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Lenovo’s Yoga C630 WOS offers fun and productivity on the go

It can also stay connected online 24/7

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Devices today have evolved so much in the past decade that they can now handle heavy tasks and offer unique functions in tiny packages. This means you can easily bring it with you and do more things — whether work or play — almost anywhere you are. This is already a sweet spot for consumers but Lenovo wants to offer something unique in the form of the Yoga C630 WOS.

What’s different about the C630 is that it runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 chipset. Yes, it’s basically a smartphone processor clocked slightly higher to be able to process multiple tasks. While it’s true that it won’t be able to match the flexing power of those that have better and more expensive processors, there are a number of advantages in running a Snapdragon processor on a notebook.

First is an extended battery life. We all know that feeling when you’re trying to meet a deadline and the laptop battery is down to just five percent. With its efficient processor, Lenovo claims the laptop can last for up to 25 hours on a single charge so you won’t need to viciously hunt for a power outlet just to plug in your device.

The Yoga C630 WOS has support for a SIM card so you can stay online all the time through data connectivity. You’ll be able to receive email and other notifications even when the notebook is asleep and once you turn it on, you can go straight to browsing with no time wasted connecting to the coffee shop’s Wi-Fi or your hotspot.

In terms of hardware, this Windows on Snapdragon (WOS) laptop is made of aluminum so it helps dissipate heat and looks sleek at the same time. It’s thin and light, but what I liked most is that it has a fan-less design so it stays really quiet during use

Also, coming from the Yoga family, the laptop is flexible enough to convert into different modes and be used in more ways than a traditional laptop. It has durable hinges that allow its display to be flipped around and used in different modes, such as Tent and Tablet.

With its 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen display, Tent Mode works well showing off web pages, photos, and even presentations

Browsing on Tablet Mode, on the other hand, makes the C630 WOS a more personal device

The experience you get out of using it as a laptop doesn’t feel like its compact size

Despite the size and its out-of-a-smartphone processor, using the C630 WOS in Laptop Mode feels like a full-fledged notebook overall. The keys might not have the best travel but typing on it isn’t so bad. Plus, its illuminating keys help at night. 

Its fingerprint sensor also works well and adds a quick and secure way of accessing the notebook

For multimedia use, the C630 WOS has dual speakers flanking the keyboard

The speakers provide decent audio quality with good volume, although they work best in Laptop Mode. Flip the device around for Tablet or Tent Mode and you’ll have the speakers facing away from the user.

Other features include support for a Lenovo Pen (sold separately), a choice for either 4GB or 8GB RAM, up to 256GB of flash storage, and Windows 10 in S mode. That last one makes sure you only get secure apps straight from the Microsoft Store. In case you want to load more software into it, you can always opt for Windows 10 Home which takes only a few minutes to complete.

We installed Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro just to push its limits, and came to a conclusion that it’s really not for taking on heavy processes. It’s more for doing what you do on your smartphone but in a more efficient and media-friendly package.

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How to get NBA League Pass with your telco provider

There are two package options

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NBA action is in full swing. In fact, it has been since August when the season restarted following a shut down that was caused by the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic. As of writing, we’re in the thick of the Conference Finals series. If you want to catch all the action, here’s how you can get NBA League Pass through different telecomm providers in the Philippines.

It’s now easier than ever to get access to the games legally. All of Smart, PLDT, and Globe are offering the same price packages.

PhP 85 — Watch any three games of your choice
PhP 485 — 30-day pass for all games including live and on-demand

Here’s how to get the subscription for each provider.

Smart Postpaid and Prepaid
(Also works with TNT and SUN Postpaid)

  • Download the NBA app (iOS / Android /APKPure)
  • On the app, click on the icon at the top-right corner
  • Click sign-in
  • A banner on top of the page will appear for Smart, Sun and TNT subscribers
  • Click ‘Get Started’
  • Enter mobile number for verification and a one-time PIN which will be sent to your mobile number
  • Choose your provider: Smart, TNT or Sun.
  • Choose your NBA League Pass Package (3-game or 30-days) and enter mobile number
  • Confirm your payment by entering the one-time PIN sent to your mobile number
  • Click NBA logo and start watching

PLDT Home

  • Go to pldthome.com/nbaleaguepass
  • Select your preferred package
  • The amount will be added to your next bill
  • PLDT will give a voucher
  • Download and sign-in to the NBA app
  • Enter the voucher in the promotion code field
  • Click NBA logo and start watching

Globe

  • Open the GCash app
  • Go to Buy Load
  • Look for the PayTV tab
  • Choose your preferred package. (Note: The chosen package is valid for 90 days).
  • Confirm payment
  • Open the NBA app and enjoy!

As mentioned earlier, we’re no in the Conference Finals with four teams remaining. Dueling in the West are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile in the East, it’s a battle between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.

A new NBA champion will likely be crowned in the next 30 days so now is the best time to subscribe!

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs Watch SE: Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide

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There’s a new Apple Watch iteration every year — although this year, we have two new models to unbox. Other than that, we also have the newest one-piece bands called ‘Solo Loop’ — both in silicon and braided.

Although Apple completely removed the charging brick out from the usual packaging, they packed several new features on the Watch Series 6 including the new blood oxygen sensor and Always-On Altimeter. Meanwhile, the Watch SE is meant for people who’d want to experience Apple’s wearable without having to spend too much.

Between these two, which of them is your GadgetMatch? Or are you struggling to choose one?

You can head over to our latest Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide right here to find out more.

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Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE (2020): Camera shootout

Battle of the small phones

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Pixel 4a iPhone SE

Now that we have the Pixel 4a in our hands, it’s time for another smackdown! Priced at US$ 349, we tested it against Apple’s US$ 399 iPhone SE that packs the powerful A13 Bionic Chip. With two compact phones sporting single rear cameras, which one will shoot better?

Make sure to jot down your answers, as the results of this blind test will be at the end of this article. As usual, photos were labeled, resized, and collaged (this time) for you to load the images faster. No post-processing nor any color adjustments were done in any of the photos. So, let’s begin!

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Results

Pixel 4a: 1A, 2A, 3B, 4B, 5A, 6B, 7B, 8B, 9A, 10A, 11A, 12B, 13A, 14A, 15B, 16B, 17A, 18B

iPhone SE: 1B, 2B, 3A, 4A, 5B, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9B, 10B, 11B, 12A, 13B, 14B, 15A, 16A, 17B, 18A

If you observe closely, the iPhone SE produced warmer yet vibrant photos and well-lit, wider portraits. During daylight, it provides more details while it gets pretty noisy in lowlight.

Meanwhile, the Pixel 4a captured cooler photos. Portrait-wise, it has better focus compared to the iPhone SE despite the cropping. But this affordable phone shines better with its HDR and Night Sight, doing a great job in lowlight!

At the end of the day, both phones took photos that are rich in colors and manageable highlights. They also have decent backlit shots and creamy depth-of-field which might appease smartphone photography enthusiasts. For US$ 399, we already have an impressive camera performance. There are no losers here.

 

 

 

 

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone SE vs Google Pixel 4a: Head to Head

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