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5 reasons to stick with Samsung after Note 7 disaster

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Without a doubt, Samsung’s image has taken a major hit after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. What people fail to consider, however, are all the exciting things the tech specialist has been cooking up lately.

While these won’t extinguish the damage already dealt, our reasons for sticking with Samsung are meant to restore faith in the world’s number one smartphone manufacturer. After all, the Note 7 was just one failure in a sea of undeniable success.

The Galaxy S8 is going to be amazing

If history repeats itself, the next Galaxy S smartphone will be a game-changer. Recall how the Galaxy S5 introduced waterproofing and excellent photography to the series, the S6 made the glass back and metal frame combo a thing for Samsung, and the S7 became the definition of refinement for all tech products.

Based on the recent leaks and rumors, the upcoming Galaxy S8 — assuming Samsung doesn’t skip a number this time — will be yet another needle mover. We can expect a unique dual-camera setup, an improved iris scanner with additional security measures, and the usual “best chipset available” at the time of announcement.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung made curved displays cool

We should also believe in Sammy’s capacity to learn from its mistakes. Since no Android or Apple rival has a show-stopping product lined up for early next year, there’ll be no reason to rush shipments for its flagship, like what happened to the ill-fated Galaxy Note.

Galaxy Note 7 victims will get incentives

As the dust slowly settles, Samsung is coming up with ways to ease the pain of fallen Note 7 users.

We recently covered an upgrade program being offered, in which anyone who’s replaced their unit with a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge is eligible to do another trade for the upcoming S8 or Note 8. In addition, customers would only have to pay half the amount of an S7 to receive an S8. It’s admittedly confusing, but at least we know steps are being taken to rectify the problems surrounding the two sets of recalls.

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As of the moment, the program is only available in the South Korean market, but it’s only a matter of time before it extends to the rest of the world, since every user is a victim.

Samsung is already developing next-generation tech

This part probably won’t matter to casual users, but anyone with a techie thumb will understand the boundaries Samsung is currently pushing.

It’s a given that the upcoming Galaxy S flagships will have the best of the best specifications, and we have Samsung’s development teams to thank for this.

The Korean tech giant has begun production of chipsets using 10nm FinFET technology, which could be a first for the industry. What this means is newer processors equipped on future Galaxy devices will run a lot faster and cooler than the 14nm chips used on current smartphones, resulting in a smoother user experience and less power consumption.

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On top of that, Samsung has already rolled out another first in the industry: an 8GB memory package for mobile gadgets. In comparison, recent smartphones such as the new Galaxy C9 Pro are maxed out at 6GB of memory. This will boost a device’s multitasking abilities, and allow more complex apps and games to be produced.

The Galaxy S7 Edge and Note 5 are fantastic deals now

Depending on where you reside, you can score great deals on the Galaxy S7 Edge and last year’s Note 5. Be warned, though: The latter could be experiencing a minor price hike, considering it’s the best Android handset right now with a stylus pen.

You don’t have to look any further than our Galaxy S7 and Note 5 video reviews to know what they bring to the table:

Samsung reached near perfection with the Note 7

It’s easy to forget how close the Galaxy Note 7 was to smartphone perfection. Practically every media outlet praised it as the best Android device this year — or, of all time. 

We believe some of the blame for the Note 7’s troubles goes to its excessiveness, packing so many high-tech features in such a pocketable frame and short amount of production time. The successor, if everything works out, should either dial down the innovation or rely on its tinier manufacturing process to pull off a realistic product.

Our own hands-on review spoke of how much we loved the phone:

Do you have reasons of your own why you’d stick with Samsung? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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Hermès Apple Watch Series 8: Unboxing and Full Set-Up

What makes it different from the regular Apple Watch though?

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If you’ve been fond of GadgetMatch for quite a while now, you would know that Michael Josh is a big Apple Watch user.

From having to experience several Watch Series up until the Watch Ultra, to having various bands, he now has the most expensive Apple Watch in the Series 8 lineup in his hands.

In this video, he unboxes the most expensive Apple Watch ever — the Hermès Apple Watch Series 8.

To give you the full experience, he’ll also dive into the nitty-gritty of what makes it different and more special than the regular Watch Series 8.

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vivo V25 vs V23 5G: Camera Shootout

Are there even significant improvements?

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vivo V25

It hasn’t even been a year but vivo has already revealed the successor to the V23 5G that was launched earlier this 2022. But is it actually worth upgrading to the new vivo V25? Or should you save yourself some money and buy the older V23 5G instead?

vivo V25

Don’t let that new camera bump with bigger circular cutouts on the vivo V25 fool you. On paper, the cameras are close to one another but the V25 has the advantage of having a slightly wider aperture and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) that the V23 5G doesn’t have.

vivo V25 vivo V23 5G
Wide 64MP f/1.79
PDAF, OIS + EIS
64MP f/1.89
PDAF, EIS
Ultra-WIde 8MP 120º f/2.2
Macro 2MP f/2.4
Selfie 50MP f/2.0 wide

 

50MP f/2.0 wide
8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide
+ Dual-tone Spotlight

The sad news though is that, vivo has decided to remove the extra ultra-wide selfie camera and dual flash system on the new V25.

vivo V23 with the Dual-tone Spotlight Flash feature

But how do these phones perform side-by-side knowing the new V25 also has a slightly less-powerful MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset over V23 5G’s Dimensity 920? Are there enough convincing differences or is the older model actually better? Feed yourself some photo sample comparisons below.

Daylight

In any given circumstance, a valuable Android midranger should take at least a decent photo with natural light around — thus me taking lesser photos to compare.
Still, your judgment matters.

#1A (Ultra-wide)

vivo V25

#1B (Wide)

vivo V25

#2

#3A (Wide)

#3B (Zoom)

Food

Taking food shots (mostly with indoor lighting) is a better way to test which phone camera is capable of producing the better image output with the right amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness, temperature, as well as Dynamic Range.

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#11

*Left photo was taken multiple times with the focus tapped on the baked roll. Lens coating was also cleaned several times but still resulted to the same output.

#12

Night Mode

Low-light photos can either make or break the capabilities of a smartphone’s camera.
While it’s a mixed bag of outputs, it still depends on the user if Night Mode photos are important in a midranger or not.

#13A (Wide)

#13B (Ultra-wide)

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vivo V25

#19

vivo V25

#20

vivo V25

BONUS: Low-Light Selfie

For users who love taking selfies even in the dark, both phones can take fill-in flash (using the display) to brighten up your faces.

Without Flash

vivo V25

However, the ultra-wide selfie and Dual-tone Spotlight feature were removed completely from the vivo V25. You just have to guess and pick which is which.

With Flash (Aura Fill, Dual-Tone Dual Spotlight Flash)

vivo V25

Results

No more confusions, the results are consistent all throughout the board:

Photo A — vivo V23 5G

Photo B — vivo V25

Conclusion

vivo V25

While it’s barely a big camera quality improvement, the vivo V25 has rendered some of the scenes quite well such as in Photos 1A, 11, and 12 which the V23 5G failed to display at least an acceptable output. Other times, the vivo V23 5G delivered better results like in Photos 1B, 2, 3A, 4, and 13A. Those images delivered overall better photos with a sufficient amount of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and AWB (Auto White Balance).

Overall, the V25 produced better images with decent amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness. The newer model also has some slight edge on focusing and making shots brighter and more stable at night.

vivo V25

While only two selfies were provided, the V23 5G obviously has the edge — especially with its extra selfie lens and dual-flash feature.

vivo V25

If you’re coming from the V23 5G, you don’t need to upgrade to the vivo V25. Period. But, if you’re looking for a phone to replace your old vivo smartphone (or pretty much any old budget phone or midranger for that matter), buying the V25 won’t hurt.

vivo V25

Unless you’re looking for a used unit, a brand new vivo V23 5G is being sold at PhP 27,999. Whereas, a brand new V25 retails at a cheaper PhP 23,999 price tag.

vivo V25

Imho, choosing the V23 5G over the V25 is advantageous for some reasons: a more premium-looking design with metallic sides, slightly faster chipset, and the extra selfie camera.

vivo V25

But realizing how more capable the cameras of the V25 are, you can also choose it for its bigger battery and brighter display. Also, the OIS feature is very handy if you love taking photos in action or at night or just record stable-free videos without worrying about warping and jitters. At the end of the day, you should know what you value the most in buying a new smartphone.

SEE ALSO:

vivo V25 is a Night Portrait Master

Taking photos to the next level with the vivo V23 5G

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iPhone 14 Pro Max vs 13 Pro Max vs S22 Ultra: Camera Shootout

A Very Different Camera Test

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The iPhone 14 Pro Max finally has an upgraded camera system — highlighted by its 48MP main camera sensor.

But does it really take better photos vs the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra?

Find out in our photo-walk style camera shootout with the pro-photographer and Apple’s #ShotoniPhone Macro Challenge Global Winner Tom Reeves.

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