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ASUS ZenFone 5Q review: Pretty and capable

Also known as the ZenFone 5 Lite or ZenFone 5 Selfie

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At MWC 2018, ASUS announced a slew of smartphones (again) and one of them is the ASUS ZenFone 5Q. Depending on where you are, it’s called a lot of things: ZenFone 5 Lite in Europe or ZenFone 5 Selfie in South America. Dubbed the selfie phone from the new line, the 5Q has power packed front-facing shooters and a quad-camera setup. How does this phone fare? Let’s find out.

Look and feel

First thing’s first: This phone looks awesome. Like, really stunning.


It has a reflective glass back that’s so nice and shiny. It may be a smudge magnet, but it makes for a breathtaking look and a great mirror. 💁🏽✨

And, lo and behold: A notchless phone release in 2018!

Sure, ASUS has jumped on that bandwagon for other devices, but the 5Q remains pure in its notchless glory.

Quad-camera goodness

I’m just going to go straight to this phone’s highlight: the cameras. There are four cameras on this handset, and though that’s not exactly a first, ASUS claims that it’s “the world’s first globally announced true quad-camera system.”

Wait, what?

Basically, ASUS claims that for the first time, you can use all four cameras independently. Previous quad-camera phones usually utilize secondary shooters only for portrait or bokeh modes. This means that from both sides of this device, you can take normal shots and wide-angled photos like this:

Wide-angle lenses aren’t new to ASUS, but historically, only one side of the phone had this option. These lenses ensure that you get more stuff in your photographs. That includes more space for people in selfies:

Just make sure to stay at the center of the picture as wide-angle lenses, no matter what phone they’re on, usually distort images — you don’t want your face to be at the receiving end of that.

Using my face as an example to prove a point. The things I do for my job…

The 5Q can take great photos under ideal photo scenarios. See samples below:

Images are usually bright and colors are punchy. Most of the time, they’re a tad saturated which makes photos look like these.

I did notice that in weird lighting scenarios, there was a little inconsistency with how pictures came out. There were times when the colors came out duller than usual.

Here are more photo samples:

Beauty mode and all the camera effects

Of course, what is a selfie phone without all the selfie features?

Front and back shooters are capable of portrait mode on both normal and wide-angle shots. The bokeh on the portrait mode looks like this:

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As clean as the bokeh cutouts may look for short-haired folks, that wasn’t the case for longer-haired girls.

Chay says hi!

Even on the rear shooters, the bokeh wasn’t as clean, especially with confusing backgrounds.

All this, however, can be forgiven. Most phones, even flagships, still have trouble with their bokeh cutouts. Remember, this software bokeh is only a plus to the phone’s wide-angle capabilities.

That famed beauty mode that the ZenFone 4 line had is still here, and so is ASUS’ built-in Selfie Master app which allows for real-time beautification while streaming. The beauty mode is mostly the same. As always, too much and the possibility of transforming into a smooth wax figure is still a possibility.

But, what changed is something that isn’t in the beauty mode.

Notice how even the photo on the left, shot on Auto, seems airbrushed. Yes folks, even when you don’t have beauty mode turned on, it seems the phone still applies a slight filter which prettifies everyone instantly. This can either be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the person using the phone.

Overall performance

The 5Q is powered by a Snapdragon 630 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. This means the phone is pretty capable — everyday social media use and mobile gaming work well on the device.

From Sims Mobile to Tekken, gaming was without a hiccup

Speaking of gaming, there’s even a live stream function on the game mode!

The phone runs on Android Nougat, which is quite a downer in 2018. This means you get ASUS’s existing ZenUI. The Android Oreo and ZenUI 5.0 updates come later this year.

Its 3300mAh battery can last me a whole day’s use, though the phone doesn’t support fast charging. It takes around two hours to charge from zero to 100 percent.

Other notable features

Its 6-inch FHD screen is a tall 18:9 display. This means more content as you scroll through social media, or when you read websites like GadgetMatch (make it your daily habit!) on your phone.

Videos also look good on this screen size, except most videos (even ours!) are shot with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Nevertheless, there’s a crop-to-fit function on the 5Q that makes for better viewing without those pillar boxes.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed on the photos, there is no fingerprint scanner up front anymore. This has been moved to the back to give way to the screen.

For those who can’t be bothered by the rear fingerprint scanner, this phone is also equipped with face unlock technology. When there is good lighting, it works pretty well.

There’s also a triple-card slot which means you have space for all your SIM cards and a microSD card.

Is the ASUS ZenFone 5Q your GadgetMatch?

There’s definitely a premium in being pretty and unpretentious. I honestly believe this is one of the best-looking midrangers out there right now. Not having a notch is notch a problem at all. (Ha ha, get it?) On the contrary, it makes me feel like this phone has a classic premium design as it doesn’t try too hard to be something it isn’t.

Performance was pretty good throughout, though the biggest qualm, really, is the fact that it still runs on Android Nougat. For those patient enough to wait till later on in the year, however, this may be a non-issue.

The wide-angle lenses on both sides of the phone are a definite plus for me — I often feel that this feature is underappreciated and I would totally rock a phone because of this. Just imagine all the cool photos!

If you’re in the market for a well-performing phone in a pretty package and an even prettier price point, the ZenFone 5Q is a definite midrange contender you might want to look at. At less than US$ 400, it’s a device that’s definitely worth considering.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone 5Q (Zenfone 5 Lite) Unboxing and Hands-On

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite comes with quad-camera system

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How to make your crush view your Instagram Story

Three easy steps to get that validation

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Catching up with friends entails a discussion about your love life. Being single for a long time, a friend asked if I were dating someone new. I responded gleefully, “no, I’m not dating anyone but I have a new crush I met at an event.”

Giggly about my newfound love interest, my friend advised me how to tease my crush. However, it’ll only work if we’re following each other on Instagram. To see if my friend’s strategy works, we used our own accounts and to my surprise, we succeeded.

While it may yield different results, here are three easy steps you can do to make your crush view your Instagram story.

Step 1: Post a story you want your crush to see

Uploading a story feels like a small window to our lives. Make sure the photo you upload is something that you want your crush to see. It’s like making an impression, and you only have one shot if he/she ever sees your story. I posted my gym photos and pizza stories — something that both my crush and I enjoy.

Step 2: Edit your story settings

Here’s the not-so-tricky part! We’re calling it the hide-unhide strategy. When your story is uploaded, immediately adjust your story settings and hide your story from your crush. Save it, and then change the story settings again to unhide the story. This strategy beats Instagram’s algorithm and pushes your story to one of the first stories he/she can view.

Step 3: Enjoy the validation

As long as you and your crush follow each other on Instagram and regularly use the app, then it’s guaranteed that he/she will view your story. Enjoy the frickin’ validation. I’ve been doing it for almost a month now, and I always giggle whenever I see my crush’s name.

There are times that the strategy won’t push you to the first story he/she can view. For some reason, my friend tried hiding and unhiding her story to me, and she only ended up being second on the queue. Instagram still prioritizes the accounts you engage with the most through reacts and direct messages. However, being at the first five ensures you have a shot at making an impression that lasts.

Now, hurry and make your crush view your story. It won’t be long before Instagram’s algorithm changes again!

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6 shows on Netflix with hot sex scenes

Netflix keeps it wild and steamy

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The following is intended for readers 18+

Netflix has a variety of shows that you can enjoy: From romantic comedies that make you blush to thriller films that make your heart race. Common knowledge, but Netflix also has a lot of TV series with steamy sex scenes.

Below are six shows on Netflix with sexy scenes. If you’re looking for a show that’ll give you a wild, hookup idea or make you drool over someone, you’ve come (pun not intended) to the right place. And oh, there are spoilers ahead so read at your own risk.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Photo by GadgetMatch | Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 1, Episode 3 (06:20)

Marvel’s Jessica Jones has the thrill you’re looking for — crimes, investigation, murder, and wild sex scenes. Its season 3 may have a lot of sexy scenes, but nothing can beat the first episodes in its first season.

I mean, come on! Luke Cage and Jessica Jones — two powerful superhumans — thrusting while moaning hard, and breaking the bed? That’s WILD.

Riverdale

Photo by GadgetMatch | Riverdale Season 3, Episode 5 (15:00)

Sure, it’s all about murders in Riverdale town, but teens from Riverdale are so hormonal, they’re also obsessed with sex. Some of the hottest scenes are from Season 3, Episode 5 (15:00) where Veronica uses her connections to get to Archie — and have sex in the locker room.

Another is from Season 4, Episode 2 (04:00) when Betty and Jughead started making out in front of Archie and Veronica. At first, you’ll think it’s going to be a foursome, but the two had their one-on-one session in another room instead.

Elite

Photo by GadgetMatch | Elite Season 1, Episode 3 (48:58)

Another teen series starring some of the casts from the popular La Casa de Papel, Elite follows three teenagers who transferred to an elite school. If you think this is some high school drama, you’re kidding yourself. It has a lot of murder, alcohol, party, and of course, sex.

Starting with Season 1, Episode 1 (20:40, 41:43) where a shower and bed scene happened while the couples were being watched. Then, there’s Season 1, Episode 3 (47:41) where a threesome between two guys and a girl happened, and Season 2 Episode 2 (38:28) where two guys did the deed while someone beside them is sleeping.

Orange is the New Black

Photo by GadgetMatch | Orange is the New Black Season 3, Episode 2 (54:08)

Orange is the New Black has a lot of girl on girl scenes, obviously because the show took place in a women’s prison. The show follows Piper Kerman’s memoir when she was indicted for money-laundering and drug-trafficking.

One of the hottest scenes in the show was between Alex Vause and Piper Chapman. At Season 3, Episode 2 (54:08), Alex and Piper had a “fight” that led to pushing, grabbing, and a hair-pulling sex scene. There was a lot of strength and aggression.

Sense8

Photo by GadgetMatch | Sense8 Season 2, Episode 1 (53:12)

Sense8 might be a sci-fi drama revolving around the theme of “connection,” with lots of superhuman powers but its sex scenes are abundant. At the finale of Season 1 and during the first episode of Season 2, an orgy happened. Most of the scenes were shown in unrealistic places like inside a toilet cubicle.

Sense8 is filled with steamy sex scenes that might make you want to stay away from your favorite adult sites. Maybe you can just use this as a buffer for your date night. You can really get them in the mood with the show’s intriguing plot and steamy scenes.

Bodyguard

Photo by GadgetMatch | Bodyguard Episode 2 (57:08)

What’s hotter than having a relationship with someone you’re not supposed to be with? Say, someone older than you, your client, or probably your direct superior at work? At Bodyguard, fans reveled at the sexual tension between the hot bodyguard David Budd and hot politician Julia Montague.

In the second and third episodes, the sexual tension hit a fever pitch with fear and anger becoming one of the driving forces for both David and Julia to do the deed — even though it’s going to get things complicated. Also, nothing sounds sexier than hearing someone as hot as David being polite while humping you on a desk.

Bonus: The Witcher

Photo by GadgetMatch | The Witcher Season 1, Episode 3 (14:00)

The Witcher has been the talk of the town lately — from memes to incredible fight scenes, and its nudity. Almost every episode has it, but the scene between Istredd and Yennefer at Episode 3 is something to watch out for. *wink emoji*

Finding the right show to Netflix & Chill to

Identifying a scene as hot, wild, and steamy is purely subjective. Some shows might be hot for you, some might not. However, the key to enjoying these shows is to watch and dive into the story. Follow the plot and understand the dynamics between the characters.

The plot is integral since it builds sexual tension. And honestly, we’re always pumped in those moments where we can’t wait for the characters to “just do it.” 😏

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3 fitness apps for people who travel a lot

No excuses!

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Traveling makes sticking to a workout routine difficult; but in an era with apps that cater to just about everyone’s needs, it’s now easier to achieve your fitness goals.

If you’re committed to making health and fitness a priority this year or simply feel bad about not having a go-to workout, here are three apps that can help no matter how busy you are, wherever in the world you may be:

FlexIt

Work out whenever your schedule allows it, wherever you may be — sans the contract. That’s the idea behind FlexIt, a pay-by-the-minute app that gives you access to thousands of gyms.

You simply scan a QR code at the front desk before and after a workout so you only pay for the time you spend at the gym. The app also lets you see which gyms offer the best per-minute rate in your area, and which times are off peak hours so you can get an even better deal.

FlexIt is currently available across the US, and will soon be expanding to Canada, Europe, and Australia.

ClassPass

Finding a workout that you enjoy can be daunting. With ClassPass, you get to try different physical activities for as little as US$ 19 per month. It’s also perfect for people who get bored with sticking to just one type of workout.

With the app, you can search classes offered by the different gyms around you. Whether it’s indoor cycling, yoga, HIIT, or boxing — booking a class that you feel like taking that day is one tap away. Can’t find a gym in your area? A ClassPass membership also gives you access to on-demand workout videos.

ClassPass is available across the North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania although monthly subscriptions vary per country.

J&J Official 7 Minute Workout

If time constraints and the lack of gyms in the area are what’s stopping you, try J&J Official 7 Minute Workout app. It’s completely free and it gives you access to a virtual coach and a video library of workouts that you can do in 7 minutes.

If you have a little bit more time to spare, there’s a Smart Workout mode that creates a variety of workouts based on your fitness and motivation level.

The best part is none of the workouts require weights or machines, just your own body weight, making it easier to get your heart pumping whether you’re in an airport lounge or an Airbnb.

Committing to a one-year gym membership can be too much — not just for people who travel a lot like me, but also for beginners. These three apps don’t require contracts, but a self-commitment to make working out not just a New Year’s resolution but also a lifetime habit. With everything accessible with a few taps on your smartphone, there are just simply no excuses.

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