Google Pixel 2 fans duped by iPhone XS “Portrait Mode” photo

Oct 11, 2018

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Google Pixel 2 fans duped by iPhone XS “Portrait Mode” photo

Oct 11, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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YouTuber Jonathan Morrison caused some stir on Instagram and Twitter on Saturday and trolled both Apple and Android users with a single photo. He posted a selfie with a caption: “Pixel 2 Portrait mode ? rocking the smalls hat ?  thoughts?” Android fans rushed to praise the image quality and of course, to bash the iPhone. But a day later, Jonathan revealed the truth: the photo was actually taken with an iPhone XS.

When Jonathan posted the selfie, the users were quick to comment on how the effect is “better than the iFail” or “better than the crap iPhone.” Many of them referred to the so-called “Beautygate,” or the “permanent beauty mode,” which we covered here. It turned out that noise reduction is what beautifies you, as Halide designer explained. Google Pixel 2 fans were quick to judge from a single selfie.

Around 3:18 of the video below, you can hear Jonathan talking about the little joke he pulled off. He revealed that the photo was actually taken with an iPhone X, and I believe that this left many Android fans perplexed.

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Essentially, it wasn’t Jonathan’s intention to offend or mock anyone. The goal was simply to show that you can appreciate Apple even if you’re in the Android team. It works the other way around too if you ask me. YouTuber Marques Brownlee put it quite nicely:

Personally, I’ve always found those arguments between Android and Apple fans a bit ridiculous. Just like both Jonathan and Marques said, you can appreciate good tech even if it doesn’t come from your favorite manufacturer. After all, how can you even tell the difference just by looking at a compressed, tiny image on your phone screen and on Instagram? No matter which “team” you belong to, the fact is that there are good smartphone cameras out there, and they’re getting better and better.

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5 responses to “Google Pixel 2 fans duped by iPhone XS “Portrait Mode” photo”

  1. Troublemann Avatar
    Troublemann

    This was done to mislead individuals from the start. A better proven choose would have been to do a photo with the iPhone and Android and ask which was better. But it’s misleading to state as fact that the photo was taken with and Android phone knowing that readers would take him at his word. Never respond if there’s nothing to compare to and be honest at the start. It’s not April 1.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      If they were the objective non-fanboys that they claim, they would have been able to see it right away, no? :)

      1. McChan Rawson Avatar
        McChan Rawson

        With so many variable and so little info and somebody straight up telling you its an iphone photo how would you ever really know. This could have been done in reverse with the same outcome. It is silly all these phones take great photos but this was just a trolling move. As Troublemann says take 2 photos upload them to something that doesn’t change the photo in any way and then ask what one is better then tell them a week later and you have a real contest, but this was just a joke to poke the bear if you will by somebody that thinks apple is better than google.

        Both phones are great, both take pictures that are fine for social media or small prints but its to the point now where they do so much processing on every photo they all look about the same.

  2. istian Avatar
    istian

    How is this any different if I shot portraits on the Pixel 2 and said they came off the iPhone 8?

  3. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    I got soured to droids way back during the Droid 2 era. Replaced that phone 4 times in one year. So went Apple. Is it perfect? No. But I can tell that since my iphone 4s on to my current X I’ve NEVER had to replace the phone due to failure. Or even replace the screen for that matter…unlike my stepson who seems to have to replace his every other month. Klutz. Same with my GF. Her Incredible 2 failed at least 3 times before she switched and never looked back. Hell, she was using a iPhone 5s until few weeks ago when I upgraded to the X and gave her my 7plus. Don’t know ANYONE who owns a droid that has used the same phone for 5 years straight.