October Gadget Reviews Roundup 2016
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, GoPro Hero5, ASUS ROG Strix GL502VS, ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe, Sony Xperia XZ, and Suzuki Ciaz GLX, these are just a few of the gadgets we reviewed last month. If you want to see the rest, then check out our Gadget Reviews Roundup for October 2016.
The Ciaz has the most space for occupants and has a cavern of a trunk. It has elegant looks that wouldn’t make me ashamed of pointing out which car I’m driving in a parking lot. It has a good amount of toys and tech, most notably as the only one in the given options with Android touchscreen head unit. And lastly, it costs the least.
The ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VS is one beast of a gaming machine although it doesn’t come with a bigger 17-inch display and Ultra HD resolution. We totally enjoyed playing on its Full HD display and pair of high-quality stereo speakers. Other than for gaming, we also were able to utilize its capabilities in video editing as it was able to playback video smoothly even without rendering it first.
As an everyday driver, the Redmi Note 4 will not disappoint. It’s all you’ll need for a smartphone that’ll function well and will last for a whole day of use on a single charge. Its build is also attractive and solid on hand. What will hinder the phone’s winning streak of balanced features and price is its availability.
The GoPro Hero5 Black could be somewhat of a love child between the Hero4 Silver and Hero4 Black as it has 4K video recording at 30fps while having the rear-mounted touchscreen display.
We enjoyed our time with the Ertiga and we suggest it as a strong contender for your MPV needs. Unfortunately, the GLX variant only got a rating of 2 out of 5 jacks with a score of 66% because of the driving experience and as tested cost.
The SJCAM M20 is a lightweight and easily portable camera that could be used for sports, in a car, or attached to a drone. While that may be cool, its picture quality isn’t something we’ll call as broadcast quality although it could be enough for casual users.
The Starmobile UP Sense, as an entry-level device, is not going to wow you with its performance. However, it has a few merits worth noting – the iPhone-like design on the front, fingerprint sensor, Android Marshmallow, and lastly an affordable price. At Php4,290, Starmobile wants to give users the said pros without breaking the bank.
The Vivo Y55 is a pretty good entry-level device for something that is priced at Php7,990. It has good design, decent specs, and Android Marshmallow out of the box. However, it’s not going to wow a lot of users, considering that its competitors in the Philippines are launching phones with better specs for about the same price.
Asus knows how to make over-the-top smartphones — with 6GB RAM and 256GB storage, it even beats most ultrabooks out in the market. That does not even count the Snapdragon 821 variant they have lined-up. When they held back, they did so sensibly — just like with the option for 1080p display to conserve battery life.
The Xperia XZ has a nice, sexy form factor with its premium metal body and 2.5D glass implementation. Its 5.2-inch Full HD display is appreciated and makes operating with one hand fairly easy. One of my personal favorites is its dust- and water-resistant body that I could take with me on beach trips and the like.
ASUS did a good job in making the Zenfone 3 Laser. It’s a worthy successor to the Zenfone 2 Laser thanks to the improved and more premium design, upgraded internals, and good pricing.
The Flare Infinity is indeed the best looking, or one of the best depending on your preference, Cherry Mobile handset to date. The display and the 2.5D glass deserve an applause. It’s also a good performing device for light to heavy tasks.
At Php8,999, you’re getting a smartphone with an attractive design, decent performance, 700MHz-ready LTE, USB Type-C, and a fingerprint scanner. However, its flaws are hard to ignore.
All in all, if you are on a tight budget and looking for a compact, great sounding yet durable and water-resistant Bluetooth speaker, the Sony SRS-XB3 might be the one for you. For Php6,499 you can purchase a wireless speaker with a good build and design, can deliver outstanding audio quality, and good battery life without breaking the bank.
Thanks to its price, ergonomic design, and overall sound quality, the Sony MDR-XB650BT is a good choice for bass lovers that are looking for a Bluetooth headset on the go. While the empowering bass and recessed mids might not please others, it is still a contender for its price range.
I’m not the guy usually donning wearables as I still think they’re not a necessity, but the time spent with the Sony Smartwatch 3 made me realize that it’s actually a good piece of device you might actually like.
Altec Lansing made a good job on delivering great sound with the Circus 2.1 Speaker system. It has all the great goodies packed in a 2.1 speaker system that’s lightweight and easy to carry around. Music is extremely balanced and could be the speaker of your dreams if you’re all about that bass and a few trebles.
If what you’re after is a wireless, portable printer that produces quality prints that will last a couple of years, then this is would be a great choice. It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and hardly weighs a thing.