Apple is so ahead of the other companies on actually promoting their stuff.
I wanted to buy a Pixel XL. They weren't available. I live and work near mountain view. They were sold out even if you sign up for Google Fi (a trick a Googler friend suggested). I'm already on Google Voice so Fi would be awesome.
Could not get them for weeks.
I got tired of waiting and bought an iPhone 7 Plus. I love it. I dislike the closed software interface but don't want Samsung bloat so I saw it as the best other option. The hardware is great and I found out a lot of my friends are on iMessage. iCloud doesn't try to do creepy things. I like the fingerprint scanner.
I would have loved to try the Pixel.
I don't think the comparison works, though, both because smartphone users are free to choose whether or not to participate in Apple's ecosystem, and because Apple's incentives are aligned with the desires of its current and potential customers in ways that those of communist regimes historically have not been.
Want some mcafee with your s8? No? Well sucks being you...
They are owned by Lenovo though. Since ownership their OS updates have been much more regular. YMMV.
> You’ve likely guessed it by now, but the Linux gstreamer media playback framework supports playback of SNES music files by…. emulating the SNES CPU and audio processor, courtesy of Game Music Emu. How cool is that?
I mean, I personally feel that it's likely they learnt from that but would not suggest it's not something they couldn't do again.
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Walking up to a demo Pixel in a retail store and flipping the menu slider opens the menu without a single dropped frame.
Walking up to a new S8 and dragging upwards opens the menu somewhat glitchily, with noticeable lag, and with a few dropped frames.
There weren't many dropped frames, and the lag was all but unnoticeable. I'd wager that a lot of people would never even notice the lag and glitchiness was there. But unfortunately my reactivity to smoothness becomes pathologically sensitive approaching the 95th percentile - so if something's hilariously horrible, I'll live with it, but if something drops a single frame, I don't want anything to do with it.
Sure, you can judge that as stupid, but the way my brain sees it, you either get sorted into the bucket of "you made no effort and you're terrible" and "ooooooooooooo." If you wind up on the edge of the bucket I get really bad uncanny valley. :/
(Another way to look at it is to say that if you put me on a moped that can't go beyond 60mph, I'll get used to it, but if you put me in an Autobahn simulator where traffic jams can abruptly appear beyond corners and then later on just as abruptly disappear... well... suffice to say I might start physically breaking things.)
I'll also acknowledge that I have absolutely no idea what was running on both phones - and that the Pixel's store demo mode had probably reset the phone and killall'd everything so it was nice and snappy.
But in my case that sells the Pixel to me hands down (I have no idea how responsive it actually is). Hey Samsung, implement a demo mode!
I am really looking forward to Fuschia. 120fps target? Yes please!!!
Every now and then I toy with the idea of getting the latest iPhone. Another year of this old thing and I might get fed up enough to switch.
With no love for apple, I recommend (from personal experience) buying an iPhone SE.
Edit: I mention the SE specifically because it is not the same price. $400 vs $750
I was in your same boat. I will only use the Google Android phones, and even they had random issues. Got an iPhone 7 plus and for the most part it just works. I do keep my software phone agnostic so I could switch back, so we'll see what the iPhone 8/next Pixel bring.
iPhones 5/6/7 on the other hand, are everywhere, even if they cost a kidney. Nobody outside bubble wants a Nexus 6P.
There are hundreds or thousands of fitness people making a living on Instagram, promoting healthy products mixed with booty shots. 99% percent of them have an iPhone as the only tool they need to do their job.
An iPhone 7 costs 3 to 4 monthly "minimum wages" (300 USD) here.
I was talking about trend setters, media people, higher class, and elites...
"The savings continues to matter more than comfort, as indicated in the survey published in 2015. Economy class concentrates 96% of searches for flights performed on all platforms, while the executive account for 3%. (...) Regarding business class flights, the iPhone is the most used device, with 5.1%, followed by 2.7% via Desktop and 1.4% via Android."
The problem with the Nexus 5X/6P is the poor build quality. While Pixel takes even better photos but the price? Execuse me, I am not going to pay AUD 1,296 for Pixel X 32GB (I got an iPhone 7 Plus 256GB for AUD 1,250 to replace the dead Nexus 5X for good).
Know you're locked in to their platform, but the ease of having photos/vids synced directly to Google Photos is quite nice with my Nexus 5, so feels like a big plus if I were to buy a Pixel and start shooting 4k video.
That said, still can't get over that high a price tag to go out & buy one.
Given their history, the next name (due in 2018) shall be "GCloud" or "Cloud by Google".
Such a waste :-(
First, there was the Nexus One by HTC, then Nexus S by Samsung, then Galaxy Nexus by Samsung (how is that different than Galaxy S* series?), a bunch in between that were no less confusing, and now there's a Pixel.
The Nexus branding seems to have been tied to the manufacturer, which only added to my confusion. I just want to know what is the Google sanctioned phone.
So yes, they didn't do a very good job at marketing their brand and setting it apart from the "clones".
It's easy to become complacent about constant iOS upgrades. There are often lots of nifty little features that are probably too tedious to be explained in a lengthy update spec - But broken down into actual 'use cases' like this in incredibly useful and powerful.
I wouldn't mind https://eev.ee/blog/2016/02/20/twitters-missing-manual for Snapchat.
The LG made Nexus 5X bricked (suddenly rebooted and never boots again) at 13 months old due to a known hardware fault, there is a lawsuit against LG in California https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/04/lg-bootloop-defe...
My Nexus 5 had power button issue (it automatically switch off, sigh...) Nexus 4 build quality was bad, too.
I lost 3-4 days worth of photos (was travelling and didn't backup). Luckily I was able to boot once (out of 40 attempt) after it bricked by giving it some heat (thermal issue). Backed up the photos before it quickly died again (there are videos on YouTube to fix the problem using heat gun), finally I decided I've had enough with crappy Nexus phones (I am fine with Android though). Pixel / Pixel XL is more expensive than iPhone 7 or plus, really cannot justify.
Finally I've moved to iOS again, after 6-7 years as I decided not to manually flash phone OS and root any more (I have my Arch Linux workstations and MBPs). My requirements for a phone comes down to:
- Reliable hardware and high quality finish
- Strong hardware based/accelerated encryption
- Fingerprint recognition and authentication
- Stable and Swift OS (greatly improved with APFS, regained faith in Apple)
- Good camera - the best camera is the one with you
- Long battery life (ideally support both fast charge and wireless charge)
The iPhone 7 Plus meets all. So far I've been on it for 2 weeks. iOS definitely has better attention to details and better UX at the cost of more control over the OS, a lot of apps on Android that doesn't support fingerprint authentication support that on iOS, I was surprised to find out.
The only complains are that 1. there is no HN client as good as Materialistic (let me know if you know any...) 2. no strongSwan native client (Gboard has introduced more language support so it's no longer a big concern). Other than that I am happy.
My SO, on the other hand, has gone through 4 iPhones in the meantime and all either having to be replaced due to cracks in the glass' front/back or hardware issues.
That being said, I do like the general feeling of an iPhone in my hands, it feels well-built and that is what a lot of people are looking for.
But as a hacker I could never own an iPhone. Whenever I've used my SO's phones over the years (iPhone 4s, 5 and now 6s) I've just been extremely frustrated with the piss-poor UX. It has definitely improved in the last 2-4 years due to 'borrowing' a lot from Android in terms of notifications and sharing data between apps but it simply does not even get close to the ease of use of Android (particularly in the 'doing things' department).
As an example of what I mean: a couple of years ago, if you wanted to upload a picture you were viewing to Dropbox (or anywhere really) you had to close the photo viewer, go to the app you wanted to share the picture with, find the picture you were looking at previously by browsing through the gallery again and then share the picture. Things like this have improved but the flow is still often quite cumbersome and I often run into similar hurdles when trying to perform very common tasks, I believe Instagram still opens up any location in Apple Maps without an option to choose an other map app for example. The notification screen, while better than it was before, is also awful compared to Android.
I used to run AOSP (stock) and root because of the camera optimization. I found it frustrating when Google introduced monthly security update. It has become a burden (especially when the Nexus 5X randomly failed to boot - that was in fact a sign of the hardware issue, I didn't realize at that time). root didn't give me too much other than playing around in Termux plus GNU tools, Titanium backup, Greenify and ES File Explorer/Manager.
I wouldn't call myself hacker but I am a 15+ year Linux power user and veteran, I cannot live without root on a workstation/laptop. But I keep asking myself the question: do I really need root on a phone? My answer is no for now. I'd rather spend time with family or playing StarCraft: Brood War with friends than flushing the phone...).
Losing the Nexus 5X for 2 days made me reconsider the phone I really need, ended up with an iPhone 7 Plus (cannot justify to buy a Pixel XL...). Reliability, data integrity/security, automatic backup, quality of hardware (camera) matter a lot more.
I have iPad Air and iPad Pro at home so I've been witnessing iOS making progress, borrowing lots of Android design to improve UX. I'd say iOS 10.3.1 is a very good one, APFS definitely is a huge plus (it'll make macOS great again) while the equivalent for Android I don't see it coming.
BTW: All above is personal experience and opinion based on my use cases.
I very much agree on this point. I started on Android 1.5 (Samsung Galaxy) and back then and for the next several years you simply always had a better experience after rooting and putting a custom ROM on your phone. It was fun and exciting and empowering.
Right now my Nexus 5x is not rooted (although the bootloader is unlocked, just in case) and running stock. I have not seen a valid reason to use a custom ROM since Android 5 and rooting, although useful in some cases (AdBlocking is a big one), is just not worth the effort anymore in my opinion.
- support for MOBIKE -> automatically reconnect when switching connectivity
- importing JSON format VPN profiles via HTTPS
- easy X509 certificate import
- 1 click IKEv2 + RSA authentication with X509 authentication
I am yet to figure out how to best do IKEv2 + X509 authentication on iOS 10.3.1 and adjust strongSwan accordingly.
what exactly have these anecdotes to do with quality of Android smartphone and switching to iPhone?
also for that matter i use mobile phones 20 years, must have more than 20 of them (in 00s i used to have two phones at same time and switch them every year), guess how many got broken? zero
 since my other hand is holding my drink
I'm not surprised that they have not implemented this. It would take about five minutes for someone to reverse-engineer one of the beamers, and then about five more for someone else to turn it into something you could hang off your keyring to mess with people, and about thirty seconds after that to produce a huge consumer backlash.
Youtube is already full of good quality concert videos free of charge. People still film concerts. I don't know how to 'fix' this.
Whether a cropped 1x photo is better than using the 2x camera is beyond the scope of this comment.
Admittedly, I'm basing this on my experience with a DSLR, rather than any hands-on time (which I haven't had) with an iPhone 7+. That said, since a lot of what I shoot is wildlife, I very frequently use a 70-300mm tele (on a DX body, so 1.5x crop factor and 105-450 35mm equivalent) that isn't stabilized, and it's really only beyond about 250mm (indicated) that I start to have shaky-hands trouble. Anything less than that, and there's not enough detail in the image for stabilization problems to be perceptible. Since the 7+'s tele camera, as best I can find, seems to have a 35mm equivalent focal length of about 56mm (thus 56-112mm, taking the 2x zoom into account), the lack of stabilization doesn't seem likely to pose too much of a problem.
(And if it is, you can always brace the camera and take multiple shots - this latter, in particular, I've found to be a pretty good workaround for the lack of stabilization in my own tele, and when an equivalent lens with VR costs half a grand, a pretty good workaround is nice to have! Generally I find that, taking about two exposures per second at full zoom, about one in every six is sharp enough to be a keeper. Something similar would probably work with an iPhone, if stabilization at full zoom proves to be an issue after all - and burst mode would work really well for this.)
The Amazon reviews are surprisingly good.
You'd be surprised. You can take professionally looking photos (even with a phone or compact) at any kind of place. Instead of "professionally lighting" you can just make sure your subject sits on the side of a large window or other light source.
EDIT: Seeing their "portrait" video, it's actually all available light, as you can tell by the shine on the talent's forehead. Pro lighting would be much more diffused and not directed like that.
It's so infuriating when there's nothing I can download though. :(
Do I have to be on a Mac or iPhone to view it or something?
I wish they would give developers a royalty free library for our App demo videos.
EDIT: Everything else in that guide should work on the normal iPhone 7. Most of the guides work with older iPhones too.
When you tap to focus on an item, the box should appear with a sun beside it, you can draw your finger up to increase the exposure, you'll see the sun move up in relation to the box.
Also, Google should do this for Pixel.
Quick test: try using your own eyes, close one eye and then alternate, can you be really see through power lines / poles / whatever?
Plus, that same video showed people that you can use the volume buttons as shutter buttons which is something most people likely don't know about.
At the end of the day, UIs are unnatural interfaces. Skeumorphism only makes things worse. So UX design can only meet the user half way; intelligence must be employed to get the most out of an interface.
I see these videos as akin to using a TV remote instead of getting up to change the channel: people are lazy, so appeal to that laziness (along with the whole "here have some pro resources" thing as well) as a form of sales.
To unlock an iPhone you had to slide the lock, which is similar to how you'd open (old) doors. Isn't in this case skeumorphism helpful?
This is sort of what I was getting at - I just found this article, but it's quite balanced. http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2012/11/...
1. Open Camera app
2. Take photo
It is really that simple, no jokes :)
Maybe I should create a website with these instructions.. mhh..