The Google event that could be swept under the carpet


I counted down two hours ahead of the event yesterday as I was running my shift. I managed to watch uninterrupted the first 30 minutes of the Made By Google Event before having to jog on to do some scans. I must admit. The atmosphere and the event was sedate, even from the presenters.

Google Buds

Well, I saw a meme comparing it to mentos. Considering the first google buds, this is a good upgrade. I bet it will feel snug and invisible but it comes out only in 2020. One of the drawbacks of the first one I have is that it is poor for having bluetooth telephone calls in the public. With background noise, the mic was horrible at picking up audio. We will have to wait and see once the product is out to see how good it will be.

Google Home, Nest and paraphernalia

It is evident that much of the upgrade is answers to customers, improving visual appeal of products, enhancing productivity of existing devices et al. Again nothing too impressive.

Chromebook Go

Now this seems like a really good upgrade providing a light powerful chrome OS machine. I am currently using a DELL XPS 13. More than happy to have Windows for my on the go computing needs. It lasts a day and does the job.

Pixel 4

Confirmation of all the leaks. No wide angle camera. Unsurprising is the use of technology to improve quality and techniques of phone photography. Apparently got the best OLED display ever on a smartphone. Has a radar for touchless gestures. Face lock. So, is there anything that would push me to upgrade from my pixel 2 XL? Whilst having stock android 10, with all awesome features of Google Assistant already available, with unlimited original quality google photo storage till 2021 on my pixel 2 and unlimited on my pixel, chances of me going for another pixel phone is grim.

My current google ecosystem involves – Pixel, Pixel 2 XL, Google Home, Chromecast video, Google Buds.

What I wanted

Pixel Watch. None. This time either. Something that I dearly want. Might lead me to get the iPhone 11. You never know.

The Google event in four days


With literally everything having been leaked about features of the Pixel 4, I was just going to watch the event just for confirmation. But the interest has just got all beefed up again with rumors of the Pixel Watch surfacing again in the last 24-72 hours. Now that is quite exciting.

Pixel XL

Since 2016 I have been enjoying the Pixel life when I moved on from my iPhone 6. I exchanged my iPhone in 2017 via Flipkart to get the Pixel 2. In 2018 I exchanged my Pixel 2 for the Pixel 2 XL via Flipkart. I wasn’t too convinced Pixel 3 was worth investing in, when I had two quality phones already with me.

Whilst Pixel 4 is again looking to break boundaries in phone photography, I am currently only interested in the Pixel Watch. Earlier this year, for fitness reasons, I got myself a Samsung Fit Bit Pro 2 watch. A minimalist smart watch, with predominant activity and sleep monitoring, it goes through the chores reasonably well with my Pixel 2XL. What I am currently interested in is this Pixel Watch, so that I can integrate my fitness and everything with my smartphone.

Pixel 2 XL

I must admit, I still continue to use my Pixel with a Spigen bumper. Whilst the CPU and RAM offers better performance, the Pixel still continues to deliver with great battery life and a quality camera. The good thing about the Pixel is that the camera is within the body and doesn’t protrude out, unlike the rest of the Pixel series.

I plan to use my these two pixel devices till they decide to call it quits. In the mean time, I am slowly building the Google ambience at home and in commute. I have been using Gmail since 2000, and I am happy to share my privacy with Google for betterment of my life.

The countdown is truly on to 15th of October. Bring it on.

Living the Pixel life the XL way


It’s becoming two weeks since I got my hands on Google Pixel. Firstly it is a huge relief to be back in Android from iOS. Though as far as form factor is concerned I would still prefer using my sub 5 inch screens for single hand typing.

The back fingerprint sensor is a bit of a pain when you leave it on a desk and want to turn the device on, especially if you have activated the fingerprint security.

The battery is outstanding, easily runs the entire day till you hit the bed with regular use. Of course I am not playing games on the device. There is quick charging in flight mode though it still doesn’t offer this ‘7 hours’ in 15 minutes.  (maybe in standby)

The camera is absolutely stunning. I have been clicking around quite a bit knowing that it’s free to back it up online in Google Photos. That’s the biggest luxury of this device.

It’s lightning fast. Absolutely no glitches. With close to 100 apps on the device, I am hitting around 13GB usage out of an available 29GB in this 32GB version. Even when the RAM is over 3.7GB used in the available 4GB, you absolutely won’t know it, until you go and check the RAM.

Some of these no filter shots might help you understand how good the camera is.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMi3il4ACvj/?taken-by=drv_23

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMojq6EgTvk/?taken-by=drv_23

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMokZ7Agxhl/?taken-by=drv_23

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMolH8tAJiO/?taken-by=drv_23

https://www.instagram.com/p/BM27cXcg8Ek/?taken-by=drv_23

https://www.instagram.com/p/BNBnFw9AXGf/?taken-by=drv_23

https://www.instagram.com/p/BNEUDsPg7A4/?taken-by=drv_23

https://www.instagram.com/p/BNEbDKzAU_k/?taken-by=drv_23

https://www.instagram.com/p/BNEbZuOA_3w/?taken-by=drv_23

https://www.instagram.com/p/BNFPFAsgamE/?taken-by=drv_23

Many of the shots were taken in burst while driving a car at over 80km/h and there is absolutely no flinch in focus.

 

Google Pixel XL – 32GB – Quite Black – Unboxing


I had to anxiously wait for over a month after the release for it to appear in the Middle East. As soon as it popped up on the online market, I ordered it from Souq.com. It took them 3 days to get it to this country but thanks to the hopeless service of Postaplus I had to personally go and pick it up from their office in Dajeej.

But it was obviously worth getting it in my hands. I will let the pics do the talking in the unboxing. This is not a feature review nor to discuss the pros and cons. Purchase of the phone has an emotional sentiment attached to it. The earnest Google fan boy that I am clubbed with the fact that this device finds it’s hardware origin from HTC – my first smartphone (Legend A6363) and one of the first players of the smartphone game.

When online reviewers mock the plain bezel at the bottom of the pixel XL, it reminds me of the angled chin I had in my Legend 8 years ago.  2 years I have been using the iphone 6 which continues to run without a single glitch. But it’s time to return to home base :D.

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Ordered from Souq.com (my iphone 6 in the background)

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12 month souq.com warranty

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The new USB cable

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Two new USB cables with an ‘I can transfer my iphone data to android’ adapter 😉

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A complimentary Nutrient Valley crunchy?? Seriously Souq.com.. wth!

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Yea, step 1. Move your stuff from iPhone

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Pretty simple and to the point. Welcome home Google Assistant.

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Free Google Music trial for 3 months?

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Yea, the glass coating is a fingerprint magnet. The fingerprint sensor isn’t. #Irony

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Never has the 3.5mm got so popular in the 21st century.

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Boo hoo.. no stereo speaker 😀

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Just to show the XL size compared to my iphone 6

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Nougat!! Hit it up.

 

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