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Things to buy instead of a $1,450 iPhone XS Max

Putting context to that crazy price tag



The new iPhones are out and with the release of Apple’s newest flagships come not only top of the line phones, but also the possibility of burning a hole through your pocket. Priced at US$ 1,450 for the top-tier iPhone XS Max with 512GB storage, to say that handset prices have skyrocketed would be an understatement.

Admittedly, it’s easy to fall into the trap and allow yourself to fork out that amount of cash for these shiny new phones. But, before you allow Apple to take all your hard-earned cash, here’s a quick reminder of what you can buy with that small fortune you’re about to pay for a phone.

All the burger you can eat

At US$ 3.45, an iPhone XS Max is equivalent to 420 Double-doubles — that’s one burger for each day in a year plus a month and a half. Imagine all the In-N-Out goodness!

Two years worth of gym membership

And since I made you think of all those hamburgers, let me pivot to this: An iPhone XS Max will cost around as much as a two-year long membership at a fitness facility. Putting your gym cost at US$ 50 per month, that US$ 1,450 will get you 29 months of gym access. Perfect to burn those 420 burgers.

Makeup for you, your friends, and friends of your friends

Imagine buying 26 eyeshadow palettes. Well, with the price you’re about to pay for that phone, you actually can. Usually priced at US$ 54, you can get as many Naked palettes as you’ll ever need in your life. But, it gets better. These palettes were recently marked down since Urban Decay decided to discontinue the line. That just means you can actually buy 53 of these palettes at US$ 27, if you can find them in stores.

Beautiful, beautiful shoes

A pair of Louboutins is every girl’s dream. Nothing a beautiful pair of patent leather pumps with that red heel can’t do for a woman’s confidence. These classic Pigalle Follies are not just any footwear — they retail for a whopping US$ 695. This also means you can get a pair with what you’ll pay for an iPhone XS Max. Actually, you can get two pairs…

Champagne, champagne for everyone!

And since we’re celebrating your two pairs of designer heels, it’s time to pop open a bottle of champagne… which you hypothetically have 13 of because that’s how much Moet you can buy at US$ 105 each for the price of that new iPhone.

A designer bag

Since you’re living the good life with your Louboutins and Moet, you might as well look at getting yourself a bag that exudes the same extravagance. The basic Louis Vuitton Speedy Monogram will set you back US$ 1,000, which means you still have money left over to buy three bottles of Moet. All that versus getting just one smartphone.

An actual Apple computer

It’s funny because Apple’s new iPhone is so disgustingly expensive, there are actual MacBooks that are cheaper! A 13-inch 2017 MacBook will cost you US$ 1,299 which leaves you money left over for either 43 Double doubles, a three-month gym membership, two Naked palettes (or five, depending on what price you want to go with), or a bottle of Moet.

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These new Ikea curtains fight indoor pollution by filtering air

Talk about being functional!



Ikea has just announced groundbreaking technology that will not only add to your home decorating or homemaking ventures, as the brand has been apt to do; it will also help keep your living space cleaner by purifying indoor air.

This is Ikea’s Gunrid curtain and it works just like a plant: It breaks down harmful pollutants when it gets in contact with light. The fabric itself has undergone “mineral-based surface treatment” which enables it to destroy common indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and odor. And since the tech is in the fabric, future products aren’t, in theory, limited to just curtains.

Unknown to most, indoor air pollution is a big deal with some living spaces found to have conditions five times worse than other parts of the world and a higher death toll than outdoor pollution. Mauricio Affonso, Product Developer at Ikea Range & Supply says, “We are creating an affordable and space-saving air purifying solution that also makes the home more beautiful.”

Ikea hopes to put these Gunrid curtains on shelves by 2020.

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Samsung announces new generation of wearables

These include a tracker, watch, and wireless buds



Aside from the numerous Samsung flagships announced at Unpacked in San Francisco, there were also a number of wearables announced: The Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e, and the Galaxy Buds.

The Galaxy Watch Active is the sporty version of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch but without the iconic spinning bezel. It’s equipped with stress, fitness, and sleep tracking, plus GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth capabilities. Of course, it also has Bixby built in.

The watch also has wireless charging capabilities which will work well with the PowerShare-capable Galaxy S10. It runs on an Exynos 9110 processor and a 230mAh battery. It’ll come in four pretty colors: rose gold, sea green, black, and silver. It’ll be available on March 8 in the US for US$ 200.

The Galaxy Fit and Fit e are slim fitness wearables that will automatically track your activities. Equipped with a heart rate monitor and a 0.95-inch AMOLED display, this water-resistant baby is perfect for those who want something less obtrusive. They’ll be available in the second quarter of 2019.

Last but not least: The Galaxy Buds. Powered by AKG, you’re ensured a great listening experience. It boasts six hours of battery life for streaming and five hours on calls, with an additional seven hours with its charging case. That same case gives 1.7 hours of power on a 15-minute charge. Of course, it also has wireless charging.

These Buds are available starting March 8 and they’ll retail for US$ 129. It comes in three colors: black, white, and a fun yellow.

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Instagram photo challenge with the Samsung Galaxy S10

Hands-on with all three versions!



Samsung’s newest Galaxy S devices have just been announced and we’re blessed with three versions: The Samsung Galaxy S10e (small), the Galaxy S10 (big), and the Galaxy S10+ (big big!).

Each phone is equipped with a number of cameras so you know what that means: IG photo test!

In our Her GadgetMatch video, we check out what’s so cool about the new Samsung phones and test what the cameras can do. Spoiler: They do a lot!

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

SEE ALSO: Samsung’s new LED light cover is the phone case we’ve always wanted

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