Gadget Reviews Roundup: June 2018
July is underway, so it’s about time we took a look at the gadgets we reviewed last month. Without further ado here were the gadgets we took for a spin last month.
The Vivo X20A is a worthy device for those who plan to buy a premium mid-range smartphone. It has a vibrant display, above average performing processor and GPU, decent camera performance, great face unlock implementation and a long-lasting battery. One minor issue that we had is that it still carries a microUSB port, but that’s not much of a deal breaker to most. Other than that, this phone gets our praise for being well-built and having good overall features and performance.
OnePlus 6 remains to be one of the most affordable flagship smartphones in the market today (where everyone else are priced between Php40k to Php50k). That still makes it a compelling proposition to pick over many other options currently available out there. It goes without saying that you’ll never go wrong with the OnePlus 6.
All in all, the X21 UD is a great smartphone for its class. It looks good, performs well, and fun to use. Sadly, even with all those great features, the device has a rather high asking price of Php 29,999. While the under display fingerprint scanner is a cool gimmick, there may be better alternatives out there at this price point.
The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) is a great smartphone, thanks to its vibrant display with good color reproduction, powerful CPU and GPU, Pure Android experience, and large battery capacity with impressive batt life. It certainly redeemed the series by providing one of the best price-to-performance ratios in its segment. With a tag of Php9,995, the Max Pro M1 is a definite steal.
So is the Nokia 7 Plus every bit of a premium mid-range as promised? That’s a definite yes. From its stunning and premium design down to its respectable performance, the phone delivers. Couple that with an amazing set of cameras, for both photo and video, and stellar battery life and you have a complete mid-range package. You’ll definitely feel that every centavo of your Php 21,990 is very well spent.
You may argue that these specs can be found in other flagship devices, I agree, but here’s the clincher, the Mix 2S is only priced at Php27,990, which makes it one of the most affordable Snapdragon 845-powered smartphones in the market. So if you’re looking for a device with flagship level-specs for under Php30K, you will love the Mi Mix 2S.
So, does the Samsung Galaxy A6+ have more to it than it meets the eye? Well, you could say yes. It is an oddball of a device though — priced at the mid-range segment yet equipped with a budget chipset. Performance is not that bad but for the price you’re paying for, you’ll be left wanting more. Then again, if you can get past that bump, you’ll be left with an elegantly crafted device that has impressive speakers, cameras, and features. Question is, are those advantages enough for the Galaxy A6+ to pry consumers away from more powerful competitors?
OPPO made the right decision to bring in the F7 Youth as a more affordable alternative to The F7, offering the same design and performance with a much less price at Php13,990. Despite inconveniences such as the absence of a fingerprint scanner and the LED notification light, the face unlock feature solves these concerns by waking the display to see the notifications as you raise the device and unlock the phone as it recognizes your face.
Sony surprised us with a redesign of its flagship Xperia line starting with the XZ2, and the result was a smartphone worthy of challenging other formidable competitors in the range it wants to tap with, given a Php43,990 price tag in tow. It’s a good performer when we check on a lot of the features this possesses — a rich and vibrant display, a great camera, good performance, and crystal-like audio technology that seems to cater to audiophiles and casual listeners alike.