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Work-life balance with the Huawei MatePad T

Tap out from your work devices

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Work-life balance has felt like a myth since the pandemic hit and we were — for our own safety — forced to stay at home. It’s been increasingly hard to tap out from work, especially when you use the same devices for both work and entertainment.

The internet is littered with tips and tricks to get around this. Allow us to add to the pile with this humble recommendation — the backbone of which is the Huawei MatePad T.

Quick recap, the MatePad T is a budget-friendly tablet that retails for only PhP 5,990 (US$ 120). Sweet price, right? It’s a fairly thin and light 8-inch tablet with Face Unlock and EMUI 10 that’s a perfect portal for when you want to take a break from work.

I can’t speak to everyone else’s experiences, but one way that I’ve created an illusion of separating work from time at log off is by making sure I have a device that contains only the stuff I use for winding down.

As a gadget reviewer, I have the luxury of having plenty of devices with me at once. But this isn’t the case for most people. So a budget but capable tablet is a boon for this purpose, making the MatePad T the perfect gadget for this task.

Putting away the laptop and main smartphone

Typically I work on my laptop along with two other smartphones — one that I use for coordinating with teammates and brand partners, the other is whatever I’m reviewing at that point in time. But all three pretty much are portals I use to get work done.

When it comes time to log off, I can’t simply shut the laptop down and be down with it. With my smartphones online and active, and with most of my entertainment heavily reliant upon access to the internet, I inevitably still get work messages even at night when I’ve decided to call it a day. This isn’t ideal.

Tugging on the same thread of advice where people said don’t work where you sleep (a deed I am guilty of), why not at the end of the day, let go of all the devices that you use for work, and switch over to one with only the apps you use to wind down.

This is exactly the method I tried with the MatePad T.

Where to get the Apps

We’ve already previously discussed how you Huawei has made it possible to access all your favorite apps through the AppGallery and third-party apps. Huawei took this even further with AppGo.

AppGallery + AppGo + APKPure combo

AppGo is like the AppGallery plus third-party apps filtered. You type on the search bar the app you’re looking for and it’ll give you results in the form of app icons. Tap on the icon and it’ll send you right away to where you can get it. Convenient!

Apps for your viewing pleasure

I used it to get both Netflix and TikTok (which has more content than young gyrating women). One is available via the third-party app APKPure, while the other is already on AppGallery.

I also am guilty of falling into YouTube rabbit holes. For this one I simply signed in via the Huawei Browser and created a shortcut on the homescreen.

One app that’s available on AppGallery that I am currently exploring is Viu. It’s mostly known for being home to some of the best K-Dramas. However, as an avid follower of K-Pop girl group TWICE, I was surprised to find so much of their content on the app.

Chaeyoung and Jihyo of TWICE on Running Man

The shows are mostly their TV guestings and performances on music shows. I was, in fact, in the middle of watching the latest Running Man episode with them as guests, but I had to stop midway to finish this write-up.

Despite the 8-inch display, the lightness of the device prevented it from being an arm-sore. I could binge videos for hours until I fell asleep and wouldn’t feel the tablet weighing my arm down.

Huawei says its 5100mAh battery can last for up to 12 hours of playback. Since I’ve only really used it towards the end of my work days, it took about three days before I decided to charge it. Even then it still had about 30-40% of battery life left.

Casual games for a light challenge 

When you’re winding down, you don’t really want to think too much. For this, I actually opted for two particular games: Asphalt 9 and Wordscape.

On the surface these two games are on two extremes. One, of course, is a racing game built on adrenaline, the other a virtual version of the crossword puzzle your grandparents like to solve on a lazy Sunday.

Something relaxing

Both apps — available on AppGallery — run well on the MatePad T. Wordscape’s appeal to winding down is pretty obvious. It’s generally relaxed and there isn’t much to think about.

Asphalt 9, on the other hand, is a more demanding game that the MatePad T can run fairly decently. But it’s quick race mode is perfect for both binge-racing at night and taking quick race breaks to keep you sane on a work day.

All on a budget tablet

That’s already a lot of media entertainment value at price that won’t have your wallet bleeding. It has fantastic viewing angles especially considering you’ll likely hold it close to you. It’s immersive without feeling too in your face.

Asphalt 9 runs on MatePad T

You also get all the benefits of EMUI 10 which offers gesture navigation as well as a multitude of themes to customize the look of the interface to your liking.

With AppGallery now being the third biggest app platform globally, you’ll likely find more entertainment-skewed apps that fit your needs.

Capable of more and more

Of course, this is just my preferred and suggested use-case. For the sake of my sanity I opted to not install any of the major social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and the like.

Make no mistake though, these are all very much available on the tablet.

For parents — which I am not and have no desire to be anytime soon — the tablet has a pre-installed Kids Corner app.

It offers plenty of fun and educational tools for your child with good parental controls. The app also has an enhanced Eye Comfort Mode so you don’t have to worry about damaging your kids’ lovely eyes.

The Huawei MatePad T is a fantastic secondary or complementary device, especially for the use-case I discussed. But it can definitely do more as it lends you access to pretty much everything you can access on Huawei devices at a budget-friendly rate.

The MatePad T retails for PhP 5,990. If you order from June 8 – June 21, 2020 you get gifts worth PhP 3, 698. These include:

  • Huawei MatePad T8 Official Cover
  • Huawei Cloud Storage for 12 months
  • Huawei Video VIP Membership for 3 months TVB
  • A20 Pro BT Speaker
  • WPS Premiuim Membership 3 months
  • PhP 150 Pesoloan cash back

This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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The secrets behind iPhone 13’s Cinematic Mode

Together with Apple’s VP for iPhone Product Marketing as well as their Human Interface Designer

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For the first time ever, we had a three-way interview with Apple’s VP for iPhone Product Marketing, Kaiann Drance as well as one of their leading Human Interface Designers, Johnnie Manzari. If you’re not starstruck enough, both of them appeared in Apple’s September 2021 Keynote event!

Other than new camera sensors, newer camera features are also found on the new iPhone 13 Series. One of those is the new Cinematic Mode.

If you’ve watched some of our latest iPhone videos including the Sierra Blue iPhone 12 Pro Max unboxing, we’ve let you take a sneak peek on that new video mode.

We’re not gonna lie, it’s one amazing camera feature Apple has managed to deliver.

But what are the secrets behind it? And are you curious how technicalities work?

Watch our 16-minute interview with the Apple executives explaining why Cinematic Mode is the next big thing in mobile videography.

 

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Apple iPhone 13 and 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on

Which iPhone 13 is your GadgetMatch?

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After we unboxed the Sierra Blue iPhone 13 Pro Max and gold iPhone 13 Pro, it’s time to do the same to these iPhone 13 babies.

Changes with the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini aren’t just about the “odd” camera placement. Other than the new wide camera sensor, there’s a more powerful A15 Bionic Chip, smaller notch, and more.

Watch our iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on video now to find out more!

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Huawei nova 8i: Huawei’s awesome SUPER midranger

An awesome midrange comeback

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Midrange smartphones have been the middle ground for people who want the premium of a higher end smartphone but don’t want to burn their pockets. Huawei gives in to this demand and claims the title of midrange king as they dethrone all other midrangers with their new nova 8 series — the nova 8 and nova 8i.

Here, we’ll put the spotlight on the Huawei nova 8i.

Build and design

Inheriting the Huawei P Series’ signature stylish aesthetic, the Huawei nova 8i has a fancy and premium design. It is slim, sleek, and has exquisite curved edges, which makes it really easy to grip.

Checking out its back, you’ll definitely notice the quad camera setup that’s surprisingly not bulky at all. It also has a noticeable resemblance with the Huawei Mate 30. But we’ll talk more about the cameras later on.

What also caught our attention is the gradient finish of this Moonlight Silver variant that we have which is absolutely stunning.

Fantastic display

The Huawei nova 8i has an edgeless 6.67-inch display with ultra-narrow bezels around it. This results in an immersive viewing experience for browsing your social media pages or watching your favorite music videos.

The Huawei nova 8i also sports full HD+ resolution and DCI-P3 color gamut, giving us that rich and vibrant color reproduction. Once again, Huawei taps on Tuv Rheinland for certification on low blue light emittance to ensure eye comfort for long hours of work and play. It also has a natural tone feature which automatically adjusts the colors on the display depending on your surroundings.

Gaming

Just as you would expect from a midrange phone, gaming is also something you can do with the nova 8i. With its 180Hz touch sampling rate, your favorite mobile games feel very responsive, making the gaming experience really enjoyable.

When you’re deep into gaming, the last thing you want is to be interrupted by a call or message. Well, you don’t have to worry about that since the Huawei nova 8i has a gaming assistant. You can enable settings so you won’t be disrupted and you can indulge yourself fully to the game.

But the experience is not the only thing that’s fast with the nova 8i. The 66W Huawei SuperCharge can juice up this phone up to 68 percent in just 20 minutes and can fully charge it in just 38 minutes. You can literally stare at your phone as your battery indicator rises.

Cameras

Here’s where the fun part starts. Cameras: 64MP f/1.9 main, 8MP f/2.4 ultra-wide, 2MP f/2.4 macro, 2MP f/2.4 depth, 16MP f/2.0 selfie.

The nova 8i has a quad camera setup with a 64MP main camera which uses a big 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor. It means its camera sensor has the ability to let in more light. This results to a cleaner image and better low light performance.

And we’re telling you, this sensor is not messing around.

It lets you capture the highest resolution images you could probably ever need. Different from the usual software upscaled images typically seen on an ordinary smartphone. This gives you the capability to zoom in and crop your captured image yet still maintain a tremendous amount of details.

With the powerful cameras that the nova 8i has, you can definitely maximize its features to create your content whether just for leisure, a passion project, or social media content for your business.

EMUI and multitasking

As for its software, the Huawei nova 8i runs on EMUI 11 bringing in a bunch of convenient features that boosts your efficiency. For one, if you’re someone who loves multitasking, the multi-window feature is perfect as it lets you operate multiple apps on your screen.

Speaking of apps, Huawei’s app gallery is loaded with great ones from top shopping apps like Shopee and Lazada, to the most trending ones like TikTok.

And if in case you’re having trouble finding the app for you, Petal Search has got you covered. Just type in the app or whatever it is you’re looking for and Petal Search looks it up for you on different sources making sure you get the absolute best results.

Taking screenshots has never been this easy. You can do so by just swiping down using three fingers.

And for security, a new safe sharing feature has been included on the nova 8i. We now get the option to delete information of your phone and other details before sharing your photos or screenshots.

nova 8i — easy to recommend

Jam packed with features, the nova 8i just enables you to do so much. From capturing great photos and videos to having a seamless gaming and online experience, the nova 8i is an easy phone to recommend. At its price point, it is truly worthy of its crown.

The Huawei nova 8i retails for PhP 13,999. It’s available via online Huawei Store, Lazada, Shopee and Huawei experience stores.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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