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Get the most out of your twenties by investing in a mesh router

Home is where the Wi-Fi connects automatically

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So many things in our twenties depend on being connected; whether that’s getting work done, catching up with friends and family, planning our next trip, or even me time.

Imagine being able to do everything you want to do wherever you are in your apartment — from the bedroom, to the toilet, to your couch without worrying about losing connectivity. A mesh Wi-Fi router like the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus allows you to do that and more. Here are some reasons why it’s the best gift you can give yourself during this pivotal decade in your life:

Maximize what you’re paying for

Getting the most out of every spending is almost always the only justification we have for buying something new. Can I wear this beautiful pair of heels without dying in pain after 20 minutes? Will it work with half of my wardrobe or is it practically disposable?

The same decision-making process applies to a Wi-Fi subscription or getting a router. More often than not, it doesn’t feel worth it because you don’t get the advertised speeds when you’re minding your own business from the toilet seat, or when you just want to binge-watch your favorite YouTubers without getting out of bed.

A mesh Wi-Fi router like the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus is an easy solution for those dead spots in the apartment. It comes with up to three Deco units, so they can be placed in key locations to get the best coverage. In rooms where you’re originally only getting zero to 58Mbps, it’ll dramatically improve to the speed you’re actually paying monthly for.

Setup doesn’t require the use of your last two braincells

Us twentysomethings are smarter than most people think — we can tinker with practically anything and learn things on the fly. But it doesn’t hurt to have a new piece of technology to work just as it should: to make our busy lives easier and more efficient.

Setting up the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus doesn’t require much. Just plug the Deco units, download the app, and link them with a few taps. Next thing you know you’re wondering why you didn’t buy it sooner.

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Netflix and actually chill

Whether you’re planning on binge watching the latest season of Black Mirror on your smart TV or downloading a movie or two on your phone to watch when you’re on the plane, you’ll no longer need to wait to do so.

We’ve all been there: you’re in the middle of the most nerve-wracking or heart-warming scene and the TV suddenly freezes. With the right mesh router, buffering will be a thing of the past.

It’s future-proof

If you haven’t noticed by now, life doesn’t get easier. Cliché as it may sound, we only get stronger and more patient but more importantly, we also (have to) get smarter about our choices.

We may feel broke 90 percent of the time, but investing in smart appliances and devices is going to be inevitable. Imagine not having to google whether you can put your expensive dress into the dryer or turn off the lights when you’re already half asleep and can’t be bothered?

The Deco M9 Plus is one of the few mesh routers that offer smart home support. It can serve as a hub for smart appliances and devices you’ll eventually get for yourself and/or your future not-yet-existing family.

If dead spots are your only problem now, the band-aid cheaper solution is to get Wi-Fi extenders; but changes will happen, and we’ll all level up in life. We hopefully won’t live in the same tiny apartment our twentysomething jobs can afford.

When we do move to a better, more spacious home someday, making this purchase today will still make sense ten years down the line. Like deciding between faux leather and genuine leather, it’s not the cheapest option, but you’ll get more out of it in the long run than the more affordable options right now.

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vivo V25 vs V23 5G: Camera Shootout

Are there even significant improvements?

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vivo V25

It hasn’t even been a year but vivo has already revealed the successor to the V23 5G that was launched earlier this 2022. But is it actually worth upgrading to the new vivo V25? Or should you save yourself some money and buy the older V23 5G instead?

vivo V25

Don’t let that new camera bump with bigger circular cutouts on the vivo V25 fool you. On paper, the cameras are close to one another but the V25 has the advantage of having a slightly wider aperture and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) that the V23 5G doesn’t have.

vivo V25 vivo V23 5G
Wide 64MP f/1.79
PDAF, OIS + EIS
64MP f/1.89
PDAF, EIS
Ultra-WIde 8MP 120º f/2.2
Macro 2MP f/2.4
Selfie 50MP f/2.0 wide

 

50MP f/2.0 wide
8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide
+ Dual-tone Spotlight

The sad news though is that, vivo has decided to remove the extra ultra-wide selfie camera and dual flash system on the new V25.

vivo V23 with the Dual-tone Spotlight Flash feature

But how do these phones perform side-by-side knowing the new V25 also has a slightly less-powerful MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset over V23 5G’s Dimensity 920? Are there enough convincing differences or is the older model actually better? Feed yourself some photo sample comparisons below.

Daylight

In any given circumstance, a valuable Android midranger should take at least a decent photo with natural light around — thus me taking lesser photos to compare.
Still, your judgment matters.

#1A (Ultra-wide)

vivo V25

#1B (Wide)

vivo V25

#2

#3A (Wide)

#3B (Zoom)

Food

Taking food shots (mostly with indoor lighting) is a better way to test which phone camera is capable of producing the better image output with the right amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness, temperature, as well as Dynamic Range.

#4

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#8

#9

#10

#11

*Left photo was taken multiple times with the focus tapped on the baked roll. Lens coating was also cleaned several times but still resulted to the same output.

#12

Night Mode

Low-light photos can either make or break the capabilities of a smartphone’s camera.
While it’s a mixed bag of outputs, it still depends on the user if Night Mode photos are important in a midranger or not.

#13A (Wide)

#13B (Ultra-wide)

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#18

vivo V25

#19

vivo V25

#20

vivo V25

BONUS: Low-Light Selfie

For users who love taking selfies even in the dark, both phones can take fill-in flash (using the display) to brighten up your faces.

Without Flash

vivo V25

However, the ultra-wide selfie and Dual-tone Spotlight feature were removed completely from the vivo V25. You just have to guess and pick which is which.

With Flash (Aura Fill, Dual-Tone Dual Spotlight Flash)

vivo V25

Results

No more confusions, the results are consistent all throughout the board:

Photo A — vivo V23 5G

Photo B — vivo V25

Conclusion

vivo V25

While it’s barely a big camera quality improvement, the vivo V25 has rendered some of the scenes quite well such as in Photos 1A, 11, and 12 which the V23 5G failed to display at least an acceptable output. Other times, the vivo V23 5G delivered better results like in Photos 1B, 2, 3A, 4, and 13A. Those images delivered overall better photos with a sufficient amount of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and AWB (Auto White Balance).

Overall, the V25 produced better images with decent amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness. The newer model also has some slight edge on focusing and making shots brighter and more stable at night.

vivo V25

While only two selfies were provided, the V23 5G obviously has the edge — especially with its extra selfie lens and dual-flash feature.

vivo V25

If you’re coming from the V23 5G, you don’t need to upgrade to the vivo V25. Period. But, if you’re looking for a phone to replace your old vivo smartphone (or pretty much any old budget phone or midranger for that matter), buying the V25 won’t hurt.

vivo V25

Unless you’re looking for a used unit, a brand new vivo V23 5G is being sold at PhP 27,999. Whereas, a brand new V25 retails at a cheaper PhP 23,999 price tag.

vivo V25

Imho, choosing the V23 5G over the V25 is advantageous for some reasons: a more premium-looking design with metallic sides, slightly faster chipset, and the extra selfie camera.

vivo V25

But realizing how more capable the cameras of the V25 are, you can also choose it for its bigger battery and brighter display. Also, the OIS feature is very handy if you love taking photos in action or at night or just record stable-free videos without worrying about warping and jitters. At the end of the day, you should know what you value the most in buying a new smartphone.

SEE ALSO:

vivo V25 is a Night Portrait Master

Taking photos to the next level with the vivo V23 5G

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iPhone 14 Pro Max vs 13 Pro Max vs S22 Ultra: Camera Shootout

A Very Different Camera Test

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The iPhone 14 Pro Max finally has an upgraded camera system — highlighted by its 48MP main camera sensor.

But does it really take better photos vs the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra?

Find out in our photo-walk style camera shootout with the pro-photographer and Apple’s #ShotoniPhone Macro Challenge Global Winner Tom Reeves.

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Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Review (Part 1)

Is it really worth your hard-earned savings?

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After several years of waiting, an Apple Watch dedicated for explorers, adventure-seekers, and elite athletes is finally here!

Lo and behold, the new Apple Watch Ultra.

While just being a first product of its kind, it actually offers features that can rival its popular competitors.

But is it worth your hard-earned money considering its price tag starts at a whopping US$ 799 / S$ 1199 / ₱53,990?

Watch how Michael Josh unwraps the new watch in the latest Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and First Review.

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