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Struggles people who run out of data know to be true

05 Mar 2016
Mariah - amaysim blogger


amaysim's content guru

There are some struggles in life that make you stronger. But when it comes to running out of data on a morning commute, I’m pretty sure that’s not the case. If it’s happened to you, I hope this blog provides you some comfort.

1. Running out of data on a commute

Running out of data on your daily commute is one of the cruellest jokes the internet gods can play. There you are on the all-stops to Strathfield, lost in your own private world of Beyonce and catsofinstagram, when your mobile data conks out. And suddenly, like waking from a sweet dream into some living nightmare, the grim reality of your situation becomes clear. Your bubble is burst. All at once, the smell of old man cologne and someone’s half-eaten burrito hits your nostrils and you realise you’re squashed in the middle of two sweaty humans with inhumanly warm thighs. What’s more, across the aisle there’s some weirdo in a beanie who’s trying to initiate eye contact. Noooooo!

2. Running out of data waiting for friend

Waiting for a friend to turn up at a pub or café requires ample data in order to not look like a loser. As long as I can flick through my phone and appear like I’m doing something interesting then I don’t care if my stupid friend is anywhere up to 15 minutes late. But seriously, any later than that and I’m saying something. Come on. But the absolute worst case scenario is my data running out before my friend arrives. At that moment the struggle becomes real. I have to work tirelessly to avoid the judging gaze of the people around me who now assume I’m some sort of social outcast who dines alone in public places just to get out of the house. My only option is to study the menu front and back until my friend arrives. All I can say is if my data runs out – my friend better not be more than 15 minutes late. For their sake.

3. Desperately searching for free Wi-Fi

We’ve all done it. Traipsing around a foreign country with a fridge-sized backpack attached to our torso trying to remember the local phrase for ‘Free Wi-Fi?’. I don’t mind doing it when I’m overseas, but when I’m in my hometown I like to be the master of my own data. I like to map out my day around what I want to do rather than where the closest free WiFi is. But when you run out of data you don’t have a choice – especially if you need to check an email or an FB message thread. So off you go, like some sad vagabond, skulking around cafes trying to scab their free wifi while trying to stall the waiter who can already tell you’re not going to buy anything. Sure, it’s easier to ask for free Wifi in English, but the indignity is more real.

If these struggles sound familiar, or if they terrify you, then go check out amaysim’s value-stacked range of data packs starting from $10 for 1GB. It’s easy to add a data pack to your plan – just log in to My amaysim or go via the amaysim app for iPhone or Android.

Until next time!
Mariah – amaysim’s Communication Coordinator.


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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.