At this year’s Unpacked, what excited me most was not the Note 9, but Samsung’s latest wearable. Simply named the Galaxy Watch, this smartwatch boasted better performance than previous wearable releases like the Galaxy Gear Sport and it also looked so good in that beautiful rose gold option.
So, what can this watch do? Who is it for? Will it match all #OOTDs? I set out to get answers.
For the fashionista
If you’re the fashion-forward type and you’re looking for a wearable that looks as good as it works, the Galaxy Watch should definitely be on your list of possibilities.
I still believe that the Galaxy Watch is one of the best-looking smartwatch options out there. And when I say best-looking, I mean it will go with most outfits: Work attire? Check. Night out? Definitely. Casual? You betcha.
I barely took it off because it just went with most things I threw on. The Galaxy Watch can easily become a daily wardrobe staple because of how classic-looking it is. It’s basically my favorite accessory now.
There are two watch sizes, the 46mm which is admittedly too big for my wrists, but looked good nonetheless, and the 44mm which has a rose gold version that I’m totally in love with. It also comes with matching straps in a faint pink that looks oh-so-good. The best part? It’s silicone, but it doesn’t look it. This just means you don’t have to worry about the straps getting dirty, wet, or sweaty which is a great victory if you plan to wear it every day like I’ve been doing. There’s also a myriad of strap options so you can also change things around.
Of course, the normal gray and silver options are available too, but why pick those when you can get this? 😍
The screen looks bright and amazing on this thing, and hyper-real watch faces can make it look like a classic timepiece. Yes, I did a double take when I first saw them. 👀 You can also change your watch face to many other fun options depending on your mood.
But, enough about looks (even if it really, really looks awesome and I can’t get over that fact). This timepiece is pretty powerful, too. Having the Galaxy Watch on your wrist means seeing social media alerts and notifications without looking at your phone or you can even set it up to take remote photos of you, perfect for shooting your own #OOTDs.
And, that’s not all…
For the girl boss
If you’re always on the go; if you want added functionality from something that you can effortlessly wear, consider the Galaxy Watch.
Like mentioned earlier, it will give you alerts or notifications straight from your phone. You can set it to vibrate or do an audio alert for certain things and customize notifications depending on which app alerts you want to be bothered with.
I love that you not only get message alerts on this watch, you can also reply either via typing with the iconic Samsung wearable rotating bezel that this watch still features, voice dictation, or you can even scribble letters for text replies. You may also make and answer calls on it but IRL, I still feel pretty weird talking to my watch so I stick to my phone for that. It’s still nice to know, though, that I have this option.
There’s also a function that gives you morning and evening briefings to help you wrap up and start off each day with a bang.
Admittedly, I only ever got updates on my activity and step count. I would have loved for the watch to tell me calendared activities, reminders, or even appointments but it didn’t do that because all that information was on my Google accounts and not on my Samsung calendar. I’m not actually sure if this briefing function could or would work as I imagined, but heck, I’m not moving my data out of Google to find out.
That being said, it has to be pointed out that the watch does work best with Samsung devices — everything just seems more seamless. But, don’t worry, the Galaxy Watch will still work fine with other smartphones.
One thing that was definitely improved on this wearable is the battery time. As much as I enjoyed the previously released Gear Sport, the one-day battery life was a deal breaker. Samsung remedied that on the Galaxy Watch which now lasts up to three days. Of course, turning on certain functions like the Always On display zaps the battery faster. Personally, I would’ve loved longer battery time, but three days is so much better than one so I’ll take it!
For the fitness enthusiast
Casual health trackers, those dipping their feet into the fitness pool, and people who appreciate wearables with extra health functions will enjoy this watch.
For one thing, you can go straight from any attire (because this watch will definitely match it) to gym wear. I always say that the best fitness tracker is one that’s always on your wrist so since this thing will match most #OOTDs, you better keep it on — and that makes it a clear winner in that department.
The Galaxy Watch tracks your step count, calories burned, floors climbed, and even your heart rate. This time around, you also have the option to do continuous heart rate tracking, but this will definitely kill your battery. There are workout shortcuts on the watch that’s designed for easier exercise tracking, but the watch will, nonetheless, automatically track your activities no matter where you are… even in the water. Yep, it’s waterproof.
I did notice, though, that the automatic tracker wasn’t as accurate as I’d like. On a day where I did an hour of Kali martial arts and an hour-long gym session, Daily Briefing told me I was only active for 26 minutes — certainly not the case! Heart rate tracking also takes a little while when it’s on default frequent mode which only measures your heart rate every 10 minutes if you’re still. This poses a problem for me since the one time I’d want to check my heart rate would be when I’m moving, grooving, and exercising.
All this being said, if you’re a serious sports tracker, or you’re looking for a wearable for the sole purpose of tracking fitness, this might not be for you.
The Galaxy Watch also tracks and records sleep, stress levels, and it even has a relaxation app which gives you breathing exercises.
Everything is collated in the Samsung Health app. Of course, this works best with Samsung phones, but you can install this on any device — you’d have to, with the Galaxy Wearable app, to get to your data from the Galaxy Watch.
All things considered, the Galaxy Watch is a promising wearable. It’s something I’d wear just because of how great it looks and for those who still struggle with how most smartwatches look (yes, I hear you, girls!), this might be the perfect fit.
Despite caveats, especially in the health tracking department, this watch offers all-around functionality without compromising fashion — and isn’t that what we all dream of when it comes to wearables?
Photos by Joshua Vergara
These Danbo power banks are the cutest things
They come in all colors and sizes, too!
When I visited Japan last week, my favorite tech find involved an iconic Japanese manga character called Danbo.
These colorful bricks manufactured by Cheero are actually power banks featuring our favorite cardboard robot character.
There’s even a Nyanbo version which, you guessed it, has cat ears. It’s adorable!
Special edition variants are also available with other designs. Believe it or not, the Danbo on the right is covered in gold.
And because they come in different sizes, they also offer different capacities ranging from 3000mAh to 13400mAh. I got the 13400mAh version and it’s surprisingly very light, compact, and of course, cute.
Aside from these power banks, there are other Danbo accessories…
Literally the cutest car charger and power adapter I have ever seen.
Unfortunately for the rest of the world, these babies are only available in Japan. Order them from the Cheero website here.
Insta360 EVO is a folding 360 camera that can shoot 3D videos
Hands-on with this tiny camera that will fit your purse
They say it’s not the size, but the performance that matters. If camera manufacturer Insta360 had a say, I bet they’d agree. After all, they do make teeny cameras that see the big picture, literally — all 360 degrees.
It comes as no surprise that they just unveiled another incredibly small but power-packed camera. Meet the Insta360 EVO.
This small camera — and I mean tiny — fits in the palm of my tiny hands nicely.
It shoots 360-degree videos and photos in 5.7K. If capturing all angles of the scene in video format with one go isn’t something that excites you, know that there’s more to it than shooting 360 video.
Insta360 also has an amazing app that allows you, even editing novices such as I (in theory), to edit the 360 videos into normal 16:9 films with the luxury picking which point of view from the footage you’d prefer. Here’s sample footage from a previous Insta360 release:
But, that’s not even the best part: The Insta360 EVO unfolds.
And, it turns into this two-camera setup. Though I never thought I’d ever like the idea of a folding camera, the form factor weirdly works. It’s simple enough: You can fold by unlocking the hinge on the top and locking the hinge on the side, and vice versa. Plus, it doesn’t feel fragile with the locks which is a big plus.
With this dual shooter, the EVO can shoot 180-degree 3D video that you can watch on your Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR. Just imagine: A whole new level of sharing your unique experiences!
In case you don’t have an Oculus Go or a Samsung Gear VR, Insta360’s got you. With their Foldable VR glasses and the Insta360 app, you’ll be able to watch 3D videos on your phone.
The camera works standalone, ala screenless GoPros of olden times. You can toggle between video mode or photo mode with a dedicated button up top. A single press of the second button, the bigger round one, records immediately.
By folding and unfolding the camera, you also automatically switch shooting modes from 360-degree content to 3D video. If you want visuals, you can easily connect to your phone via Wi-Fi and you’ll be able to see what your camera sees.
I’ve been shooting with the Insta 360 EVO for the past few days and it’s been fun and pretty interesting. Until I get a full review up (stay tuned!), enjoy this photo — my favorite from what I’ve shot so far:
— Isa Rodriguez (@sisasaid) March 13, 2019
The Insta360 EVO starts at US$ 419 and this basic bundle includes a tiny tripod (pictured in first photo) and the VR glasses.
Elvie Trainer is a wearable that will help you with your Kegels
All the coaching you need
Filed under: Useful things that women should totally have. The Elvie Trainer is an unassuming device that will help you exercise in the most discreet way.
Designed specifically for women in mind, especially since to use it you’ll have to place it in your vajayjay, the Elvie Trainer is small and smooth; there’s even an option for a cover for custom fitting.
Yes, you read right. You’ll have to put it in because this nifty device helps work your pelvic floor exercises — or as we know it, Kegels.
This trainer will not only track your progress, it also “visualizes your pelvic floor movements” for some real-time Kegel coaching and it monitors if you’re doing the exercises correctly.
It connects to an app that stores all the data and there are even gamified five-minute exercises to ensure that all your workouts are fun.
The Elvie Tracker is made with 100 percent medical-grade silicone and it’s easy to use every time — just give it a good wash since it’s waterproof and designed to be easily cleaned. It also comes with a discreet charging case that’s also a wireless charger. They retail for US$ 199 each and are available online on their website and on Amazon.
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