HIGHLIGHT: SpO2 monitoring
The pandemic has generated a new wave of fitness trends and manufacturers are not behind in capitalising on these trends. Fitness bands offer a smart and affordable solution to monitor key health indicators. Smartphone major OnePlus kickstarted 2021 with the launch of its first fitness band in India. Simply named the OnePlus Band, it comes with a 1.1-inch AMOLED colo u red touch screen. The display is bright and offers good legibility even in sunlight. The smart band has an oval-shaped design paired with a silicon band.
The design is simple but stylish. The band comes with over 10 faces. It is lightweight and sits comfortably on your wrist. Setting up the device is easy. Install the OnePlus Health app on a smartphone and follow the on-screen instructions to start using the band. The UI is neat, clean and easy to use. There are four primary actions — swiping up, down, right and left — to get things done on the band. OnePlus Band boasts of several health and fitness features. There’s a 24x7 heart rate tracker with a built-in vibration alarm for higher pulse rates. Using the SpO2 level monitor, users can monitor the oxygen level in blood.
The smart band also boasts a sleep tracking feature. One can adjust personal routines and set goals to improve sleep from the OnePlus Health app. There are 13 exercise modes on the smart band. These include Cricket and Yoga modes tailored for users in India. The breath feature on the band allows one to practice relaxed breathing. However, the smart band lacks an indoor walk mode which is simply added as part of daily activity. The fitness band also displays notifications like calls and messages.
Though the band offers music controls, users cannot reply back or answer calls using the device. The smart band's battery didn't last the claimed 14 days. It fell short by 2-3 days. To charge the device, one has to remove the tracker from the strap and place it on the dongle that comes with it — a slightly annoying task. The band is water-resistant and has an IP68 rating. OnePlus Band comes for Rs 2,499.
Unlike other fitness bands in this price category, the One-Plus Band has a fast, responsive display and is a good value for money device.
The writer is with gadgetsnow.com
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This year began on a futuristic note, thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show 2021 (CES 2021).
Forced by the Covid-19 pandemic to go digital, the show that kicked off on Monday concluded today. The virtual tech show, which usually welcomes a massive gathering of spectators in Las Vegas each year, showcased some of the biggest creations in artificial intelligence, concept cars, smart homes, along with an impressive lineup of smartphones.
The smartphones category at the CES 2021 was a perfect mix of budget-friendly and premium devices, heavily packed with the latest features.
Many of the smartphones launched at the show are expected to hit the shelves this year. Here's a list of best smartphones released at CES 2021.