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The iPhone 2019 rumor guide

Welcome to the annual, ever-growing iPhone rumor guide for 2019. What is likely, less likely and unlikely to appear in this year’s iPhone collection?

The iPhone 2019 rumor guide

Three new iPhone models include two-way wireless charging and a slightly smaller model within the range are the latest predictions to emerge from spookily well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

What’s likely to happen?

Apple will make a smaller device

Right now, speculation claims Apple plans to make iPhones that measure 5.42-inch (137.7mm), 6.06-inch (153.92mm), and 6.67-inch(169.42mm) – but not until 2020. This means we’ll have smaller and larger iPhone models available then.

This year’s crop will retain the same display sizes (from 5.8-inch). You’ll have to keep waiting for the iPhone everyone seems to want, a small and tough iPhone SE2.

Lightning ports

The 2019 iPhones are expected to host Lightning ports rather than USB-C.

Two-way wireless charging

This means you’ll be able to charge other devices (such as an Apple Watch) directly from your iPhone, just by bringing them close together.

An even faster processor

Apple’s 7-nanometer A14 chip. With an accent on power efficiency, graphics improvements, on-device machine intelligence and AI. These really will be Macs in your pockets.

Improved wireless

Various reports and Barclays analyst Blame Curtis suggest Wi-Fi 6 and UWB connectivity for indoor positioning and navigation will feature in the release – all good for AR experiences, might I point out. Improved LTE speeds are also expected.

A camera so good Apple installed it thrice

The camera is expected to boast three lenses for better AR/depth of field pick-up. I imagine Apple will field this at the high end, and develop unique photography and video capture features (such as longer Live Photo captures) to exploit this. Will this be the world’s first consumer VR camera? Wait and see.

Better Face ID

Apple will inevitably continue to improve and lower the production cost of Face ID. Kuo suggests a higher power flood illuminator.

An LCD iPhone

Apple will continue to offer at least one iPhone model with an LCD display, most likely the XRs, or whatever crazy moniker the company gives the thing.

A thinner iPhone

Apple does seem to like making thinner iPhones, but the need to ensure structural integrity makes this hard to achieve without errors such as ‘bend-gate’.

What’s less likely to happen

A lighter iPhone

While components may become smaller and lighter it seems likely Apple will cram a heavier battery inside the device.

Improved batteries

While it is certain we’ll see future iPhones deliver better battery life, this may be due to power management improvements rather than the inclusion of larger batteries. At time of writing there are claims the battery capacity will increase. This will give a 20-25% improvement for the largest iPhone and just 5% benefit to the iPhone XR2.

OLED iPhones

Digitimes states these won’t show until 2020, making the devices thinner and helping to provide better battery life. Earlier reports matched this claim.

Apple Pencil support

What works well with the wireless charging feature on iPads? Apple Pencil. What single product could turn your iPhone into a fantastic notebook/signature capture device for point of sale and delivery? A Pencil. No surprise, then, that the speculation that never ends is back for this year’s iPhones – support for an Apple Pencil.

Cheaper iPhones

Apple is quietly reducing prices in some markets, such as India and China. However, rather than reducing overall prices I think we’re more likely to see Apple improve and extend its iPhone Upgrade Scheme to make its devices more accessible to a wider number of customers.

Apple Glass AR

Ming-Chi Kuo’s most recent claim is that Apple plans to start manufacturing its AR headset between Q4 2019-Q2 2020.

While the company appears to be setting the scene for the release of the product, it all hinges on what we learn at WWDC. Should Apple plan to introduce these things before WWDC 2020 it will need to discuss them at this year’s event.

This is because it seems highly probable Apple will want developers to build solutions, and developers will need to be introduced to any new APIs.

A smaller notch

There are rumors Apple will reduce the size of the Face ID notch by hiding the camera lenses behind the display. This seems too plausible to reject – after all, if the phones get smaller, so too may the Face ID sensor, but it still feels unlikely.

What’s not going to happen:

Support for 5G

That well-reported spat with Qualcomm, recent musical chairs in the Intel exec seats, and news that the latter firm is lagging in 5G chip development mean Apple has 1,200 engineers beavering away on a 5G modem. I’ve written on this before, but right now it seems unlikely we’ll see 5G in iPhones until it begins to matter in 2021.

The return of Touch ID

While the company may have figured out how to put a Touch ID sensor under the display, it may be unnecessary. After all, Face ID seems to have been accepted by iPhone users – though some iPad users still prefer Touch ID.

A folding iPhone

Don’t hold your breath. Yet. Apple will wait until the multiple problems competitors who have rushed these things to market are identified, and then fix them.

A major redesign

Expect the same basic design this year. Next year’s iPhones may be a little smaller.

A headphone port

Not.

What are you expecting in 2019’s iPhones? Let me know via one of the social networks below.

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7 iPhone Pranks to Mess With Someone

For many of us, our iPhone is the hub of a digital life and contains important information like pictures, text messages, and much more. That makes it an easy target if you’re looking to play a prank on someone.

We’re highlighting seven hysterical (and harmless) pranks to play on friends who have an iPhone.

1. Silly Siri Nicknames

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For many pranks, you need to have access to your friend’s unlocked iPhone. But iPhone security is top-notch, especially now that most iPhone models have Touch ID or Face ID. If all you have is a few moments alone with a locked iPhone, there’s still some hope for mischief thanks to Siri.

When conversing with Siri, the voice assistant will call you by name. That makes it more personal when doing a wide variety of tasks with just your voice, like creating shopping lists


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, composing a text message, or ordering a pizza. What you might not realize is that it’s easy to change what name Siri refers to someone by. All you need to do is ask.

Just hold down the Home button, or Side button on the right side of the iPhone X and later, to activate Siri. Then you can say something like “Siri, call me Angus, Lord of Unicorns.” Whatever moniker you choose, Siri will call the victim that until they catch on and figure out how to change it back to their real name.

2. Awkward Alarms

Siri Set Alarm Prank

This is another Siri prank you can do with a locked iPhone, but it’s a little meaner.

Activate Siri and say “Set an alarm for 3:30am.” Siri will set an alarm to wake up your target way too early.

If you’re feeling especially cruel, spend however long you have with their phone setting dozens of alarms, reminders, and calendar events for random days in the future. When their iPhone is still randomly going off six months later, you’ve done a proper job of pranking.

3. Dots and More Dots

You can even have fun with friends from thousands of miles away using iMessage. Anytime iPhone users chat using Apple’s service, three small dots inside of a chat bubble appear when you’re typing a message to the recipient. This is officially called the typing awareness indicator, and shows the other party that you’re currently responding to their message.

But you can turn that into an advantage when looking to play a prank. Just download this GIF. And in the middle of a conversation, send it to your friend just like a normal photo from your album. They’ll be waiting patiently for your response—hopefully for some time.

4. Autocorrect Autofail

iPhone Autocorrect Prank

 

Autocorrect is a great way to help minimize typing mistakes. But in this prank, it’s easy to exploit for some laughs. You need full access to your victim’s iPhone; how you get it is up to you. You’ll teach autocorrect to change common phrases to something more uncommon, and hysterical.

Head to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement. Click the Plus and enter a word they commonly type for the Shortcut. Put the word you want it to change into for the Phrase.

With this prank, you can have as much fun as you like. Perhaps “you’re” gets autocorrected to “your” or their partner’s name gets changed to someone else’s. Maybe when they type “I love you” their iPhone autocorrects it to “We need to talk.”

The only limit is your imagination and scruples.

5. Parlez-Vous Français?

There’s always room for this timeless prank on a list like this. Once again, you’ll need full access to a friend’s phone.

Go to Settings > General > Language and Region > iPhone Language and change it to something they don’t speak. Exit the Settings and watch as they try to navigate their iPhone in a foreign language.

If you’re feeling benevolent, set their phone to something like French or Spanish. It might take your friend a while, but they’ll probably be able to figure out how to change the language back to English.

For something evil, change the language to something that has no connection to English like Chinese, Japanese, or even Hebrew. Everything will become completely unreadable.

6. Home Screen of Death

This prank won’t fool your victim for long, but fixing it is really annoying. After snagging their iPhone, take a screenshot of the home screen.

There are two ways to do this, depending on which iPhone model they have. For older iPhones with a home button, press the home and the lock screen button at the same time. For newer models with Face ID, you’ll need to press the side button and volume up button simultaneously.

Next, move all the apps off the main screen to another page. To finish the prank, set the screenshot you just took to their wallpaper by going to Settings > Wallpaper. Whenever they open their iPhone, they’ll select an app and nothing will happen.

7. Stuck in the App Store, or Anywhere Else

Guided Access iPhone

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and will lock an iPhone into one app. That makes it perfect when handing your iPhone over to a young child without worrying. It also means you can lock your victim into the App Store, or anywhere else in their iPhone.

With an unlocked device, head to Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access and turn it on. Go into Passcode Settings and set a password (but seriously, remember this password or choose something obvious like 1234). In that same menu, also make sure that the option to turn off Guided Access with Touch ID or Face ID is switched off.

Next, head to wherever you select to trap your friend. Press the home button or side button (depending on iPhone model) three times to start Guided Access. Now they’ll need the password only you know to turn the feature off.

Fun iPhone Pranks

Thanks to technology, it’s fun and easy to play a prank on friends. As you can see, after just a few minutes with your victim’s iPhone, they’ll be going mad trying to undo all of the different pranks you can play.

Just make sure to be careful when you play a prank so you won’t ruin a friendship with a trick that went too far. For more inspiration, take a look at some fun fake viruses to freak out your friends


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How to Change Your FaceTime Caller ID on iPhone and iPad

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When you make FaceTime calls on iPhone and iPad, recipients see your caller ID—an email or phone number. If that caller ID isn’t what they expect, they won’t know who’s calling. Here’s how to change your caller ID.

When you call someone using FaceTime, your caller ID is the email or phone number that appears on their screen. If you have many email addresses associated with your Apple ID, then there’s even more chance that you’re calling people with one they don’t recognize. That could lead to calls going unanswered, or an unexpected email address being shared with someone you don’t want to have it.

Changing the caller ID that is used when you initiate a new FaceTime call is a relatively simple process, and here’s how to go about doing it.

To start, open the Settings app and tap “FaceTime.”

Open Settings. Tap FaceTime

Note that email addresses will only appear if you are signed in with your Apple ID, so make sure you’re signed in and tap the “Use your Apple ID for FaceTime” button if not.

Tap Use Your Apple ID for FaceTime

Next, tap the number or email address you want to use as your caller ID under the “Caller ID” section.

Select the number or address you want to use

And that’s all there is to it. Now, when you start a new FaceTime video or voice call, the phone number or email address you just selected will be the one used as your caller ID which means it will be the one your recipient will see, too.






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The 6 Best YouTube Alternatives for Kids on Android and iPhone

Give a child a smartphone or tablet and, before long, they’ll be on YouTube watching Peppa Pig videos. However, YouTube isn’t particularly safe for children.

So, if you’ve got a bored child in need of entertaining, here are the best YouTube alternatives for kids you can install on your Android or iOS device.

1. Jellies

Rather than letting your children waste their time watching cartoons, you could encourage them to learn instead with the Jellies app. It’s available for iOS, but you can also find it on the Amazon App Store for Android devices.

Jellies deals with problematic videos by hand-picking each video it shows to kids. The team behind Jellies have human moderators to protect your children from anything harmful.

If you’d rather have more control yourself, you can create playlists yourself to limit what your child can watch. Videos are grouped by age range or by topic.

You get a 30-day trial to try out Jellies for yourself. After that, Jellies will set you back $4.99/month.

Download: Jellies ($4.99/month, with free trial available)

2. Nick Jr.

The popular Nick Jr. children’s entertainment channel has its own app (also called Nick Jr.) for kids who want to watch shows like Paw Patrol safely. The app is completely free and available for both iOS and Android devices.

The app isn’t just filled with video content, however. You’ve also got child-friendly games and music for kids to enjoy. The content is all based around the Nick Jr. shows, so there’s nothing harmful to kids here.

Some TV shows require you to have a TV subscription to Nick Jr. before you can watch them, but most of the content in the app is free to watch or play.

Download: Nick Jr. for Android | iOS (Free)

3. kiddZtube

KiddZtube Android Video App Trial Screen

The unusually-named kiddZtube is another app that wants to make it safe for younger kids to enjoy video content. It’s aimed at younger, preschool kids.

The videos it shows are all chosen from YouTube. The team behind the app are teachers who pick the videos, check their safety, and add some extra content. Chosen videos get quizzes, additional instructions, or some extra teaching included.

Because educators are involved in choosing the content, it’s definitely an app to help your children learn. It’s not just for learning, though, as there are also cartoons, music, and stories for your child to enjoy too.

You get 14 days to try kiddZtube, with monthly subscriptions costing $3.99/month thereafter.

Download: kiddZtube for Android | iOS ($3.99/month, with free trial available)

4. Kidoodle.TV

Kidoodle.TV Android Video App Shows List

Another strong YouTube alternative app for kids is Kidoodle.TV, a subscription-based video streaming service. Videos are moderated, according to the app, by “parents like you”.

When you open up the app, you get to choose the age range of videos you want to see, from zero to 12 years, or you can select “all ages” to see the full range. You don’t need an account, but signing up gives you access to parental controls. You’ll be able to monitor usage, disable specific videos, and set usage limits for a quicker bedtime.

Videos on the service are mixed—some are educational, while some are just for entertainment and fun.

Kidoodle.TV is free to use, but you can disable ads with a premium subscription. You also get 100 GB of storage for family video storage, as well as access to some additional videos. The optional subscription costs $4.99/month, or $49.99/year.

Download: Kidoodle.TV for Android | iOS ($4.99/month, with free trial available)

5. YouTube Kids

YouTube Kids Android Video Selection Screen

One of the best alternatives for YouTube is… YouTube Kids. If you can’t wean your children off their YouTube addiction, it’s better to limit what they can see. The YouTube Kids app, for Android and iOS, helps you to do that, and it’s completely free to use.

It restricts YouTube access to stop children from looking at videos that are unsafe. It’s unclear how YouTube chooses its content, but it appears to be down to a mix of human reviewers and algorithms.

Installing YouTube Kids doesn’t mean your kids are completely safe, however. There have been some reports that inappropriate videos and ads still pop up in the app from time to time.

Given the sheer number of videos available on the platform, this isn’t too surprising, but it does mean you should continue to monitor your child’s usage if they’re using this app. For extra peace of mind, you can disable video search and set usage timers, and block specific videos or YouTube channels from being shown.

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. This will help you lock down access to other apps, including the main YouTube app.

Download: YouTube Kids for Android | iOS (Free)

6. Netflix

If you’ve got a Netflix subscription, there’s a whole bunch of video content available for kids. The Netflix app includes a section for kids, with TV shows and movies targeting children of all ages.

As it’s part of the main Netflix app, you need to take a look at Netflix’s parental controls first. These enable you to stop your child from straying into the adult section by adding a PIN and restricting certain content. You can also tailor different profiles to different age groups.

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All you need to do is create a new Netflix profile and select “For Children” in the settings for that profile in the app. You can also set more specific maturity levels on the Netflix website, where content can be restricted to either toddlers or older children.

The Netflix app also lets you download video content to watch on the go, so it’s a great app to keep kids occupied while you’re away from home.

Download: Netflix for Android | iOS (From $8.99/month, with free trial available)

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Apps like YouTube Kids exist because Google knows it cannot ignore the dangers of online video content. It provides safer videos for children, but parents and educators should still be wary.

The YouTube alternatives for kids on this list are all solid options, but as some source videos from YouTube itself, you should test any app you install first to make sure you’re happy with it.

Whatever app you decide to use, it’s important to teach your children the basics of internet safety to make sure they understand the dangers. With that in mind, here are the internet safety games your kids should play


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5 Reasons Why Android Is So Much More Popular Than iPhone

While Apple was the first company to bring the concept of the modern touchscreen smartphone to consumers, the iPhone’s market share has drastically dropped since its initial introduction.

In 2010, Android overtook iOS in market share, becoming the world’s most popular mobile operating system. It’s a title that Android holds to this day.

And while some may argue over which operating system is better, there’s no denying which is more popular since Android maintains over 80% of the global market share. But why exactly is Android so much bigger than iOS?

We look at five major reasons that contribute to Android’s popularity and widespread adoption.

1. More Smartphone Makers Use Android

A large contributor to Android’s popularity is the fact that many more smartphone and device manufacturers use it as the OS for their devices. In contrast, iOS is limited to Apple-made iPhones and iPads only.

So why do so many manufacturers use Android? In 2007, Google and a number of mobile operators, software companies, and hardware companies launched the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) to compete with the launch of the iPhone. This alliance established Android as the its mobile platform of choice, granting an open-source license to manufacturers.

This alliance meant that when other older feature phone operating systems were phased out, most manufacturers opted to switch to Android. This increased its overall market share significantly.

In addition to this, regional brands and new startup manufacturers also adopted the OS. The boom in the Chinese and Indian markets’ demand for smartphones meant that local companies’ use of Android boosted its global share of the smartphone market.

A few other mobile operating systems continued to try to compete with Android and iOS. However, when these companies were unable to gain a significant foothold in the market, their smartphone brands eventually also moved to Android.

2. Android Devices Span All Price Ranges

Another major reason that Android is more popular than iOS is due to the varied price range of Android devices. This is particularly important for countries with developing economies and a weak dollar exchange rate, where even Apple’s most affordable smartphone is still out of the budget of most people.

In these markets, the exclusivity-based marketing of the iPhone has not been able to compete with the significantly lower prices of budget and mid-range Android smartphones. We’ve looked at great unlocked phones you can get for under $200


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, for instance.

According to StatCounter Global Stats, in the U.S., iOS holds 57 percent of the mobile market as of February 2019. But the picture in budget-conscious markets contrasts starkly with its appeal on the company’s home ground.

To put it in perspective, iOS has a market share of around 2.8 percent in India, 26 percent in China, 15 percent in South Africa, just under 15 percent in Brazil, and around 5 percent in Nigeria. Considering that India and China alone account for around a third of the entire world’s population, the popularity of Android in these countries puts iOS at a major disadvantage.

3. Android Has Wider Compatibility for Devices

While Apple has opened up the iOS ecosystem to include some third-party devices, it is still a relatively closed mobile platform. However, Android has a much wider ecosystem of peripheral and wearable devices.

This means you can have a Samsung smartwatch, a Google Home speaker, and a Huawei smartphone and the different devices will work together. Furthermore, transferring data and syncing devices is much simpler.

This wider ecosystem attracts users who don’t want to get locked into certain hardware brands. After all, if you change which Android device you use, this doesn’t render all your peripheral devices incompatible. You can also keep many of the same cables and accessories.

But this isn’t the case with the iPhone. The iOS ecosystem simply doesn’t offer the same flexibility.

4. Android’s AI and Software Features Have Caught Up

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becoming a major success.

Many apps that were once iOS-only have also now launched Android versions, while Google has introduced sophisticated AI to help automate your smart home.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that low-quality apps don’t exist on Android. In fact, the Google Play Store is littered with app clones and shovelware.

However, the official offerings from Google and major app developers have increased the overall quality of Android software considerably. Furthermore, Android has become a more sophisticated OS over time, integrating many sought-after features with each new version and refining the product as a whole.

5. There’s a Greater Variety of Android Devices

More manufacturers using Android as the OS for their devices doesn’t only mean there’s a greater number of Android phones and tablets. It also means that there’s a greater variety of devices to choose from.

Apple has a set number of iPhone and iPad models that it releases each year. On average, we see two to three new iPhones per year and three to four iPads. This means that if an Apple fan doesn’t like a specific year’s releases, they have to wait another year for a new iteration.

But Android devices come in a variety of form factors, have manufacturer-specific features, and are prone to more interesting experimentation. Since Android has an open source license, manufacturers have the freedom to create the hardware they want.

This contrasts with proprietary licenses, such as the one that Microsoft granted Windows Phone and Windows Mobile manufacturers. In this case, the OS came with certain requirements that manufacturers had to stick with when creating hardware.

But an open source license lets manufacturers tailor their product features to their specific target audiences. It also means that they can launch experimental and unconventional products.

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. Within a month of Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy Fold, two other competitors announced their own take on foldable devices.

Meanwhile, many Android phones have been created for niche audiences or to accommodate specific tastes. From five-lens cameras to gaming-first smartphones, there’s essentially something for everyone when it comes to Android devices.

This variety in Android devices makes it more likely that consumers will find one that suits their specific tastes.

Android Is More Popular, But Is It Better?

We have taken a look at why Android is the more popular mobile OS. But the debate about which is the superior product continues to rage on.

Android fans point to high iPhone prices and a lack of innovation from Apple. Meanwhile, iPhone fans note the security issues and fragmented update schedule of Android. Whichever you choose, sticking to one ecosystem is definitely a smart idea.

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How to Change the Color of Lights in the Home App for iPhone and iPad

Home color picker

You can do all kinds of great things to make your home look, sound, and feel just how you like with the Home app. If your home has color-changing light bulbs, here’s how to pick the right color for your mood.

After a somewhat slow start, HomeKit is starting to show some of the promise we always knew it had. Its logo is now starting to crop up on the boxes for smart home products from many manufacturers both large and small. That’s great for consumers, but smart homes can be costly. Smart bulbs are a great way to get started without breaking the bank.

Because HomeKit ties into your light bulbs at a deep level, you can use the Home app on your iPhone or iPad to control not just whether the light is on or off, but also what color it is, too.

Using the Home app to Change the Color of Your Lights

To start, open the Home app and locate the light that you want to interact with. If you just want to turn the light on or off, tap it. If you want to change the color, tap and hold, and then choose the “Color” option at the bottom.

Tap and hold your bulb Tap color

The next screen shows a collection of color options, but if you’d prefer more fine-grained control over the color, tap the “Edit” button.

Tap edit

There are now two options to choose from, both at the bottom of the screen. If you’d like to select a color temperature, tap “Temperature.” If you’d rather select a color, tap “Color.” Either option will show a color wheel that can be tapped to select a new color.

Tap temperature. Tap a color of your choosing. Tap done Tap color. Tap a color of your choosing.

Once you have the color you want, tap “Done” to apply it.

Tap done





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How to Improve the Sound Quality of Your Voice Memos on iPhone and iPad

Voice Memos quality settings

Your iPhone’s Voice Memos app records audio in a compressed format by default, saving storage space on your iPhone but reducing the recording quality. You can switch to a lossless mode for maximum fidelity.

Your iPhone, by default, records voice memos in a compressed format. However, if that doesn’t cut the mustard for you, there is an option to switch over to a lossless recording instead. It’s not clear what file format your iPhone uses here, but suffice it to say it’s going to take up more space than a compressed AAC file. Bear that in mind, but considering most voice memos are probably pretty short, we don’t think it’ll be of huge impact.

How to Choose Lossless Recordings

As always with iOS, the setting that we are looking for is in the Settings app. Open it and tap “Voice Memos” to get started.

Open Settings. Tap Voice Memos

Next, tap “Audio Quality” towards the bottom of the screen.

Tap Audio Quality

The next screen offers two options. Tap “Lossless” for the best sound quality from your recordings. If space is your main concern however, we’d suggest sticking with “Compressed” and leaving everything as it is.

Tap Lossless






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Google Pixel, Apple iPhone, OnePlus, and More

These days, high-quality photography is no longer the preserve of those with expensive DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. With a combination of smart software and the latest hardware, smartphones can now give the traditional cameras a run for their money.

If you love taking pictures, here are the best smartphones with great cameras that you can buy right now.



Google Pixel 3


Google Pixel 3

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Since their initial launch, it has been widely acknowledged that Google’s Pixel range of Android smartphones has some of the best cameras around. The Google Pixel 3 is no different. However, on paper, it might not seem like it. The Pixel 3 has a single 12MP, f/1.8 aperture camera.

But coupled with Google’s software, that mid-range hardware turns into something spectacular. This is particularly evident when using the HDR+ mode. It gives the Pixel 3 photos an incredible dynamic range that makes them pop, while still retaining their natural colors. This mode technically takes multiple photos and then blends them to create the optimum exposure level.

The Pixel’s Night Sight mode lets you take well-lit night time photos without using the flash. The difference between a regular picture and a Night Sight picture is striking. It captures and enhances details that other cameras wouldn’t even pick up.



iPhone XS


iPhone XS

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The iPhone XS has a dual camera system; one wide-angle and one telephoto lens. Apple has also included a Smart HDR mode, similar to Google’s HDR+ on the Pixel.

The smartphone maintains the iPhone’s reputation as the best point-and-shoot camera. It sticks to Apple’s it-just-works design philosophy, so taking a photo is as simple as tapping the shutter button.

The iPhone XS takes reasonable shots in portrait mode, though it can struggle in low-lighting conditions. But give it enough natural light, and your photos will shine.



OnePlus 6T


OnePlus 6T

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$637.95

If you’re a camera enthusiast with a mid-range budget, the OnePlus 6T is a good option for you. It sports a 16MP primary sensor and a 20MP secondary camera for digital zooming along with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS). Just like with the Pixel, the 6T uses software to enhance photos taken in portrait mode.

The camera opens without delay and has similarly fast autofocus as well. The HDR mode isn’t comparable to the Google Pixel, or even the iPhone XS, but it still represents colors well and has a wide dynamic range.

The OnePlus 6T’s low-light performance is quite good and certainly better than the iPhone XS. Outdoor scenes are balanced. But outdoor and zoomed-in shots can be noisy. You can capture 4K video at 60 fps. The 6T also comes with a Pro camera mode. If you’re familiar with manual controls, there are options for ISO, focus, and exposure.



iPhone XR


iPhone XR

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$749.00

The wide-angle camera in the iPhone XR is similar to that found in the iPhone XS. Where the two devices differ is in their implementation of portrait mode and optical zoom. However, the iPhone XR is substantially cheaper than the XS. So, if you can get by without those features, then you could save yourself money.

The 12MP wide-angle camera supports Apple’s Smart HDR mode. Plus, it simulates portrait mode shots using a single camera, in a similar way to Google’s Pixel phones. However good the implementation is, though, it’ll never quite reach the same standard found on the XS.

That said, the iPhone XR is a good value device that shares image quality, photo-taking experience, and 4K video recording with its more expensive sibling.



Huawei Mate 20 Pro


Huawei Mate 20 Pro

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$790.00

Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro packs a three camera configuration on the rear; a primary 40MP wide-angle lens at f/1.8, a 20MP ultra-wide lens at f/2.2 aperture, and an 8MP telephoto lens at f/2.4. Plus, it comes with Huawei’s AI image stabilization and 4K video recording at 30 fps.

The Mate 20 Pro performs well in daylight conditions, but despite its 40MP sensor, it struggles to compare to the Pixel and Google’s camera software experience.

The camera is quite versatile; the images are rich in detail, and the photos are well exposed. Thanks to the high-resolution sensors, the Mate 20 Pro captures more details in high-contrast settings. If taking photos in low light is a constant struggle for you, then you’ll be pleased by the camera’s Night Mode.



Moto G6 Plus


Moto G6 Plus

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$233.54

A high-performance smartphone camera usually comes at a cost, but not with the Moto G6 Plus. This budget-friendly device features an octa-core processor, full HD screen, 4GB of RAM, and a surprisingly good camera.

The phone has a 12MP primary lens, along with a 5MP depth sensor. Photos taken outdoors are reasonable, even if the dynamic range is a bit limited. Compared to the crisp, detailed images you’ll get from many of the phones above, the Moto G6 Plus does occasionally allow noise to slip into your photos.

However. the G6 Plus is substantially cheaper than the others in this list too. Given that, its performance actually exceeds expectations at this price point. The low-light photos come out well, and HDR mode helps adjust the contrast and makes the colors pop.

The Best Smartphone Camera for You

The smartphones included on this list range from flagship devices, all the way to budget phones. In many cases, the more expensive devices do indeed perform the best and will result in the best looking, highest quality images. However, many regard the Google Pixel 3 as the best smartphone camera you can buy today.

Most flagship devices now come equipped with multiple cameras. Whether you’re interested in a smartphone that has two, three, or even four cameras, you may be wondering why your phone needs more than one camera


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Why Does My Phone Need More Than One Camera?

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. Ultimately, the best smartphone camera for you will be the one that suits your needs and budget.

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