XDA Mini Reviews

XDA reviews the latest and greatest mobile devices.

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...

Smartta SliderMini 2 Review – A camera slider with a smart element

Are you looking to upgrade your camera equipment? Really want to up your game when it comes to cinematography? A camera slider is a must. Its premise is simple - stick your camera on it, it then slide it across at an even speed while you film. Camera sliders are great for panning shots, but...

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...

This is One UI 3.0 (Beta) on the Galaxy S20 – Samsung’s Android 11 update!

Google released the stable version of Android 11 for its Pixel smartphones last week, but for most Android users, the wait continues. The world's largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung, has yet to formally announce the latest version of its Android-based software called "One UI," though last month they quietly opened up pre-registrations for a One UI...

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...

Huawei MateBook 14 (2020) First Impressions: Potentially a powerhouse

The Huawei MateBook 14 (2020) is here, amid a slew of other products from the company. While their offerings in the smartphone space are currently under siege, their accessories and laptops are fine for the moment. I've had the Huawei MateBook 14 for 24-hours now, and I really, really like it. While I'll have more...

EMUI 11 Hands-on: Huawei’s latest Android update makes multitasking easier

At its annual Developer Conference today, Huawei unveiled EMUI 11, the company's latest Android-based software release for smartphones and tablets. EMUI, formerly called Emotion UI, is now in its 9th iteration, having initially released back in 2012 using Google's Android 2.3 as a base. After Google released Android 8 Oreo back in 2017, Huawei bumped...

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...

Honor MagicBook Pro Hands On Preview: a fantastic Ryzen-powered laptop

Honor isn't exactly known for their laptops. The company has a large focus on smartphones and wearables, so I'm not too surprised that many don't know about their laptops. The Honor MagicBook Pro just got announced at IFA 2020, and I've been using mine daily to complete all of the tasks that I would normally do...

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....

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus 5G First Impressions: a visually breathtaking experience

Android tablets suck, well, a lot of them do. Ask any regular person to describe a tablet, and they’ll often call it an iPad. While Samsung and others do a great job of not allowing the iPhone to become synonymous with the mobile category, it’s in tablets where Android manufacturers haven’t figured it out.That’s not...