Gadget Reviews Roundup: May 2019
It’s already June and it’s time to look back at the gadgets we reviewed last month. We have the Samsung Galaxy A20, Iron Man MK50 Robot by UBTECH, Ford EcoSport 2019, Xiaomi Mi 9, Sony RX0 II, Realme 3 Pro, and Huawei Matebook 13, to name a few. Check out our Gadget Reviews Roundup for the month of May.
The Samsung Galaxy A20 is a capable entry-level smartphone overall. It has a large display with decent performance, large RAM, great cameras, long battery life, and it also comes with a USB Type-C port with fast charging technology.
With an incredibly hefty price tag of PHP 16,990, however, I don’t think casual Iron Man fans would shell out for this. I’m not even sure if hardcore Marvel/Iron Man fans would break the bank for this. Sure, I’ve mentioned that it’s a cool robot and it’s amusing to play with, but also, there’s nothing much it can do.
The 2019 Ford EcoSport 1.5L Titanium is quite the fun little crossover to drive. I truly believe that this vehicle was made for our developing roads. The addition of the new six-speed automatic system can give your expectations from this vehicle a run for your money, and I honestly think it’s very practical. Especially if you were interested in purchasing this one for your growing family, or even as your first car!
The Xiaomi Mi 9 is a remarkable flagship device. Physically, it may not have any novelties in its design, but the Mi 9 still gives off that elegant and premium feel. With regards to its internals, its Snapdragon 855 processor renders the Mi 9 more than capable of giving a top-caliber performance at half the price of its more expensive flagship peers from other brands.
There’s no other way to say it but the Huawei Matebook 13 is pretty impressive. It’s simple and elegant, crisp display, great hardware and a mix of other goodies all packed in a thin and light profile. There’s not a lot of ultraportable laptops out there that offers similar performance with this footprint. It’s like having a Macbook Pro’s performance in a body of a Macbook 12 running Windows.
The OPPO A5s delivers a sizeable screen, pretty great battery life, expandable storage, and a decent enough performance. A couple of downsides though are that the display is only HD+, it’s still running Android 8.1 Oreo, and that the photo quality could be a bit better.
You get amazing raw performance, solid design, a decent big display, a headphone jack, and cameras that don’t just perform well in the daytime, low light performance is good too. You do get some caveats like poor speaker quality and the fact that it uses a micro USB port, I think for a starting price of PHP12,990, this can be forgiven.
For PHP 71,995, this gaming laptop is worth considering if you are into gaming, given that it has 8GB of RAM. In my experience with it for the past one week, I can play almost all of the games that I usually run smoothly at above 60fps, which is relatively decent.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is quite impressive, just like its older sibling, the standard Mi 9. It delivers a pretty good performance, has a good battery life, and despite having a single down-firing speaker, the audio quality is decent. It’s priced a little higher than its peers in the mid-range market but, as the baby Mi 9, you pretty much get a smartphone that has flagship features and won’t turn the insides of your wallet to dust.
The ASUS ZenBook S13 is an excellent option for those who are looking for a productivity laptop with a compact build, immersive display, decent battery life, and good performance. It even comes with a dongle if you find the IO ports limiting. Sadly, there’s no Thunderbolt 3 or touch screen. It would have been almost perfect if it had those.
Although the V15 is looked upon as a toned-down version of the V15 Pro, it is powerful enough to meet the demands of a wide variety of users. It’s got a large screen with Gorilla Glass 5, above average RAM and storage capacity, triple rear cameras, an elevating front camera, and a large battery capacity.
Cherry Mobile differentiates itself with the Flare Y7 LTE by offering a device that’s quite the looker despite being an entry-level device. The premium beauty, though, does not run that skin deep. While its build and display are quite a treat, more factors otherwise hamper normal usage.
Compared to last year’s Realme C1, the C2 is definitely an upgrade. Although the battery capacity is lower than the C1’s, the C2 still has the upper hand with its smaller notch, up-to-date software, good performance, and most especially, its diamond-cut design.