Anker over Apple’s charger

Anker PowerPort III mini

When I upgraded to the iPhone 13 Pro Max via Globe Postpaid, I knew I needed to invest in some accessories as the unit will only include the cable but not the charger and headphones. Before the pandemic, I got myself an Airpods Pro that was replaced twice thankfully for free due to a known defect, and a flat Qi wireless charger which I got really cheap that stays at home. While I got used to just carrying the cable with me and using my laptop to charge my iPhone, on several occasions I was dead-bat because I don’t have a USB-C brick or I have no device to attach the USB-C cable to. And so I’ve been eyeing on getting the better and more affordable Apple alternatives, particularly from Anker.

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Shocked by this G-Shock

September ended with life throwing lots of surprises and even more shocking news. Yes, I’ve been very busy but the same month thankfully I was able to privately celebrate my birthday with loved ones and took the opportunity to take a break and reward myself, my wrist actually, with my first CasiOak. It’s what fans termed the now classic Casio G-Shock GA2100-1A1 that bears similar designs to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, as both watches share an octagon bezel with a round crystal and stick-shaped hour markers. Lucky to have caught it at a shockingly low price!

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Alexa on the dot

The Amazon Echo Dot by CC Lozano

I actually got this Echo Dot last year as a holiday gift to myself, the only unit left at a local store where I queued supposedly to buy the collectible Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. by Nintendo, but my curiosity as to how it compares to Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant got the best of me. This awesome find and “it” here is of course Alexa, Amazon’s own version of the intelligent personal assistant. Well, let’s just say I’ve had really good convo with Alexa especially when it comes to history, news updates, and trivia. This 4th generation smart speaker, available in three colors and costs around Php 3,000 here, now sports a spherical design and smaller than the previous model. There’s another version with an LED display that costs a bit more, but makes it a more appropriate bedside toy as it shows time or outside temperature when asked.

While this cute little ball of a speaker sounds surprisingly good given its size, it lacks the thumpy bass and volume vibes you’d want to hear when playing music. But it’s really Alexa and the amazing AI behind it that got me talking to it like it’s my personal secretary.

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