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realme Buds Air 3 review: Noise off, rock on

realme’s most powerful noise cancellation to date?



Having an amazing pair of earphones has become as essential as our smartphones. From streaming Spotify to videos and Zoom meetings. Even for zoning out in commutes and coffee shops, it helps to have a reliable audio daily driver these days. 

realme has been making feature-packed wireless earphones for the recent years. It seems they’re at it again with the realme Buds Air 3. They declared that this has the most powerful noise cancellation yet.   

Does their claim hold true? Let’s find that out and more. 

Blame it on the ANC  

realme Buds Air 3

Let’s go straight to the star of the show. On paper, realme promises Active Noise Cancellation of up to 42db with the Buds Air 3. And to be honest, I didn’t know how quiet 42db of ANC can be. 

But the moment I plugged the buds in my ears, I immediately noticed that everything went silent. 

The first time I tried it at home, I was so impressed that I could barely hear the song on the radio which was just right next to me even if I still wasn’t listening to anything yet. 

During the weekend, I watched the replay of BTS’ Permission to Dance concert in Las Vegas. I wanted to test the earbuds further so I brought them with me to a noisy food court in a mall. And the moment I enabled the noise cancellation, all the background music and the chatter of people were drowned and all I could hear was the concert I was playing. 

realme Buds Air 3

Not only were the earbuds good for music but also for calls and conversations. 

I used it for a Zoom meeting and quite noticeably, comparing it to my previous wireless earbuds, I can hear my colleagues better without any distractions, all thanks to the Buds Air 3’s effective ANC and Smart De-Wing Technology. 

Bring the beat in right in your pocket 

realme Buds Air 3

Compared to its predecessor, realme has improved the design with the Buds Air 3. Its case is a bit smaller and is shaped like a pebble so it slides easily even into my small pocket. The realme logo was moved from the middle to the top of the case which I think gives it a unique look. Plus the Starry Blue color variant that we have adds to its elegance. 

The earbuds itself also has shorter stems compared to the Buds Air 2. It feels lighter and fits perfectly in my ears especially with the right size of silicone tips. 

Despite the plastic body with a glossy finish, the earbuds don’t easily fall out of my ears even during those times that I used it while working out at the gym. It’s even a big plus that the Buds Air 3 has an IPX5 water resistance rating so it’s perfect for people who have an active lifestyle. 

Pairing and customization to your preference 

realme Buds Air 3

One thing that I liked about the realme Buds Air 3 is the ease of setting it up. The moment I open the case, it easily connects to my device. As it also supports Bluetooth 5.2, it provides stable connection even at a considerable distance. 

There were times when I’ve forgotten my phone in my room. Despite that, the buds were playing music in my ears while I was cooking in the kitchen. 

It even has a Multi-point pairing feature that lets you simultaneously connect your Buds Air 3 to up to 2 devices. I was able to try it when I watched a recipe video on my tablet and I was able to seamlessly switch to my phone to take an important call. 

realme Buds Air 3

I also noticed that the earbuds support wear detection. It automatically pauses whatever I’m listening to when I remove it from my ear and immediately plays it again when I put it back. I find this useful for when there are important matters to attend to and I can immediately go back to listening the moment I put it back in. 

Easy controls

The controls are as easy as a double tap to play/pause, triple tap to skip tracks and long press an earbud to change between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes. But for those who prefer to tweak to their controls, you can also do so through the realme Link app on your phone. There you can also adjust the audio equalizer, fine tune the ANC and enable or disable the volume enhancer and wind noise reduction. 

The Buds Air 3 also boasts a Game Mode feature which can lower its latency further down to 88ms. This means playing games or watching videos, you probably wouldn’t notice any delay and what you’re seeing is pretty much synchronized with what you hear.

Sound quality and personalized listening 

realme Buds Air 3

These days, I mostly listen to BTS songs and a little rock music from Linkin Park when I have to work non-stop. And when it’s time to chill or take a little break, I tune in to some OPM and jazz music with the Buds Air 3. 

The sound profile of the Buds Air 3 has a relatively rich bass and a somewhat recessed mids which compliments a lot of songs. The bass doesn’t feel too punchy but instead, it’s what I could describe as round sounding. 

Bass lovers would definitely enjoy listening with this but if they prefer otherwise, they can choose to change the equalizer settings on the realme Link app. 

Battery and charging 

realme claims that the Buds Air 3’s battery can last up to 22 hours.

During my test, I averaged around 5-6 hours of casual listening, Youtube streaming and work meetings with Noise cancellation activated most of the time. 

The charging case could charge the earbuds around three times so you can expect a total battery life of 15-18 hours. As for juicing it up, it takes only about an hour to fully charge it. 

Is the realme Buds Air 3 your GadgetMatch? 

I like the sound coming from the realme Buds Air 3. It’s simply a pair that can easily be recommended for lovers of any type of music genre.

But above all, the real stand out feature that this can truly brag about is its excellent active noise cancellation. It’s just perfect for those who really need to focus on a task at hand. Right now, I couldn’t think of a device that competes at this level with this price point. So if these characteristics tickle your fancy, then you won’t go wrong with this one.

The realme Buds Air 3 retails for PhP 3,990 and is available in Galaxy White and Starry Blue. 


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

vivo V29 5G

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

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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.

Redmi 12 | YouTube

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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