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Fossil Q Gen 4: Price and availability in the Philippines

Doesn’t sacrifice fashion for function

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If you’re looking for a smartwatch to reward yourself this holiday season, look no further. The fourth generation of the Fossil Q line has finally made its way to the Philippines. The Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR were first unveiled in August and showcased at IFA last September in Berlin, Germany.

As a fashion brand first and foremost, Fossil’s new smartwatches are proof that you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for function. Both models run Wear OS and are still powered by the older Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip.

The Fossil Q Venture HR has a 40mm watch face and is compatible with 18mm straps, while the Fossil Q Explorist HR has a bigger 45mm face and wider 22mm strap size.

Both models are now swim-proof and have NFC for transit and mobile payments. Charging time is also optimized; one hour gets you to 100 percent which should last a full day. There’s also real-time heart-rate tracking that can easily be accessed through one of the dials on the side of the watch.

These smartwatches make great standalone workout companions, as music can now be downloaded directly through third-party apps, and have GPS built in so you can track your steps, runs, hikes, or bike rides without bringing your phone along.

The Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR start at PhP 13,950 (US$ 263) and are available at Fossil Stores across the country.

SEE ALSO: Fossil Q Hybrid: His and Hers

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Huawei Nova 5T: The phone that lets you be independent

What she needs in life are tools that help her just be who she is

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The modern woman is preoccupied with a lot of things: work, spending quality time with family and friends, learning new skills, self-care, maybe even finding romance. She has a lot going on, so what she needs in life are tools that help her just be who she is.

When it comes to smartphones, the Huawei Nova 5T is a phone she can rely on. With its super fast fingerprint unlock and 8GB of memory, she won’t need to do any more waiting than she already does in her day to day.

Having 128GB of storage, she can take as many photos and videos as she wants. And the flagship Kirin 980 processor assures her that she can do anything she ought to do and multitask like the career woman that she is. No compromises here.

Who says a girl needs an Instagram boyfriend? The 32MP selfie camera on the Huawei Nova 5T lets her take wide-angle and beautiful selfies and outfit shots all on her own, without having to rely on anyone else. And those cameras at the back give her professional-like photos, too. No more boring photos.

The modern woman hustles and stays connected and the Nova 5T can stay on with her for for as long as she needs it to be. When it runs out of juice, it gets up to 50% in just 30 minutes.


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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Capturing lights and shadows in Turkey

With Ultra Dark Mode on the OPPO Reno2

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Making sure that your subject is well-lit is a basic rule people abide by when taking any photo. It’s easy to think that capturing Instagrammable scenes should be reserved only for when there’s enough light. What do you do then if the most beautiful moments happen without the sun?

With a little help of technology, you can preserve your memory of watching hot air balloons fly over sunrise in Cappadocia and Istanbul’s iconic buildings after sunset. Here are some tips on how you can get creative and achieve Instagrammable shots using Ultra Dark Mode on the OPPO Reno2:

1. Wake up early for sunrise

If sunrise is at 7:00, wake up and get ready at 4:00 am. When you’re trying to capture the sky change from gray to blue to a beautiful gradient as sunlight spreads over the horizon, you’d be surprised at how fast it will all happen.

2. Climb a rooftop for sunset

We tend to take sunsets for granted because we catch them almost anywhere. When traveling, try to find a spot with an overlooking view of the town or city you’re in. You can climb a rooftop to get a different perspective than what you’re used to and watch the sky and the clouds explode with colors, and see the lights turn on one by one.

3. Stay for blue hour

Most people leave and pack their cameras as soon as the sun goes down, but blue hour is just as beautiful, if not even more. Capturing landscapes durning the few minutes of vibrant blue sky when buildings and structures are still visible — but with little artificial lights turned on — registers better in photos than when you try to take them during sunset. Unless you’re not trying to get a silhouette shot, that is.

4. Use shadows for portraits

Who says you can’t take portraits after sunset? Look for patterns using available props and create shadows on your subject using artificial light. You’d be surprised with what you can capture.

5. Illuminate impossible scenarios

With Tripod Mode, you can expose subjects longer and essentially allow the Reno2 to see in the dark. You can also use this mode to light complicated subjects evenly, like the iconic Hagia Sofia even when all you’re relying on are tiny spotlights. Just make sure to put the phone down somewhere stable if you don’t have a tripod with you for a crisper shot.


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24 hours in Caramoan

Shot with the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

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Tucked in the easternmost part of the Philippines, one can find the beautiful Caramoan Islands. Known as the setting for the hit American reality show Survivor, tourists visit this place to rekindle their Survivor dreams.

But Caramoan is more than just a Survivor destination. It’s home to white and pink sand beaches and tropical activities such as diving, swimming, snorkeling, and spelunking. To get to this paradise, you must take a sixteen-hour drive from Manila.

When we arrived, my friends and I opted to do island hopping for one day to see what Caramoan has to offer. I brought the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE — my favorite midrange smartphone this year — to capture my travels for the day.

Perfect summer weather

Caramoan, like other tropical destinations, is prone to rains and storms. Thankfully, we started with a fine, sunny morning. There were no hints of rain clouds and gloomy skies so we were permitted to roam and go on an island hopping tour.

A day won’t start without a selfie. Before we hop on a boat, we took a selfie under the sun to show-off the blue sky, and of course, us.

Tip #1: When in a tropical destination, make sure you’re wearing appropriate yet fashionable clothes. In this case, I wore a yellow tie-dye sleeveless shirt that I can easily take off should I decide to dip into the water.

Contrary to my previous island hopping tour experiences, the view we had here was kinda gloomy. The sea looked silky as it was enveloped by fog, just like a scene taken right out of Pirates of the Caribbean. While my friends were sleepy, I took advantage of taking photographs since the view will be the same for at least half an hour.

Tip #2: If you’re not exhausted, observe and soak up the surroundings. Everything is picture-worthy, only if you know when and how to.

Guinahoan Island

Our first stop was Guinahoan island, where the popular lighthouse is located. You need a ten to fifteen-minute walk before you can reach the summit where a magnificent view awaits.

Tip #3: Never forget your sunblock and if possible, bring a shawl or anything to cover your skin from the harsh sunlight.

I know, I know. We all want to visit the beaches, but this scenic landscape of rolling hills and greenery is too beautiful to give a pass.

Tip #4: There are no trees or any shade so it’s a must to wear your favorite sunglasses whenever you want to have a photo-op.

Of course, there’s a high chance you’ll end up taking the same photos in the same spots with everyone. It’s important to be creative, even when you travel. While I have inspiration for the photos I want to take, it’s best to explore the area and look for a different perspective to be different. As you can see, my friends and I decided to have our photos taken in different spots so our photos wouldn’t look the same.

Tip #5: If you want a fresh take on your Instagram photos, maybe try adding foreground and forget using portrait mode. Swear, it does wonders especially when you have a scenic background.

Manlawi Sandbar

We headed to Manlawi sandbar where we were greeted with floating cottages. This sandbar appears only when it’s low tide, hence, the water is chest-deep for those who are swimming.

Our group rented a cottage — which was part of the packaged tour — where we could eat our packed lunch. We decided to bring reusable plastic containers we have from our homes so we can clean and pack them after. While it’s hard to steer away from plastic use, we did our best to keep the place clean and bring our trash with us wherever we went.

After lunch, we’re ready for another island adventure. Being in a tight space, I wished my phone had a wide-angle selfie meant for group photos like this. Nonetheless, we still tried taking a photo or two with my short arms.

Tip #6: I know selfie sticks are so 2015, but it’s additional safety precaution when taking your photos. Imagine if you accidentally dropped your phone in the water!

While on our way to the next island, I stumbled upon beautiful limestone cliffs and rock formations. Caramoan is like a combination of El Nido and Boracay — filled with limestone cliffs, white and golden fine sand, and blue seas.

Tip #7: Use 2x zoom (or more) to find a suitable frame for a scene you want to capture. It helps especially when the boat is a little bit far for you to take a photo.

Matukad Island

One of my favorites, Matukad Island is a heaven for beach lovers. There’s fine, white sand everywhere, where you’d rather stomp around barefooted and roll over than go back to city pavements. Since this trip is actually a birthday celebration of a friend, we brought Survivor props and played a game.

If I could go back, I’ll be sure to add this island to the itinerary again. I spent a lot of time running around, sitting, and rolling over in the sand. Life is really better at the beach.

This place is majestic, especially during the golden hour. Wherever you look, it’s instagrammable. If taking photos isn’t your thing, you can sit around and ponder about life since it’s peaceful and relaxing.

Tip #8: Wide-angle modes are your friend when it comes to scenic landscapes. Don’t hesitate to use them!

Going back

The sun is going down and we need to get back to the port before the seas get crazy. But before we arrive at the port, the boatman and our guide dropped us off at a small cove with mesmerizing rock formations.

Friendly advice, don’t climb the rocks barefoot. It’s too painful but I endured it to get the pose that I wanted. After twenty minutes, we hopped on the boat to finally go back to the port.

My friends and I were staying in Magindara Guesthouse, a beachfront resort filled with airconditioned cottages to give you that relaxed, tropical vibe. The sand where we stayed at is fine yet brown, but the foamy, bubbly waves compensate. It makes for a perfect profile photo!

Fun nights at Magindara Guesthouse

The sun has finally set and we’re down for a night of drinking and fun moments to cherish. Luckily, the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE can take decent photos using its front and rear cameras. You’ll never miss a moment to capture anymore!

Tip #9: Decent night shots are still a hit or miss. To capture better photos at night, find and lean your angle towards a source of light.

And before everything went south, we asked to take a group photo in front of our boodle fight. The whole experience in Caramoan was fantastic, made even better by my companions and the memories we made.

Caramoan is for the adventurous soul, and it’s a place I would come back to if given the chance. Luckily, the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE was more than enough to capture all the memories of this wonderful trip. I can look back without regrets, and I look forward to the time where I’ll be traveling to this paradise once again.

All photos are taken with the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE.

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