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OnePlus Nord N100 review: When budget doesn’t mean value

Nord N100
By OnePlus
£179 purchasing options

Two-day battery life
Oxygen OS is a great skin
Decent selfies


Boring, cheap-feeling design
So so rear camera
Slow and unresponsive
Only one software upgrade

Bottom Line

The OnePlus Nord N100 aims to deliver good value for money. With a big battery, 90Hz panel, and Oxygen OS, it’s a decent attempt to keep up with the competition. However, to achieve this, it heavily compromises its camera, design, and performance. Ultimately, there are better options out there that won’t need replacing as quickly.

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Prime Video doesn’t get the credit it deserves

Amazon Prime video shown on smartphone stock photo

Netflix this, Netflix that. Netflix and chill. It feels like every time someone talks about video streaming services, Netflix is the main topic. It’s like nothing else exists.

I’ve been using Amazon Prime Video for a while now and can tell you it’s vastly underrated. It’s just as good as Netflix, if not better in some ways. However, people still don’t talk about it much, and some even think of it as a low-grade streaming service. I want to try and change that.

The content is top-notch

the man in the high castle

The Man in the High Castle

So, what exactly makes Prime Video so special? Let’s start with its original content, which is the bread and butter of any streaming service. While some of it isn’t anything to write home about, there are a lot of critically acclaimed and award-winning titles to watch from various genres.

For example, if you’re into comedy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a must-watch. It’s a very unique show that tells the story of a housewife in the 1960s who decides to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. Everything from the storyline, the acting, and the production is top-notch.

If you’re into drama and sci-fi, you should check out The Man in the High Castle. It shows a parallel universe in which the Allied Powers lost the second World War and Germany and Japan rule the US. I generally don’t like historic or science fiction shows, but I love this one, which just goes to show how good it really is.

In addition to award-winning titles, there are some lesser-known shows available for streaming that are worth your attention. These include The Widow, which follows Georgia Wells (played by Kate Beckinsale) who believes her husband was killed in a plane crash years ago, but then discovers that he is still alive in Congo. Then there’s Absentia, a show that revolves around FBI agent Emily Byrne (Stana Katic) who disappears while on the job and is proclaimed dead but is then found alive six years later in a cabin in the woods with no memory of what happened to her.

You’ll find a bunch of other popular non-original movies and TV shows on Prime Video. Some of the best ones, in my opinion, include the hilarious Curb Your Enthusiasm, the action-packed The Night Manager, and the thrilling Mr. Robot. There are great foreign-language shows available as well, with one of the best ones being the German gangster series called 4 Blocks. If you enjoy shows like The Sopranos, you’ll love this one.

I can’t highlight all the great Prime Video content in this post, as that would make it too long. Just know this: whether you’re into comedy, action, drama, shows, movies or documentaries, you’ll always find something great to watch on Prime Video. While not all content will blow your mind, a lot of shows and movies are grade-A quality. You can check out some of it in the posts linked below:

It’s cheaper than Netflix

Amazon Prime Video vs Netflix - apps on Pixel 3 XL phone

In addition to offering great content, Prime Video is also affordable. In the US, the standalone service goes for $ 8.99 per month, allows for three simultaneous streams, and supports 4K resolution. Netflix’s standard plan, on the other hand, goes for $ 12.99 and allows you to watch content in HD quality on two screens at the same time. The premium plans bump the number of screens to four, the streaming resolution to 4K, and the price to $ 15.99 — making it much more expensive than Prime Video. The price differences are even bigger in Europe, especially considering you can get Amazon Prime for 50% off for the first six months.

Prime Video is part of Amazon’s Prime subscription.

If you’re willing to pay a few bucks more, you can opt for Amazon’s Prime subscription that includes Prime Video along with free shipping, access to Amazon’s music streaming service, unlimited photo storage, and much more. The subscription costs $ 119 per year if you pay upfront, which comes out to $ 9.92 per month. If you opt to pay monthly, the price jumps to $ 12.99, which is still a great deal all things considered.

So, is Amazon Prime Video better than Netflix?

Amazon Prime Video Android

I’m not trying to bash Netflix. I’ve used it a lot and have enjoyed watching the many movies and shows it offers. I’m also not saying that Prime Video is better overall than Netflix. What I am saying is that Prime Video just doesn’t get the credit it deserves, mainly because it’s overshadowed by Netflix. A lot of people still believe that Prime Video offers lower-grade content than Netflix — partly due to the fact you can get it for free with a Prime subscription — but that’s not the case. Prime Video is a worthy competitor to Netflix, offering loads of great content as well as a cheaper subscription.

If you haven’t tried it out yet, my advice is to give it a go. Take advantage of the free trial Amazon offers and check out a few shows mentioned in this post. You can always switch back to Netflix or any other streaming services you’re using if you don’t like what you see.

What are your thoughts on Amazon Prime Video? Let us know in the comments!

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India doesn’t have 5G, but Realme’s 5G flagship is coming anyway

Realme 2 Pro Logo

5G is the future of mobile, there’s no doubt about it. There are already a few 5G networks available for use around the world, but many countries won’t see 5G switched on for quite some time. One of those countries lacking 5G service is India, but that won’t stop the Realme X50 Pro 5G from landing there.

As confirmed on Twitter by the CEO of Realme, Madhav Sheth, the Realme X50 Pro 5G will absolutely get an Indian launch on February 24. In fact, the company is giving away invites to the launch on Twitter.

Check out Sheth’s tweet below which includes a teaser image of the as-yet-unrevealed X50 Pro 5G:

If all goes to plan, the Realme X50 Pro 5G will be India’s first commercially-released 5G smartphone.

Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with releasing a 5G phone in India. After all, it will still connect to the country’s 4G networks just fine. However, 5G smartphones are still much more expensive than 4G phones, so we can expect the Realme X50 Pro 5G to cost quite a bit of cash. To spend that money and not have any use for the main aspect of the device that makes it cost so much money seems a little silly.

Realme has already confirmed some of the specs for the X50 Pro 5G. It will have a Snapdragon 865 processor, 65W wired charging, a 90Hz display refresh rate on a Super AMOLED panel, and more. Pricing and availability, though, are still unknown.

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold doesn’t need to beat the Huawei Mate X to market

Samsung Galaxy Fold hinge on table

The Samsung Galaxy Fold was already a controversial smartphone well before review units of the device were sent out earlier this week. Much was made about how the phone itself was highly expensive — nearly $ 2,000 — and that it had a very visible crease in the middle of its display when in unfolded tablet mode.

However, it’s safe to say none of us were prepared for the rush of Galaxy Fold screen failure reports that hit the interwebs on Wednesday. Media outlets like CNBC, The Verge, and Bloomberg, along with popular YouTube tech reviewer MKBHD, all reported that the larger inside screen stopped working after only a day or two.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold up close and with a bump under the display. The Verge

While at least a couple of these units failed because a protective film on the display was removed, it looks like the screens on the Galaxy Fold units given to CNBC and The Verge failed because the displays themselves broke down. Check out this commentary from our colleague Scott Adam Gordon for more information.

Samsung has already announced it plans to “thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter.” However, it also indicated that the April 26 launch date for the Galaxy Fold will go on as scheduled. This doesn’t sound like a good idea at all. It leaves Samsung open to potentially getting a lot more of these display failures with consumer units.

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It’s impossible not to think about how Samsung responded to the battery failures on the Galaxy Note 7 when you think about this current situation. The good news is the Fold doesn’t seem to be at risk of causing fires and massive destruction to property because of its display issues. However, we are still talking about one of the most expensive phones ever made for general consumers. The fact that Samsung seems to be hell bent on moving forward with the Galaxy Fold launch seems irresponsible.

A damper on the foldable phone trend?

Folded Huawei Mate X with Dgit on display

At the moment, we only have one other confirmed launch for a foldable phone in 2019: the Huawei Mate X. It’s design is different than the Galaxy Fold, with an outward folding form factor. However, some people seem to prefer its design over that of the Galaxy Fold. At the moment, the Huawei Mate X is due for release sometime this summer in Europe, for a price that’s actually more than the Galaxy Fold at 2,299 euros (~$ 2,600). However, we have already seen that Samsung has sold out of its first shipments of the nearly $ 2,000 Galaxy Fold so the high price of the Mate X might not be a huge obstacle.

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Android Authority contacted Huawei for comment on the Galaxy Fold issues. The company declined to offer a comment.

Breaking in new technology and design features in a smartphone can sometimes be a hit-or-miss proposition. At the moment, it looks like Samsung is trying to rush out the Galaxy Fold before it’s fully ready, just to beat the Mate X to market. (To be fair, the Royole FlexPai actually came to market a few months before the Galaxy Fold as the first flexible display smartphone, but in a very limited capacity).

The Galaxy Fold needs a time out, for now

Samsung could survive a launch of the Galaxy Fold, at least financially, if it had to recall the device later, as Scott suggested in his article. But that doesn’t mean the company should release a faulty phone.

Samsung should take a step back and reevaluate its release strategy for the Galaxy Fold. There’s no harm in delaying the launch to make sure that the faulty units sent to media outlets were outliers. If the company decides to continue with the launch, and then many more screen failures are found by regular consumers, that will give Huawei a ton of free PR for the launch of the Mate X later this year. It could claim, and quite accurately, that it didn’t want to rush its foldable phone out until it was ready.

This whole situation with the Galaxy Fold is a bit of a shame. Despite the high current costs and the possible design issues, foldable phones could be one of the most promising trends in this industry. Making a device that works as a smaller phone and expands to a larger tablet for more serious work is a no-brainer.

It’s more important to be the best, not the first.

We have been promised foldable phones for literally years, but the practical and reliable technology to go along with that promise always seemed to be just out of reach. Samsung may have felt pressure to get the Galaxy Fold out earlier than planned due to the release of the Huawei Mate X. That pressure may have caused more hardware problems than Samsung could overcome at this stage.

As most people know, rushing things out before they are ready is almost never a good thing in any business endeavor. It’s sometimes a good idea to be first, but it’s always a good thing to be best.

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