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Review: Fitbit Inspire HR



Fitbit has been making some excellent fitness trackers for years now. The company is big into healthcare and it is a no surprise when it launched an affordable fitness tracker that comes with the latest features, including a heart rate monitor. Yes, we are talking about the new Fitbit Inspire HR which is possibly one of the best fitness trackers out there for those looking to buy a brilliant device at a pocket-friendly price.

The Fitbit Inspire HR replaces the company’s very own Alta HR – the Inspire itself comes in two variants – Inspire and Inspire HR. The model we received for a review is the Inspire HR which comes with a heart rate monitor. If you compare the Alta HR and the Inspire HR side by side, you will notice that the designs are a bit identical, though there are also some noticeable differences.

For instance, the Inspire HR features rounded corners, an oval-shaped underbody, and new bands that attach via quick-release pins. The Inspire HR offers activity tracking, calories burned, smartphone alerts and a five-day battery life. It’s also swim-proof and offers a touchscreen.

In addition, the Inspire HR also comes with a heart rate monitor for real-time monitoring. It also has more advanced sleep tracking, goal-based exercise modes and can be paired with a phone to use its GPS for more accurate real-time pace and distance information. 

The Fitbit Inspire HR comes with an OLED display that supports simple swipe, scroll and tap gestures. It is also waterproof up to 50-meters in depth, and tracks activities such as distance, steps, calories, and active minutes. You also get sleep tracking as mentioned earlier and the Inspire HR also offers Fitbit’s new Sleep Score feature. 

Since it pairs with your smartphone, all sorts of notifications such as calls, texts, calendar notices, and so on, can be easily viewed on the OLED display of the device. You get a whopping five-days worth of battery life, and automatic exercise recognition – this means that the Inspire HR automatically records runs, swims, bikes, and walks without requiring you to start an activity.

What’s more, the Inspire HR also comes with female health tracking. Fitbit’s new female health tracking allows people to track their periods and menstrual cycle, which then provides predictions for when they’re likely to be ovulating and having their next period. We were not able to test this feature during our review process. 

Fitbit’s UI is possibly one of its best works and I have to say that it has aged with time like fine wine. Every update brings a new feature to the dashboard making it all the more worthwhile to upgrade. The overall performance and build quality of the Inspire HR is very good. 

The Inspire HR comes with a refined and lightweight design with interchangeable bands. The tracker is also swim-proof and tracks swimming, comes with a  responsive touchscreen, and an accurate heart rate monitor. The on-device exercise app along with SmartTrack auto-tracking is a brilliant addition and the device also gets connected to GPS on your smartphone for accurate distance information.

If you are on the market looking for a simple to use fitness tracker, that also comes with a wide range of useful features at an attractive price point, the Fitbit Inspire HR might be the device for you.

Price: AED 499

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Review: Huawei Band 6



Huawei’s new Band 6 is positioned as a fitness tracker that offers a big screen to track your progress, check out notifications, and lots more.

Inside the box, you get the Band 6 along with a bunch of accessories that includes the charger with magnetic pins, and the user manual. The Band 6 comes with a 1.47-inch AMOLED FullView Display on the front with a physical button on its right edge.

In terms of features, the Band 6 also comes with all-day heart rate monitoring, SpO2 monitoring, pressure and sleep monitoring, and stand-up reminders.

What’s more, this device also comes with 11 professional workout modes such as indoor and outdoor running, cycling, and rope skipping, and 85 customised modes including fitness, ball games, and dancing types, offering wide coverage of workout tracking.

Huawei also claims that the device offers a battery life of up to 14 days in regular mode. In addition, it supports fast charging, TruSport sports algorithm, and 5ATM water resistance. The wrist band of the Band 6 is made of silicone and the colour we received for this test was the forest green variant.

The band also offers abnormal resting heart rate alerts. This means Band 6 builds on the 24/7 heart rate monitoring technology, thus alerting the user if the resting heart rate is too high or too low. If the data stays high or low for over 10 minutes when the user is resting, the band will inform the user of the irregularity.

Adults with a resting BPM (beats-per-minute) above 100 are normally considered to have a high heart rate. Furthermore, adults with a resting BPM below 50 are normally considered to have a low heart rate (although people in deep sleep, active adults, and career athletes may have an average resting heart rate below 50 BPM).

The Band 6 also comes with The Huawei TruSleep 2.0, which automatically calculates the duration of your sleep, thus identifying moments when you fell asleep and woke up and the proportion of light sleep to deep sleep and rapid eye movement (REM). This data can help you accurately identify any of six typical sleep issues: insomnia, shallow sleep, night-time awakenings, early morning awakenings, excessive dreams, and an irregular sleep pattern.

In terms of the colours, the Huawei Band 6 is available in Graphite Black, Amber Sunrise, Sakura Pink, and Forest Green – the one we received for this review, as mentioned before, was the Forest Green variant. Huawei Band 6 also supports Watch Face Market thus providing you with more than 100 stylish watch faces to truly personalise the band.

I used Band 6 for over two weeks to track my workouts, sleep patterns, SpO2 levels, and so on. The Huawei Band 6 did a really good job, showing me my health stats and how I was doing overall. The workout modes built into the Band 6 does help a lot in planning your workout sessions.

For very affordable pricing of AED 229, the Huawei Band 6 offers lots of value. You get a FullView display, 2-week battery life, very good sleep and stress tracking, SpO2 and heart rate monitoring, 96 workout modes, and lots more. The Huawei Band 6 thus comes across as highly recommended.

Price: AED 229

Huawei Band 6
AED 229

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The band also offers abnormal resting heart rate alert. This means the Band 6 builds on the 24/7 heart rate monitoring technology, thus alerting the user if the resting heart rate is too high or too low. If the data stays high or low for over 10 minutes when the user is resting, the band will inform the user of the irregularity.


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Philips Launches Lumea Series 9000 IPL Hair Removal Device



Philips has announced the launch of its brand-new Lumea Series 9000, its fastest-ever and most efficient IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal solution for salon-smooth skin at home. Leveraging the success of the Lumea Prestige, Philips’ new Lumea Series 9000 brings innovation to the market, with reimagined stylish, luxurious packaging and a transformed hair removal experience to suit every woman’s needs.

Consumers can say goodbye to unwanted hair with long-lasting results from the comfort – and cleanliness – of their own homes, with smart SenseIQ technology that adjusts the light setting based on individual needs and a cordless, easy-to-use device. Sibel Yildiz, Head of Consumer Marketing Middle East, Turkey & Africa said, “Silky smooth skin from the comfort of our own homes is no longer a dream, as it was made possible by Philips’ innovative Lumea devices. A breakthrough in beauty, the ranges’ popularity has gained momentum during the pandemic, when our studies have shown that 80% of the women surveyed had sought DIY alternatives to the salon.”

With an increased focus on hygiene and avoiding close contact, the pandemic has prompted 13% of participants to purchase a hair removal device, with 71% revealing that they did not want to go back to the salon. This is where the IPL Lumea Series 9000 comes in, with four curved intelligent attachments and SenseIQ technology so that women – especially working mums like myself – can optimise their routine and achieve desired results in no time,” she added.

The IPL Philips Lumea Series 9000 comes in three new colours, with a pale pink handle and gentler look to complement its premium features. The device emits 450,000 flashes, which is equivalent to 39 years of lamp lifespan. IPL uses warm, gentle pulses of light to put the hair to sleep, preventing it from growing back for up to six months. With Lumea, women typically see a 92% reduction in hair after only three treatments.

The Lumea Series 9000 is designed to adapt to every woman’s skin, with the SmartSkin sensor detecting its tone – even as it changes with the seasons due to sun exposure – selecting the most comfortable light setting for hair removal. Effective on naturally dark blonde, brown and black hair and on skin tones from very white to dark brown, the Lumea Series 9000 can also sync with an application which gives consumers continued support and personalised treatment guidance.

With four intelligent attachments and programmes tailored for each body area including the underarm, face and bikini, the Lumea Series 9000 offers a seamless hair removal routine without the hassle. The technology company has also announced the launch of the Philips Lumea 100-Day Challenge, where customers are eligible for a full refund if they are not fully satisfied with the product for any reason. The Philips Lumea Series 9000 with SenseIQ technology will be available for purchase within UAE at all Major Pharmacies, Electronic stores, and on Amazon.

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Video: Unboxing the New Huawei Freelace Pro



Huawei’s Freelace Pro is the company’s new wireless neckband earphones that come with dual mic active noise cancelation and a triple mic noise cancellation for calls. In this video, we have unboxed the device which is available for AED 399. We will also be putting this to test – so stay tuned for a full review on

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