OnePlus 5T: The good and the bad



Now that we know everything about the OnePlus 5T, it’s time to dissect what it does best and what it lacks.

It was only last June when the OnePlus 5 was launched, but like the OnePlus 3T unveiling this time last year, the company believes that a six-month release cycle helps them keep up with the big boys.

We’re not complaining; if not for the 5T, the regular OnePlus 5 would seem like a bland 2017 flagship for the company, especially now that so many of these near-borderless smartphones are already available.

And yet, half a year might not have been enough for the OnePlus 5T to reach its full potential. These are what we believe are the best and worst of the phone that “never settles.”

Good: Taller AMOLED display

No doubt, the biggest change from the OnePlus 5 is the switch to an 18:9 screen ratio, making the AMOLED panel look taller while trimming down the top and bottom bezels.

With so many similar designs in the market now, it doesn’t feel that special anymore, but the original OnePlus 5 is already a fantastic phone and improving on its design is an instant plus.

Bad: Still no water resistance

Chinese smartphone manufacturers are notorious for excluding true water and dust resistance from their major phones, but Huawei finally made strides with their Mate 10 Pro and its IP67 rating.

OnePlus wasn’t as bold with the 5T, and that’s disappointing for a phone that apparently never settles. Maybe the brand is saving this feature for the OnePlus 6 next year?

Good: Smarter dual-camera system

The biggest weakness of the OnePlus 5 was its sub-par dual-camera setup. While the optical zoom was nice, it didn’t add to the overall image quality, and you were better off moving closer to the subject instead.

It’s a breath of fresh air to see OnePlus see the shortcoming and go for a more refined implementation. The OnePlus 5T’s secondary rear camera chooses a brighter f/1.7 aperture and pixel-combining tech over optical zoom, making it ideal for low-light photography.

Bad: No wireless charging again

Although there’s nothing wrong with a solid metal build, the material prevents a phone from having wireless charging. That’s been the case for OnePlus phones since the beginning.

And while it’s not a deal-breaker to miss out on wireless charging, seeing the Galaxy Note 8 and new iPhones support a single standard should signal all other manufacturers to follow suit. At least we have Dash Charge to keep us happy.

Good: Same performance-to-price ratio

We can blame Samsung and Apple for this year’s drastic price hikes, but every other brand — except Xiaomi — is at fault for conforming to the new premium pricing standards.

It’s a fact that the OnePlus 5T is the company’s most expensive handset yet, but the jump in price is relatively minor considering how much better the display and cameras are.

Bad: No Android Oreo!

This has to be the worst crime of them all: The OnePlus 5T is shipping with Android 7.1.1 Nougat instead of Oreo, which has been available since August — it’s been three months already!

OnePlus promises the update will come by the end of December, but that’s only for the beta version. By the time the final build begins rolling out, we’ll already be talking about Android P.

Good: Audio port wasn’t removed

One trend OnePlus didn’t follow was the removal of the audio port, and that’s great news for everyone. No need to carry around an adapter, and you can charge the 5T while listening to music.

This may be the last major flagship smartphone we see this year. Has OnePlus done enough to once again secure its place as the go-to practical choice? We’ll have to wait for the holiday shopping season to begin before finding out.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 5T is everything we expected it to be

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A journey to self-love: How to set your financial goals straight

With CIMB Bank’s help



Image: MJ | GadgetMatch

There was a point in my life when adulting hit me hard: my romantic relationship suddenly ended, which coincided with my resignation from my full-time job of three years. The thing is, I had a plan before everything happened, but life is indeed full of unexpected moments.

I decided to take a rest first to clear my overwhelmed mind. I ended up doing what most young adults like me would do: travelled to different places, went out with friends, volunteered for several causes, and spoiled myself with my favorite things and experiences — everything that involved doing what I love and seizing life’s great moments.

I was busy indulging myself in this idea of “self-love” until I realized that my bank account was draining every single week, and I was close to maxing out my credit card limit. That’s when it hit me: I wasn’t financially prepared to sustain this kind of lifestyle. 

Self-love is more than just showering yourself with pretty things

We all have this idea that “self-love” is about indulging in life’s best comforts, and doing whatever sets our soul on fire. Newsflash: real life is much trickier than these scenarios we see in rom-com films.

For me, I had to take more extra work to do these things I love, while still being able to pay bills. I regretted not being able to save up more and use my money wisely. I eventually found myself living life from paycheck to paycheck, and I realized that this is not the life I wanted to live. I couldn’t fully enjoy life’s moments, since my financial restrictions were always at the back of my mind. 

I have come to understand the real concept of self-love — that it is actually about creating a life that is prepared for whatever life’s challenges throw at us. Instead of treating ourselves to short-lived thrills, it’s much better to manage our finances first so we’re always ready for the next big thing. Being smart with our finances is indeed a great form of self-care. 

Seize life’s moments by being financially fit

CIMB Bank, the “Best Digital Bank” in the Philippines is a great choice for people like me who want to save up for life’s next moments. The best thing about it is I can open an account seamlessly in just 10 minutes — no need to personally enroll in a branch and wait for weeks to secure an account. No wonder they have been recently awarded as the “Fastest Growing Digital Bank” as well.

Through the CIMB Bank PH mobile app (iOS/ Android), managing and accessing my money is also much easier compared to other banks. They offer great perks and services such as transacting with other banks for free, withdrawing in over 25,000 ATM machines nationwide without penalty charges via Visa pay, wave debit card, and not be bothered by maintaining balances.

I can also access my cash 24/7 in just a few taps, and it’s connected to other local payment gateways I frequently use like GCash and dragonpay, so it greatly fits my flexible lifestyle.

True to its commitment to helping Filipinos achieve financial inclusion and freedom, this all-digital, mobile-first bank offers an interest rate of four percent (4%) per annum available all year round, with no restrictions, via its UpSave account offering. It’s the best-in-market savings rate, which makes me save more money without worrying about security. They also offer up to Php 2 million worth of life insurance coverage!

With CIMB Bank, I can track my savings easily and invest my money in experiences that will allow me to feed my passions. When the time comes that life throws more unexpected moments, I know I’m financially secured to handle it. And that is one of the best forms of love I can give to myself.

To know more about CIMB Bank PH, click here.

This feature was produced in collaboration with Her GadgetMatch and CIMB Philippines.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Unboxing, Setup, Photos & Q&A

What to expect when you buy the Galaxy Z Flip



Today is Galaxy Z Flip Day! Thankfully I have fast fingers, and was able to snag one before it ran out online. In this video I pick up in store, unbox and set it up, and answer some of your questions.

This is our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip unboxing.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Hands-on

Samsung isn’t giving up just yet



It’s been a year since the first foldable of Samsung was released. Fast forward today, we have another foldable on the track.

Say hello to the Galaxy Z Flip! Unlike the Galaxy Fold that turns into a tablet, this one is so compact, it can even fit inside your coin purse.

Head on to the video above to know more or click the link here.

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