Archive for January, 2018

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January

Google Pixel 2 Review

This week we’re reviewing the Google Pixel 2; there’s been a lot of hype about this phone along with some very clever advertising.

First impressions on the Google Pixel 2

It’s hard to deny that the Google Pixel 2 makes you re-think a phone, whats familiar and what’s necessary. The Pixel has no headphone jack and its tall curved 18.9 display makes it feel almost futuristic.

The software and the camera on this phone are something you’ve never seen before on a mobile. It’s not caught up in making things complicated, offering the software you need rather than complexity for the sake of it.

To The Nitty Gritty – Price

In comparison to the new iPhone X and Samsung S8, the Google Pixel is extremely well priced at £639 for a 64gb phone. The device has been available since November and comes in black, white or blue. It’s also available with an enormous 128gb.

With prices skyrocketing for phones in the last 12 months, it’s surprising that this fantastic smartphone is such a reasonable price. It caters for those who hate Android and are fed up with Apple slowing their devices.

Features

The sound quality of this device is excellent; Google has put the speaker in the front, this has drastically improved the audio quality from its predecessor.

Fingerprint entry is a little strange to get used to; it’s actually on the back of the device, so if you’re coming from Apple, Samsung or most other phone makes you’ll have to get used to it being on the back. After a while, this will become natural. Generally, when you’re holding your phone, your fingers are actually at the back so it’s a natural process.

Finally, the screen on the Pixel 2 is incredible, it’s OLED so displays a wider colour range along with its QHD resolution. Unlike most phones, the screen has rounded corners to match the exterior. If you’re a fan of the vibrant colours on Samsung devices though, you might be a little disappointed; the colours look more natural than the AMOLED screens on the S8.

Contracts

The phone has now become available on all networks; previously it was only available on a pricy tariff from EE. Unfortunately, it’s not available on 3 just yet but with ID, O2, EE and Vodaphone supplying the phone with monthly contract’s there’s plenty to choose from. With such a reasonable price for the phone, it may work out more cost-efficient to sell your old mobile and pay for the phone upfront. This helps to negotiate a great sim only fee with network providers.

Conclusion

If you can’t tell we’re definitely a fan of the Google Pixel 2; it’s a breath of fresh air from the usual Android or Apple software. If we’re honest it’s missing a few features but they aren’t huge issues. For example wireless charging, optical zoom and no headphone jack; so you’re expensive Bose or Beats are now useless.

24

January

Amazon Takes Deliveries High Tech

 

Amazon Delivery

It’s a pain when you’re waiting in for your Amazon delivery; you know it’s on prime but you have no idea what time it’s going to arrive. Amazon and Asos are about to solve that problem with live tracking updates from your delivery driver!

Your Amazon Delivery is Live on Maps

It was just after Christmas we noticed this latest update, when you log into your Amazon account and check orders you’ll see relevant updates. If your package is out for delivery you’ll be presented with a map and a little blue icon, similar to google maps moving around. Although you cant be sure how many deliveries your driver has before your house; if he’s close you probably don’t have time to nip to Tesco!

How is this possible?

The courier companies are beginning to add modern technology to their services; this includes tracking monitors in the driver’s vehicle to enable you to keep track on your parcel.

Companies have been including text services for a while, with some going as far as giving you a call when they are around the corner. The latest feature removes the requirement of texts or phone calls and enables the customer real-time information.

Is this on all packages?

Unfortunately not, through testing it appears, it’s only available on selected products. If anything is being distributed by standard post, it’s likely it won’t be using the more secure service. If you’re required to sign for the product, or you’re expecting it quickly, the chances are you’ll be given this tracking info.

What happened to drone drop offs?

Unfortunately, after so many incidents with drones, it appears deliveries from the sky have been put on hold. Amazons marketing department possibly enjoyed all the news about the futuristic form of deliveries; but for now, the project is on hold.

With so much of the UK in some form of aeroplane airspace, it’s no surprise the shopping giant hasn’t received permission to dominate the sky just yet.

 

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January

Apple in Trouble for Slowing iPhones

You may have seen in the news; Apple is in trouble for slowing down iPhones since the latest launch. It’s been said to be in a bid to encourage users to upgrade…

In the latest news, both South Korea and Italy are now joining the campaign to prevent apple doing this to its customers. The group, Citizens United for Customer Sovereignty has already filed a lawsuit against Apple. While the French government are also investigating; their efforts focus on whether Apple’s actions are considered ‘programmed obsolescence’ which is illegal.

To add even more fuel to the fire; Italy opened a formal investing into the matter while also investigating their competitor Samsung.

What are they Actually Doing?

It’s quite hard to keep up with what’s going on; Apple phones have begun to slow down when a battery becomes old and unable to cope with the applications on the phone. This is to reduce the number of iPhones shutting down ‘randomly’ when the phone is using large quantities of power.

Throttling works to slow down the phone, turning off some of the important features as the phone becomes older. In theory, if it didn’t happen the phone wouldn’t be able to provide enough power forcing it to turn off. However, it appears that even iPhone users who have had their batteries replaced are falling victim to the slowdown.

How are These Companies Getting Away With it?

Unfortunately, companies like Apple and Samsung have got away with slowing down devices thanks to the increase in technology. When a new device is released they claim the old software needs to be updated for this device; unfortunately, the old software lacks components to curb the performance times, forcing consumers to buy new versions.

It looks as if consumers are getting to the stage where they aren’t willing to put up with this, forcing official bodies from multiple countries to launch investigations and lawsuits

How Does This Affect Me?

It’s not quite clear how this will affect iPhone and Samsung users. This week Apple released a statement about batteries which are suffering due to the update. They mentioned there will be an ISO update informing users if their phone is being slowed down due to the age of its battery. It will give users the opportunity to switch off the power management feature if they choose to, however, apple advise not to do this.

Unfortunately, the statement appears to highlight who’s having the issue but doesn’t actually provide an ‘advised’ solution for it.

If you’re fed up with continual updates and ready for a new phone; don’t forget to recycle your existing device at Cash In Your Gadgets.