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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+.
After all this spoonfeeding, its only fair you give your honest comment on who carried the day. LOL
ASCORP… Bringing I.T solutions to your doorstep…Literally
Computer viruses are a terrible nuisance. Imagine,…just when you have to print out a document and submit to meet a deadline, you open your usb drive on the PC at the print shop and all the files and folders are missing…And that moment when you manage to get 5 minutes of your Boss’ time to look at something, and your PC is taking all the 5 minutes just to boot up!! Ow no! not now!?
In this edition, ASCORP presents how to identify a virus infection as early as possible to avoid getting into such situations. We have arranged these signs in order of the commonest and most definite;
- All folders, turned into shortcuts/Usb drive inserted into the PC shows a shortcut to the same drive when opened
In such a case the virus hides the original folders and the shortcut there serves to activate the virus whenever it is opened as well as lead you into the original folder. Smart virus that.
- Uncalled for Startup Messages/Applications running on their own
A popular example is wscript virus named “whatdafuck”. If your computer starts displaying a lot of non-sensical text in Notepad or Command prompt launches by itself right after boot-up, dear brethren, look no further…you have been invaded by a virus.
- PC runs slower than usual/ Freezing
If you are wondering why this wasn’t first on the list, well that is because these problems have other causes other than viruses. Some of them are excessive number of startup programs, normal applications which consume too much RAM (Opening lots of tabs in a web browser esp. Chrome), installing multiple antiviruses, Local drive containing windows files with very little space etc.
That being said viruses do slow computers down in most cases. In order to narrow down the cause of your slow PC;
- Launch task manager by Right-Clicking anywhere on your task bar
- click on the Task Manager ( if your task manager has greyed out and hence cannot be launched, then Congrats, you have succeeded in identifying a virus infection on your PC)
- If the task Manager does launch, then proceed to monitoring the process running on your PC (On Windows 8 and above go to the “Details” tab)
- Your PC is infected if you see any of the following
- “msiexec.exe” running when no application is being installed by user
- “wscript.exe” running
- “svchost” running with User’s account name under “User name”
Thanks for staying with us. In our next issue we will discuss how overcome such virus problems WITHOUT the help of an antivirus before we talk more about signs virus infections. For all your PC and smartphone issues, leave a comment or contact us on 0501384495
ASCORP!!! BRINGING I.T SOLUTIONS TO YOUR DOORSTEP…LITERALLY
Ascorp Marketing department is dedicated to providing essential information about various gadgets; PC’s, phones, tablets and phablets, their prices and where and how to get them. We also educate you on how to get the best gadget within your budget.
Our duty is not to provide the “rich” with what they want, by that I mean our target is not to talk about the latest machines on the market- which are very expensive, but instead we review all machines from the least expensive to the most expensive and as such the information we post is beneficial to everybody and will eventually help you to make critical financial decisions with respect to buying a PC, phone or tablet.
So in a nut shell;
Help everybody acquire the best gadget within his or her budget.
Seeking for information through market surveys and personal interviews.
It’s a jungle out there in the market and navigating it requires people who knows their way around. You can count on Ascorp Marketing Group to advise and help you pick the best device or even sell that device you want to offload.
ASCORP… Bringing IT solutions to your doorstep… literally