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September 19, 2018

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Say Hello To The The Mi Mix 3, Xiaomi's iPhone XS And Galaxy S10 Killer

Damien McFerran 19/09/2018 - 4:19pm

A truly bezel-less smartphone giant

While column inches may well have been gobbled up by news regarding the iPhone XS and upcoming Galaxy S10, over in China Xiaomi – also known as the 'Apple of the East' – has been teasing its next big-screen device, and it's sure to have mobile lovers hot under the collar.

Xiaomi hasn't fully revealed the Mi Mix 3 just yet, but it has offered up some choice bits of info to get chins wagging. The most eye-catching aspect announced thus far is the truly bezel-free screen, which doesn't have a notch or a chin – instead, the top of the phone slides up to reveal the front-facing camera array. Honor and Oppo have similar mechanisms in some of their phones, and the effect is stunning - this is a real 'all-screen' phone.

Thanks to a photo posted by Xiaomi product management director Donovan Sung, we also know that the Mi Mix 3 will have 5G support, making it a truly cutting-edge handset. 5G doesn't roll out until next year, but its inclusion proves that Xiaomi is thinking ahead, just as it did with the very first Mi Mix a few years back. Sung claims that download speeds are more than 10 times faster than 4G, although given how wildly 4G network performance fluctuates, it's hard to tell just how realistic such a boast is. Still, at least we know that the Mi Mix 3 will be ready when 5G connectivity does arrive.

Given that the Mi Mix 3 is rocking 5G support and has an impressive notch-less screen – and given the Mi Mix line's focus on high-end internals – it would be wise to expect at least a Snapdragon 845 chipset inside this device. We'd also imagine it will come with impressive storage totals and plenty of RAM, as well as the trademark lavish bodywork.

An October launch is expected, which leaves Xiaomi with very little time to fully announce this bad boy. The previous Mi Mix phones have been utterly fantastic slices of mobile tech, with the Mi Mix 2 getting an upgrade earlier this year called the Mi Mix 2S which makes it one of the best-looking flagships money can buy right now. As with its other devices, it's likely that Xiaomi will be aiming this particular phone at the Far East, but importers like GearBest will no doubt have them for a reasonable price if you fancy importing one; 'global' variants come with full Google apps support and English text.

With Apple sticking with its notch screen design (which, ironically, has now become something of a fashion statement in the mobile sector) and Samsung yet to show its hand with the upcoming Galaxy S10, Xiaomi could once again offer a viable alternative to those who want a truly bezel-free smartphone. The Mi Mix 3 is certainly one to keep an eye on, and we'll be bringing you more news as and when it happens.

by dmcferran at September 19, 2018 03:09 PM

The #1 Best Value Smartphone Right Now (No Contest)

Richard Goodwin 19/09/2018 - 9:40am

Are you after a smartphone that offers excellent performance, a great camera, brilliant software, and ridiculous value for money?

If you’re in the market for a new phone, and value for money is important to you, there really is only one game in town right now.

That phone is the OnePlus 6, a super-powered Android phone with a brilliant camera that retails for around half the price of Apple’s new iPhone XS.

In my OnePlus 6 review, I called it the best smartphone of 2018.

A lofty statement, for sure; but a true statement all the same. All things considered, nothing comes close to this phone.

Why The OnePlus 6 is The Best Smartphone of 2018


The main reason is simple: price – at £469 SIM-free it offers unbeatable value for money.

Another reason? Specs – it has better specs than Apple’s iPhone X, with masses of RAM, tons of storage, a brilliant display, great overall design, and beautifully implemented software.

I’ve been using the OnePlus 6 24/7 ever since I received one for review. I’ve had other phones come across my desk, but I always go back to the OnePlus 6.

And the reason is simple: it just works, and it has a seriously good camera on it.

OnePlus 6 Battery Life

Another big USP of the OnePlus 6 is its battery life; the phone can go a solid 1.5 to 2 days with moderate usage. In this respect, it destroys the iPhone X and nearly all of its Android brethren.

But the main thing is the price; OnePlus has undercut EVERYBODY and it’s done it without cutting any perceptible corners.

The design of the phone is stunning, ditto its build materials.

The display is detailed and bright, and it has the same – if not better – specs than its nearest Android rivals, the Google Pixel 2 XL and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (both of which cost a lot more too).

Why You’d Buy The OnePlus 6?

Simple: value for money. If you value this, the OnePlus 6 is the phone for you – nothing else comes even remotely close to this handset in this context.

Put it in this context: you could buy two OnePlus 6 phones for the price of a single iPhone XS.

Is the iPhone XS twice the phone? Not at all. Matter of fact, given the choice I wouldn’t swap my OnePlus for an iPhone XS. No way.

It does everything right and ticks all my boxes: design, great battery life, excellent camera, fast updates, good-looking software.

If that’s your bag as well, you’re in very good hands with the OnePlus 6 which you can pick up direct from OnePlus for £429.

by rgoodwin at September 19, 2018 08:40 AM

Forget The OnePlus 6T! OnePlus Wants To Make TVs

Richard Goodwin 19/09/2018 - 9:16am

OnePlus will release a successor to the OnePlus 6 in the coming months – the OnePlus 6T. But that’s not all the company is working on…

The OnePlus 6T is coming. Just like the OnePlus 5T, the handset will pick up where the OnePlus 6 left off, adding in some new features, specs, and tweaks.

The OnePlus 6, a phone I am currently using, is one of the best phones around right now. For the price, around half the cost of the iPhone XS, it is essentially unbeatable.

The OnePlus 6T, therefore, should be a rather interesting beast once it arrives. But the OnePlus product line does not end there…

OnePlus Wants To Make A TV?

According to OnePlus CEO, Peter Lau, OnePlus is very keen on expanding its product line to include smart TVs.

“As other consumer electronics have evolved and improved our lives, televisions have remained conventional and cumbersome,” said Lau, speaking to Express.

He added: “For most of us, there are four major environments we experience each day: the home, the workplace, the commute, and being on-the-move. The home - perhaps the most important environment experience - is just starting to enjoy the benefits of intelligent connectivity.”

“Something that seems as simple as displaying the photos from your mobile phone to a television is still difficult to achieve. With the development of AI technology, our imagination is endless – and we are looking forward to the future.”

OnePlus TV – When’s It Coming?

Absolutely no idea! The way Lau speaks about it makes it seem like something they’re actively considering, not actively implementing.

However, as anyone in the tech industry will know: no one says anything without an ulterior motive. If he’s talking about TVs, research and development is likely already underway, and that means we could see something inside the next couple of years.

I automatically think of a 4K OLED TV priced at around half the cost of current models. This is purely based on how OnePlus does phones, but if it can do the same “price magic” with TVs, then I’m sure it’d find a lot of friends.

I don’t know too much about TVs, what goes into designing and making them, but what I do know is this: it’s an incredibly difficult market to operate in – many have tried and failed.

Could OnePlus have something innovative up its sleeve? A cheap, mass-market OLED 4K TV? I have no idea, but the fact that Lau is talking about it openly probably means it is going to happen.

It’s just a case of when…

by rgoodwin at September 19, 2018 08:16 AM

Move Over, SNES Classic Edition Mini! The PlayStation Classic Is Coming

Damien McFerran 19/09/2018 - 9:10am

Comes with 20 games, launches in December at £89.99

When Nintendo released the much sought-after NES Mini a couple of years ago, it triggered a gold rush of micro-consoles, with hardware makers attempting to exploit our love of nostalgia by repackaging dusty old retro games in a sleeker, more compact form. Nintendo has since followed up with the excellent SNES Mini, and next year, Sega will launch its own Mini console based on the Mega Drive. Even SNK has gotten in on the act with its 'tabletop arcade' unit, the Neo Geo Mini.

Not to be outdone, Sony has today announced the PlayStation Classic, a micro-console that will ship before Christmas with 20 pre-loaded games. The full software line-up hasn't been confirmed so far, but we do know that Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Ridge Racer Type 4, Jumping Flash and Wild Arms will be included. Even with those five games, you've got some of the best titles the console ever witnessed (and Jumping Flash, which, despite being a launch game, still holds up well today and is one of the first true 3D platformers).

The console also comes with two replica controllers, a HDMI cable and a USB power cable, so you'll need to either plug it into your TV's USB socket or use a mobile phone charger block. It's a lot smaller than the original console and will fit snugly under your TV. There's no official word as yet, but we'd imagine the unit will come with options such as save states, screen filters and much more besides.

With a retail price of $99.99 / €99.99 / 9,980 yen / £89.99, Sony is clearly pitting this against Nintendo's line of micro-consoles. Given that the PlayStation is one of the most popular gaming brands on the planet, this could even eclipse the demand shown for the NES and SNES Minis when it launches on December 3rd.

Sony has done a pretty good job of making sure people have access to its classic titles in the past; those with long memories will recall the Xperia Play, a phone with slide-out PlayStation controls that hosted a series of PlayStation classics, such as Tekken, Wipeout and Ridge Racer. While that particular phone didn't do as well as expected, Sony has continued to make 32-bit games available via a range of digital services, such as its own PlayStation Store.

However, very much like Nintendo's efforts, the PlayStation Classic will attract a whole new audience when it arrives on store shelves. The attractive price point combined with the iconic design, recognisable branding and eye-catching software are sure to make this one of the most popular gifts this Christmas. Will we perhaps see a PlayStation 2 Classic in the fullness of time? We don't know about you, but our fingers are firmly crossed.

by dmcferran at September 19, 2018 08:07 AM

All Too "Familiar" iPhone XS & XS Max Divide Opinion (Again…)

Richard Goodwin 19/09/2018 - 8:59am

The first iPhone XS and iPhone XS MAX reviews are in… and as usual there is plenty of differing views about the phones

Every year, without fail, a new iPhone (or iPhones) arrive. And every year, we see the same cookie-cutter reviews from Apple’s “trusted” stable of reviewers.

The reviews usually begin (or end) something like this: “This is the best iPhone to date”, as if that should actually mean anything in an industry that moves constantly forward.

Moreover, Apple operates solely by itself. Sure, it borrows heavily from Android designs and features, but most of the time it makes phones that slowly push forward Apple’s agenda.

I used to be a big Apple fan, but I can’t remember the last time I actually got excited about a new iPhone coming? Maybe 2015…

iPhone XS Review – “It’s All Good, Man!”

Tech Radar and The Verge, for whatever reason, can’t seem to say what most already know: Apple’s iPhone lost its magic long ago. 

Nowadays, the handset is more an experiment in minimalist expression – change as little as possible, tweak a couple of things. Then, bump the price (in the XS MAX only, of course).

I know there’s not that much we can do with phones anymore; they’re all super-advanced with big displays and fancy sensors.

But one area where Apple could have made some changes is battery life – i.e. make it better.

The iPhone X’s wasn’t great, and now we hear that the iPhone XS’ is essentially more of the same – middling-to-okay, but nothing spectacular.

The cameras and processor are reportedly very impressive, but, again, this is par for the course. Apple’s sensors and silicon are always world-beaters, though I find using a OnePlus 6 – a phone that costs 50% less than Apple’s iPhone XS – perfectly adequate in these regards.

What’s The Beef?

I guess, mostly, it comes down to price: why are Apple’s iPhones so expensive when they aren’t all that special? I mean, these phones use the same design, more or less, as last year’s model – yet they cost the same (or more if you want the XS Max)?

All the areas where Apple’s iPhone is winning are not exactly perceptible to 99.9% of users either.

Will you notice a few milliseconds of additional processing grunt? Probably not. Is the camera THAT much better than the Pixel 2’s or the OnePlus 6’s? Again, probably not.

So what, exactly, are you paying extra for? Simple: the iPhone – you’re paying more because that’s what Apple does.

And normally, I don’t mind this. But when the handset you’re talking about is duller than a box of porridge, well… you got to start asking questions about why people are lining up to buy these things?

I'd much rather pick up the outgoing iPhone X at a discounted rate, save myself some money. 

The only interesting thing from Apple’s keynote was the iPhone XR, and my hopes for that phone are this: people wise up to Apple’s tricks, completely ignore the XS and XS Max, and buy the iPhone VR instead.

by rgoodwin at September 19, 2018 07:59 AM

Better Connected: Punkt's Stylish Dumbphone Now Has LTE Support

Damien McFerran 19/09/2018 - 8:48am

Ready to reject social media and the internet? Get a MP02

While the rise of the smartphone has brought with it many tangible benefits, there are plenty of drawbacks – people are literally addicted to their phones and find it hard to be parted from them for even a short time, and if you glance out of your window right now, chances are you'll see at least one person glued to their handset's display as they walk along the road. In short, humankind has a problem with phones, because they're so darn good.

To counter this issue we've seen an increase in the number of 'dumbphones' available on the market; handsets which strip away all of the distractions like apps, online connectivity and social media integration and instead focus on calls and text, and that's it. While it sounds like a gimmick, plenty of people are investing in these minimalist devices to solve the problem of too much screen time when they're away from their computer, and while it won't be for everyone, it seems to be working.

Swiss company Punkt was one of the first to embrace this desire to scale back on mobile technology and launched the stylish MP01 not long ago. It can't do anything but make calls and send text messages, but the catch is that it's limited to 2G networks – and these are being switched off all over the globe right now.

In response to this, Punkt has released an updated version called the MP02. It's a dead ringer (no pun intended) for its predecessor but now comes with 4G LTE, Blackberry encryption and – perhaps most important of all – threaded text messaging. The previous model divided messages between 'Inbox' and 'Sent', which was perhaps a little too old-school for many users. While you can't access the internet via the phone itself, you can connect it to your laptop or tablet and use it as a portable hotspot, which is a neat touch. Calls and texts are the focus, but it also comes with a clock, notes app, calendar and calculator.

Designed by British industrial designer Jasper Morrison, the MP02 is rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor and comes with a two-inch, Gorilla Glass-covered monochrome display. Because it's not connected to the internet and doesn't have a massive screen, you can expect to get around 12 days of use out of a single charge – a more welcome throwback to the past. It uses USB-C for charging and connectivity, so it's ahead of the curve when compared to a few 2018 Android handsets in that regard.

If you feel like embracing the dumbphone revolution then this is perhaps your best option. You can pre-order the MP02 now, at a cost of $349. Simplicity clearly doesn't come cheap, but you do get a Lamy pen designed by Morrison if you pre-order now.

by dmcferran at September 19, 2018 07:47 AM

September 18, 2018

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End Of The Line: The Samsung Galaxy J Series Might Be Getting The Chop

Damien McFerran 18/09/2018 - 9:03am

Budget line could be culled to make room for the Galaxy M series

Despite the fact that Samsung is expanding its low-cost Galaxy J series with the Galaxy J6 Plus and the Galaxy J4 Plus, we're now hearing rumours that the South Korean company could be killing off the popular budget line in the near future to make way for some aggressively-priced handsets aimed at emerging markets like India and South America.

Unlike Apple, which tends to aim at the high end of the smartphone market, Samsung is happy to play all sectors and has a few sub-brands aimed at different consumers. The Galaxy S line is the premium series and includes the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9, while the Galaxy A line is the company's mid-range sub-brand.

The Galaxy J brand is for budget shoppers, but Samsung has found it increasingly hard to remain competitive thanks to an influx of low-cost Android handsets from Far Eastern rivals. It would seem that the company now wishes to shake up this formula a little by killing off one of its sub-brands in order to create a brand-new one.

According to the rumour, the Galaxy J line is the most likely candidate for the cull and could be replaced by a new 'Galaxy M' line which will be made up of low-cost phones aimed at markets such as China, India and South America – very much like Chinese rival Xiaomi's Redmi series.

In addition to this, the existing Galaxy A line could be expanded to include handsets which boast more competitive features and better specs, presumably to challenge the likes of OnePlus, Huawei and Xiaomi, all of which make mid-range devices equipped with cutting-edge tech. Samsung's Galaxy A line has traditionally sold on the name alone, but it's becoming increasingly clear that the company's cheap and cheerful blowers are being comprehensively out-gunned by their budget rivals.

It's high time that companies like Samsung woke up to the fact that Huawei and Xiaomi are expanding rapidly thanks to their low-cost approach to Android phones; when compared purely on specs, there's little reason to opt for Samsung's Galaxy A and J offerings when compared to devices like the Redmi 6 and new-released Pocophone F1, the latter of which packs a Snapdragon 845 CPU – the same chipset as found inside the Galaxy S9.

However, Samsung is a massive company and with a bit of product line restructuring could effortlessly gatecrash this low-cost party with a line of its own high-specced budget devices; the only question is, will the Samsung-buying faithful still want to pay all that money for a Galaxy S or Galaxy Note when they can sacrifice a few features here and there and get a similarly-specced Samsung for almost half the price or less? If this rumour – and it is only a rumour at the moment – is to be believed, that we could see a very different Samsung to the one we know and love in the near future.

by dmcferran at September 18, 2018 07:56 AM

Naughty Naughty! Google Apologises For Fiddling With Battery Settings Without Consent

Damien McFerran 18/09/2018 - 8:33am

The recent spate of remote tinkering hasn't endeared Google to its fanbase

Google already gets enough bad press about snooping on our private data and tracking us everywhere we go, so you'd think the company would try its hardest to avoid getting itself embroiled in any further scandal – but you'd be damn wrong.

A whole host of Android Pie users recently noticed that their phone's Battery Saver mode had been activated without their input, and as a result, their handset was limiting the background activity of certain key applications, disabling high-drain processes (such as location tracking) and generally slowing the phone down to retain as much juice as possible. This is, of course, all stuff that the Battery Saver mode is supposed to do – but only when you want it to. In this case, the setting had been enabled by Google itself without the consent of the end user.

It is believed that only Google's Pixel line of handsets and the Andy Rubin-made Essential Phone were impacted by this fiddling, as they are the only ones which have access to the full Android Pie OS at this moment in time. That means the wider Android community is unaffected, but that doesn't make the whole scenario any less concerning.

As well as reducing the phone's overall performance level, Battery Saver also prevents certain notifications coming through, which means impacted users could have missed critical messages from friends, family and work. Location-based services may also have been affected, so any apps which rely on knowing where you are won't have functioned as expected. Oops.

Disgruntled Android fans have taken to Reddit to express their concern with this move, forcing the company to issue a statement. “This was an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended,” a Google representative posted on the PixelCommunity subreddit. “We have now rolled battery saver settings back to default. Please configure to your liking. Sorry for the confusion.”

The response from the wider Android community has been mixed; some are rightly annoyed that Google has the power to not only tinker with their phone's settings without them knowing but also to cause messages to fail and other services to not work as intended. However, a few voices of reason have come out and said that Google has the right to alter settings to test certain elements of the Android Pie OS before it gets rolled out to more devices all over the world.

Whatever your stance on this situation, this is yet another privacy scandal that Google could really have done with avoiding. If it can change your battery settings then it stands to reason that it can access and change other parts of your phone's functionality, which is sure to have the more anxious Pixel and Essential Phone owners out there moving over to iOS pretty swiftly.

by dmcferran at September 18, 2018 07:31 AM

September 17, 2018

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The Headphone Jack is OFFICIALLY Dead on iPhone (And Most Android Phones)

Damien McFerran 18/09/2018 - 9:24am

With Apple's new iPhone range now entirely jack-free, time is finally up

Apple made waves back in 2016 when it completely ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack on its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models; the company had decided that the time for wired connections had finally passed and that a tangle-free future was to be enjoyed by all. Predictably, there were cries of dissent from within the industry, and companies like Samsung and OnePlus proudly retained the jack in their flagship devices, using it as yet another stick with which to beat Apple. "We won't abandon your beloved wired connection," was the message – and for a while, it worked.

However, the stay of execution for the 3.5mm audio socket has finally ended. Last week, Apple lifted the lid on its latest iPhones, none of which come with a headphone jack. That was totally expected of course – Apple has been socket-free since the aforementioned iPhone 7 – but the fact that it has now culled the iPhone SE and iPhone 6S, the last two phones it had in production which featured an audio socket, means that the company's smartphones are now totally focused on a wireless audio world..

Back in 2016, many doubted that the mobile sector would follow Apple's lead on this matter, and while that was true to a degree, the tide has turned since then. Google's Pixel 2 ditched the 3.5mm socket last year, and manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei have also removed it from their most recent top-tier devices. It was recently confirmed that the upcoming OnePlus 6 successor will also lose the socket, although it will offer USB Type-C headphones to make this omission a little easier to stomach. OnePlus’ co-founder Carl Pei no doubt speaks for many in the smartphone sector when justifying this change – removing the jack, he claims, means more space inside the handset for other components, such as a larger battery.

Out of the Android arena's leading lights, only Samsung and LG remain committed to the 3.5mm socket cause, and the former has even gone as far as to highlight the fact that its phones continue to use the wired connection in its promotional material. The thing is, once Apple starts pushing the industry in a certain direction, everyone else tends to follow suit. Sales of Bluetooth headphones are rising all the time, and consumers clearly see the benefit of having a cable-free audio option, even if that means sacrificing some of the quality; as any seasoned audiophile will tell you, a wired connection is still the best way to listen to your music – but for most, Bluetooth is perfectly fine.

I probably joined the wireless revolution later than most, and it was all because of the iPhone 7. I found the bundled USB Type-C adapter too fiddly to use, so I invested in a pair of relatively cheap in-ear Bluetooth headphones. I've since upgraded to a larger pair, and I have to admit, it's hard to even conceive going back to the old wired connection. I never realised how much of a pain it was being tethered to your phone – which is usually tucked away in a pocket – until I went wireless. Now, I don't have to worry about getting tangled up every time I want to check an email or send a text, although I do have to make sure my cans are fully charged every time I leave the house, which is perhaps the only genuine headache Bluetooth headphones bring with them.

I have to admit I felt a little bit of resentment about having to switch from wired to wireless headphones when the iPhone 7 came out, but I've since upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy S9+ – which has a 3.5mm socket, lest we forget – and yet the mere notion of using an old-fashioned pair of cable-based cans fills me with a feeling very close to disgust. I may not have been a willing convert, but I'm a convert all the same – and that may well be the strongest indication yet that Apple's way is the industry's way. I love the fact that my Samsung phone has the ability to accept a wired connection, but I've not used it once in the entire time I've owned the device, which speaks volumes. The 3.5mm socket is now reduced to a convenience we never use; a spec on a sheet which might tempt you to buy a phone, but serves little purpose in the grand scheme of things.

As much as Apple is criticised for forcing consumers down a set path (and let's be honest, part of the reason for removing the headphone socket on the iPhone 7 was to sell Apple AirPods and Beats wireless headphones) but there are so many elements which Apple has popularised that have been taken up by the mobile sector en masse; big-screen phone design, the smartphone app store, fingerprint scanning for security, even the accursed screen notch – all of these things we have Apple to thank for, and now you can add 'wireless audio' to the list, too.

It makes you wonder what other non-Apple elements of modern phone design will fall by the wayside; while the uptake has been slower, more and more Android phone-makers are adopting advanced face-scanning 3D camera technology on their phones, which could hint that the fingerprint scanner's days are also numbered. At the moment, the lack of fingerprint ID on the iPhone is perhaps the single biggest differentiator between Apple's products and those of Samsung, LG, Xiaomi and Huawei; I'd personally hate to see this element vanish from our phones, but then again, that's exactly how I felt about the headphone jack – until I was forced to live in a world without it.

by dmcferran at September 17, 2018 03:16 PM

Apple Watch Series 4 vs Apple Watch Series 3

Michael Grothaus

How do Apple’s watches fair against each other?

This month Apple unveiled the fourth iteration of its wearable product: the Apple Watch Series 4. It’s the first Apple Watch to vary its design since the device first came to market four years ago. The new Apple watch Series 4 is both (a bit) thinner than previous models and each of its two screen sizes received an upgrade. The new Series 4 also features brand new EKG reader to measure your heart rate.

It’s these improvements that have superstar analyst Ming-Chi Kuo saying the Series 4 will be a runaway hit with sales expected to hit 18 million units in 2018. Despite introducing the Series 4, Apple also left the Series 3 on sale. So just how do the two Apple Watch series compare? Let’s take a look.

Apple Watch Series 4 vs Apple Watch Series 3: Specs

Apple Watch Series 4

  • Processor: 64‑bit dual-core S4 processor + Apple wireless W3 chip
  • Models: GPS + Cellular, or just GPS
  • Storage: 16GB (all models)
  • Battery: 18 hours
  • Display: 40 mm or 44 mm LTPO OLED Retina display with Force Touch
  • Connectivity: GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and (optional) Cellular LTE
  • Waterproofing: Water resistant 50 metres
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration/Haptics engine, Heart rate sensor, Barometer, Barometric altimeter, Electrical heart sensor

Apple Watch Series 3

  • Processor: Dual-core S3 processor + Apple wireless W2 chip
  • Models: GPS + Cellular, or just GPS
  • Storage: 8GB (GPS) or 16GB (GPS + Cellular)
  • Battery: 18 hours
  • Display: 38 mm or 42 mm OLED Retina display with Force Touch
  • Connectivity: GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and (optional) Cellular LTE
  • Waterproofing: Water resistant 50 metres
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration/Haptics engine, Heart rate sensor, Barometer, Barometric altimeter

As you can see from the specs the Series 4 (both GPS and Cellular models) beat the Series 3 when it comes to Processor and Storage. It’s 64‑bit dual-core S4 processor + Apple wireless W3 chip is twice as fast as the Dual-core S3 processor + Apple wireless W2 chip found in the Series 3. The Series 4 also features 16GB of storage in all models, while the Series 3 only offers 8GB of storage in the Cellular model.

Another massive improvement is that the Digital Crown in the Series 4 now offers haptic feedback, so you can feel the clicks it makes as you use it. The Series 3 doesn’t offer that.

Apple Watch Series 4 vs Apple Watch Series 3: Display and Design

Both Series 4 and Series 3 come in two screen sizes, but the Series 4 has increased the screen size while keeping the dimensions of the Watch virtually unchanged. The Series 4 comes in 40 mm or 44 mm while the Series 3 comes in 38mm or 42mm sizes.

Apple has also managed to make the Series 4 just a hair thinner than the Series 3. The Series 4 is 10.7mm thin, while the Series 3 is 11.4mm thin. Both Series are also waterproof to a water resistance rating of 50 metres under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means Both series can be worn in the pool or ocean while swimming up to 50 meters deep.

One last thing: the Series 3 is only available in aluminum across all models whereas the Series 4 is available in aluminum or a stainless steel build. Both models also feature a battery life of 18 hours.

Apple Watch Series 4 vs Apple Watch Series 3: Connectivity and Sensors

As for as connectivity goes, we already mentioned that both Series feature built-in GPS with a Cellular LTE option so you can use it as a dedicated device without required pairing with an iPhone. Other than that, the connectivity options between the Series 4 and Series 3 are almost the same: NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n; and while both have Bluetooth, the Series 4 features Bluetooth 5-the latest.

The Series 4 and Series 3 also have many of the same sensors too. Both feature an ambient light sensor, gyroscope, vibration/haptics engine, optical heart sensor, barometer, and barometric altimeter. However, only the Series 4 features an electrical heart sensor, which means you can do an EKG on yourself. The Series 4 also features an improved accelerometer that will measure up to 32 G-forces, versus the Series 3 16 G-forces. Finally, the Series 4 supports fall detection.

Apple Watch Series 4 vs Apple Watch Series 3: Cost and Verdict

The Apple Watch Series 4 starts at £399 (40mm) or £429 (44mm) for the GPS model and £499 (40mm) or £529 (44mm) for the Cellular model. The Apple Watch Series 3 now starts at £279 (38mm) or £309 (42mm) for the GPS model and £379 (38mm) or £409 (42mm) for the Cellular model.

Which should you get? Go with the Series 4 all the way. With its larger displays, haptic Digital Crown, and EKG reader it’s a better Watch by far.

by michaelg at September 17, 2018 02:19 PM

September 16, 2018

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iPhone XR vs iPhone 7 – How Do They Compare?

Michael Grothaus

It’s no contest.

When Apple introduced the new iPhone XR, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max this month, as usual, it also kept around some of its older model iPhones, specifically the older iPhone 7, 8 Plus, 7, and 7 Plus. Apple does this so it can continue to offer phones at lower price points for people who don’t need the latest and greatest.

So needless to say, buying an iPhone right now can be a bit confusing. That’s where we come in. In this latest versus, we’re taking a look at the differences between the new iPhone XR and the two-year-old iPhone 7, now Apple’s entry-level iPhone.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 7: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone XR:

  • Display: 6.1in LCD Liquid Retina display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 194 grams
  • Storage: 64, 128, or 256GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video. 
  • Rear camera: Single lens 12MP wide-angle camera, optical image stabilisation. 4K video.
  • Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, IP67 waterproof

And here’s the specs for the iPhone 7:

  • Display: 4.7in display with 1334x750 resolution at 326ppi
  • Dimensions: 138.3mm x 67.1mm x 7.1 mm
  • Weight: 138 grams
  • Storage: 32 or 128GB
  • Processors: A10 Fusion
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video
  • Rear camera: 12MP camera, 4K video.
  • Battery: Up to 12 hours battery life mixed usage
  • Other: Touch ID, NFC, 3D Touch, IP67 waterproof

iPhone XR vs iPhone 7: Display & Design

The iPhone XR features an edge-to-edge display that is 6.1in and has a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi. The iPhone 7 features a 4.7in display with bezels that has a 1334x750-pixel resolution at 326ppi. No question about it, the iPhone XR’s display wins the day here-well, almost.

By many aspects, the XR beats the iPhone 7: it has a larger display with a higher resolution, a higher pixel density, and is edge-to-edge. But not so fast, the iPhone 7 beats the XR in one display aspect: the XR lacks 3D Touch, which the iPhone 7 has. If you were never a fan of 3D Touch, that won’t matter much. But if you like the feature you’ll be disappointed it’s not in the XR.

The other obvious difference is that the iPhone XR lacks a Home button. It jettisons it in favor of a gesture-based Home control. The iPhone 7 still has the Home button we all know and love. This means the iPhone 7 also still has Touch ID. The iPhone XR lacks Touch ID and replaces it with Apple’s Face ID facial recognition system.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 7: CPU, Battery, and Storage

The iPhone XR has a MUCH larger battery than the iPhone 7. You’ll definitely see a difference because of it. Just check out the battery life specs below to see what we mean. Here’s how the battery life compares between the two in Talk Time, Standby Time, Internet Use, Video Playback, and Audio Playback:

  • Talk time: iPhone XR – 25 hours. iPhone 7 – 14 hours.
  • Internet use: iPhone XR – Up to 15 hours. iPhone 7 – Up to 12 hours.
  • Video playback: iPhone XR – Up to 16 hours. iPhone 7 – Up to 13 hours.
  • Audio playback: iPhone XR – Up to 65 hours. iPhone 7 – Up to 40 hours.

The XR also features wireless charging where the iPhone 7 does not.

As for storage, the XS offers three sizes: 64, 256, or 512GB. The iPhone 7 only comes in 32 or 128GB. As far s the CPU is concerned, the XR destroys the 7 Plus. It features the A12 Bionic chipset versus the iPhone 7 Plus’ A10 Fusion. The A12 is a 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is almost twice as fast as the A10.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 7: Camera

When you get to the camera department, the two phones aren’t THAT different. On the front camera, both phones feature the same 7MP sensor, but the front camera on the iPhone XR is a TrueDepth system that supports Face ID. It also supports advanced photo features like portrait photography.

The rear camera is also almost identical. Both feature a single-lens 12MP wide angle camera. Both also feature optical image stabilisation and 4K video recording. The XR does have some extra software features, however, like Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control and Portrait Lighting.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 7: Cost & Verdict

Unlocked the 4.7in iPhone 7 will cost £449 (32GB) and £549 (128GB). The 6.1in iPhone XR will cost £749 (64GB) and £799 (128GB) and £899 (256GB). That premium for the iPhone XR does get you a bigger display and a sexy new design. Really, the only reason to go with the iPhone 7 is if you want to save money and just grab the cheapest iPhone you can or if you love the old Touch ID Home button.

by michaelg at September 16, 2018 12:40 PM

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 – How Do They Compare?

Michael Grothaus

The XR and 8 are the same in some respects.

Apple has a slew of iPhones in its lineup now. This month the company released the new iPhone XR, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max. AND the company kept around the older iPhone 8, 8 Plus, 7, and 7 Plus.

So needless to say, buying an iPhone right now can be a bit confusing. That’s where we come in. In this latest versus, we’re taking a look at the differences between the new iPhone XR and last year’s iPhone 8.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone XR:

  • Display: 6.1in LCD Liquid Retina display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 194 grams
  • Storage: 64, 128, or 256GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video. 
  • Rear camera: Single lens 12MP wide-angle camera, optical image stabilisation. 4K video.
  • Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, IP67 waterproof

And here’s the specs for the iPhone 8:

  • Display: 4.7-inch display with a 1334x750-pixel resolution at 326ppi
  • Dimensions: 138.4mm x 67.3mm x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 148 grams
  • Storage: 64 or 256GB
  • Processors: A11 Bionic chip
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video
  • Rear camera: Single lens 12MP wide-angle camera, optical image stabilisation. 4K video.
  • Battery: Up to 12 hours battery life mixed usage
  • Other: Touch ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch, IP67 waterproof

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8: Display & Design

The iPhone XR features an edge-to-edge display that is 6.1in and has a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi. The iPhone 8 features a 4.7in display with bezels that has a 1334x750-pixel resolution at 326ppi. No question about it, the iPhone XR’s display wins the day here-well, almost.

By many aspects, the XR beats the 8: it has a larger display with a higher resolution, a higher pixel density, and is edge-to-edge. But not so fast, the iPhone 8 beats the XR in one display aspect: the XR lacks 3D Touch, which the iPhone 8 has. If you were never a fan of 3D Touch, that won’t matter much. But if you like the feature you’ll be disappointed it’s not in the XR.

The other obvious difference is that the iPhone XR lacks a Home button. It jettisons it in favor of a gesture-based Home control. The iPhone 8 still has the Home button we all know and love. This means the iPhone 8 also still has Touch ID. The iPhone XR lacks Touch ID and replaces it with Apple’s Face ID facial recognition system.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8: CPU, Battery, and Storage

The iPhone XR has a MUCH larger battery than the iPhone 8. You’ll definitely see a difference because of it. Just check out the battery life specs below to see what we mean. Here’s how the battery life compares between the two in Talk Time, Standby Time, Internet Use, Video Playback, and Audio Playback:

  • Talk time: iPhone XR – 25 hours. iPhone 8 – 14 hours.
  • Internet use: iPhone XR – Up to 15 hours. iPhone 8 – Up to 12 hours.
  • Video playback: iPhone XR – Up to 16 hours. iPhone 8 – Up to 13 hours.
  • Audio playback: iPhone XR – Up to 65 hours. iPhone 8 – Up to 40 hours.

Both phones also feature wireless charging. As for storage, the XS offers three sizes: 64, 256, or 512GB. The iPhone 8 only comes in 64 or 256GB. As far as the CPU is concerned, the new XS has a better processor than the iPhone 8. The XS features the A12 Bionic chipset–and upgrade over the 8’s A11 Bionic. The new A12 is a 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient than the previous A11. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost 10x faster. Apps launch 30% faster on the XS and Machine Learning runs nine times faster on 1/10th the energy. In other words, the A12 Bionic absolutely flies.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8: Camera

When you get to the camera department, the two phones aren’t THAT different. On the front camera, both phones feature the same 7MP sensor, but the front camera on the iPhone XR is a TrueDepth system that supports Face ID. It also supports advanced photo features like portrait photography.

The red camera is also almost identical. Both feature a single-lens 12MP wide angle camera. Both also feature optical image stabilisation and 4K video recording. The XR does have some extra software features, however, like Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control and Portrait Lighting.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8: Cost & Verdict

Unlocked the 4.7in iPhone 8 will cost £599 (64GB) and £749 (256GB). The 6.1in iPhone XR will cost £749 (64GB) and £799 (128GB) and £899 (256GB). That premium for the iPhone XR does get you a bigger display and a sexy new design. Really, the only reason to go with the iPhone 8 is if you love the old Touch ID Home button.

by michaelg at September 16, 2018 12:27 PM

iPhone XR vs iPhone 7 Plus – What's The Diff?

Michael Grothaus

Apple’s phablets face off!

Apple is a phablet phone company now. This September Apple introduced three new iPhones, all with screens 5.8in or larger. The biggest of which, the iPhone XS Max goes to 6.5in. And then there is the new iPhone XR, which has a 6.1in display.

But Apple has kept some of its previous phablets on sale too. Apple entry-level phablet is now the two-year-old iPhone 7 Plus. So just how does this low-cost phablet stack up against Apple’s newest, phablet, the iPhone XR? Let’s take a look.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 7 Plus: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone XR:

  • Display: 6.1in LCD Liquid Retina display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 194 grams
  • Storage: 64, 128, or 256GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video. 
  • Rear camera: Single lens 12MP wide-angle camera, optical image stabilisation. 4K video.
  • Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, IP67 waterproof

And here’s the specs for the iPhone 7 Plus:

  • Display: 5.5in Retina HD LCD display with 1920x1080 resolution at 401ppi
  • Dimensions: 158.2mm x 77.9 mm x 7.3 mm
  • Weight: 188 grams
  • Storage: 32 or 128GB
  • Processors: A10 Fusion chip
  • Front camera: 7 MP
  • Rear camera: 12 MP Dual Lens telephoto and wide-angle, optical image stabilisation
  • Battery: Up to 12.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Touch ID, NFC, 3D Touch, IP67 waterproof

iPhone XR vs iPhone 7 Plus: Display & Design

The iPhone XR features an edge-to-edge display that is 6.1in and has a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi. The iPhone 7 Plus features a 5.5in display with bezels that has a 1920x1080 resolution at 401ppi. Without a doubt, the iPhone XR’s display wins the day here-well, almost.

By many aspects, the XR beats the 7 Plus: it has a larger display with a higher resolution, a higher pixel density, and is edge-to-edge. But not so fast, the iPhone 7 Plus beats the XR in one display aspect: the XR lacks 3D Touch, which the iPhone 7 Plus has. If you were never a fan of 3D Touch, that won’t matter much. But if you like the feature you’ll be disappointed it’s not in the XR.

The other obvious difference is that the iPhone XR lacks a Home button. It jettisons it in favor of a gesture-based Home control. The iPhone 7 Plus still has the Home button we all know and love. This means the iPhone 7 Plus also still has Touch ID. The iPhone XR lacks Touch ID and replaces it with Apple’s new Face ID facial recognition system.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 7 Plus: CPU, Battery, and Storage

The iPhone XR has just a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 7 Plus. Will you see any difference because of it? Not much. Matter of fact, as you can see from the battery life specs below, each device is very similar. Here’s how the battery life compares between the two in Talk Time, Standby Time, Internet Use, Video Playback, and Audio Playback:

  • Talk time: iPhone XR – 25 hours. iPhone 7 Plus – 21 hours.
  • Internet use: iPhone XR – Up to 15 hours. iPhone 7 Plus – Up to 13 hours.
  • Video playback: iPhone XR – Up to 16 hours. iPhone 7 Plus – Up to 14 hours.
  • Audio playback: iPhone XR – Up to 65 hours. iPhone 7 Plus – Up to 60 hours.

But the XR does stand out in one respect: it features wireless charging, where the 7 Plus does not.

As far s the CPU is concerned, the XR destroys the 7 Plus. It features the A12 Bionic chipset versus the iPhone 7 Plus’ A10 Fusion. The A12 is a 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is almost twice as fast as the A10. You also have more storage options with the XR: 64, 128, or 256GB. That’s versus the iPhone 7 Plus’ 32 or 128GB storage options.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 7 Plus: Camera

When you get to the camera department, the two phones differ wildly. On the front camera, both phones feature the same 7MP sensor, but the front camera on the iPhone XR is a TrueDepth system that supports Face ID. It also supports advanced photo features like portrait photography.

But things are radically different when it comes to the rear camera. The iPhone 7 Plus features a dual lens 12MP system with wide-angle and telephoto cameras, optical image stabilisation, 2x optical zoom, and 4K video recording.

On the other hand, the rear camera system on the XR is only a single-lens 12MP wide angle camera. It does feature optical image stabilisation and 4K video recording, as with the iPhone 7 Plus, but lacks the 2x optical zoom.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 7 Plus: Cost & Verdict

Unlocked the 5.5in iPhone 7 Plus will cost £569 (32GB) and £669 (128GB). The 6.1in iPhone XR will cost £749 (64GB) and £799 (128GB) and £899 (256GB). That premium for the iPhone XR does get you a bigger display and a sexy new design, but you also lose out on the dual lens camera system of the iPhone 7 Plus. Which you get will ultimately depend on if the camera is more important to you, or the bigger display is.

by michaelg at September 16, 2018 12:03 PM

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 Plus – How Do They Compare?

Michael Grothaus

It's a tradeoff of screen versus camera.

So Apple has come out with a bit of a confusing lineup this year. It’s introduced the new iPhone XS and XS Max, as well as the iPhone XR. But Apple is keeping the older iPhone 8 Plus model on sale too. The new iPhone XR is meant to be an upset of the 8 Plus–but there are features that make the 8 Plus still a better phone.

That’s not to say that the Xr isn’t better in many respects. But still, it’s not superior in all aspects. So just how is the new iPhone XR different than the 8 Plus. Let’s take a look.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 Plus: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone XR:

  • Display: 6.1in LCD Liquid Retina display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 194 grams
  • Storage: 64, 128, or 256GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video. 
  • Rear camera: Single lens 12MP wide-angle camera, optical image stabilisation. 4K video.
  • Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, IP67 waterproof

And here’s the specs for the iPhone 8 Plus:

  • Display: 5.5in Retina HD display with 1920x1080 resolution at 401ppi, 3D Touch enabled
  • Dimensions: 158.4mm x 78.1 mm x 7.5 mm
  • Weight: 202 grams
  • Storage: 64 or 256GB
  • Processors: A11 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video
  • Rear camera: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 12.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Touch ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch, IP67 waterproof

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 Plus: Display & Design

Okay, the biggest difference is in their display size. The iPhone XR features an edge-to-edge display that is 6.1in and has a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi. The iPhone 8 Plus features a 5.5in display with bezels that has a 1920x1080 resolution at 401ppi.

So by most aspects, the XR beats the 8 Plus: it has a larger display with a higher resolution, a higher pixel density, and is edge-to-edge. But not so fast, the iPhone 8 Plus beats the XR in one display aspect: the XR lacks 3D Touch, which the iPhone 8 Plus has. If you were never a fan of 3D Touch, that won’t matter much. But if you like the feature you’ll be disappointed it’s not in the XR.

The other obvious difference is that the iPhone XR lacks a Home button. It jettisons it in favor of a gesture-based Home control. The iPhone 8 Plus still has the Home button we all know and love. This means the iPhone 8 Plus also still has Touch ID. The iPhone XR lacks Touch ID and replaces it with Apple’s new Face ID facial recognition system.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 Plus: CPU, Battery, and Storage

The iPhone XR has just a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 8 Plus. Will you see any difference because of it? Not much. Matter of fact, as you can see from the battery life specs below, each device is very similar. Another similarity each devices has is that they both offer wireless charging. Here’s how the battery life compares between the two in Talk Time, Standby Time, Internet Use, Video Playback, and Audio Playback:

  • Talk time: iPhone XR – 25 hours. iPhone 8 Plus – 21 hours.
  • Internet use: iPhone XR – Up to 15 hours. iPhone 8 Plus – Up to 13 hours.
  • Video playback: iPhone XR – Up to 16 hours. iPhone 8 Plus – Up to 14 hours.
  • Audio playback: iPhone XR – Up to 65 hours. iPhone 8 Plus – Up to 60 hours.

Both phones also feature wireless charging.

As far s the CPU is concerned, the XR wins here. It features the A12 Bionic chipset versus the iPhone 8 Plus’ A11 Bionic. The A12 is a 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient than the previous A11. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost 10 x faster. Apps launch 30% faster on the Max and Machine Learning runs nine times faster on 1/10th the energy. The A12 Bionic absolutely flies.

You also have more storage options with the XR: 64, 128, or 256GB. That’s versus the iPhone 8 Plus’ 64 or 256GB storage options.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 Plus: Camera

When you get to the camera department, the two phones differ wildly. One the front camera, both phones feature the same 7MP sensor, but the front camera on the iPhone XR is a TrueDepth system that supports Face ID. It also supports advanced photo features like portrait photography.

But things are radically different when it comes to the rear camera. The iPhone 8 Plus features a dual lens 12MP system with wide-angle and telephoto cameras, optical image stabilisation, 2x optical zoom, and 4K video recording.

On the other hand, the rear camera system on the XR is only a single-lens 12MP wide angle camera. It does feature optical image stabilisation and 4K video recording, as with the iPhone 8 Plus, but lacks the 2x optical zoom.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 Plus: Cost & Verdict

Unlocked the 5.5in iPhone 8 Plus will cost £699 (64GB) and £849 (256GB). The 6.1in iPhone XR will cost £749 (64GB) and £799 (128GB) and £899 (256GB). That £50 premium for the iPhone XR does get you a bigger display and a sexy new design, but you also lose out on the dual lens camera system of the iPhone 8 Plus. Which you get will ultimately depend on if the camera is more important to you, or the bigger display is.

by michaelg at September 16, 2018 11:48 AM

September 15, 2018

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iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR – How Are They Different?

Michael Grothaus

Apple’s phablets compared.

It used to be Apple just had one phablet–the iPhone Plus series. But this year Apple introduced two new iPhones to their phablet lineup. the first is the iPhone XS Max. This is the “Plus”-sized version of the iPhone X. But Apple also introduced a totally new iPhone called the iPhone XR.

The XR is a 6.1in display (compared to the XS Max’s 6.5in). It’s Apple's attempt at giving consumers a larger display at a cheaper price point. However, there are a TON of differences between these two phablets. Just what are those? We take a look to find out.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone XS Max:

  • Display: 6.5-inch OLED display with a 2688x1242-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 157.5mm x 77.4mm x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 208 grams
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video. 
  • Rear camera: Dual lens 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch, IP68 waterproof
  • Color options: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

And here’s the specs for the iPhone XR:

  • Display: 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 194 grams
  • Storage: 64, 128, or 256GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video. 
  • Rear camera: Single lens 12MP wide-angle camera, optical image stabilisation. 4K video.
  • Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging; Splash, Water and Dust Resistant
  • Color options: Yellow, White, Coral, Black, Blue, and Product Red

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: Display & Design

The immediate differences between the two phone are the display and design. The XS Max is made of stainless steel and glass, while the XR series is made of aluminum and glass. Obviously, stainless steel is the better material.

As for the display, both models differ in size. The iPhone XS Max has a 6.5in OLED display, while the iPhone XR features a 6.1in “Liquid Retina” LCD display. The “Liquid” moniker truthfully means nothing; it’s just how Apple brands the display on the XR.

In this respect, the XS Max wins hands down. OLED displays will give you much more vibrant colors and deeper blacks than LCD displays. Case in point the display in the XS Max has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, while the display in the XR series has only a 1400:1 contrast ratio.

Another display point the XR lacks is 3D Touch. Again, Apple eliminated it here to keep the cost of the XR down.

Where the XR outperforms, so to speak the XS Max is in the color options available. The XS Max comes in the standard Silver, Space Gray, and Gold, while the XR comes in new refreshing colors: Yellow, White, Coral, Black, Blue, and Product Red.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: Camera

What interesting is Apple uses the exact same front-facing camera in both the XS Max and XR series. Both models feature the same 7MP TrueDepth camera system with Face ID. There is literally no difference between the XS Ma and XR when it comes to the front camera.

But things are radically different when it comes to the rear camera. The XS Max features a dual lens 12MP system with wide-angle and telephoto cameras, dual optical image stabilisation, 2x optical zoom, and 4K video recording.

On the other hand, the rear camera system on the XR is only a single-lens 12MP wide angle camera. It does feature optical image stabilisation and 4K video recording, as with the XS Max, but lacks the 2x optical zoom.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: CPU, Battery, and Storage

As far s the CPU is concerned, both models are identical. Both the A12 Bionic chipset. It’s a 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient than the previous A11. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost 10 x faster. Apps launch 30% faster on the Max and Machine Learning runs nine times faster on 1/10th the energy. The A12 Bionic absolutely flies.

Battery life is also almost identical between the phones. Both the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR will get 13.5 hours of mixed usage off a single charge. And as for storage, the XS Max offers more: 64, 256, or 512GB compared to the XR’s 64, 128, or 256GB options.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: Cost & Verdict

Normally it’s easy to choose Apple’s costliest and most advanced device as the winner–that is, which one you should buy. But honestly, it’s not that clear-cut this year. If you don’t need a dual lens camera system (found in the XS Max), the XR might be the best choice.

Sure, the XR doesn’t have the OLED display, but it’s not like the LCD display is shoddy. It’ll look fine if that’s what you are used to looking at. Also, from a processing power perspective, the XR and XS Max are identical, making it harder to fork out that extra dough for the XS Max if you don’t need the better camera and the best (and biggest) display tech.

The iPhone XR will be available in late October and cost £749 (64GB), £799 (128GB), or £899 (256GB). The iPhone XS Max will be available on September 21 and cost £1099 (64GB), £1249 (256GB), or £1449 (512GB).

by michaelg at September 15, 2018 01:23 PM

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 7 Plus – How Do They Compare?

Michael Grothaus

Apple has more phablets than you can shake a stick at!

Apple has introduced its flagship smartphones for 2018 and the biggest and best on is the iPhone XS Max. It’s an absolute BEAST of a phone with an edge-to-edge display that reaches 6.5in. That’s the biggest ever in an iPhone.

The XS Max succeed the Plus series in previous models. But Apple is still keeping those Plus models around at cheaper prices–including the two-year-old iPhone 7 Plus. But just how does it compare to the new XS Max? Let’s take a look.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 7 Plus: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone XS Max:

  • Display: 6.5-inch OLED display with a 2688x1242-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 157.5mm x 77.4mm x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 208 grams
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video. 
  • Rear camera: Dual lens 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch, IP68 waterproof
  • Color options: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

And here’s the specs for the iPhone 7 Plus:

  • Display: 5.5in Retina HD LCD display with 1920x1080 resolution at 401ppi
  • Dimensions: 158.2mm x 77.9 mm x 7.3 mm
  • Weight: 188 grams
  • Storage: 32 or 128GB
  • Processors: A10 Fusion chip
  • Front camera: 7 MP
  • Rear camera: 12 MP Dual Lens telephoto and wide-angle, optical image stabilisation
  • Battery: Up to 12.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Touch ID, NFC, 3D Touch, IP67 waterproof
  • Color options: Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 7 Plus: Display & Design

The largest difference between these two giant phones is in their display and design. The resolution of the iPhone XSMax’s screen is a breathtaking 2688x1242-pixels at 458ppi edge-to-edge OLED. Compare that to the iPhone 7 Plus’ 5.5in display with a 1920x1080-pixel resolution at 401ppi. But the iPhone XS Max’s display is even more impressive considering it’s edge-to-edge. Further, because it’s edge-to-edge the iPhone XS Max can actually fit a larger usable display into a footprint a bit smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus.

Another big difference in design is that the iPhone XS Max lacks a Home button. The iPhone 7 Plus still has the Home button we all know and love. This means the iPhone 7 Plus also still has Touch ID. The iPhone XS Max lacks Touch ID and replaces it with Apple’s Face ID facial recognition system. The rest of the features of each phone’s display and design are relatively the same: both have 3D Touch displays, and NFC.

And while both phones are waterproof, the iPhone XS Max is rated IP68, which means it can stay submerged for 30 minutes up to two meters deep. The iPhone 7 Plus is rated IP67, which means it can stay submerged for 30 minutes up to one meter deep.

One more thing on design–while both models come in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold, only the iPhone 7 Plus comes in Rose Gold–still a stunning color.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 7 Plus: Battery, Storage, and CPU

The iPhone XS Max has just a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 7 Plus. But it doesn’t make that much of a difference as far as usability is concerned between both devices. One of the major differences in the power department, however, is that the iPhone XS Max features wireless charging–something the iPhone 7 Plus does not have. Here’s how the battery life compares between the two in Talk Time, Standby Time, Internet Use, Video Playback, and Audio Playback:

  • Talk time: iPhone XS Max – 25 hours. iPhone 7 Plus – 21 hours.
  • Internet use: iPhone XS Max – Up to 13 hours. iPhone 7 Plus – Up to 13 hours.
  • Video playback: iPhone XS Max – Up to 15 hours. iPhone 7 Plus – Up to 14 hours.
  • Audio playback: iPhone XS Max – Up to 65 hours. iPhone 7 Plus – Up to 60 hours.

As for storage, the XS Max offers three sizes: 64, 256, or 512GB. The iPhone 7 Plus only comes in 32 or 128GB. As far as the CPU is concerned, the new XS Max has a better processor than the iPhone 7 Plus. The XS Max features the A12 Bionic chipset–and upgrade over the 8 Plus’ A11 Bionic. The new A12 is a 7nm chip with 6 cores. The GPU now has 4 cores. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost 10x faster. Apps launch almost twice as fast on the XS and Machine Learning runs nine times faster on 1/10th the energy. In other words, the A12 Bionic absolutely flies.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 7 Plus: Camera

Where cameras are concerned, the iPhone XS Max and iPhone 7 Plus are fairly identical. Both feature a 12MP wide-angle and telephoto dual lens rear camera that offers optical image stabilisation and optical zoom. However, the iPhone XS Max features dual optical image stabilisation, whereas the iPhone 7 Plus only considers single optical image stabilisation.

Both also feature the same front camera, a 7 MP sensor that also records 1080p HD video. However, the iPhone XS Max’s front camera has a few more tricks. It can use Apple’s new Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting, and Animoji features of iOS. The iPhone 7 Plus’s camera doesn’t have access to those. An, of course,e the iPhone XS Max’s front camera is a TrueDepth camera for Face ID support.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 7 Plus: Cost & Verdict

Unlocked the 5.5in iPhone 7 Plus will cost £569 (32GB) and £669 (128GB). The 6.5in iPhone XS Max will cost cost £1099 (64GB), £1249 (256GB), or £1449 (512GB). Needless to say, that is a HUGE price difference. But the differences in tech are also immense.

That premium for the iPhone XS Max does get you a massive amount of more stuff including a bigger display and a sexy new design, wireless charging, an insanely faster processor, more storage, an OLED display, and Face ID. If that appeals to you, the answer of which to buy is clear.

by michaelg at September 15, 2018 01:01 PM

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 8 Plus – How Do They Compare?

Michael Grothaus

They’re very different in some ways, exactly the same in others.

For years the Plus line of iPhones was Apple’s largest, topping out at 5.5in. That all changed last year when Apple introduced the iPhone X with its 5.8in screen. But now that screen looks tiny compared to Apple’s latest and greatest flagship, the iPhone XS Max.

This 6.5in beast is MASSIVE–the biggest iPhone Apple has ever made. But Apple has decided not to do away with the Plus entirely. It’s still keeping the iPhone 8 Plus available for sale. So how do the two models compare? Let’s take a look.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 8 Plus: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone XS Max:

  • Display: 6.5-inch OLED display with a 2688x1242-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 157.5mm x 77.4mm x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 208 grams
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video. 
  • Rear camera: Dual lens 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch, IP68 waterproof
  • Color options: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

And here’s the specs for the iPhone 8 Plus:

  • Display: 5.5in Retina HD display with 1920x1080 resolution at 401ppi, 3D Touch enabled
  • Dimensions: 158.4mm x 78.1 mm x 7.5 mm
  • Weight: 202 grams
  • Storage: 64 or 256GB
  • Processors: A11 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video
  • Rear camera: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 12.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Touch ID, NFC, 3D Touch, IP67 waterproof

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 8 Plus: Display & Design

The most obvious difference between these two giant phones is in their display and design. The resolution of the iPhone XS Max’s screen is a massive 6.5in 2688x1242-pixels at 458ppi edge-to-edge. Compare that to the iPhone 8 Plus’ 5.5in display with a 1920x1080-pixel resolution at 401ppi–and of course, that’s not an edge-to-edge display like the iPhone XS Max has. What’s even more impressive is that though the iPhone XS Max has a larger display, the device actually has a smaller physical footprint than the iPhone 8 Plus (but not by much). Why that is, of course, is because the iPhone XS Max has the edge-to-edge display, while the iPhone 8 Plus still has its thick bezels.

The other obvious difference is that the iPhone XS Max lacks a Home button. It jettisons it in favor of a gesture-based Home control. The iPhone 8 Plus still has the Home button we all know and love. This means the iPhone 8 Plus also still has Touch ID. The iPhone XS Max lacks Touch ID and replaces it with Apple’s new Face ID facial recognition system.

And while both phones are waterproof, the iPhone XS Max is rated IP68, which means it can stay submerged for 30 minutes up to two meters deep. The iPhone 8 Plus is rated IP67, which means it can stay submerged for 30 minutes up to one meter deep.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 8 Plus: Battery, Storage, and CPU

The iPhone XS Max has just a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 8 Plus. Will you see any difference because of it? A bit. But as you can see from the battery life specs below, each device is very similar. Another similarity each device has is that they both offer wireless charging. Here’s how the battery life compares between the two in Talk Time, Standby Time, Internet Use, Video Playback, and Audio Playback:

  • Talk time: iPhone XS Max – 25 hours. iPhone 8 Plus – 21 hours.
  • Internet use: iPhone XS Max – Up to 13 hours. iPhone 8 Plus – Up to 13 hours.
  • Video playback: iPhone XS Max – Up to 15 hours. iPhone 8 Plus – Up to 14 hours.
  • Audio playback: iPhone XS Max – Up to 65 hours. iPhone 8 Plus – Up to 60 hours.

Both devices also feature wireless charging.

As for storage, the XS Max offers three sizes: 64, 256, or 512GB. The iPhone 8 Plus only comes in 64 or 256GB. As far as the CPU is concerned, the new XS Max has a better processor than the iPhone 8 Plus. The XS Max features the A12 Bionic chipset–and upgrade over the 8 Plus’ A11 Bionic. The new A12 is a 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient than the previous A11. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost 10x faster. Apps launch 30% faster on the XS and Machine Learning runs nine times faster on 1/10th the energy. In other words, the A12 Bionic absolutely flies.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 8 Plus: Camera

Where cameras are concerned, the iPhone XS Max and iPhone 8 Plus are nearly identical. Let me caveat that by saying both front cameras are 7MP and feature Retina Flash. However, the front camera on the XS Max is a True Depth camera, meaning it supports Face ID. Also, the iPhone XS Max’s front camera has a few more tricks. It can use Apple’s Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting, and Animoji features of iOS. The iPhone 8 Plus' camera doesn’t have access to those.

On the rear camera, both models feature a 12MP wide-angle and telephoto dual lens rear camera that offers dual optical image stabilisation and optical zoom. Both also record 4K HD video.

iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 8 Plus: Cost & Verdict

Unlocked the 5.5in iPhone 8 Plus will cost £699 (64GB) and £849 (256GB). The iPhone XS Max will be available on September 21 and cost £1099 (64GB), £1249 (256GB), or £1449 (512GB). That £400 premium for the iPhone XS Max does get you a lot more, primarily a bigger display and a sexy new design. If that appeals to you, the answer of which to buy is clear.

by michaelg at September 15, 2018 12:34 PM

September 14, 2018

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iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max | Specs & Features Compared

Michael Grothaus 18/09/2018 - 12:39pm

Is there any difference besides the screen size?

Apple has introduced its newest flagship phones, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The iPhone XS is the successor to last year’s iPhone X, while the iPhone XS Max is a completely new model of the iPhone XS series. The Max replaces the “Plus” moniker that Apple previously used for its largest phones.

I’m going to be honest, this VS is going to be VERY, VERY easy. That’s because there is hardly any difference between the two phones besides screen size. We’ll start by running through the specs below and you’ll see just how similar the devices are.

iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max: Specs

Here’s the specs for the iPhone XS:

  • Display: 5.8-inch OLED display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 177 grams
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video.
  • Rear camera: Dual lens 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 12.5 hours battery life mixed usage
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch, IP68 waterproof
  • Color options: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

And here’s the specs for the iPhone XS Max:

  • Display: 6.5-inch OLED display with a 2688x1242-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 157.5mm x 77.4mm x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 208 grams
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video.
  • Rear camera: Dual lens 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch, IP68 waterproof
  • Color options: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max: Display & Design

Okay, the main difference between the two phones is the screen size. The iPhone XS is a 5.8in OLED display, while the iPhone XS Max is a 6.5in OLED display. The Max, by the way, is the largest display ever on an iPhone.

The Max does have a higher resolution due to the fact that it is physically larger, but both the XS and XS Max has the same pixels per inch at 458ppi. This means the pixel density is EXACTLY the same on both devices.

Obviously, the Max is physically larger, but what’s a first is both screen sizes are exactly the same thinness–7.7mm. Both phones are also waterproof, rated IP68, which means they can stay submerged for 30 minutes up to two meters deep.

iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max: CPU, Battery, and Storage

The iPhone XS Max a much larger battery than the iPhone XS, simply because it has a larger body and Apple can put in a physically bigger battery. But that larger battery also has to power that massive, higher resolution display, which means you won’t see that much better battery life in the Max. Overall, in mixed usage, you’ll get an hour more battery life. Here’s how the battery life compares between the two in Talk Time, Standby Time, Internet Use, Video Playback, and Audio Playback:

  • Talk time: iPhone XS – 20 hours. iPhone XS Max – 25 hours.
  • Internet use: iPhone XS – Up to 12 hours. iPhone XS Max – Up to 13 hours.
  • Video playback: iPhone XS – Up to 14 hours. iPhone XS Max – Up to 15 hours.
  • Audio playback: iPhone XS – Up to 60 hours. iPhone XS Max – Up to 65 hours.

Both devices also feature wireless charging.

As for storage, both come in three sizes: 64, 256, or 512GB. As far as the CPU is concerned, both sport the A12 Bionic chipset–and upgrade over last year’s A11 Bionic. The new A12 is a 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient than the previous A11. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost almost 10x faster. Apps launch 30% faster on the XS and XS Max and Machine Learning runs nine times faster on 1/10th the energy. In other words, the A12 Bionic absolutely flies.

iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max: Camera

There is literally no difference between the camera systems on the XS and XS Max. Both the front and rear are identical. The front features a 7MP TrueDepth camera for Face ID. The rear is a dual lens system including wide-angle and telephoto cameras. The rear camera in the iPhones also sports dual optical image stabilisation and optical zoom.

iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max: Cost & Verdict

And then there is the cost. The iPhone XS Max will be available on September 21 and cost £1099 (64GB), £1249 (256GB), or £1449 (512GB). The iPhone XS will be available on September 21 and cost £999 (64GB), £1149 (256GB), or £1349 (512GB). That £100 Max premium over the iPhone XS gets you the bigger display and not much more.

by michaelg at September 14, 2018 12:51 PM

iPhone XS vs iPhone 7 – What's The Difference?

Michael Grothaus 14/09/2018 - 1:32pm

How does Apple’s entry-level iPhone compare to its latest?

Apple introduced the new iPhone XS this week. The phone is Apple’s latest flagship device. And as with all new iPhones, once it comes out, it pushes previous iPhones down the rung. Now Apple’s cheapest iPhone offering is the iPhone 7–which first debuted two years ago.

While the iPhone 7 is a great phone for the price, it really can’t compete with the iPhone XS. But just how are the two phones different? Let’s take a look to find out.

iPhone XS vs iPhone 7: Specs

Here’s the specs for the iPhone XS:

  • Display: 5.8-inch OLED display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 177 grams
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video.
  • Rear camera: Dual lens 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 12.5 hours battery life mixed usage
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch, IP68 waterproof

And here’s the specs for the iPhone 7:

  • Display: 4.7in display with 1334x750 resolution at 326ppi
  • Dimensions: 138.3mm  x 67.1mm x 7.1 mm
  • Weight: 138 grams
  • Storage: 32 or 128GB
  • Processors: A10 Fusion
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video
  • Rear camera: 12MP camera, 4K video.
  • Battery: Up to 12 hours battery life mixed usage
  • Other: Touch ID, NFC, 3D Touch, IP67 waterproof

The iPhone XS’s 5.8in display is almost an inch larger than the 4.7in display found in the iPhone 7. However, what’s even more impressive is that because the iPhone XS has an edge-to-edge display, the overall physical size of the iPhone XS isn’t much larger than the iPhone 7, despite the much larger display. When we get to the CPUs, the A12 Bionic chip found inside the iPhone XS is almost 100% faster than the A10 Fusion chip found in the iPhone 7. And then there are the storage options. The iPhone X comes in larger storage sizes: 64GB, 256GB or 512GB versus the 32GB or 128GB found in the iPhone 7.

iPhone XS vs iPhone 7: Display & Design

The resolution of the iPhone XS’s screen is an astonishing 5.8in 2436x1125-pixels at 458ppi edge-to-edge display. Compare that to the iPhone 7 4.7in display with a 1334x750-pixel resolution at 326ppi and you’ll see just how much better the display on the XS is. Then of course, there’s the fact that the iPhone XS has that edge-to-edge display, and you can see how it really takes the lead over the display found in the iPhone 7.

Another big difference in design, of course, is that the iPhone XS lacks a Home button. The iPhone 7 still has the Home button, and thus, Touch ID. The iPhone XS lacks Touch ID and replaces it with Apple’s Face ID facial recognition system. Both the iPhones feature a 3D Touch display and NFC.

And while both phones are waterproof, the iPhone XS is rated IP68, which means it can stay submerged for 30 minutes up to two meters deep. The iPhone 7 is rated IP67, which means it can stay submerged for 30 minutes up to one meter deep.

iPhone XS vs iPhone 7: Battery

The iPhone XS has just a much larger battery than the iPhone 7. And here the battery can actually get you more life out of your device before a recharge. Talk time, the iPhone XS can go for 20 hours versus 14 for the iPhone 7. And it can last 50% longer for music playback. Another major difference in the power department is that the iPhone XS features wireless charging–something the iPhone 7 does not have. Here’s how the battery life compares between the two in Talk Time, Standby Time, Internet Use, Video Playback, and Audio Playback:

  • Talk time: iPhone X – 20 hours. iPhone 7 – 14 hours.
  • Internet use: iPhone X – Up to 12 hours. iPhone 7 – Up to 13 hours.
  • Video playback: iPhone X – Up to 14 hours. iPhone 7 – Up to 13 hours.
  • Audio playback: iPhone X – Up to 60 hours. iPhone 7 – Up to 40 hours.

iPhone XS vs iPhone 7: Camera

As far as cameras are concerned, the iPhone 7 should just call it a day. The iPhone XS features a larger 7MP front facing camera (as does the iPhone 7). But the killer benefit is in the rear camera. The iPhone XS features a dual lens 12MP rear camera complete with a wide angle and telephoto lens and dual optical zoom. The 7 is limited to a single lens 12 MP camera.

iPhone XS vs iPhone 7: Cost & Verdict

Unlocked the 4.7in iPhone 7 costs £449 (32GB) and £549 (128GB). The iPhone XS will be available on September 21 and cost £999 (64GB), £1149 (256GB), or £1349 (512GB). That £450 and £600 premium for the iPhone XS does get you a massive amount of more stuff including a bigger display and a sexy new design, wireless charging, a processor twice as fast, an MASSIVELY better camera on the front and back, and more storage.

by michaelg at September 14, 2018 12:19 PM

iPhone XS vs iPhone 8 | Goodbye, Home Button!

Michael Grothaus 14/09/2018 - 1:32pm

Is there any difference besides the screen size?

Apple unveiled its newest flagship phone for this year, the iPhone XS. The XS is the successor to last year’s iPhone X. And with it, Apple has discontinued the iPhone X. But the company has kept last year’s other new iPhone, the iPhone 8 on sale.

The iPhone 8 now moves down Apple’s iPhone lineup to become a mid-tier phone. But just how is the iPhone 8 different from the new iPhone XS? Let’s take a look to find out.

iPhone XS vs iPhone 8: Specs

Here’s the specs for the iPhone XS:

  • Display: 5.8-inch OLED display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 177 grams
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video.
  • Rear camera: Dual lens 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 12.5 hours battery life mixed usage
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch, IP68 waterproof
  • Color options: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

And here’s the specs for the iPhone 8:

  • Display: 4.7-inch display with a 1334x750-pixel resolution at 326ppi
  • Dimensions: 138.4mm x 67.3mm x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 148 grams
  • Storage: 64 or 256GB
  • Processors: A11 Bionic chip
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video
  • Rear camera: 12MP camera, Optical image stabilisation
  • Battery: Up to 12 hours battery life mixed usage
  • Other: Touch ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch, IP67 waterproof
  • Color options: Silver, Gold and Space Gray

iPhone XS vs iPhone 8: Display & Design

The differences between the two iPhones become readily apparent when you talk about display and design. The iPhone XS’s design is virtually all display. It’s beautiful 5.8in screen is packed into a physical size making the phone not that much larger than the iPhone 8. The resolution of the iPhone XS’s screen is a massive 2436x1125-pixels at 458ppi. Compare that to the iPhone 8’s 4.7in display with a relatively diminutive 1334x750-pixel resolution at 326ppi–and of course, that’s not an edge-to-edge display like the iPhone XS has. As far as displays and design goes, the iPhone XS handily beats the iPhone 8.

The other big difference in design is that since the iPhone XS features an all-display front, it lacks the Home button, and thus Touch ID. Instead iPhone XS has a biometric authentication feature called Face ID. It scans your face to unlock your phone. Apple first introduced Face ID last year with the original iPhone X. Many people we weary of it at the time–they loved Touch ID. But after year of use I can say Face ID is far superior.

And while both phones are waterproof, the iPhone XS is rated IP68, which means it can stay submerged for 30 minutes up to two meters deep. The iPhone 8 is rated IP67, which means it can stay submerged for 30 minutes up to one meter deep.

iPhone XS vs iPhone 8: CPU, Battery, and Storage

The iPhone XS has a much larger battery than the iPhone 8. Part of the reason it's so much larger is that is has to power that massive, higher resolution display. Unfortunately, because the iPhone XS display takes up so much of the extra juice, the iPhone XS doesn’t see any massive improvements in battery life in most cases. Here’s how the battery life compares between the two in Talk Time, Standby Time, Internet Use, Video Playback, and Audio Playback:

Talk time: iPhone XS – 20 hours. iPhone 8 – 14 hours.
Internet use: iPhone XS – Up to 12 hours. iPhone 8 – Up to 12 hours.
Video playback: iPhone XS – Up to 14 hours. iPhone 8 – Up to 13 hours.
Audio playback: iPhone XS – Up to 60 hours. iPhone 8 – Up to 40 hours.

Both devices also feature wireless charging.

As for storage, the XS offers three sizes: 64, 256, or 512GB. The iPhone 8 only comes in 64 or 256GB. As far as the CPU is concerned, the new XS has a better processor than the iPhone 8. The XS features the A12 Bionic chipset–and upgrade over the 8’s A11 Bionic. The new A12 is a 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient than the previous A11. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost almost 10x faster. Apps launch 30% faster on the XS and Machine Learning runs nine times faster on 1/10th the energy. In other words, the A12 Bionic absolutely flies.

iPhone XS vs iPhone 8: Camera

Both the iPhone XS and iPhone 8 have the same megapixels in the front and rear cameras, however, the rear camera in the iPhone XS destroys the one found in the iPhone 8. That’s because its a dual lens system including wide-angle and telephoto cameras. The rear camera in the iPhone X also sports dual optical image stabilisation and optical zoom. You do get optical image stabilization on the iPhone 8, but its only single, since the iPhone 8 is only a single lens camera. But make no mistake about it: if you want the best smartphone camera on the market, opt for the iPhone XS over the iPhone 8.

iPhone XS vs iPhone 8: Cost & Verdict

And then there is the cost. Unlocked the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 costs £599 (64GB) and £749 (256GB). The iPhone XS will be available on September 21 and cost £999 (64GB), £1149 (256GB), or £1349 (512GB). That £400 premium over the iPhone 8 does get you a heck of a lot more: a bigger, more beautiful display, a better camera, more storage, and a jaw-dropping fresh, new design.

by michaelg at September 14, 2018 11:58 AM

iPhone XS vs iPhone X – What’s New In Apple's 2018 iPhone?

Michael Grothaus 14/09/2018 - 12:49pm

How is this year’s update better than last year’s?

The first update to Apple’s iPhone X has been announced. It’s called the iPhone XS (no surprise there) and comes in two sizes this year (the larger of which is dubbed the SX Max). When the iPhone X came out last year it was a radical redesign of the iPhone–jettonsing the Home button in favor of Face ID.

This week Apple introduced its successor–but how does it stand up? In this article we’re going to take a look at how the new 5.8in model compares to the original. Let’s dive in.

iPhone XS vs iPhone X: Specs

Here’s the specs for the iPhone XS:

  • Display: 5.8-inch OLED display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 177 grams
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video.
  • Rear camera: Dual lens 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 12.5 hours battery life mixed usage
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch, IP68 waterproof
  • Color options: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

And here’s the specs for the iPhone X:

  • Display: 5.8-inch display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 174 grams
  • Storage: 64 or 256GB
  • Processors: A11 Bionic chip
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video
  • Rear camera: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom
  • Battery: 2716 mAh. Up to 12 hours battery life mixed usage
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch, IP67 waterproof
  • Color options: Silver and Space Gray

iPhone XS vs iPhone X: Display & Design

There’s no denying it–these phones are VERY similar from a design perspective. Almost identical in fact. The biggest design change is that the iPhone XS now comes in a third color–Gold. And that’s about it…from a design perspective.

However, the iPhone XS has improved waterproofing. It’s now certified as IP68, meaning it can withstand submersion up to two meters for 30 minutes. The iPhone X was IP67 certified, with submersion protection limited to one meter.

And as you can tell from the specs, the displays of each iPhone are identical. However, the iPhone XS, Apple boasts, is the company’s “most durable display” yet. They haven’t elaborated on that, but it make it sound that the iPhone XS is more drop proof than the X was.

iPhone XS vs iPhone X: Camera

Not that much has changed with the camera systems either. The front TrueDepth camera system is still 7MP, however, Apple says it’s improved the facial recognition sensors, which means Face ID is a bit faster on the XS than on the X.

When we get to the rear camera, the hardware between the X and the XS is almost identical too. Both series features a dual lens 12MP system with wide-angle and telephoto cameras, dual optical image stabilisation, 2x optical zoom, and 4K video recording. The only minor difference is  the camera sensor features deeper, larger pixels. That means you’ll get even better low‑light photos.

Apple has added a number of software camera improvements to the XS too, however. The XS feature Smart HDR pictures, which brings more highlight and shadow detail to your photos. The XS also features a new depth control function that allows you to change the background focus of a picture AFTER you’ve taken it. That’s something that is INSANELY cool–and something the iPhone X didn’t offer.

iPhone XS vs iPhone X: CPU, Battery, and Storage

As far s the CPU is concerned, the new XS has a better processor than the iPhone X. The XS features the A12 Bionic chipset–and upgrade over the X’s A11 Bionic. The new A12 is a 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient than the previous A11. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost almost 10x faster. Apps launch 30% faster on the XS and Machine Learning runs nine times faster on 1/10th the energy. In other words, the A12 Bionic absolutely flies.

Battery life is also a bit improved on the XS. You’ll now get about 30 minutes more battery life on the XS than on the X. And as for storage, the XS series offers more: 64, 256, or 512GB compared to the X series 64, or 256GB options.

iPhone XS vs iPhone X: Cost & Verdict

So, if you are already an iPhone X owner, should you upgrade? Honestly, probably not. The improvements to the XS are there–a better processor and slightly better camera tech–but they don’t scream “must have” upgrade. Make no mistake about it: the iPhone XS is an AMAZING phone and a terrific upgrade–for anyone who has an iPhone older than the X. But if you got the X last year, rest assured there’s no need to rush out and buy the new one. The changes aren’t that pronounced.

The iPhone XS will be available on September 21 and cost £999 (64GB), £1149 (256GB), or £1349 (512GB). The iPhone X is no longer sold by Apple.

by michaelg at September 14, 2018 11:30 AM

Nintendo Switch Online | Everything You Need To Know

Damien McFerran 14/09/2018 - 11:40am

Service goes live on September 18th

After months of teasing and drip-feed announcements, Nintendo is finally launching its rival to Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus in the form of Nintendo Switch Online. This paid-for service will allow you to play online on your Switch console, save game data in the cloud, play vintage NES titles and earn exclusive rewards.

But wait, you might be saying to yourself – I have a Switch and have been happily playing online since launch without having to pay a single penny – what gives? Well, Nintendo has basically given you online play for free since the console released and has absorbed the cost of running the required servers. That all changes from September 18th, when the next system update – 6.0.0 – arrives. From then, you won't be able to play online games without a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

Nintendo Switch Online: The Details

Nintendo Switch Online launches on September 18th and will offer the ability to play against other people online in a wide range of games. While it hasn't been confirmed as yet, we'd imagine that these games will benefit from better online infrastructure than before, and will also presumably come with features such as private rooms and the ability to team up more easily with people you know online. At the moment, each Switch game has to offer its own matchmaking service, and some publishers have neglected this side of things (FIFA 18 is a prime example). Our fingers are crossed that Nintendo Switch Online will include a system-level method of connecting players that will take the load off developers.

Voice chat will not be included as standard with Nintendo Switch Online, although some Switch titles – like Fortnite – have their own built-in voice chat system. Nintendo would prefer developers to use its Nintendo Switch Online smartphone application, which allows you to converse with people you're playing with via the phone itself. It's hardly an elegant solution, but it does work – Splatoon 2 already has support for this feature.

As well as online play, you'll be able to save your game data to the cloud. This is vital for one key reason – save data on Switch is stored on your console and NOT on physical game cards. So if your machine gets lost or is damaged, you've lost the many hours of progress you've put in. Cloud saves are available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 already and have been a much-requested feature for Switch. Unfortnately, there is a catch – not every game will allow for cloud saves, because Nintendo says people may find ways to manipulate the system and cheat. Splatoon 2, Dark Souls and FIFA 19 will all have cloud saves disabled, and other titles may have the feature turned off in the future.

That's not all; by subscribing to Nintendo Switch Online you'll also get access to a range of NES titles, many of which will be retrofitted with online play. Games like Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Balloon Fight, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3 and Donkey Kong. More games will be added as time goes on, and it is assumed that in the fullness of time, other systems will be added – such as the SNES, Game Boy and perhaps even GameCube. Given that Nintendo has effectively killed the Virtual Console service it ran on its Wii, Wii U and 3DS consoles, this new service is expected to replace it, to a certain degree.

Here are the 10 NES games that will be available at launch:

  • Ice Climber
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Balloon Fight
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Dr. Mario
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Donkey Kong

Finally, Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will get special rewards each month, but Nintendo hasn't revealed what these will be as yet. They could be discounts on downloadable software or even free games, like you get with PlayStation Plus.

Nintendo Switch Online: The Price

If you want to subscribe for a year, it will cost you £17.99 / $19.99. However, you can also sign up for smaller periods. Three months is £6.99 / $7.99, while a single month is £3.49 / $3.99. The full year is obviously better value, but if you live in a house with more than one Switch console, then the Family Membership is the best option. This costs £31.49 / $34.99 a year and you can sign up to eight members, which equates to just £5 / $5 per system.

Nintendo Switch Online: The Verdict

Given that we've been playing online for 18 months without paying a penny, charging for connectivity now might seem like a slap in the face for long-standing Switch fans. However, by charging a monthly fee Nintendo will have the funds to make massive improvements to the system, as well as ensuring that problems such as server load don't ruin your games. And while the initial batch of NES games is perhaps a little underwhelming – especially as we've played many of these same titles on Wii, Wii U and 3DS before – it will hopefully pave the way for more exciting releases on the console in the near future.

Finally, the prospect of exclusive rewards could be a game-changer; the fact that both Microsoft and Sony give away hundreds of pounds of free software every month via their own online services surely won't be lost on Nintendo; perhaps we will see AAA titles offered as free downloads via Nintendo Switch Online? For less than £20, this is could end up being something of a bargain, especially when compared to what Sony and Microsoft are charging per year.

by dmcferran at September 14, 2018 09:56 AM

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Camera Sounds INSANE – Up To 5 Sensors!

Richard Goodwin 14/09/2018 - 8:50am

Samsung’s plotting its next big release: the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ – and word on the street suggests it could have FIVE cameras

The iPhone XS Max is now officially, we’ve all seen, heard Apple’s take on it, and started to get our first idea about what these new iPhones are like.

Samsung’s next big move is the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+; two handsets that will launch inside Q1 2019.

As per usual, we’re expecting some pretty meaty updates to the design, specs, and overall performance of the handsets. But one area where Samsung is getting VERY serious is imaging…

Samsung Galaxy S10 Camera

According to reports, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ might feature up to five cameras – three on the back, two on the front.

Yes, you read that right: five camera sensors.

This five-sensor camera setup will be reserved for the Samsung Galaxy S10+, however, while the other handsets – the Galaxy S10, for instance – will feature dual-sensors on the back and a wide-angle selfie sensor on the front.

Like Apple, Samsung WILL Release Three Galaxy S10 Handsets

Techno Buffalo reckons Samsung’s going to follow Apple’s lead and release a trio of Galaxy S10 handsets in Q1 2019.

Here’s what TB’s source said: “all three devices are expected to feature a 12MP wide-angle lens (78-degree FOV) and a 16MP super wide-angle lens (123-degree FOV). The Galaxy S10 Plus will be the only model to feature a third 13MP telephoto lens (45-degree FOV). Like the Galaxy S9, all three Galaxy S10 models will support Samsung’s dual aperture (f/1.5 and f/2.4) technology.”

The Samsung Galaxy S10, whatever happens, will have some rather stiff competition. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR all run the same chipset – and it’s a very, very good one.

Then you got Huawei’s incoming P20 Pro, which is expected to be a killer release from the fastest-growing smartphone maker on the planet right now.

Will five cameras and some new design language keep the Galaxy S faithful locked to Samsung in 2019?

Your guess is as good as mine!

by rgoodwin at September 14, 2018 07:50 AM

September 13, 2018

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iPhone XS vs iPhone XR | What's The Difference?

Michael Grothaus 13/09/2018 - 2:58pm

We clear up the confusion between the devices.

This week Apple introduced three new iPhones: the iPhone XS, a successor to the iPhone X; the iPhone XS Max, the new plus-sized version of the iPhone XS; and the new iPhone XR. The iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max are, for the most part, identical devices except for their screen size.

But the iPhone XR is different. Its size feels between the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max, but its the entry level iPhone. Here we break down the differences between the new iPhone XS series and the iPhone XR series.

iPhone XS vs iPhone XR: Specs

Here’s the specs for the iPhone XS:

  • Display: 5.8-inch OLED display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi (XS) or 6.5-inch OLED display with a 2688x1242-pixel resolution at 458ppi (XS Max)
  • Dimensions: 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm (XS) or 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm (XS Max)
  • Weight: 177 grams (XS) or 194 grams (XS Max)
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video.
  • Rear camera: Dual lens 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 12.5 hours battery life mixed usage (XS) or Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage (XS Max)
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch.
  • Color options: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

And here’s the specs for the iPhone XR:

  • Display: 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 194 grams
  • Storage: 64, 128, or 256GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video.
  • Rear camera: Single lens 12MP wide-angle camera, optical image stabilisation. 4K video.
  • Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging; Splash, Water and Dust Resistant
  • Color options: Yellow, White, Coral, Black, Blue, and Product Red

iPhone XS vs iPhone XR: Display & Design

The immediate differences between the two phone series are the display and design. The XS series is made of stainless steel and glass, while the XR series is made of aluminum and glass. Obviously, stainless steel is the better materiel.

As for display, all three phones differ in size. But why does the cheaper XR have a bigger display at 6.1in than the iPhone XS at 5.8in? Apple obviously wanted a large-displayed entry-level iPhone, but it’s kept the cost down of the XR’s larger display by keeping it an LCD display. The XS series features OLED displays.

OLED displays will give you much more vibrant colors and deeper blacks than LCD displays. Case in point the display in the XS series has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, while the display in the XR series has only a 1400:1 contrast ratio.

Another display point the XR lacks is 3D Touch. Again, Apple eliminated it here to keep the cost of the XR down.

iPhone XS vs iPhone XR: Camera

What interesting is Apple uses the exact same front facing camera in both the XS and XR series. All three models feature the same 7MP TrueDepth camera system with Face ID. There is literally no difference between the XS and XR series when it comes to the front camera.

But things are radically different when it comes to the real camera. The XS series features a dual lens 12MP system with wide-angle and telephoto cameras, dual optical image stabilisation, 2x optical zoom, and 4K video recording.

On the other hand the rear camera system on the XR is only a single-lens 12MP wide angle camera. It does feature optical image stabilisation and 4K video recording, as with the XS series, but lacks the 2x optical zoom.

iPhone XS vs iPhone XR: CPU, Battery, and Storage

As far s the cPU is concerned, all three models are identical. All feature the A12 Bionic chipset. It’s a 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient than the previous A11. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost almost 10 x faster. Apps launch 30% faster on the Max and Machine Learning runs nine times faster on 1/10th the energy. The A12 Bionic absolutely flies.

Battery life is also almost identical between the three phones. Both the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR will get 13.5 hours of mixed usage off a single charge with the iPhone XS getting 12.5. You can thank the physically larger batteries in the former two for that extra hour.

And as for storage, the XS series offers more: 64, 256, or 512GB compared to the XR series 64, 128, or 256GB options.

iPhone XS vs iPhone XR: Cost & Verdict

Normally it’s easy to choose Apple’s costliest and most advanced device as the winner–that is, which one you should buy. But honestly, it’s not that clear cut this year. If you don’t need a dual lens camera system (found in the XS), the XR might be the best choice.

Sure, the XR doesn’t have the OLED display, but it’s not like the LCD display is shoddy. It’ll look fine if that’s what you are used to looking at. Also, from a processing power perspective, the XR and XS series are identical, making it harder to fork out that extra dough for the XS if you don’t need the better camera and the best display tech.

The iPhone XR will be available in late October and cost £749 (64GB), £799 (128GB), or £899 (256GB). The iPhone XS Max will be available on September 21 and cost £1099 (64GB), £1249 (256GB), or £1449 (512GB). And the iPhone XS will be available on September 21 and cost £999 (64GB), £1149 (256GB), or £1349 (512GB).

by michaelg at September 13, 2018 01:47 PM

OPINION: Forget The iPhone XS, The iPhone XR Was The Real Star Of Apple's Keynote

Damien McFerran 13/09/2018 - 8:46am

Forget the iPhone XS; Apple's cheapest edge-to-edge iPhone is the one to watch.

Last night, Apple went through its yearly tradition of announcing its latest iPhone models, and the event was predictably watched by millions of fans all over the world, all ready to offer up their current device to the God of Cupertino in exchange for a new and shiny fondleslab.

Apple didn't really have all that many surprises in store – mainly because the content of the keynote was leaked prior to the event, along with the prices of each new phone – but it was nevertheless interesting to see Apple's vision for our mobile future in 2018 and beyond; it's a future which should leave Google very worried indeed.

Three new handsets are due for release this year; the iPhone XS is a spec-boosted update of last year's innovative iPhone X and offers power improvements across the board.

It will be joined by the iPhone XS Max, an even larger handset which shares the same basic technology.

These two devices fit neatly within Apple's usual yearly update cycle, with the standard XS being the 'normal' model while the Max will cater for those who crave a massive display.

However, while both of these phones look mightily impressive, it's the iPhone XR which is the real reason to get excited.

Rumoured to be a 'budget' iPhone in the same vein as 2013's iPhone 5C, at $749 the XR has actually turned out to be quite expensive, at least when compared to the Android-based competition.

However, Apple is making sure the public knows this is the cheapest "edge-to-edge" iPhone yet, making the message a clear one: if you want an iPhone X but can't afford the price, then you'll still get the big-screen experience with this cheaper model.

To keep costs down Apple has had to make certain sacrifices with the XR; the screen uses LCD tech instead of the OLED panel used on the XS and XS Max, which means it won't have quite the same visual impact – but given the high quality of Apple's previous LCD screens, we can't imagine many will complain.

The other big difference is that there's only a single rear camera, rather than the two on the iPhone XS and XS Max. This means you lose the telephoto lens for close-ups and zoomed shots, as well as the dual-lens trickery that enables convincing blurred-background Bokeh photography.

However, this isn't as big an issue as you might expect; during the keynote, Apple went to great lengths to point out that it has employed a clever software-based system to achieve gorgeous-looking Bokeh.

This isn't black magic, either; Google's Pixel line only has a single camera and is capable of shooting better Bokeh shots than many phones with two lenses. Suddenly, the differences between the XR and XS are less striking, making the cheaper variant even more interesting.

Then consider that Apple is using the exact same A12 Bionic chipset inside the XR as it is in the XS and XS Max, so you're not 'behind the curve' when it comes to power, either. It also ships with the same updated TrueDepth Face ID-enabled front camera, so you needn't feel like a second-class citizen if you decide to opt for the cheaper XR and save yourself a few pennies.

Another point – and one that is perhaps most crucial for fashion-conscious buyers – is the fact that the XR comes in a wide range of colour options, including yellow, white, coral, black, blue, and 'Product Red'. While the handset itself is made from brushed aluminium rather than plastic, this harks back to the days of the iPhone 5C, which also came in a dazzling array of shades.

And yes, it's still waterproof (IP67 rather than IP68 for the XS and XS Max, but that will be enough for most people) and it has wireless charging. And to cap it all off, it's also dual-SIM ready, which is another big selling point of these three new handsets.

Running through the spec sheet for the XR makes it abundantly clear that this isn't simply last year's phone in new clothing, which was the case with the iPhone 5C.

Instead, Apple is offering a lower-cost alternative to the flagship XS and XS Max which appears to be positioned to pull away customers from Google; at $749, this is hardly 'mid-range' but is likely to challenge the Pixel line of handsets which cost around the same price.

You could argue that the diehard Android lovers who buy a Pixel phone each year wouldn't dream of jumping ship, but the many fringe consumers who have been sold on the Pixel's pure OS and single-lens solution for portrait photography – both of which will now be offered by the XR, which also has Apple's considerable brand desirability behind it – may be swayed.

There are other considerations, too.

This year's Pixel phones will ship with the Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is already present in pretty much every other 2018 Android flagship. In other words, it's old news, despite being a very capable piece of tech.

The XR, as we've already established, comes with Apple's next-gen 7nm chipset, the A12 Bionic. This isn't existing silicon, but cutting-edge – and I'd imagine it will leave the 845 is its dust when it comes to pure performance.

Couple this with the fact that Apple's hardware and software ecosystem – while far from perfect – is generally a friendlier place to be than Google's, and suddenly all those people who were expecting to buy a Pixel 3 this year may have doubts. Apple has iPad and Apple Watch connectivity to fall back on, too.

People love having a 'family' of devices, and the best place to achieve that right now is within Apple's walled garden.

Given its high price, the XR might not seem like a shot across Google's bow, but by offering almost complete spec parity with its latest phones for a lower-than-usual pricepoint, Apple is clearly trying to make inroads into the same sector of the market it flirted with when it released the iPhone 5C a few years ago.

Whether this grand gesture will pay off or simply cannibalize sales from the XR and XR Max remains to be seen, but out of the three phones announced last night, I can't help be feel the XR is the one to get really excited about.

by dmcferran at September 13, 2018 07:41 AM

September 12, 2018

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iPhone XR Specs & Key Features 100% Confirmed

Michael Grothaus 12/09/2018 - 8:34pm

It’s Apple’s cheapest edge-to-edge display iPhone.

Apple’s iPhone X, introduced last year, was a critical and commercial success. Pundits praised the device as one of the best-designed iPhone’s ever. And users quickly embraced its new Face ID biometric authentication system–so much for people lamenting the death of Touch ID.

But one of the biggest gripes about the iPhone X was it’s price. The device was insanely expensive for many people–meaning they had no choice to opt for buying older models over the iPhone X.

The good news is this year Apple has unveiled a new iPhone–the iPhone XR–and packed many of the features found in the new iPhone XS line into the XR. So, just what is the XR like? Let’s take a look.

iPhone XR Specs

  • Display: 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 194 grams
  • Storage: 64, 128, or 256GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video.
  • Rear camera: Single lens 12MP wide-angle camera, optical image stabilisation. 4K video.
  • Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch; Splash, Water and Dust Resistant
  • Color options: Yellow, White, Coral, Black, Blue, and Product Red

Apple’s new iPhone XR is sure to impress a lot of people. That’s mainly due to its price. It’s the cheapest edge-to-edge iPhone Apple has ever made. The new XR also comes in six colors which are infused in the aluminum body and glass enclosure.

Unlike the new iPhone XS series, however, the iPhone XR does NOT have an OLED display. Instead it features an LCD display Apple calls the “Liquid Retina” display. While its colors, blacks, and whites won’t pop as much as on the OLED display of the iPhone XS series, the XR’s display still looks amazing. That being said, the XR also does NOT have a 3D Touch display–something that is helping Apple keep the retail price low.

Besides the display differences, the XR has the same TrueDepth front camera found in the XS series and also offers Face ID. However, the rear camera is still a single lens. Specifically its a 12MP wide angle lens, but it now offers optical image stabilisation.

Inside the device, you’ll find the exact same chipset found in the XS series, however. It features a new A12 Bionic 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost almost 10 x faster. Apps launch 30% faster on the Max and Machine Learning runs nine times faster on 1/10th the energy.

Announcing the new iPhone XR, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said:

“iPhone XR helps us reach even more people with the latest iPhone innovations. It is packed with the newest technologies including a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display that goes edge to edge, the latest TrueDepth camera with faster Face ID authentication, new 7-nanometer A12 Bionic chip with second generation Neural Engine and a 12-megapixel camera that takes advanced Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting photos. The new iPhone XR has a gorgeous new aerospace-grade aluminum and glass enclosure that has IP67 protection from liquids and dust, long all-day battery life and comes in six beautiful finishes. iPhone XR makes it possible for even more people to have the great experience of the latest iPhone X technology, in beautiful new designs, at a more affordable price.”

The iPhone XR will be available in late October and cost £749 (64GB), £799 (128GB), or £899 (256GB).

by michaelg at September 12, 2018 07:27 PM

The "iPhone 11" Is FINALLY Here: iPhone XS & iPhone XS Max

Michael Grothaus 14/09/2018 - 8:26am

It’s a spec-bumped iPhone X.

Apple today introduced a trio of new iPhones: the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR.

The iPhones share some similar characteristics, including an edge-to-edge display, the lack of a Home and Touch ID button, and a Face ID from the camera system.

But there are also several differences in the new iPhones. Here we’ll look at the new iPhone XS–the successor to last year’s iPhone X.

iPhone XS Specs

  • Display: 5.8-inch OLED display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 177 grams
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video.
  • Rear camera: Dual lens 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 12.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch.
  • Color options: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

The iPhone XS is the smaller of Apple’s two new flagship phones. It features a 5.8in display with a 2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi. It’s an OLED display too, so the colors, whites, and black stand out. As with the bigger, iPhone XS Max, Apple has also used a new type of glass, which makes it the most durable display ever. That display also has a 60% greater dynamic color range, which means images and graphics pop.

Apple has also beefed up the water proofing for the XS. It’s now certified IP68 waterproof, which means the phone can be submerged in up to 2 meters of water for 30 minutes and it will work fine. The XS also has a new speaker array, which allows for wider stereo sound when playing games and watching videos.

On the front TrueDepth camera, Face ID is now faster. The rear camera also had received improvements, including bigger, deeper pixels; a f/1.8 wide lens, a f/2.4 telephoto lens (both are 12 MP). Its image processor is also 2x faster. The rear camera also features Smart HDR for better photos with more detail and color. You can now also adjust the background depth of field. And when shooting video, you can record sound in stereo.

As for internals, the XS features a new A12 Bionic 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost almost 10 x faster. Apps launch 30% faster on the Max and Machine Learning runs nine times faster on 1/10th the energy.

Finally, the XS features Dual Sim Dual Standby (DSDS) technology that allows people to use two phone numbers with one iPhone. DSDS works by using one physical SIM and one eSIM.

Announcing the new iPhones, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said:

“iPhone Xs is packed with next-generation technologies and is a huge step forward for the future of the smartphone.

Everything is state of the art including the industry-first 7-nanometer A12 Bionic chip with 8-core Neural Engine, faster Face ID and an advanced dual camera system that shoots Portrait mode photos with Smart HDR and dynamic depth of field. iPhone Xs is not one, but two new iPhone models, and iPhone Xs Max offers the biggest display ever in an iPhone with the biggest battery ever in an iPhone, delivering up to an hour and a half more battery life in your day.”

The iPhone XS will be available on September 21 and cost £999 (64GB), £1149 (256GB), or £1349 (512GB).

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Apple's iPhone XS Max Detailed: Specs, Price & Release Date

When Apple introduced the iPhone X last year people raved about its beautiful design and edge-to-edge display. However, the iPhone X only came in one size–a 5.8in display. And though this screen size was bigger than the previous iPhone 8 Plus’ 5.5in display, many people lamented the fact that there was no “Plus”-sized iPhone X.

But that’s all changed this year. That’s because one of the three new iPhones Apple introduced today was the new iPhone XS Max. Yep, Apple is ditching the “Plus” branding in favor of “Max” to denote it largest iPhone.

So just what is the Max like? We took a look to find out.

iPhone XS Max Specs

  • Display: 6.5-inch OLED display with a 2688x1242-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 157.5mm x 77.4mm x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 208 grams
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video.
  • Rear camera: Dual lens 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch.
  • Color options: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

The iPhone XS Max features Apple’s biggest display ever at 6.5in with a 2688x1242-pixel resolution at 458ppi. It’s an OLED display too, so the colors, whites, and black stand out. Apple has also used a new type of glass, which makes it the most durable display ever. That display also has a 60% greater dynamic color range, which means images and graphics pop.

The larger display also means Apple was able to build in a horizontal mode to the Max so apps can be used in landscape orientation. This allows for apps to show more elements, like side lists. It’s a feature only found on the XS Max.

Apple has also beefed up the water proofing for the XS Max. It’s now certified IP68 waterproof, which means the phone can be submerged in up to 2 meters of water for 30 minutes and it will work fine.

The Max also has a new speaker array, which allows for wider stereo sound when playing games and watching videos.

On the front TrueDepth camera, FaceID is now faster. The rear camera also had received improvements, including bigger, deeper pixels; a f/1.8 wide lens, a f/2.4 telephoto lens (both are 12 MP). Its image processor is also 2x faster. The rear camera also features Smart HDR for better photos with more detail and color. You can now also adjust the background depth of field. And when shooting video, you can record sound in stereo.

As for internals, the Max features a new A12 Bionic 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost almost 10 x faster. Apps launch 30% faster on the Max and Machine Learning runs nine times faster on 1/10th the energy.

Finally, the Max will feature Dual Sim Dual Standby (DSDS) technology that allows people to use two phone numbers with one iPhone. DSDS works by using one physical SIM and one eSIM.

Announcing the new iPhone, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said:

“iPhone Xs is packed with next-generation technologies and is a huge step forward for the future of the smartphone. Everything is state of the art including the industry-first 7-nanometer A12 Bionic chip with 8-core Neural Engine, faster Face ID and an advanced dual camera system that shoots Portrait mode photos with Smart HDR and dynamic depth of field. iPhone Xs is not one, but two new iPhone models, and iPhone Xs Max offers the biggest display ever in an iPhone with the biggest battery ever in an iPhone, delivering up to an hour and a half more battery life in your day.”

The iPhone XS Max will be available on September 21 and cost £1099 (64GB), £1249 (256GB), or £1449 (512GB).

by michaelg at September 12, 2018 07:14 PM

The iPhone XS Max Just Got Official! Wanna See It?

Michael Grothaus 12/09/2018 - 8:33pm

It’s Apple’s biggest iPhone ever.

When Apple introduced the iPhone X last year people raved about its beautiful design and edge-to-edge display. However, the iPhone X only came in one size–a 5.8in display. And though this screen size was bigger than the previous iPhone 8 Plus’ 5.5in display, many people lamented the fact that there was no “Plus”-sized iPhone X.

But that’s all changed this year. That’s because one of the three new iPhones Apple introduced today was the new iPhone XS Max. Yep, Apple is ditching the “Plus” branding in favor of “Max” to denote it largest iPhone.

So just what is the Max like? We took a look to find out.

iPhone XS Max Specs

  • Display: 6.5-inch OLED display with a 2688x1242-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 157.5mm x 77.4mm x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 208 grams
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512GB
  • Processors: A12 Bionic
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video.
  • Rear camera: Dual lens 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 13.5 hours battery life mixed usage.
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch.
  • Color options: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

The iPhone XS Max features Apple’s biggest display ever at 6.5in with a 2688x1242-pixel resolution at 458ppi. It’s an OLED display too, so the colors, whites, and black stand out. Apple has also used a new type of glass, which makes it the most durable display ever. That display also has a 60% greater dynamic color range, which means images and graphics pop.

The larger display also means Apple was able to build in a horizontal mode to the Max so apps can be used in landscape orientation. This allows for apps to show more elements, like side lists. It’s a feature only found on the XS Max.

Apple has also beefed up the water proofing for the XS Max. It’s now certified IP68 waterproof, which means the phone can be submerged in up to 2 meters of water for 30 minutes and it will work fine.

The Max also has a new speaker array, which allows for wider stereo sound when playing games and watching videos.

On the front TrueDepth camera, FaceID is now faster. The rear camera also had received improvements, including bigger, deeper pixels; a f/1.8 wide lens, a f/2.4 telephoto lens (both are 12 MP). Its image processor is also 2x faster. The rear camera also features Smart HDR for better photos with more detail and color. You can now also adjust the background depth of field. And when shooting video, you can record sound in stereo.

As for internals, the Max features a new A12 Bionic 7nm chip with 6 cores. The CPU is 15% faster and 40% more energy efficient. The GPU now has 4 cores and is 50% faster. Finally, the Neural engine now has 8 cores for machine learning and is almost almost 10 x faster. Apps launch 30% faster on the Max and Machine Learning runs nine times faster on 1/10th the energy.

Finally, the Max will feature Dual Sim Dual Standby (DSDS) technology that allows people to use two phone numbers with one iPhone. DSDS works by using one physical SIM and one eSIM.

Announcing the new iPhone, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said:

“iPhone Xs is packed with next-generation technologies and is a huge step forward for the future of the smartphone. Everything is state of the art including the industry-first 7-nanometer A12 Bionic chip with 8-core Neural Engine, faster Face ID and an advanced dual camera system that shoots Portrait mode photos with Smart HDR and dynamic depth of field. iPhone Xs is not one, but two new iPhone models, and iPhone Xs Max offers the biggest display ever in an iPhone with the biggest battery ever in an iPhone, delivering up to an hour and a half more battery life in your day.”

The iPhone XS Max will be available on September 21 and cost £1099 (64GB), £1249 (256GB), or £1449 (512GB).

by michaelg at September 12, 2018 07:06 PM