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The OnePlus 11 has a lot of responsibility ahead of it. It has to recover the brand’s reputation after the OnePlus 10T, which had a poor software experience,  and had an underwhelming camera, making it undesirable. The OnePlus 11 has to be both an exceptional phone and a top-notch OnePlus device.

I have found the OnePlus 11 to be a comprehensive device with its dependable software and mighty processor with 16GB of RAM. Additionally, the Hasselblad-powered camera has provided me with vivid, if slightly oversaturated images of the autumnal scenery. It has even held its own when compared to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pixel 8, though not quite to the level of the OnePlus 10 Pro.

I have been very pleased with the OnePlus 11 as it has done everything I need it to do and the battery life is exceptional, lasting two days with regular use. In addition, charging time is lightning fast. I cannot find any faults with the phone and the unique design has won many admirers. However, when compared to the other phones that are available at the same price, the OnePlus 11 appears to be somewhat uninteresting.

The Google Pixel 8 is priced the same and features a better software that will be supported for longer periods of time with an obviously better camera. Both the Apple iPhone 15 and the Samsung Galaxy S23 are similarly priced to the OnePlus 11, yet they are highly desirable devices. Last but not least, the Motorola Razr (2023) is a folding phone which can be purchased at the same cost as the OnePlus 11.

It must be noted that the OnePlus 11 remains a viable option to purchase, however upon its launch the level of competition was not as comprehensive, exciting, or desirable as phones with the same cost. So I would advise you to consider all your options before making a selection. Buying the OnePlus 11 right now should not be regretted, but if you wait a few months, it’s plain features and conventional design may make it seem very outdated.

The Design

The OnePlus 11 has a beautiful appeal to it. The sleek glass combined with the distinctive camera module creates an eye-catching device, while the textured alert slider provides a pleasant tactile experience that gives the phone a unique character.

At 8.5mm thick and 205 grams in weight, this device is definitely on the slim side. I haven’t been using it with a case, and it is quite slippery. Be careful if you’re using it on a smooth surface, as it’s liable to move around. I’m a big fan of its dimensions; it’s perfectly proportioned for my hand, the edges have been expertly crafted so they don’t dig into my skin, and the curved screen makes it possible to swipe the screen with only one hand with ease.

The blend of angular lines and arcs around the camera felt unusual at first, but I grew to appreciate it after a few days. It’s much more interesting than the boxy unit of the OnePlus 10 Pro, the glint around the lenses stands out in the sunlight, and even the Hasselblad branding isn’t too obtrusive.

Expressing dissatisfaction, one might point out that the IP64 rating of the iPhone 15, the Galaxy S23, and the Pixel 8 Pro are all IP68, while OnePlus does not prioritise long-lasting quality or environmental sustainability. The device features Gorilla Glass 5 on the rear and Gorilla Glass Victus on the display.

Elsewhere, Samsung has invested in Armour Aluminum and is utilising Gorilla Glass Victus 2, while also proudly advertising their use of recycled materials. In contrast, OnePlus has not been as forthcoming in their pursuit of sustainability and continues to include chargers in the box. This comparison highlights the fact that when other companies emphasize long-term use, it is much more noticeable when another brand does not.

Putting the IP64 rating to the side, the OnePlus 11 is a much bigger improvement over the OnePlus 10T. It takes after the OnePlus 10 Pro and OnePlus 9 Pro in a big way. When you take the OnePlus 11 in your hands, it’s like greeting an old friend; you’ll feel familiarity and comfort. Even so, it’s still a good idea to get a OnePlus 11 case to accompany your purchase.

Display and Audio

The OnePlus 11 features a 6.7-inch Super Fluid AMOLED display with LTPO 3.0 technology to reduce eye strain, a dynamic 1 to 120Hz refresh rate, 1,300 nits of maximum brightness, and Dolby Vision support. Several image and color enhancement options are available, with the resolution set to 2412 x 1080 pixels by default and the capability to switch up to 3216 x 1440 pixels. The phone is also equipped with stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos support.

The OnePlus 10 Pro’s display is not a drastic change, which is actually not bad. It boasts a very bright and clear image with the traditional deep blacks that AMOLED is known for. It may not be as pure as an iPhone’s color selection or as warm, but if you don’t have them side by side it won’t be noticeable.

The audio quality of the OnePlus 11 is satisfactory, though there is a lack of bass and at louder volumes the sound is not great. This is not a fault of the phone, but rather a common issue with smartphone speakers. If you keep the volume at a moderate level, the sound is tolerable. I have also used the phone with the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 headphones, which are stellar for music, however it is unfortunate that you have to delve into many settings to make adjustments.

Software

The OnePlus 11 is equipped with OxygenOS 13, which is derived from Oppo’s ColorOS 13. Although not everyone was pleased with the combination of the two platforms, I long for the days when OxygenOS was a challenger to Android on Pixel phones. Still, OxygenOS 13 is a big improvement compared to OxygenOS 12 in terms of looks and practicality.

The new version of the OS is much more fluid with fewer interruptions and helpful notifications, and the default icon set is eye-catching and well-crafted. The Settings menu retains a familiar layout, but with slight adjustments that make it easier to navigate. Animations run without a hitch and have caused no issues while running apps. From my experience with ColorOS 13, OxygenOS 13 is similarly unhindered and a pleasure to use.

Fortunately, the OnePlus 11 is the first cellphone to fall in line with the brand’s pledge to provide four years of significant Android OS updates and five years of security updates. This commitment is on par with Samsung’s and surpasses Google’s shorter promise. Even though it may not stand up to the competition in terms of sturdiness, the software update assurance makes up for it.

OnePlus 11 was greatly assisted by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor and 16GB of LPDDR5x RAM. According to OnePlus, this has resulted in the phone being 30% faster and 15% more power efficient than the OnePlus 10 Pro. Not only that, the phone is smooth and appears to not stutter no matter what task is being done.

There are two storage variations available: 16GB RAM and 256GB storage, and 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. OnePlus evaluates that 44 applications can work in the background on the higher model without any results, so if you need to do numerous things at the same time, it might be a smart thought to pick the more expensive option.

I had not expected much improvement from the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, but the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 proved me wrong. It’s a powerful device and an excellent reason to upgrade to the OnePlus 11 if you have a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or earlier phone. Evaluated for its performance capabilities, the OnePlus 11 is undeniably a top-tier smartphone.

The Camera

The collaboration between OnePlus and Hasselblad has resulted in software improvements to the 50-megapixel main camera, 48MP wide-angle, and 32MP Portrait Tele camera. Sony IMX890 has been equipped with both optical and electronic image stabilization, while the wide-angle offers a 115-degree field of view. Additionally, the 13-channel Accu-spectrum Light Color Identifier sensor is utilized for precise color reproduction.

I have used a Hasselblad-tuned camera phone for the first time, and have noticed that my photos have more vibrant colors. I believe it is due to the combination of the Natural Color Calibration technology and the Accu-spectrum Light Color Sensor that Hasselblad has implemented. Recently, I have seen the even more advanced sensor, Spectricity’s S1 Color Spectral Image Sensor, in action. The colors look more natural, the white balance is more precise, and the photos are exposed better than what I have seen with the OnePlus 10 Pro.

When it comes to taking close-up photos, the OnePlus 11 is not the best option. There is an automatic macro mode which can be used, however, this strips any color and depth of field from the photo. If this mode is turned off, the OnePlus 11 may struggle to focus, resulting in an unclear image. Additionally, there is no dedicated telephoto camera, and while the 2x zoom is satisfactory, trying to increase it to the OnePlus 10 Pro’s 3.3x zoom will produce pixelated images.

The OnePlus 11 has a portrait-enhancing camera that has been refined by Hasselblad to imitate bokeh portraits from its XCD 30mm and 65mm camera lenses, yet it is not the same as a telephoto camera with a great zoom mode. Portraits taken with the camera are clear and vivid, but the edge recognition algorithm is not always accurate, so you cannot be sure of the results. It is still clearly an artificial effect and it cannot accurately reproduce a natural bokeh.

I am pleased with the uniformity between the primary and wide-angle camera, and I am looking forward to testing out the various Masters Mode filters supplied by Hasselblad. These filters do provide a unique feel to your pictures, and I find them more engaging and helpful than the Photographic Styles on the iPhone 14 Pro. Although, that may not be the opinion of everyone. The OnePlus 11 camera has a lot to offer, and I feel the Hasselblad collaboration is finally providing a camera that is worth using.

The Battery

A average amount of usage with the OnePlus 11’s 5,000mAh battery will give two full days of power, and even if you use it for gaming, music streaming, or video streaming for extended periods, it will almost reach the end of the second day before needing a recharge. Its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor is very energy efficient, as I was pleasantly surprised to find that an hour of browsing Chrome and using Twitter barely caused a dent in the battery, with it still at 100%.

Gaming with Asphalt 9: Legends for a half-hour drained 8% of the battery, while a 45-minute program on Disney+ at the highest brightness and resolution only took 4%. In comparison, streaming a Global Player radio station for an equivalent amount of time had only a small impact, with only a 3% reduction in power. The phone performed remarkably well, even with its heavy usage.

In order to take advantage of the fast charging times, you must enable the Smart Rapid Charging option in the Settings menu. In the U.S., the OnePlus charging kit comes with an 80W block that can get the battery to full capacity in 30 minutes. In the U.K., the 100W SuperVOOC system takes 25 minutes to do the same.

The OnePlus 11 does not come with wireless charging as a feature, which may be a disappointment for those expecting a phone of its caliber. Yet, the 31-minute full charge time makes its exclusion from the device less of a hassle in the long run. It is worth noting that despite its absence, the fast charging is more than enough to cover the majority of users’ day-to-day needs.

I have been thoroughly taken aback by the battery life of the OnePlus 11. For me, it can last two days with it being powered off overnight, and the speedy charging means no concern about the battery dropping to 10% during the day. If it does, it can be back up to 100% in just 25 minutes. This is a feature that has been game-changing for me, and I haven’t even felt the need for wireless charging or constantly thinking about charging the phone. It automatically charges when it needs, and doesn’t disturb my day. This is something you don’t get with a Pixel 7, Galaxy S23, or iPhone 14.

If you are looking for a phone with great battery life and quick charging time, the OnePlus 11 is the perfect choice for you. No need to schedule extra time to charge it.

 

 

The OnePlus 11 is a well-crafted and attractive phone. It produces attractive photos that have their own distinctive style, and which could be put to great use with the help of an expert editor. Moreover, its battery life is outstanding, and its fast-charging capability is sure to be a popular feature among users.

The OnePlus 11 has returned to its former glory, bringing back the beloved OxygenOS to a much better version than before. As expected, the phone even has an alert slider, a hallmark of the OnePlus brand. We can confidently say that this device is a great choice and we highly recommend it.

 

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Apple Watch Series 9 Vs. Ultra 2

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Despite their distinct external appearances, the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 share significant similarities internally. Priced at $399, the Series 9 and the more robust Ultra 2 at $799 both utilize the S9 chip, providing features such as Double Tap, on-device Siri, and fast performance. However, the Ultra 2, with its larger 49mm size, titanium case, and included LTE connectivity, distinguishes itself with a higher price point.

The $399 Series 9 adds complexity to the decision-making process. Initially, you must choose between a 41mm or 45mm size, followed by selecting an aluminum or stainless steel case and deciding on the inclusion of LTE. Notably, the 45mm Series 9 in stainless steel is priced at $749, placing it in direct competition with the Ultra 2.

The pricing aspect may not be as straightforward as initially perceived.

Differences in Screen Size

The Apple Watch Ultra 2 boasts a larger and brighter screen compared to the Series 9. Despite the Ultra 2’s 49mm case being bigger than the 45mm Series 9, the screen itself is slightly larger, allowing for more content display particularly useful for applications such as Maps.

To easily observe the size distinction, one can maximize the text size on both watches. This becomes evident as part of the text is truncated on the Series 9 in contrast to the Ultra 2.

The most significant contrast in day-to-day use lies in screen brightness. The Ultra 2 surpasses the Series 9 with a brightness of 3,000 nits compared to 2,000. While the Series 9 remains visible both indoors and outdoors, the extra brightness on the Ultra 2 enhances readability, particularly during workouts in bright sunlight.

This heightened brightness also proves advantageous for the flashlight feature. By turning the digital crown on the Ultra 2, you can maximize the screen brightness when using the flashlight, which proves helpful in dark situations.

Wrists Size

The Apple Watch Series 9 could be a preferable choice for those with smaller wrists. The Ultra 2, being a sizable watch with a bulkier digital crown and a flat display, notably stands out more than the Series 9.

The Ultra 2’s larger size may pose challenges for those with even smaller wrists than mine(150 mm). Opting for the Series 9 could be a preference in such cases, offering a choice of a smaller case size. Additionally, I observed that the Series 9 provides greater comfort for sleep tracking.

Despite its larger size, the Ultra 2 is designed to be a more rugged watch than the Series 9. Its titanium case, slightly elevated for added protection, enhances durability for the sapphire crystal display. The Series 9 display, on the other hand, comes with Ion-X glass for the aluminum case and sapphire crystal for the stainless steel case.

Both watches are IP6X dust-resistant and water-resistant, but the Ultra 2 excels with a depth rating of 100m compared to Series 9’s 50m. Moreover, it features an exclusive Depth app and supports the Oceanic Plus app, transforming the watch into a dive computer.

 

Double-Tap Gesture and Siri

Both the Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Series 9 feature the Double Tap gesture and on-device Siri functionality. This gesture, powered by the common S9 chip, operates identically on both watches. When the screen is active, a double tap with your thumb and forefinger allows you to perform tasks without touching the screen. For instance, raising your wrist and double tapping enables you to reply to a message using dictation, followed by another double tap to send.

This feature proves helpful, precise, and functions seamlessly in various Apple applications. It facilitates actions such as answering calls, changing tracks, and managing timers. In third-party apps, it generally executes the default action upon double tap. Personally, I use it to swiftly respond to Slack messages from colleagues when unable to reach my phone or type a response on my computer.

The consistency in functionality arises from both watches running the same chip. On-device Siri is also consistent, eliminating the need to ping the cloud for tasks like starting a workout or setting a timer. Additionally, both watches boast 64GB of internal storage, ideal for storing music or numerous apps on your watch.

 

Special Features

The Apple Watch Ultra 2 offers exclusive features, enhancing the shared WatchOS 10 experience and app selection on both watches. Unique watch faces, like Modular Ultra and Wayfinder, provide detailed information and a dark mode that turns either watch face red when the light sensor detects it’s dark outside. The Ultra 2 excels in communication with a three-microphone array and louder dual speakers than the Series 9, as demonstrated in a recorded call audio comparison. Notably, Ultra 2 comes with LTE as standard, allowing standalone use without the phone, while the Series 9 requires a specific LTE version. Both watches feature the second-gen ultrawideband chip for precise iPhone finding and phone pinging from the watch for older iPhone models.

The Ultra 2 distinguishes itself with a notable design feature absent in the Series 9—the Action button. Similar to the Action button on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, it allows you to swiftly launch favorite workouts, the flashlight, stopwatch, and other preset tasks.

An intriguing use of the Action button is to initiate a Shortcut, providing a quick access route to favorite features or tasks within an app. Creating a Shortcut is possible using the dedicated app on the iPhone.

While the Series 9 doesn’t have the dedicated Action button, it still supports Shortcuts. You can set a complication on the watch face to launch a Shortcut, but it requires an extra tap on the screen to confirm your intent.

 

Health Tracking Features

The health tracking features of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 are remarkably similar. Both include a temperature sensor, blood oxygen sensor, ECG app, and alerts for high and low heart rates, as well as irregular heart rhythms. The heart rate sensor, accurate when compared to a chest strap, is identical on both watches.

Fitness tracking is uniform, with progress monitored through the Apple Watch Activity app. Both watches support Bluetooth accessories, such as power meter pedals, allow the creation of multisport workouts, and provide heart rate zone monitoring.

Standard features on both watches include a compass app, back track, waypoint functionality, car-crash detection, fall detection, and emergency SOS.

Notable differences include the Ultra 2’s 86dB siren for safety and dual-band GPS, utilizing both L1 and L5 bands for increased accuracy in tracking distance and route information, especially in built-up areas. However, the Series 9 still performs admirably for regular outdoor activities like runs in the park or bike rides on trails.

 

Battery Life

The Apple Watch Ultra 2 stands out with exceptional battery life, surpassing the Series 9 in every usage scenario. Regardless of whether you’re running a marathon or simply using it for timekeeping and notifications, the Ultra 2 outperforms the Series 9.

Officially rated at 36 hours, the Ultra 2’s battery life exceeds Apple’s conservative estimate. In regular use, which includes phone notifications, an always-on display, GPS workouts, and sleep tracking, the Series 9 lasts about a day and a half before needing a charge. In comparison, the Ultra 2 can last closer to three full days with the same usage.

Both watches offer a low power mode to further extend battery life, but actual results may vary based on usage, with resource-intensive tasks like LTE and Bluetooth music streaming affecting battery depletion. Fast wireless charging is supported by both, requiring an 18-watt or higher adapter. The Series 9 charges faster due to its smaller battery capacity.

 

When comparing the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2, which share a similar feature set including Double Tap and on-device Siri, the key distinctions lie in size, price, and battery life. The Series 9, being more affordable and slimmer with two size options, requires more frequent charging. Both are excellent choices for an iPhone-compatible smartwatch, but after a month of use, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 stands out as my preferred option. Its extended battery life eliminates daily charging concerns, and the customizable Action button enhances usability, making it more enjoyable and convenient.

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Apple Vision Pro Review

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The new Apple Vision Pro, Apple’s highly anticipated foray into wearable computers, faces significant expectations. Priced at $3,499, it introduces “spatial computing,” aiming to seamlessly integrate apps into your surroundings. Apple’s bold advertisements depict people wearing the Vision Pro in various daily scenarios, emphasizing the ambitious goal of augmenting reality by layering apps and information over the real world.

Pros:

  • Impressive display, a technical marvel, offering the best video passthrough to date.
  • Noteworthy advancements in hand and eye tracking technology.
  • Seamless integration with Apple’s ecosystem.
  • Enjoyable experience placing windows throughout space.

Cons:

  • Come with a hefty price tag.
  • Video passthrough may still be blurry.
  • Inconsistent and occasionally frustrating hand and eye tracking.
  • Personas can be uncanny and somewhat unsettling.
  • Can feel isolated or lonely during use.

Apple’s Vision Pro marks the tech giant’s inaugural venture into constructing a computer that seamlessly integrates into your surroundings. The aim is to position the Vision Pro as a comprehensive device, coexisting with Macs and iPads in Apple’s ecosystem, enabling users to accomplish meaningful tasks. From handling productivity tools like Excel, Webex, and Slack to leisure activities such as watching movies on a virtual 4K HDR display, the Vision Pro offers a versatile experience. Additionally, users can mirror their Mac’s display, utilizing the Vision Pro as a vast monitor suspended in virtual space.

While the Vision Pro boasts impressive features, it comes with significant tradeoffs that cannot be overlooked. Tangibly, the headset’s tech contributes to considerable weight on the face, leading Apple to opt for an external battery pack connected by a cable. Beyond physical aspects, there are also philosophical tradeoffs inherent in the design and functionality of the device.

Hardware

Apple positions the Vision Pro as more than just a VR headset, blending virtual and real-world experiences. Its compact design, crafted from magnesium, carbon fiber, and aluminum, defies expectations of bulkier VR headsets. The front EyeSight display attempts real-world connection but falls short with a low-res OLED.

Under the cover glass, the Vision Pro boasts an array of cameras and sensors for video passthrough, hand tracking, and spatial awareness. Powered by an M2 processor, it incorporates a unique R1 spatial coprocessor and includes detachable headbands, magnetic light seals, and adjustable headbands.

The speakers deliver impressive spatial audio but tend to be leaky, prompting the need for headphones. Weighing between 600 and 650 grams, the Vision Pro’s front-loaded distribution may impact comfort during extended use. The external battery, while contributing to weight management, limits runtime to around two and a half hours.

Setup is simplified, utilizing motorized adjustments and familiar iOS processes. Despite its design excellence, the Vision Pro’s weight becomes noticeable during prolonged use, emphasizing the trade-off for its sleek appearance.

Apple showcases the Vision Pro’s displays as a remarkable technological leap, featuring MicroOLEDs with 23 million pixels at just 7.5 micrometers. Despite their excellence, the high cost and inherent tradeoffs highlight the challenges of implementing them in this device.

The headset prioritizes real-time video passthrough, blurring the line between VR and AR. Apple’s claimed 12ms latency and adept video processing deliver an impressive experience, even in challenging situations like working in front of a large window.

However, Apple acknowledges display effects, with spokesperson Jacqueline Roy detailing hardware and software efforts to minimize these issues. While the Vision Pro’s video passthrough is the most advanced in consumer devices, occasional quirks persist, challenging the perception of flawless visuals given the high price tag.

In essence, the Vision Pro’s display, while exceptional, serves as a reminder that screens can’t fully replicate the richness of reality, falling short in capturing the vibrant colors and intricacies found in the world around us.

 

Controls

Apple takes pride in the Vision Pro’s cutting-edge eye and hand tracking control system, surpassing other consumer systems. Operating as if your eyes are the mouse and your fingers are the button, you navigate the interface by looking at and tapping on desired elements.

Initially, using hand and eye tracking feels like a superpower, with external cameras effortlessly capturing hand movements within a generous zone. However, the novelty fades as the requirement to constantly look at what you want to control becomes distracting and, in some cases, hinders usability. Unlike traditional computers where input is independent of your gaze, the Vision Pro demands your attention, leading to moments of frustration, especially in activities that require sustained focus.

The Apple Vision Pro, priced at $3,499, marks Apple’s venture into “spatial computing,” aiming to integrate augmented reality into daily life. While the display impresses with stellar video passthrough and remarkable MicroOLED technology, weighing between 600 and 650 grams, it poses ergonomic challenges, and its external battery pack adds to the bulk. The headset’s visuals, despite advancements, suffer from common VR limitations such as motion blur and color gamut restrictions.

Controlled by a sophisticated eye and hand tracking system, the Vision Pro offers a unique interface, but the constant need to look at what you want to control becomes distracting, deviating from the independent input mechanisms of traditional computers. The eye tracking, while awe-inspiring initially, exhibits inconsistencies over time, hindering the overall user experience.

In essence, the Vision Pro presents an impressive step towards spatial computing but grapples with weight, display limitations, and occasional control challenges, prompting users to weigh the magic it offers against notable tradeoffs.

Complaining about a hand tracking system needing to see hands might seem silly, yet the Vision Pro’s limitations become evident. While Siri and dictation help navigate visionOS, the constant awareness of hands and the visual tracking system’s occasional failures make it a unique, sometimes frustrating, experience. The system, keen on capturing hand movements, can lead to amusing unintended inputs, showcasing both the system’s brilliance and its pitfalls. Achieving rock-solid reliability in the input system is crucial for a seamless computing experience in the Vision Pro.

 

Spatial cameras

Shooting photos with the Vision Pro yields low-quality 6.5-megapixel stills, and videos, though slightly better, suffer from noticeable compression and barrel distortion when viewed on non-Vision Pro devices. The impracticality of taking photos with the headset and the assumption that most users own iPhones with superior video capabilities make these features seem less significant. However, spatial videos shot on the iPhone 15 Pro Max and viewed in 3D on the Vision Pro offer a compelling, albeit solitary, experience, allowing users to relive memories in a bittersweet fashion.

VisionOS

The Vision Pro operates on visionOS, a customized version of iPadOS with optimizations for spatial computing. Leveraging iPadOS provides Apple with a robust app library from the start, although early controversies involve major developers like Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube holding off on supporting the Vision Pro. While Safari on the device accommodates web-based experiences, WebXR support is inconsistent. Apple expresses commitment to contributing to WebXR but acknowledges the current variability. Notably, YouTube VR lacks support, with Apple citing a focus on delivering high-quality spatial media experiences. The Vision Pro’s app ecosystem and web compatibility remain evolving aspects.

VisionOS sets itself apart with a novel experience featuring free-floating windows for unlimited app openings and spatial arrangement. The multi-operating system support adds versatility, integrating native visionOS apps, iPad apps, and Mac connectivity. However, the personal nature of the spatial environment limits shared experiences. The intuitive gestures for window management lack centralized controls, making it more complex than typical iOS devices. Seamless Mac display sharing showcases the Vision Pro’s versatility, transforming it into a virtual Mac display.

While Vision Pro falls short in true AR interaction, subtle features like the “connect display” button and a text preview window during Bluetooth keyboard use offer a glimpse into AR possibilities. In mixed reality scenarios, particularly in entertainment, Vision Pro excels. Immersive movie experiences, 3D content, and Apple’s library of 3D movies enhance the viewing experience. Yet, the device’s weight and DRM limitations pose challenges during screen captures.

Gaming on the Vision Pro lacks popular VR titles and fitness apps, highlighting a gap compared to competitors like Quest. Concerns about the device’s weight and design arise, impacting its suitability for physical gaming experiences. While developers work on porting more games, the absence of established titles like Beat Saber points to a current limitation. A cautionary note emphasizes the need for users to adapt gradually to VR motion, acknowledging potential motion sickness.

Despite its impressive features, the Vision Pro’s hefty price and specific limitations raise questions about its broader market appeal, especially compared to dedicated VR platforms. While its transformation into a virtual Mac display showcases versatility, considerations about weight, gaming ecosystem, and adapting to VR motion suggest a niche audience for this mixed reality device.

 

The Vision Pro is a testament to Apple’s engineering prowess, showcasing a stunning display, sophisticated passthrough technology, and seamless integration within the ecosystem. However, it may unintentionally reveal that certain core ideas, like camera-based mixed reality passthrough or advanced hand- and eye-tracking, could be dead ends, facing challenges for mainstream adoption. Despite its magical moments, the device’s complex technology might be ahead of its time.

Alternatively, the Vision Pro could serve as a precursor to Apple’s envisioned true AR glasses, acting as a simulator or developer kit. This perspective suggests the current device is a stepping stone for app and use case development, preparing the ground for future optical AR glasses capable of shared digital experiences. However, these scenarios come with significant tradeoffs, emphasizing the inherent loneliness of the Vision Pro experience. Tim Cook’s acknowledgment of headsets being isolating rings true, posing challenges for a device aiming to be a primary computing tool. Despite its impressive features, the Vision Pro raises questions about its role in collaborative workspaces and everyday computing.

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Things to Know about the AI-Powered Samsung Galaxy S24 Series

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Explore a realm of endless possibilities with the newly launched Galaxy S24 Ultra, Galaxy S24+, and Galaxy S24, now available for purchase. Empowered by Galaxy AI1, these devices redefine our phone interactions, offering innovative ways to create, connect, and beyond. Starting the journey, the Samsung Care team highlights seven key features that make the AI-powered Samsung Galaxy S24 Series a game-changer.

Here are standout things you need to know about the AI-powered Samsung Galaxy S24 Series.

1. Enhance your S24 performance with the enhanced Galaxy AI experience.

The Galaxy S24 series is infused with artificial intelligence (AI), enriching every aspect of your smartphone experience. Packed with AI capabilities, your S24 is geared to elevate your Galaxy experience and boost productivity. With Galaxy AI, you can seamlessly keep pace with the speed of life, even when faced with a multitude of tasks and limited time.

2. Experience faster information retrieval with “Circle to Search” on the Galaxy S24

The pioneering phone to introduce this intuitive, gesture-driven feature. With a simple circle gesture, explore new dimensions of discovery. No more frantic searching—when something catches your eye, circle it, and ta-da access Google Search results instantly. Get answers in a flash without leaving your feed, making information retrieval swift and seamless.

3. Elevate your photography with the “Generative Edit” feature on the Galaxy S24. After capturing a photo, harness the power of Generative Edit to effortlessly turn ordinary images into photographic masterpieces with just a few taps. This innovative Galaxy AI editing tool enables easy adjustments like erasing, recomposing, and remastering. Capture a great shot, then enhance it with Generative Edit to take your photos to the next level.

4. Find the right words fast with “Chat Assist” on the Galaxy S24.

Receive real-time tone suggestions to enhance the professionalism or conversational flow of your writing. With AI integrated into the Samsung Keyboard, effortlessly translate and communicate with friends and family in various languages—real-time translation is available in 13 languages. Carry on your conversations confidently, seamlessly bridging language barriers with ease on the Galaxy S24.

5. Overcome language barriers during calls with “Live Translate” on the Galaxy S24.

Whether making reservations while traveling abroad, this feature in your Phone app provides near-real-time voice translations. Enjoy two-way, real-time voice and text translations during phone calls, eliminating awkward lost-in-translation moments and enhancing communication on your Galaxy S24.

6. Note smarter, not harder, with “Note Assist” on the Samsung Galaxy S24.

Revolutionize your note-taking and organization in Samsung Notes with AI-generated summaries, streamlined templates, and cover creation for easy preview and retrieval. Additionally, Note Assist goes the extra mile by offering translation capabilities for your notes. Let the Galaxy S24’s Note Assist handle the heavy lifting of everyday tasks, making your note-taking experience more efficient and convenient.

7. Effortlessly transfer data and settings with “Smart Switch” to seamlessly set up your new Galaxy S24.

Once you’ve acquired your Samsung Galaxy S24, the setup process becomes a breeze. Smart Switch ensures that all your content from your previous phone, including photos, contacts, calendar events, notes, apps, themes, device settings, and more, stays with you during the transition to the Galaxy S24.

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