Tag Archive: Great


Nokia 6.1 Plus preview: The start of something great

HMD finally made a budget phone that can take on Xiaomi and Honor.

The Nokia 6 series holds special value for HMD Global. The Nokia 6 was the first Android device to feature Nokia branding, and it was one of the manufacturer’s best-selling devices last year. The phone wasn’t without its faults, however, as the Snapdragon 430 was underwhelming in day-to-day usage.

Nokia did a magnificent job optimizing the software to run on underpowered hardware during its  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 brings enough great features for the price (review)

Xiaomi seemed to have a sleeper hit on their hands with the Mi Band 2; a smartwatch/fitness tracker that lacked several high-end features, but was offered at a price (about $ 20 US) low enough to tempt a whole lot of people to give it a try.

Including our household- I personally bought one for my wife, who to that point was not a fitness stats-based person in the least. While she was appreciative but hesitant at first, she quickly got  [Read More…]

Your next great mid-range phone may have the new Snapdragon 670

Every year, flagship phones get more expensive but harder to differentiate from their mid-range and budget counterparts. It’s not that those $ 700+ phones are getting worse but that, as the technology inside them matures, their features get commoditized and brought down to less expensive silicon.

That’s why the Snapdragon 670 is exciting. It’s the sequel to the Snapdragon 660 we see in devices like the BlackBerry KEY2, but it’s much closer to the newly-announced Snapdragon  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Mi A2 review: A great sequel with a fantastic camera, but it isn’t for everyone

Xiaomi once again shows that it understands the value market better than anyone else.

The Mi A1 was one of the best phones of 2017. It combined Xiaomi’s hardware chops with the simplicity of Android One, resulting in a device that was a delight to use. While the premise of the Mi A1 was great, Xiaomi failed to follow through on a few initial promises — the Oreo update didn’t arrive until the start of the year,  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S first impressions: Looks great, handles like a dream

We got our hands on a Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S a while back, and for the past week or so I’ve been using it as my daily driver. It released back in April for about $ 530, which puts it in a similar category to OnePlus’ signature price point.

What follows are my generally unfiltered first impressions of the Chinese-made flagship killer, with a full review coming in a few weeks.

The very first thing I noticed when pulling the  [Read More…]

A great single camera is always better than a mediocre dual camera

Look no further than the Pixel 2 or Galaxy S9 for proof.

One of the biggest shifts in mobile photography over the last couple of years has been the move from one camera to two on most high-end smartphones. Flagships like the HTC U12+, LG G7 ThinQ, and Galaxy S9+ have all adopted this trend, with some phones like the Huawei P20 Pro going even further and adding a third lens.

Even budget phones have started shipping  [Read More…]

Apple’s AirPods work great with Android phones, and today they are just $145

These don’t go on sale all that often.

Amazon is currently offering the popular wireless headphones from Apple for $ 144.99, which is about $ 15 off the normal going rate. We don’t see many discounts (outside of Costco’s recurring one) for these truly wireless headphones from Apple, so if you have been looking for a set, this is a deal you won’t want to miss out on.

Don’t forget, just because Apple makes the headphones doesn’t  [Read More…]

Honor 7s review: Looks great, performs terribly

This latest budget phone from Honor looks great but has some very rough edges.

If the Honor 7s slipped you by unnoticed, it’s easily done. Launched in China under a different name, it’s a new budget phone that is available in select global markets across Africa, Asia, Europe, South and Central America. The closest it gets to a U.S. release is Mexico, likewise, it’s not currently available in Western Europe.

But Honor does some great work in  [Read More…]

Nokia 3.1 review: A great small budget phone with performance problems

Nokia nails the core hardware and features, but comes up short in specs and performance.

We often talk about “cheap” Android phones in reference to devices like the Moto G6, which typically cost about $ 225. But many people don’t even want to break the $ 200 barrier when they’re looking for a phone, whether it’s because they just broke their flagship device and don’t want to spend $ 800 again, or they simply don’t want to  [Read More…]