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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