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Samsung Galaxy Watch review: Who is it perfect for?

The fashionista, the girl boss, or the fitness enthusiast

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At this year’s Unpacked, what excited me most was not the Note 9, but Samsung’s latest wearable. Simply named the Galaxy Watch, this smartwatch boasted better performance than previous wearable releases like the Galaxy Gear Sport and it also looked so good in that beautiful rose gold option.

So, what can this watch do? Who is it for? Will it match all #OOTDs? I set out to get answers.


For the fashionista

If you’re the fashion-forward type and you’re looking for a wearable that looks as good as it works, the Galaxy Watch should definitely be on your list of possibilities.

I still believe that the Galaxy Watch is one of the best-looking smartwatch options out there. And when I say best-looking, I mean it will go with most outfits: Work attire? Check. Night out? Definitely. Casual? You betcha.

I barely took it off because it just went with most things I threw on. The Galaxy Watch can easily become a daily wardrobe staple because of how classic-looking it is. It’s basically my favorite accessory now.

There are two watch sizes, the 46mm which is admittedly too big for my wrists, but looked good nonetheless, and the 44mm which has a rose gold version that I’m totally in love with. It also comes with matching straps in a faint pink that looks oh-so-good. The best part? It’s silicone, but it doesn’t look it. This just means you don’t have to worry about the straps getting dirty, wet, or sweaty which is a great victory if you plan to wear it every day like I’ve been doing. There’s also a myriad of strap options so you can also change things around.

Of course, the normal gray and silver options are available too, but why pick those when you can get this? 😍

The screen looks bright and amazing on this thing, and hyper-real watch faces can make it look like a classic timepiece. Yes, I did a double take when I first saw them. 👀 You can also change your watch face to many other fun options depending on your mood.

But, enough about looks (even if it really, really looks awesome and I can’t get over that fact). This timepiece is pretty powerful, too. Having the Galaxy Watch on your wrist means seeing social media alerts and notifications without looking at your phone or you can even set it up to take remote photos of you, perfect for shooting your own #OOTDs.

And, that’s not all…

For the girl boss

If you’re always on the go; if you want added functionality from something that you can effortlessly wear, consider the Galaxy Watch.

I know my phone is right there but looking at this watch is way more fun

Like mentioned earlier, it will give you alerts or notifications straight from your phone. You can set it to vibrate or do an audio alert for certain things and customize notifications depending on which app alerts you want to be bothered with.

I love that you not only get message alerts on this watch, you can also reply either via typing with the iconic Samsung wearable rotating bezel that this watch still features, voice dictation, or you can even scribble letters for text replies. You may also make and answer calls on it but IRL, I still feel pretty weird talking to my watch so I stick to my phone for that. It’s still nice to know, though, that I have this option.

There’s also a function that gives you morning and evening briefings to help you wrap up and start off each day with a bang.


Admittedly, I only ever got updates on my activity and step count. I would have loved for the watch to tell me calendared activities, reminders, or even appointments but it didn’t do that because all that information was on my Google accounts and not on my Samsung calendar. I’m not actually sure if this briefing function could or would work as I imagined, but heck, I’m not moving my data out of Google to find out.

That being said, it has to be pointed out that the watch does work best with Samsung devices — everything just seems more seamless. But, don’t worry, the Galaxy Watch will still work fine with other smartphones.

Normal watch face versus Always On Display

One thing that was definitely improved on this wearable is the battery time. As much as I enjoyed the previously released Gear Sport, the one-day battery life was a deal breaker. Samsung remedied that on the Galaxy Watch which now lasts up to three days. Of course, turning on certain functions like the Always On display zaps the battery faster. Personally, I would’ve loved longer battery time, but three days is so much better than one so I’ll take it!

For the fitness enthusiast

Casual health trackers, those dipping their feet into the fitness pool, and people who appreciate wearables with extra health functions will enjoy this watch.

For one thing, you can go straight from any attire (because this watch will definitely match it) to gym wear. I always say that the best fitness tracker is one that’s always on your wrist so since this thing will match most #OOTDs, you better keep it on — and that makes it a clear winner in that department.

The Galaxy Watch tracks your step count, calories burned, floors climbed, and even your heart rate. This time around, you also have the option to do continuous heart rate tracking, but this will definitely kill your battery. There are workout shortcuts on the watch that’s designed for easier exercise tracking, but the watch will, nonetheless, automatically track your activities no matter where you are… even in the water. Yep, it’s waterproof.

Went swimming with my watch for this review

I did notice, though, that the automatic tracker wasn’t as accurate as I’d like. On a day where I did an hour of Kali martial arts and an hour-long gym session, Daily Briefing told me I was only active for 26 minutes — certainly not the case! Heart rate tracking also takes a little while when it’s on default frequent mode which only measures your heart rate every 10 minutes if you’re still. This poses a problem for me since the one time I’d want to check my heart rate would be when I’m moving, grooving, and exercising.

All this being said, if you’re a serious sports tracker, or you’re looking for a wearable for the sole purpose of tracking fitness, this might not be for you.

Just me tracking my stress levels

The Galaxy Watch also tracks and records sleep, stress levels, and it even has a relaxation app which gives you breathing exercises.

Everything is collated in the Samsung Health app. Of course, this works best with Samsung phones, but you can install this on any device — you’d have to, with the Galaxy Wearable app, to get to your data from the Galaxy Watch.

Final thoughts

All things considered, the Galaxy Watch is a promising wearable. It’s something I’d wear just because of how great it looks and for those who still struggle with how most smartwatches look (yes, I hear you, girls!), this might be the perfect fit.

Despite caveats, especially in the health tracking department, this watch offers all-around functionality without compromising fashion — and isn’t that what we all dream of when it comes to wearables?

Photos by Joshua Vergara

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Sound on with Mikme: An easy way to record good audio

Even better if you’re on an iPhone

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I’ve always been a writer and my journey into content creation has been a curious one. These days, I’ve ventured into creating video — a new exacting but fun medium. One thing I’ve learned though: You may think you’re mostly dealing with visuals, but sound quality adds a whole lot to each video.

That being said, and me being the furthest from being an audiophile, I set out to find the easiest and simplest way I could record great audio without all the wires and gadgets and gizmos that I’ve seen other people work with.


Enter this godsend mic in a box which fits the palm of my hands and solves all my audio woes: The Mikme.

It’s simple enough to use, press the leftmost button that serves as a power button…

L-R: Power button, Bluetooth pairing button, Micro-USB port, audio port, volume buttons

… and hit record which is that big button up top. Literally, nothing could be easier.

And despite it being pretty straightforward, there are a lot of other things it can do, too. Tapping the record button twice in a row will play your last recording and pressing and holding will allow you to soundcheck — provided you plug in some earphones. Each Mikme has storage built in and you can choose between 16GB, 8GB, or 4GB options. All that means is you need not worry about SD cards or micro-SD cards ever again.

It’s not just the ease of use, though. The sound quality on this thing is very good, as it should be. Inside that black case, the Mikme is basically a condenser mic — the type usually used in studios for hardcore recordings (my way of saying it’s one serious mic). Even with my untrained ears, I hear the difference, especially because I don’t record in sound-proof rooms most of the time.

Honestly, I now use this tiny thing to record all my voice-overs. I’m not even going to attempt to explain or describe it, you just have to hear it yourself. You can do that by listening to the voice-overs here and here.

I have all good things to say about this tiny device and in so many ways, I consider it my audio lifesaver. But, there’s one caveat.

This mic also has Bluetooth capabilities which is a great thing in itself. It literally connects to a Mikme app that will allow you to shoot video with your phone with audio from the Mikme. Mindblowing stuff, really, except it only works for iPhones. 😢

As we hear the collective, agonized screams of Android users the world over with the collective sighs of what great sounding videos could be shot with a Mikme-iPhone partnership, I take it as a testament of how good this mic is. Even without the Bluetooth connectivity feature and despite sticking with my Android for now and the foreseeable future, I’ll probably still be rocking the Mikme. That says a lot.

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The Vivo x Benefit Cosmetics blossom pink V15 box set is here and I want it

Making blooming selfies possible

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Vivo has just announced a partnership that I am so here for and the resulting phone is oh so pretty!

 

The smartphone company unveiled a collaboration with Benefit Cosmetics, a makeup brand we all know and love, to release a phone/makeup box set that will definitely excite the ladies.


The highlight of the kit: Vivo’s blossom pink V15 — the phone color I’ve always wanted but rarely got!

Yes girls, this special kit does not only have this beautifully colored handset, it also includes Benefit box o’ powders in two shades: Dandelion Twinkle and the Gold Rush.

I am all for this partnership and the blooming selfies I will most definitely be able to shoot with this.

The Vivo x Benefit Kit will retail for PhP 17,999 starting May 25.

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Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition unveiled

There are Moschino cases, too!

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With Honor’s announcement of their Honor 20 series came a fashion collaboration that definitely excites me. The Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition was just announced and I love how extra it is.

The phone itself has the worlds “This is not a Moschino phone” stamped on the back in true Moschino fashion. Of course, there’s a matching wallpaper that says, what else: “This is not a Moschino wallpaper.”


There are also cases that follow that design lead…

My favorite, a case that features similar bold text for that Moschino flair and straps that you can even hook to your bag.

Though all designs are fresh, the partnership isn’t surprising. Moschino’s Jeremy Scott is known for collaboration; not to mention, Honor also teamed up with the Italian fashion brand for the Honor View 20’s design.

No details on pricing and availability for this particular version of the Honor 20 Pro is out yet but one thing’s for sure: I’m loving the fashion-tech partnership and I’m definitely hoping for more!

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