Phone photos become our very own souvenirs whenever we travel. More than something we upload on social media, they’re pleasant memories we can flip through when we’re back to the reality and routine of our lives. As such, it pays to have beautiful shots of the landscapes and sights we visit.
Earlier in July, I went to Hokkaido, Japan. To help me achieve said beautiful shots, I had with me a Google Pixel 3 and an 18mm wide-angle lens from Moment. It was my first time using a Moment lens. If you’re not familiar with Moment, they make special phone cases that can be pimped up with lenses that help elevate the photos you take.
Is the Moment lens a worthy travel buddy? Yes and no.
It’s great for taking landscape shots
Any tourist attraction can be turned into desktop wallpaper with the wide lens.
You also get to see the bigger picture. There’s a certain splendor added to a façade when you capture it from a wider angle.
It’s handy for when there’s limited space
In one of the farms we went to, there was a veranda where we wanted to take photos. It was great for portraits but not for capturing my outfit. There was not much space for the person taking the photo to move back to, so we got help from the wide-angle lens to capture a wider perspective and a full body shot.
It’s a hassle
While it’s easy to plug the lens onto the case, the extra step of looking for the lens inside the bag is a hassle, and ironically, takes you away from the moment you’re trying to capture. Imagine getting a stranger to take a group photo of you and your friends at a restaurant — everyone would be waiting for you to find the lens in your purse and attach it to the phone — it ruins the moment a little bit.
I can also do without the extra weight and the extra space it takes up in my tiny bag. A less rugged-looking case would also be nice.
The Moment lens does offer wonderful improvements to my vacation shots. If you’re particular about how artfully angled your shots are, you’ll find that a wide-angle lens is a great addition to your arsenal. However, if you’re like me who is content with what your camera phone has to offer, you may find the lens unnecessary. With the Google Pixel 3 and a little post-processing, I was actually able to get nice shots even without the Moment lens.
“Ironically, the Moment lens takes you away from the moment you’re trying to capture.”
Traveling means you have limited time to spend in a place. Make the most out of it with a device that has all the camera features you need. In 2019 there are already plenty of phones with built-in wide angle and telephoto features, from different price points that you might want to consider instead.
Apple is developing a MagSafe wireless powerbank
Prototype stages already
When Apple’s new MagSafe system launched late last year, the magnetic charging system promised a new wave of Apple accessories. At the time, however, the system focused on wireless charging. Eventually, MagSafe promises to expand into its own empire of different functionalities and form factors. Now, apart from its initial slew of sleeves, Apple is reportedly developing a MagSafe wireless powerbank for the system.
According to a Bloomberg source, the company is already well on its way to developing the MagSafe accessory. Unfortunately, Apple has reportedly ran into some snags on the way to perfecting it. Apparently, the currently reported prototype caused false overheating alerts, among other problems. Despite rumors of its development, Apple will likely shelf the accessory until it can develop a better one.
For anyone following Apple’s developmental process over the years, such a delay is not a surprise. Apple usually takes its time optimizing products before launching them — to the point of falling behind to Android. Given Apple’s tremendous investment in a new MagSafe ecosystem, the company is likely working extra hard on perfected products to boost the system further.
For accessory aficionados, a wireless powerbank isn’t an entirely new concept. Numerous accessory makers have already released several powerbanks using the Qi wireless charging system. In Apple’s defense, a MagSafe powerbank will take advantage of the system’s magnetic attachment system, preventing the powerbank from slipping and sliding everywhere.
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OPPLE Smart Desk Lamp now available in the Philippines
Comes with Huawei HiLink support
OPPLE is bringing its latest smart desk lamp to the Philippines. The OPPLE Smart Desk Lamp supports HiLink, allowing for better integration with other devices as well as with Huawei’s own ecosystem.
Priced at PhP 1,999, the smart desk lamp features a sleek and minimalist design that fits anywhere. It dynamically mimics the sunlight for a much natural experience. Users can also tweak the lighting to suit their situation. The lighting can range from warm to cool depending on tasks such as reading, writing, or doing tasks on the computer. Users can also configure the lighting to be brighter or dimmer at their own whim.
The smart desk lamp supports Huawei HiLink, which brings together other smart home appliances and allows unified control through the app. As such, users don’t have to download any unnecessary app just to make the OPPLE Smart Desk Lamp works. They can just download the AI Life app on Google Play Store or Apple App Store, pair the lamp, and control the lighting on the go.
Starting today, February 19 until February 21, 2021. This comes with a very generous freebie offer Huawei Bluetooth Speaker worth PhP 1499.
GlassesUSA.com unveils a collection of affordable, sustainable eyewear
You can virtually try a pair and get a prescription for free!
GlassesUSA.com, a disruptor in the eyewear space, launched their “Eco Conscious” category — a sustainable collection consisting of glasses made from ethically sourced materials. From upcycled plastics to bio-acetate, to natural materials like coffee and hemp, GlassesUSA.com brings together nine conscious brands offering sustainable yet affordable eyewear.
For instance, Ochis’ glasses are 100 percent eco-friendly, using coffee grounds, biopolymer, and flax.
There’s Hemp Eyewear, too, carrying the world’s first hemp fiber eyewear. Moreover, every frame is handcrafted in Edinburgh.
For those who care about the ocean, Waterhaul uses 100 percent recycled plastics intercepted from the ocean. Most of these recycled plastics came from 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear lost or discarded in the ocean.
If you like trees and nature, Woodie uses handmade material from 100 percent recycled wood. For each purchase, Woodie plants one tree.
Costa del Mar, on the other hand, showcases eyewear made from bio-based resin derived from Castor Oil. They also have a “Kick Plastic Initiative” to reduce carbon footprint. The initiative aims to protect the planet’s waters from the use of single-use plastics.
Another user of biobased materials including Castor Oil is Arnette, where cases are made from recycled ABS. Additionally, their microfiber cloths are made from 78 percent recycled polyamide.
Price and availability
Other brands include Stella McCartney, Muse, and SeaClean. Moreover, GlassesUSA.com stays true to its mission of offering affordable eyewear, making the sustainable collection available at varying price points with sticker prices ranging from US$ 74 to US$ 400.
But what sets GlassesUSA.com apart is its two proprietary apps: the virtual try-on feature where you can literally try the glasses you’re looking at, and the Prescription Lens Scanner App where you only need to scan your current glasses with the FREE app, so you can get your prescription. Both apps are available for use when shopping the sustainable collection.
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