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The Google Pixel 3 surprises no one: Weekend Rewind

Worst-kept secret

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. Pixel 3 launches along with two other devices

Google’s worst-kept secret of 2018 is finally out. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are here and the phones are mostly what we saw from the leaks. While the design is mostly the same as the Pixel 2, Google didn’t hold back on new camera features like Top Shot, Super Res Zoom, and Night Sight!

Despite the single-camera setup, Google is confident the Pixel 3 is still the best smartphone camera thanks to a combination of AI, software, and hardware.

They also announced the Pixel Slate. It’s the company’s first tablet that runs entirely on Chrome OS. Lastly, there’s the Google Home Hub. It’s the same Google Assistant for your home but now with a display!

2. Razer Phone 2 is an improvement

Razer surprised us with a smartphone for gamers last year. In 2018, they took that same phone and made it even better.

The Razer Phone 2 is made of glass for faster connectivity and wireless charging. The cameras, which were a pain point in last year’s model, have been improved. The dual-camera setup has 2x optical zoom and the main sensor has optical image stabilization. The 8-megapixel front-facing camera even has beauty mode.

The usual gaming features are still here like the 120Hz display refresh rate, loud front-facing speakers, plus all the power required for playing your favorite games!

3. ASUS ROG Phone availability date

Speaking of gaming phones, we finally know when the ASUS ROG Phone is coming.

First unveiled at Computex 2018, The ROG Phone got a lot of people excited. Through a tweet, ASUS revealed that their gaming phone is coming to the US on October 18. The phone is also coming to the Philippines on October 28.

4. Samsung’s new Galaxies

In yet another phone launch, Samsung unveiled this week the Samsung Galaxy A7 and A9!

The A7 is Samsung’s first phone with a triple-camera setup. The main 24MP camera does most of the heavy lifting. The second lens is an 8MP wide-angle shooter, while the third one is a 5MP depth sensor.

With the Galaxy A9, they upped the number of rear cameras to four! There’s the 24MP main shooter, a 10MP telephoto lens, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 5MP depth sensor. That’s a lot of cameras!

5. You can change your PSN Online ID soon

You’ll soon be able to retire your DarkWarrior1214 PlayStation ID.

In a blog post, Sony PlayStation said they will soon begin testing the PSN Online ID change feature. Beta testers will be able to change their names as many times as they want, but once the feature rolls out to everyone, the first change will be free while the next one will cost US$ 9.99. For PS Plus users, that cost will be US$ 4.99. The full rollout is planned for early 2019.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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How to get NBA League Pass with your telco provider

There are two package options

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NBA action is in full swing. In fact, it has been since August when the season restarted following a shut down that was caused by the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic. As of writing, we’re in the thick of the Conference Finals series. If you want to catch all the action, here’s how you can get NBA League Pass through different telecomm providers in the Philippines.

It’s now easier than ever to get access to the games legally. All of Smart, PLDT, and Globe are offering the same price packages.

PhP 85 — Watch any three games of your choice
PhP 485 — 30-day pass for all games including live and on-demand

Here’s how to get the subscription for each provider.

Smart Postpaid and Prepaid
(Also works with TNT and SUN Postpaid)

  • Download the NBA app (iOS / Android /APKPure)
  • On the app, click on the icon at the top-right corner
  • Click sign-in
  • A banner on top of the page will appear for Smart, Sun and TNT subscribers
  • Click ‘Get Started’
  • Enter mobile number for verification and a one-time PIN which will be sent to your mobile number
  • Choose your provider: Smart, TNT or Sun.
  • Choose your NBA League Pass Package (3-game or 30-days) and enter mobile number
  • Confirm your payment by entering the one-time PIN sent to your mobile number
  • Click NBA logo and start watching

PLDT Home

  • Go to pldthome.com/nbaleaguepass
  • Select your preferred package
  • The amount will be added to your next bill
  • PLDT will give a voucher
  • Download and sign-in to the NBA app
  • Enter the voucher in the promotion code field
  • Click NBA logo and start watching

Globe

  • Open the GCash app
  • Go to Buy Load
  • Look for the PayTV tab
  • Choose your preferred package. (Note: The chosen package is valid for 90 days).
  • Confirm payment
  • Open the NBA app and enjoy!

As mentioned earlier, we’re no in the Conference Finals with four teams remaining. Dueling in the West are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile in the East, it’s a battle between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.

A new NBA champion will likely be crowned in the next 30 days so now is the best time to subscribe!

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs Watch SE: Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide

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There’s a new Apple Watch iteration every year — although this year, we have two new models to unbox. Other than that, we also have the newest one-piece bands called ‘Solo Loop’ — both in silicon and braided.

Although Apple completely removed the charging brick out from the usual packaging, they packed several new features on the Watch Series 6 including the new blood oxygen sensor and Always-On Altimeter. Meanwhile, the Watch SE is meant for people who’d want to experience Apple’s wearable without having to spend too much.

Between these two, which of them is your GadgetMatch? Or are you struggling to choose one?

You can head over to our latest Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide right here to find out more.

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Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE (2020): Camera shootout

Battle of the small phones

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Pixel 4a iPhone SE

Now that we have the Pixel 4a in our hands, it’s time for another smackdown! Priced at US$ 349, we tested it against Apple’s US$ 399 iPhone SE that packs the powerful A13 Bionic Chip. With two compact phones sporting single rear cameras, which one will shoot better?

Make sure to jot down your answers, as the results of this blind test will be at the end of this article. As usual, photos were labeled, resized, and collaged (this time) for you to load the images faster. No post-processing nor any color adjustments were done in any of the photos. So, let’s begin!

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Results

Pixel 4a: 1A, 2A, 3B, 4B, 5A, 6B, 7B, 8B, 9A, 10A, 11A, 12B, 13A, 14A, 15B, 16B, 17A, 18B

iPhone SE: 1B, 2B, 3A, 4A, 5B, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9B, 10B, 11B, 12A, 13B, 14B, 15A, 16A, 17B, 18A

If you observe closely, the iPhone SE produced warmer yet vibrant photos and well-lit, wider portraits. During daylight, it provides more details while it gets pretty noisy in lowlight.

Meanwhile, the Pixel 4a captured cooler photos. Portrait-wise, it has better focus compared to the iPhone SE despite the cropping. But this affordable phone shines better with its HDR and Night Sight, doing a great job in lowlight!

At the end of the day, both phones took photos that are rich in colors and manageable highlights. They also have decent backlit shots and creamy depth-of-field which might appease smartphone photography enthusiasts. For US$ 399, we already have an impressive camera performance. There are no losers here.

 

 

 

 

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone SE vs Google Pixel 4a: Head to Head

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