There hasn’t been an iPhone release in the last three years with as much hype as the iPhone X launch. For more than a year, we’ve been teased with this incredible bezel-free slab of glass that will define Apple’s future when it comes to the iPhone. The iPhone X (no, it is not the “x,” it is the “10”) is finally here, and it delivers on the promise.
When I saw the iPhone X for the first time, I was impressed - but also amazed. The display is incredibly bright and full of contrast, and the notch attributes the design neatly. The phone fit perfectly in my hand - just like my iPhone 6S. Gone is the home button, and with it, the thick forehead and chin. The swipes are perfectly useable. The software experience is fluid, unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Face ID works well, and so does Animoji.
Smile to unlock the iPhone.
Unlocking the iPhone X with Face ID is very intuitive: pick up the iPhone and swipe up to unlock. Very rarely does Face ID make you wait for more than a second to unlock the phone. It may not be as quick and consistent as Touch ID yet, but it is close enough to be a suitable replacement.
In my experience, Face ID has been very accurate. Glasses don’t pose a problem for it, as far as my testing goes. And no, none of my friends could unlock it without me in the frame. There have been reports of twins able to unlock each other’s iPhone X, and some sunglasses not allowing Face ID to work. It is not perfect yet, but some future software updates may make a difference.
When someone else looks at your iPhone X, the lock screen notifications are hidden. It adds a neat layer of privacy that doesn’t hamper the convenience of glancing at your notifications on the lock screen.
When the Samsung Galaxy phones got the Iris scanner, skepticism resumed, because people were not convinced that it could replace fingerprint scanners. However, Apple is changing this perspective with the iPhone X - Face ID is real, it works, and it will stick.
The best camera I’ve used on a smartphone, hands down.
The iPhone X produces pictures with perfectly natural colors, with no extra sharpening and saturation. The camera app is easy to access with a 3D Touch on the lock screen. Just pointing and shooting results in excellent shots, but you can always tweak your exposure to get a better shot. Daylight shots are crispy, with great dynamic range and color accuracy. Night time shots are usually better than those take on other devices, and the f/2.4 telephoto lens performs just as well as the wide-angle.
Here are some pictures from the iPhone X:
Here is a sample 4K 60fps video shot on the iPhone X, wherein zooming in results in switching to the telephoto camera:
Both cameras on the iPhone X are 12 MP with independent OIS systems. Like the iPhone 8 Plus, the wide-angle camera has an aperture of f/1.4. Unlike the iPhone 8 Plus, the telephoto camera has a wider aperture at f/2.4 instead of f/2.8, which results in better low-light shots.
The best iPhone display, ever.
The iPhone X is widely said to have one of the best displays in the market. The new OLED display that Apple designed with Samsung specifically for the iPhone X has better brightness and contrast than any iPhone display before. As it is with OLED panels, blacks are perfectly black, and bright colors pop.
Apple is a late adopter to OLED technology, but the wait has paid off. As of now, I have not heard of any burn-in issues with this display, or any inaccuracies in color reproduction. OLED display may deteriorate in the long run, but there is a good chance that Apple has optimized iOS to prevent burn-in.
A polished iPhone experience for those who can afford it.
Apple has set a high bar for its competitors with the iPhone X. Then again, the iPhone X is expensive, with a starting price of $999 for the 64 GB model. Nonetheless, the phone is currently sold out across the world, with a 4-5 week wait time in many countries.
The iPhone X is fluid inside, beautiful outside. The excellent display, camera, battery life, performance, and design make it the complete modern smartphone experience.
Bottom line, we’ve come closer than ever to Jony Ive’s vision of a perfect slab of glass. The iPhone X delivers.
Your phone is likely your go-to camera to capture those everyday life frames that you can look back at anytime and share with anyone. That said, there is still huge demand for DSLR cameras, and I am certain that the demand will remain.
Nikon announced the D3300 back in 2014, and it has undoubtedly aged well. The D3000 series cameras are Nikon’s entry-level DSLRs for amateur photographers who want to learn the nuances of great photography. For me, the D3300 was a perfect fit: I picked it up for under $500 as a kit which included the 18-55mm and the 55-200mm Nikkor DX lenses. I initially wanted it for photographing gadgets for Technonerds; rather, the D3300 made me an amateur photographer and I turned it into a hobby.
To begin with, here are some pictures I captured on the D3300 (which I later edited in Polarr or Lightroom):
You can download and use the above pictures via Unsplash, a royalty free website for high quality photographs.
The Nikon D3300 is an exceptional beginner shooter. It is a lightweight DSLR with a solid polycarbonate body. It has a 24.2 MP DX format CMOS sensor without a low-pass filter, thanks to Nikon’s new sensor technology. It even packs the (nearly) up-to-date Expeed 4 image processor. The kit lenses included have good build quality and have the same Nikkor glass used in Nikon’s premium lenses. Most importantly, the D3300 has all the functionality of a basic interchangeable-lens manual camera that will let you learn photography tricks without burning a hole in your pocket.
But in this age of smartphones with killer cameras, why should you even consider buying a DSLR?
In my post “The truth about megapixels,” I wrote an explanation as to why more megapixels doesn’t always result in better quality images. One of the points from that post was that the size of a smartphone camera sensor is about one-tenth the size of a DSLR camera sensor. The larger sensor on a DSLR means that more light is captured which means higher quality images with less noise in low-light situations. And unlike smartphone cameras, almost all DSLRs can capture RAW files (a picture file format), which retains important data from the sensor without compressing the image, so you can manipulate the image better using photo editing apps.
The D3300 does an excellent job handling most lighting conditions. On Auto mode, daylight pictures look crisp and clear, and even low-light pictures capture significantly more detail than a smartphone camera. However, the camera really shines in Manual mode, where you can tweak your shutter speed, aperture and ISO for capturing the perfect low-light shot. With the right settings, the D3300 does a great job capturing nightlife, the stars and even motion blur. The kit lenses are a great pair for beginners - the 18-55mm (ƒ/3.5-5.6) lens is extremely compact and can capture wide landscape shots, while the 55-200mm (ƒ/4-5.6) lens is perfect for capturing the moon, or birds from far away.
With a few accessories, like a tripod, Natural Density filters and some great photo-editing apps (Polarr for beginners, Adobe Lightroom for advanced users), the D3300 may just be the camera of choice for everyone wanting to do creative photography.
In the last three years, Technonerds has achieved over a million page visits and has maintained over 5000 Facebook page likes. As a blogger, these numbers encourage me to write better content more frequently.
However, I see a massive potential for growth. I started Technonerds with a singular aim: to share my ideas and experiences with technology with my friends and the public. Technonerds 3.0 seeks to streamline this process.
#1: The new design
Technonerds’s older design relied on a simple blog theme that emphasized on blog posts. While this made new posts immediately available to read, the theme lacked visual appeal and the organization required for the 300+ posts I’ve written. Technonerds 3.0 has a new theme that works better on mobile devices, improves audience interaction, streamlines fonts and colors and improves website performance.
The new Technonerds logo is inspired by MIT Media Labs’ logo. The MIT Media Lab’s logo has thousands of permutations and combinations. This flexibility allows for creating diverse uses for the logo. In Technonerds' new logo, the 3x3 grid of squares performs the same task - to maintain the original identity of the blog while creating unique identities for each of the categories.
The new website design also makes place for polls, so that you - the readers - can share your opinions on trending topics. I will host polls weekly, and I will release their results when the poll ends. Making audience polls helps me interact with you, and hear about your opinions.
#2: The refocusing of the blog
Technonerds started off as a technology blog, and it will continue to be that. I will be focusing all my future blog posts into three core categories I have been passionate about: artificial intelligence, startups and product reviews. I aim to write more detailed, in-depth articles for my audience. Rather than being redundant by posting about every new tech release, I will share my own opinions about the products I own and the innovations I am inspired by. Technonerds is not a media company, and I hope to maintain that status.
Why these three topics?
Artificial Intelligence is the domain of computer science that I am most interested in studying. As a blogger and CS student, I am constantly on the lookout for emerging AI technology that I can be a part of in the future. Technonerds will be the perfect platform for me to share about this.
Startups are always developing innovative solutions for real-life problems, be it big or small. As I begin to involve myself in the startup ecosystem in Vancouver, I hope to write about my discoveries and dig deep into the ideation process that goes behind their creation.
Product reviews have always been a part of Technonerds. I will continue to post my opinions about the products I buy.
All that said, I am looking forward to hearing from you. If you have interesting posts related to AI and startups, or if you want to send me a product to review, please contact me via email or message me on the Facebook page. I am also open to collaborations.
Finally, thank you for making writing for Technonerds a rewarding experience. I write for you readers, and I value the time you spend on this website. Keep Technonerding!
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