We live in a different era. There once was a time when megahertz and gigahertz mattered, a time when display refresh rate was important, back when the number of pixels on a screen and the PPI set devices apart, one from another. Those days are gone.
Yet, those of us with a background in technology geekery still compare and contrast new products to see which ones have the best features and functions. Oddly enough, for a certified Appleholic, I am well aware that Apple does not bother much with keeping up with Jones’ specifications wars.
Specifications really do not matter much to the average user. For iPhone users, we want longer battery life and better cameras. Since Sir Jonny Ive has exited Apple’s hallowed halls, the company is more pragmatic and iPhone 11 and 11 Pro models come with better battery life and improved cameras.
Yet, the geek in me still wants to know how the hardware stacks up. How many pixels do the displays have? How fast are the displays? That kind of thing.
Google’s new Pixel 4 smartphone has only two cameras but the computational photographic capability is so good that both Pixel and iPhone top many mid-range DLSRs, and even in a side-by-side comparison of photos, most of us are hard-pressed to determine which photos came from which cameras.
Members of the technorati elite politburo also tout Pixel 4’s higher display rate vs. iPhone. 90Hz vs. 60Hz. You will be told that higher is better because scrolling and viewing videos may appear– to some– somewhat smoother.
You’ll never notice the difference, even side-by-side. Yes, those displays are that good. Well, except for Google’s Pixel 4 display. It is rated at 90Hz but some users found it drops to 60Hz when the display’s brightness drops below 75-percent. There are some hidden developer settings that can make the display stick to 90Hz, but understand that, like brightness, that can make battery life suffer.
Guess which smartphone gets the best battery life? iPhone 11 Pro? Or, Google Pixel 4?
Since most of us will never notice the difference between 90Hz and 60Hz Apple goes with the more conservative setting which improves battery life, too. Comparing specifications just ain’t what it used to be, you know?