What are must-haves for a selfie expert?

A lot, apparently!



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.

What's inside a selfie expert's bag?

How many selfie sticks does a selfie expert need? We sat down with Japanese Tech Journalist ITジャーナリストAyano to see what’s in her bags!

Posted by Her GadgetMatch on Monday, July 9, 2018

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ levels up battery, sound quality



With the the headphone port nowhere to be found on the Galaxy S20 series comes a pair of improved true wireless earbuds — the Samsung Galaxy Buds+.

It’s a step up from last year’s Galaxy Buds. While last year’s version promised 6 hours of listening time, the Galaxy Buds+ takes it up to 11 hours on a single charge. You also get another 11 hours with the charging case.

In terms of sound quality, these are still tuned by AKG. It employs 2-way dynamic speakers and 3 mics to deliver better sound and voice quality

Inside the box you’ll also find a variety of wing and ear tips so you get the fit and comfort that’s made just for you.

It doesn’t have the noise-cancelling chip that you’ll find on the true wireless earbuds offered by Sony, Apple, and Huawei. Its approach to noise-cancelling has to do more with its physical design and rather than a tiny chip.

Speaking of its design, it retains the form factor of the original Galaxy Buds — which is great since it doesn’t look anything like the AirPods which many other manufacturers have taken a cue from. Speaking of Apple, if you’re not a fan of the AirPods’ design, you’ll be happy to know that the Galaxy Buds+, along with its companion app, will be compatible with iOS devices.


The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ will be available in Cosmic Black, White, Red, and Cloud Blue, starting February 14, 2020 on, followed by major mobile carriers and retailers on March 6, 2020 and will retail for US$ 149.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ price and availability in the Philippines

A minor improvement



True wireless (TWS) earbuds are popping up one after the other. Samsung’s latest — the Galaxy Buds+ — is also making its way to the Philippines.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ improves upon the battery life of its predecessor promising up to 11 hours of listening time in a single charge. You also get another 11 hours thanks  to the charging case.

Its approach to noise cancellation has to do more with its 2-dynamic speaker and physical design which means this may not be in direct competition with the likes of the AirPods Pro, Huawei Freebuds 3, and Sony WF-1000XM3.

It maintains the same design as its predecessor — a welcome look in the sea of TWS earbuds that all look like AirPods. If you use an iPhone but are not fans of the AirPods’ design, you’ll be happy to know that the Galaxy Buds+ will also be compatible with iOS devices.

Price and availabilty

The Galaxy Buds+ will be available starting March 6, 2020. It will retail for PhP 6,990.

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The Nokia Power Earbuds come with ‘150-hour battery life’

Available only in China



A few years ago, Nokia’s expansion beyond phones would have been preposterous. Since its dominance at the start of the millennium, Nokia has always found its closely guarded niche in the phone-making business. However, the company has announced the first Nokia-branded televisions late last year. Now, they are going even further.

Recently, Nokia has launched its own wireless earbuds in China. The Power Earbuds touts the most bombastic feature ever seen in wireless earbuds — a 150-hour battery life.

Design-wise, the Power Earbuds have the traditional set of components for the emerging technology: two in-ear pieces and a charging case. The set comes in two colors: charcoal black and light gray.

Inside, the earbuds sport a 6mm graphene driver unit, supposedly putting out high-quality audio. It is compatible with Google Assistant, allowing hands-free operation.

Further, they can support Bluetooth 5.0, extending usage by up to 800 feet. For durability, the Power Earbuds are certified for IP7 resistance. Supposedly, users can submerge the earbuds underwater for up to 30 minutes.

As for that battery life, Nokia presents an interesting caveat. The earbuds themselves don’t last for 150 hours; instead, they last for a more believable 5-hour charge. Each bud contains only 50mAh capacity for battery life.

The gargantuan battery belongs to the charging case. The 3000mAh case has as much battery life as a smartphone. As such, users can charge the earbuds multiple times through the case before charging the case itself.

The Nokia Power Earbuds are available exclusively online in China. They retail for CNY 699 or around US$ 100.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 2.3 has AI on a budget

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