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How to Install Pixel 3 Camera for Pixel or Pixel 2!

For those of you who want to get some of the Pixel 3 camera features, you can get it now already for those of you with a Google Pixel, Pixel 2, Nexus 6P Android smartphones. (And may work on other devices running Android 9.0 Pie but I am still testing.)  The Pixel 3 Google Camera APK has been floating on the internet since the launch of Pixel 3 this morning and this is straight off the Pixel 3 smartphone.  Luckily, it is 100% compatible with original Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL smartphones.  And no, no root is required to install, you just need to have Android 9.0 Pie running on your Pixel smartphone.

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DO NOT USE Waterproof Smartphone in Sea Salt Water!

On my recent trip to Hawaii, I broke two of my smartphones while using them in sea salt water to take videos of corals while snorkeling, I broke my Galaxy S9 Plus and my Pixel 2 XL.  In this video, I show you what happens if your smartphone seal breaks in sea salt water and also how to minimize damage from salt water corrosion by disassembling both my S9 Plus and Pixel 2 XL.  I’ve taken all my waterproof phones(with IP67 or IP68 rating) diving in swimming pools and even in 100+ degree temp spa many times but I have NEVER actually broken a smartphone from water until last week.

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Galaxy S9+ vs. Pixel 2 XL Low-Light 4K Video Comparison!

Galaxy S9 Plus camera has F1.5 which probably is best shown by doing a video comparison.  In this video comparison, we take up the Galaxy S9 Plus again Pixel 2 XL and see which one does better in low-light and near darkness.  Of course, the results are definitely impressive as the S9 Plus kills Pixel 2 XL in terms of clarity, level of noise, and exposure.  Galaxy smartphones have always had one of the best(if not the best) performance when it comes to the video category and the Galaxy S9/S9+ has definitely stepped up another level with its F1.5 over last year’s F1.7.  Now, I am actually not sure how much of improvement that is so we will do another test on that soon.  Stay tuned!

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Galaxy S9+ vs. Pixel 2 XL Camera Comparison! [Part II][Auto Mode/Portrait Mode]

In my last camera comparison between the Galaxy S9+ vs. Pixel 2 XL, a lot of people complained that I was using F1.5 Pro mode during daylight scenes and it probably wasn’t fair since many of the shots from S9+ came out a bit overexposed as the HDR is not enabled in Pro mode.  While F1.5 Pro mode is certainly not useful at all times especially when there is too much light, my initial test was to test out amount of bokeh with F1.5, not so much with HDR.

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Galaxy S9+ vs. Pixel 2 XL Camera Comparison! [Part 1][Low-Light/bokeh]

Pixel 2 series (Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL have identical cameras) are the king of smartphone photography and in this camera comparison, we are going to see if Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 Plus can do better.   While I was very excited for the new F1.5 aperture on the Galaxy S9/S9 Plus, after doing some tests it does not live up to expectations.

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Galaxy Note 8 vs. Pixel 2 XL!

Can’t decide between the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Pixel 2 XL?  Let me help you find the perfect smartphone for you.

Design & Feel – Both phones features curved screen(while Pixel 2 XL is curved glass but flat screen) with sexy curves.  Both phones feel very good in the hands.  The Note 8 has slightly longer screen(taller) while the Pixel 2 has the same width as Note 8 but with bigger bezels, making it feel slightly wider.   For people using the phone naked, the Pixel 2 XL back is mostly matte with glass on top.  This will help you get less fingerprints. Screen – Both phones features the latest OLED screens, the Galaxy Note 8 has AMOLED made by Samsung and the Pixel 2 XL has POLED made by LG.  The POLED on Pixel 2 XL displays some blue tint when viewed at an angle.  However, the Galaxy Note 8 also has a blue tint when seen at an angle.  This blue tint will NOT affect daily performance since it is only visible when viewing 100% white background, you won’t notice it much with regular images that have mix of different colors.  I don’t think this is a huge deal breaker but some people just simply don’t like the blue tint.  The Pixel 2 XL has 6″ 18:9 aspect ratio screen while the Note 8 has 6.3″ 18.5:9 aspect ratio screen with resolution of 1440P on both. Performance – Both phones run Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Note 8 having 6GB of RAM vs. Pixel 2 XL’s 4GB of RAM.  Since Pixel 2 XL runs 100% pure Android,  you won’t find more optimized Android phone out there and RAM shouldn’t be an issue.  As for overall performance, both phones will give you nearly same performance, Storage – The Pixel 2 XL has no micro-SD card slot but offers unlimited free cloud storage of all your photos/videos in original resolution for the next 3 years(until 2020).  This also means free storage of any 4K videos in original size.  This will work out great for those of you with fast WiFi or unlimited 4G LTE but the Galaxy Note 8 offers a micro-SD card slot which you can easily expand using 256GB+ micro-SD cards. S-Pen – The BIGGEST difference between the two smartphones is the S-Pen.  A 4,096 pressure touch-sensitive S-Pen on the Galaxy Note 8 can help the user in jotting down notes, drawing art, browsing websites in desktop-mode, and a whole lot more while the Pixel 2 XL does not offer anything close to it.  For students, artists, business owners, and many others who would benefit from the S-Pen, the clear choice is Galaxy Note 8. Battery – The Note 8 has 3300mAh while the Pixel 2 XL has 3540mAh.  You can expect slightly better battery life out of the Pixel 2 XL but Note 8 does quite well even with much smaller 3300mAh.  But if it came down to battery, I would go with Pixel 2 XL.  Also Google’s latest Android operating system can give you extra battery life due to its more-efficiency. Camera – The Pixel 2 XL has the “best” smartphone camera this year, you will get the best low-light/dynamic range than any other phone out on the market.(See Pixel 2 vs. Note 8 vs. LG V30 comparison)  The Note 8 is also excellent and you can actually get the best of both worlds by installing the Google HDR+ camera, that can give you similar results to Pixel 2 XL.  Pixel 2 XL also has portrait mode for both front and back camera, both which work better than the Note 8.  Stabilization is also wildly awesome as seen in my handheld 4K test video here.  But be aware, the Pixel 2 XL offers no manual video mode while the Note 8 does.   The Galaxy Note 8 has an extra zoom back camera that also has OIS(Optical Image Stabilization) and it is one of the best 2X zoom cameras I’ve used on a smartphone.  And as for front camera videos, the Note 8 offers 1440P, making it king of front-camera vlogging.    The Note 8 may have a better overall camera experience while the Pixel 2 XL is going to give you the best low-light performance along with awesome portrait modes. Carriers & Rooting – If you are buying the Galaxy Note 8, you will have to buy at a carrier that supports your network.  For Note 8, that means different models for each carrier if you are in the U.S.  If you have a GSM network like AT&T or T-Mobile, you can grab the international version of Note 8 that also has unlocked bootloader so you can root it.  Unlike Note 8, Google offers 4-carrier unlocked version of Pixel 2 XL, meaning you can use it on any U.S. network like AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, or Verizon.  The Pixel 2 XL is a hybrid GSM/CDMA phone and also it is easily rootable without voiding your warranty(Google does not penalize you for rooting). Speakers – The stereo speaks of the Pixel 2 XL is one of the loudest I’ve tested and if you need good smartphone speakers, Pixel 2 XL is the way to go. Security – The Galaxy Note 8 offers variety of security measures including fingerprint, IRIS, and face recognition.  The fingerprint sensor position is very odd but so long as your index finger can reach it, you will get used to it.   IRIS scanner comes in really handy when your fingerprint scanner stops working in water(e.g. while in spa) and will easily unlock your phone with IRIS.  The Pixel 2 XL does not offer extra security other than fingerprint sensor but it works very well and you should have no problemo.
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Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL Spigen Case Review!

Spigen sent me some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL cases, here’s a quick review.

Spigen Liquid Crystal Case has been my all-time favorite for many phones and I love the transparency of the case so I can see through yet it is not bulky and has good lip for protecting the screen.