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Ungrip review

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The tech tragedy of the 21st century aren’t exploding smartphones or those weird zen lawn cases; it’s the inescapable reality that after years and years of trying to make mobile phones smaller, the trend is now towards making smartphones bigger! All this is a disappointment to me and my small, dainty hands.

It was a cumbersome affair when I finally succumbed to such technological advances in the form of the bigger iPhone 6s, which I could hardly grasp. Obviously, there was something amiss in the hand-to-phone ratio.

The iPhone 6s is simply a handful  literally and figuratively.

Being the millennial I am, there was simply no way I’d part with my phone or be bothered with using two hands for texting.

Catch me, I’m falling!

I had to find a solution, for the sake of cute selfie optimization (yes, no selfies if you can’t even hold on to your phone). I sought to solve this dilemma with, well, more technology.

Phone rings, knobs, and hooks all served the purpose, but they really didn’t look cute and were bulky AF.

My search for what I dubbed the “small hands selfie enabler” took an exciting turn when I discovered Ungrip. I was ready to use it without even knowing what it was for just because of how pretty it looked.

As nice as it looked, the small thing also packed a punch in functionality.

The cloth strap allows for versatility when handling your phone without adding much to the size of your gadget (because the last thing we need is an even bigger phone size).

Ungrip is surprisingly strong, too!

The cloth strap itself is replaceable so you don’t have to worry about it getting dirty, and the mount has a hole you can loop lanyards or extra straps in.

Ungrip uses 3M adhesive tape (which is surprisingly powerful) to stick to your phone or case.

It comes with extra tape (and instructions!) in case you’d want to remove and mount the Ungrip on something else.

Honestly, I didn’t think such cute things can be so useful.

I have complete faith in Ungrip when it comes to my phone, and that says a lot because not even death will pry my phone from my cold, dead hands. If you still don’t believe me, remember that sometimes you just have to trust and let go.*

*applicable to phones and life in general.

SEE ALSO: LuMee Case review

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Cheap Unlimited Airline Wi-Fi: #TravelHacks (Episode 1)

Plus our favorite travel gadget!

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In the very first episode of #TravelHacks, we fly to Singapore on Singapore Airlines’ new 787-10 regional business class. I show you how to pick the right kind of luggage, give you tips on how to live out of a suitcase, get unlimited Wi-Fi on flights, taste the world’s cheapest Michelin Star meal, and of course, talk about my perfect travel gadget.

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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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This titanium strap elevates the way your Apple Watch looks

And doesn’t deplete your savings

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Although Nomad is best known for its beautifully crafted Horween Leather accessories, that doesn’t stop the company from trying other things like the Tesla Model 3 wireless charger from six months ago. This time around, the company dabbles in something familiar but still different — its first metal Apple Watch bands.

The new straps come in silver and space gray, and fits the 42mm/44mm models. There’s no word yet on rose gold and gold bands, as well as straps compatible with the smaller 38mm/40mm models.

The company promises the metal bands to be as light as possible, while maintaining that premium feel and durability thanks to the use of high-grade titanium.

The straps come with Nomad’s custom lugs and over twenty titanium links — ten of them removable — that you can customize according to your wrist size, as Nomad is including the link removal tool in the package.

Nomad’s new titanium Apple Watch bands are available now for US$ 179.95 on the Nomad website; that’s half the price of Apple’s own metal link band.

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