Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Hands-on: Redemption Story

They say opportunity comes only once, and when it knocks, you have all but one chance to seize the day.

The tech world, however, operates by different rules. Each year is a chance to get things right, to improve on a great idea, or to pick up the pieces from a disastrous fall.

In the case of Samsung’s hugely popular Galaxy Note series, so hard was its tumble last year, so fiery was its fall, that at one point, a comeback was thought to be impossible.

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Moto Z2 Play

Moto Z2 Play Review: To mod or not to mod

What if you could build the perfect smartphone, picking individual parts, and assembling them together like Lego blocks?

Wide-angle camera, snap it on. Two-day battery, snap it on. More storage for your photos, snap some on too — that’s the vision behind the modular smartphone idea, and after years of top secret development, 2016 saw multiple tech companies chase after that dream with varying amounts of success, or complete lack thereof.

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KEYone is BlackBerry’s first phone in two years

It’s 2017 and for most of us, typing on a cold sheet of glass is the most natural of things.

But while tapping on a screen is second nature to us smartphone users, there’s nothing quite like the tactile punchiness of a physical keyboard.  

If you find yourself longing for that classic BlackBerry experience, the new KEYone is everything you remembered from the good ol’ days, but with all the bells and whistles you expect from a smartphone of today.

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Remembering the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Now that the Galaxy Note 7 crisis is behind us, and with Samsung Executives promising the Note line will live on, fans can now begin imagining what Samsung’s next stylus-toting smartphone will be like.

Obviously, we expect it to be called the Note 8 — but did you know that there’s already been a Note 8?

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Everything you need to know about the Note 7 investigation

With 2017 in full swing and the launch of the Galaxy S8 mere months away, Samsung hopes to put to rest the case of the flaming Note 7 and the subsequent recall of what many considered to be the best smartphone ever built.

Today at a press conference in Korea, the tech giant announced the results of its own internal investigation and that of three other independent firms.

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Vivo V5 Plus Hands-On Review

Whenever a smartphone has a Plus at the end of its name you expect it to be bigger and better than its namesake.

But that’s not the case when it comes to the V5 Plus, the newest smartphone from Chinese up and comer Vivo. In fact when it comes down to the tale of the tape, the V5 Plus is roughly the same size as the V5 that came a few months before it.

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To Infinity and Beyond

Happy 2017 everybody!

We’re merely weeks into the new year and so much has happened already.

Earlier this month we were in Las Vegas for the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. Soon we’ll be in Singapore for the Samsung Southeast Asia Forum, and then shortly after Barcelona for Mobile World Congress.

Before things get crazy, we’d like to thank all of you for being a part of our growing community.

After its first full year of operations GadgetMatch is now one of the most influential tech media organizations in Southeast Asia with a combined following of 250,000 users across Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Viber and Twitter. At the end of 2016 we hit traffic goals too, ending the year at close to a million monthly page views.

But things are just getting started. This year we will continue to expand and prioritize growth markets in Southeast Asia, India, and the United States. But while we continue to build on our global footprint we are committed to staying true to our roots and delivering content with an Asian voice.

We have so much in store for you all and can’t wait to fill you in. Today we’re launching the GadgetMatch Blog – the best place to come to get updates on what we’ve been up to.

For everything else make sure to follow us on social media and sign up for our newsletter. As always if you’d like to reach out to us you can send us a message on Twitter using the hashtag #AskGadgetMatch or by sending an email to [email protected].

Until then, thanks for dropping by.

Michael Josh

 

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In the tech world, to win you must innovate.

It’s a fast-paced, uber-crazy rat race, where each year, feature upon feature is piled onto new products dubbed the latest and greatest of tech.

Not everything makes sense, not everything practical or groundbreaking. But these headline features are what sells these products, and it gives us tech journalists something to write about.

But what if scaling back was even better than moving forward?

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Fantastic Pokémon and Where to Find Them

Wouldn’t it be great if you lived by a PokéStop or two? You could just sit on your couch, set a lure and have pokémon come to you? Don’t even think about it! Not only is that a lazy-ass idea, it’s not feasible. If you’re really serious about catching them all, you’ll need to put in the time, just like in the game or TV show, moving from place to place in search of them all.

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Niantic releases official statement on Pokémon Go global rollout

Here’s a breakdown of what we know about Pokémon Go‘s global release so far in order of date:

  • The game is out now in the Philippines and 14 other countries in Asia and Ocenia. Swing by this page for the full list.
  • As of today, August 4, Pokémon Go is now available in Central and South America. The news comes just in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. The world’s best athletes training in Pokémon gyms could be a thing now. Yay!
  • Nintendo announced on July 27th that Pokémon Go Plus, the watch-like companion device that alerts you of nearby monsters, will be available in September, not late-July.
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Of disruptors, flagships, and price points

What makes a smartphone a flagship phone?

Just the other day, during a weekly chat over drinks, the GadgetMatch team found ourselves in a conundrum.

While a few years back the answer was simple, these days, the imaginary lines that separate phone classes are getting murkier. That’s especially true in 2016, a year where up-and-coming brands are disrupting price points by introducing the same kinds of phones for less.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Preview

UPDATE, August 2: The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is now official. Check out our hands-on post here.

The invites are out for 7 Unpacked, the launch event for Samsung’s newest phablet, the Galaxy Note 7, which will take place in New York on August 2nd. Following months of speculation, this teaser pretty much confirms rumors about Samsung skipping 6 and going straight to 7.

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Lenovo brings Moto 360 smartwatch to the Philippines

When Google first unveiled its smartwatch operating system, Android Wear, back in 2014, it launched with three partners – LG, Motorola, and Samsung.

While the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live dropped a few months earlier, it was the Moto 360 that almost everyone wanted (and waited for). Unlike the other two that were more tech–on–a–strap, the Moto 360 looked and felt more like a traditional watch, with a round face and genuine leather straps to choose from.

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Celebrate Social Media Day 2016

June 30 is Social Media Day!

I’m really excited to represent GadgetMatch as we celebrate our first year of doing what we do.

Our first anniversary is coming up so the timing couldn’t be any perfect. At Social Media Day I will be taking part in a panel with other entrepreneurs who have turned their passions into professions. Joining me are Jessica Nazarali, Founder of IT Girl Foundation and Liz Lanuzo, Founder and EIC of ProjectVanity.com

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