Summer is here and it’s time to go to the beach. The heat in the city is just too much to bear, but getting sunkissed at open seas or by the beach is different.
Among the popular summer destinations in the Philippines, Boracay always sits on top of the list. Vivo invited us to go on a quick vacation to showcase the newly released Vivo V15 Pro. Our main focus here will be the phone’s cameras.
The Vivo V15 Pro is equipped with three rear cameras: a main 48-megapixel camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, the phone has an elevating 32-megapixel camera.
Without further ado, I’ll share my Boracay trip through the lenses of the Vivo V15 Pro.
There are a lot of known hotels on the island of Boracay and most of them have close proximity to the beach. During our trip, we were checked in at Henann Regency Resort and Spa which some of you might know as the former Boracay Regency Beach Resort & Spa.
The place is just along the beachfront in the area of Station 2, making it truly accessible to popular points in Boracay. I only had to walk once along the main highway, because I make it a point to stroll along the beach if I have to go from one place to another.
Aside from having direct access to the beach, the resort also features its own outdoor pools. There are times that you just want a quick dip for when there are too many people on the beach. As you can see in the photo above, there’s a McDonald’s within the vicinity. It’s actually a NXTGEN store similar to the one available in McKinley West, Taguig.
The pool is ideal when you want a nice night swim since you can’t do it at the beach at night. If you’re like me, you can also just rest under the umbrellas and enjoy a fruit shake.
The main reason you’d want to go to Boracay is to gander at its beautiful beach and crystal-clear waters. This ain’t just your ordinary beach, of course; the fine white sand is the pride of Boracay. 🏖
Here’s a closer look at the perfectly clean and white sands of Boracay. You can tell that a lot of tourists and locals have walked this area with all those footprints.
I’m not a beach person (please don’t judge), but I do love to bathe under the sun. With tall palm trees lined up along the coast, it’s nice to simply lay out a towel and lie down under the shade. 🌴
When the sun starts to set, be sure to have a great vantage point. The silhouette of the boats and people walking, swimming, and having fun is relaxing.
At night, the waters rest but not the people. The colorful lights from the restaurants and stores along the beach illuminate the scene.
Here’s a quick sample using Vivo V15 Pro’s night mode. You can clearly tell that beachgoers are not just here to swim; they also want to enjoy the Boracay nightlife.
Apart from enjoying the beach, there are other activities to do while in Boracay. Island hopping is a must, so that’s what we did.
The boats await in this makeshift port, keeping them away from the swimming area.
While shooting some stills, the waves started to become strong which gave me this money shot below. It looks like it was taken from an action camera, right? Keep in mind that the Vivo V15 Pro is not water-resistant; a waterproof pouch is pretty popular in the area, you can easily get one if you want.
One of our destinations is the Puka Shell Beach, a less-crowded beach north of the island. What makes Puka unique is its white sand is mixed with tiny shells. If you want a more solemn beach in Boracay, visit Puka.
There are no big establishments in the area of Puka, but local vendors do sell fruit shakes, light snacks, and souvenir items.
A sunset cruise is also a great boat activity. The view from the beach is already charming, but sailing through the waters of Boracay during sunset is much nicer. A lot of boats that you can meet and socialize with go out in the open during sundown. 🌅
While waiting for the sunset, you can swim and do some water activities. But when the sun is already setting, it’s best to stay on the roof of your boat for a clear view.
Back on the island, the bars and pubs start opening their doors at night. Compared to before, the nightlife on the island has been tamed, but it doesn’t mean it got boring. 🙅♂️
If you’re hypersocial, you can join the pub crawl along with other tourists. The group is mostly composed of foreign nationals; great for those who want to make new connections.
A chill evening is also possible. Beachfront restaurants are open to welcome guests craving some good food and wine.
You can also sit by the pool which is what I did. My sunburn is already getting obvious here. 🤭
With that, I’ll end with this photo I took during the sunset cruise.
Everyone was taking sunset photos when I saw a Korean trying to hold the sun on her palm. I tried to pick out the sun instead. 😁
Full disclosure: Vivo invited GadgetMatch and the rest of the media for an all-expense three-day trip to Boracay. During the trip, I mainly used the Vivo V15 Pro as my daily driver. All of the photos here were taken by me using the V15 Pro.
Buy the Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK edition now
You better hurry!
BLINKs, it’s officially here — the Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition is now available for purchase.
The BLACKPINK edition package comes with the Galaxy A80 smartphone in either Angel Gold or Phantom Black along with the BLACKPINK case, charging stand, a photocard, and a mesh pouch for PHP 34,990 (US$ 685). The separate BlackPink Edition package is valued at PHP 5,999 (US$ 118) but buying online now will net you the package for free.
There’s also a free Nanofixit Screen Protection with 1 year screen cracking insurance warranty of up to PHP 5,000 (US$ 98) as well as a free Klook Voucher worth PHP 1,000 (US$ 20). This specific package is only currently available on July 14 via online purchase.
As an additional offer, you can trade in your old your old smartphone or tablet for the Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition for some discounts as well as an additional PHP 4,000 (US$ 78) token.
Availability in other Southeast Asian countries
A similar package is available in Malaysia for MYR 2,499 (US$ 607.58). However, they have an additional color option which is ghost white and instead of the Nanofixit Screen Protection, the package comes with a Samsung Galaxy Fit worth MYR 369 (US$ 85). This package is only available to the first 1,000 buyers.
In Singapore, the package only includes the Galaxy A80 along with the BlackPink case, charging stand, and photocard. The suggested retail price is SG$ 898 US$ 662). The BLACKPINK merchandise is valued at SG$ 188 (US$ 139).
The Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK edition was first announced in Bangkok, Thailand and also goes on sale today starting at THB 21,990 (US$ 719). During the launch, we also saw the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watch in BlackPink edition.
Samsung Galaxy A80
The Galaxy A80 sports a set of triple cameras, octa-core Snapdragon 730G chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 3700 mAh battery, and 4G LTE support. It also runs Android 9.0 out of the box.
This is Samsung’s unique answer to the “notch problem” with its rotating camera mechanism. It was announced early in April but didn’t hit certain markets right away.
Fujifilm debuts flagship GFX100 in the Philippines
Boasts of 102 megapixels, 4K videos
Fujifilm has just unveiled the GFX100 in the Philippines. Launched in Tokyo last May, the company’s flagship camera found its way to the country through an exclusive launch held in Illuminate Studio in Makati.
The GFX100 prides itself as the world’s first camera capable of shooting uncropped 4K videos in 30p on a medium format. It’s powered by Fujifilm’s latest X-Processor 4 to ensure the medium format camera has the power and speed to handle a large amount of data.
Set in Illumination Studio in Makati, Fujifilm lets you see first-hand how amazing the GFX100 is, especially its new features. Story soon on @gadgetmatch 😊 #FujifilmPHGFX100 #GadgetMatchLIVE pic.twitter.com/emYmuHA2wG
— The MJ Jucutan (@mj_jucutan) July 13, 2019
The camera is a real treat for those with artistic flair since it carries the newly-developed 102 megapixels image sensor. Active shooters should also rejoice! The camera has an improved phase detection AF (compared to X-series models) and built-in image stabilization, both of which are a first for a medium format digital camera.
To make it even more exciting, the GFX100 is weather-sealed, possessing dust- and water-resistant body which can also handle freezing up to -10 degrees Celsius. Its lightweight yet robust build made of magnesium alloy won’t let any kind of weather stop you from doing your craft.
Simply put, the GFX100 makes it easier to produce premium-quality output with great details, three-dimensional definition, and an accurate portrayal of a scene’s atmosphere.
In addition to loads of premium features, the GFX100 introduces the Film Simulation for the first time in the GFX series. Known from X-series cameras, the feature allows users to enjoy color and tonal reproduction.
To amplify the medium format camera’s arrival in the country, Fujifilm flew in two professional photographers who have used the GFX100 model.
Fujifilm invited Atlanta-based photographer @zarias and X-photographer @jan_gonzales to talk about the GFX100 and the importance of medium format. #FujifilmPHGFX100 #GadgetMatchLIVE @gadgetmatch pic.twitter.com/TjwCbRUZ6s
— The MJ Jucutan (@mj_jucutan) July 13, 2019
The GFX100 could be a GadgetMatch for artistic people, particularly those who work as a commercial or fashion photographer. It could also be a match made in heaven for photographers and videographers committed to producing premium quality work, or just an enthusiast moving to medium format.
As Atlanta-based photographer Zack Arias said, “Once you go medium format, you won’t settle for anything less anymore.”
The GFX100 is now available in the Philippines for PHP 599,990 (US$ 11,753) for its body only.
Spotify Lite now officially out
For those struggling with data and are low on storage
Spotify just announced Spotify Lite, a simplified version of its app but more data — and storage — friendly. For only 10MB, Spotify Lite doesn’t take up too much storage and mobile data when installed.
Despite being a Lite version, the app offers the same experience as the main Spotify app. Users can still search their favorite artists, play the latest songs, and save music to their playlists. The only difference is it’s optimized to control mobile data and phone storage.
It’s also packed with extra features such as the ability to set a data limit and clear your cache with a single tap. These features make it ideal for older smartphones and devices using older versions of mobile operating systems. This would keep you from worrying about excessive usage of mobile data and storage.
Seeing a demand in music streaming services, Spotify brings Spotify Lite with a strong focus in Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Spotify believes the region is one of the fastest growing music markets in the world.
Currently, the app is available in Google Play in 36 countries namely Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Egypt, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
Android devices running 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or higher can install the app.
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