10 Budget Smartphones Starting at Php 6,000

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As technology pushes forward, so does the user-experience. Not having a smartphone feels like not getting in touch with innovation. The phones have gone a long way from its humble beginnings fifteen years ago. Today, these superior gadgets offer myriad of stuff such as online shopping (Hello Marketplace.ph), online pawning (Yes, we have PawnHero) and many more at our palms and the comfort of wherever. Generally, smartphones used to be uber expensive (Ah, yes remember Nokia), but with an ever-growing competitive landscape and the need for fast communication, people can now experience smartphone luxury with a price that’s right on their budget. So, if you’re itching to have a superb mobile device, we round up 10 budget smartphones you can get starting at Php 6,000, check them out below: 1) Cherry Mobile Flare S5 Power (Price starts at Php 7,999.00) Sure an international-made smartphone is one thing, but a Philippine-made smartphone that can compete in the local market … [Read more...]

Latest Gadgets To Pawn And How Much They’re Worth

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Pawnbroking has been around for 3,000 years! The history of pawnbroking tells that even England’s King Edward III famously pawned his jewels to finance war against France, and Queen Isabella of Spain is said to have put up her jewelry as collateral to fund Christopher Columbus’ expeditions to the New World. It has been providing loan emergency funds for people in need of financial assistance for so long! In the Philippines, there are many pawnshops as there are ATMs. The central bank reported that Filipinos are more likely to get loans. With that, pawnshops are widely available at both urban and rural areas of the country. No doubt statistics attest the important role of pawnshops to the financial lives of the Filipinos. Now, with everything digital, pawning has become more accessible with the rise of an online pawn shop called PawnHero. Unlike traditional pawn shops, PawnHero accepts more than just jewelry such as gadgets, laptops, luxury items and offers a much more convenient … [Read more...]

10 Best-Budget Laptops Starting from P8,000

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From home, school and work, we live in such a fast paced lifestyle that we love to have things that supplement our on the go schedules such as a laptop. While the market for laptops range from high-end to best budget, it still begs the question, what makes a good laptop? Sure, one may opt for the dear ones as one would believe that price dictates the overall performance of a laptop, however, these days, tech firms are quick to showcase that a budget laptop doesn’t mean a discounted quality. You can just find a laptop of your budget where its performance is just as good. Previously, we rounded up 10 best budget laptops to get your hands on [Read:8 Best-Budget Laptops This 2015 Starting from P8,000]. Now, we’re  hitching up a notch as we help you choose more options with the list of ten best-budget laptops starting at Php 8,000 (still the same budget). So, check them below because these laptops are fantastic enough to cater to those with an always-moving lifestyle. 1) ASUS … [Read more...]

The Battle For The Best: Microsoft Surface Studio Versus Apple MacBook Pro 2016

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Last week of October, the two tech giants announced their best bets in the industry leaving people astounded to which of the two offers should one buy first! (For real, which one?) Both are expected to be on the market by 2017, we got at most two months to decide! So, to help you weigh your priority, let’s take a step back, keep those wallets intact and contemplate on their strongest selling points: On the Microsoft Corner : “Turn your desk into a Studio” Source: Surface Powerful, strong, promising, innovative, competitive… Watching Microsoft’s latest venture just leaves one in a hair standing awe! Rivaling that of Apple’s iMac, the Microsoft Surface Studio looks like it’s coming for the kill. The video ad is in itself a work of technological art. Here’s what one can expect with the 28-inch all-in-one desktop computer: It’s an All-in-One computer featuring the “World’s Thinnest LCD Monitor” The LCD is billed as the thinnest LCD ever (to date) at 1.3 millimeters thick … [Read more...]

How To Keep Your Dead Investments Alive? (Earning With Cash)

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Invest on a house they say, invest on a car they say and invest on a good old watch they say. Often, we were told to invest on material things, and we thought investing on these items are all worth it. People often tend to equate investment with an expensive purchase. But these items, these material things are liabilities and not assets. So, liabilities are dead investments once they get off the market. They don’t earn money for you, they don’t fatten up your wallets and add zeroes to your bank accounts. But, there are smart ways to keep these dead investments alive and earning with cash. Check them out below: House: A lot is an investment whose value allocates over time, but sometimes a house just doesn’t do that. It is a golden rule for investors to keep that the physical structure or the content of the land depreciates over time while the lot or land underneath the structure appreciates over time. The value of a real estate always depends on "location, location, … [Read more...]

7 Phones You Can Buy As An Alternative To Your Recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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“It could be one of the costliest product safety failures in the history of technology.” -Time Just two months away from its release, reports of the new Samsung smartphone blowing up in flames had sparked concerns worldwide. The speculations of its safety made its clear mark when airports banned the use of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices, alarming smartphone users of the future of the Samsung gadget. Now, the biggest blunder of a premium phone came rushing as Samsung abandoned its popular phone. Reuters then reported that the Seoul-based firm has decided to halt its production of their latest smartphone gadget-the Samsung Galaxy Note 7- to consider the safety of their consumer. It may sound heavy and shocking to know but there are still other notable premium phones you can have instead of the latest Samsung note. Below are a couple of other alternatives that you can consider. 1) Apple iPhone 7 and 7 plus The latest iPhone is always a better version than its predecessor … [Read more...]

Make or Break: What You Need To Know About The NEW Google Phone

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Just when we thought Google’s Nexus program was the endgame of their electronics device venture, the search giant’s leap into the smartphone market rocked the tech industry! Last October 4 in San Francisco, Google launched their next flagship phone - PIXEL! This leaves a lot of smartphone users asking whether the new google phone is the next generation for smartphones. Since the Pixel phone by Google has not been released in the market yet (whisper: expected release is this October 2016!), here are the features of the new smartphone that we GOOGLED just for you. 1) Pixel has a battery that charges 7 hours… in 15 minutes Pixel’s fast charging time looks like a candidate for the leading player in helping smartphone users live a productive and fast-paced lifestyle! Still, that’s what they promise; we can’t wait until we try it. Image source 2) The highest rated camera smartphone ever! Google calls their phone’s 12.3 megapixel camera the “BEST SMARTPHONE CAMERA EVER … [Read more...]

7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Buy the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

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Apple does it again! As expected, the yearly iPhone update has been announced and the next generation of iPhones, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, are ready to hit the market. But don't be blinded by the flashiness of the dual-camera system and don't get splashed by the water-resistant feature! Before you jump into pre-ordering that iPhone, here are 7 reasons why you shouldn't buy the iPhone 7. 1. You just bought a new phone If you just bought the latest "S" iteration of the iPhone within the last 6 months, maybe you should hold off until the next S iteration comes out. The specs on the new iPhone may be better in terms of battery life (12 hours) and is now water-resistant (finally!), but it does not warrant for an immediate upgrade because aside from these cool new features, the phone functions are pretty much the same. Image source 2. You don't want adapters The biggest buzz around the iPhone isn't really about it's water resistance nor is it the fact that the home … [Read more...]

10 Everyday Items That Could Earn You P30,000 or More

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Did you know that some everyday items you barely notice at home can help you earn much? That’s right. If you’re having troubles keeping up with your finances, you need not look far for extra cash. Know that you have plenty of solutions such as pawning, and most of the best items you can use as collateral are in the four corners of your home. Here’s a list of the everyday items pawned at PawnHero, giving the owner P30,000.00 and more. Canon Camera EOS 550D + Lenses + Flash Appraised Price: P30,000.00 If you’re not using your DSLR anymore, why not pawn it? Since the Canon EOS 550D boasts a lot of features (18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, ISO 100-6400, H:12800, a quick control screen), you’re likely to earn P30,000 for this, or even higher if it comes with a flash and other lenses.   Image Source Lenovo CPU 4004 H1U Appraised Price: P30,000.00 With features such as an Intel CoreTM i3-3220T Dual Core Processor (3M Cache, 2.80 GHz) 35W, Windows 7 Professional Preloaded … [Read more...]

Pawnina Tips: New Apps to Try on Your Smartphone

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Hi guys! Pawnina here! With all the current events happening in our country, I think it's time that we all welcome newer possibilities as we enter the second half of the year. That's why I'm here to tell you about new and emerging apps that you should definitely download on your smartphone that will help you get ready since #ChangeIsComing. It's out with the old, in with the new! Telegram - for the social butterfly There may be a lot many chat apps cluttering the market, but Telegram is gaining a lot of traction in the Philippines right now. Why? Aside from the typical chat and call functions, and the expected emojis and stickers, Telegram steps up the chat app game by mixing in GIFs and personalized stickers! That's right, you can express yourself in your barkada groups with moving pictures and even stickers of your friends faces and other inside joke-worthy images. There are even bots (like the magic conch shell) that provide endless entertainment for you and your friends. If … [Read more...]