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Fitbit Versa, my 1st Smartwatch!

For a while, I’ve been looking around for a smart watch. I wasn’t happy with the designs until I found out about a new Fitbit Versa. I decided to go with the 229.95 USD special edition (with extra band and Fitbit Pay), so my hubby ordered it for me from the US. After using it everyday for about 2 months and I would like to share my honest review here!

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The watch is slim and not too bulky. With its charcoal woven band, I like how comfortable it feels. Apart from tracking steps, distance and active minutes, it also tracks calories I burned which depends on how active I am each day. When I do my T25 exercise in the mornings, the watch recognizes the exercise and tracks it immediately. The sleep tracking is super on point due to the heart rate tracker.

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What I love the most is actually the silent alarm! This function is useful, especially I don’t want to disturb my hubby when I have to wake up earlier then him in some mornings. It’s very effective that I completely stopped using my alarm clock. I also never miss a call again with its notification. In general, I enjoy using it as my primary watch and sometime it also give me cute badges with interesting facts.

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Pro

  • Attractive and lightweight design with comfortable band
  • Every tracking functions are pretty on point, especially sleep
  • Reasonable and affordable price (199.95 USD for normal edition)
  • Water resistant to 50 m. for wear in pool or rain and tracks swim
  • About 4 days battery life for 1 charge (only 15 min. is needed)
  • Fitbit app (for iOS) is easy to navigate and read the data
  • Silent alarm, call notification, & woman health is useful

Con

  • For iPhone users, notifications are limited to calls and SMSs
  • Food and drink for calories input are quite limited
  • Limited apps (Starbucks and Spotify please!!!)
  • Payment function is not usable in Thailand

Conclusion: 4.5/5

Note: I didn’t use all of the available functions, such as music and on-screen workout, so I can’t give my review on that particular things.

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Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-3 SQ

Last year (2017), Fujifilm launched a new hybrid instant camera for a new square format film, instax SQUARE SQ10. I was mildly interested in it because of the square film. This new camera is quite pricey (approx. 280 USD) and I’m not in to its hybrid ‘instagram like’ features (digital camera + instant printer). I keep waiting for Fujifilm to release a new line of instant cameras with this type of film. However, three months later, the company added a new portable printer to the instax SHARE product line instead. I enjoy the instax SHARE SP-1 so much when I got it in 2014. So, I decided to buy the new instax SHARE SP-3 SQ. I found that it’s what I want and about 80 bucks cheaper than the SQ10. 🙂

There are two color options for the SP-3, black or white. I already own a white SP-1, so I picked the black one. The build and design of this printer is nice and sleek. The quality of the print out is good as expected. The only downside is the price of the square instant film (16.99 USD per 10 exposures). I think I will mainly use it for special occasions, like birthday or wedding. As for printing on the go or scrapbook, I would recommended the SP-1 or its updated model, instax SHARE SP-2. because the instax mini film is cheaper and easier to find.


Read more about the instax SHARE SP-1 here:
https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/instant-cameras-never-die/

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Wacom Intuos Comic Creative Pen & Touch Tablet

I feel sad for my 5 years 5 months 15 days old Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch Tablet as it’s getting laggy. I think my almost 3 years old MacMini is also part of the problem. (Thinking about getting a new computer by the end of this year, perhaps MacBook Pro or Surface Book, we shall see!) Anyway, i decided to order a new one, a Wacom Intuos Comic Creative Pen & Touch Small Tablet (Black). Its active area is 152 x 95 cm (6.0 x 3.7 inches). Included in the box are the tablet, pen, USB cable, 3 x replacement pen nibs, software download instructions/code, quick starter guide and installation CD. It would be better if a small soft case is included. I have to order the case separately, for 19.95 USD from Amazon. What make this ‘Comic’ one different from another versions (Draw, Art, Photo) is the downloadable software pack. It comes with a Comic Pack including: Clip Studio Paint Pro and Smith Micro Anime Studio. However, i haven’t try them out yet as i already have Manga Studio 5 installed on my current computer.

Pro:

  • reasonable and affortable price (4,050 THB or about 115 USD)
  • smooth working surface with grid system (dots are printed on the surface)
  • small and light, very portable to carry around (need to buy the case first)
  • with 4 customisable shortcut keys which located above the working surface
  • driver can be downloaded directly from the website and it’s easy to install

Con:

  • need to spend extra for a wireless kit (38.77 USD on Amazon) and the case
  • the pen doesn’t fit with the loop on the top side of the tablet (i was so surprised!)

Conclusion: 4.5/5

I enjoy using it so far and i don’t mind the small size because all i’m doing is touching up my scanned handmade works. If you plan to use it mainly for digital art, i recommended the bigger one (medium size) instead.

Keep Calm and Be Creative!

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Source: Tablet image is from http://www.reichelt.de/

https://www.wacom.com/en-us/products/pen-tablets/intuos-comic

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Jawbone UP2, my 2nd Activity Tracker!

I broke my first activity tracker within 6 months after started using it… Sadly enough! I loved the Misfit Flash but it was too fragile for my taste. Nonetheless, it’s a good product. You can read the review here:

https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/misfit-flash-my-1st-activity-tracker/

My in-laws decided to get me another one and this time it’s the UP2 from Jawbone!

Pro: I like the look and feel of it. 🙂 The band is quite thin like a bracelet, so i can wear it with my watch. The band is pretty smart. It automatically detects my workout without needed to be logged manually. Moreover, “UP” on IOS is the best app of them all! Jawbone really does it right. I also benefits from the “UP Coffee” where i can track my caffeine intake and associate the data with my sleep patterns from the main app. Great feature!

Con: I have to charge it every week as the battery will last about 7-8 days in my experience. Unlike the Misfit Flash, the UP2 is only water resistant. (Showering is fine actually.) I wish the band is waterproof, so that i can swim with it.

Conclusion: 4/5

I love it! However, i wish there is a better product out there… maybe the combination of Misfit Flash/Shine and Jawbone UP2 would be a perfect one! LOL

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https://jawbone.com/fitness-tracker/up2

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My Top 10 Mobile Apps, 2015 Updated!

This is the updated version of the previous post on “My Top 10 Mobile Apps”, posted on June 2013.

https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/my-top-10-mobile-apps/

These are mobile applications that i use on a regular basis. I use some of them on both of my devices, iPhone 5s and iPad Mini 2. I got it 10 months ago to replace my Nexus 7 (1st Gen). Unfortunately, apps for Android are out of the question. 😦

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Anyway, here are my top 10 mobile applications. As no. 1-4 are the same as my previous post, i’m not gonna go into details.

1. Evernote

2. Wunderlist

3. Flipboard 

4. Instagram

5. Twitter (Free, Available for both IOS and Android)

After stopped using facebook for a while, Twitter becomes my everything! I use it to read news, communicate with friends, and write my thoughts. I’m following almost 350 accounts but have only 22 followers. Scrolling through the feed is the activity i do everyday on the skytrain to work. I’ve heard that there are better app for twitter out there. Suggestions are always welcome! 🙂

http://twitter.com/

6. YouTube (Free, Available for both IOS and Android)

YouTube is best thing during exercise! I watch videos on the exercise machine everyday for at least 45 minutes to an hour. The videos i watched are usually game playthroughs, tech reviews, movies/series aftershow talks, cooking shows, etc. I also enjoy listening to talk show videos in the background while working on something on my computer. Good for relaxing afternoon!

http://www.youtube.com/

7. Issuu (Free, Available for both IOS and Android)

This app is a platform of a huge collection of free-to-read publications, especially free magazines. I found a lot of design students’ portfolios on there as well. They are pretty cool to see! Btw, i only use the free account and it’s a read and limited upload. If you want to publish unlimited files, you need to pay. As for me, i use it to read-only, so the basic subscription is good enough.

http://issuu.com/

8. Spendee (Free, Available for both IOS and Android)

I switched from Saver to Spendee at the beginning of  2015. I like it more and more! The app is free with income/expense categories customization. You can use one wallet for free, which is perfect for me. Well, who needs more than one? I highly recommended it to anyone who wish to track your money inflow/outflow. I know exactly how much i spent on coffee each month!

http://www.spendeeapp.com/

9. AfterShip (Free, Available for both IOS and Android)

After lived in the US for a while, i’m addicted to online shopping and would like to know where are my packages. AfterShip app is tracking shipments and notifying their latest statuses. It supports over 130 couriers from all over the world, of course, the usual ones anyone’s heard of like FedEx, DHL, UPS, USPS, Thailand Post, EMS etc. Just perfect for shopaholic like me! LOL

https://www.aftership.com/

10. iCurrency Pad (0.99 USD, Available for IOS only)

Related to the app above, i mostly do my shopping abroad… especially from ebay.com, etsy.com and amiami.com (be sure to check this one out, if you like stuff from Japan). I have to convert currency all the time and this app is a good helping hand. It’s also pretty useful when travelling or plan a trip. I like that it shows graphs and favourite currencies can be set. Fast and super useful!

http://www.sollico.com/icurrencypad/

There are some apps that i use them from time to time, including “Happy Street” game (No.12 on the list). Yap, i’m still play that game… since September 2012!

11. Klok (Free, Available for IOS only)

I installed this time zone converter widget for iPhone because my hubby is in the Netherlands right now. On the “Today” page of notification, i can set up to 5 time zones and pick between analogue and digital clock face. I think it’s a nice addition for the notification that gives me a quick look into my hubby’s time zone when i want to communicate with him. Not the best app but quite ok.

http://www.buuuk.com/klok/

12. Happy Street

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Note-taking Crazy… like me!

Sorry for skipping the whole September and missing 2 posts! I had a problem with the internet at home and also busy with work as well as vacation. Today i’m back with one of my favourite note-taking tools, apart from using a traditional notebook! 🙂

I love taking notes, either with pen & paper or with computer! I’ve been using Evernote since the app was first launched on iOS. I write almost everything on there, except to-do list (which i use Wunderlist instead). With Evernote and internet access, my notes will sync across all the board. I installed Evernote on every devices i own, from iPhone, iPad, Mac Mini, to my work computer. I enjoy it so much, such a great innovation! Recently, i decided to take it to another level by updated to Evernote Plus! The paid service costs 400 THB per year (and i also got extra 3 months). I’m sure it worth every penny, only approx. 27 THB per month. This upgrade allows me to access my notes offline and add passcode lock to protect them (only on mobile app).

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Evernote also has a Premium subscription that costs 800 THB per year. I think it works best for business. As for me, the Plus is enough! I highly recommended Evernote for everyone! You just have to start at the Basic level and it’s Free. Then, you can move up when you see fit. It’s really great tool for organising your thoughts and ideas, including managing tasks. Right now, i have more than 130 notes ranging from simple notes to artwork ideas. So, check it out and i hope you enjoy it as well as i do… although i’m a bit extreme (that’s what my hubby said). 😀

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Source: http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/

https://evernote.com/

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Hair Straightener, my personal BA!

Stay beautiful, ladies! 😀 I recently got my hands on the new hair straightener by Philips and i think it’s really good. I use it after dried my hair with a normal dryer. I feel that it doesn’t damage my hair because i can adjust temperature (150, 175 and 200 C) to fit the condition of my hair. With my problematic slightly wavy and very fluffy hair, this thing will be my BA until i get hair rebonding, a straightening treatment!

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Philips Moisture Protect Straightener (HP8372)

1. Innovative Moisture Protect sensor

Diagnoses my hair 30 times per second and adapts the temperature to preserve natural hydration

2. Ionic conditioning

Prevents static for smooth, frizz free, shiny hair

3. Floating straightening plates

Apply less pressure to hair to reduce the risk of breakage

As for hair dryer, i use the Panasonic ionity Silent Design 1500 (EH5374) which is also pretty good too. 🙂

Anyway, sorry for the short review! I’ve just started working at the new office at the beginning of March and still adjusting myself to the new environment. Wish me luck!