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Fitbit launches Sense 2, Versa 4, and Inspire 3

The button is back!

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Since 2020, smartwatches have been all the rage. Developers have persistently packed in more and more features to cater to the new fitness-conscious crowd. Because a lot of features shipped digitally, it wasn’t odd that some of the biggest names in the industry scarcely released new wearables since then. There is, of course, some value in unleashing new hardware. Reflecting that, Fitbit has unveiled a slew of new watches to update its most popular wearables.

Fitbit Sense 2

Headlining the new group is the Sense 2. Back in 2020, the original Sense became the brand’s most advanced fitness watch, melding lifestyle, fitness, and comfort into one package.

Though the Sense 2 is only a modest upgrade, it still comes with a lot of features to keep you in the know about your health. The advanced health metrics include stress management, continuous heart tracking, new sleep profiles, and multiple workout modes.

For the new and notable, the Sense 2 will resurrect a tactile button at its side. Previously, Fitbit notoriously replaced the button with a haptic surface. While there are certainly better reasons to upgrade, the return of the button is a plus.

Additionally, the Sense 2 will feature better integration with Google. Years since Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, the latter hasn’t really shown off the Google DNA. With the Sense 2, Google is finally strutting its stuff. The new wearable will feature on-wrist navigation via Google Maps and wireless paying via Google Wallet.

Finally, the Sense 2’s battery can supposedly last a lengthy six days on one charge.

Fitbit Versa 4

Besides the Sense, Fitbit is also updating the Versa line. The new Versa 4 will share most of the new features presented in the Sense 2, including the 6-day battery life. However, there are a few differences.

For one, the Versa 4 will not have the Sense 2’s all-day body-response tracking, skin temperature tracker, and EDA Scan app for stress management. It will also not have the ECG app for heart rhythm assessment. If stress management isn’t an important deal, the Versa 4 is a perfect midrange watch for you.

Fitbit Inspire 3

Rounding out the latest devices, the Inspire 3 is the perfect smartwatch if you’re looking for something simple. Meant to be a dedicated fitness tracker, the watch will pack in the new fitness-oriented features but will leave the fancier lifestyle ones — like stress management, temperature sensor, and Google integration — for the bigger guns.

On the other hand, it will have a longer 10-day battery life, trading in duration for fast charging.

Price and availability

Both the Sense 2 and Versa 4 are available for pre-orders now, shipping out sometime during the fall. The Sense 2 — coming in Shadow Grey/Graphite Aluminum, Lunar White/Platinum Aluminum, and Blue Mist/Soft Gold Aluminum — will cost US$ 299.95. Meanwhile, the Versa 4 — coming in Black/Graphite Aluminum, Waterfall Blue/Platinum Aluminum, Pink Sand/Copper Rose Aluminum, and Beet Juice/Copper Rose Aluminum — will cost US$ 229.95.

Finally, the Inspire 3 — coming in Midnight Zen/Black, Lilac Bliss/Black, and Morning Glow/Black — will cost US$ 99.95. It will ship in September.

All three smartwatches will come with a free six months of Fitbit Premium.

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Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Review (Part 1)

Is it really worth your hard-earned savings?

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After several years of waiting, an Apple Watch dedicated for explorers, adventure-seekers, and elite athletes is finally here!

Lo and behold, the new Apple Watch Ultra.

While just being a first product of its kind, it actually offers features that can rival its popular competitors.

But is it worth your hard-earned money considering its price tag starts at a whopping US$ 799 / S$ 1199 / ₱53,990?

Watch how Michael Josh unwraps the new watch in the latest Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and First Review.

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Nothing teases new earbuds called the Ear Stick

Fashion!

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Carl Pei’s Nothing continues to be one of the most eccentric tech brands today. Starting with a couple of enigmatic releases, the company is still riding the trend with its upcoming device. Debuting exclusively during a fashion show, Nothing has announced its next product, the Ear Stick.

While it’s a step up in creativity from “ear (1)” or “phone (1),” “Ear Stick” is certainly a unique choice for the name of a new tech product. However, if you see the product, it’s also an accurate one.

The upcoming Ear Stick refers to the cylindrical charging case which will carry the company’s next set of earbuds. Shaped like a tube of lipstick, the charging case is a unique take on what the industry considers as the default shape of similar products. That said, it makes sense to unveil it during a fashion show — specifically, Chet Lo’s SS23 runway.

True to its fashionista pedigree, the case will come in at least three different flavors: white with a red cover, blue with pink, and green with yellow.

Unfortunately, the fashion show reveal did not show what the actual earbuds look like. According to Nothing, the new device will look different to how the ear (1)’s design. As always, users will have to wait for any crumbs that the company will sporadically sprinkle all over.

SEE ALSO: Nothing officially launches Phone 1

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Garmin Forerunner 255 series now official

With full triathlon support

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Garmin Forerunner 255

Garmin has launched two new running smartwatches providing full triathlon support and new training metrics in the Forerunner 255S and Forerunner 255S Music.

Succeeding the Forerunner 245 series, both wearables come in a more compact 41mm sized case with even more enhanced features when paired with a smartphone.

The Forerunner 255S is priced at PhP 21,975 while the Forerunner Music retails for PhP 25,115, available via Garmin Brand Stores, kinetic.com.ph, Lazada, Shopee, and Garmin PH’s Viber Community.

Full triathlon support, new training metrics

Aside from what running and fitness smartwatches usually provide, the Forerunner 255 Series is capable of full triathlon support wherein users can easily switch between sports with a button press during actual races.

A race widget enables users to view information related to race preparation as well, including predictions, countdown clocks, and even race day weather. Speaking of which, the morning report feature shows the day’s weather and daily workout suggestions.

When it comes to health monitoring, the series has Wrist-based Pulse Ox 3 and the Body Battery that shows current energy levels, on top of tracking for women.

Garmin Coach lets runners train for a 5K, 10K, or half-marathon run with free personalized plans that suit the preparation.

Garmin has likewise improved its GPS accuracy with multi-band, multi-satellite system tracking. Safety-wise, the Forerunner 255 series has LiveTrack, incident detection and assistance, and will automatically upload activities to Garmin Connect.

Any purchase of the Forerunner 255 series lets customers avail of a 20 percent discount voucher for ASICS.

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