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Some people enjoy a ton of mobile gaming, others are more into making the most of their smartphone cameras. At least that’s how marketing tries to categorize people. But in reality, we’re all a little bit of everything.

At one point or another we can want to game, create, or do whatever. So, wouldn’t it be great to have a smartphone that can address all of that without putting so much damage on your wallet?

That’s what OPPO’s Reno line is here for. And the OPPO Reno5 fulfills these needs. The OPPO Reno5’s specs make it the ideal upper midranger.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  • 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM
  • 180Hz Touch Sampling Rate
  • 4310mAh

OPPO Reno5 Gaming

That’s plenty to handle some of today’s popular mobile games like League of Legends: Wild Rift. But more than the immersion the 6.4-inch AMOLED display brings, OPPO’s Game Assistant makes sure your gaming session is uninterrupted.

OPPO’s Gamer Mode lets you block all notifications while you play, so you never lose your focus. There’s also the Bullet Screen Message that lets a few messages get through, but it shows up in a tiny ticker style text that doesn’t obstruct your gameplay.

There’s also the Adjustable Gaming Touch. The Reno5 is capable of 180Hz touch sampling rate. You can customize this to fit your own play style.

These apply to all the games you have installed that you can launch from the Game Space which activates Gaming Shortcut Mode. With it, you can skip the intro animation and dive straight to the game.

After playing, you can juice it up real quick because it supports 50W Flash Charge.

Content Creating

The cameras on the OPPO Reno5 are pretty versatile.

  • 64MP F1.7 (main)
  • 8MP F2.2 (ultra-wide)
  • 2MP F2.4 (macro), 2MP F2.4 (portrait)
  • 32MP F2.4 front camera

But it’s the shooting features that really take it to the next level.  Check out this quick montage.

Which shots were your favorite? We’re fans of the Dual Video! With it, you can use both the front and rear camera at the same time. Neat!

Meanwhile, there’s also A.I. Highlight Video that lets you shoot bright videos even in Dim or Backlit settings. There’s plenty you can create with these shooting modes, so keep shooting and let your imagination run wild.

ColorOS 11.1

When you’re not playing or creating something, there’s still plenty of fun to be had on the OPPO Reno5.

One of the best things about Color OS 11.1 is the ability to make it truly your own! The Always On Display has a wide array of options including patterns, text, digital clocks, and more!

Fan of Dark Mode? You can adjust how dark it is based on what you like with the contrast ratio options.

There’s FlexDrop that lets you multitask by making sure you can reply to messages even if your screen is already preoccupied. And there’s Three Finger Translate that lets you quickly translate what’s on your screen which can be extremely helpful.

Whatever you do. whatever you’re into, the OPPO Reno5 with ColorOS 11.1, with all of its capabilities has you covered.

The OPPO Reno5 4G retails for PhP 18,999 and is available for purchase at OPPO Concept Stores as well as their e-commerce partners Lazada and Shopee.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and OPPO Philippines.

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Hermès Apple Watch Series 8: Unboxing and Full Set-Up

What makes it different from the regular Apple Watch though?

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If you’ve been fond of GadgetMatch for quite a while now, you would know that Michael Josh is a big Apple Watch user.

From having to experience several Watch Series up until the Watch Ultra, to having various bands, he now has the most expensive Apple Watch in the Series 8 lineup in his hands.

In this video, he unboxes the most expensive Apple Watch ever — the Hermès Apple Watch Series 8.

To give you the full experience, he’ll also dive into the nitty-gritty of what makes it different and more special than the regular Watch Series 8.

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vivo V25 vs V23 5G: Camera Shootout

Are there even significant improvements?

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vivo V25

It hasn’t even been a year but vivo has already revealed the successor to the V23 5G that was launched earlier this 2022. But is it actually worth upgrading to the new vivo V25? Or should you save yourself some money and buy the older V23 5G instead?

vivo V25

Don’t let that new camera bump with bigger circular cutouts on the vivo V25 fool you. On paper, the cameras are close to one another but the V25 has the advantage of having a slightly wider aperture and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) that the V23 5G doesn’t have.

vivo V25 vivo V23 5G
Wide 64MP f/1.79
PDAF, OIS + EIS
64MP f/1.89
PDAF, EIS
Ultra-WIde 8MP 120º f/2.2
Macro 2MP f/2.4
Selfie 50MP f/2.0 wide

 

50MP f/2.0 wide
8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide
+ Dual-tone Spotlight

The sad news though is that, vivo has decided to remove the extra ultra-wide selfie camera and dual flash system on the new V25.

vivo V23 with the Dual-tone Spotlight Flash feature

But how do these phones perform side-by-side knowing the new V25 also has a slightly less-powerful MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset over V23 5G’s Dimensity 920? Are there enough convincing differences or is the older model actually better? Feed yourself some photo sample comparisons below.

Daylight

In any given circumstance, a valuable Android midranger should take at least a decent photo with natural light around — thus me taking lesser photos to compare.
Still, your judgment matters.

#1A (Ultra-wide)

vivo V25

#1B (Wide)

vivo V25

#2

#3A (Wide)

#3B (Zoom)

Food

Taking food shots (mostly with indoor lighting) is a better way to test which phone camera is capable of producing the better image output with the right amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness, temperature, as well as Dynamic Range.

#4

#5

#6

#7

#8

#9

#10

#11

*Left photo was taken multiple times with the focus tapped on the baked roll. Lens coating was also cleaned several times but still resulted to the same output.

#12

Night Mode

Low-light photos can either make or break the capabilities of a smartphone’s camera.
While it’s a mixed bag of outputs, it still depends on the user if Night Mode photos are important in a midranger or not.

#13A (Wide)

#13B (Ultra-wide)

#14

#15

#16

#17

#18

vivo V25

#19

vivo V25

#20

vivo V25

BONUS: Low-Light Selfie

For users who love taking selfies even in the dark, both phones can take fill-in flash (using the display) to brighten up your faces.

Without Flash

vivo V25

However, the ultra-wide selfie and Dual-tone Spotlight feature were removed completely from the vivo V25. You just have to guess and pick which is which.

With Flash (Aura Fill, Dual-Tone Dual Spotlight Flash)

vivo V25

Results

No more confusions, the results are consistent all throughout the board:

Photo A — vivo V23 5G

Photo B — vivo V25

Conclusion

vivo V25

While it’s barely a big camera quality improvement, the vivo V25 has rendered some of the scenes quite well such as in Photos 1A, 11, and 12 which the V23 5G failed to display at least an acceptable output. Other times, the vivo V23 5G delivered better results like in Photos 1B, 2, 3A, 4, and 13A. Those images delivered overall better photos with a sufficient amount of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and AWB (Auto White Balance).

Overall, the V25 produced better images with decent amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness. The newer model also has some slight edge on focusing and making shots brighter and more stable at night.

vivo V25

While only two selfies were provided, the V23 5G obviously has the edge — especially with its extra selfie lens and dual-flash feature.

vivo V25

If you’re coming from the V23 5G, you don’t need to upgrade to the vivo V25. Period. But, if you’re looking for a phone to replace your old vivo smartphone (or pretty much any old budget phone or midranger for that matter), buying the V25 won’t hurt.

vivo V25

Unless you’re looking for a used unit, a brand new vivo V23 5G is being sold at PhP 27,999. Whereas, a brand new V25 retails at a cheaper PhP 23,999 price tag.

vivo V25

Imho, choosing the V23 5G over the V25 is advantageous for some reasons: a more premium-looking design with metallic sides, slightly faster chipset, and the extra selfie camera.

vivo V25

But realizing how more capable the cameras of the V25 are, you can also choose it for its bigger battery and brighter display. Also, the OIS feature is very handy if you love taking photos in action or at night or just record stable-free videos without worrying about warping and jitters. At the end of the day, you should know what you value the most in buying a new smartphone.

SEE ALSO:

vivo V25 is a Night Portrait Master

Taking photos to the next level with the vivo V23 5G

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iPhone 14 Pro Max vs 13 Pro Max vs S22 Ultra: Camera Shootout

A Very Different Camera Test

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The iPhone 14 Pro Max finally has an upgraded camera system — highlighted by its 48MP main camera sensor.

But does it really take better photos vs the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra?

Find out in our photo-walk style camera shootout with the pro-photographer and Apple’s #ShotoniPhone Macro Challenge Global Winner Tom Reeves.

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