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Making TWICE art with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

Best Android tablet for artists?

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For years, Apple’s iPad has been uncontested as the best tablet in the market especially for artists. But Android — specifically Samsung — has taken steps to close the gap. What better way to demonstrate this than with TWICE art and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+.

We tapped three artists for this exercise. The goal is to show that no matter your art style, the Galaxy Tab S7+ is equipped with and has access to the tools to help you create.

The artists: Our very own Associate Creative Director, MJ. The other two have been making TWICE art for a while now with their very distinct styles — Gwen with her chibi art style and Toni who’s made some notable TWICExAnimé crossovers.

Note: Some answers were edited for brevity

TWICE’s Momo by @hemjaye

Was it difficult moving from your usual tools/workflow to the Galaxy Tab S7+? What made it easy/difficult? 

MJ: It was both easy and difficult. Easy because I don’t have to be limited to a desk when drawing with my pen tablet while connected to my laptop. Difficult because there’s always a learning curve required regarding a new interface in every app.

Gwen: What made it easy was that I’m familiar with android devices so working with the galaxy tab was fairly easy

Toni: At first it was hard to use it because I’m not used to drawing with big gadgets but as the time goes by, it’s really easy to get used to it. The pen made it easier for me because its size is like an actual pencil or pen, and the screen of the Galaxy Tab S7+ is pretty convenient to use.

TWICE’s Chaeyoung by @gwen.arts423

TWICE’s Mina by @t0nidoodles

What apps did you use to accomplish these images? Were they any different from the ones you regularly use? 

MJ: Originally, I wanted to use AutoDesk’s Sketchbook which I recently used on the Huawei MatePad Pro. I already had it installed. But to get out of my comfort zone, I used Clip Studio Paint to do my usual style for editorial illustrations albeit a little bit raw and hand-drawn this time around. I’ve tried the software before on my laptop, but I was a little bit slow in grasping the interface on the tablet. I certainly don’t have the time to tinker a little bit more to experiment.

Gwen: I used Clip Studio Paint which I also purchased for my PC just recently, so it wasn’t any different from what I usually use.

Toni: I downloaded Ibis paint X because I always draw using that app. The app is pretty easy to use and the tablet made it even easier.

TWICE’s Jeongyeon by @gwen.arts423

TWICE’s Dahyun by @t0nidoodles

As vividly as you can, how would you describe the feeling of using the S Pen on the tablet? 

MJ: It’s like painting on an actual canvas. The pen’s latency is a bit similar to my experience with the Apple Pencil.

Gwen: In all honesty, I fell in love with the S Pen and how it glides on the screen of the tablet. It has a rubber tip that makes it so comfortable since it’s softer than what I usually use. The pressure sensitivity is good too! The S Pen is quite thin so it’s pretty easy to grab and use though it might depend on your preference and hand size. I think it’s perfect for me overall.

Toni: The pen is really soft and easy to use. It has a smooth edge that makes it easy to draw on the tablet. It also suits my hand.

TWICE’s Tzuyu by @gwen.arts423

TWICE’s Jihyo by @t0nidoodles

In your opinion, do you think the Galaxy Tab S7+ would be a good gadget for artists like yourself to aspire to get? Would you recommend it to other artists? Why or why not?

MJ: Yes. I consider it a great tool for artists since the tablet is powerful enough to handle most apps and even heavy illustrations, presumably. It can also run graphics-intensive games like Genshin Impact. There are also a lot of choices — free and paid apps — on the Galaxy Store and Google’s Play Store. And if you need inspiration, you can easily switch between apps, use a split-screen view, or pop-up mode so you can multitask freely. It’s an all-in-one machine for your art and other needs.

Gwen: I think it’s all based on preference. If you’re an artist, I think you might get frustrated with the palm rejection feature of this tablet. I found ways around it but since the screen is big it’s just impossible not to rest your hand on its edge, possibly ruining your work with lines your palm accidentally made.

Toni: Yes! While using the tablet, I thought that maybe I should get one instead of a regular drawing tablet that we connect to computers. The tablet has a big screen and I think artists like me will really like it too. The specs are so great!

TWICE’s Sana by @gwen.arts423

TWICE’s Nayeon by @t0nidoodles

If money were no object, would you prefer the Galaxy Tab S7+ over other tablets? Why or why not?

MJ: Hell yeah. As much as I want the Apple iPad Pro mostly for Procreate alone, I’m also in love with the Galaxy Tab S7+, maybe because I love Samsung’s ecosystem. Everything’s just easy on the user’s part. I’d even say the Galaxy Tab S7+ can rival the Apple iPad Pro in almost everything, but the choice will really depend on the apps you’re using and the operating system you prefer.

Gwen: The screen is really bright and striking, the art totally looks gorgeous on it, and I fell in love with the S Pen and how comfortable it is to use. If the palm rejection feature improves, I don’t see why not. It’s the only reason that would hold me back from getting this tab. Other than that, it’s perfect for me.

Toni: Yes! I would love to buy a Galaxy Tab S7+. I really like the quality, design and the specs. A college student like me usually brings a few things when going to the campus and I really like to bring stuff that aren’t bulky. If I have a Galaxy Tab S7+, I would opt to bring it with me instead of a laptop.


Follow the artists:
MJ — @hemjaye on IG
Gwen — @gwen.arts423 on IG
Toni — @t0nidoodles on IG, @tonidoodles on Twitter

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Huawei nova 8i: Huawei’s awesome SUPER midranger

An awesome midrange comeback

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Midrange smartphones have been the middle ground for people who want the premium of a higher end smartphone but don’t want to burn their pockets. Huawei gives in to this demand and claims the title of midrange king as they dethrone all other midrangers with their new nova 8 series — the nova 8 and nova 8i.

Here, we’ll put the spotlight on the Huawei nova 8i.

Build and design

Inheriting the Huawei P Series’ signature stylish aesthetic, the Huawei nova 8i has a fancy and premium design. It is slim, sleek, and has exquisite curved edges, which makes it really easy to grip.

Checking out its back, you’ll definitely notice the quad camera setup that’s surprisingly not bulky at all. It also has a noticeable resemblance with the Huawei Mate 30. But we’ll talk more about the cameras later on.

What also caught our attention is the gradient finish of this Moonlight Silver variant that we have which is absolutely stunning.

Fantastic display

The Huawei nova 8i has an edgeless 6.67-inch display with ultra-narrow bezels around it. This results in an immersive viewing experience for browsing your social media pages or watching your favorite music videos.

The Huawei nova 8i also sports full HD+ resolution and DCI-P3 color gamut, giving us that rich and vibrant color reproduction. Once again, Huawei taps on Tuv Rheinland for certification on low blue light emittance to ensure eye comfort for long hours of work and play. It also has a natural tone feature which automatically adjusts the colors on the display depending on your surroundings.

Gaming

Just as you would expect from a midrange phone, gaming is also something you can do with the nova 8i. With its 180Hz touch sampling rate, your favorite mobile games feel very responsive, making the gaming experience really enjoyable.

When you’re deep into gaming, the last thing you want is to be interrupted by a call or message. Well, you don’t have to worry about that since the Huawei nova 8i has a gaming assistant. You can enable settings so you won’t be disrupted and you can indulge yourself fully to the game.

But the experience is not the only thing that’s fast with the nova 8i. The 66W Huawei SuperCharge can juice up this phone up to 68 percent in just 20 minutes and can fully charge it in just 38 minutes. You can literally stare at your phone as your battery indicator rises.

Cameras

Here’s where the fun part starts. Cameras: 64MP f/1.9 main, 8MP f/2.4 ultra-wide, 2MP f/2.4 macro, 2MP f/2.4 depth, 16MP f/2.0 selfie.

The nova 8i has a quad camera setup with a 64MP main camera which uses a big 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor. It means its camera sensor has the ability to let in more light. This results to a cleaner image and better low light performance.

And we’re telling you, this sensor is not messing around.

It lets you capture the highest resolution images you could probably ever need. Different from the usual software upscaled images typically seen on an ordinary smartphone. This gives you the capability to zoom in and crop your captured image yet still maintain a tremendous amount of details.

With the powerful cameras that the nova 8i has, you can definitely maximize its features to create your content whether just for leisure, a passion project, or social media content for your business.

EMUI and multitasking

As for its software, the Huawei nova 8i runs on EMUI 11 bringing in a bunch of convenient features that boosts your efficiency. For one, if you’re someone who loves multitasking, the multi-window feature is perfect as it lets you operate multiple apps on your screen.

Speaking of apps, Huawei’s app gallery is loaded with great ones from top shopping apps like Shopee and Lazada, to the most trending ones like TikTok.

And if in case you’re having trouble finding the app for you, Petal Search has got you covered. Just type in the app or whatever it is you’re looking for and Petal Search looks it up for you on different sources making sure you get the absolute best results.

Taking screenshots has never been this easy. You can do so by just swiping down using three fingers.

And for security, a new safe sharing feature has been included on the nova 8i. We now get the option to delete information of your phone and other details before sharing your photos or screenshots.

nova 8i — easy to recommend

Jam packed with features, the nova 8i just enables you to do so much. From capturing great photos and videos to having a seamless gaming and online experience, the nova 8i is an easy phone to recommend. At its price point, it is truly worthy of its crown.

The Huawei nova 8i retails for PhP 13,999. It’s available via online Huawei Store, Lazada, Shopee and Huawei experience stores.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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Apple 2021 iPad mini Unboxing and Review

Is this the iPad for you?

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After two years, Apple has finally changed the look of the iPad mini!

Gone are the thick bezels and home button in favor of a trendy fullscreen look a la iPad Pro and iPad Air.

Having a smaller form factor doesn’t mean it’s less powerful. While not as powerful as the M1 iPad Pro, the new iPad mini still has an A15 Bionic that’s similar to the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro series. It surely is a step ahead over last year’s iPad Air.

It may not have the most advanced Face ID system, but Touch ID still lives on — now found on its power button.

But are these features enough to make you buy one? Or do you still want the bigger screen of the iPad Air?

Head over to our 2021 iPad mini review to know which iPad is your GadgetMatch.

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Things to consider before going back to school

The ASUS-BR1100F is here to ease schoolwork worries

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Going back to school was always something that I’ve considered after just finishing 16 years of formal education. When it’s all you know, it can be daunting to go out and find a job. You don’t have papers or deadlines to lure you into patterns of deflection from what you truly want to do in life. That aside though, I think education can be a privilege and when you’ve got the chance to develop and hone skills, you should!

Context

I’ve been thinking a lot about furthering my education in baking. Pre-pandemic, I had already dabbled into baking cookies and brownies for friends and family. And, well, amidst the pandemic, you can pretty much guess what kept me busy locked indoors. Despite some funding issues during lockdown, I found baking as a crafty way to share food with people close to me.

Long story short, my mom recently has asked me to look into going back to school and get my butt into a pastry school. But, there’s a lot I had to consider before hopping straight in. Luckily, I had the ASUS BR1100F to ease my schoolwork worries. Here are a few things I took into consideration before going back!

Do I really need this?

Okay, this is pretty much a tangent concern when funding is an issue. If money grew on trees and plants we collected over multiple lockdowns, bish would have her money. But, sadly that’s not how money works.

Formal education is important but, if it’s going back to school after finishing the whole 16 years shebang, you might want to weigh the pros and cons of going back. What for and where do you want it to take you?

Start asking WHY

Formal education in my case isn’t necessary. I’ve done the poopoo long-run just not in culinary school. But, if you’re still in school and getting bombarded with existential crises amidst schoolwork, you might want to take note that your why is a moving target.

That goes with most things in life. Everyone is capable of change whether by circumstance, mindset, or overall personhood.

You might not even have a why and you’re just riding the wave of societal norms of shoved-into-your-face formal education. That’s fine. Having a why can be a good way to get through the nitty-gritty of requirements and finals.

But, if you’re just getting by, maybe consider asking yourself the uncomfortable questions to save yourself wasted time when you feel like you’re in it for the wrong reasons.

Do I have everything I need?

Formal education takes money, time, and a ton of work. But, to top all the absolute absurd long list of things to have ready, (in today’s climate) students need a laptop or tablet to hop into online classes.

As someone potentially going back into student life, it can be tempting to ask for more than what’s necessary for schoolwork. But, it’s always good to start with basics.

You really don’t have to double your tuition on something you want when you can get everything you need. Like, the ASUS BR1100F. It has a stunning touch screen 11.6-inch LCD display that’s perfect for online classes, homework, and play.

The ASUS-BR1100F hit simple, functional, and durable on the nail. It’s decked out with rubber bumper on all corners so bumps and drops can let your laptop work fine, scot free. It’s even built to surpass demanding US military-grade MIL-STD-810H durability standards.

Start with basics

Cue infomercial but-wait-there’s-more. Remember when I said to start with basics? Well, the ASUS-BR1100F not only gives you the basics, but it lets you build on it. It has a modular design that allows key components, like the keyboard, battery, thermal module, and I/O ports, to be replaceable.

The laptop has a 360° hinge, a built-in stylus, and two-camera set-up—delivering on tablet to laptop multi-use realness. Thinking storage? The ASUS BR1100F comes with up to 128GB of eMMC storage built right in. Plus, its got an M.2 SSD slot for optional storage of up to 1 TB—giving you plenty room for readings, paperwork, and creative projects.

Have what you need, build towards what you want

The ASUS BR1100F is a good start. It delivers on everything every student needs to get schoolwork sorted out. Plus, gives you breathing space for an absolute klutz with military-grade durability. If I had this when I was starting out, this would have been great.

I would have everything I needed to get schoolwork done and the silly stylus to doodle to stay sane. If you’re a student or a parent looking for a reliable laptop that works as a tablet too, this is a must-buy for you. The ASUS BR1100F has a price tag of PhP 20,695.

If that’s a little over your budget, you can also consider the ASUS BR1100C. It runs pretty much on the same specs. The only things you’ll be missing are the 360 flip function, it isn’t touch screen, there’s no stylus included, and there’s no world-facing camera. Just the basics. It retails for PhP 17,295.

You can buy these at Shopee or any of the ASUS Authorized Commercial Partners listed here.

ASUS Education Partnership Program

For schools and institutions, ASUS has an Education School Partnership Program where the company can give incentives when they purchase ASUS Systems products. The program has multiple development fund tiers and should benefit anyone involved in the education sector. More details here.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.

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