Tag Archive: Better

How to shoot better slow motion video at 120fps, 240fps, and 960fps

Know when to go slow and when to go really slow when you’re taking slo-mo video.

Not too long ago you needed very expensive cameras and equally expensive desktop software to produce a good slow-motion video. Now we can grab slow-motion capture at up to 960 frames per second from a smartphone, and that means we can shoot video that’s about 32-times slower than real life. Isn’t technology grand? We don’t need to know how to build  [Read More…]

Vivo announces ‘Super HDR’ that uses AI for better smartphone pictures

The new tech has a dynamic range up to 14 EV.

Vivo’s been experimenting with a lot of cutting-edge technology this year with phones like the X20 Plus UD and Apex, and it’s shifting its focus on photography with the recent announcement of its new “Super HDR” platform.

Super HDR is supposed to be an upgrade over the current HDR shooting modes found in most smartphone cameras these days, and to do this, Vivo says it’s harnessing  [Read More…]

4 things the Garmin Vivoactive does better than the Fitbit Ionic

Choose your fitness tracker wisely, because it will probably last you a while.

Both Fitbit and Garmin have long had a presence in the consumer electronics market, with both companies focusing on fitness gear and GPS accessories. In 2018, that means both companies are producing fitness bands, with notifications and other smartwatch features present as well. Fitbit’s latest device is the Ionic, while Garmin’s current flagship is the Vivoactive 3.

I’ve been wearing the Vivoactive 3 for  [Read More…]

Here’s how Dirac is enabling Xiaomi to create better audio products

Dirac is a Swedish company that specializes in digital audio tuning solutions.

The first time I heard of Dirac was at Xiaomi’s Mi 3 launch event in India all the way back in 2014. Back then, Xiaomi was an unknown Chinese manufacturer that was taking the first step into a foreign market.

Hugo Barra was on hand to showcase the device, as were executives from Flipkart, which nabbed exclusive rights to sell the phone in the subcontinent.  [Read More…]

Samsung’s AR Emoji are better than Animoji in every way but the one that matters

You’re going to see way more AR Emoji than you ever will Animoji.

Apple’s iPhone X launched with a quirky little emoji thing where you can use your face to animate an emoji message to send to your friends. It’s cute, but Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is launching with something far more feature complete and accessible. The new AR Emoji feature is going to see adoption rates well over what Apple has seen with Animoji, but there’s one  [Read More…]

Improve your videos with better audio using the $40 Blue Snowball USB microphone

Talk about savings!

We haven’t shared a deal on the Blue Snowball condenser mic dropping to $ 40 since December. This is a regular price drop we’ve seen before, but it is $ 10 off the street price and a match for its lowest ever. Only the Black version of the mic is on sale, as White is still as $ 49.

If you need a mic for podcasts, streaming, or making any sort of online videos  [Read More…]

The Fitbit Ionic is (still) a better fitness tracker than smartwatch

If you’ve read Daniel Bader’s excellent Fitbit Ionic review from September you already know that the device boasts a bold (if polarizing) design, backed up by one of the best health-tracking platforms on the planet, but mated to a somewhat sub-par software build. After a couple weeks of my own spent with the Ionic, I can report that that set of attributes – and the $ 299 price point – has remained mostly unchanged since. 

What has  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review: The best just got better

The Redmi Note 5 shares the same foundations as its predecessor, but introduces a few key upgrades for 2018.

Xiaomi had a landmark year in 2017, edging past Samsung to become the largest handset manufacturer in India. A lot of that momentum was down to the success of the Redmi Note 4, which was the best-selling phone in the subcontinent last year.

As such, there’s a lot riding on the Redmi Note 5. Before we get to  [Read More…]

Top 5 reasons why Rootless Pixel Launcher is better than Nova and Action Launcher

Rootless Pixel Launcher is the best option available for turning your phone into a Pixel 2.

In the Android launcher space, Nova and Action Launcher reign supreme as two of the best options available. This is a point that I have no problem agreeing with, but even so, it’s important to admit when a formidable (and potentially better) alternative comes around.

There are a few different launchers that try to mimic the look and feel of the  [Read More…]

Pixel 2 XL vs. OnePlus 5T — Which is the better buy?

The $ 350 difference.

If you’re shopping around for a large Android smartphone right now, two devices that deserve to be on your shortlist are the Google Pixel 2 XL and OnePlus 5T. Google’s latest entry into the Pixel series is one of the most impressive phones available, but the 5T offers a tremendous amount of features and tech for $ 350 less.

Google Pixel 2 XL (left) and OnePlus 5T (right).

One of our  [Read More…]