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Apple Watch Series 4 Review

Apple Watch Series 4 ReviewThe Apple Watch Series 4 maintains the non-circular shape that is out of the norm of smartwatches in 2019, and it’s not just its shape that is out of the norm. Its performance is quite astounding, the technology integrated into it is amazing, and its sensors are more accurate than ever. Let’s dive into it.

Apple Watch Series 4 Review

Design and display

You can get the Series 4 in a 40mm or a 44mm case size with a slimmer case at 10.7mm, which isn’t much different from the Series 3 but makes it easier to get under shirt cuffs. The major difference is in the visible screen area which is undeniably bigger for the Series 4.

The thinner bezels are accentuated by the curved corners and contribute to the bigger screen area.

The Sport Loop straps on the Series 4 look great, are comfortable to wear, and do a great job at resisting sweat during workouts.

Overall performance

The Series 4 is powered by an S4 dual-core processor that employs the System in Package technology (Sip) that leaves no place for slowing down or lag when opening apps. It also gives you the most fluid and responsive navigation between apps.

Fitness features

The automatic exercise detection is a great addition that works superbly. Whether you’re walking, running, working out, doing yoga or hiking, you’re going to get all of your data transferred to your Health app where you can review the data with ease and clarity.

WatchOS 5 works on integrating more standing up, breathing, and exercising in your day, and has watch faces that encourage all of it as well as a morning alert that gives you a feedback of the previous day’s activity and motivates you to outdo yourself.

Closing the rings on the Apple Watch Series 4 will become a really addictive challenge that pushes you towards a healthier daily routine.

The watch is also water-resistant up to 5 ATM (165 feet).

Smart features

The Walkie Talkie mode is a very nice addition that brings you closer to other Apple Watch owners and enables you to talk to them as you’d do with a walkie-talkie. It would be smart of them to add an alert system lest a meeting gets interrupted because of an incoming Walkie Talkie.

The WatchOS 5 that runs the Apple Watch Series 4 is really evolved. It introduced the raise-to-speak movement for Siri, which can be really helpful in situations where your hands are too busy or too sweaty to deal with the touchscreen.

Despite the fact that sometimes notifications don’t come through, we have to admit their interactive and rich details with the rotating Digital Crown is very engaging.

Health features

The heart sensor is greatly enhanced for better heart rate tracking and monitoring.

The Apple Watch 4 is allegedly equipped with an electrocardiogram which is able to detect irregular heartbeat. You get to set a specific threshold and get notified if your heart rate falls below or rises above it for more than 10 minutes straight.

There is also a sensor that is able to detect whether you’ve fallen and are somehow unable to get up again, which then proceeds to call the emergency services or send your location to selected contacts.

Keeping you connected

You can get the Series 4’s cellular connection model. You pay an additional fee to your carrier and they provide you with an amount of data for the watch without the need for a SIM card or permanent connection to your phone.

This gives you the freedom to leave your phone behind and still be able to make calls, use GPS, and receive messages and other data. When you’re using the Cellular model and not GPS, a red line appears to indicate that instead of the big red daub on the series 3.

You can also use Bluetooth to connect wireless headphones. There are a built-in, echo-reducing microphone and 50% larger, louder, and more powerful speakers that allow you to conduct clearer phone calls.

Battery life

The Apple Watch Series 4’s battery life is a bit disappointing at just 18 hours. If you turn it off during the night and allow notifications only, you can extend it to 24 hours, but that would defy the point of the smartwatch and doesn’t make that much of a difference anyway.

Pros:

The display is big and clear
The sensors are improved and accurate
Fast processing speed
Raise to speak Siri can be very handy

Cons:

Quite pricey
Battery life is quite short

Should you buy the new Apple Watch Series 4?

The accurate health sensors on the Apple Watch 4 make it a very practical and helpful device besides being a good-looking and fun gadget to use. Despite being a little pricey, it’s a top of the heap choice.

Fossil Q Venture HR Review – A Stylish Fossil Watch for Women

Fossil Q Venture HR Review

Taking the stylish look and elegant design of the former Fossil Q and adding so much more to it, the Fossil Q Venture HR is ready to amaze you with both its looks and its performance.

Who said you can’t combine beauty with brains? That’s what the Venture HR does exactly.

Fossil Q Venture HR In-Depth Review

The Fossil Q Venture HR keeps the classic elegant design of the Fossil Q and adds improved modern technology to it.

The 40mm case that is rose gold-tone stainless steel bracelet will definitely get your approval.

The “HR” in its name refers to its new heart rate monitoring feature which gives you info related to your heart rate during all workouts from yoga to running.

Check also: How to pick the most stylish smartwatch for her.

It also keeps track of all your activities and shows you the steps taken, distance walked, and calories burned.

The Venture HR allows you to set custom goals for yourself like drinking water or exercising, which makes it a great motivation to reach goals that are unique to you.

The Fossil Q Venture HR gives you the freedom to leave your phone behind with no worries at all as it has built-in GPS to show you where you are and where you’re going and map out your walk or run.

It also stores your music for you so you can hype up your workout from any app including Pandora, Spotify, Google Play, Soundcloud, iTunes, or Apple music.

Furthermore, it lets you make online payments through Google Pay in almost any place that you can use your credit card.

You can feel safe jumping into a pool or hopping in the shower without taking your Venture HR off as it’s swim-proof and won’t suffer damage when it gets in contact with water.

Connecting your watch via Bluetooth to your phone will make it deliver your text, call, calendar, multiple time zones, alarm clock, and smartphone app notifications to its screen with a gentle buzz to catch your attention which ensures that you don’t miss out on anything.

If you’re traveling to a different time zone, the Venture HR automatically adjusts according to the correct local time.

The built-in microphone allows you to send voice commands to your watch to perform a variety of tasks. You can also assign certain functions that you use the most to specific buttons.

The Fossil Q Venture HR gives you a degree of personalization thanks to the customizable dials that you can swap to match your mood.

You can also customize the watch face with any photo you want from your Instagram or Facebook. You can also switch the strap with any 18mm strap thanks to the interchangeable design.

Powered by Wear OS by Google, it’s compatible with both Android (4.4+) and iOS (9.3+) smartphones as well as any device that has Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n.

The Fossil Q Venture HR doesn’t take much time to charge as it can reach about 80% of charge in just one hour. Although it lasts around 12 hours only, which isn’t the best battery life around and is subpar to many rivals at the same price range.

However, the short charging time required compensates for that.

Pros

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    Amazing design
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    The straps can be interchanged
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    The simplicity of the charging

Cons

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    Could be designed with more compactness

With the same elegance and grace as the original Fossil Q, the Fossil Q Venture HR performs better and offers a lot more features. The original watch did seem to be a little overpriced, but with the new additions the Venture HR has, it’s a great bang for your buck.

Kate Spade Scallop Review – A Stylish Smartwatch for Women

Kate Spade Scallop Review

The Kate Spade Scallop promises and delivers a very nice touch of elegance to a smartwatch that is used for a more practical life. When you weigh down its pros and cons, will the Scallop be worth buying?

This is what we’ll go through in this article, without further ado.

Kate Spade Scallop Review

The design of the Kate Spade Scallop flaunts a very simplistic yet sophisticated look with its stainless steel case that comes in either gold or rose gold finish and a 16mm metal and black or cream leather strap.

Read also: How to choose a good smartwatch for women?

Its AMOLED display is 1.19 inches in size and has an exceptional resolution of 390 x 390 pixels and an ambient light sensor that smartly manages the brightness of the screen to elongate the battery life as much as possible.

When you get notifications for calls, messages, social media, or weather updates, they’re displayed very with creative animations on your Spade Scallop’s screen, with an animated Leading Lady winking with every unread notification.

As you progress towards meeting your daily activity goals, falling daisy peals will appear on the screen which gives your achievements a sense of refinement. In Kate Spade New York’s fashion, zooming taxi cabs will keep you entertained the more you move during the day.

The Scallop offers basic sleep and activity tracking including steps taken, calories burned, and distance covered.

It’s good enough for someone who’s trying to move more or do more exercise. You can manage and view your stats on the Google Fit app or Kate Spade New York Connected app which is available for both Android and iOS.

The watch has an IP67 water resistance rating, so you can submerge it in the water down to 1 meter for 30 minutes. It’s safer to avoid submersion and contact with water though, so don’t forget to take it off before showers or baths.

The Kate Spade Scallop gives you a lot of customization options so your info is displayed in a way that best suits you.

A very fancy addition to the Scallop is the Kate Spade New York exclusive watch app –the “Choose Your Look”- that matches the dial of your watch to the outfit you have on.

With a simple tap on the icons around the spade, you submit answers for the time of day, jewelry, handbag, and outfit colors, and then the watch chooses a dial that goes along with your outfit for the most personalized style.

You can use Google Assistant to give your Scallop voice commands and have it answer all the questions you have. However, the voice assistant feature seems a little limited with the lack of 4G and built-in speakers.

So it’s not as satisfying to use as it is with other smartwatches like the Apple Watch Series 4.

You can download various watch apps on the Google Play store to get everything you want on your watch.

For the basic features, it has to offer, one would expect the Kate Spade Scallop to have the Google Pay feature that enables you to make online payments and leave your wallet behind. However, it’s missing out on this feature.

Its battery life isn’t the longest as it can go about 24 hours on average, but this estimation is lowered even further because you probably won’t have your Scallop on standby all the time. This means you’ll have to leave your watch to recharge every night.

Pros

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    Elegantly designed
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    Notification system works smoothly
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    The display is superb

Cons

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    Fitness features aren’t the most extensive
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    Doesn’t have online payments (Android Pay)

Our Verdict:

Undeniably, you can get another smartwatch with more features for a similar price range or even less, but it won’t be half as stylish or fashionable as the Kate Spade Scallop. The Scallop does what it does very well and gives you the confidence to show off its looks.

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Fitbit Blaze Review: A Good Fitbit’s Watch for Guys

Fitbit Blaze ReviewThe Fitbit Blaze is a great fitness tracker that might go for a watch as well.

Its stylish design and great performance make it a very good option, and in this article, we’ll be going through its specs and features that make it count as a great fitbit for guys.

Fitbit Blaze Review:

The Fitbit Blaze has an all-day activity monitoring feature that keeps track of multiple activities like running, biking, and lifting weights and it gives you real-time stats on the display.

It also keeps track of the steps you’ve taken, calories you’ve burned, the distance you’ve walked, and floors you’ve climbed throughout the day.

It also has sleep tracking that provides you with information about the quality and duration of your sleep. It lacks sleep stages, however, which is a feature available in a lot of other fitness trackers and smartwatches.

It has a 24/7 heart monitoring sensor that keeps information about your heart rate, as well as a Vo2Max that indicates the maximum amount of oxygen that can be in your blood.

It also has PurePlus heart rate technology that serves the heart rate monitoring well by giving you a continuous and automatic wrist-based heart rate as well as simplified heart rate zones.

These zones help you recognize how fast your heart beats at rest and exercise and thereby give you a better insight into how healthy your heart is and how fit you are.

All of this is backed up by the Cardio Fitness Level feature that gives you a better understanding of your overall athletic and health performance and how well you’re progressing with a Cardio Fitness Level score personalized just for you.

Although it doesn’t have built-in GPS, it can be connected to a phone to enable GPS services that give you a route of the path you’ve walked or ran.

You can also see workout summaries from your phone on the app to track how much you’ve improved over time.

The Fitbit Blaze is equipped with guided breathing sessions that help you regulate your breath and thereby reduce your stress and anxiety.

It has On-Screen Workouts that go with you through your workouts step by step to make you feel like you have a personalized coach with you wherever you go.

The Fitbit Blaze also has reminders for you to move in order to motivate you to reach an hourly goal of 250 steps and in results achieve a more healthy lifestyle.

You get to control your music’s volume, play and pause, or even skip songs from your phone’s playlist.

You can also wirelessly sync the stats from your Blaze automatically to computers or other compatible iOS, Android, or Windows devices.

It has smartphone notifications that offer caller ID, text and calendar notifications and push notifications from your apps.

It lacks a Quick Replies feature, however.

The sensors that the Fitbit Blaze flaunts are many including a 3-axis accelerometer, a 3-axis gyroscope, an optical heart rate monitor, an altimeter, an ambient light sensor, and a vibration monitor for silent alarms.

Although it’s not swim-proof, the Fitbit Blaze is water resistant. This means that it’s splash-proof so it can handle quite a bit of sweat or a walk on a rainy day.

Its display is a nice touch-screen color LCD. Its size is 0.75 x 1 inches and it weighs just 1.5 ounces.

It consists of a stainless steel clasp and its bands can either be a classic band made of an elastomer material, a metal band made of stainless steel metal, or a leather band made of soft, genuine leather.

Its lithium-polymer battery life is an impressive 5-day one and it can be charged with a USB charger.

Pros:

  • Affordable price
  • Superb battery life
  • Excellent fitness features
  • Easy to use
  • High accuracy

Cons:

  • Display’s response can be a bit slow
  • Not waterproof

Final Words About The Fitbit Blaze:

The Fitbit Blaze compared to fitness trackers is a very good one, and delivers better performance and features than the average ones. However, if you are to compare it to smartwatches, it has a lot of upgrading and following up to do.

Fitbit Ionic Review: The Best Fitbit’s GPS Smartwatch for Men

Fitbit Ionic ReviewThe Fitbit company has released so many fitness trackers for different target groups, but the Fitbit Ionic seems a suitable choice for just about anyone of any gender, age, or features they look for in a fitness tracker.

Its premium build quality and rugged look qualify it to be the best Fitbit for men.

The Fitbit Ionic which is the best fitness tracker for the versatility of features

Fitbit Ionic Review:

The Fitbit Ionic basically has everything you might be looking for in a fitness tracker.

It does lack the option to connect to a phone for GPS but that’s fine because it already has built-in GPS. It also doesn’t let you customize it with designer accessories, but that doesn’t really seem like a big deal anyway.

The Fitbit Ionic’s dimensions are around 1.5 x 0.5 inches while it weighs around 1.7 ounces.

Its material is quite strong and lightweight 6000 series aerospace-grade aluminum. Its wristband is made of a flexible, durable elastomer material.

When it comes to its features, it has everything. From health features, exercise features to smart features.

The Ionic keeps track of your steps taken throughout the day, as well as calories burned, and floors climbed.

It has sleep tracking to measure the duration and quality of your sleep as well as sleep stages to indicate how long you’ve spent in each stage: Light, REM, or deep. It also displays the date and time whenever you activate it.

It’s equipped with guided breathing sessions that help you reduce stress and anxiety, as well as female health tracking that is a very important and helpful feature for women.

It helps them track their menstrual cycle’s duration as well as note any symptoms and useful information down, which later on helps them with their check-ups and visits to the gynecologist.

When it comes to exercise features, the Fitbit Ionic has SmartTrack and multi-sport tracking to detect and record various activities that you do, from walking, running, to swimming or dancing.

It has reminders for you to move so you can reach your daily goals. The Heart Rate Monitoring and Cardio Fitness Level give you an overall idea on how well your health is and how fit you are.

It has an SPO2 sensor that measures the oxygen levels in your blood to give you an idea about your athletic performance.

The Fitbit Ionic is also swim-proof and water-resistant up to 50 meters, which means you can go swimming in a pool or open water without having to worry about taking it off. You can also take showers or bath with it still on.

Regarding smart features, the Fitbit Ionic allow you to receive calls and text notifications on its display as well as quickly respond with the Quick Replies feature.

It also delivers calendar alerts to remind you of any important appointments or events that you have to attend.

You can store your music and control it in terms of volume, pausing, playing, and skipping a song.

The Fitbit Ionic also lets you make payments through it to facilitate financial errands.

The Fitbit Ionic’s display is an interactive touchscreen color LCD. It’s a high-resolution (348 x 250 pixels) and up to a thousand nits brightness with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that keeps it safe from scratches.

Its size is about 1.14 x 0.8 inches so it’s quite clear with the fitness stats and 17 different clock faces you can choose from.

Because it has GPS services, the battery life could be less than the 5 –day standard that the Ionic flaunts.

The Fitbit Ionic saves up to 7 days of your motion’s data and saves daily totals for the past month so you can review your stats and compare.

Pros:

  • Bright and vivid display
  •  Various fitness options and features
  •  Female health tracking feature

Cons:

  • The interface might respond a bit slowly
  • The available apps aren’t so many

Final Words About The Fitbit Ionic:

The durability and sturdiness of the Fitbit Ionic combined with the features and performance it delivers make it a candidate for being the best fitness tracker, even if it requires more than a low budget.

So to wrap up, the Fitbit Ionic may not be the cheapest option for a smartwatch out there, but it’s definitely one of the best because it doesn’t leave out anything you might need throughout your day.