PDA Review Template

A constant WIP - expect it to remain a stub basically forever.

- Some intros -

Physical features
Audio
Display
Bootloader unlocking
Repairability
Custom ROM & Kernel Availability
Other issues

- Conclusion -

What gets skipped
Pricing
Camera
Battery life
Water resistance rating
Telephone stuff
Performance
Haptics

Some intros

This section is mostly a short intro for the review.

Physical features

How a device feels in the hand (before a case), and some obligatory stuff about the ports, buttons, & their positioning. Also, if available, a JerryRigEverything durability test video will be provided to give a better idea of the device's physical features.

Generally, I tend to use PDAs without cases, but sometimes I also apply screen protectors (if possible). I will always recommend anyone to get a case & screen protector. For the latter, I will also sometimes add in a list of other PDAs whose screen protector can be used for the PDA I'm reviewing.

Occassionally, I'd also add in some tidbits about drop resistance, if I could. Though, it won't happen that often, & drop resistance has too much factor to be reliably noted.

Audio Quality

Personally, I consider this the most important section, and will be the section where my bias really shows up. Covers the speakers & headphone performance.

Headphone performance tested with a quality pair of earbuds, my ears, & some weeb music. That's how subjective it is. If you really need some objective PDA audio review, you should check GSMArena - they have the tools to do so.

Display

The first part of the user interface, & the 2nd most important section, since it's the 1st thing you'll be seeing every time you unlock the device.

In the Poco F1 review, I made an exception for it to also add in some comments regarding its glass cover. This is intentional.

Bootloader unlocking

It's the 3rd most important. However, it's also the one that matters the most, since you can't install custom ROMs, recoveries, kernels, & other mods on PDAs without unlockable bootloaders.

Repairability

Objectively the most important section, though, due to my bias, it slid to 4th most important (doesn't sound that important for service center regulars, but it is important nonetheless). If available, a teardown video link will be provided (preferably JerryRigEverything's, but others such as PBKreviews & Wit Rigs are also viable), to give you an idea of its repairability.

Custom ROM & Kernel Availability

This section might be irrelevant for custom ROM / kernel developers / maintainers. It covers custom ROM & kernel availability.

Other issues

This section is reserved for other crippling / positive issues that affects a device & couldn't be placed elsewhere.

Conclusion

The closing part, which decides if a PDA is worth getting.

What gets skipped

The sections that gets skipped because either I have no idea how to write them, or I just feel like it's unnecessary. Probably both.

Pricing

The section that doesn't quite matter because of region variety & such. What appears to be a fair deal in a region (and/or a marketplace) could be a rip-off in another. Secondhand devices are also cheaper, not including whatever repair costs required when there are issues.

Of course, getting them from the unethical monopolist whose name caused the rainforest & tribe with a similar name to hardly pop up on the search engines is a mistake - whenever possible, don't get them from there. By getting them there, you're promoting slavery on rich nations.

Camera

Personally, I don't consider cameras a factor when buying and/or reviewing PDAs. Here's why :

Battery life

This is the section I can't reliably write, since there's too many factors that have to be included for this section. For example, my habits of 20-80% charging, the battery's age when I got the PDA, the custom ROM & kernels, my personal use case, & so on.

Water resistance rating

IP (ingress protection) ratings matter only when they're fresh out of the box as a brand new device. This rating gets voided after it's opened up.

As a reminder, keep your devices away from water (especially sea water).

Telephone stuff

Generally, I tend to "review" all of my PDAs without attaching a SIM card. However, in a case where I put my SIM card, I exclude any reports regarding the experience of using it as a phone, to keep it consistent. This means I won't put stuff about mobile data quality, call quality, & so on.

A SIM card is another way to getting tracked & bombed with ads.

Performance

Previously, I made this section to put my claims about how well stuff runs (PUBG & Fate/GO). However, now that I no longer play any of those games, I see no reason to keep posting performance results.

Even if I could post them by benchmarks such as Antutu / Geekbench, the results aren't going to be consistent, thanks to these issues :

If you really want to see how well a PDA performs, the best way to do so is to either try it out, benchmark them yourself, or look at other review sites for the performance reports. So far, aside from Mi A1 (and Poco X3N sometimes), all PDAs I own run smooth enough that I have no complaints.

Haptics

Personally, I couldn't care for haptics feedback & I tend to disable them, as they tend to annoy me more often than not.

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