Motorola returns to the Philippines, bringing its crowd-favorite clamshell phone and the Moto G 5G Plus, a midrange phone that hopefully reinvents the mid-tier segment.
The new midrange contender presents itself as an affordable 5G smartphone. Right now, there are a lot of questions to answer. Can it potentially shake the competition? What other advantages does it have?
However, we haven’t had the handset for a long period. Hence, we’re going to do a quick rundown first.
Beautiful, bedazzling, and bewitching in Blue
Blue, truly is the warmest color. When Pantone announced Classic Blue as 2020’s color of the year, it was expected that most smartphones will release a similar color, or at least close to its shade and hue.
Motorola did the same with the Moto G 5G Plus, albeit more stunning and enchanting. Rather than following the muted, serious-like color of the year, this phone came in a shade of blue brimming with boldness called Surfing Blue. What a babe!
This striking color reminisces our happy, summer days basking under scorching sunlight, watching surfers play along the waves from the deep blue ocean.
It’s undeniable this handset is visibly made of plastic. You can see and feel it through its plastic coat. But all can be forgiven since Motorola used a textured finish underneath its plastic back.
It looks flamboyant. Refreshing in a sea of bland, plastic-bodied smartphones. There are curved edges cornering a shiny, reflective coat, and a subtle gradient varying on certain angles.
Near the middle of the back, you can find Motorola’s imprinted insignia. Thankfully, it didn’t ruin the embellishments.
For its camera setup, the Moto G 5G Plus dons four lenses on its rear. It didn’t come with a bulky bump, and it adorned its cameras cohesively, enclosed in a square setup while maintaining the textured aesthetic.
Smart, simple, and efficient
The Moto G 5G Plus is decked with efficiency on both its left and right sides. There’s a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that doubles as a power button and a shorter but responsive volume rockers on the right. Meanwhile, the left side carries a dedicated button for Google Assistant and a SIM card slot.
The bottom, on the other hand, carries fan-favorite features together with its speaker grilles: a headphone jack and a USB-C port.
Moving to its front, the phone sports a 6.7-inch LCD display, which is quite vibrant and stunning even when it’s not using the popular AMOLED panel.
On its upper left, you can find two punch-hole cameras housing its front-facing camera system: a 16-megapixel main sensor and an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens.
But let’s forget about it for a moment and let’s appreciate how clean the interface is.
Motorola used Google’s stock Android system while running Android 10, with only the Moto app installed for all your Moto stuff — Display settings, personalization, tips, and the like.
It also uses a 90Hz refresh rate, offering a buttery smooth experience while enjoying a simple, efficient interface.
5G, 5G, 5G
Motorola parades the Moto G 5G Plus as one of the most affordable 5G smartphones in the market. It’s not just affordable, it also prides itself on power, speed, and longevity.
The device supposedly runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It’s powered by a 5,000mAh battery capable of up to 20W fast charging via TurboPower. More importantly, it can handle 5G connectivity. Although, we haven’t had the chance to test it.
Consider me impressed… or not?
The Moto G 5G Plus looks promising — both on paper and upon the first meeting. It’s just like taking someone on a first date, everything can be quite impressive. But there are still layers we need to discover, and that’s what we’re going to do next in our upcoming review.
For now, the striking color is captivating. Additionally, the 5G connectivity coupled with a long-lasting battery and enough power is a solid promise for consumers. When done right, this can totally shake the competition and join the likes of Xiaomi, Samsung, Huawei, and realme.
The 8GB RAM variant of the Moto G 5G plus will retail at PHP 16,990 in December 2020.
God of War Ragnarok Early Impressions
Familiar and new at the same time
Sony PlayStation has graciously provided GadgetMatch with a review code of God of War Ragnarok. This article, however, isn’t a review yet. This is only our early impressions after spending roughly around 10 hours with the game.
So, no, there will be no spoilers whatsoever here. In fact, there’s a lot we’re not allowed to discuss – for good reason. But here’s what we can tell you:
Playing the first game is encouraged…
Playing the initial installment (God of War 2018) is encouraged but not required. There’s a brief story recap option on the menu and it covers the more important plot points. There’s also several recap videos on YouTube that serve this purpose.
But PlayStation has made the 2018 game available in so many different ways that, if you can get your hands on it, we suggest you do so first before diving into Ragnarok. You still have three (3) weekends to do so as of writing.
It’s not overwhelming
That said, if you’d rather jump into this game right off the bat, that should be fine too. The game does a good job of easing you into all the weapons, skills, and whatnots that you’ll encounter.
The first game ended with Kratos having more than one weapon. Ragnarok throws you into action but staggers the weapons available in a way that makes sense for the story.
New traversal and puzzle-solving
A lot of the early platform puzzles feel the same but there are a few additional moves that help keep things interesting. Specifically, these involve the Blades of Chaos.
Some of it has been shown in the trailers. Kratos can use the Blades to Hook and Grapple himself towards higher areas. The Blades can also be used to yank off certain obstacles.
Combat is fun and challenging
Easily one of the best things about the new God of War is its combat. Ragnarok retains everything you know and love about combat. But it keeps things interesting by mixing in a new blocking mechanic as well as introducing new enemy types early on.
You will feel the weight of every axe swing, every blade cut, and every weapon clash. Fighting as Kratos feels as good as ever and is easily one of the most satisfying battle experiences in any video game ever made.
The story is engaging
Perhaps even more so than the first game, Ragnarok, even in its early hours, will have you hooked on the narrative. The story picks-up three years after the events of the first game, with Atreus looking to find out more about himself. Atreus’ curiosity and how Kratos reacts to it is at the heart of everything that will transpire.
The presentation is stunning
God of War Ragnarok is still a one-shot like the first game. That means no loading screens whatsoever. And it looks as visually stunning as it ever did. If you can, do yourself a favor and play this on a 4K TV with support for at least 60fps.
The visual presentation is jaw-dropping. Everything from the environments, the animations, the character models, and how they interact and show emotion during key moments.
The dialogue is also top-notch. It gets cheeky and on the nose at times, humorously referencing events from the first game.
Lastly, the music and overall sound is divine. Nothing ever feels out of place. And each scene is enhanced and elevated by the absolute masterpiece that is the score in this game.
Should you pre-order?
We’re only 10 hours in and we’re absolutely elated with how things are going so far. As early as now, we can say with absolute certainty that this is easily one of the best games you will play in your lifetime. Stop dilly-dallying and pre-order it now.
Google Pixel 7, 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch First Look
Finally after many months of teasers
But surprisingly, they offer more than what was announced.
Wanna know more about ’em?
Take a look at our First Look of the Google Pixel 7, 7 Pro, and the Pixel Watch!
First 24 Hours with the iPhone 14 Pro Max
Battery & Camera Champ?
Aside from the usual one day usage, it’s also a great time to see the streets of New York, at least virtually.
With the new cameras of the iPhone 14 Pro Max (including a 48MP sensor),
is it suffice to say it’s worth upgrading to this year’s iPhone?
Here’s Michael Josh’s first 24 hours with the new iPhone 14 Pro Max for you to find out more.
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