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Pixel 3 & Pixel 3XL – STUFF YOU MUST DO After Buying!

If you just bought your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3XL, here’s some stuff YOU MUST DO after buying!  While many of you may know some of these tips, I think a few of them can really help you out in case you have not used a Google Pixel smartphone before.

Learn the new navigation: Swipe up quickly to access your recents panel, swipe up longer to access your app drawer, swipe to the right from your home button to quickly switch between apps. Enable Developer options which gives you more tweaks.  Go to System->About phone, scroll to the bottom, tap on “Build number” 5 times until it says, “Developer mode has been turned on.  Tap the back button once then select Advanced->Developer options. In developer options, Enable File Transfer as Default USB configuration so your Pixel 3/3XL will be connected as a disk drive when you connect to your computer. In developer options, change animation scale values from “1x” to “0.5x” for snappier performance of the UI. Need to quickly copy and paste something from your computer or access a website?  Point your camera at your web browser on your computer and quickly access the website without having to write it down.   You can do this with anything such as business cards or anything with letters that your camera can see.  Whether you need to quickly access a website, copy and paste a phone number, or a specific section of a text, you can now use your camera to do it.  For longer things, just take a photo then hit the Google Lens button. For better photos in low-light, turn on HDR+ Enhanced at all times.  Also works great for daylight but can sometimes be slower than using HDR+.  Go to Camera->Settings->Advanced and turn on HDR+ control.  You can also turn on RAW+JPEG control to take RAW files for advanced photo editing and enable H.265 for videos which will give you smaller video files but same or better quality. Want to get a wider angle camera?  Video stabilization is great for all the cameras and it is on by default but it does crop out your video.   Especially for the front wide angle camera, turn off video stabilization and you will be able to enjoy the widest angle camera as video stabilization isn’t that great anyways. Double-tap your Power button to access your camera anytime. Twist your phone to switch camera from back to front, this is useful when you want to switch your camera but your other hand is busy. There are 3 ways to access Google assistant, just say “Okay Google” whenever you want to use it as it works with the screen off, squeeze the phone to access or hold down the home button.  Choose your favorite and stick with it. Have a lot of spam calls and texts?  Turn on Do Not Disturb and set Calls and messages from your contacts only. Screen call when you receive calls from strangers and reply to them using smart replies without ever picking up your phone. Setup your shortcut togggles.  Save a ton of battery life by running your phone on Grey scale.  I like to also use my hotspot a lot so I put that up at the top. Enable “Flip to Shhh” that automatically puts your Pixel 3/3XL into Do Not Disturb Mode.  Also you can check this menu daily to see what you use your phone most for. Setup Screen Pinning – Go to Settings->Security & location->Screen pinning and set this to ON.   This will allow you to “pin” your windows and can come in handy when you hand your phone to little kids or even strangers so they don’t access other parts of your phone. Learn to use the Multi-window/split-screen when you need to use two apps simultaneously.  Swipe up to access recents panel then press-and-hold the app icon and select “split-screen” for seamless multi-tasking. Setup Night Light – If you use your phone often before going to bed on your bed, setup Night Light which will help you get better sleep and easier on your eyes at night by setting the display to much warmer colors that has scientifically proven to help.  Easy way to setup is to set it to turn on sunset and turn off on sunrise.

How to Install Pixel 3 Camera Night Sight on Pixel/Pixel XL/Pixel 2/Pixel 2XL/Pixel 3/Pixel 3XL!

Google Pixel 3’s Night Sight is available now if you install the modded Pixel 3 camera APK for all Pixel smartphones including Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel3 XL.  Now, this is a “beta” Night Sight that Google is probably working on, this is not the official Night Sight.  Upon trying the Night Sight, it looks very promising.  From what I understand, the Night Sight is basically HDR+ Enhanced super powered by taking more than 5 exposures and stitching them together to bring  you even brighter photos in low light.


Pixel 3 vs LG V40 Camera Comparison!

Over the weekend, I took the Pixel 3 and the LG V40 out to an ice rink in San Francisco and took many photos and videos.  This was actually pretty interesting comparison as I didn’t expect the LG V40 to come anywhere near the Pixel 3, which probably is the king of smartphone photography.  For videos, both seemed to do well with stabilization, I really didn’t see either cameras doing better than another other than LG V40 having 2 extra back cameras, which gives you a lot more options.


Google Pixel 3XL Unboxing! [HighOnAndroid]

Google Pixel 3XL Unboxing! This is the official HighOnAndroid unboxing of Google’s latest Pixel 3XL. Should you get it? I think the price is a bit high but you do get the latest Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, official IP68 rating, wireless charging, and an extra wide-angle front camera. For Pixel 2XL users, this may not be worth the upgrade but for everyone else, this is definitely the best Google phone your money can buy.


Pixel 2 vs. Pixel 3 Camera Comparison! – SAME Camera Performance?

How good is the new Pixel 3 camera? Well, I just did a comparison between a Pixel 2 vs. Pixel 3 cameras and the results are very interesting. It seems that most of the improvements on Pixel 3 back camera is from better software processing but I do not see much difference in the camera sensor/lens. Eventually, you should be able to get all new Pixel 3 camera features on your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 with a modded APK.


BeastGrip Smartphone Rig Unboxing!

Today, we do unboxing of BeastGrip Smartphone Rig, which is a smartphone rig that has a nice beasty grip along with a bunch of attachment holes, tripod mount, and also macro/close-up lenses.  While there are numerous similar products on the market, BeastGrip seems to be one you want for professional-grade smartphone rig.  It also comes with standard 37mm lens mount that you can mount any 37mm filters or you can also get a 37-52mm step-up ring and use your 52mm filters such as ND filters.  If you are looking to take your smartphone photography or videography to the next level, definitely you will want a good, sturdy smartphone rig, and that’s exactly why I bought one, to take my smartphone videos to the next level.


Galaxy Note 9 Camera 4K Cinematic Camera Test!

Here’s a quick Galaxy Note 9 4K cinematic camera test! It seems like the Galaxy Note 9 like to overexpose but other than that, seems like pretty good cameras especially the telephoto camera seems sharper and better images than the LG V40.  As far as exposure, I feel like the LG V40 does a TON better in auto mode.  Also, the controls for manual mode(Pro mode) on the Galaxy Note 9 is hard to use as the dials are a bit finicky.  At times, I have to really try to register my fingers correctly or the dials just simply don’t work and another reason I just don’t use manual controls on the Galaxy Note 9.  I used auto mostly which works quite fine but like I said, I had to manually adjust the exposure down to get the proper exposure.