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Making the case for white smartphones

White over gradient, any day

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Trends come and go. Apart from notches and tall displays, 2018 saw playful colors and gradients make a big splash in the world of smartphones. I appreciate and celebrate this trend not only because as a producer I want our videos to look different each time, but also because it’s consumers who really benefit the most from having more options.

We’re seeing so many bold colors and gradients on phones this year because the line between technology and fashion is as blurry as ever. Smartphones in particular are no longer just handy computing devices; they’ve slowly become a status symbol and a fashion statement.


While I always wish phones came in more colors and never hide my excitement every time a new phone is released in my favorite shade of blueI found myself drooling over those that come in white more. Even if flashy gradients are all the rage these days, here’s why I’d rather buy a white smartphone in 2018.

Mixing and matching is not a problem

The Mi Mix 2s is an all-white phone that comes with a matching matte white case out of the box

Having a colored phone doesn’t stop anyone from buying cases that may or may not match them, but do know that color blocking takes a whole different level of sartorial power. Using a clear plastic case to show off that beautiful back isn’t exactly making a statement either, lest you should look kitschy.

In the case of white phones (no pun intended), it’s easier to find one in whatever color and material you might like. Whether you’re feeling bold, feminine, or effortless, you’re sure to find a whole range of options that won’t clash with both your device and your look.

It’s not a fingerprint magnet

The Nokia 7 Plus has a matte back and metallic copper accents

Unlike clothes, shoes, or bags wherein white almost always attracts stains, smudges aren’t as visible on white phones, a pain point of a lot of gadgets these days, glossy or matte. Use it without a case and a white phone will look just as pristine as it did on day one — unless you drop it.

White is timeless

A white, pearlescent Huawei P20 Pro was recently announced in Berlin, some six months after the phone launched

If fashion shows are any indication, whether it’s several brands’ 2019 spring/summer collection or autumn/winter looks from five years ago, white will always be on trend.

Gadgets are an investment, and like a lot of classic pieces in your wardrobe, they should last a few years without going out of style. If you’re spending so much on a smartphone, wouldn’t you want to buy something you’d want to use for a really long time, instead of a color that was cool for just one season?

For some people, that classic shade is black, but in so many ways it’s become a generic choice in my eyes. I also associate black more with either hardcore tech or the cheap-looking devices of the past, instead of modernity and panache.

It’s bold, not boring

In an industry that puts a premium on standing out and being different, there’s value in carrying a device that doesn’t scream for attention all the time. Take it from the Duchess of Cambridge herself, a fashion icon, trendsetter, and outfit repeater: toning it down is a virtue.

Picking white over colored phones is safe, but like all-white outfits, it’s a choice that also represents confidence, simplicity, and elegance all at the same time.

Some may argue that white is too plain, that bold colors are the future, or that once you go black you’ll never go back. What I know is this: White doesn’t have to be boring; there are so many subtle ways to make it look different without being over-the-top. It’s flexible and chic; you can dress it up or dress it down as you please.

At the end of the day, one color isn’t really better than the other as it ultimately boils down to preference, and options are important in finding one’s ultimate GadgetMatch. But if standing out is what you feel will get you far in life, ask yourself if you’d really rather let a phone steal the spotlight away from the one that truly matters — YOU.

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

Even better if you’re on an iPhone

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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 microSD 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

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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!

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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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