Smartphones

Our daily drivers and what we’d rather use

Each GadgetMatch member chimes in

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While we agree that the best smartphone is the one we have in our pockets, we can’t help but want more out of our gadgets, or simply something else.

In this feature, we expose our daily drivers and which smartphones we’d rather use. Whether they be fictional or real yet unavailable, these are our true GadgetMatches.

Daily driver: Huawei Mate 20
Prefers: Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

In 2018, you can pick up any flagship and expect it to work superbly for your daily needs. So as we end the year, there’s been one phone that does exactly that but also brings an exciting extra feature: the sliding pop-up camera of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. I don’t take a lot of selfies so I won’t necessarily need to slide out those front facing selfie cameras for what it’s actually there for. But I’m not gonna lie, the added feature of being able to fidget with it is something that makes me super curious about wanting the phone on the daily.

Daily drivers: iPhone XS and Honor 10
Prefers: Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

While I’m completely happy with my current daily drivers, I still find myself wanting to use a phone that’s not yet widely available in the world. I was lucky enough to test the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 while I was in Beijing and boy did I want to take it home! It’s essentially a Mi MIX 2S in a sliding form-factor, and with much-improved cameras. I just wish it also came in white like its predecessor.

Daily driver: LG G7 ThinQ
Prefers: OnePlus 6T… but with an ultra wide-angle camera 😜

One of the underrated mobile phones to be released this year is the LG G7 ThinQ. Despite its mouthful name, it’s a pretty good all-around device. Aside from its fun-to-use ultra-wide-angle camera though, everything about the phone is just so-so. That’s why I’d love to go back to using a OnePlus phone, especially the latest model, the 6T. I love everything about the OnePlus 6T — its display, performance, build, and software. Wouldn’t it be nice to also equip it with a wide-angle shooter? The secondary camera of the 6T is rather redundant to the main sensor, so I’m hoping OnePlus would consider adding one soon.

Daily driver: Not Pink Pixel 3
Prefers: An actual pink Pixel 3 🤬

I can’t let go of phones from the Pixel line simply because I trust their cameras most. I don’t just want good selfies, I want an actual phone that I can take in place of cameras. That being said, it really wouldn’t have killed Google if they made an actual pink phone instead of teasing me with this half-baked maybe pink device.

Daily drivers: Galaxy Note 9 and Mate 10 Pro
Prefers: A tougher and more robust flagship smartphone

I love how smartphones today are so feature-packed that they can be used for leisure and productivity on the go. If I’m not out raiding legendaries in Pokémon Go, I’d be out shooting with a camera and my smartphone. Thing is, I’m the kind of user who doesn’t put a case on his smartphone simply because I think feeling the material and its texture are part of the phone’s experience — that plus it bulks up the phone. But today’s high-end phones scratch easily with everyday handling so having a tougher protective glass would really be a good addition. Maybe for Gorilla Glass 10?

Daily drivers: Pixel 3 and Mate 20 Pro
Prefers: Razer Phone 2

I must say, using the Pixel 3 and Mate 20 Pro together is a match made in tech heaven. I get the latest Android updates and compact dimensions of the former, as well as the versatile cameras and incredible battery life of the latter. And yet, what I really want is a smartphone that simply games. It’s been a Razer Phone 2 versus ROG Phone type of year, but my money is on Razer’s side. Sticking to the 16:9 screen ratio and front-facing speakers has become invaluable for mobile gaming, which is something I’ve gotten more into lately.

Daily drivers: Huawei P20 Pro and LG V40 ThinQ
Prefers: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

I’ve been in love with Huawei’s P series ever since they collaborated with Leica. It’s been a great travel companion that perfectly captures postcard- and instagram-worthy photos. But sometimes, I’d wish they add a wide-angle feature — something that I like from the LG V40 ThinQ. This is why I prefer the Mate 20 Pro. It’s packed with three versatile rear shooters that can handle any adventure I go on.

Daily drivers: Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro and Pocophone F1
Prefers: The Xiaomi Mi 8 with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s cameras

I’m generally happy with the Xiaomi Mi 8. It’s a great performer and I think it’s the absolute sweet spot for me in terms of size. While its cameras are pretty good, they just aren’t at the level of the Mate 20 Pro’s which are great under any lighting condition. Since this fantasy phone isn’t happening any time soon, I’m content with the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro. It’s a great multitasking machine plus I really enjoy MIUI!

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Apple: Coronavirus might cause iPhone shortage

Won’t meet expected revenue by March

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If, during a tense situation, someone say that they are doing okay, there is a slight chance that things are going the opposite way. Today’s coronavirus epidemic, for example, has affected the tech industry more than it has proclaimed. For the most part, China-dependent companies — like Apple — have waved off any adverse effect caused by the rampant virus, despite taking precautions.

Unfortunately for them, deception can only last so long. Recently, Apple has released its quarterly guidance report for investors. Compared to the general populace, investors require utmost transparency. As such, Apple revealed the potential setbacks heading into the second month of the coronavirus situation in China.

Mainly, Apple doesn’t “expect to meet the revenue guidance” expected by March. Both supply and demand are falling especially in China.

On the supply side, Apple’s Chinese manufacturers are reeling from the forced closures enacted both by the Chinese New Year holiday and the coronavirus safety protocols. For now, the factories are remaining open (or have since re-opened). Regardless, Apple is working together with the factories to ensure worker safety. Because of the shifted focus, iPhone supplies will temporarily decrease and will likewise “temporarily affect revenues worldwide.”

On the demand side, Apple is mulling over the closures of their retail stores in affected Chinese regions. Naturally, without a retail store, maintaining adequate supply is useless. To Apple’s fortune, these closures are affecting only Chinese customers. Regardless, China is an important market for the iPhone maker.

As consumers outside China, we won’t likely feel Apple’s pains on the demand side. However, a shift in supply — even a tiny one — will ripple across the globe either through launch delays or delivery shortages. If you’re an Apple fan, you might want to hang on to your old iPhone a bit longer.

SEE ALSO: Apple starts the year with a bang in their latest revenue report

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Motorola razr’s screen is peeling right off

Big yikes!

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Image source: Raymond Wong / Input

The foldable smartphone just can’t catch a break. Despite numerous developments and launches, the world’s “next big thing” has hit just as numerous snags and speed bumps. Recently, the all-new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip failed a scratch test, calling its supposedly glass construction into question. Previously, the Galaxy Fold kept failing bend tests, ushering Samsung back to the drawing board.

Now, Motorola’s own contender — the refreshed Motorola razr — is suffering the same obstacles. Days ago, the Motorola razr horribly failed CNET’s bend test, which was the same test administered to the Galaxy Fold. Motorola’s device fell abysmally short of the promised usage rate. Despite the alarming result, the test held a valuable disclaimer: the testing device might not have been calibrated properly for the smartphone. Motorola’s reputation might still escape unscathed.

However, Motorola can’t escape a new controversy on its doorstep. According to report by Input, the Motorola razr suddenly developed a blatantly horizontal bubble right on its hinge. Previously, the Galaxy Fold had the same flaw: the protective layer’s sudden separation from the actual screen. The Motorola razr’s bubble has the same characteristics. Particularly, users will experience touch screen failures on the affected area.

The bubble’s cause is currently unknown. According to the report, the flaw appeared without any strange circumstances: the phone was folded and didn’t experience any external pressure. The phone lasted only a week.

Notably, Input believes that temperature might be the culprit. The phone went through wintery temperatures, possibly causing the phone’s adhesive to malform.

Still, it’s not a good look for the Motorola razr. The device’s bubble is remarkably glaring. For a device of its price, you don’t want something like this happening.

SEE ALSO: Motorola razr Hands-On

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TCL is working on an ‘expanding’ phone

Should have been unveiled at the cancelled MWC 2020

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Image source: CNET

The coronavirus epidemic has robbed the world of the latest smartphone technologies out this year. Instead of a deservingly grand reveal at MWC 2020, we’ll see the more innovative prototypes and launches through quieter events. Of course, a few companies, like Samsung, have already held their exclusive launches outside of the canceled smartphone extravaganza.

Likewise, TCL had likely kept a trick up its sleeve for MWC 2020. With the event’s cancellation, the company is now scrambling for a better reveal for their prototypes. But, first: what exactly is the device?

CNET has leaked one of these devices. Released recently, the leaked phone depicts an extendable display, hidden through a slide-out mechanism.

Unfortunately, the leak is scant with technical details. However, pulling open the device has the same motions as unfurling a scroll. Given the motion, the extra screen will likely fold underneath a compartment on the device’s rear panel. At this point, who knows?

However, TCL’s device has a clear motive: upending the current foldable trend. Today, foldable smartphones use only one type of mechanism: bending the flexible screen through a hinge. Unfortunately, the hinge’s reputation is less than stellar, causing damage to the device way too easily. In contrast, TCL’s extendable phone likely won’t incur the same type of damage.

Of course, everything still depends on the device’s actual mechanism and materials. Additionally, it will depend on whether TCL is developing the device for real. A prototype is still just a prototype.

We wouldn’t be surprised at an actual device, though. Previously, TCL dropped BlackBerry as a subsidiary brand. The decision likely marked TCL’s renewed focus on its devices, rather than through other brands.

SEE ALSO: TCL introduces wireless earphones, tracks heart rate

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