Sometimes you have to see things to believe it. For these smartphones, I not only saw — I saw double.
The much-awaited OnePlus 5 was very recently released. OnePlus, which prides itself in creating “flagship killers,” came up with a device with premium specs at a price tag that’s significantly lower. People have been quick to point out, however, that the newest flagship killer looks a little too much like the thing it wants to kill. *ehem* iPhone 7 *ehem*
But ladies and gentlemen, that’s a lie. The OnePlus 5 doesn’t look exactly like the iPhone 7 — it looks exactly like (the very recently released) OPPO R11.
Both smartphones have 5.5-inch displays and are roughly about the same size. They also both run on Android 7.1 Nougat with the R11 on ColorOS and the OnePlus5 on OxygenOS.
These smartphones come in a variety of colors: The R11 is available in gold, rose gold, black, and a special edition red version, while the OnePlus 5 comes in midnight black and slate gray.
Both matte black versions look stunning (and, well, identical).
The curved edges feel nice in your hands and both phones have a premium feel to them. Buttons and ports on both phones are similarly situated. On its side, the OnePlus 5 has what has been dubbed as the “Horizon Line” — a continuous line “casting one half in light and the other in shadow.” What this is, basically, is a continuous graceful line around the phone’s side; a small detail that isn’t on the OPPO R11 (not that you’d notice).
Beyond the surface
Though the OnePlus 5 is slightly (.5mm, to be precise) thicker than the OPPO R11, it may be well justified.
The difference between the two lies in what’s on the inside. The flagship killer is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor (i.e., the same processor on flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and HTC U11) while the OPPO R11 is powered by a Snapdragon 660 (the newest processor for midrange smartphones).
Unlike the R11, the OnePlus 5 is already equipped with a USB-C port, the newest standard in Android phones (also known as that port they put on the latest MacBook Pro).
OnePlus has been widely criticized for its previous phones’ protruding camera bumps. I’m glad to report that both smartphones have minimal bulge. The R11’s seems more pronounced but at this point, to notice that slight difference is just nitpicking.
Both smartphones pack 20- and 16-megapixel cameras in the rear with built-in portrait modes and automatic depth effect, or what is usually called bokeh mode.
The dual-camera setup also allows for 2x zoom on photos (the better to stalk people with! Ha ha ha, I kid ?) See below:
Of course, when we talk about front-facing cameras, the Selfie Expert exceeds in terms of specs. The OPPO R11 has a 20-megapixel sensor up front trumping the OnePlus 5’s 16-megapixel camera.
The beauty mode is built into both cameras, but the end selfies can be quite different. OnePlus’ beauty filter is more subtle than the R11’s, although these filters on both smartphones may be adjusted to your airbrushing preference.
Because these two phones look amazingly similar, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of comparing the two and clumping them into the same bracket. But, it’s really what’s on the inside that counts.
These two smartphones were (not very obviously, because of their twinsie situation) designed for different markets and function well for the group they were designed for — the OnePlus 5 for the practical techie in the market for a flagship smartphone worth their buck, and the OPPO R11 for the selfie enthusiasts who value photography above all else on the smartphone they own.
We’ve always been told never to judge a book by its cover, but these aren’t books and if we were to judge the outside, these two are looking pretty sleek; choosing between them now is only a matter of where your priorities lie.
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Apple iPhone 13 and 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on
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Changes with the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini aren’t just about the “odd” camera placement. Other than the new wide camera sensor, there’s a more powerful A15 Bionic Chip, smaller notch, and more.
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Huawei nova 8i: Huawei’s awesome SUPER midranger
An awesome midrange comeback
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.
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.
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.
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.
This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Gold: Unboxing and Hands-on
How “gold” smartphones should look like
Last year, the new gold colorway of the iPhone 12 Pro series got so popular that our gold iPhone 12 Pro unboxing made rounds online and even appeared on YouTube’s trending list.
This year, it might still be someone’s desire — the classic gold slab you’ve been wanting to own.
Lo and behold! Here’s the unboxing and hands-on of the Gold iPhone 13 Pro you don’t want to miss out!
Enjoy that gold goodness now that we’re uploading in 4K.
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