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From iPhone to Android and back again

22 Jan 2016
Julian - amaysim blogger

Julian R

amaysim's PR guy

When the iPhone 6S went on sale I thought I’d give Apple another chance.

I’ve just bought my first iPhone since 2010 – that’s right, the last time I owned an iPhone Lady Gaga was hitting up her local butcher for a dress. After the 3GS I had a string of Android devices. I loved them all for different reasons, whether it be screen size, speed, expandable storage, camera or charging speed. To be honest the one aspect of a smartphone I’ve never loved is battery life- so when the iPhone 6S went on sale I thought I’d give Apple another chance.

Battery life like on the iPhone 6S?

I tend to have a few apps running at any one time, like Strava and Spotify when I’m running, Facebook, emails pinging for updates and regular Instagram and Twitter sessions. I also watch a fair few surfing videos on Instagram, so am not surprised that it’s the main battery sucker, accounting for 19 per cent of my daily use, with Safari, Mail, Phone and Facebook rounding out the top five culprits battery draining in that order.

The battery doesn’t get me through a day, but I’ve never had a smartphone with a battery that does, so I’m resigned to the fact that multi-tasking and constant use means mid-day battery pit-stops. Unless I pick up Apple’s iPhone Smart Battery Case. On the data front, I’m still going through the same amount – about 1GB a week of my UNLIMITED 55GB plan.

Screen quality

The iPhone 6S Plus is waaaaaaaay too big for me even though I tend to read lots of documents on my phone, because I like to run holding my smartphone and think jeans should come in two fits – skinny or spray-on. That said the screen on the iPhone 6S has great resolution and is pretty user-friendly for reading documents, watching videos and scrolling through news feeds.

Photos with video at the beginning – what is this madness?!

One of the coolest features of the iPhone 6S is the awesome Live Photo feature where you see a lightning-quick piece of video when you open pics taken on the phone. For instance, if I take a photo of someone while they’re turning towards me, I’ll see a snippet of their head turning before it freezes into a still pic. It’s kinda like the cool, moving newspaper photos in Harry Potter.

Body and design

The body, while ultra-slim, feels solid and sleek, more-so than my last few phones. That said, I’ve still got it in a sturdy case to survive those jogs where a flying leap up a staircase or slip in the rain goes wrong. Even so, it feels like a solid yet light piece of kit.

Am I happy with my transition?

After a few years on one operating system, it does feel like a nice change. The sturdiness is awesome, camera function rocks and it’s a svelte product. I pine for the flick-down Android home screen function and back button though, so it’s a matter of trade-offs. That said, all up I’m happy with the purchase. Will I switch back to Android? Maybe further down the track, we’ll just have to see what Android come out with next.

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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.