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24 Hours on Sumilon Island with the Honor 6X

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As somebody who — very naively — asks only two questions when presented with a smartphone (Are there games? Is the camera good?), one can rightly guess that I have a simple make-do-with-what-you’ve-got attitude towards taking photos — and by making do with what I’ve got, I mean my inability to patiently adjust smartphone settings to get that “perfect” shot, as my version of a “perfect shot” is capturing a precious moment as swiftly and genuinely as possible (before they flee the perimeter, especially).

So, when I bounded off to Sumilon Island for the weekend, I took along the Honor 6X (also known as the Huawei GR5 2017 or Mate 9 Lite) to see if it truly lives up to its name.

Setting foot on Sumilon Island

After having seen friends on Instagram happily frolicking and posing on sunny sandbars, I had to admit I was a bit underwhelmed when our boat docked onto Sumilon Island.

Here’s the sandbar, but sun and happy frolicking are nowhere to be found

To be fair it was cloudy, and the promise of rain was clear against the sky. Props to the Honor 6X for capturing this exact moment though — one of dismay.

The Honor 6X’s dual camera also gives a great blurry background effect for that coveted moody and artsy look

Sand and sun

There was better luck with a sunny sandbar the next morning, provided we forego breakfast (noooo!) to get there before large groups of tourists hopped in from mainland Cebu.

Ooh!

Aah!

What is hunger compared to this serenity?!

Early morning natural light = best for selfies. You can’t even tell we’re hungry and woke up too early on a weekend!

We stayed in Bluewater Resort, which had great views of — you guessed it right — the stunning sapphire waters that surrounded the island. Every corner of the resort is decorated to play up the beautiful scenery.

Our view overlooking the sea. No forethought necessary in taking this shot, besides “ooh, Instagrammable!”

Indoor photo with HDR mode

Just a regular selfie

The Honor 6X did great with outdoor photos under a cloudless sky, but even with HDR mode turned on, indoor photos with that same bright sun gave them a blown out look, taking away the brilliant colors of the background.

Trekking around the island

It wasn’t trekking so much as it was walking around a pristine island on a lazy weekend while overfed on the breakfast buffet. There were yellow, blue, and red trails — beginner, intermediate, and advanced, respectively — and we set off on the blue trail. Sumilon Island is also home to a pretty strong Pokémon Go gym, a Pokéstop set by the ruins of a Spanish-era watchtower at the highest point of the island, and a decent enough Globe signal for data connection. Perfect for a quick quest in between eating and lounging around!

We passed by this fancy little island resident at the beginning of the trail. The Honor 6X’s regular camera pulled off a pretty detailed macro shot of this little fella, but the dual-camera mode indiscriminately blurred out portions of the subject that wasn’t smack dab in the center.

Blue water, green water, black water — check out the gradient in the sea, and the details in the lagoon!

“Nope, no Eevee in there.”

The trail took us all around the island and back to the sandbar for a quick swim with all the manner of resplendent sea creatures in the nearby marine sanctuary. Unfortunately, the Honor 6X had to take a break, as we couldn’t take it with us into the water.

Day and night

As much as it performed splendidly under full daylight, the quality of photos by the Honor 6X dipped as quickly as the sun did into the horizon.

The graininess adds a dramatic feel, though

Excluded from the thousand words this picture paints was delicious, which it really was

There’s no way to make anything look appetizing with or without the Honor 6X’s flash. The food presentation was lovely, and a great deal of self-control was taken into not gobbling the food once it touched our table just to take a photo, but all in vain.

Honor 6X: With honors, or without?

To answer one of my two questions (with the other cast aside, as there was not a dull moment on the island): Is the camera good? It depends on where you are, and I guess when you are there. The Honor 6X seemed incapable of producing a bad shot under full daylight, which is great news for non-photographers such as myself, but once you duck into the shade or take it out for some night shots, it’s going to take considerably more skill, patience, and not moving your hand around too much.

 


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.

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Google Pixel 7 Pro Unboxing and First 24 Hours

Plus a photowalk using its great set of cameras

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The new Google Pixel 7 Pro has just been released to the public!

Aside from our previous first look video, Michael Josh also did a quick unboxing and hands-on.

Plus, he took it to the streets to test out its battery prowess as well as the power of its three cameras — including the new Super-Res Zoom feature.

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First 24 Hours with the iPhone 14

Bluer than Blue!

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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.

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First 24 Hours with the iPhone 14 Pro Max

Battery & Camera Champ?

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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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