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OnePlus 5T Review, Summary and Guide

Five months after the initial introduction of the OnePlus 5, the Chinese company moved on to greater things; literally.

The new OnePlus 5T is regarded as a cost-effective rival to some of the most powerful smartphones on sale today, in fierce contention with the likes of iPhone 8, LG V30, and Samsung Galaxy ranges. But how does it stack up?

OnePlus 5T Review: Design

The OnePlus 5T is 156.1mm tall and 75mm wide and 7.3mm thick.

The sleek metal unibody makes it aesthetically pleasing, and it got a modest makeover with smaller bezels, and a gently-curving rear.

Even though the OnePlus 5T is neither dust nor water resistant, the 2.5D Gorilla Glass, anodized aluminum, and ceramic coating are basic protective measures.

Lastly, it weighs 163g, making it fit the description of big, bold, and beautiful. The OnePlus 5T colors are Lava Red, Sandstone White, and Midnight Black.

OnePlus 5T Review: Display

This is perhaps, the single biggest improvement on this device. The OnePlus 5T boasts a 6.01-inch full HD (18:9) AMOLED panel, making it one of the few handsets available with a screen larger than 6-inches.

One disappointing feature, however, is its full HD resolution; a mere 2,160 x 1,080 with a 401ppi pixel density. For the price, sacrifices have to be made, and this is obviously one of them for the 5T. It’s not ‘bad’ as a screen though.

Display Modes:

  • Adaptive mode
  • Reading Mode
  • Night Mode
  • Lift Up Display
  • Ambient Display

Software

Equipped with OxygenOS 4.7 and Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), the OnePlus 5T is upgradable to Android 8.0 and Oxygen OS 5.0.3.

Face Unlock uses a plain 2D recognition feature, which makes it faster and easier to use for unlocking the phone, however, it is unfit for any other authentication outside the lock screen – so you won’t be able to use it for payments, for example.

Its chipset is the Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 and the OnePlus 5T has an Octa-Core (4 x 2.45 GHz Kryo & 4 x 1.9 GHz Kryo) processor. It offers 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64/128GB storage, depending on where you are in the world.

There is no external memory slot available, however.

OnePlus 5T retains the 3.5mm headphone jack and the company announced that it will continue to support this connector until USB-C headphones garner enough momentum to making the switch painless. There is also an active noise-cancelling microphone to make audio quality clearer on calls.

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OnePlus 5T Review: Camera

The OnePlus 5T is home to dual cameras; the primary 16-megapixel and the secondary 20-megapixel. OnePlus employs what it calls ‘Intelligent Pixel Technology’, which is useful in brightening dark scenes without causing a distortion.

The camera features a pro mode, panorama mode, time-lapse, slow-motion video mode and a rear fingerprint sensor that can be long-pressed to take photos with either camera.

It also comes with a face unlock interface which allows you seamlessly unlock your phone. On the other hand, the removal of the telephoto lens makes an optical zoom impossible and the front camera lacks a portrait mode.

The face unlock is not as reliable as that of the Samsung S8, however.

OnePlus 5T Review: Battery

Like its predecessor, the OnePlus 5T comes with a 3,300 mAh battery.

Tests reveal that the life-span under heavy usage is 11 hours, 22 minutes, however, some users find that they get a lot less than that under any conditions.

On paper, it’s about on par with the Samsung Note 8 and Google Pixel 2, as long as you don’t suffer the same problems as some of those other users linked above.

OnePlus 5T Review: Pricing & Availability

The OnePlus 5T is available in almost every country in the world.

The phone price ranges from $450-$600 depending on the specifications you choose, and it’s available directly from OnePlus, third-party retailers or on contract deals – again, depending on what country you’re in.

OnePlus 5T Review: Rating

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LIFX Smart Bulbs: Review Summary & Guide

Introduction to LIFX Smart Bulbs

We are currently enjoying an influx of technological advancement in the area of smart home appliances, most especially, smart bulbs. In this crowded market, LIFX has done well to carve a niche in the industry.

The company’s smart bulbs provide the needed illumination, and the effects easily alter the ambience of any room. LIFX smart bulbs are easy to use and the connection to your home is seamless – and there’s no need for a hub.

They are an upgrade of conventional smart bulbs because the color can be flipped from shades of white to any color you desire using the LIFX app on your smartphone (provided you’ve got the color-changing bulb option). The LIFX app can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play or the Windows Store.

This smart bulb can also be controlled using voice-activated services like Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or Google Assistant.

LIFX Smart bulbs also come in different forms and shapes to suit your taste.

 

 

 

LIFX Color Changing Bulbs

LIFX Color 1000

LIFX Color 1000 is a Wi-Fi enabled smart bulb that emits a significant bright light. Unlike Phillips Hue, it does not require a hub and it effortlessly connects with the Amazon Echo gadgets. Unfortunately, it doesn’t integrate with Siri as there’s no MFi chip.

LIFX Color 1000 comes in a dome-shape that measures 4.53 inches in height and has a diameter of 2.48 inches. The light screws in via an E26 Edison connection. This smart bulb is capable of shining like a conventional 75 watt incandescent bulb but consumes only 9 watts of energy, making it an efficient power saver.

The Color 1000 bulb is capable of emitting light colors ranging from shades of white through a rainbow of other colors. Rated at a life expectancy of 23 years if used 3 hours daily, this bulb could last you a significant part of your lifetime.

LIFX Beam

LIFX Beam bar lighting is a set comprising of color -changing bars that can be fixed in walls anywhere in your home or office to give you that ambience you crave. LIFX Beam is about 12 inches long and contains 10 different and distinct color zones that can be controlled, programmed and customized to your taste using the LIFX App on your Android, Windows or iOS smartphone.

Each starter set comes with a color-changing corner piece and 6 color-changing light bars. The corner piece connects two bars at a right angle and the included power adapter is capable of supporting up to eight beam bars and two corner pieces, giving room for adding more later, if you wish.

Just like other LIFX smart bulbs, LIFX Beam set can be connected to your home router without the need for a hub and can integrate third-party gadgets like Amazon Echo.

Lifx White Bulbs

LIFX White 800

Although often seen as a second place to Philips Hue, LIFX’s brightness is unparalleled. However, most of the brightness is directed upwards rather than sideways in the earlier generations.

Like other versions of LIFX products, you can connect to your network directly via Wi-Fi, hence, eliminating hubs. Since they are conventional white lights, they are not likely to be purchased for a ‘party mode’ but you can cycle through different shades of white.

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Pros & Cons

  • Great colors and very bright light.
  • They are very easy to install and set up.
  • It saves energy and generates less heat than conventional bulbs
  • No Cynosure or hub required
  • Different varieties to suit any setting

  • Relatively expensive
  • Some people find they don’t emit enough light downwards
  • Larger and heavier than some alternatives
  • if you make them too bright, color can look washed out

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Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set: Review Summary & Guide

Introduction to WeMo Lighting

Merging a nineteenth-century innovation with contemporary technology is always a delight. This fusion has birthed a generation of smart devices with improved functionality and comfort and the Belkin WeMo LED Lighting is a good start in that direction.

This lighting starter set enables you to have access to and control your lights at home from anywhere with your smartphone or tablet.

With the free WeMo App for iOS, Android or Kindle, you can regulate the brightness of your home, schedule scenes for switching lights on or off a certain times or create a custom plan for you and your family. For example, you can dim the brightness while watching a movie or turn them off automatically after you’ve left home.

 

 

 

What’s In The Box?

The Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set kit is comprised of two bulbs that emit light intensity similar to a traditional 60 watt incandescent bulb but uses less than 10 watts.

You also get the WeMo Link, which is capable of controlling over 50 smart bulbs either individually or in groups.

There’s also a basic installation guide that contains directions on how to go about installing your first two bulbs and hub.The Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set comes has a similar lifespan as the LIFX bulbs – a claimed 23 years if used for three hours each day. You get a two year warranty on the bulbs as standard too.

The WeMo link is a modular system i.e. additional WeMo LED bulbs can be added any time you feel like having more.

It is also important to note that this gadget is not compatible with any Amazon Echo device, which severely hampers its suitability for many people.

Pros & Cons

  • Easy to use
  • Relatively good value
  • The bulbs are efficient energy

  • No Web interface
  • Not as bright as LIFX
  • The setup is simple but not entirely perfect.

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Overall

The WeMO Smart LED Starter Kit might not be the most advanced smart bulbs on the market, but they’re not the most expensive either. Setup is simple, if not entirely perfect, and there are some useful scheduling and automation features that make the WeMo’s appealing for many buyers – but only those not interested in voice control via services like Alexa.

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Philips Hue Starter Kit: Review Summary & Guide

Introduction to Philips Hue Starter Kit

As you’re here already, you probably already know that Phillips Hue Bulbs are some of the best-selling smart light bulbs available. With them you can easily create the right ambience for any situation. Waking up? Going to bed? Need to concentrate? Philips Hue has you covered. They can be adjusted to fit several moods ranging from sombre to full party mode. They also allow different color shades. For example, shades of red include; bloody red, ruby red, and orange-red…not just ‘red’.

The lights can be remotely controlled from either your iOS or Android device, that way, you can decide when the lights in your home come on or off, or you can control them via voice-activated smart assistants or  movement sensors, which help in conserving energy.

 

 

 

Philips Hue Starter Kit Features

There are quite a number of Phillips Hue Starter Kits to choose from, depending on your needs.

The standard Phillips Hue Starter Kit has three LED light bulbs, the Hue Bridge, appropriate screws and a dimmer switch (there’s also another kit that has the same contents, but without the dimmer switch, as well as kits that only contain white bulbs instead of the color-changing ones).

The Hue Bridge is essentially the brain behind this group of products. It wirelessly connects between your phone and the light bulbs in your home – all you need to do is connect the bridge to your router

Once that’s set, the bulbs are all connected to each other and do not have to be close to the bridge to receive commands. Even though they are connected, you can, from your smartphone or using voice commands, select which bulbs you want performing any particular function at any given, rather than all the bulbs doing the same thing. With this arrangement, you can have a cozy ambience setup in your lounge and a serious one set up in the study.

You will need the app to set-up and be able to adjust settings when you’re away from the house.

Pros

The bulbs can fit into the regular light fittings so there’s no need for rewiring or special installation. After setting up the bridge, all you need do is follow the simple instructions on the screen and your new lighting system will be ready.

There’s a lot to discover with the Hue App and it’s available both for iOS and Android phones and tablets. You can use it in a simple way to control lights and select pre-programmed scenes but if you’re quite creative, you’ll probably spend some time testing out that claim of 16 million colors available for use

The Hue App works perfectly well with iPhone’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant. When integrated with your smartphone, you can simply tell Siri to turn off the lights in the house, or change the scenes to fit just what you want.

Cons

From our review of the Phillips Hue Starter Kit, the main disadvantage is the fact that it’s quite pricey for a lighting system when considered alongside some of the alternatives. This is a major turn off for some.

Other smart home devices work perfectly well without a bridge, but for the Philips Hue there’s no direct Wi-Fi option, so you’ll have to use a bridge instead. Annoyingly, that’s another plug socket taken up.

Summary

If you need an easy to use smart lighting system and don’t mind using a bridge, then this is a great option. Even though it might seem like a bit of an expensive way to get started with smart lights, the Starter Kit (Bridge, 3 LED bulbs, a dimmer switch) provides a far cheaper option than buying each part individually.

Alternatively, there’s the cheaper 2 bulb kit (both white) that also comes with a bridge, but no dimmer switch, and another starter kit that includes color bulbs but no dimmer. From our experience with smart lighting, you’ll probably want that dimmer sooner or later.

  • Easy installation process
  • Diverse applications
  • Integrated with virtual personal assistants

  • It is expensive
  • You need a bridge

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Every smart home device that works with Apple HomePod

With the launch of Apple’s smart home assistant/speaker combo now official, there’s one really important question to keep in mind: what can it do, and which services does it work with?

Well, luckily for you, we’ve put together this list to point you in the right direction.

It’s worth noting that some of the devices/services in the list below have been announced, but not yet implemented – and other products haven’t yet gone on sale, but when they do, they’ll work with Apple HomeKit and the HomePod.

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Airmate 艾美特

  • Smart Stand Fan

Apismoon

  • Smart Wall Outlet with Meter (Announced)

August

  • August Smart Lock
  • August Doorbell Cam (Announced)

Bryant

  • Bryant Housewise Thermostat

Carrier

  • Carrier Côr Thermostat

Chamberlain

  • MyQ Home Bridge

ConnectSense

  • ConnectSense Temperature & Humidity Sensor (Announced)
  • ConnectSense Water Sensor (Announced)
  • ConnectSense Smart Outlet

Continental

  • Continental therM Hub

De’Longhi

  • Multi Dynamic Heater

D-Link

  • D-Link Omna 180 CAM HD

Ecobee

  • ecobee ecobee3 thermostat
  • ecobee ecobee3 lite
  • ecobee4 Smart Wi‑Fi Thermostat with Room Sensor

Elgato

  • Elgato Eve Light Switch
  • Elgato Eve Energy
  • Elgato Eve Degree
  • Elgato Eve Door & Window
  • Elgato Eve Motion
  • Elgato Eve Room
  • Elgato Eve Weather
  • Elgato Eve Thermo

Enno Panno

  • Enno Panno S All-In-One Controller (Total Home Lighting + HVAC Management)

Eton

  • Eton Blackout Buddy Connect Charge (Coming Soon)

Fibaro

  • Fibaro Single Switch
  • Fibaro Wall Plug
  • Fibaro CO Sensor
  • Fibaro Door/Window Sensor
  • Fibaro Flood Sensor
  • Fibaro Motion Sensor

Fleda

  • FLEDA Smart lightbulb socket

Friday

  • Friday Lock

GE

  • C by GE C-Sleep bulb with C-Reach (Announced)
  • C by GE C-Life bulb with C-Reach (Announced)

Haier (海尔 挂式智能空调)

  • D-air Hanging Smart AC

Heatmeister

  • Heatmiser neoHub (2nd generation)

Honeywell

  • Honeywell Lyric Round™ Wi‑Fi Thermostat – Second Generation
  • Honeywell Lyric™ T5 Wi‑Fi Thermostat
  • Honeywell Lyric™ T6 Smart Thermostat
  • Honeywell Lyric™ T6 Pro Wi‑Fi Thermostat
  • Honeywell Lyric™ Controller

Hunter

  • Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorised Shades with PowerView® Hub (Announced)
  • Hunter Apache – 54″ Ceiling Fan
  • Hunter Signal – 54″ Ceiling Fan
  • Hunter Symphony – 54″ Ceiling Fan
  • Hunter Douglas PowerView® Hub (Announced)

iDevices

  • iDevices Socket
  • iDevices Wall Switch
  • iDevices Switch
  • iDevices Outdoor Switch
  • iDevices Wall Outlet
  • iDevices Thermostat

iHome Control

  • iHome Control Smart Plug iSP5
  • iHome Control Smart Plug iSP6
  • iHome Control Smart Plug iSP8
  • iHome Smart Sensor

iLuv

  • iLuv Rainbow8

Incipio

  • Incipio CommandKit Wireless Smart Light Bulb Adapter with Dimming
  • Incipio CommandKit Wireless Smart Wall Switch (Coming Soon)
  • Incipio CommandKit Smart Outlet with Metering
  • Incipio CommandKit Wireless Smart Outlet with Metering – China and Australia version (Coming Soon)
  • Incipio CommandKit Wireless Smart Power Strip

Insignia

  • Insignia Smart Plug with Power Meter (Coming Soon)
  • Insignia Smart In-Wall Switch (Coming Soon)

Kaiterra

  • Kaiterra Laser Egg 2 Smart Air Quality Monitor
  • Kaiterra Laser Egg 2+ Smart Air Quality Monitor

Keenetic

  • Keenetic Smart Outlet (Coming Soon)

Kidde

  • Kidde RemoteLync Monitor with RemoteLync bridge (Coming Soon)
  • Kidde RemoteLync Camera with RemoteLync bridge (Announced)
  • Kidde RemoteLync (Announced)

Koogeek

  • Koogeek Lightbulb LB1
  • Koogeek Light Strip LS1
  • Koogeek Socket
  • Koogeek Dimmer CN (Coming Soon)
  • Koogeek Dimmer Switch (Coming Soon)
  • Koogeek Light Switch (1-Gang)
  • Koogeek Light Switch (2-Gang)
  • Koogeek Switch CN (1-Gang) (Coming Soon)
  • Koogeek Switch CN (2-Gang) (Coming Soon)
  • Koogeek P1 Smart Plug
  • Koogeek Smart Outlet O1EU
  • Koogeek Smart Outlet O1CN
  • Koogeek Smart Outlet O1US
  • Koogeek Smart Plug P1EU
  • Koogeek Smart Plug P2 (Coming Soon)
  • Koogeek Lock (Coming Soon)

Kwikset

  • Kwikset Premis

Leviton

  • Leviton Decora Smart 15A Switch
  • Leviton Decora Smart 600 Watt Dimmer
  • Leviton Decora Smart 1000 Watt Dimmer

Lifx

  • LIFX A19 LED Light
  • LIFX BR30 LED Light
  • LIFX + A19 with Night Vision
  • LIFX + BR30 with Night Vision
  • LIFX + 100mm Downlight
  • LIFX Beam (Announced)
  • LIFX Mini (Announced)
  • LIFX Mini Day & Dusk (Announced)
  • LIFX Mini White (Announced)
  • LIFX Tile (Announced)
  • LIFX Z

Liftmaster

  • MyQ Home Bridge

LightWave

  • LightWave Link Plus (Announced)
  • LightwaveRF Link 2 (Coming Soon)

Logitech

  • Logitech Circle 2
  • Logitech POP Smart Button

Lutron

  • RadioRA 2 by Lutron Connect Bridge
  • Caséta by Lutron Smart Bridge
  • Lutron Caséta Wireless In-Wall Light Dimmer with Caséta Wireless bridge
  • HomeWorks QS by Lutron Connect Bridge
  • Serena Motorised Shades by Lutron with Caséta Wireless bridge

Lux

  • Lux Products KONO Smart (Coming Soon)

Myson

  • Myson Touch 2 Hub

Nanoleaf

  • Nanoleaf Aurora
  • Nanoleaf Aurora Rhythm (Coming Soon)
  • Nanoleaf Smarter Hub

Netatmo

  • Netatmo’s Smart Thermostat
  • Smart Radiator Valves
  • Presence outdoor security camera
  • Healthy Home Coach
  • Legrand Celiane with Netatmo (Coming Soon)

Nice

  • Nice IT4WIFI

NousLogic

  • NousLogic Watchman Garage Door Controller (Announced)

Nu-Heat

  • Nu-Heat neoHub+

OneLink

  • Onelink by First Alert Environment Monitor
  • Onelink by First Alert Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm – Hardwired
  • Onelink by First Alert Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm – Battery powered

Opro9

  • iU9 Smart Lightbulb Socket (Coming Soon)
  • Opro9 iU9 Smart Power Outlet

OPSO

  • OPSO Smart Outlet
  • OPSO Smart Lock (Announced)

Parce

  • Parce Plus (Announced)

Philips Hue

  • Philips Hue Bridge – Enabling Philips Hue Bulbs, Light Fittings, Switches and Sensors

Powertech

  • Powertech Wi‑Fi Smart Plug (Coming Soon)

PureGear

  • PureSwitch

Schlage

  • Sense Smart Deadbolt

Sensi

  • Sensi Wi‑Fi Thermostat
  • Sensi Touch Wi‑Fi Thermostat

Solflex

  • Solfex neoHub

Sylvania

  • SYLVANIA SMART+ A19 Soft White

Tado

  • tado° Smart Thermostat – Starter Kit (v3)
  • tado° Smart Radiator Thermostat – Starter Kit
  • tado° Bridge

UCOMEN

  • UCOMEN Smart Outlet_EU (Coming Soon)

Velux

  • VELUX windows with VELUX ACTIVE (Announced)
  • VELUX ACTIVE (Announced)

VOCOlinc

  • VOCOlinc PM2 Smart Power Strip (Coming Soon)
  • VOCOlinc PM2E Smart Wi‑Fi Power Strip (Coming Soon)

Weiser

  • Weiser Premis

Wemo

  • Wemo Bridge (Announced)

Yale

  • Yale Assure Lock Home (Coming Soon)

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