OnePlus 7 Pro – First Look

So here is the first look at the OnePlus 7. It was heavily rumored in the past that OnePlus will go with the motorized set up to achieve that seamless edge to edge display and the rumors were exactly on point. Steve from Onleaks has shared the official factory CAD drawing of the OnePlus 7 which shows a 6.5 1080p Plus display and pop up the camera just like the Vivo Nex. It’ll be interesting to see what this third camera will be. It’s either gonna be a telephoto lens or a wide-angle lens.

A lot of you might not know this but the second camera on the OnePlus 6T is only for depth perception, for portrait mode. It’s not a zoom lens. Alternatively, OnePlus could scrap this depth perception lens in favor of wide-angle and telephoto. Anyway, OnePlus has taken a drastic approach by going with a motorized setup and I would love to see how they’re gonna price this.

The motorized setup will surely increase the component prices and I hope that doesn’t mean an increase in the final retail price. If you’re holding out for wireless charging on OnePlus 7, think again.OnePluss CEO spoke to CNET and confirmed that the OnePlus 7 won’t have wireless charging feature. He said that OnePlus won’t include wireless charging unless they can make it as fast as wired charging.

He thinks their warp charge is fast enough so they don’t need wireless charging on their device. Look I can totally understand his point but come on, you can have wired charging and wireless charging at the same time, just like every other flagship out there. And still, continue working on improving the speed of the wireless charger.

Having the ability to charge your device wirelessly is a convenience and a standard feature in the all of the flagships. It’s a deal-breaker to a lot of people. I charge my device wirelessly over 90% of the time and I’ve gotten so used to it that I wouldn’t get a flagship that doesn’t have this feature.

It’s just weird that OnePlus calls their devices as premium but doesn’t include basic flagship features like water resistance, a Quad HD+ display, and wireless charging. So I think OnePlus needs to re-consider their strategy considering their prices have been going up lately to the flagship territory.

Anyway, let me know what do you think about this down in the comments and as always, I’ll see you tomorrow.

Osmo Action, GoPro should be Worried

I have successfully put cameras in the sky and pockets of everyone from professionals to amateurs. And now they’re looking to enter your… the bike frame, or maybe your car hood, with the Osmo Action. It’s building on the many small, successful, super stable cameras DJI is known for but in the form of an action camera.

Before we dive in and swim around some more, the model I’m using is final hardware, but its prerelease software. So think of this more as an extended hands-on, rather than a full-fledged review.

So the Osmo Action: it looks and feels very familiar, down to the two prongs of its housing. It weighs about 0.3 pounds. It’s shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof up to 11 meters.

There’s a double-locking battery compartment on the bottom and a single locking USB-Cand MicroSD card slot on one side. A record and power button sits on top, while a QS button, or Quick Selection button, for switching between camera modes, is on the side.

It feels super rugged and solid. And it even has a screwable lens cover and a front-facing screen. With the cover, you can easily and securely put on ND filters, which is great for filming on a bright, sunny day, especially if you’re going to be bouncing in and out of water.

Osmo Action
Osmo Action

You don’t want your ND falling off. Now, the front-facing screen was even more helpful than I thought. And you can switch between it by double-tapping with two fingers on the back screen. With this front-facing screen, it makes it super easy to set up a shot of yourself without having to use an app. Or while you’re riding, you can quickly look down and make sure you still look like the damn champion that you are, riding a Citi Bike. It’s amazing, and you’re going to love it. Just try not to look down at yourself too much.

Now, internally, you have a 12-megapixel camera, capable of 4K 60 fps video at 100 Mbps. Or 240 fps video at 1080. The photos are clean in good lighting conditions and with the graininess, you would expect out of such a small sensor in lower light. The warp in 16 x 9 photos is very alive and well. But with a 145-degree angle lens, I really wouldn’t expect anything different.

Now, the shutter button is extremely responsive, with no noticeable lag at all. But where this camera excels is stabilized video. Or what DJI is calling “RockSteady.”It’s their attempt at in-body stabilization, and it puts the Osmo Action in direct competition with the GoPro Hero 7, which introduced its HyperSmooth feature last fall. Much like HyperSmooth, RockSteady is just impressive.

You can run, you can jump, you can skate, and the footage just comes out super smooth, with the teeniest, tiniest crop, which it does a bit more than GoPros HyperSmooth. But the feature, at large, is incredible, and I think anyone coming from anything another than a GoPro Hero 7 will just be super happy to have it, especially without the hassle of having to have a gimbal. Now, where I do think the GoPro has a bit of an edge in the auto-exposure. When you look at the footage side by side, and quickly the light changes, the GoPro just adjusts to that higher, brighter lights teeny bit faster.

I’ve used a whole bunch of cameras, and one of my favorite things to do when I get a new camera is to check out its menu system. It’s something that all users will inevitably face at one point or another. And I got to hand it to DJI: they kind of nailed it. It’s really intuitive and easy to use. Swiping in any direction on the main screen will lead to the camera and video settings, playback, or the main menu, which consists of eight icons to get you started.

camera and video settings
camera and video settings

While others, like the screw, brings you into a longer, scrollable menu for the nitty-gritty controls, such as voice commands. The touchscreen is super responsive, and I was actually really surprised at how fast clips played back on the camera itself. That was fucking nuts, man.

I would need a bit more time to know for sure how the battery life is, but, in my use, it’s been pretty good and extremely comparable to Hero 7. Yes, the compartment gets a little bit warm when you’re continuously recording, but it doesn’t get so warm that I wouldn’t mount it to my body. Woo! Yeah!One more note on this prerelease software: when shooting video, the lag of the screen is almost dizzying. And it makes me wonder if DJI is going to be able to fix this before this camera hits store shelves.

Now, software in such a small body and such high resolution is a really difficult problem. So time will tell. GoPro put action cameras into the hands of many. And they were the first to do it, and they broke all the ice, made many mistakes, and lots of versions of one product. But it allowed newcomers, like DJI, to come into the game late and jump up to that high pedestal that GoPro worked so hard to build. Look at the footage of the Osmo Action versus the GoPro Hero 7.

Osmo Action, GoPro
Osmo Action, GoPro

You almost can’t tell them apart. I mean, even down to the mounting systems that these cameras use, which is a super clever move by DJI, considering that GoPro accessories exist almost everywhere in the world. And there’s one for anything you could want to mount this camera too. So, as a consumer, it might come down to the price. And at $349, the Osmo Action is just a little bit cheaper than the GoPro Hero 7. Or it might come down to the brand.

If you already own DJI products, you’re going to feel really comfortable picking up an Osmo-branded gadget. And that slightly cartoonish, low-key awful sound that DJI products make? Well, the Osmo Action has them, too, and you’re going to feel right at home using it.

I do have a quick question: I see a lot of people using GoPros in Times Square or just on selfie sticks. What are you guys using action cameras for? Are people still mounting these to surfboards, or have they just become small cameras you can take everywhere? Let me know in the comments, and we’ll see you next time.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Big Changes Review

The best device that Samsung can offer in that particular year, making it a great choice for power users. And today’s rumor indicates that the Galaxy Note 10 is indeed going to continue the legacy of the Galaxy Note by offering the best specs and features of 2019. First, off we have a leaked battery of the Galaxy Note 10 Pro. For those of you who don’t know, Samsung will launch two variants of the Galaxy Note 10. They will be a regular Note 10 and a pro version of the Note 10 which will probably be named the Galaxy Note 10 Pro.

The leaked battery capacity is 4500mAh which is in line with what we have been expecting so far. The Galaxy S10 5G also has a 4500mAh battery and it doesn’t make sense for the Galaxy Note10 Pro to have lesser capacity battery than that.

Also, Ice Universe made a tweet confirming this. Also, he said that the Note 10 Pro will have a 25W fast charging capability, which again makes sense since the S10 5G has 25w charging speeds as well.

By the way, there was a rumor that the Galaxy S10 will also get the 25w charging speeds with a software update. The Galaxy S10 is capable of higher charging speeds but for some reason, Samsung throttled it to 15w but I’m positive that it’ll eventually make it to the S10 as well.

It’s hard to say when exactly but I don’t think it makes sense for Samsung to do it before the launch of the Galaxy Note 10. I mean its one of the key differentiating features for the Note 10. So if I were to guess Samsung wouldn’t do it until they release the Galaxy Note 10.

Maybe they’ll do it a month or two after the launch of the handset. In any case, I’m gonna surely keep you posted. So I’m not expecting any difference in design between the Galaxy S10 Plus and Note 10. But there’s an interesting rumor out there from a leaker who has a decent track record.

He says that Samsung will make sure that there will be more differences between the two handsets. I’m not sure if he’s talking with respect to the design or the features. I first thought it featured until I saw his reply to one of the comments that he got.

In any case, I don’t think there will be any design changes. There’s only so much you can do with that rectangular piece of slab. The S10 already saw a big design change and it doesn’t make sense to expect another change in such a short time.

So I would advise you to take it with a pinch of salt. Anyway, do consider subscribing for all the latest updates on the Galaxy Note 10 and as always I’ll see you tomorrow.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus Hands-on Review

The Samsung Galaxy Note is back, times two actually. What you are looking at here is the Note 10 and the Note 10 Plus. The Note line has always been about being the biggest and most powerful, and both of these phones are powerhouses, but you can get other big, powerful Android phones now. So, what is Samsung doing this time around to make this thing feel like, well, a Note? I’ve only had a little bit of time with it for a hands-on, but I think you can break it all down into five things.

First, well, the most obvious thing that makes a Note a Note is the stylus, the S Pen, and Samsung has two really big updates here. You can still take notes on the lock screen right when you pull the S Pen out, but now Samsung Notes can read those notes. So it can search for them, it does OCR, you can even copy it and paste plain text in another app, or you can export a Word document of your text if that’s what you wanna do.

They’ve also added an accelerometer and a gyroscope to the stylus, and so you can use it as a remote control, kind of like a wand. So in the camera, you can go left and right, change between modes and up and down, and even do a little swirly motion. It’s kinda wild. They do have an SDK, so other apps could use it, so maybe in a PowerPoint or something someday, but that’s not available yet. Well, have to wait to see if more developers are gonna support it in the future. The second reason you might be interested in the Note 10 is DeX.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, nobody uses DeX, Dieter, come on. But hang on, DeX, if you’re not familiar, is you plug a USB-C cable in and then you plug it into a monitor and then you get a, like, Windows version of your phone. You’ve got windows you can resize and you can, you know, drag stuff around and so on. With the Note 10, what’s new is they actually have apps for the Mac or Windows where it runs DeX right there, so you can use the computer you already have and have a little window for controlling stuff on your phone.

Windows version of your phone
Windows version of your phone

Its also really convenient if you want to drag and drop stuff, so you can actually just drag and drop a file or an image or something from your PC to your phone and vice versa. It’s a totally new thing for DeX and I’m actually really excited to try it. The other thing is, Windows 10 has this feature where it can show your notifications and some other stuff from your phone but you have to install an app, but with the Note 10, Samsung built support for that right in.

Number three, and this is the reason people usually buy the Note, it just has every spec you could ask for. So, both of these phones use a Snapdragon 855 processor and there’s the thinnest ever vapor chamber for cooling it. So, it can run at higher clock speeds for longer. Now, on the Note 10, you’ve got eight gigs of ram and 250 gigs of storage, which is a pretty darn good default. On the Note 10 Plus though, you have an option to get 12 gigs of RAM and 512 gigs of storage and it has a slot for a microSD card for further storage expansion.

Now, this big phone has a 4,300 milliamp battery, the little ones 3,500. Don’t know exactly how long that’s gonna last in terms of, like, all day, but its gonna be all day, I’m sure it’ll be fine. Also, they both use standard USB PD for charging and on Note 10, if you want, you can get up to like a 45-watt charger. This thing all top off in under an hour or about an hour. It’s gonna be really fast.

Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Number four, it’s just a really nice phone. I mean, its really good build quality, it’s got this classic 90-degree corner that all Notes have. There’s basically no bezel. You really have to search for it to see it cause the screen rounds around the corners. It has a smaller cutout for the selfie camera than even the Galaxy S10. It’s just, it’s super nice. If I had to complain though, I would complain that there’s no headphone jack. Samsung says they took it out to make room for the battery and sure, I guess that’s fine but, you know, I’m sad.

The other thing that Samsung has changed is they moved all the buttons. They’re now on the left-hand side and there’s just three, two for the volume rocker and one for power which also can double as a Bixby button. Now, the S10 comes in four colors. They’re all called Auro cause I don’t know. This is the Aura Halo. There’s also black and white which is gonna be available everywhere and then there’s a Samsung.com and Best Buy exclusive of Aura Blue.

Number five, and it seems weird to put this last but the cameras are really good. It’s basically the same camera set up as the Galaxy S10. It’s been tweaked a little bit but Samsung has added some video features. So, there’s a cute thing where you can do bokeh and Live Focus a video, that’s fine, but the thing I’m really interested to try is the microphone focus. So you can actually zoom in and it does beamforming on three microphones to only pull sound from the thing that you’re zoomed in on.

Really excited to try that. There’s also a time-of-flight camera but they’re not really using that for any camera effects just yet. So those are the five things. Do they add up to it being a Note? I don’t know. Well review it and well see. The little one is gonna come out for $949, the Note Plus is gonna be $1099, and a maxed-out Note Plus is gonna be $1199 and they’re gonna be available on August 23rd.

I will say I think I’m more intrigued by the smaller Note 10. It’s about the same size as, say, a Galaxy S10. While the Note 10 Plus is like the true successor to last years Note 9, it’s about the same size. But it has been a super long time since we’ve had a really pocketable phone that had a stylus. Maybe what the Note needs isn’t to be bigger and bladder and more powerful, but actually smaller.

Hey everybody, thanks so much for watching. Are you interested in either of these Notes? If so, let me know which one down in the comments below and were gonna have more coverage from Samsungs Live Unpacked event which is happening right now and of course reviews when these things come out, are available when they’re here. You wanna use that, or?- Yup. – Yeah, okay, great.

The Best Camera Phone You Cannot Buy in The USA

This is the Huawei P30 Pro, a €1000 smartphone that’s never gone on sale in the United States and that should make Americans very, very upset. Why am I hyped about this phone? Well, it’s not the phone part, in fact before I proceed I should mention that I’m using the Nova Launcher and Reduce Icon Pack, both of them free on the Google Play store. Because Huawei default themes are not good.

Anyway, the eye-opening thing about this device is its camera system, there’s a lot to talk about with it, so let’s dive right in. First of all, you get three cameras on the rear.

There’s an ultra-wide-angle, a regular wide-angle, and a telephoto lens, the last of which is the most interesting because it has the new periscope system. This uses a mirror which reflects 90 degrees into the body of the phone and then runs it through a series of lenses into a sensor which sits perpendicular to the phone. What that gives you is a 5x optical zoom.

I’ve been shooting around with it here in London, sometimes in bleak conditions, sometimes in sunny conditions, and I’ve been really impressed, its really crisp, really sharp, 5x optical zoom, it beats anything else that you might get from digital alternatives out there. Huawei doubles down on that zoom functionality literally by giving you a 10x hyper zoom which combines the information from the telephoto and the main camera sensor.

Huawei says it’s lossless I’m not so sure, I do see a bit of degradation in image quality, but it’s only slight, it’s very slight, and it’s still super impressive for 10 times optical zoom. You don’t even get that with pocket cameras most of the time. I’ve also been messing around and taking shots at 24x and 32x with this camera, and they are surprisingly decent. As far as zoom goes, the system that Huawei’s put in herein the P30 Pro is the best that there’s ever been in a smartphone, and the shocking thing is, that all the zoom action is just the appetizer.

The thing that has me super excited about this camera is actually the main sensor, which is still 40 megapixels as before, it’s still one of the largest sensors that you find on a smartphone, but it’s in an RYYB arrangement, getting rid of the green subpixel for two yellow subpixels. Huawei says this allows it to get as much as 40%more light in because the yellow subpixel is sensitive both to red and green light, as well as obviously yellow. Where this comes in really handy and helpful is in nighttime photography.

I have taken some low light photos which have just blown me away with this phone. Googles Night Sight was a revolutionary upgrade for smartphone photography in low light, that came out at the tail end of last year, but so far ahead of everything else, everything that Apple, Samsung, LG and everybody else who’s doing it, and the P30 Pro just kicks Night Sights butt. Now in order for you to get a good shot with Google Night Sight, you need three or four seconds or steadiness.

With this camera you. It takes a fraction of a second, it’s the default setting. It’s taking better night photos than any other camera, any other model on a smartphone camera, and is doing it by default, it’s a fraction of a second, its effortless. Huawei has its own night mode, it has a pro mode, it even has a master AI setting which tweaks the contrast and saturation and so on, and I don’t feel the need to touch any of those, because this is a superb camera by default.

Now is the absolute best camera? I’m not so sure. Video is actually one of the weaknesses of Huawei P30 Pro. A lot of the stabilization, you’ve got optical stabilization on the main sensor and the telephoto sensor, and a lot of the audio recording those are great, but the actual detail on the video image that you get, not so great. Huawei does quite a lot of softening to get rid of image grain and such, and that’s a real downside with the video so iPhone, Samsung Galaxy devices, those have the lead on video.

I also prefer the Pixels image processing for the most part. It allows more grain into the image but that also means it gets more detail. Huawei does a little bit too much processing, not as much as it did on the P20 Pro the last year which was over the top, but still a little too much. I find that the default Huawei P30 Pro photos tend to be a little unsaturated, whereas if you use the master Amit tends to push them to oversaturated.

Flats are also not quite as dark as I prefer to see them, but that being said, even though the P30 Pro by default tends to put out slightly flat images, they are perfect for image editing. You see if you just do a little bit of tweaking, add a bit of contrast and a bit of saturation, they become pretty much perfect. The 4th sensor that Huawei’s put on the back of the P30 Pro is not technically a camera its a depth sensor, it works pretty much on the same principal as face ID on the iPhone, and what that helps with is three different things.

Firstly, its part of the autofocus system, so when I’m autofocusing with the Huawei P30 Pro I can get it to focus in pretty much pitch-black conditions. It’s something that no other smartphone camera can achieve, none that I’ve tested in any case. Secondly, augmenting reality applications so you can point this at things and measure things like height, width, depth, even volume. And the third thing which is pretty cool is it enhances this phones portrait mode. Firstly it helps it to nail down even the fine details which include strands of hair and things like that, but then it also affects the bokeh that you can achieve.

So the closer you are to the subject, the weaker the bokeh is, and then it intensifies it grows softer the further away you get, and that’s achieved with the help of this extra depth sensor. Returning to the phone itself, the P30 Pro is built around the same Kirin 980 processor as Mate 20 Pro last year. That means its both familiar and fast. It really is one of the most responsive smartphones that I’ve tested to date. It gets me great gaming performance, and with a 4200 milliamp power battery, it lasts for a heroic length of time.

I can for a day and a half with this thing easily no matter if I’m gaming, listening to music over Bluetooth, shooting a bunch of photos, video etc.whatever, its an absolute endurance champ. Huawei puts 8 gigabytes of RAM on this device, you can get it with 128 gigs of storage or up to half a terabyte, all of which is kind of par for the course. You get wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, you get supercharge, 40-watt charging, we get to up to 70% of battery in just 30 minutes. So as usual for Huawei, it’s a spec sheet stuffer, all of these things are great, but also as usual for Huawei, the software is a letdown.

Besides being quite clunky and clumsy in the design, I’ve come across a few bugs, most notably with the Twitter application which tends to turn into a jumble occasionally. Also, the multitasking overview which works pretty well most of the time, its gesture-based, which means you swipe up from the bottom to go home, swipe up and hold to multitasking, or swipe from the sides to get the equivalent of a back button. That works well most of the time, but then occasionally it turns into a visual mess and I have to lock the phone and then unlock it and just kind of try and make my way out of that.

Huawei EMUI software has just a few too many little frustrations and niggles, one of them is for example when I have the phone locked, I can’t wipe down the quick settings in order to launch something like the flashlight, which I do quite often. Another reason and this is a small thing, but it still bothers me, Huawei doesn’t do the double-tap or the power button to launch the camera which everybody else on Android does, and its a really handy physical shortcut.

Huawei also has a bunch of Huawei services such as Huawei HiCare, which tends to just nag me all the time and just remind me about things which I don’t want to do, so the setup with this phone involves a lot of wrestling Huawei down and taming the software which you shouldn’t really have to do. Unfortunately, I feel like Huawei are still another year or two away from doing something like Samsung did this year with One UI, which was just a major overhaul, focusing on the user rather than the company trying to promote its own services.

So what don’t I like about this phone? Well, one is the fingerprint sensor is still embedded into the display, its an upgrade over the Mate 20 Pro, it’s better, but it’s still not good enough for me. I still prefer discrete fingerprint sensors, they’re still so much faster, it’s so much more reliable. This is slower than a discrete fingerprint sensor, and not as accurate. The display on this, it’s a 1080p display, 6.47 inches. It’s a downgrade from the Mate 20 Pro, unfortunately.

Any time you’re looking at a white screen, the curves on the side tend to produce a shadow, it’s a bluish shadow, which is a bit of spoiler, and comparing this to the Samsung Galaxy s10, which is what the P30 Pro is going up against,this is an obvious downgrade, which is unfortunate. It’s still a good screen, but it’s not as excellent as Samsungs.

The P30 Pro is a phone that will be remembered for the excellence and the versatility of its cameras. It really is the best zoom that we’ve ever had in a smartphone to date. This phone also has the performance, for the most part setting aside the bugs, and the industrial design to match any other flagship of 2019.

These Sony Earbuds Do but AirPods Can’t Do

Sony has a long history of making some really awesome headphones. But so far, it hasn’t really made a name for itself with true wireless earbuds like the AirPods or Samsungs Galaxy Buds. That’s about to change. Because of the new $230 WF-1000XM3s are some of the best AirPod competitors I’ve seen to date. Now if that awkward name sounds familiar it’s because Sony already makes the 1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones. These things get rave reviews, and the earbuds are cut from the same cloth.

They have the same matte black design with rose gold accents. And there’s a gray color option as well. More importantly, they also have excellent active noise cancellation. It’s not quite on the same level as Sonys headphones, but it makes a difference when it comes to drowning our city streets or subways. So most earbuds that you buy offer some level of noise isolation. As long as you have a good seal in your ear you’re gonna drown out some of the stuff around you. But noise cancellation goes several steps beyond that. Now it’s not some miracle.

If you’re not playing any audio or music you’re gonna hear things around you but once the music starts everything else just kinda fades away. Sony packs in a ton of different ear tips right in the box. So it’s pretty easy to find a nice and secure fit. And the lower part of the earbud itself, that rests inside your ear, has this extra grippy finish to help it keep it snug. And that actually works really well. These M3s fit me great and never came even a little bit lost during my tests.

Now they’re a bit on the larger side, but overall I think Sony made them look pretty classy. And they’re a huge improvement over the plastic design from the first model. Now of course sometimes you do want to hear what’s happening around you. And so when that happens you can turn on Ambient Sound Mode. Or if you just wanna hear an airport announcement or a subway platform announcement you just press your finger down on the left earbud. That pauses your music, turns up all the sound around you, then once you let go, noise cancellation kicks back in and you’re blissfully back to your music.

Now to control the M3s you’re gonna do a lot of tapping on the sides. The left side controls the noise cancellation. On, off. Or the Ambient Sound Mode I just talked about. The right earbud controls playback, so you press once to pause or play. Twice to skip forward a track or three times to go back. You can hold the right earbud to do Siri or Google Assistant. But you’ll notice that I didn’t say volume. There are no built-in volume controls on here so you’re gonna have to use your phone or a voice assistant.

Now let’s talk about sound quality. It’s obviously very subjective, but what I’ll say about the M3s is that they’re very balanced. There’s a lot of basses, nice mids, and sparkling highs. Now I don’t know if the sound stage is as wide or all-encompassing as higher-end earbuds like the Sennheiser Momentums or the Powerbeats Pro. But at this price, the Sonys easily win out over the AirPods, Jabra, and the Galaxy Buds. Now for me, I think their best competition is the new Powerbeats Pro. These are Beats, so of course, they’re gonna be super bass heavy. But both of these earbuds sound fantastic.

Now you audio nerds out there are gonna wanna know that the Sonys only supports AAC and SPC. So they can’t do aptX or Sonys own LDAC codec for higher quality music streaming. Now a lot of people have asked me how the M3s are at phone calls. People can tell that you’re on a headset. There’s really no way around that. But they haven’t complained about being unable to hear me clearly. Now, unfortunately, you can’t pair two devices at once. So if you wanna watch a movie on your laptop and take a call when it comes in, there’s no way to do that.

earbuds

Sony, please figure this out. Now the one biggest downside of the Sony is that they’re not sweating or water resistant. It’s summer in New York City and I’m a sweaty human being. The idea that I can spend $230 on earbuds and have them ruined just on a hot summer day. That sucks. Battery life in noise canceling mode is six hours which is pretty good. If you turn that off, you get eight hours of battery life. And the carrying case holds enough juice for three extra charges.

So you get 24 hours with noise canceling on or up to 32 if it’s turned off. That charging case is a little bit. It’s twice the width of an AirPods case and about the same height, but it’s still plenty pocketable. And I think it’s worth it for all the extra battery life that you get in exchange. Plus it’ll charge over USB-C, and, in a pinch, you can charge it for 10 minutes and get 90 minutes of listening time. But unfortunately, there’s no wireless charging option.

Now, a lot of the problems from Sonys first truly wireless earbuds have been solved for the M3s. I didn’t really notice any connection dropouts. And the bad audio delay from the first model is gone now. Lips move in sync, and the connection is rock solid. How did Sony fix those problems? Well now, both earbuds connect to your phone simultaneously. Whereas before, one had to relay your music to the other one.

That also means you can use them individually if you wanna leave one in the case and use one like an old school Bluetooth headset for making calls or just listening to music. So, we’ve covered all the big picture stuff but Sony also added a lot of small touches that I like a lot. For one, both earbuds tell you their Bluetooth connection status and battery level when you put them in your ears. Two, there are a lot of LED lights on the earbuds themselves and the case.

So you definitely know whether you have to charge them or not. And three, when you take an earbud still pause your music until you put it back in. That’s pretty common nowadays, but it’s still a pretty great feature to have. Now, of course, Apples AirPods is the best-selling true wireless earbuds on the market. So if you wanna take those you’ve gotta offer something that Apple cant. For Sony, that’s noise cancellation. We’ve seen it before in their headphones to amazing results and now it’s coming to the earbuds that you can just put away when they’re not in use.

There are downsides of course. I would love to have seen sweat resistance and be able to use them with two devices at once. But I guess, I know what to look forward to for the 1000XM4s.