Where last year’s iPhone 11 series introduced a step-change in capability – battery, imaging, speakers – without changing the design, 2020’s iPhone 12 series changes the design with merely an iterative improvement in what the phone can do. This sounds a little luke-warm in terms of recommendation, but in fact, there’s still a lot to like, not least the use of OLED in the ‘cheaper’ iPhone here, taking it remarkably close to ‘Pro’ territory but saving £200 (UK prices).
Something a little different – you’ll be used to various comparisons of Android flagships versus the iPhone, but, given that Android phones are available at budget prices too, here I’m throwing in some wild cards deliberately. One theory is that you don’t lose that much in phone imaging by going for a budget smartphone – or going for last year (or the previous year’s!) flagship now at clearance and cheap second-hand prices. But I contend that the flagships here will take better photos by enough of a margin to warrant the extra purchase price. As evidence, I pitch two budget options against today’s iPhone 11 Pro and the top imaging phone in the Android world.
The curious thing about the new iPhone SE 2020 is that it reminds me just how good the original iPhone 8, on which it’s based, was in the first place. Except that the iPhone 8, from 2017, so two and a half years ago, launched at £700, in the UK at least. Whereas the new SE, in Product Red livery here, starts at £420, a truly massive price drop, despite having major internals revamp with A13 chipset and an extra GB of RAM. Read my iPhone SE (2nd generation) review after the break.
Late last year I reviewed The Mous ‘Limitless 3.0’ iPhone Case/Wallet System, covering the wooden-backed indestructible case itself, the wallet accessory and the wall mount. All very impressive, and even more so now that I have the slimline card wallet in hand too, along with the rather superb car mount.
The idea of super rugged cases isn’t new. Adding in real materials – wood, leather – isn’t new. Making a ‘wallet’ case with card slots, with a folio fold for watching media isn’t new. And even having a cover case attach to a folio ‘back’ with magnets isn’t new. But Mous has taken all of the above, added a few twists of their own, and come up with what is basically the most comprehensive iPhone case ‘system’ I’ve ever seen.
Apple’s latest iPhone brought the ‘pro’ to imaging, in my opinion (see the full iPhone 11 Pro review), but how does it compare to, arguably, the best* all round phone camera in the Android world? The Galaxy Note 10+ is very new (just over a month), has the same triple camera ambition, and is the best yardstick in terms of a full shootout. So find out which one has the best smartphone camera.
The opinions on the new iPhone 11 Pro (and Pro Max) seem to vary wildly across the Internet so far, from ‘boring upgrade, no innovations’ to ‘most amazing iPhone ever’ and, as ever, the truth lies somewhere in between. While it’s true that there’s little here that’s new in the industry, what Apple has worked on have been the things users have been asking for most, namely an ever better camera system and better battery life. These two aspects have been so massively improved that they transform how I think of an iPhone in 2019. Here’s my iPhone 11 Pro review and to say I was impressed would be an understatement.
Apple may have never gotten around to releasing the AirPower but the company inadvertently ended up increasing the ceiling for wireless chargers. Since AirPower, we have seen a number of wireless chargers hit the market featuring 4-5 charging coils and claim to charge multiple devices at once. Choetech — a Chinese company known for its chargers and other smartphone accessories — recently released the 360-degree 5-coil dual fast wireless charging pad. In this review, I take a look at how good this wireless charger is and whether it lives up to its claim of being able to simultaneously charge two devices or not.
On paper, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ seems to have it all. It is definitely an impressive smartphone featuring a beautiful punch-hole Infinity-O display, oodles of RAM and storage, a versatile camera, and more. But every Samsung smartphone in the past has been equally impressive on paper. How does the Galaxy S10 actually fare in real-life use?
In an ideal world, of course, there would be more than two contenders for any major buying decision. In smartphones, Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile have been left to wither by Microsoft, Blackberry OS 10 got canned a few years ago, and the mass of ‘alternative’ phone operating systems comprise a fraction of one percent of all phone sales and can be ignored completely. But I do find the opposing worlds of iOS and Android fascinating. In some ways similar – both have app launchers and support all modern apps – but in other ways worlds apart, in terms of flexibility and openness. Can there be an overall winner?