We go in-depth on Google's Pixel 4, Pixel Buds 2 and Nest Mini (The Daily Charge, 10/15/2019)
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Today on The Daily charge inside the box is a pixel for nothing less and nothing more.
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Welcome to the daily chart is Tuesday, October 15.
I'm Roger Chang.
With me are my price and Lynn la we're here to talk about five all things Google, we're gonna be talking specifically About the Google Pixel 4 as well as the Google Nested Mini.
But let's talk about this before.
First the headline obviously it's the new smartphone.
It's got a second lens, a telephoto lens, finally.
Lynn tell us what's what else is new about this thing.
So Google released its pixel 4 and 4 Excel flagship phones and the.
There's two big things one is the camera and the second one is the radar motion sensing thing that's backed by solely technology.
And what's really cool about it is that now you there The phone has face ID well app Google's.
Their version, right.
And so it's secure.
They claim it secure enough that you can pay an authorised for digital payments, which is kind of a big deal because before When we use face to unlock on Android phones,
It was usually just to unlock your phone but one that they want you to use Android Pay with it and there's also touch lyst gesture controls which We don't really know how much we'll use it in real life.
We've seen it in other phones, like the LG G8 ThinQ.
And I think a long time ago, like in 2013, the Galaxy S4 had like some version of it.
Like air gestures.
I think there was air gestures.
There's eye tracking.
Back then, we were kinda saying that this was a little gimmicky.
Maybe this one will be different
Depending on the execution and how fast it is, apparently you can like wave your hand above the screen to skip songs and pause music and silence your alarms and so i'll be reviewing it and I'll look forward to using it or not using these features.
Well, I remember the G8 Had that and the actual gesture controls there were pretty terrible and awkward.
Like it took me a long time to figure it out.
Scott [UNKNOWN], of course, being like a magician in part time, he was able to figure it out immediately.
But I was like [SOUND].
It's like, is this your phone?
But you have a chance to try it out all at the demo room or?
I had a little bit to like You have to be really kinda conscious of it.
With the LGGA I remember it sounded really good, but then when you're doing it, you're I will never be caught dead doing this just to turn on-
A volume knob was-
It was like a little jogger, a volume kinda thing.
And it wasn't natural.
It felt weird.
This one was a little bit more, but it's still, you kind of have to
And going back to the, this thing helps power the Face Unlock.
How does that, how does it work?
How does the radar play into making the Face Unlock a little bit faster?
It's like, in the front, it's a front facing camera works with that with radar and infrared and
Google saying how both technologies is super low battery powering, it's low battery, accurate and fast and basically is just using your face and then the your motion capture Trying to identify you and
And they claim it's supposed to be the fastest facial recognition system
Faster than face ID though we haven't put that to the test.
We haven't done it side by side yet, I haven't on my iPhone 10 but it's old right now.
We haven't used it with, you know, the iPhone 11.
But I don't know how we could
Yeah, if it's like that.
I'm sure we'll figure something out.
Going back to the camera, which is obviously the marquee thing, they had Annie Leibovitz on to talk about it, which I guess was okay.
I don't know, it's always weird whenever they bring on a celebrity to talk about the product, cuz
I don't know if you'd actually get that but talk about the camera like having a second lens.
What does that add to the pixel experience?
So it was funny because the pixel three, you know, we praised it because it was doing all these things that it was doing with just one lens at that time when everyone was having two or three lenses.
This one has two lenses time.
It's still fewer than what some Galaxy phones have.
So it's two.
The second one is a telephoto lens.
And Google said they decided on a telephoto lens because it was more important to zoom than it was to have an ultra wide lens
And they're using it to improve portrait mode for one thing so it's supposed to be smoother the fallout supposed to look more natural.
They said they improved like hair and for which is really hard to do and we've seen that in past pixel threes where it's like kind of patchy and you could also take portrait mode from a [UNKNOWN] distance.
And that bokeh effect, they said it was more natural, I think.
And the other ones, beside that, is HDR Plus.
You could see it, the effect in real life, in real-time.
Yeah, instead of post, which is really interesting.
Because sometimes, I don't really like how HDR-
Yeah, sometimes it's overly processed and stuff.
To see how it looks in real life, and that you could adjust the highlights and the shadows, that was really interesting.
Cuz I had a chance do it during the demos.
And it's fun to kind of play with the tone mapping and-
Before you actually even take the shot.
Yeah, that's cool.
Yeah I mean look that's the camera is always been the strong suit for the pixel.
So look forward to hearing more about this stuff from you.
Alright, so next up is the Google nest mini which replaces the donut shape Google Home mini.
[UNKNOWN] you've got one here.
Still donut shaped.
Still donut shaped.
And pretty much the same thing.
They just rebranded with nest, right.
It's a little bit different on the inside on the outside.
It looks Almost identical.
So this is the blue .This is sky.
This is the new blue color.
The top fabric is different.
It's now made with 100% recycled plastic which is nice and eco friendly.
Everything port wise is the same you still have mute and power and.
No audio jack of any sort.
I do appreciate there's a wall now.
There is a wall.
Now that's the thing that's new about this one there's a wall out.
So if you wanted to put your home Mini, your nest mini vertically on the wall somewhere you can do that now.
On the inside, they added a microphone so it should listen better.
And the improve the speaker to so you should get they say twice the base.
We will see we haven't tested that we will be reviewing this very soon and we'll check that out.
Yeah, the competition's kind of hitting
Right, Amazon just had-
Posted and revealed Echo Dot as well as the Dot with the digital clock.
Which I like
We have the Dot with clock now, which is interesting.
And it's funny to me that the Nest Mini is something that you could mount on your wall like a clock.
But yet it has no clock.
Especially now that the Echo Dot has one so.
Sort of an interesting.
I guess you can work out like a whole bunch of these things like.
Actually in the demo room.
They did have like they were trying to show all the colors.
I like four in a row.
So you could mountaine of course you're still going to have that power cord.
I think down your wall.
Well, you could run the power cord.
Behind the wall?
That's a whole lot of work for last minute, isn't it?
That is a lot of work-
It is totally too much work.
So we'll see.
Yeah, they improved it, they added microphones, they added a different speaker.
There's a gesture control, sort of, kind of.
If you hover your hand over it, you'll get two little LEDs on either side, that will show you where to tap for volume.
So that's cool, cuz I have a Home Mini, an old one at my house.
And it's always really hard for me to, like, where do I touch to do anything?
So having those two LEDs that will sort of guide you, like, tap here, is maybe better,
Right, and look, at this point, folks have Google Home Minis-
Or Google Nest Minis.
They've got Echo Dots.
Do you think either of these products kinda change the equation for folks?
It's interesting because I go [INAUDIBLE] with cocoas now.
It's $10 more than the regular ->> $60, right?
Yep, so it's intresting when our people pay 10 more dollars just to have a core [INAUDIBLE].
I mean, may be people will, I don't think it's game changing.
I'm not sure that the next many is gonna be game changing.
I think it's
Probably an improvement on their first version.
But nothing here that's super revolutionary.
I'd also be remise if we didn't talk about the biggest surprise from the event, the Google Pixel Buds Two.
They're smaller, sleeker than Apple's AirPods, which they're obviously targeting.
But other than that we don't have many more details beyond that $179 price tag.
Coming up this spring the like, what do you have any impressions from?
I like the way it looks.
A little circle thing and you're here.
Yeah, I feel like it looks better than the air pod.
Yeah, the Q tip.
Yeah, look, they're kind of big.
I know the pixel buds Were you able to try them on at the event?
I didn't get a chance to.
I have the worst ears for headphones.
So those little bud things they never stay in my ear.
So I'm skeptical on the small strange ear front.
Not sure they're for me.
There's like a little hook thing to it.
There's a hook thing to it, so maybe that would help.
But I do like that they're pretty inconspicuous Any thoughts?
I'm just curious about how quick I know that they improve google assistant.
And so I wanna see just how fast and how smooth that execution will be with pixel buds and with the phone because I know like live translation.
Isn't I wanna see how seamless it can actually be in your ear and using Google Assistant, and wireless.
I think as far as I know, it's 5 hours of standby time, or it works for 5 hours continuous time, 24 hours if you use a wireless charger.
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