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Does the iPhone X live up to the hype?

16 Apr 2018


amaysim's tech geek

Does the iPhone X live up to the hype?

Aussies have been scrambling to get their hands on the iPhone X – but does it deserve the hype, or has this latest Apple flagship got us all fooled?

Like most things Apple does nowadays, the iPhone X is proving to be divisive. Released to mark the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary (feel old yet?), there was so much fuss around this new model when it released last November that it was bound to fall short of some expectations.

That’s not to say the iPhone X hasn’t made a splash. Its flashy new features have impressed plenty of people, causing Apple stores all over the world to sell out of stock. Before spending your hard-earned cash on a phone you’re unsure about, check out my thoughts on the iPhone X and some if it's standout features.

dat display

The iPhone X’s most eye-catching feature is its edge-to-edge screen. All that smooth glass and high-definition colour make it one of the prettiest mobile devices on the market. Measuring 5.8 inches diagonally, the display also comes with rounded corners, a fingerprint-resistant coating, and impressive pixel resolution.

Of course, iPhone screens aren’t known for being bulletproof. Even though Apple insists the iPhone X has the strongest glass ever featured in a smartphone, this big and beautiful display can still smash if you’re not careful with it. But if you don’t mind having a minor heart attack every time you drop your phone, the iPhone X’s edge-to-edge screen will have you mesmerised.

face recognition feature

Not to be melodramatic, but the future really has arrived. If you thought your old iPhone’s touch ID was cool, you might just lose your mind at the iPhone X’s facial recognition feature. Thanks to the new “TrueDepth camera system”, you can unlock your iPhone X simply by looking at it, even in the dark.

Using infrared sensors, this feature measures your face to create a completely personalised unlocking system. If you’re worried about security, the chances that someone other than yourself will be able to unlock your phone are extremely low (unless you have an identical twin).

the ultimate selfie camera

The iPhone X’s camera is all about capturing depth perception and the richness of colours. Featuring a wide-angled lens and optical zoom, both the rear and front-facing cameras are capable of taking quality photos. To really make the most of your selfies, use Portrait Mode to capture your good side every time. Designed to take professional-quality shots, Portrait Mode uses artistically blurred backgrounds and high-tech lighting effects to ensure your photos are quite literally #lit.

RIP home button

Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away – the home button, that is. If you thought this feature was safe from extinction, think again. Along with the headphone jack, the iPhone’s home button has been put out to pasture, leaving long-time users feeling a little bamboozled.

Instead of hitting the home button to exit an app, users need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen. It sounds simple enough, but this feature takes some getting used to.

clunky size

Even though the iPhone has changed size and shape plenty of times over the years, it’s always been easy enough to hold in the palm of one hand while using your thumb to type.

The iPhone X’s new dimensions are proving to be slightly problematic. Since the phone relies so heavily on precise swiping motions, people with smaller hands may struggle to get the reach they need. It doesn’t make using the phone impossible, just slightly more difficult.

Still feeling conflicted over the iPhone X? We wouldn’t say it’s perfect, but it’s not hard to see why this phone is so sought after. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference.


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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.