2020 is such an unusual year for most of us, and it’s been no less than a challenge of how adaptive we are, whether as individuals or businesses.

Even more amazing is that this year has also given us the opportunity to look at technology in a different way, and find that more than ever, the gadgets that we use to communicate, be productive, be creative, and be entertained have become more important than ever before.

Productivity and Study

This year saw a monumental shift in terms of learning and work – The face-to-face classes that most students are used to are now done via online classes, and the modern workforce who are used to being in a physical office setup, now have to do everything remotely.

MateBook D14 and D15

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As such, the situation calls for devices like the Huawei MateBook D14 and D15 – Both laptops offer a great balance of portability and performance needed not just for typical productivity work and online learning, but for creative tasks as well.

The MateBook D14 and D15 are designed with a lightweight but sturdy body that allows you to take them anywhere with ease. Both boast a 1080p FullView Display with slim bezels for more screen real estate for any content. Under the hood, they’re powered by an AMD Ryzen 3000 series mobile processor backed by Radeon Vega 8 Graphics (MateBook D15) or an NVIDIA GeForce MX 250 (MateBook D14), 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to a 512GB PCIe SSD (Matebook D14) for storage.

If you want to connect external devices such as a mouse or a storage drive, both laptops offer a complete suite of ports. Both are also equipped with a recessed camera, and a fingerprint reader for security.

Both also feature Huawei Share that brings multi-screen collaboration, OneHop for seamless file transfers between your phone and laptop, and the ability to control your phone using the laptop.

For longevity, the MateBook D15 delivers up to 8.5h of office tasks, up to 7 hours of 1080p video playback, and up to 8 hours of web browsing in a single charge, while the MateBook D14 gives you up to 10 hours of uptime.

MatePad T8

MatePad T 8

For those on a tighter budget, a tablet like the Huawei MatePad T8 would be a more suited solution, giving you a decent amount of screen space not just for online learning, but also for watching your favorite videos and playing your favorite mobile games.

MatePad T8 has an 8-inch IPS LCD display and is powered by a MediaTek MT8768 SoC along with 2GB of RAM and up to 32GB of expandable storage. You also get a 5MP main camera and a 2MP front snapper. It runs Android 10 with EMUI 10 out of the box and packs a 5,100mAh battery.

Strengthening Connections, Discovering New Hobbies

Since most of us are staying at home, getting in touch with loved ones has never been more important. Thanks to devices like smartphones, we’re able to see and interact with those closest to us in a few taps. While it doesn’t completely replicate the feeling of being there, but it’s as close as we can get given the situation.

Huawei Nova 7i


While some may argue that a laptop is better due to the bigger screen, some prefer a more compact device. Huawei’s mid-range lineup, the Nova series, are the perfect devices for the task. The Nova 7 series, in particular, are equipped with all the features you need for sharing your best moments with your loved ones, and more.

Moreover, the situation has actually led a lot of people to discover new interests (Hello Plantitos and Plantitas), and many have even put up online businesses.

The Huawei Nova 7i in particular has a 6.4-inch FHD+ display and is powered by a Kirin 810 SoC along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Capture all those important moments for sharing with its 48MP main camera, along with an 8MP ultra-wide lens that lets you put more in the frame, and a dedicated macro camera. It packs a 4,200mAh battery.

Escaping the Noise and Stress

While the effect of the current status quo varies for every person, it’s a fact that those not affected directly can still feel the stress of the sudden shift in lifestyle – one day, you’re enjoying the company of your friends outside, and then suddenly having to stay at home for a while due to the safety measures in place.

Huawei FreeBuds Pro

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What better way to relieve yourself of the stress than to enjoy your favorite music? The Huawei FreeBuds Pro is the company’s newest TWS Earbuds that offers Dynamic Noise Cancellation, shutting out the noise from your surroundings, up to 40dB of it to be exact.

The device uses 11mm dynamic drivers and seamlessly connects to up to two devices so you can seamlessly switch from one source to another. It also features Awareness mode and Fusion Call Noise Cancellation using its 3-mic system and bone voice sensor+ combined with advanced noise awareness algorithms to deliver crystal clear calls.

Enjoy your tunes for up to 4.5 hours with ANC ON and up to 7 hours with ANC OFF. FreeBuds Pro also supports wireless charging for your convenience.

Staying Fit and Healthy

With a deadly virus on the loose, staying fit and healthy is now even more critical. A lot of people have resorted to doing their workouts at home, while many have also gotten into cycling as their primary way of getting from a to b.

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro and Watch Fit

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To keep track of your health status and fitness goals, the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro and Watch Fit can serve as your digital “buddies.” More than just telling the time, both these devices are packed with sensors that can monitor your heart rate in real-time, sleep, stress levels, and even blood oxygen. It can even guide you with support for a ton of workouts.

The Watch GT 2 Pro, in particular, supports wireless charging and delivers up to 30 hours of uptime with GPS enabled, or up to 24 hours of continuous music playback.

Huawei Watch Fit Review

The Watch Fit, on the other hand, features most of what the Watch GT 2 Pro can do but offers a new, modern design that set to keep you stylish and functional.

In summary, 2020 is a year that suddenly placed a lot of gaps in our usual routines. More importantly, it also allowed technology to bridge those gaps, allowing us to keep learning, stay fit, productive, creative, entertained, and in touch with those precious to us.


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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.