Gadget Reviews Roundup: February 2018
The past month has brought us a ton of new gadgets to review and that includes the Samsung Galaxy S9, ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, Doogee Mix 2, and the Dell Inspiron 13, to name a few. Before we get flooded with new devices from the recently concluded MWC 2018, check out our Gadget Reviews Roundup for the month of February.
The Dell Inspiron 13 7373 2-in-1 is an impressive little device. It has excellent built quality, an elegant design, immersive speakers, a stellar keyboard, and long battery life. The 2-in-1 flexibility actually became the icing on the cake. The Php 63,490 price tag is most certainly justified and worth it. Anyone looking to have a portable thin, light and flexible device should definitely consider the Inspiron 13 7373 2-in-1.
Bluboo definitely tried to cater a smartphone packed with powerful internals you rarely find in a smartphone at an affordable price. It has a full HD IPS display, MediaTek Helio P25 SoC, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage. If you can get past its not-so-good battery optimization and selfie camera, then the S1 may work for you.
The Infinix Zero 5 is a solid contender in the mid-range market. It is an attractive option for users who are looking for a device with features normally found in more expensive offerings like premium build, huge display, capable processor, large RAM and battery, and dual-rear cameras. It would have been much better if it featured an 18:9 aspect ratio with slim bezels and a smaller footprint like its competitors. Then again, if you’re not nitpicking about that feature, the Zero 5 is worth the consideration.
The Fitbit Ionic boasts strong fitness features for a smartwatch. The company once again proved that it has mastered its craft in creating fitness devices. Not only that, the device is also classy, well-built, and very comfortable. It’s certainly a watch you can take with you even on casual strolls and outings.
For a battery-centric smartphone under Php8k, the Zenfone 4 Max Lite is definitely one of the entry-level devices that we will put on our recommended list. It has decent camera quality and long battery life. While it is a toned-down version of the Zenfone 4 Max, the performance is sub-par but it can be used as a device for streaming videos, browsing online, and playing light-to-moderate games. Overall, this smartphone is a good traveling companion or when going on hikes thanks to its long battery life.
The ASUS Vivo V241IC is a gorgeous all-in-one that deserves so much more attention to detail. It looks great in most setups, has a great display and speakers, and has some nice touches such as those thin bezels. It still gets a solid recommendation from us, though despite these drawbacks. Be sure to get the models that have an SSD, and don’t settle for the included keyboard and mouse.
The Motorola G5S is a decent smartphone with a premium build and capable specs for its class. However, it’s lacking in multiple aspects and felt like Motorola just stripped down the G5S Plus so they can introduce something at a lower price point. It would have been a worthy offering if it launched in early 2017, but by today’s standards, it doesn’t have enough fire-power to take on the competition.
So is the Doogee Mix 2 a worthy successor to the Mix? Then the answer is yes. If you could look past its flaws, like its mediocre rear cameras quality and unresponsive fingerprint scanner, then this is one solid device. It’s got a large FHD+ display, 6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, and 4060mAh battery. For its price, the Mix 2 is worth considering.
Xiaomi once again proves that good performance doesn’t have to come with a heavy price. For a sub Php10k device, the Redmi 5 Plus brings with it respectable performance, strong battery life, a good display, and a number of customization and shortcut options. Although, the phone does have some caveats such as a sub-par set of cameras and a very annoying matte screen protector. It’s also worth noting that even though the Snapdragon 625 is still a very capable processor, newer more powerful chipsets are already available on the market.
Cloudfone strives to bring something different on the table with every release, and this was just proved with the Thrill Boost 3 as it’s the first budget device sold locally that sports the newest 18:9 display aspect ratio, a trend among mid-range and flagship level devices. With a Php2,999 price, you’d get the most out of your buck as you get to have a finely-crafted device that offers Android Nougat and decent cameras.
Samsung has done some pretty impressive upgrades on the Galaxy S9. It’s got a slightly more compact in an almost identical design, a more practical placement of the fingerprint scanner and an inclusion of stereo speakers are all nice. The Galaxy S8 already had a great design so there’s not much to change on the Galaxy S9. The core focus of this update is the improved camera system and the Exynos 9810 chipset. This pushes the Galaxy S9 on top of the charts again in terms of performance and camera quality.
Even though this is Bose’s first wireless earbuds to date, they did well in engineering this device. It stays in place even when you’re doing intense activities like running for one, has good sound quality compared to most wireless headphones in the market, and it’s durable and water and sweat resistant, only to name a few.