Living in one of the busiest financial and lifestyle districts in Metro Manila is glitzy. The Fort, also known as Bonifacio Global City (BGC), has that dazzling haze spanning its territories; an inviting warmth to its residents and visitors alike.
Mere smartphone cameras don’t easily capture the beauty of this upscale hub. Photographers — hobbyists, amateurs, and even professionals — wander the streets from dusk to dawn to capture the city’s buzz. People frolicking, cars bustling, lights gleaming.
What’s a better way to showcase the vivo X80 Pro’s magnificent cameras than shining light on the Philippines’ very own city that never sleeps?
In a nutshell, here are the vivo X80 Pro’s camera specifications
- 50MP f/1.57 Wide | Samsung GNV Sensor
- 48MP f/2.2 Ultra-Wide | Sony IMX598
- 12MP f/1.85 Gimbal Portrait | Sony IMX663
- 8MP f/3.4 5x Periscope
- ZEISS T* Lens coating
- 32MP f/2.5 Selfie
It’s a run-derful life!
A friend once said you can determine a real estate’s market rate if there are people running in the neighborhood. True enough, The Fort is a ritzy district designed for people and cars.
With large sidewalks and dedicated parks for running, staying active is attainable. For quick activities, Track 30th is an ideal spot to walk, jog, and run. It’s located on 30th street, with two more gates accessible through 7th avenue and 31st street.
The park has enough shade that lets you run without the harsh sunlight up until ten in the morning.
Through the Portrait Mode, you can activate the Gimbal Portrait lens.
The Camera Panning feature allows you to capture high-speed movements and get a linear motion blur effect after taking the photo.
Let there be brunch!
When you’re in town, Bonifacio High Street is an open mall housing high-end restaurants, retail stores, and other upscale establishments.
There are plenty of cafés to visit for brunch, but St. Louis Café tops our list.
The café serves something for everyone — health buffs or sweet-toothed, you have a place to call home.
I, in particular, enjoyed the Chicken Grain Bowl. The mix of chicken thigh, smashed avocado, pickled onion, arugula, poached egg, and red rice energized me after a quick run.
St. Louis Café’s signature hot chocolate can provide warmth and love — even on the hottest days.
Satiate your sweet tooth cravings with this Breakfast Waffle composed of banana and strawberry toppings, drizzled with maple syrup, and a blueberry ice cream on top.
The city can be extra hot during noontime. Beat the heat with Louis’ Ice Cream croissant while staying full and energized.
Art in the City
Living in this premier district means your work is also around the neighborhood. With accessible offices across several blocks, it’s easy to hop from one meeting to another.
Whether you take alleys for shortcuts or even the long way home, you’ll surely bump across murals and artistic creations spread throughout the city. These idyllic pieces are best captured using ZEISS color on, even in different modes.
For the love of architecture
Photographers have found a home in the city, thanks to its tidy streets, open parks, towering offices, and residential skyscrapers, as well as public art displays. In fact, most of the city’s spots and establishments are photo-friendly with the exception of the Forbestown area, south of Burgos Park.
Other than some really strict neighborhoods, The Fort is an ideal spot to sharpen your skills or to explore your smartphone’s capabilities. We really had fun using the 2x and 5x zoom, as well as the ultra-wide angle mode to capture the beauty of architecture in the city.
Work is just around the corner
In the midst of the bustling city, The Ascott stands tall as it houses modern accommodations as well as business meetings and conferences. I attended a press conference in the hotel, and the vivo X80 Pro gave a diligent capture of every sight on the fifth floor.
The night is forever young
The beauty of vivo and ZEISS partnership bloom at night. With the ZEISS T* lens coating, it’s easy to capture the nightlife and its sparkling lights sans the glare that usually blows out the highlights of a photo captured at night.
Whether you use the auto mode, the SuperNight feature, or long exposure shots — you’re guaranteed to see a spectacle of the city coming alive when the sun goes down.
The smartphone camera to get?
The vivo X80 Pro is one of the best Android smartphones to buy right now — if you’re in the market for a multimedia-oriented device. In our review, we’ve given the flagship device a GadgetMatch Seal of Approval.
It can certainly compete with other flagship contenders such as the iPhone 13 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, and the Huawei P50 Pro. There’s really nothing like the vivo X80 Pro, and it’s a fantastic tool to have if you’re serious about mobile photography.
GadgetSnaps is a series of photo dumps capturing mundane, everyday life.
Pre-order period is from June 9 to 18. The offline pre-order freebie is a BT speaker for both models. Online pre-order freebies for the vivo X80 Pro are: 50W Wireless Charger, TWS Voguard, and Neck Massager. Meanwhile, online pre-order freebies for the vivo X80 are: TWS Voguard and a 2-in-1 clock speaker.
This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and vivo Philippines.
Apple M2 MacBook Pro Unboxing and Review
More Important Than You Think!
But for others, the M2 MacBook Pro is what they’re aiming for.
It might still be the same with its classic aluminum unibody design, 13.3″ Retina Display, and a Touch Bar from 2016 — but inside it’s even more powerful.
Also equipped with the new generation of Apple’s Silicon Chip dubbed ‘M2’, it surely knows how to make professionals drool.
But is it worth the money? Or should you just get the M2 MacBook Air instead?
Or what about getting the more expensive 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro chip?
Watch our unboxing and full review on the M2 MacBook Pro now to find out more!
The best gifts for any father figure in your life
Celebrate those who became a ‘daddy’ to you
Father’s Day can be quite celebratory if your family’s complete. For those struggling with an absent or problematic father, the holiday can be gloomy, most especially if you didn’t have any father growing up.
But the holiday wasn’t meant for fathers alone. Surely, there are father figures around you while you were growing up. Whether it’s your uncle, a mentor, or simply anyone who you look up to.
For the times they have guided you in this world, it’s only right to celebrate them in any way you can. Father’s Day or not, here are timeless gifts your father figures deserve to have, most of which are stuff they didn’t know they needed.
For when things break at home, our father figures are always there to the rescue. Give them a gift that will make their hands happy as they do the work for the people they love.
Take a trusted brand like the Bosch GSB 13 RE. Shop here.
Give the gift of peace of mind while on the road. A dash camera can be helpful to review incidents happening on the road, especially against corrupt road officers.
Shop a reliable camera like the Xiaomi Mi Dashcam 1S for their vehicles!
Blue-light blocking glasses
Help them maintain a clear vision through these stylish, blue-light-blocking eyeglasses from Shigetsu. They’re cheap, yet they’re effective in blocking radiation and UV rays.
Protect the eyes and get blue-light blocking glasses like the CHIBA RadPro Eyewear.
Set of underwear
Comfort is key when it’s something related to our bodies. Forget the usual cotton underwear, keep them cool with a quick-drying fabric that’s perfect for their on-the-go lifestyle. Trust us, they probably haven’t bought any set of underwear ever since they got one a few Christmases ago.
We still don’t know the reason, but every dad seems to love and own a flashlight. Perhaps, it’s a boy scout thing. We’ll probably know when we become dads someday.
Pick this Forclaz Torch from Decathlon!
Forget massage parlors and spas. Break up those muscle knots and help them relax through an accessible massager that they can bring and store anywhere.
The Xiaomi Fascia Mini Gun Massager may be small, but it packs in power. Shop here.
For those trying to stop buying a pack of cigarettes, vaping might be the next best alternative. Get them a subtle, plug-and-play stick like the RELX Infinity.
Say goodbye to those bulky keychains! The KeySmart Flex can hold up to eight keys so your father figures can easily organize their essentials.
It’s the perfect present for any occasion: Father’s Day, Birthday, Christmas, or just whenever you feel like it! Shop here.
Oh, you can never go wrong with Birkenstock. That timeless design? Its cult-lovin’ comfort factor? And a super skin-friendly material? Your father figures will love wearing the Birkenstock Arizona Birko, for sure!
Ah, belts. An essential to any man’s wardrobe. If you haven’t noticed, some of your father figure’s belts have shown their wear and tear. Some needed replacing, but it’s not their priority.
Give them a sturdy, versatile belt like the Pierre Cardin Cow Leather Belt that they can wear for any occasion with its timeless yet modern design. Shop here.
Give the gift of protection with a wallet that’s not just stylish, but also keeps their cards safe and secure.
Help them put their best self forward and give them an electric shaver to help them trim or shave their facial hair. Here in GadgetMatch, we believe that men should be as invested in grooming themselves just as much as women religiously do their beauty regimens.
For when they want to listen to music without being held back, give them the gift of liberty through a pair of wireless earbuds.
The UGREEN HiTune X6 has active-noise cancellation features that will certainly help them block off the noise so they can enjoy a bit of alone time in their little world. Shop here.
Let them bring the party wherever they go. The Soundcore Mini 3 by Anker is so compact, that it can be tugged along into the bathroom, hanging by the bags, or just basically everywhere you want it to be.
It’s small, but it’s loud — kind of like a chihuahua. Shop here.
In-Ear headphones — JBL C50HI in-Ear Headphones with Mic
Yes, we know. There are the old-school types who clearly don’t want to let go of wired earphones. And even if they prefer what’s familiar, they deserve something that allows them to enjoy their preference and the music they want to listen to.
Smartwatch — Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro
Move over, analog watches. It’s time for stylish, smart timepieces to take over. With a smartwatch, your father figures can get a glimpse of their health.
Hopefully, they can move and change their lifestyle to make sure they live longer to see you grow into the person you want to be. Get the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro here.
For gamer dads, a wired controller and cooler in one can deliver a console-like experience. Let them get serious in their mobile gaming.
Sometimes, all we need is space. Either from people or through storage. For our dads, it’s the latter. Give them the space they need, so they can always be cool and chill.
Water Bottle — Klean Kanteen 320z TKWide
Drink your water, babes! And urge your daddies to do so. Klean Kanteen’s vacuum insulated water bottle is perfect for sports, hydration, and for the outdoors. Shop here.
Lenovo Yoga 9i: Luxe entertainment notebook
Is this the best entertainment notebook so far?
Laptops aren’t made for work alone. Nowadays, these portable machines allow us to pursue what we want in life.
For the most part, most people just want to relax in their bed, watching films on their notebooks. But not all laptops are made equal, and some of them don’t bring an exquisite experience when it comes to entertainment.
The exception? The Lenovo Yoga 9i.
Coated in champagne-like luxury
The Lenovo Yoga 9i carries its lineup’s signature design — a versatile 360-degree form factor.
With the oatmeal colorway, the machine looks like it’s painted in champagne giving that luxe, polished vibe with its new Comfort Edge design with rounded and smooth edges. It speaks premium in the way it was finished.
Despite being light and thin, the Yoga 9i didn’t forsake ports. On the left, you can find a USB-A port and two (2) Thunderbolt 4 ports.
On the right, there’s an extra Type-C port situated between a 3.5mm audio jack and the power button.
Convenient functions designed for you
The way the Yoga 9i was designed, it was meant to make the user experience convenient. The space’s bigger with its edge-to-edge keyboard and larger trackpad.
One-click function keys are put in place to make the experience seamless and smooth. And with Windows 11, you can bring balance to your device. Organize windows, optimize screen space, and maximize your productivity with just a snap.
It has a Full-HD IR camera supported by Lenovo’s AI Engine+ that lets the user enhance camera effects to improve personal appearance, as well as to detect the presence so the face is easily recognized.
There’s also full control when it comes to privacy and security. With the TrueBlock privacy shutter, you can cover the webcam lens directly by sliding the tab to the left.
An exquisite portable cinema
The Yoga 9i prides itself on having a PureSight OLED touchscreen. The display delivers vibrant imagery that lets you enjoy a cinematic appeal even when watching on a laptop.
It also supports Dolby Vision, making films such as Don’t Look Up look fantastic when played on the screen.
Lay it flat
With a rotating soundbar hinge, you can lay the Yoga 9i flat on a surface.
It’s an ideal form factor when presenting or sharing your screen with anyone, without having to move your laptop all the time.
That familiar, rotating soundbar
The Yoga lineup is prominently known for its rotating hinge, but this time around, Lenovo revamped it. The Yoga 9i carries the world’s first Bowers & Wilkins rotating soundbar, with quad speakers and Dolby Atmos.
Since its speakers face outwards, no matter what form factor you choose — the sound is always clear and immersive.
Tent or tablet?
For an enveloping experience, the tent mode lets the tablet stand on its own while giving you uninterrupted playback.
But if Tent mode isn’t your thing, you can fold the laptop and turn it into a tablet. There’s a stylus for simpler navigation, and its lightweight design makes it easy for you to carry the device.
An exquisite performance
The Lenovo Yoga 9i, despite having a thin and light design, delivers when it comes to performance. With an Intel Core i7-1260P CPU, Windows 11, a 16GB DDR5 RAM, and a 1TB SSD, you can ensure seamless everyday use.
It also lasts up to 14 hours — enough to do a full shift at work and a few hours for leisure.
Is the Lenovo Yoga 9i your GadgetMatch?
The Lenovo Yoga 9i delivers what you expect out of a premium, versatile notebook. It performs whether you use it as a regular laptop, in tent mode, or as a tablet.
It provides average performance for everyday users, but when it comes to entertainment experience — it’s gold-class. Combine the vivid, exquisite display together with its immersive and impressive sound quality, along with its convertible form factor and you’ll get a one-of-a-kind entertainment machine.
The Lenovo Yoga 9i retails for PhP 109,999.
Experience the latest generation of Yoga devices powered by 12th Generation Intel Core processors and Windows 11. Get it from Yoga Stores at SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia or at Lenovo Exclusive Stores and authorized resellers nationwide. Follow Legion Philippines on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.
This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.
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