Best of 2018: Weekend Rewind

Let’s rewind 2018 before we fast forward to 2019



We’re switching up for the final weekend of 2018. Instead of giving you this week’s top news (which you can still get here), we’re sharing with you some stuff we’ve worked on to wrap this year up nicely

1. The team’s GadgetMatch for 2018

Let’s kick off this rewind by sharing with you what each member picked as their GadgetMatch for 2018. We firmly believe there’s a gadget you naturally gravitate toward, and this year, these are our picks.

For fun, we also shared what phones we’re currently using and what daily driver we would rather have. That should give you a better idea on what the team’s into, if that’s something you’re curious about.

2. Best Smartphones of 2018

Of course, we need to have this list, right? If you’re not sure what phone to splurge your hard-earned money on, this list should give you a good idea on what to get. You can’t go wrong with any of the smartphones listed here; you just need to know what your priorities on a phone are and select from the likes of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, iPhone XS, ASUS ROG Phone, and more!

We’re not all about phones, though. We also put together a best products of 2018 list because you need more than just a daily driver to get by especially in today’s tech-driven landscape.

3. Best video games of 2018

All work and no play will burn you out real quick. So, make it a point to find time and play these titles that are more than worth your time.

With PlayStation 4 exclusives like God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man leading the way, along with mobile hit Fortnite, there are plenty of titles to help you de-stress or just straight-up dive into a new world — something we all need from time to time.

4. Hits and Misses of 2018

It hasn’t been all happy and merry in 2018. While there were plenty of hits like esports being added as an official event for the 2019 SEA Games, there were also plenty of misses. Most notable of which was the passing of pop culture icon Stan Lee.

There was a lot that went down in 2018, and these are some of the events that should give you a nice snapshot of the year that was.

5. Where GadgetMatch has been

You can’t move forward without looking back a little. In 2018, we were literally everywhere, covering big tech events like CES and MWC as usual while also being present in other major tech events this year.

This list shows you where we’ve been and where we hope to see you all again in 2019.

Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Unboxing

Unpacked it for you



The Galaxy S20 Ultra marks the first “Ultra” device made by Samsung. Despite its hefty price tag and similar box content as other S20 models, it’s heavier with specs and features.

Here’s our Galaxy S20 Ultra unboxing.

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A journey to self-love: How to set your financial goals straight

With CIMB Bank’s help



Image: MJ | GadgetMatch

There was a point in my life when adulting hit me hard: my romantic relationship suddenly ended, which coincided with my resignation from my full-time job of three years. The thing is, I had a plan before everything happened, but life is indeed full of unexpected moments.

I decided to take a rest first to clear my overwhelmed mind. I ended up doing what most young adults like me would do: travelled to different places, went out with friends, volunteered for several causes, and spoiled myself with my favorite things and experiences — everything that involved doing what I love and seizing life’s great moments.

I was busy indulging myself in this idea of “self-love” until I realized that my bank account was draining every single week, and I was close to maxing out my credit card limit. That’s when it hit me: I wasn’t financially prepared to sustain this kind of lifestyle. 

Self-love is more than just showering yourself with pretty things

We all have this idea that “self-love” is about indulging in life’s best comforts, and doing whatever sets our soul on fire. Newsflash: real life is much trickier than these scenarios we see in rom-com films.

For me, I had to take more extra work to do these things I love, while still being able to pay bills. I regretted not being able to save up more and use my money wisely. I eventually found myself living life from paycheck to paycheck, and I realized that this is not the life I wanted to live. I couldn’t fully enjoy life’s moments, since my financial restrictions were always at the back of my mind. 

I have come to understand the real concept of self-love — that it is actually about creating a life that is prepared for whatever life’s challenges throw at us. Instead of treating ourselves to short-lived thrills, it’s much better to manage our finances first so we’re always ready for the next big thing. Being smart with our finances is indeed a great form of self-care. 

Seize life’s moments by being financially fit

CIMB Bank, the “Best Digital Bank” in the Philippines is a great choice for people like me who want to save up for life’s next moments. The best thing about it is I can open an account seamlessly in just 10 minutes — no need to personally enroll in a branch and wait for weeks to secure an account. No wonder they have been recently awarded as the “Fastest Growing Digital Bank” as well.

Through the CIMB Bank PH mobile app (iOS/ Android), managing and accessing my money is also much easier compared to other banks. They offer great perks and services such as transacting with other banks for free, withdrawing in over 25,000 ATM machines nationwide without penalty charges via Visa pay, wave debit card, and not be bothered by maintaining balances.

I can also access my cash 24/7 in just a few taps, and it’s connected to other local payment gateways I frequently use like GCash and dragonpay, so it greatly fits my flexible lifestyle.

True to its commitment to helping Filipinos achieve financial inclusion and freedom, this all-digital, mobile-first bank offers an interest rate of four percent (4%) per annum available all year round, with no restrictions, via its UpSave account offering. It’s the best-in-market savings rate, which makes me save more money without worrying about security. They also offer up to Php 2 million worth of life insurance coverage!

With CIMB Bank, I can track my savings easily and invest my money in experiences that will allow me to feed my passions. When the time comes that life throws more unexpected moments, I know I’m financially secured to handle it. And that is one of the best forms of love I can give to myself.

To know more about CIMB Bank PH, click here.

This feature was produced in collaboration with Her GadgetMatch and CIMB Philippines.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Unboxing, Setup, Photos & Q&A

What to expect when you buy the Galaxy Z Flip



Today is Galaxy Z Flip Day! Thankfully I have fast fingers, and was able to snag one before it ran out online. In this video I pick up in store, unbox and set it up, and answer some of your questions.

This is our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip unboxing.

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