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YouTuber Jonathan Morrison performed an admirable feat over the weekend when he got Android fans to wholeheartedly compliment an iPhone camera.
Morrison, who runs a technology-focused YouTube channel, posted a selfie on Instagram and Twitter recently. In the captions, he said that it was taken on the Google Pixel 2 — which has a widely lauded camera.
As you might expect, the selfie received a deluge of comments from technology and Android fans praising the Pixel 2’s camera prowess.
One commenter wrote that the picture “could easily get mistaken for a DSLR,” while another user chimed in by saying that the Pixel 2 had the “best camera until the Pixel 3 arrives.”
One Twitter user said that the photo was “definitely better than the iFail.”
Many others praised the high quality and detail of the image — and the fact that there was no “beauty mode” seemingly applied to the photo.
Taken on Pixel 2 – rocking the smalls hat 😂 thoughts? pic.twitter.com/v3zdmZUQY7
— Jonathan Morrison (@tldtoday) October 5, 2018
Yet, in a rather amazing twist, Morrison revealed a secret about the selfie in a YouTube video responding to the various “gate” issues surrounding to the iPhone XS and XS Max.
Namely, the alleged Google Pixel 2 selfie was actually taken with an iPhone XS Max.
“So I just wanted that to be a little bit of a lesson out there. Don’t let a preconceived notion or headline skew your judgment. Because clearly everyone who thought that was a Pixel automatically assumed that it was much better than the iPhone — when in fact, that was the same iPhone XS Max that apparently had all the ‘Beautygate’ problems,” Morrison said.
“Beautygate,” of course, isn’t actually a thing. The iPhone XS or XS Max do not have a hidden beauty filter. Instead, any skin smoothing seen on the new handsets are the result of aggressive noise reduction (and any issues tied to it are likely pretty exaggerated).
But Morrison’s experiment was more than just a prank that trolled Apple haters — it was an important lesson in confirmation bias.
And it just goes to show that most flagship-level smartphone cameras are going to be amazing — Apple’s included. At this level of image quality, personal preference and opinion play a bigger part than the actual camera hardware and software.
It’s worth noting that many of the comments that praised the iPhone XS Max’s selfie (when they thought it was a Pixel photo) have been deleted.