It doesn’t even seem that long ago that I reviewed the OnePlus 5T, but that’s only because it was four months ago, in January. Tied to making just one phone at a time, OnePlus has to update it every six months to stay relevant, so now we have the OnePlus 6, six months after the OnePlus 5T and not even a full year after the OnePlus 5 before that. This does create some problems but I’ll get into that later. For now, there is a shiny new phone to review.
Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of ten years of story telling and character building. Disney was right, it really is the most ambitious crossover that we have ever seen on the big screen in our lives. With dozens of characters crammed into a two and a half hour movie, there was every opportunity for this to go wrong. Yet, Infinity War does a lot right and at its best it is easily one of the most entertaining movies I’ve ever seen. But it’s not perfect so there’s a lot to complain about as well.
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.
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.