AHVA IPS

Note: I am working on a review of BenQ’s PD3200U and started to dig into AHVA, which is the wide viewing angle display technology used in the 32-inch UHD IPS LCD panel. Instead of adding this portion to the review I’ve decide it would better serve DISPLAYBLOG readers to have a separate article detailing AHVA. […]

Google Pixel 2 XL: Display Problems

Google’s Pixel 2 XL is built by LG. The plastic OLED, or POLED, display is supplied by LG Display. Here is a list of display-related problems some Pixel 2 XL users are reporting: Muddy color Grainy texture in low light Burn in The burn in issue is particularly troublesome since it is most likely a […]

AirPods

Several days ago my daughter and I went to Palo Alto, California on a daddy-daughter outing. First we stopped by Blue Bottle Coffee. I ordered an Americano and she got a hot chocolate. “Too sweet,” was the verdict. The Americano was a little over-extracted  and had more bitterness than what I would have preferred. Expensive […]

Apple & Music

1000 songs in your pocket. That was the promise Steve Jobs delivered with the original iPod. Apple focused on quantity because when it was announce in 2001 we wanted all of our music, nicely ripped into mp3 format, with us wherever we went. Other mp3 players used flash storage; the original iPod used a small […]

DxOMark

Marques Brownlee has a great commentary on smartphone DxOMark ratings (it’s a YouTube video). The MKBHD video explains how these ratings are calculated (it’s kind of a black box), and what you should look for to find the right smartphone for you based on what type of photos you like to take. The highest DxOMark-rated Pixel 2 […]

Low-Margin Hardware

Low-margin hardware brands can’t sustain their business by only selling you low-margin hardware. They need to find other ways to generate profits, and one way is to collect your data and sell it to the highest bidder. OnePlus runs OxygenOS, which records data: when you lock or unlock the screen when you open, use, close […]

What comes after user-friendly design?

I was going through my RSS feed and came across an article titled “What Comes After User-Friendly Design?” The thought that popped into my mind was, “Are we even good at user-friendly design?” Are cars user-friendly? Are smartphones user-friendly? Are computers user-friendly? Are vacuum cleaners user-friendly? Are homes user-friendly? Are dishwashers user friendly? In my […]

Notch

An irregular notch with slimmer bezels. Or a straight line with thicker bezels. I think I’ll go with the straight line. I like straight. All of those sensors to make Face ID work need to be put somewhere around that area where the front-facing camera is located. Apple decided to make the transition to a […]

Privacy, Security, and Apple

[ TechCrunch / Matthew Panzarino ] Apple is the only company I trust to keep my privacy and security as high a priority as building a great product. That’s because to Apple it’s the same thing. At least that’s how I think about Apple. Is Apple perfect? No. I would have preferred a more secure […]

iPhone 7s

Here’s what I would have liked. Apple announces the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus. Almost everything looks the same as the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, but almost everything has been improved. Let’s start with the inside. A11 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, M11 motion coprocessor, better f/1.8 12MP camera, etc. […]