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Phones. TVs. Wireless Earbuds. OnePlus has been keen on expanding its universe of devices and their latest device continues this mission — the OnePlus Watch.

OnePlus says it’s made sure to give it a more timeless aesthetic and I’ve gotta agree it’s a pretty good looking watch. It feels solid and premium.

The company says the case of each watch sold is hand polished — so that the arc of the case is as smooth as can be. It’s a 46mm round watch face — with 2.5D glass — for a more seamless transition onto its frame.

It’s an AMOLED Panel. The material is stainless steel with a gossy greyish finish. On its underside, what feels like plastic, is cool to the touch.

The watch comes with only one watch band — black silicone. You fasten with this hook and tuck under to secure. But the straps follow the standard quick release system so you can easily replace them with something third party.

First impressions: It feels well built, is comfy when worn, and doesn’t feel too big even with my small wrists.

OnePlus custom Watch OS

The OnePlus Watch runs OnePlus’ own custom watch OS, not Google’s Wear OS.

Navigation is pretty basic. There’s a button that brings up all the available apps. Another press brings you home.

Another button is the customizable function key. Set to workouts by default but can be set to another app — like the stop watch. To go back you swipe to the right just like on Android.

From the home screen you swipe up to view recent notifications and down to view some quick settings. It’s pretty basic in its current state. But hopefully it gets better over time.

OnePlus Watch

What can it do?

On the most basic level the OnePlus Watch is an optional way to keep track of notifications without having to look at your phone.

So for example if a text message comes in, you can have a notification it show up on your watch too. From there you can decide if you need to pull out your phone to reply.

You can also use the watch to make and answer phone calls as long as your phone is nearby. And nope the watch does not come with a cellular model.

Listening to music

The OnePlus watch comes with 4GB of storage — 2GB of which is actually usable.

Getting music on your phone is a manual process. You’ll need an MP3 on your device. Then from the Health App click add music — it’s a long process. I wish there were a quicker way to do this. Once the music is your watch you can just pair most Bluetooth earbuds and listen to your mp3 from your watch without your phone.

I used my OnePlus Buds Z — but had to pair them manually. Hopefully in the future, if the interest here is an ecosystem of devices that works together, you shouldn’t have to pair them if they’re already paired with your smartphone.

Control your TV

In markets where the OnePlus TV is sold, you can also use the OnePlus Watch as a remote for your OnePlus TV.I don’t have one so I can’t really show that to you. But I’m told that 30 minutes after your watch detects that you’re asleep it turns the TV off also.

Fitness Companion

The OnePlus Watch can automatically detect and track up to 110+ workout types. To manually start a workout you can just press on this button over here and pick your desired workout. It’s got built-in GPS to track your walks or runs.

It’s also IP68 water and dust resistant, so not only can you sweat with it, run in the rain or and rinse it off. You can also use it to track your swims.

Health Tracker

In terms of health related features — this is no Apple Watch. The OnePlus Watch provides merely the basics: Sleep and Stress Tracking, a Heart Rate Monitor, and Blood Oxygen Sensor.

Here is a complete list of sensors on the watch:

  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Geomagnetic sensor
  • Barometer
  • Blood oxygen sensor
  • Optical heart rate sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Capacitance sensor

Battery

The OnePlus Watch comes with a 402mAh battery that’s rated to last up to 14 days on a single charge with average use and a week with heavier use.

If you were to go for a long run with GPS on continuously you’d have to run for a full day for the battery to die on you. This cradle comes in the box but no AC adapter is included.

OnePlus recommends a 5V=1A adapter so most chargers you have lying around will be more than enough. Speaking of the cradle — charging is via these two POGO pins. And not via the Qi wireless charging standard.

So is the OnePlus Watch your GadgetMatch?

Well, first let’s take a look at pricing — the watch will retail for US$ 159 dollars and will be available online starting April 14th.

Considering what else is in the market today, that’s a really competitive price. That said, while it’s already a good looking, solidly built watch that can do all the basics well.

I think in its current iteration the OnePlus Watch needs further refining. I feel like navigation could be better, haptics definitely needs some work, and things like having to manually sync your contacts and music is a chore.

If you’re a OnePlus user looking for a great companion smartwatch, for its asking price, it might be worth a look see.

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New MacBook Pros, AirPods 3 now for pre-order in Singapore

Time to splurge!

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MacBook Pros

Following Apple’s October event that saw the reveal of new AirPods and the much anticipated new MacBook Pros, the aforementioned devices are now up for pre-order in Singapore!

AirPods 3

The latest addition to Apple’s AirPods family features Spatial Audio and Adaptive EQ. Both features contribute to a more immersive and more surround sound experience as you enjoy your favorite tunes from Apple Music or your favorite podcasts.

It retails for SG$ 269. Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

MacBook 14″ and 16″

These 2021 MacBooks are the biggest update to Apple’s notebooks in years. Other than sporting the brand spanking new and super powered M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pros also got significant upgrades elsewhere.

Firstly, Apple has brought back the ports. Instead of just two Thunderbolt 3 ports, there are now three (3) Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, and a must for pros — an SD Card slot. The 3.5mm jack also gets an upgrade allowing support for high grade headphones.

The display also gets an upgrade promising 1,000 nits of sustained brightness, as well as Promotion for that oh so smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

Pricing are as follows:

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 2,999

  • 8-Core CPU
  • 14-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 67W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 96W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSB — SG$ 4,049

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Max, 1TB SSB — SG$ 5,249

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 32-Core GPU
  • 32GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

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Apple quietly launched a polishing cloth worth $19

Yes, it’s a piece of cloth

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All eyes were on the new MacBook Pro during Apple’s Unleashed event this week. With a new processor inside, it’s no surprise. However, behind all the glitz and glamor, Apple launched a more surprising product behind closed doors. For arguably its most premium product so far, the company launched the Apple Polishing Cloth for US$ 19.

Launched quietly on Apple’s online store, the Polishing Cloth (yes, that’s its official name) can reportedly clean any Apple display with its “soft, nonabrasive material.” In terms of appearance, the new accessory has an incredibly simple design: a white square cloth with a subtle Apple logo.

If you’ve ever cleaned a device before, you might find the Polishing Cloth a bit familiar. Yes, it’s basically any nonabrasive microfiber cloth available on the market today. And it’s worth around ten times a non-branded one. With an exorbitant price relative to others, the accessory might have the most premium price for an Apple product.

However, despite the intense price, the new accessory is already sold out. Currently, the store page pegs the next earliest shipping date at six to eight weeks from now. Some of Apple’s products do require a more rigorous cleaning, according to Apple.  If you have such a device, you might find use for the expensive cloth. If not, well, there are cheaper alternatives.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 13 mini Review: STILL My Favorite!

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Sony adds water-resistant WF-C500 to its headphone line

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Sony WF-C500

Sony is making your music-listening experience even more personalized with the announcement of its new wireless headphones: the WF-C500.

Sony’s impressive WF-C500 is ideal for people who want to switch to truly wireless headphones and enjoy all their favorite music in even better quality.

With its unique sound customization, compact design, easy to use Bluetooth pairing, long lasting battery life and water-resistant feature, Sony’s newest headphones can now take your music anywhere.

Small size, uncompromising sound

The WF-C500 showcases a compact design that perfectly fits your ear, while delivering high quality sound powered by Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE).

This restores high frequency sound and fine fade-out sound to the track you’re listening to and create a more authentic listening experience.

The wireless headphones will also allow you to customize your sound aptly using the Equalizer setting in the “Sony | Headphones Connect” app.

That way, you can tailor your sound depending on the music genre you’re currently vibing to—whether it’s chill pop or bassy rap—with a variety of settings.

You can even create and save the preferred settings so you won’t have to tinker with controls the next time you plug the headphones in.

Comfort is key

The WF-C500 is small and light, while its ergonomic surface design helps create a more stable and secure fit in your ears to make them the perfect companion wherever you go.

Their rounded shape makes them a pleasure to wear, leaving you free to focus on music that matters to you.

Compact and stylish case

The truly wireless headphones come with a stylish cylindrical charging case that is small and definitely easy to carry around so you can take the earbuds anywhere you go.

Its translucent lid with a frosted glass-like texture adds on to a luxurious appearance and feel.

Effortless listening experience 

The WF-C500 has been specially designed to make every day listening trouble-free.

Aside from easy operation buttons like play, stop, skip and volume adjustments, they offer an easy way to access your preferred voice assistant like Google Assistant or Siri to make or receive calls hands-free.

You can connect to your preferred voice assistant to get directions, play music and send messages with just a click of a button.

Conversations also flow freely with hands-free calling, which is made clearer than ever with a high-quality built-in microphone.

Great for on the go

Sony WF-C500

The headphones will provide you with 10 hours of battery life, making it perfect for on the go listening.

Its handy charging case pushes that life up to 20 hours total. If you’re in a rush, you can easily add an hour of extra playtime by having a quick 10-minute charge.

Water-resistant for multitasking

With an IPX4 water resistance rating splashes and sweat are no problem for the WF-C500, meaning you can keep moving to the music while enjoying your passions like working out or being at the beach.

The WF-C500 is ideal for multitasking too. If you want to listen to your music while still being able to have a conversation, remove one earbud only from the charging case and use as normal.

A stable and reliable Bluetooth connection creates a seamless and uninterrupted listening experience that ensures it’s just you and the music.

Immersive audio features

Sony WF-C500

The WF-C500’s Bluetooth chip transmits sound to left and right ears simultaneously, along with optimized antenna design ensuring outstanding listening.

And with low audio latency, watching your favorite movies take on a whole different audio experience as well.

Additionally, WF-C500 allows playback of 360 Reality Audio tracks, personalized to the specific shape and size of the user’s ears.

With 360 Reality Audio you can bring the concert wherever you are or listen to music as if you’re with the artist in the recording studio.

Pairing is a breeze

The WF-C500 supports Google’s Fast Pair feature, which means you can pair the headphones with your Android device quickly and easily.

Swift Pair also makes it quick and easy to pair your headphones with your Windows 10 computer via Bluetooth.

Sustainability matters

Sony has not only designed the WF-C500 to be stylish but also with sustainability in mind.

Zero plastic is included in the packaging material of this model, reflecting Sony’s commitment to reducing the environmental impacts of their products and practices.

Pricing and availability

The WF-C500 comes in black, white, green and orange and is now available for PhP 4,999 at Sony Centres and Authorized Dealers stores nationwide.

You may also shop for the WF-C500 at Lazada and Shopee.

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