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5 best smartphones for vlogging

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These days, you can do almost everything with your smartphone — this includes shooting vlogs!

Gone are the days of lugging around big video cameras and DSLRs; all you ever need can be found in the palm of your hands. While today’s capable technology allows you to shoot great quality photos and videos with phone cameras, it’s still a matter of finding the right one for your needs.

Before anything else, I’d like to point out that so many smartphones now have high specifications, but that’s not the only thing we considered for this list.

Here are my top picks for the best vlogging smartphones, depending on what type of vlogger you are:

Sony Xperia XZ Premium, if you’re a sucker for slow-motion shots

Aside from looking pretty sleek, the Xperia XZ Premium packs a punch in terms of video features. It has 960fps video recording, which means smoother slow-motion output — a pretty cool effect for your vlogs! This smartphone also has good image stabilization resulting in better handheld shots.

The Xperia XZ Premium is also one of the very few phones to have a 4K resolution display.

READ MORE: Sony Xperia XZ Premium review

LG G6, when you want more scenery in your videos

Shooting with the LG G6

LG’s flagship is waterproof and shock-proof, which is great for all-around shooting. Whether it be a travel vlog on a mountain or at the beach, this smartphone can and will go the distance.

The best part? This dual-camera phone has wide-angled shooters so you can capture more scenery in your videos!

READ MORE: LG G6 review: Back to basics

HTC U11, if you’re very particular about audio

The HTC U11 on a table

Based on our tests, the HTC U11 and the Google Pixel both take great photos and videos. However, the U11 won out because this particular smartphone is capable of 3D audio recording for clear audio no matter which direction the sound is coming from. Additionally, the U11 can zoom in and target a specific subject to capture specific audio — definitely a great feature for your video storytelling.

Bonus feature: The phone’s smooth, shiny back is not only pretty, it doubles as a selfie screen because it’s so reflective. Definitely great for checking your face on those lengthy video monologues.

READ MORE: HTC’s upcoming U11 might make brand relevant again

OPPO R11, when you always want to look your best on camera

Pink haired girl holding OPPO R11

OPPO has always been known for being the selfie expert, but they’ve outdone themselves this time. The R11 camera has a built-in live beauty mode for video — that means you’ll be looking fresh in videos anytime, anywhere. Adjust the filter level depending on your preference and never have a bad on-cam day ever again.

READ MORE: OPPO R11 Review

Moto Z2 Play, when you still prefer the feel of a real camera when shooting

Moto Z2 Play with mods

For those who still enjoy the feel of holding a camera when shooting, the Moto Z2 Play may be the perfect smartphone shooter for you. The Z2 Play can be fitted with different mods, and one of them is the Hasselblad True Zoom — yes, from that famous camera company. Shoot like a real pro in a snap!

READ MORE: Moto Z2 Play Review: To mod or not to mod


SEE ALSO: 5 photo-editing apps you must download

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PG 5 sneakers gets the PlayStation 5 colorway

It just makes (dual) sense

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Nike and PlayStation are collaborating once again for the signature sneakers of NBA star Paul George. For its fifth iteration called the PG 5, these basketball kicks are going to get the PlayStation 5 treatment.

On the PlayStation blog, Paul George notes that Nike and the PlayStation designers including Yujin Morisawa took inspirations from his game to bring this collaboration to life.

 

What to expect:

  • The tongues of the shoe have the PG and PlayStation logos
  • The colors of the shoe are heavily inspired by the industrial design of the PS5 with references on the sock liner and outsoles.
  • Iconic PlayStation shapes are integrated and can be seen along each shoe in the same pattern as on the DualSense wireless controller.

The P5 G PlayStation 5 colorway also comes with a special hangtag to celebrate the partnership.

The PG 5 PlayStation 5 colorway drops in select regions starting May 14, 2021. Specific pricing and availability details have yet to be announced.

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League of Legends’ animated Netflix show is coming soon!

Out by this fall!

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The new animated series is titled Arcane. And, it’s coming from the League of Legends (LoL) publishers themselves: Riot games. Despite releasing countless animated shorts, Arcane is a first for the League franchise. Riot Games partnered with Fortiche Productions to develop and produce this series; keeping character designs and art close to home.

Since the first hint of it in 2019, fans have been waiting patiently for this release. And if you want the series now, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer. It’ll be out on Netflix and on Tencent Video in China by fall this year.

We follow two iconic League champions, their origins, and the power that tears them apart. The backdrop to the story is the utopian region of Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun.

Riot Game’s Global President of Entertainment, Shauna Spenley said, “Arcane was created as a love letter to our players and fans, who have been asking us for more cinematic experiences that dive deeper into the worlds and champions in League of Legends.”

Netflix’s video game animated series

Arcane is just one of few new video game adaptation slates in Netflix’s lineup. Which, spells good news for fans and players of games. One recent release was Dota: Dragon’s Blood, an animated series inspired by Valve’s multiplayer online battle arena (moba) game DOTA 2. Other Netflix series based on the video game realm include Assassin’s Creed, Castlevania, Cuphead, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, and Assassin’s Creed.

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Huawei Band 6: Best of both worlds for the right price

Big splash in the smart band segment

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Huawei Band 6

The wearable market has been rapidly growing and Huawei has remained competitive by releasing a large suite of devices. However, it can be argued that the Chinese company hasn’t made its mark just yet in the smart band market.

Enter the Huawei Band 6, the company’s latest attempt at disrupting the game. With a display that’s eye-catching and a price that can only be described as tempting, can the Band 6 finally be Huawei’s big splash in the smart band segment? Can this hybrid serve as the casual athlete’s GadgetMatch?

Sized like a watch, feels like a band

On my first impressions of the Band 6, I immediately mentioned its screen as one of its highlights. Amazing software can be derailed by hardware that’s weak and Huawei didn’t fail on this end. Its bigger screen is capable of making a big difference.

The thing with most smart bands is they’re valuable not as a one-stop hub for information, but as a tracker. More often than not, you go to your phone to check your progress on certain exercises or sleep patterns.

Huawei Band 6

That’s not the case with Huawei’s newest wearable. Viewing time and other important information is a delight, even when faced directly under sunlight. Screen size is incredibly important in bridging that gap between smart band and smart watch. The Band 6 does that extremely well.

Even better is how despite its size, it doesn’t feel heavy when worn. It’s named Huawei Band 6 after all, not Huawei Watch. It’s light, but sturdy. Wearing it while sleeping was far from a burden.

It’s versatile and stylish. Very few products can offer that from this price point and from the smart band segment.

Battery life is respectable

While the Band 6 didn’t live up to the two-week battery life Huawei boasted, it’s no slouch. The battery went from 100 to 10 percent in a matter of a week, which isn’t bad considering it’s housing a large screen, automatic tracking was turned on for heart rate and stress, and workout modes were used five times a week. Using the Band’s full suite of features requires power, and all things considered, its battery holds up well.

Huawei Band 6

Charging was also a breeze thanks to its straightforward setup. It only took the band one hour and 30 minutes to top up to 100 percent, which was quite respectable.

Big screen, big-time features for a band

The problem with most smart bands is how it skimps on features so it’s able to maintain a cheaper price point. Improving hardware can be expensive and it wouldn’t have been surprising if Huawei cut down certain features to keep the Band 6 affordable.

In that case, it depends on which wearable segment you’re comparing. Versus other smartwatches, it cuts down on features. You can’t play music straight from the watch and you can’t reply to texts despite its larger screen size.

But smartwatches are expensive for that exact reason. The Band 6 is best compared to smart bands and against its competition; it shines. It has all the features you’d expect out of a modern smart band.

Huawei Band 6

Casual athletes will be glad to find that the Band 6 houses 96 workout modes such as Strength, HIIT, Jump Rope, and Indoor Run. Having a suite of workouts that wide is extremely helpful if tracking your exercises is important to you.

Assistance over accuracy

SPO2 monitoring is also an awesome feature to have especially given the current pandemic. However, accuracy isn’t this Band’s strongest suit, and it shows with the numbers that come up during workouts and with your oxygen levels. In fact, there was one instance during a HIIT session that the heart rate the Band was showing was lower than what I was experiencing. That’s something to consider when using the device as a measuring tool.

With that being said, it’s important to note that the Huawei Band 6 is best used for guidance and assistance rather than accuracy. Nothing beats medical-grade tools such as a pulse oximeter or coaching from a trainer. However, its wide suite of features is a great jumping point for someone who wants to live a healthier and active lifestyle. Considering that’s the value Huawei wants to promote with this new device, that’s a big win for them.

Huawei Health App provides the basics and some insight

The same statement above applies to the Huawei Health App as well. The app is best used for guidance and not accuracy.

The Health App is straightforward but filled with the right amount of information. Insight regarding weight tracking, exercises, and stress is limited, but useful, nonetheless.

There is one thing the Huawei Health App is very good at: sleep tracking. While insight from its tracking can feel repetitive at times, there’s a lot of substance to the data you’ll get. Aside from the basic Deep sleep-light sleep-REM sleep, the Health App also tracks Deep sleep continuity, breathing quality, and how many times you wake up during your cycle.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

Pricing it at PhP 2,599 may be considered as a risk given the cheaper price points of other smart bands. But the price increase is warranted. The Huawei Band 6 is undoubtedly an upgrade from cheaper smart bands, and it makes the right compromises, so the price doesn’t increase dramatically.

Huawei Band 6

The Band 6 can serve as the bridge between the smart band and smartwatch segments. It’s sized and featured like a smartwatch, while being priced like a smart band. That’s a big win for Huawei and for the consumer.

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