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Valentine’s Day Spotify playlist: Love is in the air!

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Are you feeling the love? For those of you who are lucky enough to have that special someone in your life, it’s definitely a day to look forward to.

The right Valentine’s playlist is essential to set the mood for you and your SO, and the playlist we put together is a celebration of love! Our list here is a combination of high energy tracks that you can sing along to, and some intimate tunes that you can cuddle to.

Lany — ILYSB

We’re starting off our list with a song that put Lany on the map. They’ve come out with a bunch of hits since the release of this one, but nothing screams “love song” like their first hit “ILYSB,” the perfect song that just spells out what you’re feeling.

Maroon 5 ft. Sza — What Lovers Do

Off their Red Pills Blue album, this one is going out to all the newbie lovers out there still figuring out how to play this game of love.

Lauv — I Like Me Better

Isn’t it nice to know you’re with someone that makes you feel like a better person?

Ed Sheeran — Shape of You

You can basically put any Ed Sheeran song into any Valentine’s Day playlist and it’s just going to work. We decided to go with “Shape of You” to keep the upbeat vibe going, and let’s be real: Having someone basically say they love you inside and out is something you’ll never get tired of.

The Weeknd — Earned It

If you want to add some sexy to your Valentine’s Day playlist, a great place to look for inspiration are the soundtracks from the 50 Shades of Gray movie franchise. A series and soundtrack that just oozes sexy, no further explanation needed on this one.

Alina Baraz ft. Khalid — Electric

While some may argue that the original version is much better, we chose to go with the Khalid collaboration for Valentine’s Day. The electricity in the room when there’s that special connection is exactly what you feel when you listen to this one.

Honne — Warm On a Cold Night

Another smooth sexy track that just encourages you to get closer — cuddle weather or not.

Robin Thicke — Lost Without U

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, if there’s no you then there’s no reason to celebrate.

John Legend — PDA

What’s Valentine’s Day without a little PDA? *wink wink*

Bombay Bicycle Club — Always Like This

When things are going good, all you wish is that things will always stay like this.

Stars — Elevator Love Letter

Upbeat and the kind of song that just makes you want to dance or sing along, “Elevator Love Letter” is just one of those great mixtape songs.

Bright Eyes — First Day of My Life

They say real love is nothing like what you see in the movies, but sometimes it happens!

Zac Efron and Zendaya — Rewrite The Stars

Last but certainly not the least, here’s a song from the recently released The Greatest Showman movie. While the song is good, it gets even better once you see it performed in the movie. So, go do that!

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LG is sticking to its guns, refining its beloved flagship and offering it with a dual-screen case. But can it keep up with the likes of Samsung and Apple?

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Best Premium Smartphones above $600

March 2020 Edition

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If you’re looking for the very best high-end smartphones available, you’ve come to the right place! Every month, GadgetMatch updates this list with the finest devices money can buy, no matter how much they cost.

Updated monthly, this list takes every newly launched flagship costing more than US$ 600 into consideration, but doesn’t discount the smartphones that continue to make an impact since their launch last year.

Here they are in no particular order:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (US$ 1399)

All of Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 series belong in this price range. If you’re going to spend north of $600, might as well get the one with maxed-out specs, right? That’s exactly what the Galaxy S20 Ultra — the absolute best that Samsung has to offer right now in this form-factor. The numbers on the hardware are there but Samsung made sure to add key software features to appropriately take advantage of everything it has to offer.

WATCH HANDS-ON: Samsung Galaxy S20 series

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (US$ 1100)

The Samsung Galaxy Note series continues to set itself apart by being the premier smartphone that comes with a stylus. It doesn’t hurt that the smartphone is also pretty darn good at pretty much any other thing you might think of doing on a smartphone. While it’s not necessarily elite at one thing, it’s pretty darn good at everything.

HANDS-ON: Samsung Galaxy Note 10

ASUS ROG Phone 2 (Starts at US$ 500)

Nobody asked but ASUS followed up their gaming smartphone. The ROG Phone 2 maxes out every imaginable spec all while maintaining the design language of its predecessor. While the older accessories work, ASUS still introduced a few new ones. Most notably the Kunai gamepad that makes the gaming phone look almost like a Nintendo Switch.

REVIEW: ROG Phone 2

Google Pixel 4 XL (US$ 899)

Reluctantly adding this to the list due to how it feels like a stepback from the Pixel 3. In reality though, it’s still better than its predecessor, it just didn’t meet most people’s expectations. Google’s computational photography is still second to none and that’s still enough to make this list.

HANDS-ON: Google Pixel 4 XL

iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max (US$ 999)

The iPhone 11 Pro made no leaps in design which is why it somewhat feels underwhelming. It does, however, make up for it with yet another faster than ever processor, and a much-improved camera system. No, Apple didn’t exactly “innovate” but the iPhone is still what you expect it to be — a smartphone who’s hardware and software just works.

UNBOXING: iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max

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OnePlus 7T Pro (GBP 699)

The OnePlust 7T Pro didn’t get hyped as much because it was — in the words of many reviewers — only an incremental update from its predecessor. Make no mistake though, this is still a powerhouse of an Android phone is the owner of perhaps the smoothest, fastest Android UI today.

REVIEW: OnePlus 7T Pro

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip (US$ 1380)

The Galaxy Z Flip compares directly to the Motorola razr because of the way they fold. But on paper, the Galaxy Z Flip blows the Moto razr out of the water. There have also been plenty of reports that the Galaxy Z Flip has sold out in many markets (but lacking any actual figures). Regardless, this is easily the foldable smartphone that might actually serve well as your main phone.

WATCH: Galaxy Z Flip vs Moto razr

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Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones from $400 to $600

March 2020 Edition

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When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best upper-midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 400 to US$ 600.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

Samsung Galaxy A71 (US$ 500)

Awesome screen, awesome camera, long-lasting battery life — that’s the LSS-inducing theme of the Galaxy A71 as it was being teased. Lo and behold, Samsung wasn’t lying. The phone certainly lives up to the hype and while specs-wise there may be cheaper options out there, the package that Samsung has put together is quite enticing.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A71

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite (US$ 449)

Finally. A Galaxy Note sans the gimmicks. The Galaxy Note line has always been a premium offering. And while this isn’t exactly budget, it’s still a lot more affordable than the usual stylus-paired smartphone from Samsung.

WATCH HANDS-ON: Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Realme X2 Pro (CNY 3299)

The Realme X2 Pro has flagship killer written all over it. Equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ and a 64MP camera sensor along with three other cameras, this phone promises to be a powerhouse with a price tag that doesn’t require sacrificing any of your internal organs.

HANDS-ON: Realme X2 Pro

OnePlus 7T (US$ 599)

When the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro came out, the company wanted to clearly communicate that they’re competing in the premium space. Fast forward to the OnePlus 7T and it looks like they are back to their flagship killing ways offering premium-level specs at a price lower than most top-of-the-line flagships.

UNBOXING & HANDS-ON: OnePlus 7

OPPO Reno2 (EUR 449/ US$ 488)

Yes, the Reno3 is already out there in the wild but we’ve yet to truly put it through the paces. The Reno2 however, we’ve had our hands-on. It’s crazy how close the release dates of these phones are but we can say for sure that this is still a good purchase owing to its now more premium design and dedication to providing better camera performance.

REVIEW: OPPO Reno2

Black Shark 2 [8GB + 128GB] (GBP 449/ US$ 283)

Okay so we’re being very specific here. There is a pro version but that’s that what we’re talking about. There’s also a version of the Black Shark 2 but with 12GB of RAM which exceeds this price point by hair. Which is why we specifically put the 8GB+128GB variant. It’s still a phone with pretty obvious gaming aesthetic. If this appeals to you, it’s a worthwhile purchase.

READ: Black Shark 2

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