Opinion and Reviews

IPhone 12 Pro Reviews:

The iPhone 12 Pro was one of the most feature-rich iPhones you could buy when it launched. It had some of the best internal features and was a compelling prospect for anyone who required more raw power than the iPhone 12.

While it’s no longer the best Apple handset available now that the iPhone 13 Pro has been introduced, given how features have been added, you’re better off choosing the iPhone 12 Pro instead if you can locate it for a bit less. The 12 Pro has been removed from Apple’s official lineup, meaning you’ll have to buy it from a third-party reseller.

The iPhone 12 Pro’s primary differences from the normal iPhone 12 are subtle: there’s slightly more RAM inside, but the same CPU. Because there are three camera sensors on the back instead of two, you can now get closer to subjects and scenes with 2x optical zoom.

Design

The iPhone 12 Pro designs differs from the iPhone 11 Pro in 2019. It, like all iPhone 12 handsets, has flat sides with sharp, 90-degree edges.

It’s difficult to determine whether this is primarily functional – more on that below – or simply a change in design language to indicate that this is a new iPhone and an upgrade over previous models.

Display

The iPhone 12 Pro uses the same OLED display technology as last year’s model. The biggest difference is the screen size, which jumps from 5.8 to 6.1 inches while keeping the iPhone 12 Pro’s body the same size as last year’s model.

It’s now the same size as the iPhone 12’s display, which is unexpected. Given that the two models share the same design, we’d expect Apple to do more to differentiate them, and a little larger screen would have been a nice way to do so.\

Software

We won’t go into detail about the software because, like other remotely recent iPhones, it runs the most recent version of iOS, which at the time of writing is iOS 15.

That are many minor improvements from the phone’s original iOS 14 software, and these changes include Apple Fitness Plus, which allows members access to a variety of workout videos, ProRaw, which we discussed in the photography section, and App Tracking Transparency, new emojis, and more.

FaceTime improvements, SharePlay, improved notifications, a new Safari, and a lot more are all part of iOS 15.

Battery life

The battery life of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro is a bit of a mystery, as we’re hearing (unconfirmed) rumors that the latest iPhones feature smaller batteries than the prior generation.

That might add up, as Apple has announced that the iPhone 12 Pro will last one hour less for video playback than the 11 Pro from 2019.

Pros

  • Nice color choices
  • Most powerful smartphone out
  • MagSafe technology works well

Cons

  • No charging block in the box
  • 5G is still an expensive luxury
  • The battery could be better

Samsung Galaxy A71 Reviews:

Samsung’s renewed enthusiasm in the mid-range mobile market continues, and the Samsung Galaxy A71, which will debut at CES 2020, feels it has nailed exactly what customers want: a large screen, plenty of cameras, and long battery life.

It’s no secret that this phone is geared toward the TikTok generation, a younger demographic that spends a lot of time online and consumes and creates a lot of video content.

Following the success of its re-launched A series in 2019, where the Galaxy A40 became the line’s best-seller in Europe and the United Kingdom, Samsung is looking to double-down in 2020, and the Galaxy A71 stands towards the top of the list, just behind the new Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite.

Display and design

When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy A71’s design, the 6.7-inch display is the star. It takes up most of the front of the phone, but with small bezels on the sides, it fits in your hand better than you might expect.

It features Samsung’s Infinity-O screen technology, which we’ve seen on prior handsets from the company, and a punch-hole camera at the top. It’s hidden in the notification bar, which keeps it out of the way and out of the way of normal use.

The front-facing camera on the A71 takes up more space than the inexpensive Galaxy A51 despite having the same lens. That’s because the Galaxy A71 utilizes a Super AMOLED Plus panel (vs Super AMOLED on the A51), which is slimmer and lighter, but the trade-off is that the camera cut-out is slightly larger.

Camera and battery

The Samsung Galaxy A71’s cameras are one of the device’s standout features. Even in the slightly uncomfortable lighting of the Samsung booth, the front-facing 32MP camera takes high-quality images, which should delight selfie aficionados.

The Galaxy A71 has four cameras around the back. The main sensor is a 64MP f/1.8 sensor that generated well-lit, crisp shots in our brief test.

However, you may capture more of your surroundings by touching an icon on-screen to switch to the 123 degrees, 12MP ultra-wide camera. In addition, you get 5MP macro and 5MP depth cameras for close-up images and backdrop blur effects (called Live Focus by Samsung).

It’s a full-featured camera with a slew of premium features and additions.

Performance and specifications

The Samsung Galaxy A71 has plenty of power under the hood, with an octa-core processor and 6GB of RAM (some territories will receive 8GB).

The gadget runs Android 10, which felt fluid and speedy beneath my fingers, and you have 128GB of storage to play with, which will be more than plenty for most people. 

If you run out of space, the Galaxy A71 offers a microSD card slot that can hold up to 512GB of data.

Pros

  • Big, colorful screen
  • Huge battery
  • Premium camera experience

Cons

  • No water resistance
  • No wireless charging

Samsung Galaxy A51Reviews:

The Samsung Galaxy A51 is a reasonably priced Android phone that you can consider if you can’t afford the Galaxy S21 or can’t get a Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition in your area.

A lower price implies apparent compromises over Samsung’s more expensive phones. The back is plastic rather than glass, the cameras aren’t as good (even though there are five), the chipset isn’t as powerful, and nice-to-have features like water resistance aren’t present.

The Galaxy A51 does include some classic Samsung features, including a large AMOLED screen and software that looks identical to that of the Galaxy S21 series.

Design

The Samsung Galaxy A51 has a design that is similar to that of Samsung’s higher-end phones. However, there are a few telltale signs that it is not from the high-priced Galaxy S series.

The front camera is housed in one of Samsung’s ‘Infinity O’ punch-holes, and the display borders are thin. However, the back is made of plastic rather than glass, and the front camera does not blend in as well as most others.

Yes, the selfie camera is hidden behind the front glass. The layers beneath, on the other hand, are significantly more reflective, making the Samsung A51’s selfie camera shine out like a small monocle.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy A51 features a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2400. On paper, this is a clear winner, as many phones at this price point feature LCD panels.

OLEDs offer significantly richer color and always have superior contrast than LCDs since they use light-up pixels rather than a universal backlight. However, this isn’t one of Samsung’s best OLED panels, and there are a few visible flaws.

Software

The Samsung Galaxy A51 is powered by Android 10 with Samsung One UI on top. This means it resembles a Galaxy S20 in appearance.

Although we strongly advocate increasing the number of app rows and columns utilized as a standard, it is one of the most unified and confident-looking bespoke interfaces we’ve seen. When you initially turn on the Samsung A51, the wide icon spacing gives it a toy-like appearance.

Long-press an empty portion of a home screen and select ‘Home Screen Settings’ to adjust this. The required controls can be found there. We’d already made the update before capturing the photographs included in this review.

Performance

So why is the Samsung Galaxy A51 slow off the mark? This type of lag might be caused by poorly optimized software, which can be remedied with an update. However, the chipset or RAM could be at blame.

The Samsung Galaxy A51 uses an Exynos 9611 processor rather than the Qualcomm Snapdragon we’re used to seeing. It’s identical to the Snapdragon 665 found in the Motorola Moto G8 in terms of performance.

Four Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz make up the processor.

Battery life

The Galaxy A51 has a 4,000mAh battery, which is about as small as we’d like in a phone with a 6.5-inch display.

If nothing else, its lifespan seems reasonable. We haven’t had to recharge the Samsung Galaxy A51 in the afternoon to ensure it makes it to lights-out regularly, but we are frequently left with little energy by the late evening.

We also evaluated how much video playback consumes the battery at maximum brightness. The Samsung A51 is equipped with a powerful OLED display.

On our first effort, a 90-minute video reduced the charge level by only 6%: a great outcome.

Pros

  • Bold OLED screen
  • Has a headphone jack
  • It’s a Samsung Galaxy, without an S20 price

Cons

  • Feels slower than most at this level
  • Poor fingerprint scanner
  • Unusually prominent punch-hole camera

 

By Alice

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