We’ve seen the new Sony Xperia XZ up close at IFA 2016 in Berlin, where it was first revealed in September. Since then, the Android flagship has made its way to the U.S, Europe, India, Japan, and other parts of the world. And now, it’s making its way to the Philippines in time for the holidays.
As soon as you read the name, you’d automatically think the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is one those sleek Android tablets you’ve seen in the news. That’s only half right, because this Galaxy is a full-fledged Windows 10 convertible through and through.
Another year, another iPhone release. This year, as has been the case the past two years, we’re getting two models: the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The original PlayStation 4 has been available for nearly three years already, and fans have been clamoring for an upgrade. Blame it on being spoiled by the yearly successors smartphones and laptops have been getting, but now does seem like a good time to add some much-needed features to the old PS4. The PlayStation Pro and Slim are doing just that.
Spotting an Xperia has become second nature to most. A flat rear, signature circular camera lens, and pronounced bezels – that’s a Sony smartphone right there. This year’s flagship, the Xperia XZ, is not much different, yet has a lot more in store for camera lovers.
Whenever we hear the words Samsung and Galaxy put together, Android tablets and smartphones instantly come to mind. That’s why it’s so strange to see the Galaxy label plastered on a Windows tablet when talking about the Galaxy TabPro S. And yet, it’s only when you begin using this convertible that you realize how similar it behaves to an Android tablet.
When Xiaomi decided to go big with their next smartphone, they weren’t kidding. The Mi Max overshadows most handsets in terms of size, pushing 6.44 inches of display on a full-metal body. It’s by far the China-based manufacturer’s largest phone since starting out, and it has GadgetMatch’s full attention right now.
Last week, we spent a generous amount of time on the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro. It got our unboxing and hands-on treatment as seen above, plus an in-depth look into how well the phone works as a daily driver. With all the exposure we’ve given this phablet, why would we feature it again here? The answer is quite simple, and it involves more of its kind.
How big is too big, really? After seeing phablets as large as 6.8 inches in screen size, anything around 5.5 inches is beginning to feel normal. We’re now taking a look at the Xperia XA Ultra, which is Sony’s largest midranger this year, sitting in what we feel is a comfortable 6 inches.
OPPO announced the F1 Plus (the R9 in its country of origin) to great fanfare, with the company estimating over 7 million units sold since the phone’s release in March. And OPPO isn’t done with the F1 branding yet, as it recently made the F1s official in some markets, namely China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. A subsequent rollout is slated for the rest of Southeast Asia and regions where OPPO operates.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note narrative is among the most interesting in the smartphone industry. What started out as a science project in 2011 has not only become the face of the big-phone trend, but has also served as the motivation behind making devices larger than they need to be to accommodate a larger display.
We spent some time with the Asus Zenfone 3 shortly after its launch in Taiwan last May 30. All three models are big upgrades from last year – sleeker, more powerful, with more features. But do they offer enough to go head to head with rivals released months earlier? Find out in our hands-on review.
If you can get past its iPhone-esque looks, there’s much to be said about the F1 Plus. OPPO’s latest smartphone isn’t the most premium in its lineup, nor does it look anything like its little brother, the OPPO F1, but it is a phone that defies expectations in a good way.
This week was one of many firsts. My first trip to India and my first formal introduction to smartphone brand Vivo, whose V3 and V3 Max smartphones marked their global debut here this week.
It’s by no mistake that these phones are unveiled in Mumbai, not New York, or London, or Beijing.
Size matters, but it’s not everything.
Love it or hate it, the iPhone SE is arguably a class of its own. It may look old but it doesn’t perform like one. It’s something not even the Android world can offer – where small nowadays, most often than not, means sluggish, second-rate, and a 2-4 year-old OS built into a cheap plastic body.
LG puts the fun back in function with the announcement of its latest flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress, the LG G5. It has everything a 2016 flagship is expected to have: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, Quick Charge 3.0 that promises 83% of battery after 30 minutes of charging, a fingerprint scanner, quad HD display, USB Type C, Android Marshmallow, and great cameras.
In a surprise announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sony said goodbye to its top of the line Xperia Z smartphone, unveiling in its place a trio of new smartphones collectively referred to as Xperia X.
Specs-wise the new Xperia X line isn’t going to be the most high end smartphone release of 2016 but Sony’s left just enough for the phones to be desirable.
It’s the S year for the iPhone which means all the changes happen on the inside – and there’s a lot of that on the iPhone 6S.
The iPhone 6S (and the 6S Plus) got the expected internal upgrades—a faster processor and more RAM. But there are two significant changes: an improved main camera (from 8 megapixels since the iPhone 4S, to 12 megapixels) and 3D Touch.
Samsung’s new premium flagship tablet – the Galaxy Tab S2 – takes on a new but familiar shape.Samsung is embracing the 4:3 aspect ratio for its tablet. The Korean company follows up its release of the squarish mid-range Galaxy Tab A with another squarish device, but this time with much better specs.
How do you build the ultimate camera? A few engineering breakthroughs and a sprinkling of Sony magic. The full-frame Sony A7R II is not for everyone, but it sure is one of the most impressive cameras out there. This interchangeable lens, mirrorless camera, sports a 42.4 megapixel sensor, has 5-axis image stabilization, 399 phase detect AF points, and can shoot 4K video.
The ZenPad S 8.0 is the first premium tablet from ASUS, part of the Taiwanese company’s ZenPad line launched at Computex in June 2015. The 8-inch tablet is powered by an Intel Atom processor and boasts of 4GB of RAM, DTS HD sound, and a USB Type-C port. In the Philippines the tablet will retail for Php 16,995 when it goes on sale this August.
A perfect blend of substance and style – the Dell XPS-13 laptop is sleek without sacrificing computing power. It fits a 13-inch display into the body of an 11-inch ultrabook. Standout features include, an almost borderless 4K touch screen, carbon fiber interiors, and 15 hours of battery life. In this video, we’ll tell you why we think the Dell XPS 13 is the best Windows laptop of 2015.
At E3 2015 Microsoft unveiled their Elite Wireless Controller for the Xbox One. This $149 game controller is fully customizable, you can remap buttons using software, and swap out knobs and paddles depending on how you play the game. While these new controls will take some getting used to, it is guaranteed to change the way you play.
Right before it starts shipping globally, we unbox Samsung’s latest mid-range interchangeable mirrorless camera the NX500. If you’re in the market for a compact digital camera that can shoot 4K this one begs to be considered. It’s pretty impressive in both paper and practice. Watch the rest of the video to find out if it’s worth its $800 price tag.
The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are Samsung’s most premium looking phones yet. Samsung ditches plastic and faux leather for glass and aluminum. Forget bezels, the S6 Edge’s display seemingly wraps around the phone, and is stunning. Specs-wise the phone gets only incremental improvements but comes with built-in fast wireless charging, a even better camera, and a new and improved fingerprint scanner that works! Check out our hands-on review.
The Moto 360 is the first round smartwatch running Android Wear and probably the best in the market today. Its popularity stems from its being one of the first smart watches to really look like a classic timepiece. In this video I unbox the device and give you my initial impressions.
Possibly the most interesting product of Photokina 2014, Panasonic’s Lumix CM1 is the first smartphone with a 1-inch imaging sensor, that’s the same sensor size typically found in compact digital cameras. This 4.7-inch Android smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, and runs Android 4.4 Kit Kat. From the halls of Photokina in Cologne, Germany here’s our first look and hands-on.
At Photokina 2014 in Cologne, Germany, Fuji took the wraps off their brand new X100T – the successor to the camera that started the retro camera revolution. Fuji improves nearly every component in this 3rd gen device. The camera features a 16MP sensor, Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 lens, and phase detect autofocus. Here’s our first look and hands-on.
We’re at IFA 2014 in Berlin to take a look at Sony’s updated flagship smartphone the Xperia Z3 and its mini-me the Xperia Z3 Compact. How is it different from its predecessor and from competition? Here are 5 new features including a better low-light camera and a more ergonomic, bump-free design.
Highlights from Microsoft’s #MoreLumia event in Berlin, Germany last September 4th. We get hands-on time with Microsoft’s new Lumia 730/735 and Lumia 830 smartphones plus chat with Microsoft Imaging Chief Juha Alakarhu. The Lumia 830 is a phone to watch out for, pegged as the “affordable flagship” this smartphone has all the premium features of the top of the line 930 but with a more budget friendly price tag.