Xiaomi Band 3 Review; Does it outsmart its Predecessor? Find out!

Mi Band 3

Mi Band 3

Finally, it’s here. After two years selling the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, the company has finally, and officially, released its next-gen budget (Xiaomi’s Band 3) fitness tracker. This release also brings to end speculations that have been around for a couple of weeks about how the new Xiaomi 3 fitness band will look and what it packs in.

So, what is it actually packing in, and how does it fair better over the previous version? Well, stick around to find out all the juicy details you might need to know about this band. From the design to the features, the performance and price as well, it’s all here. Read on to find out what this band is all about before setting out to get your piece!

 

Design

Mi Band 3

Mi Band 3

First up, the new band comes in three colors, blue, red, and black. Another notable thing is that when it comes to the display, this band doesn’t displace the previous one with much. A new strap design is also something worth a hard look. Xiaomi is out to push the limits with this band and step out of
the ordinary. It brings onboard a super slim and stylish wearable. The screen size is a bit larger, and a screen covering the entire band gives it a quite realistic appearance. Above all, this new band is built for comfort on your wrist.

 

The display

Another thing, the display is located in an ideal position where users can view several features as would in a smart-watch. These range from alarm clocks to weather forecasts, Caller ID as well as messages. Above all, users will be able to turn off these notifications using the touchscreen.

Talking about the display, this fitness band comes with a 0.78-inch OLED display. This means it boasts a lift from the 0.42” screen in the Band 2. And the resolution is quite impressive too. At 128 x 80 pixels, you will have a quite detailed display on your side for easy use. Remember, the fitness band features a full touchscreen.

 

Waterproof

Mi Band 3 review

Mi Band 3

For swimmers, the new band comes with something exciting for you too. Thanks to the 5ATM waterproof body, it will be able to stand water depth up to 50 meters. This feature levels up with Versa, Iconic and Fitbit’s Flex 2 watches that feature such incredible waterproofing capabilities.

 

Performance

Users will still be able to view data from its inbuilt heart rate monitoring and information on step counts. Not forgetting, a raise-to-walk feature is also on tow to give you a reminder if you have been sitting too long. And when it comes to the battery life, you will not have something more than what the predecessor could offer. This fitness tracker’s 110-mAh battery comes with a 20-day service as the older one. It’s rather interesting that Xiaomi didn’t make to get the juice to go for a 30-day period as the case with its sub-brand Huami’s Amazfit Bip.

A smart unlocking system is something more to reckon with when it comes to ease of use. The previous fitness band packed in some of these features with the smart unlock on apps. And the Band 3 is taking this aspect as serious too. The other interesting thing you can expect to find on this band is the NFC chip. This one goes a long way to making wireless payments a breeze. Just another great addition to a band that already packs in all it takes to blow you away.

 

An auto detecting performance

Mi Band 3

Mi Band 3

When it comes to auto counting steps and tracking of steps during a workout, this fitness tracker has your needs covered too. The sensors in this band will help it kick into action right when you start your workout, so you do not have to worry about forgetting to turn it on beforehand.

 

And there’s more

Having problems enabling the always-on heart rate monitor? Not to worry! You can always get more of it by installing a Mi Band’s Notify & Fitness app from the play store. With this onboard, you will be able to enable the always-on heart rate monitor on your fitness band. And that’s not the only thing you will be able to achieve. This app can also go a long way to ensuring you can enable many other features too.

Most importantly, it’s crucial to note that this is not the only app this fitness tracker can support. You can make the most out of many other apps it packs up its sleeve too. And a user-friendly interface will be handy when it comes to signing up for several apps.

 

The price

Perhaps the most essential aspect to look into by far is the budget you should set aside to get one. The good thing is that you won’t have to spend an arm to land this fitness tracker. It’s going for a mere 169 Yuan, or $26. This resonates with Xiaomi’s legend of budget wearable devices, so you can make the most out of the ultra-low price point too. But if you want the version with the NFC, you might need to dig deeper into your pocket. This version’s tag sits at 179 Yuan ($30), which is worth fronting the additional cost.

 

Final verdict

This fitness tracker will be available in China at first. It’s yet unclear when it will make its entry into the international market. But from the looks of it, it will be only a matter of time before it goes international. It comes with something everyone who is conscious about his or her fitness can look forward to. Whether you are working out or in the office, you will always find it useful in one way or the other. And the variety of colors means it has something for everyone too.

Apparently, you can count on this wearable fitness band for more than just the looks. It all boils down to the perfect design and the wide array of impressive features that it comes with for easy use and efficiency. It is undeniable that the new gen of fitness trackers comes with some aspects similar to its predecessor, but it clearly has more to offer. You have to try it to believe it!

NAVMII Thailand App Review

NAVMII Thailand App

One of the most basic challenges endured by a majority of navigators is the loss of internet connectivity while traveling. Naturally, all online navigation apps are rendered useless when there is no internet connectivity. Only offline navigation apps like NAVMII Thailand app will help you to travel around safely without getting lost when you find yourself in an area without stable cellular connectivity. Just to refresh your memory, the NAVMII Thailand App is a free community based offline navigation software for drivers. As we speak, there are more than 24 million drivers in more than 185 countries globally using the NAVMII offline navigation app. This article will disclose to you everything you need know about the NAVMII Thailand navigation app including its features, pros, and cons. Continue reading

Garmin Approach S60 review

Review on Garmin Approach S60

Even before the term “wearable tech” existed, Garmin was already knocking out magnificent GPS golf watches. As we speak, the Garmin Approach S60 is their latest model. So far, the Garmin Approach S60 which hit the market in June 2017 looks like the most efficient and sophisticated GPS wrist-based golf watch this year. Compared to the earlier Garmin dedicated golf watches like the Garmin Approach S20, the Garmin Approach S60 comes with many world-class features to not only track but also to improve your game. This Garmin Approach S60 review will disclose to you everything you need to know about this outstanding, stylish, sleek, and lightweight Fenix 5-like designed golf watch. Continue reading

What is WAZE and How Do I Use it for Navigation in Thailand?

Since its inception by Israel’s Waze Mobile firm, the Waze navigation app has risen to become one of the most adored GPS navigation applications that not only run on smartphones but also on tablets. Besides providing turn-by-turn navigation data, Waze also features user-submitted route details and travel times. What’s more? This navigation app also allows you to download location-related information over the internet. Even though Waze was bought by Google for approximately $1.3 billion back in 2013, the app still exists side by side with Google Maps in complete harmony. This article will disclose you the essential features of the Waze navigation app, their benefits, and how you can use the app as your ultimate navigation software.

What is WAZE and How Do I Use it for Navigation?

As briefly highlighted earlier, Waze is the world’s leading community-based navigation and traffic app. As we speak, the app has more than 80 million drivers who outsmart accidents, traffic jams, police, road constructions, and much more with real-time road updates. Before revealing to you how to use this app, here are some of its crucial features and benefits. Continue reading

Garmin Dash Cam 35 review

The Garmin Dash Cam 35 is an easy-to-use high-quality driving recorder with a 3.0-inch LCD display. This dash cam comes with a wide range of top-notch features that enable it to accomplish two vital functions while mounted on your vehicle’s windscreen. First, it features a full High Definition 720p or 1080p in-car camera to record real-time traffic accidents and incidents. Secondly, the dash cam uses a GPS database to alert both mobile and fixed speed cameras. This Garmin Dash Cam 35 expert review will disclose to you the functions, features, design, and the usage of this dashboard camera to help you in deciding if the driving camera is worth purchasing.

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Sygic vs Google Maps – Which One is Better for Thailand?

Even though a smartphone is an ever-present GPS gadget just waiting for your beck and call, its guidance is only as good as the navigation application you have installed. There are uncountable mapping apps, both paid and free to choose from. These mapping applications can not only show you nearby points of interest but also guide you to different locations, track your location in real-time, and even keep you updated about traffic in some cities. This “Sygic vs Google Maps” expert comparison article will disclose to you which navigation app is better for Thailand.

Sygic vs Google Maps – Which One is Better for Thailand?

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Coming soon: what navigation app should I consider in Thailand?

We are writing a short review on some of the most popular navigation apps used in Thailand. We will consider Garmin Thailand, TomTom, Sygic, Waze, Navmii. We will also relate to Google Maps.

If you have any suggestion, please let us know, so we can include the information in the next article (comment below or send us an e-mail).

At the current stage of testing, I can say that Garmin is still my number one choice for GPS navigation in Thailand. I’m not sure if it is because I’ve been using Garmin devices for years, or is that because it is still the best available navigation app for Thailand (I will try not to be biased). Some of the apps are performing pretty well in Bangkok, but when it comes to rural areas or smaller cities, Garmin provides better results. Garmin also does a better job calculating the best, fastest route to a destination. Sygic and TomTom tend to take me way around for some reason.

Stay tuned. We will be back shortly with some more details.

Huawei Watch 2 Review

Review on GPS Smartwatch – Huawei Watch 2

Huawei Watch 2

GPS Smartwatch – Huawei Watch 2

The Huawei Watch 2 (link to Huawei Watch 2 on Amazon) promises to stand out and make a difference to the wide range of fitness-focused smartwatches on the market in 2017. Our Huawei Watch 2 review aims to show you what to expect from the second generation smartwatch designed and manufactured by Huawei.

The gadget has been announced by Huawei on Sunday, 26 February 2017. While the first generation of the Huawei smartwatch was targeted to the fashion conscious, the second generation focuses more on fitness and exercise.

Design

When it comes to design, the Huawei Watch 2’s Sports variant is distancing from the fashion-focused original Huawei Watch. That doesn’t mean that the Huawei Watch 2 is not an attractive wearable gadget. However, the product features a generic sporty smartwatch design instead of the traditional watch’s silver stainless steel body. The Huawei Watch 2 comes with a double chrome design and a plastic body.

The circular display is fairly large at 1.2-inch. With a height of 12.6 mm and only one case sized 45 mm available, it may look a bit awkward and bulky on smaller wrists. At 57 g, the Huawei Watch 2 is quite heavy compared to the second-generation Apple Watch that comes at 45 g.

According to Huawei, the ceramic bezel used on its second generation smartwatch is six times harder than stainless steel. While still being relatively lightweight, the ceramic bezel ensures that the sporty gadget is resistant to abrasion. The mirror-finish bezel is also quite resistant to scratches.

The Huawei Watch 2 provides a comfortable fit around the wrist, as its lugs are lower than other smartwatch models on the market. This also provides better stability during heart rate monitoring.Huawei Watch 2

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How much does it cost to buy Garmin inReach Explorer+ from Amazon and ship to Thailand?

Garmin inReach Explorer+ is the latest innovation in Garmin’s product line. It was introduced to the market after the acquisition of DeLorme by Garmin earlier this year and offers two-way satellite communication with 100% global coverage. To read more about Garmin Explorer+, check out our review here

Now Amazon ships the Garmin inReach Explorer+ (and SE+) to Thailand.

How much does it cost?

At the time of writing the inReach Explorer+ is sold for USD 449.99 on Amazon.

That’s approximately in Thai Baht ( exchange rate for 1 USD = 36.39 THB):
Garmin inReach Explorer+: THB 16,376
Shipping & handling: THB 642
Import Fees Deposit: THB 1,485
Order total: THB 18,503 (includes all Amazon fees and charges)

Delivery time: on average 5-10 days. For extra USD 11.53, Amazon offers Priority Shipping (3-5 days).

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Garmin inReach Explorer+ Review

Reasonably affordable two-way satellite communication – Garmin inReach Explorer+

Garmin inReach Explorer+

Garmin inReach Explorer+

Garmin recently launched two new products, the Garmin inReach Explorer+ (link to Amazon) and the Garmin inReach SE+. Both products come with a ton of new exciting features and improvements in the Garmin’s product line. Among them, two-way communication. It comes to mind the RINO series (link to Amazon), which allow us to communicate within the radio range. Well, the inReach provides all new level of communication. It consists of a feature that makes the inReach series very unique as it enables users to communicate with other people without having to depend on a radio or mobile network range. It relays on a direct satellite communication. That means it may be used to communicate from almost any place in the world. Garmin claims that it has 100% global coverage. Just as a quick note: the inReach products actually come from the acquired by Garmin company DeLorme earlier this year. You can read more about the purchase in the Garmin Newsroom here.

While both Explorer+ and SE+ come packed with new and amazing technology, the Garmin Explorer+ comes with preloaded TOPO Maps and consists of a barometric sensor, electronic compass, and accelerometer.

The Garmin inReach Explorer+ is a device targeted for those who love outdoor adventure, for both fun and work. Especially in places where there is no regular mobile coverage (very rural areas, deserts, seas etc.). The device is basically used to track one’s location, navigate to certain points and also to communicate with other people via 2-way text messaging from any place in the world.

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