It’s July and we’re already halway through the year. And like what we always do at the end of every month, we provide you a summary of all the gadgets we’ve reviewed like the LG G4, Lenovo K3 Note, Huawei P8, and the ASUS ZenBook UX305. Take a look at the Gadget Reviews Roundup for June 2015.
LG tries to put a different twist in creating their next flagship smartphone. The G4 traded a bit of raw power and cold industrial design in favor of organic yet practical execution. Then they peppered it with a few sprinkles of interesting features like laser auto focus, camera manual mode and support for camera RAW.
The iXpand Flash Drive is a very handy tool for iPhone or iPad users who are hampered with their device’s limited internal storage. It also provides a very quick and convenient way to transfer files from the iOS device to your PC. Not to mention, it looks and feels premium too.
Overall, the LG Music Flow P7 is one of the more well put together portable speakers we’ve seen. The speaker’s uncluttered and minimalist design, coupled with its reassuring heft, gives the speaker a classy look that should complement your current living room setup or a nice fixture on your desk.
With a 500GB storage placed within its keyboard dock, that is the only thing special about the O+ Convertible. Its shortcomings are a bit hard to accept even for a media consumption, but it is still a capable Windows performer for those who wants a tablet and a portable PC.
The HP f310 car camcorder should definitely be on your list if you’re looking for a dashboard camera that has a bit more features in it than the standard ones. Although it’s not as stealthy as we’d like it to be, it still looks good with its glossy finish and is easy to navigate thanks to its simple interface and decently-sized display.
The O+ 360 HD is a decent Android that packs a good build, design, and camera. There are lots of other smartphones out there that feature those strengths as well so to make it standout O+ decided to equip this device with extra features like the 360 Touch Technology, Doodle Control and Air Shuffle.
The K3 Note is a strong offering from Lenovo that packs a good set of hardware and software with an affordable price. It has a great display, very capable processor, LTE connectivity, and Android Lollipop out of the box.
The Huawei P8 is a very compelling handset with a good mix of design and hardware improvements. Many others have also followed suit and went with dual-SIM, dual-LTE features in their flagship offerings, something Huawei originally introduced with the Mate 7 last year.
The Cherry Mobile Flare XL features a nice build with a bronze accent, slim profile and capable of great video quality for under Php5,000.
The ZenBook UX305 features a beautiful and lightweight design, sharp and vibrant Full HD display, plenty of ports, decent to great performance and great battery life.
The Knight Vision is a sub-Php10K device that has a solid form factor, responsive performance, digital TV function and a camera with OIS.
The BlackBerry Leap is a great improvement from the BlackBerry Z3 and Z10. It has a solid build and a design that would mostly appeal to young professionals. As BlackBerry is known for, it handles e-mails and calendars well and features one of the best on-screen keyboards as typing on it is a breeze. In addition, it has LTE connectivity, a decent camera, good battery life, and BB OS 10.3 with BB Blend.
For what it’s worth, the D5500 has all the right tools to become a solid contender in the entry-level DSRL department. It’s just that the new features that Nikon has added are just not compelling enough for existing D5300 users to upgrade.
The Pyxis Fun Box is quite the head-turner thanks to its straightforward design and chic colors that accented its predominantly gray-painted body. Sadly, it didn’t take long for us to notice the minor shortcomings that ruined what is otherwise a well-built wireless speaker.
The Harman Kardon Soho Wireless is an elegant-looking on-ear headphone that comes with good audio quality and cool set of features like touch controls, wireless capability, and NFC. It’s portable as well as you can fold it and store it in the carrying case included in the package. The asking price isn’t cheap though at Php11,995.
The Acer Liquid Z520 is an affordable entry-level smartphone for those in a tight budget. At Php4,990 it’s not going to hurt your pocket that much.
For the price of Php21,990, the OPPO R5 is a good buy if you want an unbelievably thin phone that comes with mid-tier to high-end specs.
The Alpha Neon feels like a premium Windows phone in terms of hardware. Although we had some minor problems with how its touchscreen perceived our touch input, the overall feel of the device didn’t feel cheap. Browsing experience was also snappy — its Windows 8.1 OS was responsive and we didn’t come across any major hiccups despite its modest internals.
Ekotab Encore 2 will pass as a tablet for those who don’t want to spend much. With a price tag of Php 2,999, it’s a cheap tablet with lots of limitations. If it only has a better screen, it could be a good buy. We would also give a plus point for Ekotek’s decent branding..