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Photography with the Huawei Nova 2i: Behind the scenes

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How does the Huawei Nova 2i fare when it comes to documenting real-life everyday scenarios? I shot with the smartphone for four straight days to find out.

This handset is Huawei’s near-borderless budget offering. The big selling point? The Nova 2i has two shooters on each side of the device, four cameras altogether.

Huawei Nova 2i photo sample

My photography needs include IG photos, Snaps, Facebook posts, and all the selfies. For four days, I used this handset and shot four photos each day under different circumstances. This is how the quad shooters performed — also, a peek into my everyday life:

Day 1

Now, as the lifestyle-tech editor of GadgetMatch, I have a lot of demands for whatever smartphone I’m using. When I say demands, I mostly mean flatlays.

Below is a view of my work station at GadgetMatch HQ after I’ve cleaned up a little bit. No, my desk isn’t that tidy.

Huawei Nova 2i photo sample

Indoor; rear cameras

Part of my work demands also include taking lots of selfies because let’s be honest: A capable beauty mode can make you look and feel good. While shooting video for GadgetMatch, I usually get to play with the phone’s selfie shooters. This is one among many (like, many) selfies I took that afternoon. All in a day’s work!

Indoor; selfie cameras with beauty and bokeh mode

Of course, there are more photos to be shot and toy props to be tested out at our studio. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek into how our indoor shoots go. Don’t mind the tiny oranges; we just thought they looked as good as they tasted so we added them in.

Huawei Nova 2i photo sample

Indoor; rear cameras with wide aperture

Sometimes, our shoots extend until evenings. The photo below was taken five hours after Michael Josh flew in from Singapore and an hour into another shoot.

Indoor; selfie cameras with beauty and bokeh mode

We may be tired but beauty filters always keep us looking fresh! Yes, that’s the secret.

Day 2

The next day, I was flying to China for work-related stuff. But first, let me take a selfie!

Indoor, er, in plane; selfie cameras with beauty mode

Touchdown Hong Kong airport! Here’s a shot of some architecture I randomly took while in transit because I was being an artsy tourist. It turned out pretty well. *Pats myself on the back*

Huawei Nova 2i photo sample

Indoor shot of the outdoors; rear cameras

Finally in China — mandatory post with location tag! Here’s an outtake from the Instagram story I posted when I got there.

Huawei Nova 2i photo sample

Outdoor; rear cameras

Checked in, tucked in bed, and my hotel room ceiling view. It was a long day of travel and squeezing in some writing in between, but tomorrow’s another day!

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor shot; rear cameras

Day 3

Mornings start with coffee for me. Well, coffee and flatlays.

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

Met with Ayano, who is a Japanese tech journalist, over more coffee. Our table was the perfect subject for a flatlay, but I already did one for today so I decided to spare you. See? I care. ?

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

The cliché food shot never gets old to me. Trust me, dessert is almost always photogenic.

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

I finally headed out, so here’s a quick snap of an outdoor Christmas tree in China because… Christmas tree!

Huawei Nova 2i

Outdoor; rear cameras

Day 4

The last day started early with an indoor shoot in bathroom slippers. Admittedly, I could’ve composed this shot better, but I was busy working. This is as real as it gets.

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

Thankfully, lunch was a reward in itself. Yes, I am having an egg tart and dessert first thing because I’m an adult and I do what I want. I deserve this. ?

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

After all the hubbub, I’m still thankful that the work I do allows me to visit different places and try many things. It’s the quiet moments like this when all the work is done that I get to appreciate what I do. #Blessed

Huawei Nova 2i

Indoor; rear cameras

Of course, I end this piece with a selfie because — well, why not. Even I am surprised that there aren’t more selfies on here.

Indoor; selfie cameras with beauty and bokeh mode

There you go, four days with the Huawei Nova 2i. What do you think? Which photos are your favorite?

SEE ALSO: Huawei Nova 2i Review (Honor 9i)


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei.

Accessories

Travelon: Stylish anti-theft bags that look good with your outfits

Keep your gadgets and gizmos safe on every trip

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We’ve all heard the pitch: Travel bags that will protect your valuables, must-haves for any trip that’ll keep your gadgets and documents safe, ultimate strength bags that can’t ever be slashed, and so on…

As a traveler, I care a lot about my stuff’s security. However, I never really bought into the whole travel-safe bag hype for one reason: Most bags I’ve seen which advertised said safety travel features weren’t really good-looking in my eyes. I wanted travel-friendly packs that weren’t only functional, they needed to look good with my travel #OOTDs.

In an almost cosmic coincidence (I say this because I have a bunch of trips lined up), I discovered Travelon.

This brand carries a number of travel bags and lo and behold: I actually liked a lot of the bags on display in their store. This travel bag they sent me home with is one I’m particularly fond of.

Just me enjoying my new cute backpack that no one can ever steal from

The bag comes from Travelon’s tailored collection and comes in five different colors: onyx, sapphire, plumrose, aquamarine, and sable (which we have here). I love how muted this hue is, perfect for more dressed-up looks.

As good as it looks, this bag is also one tough cookie with slash-resistant panels built into it. Just how strong is it? Well, we tried it out and let’s just say shenanigans won’t cut it (literally).

Even its detailed straps are slash-proof so you can be sure they stay on your shoulders.

Unique to Travelon is their locking hardware. Zippers are fitted with clasps that act as an extra precaution. Your bags won’t be opened as easily because of this. You can lock it on either side of the zipper…

… or lock the two handles together.

Inside, your stuff is always organized. You won’t believe the number of pockets this bag has.

There are card compartments, a slot for your passport, even a pen holder, plus another zippered pocket. These compartments also block RFID meaning the information on your passport and credit cards are safe from scammers who will attempt to get your info through a random scan.

More space to carry the handful of review devices I travel with

There’s even a key holder because there’s nothing more infuriating than having to rummage through your bag for your keys.

All these features packed into an unassuming good-looking bag.

This particular bag is priced at US$ 80 which isn’t bad, most anti-theft bags are priced similarly.

And, if you’re going to spend, might as well spend on something that looks good, right?

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This is a notebook that will charge your phone because why not

One good-looking and useful planner!

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The good old notebook is being given an update.

If you’re still sentimental about stationery, or if you’re the pen and paper type of gal and you still can’t shake your organizer habits, this folio might be right up your alley.

The Tesmo notebook is a good-looking journal. The outside is bound by a durable leather material, there are slots for your pen, cards, and notes, plus you can easily refill the pages with standard A5-sized paper. What’s so different about this organizer then?

Place your phone on the notebook and you’ll find out. This organizer doubles as a wireless charger. Basically, it will charge any Qi charging-capable device — that means your iPhone X and most Android flagships — without even plugging in the phone.

With an 8000mAh battery capacity stored away in its cover, this notebook also allows simultaneous charging of up to three devices. It’s equipped with all the ports you’ll ever need: micro-USB, USB-C, and Lightning adapter.

It’s the journal that every career woman needs — well, okay, not exactly need. It would be cool, though. And, it’s honestly one profesh-looking planner. It comes in gray, black, and brown (pictured).

Check out their Kickstarter page here.

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What I learned about myself using Android Pie’s Digital Wellbeing Dashboard

Am I on my phone too much?

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When Android Pie was unveiled and released last week, I pretty much craved pie because everyone was talking about the delectable dessert. But, I was also very excited about one particular feature: The Digital Wellbeing Dashboard.

Image of me actually eating pie the day after the Android Pie unveiling

Announced earlier, this dashboard was supposed to be a ticket to a healthier lifestyle — well, at least in theory. In an effort to curb unhealthy phone user habits, a dashboard that tracks app usage is built in to Android’s newest operating system. Although not available to everyone as of writing, Pixel users (like yours truly) are able to try out the beta version of the dash. Since I’m a sucker for self-actualization and information that may potentially heal (and hurt) me, I tried it out for the last week or so and here’s what I learned.

I’m on my phone — a lot

No sh*t, Sherlock.

I know I’m always looking at these tiny screens but I didn’t realize I was literally living my life in front of it. A record day saw me looking at the screen for — get this — 11 hours and 55 minutes. That’s half a day! Legitimately, that’s the whole time I’m not sleeping. And take note, I review phones so this isn’t the only screen I look at in a day.

Given these numbers, I’m honestly unsure how I get anything else done in my life.

I get a ton of notifications

I mean sure, technology connects people, but I didn’t realize just how connected we are.

According to my data, I get around a minimum of 250 notifications per day and this number varies. At some point, there was a whopping 620 notifications. Let’s think about that for a minute; that means around 51 messages per hour in a 12-hour day. There are only 60 minutes per hour so that means almost a message for each freaking minute.

On average, Facebook Messenger tops the list for these notifications followed by Gmail and Telegram.

I check Instagram more than I should

Now, this is funny because as you just saw, Instagram isn’t on that list of top app notifiers. But, this might also be because I turned off IG notifications because they were distracting me (yay for being self-aware?). This health dashboard tells me that I unlocked my Instagram app most, with as many as 153 times in one day. This was, on average, followed by Facebook and Twitter.

The top three apps I spent time on are Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, which just tells me that I’m ‘gram crazy and I’m on social media too much (which isn’t really news to anyone).

Grayscale is annoying and I hate it

Part of the dashboard is a feature aimed at curbing being on your phone before bed (which I do a lot 🙄). Wind Down allows you to set such times and then gives you an option to turn on Do Not Disturb and a Grayscale that makes browsing less desirable for people who should be sleeping and not looking at their phones.

The mess of an app IG becomes on grayscale

Reading tweets on grayscale is weird and browsing through Instagram is just plain wrong. I guess, in that way, this function is effective in getting me to stop being on my phone — until I turned it off the next day and never turned it on again.

I refuse to turn on the app timer as I justify social media use as work

Say what you want because it’s true. 😅

See, there’s a timer option on the dash that allows you to limit app usage time. Thing is, I’ve never turned it on. Why? Because I work on the internet and turning it on may amount to catastrophic consequences.

I will keep using this to justify my action of disallowing app time limits, so what’s your excuse?

It must be noted that, as mentioned earlier, I use more than one phone on a daily basis and am on social media on my laptop a lot, too. That being said, it’s worth pointing out that this still isn’t a complete picture of my daily phone and internet habits. Even though this data only shows a fraction of the grand picture, it already says a lot.

As with everything in life, the choice is in your hands (er, on your phone). Though I am ultimately left to decide what to do about my phone habits, knowing is always the first step.

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