So, Apple’s annual developers conference keynote just ended and it was meh… I’m not complaining, except that I am. Its just that I expected more after the mind blowing-Mission Impossible-Tim Cook jumping off the roof Spring Loaded event. Apple did announce many amazing new features though, which I’ll get into a minute. As always, Apple just announced iOS 15, iPadOS 15, WatchOS 8 and MacOS Monterey.

iOS 15

So, right off the bat, Apple started with FaceTime. It now supports Spatial Audio with machine learning cutting out any ambient noise that might interrupt you. Facetime also has SharePlay, so you can watch movies with your friends and family while still on call. Obviously, I haven’t used this feature now but as smooth as Apple is with software this could really eliminate the lag of screen share if you’re trying this on Zoom. They didn’t share us if this is screen share or FaceTime plays it at the same time on everyone’s phone with the respective app. Oh and FaceTime is now available on android, Psych! Not exactly, people with iPhone or Apple devices can share their FaceTime link with people with android to join, ngl I was hoping for iMessage for android.

Apple is really emphasizing on going fully digital, already your credit card and payment is digital but Apple along with third party brands is turning locks, car keys, hotel keys and many more on your phone. BMW and other manufacturers will ship cars with UWB from late 2021. There is also cool new animations for the whether app and more precise graphics for Apple Maps.

iPadOS 15

iPad OS got a fairly new redesign with iOS App Gallery coming to iPad. There is a whole new multitasking interface, so the you can finally take full advantage of the big screen. Also, there is a new Focus mode on iOS and iPadOS 15, its a mini DND mode for when you’re at work or home, it helps you focus on the stuff you’re doing where you’re doing. Live Text is basically does what Google Lens does, sry Apple. It takes text from photos or screenshot and help you look it up or remember it. There’s also a Quick Note so you can now make a memo, its kinda like a digital Post-It. SwiftUI is also now present on the iPad so you can build apps and post them on App Store directly from an iPad.

WatchOS 8

There’s really not much to talk about in WatchOS ’cause don’t be mad at me but as I said above the keynote was very underwhelming. They talked about health, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing but I’m 17 and I don’t want my to judge my walk, I have parents for that. Anyway, it has a cool new live wallpaper that changes as you rotate your digital crown. There’s the new Breathe app and that’s it.

Audio

As I mentioned above, There’s Spatial Audio for FaceTime but its exclusive to AirPods Max and AirPods Pro. AirPods now gets built-in AirTags and just like the AirTags, you can find your lost AirPods via Find My app with sound and proximity view. They come with a handy new feature called Conversation Boost, it helps people with mild hearing lose to hear what the other person is saying, just like the FaceTime, software analyzes the voice of a person and amplifies so that you can hear it.

MacOS Monterey

MacOS, neck and neck running on the hype train with iOS. First, hats off to Apple marketing team on coming up with this name. So, this has to be my favorite feature of the new MacOS, Universal Control. This lets user to use their iPad, Mac and MacBook to seamlessly use the cursor across the devices exactly like a dual or triple monitor setup except its wireless. You could be using your MacBook and want to bring a photo over to edit, you just swipe to the iPad drag it back to your MacBook. Shortcuts are now available on Macs.

Safari got a major redesign, you can now group your tabs with labels, like you can open emails, PDFs on the work Tab Group and photos of last road trip on family Tab Group. AirPlay is also now available, so you can use your iMac’s powerful speakers for your music playing from your iPhone.

Now, to the disappointments, 16″ MacBook Pro was rumored but we didn’t got, there have been memes instantly uploaded on the internet but WWDC is never about hardware so we can’t complain much.

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So, its that time of the year when Apple holds their World Wide Developers Conference. At WWDC, on June 7th this year, we usually see software like the new iOS, iPadOS, MacOS versions and not much hardware, except in 2019 when we saw the $50k cheese grater Mac Pro. As the Epic and Apple trial goes on, let’s do this. This is part one ’cause I’ll be doing one after WWDC. In this article, I’ll talk about what can we expect from this years’ WWDC.

Software

As usual, we’ll get iOS, WatchOS, TVOS, MacOS, iPadOS. I’m not a leakster but I’m predicting that Apple may announce MacOS for iPad Pro M1, considering the power of the new iPad 12.9″, iPadOS is just holding it back and even if Apple doesn’t make it support MacOS, Final Cut Pro and iMovie etc. will really help proessionals.

MacBook Pro

As leaked by Jon Prosser and Mark Gurman, MacBook Pro is “confirmed” to be launched at WWDC this year.

Well, the MacBook Pro is set to launch with a M1x chip, with a 16 or 32 core graphics and 64gb of memory. That’s a big, big step up from the current 13″ MacBook Pro. Jon Prosser also leaked that the new MacBooks are coming in with colors just like the iMacs, and I’m saying MacBook ’cause he didn’t clarify whether it is the Air or the Pro, there are also rumors about the pro getting an SD card slot. As you see, it comes with a white bezel, just like the new iMac, I tweeted about it and I’m saying it again, I hate them and Apple didn’t stop there, they turned the keyboard to white too.

Mac Mini M1x

Well, Jon Prosser also leaked the new and updated M1x Mac Mini, which is actually really mini. As we can see, it has 4 type-c ports,2 of them are Thunderbolt, magnetic power cable like the iMacs, 2 type-A, 1 HDMI and ethernet. This maybe the only Apple product with so many ports. Jokes aside, when Apple announced the M1 chip and the products getting it, there was no redesign of any sort, they took the last years’ product and slapped an M1 chip to it and with the M1 chip, we saw how thin Apple made the iMacs and this is the redesign that make the already mini Mac Mini even smaller.

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So, 2020 is about to end in a few days time and I(people) had some thoughts and the topic for this blog is people’s thoughts on smartphones these days. Everyone is saying that all the smartphones look the same and are boring with no major upgrades from one generation to the next. Well, there can be a debate on this, its true that all the smartphones of today are pretty similar but that’s the beauty of it, now you can pick up any phone and wouldn’t be disappointed, plus there’s so few differences in feature set of the flagships and the mid-range or even the budget range. The Pixel 4a can shoot stills which much more expensive offerings can’t.

That was the one side of it but on the other hand, phones like the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a 108MP main sensor, with 8k video recording, from a smartphone. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max can shoot in Dolby Vision HDR, its at that quality that most devices doesn’t support it. The OnePlus 8T can charge at 65w fast charging or the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra which can charge at 120w, these kind of devices keep things interested in the industry. If this wasn’t enough, brands came out with folding phones, like the 2nd gen Galaxy Z Fold2 5G or the Moto Razr 5G, every manufacturer has their own philosophy of multitasking and fitting a bigger screen in your pocket, like with the Galaxy Fold, Samsung folded the tablet sized display is half or the Galaxy Z flip and the Moto Razr folds in a clamshell making a normal phone more pocketable or the Microsoft Surface Duo which has two displays glued together with a 360° hinge.

In today’s world, every brand is trying to web you in their ecosystem, like Apple, a ecosystem which is becoming more and more exclusive to its products each day or Samsung, which may not be as exclusive but has a much more wide range of products ranging from smartphones to TVs to refrigerators to smart home appliances like Ballie and there are rumors of an OnePlus smartwatch in partnership with Google.

In the end, buying a phone is a very personal decision, if not the most and I and in fact, every tech youtuber or blogger is trying to show you the best deal for your hard-earned money. I can tell you which is the best but I cannot influence your preference or choice, like a iPhone user will not change to an android phone because its their choice, while the phones in that price point provide much more on paper but the user wants to buy the new iPhone and doesn’t care about the spec sheet.

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So, its finally december and a fullstop to the year 2020 and while this might not be great for everybody, its been awesome for tech. We had many launches/unveiling ranging from smartphones to tablets to the new Next-Gen consoles. A bit of disclaimer, the choices below are my personal preferences and what I think might be the best for your buck. So, let’s get into it, I’ve divided the categories into six parts, Budget, Mid-Range, Flagship, the best overall package, the most innovative and the bust of 2020. I’ll be sharing my personal favorite in the end.

Budget(~$400 or less)

The participants for this round are the OnePlus Nord, Google Pixel 4a and iPhone SE. I’ll not dive too deep here, if you want to see the comparison just click here, The Midfield Battle. Anyway, for me the Pixel wins the battle because it has the vanilla android with first in line for updates, a killer still camera without any useless 2mp lenses, stereo speakers and its the best of both worlds, the compact form-factor as the iPhone SE and a great OLED display like the Nord. Now, I know that the Nord got a high refresh rate, glass back and faster charging but most people will slap a case on the back, so it doesn’t matter and iPhone SE, in the same category, has got the 5w ultra slow charger in 2020, this makes the 18w decently fast charger of Pixel look pretty good.

Mid-Range($500 to $800)

In the ring for this round are, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, OnePlus 8/8T, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 and the Google Pixel 5. Now, this segment has been the most tricky one, because the S20 FE and 8T are value kings and the iPhones are more of a premium devices. So, I choose the iPhone 12 Mini as the winner, its a massive refresh to see a phone, at this price point, as small as this, with a screen size of just 5.4″, the phone, physically, is smaller than the iPhone SE but has a much larger display. The features are exactly same as the OG 12 but just smaller in size. To read in detail, just click here, iPhone 12 series.

Premium Flagships(~$900 or above)

Now, this is where things get interesting, this is the bracket where brands doesn’t hold back and give us everything their R&D teams can squeeze out of the technology available. The contenders are the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, OnePlus 8 Pro and the Motorola Edge. Now, Apple says that the iPhone 12 Pro Max gets a 47% larger sensor than the 12 Pro but its still quite small compared to the Note 20 Ultra, it still gets a new Sensor Shift Stabilization which can stabilize a footage 5k times per second than the usual 1k times in normal OIS, pretty impressive, but the winner of this round is the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra because it has a much faster refresh rate at 120hz, a 9ms latency S pen, much bigger main camera sensor at 108mp and a fast charger included in the box(*last point is just for humor).

The Bust of 2020

This does not come as a surprise, the worst smartphone of 2020 is the regular Galaxy Note 20, while its big brother is best android phone on the planet(if you can afford one), it does not live up to any standards of a $1000 phone. The OnePlus 8 Pro has a better spec sheet and is still cost less. It has a 1080p 60hz display which is exactly the same as Samsung’s own budget smartphone, the Galaxy A51/A71. The back is made up of Plastic, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with plastic but at that price, I would want my phone feel a bit more premium. It has faster S pen than the last gen at 26ms latency but still slower than 9ms of the Ultra.

The Best Overall Value

It was a close call but the best value smartphone of the year is the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. The only two phones in the race were S20 FE and the OnePlus 8T. Both trade blows in features and also cost around the same price. The S20 FE doesn’t support the crazy 65w charging of the 8T but the S20 FE has more pros, it has wireless and reverse wireless charging, an official IP rating and better cameras. The third camera on the S20 FE is a telephoto lens than a useless 5mp macro and 2mp monochrome lens as the 8T. The OnePlus 8T is a bit more premium because it has a glass back but the S20 FE has a plastic back. Both the phones have a 120hz refresh rate and have a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, in the case of S20FE including European regions, too but not India and other international markets.

The Most Innovative of 2020

Most people are saying that smartphones are all the same and boring now, well, Samsung, LG, Microsoft and Motorola has just the answer for you. Last year, Samsung started the trend of folding phones and it caught on fairly quickly. This year Samsung and Motorola is back with their 2nd generation as the Z Fold2 5G and Razr 5G but this year Microsoft and LG also threw their hats in the ring as the Surface Duo and Wing, respectively. Now, all the Fold, Surface Duo and Razr and a folding phone but the LG Wing is a device that I’m out of words to explain the mechanism on paper, basically the main screen swivels revealing half a screen and forming a T-shaped device but it still a 1st gen product, so while being great, developers still need to optimize apps to work with it. The winner is this category is the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G because Samsung really took customer’s feedback on-board and improved it from the OG Fold. It now gets a bigger cover display, shrunk the cut-out on the inner display to just a tiny punch hole, made the inner display 120hz, now it might not be as durable as a mainstream smartphone but seeing that the tech is still improving, I’m gonna let that slide.

My Personal Favorite

As you’ve seen in the above image, its the iPhone 12 Pro, not the Pro Max, just the Pro. Now, there’s a reason why this is my favorite, the flat edges, the cameras and the colors. Apple’s decision to go back to the flat edges really makes the new iPhones feel much more premium plus the stainless steel makes it the durability champ. I know the 12 Pro Max has the jump in cameras but its really not that much and the they both the LiDAR sensor which really helps in AR, depth mapping and low light portraits. I do miss the Sensor Shift Stabilization but considering, both the Pros can shoot Dolby Vision HDR, I’m not too worried. Now, colors might not be a big advantage in terms of use but I’m in love with the Pacific Blue. This year all the new iPhones upgraded to 5G so this plus Apple’s track record of 5-year updates really makes it future proof.

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iPhone 12 Mini Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (Mystic Bronze, 12GB RAM, 256GB Storage) Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (Mystic Blue, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) Galaxy S20 Fan Edition Samsung Galaxy ZFold 2 5G

First of all, Happy Diwali. Sorry, I’m a little late to the party but better late than never. So, Techtober rolls on to Techvember, sorry Marques. Apple held their 3rd major event in two months, One More Thing. First, they came out with the Apple Watch Series 6 along with the new iPad Air and the budget iPad, then the iPhone 12s with Homepod Mini and finally, a few days back they released the Apple Silicon Macs, transitioning from the Intel chips to their in-house chips.

Apple is making serious claims about these M1 chips based on a 5nm process with 16 billion transistors. They gave us some serious numbers. First, let’s talk about what is the new lineup. So, they renewed the whole MacBook lineup along with the new Mac Mini. The MacBook pro 13″ and 16″ with the Mac Mini has fans for active cooling but the MacBook Air has thermal cooling, so no fans. They also removed two Thunderbolt ports from the MacBook Pro, earlier they had two on each sides, now its only on one side.

Now, let’s talk numbers, they have a 8-core CPU consisting of the 4 high performance cores and 4 high efficiency cores with an integrated 8-core GPU with 16-core Neural Engine and also, integrated RAM. So, the RAM is built into the chip so its not user-upgradable, if you want more RAM then you have pay Apple more to get it but everything is in one place so its easier for the chip to communicate and give you a faster experience.

Apple also made pretty big claims about the M1 chip, like it has 3.4x faster CPU, 5x faster GPU with 2x faster storage and they made huge improvements on the battery life of the MacBooks, the MacBook Air can do 15 hours of wireless web browsing and 18 hours of video playback, which is 6 more than the previous one. The MacBook Pro can do 2.8x faster CPU, 5x faster GPU, 3x faster than the best selling windows laptop(even I don’t know which one) and for the battery, it can do 17 hours of wireless web browsing and 20 hours of video playback, which is twice than the last MacBook Pro.

They also did a refresh to the Mac Mini which now supports external 6k display, it has 3x faster CPU and 6x faster GPU along with USB 4. The whole lineup comes with Rosetta 2 which helps M1 and MacOS Big Sur to run apps which haven’t yet transitioned to the Apple Silicon and speaking of transition, Apple still sells the Intel Macs on their website. You can buy all the new Macs right now and the MacOS Big Sur is also available now to upgrade. But, how much does this all gonna cost? Well, the MacBook Air starts at $999(₹92,900), the MacBook Pro starts at $1,299(₹122,900) and the Mac Mini starts at $699(₹64,900).

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So, the most anticipated smartphones of the year are here. Its techober and Apple has unveiled the newest range of iPhones, the iPhone 12 series and this time around, Apple gave us four new iPhones. So, there are two non-pro modals and two pro modals. First is the iPhone 12 mini(5.4″ screen size), iPhone 12(6.1″) and the iPhone 12 pro and iPhone 12 pro max with a screen size of 6.1″ and 6.7″, respectively.

So, this year, the whole range is 5G capable with mm-wave exclusive to US and 5G was very important to Apple, the 5G portion of the keynote was quite elaborated and was given major attention. Now, Apple went back to its iPhone 5, boxy edge design, which I’m totally on-board with. It feels so much more premium and helps with grip, too.

Let’s talk about the non-pro modals first. Apple gave us two non-pro modals this year and they both are exactly the same except the screen size and the battery. In 2020, Apple finally gave us OLED screen or Super Retina XDR on the iPhone 12 and the 12 mini. It has a new glass on the front, which Apple didn’t called glass at any point in the presentation, it’s called the Ceramic Shield which is 4x stronger than the one on the iPhone 11 series with aluminum frames all around. There are five new colors, the new blue, white, black, green and the product red. I have to get a hands-on to decide which modal I would go for because I’m a small phone person and last year’s 5.8″ iPhone pro was perfect but I have see how much difference is there on the iPhone 12 and 12 mini.

They both have same cameras, with dual camera setup on the back and one front facing camera. The rear consist of a wide 12mp(f/1.6) main lens and a 12mp(f/2.4) 120° ultrawide. The cameras now have the Smart HDR 3 with night mode on all the lenses including the front camera and Deep Fusion. They both can shoot 4k@60fps and HDR video with Dolby Vision at 30fps.

Also, MagSafe is back. There is a ring of magnets inside the back of the phones to help with better 15w wireless charging and new accessories. Apple didn’t talk about the FaceID in the keynote so I suppose there is nothing new with it. They have removed the charging brick and earpods from their boxes to reduce their carbon emissions which also made the new iPhone box a lot thinner plus there is a MagSafe charger, so I say instead of going for the charging brick many people will get that.

Now, the latest, the best of the rest, the ultimate pro phones, the iPhone 12 pro and the 12 pro max. With the camera improvements on these two modals, I think Apple wanted to make video cameras look bad ’cause they went all out with it. So, there are total of four cameras including the front facing camera from last year with a LiDAR scanner. So, the wide 12mp(f/1.6) main lens, a 12mp(f/2.0) telephoto for the 12 pro and 12mp(f/2.2) for the pro max and a 12mp(f/2.4) 120° ultrawide. The iPhone 12 pro has a new 4x optical zoom whereas the 12 pro max has a 5x optical zoom. The pros also have night mode on all cameras with night mode portraits enabled by the LiDAR scanner. The LiDAR scanner also helps in 6x faster autofocus.

The iPhone 12 pros also have the new seven element main lens with sensor shift optical stabilization, it means along with the lens, the sensor also moves to make the video even more stable and the star of the show, Apple announced the Apple ProRAW, which is the full pro video mode along with Dolby Vision can shoot Hollywood standard videos and also shoot night mode timelapse.

The screen sizes for the pro modals are 6.1″ and 6.7″ for the iPhone 12 pro and the 12 pro max, respectively. The iPhone 12 pros start from 128gb of storage upto 512gb. They are available in four colors, the blue, graphite, gold and silver. The whole lineup is powered by the most powerful chip on the planet, the Apple A14 Bionic which is based on the latest 5nm process. It consist on 11.8 billion transistors and has more than double the power of last year’s A13 Bionic.

The prices start from $699 for the iPhone 12 mini, $799 for iPhone 12, $999 for iPhone 12 pro and $1011 for iPhone 12 pro max. Now, if you don’t want the pro camera system then I say save $200 and for with the non-pro 12, they are same size, almost-same wide and ultrawide lens. The pricing isn’t cheap in any way but it’s still very cheap compared to the Indian pricing, they cost almost double in India. Tell me in the comments your thoughts about the new iPhones.

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Its 2020 and people don’t have much money lying around to spend on a $1400 flagship. So, the race to the middle is on, with more and more brands launching $400 mid range phones and they’re quite good.

So far, we have OnePlus going back to its roots with the Nord, Google, after a billion years of leaks, coming with the Pixel 4a and, in all weirdness, Apple with the new 2020 iPhone SE. Now, let’s dive into specs.

OnePlus Nord

So, first up we have the Nord, deriving it name from the direction North, it’s pretty great. It has a great display, many cameras, fast charging and a great packaging. Talking about numbers, for the display we have a 6.44″ FullHD+ 408 PPI 90hz AMOLED screen with a pill shaped hole punch camera in the top left corner. It has edge-to-edge display which is on par with 2020 standards. The screen resolution is 2400×1080 with 20:9 aspect ratio with HDR10+ support.

Now, the cameras, six, that’s right, it has six cameras in total, four on the back and two on the front. The main shooter is 48mp(f/1.8) with OIS, an 8mp(f/2.3) 119° ultrawide, 5mp(f/2.4) depth sensor and 2mp(f/2.4) macro lens, the front has a 32mp(f/2.5) main lens and a 8mp(f/2.5) 105° ultrawide. I said many cameras and not great ’cause they aren’t. The main lens is good, when you give it well lit conditions, it will give you a good and sharp images. Things go south when we check out the other lenses, the ultrawide is good at capturing more into the shot without making you go further back but the sharpness takes a hit, the images are a bit too soft shifting from the main lens and the depth camera is absolutely useless because even if you cover the depth sensor with your finger or anything else, it will still the portrait shot and the macro lens is just bad. Coming at just 2mp, even if you shoot in sunlight, it will struggle to focus and because of that low rez camera, the photos does not have any sharpness.

So what if the cameras not as good but it still has many great stuff. The Warp Charging 30T is fastest charging in its competition. It has on-screen fingerprint sensor which is really fast to unlock along with face unlock which also very fast. Its future-proof with 5g. It does not a official IP rating but it has rubber rings on every opening of the phone. With the 4115 mAh battery, it should last you a whole day but if it doesn’t then the Warp Charge can give it 70% juice in 30 minutes. It is a Corning Gorilla 5 sandwich with metal buttons but plastic frame. It is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G which is a pretty good processor for mid range phone and it starts from €399 or ₹27,999 for 8GB+128GB.

Google Pixel 4a

After months and months of leaks and rumors, its finally here and it checks all the boxes while costing $50 less than iPhone SE at $349(~₹25,914). First let’s look at the thing you will look at the most, the display, it is a 5.8″ OLED panel 60hz with 443 PPI and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Pixel’s display is also very 2020 with minimum bezels and a single hole on top left corner of the screen and 2340×1080 screen resolution.

Google’s Pixel is known for it’s still and low light photography even in the budget range and the 4a keeps tradition going with exceptional camera. It has only two cameras, one on the back and one in the front. The rear has a 12.2mp(f/1.7) with OIS and a 8mp(f/2.0) front camera. You expect a ultrawide angle lens but that really, really good camera makes up for it. I shoot many stills and low light photos and it’s really good at that. The front camera is, although a not very high rez but clicks decent shots.

It comes Google’s stock android with a promise of at least 3 years of software updates. It has stereo speakers who quite loud. This time Google kept the Pixel extremely simple with no XL version and only one color, Just Black, and only one storage option at 128GB of ROM and 6GB of RAM. It get a mid range processor I.E. Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, which might not be 5g or a gaming processor but snappy in day-to-day tasks and would not give you trouble. It comes with an 18w fast charger out-of-the-box *Coughs*Apple.

iPhone SE 2020

Apple finally went to the drawing boards and designed an iPhone and 3 years later, we have the iPhone SE. I won’t go in-depth ’cause I already wrote a whole blog on that. If you wanna read that just Click here.

Comparison

Now, stacking them up against each other, which will come out on top?

Display

The OnePlus Nord is the only phone with a high refresh rate at 90hz, the other two are maxed out at 60hz. Both the Nord and Pixel has a OLED screen but the iPhone has a LCD, sorry, Super Retina Display, but the highest pixel density is in the Pixel, but it is very difficult to pick out pixels on the trio. iPhone might be LCD but has Apple has the LCD panels in the industry, you see the difference in high contrast content and blacks of the content. For me, the winner in the display department is the OnePlus Nord, because the OLED display and a high refresh rate.

Build Quality

Breaking down each of the phones, not literally, the Pixel 4a is all plastic build and Google didn’t tried to hide it, which is good, it will not break if it falls off your hand and much more durable than glass. The OnePlus Nord is a glass sandwich with metal buttons but a plastic frame, so it feels more premium than the Pixel but then iPhone SE enters the room with most premium in-hand feel among these, it is a metal and glass sandwich with full metal front and back with aluminium frame. So, the iPhone SE takes this one.

Cameras

Even with the most numbers of cameras, the Nord lags behind the Pixel and the iPhone. First, lemme give you the video specs, the OnePlus Nord can shoot upto 4k@30fps at the rear and 4k@fps on the front. The Pixel 4a can also shoot 4k@30fps at the rear but only 1080p@30fps at the front. The iPhone SE is the only phone which can shoot 4k@60fps from the rear but only 1080p@30fps from the front. Now, iPhone is the only one who does not have a night mode, there’s Night Sight and Nightscape on Pixel and Nord, respectively. Pixel has one more trick up its sleeve, that is the Astrophotography, if you don’t know what that is, if you put it on a tripod and click the shutter button then it captures light in most darkest areas and can shoot the stars clearly. So, in stills and low light, the Pixel wins, but when it comes to video, iPhone takes it home with highest resolution and high dynamic range. The Nord is still not lost, it has the most versatility.

Performance

When it comes to performance, I don’t even have to say who is the winner ’cause the iPhone SE has the chip which runs ahead of both OnePlus and Google flagship, the A13 Bionic is world’s most powerful processor. The Nord has the Snapdragon 765G which is a upper mid range chip and the Pixel has the Snapdragon 730G which totally mid range and should able to handle your daily tasks with ease.

Battery Life

While winning by miles in performance the iPhone lags way behind in battery with just 1821mAh which is lot smaller than Pixel’s 3140mAh and Nord’s 4115mAh, now even though the A13 Bionic is very power efficient processor but the battery is just too small even for that and Apple bundles a whopping 5w ultra fast charger*sarcasm*. The Pixel gets a 18w fast charger and the Nord has the 30w Warp Charger. So, among these Nord wins.

Special Features

Each of these phones has unique to themselves. Like the Astrophotography in the Pixel, 90hz refresh rate in the Nord. So, the SE is only one who has an official IP rating and wireless charging. Both the Pixel and iPhone has stereo speakers. Only the Nord has a in-screen fingerprint sensor.

Now, you wouldn’t be wrong going with any of these devices. Like, if you want OLED screen but not too big, you got the Pixel 4a. You want an iPhone and the A13 Bionic but wanna spend a $1000, get the iPhone SE. You want good value for money phone, get the OnePlus Nord.

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Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference has started and on day one, we have all the software for the whole Apple ecosystem. So, let’s get straight into it.

iOS 14

The new iOS 14 comes with a lot of software tweaks here and there. So, we have something that Android had since its origin, that is, Widgets for the homescreen. Apple showcased a bunch of cool widgets and a smart widget called the ‘Smart Stack’ basically it stacks up all the widgets in one place and you swipe to see any info you want, plus it’s called smart for a reason, so it changes throughout the day, for example, it’ll show you the news in the morning, etc.

It now also have a App Library, so you can turn off the million app pages on the home screen. Also Siri is also improved, it now doesn’t take up all the screen than just pop out at the bottom of the screen, same goes with call notifications. Now, coming to Apple Maps, it gets some subtle changes like the cycling directions, it shows, literally, the shortest route to your destination, including if you have stairs in your way or my personal favourite, elevation changes. Also EV routing, it tracks your car’s charge and recommend stops in the way and also which is more suitable to your car.

Talking about Apple with cars, it gets the all new Car Key feature, you can use your phone as the keys, plus you can also share and retract it from someone, too. It now also gets Picture-in-picture, On-device dictation, a translate app and new Memojis. For messages, it has new in line messages in which you can also use mentions.

iPadOS 14

It also gets all the bells and whistles from iOS 14 but just a tad more. Like the App sidebars, a Universal search, Compact siri and calls UI and that’s about it. Main changes come to the Apple Pencil, It has the all new Scribble, it allows you to convert your handwriting to text like we saw on Galaxy Note 10 line-up. It also has new ARKit 4, Shape recognition for whatever you draw and Smart Selection which recognises the context and can make calls, FaceTime, etc.

watchOS 7

Apple Watch… Mini iPhone on your wrist, Apple made some major changes to it. First up, it has a new handwashing feature which uses the mic in the watch to hear the soap and water and time to 20 seconds, neat and new wind down feature which dims your iPhone and get you ready to go bed, speaking of bed, it finally gets sleep tracking. That cycling in maps is also present in the new watchOS and also watch face sharing and new workouts.

macOS

The big highlight of the Macs are the switch to new in-house chips from Intel and Tim Cook also said that this transition would take place in 2 years, which is a reasonable time. Now coming to the updates, we have a new control centre, streamlined app design, inline replies are here too ana all-new notification center with redesigned Dock which I, personally, not a fan of.

And that’s been it, from the day 1 on the WWDC 2020

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