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realme 11 Pro+ 5G review: Flagship-like?

Pretty with a dash of power



Elegance and craftsmanship are rarely seen in a pool of midrange smartphones. Good designs are usually seen in devices that come with a premium price tag.

For years, Chinese manufacturers have tried to achieve posh and sleek designs in entry-level and midrange devices.

In all honesty, realme has always attempted to design a smartphone that looks fancy and chic. They weren’t close to creating one, until this year with the advent of the realme 11 Pro+ 5G.

I think realme has finally nailed down a ritzy-looking device that you can finally afford.

Like an accessory

Smartphones already come to a point where it’s not just a smart device keeping your life together. For other people, it also serves as an accessory to pair with their outfits.

I do this too, but in the form of smartphone cases. It’s easy to express yourself and exhibit a different vibe depending on your mood. But what if your smartphone already matches the vibe you’re looking for?

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The realme 11 Pro+ 5G’s back panel looks completely different compared to its predecessors. I mean it when I say it looks really glamorous. It comes with a faux leather cover co-designed with Matteo Menotto, Gucci’s ex-designer and currently Bulgari’s Head of Design for Prints.

Menotto, being based in Italy, was inspired by the City of Milan. The gigantic camera module was inspired by the rising sun, complemented by a yellow, zipper-like line in the middle that represents the city’s roads.

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Its leather-padded back panel looks and feels soft when you caress it with your fingers. Also, 3D-printed stitches ornate the smartphone’s curves and edges.

Menotto’s decision to go with Beige for the main colorway was taken from the way the sun shines over Milan’s buildings. That’s why it’s called Sunrise Beige. The same design can be seen with the Oasis Green colorway — all painted in Green, of course. Meanwhile, the Astral Black colorway is completely painted in matte Black.

Light and functional

While the realme 11 Pro+ 5G looks like a high-end smartphone, it’s still a midrange device. The whole shebang about its gorgeous back panel is still made of plastic.

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Nevertheless, I liked it when I used the smartphone. It’s lightweight, smudge-free, and at the very least, it’s bundled with a transparent, jelly case out of the box. My cousin who’s part of Generation Z was astounded when she used the device for a while.

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Even with a plastic frame, the realme 11 Pro+ 5G is designed with the user in mind. It’s easy to hold and the curves aided in having a secure grip. The volume and power keys are easily reachable on the right side of the frame.

Meanwhile, the microphones and speakers are evenly spread at the top and bottom sides. At the bottom, you’ll also find the dual-SIM tray and the USB-C port.

As a daily driver

Aside from the ergonomic design, the realme 11 Pro+ 5G is powered by everything you’d expect out of a midrange smartphone. Though it runs on MediaTek’s Dimensity 7050, I didn’t experience any freezing, unlike other competing smartphones in its price range.

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Coupled with a large 5,000mAh battery capacity, the realme 11 Pro+ 5G has enough juice to last long throughout the day. It certainly kept up while I multitask, play games, play Spotify or YouTube Music in the background as I work or work out, and endless scrolling on TikTok and Instagram Reels.

Like its predecessors, it certainly has a beastly endurance that can adapt to any lifestyle. When you run out of juice, the realme 11 Pro+ 5G supports 100W fast wired charging. Thankfully, there’s a 100W GaN charger that comes with the box.

Fully charging the device will only take half an hour, and then you’re glued to your smartphone again.

Gorgeous display

Since the realme 11 Pro+ 5G exhibits a curved display, a lot of people might be on the fence since users are still divided between flat and curved screens.

I personally used to like curved screens when it was simple. Yes, I’m talking about the prehistoric Galaxy S8.

Nevertheless, the realme 11 Pro+ 5G still came up with a screen that’s gorgeous to look at and hold at.

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It sports a 6.70-inch AMOLED display with HDR10+ support and 120Hz refresh rate. My only gripe would be the maximum brightness that peaks at 950 nits, making it difficult to check the photos taken on a sunny day.

Despite staying in a shade, the smartphone cannot fully adapt to the brightness of the area — most especially when there’s plenty of sand since the light reflects off it.

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It’s still responsive and vivid, though. I was still able to enjoy my daily dose of Taylor Swift and rack some treasures when playing One Piece: Bounty Rush.

Monster cameras

The realme 11 Pro+ 5G takes pride in its camera system co-developed with Samsung. Its 200-megapixel main camera uses Samsung’s HP3 sensor and boasts having 2x and 4x lossless zoom.

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Its sensor has a f/1.69 23mm lens and is equipped with advanced SuperOIS stabilization that aids in capturing 4K video. Aside from the primary lens, the realme 11 Pro+ 5G has an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens and a 2-megapixel macro camera.

Up front, it houses a 32-megapixel selfie shooter. Let’s take a look at how its cameras perform.

Portraits and Selfies

Like any other Chinese smartphone, I have a love-hate relationship with the selfie camera. Even without beauty mode, the subjects still look padded with beautification. Moreover, the lighting condition can entirely change the look and vibe of your portraits.

Selfies will always be purely subjective, so here are some examples that you might want to check out to see if it matches your liking.

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Wider is always better

I’m a firm believer that wide-angle shots, when done right, can capture the story of a place or a moment. The realme 11 Pro+ 5G doesn’t have the perfect wide-angle cameras, but it’s enough to make every memory worth posting.

Zoom to get closer

The realme 11 Pro+ 5G takes pride in having 2x and 4x lossless zoom. To be very honest, it was my first time to play around with 4x zoom since I’m accustomed to taking photographs of food and sceneries using 2x zoom. See the world up close with these samples.

200MP what?

200-megapixel is a lot. By a lot, I really mean it. One photo using the 200MP camera racked up to 52.6MB in terms of file size, and sported dimensions of 12,240 by 16,320.

The details are insane and if you’re an aspiring smartphone photographer, this tool is definitely a must-have. Here’s one example that took a lot to upload when using only mobile data.

For your everyday snaps

Of course, we’re not all photographers. Some of us use our smartphone cameras to capture our daily lives; snapping moments that unfold before us and recording snippets of the mundane.

Features aside, the realme 11 Pro+ 5G takes promising photos even when using Auto mode.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

The realme 11 Pro+ 5G has the makings of an excellent yet affordable midrange smartphone. It has a glamorous design, an insane 200-megapixel camera, super-fast 100W wired charging, and a smooth performance.

It certainly has one of the best smartphones in its bracket. If dazzling cameras, design, and really quick charging are all you’re up for, the realme 11 Pro+ 5G is definitely your GadgetMatch.

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Having a flagship-like experience trumps all the imperfections and flaws you’ll encounter with this smartphone, especially the lack of IP rating.

The midrange pool is jampacked with smartphones apt for different lifestyles. The HONOR 90 can go toe-to-toe with the realme 11 Pro+ 5G in terms of camera performance, while the Samsung Galaxy A54 and the POCO X5 Pro take the cake for faster hardware and splash-resistant builds.

But if there’s something that matches the realme 11 Pro+ 5G? It’s the Redmi Note 12 Pro+. From specs to price, it’s nearly identical to the point that it boils down to user preference.

And if you don’t really need all that insane cameras and charging speed, you can take down the Plus and pick the realme 11 Pro. Seriously, they’re pretty much the same, just a bit toned down.

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Nevertheless, the realme 11 Pro+ 5G is a worthy recipient of the GadgetMatch Seal of Approval.

Price, availability

The realme 11 Pro+ 5G (12GB/512GB) retails for PhP 24,999.

From August 25 until August 31, you can pre-order the realme 11 Pro+ 5G for PhP 500 as an initial payment to get the pre-order card.

It’ll come with freebies such as TechLife Wireless Earbuds (worth PhP 2,499) and TechLife PowerBank 10000mAh (worth PhP 799). It can be claimed from September 1 to September 3 on over 5,000 stores and kiosks nationwide.

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For card-users, the realme 11 Pro+ 5G will be available through select credit cards with zero installment of up to 12 months. It’s also available at Skyro for up to 12 months and at Home Credit for up to 18 months.

From August 24-25, the smartphone will be available at realme’s TikTok Shop and realme’s E-store. The realme 11 Pro+ 5G will be available with PhP 3,000 off and a 6-month realme Care benefit. The offer is also extended to realme’s official Shopee page from August 27-28, 2023.


Redmi 12 review: Just the basics

Decent-performing, nothing exceptional



Redmi 12

The ever-worsening local economy and inflation rate makes us think from time to time if we will have to settle for less — not by choice but by necessity.

When it comes to smartphones, opting for an entry-level device might still be worth it, as their overall quality and suite of features have improved throughout the years to accommodate users.

Still, that depends on what you’re getting — which then depends on how much time you spend on your phone and how heavy you use it.

Xiaomi recently released the budget Redmi 12 which, on paper, can give customers a reliable budget option. But is it still worth it when put to the test?

First, here’s a quick overview of its specs and features:

  • MediaTek Helio G88 processor
  • Up to 8GB RAM, up to 256GB internal storage
  • MIUI 14 based on Android 13
  • 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging
  • 6.79-inch FHD+ DotDisplay, 90Hz
  • 50MP main camera, triple-camera rear
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • IP53 dust and splash resistance
  • Side fingerprint sensor

Watch our Redmi 12 unboxing.


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Don’t expect it to be 100% smooth

When we first turned this device on, it took a little while for everything to get configured and finished, which is quite expected from a phone in the budget segment.

It’s decent everywhere else. Physically, the phone has a good feel to it when held. The interface looks neat and non-confusing. The screen has ample brightness and good colors to watch videos on your desired streaming apps.

You can switch from one app to the other, browse casually, and take photos or videos without experiencing major issues, but still, don’t expect everything to be smooth.

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For instance, the product does say being able to watch videos at up to a 2460 x 1080 resolution, but I recommended sticking to basic full HD as the playback becomes glitchy and delayed when a higher resolution is selected.

Moreover, try to avoid having several apps open. As this is a phone marketed to the Gen Z audience, it’s tempting to use it and have a ton of social media apps open in one go, from Facebook to TikTok to Instagram to X.

Naturally, there will be links that lead to external apps from time to time, like clicking an ad that leads to Shopee or Lazada, but just do your best to keep the usage as low as possible.

For productivity? It depends

It’s best to keep it simple when using the Redmi 12 for tasks. Besides, there are tablets and laptops if you really want to be “productive.”

Granted, it can handle light tasks such as typing on Google Docs or editing a photo on a free app, but if you are going to open a video editing app and piece together high-quality videos with captions and add music or audio, it will take a toll on the phone.

If anything, it’s good that the phone still kept usual features such as a 3.5mm jock for listening to important audio, and a hybrid slot for extra storage.

Gen Z-tailored cameras

As expected, the Redmi 12’s camera setup includes a 50MP f/1.8 main shooter along with an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera for the staple 0.5 selfies nowadays. There’s also a 2MP f/2.4 macro camera which works well to capture details up-close. In front is an 8MP f/2.1 selfie camera.

There’s a 50MP mode to take higher-quality photos with the main camera, although that will consume higher storage space.

The key here is to match the phone with sufficient lighting. It’s not ideal when used indoors; the captures simply lack brightness, sharpness, and vibrance and the results become noisier.

On the positive side, you can take this outdoors to get okay-quality shots at parks, malls, and everywhere else where the lighting is fine.

Do note that you will need to be extra steady when taking photos as it takes a little time to record what’s on the viewfinder. It does not work well in capturing moving subjects as well when zoomed in.

The macro lens, on the other hand, is hit or miss depending on the subject.

At the very least, 0.5 lens still work well in taking good landscapes or sceneries. The night mode feature also allows for more light to come in for your outdoor photos in low-light conditions.

You can also shoot full HD videos at standard 30fps, for your next TikTok or IG reels upload.

Take it easy on gaming

Redmi 12 | Wild Rift

Oftentimes, people expect much from entry-level devices when it comes to gaming. Surprisingly, the Redmi 12 performed decently on space fantasy RPG Honkai: Star Rail and 5v5 mobile MOBA Wild Rift, provided that you put the settings to low or medium.

Funny enough, the loading screen for Honkai: Star Rail, which is set to the best quality, took a while to finish and was laggish just as expected, but after that, you’re all good. Just keep in mind to give this phone an ample amount of rest after.

Also, since this is just a budget phone, you will have to come up with your own “gaming” or “do not disturb” mode. That’s either setting the phone to flight mode and connecting it to Wi-Fi instead of data, or disallowing all other apps from running in the background. Basically, it’s every little thing that saves up RAM space while you’re gaming.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

As mentioned, getting a device that suits you still ultimately depends on your needs and preferences.

If you just want a good everyday perform to work so you can communicate and entertain yourself while stuck in traffic or during your free time, the Redmi 12 is a decent choice.

But if you need a high-performing device without having to break the bank. Well,  just have more patience and save up, because there are better lower mid-range choices waiting for you.

If you’re really in an “I-need-a-phone-now” predicament, it doesn’t hurt considering the Redmi 12. But we have put everything on this review to make you think twice.

The Redmi 12 starts at PhP 7,999.

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Apple iPhone 15 Pro + 15 Pro Max Review: Huge Leap Forward

There’s more than just the Titanium Design



As you may already know, Apple has released their Pro-level iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max flagships.

A lot of you say they don’t look very different from their predecessors last year — but there’s more than meets the eye.

Aside from the new colors and a tougher Titanium Design, there are hardware and software features you’ll exclusively find on the iPhone 15 Pro series.

Curious to know what the hype is all about?

Here’s our very, VERY in-depth review of the new iPhone 15 and 15 Pro Max!

P.S: This is currently our second longest review video in our YouTube channel!

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OPPO A98 5G review: A+ for all-around experience

A strong contender in its category




The OPPO A98 5G has a very promising spec sheet. With that, you may be wondering if those figures actually translate into real-life use. After rocking the device for nearly two weeks, here’s an in-depth review of the OPPO’s newest midranger.

Before anything else, watch this unboxing

A Beauty that glows differently

The visual upgrade of OPPO A98 5G from its predecessor is very clear, so much so that the difference glows. The new design of the handset feels very refreshing to look at. Personally, I think the vertical pill-shaped camera module combined with the fingerprint and smudge-proof back panel look and feel more premium. Despite being made of plastic, the phone doesn’t look and feel cheap at all.

The handset I got is in Dreamy Blue. The blue shade changes when light casts on it, projecting a subtle glow that comes in the shades of purple, pink, and sometimes, orange. However, if you don’t feel like this color suits you, you can opt for the Cool Black variant of OPPO A98 5G, which leans more on simplicity and elegance.

The front of the phone also looks great with a single camera punch hole in the center. The bezels are also thin, pushing the screen ratio to 91.4%.

It may be light but hold it tight!

Despite having huge hands, I am certainly not a huge fan of big phones. Using the OPPO A98 5G was not a difficult experience for me. Although, I have a minor issue with the phone’s edges.

Don’t get me wrong, I love its trendy flat edges and one can argue that I am just nitpicking. But personally, I think this phone is not the easiest to hold because of its sharp edges. And because it’s also light at 192 grams, there’s a feeling that it might slip off my hands if I’m not gripping it tight enough. Don’t worry though, because its free jelly case solved the issue for me.

On the contrary, the OPPO A98 5G’s weight did not cause me any wrist strain even when I used it for an extended period of time. When it comes to the size, there are (a very few) times when I thought I would reach a part of the screen or a button easier if it’s not this big or tall but hey, the extra screen real estate definitely makes up for those not-so-important thoughts.

A screen that displays joy

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Speaking of screen, the OPPO A98 5G sports a 6.72 inches FHD+ LTPS LCD display. While this isn’t technically that much of an upgrade from last year’s OPPO A96, the Chinese phone manufacturer still found a way to make it better by packing it with a 120Hz screen refresh rate, providing a smoother overall experience.

This is also power efficient as the screen refresh rate adapts and adjusts to whatever activity you are doing. For instance, you’ll get 30Hz while reading, 60Hz for watching videos, 90Hz while gaming, and 120Hz for scrolling on social media. These numbers translate to real-life use as I really enjoyed the smooth scrolling and I didn’t feel like it was draining my battery that much.

Glows for a day or two?

It’s not a secret that even on its midrange tiers, OPPO takes battery and charging seriously. OPPO A98 5G is not an exception with its 5,000mAh battery that juices up with the 67W SUPERVOOC charging technology. OPPO says it will only take 18 minutes to charge the phone to 50% and 44 minutes to fully charge it.

While I didn’t get that exact same time, I still managed to go from 20% to 100% in only 46 minutes. That’s pretty impressive for a midrange phone.

Depending on how heavy your phone use is, the OPPO A98 5G can really hold up to your lifestyle. I’m not really a heavy user so the phone lasted me for two days at most, still having a few percent left before I fuel it up again. Note that I am not into games but more of a social media scroller Gen Z.

It’s also worth noting that OPPO’s exclusive Battery Health Engine technology is present in the OPPO A98 5G. According to OPPO, this technology doubles the battery’s lifespan to four years or more by carefully monitoring your phone’s charging cycle to keep the battery in top shape.

Just powerful enough

Flipping the sheet around, the OPPO A98 5G is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 and comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage out of the box. The RAM can also be artificially expanded up to 16GB with OPPO’s RAM expansion feature. The storage can also be maximized to 1TB with the use of an external SD card.

Basic tasks like social media browsing wouldn’t shake the OPPO A98 5G, so to speak. It handles a lot of apps with definitive ease. In addition, it can also multitask just fine. Well, almost all of the time. I said “almost” because while switching apps back and forth is not a problem, I seldom find certain apps launching back from the start after re-opening them from the recent apps drawer. 

Mobile gaming

Delving into the gaming realm, I will be honest. I am not really into gaming but for this review, I did play Asphalt 9 and Roblox consistently. I also asked my cousin to play his favorite mobile games — Call of Duty Mobile and Genshin Impact.

Surprisingly, the OPPO A98 5G handles gaming really well. I played Asphalt 9 and Roblox in the highest graphics quality setting and I am genuinely amazed that I did not experience any lag or frame drop at all. As for Call of Duty Mobile and Genshin Impact, I also observed similar performance as long as the graphics quality is set to medium or low settings. Dialing the graphics quality to its maximum setting resulted in a few frame drops and faster increase in the smartphone’s temperature.

As for the device’s temperature, the OPPO A98 5G gets warm when used heavily for a longer period of time but it’s not warm enough to cause discomfort in your hands. A few minutes rest for the phone is all it takes for it to cool down. 

It’s loud. But it can get louder!

My love for music and the music industry (Taylor Swift) were satisfied with how the OPPO A98 5G’s dual stereo speakers perform. Sure, the bass is not flagship level but the sound it produces is loud enough to fill a whole room with music. And if your surroundings are not as peaceful as you’d like, OPPO’s ultra volume mode will let the speaker surpass the usual 100% sound level and go as far as 200% for louder sound. 

Classic OPPO camera

Cameras affect a lot of people’s purchasing decisions when it comes to smartphones. The OPPO A98 5G boasts its 64MP main camera, accompanied by its 2MP depth camera and a 2MP micro lens that could go up to 40X of microscope zoom. On the front lies a 32MP selfie camera.

The good news about OPPO A98 5G’s cameras is that they deliver classic OPPO photography. The cameras are indeed better than its predecessor.

It produces sharper and vivid images.

The extra HD setting that processes the photo to be 108MP is glorious.

The microscope photography is mind-blowing.

Night mode works just fine.

And the selfies are clear and crisp.

The video recording, however, is not that impressive. Sure, it’s usable but it’s nothing jaw-dropping. Limited to 1080p at 30FPS and EIS only available at 720p, it’s kind of underwhelming to see this kind of video quality at its price range. 

A love-hate relationship

The latest member of the OPPO’s A series runs on Android 13 topped with ColorOS 13.1. The good thing about OPPO’s software is it’s really packed with features that will give its users more convenience. Take the background stream for example. This feature allows you to play YouTube videos as audio in the background without having to pay for a premium subscription. 

The downside though is the UI still looks messy for me. Booting up the phone for the first time will give you a welcome to lots of bloatware apps. Fortunately, they can be uninstalled with a few taps. 

Is this your GadgetMatch?

In conclusion, the OPPO A98 5G has certainly made a mark in the midrange smartphone segment. With its eye-catching design, impressive display, and powerful battery life, it offers a well-rounded experience for a lot of users.

The device’s ability to deliver smooth performance and handle gaming well are really worth considering. The camera system, although not perfect, still captures quality photos and offers intriguing microscope zoom capabilities.

With its competitive pricing, I can say that the OPPO A98 5G is a strong contender in its category, earning an A+ for its overall offering and total upgrade from its predecessor.

The OPPO A98 5G is priced PhP 18,999 and is available for pre-order until September 21st. The handset can also be purchased on Shopee and Lazada.

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