Samsung Galaxy S21 review: Its value is its strength

Patrick

This year, power users are no doubt super excited about the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. It has all the specs, all the cameras, and all the juice you need to power through a day (or two) of heavy smartphone use. While that’s great for the enthusiast crowd, they represent but a tiny fraction of the overall smartphone-buying population. Most people don’t need all those bleeding-edge specs and features (or all that money drained from their bank accounts).

Enter the Samsung Galaxy S21. This phone isn’t for power users. In fact, if you’re a power user, I can guarantee that

Beats Solo Pro review: The Beats to beat

Patrick

Update: January 18, 2021: This review was updated to address the Apple AirPods Max.


The Beats Solo Pro mean business. These are the company’s debut noise-cancelling on-ear headphones, but you’d never guess that from their great ANC performance and tasteful design. Let’s dig in and see if the on-ear head pain is worth these otherwise great on-ear headphones.

Beats Solo Pro Fashion-forward noise cancelling headphones that work well with iPhones.

The Beats Solo Pro headphones are compatible with iOS and Android, but they feature the Apple H1 Headphone Chip and Class 1 Bluetooth for extended range and fewer dropouts.

What

Samsung Galaxy S21 series first impressions: Cheaper and better?

Patrick

Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 series was a bit of a shock to the system. With the smallest, cheapest Galaxy S20 starting at $999, it was clear Samsung had cemented the S series as a purely premium line. And with the introduction of the Galaxy S20 Ultra starting at $1,399, the company wasn’t backing down on its premium play. This is in contrast to Samsung’s 2019 lineup, which offered a more affordable model as an entryway into the Galaxy S series.

This year, Samsung is splitting the difference. The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is just as powerful as you’d expect,

Redmi 9 Power review: Budget battery beast

Patrick

It’s been a busy year or so for Xiaomi. The Redmi 9 Power is yet another competitor in India’s entry-level smartphone segment from the company’s sub-brand. The budget phone takes a keen focus on battery longevity — a feature that might not be the top-most priority for many users with the ongoing lockdowns.

However, it takes more than battery life to deliver a good smartphone. Does it eschew table stakes like a quality camera setup or build quality to max out battery life?

Let’s find out if Xiaomi’s latest has what it takes to compete in the ultra-competitive entry-level

OnePlus Band review: Stick with the Xiaomi Mi Band 5

Patrick

Anyone following OnePlus knows that the company has bold ambitions to be a full-ecosystem player. Over the last year, it has expanded into mid-range smartphones with the OnePlus Nord. It aimed lower still with the cheaper Nord N10 and N100 months later. The company has also increased its range of audio products with the OnePlus Buds and OnePlus Buds Z. Predictably, next up is an entry into the fitness wearable category with the OnePlus Band.

On paper, the OnePlus Band is playing it safe with a predictable and somewhat unexciting set of features. So what exactly sets the OnePlus

Xiaomi Mi Q1 55-inch QLED 4K TV review: Excellent value

Patrick

Xiaomi flipped the script on the smart TV landscape in India when it launched the first Mi TV in 2018. While the company can take credit for democratizing 4K televisions in the country, its bigger achievement is championing smart televisions.

This focus on value and software differentiation in a market with little competition in the affordable mid-range segment has helped the company dominate the smart TV market within a span of just two years. In fact, Xiaomi has been the largest smart TV player in India for the last ten quarters.

Xiaomi has previously had 55-inch panels, with the original

Xiaomi Mi 10i review: Taking the fight to OnePlus Nord

Patrick

There are many claimants to the crown, but Xiaomi has been the king of entry to mid-range smartphones in India for some time now. However, in 2020, the company started focusing more on brand differentiation and a more premium outlook.

Spinning off Redmi into its own entity, launching an array of excellent products in the Mi 10 series, and expanding its premium ecosystem offerings — Xiaomi wants to be seen as a legitimate high-end option and a credible alternative to OnePlus.

Enter the Xiaomi Mi 10i. While the Mi 10T and Mi 10 went up against the OnePlus 8T

Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite review: Basic and good

Patrick

Xiaomi devices are popular because they’re good and affordable. That is true for the company’s smartphones and fitness trackers, and it’s starting to be the case for its smartwatches, too.

The Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite is a basic smartwatch with a surprising amount of fitness features. If you’re wondering if you should spend your money on this ultra-cheap smartwatch, read our full Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite review.

About this Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite review: I used the Xiaomi Mi Watch for nine days running software version 4.0.93. It was paired to my Google Pixel 5 for the duration of this

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