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

Even better if you’re on an iPhone



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



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!



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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