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Nicolle Steehle
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Nicolle SteehleJournalist
2019-10-30, 3:02PM
I never wrote reviews, but now I really wanted to do it. I bought these headphones, I really like it so far. Noise reduction is really good, compared to the previous model, the sound is completely incomparable, of course. They sit comfortably in the ear. The switch on the headphones is also well made, does not bother. The only thing is that my head hurts a little, because I'm not used to it (I didn't wear intra-ear headphones for a long time).
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William Thayer
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William ThayerJournalist
2019-10-30, 2:39PM
The biggest drawback that I found for myself in the AirPods is the lack of multi-connection. The $160 headphone does not have the multiconnect that even Chinese QCY ($15) has. First, they connect to the entire Apple-ecosystem in one click, but then each time you have to manually switch from iPhone to Mac, from Mac to iPad, from iPad to iPhone. It is very sad if multiconnect is not installed in the "Pro" version.

The fact that you came up with headphones to a working computer should not cause any reaction. When the headphones do not receive audio, they fall asleep. If the headphones have multiconnect, then any device from the number of paired can wake them up and start broadcasting audio. Headphones without multiconnect, including AirPods, react only to the last device used with them in pair.
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Harry Parkes
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Harry ParkesJournalist
2019-10-20, 7:22AM
The Google Pixel 4 facial recognition works even if you're asleep / dead.
That seems problematic!



The feature was reported by BBC News - their reporter Chris Fox clearly demonstrated blind unlocking on his Twitter. According to the BBC, the situation repeated when tested on different people. On the images of devices that got into the network before the release, a screen with the settings of the face recognition system was noticeable. There was an inscription "Open your eyes to unlock", but in the devices provided by the BBC for testing this inscription was no longer there. Google has confirmed that they are not going to return this warning to the release version.

However, Google does not hide features. On the support page, a separate paragraph indicates that someone very similar to you or someone who brings the phone to your face when you are asleep can use the face recognition unlock. For those who are not comfortable with this state of affairs, it is proposed to enable entry blocking.
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Ian Lexxus
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Ian LexxusJournalist
2019-10-16, 12:22PM
Although I love the new design, hardware and features on the Apple Watch series 5... but since you keep saying there is no watch that comes even closer, I wanted to check on a few things. I have the Samsung Gear S3 (I purchased it over 3 years ago).

1. I have infinite options to change bands as it is modular. I can choose silicon, metal, mesh, any thing, any color and can keep changing it every day as per my look.

2. For the "always on" display. I'm not sure on the hardware so I won't comment on that but all of the faces on my watch have a always on version. Which is a less detailed, less animated, dimmed out version of the same watch face. Again, not sure about battery saving and refresh rate specifications. I just know my watch goes easily up to 4 days if not connected with Bluetooth, up to 2 days if connected with Bluetooth, and about a day and a half if I put on always on display.

3. My watch can get connected to Apple phones as well and still be able to use "almost all" of its features.

How is it so far ahead from its competition when all of this has already been done and dusted with other watches over 3 years back?
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Nicolle Steehle
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Nicolle SteehleJournalist
2019-10-16, 11:41AM
Super pleased with my Apple Watch 4, but I will say it's very much directed towards fitness. I think we often forget that when smart watches first came out, there wasn't a general consensus of what they would do. It seems like Apple has really moved towards personal health and fitness monitoring features which I think is great. Is it worth $400? Only if you use these features, but maybe spending that money will encourage you to get off your couch.
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Alex Makedonski
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2019-10-16, 11:37AM
Great review, I too have had many fitness watches over the years but once Watch was released that's all I have had everyday since Series 1. To putt it that's the only one I haven't upgraded since Series 1 release. None of the watches had what I was looking for and well I have never had issues with battery life granted it has been replaced Twice by Apple once for a scratch under Apple Care and last year for the screen popped off. I paid 92.50 to have it repaired. They sent a brand new Series 1. All in all I have been happy. But now my Series 5 is on the way still not all the features I want but it's time.
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William Thayer
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William ThayerJournalist
2019-10-16, 11:24AM
I upgrade my Apple Watch every other iteration: so 1, 3, and now 5. Apple's heart-rate monitoring has been generally found to be the most accurate amongst smart watches which makes the Apple Watch a great fitness tracker. The new always-on display will be a major plus for me. I still find software upgrades on Apple Watch to be hit and miss, it's a quite a slow and laborious process. Cellular roaming for normal usage needs to be addressed, it prevents me from buying the cellular version.
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Alex Makedonski
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2019-10-14, 8:51PM
I also have a yellowish white problem with my One Plus 5, on default display settings my screen shows a bit yellowish color on white background or when I compare my phone with other IPS display phones my One Plus 5 shows a little yellowish display do you know why it's happening to my One Plus 5 or it's because of optic AMOLED nature that shows true accurate colors.
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Gregory French
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Gregory FrenchJournalist
2019-10-14, 8:28PM
I have a brand new Oppo R7 Plus, with an AMOLED screen, and I noticed something that is strange and paradoxical! Amoled screens are famous for their absolutely deep blacks, and this is the case with my Amoled when streaming a video footage with deep black backgrounds from YouTube, for example. But when downloading the same footage and saving it on the phone storage, and then viewing it, the blacks are no longer blacks, they become dark gray or even gray sometimes!

I wonder what is this strange behavior of an Amoled display! It is not a default device, but it seems that quality of Samsung's own units are way better than these which are made for other manufacturers. Can you help me understanding this paradox?!

Thanks in advance.
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Dave Smartier
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Dave SmartierJournalist
2019-10-14, 7:58PM
Team LCD! Before I comment I want to say:

We are blessed to even have a phone in life! The only Amoled and Oled I can tolerate is in a affordable cheap budget smartphone not in a T.V.! I want to watch natural real T.V. not fake saturated colors. LCD looks so beautiful and naturally realistic. The Amoled looks so dark, dead, and dull. Colors always look all pinkish and stuff, or a blue tint. Ugh Ugly Amoled! But we all have to admit though; we are bless to have a phone...
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William Thayer
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William ThayerJournalist
2019-10-13, 10:33AM
The gadget looks very interesting, I have already seen something similar among the Chinese, but it is of a slightly different size. I hope this device will be the first step towards phones with a high-resolution screen and a diagonal of 3-4.5 inches. I want a phone that is convenient to use with one hand and which can do the same as any other modern phone.
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Serge Serhief
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Serge SerhiefJournalist
2019-10-10, 6:40AM
Google has designed a 5G smartphone that will be released before Apple does.

Google hopes to capture the smartphone market, or rather, its segment, which is now significantly influenced by Apple. Google expects to do this with its smartphones that support 5G technology. According to Nikkei (Asian Review), referring to its sources in the company, the corporation has already begun to test the finished prototype of the 5G smartphone, moreover, the phone can be presented next week.



Probably, the new devices will be shown on October 15 - on this day the search giant will introduce two new 4G Pixel smartphones. In addition, it is reliably known that at the same time the company will show its new smart watch and laptop. In general, the presentation is promised to be held entirely in accordance with Apple standards. And this is no coincidence.

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Tommy Miles
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Tommy MilesJournalist
2019-10-9, 1:14PM
OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition turned out to be more expensive than iPhone 11!

The most expensive OnePlus in history. Premium version prices. OnePlus 7T Pro declassified a week before the announcement... There is the prices information for the "racing" variation of the highly anticipated flagship smartphone OnePlus 7T Pro. Details about the cost of the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition in Europe were shared by the well-known informant @IshanAgarwal.


Photo: OnePlus

According to the source, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition will be the most expensive smartphone in the company's history. The cost for the version with 128 GB of internal flash memory is 849 euros, and for the version with 256 GB - 859 euros. At the same time, European prices for OnePlus 7T with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash memory range from 589 to 599 euros.

Compared with European prices for the iPhone 11, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition will be 50 euros more expensive for the basic version.
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William Thayer
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William ThayerJournalist
2019-10-9, 12:55PM
I think the takeaway from this that a person can either glean whatever wisdom he can from past OnePlus releases and look for information on any looming new phones, as there's usually such information pretty well in advance of an official announcement. Then that person can just be patient and wait with their existing older phone until that date comes and such announcement is indeed made. THEN he can just buy that phone as his official upgrade.

Concurrently, if someone already went and got the OnePlus 7 Pro, but he really wants the OnePlus 7T Pro instead, he can either attempt to sell the 7 Pro and if he can make enough of his money back in a short enough amount of time; provided he can afford the difference, then he can but the 7T Pro. Otherwise, if that person has plenty of money to spend, then I guess he could just go ahead and buy the 7T Pro and have both for the time being, assuming he would attempt to sell the 7 Pro anyway, since it would be rather pointless to have both phones, especially since the Pro supports dual sim cards.
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Superfluous
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2019-10-9, 9:27AM
Google won't be panicked enough to employ an army of researchers to find flaws in iPhone. A great part of Apple's success comes from building and maintaining an enormous ecosystem, which does take a genius. Jobs did not invent the smartphone - he made it a desirable consumer device with a marketplace (constant stream of revenue) attached to it.

Maintaining that model also requires a genius. With all their money, Google cannot get Android right whereas since the launch of iPhone, Apple has never really messed up anything in real (revenue) terms. The Apple watch is not like other watches - many people get rid of their smart wearables but Apple users either stick to theirs or upgrade. Apple remains firmly committed to targeting the upper end of consumer market and maintaining the desirability of their products.

Customers are happy with the platform. If they are complaining about price, the strategy is on track. Shareholders have had great returns (and dividends) at fairly low PE. Apple manages to keep its employees very happy. And its competitors are so frustrated that they have employed people to find flaws in Apple's products and make them public. Android has a billion users who earn less than $5 a day. Apple has customers that actually buy something (from Apple) using the platform.

Sounds like a company on top of its game, thanks to Mr. Cook.
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Superfluous
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2019-10-9, 9:18AM
Well I will be interested to see what Apple does. It hasn't been the same company since Jobs.

What I would watch out for is the combination of Musk's 11,000 satellite system of Starlink and Google (Google is part owner of Space X). The speed of the system is terabit. Lot of other people have talked about putting a big satellite system in space... but none of those people had their own launch vehicle system. Musk does. And Bezos might.

Here's the potential. Your cellphone tower could be moving to space (about 120 miles up vs. 20 miles away). There are many unknowns, of course. What will the frequency be? But satellite to phone and phone to satellite has been working since the Iridium era. It's just that this will be a humongous jump in data rate. There is the potential for an Apple-Bezos hook-up. I think Musk would win the tech battle but Bezos has deep pockets.

The other impact could be on the Great Firewall of China. Xi controls the internet in China. Google doesn't operate there. But Chinese Mainlanders could access Google (and other comm) from space. That would be totally private. Transmitting up from China Mainland to a Starlink satellite might be subject to interception, but it could be tough.

Interesting times.
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Alex Makedonski
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2019-10-9, 8:51AM
I am not a single brand guy but by happy chance I've found myself with a Samsung S10 (cost me half the price of an equivalent iPhone), a Samsung Galaxy Watch (gift for fathers day), a Samsung Galaxy Book tablet/laptop (got it in a New Year sale for $794 - was same spec as Microsoft Surface which costs about $1,465) and I've got several Samsung TVs including a big 70" beast in my living room (which was the best price vs performance TV I could find at the time).

Only really the watch was a "paired" purchase in that it made sense as an addition to an existing product I owned. Every other purchase was on a price vs performance basis. And I'd happily switch brands if a better one came along.
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Kenner Blaise
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2019-10-9, 8:37AM
In my opinion, smartphone manufacturers need to get away from making exclusively "jewelry". The "thinner is better" concept is a loser in the end since to do so compromises battery life and product durability. Manufacturers should also offer phones that can be more competitively priced yet be durable enough to take the occasional drop on the kitchen floor or accidentally dropping the phone in the ocean or pool.

Caterpillar offers an Android phone for industrial and personal use and I think they are on to something. Smartphone manufacturers can make products for both markets and see which will be more successful. The more durable phones can reduce consumer out of pocket costs for accessories to protect their phones while helping to gain loyalty and longevity of their products.
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Harry Parkes
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Harry ParkesJournalist
2019-10-9, 7:43AM
Should be noted also that most phones in US/Canada are sold on device subsidies/loans. So the cost of the phone is spread over many months. Takes a lot of the bite out of paying double for an iPhone, at least psychologically. In other parts of the world you pay for your phone plan (typically quite cheap relative to North American rates) separately and you just go and buy a phone. Unbundled essentially. So the extra cost of the iPhone is quite noticeable.

Recently switched from an Samsung S8+ to an iPhone 7 Plus, just to see what the fuss was about. Its nice enough and there are definitely some very good elements of the iPhone, but there's a lot of stuff I miss on Android. Will probably go back to Android once the next slew of phones is out.

Basically, from a phone perspective, upper end of Android phones are entirely competitive with and often superior to the latest iPhone in many respects. They're not the same in every regard, but they trade wins and losses. Also, with Android phones having a large price advantage and iPhone as a brand not carrying the same cachet as it used to, its unsurprising that Apple would be having some issues.
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William Thayer
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William ThayerJournalist
2019-10-9, 7:30AM
If the number of "exotic features" on high-end phones guaranteed sales supremacy, Samsung would long ago have triumphed over Apple. Why in the world would stupid Korean consumers pay for Apple products when Samsung offers so much?! Samsung marketing has been using this ploy for many years.

In fact the iPhone has at least two important features that Huawei cannot surpass:

1. In-house designed processor: the A12 Bionic chip vs. the Kirin 980 chip
2. iOS vs. Android

Huawei, like every other Apple wannabe in the world uses Google developed Android software. Ironic, isn't it, since Google is locked out of China? The problem, of course, is that so doing throws aways the Apple advantage of designing its system software specifically for its own hardware, forcing more memory and CPU use for the same level of performance. And Huawei isn't in charge of the update path and can't readily provide rapid software fixes to its users the way Apple can.

The result: iOS is safer than Android, and in the rather dodgy world of Chinese cyberspace, that's no minor advantage.
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