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The iphone X and The google piXel 2 Xl cap­Ture greaT por­TraiT self­ies wiTh blurred back­grounds

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nidhi SiN­gal

With the iPhone X, all that glit­ters is, in­deed, gold. The 5.8-inch, bezel­less screen when switched on of­fers a vi­brant OLED dis­play. We were most ex­cited to try out the front TrueDepth cam­era that also pow­ers FaceID. It cap­tures great self­ies – sharp fore­grounds and blurred back­grounds – and of­fers both Por­trait Mode and Por­trait Light­ing mode, both of which are bril­liant. The cam­era notch at the top cen­tre, a bit dis­tract­ing as it in­ter­feres with the dis­play, houses the FaceID sen­sor sys­tem – the dot pro­jec­tor, in­frared cam­era and flood il­lu­mi­na­tor. The FaceID is se­cure and works well. It can recog­nise changes in your ap­pear­ance and un­lock the phone. But un­lock­ing the iPhone X with your eyes shut, in de­fault set­tings, will be fu­tile. The FaceID data is saved on a se­cure valve on the phone it­self, elim­i­nat­ing the chances of a leak while send­ing it to the cloud. The TrueDepth cam­era also pow­ers An­i­moji – an­i­mated emoji – a cool new fea­ture that lets you lend your ex­pres­sions and voice to an emoji and share it. With the home but­ton gone, one has to learn newer ges­tures – swip­ing up from the bot­tom for the home screen, swip­ing up and hold­ing to get into the mul­ti­task­ing mode, swip­ing down from the left of the notch to see no­ti­fi­ca­tions, and swip­ing down from

the right to open the con­trol cen­tre. The iPhone X is a com­pact de­vice, smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus, Sam­sung Note 8 and even the Google Pixel 2 XL.

Google, too, has done an im­pres­sive job with the rear cam­era on the Pixel 2 XL. Putting ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to use, even with a sin­gle 12.2-MP rear cam­era, the Pixel 2 XL cap­tures stun­ning por­trait shots with depth ef­fect. Google has also in­tro­duced an AI-based vir­tual search tool that ap­pears in the Pho­tos app just be­fore the delete icon. Us­ing ma­chine learn­ing, it recog­nises ob­jects and land­marks. There is also an Ac­tive Edge fea­ture that ac­ti­vates voice as­sis­tant, when the phone is squeezed from the sides, and also si­lences incoming calls. While there was no screen-burn is­sue with the 6-inch 2k dis­play of the phone, as was re­ported, there was a blue tint vis­i­ble at cer­tain an­gles. De­spite its big dis­play, the Pixel 2 XL has an er­gonomic de­sign and the touch re­sponse is su­perb.

The Pixel 2 XL 64 GB vari­ant is priced at ` 73,000 and the iPhone X 64 GB will re­tail for ` 89,000. The hard­ware and per­for­mance of both the phones are top­notch, but if your bud­get al­lows, veer­ing to­wards the iPhone X is a good idea.

home but­ton has given way to new ges­ture con­trols 5.8-inch oled dis­Play with 2365x1125 pixel res­o­lu­tion truedePth cam­era en­ables FaceID that un­locks the phone even in the dark rear cam­era has dual op­tic im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion to re­duce mo­tion blur Price ` 89,000

ac­tive edGe Squeez­ing the sides ac­ti­vates Google As­sis­tant

rear cam­era uses AI to cre­ate im­pres­sive depth ef­fect in por­trait mode

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