WWE WrestleMania 37: Results, live updates and match ratings – CNET

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After a year of no fans, WrestleMania 37 opened in an unexpected way: With a weather delay. Tampa, Florida's Raymond James Stadium is open-air, and experienced heavy rain and thunder in the hours preceding the show. Michael Cole opened the main show at 5 p.m. PT explaining that there was a delay to wait for the weather to clear up. It took about 30 minutes for that to happen, with backstage promos and interviews filling the time. A bizarre half hour. 

Still WrestleMania is back in front of fans. WrestleMania 37, which takes place on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11 on NBC's Peacock streaming service, is the first WWE pay-per-view to take place in front of a live crowd since last March. No amount of rain can drown the excitement over that.

The main event of Night 1 will see Bianca Belair challenge Sasha Banks for the latter's SmackDown Women's Championship, as well as Drew McIntyre defending his WWE Championship. Other bouts include Braun Strowman versus Shane McMahon in a steel cage and, my personally most anticipated match, Cesaro versus Seth Rollins. Click here for a full run down of both night's cards.

Check back to this page from 5 p.m PT/8 p.m. ET on Saturday as the main card of WrestleMania 37 Night 1 begins, as I'll be updating it with results and analysis from the show.

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Cesaro pins Seth Rollins

This wasn't the classic match some (I) hoped it would be, but it was still a strong match. It ended with Cesaro swinging Rollins 23 times in the Giant Swing, then pinning Rollins after a Neutralizer.

Rating: 3.75 stars.

Tamina and Natalya win tag-team turmoil match

In what will hopefully be the weakest bout of the night, Tamina and Natalya won a tag team turmoil match to become the number one contenders for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships. The rules of the match are that two teams start, and that once one team is defeated another takes its place, with there being five teams in total. 

Naomi and Lana start the match off against Carmella and Billie Kay. After a minute or two of sloppy action, Kay pins Naomi with a rollup and added leverage from Carmella. The Riott Squad are in next and they almost immediately defeat Kay and Carmella with tandem finish,. Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke are in next -- with Brooke actually slipping on the stage on the way to the ring. Hate to see it.

After about five minutes of average-at-best wrestling, the Riott Squad elimianted Rose and Brooke with a cradle. The announcer actually got mixed up and said The Riott Squad was eliminated, but the referee corrected him. Natalya and Tamina were the final team. The most noteworthy spot was Tamina kicking out of the same double-team move the Riott Squad elimianted Billie Kay with. 

Tamina and Natalya then hit a Hart Attack on Ruby Riott, and then Tamina scored a pin after a top-rope splash.

Rating: 2 stars.

Bobby Lashley retains WWE Championship

WrestleMania opens with a shocker: Bobby Lashley beat Drew McIntyre with the Hurt Lock. McIntyre didn't tap out, Cole was eager to point out, he passed out.

It started slow, but the match ended up being very good. It began with standard stuff, exchanging moves in the ring with some brawling on the outside. It picked up about halfway through when McIntyre hit a trifecta of Future Shock DDTs for a two count. Moments later, McIntyre hit a very impressive over-the-top-rope dive to Lashley on the outside, like Undertaker's famous dive at WrestleMania 25.

Back in the ring, Lashley locks in the Hurt Lock but McIntyre powers out.  McIntyre gets a submission of his own, locking in a Kimura Lock -- potentially signalling a return of Brock Lesnar. The announcers are selling that McIntyre has one last weapon to use in the Claymore Kick. Sure enough, after a big boot, McIntyre sets up the Claymore. Here's where things get dumb. McIntyre has it set up but, as he starts running for the kick, he's distracting by MVP yelling from the outside. Like, he stops in his tracks to look at MVP.

Again: MVP yelled at him from the outside. Not even from the apron. And it stopped McIntyre. So bad.

Lashley then takes advantage and, after some more action, successfully locks in the Hurt Lock and McIntyre passes out.

Rating: 3.5 stars. Shock finish with good action. Would have been better without the confoundingly stupid "distraction." We'll have to see how this plays out, as it could be leading to something worthwhile, but it feels like a bad move to cut off McIntyre like this. He was protected strongly for the past year, and it looks like an abrupt change of course to have him pass out clean to Lashley, who though protected has been a midcard star for the past few years. 

Weather delay opens the show

The Tampa, Florida area that's housing WrestleMania had heavy rain and storms in the hours preceding WrestleMania, and the main show opened with Michael Cole explaining they have to delay the action for a few moments due to weather concerns. Brutal. 

They're now stalling with backstage interviews. We hear from Shane McMahon, before Bobby Lashley comes into the backstage area to talk trash about Drew McIntyre. McIntyre then joins the set and they get into a confrontation. Lashley is sequestered off and McIntyre cuts a fiery promo. 

WWE is clearly stalling on the fly here, transitioning from backstage interviews to the kickoff-show panel to the announcer's at ringside. The promos are actually pretty good, way better than the scripted stuff we see each week, but this is still grim.

At 5: 25 p.m. PT, Cole tells us the weather delay will end within five minutes. After a brief Bianca Belair interview, a promo for the WWE Championship match opens. Here we go. 

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Logitech Harmony universal remotes discontinued – CNET

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The Harmony Elite.

Sounds like Harmony universal remote controls will be fading out. Logitech said Friday that it'll no longer make the gadgets -- meant to simplify your wrangling of a multi-component home theater system -- though they'll still be available for a while from various retailers.

Don't panic if you're a Harmony fan, however; Logitech says the company won't leave you empty-handed.

"We plan to support our Harmony community and new Harmony customers, which includes access to our software and apps to set up and manage your remotes," the peripherals maker said in a post on its support site. "We also plan to continue to update the platform and add devices to our Harmony database. Customer and warranty support will continue to be offered."

Harmony has had a fan in CNET reviewer David Katzmaier, who earlier this year included several Harmony devices in his roundup of the best universal remotes for 2021. "Logitech Harmony wrote the book on the universal remote control devices," Katzmaier said.

Now, though, home theater setups have generally simplified around built-in streaming apps and attached sound bars. And most newer connected devices can also be controlled from smartphones and tablets using apps, too.

Still, if you're the sort who says, "You can take my Harmony when you pry it from my cold, fell-asleep-while-binge-watching-The-Witcher hand," you can check out a Q&A in that same Logitech support post.

CNET's John Falcone contributed to this report.

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Hasbro’s Star Wars Black Series adds Wedge Antilles’ X-wing pilot helmet – CNET

Discuss: Hasbro's Star Wars Black Series adds Wedge Antilles' X-wing pilot helmet

Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.

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Alibaba, China’s e-commerce giant, hit with record fine over antitrust – CNET

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Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba was smacked with a record $2.75 billion antitrust fine by China's government on Saturday, Reuters reported, with the State Administration for Market Regulation saying the company had abused its market power by keeping its sellers from using other e-commerce platforms.

The fine comes several months after Alibaba founder and former CEO Jack Ma, one of China's richest people, criticized China's regulatory system, Reuters noted. Following Ma's comments, Chinese officials also put the kibosh on a planned $37 billion IPO by Ant Group, Alibaba's internet finance arm, Reuters said.

In addition to the antitrust fine, the SAMR said Alibaba must make "thorough rectifications" aimed at improving compliance and safeguarding the rights of consumers, according to the news agency. And Ant must OK a regulatory-driven makeover that could tighten the leash on some of its businesses and slash its valuations, Reuters said.

Alibaba called the fine "an important action to safeguard fair market competition" and said in its statement that it had cooperated with the SAMR's antitrust investigation and had "conducted a self-assessment of, and implemented improvements to, our internal systems while ensuring stable operation of our business."

Reuters noted that the $2.75 billion penalty adds up to about 4% of the domestic revenues Alibaba hauled in during 2019.

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Jump-start your car at a moment’s notice with this $112 battery-free supercapacitor – CNET

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A dead car battery can be a pretty traumatic experience. It stops your day cold while you wait for rescue, traditionally from a friend with jumper cables or your insurance company's roadside assistance. And while there are some pretty awesome jump-start batteries out there these days that let you rescue yourself, even they're not foolproof. What if you need a jump and the battery that's been tucked in the trunk for six months is dead? Good news: Supercapacitor jump-starters are here, and they're always ready to jump your car, no questions asked. Right now you can get the Autowit SuperCap 2 portable jump starter for $112 when you apply promo code CNETJUMP at checkout. That's 25% off the regular price of $150. 

Supercapacitor jump-starters like the Autowit SuperCap 2 are genuinely exciting -- and I haven't been this jazzed about a car product in years. There's no battery in this thing. At all. If you need a jump, you connect it to the posts on your car battery as if you were getting ready to jump-start it, but the connections let the capacitor suck up a charge from the residual energy in the battery. Your car battery might not have enough juice to turn over the engine, but unless it's absolutely dead, it probably can fill up the high-capacity capacitor. When the small digital display says it's fully charged -- which shouldn't take more than a few minutes -- you press a button that reconfigures the capacitor to release its charge and go crank the engine. That's all there is to it. 

Like any good-quality portable jump-start battery, the SuperCap 2 delivers 12 volts and can jump-start cars up to 7 liters and diesel engines up to 4 liters. But unlike a battery, it doesn't need to be charged up ahead of time and never needs regular charging. It's ready to go when you need it, which is honestly the way all emergency Plan B gear should work. 

This is the best price I could find anywhere, so if you need some jump-start peace of mind, I suggest you grab one of these and throw it in your trunk.

This article was originally published earlier this week. 


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Best Buy 3-day sale: Save on laptops, TVs, headphones and more – CNET

If there's one thing that Best Buy does well -- and often -- it's having large sales, and this weekend's Best Buy three-day sale is characteristically epic. There's an enormous variety of products on sale, including TVs, laptops, audio gear, exercise equipment, kitchen appliances, smart home and security gadgets and games. 

In fact, by my count, there are roughly 500 items marked down -- way too many for you to slog though. So before you head over to save some cash on the sale, browse the list below. I've curated a handful of what look to be the best deals this weekend. 

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A 75-inch 8K TV makes quite a statement, and with that in mind, it's harder to make a bigger statement than Samsung's QN75Q900TSFXZA. This 75-inch QLED set has an 8K resolution and runs the excellent Tizen OS, giving you access to pretty much all the streaming channels. Ordinarily $6,500, you can save $2,500 during this weekend's three-day sale.

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Beats scored a home run with the Solo Pro, the brand's first pair of headphones to feature active noise cancellation and the first full-size Beats headphones to charge via Lightning. It's overall a superb model (read the CNET review of the Beats Solo Pro for more details), and right now it's $160, making it $140 off its usual $300 price tag.

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This 3.4-pound Surface Laptop 3 features a 15-inch display, an AMD Ryzen 7 Microsoft Surface Edition CPU with 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD for storage. Usually $2,100, you can get it for $1,700 this weekend.

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The Powerbeats Pro have a lot to recommend them: They have better sound and offer better battery life than the AirPods and stay on your ears securely, thanks to the bendable loop. They offer all the same basic conveniences of the original AirPods -- including fast pairing, rock-solid wireless connectivity and always-on Siri voice-recognition for iOS users. Plus, the phone call quality is excellent. You usually get all this for $250, but you can save $100 this weekend.

Bird

Summer is coming, and with it comes sunshine and vaccines. When it's safe to venture outdoors, do it on a Bird One scooter, which features a 25-mile range, 18 mph max speed, digital lock and built-in GPS. Usually $1,300, you can get it for $1,000 right now during Best Buy's sale.

Sony

You might not have $4,000 for an 8K TV, but you can still get a gorgeous-looking 75-inch TV from Sony. The X750H features a 4K LED display driven by Sony's X1 processor, which delivers HDR color and 240Hz visuals with no motion blur. Intrigued? It's $200 off right now, down from the usual $1,100.


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Oh Look, LinkedIn Also Has a 500M User Data Leak

A week into the revelation that Facebook leaked the data of 500 million users—including phone numbers and other potentially sensitive info—and the company still hasn’t given a full account of what happened. But we’ve managed to figure out both that the root of the problem was Facebook’s “contact import” feature, and that Facebook had plenty of opportunities to fix that issue before it resulted in attackers scraping half a billion people’s data.

On Thursday, federal agents arrested a 28-year-old Texas man for allegedly plotting to blow up an Amazon data center in Virginia. According to court documents, he had made alarming posts on the forums at MyMilitia.com, which someone then reported to the FBI. While it’s a concerning incident, domestic terror experts say there are no signs that Big Tech is a more pronounced target than in years past despite the heightened rhetoric from the far-right around supposed censorship.

Encrypted messaging app Signal announced this week that it would begin integrating the relatively new cryptocurrency MobileCoin. While a payments feature helps Signal keep up with its more full-featured competitors, the move raised questions as to whether Signal was inviting regulator interest and overly complicating a product lauded for its simplicity and ease of use.

As Slack and Discord have gained in popularity during the pandemic, so to have they become more popular among hackers as a way to distribute malware. And as Twitch’s home-grown microcelebrities become increasingly high-profile, the service has instituted an official policy to enforce serious bad behavior that happens off-platform. 

The UK is looking to stop Facebook’s attempts to expand its end-to-end encryption. Russia may have found a new way to censor the internet, and Twitter is bearing the brunt. And Call of Duty cheats are increasingly packed with malware onboard.

Finally, it’s rare to get a look inside the National Security Agency, but three women involved in cybersecurity in the intelligence community gave WIRED an inside look at the opportunities and obstacles that have defined their careers.

And there’s more! Each week we round up all the news WIRED didn’t cover in depth. Click on the headlines to read the full stories. And stay safe out there.

Remember that Facebook leak? Of course! We just spent a lot of time on it. Not to be outdone, LinkedIn this week confirmed that a trove for sale on hacker forums includes “publicly viewable member profile data that appears to have been scraped from LinkedIn,” in addition to other sources around the web. LinkedIn wasn’t hacked (this time!), but instead was victimized by attackers who figured out how to collect publicly available user info on a massive scale. Even thought it was already online, personal data being aggregated in that way still benefits hackers and phishers, especially, who can use it to build profiles of you for better targeting.

Over 27 tons of cocaine have ben confiscated in Antwerp over the last two months, Belgian police say. More intriguingly, authorities assert that they were initially tipped off to the shipments after decrypting hundreds of millions of messages sent on defunct encrypted phone company and network Sky ECC. Dutch and Belgian authorities had previously apprehended dozens of people allegedly connected to the drug trade in the aftermath of cracking Sky.

Two Dutch researchers this week demonstrated that they could remotely get control of a PC running Zoom with no interaction from the user. Specific details haven’t been disclosed, as Zoom has yet to patch the underlying bugs. The team’s finding won them $200,000 at Pwn2Own, a twice-yearly competition for white-hat hackers. “We are working to mitigate this issue with respect to Zoom Chat, our group messaging product,” Zoom said in a statement. “In-session chat in Zoom Meetings and Zoom Video Webinars are not impacted by the issue. The attack must also originate from an accepted external contact or be a part of the target’s same organizational account.”

In these quarantined times it’s natural to experience an uptick in personal wine consumption. That hasn’t gone unnoticed by scammers, who according to new research from Recorded Future and Area 1 Security have increasingly registered malicious domains targeting oenophiles. At its June peak, malicious domains comprised 7 percent of all wine-themed domains registered. Talk about … sour … grapes.


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Get a refurbished Apple iMac 21.5-inch Core i5 desktop for $450, over $100 cheaper than anywhere else – CNET

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We love the iMac's all-in-one design, solid performance and attention to detail as much as the next website, but you'll spend $1,100 minimum just to get out the door with a bare-bones off-the-shelf iMac. Thankfully, you can do a lot better with a refurbished model. You might not save a ton at Apple's own Certified Refurbished store, but there are refurbs at Amazon for $600 and less. Right now, you can even do better than that: Daily Steals has an Apple iMac 21.5-inch Core i5 desktop for $450 when you apply promo code CNETAPMC at checkout. That's about $120 less than the equivalent refurbished iMac on Amazon, and the cheapest price I could track down right now. 

This desktop has been refurbished, so it should look and work like new, though it might have minor cosmetic blemishes. If you're nervous about that, you can take some comfort in the 90-day warranty, which is the same warranty you'd get with an Amazon iMac refurb (though Apple's own factory-refurbished models come with a one-year warranty). 

This iMac is equipped with a late 2013 Haswell-family Intel Core i5 CPU with integrated graphics and 8GB of RAM. For storage, you get a 1-terabyte hard drive and the display is a 21.5-inch, 1,920x1,080-pixel, 16:9 widescreen IPS display. The bezel includes a built-in HD webcam and stereo speakers. Connectivity includes four USB 3.0 ports, dual Thunderbolt ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. 

It'll arrive in bulk packaging and comes with a third-party mouse and keyboard (which, incidentally, is the same as the Amazon refurb deal). As always, this deal is "while supplies last," which might not be super long at this price. 


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16 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Mom You’ve Been Missing

This Mother’s Day is a bit more hopeful than last year’s. Even if you and your parents can’t get the vaccine in time for the holiday, the odds are that you will be able to get it— if you want it!—quite soon. All it will take is a few more weeks, or months, of staying strong and social distancing before a Roaring ’20s–style summer may be upon us. 

We may not be able to bring your family together, but we can offer some suggestions that will let the parents in your life know that you appreciate them. Here are our favorite gift ideas to help them work from home, keep their coffee warm, or go out running with their kids. 

For more ideas, check out our guides to the best gift ideas for new parents, best kid podcasts or the best kid tablets.

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iPhone 12 Pro Max vs. OnePlus 9 Pro camera comparison – CNET

Thanks to a partnership with legendary camera-maker Hasselblad, the OnePlus 9 Pro has one of the most hyped phone cameras in recent memory. It's a savvy move because the cameras on OnePlus phones have been a step behind those from Apple, Google and Samsung. The OnePlus 9 Pro is the first phone released under the Hasselblad union. Unsurprisingly, it has the best camera system on any OnePlus phone ever made. It's capable of taking great photos, and the phone's ultrawide camera goes toe-to-toe with the one on the iPhone.

Aside from having its name on the camera bump, Hasselblad's biggest contribution on the 9 Pro is color calibration, which results in photos with a nice, natural, subdued look. Sometimes the iPhone and its SmartHDR can oversaturate colors. At $969 and £829, which converts roughly to AU$1,490, the OnePlus 9 Pro is $130 less than $1,099, £1,099, AU$1,849 price of Apple's impressive iPhone 12 Pro Max

The OnePlus has four rear cameras compared to the three rear cameras on the iPhone. But quantity doesn't win here; one of the 9 Pro's rear cameras is a 2-megapixel monochrome camera, which in theory improves the capture of image details.

iPhone 12 Pro Max vs. OnePlus 9 Pro cameras

Camera iPhone 12 Pro Max OnePlus 9 Pro
Wide lens aperture f/1.6 f/1.8
Wide camera resolution 12-megapixels 48-megapixels
Ultrawide lens aperture f/2.4 f/2.2
Ultrawide camera resolution 12-megapixels 50-megapixels
Telephoto aperture f/2.2 f/2.4
Telephoto camera resolution 12-megapixels 8-megapixels
Optical zoom 0.5x, 1x, 2.5x 0.6x, 1x, 3.3x
Max digital zoom 12x 30x

While the cameras on the OnePlus 9 Pro are definitely impressive, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a more consistent and capable camera system, which is why it's still one of the best phone cameras you can buy. Initially, I was excited to put the OnePlus 9 Pro and its Hasselblad-branded cameras against the iPhone 12 Pro Max and its big camera energy. The results were closer than I thought. But Apple's computational photography is the main reason photos from the iPhone have excellent image quality. SmartHDR and Deep Fusion processing allow the cameras more leeway in medium-light situations like indoors. The OnePlus 9 Pro doesn't have the same rich computational photography capabilities.

After testing out the 9 Pro, I look forward to what OnePlus and Hasselblad can do in the coming years on future phones. 

iPhone 12 Pro Max and OnePlus 9 Pro

On the left is the iPhone 12 Pro Max; on the right is the OnePlus 9 Pro.

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In good lighting, the iPhone and OnePlus take great photos

Outdoors on a sunny day, the main camera on each phone takes great photos. Overall, I like the color from the OnePlus except when it comes to the sky which sometimes skews to a blue indigo.

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OnePlus photos tend to be oversharpened. Look at the grill on the old Buick and especially at the bricks in the building in the background.

In general, iPhone photos have a wider dynamic range and render details and textures better. Look at the photos below and pay attention to the brick buildings, the leaves on the bottom right and the water.

There is a strange delay on the OnePlus between hitting the shutter button, seeing the photo preview and seeing the final photo, which can look different from the preview. Occasionally this delay was long enough to change the focus point because I moved my hand to put the camera away during that delay. It's almost like you need to keep holding the phone in the same position for a beat or so longer after pressing the shutter button before moving your hand.

When it comes to indoor shots, photos from the OnePlus have more image noise. The iPhone and its Deep Fusion processing cleans the noise and brightens the photo by combining parts of multiple exposures. Take a look at the photos below.

The OnePlus 9 Pro's ultrawide camera is outstanding

The ultrawide camera on the 9 Pro is by far my favorite camera on the phone. The details, resolution and color are good and the white balance seems more accurate than the main camera. Just take a look at the photos below.

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The ultrawide on the iPhone offers a wider field of view but the colors are more accurate in photos from the OnePlus. In the iPhone photo below, notice how SmartHDR really pushes the highlights and increases color saturation, especially in the glass building on the left.

In the photos below, look closely at the color of the bookstore compared to the building on the left getting hit by sunlight. Again, the colors from the OnePlus look more true to life. In the iPhone photo, the highlights in the clouds are blown out. The OnePlus does a better job of protecting them.

The OnePlus has 30x digital zoom, but it isn't great

On paper the difference between a 2.5x optical zoom and 3.3x optical zoom isn't huge, but in terms of the actual photos there are some big differences. Take a look at the photos below of a building taken with the iPhone and OnePlus at 2.5x zoom. The iPhone photo looks better, and that's because the OnePlus crops the main camera to zoom until it gets to a 3.3x magnification at which point it switches to its dedicated telephoto camera.

At 3.3x zoom, the iPhone photo below has better dynamic range and details than the one from the OnePlus, which is using its telephoto camera without cropping. The colors in the iPhone photo are punchy without being over the top.

As you can see below, at 10x digital zoom, neither phone takes a great photo. The dynamic range is better on the iPhone but there is also a lot of oversharpening. The OnePlus photo looks a little soft.

The Phone tops out at 12x digital zoom, but the OnePlus can zoom up to 30x.

OnePlus night mode photos look good

Both phones have a night mode for taking better pictures in low light. On the OnePlus, it's called Nightscape. Overall night mode photos from the OnePlus tend to be brighter than the ones from the iPhone. Both produce equally impressive results, and it really depends on your preference as to which photos are better.

The OnePlus capture sequence for Nightscape photos feels shorter than Night Mode on the iPhone. Sometimes, like in the OnePlus photo of the flowers below, it wasn't enough to make an obvious improvement.

The iPhone suffers from a light source reflection problem, which you can see in the photo below. Look above the building in the middle and you can see the light reflection.

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iPhone 12 Pro Max

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OnePlus vs. iPhone selfies

In good light, iPhone selfies have better dynamic range and a greater depth of field. Skin tones from the iPhone look more natural. Take a look at the photos below. The OnePlus selfie has a pleasing natural bokeh, but sometimes, like in this photo, my eyes end up out of focus.

OnePlus has a Hasselblad Pro Mode

The OnePlus has a Pro Mode the iPhone doesn't. Pro Mode gives you detailed control over focus, shutter speed, ISO and more. In ProMode, you can take 12-bit raw photos. Compare that to the 12-bit Apple ProRaw photos on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Technically you can take raw photos on the iPhone using a third-party app. In terms of editing, the Apple ProRaw photo is like having a headstart over the OnePlus regular raw photo. That said, both end up with great results.

Below are edited photos from each phone originally captured as raw on the OnePlus and ProRaw on the iPhone.

iPhone 4K video looks better than 8K video from the OnePlus

The OnePlus can shoot 8K resolution video. However in good lighting, 4K video from the OnePlus looks better. 8K video appears oversharpened, has moire (the screen door effect) and colors are oversaturated. 

The iPhone can record videos up to a resolution of 4K. iPhone videos have better detail, dynamic range and color than ones from the OnePlus. The iPhone handles textures and shooting in lower light situations like indoors better, too. That said, the OnePlus can shoot good video. It just can't handle the variety of situations and lighting that the iPhone can. Watch the video above to see video samples from the OnePlus.

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