Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Review

I don’t think it would be an overstatement to say that the Redmi Note has become one of the most important smartphones on the Indian market today. It started back in 2014 with the launch of the original Redmi Note but what really brought the series to people’s attention was the launch of the Redmi Note 3 in 2016, which was just an incredible value proposition at the time. The phone packed a big screen that Indians love so much with the fastest processor you can buy in that price range and a battery that could power a small house. The formula was perfected last year with the Redmi Note 4, which was even more refined than its predecessor and at the same great price.

This year, Xiaomi is not fucking around. We get not one but two Redmi Note phones, the more expensive of which I have today. The Redmi Note 5 Pro brings forward everything its predecessors were known for but this time with a new display and high quality cameras front and back. It’s also debuting alongside a new processor from Qualcomm that promises to once again be the fastest in its class.

This should be interesting.


Google Pixel 2 Review

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.


Justice League 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.


Apple iPhone 8 Plus Review

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.