Milestone Pod

Over time, smart watches and fitness trackers are getting relatively trendy while foot pods hasn’t been as popular. However, this does not reduce the reliability and functionality of foot pods and you should definitely consider the Milestone Pod if you are looking for one.

To start off, it records a wide variety of information that will be very useful for your physical activities. You would be able to view these data after syncing the device to your iOS or Android device. It can measure a variety of information like running pace, distance, duration and it is pretty consistent too.

One of its big plus point would indisputably be its incredibly light weight. It only weighs a meagre 9 grams which provides immense convenience to runners.

It also has sensors which will start recording when you beginning running and stop when you are stationary. Its waterproof feature also means that getting caught in the rain will not be much of an issue.

The pod is Bluetooth – enabled so that syncing is available. However, it does not sync automatically and you have to sync it by opening the app every time you use the pod.

The pod is also fairly accurate and its calculation is about 93% or better. The device is not chargeable as it uses a coin battery which typically lasts between 6 and 10 months.

In conclusion, the pod would be a good consideration for new runners to try out. Though its functions are not as in – depth as modern smartwatches or other forms of trackers, it has an excellence performance given its very affordable price.

 

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Sony H.ear On Wireless NC

The Sony H.ear On Wireless NC is Sony’s latest wireless headphone to be on the market. Being quite similar to Bose’s QuietComfort 35, H.ear has an edge over QuietComfort in a few ways.

H.ear On Wireless NC is only 290 grams heavy, just slightly heavier than the QuietComfort and not as comfortable. However, with some parts of the headphone being not as elegant, it will take a while for you to fatigue. It is folds up into an included carrying case, though it does not fold flat. The case is also very bulky too. Aesthetically, H.ear comes in 5 colours, some of which are really striking.

Sound and track control are on the right ear cup, and you can choose to have noise cancelling on or off. You can also plug in a cord to make it a wired headphone. Its Automatic AI Noise Cancelling function constantly analyses environmental ambient sound components and automatically selects the most effective noise cancelling mode. H,ear is a textbook headphone for calling with two microphones, one external and one in the housing.

The headphone can last for 20 hours on Bluetooth and with noise cancellation active, it will last longer if you were to bring the volume down and not use noise cancellation. Compared to its rival, the QuietComfort 35, H.ear has an edge over it in terms of sound quality. The sound quality is also really clear, with tight bass, all these being natural for Bluetooth headphones, but it sure does a good job imitating a wired headphone.

Even though it is not the most comfortable Bluetooth headphone in the market, it makes it up for its excellent sound quality, being so good, that it does sound a bit like a wired headphone. For the price, 468 SGD is quite pricey, however, it is a good trade-off for the sound quality.

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Bose SoundTouch 30

Finding a speaker with decent sound and bass? Then this tabletop speaker might not be a poor pick. Though distortion might be evident when at a high volume, the speaker doesn’t really have that many other flaws. The sound quality is really decent at mid – range volumes.

The SoundTouch sounds revealing and open and can pack a whole load of bass and aggression too. Moreover, it is able to be controlled via the device application. With that said, Bluetooth is also supported so the device is really flexible.

With a wideness of 43cm, height of 25cm and a length of 17cm, it isn’t bulky or that inconvenient to transport around at all. The speaker also looks smart and simple with black and white finishes and a display located in the middle of the device.

Without a touchscreen function, a remote will come together with the speaker so that users would be able to control the device easily. With the remote, you can pre-program radio stations conveniently while it has other basic buttons to control the tracks and volume. Black in colour with a rubberized finish, the remote looks relatively simple. You would also be able to launch an application by Bose available on both iOS and Android to have these same controls. There are also identical controls on the system itself but oddly enough, the ones on the system does not have a pause button. The Bose is equipped with two full – range drivers configured in stereo and also a single bass woofer while having a vertical bass port.

Through the application, you can choose from various streaming services, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Deezer and Sirius XM. However, the device in flawed in a way that you are not able to play music directly from your phone or any other device as it is not supported within the Bose application. Rather, Bluetooth is required to sync in order to play music directly from your phone.

Compared to other speakers in the price range, the Bose performs really well with a stronger and more distinct sounding bass. Despite this being true, it does not overpower the balance of the entire music track unless it is at an extremely high volume. It also has decent amount of clarity. Bluetooth connectivity had no problems at all as the connection is really stable and reliable.

Overall, the Bose is a very decent speaker. Though it might not seem really outstanding, nor have any fancy feature to boast about, the speaker does perform really well in everything it needs to. Thus, if you’re looking for a sound system, the Bose is in fact not a bad pick at all.

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Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II

The Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II is the successor of the Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear with the addition of Bluetooth.

Only just weighing slightly over 200 grams, it has plush memory foam ear pads and a really strong frame. Although it does not look sturdy, Bose has tested this in their labs and said that it can survive falls, bumps and grabs due to the materials used are like impact resistant, like glass-filled nylon and corrosion-resistant stainless steel. However light and hardy this headphones are, it does not feature active noise-cancellation, but the around-ear design will help a bit by blocking off some noise, just do not wear it too long in hot areas as your ears will go steaming but during winter or cold areas, this will do fine to keep your ears warm and comfy.

It also has a two-way microphone system and what Bose calls Adaptive Audio Adjustments which changes volume based on speech level and ambient noise.It pairs well with both iOS and Android. It also pairs well with Bluetooth enabled computers but for iMacs and MacBook Air, the sound quality it is not as good. There is a case that carries the headphone itself and some wires that makes it a wired headphone. That carrying case has a pocket to store the USB charging cable and a headphone cable to use in case the battery dies and you want to listen to the headphones in wired mode (that cable doesn’t have an integrated microphone, but that’s a minor omission). It boasts remotes buttons that are placed on the right cup that can answer calls. Tapping the middle buttons allows you to skip tracks forward and back when you’re playing music. This headphone uses Bluetooth 4.0 multilink. It has NFC tap-to-pair technology is also on board (Apple’s phones currently don’t support this feature but most Android devices do). But AptX streaming didn’t make the features list. AptX is supposed to improve the quality of Bluetooth streaming but it’s unclear how much of an impact it has (Apple phones currently don’t support this feature either but many Android devices do). It also has a 15 hour battery life(dependent on usage) and charges really fast.

The sound quality is really fine too but it is not bass boosted whatsoever so you will not receive any extra crispness, sparkle, and depth that you get from a really good pair of wired headphones. But the sound is still pleasant and smooth.It also has digital processing going on board the headphone. This one,  Bose put in Active EQ and volume-optimized EQ. For volume-optimized EQ is designed to make your music sound better at lower volumes. Often, when you lower the volume, you lose the bass, and Bose’s digital processing makes things sound fuller and more detailed at lower volumes. Active EQ however, makes sure the incoming signal is complete and accurate and isn’t distorted. The idea is to get a more perfect transmission without boosting anything, the bass, for instance. The problem, of course, is that the quality of the digital files you’re streaming to your headphones vary but Bose is doing their best to smooth everything out and make it sound better.

All in all, this piece of headphones is not made for Techno songs or Pop songs, rather for softer songs instead.At a cost of 385SGD this is worth the price for its comfort and things Bose added to make this as reliable to Bluetooth connections.

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Samsung Level U

Looking for a wireless Bluetooth headphone that is worth the price? The Samsung Level U could very well be the one you’ve been searching for. The Level U is relatively comfortable with earbuds that were designed to fit loosely into the ears. This way, you wouldn’t be able to feel the jamming sensation that some are not used to. The neckband, being thick in the center while a little thinner at the sides, sits at the back of your neck comfortably.

The device comes with two gel covers, the Hybrid Gel and the Stabilizing Wing Ear Gel. The Hybrid gels are made out of soft silicon but according to users, they didn’t stay in their ears as fittingly as the latter. However, both of them only comes in a standard size.

The earbuds have an interesting feature, they are magnetic. Therefore, they clasp together which makes it more compact and convenient to carry around. Though, due to its light weight and comfortable fit, you wouldn’t feel a thing if it was left around your neck.

According to Samsung, the Level U contains dual – mic for noise reduction, preventing the noise from outside interfering with your sound. With that said, the noise reduction isn’t flawless and due to the open design, there is still bound to be some noise leaked in. Therefore, noisy environments aren’t the ideal places to use the headphones.

The device has about 10 hours worth of battery life. When the headphone is turned on and when it goes into paring mode, there would be a voice prompt to inform the user. Also, when there is an incoming call, you will be alerted by the vibration of the back of the neckband. On the right side of the neckband, there are 3 buttons which allows you to pause and play music, answer and end calls, skip tracks and control the volume. These buttons are easily accessible, making it really convenient for the users.

Despite being just a headphone, the Level U is also able to read text notifications to you, which is not a common feature at all and is definitely one of the unique functions which make the headphone stand out from the rest. However, you would need to download the free Level App to gain excess to advance settings like such. This application is unfortunately only available on Android at this point of time.

The device sounded the same when tested with various different mobile devices. With less demanding music, the Level U performed relatively well but it showed its flaws when the incapability to handle more demanding and bass – heavy music was pretty obvious. With that said, this remains as a well – balanced headphone without showing lots of favour in any particular music genre. The headphone does distort at a higher volume though. If deep bass is what you’re looking for, this headphone definitely wouldn’t be the first choice but it still gives a pretty clean sound and is really suitable for casual listening in my opinion.

The connectivity of the Bluetooth was quite smooth but of course depending on the range and situation, there might still be a few problems. Also, the Level U is not waterproof and would become much looser with sweat. Thus it would not be the ideal headphone to choose when going for a run or even to the gym.

In all, it really is one of the more comfortable and convenient in – ear headphones but still, is not suitable for audiophiles at all. Of course, it doesn’t produce the best sound but it stands out most in its design and features. It costs about S$100 and including all its features, it actually is at an affordable price but there are definitely similar sounding in – ear headphones which are at a lower price.

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Bang and Olufsen BeoPlay H8

 

The Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8 is a over-the-head wireless headphones.The aesthics of the headphones comes with a sturdy design made out of metal and leather.

Armed with sheepskin memory foam ear cups, this design is comfortable but not as comfortable as others.Only weighing 255 grams, this will not be a burden for your ears to support.With a switchable rechargeable battery that can last for 14 hours with Bluetooth and noise cancellation on  or 35 hours on wired mode with noise cancellation on.The makers of the headphones also included a set of cables if you do not use wireless.The headphone uses Bluetooth 4.0.On the right ear cup interface , there is a movement sensor that can detect gestures to  answer calls,adjust volume,change songs and pause or play songs. The sensor works well but taking off the headphones may pause or play your song by accident. It features Aptx technology which is available for certain smartphones to improve sound quality of Bluetooth streaming. It may or may not improve sound quality but for now, it is still a topic in debate.

For the sound quality, it has a lot of bass which goes really deep with some warmth and really good clarity. It has some edginess of the treble when its on wired mode. If noise cancelling is on, most of the treble will be eliminated. Honestly, this headphone is more of a wireless headphone but it will not be a surprise that people will still forsake some quality for Bluetooth. However,the Bluetooth does not transmit well through our body so it is recommended to put your phone in the right pocket.If you have a quieter track playing, walking around will have a banging noise in the headphone, so it will be best to listen to slightly louder tracks to counter heal strikes.

All in all, it is a headphone that is worth buying if you have the budget to. There are some cheaper ones out there but with a few functions not available.It will be a headphone worth purchasing if the cost of SGD $703 does not bug you.

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Logitech MX Anywhere 2

The Logitech MX Anywhere 2 is a high end wireless mouse that is similar to the Logitech MX Master but more mobile. It is small and weighs at 106 grams making it a very portable mouse and great for people who travel a lot. The Logitech Darkfield Laser Technology allows it to work on almost any surface, even glass.

It has a very long battery life and depending on how you use it, it could last for 60 days in one charge. You can charge the mouse with Micro-USB cable and in just one minute of charging, it can last for 2 hours. The speed adaptive scroll wheel can be switched to hyper-fast scrolling and is very precise. However, there is no page switching and side scrolling.

You can connect the mouse with Bluetooth or the Pico Unifying Receiver that is included which can connect to Logitech keyboards. If you connect with Bluetooth, you can switch between 3 different devices using the easy switch button. With the Logitech Options software, you can customize and change the function of the buttons on the mouse to suit your liking. If you are a Mac user, you can control most of the multi-finger trackpad gestures by just holding down a key

Sadly, the MX Anywhere 2 does not come with a carrying pouch like the MX Anywhere.

The MX Anywhere 2 is priced at S$107 and is definitely worth it. Being small, light and can be used at almost anywhere, I would recommend this mouse to anyone who travels frequently.

 

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Creative Sound Blaster Jam

The Creative Sound Blaster Jam is a budget headphone.It is a bluetooth headphone.It cost $50 and sounds great.It is light and portable and produces good sound quality.

The Creative Sound Blaster Jam weight 2.9 oz which is acceptable for a headphone.It may not be super light, but it is quite comfortable to wear.

The Creative Sound Blaster Jam does not have a very unique design.But the design is makes the headphone comfortable.The headphones cannot be folded but it is still quite portable because of it’s mass.

It may not look very sturdy but it is actually durable so it would not spoil very quickly.In my opinion, paying $50 for a durable headphone with good quality is very worth it.

There is a pause/play button which can be used as a answer/end button for mobile phone calls.There is also volume control buttons.And when you hold down on these button, it can be used to advance track back and forward.There is also a bass boost button which boost the bass but reduces clarity slightly.

There is also NFC tap-to-pair technology for the Samsung Galaxy phones that supports it.Otherwise, it will just pair up with any Bluetooth phone or audio source when you press and hold on the pairing button

This headphone has a solid battery life of 12 hours usage which is great for music lovers that travel a lot.

The sound quality of it is also very good.It is relatively clean and dynamic for a bluetooth headphone.Bass is strong even without the enhanced bass turned on.The bass is even stronger with the enhanced bass turned on but it lacked a little bit of clarity.

So overall, in my opinion I would purchase this headphone rather than other more high end or budget headphones as this headphone has good quality and is cheap.It is very worth it for it’s specs.I would recommend this headphone to all type of people that uses headphone as this headphone is good for office work and listening to music.So if you are looking for a budget headphone you should buy this.Or if you are looking for a high end headphone you might want to consider buying this instead.

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Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480

The Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 is a computer keyboard that works with not only your computer but also your tablets and smartphones.

The Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 has a rubberised groove stand where you are able to slide in your devices. Above the ‘esc’ button is a dial that allows you to select the devices that you would like to connect to by Bluetooth. They’re labelled as 1, 2 and 3 so if you have many devices, you just have to remember which number is assigned to which device.

The device is 2cm by 29.89cm by 19.5cm which said to be rather compact width-wise and is longer in depth. However by placing your device in the groove stand, it would not take up much space on your desk.

The device weighs 821g and is not exactly the lightest keyboard to be bringing around. It also comes with 2 AAA batteries which are included with the keyboard and it is said to last up to two years depending on one’s usage.

The Keyboard is also compatible with almost every operating system and platforms such as the Windows 7/8 or later. However Windows Phone is not compatible although Windows PCs are.

The well-spaced keys and comfortable keys to type on make the device a much better keyboard than others.  The keyboard contains shortcut keys like a Home button that works for all mobile operating systems.

In conclusion, the Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 is a really good keyboard with a cheap price of S$59.00 and long battery life. You can easily switch up to 3 devices with a dial and is compatible with almost all devices. It adds simplicity to one if you’re not comfortable with the keyboard that comes with your device. I would recommend this device as it is really a great edition to your digital life.

 

 

 

 

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Google Nexus 9

A photo of the Google nexus 9

The Google Nexus 9 is known to be one of the best tablets of 2014. Due to the fact that it came everyone needs. A HD display with incredible performance. It is also the first tablet to run Google’s latest OS, the Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop offers a “pick up where you left off” function where you can access your songs, photos, applications and even recent searches from one android device to another.

It also comes with longer battery life and it’s easier to manage your power usage as they show an estimate amount of time before it needs to be charged or how much time left before its fully charged.

It also allows you to let your friends or relative use your phone with ease and not have the worry of them messing up anything as it comes with a guest user mode or you’re able to create multiple user accounts to let your friends log in onto your device.

You’re able to interact with your lock screen notifications. An improved quick menu can be accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen and it displays notifications. Swiping down again would expand the menu and shows settings shortcuts like brightness levels.

The Google Nexus 9 comes with up-to-date specs which is one of its greatest features. Specs that it comes with 64-bit version of the Nvidia Tegra K1 system-on-a-chip, 2.3GHz dual-core Denver CPU, 192-core Kepler DX1 GPU, Speedy 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, Bluetooth 4.1

The performance of the Google Nexus is mind-blowing as it come with fast performance and it has a powerful chip, ready to be thrown with any type of tasks. Even with over 20 apps running, it is able to run large games without any large performance lost.

It also has a solid Wi-Fi connection, for example, browsing through the web is very fast and app downloads are quick.

However, the Google Nexus 9 would occasionally launch apps to a blank and unresponsive screen or would crash consistently. Due to the fact that Android 5.0 lollipop is still quite new and not all apps are still compatible with the new OS.

In conclusion, the Google Nexus 9 is a good and fast performing tablet which are typically for people who does not need to travel a lot and is usually stationed at one area for some time. It has great new functions, however due to the fact that Android 5.0 Lollipop is still quite new and most apps still not compatible with it and has problem loading them or crashes consistently from time to time. It is believed to receive frequent updates, fixing bugs that the came with the phone. However the price of US$339 is still quite cheap for a tablet with great potential. Thus, I would recommend you getting this tablet if the price and current-soon-to-fix bugs don’t affect you.

 

 

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