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iOS 16: Top 10 features

What’s your favorite?

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The latest software update for iPhones just dropped. Everything from the iPhone 8 and up are getting the iOS 16 update. If you’re iPhone qualifies, here top 10 new features you might want to take note of!

Personalize your lock screen

The lock screen gets its biggest update ever with iOS 16. Now you can add a photo to your Lock Screen and it will be artfully displayed around the date and time. There’s also an option to set photos to shuffle throughout the day or you choose a unique combination of emoji and colors to use as wallpaper.

You can also select a new color and font for the clock, and add various widgets like Calendar, Weather, Activity rings and more to get useful information at a glance.

Easier notification management

Notifications now roll in from the bottom of the lock screen. They’re now easier to see at a glance as they come in. You can also choose to view notifications in an expanded list view, stacked view, or count view. If you prefer the old way, you can still change it in the settings menu.

Messages can now be marked unread, edited, or unsent

You can edit a message up to 15 minutes after sending. You can undo send on a message for up to 2 minutes, and a conversation can be marked as unread at any time so you remember to come back to it later.

To edit or recall a message long press on it and tap “Edit” or “Undo Send”. To mark a conversation as unread, go to Messages and slide to the right on that conversation, then select “Mark as Unread.”

Lift subject from background

You can now copy the subject from any photo and paste it in another app. Simply select a photo, tap and hold on a subject, select “Copy” and paste to Messages, Notes or where needed.

Live Text to interact with text in photos and now also video

Text becomes completely interactive in images and paused video frames across iOS. You can use functions like copy and paste, lookup, and translate. With quick actions the text detected is actionable with a single tap so you can track flights or shipments, translate foreign languages, convert currencies, and more. Feels like magic!

In a photo or video frame with text, long press on the text to select it and chose from available quick actions options.

Hands free with new Dictation

Take advantage of the new Dictation experience on iOS 16. It allows users to fluidly move between voice and touch, automatically inserts punctuation marks and even adds emoji from voice description.

n Messages, press the microphone icon in the text field and start dictating your message. Tap in the text field, move the cursor, and insert QuickType suggestions, all without needing to stop Dictation.

Health app tracking and reminders

In the Health app, you can now create a medications list to keep track of medications, vitamins, and supplements you take. Create custom schedules for each medication, set reminders, and log medication intake. In the US, you can even receive an alert if there are potential critical interactions with medications you have added to the Health app.

In the Health app make sure you’re on the Summary Tab > scroll down to “Set Up Medications” and follow on screen instructions.

Live Captions

Designed to improve the experience for Deaf and hard of hearing users, Live Captions will automatically generate transcriptions in real time allowing you to follow along more easily with phone or FaceTime calls, videos and even a conversation with someone next to you.

Go to Settings, then Accessibility, then Live Captions to turn on and customize.

Plan multi-stop routes with Apple Maps

You can now add multiple stops along your driving route in Maps, so planning your journey is even easier. In the Maps app select your destination, tap “Get directions“ and add multiple stops in between to complete your route.

Keyboard Haptics

Give your familiar device a welcome new feel by turning on keyboard haptics to receive confirmation when you type. Go to Settings, then Sounds & Haptics, and then turn on Keyboard feedback.

Read more about iOS 16.

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Hermès Apple Watch Series 8: Unboxing and Full Set-Up

What makes it different from the regular Apple Watch though?

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If you’ve been fond of GadgetMatch for quite a while now, you would know that Michael Josh is a big Apple Watch user.

From having to experience several Watch Series up until the Watch Ultra, to having various bands, he now has the most expensive Apple Watch in the Series 8 lineup in his hands.

In this video, he unboxes the most expensive Apple Watch ever — the Hermès Apple Watch Series 8.

To give you the full experience, he’ll also dive into the nitty-gritty of what makes it different and more special than the regular Watch Series 8.

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vivo V25 vs V23 5G: Camera Shootout

Are there even significant improvements?

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vivo V25

It hasn’t even been a year but vivo has already revealed the successor to the V23 5G that was launched earlier this 2022. But is it actually worth upgrading to the new vivo V25? Or should you save yourself some money and buy the older V23 5G instead?

vivo V25

Don’t let that new camera bump with bigger circular cutouts on the vivo V25 fool you. On paper, the cameras are close to one another but the V25 has the advantage of having a slightly wider aperture and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) that the V23 5G doesn’t have.

vivo V25 vivo V23 5G
Wide 64MP f/1.79
PDAF, OIS + EIS
64MP f/1.89
PDAF, EIS
Ultra-WIde 8MP 120º f/2.2
Macro 2MP f/2.4
Selfie 50MP f/2.0 wide

 

50MP f/2.0 wide
8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide
+ Dual-tone Spotlight

The sad news though is that, vivo has decided to remove the extra ultra-wide selfie camera and dual flash system on the new V25.

vivo V23 with the Dual-tone Spotlight Flash feature

But how do these phones perform side-by-side knowing the new V25 also has a slightly less-powerful MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset over V23 5G’s Dimensity 920? Are there enough convincing differences or is the older model actually better? Feed yourself some photo sample comparisons below.

Daylight

In any given circumstance, a valuable Android midranger should take at least a decent photo with natural light around — thus me taking lesser photos to compare.
Still, your judgment matters.

#1A (Ultra-wide)

vivo V25

#1B (Wide)

vivo V25

#2

#3A (Wide)

#3B (Zoom)

Food

Taking food shots (mostly with indoor lighting) is a better way to test which phone camera is capable of producing the better image output with the right amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness, temperature, as well as Dynamic Range.

#4

#5

#6

#7

#8

#9

#10

#11

*Left photo was taken multiple times with the focus tapped on the baked roll. Lens coating was also cleaned several times but still resulted to the same output.

#12

Night Mode

Low-light photos can either make or break the capabilities of a smartphone’s camera.
While it’s a mixed bag of outputs, it still depends on the user if Night Mode photos are important in a midranger or not.

#13A (Wide)

#13B (Ultra-wide)

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#15

#16

#17

#18

vivo V25

#19

vivo V25

#20

vivo V25

BONUS: Low-Light Selfie

For users who love taking selfies even in the dark, both phones can take fill-in flash (using the display) to brighten up your faces.

Without Flash

vivo V25

However, the ultra-wide selfie and Dual-tone Spotlight feature were removed completely from the vivo V25. You just have to guess and pick which is which.

With Flash (Aura Fill, Dual-Tone Dual Spotlight Flash)

vivo V25

Results

No more confusions, the results are consistent all throughout the board:

Photo A — vivo V23 5G

Photo B — vivo V25

Conclusion

vivo V25

While it’s barely a big camera quality improvement, the vivo V25 has rendered some of the scenes quite well such as in Photos 1A, 11, and 12 which the V23 5G failed to display at least an acceptable output. Other times, the vivo V23 5G delivered better results like in Photos 1B, 2, 3A, 4, and 13A. Those images delivered overall better photos with a sufficient amount of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and AWB (Auto White Balance).

Overall, the V25 produced better images with decent amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness. The newer model also has some slight edge on focusing and making shots brighter and more stable at night.

vivo V25

While only two selfies were provided, the V23 5G obviously has the edge — especially with its extra selfie lens and dual-flash feature.

vivo V25

If you’re coming from the V23 5G, you don’t need to upgrade to the vivo V25. Period. But, if you’re looking for a phone to replace your old vivo smartphone (or pretty much any old budget phone or midranger for that matter), buying the V25 won’t hurt.

vivo V25

Unless you’re looking for a used unit, a brand new vivo V23 5G is being sold at PhP 27,999. Whereas, a brand new V25 retails at a cheaper PhP 23,999 price tag.

vivo V25

Imho, choosing the V23 5G over the V25 is advantageous for some reasons: a more premium-looking design with metallic sides, slightly faster chipset, and the extra selfie camera.

vivo V25

But realizing how more capable the cameras of the V25 are, you can also choose it for its bigger battery and brighter display. Also, the OIS feature is very handy if you love taking photos in action or at night or just record stable-free videos without worrying about warping and jitters. At the end of the day, you should know what you value the most in buying a new smartphone.

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vivo V25 is a Night Portrait Master

Taking photos to the next level with the vivo V23 5G

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iPhone 14 Pro Max vs 13 Pro Max vs S22 Ultra: Camera Shootout

A Very Different Camera Test

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The iPhone 14 Pro Max finally has an upgraded camera system — highlighted by its 48MP main camera sensor.

But does it really take better photos vs the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra?

Find out in our photo-walk style camera shootout with the pro-photographer and Apple’s #ShotoniPhone Macro Challenge Global Winner Tom Reeves.

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