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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Review: Few improvements of note

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Review: Few improvements of note

For so long, Samsung has been at the very top of the summit along with Apple when it comes to smartphones. Their Galaxy Note line has especially been touted as the premium of the premium, boasting the best specs that an Android phone can have. Now that gap has been closed considerably by other phone manufacturers such as Huawei, making the Note line less desirable than it was when it first released. Samsung’s Note 10+ is their latest attempt, hoping to sway people into staying with the Note series with the adjustments they have introduced. Let us start with the…
Vivo V17 Pro Review: Pro-active, but not Pro-gressive

Vivo V17 Pro Review: Pro-active, but not Pro-gressive

“Pro” is a moniker thrown around a lot more with the newer tech products – an attempt by companies to separate their device from the pack and establish itself as a premium product. Apple has done it, as has OnePlus. So it is no surprise to see Vivo with its own “pro” product with the release of the Vivo V17 Pro. The V17 Pro is not the first “Pro” product from Vivo, but it is the latest. Despite that, the smartphone keeps itself relatively simple design-wise, with the four camera set-up at the back being the only outwardly unique aspect…
Vivo Nex 3 Review: The Nex-generation in smartphone display

Vivo Nex 3 Review: The Nex-generation in smartphone display

The future is here, now. The dream of the all-screen smartphone display was first teased with the Samsung Galaxy S8’s infinity display, and now after 2 years of iterations, companies have come increasingly closer to getting that reality. Enter the Nex 3, Vivo’s latest attempt at creating the all-screen display. It must be first acknowledged that this isn’t the very first all-screen smartphone on the market, even by Vivo themselves. In fact, they released the very similar V15 this year as well. But to the Vivo Nex 3’s merit, there are aspects about it that help it stand on its…
Vivo S1 Review: Style with some substance

Vivo S1 Review: Style with some substance

Vivo has been quietly grinding it out among the mid-range smartphone market, launching various products to cater to the different needs. For their newest ‘S’ series, they placed an emphasis on the style of the product for people who are more conscious about design, and thus, the Vivo S1 is born. The aesthetics are on full display once you pull the phone out of the box. Immediately, the design of the body will capture your attention: a cool cyan that bleeds into a light lavender for the Skyline Blue model. It’s a refreshing take in the current lineup of product…
$54 Huawei phone promo demonstrates the power of “Kiasuism”

$54 Huawei phone promo demonstrates the power of “Kiasuism”

Ever heard of this saying in Singapore? “Hell hath no fury like an elderly scorned”. Clearly, Huawei didn’t, seeing as how they have completely botched their whole promotional event for their phones. Specifically, their whole promotion was based on the upcoming 54th National Day and was targeted at people born during or around the Merdeka generation, aptly discounting their Huawei Y6 Pro smartphone to SG$54 from its original SG$198 price. By now you must have already heard about how it has failed spectacularly, with angry uncles and aunties causing a ruckus at various Huawei stores around Singapore. Obviously, the thought…
HONOR 20 Lite Review: Mid-range Lite

HONOR 20 Lite Review: Mid-range Lite

It’s a little challenging to describe exactly what kind of device the HONOR 20 Lite is.  Taking one look at the price you might get the impression that the quality of the phone matches the cheap cost, but it performs beyond that. At the same time, I also can’t call it a mid-range phone as it doesn’t reach the standards set by others in the market such as Google’s Pixel 3a. At first glance, the HONOR 20 Lite looks alluring to the eye. The distinct neon pink and lavender gradient design featured on the back of the phone that I…
Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL Review: A for Effort

Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL Review: A for Effort

Google’s unveiling of the new Pixel 3a and 3a XL was a peculiar sight to see. In a market where major smartphone manufacturers are touting the capabilities of their flagship line of phones, Google has decided to go against the grain and instead introduce a product aimed at attracting consumers who have a smaller budget. Right now you can purchase the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL at SGD $659 and $779 respectively; that’s a really good price compared to the phones by its competitors which routinely hit beyond the $1,000 mark. Of course, with that price point, it’s fairly…
First look at the new HONOR 20 series

First look at the new HONOR 20 series

HONOR has officially unveiled their new line of smartphones in London on 21 May, the HONOR 20 series. This new series will comprise of their flagship smartphones, the HONOR 20 and HONOR 20 PRO, as well as a mid-tier option, the HONOR 20 LITE. The HONOR 20 and 20 PRO will have a 6.26-inch display with what the company says is the world’s smallest hole punch display cut-out, enabling a 91.6% screen ratio. They will also have the latest Kirin 980 processor, with the 20 PRO offering 8GB of RAM, 2GB more than the HONOR 20. The back of the…
Trump vs. Huawei: No One Wins in This Two-Sided Feud

Trump vs. Huawei: No One Wins in This Two-Sided Feud

The war between Donald Trump and China rages on, possibly reaching a crescendo following Trump’s recent announcement. The announcement detailed the blacklist of business relations between U.S companies and Huawei, citing the latter as an “unacceptable risk” to national security. The ban itself was not wholly surprising, given the rising tensions between the two countries. However, the ramifications from the fallout will have an impact further reaching than the shores of America and China. In the wake of the announcement, Google has come out and said that they will be complying with the order and thus, will be rescinding future…
Exciting new features on LG V40 ThinQ

Exciting new features on LG V40 ThinQ

Earlier this year, LG Electronics (LG) unveiled the LG V40 ThinQ, set to redefine the standard of smartphone photography. Coupled with improvements in sound technology and screen displays, we take a look if this handset is really what it says it’s out to be. Improved Camera Features In the new age of smartphone photography, megapixels are becoming less of a concern. Rather, phones are instead increasing the number of cameras it packs, to take better photos. The LG V40 ThinQ is no exception in this race, sporting a total of five cameras. It presents itself as a multimedia powerhouse device…
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