TCL 10L review: A modern phone for only $250, but there are trade-offs

TCL’s 10L is the company’s $250 budget phone. 


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Chinese electronics giant TCL has made a name for itself in the US through its Roku TV offerings, which have impressive displays that punch well above their prices. But after years of trying to break into the phone industry through sub-brands such as Alcatel, Palm and BlackBerry, the company is trying again and using its own name. 

Like

  • Good value for price
  • Modern design

Don’t Like

  • Mono speaker is weak
  • NXTVision display tech doesn’t add value
  • Lag issues

One of the first of these new phones is the $250 TCL 10L, which will be available May 19. Overall, the 10L is a good attempt at a budget phone, and while it doesn’t have many flashy features, it admirably handles basic tasks and has an elegant design. For the price, it’s a good rival to the Moto G Stylus ($300 at Motorola). But because Motorola’s phone performed much more smoothly, I recommend it between the two. 

Design: Modern despite the price

Unlike TCL’s flashy concepts like a slideable phone and a triple-screen folding tablet, the 10L is a more traditional smartphone, running Android 10 (an upgrade

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2020 Mazda CX-30 review: A fancy and fun small SUV

With the popularity of small crossover SUVs, there’s no shortage of established entries offering efficient drivetrain configurations and lots of utility. What this segment lacks, however, is compelling style and great driving dynamics. For the most part, small SUVs are forgettable point-A-to-point-B shuttles.

Like

  • Handsome sheetmetal
  • Near-luxury interior
  • Sporty handling

Don’t Like

  • Clunky infotainment
  • No rear USB ports
  • Sluggish acceleration

Luckily for anyone in search of a compact SUV with more visual pizzazz and a more engaging character, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 can fill that role for your motoring pleasure.

A real looker in and out

The Honda HR-V, Nissan Rogue Sport and Subaru Crosstrek don’t score high on the design scale, but the CX-30 does. Slotting in between the CX-3 and CX-5 in Mazda’s SUV lineup, the newest entry is attractive, wearing the latest take on the company’s Kodo design language. Like the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback that were new last year, the CX-30 has flowing body lines that read clean, sporty and mature.

Also like the Mazda3, the CX-30 has an interior that deserves high praise for its simple, stylish and intuitive layout. The luxury-level materials deserve a shout-out as well, and are truly impressive

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