It’s a month with the Pixel 5 and I haven’t seen a phone this buggy in a long time.
At first everything was fine. The smartphone made me happy. But after a couple of weeks, everything began to fall off:
- Rotation sensor
- Ear sensor
- Brightness sensor. I had to turn it manually all the time!
- And the launcher crashed periodically.
In general, there is something to tell and what to do about it. Usage experience and bugs – about that today.
On the other hand, there are two more important things that we will talk about today:
- Every December, Google rolls out an update with new features for the Pixel. Let’s see what has arrived this time.
- And one of the most important camera updates on the Pixel.
It will be interesting. They drove.
Let’s start with the build. There was a double attitude to the corps. On the one hand, Google is really a lot of cheating.
Many wrote that the body is beginning to diverge. And a month later, I also had it: quite a bit, if you want, you can only stick a fingernail. But it pisses me off.
So today I would not put it under water.
Also details like the power button aren’t perfect. For example, the budget Pixel 4a does better. There are 2 points of support, but the Pixel 5 has one – and the button really wobbles.
I often talk about vibration feedback and for a reason – this is an important part of the tactile experience. And here is a budget motor. Sometimes I take to Pixel 4, for example, to photograph the cover for this material. And I feel what a vibration response costs. This is heaven and earth.
On the other hand, there are undeniable bonuses:
The body material is very good. This is a trendy plastic called bioresin. But this material is applied on top of metal, therefore it is perceived firmly and not cheaply. Does not leave prints, does not fall out. Cool solution.
The second cool thing is the symmetrical screen, no chin. The secret is simple: the display cable is connected from the side. Most smartphones have the bottom. An original and unique engineering solution.
The fingerprint scanner sits on the back and still works great.
Now let’s move on to glitches. It has not happened for a long time that a smartphone immediately fell ill with all diseases.
Rotation sensor. This turns out to be very inconvenient. For example, incorrectly rotated photos start to appear in the gallery.
Ear or proximity sensor. This also provokes accidental clicks, and I somehow showed it flickering in the Telegram application. Perhaps this is connected with this.
Brightness sensor. The interface sometimes freezes. Google was apparently in a hurry and released a crude device. Inexplicably!
What to do? In fact, several fundamental sensors failed immediately. I decided that it was the Khan’s hardware and smartphone. But then the December update arrived.
First, the update fixed all of these issues. Now everything works again without problems.
And, secondly, new chips have arrived on the Pixel 5 and other branded smartphones. Which ones – let’s see.
For example, the update has a new adaptive charging. The smartphone knows when the alarm should go off, and charging is complete by that time.
And also there was an adaptive sound. It adjusts the equalizer based on the environment. And I did not notice how it works: I was listening to my smartphone in the bathroom, on the street. Perhaps the point of the feature is for me not to notice. Let’s watch …
There was also an option – increased screen sensitivity. For gloves, let’s say.
There is also a “playing now” function. You can export tracks to YouTube Music.
And also Extreme Battery Saver appeared, but I have never used it. Because he lives very well.
Adaptive Connectivity: Not Overly Relevant. Switches between 4G and 5G depending on the app.
But these are not all the exclusive features of the software. let’s move on to the rest.
The main update I’ve been waiting for is in the camera. Even at the presentation of the smartphone, the HDR Bracketing function was announced.
What it is?
Google Camera’s proprietary HDR + stitches together multiple low shutter speed shots, and the sum of those shots provides ample detail.
This works cool, but sometimes because of this, there is still not enough information in dark areas and noise appears.
Bracketing also produces a bright shot with a long exposure. This makes the shadows much better.
Google does not officially write anywhere that it has already arrived at the camera, but the effect is already visible very well. Especially in scenes with strong backlighting.
The previous version of the camera (7.5) on the Pixel 4 has purple noise in the shadows and low details. The Pixel 5 does a lot better on the new firmware. Here is the camera version 8.1.
However, the update should also arrive on other Pixels.
The second important thing is ultra-wide. This is a nice bonus. The algorithms do a great job. But when the light is low, it is not much better than on the iPhone.
At the same time, 2x optical zoom is not enough. Personally, I think this is a very comfortable zoom, equivalent to 50mm on mirrorless cameras or film. It is convenient for them to look, it is convenient for them to crop and crop excess. And unfortunately the digital SuperResZoom algorithm falls short.
A cool feature is automatic night mode. But sometimes it turns on early.
I still like the inline level on two axes.
The Pixel 5 lacks the Neural core, which makes the smartphone take longer to process images.
Even new filters, and effects of neural algorithms that change the sky and lighting. And also a new HDR effect.
An even cooler thing is coming soon – Cinematic photos: in them Google will separate the background from the usual photo and make a three-dimensional collision.
Another question: what about performance? After all, there is a non-flagship processor here.
Interestingly, on GeekBench, it gives similar results to the Pixel 4a. Probably here is a Snapdragon 765G with a reduced frequency so as not to get warm.
But the smartphone is really very fast and does not heat up. Except for the launcher glitch that passed, everything works super fast.
But I must say that I do not play resource-intensive games. And in this regard, I did not notice that I was using non-flagship hardware.
There are exclusive pieces that are not promoted much.
Screenshots. Usually on Android, you hold down the buttons for a screenshot and wait a second. Now screenshots are taken instantly – just like on the iPhone.
Keyboard. Move cursor with space. Wow! Super convenient.
I also connected the lighting to Google Home! Works by pressing the “Home” button! Conveniently? Control lighting color or music. Kaifovo.
Cool feature: it takes one-time codes from SMS and offers to insert them where necessary. For example, when paying or confirming an account.
Hold for me. The smartphone is automatically waiting on the waiting line.
Cool collaboration with “The Mandalorian”, but cooler – the Art and Culture collection. If you like impressionists, you will.
Also in Pixel with the update there are more icon packs and fonts. But honestly, the standard ones are so good that you don’t want to change them.
Well, it became possible to change the 2×2 grid.
By the way, updates will arrive up to 3 years.
It is interesting. For the first time with a Pixel, I stopped charging my smartphone overnight. I put on charging for half an hour in the morning and get up to 50-70 percent of the battery. This is enough for a day.
Here’s another example, the time is 17:30 and I have 47% left, and the screen time is already 4 hours 40 minutes. This means that it will last for another 3-4 hours until it is completely discharged. Only 7-8 hours of screen operation. It’s good.
Pixel 5 is imperfect and controversial. Probably the most controversial of all Pixels. But at the same time, we got a great balanced smartphone. It is not on a flagship chip, and at the same time there were quite a few glitches in the device, there is even a feeling that Google for some reason was in a hurry to release this device to the market. True, there were a lot of glitches at the start, while thanks to Google updates – they saved the smartphone from the jambs that appeared.
Marshall Major IV headphone review: turn up your music
Marshall now has the new Major IVs, a continuation of the popular on-ear series. I added about popularity for a reason: I meet people with Marshalls on their heads regularly. The new generation, like all its predecessors, looks interesting, sounds good and works for a long time. And now about everything in order in our review.
We love retro
On-ear headphones are distinguished by their recognizable design, they cannot be confused with others if you wish. Firstly, the Marshall logo flaunts on the cups, white letters are clearly visible on a black background. Secondly, the manufacturer can be easily identified by its almost square, retro-style cups.
At the same time, if you compare the new product with the models of previous generations, you will feel the difference. For example, leather-like trim was replaced with soft-touch plastic. The soft padding in the headband has also disappeared.
I liked the on-ear headphones not only for the old-fashioned style, but also for their useful practical qualities. For example, they are lightweight, yet the construction is strong, metal hinges are used, and the cups can be folded. But they do not fit into every pocket of a winter jacket, this also needs to be borne in mind.
The headphones are simply pleasant to look at: the side surfaces are finished with vinyl, the headboard is made of eco-leather, for complete happiness, except that there is not enough cover for carrying all this beauty in a backpack.
The reasonable conservatism of Marshall is to my liking, because the concept of management has not changed either. You can switch tracks and change the volume with a convenient large golden joystick. It is convenient to use, and most importantly, you do not have to take off your gloves when listening to music outside in the cold season.
I had no complaints about the landing of the Marshall Major III, but in Major IV, according to the manufacturer, the ear pads became even more comfortable: the shape changed a little, they became a little softer. According to subjective feelings, the emotions remained the same: the headphones sit tightly on the head, do not press, but do not fall off, the adjustment range is sufficient. In winter, of course, it gets a little warmer with headphones, but in summer it will most likely be hot in them.
The soul sings
The headphones connect to the audio source via Bluetooth 5.0, they don’t have aptX support, only the basic SBC codec. The size of the drivers has not changed compared to the Marshall Major III – as I understand it, the same 40 mm drivers are used. Headphones without Active Noise Cancellation, so noise isolation is dependent on the fit of the earcups and the surroundings. In the subway, you will have to turn up the music, so be wise and don’t turn it on to the maximum, so as not to damage your hearing.
You can also find a wired cable included with the headphones, if you want to listen to music by connecting the wire to the 3.5 mm jack. Such an exotic scenario is also envisaged, when two pairs of Marshall headphones are connected via a wire, and the sound from the source goes via Bluetooth. I’m not sure if this feature will come in handy every day, but on a trip, when you want to watch the same movie together, you can remember about it.
Talking about the sound of Marshall Major IV is interesting from the point of view that these are not the most omnivorous headphones. But they have a soul and their own “dirty” character and are more tuned to rock and guitar with an emphasis on low and high frequencies, emphasizing the bass. Classical music sounds not so interesting on them, there is not enough volumetric stage – however, if you listen to tracks over a wire from a high-quality source, you will be able to hear the instruments separately. In the case of Bluetooth listening, this is not always the case.
With the stability of the connection, everything is in order, no breaks or annoying “plugs” while listening to music. Of the other pleasant moments, I will allocate memory for two devices: for example, you can listen to music in turn from your phone and laptop.
Forget about charging
With regard to the Marshall Major III headphones, in terms of operating time, the progress is simply gigantic: instead of 30 hours of operation, we get a record 80-odd hours. It is too long! For example, if you listen to music for two to three hours a day, then the headphones can be charged only once a month.
By the way, the earbuds now support both wired and wireless charging. In the first case, you will need a USB Type-C cable, it is included in the kit, there is no power supply, as usual. There is also fast wired charging: after 15 minutes of charging, the headphones will work for 15 hours. In the second case, you need a compatible Qi-charging, the headphones are charged through the right cup, take this point into account.
At Amazon, at the time of this writing, the price of the Marshall Major IV headphones is $ 149.99.
If you want an active noise canceling system in Marshall headphones, then I will remind you of the existence of a model like the Marshall Monitor II A.N.C.
I liked the Marshall Major IV headphones primarily for their design. This is a beautiful, high quality and a little old-fashioned thing. As for the sound, the situation has become a little better, the bass bulges a little less, although in general the Major IVs sound close to the old model. But now they have added wireless charging, and the battery life has just become very, very long.
Creative Stage Air soundbar review: specifications, description, reviews
When it comes to good sound, there is always a choice problem. There are a huge number of brands, in different budgets, with different technical and design solutions. But in the end it all comes down to what you like best, both in terms of sound and price.
Today on the agenda we will have a TV soundbar from Creative. And it will be an affordable, but very high-quality and interesting solution for buying. Moreover, the Creative company has occupied its place of honor among the leaders of the audio equipment market for the general public for decades.
The review will include the Creative Stage Air soundbar, which is slightly different from the original model, since it does not have an external subwoofer and there are also a couple of small simplifications of designs, but the price tag is such that you can only enjoy this splendor. We will not talk about exact prices, because in our country everyone has long forgotten what stable price tags are, and it’s better that you yourself will find the current prices at the time of reading this review. So let’s finally start looking at Creative Stage Air. And we will start, as it should be, with unpacking!
Unboxing the Creative Stage Air
In front of us is a rectangular box made of good thick cardboard, and even with a pretty nice design. The typography is, as it should be, at a high level. The information content of everything that is printed on the box is also excellent. Here we immediately see how the soundbar looks, and its features, and connectivity.
The delivery set is rather modest, although you won’t have to expect anything else. Inside the box, we see the soundbar itself, a USB cable, an audio cable and some waste paper. Everything is according to the classical scheme and nothing more.
There is nothing else to look at in the unpacking, so let’s go directly to the Saudbar itself.
Creative Stage Air design and appearance
This device is visually very similar to the original Creative Stage Air, but only smaller in size. The design is beautiful in its rigor and simplicity. On the front side, we have a protective mesh with the Creative logo in the very center. The rest of the body is made of glossy black plastic, which can be called a very controversial decision, but it looks very good. But still, fingerprints, dust, as well as small scratches from frequent wiping from dust – all this will definitely be here.
The shape of this speaker, of course, is made in such a way that it fits perfectly into the base of a TV, monitor and other things with screens.
On the right side, we can find rubberized control keys. It is intuitive, light and relaxed here. Keystrokes effortlessly.
On the back panel, we see a special “compartment” with all physical interfaces for connection that are available in this speaker.
Onboard there are USB Type-A port, microUSB port for power and AUX. Everything is quite simple, non-trivial, and the arrangement of ports in one pile can be called an excellent solution, because it will be easier to lay cables and you should not have to look for them. Well, you won’t scratch the glossy plastic of the case, because a special matte ABS plastic is provided here, which will cope with everything that you prepare for it.
At the base there are two rubberized feet, the functionality of which is difficult to dispute. They will not allow the speaker to roll on the surface, and also perfectly dampen vibration when sounding.
It goes without saying that onboard the Creative Stage Air there is also a wireless option for connecting to a sound source. And for this, Bluetooth version 4.2 with the SBC codec is used. We won’t even talk about the connection process, because it’s all trivial, and each of you knows how to do it.
The connection is as stable as possible, you will never hear interference, interference and long delays during operation. You can control sound playback without even taking your smartphone out of your pocket.
Be sure to clarify that Creative Stage Air is a completely self-contained portable speaker, because there is a 2200 mAh battery on board. And on a single charge, it will work up to 6 hours at the highest volume level.
To this we must add the player built into the column, which is friendly with all popular audio formats and can read whatever you want from an external medium.
And once again we want to say that sound quality is a very subjective concept. Each person has their own hearing, their own preferences and so on. Therefore, before buying, we still recommend that you first listen to any audio equipment yourself, and never rely on any reviews like ours. After all, it’s one thing if we like the sound, but it’s important that you like it (no matter how silly it sounds now).
Well, we can say with confidence that Creative Stage Air is completely satisfied with its sound quality. And with a pure heart, I can say that I liked the sound quality very much. The sound can be described as very rich, accurate and even “lively”. The column copes well with low frequencies, which is very pleasant for watching some action movies. Yes, and I liked listening to music, too, and therefore the volume margin is sufficient here, and there is even a surround sound effect. In general, with the sound, in our opinion, everything is fine. And how could it be any different if it’s a product from Creative? After all, this brand has never done bad things over the decades of its existence.
Conclusions about Creative Stage Air
Despite the fact that Creative Stage Air belongs to the budget segment and costs very modest money, the sound quality is very high here. Moreover, there is a battery on board, which allows you to use the speaker without being connected to the network. And the autonomy is solid, and there is also a built-in player. To all this, we add a beautiful and austere appearance. Therefore, Creative Stage Air is absolutely definitely considered as a good addition to a computer, all-in-one or TV. Well, or if you are a special esthete, then it is also suitable as a regular Bluetooth speaker.
Of the minuses, it can be noted that the glossy case, which will delight you with its shine for a very short time. Otherwise, Creative Stage Air is an excellent choice if you are puzzled by buying a soundbar for reasonable money.
Roborock S7 robot vacuum cleaner: creating maps, multi-storey cleaning and 2.5 hours of autonomy review, description, reviews, specifications
In the subject
Among the modern robotic vacuum cleaners arrived: today we will tell you about the excellent model Roborock S7. Recently, the annual international exhibition CES 2021 was held, at which numerous innovations in electronics were presented, including the hero of our today’s review. The device works with the latest ultrasonic surface sensing technologies, and for each of them the robot selects the appropriate cleaning mode. So, just one device can clean all the rooms in the house, and for this you do not need to remove carpets or rearrange something, but you can create a cleaning route if you want. Multifunctional, quiet, beautiful: this is how the Roborock S7 can be described. Now let’s take a look at the gadget in all its details.
The Roborock S7 robot vacuum cleaner is available in two classic colors – black and white. The body of the device is made of durable ABS plastic and is 35 cm in diameter and 9.6 cm in height. The model features a self-cleaning base and it looks like it will only be available in black. In general, we can say that the design of the novelty is discreet, but cute: such a gadget will become the main assistant in the house, which, due to its neat appearance, can not be hidden in the closet.
It is thanks to the design of the Roborock S7 that so many functions are available. When changing surfaces, the cleaning cloth is automatically lifted and the appropriate mode is set, which means that when wet cleaning the carpet will not get wet. The main cleaning brush here is not the same as usual: there is a silicone roller, which treats the surface more thoroughly. The design of the water tank, improved compared to previous models, makes it easy to remove: you do not need to turn the vacuum cleaner to do this. When cleaning is complete, the device returns to the charging station.
Let’s start with the fact that the volume of the dust collector is 470 ml, and the water tank is designed for 300 ml: these volumes are enough for 300 square meters of dry cleaning and 200 square meters of wet cleaning. And perhaps the most remarkable thing is the self-cleaning function after cleaning. The Roborock S7 robot vacuum cleaner performs ultrasonic wet cleaning with a wiping frequency of 3000 times per minute. Such activity ensures high-quality removal of even old, dried contaminants of various nature. The vacuum cleaner has a built-in 5200 mAh battery. The suction power is 2500 Pa.
Roborock S7 can be programmed to tackle difficult routes. The vacuum cleaner works with the new RR Mason 7.0 positioning system, with which you can create a cleaning plan suitable for your home. As a rule, there are different floor coverings in the premises: for some, wet cleaning is needed, for others, on the contrary, dry cleaning. Zones of both types of cleaning can be limited by highlighting areas on the map: this is done via a mobile application. After defining the zones, the intelligent system itself builds the optimal route, so as not to miss a single section and not to wind through the same places. The device can also work with several cards, moreover, in each individual parameters are set: you can choose a dry or wet type of cleaning, adjust the intensity of water supply.
The vacuum cleaner works in tandem with a mobile app, but can also be controlled by voice. If you do not set up the cleaning map, the Roborock S7 will still not be confused: the device is able to determine the surface on which it finds itself, automatically increasing or decreasing the suction power, turning on or off the water supply. So, for example, when hitting a carpet or a long-naped carpet, the vacuum cleaner will turn off the water supply, remove the cleaning cloth and set the maximum suction power. This means the Roborock S7 will not get stuck on an unsuitable surface or wet the carpet. Sensors are also responsible for safe and continuous movement: lidar protects the vacuum cleaner from getting stuck, and height sensors prevent it from falling off somewhere (for example, from steps). With such efficiency, it’s amazing how quiet this model is.
The Roborock S7 is equipped with a reusable washable E11 class HEPA filter, which protects the user from air pollution during cleaning: you will not smell dust and will not get allergies from pathogens entering the air. The peculiarity of this filter is that during the cleaning process all the collected dust and dirt remains inside, and this also applies to the smallest particles: the air comes out of the vacuum cleaner already clean. By the way, when water is supplied to the cleaning element, it also first passes through the filter. Another advantage is good permeability: if the vacuum cleaner encounters an obstacle whose height does not exceed 2 centimeters, it will easily pass them. With as many as six height sensors, the robot vacuum cleaner can be used in homes with multiple floors. In addition to creating cleaning cards, you can also set a schedule: for example, indicate the preferred order of cleaning rooms.
The capacity of the Roborock S7 vacuum cleaner is 5200 mAh, and on a full battery charge the device is capable of continuous cleaning for 2.5 hours. Surprisingly, most modern models provide up to one hour of work.
Roborock S7 is powered by an intelligent CPU + GPU with GLSLAM algorithm. This filling, among other things, allows the vacuum cleaner to better navigate and adjust the settings for the current cleaning on the go.
One caveat: the manufacturer says that voice control will initially only be available to those who speak Chinese. However, not all is lost, as updates will be released over time, and the vacuum cleaner will learn to recognize all languages.
It is expected that the release of the Roborock S7 robot vacuum cleaner will take place on March 24, 2021, and the cost of the model will be $ 649. Considering how much such a device can make life easier, the price is fair. Such vacuum cleaners were not always ideal, although the simplest options save a lot of time and effort. Now, thanks to past mistakes and new developments, modern cleaning robots are able to perform thorough, high-quality cleaning, following a program drawn up for a specific space. Isn’t it a miracle!
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Roborock S7 specifications
- Model: Roborock S7
- Device type: robot vacuum cleaner
- Cleaning type: dry and wet cleaning
- Fine filter: HEPA filter E11, included
- Control: from a smartphone
- Battery capacity: 5200mAh
- Battery life: 3 hours
- Dimensions: 35 x 35.3 x 9.6 cm
- Body color: white, black
- Side brush: yes
- Main brush: silicone roller
- Building a room map: yes
- Cleaning time calculation: yes
- Scheduled cleaning: yes
- Laser distance sensor: yes
- Fall protection: yes
- Suction power: 2500 Pa
- Noise level: 67 dB
- Water tank volume: 300 ml
- Dry cleaning area: 300 m2
- Wet cleaning area: 200 sq.m
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