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Fossil Q Hybrid: His and Hers

#OOTDs with the Fossil Q Commuter and Scarlette

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Chay and Marvin have been using Fossil Q Hybrid smartwatches for two months now, and they can’t wait to show how well these wearables pair with their outfits!

In the first installment of His and Hers, Chay is wearing her stainless steel Fossil Q Scarlette while Marvin has a Fossil Q Commuter with brown leather on his wrist. Coming from the Q Tailor and Q Crewmaster respectively, the updated models offer newer designs that aren’t just stylish, but more functional, too.

Chay’s favorite features are the long battery life and water resistance — a great combo for hybrid smartwatches! For the next generation, Chay would like to see a thinner, lighter chassis and more silicone/sporty-looking designs for women so she can use it anywhere.

As for Marvin, he loves the lightweight feel of the Q Commuter compared to the Q Crewmaster, and that pairing with the mobile app is so much faster now! Improvements? He says more handy functions through the Fossil app would be grand.

See them in action!


Marvin: Linen it up

This is the type of long-sleeve top I wear during fancy dates with my girlfriend. The slim fit blends perfectly with any sort of blue jeans, and I can jump from club to meet-the-parents without making any adjustments.


Chay: Lady in red

Here’s what I wore on Valentine’s Day! I know it’s such a cliché to wear red that day, but I fell in love with this dress when I saw it at 75 percent off. Plus, the boyfriend approved of it.


Marvin: Switch to indoors

When it rains, I play indoors. I’ve had this gray hoodie for a while now, and it’s comfy both while braving sudden changes in weather and during long Switch sessions on my couch. Who’s up for some Mario Kart?


Chay: Style uniform

On days when I feel like I have nothing to wear, I always go with this skirt and any t-shirt I have lying around. Add a watch and I look a little more put-together when making videos.


Marvin: Going full hipster

Plaid shirt, old (but working) film camera, and Chucks — yes, I have some hipster in me. This is the type of outfit I wear when I want to take grainy photos and model for others at the same time.


Chay: Sweater the second time around

It’s no secret that my wardrobe is full of sweaters. More and more I find myself wearing them for brunch — on the rare occasion that I wake up early — because like cheese does with wine, sweaters pair well with a glass of cold brew.


Marvin: OMW to the gym

Adidas or Nike? While most die-hard fans argue which brand does it better, I take pride in sporting both. The gym bag fits every outfit and accessory I need, including the basketball shoes I wear for a quick shootout.


Chay: From airports to museums

Traveling for work and for dates the last few months have taught me to pack light. I manage to stuff everything I need — including my laptop and camera — in this white backpack that also happens to match my sneakers and phone.

Fossil’s Q Hybrid smartwatches prove that high-tech gizmos don’t have to be bland and out of touch with fashion. As you can tell, they’re a match for all our #OOTDs!

Hands-On

realme 9i Hands-On

Solid as usual
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The realme 9i is the “little brother” in the realme 9 series. And while it doesn’t pack the same punch as its pro siblings – the realme 9 Pro and realme 9 pro+ – there’s enough here for anyone who just needs a reliable daily smartphone.

Here’s a quick look at the specs before we dive in deeper: 

Performance

  • 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate 
  • Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G processor
  • 6GB RAM with Dynamic RAM expansion feature up to 5GB 
  • 128GB Internal Storage 
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 33W Dart Charge tech

Cameras

  • 50MP main camera
  • 2MP macro lens
  • 2MP depth lens
  • 16MP selfie shooter

Here are some samples for your appreciation.

Neat, simple, and elegant

The realme 9i is pretty understated in the looks department. The variant we got comes in blue and depending on how the light hits, you’ll see some lines to accentuate its back.

As for button and port placements, at the bottom you’ll find the usuas: speaker grille, USB-C  port, and 3.5mm jack. 

On the right side is the power button/fingerprint scanner. 

And on the left hand side are the two, tiny volume buttons. 

Overall, the realme 9i  looks neat. Simple yet elegant. The camera stands out, obviously. But you can say that for most phones these days. It’s light for its size and appearance. It’s already easy to hold as is, but it’s even easier if you’re the phone-case-and-pop-up socket type of person.

General usage

Switching from one app to the other, or going back to the home screen for that matter is seamless and fast. There’s no trouble opening or loading apps so far. 

The apps load from where I last left it, provided I haven’t closed all apps, cleared RAM, or optimized phone usage.

Media consumption and gaming

We enjoyed more than our fair share of watching sports highlights  on the realme 9i. It pays to have a great-performing phone to not miss any action. We didn’t have any problems watching on YouTube at the highest resolution settings and at 60 fps. 

Same is true for other types of content. The viewing experience was likewise seamless.

The speaker is really loud and complements the video. You don’t have to put it on max volume although it’s still of the best quality when put to max. It doesn’t break.

Playing Mobile Legends with friends and relatives on this phone is perfect even if it’s “only” a mid-level phone. The game’s graphics settings were set on default when opening from the phone. I tinkered it to HD mode with a high refresh rate and “Ultra” graphics, and it didn’t have problems throughout the game like lagging when I played.

Battery life

On full standby in power saving mode without having to connect it to Wi-Fi or turn on mobile data, the phone consumes just about 5 to 10 percent of its battery power in one whole day.

When charging, it takes less than an hour to charge from 30 percent to full with its 33W fast charging.

Solid as usual

realme 9i

 

The “i” variants in realme’s numbered series phones have consistently been steady performers and the realme 9i is no different. It’s not gonna wow you with raw specs, but the overall package and performance makes it worthwhile.

The realme 9i retails for PhP 11,990. Buy it here.

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vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review

vivo’s best smartphone just got even better!

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The vivo X70 Pro+ was launched just several months ago. However, we’re already having a follow-up!

Unlike the X50, X60, and X70 series, the X80 series only consists of two models this time around.

Namely the X80 and X80 Pro — with the latter being vivo’s latest flagship smartphone.

But what makes it different from its predecessor? And what makes the successor a lot more exciting?

Watch our vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review now to find out more!

 

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Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

Premium, smart timepiece

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Watch GT 3 Pro

Huawei has been giving us the best choices for stylish timepieces to help us reach our health and fitness goals. And they’re taking the stage again with their new flagship smartwatch — the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro. 

Now let’s take a closer look at this device and check what Huawei has in store for us this time. 

Unboxing

The GT 3 Pro comes in this sleek black box with the name of the device in gold. Through the box, we also get to know that it is powered by HarmonyOS. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Lifting the cover, you’re immediately greeted by the GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition looking classy beside a gold Huawei logo. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Pulling the tab on the right, you’ll see a smaller enclosure. Opening it up, you’ll see some paperwork, a USB-C cable and a wireless charging cradle. 

 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Now here’s the GT 3 Pro taken out of the box. Looks premium, doesn’t it? 

Watch GT 3 Pro

By examining the watch strap, you can easily tell that it’s made of genuine high-quality leather. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

The Huawei branding is not seen on the strap. It’s instead engraved on the buckle. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Also unlike the previous GT 2 Pro that has the usual double crown design, the GT 3 Pro has a watch crown and a button. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

The rotating crown serves as its power button and scroll and zoom wheel. Rotating it feels smooth without much resistance. But it does have haptic feedback, mimicking a mechanical feel. 

Powering it up, you’re notified to get the Huawei Health app and pair it with your phone. 

 

Once paired, you can tinker with the settings and apply customizations based on your preference and liking. 

First impressions 

What I immediately liked with the GT 3 Pro is how classy it looks. And despite it being a big smartwatch compared to what I usually use, it feels light on my wrist. 

I also can’t help but admire how clean and clear it looks with its 1.43-inch AMOLED display and sapphire glass lens. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

 

Its body, on the other hand, is made of titanium and it has a ceramic back case to complete the premium package. 

Using it for a few days, it looks like this timepiece will definitely level up my expectations for smartwatches. But I have yet to fully explore and experience everything about the GT 3 Pro that I’ll share on my hands-on review so don’t forget to also check that out. 

Pricing and availability 

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro retails for PhP 16,999 and is available in Titanium and Ceramic Edition. 

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