If you’re looking for the very best high-end smartphones available, you’ve come to the right place! Every month, GadgetMatch updates this list with the finest devices money can buy, no matter how much they cost.
As a follow-up to our May compilation, this June list takes every newly launched flagship costing more than $600 into consideration, but doesn’t discount the smartphones that continue to make an impact since their launch last year.
Here they are in no particular order:
Samsung Galaxy S8+ ($850)
Was there any doubt about Samsung’s most gorgeous phone making this selection? Armed with the finest processor ever built in the Snapdragon 835, possibly the best single camera in a handset today, and the most refined Android skin to date, the Galaxy S8+ looks to stay on our radar for a long time.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus ($769)
You can’t complete a selection like this without including Apple’s latest handset. And it’s not because an iPhone has to be included; the iPhone 7 Plus is so fast and so smooth, there’s no way we could ignore it. It also gets the nod over the regular iPhone 7 thanks to its far more impressive dual-camera setup.
Google Pixel XL ($769)
While the Pixel XL has its shortcomings — the lack of serious water resistance and oddly plain design spring to mind — you can’t find a more optimized Android smartphone right now. Everything about it is snappy, from the incredible camera to its witty Google Assistant. It’s also got the most up-to-date operating system, unlimited storage for all your photos, plus a better screen resolution and battery life than the smaller Pixel.
LG G6 ($650)
After what many considered to be a failure in the G5, LG went back to the drawing board and crafted a smartphone that looks and feels great, and — more importantly — simply works. We’ve been so fond of the G6’s generous but not-too-tall display, extra-wide-angle camera, and super-solid build quality since we got our hands on it. Buh-bye, modules!
Xiaomi Mi Mix (Exclusive Edition – $689)
As of writing, there’s still no widely available smartphone much like Xiaomi’s Mi Mix. Its near-bezel-free front is incredible to this day, and the Exclusive Edition ups the premium with gold rims on the back and a ceramic finish. And it’s so generous on the inside, as well: 6GB of memory and 256GB of internal storage are more than enough even for hardcore users.
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Realme XT vs Samsung Galaxy A71: Camera shootout
64-megapixel camera battle!
Nowadays, midrange smartphones pack a punch in the camera department. Sporting 64-megapixel cameras, one can’t help but wonder which smartphone takes better photos. Here, we compared the Realme XT (PhP 16,990/ US$ 333) and Samsung Galaxy A71 (PhP 22,990/ US$ 450) with a PhP 6,000/ US$ 118 difference.
Just like all of our camera shootouts, no edits were done except resizing for faster preview and watermark to quickly identify the shot.
Which smartphone do you think will win? Let’s have a 64-megapixel camera battle!
We all know the Realme XT and Samsung Galaxy A71 produce 64-megapixel photos through pixel-binned 16-megapixel shots.
If you analyze the differences, the Realme XT has a red tint, but it produces an accurate color reproduction albeit a little bright and washed out.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A71 is a bit processed. It’s saturated yet lively, comprised of better contrasts and deeper blacks, but comes with a greener tint. Furthermore, its exposure is a hit or miss, and on most occasions, it produces bad highlights.
At the end of the day, both smartphones produce decent 64-megapixel shots, especially for the price it commands. However, it makes us wonder: Do we really need higher megapixels? Maybe we do, but maybe we also don’t.
For now, we can enjoy every smartphone’s attempt to make better images. After all, it’s us who benefit the most. So, which 64-megapixel camera phone shoots better for you? Let us know and share your thoughts with us on our social channels!
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.
A journey to self-love: How to set your financial goals straight
With CIMB Bank’s help
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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