- Apr 12, 2016
Looks like Apple is putting satellite phone capability in the iPhone 13
iPhone 13 Pro versus Pixel 5 camera comparison
I have 3 phones currently, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, Pixel 5a, and Pixel 4 XL, and for still shots and portrait mode, it's not even a contest, both Pixel phones destroy my 12 PM. For some reason my iPhone 12 Pro Max always shoots washed out and too bright pics, where both Pixel's are very detailed and have great color. I thought I had a wrong setting or a broken camera or something on my iPhone, always wondering why my photos looked so crappy, where that never happens on any Pixel phone I've had. I actually find my 12 Pro Max camera to be pretty bad, like some 5 yr old OnePlus garbage camera.
Now videos is a whole different story, the 12 PM wins in that category, no contest, but whatever, I never shoot videos. I only use my camera for still portrait shots. And the Pixel owns the iPhone.
Watching the video comparison here, even the 13 Pro Max looks to take rather poor photos, way too washed out with light bleed.
I learn alot from your evaluations Zorachus.But the thing is, I do like this iPhone 12 Pro Max. The build quality is super high end. The beautiful display great. The smoothness of the UI is very fluid. The battery life really good. It’s an excellent smartphone no doubt.
But maybe it’s just me with iOS and so used to the Nexus / Pixel UI smartphone. I’m just so comfortable running stock Android and iOS feels outdated or frustrating to use at times.
Sorry I’m just rambling now
I actually prefer the pull-down-to-search approach. It makes it relatively easy to find that app I only occasionally use, and of course it's great for finding a contact or similar media.Another one is the gesture navigation UI between both systems.
I find the Pixel gesture navigation to just be clearly and comfortably better to use than the iPhone navigation.
Specifically being able to swipe back using the right side. Meaning on the far right side of the screen, just swipe your finger or thumb towards the left and you go back. But the iPhone doesn’t allow that or do that function. Which to me makes the phone much more one-handed friendly. And makes the iPhone a little frustrating to use.
And keeping with the gesture swiping. Swiping down anywhere on the home screen to bring down the notification screen or pull down texts to do a quick reply. I LOVE this gesture on Android, been using it for years. But on the iPhone when you swipe down some strange search thing comes up. Seems like an old relic feature from ten years ago to swipe down and pull up a weird search menu thing. That just feels so wrong and out of place. I much prefer swiping down to pull the text conversation down to make a fast reply one-handed.
And lastly notifications in general are still way behind on the iPhone. I noticed when my daughter text me yesterday, she sent three texts before I replied, but on the Lock Screen I saw three separate text bubbles from her, not just one grouped up together.
As far as notifications are handled I find Android does it way better.
I'm kinda curious about some of your points (and I like iOS overall too even though I prefer Android).
For dark mode, most apps have the ability to set true AMOLED black if you wish but the default is usually a slight grey because even the iPhone AMOLED screen (same with Samsung) smears slightly with pure blacks on grey and low brightness. But not everyone is bother by that I guess (I find it hideous). It's funny because Android apps used to go for the true black since they had AMOLED earlier and its evolved to the slight grey.
No comments on Twitter, but 3rd party Android Reddit apps blow all iOS Reddit apps and the official apps out of the water. I ended up with Apollo on iOS but it's not nearly as good as Boost or Sync.
As for web browsers, you really have to try the Samsung Internet Browser. It's easily Samsung best piece of software and I use it even on my Pixel. You'll find it will do reader, dark mode, and ad blocking effectively.
But that's a 13 Pro camera analysis, and there the Pixel 5 only really seems to fare well in daylight shots. And don't forget: the iPhone 13 family has "photographic styles" that let you bake a preferred tone into every photo. If you think the standard shots are too vivid, you can adjust for that without having to edit every photo.https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-iphone-13-pro-vs-google-pixel-5-camera-shootout-comparison/
I've said this myself. My iPhone 12 Pro Max takes kinda poor mediocre photos, and my Pixel 5a takes fantastic pics.
To me the Pixel 5a vs. 12 Pro Max photography is no comparison. The Pixel is the clear winner, head and shoulders better.
Pixel 6 is dud also. UI awesome. Screen horrible. How is it that phones have gotten worse in 5 years?Just picked up an 13 pro max yesterday and am finding it a little underwhelming. I’m coming from a 5 year old V20, so was expecting a drastic difference. Yeah the hardware is 100x better, but it just seems to be more difficult to do basic things with. I haven’t even bothered to swap my SIM card yet.
The lack of a back button is probably my biggest gripe. I didn’t realize how much I relied on it. I know I can swipe right on iOS but it only works if you grab the very left edge of the screen. If I’m holding the phone in my right hand, I can’t reach my thumb that far without nearly dropping the phone. My v20 screen is the same width, but I can easy reach the back button with my thumb.
I think this one is going back tomorrow, and I’ll wait for a pixel 6 pro. Too bad I got excited and when balls deep on accessories already. I was really excited for a MagSafe car mount.
I do hope you're happy with your Pixel 6, but I have to admit... I'm half-expecting to see posts like "I tried the iPhone 13 Pro and I'm tempted" or "diehard Pixel 6 user goes iPhone 14 Pro Max." You're an enthusiast who switches phones just to see what the other side is like, and I wouldn't be surprised if frustration with the Pixel 6 or next year's iPhone redesign tip the balance.Now that I have both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, I sold my iPhone 12 Pro Max to a great work friend.
I really liked the hardware of the 12 Pro Max, but iOS just sucks, I don't plan to get another iPhone for a long time, unless iOS 16 or 17 finally brings it out of the stone age.