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When you buy a TV, you’re buying something that you hope will stay with you for 5 to 10 years. Perhaps even more.

With technology moving faster than ever, another thing we need to consider in terms of longevity is if the TV won’t feel dated after just a couple of years.

This is everything that Samsung hopes to offer with their QLED 8K TV. Yes, 8K. And yes, QLED.

QLED vs OLED

You’re probably wondering why QLED and not OLED. Even if you’re not, I’m gonna tell you anyway. Other than that little line on the Q, these two have quite a bit of a difference.

OLED is an “emissive” technology. Meaning it emits its own light.

QLED is closer to LCD TVs since both are “transmissive” technology. This means it relies on LED backlighting.

But instead of lighting the entire LCD panel, it hits quantum dots which is what the Q stands for. Quantum essentially means really, really small. When the light hits these tiny dots, they gain emissive tech qualities.

We review plenty of smartphones that have OLED displays. If you’ve heard the words “deeper blacks and better contrast” before, that’s because those are common attributes of OLED displays.

But another thing that’s closely associated with OLEDs is burn-in.

Do a quick Google or YouTube search and you’ll find a handful of articles and videos of people complaining about it. A burn-in is like an after image that stays on screen even if you’re already looking at something else.

Of course, this is not to say that you automatically get burn-ins with OLEDs. However, it has happened often enough to be a cause for concern.

Also, based on the little research we did, OLED is more expensive.They’re nice on smartphones with significantly smaller screens. But for TVs, you’re talking about a massive display which will multiply your costs.

Quantum Dot-based tech has lower manufacturing costs, has a longer lifespan, and as seen on Samsung’s 2019 lineup, can be applied to screens as big as 98 inches and mass produced for all of us to enjoy.

Why 8K?

I know what you’re thinking. We barely have 4K content and now you want us to start thinking about 8K. Well, yeah. Like we said earlier, technology moves very fast. It won’t be soon before long that we’re seeing more and more 4K and 8K content.

A Japan-based network is doing a full 8K coverage of the 2020 Olympics. So 8K is coming sooner than you realize.

How does non-8K content translate to 8K TV, You ask? This is perhaps where Samsung really outdid itself.

These QLED 8K TVs are equipped with what they call the 8K Quantum processor. This chip contains a database of millions of images and videos.

Every time you play a video, the chip compares that video to its database to optimize what you see.That includes sharpening the image, reducing noise and texture all based on the type of scene on its database.

It can take anything from 4K to standard definition and turn it into near-8K video. It’s so good you might not even believe what you’re seeing.

Going 8K today makes sense for a lot of reasons: You get to be at the forefront of new technology, you’ll see stunning picture quality on a massive screen, and it’ll be with you longer than you realize.

If you want to future-proof your TV viewing, then you can’t go wrong with the Samsung QLED 8K TV.


This sponsored feature is collaboration between GadgetMatch and Samsung TV Philippines.

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Establishing shots: How to set a scene

Using the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

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Establishing shots set up a sequence’s setting, place, and tone. Most of the time, these are wide shots that showcase an entire location. This gives you an idea where the scene is taking place, as well as the current state of that location.

Take these for example, which one would make for a good establishing shot?

a. Tight shot of art installation
b. Medium shot of art installation
c. Wide shot of art installation

If you chose C, that would be the correct answer.

However, this isn’t the only way to establish a scene. In this next scenario, we want to show that the conversation is happening at a café. But since the characters are seated outside the wider shot doesn’t convey this immediately. In this instance, it’s better to use a closer shot to show the viewer where the scene is taking place.

It’s important to plan the shots you need to take. You don’t want to spend all day taking a shot of a scene that will only last for
a few seconds. But it also helps to be flexible once you start shooting.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G’s Director’s View feature lets you do just that. By quickly showing you how a scene looks like when taken ultra-wide, wide, or up close.

Director’s View

The Director’s View is one of the new major features on Samsung’s latest and greatest flagship — the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. What it does it let the shooter see a single shot through three different perspectives. Recording is continuous and the shooter can seamlessly switch among all three perspectives as needed.

It’s the perfect assistant not only for crafting establishing shots but also for composing other shots you might need for your video.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Review


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Samsung Galaxy A71 Review

A solid choice

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Samsung started the year with an awesome upper midranger — the Samsung Galaxy A71

It looks more fresh and premium than the older A-series smartphones with its punch cutout, and rectangular camera module which closely resembles the recently launched Galaxy Note 10 Lite.

Although it doesn’t feature a tougher gorilla glass, it’s “glasstic” back still feels premium on hand. Even when you have tiny hands, you’ll enjoy holding it thanks to its rounded corners, slim build, and light weight.

The prismatic styling shines well in certain angles. Other than the Prism Crush Blue colorway, it’s also available in Prism Crush Silver, Black, and Pink.

Awesome screen

The Galaxy A71’s screen size is massive at 6.7 inches. Watching K-Pop music videos will pop even more with its Super AMOLED Plus display that produces stunning colors. The screen bezels are crazy thin, which maximizes your viewing experience.

Although there’s no LED light for notifications, always-on display will help you see them at a glance.

The punch hole cutout might be a little bit distracting, especially since it stands out over bright backdrops. But maybe that’s just us nitpicking.

Awesome cameras

The Galaxy A71 feaures a quad-rear camera setup: 64MP f/1.8 wide, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 5MP f/2.2 depth, and 5MP f/2.4 macro.

It’s great when you shoot in daylight. Even with ultra-wide mode, it gives plenty of vibrance and detail. But when you take low-light shots, night mode falls a bit short. Most shots look blurry, if not grainy.

Contrast and sharpness level of the 32MP front cam might be too much. So consider editing your selfies to impress your crush.

Even with Gyro-EIS, videos might sometimes look wobbly and warped. But don’t worry! It’s still an awesome camera in most cases.

Long-lasting performance

The internals of the smartphone will not disappoint you: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, Adreno 618, 6/8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage that’s expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD.

It’s fast and buttery smooth with its near flagship-grade chipset. Even software experience is seamless with the latest Android 10 + One UI 2.

You can binge-watch multiple episodes of your favorite K-Drama, as the 4500mAh battery will last you around a day or two. Worried about charging speeds? It comes with a super fast 25W charger right out of the box.

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Regardless of the higher price tag than the competition, the Galaxy A71 is a solid smartphone and a good choice altogether.

You might find other compelling options around this price range, but at the end of the day, you’ll enjoy using this phone as well as the perks that come from Samsung.

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Get Frizz-free Curls with the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer

Curly-haired girls problems

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All curly-haired women have been in the same situation at some point. Putting out a ton of effort in the morning when it comes to styling. Saying a morning prayer where you ask the universe to cooperate, begging for a good hair day. All these only to be messed with by the elements come lunchtime. With the right hair tool and some products that will ensure your curls stay intact, you can preserve your locks and keep them looking neat for much longer. Let us show you how.

Special thanks to Hotel Bristol Berlin for the venue
Makeup by Mel Montajes

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