Ultra-thin, super high-resolution TVs have transformed our home entertainment experience, but have done so, generally, at the expense of quality sound.
Granted, I’m middle aged and probably have some hearing loss that makes it hard to hear the muffled voices that come from all my flat-screen TVs, but the booming sound bar industry makes it clear that I’m not the only one dissatisfied with the speakers that come with our newest 4K sets.
Expensive sound bars have become such an accepted part of the home theater setup that they usually have their own shelf or the TV screen is built high enough from the metal feet holding it up to make sure a 3-to-4-inch audio device doesn’t block the screen. …
The demarcation between OnePlus’ smartphones can be, at times razor thin.
Take a look at the new OnePlus 8T ($749, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB storage). Like the OnePlus 8 Pro, it’s running Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 with X55 5G modem technology. It has the same memory and storage options and essentially the same main 48MP camera.
But in addition to a roughly $150 price differential, there are clear design, performance, and feature differences.
Unlike the OnePlus 8 Pro, this is a 6.55-inch 5G phone with a substantially lower resolution screen: 2400 x 1080 vs the 8 Pro’s 3168 x 1440. The 8T’s screen, though is still sharper than the comparably priced 6.1-inch iPhone 11 (1792 x 828). I do prefer the 8T’s flat screen to the 8 Pro’s slightly curved at the edges one. …
How many design choices are there in the world? If it’s abstraction, they’re unlimited. If its consumer product design, I think the choices are limited and, judging by what I just saw from Apple, those limits are extreme.
On Tuesday, we got four new iPhones, a quad of iOS 14 devices that all take a firm step back almost seven years to the last gasp of an iPhone design style first popularized with the iconic iPhone 4, a device so eagerly anticipated that a protype was stolen right from under the nose of an engineer who took one to a bar. …