It’s hard to imagine life without Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. Indeed, whenever we hear our parents say the classic line “Noong panahon namin walang mga ganyan” pertaining to the new technology we have today, our common response is “How did you survive?!." The idea of social media being non-existent sure does sound weird, as most of us now couldn’t last a day without checking our social media accounts, updating our friends and followers on what we’re up to or sharing an artsy photo with a witty caption.
In fact, we are so obsessed with it that come Lenten season, when we have to give up something important for us for 40 days, we often give up going on social media (yes we consider that a sacrifice and the struggle is real!). But our love for these social media apps is only part of a bigger craze for smartphone apps in general. With millions of downloadable mobile applications available to aid us in every way imaginable, it is easy to see why we’re so crazy about them. If you need a ride home (and a chauffeured one at that), ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Grabcar have got you covered. If you’re bored and want to kill time, then gaming apps like Clash Royale and Fighting Crime—Duterte Edition (no, I didn’t just make that up), will keep you busy for hours.
Bottomline, there is an app for everything. But while it sure is fun going through all the apps on the App Store and on Google Play, the more apps we use, however, the slower our phone becomes. And that’s when the need for a high-performance smartphone arises.
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“Considering how fast-paced our world is right now, it is very important that we keep up with aspects of our lives that are important to us. High-performance smartphones are indispensable tools that help us stay in control of our lives—they don't only allow us to keep in touch with friends and family but they also help make us more efficient in our daily tasks, and perform various functions from being portable music players to digital cameras and even navigation devices. It's really important for smartphones to have these functions and the necessary horsepower to run these functions without compromise," says Hazel Bascon, Vivo Philippines Vice President, at the Asian launch of the Vivo V3 and V3 Max. The aforementioned units, for instance, have 5” and 5.5” full HD displays, respectively, are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-core processor and are equipped with a 13MP rear camera and an impressive 8MP camera on the front that makes for a good selfie. "
But your selfie-loving self notwithstanding, here are three other features you might want to always look for in every smartphone, for maximum efficiency and way less hassle (so you know, they actually fulfill the smart part of their name):
Fast charging technology. What can be more terrifying for smartphone-dependent you than seeing the dreaded red lightning bar on the top corner of your mobile phone's screen? Realizing that there are no electric plugs around to charge in, that's what. Fortunately, some companies are starting to incorporate a fast charging technology in their flagship smartphones that can give us maximum of eight hours of usage time after only 15 minutes of charging.
Hi-Fi sound quality. Whether you’re at the gym listening to your workout playlist as you sweat, or watching a video or movie on your smartphone, having this unique feature gives you a much better audio experience producing sounds as close to the original as possible
Expandable storage. "Should I get the 32 GB or the 128GB?" this is, perhaps, one of the hardest decisions we all have to make, at least when buying a new smartphone. With all the cool apps that we can download and music that we want to store in our phones, it's very tempting to go for the one with bigger storage, that is until we see the price. A good alternative are smartphones whose storage can be expanded up to 128 GB by way of a MicroSD card. It saves us not only from the hassle of getting a new phone, but (most importantly!) it saves us a lot of money, too.
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Lead photograph courtesy of Vivo