By this point you probably know that the iPhone 10 is the most expensive Apple has ever offered. And you might have also heard that its the best the company has ever made.
Both of these things are true, but to me the question is whether that phone is worth the 1000 dollar price tag. I’m Michael Fisher, and this is the Mr. Mobile review of the iPhone 10 brought to you by Tech 21. If you’re unclear on the difference between a hands on video and a review, this is the perfect opportunity to clear the waters. Last week, when I had just a few hours with the iPhone 10, I found its gesture-based interface complicated, clunky. Its face-ID locking mechanism only on par with Samsung’s similar system. Well it turns out, this is the kind of device that you have to live with for a while. I’m not saying they’re flawless, the gestures are less intuitive than on the Blackberry and Palm platforms that inspired them and an unlock mechanic that makes you look at your phone is still less convenient than a fingerprint sensor. But after almost a week’s use in the world, this phone’s gestures now feel natural enough to make the old home button seem archaic.
And I’ve discovered that in about four out of five cases, face ID is so fast, that I don’t even notice its working, I just swipe to unlock. The occasional inconvenience of having to punch in a pin isn’t great, but its also not a deal breaker. On paper, the side-keys on the iPhone 10 are so confusing that Apple included a cheat sheet right in the box. But again, you get used to it. Summoning Siri with a side-key feels natural enough if you’ve ever used a walkie-talkie. I think its worth the side-effect of now having to use two buttons to turn the phone off. As for Siri herself, well (sighs). You also have the option of mapping a five-click shortcut to 911 so you can call the police quickly in a sticky situation. Yes, I still notice the notch in day-to-day use but I’ve come to like it more, not less.
No other phone looks quite like this. And when IOS calls attention to the notch, it does so in just the right way. Developers have been adapting their apps to accommodate it so rapidly that many of my complaints from a week ago no longer apply. Now practically speaking those looking for the maximum amount of screen area will still be better served by the iPhone eight plus. And that phone’s LCD technology is also less prone to the burn-in that the iPhone 10s OLED panel might suffer over time. So the 10 is still the less practical choice, the phone for flashy folks. Maybe there’s no better illustration of that flashiness than an emoji which uses face-mapping to do this. Yeah, this is a dumb feature, but its here to showcase Apple’s emergent focus on augmented reality. So expect this tech to be used for more important features in the future. I was more excited for the portrait-mode capability on the front facing camera, but so far I got to tell you that’s been a big let down. Edge detection just isn’t good enough to reliably separate subject from background. So you get awkward artifacts and bleed overs. Just like we’ve seen since the first day’s of portrait-mode over a year ago.
Google, has Apple soundly beat here with its pixel two line. And it got there with far less trial and error. In more traditional photography the iPhone 10 brings the same great performance as the iPhone eight, now with optical stabilization on the telephoto camera as well as the primary. Also like the eight, the 10 can shoot 4K video at 60 frames a second. And full HD slo-mo at 240. That’s something not many Android phone’s can do yet.
Since the current top of the line quark on silicon doesn’t support it. But again, with the exception of those selfie portraits and animoji, both of which are terrible, you can get nearly the same output from the iPhone eight plus. And the competition from Samsung holds its own. Those who don’t like the Galaxy Note eight’s punchier colors and higher contrast have a full sweet of manual controls right out of the box. I’m using the Note eight as an example because of its price similarity to the iPhone 10, but between Samsung, Google, LG, HTC and Huawei the ranks of really good cameras in the smartphone world are getting crowded. To its credit, the iPhone 10 does really nail the fundamentals. Its voice calls are crisp with good side tone. Its dual speakers are clear and louder than ever. Its battery is big enough to get you through a long day with no problem, even with a few hours of hotspotting.
And its glass and steel frame feels every bit the luxury indulgence its advertised to be. And yet, look I’m the biggest phone nerd I know and even I can’t get over this thing’s 1000 dollar price tag. The Note eight, I keep referring to, is up there in price too, but its 50 bucks cheaper and brings so many more features that comparing the two is, not even apples to oranges, we’re talking apples to durian. Meanwhile the iPhone eight, which shares so much of the iPhone 10s DNA, starts at 700 dollars. That’s a massive mark-up for a look. This is not the first time Apple has pushed the limits on price, back in 2007, the first iPhone ws expensive too and it lacked features like 3G and GPS, that even at the time were considered essential.
But that iPhone, was a revolutionary rethinking of what a smartphone should be. The iPhone 10 isn’t nearly as ambitious. The edge-to-edge screen, the dual-stabilized cameras, the wireless charging, the gesture interface, they’re all great, but we’ve seen them before. And even on this 1000 dollar smartphone, Apple charges an additional 75 dollars to let you fast-charge it. A feature that comes standard on every Android flagship. Its kind of hard not to see that as a cynical cash-grab by one of the richest companies on the planet. Now, here’s why none of that matters. Apple has a well earned reputation for excellent customer service and its got an ecosystem that people are willing to spend more to be a part of. In a country like the US where carriers let you spread the cost of a phone across one or two years, someone who wants to stay in that ecosystem, but doesn’t want a boring old design, suddenly has the option of paying 40 or 50 bucks a month for this truly beautiful hardware. If I were a lifelong iPhone user, I’d definitely be one of them because there’s so much to love about this device.
But I come from the Android world where there’s so much quality available for half or even a third of this phone’s price, that I just can’t get past it. The iPhone 10 is a great smartphone for rich people or for the Apple loyalist who wants to splurge to celebrate the iPhone’s tenth anniversary. If that’s you, you’re gonna love this device. If that’s not you, then almost any other option will be a smarter use of your money. One more thing, the iPhone 10 also seems to be no more durable than any other glass on glass smartphone. So if you do take the 1000 dollar plunge, set aside another few bucks to protect your investment with a protective case from today’s sponsor, Tech 21.
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Hey Dave, can you do a review of the Dell 7577? (cloud of request comments forming) (So please review it ASAP) Hello, I hear you’re looking for an Inspiron 7577 video. Okay. This is not that laptop. JK, it is. I’ve had this for three weeks And I took my time on this one because this is an important device I feel like a lot of people purchase this thing or the Inspiron 7000 line And I wanted to make sure that I kind of tested it fully before I made this video. Okay This thing for the uninitiated is the inexpensive gaming laptop from Dell, it’s their Inspiron 7000 line And this is their third iteration of it. When you have an inexpensive gaming laptop, there’s got to be something, right? There’s, you want to find that one thing that the company cut the corner on or did something weird with to Provide it at that price point and these guys They nailed it this year, okay First of all, let’s talk about the screen. Last year, they launched with a TN panel That was unimpressive to say the least. This year this launches with an IPS panel right off the bat, and it’s pretty good It’s not amazing It’s a reasonably color accurate screen with decent brightness.
The viewing angles aren’t great, especially for an IPS panel But it’s way better than the old TN panel and actually slightly better than the IPS panel that they used previously There’s a 4K panel option, which I obviously don’t have but based on last year’s panel That was actually quite good, so if you do need higher resolution, I wouldn’t be afraid to get that 4K upgrade. Okay another thing they’ve added is a Thunderbolt 3 port. So they have all the regular stuff, USB 3.0, a bunch of them, three of them Ethernet port, SD card slot, and the Thunderbolt 3 port is nice because this one’s running 4 lanes of PCIe So if you’re plugging up an external GPU to this thing, you’re getting the maximum bandwidth. They’ve changed a few other things, some for the better, some for the worse. It’s a design refresh. This one feels like it has some Alienware DNA creeping in. The grille is different. I wouldn’t say it’s better or worse from last year’s. I personally like the design, but everyone is gonna be a little bit different.
The soft touch material is gone. It’s not on the surface It’s not on the keyboard deck and I feel like that was a material that felt and looked really cool when you first got it but, as you use the computer more and more and it got gunky, it was just weird, so I’m personally happy that they removed it. The hinge is unchanged and I didn’t love the positioning of this hinge even last year. It’s kind of closer to the middle. It makes it easier to torque. Like if you open this laptop from the side, it that you just tend to torque the screen a little bit more, and every time you do it if you do it hundreds or thousands of times with the lifespan of the laptop, I don’t know how it will do for the longevity of that hinge.
But last year’s hinges seem to hold up well, so I feel like this one will be the same. The screen in the top panel have a little bit of flex to it, nothing too bad. But the keyboard deck is rock-solid. It does not feel like a thousand dollar gaming laptop. It’s metal and there’s no play or soft spots on this thing. The corner down here still bugs me so last year’s 7567 had the same kind of corner and depending on your wrist positioning and just how you kind of use your keyboard, this can be an issue. It doesn’t bother me, but if you have a very flat resting position for your arm, you might want to watch out for that. The keyboard itself is good, not amazing. It’s an inexpensive gaming laptop, so you’re not gonna get the best typing experience, but it’s not bad.
The keystrokes are a little bit short, and I wish I had white backlighting instead of this red stuff. The trackpad is also solid. It’s a plastic surface, but it uses Windows Precision drivers, and the tracking is good. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the power button this was actually something I didn’t expect. They didn’t advertise this. I didn’t even see this at the IFA announcement. It might have been a late addition to this thing, but it’s awesome. This thing works really quickly and accurately to get you into Windows. Webcam looks and sounds like this, nothing amazing. I feel like the image quality hasn’t changed in like three years. It’s not terrible, but it’s not great. Getting inside the laptop is super easy. It’s a single screw and when you unscrew it off, it actually stays on the back panel There’s a c-clip that holds it in place so you can’t even lose a screw if you wanted to.
Inside, we have a inch hard drive bay. This slot is empty because I got an SSD with it But it comes with the cable, comes with a caddy, so you don’t have to buy any of that stuff if you want to add a hard drive to it. You have access to the SSD. The one that they include is actually really fast. The Wi-Fi card is good. It’s the Intel 8265 and you also have access to the two RAM slots. The battery is down here, and it’s smaller than last year which was disappointing. So last year it was a 74 watt-hour battery. This year it’s 56. And I’m getting around hours of battery life, screen at 215 nits. Okay, I’m not sure why they did this because the bigger battery on last year’s model is one of its best features. It’s one of its like most distinguishing features from all the other gaming laptops that were available. That bigger battery was just like it was like a six hour battery So you could go through most of your day with just a single charge.
This now puts it into the “you gotta bring a charger with you” laptops, and I don’t know. That bombs me out It is a gaming laptop, so I can see why they did it, but it’s disappointing nonetheless Another thing that’s changed this year is that there’s no sub. So last year had a sub right in the bottom of the laptop which helped give it a little bit more bass I didn’t have amazing speakers, but they were pretty good.
This year the speakers projects at the front again But because there’s no sub, the bass is lacking. They sound good. They actually sound better in just terms of audio clarity. The mids and the highs are just, there’s just more body to that sound, there’s no distortion, but you definitely notice the lack of bass. Thermal management on this laptop is good. The external temperatures are good, the internal temperatures are good. There’s no throttling even during long gaming sessions. They did an excellent job with the thermal management. The fan noise is also not bad. At idle, the fans don’t run, and on load, it’s still quiet. Okay, let’s talk performance. And this is probably the most important part of this video.
This laptop is running a GTX 1060 Max-Q and a Kaby Lake i7 The 7700HQ. Now Max-Q chips tend to run at lower clock speeds, both the core clock and the boost clocks are slower. But for whatever reason on this laptop, the boost clock is actually quite high. It’s not as high as a regular 1060 laptop, but we’re hitting like 1645 MHz, which is really really close. Now the performance I’m getting from this thing is not as good as a regular GTX 1060 because it’s not always gonna hit the maximum boost clock, but everything except for the most demanding games will run really smoothly with really high graphics quality. Now as for the reason as to why they’re able to run their GPU a little bit faster, I’m not 100% sure. My theory is that because thermal management is as good as it is, they’re able to bump up that boost clock and the fans will take care of it, but honestly I’m not 100% sure. But whatever the reason it doesn’t even matter because you’re getting a really fast laptop that’s gonna be faster than most GTX 1060 Max-Q laptops out there, and consumers win! Okay, if you’re interested in this thing, I give it two thumbs up.
It’s really like, there’s not much to dislike about this thing. Maybe the battery life, that’s basically it. Okay. Hope you guys enjoyed this video! Thumbs if you liked it, subs if you loved it! See you guys next time!.
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