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Top Singaporean photographers take the iPhone XS for a spin

Time for a photo test!

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For a lot of people today, cameras are the most important feature on a phone. The thing is, you can really only test a camera when you use it in real-life scenarios.

So some of Singapore’s top iPhone photographers took a photo walk, and here’s what they captured with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Darren Soh

@darrensohphoto

Darren’s pro tips: “Use iOS apps to the fullest of their ability.” He uses apps like SunSeeker, Halide camera, and Hydra.

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Aik Beng Chia 

@aikbengchia

Aik’s pro tip: “Getting a subject to be comfortable in front of you is definitely one of the biggest challenges. Make sure your subject is comfortable so they can feel natural and be themselves as this will have an impact on your portrait. You can also use the Depth Control feature on your iPhone XS and XS Max to help the subject stand out and choose the aperture of the photo precisely.”

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Yafiq Yusman

@_yafiqyusman_

Yafiq’s pro tip: “To get interesting angles, try putting your iPhone horizontally and taking a panorama vertically to, for example, capture the height of buildings.”

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Yais Yusman

@_yaisyusman_

Yais’ pro tip: “Also, my all time favorite apps are Snapseed and VSCO. The most helpful tools in Snapseed are definitely the Selective Adjustment and the new tool called Perspectives. I use VSCO to put on some filter and make sure that my photos are of similar tones.”

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Javan Ng 

@javan

Javan’s pro tip: “Framing is essential! Use the elements of the space you’re in to create an interesting composition and experiment to discover what creates the greatest effect.”

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Ivan Kuek 

@phonenomenon

Ivan’s pro tip: “To get the most from Portrait mode, make sure the background is a distance from the subject to create a better bokeh effect. Portrait mode is also very good for capturing not just popped images, but also food and other still life subjects.”

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Ernest Goh 

@theanimalbookco

Ernest’s pro tip: “Use the optical zoom to do close-up images to get amazing details or to make tight crops in compositions to get interesting patterns.”

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What could the new unicorn Xiaomi Mi 9 be called?

Xiaomi asked and people have answered

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Xiaomi’s new flagship is coming and, of course, the Chinese brand wastes no time in telling us that we’re going to want this new phone. Over the weekend, Xiaomi showed off the Mi 9’s color options and I am swooning.


The three colors posted all include a beautiful gradient in black, one in blue, and another in a purple-pink hue. Let’s look at that last one again:

The color, which people have been quick to call unicorn, has no official name. Global spokesperson Donovan Sung asked Twitter world what they could possibly name it.

There were a number of interesting and funny answers:

Of course, we had our own guesses:

If there’s any clue, though, it would be this reply:

The official Xiaomi Twitter account did conduct a poll calling it Lavender Violet the day before Donavan Sung sent out the tweet…

Until we have this confirmed, we’re calling it unicorn Mi 9. 🦄 Besides, whatever they call it, it’s looking like a very pretty color and I want it!

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PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone

It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!

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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.

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Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

Trying out the new Motion Mode on doggies!

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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.

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

READ ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

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