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
Huawei Shows Off New Range of “Super Device” Products in UAE
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 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 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.
Fitbit Launches the new Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions
Fitbit has announced Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions, making it fun and easy for kids ages 6+ to get active and build healthy habits with the whole family alongside some of the most beloved and recognizable characters of all time: Illumination’s Minions. The newest addition to Fitbit’s Ace kids activity and sleep-tracker line, Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions includes motivating features like hourly reminders to move and daily activity goals in a swimproof design – all powered by eight days of battery life. Introducing a new interactive Minion clock face, Minions-inspired accessory bands, and coming soon, Minions-themed activity badges at the same accessible price as Fitbit Ace 3, Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions is available worldwide starting today for AED 349.
“Parents and kids love our Ace activity and sleep trackers for their engaging and motivating features that inspire kids to stay active and build healthy habits,” said Alison Ross Powers, Head of Global Strategic Partnerships for Fitbit at Google. “Introducing Illumination’s Minions to the Ace family brings fun, new Minions-inspired features that weave in even more personality and surprises into the Fitbit experience for families and kids, keeping them moving and happy alongside their favorite on-screen characters.”
Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions brings the loveable characters directly to kids’ wrists with a themed design built into every aspect of the Fitbit device experience. With an exclusive, engraved accessory band in Minions Yellow with an embossed Minions design, the device is built to withstand tumbles and spills with a comfortable and secure silicone band and bumper. Kids with any Ace 3 device can also customize their tracker with additional Minions-themed bands in Despicable Blue and Mischief Black, so all kids with the latest Fitbit kids and activity trackers can enjoy the mischievous and larger-than-life personalities of the Minions.
On-device, a new animated clock face, available exclusively to Ace 3 devices, allows kids to become the Minions’ latest “boss” as the expressive character runs, dances, skateboards, and swims, encourages kids to get moving, and illustrates their progress towards daily customizable goals for either active minutes or steps. The fun doesn’t stop with Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions. Coming soon, all Fitbit users can enjoy new Minions-themed activity badges in the Fitbit app for various step milestones featuring three of the most beloved Minions: Stuart, Kevin, and Bob. Once earned, the badges will act as glowing signs of pride in your or your kids’ profiles in the Fitbit app and serve as a reminder to keep chasing daily activity goals.
Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions has the same extensive safeguards as the entire Ace product line, so kids can focus on building healthy habits while parents can be assured their child’s privacy is protected. Parents can set up a Fitbit family account in the Fitbit app to access privacy controls and protections, which is strongly suggested for children ages 12 and under and required for using Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions or Ace 3. Through Parent View in the app, parents can easily see their kid’s activity, manage what is shown on their kid’s app experience, and approve their kid’s friend requests.
To promote the development of healthy habits, Ace 3 and Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions use a focused Kid View in-app that shows the data that matters most, like activity and sleep stats, as well as parent-approved friends, clock faces, avatars, and badges. The Ace 3 experience is designed to meet the child- privacy standards outlined by law where available, including COPPA in the United States and GDPR in Europe. Fitbit Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions, the latest tracker in the beloved Ace 3 line is available starting today in stores and online at leading retailers in the UAE. Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions retails for AED 349. Additional Minions engraved silicone accessory bands compatible with all Ace 3 devices are available for AED 149 in Despicable Blue and Mischief Black.
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
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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