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Samsung Galaxy A-Series Hands-on: Samsung Goes Full Metal

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We go hands-on with the three newly released A-Series smartphones Samsung is on the right path. A few months after the company released their first metal framed smartphones the Galaxy Alpha and the Galaxy Note 4, the company has officially released their A-series of devices, their first ever full metal bodied smartphones. The new smartphones represent a radical shift in ... Read More »

5 Most Affordable Octa-core Smartphones in the Philippines

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Want a powerful smartphone but are on a tight budget? At the start of 2014 the most affordable octa-core smartphone cost more than Php 10,000. We knew the price of octa-core smartphones would go down as time went by, but who knew we’d get octa-core smartphones for less than 5K a year later? Today we’ll be rounding up the top ... Read More »

Samsung Officially Unveils Metal-bodied A-Series in PH

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Here’s Samsung’s first full metal bodied smartphones Samsung has always made its smartphones in plastic – even its high-end Galaxy S5 debuted in a all plastic shell. That changed with Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy Alpha, and more recently the Galaxy Note 4, which both have metal frames. Today Samsung has officially announced the trio of smartphones that have all-metal ... Read More »

FCC: Only 25Mbps and Up Qualifies as Broadband

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The Federal Communications Commission is redefining what broadband is The Federal Communications Commission (FCC, roughly equivalent to the NTC here in the PH) is proposing to raise the minimum speeds that define a broadband connection in the US from 4Mbps down and 1Mbps up to 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up, according to Ars Technica. The move is part of the ... Read More »

Sony Xperia Z3 Review: Sony’s Latest is Also Its Best

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We review the Xperia Z3! When Sony announced a year ago that they would be releasing a flagship every six months, we were interested to see what devices would result. Pushing a new, updated version of your flagship device is a tall order in the usual 1 year product refresh cycle, doing it in six months is nigh impossible. But ... Read More »

Smart Extends Free Internet Promo Till Feb. 5, 2015

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One more month of free internet! Bummed out because Smart is ending its free internet promo today? Well, you shouldn’t be – the telco has just announced that they will extend their free internet promo (where users get 30MB of free data everyday) for another month. As far as we can tell, all the same freebies (free Facebook even though ... Read More »

Specs Matchup: Xiaomi Redmi 2 VS Meizu M1 Note VS Huawei Honor 4X

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Xiaomi’s recently announced smartphone gets compared to other bang-for-the-buck smartphones! The mobile landscape has changed drastically since Xiaomi started offering their awesome bang-for-the-buck smartphones. While the company managed to stay the undisputed king of bang-for-the-buck devices at the second half of last year, things have changed. There’s now a lot more similar devices to choose from. Today we’ll be taking ... Read More »

Here’s a Quick Tour of the Unbox HQ for 2015

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Happy New Year everyone! 2015 is now here and just like in previous years we make it a point to re-arrange the Unbox HQ at the start of every year. From a room filled with a variety of gadgets, the Unbox HQ has evolved into some sort of Man Cave filled with statues, collectibles, statement posters, and even paintings. Check ... Read More »

5 Trends That Defined the Local Market This Year

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We’ve seen so many advancements in the local smartphone market this year, in terms of both price and hardware. It’s really amazing how much the local brand landscape has changed in twelve months. Let’s look back at the trends that defined the local market this 2014 : The octa-core wars One of the biggest tech trends this year is the ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Duos Review: Mid-range, 64-bit Smartphone from Samsung

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We review the Galaxy Grand Prime Duos! Today we’ll be reviewing Samsung’s Galaxy Grand Prime Duos, a mid-range smartphone by Samsung sporting Qualcomm’s latest 64-bit Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor. The Grand Prime Duos is probably Samsung’s most bang-for-the-buck mid-range offering to date, priced at a measly Php 9,990. Galaxy Grand Prime duos specs 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 64-bit ... Read More »

Why Are There So Many Affordable, Bang for the Buck Smartphones in China?

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And why aren’t they being sold here? You’ve seen us post about ultra bang-for-your-buck devices being sold in mainland China, and many of you have been salivating at the thought of owning a sub-10K smartphone that has LTE on board, though sadly, very few of them will actually make their way here in the PH, and many of the devices that ... Read More »

Cherry Mobile G2 Watch Quick Review: Wearable for the Masses?

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We quickly review the Cherry Mobile G2 watch! by: Juan Loco The just released Cherry Mobile G2 is an interesting proposition for first time smartwatch buyers. The main selling point really is that the watch syncs well with your phone and allows you to receive calls – and with the proper apps – different notifications for SMS, Facebook and Twitter. ... Read More »

Here’s How to Make the Most of Your New Android Smartphone

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Before anything else, here’s what you need to do So you’ve bought that shiny new Android smartphone, put in your credentials and naturally, started browsing through Facebook. Whether you’re a new or old Android smartphone owner, there are several things you’ll need to do with your device to get the most out of it. Things like… Set-up anti-theft protection Scrimping ... Read More »

Cherry Mobile G2 Watch Hands-on: Low Cost Wearable

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We go hands-on with the G2 watch from Cherry Mobile! Aside from the Selfie, Cherry Mobile also sent over their G2 Watch. The G2 Watch is a Cherry Mobile’s successor to their first (and rather flawed) G1, which used a tiny, tiny keyboard as an input method. The G2 relies entirely on its 1.44-inch touch-sensitive LCD display, and now has ... Read More »

Cherry Mobile Selfie Unboxing: One Mean Selfie Machine

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We unbox the Cherry Mobile Selfie! We first reported on the Cherry Mobile selfie a few weeks ago when a print ad was leaked to us by a tipster. Cherry Mobile has confirmed that the Selfie is real, and sent us a brand spanking unit to review. Today, we’ll be unboxing the Selfie and giving it a once over before ... Read More »