There was a small part of me that was worried that the OnePlus 5T would be a phone of missed opportunities. Although OnePlus equipped the new phone with a whole bunch of goodies, one of the biggest things I wanted to see upgraded was left untouched.
So, when it came time to review the device, I made it my quest to find out if OnePlus had made the right call. And after a couple of weeks with it, my answer is still no. But, the rest of the phone is so good that I don’t think it matters as much.
2017 was a fascinating year for smartphones and mobile tech in general. There were a lot of ups, a lot of downs and some pretty weird stuff along the way but there’s no denying that it was an eventful year.
Now that we’re on the cusp of the next wave of new products for 2018, we thought it’d be cool to take a look at some of the highs and some of the lows in 2017.
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Oh yeah, the durian has dropped. We now know all we need to know about Samsung’s Galaxy A8 and A8+ smartphones. The final piece of the puzzle has been found so you know what that means: Judgement time.
It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of Sony’s mid-range handsets. It didn’t matter if it was the budget mid-range option or their premium mid-range handset, they were never attractive from a price-to-performance perspective. But to be fair, this problem wasn’t unique to Sony’s mid-range devices because their flagships were grossly overpriced too.
That is, until they launched the Xperia XZ1. Sony’s newest 2017 flagship finally showed us that hey, maybe they’re listening after all because with that handset, the company went from making god-awful value smartphones to just making debatably bad value smartphones.
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I was a little wary of HTC‘s second release before their flagship refresh. After the U Ultra did such an excellent job at tarnishing the excellent HTC 10, I was worried that this U11+ might “help” the — again, excellent — U11 in the same way. But when I saw the launch, I was glad that HTC seemed to have learned their lesson.
In another life, the U11+ could very well have been a Google Pixel smartphone. And I’m glad it didn’t, because if it did then we probably wouldn’t have seen it launch in Malaysia. What a shame that would have been because from where I’m sitting, the U11+ looks like a killer smartphone — even if it is a little late to the race.
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Ask anyone who has some experience with searching for the best bang-for-buck smartphone and they’ll probably tell you to avoid big brands when you’re on a tight budget. Stick to something like Xiaomi, for example, and you’re bound to get something that’ll give you way more smartphone for your money.
But that doesn’t stop big brands like Samsung from making entry and mid-range smartphones. And the thing I noticed with something like Samsung’s brand new Galaxy A8 is that they’re getting dangerously good at doing this.
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Apple‘s got a brand new flagship smartphone out and surprise, surprise, it’s got an excellent camera. But the question is: How good is the iPhone X’s camera? Can it compete with the best smartphone cameras in the market right now?
Well, there’s really only one way to find out. It’s time for another flagship smartphone camera comparison.
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I’m all about big-screened smartphones. The extra real-estate, the more immersive media consumption experience, and the sheer amount of content you can view at a glance is awesome for a heavy user like me.
I thought, for the longest time, that I’d never be able to go back to a device with a screen smaller than 5 inches. Moving to a sub-5” smartphone sounded like an absurd downgrade to me…until I started using Apple’s iPhone 8. It turns out that it wasn’t so much the size that I minded — I was just using all the wrong small phones.
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Android vs iOS is an argument as old as time. It’s the tech version of the pizza vs burger argument, both with equally staunch fans that are willing to defend their side of the fence until their dying breath. It’s an argument neither side can win because there’s no such thing as a true winner.
I’m primarily an Android user. I’ve always used Android smartphones for two big reasons: 1. I like how customisable the OS is; 2. Android smartphones are just far more accessible than their pricier rivals. However, I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t occasionally wonder if the grass was greener on the other side. Then, the day finally came, and I got my hands on the brand new iPhone 8.
I was finally in the promised land, the utopia of simplicity and elegance that was supposed to be the pinnacle of mobile operating systems. But after spending a few days with iOS 11, the initial impression I came away with was actually one of frustration.
My search for the perfect pair of headphones will probably never end. Especially since so many in-ear headphones simply refuse to fit my ears. It was particularly painful for me when I first tried on Samsung’s Gear IconX truly wireless earbuds because they simply wouldn’t fit.
But Samsung has refreshed their rocky first attempt at truly wireless in-ear headphones. These are the Gear IconX (2018) and right off the bat, I’m happy to report they fit far better than the originals.
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