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Lessons from household appliances

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I found myself standing in the middle of the LG exhibition room in Jeju Island, Korea and I didn’t see mere appliances — it was a room filled with possibilities.

As I made my way to each product, I was schooled in LG’s newly announced signature line. But really, I took away more than just machine specs:

LG Signature OLED TV

This big screen was a sight to behold.


At a thickness (or thinness) of 2.57mm (equivalent to two stacked coins!), and attached to the wall only via a magnetic mount, this was something straight out of a sci-fi movie.

This flexible (literally, it bends) telly paints a pretty picture of possibilities imagined that are now realities, and I’m not just talking about TV shows.

LG InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator

The newest LG fridge is an ode to improvement, as it attempts to solve mundane issues with typical refrigerators through innovation.

Knock knock!

It features a 29-inch Full HD touchscreen display, the InstaView (which means a glass panel allows you to see the inside of the refrigerator without having to open it), and automatic lighting with a knock.

This is proof that simple solutions can make life easier if you pay attention to the problems in the first place.

LG Levitating Portable Speaker

The LG levitating speaker, more than anything, is an example that nothing is impossible.

Speakers do not float, but this one does, and it just floats on, okay. Made of two parts — the dock and the speaker — this ingenuous device hovers as it brings music to your ears. It then gracefully falls back into the dock to charge once it runs out of batteries, because even this machine realizes when to recharge so it can live to fight another day (as should you!).

LG TWINWash

The LG TWINWash, aptly called, is a double washer. This allows you to do two loads of laundry at the same time because of its unique twin-wash system, which means there is a main washer and additional mini washer.

In laundry, as in life, solutions sometimes entail having to think outside of the box, or even adding another (mini washer) box in.

CordZero Robot

This robot vacuum is an adaptive machine. As it cleans, it recognizes its surroundings and takes in information regarding where to clean and what obstacles there are.

The cord zero isn’t tied down (it’s cordless!) because it’s designed, precisely, to go out there, learn, and adapt to get the job done — just like you.

Hub Robot

This oddly shaped robot is the cutest machine you’ll see yet.

This dancing (yes, it really dances) control bot integrates all your appliances and brings them together in one centralized, voice-activated system. It allows you to take control of your home by creating one seamless network. It also recognizes people and has its own facial expressions! Plus, there are Hub Robot Minis which act as extensions of the main Hub Robot, and they perform the same functions.

It’s amazing how all these gadgets in your home become one big amazing powerhouse (literally) because they come together in one unified system. Sometimes, all it really takes is bringing everything you already know/have and applying it to create a great thing. Each beautiful, shiny machine was outstanding in their own ways; each a product of human ingenuity and experience.

Applied to technology, these improvements make for precision appliances. Applied to real-life scenarios, well, let’s just say we finally get where the Korean brand got its slogan: Life’s Good.

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Google Pixel 4a Unboxing & Review: Unbelievably Good?

A direct contender of the iPhone SE and OnePlus Nord

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Google’s ‘a'(ffordable) line-up may be long overdue because of the pandemic — but after several months of waiting, we finally have one on our hands.

Cheaper than last year’s US$ 399 Pixel 3a, the US$ 349 Pixel 4a might just be the most affordable flagship killer contender you can get over the 2020 iPhone SE and the OnePlus Nord.

But can the mid-tier specifications and less-fancy phone features justify its affordable price tag? Head over to our in-depth Pixel 4a review here.

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Best Budget Smartphones below $200

August 2020 Edition

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Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below US$ 200! Each month, we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.

Even though the spotlight has been on high-end smartphones this entire year, there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to reassess our entire list.

Here they are in no particular order

Redmi 9 (PhP 6,990 / US$ 141)

Quality build with baseline specs that can handle, well, the basics. This is what the Redmi line has been offering and that remains true with the Redmi 9. You’ll have to be bit creative with some of the apps you install (always go for the Lite versions), but the pre-installed Google apps run smoothly and should be more than enough to power you through.

Hands-On: Redmi 9

Redmi Note 9 (US$ 200)

This is a routine appearance for the Redmi Note line. Xiaomi continues to lord over the budget segment by offering fairly capable smartphones at such an affordable price.

Review: Redmi Note 9

Realme 6i (US$ 196)

Realme finally releases a budget phone with a USB-C port! That aside, everything here is standard Realme — which is great. Its cameras leave much to be desired but what this is a budget phone after all. It does pretty well everywhere else — can game, handle your usual daily things, and has an impressive battery life.

READ: Realme6i 

OPPO A5s (US$ 117)

The OPPO A5s perhaps is best looked at as a transition device more than anything else. It does what you expect out of budget smartphones. It’s good to have “for now” but you might look elsewhere for a more reliable daily driver.

REVIEW: OPPO A5s

Samsung Galaxy A20 (US$ 190)

Samsung’s revived Galaxy A-series proves that the company cares about every price segment. The Galaxy A20, in particular, is the most well-rounded below US$ 200 thanks to its ultra-wide camera, AMOLED display, and hefty battery.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A20

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Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400

August 2020 Edition

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When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 200 to US$ 400.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, upper-midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

realme 6 Pro (PhP 16,990/ US$ 339)

This is the only smartphone in this segment that offers a 90Hz screen refresh rate. It’s one thing if that’s the only thing it’s good at, but the realme 6 Pro has a 64MP quad-camera setup, a really clean UI, and Snapdragon 720G along with 30W VOOC charging. We’re convinced this is the best Android phone in this segment.

Review: realme 6 Pro

realme 6 (PhP 13,990/ US$ 280)

It’s pretty much everything its “pro” sibling is except it’s instead powered by a Helio G90T processor made for gaming. the RAM and storage combo is no slouch too (8GB/128GB) and yes, it also has a 90Hz screen refresh rate. Solid. Value.

Review. realme 6

iPhone SE (US$ 399)

One of the world’s fastest processors, a fantastic camera, at a midranger’s price. If we told you, we’re talking about an iPhone you probably wouldn’t believe us but here we are. The iPhone SE’s design is dated, but everything about its performance is near-flagship or flagship 2020 levels.

REVIEW: iPhone SE

Huawei Nova 7 SE (PhP 19,990/ US$ 399)

Barely making the price point, Huawei phones are facing a unique problem with the lack of Google Mobile Services. That said, Huawei Mobile Services is making a headway. But the reason the phone lands on this list is because of its 5G capabilities. This is one of the most affordable phones to support 5G and that has to count for something.

Hands-On: Huawei Nova 7 SE

Samsung Galaxy A51 (US$ 320)

Samsung’s on a roll with their Galaxy A-series. The Galaxy A51 builds on everything that was already great with the Galaxy A50 and A50s and just makes it even better. Much like everything on the Galaxy lineup this year, the Galaxy A51 sports a look that as of posting is still undeniably Samsung.

Pixel 3a (US$399)

The Pixel 3a barely makes this price range by being just a hair under $400. The camera alone easily makes this crème de la crème of this bunch. Add to that the vanilla Android experience and of course being in the priority list of Android updates, this is the Pixel to get for Android purists.

HANDS-ON: Pixel 3a

POCO X2 (INR 19,99/ US$ 279)

The future of Pocophone was up in the air for a while, but all of that was finally put to rest when the brand finally released the POCO X2. This isn’t exactly the successor to the POCO F1. In fact, this is just a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro. But it’s still a step in the right direction for a brand that quickly captured everyone’s attention only to go completely silent for over a year.

REVIEW: POCO X2

Samsung Galaxy M31 (INR 15,99/US$ 224)

This battery-powerhouse of a smartphone has never quite made it to more markets, but it has gotten a significant amount of attention thanks to its 6,000mAh battery. Something this long-lasting appears to still be one of the priorities of smartphone buyers.

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