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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

Camera Shootouts

Flagship Smartphone Camera Shootout: Best of 2017

Find out which premium smartphone comes out on top

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The iPhone X, Pixel 2, Mate 10 Pro, and Galaxy Note 8 — they may all look different, but they share one important feature: an excellent set of cameras.

Join us as we compare photos taken by each of these flagship smartphones around Indonesia and Singapore. Which shooter comes out on top? Watch and find out!

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Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre cordless vacuum hands-on

The future of housekeeping

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Made a mess? Dyson’s got you.

The V8 Carbon Fibre, the newest addition to Dyson’s renowned cordless vacuum line, has just been launched in Southeast Asia.

The new cleaning device utilizes the same technology from previous Dyson innovations, which ensures optimum performance of this lean, mean, cleaning machine. Certain features — like a better battery and a more powerful engine — are improved on this new vacuum release.

Dyson engineer Sam Twist explains what the V8 Carbon Fibre can do

Dyson engineer Sam Twist explains what the V8 Carbon Fibre can do

At the launch in Bangkok, Thailand, I got to go hands-on with the device. Quite literally, I made a mess and cleaned it up with the V8 Carbon Fibre. Here are some initial observations:

Easy to handle

What amazed me most is how intuitive this device is. There was no learning curve. I picked it up for the first time, pulled a trigger that’s perfectly positioned in the area where my hand goes, and voila, I was vacuuming!

Now, call me uninformed on the workings of a vacuum (and general housekeeping) but I always thought vacuums were heavy. At least I didn’t expect something with this power to be as light as it was.

Like their Supersonic hairdryer, the V8 Carbon Fibre is ergonomically balanced. Simply put, it’s designed in a way that ensures easier handling.

Power!

This engine, tiny and light as it is, isn’t just a load of hot air (pun intended).

This device has 30 percent more suction power than its predecessors. That capability was shown off in a curious exhibition, one that entailed a vacuum-sealed container and some water. Yep, this vacuum sucks, in the best possible way.

This device tests the vaccum’s suction power! You can see the water rising as the device is turned on.

From corn chips to oregano, sprinkles to baking soda; we tried the vacuum and another Isa-made mess was averted.

Leave no dirt in sight

And, if the newly cleaned surface isn’t enough proof for you, you can just take a gander at the dirt you’ve picked up in the vacuum’s compartment.

This machine runs on an improved battery that’s capable of 40 minutes of non-stop, cord-free cleaning on low mode.

Very versatile

Aside from the fact that it’s a pretty capable machine, this thing also works well on different surfaces and different scenarios.

Different Dyson-engineered heads allow for cleaning a variety of textured spaces. There’s a tool specifically designed for carpets, hardwood floors, mattresses, and even one for “mess-free dog grooming!” Various accessories also mean that you can modify your vacuum specifically for the spot you want to clean — imagine a multi-angle brush attachment that allows you to clean hard to reach areas.

An added feature is that these vacuums have a wall-mounted charging dock, which is the most convenient thing. I’m definitely reserving a spot for this device in my future hypothetical high-tech house!

Now, these are just my initial thoughts on the V8 Carbon Fibre, but it’s enough to get me excited over vacuuming — who would’ve thought?

Quite honestly, I’ve never really enjoyed cleaning up my messes, but this thing might just change that.

The Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre will retail for PhP 47,500 in the Philippines starting February 21. It will be available in Thailand come March.

SEE ALSO: Dyson Supersonic review: Bladeless hair dryer

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CES 2018

Episode 001: Getting lost at the world’s largest tech show

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In this first epidose of GadgetMatch Podcast we talk about the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) which just wrapped up in Las Vegas. Michael Josh and Isa share behind the scenes challenges of covering the world’s largest tech show. And the team talks about the most attention grabbing tech from the show including an entire range of Artificial Intelligence and Google Assistant gadgets, Vivo’s new phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor, Sony’s new robot dog, and Razer’s Project Linda.

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