One of the mainstays of our Best Budget Smartphones list has been Huawei’s GR5 2017, and for good reason. It has a sleek build beyond its price point, a strong pair of main cameras, and great performance all around. But what if we could lower that price a little more?
What if you could build the perfect smartphone, picking individual parts, and assembling them together like Lego blocks?
Wide-angle camera, snap it on. Two-day battery, snap it on. More storage for your photos, snap some on too — that’s the vision behind the modular smartphone idea, and after years of top secret development, 2016 saw multiple tech companies chase after that dream with varying amounts of success, or complete lack thereof.
They may not be as popular as before, but HTC is still around making Android phones. It’s hard to make a dent to the popularity of other phone brands, although with good-looking phones, HTC is on track to keep itself relevant. In the sea of aluminum and plain glass smartphones, the HTC U Play stands out with its design.
I love fighting games. But I’m terrible at them. For all my desire to play a real-time game of chess, in which I predict and counter my opponent’s every move, I still launch into a Shoryuken when I meant to let loose a Hadoken. I am mechanically bad at the genre, so I have enjoyed fighting games only at the margins. Arms changes all of that.
As interesting as the new Xperia X lineup was in rebranding Sony’s flagship efforts, none of them could touch the Xperia Z series of years past in terms of prestige. Adding that “Z” to the Xperia XZ sort of, kinda, brought back that old flame, but it just wasn’t there for me. And that was the issue at hand.
The Meizu M5s is a respectable upgrade from its predecessor, the M5. Despite its late release to the series (a year after the M5). It almost feels reminiscent to the Arc Reactors Tony Stark kept upgrading. Similar to altering from one palladium arc to the next, the M5s sustains the same specs as the M5, such as its display, memory, and body, but tweaks the build to a sturdier metal.
Two years ago, I was one of the few people fortunate enough to have an early sample of Lenovo’s Yoga 900 convertible. Needless to say, it drew a lot of attention both here and abroad for its sharp looks. Does the Yoga 910 attract as much praise? See for yourself.
I could just post a bunch of beauty shots of Xiaomi’s near-bezel-free Mi Mix (the Exclusive Edition!) and get away without writing an actual review — it’s that stunning. But this is GadgetMatch, and I have to describe my experience with it, as well.
The Nintendo Switch has had a breakneck first two months. The console hybrid is Nintendo’s fastest-selling system ever; launch-aligned, it’s even overtaken the sensation that was the Wii. Driven by a robust selection of quality titles, the Switch has topped charts worldwide and is continually sold out. But Zelda and Snipperclips aren’t the reasons to buy a Switch right now. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is. Here’s why.
Samsung’s pair of Galaxy S8 smartphones didn’t just change the landscape for flagships to come, but also upped prices like never before. As nice as they are to look at, they’re simply too expensive for the average consumer. Suddenly, Samsung’s midrange lineup is looking a lot more attractive.
The Mate 9 has a lot going for it, from the large 5.9-inch display to the incredible battery life, but there’s one feature Huawei is most proud of: machine learning to make the phone faster the more you use it. Does it really work, though?
Xiaomi is more popularly known as a Chinese smartphone maker that delivers great hardware for good value, but in recent years, Xiaomi has embraced several sub-brands to help expand its vision of a Mi ecosystem. Recently, I was able to get hold of Xiaomi’s first keyboard — a mechanical TKL keyboard by a company called Yuemi.
My (very, very young) attempt at living a healthier lifestyle led me to create fitness goals for myself. Of course — to the dismay of a majority of the technology-dependent couch potatoes we’ve become — a huge chunk of this health plan involved learning to exercise and doing it regularly.
The tech tragedy of the 21st century aren’t exploding smartphones or those weird zen lawn cases; it’s the inescapable reality that after years and years of trying to make mobile phones smaller, the trend is now towards making smartphones bigger! All this is a disappointment to me and my small, dainty hands.
I get asked a lot about laptop recommendations, and while it’s easy to give an answer for notebooks above $400, anything below is tricky. So when Starmobile asked me to review its $150 Engage Aura, I happily obliged in order to deepen my knowledge of the budget-friendly segment.
New Year celebrations have come and gone, my dear millennials, and with that comes fitness resolutions which (historically) don’t even last as long as Kim Kardashian’s social media hiatus (Yes, Kim K. is back on Instagram and maybe it’s time you up your selfie game, too).
Make this year different. Drop that phone and go outside to exercise; lose those unwanted pounds and finally work on those dream abs. In 2017, the only thing you should be gaining are likes on your latest #Fitspiration IG posts!