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OPPO Find X review: All about style, selfies, and that poppin’ camera

Literally a pop-up camera

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When they were unveiled, pop-up cameras seemed like the coolest thing to me. There’s just something about moving parts in tech that amps up the cool factor. Add the fact that there was no notch (the unsightly things!) and the OPPO Find X was a clear design winner. But, what happens when you actually use a phone that’s this — err — fashion-forward in terms of phone design? Is using a handset with a camera that mechanically slides out even practical. I set out to find answers.

What’s the big deal?

Dear reader, if you don’t follow tech news, let me give you the lowdown. The Find X is OPPO’s newest and most premium flagship in recent years. Launched in Paris earlier this year, it features a high screen-to-body ratio and mechanical sliding cameras.

Why is that so cool? In this notch-filled world (which is a pretty ugly world, TBH), it’s only a few phones which have managed a workaround: The Vivo NEX and now, the OPPO Find X.

Stylish all-screen beaut

How does an all-screen phone look? Well, it looks really good.

The thing with these great big screens is you don’t think you need them until you spend time with them. As I moved back to the smaller Google Pixel 2 I’ve been rocking, I can’t help but miss the Find X’s big and beautiful 6.42-inch display. Everything looked good in it: IG stories, photos, and even Netflix-YouTube viewing was amazing.

And, it’s not just the screen that looks good — the sleek and stylish phone itself has a great premium feel and beautiful reflective back. That glass back, however, seems to scratch almost a little too easily.

Admittedly, I’m still iffy about glass smartphone backs in general as the possibility of breakage is greater. This brings me to another qualm: It’s going to be such a pain to get cases for this uniquely shaped phone. And sure, it comes packaged with a clear jelly case but a girl needs options for her phones, okay!

Despite all that, the Find X looks and feels great in your hands. It’s one of those devices that just has a great feel to it. It’s as if they were made for my teeny hands.

The phone runs on OPPO’s ColorOS which will look familiar to iOS users. Be warned though that it’s still not exactly the same — think of it as an iOS-Android hybrid. Of course, to new OPPO users (i.e. a lot of people from outside Asia), this OS might take a little bit of getting used to. Gesture navigation is also available, but you still have the option to use traditional navigation buttons.

How does it feel to have a pop-up camera?

Admittedly, it’s pretty cool. Anyone who’s ever noticed the cameras pop out has reacted with amazement. I’ve honestly turned into a little show-off and I’m guilty of using this phone as a conversation starter. All this, of course, after I got over the anxiety of thinking I’d probably break the moving part. (I didn’t!)

Expectation

The cameras pop out automatically when you tap the camera icon and retract just as quickly when you exit the app. It’s one solid motion that you can sort of forget about when you get used to being on this phone. Be warned, though, that any pressure on the pop-out will also cause it to retract. Yes, it will close even during a Facebook Live stream.

Aside from my finger getting caught and pinched by the pop up mechanism a few times (ill-placed finger placement, don’t ask), my only other main concern with this unique form factor was that the pop-out cameras were a dirt magnet. Dust and other gunk (probably from my bags or pocket) seemed to find their way into the phone crevice which isn’t ideal, as cameras are best used clean (duh).

Reality

What impressed me most, though, was a feature I’d never really appreciated on any phone. The Find X has a face unlock option (something that the other pop-up phone, the Vivo Nex, doesn’t have) and it’s pretty good. Because of its form factor, OPPO opted to scrap the fingerprint scanner which would’ve been problematic, except it isn’t. This is all owing to the fact that its face unlock is that accurate. You can either opt for the swipe-to-unlock on the lock screen or press the power button which will trigger the camera to pop out, and voila, unlocked!

Of course, the selfies!

If you’ve read my previous reviews, you’d know that I’ve always loved the OPPO beauty mode. In fact, their AI beauty mode was a favorite.

Now, before you lecture me about the wonders of “natural beauty” and preference for non-use of filters, know that most selfies online today featuring that #JustWokeUp look you love so much either feature makeup made to look natural, some kind of airbrushing, or excellent lighting (which can do wonders). So no, a little beauty mode never hurt anyone, so long as it’s not overdone.

But, that was precisely my problem with the Find X’s beauty mode. Unlike AI beauty modes on previous devices like the R11s or the F5 which gave my face slight airbrushing and the freshness of a new born baby, the Find X AI beauty mode seemed to turn me into a completely different big-eyed, thin-chinned, plastic person.

And sure, added to the mix was a new custom beauty mode function which allows you to scan your face and tweak beauty mode capabilities to your liking, but even this greeted me with too fake a version of myself. I didn’t dare post my selfies.

My custom beauty mode face scan

I daresay this might be the first time I preferred no beauty modes on selfies with an OPPO phone, which is fine as it still takes good selfies — it’s just that I now have to make sure I actually look presentable IRL before taking the photo, something I haven’t needed to do for a while as OPPO’s previous beauty filters have spoiled me.

That being said, the 25-megapixel selfie camera, although not on beauty mode, performs well. Still, my favorite is the palm gesture shutter which allows for beautiful Instagrammable photos taken by yours truly. Exhibit A:

Of course, there are more sample takes, but they’re already all on my IG. 😉

Shooting with the rear camera

I mostly use this non-selfie camera to shoot IG stories and random beautiful sights. Here’s a little peek at the week I had the Find X with me.

This phone was able to capture some pretty scenery, though its HDR capabilities left much to be desired — a couple of times, photos came out hazy when it was too bright out.

The 16- and 20-megapixel shooters are equipped with AI, which recognizes scenes and tends to saturate certain scenarios like food or landscape and I must admit, it has gotten faster and more accurate since I first tried AI on their cameras on the R15. The phone still rocks an iPhone-like portrait mode feature, which isn’t my favorite function but hey, it’s there for when you want to take studio-like photos on your phone on the fly (which is never for me)!

Despite all this, I was able to snap beautiful photos which is what’s important.

Other important stuff that matter

Like mentioned earlier, this is OPPO’s first premium flagship in years. It boasts being powered by a Snapdragon 845, which just means it’s running on one of the best processors out there. This means mobile gaming is a go and your various social media apps will run simultaneously without a hitch. The phone rocks 8GB of memory and 128GB or 256GB of storage.

The Find X now has a USB-C port (finally, OPPO!) and 3730mAh battery capacity. This lasts me almost a day’s use which isn’t bad. OPPO’s signature VOOC charging is also built in which allows for zero to 17 percent charge in just ten minutes. You can get a full charge in just under two hours.

Is the OPPO Find X your GadgetMatch?

Design-wise, this phone may just be the best and coolest. At least for now, there is no other phone in the market that will compare to how well this thing is designed. The wide screen and the premium feel is something I actually miss since letting it go.

But, what I miss more is my natural-looking AI beauty mode. As impressed I am with the phone’s form factor, I’m a little disappointed with the beauty capabilities. For a brand that’s consistently marketed themselves as the go-to for “selfies experts,” it sort of hurts for selfie lovers, such as myself, that OPPO’s first flagship in years would miss in this aspect. OPPO, I just want my beauty mode back. 😢

In addition, the stylish Find X does not come cheap, priced at EUR 999 in Europe and PhP 50,000 in the Philippines.

Is it worth it? For the selfie lovers, you might want to hold off. If you’re the type who values overall design and getting it first, this might just be the phone for you. All things considered, it’s one beautiful device — one that is paving way for a better design language in all smartphones. And maybe, just maybe, that’s worth losing my beauty mode to.

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Empowering and inspiring the future of women in tech

Let’s get to know Elen Tady of HP Philippines

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In the world of technology, where innovation and creativity collide, we often hear stories of remarkable individuals who break barriers and shatter glass ceilings. Maria Elenita Tady, affectionately known as Elen by her friends, stands proudly as a shining example for women in tech.

A strong woman who has not only thrived in the tech industry but has also dedicated herself to empowering others. As a Partner Business Manager for Hewlett Packard (HP) Philippines and the chair of Women’s Impact Network PH, Elen embodies the spirit of resilience, growth, and mentorship.

Maria Elenita “Elen” Tady, Partner Business Manager for HP Philippines and chair of Women’s Impact Network PH.

Elen’s story is one of passion and determination. While studying computer science at her university, she knew which company she wanted to join eventually. She joined HP first as an intern, later becoming a full-time employee. Now a Partner Business Manager, she exudes confidence and takes immense pride in her work.

Her constant smile and happy demeanor reflect the joy she finds in her professional journey. This is particularly true when talking about the vibrant community they have fostered at the company. Elen’s infectious enthusiasm inspires those around her and creates an environment where everyone feels valued and motivated to achieve their best.

Elen with HP country managing director, Ian Reyes (middle), and leads from the Commercial and Retail Channel, Market Development, Print Category, and Enterprise Account teams during the HP Reach in Cebu last year (October 2022).

A supportive environment for women in tech

While the tech industry has historically been male-dominated, Elen shares a different narrative. At HP, she has found an empowering and inclusive environment that values diversity and fosters growth for all its employees. Her constant happiness and positive outlook are a testament to the supportive culture within the company. She has never felt discriminated against for being a female. On the contrary, she feels empowered by HP’s commitment to providing equal opportunities and a platform for women to thrive. The strong community and camaraderie at the company have been instrumental in shaping her journey, enabling her to reach new heights and inspire others along the way.

Throughout her career, Elen has been fortunate to have female mentors who played a pivotal role in her success. These trailblazers have not only shared their wisdom and expertise. They also instilled in her the confidence to take pride in her work and embrace challenges with a smile.

Elen at the recently concluded HP Amplified Product Solutions and Showcase (March 2023).

“Lady managers have really opened the door for me,” Elen shared. “The one-on-one coaching that you usually get, the small talks that you have with them have all been so helpful. It’s good to work with females, right?”

Their guidance, combined with Elen’s indomitable spirit, has strengthened her belief in the power of female camaraderie and mentorship. As the Chairwoman of Women’s Impact Network PH, Elen is passionate about creating a space where women can connect, learn, and empower each other. A space for continuing the legacy of support and mentorship that has shaped her own journey.

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Members of the Women’s Impact Network PH gather for an engaging and informative women’s month celebration at the HP office. The one standing is WIN PH co-chair Anabel Gan. Talking on-screen is HP Philippines’ country HR, Rena Marin (March 2023).

“Women’s Impact Network is not just for women – we have male allies in the group as well,” Elen said. “One of the projects we worked on is to have a series of trainings for women to encourage them to take on leadership roles.” It’s an important move that supports the company’s feminist ideals. At HP Philippines, women make up more than half of the local team. In the last year, the list of the company’s new hires was also dominated by women – an impressive 66%.

Celebrating women all-year-round

Writing about women in tech and highlighting their accomplishments should not be limited to a month designated for the fairer sex. Elen’s story serves as a reminder that these narratives deserve recognition and celebration throughout the year. Women like Elen are making significant contributions to the tech industry every day. Their stories deserve to be shared and celebrated. By highlighting their achievements and experiences, we promote diversity, encourage inclusivity, and inspire future generations to pursue their passions without limitations.

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Apart from work, Elen also loves to travel.This is her in one of her trips to Osaka, Japan.

Elen’s passion for empowering women in the tech industry extends beyond her role at HP. She firmly believes that fostering diversity and gender equality is crucial for creating a future where women can thrive in any field they choose. She serves as an inspiration to aspiring women in tech, encouraging them to pursue their dreams fearlessly. By shining a spotlight on women like Elen, we ensure that their achievements and stories are not only celebrated but also serve as a catalyst for change and progress. Through her dedication and advocacy, Elen is shaping a future where women in tech can break barriers, seize opportunities, and create their own success stories.

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Dyson unveils new lineup of intelligent home cleaning tech

Including wet vacuums!

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Technology company Dyson has introduced a new, groundbreaking lineup of intelligent technologies aimed at revolutionizing the way we clean our homes. With a focus on automation, advanced software, and cutting-edge engineering, the new range of products promises to deliver unparalleled cleaning performance and create healthier living environments.

At a recent event in Singapore, Dyson Chief Technology Officer John Churchill unveiled the company’s latest technologies. Providing a glimpse into their vision for the future of clean homes. Drawing on decades of expertise in filtration, airflow, motors, software, and robotics, Dyson aims to simplify home maintenance and alleviate the burden of cleaning. “Our future vision is of a home that can look after itself,” Churchill said. “The new technologies launched today are the embodiment of this–the most powerful robotic vacuum cleaner, intelligent, large-room purification, and, for active cleaning, new cordless vacuums and cleaner head technologies that offer adaptive, multifunctional cleaning when and where you need it.”

The newly unveiled technologies incorporate robotics, sensing capabilities, and intelligent software to enable a more efficient and effective cleaning process. By understanding the surrounding environment and the cleaning task at hand, Dyson’s products can automatically adapt and respond to provide optimal cleaning results. This intelligent approach is made possible through precise sensors, sophisticated software algorithms, and advanced mechanical technologies.

Dyson 360 Vis Nav

One of the highlights of Dyson’s new lineup is the Dyson 360 Vis Nav robotic vacuum. It represents the next generation of intelligent and independent cleaning devices. With six times the suction power of any other robot vacuum, this innovative device incorporates Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) technology.

It can remember areas it has cleaned, create dust maps of the home, and navigate with precision, even cleaning right up to the edges of a room. Equipped with a triple-action brush bar, it effectively cleans different floor types and can maneuver under furniture effortlessly.

Big+Quiet Formaldehyde

Dyson’s commitment to clean air is evident in the Dyson Purifier Big+Quiet Formaldehyde. Designed for large spaces, this purifier delivers powerful air projection with an impressive 10-meter range. Notably, it operates quietly at just 56 decibels, providing a peaceful environment. Equipped with advanced sensors, the purifier automatically detects and purifies pollutants as they arise. Its HEPA H13 particle filter traps ultrafine particles, while the K-Carbon filter removes gas pollutants and effectively eliminates formaldehyde. Real-time air quality data is sent to the user’s smartphone via the MyDysonTM app for continuous monitoring.

Dyson Gen5detect

Moving away from their usual naving conventions, Dyson’s Gen5detect cordless vacuum sets new standards in suction power and versatility. Powered by the fifth-generation Hyperdymium motor, it offers unparalleled performance, capable of capturing viruses within the home.

Its fully sealed, whole-machine HEPA filtration system ensures that particles as small as 0.1 microns are effectively trapped. The vacuum’s Fluffy OpticTM cleaner head reveals microscopic dust particles, allowing for precise cleaning. With a fade-free, energy-dense battery, users can enjoy extended cleaning sessions of up to 70 minutes.

Dyson Submarine

In a breakthrough for wet cleaning, Dyson introduces the Dyson Submarine wet roller head. This attachment, compatible with select Dyson vacuum models, efficiently removes spills, stains, and small debris from hard floors. Engineered with an innovative hydration system, it ensures an optimal amount of water distribution for thorough cleaning without over-saturation. Its motor-driven microfiber roller effectively tackles dirt and debris. The low-profile design and full-width brush bar allow for effortless maneuvering even in tight spaces.

Dyson’s latest innovations embody the company’s mission to create healthier homes with minimal effort. By integrating automation, advanced software, and intelligent features, Dyson aims to transform the cleaning experience. With the ability to adapt to different cleaning tasks and environments, these technologies offer unmatched performance and convenience. Dyson’s commitment to innovation and its relentless pursuit of cutting-edge technologies continue to redefine the future of home cleaning.

As the demand for efficient and intelligent cleaning solutions grows and the desire for healthier living spaces increases, Dyson remains at the forefront of delivering groundbreaking home cleaning technologies. With their extensive expertise in motor engineering, filtration systems, and robotics, Dyson continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in home cleaning.

By incorporating intelligent sensors, powerful motors, and advanced software, Dyson’s new range of products is designed to streamline the cleaning process and minimize the time and effort required. These technologies are a testament to Dyson’s commitment to providing innovative solutions that enhance the well-being of homeowners.

As of publishing, availibility and pricing for these upcoming launches are yet to be announced.

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Last-minute gifts for your mom this Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is a special time to show appreciation for the amazing women in our lives who have given us so much. It’s a day to celebrate the love, care, and sacrifices of mothers everywhere. While there are many ways to express our gratitude, finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. If you’re still looking for something thoughtful, practical, and easily accessible, consider these tech gifts that your mom is sure to love.

  1. Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer

Last minute gifts for mother's day: Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer in Vinca Blue Rosé

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If your mom loves to take care of her hair, the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer is a great gift option. This hairdryer is designed to be a lot more quiet, faster, and more efficient than traditional hairdryers. It uses intelligent heat control to prevent extreme heat damage to the hair, while still drying it quickly. The Supersonic also comes with a range of attachments, including a smoothing nozzle, styling concentrator, and diffuser, so your mom can achieve any hairstyle she desires. It also comes in a pretty blue and pink color combo branded as Vinca Blue and Rosé. It’s easy to pick one up today at a Dyson store or order it via their official Lazada store.

  1. Pilates Membership at OneLife Studio

Last minute gifts for mother's day: OneLife Studio Pilates Classes

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Give your mom the gift of fitness and me-time by getting her started on Pilates. At OneLife Studio, your mom can improve her core strength, balance, and flexibility in every 55-minute session. You can also book her for a much-needed stretch session to take away stress and muscle pain. The MindBody app allows her to make booking classes on the go. It also lets her track her progress easily, allowing your mom to stay on top of her fitness goals. OneLife Studio offers a range of one-on-one classes, from beginner to advanced, so there’s something for everyone.

  1. LG 39L Smart Inverter NeoChef™ Microwave Oven

Last minute gifts for mother's day: LG NeoChef Microwave

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The LG NeoChef™ Smart Inverter Microwave Oven is the perfect kitchen companion for busy moms who value convenience and efficiency. With its precise cooking temperature and even heating, this culinary appliance can help anyone cook delicious meals in no time. It’s also designed to save you time with its EasyClean™ feature, which makes cleaning up a breeze. Various cooking functions, like Healthy Roasting, Fry, Steaming, Grilling, and Fermenting, offer versatility to help your mom prepare a wide variety of meals.

But beyond its functionality, this powerful kitchen appliance also adds a touch of sophistication to any home with its sleek design. Give the gift of time and convenience to your mom this Mother’s Day with the LG NeoChef™ Smart Inverter Microwave Oven. Getting one for your mom is easy as pie by ordering it from their official LazMall Store.

Whether your mom loves to take care of her hair, stay fit, or cook up a storm, there’s a gift out there that’s perfect for her – one that you can easily acquire even if you totally forgot that it’s already mother’s day weekend. We’ve all been there but it’s definitely the thought that counts. Show your mom how much you care this Mother’s Day with a thoughtful and practical gift that she’ll love and use for years to come.

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