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Video: Review of the ASUS VivoWatch SP

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ASUS’ new VivoWatch SP is the company’s intelligent wearable health tracker that offers 24/7 health and fitness monitoring and insights to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and achieve your fitness goals. The watch comes embedded with ECG and PPG sensors that track real-time health data including pulse transit time (PTT) info, heart rate, body harmony index, pulse O2 level, sleep, activity and de-stress level to help you stay informed about your health.

Inside the box, the ASUS VivoWatch SP comes with a charger, an extra watch strap, and some paperwork that includes the quick start guide. The watch is charged using a clip-like charger that gets plugged into a power adapter with a micro-USB cable. The VivoWatch SP is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

The body of the watch is made up of stainless steel and the display is made up of a 1.34-inch colour LCD screen with always-on display. VivoWatch SP comes with dimensions of 53.5-by-46.5-by-14.2mm and 320-by-300 pixel screen resolution, weighing around 36 grams without the strap. The ASUS VivoWatch SP comes with 22mm watch straps. You can use any 22mm watch straps that come in many colours.

In order to connect the watch to your smartphone, you need to download the ASUS HealthConnect app. This is an intuitive and friendly app that allows you to manage blood pressure, heart rate, the female period, medicating reminders as well as share health data with your family or doctor. The HealthConnect app also used the ASUS HealthAI technology that offers personalised health advice, and health management tips, based on health measurements and your personal habits.

The VivoWatch SP also comes with a built-in GPS and altimeter. This allows you to track workouts and view activity maps and stats, such as speed, distance, altitude, and duration. The watch also features a quick-release watch strap, up to 14-day battery life, and a swim-proof design – this means the VivoWatch SP can be used safely up to depths of 50 meters, without any worries.

The user interface and the overall design of the VivoWatch SP is quite simple. There is just one button on the watch – the crown of the watch can be used to activate the display from a locked position and two sensors – one on the top-right edge and one on the bottom left edge.

To access the features of the VivoWatch SP, you just need to scroll left and right on the screen. And in each menu, you can scroll up or down to reveal more features that are related to the main one. The watch comes packed with 1GB of RAM and a 1.15-GHZ processor. You also get a 200 MAH battery, which lasts for up to 10 days for regular usage, and 14 days in power-saving mode.

The optical heart rate sensor at the side is paired with an ECG at the back. The device can do both heart rate sensing and ECG to give you a clear picture of your heart’s health. It takes 15 seconds to get a detailed analysis of your heart rate. There is also an indicator for Arterial stiffness which calculates pulse transit time along with the user’s skin resistance, and can also be used to evaluate an individual’s emotional states like stress, anxiety, fear, happiness, or relaxation.

When you keep this watch on your wrist, it will learn your behaviour all the time and give you tips on how to live a healthier life. If you wear it for seven days, the device starts offering suggestions on the types of exercises you can do in order to have a healthier heart. The watch also tracks how you sleep, including how many times you turn from side to side each night.

The ASUS VivoWatch SP can also tell how your heart rate evolves while you are in sleep. You will receive a detailed report which tells about how much time you spent in light sleep or deep sleep, and how much you were awake. You can even check out pulse O2 levels. All of this info is synced automatically to the ASUS HealthConnect app.

All of these features make the ASUS VivoWatch SP a fully functional smartwatch and a premium fitness tracker that offers lots of bells and whistles. These include ECG, PPG, built-in GPS, exercise companion, Health Insights (using HealthAI), and many more.

The watch can track your heart rate, measure the amount of oxygen present in the blood, and also track your sleep. The ASUS VivoWatch SP also charges very quickly and boasts a battery life of 14 days with normal usage. If you are on the market for a smartwatch that offers a very good range of fitness features, the ASUS VivoWatch SP is something you should definitely check out!

Price: AED 1180

ASUS VivoWatch SP AED 1180
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3.5

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The body of the watch is made up of stainless steel and the display is made up of a 1.34-inch colour LCD screen with an always-on display. VivoWatch SP comes with dimensions of 53.5-by-46.5-by-14.2mm and 320-by-300 pixel screen resolution, weighing around 36 grams without the strap. The ASUS VivoWatch SP comes with 22mm watch straps. You can use any 22mm watch straps that come in many colours.

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Fitbit Launches Sense 2, Versa 4, and Inspire 3

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Fitbit has launched new fitness tracking devices such as Inspire 3, Versa 4, and Sense 2. These devices are even thinner and more comfortable, so you can wear them all day and night, and you don’t have to charge them every day.

Whether you’re focused on improving your mental health, gearing up to run a marathon, or starting a new health and wellness routine, you have a range of easy-to-use devices to choose from. By giving you information about your body that otherwise wouldn’t be top of mind — like your resting heart rate, oxygen saturation (SpO2), sleep trends, and body’s responses to stressors — you can better understand how to manage your holistic health. Here’s a look at how each device can fit your needs:

  1. Inspire 3 is a fun, easy-to-use tracker that helps you stay on top of your health with 10 days of battery life. It’s a great entry-level device with a rich color display that can track important metrics at our most accessible price point.
  2. Versa 4 is a fitness-focused smartwatch that offers over 40 exercise modes, real-time stats, built-in GPS, and Active Zone Minutes, plus Premium features like Daily Readiness Score to help you reach your activity goals – all with 6 days of battery life in a thinner and lighter design.
  3. Sense 2 is the most advanced health-focused smartwatch with more than six days of battery life that helps you manage stress and track your heart health. It also includes our new Body Response sensor, which measures cEDA for all-day stress management.

“Our newest offerings are just the start of how we can help you uncover information to improve your overall health and wellness. With the Fitbit app, you can stay motivated and on track with weekly and longitudinal stats about your activity, heart health, sleep, and stress. Plus you can log your hydration, menstrual health, mood, nutrition, and glucose levels all in one place. Seeing all of your metrics together can help you better understand how the actions you take each day can impact your well-being and make better decisions for your daily life,” the company said.

“Fitbit Premium, which is included with all new device purchases for six months, takes your experience even further with additions like Daily Readiness Score and Sleep Profile to dive deeper into your stats and progress, and over 1,000 workout and mindfulness sessions to keep your mind and body active. Whether you’re just starting out or love to dig into health stats, we have a device to fit your needs. Don’t know which device is best for you? Take our quiz to find out. We’re confident you’ll find something that makes it easier than ever for you to put your health and wellness first and empower you to be your best self along the way,” the company further added.

The three new wearables – Fitbit Sense 2 (AED 1,299), Versa 4 (AED 999), and Inspire 3 (AED 399), will be available later in September across leading local retailers such as GO Sports, EMAX, Jumbo Electronics, Dubai Duty-Free, Virgin Megastore, Amazon.ae, Sharaf DG, and Noon.com and shall include a six-month Premium membership for new and returning customers.

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Review: HUAWEI WATCH FIT 2

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HUAWEI announced the new WATCH FIT 2 recently on the UAE market in three different variations – Active Edition, Classic Edition, and Elegant Edition. The Classic Edition, which is reviewed here, comes in two different colour options – Nebula Gray and Moon White (our review unit).

The Classic Edition supports 140–210mm wrist size, and weighs around 30 gms, with the strap excluded. The watch comes with a 1.74-inches AMOLED colour screen, that offers a resolution of 336-by-480 pixels and a pixel density of 336-PPI.

The casing of the smartwatch is made up of aluminum, while the rear of the case is made of polymer. The WATCH FIT 2 also comes with a leather strap, and with a 9-axis IMU sensor that includes an accelerometer sensor, a gyroscope sensor, and a geomagnetic sensor. The device also comes with easily replaceable straps. The process of removing the straps through a single click is really neat and makes for an improvement over the previous design. You also get an optical heart rate sensor.

The WATCH FIT 2 offers a sleek and fashionable design and build quality, Bluetooth calling support, instant message reply, durable battery life, comprehensive health management, and fitness tracking. Since the smartwatch also comes with a built-in speaker, you can attend to incoming calls without having to pick up your smartphone.

The smartwatch also supports fast charging technology. This means, that with a 5-minute charge, the HUAWEI WATCH FIT 2 can be used for 24 hours. On paper, HUAWEI says that the smartwatch can offer a battery life of 7 days in heavy usage scenarios. In our tests, we were able to clock around a week of normal usage of the WATCH FIT 2, before having to recharge the device.

The HUAWEI WATCH FIT 2 also offers all-around health management, such as continuous SpO2 monitoring, all-day heart rate, sleep, stress, and breathing monitoring to help you keep track of your physical changes at all times. At the same time, the HUAWEI Health app on the smartphone can synchronise health-monitoring data in real-time, allowing you to keep an eye on your physical and mental health at all times.

There is also something called Healthy Living Management, which through personalised settings, sends you regular reminders such as health challenges, daily water intake, medication reminders, daily mindfulness, early sleep reminders, exercise volume, and staying positive. The WATCH FIT 2 also supports 97 workout modes such as running, cycling, swimming, skipping, and so on. It also includes current mainstream and common workouts like weight training, dancing, ball games, water sports, winter sports, and extreme sports.

The HUAWEI WATCH FIT 2 is so light that wearing it for an extended period of time does not feel like a chore. For a price of AED 599, the HUAWEI WATCH FIT 2 offers some outstanding features that will keep you updated about your health. It also comes with a big HD display which shows all the health-related info you would need to reference from time to time. In addition, its Bluetooth calling feature is quite handy, while the battery life is one of the best we have seen on smartwatches.

Price: AED 599

HUAWEI WATCH FIT 2 AED 599
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3.5

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The HUAWEI WATCH FIT 2 offers a sleek and fashionable design and build quality, Bluetooth calling support, instant message reply, durable battery life, comprehensive health management, and fitness tracking. Since the smartwatch also comes with a built-in speaker, you can attend to incoming calls without having to pick up your smartphone.

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Fitbit Intros Sleep Profiles to Improve Users’ Sleep Quality

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Fitbit has officially rolled out Sleep Profile to Fitbit Premium users, a new feature that offers a new longitudinal analysis of your sleep patterns.  Sleep profile uses an assessment of 10 monthly sleep metrics to show you what type of sleeper you are, spot key patterns in your data, and help you understand how those patterns impact your sleep quality and also makes your sleep data even easier to interpret with fun animal characters, so you can take steps to improve your sleep quality and, in turn, your overall health.

Since the introduction of Fitbit’s sleep features in 2009, sleep tracking has been incredibly popular – making information previously only available through a sleep lab accessible to users via their wrist. To date, Fitbit has analyzed 22 billion hours of sleep data, equivalent to the lifespan of over 5,000 tortoises. Sleep guidance isn’t as simple as getting 7-8 hours of rest and Fitbit has the data to show it through an analysis of 1.87 million sleep logs by a neurologist, sleep experts, and research scientists.

Supported by sleep science, Sleep Profile analyzes your sleep across 10 key metrics each month, calculates trends, and compares them to what’s typical for your age and gender, so you can discover where you have room to improve. The critical data points gathered from your sleep analysis inform your designated Sleep Animal, providing a fun way to understand your sleeping style.

Fitbit’s extensive research and testing found six animal archetypes, each chosen for their distinct trends that correlate each animal’s behavior with common user sleeping behaviors and patterns.

  1. Giraffe: Your sleep tends to be shorter, and you are more likely to sleep later and wake up earlier. You have a relatively good proportion of deep and REM sleep despite a shorter overall duration.
  2. Bear: You tend to have a consistent sleep schedule, regularly falling asleep around the same time. You go to bed earlier than most, and you tend to reach a sound sleep quickly. Your sleep tends to be long and restful, with a relatively high proportion of deep and REM sleep.
  3. Dolphin: You tend to fall asleep later than most and sleep for less time overall—maybe due to an inconsistent sleep schedule. Compared to others, you tend to be a lighter sleeper and might take naps to catch up.
  4. Hedgehog: You usually fall asleep later and wake up earlier. You are a lighter sleeper—typically taking longer to reach sound sleep and may get less deep and REM.
  5. Parrot: You tend to keep a consistent bedtime and don’t sleep too early or late. You typically reach sound sleep quickly and usually get a good amount of sleep each night. You likely sleep deeply once you drift off but can be light on REM due to waking up briefly throughout the night.
  6. Tortoise: You tend to fall asleep at different times each night, but often earlier than most. Paired with slightly later average wake times, you tend to spend more time in bed overall but may find it takes longer to reach a sound sleep, impacting your lower than average deep and REM sleep.

Users can wear their Fitbit devices to sleep for at least 14 nights per calendar month to receive an assessment. The more you wear the device to sleep, the more precise the evaluation. Sleep can vary significantly from night to night, so it’s helpful to analyze your sleep data over a longer period from your own sleep environment to uncover more insights into your habits and how you can improve.

As a Premium member, you will see your Sleep Profile, including your sleep animal and monthly sleep analysis, on the first day of every month. Animals can change from month to month, and data collected throughout the month will inform the next animal you receive the following month. There is no “ideal” animal – each one can be used to better understand your sleep patterns and how you can improve your sleep quality.

Based on your sleeper type’s behavior, you will see where your sleep patterns compare to others like you – whether it’s setting a more consistent sleep schedule or creating a bedtime routine like trying the mindfulness content found within the Fitbit app to help you fall asleep faster. Getting quality sleep can play a critical role in your overall health and well-being, with poor sleep being correlated to increased potential health risks including diabetes, cardiovascular problems, obesity, poor cognitive functioning, and more.

Premium uplevels your Fitbit experience by helping you better understand your sleep patterns, your readiness to exercise and how your body responds to stressors, all with additional guidance and insights to help you achieve your health, fitness and wellness goals. Sleep Profile is rolling out in the Fitbit app to Premium users with Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Charge 5, Luxe or Inspire 2 devices upon launch. Users will receive their first profile during the week of July 4, followed by monthly profiles delivered in the Fitbit app on the 1st of each month.

Remember though that Sleep Profiles aren’t intended for medical purposes and users should consult their health professionals for questions about their health.

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