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6 blue smartphones you won’t regret buying

Even after their successors launch in 2020

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Pantone announced Classic Blue as the next Color of the Year, and this means that every industry might release their products in this familiar color. Unknowingly, there are smartphones released in 2019 exhibiting this classic shade. It may not be as timeless and neat as white, but this color will definitely help you stand out in 2020.

Pretty sure, you won’t regret buying these phones, even when their successors launch in 2020. After all, these smartphones are powerful in their own right.

Sony Xperia 5

First on the list is the gorgeous Xperia 5. When talking about classic, one can’t just forget the familiar Xperia design. With its sleek and boxy body coated in blue, it’s difficult not to fall in love with this beaut.

Touted as the more affordable brother of the Xperia 1, the Xperia 5 houses a triple rear camera system with a 12-megapixel sensor in each camera. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset — a standard for a 2019 flagship. Keeping most of the same features, no doubt it’s the baby brother of Xperia 1.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro or Redmi K20 Pro

One of our favorites this year, the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro won’t let you down, even if the Redmi K30 and K30 Pro arrive. It has proven itself as the best value smartphone this year, offering flagship prowess at an affordable price.

For only roughly around US$ 400, the Mi 9T Pro is packed with power and performance unlike any other. It’s equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 — which is present at most flagships today — and sports an all-screen design, thanks to its pop-up camera.

Moreover, its rear cameras can more than hold its own against phones at a similar price point. There is really nothing like it.

Realme XT

Another favorite, the Realme XT is one of the best value smartphones with a 64-megapixel camera. Against the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Vivo NEX 3, the Realme XT offers fantastic detail and vibrant color reproduction at a sweet price.

Priced at around US$ 330, you’re getting so much for what you pay for. It may not have the same chipset as the Mi 9T Pro, but its camera performance can compete even with the likes of Huawei P30 and iPhone XR.

Additionally, it comes in two beautiful colors to match different personalities: Pearl Blue and Pearl White.

OnePlus 7T

Unbeknownst to many, especially non-techies, OnePlus used to be a flagship killer. This year, they went all-in with the 7T, releasing a new design with a circular ring module along with a matte frosted back cover in Glacier Blue.

There’s a reason why a lot of people follow OnePlus’ products like a cult. For instance, the 7T has an AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It also sports Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855+ processor, a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor on its rear, its 3800mAh battery supported by a 30T Warp Charging — which charges the phone 23 percent faster than its predecessor.

Lastly, it ships with OxygenOS for a smooth gaming and day-to-day experience, all for US$ 599. Sweet, right?

Honor 9X

One of the most affordable smartphones right now, the Honor 9X offers great value for those looking for a device that can get the job done without breaking the bank.

The Honor 9X currently retails for around US$ 240, available in Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black. For that price, it offers a 48-megapixel primary sensor — which is a staple on most 2019 flagships — along with 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It also has a 16-megapixel pop-up camera.

More importantly, it’s powered by a Kirin 710 chipset, coupled with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and 4000mAh battery. You really get a lot for a small price!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Of course, the best Android flagship of this year won’t let you down, even if Samsung launches bigger things in 2020. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus earned our GadgetMatch Seal of Approval, and there’s a reason why.

For starters, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus didn’t introduce anything groundbreaking. Rather, it presented the culmination of this decade’s technology, delivering the best experience a user can expect out of a flagship smartphone. It maxed out the specs it can offer to let you be even more productive and equipped it with powerful cameras to help you hone your creativity.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is a solid phone that can do the job, and even if it comes with a price, we guarantee that it’s a phone that won’t give up on you (even if everyone else has).

So which blue phone is your GadgetMatch?

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Her story: Shyama Golden

On childhood memories and creating work that make people more involved

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Shyama Golden is a visual artist from Brooklyn, New York. She was born in Texas, but also lived in New Zealand and Sri Lanka, where her family is originally from. These influences didn’t start coming out in her work until she became more distanced from them. “Sometimes you have to be taken out of an environment to realize what was special about it,” she notes.

The huge painting in her living room called Road Trip was inspired by both her Sri Lankan background and growing up in Texas. Central to the painting is a yakka, a demon character in Sri Lankan folklore that performs exorcism rituals to cure people of their ailments. Shyama says the rituals are something that people have been doing for thousands of years, although they are much less common now — almost like a dying art. In a way, she hopes to resurrect that through the piece.

Shyama draws inspiration everywhere — from distant sources, to forgotten artists, to old books, to obscure references — but so much of her work also reflects her own childhood memories.

“Sometimes you have to be taken out of an environment to realize what was special about it.”

Catsquatch is a collaboration between her and her husband. She did a large painting for it, but it’s also a children’s storybook that they wrote together — a story of house cats running away from home, yearning independence.

Her memory of seeing stray cats wandering everywhere while living in Sri Lanka is also evident in a portrait of the younger versions of her mom and her aunt.

The most notable facet of her body of work, however, isn’t their size or the presence of felines, but the number of digital portraits of women of color she’s drawn over the years.

From flat, minimalist digital work as a graphic designer, having the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil has allowed her to create work that still looks like an oil painting but at a much faster pace.

“What the iPad did is allow me to keep my style. It was really helpful to me because over two years I was able to output what used to take me 5-6 years,” says Shyama.

Among the portraits that she’s done, her favorite is the one of Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy for The Atlantic. She says she liked working on it because it tells a story within the portrait, “beyond just the face, it actually has a whole narrative to it.”

She also uses the iPad to do studies and mockups of what she intends to be a physical work. Initially drawn on Procreate using its symmetry feature, The Feminine Mirage uses a custom panel and a mirror to convey myths perpetuated by different social constructs. Although extremely challenging and time-consuming, she enjoys working on pieces that have a presence in the physical world but are still interactive as they make people more involved.

Her story: Shyama Golden

Shyama Golden is a visual artist whose memories of growing up in Texas and Sri Lanka are evident influences in a number of paintings that she's done. Most notable of her body of work, however, are theportraits of women of color she's drawn over the years using the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. This is her story.

Posted by Her GadgetMatch on Friday, 27 March 2020


Her story is a series featuring women we admire from a wide array of cultures and industries — women who excel and work hard at honing their craft by using the tools and technology they have at their disposal. They tell stories of their journey through life, their influences and dreams, their unique experiences, and how they navigate the modern world.

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Huawei P40 Pro Unboxing and Complete Hands-On

‘Visionary Photography’

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Everything you need to know about the new Huawei P40 Series. Yep there are 3 phones this year, the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. Yep a pro plus model!

In this video you get a P40 Pro Unboxing, Hands-On, some photo samples, and a camera comparison vs the P30 Pro.

Of course I’ll also answer you questions: What’s new? How is the P40 Pro’s camera vs the P30 Pro, and what’s it like without Google Play Services? And while you’ll have to wait for my full review for a verdict, I’ll try to answer the question, Is it your GadgetMatch?

Watch our Hands-On video.

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How to quench your thirst for dating in the time of social distancing

Combat that craving for someone’s affection!

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After self-isolating myself for more than two weeks already, I found myself on the verge of insanity. In true Britney Spears fashion, “My loneliness is killing me.”

But there’s a silver lining in this adversity. When we’re forced to do social distancing, there are ways you can cope with badly craving someone’s attention. Here’s how you can quench that thirst for dating or seeing your person.

Set aside time for your hobbies

This enforced social distancing has made a lot of people realize they don’t have much of a hobby. It’s time to rebuild yourself and realize hobbies are building blocks of your personality — a much-needed ingredient in dating.

Imagine being in a relationship with someone who doesn’t have any hobby except talking to you and making you their world? That’s a recipe for disaster; a gateway to a co-dependent, toxic, and potentially abusive relationship.

Now’s the time to do something else. You can create art, put together a collage using your old magazines, start journaling, or dabble in crafting. If you have an instrument, you can start playing music again. Have some books you hoarded from the last book sale? It’s time to read them.

There are a lot of things you can do, so set aside time for your interests. Your future self and your future partner will thank you.

Learn something new to develop yourself

Ever since I met my beau, I had this dream of becoming a trophy house husband. In my quest to achieving this silly fantasy, I’ve been learning stuff that my future self will thank me for, even if I don’t end up marrying the person I’m seeing.

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I’ve opened up cookbooks to learn and try new recipes, so I can make my person some homemade lunch with love when this is all over. I’m also getting into gardening, tarot reading, and most recently, making smoothies while dancing.

With all this extra time we used to spend on traffic, we now have time to do things we need to improve ourselves. Take advantage of this instead of overthinking your crush’s messages to you.

Level up your conversations

If you’re already seeing someone ~and you badly miss them~, it’s time to level up your conversations. Gone are the days you slide into their DMs, chat them on messaging apps, or send them an SMS (really?). It’s time to do video calls and voice calls, or start sending voice messages.

Conversing through the usual messaging and social apps just don’t carry the same level of emotional depth versus a face-to-face encounter. However, hearing or seeing them even through your smartphone’s screen is enough to make you swoon and fall for them again. Nothing beats the calmness your person’s face or voice gives especially on an exhausting, trying situation.

Also, connecting through video and voice calls is just a better way to communicate. You can clarify stuff easily, and there’s a lesser chance of misunderstanding because you can see and hear their tone and reactions. If you have a friend who’s in a long-distance relationship, ask them for some advice. This social distancing situation is a piece of cake for them!

Swipe around

If you don’t have anyone to obsess over, it’s high time you download dating apps (if you haven’t already). For a limited time, Tinder is offering its premium service for free. Set up your dating profiles, and start swiping!

Just make sure to never meet any potential matches until this is all over. Remember, social distancing is a must and you can’t self-quarantine yourself with another person while on lockdown. Behave properly and just chat sexily! You can start with getting to know the other person (especially their political inclinations so you know what you’re getting into).

Keep yourself healthy and well-sanitized

During a pandemic, it’s a must to keep yourself healthy. While there are no ways you can rapidly boost your immune system, it’s still a good practice to eat healthy food and sanitize yourself properly — something that everyone should’ve been doing whether there’s no outbreak.

Additionally, maintaining proper hygiene is a plus in anyone’s book. It’s definitely a turn on for the person you’re dating. Make sure to wash your hands the right way!

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Last but not the least, don’t forget to drink your water. When you drink a gallon of water, you won’t have time to listen to people’s drama and cater to your negative thoughts because you’ll be busy peeing. Stay hydrated, my dear friends!

SEE ALSO: How to disinfect your tech from the coronavirus | Coronavirus porn is trending on Pornhub | Here’s where you can donate to the COVID-19 outbreak efforts | 4 ways you can use TikTok to help during the COVID-19 crisis


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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