I’ve been using the OnePlus 5T on and off since it launched. I’ve had the original, I’ve had the Star Wars Limited Edition and now I have the Lava Red variant. Before that I had the OnePlus 5, which was largely the same phone. So you could say I’ve had a good amount of time with it.
Last year’s Pixel launch was a bit of a departure for Google. The company had previously been selling the Nexus line of devices, which were known for their value proposition due to the combination of competent hardware, pure Android software from Google and an affordable price. The Pixel had the first two but came with significantly jacked up prices that seemed like nothing more than a power move. Google also started heavily stressing on the fact that the phones were ‘Made by Google’, even though nothing had changed from the Nexus program and other OEMs (HTC, in this case) were still making the phones for Google.
This year we have two more Pixel phones, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. Unlike last year, they are made by two different companies, HTC and LG, respectively, and have a lot more differences between them. I have the smaller Pixel 2 this year and I’ve been spending some time with it so here’s my review.
DC’s Justice League movie has been a long time coming. While the current DC Extended Universe may have only started in 2013 with Man of Steel, we have all grown up watching or reading about these characters and couldn’t wait to see them together in a live action film. Unfortunately, last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouth (myself included), which resulted in everyone recalibrating their expectations for Justice League. But if, like me, you are worried that this movie will be disappointing too then I am here to tell you that it’s not.
The iPhone 8 is an odd phone to review. Usually when we review a new iPhone from Apple, it is the absolute best that the company has to offer that year. But we know now that is not true with the iPhone 8, which lives in the shadow of the iPhone X that was announced at the same event. Although not yet available or publicly handled outside of Apple’s September event, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the iPhone X is the iPhone to buy this year and the best the company has to offer in 2017.
Where does that leave the iPhone 8 then? On one hand, Apple has kitted it with enough new features, including the same A11 Bionic chipset from the iPhone X, a new camera system, updated design with wireless charging support and a bunch of other stuff. On the other hand, it’s not an iPhone X, and by that I mean it’s using roughly the same design that debuted back in 2014 with the iPhone 6 and is now so long in the tooth it’s practically a cartoon rabbit.
So how does one review this phone, then? It’s hard to review it on its own without taking into consideration that the iPhone X exists, even if it’s not going to be available for a while. And it’s hard to even take the iPhone X into consideration, since I haven’t actually used it and even the people outside of Apple who did, only did so for a few minutes.
This is going to be tough.
Dunkirk is the latest film written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Based during World War II, the movie tells the story of the evacuation of Dunkirk, specifically the British soldiers, who, among others, were trapped by the German army on one side and the English Channel on the other. The film stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and a whole host of other people I don’t know.
The entire film is centered around the evacuation of the British soldiers from the shore. We don’t get to see what happened before, nor what happens after that. The premise of the movie isn’t terribly interesting, even though it’s an important part of history. So in order to sell this, the direction would have had to be really good, and fortunately for the film, it is.