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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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5 timeless gifts you can give to a dad anytime of the year

For your dad, your friend who became a dad, or any ‘dad’ in your life

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Father's Day Gift Guide

Dads don’t get a lot of spotlight, probably because a lot of us suffer from daddy issues. But for those who have a loving relationship, or those who just started repairing theirs — giving your dad a thoughtful gift might be a way to strengthen the connection.

Here are five timeless gifts you can give to your dad, your friend who just became a dad, or if there’s any ‘daddy’ in your life.

Powerbank

Father's Day Gift Guide

In the era of connected life, going out without a power bank is like going out without a wallet. Even though most gadgets nowadays have strong battery lives, it’s always practical to have a backup.

And dads love being prepared at any costs, making it the perfect gift that’s versatile to every need — whether it’s for their smartphone, wireless earbuds, portable speakers, or a mini-fan. Shop here.

Electric Shaver

Father's Day Gift Guide

Just because they’re getting old, doesn’t mean they should forget how to groom themselves. Teach them to be like a fine wine — they should get better as they age, and they should even look more dapper to keep up with the times. (Hello, matching father and son outfits?).

Anyhoo, an electric shaver will suffice — giving them a clean, shaved look that will help them look presentable wherever they are. Shop here.

Leather Wallet Phone Case

Father's Day Gift Guide

For so many years, dads kept us protected in different ways. Now that we have a chance to give back, why not help them protect their essentials through a leather wallet phone case?

Mujjo’s, for example, speaks convenience and efficiency, without forsaking style. Its cardholder can carry up to three cards, and the case comes in a durable yet gorgeous leather design producing a beautiful patina over time. Shop here and use coupon #dad for 15 percent off all products (valid through June 21st).

Cordless Drill

Father's Day Gift Guide

Men love cordless drills. Not because they love drilling somebody else, but because it gives them the power to build and repair things.

In a way, it’s also one of the most useful and practical gifts that you can give, since the household can use it in different situations. Shop here.

Treadmill

Our dads sometimes forget that health is wealth. Give them the gift of health through a treadmill, so you can encourage them to live an active and fit lifestyle to prevent diseases that come with age.

Running a few miles can help them live longer, so you all can bond and make more memories together. Shop here.

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realme 8 5G Unboxing and First Impressions

Midrange game changer?

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Game-changer. It’s a bold adjective to use, especially when you’re describing a smartphone that’s situated in a competitive midrange segment. But realme has always dared to leap, and they’re doing exactly that with the realme 8 5G.

They’re calling it a 5G game-changer. It will require more extensive testing to determine whether that’s true or not, but for the meantime, here are our first impressions of realme’s newest offering.

But first, a quick rundown of the specifications for this device.

Display 6.5-inch IPS LCD display, 90 hZ 1080p
Processor MediaTek MT6833 Dimensity 700 5G (7nm)
RAM + ROM 128 GB ROM/8GB RAM
Cameras 48MP primary camera (wide)
2MP macro camera
2MP depth sensor
Battery 5000 mAh

 

The phone comes in realme’s signature yellow box. No surprises there.

Taking out the lid, you’re greeted by a short note from the brand. Nice touch!

Going through the rest of the box, you’ll find your usual set of manuals, a charging cable, and your charging brick. Realme also included a case for free out of the box. Good stuff!

It makes a good first impression, but can it last?

Out of the box, the first thing you notice is how pretty the device is. Without touching it, you’d think it was made out of glass. But in reality, they used plastic for this device. The radiant light effect is definitely a nice touch.

Outside of the fingerprint smudges you’ll definitely be leaving on the back, you’d want to rock this phone without a case.

The realme 8 5G uses a curved back for added ergonomics. The phone is well-built, and it doesn’t feel cheap even if plastic was realme’s material of choice.

That extra feeling of sturdiness matters, especially in a competitive midrange market. First impressions can make or break whether you get a smartphone or not. In this case, realme passed with flying colors. Early indications suggest that realme has a winner with the 8 5G.

That’s all we have on realme’s newest midrange offering for now. We’ll be testing the device to see whether the realme 8 5G can truly #CaptureInfinitePossibilitiesWith5G.

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Huawei MatePad 2021 Unboxing and First Impressions

The device for people on the go!

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Huawei has updated its primary tablet the Huawei Matepad. Come and join me as we unbox the new Huawei MatePad 2021.

Unboxing

Starting off, we have the box. A clean and simple look, but definitely pleasing! The front of the box shows us the branding and the name of the device.

A Huawei logo on the upper left corner, the AppGallery on the lower right, and on the lower left, the screen size of the device.

The box also has an interesting texture, only on the top cover though.

Opening the box, we have the device itself wrapped in fine paper and a pull tab to assist you when lifting the device out of the box.

Underneath the device, you are presented with two boxes. One box for the charging brick…

and the second containing the paperwork, USB Type-C cable, a 3.5mm headphone jack adaptor, and a warranty card.

Only the larger box is removable so be careful not to rip out the smaller box. Behind the larger box is the sim ejector tool, be sure to keep it safe!

Huawei MatePad

Removing the paper, we now see the simple but gorgeous Huawei MatePad in the “Midnight Grey” colorway. Be sure to remove the sticker — it’s optional but I suggest that you do.

The device itself is lightweight and easy to carry around, as a slim device it’s very easy to place it in a bag and you will have no problem carrying it around all day.

Starting off at the front, you will see the 10.4-inch screen with the camera at the top. Referring to the format at the back of the device, the front-facing camera is placed at the top.

On the left side of the device, you will be able to find the speakers along with the sleep/wake button. The right side shows you another pair of speakers and a charging port.

The top shows 4 microphones with the volume up and down button at the very left.

Heading over to the back you’ll be able to see the single-shooter camera, the Huawei branding, and an indication of their partnership with Harman/Kardon. The camera is accompanied by a flash and a microphone.

Specs

  • Display: 10.4-inch 2000×1200 IPS, 225 PPI
  • Processor: Huawei Kirin 820 series
  • Memory: RAM – 4GB, ROM – 128GB
  • Camera: 8MP front, 8MP rear
  • Battery: 7250mAh

Final thoughts

Finally, now we have unboxed the new Huawei MatePad. With this, the device itself feels good to the touch and is a good size for a tablet. Additionally, the “Midnight Grey” colorway of the MatePad is a great choice, it doesn’t collect fingerprints easily and the device is lightweight so you don’t have to worry when taking it with you anywhere.

The initial setup of the new MatePad was fast and easy, there are pre-loaded apps that are ready to use. Although I’m not sure if it’s just me or the apps change from time to time when you open the designated folders of the pre-loaded apps. For media consumption, the experience was good. Although the YouTube app was not the same as the ones we see on our devices, it works well as it should.

The screen looks good so far with the 2000×1200 IPS display, trying a few videos and films, the quality was great. Additionally, the speakers are a huge boost to the volume — loud but good quality. The MatePad also doesn’t have a 3m5mm headphone jack, luckily, they provided an adaptor. The MatePad is looking good so far, stay tuned for the next article as we are going deep and we’ll be having a full review of the Huawei MatePad 2021.

 

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