Despite not being particularly proficient at it, photography was always something that captured my interest. And it wasn’t because I wasn’t exposed to a lot of other hobby-like things, because I was. It’s just that there was something about freezing a moment in time that spoke to me in a way picking up old coins from the subway never did.
Coupled with the low-key hipster that lives in the back of my mind, there was naturally only one path this interest in taking photos would bring me down: Film photography, an art form that I think can be best described as the photographical equivalent of edging.
When a smartphone launches with arguably the most advanced camera module ever put into a production smartphone, you already know what the big question on everyone’s mind is: Is it the best? Is it noticeably better than the rest of the top dogs? Or is “variable aperture” just a fancy marketing term?
Well, we’re hoping to help you answer at least some of these questions. Welcome to the comparison you’ve been waiting for: Samsung’s latest flagship against the world.
“The Camera. Reimagined” is the big tagline Samsung uses for their flagship Galaxy S9 and S9+. Of course, Samsung’s new flagship smartphones do come with a highly advanced camera module that we’ve never seen on a mass-produced handset before — which I guess does count as “reimagining” — but what does that actually mean? Does the Galaxy S9 actually take such incredible photos that it deserves the lofty assumptions that tend to come with a “reimagined” camera?
Well, see for yourself, as we take the Galaxy S9 on a quick tour of Barcelona before we left for our flight home.
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I think something that a lot of people forget is that in technology, it’s not about who does it first, it’s about who does it best. Google wasn’t the first search engine, Apple wasn’t the first company to come up with a “smartphone”, and Facebook wasn’t the first social media network.
Being the first to bring something into the market is severely overrated and it looks like ASUS has realised that too. With its brand new smartphone — the ZenFone 5 — the company looks like it’s ditching all attempts at being first, or even original. Instead, they focused on borrowing the good bits from several of the top smartphone makers, tweaking them (in some cases, improving upon them), then combining all of it into a smartphone.
Sure, you could say that they’re just blatantly copying their competition’s homework, but I think it’s a stroke of genius and here’s why.
There are many words that could be used to describe the Nokia 8, but for me, the one word that sticks out is: Disappointing. Even though I repeatedly told myself that it would never live up to the hype, it was still disheartening to see how far it missed the mark. And that made me a little angry at Nokia for what felt like a half-hearted attempt.
Still, I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they’re new to this. Maybe they just didn’t have the technical capabilities to produce the kind of flagship-grade hardware that would match their flagship’s excellent software. Then I saw the Nokia 8 Sirocco and I got even more angry because it was living proof (figuratively) that Nokia could make something exquisite — that they could make something special — but for some reason, didn’t.
Like the Wakandans in Black Panther, smartphone makers happened upon a source of incredible power with near unlimited potential: The 18:9 aspect ratio display with super slim bezels. Whoever wielded this power could put big screens into small smartphone bodies in a way that hadn’t been done before, opening up a world of possibilities when it came to smartphone design.
However, for the most part, everyone became obsessed with putting even bigger displays into even larger smartphone bodies. That is, until today. Today, Sony launched two brand new smartphones — the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact — and one of them is the kind of smartphone I’ve been pining for since I reviewed the iPhone 8. There’s just one problem.
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Nostalgia is a funny thing, it plays tricks on you. Nostalgia fills the gaps in your memories to make it seem that what you remember from the past are as good as you think they were, you reminisce. The problem with nostalgia is that sometimes what you remember and what actually happened are two different things.
When Nokia announced the 8110 4G in Barcelona ahead of the Mobile World Congress, the stage was filled with talk about nostalgia for the phone and the Matrix – the cult-classic that made the original 8110 famous.
I have to admit, I was a pleasantly surprised by the Nokia 7 Plus. I wasn’t particularly impressed with it when I saw it leak, but seeing it in person, the handset definitely gives you a good vibe. Like a Google Pixel 2 XL kind of vibe.
Nokia‘s return to the smartphone scene wasn’t the second coming many probably anticipated. Instead, it felt a less like the return of a king than a new company trying to find their footing. But, unlike new companies, Nokia does have the benefit of pulling our nostalgic heartstrings.
Remember the revitalised Nokia 3310? Yeah, I wasn’t the biggest fan of that handset. This year, though, Nokia launched yet another set of handsets, in which I found the real throwback device. And no, I’m not talking about the Matrix phone. I’m talking about the Nokia 1.
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Samsung’s huge launch for the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship phones is around the corner. Clearly, the thing on everybody’s mind are what’s on the spec sheet. How good is the new processor powering Samsung’s latest phones? How will the new camera system compare to the old one?
And yes, while headline grabbing specs are interesting, a truly great smartphone isn’t just the some of its parts. It’s also the smaller things, the things that many don’t notice or consider. Often, it’s the smallest details that differentiate a great phone from a good one — as Samsung demonstrates.