The Essential Phone is essentially a hot mess. With its pick-and-choose, randomly layered components, overuse of adhesive, and miserable modularity, it’s like a city with no zoning board. But hey, most manufacturers make the same mistakes in their first flagship. While we wanna go easy on baby’s first phone, we must admit they seemed a little distracted by the outsides, and forgot to strip the insides to the essentials.
We want to like the Surface line, but it’s like a bad Tinder match: they look great on the outside but are trouble under the Surface (adhesives), and no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be able to fix or change them (unrepairable and non-upgradable).
iFixit teardown shows that an 10.5″ iPad Pro is essentially a scaled-down version of its 12.9″ predecessor. One move we’re particularly happy with is the retention of the 12.9″ Pro’s danger-free display cable placement. No improvement on the battery front, though: it’s pinned under the logic board, firmly adhered in place, and doesn’t inherit the 12.9″ iPad Pro’s handy removal tabs.
Samsung’s first flagship since the flaming disaster of the Note7 sports an essentially unchanged design. Aside from adding an iPhone-killer buttonless and bezel-free display, not much has changed for the Galaxy flagship family. And that includes the infamous battery. After losing billions on the Note7 recall, we thought that Samsung might opt for a dramatically different design. They didn’t.
When you’re designing a portable console, you need a huge battery, you need to keep it cool, and you need to be ready for the inevitable tumble. If you carry something around, you’re gonna drop it. The Nintendo Switch seems to hit all these points and more. The lion’s share of space is given to the batteries and the heat dissipation system. The fan is vibration-dampened to let it quietly run as much as needed.
Apple is quietly killing off MagSafe in the name of a single standardized connector. #Donglelife jokes aside, you can now charge your new MacBooks from any one of the USB-C ports (only one at a time though). The one thing you can’t do anymore is trip over your charging cable.
Hot (pun intended) on the heels of the iPhone Touch Disease, Apple rival Samsung is experiencing a press blowup of their own. In case you hadn’t heard, at least 35 Samsung Galaxy Note7 batteries have spontaneously combusted. The most likely culprit is a bad batch of batteries that would only affect a small portion of the Note7 population, but Samsung has reacted with a global recall. Samsung’s willingness to recall rather than sweep the issue under the rug is refreshing—especially as counterpoint to Apple’s still unaddressed Touch Disease design flaw.
This is the Xbox One Microsoft always wanted to build. The Xbox One we deserve. It fits on your tv table, bosses your receiver and cable box around, and comes in white. But more importantly, it’s built a lot smarter than its big brother. Fewer materials, simpler assembly, and a much cleaner look inside and out, make this the Xbox One of the future, that could have made for a much more successful past.