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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 X60 Hands-On: vivo X Zeiss team up for mobile photography

Redefining power and photography

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vivo X60

Now that we’re at an age of portability with a purpose, we definitely want to own a smartphone that can provide everything that we want and need, so we don’t have to rely on any other gadgets. That’s what the vivo X60 aims to be.

One of the features we usually look for in a smartphone is if its cameras are top notch. With that in mind, vivo made sure that they can contend against the best of the best as they comeback with the vivo X60 series — among these is the vivo X60.

With the X60, vivo co-engineers their cameras with high-end lens manufacturer Zeiss, making us experience Zeiss’ cutting edge imaging technology through our phones and making X60’s photography function more powerful than ever.

Specs and performance

Providing us so much in the camera department, vivo also ticks all the boxes when it comes to amazing specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor
  • 6.56” AMOLED display
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 12GB+3GB RAM
  • 256GB internal storage

Expect lag free browsing of your social media content and your favorite mobile games, even the very demanding Genshin Impact.

With so many things that you want to do with your smartphone, the vivo X60 is packed with a 4300mAh battery. This gives you more than enough power for a day of media streaming, social media browsing and some games on the side.

It even comes with a 33W flash charger that lets you juice up your phone back to a hundred percent in just a little over an hour.

As for the software, the vivo X60 runs Funtouch OS 11.1 based on Android 11 which has to be one of the most efficient skins from vivo yet.  It’s a very simplistic skin which feels close to vanilla Android but with visual improvements to enhance that vivo experience.

Stunning display

Despite its 6.56” display, the X60 is still ebay to grip thanks to it being slim at only 7.44mm and light at 176g.

Its AG glass back definitely grabs your attention with its gradient finish. Shifting its colors depending on how the light hits it, the shimmer blue design we have in our hands is absolutely gorgeous.

As we’ve touched on the 6.56” display of the vivo X60 earlier, do not be deceived as this is not your ordinary display. This is a 120Hz LTM AMOLED display and it boasts an HDR 10+ certification. This means you can expect details on the shadow side and lighter side of images that you won’t normally see on an average smartphone.

So surely, it would be your perfect companion for streaming films, documentaries, and TV series. LTM technology lets you enjoy clear visuals even with bright sunlight.

Now let’s talk about the star of the show, the camera with Zeiss optics.

Smartphone companies partner with camera or lens manufacturers to enhance their camera systems. And vivo pulled off a great move in partnering with Zeiss, making its superb technology present on all of vivo X60’s cameras.

Fantastic camera features

There’s the 48MP main camera, 13MP telephoto camera, and a 13MP ultra wide angle camera. And up front, you have the 32MP selfie camera.

With all these, you can take remarkable photos in whichever mode you choose. Your photos will look like it came straight out of a DSLR or a mirrorless camera with your main shooter.

Landscape views look amazing on the X60’s ultra wide mode, and your photos still look sharp and detailed with the telephoto lens.

The vivo X60 also has the Zeiss biotar portrait style, giving your portrait photos that iconic bokeh look. The portrait lens also has an equivalent 50mm focal length which is a staple for photographers to take great portraits.

As for its super panorama mode, shots are so seamless that you wouldn’t see any stitches.

Video taking

Now when it comes to taking videos, its main camera has optical image stabilization (OIS) making your video shots really smooth and steady. The vivo X60 has ultra stabilization which combines OIS and EIS.

But what happens when the lights are out and you only have your surround light to keep you lit? That’s what really puts the vivo X60 on the pedestal — its outstanding low light capability.

With vivo’s updated AI noise reduction algorithm, you can take stunning photos even at night. With its HDR super Night Portrait Mode, you can still stay in the spotlight and shine even in darkness.

Even if it’s pitch black outside, the vivo 60 can still make it seem like it’s daytime, giving us photos with good light and clear details, thanks to its Extreme Night Vision 2.0.

The X60 also lets you shoot in long exposure mode, giving you the chance to capture light streaks without worrying about too many settings.

The vivo X60 surely puts the wonder in wonderful with its outstanding cameras. It even takes things a few notches higher among smartphone contenders with its amazing display and performance, with a competitive base flagship pricing.

Pricing and availability

vivo X60, 12GB+3GB RAM/ 256GB Storage — PhP 34,999. Available in vivo Official Stores, Lazada, and Shopee.


This feature is a partnership between GadgetMatch and vivo Philippines.

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GadgetMatch’s Wallpaper ‘Fluid’ is a coming out story

GadgetMatch’s wallpaper for Pride Month embraces being queer

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Happy Pride Month from the GadgetMatch team!

Continuing our celebration with the LGBTQ+ community, we have one more wallpaper to share.

Introducing Fluid, the artwork explores the concept of one’s sexuality — forever changing, forever molding, and forever discovering. The rainbow pattern is speckled with grain, suggesting noise as the obstacles in the journey to self-love and self-discovery.

On another note, the words “Let Me Be Perfectly Queer” are a nod to allowing yourself to embrace your authentic self without reservations. It’s choosing to let go of painful moments — and memories — that forced you to stay silent.

Fluid reminds us to allow ourselves to grow in the love we feel, even if it’s scary and different. The artwork is designed by Philippine-based artist, Angelikah Gustilo, who is also behind No Different, the wallpaper we released previously.

“In the last semester of my third year in University, I took a class by Alfred Marasigan and Hidde van der Wall titled Art of the Queer. The course allowed me to be less afraid of my own self-exploration journey, and I’m grateful to be able to showcase these simple pieces that are the gems of wisdom I took away from the class,” said Gustilo.

Download Fluid and set it as your wallpaper for your phone, tablet, or your laptop!

SEE ALSO: GadgetMatch’s wallpaper ‘No Different’ celebrates love and queer people

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SCARLET NEXUS First Impressions: Technological dystopia

BANDAI NAMCO’s take on an anime-style, cyberpunk RPG

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SCARLET NEXUS

I knew BANDAI NAMCO mostly from their incredible work on classic games like PAC-MAN and TEKKEN. In fact, I grew up playing their games quite a lot, whether with family members or with some friends. To this day, they’re still producing a decent amount of games across both current and next-generation consoles and the PC.

This time around, they’ve ventured into an action RPG mixed with a little bit of “brain punk” as they described it. They called this game, “SCARLET NEXUS, and it’s set for release for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and the PC. Now, I gave the demo a shot to see just how everything will turn out.

Short, sweet, and action-filled

In total, the entire demo took about 30 minutes to finish, which for a demo isn’t that long. At the start, you even get to choose which main protagonist you want to roll with, for a good reason too. Apart from the same tutorial section, you actually get to play a different main stage design. I honestly thought it would be the same all throughout.

Character selection screen for SCARLET NEXUS

Regardless, gameplay immediately picks up after a short tutorial session, and I found myself just having a blast. Honestly, the controls are pretty easy to understand and master after a few combat sequences so the learning curve isn’t steep. Plus, part of the combat mechanics includes the SAS, which grants access to additional attacks and abilities.

SCARLET NEXUS

It’s a gameplay style I’ve come accustomed to with other RPGs in the last few years. Even for a short demo, action looks quite fast-paced and reaction-heavy on some occasions. Also, you can add onto that a bit of exploration with the vast level design, so combat feels more loose and exciting to mess around with.

Visuals suited for the time

If you’re planning to get the version for the PC or  next-gen consoles, the design for the demo is amazing. I have to give credit to BANDAI NAMCO for integrating some apt lighting fixtures in Kasane’s demo level, further emphasizing the technological wasteland in the background. Although, I think that this will also be present in the PS4 and Xbox One versions but not as prominent.

Also, like I mentioned before, the demo levels are quite vast, which also aids in the exploration aspect. I noticed that they scatter some items across the whole level, ranging from healing items to items that aid in combat. In some instances, these items were well-hidden in some of the nooks and crannies of the level.

Of course, it isn’t just in the overworld visuals that I’m amazed at, but even in some of the cutscenes in between combat and exploration. The cartoony, comic book-style animations mixed in with some techno-punk were nice touches. I could feel that there was a lot of love given just to this department alone.

Worth all the waiting?

If I could sum up my initial impressions on SCARLET NEXUS, it’s an RPG that I truly enjoyed even for 30 minutes. Honestly, the biggest culprit for this goes to the gameplay mechanics that feels so great to execute, and you take a short time learning everything. Packed with some incredible visual design, I think this game has potential to be a favorite for this year.

SCARLET NEXUS

One of the things I am looking forward to later on is the storylines we’ll be working with. The demo doesn’t really touch on plot points that you could do mental gymnastics with. Although, it does reveal that you play with different NPCs instead of taking on the enemies all by yourself. Nonetheless, I feel that it’s something worth diving into when the full game comes out.

SCARLET NEXUS will be available on June 25.

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