Our daily drivers and what we’d rather use

Each GadgetMatch member chimes in



While we agree that the best smartphone is the one we have in our pockets, we can’t help but want more out of our gadgets, or simply something else.

In this feature, we expose our daily drivers and which smartphones we’d rather use. Whether they be fictional or real yet unavailable, these are our true GadgetMatches.

Daily driver: Huawei Mate 20
Prefers: Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

In 2018, you can pick up any flagship and expect it to work superbly for your daily needs. So as we end the year, there’s been one phone that does exactly that but also brings an exciting extra feature: the sliding pop-up camera of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. I don’t take a lot of selfies so I won’t necessarily need to slide out those front facing selfie cameras for what it’s actually there for. But I’m not gonna lie, the added feature of being able to fidget with it is something that makes me super curious about wanting the phone on the daily.

Daily drivers: iPhone XS and Honor 10
Prefers: Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

While I’m completely happy with my current daily drivers, I still find myself wanting to use a phone that’s not yet widely available in the world. I was lucky enough to test the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 while I was in Beijing and boy did I want to take it home! It’s essentially a Mi MIX 2S in a sliding form-factor, and with much-improved cameras. I just wish it also came in white like its predecessor.

Daily driver: LG G7 ThinQ
Prefers: OnePlus 6T… but with an ultra wide-angle camera 😜

One of the underrated mobile phones to be released this year is the LG G7 ThinQ. Despite its mouthful name, it’s a pretty good all-around device. Aside from its fun-to-use ultra-wide-angle camera though, everything about the phone is just so-so. That’s why I’d love to go back to using a OnePlus phone, especially the latest model, the 6T. I love everything about the OnePlus 6T — its display, performance, build, and software. Wouldn’t it be nice to also equip it with a wide-angle shooter? The secondary camera of the 6T is rather redundant to the main sensor, so I’m hoping OnePlus would consider adding one soon.

Daily driver: Not Pink Pixel 3
Prefers: An actual pink Pixel 3 🤬

I can’t let go of phones from the Pixel line simply because I trust their cameras most. I don’t just want good selfies, I want an actual phone that I can take in place of cameras. That being said, it really wouldn’t have killed Google if they made an actual pink phone instead of teasing me with this half-baked maybe pink device.

Daily drivers: Galaxy Note 9 and Mate 10 Pro
Prefers: A tougher and more robust flagship smartphone

I love how smartphones today are so feature-packed that they can be used for leisure and productivity on the go. If I’m not out raiding legendaries in Pokémon Go, I’d be out shooting with a camera and my smartphone. Thing is, I’m the kind of user who doesn’t put a case on his smartphone simply because I think feeling the material and its texture are part of the phone’s experience — that plus it bulks up the phone. But today’s high-end phones scratch easily with everyday handling so having a tougher protective glass would really be a good addition. Maybe for Gorilla Glass 10?

Daily drivers: Pixel 3 and Mate 20 Pro
Prefers: Razer Phone 2

I must say, using the Pixel 3 and Mate 20 Pro together is a match made in tech heaven. I get the latest Android updates and compact dimensions of the former, as well as the versatile cameras and incredible battery life of the latter. And yet, what I really want is a smartphone that simply games. It’s been a Razer Phone 2 versus ROG Phone type of year, but my money is on Razer’s side. Sticking to the 16:9 screen ratio and front-facing speakers has become invaluable for mobile gaming, which is something I’ve gotten more into lately.

Daily drivers: Huawei P20 Pro and LG V40 ThinQ
Prefers: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

I’ve been in love with Huawei’s P series ever since they collaborated with Leica. It’s been a great travel companion that perfectly captures postcard- and instagram-worthy photos. But sometimes, I’d wish they add a wide-angle feature — something that I like from the LG V40 ThinQ. This is why I prefer the Mate 20 Pro. It’s packed with three versatile rear shooters that can handle any adventure I go on.

Daily drivers: Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro and Pocophone F1
Prefers: The Xiaomi Mi 8 with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s cameras

I’m generally happy with the Xiaomi Mi 8. It’s a great performer and I think it’s the absolute sweet spot for me in terms of size. While its cameras are pretty good, they just aren’t at the level of the Mate 20 Pro’s which are great under any lighting condition. Since this fantasy phone isn’t happening any time soon, I’m content with the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro. It’s a great multitasking machine plus I really enjoy MIUI!


Samsung Galaxy M51 price and availability in the Philippines

Another monster battery phone!



Samsung’s new beast — the Galaxy M51 — is finally making its way to the Philippines. With an official listed page on the Samsung Philippines website, the arrival of this monster battery phone is imminent.

The Galaxy M51 prides itself with a massive 7000mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging. This new midrange phone sports a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED+ Infinity-O display. On its front, you can find an in-display fingerprint scanner and a punch-hole camera housing a 32-megapixel shooter.

It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 730G processor, equipped with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For extra storage, it comes with a MicroSD slot up to 512GB.

Meanwhile, its rear features a quad-camera setup: a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro camera.

Regarding its ports, the Galaxy M51 uses a USB Type-C port and the well-loved 3.5mm audio jack. In line with all other Galaxy-branded phones, it’ll ship with OneUI out-of-the-box and Samsung Knox, Samsung’s multi-layered security feature.

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy M51 will retail for PhP 19,990 and will come in two colors: Black and White. It will be exclusively available online starting September 25, 2020, at Samsung’s official online store, eCommerce partners such as Lazada, Shopee, Abenson, and MemoXpress, and telecom companies like Globe and Smart. Early birds can score up to PhP 2,098 worth of freebies from September 25-28, 2020.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy M31: How long does a 6000mAh battery last?

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realme 7i launches with Snapdragon 662 and 90Hz display

Marginal improvements over the realme 6i



realme has officially taken the wraps off its latest entry-level device, the realme 7i. The launch of the device comes after realme launched the 7 series in India.

realme 7i is more than a substantive upgrade to the realme 6i, which launched six months ago. The biggest update to realme 7i is the chipset. It now touts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, although it isn’t clear if this chipset offers improvements over its predecessor’s MediaTek Helio G80.

Another major improvement of the realme 7i over the 6i is its display. This time, realme put a 90Hz display on its entry-level device. However, the resolution is still the same at HD+. This is realme 7i’s differentiating feature between its regular and Pro variant, considering that both have FHD+ resolution.

realme 7i also has a different rear camera arrangement. The rear cameras are a combination of 64MP wide + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP monochrome + 2MP depth sensor. The 64MP primary camera is a big upgrade over the 6i’s 48MP. However, it remains to be seen if the bigger resolution offers better images for the 7i.

The selfie camera also now resides inside a display cut-out. Whereas in the realme 6i, the selfie camera resides in a waterdrop notch.

Beyond these improvements, every other spec from the realme 6i remains unchanged. The selfie camera remains at 16MP. The rear fingerprint sensor also remains unchanged. As for battery capacity, it still has the same 5,000 mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.

And as with the 6i, the realme 7i comes with dual SIM and microSD card support. The trusty headphone jack and USB-C port is also carried over.

Pricing and availability

realme 7i will come in two color configuration: Aurora Green and Polar Blue. Both configuration comes with Android 10, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage out of the box. It is available to purchase now in Indonesia for IDR 3,099,000 (USD 205).

Availability on other markets have yet to be confirmed. However, it should come sooner than later along with realme 7 and 7 Pro in key markets.

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Apple’s A14 chip is slower than Snapdragon 865

According to leaked benchmarking test



This week, Apple officially unveiled the A14 Bionic chipset. The next-generation processor will reportedly go up against the processors of its competitors including the upcoming Snapdragon 875. Though Apple hypes up the processor’s new Neural Engine, we don’t know how it will perform against the industry yet. However, according to a leaked benchmarking test, Apple’s A14 chip is slower than Snapdragon 865.

Leaked by Ice Universe, the unannounced iPhone 12 Pro Max supposedly scored 572333 on AnTutu’s popular benchmarking software. In comparison, the Snapdragon 865-powered Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra scored a towering 646730 above the leaked iPhone. For another comparison, the Snapdragon 865 Plus-powered ASUS ROG Phone 3 scores 629245 — still notches above the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

According to the leaker, the recently announced chipset likely focuses on power usage efficiency, rather than overall performance. The chip boasts numerous improvements in artificial intelligence features.

Regardless, Apple has not officially announced the iPhone 12 series yet. The recently concluded Time Flies event unveiled new iPads and the Apple Watch Series 6. Despite the missing iPhones, the company will still reportedly release the new series sometime in the fourth quarter.

However, if you’re looking for a performance booster, the iPhone 12 might not offer what you’re looking for — that is, if the leak will prove true.

SEE ALSO: Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE (2020): Camera shootout

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