Apple has launched its Self-Service Repair program for its iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and third-gen iPhone SE, letting customers repair them for the first time. We tried it out, replacing the battery of an iPhone 13 Mini. Apple must be joking. That’s how I felt again and again as I jumped through hoop after ridiculous hoop to replace the battery in my iPhone Mini. Part of that was the repair process — mostly, it was how difficult Apple makes it to even get there.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro is a nice smartwatch many of us can’t buy
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro is the company’s latest smartwatch running on its proprietary HarmonyOS 2 software. However, it won’t be available in the US, and that’s a shame. Last year, as Google and Samsung were upending the Android smartwatch space, Huawei also announced it was launching the Huawei Watch 3 on a new proprietary operating system called HarmonyOS 2. It then followed that up with the Huawei Watch GT 3. So
Vivo’s new flagship has a bigger, better in-display fingerprint sensor
Vivo has announced the X80 Pro, its latest flagship phone. Key features included its Zeiss-branded camera setup and a larger fingerprint sensor that’s easier to use. Vivo has announced its latest flagship phone, the X80 Pro, and its most prominent new hardware feature is a larger in-display fingerprint sensor. The active area is far bigger than the small sensors found on most Android phones these days, meaning
The Ford F-150 Lightning is a fun, familiar, and occasionally thrilling electric truck. And while there are some tradeoffs, Ford stuck to the basics and will likely be rewarded with record sales. I am driving a pickup truck through Texas hill country. The buzzards are circling overhead, the road is empty as a moonlit prairie, and all’s right with the world. Or at least it should be. There is a noticeable lack of engine noise coming from
Among the Sony Xperia 1 IV’s three rear cameras is a 3.5–5.2x optical zoom lens — the first in a phone. Other specs include a 6.5-inch OLED with 120Hz refresh rate, an IP68 rating, and a steep $1599 price tag. Smartphones have point-and-shoot cameras (remember those?) beat in a lot of ways, but there’s one thing traditional cameras still do better than phones: zoom. The new Sony Xperia 1 IV aims to change that with a true continuous optical zoom lens.
The Rig 800 is still the most comfortable wireless gaming headset I’ve tried
The Nacon Rig 800 wireless gaming headset used to be made by Plantronics and was a comfort champ around 2017. It’s back with a new charging dock for the same price for PS4, PS5, Xbox and PC. In 2018, in a bout of curiosity, I decided to review every single wireless gaming headset on the market: 32 pairs to be exact. None of them were anywhere near as comfortable as the Plantronics Rig 800. “The only one so lightweight, so comfortable,
Lenovo’s Slim 7i Carbon has 12th Gen chips and weighs just 2.13 pounds
At 2.13 pounds, the Lenovo Slim 7i Carbon should be one of the lightest laptops you can buy this year. It starts at $1,299 and has a 90Hz 2.5k touchscreen. Lenovo has refreshed a number of models in its Slim line (known as Yoga Slim in some markets). A model I find interesting is the Slim 7i Carbon, one that Lenovo has subtitled “The Art of Mobility” in its press release. If that name sounds
The Duovox Mate Pro is a tiny camera that truly sees in the dark
The Duovox Mate Pro is a new camera that just launched on Kickstarter. It has an extremely sensitive Sony STARVIS sensor that you’d normally find in a security camera. If you have a relatively recent phone, you probably have a dedicated night mode in your camera app. These features have transformed the possibilities for night-time photography, blending multiple images together to create a single bright exposure.
WaterField finally made a great Analogue Pocket case
Hands-on review of the Analogue Pocket Pouch from WaterField Designs. It’s one of the first practical cases designed for the Analogue Pocket. Once you’ve overcome the not inconsiderable challenge of obtaining an Analogue Pocket, your next task is figuring out how to play the thing outside your home. It’s a beautifully designed system that you’ll want to protect, but there aren’t
Dota 2’s The International will take place in Southeast Asia for the first time
Heading to Singapore this fall Dota 2’s annual tournament, The International, will take place in Singapore this October. While Valve has held The International in the US, Canada, China, Germany, and Romania in the past, this is the first time the global esports competition is
Hyundai is building EV and battery production facilities in Georgia
Hyundai is building facilities dedicated to manufacturing electric vehicles and batteries in Savannah, Georgia. The plant will create over 8,000 jobs and produce 300,000 vehicles annually. Hyundai is building facilities dedicated to manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries in Savannah, Georgia, marking Hyundai’s first EV-only plant in the US (via CNBC). The South Korean automaker will spend $5.5 billion on the new