Why should you use a VPN?

Express VPN, specifically.

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We should always use protection, right?

When surfing the internet, you can see access nearly everything — but are you aware that others can see you too? As well as the websites you visit? It’s pretty scary, right? But fret not because there’s a protection made just for it.

VPN or Virtual Private Network is a type of network that protects you from online prying, interference, and censorship by changing your IP address. It’s the unique number that identifies you and where you are in the world.

The new IP address will make you appear to be in any location you select. It could be anywhere as long as the VPN you are using has an established server in that country. Simply think of VPN as a tunnel between the internet and your device that prevents others, including your Internet Service Provider (ISP), from tracking your activities online.

Using a VPN secures your privacy by shielding your identity from apps, websites, and services that want to track you—and using VPN could really be helpful when you are connected to a public Wi-Fi or when you are traveling but if privacy is something you value a lot, it is advisable to use a VPN whenever you connect to the internet .

Which one to use?


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The thing is there are a lot of VPNs out there, but not all work the same. To understand it, you must first know about VPN protocols. VPN protocols are the methods or set of rules that identifies how your device connects to a VPN server. Some VPN protocols are better for speed while others prioritize security and some work better only under specific network conditions.

Most VPNs integrate a standard set of protocols but there is a VPN that built a next generation protocol to outdo other VPNs in terms of security, speed, and reliability combined. That is the ExpressVPN, a VPN that has server locations in over 90 countries all over the globe.


ExpressVPN allows you to safely browse the internet without worrying about others seeing your activities online. It also allows you to watch geo blocked contents. These are any videos, shows, and movies that can only be watched on specific countries or locations.

Furthermore, ExpressVPN changes your IP address for more secure browsing across all your devices because ExpressVPN has easy-to-use apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, game consoles, and even on Smart TVs. 

It also has plenty of advanced features under its sleeve including:

  • VPN split tunneling
  • Network Lock Kill switch
  • Private DNS
  • Threat Manager

And as an icing on the top of the cake, it also has a 24-hour live chat support where real humans are available 24/7 via email and live chat to help you with your concerns, including setup and troubleshooting.

Subscribe to ExpressVPN here

Secure online browsing

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Some VPNs could do you more harm than good since some of them, specifically free VPNs, inject targeted ads and spam into your browser, sell your browsing history to advertisers, or worse, record all your usernames, passwords, and even bank details.

This is why it’s better to opt for known VPN providers to deliver great protection and advanced technology to make sure your online activities are secure and your presence on the internet is well-protected.

In these times where the world has adapted to the new normal, our online activities have undoubtedly increased. Our dependency on the internet comes with lots of benefits and risks, including privacy-related ones.

The right VPN helps in addressing these risks. It provides great protection to our identity and location while surfing the internet.

This feature was produced and written by GadgetMatch intern Tom Alulod.


Hermès Apple Watch Series 8: Unboxing and Full Set-Up

What makes it different from the regular Apple Watch though?



If you’ve been fond of GadgetMatch for quite a while now, you would know that Michael Josh is a big Apple Watch user.

From having to experience several Watch Series up until the Watch Ultra, to having various bands, he now has the most expensive Apple Watch in the Series 8 lineup in his hands.

In this video, he unboxes the most expensive Apple Watch ever — the Hermès Apple Watch Series 8.

To give you the full experience, he’ll also dive into the nitty-gritty of what makes it different and more special than the regular Watch Series 8.

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Camera Shootouts

vivo V25 vs V23 5G: Camera Shootout

Are there even significant improvements?




vivo V25

It hasn’t even been a year but vivo has already revealed the successor to the V23 5G that was launched earlier this 2022. But is it actually worth upgrading to the new vivo V25? Or should you save yourself some money and buy the older V23 5G instead?

vivo V25

Don’t let that new camera bump with bigger circular cutouts on the vivo V25 fool you. On paper, the cameras are close to one another but the V25 has the advantage of having a slightly wider aperture and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) that the V23 5G doesn’t have.

vivo V25 vivo V23 5G
Wide 64MP f/1.79
64MP f/1.89
Ultra-WIde 8MP 120º f/2.2
Macro 2MP f/2.4
Selfie 50MP f/2.0 wide


50MP f/2.0 wide
8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide
+ Dual-tone Spotlight

The sad news though is that, vivo has decided to remove the extra ultra-wide selfie camera and dual flash system on the new V25.

vivo V23 with the Dual-tone Spotlight Flash feature

But how do these phones perform side-by-side knowing the new V25 also has a slightly less-powerful MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset over V23 5G’s Dimensity 920? Are there enough convincing differences or is the older model actually better? Feed yourself some photo sample comparisons below.


In any given circumstance, a valuable Android midranger should take at least a decent photo with natural light around — thus me taking lesser photos to compare.
Still, your judgment matters.

#1A (Ultra-wide)

vivo V25

#1B (Wide)

vivo V25


#3A (Wide)

#3B (Zoom)


Taking food shots (mostly with indoor lighting) is a better way to test which phone camera is capable of producing the better image output with the right amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness, temperature, as well as Dynamic Range.









*Left photo was taken multiple times with the focus tapped on the baked roll. Lens coating was also cleaned several times but still resulted to the same output.


Night Mode

Low-light photos can either make or break the capabilities of a smartphone’s camera.
While it’s a mixed bag of outputs, it still depends on the user if Night Mode photos are important in a midranger or not.

#13A (Wide)

#13B (Ultra-wide)






vivo V25


vivo V25


vivo V25

BONUS: Low-Light Selfie

For users who love taking selfies even in the dark, both phones can take fill-in flash (using the display) to brighten up your faces.

Without Flash

vivo V25

However, the ultra-wide selfie and Dual-tone Spotlight feature were removed completely from the vivo V25. You just have to guess and pick which is which.

With Flash (Aura Fill, Dual-Tone Dual Spotlight Flash)

vivo V25


No more confusions, the results are consistent all throughout the board:

Photo A — vivo V23 5G

Photo B — vivo V25


vivo V25

While it’s barely a big camera quality improvement, the vivo V25 has rendered some of the scenes quite well such as in Photos 1A, 11, and 12 which the V23 5G failed to display at least an acceptable output. Other times, the vivo V23 5G delivered better results like in Photos 1B, 2, 3A, 4, and 13A. Those images delivered overall better photos with a sufficient amount of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and AWB (Auto White Balance).

Overall, the V25 produced better images with decent amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness. The newer model also has some slight edge on focusing and making shots brighter and more stable at night.

vivo V25

While only two selfies were provided, the V23 5G obviously has the edge — especially with its extra selfie lens and dual-flash feature.

vivo V25

If you’re coming from the V23 5G, you don’t need to upgrade to the vivo V25. Period. But, if you’re looking for a phone to replace your old vivo smartphone (or pretty much any old budget phone or midranger for that matter), buying the V25 won’t hurt.

vivo V25

Unless you’re looking for a used unit, a brand new vivo V23 5G is being sold at PhP 27,999. Whereas, a brand new V25 retails at a cheaper PhP 23,999 price tag.

vivo V25

Imho, choosing the V23 5G over the V25 is advantageous for some reasons: a more premium-looking design with metallic sides, slightly faster chipset, and the extra selfie camera.

vivo V25

But realizing how more capable the cameras of the V25 are, you can also choose it for its bigger battery and brighter display. Also, the OIS feature is very handy if you love taking photos in action or at night or just record stable-free videos without worrying about warping and jitters. At the end of the day, you should know what you value the most in buying a new smartphone.


vivo V25 is a Night Portrait Master

Taking photos to the next level with the vivo V23 5G

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Camera Shootouts

iPhone 14 Pro Max vs 13 Pro Max vs S22 Ultra: Camera Shootout

A Very Different Camera Test



The iPhone 14 Pro Max finally has an upgraded camera system — highlighted by its 48MP main camera sensor.

But does it really take better photos vs the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra?

Find out in our photo-walk style camera shootout with the pro-photographer and Apple’s #ShotoniPhone Macro Challenge Global Winner Tom Reeves.

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