The iPhone X Experience… WHY WE RETURNED IT

OMG THE IPHONE X is AMAZ… NO… you’re now my EX! Find out why in this review where we take the iPhone X out and compare it to the best iPhone ever made.. the iPhone 6s.

COMPANION VIDEOS

iPhone X Camera Review: https://youtu.be/XP7XocJtD6I

iPhone X Camera Tests: https://youtu.be/Y7phA3oOQzc

The iPhone 7 Experience: https://youtu.be/g29h6bYdF8c

Best Deal on iPhone 6s: https://youtu.be/rVY3trz0BE8

REVIEW

Just like the iPhone 7, we tried to love it, we really did but.

The box is smelly. The bezels are HUGE now 4.2mm up from 3mm of the iPhone 6s!

With Touch ID you could have more than one finger print to unlock the phone - eg. share it with your partner, with Face ID, you just have one face, and if that doesn’t work you need to wait over 2 seconds each time to be prompted for the pin.

Animoji is FUN AF! But, isn’t it just Talking Tom with all the in-app purchases unlocked?

The screen is weird.

The back camera is EXACTLY THE SAME AS the one in the iPhone 6s. 4k 60fps is buggy. The front face camera has improved but still suffers from stabilisation issues.

It’s faster.. but you won’t notice a difference if you’ve got at least an iPhone 6s.

You really need to have it wrapped up in a heavy duty case, because it’s flimsy AF.

After all that hype having to stay up to midnight for the pre-order sale, it was a big disappointment. But, at least we get our AUD$2128 back!

Did you keep yours?

PURCHASE LINKS

iPhone X: http://amzn.to/2i2WcRz

iPhone 6S: http://amzn.to/2yvlVaJ

Samsung S7: http://amzn.to/2xJy2yD

FILMING TOOLS

Panasonic G85: http://amzn.to/2giOaCQ

Rode VideoMicro: http://amzn.to/2wBI4Eh

More: http://bit.ly/vtudiotools

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iPhone X vs 6s vs Samsung S7 vs Mirrorless G85 | Camera Showdown

CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE?… Prepare yourself for the ULTIMATE camera showdown, comparing the super-camera of the iPhone X against its older brother the 6s, its rival the Samsung S7 and the best value professional camera the Panasonic G85 to help you decide on if it’s really worth the huge price hike.

NOTES

All videos were shot at their camera’s highest settings.

The audio on the iPhone X and iPhone 6s was boosted in post.

CAMERAS

iPhone X

Back Camera - 4k 60fs

Front Camera - 1080p 30 fps

HEVC encoding - resulting in around half the size of traditional mp4

iPhone 6s

Back Camera - 4k 30fps

Front Camera - 720p 30fps

Cheap as chips

Samsung S7

Back Camera - 4k 30fps

Front Camera - 1440p 30fps

Excellent quality, but poor colour profile

Panasonic G85

Using wide angle adapter and Ride VideoMicro for audio

Excellent quality

Weighs half a kilo!

THOUGHTS?

The quality of the iPhone X was very good, both the front and back camera has improved over the iPhone 6s, and the wider angle on the front camera is a must. That being said, I couldn’t really tell the difference between the front cameras in good lighting. Also, what surprised me the most is that even though the camera now features image stabilisation, the iPhone X and 6s were both very shaky when compared to the Samsung and Panasonic.

COMPANION VIDEOS

iPhone 7 Experience: https://youtu.be/g29h6bYdF8c

iPhone 6s Envirofone: https://youtu.be/rVY3trz0BE8

Panasonic G85 Field Test: https://youtu.be/4xcC1buDOaQ

Wide Angle Lens for G85: https://youtu.be/T9ClygpMG60

FILMING TOOLS | AMAZON AFFILIATE LINKS

iPhone X: http://amzn.to/2i2WcRz

Samsung S7: http://amzn.to/2xJy2yD

iPhone 6S: http://amzn.to/2yvlVaJ

Panasonic G85: http://amzn.to/2giOaCQ

Rode VideoMicro: http://amzn.to/2wBI4Eh

More: http://bit.ly/vtudiotools

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Unboxing the Apple External Graphics eGPU DevKit + Mini-Review

The Apple External Graphics Developer kit has finally arrived and we can’t wait to unbox it with you! Featuring the Sonnet Breakaway Box with the Radeon RX 580 graphics card which is 3 times faster than the GPU in the MacBook Pro 15"… We unbox it live with you and give you a preview on how fast it makes Final Cut Pro, Xcode and Windows gaming…

PURCHASE: http://apple.co/2sKNYNl

SUMMARY
The Apple External Graphics Development kit is aimed at virtual reality developers looking to get their MacBook performance VR ready. It requires Apple macOS High Sierra and comes with the RX 580 graphics card, Sonnet breakaway box and Belkin USB hub.

The Sonnet breakaway box is the quietest enclosure on the market, however it will add an extra 20db on your normal room levels which is noisy for the traditional Apple experience, and at the moment, the connecting the cable to your Mac can be quite sparky, so be careful plugging it in.

While we got the unit successfully setup, performance on Xcode’s iOS Simulator and Final Cut Pro were very negligible at the moment (See the performance video for a full comparison). However, I imagine with a software update performance will be improved.

To get it working with Final Cut Pro, we needed to disable the iGPU, big thanks to the help from jonwatso over at egpu.io: http://bit.ly/2sL2aGc

Windows Bootcamp is unsupported, while we did get it connected and detected by Device Manager, the external monitor would not display and games would not take advantage of the eGPU.

Thanks for reading, would love to hear your thoughts on the unit and if you know how to get more performance out of it. Please share your tips.

HOW MUCH FASTER IS 15" MacBook Pro (2017) vs 13" MacBook Pro (2016)

We’ve been pushing our 13" MacBook Pro (2016) to its limits lately, so we bit the $6,000 bullet to find out how much faster the new 15" MacBook Pro (2017) and the results were shocking.

Comparison Specs
13" MacBook Pro (2016)
Intel i7 3.3GHz Dual Core
Intel Iris 550
16GB Ram
1TB SSD

15" MacBook Pro (2017)
Intel i7 2.9GHz Quad Core
Radeon 560 Pro
16GB Ram
2TB SSD

To even the tests to be as close as possible, I setup the 2017 15" with a clone of my 2016 13". Migration Assistant only works via Wifi and not super-fast USB so it I left it overnight, however most interestingly I learnt that the 15" MacBook Pro can actually charge a 13" MacBook Pro.

For the test configuration I wanted to simulate real world usage I had 3 browsers open and Google Drive syncing… eek!

The 2016 MacBook Pro was hitting SSD Read speeds of 2600 MB/s
While the 2017 MacBook granted with a larger 2TB hard drive would only reach 2200 MB/s

This surprised me because I had heard that the SSD speeds had been improved for this generation.

Launching Final Cut took around the same time on both. The first launch took 1 minute on the 2016, and 58 seconds on the 2017. The second launch took 18 seconds on both.

Editing 4k Locally stored Proxy videos ran fast on both laptops.

However, on my 2016 laptop as I have lots of footage I tend to store my media on a Network Access Server. I sometimes store proxy footage on there from old projects and editing those are a complete pain. I wondered if the multiple cores would help out here, however… it didn’t.

Editing a Locally Stored 4k Project was much more doable on the 15" 2017, however the jitters were still there, making proxy files a necessity.

Transcoding on the 15" 2017 was 1 second faster.

Exporting a 40 second 4k project was 6 seconds faster on the 15" 2017.

In 9 seconds I managed to launch more tabs on the 2016, but more tabs loaded on the 2017.

Compiling code was twice as fast on the 15" thanks to its quad core. However, the iOS simulator was still unusable for OpenGL on both machines.

The most interesting thing was that on the 13" the CPU was idling between 5-15% (with Google Drive taking up 60+%), whereas the 15" was idling at 65% with GDrive only reaching 8%. So maybe with better multithreaded programming design patterns in software, we could get much better performance out of it. However, that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

I set both machines up with Windows via Bootcamp, and while I didn’t time it, I didn’t notice any difference in performance during the installation. Where I did notice the difference, and it was a big difference, was in gaming. I could never get the frame rate up in Assassn’s Creed Unity on my 2016 13" MacBook, however out of the box it ran flawlessly on my 2017 15", thanks to it’s dedicated GPU. Note: I have Apple’s eGPU box on order and as soon as it comes I’ll let you know how it shifts the balance in this department.

All things considered we decided to keep our 13" and sent the 15" packing.