Gadget Reviews Roundup: March 2018
New month, new gadget roundup. For the month of March, we have the Samsung Galaxy S9+, Vivo V9, Huawei Nova 2 Lite, ASUS ZenFone 5Q, and Acer Nitro 5, to name a few. If you missed some our reviews, then check out our Gadget Reviews Roundup for March 2018.
The Acer Nitro 5 series is a good mid-tier gaming laptop thanks to its hardware that can even run AAA games at a playable state even at ultra high settings. It has decent quality speakers and has long battery life when watching videos even at 1080p. We were disappointed, however, on its single USB 3.0 port that gives faster data transfer speed.
The Infinix Hot S3 Pro is an interesting device indeed. Underneath that unappealing and unassuming design is a device with respectable performance, beautiful display, and plenty of customizations. Although it did not live up to its promise of a budget-friendly selfie smartphone with long battery life due to its sub-par front camera and battery. Sadly, even with its strong suits, the device doesn’t really bring anything special to the table to be a strong contender at this price point.
Doogee has done a pretty good job by releasing an entry-level smartphone that is packed with some really good stuff in it. The X60L isn’t a stunner, but for its affordable price, you’re getting a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 2GB RAM, dual 13MP + 8MP shooters, and 3,300mAh. If you’re looking for a daily driver that won’t make your wallet weep, then this device is a good start.
HMD Global strives to bring back Nokia’s glory days, and the Nokia 2 delivers for a good number of reasons. It is one of the company’s longest-lasting devices in terms of battery life, and it brings back what’s amiss to entry-level smartphones nowadays: great build and aesthetics with top-notch software and consistent updates.
Small changes make a huge difference, and that applies to the A71 (2018). It now has a better performing CPU and GPU, longer battery life, and A.I. Beauty Technology. However, it would’ve been a lot better if OPPO took this reboot opportunity to increase the internal storage, maybe add a fingerprint scanner, and switch to a USB Type-C port. If you don’t care about those and just want a daily driver that provides good performance and is below Php8K, then this device is worth considering.
The Huawei Nova 2 Lite is shaping up to be a strong contender for its class at Php9,990. It has a large display, dual-rear cameras, Face Unlock, and Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. It’s going to face strong competition though as there are other good smartphones out there in the same price range. Still, the Nova 2 Lite can capture the attention of consumers thanks to its respectable performance, good design, and promising set of cameras.
Vivo has once again stepped up its game when it comes to releasing powerful mid-range devices. Compared to the V7+, the V9 is definitely more powerful, looks better, and comes with features that are normally found in more expensive devices. Those who prefer a more immersive screen will like its FullView display, while those who are fond of selfies will enjoy the 24MP front camera with A.I. Beauty technology. Mobile gamers, on the other hand, need not worry as it can handle the popular games in the Play Store.
For a mid-range device, the ZenFone 5Q was able to handle almost everything we threw at it thanks to its Snapdragon 630 chipset and 4GB of RAM. The 6-inch 18:9 display offers a good viewing experience which is good for those who like watching movies or playing mobile games. Imaging-wise, it’s promising and good enough for casual users, but as a selfie-oriented smartphone, it failed to impress. Still, we recommend this phone for its merits, especially if it is priced right.