As a proud millennial, I grew up watching technology evolve in drastic ways. I can remember how I started using technology in its early stages, and there was nothing but amazement. Back then, internet connection was through dial-up, and people used SMS to contact each other.
A lot has changed in recent years and we’ve witnessed how technology made our lives better. The popular adage was true: Necessity is the mother of invention. The technology I saw this past decade solved a lot of problems and offered convenience, efficiency, and improved productivity.
However, weird technology sprouted too, creating solutions for problems that weren’t exactly there. News about these “innovations” made you wonder: “Do we really need this?”
In true memetic fashion, literally no one asked for these things. Yet here we are, laughing while wondering who on earth needs these? Could it be the start of something new? A glimpse of what’s in store in the next decade to come? Or is it just a useless fad to make something seem “innovative” to keep the headlines humming? After all, technology is rapidly growing and it can be a challenge to keep up.
Tech companies should stop showing off products that won’t cater to anyone. I’ve grown tired of their charade, trying to be the first in everything when in reality, consumers — like us — would just want the best to accompany our lifestyle.
So here they are, the tech we don’t want to see anymore (unless it’s in perfect form).
When Samsung introduced the Galaxy Fold, many people thought it’s the future. Huawei, along with other companies, jumped on the trend Samsung started. Even Motorola made a comeback by reviving the razr as a foldable phone.
Foldable phones are still in their early stages. Even though I’m amazed by these innovations, let’s admit it: No one needs a foldable phone as they are right now. In our hands-on, we said the Galaxy Fold is perfect for those who want to be the first, those who are techies and geeks by heart. Don’t get us wrong. We like the attempt, but foldables — especially the ones announced in 2019 — could have been delayed for at least a year.
It’s merely a way for Samsung to show-off their innovative prowess. Props to them for being first to market, but I would’ve probably appreciated it if it was just a prototype for now and was launched later on when the tech is more mature.
Just like the Galaxy Note 10, the phone didn’t have any groundbreaking features but it’s a solid flagship phone that you would recommend for everyone looking for the best smartphone they can buy. I’m hoping for the day Samsung does the same for the Galaxy Fold. We need a perfected product before we consider getting one.
Headphone jack adapter
The removal of the headphone jack has sparked the outrage amongst headphone jack users, including me. I can’t seem to fathom why would these companies remove the very thing that connects people to music — their reason for living and being. It’s even more irritating when companies solved the problem with a headphone jack adapter. These companies shouldn’t have bothered with removing the headphone jack from the start! Now, we’re going backwards. Bring back the headphone jack!
The annoying feature from 2018 has carried over to 2019, and possibly until 2020. In the past two years, the notch has been one of the most controversial and hated feature. Despite this, it has become a norm in the smartphones being produced nowadays, especially the affordable ones.
When Essential first started the notch, we didn’t care enough. But having Apple do it and made it sound like a great solution to a non-existent problem of “wanting an all-screen phone,” everyone went crazy. Key word: wanting. Technological advancements should be done to solve a need, not a want.
If you don’t see the problem why the notch is annoying, you probably don’t have a penchant for anything aesthetic. For starters, the notch made screens asymmetrical. Aside from that, it was annoying to look at when you watch a movie or play a game, especially those who haven’t perfected the notch. Pop-up and slider mechanisms were also introduced as an alternative but honestly, the under-display camera seems a lot better as a solution to having an all-screen phone.
OPPO, Vivo, and Huawei introduced their waterfall displays in 2019 — for what reason? In my experience with the Vivo NEX 3 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro, the waterfall display is annoying to hold and use. To this date, curved edges are still better than having a display carrying over to the sides. Personally, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro are the best-curved smartphones, providing better grip for without bleeding the edge too much.
Back then, I was happy with bevels. Sony’s Xperia design was to die for, along with Samsung Galaxy Note’s boxy style. But suddenly you have displays staring to hug the entire sides of the phone. Let’s face it, the waterfall display is just another attempt for an all-screen phone. Honestly, we don’t need it. What we need is for OPPO, Vivo, and Huawei to create a solid smartphone — from a reliable battery, wonderful cameras, and a seamless user experience at an AFFORDABLE price.
Screens on bags, plates, and anywhere it can be placed
Whoever thought of placing a screen on bags, plates, and wherever it can be is a lunatic. Why would I need a screen on my bag?
Or on my plate where I eat my precious food? Why would I need a screen and technology plastered on my everyday items when my current gadgets are already too much. This is literally the biggest “thing no one asked for.”
Dual Display Phones
Yet another attempt for a brand to generate buzz and pioneer a concept in order to look cool, dual display phones should never return in the coming decade. Unless brands make a meaningful reason for people to use it, dual displays are just a fad that would make a perfect accessory to show off to people who don’t matter.
Palm Phone, Google’s Paper Phone, and other dumb phones
This era has cultivated a culture of people glued and addicted to their smartphones. To combat this, Palm has launched a minimalist phone to cover a user’s basic needs. It acts as your second phone because honestly, who can live without a smartphone today? Likewise, Google’s Paper Phone was developed to combat smartphone addiction, making you go old-school. Even Supreme has a dumbphone (the opposite of smartphones).
You see, the problem here isn’t creating more. These companies think they need to make more in order to solve a problem caused by technology’s rapid growth. As much as I love small phones like Palm’s and Supreme’s, the cure to smartphone addiction isn’t another “basic” phone.
We need discipline and a cultural fix. My cousins belonging to Generation Z have their phones at all times as if their life depended on it. As a millennial, it’s ironic for me to say that I require my loved ones to put their phones down so we can have a good time. People seem to have forgotten the value of connection, conversations, and being in the moment. If we’re looking for a solution, it’s highlighting the importance of living your life offline, not another phone.
Looking forward to more meaningful technology
Technology isn’t going to stop evolving, and we’ll see more groundbreaking features in the coming years — both useful and useless. However, I wish we’ll see more well-rounded technology built with the consumer in mind. The geeks are only a fraction of the population, and they’re the only ones appeased by these innovations.
Companies should talk to the general population and see what they need: a gadget or technology that will make their life more efficient, convenient, and productive. Yes, we’re amazed by your new technology, but no, we don’t need all these fancy things. We just need things that are smart enough to make things work.
realme 9i Hands-On
Solid as usual
The realme 9i is the “little brother” in the realme 9 series. And while it doesn’t pack the same punch as its pro siblings – the realme 9 Pro and realme 9 pro+ – there’s enough here for anyone who just needs a reliable daily smartphone.
Here’s a quick look at the specs before we dive in deeper:
- 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate
- Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G processor
- 6GB RAM with Dynamic RAM expansion feature up to 5GB
- 128GB Internal Storage
- 5,000mAh battery
- 33W Dart Charge tech
- 50MP main camera
- 2MP macro lens
- 2MP depth lens
- 16MP selfie shooter
Here are some samples for your appreciation.
Neat, simple, and elegant
The realme 9i is pretty understated in the looks department. The variant we got comes in blue and depending on how the light hits, you’ll see some lines to accentuate its back.
As for button and port placements, at the bottom you’ll find the usuas: speaker grille, USB-C port, and 3.5mm jack.
On the right side is the power button/fingerprint scanner.
And on the left hand side are the two, tiny volume buttons.
Overall, the realme 9i looks neat. Simple yet elegant. The camera stands out, obviously. But you can say that for most phones these days. It’s light for its size and appearance. It’s already easy to hold as is, but it’s even easier if you’re the phone-case-and-pop-up socket type of person.
Switching from one app to the other, or going back to the home screen for that matter is seamless and fast. There’s no trouble opening or loading apps so far.
The apps load from where I last left it, provided I haven’t closed all apps, cleared RAM, or optimized phone usage.
Media consumption and gaming
We enjoyed more than our fair share of watching sports highlights on the realme 9i. It pays to have a great-performing phone to not miss any action. We didn’t have any problems watching on YouTube at the highest resolution settings and at 60 fps.
Same is true for other types of content. The viewing experience was likewise seamless.
The speaker is really loud and complements the video. You don’t have to put it on max volume although it’s still of the best quality when put to max. It doesn’t break.
Playing Mobile Legends with friends and relatives on this phone is perfect even if it’s “only” a mid-level phone. The game’s graphics settings were set on default when opening from the phone. I tinkered it to HD mode with a high refresh rate and “Ultra” graphics, and it didn’t have problems throughout the game like lagging when I played.
On full standby in power saving mode without having to connect it to Wi-Fi or turn on mobile data, the phone consumes just about 5 to 10 percent of its battery power in one whole day.
When charging, it takes less than an hour to charge from 30 percent to full with its 33W fast charging.
Solid as usual
The “i” variants in realme’s numbered series phones have consistently been steady performers and the realme 9i is no different. It’s not gonna wow you with raw specs, but the overall package and performance makes it worthwhile.
The realme 9i retails for PhP 11,990. Buy it here.
vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review
vivo’s best smartphone just got even better!
The vivo X70 Pro+ was launched just several months ago. However, we’re already having a follow-up!
Namely the X80 and X80 Pro — with the latter being vivo’s latest flagship smartphone.
But what makes it different from its predecessor? And what makes the successor a lot more exciting?
Watch our vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review now to find out more!
Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions
Premium, smart timepiece
Huawei has been giving us the best choices for stylish timepieces to help us reach our health and fitness goals. And they’re taking the stage again with their new flagship smartwatch — the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro.
Now let’s take a closer look at this device and check what Huawei has in store for us this time.
The GT 3 Pro comes in this sleek black box with the name of the device in gold. Through the box, we also get to know that it is powered by HarmonyOS.
Lifting the cover, you’re immediately greeted by the GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition looking classy beside a gold Huawei logo.
Pulling the tab on the right, you’ll see a smaller enclosure. Opening it up, you’ll see some paperwork, a USB-C cable and a wireless charging cradle.
Now here’s the GT 3 Pro taken out of the box. Looks premium, doesn’t it?
By examining the watch strap, you can easily tell that it’s made of genuine high-quality leather.
The Huawei branding is not seen on the strap. It’s instead engraved on the buckle.
Also unlike the previous GT 2 Pro that has the usual double crown design, the GT 3 Pro has a watch crown and a button.
The rotating crown serves as its power button and scroll and zoom wheel. Rotating it feels smooth without much resistance. But it does have haptic feedback, mimicking a mechanical feel.
Powering it up, you’re notified to get the Huawei Health app and pair it with your phone.
Once paired, you can tinker with the settings and apply customizations based on your preference and liking.
What I immediately liked with the GT 3 Pro is how classy it looks. And despite it being a big smartwatch compared to what I usually use, it feels light on my wrist.
I also can’t help but admire how clean and clear it looks with its 1.43-inch AMOLED display and sapphire glass lens.
Its body, on the other hand, is made of titanium and it has a ceramic back case to complete the premium package.
Using it for a few days, it looks like this timepiece will definitely level up my expectations for smartwatches. But I have yet to fully explore and experience everything about the GT 3 Pro that I’ll share on my hands-on review so don’t forget to also check that out.
Pricing and availability
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro retails for PhP 16,999 and is available in Titanium and Ceramic Edition.
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