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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Review.

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The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is the epitome of the Ultra phone and it is undoubtedly Samsung’s most sought-after device. Some may find the design slightly uninspiring at present, however it is unquestionably an example of function preceding form. The rectangular body is perfectly suited to hold a powerful four-camera island, a formidable chipset with its associated cooling, a substantial 5,000mAh battery, and a stylus. Plus the largest possible display on a non-folding phone.

The Galaxy Ultra is now in its fourth iteration, and Samsung has made sure it stands out from the competition by including the S Pen and a 200MP camera. This solidifies that the Galaxy Ultra has a feature that no other device has.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra is a perfect choice for those dedicated to the Galaxy Ultra and the prior Galaxy Note series. Samsung has been very thorough in ensuring that the device is in line with its traditional roots. A similar situation can be seen with the iPhone Pro Max, as people have been eager to invest in it year after year.

The Way it is Designed and How it is Used

The Galaxy S23 Ultra has maintained the same overall design as the former S22 Ultra model, but a few changes have been made for the better. The display and glass panel curves have been drastically decreased, and the frame has been widened at the sides. This has made the phone easier to get hold of as well as less slippery – a bonus for those who use their phones without a cover.

The rear glass with a matte finish is pleasant to the touch yet can be slick at times; however, the shiny Armor Aluminum frame is prone to smudging but it has the advantage of being easier to hold.

It’s impossible to ignore the enormous size of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, but Samsung has perfected its handling. Specifically, the device has a balanced weight distribution, so it won’t tilt or lean when held in the hand.

The button arrangement is dead-on accurate – the power button is in the perfect spot for either the right thumb or left index finger. Having the button placed in the right area is a skillful craft – if you ask any iPhone 15 Pro Max user, they can tell you if the new Action Button location is comfortable for them.

The S23 Ultra performs as competently as can be expected from a device of its dimensions. However, individuals with smaller hands may find the Galaxy S23 Ultra to be overly bulky.

What has been the outcome?

Since the Galaxy S23 Ultra released in February, we have usually kept it covered in a case. Although, there have been a few times during its months of use that we deliberately removed it from its case to appreciate its superior texture.

The rear panel of the phone is beset with the same minute dot-scratches or blemishes as the Samsung S22 Ultra. We can only assume that specks of dust became lodged in between the phone and its protective casing. Nevertheless, they are practically invisible.

The frame is flawless. We can’t say for sure if it’s made of Samsung’s particular alloy (called Armor Aluminum) or something else, but we haven’t experienced any issues with it.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra’s earpiece has a tiny slit that tends to accumulate dust. Attempts to eradicate it with an air blower, water, and a toothbrush have been unsuccessful. Fortunately, it does not have any effect on the phone’s call quality.

In regards to phones with curved displays, there are very few quality glass screen protectors available for the Galaxy S23 Ultra, but there is a greater selection for the Galaxy S23 and S23+, which won’t obstruct the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The good thing about glass protectors is that they have their own oleophobic coating, and when it wears off, you can just switch out for a new protector and enjoy a great display for another six months to a year. On the other hand, if you prefer the cheaper feeling of plastic, you could opt for a plastic protector.

Using Biometrics for Identification

Biometrics is a technology that utilises a person’s biological traits, such as their fingerprints, to authenticate and identify them. This technology has become an integral part of a variety of security systems because it is an incredibly reliable method for verifying a person’s identity. The use of biometrics has helped to reduce the risk of fraud and security breaches.

The fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S23 Ultra is fantastic. It is identical to the one from the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which was also of outstanding quality. It is still incredibly quick and precise, even after extended use and no smudges make any difference in its performance – that’s the beauty of ultrasonic fingerprint scanners. It would be great to have the same tech featured on the following Galaxy S Ultra.

Visuals and Audio output

The Galaxy S23 Ultra has an impressive display that surpasses that of its rivals in terms of size, color accuracy, and viewing quality. Additionally, it can also be utilised for writing or drawing purposes, making it one of the best displays on the market.

Samsung’s auto brightness feature is top-notch, always adjusting to the lighting around you to provide the perfect level of illumination. You can manually tweak the brightness if necessary, but it will stay that way until there is a drastic shift in the environment. To put it another way, this functionality is “just right” for your needs.

When you are reading a book in the evening, for example, the screen of the phone can be adjusted to be quite dim.

If you’re using your phone right before going to sleep, the blue light emitted from the display can interfere with your ability to rest and reduce your sleep quality. Samsung has implemented an advanced blue light filtering system to adjust the color temperature to one that you prefer or have the phone adjust it based on the light in the environment. Additionally, you can also have the tones and contrast of the display adapted.

The Always On Display of the Galaxy S23 Ultra is great. You can enable it to appear when you receive a notification or manually activate it, and it will stay lit for 6 seconds, conserving battery. You can select to keep it constantly up, stipulate it to a certain schedule, or have it only show when there is a notification. Additionally, you can customize the clock design, color, or pick a widget.

The sound system of the Galaxy S23 Ultra is remarkable. This model features a hybrid speaker setup, with one located in the earpiece, yet it doesn’t compromise on quality. Audio is full and robust, and it has a great range of volume.

Showing Outstanding Results

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is a dependable device due to its powerful chipset, efficient cooling system, and dependable software.

The phone is able to quickly process apps without any issues, and is powerful enough to take on more demanding tasks, such as editing ExpertRAW (or other RAW formats) photos in Adobe Lightroom Mobile, creating 4K videos in programs like Adobe Rush or KineMaster, and running two apps simultaneously.

Our testing of the Galaxy S23 Ultra has been completely problem-free, with no interruptions, unexpected shutdowns, crashes, or restarts occurring. The phone has been highly reliable throughout our evaluation.

During the summer months, when watching high-definition videos on the phone, it can become quite hot; however, this did not seem to have an effect on the functioning but did impact the battery life.

Power Durability and Recharging

The Galaxy S series has made the switch to the Qualcomm chipset, pleasing both the casual fans and those in the know. Our review of the S23 Ultra revealed that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 was more efficient than the Exynos 2200. Our battery tests displayed that the device had 5 and a half hours more of video playback and 4 hours more of internet browsing than its predecessor. This was likely due to the new Snapdragon chip and its TSMC architecture being more adept at handling the 5,000mAh battery than the Exynos ever was.

The impressive battery life has remained mostly consistent since we began using the Galaxy S23 Ultra. However, when the weather heated up, we noticed that the battery was dropping faster during an hour-long navigation session than it had in the cooler months.

On a daily basis, you can depend on the Galaxy S23 Ultra to provide no less than 6 and a half hours of screen-on-time, except if you’re running Waze or Google Maps for over two hours at maximum brightness, at which point the time is closer to 4 hours.

I charge my Galaxy S23 Ultra on a wireless charger each night, and only need to occasionally refresh the battery during the day with fast wired charging. The device has an impressive charging control system, which allows the user to separately configure fast wired or fast wireless charging. It even has a smart function that will trickle charge the battery to 100% right before the phone is unplugged in the morning, theoretically reducing stress on the battery.

To further safeguard your battery, you could set the maximum charge to 85% – this will reduce the amount of charging cycles and will not be as taxing to the cells.

Recent Developments

When it comes to updates, Samsung has proven itself to be reliable in regards to both major OS updates and minor security patches. Each year, the company has been pushing its newest version of Android to its Galaxy S series earlier and earlier – the Galaxy S20 series got One UI 3 in December 2020, the Galaxy S23 series got One UI 4 in November 2021, and the Galaxy S22 series obtained One UI 5 in October 2022. Our Galaxy S23 Ultra was provided with One UI 6 on October 30th, offering a variety of features, enhancements, and a revitalized design, including a new system-wide font, a revised Quick Settings design, and more.

For the purpose of this review, we will not focus on the recent Android 14 software as all of our long-term testing was done using One UI 5 and Android 13.

Despite having a good history of releasing updates, Samsung’s August security patch had a hiccup as it took two months to reach many Galaxy S23 users, our own included.

The S Pen

The S Pen is a stylus that comes with certain Samsung devices. It allows users to jot down notes, draw, and perform other tasks. It has become an integral part of many Samsung phones and tablets, providing a great way to interact with the device.

Samsung has been relying on the S Pen as a unique feature for a long time. It’s experienced several improvements and is now seamlessly connected to the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

The S Pen is highly advantageous in a variety of situations, such as annotating screenshots, entering into non-disclosure agreements, creating directions on a map, and even providing a form of amusement for passengers on an extended journey. It is an invaluable asset!

Samsung Notes is an excellent tool for writing and sketching, as well as organizing your notes. Additionally, the Screen off memo feature allows you to quickly jot down a note without having to unlock your phone – simply take out the S Pen and write your note, put the pen away, and your phone will save the note for later.

Camera

The use of cameras has become increasingly commonplace in our culture, from capturing moments with loved ones to taking pictures of unique moments. Now, cameras are a part of everyday life, and photographic equipment has become commonplace in our society from taking pictures of special occasions to snapping shots of the extraordinary.

The new Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has released a 200MP imager, being the largest one on a Samsung phone to date. Samsung claims that users will experience clarity unlike anything seen on a Galaxy phone before, so we put it up against the best on the market at the time to see how it would fare. For more detailed information on the camera specs, we recommend looking at our review. In this article, we will be focusing more on particular camera features rather than the whole system.

The 200MP primary lens of the Galaxy S23 Ultra is impressive, but the real strength of the device is the range of its camera system. Starting at 13mm with an ultrawide, the phone progresses to 23mm for 2x zoom, then to 69mm for 3x, and all the way to 230mm with its unique 10x lens. This is an unrivaled level of zooming for a phone, and with rumors of the Galaxy S24 Ultra ditching the 10x camera in favor of 5x, the Galaxy S23 Ultra might be the last phone with optical 10x available.

Speaking of quality, the Galaxy camera app is one of the top apps and has not seen many changes in recent years. This makes it recognizable to those with a Galaxy phone. Anywhere the user is, they can double-press the power button to open up the camera, double-press it again to switch to the selfie camera, and double-press it one more time to get back to the main camera.

When it comes to good lighting conditions, the main camera of the Galaxy S23 Ultra does a great job of taking crisp images with almost no grain. The dynamic range is impressive – darker tones are still detailed but retain their natural hue, while the highlights are never too bright. We’d refer to the saturation as leaning heavily towards midtones. The colors are lively without being over-the-top, and the sky colors are a faithful representation of reality.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra really stands out when it comes to zoomed images. Its 3x and 10x cameras capture shots of remarkable quality in both bright and dim lighting. The details, contrast and hues are all quite impressive, however, grain can be seen with the 3x and 10x cameras.

These cameras are more about providing a different outlook, rather than purely great photography. The 10x lens on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is an unparalleled optical tool at 230mm, allowing for a distinct viewpoint, be it in a bustling city or up in the clouds gazing down at wind turbines from 11000 meters. Long-term use of the S23 Ultra instructs the photographer to look beyond the 5x camera of a standard smartphone. We’re looking forward to a bigger sensor zoom in the next iteration of the Galaxy S Ultra.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is a dependable camera, and it continues to be one of the most adaptable on the market. You can be certain that it won’t let you down, be off-focus, or fail when it matters most. It offers reliable stabilisation up to 230mm, and its autofocus has a knack for accurately pinpointing the subject of your shot – be it an individual nearby or a plane soaring across the sky at 10x. No other phones allow you to fit an ultra-wide, a wide, a midrange zoom, and a super telephoto lens into your pocket.

 

 

Our experience with this phone has been a positive one, as it has been able to handle all our requests without difficulty. We anticipate that other users would benefit similarly from its performance.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra is a significant improvement over its predecessor, however it still remains relatively the same phone. It’s unlikely to persuade iPhone or Pixel users to switch, so it’s important to manage one’s expectations of the device. This phone has been designed with a very specific user in mind, and those that fit the criteria will be more than content with the Galaxy S23 Ultra. It is very distinctly Samsung in its design, with lots of features and a huge size.

 

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  1. Christyblaire

    December 8, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    G, this one got my heart i thought am the only one in love with OPO but with all the future’s in this, OPO bye, bye me test this one.

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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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