Wearables

Fitbit Versa Lite and Fitbit Inspire HR hands-on

Plus a quick chat on what Fitbit is up to

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Last month, Fitbit announced the Fitbit Versa Lite which is a colorful version of the beloved Fitbit Versa at a cheaper price point. They also announced the Fitbit Inspire and Inspire HR, which are their most affordable fitness trackers yet. I finally got my hands on the new wearables and here they are in all their glory.

Fitbit Versa Lite

Fitbit Regional Director Louis Lye explained to me that Fitbit’s move towards smartwatches came from the need to provide more information on a surface area. Fitbit knew they could deliver more on a smartwatch platform than just a wearable platform. Last year, 44 percent of Fitbit’s revenue came from smartwatches. Considering they only had two at the time, that’s pretty impressive. It comes as no surprise then that the brand decided on a follow-up to the Fitbit Versa.

The Fitbit Versa Lite offers brighter, livelier hues that cater to millennial tastes.

It does most of what the Versa can do but, for a lower price tag, Fitbit had to make a few compromises: no automatic stair counting, lap tracking, or in-device storage.

Fitbit Versa left, Fitbit Versa Lite right

Despite all this, the Versa Lite looks and feels promising — mostly because it looks and feels almost exactly like the original Versa and I liked that smartwatch. Save for more color options and the difference in buttons, the two are identical.

Yes, that’s my Bitmoji in a unicorn suit because why not 😂

Of course, I opted for the Mulberry unit because it’s just so cute! With the new responsive Bitmoji watch face announced just last week, this watch is definitely fun to wear. There are also a number of straps and accessories available for the watch so there are different look options!

The Fitbit Versa Lite retails for PhP 10,390 in the Philippines and SG$ 248 in Singapore.

Fitbit Inspire and Inspire HR

Even with the Fitbit push towards smartwatches, Lye tells me that there’s still a demand for fitness trackers which are different from smartwatches.

In the wearables department, Fitbit also offers a new contender: The Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR.

These no-nonsense trackers are pretty straightforward: exercise, sleep, and activity tracking, water resistance of up to 50 meters, smartphone alerts, and a five-day battery life. The HR version is equipped with a heart rate monitor.

What I love about these trackers, though, is the number of strap options you get! There’s even a clip mount so you can always have your Inspire on you without having to wear it on your wrist.

I especially love the mesh bracelets that make these things look so classy! All of a sudden, these trackers become less of that clunky sports wearable and more of an accessory.

These wearables will cost you PhP 4,590 and PhP 6,290 for the Inspire and Inspire HR in the Philippines and SG$ 118 and SG$ 158 in Singapore, respectively.

“How do we come up with products and solutions to make the world healthier?” Lye asked me. He tells me this is the same question Fitbit tries to answer. He further explains that Fitbit develops solutions based on data and that 56 percent of Fitbit employees are in research and development because of this.

As of now, Fitbit is focusing on solutions based on data. As we speak, they are awaiting approval in the US for a software algorithm based on Fitbit user data that will detect sleep apnea in its users. “This is all I can talk about now,” Lye explains, “but there’s definitely more.”

But as of now, these pretty straps will do.

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Honor is holding a four-day sale on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. To celebrate this day of hearts, Honor is holding a four-day sale starting this February 13 and ending on February 16. As much as 30 percent discounts are up for grabs with the sale.

Here are the devices on sale at Honor’s Shopee site:

  • Band 5 — from PhP 1,699 to PhP 1,430
    • PhP 1,316 at 6:00 PM to 8:59 PM (Feb. 14) / 6:00 PM to 11:59 PM (Feb. 16)
  • Watch Magic — from PhP 7,490 to PhP 4,990
    • PhP 4,591 at 6:00 PM to 8:59 PM (Feb. 15) / 12:00 PM to 5:59 PM (Feb. 16)
  • Band 5 Sport — from PhP 1,090 to PhP 930
    • PhP 856 at 12:00 PM to 1:29 PM (Feb. 15) / 12:00 AM to 8:59 AM (Feb. 16)
  • 7S — from PhP 7,490 to PhP 4,990
    • PhP 3,487 at 2:00 AM to 8:59 AM (Feb. 14) / 2:00 AM to 8:59 AM (Feb. 16)
  • Flypods Lite — from PhP 2,990 to PhP 2,590
    • PhP 2,383 at 12:00 AM to 1:59 AM (Feb. 14) / 12:00 AM to 8:59 AM (Feb. 16)
  • 20 Lite — from PhP 9,990 to PhP 9,490
    • PhP 8,731 at 9:00 PM to 11:59 PM (Feb. 15) / 9:00 PM to 11:59 PM (Feb. 16)
  • 10 Lite (3 + 64GB) — from PhP 7,990 to PhP 6,990
  • 8X — from PhP 10,990 to PhP 7,990
    • PhP 7,351 at 9:00 PM to 11:59 PM (Feb. 14) / 12:00 AM to 1:59 AM (Feb. 16) / 6:00 PM to 11:59 PM (Feb. 16)
  • 8C — from PhP 6,999 to PhP 5,090
  • 7A — from PhP 5,490 to PhP 4,000

Meanwhile, Honor is holding a limited three-day sale at Lazada. Check out their devices on sale:

  • 7S — from PhP 4,490 to PhP 3,790 with free 6000 mAh power bank (for first 150 buyers) and gamepad
  • Band 5 — from PhP 1,699 to PhP 1,430
  • Band 5 Sport — from PhP 1,090 to PhP 940
  • Watch Magic — from PhP 7,490 to PhP 4,490
  • Flypods Lite — from PhP 2,990 to PhP 2,590
  • 8X — from PhP 10,990 to PhP 7,990 with free 6000 mAh powerbank for first 250 buyers

To know more about Honor’s Valentine promo, visit their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram page.

SEE ALSO: Honor is holding a 2.2 sale at Lazada and Shopee

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Fitbit Versa 2 review: Your BFF in achieving work-life goals

Achieve your life goals in just a few clicks!

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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!

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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!

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Red Huawei Freebuds 3 comes just in time for Valentine’s

How much do you love red?

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It’s the “Season of Love” and Huawei is giving all of us a treat by unveiling the red Huawei Freebuds 3.

The Huawei Freebuds 3 is one of the very few true wireless earbuds equipped with active noise cancellation. This is made possible through the company’s Kirin A1 chip. It promises up to 4 hours of playback time and up to 20 hours with the charging case.

It’s one of the best noise-cancelling earbuds out there and now that it comes in red, you’ll definitely stand out when you have these on.

Pricing and availability

The red Huawei Freebuds 3 retails for SG$ 238. It will be available in all Huawei Concept Stores, selected local telecommunication operators and consumer electronic stores; and online official store with Lazada and Shopee.

To showcase the new color, there will be a roadshow at VivoCity Level 1, East Boulevard. Customers who purchase at the roadshow from February 10-16 will get a Huawei 15W wireless charger and creative silicone case worth SG$ 96.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Freebuds 3 review: Best value wireless earbuds

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