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realme Buds Q: Keeping up with the ‘new normal’

Wireless is the new normal

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When this year started, I’ve already laid out most of my personal plans: do more outdoor activities, travel to different places, and slowly pick myself up from the emotional downhill I experienced last 2019.

But what do we know, the universe has much bigger plans.

The past few months of quarantine has been a wild transition for me, especially as a person who finds solace in the outdoors. Staying indoors for a long time has challenged my mental health, and it’s still an ongoing battle that I face every single day.

A total shift in my personality

During this collective isolation period, the first thing I did is try to make peace with things I can’t control. I started channeling my energy into doing what is feasible for now — both in my career and personal life.

I began doing activities that are completely opposite from my usual hobbies, starting with yoga and meditation to help me become more present.

realme Buds Q

It is also the same time I shifted to using wireless earbuds after years of using wired earphones. I have tried several brands for a while, and currently, I am using the newly released Realme Buds Q.

Light and portable device that is compatible with all my new activities

Doing yoga in the morning is easier — the Realme Buds Q fits just right and it’s light in the ears. Personally, I really prefer using earbuds rather than open-type ones. The latter hurts my ear in the long run, so the Realme Buds Q is a nice fit for me.

I can do all the poses with ease and without worrying they might slip off my ear. It has IPX4 water resistance, so I don’t bother sweating a lot during and after every session.

I also use it during my meditation, and every time I go jogging.

Buds Q is also a handy companion to all my other activities with its intelligent touch controls. Playing music and answering calls is easy with just a few taps. It’s perfect for multi-taskers like me who usually attend Zoom meetings while preparing food away from my laptop.

Wireless is the new normal

While I still keep my wired earphones, the wireless technology is totally heaven sent. It’s essentially helpful in a lot of ways especially now that we need less contact as possible.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

Personally, the design is nothing too grand, just quite similar to the other earbuds I have tried before. The lightweight feeling is a plus for me — it weighs only 3.6 g, lighter than a sheet of A4 paper!

However, this newest earbuds offering is quite underwhelming in the sound department. While it’s good for upbeat songs with its dynamic bass boost, the overall sound is really not that impressive. Still, it’s a decent buy with its 40mAh battery life, which is longer compared to other brands.

SEE ALSO: realme 7 Pro review | realme 7 review


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Best iPhone 13 Accessories

Wireless Charging, Wallets, Mounts for Creators and Fitness Buffs

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Just bought a new iPhone 13? Then this one’s for you.

The newest iPhone 13 series still rock the same MagSafe system from last year — and all of the new accessories got even better.

From MagSafe cases, wallets, battery packs, to tripods, mounts, and even eco-friendly cables and wireless charging pads, we’ve got you covered!

Here’s our Best iPhone 13 accessories video.

 

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Amazfit GTR 3 series smartwatches now official

Powering your health and fitness

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Amazfit GTR 3

Amazfit has unveiled three new smartwatches to suit its market of health and fitness enthusiasts: the GTR 3 Pro, GTR 3 and GTS 3.

The brand’s latest series of wearables enables users to improve their health and upgrade their lifestyle in an innovative and stylish manner.

Packed with “smart health made easy” features, the smartwatches combine cutting-edge health and fitness features into a sleek and stylish design powered by the company’s Zepp OS.

Through its powerful interface, this OS empowers users to unleash their full potential as they work on their health and fitness for living a more positive life.

Health and Lifestyle Features

All three of Amazfit’s new smartwatches bring an array of helpful features showcased through the Zepp OS.

The new OS is tailored to optimize the performance of Amazfit smart wearable devices as it consumes less power.

Taking into consideration simplicity and practicality, the OS also enables easier interaction and helps users eliminate confusion or complicated processes compared to the previous operating system.

Compatible with Android, iOS

Amazfit’s new smartwatches also work across Android and iOS devices and connect to popular health apps, like Apple Health or Google Fit.

You can sync your health data as well, like achievements and tracking stats on Strava, Relive, Runkeeper, and TrainingPeaks.

Other highlights include:

Customization

The watches include 150+ skins with matching always-on displays for every mood or occasion, as well as dynamic effects and smooth animations.

In the future, Zepp Health plans wearers to be able to design their own watch faces and mini apps with the app developer kit.

Easy biometrics

The GTR 3 Pro, GTR 3 and GTS 3 can easily test heart rate, blood-oxygen, stress level and breathing rate with the built-in 6PD (photodiodes) BioTrackerTM PPG 3.0 in as little as 45 seconds.

24/7 health tracking

The watches also monitor heart rate all day–even while swimming. Alerts can also be set on for abnormally high or low heart rates, as well as tracking heart rate zones every time you work out.

Easy to understand

Health data collected by the devices are converted into a single PAI score, which is an aggregation of data from your past seven days of activity.

Sleep monitoring

Light, deep and REM sleep stages, plus your waking times during the night, daytime naps over 20 minutes, and even sleep breathing quality can also be tallied.

Menstrual tracking

For female users, the watch allows for planning ahead. After recording your menstrual period, you are smartly aided when it comes to predicting the time and length of the next cycle.

Quick-access

Shortcut Cards allows wearers to save time by customizing what matters to them, so they can get easy access to key information with a swipe or a tap.

Voice control

With Alexa, you can set an alarm, ask a question or more when online. The Offline Voice Assistant may also be utilized even without internet to open a sports mode or health feature, or even access Home Connect to control smart home devices.

Swift and accurate GPS

For runners and bikers, routines start faster with accurate location tracking based on five satellite systems.

Personalization

Prioritize your preferred features, upload a photo to customize your watch face background, or choose from 15 dynamic animated designs to match your outfit whether at work, rest or play.

Motivation tools

Pair your runs with Virtual Pacer to track then optimize your progress and recovery with the PeakBeats performance algorithm.

Life admin tools

Manage your entire day with message notifications, reminders, calendar events and to-do lists, weather forecasts, Bluetooth remote camera control, and more.

The Zepp OS also comes loaded with a host of comprehensive health and fitness insights, and the Zepp App on the smartphone serves as a hub to access additional advice to help users achieve their goals.

The GTR 3 Pro, GTR 3 and GTS 3 aim to bring out the inner go-getter and peak performer in people, helping them navigate effortlessly in and out of their digital lives with balance.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro: Built to Empower

The GTR 3 Pro smartwatch is Amazfit’s major choice in its new line of wearables which encourages leading a healthy lifestyle and fueling one’s inner drive.

It boasts a vibrant 1.45-inch, 331 ppi AMOLED ultra HD display for dazzling visuals and an easy-to-use interface—all in a comfortable and lightweight size.

Its large circular screen showcases a high refresh rate for seamless and smooth interaction and an impressive 70.6% screen-to-body ratio for no wasted space.

The GTR 3 Pro has over 150 built-in sports modes to help suit your smartwatch to your activity. It helps users to be on top of their health, 24/7.

A smart recognition feature can also kick in even if you accidentally forget to activate your sport mode, so you would never have to miss out on tracking.

Its 450 mAh cell provides the GTR 3 Pro with up to 12 days of non-stop battery life on a single charge.

Additionally, the GTR 3 Pro’s 2.3GB of onboard memory is a hit to music lovers as it is capable of storing up to 470 songs.

This means independent music playback directly from your watch without holding your phone is made possible for convenience.

The watch can also take and make phone calls when connected to your smartphone over Bluetooth, so you can have a hands-free conversation.

GTR 3: Built to Last

Meanwhile, the GTR 3 puts premium on durability and style, as it is made from lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum alloy.

The watch has a rotatable crown, which along with its bezel-less design seamlessly integrates the curved glass screen for a more immersive experience.

The stylish design is complemented by comfortable antibacterial silicone straps which wearers can match to different outfits—for both sports and business.

The GTR 3 sports a1.39-inch AMOLED HD and is powered by a 450 mAh battery for an even more extensive life of up to 21 days on a single charge, or even longer on the Battery Saver Mode.

GTS 3: Built to Move

The third of their latest smartwatch releases, the GTS 3 is one of the slimmest and lightest smartwatches around.

It has a modern square 1.75-inch, ultra HD AMOLED screen with 341 ppi or a generous 72.4% screen-to-body ratio.

Primarily designed for those who want a slimmer and more stylish smartwatch display, the shape basically mirrors a smartphone with most GTR 3 features included.

Designed for anyone who wants a stylish, slim smartwatch display, its shape mirrors your smartphone in style, but its features match those of the GTR 3 almost across the board.

Pricing and availability

The Amazfit GTR 3 and GTS 3 Series will launch globally on October 11th, 2021 (GMT+1).

Europe — pricing will start from EUR 149.99 for the Amazfit GTR 3 and GTS 3, and from EUR 199.99 for the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro.

The UK — pricing will start from GBP 149.99 for the Amazfit GTR 3 and GTS 3, and from GBP 179.99 for the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro.

Australia, — pricing will start from AU$ 359 for the Amazfit GTR 3 and GTS 3, and from AU$ 439 for the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro.

All three products will be available via Amazfit stores, from October 11th, 2021.

In the US, pricing will start from US$ 179.99 for the Amazfit GTR 3 and GTS 3, and from US $229.99 for the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro.

The GTR 3 Pro and GTR 3 will be available at the US Amazfit store from October 11th, 2021. The GTS 3 will be available soon.

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Moshi unveils accessories for new iPads, iPhone 13 series

Protected… in style!

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Moshi, a Californian accessory brand that pioneered in Apple accessories, unveiled a new line of products apt for Apple’s iPhone 13 series as well as the new iPads.

Crossbody Phone Holster

Moshi has just designed a holster perfect for the iPhone 13 series and those who don’t want to lug a bag around. The Crossbody Phone Holster (US$ 70) comes with an adjustable strap that can be worn in the style you prefer.

It has allotted storage for essentials — phone, cash, and cards — making it perfect for those who want to travel light while needing their phones frequently.

Arx Series

When buying new cases, MagSafe is something you need to consider especially when you’re knee-deep in Apple’s ecosystem. Moshi’s new Arx series is compatible with Apple’s MagSafe magnetic wireless charging protocol. And it comes in a slim, protective design that lets you look stylish without an added bulk.

It’s available in two variants: Mirage Black (US$ 50) for those who like a sophisticated finish, and Crystal Clear (US$ 40) for those who want to show off their iPhone’s colors and logo.

VersaCover

For iPads, there’s Moshi’s VersaCover — an award-winning product with a multi-fold design. Refreshed to fit the latest iPads, the case provides 360-degree protection. Moreover, it can be transformed to enable three different viewing angles.

The VersaCover for the 9th-generation iPad retails for US$ 55. Meanwhile, the VersaCover for the 6th-generation iPad mini retails for US$ 50.

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