Before I get on with this review, let me paint you a more accurate picture of how I use smartwatches plus my short history with Fitbit.
I’m moderately active and I do try to be more fit by gyming and doing high-intensity interval training, but I’m not the most consistent person. On days that things get busy, or when I travel, I mostly forget about my health goals only to remember later on when I start feeling like a sack of potatoes because of all the inactivity.
I usually have a wearable as I’ve found that guilting myself to exercise can be an effective way to get my lazy butt to the gym; I loved my time with the Fitbit Alta HR which was the first fitness tracker I actually stuck with (at least by my standards). For a health tracking beginner (which I was at that point, and probably still am considering I haven’t really been true to my fitness goals), the Fitbit app was a great and easy way to check out my stats.
This newest release, the Versa, is small, sleek, and cute with its rose gold face. This is the Fitbit wearable I was waiting for.
Here are my thoughts on this device.
Look and feel
In the looks department, this wearable is a definite departure from the previously released Ionic. I can tell you now that the one deal-breaker I had with that watch is how it looks. Surely, I couldn’t be expected to wear that clunky thing 24/7?
The Fitbit Versa, on the other hand, is something I could get on board with, in fact, it hasn’t left my wrist in the last weeks I’ve had it. It’s light, sleek, and it comes in rose gold! It matches everything I own, which is a definite plus for me.
My unit is the special edition Versa that came with a cute purple woven straps and basic black silicone straps, both of which I’ve loved so far. I do get a little jealous of the pink silicone strap that the standard edition Versa came with, though replacement straps are also available in a number of styles and colors.
There are three different face options: Rose gold if you’re a fan of color, like me, and black or gray, if you’re looking for a more neutral look.
I’m honestly feeling pretty confident with this Fitbit look. Most outfits can and will match the Versa aesthetic.
Navigation and OS
There are three buttons for navigation and you can also navigate via gestures or tapping around on the touchscreen. Swipe down for phone notifications, up for the day’s fitness statistics, and left to get to the menu. Both buttons on the right act as customizable shortcut buttons and the left button acts as a home or back button.
Although the screen is bright and colors are punchy, there’s still a tiny lag when you wake the screen and its raise to wake function isn’t as sensitive as I’d like. When you get past this, however, navigating through menus is a breeze.
It still works the same way: The watch connects to the Fitbit app on your phone and the app allows you to better customize settings on your device. It also gives you a better and more detailed breakdown of the info you have.
Like I mentioned earlier, the Fitbit app is my first-ever fitness tracking app. I personally love it for its ease and simplicity. On this app, all health info gathered is presented in a way that’s understandable, even for a beginner. It runs on both Android and iOS so there are definitely #noexcuses for slacking off.
What can it do?
Like other Fitbit wearables, the Versa will track everything you do — from number of steps, to active minutes or exercise, calories burned, sleep, and even your continuous heartbeat. You can input your food, water, and caffeine intake on the app so you can keep tabs on that, too. You can also set and customize daily goals in the app to make sure you’re reminded of your fitness aspirations and get moving.
For those who aren’t so versed in workouts and exercises, the Versa has a built-in coach that gives you quick, timed exercises you can start with. Yes, the watch will literally show you what to do and time you as you go through the workout.
You can also set up exercise shortcuts for seven activities you’d want to track. I love that interval training is one of them. I used to need my phone and a separate app that timed my home HIIT exercise, but now, I only need the Versa. It guides me through my workout with mild vibrations every time a set is done and automatically records everything when I’m finished.
Now, on good days, I get my butt up and work on my serotonin levels. But, let’s be real: I’m not made to be pumped up about working out on all days. Some days (note: most of them), I still have to force myself. This is where Fitbit Labs comes in. The “Fitbit Research initiative” creates fun apps and watch faces that will help you get moving. A favorite of mine are these pet faces — yes, these virtual pets get sad and hungry when you don’t feed them food that you earn from steps or moving.
Amazingly, the promise of four-day battery life holds true. Despite all these functions, my watch has consistently lasted me four days, or even more when notification alerts are turned off.
Fitbit OS 2.0: What’s new?
This month, Fitbit 2.0 rolled out. A quick update will give you the new Fitbit OS but be warned: The process takes time and it can get glitchy. It took me a few tries and the realization that connecting my Versa directly to Wi-Fi is the best way to go about updating.
The two most notable new features are quick replies and female health tracking. I’ve been particularly excited about the latter as I’ve long wanted an all-around health app that integrates my menstrual cycle. Unfortunately, this feature is only available on iPhones as of now. Fitbit says Android support is coming soon, hopefully.
Quick replies, on the other hand, allow you to reply to messages straight from your Versa. These replies, however, are limited to pre-set messages that you can customize per app. This feature is only available on Android devices as Apple doesn’t allow that level of customization (boo). Cool as this feature may be, it still has to be pointed out that other smartwatches have allowed for custom replies for a while now. Thing is, I never really ever reply using my smartwatch — because why would I even bother struggling with that tiny screen since I can just get on my phone — so this didn’t really bother me.
Is the Fitbit Versa for you?
I’ve always said that wearables, especially ones you use for fitness tracking, need to be on you at all times to be able to do their job well. This has always proved to be a struggle for me as I’ve only seen a handful that look nice enough to wear every day with my different outfit moods. The Versa seems designed to overcome this personal daily wear struggle: It’s cute enough, it’s light, and it packs enough battery power. These are the same reasons why this thing is on my wrist, still.
Worth it to note though, that there are still a number of things that can be improved on this device: A higher level of customization, more compatible apps, fewer screen lags, and an easier update process.
The thing is, despite all these flaws, the Fitbit Versa ticks most of my tiny boxes. I’m not the most exacting when it comes to smartwatch functions and I just need my basics covered when it comes to fitness tracking. All things considered, I enjoy wearing this thing a lot. If your priorities are the same as mine, the Versa is worth checking out.
5 reasons why I made the big smartwatch switch
Huge for someone who prefers analog timepieces
I’ve always been the kind of person who prefers analog watches despite the rising trend of smartwatches. I find them basic and simple to use. It’s also easy to mix and match it with my outfits whenever and wherever I need to wear it.
Then came the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro.
With all its features and very versatile design, things are about to change. It made me want to do the big switch to smartwatches ASAP. Let me tell you why.
It makes a statement
Just one look at the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro and it screams premium quality. Its seamless titanium body and ceramic back case give it a very classy and sleek look. And its built resembles analog watches which I really like.
Its titanium crown works as its power button as well as its scroll and zoom wheel. It not only looks mechanical but also feels like it too. With its haptic feedback, I still get the satisfying feeling of turning — just like that of an analog watch.
The Watch GT 3 Pro sports a 1.43-inch AMOLED display perfectly paired with its sapphire crystal lens. It’s a vibrant and vivid display that makes its content visible even when outdoors.
You may prefer the titanium bracelet on this Titanium edition. Perhaps even the 43-mm Ceramic Edition that’s claimed to be created for women. But personally, I would rather have this gray high quality leather strap variant as it blends easier with my array of outfits.
My beau would also love this wearable as it also suits men, while I can use his Huawei Watch Fit 2 on days that I feel like using a smaller but still featured-packed smartwatch.
Still on its versatility, I can customize this with different watch faces I can choose from the watch itself. I can also pick from a myriad of faces to download via the Huawei Health App. This makes it easier to mix and match it with my style. The watch also features an Always On Display and what’s great about it is that for every watch face, a corresponding Always On Display appears.
It definitely is a good-looking smartwatch that makes a big statement on my wrist.
Helps you watch your health (pun intended)
These days, I’ve been so pumped up to hustle at work and have been preoccupied with passion projects that I sometimes tend to neglect my health. Gratefully, I have the GT 3 Pro to keep track of that as this watch brings health management to a whole new level.
This smartwatch has a medical-grade ECG analysis app. It helps me stay informed about any heart health-related risks. An ECG is a test that can be used to check your heart’s electrical activity and rhythm. And to check using the GT 3 Pro, it’s as easy as holding on the ECG sensor button with my index finger for 30 seconds and it provides the summary of my heart condition.
It also has an SpO2 and heart rate monitoring but what has been really useful for me are its stress and sleep monitoring that reminds me to take more rest and slow down when I’ve been overworking.
The GT 3 Pro has also helped me to stay focused on my primary health goal of controlling my weight through its Health Living feature. This is Huawei’s way to track your daily health and fitness progress. I just had to set it up on my Huawei Health app and I was given a list of tasks and I can also receive reminders to help me reach my goal.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro may not be a professional medical equipment but it was still great to have it as an easily accessible health indicator.
Motivates you to squeeze fitness into your lifestyle
During rare days when I have some free time, I’m tempted to just be lazy. But look at the Watch GT 3 Pro and I’m motivated to hop back into working out.
Whatever workout I’d choose, this watch definitely has it. The watch can track over 100 workout modes. During my workouts, I was also getting audio guides from the AI fitness on the watch where I was given the information on my workout status.
I’ve also been planning to go swimming and I know I can freely do that even while wearing the GT 3 Pro. This comes with IP68, 5 ATM ratings for water resistance and can even record diving data. It also supports free diving for as deep as 30 meters so I can definitely use it for my swimming workout plan along with its swimming workout mode.
Has a software that lets you do more
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro runs on Harmony OS and it definitely gives you a smooth and great-looking interface. Whenever I need to jump from one feature to another, the watch’s fast responsiveness is really obvious. There are no discernable lags and navigation just feels easy.
With this software, I can access a number of thirty party apps that come in handy. There’s the Calculator and Petal Maps for navigation to name a few. I just had to download these via the AppGallery on the Huawei Health app. What’s great is you also get regular notifications so staying up-to-date is worry-free.
It also became easy to attend to important calls, send quick replies and view call logs via the GT 3 Pro’s notifications while it is connected to my smartphone.
As someone who also likes listening to music while working out, the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro makes it easier for me. I get to listen to my BTS beats during my gym routine since I can add songs directly on the watch. Since the built-in speakers aren’t annoyingly loud, I can play my music without disturbing other gym goers.
Packs a robust battery life that lets you go on and on
I must admit, I’ve become a bit forgetful these days. I don’t even remember to charge the GT 3 Pro but that isn’t a problem.
I’ve been really enjoying exploring this watch that I’ve been using it for my daily activities. And true to the brand’s promise, its battery lasts 8 days for heavy usage. But if you’re unlike me and you would just use it once in a while, the battery can most certainly last for more.
Meanwhile, charging it is fairly quick with the wireless charging cradle that came with it. I took a nap for a little over an hour while leaving the GT 3 Pro charged and when I woke up, the battery was fully charged again. Talk about convenience.
Is the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro your GadgetMatch?
Honestly, I think I’ve met my match that has definitely changed my perception when it comes to smartwatches.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro ticks all the right boxes. It has a very classy and versatile look that surely catches attention. It’s very user-friendly and motivates me to stay fit and healthy. Plus, it also packs a lot of features that I never knew I wanted and needed.
This has positively made me do the big smartwatch switch.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro retails for PhP 16,999 and is available in Titanium and Ceramic Edition. Get it from May 27 to June 30, 2022 and you’ll get a freebie Huawei Strap worth PhP 1,399.
It is available on Huawei Store and authorized platforms such as Lazada and Shopee. It’s also in Huawei Experience stores and other retail partners.
Customize your kitchen with Samsung’s Bespoke Refrigerators
Ever wanted to customize your own refrigerator, expanding or reducing the capacity and colors as you wish? Well now, you can easily do that as the Samsung Bespoke refrigerator series is finally here.
We first encountered this line at IFA 2019 in Berlin and it’s great to finally see it make its way into the global market, the Philippines included. To celebrate the launch and get people to see what the new line can actually do for our kitchens, a roving exhibit which started at BGC Central Square was mounted this month.
“As users’ lives become more ‘home-centric,’ we’ve realized that innovation can no longer follow a “one-size-fits-all” approach. The global launch of Samsung Electronics’ Bespoke refrigerator ushered in a whole new era of customizable home appliances,” said Samsung Philippines President Minsu Chu. “Allowing you to personalize your fridge’s color, material and modules to suit your needs, Bespoke epitomizes Samsung’s commitment to offering products that cater to consumers’ evolving lifestyles,” he added.
Customizable and modular
What’s great about the Bespoke line is how it can grow as needed. From a size that’s just perfect for someone who’s living solo to any addition to your home — be it a relationship, a roommate, or even a family. The colors are also customizable, featuring shades of pastels like pink and sky blue to basic hues like white and navy. The panels are made of highly durable glass, adding a chic and sophisticated sheen to any kitchen.
“The core of the Bespoke philosophy is about creating home experiences that are tailored to each user. To achieve this, we decided to hold our first Bespoke Roving exhibit in the Philippines to engage with our consumers directly to foster meaningful interactions and dialogues,” said Ramon Medina, Head of Division, Consumer Electronics of Samsung Philippines.
See what’s possible
The roving exhibit definitely helped put things into perspective for possible buyers. With a beautifully designed kitchen right in the middle of BGC Central Square featuring a couple of possible configurations of the Samsung Bespoke line, it was much easier to imagine what it can look like in one’s own kitchen.
The Bespoke line uses a Digital Inverter Compressor to help keep your electricity bills low. You can also avoid the dreaded chore of regular defrosting as they’re all ‘No Frost’ units. Personally, I’m a fan of the 2-door model. I love the configuration of having a bottom freezer and the fact that it already has its own rack for chilling wine. A minor thing for some but it can be quite the priority for others.
To know more about Samsung’s Bespoke Refrigerator and find out where the next exhibit will be, go to SamsungPH on Facebook or visit samsung.com/ph/refrigerators/bespoke-refrigerator/.
Dyson just upgraded the Airwrap — here’s everything we’re loving about it!
The upgraded version is something you’ll love even more!
The Dyson Airwrap has got to be one of the most talked-about hairstyling tools in the market. Anyone who’s remotely interested in gorgeous hair has seen the video tutorials all over YouTube and TikTok.
Known for its hefty price tag, it’s still highly coveted due to its technology and ability to create different hairstyles without damaging one’s mane. Four years after it hit the market, Dyson released a new, upgraded version.
Is it time for Airwrap virgins to bite the bullet? Should current Airwrap owners upgrade their sets? Let’s discuss.
Quick, pro blow-out at home
Something the Airwrap brought to the table when it first launched is the promise of salon-quality blowouts in the comfort of one’s home. The upfront expense, off-setting frequent salon visits for styling. Sure, there’s quite a learning curve with using the curling barrels.
However, once you do master how to make the Coanda effect work for you, styling one’s hair with the Airwrap becomes such a breeze. This, of course, continues with the upgrade.
While the body looks and feels similar, I must admit that it took me even less time to dry and style my hair with the newer version. I’ve been growing my hair, wanting to stick to a 70s blowout to go with my fringe and I was able to achieve precisely that. From wet to fab in 20 minutes. Who doesn’t love efficiency?
Coanda smoothing dryer
Airwrap users were feeling pretty left out when Dyson’s Supersonic Hairdryer got a flyaway attachment. If you’re someone who uses the Airwrap’s Firm and Soft brushes to straighten your hair, the flyaway attachment would have been the perfect finisher for your style.
This was addressed with the upgrade. In lieu of the pre-styling dryer attachment, we now get a Coanda smoothing dryer.
You can also use this to pre-dry your hair prior to styling. After all, you need your hair to still be a little wet for the Airwrap to work its magic. What’s different is that with just a quick turn of the cool touch tip, it can now act as your very own flyaway attachment. A nifty, two-in-one piece!
While most of the attachments look familiar, there were quite a lot of tweaks in their respective departments as well. The Firm and Soft brushes employ enhanced Coanda airflow which attracts and aligns hair with increased control. They propel air along hair strands, for a smoother, straighter result.
During the media briefing, we were also assured that even attachments like the Round Volumizing Brushes were improved, allowing better airflow through the bristles.
For people with tighter curls (think 3A and above in the scale), Dyson also came out with a wide-toothed brush attachment that’s sold separately.
What’s extremely exciting though is what was done with the barrels. Now, there’s no need to keep switching from one barrel to another just to change the direction of the airflow. A quick turn of the cool-touch tips allows you to do just that, saving you more time when you do your hair.
Easier to store
With that said, there’s no more need for two barrels of each size. With the new Airwrap, you only get two barrels – one thin, one thick. Fewer barrels also mean fewer attachments to store. The case of the new Airwrap is noticeably smaller and sleeker than its predecessor’s.
The case’s cover also fully comes off. I love how it makes taking the attachments easier from any side. However, one must be vigilant if you want to travel with your Airwrap in this case as the cover doesn’t lock into the body like the old one.
It’s been quite common for tech companies to force users to upgrade to the next generation of their products. This, by producing newer accessories or essential peripherals that won’t work with the older versions of their products. It’s a business and they do need to keep making money.
However, one thing I really loved about the Airwrap’s upgrade is how Dyson took sustainability into consideration. Users of the older Airwrap can have the choice to only purchase the new attachments.
This is because the new attachments will still fit and work perfectly with the older version. Yes, even the Coanda smoothing dryer!
Something I always loved about the Airwrap is how it’s able to keep frizz at bay by producing negative ions. This is something we totally need in the tropics, especially for ladies with wavy and curly hair. So it’s an essential yet often overlooked feature in hairstyling tools.
With the Airwrap, the curls you make with the barrels always come out smooth and adds to a more natural, gorgeously flowy blowout. This is something that’s hard to achieve with a hairdryer. When straightening your hair, it comes out sleek with a beautiful sheen.
Price and color availability
Dyson’s new Airwrap is available starting today, 26th of May, and will retail for PhP 32,900 in the Philippines. It comes in the chic, rich copper and bright nickel color combination as well as in rich copper and Prussian blue.
Should you get it?
So, should you upgrade to the new Airwrap? I’d say get the attachments if you already have the older version and if it’s still working fine. You’ll be able to achieve the same effects after all. If you haven’t gotten the first version, this is the one you’ve been waiting for. Run. Don’t walk.
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