Gadget Reviews Roundup: March 2017
It’s a new month yet again, which means a new batch of gadget reviews. For this roundup, we have powerful smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Huawei P10, ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom, and OPPO F3 Plus. We also got our hands on Nintendo’s latest console, the Switch, and NVIDIA’s GTX 1080Ti graphics card. Check out our Gadget Reviews Roundup for March 2017.
To conclude, the Moto M is a fine smartphone which is good for those who are looking for a premium build, large display, loud speaker, good camera, and decent battery life. Lastly, it doesn’t cost much at Php14,999. We just hope that they would keep it up to date by upgrading it to Android 7.0 Nougat soon.
The Vivo V5 Lite is a capable handset for everyday use. At Php9,990, it offers its users better specs in general than, say, the OPPO A39 which has been discounted to the same price as the V5 Lite. It also stands up to being a selfie smartphone with its 16MP front camera and its accompanying beautification features.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime will not win any design awards as it basically inherits the old language of its forefathers but it’s what inside that matters, right? If there’s one thing this phone has other devices in its range doesn’t, it’s the user experience of TouchWiz. It’s nice to have a similar UI and small set of extra features done by the manufacturer rather than a lifeless interface.
The P10 has all the essential features of a great flagship smartphone — beautiful design, impressive performance, really good camera and improved battery life. We also applaud taking the risk in introducing a variety of unusual colors such as dazzling blue and greenery. Huawei has done a great job in making the P10 a very desirable device.
We must admit, we already liked the Zenfone 3 Zoom even before we got our hands on it. It’s a heavy-hitter in terms of mobile photography. Most of the key specifications are commendable — 5.5-inch Super AMOLED FHD display for a good viewing experience, 4GB RAM for multitasking, 64GB storage for multimedia-hungry users, dual rear cameras for mobile photographers, and large 5,000mAh battery for heavy users.
The Bose SoundSport Pulse is a pair good-sounding headphones that can do more than just deliver music to your ears. It’s also packed with a heart-rate sensor that some fitness buffs might find useful. However, at Php11,900, it’s pricey and some might just consider getting an affordable fitness band and a good-sounding wireless headphones at a lesser price.
ASUS continues to perform a nice work on the material and design of its GL702VM. If we had to nitpick, we think the palm rest is a tad big for our liking but overall quality is top notch. Its 17.3-inch display which carries a 4K resolution panel is a joy to play or watch on and its dual speakers can really deliver loud volume.
The HP Omen 15 is a sound gaming laptop, for 2016 that is. The specs might be showing its age but still nothing to scoff at as it can run games at its maximum settings in decent framerates and can handle demanding tasks like photo and video editing.
For the most part, OPPO F3 Plus is a commendable Android phone or say a phablet thanks to its 6-inch display. It definitely packs power and juice but what makes us think twice about it is the Color OS. Sure, it benefits OPPO’s lower offering but for something positioned higher, we’d like to see something new, something updated with the Android ecosystem.
The Nintendo switch is a powerful hand-held Console compared to its predecessors. It surpasses the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS in every way. Although as a home console, it lacks the power that the 3-year-old PS4 and Xbox One has. That being said, what I noticed about Nintendo through the years, was that they always competed for the unique designs of their consoles first with the internal specs coming second.
Samsung is redefining the limitations of a smartphone and this is evident in the Galaxy S8. This year, the focus is on the big display and the large screen real-estate of the S8 will blow you away. Samsung is not the first one to take this path as Xiaomi has done so in the Mi Mix and LG with the G6 yet those curved display on the Galaxy S8 added to the almost bezel-less dimension.
The GTX1080Ti is a great option for enthusiasts that want a cheaper, and faster, alternative than the GTX Titan X Pascal. Despite having 1GB of VRAM less compared to the Titan X. Overall performance is better than the Titan X and is around 35% better than the Founders GTX1080.