Gadget Reviews Roundup: April 2019
It’s already May and it’s time to look back at the gadgets we reviewed last month. We have the Huawei P30 Series, Suzuki Swift 2019, ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX701), OPPO F11, Xiaomi Redmi 7, and Fitbit Versa Lite, to name a few. Check out our Gadget Reviews Roundup for the month of April 2019.
Everything else is what we expected it to be and in some aspects, exceeded our expectations. It’s truly a powerhouse in the literal sense of the term. With the P30 Pro, Huawei is hard to ignore as the smartphone that will set the flagship standards for 2019. And rightfully so.
The HP EliteBook 745 G5 is sleek and elegant. However, it has a couple of unsatisfying aspects to it. I don’t think I’d trade in a short battery life span in favor of a light body, premium-looking design, and excellent audio output.
The P30 Pro is undoubtedly the star of the show this time around, while the P30 is more of a brooding, silent bad-ass. I think it deserves a little bit of the spotlight as well. While I am disappointed that the P30 lacks certain things like front-facing speakers, wireless charging, a higher resolution screen, etc. But at the same time, it’s also a whole PHP 14,000 cheaper than the P30 Pro.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is by far, the best gaming laptop that I’ve ever reviewed. It has a great design, solid build quality, and 144Hz display. It also provides excellent performance especially with games while its thermals are very good to the point that it can handle the massive processes without having to throttle.
The 2019 Suzuki Swift GLX is a more than decent sub-compact hatch, which I can see is perfect for small or starting families. It’s fuel efficient and handles like a dream. It’s more sporty and aggressive styling in combination with its cute and light form factor can surprise you. It’s fun to drive and gets you from point A to B.
While the P30 Lite is pretty much just the Huawei Nova 4e under a different name, it’s still worthy of being tagged as the affordable device under the P30 line-up. The device has an excellent design and quite a decent performance. If you aren’t seriously into smartphone photography but still want something that offers quality photos, you might want to take a look at this device.
At PHP 15,990, this phone is the better pick if the pop-up camera mechanism of the F11 Pro doesn’t appeal to you. There are still rooms for improvements, but for now, it’s a pretty decent device to consider if you’re looking for a premium mid-range smartphone.
The Redmi 7 is an entry-level device that’s more than sufficient. There’s a couple of drawbacks: HD+ display, thick bezels around the screen, slightly washed out selfies, frame drops on moderate to high settings in gameplay, and the like. Still, there are its pros too: price point, battery life, vibrant color reproduction, natural-looking selfies even with the Beauty mode, surprisingly good audio, and such. The Redmi 7’s no-frills look and decent performance is a bang for your buck.
At PHP 10,390 though, I’d say the Versa Lite an even better deal than the original Versa. That’s a steep territory for someone just looking for a device to assist their fitness journey, but the Versa Lite is surely a companion you’d wanna keep with you on said journey.