Last week’s poll shows that there is not much enthusiasm for the two latest Google phones. The reasons why are pretty varied, though some did find things to love about the new models.
First, let’s get this out of the way – Google’s limited distribution network means that even if you want one, Pixels just might not be available in your country. This has been the case for years and Google has shown little desire to fix the situation.
The most popular option in the poll suggests that the 2020 Pixels are not worth your money. The most common reason is just that – money. The Pixel 5 is just too expensive for many (more so in the US where mmWave support drives up the price).
You can buy a Samsung Galaxy S20 FE for that kind of money and those who reject the FE over its size point to the Sony Xperia 5 II (though that one is a good deal more expensive). There’s also the new iPhone coming next week, that should cost around the same as the Google phone.
Still, there is relatively strong support for the Pixel 5 – it’s only a couple of percentage points below the top spot in the poll. As mentioned, people like its size and, of course, the Google camera software is a major draw.
The Google Pixel 4a 5G may be $200/€130 cheaper while still offering the same chipset and camera as the 5, however the phone is proving difficult to like – it was dead last in the poll, behind even the Pixel 4a.
This goes to show that value-for-money is difficult to balance – the $350 4a may not have the best hardware in the world, but it is priced just right. Meanwhile, the 4a 5G offers a larger screen, faster chipset with 5G, an extra camera and larger battery, but that isn’t worth the extra $150, according to voters.
Perhaps a proper Pixel 5 XL would have gone over better with potential buyers? If nothing else, Google needs to make the Pixels available in more countries if it’s serious about selling phones.
“I’m super thankful and excited to be able to bring my strategic and creative vision to the rollout of such an iconic product,” Scott said in a statement. “I’ve always been a fan of PlayStation and the brand they’ve built, and this is another example of finding a partner who believes in and trusts Cactus Jack to execute for their brand. This is just the beginning of an incredible partnership.”
In a video shared to Instagram, the rapper — whose alter-ego and business entity go by the moniker Cactus Jack — can be seen promoting the video game console. Part of the multi-tiered deal include collaboration on a variety of currently unannounced initiatives spearheaded by PlayStation.
The alliance is just the latest in a line of creative projects Scott has taken part in this year. His 2020 projects alone include an animated concert in the “Fortnite” video games and a collaboration with McDonald’s. Both went on to stir the industry and set records: 12.3 million players tuned into his concert and many McDonald’s locations experienced shortages of Travis Scott meal ingredients due to high demand.
“Travis is an amazing creator, and we strive to work with the best creative minds inside and outside of our industry to continue to surprise the world in a way that only PlayStation can,” the company’s senior vice president, Eric Lempel, said.
A IPhone 12 Teardown, released on Thursday, reveals all parts of Apple’s 5G device. Although the video is not in English, it compares the iPhone 12 to the iPhone 11 last year. Its OLED display is much thinner than the iPhone 11 display, 9To5Mac detected. The video also shows a 2,815 mAh battery capacity and Mag Safe System.
IPhone 12s New ceramic phone screen Is Harder than glass, According to Apple, and it will be the first IPhone with 5G.
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The first two models from Apple’s iPhone 12 have started shipping, and of course the folks at iFixit are busy taking them apart. As of this writing the detailed teardown is still incomplete, but they’ve exposed enough of the details to get a good look under those screens. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are surprisingly similar inside, as iFixit points out that the cheaper model has a plastic spacer in the spot where the Pro puts its telephoto lens and LiDAR sensor.
Of course the teardown also mentions that the phones open on a different side this year, and have much larger logic boards. That’s likely because of the addition of 5G technology, which may be squeezing the battery size Apple can fit in there. iFixit already streamed a video teardown of the new iPhones, if any other interesting details are found in the devices then we’ll update this post to let you know.
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