Reviews

OnePlus 3 Review

The OnePlus 3 is the company’s third flagship and the fourth phone since it set up shop back in 2014. Their first phone, the OnePlus One, was launched to much fanfare. The company never really invested in proper advertising but bombarded the social media with various marketing material that often talked less about the actual product and focused more on putting the competition down. This, followed with further, less than tasteful attempts at promoting the phone and the now infamous invite system, meant that the company was already off on a wrong foot for a lot of people.

The OnePlus One was followed by the aptly named OnePlus 2, which came with the tagline ‘2016 Flagship Killer’. This was for a phone that came out in 2015, which meant OnePlus had clearly not lost its hubris in the one year since its inception. Unfortunately for the company, the hubris was completely misplaced, with the products often failing to match the lofty expectations set by the company. Plagued with software issues and fledgling customer service, the company was struggling to meet its own motto of ‘Never Settle’.

Come 2016 and suddenly everything seems to have changed. The OnePlus 3 launched with an uncharacteristically non-existent brouhaha. There was no competition bashing, no weird contests, no tall claims. Best of all, there was no invite system this time, either. It seems the company was doing everything right, and this was even before anyone got their hands on the phone. Was this change for the better going to reflect in the product as well? As it turned out, it was.  Continue reading “OnePlus 3 Review”

Reviews

Suicide Squad – Pros and Cons

I watched Suicide Squad yesterday and had some thoughts on it that I wanted to share. But I’ve realized reviewing movies is hard and I’m not particularly good at it. But then I saw some of these pros and cons posts that people on reddit like to do for movies, and thought it was a good way to get the things I liked and disliked about the movie out there without making it into a full review. So here it is, Suicide Squad pros and cons list.  Continue reading “Suicide Squad – Pros and Cons”

Opinion

Regarding benchmarks and numbers

I have been meaning to write this down for quite some time now but following the latest relevant event I thought now would be the best time.

Veteran tech site AnandTech published its review of the OnePlus 3 a couple of days back. The reviewer minced no words in lambasting the display of the phone, calling it a “huge disappointment” as the phone set some of the worst scores in their tests. As a result, a lot of people now think that the phone has a terrible display.

Before I continue, I want to clarify that I have a huge amount of respect for AnandTech, as it is one of the few sites out there that really gets to the core of the matter, with some exhaustive testing from reviewers who know more about these things than most of us do. Having said that, I feel there is a fundamental flaw in their way of testing things, that doesn’t often present the whole truth to the readers.  Continue reading “Regarding benchmarks and numbers”

Reviews

DOOM Review

(The review focuses solely on the single-player aspect of the game.)

The 2016 DOOM is the fourth game in the series that pioneered the very genre of first person shooters. Brash, beautiful, and an absolute hoot, DOOM reminds us why this genre became so popular in the first place.

The new DOOM is once again set on Mars at the Union Aerospace Corporation or UAC, as has been the case with all the previous games. Something goes terribly wrong and now the demons from Hell have overrun the facility, and you’re the only one that can stop them. While there is a story here, it’s mostly a flimsy excuse to slaughter enemies and that is pretty much what DOOM has always been about.

So here’s the basic gist of DOOM gameplay: you kill things. You shoot everything that moves and you don’t stop shooting until it stops moving. And then you shoot it again, just in case. The gunplay is not just the core gameplay element here but pretty much the only gameplay element. As such, it needed to be absolutely perfect for the game to work, and it damn well is.  Continue reading “DOOM Review”

Others

Captain America: Civil War Review

Short review: Captain America: Civil War is fantastic and you should go watch it now.

Long review: Captain America: Civil War is a movie that is a result of combining great characters with great writing. This is what Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice should have been, but wasn’t.

I am going to use Dawn of Justice for comparison, because there are a lot of similarities here, other than just the fact that they both came out the same year. For starters, both start off roughly the same way, where people are unsure about the usefulness of the Avengers, or more precisely, wondering if they are more harm than good. UN decides that the Avengers can no longer operate privately, something half the team members agree with, and the rest don’t. And there we have our movie.  Continue reading “Captain America: Civil War Review”