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amaysim's guide to buying a smartphone in 2016

14 Apr 2016
Peter - amaysim blogger


amaysim's Head of IT Operations

With so many good phones around, I know it can be hard to get your head around the subtle differences. But, the most important difference when choosing a smartphone is you. So, let’s get your handset choice, handled.

The Tech Lover

These are my people. If you like your phone to look good and perform even better, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is for you. It’s a tech lover’s Picasso – a work of art. The slim design and high-resolution big screen are stunning but it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

The incredibly fast processors and 4GB of RAM keep the phone running smoothly even while you’re jumping between apps and using it at full capacity. Samsung has made this phone not just fast but also functional. With long battery life, great shortcuts, smart pay technology, and a very cool operating system – what’s not to love?

The Front Runner

You suffer from smartphone FOMO. You want to be the first to get the newest apps, tech or software update. The iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus make sure you can do just that. Trust me, with Apple you’ll never miss out on the latest Uber update or the new taco emoji - you’ll get all the good stuff, the day it’s released.

But it’s not just fun and games. The both models have 3D touch, a 4-megapixel camera, the ability to take 4K video and the most advanced chip ever placed in a smartphone. If you want to be ahead of the pack, either of these is for you.

The Social Butterfly

The iPhone SE has got all the important stuff. Like a speedy processor, 12 megapixel camera, the A9 smart chip and it comes in the perfect palm size package –making it the ideal handset for those who like to get social.

Snap hard-to-get one handed #selfies like a pro and then use the 4G connectivity to post it on Instagram ASAP. Slip it in your back pocket as you party on or keep it with you on your daily adventures, it’s small enough to always keep close at hand (or in your hand) so you can always stay connected. With this powerful little package, you never have to worry about missing a moment.

The Infrequent User

Your phone is important but never as important as what’s going on right in front of you. In fact, you’re often busy living the sweet life that you forget it’s there. But don’t worry the Sony Xperia Z5 can handle a bit of neglect.

It’s waterproof and dust tight so you can drop it in the sink or leave it in the back of a cupboard without any worries. The 0.03-second autofocus camera means you can capture a moment quickly and move right on to enjoying the next one. And, with a fingerprint sensor and extended battery life, you don’t have to worry about remembering your pin, or your charger.

The Straight Talker

I’ll get straight to the point, you mean business and you want a phone that’s just that. Your phone needs to make calls, send texts and emails from 9 -5, Monday to Friday. Say hello to the affordable and compact Google Nexus 5X.

But don’t worry; with this little beauty, you can still let your hair down on the weekends. It’s got all the functionality typical of Google products with a powerful camera, fingerprint sensor and lightning speed charging.

The Multi-Tasker

There is a lot going on and you have your finger on every pulse possible, the Samsung Galaxy Note S5 has a larger than life screen and comes with an S-pen so you can write, draw, drag and drop all while using the multi-window functionality.

Just like you, this phone is a force to be reckoned with. The Octa-Core processor is incredibly fast and powerful so you can work wherever and whenever. And, with speedy and wireless charging, the Samsung Galaxy Note S5 won’t stop until you do. Get to it!

The Photographer

If you love to get snap happy then the LG G4 is for you. The 16MP auto-focus camera means you can take some wicked shots. And, the colour rich resolution is truly brilliant, making editing your photos or choosing the right filter a piece of cake.

It delivers on the usual features too and comes with a soft leather back that sits comfortably in your palm.

The Patiently Waiting

If none of those take your fancy, don’t worry 2016 isn’t over just yet. The iPhone 7, LG G5 and the HTC One M10 all still have to drop into out hot little hands.

I’m not sure how it can get better than this but it’s pretty exciting to imagine what will come next. Rest assured, I’ll be keeping you posted.

Over and Out,


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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.