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About Next Gadget Up


Allow me to reintroduce myself.

My name is Ben. I run the YouTube tech channel Ben’s Gadget Reviews and I write a monthly tech column for Forbes Asia magazine. I also write tech-related features and reviews for several other online outlets such as the South China Morning Post. My previous writing can be found in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, Sports Illustrated, and more. 

I decided to start Next Gadget Up as a companion to my YouTube channel so I can offer multimedia coverage of this exciting industry.  

Yes, I know, there are like 8,000 other tech sites out there. So why read Next Gadget Up?

  •  I don’t just report from afar; but also on the ground. Over the past few years I've attended trade shows such as Mobile World Congress and IFA; Apple’s WWDC and iPhone launch ; and I visit the headquarters of tech companies regularly. I’ve interviewed senior execs from Huawei, LG, Xiaomi, etc; visited factory production lines; and I'm always keeping an eye out on upcoming tech.
  • I’m able to report on the ground because I’m based in Hong Kong, an hour away from where most of the tech hardware action happen these days. If you are familiar with my YouTube channel, you may know I have a reputation for getting my hands on Chinese handsets from brands like Oppo, Vivo, Meizu, Redmi -- days or even weeks before other media. I get them first not because I’m better, or because companies like me more (I wish, but nah). I get them first because I’m physically closer, and I'm a workaholic. 
  • I hate clickbait as much as you do. Are you tired of tech sites writing about phones they haven’t touched, basing a 300-word article entirely on a press release or a tweet? Are you sick of tech sites using ambiguous headlines to entice clicks? You won’t find none of that shit here. All my headlines will clearly and accurately explain the content, and I will try to write about devices I have already tested (or at least seen in person). It's easy (and lazy) to churn out articles based on press releases and second-hand accounts; I do more than that here. 

If you’ve made it this far down. Thank you. I can be reached at bencsin AT gmail DOT com.

Oh, the name of this site is inspired by the “next man up” mentality that’s a big part of basketball culture. It means you gotta be ready to step up at any given time. The illustration above is by the talented @nayahh_art on Instagram. Special shout to bae, who helps me with B-roll footage.