Gadget Reviews Roundup: June 2017
And just like that, we’re done with the first half of 2017. While we gear up for the second half, let’s take a look at the gadgets we reviewed last month. For our June 2017 edition of our Gadget Reviews Roundup, we have the HTC U Ultra, ASUS Zenfone AR, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Canon EOS M6, and the iPad Pro 10.5-inch, to name a few. Check out the rest below.
The Canon EOS 800D is a worthy successor to the 750D that further improves on its strengths and weaknesses alike. It has a better sensor, a newer image processor, faster autofocus, and a longer battery life. It’s not without faults, of course, as it features a toyish form factor thanks to its plastic material. It also doesn’t support 4K video recording which could be a letdown for video guys.
Canon has been doing great strides in the mirrorless category and the EOS M6 is a testament to this. With merely 6 months from the release of the M5, the EOS M6 made proper adjustments to the exterior of the camera that made it more vlogger-friendly.
For sure, we are already flooded with handsets with same offerings and little differences. Perhaps what this particular handset can offer that others don’t are its Nougat OS and unibody polycarbonate casing. It looks decent too, perhaps even better if it’s in black.
The Galaxy Tab S3 has proven itself to be a powerful tablet for work and play. If you like watching videos on-the-go or at the comforts of your home, this device won’t disappoint. The S Pen feature is also a strong point but you’ll have to be a digital artist or someone who regularly takes handwritten notes to fully take advantage of its features. It can also turn into a sort of substitute for a laptop using the pogo keyboard cover. However, it’s not included in the package and is sold separately.
OPPO delivers a good device experience with the A57, a 5.2-inch device that goes beyond delivering unstoppable selfies, and prides itself in offering a good display, a fast fingerprint scanner, and a great battery life tucked beneath its slim profile. It helps that the phone is packed with a Snapdragon chip, which does great in optimizing phone use for better battery consumption, and has dedicated slots for both two SIM cards and a microSD card which seems to be fading away with the other brands’ recent releases.
All in all the Zenfone AR is one cool device because it features a technology not found in most smartphones. Tango provides the user with a different level of mobile experience and gives you a glimpse into the future of Augmented Reality. However, that coolness currently has its limitations as not a lot of apps have been developed for it yet, but here lies its potential as well.
The Lenovo Legion Y520, even though it’s the basic package, is still a well-appreciated effort from the company. It has a sleek-looking design, back-lit keys which are a joy to type on, impressive audio, a nicely-ventilated setup, and has capable internals.
Putting the dual cameras aside, the Flare P1 Plus is a decent everyday handset. It’s got Android Nougat, which is starting to be the norm among budget devices almost a year after its initial release, high-resolution display, and solid build. It’s priced at just Php5,999.
The ASUS Vivo V221ICUK is a fairly decent all-in-one for those with light workloads. It is for the student, the home office, and the minimalist. Using it definitely gives you that professional feel with its sleek design. With a decent screen and very good speakers, this makes for a good content consumption machine. This is also good option who want a desktop PC, but don’t have a lot of desk real estate.
The 2017 Apple iPad with its 10.5-inch display delivers. Period. It’s got a premium and solid build with almost the same heft as its smaller predecessor, has a gorgeous and feature-laden display, powerful speakers, and definitely more capable internals.
All in all, the HTC U Ultra is a solid offering for those who are looking for a premium-tier smartphone. It has a beautiful design and construction, high-resolution display, good camera, and performance. The only thing we didn’t like here is the battery life, but you can easily remedy that with a power bank.
The Sony MDR-XB950N1 is a solid audio companion especially if you’re the type who likes bass music. It’s large but well-made and it’s portable enough to be carried in a backpack. Its audio preference might not be for everyone, but the Bass Effect and Noise Cancelling feature is effective in enhancing your listening experience. Not to mention, the long battery life.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one printer that also supports wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi, this Canon Pixma E470 is worth checking for Php4,395. It’s an affordable option for a printer that can print, scan, and copy. While there are a lot of similar offers available, the Pixma E470 offers a sleek, formal design that you can place on an office desk.
At Php12,995, the G4000 has some notable improvements compared to its predecessor which bumped up the price from the previous sub-Php10K tag. Basically, what you’re paying for is the capability to fax but if that’s not too important in your workplace, you can stick with the reliable G3000.
If you’re in the market for an all-in-one printer, you may check out the Canon Pixma E410 which has an SRP of Php3,695. It’s an affordable option for a printer that can print, scan, and copy. Its monotonous design makes it easy on the eyes and pair with other office paraphernalia. But if you’re looking to have a wireless printer, you may check out the Pixma E470.