Understanding Xiaomi’s smartphone lineup: what do they all mean?

Apple has really easy to follow smartphone lineup. Each year they release a new device and they increment the number. For the past few releases, they added a “Max” model and now a “Pro” one, but all in all it was rather easy to follow. Samsung has a similar approach with its Galaxy line. When you read the name of two devices from those companies you immediately know which one is newer and has better specs. The same can’t be…

How to limit and track your child’s smartphone time

Back when we were children, mobile phones just started to become popular and very few people actually had one. Also, since mobile phones were basic, only having call and text capabilities, children had little-to-no incentive in using them. As technology progressed, devices became more popular, more powerful and with better features. Now, smartphones are widely available and at affordable prices and the cell phone can do a lot more than basic calling. For today’s children, the smartphone has become something…

Android phones already can do what the new iPhone can, plus a lot more

Everybody is talking about the new iPhones that were announced yesterday and I feel forced to talk about them as well, even though it is not the main focus of this website. So, I decided to look at things from a different perspective. Android users have been mocking the “innovations” that Apple made in the past years and how all these can already be seen on Android devices for a while. That is why I will like to take this…

Awesome cornfield photos prove you don’t need a high-end device to take good pictures

Two weeks ago I wrote about a young photographer that managed to take really cool photos of the Milky Way using his Xiaomi Mi 9 smartphone. You guys really liked those pictures so I decided to hunt down other awesome artists that manage to capture stunning photos using only their handheld device. After looking over many photos I finally decided on the set below. Not because they were the best, but because they prove that anyone can take good photos,…

Stunning Milky Way photos taken with the Xiaomi Mi 9

Mobile phones evolved a lot int he past year when it comes to photography. As processing power and storage became cheaper, manufacturers needed to improve other parts of the device in order to convince people to buy their product. When it comes to photography there is still a clear distinction between a mid-range device and high-end ones. But the line between a smartphone and a camera become blurrier each year. Yes, you won’t get DSLR-level photos using a smartphone, but…

[My2Cents] My opinion on Oppo’s under-display camera technology

As you may have heard from bigger websites that have live coverage from MWC Shanghai, OPPO presented a prototype of the first smartphone with a front-facing camera that is under the display. This way you don’t have any notches, holes nor a bezel on the top. Instead, the screen extends all the way to the top and the camera is under the display and when not in use, the screen works pretty much like normal. But (and there is always…

What is the Xiaomi CC smartphone?

A few days ago the first leak of a new smartphone surfaced that featured the device from the back with a rotating camera, similar to what the ASUS Zenfone 6 has. According to that image, it was a collaboration between Xiaomi and Meitu. Since then, there were multiple reports of this device as well as leaks of other devices: Xiaomi CC9 and Xiaomi CC9e. But exactly is Xiaomi CC and will we see more devices from Meitu? According to multiple…

[My2Cents] How NOT to launch smartphones. Case analysis

Two days ago, Umidigi revealed another smartphone, the F1 Play. This move comes just weeks after the company launched the S3 Pro, a smartphone that itself was announced just a few weeks after the Umidigi F1. Usually, this is not such a bad thing. Samsung has the S10, S10+ and S10e. Huawei has the P20, P20 Pro and P20 Lite. Xiaomi has…well, a lot of devices as well that are launched rather close to one another. But Umidigi’s case is…