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Globe vs Smart: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 postpaid plans

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The Galaxy Note 8 is currently the hottest (and most expensive) phone from Samsung right now. With that in mind, one of the best ways to get a new flagship phone at a cheaper price is through a postpaid telco plan.

In the Philippines, the phone has a suggested retail price of PhP 49,990 (US$ 1,000), which is really steep. Good thing local telcos, Globe Telecom and Smart Communications, have already released their postpaid plans for the new top-of-the-line smartphone from Samsung.

Both telcos offer the Galaxy Note 8 in all of their monthly plans, from the cheapest Plan 599 to the most expensive Plan 2999. Each plan has its corresponding inclusions and freebies. Let’s compare the suggested postpaid plan of Globe and Smart for the Galaxy Note 8.

Let’s compare the suggested postpaid plans of Globe and Smart for the Galaxy Note 8:

Globe

Smart

Plan ThePLAN 1499 Postpaid Plan 999
Calls Unlimited to Globe/TM 50 minutes to all networks
Texts Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Data 8GB 10GB
Freebies
  • Netflix for 6 months
  • Spotify Premium for 3 months w/ 1GB monthly allocation
  • Discounted calls to Smart/TNT (PhP 4/min)
  • 500MB/month for Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber
Device Fee PhP 1,200/month
(via credit card or charge to bill)
PhP 1,000 initial payment + PhP 1,500/month
Total Monthly Fee PhP 2,699 PhP 2,499
Contract Period 24 months 30 months
Total Cost  PhP 64,776 PhP 75,970

Globe advertises ThePLAN 1499, which includes unlimited calls to Globe/TM, unlimited texts to all networks, and a meager 8GB mobile data allowance. As with other Globe postpaid plans, it comes with a free Netflix subscription for six months and Spotify Premium for three months with an additional 1GB allowance just for music streaming. Under this plan, the phone has a total cash-out fee of PhP 28,800, but it can be done through monthly payments of just PhP 1,200 through credit card or charged to your bill if you’re re-contracting with the telco. As advertised, the total monthly payment is PhP 2,699 and has a standard 24-month lockout period.

On the other hand, Smart recommends Postpaid Plan 999, which includes 50 minutes of calls and unlimited texts to all networks, and a larger 10GB monthly data allocation. You also get discounted call rates within their network for just PhP 4/min and an additional 500MB for messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber. As for the cost of the device, Smart requires an initial payment of PhP 1,000 and a monthly installment of PhP 1,500. All in all, the monthly fee is just PhP 2,499; however, Smart’s plan has a longer contract period of 30 months. Adding up the numbers shows that the device will cost you PhP 46,000 (not far from the phone’s SRP).

Both plans have different inclusions: Globe is great for contacting within their networks thanks to unlimited call and text services, while Smart is more inclined to connect outside their network, since you can use your inclusions to contact any subscriber in the country. Smart also has a larger mobile data allowance, although Globe’s freebies are fitting for entertainment consumption.

If we’re going to do the math, the total cost of Globe’s postpaid plan for two years (including the device) will amount to PhP 64,776, while Smart’s whole cost for 30 months (2.5 years) will reach PhP 75,970. You may be paying less every month under Smart, yet the lengthy contract makes it more expensive in the long run.

Globe has the cheaper total cost and the shorter contract. If you’re getting the Globe plan this year, the lock-out will end just in time for the Galaxy Note 10.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 video review

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10 best picks from the first Authorized Mi Store in the Philippines

We’re ready for Mi!

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I visited the first-ever, much-awaited Authorized Mi Store in the Philippines!

Xiaomi’s presence in the Philippine is not new, and even if they disappeared before, parallel importers didn’t let Xiaomi fans down. Now that they’re officially back on Philippine soil with a physical store where you can personally check out their offering, it’s time to make a Xiaomi shopping list!

Based on the item list and what we saw at the Mi Store in TriNoma, here are our top picks, aside from Xiaomi smartphones:

Amazfit Pace

The Amazfit Pace is Xiaomi’s best-looking wearable. It’s a full-featured smartwatch that runs on a custom version of Android, but not specifically Android Wear. It has a circular display, a heart rate sensor, GPS, and it’s water- and dust-resistant. You can also put your own tunes on the smartwatch so you can listen on the go via Bluetooth earphones.

Price: PhP 6,200

Mi 2-in-1 USB-C/Micro-USB cable

This is the cheapest on the list, but it’s also one of the most useful. With a 2-in-1 cable that has both USB-C and micro-USB connectors, you only have to carry one cable for charging your mobile devices. It’s a helpful accessory for those who are still transitioning to the new USB-C standard.

Price: PhP 149

Mi Box 2

Here’s a good tip: You don’t have to buy a new TV just to make it “smart” because set-top boxes like the Mi Box 2 will give your big old TV the upgrade it deserves. The Mi Box 2 runs Android TV and connects via HDMI. With this, you’ll be able to cast the contents of your phone to your TV, run apps like Netflix and YouTube, and even play games in your living room.

Price: PhP 3,490

Mi Electric Scooter

The Mi Electric Scooter is a personal favorite. Just look at how beautiful and modern it is! It’s perfect for short trips around your village, or a quick visit to a nearby friend’s place. It can last for up to 30 kilometers on a single charge, so you can always rely on it. It also folds, making it truly portable.

Price: PhP 18,850

Mi Minimalist Urban Backpack

Xiaomi is not all about electronics; they also have apparel and bags. Among the bags available in the store, the Minimalist Urban Backpack caught my eye with its simple exterior, but organized interior. It has all the pockets you need for your gadgets, glasses, documents, and pens.

Price: PhP 1,399

Mi Notebook Air 13.3 Fingerprint Edition

Xiaomi just recently ventured into laptops, and their latest release is officially here. If you’re looking for a Windows laptop that has the latest specs and a beautiful industrial design, the Mi Notebook Air 13.3 is a great option. It even supports Windows Hello with its built-in fingerprint reader. It’s powered by an Intel Core i5 processor with a dedicated NVIDIA MX150 graphics, and has a 256GB SSD with 8GB memory.

Price: PhP 43,500

Mi Power bank 2C 20000mAh

Xiaomi’s power banks have been known to be some of the best in the market. They’re good-looking, high-quality, and affordable accessories — just like this 20000mAh power bank, which is sold for less than a thousand pesos. It even has two USB ports and Quick Charge 3.0.

Price: PhP 995

MiJia Robot Vacuum

If you want to start creating a smart home, I suggest you include a robot vacuum in your early purchases. This particular one is a fully autonomous robot designed for cleaning floors.

Price: PhP 15,490

Mi Router 3

Are you still using a basic wireless router from your internet service provider? If so, you’re due for an upgrade! Xiaomi’s router will be able to help you get better Wi-Fi coverage in your home without the hefty price tag.

Price: PhP 1,190

Mi TV 4

Last, but definitely not the least, is the Mi TV 4. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the mainstream TVs in the market, you should check this out. The Mi TV 4 comes in two sizes: 49 and 55 inches. Both have 4K resolution with support for HDR content. It’s also a smart TV so you can enjoy apps right out of the box.

Price: PhP 35,990 (49-inch), PhP 42,990 (55-inch)

The first Authorized Mi Store in the Philippines is located on the fourth floor of TriNoma Mall in Quezon City.

SEE ALSO: Here’s everything the Authorized Mi Store in the Philippines sells

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Valentine’s Day Gadget Gift Guide for Him

In addition to showing him your new set of ‘pajamas’ for Valentine’s

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A little something for your techie guy

Valentine’s Day is upon us once again.

For those on their last-minute shopping for their special guy, here’s a quick list of gadgets that would surely put a smile on his face this day of hearts.

Corsair K68 – US$ 89.99

Have a gamer guy? This mechanical keyboard features 100 percent Cherry MX Red keyswitches and is dust- and spill-resistant if he’s a bit clumsy.

JBL Pulse 3 – US$ 169.95

Trippy lights and good quality music? He’ll totally enjoy this and show it off to his friends. The JBL Pulse 3 features Bluetooth connectivity and is waterproof.

Vantrue N2 Pro – US$ 199

If he’s always on the road, better get him a reliable dash camera. The Vantrue N2 Pro is equipped with two cameras — one facing up front and one for the rear. It comes complete with night vision, motion detection, you name it.

Away Travel Luggage – starts at US$ 225

Made from high-quality materials, this luggage is unbreakable and has its own power station to charge his devices while waiting for his flight.

Fossil Q Explorist (Luggage Leather) – US$ 255

Stylish yet fully functional. This Fossil smartwatch has a built-in fitness tracker with notifications sent straight to his wrist.

Sony MDR-1000X – US$ 399.99

Get him these wireless headphones if he enjoys listening to high-quality music on the go. It’s light and ready to travel!

GoPro HERO 6 Black – US$ 399

Need something for your beach trips? The HERO 6 Black is waterproof out of the box and shoots 4K video at 60fps. Capture those precious memories together!

DJI Mavic Air – starts at US$ 799

Take selfies to the next level or capture breathtaking shots of your out of town date trips! The DJI Mavic Air is one of the best options for first-time flyers with its safety features and ease of use.

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Huawei Nova 2i gets its price slashed for a limited time

An even better deal than before

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Huawei recently gave the Nova 2i a much-wanted security feature through a free software update. Now, the company is slashing the price of its midrange smartphone in the Philippines.

Its official price is down to PhP 13,990 from the original PhP 14,990. This is a limited offer, though, lasting only until February 28.

This is the same handset that won us over when it first launched last October, and has been a regular member of our Best Smartphones list since we reviewed it.

The lowered price comes at a great time, just as Mobile World Congress is about to begin in Barcelona, Spain, and other brands are offering discounts in this competitive midrange segment.

You can learn more about the Nova 2i in our unboxing and hands-on video:

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