#Trending has been testing three gadgets this month: the Oppo Reno 7, the Xiaomi Pad 5 and the Hobot Legee 7. Here’s how we rate them.

Oppo has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Reno 7 5G, with a price tag to match. The Reno 7, in its Star-trails blue, features a unique laser-etched design and includes a clear cover, so you can still show it off. Even though it has a 6.4-inch 120Hz large display, it’s slim and fits in the hand, and is ideal for consuming multimedia content.

t has a headphone jack, but earphones are not included. The highlight of the Reno 7 is its 64MP AI camera that lets you control depth of field for bokeh and portrait shots, and things like AI colour portrait videos, which makes the background black and white. Wide-angle shots look great with HDR, but AI makes the colours unrealistically bright, so best to turn that off.

It runs on a MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G chip, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of expandable storage. Performance is decent and battery life is good. A unique feature is the 65W SuperVOOC plug that charges the device to full in 35 minutes.

Pros: Camera; fast charging
Cons: Plastic back; performance is not snappy
Price: R14 999

In a world dominated by the iPad, Android tablets have struggled to come close to Apple’s offering. Xiaomi is hoping to change that with its iPad rival, the Pad 5.

It ticks a lot of boxes on the hardware front with its 11-inch 2.5K and 120Hz display, Snapdragon 860 chip, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, large battery and Dolby Atmos quad speakers.

It has a slim design and is good for entertainment and productivity. I enjoyed watching videos in full screen on the Pad 5, and toggling the Dolby Atmos setting makes a big difference to the audio, which otherwise sounds flat. For productivity, it has the full Google suite of apps so you can work via the cloud, though it’s no laptop replacement. I

t has a 13MP rear and 8MP front camera, but this isn’t a drawcard for any tablet. The security app is nifty, with tools to check storage, boost speed, deep clean and manage apps, but also access privacy, dual apps and app lock, which is usually hidden deep on Android settings. It sort of looks like an Apple interface, but it is an excellent Android offering. The Pad 5 offers great hardware and is well suited for consuming multimedia content, but it lacks a SIM slot.

Pros: Excellent screen; battery life; fast performance
Cons: No LTE variant; no headphone jack
Price: R7 999


A robot vacuum cleaner is becoming a must-have appliance, because it’s one less chore to worry about. Hobot’s Legee 7 is a mid-level automated vacuum cleaner that offers eight cleaning modes and excellent features, such as mapping your home and setting schedules by room. It is easy to set up, though the app is not great. It can vacuum, dry mop, spray water and wet mop. A great feature is that you can add detergent to the tank, which scrubs the floors thoroughly and goes over the same room multiple times. Its cleaning modes include stain, polish, strong, eco and pet. It has one side brush, but it is powerful, and uses an AI smart spray that doesn’t leave residue. The schedule feature is great if you’re away and want to come back to a clean home. Objects need to be moved out of the way ahead of cleaning. A recent update lets it vacuum under curtains and beds. It’s convenient that the bot reaches places you normally wouldn’t be able to.

Pros: Maps your house; uses detergent; powerful vacuum
Cons: Buggy app; doesn’t vacuum rugs
Price: R8 250

Published here: https://www.news24.com/citypress/trending/oppo-xiaomi-hobot-to-enhance-your-life-20220512