Features

Top 10 smartphones radiant in red

Everything through rose-colored glasses

Published

on

The newest trend in smartphones is one that has me dazzled. Red is the color of love, and it’s also the hot color for this phone season.

I’ve rounded up my favorite red smartphones and listed them here. Take your pick!

Samsung Galaxy S8 in Burgundy Red

This Samsung flagship was released in deep red last fall and it’s gotten many heads turning. One thing’s for sure, this limited edition version looks stunning any season.

READ MORE: Samsung Galaxy S8 now comes in Burgundy Red

OPPO R11s in red

OPPO’s selfie powerhouse not only comes in a beautiful red version, it also has what the brand calls the “starry sky screen” — a subtle black to red gradient on the edge of the phone’s display.

READ MORE: OPPO R11s review: Midrange selfie powerhouse

OnePlus 5T in Lava Red

Usually available in drab colors like black, gray, and just recently, white, this OnePlus 5T release wows in this new bold color. I lava this new look!

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 5T in Lava Red color is coming to South Asia

HTC U11 EYEs in red

The HTC U11 EYEs, a selfie version of the much-loved U11, is eye-catching in this pop of red (pun intended).

READ MORE: HTC U11 EYEs offers large battery and dual cameras for better selfies

OPPO F5 6GB in red

OPPO is loving their red phones! The F5, which was the first OPPO device with AI beauty mode, has a 6GB variant that only comes in red.

READ MORE: OPPO F5 6GB now with price and availability

Honor V10 in red 

Huawei’s sub-brand just announced another smartphone at CES and it comes in our favorite color! The Honor V10 (also known as the View 10) packs powerful shooters and a Kirin 970 chipset.

READ MORE: Honor V10 brings best of Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro together

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro in red

Of the many phones from ASUS’ ZenFone 4 line, the Selfie Pro is my favorite. That red device is a selfie machine with a dedicated beauty camera app.

READ MORE: ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro review: The ultimate selfie phone

LG V30 in Raspberry Rose

A special Raspberry Rose version of LG’s media powerhouse was launched at CES 2018. The LG V30 looks stunning in rouge.

READ MORE: Samsung Galaxy S8 now comes in Burgundy Red

Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in red

These special edition iPhones look awesome and stand for a good cause. Add color to your life with these handsets!

READ MORE: Apple and (RED) commemorate World AIDS Day 2017

Sony Xperia XZ Premium in Rosso

Sony’s flagship phone stuns in this deep rose color. Known for its 3D scanning and super slow-mo capabilities, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium looks as good as it sounds.

SEE ALSO: Top 8 Prettiest Pink Smartphones

SEE ALSO: 5 smartphones that are Beautiful in Blue 

Hands-On

realme 9i Hands-On

Solid as usual
g

Published

on

The realme 9i is the “little brother” in the realme 9 series. And while it doesn’t pack the same punch as its pro siblings – the realme 9 Pro and realme 9 pro+ – there’s enough here for anyone who just needs a reliable daily smartphone.

Here’s a quick look at the specs before we dive in deeper: 

Performance

  • 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate 
  • Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G processor
  • 6GB RAM with Dynamic RAM expansion feature up to 5GB 
  • 128GB Internal Storage 
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 33W Dart Charge tech

Cameras

  • 50MP main camera
  • 2MP macro lens
  • 2MP depth lens
  • 16MP selfie shooter

Here are some samples for your appreciation.

Neat, simple, and elegant

The realme 9i is pretty understated in the looks department. The variant we got comes in blue and depending on how the light hits, you’ll see some lines to accentuate its back.

As for button and port placements, at the bottom you’ll find the usuas: speaker grille, USB-C  port, and 3.5mm jack. 

On the right side is the power button/fingerprint scanner. 

And on the left hand side are the two, tiny volume buttons. 

Overall, the realme 9i  looks neat. Simple yet elegant. The camera stands out, obviously. But you can say that for most phones these days. It’s light for its size and appearance. It’s already easy to hold as is, but it’s even easier if you’re the phone-case-and-pop-up socket type of person.

General usage

Switching from one app to the other, or going back to the home screen for that matter is seamless and fast. There’s no trouble opening or loading apps so far. 

The apps load from where I last left it, provided I haven’t closed all apps, cleared RAM, or optimized phone usage.

Media consumption and gaming

We enjoyed more than our fair share of watching sports highlights  on the realme 9i. It pays to have a great-performing phone to not miss any action. We didn’t have any problems watching on YouTube at the highest resolution settings and at 60 fps. 

Same is true for other types of content. The viewing experience was likewise seamless.

The speaker is really loud and complements the video. You don’t have to put it on max volume although it’s still of the best quality when put to max. It doesn’t break.

Playing Mobile Legends with friends and relatives on this phone is perfect even if it’s “only” a mid-level phone. The game’s graphics settings were set on default when opening from the phone. I tinkered it to HD mode with a high refresh rate and “Ultra” graphics, and it didn’t have problems throughout the game like lagging when I played.

Battery life

On full standby in power saving mode without having to connect it to Wi-Fi or turn on mobile data, the phone consumes just about 5 to 10 percent of its battery power in one whole day.

When charging, it takes less than an hour to charge from 30 percent to full with its 33W fast charging.

Solid as usual

realme 9i

 

The “i” variants in realme’s numbered series phones have consistently been steady performers and the realme 9i is no different. It’s not gonna wow you with raw specs, but the overall package and performance makes it worthwhile.

The realme 9i retails for PhP 11,990. Buy it here.

Continue Reading

Reviews

vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review

vivo’s best smartphone just got even better!

Published

on

The vivo X70 Pro+ was launched just several months ago. However, we’re already having a follow-up!

Unlike the X50, X60, and X70 series, the X80 series only consists of two models this time around.

Namely the X80 and X80 Pro — with the latter being vivo’s latest flagship smartphone.

But what makes it different from its predecessor? And what makes the successor a lot more exciting?

Watch our vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review now to find out more!

 

Continue Reading

Unboxing

Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

Premium, smart timepiece

Published

on

Watch GT 3 Pro

Huawei has been giving us the best choices for stylish timepieces to help us reach our health and fitness goals. And they’re taking the stage again with their new flagship smartwatch — the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro. 

Now let’s take a closer look at this device and check what Huawei has in store for us this time. 

Unboxing

The GT 3 Pro comes in this sleek black box with the name of the device in gold. Through the box, we also get to know that it is powered by HarmonyOS. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Lifting the cover, you’re immediately greeted by the GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition looking classy beside a gold Huawei logo. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Pulling the tab on the right, you’ll see a smaller enclosure. Opening it up, you’ll see some paperwork, a USB-C cable and a wireless charging cradle. 

 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Now here’s the GT 3 Pro taken out of the box. Looks premium, doesn’t it? 

Watch GT 3 Pro

By examining the watch strap, you can easily tell that it’s made of genuine high-quality leather. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

The Huawei branding is not seen on the strap. It’s instead engraved on the buckle. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Also unlike the previous GT 2 Pro that has the usual double crown design, the GT 3 Pro has a watch crown and a button. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

The rotating crown serves as its power button and scroll and zoom wheel. Rotating it feels smooth without much resistance. But it does have haptic feedback, mimicking a mechanical feel. 

Powering it up, you’re notified to get the Huawei Health app and pair it with your phone. 

 

Once paired, you can tinker with the settings and apply customizations based on your preference and liking. 

First impressions 

What I immediately liked with the GT 3 Pro is how classy it looks. And despite it being a big smartwatch compared to what I usually use, it feels light on my wrist. 

I also can’t help but admire how clean and clear it looks with its 1.43-inch AMOLED display and sapphire glass lens. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

 

Its body, on the other hand, is made of titanium and it has a ceramic back case to complete the premium package. 

Using it for a few days, it looks like this timepiece will definitely level up my expectations for smartwatches. But I have yet to fully explore and experience everything about the GT 3 Pro that I’ll share on my hands-on review so don’t forget to also check that out. 

Pricing and availability 

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro retails for PhP 16,999 and is available in Titanium and Ceramic Edition. 

Continue Reading

Trending