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SanDisk’s latest microSD card hits 1TB

Laptop-level storage comes to phones

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In 2018, we were treated to microSD cards that offer 512GB of storage. This year, manufacturers are doubling that.

That’s right: SanDisk, in particular, has a 1TB microSD card soon to be available to consumers. It was announced during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and it’ll be available by April 2019.

How much do you have to spend for such abundant space? For SanDisk’s solution, it’ll cost US$ 449 — or about as much as the smartphone it would slide into.

The rated read speed is 160MB/s, while write speeds can hit 90MB/s. Still, it would take a while to fill up a card with this generous of a capacity.

In related news, Micron also released its own 1TB microSD card with similar performance, but no pricing or availability date has been set yet.

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OnePlus Watch Review: Wait for Version 2?

Covers the basics

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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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Nomad’s weighted MagSafe Mount offers best at home charging experience

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The launch of iPhone 12 last year reintroduced MagSafe into our lives. It’s a new way to wirelessly charge the new iPhone and attach other accessories to extend its functionality.

While the magnets ensure that your iPhone charges overnight, Apple’s MagSafe charger is nothing fancy. Nomad’s new MagSafe Mount is designed to provide the charger with a secure foundation.

The mount anchors the MagSafe charger to your nightstand or desk. Because it’s weighted, you get the speed and convenience of MagSafe charging without manually detaching the charger manually from the phone.

As this is a Nomad product, the MagSafe Mount is made of the best materials possible to fit your setup. It’s machined from a solid block of stainless steel with a painted satin finish. It’s also intentionally designed to slope on the edges to make picking up your iPhone effortless.

The MagSafe Mount retails for US$49.95 at nomadgoods.com.

SEE ALSO: Nomad’s line of Kevlar charging cables

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Why owning a mechanical keyboard is worth it

Even for non-gamers

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The first time I came across a mechanical keyboard, I thought I didn’t need it. A gamer friend made me try it once, and although I was impressed with how smooth my typing was, I thought: spending more than a thousand bucks for a typing device is too expensive.

Back then, I was actually eyeing a flat, minimalist wireless keyboard to add to my ~aesthetic~ work-from-home set-up.

It was not until my Discord friends–who even sent me video links of ASMR typing sounds and did live typing demos during our video calls–that I actually gave in and considered buying one.

After days of researching to find the perfect fit for me, I finally decided to get the Royal Kludge 71 with blue switches. The brand is popular among enthusiasts because it’s beginner-friendly, and has good specifications for a budget–friendly price.

I even bought a Gateron sampler (a keyboard sampler where you can try different switches) online to help me decide between blue and brown.

It can increase your productivity

As a writer who literally types words for a living, there’s added pleasure in typing when I started using a mechanical keyboard. There’s this illusion that you are using a modern typewriter, and I admit it somehow increased my productivity.

Of course, the typing feel can be subjective for everyone, but the click-y sound suited my preference well that it gave me added motivation whenever I type.

Another thing I love about these keyboards is the programmable RGB lighting feature. When I bought my personal laptop, the only thing that was missing for me was the backlit keyboard, since I have tendencies to write in the dark.

Owning a mechanical keyboard with an RGB feature has become very helpful, since it keeps me up when I do my work at night. Not to mention, the different RGB modes are actually entertaining–I tend to watch the lights dance whenever I’m bored.

It’s kind of therapeutic

Apart from the satisfying beauty of RGB lighting and click-y sound, another thing I love about mechanical keyboards is the therapeutic feeling whenever I clean the keycaps.

Since I bought the white version, my keyboard is a magnet for dirt and can be easily stained so it needs consistent cleaning. Removing the keycaps one by one is oddly satisfying that it has become one of my therapeutic hobbies every weekend.

Definitely worth the investment

As of this writing, I have only tried three keyboard brands and I can say that the Royal Kludge has a higher actuation force compared to the others, so it can be tiring after long periods of time.

The RK71 white variant looks very clean and minimalist, especially in photos. I haven’t bought any keycaps to customize my keyboard (I am very tempted, though), but maybe that’s for another time. I am willing to save up for another keyboard with new switches, since the blue ones can be annoying especially if you don’t work alone.

Is mechanical keyboard a match for you?

If you’re like me who spends lots of time typing in front of the computer, then it’s a resounding yes.

There are lots of mechanical keyboard variants–there are ones with and without number pads, and there’s the click-y and silent switches. There are also cheaper ones compared to the one I got, so make sure to read and watch reviews. For those with higher budget, aim for the big guns like Anne Pro and Keychron–these are highly recommended by most enthusiasts.

Looking for “the one” can be overwhelming at first, but trust me, it’s fun and interesting. It can be addictive, too. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

 

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