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Is the sapphire of the Apple Watch Series 3 better than glass?

The base Apple Watch Series 3 comes with the same ion-strengthened glass that the iPhones use. The pricier Edition model has sapphire crystal instead, which is harder and more scratch resistant. But are all sapphires the same?
JerryRigEverything set out to test this, using a $300 Tissot watch as a control (which also has sapphire crystal). The results? Well, here’s the video and there spoilers are below it. While Apple is indeed using sapphire, it’s not the best quality. Impurities make it more fragile than the sapphire crystal used on a typical Swiss watch. The same test performed on an iPhone 7 (ion-strengthened glass) showed scratches at a Mohs hardness of 6. This means that Apple’s sapphire crystal isn’t any tougher than its scratch resistant glass (the Tissot meanwhile scratched at level 8). A crash course on the Mohs scale: each level is twice as hard as the previous level. That means that Mohs 8 is four times as hard as Mohs 6.
The base Apple Watch Series 3 comes with the same ion-strengthened glass that the iPhones use. The pricier Edition model has sapphire crystal instead, which is harder and more scratch resistant. But are all sapphires the same?
JerryRigEverything set out to test this, using a $300 Tissot watch as a control (which also has sapphire crystal). The results? Well, here’s the video and there spoilers are below it. While Apple is indeed using sapphire, it’s not the best quality. Impurities make it more fragile than the sapphire crystal used on a typical Swiss watch. The same test performed on an iPhone 7 (ion-strengthened glass) showed scratches at a Mohs hardness of 6. This means that Apple’s sapphire crystal isn’t any tougher than its scratch resistant glass (the Tissot meanwhile scratched at level 8). A crash course on the Mohs scale: each level is twice as hard as the previous level. That means that Mohs 8 is four times as hard as Mohs 6.

Panasonic unveils Eluga I4 mid-ranger

Panasonic Eluga I4 is the name of the new phone Panasonic announced today in India. It is a direct successor to the Eluga I3 and comes with 4G VoLTE support. It runs on MediaTek chipset and Android Nougat and has low-end specs and an affordable price tag.
The screen of the Eluga I4 is 5” with HD resolution and 2.5D curved glass on top. Underneath, an MT6737 chipset features a quad-core CPU and the Mali-T720 GPU.
Panasonic equipped the new phone with 16 GB internal storage, and there is also a microSD slot for 128 GB more. RAM is 2 gigs.
An 8 MP camera with quad-LED flash sits on top of the back panel, while the front one has a fingerprint scanner that doubles as a home button. The selfie cam is 5 MP. The whole package is powered by a 3000 mAh battery.
The Panasonic Eluga I4 is offered in either Blue, Black or Gold. The price is INR8,290 which is about $125. It can be purchased at Panasonic shops or various online and offline retailers across India.
Panasonic Eluga I4 is the name of the new phone Panasonic announced today in India. It is a direct successor to the Eluga I3 and comes with 4G VoLTE support. It runs on MediaTek chipset and Android Nougat and has low-end specs and an affordable price tag.
The screen of the Eluga I4 is 5” with HD resolution and 2.5D curved glass on top. Underneath, an MT6737 chipset features a quad-core CPU and the Mali-T720 GPU.
Panasonic equipped the new phone with 16 GB internal storage, and there is also a microSD slot for 128 GB more. RAM is 2 gigs.
An 8 MP camera with quad-LED flash sits on top of the back panel, while the front one has a fingerprint scanner that doubles as a home button. The selfie cam is 5 MP. The whole package is powered by a 3000 mAh battery.
The Panasonic Eluga I4 is offered in either Blue, Black or Gold. The price is INR8,290 which is about $125. It can be purchased at Panasonic shops or various online and offline retailers across India.

Check out this LG V30 vs. 8K RED Weapon camera comparison

Yesterday HBO's Director of Photography to take the LG V30 for a spin and today we get a comparison between the smartphone and the 8K RED Weapon movie camera.
Check out this LG V30 vs. 8K RED Weapon camera comparison Shot on LG V30 Youtuber Parker Walbeck decided to recreate the Walter Mitty Longboard Scene by taping the phone right next to the RED Weapon and shooting simultaneously.
The whole setup is mounted on a drone and all sorts of professional camera equipment come into play, as we see from the behind the scenes shots. There is also a $150 gimbal stabilizer used for panoramic shots, so not everything is strictly professional.
Behind the scenes Actual LG V30 footage
Behind the scenes • Actual LG V30 footage
Of course, this is not done in Auto mode. Slight adjustments like post-editing and color correction are easily made with additional software like Adobe Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve, but LG also deserves credit for making such actions available to the end user via the LG Cine LOG feature in the camera app settings.
Check out the actual video below.
Yesterday HBO's Director of Photography to take the LG V30 for a spin and today we get a comparison between the smartphone and the 8K RED Weapon movie camera.
Check out this LG V30 vs. 8K RED Weapon camera comparison Shot on LG V30 Youtuber Parker Walbeck decided to recreate the Walter Mitty Longboard Scene by taping the phone right next to the RED Weapon and shooting simultaneously.
The whole setup is mounted on a drone and all sorts of professional camera equipment come into play, as we see from the behind the scenes shots. There is also a $150 gimbal stabilizer used for panoramic shots, so not everything is strictly professional.
Behind the scenes Actual LG V30 footage
Behind the scenes • Actual LG V30 footage
Of course, this is not done in Auto mode. Slight adjustments like post-editing and color correction are easily made with additional software like Adobe Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve, but LG also deserves credit for making such actions available to the end user via the LG Cine LOG feature in the camera app settings.
Check out the actual video below.

Google Pixel 2 specs leak

You have to give it to Google – this was a great misdirect. “No 3.5mm headphone jack”. That sucks, but how about no SIM card slot?
According to rumored info, the Pixel 2 will have an embedded SIM card (eSIM) so you switch carriers without having to switch SIM cards. Yes, that’s the same setup as the new Apple Watch. But check out the carrier support for the watch. We’re sure the new Pixels will work great with Google Fi, but that’s of little comfort for Europeans.
At any rate, this info could be wrong or there still might be an old-school SIM slot.
Moving on, both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be powered by Snapdragon 835 chipsets. They will have stereo speakers on the front, flanking the screen.
Screen protectors for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, showing the stereo speaker cutouts Screen protectors for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, showing the stereo speaker cutouts
Screen protectors for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, showing the stereo speaker cutouts
Here things diverge a bit, the smaller phone will have a 1080p screen while the XL model will have QHD resolution and will support Wide Color Gamut. Both phones will use Gorilla Glass 5 and will have IP67 water resistance for improved durability.
The next-gen Pixels will have single cams on the front and back, seemingly both with OIS. So no dual camera upgrade to one of the best shooters of 2017.
Additional specs include a 2,700mAh battery for the small one and 3,520mAh for the big one (still no wireless charging), a choice between 64GB and 128GB storage coupled with unlimited Google cloud storage until 2023 (unclear if it’s only for photos/videos or any file).
Rumor details the Google Pixel 2 specs Finally, there’s HTC’s squeezable feature dubbed Active Edge (it will wake up the Google Assistant). Stand by for the unveiling next week, we already know which rumor we're hoping proves false.
You have to give it to Google – this was a great misdirect. “No 3.5mm headphone jack”. That sucks, but how about no SIM card slot?
According to rumored info, the Pixel 2 will have an embedded SIM card (eSIM) so you switch carriers without having to switch SIM cards. Yes, that’s the same setup as the new Apple Watch. But check out the carrier support for the watch. We’re sure the new Pixels will work great with Google Fi, but that’s of little comfort for Europeans.
At any rate, this info could be wrong or there still might be an old-school SIM slot.
Moving on, both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be powered by Snapdragon 835 chipsets. They will have stereo speakers on the front, flanking the screen.
Screen protectors for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, showing the stereo speaker cutouts Screen protectors for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, showing the stereo speaker cutouts
Screen protectors for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, showing the stereo speaker cutouts
Here things diverge a bit, the smaller phone will have a 1080p screen while the XL model will have QHD resolution and will support Wide Color Gamut. Both phones will use Gorilla Glass 5 and will have IP67 water resistance for improved durability.
The next-gen Pixels will have single cams on the front and back, seemingly both with OIS. So no dual camera upgrade to one of the best shooters of 2017.
Additional specs include a 2,700mAh battery for the small one and 3,520mAh for the big one (still no wireless charging), a choice between 64GB and 128GB storage coupled with unlimited Google cloud storage until 2023 (unclear if it’s only for photos/videos or any file).
Rumor details the Google Pixel 2 specs Finally, there’s HTC’s squeezable feature dubbed Active Edge (it will wake up the Google Assistant). Stand by for the unveiling next week, we already know which rumor we're hoping proves false.