Author Archive | Natalya Akulinina

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If you’re a university student in 2018, chances are you never really knew a life where smartphones weren’t necessary. Our entire lives are on our phones, and if we ever forget to bring it out with us, we feel naked. The unfortunate thing is that they are incredibly expensive – especially if they need to be replaced every few years. So as a student trying to pay your way through school, you need to find the balance between a great smartphone and a great price.

Enter Google Pixel 3.

Aside from a sleek design, the best part about this phone has got to be the camera – whether you’re outside during golden hour or in a dimly lit restaurant, you can be confident your photos will be of great quality. For the price you’re paying, you will get all the connectivity, apps, storage and speed you’re looking for, and in the age of Instagram and social media, having a better camera than competitors is nothing to shy away from!


  • The camera – great quality photos, no matter the light
  • Water resistant – because we all need a little safety net
  • Wireless charging – say goodbye to sitting on the floor next to your outlet!


  • No headphone jack (am I the only one disappointed by this trend?)
  • If you need more memory than 64GB, you’ll have to buy a new phone (or delete some selfies)

Overall, the Google Pixel 3 has very few cons, and with a price a couple of hundred dollars lower than competitors, it’s the perfect fit for students!

Security: Fingerprint reader
Operating System: Android Pie
Cameras: Dual front-facing camera; rear-facing camera
Colors: Just Black, Clearly White, Not Pink
Processor: QUALCOMM 8-core 64-bit
Resolution: OLED 2160x1080px
Size: 5.5 in
Battery: Wireless charging
Memory: 64GB
Price: from $750 USD
Buy: Google Store

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20 years ago, our parents had stacks of photo albums with everything from our birthday parties to trips to the zoo, to pool parties and holidays. Now, smartphones have taken away that printed photo in favour of digital ones we can swipe through. But there’s something about a tangible memory – somehow, it leaves more of an impact.

The Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 camera can help give you that physical memento, but with a digital flair. All those filters and editing features we love so much about apps and smartphones are also included right in this camera, so when you print your polaroid, you’re looking your best.

This camera is so easy to use and really has nothing you don’t need. It’s a simple way to bring some nostalgia into your life and doesn’t claim to be anything more. Competitors do have more features, but it depends what you’ll be using the camera for. For a fun day out with friends where you’re just looking to print a photo for your fridge, this camera is perfect. You may need to wait a minute or so for your polaroid to print (that might feel like forever!) but this makes a great gift for your significant other or best friend and will really encourage you to get out and explore!

Colors: Graphite Gray, Aqua Blue, Blush Gold, Ruby Red, Pearl White
Filters: Comes with orange, green, and purple filters you can add over the flash
Size: 4.7 in. x 5.0 in. x 2.3 in.
Photo Dimension: 2.4 x 2.4 in
Film Development Time: 90 seconds
Self Timer: Yes
Battery: Non-rechargeable
Price: from $150 CAD
Buy: Amazon