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Serge Serhief
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Serge SerhiefJournalist
2019-10-9, 7:01AM
Point of reference: PC Mag recommends the Moto G6 play in it list of top ten phones at a cost of $189 (rated 4 vs highest 4.5). For the the prudent consumer who isn't rolling in money, this is a good deal. You could be 5 of these phones for every member of your family for the price of the Apple XS.

"The Moto G6 Play is the most widely available phone in Motorola's lineup. At $200 (or less, depending on the model), it strikes a good balance between price and performance, with excellent battery life that can keep it going all day. If you're looking for an inexpensive workhorse phone that can handle most common tasks with aplomb, the G6 Play is hard to beat to beat for the price, and earns our Editors' Choice. If you're looking for better camera quality and are willing to spend more, check out the standard Moto G6."
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Chris Maccenroy
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Chris MaccenroyJournalist
2019-10-9, 6:17AM
Apple never really admitted its own mistakes and missteps. This is a company becoming increasingly out of touch, hypocritical, shady, and shifty just like FB. Cases for the point: the battery scandal, and the refusal to US law enforcement to unlock suspect's phones, yet fully cooperated with the Chinese to spy on citizens.

They seriously misjudge the intelligence of consumers. Meanwhile, the battery life is crap, the screen chips and shatters on the slightest impacts. The elimination of phone jack and finger print button created a whole bunch of other issues and limited the usefulness of iPhones. Shoddy Apple products! dare I say.

The pricing strategy is a complete disaster. Desperate to maintain profit margin, the company start to raise the prices way out of line of decency. The backlash has been severe: Apple ruined its hard earned reputation once and for all. It is now a brand stands for price-gorging and 2nd-rate products.

Tim Cook has perpetuate a culture in Apple that is based on arrogance, self-deceit, and deception. He never gives straight forward explanations nor sincere apologies. The battery scandal forced him to roll out a battery exchange program, without which Apple brand would have suffered even more. He is not the right CEO for the company - no vision, no inspiration, no courage of doing the right thing.

RIP Apple, my next phone is probably some other phone that won't cost me an arm and a leg, and doesn't cost $245 to replace the stupid screen.
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Randall Mark
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Randall MarkJournalist
2019-10-8, 1:51PM
Though I like Sony's products and their phones. I gotta say the only thing people aren't getting their phones for are their shitty battery life. Not to mention some of phones have 4K resolution and combine that with a small battery capacity, you can already see why many would opt for an Apple, Samsung or a Huawei phone.
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Nik Ivanovsky
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Nik IvanovskyChief Editor
2019-10-8, 1:47PM
Own an Xperia 1 now. Ergonomically the best smartphone I have held in a long time. The buttons on one side always fall right where my fingers are (set up my left middle finger on the finger print reader, amongst others). Also when using a flip phone cover, it's nice to have them on the side where they aren't covered.
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Nicolle Steehle
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Nicolle SteehleJournalist
2019-10-8, 1:43PM
This almost feels like Sony is not liked any time they bring a new phone. They are probably the only ones to not jump on the stupid punch hole or notch or any of that sort of nonsense. They also do not believe in show-off and flashy and yucky color schemes. Sadly they left many markets.
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Ian Lexxus
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Ian LexxusJournalist
2019-10-8, 12:18PM
There are tons of people complain this Xperia 5 isn't a compact phone, should I believe them (anonymous)? They flooding the negative comments on Sony thread and looks like they are won although they never test the phone like you do. Thanks for the review, hope more in-depth review will show up soon.
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Jason Hensel
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Jason HenselJournalist
2019-10-8, 12:11PM
Since when, people started calling a tall 6" screen a compact screen size? To me, a less than 5" phone screen is a compact phone because my fingers can reach every corner of the phone with one hand. I have been searching everywhere to find a manufacturer that makes a really compact, usable, lightweight and productivity Android smartphone. I don't care for multiple or punch-hole cameras, pure view or infinity display and high-end CPU/GPU. The closest phone we can get right now is Google Pixel 3.
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iLawyer
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iLawyerJournalist
2019-10-8, 12:02PM
Sony and LG (V series only) are the two companies now that are the only two that are not following the trends of useless features or hardware removal/addition which Samsung, Apple, and Xiaomi does. That's why I always loved them both as they are more towards utalitarianism then faggy trying to show off shit feature. If only they had more support put in, I would have bought Sony or V50 (60) whatever the new models are.
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Gregory French
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Gregory FrenchJournalist
2019-10-8, 11:42AM
My only complain with Sony phones are slow charging! Now this latest Xperia 5 took 30 minutes for 53% and 1 hour for 80%. Total of 2-hours for 100% in 2019 where other brands offering 40 watt 50 watt and dven 65 watt charging technology even in cheaper price... Currently I'm using Huawei's P30 Pro and it took just 55 minutes for 0 to 100% with 8/8 hours and 30 minutes of S.O.T or overall 24 hours of back up, I can't even think of using phone which took more then one hour for charging. Same complain is with iPhones.
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Chris Maccenroy
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Chris MaccenroyJournalist
2019-10-8, 11:14AM
On the end of every Sony review, there is some kind of "this is a great phone to get, but there is Samsung...". Who cares if sammy phones are cheaper? Xperia lasts longer and it is better (this time for sure). Why don't you just make a review and not compare to other phones. Make different comparison review... compare in one camera quality. The other video compare battery life, sometime snappiness of the phones. Then and just then say that the sammy (or some other brand) is better buy. blush
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Nik Ivanovsky
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Nik IvanovskyChief Editor
2019-10-6, 5:58AM
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro sales are breaking records! The first mobile gadget with a 64 MP camera attracted the attention of the audience, and got good sales.

Xiaomi company reported on the sales of the new smartphone Redmi Note 8 Pro, which was presented on August 29 along with the usual Note 8. The first batch of the Pro version of the device was completely sold out. It is reported by Gizmochina. According to Lu Weibing, general manager of the Redmi brand, people purchased more than 300,000 Note 8 Pro smartphones over the first day of sales in China. For the last time, the Honor 9X (was released at the end of July 2019) also started successfully.


Photo: Gizmochina

Redmi Note 8 Pro runs on the MediaTek G90T processor. The 6.53" display has a resolution of FHD+. The battery capacity is 4500 mAh - this is the first Redmi smartphone with such a battery capacity. Several memory modifications will appear on sale: 6/64 GB, 6/128 GB and 8/128 GB.

The main feature of the Note 8 Pro was a camera with a Samsung GW1 sensor with a 64 megapixels resolution. Three other cameras have the following parameters: wide-angle - 8 megapixels, macro lens and depth sensor - at 2 megapixels. The device’s camera can shoot slow motion video with a frequency of 960 fps. The front camera uses a 20 megapixel sensor.
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Ian Lexxus
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Ian LexxusJournalist
2019-10-4, 9:36AM
Yeah, this is definitely a solid upgrade, the Mediatek chipset is kind of controversial but if you look at what Qualcomm was offering when they made this decision you can understand why they decided to give this a go. Not everything is perfect here but for the price and performance you can overlook the minor negatives and enjoy yet another solid Redmi device.

And really when you think about this, and what it all means just wait another year or so and by the time we get the Redmi Note 10 Pro just imagine the specs that will be offered for the price that this is going for. Xiaomi will continue to kill the competition, and hopefully breakthrough new markets to expand the brand. I think a lot of people can appreciate the value they receive from purchasing a Xiaomi Smartphone.
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Sarah Gillmor
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Sarah GillmorJournalist
2019-10-3, 8:44AM
Microsoft Surface Neo didn't really excite me to be honest. The most impressive update today for me was the Surface Laptop 3 and possibly the Pro7 X but as I have an iPad Pro, none are impressive enough to consider changing to the Surface Eco System.

Also, I just don't rate Windows 10 in general, especially control panel stuff and the shocking way it still forces updates. My work laptop (Win 10) is always messing up my multi screen configuration as I switch from home to office. It's like it has the display driver from Windows 95 under the hood.
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Ian Lexxus
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Ian LexxusJournalist
2019-10-3, 8:26AM
Hmm, I don't quite know if I'm excited for this. If you asked me before Samsung and Huawei released their foldable phones I would have said yes, but now I don't really think I want a hardware seam making these essentially two screens instead of one larger on. I get that the displays will be much nicer Gorilla glass versus the plastic on the Samsung/Huawei, but I still don't want that seam. Microsoft went to great lengths to convince us that we need two screens, but seem to have forgotten that one large screen is easily converted into two smaller screens thanks in great part to their own Windows OS.

The other stuff, the postures and such were just ok, maybe kind of cool when using the hardware keyboard. I'd most likely just use this as a folded tablet. I'm hoping by 2020 some more foldable phones with better screens get released, but if not then I'm willing to wait another year or three. Plus didn't Lenovo release a dual screen phone similar to this not too long ago?
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Jason Hensel
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Jason HenselJournalist
2019-10-3, 8:18AM
Will buy at release, dreamed of the courier since I saw the first render of it. Really like the idea of a Notebook (paper version) style computer like the courier concept showed since I tried it with various tablets but it's an awkward form factor compared to a dual screen book style. Hoped for a sneak preview of the Surface Book 3 to replace my old Surface Book.

But that Surface Pro X looked damn fine and will keep an eye on that one. Microsoft seems to be the magic company to beat and downright crushes Apple these days and everyone else.
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iLawyer
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iLawyerJournalist
2019-10-3, 8:15AM
I'm seriously looking forward for this. Windows team will really need to make sure everything is polished before the release, not to repeat how buggy and incomplete Windows 10 and W10M at launch. I will seriously miss the Live Tile if it will not make it into the final software. Shame since it will be even more useful here since I can have it on another screen while doing something on an app. So much opportunities to improve Live Tile into widgets but Microsoft just can't see it anymore. Ironic since Microsoft Launcher have Widgets.

Most developers never really embraced Live Tiles. They do make widgets. So maybe someone could make a widget to do that on the second screen? You might even be able to make a decent buck off of it. IMO, just showing your notifications drawer on the opposite screen would accomplish the same effect, and it'd be scrollable, too.
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Gregory French
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Gregory FrenchJournalist
2019-10-3, 7:36AM
I would have gave it a pass if it had a non-foldable display. Seriously the tech behind these non-foldable displays is so bad and it has too many issues/breaking points. And tbh what would be the advantage if it was all just one foldable display? If you were to watch a movie it would still be scaled down a lot, because of the akward aspect ratio that the display would have... so really you could as well just watch the movie on one screen, while the other half is sitting on your lap.
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Sarah Gillmor
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Sarah GillmorJournalist
2019-10-2, 11:01AM
New iOS feature removes blur from photos taken on iPhone 11

As part of the annual autumn presentation of new products last month, Apple, among other things, announced the latest development - a technology for new iPhone camera called Deep Fusion.

So, thanks to the use of machine learning, the technology is able to process images, optimizing textures, as well as reducing noise and "pulling up" the overall quality of images received on a new generation of iPhone. Deep Fusion works simply: even before the user presses the virtual shutter button, the Camera application already manages to take four pictures. After the user finishes taking pictures, the application will take four more photos. Next, artificial intelligence determines those photos that turned out better than the others, and then combines them into one photo of the highest possible quality in HDR.


Source: TechCrunch / Photo taken using Deep Fusion technology

Deep Fusion is currently unavailable on the latest generation iPhone, but according to the latest data, the technology will appear with an upgrade to iOS 13.2. Those who really want to try Apple's new development can install the beta version of iOS for developers - there Deep Fusion is available now.

Deep Fusion has little in common with HDR+. It has more in common with pixel shift (only not using IBIS) and exposure stacking.
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Nicolle Steehle
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Nicolle SteehleJournalist
2019-10-2, 10:37AM
I just read a comment like this:

"Well I am a Pixel user for an year now have used it as my primary device. Its one hell of a software pack on a weak hardware. As a matter of fact i have my Pixel at service desk as the volume rocker and power button stopped working earlier camera stopped working and have to give it for repair so in less than a year my Pixel 3 XL which is top of Google line has failed. They really are bad at hardware they need to improve it quickly or else it will be #SwithFromPixel..."
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Dave Smartier
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Dave SmartierJournalist
2019-10-2, 10:33AM
Madness continues. Google launched aggressive advertising on Google Pixel 4. Google Pixel smartphone users praise it for autonomy, camera, services and unlimited space in Google Photo... Google has begun promoting the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, which will be officially announced on October 15th. The first video was dedicated to the amazing camera capabilities of new smartphones.


Photo: Google

In fact, as part of the new advertising campaign, Google has already posted four videos. See three more user reviews about their experience with new smartphones. The note says that these are real users who were paid to share their impressions.



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