Jumper EZBook Air Review!

Laptops are losing weight. Devices look dated within a year, and each year manufacturers find another corner to lop off. The Jumper EZBook Air is no exception, having shameless copied one of the most anemic laptops in the world, the 12” Macbook.

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Teclast Tbook 16 Pro Review!

The Teclast Tbook 16 Pro is an 11.6” tablet with an associated keyboard. It is definitely not a unique device; there are myriads of other devices with almost the exact same specs and a keyboard connector. In fact, it has a brother; the Teclast Tbook 16s which for all intents and purposes is the exact same device, except the keyboard connection takes a Surface like keyboard instead of a transformer style keyboard. It has a 1080p screen, X8300 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage which are all very decent specs, and the metal body is nothing to laugh at either. Starting at $210, is this tablet worth your money? Check out the full review below.

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Ulefone Metal Review!

With the release of the new MTK6755 Helio P10 processor, MTK6753 phones suddenly became less appealing and have had prices (for these phones) slashed. However, Vernee was the very first company to take advantage of this by releasing an extremely cheap $99 phone with this very processor. It was received well and did not sell badly, and other companies have since followed suit. With the introduction of the Ulefone Metal, Ulefone is vying for a place in this area. The Ulefone Metal carries what would have been flagship level specs 8 months ago at $105USD. There is the obligatory MTK6753 processor, 3GB of RAM, and slow motion video recording. As the namesake suggests, the Ulefone Metal has a metal unibody that does make this phone premium. Even though it costs about $5 more than the Vernee Thor, it does have a slight edge over the Thor with a metal build quality and a slightly bigger battery. Does the Ulefone Metal have that extra something to edge past the Vernee Thor as the premier midrange phone or will Ulefone fall behind?

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No.1 G5 Review: Good $20 smartwatches are possible

In an attempt to stand out from the crowd, the No.1 G5 aims to impress by packing in as much as possible into the impossibly low $20 price tag. There’s not a lot of tech that you can buy for $20, maybe an Apple lightning cable or six rolls of colour toilet paper. Thankfully, you get a lot more than six rolls of toilet paper here. It seems almost impossible to determine how No.1 packed in a stainless steel body, a sapphire glass screen, and a 380mAh battery into a $20 device that for all intents and purposes is a full fledged smartwatch. We debate how much lower the price can go on smartwatches but for now, $20 is the bottom of the barrel, but one we are happy to be in. An impossibly cheap smartwatch is useless if it doesn’t perform its intended function, but we are glad to report that this smartwatch delivers, albeit with a few quirks. Continue reading

Chuwi Vi10 Plus Review!

It’s been a little over a year since Chuwi first announced the Chuwi Vi10. In the intervening period, they have released a myriad of other good devices such as the Hi10 and Hi12, with some of them aimed towards Surface alternatives. Just this past July 28th, Chuwi has announced and released their new iteration of the Chuwi Vi10, the Chuwi Vi10 Plus. Continue reading

Alcatel Flash Plus 2 Review!

It is a little known fact that the current line of Flash Plus phones are not designed by Alcatel anymore but by Flash 3C. The Flash 3C company was originally a part of Alcatel and has broken off to form a wholly independent studio while still under their parent company TCL. The first Alcatel Flash Plus (designed by Alcatel) was a huge success, largely due to its low price tag and high specifications. However, it was hampered by less than adequate build quality and camera problems, not to mention badly designed UI. When the Flash 3C designed Alcatel Flash Plus 2 (still sometimes branded as an Alcatel or TCL device) was announced, it did so at the low price point of $160. To put this in perspective, phones containing the aging MTK6752 and MTK6753 were still selling at a strong $160 in April/May 2016, during which the Flash Plus 2 was announced. People were excited, an MTK6755 (Helio P10) processor and Full HD screen for $160? Count me in! Considering the cheapest phone containing the Helio P10 costs at least $200, this is an extremely cheap option. There were some detractors and skeptics who remembered the less than adequate build quality, camera issues, and software of the original Flash Plus, and they had a leg to stand on. Well, as of August 2016, the time this review was published, this is the cheapest MTK6755 phone available to date. Will it be worth it? Or should you spend a little more? Find out in the full review of the Alcatel/TCL Flash Plus 2. You can buy this device for $160, the 3GB version costs $180. There will be a flash sale at Coolicool for $160 but it will be limited to 10 pieces every day. It will start at GMT 11:00 August 22 and run all the way to August 28, be sure to check it out!

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Doogee X5 Max Pro Review

One of the reasons why I chose to review this phone was because of the huge battery. Battery life is probably the singular most important thing in smartphones right now as every other aspect of phones has been advancing by leaps and bounds…except for the battery. With gargantuan manufacturers like Apple and Samsung participating in a race to the thinnest phone, some might say that battery life, while definitely considered in the design process, is not the highest priority. But it should. With the huge success of Pokémon Go, this battery draining app is killing phones everywhere and highlighting the problem not only with small batteried phones but software as well. Doogee has definitely taken this to heart and placed the battery at the center of this device. Enter the Doogee X5 Max Pro, an amalgam of adjectives that is the result of Doogee first creating the X5, then the X5 Max, and now the X5 Max Pro. However, this path that Doogee has taken, slowly improving the original X5 has actually resulted in Doogee creating a very interesting phone in the X5 Max Pro. The specs won’t blow you away, but the price will. Starting at $85, this is one of the cheapest phones that doesn’t have a crippled MTK6580 processor, but rather uses the MTK6737, a more powerful and efficient version of the venerable but old entry level MTK6735. It also has a huge battery, weighing in at 4000mAh, and other specs to complete the package such as 2GB of RAM, the latest Android OS, and a very decent IPS screen. This race to the bottom can only be good for consumers. A year ago a similar phone (the Mlais MX Base) was priced at $130. Two years ago a similar phone (THL4000) was priced at $190. Three years ago something like this would have been unheard of, and now, we are well below the $100 mark. Doogee seems to be aiming directly at the budget crowd, pricing this phone at the low, low $85 while keeping the specs powerful enough to keep up with most users. Let’s see if Doogee succeeds in that quest.

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