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Sunday, June 18, 2023

Review : Samsung Galaxy S23 Series a Must-Have Tool for Vloggers and Content Creators

10:36:00 AM

Good day Kwento Ni Toto readers and tech enthusiasts! Today, we're going to share our not-so-nitty-gritty review of the latest gadget that has become an essential tool for vloggers: smartphones. Particularly, we'll be discussing the top-of-the-line smartphones that are part of the Samsung Galaxy S23 series.

Not to step-over with the DSLR Cameras, these smartphones can now serve as alternatives to bulky and heavy DSLR cameras, allowing vloggers to conveniently record their content while on the go without attracting too much attention. Carrying a DSLR can be inconvenient and draw unwanted attention, making smartphones an ideal choice for vlogging purposes. You can also add it's concealment ability, unlike the DSLR camera.

For aspiring vloggers, like us, the Samsung Galaxy S23 series, consists of three (3) top quality smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S23, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus, and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, is really a must-have. For us these three (3) models can be described as good, better, and best, respectively.

Let's dive into the details.

Like any other top-tier phone, the Samsung Galaxy S23 series boasts several outstanding features. Most of these features, such as the screen, camera, operating system, connectivity, and memory, are relatively similar across the models. Of course, there are few differences and you can not actually differentiate with just a mere glance.

Samsung Galaxy S23

Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra 

For non-tech-savvy individuals, the camera and memory are usually the most important aspects to consider. A better camera and larger storage capacity are desirable. However, for those seeking functionality and performance, factors like the smartphone's operating system, camera lenses (including the number of megapixels for the front and rear cameras), data storage capacity, and user experience are more significant. That's where most of the details pops out.

Design and Aesthetics

In terms of design, the Samsung Galaxy S23 series offers interesting variations. The S23 model, for instance, is great for those with petite hands, easy to hold, while the S23 Plus and S23 Ultra cater to individuals with larger hands. Although the reasons for the differences in design are unclear, personally, I prefer the corner design of the S23 Ultra, which has a more rectangular shape and a masculine appearance. The other two models lean towards a more feminine aesthetic.


Camera Placement, Design, and Lenses

Smartphone cameras are continually improving, featuring different lenses that benefit photographers and videographers alike. As mentioned earlier, these devices are convenient to carry and use when covering events or vlogging on the streets, minimizing the risk of theft. However, what's intriguing is the design of the cameras, as each brand has its own unique approach.


In the Samsung Galaxy S23 series, I appreciate the separate design of the camera lenses. Unlike other smartphones that try to integrate and squeeze them into a frame at the back of the phone, for Samsung it opted for individual camera holes, much more pleasing to the eye. It's more likely compared to an artwork that boosts its individuality. Thus, providing a better user experience. One drawback, though, is that the camera lenses protrude from the back of the smartphone, making it unstable when placed on a flat surface. However, using a smartphone case or cover can help level it and it can also be a good problem because these phone can easily pick-up. As for the lenses, I find them excellent in terms of clarity and image quality. Here are some sample videos and photos taken during event coverage.


 The super telephoto lens of the S23 Ultra is particularly impressive. Imagine capturing videos and photos from the upper box of SM MOA Arena—the camera's zoom capability remains effective despite the considerable distance. However, images may become slightly blurry and grainy at maximum zoom. Nonetheless, this feature is highly appreciated by bloggers and vloggers who cover events.

Regarding the S23 and S23 Plus, while they can still capture distant shots, both photos and videos may appear slightly blurry, especially during action sequences.


These smartphone series features a quad-camera cluster on the back, comprising a 200 MP main/wide lens, a 10 MP periscope lens, a 10 MP telephoto lens, and a 12 MP ultrawide lens. Additionally, the front (selfie) camera is equipped with a 12 MP CMOS image sensor.

The standout feature of the Galaxy S23 Ultra is its telephoto camera with 10x optical zoom, which is currently the best in the smartphone industry. This telephoto camera also enables an impressive 100x zoom feature, allowing you to capture even the tiniest details, such as the pores on your skin. This remarkable zoom capability is achieved through the integration of a periscope lens, designed specifically for powerful zoom capabilities. The combination of these technologies and lenses results in a truly powerful camera.

Other Exciting Camera Features

The Samsung Galaxy S23 series offers a range of other camera features that will surely enhance your photography and videography experience.


 The Bixby Vision which you need to download in order to use this feature of Samsung Galaxy smartphones. This is similar to Google lens. This allows you to get information about the object, copy text from the image, translate language, identify objects or it can read about it, all can be done by simply pointing the camera to an object.


More camera and video feature in the MORE tab of the camera, like the Expert Raw, the Pro cam and Pro Video, Night mode, cam setting for Food, the Panorama option, the Director's View, and you have the options of Slow motion and Hyperlapse, and protrait video. You can definite enjoy experimenting on your next photos and videos.

The Operating System

All models in the Samsung Galaxy S23 Series are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, ensuring smooth system performance. This processor is currently one of the best in the smartphone market, according to my readings on other reviews. Though we cannot dive deeper into its details of the processor it is guaranted that this phone is on its utmost superb performance. Whether you're browsing through apps, playing games, watching movies, or capturing photos and videos, you'll enjoy a seamless user experience.

The series also runs on Android Version 13, accompanied by One UI version 5.1. This combination delivers an enhanced user interface, further improving the overall user experience.

Other Noteworthy Features

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra also boasts IP68 water resistance, meaning the phone remains safe even when submerged in water. It can withstand being submerged up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes, making it perfect for worry-free use at the beach or around water.

The materials used in the Samsung Galax S23 Ultra are recycled or repurposed glass and PET film as part of their commitment for the environment, an eco-conscious materials. I think this is their first eco-friendly produced model.


Another feature is the S-pen of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, that makes it a lot easier when doing some details works on arts or simply writing because you prefer to write rather than type it, especially if you have a huge hand.

Battery Life and Charging

Under normal usage, the battery of the Galaxy S23 series can last for approximately two days. However, if you frequently engage in activities such as photo and video shooting, movie watching, gaming, music streaming, and internet browsing, the battery life may reduce to around 12 to 14 hours or even less.


When it comes to charging, the smartphone can reach a full charge within 1 to 1.5 hours. If you're planning a gig or an event, make sure to plug in your Galaxy S23 series device 2 to 3 hours beforehand to ensure it's fully charged.

Price and availability

Of course, all quality products entails good materials and most of the times good materials and technology comes with a price. So, if you have read about the features and its capacity, I'm sure prices does not matter at all as long as you get the quality and the performance you need.

For the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, it is priced at ₱89,990.00 for the 512GB capacity or you can go lower with its 256GB capacity for only ₱81,990.00. Just note that there's only an ₱8,000 difference for a 256GB storage capacity. So, if you're going to buy opt for the bigger storage capacity.

For the Galaxy S23 Plus it is priced at ₱68,990.00. Almost the same quality with just less of some special features. If you could not get the best, then go for the better, which is the Galaxy S23.

For the Galaxy S23 it is priced at ₱57,990.00, a good choice for a start.

Some stores have different freebies when you buy these smartphones.

Our final verdict   

So what we say about these smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S23 series offers vloggers and tech enthusiasts, like us, a powerful tool for their content creation needs. With impressive camera capabilities, advanced operating systems, sleek designs, and other exciting features, these smartphones are a top choice in the market. Whether you prioritize capturing stunning photos, shooting high-quality videos, or enjoying a seamless user experience, the Samsung Galaxy S23 series has you covered.

Remember great power comes with great responsibility and having this powerful tool for content creation gives us the responsibility to produce well-rounded content for the viewers!

Monday, February 13, 2023

Bridging the Gap Between Play and Pay: Exploring the Fun of Financial Management Games

10:58:00 AM

Gaming and finances, a match made in heaven, is it?

If you're from the 80s or 90s, I'm sure you have witnessed the transition of 2D games to what we now have, the 3D, the 4D, and virtual. But, if you're one of that old soul with a thing for 2D games, well, great for you because we will be talking about 2D games.

The only catch in today's topic is that our 2D games are more into financing. Yes, we will be playing and learning as well, per se.

Since we're maturing, or shall I say, matured already, adulting is something we should do. That is probably what most of us didn't care much when we were younger.

Okay, so let's start with getting to know more of the site. What it is all about, and what does it offer, aside from knowing that it is a financing game. So let's test our skills, challenge ourselves, and have fun.

If you have been reading my blog, there are entries about financial matters. So, something like this is quite a usual for us. The website is, with the mortgage is all about the finances and expenses. With the term calculator added, it simply tells that it's about computing your expenditures and finances. But we will not dive into that much. What were going to check is the game section of the website.

It has a long list of game categories, and all are playable. The games in the website are practically about financial management. The concept was intriguing, mixing the game part and managing your finances.

So the gamer in me kicked in and tried it. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

  • Stocks or Investing Game: This game is a simulation of the stock market, allowing players to buy and sell stocks and see how their investments perform over time. It's a simple game that shows the rise and fall of every businesses. When to buy the stocks, and the time to sell them for a higher value.
  • Running a Business Games: This games teaches players how to do business, and there are plenty in the website like Pizza Shop, Chocolate Shop, Cooking Street, and many more, these games mainly teaches the basic, but it will sure help handling multifunction.
  • Crypto Currency Game: This one is intriguing, since cryptocurrency is the thing now a days, I believe this game is a bit of an eyeopener about the cryptocurrency.

These are just a few of the games that I tested out, and I have to say, I was impressed with how it looks. They are entertaining, and teaches a thing or two about finances, business, and financial management.

Oh, before I forgot, one of the annoying thing about online games is the ads running while you're in the zone, but for the games in, it is fortunate that playing just goes well without distractions.

So, the next time I get bored and needed some inspiration well, I'll be visiting this site and had a few games.

Friday, December 11, 2020

MetroSunnies Eyewears Protect Your Eyes From Digital Screens and Are Available On Shopee's 12.12 Christmas Sale

10:00:00 PM


How long have I worn eyeglasses? Well, I started wearing prescription glasses when I was around 20 years old (I think?). And from then, it has been my comfort and my struggle. Yes, it's comfort because I can see clearly, but it's a struggle because I have to endure the itchiness and irritation. If you're one of the many lucky individuals who have eye problems, well, you know what I am saying. 


Anyway, it has been twenty years already, and I'm thankful that the eyewear industry has evolved very much that each created eyeglasses are from quality and durable materials, refined through time. And one of the eyewear brands that carry the thrust of bringing the best quality products for their customers is MetroSunnies. Just a bit of side info, MetroSunnies is one of the brands that are having a good discount this coming Shopee 12.12 Christmas Sale. It's up to 37% and 43% off, a good deal to have something to protect your eyes. 

Okay, here's a little information about the brand, MetroSunnies. It is a company that brings cool protective eyewear brand for us all. Among their line of products, MetroSunnies Con-Strain is one of them that protects your eyes from the blue light emitted by the digital screens. It helps, especially if you're spending long hours of exposure on digital devices, which can strain your eyes and disrupts your sleep quality.

MetroSunnies Lion Specs (Clear) / Con-Strain Blue Light / Versairy / Anti-Radiation Eyeglasses

So, I was happy to receive one kit from Shopee and MetroSunnies. This kit contains two eyewear, the MetroSunnies Lion Specs (Clear) and the MetroSunnies Caesar Specs (Black), both of which fit just right. The MetroSunnies Lion Specs - Versairy frames are made of TR90 ultra-lightweight flexible material that is more durable and easy to wear compared to regular plastic eyeglasses. While, the MetroSunnies Caesar Specs - Con-Strain are glasses that may help you sleep better because of their effect when worn. What's interesting with these two eyeglasses is that both of them helps in protecting your eyes from blue light, a high-frequency light wave between 380-485nm. They are also anti-radiation computer eyeglasses. 

MetroSunnies Caesar Specs (Black) / Con-Strain Blue Light / Anti-Radiation Computer Eyeglasses
Here are some care tips for your eyes and your eyeglasses.
  1. Always wipe your eyeglasses with a piece of cloth for a shiny and clear view. It's great to look for beauty without obstructions.
  2. Always remember to put your eyeglasses on tables or any surface with the lens facing upward. It is to avoid scratches on the lenses.
  3. When working on a laptop or with any digital screen devices, always give time to rest and blink your eyes to avoid dryness. It also helps ease the strain in the eyes.
  4. After working, make sure to rest your eyes before washing your face.
  5. After using your eyeglasses, make to put them in a safe place to avoid damages or possible breaking.
  6. Con-Strain eyeglasses can help you have a good night's sleep.

This coming Shopee 12.12 Christmas Sale, check out and get your cool MetroSunnies eyeglasses not only to be fashionable but also for your eye protection. As the saying goes, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." So shop let's go shopping!

If you want to be updated with what's on sale at Shopee, just simply download the Shopee app on Google Play or App Store. SHOPEE

Friday, June 7, 2019

5 Questions Unanswered With Avengers: Endgame

11:38:00 PM

I know that its been more than a month already since the story of Infinity Stones and Avengers ended with the EndGame. The hype of watching it first was something extraordinary for an avid fan of the story and the characters. It was a fulfilling experience especially if you have completed the whole story and how it begun.

The flow of the story is okay but if you're stuck in the comic book story you might have some unresolved issues, specially with the characters. You might expect more or less with how they portray the character. It's really disappointing if they didn't match picture you are familiar with and sometimes confusions of who the character is. So lets just accept that this is a different story with the characters and heroes that we are familiar with.

The Endgame tells the story of how the remaining heroes brought back other heroes banished by Thanos and how they ended the war then save humanity from the terror of Thanos. It is the contuation of the Infinity War. So, the story goes and ended. Now I just got some questions in my mind that still unanswered even though I read some of the explanations about the loopholes of the story.
  • With the removal of the infinity stones from the time line, how come the present isn't affected? 
  • What happened to Gamora if Blackwidow already sacrificed her life? Was she spared from dying in the hands of Thanos? 
  • How did Captain America returned the soul stone if they returned it on the same time they removed it from the timeline? Was Blackwidow spared from sacrificing herself? 
  • Captain America stayed in the past and lived his life with Sharon Carter. How come there's no anomaly in the timeline that affected the present? If he was in that timeline how will Sharon Carter do what she did when Captain America was gone? 
  • If Captain America returned to the past and lived his life how was he able to joined the Avengers? And why the timeline isn't affected? 
So, you think you can help me find answers? If you know some of the answers please comment below and let us share thoughts.

Monday, April 22, 2019

5 Reasons Why HellBoy Should Not Be Watched By Faint-Hearted

8:00:00 AM

There are reasons why the regulatory board give grade and rating for films to be released and watched by moviegoers. This is to protect viewers from any effects of the movie that may lead to something like trauma or a like (that's my guess), most especially for the little ones. That is why they made sure to have restrictions like the Parental Guidance or PG and Rated or R ratings.

For our movie discussion today we will be featuring the recently released movie HellBoy, which is actually a reboot of the 2004 released movie directed by Guillermo del Toro. While this year's film is directed by Niel Marshall, which is considered to be a much more closer to the comic book release of Dark Horse. A much darker story of HellBoy.

So, after watching the movie I was able to build up some reasons why it should be and should be watched. First, lets focus on the 'why not'. Perhaps the 'why to watch' will be on the second part of our topic.

I have organized and collated five (5) main reasons why faint-hearted people should not watch HellBoy.

  • The movie shows to much blood and gory scenes that someone who easily faints with blood might experiene trauma. Worse, the person might loose consciousness in a not so well litted part of the movie house that might cause the person injury.
  • There are parts of the movie where decapitation and slaughtering are involved that is not a watch for children and faint-hearted individual. The smashing, slicing and dicing is really prominent in the movie. Yes it's clear as water that the title is HellBoy but the writer and director should have tone it down since HellBoy is a kids thing.
  • If you're heart isn't strong enough to stay in your belief, then you should not watch the movie. The site of its apocalyptic distruction when he held the Excalibur Sword just doesn't make much sense. Yes he is the rightful heir to the throne but that doesn't mean he just loose consciousness and became the demon that he is and release all the evil around the world.
  • The psychic connection created by the character played by Sasha Lane is just gruesome and that gawking sensation of a thing com8ng out of your mouth will let you feel nausous and vomit.
  • Lastly, if you don't want to see the sight of people being torn apart and be eaten by monsters, then perhaps you might want to reconsider. The beginning of the movie is already a mild one and it progresses like a creceindo of bloody mess as it goes near the end.

So, will I recommend to watch the movie? Yes, if you have the guts to take all the gory, gruesome, and bloody effects of the movie. Plus if the foundation of your belief is as hard as the pillars if St. Peter's church. But for a faint heart take on a courage pill first and a dosage of strength to get yourself together to see to the movie.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Product Review : Pholigo Prebiotics

5:00:00 PM

Stomach, perhaps we can say that it is one of the busiest part of the body and for an average individual like me who doesn't know much about medicine is that it is one of the most important organs of the body that distribute nutrients. Compared to a car it is probably the gas tank. It size depends on the body built.

With the abundance of different food markets, food trucks, and restaurants, it is easy to get something to eat. This only means that our stomach gets too busy digesting. Without any help of fiber and the good bacteria, the stomach becomes congested with food residues and bad bacterias causing us stomach problems, worst we get hospitalized or more serious health problem.

It is just right to have some good bacterias or prebiotics that can help our stomach. One of which is PhOligo, not well known yet but is getting some interesting outcomes from its users. So, yours truly were given a chance to try and see the effects of Pholigo Probiotics. Here are what we recieved to test and try the product, two packs of Pholigo Prebiotic, by the way this prebiotic is in powder form so it is convenient to carry around and have it anytime and anywhere but some preferred to have it by night, that's to avoid any hassle with the effect. For me, well I did try anytime, morning, afternoon and night time.

Directions in taking PhOligo Prebiotic is very simple and easy. Since it is in powder form and packed in a sinhle sachet there will not be any ptoblem preparing. One box of PhOligo is packed with 7 sachets, so you can have it in a week. One sachet is just enough for a day and you can have it in a glass of water or any if your drinks, be it warm or cold.

Here are my observations on the effects of the product to me.

  • My first two days does show any noticeable changes bu on the thurd and fourth, I noticed that there's changes in my vowel movement.
  • I noticed that I'm frequently farting.
  • It's much easier to go number 2.
  • I noticed that the end product (stool) is lighter and floats in the bowl. Only shows that my stomach really absorbs the nutrients from the food I take.

A little intake of food supplements wouldn't mind, especially if it is for the betterment of our body. We should be open to health solutions. PhOligo is another product that gives prebiotic for our tummies and what's interesting is that it's natural.

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