Bring Your Own Device 27 →

The most amount of bezels possible with special guest Matt Birchler

This week we have a special guest - Matt Birchler, which joins us to talk about the his impressions of the Pixel 2 - Matt’s annual Android experiment, the experience of using an Android device with an Apple Watch, and the Pixel 2’s shortages that come up only when using the device (hint: the camera).

Also, we continue with the world’s longest follow-up about Qualcomm and talk about the iPhone X, and the Watch Series 3.

Special Guest: Matt Birchler

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Making The Case For The iPhone Plus

After picking up my iPhone X on Friday it was immediately apparent that the new Apple device is not going to be everyones perfect device. Despite sporting a fantastic 5.8” OLED screen, the iPhone X is going to frustrate users of Plus model phones - and there is still a huge case for the iPhone Plus.
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iPhone X Initial Impressions

As you may or may not know I don’t bother writing reviews anymore. There are hundreds of great videos and long form pieces out there to satiate your appetite for that kind of thing. However I usually share my initial thoughts on using new devices - and here are mine on the iPhone X.
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Bring Your Own Device 26 →

On a scale of one to X

Greg shares his initial thoughts about the iPhone X, and his overall experience from the Apple Store pick up, unboxing to the device itself.

We also talk about the device itself, where the iPhone line might be heading, and how it effects the competition.


Apple’s Service Advantage

At 9:30 on Friday 3rd November I joined a line snaking from the front of a store in the middle of Highcross shopping centre in Leicester. It’s something I had done a few times previous, and I gladly waited for my turn at the front. When this opportunity rolled around, I was greeted with brilliant personal service, a member of store staff that really cared about my experience lead inside...
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A Few Hours Naked

Don’t worry. Nothing PG here. Merely the fact that at any hardware launch it’s important to really appreciate the lengths Apple go to to make the phone feel the best it can. Even while picking the phone up in the Apple store I am steered towards the cases that are marketed in a colourful display near the back of the shop. Clearly cases have become a necessity - but I’ve...
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Bring Your Own Device 25 →

Thank god there are two of them (AirPods)

iPhone X is about to arrive, so we talk about the early hands-on and why Apple’s PR change with “Youtubers you never heard of” was a great move, instead of doing the same thing with the “traditional” tech review scene, and in general how reviews are being mostly consumed today. We also touch about Touch ID’s tech, Apple’s supply channel in regards to Samsung and Qualcomm. Also, we had a live quarterly earning information for Apple’s amazing Q4 2016 results.


The Entitlement Of Reviewers

but I wanted to be first

The once relied upon tech journalists that influenced purchasing decisions are up in arms that Apple let some lesser known people be the first to release their videos.
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Bring Your Own Device 24 →

Let’s do a squeazy phone instead

Nati shares his amazement about Watch Series 3 speed and somehow gets Greg into an experiment with Watch orientation.

We continue with Google’s hardware hurdles with the Pixel 2 and Home mini devices, and share our thoughts about the fate of Essential before diving into MacBook keyboard issues and Apple’s bad Mac decisions in recent years.

Finally, we conclude with iPhone X thoughts, pre-orders, and supply that might not be as tight as we all think.


MacBook Keyboards ARE a mess

But your writing doesn’t help

It wasn’t I till listening to Connected that Stephen Hackett brought home the massive issues with the MacBook Keyboards. In their usual joking way, the team took and very real issue and portrayed it brilliantly. This wasn’t a new piece of information, the Outline had already covered this in their much cited piece, but I ignored this and I’m sure most other people did to.
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