In July there was a march at the Xataka analysis table, but that does not mean that we took vacations in August. It is a month in which traditionally there are important releases and part of them we could already test them thoroughly, so it does not hurt to compile all the Xataka analyzes for the month of August .
Mobile phones are still the kings and are the most common product once again, but there is no shortage of headphones proposals, one of the areas that lately has not stopped having news either. In addition, this month we have tested two long-awaited cameras and a rather unique smartwatch, among other products.
Panasonic OLED HZ1500 – 9.3
The Panasonic OLED HZ1500 comes with the ambitious mission to aspire to be one of the best OLED TVs of the year like its predecessor, and it does so with a panel with 4K UHD resolution and 10-bit color depth. In addition, it is significantly cheaper than its predecessor, despite incorporating several new features.
Image quality 9.75
Interface and Software 8.5
- Its overall image quality is outstanding. With cinema it beats even some more expensive televisions
- Comes impeccably calibrated from the factory
- Supports all the most widely used HDR standards: Dolby Vision, HDR10 +, HDR10 and HLG
- Implements Dolby Vision IQ technology and Filmmaker Mode
- Its sound is fantastic. Solve Dolby Atmos soundtracks in a very convincing way
- The my Home Screen 5.0 operating system has significant room for improvement in terms of design to keep up with its competitors
- It doesn’t offer us full HDMI 2.1 support (we especially miss VRR technology)
- Its latency is not at the level of that proposed by the best gaming televisions that we can buy today
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – 9,1
The largest of this year’s Note also inherits that new surname “Ultra” that the brand debuted with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in its first round of flagships. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the maximum option at the power level to enjoy the S Pen , a pointer that has more and more autonomy and functions.
- The S Pen is still a very useful add-on that makes sense of this model. The new aerial gestures go very well and the autonomy is infinite.
- The use of the front is impressive and the matte back improves on previous finishes.
- The screen lives up to its features, even though you have to choose between the highest refresh rate and resolution.
- The autonomy is not the best for the size of the mobile, although the adaptive frequency seems to be a plus.
- We miss a less aggressive and more natural processor in photographs and video, despite having many options, it has a lot of room for improvement.
- One UI is an increasingly complete software layer, but it is still “heavy” with respect to another.
Sony WH-1000XM4 – 9,1
Perhaps it is the headphone model of the Japanese brand that more accurately can be classified as its jewel in the crown. The Sony WH-1000XM4 set the bar very high with noise cancellation and ergonomics , as well as sound quality to match.
Sound quality 9.25
Noise cancellation 9.5
Use experience 9.0
- The best listening experience in wireless headphones for its noise cancellation and sound quality.
- New features like talk to stop playback are very useful in everyday life.
- Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity has improved.
- An outstanding autonomy with up to 30 hours of use.
- Touch gestures have room for improvement.
- They cannot be used wirelessly while charging.
- The ‘multipoint’ system has some connection problems at the moment.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G – 8,8
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 + 5G is one of the most complete and powerful tablets with Android and, in turn, one of the thinnest. Accompanied by its stylus, it has been one of the tablet proposals that we liked the most.
- The screen, a delight whether to watch movies or read.
- The four AKG speakers sound great.
- More than enough power for any task.
- Android is still unfulfilled as an operating system for Android tablets.
- It does not have a headphone jack.
- Does not include charger compatible with 45W fast charge.
JBL Club One – 8,6
They look like studio headphones, but they are completely wireless. The JBL Club One is, in fact, JBL’s most complete Bluetooth model with noise cancellation , with a very careful design that is more reminiscent of professional wired headphones than sports models.
Sound quality 9.0
Noise cancellation 8.5
Use experience 8.25
- Premium, solid and attractive design. Excellent materials and finishes.
- The sound level is very high, worthy of the best Bluetooth headphones.
- Good autonomy and connectivity.
- The My JBL Headphones app offers few tools and options.
- They are not exactly light and are somewhat uncomfortable to use with glasses.
- Despite being effective, for its price range we expected better noise cancellation.
Nubia Red Magic 5S – 8,5
The Nubia Red Magic 5S comes fully armed with 300 Hz touch triggers for the best in-game experience. A mobile that also incorporates a screen with a 144 Hz refresh rate, the maximum we are seeing on smartphones.
- Very fast in everything.
- The temperature is kept very well controlled.
- The double stereo speaker is powerful and quality.
- Without NFC.
- It can charge at 55W, but the included charger is 18W.
- Photography is not at the level of the rest of the phone.
Moto G 5G Plus- 8.5
No matter how much Motorola expands its catalog, there are lines that resist dying and are renewed with the technologies that are appearing. The last example is the Moto G 5G Plus that incorporates the 90 Hz refresh rate or the 5G among other features.
- Performance is fast and very smooth.
- The Motorola cape is not very heavy and provides endless functions.
- Good sound, headphone jack and FM radio.
- Outdoor display brightness is somewhat short.
- The position of the buttons is not comfortable.
- Night photography needs improvement.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 – 8,4
The third generation of the Galaxy Watch has already passed through our analysis table and we have had to run, swim, walk and many other activities to test it, since part of the novelties of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 are related to the information it collects from every workout. Of course, although the aesthetics are maintained, this latest model is much bulkier than the previous ones.
- The information after each training is very detailed and the combination with Samsung Health makes it more complete.
- It is robust and withstands both dives and sweat and friction.
- The screen looks great in all situations and handling with the bezel is very comfortable.
- It is very thick, sometimes it becomes annoying.
- The autonomy improves the previous thing and compensates the incorporations, but it is still far from that of the rivals that settle in more than five and six days.
- Something happens with the performance of the software: the lag is more striking than before.
Google Pixel 4a – 8,4
The Pixel 4a repeats formula adjusting the value for money and updating the design. A mid-range mobile that aspires to have the best camera in its class , although not the most versatile.
- The camera is superlative, the best in its price range and one of the best on the market
- Pixel UI continues to fall in love with every corner
- It is very compact and pleasant to use with one hand
- The plastic finish can be improved considering the price
- The autonomy is not bad, but it falls below its direct rivals
- The Snapdragon 730 is somewhat old in 2020 and casts doubts when it comes to getting old
Samsung Galaxy A31
The Samsung Galaxy A31 is another alternative within Samsung’s vast catalog for the mid-range. In this case, the quadruple rear camera, the 5,000 mAh battery and the 15W fast charge support stand out in its configuration .
- Sufficient autonomy for almost two days.
- Good construction and attractive design.
- An AMOLED screen to match.
- Performance below expectations.
- Slowness in biometric identification.
- Chambers that approve without much fanfare.
Realme C11 – 7.5
Competing by adjusting the price to the maximum is not easy at all in the mobile market but Realme also has bullets left for the most adjusted price entry range. His proposal here is the Realme C11, which for less than 100 euros offers a 5,000 mAh battery .
- The design is quite nice
- Battery lasts more than two days
- Sound is powerful for an input range
- Lag too severe
- We don’t have a fingerprint reader
- The camera is pretty fair
Movboy Ticpods ANC – 7.35
There seems to be no month without fully wireless headphone reviews, and in August we tested the Movboy Ticpods ANC. It is about the leap of this manufacturer specialized in wearables to this effervescent field and it does so by betting on active noise cancellation in this format.
Sound quality 7.75
Noise cancellation 7.5
Use experience 6.5
- The sound quality.
- They are comfortable and, although they are not discreet, they do not bother when wearing them for a long time.
- The battery is enough to use them with peace of mind.
- They cannot be globally equalized through an app.
- Gestures cannot be customized and are somewhat complicated.
- Noise cancellation doesn’t quite shine as bright as it could.
OnePlus Buds – 7,1
Yet another model of completely wireless headphones are the OnePlus Buds, which are the manufacturer’s first immersion in this format . Of course, although they are compatible with any mobile, the experience is partly conditioned to having a smartphone of the brand.
Sound quality 8
Use experience 6.5
- The sound quality is very good
- Good build quality
- Very good autonomy
- They are not too ergonomic
- Too limited to own brand
- They do not have an application and are very little customizable
HONOR 9A – 7,1
The 5,000 mAh battery and the triple camera for about 150 euros are part of the assets of the HONOR 9A. A mobile with the usual carefree design of the brand’s products that seeks to be an option within the most adjusted price proposals.
- Autonomy invites you to leave home without worries
- The camera’s Aperture mode performs at a good level
- Plastic design offers good grip and resistance
- Processor and RAM weigh on performance
- The sound from the speaker can be improved
- The worst, by far, is not having Google services
The Canon EOS R5 was one of the most anticipated announcements of the year in photographs, especially for lovers of “full frame” and especially those looking for a more complete team. A launch that from the beginning was surrounded by some controversy about 8K video in RAW format and the heating that this produces, something that we thoroughly tested along with the rest of the features.
Huawei 4H Router 3 Pro
Having internet wherever we are. That is the idea of products like the Huawei 4H Router 3 Pro, a valid solution if we plan to go on a trip or move to a second residence and we want to ensure the availability of 4G .
Montblanc Summit 2+
There are smart watches of all price ranges and very varied proposals, but talking about a smartwatch of more than 1,000 euros is the least striking. It is the Montblanc Summit 2+, a brand that has luxury products in its catalog, as is this watch with Wear OS as its operating system.
Sony A7S III
Another expected launch in the field of photography was that of the Sony S range, specifically the Sony A7S III. A hybrid camera clearly oriented to the world of video , but it is also one of the most interesting options for taking pictures in low light situations.