New phone and Laptop... CleanMPG updates could be a few more days.

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Flew into Chicago to attend the MAMA Spring Rally where some saw me post about the Civic Hatch's last drive, the Ioniq's first drive, and the Ioniq's drive back.

    My LG G4's AT&T service was discontinued and the S5 was not going to handle what I do with these phones. I picked up an S8 for my mom and an S8+ on the T-Mobile network for me through a BOGO free deal on Samsung's website. $475 ea. after tax. I wasted a day to get that back as I wanted.

    Samsung Galaxy S8+ Base Specs

    [​IMG]Height/Width/Thickness: 6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32 in -- Weight: 6.10 oz
    Corning Gorilla Glass 5
    IP68 certified - dust/water proof over 5 ft and 30 minutes submerged
    Display: Super AMOLED cap touchscreen, 16M colors
    Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels (~529 ppi pixel density)

    OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat)

    Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
    CPU: Octa-core 4x2.35 GHz Kryo
    GPU: Adreno 540
    Memory: microSD up to 256 GB
    Internal Memory: 64 GB storage, 4 GB RAM operating
    Camera: Primary Rear - 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash
    Camera Features: 1/2.5" sensor size, 1.4 ┬Ám pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
    Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
    Secondary Front: 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR

    Sound: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
    Loudspeaker: Yes
    3.5mm jack - 32-bit/384kHz audio w/ active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

    Comms: WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
    Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX

    USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

    Sensors: Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

    Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM

    Battery: Non-removable 3500 mAh battery Li-Ion

    It is fast, the display and screen res are excellent, the battery life is easily more than double my LGs and older S5, and the camera is pretty good in all but the lowest light. I am still exploring the camera capability. I wish it were a little wider. The height and aspect are goofy with the 5.2 to 5.4" phone like width and tall 6.2" height display,

    The night I got back from the MAMA Spring Rally, my year and a half old Toshiba laptop failed to boot??? And I have everything on it as I am in IL at my parents home!!!

    A few quick searches and I found an HP 17-X116DX for just $399 and open box for $351 at BestBuy through the Memorial Day weekend. I picked up the open box for $370 incl tax which I am typing up my first post on now.


    Its basic specs look like this:

    LED backlit 1600 x 900 17.3" display
    7th Gen Intel i5-7200U CPU
    8GB DDR4
    1TB 5400 RPM HD
    Intel Onboard HD Graphics 620
    Wi-Fi: B, G, and N.

    Built-in stereo speakers

    Dimensions: 16.5x11.0x0.98 in and a somewhat heavy 5.84 lbs.

    1 USB 3.1 port and (2) USB 2.0 ports
    HDMI output

    Built-in SD and MMC memory card inputs
    Built-in HD webcam with mic
    Non-backlit keyboard with 10-key numeric keypad
    DVD/CD burner incl. DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW. No BluRay however.
    Mic-in/headphone-out combo jack

    I ordered a 2.5" Laptop SATA to USB 3.0 drive converter and enclosure ($9.95 from Amazon) in order to pull off my programs, pics, and data from the Toshiba's 750 GB drive and it is supposed to arrive tomorrow. Monday, Memorial Day through Amazon Prime? We will see about that.

    I wish the keyboard was back lit but it is much faster reacting than my older 5th gen i3 w/ 6 GBs of RAM.

    In any case, once I get the Toshiba's HD data on the HP, I can get back to work.

    Tonight after midnight, just a few minutes from now, I am going out to collect data from the Ioniq for the steady states. Without MS Office and graphics programs until at least tomorrow, the graph(s) may have to wait a bit. :(

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  2. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I thought of April Fool's Day as I read the cell phone specs, but it is real! Pretty amazing and great price since you needed the service anyway. Congrats and enjoy.
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Bill:

    Even crazier is that Amazon delivered the 2.5" drive to USB 3.0 box through the USPS today. I had no idea the USPS could deliver anything on the Memorial Day Holiday? The last 3 hours have seen 75 percent of a 690 GBs being transferred to the new laptop. I might be back in business by tonight.

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  4. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I love the two-day fulfilment often via USPS and even Sundays, and apparently on holidays. I just hope the USPS employees are okay with it.
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  5. DaveJ

    DaveJ Well-Known Member

    Congrats or condolences on the new tech. On the camera,depending on what you are shooting, the panorama feature can make it as wide as you want. Also, I think you can set the ratio to 4:3, 16:9, 1:1 if it is like my S7.
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  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Dave:

    While I am watching 10 years and 100s of thousands of e-mails being downloaded and synched in Outlook 2016, I will play around a bit more inside the S8+. I was so used to the manual controls of the LG G4 and it appears most are in the S8/S8+ as well. Just different locations. Oh how I wish Samsung used an LG like interface for other things. It is turning many 1 tap ops into two and three tap ops. I just have to get used it it more than likely because it is not an S5 either. :)

  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    A few shots from the S8+ yesterday.

    2017 Hyundai Ioniq

    Short visit to a Best Buy in Milwaukee, WI as my local Best Buys were ll sold out.

    $371 later...​

  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    HI All:

    Still trying to get my laptop back to exactly the way it was before - Win10 conflicts w/ older programs - but at least Samsung supplied the BOGO rebate this morning. :)
    All in, $850 for the S8+, $750 for the S8, $100 tax, and $750 back for a grand total of $950 for two halo phones. A bit over my planned Comms budget for 2017 but hopefully worth it.

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