Having a shiny, new piece of tech on your wrist is like a fifty percent off gym membership. The first time you meet, it acts as your new best friend. Then you buy new clothes, sneakers, accessories — all to pump you up in your new journey; the adventure of getting your dream body. It’s like building a clique until you give them up after a few weeks or so.
This is why most people fail in their fitness journeys. They attach motivation and goals to a mere tool; something that was supposed to only help them go through their goals. Whether it’s a healthy mind, body, and soul, or a look that’s insanely desirable.
I admit: staying active and pursuing your workout plans can be an uphill battle due to a multitude of reasons. There are days when you miss your workouts, eat junk, or get poor sleep. But what is a dream summer body if not fitness goals persevering?
To holding yourself accountable
The road to getting your dream body starts with accountability. We all have plans mapped out to achieve our desires, but halfway, we give up. This is where you’ll need to hold yourself accountable, either through a friend checking up on you or *drum roll* use a smartwatch that perfectly fits your lifestyle.
Most smartwatches today — that I like — come with intelligent features, premium design, and an insanely expensive price tag. But do I need to use expensive smartwatches to be able to achieve my fitness goals? Not really.
Throughout my fitness journey, I didn’t have someone to join me in all my varying activities. Instead, I have corresponding friends to join me in each pursuit. Sometimes I run, swim, yoga, lift, or do circuit training. Most recently, I started getting into calisthenics.
This is why a smartwatch helped fill the void. Sometimes, they can be the best friend to watch us hit personal records, and tell us to keep going because we can do it. Proof? Having the realme Watch S Pro helped me stay active and fit.
I’ve got thin wrists… and an elastic heart
The first time I got my hands on the realme Watch S Pro, I complained about its case size. It was too big for my thin wrists, and there were no other options. But that was more of a fashion and personal issue.
When I wore it, I can feel the heft due to its stainless steel material. It felt durable, strong, and somewhat stable; like it won’t give up on you even if you’ve given up on your dreams.
It exuded a premium appeal from the way it looked. I saw people glancing at my smartwatch, which was disappointing because they should be looking at me.
Kidding aside, the realme Watch S Pro used a silicone strap that’s perfect for both everyday use and sporty occasions. My issue with size became prominent through the strap since having it too tight makes my skin itchy from too much friction and pressure. But having it loose makes the watch slide up and down my wrists depending on my movement.
This watch looked nice on people blessed thicker wrists and forearms — something I, regrettably, do not have.
All we’d ever need
Despite the seemingly huge case size, the realme Watch S Pro packed multiple sensors that made it an efficient smartwatch. It can track your steps, calories burned, and sleeping schedule like a typical smartwatch. But it can also detect your heart rate non-stop, and measure your blood oxygen level.
The usual features can also be seen: Alarm clock, Compass, Stopwatch, Timer, Weather, Breathing Training, Camera for remote shooting, and Find My Mobile in case you can’t find your smartphone (it rings your phone, and it’s annoying AF).
Although, as always, my favorite would have been the music feature. Playing Spotify or YouTube Music via my smartwatch has been helpful while working out. I don’t have to keep picking up my phone to play the next song. It’s as easy as flicking everything on your wrist.
But before you can navigate your playlist on your smartwatch, you must connect it via realme Link. This app lets you control your wireless devices such as smart bands, smartwatches, wireless earbuds, smart scale, and even a security camera.
Unlike exclusive ecosystems, the realme Link works with any smartphone as long as you have the app. You can monitor your synchronized data from your smartwatch to track your progress and preview your stats at a glance.
Using the realme Link app, you can also change the watch face. There are more than 100 stylish watch faces available, suitable for any of your outfits and preferences. Frankly, some are tacky but there are cool finds as well. Think of it as going through a thrift store: Not everything looks pretty, but there’s always a rare gem that will catch your eye.
Your best friend and sports coach in one
When I dream of a best friend and a sports coach in one, I would imagine one hot, fine dude with a lean and toned body to assist me. But that would be just describing me.
Kidding aside, I didn’t expect the realme Watch S Pro to become that best friend and sports coach in one. I like how it reminds me to drink water every hour or vibrates every time I need to move around. (More reminders to leave behind a sedentary lifestyle!)
And more importantly, I like how it has 15 different workout modes: Outdoor and indoor running, outdoor and indoor walking, outdoor cycling, spinning, hiking, swimming, basketball, yoga, rowing, elliptical, cricket, strength training, and a free workout.
The activities that I enjoy doing with several, corresponding friends can be tracked using just this smartwatch.
Even though I had complaints about the size and the strap, the realme Watch S Pro was able to keep up with all my activities. I tried pulling up, exercised using my resistance band, and ran, and the smartwatch tracked my performance seamlessly.
During workouts, I also didn’t feel like I was wearing a hefty watch. Rather, it complemented my look with its versatile appeal and gave me an extra kick of confidence to hit my personal records.
Moreover, the realme Watch S Pro is water-resistant, which is why I used it to accompany me in the pool as I refresh my mind and body of all the swimming lessons and training I took a few years back.
Due to my excitement, I wasn’t able to use Swimming Mode and only remembered how I forgot to test the smartwatch’s modes.
Luckily, it was smart enough to activate Free Workout mode after sensing the movements and strokes I’ve been making while swimming.
A chance to be more mindful
There are a lot more to love with the realme Watch S Pro. One of them was being able to leave my phone behind. For years, I’ve been with my phone almost 24/7 but recently, I’ve started being mindful about my phone usage.
When I linked the smartwatch to my mobile phone using the realme Link app, I was able to sync data and let notifications buzz on my wrists.
At a glance, I can see who sent the message and what it is about. I can choose whether to respond or ignore. The watch also uses an AMOLED display so I didn’t have trouble viewing my messages even under intense sunlight. If the screen is too bright or too dim, you can adjust it accordingly.
When checking the time, I don’t even need to raise my wrists to wake the watch. There’s an Always-On Display feature that lets you preview the time easily. Although, this took a toll on my smartwatch’s battery life.
It’s true that the smartwatch can last up to 14 days on a single charge — if you’re only using the bare minimum. Mine pretty much lasted for seven days using only the essential tracking and basic features.
When I started personalizing it the way I want it such as turning on the Always-On Display, syncing data, abusing the tracking features, checking my Blood Oxygen levels sporadically, and using different workout modes consecutively, the battery started draining gradually.
I don’t blame it, though. It’s like utilizing your phone as a power user — even the longest and biggest battery won’t last depending on how much you use and abuse it.
Although, unlike other smartwatches that I’ve used in the past, I didn’t worry about running out of juice especially when I’m outdoors. Nonetheless, the smartwatch charges fairly quickly with its magnetic charging base. It effectively supercharged the watch for less than two hours.
Overall, the battery life wasn’t what I expected. I guess that was my mistake; I put the watch on a pedestal not realizing that every user is different in the way they handle their devices and customize their performance.
For what it’s worth, the realme Watch S Pro lasted long despite putting it through many trials. It put up a decent fight, and it didn’t give up on me when I badly needed a companion.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
Let me say it one more time: The realme Watch S Pro is not magic tool to make you workout, nor it’s a weapon to combat your procrastination and self-doubt when it comes to reaching your fitness goals. Frankly, you really don’t need a smartwatch to make some progress.
You just need to be able to tame that annoying voice inside your head. And overcome your ego, bad habits, distractions, lack of discipline, and habit of making excuses. You have to learn how to conquer minor setbacks without relying on your watch to give you a confidence boost. But it’s okay to want one.
After all, a smartwatch can be a reliable companion to hold you accountable in all the plans you’ve mapped out in your head. Like a best friend and sports coach in the form of technology, but something that you can easily afford.
The realme Watch S Pro is perfect for those looking for a premium smartwatch experience to keep themselves active and moving sans the expensive price tag that comes with the most capable smartwatches.
It’s the GadgetMatch for those who are committed to improving themselves, making progress, and those who kept on grinding, got back on track after stumbling, and those who took another step forward. It retails for PhP 8,990 and is available in realme’s official channels, stores, and authorized retailers.
The We-Vibe Bond takes your stimulation to greater heights
Bring that foreplay to another level
Sex toys aren’t just toys anymore. They’re infused with technology — aiming to help people in the art of self-pleasure, improve their relationship with themselves and their partners, and in some cases, aid in medical reasons.
The topic of sex, sex toys, and owning your sexuality is still a taboo in several countries — mine included — but it’s slowly turning around. This year, we’ve seen sex tech dominating the consumer technology scene. While most of them are apt for women, recently, some toys meant for men are evolving into connected wearables.
Such is the case for the We-Vibe Bond — a connected, vibrating stimulation ring (also known as cock ring), designed by We-Vibe, a brand specializing in all kinds of sex toys.
Cock ring, but make it connected
Connected cock rings like We-Vibe’s Bond can be worn discreetly and be operated and controlled remotely using an app. What sets Bond apart is a dedicated remote control that you can use when you and your partner are together.
The stimulation ring is designed in ultra-soft silicone material and comes with an IPX7 waterproof rating. Meaning, you can play with it in the shower or in your tub.
It has ten levels of intensity and ten modes of vibration, with an autonomy of up to two hours. Further customization of the intensity and vibration can be adjusted using the We-Connect app or via the remote control.
Price and availability
The We-Vibe Bond retails for US$ 129. Shop it on We-Vibe’s official website.
Fitbit decks out Charge 5, partnership with Will Smith
Strengthen up and join Will Smith in his journey
Fitness company Fitbit has just announced the Fitbit Charge 5 — its most advanced health and fitness tracker yet. The fifth iteration of the Charge lineup comes with new features and a thinner, sleek design built to empower you to focus on your health.
What do we have here?
First and foremost, the new Charge 5 comes with a brighter, colored touchscreen. It’s designed aerodynamically, and optimized for performance. It’s now equipped with a new AMOLED display, allowing the tracker to have an Always-On display option. Plus, it has better sunlight legibility — two-times brighter than its predecessor.
You can easily view your statistics, receive and send notifications from and to your smartphone, and choose from colorful clock faces — all with a swipe of a finger.
Like other Fitbit wearables, the Charge 5 tracks your heart rate 24/7 and constantly update you on your personal ranges. It also provides a holistic view of other wellness metrics through its Health Metrics dashboard in the Fitbit app. This includes breathing rate, skin temperature variation, and blood oxygen level (SpO2).
Furthermore, Fitbit’s industry-leading sleep tools such as Sleep Score, Sleep Stages, and SmartWake alarms are present in the new Charge 5.
So, what’s new?
Interestingly, the Fitbit Charge 5 comes with Daily Readiness Score. The new features helps you understand if your body is ready for a workout or if you need to rest. Its data is based on your fitness fatigue, heart rate variability, and recent sleep.
It also has a built-in GPS, with 20 exercise modes, and automatic exercise recognition for when you forgot to track your workout. And it has an estimate of your VO2 max, the maximum amount of oxygen you can utilize during your exercises.
Another noteworthy feature is its EDA sensor, which was first launched in the Fitbit sense. The sensor measures your body’s response to stress through tiny changes in the sweat glands on your fingers. And the Fitbit Charge 5 is the first tracker to include the sensor.
Of course, the battery still lasts up to seven days. And you can choose different bands to personalize your tracker. From lightweight silicone infinity bands, to breathable sport bands, plush nylon hook and loop bands, and even hand-crafted premium Horween leather bands.
The Charge 5 also allows you to experience in-depth analysis, guides, tips, and tricks using its features when you subscribe to Fitbit Premium.
Fitbit Premium with Will Smith
Speaking of Fitbit Premium, Fitbit recently partnered with actor, producer, and musician Will Smith. Smith is joining the Fitbit family as its newest ambassador. Premium members can join along his journey through his video sessions together with Smith’s training team.
The sessions will showcase mindfulness sessions and a wide range of workouts — from HIIT, strength, to yoga, and even meditation. The first session is launching on September 27.
Price and availability
The Fitbit Charge 5 is available online at Fitbit.com for US$ 180 (PhP 11,990), which includes a six-month Premium membership for both new and returning customers. It will also come to major retailers such as Digital Walker and Fitbit’s Official Store on Lazada and Shopee, with worldwide availability this September.
LG PuriCare VoiceOn: Price and availability in Singapore
It’s called the LG PuriCare VoiceOn
LG’s futuristic face mask got an upgrade adding a built-in mic and speaker. Officially called the LG Puricare VoiceOn, the pandemic-necessary accessory is currently available in Singapore.
Wearing a face mask is mandataory but it presents a few problems. If you’re speaking to someone else, hearing their voice can prove difficult if you’re both behind masks.
LG is solving this by giving LG PuriCare VoiceOn users access to a speaker and a built-in mic. With a voice amplifier, the mask can detect whenever the wearer is speaking and amplify it for them.
This upgraded version has a larger battery at 1000mAh compared to the first generation’s 820mAh. Charging time, LG says, will be around two hours. It also has a smaller motor that should make it easier to wear.
From filtering out the nasties in the air you breathe, reducing waste by allowing you to skip disposable face masks, and down to keeping your skin clear of maskne, it’s definitely tech’s answer to one of the biggest needs during this pandemic. Watch the video below:
Price and availability
The LG PuriCare VoiceOn comes in Creamy White and and Ocean Black and retails for SG$ 249. It’s available through official LG Lazada, LG Shopee LG KrisShop and across all authorized retailers — Best Denki and COURTS.
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