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vivo V20 SE unboxing

Cheaper but not cheap-looking

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Chinese company vivo introduces a new midrange lineup with the V20 series: the V20, V20 SE, and V20 Pro.

Introducing an SE variant just like Apple and OPPO, you’d think less seeing how it’s just another younger sibling. In your head, it’s probably the same handset with a lower configuration.

Perhaps you’re right, or not. Let’s find out by unboxing and taking a quick look at the vivo V20 SE.

Unboxing the youngest sibling

The V20 SE comes in the same box as its other siblings: a shiny, reflective V-shaped light across its surface, beaming in a beautiful and striking blue.

Taking it out of the box, you’ll be greeted by accessories deemed essential in a smartphone box. For instance, you can find a white earpiece, a Type-C to Type-A USB Cable, and a free power adapter.

There’s also a protective case for the V20 SE, along with a SIM ejector pin.

Youngest but the most sleek-looking

Seeing the V20 SE didn’t give a youthful vibe even though it’s the youngest in vivo’s V20 lineup. While an SE variant promises a lower configuration for a more affordable option, the V20 SE looks like a powerhouse that every professional would sport. At least, that’s how it looks.

The V20 SE uses a plastic body, but can still look as bewitching as its siblings’ glass bodies. It comes in two sheeny colorway: Gravity Black and Oxygen Blue.

Although, the one we have is painted in Gravity Black yet looks lustrous in a calming, faded blue when hit by light at certain angles. Somehow, it’s quite reminiscent of the vivo X50’s design and approach.

The vivo V20 SE sports a triple rear camera system, housed in a vertical bump. It has a 48-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel camera for wide-angle and macro shots, and a 2-megapixel bokeh lens.

On the front, it has a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with 2400×1080 FHD+ resolution just like the base V20. It also runs FunTouch OS 11 based on Android 11. Moreover, it’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 665, an 8GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage.

Of course, the V20 SE still sports a waterdrop notch housing its 32-megapixel front-facing camera.

On its bottom side, you can find the beloved headphone jack, speaker grillers, and a USB Type-C port. It’s perfect for charging up to 33W using vivo’s Flash Charge 2.0, filling up the V20 SE’s 4100mAh battery.

The vivo V20 SE has certain rooms for exploration, even with a lower configuration among its siblings. There’s one thing for sure: this sleek-looking cheaper variant that doesn’t look really cheap has a market to conquer.

It retails for PhP 15,999. It will be available in vivo’s official stores and authorized retailers.

SEE ALSO: vivo V20 unboxing | vivo V20 Pro review

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vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review

vivo’s best smartphone just got even better!

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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!

 

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Honor teases Honor 70 series launching soon

Two giant cameras

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It’s flagship time! After some wait, Honor is unveiling its next flagship series by the end of the month. Ahead of the launch, the company also released some teaser images for the upcoming device. Dubbed the Honor 70 series, the new flagship aims to dazzle a sleek-looking rear and a behemoth of a camera setup.

At first glance, the most apparent aspect of the Honor 70 series is its two huge peepers. The phone’s rear seemingly has two camera modules placed beside each other. While the main lens is reportedly a 54-megapixel sensor, not much was revealed about the other shooters.

Also apparent is the diamond stylings of the rear panel. Likewise, the rear looks like it has curved edges for a handier grip. Honor is digging in deeper to develop a more premium look for its fans.

Unfortunately, the previews don’t spoil what the front panel looks like. The company wants to keep some secrets to itself before the launch on May 30.

Though the previews don’t reveal as much, the series will likely come in various models: a regular, a Pro, and a Pro+ variant. In other rumors, the series might also use a combination of different chipsets depending on variant: the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, the Dimensity 8100, and the Dimensity 9000.

With freeing itself from Huawei, Honor has pushed for a comeback. Its previous flagships and smartphones tell as much. Once the Honor 70 series launches on May 30, the Chinese company has the potential to wow more fans.

SEE ALSO: Honor 50 review: Comeback is real?

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13 Reasons Why I keep coming back to an iPhone

More than just underpowered phone specs

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A decade ago, I used to be a big hater of iPhones. Not until a year after, when I finally held in my hands a second-hand white iPhone 4S as a gift from my mom. I enjoyed using it and my (baseless) hatred slowly faded away.

(pardon my grammatical lapses as I was just a lame spec-obsessed 14-year-old boy)

From non-stop playing of Temple Run, Subway Surfers, Flappy Bird, and 2048 for hours, all the way to enjoying that single iPhone camera, I can say I’ve truly embraced the iPhone and iOS system from 2013 until 2016.

iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone XS Max

And then I switched back to an Android (particularly the Samsung Galaxy Note5). It lasted less than a year because of display and motherboard issues. That’s when I came back to an iPhone 6 Plus from 2016 up until I joined GadgetMatch in 2018.

When I entered the team, I was able to test several phones and even dared to switch to a new brand of Android phone for a month. But still, I kept coming back to an iPhone.

Ten years apart from my hate tweet, here I am still using an iPhone as my primary phone — both for work and play. And if you’re planning to invest your hard-earned money on a shiny new iPhone, Power Mac Center in the Philippines offers a better way on how you can upcycle and trade your old phone into a new iPhone with their ‘UpTrade’ program.

UpTrade? What’s that even?

The UpTrade program by Power Mac Center and CompAsia gives potential new iPhone users the chance to trade their existing and/or old phones (regardless of any brand). After thorough inspection and computation, it will be converted into store credits which will then be used to purchase a new iPhone.

It’s not even limited to old iPhones and smartphones as you can also trade-in your Apple Watch, MacBooks, iPads, and even non-Apple tablets on the line.

Why UpTrade now?

Currently, Power Mac Center is hosting the second leg of its UpTrade Festival, where it brings the UpTrade program closer to more Filipinos in different areas of the country. From May 15 to 29, Apple fans and enthusiasts in North and South Luzon can upgrade to a new iPhone with exciting deals and offers.

More discounts in line

Other than UpTrade and online trade-ins, you can also have discounted iPhone promos and get up to:

These exclusive promos will only last until May 31, 2022.

For the guidelines of the UpTrade process, visit PMC’s UpTrade Festival website. Don’t forget to also follow Power Mac Center on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, and join its official Viber community to be updated on the latest deals, discounts, and announcements about your favorite Apple devices.

13 Reasons Why: iPhone Edition

This isn’t a spinoff of the hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, but with the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro series being Apple’s latest smartphone models, I’ve listed down 13 specific reasons why I still keep coming back to an iPhone (despite being exposed to a lot of spec-quipped smartphones).

1. Easy to switch and go back

Whether you’re coming from an old iPhone or even an Android smartphone, Apple has made sure that you can easily migrate your precious data into your new iPhone.

For starters, there’s a cool orb that shows up in the new iPhone that you need to scan from your old iPhone in order to proceed.

If you’re coming from Android, the process is quite different. You need to connect to a temporary Wi-Fi hotspot so that the process will push through. There’s a specific Apple Support article about this if in case you already bought an iPhone but don’t know how to start:

READ MORE: Move from Android to iPhone

2. The wholeness of iOS

Apple’s iOS is probably one of the oldest and most mature Operating Systems (OS) that still power a lot of iPhones today. It’s a tad older than the 2009-launched Android system by Google and even held up against Windows Mobile — but we’re not here to talk about tech history.

In my years of using different smartphones, the user-friendliness and stability of iOS is what makes me come back. Not that I dislike having customization options from Android because as an artist, I want to freely express myself through the phone I use. But due to the familiarity iOS has over the years, it’s easier to dive down into settings and find what you’re looking for without being confused.

Moreover, the absence of an app drawer might be preferential but iOS paved the way — that’s why some Android manufacturers ship their phones without one, too. It never looked cluttered in my eyes since home screens full of widgets aren’t any different. This just makes navigation a little less of a hassle when opening a specific app or function.

Lastly, using the iPhone’s full-screen gestures is just a breeze. Whether you’re switching between apps or going back to the home screen, there’s no easy way than just using that single bar at the bottom. It’s no wonder why Google brought the same feature to Android a while back.

3. Continuous software updates

And while we’re already on the topic, owning an iPhone ensures you of having iOS updates for more than three years!

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are testaments to that. Launched back in September 2015, it can still run the latest version of iOS 15.

Even if it has limited OS features due to hardware limitations, the continuous software updates for almost seven (7) years is a gem for those who are still holding onto their old iPhones — especially when it’s still functional in terms of texts, calls, social media, and even basic photo and video taking.

4. App Store goodness

With over 1.8 million apps available, iOS is home to the largest App Store around. While most can also be seen in Android’s Google Play, the App Store provides faster and better updates regardless of how old your device is. Not to mention, iOS apps have better and more uniformed UI (user interface) than that of the competition.

You can also securely pay by paying through Apple Pay. Best of all? You can refund an app or game you don’t want through AppleCare.

5. Better gaming

Even if there are a bunch of Android gaming smartphones out there, most mobile game users still prefer an iPhone.

Regardless if you have the top-spec’d iPhone 13 Pro Max or just an iPhone 8 with an A11 Bionic Chip from 2017, these phones can still run most of the graphics-intensive games on the web. And with the latest 2022 Android midrangers I’ve held and reviewed, I can tell that the iPhone XR I own runs a game smoother than ever: Genshin Impact, Call of Duty: Mobile, PUBG, Pokémon GO, Asphalt 9, Mobile Legends, you name ’em!

This also dissolves the myth that iPhones are not good for gaming just because the specs aren’t high enough. With iOS’ software optimization and continuous OS updates, Apple doesn’t need to produce more hardware power just for these intense games to run smoothly.

It’s more secure, too. With the advancements of iOS and its security features, being unable to hack and cheat easily ensures you an overall better competitive gameplay experience.

6. Stunning display

Whether you’re watching your favorite Netflix series, K-Drama, K-Pop music videos, live performances, TikToks, Reels, and more, the iPhone’s display is more than enough for enjoying such content.

Admittedly, iPhones don’t have the best display tech in smartphones. Still, for day-to-day usage, those displays still look good — whether it’s an LCD or OLED. While 60Hz panels should be obsolete soon (like microUSB), it still surprises me that using an iPhone XR with a 60Hz LCD display still feels buttery smooth.

What more if you’ll buy and use the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max with 120Hz ProMotion displays? The full iOS experience will be a blast.

7. Astounding cameras

If there’s one thing the iPhones are known for, it’s the powerful camera performance — both in photos and videos.

iPhones keep having better and better camera hardware each year. Even so, older iPhones with the same ol’ single wide camera lens at the back can still keep up in terms of quality — the new iPhone SE 2022 is a proof of that.

Still, the flexibility is limited without those extra telephoto and ultra-wide lenses that most Android smartphones possess. If you’re into Night or Pro photography, there are a lot of non-iPhone options out there (and some are honestly better). But if you’re into natural-looking photos with quality that closely resembles what you see with your naked eyes, you can never go wrong using an iPhone.

While there are lots of Android smartphones that can go against the iPhones, one thing they can’t beat is its video prowess. With Sensor-Shift OIS on the newer iPhone 12 Pro, 13, and 13 Pro variants, the better stabilization among iPhones just got even better!

With filmmakers investing on iPhones in making either short or full-length films, the new Dolby Vision HDR and Cinematic Mode are truly magical yet practical video features no one has ever dreamt of having in a smartphone. These are what we need, not 8K video recording.

8. Seamless Apple ecosystem

If you own several Apple devices, the ecosystem keeps you firm enough to stick with an iPhone — and that isn’t a bad thing. AirDrop is the most convenient way to share files from several other iPhone users, from a MacBook user like me, and even to a brother who uses an old iPad for school.

Being able to send text messages through iMessage is also another thing I consider since it doesn’t require you to fill up a regular prepaid load (or use an unwanted postpaid credit) before you can send SMS to a receiver who’s also an iPhone user.

AirDrop

And with Apple devices already mentioned, Continuity between your iPhone along your Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch, basically creates this ecosystem that can share not just files, but functionality all throughout whenever, wherever.

For example, being able to copy texts from one device to another or checking the notes you’ve typed on your iPhone and check it later on your Mac. You can even unlock your phone using your Watch.

CarPlay

Lastly, with the existence of AirPlay and CarPlay, it gives iPhone users the extensive control and connection of content to other non-Apple devices like Smart TVs and even car infotainment systems. Owning an iPhone isn’t restrictive at all.

9. Utmost privacy and security

While Apple doesn’t restrict you in using iPhones along with other devices, one thing they’re restrictive about is privacy and security.

Face ID

With the presence of Face ID and TrueDepth system, not only does it unlock your phone securely, it’s also aligned with every biometric authentication you have with your phone. From purchasing apps to displaying saved bank accounts and passwords, this new way of authentication simply makes me want to keep my iPhone even longer.

Touch ID

And if you have an older iPhone, don’t get your hopes too low as Touch ID (paired with a fingerprint sensor) can still make your device more safe and secure. So yeah, the new iPhone SE 2022 can still be secure enough for day-to-day scenarios.

10. Find My

Unfortunately, thieves know how high the value of an iPhone is.

But with Apple’s built-in Find My feature, it’s harder to break the phone if it’s stolen (or lost somewhere). Not only you can track your phone’s location (whether online or offline), you can also track your other devices, items, and even your loved ones just in case something bad happens.

While the same security measures are being brought to other Android smartphones, this is one of the strongest selling points on why you should own an iPhone.

11. Apple One

If you want to get the most out of your iPhone, subscribing into Apple’s very own ‘Apple One’ service is the way to go!

Not only it bumps up your iCloud storage, you can also enjoy listening to songs in Apple Music, watch titles in Apple TV+, and even play games you can’t find elsewhere in Apple Arcade. All those services for the price of one monthly fee that isn’t too harsh on the wallet.

Personally, I enjoy Apple Music more than Spotify and being able to bump up my iCloud storage gives me the assurance that my photos and files get backed up in the cloud every now and then.

12. Plethora of cases and accessories

From cute cases to MagSafe-supported accessories, iPhones are no strangers to this. A lot of accessory manufacturers (whether big or small) keep producing cases and accessories that will fit the iPhone first. That’s one good thing when owning an iPhone.

With this in mind, iPhone users have access to every accessory out there ranging from the basic ones to the more premium ones. Albeit, iPhone customization and protection shouldn’t come at an expensive cost.

And with Apple’s in-house MagSafe feature, producing accessories with magnets such as MagSafe cases, power banks, and wireless power chargers, all make way for a better user experience in the long run.

SEE ALSO: Level up your #OOTD with these pink iPhone cases

13. Repairability

I was traumatized by that less-than-a-year-old Android phone I used back then before it broke down. Having an iPhone made me realize it’s easier to bring to a service center or an authorized repair shop.

Not that I’m saying iPhones are easy to repair. It’s just that, parts for iPhones (especially the genuine ones) are easier to find than of Android smartphones. Repair guides are also easier to search online just in case you want to try it yourself.

Apple even brings your right to repair your own iPhone with a Self Service Repair Store that’s available particularly in the US. This gives the user the right to purchase the necessary tools and parts needed for the procedure. It also gives them the ability to repair it if they’re knowledgeable enough to fix one.

As an experiment, I tore down my old iPhone 6 Plus during the pandemic two years ago and successfully replaced its faulty display that makes a lot of ghost touches. Today, it’s being used by my brother as his backup phone.

SEE ALSO: How to: Do-it-Yourself iPhone repair

 

BONUS: Emojis look best on an iPhone

Whether it’s the emoji you use for your posts, tweets, or just the fun Memojis and Animojis for iMessages, nothing beats the iPhone when it comes to these quirky stuff.

Not that it’s a big factor when choosing a phone, but it’s just a good thing to remember when you’re about to use an iPhone.

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