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, Samsung launch phones almost every minute and they are particularly focusing on the Indian market with India exclusive M series and the new F series. To sum it up, Samsung has their S and Note flagship lineup, Z Foldable lineup, A budget-midrange lineup and M and F India exclusive budget lineup. So, what’s the difference between the M and F line? Well, there isn’t. The Galaxy F41 shares it chassis with the Galaxy M21 which shares it with the Galaxy M31 which shares it with 2019’s Galaxy M30s, their practically the same phones even with the same aged Exynos 9611 chipset(which by the way is also in the global Galaxy A51, the most popular android phone of 2020) with few trade offs to justify their prices.

First, let’s talk specs. So, it gets a 6.4″ sAMOLED FHD+ display with a notch housing the front camera. It has a triple camera setup with a 64mp(f/1.8) main lens, a 8mp(f/2.2) 123° FOV ultrawide lens and a 5mp(f/2.4) depth camera along with a 32mp(f/2.0) front camera. It can shoot upto 4k@30fps from the main lens and the front camera. The body is made up of plastic, sorry polycarbonate. For security, you have 2d face unlock and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It has 6000mAh battery. Thankfully, it still comes with headphone jack and a 15w fast charger out-of-the-box. It comes in two variants, 64gb and 128gb with 6gb RAM as standard along with MicroSD card which can expand your storage up to 512gb.

Now, I do think the design is a bit outdated, with a notch and a thick chin but the display is too good for its segment, none of the competition offers an OLED display, I had absolutely no issues with it, it can go up to 425 nits of brightness, it maybe not too bright but I didn’t had problems in direct sunlight. I talk about the cameras with some samples in the end. Talking about battery life, I charge it overnight with fast charging off(to not overheat the phone) and it has amazing battery, I get up with 100% and go to sleep with minimum 25%, Usually I get left with more than 35%, I couldn’t kill this battery in a day.

Touching at the performance, I’m a mild user with mostly using social media. I game few times a week, so its been fine but I recently started playing Call Of Duty Mobile, whenever I play that, the phone heats a bit but nothing to serious. There have been hiccups in the UI while opening and closing apps or just while surfing through them. I definitely want a faster processor but the Exynos 9611 has been fine, not great, fine. Samsung confirmed second phone in the F series, Galaxy F62 which is set to rock the flagship Exynos 9825, chip which powered the Galaxy Note 10 lineup.

Software, It came with OneUI 2.1 based on android 10 but got upgraded to OneUI 3.0 based on android 11 in late-January. Samsung gives 3 generation android updates to its flagships but I still don’t know how much Samsung will hold onto this phone. The software is also a stripped down version of the flagships, so that’s disappointing because it takes away many useful features like native screen recorder and many more.

As this phone shares it chassis with the many more phones but the camera bump is shared only with the Galaxy M31, they both also share cases. I use a case on my phone because I drop it lot but if you’re thinking of going commando, keep in mind that it is a fingerprint magnet. It is a bit heavy and thick because of the big battery but the thickness is almost same as the galaxy S21 Ultra and you’ll get used to the weight.

It comes in three colorways, Fusion Black, Fusion Blue and Fusion Green. It also has Dolby Atmos whenever earphones are connected, wired or Bluetooth, it kicks in and sounds are noticeably improved. The Galaxy F41 is gonna set you back 15,999(~$220) for 64gb variant and 16,499(~$227) for the 128gb model but with cards and deals, you can get it for much cheaper than that. I have put some camera samples down below, it’ll give you an idea what’s all the fuss is about and also Amazon links of the Galaxy M series, so do check that out, it really helps the blog.

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Galaxy M31s Galaxy M31
This clip is shot at 4k 30fps on a bic and at that resolution, you do miss out stabilization. I noticed that it constantly struggled for white balance, if take a look at the sky, sometimes its blue and other times completely blown out.
This clip is shot at that Super Steady mode and while you get much more stable video and all this is without OIS, you lose many details of the video because it is shooting from the inferior ultrawide angle lens with much lower rez sensor.

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

So, it’s the end of 2020 and starting with techtober, we had almost every tech brand announcing something with a million keynotes. Apple held 3 events, Samsung coming out with the best and most expensive Android smartphone aka the Note 20 Ultra and the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. OnePlus with their 8T and finally, Google with their Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5.

But, it’s the year we see the refresh in the gaming department. So, both Sony and Microsoft gave us the Playstation 5 and the Xbox Series consoles. Both are very capable pieces of machinery. They both support 8k gaming at HDR and 4k 120 frames per second but which one is better?

The Series X packs an 8-core 3.8-GHz AMD Zen 2-based CPU while the PS5 has an 8-core, 3.5-GHz AMD Zen 2-based CPU. Both systems have 16GB of GDDR6 RAM. The Series X has a leg up on GPUs and storage with a 12-teraflop AMD RDNA 2 GPU with 52 Compute Units (CU) and a 1TB custom NVMe SSD for storage but the PS5’s CPU is AMD Zen 2-based CPU, 8 Cores / 16 Threads, up to 3.5 GHz and GPU is RDNA2-based GPU, 36 CUs up to 2.23 GHz, 10.3 teraflops. So, on paper the Xbox is running ahead of the Playstation. The Xboxes are backwards compatible even with the OG Xbox while the Playstation 5 only supports PS4 games.

When it comes to the main thing that connects you to the consoles and games, it’s the controller. The PS5’s new DualSense controller is major redesign and also comes with adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, which Sony claims that make you feel the water and air in the game, but the Xbox’s new controller is 99% same to the last generation, the new controller gets a new share button in the middle and textured grip on the back for better grip, Microsoft is going “If ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” and I agree with them, it’s a really comfortable controller to hold but, in 2020, it still powers by 2 double A batteries. The PS5 controller, now also has an integrated mic to have little chat without using any headset but the thing to note is that unless developers use the adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, they’ll not work as well.

There’s one more thing, both Sony and Microsoft also launched a cheaper versions of their consoles i.e the Playstation 5 all-digital and the Xbox Series S. Talking about the digital PS5, the only major difference from the flagship PS5 is that there’s no Blu-Ray disc drive so you’re gonna need to download all the games on the internal storage which is 825GB exclusive of the OS, so you’ll get about 700GB to 750GB free. When it comes to the Series S, it is almost a different console, it has the same processor but has only 4 teraflops of processing power, it has 512GB with OS, so about 400GB. Seeing that games like Call Of Duty and GTA can take upto 100GB to 150GB, storage might be an issue but Xbox with Seagate provides a proprietary hard drive but it costs $219 which adds the Series S more than the Series X. Series S game at 1440p at 120fps which I’m not complaining about because many people don’t own a 4k TV and you can’t use your console to its full potential unless you have one, so acceptable resolution with high frame rate is the perfect combo. The Series S is also 60% smaller than the Series X.

Microsoft is also giving a subscription based service called Xbox Game Pass, it’s basically Netflix for gaming, you can play almost 150 titles on any android or windows device, just connect a Xbox controller and play. Game Pass gives a major edge to Microsoft over Playstation because now, you can just buy a Series S and play all your games on your phone or laptop anywhere.

Now, let’s talk price, both the Xbox Series X and Blu-Ray Playstation 5 cost $499(49,990 INR), the Digital Playstation 5 costs $399(39,990 INR), Xbox Series S costs $299(35,990 INR). Now, if you want to just get into next-gen consoles and don’t have a 4k monitor then Series S is perfect for you, if you have a 4k monitor but wanna stay all-digital then go with the digital PS5. Now, if you have the money and the monitor then if you want those haptics and adaptive triggers then its Playstation 5 but if you want more power then the Series X is for you. I would recommend that if you can push to the flagships then please do, these consoles come out in 6-7 years and won’t get out-dated for a long time and the storage of the digital consoles will run out really quickly. In India, if you don’t want the best then I suggest, go for the digital PS5 because it supports everything in the Blu-Ray PS5 and the Xbox Series S has less storage and it doesn’t support 4k, which would come in handy if you upgrade to 4k TV in the next few years. I would personally make a hybrid of the Series X and the DualSense controller but since I can’t do that, I’ll choose the Xbox Series X because of the Game Pass and the more comfortable controller and more horsepower.

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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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M1 MacBook Pro Apple Silicon M1 MacBook Air Apple Mac Mini with M1 Chip (8GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Apple Mac Mini with M1 Chip (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)

We have the Pixel 5, the new iPhone 12 non-pro models, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and OnePlus’ own 6 month old flagship, the OnePlus 8. Now, the OnePlus is back with their 6 month refresh cycle and gave us the OnePlus 8T.

So, during the first half of 2020, brands were racing towards the mid-range market or the $400 price point and this race gave many good smartphones from Samsung’s A series, the OnePlus Nord, the Google Pixel 4a and also Apple’s iPhone SE but they are now coming to the middle of mid-range and flagship category which is the semi-flagship or the $600-$700 price range.

First, let’s talk specs, it has a 6.55″ 120hz Fluid AMOLED FHD+ flat display with 402 ppi, so the curved edges are gone. It has a quad camera system, a 48mp(f/1.7) main wide lens with OIS, a 123° FOV 16mp(f/2.2) ultrawide and a 5mp macro and a monochrome sensor. It has a 16mp(f/2.4) wide lens on the front. It can shoot upto 4k@60fps. Powering this is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, so its 5G enabled and it comes two storage variants, 128gb with 8gb RAM and 256gb with 12gb RAM with UFS 3.1 storage. Also, I didn’t understand the use of two flash on the back.

It comes in two colors, Lunar Silver which is matte and a glossy Aquamarine Green which changes between blue and green depending upon how light hits it. It two 2250mAh battery combining to a 4500mAh cell, now OnePlus split the battery to keep the phone cool during charging because the 8T comes with a insane 65w charger out-of-the-box, they call it the Warp Charge 65. Talking about keeping the phone cool, the new vapour chamber is, according to them, 285% bigger and it is,after Google, to come with Android 11 out-of-the-box.

As the OnePlus 8, there is no wireless charging and a official IP rating and OnePlus also confirmed that there will be no OnePlus 8T pro this year, and the OnePlus 8 pro is still the best among them. Putting this against its competitors, it really comes down to personal preference because all the phones in this price range trade blows, if you have a preference for iPhones then you’ll go for the iPhone 12s or the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition or the Pixel 5 but the Pixel 5 has a lower 90hz refresh rate as compared to 120hz of the S20 FE or the 8T and it also comes with the upper mid range chip, the Snapdragon 765G but both the 8T and S20 FE come with the flagship Snapdragon 865 and 865+, respectively.

It is gonna set you back $749(₹42,999) but it’s still good run for your money but in India, its almost half the price of the iPhone 12 and 12 mini and $100 cheaper than the Galaxy S20 FE, also Pixel 5 is not coming to India, so it seems like a no brainer.

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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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So, its techtember and techober and with holiday season right around the corner, almost every brand is launching their flagships and upgrades to their other accessories, so Google has launched the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G and also the new Chromecast with Google TV and the Nest Audio Speaker. But the main highlight of the show was the new edition to the top-of-the-line, vanilla Android, Pixel 5.

First, let’s talk specs, it has a 6.0″ 90hz OLED display with 1080×2340 pixels and 432 ppi density. It comes HDR10+ certification and for protection, it has Corning Gorilla 6 with aluminium frame all around. It comes with Android 11 out-of-the-box and powering this is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip, which I’ll come back in a sec. Like the Pixel 4a, it also comes in one varient of 128GB of storage with UFS 2.1 8GB of RAM.

Now, the Pixels are known for their software and their cameras. So, it has a 12.2MP(f/1.7) with OIS and finally, a 16MP(f/2.2) ultrawide lens with 107° field of view. It can shoot upto 4k@60fps from the rear and 1080p@30fps from the front. The front camera is 8MP(f/2.0) shooter embedded in the tiny hole punch cutout on the screen. It has a 18w fast charger powering the 4080mAh cell with wireless charging and reverse wireless charging to charge your Pixel Buds or something like that. It is also IP68 water and dust resistant.

Now some might say that how’s the Pixel 5, the flagship without the flagship Snapdragon 865+? Well, unless you’re a techie like me or used to the flagship performance then only you can notice the difference but a average consumer would worry about it. The Snapdragon 765G is a great chip, it is the upper-midrange processor and its 5G ready, if you live in that region. The Pixels are the best still image shooter and combining it with an ultrawide angle lens, it will kill its competition. Also, all the radar stuff is gone, so the bezels are very small all around with a hole punch for the front camera and because there is no 3D face scanner anymore, Google gave us back the classic rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It’s really fast and secure than a optical in-display scanner.

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that this is, for me, is the best android phone of 2020. Now, please don’t start on that the best flagship android is the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, I know it has all the bleeding edge tech with everything twice as premium as the Pixel 5 but it costs twice as the Pixel 5 and if can buy that, I’ll not stop you, it is a great phone but if you don’t have $1300 and still want that pure stock android with best photo shooter, this is the phone. I know the iPhone 12s and the OnePlus 8t are coming very soon but leaks shows that iPhones this year are not going ProMotion with the same notch as the last 3 generations, so this seems a pretty good deal. I did hope for a Clearly White or Purple-ish color but the green, sorry Sorta Sage is quite good

Now, comparing this to the direct competitor, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, which has more cameras, flagship chipset and higher refresh rate. Well, both have their pros and cons, the Pixel will get faster updates but the FE is made from plastic whereas the Pixel 5 is made from more premium aluminium all around. At last, it comes down to personal preference. I say 90hz is a major jump from 60hz but 120h is not from 90hz, so most people won’t notice the difference but I personally would pick the Pixel 5 because of the pure, vanilla, stock android, faster updates and more reliable physical fingerprint scanner along with better low light camera. Also, both phones are priced at $699(~₹51,237).

I’ll be doing a full comparison of the Pixel 5 with the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition and Apple’s latest iPhone and OnePlus’s 8t whenever they come out, so stay tuned for that one. Now, if you liked any of this above, then like, subscribe and share and also follow me on Instagram scuderiavedang.

So, it’s been quite a while since a huge change came to the form factor of mobile devices, So Samsung decided,” Okay, we’ll give a tablet that fits in your pocket.” And gave us the first ever Galaxy Fold, a tablet with a folding screen. It raised many eyebrows and was supercool to think that you can actually fold the screen of your phone but it was a first-gen product, so it had many issues, like the screen blacking out after people removed the screen protector and the cover display being too small and it was too fragile and also very expensive. Samsung took the whole batch back, fixed it and tried to sell it again.

Now, even though it was a bust but the Fold started a revolution and many brands started making their own different folding phones with different philosophies. Like the Huawei Mate Xs was a outward folding phone, the Motorola Razr is a clamshell folding, the LG Velvet is phone with a secondary screen cover case, etc. But now, Microsoft made one and Samsung is back with second-gen. So, which one is better?

First, let’s talk specs, so the Microsoft Suface Duo has a total 8.1″ dual AMOLED screen taped together with big bezels housing the 11mp 2k camera and a extremely sleek look. It weighs at 250g and Gorilla Glass 5 all around and powering this is the last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with 128gb storage and 6GB RAM. The camera can shoot upto 4k@60fps. It also has a 3577 mAh cell. That rounds pretty much the Surface Duo.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5g, that name is a mouthful, kills the Surface Duo when it comes to specs. It’s has the Samsung’s super AMOLED 7.6″ 120hz display with 373 ppi. It has 4500 mAh battery with 6.2″ super AMOLED 60hz screen with slim bezels all around on the cover display. It is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+. Coming to the cameras, it has five in total, 3 on the back, 1 on the cover display and 1 on the main screen. The main triple camera consist of a 12mp(f/1.8) main shooter with 12mp(f/2.4) 3x telephoto and 12mp(f/2.2) 123° ultrawide angle lens and 10mp(f/2.2) selfie camera on both the cover and main screen. It also stereo speakers tuned by AKG. It comes with two storage options 256gb with 12gb RAM and 512gb with 12gb RAM.

After putting them in a ring together, it’s clear that Galaxy Fold wins, so what’s the point of this comparison? Well there’s more to that than it seems. The Fold will set you back $1999(₹149,999) whereas the Surface Duo will cost you $1400(₹99,999). Now, $1400 is also not cheap by any means in which you can get the ultra premium, the best of Android, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra but if you’re in the market for a foldable, these are your best choices.

Now, you might be skeptical about its durability of the hinge, as its gonna be most used part of the device, the Fold can stand on any position as unfolded and has tiny brushes to keep out the dust from entering whereas the Surface Duo is two separate screens with two top and bottom, 360° hinge. So, it can withstand your daily use but I suggest you to not push it too much. Both phones support fast charging 18w and 25w for the Surface Duo and Fold 2, respectively but only the Fold supports fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.

I have to talk about their looks because it’s worth talking about in Surface Duo’s case. The Fold, when folded, is really thick like a brick with still a little gap between the screen but the Surface Duo folds flat and it’s really, really sleek looking. When unfolded, it’s almost as thick as a USB type-C port and the camera bump of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. But there’s a bit of a trade off, the Fold might be thick but its narrow, so it can fit in your pocket and hand, easily. The Surface Duo has quite a width so it’s hard to use one-handed and you have to use both your hands to adjust the pocket and put it in.

I didn’t compared the Moto Razr 2 or Galaxy Z Flip 5g because they are not the devices you would multitask on and the LG Velvet is not a folding phone, rather it comes with a accessory which you have to buy separately. Apple is also working on this form factor so stay tuned for that one.

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