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8 Best Flagship Phones in 2020- Only the Best That Money Can Buy

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Do you want only the best flagship phones in 2020? Then you’ve come to the right article! While the smartphone ecosystem has certainly improved quite a lot in recent years and mid-range phones are considered as ‘bang for the buck’, nothing can beat the performance of a flagship device.

If you value photography, amazing specs, or a phone that you can rely on, read our article to find out the best smartphones on the market in the first half of 2020. So, without further ado, let’s get on with the list!

Best Flagship Phones

1.iPhone 11

Price: Starts at $699

iPhone 11

Sure, the Android mobile operating system is quite customizable- so customizable, in fact, that even smartphone manufacturers themselves put their own spin on their device’s OS. 

But, not a lot of people want that level of customization. Some of them just want a device that works really well as is and that is why the iPhone 11 is what I would consider the best phone for most people.

This phone just works really well right out of the box. It has a pretty simple user interface and every application that you need is presented to you right on the home screen.

The iPhone 11 makes use of the company’s A13 Bionic chip that rivals even the best chipsets that Android devices can have.

Its screen resolution is only 1792 x 828 so it is not really Full HD. However, because of the retina display that the company puts on their mobile devices, you can rest assured that content consumption will not be a major issue here as the screen provides you with vivid and crisp graphical details.

I also love the fact that the device only weighs 194 grams so it is definitely one of the lightest flagship phones on the market today. Although its screen size is only 6.1 inches, it just makes the device easier to wield with one hand.

The iPhone 11 makes use of iOS 13 but you can install the beta version of iOS 14 if you want, provided that you know how to do it.

People really praise iPhones for their amazing cameras and this is no different. While its camera array is not as powerful as its ‘Pro’ counterpart, in most cases, it is more than adequate.

You get two lenses at the back (one 12-megapixel ultra-wide and one 12-megapixel wide-angle) and a 12-megapixel selfie camera at the front.

Even though the device doesn’t come with a 3.5mm jack anymore, you can use your Bluetooth Headphones if you have one.

You might be wondering why I didn’t put the iPhone 11 Pro on this article and that is because its price-to-performance is not justifiable.

Sure, it feels more of a ‘premium’ device because of its price, but the iPhone 11 is still a flagship product from Apple.

With amazing cameras, blazing-fast performance, impressive audio, and great battery life, it is so easy to recommend the iPhone 11 for people that want a simple flagship device that they can rely on.

2.Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Price: $789

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Ever since its release, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus has received major price cuts and is definitely one of the best phones that you can get today.

There is a lot to love about this device and one of its standout features is its set of cameras. Its hallmark shooter is the 64-megapixel telephoto lens that is coupled with an ultra-wide and wide-angle lens; both of which are 12-megapixels. At the front, you get a 10-megapixel selfie camera that produces high-quality selfies on the fly.

Samsung is one of those companies that are lauded for their amazing displays and it truly shows on the S20 Plus. The device is fitted with a 6.7-inch OLED panel that has a resolution of 3200 xs 1440. It is one of the best screens put on a smartphone on the market and content consumption using this device is simply an amazing experience.

Its performance package is also top of the line as well. Depending on your region, you get flagship chipsets from both Qualcomm and Samsung’s own Exynos line. Both of them provide the best performance out there that is only beaten by the iPhone’s A13 Bionic chip (but not by much; performance is comparable).

I also love the fact that the phone comes with a high screen refresh rate at 120Hz. However, if you want to enable the feature, you will have to tone down the resolution to 1080p first before you can use it. It is a fair compromise in my opinion.

It is worth noting that putting the device on its 120hz screen refresh rate setting can significantly reduce the battery and that is why the company also included a hefty 4,500 mAh Li-ion battery as well.

Seriously, if you are thinking of getting an Android device, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus should be on your shortlist without a doubt.

3.OnePlus 8 Pro

Price: $899

OnePlus 8 Pro

Samsung is not the only company that has its flagship device’s price cut. OnePlus is also at the forefront as well. Once a company that was praised for creating ‘flagship killer’ devices, OnePlus is now putting their chips on the table to produce actual ‘cream of the crop’ phones on the market.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is the best product offering from the company in the first half of the year. You can expect a much better version of this device in Q3 or Q4 2020 (or early next year, depending on the production schedule).

Anyway, just like the Samsung phone above, the 8 Pro also comes with a 120hz screen refresh rate display. Its 6.78-inch OLED screen has a resolution of 3168 x 1440 so it is a good device to be watching your favorite shows on.

For its performance, you are getting the latest chipset from Qualcomm: The Snapdragon 865. Aside from that, the company also put its amazing Oxygen OS which is a reskin of Android 10 that is praised for its simplicity and ease of use.

Naturally, enabling the higher screen refresh rate eats through the battery like it’s nothing, but you can rest assured that it will be topped up quite easily thanks to the included 55-watt warp charger. The charger can easily provide 50% of juice from 0% in just 20 minutes!

While photography isn’t its strongest suit, the camera performance of the OnePlus 8 Pro has significantly improved thanks to the latest updates from the company.

You get a 48-megapixel wide and 48-megapixel ultra-wide lenses that are also coupled with a telephoto lens, as well as a color filter. Its 16-megapixel camera is also good too.

If there is one thing that I will nitpick about the device, that would be its curved display. It is somewhat pronounced that accidental taps could happen, so just bear that in mind.

4.Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Price: $549

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Last year’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus is still one of the best flagship smartphones on the market today. In fact, I would even encourage you to get one as its price has been cut down significantly to just $549, which is definitely a steal in my opinion.

One of the things that people really love about the said device is its included stylus. The S-Pen is certainly responsive and you can tweak its features to your liking.

It comes with the previous generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset or the Exynos 9825 chipset if you buy this from any country other than the U.S.

The phone is shipped with Android 9 with the company’s own skin laid over the interface, but you can have it updated to Android 10 if that is what you prefer.

Its huge 6.8-inch AMOLED display just makes content consumption with this device a totally remarkable experience.

You will also love the fact that the phone has a time of flight sensor which basically just means that the camera system is much better overall.

If you want a phone that you can use as a productivity and media device, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is one that you should consider getting, even if its specs are a bit dated.

5.Google Pixel 4 XL

Price: Starts at $799

Google Pixel 4 XL

I really love the fact that flagship phones that were released in the last quarter of 2019 have received a massive price cut- the Google Pixel 4 phone included.

Google’s flagship phone is lauded for its amazing camera performance. Its camera hardware might not be as flashy as the other brands, but it pretty much makes up for it using the company’s software.

You get a flagship chipset in the form of the Snapdragon 855, it has a 6.3-inch display with a resolution of 3040 x 1440. I would also like to say that Google has finally joined the high screen refresh rate bandwagon as the panel is able to reach the 90hz refresh rate. Keep in mind that you will have to lower the resolution to enable this feature.

People that want the latest and greatest from the Android ecosystem would want to consider getting a pixel phone as it is the first one to get the latest beta updates from the company. In fact, it is one of the first phones to ever have a glimpse of what Android 11 has to offer.

Although its camera and performance packages are amazing, it falls short in some areas, particularly the battery.

If you enable the 90hz display, the battery life of the device gets diminished considerably. Aside from that, its base configuration only comes with 64GB of internal storage which, in this day and age, is not any more adequate.

The reason why I still recommend this device is that it is a pretty respectable flagship phone. You get early access to Android Beta OSes, you get amazing camera performance, and you now have a vibrant 90hz display as well.

6.Oppo Find X2 Pro

Price: $1,100

Oppo Find X2 Pro

Oppo is a Chinese company that has built a name for itself. Once overshadowed by Huawei, the company has since surpassed it and has now taken Huawei’s market share, at least, in the smartphone space.

The Oppo Find X2 Pro is definitely a flagship product- both in its specs and its price. Despite its huge asking price of $1,100, it is warranted simply because it comes with amazing specs.

It comes with the Snapdragon 865 flagship chipset, 6.75-inch AMOLED display (1440p resolution, 120Hz screen refresh rate), 512GB UFS 3.0 storage, and a whopping 12GB of RAM.

Its camera array is also promising as well. The phone is equipped with Sony’s IMX689 sensor which is a 48-megapixel shooter that is capable of producing vibrant shots even in low-light conditions. It also comes with a 14-megapixel periscope telephoto lens and a 48-megapixel ultra-wide sensor as well.

Its selfie camera also has a whopping 32-megapixel sensor, so whether you are trying to take some selfies or joining a video conference, the shooter is definitely more than adequate.

This flagship device also comes with a 4,260 mAh battery that can last more than a single day with moderate to heavy use. Even though the device is not capable of wireless charging, the included 65-watt SuperVOOC 2.0 charger should give it enough juice in a matter of minutes.

Flagship phones typically mean that they are the most expensive ones that you can find on the market. While some devices are expensive, they are just priced too high just for the sake of it.

The Oppo Find X2 Pro, however, has a flagship price with an amazing performance package to go along with it.

7.Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G

Price: $1,080

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G

You might have heard of Xiaomi before and that is because the company has churned out a lot of amazing phones in recent years.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G is the latest flagship offering from the company and it definitely warrants its high asking price.

For $1,080, you get a 6.67-inch device that has an OLED display (resolution 2340 x 1080, 90hz screen refresh rate), Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB of RAM, quad-camera setup on the back and a 20-megapixel shooter at the front. It weighs just 7.34 ounces so it is one of the lighter flagship phones on the market.

Its 108-megapixel camera is one of its headline features. It is then coupled with an unusual array of lenses. Aside from the 20-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, it also comes with two telephoto lenses. That’s right, two telephoto sensors.

The company has stated that the first telephoto lens is responsible for depth-of-field shots while the other one is responsible for the phone’s lossless zoom.

All of the phone’s cameras work really well, though I would say that you have to tinker with the settings to remove the beautify filter that is turned on by default.

Anyway, the device has a 4,500 mAh battery and it has a 50-watt charger included in the package. Unlike the Oppo phone above, the Mi 10 Pro 5G is capable of 30-watt wireless charging.

It has an impressive battery life even if you enable its 90hz screen refresh rate.

So, where does this device fall short? For its asking price, it would have been nice if the screen resolution is bumped to 1440p, though I would understand the company’s rationale for leaving it at 1080p so that you can enable the 90hz refresh rate with ease.

Its RAM and storage should also be higher than its default configuration. At 8GB and 256GB, respectively, $1,000 for a device such as this may deter people from buying it.

Still, this is definitely one of the best 5G capable flagship phones of 2020.

8.Huawei P40 Pro Plus

Price: $1,500

Huawei P40 Pro Plus

Huawei phones can be found in the U.S. before but ever since the trade war between two of the world’s largest countries began, Huawei devices have been somewhat hard to find in the United States.

You see, Huawei is a Chinese brand and because there had been issues with security in some of its devices, President Trump has ordered it to be blacklisted in the U.S.

That being said, I would still recommend the Huawei P40 Pro Plus for others simply because it is just too hard to ignore.

Now, every flagship phone has a trick up its sleeve and this one certainly has that as well. Its standout feature is its lossless zoom. It has the best zoom cameras on the market that even rivals other flagship devices out there.

As for its specs, the Huawei P40 Pro Plus comes with a 6.58-inch OLED curved display with a resolution of 2640 x 1200. It is HDR10 compliant which means that you are assured of more vibrant colors than its competitors. It is also capable of a 90hz screen refresh rate as well.

It is fitted with the Kirin 990 processor which is built in-house and has comparable performance with the Snapdragon 865.

The phone’s mighty camera setup is also its flagship feature. You get a 50-megapixel ‘Ultra Vision’ shooter that allows you to snap high-quality photos instantly.

It also comes with a 40-megapixel ultra-wide lens, an 8-megapixel telephoto, and an 8-megapixel zoom lens at the back. The zoom capability of this phone is just unparalleled and it is a shame that this device is not (naturally) available in the United States, though you can have it shipped which will incur additional fees.

The device uses Android 10 with the company’s own EMUI overlay which has a clean look compared to others.

It is fitted with a 4,200 mAh battery bundled with a 40-watt fast charger right out of the box. It also supports Qi wireless charging as well.

Although the device has flagship specs, people who are thinking of getting this one should remember that the phone doesn’t have a Google Play Store (nor will it support it).

You can get your fill of apps by using the company’s own ‘App Gallery’ which has a good selection of Android applications you can use, though it definitely doesn’t Rival what Google has in its app portfolio.

If you are comfortable with that, then the Huawei P40 Pro Plus is one of the best phones out there today.

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Google Nest Audio vs Amazon Echo- The Battle of the New ‘Smart’ Speakers

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Google Nest Audio vs Amazon Echo

Smart home speakers are not as popular as mobile phones, but in my opinion, it actually should be.

You see, companies are slowly rolling out smart home devices so that your life will be so much easier given the convenience of having them.

That being said, I am going to be talking about the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo speakers because they are the ones that are at the forefront when it comes to smart home speakers. Which of these should you choose? Read on to find out!

Design

For those of you who do not know, Google Nest Audio is actually the Google Home speakers that were released just about a year ago. It seems that Google wanted to use a new moniker to denote that this particular thing can ‘nest’ your other smart home devices.

The Amazon Echo, on the other hand, refers to the medium-sized Bluetooth speaker that the largest online retailer sells. The company is set to release a new version of this device soon, so it would be interesting to see how well it performs.

Even though the new version of the Amazon Echo hasn’t arrived at our doorstep yet for an official review, this is not to say that we can somehow speculate what it can offer, especially considering that the company has provided us with some really good information about it.

With all of those out of the way, let’s talk more about the design first. The Google Nest Audio takes on a more cylindrical approach in that the speaker itself has a higher height than the Amazon Echo.

For that reason, you are getting a 75mm woofer and a single 19mm tweeter. Google touts the Google Nest Audio as a better sound solution compared to its original Google Home Speaker because of the changes.

On the other hand, the Amazon Echo, in my opinion, has better sound quality. That is thanks to its two 20mm tweeters and a huge 76.2mm woofer. Its design is more spherical but I am pleased (and surprised) that Amazon was able to include two tweeters on its Bluetooth speaker implementation.

At the base of the Amazon Echo is a blue light ring that changes the way it emits light depending on the current usage.

Both of these Bluetooth speakers are offered in various colors so you have different options to choose from.

Sound Quality

Amazon Echo

If you look at the design of both speakers, you could make a case that the Amazon Echo wins this round when it comes to pure sound quality. Its two tweeters compared to the single tweeter on the Google Nest Audio, provides it with a much better chance of delivering mid-high sound frequencies.

This is not to discount the fact that Google has some tricks up its sleeves because its AI technology is smart enough to adjust the sound quality on the fly when needed.

Both of the speakers have an adaptive sound feature wherein if it detects that the ambient noise is loud enough, it increases the volume of whatever content you are consuming at that moment to compensate. This is using both of the speakers’ microphones. The volume should normalize to the last known level after it detects that the ambient sound has quieted down.

Of course, this is only my opinion after looking at the spec sheet because I will have to get my hands on these things before I can give my honest opinion. But, my initial assessment would be that the Amazon Echo delivers better sound compared to the Google Nest Audio.

Smart Features

Google Nest Audio

To be able to provide you with ‘smart’ features, both the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo are equipped with processors that can handle just that.

The Google Nest Audio comes with the company’s TeraOPS A53 processor which is a quad-core chip that boasts of better performance compared to the company’s previous Bluetooth speakers.

On the other hand, Amazon’s own speaker is equipped with the AZ1 Neural Edge processor that, according to the company, should be more responsive to voice commands compared to previous versions.

It is hard to say who wins this round. You see, Amazon has Zigbee hub integration which means that your connected smart home devices have better compatibility with the said speaker because of this.

However, we all know that Google’s AI technology is so advanced (and even more accurate) than Alexa, so it could potentially provide you with better features overall compared to Amazon’s Bluetooth speaker.

Of course, I cannot truly say which one wins this round until I get to review these wireless audio solutions. In that case, stay tuned for more.

Availability

The Google Nest Audio will be available on October 5, while the Amazon Echo will not be released until later this month (October 22). That being said, both of these speakers will retail for $99.99, so stay tuned for our official product reviews to help you know which one you should ultimately choose for yourself.

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Apple iPad 8th Generation Review- An Iterative Upgrade

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Apple iPad 8th Generation Review

When it comes to ease of use and convenience, people like getting Apple’s products because of its more streamlined approach to everything. Sure, there is a lot to tinker on Android but that is also precisely the reason why the user experience, at least for the layman, is not as great.

That being said, the 8th generation iPad was just released after the new iOS 14 update was launched. But, if you already have a 6th or 7th generation iPad, should you upgrade to the new one?

Design

Apple iPad 8th Generation Review 2020

There is this saying that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, although I would have liked to say that here, I just don’t think that that approach applies here.

You see, the design of the 8th generation iPad is identical to its predecessor. As in everything about its aesthetics are similar which means that if you want to imagine what the new iPad looks like, all you have to do is look at the 7th gen variant.

Like all things, it can be a good thing or a bad thing. It is a good thing because that familiar design should feel right at home, especially for people that already own an iPad. It is bad because, in this day and age, more and more mobile devices have slimmer bezels and the new iPad still has those atrociously huge ones.

Don’t get me wrong, there are practical uses to having large bezels as it allows you to hold the tablet better when using it in landscape mode, but if you are watching online content, you can’t help but be bothered by the huge sides.

There are two versions of the 8th generation iPad and that is one with WiFi only and the other one having LTE. Its dimensions are 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29. The only difference between the WiFi and the LTE versions is that the latter is a bit heavier at 495 grams compared to the 490 grams of the former.

Thankfully, Apple didn’t remove the headphone jack but if you are going to utilize its built-in speakers, you are better off using a good Bluetooth speaker instead.

Display

Apple iPad 8th Gen

The 8th generation iPad has a 10.2-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2160 x 1620 and 264 pixels per inch or PPI. It has a good peak brightness at 500 nits, though you can still experience some problems when you are outside and the sun is shining brightly.

You can utilize the Apple Pencil on this device and it is also quite accurate as well (just keep in mind that it is sold separately).

What I love about iPads, in general, is that their displays provide you with crisp and clear details. Whether you are working on your documents or perhaps watching your favorite movies and TV shows, they do not disappoint.

Specs and Performance

  • CPU: A12 Bionic
  • GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB/128GB
  • Display: 10.2-inch Retina IPS LCD Display, 2160 x 1620, 4:3 aspect ratio, 500 nits brightness, 264 PPI
  • OS: iPadOS 14
  • Cameras: 8-megapixel (back), 1.2-megapixel (front)
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Battery: 32.4 Wh

So, if the 8th generation iPad has an identical design to its predecessor, what has changed here? Well, I am glad you asked. The only notable difference here is that the new model comes with the A12 Bionic chip and that’s pretty much it.

While you could be unhappy with the change, the new CPU actually beats its predecessor by a lot. By using Geekbench 5, single-core scores are about 60% higher than the 7th gen iPad and about 100% better in multi-core tasks than the previous model.

Granted that the said benchmark is relatively old, you couldn’t argue that the new processor is indeed way better than its predecessor.

Even when you are just using the tablet the way it should be used, you can really tell the difference. This is more evident if you are going to play some games

Now, do not worry about the 3GB of RAM because the iOS ecosystem is quite streamlined and efficient that you normally wouldn’t need more than that.

It should also go without saying that the included cameras are just there for show and they do not really do anything special, so I don’t think that covering them is warranted here.

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Verdict

Sure, the new 8th generation iPad doesn’t bring a lot to the table, but its new processor is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor. Does that justify buying the new one? Probably not, especially if you already own the 7th generation model.

However, if you own an older iPad and you want better performance across the board, then you could probably spend your money to get one.

My gripe here is that there are only two storage options to choose from. You can get the 32GB variant for only $329 but in this day and age, 32GB is not a lot of storage space.

If you want more storage, you will need to spend an additional $100 premium just to get the 128GB model. In fact, I would go on to say that you should be buying this particular model compared to the 32GB variant. I just don’t like that the company is gouging you another $100 ($429 in total) just to get one.

The 8th generation iPad is disappointing in a lot of ways and its only redeeming quality is its new processor. It would have been nice if there is a redesign or that the lightning cable is changed to USB-C, but there is just not a lot of things to talk about here.

Therefore, I should say that the 8th generation iPad is just an iterative upgrade. Whether you want to buy it or not is entirely up to you.

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Amazon Echo Studio Review- The Bigger ‘Echo’ Speaker That Competes

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Amazon Echo Studio Review

Amazon, the biggest online retailer in the world, has created its own AI implementation in the form of the Amazon Alexa.

It is actually quite polished and it can go against Apple’s Siri and Google’s own AI. That being said, the company has released some ‘Echo’ speakers that not only act as Bluetooth audio devices but as smart devices as well.

Today, I am going to be reviewing the Amazon Echo Studio. Does this thing really have what it takes to compete with the others?

Design

One of the biggest criticisms of Amazon’s Echo speakers of the past is that although its smart features are okay, their sound output leaves much to be desired. As a way of addressing the issue, Amazon has built the Echo Studio.

The Amazon Echo Studio is pretty big. It is 8 inches in height and 7 inches wide so this is indeed a pretty hefty audio solution. In fact, I would go on to say that this is one of the biggest Bluetooth speakers on the market.

Its design is pretty much akin to the Amazon Echo speakers of old. You get a fabric mesh design that encapsulates the speaker itself with all of its button controls situated at the top of the device.

You also get a blue ring light that will pretty much add to the aesthetic appeal of the unit. The microphone is also placed at the top and it is always on ‘listening mode’ so that whenever you want to interact with Alexa, it can do so at a moment’s notice.

Although you cannot see it, the Amazon Echo Studio is actually powered by a subwoofer, a tweeter, and four mid-range speakers that are mounted at the top and the sides. This thing is a beast as it can output 330 watts of power when needed, which is ample enough even for home cinema setups.

Audio Performance

Amazon Echo Studio Review 2020

The Amazon Echo Studio is quite a powerful Bluetooth speaker. No matter what genre of content you’d like to consume, this thing can output the necessary sound to make your viewing experience more immersive.

I am usually keen on an audio solution’s performance when it comes to playing music and I am happy with the Echo Studio’s prowess.

Although it favors the lower frequencies more than the mids and the highs, it does so without drowning the latter two, which is something that you normally do not see on large Bluetooth speakers.

An interesting feature that the Amazon Echo Studio has is its support for 3D Audio. You will need to sign in to your Amazon Music HD account before you can get a hold of this feature and it is the only platform that supports the Echo Studio’s 3D Audio. Amazon did mention that it will hand out support for other streaming platforms at a later date though.

So, how is the speaker’s performance on that front? Well, I am not really sure what to think about it as I have mixed feelings about the said feature.

3D audio is meant to provide a more immersive listening experience but I can hardly tell the difference between traditional Hi-Res audio and this one.

I guess you could say that for tracks that have a more melodic tone that you can discern a 3D audio-enabled track from a regular track, but other than that, non-audiophiles can hardly tell the difference.

To be fair, the said feature is still not polished yet, so expect it to improve in the years to come.

The Amazon Echo Studio also has seamless integration with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, though it does support all other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu as well.

You are also given the option to link up another Amazon Echo Studio speaker so that you can have them work in tandem to provide you with even better sound. I do not have a second unit though, so I cannot really tell anything about this. But, the feature is there if you want to get another unit.

Features

Amazon Echo Studio

Aside from 3D audio, the Echo Studio also acts as a control hub for your smart devices. You can use Alexa to turn off your lights at a specific time of the night or you can have it play your favorite track if you want. The possibilities are endless.

Do keep in mind that while it should support most of the smart home devices that you can buy on the market, there are some products that do not play ball. 

For instance, some smart locks can only be supported using Apple’s Siri, so you cannot control that using this device.

You can also link up a second Echo Studio speaker if you have one and you can use both of them to provide you with an even more powerful and more immersive listening experience.

You can control the speaker’s features by manually tapping on the buttons at the top of the device or by downloading its companion app.

Conclusion

Amazon has finally solved the issue of the Amazon Echo speakers of the past by giving you a relatively large speaker that can do a lot of things.

The Amazon Echo Studio has support for 3D audio, but you will need to have an Amazon Music HD account to get a hold of the said feature.

You can also use the speaker to control your smart home devices which is pretty nice. The microphone is always on listening mode so that you can call Alexa’s attention at a moment’s notice.

Normally, I would expect a product like this to cost more than $300, but the Amazon Echo Studio actually costs just $199. I guess getting another one is not too far out of the equation, eh?

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8 Best Flagship Phones in 2020- Only the Best That Money Can Buy

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Do you want only the best flagship phones in 2020? Then you’ve come to the right article! While the smartphone ecosystem has certainly improved quite a lot in recent years and mid-range phones are considered as ‘bang for the buck’, nothing can beat the performance of a flagship device.

If you value photography, amazing specs, or a phone that you can rely on, read our article to find out the best smartphones on the market in the first half of 2020. So, without further ado, let’s get on with the list!

Best Flagship Phones

1.iPhone 11

Price: Starts at $699

iPhone 11

Sure, the Android mobile operating system is quite customizable- so customizable, in fact, that even smartphone manufacturers themselves put their own spin on their device’s OS. 

But, not a lot of people want that level of customization. Some of them just want a device that works really well as is and that is why the iPhone 11 is what I would consider the best phone for most people.

This phone just works really well right out of the box. It has a pretty simple user interface and every application that you need is presented to you right on the home screen.

The iPhone 11 makes use of the company’s A13 Bionic chip that rivals even the best chipsets that Android devices can have.

Its screen resolution is only 1792 x 828 so it is not really Full HD. However, because of the retina display that the company puts on their mobile devices, you can rest assured that content consumption will not be a major issue here as the screen provides you with vivid and crisp graphical details.

I also love the fact that the device only weighs 194 grams so it is definitely one of the lightest flagship phones on the market today. Although its screen size is only 6.1 inches, it just makes the device easier to wield with one hand.

The iPhone 11 makes use of iOS 13 but you can install the beta version of iOS 14 if you want, provided that you know how to do it.

People really praise iPhones for their amazing cameras and this is no different. While its camera array is not as powerful as its ‘Pro’ counterpart, in most cases, it is more than adequate.

You get two lenses at the back (one 12-megapixel ultra-wide and one 12-megapixel wide-angle) and a 12-megapixel selfie camera at the front.

Even though the device doesn’t come with a 3.5mm jack anymore, you can use your Bluetooth Headphones if you have one.

You might be wondering why I didn’t put the iPhone 11 Pro on this article and that is because its price-to-performance is not justifiable.

Sure, it feels more of a ‘premium’ device because of its price, but the iPhone 11 is still a flagship product from Apple.

With amazing cameras, blazing-fast performance, impressive audio, and great battery life, it is so easy to recommend the iPhone 11 for people that want a simple flagship device that they can rely on.

2.Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Price: $789

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Ever since its release, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus has received major price cuts and is definitely one of the best phones that you can get today.

There is a lot to love about this device and one of its standout features is its set of cameras. Its hallmark shooter is the 64-megapixel telephoto lens that is coupled with an ultra-wide and wide-angle lens; both of which are 12-megapixels. At the front, you get a 10-megapixel selfie camera that produces high-quality selfies on the fly.

Samsung is one of those companies that are lauded for their amazing displays and it truly shows on the S20 Plus. The device is fitted with a 6.7-inch OLED panel that has a resolution of 3200 xs 1440. It is one of the best screens put on a smartphone on the market and content consumption using this device is simply an amazing experience.

Its performance package is also top of the line as well. Depending on your region, you get flagship chipsets from both Qualcomm and Samsung’s own Exynos line. Both of them provide the best performance out there that is only beaten by the iPhone’s A13 Bionic chip (but not by much; performance is comparable).

I also love the fact that the phone comes with a high screen refresh rate at 120Hz. However, if you want to enable the feature, you will have to tone down the resolution to 1080p first before you can use it. It is a fair compromise in my opinion.

It is worth noting that putting the device on its 120hz screen refresh rate setting can significantly reduce the battery and that is why the company also included a hefty 4,500 mAh Li-ion battery as well.

Seriously, if you are thinking of getting an Android device, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus should be on your shortlist without a doubt.

3.OnePlus 8 Pro

Price: $899

OnePlus 8 Pro

Samsung is not the only company that has its flagship device’s price cut. OnePlus is also at the forefront as well. Once a company that was praised for creating ‘flagship killer’ devices, OnePlus is now putting their chips on the table to produce actual ‘cream of the crop’ phones on the market.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is the best product offering from the company in the first half of the year. You can expect a much better version of this device in Q3 or Q4 2020 (or early next year, depending on the production schedule).

Anyway, just like the Samsung phone above, the 8 Pro also comes with a 120hz screen refresh rate display. Its 6.78-inch OLED screen has a resolution of 3168 x 1440 so it is a good device to be watching your favorite shows on.

For its performance, you are getting the latest chipset from Qualcomm: The Snapdragon 865. Aside from that, the company also put its amazing Oxygen OS which is a reskin of Android 10 that is praised for its simplicity and ease of use.

Naturally, enabling the higher screen refresh rate eats through the battery like it’s nothing, but you can rest assured that it will be topped up quite easily thanks to the included 55-watt warp charger. The charger can easily provide 50% of juice from 0% in just 20 minutes!

While photography isn’t its strongest suit, the camera performance of the OnePlus 8 Pro has significantly improved thanks to the latest updates from the company.

You get a 48-megapixel wide and 48-megapixel ultra-wide lenses that are also coupled with a telephoto lens, as well as a color filter. Its 16-megapixel camera is also good too.

If there is one thing that I will nitpick about the device, that would be its curved display. It is somewhat pronounced that accidental taps could happen, so just bear that in mind.

4.Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Price: $549

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Last year’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus is still one of the best flagship smartphones on the market today. In fact, I would even encourage you to get one as its price has been cut down significantly to just $549, which is definitely a steal in my opinion.

One of the things that people really love about the said device is its included stylus. The S-Pen is certainly responsive and you can tweak its features to your liking.

It comes with the previous generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset or the Exynos 9825 chipset if you buy this from any country other than the U.S.

The phone is shipped with Android 9 with the company’s own skin laid over the interface, but you can have it updated to Android 10 if that is what you prefer.

Its huge 6.8-inch AMOLED display just makes content consumption with this device a totally remarkable experience.

You will also love the fact that the phone has a time of flight sensor which basically just means that the camera system is much better overall.

If you want a phone that you can use as a productivity and media device, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is one that you should consider getting, even if its specs are a bit dated.

5.Google Pixel 4 XL

Price: Starts at $799

Google Pixel 4 XL

I really love the fact that flagship phones that were released in the last quarter of 2019 have received a massive price cut- the Google Pixel 4 phone included.

Google’s flagship phone is lauded for its amazing camera performance. Its camera hardware might not be as flashy as the other brands, but it pretty much makes up for it using the company’s software.

You get a flagship chipset in the form of the Snapdragon 855, it has a 6.3-inch display with a resolution of 3040 x 1440. I would also like to say that Google has finally joined the high screen refresh rate bandwagon as the panel is able to reach the 90hz refresh rate. Keep in mind that you will have to lower the resolution to enable this feature.

People that want the latest and greatest from the Android ecosystem would want to consider getting a pixel phone as it is the first one to get the latest beta updates from the company. In fact, it is one of the first phones to ever have a glimpse of what Android 11 has to offer.

Although its camera and performance packages are amazing, it falls short in some areas, particularly the battery.

If you enable the 90hz display, the battery life of the device gets diminished considerably. Aside from that, its base configuration only comes with 64GB of internal storage which, in this day and age, is not any more adequate.

The reason why I still recommend this device is that it is a pretty respectable flagship phone. You get early access to Android Beta OSes, you get amazing camera performance, and you now have a vibrant 90hz display as well.

6.Oppo Find X2 Pro

Price: $1,100

Oppo Find X2 Pro

Oppo is a Chinese company that has built a name for itself. Once overshadowed by Huawei, the company has since surpassed it and has now taken Huawei’s market share, at least, in the smartphone space.

The Oppo Find X2 Pro is definitely a flagship product- both in its specs and its price. Despite its huge asking price of $1,100, it is warranted simply because it comes with amazing specs.

It comes with the Snapdragon 865 flagship chipset, 6.75-inch AMOLED display (1440p resolution, 120Hz screen refresh rate), 512GB UFS 3.0 storage, and a whopping 12GB of RAM.

Its camera array is also promising as well. The phone is equipped with Sony’s IMX689 sensor which is a 48-megapixel shooter that is capable of producing vibrant shots even in low-light conditions. It also comes with a 14-megapixel periscope telephoto lens and a 48-megapixel ultra-wide sensor as well.

Its selfie camera also has a whopping 32-megapixel sensor, so whether you are trying to take some selfies or joining a video conference, the shooter is definitely more than adequate.

This flagship device also comes with a 4,260 mAh battery that can last more than a single day with moderate to heavy use. Even though the device is not capable of wireless charging, the included 65-watt SuperVOOC 2.0 charger should give it enough juice in a matter of minutes.

Flagship phones typically mean that they are the most expensive ones that you can find on the market. While some devices are expensive, they are just priced too high just for the sake of it.

The Oppo Find X2 Pro, however, has a flagship price with an amazing performance package to go along with it.

7.Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G

Price: $1,080

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G

You might have heard of Xiaomi before and that is because the company has churned out a lot of amazing phones in recent years.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G is the latest flagship offering from the company and it definitely warrants its high asking price.

For $1,080, you get a 6.67-inch device that has an OLED display (resolution 2340 x 1080, 90hz screen refresh rate), Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB of RAM, quad-camera setup on the back and a 20-megapixel shooter at the front. It weighs just 7.34 ounces so it is one of the lighter flagship phones on the market.

Its 108-megapixel camera is one of its headline features. It is then coupled with an unusual array of lenses. Aside from the 20-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, it also comes with two telephoto lenses. That’s right, two telephoto sensors.

The company has stated that the first telephoto lens is responsible for depth-of-field shots while the other one is responsible for the phone’s lossless zoom.

All of the phone’s cameras work really well, though I would say that you have to tinker with the settings to remove the beautify filter that is turned on by default.

Anyway, the device has a 4,500 mAh battery and it has a 50-watt charger included in the package. Unlike the Oppo phone above, the Mi 10 Pro 5G is capable of 30-watt wireless charging.

It has an impressive battery life even if you enable its 90hz screen refresh rate.

So, where does this device fall short? For its asking price, it would have been nice if the screen resolution is bumped to 1440p, though I would understand the company’s rationale for leaving it at 1080p so that you can enable the 90hz refresh rate with ease.

Its RAM and storage should also be higher than its default configuration. At 8GB and 256GB, respectively, $1,000 for a device such as this may deter people from buying it.

Still, this is definitely one of the best 5G capable flagship phones of 2020.

8.Huawei P40 Pro Plus

Price: $1,500

Huawei P40 Pro Plus

Huawei phones can be found in the U.S. before but ever since the trade war between two of the world’s largest countries began, Huawei devices have been somewhat hard to find in the United States.

You see, Huawei is a Chinese brand and because there had been issues with security in some of its devices, President Trump has ordered it to be blacklisted in the U.S.

That being said, I would still recommend the Huawei P40 Pro Plus for others simply because it is just too hard to ignore.

Now, every flagship phone has a trick up its sleeve and this one certainly has that as well. Its standout feature is its lossless zoom. It has the best zoom cameras on the market that even rivals other flagship devices out there.

As for its specs, the Huawei P40 Pro Plus comes with a 6.58-inch OLED curved display with a resolution of 2640 x 1200. It is HDR10 compliant which means that you are assured of more vibrant colors than its competitors. It is also capable of a 90hz screen refresh rate as well.

It is fitted with the Kirin 990 processor which is built in-house and has comparable performance with the Snapdragon 865.

The phone’s mighty camera setup is also its flagship feature. You get a 50-megapixel ‘Ultra Vision’ shooter that allows you to snap high-quality photos instantly.

It also comes with a 40-megapixel ultra-wide lens, an 8-megapixel telephoto, and an 8-megapixel zoom lens at the back. The zoom capability of this phone is just unparalleled and it is a shame that this device is not (naturally) available in the United States, though you can have it shipped which will incur additional fees.

The device uses Android 10 with the company’s own EMUI overlay which has a clean look compared to others.

It is fitted with a 4,200 mAh battery bundled with a 40-watt fast charger right out of the box. It also supports Qi wireless charging as well.

Although the device has flagship specs, people who are thinking of getting this one should remember that the phone doesn’t have a Google Play Store (nor will it support it).

You can get your fill of apps by using the company’s own ‘App Gallery’ which has a good selection of Android applications you can use, though it definitely doesn’t Rival what Google has in its app portfolio.

If you are comfortable with that, then the Huawei P40 Pro Plus is one of the best phones out there today.

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Google Nest Audio vs Amazon Echo- The Battle of the New ‘Smart’ Speakers

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Smart home speakers are not as popular as mobile phones, but in my opinion, it actually should be.

You see, companies are slowly rolling out smart home devices so that your life will be so much easier given the convenience of having them.

That being said, I am going to be talking about the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo speakers because they are the ones that are at the forefront when it comes to smart home speakers. Which of these should you choose? Read on to find out!

Design

For those of you who do not know, Google Nest Audio is actually the Google Home speakers that were released just about a year ago. It seems that Google wanted to use a new moniker to denote that this particular thing can ‘nest’ your other smart home devices.

The Amazon Echo, on the other hand, refers to the medium-sized Bluetooth speaker that the largest online retailer sells. The company is set to release a new version of this device soon, so it would be interesting to see how well it performs.

Even though the new version of the Amazon Echo hasn’t arrived at our doorstep yet for an official review, this is not to say that we can somehow speculate what it can offer, especially considering that the company has provided us with some really good information about it.

With all of those out of the way, let’s talk more about the design first. The Google Nest Audio takes on a more cylindrical approach in that the speaker itself has a higher height than the Amazon Echo.

For that reason, you are getting a 75mm woofer and a single 19mm tweeter. Google touts the Google Nest Audio as a better sound solution compared to its original Google Home Speaker because of the changes.

On the other hand, the Amazon Echo, in my opinion, has better sound quality. That is thanks to its two 20mm tweeters and a huge 76.2mm woofer. Its design is more spherical but I am pleased (and surprised) that Amazon was able to include two tweeters on its Bluetooth speaker implementation.

At the base of the Amazon Echo is a blue light ring that changes the way it emits light depending on the current usage.

Both of these Bluetooth speakers are offered in various colors so you have different options to choose from.

Sound Quality

Amazon Echo

If you look at the design of both speakers, you could make a case that the Amazon Echo wins this round when it comes to pure sound quality. Its two tweeters compared to the single tweeter on the Google Nest Audio, provides it with a much better chance of delivering mid-high sound frequencies.

This is not to discount the fact that Google has some tricks up its sleeves because its AI technology is smart enough to adjust the sound quality on the fly when needed.

Both of the speakers have an adaptive sound feature wherein if it detects that the ambient noise is loud enough, it increases the volume of whatever content you are consuming at that moment to compensate. This is using both of the speakers’ microphones. The volume should normalize to the last known level after it detects that the ambient sound has quieted down.

Of course, this is only my opinion after looking at the spec sheet because I will have to get my hands on these things before I can give my honest opinion. But, my initial assessment would be that the Amazon Echo delivers better sound compared to the Google Nest Audio.

Smart Features

Google Nest Audio

To be able to provide you with ‘smart’ features, both the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo are equipped with processors that can handle just that.

The Google Nest Audio comes with the company’s TeraOPS A53 processor which is a quad-core chip that boasts of better performance compared to the company’s previous Bluetooth speakers.

On the other hand, Amazon’s own speaker is equipped with the AZ1 Neural Edge processor that, according to the company, should be more responsive to voice commands compared to previous versions.

It is hard to say who wins this round. You see, Amazon has Zigbee hub integration which means that your connected smart home devices have better compatibility with the said speaker because of this.

However, we all know that Google’s AI technology is so advanced (and even more accurate) than Alexa, so it could potentially provide you with better features overall compared to Amazon’s Bluetooth speaker.

Of course, I cannot truly say which one wins this round until I get to review these wireless audio solutions. In that case, stay tuned for more.

Availability

The Google Nest Audio will be available on October 5, while the Amazon Echo will not be released until later this month (October 22). That being said, both of these speakers will retail for $99.99, so stay tuned for our official product reviews to help you know which one you should ultimately choose for yourself.

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Apple iPad 8th Generation Review- An Iterative Upgrade

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When it comes to ease of use and convenience, people like getting Apple’s products because of its more streamlined approach to everything. Sure, there is a lot to tinker on Android but that is also precisely the reason why the user experience, at least for the layman, is not as great.

That being said, the 8th generation iPad was just released after the new iOS 14 update was launched. But, if you already have a 6th or 7th generation iPad, should you upgrade to the new one?

Design

Apple iPad 8th Generation Review 2020

There is this saying that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, although I would have liked to say that here, I just don’t think that that approach applies here.

You see, the design of the 8th generation iPad is identical to its predecessor. As in everything about its aesthetics are similar which means that if you want to imagine what the new iPad looks like, all you have to do is look at the 7th gen variant.

Like all things, it can be a good thing or a bad thing. It is a good thing because that familiar design should feel right at home, especially for people that already own an iPad. It is bad because, in this day and age, more and more mobile devices have slimmer bezels and the new iPad still has those atrociously huge ones.

Don’t get me wrong, there are practical uses to having large bezels as it allows you to hold the tablet better when using it in landscape mode, but if you are watching online content, you can’t help but be bothered by the huge sides.

There are two versions of the 8th generation iPad and that is one with WiFi only and the other one having LTE. Its dimensions are 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29. The only difference between the WiFi and the LTE versions is that the latter is a bit heavier at 495 grams compared to the 490 grams of the former.

Thankfully, Apple didn’t remove the headphone jack but if you are going to utilize its built-in speakers, you are better off using a good Bluetooth speaker instead.

Display

Apple iPad 8th Gen

The 8th generation iPad has a 10.2-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2160 x 1620 and 264 pixels per inch or PPI. It has a good peak brightness at 500 nits, though you can still experience some problems when you are outside and the sun is shining brightly.

You can utilize the Apple Pencil on this device and it is also quite accurate as well (just keep in mind that it is sold separately).

What I love about iPads, in general, is that their displays provide you with crisp and clear details. Whether you are working on your documents or perhaps watching your favorite movies and TV shows, they do not disappoint.

Specs and Performance

  • CPU: A12 Bionic
  • GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB/128GB
  • Display: 10.2-inch Retina IPS LCD Display, 2160 x 1620, 4:3 aspect ratio, 500 nits brightness, 264 PPI
  • OS: iPadOS 14
  • Cameras: 8-megapixel (back), 1.2-megapixel (front)
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Battery: 32.4 Wh

So, if the 8th generation iPad has an identical design to its predecessor, what has changed here? Well, I am glad you asked. The only notable difference here is that the new model comes with the A12 Bionic chip and that’s pretty much it.

While you could be unhappy with the change, the new CPU actually beats its predecessor by a lot. By using Geekbench 5, single-core scores are about 60% higher than the 7th gen iPad and about 100% better in multi-core tasks than the previous model.

Granted that the said benchmark is relatively old, you couldn’t argue that the new processor is indeed way better than its predecessor.

Even when you are just using the tablet the way it should be used, you can really tell the difference. This is more evident if you are going to play some games

Now, do not worry about the 3GB of RAM because the iOS ecosystem is quite streamlined and efficient that you normally wouldn’t need more than that.

It should also go without saying that the included cameras are just there for show and they do not really do anything special, so I don’t think that covering them is warranted here.

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Verdict

Sure, the new 8th generation iPad doesn’t bring a lot to the table, but its new processor is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor. Does that justify buying the new one? Probably not, especially if you already own the 7th generation model.

However, if you own an older iPad and you want better performance across the board, then you could probably spend your money to get one.

My gripe here is that there are only two storage options to choose from. You can get the 32GB variant for only $329 but in this day and age, 32GB is not a lot of storage space.

If you want more storage, you will need to spend an additional $100 premium just to get the 128GB model. In fact, I would go on to say that you should be buying this particular model compared to the 32GB variant. I just don’t like that the company is gouging you another $100 ($429 in total) just to get one.

The 8th generation iPad is disappointing in a lot of ways and its only redeeming quality is its new processor. It would have been nice if there is a redesign or that the lightning cable is changed to USB-C, but there is just not a lot of things to talk about here.

Therefore, I should say that the 8th generation iPad is just an iterative upgrade. Whether you want to buy it or not is entirely up to you.

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Amazon Echo Studio Review- The Bigger ‘Echo’ Speaker That Competes

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Amazon, the biggest online retailer in the world, has created its own AI implementation in the form of the Amazon Alexa.

It is actually quite polished and it can go against Apple’s Siri and Google’s own AI. That being said, the company has released some ‘Echo’ speakers that not only act as Bluetooth audio devices but as smart devices as well.

Today, I am going to be reviewing the Amazon Echo Studio. Does this thing really have what it takes to compete with the others?

Design

One of the biggest criticisms of Amazon’s Echo speakers of the past is that although its smart features are okay, their sound output leaves much to be desired. As a way of addressing the issue, Amazon has built the Echo Studio.

The Amazon Echo Studio is pretty big. It is 8 inches in height and 7 inches wide so this is indeed a pretty hefty audio solution. In fact, I would go on to say that this is one of the biggest Bluetooth speakers on the market.

Its design is pretty much akin to the Amazon Echo speakers of old. You get a fabric mesh design that encapsulates the speaker itself with all of its button controls situated at the top of the device.

You also get a blue ring light that will pretty much add to the aesthetic appeal of the unit. The microphone is also placed at the top and it is always on ‘listening mode’ so that whenever you want to interact with Alexa, it can do so at a moment’s notice.

Although you cannot see it, the Amazon Echo Studio is actually powered by a subwoofer, a tweeter, and four mid-range speakers that are mounted at the top and the sides. This thing is a beast as it can output 330 watts of power when needed, which is ample enough even for home cinema setups.

Audio Performance

Amazon Echo Studio Review 2020

The Amazon Echo Studio is quite a powerful Bluetooth speaker. No matter what genre of content you’d like to consume, this thing can output the necessary sound to make your viewing experience more immersive.

I am usually keen on an audio solution’s performance when it comes to playing music and I am happy with the Echo Studio’s prowess.

Although it favors the lower frequencies more than the mids and the highs, it does so without drowning the latter two, which is something that you normally do not see on large Bluetooth speakers.

An interesting feature that the Amazon Echo Studio has is its support for 3D Audio. You will need to sign in to your Amazon Music HD account before you can get a hold of this feature and it is the only platform that supports the Echo Studio’s 3D Audio. Amazon did mention that it will hand out support for other streaming platforms at a later date though.

So, how is the speaker’s performance on that front? Well, I am not really sure what to think about it as I have mixed feelings about the said feature.

3D audio is meant to provide a more immersive listening experience but I can hardly tell the difference between traditional Hi-Res audio and this one.

I guess you could say that for tracks that have a more melodic tone that you can discern a 3D audio-enabled track from a regular track, but other than that, non-audiophiles can hardly tell the difference.

To be fair, the said feature is still not polished yet, so expect it to improve in the years to come.

The Amazon Echo Studio also has seamless integration with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, though it does support all other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu as well.

You are also given the option to link up another Amazon Echo Studio speaker so that you can have them work in tandem to provide you with even better sound. I do not have a second unit though, so I cannot really tell anything about this. But, the feature is there if you want to get another unit.

Features

Amazon Echo Studio

Aside from 3D audio, the Echo Studio also acts as a control hub for your smart devices. You can use Alexa to turn off your lights at a specific time of the night or you can have it play your favorite track if you want. The possibilities are endless.

Do keep in mind that while it should support most of the smart home devices that you can buy on the market, there are some products that do not play ball. 

For instance, some smart locks can only be supported using Apple’s Siri, so you cannot control that using this device.

You can also link up a second Echo Studio speaker if you have one and you can use both of them to provide you with an even more powerful and more immersive listening experience.

You can control the speaker’s features by manually tapping on the buttons at the top of the device or by downloading its companion app.

Conclusion

Amazon has finally solved the issue of the Amazon Echo speakers of the past by giving you a relatively large speaker that can do a lot of things.

The Amazon Echo Studio has support for 3D audio, but you will need to have an Amazon Music HD account to get a hold of the said feature.

You can also use the speaker to control your smart home devices which is pretty nice. The microphone is always on listening mode so that you can call Alexa’s attention at a moment’s notice.

Normally, I would expect a product like this to cost more than $300, but the Amazon Echo Studio actually costs just $199. I guess getting another one is not too far out of the equation, eh?

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