Cellphones have gone a long way from just performing basic communication tasks. It has been able to keep up with human beings’ evolution, well, technology-wise.
We have gone far from using our mobile phones as just a tool for placing a call or sending a text message.
Phones multitask because the human race has evolved into a specie that has the capacity to do several activities simultaneously.
Mobile phone managed to add new tasks it could also do apart from worki g as a plain phone.
The ability to be a camera revolutionaized the way we use cellphones.
Taking photographs became accessible to everyone.
And with this, we became image obssessed. Photography is the easiest form of documentation today.
And in the Instagram and Facebook age photos is the proof that an event rrally occured.
That’s why having a phone work as a camera as well is a win-win situation for everyone.
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Recently, mobile communications technology developer and manufacturer LG released its very first waterproof mobile phone, the LG G6. After the very impressive LG G5 which sports a very capable camera that boasts of wide angle lens on the front and rear cameras, LG G6 surprised with its waterproof feature.
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It sounds amazing! Tempting, even.
But, come on, who actually has the guts to dip their phone in water?
Although we think it is reasonably priced at PHP34,990 (but as of this posting it is currently on sale at PHP29,990) it is still some amount od money. And besides, no one would really risk wrecking a brandnew phone, right?
But I just can’t help it! I love SCUBA diving! So, I thought it would nice to bring the LG G6 with me to a SCUBA Diving weekend in Anilao, Batangas.
The phone’s waterproof specs is limited to a meter so I couldn’t bring it to the actual dive which lasts 40 mins to an hour at a max depth of 18 meters, as specified by my Open Water SCUBA Diving certification.
I used the LG G6 on the surface in between the two dives I did one Sunday in July. I also took time to play and swim along shore of Anilao just by the breakwater of my favorite resort, Haybols Scuba Hub.
At first dip, I had to take time to figure out how shoot photos underwater.
I realized I cannot tap the shutter on the screen when it is wet or submerged in water. The screen could not recognize the taps.
When underwater, the “decrease volume” button at the left side of the phone must be used as the shutter button.
The photos and videos are pretty decent. It exceeded my expectations. It’s good enough if you love being in the water and you want snapshots by the beach or at the surface of the water.
If you love snorkeling this phone can come in handy.
But of course it is not built for rugged use. An action camera is still your best bet if you are an amateur photography enthusiast who wants to take photos in deep waters.
If you want to document water activities but have no intetion to get an action camera this multitasking phone will work for you.
I took as much photos as I can. And after reviewing all the shots me and my dive buddies took I noriced the LG G6 can improve on color correction. Photos taken underwater always tend to lean towards green hues.
But there are many downloadable post-processing apps to fix colors. It would be nice if a red lens attachment can be placed in the phone’s lens.
All in all it was fun using the cellphone underwater as a camera!
After getting out of the water the phone is drained. I patted the phone with a towel. And plugged it in to charge but its auto charging block mode stopped the charging because the phone is not yet fully dry.
I had to wait 3 hours for the phone to completely dry before I could charge it.
The LG G6 is a spectacular phone on land and underwater. It did not disappoint.
However, a diver who goes deep into the sea would love a deeper depth limitation.
But for the price and the performance of the phone the LG G6’s underwater capabilities is its best asset.
- Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
- Adreno 530 graphics
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal memory, expandable via microSD up to 256GB
- 5.7-inch Quad HD IPS LCD display (2560 x 1440 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass
- IP68 certified – water and dust proof for 1 meter and 30 minutes
- Dual 13 megapixel (f/1.8 aperture, 3-axis OIS) + 13 megapixel (f/2.4 aperture) with laser autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner, USB Type C, NFC
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- 3,300 mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0
- Android 7.0 Nougat with LG UX 6.0