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Realme C1 Hands-on: Redefining entry-level devices

The new king of budget smartphones?

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No, this is not another OPPO hands-on, but we can’t blame you for thinking that it is. Realme, the offspring of OPPO, has just opened up to more Asian markets and they’re pushing their own entry-level device to penetrate the smartphone market.

This is the Realme C1, the identical twin of OPPO A3s. Side by side, it’s hard to tell them apart aside from the brand logos. Is the Realme C1 any different? Let’s find out.

It has a 6.2-inch HD+ display

It’s got a notch, too

The power/lock button is on the right side

It’s unresponsive at times

The volume buttons are on the left…

They get the job done

… along with the triple-card slot

Put in your microSD and SIM cards at the same time

The bottom is packed with the micro-USB and audio ports

As well as the loudspeaker and microphone

The phone’s back is pretty boring

Even the blue variant doesn’t stand out

There’s nothing special about it

To be honest, the Realme C1 felt plain when I first saw it in its box. It’s probably because I got spoiled by all the special patterns and gradients on other phones. The unit I mainly used is the blue one, but I’d suggest the black model more because of its understated look. The black bezels kind of ruin the blue hue for me.

Since the display just has an HD+ resolution, it’s not as sharp as other pricier phones. Good thing the panel is bright enough to be used outdoors; it also produces lively colors and has Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The notch on top is unnecessarily wider than usual, but no one should expect a sexy phone in this segment.

What I find to be so-so is the phone’s loudspeaker. It sounds tinny and doesn’t get loud even when I’m alone in a small room.

Overall, the phone looks and feels pretty basic, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. With all the attractive phones coming out, it’s nice to have a no-frills budget option. That being said, there’s nothing much to write home about the Realme C1’s design aside from that it has a shiny plastic exterior.

Limited memory is a bottleneck

The big question about budget phones is how well they perform. With a Snapdragon 450 processor at the helm, the Realme C1 is able to run the latest apps. The loading times are a bit slower than I’m used to, but there are no general performance issues.

It can’t keep apps always running in the background, though. The phone only has 2GB of memory which is already a minimal amount for Android. The 16GB internal storage gets filled up easily too, so be sure to put in a microSD card.

Of course, ColorOS 5.2 still mimics the look and feel of iOS even though it’s just based on Android Oreo. Personally, I have some issues with ColorOS’ tweaks mainly in the notification system. It takes away the good elements of Android instead of improving it, which is what others are doing.

Gaming-wise, the Realme C1 is capable of running any game I play, but not in their best graphics settings. Asphalt 9: Legends, for example, runs okay but its visual quality is toned down. PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang are definitely playable, albeit in low to medium settings.

Decent photos for a budget phone

When buying a cheap phone, one shouldn’t expect its cameras to excel. Well, the Realme C1’s shooters are not great, but they are surprisingly okay. Equipped with a 13-megapixel f/2.2 rear camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, this phone can take decent pictures in daylight. It also has a 5-megapixel selfie camera with an AI beautification feature.

Check out these samples:

I can’t say that it has the best camera in its class, but the quality of the photos taken by the Realme C1 are worthy enough to be used for your social accounts. You can always enhance them using popular photo editing apps from the Play Store.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

The Realme C1 is not a perfect smartphone. It’s not meant to compete with the best of the bunch, but it’s made to entice people looking for a cheap phone. Also, this is basically an OPPO A3s offered at an even cheaper price.

For someone who is looking to upgrade from a feature phone or in need of a secondary device for work-related use, the Realme C1 is a great choice. It practically sits next to the Xiaomi Redmi 5A as the best budget phone around.

The Realme C1 is currently available in select markets in Asia for around US$ 110 when converted. You can get it in India for INR 8,990, PhP 5,990 in the Philippines, IDR 1,499,000 in Indonesia, THB 3,990 in Thailand, VND 2,490,000 in Vietnam, and MYR 449 in Malaysia.

Realme is new to the market and they’re pretty aggressive in offering discounts through their official online channels, so you might even get it cheaper during sale events.

SEE ALSO: Here’s why OPPO created a new brand called Realme

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Why the Samsung Crystal UHD 2021 is a must have in your 20s

Make happy TV-viewing memories

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Samsung Crystal UHD TV 2021

Your 20s is a wonderful time. You fumble your way into adulthood and find your footing in the grand scheme of things. It’s a process that isn’t always pretty, but the whole experience can be elevated and extra fun with the right companion. Yes, we’re talking about a TV. Specifically, the Samsung Crystal UHD 2021. Why? Because Samsung — The World’s Number 1 TV Brand — sponsored this video and the Crystal UHD is actually, really pretty good.

Netflix and chillin’

You’re gonna want to do a lot of Netflix and chillin’ in your 20s. So, while you cool down and get your chill on, the Samsung Crystal UHD TV has your back with all the Netflxing and whatever other things you want playing to set the mood.

You see, when you’re actually watching, the TV’s Dynamic Crystal Colors is a treat for the eyes. Colors are vibrant and crisp, dark scenes pop, and the display gets pretty bright putting an end to the age-old question – lights on or lights off. Doesn’t matter. Whatever you choose, the picture quality will be crystal clear.

This is possible because the TV is really just smart. It upscales non-4K content and adjusts videos scene-by-scene making sure you’re getting the best picture possible.

And it doesn’t even have to be Netflix strictly. This 4K TV comes pre-installed with plenty of other streaming apps like YouTube, AppleTV, Viu, and HBO GO. You can also install other apps like VLIVE and Facebook Watch. Speaking of Viu and HBO GO. You actually get fantastic deals when you buy a Samsung Crystal UHD TV?

That’s a lot of streaming whatever and chillin’ which is so much better on a TV than say your smartphone or laptop.

Where will I put it?

Ah yes, space. It’s always a tricky subject perhaps even more so when you’re in your 20s. Where do I put this? Where do I place that? Was I being too clingy? Or maybe I wasn’t around enough? You know, that sort of thing.

Thankfully, the Samsung Crystal UHD TV comes in many different sizes. It goes anywhere from 43 inches all the way up to 85 inches.

Size matters, yes. And Samsung has one that will definitely fit your space.

You see, the TV has this AirSlim design making it just 25mm thin. That’s about as thin as you can get for a TV of this caliber.

That makes it easy to slide into whatever kind of space you have. Whether that’s in the living room with your family, your bedroom, or your studio apartment.

You can already picture it, right? Yeah, us too.

While we’re on the topic of Space, the TV actually takes this into consideration when it comes to sound. As they are, the speakers already deliver good audio. But say, you’re in a larger space. You can simply switch the sound mode to Amplify and it’ll fill-up your room stat. And we all know every viewing experience is better with that feeling of surround sound.

Make me wanna take it home

Alright, alright. We see you’re really interested now. We’re gonna rapid fire this part. We know you’ve moved most of your entertainment to streaming. So of course, the remote control is tailored for that lifestyle. No more of those numbers you barely press these days. Just a nice button and directional pads with shortcuts Netflix or Prime video and an easy toggle volume and channel controls.

And if for some reason you lose the remote into the abyss that is your room because that’s just a thing that happens. Fret not, because you can easily control the TV via the Samsung SmartThings App on your smartphone that you refuse to put down.

The Samsung Crystal UHD 2021 also has three HDMI ports so you can take things further by getting a soundbar, connecting your laptop, and if you’re into gaming, hooking up a gaming console.

So, if you’re into gaming, you’ll be happy to know that the Samsung Crystal UHD TV is next-gen console ready. Whether you’re into Xbox or PlayStation, you’re gonna get 4K and 60Hz of gaming goodness. And that… is a life changer.

And if you’re working from home the TV actually supports Bluetooth 5.2. This lets you connect speakers and PC peripherals to turn your TV into a monitor. Best of all, you’re not gonna grope your way through it because the TV has built-in menus to set this up. Just wow.

You can buy the Samsung Crystal UHD TV now at any authorized Samsung dealer, and they’ll even set it up for you at your request.. Top notch service with a top notch TV, for a top notch you.

We know you’re picturing it now… watching the game with your buddies, snuggling with your S/O, or just winding down after a long day of work. These are the moments you cherish in your 20s. And these are moments best spent with a TV. Which one? We’ve made our case. The choice… is crystal clear.


This feature is collaboration between GadgetMatch and Samsung Philippines.

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Apple iPhone 13 and 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on

Which iPhone 13 is your GadgetMatch?

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After we unboxed the Sierra Blue iPhone 13 Pro Max and gold iPhone 13 Pro, it’s time to do the same to these iPhone 13 babies.

Changes with the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini aren’t just about the “odd” camera placement. Other than the new wide camera sensor, there’s a more powerful A15 Bionic Chip, smaller notch, and more.

Watch our iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on video now to find out more!

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Huawei nova 8i: Huawei’s awesome SUPER midranger

An awesome midrange comeback

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Midrange smartphones have been the middle ground for people who want the premium of a higher end smartphone but don’t want to burn their pockets. Huawei gives in to this demand and claims the title of midrange king as they dethrone all other midrangers with their new nova 8 series — the nova 8 and nova 8i.

Here, we’ll put the spotlight on the Huawei nova 8i.

Build and design

Inheriting the Huawei P Series’ signature stylish aesthetic, the Huawei nova 8i has a fancy and premium design. It is slim, sleek, and has exquisite curved edges, which makes it really easy to grip.

Checking out its back, you’ll definitely notice the quad camera setup that’s surprisingly not bulky at all. It also has a noticeable resemblance with the Huawei Mate 30. But we’ll talk more about the cameras later on.

What also caught our attention is the gradient finish of this Moonlight Silver variant that we have which is absolutely stunning.

Fantastic display

The Huawei nova 8i has an edgeless 6.67-inch display with ultra-narrow bezels around it. This results in an immersive viewing experience for browsing your social media pages or watching your favorite music videos.

The Huawei nova 8i also sports full HD+ resolution and DCI-P3 color gamut, giving us that rich and vibrant color reproduction. Once again, Huawei taps on Tuv Rheinland for certification on low blue light emittance to ensure eye comfort for long hours of work and play. It also has a natural tone feature which automatically adjusts the colors on the display depending on your surroundings.

Gaming

Just as you would expect from a midrange phone, gaming is also something you can do with the nova 8i. With its 180Hz touch sampling rate, your favorite mobile games feel very responsive, making the gaming experience really enjoyable.

When you’re deep into gaming, the last thing you want is to be interrupted by a call or message. Well, you don’t have to worry about that since the Huawei nova 8i has a gaming assistant. You can enable settings so you won’t be disrupted and you can indulge yourself fully to the game.

But the experience is not the only thing that’s fast with the nova 8i. The 66W Huawei SuperCharge can juice up this phone up to 68 percent in just 20 minutes and can fully charge it in just 38 minutes. You can literally stare at your phone as your battery indicator rises.

Cameras

Here’s where the fun part starts. Cameras: 64MP f/1.9 main, 8MP f/2.4 ultra-wide, 2MP f/2.4 macro, 2MP f/2.4 depth, 16MP f/2.0 selfie.

The nova 8i has a quad camera setup with a 64MP main camera which uses a big 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor. It means its camera sensor has the ability to let in more light. This results to a cleaner image and better low light performance.

And we’re telling you, this sensor is not messing around.

It lets you capture the highest resolution images you could probably ever need. Different from the usual software upscaled images typically seen on an ordinary smartphone. This gives you the capability to zoom in and crop your captured image yet still maintain a tremendous amount of details.

With the powerful cameras that the nova 8i has, you can definitely maximize its features to create your content whether just for leisure, a passion project, or social media content for your business.

EMUI and multitasking

As for its software, the Huawei nova 8i runs on EMUI 11 bringing in a bunch of convenient features that boosts your efficiency. For one, if you’re someone who loves multitasking, the multi-window feature is perfect as it lets you operate multiple apps on your screen.

Speaking of apps, Huawei’s app gallery is loaded with great ones from top shopping apps like Shopee and Lazada, to the most trending ones like TikTok.

And if in case you’re having trouble finding the app for you, Petal Search has got you covered. Just type in the app or whatever it is you’re looking for and Petal Search looks it up for you on different sources making sure you get the absolute best results.

Taking screenshots has never been this easy. You can do so by just swiping down using three fingers.

And for security, a new safe sharing feature has been included on the nova 8i. We now get the option to delete information of your phone and other details before sharing your photos or screenshots.

nova 8i — easy to recommend

Jam packed with features, the nova 8i just enables you to do so much. From capturing great photos and videos to having a seamless gaming and online experience, the nova 8i is an easy phone to recommend. At its price point, it is truly worthy of its crown.

The Huawei nova 8i retails for PhP 13,999. It’s available via online Huawei Store, Lazada, Shopee and Huawei experience stores.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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