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A night with the Google Pixel 2

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Posted on October 31, 2017

3 min read

To celebrate the launch of Google Pixel 2 and to show you just how cool Google Photos is on the new smartphone, we captured over 2,000 photos in five minutes to prove there’s no such thing as too many selfies! The best part? Just how good these photos look; all of which were captured in low light… and we haven’t even touched on portrait mode yet.

Last week we had the opportunity to attend the Google Pixel 2 launch party at Carriageworks, Sydney. And to show off the Pixel 2’s highest-rated smartphone camera in style, the event was set up around four colourful Instagram-able installations to demonstrate its photography features. There was a blue low-light room full of mirrors and disco balls, a green room dedicated to portrait mode and even a bright yellow room with bananas and ice-cream which showed off what you can do with the Pixel even with your hands full!

After picking up my new Pixel 2 on arrival, we set out to test the camera and unlimited online photo storage with Google Photos* by snapping up as many photos as we could in five minutes. The result? See for yourself!

After one night with the Pixel 2, here are my first impressions of the highest-rated smartphone camera ever…

Sharp photos

I was slightly cautious of all the hype around the camera, but after giving it a good test run it is probably the Pixel 2’s greatest strength in my opinion. With a 12-megapixel dual-pixel autofocus sensor on the back and an 8-megapixel sensor on the front, I found the Pixel 2’s photos to be much sharper than other smartphones I had tried – even on burst mode.

Low-light

My favourite installation at the event was probably The Blue Room. The room – literally a small dimly-lit blue room surrounded by mirrors and topped with disco balls – showed that even in low-light, the Pixel 2 seems to handle challenging lighting situations with ease and I was able to capture incredible detail. The Pixel 2 really does bring your nightlife to life!

Ultimate selfies

The selfie camera is also probably the best front-facing camera I’ve ever used and even has a ‘face retouching’ feature to smooth out any blemishes. While the front camera has only eight megapixels compared to the rear’s 12, its fixed focus feature sets it apart from the rest. Asking the Google Voice Assistant to “take a selfie” is also fun (and great when you’re eating an ice-cream).

Portrait mode

Another great feature of the Pixel 2 is Portrait mode. Basically it works by taking a picture as you normally would with the regular camera, after enabling Portrait from the capture mode menu. The software then works its magic by producing an image with a sense of depth of field – capturing crisp, beautiful portraits and selfies with a gorgeous background blur.

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now available at Telstra stores and at Telstra.com. For more information on plans and pricing, please visit: https://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/google

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Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Note8 in Broken Hill

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Posted on September 26, 2017

2 min read

On 22 September, we welcomed the new Samsung Galaxy Note8 into our range of smartphones. Not only is the Galaxy Note8 big, stylish and super-fast, it is also 4G Blue Tick rated, which means it is the perfect device for people in regional and rural towns around Australia.

To celebrate its Blue Tick rating, we are taking the Samsung Galaxy Note8 out to Broken Hill in New South Wales to check out what’s in the box.

Check out some pictures we captured at  Broken Hill’s giant red chair.

Key features in the Galaxy Note8:

• Epic screen: The massive 6.3-inch edge to edge Infinity Display lets you see more and do more – perfect for viewing the latest movies or live streaming a footy match.

• S Pen: The versatile S Pen and screen-off mode enables you to write or draw even when the screen is asleep. Now that’s efficient!

• Dual Camera: With two advanced rear cameras and 2x optical zoom, you can capture the finest details even in low light conditions. How good are your selfies going to look now!

• Water and dust resistance: The Note8 is water-resistant to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes. And it’s dust-resistant too. Which came in really handy in Broken Hill!

View the live stream here.

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