GadgetMatch has been around the globe in 2017 to give you the freshest gadget news. Here are the highlights.
The Consumer Electronics Show was held in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States during the first weeks of the new year. As one of the biggest trade shows of consumer-oriented devices in the world, CES always has a diverse range of gadgets on the show floor.
One of the popular devices to come out during the show was the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom and the ZenFone AR, plus ASUS took the floor to showcase the ZenBook 3 Deluxe. We also saw interesting products including this high-tech boxer brief and Toyota’s futuristic-looking concept vehicle.
And who can forget the crazy incident about the stolen Razer prototypes?
Check out our full coverage of CES 2017 here.
After CES, we flew to Barcelona, Spain for the Mobile World Congress where a lot of new smartphones and related products were launched.
We started with the latest attempt of BlackBerry to re-introduce smartphones with physical QWERTY keyboards in the form of the BlackBerry KEYone. LG then announced the LG G6 as its first borderless smartphone and the first to ever have a tall 18:9 aspect ratio on phones.
Huawei took the spotlight with the launch of the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus which made the Leica-branded dual camera system even more popular among consumers and mobile photography enthusiasts. Samsung showcased their new tablets running either Android or a full version of Windows 10 on the MWC floor, too.
The launches didn’t stop there. Nokia came back to the global phone market with three Android phones and the rebirth of the 3310. Sony announced their new flagship Xperia XZ Premium with a 4K HDR display — a first on mobile.
OPPO was present in Barcelona, but they didn’t announce a new phone. The Chinese company took the opportunity to showcase a technology they’ve been working on: 5x dual camera zoom. Unfortunately, the year is already closing and we haven’t seen the technology applied to any OPPO device.
More about our MWC 2017 coverage in Barcelona here.
Samsung Galaxy S8 launch in New York
Samsung’s first Unpacked event in New York this year was all about the Galaxy S8 and its immersive Infinity Display. It came with a number of accessories like a new fast-wireless pad and the introduction of Samsung DeX, which turns the phone into a desktop computer.
We asked our fellow YouTubers present during the event in NYC about their thoughts on the new Galaxy smartphone. We covered what you can do with the Galaxy S8’s camera.
LG InnoFest 2017
We then went to Korea, specifically in Jeju Island, for LG InnoFest. This event was dedicated to LG’s household products such as the premium LG Signature lineup.
There were all sorts of connected appliances in InnoFest, including OLED TVs, InstaView refrigerators, levitating speakers, TwinWash washing machines, robot vacuums, and cutesy control bots to manage everything in your smart home.
The whole GadgetMatch team flew to Taipei, Taiwan for Computex as an official media partner. Computex is Asia’s premier technology show with a handful of known Taipei-based manufacturers like ASUS, Acer, MSI, and Gigabyte.
ASUS announced another premium notebook called the ZenBook Flip S. This convertible is the thinnest around and is pretty light. They also unveiled the ROG Zephyrus which is a fairly thin (by gaming laptop standards) notebook with a GTX 1080 chip at its graphics core and a 120Hz G-Sync display.
Intel announced its newest Core i9 processors for next-generation desktop computers with up to 18 cores and 36 threads of processing power. And lastly, there were these cute devices which ruled the showroom floor.
Read more everything what happened during Computex 2017 here.
Google I/O 2017
During the middle of the year, the annual Google I/O was held in Mountain View, California to showcase what the company is up to and how well they’re doing, especially with Android.
Everything about Android 8.0 Oreo, Android Go, Google Photos, Google Assistant, and Google Home were tackled on stage. Check out our quick event recap video above to get you up to speed.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launch
We were back in New York for another Unpacked event of Samsung. This time, the company redeemed itself from the battery fiasco last year with a refined and all-around better Galaxy Note 8.
As always, we covered everything about the new Galaxy Note 8 on our hands-on may it be written or in a pleasing video. Since it’s a Note, the S Pen is the highlight of the product. Check out our review and watch other YouTubers’ reaction about the phone while you’re at it.
Another major annual event called Internationale Funkausstellung, or more commonly referred as IFA, happened in Berlin. It’s one of the oldest industrial exhibitions in Germany and the biggest in Europe.
The LG V30 was unveiled ahead of everything else in the event with its big borderless display and complete multimedia capabilities. But, it wasn’t the only phone that came out in IFA. Sony announced their new Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact flagship phones along with the Xperia XA1 Plus midranger. The Moto X4 showed up with its beautiful glass body.
Lenovo was present with their Star Wars-themed Yoga notebook and the Jedi Challenges augmented reality game bundle, while Acer showed the impressive Switch 7 Black Edition, massive Predator Orion 9000 gaming PC, and super-slim AiO Aspire S24.
Cameras and drone were on the IFA floor. DJI unveiled a couple of new and improved drones for consumers and professionals, while Sony launched its new ultra-compact camera with 960fps video capture. After the Note 8, Samsung announced their new wearables in IFA to complement it and appeal to the sporty crowd.
Read more of our IFA 2017 coverage here.
Apple iPhone 8 launch in Singapore
One of the first markets to have the new iPhone 8 was Singapore. We flew to the city-state and unboxed both the regular and Plus variant along with their new accessories!
Sadly, the iPhone X didn’t hit the shelves on the same date. All of our iPhone 8 content is available here.
Made by Google 2017
It was now Google’s turn to wow everyone with their new Pixel and Home devices. We were only expecting two new Google Pixel phones, but there was a lot to cover and all of them were proudly labeled as Made by Google.
Apart from the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google expanded their hardware portfolio with the Pixel Buds which have real-time language translations ala Star Trek. We also got a cuter Google Home Mini and a bigger Home Max. Then there’s the controversial Google Clip pocket camera with machine learning capabilities. Let’s not forget about the premium Pixelbook running Chrome OS and better Daydream View for virtual reality.
We’ve got everything covered in this written recap, and you can read more here.
Huawei Mate 10 launch
We love going to Europe, so GadgetMatch flew back for the Huawei Mate 10 launch in Munich, Germany.
We saw two flagship phones during the launch namely the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. It’s quite interesting how Huawei made the external differences between the two quite distinguishable unlike with the P10 series.
We already have a review of the Mate 10 up for your pleasure.
Apple iPhone X release in Singapore
Apple was able to deliver iPhone X stocks on schedule and it was time to head to Singapore again.
The iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone and non-special edition phone on the market. Whether you’re okay with the notch or not, you’ll appreciate the true borderless design of the iPhone X.
We’ve been to many places across the globe this year and the list would’ve been even longer if we included everything.
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Stylish leather accessories: His and Hers
Accessories to help complement your look ✨
More and more manufacturers are designing gadgets as a fashion statement. Depending on how you style it, a device can make or break a look.
If you haven’t tried it before, you can build outfits around a device and make it a focal point. These stylish accessories can help complement the look you’re going for.
His: Rugged Case for Pixel Buds A-Series in Rustic Brown
Give your wireless earbuds case a rugged makeover with a sleek leather cover. The raw, vegetable tanned leather is sourced from one of America’s oldest tanneries and the case has an optical light pipe to allow the Pixel Bud’s LED charging indicator to shine through.
Hers: Native Union Clic Heritage Case in Sapin
A premium phone deserves an elegant case that lasts, not a clear jelly case that will turn yellow in a few months. The Native Union Clic Heritage is made with a blend of smooth and cross-grained Italian leather and finished with gold accents to match even your favorite pair of earrings.
His: AirTag Leather Loop in Rustic Brown
Upgrade your everyday carry with a leather loop for your AirTag. Track your keys, camera, umbrella, or your bag with this minimal and sleek accessory. It’s designed to beautifully patina with time creating a MagSafe charging experience unique to you.
Hers: Stow Slim for MacBook in Sage
Your laptop doesn’t have to go into a clunky black bag. Truth be told, it deserves better than that. The Stow Slim protects your laptop from anything that might scratch it in your tote, but it looks just like a casual clutch that you wear with a flirty top and wide leg trousers.
His: Nomad Card Wallet in Rustic Brown
Keep your cards and cash secure in this slim card wallet from Nomad. It can fit up to 10 cards, including the Card for AirTag that will launch in September. Now the two essentials in your pockets match, too!
Hers: Heritage Card Holder in Sapin
Carry your cards and a little bit of cash in a matching card holder as your iPhone case. You would instantly look more put together when you want to walk into a cafe for a cup of joe.
Dancing in the rain? Capture it with the Galaxy A52 5G
Content creation with IP67
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is easily the best flagship-loke phone without the wallet-robbing price.
And with flagship specs, come flagship lenses. These make the Galaxy A52 5G the best content creator phone.
With its quad-camera’s 64MP main shooter and 32MP selfie camera, it’s really no surprise this phone’s got all the specs you want and need for content creation.
A quick swipe into more camera features, gives you loads to choose from. The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is feature packed. From delivering stunning stills, to features like 4K video, Fund Mode, nothing comes close to making content all in one phone.
From silly obscure intros, to filming your new indoor hobbies, to finding the best moments while vlogging. And it doesn’t stop there.
The phone has IP67, protecting it against dust and sand. It can also work for at least 30 minutes while under 15cm to 1m of water.
Want to record quality TikToks? Play and stream? Or, Vlog your day-to-day? You ca do those, plus watch and immerse in other’s content on the 6.5” Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is a heavy hitting midranger. Whether you’re watching content or making it!
This feature is collaboration between GadgetMatch and Samsung Philippines.
I’m missing the Olympics because I don’t have cable
And it sucks
It’s 2021. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, is in full swing as of writing. However, as someone whose primary source of media entertainment all comes from streaming, there’s no easy and convenient way for me to watch the games. Major bummer.
I like to enjoy my media a certain way; I prefer to stream them on my TV. Which is why majority of the content I consume come from YouTube, Netflix, and the occasional Amazon Prime, HBO Go (Yep, not even HBO Max), and Apple TV.
I find it incredibly baffling that the stakeholders involved in bringing the games to the people failed to come to an agreement to make it easily accessible on the aforementioned platforms. It’s 2021. Why on earth am I not able to watch the greatest sporting event on the planet the way I want to?
Believe me, I hear the privilege in my words. Regardless, I still feel marginalized.
So how can you watch the Olympics right now?
I asked a friend who’s been covering the games. He watches through cable and had to pay a PhP 150 fee (around US$ 3/ SG$ 4) to avail of the Tokyo 2020 Premium from a particular cable provider.
Thing is, the whole Olympic coverage in the Philippines is locked to the MVP group of companies. You wanna follow the games, you’re gonna have to do it on one of their platforms.
Here’s an excerpt from their press release on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic coverage:
“Sports fans will have comprehensive access to the Olympic Games — from the Opening Ceremonies all the way to when the games conclude — on free to air via TV5 and One Sports. One Sports+ on Cignal TV will also dedicate a significant amount of their daily hours to broadcast the events, with Cignal also opening up two exclusive channels dedicated to broadcast the games 24/7. Cignal Play, in addition to live channels TV5, One Sports & One Sports+, will be offering exclusive channels broadcasting live updates to its subscribers, along with exclusive content not available on the TV broadcast. Cignal TV’s One News leads the group’s round-the-clock news coverage, featuring results, updates, and highlights.”
Comprehensive? Maybe. For platforms within the MVP group of companies. If you’re not subscribed to any of these, well, that’s just too bad. It’s good for business and I completely understand how the whole thing works. Doesn’t mean I have to like it.
The coverage also missed to televise or showcase Hidilyn Diaz’s historic gold medal win in the Weightlifting competition. If you’ve been following sports news, the Philippines was expected to get a medal in this event. Sadly, the moment was only known following updates from reporters on the ground.
How I wish it was handled
I’m sure there’s a lot more that goes into it in terms of TV and broadcasting rights, but we’re literally at an age where plenty of folks have decided to cut the cord and rely on streaming for content.
On YouTube, you can buy and/or rent movies and shows. The platform and structure exists for pay-to-watch content. They could have even made tiers or packages like charge a certain amount to gain access to all the games, a different and lower amount if you just want to follow a certain sport and/or a certain event.
Maybe the potential earnings to do so didn’t justify the costs to implement it. Whatever the case, it’s still incredibly frustrating.
Sure, I can go through the hoopla of setting up a VPN and look for streaming sites. But that’s more even more cumbersome. I don’t mind paying a convenience fee if it means that after a long day of work I can kick back, relax, and watch some damn sports.
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