Tech Radar

With its View 20, can Honor become the world leader in smartphones?

Honora, a Huawei’s subsidiary, recently needed to rent the famous Pleyel room in Paris France for the worldwide launch of their new smartphone. It confirms the brand’s mid-range positioning without renouncing to integrate technological improvements.

Did you like to use a smartphone?

Well, now you should be able to play more. It seemed to be the subliminal message of the presentation of the new smartphone model from Honor, a subsidiary of Huawei. Nowadays, there is more excitement about the integrated camera and image quality for the game than about the voice transmission performance. Very smart and no longer a real phone, here comes the time for the Honor View 20.

The launch of the latest one took place in Paris, Salle Pleyel, on Tuesday 22 January 2019, in front of an international audience of journalists and now indispensable influencers, quick to applaud each announcement by George Zhao, Honor’s president.

Full screen and 3D

Thus, the president’s great pride comes from the fullscreen without a notch. The smartphone’s screen area is larger, thanks in particular to the size of the camera lens, which reduced to 6.7 millimeters. But this is not at the expense of picture quality; the camera has a Sony 48 megapixel lens. They hid the 25-megapixel front camera (essential for selfies) in a discreet circular notch. Another unique attraction of the device is a 3D camera.

These options are not a coincidence regarding brand positioning. A brand focused on the mid-range market; Honor aims a rather young and dynamic audience — the kind who uses his phone to take pictures or play video games. And to make the message that Honor is a brand for young people, it has signed a partnership with the Moschino fashion brand, which has approved two special series featuring elements of the brand, the teddy bear and the double question mark.

A mid-range price

Compared to the cost of Honor’s previous smartphones, the latter is significantly more expensive than the first models sold in Europe. However, it is much cheaper (549 or 649 euros depending on the size of the memory) than the latest version of Apple’s iPhone.
Honor is participating in Huawei’s strategy to win market share by targeting a target that is fond of smartphones at the highest technical level at an affordable price: young people.

The Huawei group very quickly conquered the Chinese market, where it ranks number 1. International growth (excluding China) reached 170% in 2018. In the third quarter of 2018, the group was number two worldwide, with a market share of 13.4% compared to 18.9% for Samsung and 11.8% for Apple, according to Gartner.

Best connected watches in 2018: Keep an eye on your health for less than 200$

Welcome to our buying guide for the best sport watches in 2018. There is something for everyone: it is clear that not everyone will have the same criteria according to their needs and desires, whether to analyze your health and sports data. We get right to the point, here we go.

Nerds and athletes alike may be attracted to connected devices in 2018 and moving forward.

We have selected the best watches on the market; there are many of them. Before you decide to choose one or the other product, you will have to think carefully about your needs. It will be crucial to guide you correctly to the right product.

The technical characteristics and possibilities such as heart rate monitoring, weight, power supply, smartphone notifications, etc. are all elements that you can find on all connected watches. Not to mention, of course, other essential points such as the autonomy offered by these products or the waterproofing.

Sony Smartband 2


The first generation of Sony SmartBand does not have a display, there are LEDs, and you have to go through the application to be able to consult the various data transmitted by the sensors.

Regarding possibilities, classic, sleep, steps, calories. We also find its evolution, more expensive, the Smartband 2 light and comfortable, this one offers an average autonomy of 2 or 3 days depending on your use.


Fitbit Alta HR, Fitbit Charge 2


At Fitbit, we find the Alta HR which has many undeniable advantages, relatively advanced sleep monitoring, effective heart rate monitoring, notifications and many other possibilities. However, some will regret that this device is not waterproof due to its price. A point that will not cool everyone down, but it is good to know.

We keep on reviewing trendy models with the Fitbit Charge 2, the latter resolutely top of the range offering even more effective sleep monitoring. In particular, you can compare your sleep phases with people in your age group and gender, which is a practical way of finding out if there is anything wrong with them. A product to consider for the most demanding.


Garmin Vivosmart 3, Garmin Vivomove HR, Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2


The Garmin Vivosmart 3 will please Crossfit enthusiasts, especially those who like to follow its VO2 (maximum oxygen consumption). The automatic detection of exercises is a particularly valuable feature of the product. You can also track the variability of your heart rate, a product for sports enthusiasts. The GPS is not available to subscribers, but the manufacturer communicates on a robust tracking system with its integrated accelerometer.

The connected Vivomove HR watch takes the shape of a classic watch; a screen is nestled in the dial to access notifications from the smartphone. Regarding functionalities, we find stress monitoring, resistance to water up to 50m deep and an estimated autonomy of 14 days.

We end this presentation with the Garmin series with the Vivofit Jr. 2, a product that stands out a little bit because it is intended for children. Resulting from a collaboration with Disney, it is perfectly suitable for children over four years old.

The latter can tame various sporting activities thanks in particular to mini-games offered on the applications. An excellent Christmas gift idea for our little blond heads.

tesla smart car

Tesla: Does the Autopilot have a problem with the track separators?

After the death of a Tesla Model X driver who hit a lane separator on the highway while the Autopilot was activated and another minor accident, several other testimonials point to a possible software problem in managing this type of road infrastructure.

Tesla’s pride and joy of using Autopilot Assisted Driving software seems to have a big problem distinguishing between lane separators. On March 23, the driver of a Model X was killed in the accident of his electric car that had been embedded in a concrete track separator. Tesla recognized that the vehicle’s Autopilot was activated at the time of the impact.

Last week, ABC’s local television channel in the San Francisco area, KGO-TV, revealed a similar, this time minor, an accident that occurred in September 2017 with an active Tesla Model S Autopilot. The software did not detect the track splitter and struck it, causing extensive damage.

The Tesla Autopilot does not prevent all accidents.

These accidents are not the only evidence of the Autopilot’s possible difficulty in managing track separators. Two other Tesla drivers have published videos in which they reproduce the conditions in which the two crashes occurred. In both cases, you can see how the car, with Autopilot engaged, goes straight onto the lane separator. The first driver has just enough time to hit the steering wheel to avoid a collision, while the second driver squashes the brake pedal.

Tesla has not yet mentioned the existence of a specific problem with the Autopilot with the track separators. As he has done after every accident, the manufacturer reminds us that his autopilot software requires the driver to keep his hands on the wheel and be attentive to the road.”

The Tesla Autopilot doesn’t prevent all accidents; such a standard would be impossible, but it makes them much less likely to happen,” says the manufacturer. There are indeed several examples where we see the system anticipating an accident and, no doubt, saving lives.

Tech Radar: A Review of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

After the marvelous upgrade on the design with the release of iPhone 6 and 6s, apple fans all around the world had been waiting for what the company comes up with next. And boy Oh Boy we have all been left surprised because Apple decided to stick to the same pattern of design. Yes, it’s surprising to see that the company chose to break the pattern of coming up with a new design after every two releases. However, with only a few minor improvements to the design of iPhone 7 and 7 plus, Apple have decided to give a direct to the future to the smartphone technology.

The future of Smartphones Technology

The improvement in design I speak of is the antenna lines you saw in iPhone 6 or 6 plus that were a different color. Now they have been altered and fixed to match in the with the body color of the phone. Oh yes, that’s the improvement.

But this is not the decisive statement Apple have chosen to make. The company has decided to step into the future of mobile technology by introducing dual cameras at the back in the 7 plus version, that is totally awesome. You might have gotten used to home button that was physically pressable. Oh wait, now it’s gone. But has been replaced by pressure sensors and haptic vibration motors that have been installed to provide the feel of a button. The processor on both these phones, the A10 fusion processor is so strong that it provides the same caliber of performance as a laptop does. And lastly, pushing us all into a direction of wireless technology, Apple has decided to remove the headphone jack.

Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are truly a step into the future. But they’re not exactly a full representation of it. The phones have been made waterproof. But that does not mean that you should go swimming with your phone, it only means that they can be casually used during rain or can come in direct contact with water for a little bit.

There have been additions made to the display as well. And with the dual camera of the 7 plus version, you can now capture photos and get a wider range of colors into it. All in all, it’s a great addition to the Apple collection. But if you want to compare it to the competition around in android phones, Apple have lagged behind a bit.

All in all, it’s a great phone to have once you have gotten used to all of the additions made. And believe me when I say, some might find it easy to adjust, some might find it hard. It may vary from person to person but Apple is truly trying to send us all in the direction of the future.

Improvements made in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus version include:

  • Antenna designs merged in body color in black and matt black versions
  • Dual cameras
  • Improved display
  • And of course, there’s no headphone jack.