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The Samsung Galaxy S22 Series Epic Hands-On Review

What are the differences between the latest Samsung flagship smartphones?

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For the third year in a row, Samsung’s brand-new Galaxy S22 series features three different variants. The trio still provides premium experiences, but they also have more distinguishing features than ever before. While the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is unquestionably the best of the series, it may not be what Galaxy S fans had hoped for.

All three Samsung S22 models are currently available for preorder, with some special offers. After spending some time with both the Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra, we’ll go through the most crucial factors of each phone to see which flagship is best for you. Let’s get started.

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From left to right: Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy S22 Plus, Galaxy S22

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs S22 Plus vs Ultra

Design and Display

The three phones have a similar glass and metal design, as well as the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, 120Hz display refresh rate, and 40-megapixel front camera. With a 6.1-inch AMOLED display that’s significantly smaller than the S22 Plus’ 6.6-inch screen and the Ultra’s 6.8-inch screen, the S22 is far more compact than its Pro brothers. It also appears to be a significantly lighter gadget, weighing only 168 grams versus 196 grams for the S22 Plus and 229 grams for the Ultra.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 in Phantom Black, Phantom White, and Phantom Green

The Galaxy S22 Ultra also has a feature called Vision Booster, which ensures that the screen is visible in all lighting conditions by providing a nearly blinding brightness level of 1,750 nits, the highest of any smartphone.

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Samsung’s vivid AMOLED screen

While the smaller devices don’t have much to offer, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra feels like a member of a different clan. To be precise, the Galaxy Note family. Many design elements from the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are present, including the built-in S Pen storage. With flat displays across the top and bottom, Samsung’s top-tier flagship is boxier than the lesser variants. Individual cutouts for each lens have replaced the Contour Cut camera module.

Many of the color selections for the Galaxy S22 series remain the same, despite the physical alterations. All three models come in Phantom Black, Phantom White, and Phantom Green. Pink Gold is available on the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, while Burgundy is available on the S22 Ultra.

Camera

The regular S22, on the other hand, isn’t all that different from the Plus model. Some key components, such as the processor and camera module, are nearly identical. The S22 and S22 Plus include three rear cameras: a 50-megapixel wide lens, a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens, and a 10-megapixel telephoto lens on the S22 and S22 Plus, respectively. On the back of the S22 Ultra is a four-camera module, led by a 108-megapixel primary camera. Two telephoto lenses and an ultrawide camera are also included.

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Galaxy S22 Ultra’s enormous 108MP camera

The S22 and S22+ have 10MP selfie cameras, while the Ultra has a 40MP camera with pixel binning for crisper and more detailed photographs, as well as autofocus for proper depth of field in selfies.

Features

Chipset

All three are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset in the Philippines and other regions. However, the Exynos 2200 processor seen in Galaxy phones is available in a number of other countries as well.

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All Samsung Galaxy S22 PH variants run on Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and OneUI 4.1

Both are built on the 4nm process and are 2022’s flagship processors, with significantly better GPU and AI/ML performance than previous generations. The Ultra, on the other hand, comes with an enhanced cooling system that includes a new “Gel-TIM” thermal paste that can reportedly transfer heat up to 3.5x more efficiently than prior versions, though our tests revealed no significant differences in heat output. With the bigger chassis, the S22 should provide the best long-term performance in the series.

RAM and Storage

The Galaxy S22 series as a whole has 8GB of RAM as standard, but the Ultra’s 256GB+ storage options have 12GB RAM. The storage configurations of the phones varied, with the S22 and S22+ topping out at 256GB and the Ultra going all the way up to 1TB. However, none of the devices include a separate SD card slot.

Regardless of which option you go, you’ll receive an IP68 rating, an ultrasonic fingerprint reader, and a 5G capability.

Samsung Galaxy S22 in Phantom Black, Phantom White, Pink Gold, and Phantom Green

Battery

In terms of improvements, the Galaxy S22 has the smallest battery of the trio. It’s now only 3,700mAh, which is 300mAh less than the Galaxy S21’s battery. The basic model also has a wired charging limit of 25W and a wireless charging restriction of 15W. To keep you going, the Galaxy S22 Plus comes with a 4,500mAh battery and 45W wired charging. The wireless limit on Samsung devices remains the same, and all three devices use the USB Power Delivery PPS standard to achieve maximum rates.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in Phantom Black, Phantom White, Burgundy, and Phantom Green

Finally, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has the largest battery, at 5,000mAh, although charging speeds are comparable to the Galaxy S22 Plus.

Early Verdict

Although the S22 series is still in its early stages, we love what we see on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. The design is attractive and comfortable in the hand, the screen is large, vivid, and responsive, and the mix of cameras and capabilities on the front and back appears to be more capable. This is a phone that isn’t cheap, but it also isn’t breaking any new ground – for that, look to the S22 Ultra.

EveryTechEver Founder, RV Cuarto, at the Samsung Electronics Philippines headquarters

If you want to save money, go with the standard Galaxy S22

  • I’m looking for a small flagship.
  • You’re looking for a phone that can do everything and isn’t too expensive.
  • Aren’t heavy user who isn’t concerned about battery life.

If you want to get the most out of your phone, choose the Galaxy S22+

  • Need a phone with a huge display that isn’t too tough to operate with one hand.
  • If you want a superb camera, but you won’t be using the zoom feature much, this is the camera for you.
  • Phones with curved displays irritate me.

If you want to get the most out of your phone, get the Galaxy S22 Ultra

  • Do you want an S Pen?
  • Would be better off with a phone with a large display.
  • You’ll need a camera with a lot of flexibility.
  • You’ll need a phone with a long battery life.

Price

  • Samsung Galaxy S22 (8/128GB): PHP45,990 ($799)
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 (8/256GB): PHP49,990 ($849)
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (8/128GB): PHP56,990 ($999)
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (8/256GB): PHP60,990 ($1,049)
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (8/128GB):  PHP68,990 ($1,199)
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (12/256GB): PHP72,990 ($1,299)
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (12/512GB): PHP80,990 ($1,399)
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (12/1TB:) $1,599
Galaxy S22 UltraGalaxy S22 PlusGalaxy S22
Price$1,199$999$799
Android version12, One UI 412, One UI 412, One UI 4
Display6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED QHD+6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED FHD+6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED FHD+
Refresh rate1-120Hz48-120Hz48-120Hz
CPUSnapdragon 8 Gen 1Snapdragon 8 Gen 1Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM8GB, 12GB8GB8GB
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB128GB, 256GB128GB, 256GB
Rear cameras108MP (f/2.2) main, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 10MP (f/2.4) 10x telephoto, 10MP (f/2.4) 3x telephoto50MP (f/1.8) main, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 10MP (f/2.4) 3x telephoto50MP (f/1.8) main, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 10MP (f/2.4) 3x telephoto
Front camera40MP (f/2.2)10MP (f/2.2)10MP (f/2.2)
VideoUp to 8K 24 fpsUp to 8K 24 fpsUp to 8K 24 fps
Battery5,000 mAh4,500 mAh3,700 mAh
Charging45W wired, 15W wireless45W wired, 15W wireless25W wired, 15W wireless
Size3.1 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches3 x 6.2 x 0.3 inches2.8 x 5.7 x 0.3 inches
Weight8.1 ounces6.9 ounces5.9 ounces
ConnectivityEmbedded S Pen, Wi-Fi 6E, UWB, 5G (mmWave/sub6)Wi-Fi 6E, UWB, 5G (mmWave/Sub6)Wi-Fi 6E, UWB, 5G (mmWave/Sub6)
ColorsPhantom Black, Phantom White, Green, BurgundyPhantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Pink GoldPhantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold

RV Cuarto is the founder and editor-in-chief of EveryTechEver, a startup team of writers and researchers. He started in tech journalism in the early days of 2012 as the founder of the successful tech site Nokia Revolution. His belt of experience spans across the industry, from consumer electronics, data operations, and cloud computing, with several brands including Dell, Nokia, Realme, and Huawei. He is also an HIV advocate and a public speaker. He spends his free time singing, playing mobile games, and experimenting with new recipes in his kitchen. Follow him on Tiktok.

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Vivo T1 5G: Unboxing and First Impressions

Is the Vivo T1 5G the right phone for you? Let’s take a quick look at our first impressions. 

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Vivo’s new T-series smartphones are directly aimed at Gen Z. Such shoppers, according to Vivo, seek well-designed items with good features for the price. The Vivo T1 5G is the first smartphone in this new series that offers a sleek new style. It also has a massive 64-megapixel triple camera setup, a 90Hz refresh rate display, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 5G chipset.

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So, is the Vivo T1 5G the right phone for you? Let’s take a quick look at our first impressions. 

Unboxing time!

First, let’s look at the box. The phone arrives with a charger and a decent back case in a package. This ensures you won’t have to shell out extra cash for a phone case. The Vivo T15G is available in two colors: Turbo Black and Turbo Cyan.

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It’s a fairly standard unboxing experience when you first open the Vivo T1 5G. There’s a cardboard box with the silicone casing and a user guide. The charging brick, charging cord, and SIM ejector tool are all located beneath the device. 

Design and Build

The Vivo T1 5G comes with a 6.58-inch full-HD+ IPS LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The phone weighs 187g and is 8.25mm thick. It also has a dewdrop notch on top with a 16-megapixel camera, a hefty chin on the bottom, and narrow bezels on both sides of the screen. Interestingly, the camera island on the phone is reminiscent of the triple camera design on the Huawei P50.

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The Vivo T1 5G has a plastic body, but it looks attractive with a gleaming black finish. The phone’s smooth matte back texture and curved corners make it easy to handle.

Under the hood

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 5G, Qualcomm’s mid-range chipset with integrated 5G and designed for mobile gaming, powers the Vivo T1 5G. Vivo has also included a virtual RAM function that allows you to use a portion of the phone’s storage as extra RAM. Depending on the model, this can range from 1GB to 4GB.

The Vivo T1 5G should be able to play Call of Duty Mobile or Genshin Impact in high settings. However, we will still have to park this one as we fully test the phone in our full review.

So far, the phone feels smooth and fluid as I navigate the UI and switch between apps. I appreciate how FunTouch OS 12 is implemented here because it appears more like the stock Android UI. It’s a lot easier to use and much cleaner. 

Camera

On the back, the phone has a triple camera configuration with a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. A 16-megapixel front camera is available for selfies. 

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In our initial shots, the 64-megapixel primary camera takes photos in daylight with ease. It captures fine details and has a decent dynamic range. We also tried taking shots at night, and we are pleased with the photos it produced. The f/1.79 aperture delivers plenty of details and, combined with its Super Night Mode feature, denoises photos while adding more light to nighttime shots. 

Here are some shots were taken by the Vivo T1 5G:

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Initial Impressions

Vivo attempted to improve performance by including a high-refresh-rate display, additional cameras, and a large battery. As a result, the Vivo T1 5G is an all-around mid-range smartphone designed for Gen Z and gamers.

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However, the Vivo T1 may have been superior in some areas if it had opted for a punch-hole display and a 120hz refresh rate. So, should you go with the Vivo T1 5G or one of the other alternatives? We’ll get to that in our full review, which will be out soon. 

You can also watch our unboxing video here:

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vivo T1 5GKey Specifications
Display6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED, 90Hz
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
RAM8GB
Storage128GB
Rear Camera64MP main
8MP ultra-wide
2MP focus
Front Camera16MP
Battery4700mAh
66W Flash Charge
ColorsTurbo Black
Turbo Cyan
PricePHP 16,999

The Vivo T1 5G is currently selling at P16,999 locally at Vivo’s flagship stores online via Shopee and Lazada and authorized retailers nationwide.

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Peculiar Eyewear HUGO Anti-radiation Eyewear Review

Keep your eyes protected with trendy specs from Peculiar Eyewear for as low as Php 189 only at Shopee’s 6.6 Mid-Year Sale!

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If you spend all day in front of a computer, your eyes may become tired, dry, or itchy. Gazing at a screen for long periods of time can harm your eyes. You might be concerned that you’re forever damaging your eyes, or you might be unsure how to cope with the discomfort. If your task requires extensive computer use, you may notice eye issues. A study suggests at least 50% of those who spend time in front of a computer suffer from eye issues.

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Blue light affects eyesight

Digital eye strain can be caused by blue light from computer screens and other digital gadgets, which reduces contrast. Eye strain might be caused by fatigue, dry eyes, poor lighting, or how you sit in front of the computer. Sore or irritated eyes, as well as difficulties focusing, are signs of eyestrain.

According to research, long-term exposure to blue light may cause retinal cell damage.

As a content creator, I’ve been doing my stuff every day in front of my computer and smartphone. And this led me to develop dry eye syndrome and frequent migraines. As little as I know, the lack of anti-radiation computer eyewear contributes a lot to this aspect.

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I tried a number of methods to address my persistent eye irritation, including eye drops and eye creams that are wholly pricey and consumable. Then I found Peculiar Eyewear’s HUGO Anti-Radiation Glasses on Shopee and it revolutionized my everyday grind. 

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Peculiar Eyewear Bluelight Anti-radiation


I’ve started using Peculiar Eyewear HUGO Anti-Radiation Glasses for about two weeks now, and they work so well. I usually sit in front of my laptop and a big monitor for about 12 hours, excluding my mobile phone usage. And I am satisfied with the comfort these glasses have given me. The glasses literally block our devices from emitting blue light. Hence, it protects our eyes from extended periods of gadget use. 

Here are some of the features :

  • Anti-radiation SafeShield UV400
  • BlueShield for protection against harmful Blue Light
  • Color Changing Lens for 3x protection – allows you to switch from clear to dark in seconds

For prolonged screen time, I highly recommend Peculiar Eyewear HUGO Anti-Radiation Glasses. It is endorsed by a number of influencers, bloggers, and celebrities, including Carla Abellana. It’s also been named the most popular and reliable computer eyewear at the Southeast Asia International Awards.

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I purchase all of my eye and eye care products exclusively from Shopee. Only Shopee makes online buying a more sulit and rewarding experience. The Peculiar Eyewear’s HUGO Anti-Radiation Glasses are truly perfect for students, work-from-home professionals, content creators, and gamers!

So what are you waiting for? Get Peculiar Eyewear’s trendy specs for as low as Php 189 on Shopee’s 6.6 Mid-Year Sale!

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Anker PowerPort III Review: The Only Charger You Need

Truly live more when you charge fast!

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In our current generation where charging bricks are starting to get out from mobile device boxes, it has become more relevant to look up the best chargers on the market.

Anker, among others, is one of the leading global brands in charging technology. Their products include wireless charging, car charging, power banks, and wall chargers. 

Portable and wall chargers are the best-selling products of Anker. They term their Charging adaptor product line as PowerPort, with their most recent release, the PowerPort III. This 3rd iteration of the said product line by Anker is its latest fast charger offering with a whooping 65W Power output.

Anker PowerPort III

What’s in the box?

Unboxing the Anker PowerPort III, you’ll find the charging brick immediately. No other accessory is included. The charger is quite heavy at 132 grams. The exterior is made out of plastic with a matte finish on the side and a glossy finish on the back where you will find its single USB-C slot.

Design and Features

Great Power that fits in your pocket

The Anker PowerPort III is a powerful wall charger, that boasts a massive 65W output, that can charge smartphones as well as laptops. Slightly bigger than those usually included in out-of-the-box phone chargers, the PowerPort III is still compact at 6.8 x 3.0 x 4.5cm. I personally find it very useful that I could leave my bulky laptop charger at home and treat my laptop like a smartphone when charging using this PowerPort.

Anker PowerPort III

Anker is also revolutionizing the way its charging technology is constructed. They call this the MiniFuel, in which by incorporating a unique stacked design, they have been able to reduce the overall size or footprint of the charger while boosting both efficiency and heat dissipation.

The best charger for a traveler

The PowerPort III has become an easy favorite accessory for me, especially since I bring different gadgets when I go out. It serves as my universal charger. It is good for charging laptops, smartphones, power banks, and wearables. It eliminates the need of bringing multiple chargers for every device. 

Performance

The PowerPort III is equipped with Anker’s exclusive PowerIQ 3.0, making optimized charging virtually to any device. 

Anker PowerPort III

The phone I am using is a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, which has up to 45W fast charging capability. It is a delight for me to use the PowerPort III as it activates Super Fast Charging 2.0, which can fully charge my device from empty for only 1.5hrs. It is around an hr faster than the regular 25W charger provided in the box.

Aside from my smartphone, I’ve also started using the PowerPort III for my Dell E5320 laptop. Having to leave my default and bulky laptop charger at home is the best thing the Anker PowerPort III has done — while charging it similarly to the bundled 65W power adaptor.

Should you buy the Anker PowerPort III

The course of phone makers to remove chargers as default accessories is really a big frustration. It is not really okay to spend more to get what you can get free before. But since this has become the new reality, adapting is the only key.

Back Portion of the PowerPort III where the single USB-C port is located

Looking for the best option out there can be the only way to get rid of the frustration — and getting the Anker PowerPort III does the job. It is an easy decision to choose as it is one of the best charger adapters on the market. Paying for the extra thousand Pesos does not only give you a reliable fast charger for your smartphone but also for laptops and tablets. It is a reliable charger for all, making a step forward for a simpler life with electronics

What I did not like about the Anker PowerPort III is that it only has a single USB-C port, which means you cannot use the adaptor for multiple and simultaneous charging. Also, in the box, you would only find the charger itself, no other accessories whatsoever. It would be a very nice addition to have a bundled cord that is also compatible with fast charging. In my case, I’m using the fast charging cable bundled from my Galaxy Phone. If these are not major letdowns for you, the PowerPort III is an excellent buy.

Pricing and Availability

The Anker Powerport III is available online on Soundcore Official Store on Lazada for only 2,551.00Php. At this time, you can grab it at a discounted price, 1,499.00.Php, for a limited time. Every purchase of the PowerPort thru Lazada comes with a welcome guide, worry-free 18-month warranty, and friendly customer service.

Anker PowerPort III Review

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Summary

Looking for the best option out there can be the only way to get rid of the frustration — and getting the Anker PowerPort III does the job. It is an easy decision to choose as it is one of the best charger adapters on the market. Paying for the extra thousand Pesos does not only give you a reliable fast charger for your smartphone but also for laptops and tablets. It is a reliable charger for all, making a step forward for a simpler life with electronics. 

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