Results: same price, different beasts – would you buy the LG G6 or OnePlus 5?

OnePlus started its career in the smartphone world back in 2014, with the super-aggressively priced OnePlus One. A flagship-specced phone for $300? Yes, please! The company quickly garnered fandom and started to sneak its way into the limelight. With each year, OnePlus has also been inching towards a more respectable price-tag, too. Of course, that’s the cost of growth — it’s unrealistic to maintain an operation that barely makes a profit on its product. So, now, the OnePlus 5 costs either $480 or $540, depending on which storage / RAM variant you go for.

All the …


Results: would you buy a discounted phone if the retailer uses it to serve you regular ads in exchange?

Amazon’s Prime exclusive phones have been a hot topic last week. With the Nokia 6 added to its roster, the discounted phones got a bit more attention than usual and had users asking themselves “Would I go for this deal?”.

Prime phones are usually midrangers, which you can buy at a $30 – $180 discount, depending on the phone, but there’s a catch. If you get one of these devices, you will also have to endure Amazon ads and offers popping up on your lockscreen at all times. That’s right, no more pictures of your dog or your cousin’s toddler — your lockscreen is now Amazon’s personal “your …

Results: what Screen mode (color setting) do you have your Galaxy set to?

Sammy’s phones have pretty much become synonymous with that super-punchy Super AMOLED panel, which the manufacturer has been working on for years now. And yeah, while there are those who love the searing reds, cold blues, and cold whites, there are also quite a lot of users who prefer a more subdued look on their display, with more natural colors to it. Thankfully, Samsung has acknowledged this and has created a few different color modes for their users. Love super-punchy colors and cold whites? Go for Cinema mode. Love natural colors and a warm display? Choose …

Results: what resolution do you have your Galaxy flagship set to?

Despite the feature being 3 years old already, whether QHD is useful on a smartphone screen or not is still a highly debatable topic. At this point, those against it have begrudgingly agreed to not bring it up, as there’s little sense to argue it — QHD is now mainstream. And those that are for it couldn’t be happier for the aforementioned reason — most flagships have it.

Samsung, however, decided to appease all tastes and just gave users three choices of resolution — HD (720 x 1080), FHD (1080 x 1920), and QHD (1440 x 2560) — on its latest flagships. Finally, whoever feels like a low resolution …

Results: the next time you buy a smartphone, are you buying the same brand as you have now?

In 2017 there are so many smartphone manufacturers out there that if one were to venture out and try all of their products, it could take them a few months or even a year. Well, through cut-throat competition and heavy marketing, a few have built themselves up as the most popular or most recognizable names to go to, but there’s still plenty of choice. And while, sure, the two main operating systems we have are iOS and Android, the latter’s customizability allows for manufacturers to do crazy modifications to the software and differentiate themselves.

So, it’s easy to stick with a brand if …

Results: have you ever had a smartphone damaged by water?

Nowadays, water-resistance or at least some type of splash-resistance seem to be a must on flagship (and midrange) smartphones. It used to be a rare commodity and mostly featured on rugged phones like the Galaxy Active series or any one of those tanky CAT handsets. Now, you can usually breathe calmly when your phone is near the kitchen sink or next to a spilled drink.

But anyway, we thought it would be a fun — in a bittersweet way — trip down memory lane to try and remember how many handsets we’ve had drown on us before. We thought we’d ask you — how many smartphones have you managed to …

Results: the OnePlus 5 – yeah or meh?

The OnePlus 5 has been announced and is even already in the hands of some eager early adopters. The small, one-product company managed to, again, stir up tons of hype around its device and with good reason — it is brim-packed with hardware. Snapdragon 835, 6 GB / 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB / 128 GB of storage, 16 MP + 20 MP dual camera on the back, 16 MP camera on the front, $479 starting price — it may be more than last year’s “flagship killer” but certainly well below the competition.

Yes, the handset has some spectacular specs on paper, but it also stirred some controversy. …

Results: do you ever use the Galaxy app store?

For years Samsung has had its own app store, simply called Galaxy Apps. It contains Android apps and games that you can usually find in the Play Store, as well as some Samsung exclusives. It’s the place that contains the Edge panels for your curved-screen Sammy phone and the Gear watchfaces and mini-apps.

But those things aside, we often wonder — is there really any reason to download your regular apps or games from the Samsung app store? It doesn’t seem like promotions and price-drops are synced between the Play Store and Sammy store, and the former does have much more of those. Not to …

Results: shiny or matte – how do you prefer the glass on a phone's back?

In recent years, shiny phones have picked up the pace quite a bit. Since wireless charging is becoming more of a regular feature, manufacturers are limited in their choice of material for a phone’s body — it can’t be metal, so they’re stuck between toy-feeling plastic and premium-looking glass.

And sure, with a nice, deeply reflective finish underneath, devices with a glass back look lovely! Until you touch them, that is — finger smudges build up on that glass surface like there’s no tomorrow and enjoying your beautiful phone requires you to wipe it up a few …

Results: what color do you prefer on the face of a red smartphone?

So, earlier this year, Apple introduced the Product Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus — beautiful red handsets with a silver Apple logo and… a white front. This isn’t the first time we see a blood-red phone with a white face — last time, it was the Flame Red Meizu Pro 6, which is, admittedly, much less-known than Apple’s flagship.

In any case, when both phones were announced, there was an overwhelming reaction of “but why the white face?”, with users insisting that a handset with a screaming red back would look much sleeker if its face was black. Not a terrible notion, we thought, but the manufacturers …