As is the requirement for everyone who owns a product with a visible Apple logo, I watch and read everything Apple. This is mandatory behavior for certified Apple Watchers as well as the growing number of blogs and websites that purport to know all things Apple.
This time of year the new iPhone rumors come out, and often they compare the imaginary iPhone-X with whatever Samsung just did a few months earlier. Zach Epstein, who writes for the lost genius and lost boys of BGR, has put his imagination into high gear to put two unannounced smartphones head-to-head in a deviously delirious and invisible competition.
Yes, that’s right, Google’s upcoming, unannounced, and mostly imaginary Pixel 2 is being compared to Apple’s upcoming, unannounced, and still mostly invisible iPhone 8 (or, whatever Apple decides to name the 10th anniversary iPhone). Let’s see how 21st century technology writers cover all the bases, all the way from first base reality to home plate fiction.
If the most recent crop of iPhone 8 leaks and renders turn out to be accurate, the iPhone 8 could simultaneously be the most gorgeous and most hideous new smartphone of 2017.
No matter what, you can’t go wrong by being on both sides of an argument.
In black, the phone is insanely sleek, featuring glass and polished steel construction that looks like one continuous piece of material with a seamless design. In white, meanwhile, it looks terrible.
Somehow, I think Apple’s designers and engineers have that cutout problem– looks good in black, probably not in white– figured out (like maybe, make it in white?).
It looks like Apple is very focused on the bezel-less trend of 2017, and it may be willing to sacrifice the look of the top of the phone in order to minimize the bezels on the sides and bottom.
Uh huh. Critics are never wrong about an invisible, unannounced product. Never. Ever.
Google, on the other hand, apparently doesn’t quite see the need to sacrifice the UX for the sake of screen-to-body ratios, and its white Pixel 2 might have a much more attractive look as a result.
Which might help the search engine giant sell thousands more smartphones this year. I know. Zinger, right?
From there we enter Neverland, where imaginary smartphone renders become reality, including one for Pixel XL that make the unannounced and invisible iPhone 8 imaginary renders look positively hideous.
The camera is all wrong, but the rest of the design is likely pretty close to what we can expect to see from the actual Google Pixel 2 XL, which is likely set to be unveiled sometime in September. As you can see, Google and LG didn’t feel the need to go to extremes when it comes to shrinking down the bezels around the display. As a result, the screen doesn’t have a hideous cutout like the iPhone 8 and Andy Rubin’s upcoming Essential phone.
And, that’s a wrap. Really. That’s it. Move along. Nothing to see here.
If I hadn’t read Epstein’s article myself, I would call it an imaginary argument that pits an imaginary, unannounced, invisible smartphone against yet another imaginary, unannounced, invisible smartphone– neither of which have been announced.
Yet, both are being compared in a not very good comparison. Why do I say that?
Because the comparison is lame at best, focuses on silly items like color and so-called sleekness on a device with or without a camera cutout. Nothing is mentioned regarding the fingerprint sensor or camera or operating system. Basically, it’s just a present day look at minor feature from a futuristic event that may happen in a few months, but far enough into the future that no one will remember the idiocy of this moment.
Epstein, of course, is a BGR writer who spent most of his time recently writing about X-number of paid iPhone apps on sale for free today.
Uh huh. Even English changes meaning at BGR. ‘On sale‘ used to mean, “Offered for purchase” or “Offered for purchase at a reduced price” but “for free” means there is no purchase but I did find one definition that says “available for people to buy at a price that is less than the usual price” which kinda sorta mostly describes ‘free.’
Sounds like a good gig. Write about free stuff and write about imaginary products.