Hottest smartphone brands for the holidays


Just two decades ago, cellular phones [also called cellphones or mobile phones]served one purpose only – that is to make and receive calls while on the go.

In this day and age, however, mobile phones go beyond mere communication for after the age of texting came to be, smartphones were developed with customized software, internet access, digital cameras, music players, GPS and more.

And so with every upgrade and breakthrough that won’t seem to stop in the manufacture of smartphones—thus the compulsion among people to keep changing their gadgets like they do for fashion trends—The Manila Times explores the list of newly released smartphones which integrate mobile phone capabilities with the features of a handheld computer, as well as their everchanging styles.

A reliable trademark returns
Moto [previously called Motorola]has made a comeback in the Philippine market with wide gadget choices, industry-first features, and customized user experiences. At its launch, the brand unveiled three smartphones series – the Moto Z + Moto Mods Family, Moto’s flagship series whose singular feature is its modularity; Moto G Family, which refines user functionality; and the Moto E Power, its entry-level line-up.

Moto Z

Moto Z

Jazzing up Moto’s renaissance is appointment of screen icons James Reid and Nadine Lustre as Moto ambassadors.

“Moto’s return to the Philippines solidifies Lenovo’s strong business momentum. With Lenovo’s Moto acquisition, Lenovo adds a premium smartphone portfolio that features top-tier hardware and software innovations such as the Moto Z and a customized experience with Moto Mods. With the exciting launch of the newest Moto lineup, we hope to highlight our smartphones’ sophistication, performance, and versatility through the hottest couple in entertainment, JaDine, which best exemplifies the Moto spirit with their youthful vibrance and charm,” lengthily said Lenovo Mobile Business Group Philippines country manager Dino Romano during the brand’s launch City of Dreams in Pasay City.

Moto Mods hopes to tap the millennial market as it allows users to personalize and customize smartphone use.

New face of the ‘selfie expert’
Oppo has unveiled its “new face of the selfie expert” via special edition F1s Limited that sports a metallic grey color.

The F1s first made waves among Filipino smartphone users in August. The new smartphone was such a hit that more than 19,000 units across the country sold out in just three days after its debut.

Oppo F1s Limited

Oppo F1s Limited

The “selfie expert” has a 16-megapixel front-facing camera that can snap bright selfies even in dim light, thanks to its large aperture. It also helps users achieve a flawless look through its upgraded beautifying app, Beautify 4.0.

Besides static selfies, the F1s can create moving images using its Super GIF feature, as well as double-exposure shots that juxtapose two images in one photo to create a sense of motion.

Lightning-fast fingerprint recognition also unlocks the phone in 0.22 seconds. Five fingerprints can be assigned to five contacts or applications for quick access. F1s Limited is not only Oppo’s new face. The smartphone brand also revealed during the at the Mall of Asia Main Atrium that GMA Network heartthrob Alden Richards is the latest addition to the Oppo family of brand ambassadors.

“Selfies capture life’s most unforgettable moments in a very spontaneous way. I’m proud to be part of a family that celebrates those special moments,” Richards said at the event.

Welcoming the iPhone 7
It’s that time of the year again for all iPhone fanboys and fangirls to rejoice. Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now officially in the Philippines as Globe telecom joined the simultaneous unboxing of the world-famous smartphone at the Hungry Hound restaurant at The Globe Tower on November 10.

Almost every two years, Apple releases a new iPhone but for this issue, the most striking change would probably be the unit’s stunning new design. It now comes with a seamless surface from the glass all the way to the aluminium back that sports a stainless steel Apple logo. The new iPhones will also be available in another color simply called Black, which comes with a material that diffuses light. Of course, the Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold colors are still be available for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models.

iPhone 7 series

iPhone 7 series

Another major feature includes a redesigned home button which is said to be “more responsive, more reliable and even customizable.” It’s been reengineered to be force sensitive with the help of a taptic engine that is great for Quick Actions, Messages, Notifications, and Ringtones.

The new iPhone is also water and dust resistant, and has cameras with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) up to 3x longer exposure, wider f/1.8 aperture (up to 50 percent more light on to the sensor), six element lens for sharper images, and an improved 12-megapixel camera, which is 60 percent faster and 30 percent more energy efficient.

More than just for calls and listening to music, the iPhone 7/7 Plus now comes with stereo speakers, and airpods that are affixed with a wireless chip, which detects each earpod when it’s in the ear. All that means that sound only plays when one is ready to listen.

Finally, the new iPhone 7/7 Plus promises to have the longest battery life ever in the iPhone line. Apple says it lasts two hours more than the iPhone 6.


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