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24 Hours in Singapore with the Google Pixel 2



While I’ve been to Singapore a few times before, this trip is about a lot of firsts. It’s the first time I didn’t go to the usual places most tourists visit like Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa, or Universal Studios. It’s my first time exploring the business-y Alexandra area and quaint Katong neighborhoods in the Central Region.

It’s also my first time using the Google Pixel 2 we ordered last month, and as a point-and-shoot kinda gal, I’m very impressed to say the least.

Checking in at the Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

We stayed at this Peranakan-themed boutique hotel in the middle of Katong village. The facade doesn’t look like much, but every little corner of its interior is well-thought-out and well, Instagram-worthy. But we’ll get to that later.

Tanjong Katong

The neighborhood is home to a lot of Peranakan heritage buildings and quaint restaurant and cafes including this standout, The Red House. The Peranakan people in Singapore are descendants of Chinese immigrants who settled in the Malay archipelago — most of them were elites more loyal to the British than to China.

Before heading out, we grabbed lunch at the Starker Bistro right next to our hotel. They have a buy one, take one lunch promo on burgers and pasta, so the choice is obviously a no-brainer.

Google Asia Pacific HQ tour

Happy Halloween!

Another first on this trip was stepping foot inside the Google Asia Pacific Headquarters. The Google office is several storeys of beautiful open spaces and micro-kitchens!

Who wouldn’t want to go to work if the office were this inviting?

The YouTube floor has YouTube branding all over — from couches to play buttons to logos. One wall is decorated with this logo made of circuits.

There’s also a garden in one of the balconies. At this point in the tour, I was asking myself whether the Google HQ was made for working or for OOTDs.

Apart from the main cafeteria, there are micro-kitchens on every level of the headquarters, although there was nothing micro about those kitchens, to be honest. There were snacks (even cold brew!) everywhere.

Exploring Alexandra

On our way to a very important mission, we spotted this futuristic looking pedestrian underpass at Alexandra Point…

… and this dazzling architecture we captured at blue hour.

Singapore has pedestrian-friendly streets. And sometimes, they also make for good bokeh for a portrait mode sample. Here’s one in low light of our Chief Content Officer, Michael Josh.

A 30-minute walk from the Google HQ is this IKEA showroom! We’re still in the process of putting together our own studio and office, so we had to check it out.

We didn’t really buy furniture, but visiting an IKEA showroom always leaves me wanting to build a home of my own and start decorating.

This is actually the only reason we walked more than one kilometer in this humid weather. IKEA makes wireless chargers, and this particular model fits in one of the desks we have in our studio. The problem with most wireless chargers is while they’re well-designed, they’re not made with the home in mind — most of them are intrusive and don’t blend in with our furniture.

Hawker centers everywhere

But first, a selfie. The Google Pixel 2 has portrait mode enabled for both the front and back cameras, so I had to give it a try while waiting for the food to be served.

What’s a trip to Singapore without going to a hawker center? We were starving after that long walk so we got one plate each of mee goreng while waiting for our other order.

It takes at least 20 minutes to make, but claypot chicken rice is worth the wait! Our order was meant for two but I really think it can feed at least three more hungry people. You can view the Motion Photo version here.

Time to retire at the hotel

Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is a visual feast for anyone who loves good design. Every little detail is a cultural immersion of the Peranakan influence in Singapore — something I wasn’t fully aware of before this trip.

Speaking of little details, there’s a basin of salt foot soak, exfoliating and moisturizing cleansers, and a Good Morning towel waiting for you to try. Talk about soaking up Peranakan culture right in your own room. Here’s Michael Josh trying to rest his feet while working. 💆🏻‍♀️

The morning after at Baba Chews

Jim Hopper of Stranger Things says mornings are for coffee and contemplation. I say mornings are made for great breakfast food prepared just for you. Unlike most hotels that offer breakfast buffets, Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong’s restaurant Baba Chews gives you the option to have western-style breakfasts and Singaporean cuisine as part of their everyday special.

I didn’t get to take a photo of the Katong laksa and chai tow kway, because they were so good they had to be devoured immediately. So here’s a photo of their moist waffles instead!

This trip wasn’t just about firsts. It was also about visually stimulating spaces, thoughtful design, and of course, great food! That’s only the tip of the iceberg that is Singapore, and I can’t wait to go back.

24 Hours is a series on GadgetMatch.com where we showcase our travels through a smartphone camera’s perspective. It’s also a documented guide on things to see and do in a city in case you happen to plan a trip there.

SEE ALSO: Singtel introduces price plans for Google Pixel 2 XL

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First 24 Hours with the iPhone 14

Bluer than Blue!



September 11 marks a historical day not just for New Yorkers, but for (almost) everyone in this world.

With a memory that lives forever in our heads, Michael Josh has tried commemorating it.

He went to the pier along Brooklyn Bridge to recreate a shot he wanted to do for so long.

But instead of the best-in-class iPhone, he instead used the 6.1-inch iPhone 14.

Can’t wait to see how the shot turned out? Or just curious how the iPhone 14’s gonna last throughout the day?

Head over now to our iPhone 14 First 24 Hours video to feed your curiosities.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 14 Pro Max First 24 Hours

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First 24 Hours with the iPhone 14 Pro Max

Battery & Camera Champ?



Just in time with the newest iPhone 14 and 14 Pro series, our First 24 hours series is back on track!

Aside from the usual one day usage, it’s also a great time to see the streets of New York, at least virtually.

With the new cameras of the iPhone 14 Pro Max (including a 48MP sensor),

is it suffice to say it’s worth upgrading to this year’s iPhone?

Here’s Michael Josh’s first 24 hours with the new iPhone 14 Pro Max for you to find out more.

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vivo V25 and V25 Pro: First 24 Hours

Impressive all around!



For the uninitiated, smartphone manufacturer vivo makes the V-series, apart from the more premium X-series. The V-series is its midrange line that inherits a lot of the flagship features its more expensive brothers offer. It’s also got fun selfie camera features, as well as a more colorful, dynamic design.

The V25 and V25 Pro are the latest in the series, and we partnered with vivo to talk about our experience using both phones for the first 24 hours. We took them around New York City to test out new camera tricks during the day and at night, as well as to give you an idea what it might be like using the V25 Pro in the real world.

Lunch and Errands

We started the day by unplugging the V25 Pro at 10am at 100%. Errands had to be run around the city, which took almost 4 hours.

We then headed to Urbanspace meet some friends for lunch. It’s a food hall with lots of yummy options to choose from, and I opted for a caramelized pork banh mi.

While waiting for my order, I took some video samples using the V25 Pro’s rear camera. For a lot of smartphones photographing and filming at Urbanspace is not as easy. It’s moody with random light sources here and there but the V25 Pro’s 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing Camera took the challenge like a champ. Watch our YouTube video here.

After lunch we walked over to Grand Central Terminal to take the subway to a Mediatek event. We were running late but we had to take a few photos using the V25 and V25 Pro because this station is stunning.

Even if it was quite dim inside the station, these shots came out great thanks to the V25 series’ 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing Camera, which minimizes blur and supports a longer exposure time, resulting in clearer and brighter images.

When it comes to videos, the V25 series uses a Hybrid Image Stabilization (OIS+EIS) feature to deliver smooth videos even in low light. The X-series has long been known for great video stabilization so it’s good to see that come to its more affordable models. So, we also filmed a few clips during our subway ride.

Processing Power and Color Changing Design

At the Mediatek event, we got reunited with a lot of our fellow tech YouTubers, including Enobong Etteh (@booredatwork, Joshua Vergara (@jvtechtea), and Danny Winget (@superscientific).

Both the V25 and V25 Pro are powered by a MediaTek 5G system on a chip. The vivo V25 is powered by Mediatek’s Dimensity 900, a 6nm chip with exceptional AI camera features.

Meanwhile, the V25 Pro is powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 1300, an octa core CPU with boosted AI performance and HyperEngine 5 which provides a suite of gaming related optimizations.

At the event however, we got our friends to talk about the color changing design of the V25 and V25 Pro.

Our V25 unit turns from golden yellow to a rich orange tone when exposed to the sun or UV light. While the V25 Pro goes from a lighter blue to a deep blue. This is thanks to the Color Changing Fluorite AG Glass material that vivo used.

Both Joshua and Danny liked how eye catching the V25’s color is. I personally love anything blue, so the V25 Pro is my pick.

Selfie Shooter

At the event we also got to test the V25 Pro’s 32MP Eye AF selfie camera. It’s got autofocus, so even if you’re dealing with moving subjects, it locks on them so selfies remain clear.

In one test we had Chay move in and out of frame. Autofocus detects her as soon as she comes back into frame and follows her along as she moves around the frame.

I also love the teleprompter feature which lets me put up a script to read while recording video. I might use it for my Instagram stories more often. It’s such a fun tool!

Daytime Photos

The MediaTek event took place on a gorgeous rooftop suite so while everyone was busy mingling, I snapped the rest of these photos.

We had a lot of fun catching up with everyone, showing them the new vivo phones, and taking photos that we almost forgot to do a battery check.

At 7:07 PM, the vivo V25 Pro still had 62% left. That’s 9 hours after unplugging it from the charger.

Back in Brooklyn

After the event, we headed back to Brooklyn to try and catch the sunset. This time of the year we get longer days so we had a few minutes left and I snapped more photos along the way.

Being able to film video at night is the holy grail of smartphone videography and with Super Night Video on the V25 Pro, I can shoot videos of the Manhattan skyline when it looks its best.

Super Night Video brightens and reduces noise when filming in low light.

Tacocina Break

It’s 8:30 PM, and I could just feel the hunger pangs so we decided to grab some tacos from Tacocina at Domino Park. But first, another battery check: 49% left in the tank.

Of course, we didn’t want to pass up on the chance to take a photo of the tacos, too. The camera always eats first.

While we were there it was also the perfect opportunity to test out the Bokeh Flare Portrait. There are five effects to choose from: default, hearts, stars, butterfly, and cherry blossom.

The vivo V25 Pro did a great job of separating me from the background despite how dark it already got. I can’t say which effect is my favorite but I think I’m gonna use hearts for now.

I was so hungry after the day we just had that I had to order another taco. While waiting I went and tested out the Time-Lapse feature on the V25 Pro as well. You can watch our video here to watch those samples.

More Photos at Night

Our next camera test involved having the subject in the shadows, with a well-lit background. We snapped a few around Domino Park, but it’s the one where Chay stood in front of the pillars that takes the cake.

For that we turned on Super Night Portrait. It uses AI to compensate for the lack of light on the subject. It’s of course not obvious in this photo, but in real life, Chay had barely any light on her face when we took the shot.

We couldn’t end the day without taking some artsy night time photos.

This first shot is of the Williamsburg bridge around Blue Hour. I visiting love Domino Park for views just like this one.

I love that Tacocina exists. It means you don’t even need to leave the park to get food and drink. I highly recommend their carne asada soft taco!

I always am a sucker for a mural. I love street art and the walls around Domino Park are lined with them.

I had to do it: an OOTD photo.

These blue steel towers are actually cranes from the sugar refinery that once stood in this area. I love how they kept them around and how they’re now like art pieces that illuminate the park at night.

I love this shot of Chay walking down the stairs from the elevated walkway.

We’ve got a few more shots for you from my walk home.

I was super impressed with this one of a food truck because it was much darker than the pic looks. I also love how the V25 Pro did not produce lens flares other smartphones tend to do when photographing lights.

Neon is always a challenging thing to film or photograph. I think the V25 Pro did an excellent job of this hair salon.

I thought this was a quirky way to end this photoshoot — a neon flamingo atop a building.


After almost 12 hours of use, and exactly 4 hours of screen-on time, the V25 Pro had 28% left at 9:39 PM.

I’m glad we ended our day in Brooklyn with night photography tests using the V25 Pro. It’s worth pointing out that V25 series cost half the price of higher end smartphones. Yet it more than delivers in terms of capturing stunning photos at night.

I guess I shouldn’t even be surprised, considering how the vivo X80 Pro, along with its predecessors, are some of the best smartphone shooters we’ve tried.


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