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LG might lose its ‘Friends’

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LG V20 and LG G5 side by side

If the latest reports are to be trusted, LG isn’t going to push the modular design of the G5 on its flagship smartphone next year. That’s bad news for anyone invested in the system, and the company itself, of course. Actually, the whole plan may have failed as soon as it was drawn up.

The Electronic Times broke the news that the Korean company is cancelling its plans of a modularized design on its next flagship device, presumably called the LG G6, after a string of misfortunes following the release of the G5.

Let’s list down what we know: It met with disappointing sales just when LG badly needed an instant money maker; executives in charge of the G5’s development were removed a few months later; and users who bought into the idea of the phone’s modularity didn’t even bother to purchase any “Friends.”

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The third fact is the biggest hit on the G5. According to the report, LG didn’t see the expected results because add-on components weren’t really wanted. For users, there was never any compelling reason to add expensive accessories to a smartphone that already matched every other top-end handset spec-for-spec.

And that’s the thing about smartphones these days; consumers want a gadget that works to its full potential out of the box, with the latest operating system and without any added complications.

Modular ecosystems have always been a tricky affair. Doing too much flushes it down the drain before even launching, and executing a smart yet untested plan yields poor long-term gains, like in the case of the LG G5.

The irony with the G5’s Friends is that they aren’t exactly friendly to interact with. Popping the phone’s chin and snapping out a part involves turning the entire device off and wearing out the metal frame over time. We demonstrated the process in our unboxing video:

Modularity done right goes all the way back to 1998. It’s easy to forget, but the Nokia 5110 had a removable battery that acted as the rear cover, and could be exchanged for units that provided vibration functionality or additional energy capacity. The feature phone sold exceedingly well, which eventually led to the release of the even more successful Nokia 3210 and 3310.

Lenovo-owned Moto did its homework before launching the semi-modular Z series. The Moto Z, Z Force, and Z Play have a similar concept to the old Nokia, wherein the attachments could be inserted on the back without removing something first or powering the phone off.

While the modules are still quite expensive, they’re very user-friendly and work on up to three handsets at the moment, which is three times what LG is offering. In addition, Moto promises a long-term commitment to the platform, and that’s what early adopters want to hear.

LG V20 and LG G5 with removable batteries

LG V20 and LG G5 with their removable batteries

Despite the rumors, LG’s decision to ditch its ambitious plans isn’t much of a surprise, especially if you followed the progress of the V20.

As soon as the follow-up to last year’s surprise hit, the V10, was announced without any modularity to speak of, LG’s Friends were already assumed to be dead.

What’s strange is how the V20’s slogan mimics that of the G5’s marketing campaign: “Life’s good when you play more.” It makes a lot of sense when you think about the G5’s ability to play more with its Friends, but it’s strange to see the same line attached to the V20.

With only a removable battery to toy around with, it feels like someone forgot to update the marketing materials — or maybe, Friends compatibility was originally planned for the V20, before all the bad news came in.

We talked about how this development is a big blow for the tech giant’s image, and that backtracking on features has never ended well for smartphone brands. Commitment to a proven program resonates with consumers, even more than delivering next-level innovation, as shown by the incredible fortitude of Apple’s iPhone brand.

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It’s clear that LG is still worried about losing trust from both its fans and hardware partners. By giving up on a big-time strategy less than a year in, not only will the company sacrifice a lot of hype for its next major announcement, but also scrap lots of useless components designed for the G5’s system and its future iterations, leading to tons of electronic waste.

To LG’s fortunes, the V20’s primary rival is out of the running for phone of the year. So while Samsung’s smaller flagship is carrying the brand until early 2017, the larger and far newer LG phablet is a top pick for anyone looking for a smartphone beyond 5.5 inches in display size. It helps that fellow competitors HTC and Sony aren’t bringing their A-games this year.

Looking back, you have to applaud LG for trying something new for each of its flagship. From the high-powered Optimus G and series-defining G2, to the bendable G Flex and rugged V10, no other smartphone manufacturer has ever taken more risks than the Korean brand.

ET’s report ends with the possibility of the upcoming G6 coming with features “not seen before in previous LG smartphones.” Banking on recent history, we have no reason to doubt LG’s ability to materialize its imagination.

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Apple M2 MacBook Pro Unboxing and Review

More Important Than You Think!

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During WWDC 2022, Apple announced the newest 2022 M2 MacBook Air with a major redesign — making it the instant star of the show.

But for others, the M2 MacBook Pro is what they’re aiming for.

It might still be the same with its classic aluminum unibody design, 13.3″ Retina Display, and a Touch Bar from 2016 — but inside it’s even more powerful.

Also equipped with the new generation of Apple’s Silicon Chip dubbed ‘M2’, it surely knows how to make professionals drool.

But is it worth the money? Or should you just get the M2 MacBook Air instead?

Or what about getting the more expensive 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro chip?

Watch our unboxing and full review on the M2 MacBook Pro now to find out more!

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The best gifts for any father figure in your life

Celebrate those who became a ‘daddy’ to you

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Father’s Day can be quite celebratory if your family’s complete. For those struggling with an absent or problematic father, the holiday can be gloomy, most especially if you didn’t have any father growing up.

But the holiday wasn’t meant for fathers alone. Surely, there are father figures around you while you were growing up. Whether it’s your uncle, a mentor, or simply anyone who you look up to.

For the times they have guided you in this world, it’s only right to celebrate them in any way you can. Father’s Day or not, here are timeless gifts your father figures deserve to have, most of which are stuff they didn’t know they needed.

Hand tools

For when things break at home, our father figures are always there to the rescue. Give them a gift that will make their hands happy as they do the work for the people they love.

Take a trusted brand like the Bosch GSB 13 RE. Shop here.

Dash camera

Give the gift of peace of mind while on the road. A dash camera can be helpful to review incidents happening on the road, especially against corrupt road officers.

Shop a reliable camera like the Xiaomi Mi Dashcam 1S for their vehicles!

Blue-light blocking glasses

Help them maintain a clear vision through these stylish, blue-light-blocking eyeglasses from Shigetsu. They’re cheap, yet they’re effective in blocking radiation and UV rays.

Protect the eyes and get blue-light blocking glasses like the CHIBA RadPro Eyewear.

Set of underwear

Comfort is key when it’s something related to our bodies. Forget the usual cotton underwear, keep them cool with a quick-drying fabric that’s perfect for their on-the-go lifestyle. Trust us, they probably haven’t bought any set of underwear ever since they got one a few Christmases ago.

Get Huga’s Tech Series underwear.

Flashlight

We still don’t know the reason, but every dad seems to love and own a flashlight. Perhaps, it’s a boy scout thing. We’ll probably know when we become dads someday.

Pick this Forclaz Torch from Decathlon!

Massage gun

Forget massage parlors and spas. Break up those muscle knots and help them relax through an accessible massager that they can bring and store anywhere.

The Xiaomi Fascia Mini Gun Massager may be small, but it packs in power. Shop here.

Vape

For those trying to stop buying a pack of cigarettes, vaping might be the next best alternative. Get them a subtle, plug-and-play stick like the RELX Infinity.

Shop here.

Key holder

Say goodbye to those bulky keychains! The KeySmart Flex can hold up to eight keys so your father figures can easily organize their essentials.

It’s the perfect present for any occasion: Father’s Day, Birthday, Christmas, or just whenever you feel like it! Shop here.

Footwear

Oh, you can never go wrong with Birkenstock. That timeless design? Its cult-lovin’ comfort factor? And a super skin-friendly material? Your father figures will love wearing the Birkenstock Arizona Birko, for sure!

Get it here.

Belt

Ah, belts. An essential to any man’s wardrobe. If you haven’t noticed, some of your father figure’s belts have shown their wear and tear. Some needed replacing, but it’s not their priority.

Give them a sturdy, versatile belt like the Pierre Cardin Cow Leather Belt that they can wear for any occasion with its timeless yet modern design. Shop here.

RFID wallet

Give the gift of protection with a wallet that’s not just stylish, but also keeps their cards safe and secure.

Get the Herschel Andy RFID here.

Electric shaver

Help them put their best self forward and give them an electric shaver to help them trim or shave their facial hair. Here in GadgetMatch, we believe that men should be as invested in grooming themselves just as much as women religiously do their beauty regimens.

Get the Philips Electric Shaver PQ206/18.

Wireless earbuds

For when they want to listen to music without being held back, give them the gift of liberty through a pair of wireless earbuds.

The UGREEN HiTune X6 has active-noise cancellation features that will certainly help them block off the noise so they can enjoy a bit of alone time in their little world. Shop here.

Bluetooth speaker

Let them bring the party wherever they go. The Soundcore Mini 3 by Anker is so compact, that it can be tugged along into the bathroom, hanging by the bags, or just basically everywhere you want it to be.

It’s small, but it’s loud — kind of like a chihuahua. Shop here.

In-Ear headphones — JBL C50HI in-Ear Headphones with Mic

Yes, we know. There are the old-school types who clearly don’t want to let go of wired earphones. And even if they prefer what’s familiar, they deserve something that allows them to enjoy their preference and the music they want to listen to.

Get reliable in-ear headphones like the JBL C50HI.

Smartwatch — Huawei Watch GT 3  Pro

Move over, analog watches. It’s time for stylish, smart timepieces to take over. With a smartwatch, your father figures can get a glimpse of their health.

Hopefully, they can move and change their lifestyle to make sure they live longer to see you grow into the person you want to be. Get the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro here.

Gaming accessory

For gamer dads, a wired controller and cooler in one can deliver a console-like experience. Let them get serious in their mobile gaming.

Get the GameSir X3.

Computer accessory

Sometimes, all we need is space. Either from people or through storage. For our dads, it’s the latter. Give them the space they need, so they can always be cool and chill.

Shop the Seagate FireCuda 530 SSD.

Water Bottle — Klean Kanteen 320z TKWide

Drink your water, babes! And urge your daddies to do so. Klean Kanteen’s vacuum insulated water bottle is perfect for sports, hydration, and for the outdoors. Shop here.

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Lenovo Yoga 9i: Luxe entertainment notebook

Is this the best entertainment notebook so far?

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Lenovo Yoga 9i

Laptops aren’t made for work alone. Nowadays, these portable machines allow us to pursue what we want in life.

For the most part, most people just want to relax in their bed, watching films on their notebooks. But not all laptops are made equal, and some of them don’t bring an exquisite experience when it comes to entertainment.

The exception? The Lenovo Yoga 9i.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

Coated in champagne-like luxury

The Lenovo Yoga 9i carries its lineup’s signature design — a versatile 360-degree form factor.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

With the oatmeal colorway, the machine looks like it’s painted in champagne giving that luxe, polished vibe with its new Comfort Edge design with rounded and smooth edges. It speaks premium in the way it was finished.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

Despite being light and thin, the Yoga 9i didn’t forsake ports. On the left, you can find a USB-A port and two (2) Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

On the right, there’s an extra Type-C port situated between a 3.5mm audio jack and the power button.

Convenient functions designed for you

Lenovo Yoga 9i

The way the Yoga 9i was designed, it was meant to make the user experience convenient. The space’s bigger with its edge-to-edge keyboard and larger trackpad.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

One-click function keys are put in place to make the experience seamless and smooth. And with Windows 11, you can bring balance to your device. Organize windows, optimize screen space, and maximize your productivity with just a snap.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

It has a Full-HD IR camera supported by Lenovo’s AI Engine+ that lets the user enhance camera effects to improve personal appearance, as well as to detect the presence so the face is easily recognized.

There’s also full control when it comes to privacy and security. With the TrueBlock privacy shutter, you can cover the webcam lens directly by sliding the tab to the left.

An exquisite portable cinema

The Yoga 9i prides itself on having a PureSight OLED touchscreen. The display delivers vibrant imagery that lets you enjoy a cinematic appeal even when watching on a laptop.

It also supports Dolby Vision, making films such as Don’t Look Up look fantastic when played on the screen.

Lay it flat

With a rotating soundbar hinge, you can lay the Yoga 9i flat on a surface.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

It’s an ideal form factor when presenting or sharing your screen with anyone, without having to move your laptop all the time.

That familiar, rotating soundbar

Lenovo Yoga 9i

The Yoga lineup is prominently known for its rotating hinge, but this time around, Lenovo revamped it. The Yoga 9i carries the world’s first Bowers & Wilkins rotating soundbar, with quad speakers and Dolby Atmos.

Since its speakers face outwards, no matter what form factor you choose — the sound is always clear and immersive.

Tent or tablet?

For an enveloping experience, the tent mode lets the tablet stand on its own while giving you uninterrupted playback.

But if Tent mode isn’t your thing, you can fold the laptop and turn it into a tablet. There’s a stylus for simpler navigation, and its lightweight design makes it easy for you to carry the device.

An exquisite performance

The Lenovo Yoga 9i, despite having a thin and light design, delivers when it comes to performance. With an Intel Core i7-1260P CPU, Windows 11, a 16GB DDR5 RAM, and a 1TB SSD, you can ensure seamless everyday use.

It also lasts up to 14 hours — enough to do a full shift at work and a few hours for leisure.

Is the Lenovo Yoga 9i your GadgetMatch?

Lenovo Yoga 9i

The Lenovo Yoga 9i delivers what you expect out of a premium, versatile notebook. It performs whether you use it as a regular laptop, in tent mode, or as a tablet.

It provides average performance for everyday users, but when it comes to entertainment experience — it’s gold-class. Combine the vivid, exquisite display together with its immersive and impressive sound quality, along with its convertible form factor and you’ll get a one-of-a-kind entertainment machine.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i retails for PhP 109,999.


Experience the latest generation of Yoga devices powered by 12th Generation Intel Core processors and Windows 11. Get it from Yoga Stores at SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia or at Lenovo Exclusive Stores and authorized resellers nationwide. Follow Legion Philippines on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.

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