The announcement of the Huawei P20 got me excited over something seemingly trivial when it comes to smartphones: color. The phones that were launched in the heart of Paris looked stunning and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them.
Of course, I’ve been repping the Pink Gold gradient P20 for the past few weeks and here are my thoughts on Huawei’s newest flagship device.
Look and feel
Obviously, I adore this phone’s color. A quick look at my everyday stuff will show just how well this phone fits into my life and matches everything I own.
It’s not the easiest phone to photograph and depending on the light it may look less pink than I’d like. But, I love how subdued the color is and I’m continually amazed at how nice it is. I have, on more than one occasion, stopped mid-task to shoot flat lays with it just because I feel compelled to capture how pretty it is in photos.
I would go as far as saying that this, to me, is the prettiest phone out there right now. Sure, the popular Twilight gradient is pretty too, but this subtle blush is just so perfect.
I always say that if you’re going to hold on to something for the most part of your day, it might as well be something that’s in a color you love — and I love pink. I sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, thank Huawei for releasing a flagship in this hue and I hope more brands would follow suit.
The gradient back is made of glass — so you still have to be careful — and the phone’s edges are made of aluminum. The handset feels as premium as it looks, but it’s a little slippery to hold. For butterfingers like me, make sure you get a case for this beaut.
Unlike the Pro version, this device has only two cameras on its back. There’s also no audio port, unfortunately, but the phone comes bundled with an adapter for its USB-C port, so problem solved.
Notch my cup of tea
Like most 2018 flagships, one thing that it does have is a notch.
Well, unless you don’t want it there (which I totally didn’t). In a feat of tech genius, there is now a switch to hide the distracting notch. One tap in the settings menu and it goes away.
What I do love, however, is even when I turn that blasted notch off, the area beside the notch is still used for notification icons. It’s a great use of space, to be honest.
Unfortunately, while the notch does go away, there are still a few screen optimizations that could be done. Instagram Stories, for example, get cut out up top on the P20’s 5.8-inch display. But, this is nothing an update can’t cure; I just hope it comes soon.
Speaking of displays, the P20’s LCD display is bright and crisp, even if it isn’t OLED (which is what most flagships like the P20 Pro have). Oh, and this phone has a built-in “Eye comfort” setting which blocks out the blues on your screen so your eyes are less strained, which isn’t a new feature but is one I really appreciate nonetheless.
The P20 also has a fingerprint sensor in front, which is totally a Huawei thing — only they put fingerprint scanners below the display on near-bezel-less devices nowadays. Some people complain that the sensor is too low on the phone for a comfortable thumb scan, but I certainly don’t mind. At the end of the day, I still enjoy this placement more than when the scanner is on the phone’s rear — that, or I just have very agile thumbs. Either way, the P20 has face scanning for the non-believers, so that should solve all the thumb problems. It also works pretty well; I’ve honestly forgotten I have a lock code on my phone on most days.
This phone runs on Huawei’s most powerful processor (Kirin 970) and this means all app run smoothly on this phone — from Instagram to Snapchat, Google Maps, and even The Sims Mobile.
Battery time lasts me almost a day, which is a feat for most phones I touch as my day involves heavy social media use, photo- and selfie-taking sessions, plus video calling on a daily basis. Despite having a glass back, there is still no wireless charging on this thing but that’s something I can forgive as the device has fast charging. It takes around an hour and a half from zero to 100 percent on Huawei’s SuperCharge, which is fairly quick.
Unfortunately, this handset is only splash proof so yes, you shouldn’t be going swimming or showering with the phone which is a shame, because pool selfies are definitely a thing.
The phone runs on EMUI 8.1 on Android 8.1 Oreo which is the latest Android operating system out since the phone was announced. Everything is quick, snappy, and smooth — just the way I like it.
Now, on to the phone’s highlight: the cameras!
There are two rear shooters on this device: 12- and 20-megapixel cameras, one of which is a monochrome sensor. The third lens is reserved only for the P20 Pro.
The real magic happens with artificial intelligence. Literally, you can just point and shoot on this thing and the camera does everything. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.
Point it at a person and it automatically turns on portrait mode. Point it at food and food mode is activated. It even identifies documents and automatically converts into a document scanner!
Now, I know what you’re thinking: What if I don’t want the phone deciding for me? Well, that’s so 2017, and also, tapping “x” at the bottom of the screen as the phone identifies the subject reverts back to normal mode on the camera.
Here are a few sample shots from my camera roll:
What’s more amazing is the P20’s low-light capabilities. On night mode, it can take four-second handheld shots that don’t even look like four-second low-light handheld shots. You have to see it to believe it:
You know what a good smartphone camera means, right? Better Instagrammable photos! And that is precisely what I posed for here:
And even here:
For your selfie needs, a 24-megapixel camera can be found in front. There’s the normal photo mode and a dedicated portrait mode that enables the bokeh effect, 3D lighting effects, and a beauty mode with levels zero to ten. I didn’t even bother with the 3D lighting effects (yes, it’s Portrait Lighting all over again) because I didn’t really see much use for this on the iPhone so why bother on this phone. The beauty mode, on the other hand, is a different story.
Although settings past five can sometimes make you look like a wax figure, the secret is knowing when to stop. With the perfect beauty mode level, this phone can make you look fresh no matter the circumstance.
Unfortunately, the rear cameras’ low-light capabilities don’t extend to the front-facing camera as dark selfies aren’t the most detailed and are sometimes pretty hazy. Group selfies also aren’t the best on this camera, especially with the bokeh on. One too many times, a friend’s face was blurred out which is totally not good for the squad. You’re definitely better off getting someone else to take your group photo.
Is the Huawei P20 your GadgetMatch?
If you read up until this point of this particularly long review, you must really like the Huawei P20. And honestly, so do I.
How a phone looks and feels in my hands is something that’s very important to me, and the P20 ticked that particular box and even more. I’ve held on to this phone since the moment I got it and I still enjoy using it. Admittedly, there are still improvements that can be made on this device, but it’s nothing I can’t forgive for what I get: a solid rear camera, capable overall phone that’s pretty and with a premium build, and good beauty mode.
If your priorities are in the same place, you may want to consider getting this phone. In the meantime, I’m going to get a case for mine. I feel like I’ll be using this for a while.
5 accessories to protect yourself and your gadgets from the elements
Don’t just get an umbrella, duh!
I hate changes in weather. One minute it’s hot and sunny like a perfect summer day, next minute, it’s raining as if Zeus and Poseidon are having the war of their lives. Monsoons got worse thanks to climate change, especially in tropical countries. It’s now even more impossible to predict the weather so you need to stay ready for all kinds of elements.
So we scoured the internet to help you prepare. Here are the accessories you need to protect you and your gadgets, of course, without getting out of style.
Dress your phone with a pouch and a case
Ready to brave the storm? Make sure you put your phone on a waterproof pouch. I know, I know. The thought of using a waterproof pouch sounds cringey. But of course, you don’t have to sacrifice style with this one. Most waterproof pouches let you change their straps to something fancier.
In particular, Travelon’s Clear View Waterproof Pouch comes in five colors and you can still tailor the strap to your preference. For something clearer and more transparent, Anker has a pouch but it looks a little bit tacky.
For those who’d want a case instead, LifeProof offers one of the best waterproof cases in the market. Most cases look bulky and sturdy, but LifeProof made it more fashionable with its bright and popping colors.
Stay fashionable while you protect yourself from the elements
Of course, nothing beats a good old umbrella when it comes to protection against the rain but you can up your style by picking one that’s clear and transparent. Even better if it’s a bubble or a dome-shaped one.
Additionally, you can keep your gadgets and makeup safe with a waterproof bag. Fjällräven has an array of water-resistant and waterproof backpacks that don’t compromise style. Brands like Doughnut and Pacsafe have a set of stylish yet functional waterproof bags, too.
Lastly, cap off your style with a water-repellent raincoat or parka. This particular blush pink raincoat by Cole Haan should be a part of your ensemble, especially when it’s raining. Avoid using black, neutral, and earthy-tone since most people would prefer using a darker hue when it’s raining, and you won’t stand out if you wear the same colors.
For those who don’t feel like wearing a raincoat, Uniqlo has a Blocktech line of water-repellent parkas that you can use casually or for your outdoor needs. NikeLabs has a longer parka as well if you prefer using one!
If you want the world to see your OOTD, you can opt for a transparent raincoat so people can see what’s underneath.
Bonus: Get a water-resistant watch!
If it’s raining while on your way to an important meeting, chances are you’ll be keeping your gadgets inside your bag to prevent it from getting wet. This might keep you from tracking time. Thus, you need a watch that can handle these kinds of elements. Apple and Samsung both have smartwatches that are water-resistant yet stylish at the same time.
Now, who told you rain can’t be fun?
#GetWellSoonMina trends, fans show support for TWICE member
The idol is taking a break due to anxiety
Fans of K-Pop girl group TWICE received sad news on Thursday, July 11 after the company announced that one of its members — Mina Myoui — will miss the rest of the group’s world tour called TWICELIGHTS as the member “is currently struggling with sudden extreme anxiety and insecurity towards performing on stage.”
— TWICETAGRAM (@twicestagram_) July 11, 2019
Soon after finding out the news, TWICE’s fans officially known as ONCEs poured out support for the idol through encouraging messages on Twitter.
This will take longer than a broken arm or leg to heal since it’s beyond a physical injury… Mina needs time more than anything, so take all the time you need and know we’ll be patiently waiting when you come back as yourself again. ♥️#GetWellSoonMina pic.twitter.com/tDD1pq1u2s
— misa •͈ᴗ•͈ (@misayeon) July 12, 2019
you can take all the time you need to take care of your health and we will always be here to support you and have you back minari. you’re the cutest person ever and i hope you know how talented you’re and how much we’re proud of you, we love you#GetWellSoonMina #WeLoveYouMina pic.twitter.com/Z3ui6NS2n2
— sana pics (@sanapics) July 11, 2019
so it seems we won’t be seeing mina for quite a long while, probably longer than we’ll expect 😢 I’m gonna miss her but this will be good for her and her mental health. She’s gonna come back with a stronger heart and mind ❤ #GetWellSoonMina pic.twitter.com/aJkTx0KESD
— きむ💓 37💕 (@hiraimyouis) July 12, 2019
I love you.
— twice in mani-li-a (@momotozakis) July 11, 2019
— Nox (@noxeore) July 11, 2019
It didn’t take long for the hashtag #GetWellSoonMina to trend on Twitter.
#1 Worldwide – #GetWellSoonMina
The world is behind you with support. 💕
Don’t feel pressured and don’t feel bad for taking the rest you need. @JYPETWICE
— misa •͈ᴗ•͈ (@misayeon) July 11, 2019
ONCEs showed solidarity by changing their Twitter display photos to that of a Candy Bong Z — TWICE’s official light stick — showing Mina’s official color.
This feels good… pic.twitter.com/YY36ix984y
— May™️| Mint for Mina | Twice 7•23 (@sweettalkermay) July 11, 2019
Currently, ONCEs shifted to using a Twibbon on their display photos and continue to show their support especially with the group flying to Singapore today for the next leg of their world tour.
— misa •͈ᴗ•͈ (@misayeon) July 12, 2019
TWICE was formed in 2015 and debuted with the song “Like Ooh-Ahh”. The group started gaining a massive following after the release of their second title track “Cheer Up”. Today, they are considered one of the top K-Pop groups and are actively promoting in Korea and Japan. This year, they launched their first world tour that include concert dates in the US.
What Ariel’s Instagram feed looks like in 2019
If she weren’t a mermaid
Have you ever imagined what Ariel of The Little Mermaid fame would be like in the age of social media? No? Well, we have. She would, first and foremost, not be a sea creature with scales because let’s be honest, the internet won’t be a thing under the sea.
Ariel is a full-fledged human at the top of her Instagram game in 2019.
She is after all, the girl who has everything — including a major case of FOMO (fear of missing out, for those who live under a rock).
Like any modern woman of today, she’s also tech-savvy but having gadgets and gizmos aplenty isn’t what makes her happy.
Like most women our age, she longs to be wherever her friends say they are on social media.
Her mantra when traveling is to not leave any side street unexplored.
Unlike cartoon mermaid Ariel, modern woman Ariel ironically daydreams about the beach when she’s at work…
… even if she has access to a nice swimming pool because let’s be real, there’s nothing more relaxing than being at the beach.
She wants to be surrounded by bright young women like her — ready to stand to fight for their rights and freedom!
She uses her privilege to question things both online and offline.
Ariel is an empowered woman who just wants to feel like she belongs in this world.
She’s neither little nor a mermaid nor is she someone’s princess. She’s her own person fully capable of making her own decisions. Unlike cartoon mermaid Ariel, she will not give up her voice for a chance to be with a guy she just met. She’ll probably give up a few vacation days at most for a chance to get to know someone she finds promising.
Sure, she’s privileged, but she’s a strong, independent woman who wants the same fundamental rights as any other human — for herself and for other women — in a world that’s systematically oppressive to women. Sure, she has FOMO on Instagram, but her biggest fear is missing out on earning the same set of opportunities that are simply handed over to men.
Modern woman Ariel refuses to be silenced while pursuing her wants and needs, even if the world around her tries to stop her. Even when no man is there to help her.
All photos from Unsplash.com
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