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Huawei Mate 20 Review: The simpler sibling

No need for the Pro?

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The Huawei Mate 20 is the simpler sibling in the Mate 20 lineup, and honestly… it simply works.

I’m an everyday normal guy, with normal demands from my smartphone. And when you’re like me, and you don’t have a specific thing in mind when choosing a phone, it helps to have a device that is just good in every aspect.

In real-world use, there’s nothing to complain about in terms of performance. It’s got a Kirin 980 processor, and it runs the way any flagship phone with the latest and greatest processor should.

A phone that’ll go perfect with your OOTD

When it comes to our phones, I’ll agree with Isa, our Lifestyle Editor, that they’ve become more than a gadget and are now also an accessory to show off.

This phone looks great! So much so that I’ve caught myself intentionally not putting it in my pocket, just so I can show it off.

And while there might also be many other good-looking options out there, the Mate 20 wins in my book because I can use it without a case and not have to worry about getting fingerprints all over it.

On our Midnight Blue review unit, I’ve loved the special glass texture that barely shows any fingerprints and how it makes the phone easier to grip.

Good display, but speakers need work

Flip the phone over and there’s the huge 6.53-inch screen that’s great for consuming media, but I will say that it was an adjustment having to get used to such a wide phone again.

Now while I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all gotten relatively used to notches by now. It still must be said that the notch on the Mate 20 is tiny (much smaller than the notch on its Pro sibling) and easy to forget about when watching videos in full screen.

One thing I did notice in watching videos is that while the Mate 20 might have stereo speakers (from the earpiece and the bottom firing speaker), the sound comes out uneven and mostly from the speaker at the bottom. It would have been better if the sound were more balanced.

Battery for days… literally

Usually, I start my day at 8am and end at about 9pm. How has the 4000mAh battery capacity been for me? In using the phone for about two weeks, I’ve never ended my day with less than 35 percent left. It’s been such a joy not having to carry around a bulky powerbank with me!

In a day that usually includes social media, using maps for directions, watching YouTube, and Netflix, no longer do I have to tell myself to get off Instagram because I need to preserve battery.

It’s a phone that will last you a full day and then some. When you do end up needing to charge, it juices up quick — boost of about 50 percent in 30 minutes.

Typical Huawei cameras

Now, let’s talk about the cameras. There are three cameras on the back: Its main camera has 12 megapixels, the ultra-wide shooter has 16 megapixels, and the 8-megapixel telephoto camera goes up to 2x optical zoom.

To put it plainly, they’re good. And I can tell you they’re good all day, but I think it’s better if I just show you:

And of course something that Huawei has been amazing with is nighttime photography:

Plus, the addition of a wide-angle lens is great for getting more into the frame:

  

All these photos we’re taken with the Master AI setting on and shot completely in automatic mode.

Now, I don’t take a lot of selfies — we leave that to Isa at GadgetMatch — but if that’s your thing, the Mate 20 has a 24-megapixel selfie camera. Also, here’s a selfie of me with Jason Mraz:

Here are more selfie samples (I turned off the beauty mode for these):

Glad to see you headphone jack!

The regular Huawei Mate 20 doesn’t have the curved screen like the Pro does. It doesn’t have the in-display fingerprint scanner, either. What it does have that the Pro model doesn’t, is a headphone jack. 

True story: When I was traveling around Singapore and my Bluetooth earphones died, it was a lifesaver to be able to plug in regular wired earphones so I could continue listening to music.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

This phone ticks all the boxes I needed it to. Good cameras? Check! Great battery life? Yes, sir! Is it good for watching Netflix? You betcha!

It isn’t as flashy as the Pro model, but the Mate 20 to me is meant for someone who doesn’t need any of the bells or whistles, and just wants a phone that’s going to work when you need it to.

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Selena Gomez’s new music video was shot on an iPhone 11 Pro

This might just be the best smartphone camera to date

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We’ve all heard the pitch — smartphones can be used to grace a cover shoot for a magazine or film an entire music video. Some people find it hard to believe that smartphones are now as powerful as ever.

However, acclaimed director Sophie Muller shocked the world when she directed Selena Gomez’s latest music video which was shot entirely on the new iPhone 11 Pro.

“Lose You To Love Me” by Selena Gomez

Singer-songwriter Selena Gomez dropped her much anticipated single. Entitled “Lose You To Love Me,” the song tackles the road to self-discovery and promoting self-love. Gomez says, “This song was inspired by many things that have happened in my life since releasing my last album.”

Gomez promoted the music video in a tweet with the hashtag #ShotOniPhone.

Promoted by Apple

The music video was originally meant for Selenators and other pop culture connoisseur. To garner even more attention, Apple uploaded a one-minute clip on its YouTube channel promoting the music video as shot on its latest iPhone.

 

This isn’t the first time that a video was taken using an iPhone. To date, iPhones are being regarded for their highly capable cameras favored by photographers and videographers alike. This recent promotion is only a testament to how the iPhone 11 Pro might just be the best smartphone camera you can ever buy this year. If you want to see its capability, watch Selena Gomez’s full music video.

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No NBA on Free TV? Facebook to the rescue

Big deal for the basketball-crazy Philippines

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Local television networks in the Philippines failed to reach an agreement with the NBA to air full games on free TV in the country. Fear not though as the NBA still sees the Philippines as a huge market and will live stream games on the official Facebook and Twitter pages of NBA Philippines.

There will be a live game on opening week which is from October 23 to 29. Starting October 31, live stream of games will be every Mondays and Thursdays.

“The Philippines is one of the world’s leaders in social media penetration and usage with over 17 million followers of the league’s social media accounts, making it an ideal platform to livestream NBA content. With NBA games on Facebook Watch and Twitter, we are empowering the digital lifestyle of our fans with the ability to enjoy the NBA anytime, anywhere,” says NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson on a report from ESPN5.

Here are the games that will be broadcast live during tip-off week:

Oct. 23, 10:30 AM — Los Angeles Lakers @ LA Clippers

Oct. 24, 7:30 AM — Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers

Oct. 25, 8:00 AM — Milwaukee Bucks @ Houston Rockets

Oct. 26, 10:30 AM — Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Lakers

Oct. 27, 8:00 AM — New Orleans Pelicans @ Houston Rockets

Oct. 28, 7:00 AM — Portland Trail Blazers @ Dallas Mavericks

Oct. 29, 8:00 AM — Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets

Got a favorite team? There’s always NBA League Pass

If that’s not enough for you, there’s always NBA League Pass where you have the option to follow just one team or if you’re a hoop junkie, get a subscription that gives you access to all of the games. Simply download the NBA App on the App store or Google Play and choose your preferred subscription.

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TWICE, BLACKPINK part of Just Dance 2020 lineup

Dance to Fancy and Kill This Love!

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To celebrate 10 years of making gamers move, Just Dance 2020 is adding some popular asian music to their lineup. In particular, hit songs from two of the most popular K-Pop girl groups today made the lineup — TWICE’s Fancy and BLACKPINK’s Kill This Love.

Joining those two tracks are these other chart toppers:

God Is a Woman — Ariana Grande
Skibidi — Little Big
Vodovorot — XS Project
Bangarang — Skrillex Ft. Sirah
Con Calma — Daddy Yankee Ft. Snow
Bad Boy – Riton & Kah-Lo
High Hopes — Panic! At The Disco
Sushi — Merk & Kremont
I Like It — Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Policeman — Eva Simons Ft. Konshens
Rain Over Me — Pitbull Ft. Marc Anthony
365 — Zedd & Katy Perry
Con Altura — ROSALÍA & J Balvin Ft. El Guincho
Fit But You Know It — The Streets
I Am The Best (내가 제일 잘 나가) — 2NE1
Old Town Road (Remix) — Lil Nas X Ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
Só Depois Do Carnaval — Lexa
Taki Taki — DJ Snake Ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna, Cardi B
The Time (Dirty Bit) — Black Eyed Peas
Just An Illusion — Equinox Stars
Baby Shark — Pinkfong
Bassa Sababa — Netta
My New Swag (我的新衣) — VAVA Ft. Ty. & Nina Wang
Tel Aviv — Omer Adam Ft. Arisa
Ugly Beauty (怪美的) — Jolin Tsai

New and returning game modes

The new mode recently announced is the All-Stars Mode. This will allow the players to rediscover and progress through 10 iconic songs from 10 years of Just Dance, to unlock an exclusive song at the end.

Making a return is the Co-op mode which will let players to team-up to combine their scores. There’s also an enhanced recommendation system enables players to choose among a personalized offering of their most loved Just Dance content. In addition, players can create their own playlists to customize their Just Dance parties.

The other modes are as follows:

Sweat Mode: Players can exercise while having fun with the Sweat Mode! They can track their calories burned, time spent dancing, and keep themselves motivated with their dedicated sweat playlists.

Kids Mode: The dedicated Kids Mode allows the youngest players to enjoy it in full with 8 new kid-friendly curated songs, accompanying a fun dance experience tailored to kids’ needs.

Just Dance Unlimited: The Dance-on-demand subscription streaming service gives access to 500+ songs and more! Every copy of the game comes with one month’s access.

To make the game more accessible, there’s also the Just Dance Controller app. Players can use their smartphone to navigate in game, track and score their moves. Up to six players can play with their phones simultaneously. The application is available for free on iOS and Android.

If you’ve been looking for a game that you can play with friends and family this holidays, look no further than Just Dance 2020. The game will be available on PS4 Pro, PSR and the Xbox One family of devices on November 5, 2019.

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