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Are mobile gamers actually gamers?

Hmm…

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Yes. Yes, they are.

Like how whale sharks are categorically sharks; basketballs being balls, and catfishes being fishes. But, this isn’t a debate on semantics over compound words. In fact, it isn’t a compound word at all. When people strip it to the fundamental description, it’s gamers who play on their mobile phones.

Knowing that the gaming community has long debated the legitimacy of each hardware you played games on, it’s clear the answer you see above isn’t brain science or rocket surgery. That was a joke by the way in case that flew by you.

Why we can’t have nice things

Let me put it simply: you don’t evaluate software or the legitimacy of a community around the software, with hardware. It’s like calling shit, food because it’s on a plate. That just isn’t it, chief.

Video games have always been delegitimized as an industry. From game development to esports, it’s always been the unwanted child of entertainment or that’s what they’ve long been portrayed as. So, I understand.

When you get a fat paycheck from taking it seriously or how seriously people are now taking it, you don’t want to be clumped up with people who play Candy Crush. But you need to see it in a technical and rational sense, not by how hurt your ego is.

No tea. No shade. Just facts

Alright. Enough of the condescension. Let’s talk about ROG Phone 3. Did I just write paragraphs explaining the legitimacy of mobile gamers to talk about a gaming phone? Yes. Yes, I did. Let me explain.

The ROG Phone 3 gets called the best gaming phone and the most powerful phone to date. And, we needed to get to the bottom of whether a phone this fast and powerful is even necessary. The answer is yes. Why? Because if it won’t necessarily instantly make you good at games, it does open the floodgates of opportunities for mobile games and consequently, mobile gamers.

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Gaming with reckless abandon

The phone is decked out with all the good-good gaming specs you’d want on a phone. But before we get into that, let’s talk aesthetic build. ASUS ROG stuck to the same size and shape for the ROG Phone 3 to its predecessors to make sure all those accessories stay compatible. They did tone down on the flashy designs, making the phone mostly black with a small window showing off its aerodynamic cooling system.

It’s got a stunning 6.6-inch OLED 4K display with a 144Hz refresh rate. On top of that, it joins the top-notch phones with a Snapdragon SD865+ processor with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. If you’re poorly mistaken worrying about the phone lasting a day out, the 6000mAh battery can take more than just a beating.

Too hot to handle

No, really. I mean that in the most literal sense. The ROG Phone 3 got too hot for me to hold or use when testing daily mobile use. I hadn’t even played on it at this point. This brings me to a cool snap-on accessory the phone comes with, the AeroActive Cooler 3. This is a dedicated cooling fan to make sure the system doesn’t overheat. Now, as much as the phone didn’t seem performance-wise bothered by the heat it was emanating, it would stunt the phone’s longevity. And, no one wants to be holding a freshly heated hot pocket as a phone.

Here’s a nitpicky crutch: with the AeroActive Cooler 3, the phone is invasively bulky. No one is putting this in their pockets. It’ll look like a mangled wallet. It won’t do you any favors, boys. I think, all things considered, the bulk and the heat is a downside but strangely expected from a gaming phone. Ultimately, if it hadn’t been marketed as a gaming phone, ASUS ROG would have been quickly roasted for it.

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Where it puts other gaming phones to shame

Most “gaming phones” barely get to show off other features besides gaming spec-heavy features. The ROG Phone 3 cannot just take a beating on the mobile gaming end but, it delivers on capturing good photos. It’s decked out with a triple camera set-up with a 64MP wide, 13MP ultrawide, and a 5MP macro.

Clownery

 

 

Cookies!

Stunning sunset

My cat hates her costume

Halloween treats!

Night light

The ROG Phone 3 boasts perfect features for gamers, but it delivers on more than just that. The phone’s OLED 4k display is perfect for watching movies, shorts, and TV shows. With the phone’s extensive battery life, it had no problem tearing through hours of binge-watching on Netflix.

Is this your GamingPhoneMatch?

The ROG Phone 3 won’t save you from feeding or being bad at a game but, it does make it all the more fun! Nothing screams fun like seeing your character fail in full detail. Joking aside, gaming on the ROG Phone 3 may not make you good but, it could (with tons of practice) help you get good. If you’re a gamer who dabbles into accessing multi-platform games on your phone while you’re away or a mobile gamer, this is the phone for you.

ROG Phone 3

Save the salt

Mobile games are not just convenient, portable, and efficient, it’s also mostly for free — and that’s why despite the memes and childish slap fights, its popularity has grown incrementally. Games are no longer a sensible debate between hardware, and it shouldn’t have been, to begin with.

Games like Wild Rift, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Among Us, Genshin Impact, and Identity V have proven that games that go multi-platform and dive into iOS and Android grow a huge following and community. So, next time you feel like judging a game by what people play it on, consider the context of usage, availability, and accessibility.

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Why the Samsung Crystal UHD 2021 is a must have in your 20s

Make happy TV-viewing memories

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Samsung Crystal UHD TV 2021

Your 20s is a wonderful time. You fumble your way into adulthood and find your footing in the grand scheme of things. It’s a process that isn’t always pretty, but the whole experience can be elevated and extra fun with the right companion. Yes, we’re talking about a TV. Specifically, the Samsung Crystal UHD 2021. Why? Because Samsung — The World’s Number 1 TV Brand — sponsored this video and the Crystal UHD is actually, really pretty good.

Netflix and chillin’

You’re gonna want to do a lot of Netflix and chillin’ in your 20s. So, while you cool down and get your chill on, the Samsung Crystal UHD TV has your back with all the Netflxing and whatever other things you want playing to set the mood.

You see, when you’re actually watching, the TV’s Dynamic Crystal Colors is a treat for the eyes. Colors are vibrant and crisp, dark scenes pop, and the display gets pretty bright putting an end to the age-old question – lights on or lights off. Doesn’t matter. Whatever you choose, the picture quality will be crystal clear.

This is possible because the TV is really just smart. It upscales non-4K content and adjusts videos scene-by-scene making sure you’re getting the best picture possible.

And it doesn’t even have to be Netflix strictly. This 4K TV comes pre-installed with plenty of other streaming apps like YouTube, AppleTV, Viu, and HBO GO. You can also install other apps like VLIVE and Facebook Watch. Speaking of Viu and HBO GO. You actually get fantastic deals when you buy a Samsung Crystal UHD TV?

That’s a lot of streaming whatever and chillin’ which is so much better on a TV than say your smartphone or laptop.

Where will I put it?

Ah yes, space. It’s always a tricky subject perhaps even more so when you’re in your 20s. Where do I put this? Where do I place that? Was I being too clingy? Or maybe I wasn’t around enough? You know, that sort of thing.

Thankfully, the Samsung Crystal UHD TV comes in many different sizes. It goes anywhere from 43 inches all the way up to 85 inches.

Size matters, yes. And Samsung has one that will definitely fit your space.

You see, the TV has this AirSlim design making it just 25mm thin. That’s about as thin as you can get for a TV of this caliber.

That makes it easy to slide into whatever kind of space you have. Whether that’s in the living room with your family, your bedroom, or your studio apartment.

You can already picture it, right? Yeah, us too.

While we’re on the topic of Space, the TV actually takes this into consideration when it comes to sound. As they are, the speakers already deliver good audio. But say, you’re in a larger space. You can simply switch the sound mode to Amplify and it’ll fill-up your room stat. And we all know every viewing experience is better with that feeling of surround sound.

Make me wanna take it home

Alright, alright. We see you’re really interested now. We’re gonna rapid fire this part. We know you’ve moved most of your entertainment to streaming. So of course, the remote control is tailored for that lifestyle. No more of those numbers you barely press these days. Just a nice button and directional pads with shortcuts Netflix or Prime video and an easy toggle volume and channel controls.

And if for some reason you lose the remote into the abyss that is your room because that’s just a thing that happens. Fret not, because you can easily control the TV via the Samsung SmartThings App on your smartphone that you refuse to put down.

The Samsung Crystal UHD 2021 also has three HDMI ports so you can take things further by getting a soundbar, connecting your laptop, and if you’re into gaming, hooking up a gaming console.

So, if you’re into gaming, you’ll be happy to know that the Samsung Crystal UHD TV is next-gen console ready. Whether you’re into Xbox or PlayStation, you’re gonna get 4K and 60Hz of gaming goodness. And that… is a life changer.

And if you’re working from home the TV actually supports Bluetooth 5.2. This lets you connect speakers and PC peripherals to turn your TV into a monitor. Best of all, you’re not gonna grope your way through it because the TV has built-in menus to set this up. Just wow.

You can buy the Samsung Crystal UHD TV now at any authorized Samsung dealer, and they’ll even set it up for you at your request.. Top notch service with a top notch TV, for a top notch you.

We know you’re picturing it now… watching the game with your buddies, snuggling with your S/O, or just winding down after a long day of work. These are the moments you cherish in your 20s. And these are moments best spent with a TV. Which one? We’ve made our case. The choice… is crystal clear.


This feature is collaboration between GadgetMatch and Samsung Philippines.

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The secrets behind iPhone 13’s Cinematic Mode

Together with Apple’s VP for iPhone Product Marketing as well as their Human Interface Designer

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For the first time ever, we had a three-way interview with Apple’s VP for iPhone Product Marketing, Kaiann Drance as well as one of their leading Human Interface Designers, Johnnie Manzari. If you’re not starstruck enough, both of them appeared in Apple’s September 2021 Keynote event!

Other than new camera sensors, newer camera features are also found on the new iPhone 13 Series. One of those is the new Cinematic Mode.

If you’ve watched some of our latest iPhone videos including the Sierra Blue iPhone 12 Pro Max unboxing, we’ve let you take a sneak peek on that new video mode.

We’re not gonna lie, it’s one amazing camera feature Apple has managed to deliver.

But what are the secrets behind it? And are you curious how technicalities work?

Watch our 16-minute interview with the Apple executives explaining why Cinematic Mode is the next big thing in mobile videography.

 

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Apple iPhone 13 and 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on

Which iPhone 13 is your GadgetMatch?

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After we unboxed the Sierra Blue iPhone 13 Pro Max and gold iPhone 13 Pro, it’s time to do the same to these iPhone 13 babies.

Changes with the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini aren’t just about the “odd” camera placement. Other than the new wide camera sensor, there’s a more powerful A15 Bionic Chip, smaller notch, and more.

Watch our iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on video now to find out more!

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