Posts From Ben Sin

Ben Sin
Ben Sin

I'm a senior editor at XDA Developers. I have been a journalist for a decade, the last five years covering the mobile tech scene closely, reviewing just about every phone and attending trade shows and launches. I also run a gadget review channel on YouTube.

Nothing Phone 1 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Flashy newcomer takes on the established old guard

The newest Android phone on the block is here after a flashy debut, and while we at XDA have had good impressions of the Nothing Phone 1 so far -- it's polished for a first attempt -- it's worth comparing it against the Android top dog, the Galaxy S22 series. It wouldn't make sense to...

Samsung, please make a Galaxy Z Fold Ultra with a real flagship camera system

Samsung is the pioneer of foldable phones, and its inner folding design language laid the path on which all other Chinese foldables have followed. But a good case can be made that, in the last couple of years, foldables from brands like Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo have surpassed the Galaxy Z Fold series in pure...

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus: To fold or not to fold, that is the question

Samsung's Galaxy S and Fold series may still pack superior tech, but the Z Flip series has lowkey become the breakout star of the South Korean tech giant's mobile family. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 was the first foldable phone to achieve mainstream sales status, and the Galaxy Z Flip 4 looks to continue the...

Galaxy Z Flip 1 to 4: How Samsung’s clamshell evolved to become the most mainstream foldable

Whether it's sales figures collected by research firms, Samsung's own marketing claims, or my own personal anecdotal experience from seeing what phones people use in multiple countries, it's clear the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 was a big hit, and perhaps the first foldable phone to achieve mainstream status instead of being a niche, enthusiast-only...

Galaxy Z Fold 1 to 4: How Samsung’s foldable designs evolved through the years

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is here, and at first glance, it doesn't seem much different from last year's Galaxy Z Fold 3. It is still a book-like inner foldable, with basically the same design language as last year's foldable. Examine closer, however, and you may see that Samsung has made small changes that further fine-tuned...

Google Pixel 6a vs Motorola Moto G 5G (2022): A one-sided beatdown

Motorola's mid-tier phones have been doing quite well in the limited North American mobile scene, and its $350 Moto G 5G is another offering with an appealing price point. But Google's A series brings perhaps the biggest challenge yet. While Google's A series has been around for years, the Google Pixel 6a is arguably the...

Does the OnePlus 10T have a 3.5mm headphone jack?

The OnePlus 10T is the newest Android phone on the block, and it brings a lot of awesome 2022 top mobile features, such as a 120Hz OLED display, the newest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip from Qualcomm, a fast and responsive version of Android 12, and a 50MP main camera with a respectable 1/1.57-inch...

Sharp Aquos R7 Review: Another phone with the 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor and Leica optics!

Japan's Sharp Corporation is a century-old brand known worldwide for many electronic products, particularly televisions. And while the firm also makes smartphones, it would not be an overstatement to say they are niche products, catering to collectors and enthusiasts rather than the mainstream. After all, Sharp smartphones are sold only in Japan, and even in...

Google Pixel 6a vs Samsung Galaxy A53: The two most notable mid-rangers in North American market and beyond

The Google Pixel 6a is the newest mid-ranger on the block, and it's arguably the best one because it offers a lot of what made the Google Pixel 6 such a good flagship phone just last fall. Samsung's Galaxy A53, however, is no slouch, offering Samsung's gorgeous AMOLED display technology in a clean and understated...

Nothing Phone 1 vs Apple iPhone 13: The newest Android takes on the most mainstream iPhone

The newest Android phone in town has a look that's at once unique and familiar. The Nothing Phone 1 features an attention-grabbing transparent back panel revealing some flashy light strips, but it also has an overall shape that's very similar to the iPhone 13 series. Today we compare the two. It's worth noting there's a nearly...

Xiaomi 12S Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Battle of the 2022 Ultras

Xiaomi may not publicly confess it, but its Ultra series is clearly aimed to take on Samsung's own line with the same namesake, and it's a worthy comparison every year. I say this not just because of the "Ultra" signifier. Heck, ZTE has an Ultra phone too and I would not consider that phone a...

Asus Zenfone 9 Review: A better small phone than the iPhone 13 Mini

Asus' Zenfone series wasn't always small. Just a couple of years ago, the Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro came with the usual 6.7-inch screen that were and still are a dime a dozen in the Android space. But starting with last year's Zenfone 8, Asus pivoted direction with one mandate: the phone must be...