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I’ve grown attached to the Galaxy Z Fold2

I never wanna let it go

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It took me a while to figure out what kind of feature to write about the Galaxy Z Fold2. After all, we already have a hands-on, a quick camera sample, and a video review.

I truly wanted to get this out of the way early, but the days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months, and here I am now — inseparable from the mobile device I didn’t really see myself using for very long.

In case you haven’t been following, the Galaxy Z Fold2 is the second version of Samsung’s first crack at a foldable device. The first one didn’t quite meet our overall baseline for proper useability. However, the South Korean company learned plenty from the first version and delivered a polished foldable with the Fold2.

Impractical, unwieldy 

The Galaxy Z Fold2 isn’t a device I would buy for myself for a variety of reasons — chief of which being budget constraints. Say, that wasn’t an issue, It still didn’t feel like a practical device.

It’s too massive to comfortably put in your pocket.

It still feels like the awkward midpoint of two devices we have been used to. It’s not quite a phone, but it also isn’t quite a tablet.

But then I started to really use it… 

And was gradually blown away by everything that it enabled me to do. More than anything, it’s the ability to work with a larger screen no matter where I am is my favorite “feature.”

My ageing lower back certainly appreciated how I can use it for copy editing on afternoons that I just really needed to lie down.

I’ve also been blessed with big enough hands to be able to hold this one-handed while enjoying some content. But make no mistake, this is primarily a two-hand device.

It can switch positions for you

Yes, that’s an Ariana Grande reference. But the Galaxy Z Fold2 is truly flexible. When unfolded, it’s a fantastic multimedia consumption device. The 7.8-inch screen is great for watching videos.

Watch Jujutsu Kaizen. It’s pretty good.

And it’s also fantastic for playing mobile games which the phone, as you may have guessed, had zero problems running thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip and 12GB of RAM.

This Slam Dunk mobile game is pretty fun

But the low-key mind-blowing part is how you can easily switch from the 7.8-inch screen…

Yes, the crease is visible but focus your attention on Dalha

To the 6.23” tall and narrow display without missing a beat.

That 6.23” cover display is one of its biggest improvements. Itit certainly doesn’t feel like a regular smartphone thanks to it being thick when folded.

Thicc when folded

But there’s now plenty of screen real estate for it to be actually usable for an extended period of time.

Mina was a main bias wrecker for I can’t Stop Me era

The split screen feature is fascinating

I never really felt the need to run three screens on this as Han Ji-Pyeong from K-Drama Start-Up did.

But being able to split the screen vertically with plenty of room to spare meant I could watch a TWICE VLIVE while also looking at live translations from unofficial ONCE (Name of TWICE’s fans) President @misayeon while also having space to quickly take down notes should I feel like it.

It’s not something I would use everyday, but it sure is nice to have and is a feature not present in any other mobile device at the moment.

Jumping back to Han JiPyeong, I imagine the people who can actually afford this device are in a similar position that’s mostly about making decisions, coordinating, and directing. That means you don’t really need to carry around a laptop that much for your work. This might just be the best all-around device for you.

The Galaxy Z Fold2 is quite literally an all-in-one device for someone who doesn’t need to get their hands as dirty or deep their toes so much in the day-to-day grind.

That could also mean you don’t really need it much for photo-taking. But should you need it, the cameras on this thing are more than decent as demonstrated in this article. I’ll throw in some photos here for your convenience.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

The Galaxy Z Fold2 is truly one-of-a-kind. While I’m still scratching my head at the general “need” for 2-in-1 devices, the Fold2 strikes an intriguing balance. It’s more than useful enough now to be your daily companion for most of what you’ll do, while offering new ways of utilizing the primary device you carry with you.

I probably don’t need to tell you that it’s not for everyone. The price alone suggests as much, but if you have the means and are truly curious you’ll find that it truly isn’t quite a phone nor is it quite a tablet. It’s unapologetically a foldable — a new device category that we could be seeing more of in the future.

But more than its combination of specs and its overall futuristic feel, the Galaxy Z Fold2 comes with an allure that you will only truly realize after using it for an extended amount of time.

Watch our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Review

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The Mi TV P1 is a great first TV

A good self reward

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Mi TV P1

I still vaguely remember the first TV I ever bought. It was, if I recall correctly, a 24-inch Samsung TV. That was already a big deal for me at the time. I just landed a producer job at an online news outlet and got my first major salary bump. As someone who enjoyed watching TV shows and movies, I thought I’d treat myself by graduating from watching on a laptop.

The TV wasn’t anything crazy. It wasn’t smart either. At the time, Smart TVs weren’t as prevalent as they are today and it would have cost maybe two months worth of my salary then. But this TV I bought had what I needed. It can read from flash drives and external hard drives, and it has an HDMI port. That thing cost me somewhere between PhP 15,000 to PhP 18,000.

Fast forward to today, I would have been able to afford a pretty big screen 4K TV now with that money. Specifically, the Xiaomi Mi TV P1. Here are the price ranges for its various sizes:

  • 55″ — PhP 24,990
  • 50″ — PhP 22,990
  • 43″ — PhP 18,990

The same TV line also has a 32-inch variant at PhP 10,990 but it isn’t 4K so I excluded it from the list. By these standards, I would have been able to afford the 43-incher. Or perhaps, I would have opted to save up a little more to grab either of the 50-inch or 55-inch variants.

But even the 43-incher is already worlds better than what I had bought back then. I’m sure it’s a fantastic option for most people today. We already have an extensive review of the Mi TV P1. But indulge me in this little piece to share why I think it’s a great first TV.

Elevate your entertainment

Mi TV P1

One of my primary considerations for buying a TV was to give my laptop (and perhaps it’s a smartphone now for most people today) a break. I think it goes a long way to prolonging your laptop’s lifespan if after a long day of work, you’re not pushing it further to watch a few episodes of your favorite series.

At the time I was religiously following TV series like Suits, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, and many, many more. It was my way to unwind and destress at night. The kind of shows or content we watch has shifted a little to more K-Dramas and plenty of YouTube creators. But whatever you choose to watch to unwind, it’s almost always better on a TV.

Mi TV P1

Other than anime, and whatever’s on Netflix. I use the TV to stream PLENTY of TWICE

The UHD screen on the Mi TV P1 is no joke. It even looks good even in brightly lit rooms. You can also tweak the settings to get the kind of picture that your eyes find pleasing. My personal settings lean towards a vivid picture quality but not too much that it compromises the cinematic integrity of what I’m watching.

It’s just an overall treat to your eyes. And watching shows and movies just feels more natural this way.

Encourages legitimate streaming 

Mi TV P1

Squid Game, the biggest show on Netflix, is best watched on TV

Let’s face it, we didn’t always access our favorite shows from legitimate sources. Owning a Smart TV discourages that old behavior. The ease of access to streaming sites like Netflix, HBO Go, and Viu is near frictionless. And there are a variety of subscription plans that fit your needs.

You can even be creative with your streaming budget. You can rotate among these apps every month or so. You’ll just have to plan which shows you want to watch, and line them up to when you want to watch. What I do is I have Netflix on retainer so I always have it, then month-to-month I switch between HBO Go and Viu. It just depends on where the shows I want to watch are.

It’s so much easier to fire up the TV, hit a streaming app, and watch away vs having to acquire shows in less than ideal means.

What’s more, you can install ExpressVPN directly on the TV. With it you can change regions and gain access to content and apps you otherwise would not have access to. If you’re worried about the subscription fee, there’s a nice offer here.

Home entertainment centerpiece

Mi TV P1

It’s also decent for gaming. And even if you don’t have a console, you can install supported gaming apps from the Google Play Store

Looking back, I really wish the Mi TV P1 was already available when I made my first TV purchase. I’m constantly fascinated by how much of what was then considered high-end tech is now available to more people.

What Xiaomi has here is pretty much more of the same of what they usually offer — a product with a fantastic price-to-performance ratio. The Mi TV P1 is no premium TV, but I’d argue it’s the best value for money you can get.

If you’re looking to splurge a little on a big ticket item, the Mi TV P1 is an easy recommendation. If I were back in my situation as a young professional looking to reward myself, this is certainly it.

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5 ways to enjoy Huawei’s MatePad gift bundles

There’s plenty to do!

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Tablets are always a convenient tool for users to enjoy, whether they’re looking for entertainment or simply unwinding.

As the holiday season is fast-approaching, Huawei is offering customers gift bundles for its MatePad tablet series for them to score exciting promos while saving on huge freebies.

Whether it’s a gift for yourself, an early Christmas gift, or an investment for the next year, the Huawei gift bundles campaign includes everything from budget tablets to premium ones to help grant those wishes.

Five ways to enjoy

With more than 141,000 apps available on AppGallery, users can unlock new ways to be entertained and inspired at their fingertips especially nowadays with safety guidelines outside still in place.

As the year winds down, here are five ways to begin a new journey in 2022 with the HUAWEI MatePad series:

1. Reconnect with your loved ones online

 

Stay connected to your friends and family over the holidays with a variety of essential social media platforms ready for download on AppGallery and Petal Search.

That includes WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Tiktok, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and Twitter!

2. Catch a movie marathon

MatePad Pro 12.6

Whether it means staying up to date with local dramas on MeWatch or catching the latest blockbusters on HBO Go, keep your serotonin flowing with the immersive displays and sound systems tuned by Harmon Kardon on the Huawei MatePad tablets.

Apps that you could consider include HUAWEI Video, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, and Twitch so you don’t miss out on safe and sound Christmas bonding sessions at home.

3. Maximize productivity

With apps like Zoom, Slack and Microsoft Office, Teams, and Outlook at your disposal, staying productive amidst the Christmas rush is a breeze.

You can also keep an eye on your kid’s tablet use with a smart monitoring solution like Plano or amp your multi-tasking game with Huawei’s multi-window and multi-screen collaboration feature on the tablets.

4. Explore your creative side

Huawei MatePad

With infinite possibilities on a digital canvas, you don’t have to worry about paper wastage or harming the environment.

Whether you’re a pro or just starting to find your inner artist, the Huawei M-Pencil gives a realistic drawing experience equipped with pixel-level precision.

Take a stroke of faith with Nebo, ibisPaint X, Concepts available from AppGallery.

5. Find your flow with journaling

The world can get a little noisy at times. Take a moment to disconnect and develop a calmer mind through journaling with suggested apps like Journey, Grid Diary, and Calm.

Gift bundles to choose from

Huawei has four packages available depending on what plans you have for a tablet. All deals include a free gift bundle worth as much as SG$ 396.

MatePad model Retail price Free gift bundle Best for
HUAWEI MatePad SGSG$ 448

(U.P. SGSG$ 498)

Get it for only SG$ 398 during the Lazada Huawei Brand Sale from October 26 to 28

Smart Magnetic Keyboard worth SG$ 148 Families looking for a

budget-friendly tablet

for work and for fun.

Includes a Kirin 820

chipset, Wi-Fi 6 and

EMUI 10.1.

HUAWEI MatePad 11 SG$ 698 Worth SG$ 346:

  • Huawei M-Pencil (2nd gen)
  • Smart Magnetic Keyboard
Young adults and

students looking for a

reliable productivity

tool.

Includes a 120 Hz

refresh rate for a

smoother visual

experience and a DCI –

P3 colour gamut

feature.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro 10.8” SG$ 998 Worth SG$ 254:

  • MatePad Pro Flip cover
  • Huawei M-Pencil (2nd gen)
  • Huawei Mini Speaker
An all-rounded

productivity machine at

home, school, or the

office.

Includes 10.8 inch 2K

HUAWEI FullView

Display with a 4.9mm

ultra slim bezel body.

Up to 11 hours of

battery life.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro 12.6” SG$ 1,398 Worth SG$ 396:

  • Huawei M-Pencil (2nd gen)
  • MatePad pro 12.6” Smart Magnetic Keyboard
Professionals and

creatives running

sophisticated programs

on-screen.

Features a powerful

10,050mAh battery

capacity and a large

12.6 inch OLED

FullView Display.

Pricing and availability

The promotion will run from October 26 to November 30, 2021 and will be available at all Huawei Authorized Stores, selected consumer electronic stores including Best Denki, Challenger & Hachi.tech, COURTS, Gain City, Harvey Norman, Sprint-Cass, and Huawei official online stores in Lazada and Shopee.

SEE ALSO: 11 most notable things about the Huawei MatePad 11

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Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Unboxing

The best Pixel yet?

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Google Pixel 6

After a series of leaks from many months ago, Google has finally unveiled the newest Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to the public (take note of the new ‘Pro’ branding instead of ‘XL’ from the Pixel 4 series).

If you’ve been a long-time Pixel follower, you’d know it’s the biggest Pixel redesign ever. From the modern look and feel, to that new horizontal camera strip. Everything went north from the Pixel 5’s less remarkable design language.

Without further ado, here’s our Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro unboxing in Sorta Seafoam and Cloudy White colorways.

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