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Huawei Band 6: Best of both worlds for the right price

Big splash in the smart band segment

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The wearable market has been rapidly growing and Huawei has remained competitive by releasing a large suite of devices. However, it can be argued that the Chinese company hasn’t made its mark just yet in the smart band market.

Enter the Huawei Band 6, the company’s latest attempt at disrupting the game. With a display that’s eye-catching and a price that can only be described as tempting, can the Band 6 finally be Huawei’s big splash in the smart band segment? Can this hybrid serve as the casual athlete’s GadgetMatch?

Sized like a watch, feels like a band

On my first impressions of the Band 6, I immediately mentioned its screen as one of its highlights. Amazing software can be derailed by hardware that’s weak and Huawei didn’t fail on this end. Its bigger screen is capable of making a big difference.

The thing with most smart bands is they’re valuable not as a one-stop hub for information, but as a tracker. More often than not, you go to your phone to check your progress on certain exercises or sleep patterns.

Huawei Band 6

That’s not the case with Huawei’s newest wearable. Viewing time and other important information is a delight, even when faced directly under sunlight. Screen size is incredibly important in bridging that gap between smart band and smart watch. The Band 6 does that extremely well.

Even better is how despite its size, it doesn’t feel heavy when worn. It’s named Huawei Band 6 after all, not Huawei Watch. It’s light, but sturdy. Wearing it while sleeping was far from a burden.

It’s versatile and stylish. Very few products can offer that from this price point and from the smart band segment.

Battery life is respectable

While the Band 6 didn’t live up to the two-week battery life Huawei boasted, it’s no slouch. The battery went from 100 to 10 percent in a matter of a week, which isn’t bad considering it’s housing a large screen, automatic tracking was turned on for heart rate and stress, and workout modes were used five times a week. Using the Band’s full suite of features requires power, and all things considered, its battery holds up well.

Huawei Band 6

Charging was also a breeze thanks to its straightforward setup. It only took the band one hour and 30 minutes to top up to 100 percent, which was quite respectable.

Big screen, big-time features for a band

The problem with most smart bands is how it skimps on features so it’s able to maintain a cheaper price point. Improving hardware can be expensive and it wouldn’t have been surprising if Huawei cut down certain features to keep the Band 6 affordable.

In that case, it depends on which wearable segment you’re comparing. Versus other smartwatches, it cuts down on features. You can’t play music straight from the watch and you can’t reply to texts despite its larger screen size.

But smartwatches are expensive for that exact reason. The Band 6 is best compared to smart bands and against its competition; it shines. It has all the features you’d expect out of a modern smart band.

Huawei Band 6

Casual athletes will be glad to find that the Band 6 houses 96 workout modes such as Strength, HIIT, Jump Rope, and Indoor Run. Having a suite of workouts that wide is extremely helpful if tracking your exercises is important to you.

Assistance over accuracy

SPO2 monitoring is also an awesome feature to have especially given the current pandemic. However, accuracy isn’t this Band’s strongest suit, and it shows with the numbers that come up during workouts and with your oxygen levels. In fact, there was one instance during a HIIT session that the heart rate the Band was showing was lower than what I was experiencing. That’s something to consider when using the device as a measuring tool.

With that being said, it’s important to note that the Huawei Band 6 is best used for guidance and assistance rather than accuracy. Nothing beats medical-grade tools such as a pulse oximeter or coaching from a trainer. However, its wide suite of features is a great jumping point for someone who wants to live a healthier and active lifestyle. Considering that’s the value Huawei wants to promote with this new device, that’s a big win for them.

Huawei Health App provides the basics and some insight

The same statement above applies to the Huawei Health App as well. The app is best used for guidance and not accuracy.

The Health App is straightforward but filled with the right amount of information. Insight regarding weight tracking, exercises, and stress is limited, but useful, nonetheless.

There is one thing the Huawei Health App is very good at: sleep tracking. While insight from its tracking can feel repetitive at times, there’s a lot of substance to the data you’ll get. Aside from the basic Deep sleep-light sleep-REM sleep, the Health App also tracks Deep sleep continuity, breathing quality, and how many times you wake up during your cycle.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

Pricing it at PhP 2,599 may be considered as a risk given the cheaper price points of other smart bands. But the price increase is warranted. The Huawei Band 6 is undoubtedly an upgrade from cheaper smart bands, and it makes the right compromises, so the price doesn’t increase dramatically.

Huawei Band 6

The Band 6 can serve as the bridge between the smart band and smartwatch segments. It’s sized and featured like a smartwatch, while being priced like a smart band. That’s a big win for Huawei and for the consumer.

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Huawei unveils largest Health Lab facility

Customer health monitoring a key focus

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Health Lab

Huawei’s Consumer Business Group unveiled through a virtual tour its new Huawei Health Lab facility based in Songshan Lake, Dongguan, China.

The lab is a SG$ 42.5 million research and development investment that supports more than 80 types of simulation tests targeted to improve Huawei’s smart wearable products in years to come.

These tests support and provide data for the R&D department that covers extensive research on human health and fitness, incubation and testing of Huawei’s smart wearable products.

Huawei currently runs multiple Health Labs to study health-related technology, including its lab in Xi’an, China which focuses on innovative applications for health and fitness.

The latest HUAWEI Health Lab in Dongguan, China aims to become a world class health and fitness technology institute dedicated to product R&D, standards R&D, certification, exhibitions, and industry incubation activities.

Customer health monitoring a key focus

Huawei’s smart wearable and health business has brought many innovative, science-based health and fitness products and services to consumers in recent years.

The new state-of-the-art facility includes a SG$ 638,000 plateau blood oxygen simulation laboratory which replicates high-altitude environments up to 6,000 meters above sea level to test how oxygen saturation affects the human body.

Health Lab

The lab contains the facilities necessary for researchers to measure the changes in the human body under different altitudes and climate conditions and obtain more accurate data for analysis.

The lab also has a professional optical motion capture system which records a wide range of subjects including moving bullets with millimetre-level accuracy.

By studying the movement of the human body along with attitude data, Huawei hopes to develop new and innovative features it can add to its smart wearable products.

 Exercise lab for accuracy

The exercise physiology research area of the lab also comes equipped with cardiopulmonary function and metabolism meters, heart rate belts, and high-performance treadmills that researchers can use to monitor as VO2 max, calorie consumption, and workout heart rate.

Health Lab

This will be ideal in coming up with features for customers who use Huawei’s wearables primarily for fitness functions.

Thanks in large part to these labs, Huawei’s smart wearable products support more than 100 workout modes which include even rock-climbing, swimming, golf, and more.

Scenario-based health experiences 

Health Lab

The new HUAWEI Health Lab also serves as an incubator for scenario-based experiences and service packages that consumers can directly enjoy, including micro-physical examination, home fitness, and digital sports.

In the lab’s micro-physical examination area, users can use Huawei wearable products to measure physical indicators such as blood pressure and SpO2 monitoring.

In the indoor fitness area, users can start tracking their exercise by connecting a Huawei smartwatch, a HUAWEI Vision TV, and other third-party equipment.

Meanwhile, the digital sports area enables users to compete with friends while using rowing machines and spinning bikes.

The HUAWEI Health App now also offers 11 types of training courses including running, cycling, yoga, fitness, skipping, and more.

Huawei Watch GT 3

Huawei Watch GT 3

The new Huawei Watch GT 3 will offer higher accuracy in monitoring their health and fitness performance backed by scientific data.

Customers in Singapore can look forward to experience the smartwatch in December 2021.

In the Philippines, the Huawei Watch GT Series is already available for pre-order now until December 9, 2021.

  • HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 46mm – PHP 12,999 with freebies worth PhP 3,998
  • HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 42mm – Starts at PhP 8999 online exclusive with freebies worth PhP 2,490 during pre-order phase. The normal price starts at PhP 11,999.
  • HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner – PhP 13,999 with freebies worth PhP 4,388
  • HUAWEI FreeBuds Lipstick – PhP 9,999 from its original price of PhP 11,999
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Fitbit’s Daily Readiness Score will determine if you’re ready for a workout

A handy feature for Fitbit lovers!

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Heads up, Fitbit users!

Daily Readiness Score is now available in Fitbit Premium. Through the feature, your Fitbit device will be able to use insights from your body based on your activity, heart rate variability, and recent sleep patterns. This will help the device to determine if you should work out or prioritize recovery.

There’ll be a personalized score each morning that identifies the problems, together with suggestions such as recommended activity level, and Premium content to follow.

The feature will be accessible through the Fitbit app for Premium members with Fitbit Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Charge 5, Luxe, or Inspire 2 devices. For Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 users, the score will be available for preview right on your wrist.

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How the We-Vibe Melt helped with my insomnia

And fulfilled my sexual needs

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The following is intended for readers 18+

Ever since I was introduced to the world of sex toys, I have always used them for the obvious reason: sexual pleasure. As an advocate of sex positivity, sex toys allowed me to know myself and my body more, which helped me boost my sexual confidence.

But it was not until I owned a clit stimulator that I personally experienced the other benefits aside from fulfilling my sexual needs.

Sex toys promote good health

I was experiencing insomnia in the past few weeks and despite purposely tiring myself in the day or even increasing the dosage of my melatonin supplement, I still can’t get my eyes shut.

Studies suggest that masturbation/having orgasm helps in releasing hormones that can aid sleep. In my quest for natural remedies, I decided to give it a try.

So when I got my hands on We-Vibe’s Melt, a clit stimulator that uses air pressure technology, I tried using it mostly before bedtime. True enough, it took just a while to help me finally doze off.

How does We-Vibe Melt work?

Compared to other sex toys, the We-Vibe Melt is pretty discreet: it uses innovative pressure wave technology to arouse a woman’s clitoris or C-spot. Since it uses air for stimulation, the sound that comes off is not as loud as a vibrator.

The product is very easy to use–just place it right above the clit. It has 12 intensity levels, and it can be controlled with + or — buttons in the device, or through the app We-Connect. It looks small, but it guarantees big orgasms that will make you melt.

While it is advertised as a toy for couples, it can also be used for self-pleasure–a wild treat for those with a very sensitive clit a.k.a. me.

Perfect for beginners

The very first sex toys I owned are vibrating dildos, and I admit they can be intense for a first-timer, especially for those who are still intimidated in trying sex toys.

When I tried the We-Vibe Melt, I really thought: “Where have you been all my life?!” I wished I knew about it sooner.

We-Vibe Melt is the brand’s first dedicated pressure-wave/suction toy. It is less invasive yet very powerful. Perfect for beginners who are not comfortable with penetrative toys yet but want to achieve a mind-blowing orgasm. Yup, this little thing can blow your mind.

It looks and feels premium 

This is the most expensive toy I have owned to date, and I can say that you really get what you pay for. It’s silky smooth and has an easy grip. The quality is superb, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to malfunction any sooner. Not to mention, it’s also easy to clean and dry.

The buttons are easy to navigate too, and it comes with a magnetic charger that’s easy to remove.

One of my favorite things about this We-Vibe Melt is it’s waterproof–so yes, it’s safe to do the deed in the shower!

It’s a great option whether you’re single, or with a partner

While the product description says it’s made for couples, it’s satisfying enough for a solo sesh. I got multiple orgasms after using it for several minutes, and I didn’t even get a penetration!

The app also has a “Connect to Partner” feature, which is great news for LDR couples. Through this feature, the partner can control the We-Vibe Melt, whether they’re beside you or they’re on the other side of the world. There’s also a wide range of pressure levels to choose from, and believe me, it’s fun exploring the different sensations.

Is this your PlayMatch?

For the high-end quality, guaranteed sexual satisfaction, and of course, its health benefits, We-Vibe Melt is a must-buy.

The only thing I didn’t like about it is isn’t as quiet as it claimed to be. The higher vibration modes can be quite loud. But if you’re worrying someone might hear you from the other room, here’s a tip: turn up your room’s air-conditioning/electric fan plus air purifier and their sounds will overpower the sound of the device.

We-Vibe Melt is priced at US$ 149.00, quite pricey compared to other brands that provide similar products in the market, but for a product that will last long, the extra bucks won’t hurt.

Overall, We-Vibe Melt is a premium product that I would definitely recommend to my friends. I am actually excited to try other lineups of We-Vibe after this because when it comes to quality and aesthetics, the brand really delivers well.

Shop it on We-Vibe’s official website.

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