Google have released their first ever phones; the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. This is Google’s first attempt and they have pretty much nailed it. They have killed off the famous Nexus line, and what they have now is already looking much much better. here’s a quick overview of Goog;e’s new devices
- 5 inch full HD AMOLED display
- 32/128GB storage
- 4GB RAM
- Snapdragon 821 processor
- 12.3MP rear camera (dual-LED)
- 8MP front camera
- 2770 mAh battery
- Gorilla Glass 4
The Google Pixel XL is similar in most aspects but has a beautiful 5.5 inch QuadHD display and a larger 3450 mAh battery to compensate for that.
Both devices come with a smarter, more personal Google Assistant. This is an upgraded Google Now. Assistant is currently only available on the Pixel phones, and is something they are pushing to be a centrepiece of your life. It’s smarter, more useful and a whole lot more fun.
The Pixel is something new for Google and with it’s bright vibrant screen and excellent hardware, I can see why they are looking to rival Apple on their iPhones. It even has the high price range to match!
Cortana is now available on both Android and iOS. Microsoft’s powerful assistant will be able to be downloaded on both these devices in addition to coming with Windows Phone. She is able to set reminders, toggle network settings and much more. Window’s phones and Cortana have much more functionality just as Google Now does on Android.
Cortana is very similar to Google’s Google Now and Apples Siri, but is the only one available cross platform.
Apple have announced many new products including the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. But neither of these have any new features that would make me ditch the original 6.
Both new iPhones will come with Apple’s new iPhone 6s will come with their new iOS 9.
When it comes to specs, both are very similar. Both new iPhones will have the new A9 processor and will double their RAM from 1GB to 2GB (most new Android phones come with 3GB RAM). The camera has a boost from a 21MP front to 5MP and the rear camera boosts from an 8MP to a generous 12MP. For me the camera upgrade is the best thing about this phone.
Apple’s 3D touch is not something new. Pressing on an icon to bring up a menu instead of tapping to open is something seen everyday (to those who own any other phone). 3D touch gives you the option, for example, to right click or left click on an app, picture, video etc. Unlike Force Touch, this can tell the difference between a soft touch and a harder touch. But I still think its a gimmick, and here’s why:
Just like Apple’s ‘Smart keyboard’ which is essentially Microsoft’s smart cover and the Apple Pencil, which again is just the same as the stylus Microsoft have used for years with their Surface tablet, 3D touch has been around for many years within Android phones. It just never got a name. Why? Because it’s nothing special.
Apple have branded this feature in the new iPhone’s and bothe the 6s and the 6s Plus have this “new” feature.
With the announcement of their new OS X El Capitan and the new iOS, Apple have a tone of new features. The only problem is, we have seen these features before….. not with Apple though. Most of Apple’s new features have been around for years in Microsoft, Google, Spotify and even Flipboard.
El Capitan enables you to split the screen and run two apps side by side. A feature that resembles Microsoft’s snap function in Windows since 2009. There is also a multitasking feature with iOS 9 in iPads. This enables you to run an app in a section of the screen while on another app. For example, reading your emails with a YouTube video in the corner. This has been in Android for years.
There is more….
Siri has had a redesign and has a proactive feature. The easiest way to explain what this is and what it does is Google Now. Giving you information you want, when you want it. Google Now has even gone further with it’s new ” Now on tap” feature that will come with the new Android M. Apples new News app is a clear rip-off from Flipboard. Even the design is similar.
Apple have been playing catch-up for a while now. They were at the forefront of technology, innovative and exciting. Microsoft and Android would the ones playing catchup, as was the case with the fingerprint scanners. What’s gone wrong for Apple? Even their phones if compared to the latest Android phones don’t come close spec wise. The Apple watch, something thought to ace it in the wearable’s department with Apple taking their time over the release, is not a great watch. But yet, they seem to sell well in every department.
Apple users will still buy the latest Apple products, even with their ridiculous pricing and lack of all ready there features in competitors products. This is what Apple have always been good at, selling.
Now that LG have officially released their latest flagship phone, let’s compare it to the iPhone 6.
LG G4 vs iPhone 6
LG : 5.5-inch, 2560 x 1440 (534 ppi)
iPhone 6: 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 (326 ppi)
LG: 1.8GHz 64-bit Hexa-Core Snapdragon 808
iPhone 6: A8 chip with 64-bit architecture
iPhone: 8MP iSight camera
iPhone 6: 1.2MP
Looking at the specs, the G4 can destroy the iPhone. The iPhone has always been behind the specs when it comes to their phones, and yet those iPhone lovers continue to invest their money in them.
The LG G4 is the phone to have this year.
Finally Apple enter the big screen market.
Size and Resolution:
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inches (119.38mm) with 1,334 x 750-pixel resolution where as the 6 Plus is 5.5 inches (139.7mm) with 1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution
Both have a disappointing 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p HD video, and a 1.2-megapixel front facing (selfie) camera with 720p HD video
Processor and Capacity:
Both have a 64-bit A8 chip with M8 motion co-processor and come in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB versions with no external storage.
iOS 8, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Non-removable battery, talk time up to 14 hours
When it comes to prices nothing surprises me with the starting price at £539 for the 16GB, £619 for the 64GB, and £699 for the 128GB version.