With lots of smartwatches in the market today, Garmin sets itself apart with multiple offerings specific for every niche and budget.
For instance, their Venu 2 and Venu 2S, which were introduced last year, are excellent everyday wearables. The hybrid design of traditional meets modern is a stylish and unique choice. And they’re packed with multiple functions that support overall health and fitness.
This year, Garmin is introducing another addition to the Venu Series, the Venu 2 Plus. It somehow looks the same with previous Venu watches, but with upgraded features to support a busy lifestyle.
Answer calls and control options on your wrist
Perhaps the biggest upgrade from the past Venu series is the built-in intelligent voice control. The Venu 2 Plus features a combination of speaker and microphone made for easier voice calls and commands.
The Venu 2 Plus Voice Assistant is compatible with Siri, Google Assistant, or Bixby. This way, users can utilize their smartphone’s voice assistant to send texts, ask questions, control compatible smart home devices, and more.
The voice feature is especially helpful when you don’t want to stop mid-workout just to set controls. It’s also a lifesaver when running errands, and you want to limit touching your screen.
The battery life can last up to nine (9) days in smartwatch mode and up to eight (8) hours in GPS + Music mode.
24/7 monitoring of your health
Maintaining our health while dealing with work and other things can be quite hard especially in this pandemic. But the good thing is, we are more mindful of our wellbeing now more than ever.
Garmin’s Venu 2 Plus is a great companion to track your whole day of activities. There’s no need to write on your planner or create separate trackers in Notion. Most health trackers you need are packed inside this timepiece conveniently slapped on your wrist.
It features all-day monitoring and data analysis of your overall health including heart rate (with user-configurable alerts for high or low readings), advanced sleep with sleep score and insights, breathwork activities, fitness age, respiration, Pulse Ox, all-day stress, hydration, and women’s health (menstrual cycle tracking and pregnancy tracking).
Price and availability
The Garmin Venu 2 Plus retails for PhP 25,695.
It is available in 3 colors: Black, Ivory, and Powder Gray. You can purchase through Garmin Brand Stores, kinetic.com.ph, Lazada, Shopee, and Garmin PH Viber Community. They currently have an ongoing promo: the first 75 customers can get a free Garmin Tote Bag for every purchase.
On being mindful in your everyday activities
The OPPO Watch Free and the OPPO Enco Air2 are the perfect pair to help you tune your mind and body
With everything that’s happening, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel lost. One coping mechanism that might work is being mindful and intentional in your activities. I used to face my issues head-on, aggressively putting up a fight and jumping onto anything that might help me feel better.
For the past few weeks, I used the OPPO Watch Free and the OPPO Enco Air2 to aid me in my quest to become mindful in my everyday activities. It helps me reduce my anxiety about the future, and helped me stay grounded to be more present in my life and within my relationships.
Stay away from ruminating and going on a negative downward spiral. Here are mindful practices that allow you to use technology in helping you become more present.
1 | Start the day with a purpose
Let me be real here: There are no ‘candid’ mornings that are aesthetically pleasing and seemingly picture-perfect. Par exemple, the vlogs you see from social media personalities and the snippets they upload on their platforms.
No one wakes up every day looking pretty, vibing in front of the camera. But there’s one thing that a lot of people consistently do — and it’s waking up mindfully.
Instead of reaching for your phone the moment you open your eyes, try to take guided breathing exercises and drink your water. The OPPO Watch Free has guided meditation tips and reminders to hydrate — which you can set the notifications on depending on your schedule.
Once your breath settled into its own rhythm and you feel at ease, it’s time to begin your ‘daily’ habit. The OPPO Enco Air2 is the perfect accessory to help you focus on your morning routine.
In my case, I alternate my mornings between reading a self-help book, drinking my coffee in utter silence, or journaling my thoughts and/or dreams. Afterward, I prepare my to-do list to ensure my productivity levels will be stable as the day goes on.
2 | Check in with yourself
Throughout the day, it’s easy to neglect your mind and body’s alignment as you press on to meet your deadlines. Wearing your lifestyle devices should truncate the hustle-bustle of your everyday life so you can do more of what makes your soul alive.
Ask yourself: How do you feel about your well-being? Most smartwatches can give you a glimpse of what’s happening in your body. If you’re unsure where to begin, start there.
The OPPO Watch Free carries basic smartwatch functions that might seem elementary to some. It monitors the blood oxygen and heart rate variability in real-time. If you forget to check in with yourself, it doesn’t.
The watch, if you set it up accordingly, will always vibrate at certain times to remind you to drink your water. It also encourages you to stand up when you’ve been sitting for an hour or longer.
At night, you can utilize a watch’s sleep monitoring capabilities. OPPO calls it the OSleep All-Scenario Sleep Monitoring, which records your entire sleep journey. Plus, it also monitors if you snore during your sleep.
You can get a glimpse of the personalized sleep report through the watch’s vivid 1.64-inch AMOLED screen. For a more comprehensive report, you can get more details through the HeyTap Health app.
3 | Pause and recalibrate
There are days when it gets really overwhelming, you might even drown in stress and anxiety. If you encounter one of those days, it’s time to press pause and recalibrate your mind, body, and soul.
I find it relaxing to plug the OPPO Enco Air2 and revel in its clear sound and boosted bass. To adjust your preferences and make the settings personalized, the wearable can be linked to the HeyMelody app. Even if the pair of wireless earbuds don’t snug tightly in my earhole, I can still listen richly as if I’m in a different world.
Call it escapism, but it helps me re-center my thoughts. I find it easy to look at my issues objectively when I step away and detach. I don’t even have to open my smartphone to control my music playback since the Enco Air2 and the Watch Free work seamlessly together. Either I use its touch controls or navigate the smartwatch to change my tunes on Spotify.
Notifications are easily received through the watch, allowing me to check if the message is important enough to warrant an immediate response. Otherwise, I’ll get lost in my little world for a few minutes before I hop back into reality.
4 | Activate your mind and body
For athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and seasoned gym-goers, there’s no need to rely on a smartwatch’s workout and exercise modes. It doesn’t, in any way, help progress their training because their fitness level is of a different magnitude. I, myself, am part of that category. My focused training isn’t covered by any smartwatch features because it requires me to remove any wearable to perform exceptionally.
For what it’s worth, the OPPO Watch Free and the OPPO Enco Air2 helped me become mindful during my active rest days. Often, I forget to turn on the walking and/or running mode when I take my fifteen-minute stride to the gym or when I hit the treadmill to wake up my senses.
The watch automatically activates the basic exercises mode it detects. If you’re beginning your fitness journey, there are over 100 workout modes that you can use to track and record your progress.
Moreover, I don’t have to worry about my sweat dripping since the Enco Air2 has an IPX4 certification. Simply put, it can handle splashes of water. Heavy sweating included.
In a way, both devices can help you tune your mind and body as you perform physical activities. They can accompany you on your journey, and they can surely keep up as you level up.
5 | Becoming more present
The pair of the OPPO Watch Free and the OPPO Enco Air2 might seem like basic accessories — but they focus on what’s truly essential. Both devices come with long battery life. The OPPO Watch Free, as advertised, has 14 days of battery life. I’ve proven this to be true since, at the end of the thirteenth day, I still have 13 percent battery left.
The same goes for the OPPO Enco Air2, which played music consecutively for four hours. Yes, I sometimes continuously work on my desk for more than four hours straight. Accompanied only by a pair of wireless earbuds and a gigantic, hydration bottle.
Although, the Enco Air2 can be charged multiple times allowing you to get up to 24 hours of music playback. I didn’t find a need for that, though.
At the very least, both devices allowed me to reduce my screentime and severe smartphone usage. I started being more mindful in my everyday activities that don’t involve endless scrolling and wasting hours. It allows me to enjoy life offline and be more present, while still connected with technology.
Where to get this perfect pair?
The OPPO Watch Free retails for PhP 5,999 and comes in two colors: Vanilla and Black. Meanwhile, the OPPO Enco Air2 is available for PhP 3,499 in two colorways: White and Blue.
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6 things to consider before buying a smart monitor
Look beyond the widescreen monitors you’re familiar with!
Having a smart monitor isn’t something I considered, given that I left a desk station almost a decade ago. I was liberated from the usual office setup, tugging along my laptop wherever I go.
However, the recent circumstances surrounding our working setup changed the way I think about investing in a do-it-all monitor. Now, we’re torn between committing to on-site work, fully work-from-home, or staying in a hybrid setup. I’m certain it’s not just me thinking heavily about investing in one.
To ensure we get the value of the monitors we’re purchasing, here are some things to consider before buying one.
Clear and vibrant display
Frankly, a device’s screen is the most important part. You spend a lot of time looking at the information provided on the display. This is why you need to consider the screen first and foremost before buying a smart monitor.
An enthralling screen is extremely important, especially if you’re a creative professional. For instance, my Huawei MateView delivers 4K+ resolution, a 98% DCI-P3 color gamut offering 1 billion colors, 500 nits of brightness, and HDR capability. In other words, it has a high-resolution, color-accurate display that’s capable of displaying high dynamic range content.
It certainly helped me in my graphic design, photo retouching, and video editing endeavors.
We’re not getting any younger — I think we’ve all heard everyone say that. That said, back and neck pain are something you’ll deal with especially when you spend hours looking down on your laptop. It’s inherently bad for your body and posture in the long run.
Experts recommend that you look straight, which is why having an adjustable monitor is important. Forget monitor stands or stacked books, an adjustable monitor will allow you to adjust its tilt and the height of the display to maintain eye level.
Taller screen for better productivity
If you’re more focused on being productive and getting things done, having a monitor with a taller aspect ratio is much better than the usual 16:9 widescreen monitors.
For example, the MateView has a 3:2 aspect ratio which makes it reasonably wide, but still tall enough to fit what you’re working on. In my case, it’s easier to post-process hundreds of photos we took of the devices we’re working on.
Seamless wireless connection
Most manufacturers are heavily investing in ecosystems nowadays. Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and even the likes of Xiaomi are starting to integrate their devices and connect seamlessly through smart features.
My Huawei MateView, for example, quickly connected to the Huawei P50 Pocket which I tapped on the monitor’s base imprinted with Huawei Share or OneHop icon.
It automatically connected to the monitor and allowed me to choose to display what was on my phone. There’s a Desktop Mode which resembled more of a computer OS than a smartphone interface.
You can also connect through Wireless Connection and you don’t have to worry. The monitor is designed in such a way that latency — or lag — isn’t noticeable.
Go wired and keep it tethered
Some people still prefer to use different options for connectivity: USB-C, HDMI, and Mini Display. Personally, I still use the USB-C cable whether for my MacBook Air or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra since it charges the device at the same time.
The Huawei MateView can charge any laptop that requires 65W and under. Also, I like how it works smoothly with non-Huawei devices.
Moreover, there’s a headphone jack if you don’t want to use the front-firing speakers. The port also doubles as a mic input, perfect for important calls.
Aesthetically pleasing to your eyes
We spend time working on our desks for 8 hours or more. Sometimes, it goes beyond 18 hours when you work in a fast-paced environment like an advertising agency or production house.
If you’re going to look at your devices for a long time, make sure you like what you see. It’s easy to stay productive when you have a pleasant setup. It’s not always limited to decorating your desks with fancy accessories and color-matching everything.
Sometimes, you just need a smart monitor that’s pretty to look at, so you get excited to hop on your work and get things done. Of course, it shouldn’t be just beautiful. It needs to be functional too.
As for me, the Huawei MateView delivers exactly what I need. From aesthetics, connectivity, display, and ergonomics — I’m happy to use this for the next few months or maybe, even a year.
Arcwave Voy removes the pressure on your hands during self-pleasure
The new male stroker targets the gigglestick’s Merkel-Ranvier receptors
Arcwave, a premium sex toy brand dedicated to male bodies under LoveHoney group, has just launched Arcwave Voy. Dubbed as the world’s first CleanTech silicone stroker, Voy promises a whole new way of masturbation.
It uses an advanced and unique Tightness Adjustment System (TAS), developed after research revealed that Merkel-Ranvier receptors in the skin of the penis respond particularly well to pressure. The global study was conducted by Arcwave in 2021 and was responded to by 7,200 men coming from 18 countries.
The system is activated by rotating the adjustment wheel behind the top lid, which increases or decreases tightness. Having the adjustment system ensures that the stroker is fit for every kind of penis.
Designed with science in mind
Arcwave’s proprietary CleanTech silicone, which was present in another stroker called Arcwave Ion, is also used for Voy. The material is ultrasmooth, hygienic, and durable yet flexible to accommodate different penis sizes.
Moreover, Voy comes with two protector lids so it can dry quickly and maintain a sleek condition. It also gives a stylish, discreet look so you can place it anywhere without shame.
It’s also designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. The ergonomic shape makes it easy to handle and grip. Furthermore, it’s so compact that you can store it inside your drawer, or pack it inside your bags during your travels.
Arcwave Voy is available for US$ 99 at Arcwave.com, Lovehoney.com, and other retailers. It will come to Singapore on June.
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