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Pssst! Some guy got the Google Pixel early!

Coming straight out of Australia, a lucky Reddit user appears to have been accidentally sent out Google Pixel a week early and has gone ahead and written about his experiences on the Android Reddit subreddit.

But apart from the official statistics, he provides some very interesting insight on camera focus time and actual usability on the phone. The user even provides pictures of what comes in the box;

Google Pixel in the box


Ambient display: This currently only lights the lockscreen up when a new notification is received. There is no facility to sneak peek the lock screen with 2 or 3 taps.

Assistant: It starts with the OK Google command from screen off but you have to be fairly loud and clear compared to activating when the screen is on.

Battery: Very basic and early stats. Taken following running both Geekbench4 and Antutu. Battery GSam/Settings

Boot animation: The coloured balls jump over each other.

Buttons: Satisfying clicks. The volume key has a bit rattly movement.

Carrier Bloatware: Nil. There is no indication on the box/phone or software that the device was sold through an exclusive carrier (in this case Telstra)

Camera: Using FV5 and shutter priority the longest exposure is 0.6″ (seconds)


Earphones: The included phones are noise-isolating with silicone tips. 2 spare tips in the box. I’m not audiophile so take assessments with grain of salt. They are clear, even at maximum volume, you could share music between 2 or 3 people just holding them between ears – but you have a phone speaker for that sooo… While they are clear, they do sound hollow, with better highs than bass. I can’t detect any hissing when music or audio is paused.

Encryption: on by default.

Magnetic back: No, and I recommend not trying it in case your phone throws a mild tantrum like mine may have.

Maps/Compass: The direction cue on Maps is MUCH more accurate than my N5 ever was. I’m sitting inside and the delay between a spin of the phone and the cue catching up with accuracy is 0.5s

Photos backup: It automatically recognises photos that were taken while owning a Pixel and uploads in full resolution. There’s a little note in the “backup + Sync” setting in the Photos app

Pre-installed apps: So all of those types of apps – Allo, Duo and many of the other “extra” Google apps aren’t pre-installed. When setting up the phone it gives you a list of apps you might want with a check-box, these being among them

Power options: Shutdown and Restart

Ringtones: all new. Lost my favourite message and call tone.

Storage: 32GB model. 29.7GB available according to settings>storage

Pixel vs Pixel XL

Should you be interested in the Pixel XL the official statistics are as follows;

Feature Pixel Pixel XL
Size 5” 5.5”
Colours Quite Black and Very Silver Quite Black and Very Silver
Camera 12MP 12MP
Operating system Android 7.1 (Nougat) Android 7.1 (Nougat)
Storage 32GB or 128GB with unlimited cloud photo storage 32GB or 128GB with unlimited cloud photo storage
Battery life Up to 7 hours with a 15-minute charge Up to 7 hours with a 15-minute charge
Cost £599 and £699 £719 and £819

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Stop using your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 IMMEDIATELY

Samsung issued an alert on Monday, asking owners of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to immediately turn them off because of continued malfunctions.

There has been a complete suspension of sales of the Galaxy Note 7 from all major networks. And, in a statement from Samsung, they recommend turning the handset off and not using it.

Customers who have the Galaxy Note 7 device can replace it with a new device based on local availability and to call their place of purchase as soon as possible.

Samsung are starting investigations as to why the incidents are occurring but as a precautionary measure, urging everyone that has the first or second edition to power down the phones and return them to the place of purchase for a refund or an exchange for another Samsung product.

It appears as though Samsung were really keen to get the Note 7 out before the iPhone, but it appears it has cost the ultimate price. We’re sure Samsung will recover, by taking their time to introduce better phones, but they are going to be in a state of damage control for the run in to Christmas and this is likely to harm their brand image for some time.

Samsung has also updated its recall page with the most recent information regarding where to return your devices.

Recyclers are offering great prices you to sell your Samsung Galaxy phones if you are keen on trading in the Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S6.

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Google Reveal the Pixel

The live event was held last night on Tuesday the 5th of October. Launching the Pixel, the new phone by Google (amongst many other interesting new tech). Here we have a run down of the specification of the new phone, but first, watch the video;

Impressive, if a little condescending towards the iPhone, but a bit of healthy competition only ever pushes the industry forward.

In case you missed that full list at the end;

All metal unibody

2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821

64Bit Quad-Core processor4GB LPDDR4 Ram

Amoled display 5.5″ QHD with 534ppi

5″ FHD with 441ppi

True Blacks

100000:1, super contrast ratio

16.77 Million Colours

12.3MP Camera

No Bump

1.55 micrometers large pixels

Optimized for low light photography

f/2.0 aperture


Fingerprint Sensor

Rear glass shade

Really Blue

Quite Black

Very Silver

Quick Switch Adapter

Android Nougat


But along with that, google were quite heavily promoting their Siri competitor, Google assistant, and with the latest advances in deep learning and the advances in the search engine, this could be a very powerful tool. We’ll keep you posted on how this works in the real world.

Google are also offering unlimited cloud storage for all your photos and videos with a brand new organisation and search function that will allow you to search your pics by face, place or things in them.

The price on the other hand is not so impressive, with a retail price expected to be around the $700 (around £600 for us here in the UK) this firmly puts the Pixel in the same bracket as the iPhone so the jury is still going to be out whether this price point reflects good value for money compared to the likes of the OnePlus or other flagship competitors.

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The Google Pixel – #MadeByGoogle

Whenever the new iPhone gets announced, it is never too long before the competitors weigh in with their latest addition to the next generation of smartphones. It’s hardly been a secret that Google will be announcing their latest range of technology, including their new phone range. So here is what we know;

 4th of October

Not much official has been released, but with this video it is now public knowledge that all will be revealed at an event in San Francisco on the 4th October to coincide with the release of the new operating system that will merge Android and ChromeOS, apparently called Andromeda.

Name change

Google have dropped the Nexus name and are now going with a new Pixel brand name, there are a lot of similarities, the name is still five letters long, has an ‘x’ in the middle and will be produced in a similar manner to the Nexus with HTC being the manufacturer and the model variations following suit of the predecessors;

Model Variations

Whilst it hasn’t been confirmed and there have only been leaks, there have been multiple sources that claim that there will be a difference in build and design between the HTC built Pixel and the Pixel XL.



The smaller of the two devices was codenamed Sailfish by Android Police back in June, with what looked like quite specific specification details. The report saud the phone would have 5 inch 1080p display, quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and 2770mAh battery, dual cameras of 12MP at the back and 8MP on the front, headphone jack, USB-C, fingerprint scanner on the back. The XL variety, codenamed Marlin, will hold the same specifications except with a 5.5 inch display and a 3450mAh battery.

Other Event Reveals

It’s not just the phones that they are looking to launch at the event on the 4th of October, they will be looking to push newer version of the Chromecast dubbed Chromecast Ultra, Google Home, a VR headset, as well as the aforementioned Andromeda, so keep an eye on Youtube as the event is likely to be livestreamed, most likely on the website created specifically for this event at .

Here at Compare and Recycle, we don’t expect the vendors to reduce their prices as dramatically as they do after the iPhone release so you may have time to read the initial reaction and reviews of this new Pixel range before committing.

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The Best iOS 10 Features

Apple is set for its biggest iOS release ever, which is anticipated to be the biggest revamp the operating system has seen since Apple completely overhauled their mobile design in 2013 with the release of iOS 7.


Here are some of the best features for the phones new operating system;

Voicemail transcriptions

Apple have released a feature that automatically transcribes an answering phone message. This was one of the expected features that was going to be introduced to the operating system but still comes as a welcome addition.

This is more of an addition to the visual voicemail feature that allowed users to listen to their messages within an application rather than having to dial a number.

Apps in iMessage

This has potential to be a great addition, allowing users to download applications for use within the iMessage app, allowing users to book tables, pay for food, send and receive money all from the application.

iMessage has been fairly neglected in the last few years, and as one of the most popular applications, the new updates despite being overdue, have the potential to improve the way we use the messaging.

Delete stock apps

Not just the “stocks” app, but all apps that come with the iPhone can now be removed. This comes as a great relief to the many number of people who constantly have to drag the unwanted apps to the bottom of the list. Nobody want’s bloatware and they can take up a sizeable proportion of the internal memory.

Tilt to wake

Getting the phone out of sleep mode has never been easier, checking the phone for notifications is no longer reliant on haptic pressure on the central button, you can now just tilt the phone, or pick it up and the screen will show your latest notifications.

TouchID now works so fast that you can’t check your notifications without unlocking the phone. This is going to be a very welcome addition to the phone, especially with the next addition;


Applications are going to become a lot more useful to iPhone users without having to open them as widgets will now be able to place pretty much everywhere with the new operating system. Displays will make it to the lock screen, as the “slide to unlock” has been totally removed and you can only open an iPhone using TouchID.

These are just some of the new improvements made to the phones operating system, and should provide some much needed revolution to an operating system that wasn’t moving as fast as its competitors. They have also opened up Siri to developers so expect more integration and better functionality along with the already improved personal assistant app.

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iPhone 7 – Reasons to be Cheerful

Go back to 1998, the Apple conference where Steve Jobs first introduced the iMac, the first consumer focused personal computer was made for a pure web experience and Apple were quite ready to push ageing and old technologies under the bus, it signalled the end of the famous and industry standard floppy disk and signalled the beginning of the USB. This was the first indication of what was to come, a company that was not going to stand by and let old technology dictate how consumer electronics were designed and innovation followed.

Move forward another 15 years, 2013 and Apple come under fire once again, opting for a slimmer, sleeker design in place of removing the optical drive completely. There was a backlash, some would say greater than the one felt in 1998, saying that the CD drive was a necessity, with CD’s not looking to go away and even being pushed forward with Blu-ray, but disks are slowly going the way of the floppy, too small to hold any meaningful amount of data (in todays high bandwidth, big data society) and too flimsy and breakable to be trusted with important data. Thus we move to the cloud and stick with the ever expanding USB technology.

Now, in 2016, we find ourselves at an even harder to swallow crossroads, once again Apple has dropped a staple technology, the 3.5mm audio jack was released in 1964 and became very popular when it was the connector used on the Sony Walkman in 1979.

Not the first to drop the headphone jack

The headphone jack is obviously ubiquitous but let’s not forget, the Sony Ericcson dropped the headphone jack for a number of years, a special audio jack adaptor to fit into their two prong, multi pin, plug at the bottom of their phone was provided with every phone.

This didn’t cause too much of an uproar at the time, because phones were primarily texting and calling devices and music was reserved for standalone mp3 players. But they were great phones at the time and whilst the technology for wireless wasn’t there yet, we still used non 3.5 jack connectors and adaptor before.


Staying wired in

It is clear that there will be no shortage of accessories and peripherals that will add the capability to listen to music and charge your phone at the same time. Apple has only mentioned the two that will be included in with the phone as the lightening port headphones, and the lightening port to 3.5mm audio adaptor.

All in all, it is not likely to be as jarring as many commentators are predicting, the fact that we have been buying and using adaptors and peripherals for a long time and shifting our buying patterns accordingly.

The advantages of the lightening port

It is no secret that the lightening port is far more likely to produce a better sound than the mediocre circuitry behind Apples headphone jack. Not only this, the lightening port is a powered port, so this will allow headphone designers more freedom to user higher quality audio chips that might be larger and use more power, without having to sacrifice space to be battery powered.

The advancement of active noise cancelling headphones will be readily received if it means they are lighter, better looking and run off the power of the phone itself.

Removing the wire

Whilst you are still going to be able to listen to your music through wired headphones, the future of music, as stated by Apple, is wireless, and with it came the introduction of the AirPods. The brand new, completely wireless headphones, that have caused a bit of a rawkus. You will no doubt have heard plenty opinions on the wireless headphones, maybe even a little ridicule toward the “courage” statement.


Technically brilliant

There is no disputing the fact that the technology behind the headphones is fantastic and the W1 chip that runs the headphones, with its simple connectivity to the nearby phone and the low power consumption Bluetooth will revolutionise the way we listen to music from our mobile device and there are some real advantages in ditching the headphone jack that might take a bit of time to get realised.

So whilst we are in the limbo of only having the details from the conference to work off, we have to wait for the iPhone 7 to be released to actually find out how it functions in our day to day lives.

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Apple Expected to Reveal New iPhone

Apple is holding a press conference today which is due to start at 6pm. Where they are likely to unveil the new iPhone, iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, and maybe a few more details about the new Macbook Pro.


You can watch the conference live on the Apple events section on their website. Be wary though as the feed will only work in Safari and Microsoft Edge.

If you are looking to trade in your old iPhone, make sure that you register before the event as we traditionally see recycling values drop by 30% after the new phone is announced. Head over to our iPhone section now to book your price in before it drops.

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Responsible Recycling of your Electronic Waste

Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing areas of waste removal. The life cycle of electronics is reduced even further as newer, faster and better looking alternatives make your version obsolete on an almost yearly cycle.

The cost of keeping up to date definitely is felt on the household budget, it is also felt by the hefty environmental cost that we are only now becoming aware of. We want to reduce the amount of electronic waste that ends up in landfill and always abide by the mantra of reduce, reuse, recycle.

It is estimated that the UK disposes around 1.6 million tons of waste a year, with the heavy items such as TV’s and monitors exported to developing economies to be broken down, and lighter items such as mobile phones getting recycled domestically or sent to South America or the Caribbean. That still leaves a high percentage of product that ends up in landfill.


Here at Compare and Recycle, we are committed to finding the most trusted recyclers and organisations committed to providing the customer with a good experience as well as having a responsible recycling procedure.

But we generally only focus on recycling phones and old gadgets, there are many larger appliances that need to be responsibly recycled and we encourage companies and individuals alike to look at their own local recycling facilities or speak to an independent contractor for more municipal based waste needs. There are companies that compare different waste services much like our very own site, one website that we can personally recommend is Waste Disposal Hub, a comparison site for local waste services.

We aren’t saying to forgo the latest upgrades to the gadgets, our phones and gadgets are an extension of self and as they become more powerful and more connected, the desire to have the latest Snapdragon chips and bigger more durable screens and phones can be hard to resist.

We only need to make the consideration of what to do with items once we are finished with them and recycling responsibly should be high on the agenda, and you can even make a bit of side money for doing so.

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Apple iPhone 7: How does the iPhone Rumour Mill affect user satisfaction?

In this opinion piece we analyse how the rumour mill affects brand perception in the run up, launch and post launch of the new iPhone coming some time in September.

Apple is a sentiment-driven brand. The average Apple product owner is incredibly brand loyal and the brands retention of it’s cutomers is unrivalled. This loyalty has created a new process of marketing which is called ‘movement’ marketing. This is a cultural creation that focuses on the brand’s cultural construct over the brand’s physical attributes, desiring the product as a cultural “status symbol” rather than for its technical merits.


Now, you might be asking why is this important and how is it related to the Apple rumour mill machine? It is about the issue of sustainability. Each year, a new horde of web blogger and journos will fall over themselves professing to know what will and will not be included in the next generation iPhone. This annual pilgrimage of rumour, fallacy and downright lies has created a sub-culture of its own. All of this leads to an interesting proposition: can the rumour mill create dissatisfaction among consumers? This blog is about making Apple lovers fall in love with Apple once again by looking at the big picture!

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple could be experiencing a shift from sentiment-driven to rumour-driven sales decline. This is based on a perceived sense of consumer dissatisfaction based on rumour and product outcomes. The brand loyalty is incredibly strong. Forbes argues that Apple has never marketed its products it has always marketed its visions. Apple’s brand loyalty is defined from the outside in. The staff, the production values and the presentation of its wares to the world all cultivate strong brand loyalties – as does the spirit of Steve – which creates a vast amount of capital in terms of positive marketing outcomes. However, post-release sentiment has taken a hit in recent years. Could this be about rumour and dissatisfaction?

According to researchers, Apple experienced a negative sentiment rating after the release of the iPhone 6 and 6s. Analysis of Twitter and Reddit found that negative sentiment towards Apple was based on rumour of new features and specifications not becoming reality. This dysfunctional connection between brand loyalty, following rumours and being underwhelmed at the launch of a product was at the centre of this change in Apple brand sentiment. Negative sentiment over a long-period of time can lead to a reduction in sales and negative brand awareness. Apple will need to face up to this reality. However, the company cannot counter every rumour but on the flip side is the company too secretive? Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet have long reported on the development process of a product. Apple has always processed its promotional activity in relation to its legion of fans.

The iPhone 7 will be announced very soon. All we can do is wait. There have been a few leaks – regarding the loss of the audio jack, the home button and increased waterproofing. However, we are in pinch of salt territory. We should remember why Apple is a great technology company. Apple’s brand sentiment should be focused on how it innovated and keeps innovating. The iPhone 7 will continue in this proud tradition and will help to foster new fans whilst appeasing the old. September can’t come soon enough.

UPDATE: Sure enough, as anticipated the rumour mill is flying again with news that the “Pro” version of the iPhone 7 may be cancelled, thus proving developments and rumours do not stop until the iPhone has been announced!

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SIRI: The Rise of the Intelligent Personal Assistant

How will Apple’s newest version of the iPhone endeavour to present SIRI?

A Short Introduction

SIRI has become a ubiquitous dynamic within the ever-changing personal assistant field of technological development. Those unaware, Siri has a long history. For the uninitiated, Siri is a smart personal assistant and “knowledge navigator” which is embedded into Apple’s mobile iOS platform. Siri’s genesis goes back to 2003 when DARPA, the US military research agency, invested in a project called Siri International. The government funding ended in early 2008 and it was at this point SI went forth and raised capital in the private sector. By early 2010, Apple Inc. had acquired SI for nearly $200 million. Apple then launched SIRI in late 2010 as a digital app and by 2011 it was embedded into iOS. The military-informed birth, the rapid growth and expansion along with the early acquisition all heavily influenced Apple’s focus on why the personal assistant software market was important and would become a critical tool in Apple’s future product armoury.


But why is SIRI popular?

“Siri works well today because Apple got Siri to do a smallish number of very meaningful tasks really competently” – Phantnani, Patra and Sharma

There is a simple answer to this question as Siri has gone from sector joke to industry leader in terms of virtual assistant technology in less than five years. According to the Wall Street Journal, Siri is so crucial to the Apple iPhone business model that it was a central focus during the Apple Developers Conference in July 2016. Why? The answer is pretty simple; the digital assistant technology, “heralded a future of people finding information or completing tasks on their device by speaking rather than typing or tapping. That vision of Siri hasn’t fully materialised, leaving the door open for other technology companies to push into Apple’s turf”. Apple doesn’t do failure well. This is why they are re-focusing attention and efforts on Siri for the upcoming release of iPhone 7 and iOS 10.

What can we expect?

It is safe to suggest that with such efforts being focussed on Siri we can expect an epochal shift in terms of Siri’s approach, functionality and usability in the context of digital assistant developments. How will this change present itself? According to Salvatore Parise, Patricia Guinan and Ron Kafka, virtual digital assistants can help users by “solving the crisis of immediacy”. What do we mean by immediacy? We have become transfixed by digital immediacy – the act of Googling, Shazzaming or IMDBing when we need information fast. Siri needs to take this immediacy dynamic forward in relation to digital task completion. Another direction of change, as seen in a recently purchased company patent, is a more behind-the-scenes technology that runs pre-arranged plans in the background without disturbing the user experience. To put another way, reminders to friends could be texted whilst the user is on the phone booking a table for an event. Simplicity through appreciation of calendar, inbox and search engine history collaboration.

Leaks, Gossip and Rumours

In order to achieve the above specificity, Apple is rumoured to be planning a roll-out of Siri across the Apple collection. The long-term strategy, according to Gizmodo, is to have Siri run across platform from iPhone to iMac via Apple Watch, TV and MacBook. One digital personal assistant, centred upon the iPhone but cross-tabulated across the digital landscape in order to better manage the user’s life experiences and outcomes. Gizmodo believe such cross-tabulated Siri exchanges could see films being downloaded, websites bookmarked, ticked purchased based on reminders or invitations. Further integration includes a new ‘Siri’ remote for Apple TV, according to Mac World, and will also come with iMac systems too. Yet, like all Siri platforms, it needs to connect with your iPhone. The iPhone is still considered the Siri touchstone in hardware and platform terms.

What else can we expect with the Apple iPhone 7 and SIRI collaboration? It’s cool but it is also very boring and technical. Apple has re-engineered the entire file system for iOS. This has been accomplished with Siri in mind. According to Forbes magazine, the purpose for this change is to empower Siri’s wider reach within the system in order to access more relevant user data and histories. Finally, there are more rumours that Siri will integrate with key programs from Calendar to Stocks via third party apps. This new integration is to show more ‘love’ for Siri in the third-party app environment. Getting more developers to utilise the technology will create more user ‘buy-in’.

When will we find out?

There is not long to go now and we cannot wait here at for the iPhone 7 launch. September is the usual unveiling month for iOS and iPhone products. Cupertino is keeping quiet on the unveiling. The usually secretive Apple Inc. never divulges anything before launch day unless it has been leaked or stolen. So we will have to keep tuned in and wait until September when the new Apple iPhone 7 and iOS are released. Siri will be a big part of the iPhone 7 and the rumoured integration and collaboration between digital web experiences, search histories and calendar/stocks and personal data will make Siri a virtual assistant virtuoso with the ability to multitask human outcomes and experiences all from a ground-breaking smart phone. September cannot come sooner!

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