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realme 9 Pro: A midrange camera powerhouse

For your visual content needs



As someone who’s been in the writing and creative career for years, I firmly believe in the famous phrase, “content is king”. 

But now that visual elements have taken the world by storm, we can probably tweak that and now say, “visual content is king”. 

And what better way could we keep up by having the perfect device that answers the demands for  amazing visuals? That’s where one of realme’s new camera-focused midrangers perfectly fits in — the realme 9 Pro

Now let me tell you how this smartphone delivers. 

#CaptureTheLight like a Pro 

I can barely remember the last time I was able to do a photowalk since I am usually too busy during the day. And I honestly didn’t have the right camera to take snaps at night. But when I got a hold of the realme 9 Pro, what was impossible became plausible. 

This smartphone is equipped with a 64MP Nightscape Main Camera that lets you capture beautiful photos even in difficult lighting. I went to BGC for a couple of weekends and I thoroughly enjoyed taking photos even at night. I was able to capture great ones that can be instantly uploaded on my social feed. 

The realme 9 Pro’s Night mode cleared up the images I took and details of the subjects were more visible. You can also distinctly see the boost in sharpness and color. And even by turning the Night Mode off, the photos still look good though details were a bit softer and colors were a bit on the dull side. 

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Night Mode ON | Night Mode OFF

Though the main camera is called a ‘Nightscape Camera’, photos taken during the day were also pretty amazing. You can definitely notice the wide dynamic range, great sharpness and adequate details.  

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realme 9 Pro

I am not fond of using photo filters with my previous smartphones since most of the time, colors and effects were pretty overdone. 

But what makes the realme 9 Pro even more convenient and fun for content creation is its Street Mode that adds a unique touch to your photos.

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90s Pop | Street Mode

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B&W Plus | Street Mode

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Dramatic | Street Mode

Each in-cam filter has a perfect use for certain locations, situations or feel that you want to achieve without going overboard. 

Regular shot

My personal favorites were the 90’s Pop, B&W Plus, Dramatic and Astral.  

Here are more samples of filtered photos.

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Cyberpunk, Modern Gold, Flamingo, and Dazzle

You can also make your night scene photos a bit more fun and interesting. There’s Street Mode’s Long Exposure modes such as the Neon Trail that lets you capture moving vehicles perfectly.  

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As for the 9 Pro’s 16MP selfie camera, it takes decent shots especially under good lighting conditions. It also does a good job at simulating depth and cleanly separates the subject from the background. 

Depth simulation was also evident with its Portrait Mode. The subject is truly isolated from the background creating a more appealing look. Dynamic range is also good and the subject is well exposed even in challenging conditions. 

What I actually wish that realme improved on are its 8MP wltra-wide camera and 2MP macro lens. Using the ultra-wide lens, photos lacked a bit of detail caused by the lower resolution. Colors were also slightly washed out and showed less sharpness. 

As for its macro lens, photos can be barely used as content since they were blurry as it was difficult to get a usable shot due to its 4-cm fixed focus distance. 

Dazzling design 

The camera may be the ‘main character’ when it comes creating content but the design of the realme 9 Pro also contributes a lot to making amazing ones. 

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The realme 9 Pro is just 8.5mm thin and weighs just 195g so it makes it easier to carry around and use while hustling from one place to another. It also has flat edges wrapped around and the plastic back is nicely curved to the sides. This makes it easier and more comfortable to grip when taking photos. 

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I also can’t help but feel confident as I took the realme 9 Pro out for a spin. I saw a few people looking at its distinct Aurora Green design.

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But still, I can’t help but wish I also got a hold of the Sunrise Blue variant with the Light Shift Design that changes from blue to red when exposed to sunlight. 

Ultra Smooth Display


With the realme 9 Pro, realme decided to level up for a higher refresh rate with its 6.6-inch display. This boasts a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate so browsing through websites and scrolling through apps is a smooth experience. 

realme also claims to have implemented a granular refresh rate control including 6 refresh rates depending on the scenario.

So on the phone’s settings, you can opt to choose the High refresh rate of 120Hz, drop down to Standard which is 60Hz or set it to Auto-Select. This lets the system choose the appropriate refresh rate for the scenario. This allows the display to go as low as 30Hz which may actually help you save some battery along the way.

With this refresh rate, realme went with a FHD+IPS Display but it still isn’t something to be disappointed about. It produces vibrant colors and great contrast that comes quite close to what I have tried with some AMOLED displays.

Powerful all-around 5G Performance 

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Considering that the realme 9 Pro is a camera-focused smartphone, its performance still isn’t to be underestimated. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset with Adreno GPU 619, 8GB RAM with up to 5GB Dynamic RAM and 128GB of internal storage, this device is pretty fired up.

I immediately tried out Asphalt 9: Legends with its highest settings and it ran without a hitch. All the graphics loaded quickly and were smooth all throughout.

It was also impressive how I was able to play the action-packed Call of Duty: Mobile with very high settings on at a buttery smooth rate. 

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This processor also comes with 5G capability, allowing for connecting to the fastest network bands available. Which is why during my stay at a cafe in BGC, I was able to stream my favorite films and music at very fast speeds.

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Unlike other midrangers that were launched so far this 2022, the realme 9 Pro was launched with Android 12 out of the box with realme UI 3.0. The UI didn’t feel bloated and only came with a few customizations from realme such as their theme and accent color selections.

Battery and Charging 

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The realme 9 Pro packs a 5,000mAh battery which should be a standard for smartphones nowadays. It lasted me a day and a half of social media use and content creation. There’s also some Youtube watching and gaming on the side. 

Charging with its 33W Dart Charger, 30 minutes of charging got the battery from 10 percent to 52 percent. And a full charge took a total of an hour and 14 minutes which is a pretty desirable result.

Is the realme 9 Pro your GadgetMatch? 

If it still isn’t obvious, the realme 9 Pro is a great catch. It brings some flagship-level features in the midranger segment. 

It also has outstanding cameras along with photography modes that lets you create visual content that you can straight up use on your social media feed. You can’t go wrong with its ultra smooth display, highly competent processor with 5G connectivity and sufficient battery life. Even more-so if you’re into photography or content creation. 

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The realme 9 Pro (8GB+128GB) is available for PhP 16,990 but as an early-bird offer exclusively on Lazada, you can get PhP 2,000 OFF and just purchase it for PhP 14,990 until March 18, 2022. 

It will also be available at all realme official stores and partner dealers nationwide. The realme 9 Pro will be up for pre-order from March 16 to 25. Upon claiming on March 26 to 27, it comes with the following freebies:

  • Pocket Bluetooth Speaker
  • realme Type-C Superdart Cable
  • realme Mobile Game Finger Sleeves 


vivo v29 5G review: Aesthetic phone with aura light to match

It’s content creator-friendly!



vivo V29 5G

vivo just officially launched their newest mid-ranger, the vivo V29 5G, and we’re lucky to get dibs before the release date.

I was initially excited to review this because of the stunning design, and I’d love to see the improvements of their Aura Light technology — a clever and trendy feature that set vivo apart from its competitors. 

For two weeks, I brought this phone along with me to my different activities. Below are some of my favorite things about it.

Celestial-inspired colors

One of the things I love about phones today is how brands are stepping up when it comes to design. Of course, we’re all for the specs and performance, but having a phone that fits your aesthetic is a big plus nowadays especially in the time of reels and Tiktok.

vivo clearly understood that assignment.

Starting from their color-changing back design from vivo V23, vivo’s phone releases have become much more interesting with their well-thought-of designs.

When I got my hands on the vivo V29 5G, I immediately loved the Magic Maroon color. I brought it along with me to Niki’s concert at the Mall of Asia Arena, and it matched my maroon pink floral outfit. 

The other variant, Starry Purple, looks okay for me in photos. It looks pretty and elegant in person, though. I would’ve wanted it to be fully purple, but it makes sense — this colorway is more gender neutral.

The Innovative Starry Craft design overall looks very premium, making vivo V29 5G a great gadget match to any stylish outfit.

Wearing a chrome nail polish would be a total plus!

Improved Aura Light technology

vivo V29 5G Aura Light 2.0

vivo V29 5G Aura Light 2.0

vivo’s exclusive Aura Light system was first introduced in vivo V27, which I had the pleasure to review as well. The new vivo V29 upgrades this feature with the Aura Light 2.0. It finally has the Smart Color Temperature Adjustment, which lets you adjust the color of the light depending on the surroundings or personal preferences. It’s giving warm glow.

This feature is content creator friendly. No need to ask your friend to turn on their phone light for additional lighting.

Here are some sample photos using the Aura Light technology:

Crisp camera quality


When it comes to the camera quality, the vivo V29 5G takes crisp and clear photos even up to 10x zoom. 

Group selfies are great as well. With the 50-MP AF group selfie, it can accommodate a large group without compromising the quality and with more room for the background.


The portrait camera enhances the features of the subject, and with the aura light, the photo is ready to upload without the need for enhancement. 

Selfie mode is pretty clear too.

One of the things I also noticed, though, is that it takes long for photos to process, especially when taking photos in low light.

Stunning night shots

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The vivo V29 5G delivers sharp photos even during nighttime. 

During Niki’s concert, I took some low-light indoor photos and I was impressed with the night camera.

Look at these audience snaps from when Niki sang my favorite heartbreak song, “Oceans and Engines.”



The ocean of lights were breathtaking, and the vivo V29 5G gave justice to it. Thanks to the camera’s super night mode, vivo V29 5G solidly captured the phone lights, and they didn’t appear blurry.

The phone also features an Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) technology which reduces blurriness, ensuring quality low-light photos. Here’s another sample photo from a night music festival I went to:

It also takes decent concert videos, but the 10x video zoom is just okay.

80W fast charging

The best thing about Android phones for me is the consistent innovation when it comes to fast charging. The vivo V29 5G provides 80W fast charging, perfect for those who are on-the-go, or those who are just impatient (like me). I immediately got an additional 15% battery charge in as fast as 5 minutes.

Other new features

Another notable thing about vivo v29 is the additional eye protection features for both hardware and software. The phone has reduced blue light and screen flickering to ensure safe usage.

This is great news if you’re thinking of availing this phone for your loved ones, especially the older ones.

Apart from these features, vivo V29 5G sports a 120 Hz 1.5K AMOLED 3D Curved Screen, giving users a comfortable grip and great screen quality for binge-watching. It has 8 to 12GB RAM for fast video editing, as well as occasional gaming, and can handle up to 27-36 active apps in the background.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

Overall, the vivo V29 5G is a great gadget for those who love content creation, and those with the habit of using multiple apps in a single time. It’s a great choice as well for people who loves using their phone as accessory to match their OOTD.

The vivo V29 5G is now available in the Philippines in two storage options: 12GB+256GB, priced at PhP 24,999 and 12GB+512GB for PhP 26,999. It’s available in vivo’s official stores, Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok Shop.

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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.


New budget phone alert! #Redmi12

♬ original sound – GadgetMatch – GadgetMatch

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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