Tech & Gadgets

Tech & Gadgets: Misfit Phase Hybrid Smartwatch


Simple. Simple is how I would summarise the Misfit Phase but not simple in a bad way, simple in a good way. At first appearance the Phase looks like a normal analog watch, a good looking analog watch, but contains enough tech to give you what you need.

I have been using the Phase pretty much everyday for the last two or three weeks and have become a little bit obsessed with the stats it gives, not so much the step count or distance but more the sleep monitor. Its amazing that the watch can accurately tell when I go to sleep and when I wake without me doing anything.

The range of notifications is limited but good. I have mine setup with notify me of calls, texts, Facebook Messenger and Gmail, which is shown by a small dial at 6 O'Clock which rotates to a corresponding colour. Once you memorize which colour is which its really good to know what that vibration was by looking at your watch, it does not work as well at night however. I have taken my text and call notifications a step further in that the hands will point to a number so I know who is calling or texting. 

Other useful functions include using watch buttons to  skip or pause music, take a selfie or my personal favourite using the watch to ring your phone when you cant find it in the house. There are also some more advanced options to create customs using an external app.

To be honest I'm stoked with this watch and Misfit as a brand, this was my first experience of their products and from the packaging to product they have delivered. Having simple changeable bands is nice and the app is simple but works well. Look forward to checking out the Vapor when it releases.

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Detailed Pictures: Plantronics BackBeat 500

I have said it before and will say it again, after owning a few pairs of bluetooth headphones I don't know what I did before them. There is something freeing about getting rid of those wires, like when I moved from android to iphone I was kicking myself for not doing it sooner. 

I recently received these from Plantronics and was eager to take them for a spin.

I have been using the BackBeat Pro 2 while woking in the office and the BackBeat Fit while going for a run and on the move but these are a great middle pair. They provide better sound quality than the Fit but in a nice compact package with extra features like having two devices connected at once. I find this really handy while working on my laptop and having the option to answer calls on my headset. The battery life on these is crazy too, 18 hours off a single charge.

Thats a yes from me, check them out in detail below.

Detailed Pictures: Plantronics BackBeat Fit

These arrived at the same time as the BackBeat Pro but I hadn't had the chance to get some shots up so finally here they are.

I was again impressed with the sound quality on these with what I found to be a really comfortable fit. I confess I haven't yet used them at the gym or while going for a run but find them perfect while on the move. They are and small so easily fit into your bad and having all the controls on the earpiece themselves is super handy.

Controls have been well integrated by using different taps to skip tracks or adjust volume, meaning less buttons but all the control you need. Again this pair has a built in mic and a button to initiate Siri which is awesome.

They are a winner in my books!

 

Detailed Pictures: Plantonics BackBeat Pro 2

 

These recently arrived in the mail and I couldn't wait to get them out the box. To be honest I have never owned a pair of bluetooth headphones but after using them I'm asking myself why it took so long. Not only is the sound quality great on these but they are packed full of features.

What I found most useful was being able to have two devices connected at once, meaning I could be listening to music on my Macbook and receive an answer a call coming in through my iPhone. Along with that all the controls you need to adjust volume, pause and skip as well as use siri are found on the headphones too.

For more check out my unboxing below or head to their website http://plantronics.com/.