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Huawei P20 review: Pink and perfect?

Here’s what this phone can do

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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.

Performance

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.

Rear cameras

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:

Candid shot on portrait mode. This went straight to my IG.

And here:

Bokeh cutouts aren’t perfect but they do a great job at it, even with challenging lighting. This made it to mg IG, too.

And even here:

Totally shot with very low light. Don’t worry, this will be on my IG soon.

Selfie Camera

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.

Yas, slay 🔥

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.

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How to pack for a day hike

Here are the essentials you need

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I’m not a light packer. I often go on trips carrying a suitcase with more than just my essentials. Us girls can be extra so it’s difficult when we’re challenged to pack what’s only needed.

Surprisingly, I managed to pack light for a day hike. However, some people still find it difficult to pack just the essentials, so here are some tips to consider.

Be prepared in case it rains

The weather is erratic and it’s best to be ready in case it rains during a hike. Put your essentials in a lightweight yet waterproof medium-sized day bag. If you have trust issues, put your phone in a zip and lock bag, in case the water seeps in.

L.A. Girl Brow Pomade (Dark Brown), Osprey Daylite, Travelon waterproof smartphone pouch

Another thing to protect from the elements — aside from your gadgets — is your eyebrows. Make sure your eyebrows are on fleek and would stay that way, even if it rains. Beauty is everything. Use a water-resistant brow pomade.

Make sure your energy bank is full

Hiking means spending long hours on the trail before you reach the summit. Make sure you stuff your tummy with trail food to keep yourself energized. For instance, high-energy food such as protein bars, nuts, and sweets make for perfect trail food.

Nagaraya cracker nuts, Nalgene water bottle, Snickers protein bar

Don’t forget to bring a water bottle which you can refill with fresh water along the way.  A wise woman named Mimiyuuuh once said, “Drink your water, bitch.” and I couldn’t agree more. Stay hydrated.

Gear up and secure your safety

Hiking gear is expensive. However, it doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune just to go on a hike. There are light and easy trails for beginners which doesn’t require you to gear up. Make sure to research about the mountain you’ll hike so you know what to pack.

GymShark Energy+ Seamless Leggings, Merrell Siren Edge Hiking Shoes, Fila 6 Panel Classic Cap, GymShark Ultra Seamless Sports Bra

On some occasions, you only need a pair of hiking shoes (or sandals) and clothes that pass as OOTD, too. During my first hike in Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas, I wore a sports bra and extra tight pants to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. It’s best to wear something comfortable, but make sure it’s hike-appropriate.

The real must-haves

What’s an adventure without a photo? Any travel should be documented either through a camera or a smartphone. We know you’re taking shots for your Instagram account.

Romoss Sense 6 20000mAh, iPhone 11 Pro, GoPro Hero 7, Fujifilm X-A7

During the hike, you’ll be using your phone on maximum brightness while you constantly take photos and videos. Your phone would run out of juice before the day ends. Don’t forget to bring an extra battery for your camera or better yet, a power bank.

Don’t forget your to-go kits

When going on a hike, you need to channel your inner girl scout. Emergencies — and accidents — might happen. Take a couple of band-aids and basic medicine. Lastly, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and wet tissue are non-negotiables in any hike. You need to freshen up after a day of sweat!

Purell hand sanitizer, Campsuds outdoor soap, NATURE REPUBLIC – By Flower Triple Mousse Tint, LUSH Emotional Brilliance, Dr. Bronner’s All-One Toothpaste, LA. Girl Inspiring Brow Kit, Sanicare Bamboo wipes

Of course, make sure you have at least a compact powder with a mirror, a lip tint, and an eyebrow kit so you can look fabulous even after hiking. Again, beauty is everything.

SEE ALSO: LG Pra.L’s Galvanic Ion Booster makes your skincare products more effectiveMoments: Mt. MaculotI took photos of North Korea using my iPhone

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Panasonic Advanced RF Facial Device: Is it worth the 499-euro price tag?

A worthy investment if you’re highly concerned about signs of aging

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The promise of beauty treatments right at the comfort of your own home is always an attractive concept. With hectic schedules and how prices for services are going up in some parts of the world, people are gearing more towards doing things themselves whenever it is most convenient. Such things now include beauty treatments.

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is no stranger to beauty tech. They’ve released several items in the past but their recent launch in IFA is definitely something that has turned heads. The Panasonic Advanced RF Facial Device is said to take care of your premature signs of aging in the convenience of your own home. So, we decided to put it to the test.

What can RF do for you?

Radio Frequency (RF) treatments have been around for quite some time. Aestheticians have been using it on different parts of the body to tighten the skin, reduce fat, and encourage the production of collagen and elastin.

One treatment session at a clinic can run for 30 minutes to an hour. It can also set you back between EUR 80 to EUR 360 per session, depending on the clinic. While there are minor yet instant effects visible right after treatment, it takes a while to see the noticeable and longer-lasting results. You’ll need around four treatments spaced between 2-week intervals to get there. Pretty steep and can be quite a bother to one’s schedule if you’re a busy, working woman.

RF devices used in clinics are huge and some companies have tried to replicate them and make them smaller in the past. What sets Panasonic’s Advanced RF Facial Device is that it combines both radio frequency and ultrasonic waves. This means it emits both heat and vibration to tighten your skin while improving its moisture content. Recommended use is three times a week with at least a day in between each use.

Treatment at home

Turning on the device, you’ll need to wait about a minute to let it heat up. Once it’s ready, the joint RF and Ultrasonic part of the treatment will take you 12 minutes. Eight of which are used on the lower half of your face. You lift the cheeks by running the device on your jawline and from the sides of your mouth to the temples. The device will make a sound once you need to switch to focusing on your laugh line area.

Once that’s done, the Ultrasonic mode will turn off since you only need RF for your forehead. You’ll have about two minutes to work on that as well, going upwards and sideways from the center of your forehead.

The device is warm throughout the whole procedure. There’s also a steady vibration during the ultrasonic treatment for the cheeks and jawline, every time the probe touched the skin. I use my unit consistently on level three and I won’t call it painful. It’s merely uncomfortable at most. So, if you’re a newbie to RF treatments, there shouldn’t be any worries.

The device comes with its own, water-based, conductive gel. An almond-sized drop of the gel is enough to use all over the face each time. Once it runs out, you can also use your own skincare products with it. Serums and gel-type moisturizers are recommended.

With consumers getting more particular about the ingredients in skin care products and their benefits, the next concern is that we get our money’s worth out of them. I love their conductive gel as it’s definitely hydrating but it also needs to be washed off after using the device. Using my own products such as the Aeos Realive serum shortens the whole process.

I noticed that the product gets absorbed quickly with this device which is great. However, I do find myself adding more product throughout the treatment. You have to remember that the device should glide gently on your skin. Tugging is detrimental to what you want to achieve. The conductive gel makes it easier and lasts the whole treatment duration.

I’ve been using this for the past month and I always make sure to leave ample time for it in the evenings. To pass the time, I watch Youtube videos while doing the treatment.

Instant results?

After using it for the first time, I’ve noticed that my face looked rather red but lifted. Using a gua sha leaves you with the same level of redness and instant lift. A major difference is that the Panasonic Advanced RF Facial Device left my skin feeling hydrated for a longer period of time.

A month of using it consistently showed visibly less bloating on my face. And I do tend to wake up to a lot of water retention. My cheeks are plump and laugh lines are less pronounced.

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It’s quite bulky for a facial device but easy to hold and maneuver. I do love the design, though. It comes in white and looks quite minimalist. I love that despite the size, it won’t look obtrusive in your bathroom or your vanity.

At EUR 499, this device can make quite a dent in one’s pocket. However, getting RF treatments here in Germany aren’t exactly cheap. We did the math earlier and I believe this device is a worthy investment if you’re highly concerned about signs of aging. If you’re someone who wants to prevent or at least slow them down, you’d love this.

The Panasonic Advanced RF Facial Device is also for people who don’t have a lot of time to spend in beauty clinics. Getting the treatment at the convenience of your own home, at a fraction of the time it takes compared to a clinic, can make a world of difference in your schedule.

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3 reasons why Tinder is the best travel app

Tips on how to make the most out of your travels!

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There are plenty of travel apps nowadays to help you make the most out of your travels, but nothing comes close to the splendid experience I had using Tinder. Yes, you read that right. I used Tinder — a dating app — as a travel app.

There’s always a stigma surrounding Tinder. Whenever I mention I’m using the app, people frown. Tinder, to these people, is an app for hooking up or for those desperate to find love. Pity them for they don’t know that an app like this has a lot of uses, particularly during your travels.

Here are the reasons why it’s the best travel app, ever.

You can get the best recommendations from a local

No one knows a place better than a local. Want to know the coolest yet un-crowded cafe in the neighborhood? How about some speakeasy bar that only a few can go into? These locals know the spots where you can best enjoy the city so it’s best to ask them.

A while back, I was in Taipei for a business trip. Seeing how I have a spare day to go around, I asked a few matches in the area on where to go and what to do. A local suggested visiting chic cafes, art galleries, and other hiking destinations aside from the popular Elephant Mountain. A bar owner — whom I matched with — suggested visiting his bar in New Taipei City. However, it was too far and it would have taken so much time so I decided to pass.

These suggestions helped me plan my itinerary which would later allow me to take Instagrammable photos around the city, buy local beef jerky as a souvenir to my now ex-crush, and see more of what Taipei has to offer.

You can have a date, tour guide, and photographer in one

Some matches are eager to meet you in person. If you decide to meet these Tinderfellas and Tinderellas, they can easily become your tour guide and your photographer on your date.

A year ago, my flight was delayed for seven hours. Stuck at Mactan-Cebu International Airport, I decided to open Tinder and asked my matches the best places to visit around the area. I was keen on exploring nearby destinations since Cebu is known for its horrible traffic jams, and I didn’t want to miss my flight.

A match gave me tourist spots in Lapu-Lapu city (where the airport was located) and I explored for an hour. A few moments later, he asked if I wanted to meet up and I immediately said yes. I took a motorcycle ride to the capital and met him at SM Seaside City Cebu, the third-largest shopping mall in the Philippines.

Seeing how I had limited time to explore, my match took me to the best spots where we could eat and take lots of amazing photos, particularly at the mall’s rooftop where we both watched the sunset together.

You can make connections that last a lifetime

It’s marvelous to find people whom you can connect with on a different level, and it’s even more interesting if they came from different cultural backgrounds. These people are full of ideas and opinions that it’s hard not to be drawn and share your own thoughts. The conversation we have with these people can lead to a different kind of connection, something that we yearn in most of our relationships with other people.

However, not everything is about romance. Some connections are bound to stay as friendships. I have a lot of friends and acquaintances now that I initially met on Tinder, and I was able to forge harmonious (and professional) relationships with all of them. To date, I still grab meals with them and keep up with everything that’s happening in each other’s lives, especially when I’m around town.

Yes, Susan. You can build a wholesome and professional relationship with your Tinder matches. It’s not just for hook-ups, but if that’s your jam, then…

Bonus: Get free accommodations for a night!

If you’re down for a sexy time, Tinder can get you free accommodations, too! You can ask your date and stay at his/her place and voila, life hacked. Just be careful about who you sleep with, screen them properly, inform at least one of your friends, and don’t forget to use protection!


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