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Silver Play Button

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It’s finally here, our Silver Play Button from YouTube. Creators the world over are awarded this plaque upon surpassing 100,000 subscribers.

Our YouTube Channel crossed the 100K threshold last March ahead of our June target!

Some of you may not know this but GadgetMatch started on YouTube back in 2014, so this accomplishment is extra special to us. We’ve already got our sights set on the Gold Button handed out to channels with over a million subs.

To celebrate, here are some GadgetMatch YouTube trivia:

Our first video was published on September 3, 2014 and was shot, edited, and posted from Berlin, Germany.

Our most successful video was our Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Hands-On with over 7.5 million minutes watched, 1.5 million views, 23K likes, and 2K comments.

Our biggest audiences (in order) are the United States, Philippines, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, UK, Canada, Singapore, Australia, and Thailand.

The most memorable video we ever shot was How to Make a McWhopper. Shot during our early days, it was our way of proving to ourselves that we could react fast and work quick. From idea to publishing, the video took about just an evening to put together. While it may not be the usual video, it still has a techie twist at the end of it.

The unboxing video that took the longest to shoot was our Zenfone 3 Ultra Unboxing which was shot over a course of three days because of our ambitious setup. The cocktail we used as a prop had to be made several times over, and was eventually frozen so we didn’t have to re-make it.

Our favorite review video to make was our iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Review which we shot on location in Singapore over a course of two days. We often go out of our way to make sure each video is as comprehensive as possible, and for this particular video, we hunted down one of the only establishments in Singapore that had wireless charging built into its tables just so we could show off the new iPhone’s wireless charging abilities.

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Serenity is GadgetMatch’s first wallpaper for 2019

Made by the same artist from the Philippines

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GadgetMatch’s newest and first wallpaper for 2019 is here! Early in February, we tapped our Hang Loose wallpaper’s creator, Oliver James Simbulan, to lend us these beautiful architectural renders in time for the Samsung Galaxy S10 launch.

Entitled “Serenity,” these architectural renders reflect the artist’s love for beaches, palm trees, sunsets, and waves. The artist told GadgetMatch that it never fails to make him feel calm and at peace. His love for the tropics and summertime inspired him to render tropical-themed resort and villas.

These renders accompany the new premium-looking design of Samsung’s anniversary phone. When you’ve got a gorgeous phone, you got to pair it with a stunning wallpaper.

But of course, there are options to choose from!

From left to right: Serenity in Midnight (S10), Serenity in Daytime (S10+), Serenity in Sunset (S10e)

Download Serenity here.

About the artist

Oliver James Simbulan is a CAD designer and a young architecture student from the Philippines. For collaborations and project inquiries, reach him at Behance and LinkedIn.


GadgetMatch’s wallpapers are open to fellow Matchketeers hoping to share their creativity and artistic skills through illustrations, architectural renders, aerial shots, stunning photographs, and other forms of artwork. If you want to contribute, reach out to our associate creative director on Twitter.

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GadgetMatch unfolded the future with Samsung during Unpacked 2019

Unpacked across the whole galaxy

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GadgetMatch’s coverage of Samsung’s Unpacked event held last February 20 in San Francisco, California was a huge success.

Right after completing back-to-back launches with Vivo in India and Xiaomi in Beijing, the team managed to deliver comprehensive Galaxy S10 content during the lineup’s 10th anniversary special.

Touchdown, San Francisco!

GadgetMatch’s Chief Content Officer Michael Josh and GadgetMatch’s Managing Editor Marvin Velasco touched down in San Francisco a day earlier than the launch to preview the venue.

Marvin got to go around the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

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During the launch, the two gave us first-hand insights on what was happening during the Unpacked event, and how surprised they were when Samsung revealed their Galaxy Fold straight away.

The GadgetMatch team reacts

Here were some of the GadgetMatch team’s reactions during Unpacked:

Ready for the Crazy Rich Asians

GadgetMatch’s Creative Director Chay Lazaro went to the Galaxy S10’s Singapore launch. Home to Crazy Rich Asians and the fictional Young family, Samsung’s premium flagship phone arrived in Southeast Asia with a whopping price befitting the crazy rich living there.

Her GadgetMatch is on fire

Of course, Her GadgetMatch was alive and kicking during the Unpacked event. Her GadgetMatch’s Lifestyle Editor, Isa Rodriguez, got excited with the LED cases and what the S10 can do.

Party with iKON

Samsung launched the Galaxy S10 in the Philippines on February 26, a short week after the global launch. They even invited K-Pop boy group iKON to perform in Cove Manila. Being the socialite that she is, Isa Rodriguez went to the party and managed to take a video with Jinhwan.

More photos here:

See you at the next round of events!

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GadgetMatch celebrates the Predator League APAC 2019 championship!

The Philippines and South Korea brought home the bacon

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The Predator League for Asia Pacific recently concluded its second season in Bangkok, Thailand from February 15 to 17, 2019. GadgetMatch’s Managing Editor, Marvin Velasco, witnessed the finals of the long-awaited event live.

For three long days, 26 teams from this side of the world competed to snag the trophy for the grand event’s featured games: Dota 2 and PUBG, wherein the Philippines’ TNC Predator and South Korea’s Afreeca Freecs Fatal won, respectively.

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Shortly after, Predator announced the Philippines as next year’s host for the esports competition.

 

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