The OnePlus 5 is the new kid on the flagship smartphone block, but how does it do when it comes to 4K video recording? We test its video stabilization (or lack thereof) against the popular Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Keep in mind that the OnePlus 5 lacks optical image stabilization (OIS) and relies on electronic IS only, while the iPhone 7 Plus support both OIS and EIS.
Even the slightest trembling of the hand results in an earthquake-like commotion on screen
And the results are… disappointing. At least for the OnePlus 5 that is. While we have seen phones like the Google Pixel achieve miracles with electronic stabilization only, the OnePlus 5 is definitely not of the same kin: the slightest hand jitter results in an earthquake-like commotion on screen.
And it’s particularly embarrassing when you compare it with a phone with great video stabilization like the iPhone 7 Plus, which – in the same handheld conditions – produces extremely smooth and stable footage.
You don’t need to trust our word for it, though: take a look yourselves at the video right above.
In the last few months, Apple unfolded a massive ad campaign of the picture shooting, storing and organizing capabilities of its products, and even started video tutorials on this topic. Which, let’s face it, do nothing but make you itch to spend on that dual-lens camera in the 7 Plus, or cause you to consider getting an iOS-enabled device that supports the fancy photo features.
Yesterday, Apple published not one, but two tutorial videos, this time showing off “How to Customize Memories on iPhone 7” and “How to Share Memories on iPhone 7”. Memories is a feature in the Photos app that uses an own algorithm to put together collections of and categorize your photos and videos. Both videos show an in-interface tutorial of how to navigate within Memories and easily share your pics and videos through iMessage or social media.
Even though you can run iOS 10 on any iPhone that was released after iPhone 4S, Cupertino has once again decided to mingle iPhone 7 into the ordeal. And why wouldn’t it, since iPhone 7 and its larger sibling are currently the top selling smartphones in the US?
A few weeks back, Apple published the “Barbers” and “The City” ads that promoted iPhone 7 Plus’ dual-camera and Portrait Mode capabilities.
The company began uploading its “How to” videos last month and pretty much all of them are concerned with picture taking with iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. These tutorials are undoubtedly helpful for amateur photographers, who own one of the devices, and equally enticing for those, who do not. We wonder whether Apple would eventually consider tutorials on “How to save up for an iPhone 7 Plus” – we bet this one would break the views counter.
Qualcomm alleges its tech made iPhones possible, Apple updates its claim, as the case between the two drags on
The months-long legal saga between Qualcomm and Apple, which started in January this year, has been gathering more and more momentum, rather than moving towards calmer waters. This Tuesday, Cupertino updated its claim against Qualcomm, alleging that the business practices of the last harmed not only Apple, but also “the entire industry”.
At the core of the legal battle between the two whether Cupertino should pay the chipmaker licensing fees on tech it uses in the production of iPhones. Apple has condemned the practice and subsequently withheld due payments to Qualcomm, with the last responding in the same manner. The issue is that Qualcomm charges the fee as a percentage of the total price of the device, which, Apple suggests, enriches the first unjustly, for parts and tech it has not contributed to.
Qualcomm’s position is that the licensing royalties are consideration for an array of technologies found in iPhones, and does not relate to the patent of a single chip. In response to Apple’s latest submission, Qualcomm has stated that its chips have made the production of iPhones and other smartphones possible. Qualcomm’s Executive VP and General Counsel of Qualcomm Don Rosenberg has also stated that Qualcomm has had input in connectivity, high-speed data transmission and GPS navigation tech, which is the ground for the company’s position in the legal battle.
“Qualcomm’s innovations are at the heart of every iPhone and enable the most important uses and features of those devices,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm. “It simply is untrue that Qualcomm is seeking to collect royalties for Apple innovations that have nothing to do with Qualcomm’s technology.”
The legal tie has been dragging on for months now and, on the looks of it, we should not expect a resolution anytime soon. The issue of Qualcomm’s fee, charged as a percentage of the total price of a device, will only heat up, as we near the release of the next hot-shot flagship by Apple this autumn.