Google Pixel 2 XL review, one of the top Android phones on the market

One of the main features to stick out in the Google Pixel 2 XL is the screen. Mainly because when it went on sale, the saturation and contrast of its P-OLED panel were very low, and what Google considered “natural colors” were actually the palest colors we had seen on any phone. Two weeks after its launch, almost all the reviews on the Internet had already come out, criticizing its screen (with all the reason in the world).

However, shortly after Google updated it it thanks to “Saturated Colors” mode, which could be called “Normal Colors”, and completely corrected the problem in the Google Pixel 2 XL. Not only can I say that it is no longer a bad screen, but now it is a very good panel, for maximum brightness, saturation, contrast and colors (very accomplished white and pure black).

Inside the Google Pixel 2 XL, we will find Qualcomm’s top end Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, you can opt for a 64GB or a128GB version. The Pixel 2 XL comes with front-facing stereo speakers and OLED display with a 6-inch display that has a resolution of 2880 x 1440 (538 PPI).

The phone also features FullHD + and Its aspect ratio is 18: 9 (or 2: 1). The screen is protected by the Gorilla Glass 5. There is however one minor issue which was not updated by Google, that is the viewing angles: when turning the device slightly, the colors become blue. But this shouldn’t be an issue if you use the phone facing you.

The other minor glitch is the absence of the input for the headphones. If you’re used to using Bluetooth and wireless headphones, great, if not you have to purchase them.

Its construction is mainly aluminum, combined with a glass strip at the back. Of course, on Google’s site it says that its made of aluminum and has a “hybrid coating.”

Aesthetically it’s a matter of taste, I like it a lot since the Pixels are the few that combine metal and glass in the back, it’s something different. The rear camera has a very small bulge, barely a millimeter. It has IP67 certification, so we can rest easy when using it in the rain or if it accidentally falls into water. Its thickness is 7.9 millimeters and its weight of 175 grams to place it in the middle of the pack, nothing to highlight here.

Cameras, the best of the market

What to say that has not already been said of the camera of the Google Pixel 2 XL … is tremendous. It is difficult to compare the cameras of different phones and get a clear winner, since each one can be good in some aspects as others, for sure it is in the Top 3 of all phones, for video Samsungs are still better (especially in terms of focusing speed), however as a camera, the Pixel 2 XL is the clear winner.

Having a single camera in the back (12.2 megapixels and aperture f / 1.8), it can take pictures in portrait mode (blurring the background) with total precision, even superior to mobile dual camera. And as it does by software, it applies the same algorithms to the front camera, and can also make portraits in selfie mode.

Performance and software

There is no denying that the Google Pixel 2 XL is a powerhouse. The opening of applications is instantaneous, and the load times in the games are as fast as any other device. The fact that Android stock is very noticeable. Very much. Other mobiles with the same configuration with a Snapdragon 835, Adreno 540 and 4 GB of RAM, do not work equally well.The Pixel 2 XL can take it all and without lowering the framerate or trimming animations. It is always complicated when compared with other operating systems (such as the iPhone!), But within the Android world, it is the one that has better performance.

As for the software, it does have Android 8.0.0 Oreo. It has 2 interesting additions, hidden within Settings / System:

  • Active Edge: The Pixel 2 XL has sensors on the sides of the device, which when pressed, activates the Google Assistant. From the settings it can be deactivated (by default it is activated) or change the pressure sensitivity.
  • Slide the fingerprint sensor for notifications: by making a gesture down on the fingerprint sensor, the notifications panel is displayed, and by doing so again, open the Quick Settings. Personally I have it disabled, since in more than one occasion I have opened it without wanting to, but it is interesting to know that the option is there.

The “ambient screen” to the Always On Display, is already a standard in the top range of smart phones and its also found in the Pixel 2 XL. It shows us both the current time and the icon of the applications that have launched a notification. We can activate the double-tap option on the screen to turn it on, or when notifications are received, the content of the notification will be displayed on the screen. The phone also has a notification LED, although it is disabled by default, and we can activate it from the notification settings.

Pricing

The Pixel 2 XL come with a $849 price tag for the 64GB version, and $949 price tag for the 128GB model. And only available in black or white color.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 lets you unlock your phone just by looking at it

What’s good: Despite warnings about using the new iris scanner while wearing glasses or contacts lenses — like I do — the new unlocking method is fast and works fine with both. Coloured contacts or sunglasses or anything that blocks the retina is an issue. It is an excellent addition, but it’s not perfect. The S Pen stylus continues to get better. For instance, now the always-on lock screen automatically turn into a notepad when you pull out the stylus, so you take notes on it without unlocking the phone, making it perfect for quick notes and reminders. As well, there is an easy and fun GIF creation tool.The Note 7’s screen is best in class and is still a big reason people will buy this phone. The camera is also very good. I am not a big fan of the company’s dual edge screen, but it is hard not to be impressed with how the design of this phone makes it feel smaller than it is. The company wanted to make it easier to use with one hand, and it has succeeded.

What’s bad: The iris scanner does not work well in really bright sunny conditions. As well, when it can’t read your eyes, it asks you to widely open them, so my family has made fun of me for the weird looks I give my phone when it’s not working well. The battery is a little smaller than the last model. The GIF making software is clunky. The side launcher now features special apps that you can pay for, although I found little that seemed worth shelling out for.

Huawei Honor V8 possibly faster than the iPhone 6S

The Huawei Honor V8 is an Android smartphone is one of a kind really, it has plenty of power possibly even faster than the iPhone 6S plus. The 5.7 inch screen is what makes this Huawei a real treat to use, its screen is one of the best ones out there. In addition the resolution is one of the highest currently found in all smartphones: 1920×1080 pixel. The features offered by the Huawei Honor V8 are many and all top of the line.

Starting with 4G LTE that enables data transfer and excellent internet browsing, and Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS are present in the device. It also has a multimedia player, radio, video conferencing, and Bluetooth. You get plenty of space to save your files as it comes with a modest 32 GB with the possibility of expansion. A smartphone of this level, it needs a good camera, well you’ll get a 12 megapixel camera that allows the Huawei Honor V8 take pictures with a resolution of 3968×2976 pixels and record video in full HD at astonishing resolution of 1920×1080 pixels.

The thickness of this smartphone is only 7.8 mm turning the Huawei Honor V8 a phone to easily fit in your pockets.

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Check out the specs:

  • Dual Sim LTE 4G
  • 8 Core 2.1 GHz
  • Memory 32 GB EX.
  • GPS SIM
  • Android 6.0
  • Display 5.7 1920×1080
  • Photo 12 Mpx
  • Video Full HD

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HP Elite x3 has one of the best screens of all time

The HP Elite x3 is a touchscreen phone with popular innovative features that allows it to be useful for any form of entertainment anytime and anywhere, representing one of the best mobile device ever made.

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The 6-inch screen is a real beauty that puts this HP at the top of its category. In addition the resolution is the highest currently in circulation: 2560×1440 pixel. The features offered by HP Elite x3 are many and all top of the line.

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The 6-inch screen is a real beauty that puts this HP at the top of its category. In addition the resolution is the highest currently in circulation: 2560×1440 pixel. The features offered by HP Elite x3 are many and all top of the line.

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The 6-inch screen is a real beauty that puts this HP at the top of its category. In addition the resolution is the highest currently in circulation: 2560×1440 pixel. The features offered by HP Elite x3 are many and all top of the line.

Starting with 4G LTE that enables fast data transfer and excellent internet browsing, and Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS are also present in the device. It also has a multimedia player, video conferencing, and Bluetooth.

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You get good internal memory of 64 GB with the possibility of expansion. To top it off the HP Elite x3 is supplemented by a 16-megapixel camera to take great pictures with a resolution of 5312×2988 pixels and record video in full HD at astonishing resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The thickness is only 7.8 mm this makes the HP Elite x3 one of the slimmest phones that exists.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will have a USB Type-C design

According Sammobile, The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 in addition to being waterproof and dustproof and potentially support new Gear VR technology. It will be the first Note to use Samsung’s USB Type-C port designed for mobile phone products.

In fact, when the Galaxy S7 series was released, there where rumors that the Galaxy S7 would come with a USB Type-C design, but in the end this prediction did not come true.[via]

We can now exclusively confirm that the Galaxy Note 6 will feature a USB Type-C port, reversible connector and all. We don’t know whether it will be USB 3.1 or an older standard; it would be logical for Samsung to go with USB 3.1 since it is truly the one port to rule them all. USB 3.1 supports USB Power Delivery 2.0 for faster device charging and the ability to carry HDMI or Display Port video signals.

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Gear VR could be handled via the built-in micro USB connection, so if Note 6 is using USB Type-C this can not be used.

So maybe Galaxy Note 6 users will have to do without Gear VR.

Meizu Pro 6: The first smartphone with 10 cores

The new smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer also has a Super AMOLED screen 5.2 inches with pressure sensor.

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The Chinese manufacturer Meizu has just unveiled its new high-end smartphone, the Pro 6. This smartphone is the first to use the MediaTek Helio X25 processor that sets a record comprising of 10 cores (four at 1.4GHz, four and two 2 GHz to 2.5 GHz) and obtaining according to the manufacturer a score of 101757 points AnTuTu test. Compared Meizu Pro 5 reached 86214 points but the iPhone 6s remains the champion with 132620 points. The processor is supported by 4 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of flash memory for storage.

As for the screen side, the Meizu smartphone uses Super AMOLED technology and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 inches for a diagonal of 5.2 inches, a high density of 432 ppi. But above all, the screen offers Press 3D technology, equivalent to Apple Touch to detect more pressure levels. An authentication system for fingerprint is also present with the mTouch technology. It also comes with a 21.16 megapixel image sensor (5 megapixel front) with a flash consists of 10 LEDs arranged in a circle. Finally, Meizu indicates that the charging system mcharge 3.0 can charge the battery of 2560 mAh at 26% capcity in 10 minutes and reach full capacity in one hour. The availability and prices in North America are not known but the smartphone will be sold in China for the equivalent of 340 euros in 32 GB and 380 euros for 64 GB.

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LG teases us with a video which shows the best features of UX 5.0

UX 5.0 is LG’s own custom layer for the upcoming G5 which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and that comes with the goal of managing “connected” gadgets and accessories we saw in its presentation at the MWC 2016.

In the video released by LG you can see the different main features of this new layer that includes some special features such as the LG Friends Manager app that enables connecting to the LG Friends modules and accessories. Some improvements are also included in the camera, a new Home screen, the “Always on” mode and more.

As Androidcentral reports, with UX 5.0, LG has ditched the traditional app drawer, but the manufacturer will let you install one from the settings menu. Just navigate to Home and App Drawer, and you’ll be able to install a conventional app drawer.

Other enhancements include a new version of LG Health, which lets you effectively track and manage your activity goals, an app called Smart Doctor that checks if your phone is working at optimal levels, and the ability to wirelessly transfer all the content from your old phone to the LG G5 using LG Backup.

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New iPhone SE, 4-inch, A9 chip, 12 Megapixel camera and Live Photos

As indicated by all the rumors, all that was said about the recent Apple keynote came to be true, starting with the iPhone SE, which adds to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 6s to complete the family of Apple phones. In this case, the main novelty lies in its size, as we saw with the iPhone from a 4″ after having made the jump to the 4.7″ and 5.5″ two years ago with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S Plus. Yes, its screen is only small, because its interior has been almost equated with the iPhone 6s, excluding only some features like 3D Touch.

Among the new features found it includes a A9 Chip, iSight camera with 12 Megapixel and recording videos in 4K, Live Photos, camera FaceTime HD Retina Flash, fingerprint Touch ID, connection 4G LTE sensor, available in 4 colors: silver, space gray, gold and rose gold and in two capacities: 16GB and 64GB.

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It will be available for order from 29 of this month of March and may be purchased from March 31. Its price is $399 for the 16GB version with the lowest capacity and $499 for the 64GB version. You can see the complete information from the Apple website.

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Alienware 13 Benchmark results

Laptops for gamers these days is a balance between power and portability – if you travel around – and still with to play next-generation games, or those who just want to look good while gaming. For looks and prestige it doesn’t get better than Alienware.

Alienware 13 (early 2015 model) specs:

  • i7-5500u @ 2.4GHz
  • 16GB RAM
  • GTX 860M
  • 1920 x 1080p
  • 358.91 Geforce Driver

To play games the Alienware 13 (early 2015 model) relies on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, although the new generation comes with a GeForce GTX 960M which provides 10 to 20 % better performance.

The Alienware 13 is also accompanied by an SSD and Intel (Broadwell) processors, but you’re limited to dual core options only. The GTX 860M will provide with a “modest” gaming experience, but don’t expect to game at high or ultra graphics settings.

RAM is also not a problem, with 16GB DDR3. As for connectivity, you get WiFi 802.11ac support and USB 3.0 ports. The audio is delivered by the prestigious Klipsch, who has also been implemented in the Alienware 14 with great results. As for its design, its very elegant, with powerful and angular styles, with a very attractive backlit keys and housing areas. The keyboard uses Alienware TactX.

The Dell Alienware 13 starts at at $ 1,100 with the a 720p screen and expect to pay up to $1900 for the QHD version.

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Here is our benchmark for BioShock Infinite using medium settings we ended up enjoying some very playable frame rates in this configuration.

Here is our benchmark for Star Wars Battlefront using medium settings, the Alienware 13 really started to heat up within 2 min of gaming something to keep in mind. Frame rates where decent as well.

In our benchmark test for Unigine Heaven our Alienware 13 managed to hit around 28 to 36 frames per second. We used default settings here.

Fallout 4 proved to be fairly smooth as our Alienware 13 managed over 24 frames per second using the default high settings, but the laptop started to really heat up.

Facebook activates its ‘Safety Check’ after the attacks in Brussels

Button that users can use to tell their friends that they are safe.

This tool has already been activated after the attacks in Paris in November 2015 “so that the people there could let their friends and family they are well during the horrific events that took place” because of the “great amount of activity” they observed in the social network as events were unfolding, according to the vice president of Facebook, Alex Schultz.

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In this regard, he added that Facebook became “the place where people were sharing information and trying to understand the condition of their loved ones,” and that was when employees of the social network decided for the first time, to “activate the ‘Safety check’.

The initiative goes back to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011 and subsequent nuclear disaster. The tool was developed by the engineers of the social network when it first came out in October last year and has been activated in various situations since then, such as the earthquakes in Afghanistan, Chile and Nepal, as well as Cyclone Pam in the Pacific and Philippines typhoon Ruby.