October has been hectic for the GadgetMatch team, with recent launches such as the LG V40 ThinQ, Microsoft Surface line, Nokia series, Realme 2 Pro, Google Pixel 3, and Razer Phone 2 happening consecutively.
There’s still so much to see for the rest of October, and here’s what’s keeping us sane this month!
Movies to see
Nappily Ever After
MJ: Nappily Ever After is a story about an advertising executive who has the perfect life: a successful job, a relationship with a doctor for two years, and gorgeous hair. She is the embodiment of perfection until a series of unfortunate events happened and she realized she’s not living the life she really wanted. It’s a powerful movie that highlights the importance of loving yourself and enjoying a life that isn’t perfect. Sometimes, you gotta let your hair down!
TV shows to binge watch
MJ: I’m always fascinated with beautiful interiors and makeovers, so when I saw Stay Here on Netflix, I immediately started watching it. Designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer look for vacation rental owners who need help in turning their short-term rentals into beautiful, profitable properties.
The Good Place
Dan: The Good Place is currently running its third season and I strongly suggest that you start watching the first season before jumping to the latest episodes to avoid any spoilers. The premise of The Good Place is very interesting and it’s about the afterlife. It starts with Eleanor Shellstrop finding herself in the good side of afterlife (a.k.a. the Good Place), but she’s there by mistake. She was not really the best living person and things started to get crazy. The story even gets more interesting and twisted in the second season. Season one and two of The Good Place is available on Netflix, while the latest episodes are uploaded every week depending on the region.
The Flash (Season 5)
Rodneil: A new suit, a new speedster, and of course, a new big bad. These are just some of the things we can look forward to when The Flash zooms in around the second week of October. The series made a shift back to a lighter tone in season four but some thought it fell short overall. Here’s to hoping season five carries that lighter tone, but delivers on more action and story with fewer plot holes.
Rodneil: Good news if you’re not in the US and don’t have access to the DC Universe app! One of DC’s newest flagship series Titans is coming to you via Netflix. The series features Batman sidekick Dick Grayson coming into his own and transitioning from Robin to Nightwing. The series will also feature longtime Titans members Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy.
Terrace House: Opening New Doors (Part 4)
Marvin: Just when I thought this season of Terrace House couldn’t get any crazier, Part 4 proves that new housemates always mean more trouble. Brace yourself for more rejections, sadder exits, and two of the most unexpected pairings this season — that’s saying a lot considering how wacky the first three parts were. Of course, it ends in yet another cliffhanger, making us want Part 5 even more.
Rodneil: This animé sneakily became available to watch on Netflix recently. Funny thing about this series is the first episode I saw was the finalé and that made me want to check out the rest of the series. It did not disappoint. Code Geass tackles the journey of Lelouch Vi Britannia as he vows to take revenge on his father — the King — for the murder of his mother and to protect his sister and give her a better life. If you enjoyed Death Note then there’s plenty to love about Code Geass. The protagonist acts more like an anti-hero and while he gains a special ability to advance his cause, it’s his cunning wit and strategic thinking that ultimately drives the story forward.
Dan: If you’re into kids’ animation, you should check out Hilda. It’s a British-Canadian animated television series that’s showing exclusively on Netflix. It’s based on the graphic novel series of the same name by Luke Pearson. It’s about the titular character who had spent her entire life in the wilderness and when she moved to the city, she met new people and continued to enjoy her childhood. The story involves fantastical creatures including elves and giants, and superb emotional writing that’ll be of good teaching to children and even adults. The curious characters matched with exceptional animation will surely delight viewers.
Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to
“Electric (feat. Khalid)” by Alina Baraz
MJ: If you’re looking for a relaxed song, then “Electric (feat. Khalid)” by Alina Baraz is a song you should listen to. Played in Netflix’s Nappily Ever After, the lyrics pretty much resonate a love burning with passion, accompanied by a slow tempo composed of electronic beats. Depending on your mood, this song can be a good companion for lazy afternoons or when making love at night. ❤
“Sunflower – Synth Reprise” by Allie X
MJ: This is the only good thing about Netflix’s Sierra Burgess is a Loser (aside from the character, Veronica). “Sunflower” is a song written by the protagonist, Sierra Burgess, which tackles her insecurity about not being chosen by anyone because of who she is. This version is a bit upbeat and accompanied by an electronic 80s vibe that makes you sad yet interested in the lyrics.
Cities/Places to visit
Koh Samui, Thailand
Marvin: Known as the second-largest island in Thailand — next to the popular Phuket — Koh Samui is filled with beaches to visit, temples to explore, and of course, food to indulge in. Because it’s so densely packed with forests and surrounded by vast coral reefs, the island is perfect for both ATV and snorkeling adventures. Be careful, though: Like Phuket, there are a lot of tourist traps in the more popular sections of Koh Samui.
Marvin: Sometimes referred to as the “Maldives of the Philippines” (although this isn’t the first time I’ve heard an island resort being called this), Lakawon is a fun, banana-shaped island off the coast of Cadiz in Negros Occidental, Philippines. It’s a perfect getaway for those who want a secluded yet safe place to rest and relax on. For IGers, there are loads of Instagrammable spots and clear sea water to take photos in. Sadly, there’s only one resort available on this island, so you’re at the mercy of their monopoly on lodging and food.
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Huawei P30 Pro vs Apple iPhone XS: Which flagship phone takes better photos?
The P30 Pro takes on the iPhone XS
Huawei‘s new P30 series has hit the market. The best in the series is the P30 Pro with its new quad cameras, curved OLED display, and powerful chipset. A flagship phone like the P30 Pro needs the best set of features available and be worthy of people’s hard-earned money.
Usually, people ask how it fares against an iPhone. To answer curious buyers, let’s compare the P30 Pro and the iPhone XS from Apple.
Specs and Features
Let’s start by checking the key specifications of the two devices. Here’s a quick rundown of their notable features:
Huawei P30 Pro
Apple iPhone XS
Dolby Vision / HDR10
|Processor||Kirin 980||A12 Bionic|
|Rear cameras||40MP f/1.8 RYYB
8MP 5x optical zoom
12MP 2x optical zoom
|Front camera||32MP f/2.0||7MP f/2.2
|Security features||In-screen fingerprint scanner, Face recognition||Face ID|
|OS||Android 9 Pie w/ EMUI 9.1||iOS 12|
Both are premium phones from their respective manufacturers. They have the best displays in their class. The P30 Pro and the iPhone XS both sport an OLED panel with vibrant colors and deep blacks. To maximize the screen’s real estate, Huawei and Apple both resort to a notch. However, the P30 Pro’s notch is a lot smaller than the iPhone’s; it doesn’t take much of the interface.
Inside, the phones have two different processors. The P30 Pro is powered by a Kirin 980, while the iPhone XS has the A12 Bionic. Both homebaked silicons are powerful and unstoppable. Built using the same latest 7nm process, they are extremely efficient compared to other processors.
The P30 Pro has twice the memory capacity of the iPhone XS, which allows better multitasking. For storage, the P30 Pro comes with 256GB as standard. If that’s not enough, it has expandable storage as well using Huawei’s Nano-Memory cards. Meanwhile, the iPhone’s base configuration starts at 64GB; upgrading to 256GB will cost you more.
Huawei phones usually last more than a day with heavy use; the P30 Pro will be no different. It has a long-lasting 4200mAh battery compatible with 40W SuperCharge using its bundled USB-C charger. It can also top up wirelessly and share its juice via reverse wireless charging. Meanwhile, the iPhone XS has an inferior 2658mAh cell inside; it also charges slower.
Security-wise, the P30 Pro and iPhone XS differ in approach. The P30 Pro can be unlocked in two ways: using the in-screen fingerprint scanner or AI facial recognition. The iPhone XS lacks a fingerprint reader, limiting users to Face ID.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the P30 Pro and iPhone XS is their software. Obviously, the iPhone XS runs on iOS while the P30 Pro has EMUI 9.1 based on the latest Android Pie. The Android operating system allows users to take control of their device. Meanwhile, Huawei’s custom skin makes it more productive by adding useful features and optimizations.
In the camera department, the P30 Pro outnumbers the iPhone XS with its new Leica Quad Camera system.
Apple’s top-of-the-line phone comes with a pair of 12-megapixel sensors. The iPhone’s primary shooter has an f/1.8 aperture. The secondary camera features 2x optical zoom.
On the other hand, the P30 Pro has one of the most complex mobile camera systems. It has a main 40-megapixel RYYB f/1.6 camera, a 20-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter, an 8-megapixel periscope-style 5x optical zoom, and a special ToF sensor.
Let’s see how the two phones perform in different scenarios starting in broad daylight. With plenty of light available, both phones are able to capture a bright image with lots of details.
The bright sunlight can get harsh at times. This is where HDR (high dynamic range) mode comes in handy. Both phones have Auto HDR. Whenever you shoot against the light, it automatically kicks in.
Artificial bokeh is a thing for both the P30 Pro and iPhone XS. Capturing a closeup of a flower with a smooth background blur is just an easy task for the two.
When you need to get really close, the P30 Pro’s camera can do macro without any extra accessory needed. You can clearly see the details of this tealight candle holder.
Most of the images uploaded on social media are about food. With the P30 Pro’s AI scene recognition, you can take tasty images of your lunch and upload to Instagram right away.
One of the P30 Pro’s periscope-style lens module is unique. The phone can zoom in 5x optically or go up to 10x using software tricks. The iPhone XS can do only up to 2x optical zoom. Maxing it out 10x is too much for the phone to handle.
If 10x isn’t enough, did you know the P30 Pro has a maximum digital zoom of 50x? Well, the quality is not as great compared to the 10x zoom. It just barely gets the job done.
The P30 Pro can get really close; it can also get ultra wide. With a dedicated super wide-angle shooter, the P30 Pro can fit in a whole building complex in one frame. That’s something iPhones can’t do — at least for now.
Huawei is proud of the P30 Pro’s capability to shoot nice portrait stills even if the lighting condition isn’t ideal. The HDR feature in Portrait Mode works like charm.
When shooting in Portrait Mode, the iPhone XS uses its secondary camera with 2x zoom. You’ll have to step back to fit your subject.
That’s not the case with the P30 Pro. The ToF sensor helps the main 40-megapixel camera identify the subject and apply the effects without cropping.
The main camera’s wide aperture lens is perfect when shooting in Portrait Mode in dimly lit environments. The P30 Pro can shoot brighter images with more pleasing bokeh.
Since we’re already in the dark, it’s time to put the Night Mode to the test. The iPhone doesn’t have a proper Night Mode; the P30 Pro has. The difference is more apparent in the samples below.
Night Mode is not just for taking photos in the dark, though. It can also help take a sharper and more detailed image whenever you want to.
Additionally, the amazingly flexible Night Mode also works with the P30 Pro’s ultra wide-angle shooter.
For selfies, the P30 Pro has a 32-megapixel front camera. Meanwhile, the iPhone’s front has a 7-megapixel sensor accompanied by the Face ID’s IR sensor. As you can see from the samples below, the P30 Pro’s front camera has a wider FOV than the iPhone XS.
With a new set of hardware and software features, the P30 Pro has its advantages over last year’s iPhone XS. In the camera department alone, the P30 Pro’s new Leica Quad Camera can deliver the best photos using a mobile phone. Zooming in or going ultra wide is not an issue for the P30 Pro. However, the iPhone XS clearly lacks the hardware for it.
Get the Huawei P30 Pro while it’s hot for PhP 50,990. It’s available in three color options: Breathing Crystal, Aurora, and Black.
This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.
Unboxing the OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition
Does it really have that Endgame experience?
Recently, OPPO decided to up their game with a limited edition F11 Pro that featured the incredibly hyped movie, Avengers: Endgame. Aptly named the OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition, it’s inside a package that’s destined to be unboxed!
Let’s see what this box has to offer.
Not the usual white box
On the sides, you can see a printed logo of OPPO and Endgame to show that it is indeed a limited edition box.
Unlike OPPO’s usual box that comes in white, this limited edition package comes in a black box with a large thermo-printed glossy Avengers logo on top. It doesn’t scream gorgeous, but it’s definitely something you’d keep to store Marvel-related collectibles.
When you open the box, you’ll be greeted with a collection certificate. You can see stamped emblems of the original six Avengers surrounding an embedded golden metal coin in the center.
This golden coin has the Avengers’ “A” logo on the front and the Avengers: Endgame logo on its back. The coin serves as a collector’s badge, which die-hard Marvel fans can add to their growing collection of Marvel-related collectibles.
When you flip the certificate, there’s a glossy silhouette print of the original six Avengers. Spoiler alert: This print feels like a commemorative tribute since the original six will never be complete again.
Aside from the collection certificate, the box contains the OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition phone which comes with a custom Avengers wallpaper, a Captain America-themed case, and accessories like a wall adapter, micro-USB cable, and a pair of earphones.
These are just the usual white accessories from OPPO; it would’ve been nice if they were able to stick to the theme to make it even more special.
Screaming Captain America
Something to enjoy in this limited edition box is a Captain America-themed case. Made with durability and protection in mind, its exterior is made with leather-like plastic, with a soft lining on its back to prevent scratches.
It also has an embossed Endgame logo, and a ring protruding in the middle inspired by Captain America’s shield. The ring acts as an anchor for your finger, or as a stand for your phone.
The OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition phone comes with a special finish called Space Blue. It has a subtle, intricate pattern adorned by a big red Avengers logo. If you think about it, this phone screams Captain America.
Specs-wise, this phone is still an F11 Pro powered by a Helio P70 processor, except with an upgraded 128GB of storage. If you need to know more about this phone, read our hands-on.
Even though this was launched a few days after the movie’s premiere, OPPO was excellent at capitalizing on the most-awaited movie of the year. However, they still need to complete that ultimate fan experience by making the accessories in line with the theme, customize the box even more, and add a plethora of cases to choose from.
Nonetheless, the OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition is still a treat to Marvel fans. It’s available online and at select OPPO concept stores. You better hurry before Thanos snaps!
Zenfone flips, OnePlus pops: Weekend Rewind
Two challengers enter the flagship group
Here are the top stories on GadgetMatch this week.
1. ASUS Zenfone 6 may actually be defying the ordinary
Out of the two major phone launches that happened this week, ASUS might have had people buzzing a little bit more due to the lack of leaks weeks before its launch and its camera module that is flipping interesting.
— Michael Josh (@michaeljosh) May 16, 2019
The Zenfone 6 is equipped with only two cameras on a module that flips so it essentially also functions as the selfie camera. Pretty neat. ASUS insists you only need two because anything more than that will just make the phone unnecessarily expensive.
Specs-wise, the Zenfone 6 is packing a Snapdragon 855 chip paired with up to 8GB of memory and up to 256GB of storage. The ZenUI 6 also looks more stock Android versus the bloat-filled mess we usually get from ASUS. The phone is truly promising and we’re excited to review it.
2. The OnePlus 7 Pro is a lean, mean computing machine
There was nothing surprising about the OnePlus 7 Pro but that didn’t stop believers of the company to gush about this new flagship.
The OnePlus 7 Pro wants to squarely take on the Galaxy S10s and the P30 Pros of the world. It looks the part and the computing power is what we’ve come to expect from OnePlus. The Snapdragon 855 chip is in there along with up to 12GB of RAM.
Something new for OnePlus though is getting some star (or Stark?) power along with their flagship. They have employed the services of Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr. to endorse the product. Some people think it’s a questionable move but with RDJ’s reach, perhaps this might get OnePlus in the radar of more people.
3. Realme X: flagship phone, budget price
After announcing the Realme 3 Pro, it didn’t take long for the company to unveil its first “flagship” phone. The Realme X is the company’s most powerful phone to date, but it’s not as expensive as the competition.
It’s powered by a Snapdragon 710 processor with up to 8GB of memory and up to 128GB of internal storage. A large 3765mAh keeps the lights on, plus it supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging.
How much, you ask? The Realme X will go on sale for CNY 1,499 (US$ 220) for the 4GB+64GB variant, CNY 1,599 (US$ 235) for 6GB+64GB, and CNY 1,799 (US$ 260) for the top-most model with a 8GB+128GB configuration.
4. Mint and lavender iPhones, anyone?
If reports from Apple-dedicated Japanese blog Mac Otakara are true, then Apple might be venturing out even further from their Space Gray and Rose Gold days.
The report indicates the sequel to the iPhone XR — perhaps Apple’s best value-for-money iPhone to date — will also come in two new colors: Mint and Lavender. That’s it. That’s the news. If you love these new colors, this writer is truly happy for you.
5. The Osmo Action is DJI’s GoPro
It has most of what you expect from an action camera like image stabilization, 4K 60fps video, and the like. It’s also equipped with dual screens: one at the back for controlling the device and another in the front because DJI cares about how you frame yourself in the shot.
The Osmo Action is priced at US$ 349, which is about the same price as the GoPro Hero 7 Black today.
Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.
Realme 3 Pro review: ‘Pro’ models are indeed better
Is this your next gaming phone?
Huawei MateBook 13 review: 5 reasons to make the switch
And a couple of reasons why you shouldn't
Huawei P30 Pro review: A camera story
Same tale, new chapter
Huawei and Google release official statements regarding trade blacklist
Globe, Smart downplay Huawei ban imposed by US government
A colored, Bluetooth-enabled Tamagotchi is coming
Intel, Broadcom, and Qualcomm reportedly staying away from Huawei
OnePlus increased their headphone dongle’s price by more than 50 percent
Apple is confident its new pricing for iPhones will lure more buyers
Huawei P30 Lite Review: Best midrange smartphone available?
Lenovo releases teaser images, renders, and video of the Z6 Pro
Samsung announces the world’s first 64-megapixel phone camera
Samsung Galaxy A70: Price and availability in the Philippines
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Samsung announces the world’s first 64-megapixel phone camera
News1 week ago
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News6 days ago
OnePlus 7 Pro is the company’s most premium phone with all the newest tech
News5 days ago
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India2 weeks ago
Nokia 4.2 is a budget phone with dual rear cameras
Gaming2 weeks ago
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