The Samsung Galaxy S9 is a power-packed phone, but one great feature that is most overlooked is its front-facing camera capabilities. I’ve taken it upon myself to walk you through the wonders of what magic Samsung’s latest flagship can do to your selfies.
It all depends on what look you want to achieve. But first, the basics.
The S9 has a number of selfie modes but we’ll focus on two modes here: Selfie Focus and Selfie. Both can be found on the upper part of the camera app, when the front-facing camera is activated.
This tiny button, dubbed “beauty crystals” by one of our unboxing guests, will be your best friend. This unlocks a host of beauty filters and options that will allow you attain those flawless shots.
Now, let’s begin. On to the first look!
Sometimes, you need a no-fuss, natural-looking selfie for the times when you know you can’t be spending that much time on a selfie, but you still want to look cute.
Turn to the Galaxy S9’s Selfie Focus mode. This activates the bokeh mode which will blur out the background and make sure that you’re the center of attention in the photo. Find good, soft lighting, find your angle, and smile!
A big bright window was used in this instance, and though other GadgetMatch people were proving to be big distractions in this photo, the bokeh took care of their annoying intrusion.
Sometimes, you don’t necessarily have to up the beauty mode to take a good selfie.
For times when your face needs a little boost, we turn to those “beauty crystals!”
The same Selfie Focus mode allow for a little airbrushing. Tap the “beauty crystals” found at the bottom right of the screen and this will allow you to toggle Color and Skin Tone.
Bumping these controls up can give you a fresh, glowing face, even on days when your face is nowhere near those two things.
With aforementioned settings, I managed to take a fresh photo as I was haggardly trying to navigate my way through an unfamiliar city by foot. A little beauty mode air-brushing does wonders, I tell you.
Basic makeup look
We move on to makeup looks! The following uses the Galaxy S9’s Selfie mode.
After navigating to this mode, tap the “beauty crystals” and a slew of themed looks will appear. Tap “Basic” and adjust intensity as needed. Tapping on the tiny “beauty pencil” will also allow you to customize the settings more.
On days when you need a tiny makeup retouch, this option works best. This setting allows for a filter that makes for a subtle but made-up look. The sample shown above is me at the end of a long day — my face still looks makeup fresh because of this mode, even when I personally wasn’t.
For a more va va voom look, we turn to other settings on the S9’s Selfie mode.
Tapping each preset look will give you a fresh new makeup theme. The toggle at the bottom of the screen controls the filter’s intensity. Remember to take great care in making sure that the filter isn’t too much for your face; otherwise, you run the risk of looking fake.
After picking a particular look, tapping the “beauty pencil” brings you to even more makeup options — you can choose to change eyeshadow, lipstick, eyelashes, contouring, and more. Go crazy with the choices! And, you can even have a friend join in on the fun as the filters work for more than one person.
This is how me and Chay looked after a long day of shooting. In this photo, we’re fresh AF and makeup was definitely on fleek, which wasn’t necessarily true in real life.
Live your life on fleek with these Galaxy S9 tips. Seriously, I never thought a device could make application so easy, but here we are.
Technology, you’ve done it again.
PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone
It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!
That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.
Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.
PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.
The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.
On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.
Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.
Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.
But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.
The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.
Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?
Trying out the new Motion Mode on doggies!
Fujifilm’s sequel to their first ever digital/analog hybrid is here and it’s looking better than ever. The Instax SQ20 is one classy-looking instant camera but what can it do? With a set of built-in filters and new features like the Motion Mode, it looks like a promising device.
I finally try it out, with help from some doggies, on our hands-on video.
The SQ20 retails for US$ 199 in the US, PhP 12,999 in the Philippines, and SG$ 299 in Singapore.
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Disney’s Frozen has just released a trailer for the upcoming Frozen 2 and it looks all sorts of awesome. Starting with an intense scene with Elsa trying to get through an ocean with her powers, to Anna grabbing Kristoff’s sword… it gets pretty intense!
The trailer also features Sven, their trusty reindeer and, of course, Olaf the snowman. Starring Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kirsten Bell as Anna, and Josh Gad as Olaf in the double Oscar-winning original and bringing back directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, the sequel is expected to be even bigger and more action-packed. Frozen 2 is set to come out in theaters on November 22.
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