Gadget Reviews Roundup: August 2017
September is finally here and most of the flagship smartphones for 2017 has already been revealed. But before we look forward, let’s have a recap of all gadget reviews we’ve done last month like the Samsung Galaxy Note8, HTC U11, LG G6+, ASUS ZenFone 4 Max, and ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie. Here’s our Gadget Reviews Roundup for August 2017.
For a 2-in-1 Windows tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Book has done a pretty good job on providing its users a seamless experience. It has a 10.6-inch display which allows users to view their favorite contents. It runs on Intel Core M3 which is pretty satisfactory for daily usage. Since it comes with an S Pen, scribbling down notes and sketching are quite an experience. It’s also portable and only comes with a little heft. So if you’re someone who’s always on-the-go, then this tablet is for you to try.
The Smart Bro Prepaid LTE Home WiFi isn’t really made for primary use. Rather, it’s a backup device just in case your main broadband internet service conks out when you badly needed it. If you’re on a DSL line where the upload speeds are quite low, like 1Mbps to 2Mbps only, the device can kick in and give you the much needed extra bandwidth for uploading large files or content.
Despite only having minor upgrades, I believe the G6+ is everything that the G6 should have been in the first place. It is a top tier flagship smartphone with a massive amount of storage, a HiFi DAC for audiophiles, and has the possibility of having 6GB of RAM. It maintains all the greatness of the G6, but it’s still somewhat of a bust considering that the upgrades are so incremental.
With its 65-inch screen, viewing all your favorite content is a wonderful experience. It delivers impressive picture quality thanks to its 4K resolution, although the contrast can get a little overwhelming. It also does come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow which enables you to download apps from Google Play Store. Of course, we can’t forget the Harman/Kardon speakers.
The Zenfone 4 Max, is a mix of the old and the new. It has the old Snapdragon 430 CPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, and HD display found in its predecessors, but with a new and more attractive design, dual rear cameras, and larger 5,000mAh battery. With an SRP of Php9,995, the Zenfone 4 Max is designed for users who are looking for a device with features found in more expensive devices but can withstand heavy usage and doesn’t break the bank.
LG is bringing the FullVision display feature to an affordable price range, including a really beautiful design and great build quality. LG is unifying their lineup with this design ethos and we’ve seen it with the LG G6 tot he LG G6+ and now the LG Q6. LG might just as well call the Q6 the LG G6 Mini.
The Galaxy Note8’s comeback is measured and calculated, but definitely a big improvement over the Note7. They pushed the boundaries a little bit here and there — the bigger display, dual-camera setup and unified design signature are the main focus points. Simply put, it is undoubtedly a great device — big in size, bold in intention.
The Infinix Note 4 offers features that you won’t normally find in other smartphones in the same price range like the large 5.7-inch Full HD display, 3GB RAM, 4,300mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat. In addition, it has a decent camera, dual-SIM with dedicated microSD card slot, 4G LTE, and a fingerprint scanner. It won’t impress heavy mobile gamers given its processor but if you’re a light to mid user, this should suffice.
It’s that kind of smartphone that you will grow fond of as time goes by. With its 5.5-inch Quad HD display, 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM, and Snapdragon 835 chipset, multitasking on the U11 is a no-brainer. It doesn’t stop there. You’d also get to take good photos either in RAW or JPEG with its 12MP f/1.7 Dual Pixel rear camera, and get to take 4K videos up to 60fps.
If you can get past its lackluster design and dated display, you will find a device that performs decently and packs a punch with its selfie capabilities. With similar internals as the Zenfone 4 Max, we’d even go so far as to say that it’s a Zenfone 4 Max with less battery capacity and an improved front camera system.
The drive would certainly be a plus for any traveling content creator or photographer, especially those with drones. But the average consumer could still take advantage of the built-in Micro SD card reader which makes transferring files from any device that uses micro SD’s convenient.