Gadget Reviews Roundup: December 2019
Happy New Year, everyone! It’s 2020 and we’re excited to see the new gadgets tech companies have in store for us this year. But before that happens, let’s take a look at the gadgets we reviewed last month. Check out our Gadget Reviews Roundup for December 2019.
The Vivo S1 Pro is an overall good mid-ranger. It does have a rather average chipset, and it’s pretty much a slightly improved S1 in some aspects. For a price of PHP 15,990, you get a Super AMOLED display, 8GB RAM, 128GB of storage, a modest battery life, and a decent set of cameras. Not a lot of mid-rangers offer 8GB + 128GB at this price point. If you’re looking for a decent mid-range daily driver, the S1 Pro might be your next device.
Whether you’re researching and need another browser open, extracting data from an excel file to write a report, or need to have multiple charts open while trading securities, then this is a handy device to have on you. It’s plug-and-play, so setting it up takes like 10 seconds, and the absence of a power cable helps keep your workplace clean. The only drawback is that it only works on devices with a Thunderbolt 3 enabled USB-C port. Considering the cheapest 1080p IPS displays go for almost PHP 5,000 brand new; you’re going to have to pay a hefty premium for portability. If you’re always on the go, need more screen real estate, and a heavy multitasker, then this would definitely pay for itself.
For the price tag of PHP 89,995, it’s hard to suggest this variant of the Lenovo Legion Y540. It’s only PHP 5,000 less than the Legion Y545, and you’ll be spending more money down the line upgrading the RAM, further reducing the price gap. If you had the budget, we’d recommend you go for the Legion Y545 instead, and you’ll be getting a far better display capable of high refresh rates, twice as much RAM, and a more compact body.
The OPPO Reno Ace is one beastly smartphone that’s great in almost every aspect. It has a premium build, nice display, decent cameras, excellent performance, long battery life, and impressive charging speed. If the ordinary Reno Ace’s design bores you, the Gundam Edition can quickly remedy that. That’s additional swag if you’re a fan of the franchise as well.
Huawei’s entry-level Y6s offers an attractive design, a decent display, an adequate audio quality, and a chipset that’s capable of light to moderate tasks. The selfie shooter might be slightly disappointing, but the rear camera makes up for it. Then again, we think that those qualities don’t really make the Y6s stand out amongst its competitors in the entry-level field, especially with its price tag of PHP 6,999. Smartphones such as the Xiaomi Redmi 8 and the Realme 5 have a similar price tag and yet already come with multiple cameras, larger battery capacities, and the like. You might want to consider those options instead if you’re looking for a budget device that’ll be worth your money.