OnePlus 6 vs Google Pixel 2 XL Camera Comparison: Cutting It Close

Commoditisation of technology is a fantastic thing. Be it trickle down economics or the pace of innovation, consumers have never had it better. You no longer have to shell out a kidney for a top of the line smartphone to get an experience that more or less gets you all the way there. One of the last few bastions however has been camera tech. The smartphone obliterated the point and shoot market and with AI, better sensors and computational photography, it is gunning for those who want SLR like quality without the hassle of lugging around lenses. This is also where flagship smartphones like to differentiate their product as being better. OnePlus has always had a mantra of ‘Never Settle’, yet their camera experience has always fallen short of the best in the field. We’ve brought you our full OnePlus 6 Review and an entire OnePlus 6 Camera Samples gallery, but here’s a second take on how well the phone fares against one of the best in the business, the Pixel 2 XL, as well as how well it does in daily use. 

All the shots were taking using a OnePlus 6 on the latest available firmware and the comparisons were …

Commoditisation of technology is a fantastic thing. Be it trickle down economics or the pace of innovation, consumers have never had it better. You no longer have to shell out a kidney for a top of the line smartphone to get an experience that more or less gets you all the way there. One of the last few bastions however has been camera tech. The smartphone obliterated the point and shoot market and with AI, better sensors and computational photography, it is gunning for those who want SLR like quality without the hassle of lugging around lenses. This is also where flagship smartphones like to differentiate their product as being better. OnePlus has always had a mantra of 'Never Settle', yet their camera experience has always fallen short of the best in the field. We've brought you our full OnePlus 6 Review and an entire OnePlus 6 Camera Samples gallery, but here's a second take on how well the phone fares against one of the best in the business, the Pixel 2 XL, as well as how well it does in daily use.  All the shots were taking using a OnePlus 6 on the latest available firmware and the comparisons were ...

Beyerdynamic Aventho Review: Wireless Audio Never Sounded So Good

I’ve wanted to test out the Beyerdynamic Aventho ever since I first got a chance to check it out at IFA Berlin so when I was offered a chance to take them for a spin, I absolutely jumped on the opportunity. Beyerdynamic’s foray into wireless audio sporting their much acclaimed Tesla drivers is without a doubt an obvious eye catcher. Priced in the same range as the Sony WH-1000XM2, Bowers & Wilkins PX and the Bose QC35, the headphone is one of the few high end on-ear offerings and has some tough competition to fend off. I’ve been testing out the Aventho extensively over the last two weeks or so and here’s what I think about them.

Design

Building up on vintage / retro chic, the Beyerdynamic Aventho is a gorgeous piece of kit. The entire construction is a mix of metal, faux leather and matte plastic that comes together to create a design that will appeal to almost anyone and genuinely looks good. There’s a certain German minimalism to the look but that’s obvious given the company’s heritage.

The headband has a decent amount of padding and the same goes for the ear cups. Ample but not excess. The Aventhos like …

I've wanted to test out the Beyerdynamic Aventho ever since I first got a chance to check it out at IFA Berlin so when I was offered a chance to take them for a spin, I absolutely jumped on the opportunity. Beyerdynamic's foray into wireless audio sporting their much acclaimed Tesla drivers is without a doubt an obvious eye catcher. Priced in the same range as the Sony WH-1000XM2, Bowers & Wilkins PX and the Bose QC35, the headphone is one of the few high end on-ear offerings and has some tough competition to fend off. I've been testing out the Aventho extensively over the last two weeks or so and here's what I think about them. Design Building up on vintage / retro chic, the Beyerdynamic Aventho is a gorgeous piece of kit. The entire construction is a mix of metal, faux leather and matte plastic that comes together to create a design that will appeal to almost anyone and genuinely looks good. There's a certain German minimalism to the look but that's obvious given the company's heritage. The headband has a decent amount of padding and the same goes for the ear cups. Ample but not excess. The Aventhos like ...

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Review

The ZenFone series of devices have had a rollercoaster-like existence in India. From the soaring success of the first generation ZenFone to the hit or miss attempt at making it a high end product, the company hasn’t shied away from experiments either. The ZenFone series became a catch all of sorts with interesting devices like the ZenFone Zoom and ZenFone AR also falling under the same branding. As it goes though, it is the value segment that rules the roost in India. Asus went back to the drawing board and has created a brand new device specifically for India and our initial impressions put it as rather impressive. Let’s dive in for a closer review of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1. 

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M1) specifications

5.99-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display with 1500:1 contrast ratio, 85% NTSC color gamut, 450 nits brightness
1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU
3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB /6GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Dual SIM (nano + nano)
13MP rear camera with LED Flash, PDAF, 1.12μm pixel size, f/2.2 aperture, secondary 5MP camera
8MP …

The ZenFone series of devices have had a rollercoaster-like existence in India. From the soaring success of the first generation ZenFone to the hit or miss attempt at making it a high end product, the company hasn't shied away from experiments either. The ZenFone series became a catch all of sorts with interesting devices like the ZenFone Zoom and ZenFone AR also falling under the same branding. As it goes though, it is the value segment that rules the roost in India. Asus went back to the drawing board and has created a brand new device specifically for India and our initial impressions put it as rather impressive. Let's dive in for a closer review of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1.  ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M1) specifications 5.99-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display with 1500:1 contrast ratio, 85% NTSC color gamut, 450 nits brightness 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB /6GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM (nano + nano) 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, PDAF, 1.12μm pixel size, f/2.2 aperture, secondary 5MP camera 8MP ...

Google Home Review

Between the Google Home and Amazon Echo, the race to get a smart assistant into your home is blazing hot. Across different form factors and price points, the idea is to get you onboard the Alexa or Google Assistant ecosystem. We’ve already brought you our review of the Google Home Mini, so here’s a closer look at the full sized Google Home now that we’ve spent a good amount of time putting it through its paces. 

Design

Let’s start off with the basics. The hardware is smaller than you’d expect. Where the Google Home Mini was more or less the size of a donut, the regular Google Home is a little over double the size. Despite that, it is half the size of Bluetooth speakers like the UE Megaboom. Suffice it to say that the speaker will fit in any corner space you might have. The design is inoffensive and looks a bit like an air freshener from afar. This plays a larger role than you’d imagine since the end goal here is to make something that can be placed anywhere in the house and to encourage use.

Anyways, the top of the Home Mini is slanted off and sports a capacitive touch panel. …

Between the Google Home and Amazon Echo, the race to get a smart assistant into your home is blazing hot. Across different form factors and price points, the idea is to get you onboard the Alexa or Google Assistant ecosystem. We've already brought you our review of the Google Home Mini, so here's a closer look at the full sized Google Home now that we've spent a good amount of time putting it through its paces.  Design Let's start off with the basics. The hardware is smaller than you'd expect. Where the Google Home Mini was more or less the size of a donut, the regular Google Home is a little over double the size. Despite that, it is half the size of Bluetooth speakers like the UE Megaboom. Suffice it to say that the speaker will fit in any corner space you might have. The design is inoffensive and looks a bit like an air freshener from afar. This plays a larger role than you'd imagine since the end goal here is to make something that can be placed anywhere in the house and to encourage use. Anyways, the top of the Home Mini is slanted off and sports a capacitive touch panel. ...

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Hands On

Its just been a few days since Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7 internationally and it has already made its way here to India. At a press event in Delhi, the company introduced its new flagship level handset. Hands On Video Samsung Galaxy Note7 specifications 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560×1440 pixels) (518ppi) Super AMOLED curved dual … Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Hands On”

Its just been a few days since Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7 internationally and it has already made its way here to India. At a press event in Delhi, the company introduced its new flagship level handset. Hands On Video Samsung Galaxy Note7 specifications 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560×1440 pixels) (518ppi) Super AMOLED curved dual … Continue reading "Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Hands On"