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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Tech she doesn’t realize she needs

Presents your mom will love

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and yet again, I am crafting a quick list of stuff you can get for your mom to celebrate this day.

This year, give her the gift of convenience through technology (and some accessories!). Sure, most moms are the least likely to tinker with tech, but here are a few things that your mom will probably love.

Pamper her with instant facials every day

The Foreo UFO is the perfect pampering tool for your mom. This tiny device gives an instant facial in 90 seconds — faster than any Korean facemask can. It’s also equipped with thermotherapy, cryotherapy, T-sonic pulsations, and LED light treatments. Yep, all that in this small puck.

READ MORE: Foreo UFO: A high-tech replacement for face masks?

WATCH MORE: Foreo UFO hands-on: 90-second facials

Make phone handling easier with the most useful handset accessory ever

This teeny accessory is the PopSocket. It’s the most useful thing ever! Stick it onto your phone and it will serve as a handle and even a stand. I gave one to my mom and she hasn’t gone PopSocket-free since. For a more personalized gift, you can also customize it to put a design your mom will appreciate more.

Get your mom on track to a healthier lifestyle with this fashionable tracker

A happy mom is a healthy mom (well, that makes for healthy kids, too!). Get your mom on the right track to fitness with the Fitbit Versa. It’s a light, versatile device that will track health information, including sleep cycles and activities.

READ MORE: Fitbit Versa hands-on: A better smartwatch attempt?

Give her the ultimate throwback phone

The Nokia 8110 4G is the perfect classic reboot. Dubbed the banana phone, this 2018 release gives you all the phone essentials in the cutest retro look. Plus, it comes in a cool yellow! Perfect for moms who aren’t really into smartphones yet (Yes, they still exist).

WATCH MORE: Nokia 8110 Hands-On: Retro Banana Phone!

… or get a good case for her phone!

This pretty spring-themed leather folio makes for a perfect accessory for your mom’s iPhone. It makes sure her phone is protected and those pockets mean extra space for cards and more. They come in the cutest colors, too: Electric Blue and Soft Pink.

READ MORE: Apple shows off new Spring cases for iPhone/iPad and Space Gray accessories for Mac

Get your mom a smart assistant she can always rely on

Okay, Google. You think my mom will like this? Now, your mom will be able to accomplish a lot of tasks by voice commands with the new Google Home Mini! It also comes in great colors and a texture that will look great in your home.

READ MORE: Google Home smart speaker gets Mini and Max versions

WATCH ALSO: Google Home Mini Unboxing and Hands-on

Get her the best vacuum ever

Sure, it’s a vacuum. But, this isn’t just any vacuum. The Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre is the cutting edge in household tech, the Rolls Royce of vacuums! It’s one of the lightest, most powerful cleaning machines around. This means you’ll have an easier time for when you decide to start cleaning for your mother — which is honestly the true gift in this scenario.

READ MORE: Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre cordless vacuum hands-on

WATCH ALSO: Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre: This thing sucks!

Give her the prettiest pink gold handset

Your beautiful mother deserves a beautiful device. The Huawei P20 in this stunning Pink Gold gradient is one of the prettiest subtly colored phones around. Not only does it look amazing, this flagship is also one of the most powerful devices in the market today.

READ MORE: Pink Gold Huawei P20 hands-on: A beautifully subtle gradient

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Realme Buds Air: Affordable true wireless earbuds

Cheaper ‘AirPods’

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Seems like everyone’s making true wireless earbuds now so Realme decided to join in the fun as well with the Realme Buds Air.

In true Realme spirit, the Realme Buds Air promises to offer quality performance at a competitive price. The company claims it’s the first in its price segment to implement a dual-channel transmission tech for enhanced audio. This helps with minimizing latency which should be perfect for mobile gaming fans — a segment of the market that Realme has been aggressively catering to.

In terms of sound quality, Realme says it has a 12mm bass sound driver that “delivers intensive and powerful audio quality without compromising richness and fidelity.”

While it doesn’t have any fancy noise canceling tech, the company says it does have the capability of filtering out noise. This should help with day-to-day calls and your music listening sessions.

The Realme Buds Air also has a built-in Google Assistant so you can use voice command for various things. It’s also easy to control. You simply need to tap the buds to control what you’re listening to.

It also has the ability to to pause when you take the them off and will resume what you’re playing once you put them back on.

Just like its look-alike — the Apple AirPods — these earbuds comes with a charging case that you can juice up wirelessly or through USB-C.

Pricing and availability

The Realme Buds Air comes in three colors: white, black, and Realme’s signature yellow. It will sell for PhP 3,990 starting January 22, 2020.

As an initial offering, it will be available at a special discounted price of PhP 2,990 on Realme’s official Lazada store on the following dates: January 22, 29, and February 6.

Realme is also giving away a free wireless charging pad to the first 100 customers. There will also be special vouchers on Realme’s official Facebook page from January 22 to February 6. The vouchers will further lower the price of the realme Buds Air by PHP500.

To entice more buyers, customers who will purchase both a Realme smartphone and a Realme Buds Air enjoy an additional discount of Php 1,000.

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PH3 wireless headphones is a wearable Filipino pride

A limited-edition offering that gives back

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Electronics manufacturer H-Audio has been providing quality products to its market when it comes to audio solutions. While they have a select lineup of offerings, it caters to different types of users.

What we have here is the PH3 that screams Filipino pride as soon as you put it on. Read on and find out if it performs as good as it looks.

It has a straightforward design

Red and blue stripes signify colors from the Philippine flag

Three stars and a sun on each earcup

Can’t get any more Filipino than this

Solid build quality

Headband has a good flex to it

Clasps comfortably on the head

Doesn’t come off easily

Comfortable ear cups

Earmuffs are made of memory foam

What I personally like about the PH3 when it comes to design is how it has a minimalistic kind of approach with just the three stars, sun, and stripes of red and blue. Apart from these Philippine flag-inspired colors, everything else is white. Sure, it might require extra effort to keep it clean, but it’s just something that works aesthetically.

Build quality feels durable and not flimsy which is what I look for next to sound quality. This is made possible by using stainless steel for the headband support and hard plastic for the rest — making it light, but tough.

It has a nice fit around the ears and wearing it for extended periods of time was still comfortable thanks to its memory foam earmuffs. I’ve used it a couple of times while running on the treadmill and the earcups remained snug and in place.

All-around performer

When it comes to sound quality, let’s get to the point — the PH3 delivers. It’s got warm and distinct mids, decent highs, and impressive lows. The overall sound is what you’d expect of closed-back headphones and leans on the muffled side of the sound spectrum.

Active Noise Cancellation option

One thing I noticed, though, is that sound leaks a little to the outside world so you might want to keep that in mind when you’re in an elevator with other people or something.

Connection via Bluetooth was easy and automatically pairs to the phone each time the headphones is turned on. That alone is a big check for me.

Micro-USB port for charging

The company says it has up to 20 hours of battery life. While I was not able to continuously use it, the headphones lasted me about five days with ANC off and mainly using it for music at the gym, walking around the neighborhood, or even just at home.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

H-Audio’s PH3 is a reliable pair of cans with minimal drawbacks. It might require extra care to keep it clean and sound leak at full volume might be an issue for a select few. Looking past those, however, you have a good set of headphones that not only performs well but also looks attractive with its touch of a local theme.

Additionally, its features like wireless connectivity and Active Noise Cancellation make operations easier and add to the overall music-listening experience.

Priced at PhP 7,480, proceeds will go to platforms to raise funds and help the underprivileged Filipino youth. The PH3 is available in select The Loop by Power Mac Center branches, Urban Gadgets, and The Listening Room. For more list of stores carrying their products, visit their Facebook page.

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Audio House is giving away freebies for Chinese New Year

Get a voucher or a standing fan for the new year

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Chinese New Year is fast approaching once again. This year, Audio House is giving us more reasons to celebrate the festivities.

From January 18 to February 9, Audio House will give away SG$ 28 Ang Pow (red packet) vouchers or standing fan to every customer with no minimum purchase. Customers may use these vouchers to discount their next purchase.

Anyone is eligible to receive these freebies. For any successful friend referral, the customers receive an additional SG$ 1 to their vouchers. However, there’s a limit of 50 persons per referral.

In total, anyone can receive an SG$ 78 voucher eligible for any items in any Audio House store nationwide.

Here are the steps to receive the freebies:

  1. Register via Audio House’s website.
  2. A confirmation email with QR Code will be sent to the registered email address.
  3. Present the confirmation email with QR Code and ID at any Audio House showroom service counter to redeem either the ang pow voucher or the standing fan. Each can only redeem once.

The voucher is a great help for individuals gifting their loved ones with electronic items. With over 4,900 electronic items for sale, Audio House showcases major brands from all over the world. Plus, they give cashback in the form of vouchers on every item purchased. To learn more about Audio House, visit their website.

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