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I’ve used the Samsung Galaxy S8, and I’m now doubting my iPhone loyalty

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The newest Samsung flagship release should not be any news for an Apple user like me, but the newest Android superstar has me doubting my Mac loyalty. I have lived my life with one limb permanently attached to my iPhone, and I’ve never really considered changing my ways, until now.

I am a one-man woman and in so many ways, the iPhone has been that man in my life — a constant companion, useful and accommodating my every need, and aesthetically pleasing (i.e., very sexy!).

Surely, I had it all, but the newest Samsung Galaxy S8 has me doubting my unfettered love.

What could possibly make a girl doubt the longest tech relationship she has ever had? Well…

The Galaxy S8 is a beautiful piece of machine

It’s sleek and classy. To my mind, Android phones have always been a step down from Apple’s simple, elegant designs, but Samsung has outdone itself this time.

There is no border on the screen, meaning more display space

While tech people call this a “bezel-less design,” Samsung calls it “infinity display.” The curved screen means there are no borders, no edges, no limits — as it should be in love and life. (Let this phone be an example of how one should transcend norms!)

It fits perfectly in the palm of my hand

Now, I’ve written extensively about how my tiny girly hands have clashed with the general movement towards bigger smartphones, but even with a bigger screen size compared to the Galaxy S7, this phone fits in my hand perfectly and comfortably.

And it has the prettiest cases!

These custom-built “bikini bumpers” have different “tops” and “bottoms” that you can mix and match. It attaches on both ends of the S8 for protection without having to sacrifice showing off the infinity display.

The S8 is not only pretty…

As with men, looks help but substance is definitely important. I don’t want just a phone, I want a smart phone (again, also applicable to men).

The Galaxy S8 delivers.

The camera is more than just a camera

Samsung’s newest Vision Interface allows you to access instant information from sights you capture. It’s instant information at the tip of your fingers.

Wine nights will never be the same! A quick scan of the label gives you information on the bottle to dazzle your date with.

Vision Interface also allows you to do a quick scan for landmark places, shopping items, or even foreign language translation.

And speaking of cameras…

It has built-in stickers!

Because it is imperative that one looks cute, always.

One look is all it takes

Like, literally.

The phone’s iris scanner unlocks the phone just like that. Finally, eye contact that has results!

It has dual bluetooth audio capabilities

You know, to make space for a real man in my life (but I had to content myself with a girl friend for this photo purpose).

It’s also water-resistant

But, really, that doesn’t matter because this phone will never make you cry.

The S8 can be your phone in desktop form

The Samsung DeX transforms your smartphone into a desktop setup. Simply plug it into the optional dock and voila!

Do anything you can do on your phone with a physical keyboard and a bigger screen — because sometimes, size does matter.

It has fast wireless charging

Because in 2017, everything should be fast and unattached.

Samsung may have finally created the iPhone killer in the S8, but only time can tell if this newest release would live up to expectations.

One thing is for sure, though: The Samsung Galaxy S8 is on fire — but not literally.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S8 Hands-On Review

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Hands-On: 2019 Flagship Killer?

BEAST!

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Top of the line specs, amazing cameras, and high-speed wireless charging. MWC hasn’t even officially started yet, so it might be premature to say this, but has Xiaomi just unveiled the 2019 flagship killer?

We recently got to spend time with Xiaomi’s latest flagship and this is our hands-on video.

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Samsung Galaxy M20 hands-on: Give the users what they want

Awakening of the sleeping giant

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Samsung has been the smartphone market leader for half a decade now, and its flagship phones continue to be an inspiration for everyone. However, while the brand is dominating in developed markets, it has taken a massive beating in the developing ones.

Thanks to players like Xiaomi, the South Korean brand has consistently lost market share in countries like India. Samsung slowly prepared itself to change strategy by the end of last year and intends to go hard in 2019. It announced the new Galaxy M-series lineup of phones in the budget segment and the M10 and M20 are the first ones to roll off the shelf.

The M20 has been launched in India for INR 10,990 (US$ 154) and comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The option with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage costs INR 12,990 (US$ 182). The phone goes up against the Redmi 6 Pro, Realme U1, and even the Mi A2.

To start with, Samsung has opted to go with a basic design, consisting of a plastic body that is curved at the edges and is pretty glossy. The phone is extremely comfortable to hold, and the build quality is top-notch. Even the buttons are very tactile and bezels are smaller.

On the front is a 6.3-inch TFT display with a Full HD resolution and small water-drop style notch on the top. This is the first Samsung phone to feature a notch, and the display quality is surprisingly good. The color production is vivid and satisfying, while the viewing angles are perfect. It is easily visible even under direct sunlight.

For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and it is fast enough. You also have the option of face unlock and it works quickly in well-lit conditions. It has dual-SIM support and there’s a separate slot for microSD card, as well.

Powering the phone is an octa-core Exynos 7904 processor, which is considered to be on par with the Snapdragon 636. It is a very power-efficient processor with more emphasis on the cameras. Day-to-day tasks are handled smoothly and games like PUBG are playable with low graphics.

It has a dual-camera setup on the rear, consisting of a 13-megapixel primary shooter and a 5-megapixel wide-angle sensor. The pictures clicked during daytime are decently saturated but lack sharpness. Even focus tends to get slow in low-light conditions. The wide-angle lens works best in bright surroundings only and is a very handy tool. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel shooter with built-in beauty enhancements.

It ships with Samsung Experience 9.5 out of the box and is actually well optimized. There is barely any lag and the UI offers a plethora of customizations and features. The company announced that the Android Pie update will be landing soon. Lastly, it has a massive 5000mAh battery that’ll get you through two days of usage.

Xiaomi has been successful because it offers users a balanced product that suits everyone’s needs. With the M20, Samsung goes down the same road. While the recently announced A-series phones were for photography enthusiasts, the M20 is good enough for everything.

The M20 is no disruptor, but an indication that Samsung is gearing up. And as a generation-one product, it’s performing fairly well.

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Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

Trying out the new Motion Mode on doggies!

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Fujifilm’s sequel to their first ever digital/analog hybrid is here and it’s looking better than ever. The Instax SQ20 is one classy-looking instant camera but what can it do? With a set of built-in filters and new features like the Motion Mode, it looks like a promising device.

I finally try it out, with help from some doggies, on our hands-on video.

The SQ20 retails for US$ 199 in the US, PhP 12,999 in the Philippines, and SG$ 299 in Singapore.

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

READ ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

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