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Zenbook S13 OLED vs Macbook Air M1

Which one has a better design for user experience?

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Sleek. Understated. Incredibly lightweight.

The Zenbook S13 OLED takes the helm for ASUS’ contender when it comes to thin, stylish laptops. With its top-of-the-line specs, premium appeal, and price point — it clashes with one of the best value laptops in the market.

Taking on the Apple Macbook Air M1, the Zenbook S13 OLED positions itself as a daily driver to consider. A machine to accompany you in your everyday tasks and then some.

A thin and stylish top-of-the-line laptop

The Zenbook S13 OLED aims to capture Apple’s demographics for the Air M1: People who want to do a bit of everything while on the go.

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

From students that are back-and-forth to their unis to young professionals who are looking for a device that handles their everyday needs. Both machines aren’t aimed toward staunch tinkerers or incidental gamers who need demanding hardware to keep up with their activities.

Nevertheless, both machines are capable of handling everyday tasks. They’re able to multitask and perform light to moderate usage of creative software for photography, video editing, and illustration. How so?

The Zenbook S13 OLED uses up to an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor with a 512GB SSD and an option for 8GB or 16GB RAM. For an average user, the computing power provides a smooth, seamless experience.

Against the Air’s madness

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

Apple uses the M1 chip for the Air M1, which houses an 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU. It’s insanely powerful that even with a thin design (without a fan), I was able to mass-edit photos on Lightroom, handle complex designs on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and even edit short videos for my Reels.

In fact, the Macbook Air M1 has been my daily driver for almost two years. It’s one of the best-value laptops in the market, even with the presence of the Macbook Air M2.

Switching to the Zenbook S13 OLED for a month gave me the opportunity to experience what it’s like to use a Windows laptop again, check how it fares against my current daily driver, and see how far ASUS has come.

Comparison

I’ll be upfront right away. From an Apple user’s perspective, the Zenbook S13 OLED is pretty much on par with the Air M1 when handling everyday tasks.

Streaming your favorite tunes while multitasking between 20 tabs is a total breeze.

It’s as if I was using expensive Windows machines like the higher-end Yoga and Dell XPS 13. But comparing the Zenbook S13 OLED against the Macbook Air M1 will entail a lengthy discussion.

It has different operating systems, uses different chipsets and hardware, and of course, different ecosystems. Sometimes, it boils down to user preference. What are we familiar with? What do we enjoy using?

In terms of raw power, since they’re pretty much the same, we listed down parameters that can be a factor in having a pleasant experience on a daily driver.

But if you want a full rundown of benchmarks for the Zenbook S13 OLED, GadgetMatch’s good friend Tom the TechChap spectacularly presented it in his video.

Display

The S13 prides itself on an HDR-certified OLED display. While it’s the same 13.3-inch panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio as the Macbook Air M1, the S13 outperforms Apple’s notebook with its 2.8K resolution and vivid display.

It’s worth noting that the Air M1 uses a Liquid Retina display, which still uses IPS technology. Watching on the S13 is obviously magnificent. Like other OLED panels, the colors are vivid; the blacks are deep; the contrast is sharp; the overall picture quality is breathtaking.

When you pair it with its Dolby Atmos speakers, any video content is easily pleasurable to feast your eyes and ears on.

But if you take on creative tasks, the Macbook Air M1 presents better colors. As a designer, it’s important to work on a canvas that accurately displays colors — which will be perceived differently depending on the screen or panel you’re watching on.

Working on a device with a vibrant panel makes it difficult to manage expectations for your creative outputs.

I’ve used Windows laptops that used to parade their vibrant displays before, and it was difficult to rely on my eyes for the quality. I had to be rigid by closely relying on exact hex codes for accuracy.

But, that’s only for creative professionals who need to deal with color accuracy. For younger professionals who need to prepare reports, presentations, and documents — a vibrant display like the S13 is ideal for acing your pitch.

I used to be a gung-ho artist in an advertising agency. Trust me, clients react positively when the colors pop. Having lively and vivacious material presented on your screen will always appease your client’s senses.

Design

The Zenbook S13 OLED and the Macbook Air M1 look stylish at a glance. With iconic symbols etched on their minimalist lid, both devices exude a premium vibe.

The key differences will be felt when you touch and hold it. The Air M1 has a smooth exterior while the S13 is slightly textured. In terms of aesthetics, the Air M1 gives a delicate air (pun intended).

Even when you carry it, the Air M1 weighs a tad heavier (1.24kg) than the S13 (1kg). While the magnesium-aluminum material used in the S13 made it lightweight, it somehow made it feel cheaper.

Although, I really enjoyed carrying the laptop wherever I work. Plus, it’s easy to slip in totes and bags. You’ll barely feel its weight on your shoulders.

Aside from being incredibly lightweight, the S13 measures 14.9mm thin as compared to the Air M1 at 16.1mm. It just so happens that the Air M1 has a wedge-like design, giving a thinner impression.

Keyboard

Typing on the S13 is as smooth as the Air M1. The most noticeable difference would be the ErgoSense design that makes it slightly elevated for a better typing feel.

And of course, the sound it produces — it’s more clickety and annoying to my liking. Some people would prefer the sounds of their keys clicking, but definitely not me.

Since Apple ditched the butterfly mechanism for its keyboards, the Air M1 now uses a scissors mechanism that allows it to have a stable key feel. It’s quieter.

And with 1mm of key travel, it can handle keyboard warriors’ insane typing speed without the annoying sound of pressing keys.

To put it simply, both keyboards perform exceptionally. It will still boil down to user preference. Which one do you like? A softer feel, or the sound of clicking keys that make you feel you’re productive and accomplishing something?

Touchpad

Personally, I prefer the Air M1’s trackpad. Even my old MacBook gives me a smooth-track experience. Forget mouse and/or pen tablets, I can use the pen tool on Photoshop with just the trackpad alone.

I can’t say the same for the S13. When it comes to Windows laptops, it’s still Dell’s XPS line that has the best trackpad that can be on par with the MacBooks.

But for what it’s worth, the S13 gives a decent track feel for its touchpad. With a soft press on the icon found on the upper right, it will activate ASUS’s proprietary NumberPad.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the NumberPad, it’s an LED-illuminated numeric keypad that makes it easy to compute numbers on your excel sheets.

It’s intelligent enough that you can still use the touchpad for cursor control even if you have the NumberPad activated. Switching it can be fairly quick: just press the icon softly again.

Battery

Onto the most important part: your machine’s everyday life. We all know how annoying it is to have your laptop die on you when you have an urgent task and you’re outdoors.

Just imagine being in a cafe without any sockets on. It should be a crime, ‘no?

But changing policies will take time, as you have to call out your lawmakers for that. Thankfully, laptops nowadays carry more power even with a slim figure.

Depending on your usage, both the Air M1 and S13 OLED can last you more than your 8-hour shift.

Although, the Air M1 is more energy-efficient despite consistently running software like Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. But charging it isn’t as quick as you wanted it to be — even with a dedicated fast charger.

On the other hand, the Zenbook S13 OLED lasts about nine to 11 hours with average use. What I like about the S13 is the option to choose different modes that adjust to your usage and preference.

You can opt for Performance Mode which results in shorter battery life or even Battery Saver which makes your machine more efficient but without feeling like you’re losing speed and power.

But regardless of what you choose to do with it, the S13 will last you a good long while. Plus, it comes with a 65W USB PD charger so you can fill up your juice quickly.

Connectivity

The Zenbook S13 OLED is starting to look like a MacBook when it comes to port selection.

On the left, the Air M1 sports two USB-C ports while there’s only one on the S13.

Meanwhile, the right side has two more USB-C ports and a headphone jack for the S13 as compared to the Air M1 which only has an audio jack.

Having one more USB-C port on the S13 gives it a bit of an edge against the Air M1. The only problem here is both laptops will require the user to use more dongles for other ports needed.

What’s there to like about the Zenbook S13 OLED?

I’ve been a fan of Zenbook laptops, even before I switched to Macbook, and I’ve closely followed them throughout the years. Frankly, it’s incredible to see how far they’ve come.

That said, there are a few things that I like about the Zenbook S13 OLED that I can’t find in my Macbook Air M1 — and even in its successor, the Air M2.

First is the sleek polish and undertone. ASUS has a knack for making things look and feel premium even if they don’t use extravagant materials. They strike the balance between elegance and price.

Next is the ability to lay the screen flat, which makes it easy to present stuff rather than moving the laptop to face your colleagues or clients while on a table.

Not that I’m lazy, but when you’re presented with an easier option, you’re supposed to pick that one, right?

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

It also has AI Noise Cancellation and real-time webcam optimization that makes client calls and video meetings clear and concise.

There’s also a feature I really like — the ASUS Antibacterial Guard.

It’s a surface treatment that inhibits the growth of bacteria by more than 99% over a 24-hour period. Simply put, the S13 helps keep surfaces clean and sanitary, in addition to repelling smudges and dirt.

I just like a hygienic laptop.

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

Lastly, the overall experience gave me a Macbook-like speed and performance but on a Windows machine and at a price point that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Maybe, just an arm.

I’ve used Dell’s XPS and Lenovo’s high-end Yoga lineup and they’re pretty much on par with the Macbook experience, but they do cost a lot. The retail price is actually higher than my daily driver’s.

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

To be able to balance everything — power, design, battery, panel, and price — makes the Zenbook S13 OLED an attractive machine that’s worth your attention.

Which one is your GadgetMatch?

Between the Zenbook S13 OLED and the Macbook Air M1, it is difficult to decide which is better as both machines have advantages over the other; however, the user experience is still quite different.

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

The Zenbook S13 OLED is ideal for young professionals crunching numbers on their excel sheets, and working remotely and/or on the go to discuss business and manage client relations.

It’s an exemplary companion for those trying to live the fly, corporate life, or the freelancers who juggle 6-8 clients every day to make that six-digit figure.

It has the right balance for everything a young professional might need.

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

The Air M1, on the other hand, suits professionals who do a bit of creative work, content creators who don’t require heavy computing power, students in college or graduate school, or people who need to balance work and school.

Regardless of the machine you choose, you can never go wrong with Zenbook or Macbook. Just make sure to pick one that matches your lifestyle, personality, and needs. And of course, if it’s within your budget.

Price and availability: ASUS Zenbook S13 OLED

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

The price points for the ASUS Zenbook S13 OLED vary between variants, colors, and specs. Here’s how much they cost in the Philippines:

Variant Color Specs SRP
UM5302TA-LV464WS Ponder Blue 13″ 2.8K 16:10 OLED / AMD Ryzen 5 6600U / 8GB LPDDR5 / 512GB PCIE4 SSD / AMD Radeon Graphics / Windows 11 Home with Office Home & Student 2021 PHP 63,995
UM5302TA-LV532WS Aqua Celadon
UM5302TA-LV539WS Refined White
UM5302TA-LV540WS Vestige Beige
UM5302TA-LV484WS Aqua Celadon 13″ 2.8K 16:10 OLED / AMD Ryzen 7 6800U/ 16GB LPDDR5 / 512GB PCIE4 SSD / AMD Radeon Graphics / Windows 11 Home with Office Home & Student 2021 PHP 76,995

From September 15 to October 31, 2022, purchases of Zenbook S13 OLED laptops lead to a raffle entry. Get a chance to win a limited edition Zarah Juan Zen Tote worth PhP 8,500.

The ASUS Zenbook S13 OLED will also be available in Home Credit partner stores nationwide for PhP 4,533.00 per month with 0% interest and up to 12 months of flexible payment terms.

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Apple iPhone 14 Plus Unboxing & Hands On

Better late to the party than never

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The iPhone 14 Plus may have come a little bit late in the party, but the new ‘Plus’ iPhone might actually be your best bet.

To cut the story short, it is iPhone 14’s bigger brother.

Apart from a bigger display, it also has the longest battery life in an iPhone ever.

But would you choose it over the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro Max?

And are you willing to trade-off the faster ProMotion display, Dynamic Island, and better cameras for a more “affordable” iPhone?

Watch our unboxing and hands-on of the iPhone 14 Plus to know more.

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Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon 2022: Freelancer’s partner

A glimpse of freelancing life

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Being a freelancer means you have to stay conveniently connected on-the-go. Some people think it’s all carefree days and not much work. While sometimes, that can be true, you don’t get to enjoy that flexibility without putting in hard work first.

To shed some light on this and clear up common misconceptions, I want to share a sneak peek of a day in my life as a freelancer. I will be taking along  the latest Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon designed on the Intel® Evo™ platform. Hopefully, you’ll see why it’s the perfect laptop for those looking to elevate their freelancing career.

Power and portability made handy

Freelancing offers a very flexible lifestyle as long as you make sure all the work gets done. To get my creative juices flowing,I like exploring new places to get inspiration for fresh ideas. That means, portability is an important consideration for the gadgets I use for work. 

The newest Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbonis ultra lightweight (968grams to be exact) and ultra-slim (14.mm thin), making it super handy. It  also easily fits my 13-inch handbag along with my other things.

Yoga Slim 7i Carbon

What’s most impressive is how much power it packs despite its petite frame. Like the earlier version of the device we reviewed nearly two years ago, this one’s also an Intel® Evo™ certified  machine. The Intel® Evo™ badge signifies the perfect combination of features and technologies, tested under everyday conditions for an exceptional experience that lives up to its expectations. That means it’s been tuned to deliver the best of Intel.

The one I’m using is specifically powered by a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 2.1Ghz processor. It even has 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal SSD storage. It literally has more power than I need in such an easy-to-carry body. Exactly how I like it.

Display that’s easy on the eyes

Yoga Slim 7i Carbon

I find early mornings to be my least productive hours. So, to help me get through them, I check my email and phone messages while having a quick brunch. It helps that the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon’s PureSight Display makes skimming through my inbox easy on the eyes. The laptop has the usual TÜV Rheinland low-blue light certification which the brand achieved through the Eye Care Mode feature that reduces the blue light emitted by the screen. This goes a long way in protecting our eyes.

 

The display also has a silky smooth feel and flow to it. The 90Hz refresh rate on the 2.5K (2,560 x 1,600) screen is just lovely to interact with. It really helps make scrolling through web pages and documents feel smoother. The aspect ratio (16:10) is just about the sweet spot for working, helping boost my productivity even further. 

Practicality and the ‘lifestyle’ aesthetic collide

My energy usually peaks mid-day so this is when I usually set online meetings and presentations. I enjoyed the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon’s anti-glare matte finish display because even in bright sunlight, I experienced no issues with my face reflecting back at me. It also helps that it has up to 400 nits of brightness making the screen visible even in brighter environments.

The matte moon-white color is stunning and complements all my other things. I feel a little extra presentable during meetings because of its minimalist design.

While I typically stop working at 4:30PM, I don’t shut down my laptop just yet. I often check back in, respond to emails, and sometimes get back on the laptop to do a little more work before calling it a day. I’m stunned at how quickly Yoga Slim 7i Carbon switches on the moment you flip the lid with no need to press any button.While the device doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner, it is equipped with Windows Hello face-recognition using the webcam.

Yoga Slim 7i Carbon

Having to work at different locations, it also helps that Lenovo has thought about privacy and security. One of my favorite features on the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is the Smart Presence Detection. Essentially, it knows whether I’m still looking at the laptop or not. When I need to step away to get my refreshment fix, the display automatically locks and it also unlocks just as easily  when it knows I’m done going AFK.

Durability and flexibility assurance

Yoga Slim 7i Carbon

The Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is a barely-there laptop, perfect for those who have to carry their laptop around all day. Lenovo says it offers military-grade toughness, too. This is based on the nine tests that the company has undertaken, including drops from a 76cm height, dust-resistance and the laptop’s ability to withstand extreme temperatures. Impressive stuff. 

While bigger can be better for others, I prefer lighter. Even a well-designed smaller, lighter laptop has its struggles somewhat to shift heat over a well-designed larger one. So yes, there is at least a slight performance hit related to this laptop’s design. 

With the 3-Year Lenovo Premium Care and 3-Year Accidental Damage Protection that also come with every purchase, you won’t have to worry about taking your device to service centers should you encounter problems since Lenovo offers 24/7 chat and on-site support.

Hassle-free, smooth workflow anywhere

The Lenovo Slim 7i Carbon seems like an ideal choice for those who want a reliable hybrid work computer. It’s small, lightweight and has plenty of power to let you complete most everyday work tasks. 

On top of that, it’s also a stylish yet minimal  device that fits nicely into most working (and non-working) environments. Based on my limited hands-on time with the device, it’s a solid machine for modern-day workers including myself.

It’s tiny but powerful and it’s perfect for my life as a freelancer. With its long battery life and innovative features, I’m not worried about my efficiency despite juggling multiple tasks.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.

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Samsung’s Flip Phone Innovation Over The Years

All before the Galaxy Z Flip craze took the world by storm

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Admit it or not, most of us have become so used to smartphones looking a lot like one another. Some spec bumps, design refreshes, camera cutout changes, that’s about it. That’s all in a span of a year or as short as six months.

Galaxy Z Flip4

While smartphone designs won’t be as exciting as how it was before with feature phones, Samsung made jaws drop when their foldable prototype became a retail product as a result of years of R&D (research and development).

Galaxy Z Flip4

Outer displays of the Galaxy Z Flip4, Nori F, W2015, and W2017

In a crowd full of slender glass and polycarbonate slabs, Samsung has created the Galaxy Z Flip not just to make a new breed of smartphone, but also to bring back what people miss — the excitement in phone design.

The Galaxy Z Flip4, Nori F, W2015, and W2017 when unfolded

It started when people suddenly missed the weirdly-addictive feeling of clamshell phone clasps every time someone ends a call conversation. This 2022, it’s satisfying as it is on the new Galaxy Z Flip4.

It’s the nostalgia kicking

Back when I was in grade school, I’m quite different than kids of my age. While most 7-year-olds enjoy their time with crayons, coloring books, or games (either physically or digitally), my mind and eyes were focused on gadgets like phones. Whenever we go to malls, I collected a lot of phone brochures to the point where a salesman scolded me.

Also that specific period in time, most people prefer Nokia phones over anything else. Still, I dreamt of having at least one Samsung phone — a Samsung slider, not the flippy ones.

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

The phones above are just some of the Samsung phones I fantasized to have — i620, G800, E870, U700, S8300 UltraTouch, and most especially, the U900 Soul.

While I became more interested in tech due to Nokia and their XpressMusic plus N-series phones, Samsung’s slider phones were the game-changer for their classy and sleek designs that other manufacturers failed to bring to the table. It even came to a point when Samsung became obsessed with having the thinnest phone — the Samsung U100 Ultra Edition II at just 5.9mm.

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

But what about flip phones? If memory serves me right, the first Samsung phone I’ve ever seen in real life was my late aunt’s Samsung X640. It wasn’t as appealing to me but for a 2005 clamshell, it’s decently-looking compared to the Nokia 6101 with that bulging antenna that my third-grade professor in computer class flexed a lot. Albeit, that Nokia was a seller with its two displays.

TMI but I just thought that if my aunt is still alive, she would be rocking the latest Samsung phone — either the Galaxy Z Fold4 or the Z Flip4. Just putting this here since she contributed a lot to why I became a gadget nerd.

To All The Samsung Flip Phones I’ve Loved Before

Right before the foldable craze started, Samsung was already in the game for their fashion-forward feature flip phones. So why not take a trip down memory lane with me and mesmerize yourself with some collection of Samsung’s best-looking clamshell phones over the years.

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

For the classy

From 2008 all the way to 2019, flip phones with gold accents paired with faux leather or replicated diamonds are the classiest-looking phones ever — at least in Samsung’s phone-folio.

Samsung E500 (2006)

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

It may not be as popular as it looks in 2006, but it’s definitely one rare phone. It’s perfect for making a bold statement with gold and jewelries.

Samsung L310 (2008)

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

While it heavily reminds me of the Nokia 7390 from 2006, during this time, it’s already one of (if not the) Samsung’s classiest-looking phones ever.

Samsung i9230 Galaxy Golden (2013)

The first Android flip phone title probably goes to the Samsung W999 that came in 2011, but the Galaxy Golden still made huge waves overseas as an elegant-looking Android phone trapped in an old clamshell body. It may not be the best Android phone of its time but hey, at least you get twice the Super AMOLED display and a pseudo-premium leather feel and look.

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

Fun fact: Samsung is the only phone company that still manufactured more than five foldable phones past the “dumbphone” era. Thus, there were already Android-powered Samsung flip phones right before the debut of the Galaxy Z Flip line in 2020 — the W999, i9230, W2014, W2015, G9198, plus the W2016, W2017, W2018, and W2019 in the succeeding sections below.

Samsung W2016/W2017

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

Ditching the faux leather backs and trimmings, the W2016 and W2017 are the Flip phone versions of the ever-popular Galaxy S6 and S7. As evident as how the gold shines on their glass front and back up to the frame, these phones were popular in China that only a handful can afford — from CNY 9999 to a huge jump of CNY 20,000 (roughly US$ 1402~2804 / SG$ 2017~4034 / PhP 82,132~164,281).

Samsung W2018/W2019

Samsung brought back the black and gold combination with the W2018 and W2019 — which are also the Flip phone variants of the Galaxy S8 and S9 due to the similar hardware — such as the dual-variable aperture camera found both on the W2019 and Galaxy S9+.

The W2018 alone had a retail value of a jaw-dropping CNY 15,999 (US$ 2200 / SG$ 3227 / PhP 132,000 in today’s conversion rate). Fortunately, the first Flip (that made its debut a year after W2019 was launched) wasn’t as pricey and not limited to the Chinese market anymore.

For the quirky ones

Some may find them weird, others may think they are attractive. Either way, Samsung still sold these phones towards a niche market.

Samsung Nori F (2010)

The LG Lollipop (2009) took the interest of many young Asians because of how cute the phone is. Paired with the ever-eargasmic hit song ‘Lollipop’ is by 2NE1 and BIGBANG (which is also nostalgic to me as a veteran K-Pop fan), Samsung decided to create its direct rival with the Nori F.

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

Nori might mean “seaweed” in the Japanese context but 놀이 (nor-i) means “play” in Korean. Cool enough, Samsung made four playful colors, each highlighting one’s style while still showcasing the quirky three-array LED panel that can do sorts of pixelated, animated magic.

*It’s the loudest phone I have today as my alarm. The alarm works even if the phone’s off  🤯

Samsung P900/P910 (2006)

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

Feature phones during 2006 were either basic-looking or just plain “weird”. With swiveling phones becoming one of the go-to designs, Samsung has made a clever way to not just take and display landscape photos, but also to create a pocket-friendly product that can also broadcast TV shows directly.

Samsung Serene (2005)

One of Samsung’s most historic collaborations is making a phone with the popular audio company Bang & Olufsen (or commonly referred to B&O).

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

While Nokia continued to make waves with their XpressMusic phones and Sony Ericsson had Walkman phones, this particular venture resulted to the creation of Samsung Serene as a special-designed music device and flip phone in one. I’m just guessing the wordplay came from “Serenity” or the state of calmness and peace — which is also correlated to music.

Back then, it costed as much as US$ 1275 (roughly SG$ 1834 or PhP 74,692), a price tag no one would bat an eye due to the ever-growing list of affordable feature phones.

For the ultra-sleek and minimal

There are these clean-looking flip phones, too. You might have even seen them before but you just can’t tell because Samsung just had confusing phone names.

Samsung E870 (2006)

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

As said multiple times, 2006 phones are either basic-looking or just fascinatingly weird. But the Samsung E870 was compelling due to its cleaner, more minimal design with flat edges and larger, squarish keypad. Flip phones that time were nothing but bulging wedges with most having their thick antennas sticking out — Samsung neither an exception.

Samsung X520 (2006)

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

While the E870 is a clean slate, the X520 is more eccentric and irresistible due to its curves and a tempting color scheme that reminds you of wine and chocolate. Even the duotone keypad reminds you of a chocolate bar of some sort. I’m just guessing that their E-series stands for “Elegance” and X is for “Xtraordinary”.

Samsung U300 (2007)

And while already on the topic of Samsung’s past phone naming schemes, the U-series definitely stands for Samsung “Ultra Edition” series of phones — way before they used it on the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

The U300 stood out to me mainly because Samsung highlighted its thin form factor at a measly — you’ve guessed it — 9.6mm. If you’ve paid attention earlier, this is the flip phone that joins the Ultra Edition II series of Samsung: the U100 (5.9mm candybar), U600 10.1, and the U700 12.1 (the sliding phone I wanted to have) altogether.

Samsung S3600 (2008)

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

A year after, Samsung has released a flip that’s as classy as the U300 with its chic, brushed metal cover. But instead of the thin form factor and a “better” 3.2MP camera, you instead get a 1.3MP camera, microSD card slot, and a bigger battery at a more enticing price range.

Samsung Master Dual (2014)

For the record, 2014 was when Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 (also the year when the first GadgetMatch video on YouTube was released). But in South Korea, some people just can’t seem to adapt to the oddly-large smartphones — especially the elderly.

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

The Master Dual running Android was Samsung’s answer. It was then followed by the Galaxy Folder and Folder2, just without that nice external AMOLED display.

For the Fashion-Forward

F means a lot in Samsung’s vocabulary: Flip, Fashion-Forward, Female, or just those with utmost Fascination to anything Floral.

Samsung C3520 (2011)

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

This is the same year when the Galaxy S II and the first-ever Galaxy Note were released. Samsung launching this floral-studded flip phone is just a testament that large smartphones are really not for everyone — at least in 2011.

Samsung S5150 Diva Folder (2009)

Back in the time when companies wanted to catch the attention of female consumers, fashion-centric phones like the Diva folder would make the cut.

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

Love it or hate it, this clamshell phone is definitely made for the true diva. The ultra-reflective and glossy plastic material of this phone reminded me of the trending smartphone cases that looked puffed and inflated.

Samsung E420 (2006)

Another 2006-born phone that made it to this feature is none other than the Samsung E420.

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

During its launch, it’s one of the most affordable in the “La Fleur” line — which happened to be Samsung’s fashion-inclined line of phones. However, looks can really be deceiving as it only offered looks without support for Bluetooth and MP3 while its rivals considered them as necessities.

The new breed of Flip phones

Almost fifteen years apart, we are now in the time where smartphone technology is continuously evolving while the foldable technology is still in its young stage. Still, Samsung has truly paved the way in making the foldable dreams come to a reality.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip / Z Flip 5G (2020)

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Z Flip 5G are one of the pioneers in the clamshell-type foldable category. While the first Samsung foldable title goes to the Galaxy Z Fold line that cater the business-minded and professionals, the Z Flip was made with the youth in mind. However, its steep launch price of US$ 1380 / SG$ 1998 / PhP 79,990 isn’t really meant for the Gen Zs and borderline millennials (like me).

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 / Z Flip3 (2022/2021)

Galaxy Z Flip4

by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

Ah, finally! The Galaxy Z Flip4 (together with the similarly-looking Z Flip3) are Samsung’s latest line of foldables, or rather, folding flip phones. With a more cutting-edge design, tougher hinge and display, longer battery, and better cameras all in a compact foldable form factor, the Galaxy Z Flip4 can surely stand out from the crowd.

Best of all? It’s more within the reach at US$ 999.99 / SG$ 1398 / PhP 53,990 — a lot cheaper than the Samsung Serene, W2018, and most definitely, the overly-priced W2019.

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