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If you have been waiting to find out how the newly launched Google Pixel 2 & 2XL fares as compared to other 2017 flagship phones, then your wait is over. Today we match the Pixel against their main Android competitors, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.
All four phones run the Android operating system, and although the Pixel 2 and 2 XL come preloaded with the latest version, Android 8 Oreo, it’s still being rolled out to the Galaxy S8 line. Google phones run a clean, minimalist version of the OS, while Samsung has its own tweaked version called Samsung Touchwiz.
n terms of sheer megapixel numbers, both sets of phones have virtually identical cameras. On the software side of things, Google Lens lets the Pixel 2 and 2 XL recognize objects in frame and even perform a kind of real-world Google image search.
Qualcomm’s latest processor, the Snapdragon 835, is powering all four phones.
When it comes to RAM, 4 GB is about standard for most phones nowadays.
For most people, 64 GB of built-in storage is plenty, but Google offers the option to double that.
For Galaxy users who later realize 64 GB isn’t enough for them, that storage can be expanded by up to an extra 256 GB with a MicroSD card. Pixel owners will have to make do with what they’re given.
In terms of capacity, the Google Pixel 2 XL leads the battery pack with 3,520 mAh, with the Galaxy S8+ so close behind the difference is negligible. In practice, you’ll still probably get a solid day’s operation out of all of these phones.
The glass-backed Galaxies can be wirelessly charged courtesy of a separately-purchased accessory, but the Google Pixels lack that functionality. It’s up to you how much of a loss that is, though: wireless charging still doesn’t have the range to be particularly useful yet.
Both Samsung and Google have embraced USB-C for charging, but Google has followed Apple’s divisive lead and dropped the industry-standard 3.5 mm headphone jack. Speakers and headphones will need to be connected to the Pixel phones via Bluetooth or the included USB-C adapter.
Samsung has some of the sharpest displays in the phone business, with both models of the S8 boasting a resolution of 2960 x 1440. The base Pixel 2 has a relatively-low 1080p resolution, while the 2 XL closes in on – but falls just short of – the resolution of Samsung’s devices.
The Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL have been rated IP67, which means they’ll repel splashes of water and day-to-day dust, and can survive total immersion in water to a depth of 1 m (3.3 ft) for up to 30 minutes. A rating of IP68 means the Galaxy phones can do the same down to a depth of 1.5 m (4.9 ft). It probably pays not to take them swimming though.
Both of Samsung’s phones are a little taller and thicker than the new Pixels, but not quite as wide.
While the Galaxy S8 is substantially heavier than the base model Pixel 2, Google’s phablet tips the scales slightly higher than Samsung’s.
The Pixel 2 is the least expensive phone on the list, by a wide margin. A Pixel 2 XL with 64 GB of storage will leave a hole in your bank account about the same size as that of the Galaxy S8+.
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Hello there, this is our second edition on computer viruses and thanks for staying with us as we guide you through taking control of your computer from the backdrop of a viral invasion.
So you plugged in your USB drive only to find that all the files and folders are missing or there is only the shortcut to the same drive inside, what do you do…
First and foremost, do not panic because in almost all cases you will notice that your drive is still halfway full and that means all the items on the drive are intact just waiting for you to access them. Then follow these steps;
- Open the USB drive in question, click on the “View” tab on the menu bar and click on “Options” (for windows 8 and above). For windows 7, click on “Organize”, then click on “Folder and Search Options”. These will lead you to the folder options dialog box.
- Click on the “View” tab in the dialog box. In the options below choose to “show hidden files”. Next untick the “Hide protected operating system files”. Click “Yes” on the pop-up.
- You can now click on “Apply” and “OK” to close our dialog box.
- Back in our USB drive’s window, we will see a light-coloured folder/drive icon mostly without a label. System Volume Information and Recycler folders if they are present are normal hidden folders on any drive and no cause for concern.
- Now open our light-coloured folder/drive aaaand… voila, all your files and folders intact. I recommend cutting them and pasting them back in the root drive folder so they can be accessed without going through these steps on another computer.
In our next issue we will discuss how to actually get rid of the shortcut virus WITHOUT the help of an antivirus. For all your PC and smartphone issues, leave a comment or contact us on 0501384495
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