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The best features of OPPO F1s.

It is more than your average camera phone.

Here's how you can root your Alcatel Flash 2 via TWRP.

Download TWRP 3.0.2-0 and start rooting your Marshmallow AF2.

Shop 'Globally' with Uskoop Philippines

You can now buy items from different international online stores with Uskoop. Know your tax, shipping, duties, insurance, etc in an instant.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

OPPO F1s Selfie Filter

Engineered to be the ultimate selfie phone, the OPPO F1s is loaded with nifty features to jazz up your photos—a whopping 16-megapixel f/2.0 front camera with the ability to take panoramic selfies, and Beautify 4.0 software with seven beautification levels and two skin tone modes. A rear 13-megapixel sensor with HDR function is also available for you to take advantage of. Worry not if it's night time or you're in a low-light environment, the F1s will adapt. Just find an interesting background with ample light and you've got yourself a perfect frame to capture.

Vivify your selfies with filters!

Unedited or raw photos taken with the F1s should yield stunning and wonderful results in and of itself. But for the the creative and curious, there are filters to play with. OPPO F1s' camera app comes with an array of filters namely bright, cafe, candy, fade, mono, shine, and soft. See top photo for reference.

With a little spark of imagination and creativity, no selfie is too dull or flat with the right filter. This is particularly true for women who can change their look in a snap like a chameleon just by changing their hairstyle or the color of their lipstick and make-up. It's so easy to set the tone and style of your shot with the help of the seven pre-loaded filters.

As for a laid-back kind of guy like me who occasionally enjoys classic books and classical music, I often go with the mono filter. I tend to have a penchant for time travel and things of days of yore.
Payo ni Rizal sa mga kabataang mahilig mag-selfie:
"Maging magalang. Gumamit ng 'po' at 'OPPO'." πŸ˜†

How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Mono Filter

While the mono filter may not look like the most exciting filter to many, I love how converting colored images to mono morphs a picture into something else. It's like looking at a story from a different perspective.

Sometimes the abundance of colors or lack thereof in a photo fails to deliver our desired effect in a shot. The whole composition of the picture may become untidy and incoherent. And this is where, I believe, mono excels at.
An assortment of selfies/photos of me and friends
There are 256 shades of gray,😢 technically speaking. And when every color is transformed into shades of black and white, we can see the details of a photo better. Oftentimes, it results to a classic, dramatic shot. The interplay of light and shadow highlights and veers towards parts we sometimes fail to notice while viewing pictures in color.

Lastly, I find the mono filter useful for salvaging photos taken with bad lighting. Take for example the above selfie I took with my friends on the bottom center of the collage. It was so color-deficient and grainy in the original but the black and white filter gave it a new life. Sometimes when feeling cheeky, I even re-purpose some 2x2 ID photos in greyscale and use them as social media profile photos. So make sure you smile a bit when having your photo taken and give my silly suggestion a try. πŸ˜‰

OPPO F1s is now available in limited edition space gray!

If you're like me who loves basic style and colors, you'd be delighted to know that at long last, you can get the OPPO F1s in a limited edition space gray variant to complement your taste. Gold and rose gold are your other options.

This is an awesome choice for people, especially men who are looking for a classic or orthodox color. The #selfie race used to be female-dominated but I think we, gentlemen are giving the women a run for their money. Oh, you have yet to see my male friends' photo feed!

About time Sarah G. gets a partner in the TVC, agree?
You can get one of these Selfie Expert from your nearest mall, OPPO concept store, or shop online at Lazada.

Know more about the OPPO F1s at the official website or read about my insights on its top features right on this blog.

Photos courtesy of OPPO PH Facebook and OPPO website

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Shop Globally with Uskoop

I had ordered quite a few items overseas online these past years including an official Inception movie script book I could not find in any bookstore here in the country, and some phone accessories like earphones and cases. I have always entrusted our local post office to what there is left to do after I buy them online. Every international shipment I’ve done with them has been positively pleasant not until my last one this June after I almost lost the laptop CPU cooling fan I ordered from eBay. Long story short, I finally got my laptop fixed after two months of waiting had I not called my local post office to find out why in the world I am not receiving the usual mail notice (Form 1525) from the postman.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Why I Want An OPPO F1s

Hands down, OPPO F1s’ top feature is its selfie-centric camera. It shoots wide-angle selfies, great low-light shots, and enables you to edit your photos in an instant.


Monday, September 26, 2016

The Shell Isn’t Empty: The Best Features of OPPO F1s

If you were to imagine a smartphone as a prospect bae, would you swipe left or swipe right if you saw the OPPO F1s on your dating app? Unsure? Can’t decide? Who can blame youthere are plenty of fish smartphones in the sea market! And to say ‘plenty’ is an utter understatement. Even to some, choosing the right phone for your lifestyle and budget is like an existential crisis.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Install TWRP 3.0.2-0 and Root Alcatel Flash 2 Marshmallow

Rooting voids your phone warranty. Proceed only if you know what you’re about to do. It’s your discretion and liability. Tested fully working on current Marshmallow version 1.7. Themed to match the colors of Alcatel Flash 2. Backup & restore function working.


Once you select Swipe to Allow Modifications, it modifies your system partition. If you don't flash the root file after that, your phone will suffer boot loopThe original boot image checks if something was changed in the system and it keeps on looking for the original file. Hence, the endless waiting aka boot loop. So you must then flash the SU zip file in order to patch the boot image.

The SU file we'll be using for this guide allows you to do a 'systemless' root. If you want to install future updates for your phone while rooted, you should mount the system partition as read-only. Changing anything inside the system partition will cause you to fail to flash official OTA files.

Please do not mirror the link. This took me light years to compile and get running for the Flash 2.

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