Fitbit Charge 3: Expensive or Worth Buying?

Fitbit is holding their spot in the fitness tracker industry by releasing more new smartwatches and fitness trackers. Their Fitbit Versa, Fitbit Ionic was well appreciated by both the users and the critics. Their smart band series is also well known and popular among the people. Their first smart band or fitness tracker called Fitbt Charge was released in September 2016, after a satisfactory response they decided to continue that series. Following that, Fitbit has released an updated second generation version namely Fitbit Charge 2 in 2017 and lastly the third generation of this series called Fitbit Charge 3 was released in late 2018. Excellent configuration with innovative features was the main focus of this fitness tracker. Let’s look at the insights of this fitness tracker:

Fitbit Charge 3; Image Source: Fitbit

The Fitbit Charge series is actually fitness trackers or also known as smart bands from Fitbit company. These smart bands or fitness trackers usually have smaller display and a thinner band. The design of Fitbit Charge 3 also resembles a classic smart band but it has a larger display and thicker band. Despite having a larger design and thicker stripes, Fitbit Charge 3 is comparatively more lightweight than its predecessor Fitbit Charge 2. One of the most satisfying part of Fitbit watches that it comes in different stripes color and materials. This smart band is no exception of that. The stripes of Fitbit Charge 3 comes in different color and material. From black to rose gold, from silicone rubber to woven strips, or even leather and graphite aluminum material stripes are available. This smart band has a complete water resistance design. We can not even think of a smart gear without water resistance feature, so the Fitbit Charge 3 is no exception. This smart band has a 5 ATM water resistance feature which is capable of keeping your gear intact under up to 50 meters water level. This is truly helpful for its fitness and swim tracking function. Although the Fitbit Charge 2 did not have a water resistant display, rather it was splash waterproof. So the water resistance function got better in Fitbit Charge 3. Overall, the design is pretty slick and elegant as a smart band.

Fitbit Charge 3 has a larger display than Fitbit Charge 2; Image Source: CNET

The display is pretty good considering it’s a smart band or fitness tracker. Usually smart bands or fitness trackers have a below average display, even some of them do not have any color display at all. But the Fitbit Charge 3 has a rectangular OLED color display, which seems pretty decent. The display size is 1.1 inch x 0.5 inch and it is larger than Fitbit Charge 2. The display is a touchscreen display, which is an update from its predecessor Fitbit Charge 2. Fitbit Charge 2 had a tap display which was clearly inconvenient to use. Although Fitbit has not officially revealed the display resolution. But the display seems pretty sharp. So overall, the display is not as bad as other fitness trackers or smart bands.

Fitbit Charge 3; Image Source: Fitbit

Fitbit has tried to build up a better impression on battery by increasing the battery life. Its predecessor Fitbit Charge 2 had a 5 days battery life, and Fitbit Charge 3 has a battery life of 7 days. It is not quite a dramatic change of battery life, but considering display expansion the battery life seems pretty decent. Although other smart bands like Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4 has a whopping 20 days battery life, so it kind of gets lagged behind in the competition.

Fitbit Charge 3 is also a great fitness partner for you; Image Source: CNET

Other than technical configuration, Fitbit has tried to put the utmost effort on its smart features. In a word, Fitbit Charge 3 has every smart feature like a regular smartwatch or smart band. Several sensors, and more than 15 exercise modes make it no less than your personal fitness trainer. Sleep tracking, Swimming tracking, female health tracking like menstruation and ovulation alert make it a complete health partner for you. Authentic exercise tracking helps you to have a better health and happiness. Besides, your normal features like push notifications, calls, messages are also available in this smart band.

Fitbit Charge 3 comes in different colors; Image Source: Fitbit

The price range of Fitbit Charge 3 starts from 149 dollars which seems quite expensive as a smart band. The looks, configurations and features are indeed brilliant, but it is still expensive where Xiaomi Mi Band 4 is sold at only 35 dollars with similar or close features. But you can still buy this smartwatch if you want to focus on the looks and design of this gear. Overall, except the price, this band is a pretty awesome and gorgeous looking band.

Amazfit Verge: Is It Really Worth Buying?

Huami is doing an excellent job with their Amazfit smartwatch series. Their smartwatches and fitness trackers have already drawn the gadget lovers’ attention and hence they have been able to achieve an amazing sales figure for most of their smartwatches. Inexpensive price yet high end performance helped their smartwatches to be loved by the users. Following their footsteps, Amazfit has released another new model of smartwatches focusing on the fashion conscious fitness enthusiasts. Their new release is called Amazfit Verge which features a perfect combination of style and technology. So let’s see whether they could deliver their target product—

Huami Amazfit Verge; Image Source: Amazfit

The Huami Amazfit Verge was released in September, 2018. The smartwatch comes in three colors- Twilight blue, Shadow grey and Moonlight White. At first impression, the smartwatch looks nowhere near the usual chronograph wristwatches. The design is quite more sporty and funky rather than having a formal and elegant design. The watch has a circular case and silicone belt, which exerts a first thought of being more like a kids watch, not for men. Although the design and build is definitely appropriate for your jogging sessions and sports routine. Huami Amazfit Verge was designed aiming at the comfort for the users, so Hypo-allergenic silicone material not only helps you to not feel uncomfortable, but also gives you health benefits. Like this material makes the watch so lightweight, and its hypo-allergenic property doesn’t affect your skin while you are using it for a long time. Although, this smartwatch doesn’t really feel like something elegant and luxurious like ASUS ZenWatch 3 or Samsung Galaxy Watch. But still, the design is indeed great considering its functionality and sporty look.

Amazfit Verge Watch has a sporty look and comfortable design; Image Source: Amazfit

Another fact about the design is its water resistance property. The Amazfit Verge is IP 68 certified water resistant and also dust proof. However, the smartwatch isn’t waterproof, so it is not safe to wear it during your swimming session.

The smartwatch comes in multiple color options to match your style; Image Source: Amazfit

The display is another positive point of this smartwatch. The Huami Amazfit Verge has a 1.3 inches AMOLED display which is good enough to give you a vivid and sharp display experience. Besides, the AMOLED display becomes pure black when turned off, which enhances the beauty and elegance of this smartwatch. The display is an adaptive display, which means the smartwatch can adjust the brightness of the display according to the intensity of light. However, Huami has not officially announced any more detail about the display, like the resolution, the pixel density or the detail of protective glass. But we really hope all these specifications to be great in this device. Overall, the display details look promising and nicely put configurations.

The smartwatch offers an AMOLED display for true colorful experience; Image Source: Amazfit

Another important part of the configuration is the battery life. Huami claimed their Amazfit Verge smartwatch to have up to 5 days of battery life. This is indeed great comparing to other high end smartwatches where most of them has a battery life of 1-3 days. The smartwatch does not have any quick charge or wireless charging option, which is actually disappointing. But considering the battery life, the battery configuration seems pretty solid and adequate.

Health and fitness features are the main focus of this smartwatch; Image Source: Amazfit

The main focus of this smartwatch was its fitness and health features. Huami Amazfit Verge offers a wide variety of fitness and health features for you. This smartwatch can automatically track your exercise and sports activity with more than 12 fitness tracking options including running, walking, climbing, tennis, skiing, soccer, cycling, elliptical training, etc. Besides it can accurately track your routes and distances traveled with dual-mode GPS & GLONASS. It has an advanced PPG optical heart rate sensor which can track your heart rate and make your fitness chart. Overall, the fitness and health features are indeed brilliant and excellent as your virtual fitness trainer.

Smart features make this smartwatch really innovative; Image Source: Amazfit

This smartwatch also features other smart functions like built-in Amazon Alexa. You can talk to your Alexa to have your everyday briefing and other works done by it. Besides, you can take calls on your wrist, so you do not have to pick your phone out of your pocket every time. The large display offers to let you check your email, text or other notifications from your mobile. Therefore, these smart features are truly helpful and beneficial for you.

The price range of Huami Amazfit Verge starts from 159 dollars, which seems quite expensive considering its specifications and functions. The smartwatch is undoubtedly awesome, but the price range looks like the most important drawback for this smartwatch. Still, you would not be disappointed buying this smartwatch if the experience and performance matter the most to you.

Xiaomi Redmi Wireless AirDots: Cheap Price Affects The Performance?

Wireless earbuds have been extremely popular since Apple introduced their first wireless earbuds called Apple AirPods back in 2016. The idea of wireless earbuds was well taken by the gadget lovers and hence the market of Bluetooth earphones and Headphones has been highly affected by the invention of wireless buds. Apart from Apple, several top companies are producing their versions of earbuds with more innovative technologies and superior performance.

Xiaomi Redmi Wireless AirDots; Image Source: Xiaomi

However, the price point of earbuds was an extreme drawback for the gadget lovers. The price for Apple AirPods had started from 159 dollars, which seems too much for a pair of earbuds. However, other top companies like Samsung are trying to occupy their market by releasing their Samsung Galaxy Buds in a comparatively lower price yet greater configuration.
Although all these high end prices didn’t stop the fans to buy these promising and innovative gadgets. Still a cheaper version of Bluetooth earbuds from a reputed company was a crying need for the fans and followers. At last, Xiaomi has brought their version of Wireless Bluetooth earbuds in a very reasonable price. They have named it Xiaomi Redmi Wireless AirDots. The price range for this long awaited product has started from 99 Yuan or 30 dollars which is way under the range of other wireless Bluetooth earbuds. Like a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds cost almost 100 to 110 dollars, and the price range of AirPods starts from 159 dollars. So the price is quite cheap comparing to them. But the real question is if the AirDots are as good as the Galaxy Buds or AirPods. Let’s dig into the specifications and performance details of this gear:

Xiaomi Redmi Airdots; Image Source: Giztop

The Redmi Wireless AirDots are manufactured for versatile and solid performance. From music to gaming, this earbuds have been designed for crystal clear sound and marvelous audio experience. The design is quite small yet functional as earbuds. Elegant looks and exquisite finishing have made this earbud look great. The design is compact and contains buds to cling to your ears. Besides each earphone is only 4.1 g in weight. So you do not feel uncomfortable and there is absolutely no chances of the earbuds to fall from your ears. The Xiaomi Redmi Wireless Airdots come in various colors like black, red, blue, indigo, peach etc. Overall, the design is quite impressive as wireless earbuds.

The design is compact and comfortable for your ears; Image Source: Xiaomi

The main thing to focus on this device is its performance. The Xiaomi Redmi Wireless Airdots has a very solid performance considering its price. Xiaomi Redmi Wireless AirDots are equipped with a 7.2mm sound unit, which has a medium to high frequency and a low-frequency dip. So it is also capable of delivering a high quality stereo audio and also producing a deep bass for a greater music experience. Apart from the sound quality, the usage procedure seems quite handy and comfortable. The AirDots have a button on the outer side of each bud, a single click on which stops whatever is playing on your earphone, and a double tap opens up Google Assistant or Siri. So you do not have to use your mobile to every time. Also, the device connectivity seems actually good. This earbud is run on by Bluetooth 5.0, which is pretty great, because this not only helps to diminish the device lag, but also great for power saving function. The setup procedure also seems quite easy and simple. Overall, the performance seems quite great comparing to the price.

The 7.2mm sound unit delivers perfect sound and deep bass; Image Source: Xiaomi

The best part of the Redmi AirDots is its battery life. The Xiaomi Redmi Wireless Airdots have a 40 mAh power supply in each earphone, which gives each earbud a 4 hours of listening time. The backup time is excellent considering the charger box. The charger box contains 300 mAh battery which gives an additional 12 hours of battery life, so we do not have to worry about the battery life. Another plus point is, the charger box support wireless charging, which is surprising considering the price range. Overall, the battery specification is impressive.

The Charger Box is capable of providing additional 12 hours battery life; Image Source: Giztop

The Xiaomi Redmi Wireless AirDots are indeed excellent considering its performance and specifications. At this price range, this earphones are unbelievably good. It doesn’t seem like the price point has affected its solid performance, although we are not quite sure if this earphones will be long-lasting. Still this earbuds would definitely be a steal for budget users and also gadget lovers.

Apple Airpods: A New Generation Of Earbuds

Wireless technology is now the most trendiest thing around the world. From wireless chargers to wireless earbuds, this technology has made our life more comfortable. From the 20th century, our technology was mainly focusing on making portable, smaller and innovative versions of every gadget like telephones or computers.

Invention of mobile phones or laptops or any other portable devices brought a great comfort and hassle free life for all of us.

The Apple AirPods; Image Source: Apple

There are almost every type of devices that have a wireless version. Invention of Bluetooth and Bluetooth devices was the base of todays wireless technology. One of the most popular and significant wireless technologies is wireless headphones or earphones.

These wireless earphones are mainly connected through Bluetooth. Usually two ear pieces are connected through a wire and a Bluetooth receiver. But how your wireless earphones having two separate earbuds and absolutely no wire? The wait is now over. Recently, Apple has introduced their first ever truly wireless earbuds. They have named it Apple Airpods.

This product was launched along with Apple iPhone 7 Plus as it had absolutely no earphone jack. Since it release, Apple Airpods have received immense popularity and appreciation. Let’s see what features are there in these earbuds-

The Apple AirPods Comes With Charger Box & Lightning Wire; Image Source:Marques Brownlee

The Apple Airpods (first generation) was released in December 13, 2016. Apple has not changed their classic earpiece design in this Bluetooth device. The earphones are not of an in-ear earphone type, there is no bud for mounting it to the ear.

The design has been quite criticized for no innovative looks and functionality. The Airpods come in only white color, so some users do not like the color and actually disappointed for not getting any black or grey colored Airpods.

Since the earphone does not have buds so there remains a risk for them of falling from ears and losing the Airpods. Each Airpod is only 0.14 ounces or 4 g in weight. So the Airpod is extremely lightweight so that you do not feel uncomfortable wearing the device. Overall, the design of the Apple Airpod is actually the resemblance of Apple’s classic earphones without any wire.

The Apple AirPods is run by W1 Chip; Image Source: Apple

The Apple Airpods is run by the custom Apple W1 chip, they use motion accelerometer and an optical sensor to detect whether they’re in your eyes. The W1 chip automatically connects to route the audio and engages the microphone, whether you are using both of your AirPods or just one of them.

An extra accelerometer works with microphones so that it reduces background noise and focus on the sound of your voice while you are on a call. Besides, Apple claims the chip to be extremely power saving yet functional. According to Apple, the Airpods are capable to deliver a whopping 5 hours of listening time on full charge.

Along with the Airpods box, a charging box comes with a lightning to USB cable. This charging box can hold additional charge for your Airpods to supply up to 24 hours of usage. The charging box is also quite fast charging, it can give your Airpods 3 hours of listening time with just 15 minutes charging time.

The Charger Box Is Capable Of Providing Quicker Charging; Image Source: Marques Brownlee

The main thing to focus on any earphone is its sound quality. The Apple Airpods is excellent in terms of sound and microphone quality. Rich and high quality audio makes your music time a lot smoother and enjoyable.

Besides it’s microphone has auto noise cancellation technology which gives it a chance to produce a superior quality audio and voice experience. Apple has tried to give the best sound quality with just a tiny device by theire several sensors. Each Airpod has dual beam forming microphone, dual optical sensors, motion detecting accelerometer and speech detecting accelerometer which give the device a greater experience.

On the other hand, Apple Airpods is quite easy to use. With One-tap setup for all your Apple devices and quick access to Siri with a double tap makes your life a lot easier. The Airpods are automatically turned on and automatically connected once you take it out of your box.

The Apple Airpods are compatible with almost most of the Apple devices and gadgets. However, there is no chance of using it on an android device. So Android fans are quite unfortunate to be deprived of this buds.

The Apple Airpods Is Compatible With Only iOS and Mac devices; Image Source: Marques Brownlee

Pricing at 159 dollars, the Airpods are quite expensive considering other Bluetooth earphones and headphones. The users have complained about this product to be overpriced and not worthy of 159 dollars.

However, Apple Airpods received a good marketing response and were able to sell a large number of Airpods units. Overall, The Apple Airpods is truly great and in future, the idea of this device will create a new generation of earphones and headphones. So, it can be called as the pioneer of earbuds.

Kingwear KW88 Pro: Smartwatch in Your Budget

The smartwatch revolution has created a new industry of gear and accessories. Along with the increased popularity, smartwatches have been upgraded and also getting more expensive. High end smartwatch brands like Apple, Samsung or Fitbit are manufacturing and selling them at a comparatively high price range. Like Apple’s latest smartwatch Apple Watch 4 starts from a whopping 399 dollars where Samsung’s latest flagship smartwatch namely Samsung Galaxy Watch starts from 330 dollars which is quite expensive.

KingWear KW88 Pro; Image Source: Tech Brothers

On the other hand, there are some mid-range to low-range smartwatches by other companies like Huami Amazfit smartwatches which is quite excellent but costing only 79 dollars. There are some more brands that are providing quality smartwatches in extremely low price. Among them, KingWear has been a known name in the online shopping sites like Amazon, eBay or Aliexpress. Their latest smartwatch called KingWear KW88 Pro got a huge recognition at the online shopping sites. Pricing only at 90 dollars, this smartwatch achieved an extensive public interest about its performance. Let’s have the insights of this “Budget” smartwatch.

KingWear KW88 Pro; Image Source:Tech Brothers

The KingWear KW88 Pro is designed to resemble quite like classic wristwatches. Circular dial with chorographic watch faces gives it a similar look like formal wristwatches. The circular case is 1.39 inches in diameter with a silicon strap. The design almost looks like Samsung Gear 3, although it has no bezel ring. The most disappointing part of the design is, the product is not water resistant. So if you are planning to take it to your jogging or swimming session, there’s a high chance of it getting damaged.

KingWear KW88 Pro has a surprisingly amazing display; Image Source: Tech Brothers

The feature that surprised us the most is its display. KingWear KW88 Pro has an touchscreen AMOLED 1.39 inch display, with a resolution of 400 x 400, which is quite impressive as a low budget smartwatch. Another exceptional feature of this smartwatch is its camera. It’s quite rare for smartwatches to have a camera. But KingWear KW88 pro has a 2.0 MP camera which gives you the chance to freely take photos by using it. Besides, you can use it as the remote control of your universal smartphone.

Usage of SIM card in smartwatch has created a new dimension in the smartwatch industry; Image Source: Tech Brothers

Another exceptional fact of this smartwatch is, you can use a separate sim card for this smartwatch. This smartwatch supports a Nano sim card, which actually gives you to have 2G or 3G network. You can independently make a call and send or receive sms by this smartwatch. This smartwatch can keep the data of your contacts and call history which is indeed exceptional as a smartwatch.

The KingWear KW88 Pro has a 350 mAh battery which is pretty enough for you to use it all day long. Although KingWear claimed that their smartwatch would last up to 3 days, but we don’t think 350 mAh is enough for its bright AMOLED display and internal configuration. Another negative part of the power function is the smartwatch doesn’t have any Wireless charging capacity. Anyways, the battery configuration is not too bad overall.

The KingWear KW88 Pro has a heart rate monitor sensor; Image Source: Tech Brothers

This smartwatch has an internal memory of 16 GB and a RAM of 1 GB. It has a quad core processor of 1.3 GHz. Although KingWear didn’t announce any details of the processor, so we are not sure whether it is a high end processor or a low end processor. However, this smartwatch supports multiple wireless connectivities like 3G, GSM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS etc. These connectivity features make the device truly independent and wireless.

The KingWear KW88 Pro is run by Android 7.0 operating system. It supports other android mobiles and tablets, although it can not connect to an iOS device like iPhone or iPad. However, it really doesn’t need to connect to other devices as it’s kind of an independent gadget. Because, this smartwatch has alarm, browser, calculator, calendar, MP3, MP4, music player and what not! It is a complete smartwatch. In other words we can say, it is a wearable smartphone.

You can also download apps and play games through this device; Image Source: Tech Brothers

In this peak era of smartwatches, most of the smartwatches focus on its fitness features. But KingWear KW88 actually does not have any creative fitness features. The only thing it has is pedometer. It can track your walking and measure the distance and duration of it. Besides it has a sedentary reminder function which monitors your health all time and remind you to work out and exercise properly. But comparing to other smartwatches and smart bands, it is not impressive and quite disappointing.

Overall, this smartwatch is great considering its price and other features. It is truly a mini wearable smartphone. We hope KingWear brings a more updated version of this in future eradicating all the drawbacks and make a perfect gear.

Amazfit Bip: Trend setter

Meanwhile xiaomi has stepped into the hut of smartwatch. Coming out quite heavily and equiped with the latest cutting edge technology, they have put up as a strong contender in the smartwatch battle.Here in this article we are going to analyse about the AMAZFIT BIP Smartwatch and how well it has faired in the market.

Amazfit bip in different straps; Image source: cnet

Frankly speaking, xiaomi has quietly brought a midrange trendsetter which can easily satisfy the glamour and enthusiasm of mastering a smartwatch and that too of 75-79$, which is much cheaper than the other watches in the market but its quality is inferior to none. Surely xiaomi has done a very good job here to bring a smartwatch for the mid-ranger to satisfy the hunger of wearing a smartwatch in the wrist and moving around smartly. In a sentence, Revolutionary change.

After checking out the amazfit bip, one thing came into my mind why the other smartwatches can’t be more like amazfit bip? It is such a deal breaker and its quality to money ratio wouldn’t disappoint you at all, The best watch in the budget one can get.

Display of amazfit bip; Image source: cnet

To mention its origin

It is made by Huami, a company that also makes all of Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi’s wearable devices, it is so simple basic easier to use day by day, it has gained so much popularity due to its simplicity always on display, quite a bit of accuracy while measurement and a quite crisp display.

Amazfit bip on the wrist; Image source: yoursense.info .

Now speaking of the display:

Aforementioned it has an always-on display, which is easy to read it in direct sunlight. It is trans-reflective LCD display (where the more light falls on the display, the brighter the display gets) with a display size of 1.28 inch with capacitive touch screen and its resolution is about 176*176 pixels and the display is protected by Corning Gorilla glass 3 and 2.5D curved glass.

It has an IP68 rating which isn’t swimming friendly but can withstand some serious water splashing. Also, it is quite light and easier to move wearing it in hand, unlike other smartwatches.

Full view; Image source: youtube.com

The body

of the watch is polycarbonate built and matte plastic which is why it is so lighter to use. It kinda looks cheaper in the looks but the specs are awesome enough to tilt the vote in its favour and has a premium feel. Its build quality is cheap if you ponder over the smartwatch build quality otherwise it is a very good deal breaker.

Synchronization with the app

It has to be paired with the mi fit app to keep a record of your tracking, cycling, and other fitness updates..The app also provides you with your phone’s notification and you can stay alert. But alas you can’t respond to notifications, like replying to txt and answering the calls which you can in higher end smartwatches.

That’s where amazfit bip falls behind. It runs on it’s a proprietary operating system in association with the mi fit app not on wearable OS so its notifications aren’t actionable.

Paired up with phone; Image source: chesslinks.info

Specifications & alerts


Nearly every specs of a smartwatch is provided by amazfit bip..so no hassle here. The heartrate, GPS, pedometer, barometer, etc provide quite an accurate result when tested for a few times repeatedly. It can also track up the deep cycle light cycle sleep.  It is devoid of an app store and has a few selective apps compatible with this device. Everything was quite accurate so it is a go for money.

As it doesn’t have a loudspeaker, so you can’t receive a call and speak through it. Also, it doesn’t have an e-sim like Apple. By the way, it supports:
accelerometer, gyroscope, geometric sensor, light sensor.

Notification; Image source: youtube.com

Battery

How good it has done here?
the amazfit bip has a house of 190mah li-po battery which can last about 45 days in regular use at a stretch.
can you imagine that? a 1.5 months battery backup was the main reason behind its hot cake like selling. For a moment just think that you don’t have to connect it to the charger for about 45 days and how peaceful is that.

But if you use the GPS and heart rate monitoring quite extensively the backup time will drop down to several weeks. even you charge it out, the charging process is very easy and can easily  get your device fully powered up again. with extensive usage, the battery may back you up for 10 days at least.

Charging process; Image source: ebay.com

Watch getting charged; Image source: souq.com

Some specs in a nutshell

processor mediatek
Internal memory More than 128MB
Sim No
Bluetooth 4.0
wifi yes
NFC no
watchface customizable
Speaker, loudspeaker,
microphone
no
Voice command, PA no
Barometer yes
Haptic feedback no
Smartphone compatibility Android 4.4+, IOS 8.0+

                                           “”The Amazfit Bip is the spiritual successor to the Pebble.””

Various colors of amazfit bip
Image source: wp.com

Now summary of the total article:
pros:
great battery
always on display
colorful and crisp display
quite accuracy in  tracking the cycling heartrate sensor weather and pedometer
lighter to use
cheaper, costs only 80$
oleophobic coating
use of transreflective display

cons:
cheap build quality
notifications not actionable
no app store
no loudspeaker,microphone
24hours watch face
long charging time 3 hours



Various watch face
Image source: wp.com

Article source:
https://www.smartwatchspex.com/huami-amazfit-bip-specs/


Samsung Gear S3 frontier: contender to apple watch 3,4

A smartwatch by samsung to counter the event set by apple watch series 3, 4. Pretty much durable and stylish one, that can enchant you for a while. They say –

“Samsung tried to squeeze a lot into the new Gear S3 Frontier, from an LTE radio to automatic fitness tracking to a form of Samsung Pay that works almost anywhere.”

Samsung s3 frontier; Image source: bp.blogspot.com

It is more like a heavy one rather than lightweight like other lightweight smartwatches.  weighing just 63 gm, it is a very strong contender for the Apple series, because of its money worthiness. But it will seem pretty much heavy to your hand because of its compact design and materials.

Look of s3 frontier; Image source: amazon.com

Dimensions is 49*46*12.9mm which indicates that the watch is quite bulky one. One has to appreciate decisions by Samsung to maintain its build quality which means it is a solid watch by being built with stainless steel 316L grade. Screen to Body ratio isn’t so bad -48.1%.

It is powered by Tizen based wearable platform 4.0 packing 768MB of RAM & the chip is Samsung’s own built processor EXYNOS-7270, which is much impressive one. The display is about 1.3″ with AMOLED DISPLAY with a resolution of 360*360 pixels and pixel density 278PPi for such a small display, which is vibrant enough in outdoor and direct sunlight, so no issue regarding that. It is also powered by a powerful CPU clocking at a speed of 1.0GHz  dual-core which means it can address 10^6 instructions at a time.

The display is protected by corning gorilla glass which is now extensively used in smartphone industry. The exciting part is that it has always on display feature and rotating bezel which means that you can rotate the bezel according to your apps likings and needs. A customer choice granted here.

Internal storage

It has 4 GB of internal storage and RAM is 768MB which is enough to operate a smartwatch smoothly but not the best yet to be compared with apple watch series 4 because that has 16GB of internal storage. No SD card can be inserted in it because it lacks the expandable Storage option. In our opinion that is not needed so desperately here. One can do without that easily.

Battery

Here it rules the roost cause it has massive Li-ion battery capacity of 380mah which gives one 3days of usage at a stretch and that is quite impressive to us. Now the charging,  the annoying part is addressed. It supports wireless charging, so that is a very good step taken by Samsung to reduce the stress of charging the s3 frontier watch, bringing peace to the users. So one will not face any issue to recharge it.

Features

Speaking via s3 frontier; Image source: pricena.com

WLAN, BLUETOOTH, GPS, NFC, etc are there but alas it doesn’t have the 3.5mm earphone jack so you are deprived of something so needful at the stage of development. Hope that Samsung Will add it up to its higher version meanwhile we are happy with it. SAMSUNG s3 frontier gives you access to several apps just by rotating the watch bezel.

Scrolling through bezel; Image source: trekbible.com

LIKE every-other smartwatch it also supports Accelerometer, loudspeaker,  gyro, heart rate and barometer, etc which is so much useful for a user. It has loudspeaker so now you can speak through your watch while being connected to a call. Also address your call being in your watch display, a much-needed feature for a smartwatch user.

Apps drawer; Image source: technopal.com

The maximum smartwatch doesn’t support accelerometer and barometer, so Samsung has done a great job here to pack both of them in s3 gear frontier. Like Apple, it also supports S-voice natural language commands and dictation by Samsung’s own generated AI which is good news for Samsung smartwatch users.

Full view of s3 frontier; Image source: phoneshop.BD

But unlike apple E-SIM, no sim slot is there to insert a sim for cellular connectivity,  that is such a major drawbacks for samsung to compete with apple watch series. But it supports samsung pay with which you can pay at various places via your s3 smartwatch reducing some stress here.

The deal breaker is that it is fully water resistant as it is certified IP 68 dust/water resistant, Can stay alive in below 1.5m of water for half an hour without any fuss.

Samsung pay; Image source: samsung.com

 Analysis and Review

Design: compact but stylish

Weight: Seems heavy

Accuracy: Quite good

Display: super

Build quality: Demands appreciation

Charge backup: good for day to day usage

Storage capacity: enough to pass a day

Portability: easy

Durability: strong enough to sustain few bumps.

Pricing: 21990 rupees, via Amazon.in

            29000tk in bangladesh

Pros

  • Still has the best smartwatch interface
  • Excellent performance
  • Respectable battery life
  • AMOLED display is bright and crisp
  • Build quality super strong

Cons

  • Not many good Tizen apps
  • Automatic exercise tracking can be weird
  • Will be too big for some
  • Pricing is placed a bit higher than features

Fossil sports smartwatch: Powered By GOOGLE

A google powered OS smartwatch Fossil sport smartwatch” which features a quite bold look and price in the market of smart watch segment. A mid ranger smartwatch which packs almost everything to keep you updated to your health.

It is mainly portrayed for the runners but as a normal person, you would get full feel of it if you are ready to pay  $275 for it. It is not equipped with high end features but it will cover a lot.

FOSSIL SPORT ; Image source: Engadget

Google and Fossil both signed MoU of $40M to develop  smartwatches which will have access to google’s products and updates which will make it more easier to operate.

So it is powered by Wear OS of google and to be exotic that it is compatible with both android and IOS. To mention that wear OS is a trademark of google LLC. To pair this with smartphone, one has to have a android OS 4.4+ or IOS 9.3+. It is gonna be a premium watch for you if you prefer brand name above specs.

Display look; Image source: Gadgetsboy

Design and Display

There are 2 buttons above and below keeping a dial in centre. The centre dial is programmed by Google and others are for Fossil’s own works. You can also reprogram the button to do other works if you find the current activities odd. The buttons are quite strong to function which ensures that you wouldn’t set it on accidentally.

It has 1.19″ in OLED display with 390*390 resolution which is bright enough for you to observe and enjoy. Bright but not the brightest. It might be little hard to understand the readings in direct sunlight. There are two cases: one is 41mm and the other is 43 mm with straps available of 18/22mm depending on user choice.

The total body is aluminium build so it feels light to the hand and straps are not prone to sweating as it is silicon built. The watch is water resistant upto 5ATM and totally swimproof.

Technology

It comes with internal storage of 4GB and 512 RAM,  supported by Qualcomm snapdragon  Wear 3100. It supports accelerometer, altimeter, heart rate monitor,sensor, microphone, NFC, fast GPS, gyroscope, ambient light sensor etc. Both wifi and bluetooth can be accessed by it.

No notifications can go unnoticed while you have your fossil paired to your device. It stays connected to your smartphone Via Bluetooth Technology. Whenever notification arrives a gentle buzz tells you to attend it.

Apps ; Image source: The verge

It supports google pay so you don’t have to worry if you leave your moneybag at home,feel free to shop. Fossil is there to give you backup against all sorts of payment problems using googla pay because it sports NFC.

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It is more suitable for android than on ios.

Fitness

It is one of the best fitness tracker of current generation because of its lightweight, long battery backup and nearly perfect sensors. Both built in heart rate monitor and GPS will provide you untethered support with great accuracy. Only dent is that it takes  quite long time to load the GPS.

You can have any app fitness app downloaded from google play store and enjoy seemless features.  But careful, don’t load it fully.So if you are looking for a watch for fitness, the fossil sport stands alone to give the most satisfactory result better than others due to its build and qualities.

Heart rate monitor; Image source: android authority

Image source: android authority

Battery

Most of the people knows that a LCD display consumes more power than a OLED/AMOLED display because of it’s color reproduction.

In that way, fossil is way more better to give a backup upto 2 days with extensive usage due to its OLED display. If you want you can activate the always on display but that would drain the battery fast. I suggest you keep it off unless required to save some power for critical times.

GPS on fossil sport; Image source: wp.com

For charging, it needs only 1 hr to charge it upto 80% with rapid fire charging, so you don’t have to let it go off for a long time.

The battery capacity is somewhere around 400-500mah,  30mins of inactivity can cause it go into sleep mode. For charging it has magnetic charging which is rather very fast.

Wear os by google; Image source: neowin.com

So fossil and wear OS is on move again to shake the market.

Price: $275

It might not be the best but you can squeeze a lot of juice out of it. Price is little high considering its specs which aren’t high end, but can do a lots of work in hand. So if you are a fitness freak then you should go for it.

Comparison between Honor band 4 and Mi band 3: Battle of smart band

I have a watch, Is that a SmartWatch?- why talk about it? Ok, but do you have a smartwatch which measures your heart rate, counts step? If no then this article is for you. Here you are going to witness two smartwatches battling each other to procure the marketplace. One is the xiaomi mi band 3 and the other is honor band 4. Ok, then lets get started.

Battle of the smartwatch: mi band 3 vs honor band 4
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YouTube

At first, you have to understand the difference between a simple watch & a smartwatch? The main difference is the smartwatch can provide you with lots of interactive data like step counter, deep sleep, alarm, call receiving, also to measure your heart rate, in any case, to stay fit which a normal wristwatch fails to provide….

Now why do you need a smartwatch?

Honor band 4; Image source: geekbullying.com

It is because you can monitor your health update and also take action according to it, though it may not be 100% accurate, yet it provides a lot of info about your health, what you need to do and what don’t-smartwatch might just tell you that. So in a sentence to stay fit, I think having a smartwatch with you is a better option. Now, let’s go back to our main topic: battle of the smartwatch. Currently above mentioned watches have gained much popularity and we are going to analyze them and at last pass a verdict.

The Xiaomi mi band 3 comes with a 128*80pixels resolution with a vibrant OLED display but only black white combination having a 0.78inch display, Whilst, on the contrary, the honor band 4 packs a colorful 0.95 inch OLED display with 2.5D curved glass on it. Both feature a capacitive touch screen display..but the display segment goes in favor of honor watch.

Now coming to the battery life, xiaomi mi band 3 packs a battery of 110mah capacity which takes around 1.5 hours to be fully charged while the honor band 4 packs subsequently battery capacity near to the mi band 3, 100mah. Mi band 3 gives a backup of 3-6days in terms of full usage, and without connecting to the phone by Bluetooth, it can last around 20days. But the honor band 4 gives a backup of 14 days.

Both claims that they measure the heartrate with around 90% accuracy, so you can keep a check on your heart…Honor band 4 is priced at 59.99 euro and the mi band 3 is priced at around 30 euro.

Mi band 3; Image source: mi.com

Honor introduced a running edition of honor band 4 which is strapped on the shoe. It comes with P-OLED display, but unlike the regular version, this one is monochrome. It has a slightly smaller battery – 77 mAh but offers improved data like running detection like cadence, step length, ground contact, and foot strike pattern.

Distance covered in honor band 4; Image source:
Trusted Reviews

Key Specifications of honor band 4:

  • Connected GPS
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 6-axis motion sensor
  • Up to 14 day battery life
  • Multi-sport tracking
  • Touchscreen
  • Colorful display

Specs; Image source: DHgate

Key specs of mi band 3:

  • Connectivity: Bluetooth version 4.2 BLE; NFC on some models,
  • Size: 46.9 x 17.9 x 12 mm,
  • Weight: 20 g,
  • Casing: plastic + alloy;
  • Sensors: acclerometer, optical heart rate monitor;
  • SoC: Dialog semiconductors 14681, clock rate 32 KHz up to 96 MHz
  • Waterproof: up to 50 metres, 5 atmosphere

Now the comes the verdict:

Display: Honor band 4

Battery life: mi band 3

Accuracy: honor band 4 -90% , mi band 3- 95%

Strap: honor band 4 looks cool

Pricing: mi band 3 cheaper

Design : honor band 4

OS: honor band 4 with its colors

Charging process easier: mi band 3

Look: honor band 4 for its stylish parts.

Versatility: honor band 3

Display on time: mi band 3

 Both has some exciting features like:

  • Messaging notification
  • Call receiving
  • Pedometer
  • Heartrate sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Cal burned
  • Distance covered
  • Alarm setting
  • Timer
  • Find device
  • Deep sleep cycle etc

The mi band 3 has to be connected to a app named MI FIT to connect the watch to the phone via bluetooth and the honor band 4 needs to be connected to HONOR band 4  app to access other features and track the history of your health upto a month..

To recharge the Band 4 you clip it into a little plastic dock, with two metal contacts that correspond to ones on the band’s back. You then plug in a microUSB cable. It’s a practical solution, but that little plastic dock is annoyingly easy to lose.

Charging process of honor band 4; Image source:
AliExpress

While the mi band needs to be strapped off, and the panel to be connected to a charging cable given in the box and precaution it can’t be connected to direct power line, u can charge it via laptop, that would be safer for the device.

Charging process of Mi band 3; Image source: Geekbuying

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: The Game Changer

Samsung continues acing the smartwatch industry with another creation. After releasing Samsung Galaxy Watch in August 2018, they released a basic version of this galaxy watch called Samsung Galaxy Watch Active in February this year. Samsung Galaxy Watch was a success in terms of sales and user reviews.

Their Tizen based operating system has been immensely praised for its user-friendly interface. Such positive reviews and an excellent sales figure was still not enough to catch up with the success of Apple Watch since they were still holding the top position. So a less costly but equally efficient version of Samsung Galaxy Watch was needed to compete with Apple’s newly launched Watch Series 4 for higher sales. So they launched an updated version of this watch along with Samsung Galaxy S10 and Samsung Galaxy Bud in February this year. Fashionable sporty design with great features has already made this watch a fan favorite.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active;

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is a lightweight, basic version starting from only 170 US dollars. This smartwatch is smaller in size than the Galaxy Watch, only 1.1” or 28-millimeter display and only 25 grams body weight. The watch is shaped perfectly circular with only 10.5-millimeter thickness.

The case is made of aluminum containing two navigation buttons and a display. The display is a circular Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360. The display is colorful and bright. The display is guarded by Corning® Gorilla® Glass which makes it more durable. The watch also has a full color Always On Display feature, which makes it looks pretty fancy. The case does not contain rotating bezel, so it mainly relies on touch functions. The case is certified IP68 water and dust resistant under 50-meter water for 30 minutes.

So it is great for swimming and rains. Various colors of straps are available like black, silver, rose gold, and green which gives it a vibrant look. Overall the watch looks fashionable and sporty and most importantly, simple.

Simple, sporty looking watch comes with various color options; Image source: Samsung

This watch runs by Tizen Operating System version 4.0, which is indeed a complete operating system for a smartwatch. This operating system has been widely praised for its user-friendly interface. The watch has 4GB internal memory and 768MB RAM. An Exynos 9110 1.15 GHz processor makes this watch super fast and efficient.

Multiple sensors such as, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, HR Sensor, and Light Sensor allow you to perform different functions. It has various connectivity options like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, etc. So it can very swiftly fetch data from your mobile.

Water resistance and Corning Gorilla Glass give it a solid and intact finishing;

Image source: Samsung

This watch comes with excellent features and health supports. Its daily activity feature helps you to achieve your goal soon. Integrated with the Samsung Health app, it works like your personal health trainer. With more than six types of exercise modes and auto-detection of workout, it is certainly great for fitness training. But other smartwatches offer more health options and more exercise modes although it seems enough for this price range.

It also has a heart rate sensor which can detect your stress level by making a graph of your heart rate activity. It has a stress reliever feature which guides you to breathe in and breathe out to reduce your stress level. Overall it is a great fitness trainer company for you in this price range.

It guides you to stay fit just like your personal fitness trainer; Image source: Engadget

It helps you reduce your stress; Image source: Samsung

The best part about this watch is, it doesn’t focus only on health features like other smartwatches. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active lets you connect with more entertaining and motivational apps. Musical apps like Spotify keep you motivated. You can also check your notifications from various apps. You can set alarms, get notified on your events, set a workout schedule all by one single watch. It is indeed a perfect example of what a smartwatch can do.

This smartwatch is your best companion for entertainment and personal assistance;

Image source: Engadget

Another great feature of this watch is its battery life and wireless charging. This watch has a 230mAh battery which can back you up for more than 45 hours. This watch is one of the few watches with a wireless charging feature. You can charge up your device with a wireless power sharer and get ready to go within no time.

This smartwatch supports wireless charging which never lets you go out of charge; Image source: Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is indeed a great watch. Exclusive features but a lower price will definitely dominate the smartwatch market. This could be your smartwatch if you’re finding something extraordinary in the budget. Some features may not be as elaborate as that is in other high-end smartwatches but it is certainly the one for you if you want the best in the budget.