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The death of the iPhone Mini proves that nobody actually wants small phones

Before I start, let me state that this article's title employs a literary technique known as hyperbole -- meaning, it's not to be taken literally. Of course I know there are people who really, really want to use a small phone. All, like, 37 of you are very vocal on social media. One prominent industry...

Apple’s SIM tray removal is anti-consumer and ruins the best smartphone for roaming

Apple unveiled the iPhone 14 series at its "Far Out" launch event on the 7th of September. Alongside it came a selection of other products too, including the next generation of AirPods, the Apple Watch Series 8, and the Apple Watch Ultra. However, one of the biggest surprises of the event is one that actively...

Dear Samsung, it’s time to make a Galaxy Z Flip “Fan Edition” with a cheaper price tag

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 and the Galaxy Z Fold 4 are the latest additions to Samsung's foldable lineup. The Galaxy Z Folds continue to remain the premium, flagship-grade phones in Samsung's foldable lineup, whereas the Galaxy Z Flips have established themselves as supremely fun phones for those who are dipping their toes into the...

To Plus, or to Max, that is the iPhone 14 question

Apple's "Far Out" event is just days away. We're expecting the company to reveal the iPhone 14 lineup and Apple Watch Series 8. That's in addition to other potential products -- such as the AirPods Pro 2, Apple Watch Pro, and Apple Watch SE 2. We've been hearing rumors about the iPhone 14 series for...

HomePod Mini: An orange-sized Apple that complements my audio diet

For a very long time, I didn't really care about smart home appliances. After all, the technologies we depend on sometimes don't work as expected. The more technologies a device packs, the more likely it'll glitch or malfunction. Of course, there are reputable companies with solid appliances out there. Nonetheless, I had been sticking to...

Samsung Galaxy S22 revisited: Keeping the dream of compact phones alive!

I have a confession to make: I am not really into compact phones. The last one I used was the Samsung Galaxy S10e. Remember that cute little phone that was made available in a bunch of fun colorways like Canary Yellow and Flamingo Pink? Even that didn't impress me enough to keep it around in...

MacBook Air M2: Apple outdid itself and built upon an already-perfect notebook

For the longest time, the MacBook Air -- as a device category -- has had a special place in my heart. Even when it was still relatively thick and not as modern-looking, this product has always stood out. When most Windows laptops still had bulky builds, the unrivaled MacBook Air just shone as a sleek, yet powerful,...

The Asus Zenfone 9 is what the Google Pixel 6 should have been

The Asus Zenfone 9 has been making waves thanks to its small form factor while also pulling no punches in terms of features. It's the smoothest Android phone I have used in a long time, and it has a lot of excellent features in the system that are all genuinely useful. It's not packed full of...

Samsung needs global competition in the foldable space, for consumers’ sake

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is an excellent new foldable phone that delivers everything Samsung promises a foldable would do: it can transform from a phone to a mini tablet on the fly, allowing users to do and see more things. For someone like me who's always working on the go, the ability to...

The Google Pixel 6a highlights everything wrong with the U.S. phone market

It's no secret that the United States has a terrible smartphone market, and you'd be hard pressed to find evidence to the contrary. Between the stranglehold that carriers have on the market, coupled with the lack of options available, consumers in the U.S. get screwed over on both options and pricing in contrast to Europe...

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...

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...