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.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro Hands-on Preview: 144Hz Screen is so Smooth

I have always been a fan of Xiaomi phones. In the past, the adoration was mostly value-driven: the company's hardware wasn't quite at the level of big dogs like Samsung and Huawei, but the devices were significantly cheaper than the competition that I had no choice but to admire them for their value. My logic...

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is great but the Apple Watch Series 6 is still the best smartwatch

The Apple Watch is better than any smartwatches available for Android. It pains me to say this – my primary SIM card is in an Android phone far more often than it's in an iPhone – but it's true.The good news for us is, Android smartwatches have improved significantly over the past year. The Oppo...

Best Cheap Android Phones Of 2020: Google, Motorola, Samsung, OnePlus & More

"Phone prices are too high!" has been a recurring complaint from consumers in 2020. We hear you. But while prices of top dog phones from Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, and others have indeed escalated, the reality is budget, and mid-tier phones have also gotten much better. If you're shopping in the US, there's no shortage of...

Samsung Cancels Developer Conference Due to Ongoing Pandemic

COVID-19 has apparently forced another tech event to be canceled. Samsung announced today it has canceled its annual developer conference citing the need to prioritize the safety of its employees, developer community, and other attendees. While no set date had been announced, the event had traditionally taken place in October or November. There had been speculation...

The OnePlus 8T will be unveiled on October 14th

After weeks of speculation and leaks, OnePlus has officially confirmed there is indeed a OnePlus 8T, and it will be unveiled via an online launch event on October 14th. No other details about the phone(s) was announced, but a leak published last week by e-commerce site PriceBaba, in partnership with leaker OnLeaks, suggest the 8T...

Best Samsung Galaxy Phones For Any Budget Or Need (September 2020)

Samsung is the world's largest smartphone maker by market share, with a loyal fanbase, for good reason. The South Korean tech giant produces some of the most cutting-edge technology in the world, but they also have a diverse range of products that fill every need. So whether your budget differs from the average consumer, or...

LG Wing Hands-on Preview: Who said phones are boring?

It didn't seem that long ago that tech writers were lamenting that phones had gotten boring—"everything is a glass sandwich slab," we said. Turns out, we spoke too soon. LG's latest smartphone, a quirky swivel phone named the LG Wing, is the third device this month—following shortly after the Microsoft Surface Duo and the Samsung...

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Review: Likely The Phone of the Year

Has any consumer electronics company bounced back from embarrassing PR fiascos better than Samsung in recent years—or ever? When Samsung's long-teased, much-hyped debut foldable phone literally broke in the hands of some of the world's most famous tech reviewers after a day or two, it should have been the death knell for the ambitious product....

Galaxy Z Fold 2 Ongoing Review Day 3: Testing out the 5 cameras and video recording

Welcome to day 3 of our ongoing review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. In today's episode, we put the five cameras of the Fold 2 to the test, including the unique ways the phone can capture photos or videos. Yesterday for day 2 we took a look at how it functioned as a...

Galaxy Z Fold 2 Ongoing Review Day 2: Is it a laptop replacement?

Welcome to day 2 of our ongoing review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. In today's episode, we look at how it functions as a laptop replacement, while in day 1, we went through initial thoughts around the on-screen keyboard, the hinge and more! Maybe it's the workaholic in me, but I've always wanted a...

Galaxy Z Fold 2 Ongoing Review Day 1: Keyboard Dilemmas and more

It is often considered unwise for consumers to buy the very first version — aka "gen one" — of any consumer electronic product that’s the first of its kind. Wait for gen two or three, the belief goes, and get a more refined and polished product. This is evident the second you pick up the Samsung...

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Hands on: Probably my favorite phone of the year

When the original Galaxy Fold began malfunctioning in the hands of major reviewers in April 2019, it seemed like Samsung's vision of a foldable future had crashed before it could even start. But a relatively problem-free relaunch six months later, followed by the successful launch of a second foldable device, put Samsung back on track....