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8 new Apple iOS 11 features that will rock your world

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In the last month, Apple brought us many wondrous things: a new iPhone which will cost an arm and a leg, improved ear pods that you’ll probably still lose, and a major iOS update.

Released today, iOS 11 is known as that Apple update which gives iPhone users a bunch of features most Android phones already have.

From the perspective of a loyal iPhone user who has recently just discovered the wondrous world of Android, I am pleased with the OS improvements but still very wary of the changes.

After giving the new OS a spin, here are my top features:

New look and feel

Who are you, iOS? This is not the iPhone interface I know and love! It looks neat and crisp but it’s something I am unfamiliar with. What is up with all the white space?

Different notification center and control screen

Apple iOS 11 notification screen

The lock screen and notification shade are now one and the same! The control center is unrecognizable — what are these button bubble things? Handy, yes, but this is not the iPhone I know and love!

ios11 control center

Additionally, the Apple gods have granted us the gift of the cellular data shortcut switch on the control center! Our prayers have finally been answered, people! This was years and years in the making.

There’s a Files folder now

Apple iOS 11 file folder

A File folder? On an iPhone? Blasphemous!

Apple iOS 11 navigating through file folder

The unassuming folder just sits there, magically, after you update your OS. This means a new way to sort your files and integrate your iCloud, as well as apps like Dropbox and Google Drive.

Taking screenshots has become more complex

Apple iOS 11 new screenshot system

Screenshots used to be simple: home + power button = screenshot.

Apple iOS 11 screenshots

The home and power button combo now gives you a mini-screenshot on the bottom left and a tap gives you options to edit it. This will definitely force me to revise my screenshot sending workflow.

Messy handwritten notes are now searcheable

iOS 11 search handwritten notes

Apple’s Notes function has always allowed for scribbles, but now you can turn your unintelligible handwriting into an organized mess. The new OS allows you to search the iPhone for things you’ve mindlessly jotted down.

Ruin photos with your doodles 

iOS 11 doodle on photos

No need for a third-party app for something we’re all prone to doing: doodling on perfectly good photos. Yes, world, make way for an increased number of vandalized photos!

Do Not Disturb While Driving is a thing

Do not disturb while driving on ios 11

This is a beautiful Apple innovation because the amazingly complex creatures that we are need reminding that we shouldn’t be texting while driving. This mode makes sure we have our eyes on the road by removing notifications and automatically responding to texts while driving.

Screen record is finally here!

iOS 11 screen record

Instant screen recording is now available for everyone to use and abuse.

ios 11 screen recording

You can enable this on your control center and instantly record whatever is on the screen. Yes, ladies and gents, this is straight up how you can record those Snaps your crush sent you.

As with every every big OS update in the history of iPhones, I resist it because it is unfamiliar. For now, I wallow in my distrust.

I would be remiss to admit, though, that with this update come things iPhone users have only dreamed about — until now. Paraphrasing the wise words of Rihanna: I hate that I love this OS so much. There are a lot of new, useful things packed into iOS 11 and though I applaud Apple for finally listening to its user’s needs, they probably could’ve done it earlier — not like it was impossible, as Android has so clearly shown.

Without a doubt, iOS 11 ushers existing users like yours truly into the new era of Apple’s user interface. And, as much as I resist this overhaul, I know well enough that it’s futile.

I mean, who are we kidding? It’s only a matter of time before we all (I mostly mean me) get used to these new features and actually end up liking them completely — it happens every time. And as iPhone fans the world over fall for Apple’s “groundbreaking” new interface, Android users scoff collectively. It’s just how the world works.

SEE ALSO: All about the iPhone 8 

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Google Pixel 4a Unboxing & Review: Unbelievably Good?

A direct contender of the iPhone SE and OnePlus Nord

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Google’s ‘a'(ffordable) line-up may be long overdue because of the pandemic — but after several months of waiting, we finally have one on our hands.

Cheaper than last year’s US$ 399 Pixel 3a, the US$ 349 Pixel 4a might just be the most affordable flagship killer contender you can get over the 2020 iPhone SE and the OnePlus Nord.

But can the mid-tier specifications and less-fancy phone features justify its affordable price tag? Head over to our in-depth Pixel 4a review here.

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Best Budget Smartphones below $200

August 2020 Edition

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Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below US$ 200! Each month, we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.

Even though the spotlight has been on high-end smartphones this entire year, there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to reassess our entire list.

Here they are in no particular order

Redmi 9 (PhP 6,990 / US$ 141)

Quality build with baseline specs that can handle, well, the basics. This is what the Redmi line has been offering and that remains true with the Redmi 9. You’ll have to be bit creative with some of the apps you install (always go for the Lite versions), but the pre-installed Google apps run smoothly and should be more than enough to power you through.

Hands-On: Redmi 9

Redmi Note 9 (US$ 200)

This is a routine appearance for the Redmi Note line. Xiaomi continues to lord over the budget segment by offering fairly capable smartphones at such an affordable price.

Review: Redmi Note 9

Realme 6i (US$ 196)

Realme finally releases a budget phone with a USB-C port! That aside, everything here is standard Realme — which is great. Its cameras leave much to be desired but what this is a budget phone after all. It does pretty well everywhere else — can game, handle your usual daily things, and has an impressive battery life.

READ: Realme6i 

OPPO A5s (US$ 117)

The OPPO A5s perhaps is best looked at as a transition device more than anything else. It does what you expect out of budget smartphones. It’s good to have “for now” but you might look elsewhere for a more reliable daily driver.

REVIEW: OPPO A5s

Samsung Galaxy A20 (US$ 190)

Samsung’s revived Galaxy A-series proves that the company cares about every price segment. The Galaxy A20, in particular, is the most well-rounded below US$ 200 thanks to its ultra-wide camera, AMOLED display, and hefty battery.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A20

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Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400

August 2020 Edition

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When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 200 to US$ 400.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, upper-midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

realme 6 Pro (PhP 16,990/ US$ 339)

This is the only smartphone in this segment that offers a 90Hz screen refresh rate. It’s one thing if that’s the only thing it’s good at, but the realme 6 Pro has a 64MP quad-camera setup, a really clean UI, and Snapdragon 720G along with 30W VOOC charging. We’re convinced this is the best Android phone in this segment.

Review: realme 6 Pro

realme 6 (PhP 13,990/ US$ 280)

It’s pretty much everything its “pro” sibling is except it’s instead powered by a Helio G90T processor made for gaming. the RAM and storage combo is no slouch too (8GB/128GB) and yes, it also has a 90Hz screen refresh rate. Solid. Value.

Review. realme 6

iPhone SE (US$ 399)

One of the world’s fastest processors, a fantastic camera, at a midranger’s price. If we told you, we’re talking about an iPhone you probably wouldn’t believe us but here we are. The iPhone SE’s design is dated, but everything about its performance is near-flagship or flagship 2020 levels.

REVIEW: iPhone SE

Huawei Nova 7 SE (PhP 19,990/ US$ 399)

Barely making the price point, Huawei phones are facing a unique problem with the lack of Google Mobile Services. That said, Huawei Mobile Services is making a headway. But the reason the phone lands on this list is because of its 5G capabilities. This is one of the most affordable phones to support 5G and that has to count for something.

Hands-On: Huawei Nova 7 SE

Samsung Galaxy A51 (US$ 320)

Samsung’s on a roll with their Galaxy A-series. The Galaxy A51 builds on everything that was already great with the Galaxy A50 and A50s and just makes it even better. Much like everything on the Galaxy lineup this year, the Galaxy A51 sports a look that as of posting is still undeniably Samsung.

Pixel 3a (US$399)

The Pixel 3a barely makes this price range by being just a hair under $400. The camera alone easily makes this crème de la crème of this bunch. Add to that the vanilla Android experience and of course being in the priority list of Android updates, this is the Pixel to get for Android purists.

HANDS-ON: Pixel 3a

POCO X2 (INR 19,99/ US$ 279)

The future of Pocophone was up in the air for a while, but all of that was finally put to rest when the brand finally released the POCO X2. This isn’t exactly the successor to the POCO F1. In fact, this is just a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro. But it’s still a step in the right direction for a brand that quickly captured everyone’s attention only to go completely silent for over a year.

REVIEW: POCO X2

Samsung Galaxy M31 (INR 15,99/US$ 224)

This battery-powerhouse of a smartphone has never quite made it to more markets, but it has gotten a significant amount of attention thanks to its 6,000mAh battery. Something this long-lasting appears to still be one of the priorities of smartphone buyers.

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