Events

Huawei Mate S: The Frankenphone

Published

on

Huawei’s biggest announcement at IFA 2015 is the Huawei Mate S – a 5.5-inch smartphone headlined by… wait for it… Force Touch.

huawei-mate-s-2

Yes, the same Force Touch first seen on the Apple Watch which has also made its way to the MacBook and is rumored to appear on the Cupertino company’s next iPhone. In case you need a reminder, Force Touch is a feature that allows you to feel a sensation despite the display being just a flat surface. Varying levels of pressure prompts a different command. One should note though that Force Touch on the Mate S will only come with its 128GB variant.

Flip the phone over and you’d think you’re looking at an HTC One M9, except there’s a Huawei logo on the lower part. In a recent video on GadgetMatch we talked about a ‘Frankenphone’, and Mate S could very well be it seeing as how it took the best out of other phones and tried to make them all work together.

huawei-watch

Huawei also joins the wearables battle with the Huawei Watch. A luxurious-looking smartwatch that runs Android Wear OS. Like the Gear S2, it also sports a round design and actually looks like a traditional watch.

It starts at $349 (P16,325) but the classier looking gold-model will burn your pocket at $799 (P37,374). Yikes!

Something it has going for is that it will work with both Android and iOS devices. It comes with a wireless fast-charging dock that should get you to about 80 percent battery life in 45 minutes. Note though that the Huawei Watch doesn’t have NFC and lacks GPS tracking. If those aren’t deal breakers for you then lookout for the watch as it becomes available on September 17.

Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 live unboxing

Fresh and brand new!

Published

on

Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone is finally here and we’re taking it out of the box just for you! In this Galaxy Note 9 live unboxing, we check out what’s inside the box and answer some of the questions of live viewers.

The Galaxy Note 9 looks a lot like its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 8, but it has some pretty nifty upgrades. The S Pen is now equipped with Bluetooth and functions as a remote so you can use it for presentations, taking remote selfies, cycling through your photos in your gallery, and more!

The camera is the same as the one on the Samsung Galaxy S9+ but with some software improvements. The Galaxy Note 9 has what Samsung is calling an intelligent camera which automatically detects scenes and adjusts settings so there’s little to no editing required on your end. Just post right away! There’s also flaw detection that tells you if you need to retake the photo. That’s pretty neat!

For more details, check out all our Note 9 stories in this link.

SEE MORE: Samsung Galaxy Note 9: S Pen is mightier than the sword

Continue Reading

Galaxy Note 9

Fortnite arrives on Android as direct download on Samsung’s Game Launcher

Rumors about Fortnite and Galaxy Note 9 were partially false

Published

on

While Epic Games made it clear that Fortnite isn’t coming to the Google Play Store — instead becoming a direct download from the developer’s official website — rumors brewed about the popular battle royale game becoming a timed exclusive to the newly released Galaxy Note 9.

As it turns out, it’s partially true. The following Galaxy phones will get first dibs on Android’s own Fortnite:

  • Note 9
  • Note 8
  • Tab S4
  • Tab S3
  • S9 and S9+
  • S8 and S8+
  • S7 and S7 Edge

Samsung says these phones and tablets can download the game beginning today through the Game Launcher app. The company claims this exclusivity will last for the next few days only.

Although the game will come to more Android devices in waves, Galaxy Note 9 and Tab S4 users will get special access to — you guessed it — a Galaxy skin for their in-game character.

Here’s the official trailer to get you pumped up:

Continue Reading

Galaxy Note 9

How to be productive with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Not your typical Note 9 hands-on

Published

on

The Galaxy Note 9 just dropped and like any self-respecting strong, independent working woman, my mind has quickly shifted to how I can utilize this productivity device.

Fig 1. Me, a strong, independent woman figuring out work things

Historically marketed towards power users (and those who really like using pens, I assume), this device is filled with features that help you optimize your workflow. For this piece, I focus on the new S Pen features because the stylus is definitely the highlight of this release. Also, it comes in new yummy colors that are definitely eye-catching.

Fig 2. Popping yellow S Pen that comes with the blue Note 9

Just how will I use the S Pen? Let me go through a whole work day and show you.

Prep away

Part of my mornings includes setting time aside to have my coffee and think about the busy day ahead. It helps to get into the right mindset each day, and makes me prepare better mentally.

When my mind is ready, the rest follows (sounds cheesy, but it’s true!). I prepare stuff I need for the day ahead of time. Being a natural slob, I find that this practice helps me get more organized.

I usually note down my to-do’s in a journal because science has proven that there’s better memory retention when you write things by hand. Doing this on the Note 9 works, too. The fuss-free onscreen note function is a godsend — I can’t be bothered navigating to my clutter of apps in the morning just so I can jot down my thoughts. Simply take the S Pen out and write away to your heart’s content.

Fig 4. Stop hating on my handwriting!

This new S Pen, because it’s now Bluetooth-enabled, is always connected. The best part? You won’t ever need to go through that annoying pairing process because simply plugging it into your Note 9 will automatically pair the devices. This action also charges the pen, not that you’d ever notice since it only takes 40 seconds to fully charge.

And for those who always worry about losing stuff: Don’t fret.

Fig 5. Life challenge: Don’t lose the small moving parts!

This feature isn’t exactly new but it’s definitely something worth taking note of (pun intended) again because we all need it.

Psych yourself up

When you look good, you feel good.

All days start with a good outfit, and for days when you need an extra push, power dressing is key. Of course, if I have a great outfit on, it calls for an #OOTD photo — this is easy to do with the new S Pen. Bluetooth capabilities allow you to take remote selfies even from 10 meters away.

Fig 6. Quick outfit selfie before the day starts

Now that we have the look covered (and something to post on IG), let’s move on.

Seeing the bigger picture

People are very visual beings. That being said, know that explanations or presentations are always better when bigger and prettier for maximum effect. Paint them a better scene and open up their mind’s eye — those pesky PowerPoints and video presentations are easier done with Samsung DeX integration. This allows you to mirror what’s on your phone on a bigger screen.

Fig 7. Presenting stuff like a real adult

I know what your thinking: Who has time to set all that up every time? Girl, you do.

The Note 9 needs no dock to connect to a screen; all you need to do is plug it in and it’ll work.

Fig 8. Make sure what’s on your phone’s screen is safe to show the room before plugging in!

Of course, this works wonders for meetings and presentations, but it really works best as my Netflix watching setup or checking out my IG feed in all its full-sized glory.

Be in command

For added life points and presentation impact, take control — like literally.

That PowerPoint your presenting? The S Pen can control it with a click or double-click.

Fig 9. Clickity, click, click!

That’s not all you can control with your new remote — er, pen. The features are assignable, meaning you can customize button functions to your heart’s content.

Fig 10. Changing stuff around because I can

And yes, you can set it to work with your image gallery, voice recorder, music, and like mentioned earlier, your camera.

It’s all in the details

In life, it’s worth it to note that incremental changes can go a long way. Tweaking little things in your every day can result in a more optimized life.

Fig 11. Looking serious while on a non-serious phone call

It seems the Note 9 has followed the same mantra as the phone sports the same cameras and processor as the Galaxy S9, and it’s almost identical to the Note 8. But, the devil is in the details: More memory means better multitasking features (because we all do a gazillion things on our phones at the same time), bigger storage means having space for all those selfies, and a better battery life at 4000mAh means more power because power banks are so 2017 and I never have enough space for them in my purse.

Bonus!

Make sure that you have a little fun in everything that you do. Anything done as you enjoy yourself always leads to more productivity and enthusiasm. Go forth and be productive!

Fig 12. Live messaging on AR Emoji is a fun way to make a point

READ MORE: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on: All about the S Pen?

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Watch hands-on

Continue Reading

Trending