OnePlus 8 Pro Camera Takes Amazing Night Shots

I must have been living under a rock for the last 3 or so years, enjoying so much my Samsung Galaxy Note 8, that it’s only now that I realized how night-time photography has improved recently. I know for a fact that this improvement in the camera system is not unique to my OnePlus 8 Pro, I’ve watched YouTube reviews taking the sides of the iPhone 12 series or the Samsung Galaxy S20 or Note 20 series cameras over OnePlus 8 Pro’s when it comes to night-time photography.

Nevertheless, I’m impressed with my OnePlus 8 Pro camera’s Nightscape mode. To my bare eyes, the streets and the skies are almost pitch black, but the phone’s camera, under the Nightscape mode, sees another way. Here are samples of night shots I took (note: except for the black line to hide the car’s plate number, I didn’t apply any further processing or modifications to the pictures. They are how they came out straight from the camera phone): Check out sample shots here →

OnePlus 8 Pro vs Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Here’s the comparison of the Snapdragon OnePlus 8 Pro vs. the Exynos Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:

Apparently, I made a good decision with my OnePlus 8 Pro. Time for Samsung to drop Exynos altogether. Otherwise, they’ll lose me for good. Watch the full comparative video below:

I ditched Samsung for OnePlus because of Exynos

Don’t get me wrong, I had the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, running on octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895, for the last 3 years, and loved it. The One UI still runs smooth, the camera is still superb. The battery could use a good replacement, but really, if it were just me, that phone could see at least 2 more years of good use.

Truth be told, I was a Samsung fan. But it’s now 2020, and yet Samsung only offers the Exynos chip in this part of the world where I’m at, especially for its top-of-the-line smartphone lineup. It has been fairly documented how Exynos is a lot inferior against its comparable Snapdragon chip, from processing speed to temperature to battery life.

Apparently, if you have the Exynos version of the same Samsung model phone, you’re getting the shorter end of the stick. You’ve been shortchanged by Samsung. Continue reading “I ditched Samsung for OnePlus because of Exynos”

Where to buy SnapDragon Samsung phones in the Philippines?

Saw this price list on Facebook, which includes the following Samsung phones running in SnapDragon chips towards the end of the list:

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SnapDragon SM-N9860)
12gb / 256gb = P53,000
12gb / 512gb = P60,000

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SnapDragon SM-N9810)
8gb / 256gb = P42,000

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SnapDragon)
12gb / 256gb = P49,000

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (SnapDragon)
8gb / 128gb = P30,000

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SnapDragon)
12gb / 128gb = P42,000

Samsung Galaxy S20 (SnapDragon)
128gb = P39,000

Samsung only offers the Exynos variant of its flagship smartphones in the Philippines. That’s why it’s great to know there are stores in Greenhills that make the SnapDragon variants available to local consumers.

Viber is getting really annoying

It seems like when users are getting more dependent on a service, these service providers are doing everything to milk its users. And they’re doing it in the most annoying way.

Take for example, Viber:

That’s for their desktop app. In the phone app, there appears to be a setting to turn off Birthday push notifications of your contacts. But not in the desktop app.

How in the world did Viber get a hold of contacts’ birthdays in the first place? Now it’s shoving it to our faces!

Viber is the worst messaging app ever invented

Viber seems to come up with updates every week. But those don’t fix the things that badly need fixing. For one, they can’t still seem to fix and disable the notification badge for muted group conversations.

Another I noticed is, there are just some contacts, especially business contacts, that are just annoying and barrage you with market updates, that you just simply want to ignore instead of completely blocking the contact and maybe offend the person in the process. But you can’t do that in Viber! You can’t mute a direct conversation with a single contact.

What’s more? You can’t restore backups of messages if you’re switching to and from iOS and Android.

To all my contacts, please stop using Viber already. I recommend Whatsapp, Telegram or FB Messenger instead. If everyone could only agree, I would happily uninstall Viber from my phone, my desktop — everywhere!