• October 6, 2017

iOS 11: 15 hidden expert functions

Available since the 19th of September, iOS 11 has introduced quite a few innovations for the iPhone and has radically changed the iPad user-experience. While Apple has put the emphasis on augmented reality, its new control center and the iPad user-experience – now similar to that of a Mac, iOS 11 has also introduced other innovations. PCGAMER presents 15 hidden functions that will give you better control over the latest Apple update.

Screen capture as a video

Requested for years by its users, the possibility of recording the screen’s content as a video is now possible with iOS 11. Once enabled within the new control center, it activates quickly and is even able to record the sounds emitted by the device. It can also record sound from the microphone on demand.

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  • September 23, 2017

iPhone X, this is how the best Apple phone to date looks like

The new iPhone already has a name: it is the iPhone X and it is the best Apple phone that has ever existed to date. It is the highest-end model of the three phones that have just been launched by the company in its new Steve Jobs theater at the Apple Park (the other two are the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus) and the most striking feature of its design is the introduction of a screen format that goes from edge to edge. However, this is only one of the novelties brought by this 10th-anniversary launch.

iPhone X

The iPhone X coincides with a very special moment for the company: the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, which explains Apple’s decision of giving its new phone this curious name (the ‘X’ stands for ten in the Roman numeric system) in an unprecedented change of strategy. It all started with the original iPhone that was launched back in 2007, but ten years have passed since then and with this new model we find an absolute renewal over the latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

What has changed in Apple’s new iPhone? Out of all the novelties, the most striking one is that the new iPhone 8’s best model sports a screen that virtually covers the phone’s entire front. As we have already seen in the Samsung Galaxy S8, the LG V30 and many others, bezel-less displays are now the hot new thing that is featured on high-end phones, and Apple also wanted to take on this new trend. Let’s take a closer look at all of the iPhone’s novelties.

The new iPhone X changes everything for Apple

After years of being faithful to a design that has undergone few modifications as the years have gone by, Apple has decided to shake things up with the iPhone X: bid farewell to the screen bezels, to the dual-camera horizontal layout and to Touch ID. With what we have seen from the iPhone 6 onwards, those looking for similarities in terms of design will not find a significant resemblance.

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  • September 17, 2017

iPhone X vs. iPhone 8: which should you buy?

Yesterday, Apple announced the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X specs, pricing, release dates, and we got to try them out. But which of these three phones is right for you? It depends on your hobbies and daily activities, of course, but I’ve broken it down to what’s most worth it depending on what you’re looking for. If you are in desperate need of a phone immediately, it’s important to note that the iPhone X won’t be out until November 3rd, and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus come out September 22nd, so you might settle for an iPhone 8 or have to tide yourself over with a cheaper iPhone 7 Plus in the meantime.

iPhone X

First, let’s consider the iPhone 8 compared to its predecessor. The iPhone 8 offers some improvements to the iPhone 7, but if you just bought an iPhone 7 last year, I recommend skipping the 8 this time. It has an all-new glass design, wireless charging capabilities, and an A11 Bionic chip, with faster cores. The battery life in both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus remains the same as the 7 and 7 Plus, too, but this year’s phones have True Tone display, which changes the screen to look better to your eyes based on ambient light around you.

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  • April 5, 2017

The Pros and Cons of Dual Camera SmartPhones: is a smartphone camera really good enough for travel nowdays?

Back in the year 2000, a person, whose name I can’t remember, told me about devices of the future during a lecture that I’ve also forgotten the name of.

One of the key questions was whether in the future we’ll be using one device that can do everything, or multiple very specialized devices.

Back then, there was no such thing as proper smartphones, and I couldn’t even imagine, that these would eventually change all our lives.

Nowadays, they’re around everywhere and make conventional cameras feel more and more pedestrian every year.

And with good reason!

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  • April 1, 2017

Galaxy S8 vs S7 vs G6 vs iPhone 7: first test of the S8’s camera against its competitors

Galaxy S8 vs S7 vs LG G6 vs iPhone 7: the first photos taken with the S8 have given us a first-hand look at the capabilities of this new smartphone’s sensor as well as its software optimizations. Photography is really the least innovative aspect of the S8 and S8+, unveiled by Samsung on Wednesday the 29th in New York – since this phone is still using the same sensor as the S7. However, this sensor remains one of the best, if not the best, available on the market.

Galaxy S8

If you have been living in a cave, you probably won’t know that Samsung has just come out with its new, very high-end, smartphone, the Galaxy S8. Even though we already knew everything, or almost everything, about it’s technical specifications even before its release – due to the numerous information leaks – Samsung still managed to impress its audience. The only disappointment was in learning that the sensor would be the same as the one used on the S7, with the exception of the implementation of some software optimizations.

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  • March 16, 2017

Microsoft “turns its back” again on Windows 10 Mobile

The results Microsoft is obtaining with the mobile version of Windows 10 are much worse than what the firm expected in the beginning, even more so if you consider the market penetration this system currently has, if you compare it with other proposals like iOS or Android, it is practically nonexistent.

In fact it’s getting to a point in which, given some of the latest movements from the people at Redmond, it would seem that they are finally starting to give up on their Windows 10 Mobile development. Over the last few months we have seen how Microsoft itself is updating and improving, in many ways, its applications on other mobile platforms such as Android and iOS, rather than Windows 10 Mobile itself.

Windows 10 Mobile

Well, the last movement we saw from Microsoft, does nothing but confirm this assumption, this was done in the last monthly update that was just made available to the general public. In this you can see that, once again, the Redmond firm has ignored the security errors detected in the mobile version of Windows 10, which shows that Windows phones are not exactly one of the main priorities of the company these days.

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  • November 18, 2016

The Huawei Mate 9 is the second bet of Leica on smartphone

Leica has been able to create its own place in the world of smart phones allying itself with one of the most growing brands in the market. And gradually they are consolidating more and more that relationship. The new Leica dual camera comes integrated in the Huawei Mate 9, which has two sensors with notable improvements over the Huawei P9.

Leica Dual Camera

Leica’s first dual camera came with the Huawei P9. It was a camera that had two sensors with the same resolution: 12 megapixels.

Huawei Mate 9

But there was a difference between them. One of these was monochrome, so it captured the image in black and white, while the other sensor was RGB and captured the color image. Thanks to this, the monochrome sensor was able to capture more light, useful for combining the two captures in a single one that had more light data of the image, but with an also surprising level of color detail. The Huawei Mate 9 continues along the same path, but improving on it.

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  • September 21, 2016

iPhone 7 Plus Camera Review, the best camera Apple has ever made

The fact that every time a company presents a new phone its major innovation is in the camera is nothing new, and it says a lot, and I mean a lot, about the weight photography has in our lives. The last chapter of this beautiful love story between phones and photography has been written one of every year’s protagonist, the new model of Apple’s phone, the iPhone 7.

This time the cameras included in the 4.7 " models (iPhone 7) and 5,5″ models (iPhone 7 Plus) show significant differences. We discuss in this article some of the main technical features on both.

iPhone 7 – Contained improvement

Apple is still wisely avoiding the megapixels war. We’ve talked in several occasions of the amount of factors that influence the quality of a photograph regardless of the sensor’s resolution and it’s clear that Apple knows what it’s doing.

iPhone 7

The wide-angle 28mm-equivalent lens comprises a set of six lenses.

The camera’s improvement is not based on an increase in the photosites housed in the sensor. Apple understands it is on the limit in which actual technology allows quality imaging from a sensor with a diagonal of 1/3", really small when compared with one of our FULL FRAME.

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The iPhone 7’s camera (4.7” screen model) carries a 1/3" sensor with 12MP resolution. Nothing new here.

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  • April 26, 2016

Lights and shadows of the Leica dual camera of the Huawei P9

We respond some existential questions (and some more pressing ones) on the controversial Leica camera integrated into the Huawei P9

Huawei P9

The first thing to clarify is that Leica does not manufacture the camera on the Huawei P9. In fact Leica does not manufacture sensors so that, technically speaking, not even the company itself manufactures 100% Leica cameras. What happens is that Huawei and Leica have co-developed the optics of the P9’s camera. This meaning that Huawei has provided the factory and Leica the experience.

Huawei P9

If we believe the official version, Huawei and Leica designed the camera together, or rather the cameras of this unique phone. Chances are that Leica is limited to perform quality control, and presumably that Huawei will strive to give the best of themselves to manufacture the cameras, using Sony sensors by the way. All with a trade agreement that benefits both parties. Some get money and others prestige.

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  • November 20, 2015

Samsung unveils its new BRITECELL photo sensors

A few months ago information starting spreading of a new camera sensor that would replace the current ISOCELL Samsung, called BRITECELL. It seems that in this case rumors were true and Samsung just announced its new sensors, with a new technology that replaces the green pixels of the RGB sensors (red, green, blue), with white pixels, leaving a pattern of red, blue and white sensors.

BRITECELL

Among the benefits of the new sensors Samsung emphasizes its alleged performance in low light conditions; despite this, the size of pixels capable of detecting the are reduced from 1,12um a to 1.0um, which ensures that a 16 megapixel BRITECELL sensor is a lot smaller and thinner than a conventional one, basically the reduction is 17%, which will allow it to be integrated into thinner smartphones.

BRITECELL

We should expect to see these BRITECELL sensors on the company’s next shells as Galaxy S7.

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