So I finally got tired and unbelievably frustrated with the state of my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 last month and decided to go all in for my next mobile device.
I think that ever since I splurged on my gaming laptop, I realized that there are just some hard facts that we (or at least, I) just can’t run away from when making decisions on our technological investments.
- Amount of time spent on it (almost every waking hour?)
- Criticality of everyday moments in life (ooooh look I’ve got to share this picture on snapchat *opens app* *phone hangs*)
- Less cognitive processing (better UI can have a drastic impact on your mental health)
So long story short, I bombed out on the most overpriced but highly coveted phone at that time – the Google Pixel. Mind you, this was just 2 weeks before rumours of the Pixel 2 (Walleye and Muskie) started surfacing. Oh well.
I bought it for a few reasons – a burning desire to see what was the big G capable of delivering in terms of hardware, its claim-to-fame rear-end camera, pure stock android and 99% control of your phone (still can’t delete the Playstore without rooting it) and of course, just me being a Google fanboy.
I am not going to go into a full length review of the phone here – I’ll leave that for 5 months later and do a 6-month status update of the phone and see how it fares against the ailing battery performance of iPhones and lagginess of Samsung phones.
For now, I just want to share what this baby’s rear end (camera) is capable of:
Dusk at Marina
Tulipmania 2017 @Gardens by the Bay – Aperture shots
Apparently the lens blur function doesn’t always work as intended:
The sheer hordes of people there on a Sunday:
Star Wars MayThe4th Celebrations, again at Gardens by the Bay but this time at the Supertrees Grove – pretty damn incredible a sight to behold:
It was a chance to see how grainy the night shots could get for the Pixel but I would say that with HDR+ on, the digital processing really reduced a lot of the noise. Artificially or not, I can’t say that much.
Also took the chance to test out the brightness adjustments – the difference was quite drastic:
At this point I’m wondering if WordPress will compress my images and do the picture quality a disservice but I shall continue…with an AT-ST set against the backdrop of our national poster boys…
Might I mention that the Star Wars edition of the Garden Rhapsody was like probably the best free thing ever?
That’s no moon…
And of course, I was there for the inaugural Star Wars run as well. Patriotic (all of a sudden?) Star Wars fans wielding lightsabers set against our financial district – nope, never seen that before.
To my favorite series of photos which I legitly think could pass off as a legit default wallpaper on my new phone:
And where the HDR+ truly shone:
Quite afraid the mosaic layout might compromise the quality so here’s a full size shot:
Definitely looking forward to taking more photos with the Pixel. If only there was some easy integration with WordPress without having to upgrade to a business plan