Mini Reviews

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OPPO Enco M32 Review: Two steps forward, one step back

When we reviewed the OPPO Enco M31 in 2020, we called it the champion of budget Bluetooth earphones. The audio quality that the Enco M31 offered was miles ahead of competitors and together with features like LDAC support, they punched well above their weight. So naturally, when OPPO refreshed its neckband lineup with the Enco...

Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Galaxy S21 FE: Which phone is worth your money?

Following months of rumors, leaks, and (possible) delays, Samsung finally released the Galaxy 21 FE on January 3, 2022 — the 'FE' standing for 'Fan Edition.' The phone is a sequel to the much-loved Galaxy S20 FE, and mainly serves as a more budget-friendly version of last year's Galaxy S21. The phone will also presumably...

OnePlus 9RT Review: A solid package overshadowed by fierce competition

Over the years, OnePlus had cemented its place in the Indian market as a brand catering to enthusiasts. It didn't take long for OnePlus to achieve the premium tag thanks in large to top-end specifications and more importantly, clean software. OxygenOS was a fan favorite due to multiple reasons -- it felt close to stock...

Android apps on Windows 11: Three months in, and not much has changed

When Microsoft announced Windows 11 last June, one of the key new features that it showed was Android app support. However, it didn't arrive at launch, and to date, you still have to be a Windows Insider to run an Android app natively on Windows. The preview launched on October 20, 2021, three months ago...

Huawei MatePad 11 Review: A tablet that can do a lot of everything

Huawei has had to reimagine its business strategy over the past couple of years since the imposition of trade restrictions by the United States. We've seen the company lean more into its wearables business while also delving more into tablets. We saw the arrival of the Huawei MatePad Pro earlier this year, a tablet that...

Vivo V23 & V23 Pro Hands-On: Color-changing back and 50MP selfie camera helps these phones stand out

Vivo's V series is known mostly for a couple of things: its prolific, twice-a-year release schedule, and selfie camera-centric hardware. This is a line that was pumping out 20-megapixel front-facing cameras when everyone else was on 8MP; and 32MP and 44MP selfie shooters when other selfie cameras were shooting with 12MP. The latest update, the V23...

Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge Review: Looking beyond the 120W hype

Back in 2015, Xiaomi launched the Mi 4i -- a phone specially tailored for the Indian market as denoted by the letter 'i' in the moniker. However, the brand went silent soon after with no new launches in this series. Fast forward to 2021, Xiaomi resurrected the series with the Mi 10i, this time with...

OnePlus 10 Pro First Impressions: Premium hardware, fast performance, and some OPPO touches

The year 2021 was a very interesting one for OnePlus, for it was when the brand finally stopped the pretense of being an independent start-up with a management team compromising of entirely young, westernized Chinese. Instead, OnePlus has pulled the curtain back on the open secret (within the industry) that it is, essentially, a splinter...

Hands on with HP’s redesigned Elite Dragonfly G3 laptop

At CES this year, HP announced the third generation of its Elite Dragonfly business laptop. This time around, there's actually a lot that's different. It's not a convertible anymore, for one thing, and you can get it in a Natural Silver color. In fact, it's a lot more like a more traditional EliteBook 1000 series...

Lenovo ThinkBook 13x review: A thin and light laptop that costs way less than it should

When Lenovo sent me the ThinkBook 13x for review, I didn't expect much. I expected another 13-inch ThinkBook, meaning that it would be a solid laptop that might have one or two interesting features, but overall, there wouldn't be anything sexy about it. But really, this feels like it's a step above the rest. It's super-light,...

Unboxing and Hands-on with the Realme GT Neo 2 Dragonball Edition: An affordable collector’s item for fans of the iconic anime

Asian phone brands have a habit of releasing "special" themed variants of existing smartphones. The old and cynical, like me, would dismiss these releases as gimmicky cash grabs, but there's no denying there are indeed fans who eat these things up. And so in the past few years we've seen Blackpink edition Samsung Galaxy A80,...

Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Pro DDR5 motherboard review: A solid Alder Lake Platform

Intel pulled the trigger on its latest Z690 motherboard chipset to support the launch of its new 12th-gen Alder Lake processors. These new motherboards carry the new LGA 1700 CPU socket along with some other advancements including PCIe Gen 5 as well as DDR5 memory support. It's been a few months since the arrival of...