For years, I have always relied on my phone apps for the most essential things: from checking time and dates to tracking my monthly period. A smartphone was my companion as I juggle work with personal and social life, to the point that I believed nothing could come as handy as this. But that was before I was introduced to the amazing invention that is a smartwatch.
As a heavy smartphone user, having a smartwatch seemed to be a luxury to me at first. I thought: I can do all these things with my phone, so why the need to buy one? I was proven wrong, however, when I started using Fitbit’s Versa 2.
Fitbit is a well-known brand in the health and fitness scene, but I was told that their Versa is a great choice for people like me who are looking for devices for personal and career life more than just for fitness purposes.
After trying it for several weeks, I finally understood what the hype’s about. It’s actually worth the investment, especially for a creative like me trying to achieve a life that blends well with my work.
It’s a compact gadget conveniently strapped on my wrist
No need to bring out my phone especially when I’m in public places — I can conveniently access essential apps like an alarm clock and music player through this thing on my wrist. Versa 2 has a built-in microphone integrated to Amazon Alexa, which is very helpful when googling questions, or replying to messages when I’m on-the-go.
It also features the Spotify app, which is one of my favorite things about it since I always listen to music and podcasts during my idle time.
The AMOLED display is clear and bright enough so it’s readable in both indoors and outdoors (even in full sunlight hours!). Plus, this smartwatch is lightweight and comfortable to wear, and it has a good battery life that lasts up to one week.
I also love the raise to wake feature since I don’t need to click the side button to view the time and date, and I liked seeing the number of steps I took for the day since I was encouraged to walk more. There’s also the Always On Display Mode, but I prefer not turning it on for longer battery life.
A smartwatch that urged me to be more health-conscious
Working in the creative industry for four years made me realize two things: (1) creative people don’t get much sleep, because (2) we’re too passionate about our work that health has become our least priority — which is sad and ironic since we tend to overuse our brain most of the time. Versa 2’s fitness and health-related features have made me become more conscious of my health, and it helped me start to form healthier habits.
For one, their Sleep Score feature is very helpful for people with a wasted body clock who wants to develop healthier sleeping habits. I simply input my sleeping time and goals, and it creates a chart that helps me understand my sleeping patterns and watch over my health. The score motivates me to sleep earlier, too!
There’s also the active heart-rate sensor, which I often check while I’m working out on weekends. I use the on-screen workouts as a guide too, since they’re easy to learn! Versa 2’s fitness tracking functions are great starting points for fitness noobs like me.
Sleek and stylish
When dressing up, wearing a watch is optional to me before since they don’t usually match with some of my outfits. Versa 2 changes the game, though. It is sleek, stylish, and easily matches any OOTD — whether I’m wearing business attire or just a casual outfit. Whatever I choose to wear, the colors are neutral enough to match any Pantone. In my case, the grey strap is a good choice. The pink one looks beautiful too!
Is this your Gadgetmatch?
Overall, the new Fitbit Versa 2 is a very useful and stylish gadget that has all my essentials to keep me going every day. For someone who is relatively new to the smartwatch game, I can say that this one is a must-have for today’s modern woman. For only PhP 12,890 (US$ 253), you get a beautiful and multi-functional device that will help you achieve your life goals in just a few clicks!
8 things we love about the new, LG PuriCare mask with VoiceON
No more muffled talking while wearing a mask!
If you found yourself on the fence when it came to the first generation LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier, then its latest iteration is set to fully win you over. This time around, the Korean tech giant decided to address each of the issues most people found with the first run of the mask.
Here’s what we’ve been loving with the new version – so far.
At just 94 grams, the LG PuriCare VoiceON is much easier on the ears. I find that I don’t even need the neck strap included in the packaging when wearing it. This says a lot as while I found the first PuriCare mask easy enough to wear, I was dependent on the neck strap. This, especially if I wanted to wear it for a longer period.
The brand promises that the new mask is comfy enough to wear for up to eight hours. I think I speak for everyone when I say I still prefer to be mask free but the fans on both sides of the mask do help.
Same as the first generation LG PuriCare mask, the new one also has two HEPA filters on each side. These powerful filters clean the air you breathe, making sure there are zero nasties going into your lungs. In the first version, the HEPA filters went into compartments located at the front of the mask. This time around, those compartments were placed at the back, giving you a smoother surface.
It takes a bit more technique to get the filters in but nothing too difficult.
The sleek design also makes it even easier to match with any of your outfits, taking it from a quick workout, doing your errands, and even to something that’s a little formal for the evenings.
Talking made easy
One of the common issues people had with the first version was how it muffled one’s speech. This wasn’t much of a concern to me as my speaking voice tends to be on the louder side. So if you’re someone who’s got a softer voice, this one’s for you. No need to speak a little louder and strain your vocal cords throughout the day.
Just a quick press on the power button activates the VoiceON feature. The mask, through AI, is able to detect when you’re speaking. It only amplifies your voice and there are no weird breathing sounds in between.
If you’re a Star Wars fan then you just know this feature can actually make you feel like an improved version of Darth Vader. A version that has a clearer register.
And speaking of Darth Vader, the new LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier also comes in black. But should you prefer this colorway, you must act fast once they become available again. Units get snapped up pretty quickly.
Friendlier to the environment
During our review of the first LG PuriCare mask, we already mentioned how the pandemic has been rather brutal to our environment. There’s just so much more waste nowadays, especially when it comes to disposable masks. The new iteration of this technology takes eco-friendliness up a notch by opting for biodegradable packaging.
Increased battery life
Lighter doesn’t mean less powerful. The battery life was also increased from 820 to 1000 mAh. You can wear the mask longer before you need to grab the USB-C cable it comes with for a quick charge. You need about two hours for a full charge, just like the first version. I was able to take the mask around the Metro as we did errands on a Saturday – from 11am to 3pm – and it did not conk out on me. I did have the VoiceON feature off most of the time.
One of the mask’s new features is how it can be connected to your smartphone through an app. It will help you track your breathing and even provide you with product maintenance information. As of this article’s publication, the app isn’t on the Philippine versions of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. But here’s to hoping we get it soon enough!
Maskne protection persists
Like its older brother, the new LG mask continues to protect my skin from irritation. It also makes sure my skin can breathe. Medical masks make me so oily because of the heat and their material can irritate my pores. With this type of technology, I get to feel a little fresher despite the mask and shield combo.
Do take note that like its older brother, the new LG mask needs the inner covers changed every day and the HEPA filters once a month. It’s an added expense but it’s something that’s considered as an investment in your health and well-being.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
If you’re someone who’s tired of maskne and uncomfortable masks, then this is something for you. Especially if you intend to talk throughout the day – it makes sure you’re both heard and protected. You can snag your own LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier with VoiceON at their official stores on Lazada and Shopee.
6 gorgeous smartphones in shades of green
Supple, sensual, and the color of money
Forget Purple, Gold, Silver, and even the sleek shades of blue we’ve adored last year. Green is the most gorgeous color of the year. It’s the color of modern luxury — yes, not those royalty colors you’re familiar with — and the most underrated color of the Fall season.
Green is all about grace, class, and elegance. It follows the taste and refinement the old rich have. A true symbol of modern luxury. The right shade of green will help set you apart, subtly attracting gazes and desires.
Forget the flashy, loud, and obnoxious colors and shades of green — that’s for the nouveau riche. Here are gorgeous shades of green we’ve seen in smartphones and will surely help you look posh and chic without attracting unwarranted attention.
Phantom Green — Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G dresses in Phantom Green — somewhat like a dark cyan blending the tranquility of blue and the harmony of green. It closely resembles those deep emerald colors found in silk, velvet, and other expensive linen. Quite befitting a phone that accommodates the upper class.
There’s also the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G in the same Phantom Green colorway, but its shade leans towards a dark green than the emerald-like color seen on the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G. Nonetheless, this shade of green is more familiar to the old rich — supple, sensual, and the color of money.
Mystic Green — Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Despite not having a glass body, the Galaxy Note 20 still looks sophisticated, especially in Mystic Green. It’s an underrated color from the Note 20 lineup — letting you stand out while looking snazzy and makes people gaze in admiration compared to the attention-grabbing Copper colorway.
Green — Sony Xperia 5 III
To tech junkies, Sony’s name can equate to premium. Especially their Xperia lineup, where most smartphones are still considered pricey compared to its competitors.
While Sony has been trying to find its footing in the midrange segment, the company didn’t forget to bring their brand values — preaching beauty and elegance by dressing one of their smartphones in a sensual Green colorway, as seen on the Xperia 5 III.
Midnight Green — iPhone 11 Pro
It blends easily and works best when paired with neutral accessories — composing a look that speaks rich sans looking aggressive and ambitious.
Moss Green — realme X50 Pro
Chinese smartphone brand realme is far from taking it to the premium segment, what with their brand name in weird lowercase, confusing product names, and phone designs that are just too flashy and tacky.
But the realme X50 Pro stepped into the right direction with its Moss Green — introducing a color so refined that it can pass to the eyes of the rich. So if you still don’t have a lot of cash to shell for a gorgeous smartphone, maybe find an affordable one that comes in this shade of green.
Ocean Green — OPPO Reno 10x Zoom
What a shocker, right? To see the very first OPPO Reno make it to this list. Frankly, when the first OPPO Reno came out last 2019 in Switzerland, we’ve believed that OPPO was ready to take on the premium segment because they just did it right. Design? Reinvented. Color? Made elegant. Overall look? Polished and chic.
They have the right formula, but it went on a downhill when it went to its second iteration, and the third, and the fourth… you get what I mean!
To more shades of green
The phones listed aren’t the only smartphones dressed in a shade of green, yet they are the best example of what green looks like for modern luxury. These colors can also be incorporated into your clothes, accessories, and even your interiors.
And if you’ll notice, these gorgeous shades of green are seen in smartphone brands that have strong flagship contenders and are mostly favored by the upper class.
That’s because they get the formula. Some still attempt to have a green-colored smartphone, but still fails because they don’t capture the elegance needed for it to look premium.
But, here’s to hoping that more smartphone manufacturers design a color that promotes subtlety and elegance — at least for the flagship devices.
Spruce up your wrists with these Fitbit designer collections!
Make your Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 a little bit more elegant
Designer collections aren’t new in the smartwatch scene. Infusing high-fashion into pieces of technology helped paved the way for wearables.
Over the years, Fitbit has collaborated with various collections from designers like Kim Shui, Pendleton, Tory Burch, Vera Wang, and gorjana. This time around, Fitbit brings two new stylish collections apt for the Fall season — redesigning the stylish Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 smartwatches.
Brother Vellies, a luxury accessory brand aiming to uplift artisan communities and cultures through design, collaborated with Fitbit to help blend fashion with innovation. The collection is brought to life, thanks to Fitbit’s longtime partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA).
The Brother Vellies collection takes a high-fashion twist on the iconic scrunchie, made with Horween leather. The lightweight leather bands are handcrafted with premium oils and dyes — and tanned through traditional techniques so they mold to your wrist and develop an aged patina finish over time.
The Brother Vellies for Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 collection is available in black and oak for US$ 55 each, only on Fitbit.com.
Victor Glemaud is back for another season! Together with Fitbit, the collection focuses on inclusivity — bringing a variety of knit bands in different skin tones.
It features gender-neutral elements, crafted with sustainable REPREVE recycled plastic fibers. The collection offers comfortable, versatile, and distinct bands that help you connect to your wellness through fashion.
The collection introduces a metallic ombré band with shimmering flecks of varying nude shades that transition from light to dark. It also includes a metallic stripe band with a deep brown strip down the center of a dark brown backdrop with gold flecks.
These new additions join Glemaud’s metallic gold/black and layered black and red accessory bands launched last year, for even more options to infuse his designs into your wearable wardrobe.
The Victor Glemaud for Fitbit collection for Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 is now available for US$ 40 each, only on Fitbit.com.
A variety of colors and accessories to choose from
Fitbit is also launching a bunch of accessories for your Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 smartwatches. The Fitbit Sense is now available in Sage Grey with Silver Stainless steel for US$ 300. The same color is also joining the collection of infinity bands for only US$ 30.
Hook and loop bands are also available in charcoal and coastal blue for US$ 35 — perfect for those looking for comfort and convenience.
Vegan leather band options are available in Sand Dollar and Seaglass, giving a polished look for only US$ 50. And for those who want to feel sporty, there’s a soft, breathable silicone available in Blush/Desert Bloom and Frost White/Lunar White for US$ 35 each.
For more information on Fitbit’s accessories, check it on Fitbit.com.
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