With so many options to choose from, finding a midrange phone that fits our lifestyle and nature of our work has really been a challenge. We’ve been looking for ones that are more than just regular daily drivers and have the right combination of features to let us keep on going with our work and play.
Huawei may have struck that balance as they released the perfect pairs — the Huawei Nova 8 and 8i that revolutionizes the function of midrangers.
In this edition of His and Hers, we dive into the Huawei Nova 8 series as Apple takes a hold of the Huawei Nova 8i and see how it gets her through her day while Andre tackles the Huawei Nova 8 and if its features fit his preference.
Andre: You look good when you feel good
Back in the olden days, there was a saying that you can tell a lot about a person by his shoes. Nowadays we usually get judged by the smartphone we use. That being the case, with the Nova 8, you won’t shy away from its appearance being judged. Because it’s likely to draw some eyes to it with its shiny back case and its curved edge display.
I wouldn’t mind flashing it around in style in more professional settings and showcase a vibe that I mean business.
Plus, not only does it look good, it also feels good to the hand. It’s comfortable enough for one handed use thanks to its curves and slim body.
Apple: Sleek and Stylish
These days, I rarely get to go out because of the pandemic. But the times that I do get to visit my family or some friends at their respective homes, I try to vary my outfits from casual to classy. So, I am really glad that the aesthetic look of this Moonlight Silver Huawei Nova 8i goes perfectly with anything and everything I wear. Its fancy and premium design is so versatile that I can take it everywhere I go.
Andre: Visual feast
It’s amazing to think that nowadays, a midrange phone would have a curved display as we only used to see this in higher end phones. The 90Hz, 6.57-inch curved OLED display which supports up to 240Hz touch sampling rate for extremely low touch delay is very satisfying on the Nova 8.
If you’re coming from a more budget friendly phone like I am, you would immediately notice that the swipes are much more responsive and games feel smoother to play. It really does feel like a much higher end phone than it is and your eyes will thank you for it.
Apple: Matched for Marathons
I usually use my laptop when I have to deal with some visuals at work such as reviewing artworks done by my colleagues or previewing videos that our editors worked on.
So when I need to take a break, I have this habit of staying away from my laptop and using my Huawei Nova 8i for watching an episode or two of my recent K-Drama craze or streaming music videos of my favorite band on YouTube. It is perfect for binge-watching with its 6.67-inch edgeless display and ultra narrow bezels, letting me get immersed in what I’m watching and really let me enjoy my break.
Andre: A stress reliever
With so much going on, there are times that we just can’t control the amount of stress we get especially when we’re swamped with work. To me, gaming is one thing that gets me away from it all even just for a while. A race or two on Asphalt 9: Legends or a classic match on Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is my quick fix before heading back to the corporate battlefield.
Thankfully, the gaming experience on the Nova 8 with its Kirin 820E processor combined with the high refresh rate curved display is delightful. It’s powerful enough to give me lag free gameplay but also lets me keep track of work. I am able to jump from work to play while keeping things running in the background thanks to its 8GB of RAM.
Apple: King of Convenience
I must admit, there are days that are just too hectic that I barely realize I haven’t charged my phone until the day ends or sometimes until morning. Gladly, with the Huawei Nova 8i, low-battery anxiety is a thing of the past with its large 4,300 mAh battery and 66W SuperCharge.
I can use my phone for a day or a bit longer without charging and when I already have to juice it up, it only takes less than 40 minutes to fully charge it. Talk about convenience.
Andre: Photographers side arm
Photography is a thing I truly enjoy doing. But like most of us, I usually rely on my phone for quick snaps since I can’t always lug around a big camera. With smartphone cameras getting better, it might not be long for us to see smartphone cameras that combat mirrorless or DSLR camera quality. The Nova 8 is another step towards that aspiration as they fit a 64MP camera sensor in this body.
That means there’s plenty of resolution headroom for post-processing which is perfect for photos of products I sell online.
And when I go out, I can now easily capture landscapes without having to move further back just to get subjects in frame thanks to the built in ultra-wide camera.
Apple: Every snap counts
While my job entails a lot of writing and social media content, it has also become my habit to take photos to recall memorable or mundane moments, or some snaps for my own social media feed. That may be a special time with friends, my newly discovered pastry store or just a blossoming flower I found in the garden.
This is where the Huawei Nova 8i comes in handy with its 64MP with a 1/1.7-inch sensor. Through these features, I can easily capture clear photos with crisp details for memories and great images worth keeping.
The Huawei nova 8 and 8i have proven to be powerful midrange smartphones that both feature superb re-designed aesthetic, immersive display and a 64MP quad-camera setup.
From our casual browsing, gaming and extensive tasks, the Huawei Nova 8 series really showed its capability to handle our demands so we can definitely say, these phones are truly a pair that’s hard to beat.
realme 9i Hands-On
Solid as usual
The realme 9i is the “little brother” in the realme 9 series. And while it doesn’t pack the same punch as its pro siblings – the realme 9 Pro and realme 9 pro+ – there’s enough here for anyone who just needs a reliable daily smartphone.
Here’s a quick look at the specs before we dive in deeper:
- 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate
- Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G processor
- 6GB RAM with Dynamic RAM expansion feature up to 5GB
- 128GB Internal Storage
- 5,000mAh battery
- 33W Dart Charge tech
- 50MP main camera
- 2MP macro lens
- 2MP depth lens
- 16MP selfie shooter
Here are some samples for your appreciation.
Neat, simple, and elegant
The realme 9i is pretty understated in the looks department. The variant we got comes in blue and depending on how the light hits, you’ll see some lines to accentuate its back.
As for button and port placements, at the bottom you’ll find the usuas: speaker grille, USB-C port, and 3.5mm jack.
On the right side is the power button/fingerprint scanner.
And on the left hand side are the two, tiny volume buttons.
Overall, the realme 9i looks neat. Simple yet elegant. The camera stands out, obviously. But you can say that for most phones these days. It’s light for its size and appearance. It’s already easy to hold as is, but it’s even easier if you’re the phone-case-and-pop-up socket type of person.
Switching from one app to the other, or going back to the home screen for that matter is seamless and fast. There’s no trouble opening or loading apps so far.
The apps load from where I last left it, provided I haven’t closed all apps, cleared RAM, or optimized phone usage.
Media consumption and gaming
We enjoyed more than our fair share of watching sports highlights on the realme 9i. It pays to have a great-performing phone to not miss any action. We didn’t have any problems watching on YouTube at the highest resolution settings and at 60 fps.
Same is true for other types of content. The viewing experience was likewise seamless.
The speaker is really loud and complements the video. You don’t have to put it on max volume although it’s still of the best quality when put to max. It doesn’t break.
Playing Mobile Legends with friends and relatives on this phone is perfect even if it’s “only” a mid-level phone. The game’s graphics settings were set on default when opening from the phone. I tinkered it to HD mode with a high refresh rate and “Ultra” graphics, and it didn’t have problems throughout the game like lagging when I played.
On full standby in power saving mode without having to connect it to Wi-Fi or turn on mobile data, the phone consumes just about 5 to 10 percent of its battery power in one whole day.
When charging, it takes less than an hour to charge from 30 percent to full with its 33W fast charging.
Solid as usual
The “i” variants in realme’s numbered series phones have consistently been steady performers and the realme 9i is no different. It’s not gonna wow you with raw specs, but the overall package and performance makes it worthwhile.
The realme 9i retails for PhP 11,990. Buy it here.
vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review
vivo’s best smartphone just got even better!
The vivo X70 Pro+ was launched just several months ago. However, we’re already having a follow-up!
Namely the X80 and X80 Pro — with the latter being vivo’s latest flagship smartphone.
But what makes it different from its predecessor? And what makes the successor a lot more exciting?
Watch our vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review now to find out more!
Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions
Premium, smart timepiece
Huawei has been giving us the best choices for stylish timepieces to help us reach our health and fitness goals. And they’re taking the stage again with their new flagship smartwatch — the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro.
Now let’s take a closer look at this device and check what Huawei has in store for us this time.
The GT 3 Pro comes in this sleek black box with the name of the device in gold. Through the box, we also get to know that it is powered by HarmonyOS.
Lifting the cover, you’re immediately greeted by the GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition looking classy beside a gold Huawei logo.
Pulling the tab on the right, you’ll see a smaller enclosure. Opening it up, you’ll see some paperwork, a USB-C cable and a wireless charging cradle.
Now here’s the GT 3 Pro taken out of the box. Looks premium, doesn’t it?
By examining the watch strap, you can easily tell that it’s made of genuine high-quality leather.
The Huawei branding is not seen on the strap. It’s instead engraved on the buckle.
Also unlike the previous GT 2 Pro that has the usual double crown design, the GT 3 Pro has a watch crown and a button.
The rotating crown serves as its power button and scroll and zoom wheel. Rotating it feels smooth without much resistance. But it does have haptic feedback, mimicking a mechanical feel.
Powering it up, you’re notified to get the Huawei Health app and pair it with your phone.
Once paired, you can tinker with the settings and apply customizations based on your preference and liking.
What I immediately liked with the GT 3 Pro is how classy it looks. And despite it being a big smartwatch compared to what I usually use, it feels light on my wrist.
I also can’t help but admire how clean and clear it looks with its 1.43-inch AMOLED display and sapphire glass lens.
Its body, on the other hand, is made of titanium and it has a ceramic back case to complete the premium package.
Using it for a few days, it looks like this timepiece will definitely level up my expectations for smartwatches. But I have yet to fully explore and experience everything about the GT 3 Pro that I’ll share on my hands-on review so don’t forget to also check that out.
Pricing and availability
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro retails for PhP 16,999 and is available in Titanium and Ceramic Edition.
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