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What are must-haves for a selfie expert?

A lot, apparently!

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Being a selfie expert means more than just finding your perfect selfie angles or knowing how to find the light. You need to have the right gear, too!

Self-proclaimed selfie expert and Japanese tech journalist Ayano Tominaga shares with us her selfie must-haves, plus a few other gadgets you might want to check out.

The essentials

“I don’t leave home without these,” said Ayano while gleefully after showing us the top three things every serious selfie-taker should have.

First up is the beauty selfie light. It’s a portable ring light that gives you those ring reflections in your eyes and helps make sure your selfies are lit no matter what the lighting condition is. It also functions as a power bank, plus it has a mirror so you can always “check your make-up.”

Next up is a selfie stick with a light source built in! Sure, some phones take wide-angle selfies now, but if you truly want to get more people or background in the shot, the selfie stick will come in handy.

Last but not the least is Ayano’s selfie phone of choice — the Meitu V6. Simply put, she says it’s “perfect for selfies.” If, for some reason, you don’t think that’s convincing, you can watch our Meitu V6 review.

Be versatile

Different situations require different sets of tools. For scenarios that require a bit more subtlety, there’s the smartphone grip.

And then, there’s the Magipea selfie stick.

It’s pretty lengthy and can also be used as a tripod; there’s even a built-in peg! Ayano says it’s “perfect for glamping,” and you can also “use it for streaming or vlogging.”

Not just a selfie expert

Ayano isn’t just a selfie expert. She’s a freelance tech journalist who files video reports for outlets like Dime, Engadget Japan, MyNavi, and many others. This next item is the epitome of her being a journalist and selfie expert: the selfie stick microphone.

For the longest time, this was her go-to gadget when shooting her video reports. However, she recently got a few upgrades.

The upgrades

She no longer relies solely on the selfie stick microphone. These days, during coverages, Ayano can be seen doing her spiels in front of a monopod, complete with an ingenious solution for lighting.

Ayano working the tech show floor

Danbo powerbank lighting rig. Ayana customized this herself!

The full setup includes the following: Monopod that can be used as a tripod, a mini LED light and Danbo power bank combo, along with iRig microphones both for herself and for anyone she interviews.

She’s got gadgets and gizmos aplenty

Ayano has plenty of other gadgets and tools at her disposal. A few favorites are her DIY SIM ejector tool earrings and a 14-slot sim card holder — perfect for a journalist who frequently travels while covering the latest smartphone releases around the world!

Check out the rest of the stuff she has in her bag in the video below.

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Xiaomi launches 5000mAh ZMI Power Bank, it’ll also warm your hands

Winter is coming…

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ZMI is one of Xiaomi’s ecosystem companies, and it is popular for making professional power banks. Xiaomi also sells power banks directly, and they’re in extremely high demand due to consistent quality, features, and affordable price.

Now, the brand is trying to do something new — a power bank that’ll also double up as a body or hand warmer more precisely. So, the power bank has a capacity of 5000mAh, enough for an iPhone once. If you’re living in the temperate or tundra region, the climate gets extremely cold during the winters. The gadget can also be used as a hand warmer.

It’s equipped with a PTC self-limiting temperature heating technology that’s patented and safe. The power bank consists of PID constant temperature control for precise control of the heating element. It can go up to 52-degrees Celsius, which is safe and comfortable for the human body.

The ZMI Power Bank can adjust the temperature according to your liking and deliver two to four hours of heating in one go. It has an LED light that can be used as a torch for convenience, and it can charge all gadgets like an ordinary portable charger.

For now, the sale is limited to Mainland China, and it costs CNY 89 (US$ 13.5).

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Huawei Freebuds Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

Sounds as good as it looks

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Huawei has been killing it in the personal audio department and everyone should really start paying attention. Adding to the lineup is the Huawei Freebuds Pro. It’s their answer of sorts to the likes of the AirPods Pro and the Sony WF-1000XM3.

This is what the front of the box looks like. It’s a pretty tiny box.

Freebuds Pro

A closer look shows the name of the product in gold. 

Flip it over and you’ll see some highlighted features. 

Take out the top cover and you’re immediately greeted by the Freebuds Pro. 

Here’s a look without the plastic covering.

Freebuds Pro

It’s a little tricky to take out but underneath all that is the USB to USB-C Cable and a box.

Pull out the cable and the box and you get this.

Here’s a closer look at the cable. 

And here are extra soft silicone plugs so you can find the perfect fit for your ears.

Now, let’s go back to the Freebuds Pro. Here’s the back of the charging case with the Huawei text. 

You flip it over to open it and reveal the earbuds. 

The buds are tinier — the tiniest they’ve released over the past year.

On the bottom of the case is the USB-C port. 

And on its right side is the bluetooth pairing button. 

But if you simply open the case next to a Huawei phone — here it’s the Huawei Mate 40 — it’ll immediately detect it and ask to pair. 

When you press connect, it’ll show you right away how to operate the Freebuds Pro. 

After that, it’ll show you the battery life of each Freebud Pro and the case. 

As mentioned earlier, in terms of the size of the stem, it’s a lot smaller than the previous two releases. 

The cases also vary in shape and size.

Here’s what they look like when worn. 

First impressions 

I’ve only had the Freebuds Pro for a little over 24 hours at the time of writing. I’ve since used it on a video call meeting and to listen to the Eyes Wide Open album by TWICE.

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So far, it’s performing exactly as advertised. It carries over the noise-cancellation excellence from the Freebuds 3 and Freebuds 3i. In fact, the Freebuds Pro combines the best practices of the aforementioned devices thanks to a number of engineering and design choices.

Sound quality is also right around what I expected based on my previous experiences with other Huawei audio products. It’s certainly two steps above the Freebuds 3i in terms of overall sound quality.

SEE ALSO: Freebuds 3 review | Freebuds 3i review

Music comes off as crisp and clean as the Freebuds 3 but we’ll have to try it out for a little longer for a more definitive take. Same goes for the battery life.

The controls are also more intuitive. If you are coming from the Freebuds 3, it is a little different. Here’s a photo of me assuming the controls are the same. Nope, I didn’t pay attention to the prompts during set-up. What an idiot.

Price and availability 

In the Philippines, it retails for PhP 7,999 — around PhP 1,000 cheaper than the launch price of the Freebuds 3 (PhP 8,990).

Pre-order period is from November 27 to December 3. If you pre-order you’ll get freebies worth PhP 3,989.

  • Huawei Band 4 — PhP 1,890
  • Entertainment Gift Package — PhP 2,099

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Apple HomePod mini Review: Best Small Smart Speaker?

Another ‘mini’ in Apple’s portfolio

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Small in size, but not terrible performance! Here is Apple’s latest smart speaker, the HomePod mini.

At around US$ 99, it’s simply not the cheapest smart speaker around. But is it worth the price and the hype?

Find out more in our Apple HomePod mini review by clicking this link.

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