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I don’t like Microsoft’s Surface Duo as a phone, but would love it as a tablet

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For nearly a month, I’ve been using the Microsoft Surface Duo, the company’s first Android-powered phone. We’ve already covered the Duo in great detail, including a non-reviewers review, from ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley and another review from ZDNet’s Matthew Miller.

I’ve tried, many times, now to work the Duo into my daily workflow. I’ve used it as my main phone for a few days, I’ve used it as a secondary device for jotting notes with a Slim Surface Pen, and finally, I’ve used it to monitor Twitter or my inbox while watching Twitch or YouTube videos.

With the Duo, Microsoft took a novel approach to reimagine the smartphone. Instead of a black rectangular device, like nearly every phone released in the last five years, Microsoft took two displays, put a hinge between them, and covered the outside in glass. The Duo opens like a book, without an external display to let you know if you have waiting messages, alert you when you’re getting a call or even offer a glanceable clock to check the time.

You either open the Duo and connect to the digital world, or you’re completely cut off from the seemingly constant stream of information that pings normal phones throughout the day.

I realized almost immediately the Duo doesn’t really work as a phone in the traditional sense. There are just too many concessions — no front display, the camera is mediocre at best, and the overall form factor just feels awkward when using it as a single screen device.

But after a couple of weeks, I came to the realization that a bigger version of the Duo would make for a fantastic tablet.

I know, I know. Microsoft already announced the Neo , a device that looks almost exactly like the Duo, only bigger, and it runs Windows 10X. But last week, Microsoft removed the Neo’s product page from its site altogether. We already knew it was delayed, and that Microsoft was going to focus its Windows 10X efforts on single screen devices before moving on to the Neo, but removing the listing altogether doesn’t bode well for an eventual release.

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But back to the Duo.

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Where the Duo shows the most potential is with multitasking and using more than one app at a time. The fact that there’s a physical divide between the two screens, as opposed to a foldable display like the Galaxy Z Fold 2, forces you to be deliberate with what app or apps you have open, and on which screen, but the decision making stops there.

For example, on the iPad, it often feels like an either-or device. Either you’re using one app at a time, in the default full-screen setting, or you use a shrunk-down version of the app in slide over, or you can use a split-screen view, which can then itself be adjusted to various sizes. In turn, you’re forced to make a lot of conscious decisions about which app goes where, and how much screen real estate does it warrant, or is it better if this app is used in slide over? Don’t get me wrong, I love working on the iPad, but its current multitasking setup needs to be refined.

The Duo removes some of those decisions and leaves you with a more natural feeling of using more than one app a time, with the versatility of folding the second display back and using a single app in a more compact setup.

I was disappointed with the Surface Pen experience on the Duo, though. I really wanted to use it to take notes during meetings, but found myself struggling with errant scribbles thanks to palm rejection issues.

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The software, as a whole, is in need of several improvements. Even though the Duo shows the potential for dual-screen devices and multitasking, it’s full of bugs and usability issues. Dragging apps from one screen to the other, or trying to expand it to take over both screens isn’t always a smooth process. And Android’s gestures compete with Microsoft’s multitasking gestures at times, meaning you don’t really know if you’re going to go back a screen or open the app switcher view.

As I box up the Duo and wait to get my $1,500 back, I’m left feeling hopeful about the second or third generation Duo. Microsoft has found a way to bring the ease of pairing devices like a Surface Pen, and a seamless audio experience with the Surface Earbuds to a non-Windows device, and it’s doing so with a completely novel design.

Hopefully, we see a Duo+ in the near future. Or, you know, that Neo device we once heard about.

Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/i-dont-like-microsofts-surface-duo-as-a-phone-but-would-love-it-as-a-tablet/

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iPhone 12’s four models compared: Differences between iPhone 12, Pro, Pro Max and Mini

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After a month-long delay due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Apple last week announced its latest family of iPhones during a virtual online event. The new lineup includes the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, and all feature 5G connectivity, a magnetic backing branded as MagSafe that can attach to a number of accessories and a new ceramic display that promises to be more durable. You can read CNET’s iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro review here.

With so many devices, it can get a little confusing about what makes these handsets different from each other. In general, the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are the two most affordable phones in the lineup and have dual rear cameras. The two Pro models are the highest-end and priciest iPhones. In addition to a third telephoto camera, they also have a LiDar scanner for modeling and object detection. (Here’s how and when to preorder all four iPhone 12 models at different prices.)

For a full rundown on the iPhone 12, take a look at the chart below, where you can see their specs side-by-side. And for more information on all of the iPhone news.

IPHONE 12, 12 MINI, 12 PRO AND 12 PRO MAX SPECS

Apple iPhone 12 Apple iPhone 12 Mini Apple iPhone 12 Pro Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Display size, resolution 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels 5.4-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778×1,284 pixels
Pixel density 460ppi 476ppi 460ppi 458ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in. 5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 in. 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in. 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 in.
Dimensions (millimeters) 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.78 oz.; 164g 4.76 oz.; 135g 6.66 oz.; 189g 8.03 oz.; 228g
Mobile software iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
RAM Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor No (FaceID) No (FaceID) No (FaceID) No (FaceID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Special features 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)
Price off-contract (USD) $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB) $729 (64GB), $779 (128GB), $879 (256GB) $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB) $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB)
Price (GBP) £799 (64GB), £849 (128GB), £949 (256GB) £699 (64GB), £749 (128GB), £849 (256GB) £999 (128GB), £1,099 (256GB), £1,299 (512GB) £1,099 (128GB), £1,199 (256GB), £1,399 (512GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB), AU$1,599 (256GB) AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,279 (128GB), AU$1,449 (256GB) AU$1,699 (128GB), AU$1,869 (256GB), AU$2,219 (512GB) AU$1,849 (128GB), AU$2,019 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB)

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-12-all-four-phone-models-compared-mini-pro-pro-max-apple/

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iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 11

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This month, Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 as the successor to the popular iPhone 11, with a new squared-off industrial design, the A14 Bionic chip, an OLED display, and MagSafe. As devices that are more affordable than the Pro models, but more fully-featured than the low-cost iPhone SE or iPhone XR, the ‌iPhone‌ 12 and ‌iPhone‌ 12 mini will likely be the most popular options for consumers.

The previous ‌iPhone 11‌ continues to be sold by Apple. As it is a year older than the most recent ‌iPhone‌ 12, it starts at $599, while the ‌iPhone‌ 12 starts at $799. As the ‌iPhone 11‌ and ‌iPhone‌ 12 share a large number of features, should you consider purchasing the older model to save money? Our guide helps to answer the question of how to decide which of these two iPhones is best for you, but overall the ‌iPhone‌ 12 is a moderate upgrade over the ‌iPhone 11‌.

Comparing the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 12

The ‌iPhone 11‌ and ‌iPhone‌ 12 share a large number of key features, such as display size and battery life. Apple lists these same features of the ‌iPhone 11‌ and ‌iPhone‌ 12:

Similarities

  • 6.1-inch Retina display with True Tone, P3 wide color, Haptic Touch, and a max brightness of 625 nits
  • A-Series Bionic chip
  • Dual 12MP Ultra Wide and Wide cameras with two times optical zoom range, Night mode, Deep Fusion, and optical image stabilisation
  • Face ID
  • Battery life with up to 17 hours of video playback
  • Aerospace-grade aluminum
  • Lightning connector
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB
  • Available in White, Black, Green, and (PRODUCT)RED

Apple’s breakdown shows that the iPhones share a number of notable key features. Even so, there are meaningful differences between the ‌iPhone 11‌ and ‌iPhone‌ 12, including display technology, the processor, and 5G connectivity.

Differences

‌iPhone 11‌

  • LCD Liquid Retina HD display with 1792-by-828-pixel resolution at 326 ppi and 1,400:1 contrast ratio
  • 4G LTE cellular
  • A13 Bionic chip
  • Wide Lens f/1.8
  • Next-generation Smart HDR for photos
  • Water resistant to a depth of two metres for up to 30 minutes
  • Qi wireless charging
  • Available in White, Black, Green, Yellow, Purple, and (PRODUCT)RED
‌iPhone‌ 12

  • OLED Super Retina XDR display with 2532-by-1170-pixel resolution at 460 ppi, 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and HDR
  • 5G connectivity
  • A14 Bionic chip
  • Wide Lens f/1.6
  • Smart HDR 3 for photos
  • Dolby Vision HDR video recording up to 30 fps and Night mode Time-lapse
  • Front-facing Night mode and Deep Fusion
  • Ceramic Shield front
  • Water resistant to a depth of six metres for up to 30 minutes
  • MagSafe and Qi wireless charging
  • Available in White, Black, Blue, Green, and (PRODUCT)RED

Note that the iPhone 12 Pro provides a few improvements to the ‌iPhone‌ 12 in the areas of camera quality, LiDAR, RAM, and material design. Meanwhile, besides the size of screen and battery, the iPhone 12 Mini is otherwise identical to the ‌iPhone‌ 12.

Read on for a closer look at each of these aspects, and see what exactly both iPhones have to offer.

Design and Colors

The ‌iPhone‌ 12 has a new squared-off industrial design with a flat aluminum band around the sides. Both iPhones use aerospace-grade aluminum on the edges and a single piece of polished glass on the rear.

‌iPhone 11‌ vs ‌iPhone‌ 12

The designs are actually fairly similar, but with the ‌iPhone‌ 12’s edges being flat and the ‌iPhone 11‌’s being convex. The ‌iPhone‌ 12 represents a refinement, or what Apple calls an “elevation,” of the ‌iPhone 11‌’s design rather than a complete overhaul, but it does feel markedly more modern, and may well be more secure to hold in the hand. The ‌iPhone‌ 12 is also 0.9mm thinner and 32 grams lighter than the ‌iPhone 11‌.

Both are available in White, Black, Green, and (PRODUCT)RED, but each generation has some exclusive colors. The ‌iPhone 11‌ is also available in Yellow or Purple, while the ‌iPhone‌ 12 is available in Blue.

Display

The display is an area of major improvement for the ‌iPhone‌ 12. The latest model has an OLED Super Retina XDR display, compared to the ‌iPhone 11‌’s LCD Liquid Retina HD display. The OLED display offers nearly twice the peak brightness of ‌iPhone 11‌, significantly higher contrast and true blacks, HDR for richer colors, and systemwide color management for industry-leading color accuracy.

The new OLED display also features reduced bezels compared to the previous LCD model. By pushing the display further to the edges, the overall footprint of the device is slightly smaller. ‌iPhone‌ 12 also features stronger Ceramic Shield front glass, with up to four times improved drop performance.

The display improvements of the ‌iPhone‌ 12 are one of the main reasons to get the newer model. The ‌iPhone 11‌’s LCD Liquid Retina display is good but slightly dated. There is no doubt that the advances made with the ‌iPhone‌ 12 and OLED make for a much more attractive device.

A13 vs A14

Apple says that the A14 is “the fastest chip in a smartphone,” and is the first commercial processor to be built on a five-nanometer process. The ‌iPhone‌ 12 is roughly expected to be 18.4% faster in single-core performance and 17.6% faster overall in multi-core scoring than the ‌iPhone 11‌. For machine learning, the A14 Bionic features a 16-core Neural Engine, resulting in an 80 percent increase in performance.

A13 Bionic is still up to 20 percent faster than the A12, and the performance improvements of the A14 are not so drastic as to make the A13 feel slow by comparison. The A13 in the ‌iPhone 11‌ remains a very powerful processor that is capable of completing all day-to-day tasks fluidly.

5G Connectivity

The ‌iPhone‌ 12 comes with sub-6Ghz 5G, as well as faster mmWave 5G in the United States. 5G will deliver improved internet speeds for faster downloads and uploads, higher quality video streaming, more responsive gaming, real-time interactivity in apps, FaceTime in high definition, and more. ‌iPhone‌ 12 models also feature a new “Smart Data mode,” which extends battery life by intelligently assessing 5G needs and balancing data usage, speed, and power in real time.

The ‌iPhone 11‌ has the normal 4G LTE cellular connectivity that has been present in smartphones for many years, with no ability to connect to 5G.

In spite of its merits, 5G is only worth it if have an eligible data plan and are in an area with 5G coverage. If you are in an area with good 5G coverage or you intend to keep your ‌iPhone‌ for some years, 5G connectivity with the ‌iPhone‌ 12 may be important to you. As 5G is still in its infancy, the ‌iPhone 11‌ is still a good smartphone for its price without 5G.

Cameras Similar, Software Better

The cameras of the ‌iPhone 11‌ and ‌iPhone‌ 12 are similar. Both feature rear a dual 12MP camera system with an Ultra Wide and a Wide lens. The Ultra Wide lenses have the same apertures, while the ‌iPhone‌ 12 Wide lens has a slightly larger aperture (f/1.6) which offers better low-light sensitivity. They also both share the same 12MP f/2.2 front facing camera.

Features such as Night mode, Deep Fusion, and optical image stabilization are shared between the devices on the Wide camera, but the ‌iPhone‌ 12 extends Night mode and Deep Fusion to the Ultra Wide and front facing camera as well.

For video, the ‌iPhone‌ 12 can record HDR video with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps and time-lapses with Night mode.

For more significant camera improvements, you’ll need to step up to the new iPhone 12 Pro, which adds a third camera lens for telephoto capabilities, as well as a LiDAR scanner for improved autofocus and other features that rely on depth perception.

Battery and Charging

Both iPhones have a battery life allowing for up to 17 hours of video playback and can charge up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes with a 20W power adapter. Apple says that the ‌iPhone‌ 12 can achieve up to 11 hours of streaming video playback, instead of the ten hours of the ‌iPhone 11‌, but it seems that both models will generally perform similarly when it comes to battery life.

‌iPhone‌ 12 offers a unique charging feature, however. MagSafe improves wireless charging by easily aligning the charger with the internal coil via an array of magnets. MagSafe chargers can provide up to 15W of power while still accommodating existing Qi-enabled devices.

MagSafe also opens up possibilities for an ecosystem of magnetic accessories such as Apple’s new leather wallet, as well as a range of third-party products.

Other iPhone Options

Apple is also continuing to sell the ‌iPhone XR‌, which was the predecessor to the ‌iPhone 11‌, for $499. The ‌iPhone XR‌ shares the design and display of ‌iPhone 11‌, but uses an older chip, cannot use camera features such as Night mode, and has a single rear camera only. If you are on a budget or don’t need some of the ‌iPhone 11‌’s features such as the dual-camera setup, the ‌iPhone XR‌ may be a better option for you.

If you feel that ‌iPhone 11‌ or ‌iPhone‌ 12 does not offer enough high-end features, and are interested in more advanced photography and videography, improved AR experiences, and more premium materials, you may wish to consider the iPhone 12 Pro or the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, the ‌iPhone‌ 12 offers some clear improvements over the ‌iPhone 11‌ when it comes to the design, camera software, display, 5G, and MagSafe. While the improvements with regards to the camera hardware, processor, and battery life are relatively small, the addition of Night mode and Deep Fusion to the Ultra Wide and front facing camera of the Phone 12 could be significant for some customers.

5G connectivity, the OLED Super Retina XDR display, refreshed design, improved night photos of the ‌iPhone‌ 12 are the key features that differentiate it from the ‌iPhone 11‌. While the typical day-to-day experience of the device is probably not significantly different, the overall improvements push us to recommend an ‌iPhone‌ 12 over the ‌iPhone 11‌, budget permitting.

Source: https://www.macrumors.com/guide/iphone-11-vs-iphone-12/

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iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 11: Main differences, according to the buzzing rumor mill

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Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 12 at its Oct. 13 event (tomorrow), and ship the new phones sometime in October or even November. If you’re thinking about upgrading from last year’s iPhone 11 to the iPhone 12, you may be wondering: What exactly is the difference going to be?

We won’t know for sure until the new phones are revealed on Tuesday. But we’ve gathered the most probable rumors to see how the iPhone 12 will likely stack up against the iPhone 11. You can also determine if you should buy a new iPhone now or wait, and the best ways to sell or trade in your old iPhone.

The biggest differences between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 will likely be the specs, of course. This is what we’re expecting from the iPhone 12.

Four iPhone 12 models

It’s possible that we’ll see four iPhone 12s launched on Tuesday: the iPhone 12 Mini (5.4-inch) the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro (6.1-inch), and the iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7-inch). For comparison, there are only three iPhone 11s: the iPhone 11 (6.1-inch), the iPhone 11 Pro (5.8-inch) and the iPhone 11 Pro Max (6.5-inch).

Increased refresh rates

There is speculation that the iPhone 12’s display will have a 120Hz refresh rate and a ProMotion display, which you can currently find in the iPad Pro. Most phones (including the iPhone 11) refresh at 60 frames per second, or 60Hz, but some, like the Galaxy S20 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, refresh at 120Hz. The higher the refresh rate, the faster and smoother a phone feels when scrolling through apps and websites.

Better cameras

As is typically the case with new iPhones, you can expect the iPhone 12’s cameras to be upgraded over the iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 has a photo Night Mode and an ultrawide-angle camera that can add extra detail in photos, along with a great video camera. There have been rumors that the iPhone 12 may add a time-of-flight camera, like the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has, to help capture depth information. This could do a number of things like help with AR mapping, but could also mean you finally get the ability to have portrait mode in video.

The addition of 5G

One of the iPhone 12’s expected biggest new features is next-generation 5G cellular connectivity. Apple’s event invitation starts with “Hi, Speed,” leading us to believe that the new phones will finally get 5G connectivity, as virtually all new Android phones arriving in the US already have. This means the phones could tap into the high-speed wireless network on the go — which might seem slightly less exciting during the pandemic, as we’re spending more time at home, but will still future-proof your device for the rise of 5G.

The iPhone 11 does not offer 5G connectivity, though many people seem to believe it does.

Price

The 2019 iPhone 11’s base model cost $699, which was $50 less than the 2018 iPhone XR. It’s possible that this trend of lowering prices will continue: One tech analyst reports that the iPhone 12 base model (the Mini) will cost $649, the iPhone 12 Pro will cost $999 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max will cost $1,099. Here’s everything we know about iPhone 12’s price so far.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/differences-between-iphone-12-and-iphone-11-specs-compared-rumors/

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