Realme XT review: Gorgeous and fabulous

It’s more than just a 64-megapixel camera phone



I always pride myself on having an impeccable taste when it comes to aesthetic and style. I have extremely high standards; not just in my everyday choices in life, but also in the little things I encounter. Such examples are food, coffee, the type of vehicle I want to ride on, and gadgets I’d love to try.

Yes, you read that right. I’m a picky person in everything and I’m only captivated by things that are beautiful. While it’s true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there are a few cases where what I found beautiful was perceived the same way by the people around me.

Case in point: The Realme XT.

Brims with beauty and elegance

I got my hands on the Pearl White Realme XT. Seeing this beaut brings me the feeling and sense of wonder. It’s beautiful to look at, like a fairytale that came to life. The Realme XT is gorgeous, magical, wonderful, and exciting to flaunt in front of everyone.

Using a classic, timeless shade combined with the radiant glow of shifting colors, Realme outdid itself. This phone is just majestic to look at.

Designed with form and function

Realme didn’t forget function, despite trying to achieve perfection through this smartphone. It has soft buttons which made the volume rockers and power button lovely to press every now and then.

Even though it’s tall like every phone of 2019, its curves are crafted with the user in mind. However, its grip isn’t perfect for my tiny hands. Thankfully, the phone isn’t as slippery as any other glass phone.

On the other hand, everything we need at is here. There’s a card tray for your SIM card and a dedicated MicroSD slot that supports up to 256GB of storage. You can also find a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microphone, a USB Type-C port, and its speaker grilles supported by Dolby Atmos.

There’s always a deal breaker

Humans are never contented. We always find the something lacking or we reject the thing that doesn’t suit our preferences. Admittedly, I fell in love at first sight with the Realme XT when I first saw it in person. It’s glamorous and it made me want to use and own it. However, flipping the phone gave me a horrendous sight.

While this sounds dramatic, I hate the notch no matter what form or style it is. It’s appalling to look at, and I’m still wondering until when I’m going to see this trend on smartphones this year. However, this deal breaker is something that can’t be helped.

It’s like seeing someone with a full set of toned abs and muscles, only to find his nose annoying. Genetically speaking, it’s something that you can’t fix unless you undergo surgery. But let’s be real: No one in the right mind would fix his natural-born appearance just to please someone with unattainable standards. Same goes with this smartphone, you just need to live with it.

Red flags that are difficult to ignore

Apart from its awful notch, I had trouble with its screen. The Realme XT has a 6.4″ Super AMOLED full HD+ display with a Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Yes, it sounds and looks pretty good. Its display is bright, filled with vibrant and well-saturated icons. Underneath the screen is an in-display fingerprint scanner, which authenticates quickly.

However, I had a hard time viewing the screen under extreme sunlight while I was in Boracay Island. I find this confusing since most AMOLED panels have excellent sunlight legibility and this one can’t handle being used outdoors. My only solution is to use the phone under a shade so I can still play games, watch videos, chat, and surf.

A little bit tacky

On top of my problem with sunlight, I’m disappointed with the UI design that ColorOS 6 has. Originally not fond of its skin, I opted to find ways to change its theme.

Changing the theme is easy peasy. There are a variety of free themes to choose from, so I can guarantee you can find something that resonates with your personality and style.

Sweet and smooth

The Realme XT runs ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie. This phone also packs 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Additionally, it runs an Adreno 616 for its graphics card, and it’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 712. I haven’t experienced any hiccups during my entire usage, and I find it easy to switch between apps and multitask.

I even played Mobile Legends on the highest setting possible and it didn’t lag one bit. Navigating the game is a piece of cake since it runs smoothly. Given that I have no interest in gaming smartphones, I don’t have the authority to tell whether this phone is a beast in this department or not. But one thing’s for sure: It definitely can play any game you’d like.

Lasts longer than it should be

My entire day includes communicating through messaging apps, scrolling through social media, reading news, and stalking my crush on Instagram. As people know, I’m a heavy, power user which runs multiple apps and loves to switch between apps every now and then.

This only means one thing: I’m on my phone a lot. Back then, I used to only care for cameras when choosing a smartphone. Seeing how my behavior and the way I use my smartphone changed, I realized how important it is to find a smartphone that packs a lot of power and the battery you need for an entire day.

The Realme XT has a 4000mAh battery and can be charged with the fast 20W VOOC charging. On standby, the phone can last two to three days. Even when you use it fairly or abusively, the Realme XT can really last for an entire day.

Recently, I attended a wedding and I only had the Realme XT with me throughout the day. Fear crept in my body after realizing that I left my power bank and the phone might not last until the evening. To my surprise, the Realme XT lasted even when I used Waze to navigate while driving, watch videos on YouTube, chat with friends on Messenger, browse on Instagram, upload my stories, and take lots of photos and videos.

I was able to do a lot, and I didn’t expect the phone to last longer than it did. It was at this moment that I found a better appreciation of Realme’s phones, which has been bragged to me as a budget phone that has a lot of juice and power.

Shining and sparkling bright cameras

The Realme XT is equipped with a quad-camera setup, which includes the following: 64-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel wide angle lens, 2-megapixel meant for macro and 2-megapixel depth sensor cameras. On its front, the Realme XT houses a 16-megapixel selfie camera. Additionally, it can take high-quality videos up to 4K at 30 fps.

At first, I wondered who would need a megapixel number this high? Smartphone manufacturers keep chasing numbers yet what they’re doing translates to me as an attempt to capture more markets who are blinded with the thought that a higher megapixel count means better photos.

My argument is somewhat true since some phones and even cameras are equipped with a lower megapixel count yet still produce stunning imagery. But I gave the Realme XT a try, like a person giving someone a chance.

Then I realized, the Realme XT does wonders. These 64-megapixel photos captivated me. It felt like I was being brought to another world, delving into a life of picture-perfect moments and stunning clarity so clear — your fuzzy relationship can’t even.

Even with photos shot on auto mode, it’s hard not to fall in love with its cameras.

The only downside is the quality of photos you can take at night. It’s not that bad, but it’s not that good either. Even with nightscape on, I struggled and I decided not to use the Realme XT during my dinners and parties. After all, some nights are worth living the moment instead of documenting everything on a smartphone.

But of course, here are a few samples I took during the blue hour.

The quality downgrades, so if you prefer stunning night shots without resorting to nightscape, you might want to opt using the 64-megapixel camera.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

The Realme XT is one gorgeous and fabulous phone. No doubt, it’s one of the prettiest this year. Sure, there are pretty phones out there like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. However, it’s the type of beauty that comes with a price. I’m a firm believer that beauty shouldn’t come with too steep a price. It should be something that everyone can enjoy.

Apart from its beauty, the Realme XT is a capable smartphone. While it may have its shortcomings, these red flags are easy to gloss over since the phone has a lot to offer such as its wonderful cameras, its trusty battery life, and power that lets you do more even on an affordable smartphone. Like in love, there’s always something a person can bring to the table. It’s up to us to see the bad side or choose to see their worth.

The Realme XT costs PhP 16,990 (US$ 333) in the Philippines. It’s already available on Lazada today. If you pre-order now, you will also get the Realme Youth Buds that’s worth PhP 3,990 for free.


Lenovo ThinkVision M14T: Elevate productivity on-the-go

Ultra portable and sexy looking device



ThinkVision M14T

Many of us have gotten used to the convenience of multitasking on our computing devices. It’s just one of those things that helps make our daily grind much more manageable and efficient. With today’s devices becoming more and more powerful, simultaneously running apps on your phones and a number of browser tabs and windows have become second nature to us. 

With desktop computers having ultra wide monitors and multiple desktop displays, nowadays you can watch YouTube videos, browse social sites, and even do work on side by side opened windows.

Lenovo has brought that same experience to our portable devices with the Lenovo ThinkVision M14T Portable Monitor

Ultimate portability 

The ThinkVision M14T is a 14-inch 1920x1080p resolution, touch screen, IPS display monitor. With much focus on portability, the ThinkVision M14T is just 4.6mm thin and weighs only 698g.

The moment I saw the actual device, my initial impression was just wow. Its sleek and ultra slim form factor with that glossy 14-inch display wrapped with slim bezels just looked impressive. However, that impression faded away quickly.

As I picked up the unit from the box, handling it felt fragile. It is so slim and light that I was afraid to place it anywhere with fear that I might accidentally break it. To address that, a soft pouch does come with the package for its protection. Though, without a dedicated hard case, I wonder if it may actually survive being stored in my bag along with other things.

As easy as Plug and Play

Searching the contents of the box, I was thinking if Lenovo just forgot to pack the power brick in the box because it just didn’t come with one. No, it wasn’t a mistake. The ThinkVision M14T monitor requires only a single USB-C cable to get power, touch or pen input signal and a display signal from its source. 

Plugging it in the USB-C port of the Lenovo ThinkPad X13 laptop, the ThinkVision M14T was instantly detected. And with a press of the power button, the M14T was up and running. I have to say, it amazes me that it is that convenient. Not having to need an external power source was like magic.

At 300 nits of brightness, the M14T’s IPS display panel is bright and vibrant. At its max brightness setting when paired with the ThinkPad X13, the ThinkVision M14T’s display seemed to overpower that of the X13, making the two look a bit unbalanced.

Its base folds out from the bottom of the monitor which acts as its stand. Opened out, the ThinkVision M14T felt stiff, solid and stable.

You can choose which side you’d want to plug your device as both the left and right sides of the base each have a USB-C input. On its right, we have the power button and on the left we have a brightness control switch. Sadly, no other input ports are available other than USB-C.

Precision and response as you like it

The M14T is not only a secondary touch screen display, you may also use it as a tablet complementary to your device with its interactive stylus. This means if you have a device that doesn’t have touch or pen input built-in, the ThinkVision M14T will give you just that.

By this time, most graphic tablet users must have already been exposed to stylus pens being rechargeable similar to the Apple Pencil. The stylus pen that comes with the M14T still uses a single and unusual type of battery (AAAA). Thankfully, a battery does come with the unit.

ThinkVision M14T

Having set my standards high on this aspect, I honestly didn’t expect this combo to perform as good as Wacom drawing tablets and the likes. To my surprise, as soon as I started writing, I immediately noticed how smooth its pen input was. With only minimal latency, the M14T’s stylus registers my movement almost instantly and its dedicated buttons are mapped automatically.

With the monitor folded down on a flat surface, it really did feel like I was doodling on an actual drawing tablet.

The M14T’s 10-point multi-touch input for touch gestures and 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity with its stylus, graphic artists won’t be disappointed with this bundle.

ThinkVision M14T

Is the Lenovo ThinkVision M14T Portable Monitor your GadgetMatch?

The ThinkVision M14T is by no means a perfect device. Having USB-C as the only display input option may have limited its potential for versatility of use. The stylus not having batteries built-in might raise some eyebrows too. But if you’re willing to live with its limitations, Lenovo still has managed to tick many of the right boxes with their ThinkVision M14T Portable Monitor.

ThinkVision M14T

The convenience of having more screen real estate on the go and using a single cable for its operation is just a glorious experience. Ultra portability, decent brightness, good viewing angles, pen and touch input in such a sexy looking device, the M14T would be an ideal companion for just about anyone. 

The good most definitely outweighs the bad with Lenovo’s ThinkVision M14T.

Get the Lenovo ThinkVision M14T Portable Monitor for PhP 19,995.

Continue Reading


Nokia 2.4: Basic budget phone but can keep up

Dependable battery life and surprisingly decent camera shots



Nokia 2.4

One of the main factors that we look for when choosing a mobile phone is getting the best value for our money, and certainly Nokia does not disappoint.

As they continue to make a stride in the country by offering competitive smartphones, they bring in another budget phone which is the fourth iteration of the Nokia 2 series — the Nokia 2.4.

Before we delve into the nitty gritty details, let’s take a look at the basic specs of Nokia 2.4 to get a glimpse on what you can expect.

Nokia 2.4
Display 6.5″ HD+ 20:9 1600 x 720 pixels
Processor Media Tek Helio P22
RAM + ROM 3GB + 64GB | MicroSD card slot supports up to 512GB
Cameras Dual Camera (13MP Main Camera + 2MP Depth Sensing)

5MP Front Camera

Battery 4,500mAh
Unlock Rear fingerprint scanner
Other connections Micro USB (USB 2.0), 3.5mm jack

A definite looker

As HMD Global is known for creating modern designs even for previous Nokia smartphones, the Nokia 2.4 is definitely stunning with its Charcoal Grey Nordic finish. Its shell may be made of out of painted polycarbonate, but the dual tone gradient and textured cover add plenty of grip and just spells quality.

Nokia 2.4

Up front, you’ll see the top selfie waterdrop-style notch which is actually a bit intrusive for my taste. The bezels surrounding its 6.5-inch HD+ display is also thicker than today’s standards but is barely noticeable as the screen already lets you maximize your viewing experience.

Nokia 2.4

One nice touch to the Nokia 2.4’s design is the Google Assistant button just below the SIM card slot on the left side of the phone. With just a click of a button, you can do quick searches, manage your tasks and get directions on the go.

Moving on to the back, it has a dual camera setup with 13MP as the main sensor and the 2MP sensor for depth, plus a single LED flash. Just below it, you can find the fingerprint sensor which is convenient for quicker unlocking.

But to my dismay, this phone uses a micro USB port, instead of a USB-C port for charging, which results to slower charging of up to 3 hours and slower file transfer.

Ready for what’s next

One major advantage of the Nokia 2.4 is that it’s part of Google’s Android One program which gave me a clean, vanilla Android user experience, free from bloatware that may take up memory and storage.

Nokia 2.4

The Nokia 2.4 is currently running on Android 10 but it will be upgraded to Android 11 when available as you can expect 2 years of software upgrades and 3 years of monthly security updates with this phone.

Passable performance

A bit on the downside, the Nokia 2.4 is not for multi-tasking and intensive games, as expected for a budget phone.

Using one app to another is quite a smooth experience but when I opened multiple apps, I experience a bit of lag and took some time for other apps to run.

As for video streaming, I watched a few episodes of Alice in Borderland and the quality was just acceptable as the phone doesn’t support 1080p videos.

Nokia 2.4

Gaming was also not its strongest feature, especially for graphic-intensive ones. I tried 3D gaming with Asphalt 9: Legends and it worked quite well on low graphics settings but when I shifted the settings to high, the game just crashed.

Nokia 2.4

Battery that lets you go on and on

 The news that leaked around July last year that the Nokia 2 series might even get a bigger battery, coming from the Nokia 2.3 that carries 4000mAh, was confirmed when Nokia 2.4 came with a 4500mAh battery.

Upon using it to navigate through my social media apps, answer a few emails, watch around 3-4 episodes of my current favorite Netflix series and get my music fix every now and then to get my mojo working, the phone lasted for around 2 days.

I fully charged it again and just left it open while still being connected to my Wi-Fi and the phone lasted four to five days. These factors definitely show that the Nokia 2.4 has a battery that you can definitely bank on.

Either day or night

As a budget phone, the Nokia 2.4 surprisingly gives one of the best camera experiences you can have for a phone at its price.

I took it out for a spin during my workout sessions and the primary lens can actually take good detailed photos during daylight while retaining natural colors, compared to Samsung budget phones that usually produce saturated ones.

The night mode of the Nokia 2.4 was also impressive since it was still quite usable in lower light conditions, product decent photos where details were still evident, and colors were still vivid.

Is this your Gadgetmatch?

At a retail price of PhP 6,990, the Nokia 2.4 is pretty competitive. Despite its shortcomings such as having just a passable performance when it comes to multi-tasking and gaming and mediocre display resolution, it makes up for it by its advantages.

If you’re some who prioritizes having a phone with a striking design, dependable battery life, takes surprisingly good camera shots and a promise of timely security updates and software upgrades, then the Nokia 2.4 can actually be your Gadgetmatch.

Continue Reading


Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Review: Better than AirPods Pro?

Finally, real Active Noise Cancellation out of the box



Samsung has unveiled the newest Galaxy Buds Pro alongside the announcement of the latest Galaxy S21 series.

Other than the new design, better sound quality, and surround sound setup, there’s now a real and intelligent Active Noise Cancellation.

But do these earbuds live up to its ‘Pro’ branding? Watch our Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review by clicking the video link right here.

Continue Reading