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Vivo V5 vs Oppo F1S

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Can you spot the difference between these two smartphones?

If you cover up their logos, there’s no telling between the Vivo V5 and the Oppo F1S.

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While both come from competing brands, they share the same parent company and presumably the same manufacturing resources so similarities are to be be expected.

Pricing is the same too. Which leads us to a question that seems to be on a lot of minds – Vivo V5 or Oppo F1S?

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Before we dive in. It’s only fair to mention that the Oppo F1S was released 3 months ahead of the V5 – so Vivo had a few months to one-up its close competitor.

Spec Sheet

For the spec obsessed here’s what both phones look like side-by-side. On paper The V5 has more memory and more megapixels on its selfie camera, while the F1S has a slightly bigger battery.

Vivo V5 Oppo F1S
Release Date November 2016 August 2016
Processor MediaTek MT6750 MediaTek MT6750
Memory 4GB 3GB
Storage 32GB 32GB
Display 5.5-inch 720p 5.5-inch 720p
Rear Camera 13MP f/2.2 13MP
Selfie Camera 20MP f/2.0 16MP
Battery 3000 mAh 3075 mAh

Battery Life & Charging

In the real world though battery performance is pretty much even-steven. Both phones will last a solid 9 hours with average use and take roughly the same amount of time to charge – in our tests 2 hours and 15 minutes and 2 hours and 30 minutes for the V5 and F1S respectively.

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Performance

When it comes to power, the difference between both phones is pretty much unnoticeable even with the extra memory on the V5. Graphics intensive games like Asphalt 8 and NBA 2K17 run fine on both devices. More RAM theoretically means you should be able to run more apps in the background without any noticeable lag, so in theory the V5 should do a tad bit better in this regard.

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Operating System

Both phones run their own custom skins on top of Android, on Oppo it’s called Color OS while on the Vivo its called FunTouch. While we prefer the Vivo FunTouch skin better, both are clean and easy to use. However the V5 wins this round because of more updated software – the V5 runs on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, while the F1S still runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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Main Camera

When shooting outdoors both the V5 and the F1S take pretty decent photos for their price point but the V5 shoots better photos in low light.

If you take a look at the samples below notice how both phones produce similar images in daylight with the V5’s photos looking slightly brighter and warmer.

Blue Skies

Poké Ball

When there is little to no light available, the V5 outshines the F1S bringing out more colors with the same amount of noise.

Objects in Low Light

Bottles with hardly any light

Selfie Camera

Selfies are where both the V5 and the F1S are supposed to shine. Vivo claims you can take “perfect selfies” with the V5, while Oppo calls the F1S the “selfie expert”. While the V5 has more megapixels on its front camera (20 vs 16) one doesn’t necessarily stand out from the other. The only advantage of the V5 is its selfie flash, unlike the F1S which uses the screen to illuminate the subject, the V5 has a selfie flash built in – which comes in handy if you’re taking selfies in the dark. See the samples below.

Day Selfie

Night Selfie

Vivo V5 or Oppo F1S?

If you’re looking for a smartphone in the $250 price range – both the Vivo V5 and Oppo F1S are two of the best options out there. You’ll be happy either way. But if you’re looking for the best value for money, that would be the newer V5 from Vivo.

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Dyson Airwrap hair tutorial and real-life hold test

Is it hard to use? Does it really work?

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The Dyson Airwrap, ever since its announcement, has been the stuff of hairstyle dreams and legends. The high-tech curling iron revolutionizes the way we do our hair!

But, does it really work? Can a normal girl like myself actually get her hair to look as fab with this new-fangled hair gadget? I put it to the test.

In the video above, you see me doing my hair and the final looks. I try a total of two styles — curly and straight — and take my ‘do out and about to see if my hair would hold. And yes folks, this was only the second time I used the Airwrap on myself, ever.

The results impressed!

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Stay tuned for the full review of the Dyson Airwrap on Her GadgetMatch. For similar topics and features, visit the website here.

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Plan for Black Friday early with these amazing deals

It’s time to ready your shopping list and wallet

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We’re midway through November already, inching towards Thanksgiving and one of the most awaited dates for shopping — Black Friday. To help you get yourself and your wallet ready, we scoured through the internet to find some of the best tech deals that’ll be popping up next week. Here are some offers that you might want to take advantage of on November 23rd.

17.3-inch ASUS TUF gaming laptop (US$ 999)

This ASUS Gaming Laptop will be going down by US$ 400, so if you’ve been wanting a gaming laptop, this might be the time to cop one. And if you have a more limited budget, you could also check out the HP Pavilion CX0056WM Gaming Laptop for  under US$ 600 with over US$ 100 worth of extra gaming software at Walmart.

HyperDrive USB Type-C Hub for MacBooks (US$ 69.99)

This would make a perfect gift for that person you know who lives the #donglelife. Check out the deal at Best Buy.

Sony PS4 1TB Slim Spider‑Man Bundle (US$ 199) and Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Bundle (US$ 299)

The best console deals come out this time of year, and next week, both the Spider-Man PlayStation 4 bundle and the Minecraft Creators Xbox One S bundle will be up for grabs!

Nintendo Switch Super Mario Kart Deluxe Bundle (US$ 299)

Another console being featured this Black Friday is the Nintendo Switch. Why not get the Switch with an amazing party game for your holiday gatherings? You can check the deal out at Best Buy or Walmart.

Pac-Man or Galaga Retro Arcade Machine (US$ 249)

For retro gamers or those who want to reminisce about the arcade days, this would definitely be a great item to pick up. Check it out at Target.

Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 3) (US$ 25) and Google Home Mini (US$ 25)

Get in the smart home/speaker game with the Amazon Echo Dot at half the price! You can also go with the Google Home Mini, if Alexa’s not your jam.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (128GB) with keyboard (US$ 599)

Why not get a powerful and portable device? The Surface Pro 6 will be US$ 360 cheaper on Friday, and it might be a good time to pick it up. The deal will be available at Best Buy.

65-inch 4K Smart Roku TV (US$ 398) and 40-inch Hisense 1080p TV (US$ 99)

This Walmart deal is probably one of the best TV deals we’ve ever seen. But if 65 inches is too big or you have a more limited budget, there’s also a 40-inch option that’s an incredible deal, as well.

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones (US$ 99)

It might be a great chance to pick up a pair of wireless buds from one of the best audio companies out there for under US$ 100. If that’s still a bit too steep though, the Skullcandy Method Wireless Earbuds will also be available at Best Buy for US$ 25, and they’re good quality too.

Anki’s Cozmo (US$ 139.99) and Vector (US$ 199.99) Robots

Anki has been making their rounds on the internet with these two adorable little robots. They would make for a great gift for children and adults alike, and will be marked down at Best Buy this Thanksgiving weekend.

There you have it! Just a few sneaky bits we found ahead of all the ads. We’re sure there’ll be loads more amazing stuff to check out, but this is a good place to start. We hope you enjoy your holidays, and be careful if you’re planning to face the Black Friday mobs. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Huawei, ZTE face ban amid 5G arms race: Weekend Rewind

It’s a security issue

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. Huawei and ZTE facing more potential bans

Huawei and ZTE have had a relatively hard time breaking through the US and it looks like they’ll face similar problems in other countries. While the US has allowed both Chinese companies to operate in their soil, the likes of Australia, Japan, the UK, and Germany aren’t exactly eager to welcome these two.

The cause for concern is China’s newly implemented National Intelligence Law. This law forces Chinese companies and individuals to serve the Chinese government when needed. Other countries fear this could compromise security.

Huawei and ZTE are gearing up towards 5G but with this current development, it looks like they’ll need to look elsewhere to establish their infrastructure.

2. PLDT, Smart activates first 5G towers in PH

Speaking of 5G, the Philippines isn’t one of the countries that’s blocking China. In fact, the government may be too welcoming. Partnering with Huawei and Ericsson, telecommunications company PLDT along with its wireless arm Smart has activated two 5G cell sites in the country.

The first one is located in Makati City where the company’s headquarters is also found. The other is in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, a neighboring region of Metro Manila.

3. MediaTek gearing up for 5G

Still on 5G, MediaTek is already hard at work in developing its 5G-capable chip. In a media tour in Taiwan, the company showcased the Helio M70 which does just that.

MediaTek says commercial rollout won’t happen until 2020 but they’re already prepared to showcase the chip at the next MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, Spain.

 

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4. Apple patents holed iPhone design

Is Apple killing the notch? That appears to be the case if the latest patent they filed is any indication. LetsGoDigital reported that Apple is planning a holed smartphone.

According to the patent, the front-facing camera could be hidden underneath the screen through that hole. Whether or not this will be the case for the next iPhone remains to be seen. We all just have to wait and see.

5. PlayStation to skip E3 2019

PlayStation won’t be present when annual gaming convention E3 comes around in 2019. This marks the first time in the show’s 24-year history that Sony won’t be present.

In a statement sent to multiple outlets, Sony said, “As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community. PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently, and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you

It’s all very vague at this point but the company could be all hands on deck for an even more major reveal *cough* PlayStation 5 *cough* and they want the attention all to themselves instead of sharing it with other platforms.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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