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Why size matters: A woman’s perspective on phone size trends

Girls have needs

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“It’s not the size, it’s the performance.” Sure.

Honestly, that may apply to other things, but just not smartphones — you know, things that need to be in our teeny tiny hands to use. Here are a number of reasons why the “bigger is better” mentality is taking away from women’s smartphone experiences.


Top three reasons:

Our thumbs

Like, literally not being to reach everything on the phone screen because of our short thumbs attached to the small hands.


We’re not pointing short fingers here; it’s no one’s fault but anatomy’s. But, when it’s a physiological problem, we sort of hope that we get more than two small phone flagship options (as of last count: Samsung Galaxy S10e, Google Pixel 3) when at least 50 percent of the targeted users are affected. After all, we can buy new phones but not longer thumbs.

Small pockets and skinny jeans

Now that there’s been an advancement in the fight for pockets (yes folks, pockets on dresses are a thing), we have to talk about actually fitting things in there. When I say things, I mean my phone which I want to be able to keep in my pocket. Admittedly, we women tend to have smaller pockets based on various other factors but the simple equation is: Smaller bodies = smaller clothes = smaller pockets.

Not to mention, tight pants and clothes mean less space for us so why would you be so cruel as to deprive us of the utility of pocket use with your humongous phones?

Pretty tiny purses

Sure, we can always get bigger purses, but then the men in our lives will keep on asking to put their stuff in it because “it fits, anyway” so we’re not having that.

The cute purses we enjoy, on top of matching our outfits to a T, serve a utility: A space for lipstick, cash, and other emergency knick-knacks like tampons, mints, or Advil for when we get headaches from being treated as the lesser sex (but that’s another story). We’d love to throw in our smartphone in there… if it would fit…

Solutions I’m shooting down

Phone accessory galore

If the sudden uptick in PopSocket sales isn’t an indication that there are people having trouble holding on to their phones, I don’t know what is. As an avid PopSocket user myself, I can swear by how useful these things are. And sure, you get a better grip on your phone but it doesn’t really solve any of my screen reach problems.

Cute accessories like this phone case purse hybrid from Casetify exist but they are few and far between. Plus, they’re only available for certain phones so unless you’re on an iPhone, tough luck finding one that fits your device.

“But Isa, what if you can wear your phone?”

Yes, I get how that fixes things: It has a smaller, reachable screen and you won’t have to worry at keeping it in your purse or pocket. But folks, it looks like this:

ZTE Nubia’s Alpha wearable

Until I can wear my smartphone, and wear it looking great, I won’t stop at wanting smaller ones.

IMHO and other perspectives

Wider displays are always welcome, sure, but with disappearing bezels and companies forcing those notches in our faces, I don’t see why phones can’t shrink back to a size that fits my palms.

In the history of time, not once have I complained about having a screen that’s too small on a mobile phone because if I needed a bigger screen, tablets and TVs exist. Sure foldable phones are cool but why can’t these phones fold to a size that actually fits my small purse.

If phones folded this way… maybe they will fit my skinny jeans’ pocket?

I do recognize that like phones, women come in all shapes, sizes, and perspectives — bless the folk who believe we should only come in cookie-cutter shapes — so there are still probably those who disagree with my points here and that’s okay. They have the choice and no one’s stopping them. But I don’t with these phones and I can’t even. 🙄 That’s the problem.

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Magazines finally come to Apple News

Apple’s newest subscription service

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You’ll finally be able to get Vogue on your phone monthly. 💃🏽

Apple’s last event saw no hardware. Instead, the tech giant showcased a number of new services. One such service brings 300 magazines to their platform.


Apple News+ brings reading magazines to a whole new level. With live covers formatted for whatever device you’re using, magazines will now be an even more immersive experience.

Intuitive navigation, dynamic layouts, and interesting titles are all big selling points of Apple’s newest addition to their news subscription service.

Aside from that, though, Apple touts privacy and security — a recurring theme in this year’s event. Apple News+ creates a tailored experience for each user but all this personalization happens on your device. This means the company doesn’t know what you read, and neither will advertisers.

The new service costs US$ 9.99 per month for access to all this content. Plus, you can share your subscription with family. Starting today, you can get Apple News+ in the US and Canada by downloading an update. The service will come to Europe and UK in fall 2019.

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How to use your selfie camera for better photos

The front-facing camera is all you’ll ever need

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When someone says “selfie,” most people think of photos similar to this:

Shot with the Honor 10 Lite

And while there’s nothing wrong with photos like these, I’m here to tell you that pictures with your smartphone’s front-facing cameras can be way better. No, really.


In this article, I’ll walk you through how to get picturesque selfie shots that are Instagram-worthy.

First off, you’ll need a smartphone with a powerful selfie cam. Gone are the days when front shooters were considered secondary cameras. Brands have now recognized the importance of selfie shooters and they’re now putting in even better ones — thank heavens! The weapon of choice for this activity was the Honor 10 Lite with a 24-megapixel camera equipped with AI.

The next step is finding a great spot. Find a way to mount your phone — whether it be with a phone tripod, or entails propping it up on a wall or your coffee mug (like I did). What’s important is that your phone is on a stable place. Now you can fix your framing!


The camera timer is the most commonly used feature for these photos. All you need to do is turn it on and pose.

Actual outtake shot on the Honor 10 Lite

My favorite selfie feature would be the Palm Gesture. Simply raise up your palm when you’re ready. This saves you the trouble of having to physically tap the shutter button over and over. On the Honor 10 Lite, there’s also the Smile Shutter feature which triggers the shutter every time you smile, and the Volume Control feature which triggers the shutter when you say “Cheese,” or when your voice reaches a certain decibel.

How Palm Gesture works

What I love about shooting with the selfie cam is the fact that it shows me what my photo looks like before I hit the shutter. This means I can move around and make sure none of my body parts are cut out. I can also make sure I’m not shooting an unflattering angle and adjust accordingly. Here are just some samples I shot with the Honor 10 Lite:

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WATCH: How to take IG-worthy selfie portraits


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Honor.

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Nike’s new booth is an Instagramable fitness challenge

Just do it

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Nike’s newest booth, located in Bonifacio High Street, Metro Manila, has been turning heads.

The place features a bunch of colorful decors which include, of all things, giant donuts.


Nike’s new Epic React Flyknit 2 is also on display…

As well as a lot of other photogenic props.

It’s the perfect spot for a good athleisurewear #OOTD!

But, that’s not all the spot is good for.

The booth is home to Nike’s Go More, Get More trialing program. Basically, you get to try the new Flyknits and earn points while doing so.

Those points convert to prizes and digital rewards from Nike!

Doesn’t that sound fun? Like Nike goes, Just do it!

The Go More, Get More program will run from March 19 to April 19 and it will be open to the public Mondays and Wednesdays from 4pm to 10pm; Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 2pm and 4pm to 10pm.

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