Under Armour HOVR Machina review: A virtual running coach



On Valentine’s day, Under Armour mysteriously sent us a new pair of shoes and these weren’t just any ordinary shoes — these were smart shoes.

I’ve been super interested in trying out Under Armours’ smart running shoes ever since they announced the first pair. They’ve been doing this for years and there’s a bunch of options available but this one’s the latest — the Under Armour HOVR Machina.

Tough mesh, fantastic laces

The Under Armour HOVR Machina might not be everyone’s taste. It’s a slightly chunky looking shoe and the new UA “energy web” design on the mid-sole makes for a really busy looking sneaker.

Starting with the upper, the HOVR Machina has a 100 percent engineered mesh upper in an interesting pattern that kind of looks like animal print in a way. You can see we got the bright red colorway, and when I say bright red, I really mean bright red.

But if this isn’t your style the UA HOVR Machina also comes in a more formal black and white colorway that I think looks better, and there’s a more sporty black and red version, and a blue and orange colorway as well. I’m sure there will be more coming along but these are the launch colorways for now.

The tongue also seems to be a mesh material, with soft, padded laces on top that loop through fused reinforced eyelets, with the top two eyelets being metal. These extra holes will definitely help with those of you that have smaller ankles and want a secure fit.

I have to mention again how awesome these laces are. It’s a relatively small thing but considering this is a fitness shoe, the laces are almost silky soft yet still stretchy enough that you can tie them without needing a double knot because they’ll be securely locked in. Good job Under Armour.

Even though this is a mesh like material, it seems really durable so I’m thinking you could actually use these shoes on off road runs as well. The engineered mesh upper is really that tough.

Another thing I really liked about the engineered mesh upper is that it doesn’t stretch as your foot moves to handle turns or uneven surfaces.

The upper is designed to be minimal but at the same time, still provide support wherever necessary. UA has done a really good job at doing that.

More HOVR, more fun

In terms of cushioning, the Under Armour HOVR Machina, as the name suggests, uses their HOVR foam cushioning and there’s an ample amount of it too.

There’s apparently 20% more HOVR cushioning here which is the most on any UA shoe ever, which also means that there’s a 2mm stack height advantage over the older Under Armour HOVR Infinite, which was their most cushioned running shoe in 2019. And you can feel the difference with the very first step.

Another reason for this stack height — 31 mm (Heel) & 23 mm (Forefoot) — might be the inclusion of a new two-pronged Pebax-carbon propulsion plate which is sandwiched between two layers of HOVR in the midsole.

Inspired by similar plates in track spikes, the propulsion plate basically adds bounce and increased stability to the shoe so that you feel a nice little spring in your step while running in them. It is noticeable enough to make it easier to keep running long miles in these.

The propulsion plate also allows for quick transitions through the gait cycle to quickly get you onto your forefoot as you take a stride.

‘Energy Web’ for better return

The HOVR foam also has a new addition on top of it that UA is calling an “Energy Web” which should help “give back the energy you put into every step”. Not entirely sure if it works but it definitely looks cool.

This “energy web” is basically a mesh that wraps around the entire midsole. This helps retain the foam and prevent it from expanding outward, which in turn does help it return energy back into your step as well.

In addition to the good amount of cushioning, there’s also a thick ortholite insole to ensure all-day comfort and help secure step-in.

All in all, the combination of the cushy insole, the propulsion plate, and the HOVR cushioning, makes this a pretty comfortable running shoe. Might even be Under Armour’s most cushioned running shoe ever.

It’s worth mentioning that this cushioning feels quite different when you pit it against other running shoes with famous cushioning tech like the Nike React Infinity Run and the adidas UltraBoost 20. Both of these are no doubt the pinnacle in great cushioning in a running shoe, with a nice plush step-in comfort as soon as you slip them on.

But if you’re looking for a neutral ride, the UA HOVR Machina does a pretty good job. It’s definitely a bit more firm. This might be a better every day running shoe that you could even throw on multiple times a day, since the cushioning doesn’t need a recovery day.

Coming down to the outsole, it is made up of a mixture of high abrasion rubber or carbon pods, and blown rubber, which is a slight improvement to what was used on last year’s UA HOVR Infinite.

The high abrasion rubber is found near the toe area and the heel, with the blown rubber in between. Under Armour says these will last over 300+ miles, and that the performance pod will last even longer.

However, there are a lot of conflicting opinions on the internet about how long the blown rubber can actually last. It allows for a more cushioned ride and makes for a lighter shoe, but a lot of people are skeptical about its longevity. I guess, time will tell.

A virtual running coach

Now let’s move on to the most interesting part about these shoes for us — the smarts

Within the outsole, you’ll find the Bluetooth performance pod here in the right shoe. This is something that’s becoming pretty common in most Under Armour shoes nowadays. This measures distance, time, your steps per minute (cadence), pace, calories burnt, and even more precise information like your foot strike angle, stride length, ground contact time, and more.

To see this information you’ll have to download Under Armour’s MapMyRun app, and pair the shoes with your phone. The performance pod updates all your run stats every time you open up the app on your phone. It basically uses Under Armour’s AI engine to analyze your stats and give you tips on how to improve.

Even better, if you run with your phone on with the MapMyRun app opened and connected to the shoes,  you’ll get personalized coaching tips as you run. That’s pretty freaking cool.

Worth mentioning is that there are no GPS chips in the shoes. Instead, they piggyback on your phone’s GPS. If you choose to run without your phone, you’ll still get distance and pace information from the motion sensors. It all seems pretty accurate in my tests.

All of this does seem to add to the weight a tiny bit. The HOVR Machina weighs in at about 295g in the men’s model (UK size 8.5) and about 240g in the women’s model (UK size 7.5) which is a bit heavier than most sneakers in the everyday running category.

I have tried smart shoes before and they’ve always seemed like a useless thing to me, but how Under Armour handles this information is a little different. It tries to make you better and help improve your running form without hiring an actual professional coach. This seems to be pretty legit.

A secure fit

The engineered mesh upper on the HOVR Machina seems to fit true to size. This seems to hold true even for wide-footer people like me. I’ve seen some people say the midfoot and toe box was a bit snug but I didn’t have that issue.

But of course, I always recommend trying the shoe on in stores first since every company has their own take on sizing. Don’t forget, your foot does tend to swell up after a run so you don’t want something too snug.

With the mesh tongue being thick enough to distribute the lace pressure, the fit is extremely comfortable as well. It’s also a really secure fit because the tongue is attached to the strobel board and midsole with elastic mesh straps that hug both sides of your midfoot.

There’s even dual loops on the tongue in case you’d want to loop through them before the last eyelet. This makes for an even more secure fit in case you’re worried about any slippage. Adding to the comfort is the quilted mesh around the collar, and heavy padding in the ankle area. It all makes up for an extremely comfortable and secure fit.

Soft and responsive at the same time

In terms of support, the HOVR Machina is pretty usual for a neutral running shoe. It comes with a normal-sized internal heel counter that allows your feet to sit slightly inside the midsole at the heel. I personally did not experience much heel slippage with them.

The lateral forefoot midsole flares out a tiny bit. While I do think the durability of the upper allows this to be an off road running shoe, I think this is better suited for running on roads, pavements or city streets. In case you were wondering, it is an interesting 8mm heel-to-toe drop here.

This pair is one of few that actually requires a break-in period. At first, the propulsion plate might make you feel like it’s really stiff but after a few runs in it, you’ll feel the base of the shoe become more pliable with a more secure fit.

Running with these, the Machina feels soft and responsive at the same time. That’s usually a tough balance for any company to strike but it’s mostly thanks to that forefoot plate. The shoe tends to bounce with a decent energy return.

They are a bit stiff at first, like I mentioned, so they need a bit of a break-in period but the shoe’s flat shape and stiff midsole does mean this isn’t exactly meant for fast running. Instead, the shape and stiffness allows for a very stable underfoot feeling so it’s great for just your everyday run.

Is this your SneakerMatch?

The Under Armour HOVR Machina is actually a really well built running shoe. They are durable and comfortable. The forefoot propulsion plate provides for a really snappy toe-off. And hey, if you pick up this same bright red colorway, people will see you coming from a mile away.

Plus they have the advantage of those smarts built-in which means these are shoes that can actually help you improve at running.

They are priced a little high at about US$ 150 depending on the region you’re picking them up in. But I really think these are probably the best running shoes UA has next to the UA HOVR Sonic.

These might look chunkier but they compete really well with everyday trainers from other brands.

Running sneakers is a pretty hot category and every major brand has a bunch of their own takes on what they think is the best running shoes. It’s great for us consumers because it gives us a lot more choices to find that perfect running shoe.

For example, Reebok has the Zig Kinetica which are similarly priced. If you want something lighter with better cushioning you have the Adidas Ultraboost 20 or the Nike React Infinity Run which are some of the best running shoes right now. They do come at a much higher cost.

Under Armour wants to be a serious running brand, and they’ve already released some pretty sweet running shoes in the last few years that cater to almost every type of runner. These were all connected shoes that can track and send your running data to your phone so you can monitor and improve. No gimmicks, just a serious focus on helping you improve your run.

The Machina might not be as not as light as some of its competitors, but honestly I don’t think it’s even designed to be. Once you slip these on and go for a nice long run, you’ll immediately feel the magic of that propulsion plate, the HOVR foam, and the durable upper all coming together to make for a pretty good everyday running sneaker.

If you’re in the market for a neutral running shoe that has a decent amount of responsiveness and cushioning, and with smart features that can help you improve your running, then the Under Armour HOVR Machina is the shoe for you.

Definitely recommended, especially if you’re an Under Armour fan.


realme 6 review: Perfect gaming phone for the lockdown?

Let’s play to cope




realme is stepping up to the plate with a new gaming phone with the realme 6. Was anyone particularly surprised? I was. But, before we get into the review, there’s no point avoiding the giant invasive elephant in the room whenever we talk about new releases. COVID-19 has drastically shifted our lives and has ultimately changed how we interact with everyone. It’s dramatically changed how we navigate our day-to-day.

Painful reality

But, reality still. For the most part, everything is in one enclosed space now. There’s no spatial separation between work, school, home, and play. Honestly, time has also probably warped since this entire thing hit the fan for most of us. We’ve probably lost track of time more than once in the entire year and it’s still just May.

Strap up, boys and girls, 2020 is a wild one.

Which brings me to something I personally find helpful in an anxiety-inducing time: playing games. Now, now, a bunch of gatekeepers have kept to their high horse over the ancient PC or console debate but, I think phones have a large new place in the argument.

Games, like most other art forms, rooted itself as a form of entertainment, a pass-time. Granted, a large industry grew from building competitiveness within the ecosystem, the point still stands. Games are for fun. Play it however way you like. It is still for your enjoyment or entertainment.

What’s this got to do with anything?

Things don’t exist in their own fantastical bubble. Don’t we just all wish it did though? I’d previously referenced how video games have had a significantly positive impact on my mental health. In a time where anxiety, depression, and manic attacks are at an all-time high, I think I don’t just speak for myself when I say having something for cognitive distraction or a twinge of healthy escapism is helpful and welcome.

Here’s where I timely segue into how the realme 6 played a quiet role in calming the daunting storm stirring in my head in most days.

A “gaming phone” how?

Okay, this phone sat in my apartment since the lockdown began and I’m not going to lie, the timing was a little strange. This year didn’t just start a mess, it proceeded to get worse and worse. From volcanoes erupting, forest fires, Kobe, and locusts, you could say the universe heard everyone’s posts testing how it could get any worse and slapped big ol’ corona into the mix.

That aside, I lucked out a bit with the Realme 6 with me since the lockdown began. With a Helio G90T processor, 90Hz refresh rate display, 8GB RAM and 128 GB storage and fast-charging 4,300mAh battery, you can only imagine the reckless abandon I had when playing new offline games during the quarantine.

The phone measures 6.5 inches and optimizes it with FHD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to make sure that beauty stays protected. The Realme 6 doesn’t really disappoint.

It delivers on all those specs and makes playing games look stunning. It’s so good that when you’re a little manic and need some cathartic kills, there’s honestly nothing wrong with hopping into a game and getting some frags.

Not just a gaming phone

Here, we talk about the things we didn’t ask for but, obviously things the phone delivers on without being asked of. The realme 6 is a pretty impressive phone. It delivers on all fronts relating to gaming and even the battery life can hold up to more than eight (8) hours of play and use.

But, that isn’t what makes the realme 6 a phone. We can call it a convenient handheld with everything so far but it has a decent set of cameras worth mentioning.

The cameras

The Realme 6 has a 64MP Quad camera with a 16MP in-display selfie camera. It’s got Super Nightscape 2.0 for low-light shots, Ultra Image Stabilization, 120fps Slow-Mo Selfie, and Real-Time Bokeh Video.

I went out to test these features and they deliver. The photos below are pretty telling of my uneventful lockdown lifestyle so dial it down on dissing the silly still shots.

Selfie, ta-dah!

Nit-picking the little things

If there’s one silly downside though, the phone does struggle to focus on moving objects. And, if there’s one petty thing I personally am not a fan of, it’s notches and in-display selfie cameras.

No jabs at realme for that one though, that’s all me. Anything blocking even the tiniest part of any display just throws me off and reminds me of the Zima Blue episode in Love, Death, and Robots.

Sometimes, it’s not a design flaw; sometimes, it’s just a depressive lunatic associating a tiny round in-display camera to the void of her own existence.

Is the realme 6 your GadgetMatch?

If you’re looking for the perfect phone to play and keep yourself sane with progressive quality lockdown selfies and photos, this is the phone for you. It lets you play, keep sane, and gets through a full day of use quite easily.

If you’re looking for a phone that delivers on stunning gameplay, performance, and lots of storage while having uncompromised camera features, this is definitely the phone you’re looking for.

Real talk real quick though, I think the realme 6 was the perfect lockdown companion. There’s been many a time where I found myself stirring some random crap up and I needed a moment of just disconnecting to ironically come back more connected. Some paradox of an existence we all have, huh.

The realme 6 — a successor of the realme 5 Pro — is available in 4GB RAM + 128GB storage for PhP11,990 and in 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant for PhP13,990. It can be purchased online on the official realme Lazada store.

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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 review: A fun beat’em up

Relive the story without having to replay hundreds of episodes



Have you ever wanted to play as your favorite One Piece character while mowing through mobs like a one-man army? Then One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is for you.

This game from Omega Force incorporates One Piece’s well-loved story and characters with gameplay from the Dynasty Warriors franchise — the property that the developer is most known for. This is the fourth installment in the series and is the follow-up from the 2015 One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3.

It adds more to the story, some game elements, and the most noticeable is the character roster that’s massive compared to previous entries. It’s available in Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows platforms.

Simple game modes

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 has three modes: Dramatic Log, Free Log, and Treasure Log. Dramatic Log is where all of One Piece’s story so far. It’s crammed into ten plus hours of chapters and episodes which is no easy feat especially for a long-running series like this one.

While the efforts are commendable, a casual fan who hasn’t closely followed the manga or anime would have more questions than answers. I can understand that this game is geared towards One Piece fans. Anyone who has read the manga up to the latest chapter or watched the latest episode of the anime should have no trouble keeping up.

Free Log is where you can go back to the episodes you’ve already cleared in Dramatic Log with any unlocked character. The last mode, the Treasure Log, is where you go through missions to gain materials for upgrades. Some characters can be unlocked by completing a certain number of missions in this mode.

One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 also has a multiplayer feature. You can play co-op with other players to aid you in your missions. Luckily for me, it didn’t have the connectivity issues that frustrated me in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Unlike in that game, it’s easy to join other players’ sessions as long as they’re available.

Most characters can be unlocked by progressing through the Dramatic Log while some others by meeting certain conditions.

Unapologetically a beat’em up game

Pirate Warriors 4 is an action-adventure beat ‘em up game. That means you get to through hordes of pirate or navy lackeys like an absolute badass until the boss shows up. You go through main missions with mini objectives sprinkled here and there. These include eliminating certain characters or protecting allies from getting their HP reduced to zero.

Stronger enemies have armor gauges under the HP bars that are needed to be depleted in order for you to inflict damage. Controls are easy to get a grasp of: two buttons for attack, one for dashing/dodging and one for jumping.

I started the game mindlessly mashing the buttons until I found out my favorite button combinations through experimentation. I learned later that the moves list can be found in the menus with enough digging.

One thing I found challenging was controlling certain characters that are naturally airborne. It can be hard to hit grounded enemies when you can’t control your character’s elevation and have to wait until when you’re just hovering above ground.

This is one of the reasons why I shied away from using Luffy’s 4th gear form or Sanji unless I’m required to in Dramatic Log. Using the camera lock on stronger enemies like bosses alleviates this a bit but the controls still require a bit of a learning curve.

The game also allows for customization options. By earning the required materials and enough of the in-game currency, you will be able to upgrade your character’s stats, skills, and special moves.

There’s a common attribute and skill tree that can be used by all characters. Then there’s also character-specific ones that can be unlocked once that character reaches a certain level.

Thanks to my usual habit of hoarding in-game materials, I didn’t bother with this until later on in the story where I noticed that I’m not dealing enough damage and the missions are becoming more time-consuming. I breezed through the rest of the story after upgrading my offensive capabilities.

You can upgrade your attributes and even gain skills and specials. The Beginning Map applies to all characters while there are maps specific for characters.

A fun way to recap One Piece

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4  lets you relive the story without having to replay hundreds of episodes of the anime. Beating up hordes of enemy pirates as your favorite character from the series while feeling like a one-man army just feels great.

I found it time-consuming at first but once you’ve upgraded your stats, you can easily sneak in a round or two during your short breaks. The menu layout requires a bit of digging to find what you want or need (like reviewing the objectives or your moves list) and some controls can use a little improvement.

I enjoyed playing One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 and I’m sure a bonafide One Piece fan would feel at home. Now, it’s  time to pick up the manga so I can be filled in with the things I missed in the story.

This game was reviewed on a PS4 by Lance Aquino. He juggles multiple hobbies while working in the BPO industry. Outside of gaming, he mostly tries to learn how to draw and write short stories that are often inspired by the anime or manga that he watched or read.

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realme 6i review: You gain some, you lose some

Finally, a budget device with a USB-C



realme had been busy over the past years in making feature-packed smartphones at an affordable price. The realme 5 series last year is compelling evidence that the company nailed it in this regard. That series alone was one of the most sold in the Philippines. Now, Realme is keen to capitalize on its success with the new realme 6 series.

The first device in the series is now officially available in the country. realme 6i builds on the popularity and success of realme 5. Almost everything that made the realme 5 successful makes a return 0n the 6i. There are some aspects too that got improved. But is it enough to be a worthy successor to the realme 5?

That question alone bears a significant impact on how successful this device. realme 6i is once again competing for a spot on one of the best budget smartphones list. Let’s find out how the device 6i fares against the competition.

A polarizing design on the back

Right off the bat, the design of the realme 6i stands out like on the realme 5. This time around, the gradient pattern on the back is different. When hit by light, the back of the device gives a grill-like pattern. The new design pattern is surely polarizing. Some will love it, but others may not. I fall in the latter.

It comes in two colors: Matcha Green and Milk White. Sure enough, if you saw the realme 6i in press renders, you’ll be forgiven for imagining your favorite drink too. In real-world usage though, the colors are much more subdued than what Realme wants you to see. I have the Matcha Green on hand and it looks more like the color of a leaf to me.

It is easy to handle the device despite its large size. Also, you won’t feel that the device is made out of plastic. realme 6i is well-made, and it can trick you into thinking that it’s made from aluminum.

Moving over to the front, you still get a waterdrop notch up top and narrow bezels all-around. The power button is still on the right, and the volume controls are on the left. If there’s one big change this year, that will be the new USB-C port on the bottom. Finally, a budget device with a USB-C. And, there’s still a headphone jack on this device!

Vibrant but dim screen

There’s nothing to write home about realme 6i’s display. It carried over the display from its predecessor. As such, you still get a 6.5-inch 1600 x 720 IPS LCD screen. You won’t notice the individual pixels on this phone and the colors are vibrant enough for HD videos. However, it can’t compare to an OLED screen. On my OnePlus 6T, colors are much more vibrant and saturated. Granted, this is a lower-res screen, but putting an OLED there could have helped in making the display much more true-to-life.

The notch above the display is small that you don’t notice it on day-to-day usage. Plus, the display is almost near the sweet spot of 21:9, so you can use two apps side-by-side comfortably if that’s your fancy.

There’s a major problem with the display though. The maximum brightness of this device is not enough for a comfortable outdoor viewing experience. On a sunny day, I can’t even read the text and see the content on my screen. I don’t know if this is a software or a hardware issue. realme has to fix this problem urgently in the future.

Zippy performance for everyday use

The realme 6i flies through daily tasks. There’s a Helio P90 processor powering the device which is more than enough for day-to-day use. I didn’t notice any lag while browsing the web, peeking through Reddit threads, and viewing my Messenger conversations. Suffice to say, it’s more than capable and can confidently handle any task you throw at it.

Gaming’s a mixed bag, though. For graphics-intensive tasks, the device struggles a bit. When I played the relatively-obscure but polished clone of Minecraft — Survivalcraft — the frame rates dropped to an unacceptable three FPS after setting off multiple explosions. I recommend toning down the graphics a bit if you want to play modern graphically-intensive games.

realme’s own twist to Android 10 is a bit polished, but you can’t help but notice its similarity to iOS and OneUI. However, to distinguish its own OS, it added a few niceties that anyone will surely appreciate in their day-to-day usage. You can customize the navigation gestures and even tweak the icons if you like. Realme UI has come a long way, and overall, I like the coherent design of the icons and the system.

However, that’s where the good side ends. Personally, there’s a lot of performance drawbacks that I experienced on the realme 6i. Chief among them is loads of bloatware on this thing. Right out of the box, I get the Agoda, Opera, Lazada, Facebook,, and Webnovel app. I don’t need these apps, along with realme’s own app store that annoyed me every time I install an app from the Google Play Store. Fortunately, I can disable or uninstall these apps.

There are gesture bugs and touch input delays too. I can’t count the times I had to double-tap or even triple-tap a button on the bottom of the screen because the screen can’t recognize my touch.

Decent all-around cameras

Now onto the tricky part: the camera. realme 6i’s camera takes decent photos if there’s enough light. The photos taken on this thing showed punchy colors and enough details to make it usable for day to day use. On the photos below, I can commend Realme 6i for getting the colors of the foliage right. What I liked most about this photo is how it gets the bokeh right:

And since pizza’s one of the comfort food we miss during the lockdown, we had a pizza delivered right into our house. Look at how the realme 6i nailed the colors green and red bell peppers, white onions, and the bits of meat.

However, I put the emphasis on decent photos: if you really are nitpicking, you will notice that the photos are a bit muted and dull. Take this photo, for example:

The leaves on the tree turned out nice. However, looking over to the house, I can definitely tell that the color is washed out. In real life, the color is much more vibrant than what realme 6i wants you to believe. The house has a much vibrant pink to it. The issue here could be blamed on getting the white balance wrong.

Turning on the HDR helps to boost the colors a bit. Some details are also recovered too. I recommend turning on the HDR on shots with contrasting scenes like this one to make the photos a bit nicer to look at.

The camera of the realme 6i starts to show its limitation on dimly-light environments too. There’s a night mode on this device to help it capture better photos at night. However, just avoid taking a photo at night since it tends to capture blurry photos.

The camera also had different shooting modes to meet your needs. There’s Panorama mode and Ultra Macro mode so you can take landscape and close-up shots. Personally, I find them useful in certain scenarios, but photos taken with these modes sometimes lack detail with washed-out colors and blurred details.

The shots taken on the front-facing camera of the Realme 6i is fine for social media posts. However, when you look closely at the photos below, you’ll see that the colors are a bit washed-out. The camera tends to smoothen out my face, which is a result of the beauty filter turned on by default. The camera app itself has settings to “beautify” and tweak your face appearance, which is nice for people like me who always have pimple break-outs.

Humungous battery that charges quickly

The battery on this device remains at a massive 5,000mAh. That alone will give you solid two-day battery life for normal use cases. However, if you heavily game on the realme 6i, expect to last only a day. Either way, it is a solid battery champ.

Even better, this device now has a quick-charging feature. realme 5 doesn’t have that feature and as a result, you have to wait for hours just to recharge. With the quick-charging feature, I can just plug the Realme 6i and wait for two hours to go from 20% to 80%. It’s not exactly the fastest, but other devices in the budget segment don’t have this feature yet. So, this is a win-win for users and Realme itself.

Is the Realme 6i your GadgetMatch?

The realme 6i really tries its best to offer the features that made the realme 5 a fan-favorite. In some aspects, it even tried to one-up its predecessor by including new features that really matter to consumers. And I love what realme did this year: they offered fast-charging on their budget device and they even bundled a USB-C. Granted, there are some drawbacks to this device, but they are minor complaints that you won’t notice or can be remedied in future software updates.

Perhaps the one thing that will make you consider this device is the price: the 3/64GB storage retails at PhP 7,490 while the 4/128GB storage retails at PhP 9,490. Combined with the features it has, the realme 6i can be your next GadgetMatch.

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