lens camera - Telephoto, Medium, and very wide angle. It also has a lidar camera called "Time of Flight" that bounces radar off it to create a 3D model or image. 

What makes the Note 10 more interesting is the small stylus to write up notes with. You can even create the notes with the phone turned off. And it does a great job with handwriting recognition. It's almost flawless. 

Can iOS Live Up to the Power of the iPad Pro?

Apple iPad Pro

Episode 1540

Leo says that with its 8 core A12x Bionic Processor and 7 core GPU, the iPad Pro is indeed the computer of the future. It's more powerful than 92% of all laptops sold this year. But iOS is simply too underwhelming to take advantage of all that power. Things you should be able to do, like add an external hard drive or keyboard, you still can't. Sure, some creatives will be able to harness the power, but for most, you'll end up paying a ton of money for what amounts to an overpriced Netflix machine.