The Philippines is truly a nation of celebrations, with 18 public holidays every year a fiesta for each of our 144 cities and 1,490 municipalities and the longest Christmas season in the world.
No other country in the world celebrates the holidays like us Filipinos. We don’t just do a 100-day countdown, for us, Christmas season begins on the first day of September when the radio stations once again unleash the melodies of Jose Mari Chan hoping his calming voice could somehow lessen the chaotic days ahead
Yes, Christmas is supposed to be fun, but let’s be honest it can also be the most stressful time of the year.
Organizing all those office parties, scheduling family reunions, planning which food to prepare, making your Christmas list–and we haven’t talked about the traffic and parking problems you have to face once you step out of the house.
Going on a trip instead? You still have to consider the holiday rush when planning your trip, booking your hotels and keeping the kids entertained during those long drives or when waiting at the airport.
Christmas can be so hectic, but you can still make it that most wonderful time of the year.
All you need is a smartphone like the Honor 8X and these apps to keep you sane and safe and hack the Holidays.
- ORGANIZE YOUR SCHEDULES: EvenSanta checks his list twice, so why shouldn’t you? Become more productive by organizing your tasks and schedules.
If you still haven’t heard of Evernote, you’ve been missing out on one of the most popular apps for years. It features audio, text, picture, and various other types of notes. There are also excellent organization features, cross-device syncing, collaboration features, and more. If you want a free version you could go for Google Keep which is another excellent note taking app.
Any.do turns your calendar into a productivity tool letting you manage your time more intelligently with simultaneous overview of calendar events and tasks. It also quickly prioritize your do do list to achieve your most important goals. And if you are shopping you can create a grocery list with a group as well.
Also worth checking out is TickTick and ToDoist.
Now that you have arranged your task and schedules, you need a phone that can multitask just as well as you. The Honor 8X has a powerful Kirin 710 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM which lets you breeze through tasks and even lets you work in splitscreen mode.
- TRAVEL AND HOTEL BOOKINGS: Planning an out of town trip, or travelling abroad? Or maybe you have relatives coming over for a family reunion?
Make sure to download Trivago, Booking.com, or AirBnB to compare room rates and get the best deals. For airfare there’s SkyScannerand for buying tickets to different attractions and tourists destinations make sure you get it from Klook.
Since you’ll be browsing through a lot of hotels, rooms and airlines, you’ll need a long lasting phone that could keep up with your persistent bargain hunting. Honor 8X features intelligent power saving technology and a 3750mAh battery, that can last for more than one day on a single charge.
- KEEP YOURSELF ENTERTAINED:“Are we there yet?” Is probably the most annoying thing to hear from kids when going on a long drive.
The waiting, delayed flights and congested airport can also test one’s patience, and even if you are just planning to spend some quiet time alone during the holidays, you’ll still need something to keep you entertained. Good thing you only need a smartphone and an internet connection to enjoy these streaming services.
Binge watch on, Orange is the New Black, Daredevil, Riverdale, House of Cards or get spooked by The Haunting of Hill House, and a lot more on Netflix; GoPinoy and enjoy both old and new blockbusters from HOOQ’svast tagalog movie library. There’s WWE Raw on Fox Plus and all the K-Drama you want on Viu.
Not much of a movie buff? Then maybe you’d rather play some games? For the Titos and Titas who love those 3×3 match games like Candy Crush, get them Christmas Sweeper 3, because nothing beats clearing a stage with Jingle Bell Rock playing in the background.
Get into the spirit with Elf Yourself, a fun app which lets you put you and your friends faces on elf bodies and watch them dance.
Since its going to be a long break, it may also be the best time to hone your skills in Mobile Legends, PUBG or even Wordscapes.
Enjoy a more immersive gaming and viewing experience on the Honor 8X’s big full-view display. The Honor 8x has a 6.5-inch 19.5:9, 1080 x 2340 LCD panel that is big, bright and produces excellent colors. And because it has an incredible 91% screen-to-body ratio the display occupies nearly the entire front of the phone making the phone still quite comfortable to hold.
Games run smoothly thanks to the Honor 8X powerful processor backed up by GPU Turbo that boosts efficiency in graphics processing with full FPS and FPS stability for gaming, whilst reducing power consumption.
And don’t worry about too much screen time as the Honor 8x is the very first smartphone to come equipped with a new generation eye comfort mode certified by TUV Rheinland — a feature which can reduce blue light radiation emitted by the screen to prevent eye fatigue.
- SHOP AND HAVE DINE IN YOUR PAJAMAS: For the longest time Divisoria had been my go to shopping place every Christmas season for gifts and giveaways. But because of the traffic and hard to find parking spaces have made me stay away from the place the past couple of years. The super-packed crowds have also made it easier for pickpockets to slash your shopping bags and steal your wallet (and phones!)
I never thought I’d say this but I now actually prefer shopping online. I can do it while having coffee or just before I go to bed and Shopee and Lazada have been my go to apps. They are also having their pre- Christmas flash sales soon so it would be best to download these apps now.
As far as ordering food, whether its for yourself or for an office party, you can do a lot more things by ordering through FoodPanda, HonestBee and my newest discovery GrabFood! The delivery charge and tips you are going to give are still cheaper and less hassle free than going to the restos yourself.
Again with the Honor 8X’s Kirin 710 processor and 3750 mAh battery, you can multitask and browse away to do your shopping and ordering online without having to worry about having to recharge your phone often.
- CAPTURE YOUR BEST HOLIDAY MOMENTS:Those who curate their Instagram feeds mostly rely on VSCO,Snapseed, Adobe Lightroom, and Snow for their photo editing apps. Although with Honor 8X’s AI powered dual rear camera’s you may be taking more photos and doing less editing than you might expect.
The 16M front camera of the Honor 8X is made even more fun with the new AR Mode which instantly adds backgrounds and stickers to your selfies.
On the back of the Honor 8X is a 20-megapixel rear camera with a f/1.8 aperture plus a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front camera is a 16-megapixel deal with a f/2.0 aperture lens. Those AI-powered cameras can recognize 22 different categories and 500 scenarios in real-time optimizing camera settings to further enhance photo quality and result into more vibrant images that are ready for posting.
And if you are taking night photos, the Honor 8X has an even more amazing feature called super night shot mode. This new night shooting mode eliminates the blurring of photos when taking night shots under a maximum 6-second exposure, even without a tripod. This feature used to be unique to the flagship Huawei P20 Pro and the Honor 8X is capable of creating impressive night shots.
The Honor 8X also comes with 128gb ROM and expandable to 400GB storage which means you don’t have to worry about taking lots and lots and lots of family reunion photos and videos.
- BE SAFE AND PREPARED: As if commuting during the holidays isn’t hard enough, all those viral videos of people getting mugged aren’t helping either. Sadly, Christmas season is also when a lot of thieves take advantage of the situation.
Truth is, you can never be too complacent when you are out on the streets even if its not the holidays. If you or your family members are commuting or always going home late, make sure you install this app called bSafe. Safety features include voice alarm activation, live streaming, automatic audio and video recording and even fake phone calls should the situation call for it.
You can assign guardians that will receive an alarm if you are in trouble. It also has a Family Locator, and GPS tracker so you’ll know where your family and friends can share real time locations with each other.
For those who have cars and drive often there is this new app that just launched called beepbeep. Users can search location, category (Maintenance, Mechanical repairs, Car Wars and Auto Detailing Parts and all your other vehicle needs.) Use the map feature to see the shops near you and you can even book roadside assistance should there be an emergency.
The Honor 8X easily connects to any data and WIFI network keeping you connected and online when you need it most. Quality of voice calls are great and the loudspeaker makes hands-free conversations crisp and clear.
With a big clear display, a powerful Kirin 710 processor built for multitasking, GPU Turbo for gaming, a long lasting 3750mAh battery and an AI camera that captures good photos, also 128 GB storage, the Honor 8X is your perfect companion this holiday season and at a price tag of just P12,990. You don’t have to break the bank to own one of the best priced smartphone with good overall performance.
For more information, please visit Honor Philippines Facebook.