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Which mobile phone suits best for photography and editing?

I love gadgets especially experiencing different brands of smartphone out in the market. Usually I will wait for half a year before getting the brand and model I want, because by this time, most of the bugs are fixed. It is never ending, a fix to fix a bug will generate another bug. If you are a programmer, you will know this pain of coding. So appreciate the software programmers out there solving the problems. So this post is dedicated to beginners photographers like me. I tried many brands and models of smartphone and finally came to a summary below.

My first Stock Android phone – Google Pixel 2 XL

What I love about using stock OS phones is their speed of software updates. If you have a Google Pixel on hand, you will know there are security updates every month regardless they are minor or major update. And this camera is one of the best I have used, especially the Night Mode. It is awesome. I have stopped using Google Pixel 2 XL because of the low storage space, 64GB and the slow Google Drive which store your photos and videos automatically. Automatically uploading to Google Drive (previously known as Google Photos) is fast, but downloading from Google Drive to your computer is slow. The way to organise the photos is also not what I expected. However, camera is good for such an old phone. Look at the shot below by Google Pixel 2 XL, just trying out a reflection shot and it amazes me. By the way, this is my house, living room area.

No editing is done. Pure RAW image. I tried with iPhone 11, the reflection is not as clear as Google Pixel 2 XL.

Coming to this topic, “Photo editing with Lightroom or Snapseed”. Overall experience and usability is on an average scale because of my fat fingers, sometimes you will over brushed some areas and I have to revert it and do it again. Anyway, for editing, it is best to do it on a computer. Mobile phones are convenient for on the go if you have no chance to use your computer.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Android after Android, by the way I am an Android fan and love Android way more than iOS. Sorry Apple fans. I love Android but I do not love Samsung, all their phones always comes with too many bloat apps which I never even use, and it just stays there. I can only offload it but cannot uninstall. This is one of the main factor I am very reluctant to go Samsung. I prefer stock Android.

But there is particularly one model which I love, the Note series. I used Samsung Galaxy Note 2 before and it is awesome! So this is Galaxy Note 9 and the stylus is great. It is great for photo editing with Lightroom and Snapseed. I can use the stylus with the pointed tip to brush exactly on the edge I want. It is perfect! So if you are planning to do editing on your mobile phone, go for Samsung Note series. It will not disappoint you.

Camera is great too, why? It comes with a mode called, “Pro mode”. It is proprietary and let me do adjustments for ISO, shutter speed and aperture like what I can do in a DSLR. Using the Pro mode, the lowest aperture it can go is f1.5, even my Olympus camera does not hit that low. Thumbs up on this functionality, and why does Apple iOS not providing this? Keep wondering!

Look at the modes! It has Hyperlapse too.

Apple iPhone 11

Lastly, Apple iPhone 11, not Pro or Pro Max model, just iPhone 11. I changed to iOS is because of the wide camera and its software and hardware quality. Software because it is stock OS, updates are fast but not every month. Overall experience with iPhone 11 is on an average scale. And mainly because I am using iPad and MacBook Pro, so the advantage is having the Apple EcoSystem. Photos, videos and files can be easily accessed from any device with my Apple ID signed in. It is very convenient for me and the AirDrop function is good! Fast transfer!

Camera wise, I love the wide angle. The selfie under low light conditions and the night shot is not that awesome. I compared with iPhone XS Max, this camera when shooting a selfie under low light is much clearer than my iPhone 11. And that is why the iPhone XS Max is more expensive than my iPhone 11. Sadly, it does not have a Pro mode like Samsung Galaxy Note 9 did. So for normal point and shoot, you can go for iPhone 11 if you are an Apple fan. For editing with Lightroom and Snapseed, bad if you have fat fingers.

So this is just my short review and experiences with the phones I used. It is still up to you to try it on your own. Do give my blog posts a like and Subscribe to get updated for my new posts! Thank you for your support!

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