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Is the Nintendo Switch (OLED) worth the upgrade?

We ask our gaming writers!

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The Nintendo Switch (OLED) is real and it is coming. But for many, it wasn’t the Switch upgrade they were hoping for. We sat down with two of our gaming writers Gab and Leez to get their quick thoughts on the new Switch in town.

Were you surprised by the sudden announcement? Why or why not?

Gab: I was genuinely surprised by the announcement, considering there weren’t any particular rumors in the past few weeks surrounding it. While Nintendo mentioned earlier this year that they’re working on new Switch models, the OLED display part was something they said they were working on. Also, I was expecting the announcement to come some time in August or early September instead of July, but I guess even they couldn’t wait.

I’m guessing they didn’t bother mentioning this during E3 2021 for two reasons. On one hand, I think they wanted to focus more on game releases during the showcase, instead of going for the hardware. On the other, I think they needed some time to refine one key change in the new model in comparison to the current models.

Leez: Nintendo is pretty good with their Direct announcements but this one was a little out of left field. I guess it’s my fruit fly attention span that made Switch updates just come unnoticed.

It would’ve been nice to go with their E3 announcements since they saved the sad snoozefest that it was. But, in retrospect, hardware isn’t really part of the homework for the event.

Do you think the upgrades are worth buying for long-time Switch users?

Gab: I’ve had my v2 Switch for more than a year, and my experience with it is pretty great. When I saw the upgraded features on the OLED model, it didn’t really entice me enough to consider getting the upgrade. Essentially it’s a bigger, brighter, and more vibrant screen but still operates the same way as the v2 Switch.

I like the fact that it comes with a wider stand at the back, plus the Ethernet port in the dock if you’re using it in TV Mode. I felt that these features would have been better for the v2 Switch, but I honestly feel these were minor changes. If the biggest change Nintendo thought of was a bigger OLED panel, it’s not necessarily a change worth spending extra money on.

Leez: Gab summarizes it well. For me, it can be a big win for people who’ve been considering getting a Switch but, it’s ultimately a screen and storage upgrade. Nintendo does this all the time. Remember the DS? Then, 3DS? They essentially apply and sell small incremental changes and upgrades to their handhelds until they find a new perfected form of blending portability, functionality, and fun. Our wallets are all just praying for their next breakthrough.

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What upgrades would you have wanted to see instead?

Gab: Support for 4K when in TV mode (which also means support for HDMI 2.1), possibly a battery that lasts an hour or two longer than the v2 Switch

Leez: Honestly? Even if you slap 4K on top of the OLED upgrade, I wouldn’t buy it. Maybe that’s all the moths living in my wallet talking, but I just weirdly wish Nintendo took time to add all the upgrades into one Switch.

If someone who doesn’t own a Switch considers getting one, should the person get the OLED version or just get the potentially marked down price of the older version?

Gab: If this is your first time getting a Switch, the OLED model is a great option to have. Apart from the features I just mentioned, it also roughly lasts as long as the v2 Switch, and the higher price is justified because of the 7-inch OLED panel. If money is a bit tight, the potentially marked down older version isn’t too shabby.

Personally, I would still wait for a “Pro” version of the Switch that acts as a substantial upgrade but let’s see if Nintendo will actually do it.

Leez: I think if you have the budget for it, go for it. I think Nintendo is really good at giving their console owners breathing space to really enjoy their games. Other brands often limit their new game releases to the newest console releases which ultimately necessitates buying what’s new. For Nintendo, they let you play the old and new in whichever handheld you’ve got. They did it for Gameboy games for the Gameboy Advance and Gameboy Advance games for the DS.

It all ultimately depends on your budget and if you think the little upgrades are worth the dollar. Personally? If I didn’t have a Switch, I’d take an older version for a cheaper price. I’m not making it rain and games don’t come cheap.

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What bundles or special editions are you hoping will come with the OLED version?

Gab: On the top of my head, a Pokemon bundle would be nice to commemorate the arrival of the DP remakes. I mean, not just for the Switch Lite but hopefully for this model, as well. Of course, I think they’ll do a special edition Switch model with either Dialga or Palkia on it, but it’s just a thought.

Also, Nintendo, while we’re on the subject: a TWICE collab would be nice. I mean, the Joy-Cons for the OLED model are in the Dahyun white variant, so you might as well do it for all the other members’ colors. Also, can we get limited edition ones that the members can sign?

Leez: Easily, Breath of the Wild 2. Could you imagine? If they release a Sheikah Slate design on a Nintendo Switch OLED, I’m genuinely eating my words about it not being worth it. And, if they made an off-hand official Kirby themed one, I’m having a stern talk with my empty wallet and would willingly starve for it.

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The Mi TV P1 is a great first TV

A good self reward

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Mi TV P1

I still vaguely remember the first TV I ever bought. It was, if I recall correctly, a 24-inch Samsung TV. That was already a big deal for me at the time. I just landed a producer job at an online news outlet and got my first major salary bump. As someone who enjoyed watching TV shows and movies, I thought I’d treat myself by graduating from watching on a laptop.

The TV wasn’t anything crazy. It wasn’t smart either. At the time, Smart TVs weren’t as prevalent as they are today and it would have cost maybe two months worth of my salary then. But this TV I bought had what I needed. It can read from flash drives and external hard drives, and it has an HDMI port. That thing cost me somewhere between PhP 15,000 to PhP 18,000.

Fast forward to today, I would have been able to afford a pretty big screen 4K TV now with that money. Specifically, the Xiaomi Mi TV P1. Here are the price ranges for its various sizes:

  • 55″ — PhP 24,990
  • 50″ — PhP 22,990
  • 43″ — PhP 18,990

The same TV line also has a 32-inch variant at PhP 10,990 but it isn’t 4K so I excluded it from the list. By these standards, I would have been able to afford the 43-incher. Or perhaps, I would have opted to save up a little more to grab either of the 50-inch or 55-inch variants.

But even the 43-incher is already worlds better than what I had bought back then. I’m sure it’s a fantastic option for most people today. We already have an extensive review of the Mi TV P1. But indulge me in this little piece to share why I think it’s a great first TV.

Elevate your entertainment

Mi TV P1

One of my primary considerations for buying a TV was to give my laptop (and perhaps it’s a smartphone now for most people today) a break. I think it goes a long way to prolonging your laptop’s lifespan if after a long day of work, you’re not pushing it further to watch a few episodes of your favorite series.

At the time I was religiously following TV series like Suits, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, and many, many more. It was my way to unwind and destress at night. The kind of shows or content we watch has shifted a little to more K-Dramas and plenty of YouTube creators. But whatever you choose to watch to unwind, it’s almost always better on a TV.

Mi TV P1

Other than anime, and whatever’s on Netflix. I use the TV to stream PLENTY of TWICE

The UHD screen on the Mi TV P1 is no joke. It even looks good even in brightly lit rooms. You can also tweak the settings to get the kind of picture that your eyes find pleasing. My personal settings lean towards a vivid picture quality but not too much that it compromises the cinematic integrity of what I’m watching.

It’s just an overall treat to your eyes. And watching shows and movies just feels more natural this way.

Encourages legitimate streaming 

Mi TV P1

Squid Game, the biggest show on Netflix, is best watched on TV

Let’s face it, we didn’t always access our favorite shows from legitimate sources. Owning a Smart TV discourages that old behavior. The ease of access to streaming sites like Netflix, HBO Go, and Viu is near frictionless. And there are a variety of subscription plans that fit your needs.

You can even be creative with your streaming budget. You can rotate among these apps every month or so. You’ll just have to plan which shows you want to watch, and line them up to when you want to watch. What I do is I have Netflix on retainer so I always have it, then month-to-month I switch between HBO Go and Viu. It just depends on where the shows I want to watch are.

It’s so much easier to fire up the TV, hit a streaming app, and watch away vs having to acquire shows in less than ideal means.

What’s more, you can install ExpressVPN directly on the TV. With it you can change regions and gain access to content and apps you otherwise would not have access to. If you’re worried about the subscription fee, there’s a nice offer here.

Home entertainment centerpiece

Mi TV P1

It’s also decent for gaming. And even if you don’t have a console, you can install supported gaming apps from the Google Play Store

Looking back, I really wish the Mi TV P1 was already available when I made my first TV purchase. I’m constantly fascinated by how much of what was then considered high-end tech is now available to more people.

What Xiaomi has here is pretty much more of the same of what they usually offer — a product with a fantastic price-to-performance ratio. The Mi TV P1 is no premium TV, but I’d argue it’s the best value for money you can get.

If you’re looking to splurge a little on a big ticket item, the Mi TV P1 is an easy recommendation. If I were back in my situation as a young professional looking to reward myself, this is certainly it.

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5 ways to enjoy Huawei’s MatePad gift bundles

There’s plenty to do!

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Tablets are always a convenient tool for users to enjoy, whether they’re looking for entertainment or simply unwinding.

As the holiday season is fast-approaching, Huawei is offering customers gift bundles for its MatePad tablet series for them to score exciting promos while saving on huge freebies.

Whether it’s a gift for yourself, an early Christmas gift, or an investment for the next year, the Huawei gift bundles campaign includes everything from budget tablets to premium ones to help grant those wishes.

Five ways to enjoy

With more than 141,000 apps available on AppGallery, users can unlock new ways to be entertained and inspired at their fingertips especially nowadays with safety guidelines outside still in place.

As the year winds down, here are five ways to begin a new journey in 2022 with the HUAWEI MatePad series:

1. Reconnect with your loved ones online

 

Stay connected to your friends and family over the holidays with a variety of essential social media platforms ready for download on AppGallery and Petal Search.

That includes WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Tiktok, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and Twitter!

2. Catch a movie marathon

MatePad Pro 12.6

Whether it means staying up to date with local dramas on MeWatch or catching the latest blockbusters on HBO Go, keep your serotonin flowing with the immersive displays and sound systems tuned by Harmon Kardon on the Huawei MatePad tablets.

Apps that you could consider include HUAWEI Video, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, and Twitch so you don’t miss out on safe and sound Christmas bonding sessions at home.

3. Maximize productivity

With apps like Zoom, Slack and Microsoft Office, Teams, and Outlook at your disposal, staying productive amidst the Christmas rush is a breeze.

You can also keep an eye on your kid’s tablet use with a smart monitoring solution like Plano or amp your multi-tasking game with Huawei’s multi-window and multi-screen collaboration feature on the tablets.

4. Explore your creative side

Huawei MatePad

With infinite possibilities on a digital canvas, you don’t have to worry about paper wastage or harming the environment.

Whether you’re a pro or just starting to find your inner artist, the Huawei M-Pencil gives a realistic drawing experience equipped with pixel-level precision.

Take a stroke of faith with Nebo, ibisPaint X, Concepts available from AppGallery.

5. Find your flow with journaling

The world can get a little noisy at times. Take a moment to disconnect and develop a calmer mind through journaling with suggested apps like Journey, Grid Diary, and Calm.

Gift bundles to choose from

Huawei has four packages available depending on what plans you have for a tablet. All deals include a free gift bundle worth as much as SG$ 396.

MatePad model Retail price Free gift bundle Best for
HUAWEI MatePad SGSG$ 448

(U.P. SGSG$ 498)

Get it for only SG$ 398 during the Lazada Huawei Brand Sale from October 26 to 28

Smart Magnetic Keyboard worth SG$ 148 Families looking for a

budget-friendly tablet

for work and for fun.

Includes a Kirin 820

chipset, Wi-Fi 6 and

EMUI 10.1.

HUAWEI MatePad 11 SG$ 698 Worth SG$ 346:

  • Huawei M-Pencil (2nd gen)
  • Smart Magnetic Keyboard
Young adults and

students looking for a

reliable productivity

tool.

Includes a 120 Hz

refresh rate for a

smoother visual

experience and a DCI –

P3 colour gamut

feature.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro 10.8” SG$ 998 Worth SG$ 254:

  • MatePad Pro Flip cover
  • Huawei M-Pencil (2nd gen)
  • Huawei Mini Speaker
An all-rounded

productivity machine at

home, school, or the

office.

Includes 10.8 inch 2K

HUAWEI FullView

Display with a 4.9mm

ultra slim bezel body.

Up to 11 hours of

battery life.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro 12.6” SG$ 1,398 Worth SG$ 396:

  • Huawei M-Pencil (2nd gen)
  • MatePad pro 12.6” Smart Magnetic Keyboard
Professionals and

creatives running

sophisticated programs

on-screen.

Features a powerful

10,050mAh battery

capacity and a large

12.6 inch OLED

FullView Display.

Pricing and availability

The promotion will run from October 26 to November 30, 2021 and will be available at all Huawei Authorized Stores, selected consumer electronic stores including Best Denki, Challenger & Hachi.tech, COURTS, Gain City, Harvey Norman, Sprint-Cass, and Huawei official online stores in Lazada and Shopee.

SEE ALSO: 11 most notable things about the Huawei MatePad 11

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Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Unboxing

The best Pixel yet?

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Google Pixel 6

After a series of leaks from many months ago, Google has finally unveiled the newest Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to the public (take note of the new ‘Pro’ branding instead of ‘XL’ from the Pixel 4 series).

If you’ve been a long-time Pixel follower, you’d know it’s the biggest Pixel redesign ever. From the modern look and feel, to that new horizontal camera strip. Everything went north from the Pixel 5’s less remarkable design language.

Without further ado, here’s our Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro unboxing in Sorta Seafoam and Cloudy White colorways.

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