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GadgetMatch’s Favorite Gadgets of 2017

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The goal of GadgetMatch is clear: matching our readers with their perfect gadget through easy-to-read articles and fun videos. But which products do the members of the GadgetMatch team enjoy the most? Let’s find out!

After looking through all the devices we’ve reviewed so far this year, choosing just one per person was a tall order, but lots of inner deliberation brought up this surprisingly diverse list with individual testaments as to why they are each person’s GadgetMatch.

Check ’em out:

Alven’s GadgetMatch: Samsung R7

As the holiday season inched closer and more occasions started to fill my calendar, having the Samsung R7 wireless speaker was all I’ve needed to turn any get-together into a fun event. Not only did the R7 provide great sound quality, its unique design was a conversation piece for everyone that saw it!

WATCH: Alven’s 2017 GadgetMatch looks like it came straight out of the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie 

Chay’s GadgetMatch: Fossil Q Tailor

I’ve used a couple of smartwatches in the last three years and while they all work well, I couldn’t stand having to charge yet another device every night. The Fossil Q Tailor functions like any other regular watch, but it can also track my steps and sleep. I love using it as a remote shutter for my phone’s camera, so I can take hands-free OOTDs when traveling alone. Fossil promises six months of battery life with Bluetooth perpetually turned on, but it’s been 10 months and I have yet to replace the battery.

WATCH: Chay shows off her GadgetMatch. 

Dan’s GadgetMatch: Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei flagships have always been beautiful, but it was only when the Mate 10 series launched that I truly fell in love. The bigger and better Mate 10 Pro brings everything together along with the latest artificial intelligence features. The Leica co-engineered cameras with the secondary monochrome sensor are truly impressive and fun to use. The bright blue color option is simply the cherry on top.

WATCH: Dan crowned the Huawei Mate 10 Pro as his favorite gadget of 2017. 

Isa’s GadgetMatch: Paper Shoot Camera

It’s a camera that’s made mostly of paper — how can one not be fascinated? This toy camera makes photography more meaningful. It takes me back to a time when photos were not so haphazardly shot; when we didn’t have smartphones to shoot with nor the luxury of seeing how the photo came out instantly. It also helps that it’s super cute!

WATCH: Isa’s 2017 GadgetMatch is great for flat lays!

Kevin’s GadgetMatch: Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2L 4×4

Of all the cars I was fortunate enough to test drive this year, none were as powerful and well-equipped as Ford’s latest Ranger Wildtrak. Its toughness and roominess inside are matched only by the excellent safety features, such as the lifesaving collision alert. When I’m done driving, I can just pull out my bike from the spacious cargo bed!

Leez’s GadgetMatch: Yuumei Cat Headphones

The tough work behind the Yuumei Cat Headphones was one that panned out through years. The headphones were born from a single sketch, troubled with tons of poor-quality cop-outs, and developed with friends and fans. Honestly, if having speakers and headphones in a single gadget was a great enough concept, the frustratingly adorable design (not to mention the lights) just made it tough not to choose this as my favorite.

WATCH: Leez says there’s more to these headphones than meets the eye, that’s why it’s her 2017 GadgetMatch

Marvin’s GadgetMatch: Acer Predator Triton 700

Since first laying my eyes on the Triton 700 during an Acer event at New York, I knew it was going to be something special, and I was right. I was never much of a gaming laptop enthusiast — bulky bodies and sub-par performance compared to desktop computers did that to me — but the Triton 700 has so much power in such a sleek body, and I can’t get enough of the fast response times of the display and mechanical keyboard.

WATCH: Marvin’s played a lot of AAA games on his 2017 GadgetMatch

Michael Josh’s GadgetMatch: Apple iPhone X

I still have my first iPhone, the OG model from 2007, and recently took it out for perspective on how big a difference a decade makes. While I love Apple and Android equally, there’s something about the 10th-anniversary iPhone that excites me more than usual. The iPhone X has the highest-rated still camera in the biz, an edge-to-edge display, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and the funnest new feature on a phone — Animojis.

WATCH: Michael Josh likes his 2017 GadgetMatch because of the potential it represents

Rodneil’s GadgetMatch: Star Wars: Jedi Challenges

I’m in no way a hardcore Star Wars fan, but I have always wanted to know what it’s like to be a Jedi. That’s exactly what Jedi Challenges does. This augmented reality experience puts a lightsaber in your hand and pits you against stormtroopers and Force users from the dark side. Parrying gunfire from the blaster rifle while crossing lightsabers is extremely satisfying.

WATCH: Rodneil’s Jedi dreams came true thanks to his GadgetMatch for 2017

SEE ALSO: Lenovo introduces Star Wars: Jedi Challenges augmented reality experience

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vivo V25 and V25 Pro Unboxing and First Look

They’re more than just their color-changing glass backs

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Remember the color-changing vivo V23 5G and V23 Pro announced during the early months of 2022?

Well, these phones now have their successors.

The V25 and V25 Pro are vivo’s two newest smartphones.

They offer compelling hardware despite being in the midrange segment.

But what makes the vivo V25 different from the V25 Pro?

Here’s our two-way vivo V25 and V25 Pro Unboxing and First Look to know more.

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Vivo’s road to becoming a top smartphone photography choice

Thanks to the X80 series, V23e 5G

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Earlier this February, vivo released the mid-range V23 5G series. Then, two months ago they introduced the flagship X80 series proving that the brand means business when it comes to becoming one of the top choices for mobile photography.

In fact, GadgetMatch already did two separate Camera Shootouts with the X80 Pro – one against the Huawei P50 Pro and another versus the iPhone 13 Pro Max wherein it matched up quite nicely when pitted against other premium flagship phones.

To recap, the vivo X80 Pro in particular sports a 50MP ultra-sensing GNV sensor for its main camera, with a 48MP IMX598 wide-angle camera, 12MP IMX663 portrait camera, and 8MP 5X periscope camera completing the setup.

The entire X80 series is also powered by ZEISS optics, with all lenses meeting ZEISS T coating standards. Aside from that, vivo also champions image stabilization with the Gimbal Portrait Camera, Active Centering OIS System, and 360-degree Horizon Leveling Stabilization for smooth photos and even videos.

Among the things that also stood out for the X80 series was its night photography and videography. These were made possible by the vivo V1+ Chip of the series which was designed to enhance night video denoising and HDR performance even under the most challenging lighting conditions.

vivo’s ZEISS Super Night Cameras across the entire vivo X80 series make them superior night photography options, which features such as Super Night Video and AI Video Enhancement

The vivo V23e 5G doesn’t lag far behind as well, with Natural Portrait Mode, AI Portrait Restore, and steady video shooting on its camera setup that includes a 50MP main, 8MP super-wide angle, and 44MP front camera.

So the next time you consider buying a smartphone for its mobile photography and videography capabilities, these vivo models should surely be on your shortlist.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4: First 24 Hours

With an unboxing of the Z Fold4 and its special S-Pen case!

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During the first of the Flip or Fold: First 24 Hours series, Michael Josh went around New York with the Galaxy Z Flip4.

In the second part, he now has the Galaxy Z Fold4 with him.

After unboxing comes the usual battery life test by bringing it around the streets of Manhattan.

Other than that, a mini camera shootout was performed against the Galaxy Z Fold3.

Watch our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 Unboxing and First 24 Hours video to know everything about it.

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