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Huawei X Gentle Monster Eyewear 2 review: More beauty than brains

Gentle Monster Eyewear 2
By Huawei
£310 purchasing options

Stylish design
Simple, hassle-free functionality
Decent battery life
Splash resistant
Look just like normal glasses


Mediocre sound quality
Limited operation temperature interval

Bottom Line

At €345/£310 (around $ 350), the Huawei X Gentle Monster Eyewear 2 could make a nice gift for someone who values style and fashion but cares less about tech and sound quality.

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Pccooler PC-R6 laptop cooler review: More fan than frame

By Pccooler

Six fans delivery adequate cooling
Slim, attractive design that fits most 17-inch laptops
Fan controls
USB pass-through
Braided USB cable is always nice to have


Stronger fans would’ve made this a cooling powerhouse
Nothing to keep laptops from slipping on top
No way to turn off lights without turning off the fans

Bottom Line

The Pccooler PC-R6 is a surprisingly decent laptop cooler for its price tag. The slim, attractive design and decent cooling make it good by itself. The inclusion of a braided USB cable, USB pass-through, and fan controls appeal to power users and gamers. However, it’s a bit disappointing the fans don’t pump out more than 9-10 CFM a piece because it would’ve taken this cooler to a whole other level.

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OnePlus Buds Z review: Cheaper and better than the OnePlus Buds

OnePlus Buds Z
By OnePlus
$ 49.99 USD purchasing options

Good fit
Fast charging
IP55 dust- and water-resistance
Automatic ear detection
Bluetooth 5.0, quick switch
Dolby Atmos support (limited)


SBC and AAC only, no aptX
Companion app still in development
Limited onboard control

Bottom Line

The OnePlus Buds Z are unpretentious true wireless earbuds for listeners on a budget. If you don’t need bells and whistles like noise-cancelling or multipoint connectivity, you may be enticed by OnePlus. Even with the affordable price point, the Buds Z include premium features like automatic ear detection, Dolby Atmos support, and an IP55 durability rating. These give other cheap true wireless competitors a run for their money.

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DJI Pocket 2 review: Better than the original in so many ways

Pocket 2
$ 349.00 purchasing options

Meaningful upgrades over the original
Tripod mount now comes standard
More mics for better audio
Introduction of digital zoom
Price stays the same


Livestream feature doesn’t work as-is
HDR video recording disabled at launch
Deluxe package needed for true value
Auto-focus could be better

Bottom Line

DJI took everything we loved about the Osmo Pocket and made it better for the DJI Pocket 2. The new quad-mic array allows for better audio and digital zoom is a welcome new perk. However, for you to get the most out of this device, the deluxe package is the only way to go.

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Galaxy Z Flip might get a bigger battery than Moto Razr, but will it be enough?

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After much confusion, it looks like Galaxy Z Flip is the name for Samsung’s upcoming clamshell phone. The name was previously tipped by leakster Ice Universe and has now been reaffirmed by XDA Developers’ Max Weinbach. Incidentally, Weinbach is also the one behind the latest series of Galaxy S20 leaks.

In a series of tweets, Weinbach reveals some more information about the alleged Galaxy Z Fold. The tipster says that the foldable phone will get a 3,300mAh battery and will run on the Snapdragon 855 chipset. The 2019 flagship chipset was also tipped in a previous report, back when we thought the phone was called the Galaxy Fold 2.

At 3,300mAh, the new Galaxy foldable trumps the battery capacity of the recently launched Moto Razr clamshell. The Razr comes with a measly 2,510mAh battery, which Moto claims works well with the phone’s Snapdragon 710 SoC.

However, the Galaxy Z Flip’s more premium processor could drain its 3,300mAh battery pretty quickly. It’s even smaller than the 3,500mAh battery on 2018’s Galaxy S9 Plus, which was not very impressive to begin with. In our testing, the S9 Plus’ battery gave us merely three hours of screen-on time during our camera testing and six hours with heavy usage.

It’s possible Samsung had to compromise on the battery capacity of the Galaxy Z Flip in order to maintain a thin form factor.

To mitigate battery drain, Samsung could look at deploying the Galaxy Fold‘s Adaptive Power Saving Mode on the new phone. The feature regulates battery consumption depending on how you use your device.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip display rumors

Apart from outing the Galaxy Z Flip’s battery details, Weinbach has also revealed some info about its display. He says that the phone will feature an ultra-thin glass layered with plastic to avoid scratching.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of Samsung’s next foldable using ultra-thin glass. Two previous reports have stated the same. However, that extra layer of plastic on top of the ultra-thin glass is new information to us.

Ultra-thin glass protection is good news since it’s more scratch resistant than plastic. It also reportedly results in less wrinkles compared to the first wave of foldable phone displays.

Weinbach claims the plastic layer on top will serve as additional protection for the display. If it gets scratched, only the plastic will suffer the damage, not the display.

What do you think of the Galaxy Z Flip so far? Are you excited for Samsung’s clamshell phone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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T-Mobile launches Enhanced Voice Services; better than HD Voice


T-Mobile continues to shake the industry with its Uncarrier moves, challenging everything the USA mobile market knew about the business. From rollover data to free streaming and international roaming, T-Mobile’s offers are finally giving other carriers a fight they have to keep up with.

What’s next? Magenta has just announced a new network upgrade they claim is the first of its kind in the USA (and possibly the world). It’s called Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) and offers three improvements.

Samsung-Galaxy-S7-vs-Nexus-6P-1See also: Best T-Mobile Android phones (March 2016)53

What does EVS offer?

  • More reliability – There will be less dropped calls on LTE.
  • Higher quality – Thought HD Voice was good? EVS is even better.
  • Works on WiFi – Whether you are connected to WiFi or enjoying LTE connectivity, EVS will be there to back you up.
  • Bonus – Do you have EVS and the other caller doesn’t? You will still enjoy these new capabilities.

Ready to test EVS? Not everyone will be able to use it right away, but if you have one of three phones you will be able to notice the difference. Supported devices currently only include the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. T-Mobile is also working on bringing EVS to 7 more smartphones by the end of the year.

If you have a supported device, please hit the comments and let us know if you have noticed any differences. We would love to hear what you have to say.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 said to be 50% stronger than the Samsung Exynos 7420

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 AA

We know it’s unfair to compare the Samsung Exynos 7420 to a next generation high-end processor, but in this case Sammy’s chipset is serving as a benchmark that will help us get an idea of just how good the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC will be. That is, assuming the latest report is to be believed.

Analyst Pan Jiutang has published insider knowledge coming from an “upstream friend” who claims the Snapdragon 820 is going to be a massive upgrade compared to current generation flagship processors. The source claims there are insane differences between the Snapdragon 820 and the Exynos 7420, which is the CPU you will find in most Samsung high-end smartphones right now, including the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5.

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It turns out the Snapdragon 820 will be 50% more powerful than the Exynos 7420, a chip that is already known for its ample processing power (#1 in our Best Android phones post has this CPU). Furthermore, it is said even single-threading tests produce the same outcome.

qualcomm-snapdragon-820-leakGiven, these are processors from different generations, but a 50% increase doesn’t fail to impress, especially considering most upgrades tend to be gradual. It also leaves us wondering why the already powerful Snapdragon 810 would need such a huge upgrade. Especially considering people were left worried about possible overheating issues. Will that much more power warrant an equal amount of added heat? Let’s hope not!

We must also keep in mind that recent rumors say the Samsung Galaxy S7 is to feature a Snapdragon 820 processor in the USA and China. The reason is still unknown, but such happening would suggest Samsung has a basis for opting for the Snapdragon 820, as opposed to its own chips.


So far we know the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 will feature the new Adreno 530 GPU, a Hexagon 680 DSP, an improved Kryo CPU and improved  LTE/WiFi connectivity. More details will probably come as we near a release, but the real competition wills start once we start hearing more about Samsung’s upcoming processors. Until then, all we can do is look at our newest Galaxy handsets and wonder what it would be like to have 50% more power added to them.

Do you even need that much performance?

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Samsung taking potshots at iPhone again with “6 Is Greater Than 6” ads

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Samsung’s rise to the top of the smartphone industry was thanks, in no small part, to very smart marketing. Especially in the United States, Samsung effectively portrayed its flagships as the hip alternatives to Apple’s boring old iPhones. The “Next Big Thing” campaign was so successful that in 2013 Apple’s marketing boss told Tim Cook a new advertising agency was needed to fend off Samsung’s attacks.

Following on the massive success of its original anti-Apple commercials, Samsung has been churning out new spots making fun of Apple ever since. The latest batch is called “6 Is Greater Than 6” and sees the Galaxy S6 Edge pitched against the iPhone 6.

Samsung focuses on the unique features of its Edge device, contrasting them to the plainness of Apple’s smartphone. “Check out the edge of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge,” reads the copy. “It displays colors when your top five contacts call. The edge of the iPhone 6 displays nothing. But it has a vibrate function,” the mocking continues.

The second ad is in the same vein, but highlights wireless charging and wide-angle selfies, two features lacking from the iPhone 6.

These ads show why Samsung has been working to add production capacity for the Galaxy S6 Edge. The dual-curved screen of the Edge is highly distinctive, and people love it. According to Counterpoint data, only supply problems kept the S6 Edge from outselling its flat sibling.

After years of the same basic designs, Samsung found a way to make its phone stand out in the crowd, and customers are gobbling it up. That’s the reason why Samsung is reportedly planning to release a larger version of the S6 Edge called Galaxy S6 Plus. With a dual-curve screen of 5.5 to 5.7 inches, the S6 Plus is expected to land sometime this summer.

Samsung is keen to offer the Edge concept in more size options, and again portray itself as the hot new thing that cool kids give up their iPhones for. But will that bring its mojo back? Let us know your thoughts.

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