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To all the LG phones we’ve loved before

Life WAS Good

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Last night before heading to bed, I got the news about LG closing down its mobile division.

And nope. This is no April Fools joke. LG isn’t going to be making and selling any new mobile phones. Instead, they’ll be focusing on other growth areas.

That said, I woke up feeling a bit sad, like anyone who has lost someone or something.  As a tech creator — I have many fond memories covering LG and am fond of many LG smartphones. As a lover of all things tech, I’m also sad to see a player in this space bite the dust — especially one that has done its part to push the boundaries of this space.

So before I continue with regular programming, I think it’s only fitting to take a trip down memory lane and celebrate the legacy left behind by LG Mobile.

LG G2

I was a bit late to the game. I had toyed around with other LG phones but the first LG smartphone I used as a personal phone and one that I actually reviewed was the G2 back in 2013. It was one of my favorites — so much so that I called it the best smartphone that year. And I think it’s because it had the best camera. Better even than the Galaxy S4.

Unfortunately, I dropped it, in Korea of all places and smashed its screen to smithereens.

LG G FLEX

Believe it or not, my first CES coverage was in 2014 and this is where I first got to play with the LG G Flex. The phone came at a time where both Samsung and LG were first experimenting with a flexible display.

LG’s version made more sense to me because it was Candybar-shaped, just slightly convex so it matched the curves of your buns. And if you put it in your pocket and sit on it and the screen would flex and give but just curve back to normal after.

I also liked that its back was made of self-healing material — that would repair minor scratches and scuffs over time. I still wonder why we never saw that feature again.

LG G4

The next LG phone that I really liked was the G4. It was special for many reasons.

This could be the first time that we saw actual leather used on a phone. No faux leather — but actual leather. And it came in like a dozen colors. Despite that, the back was still removable. Meaning, you could also pop in and out the battery.

The G4 wasn’t the first phone I did a video on — on the GadgetMatch channel — but it was my first unboxing video as your Gadget Match maker.

It was also special to me because this is how I met my good friend Nicole Scott. Back then Nicole and I were based in Asia — and we were covering the regional launch event in Singapore.

Back then, we both didn’t have a device to review ahead of launch. So we stayed behind at the venue until we were kicked out. That’s how we realized we were made from the same DNA and have been close ever since.

Nicole and I did our first video together a few years later in Berlin and it was about Zoom vs Ultra Wide — where we compared the Galaxy Note 8 vs the LG V30.

LG V1O

Later that year LG introduced the V Series and the V10 has got to be one of my favorite of all the V phones ever released. I loved its rugged aesthetic including its rubber back and stainless steel frame. It also had a cool ticker display up top. The V10 was a precursor to some of LG’s best smartphones to date.

LG G5

A year later I still wasn’t important enough to get review devices early. But in Barcelona, LG lent me a G5 in all colors. And this was an exciting time for LG.

While the concept didn’t take off. I still think the idea behind a modular smartphone is ahead of its time but possibly still in our future. Imagine you could pop in all sorts of modules to give the phone added functionality. A better camera. Better audio. Longer battery life.

But where LG and the G5 deserve the most credit is for the addition of the Ultra Wide Angle Camera — before Apple, before Samsung. Before the whole industry did it — there was LG and the G5. And perhaps we have them to thank for this trend.

The dark years

The last few years that followed were rough for LG and this is where it seems that they stopped getting love from creators. I do remember the G6 and how LG challenged me to dunk it in a tiny washing machine. That video was fun to make.

I will say around this time is where LG really came into its own. The V30 for example is where they embraced their own design language. That said the phones we saw from LG over the next few years weren’t particularly exciting even if they did excel in terms of audio quality.

LG V60

Currently the longest review video I’ve ever done — longer than 30 minutes — is on the LG V60. I spent so much time reviewing that phone because I believed it was so underrated and didn’t get the attention it deserved.

It was also one of the phones that LG shipped with a Dual Screen case, another feature that didn’t get a lot of love but still groundbreaking in its own right.

LG’s approach to multitasking on a device is perhaps ahead of its time in the sense that Android just isn’t designed for two separate screens yet. I’d like to think it paved the way for the likes of the Microsoft Surface Duo, which also didn’t take off not because two screened phones are not a great idea but more because the software isn’t ready to support the promised experience.

LG Velvet

Last year, apart from the fact that my review unit came in grey, I loved what the LG Velvet aimed to accomplish: offer an affordable phone with features most users needed and nothing more.

LG Wing

And finally the LG Wing — which is a phone I never got to review because it arrived late and at that time I was already busy with other stuff. I will forever cherish this device — as it was my last LG phone.

It came right after my birthday last year and the day it arrived, my friends and I were hanging on my roof, and LG had sent a whole bunch of chicken wings as a fun play on the phone’s name.

The Wing was cute, not necessarily practical but it was refreshing to see LG continue to experiment. And it’s unfortunate that their journey ends here. At least for now. I mean, you never know.

고마워 (gomawo), LG!

Earlier this year, we saw LG tease their rollable phone concept — that’s another something we’re never gonna get. I know some of you are wondering why I’m even affected by this news and no I’m not just jumping on the bandwagon.

LG has not only been part of my journey as a creator. Not only have I met plenty of LG Mobile employees over the years — many I now call my friends. But LG Mobile has undoubtedly left a mark on the industry — and while it might not have always come up on top, I think we can all look back and agree that the smartphone world as we know it today — wouldn’t be the same without them.

So thank you, LG.

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Excelsior! Unboxing the OPPO Reno5 Marvel Edition

Avengers fans assemble!

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Reno5 Marvel Edition

As the late Godfather of Marvel Comics Stan Lee’s catchphrase means “ever upward”, OPPO keeps revolutionizing to greater heights as they released the OPPO Reno5 into a whole new remarkable limited-edition phone — the OPPO Reno5 Marvel Edition.

Just seeing the package of this phone, it is screaming for Marvel fans to assemble. I can’t wait to show you what OPPO has in store for all of us.

A for Awesome

Up front, we are greeted by the embossed Avengers symbol on the black box further emphasized by the red linings on the edges of the box.

Reno5 Marvel Edition

On the side, you can see the OPPO Reno5 Marvel Edition label, making you realize that this really is a limited-edition phone.

I also love how much attention to detail OPPO has put into this phonee. Even the back of the box lid features the original 6 Avengers drawn on it — Hawkeye, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and Black Widow.

Reno5 Marvel Edition

This is very reminiscent of the opening credits of every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. It always gives me that feel that I’m about to get into action and join in an adventure, just like unboxing this phone.

Correspondingly, you’ll see the debossed logos of the six original Avengers on the black sleeve where you can also find the user’s guide and warranty manual.

What’s beyond the suit?

Upon lifting the sleeve, the box contains the OPPO Reno5 Marvel Edition phone which comes with an awesome thin but not flimsy plastic case which has the same comical design as the inner part of the box with a big silver Marvel logo.

As for the part where you’d have to fit in your phone, you’ll notice that it has a pattern similar to Spider-Man’s suit.

I’m actually torn when I should use this given that the phone already looks amazing as it is. Both actually look good, so it’s really hard to choose!

Reno5 Marvel Edition

OPPO continues to surprise us as they give us a SIM card Extractor PIN that also has the Avenger logo on it. This would probably be your go-to SIM ejector moving forward.

A runner-up on my favorite when it comes to this phone’s accessories is the earphones. It has the Captain America shield on one earbud and Iron Man on the other. These are 3.5mm audio jack earphones which would most definitely be compatible with your existing smartphone.

Even the USB-Type C cable and adapter has Marvel branding all over it. It comes in this red and black colorway. This is a 50W charger which I could even call “Quicksilver” as it can fully charge the OPPO Reno5 Marvel phone in just an hour.

The Infinity Phone

 The Marvel fan in me went crazy when I finally got to hold, feel and experience the OPPO Reno5 Marvel edition phone.

By unwrapping it from its plastic, the vision of the majestic back of the phone is revealed. At the center of it, an “A” logo is found which combines two iconic Marvel elements — the Avengers logo and Captain America’s shield. You will also notice the letter “X”, taking its inspiration from Black Widow’s logo.

The smudge-proof matte and textured finish of the whole back of the phone which can give you a sensory overload is based on the high-tech Quantum Suits worn by the Avengers on the movie Avengers: Endgame.

Reno5 Marvel Edition

On the right side of the phone, you can also find the red power button while on the left, you can find the red volume rocker.

Both sides of the phone are also accentuated with the Avengers design. I think these are the reasons why the border of the Marvel casing is translucent so can still the see the details on the sides of the phone.

On the front is a 6.4-inch 90Hz AMOLED screen which support a 90HZ refresh rate, providing you with a clear and immersive viewing experience.

Reno5 Marvel Edition

Upon opening it, you are greeted by a revolving Avengers logo, taking you back to the iconic opening scenes of the Avengers: Endgame.

Once you’ve gone through the phone setup, you’ll be in for a treat. You will see a customizable system UI and icons full of Marvel elements, as if you are creating your own Marvel world.

Reno5 Marvel Edition

Echoing the external design of the unit, the phone’s user interface takes inspiration from the Avengers’ Quantum Suits and spacecraft based on the latest version of the ColorOS 11.1

Some easily identifiable icons are the Phone icon based on the logo and the weapon worn by S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury, the Camera icon based on Iron Man, Messages icon inspired by Captain America and Browser icon designed according to Vision.

Reno5 Marvel Edition

The phone also comes with six custom lock screen wallpaper featuring the original MCU Avengers. By just pressing the button at the corner left of the lock screen, you can swiftly select wallpapers by just tapping one of the heroes through a flip book-style animation.

Reno5 Marvel Edition

When charging the phone, a revolving charging status icon based upon the HUD inside Iron Man’s helmet appears over the Avengers wallpaper, which can make you feel like you are preparing for a battle alongside your chosen superhero.

More to Marvel about

 There’s definitely more to the OPPO Reno5 Marvel Edition than all its Marvel details and features.

Reno5 Marvel Edition

This phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. This means you can continue to enjoy gaming as it can smoothly run your games such as Marvel Super War or Marvel Contest of Champions.

Reno5 Marvel Edition

It is also equipped with powerful camera features — 44MP selfie camera and 64MP Quadcamera setup. As you can see on the photos, the phone has decent dynamic range.

I was able to capture an acceptable amount of information on darker portions of the image as I exposed on the sky. colors also aren’t too saturated.

As for night phoneography, the phone has a fair amount of noise reduction. Even if the image became a bit soft, details can still be seen.

Now if I’d be asked to choose between the original OPPO Reno 5 4G or this Marvel Edition which is at a PhP 1,000 higher price tag? I’d strongly choose the latter.

Everything is marvelous with this phone — from the experience of unboxing it, to using all of its unique and powerful features. As Captain Steve Rogers aka Captain America would say “I can do this all day”. Yes, you’d definitely want to use this all day.

Reno5 Marvel Edition

The OPPO Reno5 Marvel Edition is available in selected OPPO concept stores nationwide and can also be ordered via Lazada and Shopee for PhP 19,999.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Reno5: Ideal upper midranger

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24 Hours Series

24 hours indoors with the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro

A day in doodles!

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So, here’s the tea: 🍵. You’re welcome. Jokes aside, this past year or so has been a roller coaster ride. And, we’ve been frothing at the mouth to keep our sanity at bay. With everything going on in the world (indoors and out), we might just have the right tablet to keep you and your family productive and creative: the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro.

Wasn’t short of pleasant surprises

I was lucky enough to get to test it out and since I developed a horrible rash that made me look like a beaten-up tomato, I decided to sketch a full day in quarantine with the tablet.

And, oh boy, let me preface the next 24 hours with some context. I’ve never had a proper tablet and pen before and the Tab P11 Pro made me realize how little I knew about just how much I might actually need one. From getting more work done wherever, to rediscovering my love for simple sketches, the Tab P11 Pro wasn’t short of pleasant surprises.

Pre-pandemic, I would normally wake up at around midday but now, I usually wake up early afternoon. I usually try not to check my phone first thing up but, I’d be lying through my teeth if I said I didn’t do it every single day.

Start your day right

The Tab P11 Pro really helped me with getting into the creative groove of work, play, and getting up to date. Instead of just being on my phone, I now make myself a cup of coffee and browse through work emails, daily tasks, and news. So, same thing; just on a bigger and better tablet.

Lenovo’s most powerful 11.5-inch Android tablet puts out images through a brilliant 2K OLED display. So, it was no surprise I abused it for Netflix and getting back into sketching when seeing COVID-19 active cases in 2K was festering toxic nihilism.

Multitask with ease, anywhere

You’ll be happy to find the display comes with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support. The chassis also comes with four JBL speakers, supplemented with Dolby Atmos support.

These came to good use when I got to playing after work or listening to podcasts while I was going about my baking shenanigans mid-afternoon.

Quickly after baking, or while dough proofs, I get to work. The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is great for getting more done at home.

The ultra-thin Keyboard Pack with built-in trackpad snaps into place when you need to fire off an email, get work done, or school degenerates. The magnetic stand cover and integrated kickstand prop up the tablet, marrying ease and comfort while you stay productive and creative.

Features you’d need and want

A day full of work meetings can be a breeze with the Tab P11 Pro’s dual rear (13MP and 5MP) camera combo and a dual (8MP and 8MP) selfie-shooter.

On the note of features that showed off how horrendous I looked from my rash, you can unlock the Tab P11 Pro with facial recognition. And, as you would have hoped, it hadn’t failed to give me access despite how non-hyperbolic and realistic I am of the extremes my face had turned me into a walking raspberry.

When work is at a standstill or I’m hitting a wall, I get to sketching. I haven’t had the chance to dabble into sketching much lately but, the tablet has given me a creative outlet to express myself.

The intuitive Lenovo Precision Pen 2 is a huge help with its subtle pressure adjustments for a smoother digital writing and doodling experience.

Under the hood specs

The Tab P11 Pro sports the Snapdragon 730G chipset, up to 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage (with expandable storage up to 1TB through microSD).

So, the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is more than capable to last a full day of work, play, baking, and doodling with its 8600mAh battery.

But hey, didn’t I technically just use it for only half the day since I woke up in the afternoon? Well, I match my ungodly waking hours with ungodly sleeping hours.

I usually end my day with journaling around 3am to 5am. These hours seem to be when I polish my doodles, write about my day, meditate, and plan out the next day.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro embodies the tablet you didn’t know you needed without taking all the money in your wallet. It goes without saying that if you’re looking for a tablet to optimize your creative and work output wherever you are, this is the perfect tablet for you. It’s feature-packed to make sure you get every bang for your buck while working like a pro.

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is currently bundled with a Keyboard Pack, Folio Case/Stand Cover, and Precision Pen 2. The optional Lenovo Smart Charging Station 2 enables hands-free movie-watching and stable charging while docked. The Folio Case lets you strut in style with its modern fabric doubling down as extra protection for when you need to chuck it in your bag and go.

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro has a price tag of PHP 36,990 and is available at Lenovo Exclusive Stores and Authorized resellers nationwide.

It’s also available at the Lenovo Mobile Official Store in Lazada and the Lenovo Mobile Official PH shop in Shopee.Follow Lenovo Philippines on Facebook and Instagram to get updates about the latest products and promos.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.

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Apple explains how your data is used for tracking everyday

And how an iPhone actively protects you

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Apple has always maintained that it values privacy the most and intends to protect its users from possible threats. This philosophy has also created an urban legend that macOS doesn’t get affected by viruses. However, it’s a testament to Apple’s long history of strict security and anti-tracking policies.

The Cupertino-based giant has released a report titled “A Day in the Life of Your Data.”  The easy-to-understand guide explains how apps collect data in the background while we’re just going about our routine. Apple highlights a few day-to-day instances when background data is actively being collected and then processed to deliver optimized ads for you.

A Day in the Life of Your Data

John and his 7-year-old daughter, Emma, are planning to go to the park. John searches up the weather, reads the news, and checks the map for traffic updates. During the ride, four apps track his location passively (this could be Google Maps, Uber, Grab, or even Fitbit) and sending the metadata to the ad targeting company. Within minutes, Emma, who’s playing a game on the iPad, comes across a scooter ad. Emma’s response is closely monitored, and based on it, the ad company can collect metrics like CTR (click-through rate) and cost per engagement.

Information tracked across various apps can be shared among data brokers, making it easier for advertisers to target you. When the duo clicks a selfie in the park, image editing apps can access the image’s metadata and understand what’s in the picture. When the picture is posted online, John’s data like geolocation, email, and phone number are now available to advertisers (via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).

Even an Ice Cream stop becomes heaven for apps since they can now monitor transactions and credit card-related usage (banking and financial services apps). How much John has spent is critical to understanding his lifestyle, in turn, bombarding him with more relevant and price-conscious ads. Advertisers also know that Emma loves sugary treats, and more ads shall be delivered to leverage that.


While this may sound like a dystopian story right now, it’s how the digital advertising industry works. Facebook is among the first ones to tap its true potential, and so are all other companies that offer free services — Google, Yahoo, Bing, and many more.

Google’s Android operating system is open-source and far convenient for developers to tinker around with. There have been numerous cases of rogue apps that secretly collect sensitive information and misuse and it. In fact, a recent report showed that Android phones collect and send 20x more data than Apple’s iOS.

Apple says that trackers are embedded in apps you use every day, and the average app has 6 trackers. And, developers use trackers so that third parties can also access it and act like a broker between multiple channels. Acxiom is one such broker, and it has data on 700 million users worldwide. The exchange of information can go to advertising networks, advertising publishers, attribution and measurement providers, data brokers, other private companies, and even governmental organizations.

At the end of the day, John and Emma ended up updating their profiles on a plethora of companies’ databases without ever interacting with them. It’s safe to assume that we all have a profile with these companies and have already been exposed. However, we can choose to be more careful with our data and ensure that only the companies we trust have access to it.

Apple says it has taken multiple steps like data minimization, on-device processing, user transparency and control, and hardware-software integrity. The four steps ensure minimal data is offloaded from the phone and sent to third-party servers. The company has also highlighted a few ways John and Emma would’ve been safe with Apple’s safeguards:

  • If the user chooses Safari to get the weather via Safari, Intelligent Tracking Prevention will prevent tracking.
  • For news, Apple News ensures his interests are not sent to third parties.
  • Apple Maps is linked to a random identifier, so it’s regularly reset and does not divulge the users’ details.
  • Using an iPhone would automatically alert you about apps that are collecting location details in the background.
  • And lastly, using an Apple Card to pay won’t spill your transaction details to other banking or financial apps.

Most importantly, the App Tracking Transparency feature will require apps to get the user’s permission before tracking their data across apps or websites owned by other companies. Ad networks that use SKAdNetwork API will collect ad analytics without the users’ personal metadata.

Google has also added similar tools in Android to let you control the flow of data. But it’s not as sophisticated as iOS, and apps often have a free run in the background.

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