We got our hands on various gadgets this year – from smart home devices, smartwatches, laptops, smartphones and wearables.
You all loved engaging with our articles and here are our most-read reviews from 2021.
Anker Soundcore Q20 Review
Audiophiles are always on the lookout for quality headphones that also matches their pockets. Anker Soundcore Q20 got a lot of attention and here’s why::
- Hi-Res Sound Quality
- Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation
- 40 Hour Battery life
- Extra Soft Ear cups
- Foldable design
- Aux Mode
- Bluetooth 5.0
All of these features for 9K. Read our full review here.
Oraimo FreePods 3 Review: Exceeds Expectations
Another hit piece in the audio accessories was our review of the Oraimo FreePods 3. The wireless earbuds are successors of the FreePods 2 and are yet another value buy from Oraimo.
Taken as a whole package, the Oraimo FreePods 3 exceeded what I came in expecting. They’re a big improvement over the Oraimo FreePods 2 in both concept and execution – in terms of design, comfort and how they standout against their rivals on most core features. Plus, Oraimo has made impressive strides to the sound quality of its earbuds with the addition of bass boost.
When your budget is tight and you want real value for your money, it’s hard to argue against the Oraimo FreePods 3.
Oraimo FreePods 3 are available for Ksh 3000 and you directly buy them here.
Rafiki By Securex Home Security System
Some of you who were travelling this festive season away from home were curious about how to secure your abodes with smart gadgets and checked out our review of Securex Home Security Kit.
The basic kit goes for KES 6500 and can be purchased at Securex Soko (securexafrica.com) where customers can buy the product without going through a third-party retailer. It includes a router and intrusion detection capabilities.
Read our review here.
Phantom X Camera Review
After missing out in 2020, TECNO officially launched its latest device in the Phantom series – the Phantom X this year. Alot of you were curious about its camera performance as the Phantom X packed five cameras – a 50MP main camera with Dual Pixel and Laser Autofocus together with a 13MP telephoto lens with 2X zoom that’s also a portrait lens and an 8MP ultrawide camera plus dual punch-hole selfie cameras that comprise a 48MP main and an 8MP ultrawide camera.
The Phantom X delivers on the promise that you’ll be able to effortlessly take great photos and videos in any lighting conditions as seen from the samples. The Phantom X’s cameras hold their own when compared to other Android midrange smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy A72 Vs OPPO Reno6 5G: A Dilemma of Performance and Lifestyle Features
OPPO brought their first 5G device in the country with the launch of the OPPO Reno6 5G.
The OPPO Reno6 5G is a solid phone – from the exceptional and polished build quality to the silky smooth performance, excellent hardware, long battery endurance, dependable camera performance – all of which make for a great premium midrange stacked with features that work effortlessly. You can read our full review here.
But how does it stack up against other rmidrange devices in the Kenyan market? We put it against the Samsung Galaxy A72 and you can read about the comparison review that got a lot of hits from you.
Huawei Band 6: Way Better Than Expected
On the second season of the pandemic, most of you wanted to stay fit and keep track of your health. A lot of you visited our review of the Huawei Band 6.
The Band 6 is the company’s budget fitness band and you’re getting so much from the fitness tracker and it feels like a steal for its price.
The Huawei Band 6 is compact and light and brings with it a tall 1.47′ AMOLED screen.
LiteOS powers the Band 6 and Huawei’s fitness and health tracking features such as all-day heart rate, Sp02 monitoring (oxygen), your body’s overall conditioning, stress and sleep tracking.
Huawei Band 6 is now available in all Huawei retail stores across the country for KSH 6999.
Infinix Hot 10i Review: More Than Expected
Budget smartphones get a lot of attention from our readers. Our review of the Infinix Hot 10i got a lot of hits.
The Infinix Hot 10i is a robust overall package. Its impressive battery life is its key highlight but the smartphone packs potential features under its metaphorical sleeve. You are getting dependable cameras even in lowlight scenarios, delightful compact design, solid performance for average use – these are high accolades on their own and adding the affordable price make the Infinix Hot 10i worth considering.
Asus Zenbook 13 OLED (UX325EA) Review: Powerful, Compact and Stylish Ultrabook
With working from home amid the pandemic taking another year, some of you were on the lookout for powerful laptops and you visited our review of the Asus Zenbook 13 OLED laptop.
The Zenbook 13 excels on the fundamentals including build quality, display, performance and battery life all in a traditional thin and light ultrabook design perfect for work and play – a great pick for browsing, productivity and light gaming. It is easy to carry around when you’re out and about even when indoors moving from one room to another and should last you all day without needing to be plugged in.
TECNO Camon 18 Premier Camera Review: Ready for Prime Time
A lot of you were curious to see how the Camon 18 Premier cameras perform. TECNO Camon 18 Premier rocks four cameras – a 64MP triple setup that also includes a 12MP OIS gimbal ultrawide lens plus an 8MP periscope telephoto lens that has 5X optical zoom and up to 60X digital zoom plus a 32MP selfie camera.
The TECNO Camon 18 Premier represents the best value TECNO has ever offered in a hardware product and not only in the camera department.
TECNO Camon 18 Premier punches above its weight in every way and the camera performance is great – I literally had to keep reminding myself that this is a midrange and not a flagship smartphone – it technically is since the Phantom became a separate sub-brand with the release of the Phantom X.
The TECNO Camon 18 Premier rockets itself(my last space joke) to the top of the must-have list of smartphones to get this year and proves that TECNO still has what it takes to remain the camera king in the midrange market.
If you’re thinking of getting the TECNO Camon 18 Premier because of the cameras, then abso-damn-lutely do.
Infinix Zero X Pro Full Review: Stellar Standout
Infinix’s new additions that include the AMOLED 120Hz screen, Helio G95 chip, 45W fast charging, 108MP triple camera setup, are absolutely welcome, and they make the Zero X Pro unquestionably the best iteration in this series so far.
You can also check out our camera performance review as the Infinix Zero X Pro also takes night photography to new heights, pun intended, with the new SuperMoon mode that takes advantage of that 60X digital zoom to take shots of earth’s closest space neighbour.
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