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Review: Two weeks with Pixel, a phone by Google

Devices

Posted on November 15, 2016

4 min read

Michael Eva spent two weeks with the Pixel, a phone by Google. Here’s why he’s now an Android™ convert.

The reviews for the Pixel™, a phone by Google, have been glowing with pundits labelling it the best Android phone to date and the camera being rated as the best a smartphone has seen yet. Stacked with features that include advanced video stabilisation, the Google Assistant voice recognition service with serious AI smarts and more, this is a serious smartphone from Google.

Caught up in the hype and excited by the promise of an exciting new mobile phone experience I decided to swap back to Android and give the Pixel a whirl. I’ll confess, my experiences with Android phones in the past have sometimes been patchy. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some amazing Android devices already on the market it’s just that I jumped in early on in Android’s life and was left feeling that I was experiencing an operating system that still had some maturing to do.

The Pixel has well and truly put to bed any doubts I had about Android devices. It’s incredibly fast, has one of most impressive smartphone cameras ever and is really lovely to hold and look at. That’s only the beginning though. Here’s just a few of the reasons why I love this phone:

For the record I road-tested a ‘Quite Black’ 5”, 32 Gig version of the phone. It also comes in a larger (XL) 5.5” which I’ve now set my sights on.

It’s fast:

After two weeks of solid use, a stack of apps downloaded and used the Pixel shows no signs of slowing down. It’s such a pleasure to swipe down your notifications or click on an app and have it load almost instantaneously.

Fingerprint scanner:

Google have done something really simple that makes a really big difference. They’ve put the fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone. For me this has turned it from being a novelty feature to something I use literally every time I turn on my phone.

The best camera:

The Pixel has transformed my shaky video and blurry photos into something worth keeping. Double-clicking the power button to pull up the camera also makes it really quick and easy to capture a snap before the moment’s gone. There’s some cool camera features too like the panoramas and photoshpere which are fun and easy to use.

If you've got any doubts about the camera's quality check out the images some of Australia's best Instagram photographers took with the phone below.

Unlimited storage for photos and videos in the cloud:

There’s not a lot to say about this except for ‘YES’!

Battery Life and Fast Charging:

The battery power is great. It easily lasts a day. The best bit is that you can get a day of charge with 15 minutes on the charger thanks to the Pixel’s fast charge technology. I can personally vouch for the value of this quick charge tech having rushed the phone onto the charger a number of times before running out of the front door.

It looks and feels good:

The aero-space grade aluminium (I kid you not) and polished glass make this phone look and feel great. I’ve had a lot of fun handing it around at barbeques and seeing people’s surprised reactions as they turn the phone over in their hands.

Brag-factor:

Because it’s the new kid on the block Pixel is still pretty special and unique. In a market full of familiar devices, it is nice to have one that feels completely new. It’s also the first device I’ve had that other people are keen to get a look at when I pull it out.

The Pixel, a phone by Google, is a big win for Google and Android in the mobile phone stakes and definitely a phone worth considering next time you are looking at upgrading.

*Android is a trade mark of Google, Inc.
# Pixel is a trade mark of Google, Inc.

 

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5 Tips for a Strong Selfie Game

Tech and Innovation Devices

Posted on May 11, 2016

3 min read

Search #selfie on Instagram and you’ll find a whopping 288 million posts using the hashtag.

We’re clearly very passionate about snapping selfies and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In fact selfie camera technology is getting better and better every year.

The latest example of this advancement in selfie technology is the new HTC 10. It features a 5MP Ultra Pixel front facing camera with Optical Image Stabilisation. Most smartphones have had this feature on their back cameras for some time now but HTC are bringing it to the front so your selfies will have less blurring.

So once you have your hands on your brand new HTC 10 which incidentally is available in our stores right now, and you’re ready to selfie, keep these 5 tips in mind as inspiration!

1. Natural lighting

When taking a selfie natural lighting is best and make sure you’re facing towards the light source. Avoid down lighting at all costs, it will create shadows on your face that you don’t want!

2. Phone height

Where you hold your phone will also make a big difference to your selfie, make sure it’s no lower than your nose. This way you can focus on your eyes and your smile rather than emphasising features like your chin – because really, none of us want that.

3. Choose your filter carefully

An Instagram filter can make or break your selfie. Choose something with a warm hue like Valencia or Walden. You want to go for something that softens your photo giving you that sun kissed look.

4. Know your angles

The rule here is to either tilt your head, or tilt your phone. You want to make sure your photo isn’t too symmetrical and that you’re showing off your best side.

5. Look into the camera

For a great selfie, make sure you look into the camera. It’s very tempting to check yourself out on the screen to make sure you’ve got your pout perfected, but remember to look back up at the camera at the last second!

The Price Tag

You can purchase the HTC 10 on a range of Go Mobile plans and Go Business Mobile plans.

If you’re in to sport and not just selfies, you’ll be pleased to know our Go Mobile plans come with an AFL Live Pass or NRL Digital Pass including in your Telstra mobile so you can catch the live and behind the scenes action!

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Tech tip: how to change your phone language on your Android device

How to

Posted on April 21, 2015

1 min read

Has a friend changed your phone language and you’re unsure how to fix it? Did you swap it for a laugh – only to get lost on your way back? Well, have we got the tech tip for you! (more…)

Telstra’s new tablet range, just in time for Christmas

Devices

Posted on November 24, 2014

5 min read

The holiday season is almost upon us and that means it’s time for gift shopping. But when it comes to buying a present I often find myself walking around aimlessly from store to store thinking I never know what to get her or he’s so hard to buy for.

If you’ve ever found yourself in a similar situation, I have a gift idea that just might delight some of your hardest to shop for…

Tablets.

A tablet is the perfect gift because it puts all the things a person may be interested in and passionate about at their fingertips like movies, books, games, shopping, cooking – the list goes on. It’s just about picking the right tablet for the right person.

So to help guide your gift giving this holiday season, here’s a look at six new tablets set to join our range just in time for Christmas. (more…)

5 amazing tips and tricks every Android user should know

How to

Posted on October 22, 2014

2 min read

Whether you’re new to the Android world, or an old hand, these clever tips will help you get more from your Android device. (more…)

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