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Google’s new Pixel 6 Pro has arguably the best camera on a smartphone today. However, there’s more to a good phone than the camera and there were too many issues for me to justify the $1,000 price.
By Matthew Miller for Smartphones and Cell Phones | | Topic: Mobility
The Pixel 6 Pro is the best smartphone available from Google, see our full review, but that doesn’t mean it is the best smartphone for everyone. It also is not the best smartphone available across the market that includes phones from Apple and Samsung. Some things can be fixed with software updates, but other parts are hardware-related so you need to decide if they are important to you or not.
I pre-ordered a Pixel 6 Pro and it arrived a couple of weeks ago. My return deadline is tomorrow and it’s all boxed up and ready to head back to Google. Readers know my primary daily driver is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and while I wasn’t looking for the Pixel 6 Pro to replace it on T-Mobile, I thought it could serve as my Google Fi primary device. At the $1,000 price point, it’s too expensive to keep as a second phone given the many areas where the phone let me down.
See also: The Google Pixel 6 hardware is buggy garbage and the company’s tech support is worse
Camera performance is a major focus for smartphone makers today, but there is much more to a smartphone than just the camera. Given there will be a $50 Black Friday discount on the Pixel 5A 5G , I’m seriously considering picking up that phone for its camera and Google Fi compatibility instead.
Here are the primary reasons I am returning the Google Pixel 6 Pro. A couple of these may be addressed with software updates, but I’m not willing to spend the money to find out at this time.
We all have different needs for our smartphones and some of my concerns above may not apply to your situation. There are also a few that are simply the way the phone was built and you also need to decide if it is a trade-off you are willing to make for the camera and long-term updates from Google.
See also: Google Pixel 6 Pro review: Google’s best smartphone yet, but is it enough?
When Google launched its pre-orders I bought a Sorta Seaform Pixel 6 for my wife, thinking she would appreciate the camera and an upgrade to her Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra . After just two days she handed it back to me and told me to return it and give her back the S20 Ultra. Her primary issues were that it was too slow and unresponsive, the cell signal was not as good as Samsung, and it was too slippery. I was pretty surprised by her lack of enthusiasm for the handy Google software elements.
I’m curious if you think my feedback on the Pixel 6 Pro is blinded by my fascination with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 . Have you experienced any of these issues with the Pixel 6 Pro? Are there other aspects of the phone that caused you to skip purchasing one or returning it as well?
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New Apple Exclusive Reveals Major iPhone 13 Featured Cancelled – Forbes
The iPhone 13 launch week has leaked and Apple fans have some very good reasons to upgrade. But now there is a major reason why you might not.
Renders of Apple’s iPhone 13 range based on multiple leaks
In the latest addition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s respected Apple insider Mark Gurman has now confirmed his earlier tip-off that Apple has scrapped its plans to reintroduce Touch ID on the iPhone 13 range. But he does also reveal Apple’s exciting long term plans.
“While Apple had tested in-screen Touch ID for the next flagship iPhones, it won’t make the cut this year,” Gurman explains. This follows rampant speculation for the last year that the tech would return alongside Face ID, given the latter’s problems with masks during the pandemic.
That said, Apple is unlikely to give up on Touch ID with the first iPhone 14 leaks claiming an in-display Touch ID will make it into next year’s model (along with several other major upgrades).
Moreover, Gurman also reveals Apple has radical plans for Face ID moving forward: “I believe Apple is all-in on Face ID for its higher-end iPhones and its long-term goal is to implement Face ID in the display itself,” he explains. This is part of Apple’s long term goal to eliminate the notch, which the company has at least managed to shrink in time for this year’s new iPhones.
Apple iPhone concept showing in-display Touch ID
And this is where things get exciting. The combination of Face ID and, ultimately, in-display Touch ID will give iPhone users dual biometric verification. Used in tandem (look at your iPhone while placing a finger on the display) this can provide military grade levels of security and it fits in with Apple’s plans to make your iPhone your primary form of ID. While iOS 15 will hold your driving licence, the company has revealed patents enabling an iPhone to replace your passport. Dual biometrics would be essential for this level of security and could fundamentally change how we see our smartphones.
More immediately, however, for those stung by the loss of Touch ID on the iPhone 13 there is still plenty to be excited about. Multiple sources have now revealed Apple’s new iPhones will have massive new cameras, larger batteries, faster charging, smaller notches, next gen WiFi and — on Pro models — globally upgraded 5G and ProMotion displays. They may also double their storage.
And the deal maker in all this could be pricing. Apple is understood to be freezing iPhone 13 prices, something that is tipped to deliver another sales supercycle following the runaway success of the iPhone 12. Just watch out because Apple has already warned that the biggest challenge is likely to be getting your hands on one.
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Save up 75% on Samsung smartphones, peripherals, appliances and more in the Samsung Week sales starting October 25 – My Everyday Tech
Samsung Malaysia will be launching a new sales event starting next week as a celebration of its 52nd anniversary by thanking fans and loyal customer’s continuous support of the brand.
Samsung Malaysia will be offering a wide variety of items from lifestyle companions of smartphones and monitors down to the household musts such as washing machines, TV, and soundbar. The campaign will start from October 25 and lasts until November 7 exclusively on Samsung Online Store.
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Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G promotion is still available where all orders will be honored with an extra RM350 Samsung e-voucher and 1-Year plan of Samsung Care+ while the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G gets the same treatment but with a raised figure of Samsung e-voucher at RM500.
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Which iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max Color Is Best for You? – MUO – MakeUseOf
Confused about which color to choose for your new iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max? Here’s what will likely suit you.
Whenever you’re purchasing a new iPhone, picking the color that suits you best is the fun part. Released in September 2021, Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max come in 4 colors: Graphite, Silver, Gold, and Sierra Blue.
Let’s look into each of them and see which iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max color is best for you.
Graphite can be viewed as the equivalent to the standard “black” color available in every iPhone lineup. Its deep tone aptly references the carbon mineral after which it’s named. Graphite is quite similar to Space Gray from the previous Pro models.
One thing to note is that, although the Pro models have matte backs, fingerprint smudges will inevitably be rather visible due to the dark color of Graphite. However, this can be solved by cleaning your Apple device.
If you seek timelessness and want to pair your iPhone with many different cases, Graphite is an excellent choice.
Silver is another popular color. While it’s technically called Silver, the device’s actual color looks closer to white.
For this iPhone color, in particular, some people are concerned that the bright stainless steel lining the device’s sides will fall victim to ugly scratches and fingerprint smudges. However, if you have a good case to protect your iPhone, this shouldn’t be a big problem.
Clean yet luxurious, Silver is a light-toned alternative to Graphite.
Gold encapsulates chic and sophistication. Since 2013, Apple has often provided Gold as a color option for its flagship iPhone.
Gold is similarly elegant as Graphite and Silver, but certainly more eye-catching. Fingerprint smudges will also be less visible due to the color's gentle, pearly tone.
Into classics but don’t like the usual monotone shades? The color gold is your new best friend.
Sierra Blue is a brand-new color introduced for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. It’s much lighter compared to the Pacific Blue of the iPhone 12 Pro series. If Pacific Blue subtly refers to the deep ocean, Sierra Blue is reminiscent of the breathy, foggy hue of a cold mountain sky.
Trendy and refreshing, you can only find Sierra Blue on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max so far. If you're excited about all things new and unique, go for Sierra Blue.
If you love classics, Graphite or Silver will certainly be the best color for you. For an added bit of charm, Gold is an awesome alternative. If the cool tints of Sierra Blue immediately attract your attention, it’s a great color to pick as well.
Torn between the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max? We’ve weighed up all the similarities and differences between these two models to help you decide.
Denise is a freelance writer. Her first Apple gadget was the iPhone 6, which she happily adored for 7 years. Visit her website for her portfolio and blog, where she also writes about business and social causes.
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