iPhone X – a Revisit

iPhone X

Apple announced the most controversial iPhone ever on the special occasion of the 10th Anniversary of their iPhone lineup. The iPhone X brought some pretty amazing things to the table and was a total revamp when compared to iPhones released so far, especially in the aesthetics department. The question of whether people loved or despised the iPhone is still in the blur. Keeping in view the confusions, we decided to go back to the iPhone X and see how it performed in the real world.

Let’s clear things up before we move ahead, the X in the iPhone does not denote the alphabet “X” instead it is the roman representation of the number 10. This may not sound like a big deal, but since we are going through an in-depth review, it is better to clear that up first.

iPhone X – Design and Aesthetics

Without any further delay, let’s get one thing out of the way, the iPhone X is by far the most good-looking iPhone ever developed by Apple. Every year, for the past 10 years we have received an iPhone which more or less looks like its predecessors. With the iPhone X, apple went all-in by adding a metal frame and an all glass body.

The iPhone X shouts premium as you hold it in hand and weighs 174G which is the same as Google Pixel 2 XL. There are no bezels at the front except for a rectangular shaped bar at the top-middle of the display.

Some people do argue that the glass body makes the iPhone X delicate and it is prone to fingerprints, smudges and most of all it is delicate. All those arguments may stand some ground but personally, I think the delicacy is what defines the premium aesthetics of the phone.

Face ID & Touch Gestures – No Home Button (Touch ID)

Apple has made a bold move by replacing the Home Button with a bezel-less screen. Without the home button the iPhone X no more supports Touch ID. Many people thought that Touch ID would be integrated within the power key, but Apple had different plans.

Face ID, as the names suggests, is a facial recognition system that can help with unlocking the phone. Yes, it does work without any light which is amazing, but it is not as accurate all the time and to be fair it works 75% of the times.

The most annoying thing about the Face ID is the fact that after unlocking the phone, the user must swipe the screen to get to the home. This makes the overall process sloppy, however, expectations are that Apple will resolve this with a software upgrade.

Touch ID was not the only thing that went missing with the Home Button and to make up for which Apple introduced a bunch of touch gestures. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen takes you to the home screen. Swiping right brings up the widgets, swiping down from the right side of the screen brings up the notification panel and swiping down from the left side brings up the control center.

This looks complicated while reading it but getting used to it hardly takes a couple of days. If you are still not up for that, you may use the virtual home button or the assistive touch option.

Camera, Display and Performance

The camera is slightly improved version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone X offer a wider aperture of F1.8 and F2.4, the dual camera configuration can help with optical stabilization during video and images and adds a 2X optical zoom. All things considered, the camera on the Google Pixel 2XL is still superior in terms of quality.

The performance on the iPhone X is as one would expect out of a flagship thanks to the 3GBs of RAM and the A11 bionic chipset that gives amazing multi-tasking capabilities, gaming and graphics performance. Geek bench benchmarks returned with a score of 4241 for Single-Core and 10221 for Multi-Core.

The display is better than ever; the bezel-less screen offers a 19.5:9 Ratio with a resolution of 1125 X 2436 Pixels. It looks a little different at first coming from the 16:9 Ratio, but one can easily adopt to the change.

iPhone X

Software and Battery

The 2716 mAh battery lies somewhere in the middle of best and worst. It all depends on the usage, with normal usage the iPhone X should be able to offer 6 – 7 hours of on-screen time which is better than the iPhone 8 but not as good as the iPhone 8 Plus. The glass panel at the back allows for wireless charging and takes 2.5 hours to charge from 0 – 100% with wireless charging.

The iPhone X lacks when it comes to software which may hit some people as a shock because Apple has always done a great job when it comes to software stability. The iOS 11 is buggy and takes away the attention from the iPhone X. The biggest problem is the optimization of the software with the hardware aspects of the iPhone X.

Verdict

Apple did take a shot at a lot of innovation at the same time in an industry where smartphones can be despised easily. However, if you are attracted towards a premium feel and beauty then the iPhone X is certainly the best choice for you. The second biggest downside is the price of this premium phone. The iPhone X costs $1000 for the base model with the storage of 64GBs

 

Self-Driving Cars – The Future of Automobiles?

self-driving cars

The automobile industry has significantly improved and revamped in the recent years. The introduction of electric cars has changed the conventional thoughts of cars producing hazardous gases due to the combustion of fuel. Self-Driving cars have been introduced and companies like Tesla, Google, Mercedes, BMW, Ford, Nissan and several tech companies that are having a go at autonomous vehicles.

With the interest of several tech giants in the development of self-driving vehicles, it seems like the future of self-driving vehicles is inevitable. It is no wonder that the number of self-driving vehicles will start to take over the manual cars in the upcoming years. According to a prediction by the Business Insider there will be over 10 million self-driving cars by 2020.

Some people may wonder how self-driving vehicles will help us create a better future. Therefore, we are going to highlight the advantages that self-driving vehicles can bring to the way of life.

Benefits of Self-Driving Cars

There are a bunch of advantages that autonomous cars would have for clarity we are going to divide it into broader terms, which are as follows:

Safety

Human errors cause more accidents than all the rest of the factors combined. The world of self-driving vehicles is not as mature as one would like for it to be, but even today it can lower the percentage of accidents to a significant amount. In 2014 alone, 32,675 people died in motor vehicles crashes and most of these crashes were caused because of distractions or the driver being under an influence.

It goes without saying that autonomous vehicles will not mitigate the collisions as whole. This can be contributed to the malfunction of machines. However, autonomous vehicles will reduce up to 90% of accidents. Is it better to be in control with greater risk or surrender control with lesser risk?

Time and Economic Efficiency

According to a report published by NHTSA or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents costs $242 Billion every year in the U.S alone.The amount could be significantly lowered after self-driving vehicles takes over. These vehicles will have a network of communication with other autonomous cars to make it safer for the passengers.

Think of all the time you have invested on driving since the day you got your driving license and all the times you had to travel alone on that boring commute. With self-driving cars, you can consume your time in a far better and entertaining way, for instance, drinking coffee on your way to work, watching YouTube, reading the news or even taking a nap if you have a tough schedule.

Better use of Infrastructure

Too much of our infrastructure goes into storing our empty cars, the parking lots and even the streets are stuffed with cars. If self-driving cars could provide pick and drop when they are required to do so and park themselves out of the city that would bring a significant different to how we use our infrastructure.

Verdict

Autonomous cars will have a positive impact on the way we live our lives. They can be beneficial in almost every way possible. The unending struggle towards a better future is inevitable.

Apple Homepod – The best Smart Speaker?

Apple HomePod

Apple products are widely known for their highly quality and sophisticated designed tech products. The company recently revealed their smart speaker which they are calling Apple HomePod.  Amazon and Google have already invaded the market, which may lead some to think that Apple won’t be able to make up to the competition. We have a different opinion here, Apple took over the mp3 and mp4 devices with the introduction of their iPod devices, which easily became the best multimedia device.

The Apple Homepod has some pros and cons, which almost every smart device in the market has. Let’s see how it holds up against its competitors by considering some of the key features and functionalities.

Design

The Apple Homepod is a spherical shaped speaker surrounded by seamless mesh fabric. The shape resembles that of the Mac Pro and has touch controls on top of the device which allows the user to increase/decrease volume, scroll between music, play/pause music and activate Siri.

Apple HomePod

Hardware and Sound

The Sound quality of the Apple Homepod has been highly appreciated and you have to give it to Apple for the quality of their products. It is powered by the A8 Chip which makes it more powerful than any other smart speaker on the market, it odder 1GB of RAM, 6 Microphones that can aid with noise reduction for the smart speaker to hear you even when you are far away from the device. The Homepod has 7 tweeters all around the circumference of the device and a 4-inch woofer to have the bass flowing.

Apple HomePod

The Homepod uses a technology called the Spatial Awareness, that adjusts with the placement of the Homepod in the room and reflects the sound from the walls in a way that it feels top-notch. Which means no matter where in the room you are standing you will hear the same kind of enriching sound quality. This can also let the Homepod adjust its sound if more than one devices are placed in the same room.

Functionality

When it comes to the functionalities of the Apple Homepod, there is still room for clarity. Apple claims that the device will be able to contribute to smart home with the help of Siri and play your music using Apple Music. The question of whether or not it will be able to connect or synchronize with a other music applications like Spotify is still unclear.

Verdict

Siri is lacking when it comes to the functionalities that Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant offers. However, the Apple Homepod was planned for a release in December 2017 but due to further development the release date was delayed. Maybe Apple has something interesting to add.

Apple Homepod will cost $349 which some people think is highly expensive when comes to the Amazon Echo and Google Home. However, logically the Apple Homepod is a competitor of the Google Home Max which is priced at $399. The actual comparison can be done only after the pod makes it to the market, for now, we know that the smart speakers are now in business.

Future of 3D Printing

3D printing

Technology has slowly and gradually become the key pillar of progress and development in our lives. It is acting as the ship that is letting us move away from the traditional way of life to a more future-centric and easy way of living. The adaptation of technology has helped us solve several problems that could have been otherwise impossible to fight against, such as that of nature.

One such technology is that of 3D Printing and ever since its debut in the tech-world there has been quite a lot of developments that are helping us towards a better way of life. Following are a few things that will help understand what the future of 3D printing in actual holds.

3D Manufactured – Final Parts

In its initial phases 3D Printing was primarily being used for the purpose of prototyping. It helped lower the gap between the actual product and thus, helped with lowering the gap of understanding between the customer and developers. This was back when 3D printed products were only to be made of plastic.

Thanks to development in the field, 3D manufactured products are now being used as production ready parts. One of the biggest examples is the propeller developed by GE’s, aviation division. The propeller is being used in an aircraft and is considered as a better option in terms of cost and manufacturing.

3D manufactured parts are far superior as compared to that of the parts that are conventionally produced when it comes to effective use of raw materials. Consider the example of propeller, if it was to be developed in an industrial scale it would require several chunks of metal, which would eventually waste a lot of raw material. When it comes to 3D printing, there is no misuse, only the required amount of raw material is few to the 3D printer which casts it into the exact shape.

Decreasing the Gap between Production & Consumption

When thinking about the cost of a certain product or commodity, there are several things that contribute towards the price of the product. Travel cost is one of things that significantly increase the cost. Adding up to this, NASA has invested towards 3D manufactured parts which would help manufacture parts in space rather than going for the conventional supply which would require flying a space craft to the desired location. This is not even costlier, but will also require a much longer time-period.

Edible Products

Malnutrition is one of the most common causes of deaths in the modern world that we live in. According to WHO (World Health Organization) 5.6 million children under the age of 5 years died in 2016. This translates into 15 000 under-five deaths per day. The quality of naturally produced food is being affected due to climate change and increase in the number of diseases.

3D Printed food products is just the right answer for this. 3D Manufactured food will help provide the right amount of nutrition to the users and developing food using this method will automatically resolve the issue of supplying it anywhere in the universe which in-turn will lower the packaging cost and help with lowering the waste which is produced with the disposal of the packaging materials.

 

Movi Phone – Phone with Built-in Projector

movi phone

Smartphones are getting smarter, faster and better every day that passes by. Come to think of all the things that the modern smartphone has replaced, the phonebook, the telephone, a full-fledge media device and even a camera. All these functionalities and features packed within a pocket sizes device.

At the CES 2018, a company named Wireless Mobi Solution introduced their smartphone which they are calling Movi Phone. The company took a hit at replacing the stand-alone projector with the help of the Movi. Let’s dig deeper into the hardware and software aspects of the Movi to know what it is capable of offering.

Movi Phone – Impressions

The idea of connecting a projector to a phone isn’t new – Motorola took a shot at a similar concept by introduction a mod “Insta-Share Projector” which could connect to the Moto Z series and several other phones introduced by the company. However, the mod alone cost $300 which made things out of budget for people.

The Movi Phone has a 5.5-inch FHD Display that offers 1920 x 1080 resolution and is powered by the MediaTek 6750 Processor. On the top of the phone we have a built-in Pico Projector that has the capability of projecting 720p images up to 200 inches in size. The project can be turned on from within the projector application that comes within the phone right out of the box. The Movi Phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat which is a good sign when it comes to software upgrades.

The Movi packs in a 4000 mAh battery that will last 4 hours with the projector turned on. The company claims that the battery will last 22.1 hours on Talk-time and will last 285.2 hours when left idle. In the camera department, the Movi has 13MP shooter on the back and an 8MP secondary camera on the front. Just underneath the camera, there is a fingerprint scanner that can cover you with regards to security and Google Pay.

Movi Phone – Conclusion

The Movi Phone is a good attempt at bringing an innovative idea into the market. The problem however is that people are looking for a smartphone that is self-sufficient overall. Having one functionality only limits the number of users who would be willing to switch to the phone.

The display on the phone is not entirely impressive and the base model offers only a 3GB RAM configuration which is lacking when it comes to smartphones like the One Plus 5T. The Movi Phone costs $600 which is a humble start for the company, but will it stand against the smartphones already in the market?