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Best wireless headphones

Six of the best wireless headphones (that work with your iPhone 7)

29 Nov 2016
Joseph

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amaysim's tech geek

Apple ditching the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 sure had some people peeved, but it isn’t all bad news.

There are loads of wireless headphones for iPhone lovers on the market that you can use with your new iPhone 7. I’ve searched high and low to find you some of the best wireless headphones out there to make your iPhone 7 days a tad more enjoyable. Here’s my list of the top wireless headphones to suit every budget.

Pricing key:

Budget buys $ = less than $145
Mid-range matches $$ = between $145 and $349
Sleek splurges $$$ = more than $350

1. Jaybird Freedom Wireless - $$

Jaybird Freedom in-ear wireless earphones are one of the best options for fitness bunnies, letting you work out without cords getting in the way of your performance. Their sweat-proof, secure-fit metal design last for up to eight hours, enabling ultimate comfort and quality audio so you’ll never lose focus. It also has a dedicated sound profile app MySound which lets you customise the sound to the way you want and saves the settings into the earphones themselves.

2. Bose QuietComfort 35 - $$$

Bose are pretty much the kings of the noise-cancelling headphone world, and thankfully they’re now wireless too! While you’ll pay more for a pair Bose wireless headphones, they’re well worth the investment. Using Bluetooth to connect, they shut out the outside world so you can enjoy the sweet, sweet tunes uninterrupted.

3. Beats Solo 3 Wireless - $$

Another top-selling headphone brand we all know and love, Beats have taken the wireless plunge with the release of the Beats Solo 3 Wireless. They say it’s so you can ‘feel the music, not the wires’ – sounds pretty good to us. Beats wireless headphones look great, feel great, sound great and last for a whopping 40-hours. They also have on-ear controls and a microphone for volume so you can answer phone calls or use Apple’s Siri functionality.

4. Skullcandy Grind Wireless - $

If you’re after wireless sound without forking out too much of your hard-earned cash, Skullcandy Grind Wireless headphones are a good alternative. While the Skullcandy battery doesn’t last as long as the likes of Beats, they still last long enough for the work day (up to 12 hours) and are one of the best wireless headphones you can get your paws on if you’re on a budget.

5. Powerbeats3 Wireless Headphones - $$

Another option for those of you who like to get moving is the Powerbeats3 Wireless Headphones from Beats. These are a little different to the standard Beats design we’re used to, but they’re super lightweight, fit comfortably in and around your ears and have an adjustable cable management clip on the back to keep them nice and secure when you’re on the go.

6. Sony MDR-ZX770BT - $

Sony’s MDR-ZX770BT Bluetooth Headphones are a standout choice if you don’t want to spend over $100 but also don’t want to miss out on some of the other cool features around. The battery life lasts for longer than some other more flashy models (up to 17 hours for those of you who are interested), it delivers a great balanced sound and has hands free call functionality too – win!

Of course there are heaps of other wireless headphones that you can choose from, but hopefully this’ll put your mind at ease if the jack-less iPhone 7 is making you question which phone to get next. We’re only going to see more wireless accessories as time goes on, so now’s the time to make the switch! No more tangled cords to hold you back.

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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.

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