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5 waterproof flagship phones: No raining on this parade!

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This weather gets a lot of people down, but it has no power over these premium machines!

When it rains, it pours, though that should’t ever dampen our mood. Let’s take a cue from these water-resistant smartphones.

All this moisture will not get in the way of these flagship smartphones — most of which were built to be resistant to liquids. Whether it be a bath, a minor spill, or bad weather, these phones will keep on keeping on.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

You can watch 4K videos on this phone’s 5.5-inch display — even under the rain!

A wet Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony is well known for its great cameras and this technology extends to its smartphones. This particular one is capable of super-slow-motion video recording.

READ MORE: Sony Xperia XZ Premium review

Samsung Galaxy S8+

No need to bust out your umbrella for this beauty.Holding a blue Samsung Galaxy S8 in the rain. It's waterproof!

Looking very sleek with its Infinity Display, you’d be hard-pressed to find another smartphone with a design that looks this graceful in the market. Samsung’s latest release is still my favorite in terms of looks (there’s a pink one!!), though this might change pretty soon, as the company is set to release the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 8 next month.

Also a plus: There are built-in filters and stickers (just like on Snapchat) in this phone’s camera app.

READ MORE: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ review

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

An Apple a day, keeps the doctor away, even in this cold, wet weather!

Wet iPhone 7 Plus on a table

Even after all these years, the iPhone retains its cult following — and with good reason. Apple, known to be a leader in tech innovation, is set to release the iPhone 8 soon and I’m pretty curious what they have in store!

READ MORE: Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Review

LG G6

It will take more than a little rain to break this device; in fact, we’ve actually thrown one in a washing machine and it survived!

LG G6 wet on a rainy day

However, my favorite feature from this premium smartphone continues to be its camera! Aside from being equipped with a dual-cam setup featuring one wide-angle lens, the phone has built-in Instagram-friendly features which will definitely up your #feedgoals!

READ MORE: LG G6 review: Back to basics

HTC U11

The HTC U11 is making a splash in Asia soon. But before it hits our shores, we can already appreciate its solid waterproofing.

This is definitely a beautifully designed phone. Even without knowing anything about its specs or capabilities, I’m instantly drawn to this shiny thing.

It seems it’s not all looks, as HTC’s newest flagship is power-packed with great features which include a squeeze function (yes, the phone responds when you squeeze it!).

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


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Camera Shootouts

Flagship Smartphone Camera Shootout: Best of 2017

Find out which premium smartphone comes out on top

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The iPhone X, Pixel 2, Mate 10 Pro, and Galaxy Note 8 — they may all look different, but they share one important feature: an excellent set of cameras.

Join us as we compare photos taken by each of these flagship smartphones around Indonesia and Singapore. Which shooter comes out on top? Watch and find out!

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Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre cordless vacuum hands-on

The future of housekeeping

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Made a mess? Dyson’s got you.

The V8 Carbon Fibre, the newest addition to Dyson’s renowned cordless vacuum line, has just been launched in Southeast Asia.

The new cleaning device utilizes the same technology from previous Dyson innovations, which ensures optimum performance of this lean, mean, cleaning machine. Certain features — like a better battery and a more powerful engine — are improved on this new vacuum release.

Dyson engineer Sam Twist explains what the V8 Carbon Fibre can do

Dyson engineer Sam Twist explains what the V8 Carbon Fibre can do

At the launch in Bangkok, Thailand, I got to go hands-on with the device. Quite literally, I made a mess and cleaned it up with the V8 Carbon Fibre. Here are some initial observations:

Easy to handle

What amazed me most is how intuitive this device is. There was no learning curve. I picked it up for the first time, pulled a trigger that’s perfectly positioned in the area where my hand goes, and voila, I was vacuuming!

Now, call me uninformed on the workings of a vacuum (and general housekeeping) but I always thought vacuums were heavy. At least I didn’t expect something with this power to be as light as it was.

Like their Supersonic hairdryer, the V8 Carbon Fibre is ergonomically balanced. Simply put, it’s designed in a way that ensures easier handling.

Power!

This engine, tiny and light as it is, isn’t just a load of hot air (pun intended).

This device has 30 percent more suction power than its predecessors. That capability was shown off in a curious exhibition, one that entailed a vacuum-sealed container and some water. Yep, this vacuum sucks, in the best possible way.

This device tests the vaccum’s suction power! You can see the water rising as the device is turned on.

From corn chips to oregano, sprinkles to baking soda; we tried the vacuum and another Isa-made mess was averted.

Leave no dirt in sight

And, if the newly cleaned surface isn’t enough proof for you, you can just take a gander at the dirt you’ve picked up in the vacuum’s compartment.

This machine runs on an improved battery that’s capable of 40 minutes of non-stop, cord-free cleaning on low mode.

Very versatile

Aside from the fact that it’s a pretty capable machine, this thing also works well on different surfaces and different scenarios.

Different Dyson-engineered heads allow for cleaning a variety of textured spaces. There’s a tool specifically designed for carpets, hardwood floors, mattresses, and even one for “mess-free dog grooming!” Various accessories also mean that you can modify your vacuum specifically for the spot you want to clean — imagine a multi-angle brush attachment that allows you to clean hard to reach areas.

An added feature is that these vacuums have a wall-mounted charging dock, which is the most convenient thing. I’m definitely reserving a spot for this device in my future hypothetical high-tech house!

Now, these are just my initial thoughts on the V8 Carbon Fibre, but it’s enough to get me excited over vacuuming — who would’ve thought?

Quite honestly, I’ve never really enjoyed cleaning up my messes, but this thing might just change that.

The Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre will retail for PhP 47,500 in the Philippines starting February 21. It will be available in Thailand come March.

SEE ALSO: Dyson Supersonic review: Bladeless hair dryer

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CES 2018

Episode 001: Getting lost at the world’s largest tech show

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In this first epidose of GadgetMatch Podcast we talk about the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) which just wrapped up in Las Vegas. Michael Josh and Isa share behind the scenes challenges of covering the world’s largest tech show. And the team talks about the most attention grabbing tech from the show including an entire range of Artificial Intelligence and Google Assistant gadgets, Vivo’s new phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor, Sony’s new robot dog, and Razer’s Project Linda.

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