Improving By Increments
There was a time when the word ‘professional’ was reserved for a very specific segment of products, which far exceeded the requirements of the average consumer. These products relied less on aesthetic beauty while focusing more on utilitarian design and functionality. However, in the recent smartphone revolution, the tag has become just another marketing gimmick for companies to justify their higher-priced models; and in this game, no one is as good as Apple. They started this back with the MacBook and now have spread it to the iPad as well as the iPhone. The current generation features not one, but two Pro models, replacing the oddly named XS and XS Max models.
While the bigger Pro Max certainly seems like a better deal, most users are likely to gravitate towards the iPhone Pro, which retains a much more comfortable form factor, with a 5.8 inch Super Retina XDR display that is easily one of the brightest, most colour accurate OLED panels on the market. The only change on the outside is the bigger camera-bump on the back, along with the new matte finish that contrasts well with the glass of the bump. The bigger bump is certainly noticeable; however, it is a necessary adjustment to fit the new 12MP three-camera layout that features a telephoto and ultra-wide lens along with the standard. Even the front camera has been upgraded to take 4K and slow-motion videos.
The removal of 3D touch has freed up more space for a bigger battery, even if the charging times are still a bit slow. At the same time, the new A13 Bionic chip easily beats the best in the market. These things combine to make a compelling case for the new iPhone, even though the price is still too much to justify paying `99,900 for just 64GB storage. The 256GB and 512GB variants are even more pricey, at ₹1,13,900, and ₹1,31,900 respectively. At the end of the day, you are still paying a big premium for the brand.
SAME IN RANGE
Google Pixel 4
Launched on the heels of the iPhone 11, the new Pixel 4 features a similar look, with a 5.7 inch 90Hz OLED display that is equally vibrant, if not as bright. It also has a Snapdragon 855 chip with 6GB of RAM, making it quite quick when combined with Google’s tweaked software. At a starting price of just ₹57,000 for the 64GB variant, it would be an even cheaper alternative. Unfortunately, due to complications with its new Soli system and Indian spectrums, there is still doubt on whether the phone will even make it to Indian shores.
One Plus 7T PRO
The latest model in the confusing name game is the 7T Pro, which features a bigger 6.67 inch 90Hz AMOLED display and an even faster Snapdragon 855+ chip. It even features a 48MP main camera, along with the biggest and fastest charging battery. At a starting price of just ₹54,000, it is easy to see how the company is targeting both iPhone as well as Google flagships. However, there is still a value put on refinement, and it is up to the customer to see whether this is enough for them, in comparison.