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Review: Fitbit Inspire 2

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When it comes to fitness trackers, one of the first brands that come to mind is Fitbit. The company recently announced a slew of new smartwatches and fitness trackers, including the Inspire 2. At AED 399, it is Fitbit’s most affordable fitness tracker that also comes with one year’s worth of Fitbit Premium for free.

In terms of look and feel, the Fitbit Inspire 2 looks similar to the Fitbit Inspire HR. The tracker is a bit slimmer this time around. The bands on the fitness tracker are now also removable – so you get access to a variety of personalisation options including Fitbit’s steel mesh and Horween leather double-wrap strap.

There are no physical buttons on the tracker. Instead, you need press or squeeze the sides of the tracker’s case to do things like wake up the display, skip back a screen or open up the settings. You also get the same greyscale display, though I felt the text on the screen was a bit sharper than its predecessor. Even when you are outdoors, the screen is quite bright.

In terms of colour options, you get three – black, white or pink. With the Inspire 2 you’re also getting the ability to submerge it in water up to 50 meters deep, making it suitable for showering and going for a swim.

In terms of tracking, it does everything you expect from a quality fitness tracker. This includes calories burned, heart rate, distance, and inactivity. It also monitors your heart rate continuously 24/7. You’ll then be able to look at your sleep quality and sleep stages, including REM and light sleep, so you can see where you fit compared to averages.

The Inspire 2 also comes with over 20 sport modes. These are used along with Fitbit’s SmartTrack software which automatically recognises when you indulge yourself in different sports. You can also use Connected GPS to work off your smartphone’s GPS and track your outdoor adventures such as hiking or cycling, with better accuracy.

What’s more, the Inspire 2 also comes with a free 1-year Fitbit Premium trial for new Premium users. This serivce offers personalised guidance, exclusive insights and sleep tools to keep you fitter and healthier. In addition, you also get on-screen notifications, smartphone app alerts, guided breathing, and menstrual health tracking.

In terms of performance, the Fitbit Inspire 2 was brilliant. While the advertised battery life is 10 days, we were able to use the tracker for close fo 6 days on a single charge. If you are looking for a slim, light and comfortable fitness tracker that does an amazing job at tracking everything and is available at an affordable price point of AED 399, the Fitbit Inspire 2 is a good tracker to buy.

Price: AED 399

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Fitbit Launches Charge 5

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Fitbit has launched the new Charge 5 that helps users track their fitness, stress, heart health, sleep, and overall wellbeing. With a brighter, colour touchscreen and up to seven days of battery life, the Charge 5 delivers the convenience features you need to focus on what’s most important.

And, with six months of Fitbit Premium included, users get deeper insights, actionable guidance, and a range of more than 500 workouts, plus mindfulness and nutritional content to empower users to do what’s best for their body each day.

With Fitbit Premium’s new Daily Readiness experience, coming soon to Charge 5, as well as Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Luxe, and Inspire 2 devices, users can understand if their body is ready for a workout or if they should prioritise recovery instead. Each morning, users will receive a score based on their fitness fatigue (activity), heart rate variability (HRV), and recent sleep.

Users will also get an analysis of what impacted their score, and suggestions like a recommended target Active Zone Minutes goal, along with Premium content to help them make the best decisions for their body. Charge 5 also includes built-in GPS, 20 exercise modes, automatic exercise recognition, and an estimate of their V02 max.

Plus, with Premium, users can access more than 200 workouts from certified trainers and popular brands such as Daily Burn, barre3, obé and new high-energy workouts from LES MILLS. To help users better manage stress, Charge 5 is the company’s first tracker to include an EDA sensor, which measures a user’s body’s response to stress through tiny changes in the sweat glands on their fingers.

Fitbit first launched EDA with Fitbit Sense and has found 70% of users reduced their heart rate during a two-minute EDA Scan session, showing these tools can help reduce stress. With Charge 5 users also get a Stress Management Score in the Fitbit app, so they can see each morning if they’re mentally ready to take on more challenges, or if they need to recharge.

With Premium, users get access to more than 300 meditation and mindfulness sessions from brands and experts, such as Ten Percent Happier and Mindful Method by Deepak Chopra to help users manage their stress. The company is also announcing a partnership with Calm, which will soon provide Premium members with access to Calm content.

Charge 5 tracks a user’s heart rate 24/7 and provides notifications when they are above or below their personal ranges, and while many factors can affect heart rate, a high or low heart rate may be an indication of a heart condition that requires medical attention. In addition to managing their heart’s health, Charge 5 provides a holistic view of other key wellness metrics via the Health Metrics dashboard in the Fitbit app, including breathing rate, skin temperature variation, and SpO2. With Premium, users can also track long-term trends and personal ranges.

And because sleep is also critical to wellbeing, users will continue to receive industry-leading sleep tools such as daily Sleep Score, Sleep Stages, and SmartWake alarms. Premium members also receive a deeper analysis and guidance to improve sleep quality. Ten percent thinner than its predecessor, Charge 5 has an aerodynamic design and is optimized for performance and engineered for a seamless fit.

With a new AMOLED color display, Charge 5 is the company’s first tracker with an always-on display option for added convenience to see stats or while training. The display is also two times brighter than its predecessor making it easy to see stats on sunny days. Users can also switch up their look at any time, choosing from lightweight silicone infinity bands, breathable sport bands, plush nylon hook, and loop bands, and hand-crafted premium Horween leather bands.

Charge 5 will be available for AED 799, which includes a six-month Premium membership (for new or returning customers). It will be available online and in-stores in the UAE this fall through Amazon, Noon, Namshi, Virgin Megastore, GO Sport, Sharaf DG, Jumbo Electronics, LuLu, E-max, Dubai Duty Free, and other retailers.

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Samsung Intros the new Galaxy Watch4, Galaxy Watch4 Classic, and the Galaxy Buds2

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Samsung Electronics has announced the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic — marking a new era for smartwatch innovation. They are the first smartwatches to feature the new Wear OS Powered by Samsung, built jointly with Google, and are equipped with One UI Watch, Samsung’s most intuitive user interface yet. The Galaxy Watch4 series is bolstered with advanced hardware performance and delivers a more seamless and connected user experience than ever before. These new devices have been completely redesigned to provide consumers with the best tools to manage their wellness.

“We have seen an incredible amount of growth for the Galaxy Watch series as consumers have discovered the health benefits and convenience of wearables,” said Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “We understand the path to wellness is different for everyone, so we built a robust suite of health and wellness features to give people a deeper and more helpful understanding of their overall fitness.”

Galaxy Watch4 is equipped with Samsung’s groundbreaking BioActive Sensor, which boasts a smaller and more compact design that doesn’t detract from measurement accuracy. This new 3-in-1 sensor uses a single chip to precisely run three powerful health sensors — Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis — so users can monitor their blood pressure, detect an AFib irregular heartbeat, measure their blood oxygen level, and, for the first time, calculate their body composition.

The all-new Body Composition measurement tool gives users a deeper understanding of their general health and fitness, with key measurements like skeletal muscle, basal metabolic rate, body water, and body fat percentage. Now, you can easily check your body composition from your wrist with just two fingers. In about 15 seconds, your watch’s sensor will capture 2,400 data points.

These smartwatches come packed with an array of wellness features to track your daily activities and stay motivated to be your best. Choose from a wide range of guided workouts, enjoy Group Challenges with your friends and family, or set up a home gym by connecting your Galaxy Watch4 to your compatible Samsung Smart TV, where calorie counts and heart rate metrics appear on screen for easier tracking.

And when you’re ready to rest, the Galaxy Watch4 series offers our most complete picture of your sleep patterns yet, with greater detail than before. Your compatible smartphone detects the sounds of your snores, while your smartwatch measures your blood oxygen level when you sleep. Together with advanced Sleep Scores, you can learn more about your sleep patterns to get better rest.

“Simplicity, ease, and efficiency are hallmarks of the Galaxy smartwatch platform—and with Samsung’s brand-new One UI Watch, and Wear OS Powered by Samsung, we’ve made the smartwatch and Galaxy experience even more seamless. With One UI Watch, compatible apps are automatically installed on your watch when downloaded on your phone, and your important settings – like do not disturb hours and blocked callers – are synced instantly,” the company said.

Auto Switch ensures your earbuds can toggle audio between your phone and watch, depending on usage. You can also effortlessly control your mobile experience with Bixby voice, bezel, and Gesture Controls. Move your forearm up and down twice to receive calls and rotate your wrist twice to reject them — or to dismiss notifications and alarms.

Galaxy Watch4 series is also the first generation of smartwatches to feature Wear OS Powered by Samsung —a new platform that elevates every aspect of the smartwatch experience. Built by Samsung and Google, this cutting-edge platform lets you tap into an expansive ecosystem right from your wrist – with popular Google apps like Google Maps, and beloved Galaxy services11, like Samsung Pay, SmartThings, and Bixby.

The new platform also includes support for leading third-party apps12, like adidas Running, Calm, Strava, and Spotify available from Google Play. Along with our advanced hardware and even more intuitive user interface, you can enjoy smooth and convenient integrated experiences with your Galaxy Watch4. For example, our enhanced built-in compass works in tandem with Google Maps to make it easy to explore a new area.

This incredible experience is backed by serious hardware upgrades including the enhanced processor, richer displays, and expanded memory. Galaxy Watch4 series boasts the first 5nm processor in a Galaxy Watch – with 20% faster CPU and 50% more RAM, and a GPU 10 times faster than the previous generation. That means scrolling and multitasking on Galaxy Watch4 series is smooth and effortless.”We also upped the resolution on the display, up to 450 x 450 pixels, so visuals are crisper and more distinctive. And with an impressive 16GB of memory, you’ll have enough storage to download and store your favorite apps, music, and photos – with the confidence they’re secure, thanks to Samsung’s Knox security platform,” the company said.

Samsung’ leadership in eSIM technology enables users to enjoy the freedom of being able to leave their phone behind, knowing their smartwatch will automatically sync up and fill the gap. “We also know a reliable battery is essential to smartwatch. You can have up to 40 hours of battery life, more than enough to keep a charge on an overnight camping trip – even as it supports the faster processor, higher resolution display, expanded memory and more sophisticated health features. And when you need more juice quickly, 30 minutes of charging provides up to 10 hours of battery,” the company said.

Joining the Galaxy Z Series are Galaxy Buds2 – designed for a comfortable fit made to be worn all day, and provide premium sound quality so you can immerse yourself at the moment, wherever you are. As one of the latest additions to the Galaxy Buds lineup, Galaxy Buds2 joins the Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Buds Pro, providing more choices to consumers to fit their needs. As a part of the Galaxy ecosystem, Galaxy Buds2 makes the perfect companion to your Galaxy smartphone, tablet, or smartwatch.

Whether you use your Galaxy Buds2 to listen to music or dial into a conference call, you’ve got all the features you need to immerse yourself in your own world. The dynamic two-way speakers deliver crisp, clear high notes and deep bass, while Active Noise Cancellation helps block out unwanted noise.

If you need to hear your surroundings, simply tune back in with three adjustable ambient sound levels. And now your voice will be clearer on calls, thanks to a new, machine learning-based solution that filters out a variety of distracting background noises.

Galaxy Buds2 is Samsung’s smallest and lightest earbuds yet boasting an iconic curved shape. For a more perfect fit, we’ve developed the ‘Earbud fit test’ in the Galaxy Wearable app. Choose from four contemporary colors —graphite, white, olive, and lavender—to show off your personal style, and complete the package with third-party accessory cases.

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Huawei Shows Off New Range of “Super Device” Products in UAE

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Huawei Consumer Business Group UAE has today unveiled its innovative new range of Super Device products including the HUAWEI WATCH 3|3 Pro, the new 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro, HUAWEI FreeBuds 4, HUAWEI MateView, and HUAWEI MateView GT, in the UAE. Today, consumers have more smart devices than ever before, but they are often in siloed systems that make interconnection difficult and as a result creates a fragmented user experience. Huawei’s Super Device experience provides the solution by enabling different devices to seamlessly connect and collaborate in a convenient and secure manner. Distributed technology is used to allow all types of different devices to connect under one system. This means previously independent products now form part of a cohesive and holistic “Super Device”. This integrates all hardware and resources and thereby effortlessly leverages the capabilities of its component devices based on a user’s needs.

On this occasion, Pablo Ning President of Consumer Business Group in the Middle East and Africa commented: “Today marks the most important launch event this year as we are about to unveil a new range of “Super Device” Experience Products across the region and in the United Arab Emirates specifically.” He added: “Through this new range of Super Device products, Huawei is giving consumers in the UAE access to a seamless and truly intelligent experience across multiple devices in all different types of scenarios. The Super Device new products range is just another step in our efforts to deliver the best possible future-oriented user experience with a forward-looking approach.”

A new “Smart Office” experience brings a productivity hub that breaks through boundaries for maximum creativity and efficiency. Super device connectivity with and without wires, along with HUAWEI MateView, HUAWEI MatePad Pro, and Huawei MateBook exemplifies full integration suitable for our busy lifestyles. Supported by the distributed data management and task scheduling capabilities of HarmonyOS, the tablet, laptop, and smart monitor can work together seamlessly to double our productivity and creativity in different scenarios, whether you are in the office or working from home. This is done by HUAWEI MatePad Pro and HUAWEI MateView’s wireless projection capability along with Mouse and keyboard control. The advantage of the new “Smart Office” experience is the easy swapping of wireless and wired connections sharing the screen, cross-device file dragging and dropping, delivering a more efficient and collaborative multi-device experience. This allows us easily switch between work mode and personal mode.

The price and availability of all these products in the UAE will be announced soon.

HUAWEI WATCH 3|3 Pro
Running on HarmonyOS, HUAWEI WATCH 3|3 Pro comes with a polished stainless-steel watch body adorned with a pane of ultra-curved 3D glass and a large display, culminating an elegant design for the smart timepiece series. HUAWEI WATCH 3|3 Pro is the first Huawei smartwatch series to come with a 3D rotating crown that offers tactile feedback. HUAWEI WATCH 3|3 Pro supports standalone connectivity and can receive and make calls. By activating the eSIM service on their smartphones, users can share the phone number, data, and voice plans between their smartphone and smartwatch without having to worry about the battery as it features ultra-long battery life, supporting five-day battery life in smart mode and provides 21 days in ultra-long battery life mode.

Huawei has worked closely with various entities in the region to leverage the Super Device capabilities, providing users with a truly intelligent experience across all types of scenarios. Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), one of the largest taxi operator in Dubai and subsidiary of the Dubai Government Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Emirates one of the world’s leading international airlines and Talabat, one of the leading food delivery apps, are the first regional partners to see their apps running into the flagship HUAWEI Watch 3|3 Pro smartwatch. The Super Device experience allows these apps to connect seamlessly into the newly launched HUAWEI Watch 3|3 Pro smartwatch, providing users with a more convenient, smoother, and secure experience.

Users can now benefit from the HUAWEI Watch 3|3 Pro smartwatch Super Device capabilities to enjoy the DTC, Emirates, and Talabat apps and RTA services directly from their wrist. They can book their DTC taxi ride straight from the new HUAWEI Watch 3|3 Pro smartwatch, call or cancel their rides on the move. When ordering from Talabat, the smartwatch converts to a smart assistant by tracking and notifying the user on the status of his food order directly on the smartwatch.

Huawei and Emirates have also worked closely to provide HUAWEI Watch 3|3 Pro users with a seamless and convenient experience while using the app. Users get automatic notifications related to their Emirates bookings and flight status without using their smartphones and can use the Emirates app seamlessly with a simple glance to their wrist. Moreover, the HUAWEI Watch 3|3 Pro brings an effortless payment experience to nol customers. Users can now travel with their Huawei smartwatch via Dubai metro, bus, and tram. They can also use their smartwatch to pay for groceries (in selected locations) and other RTA public transport services.

12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro
HUAWEI MatePad Pro is equipped with the powerful Kirin 9000E that delivers an incredible level of performance. Equipped with a 12.6-inch OLED FullView display and a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, a million-to-one contrast ratio delivering a crisp color-accurate picture. The brilliant display on HUAWEI MatePad Pro is complemented by an eight-speaker sound system, which consists of large-amplitude tweeters and woofers, to provide immersive multimedia experiences for the consumers. The HUAWEI MatePad Pro also supports Multi-screen Collaboration with PCs.

HUAWEI FreeBuds 4
Huawei today also announced the launch of its latest True Wireless Stereo (TWS) Bluetooth earbuds, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4. This new addition to Huawei’s numeric series of TWS earbuds inherits the world’s first open-fit active noise cancellation (ANC) technology from the previous generation. With open-fit ANC 2.0 technology, lightweight comfort, high-resolution sound quality, and intelligent audio connectivity, HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 delivers not only audio quality but also takes the open-fit ANC listening experience to a whole new level.

HUAWEI MateView
HUAWEI MateView is a large 4K+ Ultra-HD pro-grade standalone monitor featuring a 28.2-inch 3:2 panel that supports a native resolution of 3840 × 2560, offering a 94 percent screen-to-body ratio[1] to provide users with a highly immersive viewing and premium viewing experience where even the most minute detail is faithfully reproduced on screen. In addition, it debuts with the first-ever integrated height-adjustable mount. HUAWEI MateView not only supports cable connections but also lets users declutter their tables by connecting their mobile phone, notebook, tablet to the monitor wirelessly. Users have access to a versatile range of ports for every office use case, including two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, one HDMI port, one Mini DisplayPort, and one 3.5mm audio jack. HUAWEI MateView introduces a cleverly hidden HUAWEI Smart Bar that offers a user-friendly touch interface for users to easily adjust various display settings, such as input source and volume.

HUAWEI MateView GT
Huawei also had a surprise for gamers with the launch of the HUAWEI MateView GT displaying cutting-edge technology, great reliability and outstanding quality. Introduced as a brand-new product category, the HUAWEI MateView GT features a curved ultrawide display that supports a refresh rate of 165Hz, with an innovative integrated SoundBar. With the HUAWEI MateView GT, Huawei is dedicated to offering consumers an even more powerful and efficient monitor, taking the gaming and entertainment experience to a new level.

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