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Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S10+: Which would you pick?

Here’s a comparison of the two flagship phones

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Time for another comparison! If you’re shopping for a flagship phone, there are quite a few choices like the Nova 4 from Huawei and the Galaxy S10+ from Samsung. Both the Nova 4 and Galaxy S10+ are powerful devices that sit on top of their manufacturer’s product line and we’re not expecting any compromises when it comes to features.

Which phone is your pick? Let’s check them out and we’ll let you decide


Specifications

Let’s start the comparison of the two with specs. Which of the two has better numbers on paper? Here’s a quick rundown of their notable specifications:

Huawei Nova 4
Samsung Galaxy S10+
Display 6.4-inch LCD (1080 x 2310) 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED (1440 x 3040)
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 970 Exynos 9820 Octa
Graphics Mali-G72 MP12 Mali-G76 MP12 / Adreno 640
Memory 8GB 8GB
Storage 128GB 128GB
Rear camera 20MP f/1.8 primary
16MP ultra wide-angle
2MP depth sensor
12MP f/1.5-2.4 primary
16MP ultra wide-angle
12MP 2x zoom
Front camera 25MP f/2.0 10MP f/1.9 + 8MP
Battery 3750mAh (Non-removable) 4100mAh (Non-removable)
Fingerprint Rear-mounted scanner Ultrasonic in-display scanner
OS Android 9 Pie w/ EMUI 9 Android 9 Pie w/ One UI

The first difference between the two is their display technologies. The Nova 4 uses LCD while the Galaxy S10+ has an AMOLED screen. Apart from that, the Galaxy S10+ also has more pixels, but that would mean more power consumption. A Full HD+ display like with the Nova 4 is already sharp for everyday use. Both have holes in their screens to house front-facing cameras, yet the Nova 4 has a smaller, less obtrusive hole-punch.

For power, both offer flagship performance plus the latest software. The Nova 4’s home-baked Kirin 970 might be a bit older, yet it’s already proven to be a capable chipset that doesn’t slow down even after months of use. The Galaxy S10+ also uses its own Samsung-made chip, the Exynos 9820 Octa. Since the Galaxy S10+ is relatively new, we don’t know how it’ll stand the test of time, but it managed to impress users so far.

Of course, software is also a crucial factor in performance. Both devices run the latest Android Pie version, although they have their respective customizations. Choosing between EMUI and One UI will be a matter of personal preferences in design, but each has its own strengths.

The batteries of the Nova 4 and Galaxy S10+ are not lacking. Both have high capacities and can definitely last more than a full day of use. When it comes to security, the approach of the Nova 4 is different from the Galaxy S10+’s. The former uses a tried-and-tested rear-mounted fingerprint reader that’s easily accessible using one’s index finger, while the latter has an ultrasonic in-display reader which is pretty neat but a bit slower.

Cameras

Let’s now check which phone takes better photos. For this comparison, we used the primary sensors of the two. The Nova 4 has a 20-megapixel f/1.8 camera, while the Galaxy S10+ has a 12-megapixel main shooter with variable aperture shifting from f/1.5 to f/2.4 depending on the scenario. Both cameras have AI working in the background to help with image processing.

We begin with a wide shot. Here you can see how the phones deal with really bright scenarios. Taken in broad daylight, the image should let the cameras take in as many details as possible while maintaining good exposure.

Here’s another daylight sample that’s a closer to the subjects. You can clearly see here which phone takes a better HDR image.

A closeup of a flower is surely a pleasant sight.

Here’s another one to showcase how sharp closeup photos can be.

At night, both can still shoot detailed and noise-free images. The phones have their own respective night modes for scenarios like this.

Of course, let’s not forget about the selfies. The Nova 4 has a whopping 25-megapixel front-facing camera, while the Galaxy S10+ has a modest 10-megapixel shooter accompanied by a depth sensor.

Here’s what it looks like to take a selfie by yourself…

… and with a friend.

Before we conclude, let’s not forget that the Nova 4 offers all of these flagship features at a fraction of the Galaxy S10+’s asking price. Huawei is offering the Nova 4 in select markets as a flagship phone without the premium price tag.

So, which phone is your choice?


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei.

Entertainment

Joker, Jowable, Jojo Rabbit: Now Playing

Live, love, laugh!

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The GadgetMatch team just went through a rigorous back-to-back coverage starting from IFA 2019, iPhone 11, Vivo NEX 3, Huawei Mate 30 Pro, and many more. Like us, people are overwhelmed with smartphone launches one after another.

What kept us sane was these forms of entertainment we watch and play in passing. Here’s what’s Now Playing in GadgetMatch:


Movies to see

Steven Universe: The Movie
Leez: If you’re a fan of Steven Universe and the last episode left you feeling unsettled by how it neatly tucked the whole series, then you’re in luck. The movie doesn’t fall short in tackling the heart-wrenching significance of struggles and obstacles to be better and be who you are. It’s a movie that dives deep into lost friends and lost memories. You definitely need to check this out.

Jowable
MJ: No other film in this century has captured how I’ve been feeling for years now, except Jowable. This film tackles the joys, pains, and misadventures of singlehood in a comical approach. But don’t think it’s all just for laughs, Jowable is totally unpredictable — full of plot twists to keep you entertained while preaching you some deep life lessons that Buddha can’t even.

Jojo Rabbit
Luigi: Provocative and funny. How else can you describe Taiki Waititi’s upcoming comedy? This World War II satire features a German boy trying to hide a Jewish girl while being aided by his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (played by Waititi himself).

Joker
Kevin:  Not your usual origin story of a villain. Joker tackles mental health, human nature, and the society that we’re living in now. Partner those with Joaquin Phoenix’s stellar acting and what you get is a cinematic piece that moves you and makes you think about what “being normal” really is.  It’s best to see it on the big screen so be sure to catch it while it’s still showing.

Shows to binge-watch

Player reacts to his Highlights | House of Highlights
Rodneil: I haven’t been able to commit to watching a series of late so for my dwindling downtime, I’ve resorted to watching these one-off series on YouTube. Plus I also miss NBA basketball, so this is a great way to scratch that itch.

Marianne
Luigi: People have proclaimed Marianne as the most frightening series of 2019. As a horror enthusiast, I don’t think it is. However, this French horror series is still an excellent addition to the Netflix playhouse of monsters. Plus, that French accent is oh-so-sexy.

Vagabond
Rodneil: Gotta admit, I only considered watching because it stars Suzy Bae. But the story is gripping and the cinematography is pretty darn good. It’s about a stuntman who loses his nephew in a plane crash that was made to look like an accident but there’s more to it than just that.

Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to

데자 부 (Deja Vu) by Dreamcatcher
Vincenz: Although the song doesn’t sound as intense as their other releases, the latest music video tells a deeper story. There is a line that struck me: “Now I’m holding this pain,” especially that it talks about betrayal and abandonment. The melodic musical arrangement accompanied by contrasting light and dark visuals blend so well together — which gives a surreal and melancholic feeling to listeners and viewers alike.

Go Up by SB19
Vincenz: SB19 has been garnering attention for weeks. They sound like a K-Pop boy group because they were trained by a Korean agency. Although I’m not totally a fan, I appreciate their music especially since it talks about aiming high and achieving your dreams. Despite the hard choreography, their live vocals sound great. P-Pop is finally improving!

Linkin Park Favorites
Rodneil: It’s been quite a stressful past couple of weeks for me. To combat the urge of setting myself on fire, I’ve been listening to a lot of my favorite Linkin Park songs. The collection is mostly from the Hybrid Theory and Meteora albums. Listen to the full playlist.

Feel Special by TWICE
Rodneil: TWICE’s gradual concept change is evident in their new song Feel Special. More than that, though, the song seems to hold a special place in the members’ hearts as it alludes to their struggles. Especially Mina who is struggling with anxiety and begged off from parts of their tour but still participated in the album with strong support from the other members.

Games to play

Madden NFL 20
Gab: I know how everyone is on some hype train towards the recently released NBA 2K20 video game, but there are other sports-related games out there. As someone who is starting to have a level of interest with the NFL, Madden NFL 20 introduced me to how American football actually works. If you need a quick change of pace from shooting the basketball, I suggest you try scoring touchdowns.

NBA 2K20
Rodneil: Echoing what Gab said on his NBA 2K20 review — this game essentially feels like a massive patch for NBA 2K19. That’s not entirely a bad thing. It’s still the superior NBA simulation game and for it to improve, EA needs to step up big time with NBA Live. Will still play it because it’s my number one way to destress.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Luigi: As a child, I never played the original Link’s Awakening on the Gameboy. I joined the Zelda party way too late. Thankfully, this Switch remake plays like a traditional game on the Gameboy. The new Link’s Awakening brings a lot to the table for both new and old players. It’s a well-polished game that doesn’t rely too much on nostalgia.

Now Playing is the GadgetMatch team’s favorite games, movies, TV shows, and more each month. If you’re curious to know what we’re into at the moment, this is what you should check out. So grab your popcorn, get some drinks, and enjoy what’s now playing!

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Best Budget Smartphones below $200

October 2019 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:

ASUS ZenFone Max M2 ($175)

We were disappointed to find out that the ZenFone Max Pro M2 went above the US$ 200 mark, but we still have the non-Pro Max M2 to buy at this price point. Fortunately, the fast Snapdragon 632 processor, large 4000mAh battery, and dual rear cameras remain.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone Max M2

Redmi Note 7 ($150)

Xiaomi blew everyone away when it announced the Redmi Note 7 with its class-leading specs and design. It’s been selling like hotcakes for a good reason: In terms of pure performance, nothing rivals this in the sub-US$ 200 category.

READ MORE: Redmi Note 7

 

OPPO A5s ($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

Realme 5 (US$ 154)

Realme is giving Xiaomi a run for its money on our top-of-mind easy phones to recommend. The Realme 5 is a real treat for people looking for a budget smartphone that provides more than what they need.

HANDS-ON: Realme 5

Samsung Galaxy A20 ($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


Update as of October 2019:

  • The Realme 5 replaced the Realme C2 on this list

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Best Smartphones

Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400

October 2019 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:

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE ($300)

Xiaomi has always been a part of the list and the Mi 9 SE truly deserves its spot. It’s a flagship-grade phone from its design to its specs. It’s dubbed as a “compact flagship” thanks to its smaller-than-usual form factor. If you’re looking for a phone that won’t hurt your pockets both in size and price, check out the Mi 9 SE.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

Realme 5 Pro (US$ 232)

A quadruple-camera setup at this price point seems unlikely but Realme made it happen. And it’s not just the setup, the lenses actually take photos with good image quality. That would have been enough to recommend this but it also has a Snapdragon 712 AIE chip with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If you’re looking for a great deal, this is it.

HANDS-ON: Realme 5 Pro

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 ($245)

While not as affordable as its predecessor, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 still does several things most phones can’t even dream of at this price point. We get an upper-midrange chip, large 5000mAh battery, versatile cameras, and a pure take on Android.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2

Huawei Nova 5T (US$ 367)

Huawei managed to put a flagship-level chip with a glass back and with triple cameras on a midrange phone. These are things you expect from brands like Xiaomi but Huawei was able to pull it off as well.

READ: Huawei Nova 5T

Samsung Galaxy A50s ($345)

Samsung’s pivot to the A series has been fantastic and the Galaxy A50s is another proof of that. It’s a refinement of everything that was good with the Galaxy A50. If you’re a die-hard Samsung fan looking for a midrange phone, the Galaxy A50s is a solid option.

READ: Samsung Galaxy A50s


Update as of October 2019:

  • Huawei Nova 5T replaced the Pocophone F1
  • Realme 5 Pro replaced the Realme 3 Pro 
  • Samsung Galaxy A50s replaced the Samsung Galaxy A50 

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