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iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro Max- The Key Differences

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With the iPhone 12 not releasing this September as it is pushed back a couple of weeks, most people are looking to buy the previous version iPhones instead.

With three different variants to choose from, people might have a hard time choosing the right one for them.

Luckily for you, I will be comparing each of the iPhone 11s so that you can decide for yourself which one you’re ultimately going to choose.

Every year, Apple releases its new generation iPhones and the problem is that you are getting at least two or three of them. It would have been nice if your options are cut and dry but that is not the case.

Fortunately, resources such as this article will provide you with meaningful information to help you decide on the configuration that is going to work best for you.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Design

The iPhone 11 borrows the same aesthetics from its predecessor, the iPhone X line. That means that when you look at each of the variants, the only thing differentiating them would be their size.

Speaking of size, here is a rundown of each device’s dimensions:

  • iPhone 11: 75.7 x 150.9 x 8.3mm
  • iPhone 11 Pro: 71.4 x 144 x 8.1mm
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: 77.8 x 158 x 8.1mm

Upon looking at the sizes, you might be surprised that the regular iPhone 11 is a bit bigger than its Pro counterpart. I think that that is due to the thicker bezels of the base model but their appearance should still look very similar as mentioned earlier.

Unsurprisingly, the Pro Max version is the biggest of them all as it is slightly bigger than the base model while also being much thicker than any of the others.

Aside from the size difference, the Pro versions of the iPhone 11 also sport a textured matte glass finish and they both have stainless steel constructions.

As a cost-saving measure, Apple decided to use plastic components on the base model, but that is not to say that it cannot take a beating.

Display

Apple iPhone 11

While they may look similar, the display of each device is where they start to differentiate themselves.

The base model iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display. Now, keep in mind that this is just a fancy term used as a means of depicting the HD+ resolution as the display can output 1792 x 828 pixels.

It is also worth noting that the iPhone 11 doesn’t have an OLED display which means that although it can output more pixels than your standard HD smartphone, it is not as bright and vibrant as its bigger brothers.

Speaking of bigger brothers, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max both have Super Retina XDR displays. Again, this is just Apple’s way of saying that it comes with OLED panels and has Full HD+ resolutions.

For the iPhone 11 Pro, you are getting a 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2436 x 1125. The Pro Max version comes with a whopping 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2688 x 1242.

It should go without saying that the Pro versions of the iPhone 11 have much better displays. If you intend to play any iOS games with either of them, you can enjoy it even more thanks to their higher visual fidelity.

Now, although the iPhone 11 has an LCD display, it is still a good thing from a battery perspective since the unit lasts longer as a result of the use of such a display panel.

Cameras

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

One of the reasons why a lot of people go for Apple’s iPhones is because of their cameras. True enough, any of the iPhone 11 devices that you can buy on the market have amazing camera quality and this is also one of the aspects where the base model differs from its pro counterparts.

The iPhone 11 has only two cameras- one is a 12-megapixel wide-angle main shooter and another 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with a 120-degree field of view.

The pro versions have an additional 12-megapixel telephoto lens that has an aperture of f/2.0 and the company touts this new lens as having the ability to take in 40% more light compared to their predecessor, the iPhone XS.

Despite the addition of another camera lens, all of the iPhone 11 smartphones support basically the same features (well, except for the 2x lossless zoom on the pro).

For one, you have the ability to make use of the ‘QuickTake’ feature that allows you to record videos and capture images by utilizing a long press on the shutter button.

Another unique function that is enabled on iPhone 11 devices is the Deep Fusion technology. Basically, the phone will snap 9 different images of the same subject and it will combine all aspects of it to produce a stunning photo. This feature allows you to get award-winning stills and is a joy to use.

All of the 11th generation iPhones have the same 12-megapixel selfie camera and the beauty is that you can enable taking slow-motion selfie videos (which the company dubs as ‘slofies) to your heart’s content.

What really impresses me with any generation of Apple’s smartphone is that it has great and seamless integration with the ecosystem- both from a hardware and software standpoint.

You see, while the cameras on any iPhone 11 device do not match the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, you still get amazing photos nonetheless. That is because of the combination of hardware and software processing, which is unparalleled in any smartphone.

I am also happy to report that the Night Mode feature, which is available on all models, is one of the best implementations out there.

Despite low-light conditions, you can still take detailed photos nonetheless. Seriously, all of the reasons above are why people love iPhones.

Performance

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Whether you are going to buy the cheapest iPhone 11 or the most expensive iPhone 11 Pro Max, all of them perform admirably well because they are equipped with the same A13 Bionic Processor.

Even if you put it against Qualcomm’s newer Snapdragon 865 Plus chip, the A13 Bionic Processor can still outperform it on some benchmark tests which is pretty insane.

It is worth noting that the base model iPhone 11 may suffer from performance dips due to the fact that it only comes with 4GB of RAM. It is still somewhat negligible in real-world use, though, as it only becomes apparent when you are using CPU-intensive applications such as games, for example.

Battery

iPhone 11 Assorted

When comparing the iPhone 11’s battery, you should be comparing them to their predecessors because that is usually how Apple does things.

If you compare the iPhone 11 with the iPhone XR, the newer model should last an hour longer than its predecessor which is still an improvement nonetheless.

The iPhone 11 Pro is compared to the iPhone XS and I have to say that I am impressed with the newer model. The Pro version can last up to 4 hours longer than the XS which is pretty insane.

How about the Pro Max? Well, it lasts 5 hours longer than the iPhone XS Max. This just tells you how much the new processor saves power and it should also tell you how efficient these devices can be.

All of the iPhone 11 models support wireless charging, though it is worth noting that only the ‘pro’ models come with a fast 18-watt charger out of the box. The base model only gets the 12-watt adapter which is considerably slower than its bigger brothers.

Specs

iPhone 11

  • Display: 6.1-inch Liquid Retina Display
  • CPU: A13 Bionic Processor
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 12-megapixel main sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide (120-degree field of view); 12-megapixel front camera
  • Battery: 3110mAh, 12-watt charger included, Wireless charging-enabled

iPhone 11 Pro

  • Display: 5.8-inch Super Retina Display XDR
  • CPU: A13 Bionic Processor
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • Cameras: 12-megapixel main sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide (120-degree field of view), 12-megapixel telephoto lens; 12-megapixel front camera
  • Battery: 3190mAh, 18-watt charger included, Wireless charging-enabled

iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • Display: 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR Display
  • CPU: A13 Bionic Processor
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • Cameras: 12-megapixel main sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide (120-degree field of view), 12-megapixel telephoto lens; 12-megapixel front camera
  • Battery: 3500mAh, 18-watt charger included, Wireless charging-enabled

Conclusion

So, which iPhone 11 variant should you choose? Well, for most users, I can recommend the base model iPhone 11. It is priced at $699 which should make it the most affordable Apple smartphone yet.

While its display is not full HD, it still packs enough pixels for you to enjoy whatever content you consume using the device. It performs admirably thanks to the A13 Bionic chip and the camera array still has all of the features that are present in its more expensive counterparts.

The Pro models are okay if you are willing to spend a couple of hundreds more. You still get the same Bionic Processor from the base model, but you do get more battery life, a bigger display, a faster charger, more RAM and storage, and it has a telephoto lens if you want more zoom and focus in your shots.

In summary, get the iPhone 11 if you want a relatively competitive phone that doesn’t break the bank. Get the iPhone 11 Pro if you are willing to spend a little bit more for a better display and more battery life. Get the Pro Max version if you really want the best iPhone 11 on the market.

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Google Nest Audio vs Amazon Echo- The Battle of the New ‘Smart’ Speakers

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Google Nest Audio vs Amazon Echo

Smart home speakers are not as popular as mobile phones, but in my opinion, it actually should be.

You see, companies are slowly rolling out smart home devices so that your life will be so much easier given the convenience of having them.

That being said, I am going to be talking about the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo speakers because they are the ones that are at the forefront when it comes to smart home speakers. Which of these should you choose? Read on to find out!

Design

For those of you who do not know, Google Nest Audio is actually the Google Home speakers that were released just about a year ago. It seems that Google wanted to use a new moniker to denote that this particular thing can ‘nest’ your other smart home devices.

The Amazon Echo, on the other hand, refers to the medium-sized Bluetooth speaker that the largest online retailer sells. The company is set to release a new version of this device soon, so it would be interesting to see how well it performs.

Even though the new version of the Amazon Echo hasn’t arrived at our doorstep yet for an official review, this is not to say that we can somehow speculate what it can offer, especially considering that the company has provided us with some really good information about it.

With all of those out of the way, let’s talk more about the design first. The Google Nest Audio takes on a more cylindrical approach in that the speaker itself has a higher height than the Amazon Echo.

For that reason, you are getting a 75mm woofer and a single 19mm tweeter. Google touts the Google Nest Audio as a better sound solution compared to its original Google Home Speaker because of the changes.

On the other hand, the Amazon Echo, in my opinion, has better sound quality. That is thanks to its two 20mm tweeters and a huge 76.2mm woofer. Its design is more spherical but I am pleased (and surprised) that Amazon was able to include two tweeters on its Bluetooth speaker implementation.

At the base of the Amazon Echo is a blue light ring that changes the way it emits light depending on the current usage.

Both of these Bluetooth speakers are offered in various colors so you have different options to choose from.

Sound Quality

Amazon Echo

If you look at the design of both speakers, you could make a case that the Amazon Echo wins this round when it comes to pure sound quality. Its two tweeters compared to the single tweeter on the Google Nest Audio, provides it with a much better chance of delivering mid-high sound frequencies.

This is not to discount the fact that Google has some tricks up its sleeves because its AI technology is smart enough to adjust the sound quality on the fly when needed.

Both of the speakers have an adaptive sound feature wherein if it detects that the ambient noise is loud enough, it increases the volume of whatever content you are consuming at that moment to compensate. This is using both of the speakers’ microphones. The volume should normalize to the last known level after it detects that the ambient sound has quieted down.

Of course, this is only my opinion after looking at the spec sheet because I will have to get my hands on these things before I can give my honest opinion. But, my initial assessment would be that the Amazon Echo delivers better sound compared to the Google Nest Audio.

Smart Features

Google Nest Audio

To be able to provide you with ‘smart’ features, both the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo are equipped with processors that can handle just that.

The Google Nest Audio comes with the company’s TeraOPS A53 processor which is a quad-core chip that boasts of better performance compared to the company’s previous Bluetooth speakers.

On the other hand, Amazon’s own speaker is equipped with the AZ1 Neural Edge processor that, according to the company, should be more responsive to voice commands compared to previous versions.

It is hard to say who wins this round. You see, Amazon has Zigbee hub integration which means that your connected smart home devices have better compatibility with the said speaker because of this.

However, we all know that Google’s AI technology is so advanced (and even more accurate) than Alexa, so it could potentially provide you with better features overall compared to Amazon’s Bluetooth speaker.

Of course, I cannot truly say which one wins this round until I get to review these wireless audio solutions. In that case, stay tuned for more.

Availability

The Google Nest Audio will be available on October 5, while the Amazon Echo will not be released until later this month (October 22). That being said, both of these speakers will retail for $99.99, so stay tuned for our official product reviews to help you know which one you should ultimately choose for yourself.

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Apple iPad 8th Generation Review- An Iterative Upgrade

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Apple iPad 8th Generation Review

When it comes to ease of use and convenience, people like getting Apple’s products because of its more streamlined approach to everything. Sure, there is a lot to tinker on Android but that is also precisely the reason why the user experience, at least for the layman, is not as great.

That being said, the 8th generation iPad was just released after the new iOS 14 update was launched. But, if you already have a 6th or 7th generation iPad, should you upgrade to the new one?

Design

Apple iPad 8th Generation Review 2020

There is this saying that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, although I would have liked to say that here, I just don’t think that that approach applies here.

You see, the design of the 8th generation iPad is identical to its predecessor. As in everything about its aesthetics are similar which means that if you want to imagine what the new iPad looks like, all you have to do is look at the 7th gen variant.

Like all things, it can be a good thing or a bad thing. It is a good thing because that familiar design should feel right at home, especially for people that already own an iPad. It is bad because, in this day and age, more and more mobile devices have slimmer bezels and the new iPad still has those atrociously huge ones.

Don’t get me wrong, there are practical uses to having large bezels as it allows you to hold the tablet better when using it in landscape mode, but if you are watching online content, you can’t help but be bothered by the huge sides.

There are two versions of the 8th generation iPad and that is one with WiFi only and the other one having LTE. Its dimensions are 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29. The only difference between the WiFi and the LTE versions is that the latter is a bit heavier at 495 grams compared to the 490 grams of the former.

Thankfully, Apple didn’t remove the headphone jack but if you are going to utilize its built-in speakers, you are better off using a good Bluetooth speaker instead.

Display

Apple iPad 8th Gen

The 8th generation iPad has a 10.2-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2160 x 1620 and 264 pixels per inch or PPI. It has a good peak brightness at 500 nits, though you can still experience some problems when you are outside and the sun is shining brightly.

You can utilize the Apple Pencil on this device and it is also quite accurate as well (just keep in mind that it is sold separately).

What I love about iPads, in general, is that their displays provide you with crisp and clear details. Whether you are working on your documents or perhaps watching your favorite movies and TV shows, they do not disappoint.

Specs and Performance

  • CPU: A12 Bionic
  • GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB/128GB
  • Display: 10.2-inch Retina IPS LCD Display, 2160 x 1620, 4:3 aspect ratio, 500 nits brightness, 264 PPI
  • OS: iPadOS 14
  • Cameras: 8-megapixel (back), 1.2-megapixel (front)
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Battery: 32.4 Wh

So, if the 8th generation iPad has an identical design to its predecessor, what has changed here? Well, I am glad you asked. The only notable difference here is that the new model comes with the A12 Bionic chip and that’s pretty much it.

While you could be unhappy with the change, the new CPU actually beats its predecessor by a lot. By using Geekbench 5, single-core scores are about 60% higher than the 7th gen iPad and about 100% better in multi-core tasks than the previous model.

Granted that the said benchmark is relatively old, you couldn’t argue that the new processor is indeed way better than its predecessor.

Even when you are just using the tablet the way it should be used, you can really tell the difference. This is more evident if you are going to play some games

Now, do not worry about the 3GB of RAM because the iOS ecosystem is quite streamlined and efficient that you normally wouldn’t need more than that.

It should also go without saying that the included cameras are just there for show and they do not really do anything special, so I don’t think that covering them is warranted here.

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Verdict

Sure, the new 8th generation iPad doesn’t bring a lot to the table, but its new processor is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor. Does that justify buying the new one? Probably not, especially if you already own the 7th generation model.

However, if you own an older iPad and you want better performance across the board, then you could probably spend your money to get one.

My gripe here is that there are only two storage options to choose from. You can get the 32GB variant for only $329 but in this day and age, 32GB is not a lot of storage space.

If you want more storage, you will need to spend an additional $100 premium just to get the 128GB model. In fact, I would go on to say that you should be buying this particular model compared to the 32GB variant. I just don’t like that the company is gouging you another $100 ($429 in total) just to get one.

The 8th generation iPad is disappointing in a lot of ways and its only redeeming quality is its new processor. It would have been nice if there is a redesign or that the lightning cable is changed to USB-C, but there is just not a lot of things to talk about here.

Therefore, I should say that the 8th generation iPad is just an iterative upgrade. Whether you want to buy it or not is entirely up to you.

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Amazon Echo Studio Review- The Bigger ‘Echo’ Speaker That Competes

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Amazon, the biggest online retailer in the world, has created its own AI implementation in the form of the Amazon Alexa.

It is actually quite polished and it can go against Apple’s Siri and Google’s own AI. That being said, the company has released some ‘Echo’ speakers that not only act as Bluetooth audio devices but as smart devices as well.

Today, I am going to be reviewing the Amazon Echo Studio. Does this thing really have what it takes to compete with the others?

Design

One of the biggest criticisms of Amazon’s Echo speakers of the past is that although its smart features are okay, their sound output leaves much to be desired. As a way of addressing the issue, Amazon has built the Echo Studio.

The Amazon Echo Studio is pretty big. It is 8 inches in height and 7 inches wide so this is indeed a pretty hefty audio solution. In fact, I would go on to say that this is one of the biggest Bluetooth speakers on the market.

Its design is pretty much akin to the Amazon Echo speakers of old. You get a fabric mesh design that encapsulates the speaker itself with all of its button controls situated at the top of the device.

You also get a blue ring light that will pretty much add to the aesthetic appeal of the unit. The microphone is also placed at the top and it is always on ‘listening mode’ so that whenever you want to interact with Alexa, it can do so at a moment’s notice.

Although you cannot see it, the Amazon Echo Studio is actually powered by a subwoofer, a tweeter, and four mid-range speakers that are mounted at the top and the sides. This thing is a beast as it can output 330 watts of power when needed, which is ample enough even for home cinema setups.

Audio Performance

Amazon Echo Studio Review 2020

The Amazon Echo Studio is quite a powerful Bluetooth speaker. No matter what genre of content you’d like to consume, this thing can output the necessary sound to make your viewing experience more immersive.

I am usually keen on an audio solution’s performance when it comes to playing music and I am happy with the Echo Studio’s prowess.

Although it favors the lower frequencies more than the mids and the highs, it does so without drowning the latter two, which is something that you normally do not see on large Bluetooth speakers.

An interesting feature that the Amazon Echo Studio has is its support for 3D Audio. You will need to sign in to your Amazon Music HD account before you can get a hold of this feature and it is the only platform that supports the Echo Studio’s 3D Audio. Amazon did mention that it will hand out support for other streaming platforms at a later date though.

So, how is the speaker’s performance on that front? Well, I am not really sure what to think about it as I have mixed feelings about the said feature.

3D audio is meant to provide a more immersive listening experience but I can hardly tell the difference between traditional Hi-Res audio and this one.

I guess you could say that for tracks that have a more melodic tone that you can discern a 3D audio-enabled track from a regular track, but other than that, non-audiophiles can hardly tell the difference.

To be fair, the said feature is still not polished yet, so expect it to improve in the years to come.

The Amazon Echo Studio also has seamless integration with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, though it does support all other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu as well.

You are also given the option to link up another Amazon Echo Studio speaker so that you can have them work in tandem to provide you with even better sound. I do not have a second unit though, so I cannot really tell anything about this. But, the feature is there if you want to get another unit.

Features

Amazon Echo Studio

Aside from 3D audio, the Echo Studio also acts as a control hub for your smart devices. You can use Alexa to turn off your lights at a specific time of the night or you can have it play your favorite track if you want. The possibilities are endless.

Do keep in mind that while it should support most of the smart home devices that you can buy on the market, there are some products that do not play ball. 

For instance, some smart locks can only be supported using Apple’s Siri, so you cannot control that using this device.

You can also link up a second Echo Studio speaker if you have one and you can use both of them to provide you with an even more powerful and more immersive listening experience.

You can control the speaker’s features by manually tapping on the buttons at the top of the device or by downloading its companion app.

Conclusion

Amazon has finally solved the issue of the Amazon Echo speakers of the past by giving you a relatively large speaker that can do a lot of things.

The Amazon Echo Studio has support for 3D audio, but you will need to have an Amazon Music HD account to get a hold of the said feature.

You can also use the speaker to control your smart home devices which is pretty nice. The microphone is always on listening mode so that you can call Alexa’s attention at a moment’s notice.

Normally, I would expect a product like this to cost more than $300, but the Amazon Echo Studio actually costs just $199. I guess getting another one is not too far out of the equation, eh?

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iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro Max- The Key Differences

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With the iPhone 12 not releasing this September as it is pushed back a couple of weeks, most people are looking to buy the previous version iPhones instead.

With three different variants to choose from, people might have a hard time choosing the right one for them.

Luckily for you, I will be comparing each of the iPhone 11s so that you can decide for yourself which one you’re ultimately going to choose.

Every year, Apple releases its new generation iPhones and the problem is that you are getting at least two or three of them. It would have been nice if your options are cut and dry but that is not the case.

Fortunately, resources such as this article will provide you with meaningful information to help you decide on the configuration that is going to work best for you.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Design

The iPhone 11 borrows the same aesthetics from its predecessor, the iPhone X line. That means that when you look at each of the variants, the only thing differentiating them would be their size.

Speaking of size, here is a rundown of each device’s dimensions:

  • iPhone 11: 75.7 x 150.9 x 8.3mm
  • iPhone 11 Pro: 71.4 x 144 x 8.1mm
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: 77.8 x 158 x 8.1mm

Upon looking at the sizes, you might be surprised that the regular iPhone 11 is a bit bigger than its Pro counterpart. I think that that is due to the thicker bezels of the base model but their appearance should still look very similar as mentioned earlier.

Unsurprisingly, the Pro Max version is the biggest of them all as it is slightly bigger than the base model while also being much thicker than any of the others.

Aside from the size difference, the Pro versions of the iPhone 11 also sport a textured matte glass finish and they both have stainless steel constructions.

As a cost-saving measure, Apple decided to use plastic components on the base model, but that is not to say that it cannot take a beating.

Display

Apple iPhone 11

While they may look similar, the display of each device is where they start to differentiate themselves.

The base model iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display. Now, keep in mind that this is just a fancy term used as a means of depicting the HD+ resolution as the display can output 1792 x 828 pixels.

It is also worth noting that the iPhone 11 doesn’t have an OLED display which means that although it can output more pixels than your standard HD smartphone, it is not as bright and vibrant as its bigger brothers.

Speaking of bigger brothers, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max both have Super Retina XDR displays. Again, this is just Apple’s way of saying that it comes with OLED panels and has Full HD+ resolutions.

For the iPhone 11 Pro, you are getting a 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2436 x 1125. The Pro Max version comes with a whopping 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2688 x 1242.

It should go without saying that the Pro versions of the iPhone 11 have much better displays. If you intend to play any iOS games with either of them, you can enjoy it even more thanks to their higher visual fidelity.

Now, although the iPhone 11 has an LCD display, it is still a good thing from a battery perspective since the unit lasts longer as a result of the use of such a display panel.

Cameras

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

One of the reasons why a lot of people go for Apple’s iPhones is because of their cameras. True enough, any of the iPhone 11 devices that you can buy on the market have amazing camera quality and this is also one of the aspects where the base model differs from its pro counterparts.

The iPhone 11 has only two cameras- one is a 12-megapixel wide-angle main shooter and another 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with a 120-degree field of view.

The pro versions have an additional 12-megapixel telephoto lens that has an aperture of f/2.0 and the company touts this new lens as having the ability to take in 40% more light compared to their predecessor, the iPhone XS.

Despite the addition of another camera lens, all of the iPhone 11 smartphones support basically the same features (well, except for the 2x lossless zoom on the pro).

For one, you have the ability to make use of the ‘QuickTake’ feature that allows you to record videos and capture images by utilizing a long press on the shutter button.

Another unique function that is enabled on iPhone 11 devices is the Deep Fusion technology. Basically, the phone will snap 9 different images of the same subject and it will combine all aspects of it to produce a stunning photo. This feature allows you to get award-winning stills and is a joy to use.

All of the 11th generation iPhones have the same 12-megapixel selfie camera and the beauty is that you can enable taking slow-motion selfie videos (which the company dubs as ‘slofies) to your heart’s content.

What really impresses me with any generation of Apple’s smartphone is that it has great and seamless integration with the ecosystem- both from a hardware and software standpoint.

You see, while the cameras on any iPhone 11 device do not match the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, you still get amazing photos nonetheless. That is because of the combination of hardware and software processing, which is unparalleled in any smartphone.

I am also happy to report that the Night Mode feature, which is available on all models, is one of the best implementations out there.

Despite low-light conditions, you can still take detailed photos nonetheless. Seriously, all of the reasons above are why people love iPhones.

Performance

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Whether you are going to buy the cheapest iPhone 11 or the most expensive iPhone 11 Pro Max, all of them perform admirably well because they are equipped with the same A13 Bionic Processor.

Even if you put it against Qualcomm’s newer Snapdragon 865 Plus chip, the A13 Bionic Processor can still outperform it on some benchmark tests which is pretty insane.

It is worth noting that the base model iPhone 11 may suffer from performance dips due to the fact that it only comes with 4GB of RAM. It is still somewhat negligible in real-world use, though, as it only becomes apparent when you are using CPU-intensive applications such as games, for example.

Battery

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When comparing the iPhone 11’s battery, you should be comparing them to their predecessors because that is usually how Apple does things.

If you compare the iPhone 11 with the iPhone XR, the newer model should last an hour longer than its predecessor which is still an improvement nonetheless.

The iPhone 11 Pro is compared to the iPhone XS and I have to say that I am impressed with the newer model. The Pro version can last up to 4 hours longer than the XS which is pretty insane.

How about the Pro Max? Well, it lasts 5 hours longer than the iPhone XS Max. This just tells you how much the new processor saves power and it should also tell you how efficient these devices can be.

All of the iPhone 11 models support wireless charging, though it is worth noting that only the ‘pro’ models come with a fast 18-watt charger out of the box. The base model only gets the 12-watt adapter which is considerably slower than its bigger brothers.

Specs

iPhone 11

  • Display: 6.1-inch Liquid Retina Display
  • CPU: A13 Bionic Processor
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 12-megapixel main sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide (120-degree field of view); 12-megapixel front camera
  • Battery: 3110mAh, 12-watt charger included, Wireless charging-enabled

iPhone 11 Pro

  • Display: 5.8-inch Super Retina Display XDR
  • CPU: A13 Bionic Processor
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • Cameras: 12-megapixel main sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide (120-degree field of view), 12-megapixel telephoto lens; 12-megapixel front camera
  • Battery: 3190mAh, 18-watt charger included, Wireless charging-enabled

iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • Display: 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR Display
  • CPU: A13 Bionic Processor
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • Cameras: 12-megapixel main sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide (120-degree field of view), 12-megapixel telephoto lens; 12-megapixel front camera
  • Battery: 3500mAh, 18-watt charger included, Wireless charging-enabled

Conclusion

So, which iPhone 11 variant should you choose? Well, for most users, I can recommend the base model iPhone 11. It is priced at $699 which should make it the most affordable Apple smartphone yet.

While its display is not full HD, it still packs enough pixels for you to enjoy whatever content you consume using the device. It performs admirably thanks to the A13 Bionic chip and the camera array still has all of the features that are present in its more expensive counterparts.

The Pro models are okay if you are willing to spend a couple of hundreds more. You still get the same Bionic Processor from the base model, but you do get more battery life, a bigger display, a faster charger, more RAM and storage, and it has a telephoto lens if you want more zoom and focus in your shots.

In summary, get the iPhone 11 if you want a relatively competitive phone that doesn’t break the bank. Get the iPhone 11 Pro if you are willing to spend a little bit more for a better display and more battery life. Get the Pro Max version if you really want the best iPhone 11 on the market.

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Google Nest Audio vs Amazon Echo- The Battle of the New ‘Smart’ Speakers

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Smart home speakers are not as popular as mobile phones, but in my opinion, it actually should be.

You see, companies are slowly rolling out smart home devices so that your life will be so much easier given the convenience of having them.

That being said, I am going to be talking about the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo speakers because they are the ones that are at the forefront when it comes to smart home speakers. Which of these should you choose? Read on to find out!

Design

For those of you who do not know, Google Nest Audio is actually the Google Home speakers that were released just about a year ago. It seems that Google wanted to use a new moniker to denote that this particular thing can ‘nest’ your other smart home devices.

The Amazon Echo, on the other hand, refers to the medium-sized Bluetooth speaker that the largest online retailer sells. The company is set to release a new version of this device soon, so it would be interesting to see how well it performs.

Even though the new version of the Amazon Echo hasn’t arrived at our doorstep yet for an official review, this is not to say that we can somehow speculate what it can offer, especially considering that the company has provided us with some really good information about it.

With all of those out of the way, let’s talk more about the design first. The Google Nest Audio takes on a more cylindrical approach in that the speaker itself has a higher height than the Amazon Echo.

For that reason, you are getting a 75mm woofer and a single 19mm tweeter. Google touts the Google Nest Audio as a better sound solution compared to its original Google Home Speaker because of the changes.

On the other hand, the Amazon Echo, in my opinion, has better sound quality. That is thanks to its two 20mm tweeters and a huge 76.2mm woofer. Its design is more spherical but I am pleased (and surprised) that Amazon was able to include two tweeters on its Bluetooth speaker implementation.

At the base of the Amazon Echo is a blue light ring that changes the way it emits light depending on the current usage.

Both of these Bluetooth speakers are offered in various colors so you have different options to choose from.

Sound Quality

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If you look at the design of both speakers, you could make a case that the Amazon Echo wins this round when it comes to pure sound quality. Its two tweeters compared to the single tweeter on the Google Nest Audio, provides it with a much better chance of delivering mid-high sound frequencies.

This is not to discount the fact that Google has some tricks up its sleeves because its AI technology is smart enough to adjust the sound quality on the fly when needed.

Both of the speakers have an adaptive sound feature wherein if it detects that the ambient noise is loud enough, it increases the volume of whatever content you are consuming at that moment to compensate. This is using both of the speakers’ microphones. The volume should normalize to the last known level after it detects that the ambient sound has quieted down.

Of course, this is only my opinion after looking at the spec sheet because I will have to get my hands on these things before I can give my honest opinion. But, my initial assessment would be that the Amazon Echo delivers better sound compared to the Google Nest Audio.

Smart Features

Google Nest Audio

To be able to provide you with ‘smart’ features, both the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo are equipped with processors that can handle just that.

The Google Nest Audio comes with the company’s TeraOPS A53 processor which is a quad-core chip that boasts of better performance compared to the company’s previous Bluetooth speakers.

On the other hand, Amazon’s own speaker is equipped with the AZ1 Neural Edge processor that, according to the company, should be more responsive to voice commands compared to previous versions.

It is hard to say who wins this round. You see, Amazon has Zigbee hub integration which means that your connected smart home devices have better compatibility with the said speaker because of this.

However, we all know that Google’s AI technology is so advanced (and even more accurate) than Alexa, so it could potentially provide you with better features overall compared to Amazon’s Bluetooth speaker.

Of course, I cannot truly say which one wins this round until I get to review these wireless audio solutions. In that case, stay tuned for more.

Availability

The Google Nest Audio will be available on October 5, while the Amazon Echo will not be released until later this month (October 22). That being said, both of these speakers will retail for $99.99, so stay tuned for our official product reviews to help you know which one you should ultimately choose for yourself.

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Apple iPad 8th Generation Review- An Iterative Upgrade

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When it comes to ease of use and convenience, people like getting Apple’s products because of its more streamlined approach to everything. Sure, there is a lot to tinker on Android but that is also precisely the reason why the user experience, at least for the layman, is not as great.

That being said, the 8th generation iPad was just released after the new iOS 14 update was launched. But, if you already have a 6th or 7th generation iPad, should you upgrade to the new one?

Design

Apple iPad 8th Generation Review 2020

There is this saying that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, although I would have liked to say that here, I just don’t think that that approach applies here.

You see, the design of the 8th generation iPad is identical to its predecessor. As in everything about its aesthetics are similar which means that if you want to imagine what the new iPad looks like, all you have to do is look at the 7th gen variant.

Like all things, it can be a good thing or a bad thing. It is a good thing because that familiar design should feel right at home, especially for people that already own an iPad. It is bad because, in this day and age, more and more mobile devices have slimmer bezels and the new iPad still has those atrociously huge ones.

Don’t get me wrong, there are practical uses to having large bezels as it allows you to hold the tablet better when using it in landscape mode, but if you are watching online content, you can’t help but be bothered by the huge sides.

There are two versions of the 8th generation iPad and that is one with WiFi only and the other one having LTE. Its dimensions are 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29. The only difference between the WiFi and the LTE versions is that the latter is a bit heavier at 495 grams compared to the 490 grams of the former.

Thankfully, Apple didn’t remove the headphone jack but if you are going to utilize its built-in speakers, you are better off using a good Bluetooth speaker instead.

Display

Apple iPad 8th Gen

The 8th generation iPad has a 10.2-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2160 x 1620 and 264 pixels per inch or PPI. It has a good peak brightness at 500 nits, though you can still experience some problems when you are outside and the sun is shining brightly.

You can utilize the Apple Pencil on this device and it is also quite accurate as well (just keep in mind that it is sold separately).

What I love about iPads, in general, is that their displays provide you with crisp and clear details. Whether you are working on your documents or perhaps watching your favorite movies and TV shows, they do not disappoint.

Specs and Performance

  • CPU: A12 Bionic
  • GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB/128GB
  • Display: 10.2-inch Retina IPS LCD Display, 2160 x 1620, 4:3 aspect ratio, 500 nits brightness, 264 PPI
  • OS: iPadOS 14
  • Cameras: 8-megapixel (back), 1.2-megapixel (front)
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Battery: 32.4 Wh

So, if the 8th generation iPad has an identical design to its predecessor, what has changed here? Well, I am glad you asked. The only notable difference here is that the new model comes with the A12 Bionic chip and that’s pretty much it.

While you could be unhappy with the change, the new CPU actually beats its predecessor by a lot. By using Geekbench 5, single-core scores are about 60% higher than the 7th gen iPad and about 100% better in multi-core tasks than the previous model.

Granted that the said benchmark is relatively old, you couldn’t argue that the new processor is indeed way better than its predecessor.

Even when you are just using the tablet the way it should be used, you can really tell the difference. This is more evident if you are going to play some games

Now, do not worry about the 3GB of RAM because the iOS ecosystem is quite streamlined and efficient that you normally wouldn’t need more than that.

It should also go without saying that the included cameras are just there for show and they do not really do anything special, so I don’t think that covering them is warranted here.

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Verdict

Sure, the new 8th generation iPad doesn’t bring a lot to the table, but its new processor is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor. Does that justify buying the new one? Probably not, especially if you already own the 7th generation model.

However, if you own an older iPad and you want better performance across the board, then you could probably spend your money to get one.

My gripe here is that there are only two storage options to choose from. You can get the 32GB variant for only $329 but in this day and age, 32GB is not a lot of storage space.

If you want more storage, you will need to spend an additional $100 premium just to get the 128GB model. In fact, I would go on to say that you should be buying this particular model compared to the 32GB variant. I just don’t like that the company is gouging you another $100 ($429 in total) just to get one.

The 8th generation iPad is disappointing in a lot of ways and its only redeeming quality is its new processor. It would have been nice if there is a redesign or that the lightning cable is changed to USB-C, but there is just not a lot of things to talk about here.

Therefore, I should say that the 8th generation iPad is just an iterative upgrade. Whether you want to buy it or not is entirely up to you.

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Amazon Echo Studio Review- The Bigger ‘Echo’ Speaker That Competes

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Amazon, the biggest online retailer in the world, has created its own AI implementation in the form of the Amazon Alexa.

It is actually quite polished and it can go against Apple’s Siri and Google’s own AI. That being said, the company has released some ‘Echo’ speakers that not only act as Bluetooth audio devices but as smart devices as well.

Today, I am going to be reviewing the Amazon Echo Studio. Does this thing really have what it takes to compete with the others?

Design

One of the biggest criticisms of Amazon’s Echo speakers of the past is that although its smart features are okay, their sound output leaves much to be desired. As a way of addressing the issue, Amazon has built the Echo Studio.

The Amazon Echo Studio is pretty big. It is 8 inches in height and 7 inches wide so this is indeed a pretty hefty audio solution. In fact, I would go on to say that this is one of the biggest Bluetooth speakers on the market.

Its design is pretty much akin to the Amazon Echo speakers of old. You get a fabric mesh design that encapsulates the speaker itself with all of its button controls situated at the top of the device.

You also get a blue ring light that will pretty much add to the aesthetic appeal of the unit. The microphone is also placed at the top and it is always on ‘listening mode’ so that whenever you want to interact with Alexa, it can do so at a moment’s notice.

Although you cannot see it, the Amazon Echo Studio is actually powered by a subwoofer, a tweeter, and four mid-range speakers that are mounted at the top and the sides. This thing is a beast as it can output 330 watts of power when needed, which is ample enough even for home cinema setups.

Audio Performance

Amazon Echo Studio Review 2020

The Amazon Echo Studio is quite a powerful Bluetooth speaker. No matter what genre of content you’d like to consume, this thing can output the necessary sound to make your viewing experience more immersive.

I am usually keen on an audio solution’s performance when it comes to playing music and I am happy with the Echo Studio’s prowess.

Although it favors the lower frequencies more than the mids and the highs, it does so without drowning the latter two, which is something that you normally do not see on large Bluetooth speakers.

An interesting feature that the Amazon Echo Studio has is its support for 3D Audio. You will need to sign in to your Amazon Music HD account before you can get a hold of this feature and it is the only platform that supports the Echo Studio’s 3D Audio. Amazon did mention that it will hand out support for other streaming platforms at a later date though.

So, how is the speaker’s performance on that front? Well, I am not really sure what to think about it as I have mixed feelings about the said feature.

3D audio is meant to provide a more immersive listening experience but I can hardly tell the difference between traditional Hi-Res audio and this one.

I guess you could say that for tracks that have a more melodic tone that you can discern a 3D audio-enabled track from a regular track, but other than that, non-audiophiles can hardly tell the difference.

To be fair, the said feature is still not polished yet, so expect it to improve in the years to come.

The Amazon Echo Studio also has seamless integration with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, though it does support all other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu as well.

You are also given the option to link up another Amazon Echo Studio speaker so that you can have them work in tandem to provide you with even better sound. I do not have a second unit though, so I cannot really tell anything about this. But, the feature is there if you want to get another unit.

Features

Amazon Echo Studio

Aside from 3D audio, the Echo Studio also acts as a control hub for your smart devices. You can use Alexa to turn off your lights at a specific time of the night or you can have it play your favorite track if you want. The possibilities are endless.

Do keep in mind that while it should support most of the smart home devices that you can buy on the market, there are some products that do not play ball. 

For instance, some smart locks can only be supported using Apple’s Siri, so you cannot control that using this device.

You can also link up a second Echo Studio speaker if you have one and you can use both of them to provide you with an even more powerful and more immersive listening experience.

You can control the speaker’s features by manually tapping on the buttons at the top of the device or by downloading its companion app.

Conclusion

Amazon has finally solved the issue of the Amazon Echo speakers of the past by giving you a relatively large speaker that can do a lot of things.

The Amazon Echo Studio has support for 3D audio, but you will need to have an Amazon Music HD account to get a hold of the said feature.

You can also use the speaker to control your smart home devices which is pretty nice. The microphone is always on listening mode so that you can call Alexa’s attention at a moment’s notice.

Normally, I would expect a product like this to cost more than $300, but the Amazon Echo Studio actually costs just $199. I guess getting another one is not too far out of the equation, eh?

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