Fitbit Charge Review

Fitbit Charge started selling in Singapore on 19th December 2014 and it is currently retailing for S$169. The Fitbit Charge is available in four colors: Black, Slate, Blue and Burgundy.

The Fitbit Charge is not meant to be the successor of the Fitbit Flex. When it comes to physical appearance, Fitbit Flex is smaller and doesn’t have a display whereas Fitbit Charge is two times bigger and offer a OLED display. Both serve different target audiences and that is the reason why Fitbit Flex is still on sale.

Fitbit Charge - Wearing
Fitbit Charge – Wearing

Features

  • Tracking of steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and floors climbed
  • Exercise tracking to easily record workouts, see real-time exercise stats and have summaries appear automatically on the Fitbit dashboard
  • Bright, OLED display showing time of day and real-time stats
  • New automatic sleep detection monitors sleep quality using motion analysis to understand sleep and wake times; also features a silent, vibrating alarm
  • New Caller ID helps users stay connected to incoming calls; wristband vibrates and shows caller’s name or number when a smartphone is nearby
  • High-quality, water-resistant, comfortable new textured wristband design with an improved clasp
  • Up to 7 days of battery life so you can track an entire week with just one charge

For this review, I am basically comparing it with my Fitbit Flex which is my default fitness band before I got the Fitbit Charge.

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Xiaomi LED Light

Bought the Xiaomi LED Light for S$6.99 during the Mi Fan Festival 2015. There are two colors available, blue and white. I got both since the price is pretty reasonable.

The Xiaomi LED Light is a good alternative to your phone’s flashlight. Just plug it into a power bank and it can double up as a torchlight. The Xiaomi LED Light is diffused so they are easy on your eyes as well.

Xiaomi LED Light - Packaging Front
Xiaomi LED Light – Packaging Front

Xiaomi LED Light - Packaging Back
Xiaomi LED Light – Packaging Back

Xiaomi LED Light - Top
Xiaomi LED Light – Top

Xiaomi LED Light - Bottom
Xiaomi LED Light – Bottom

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MOS Spring Lightning Cable

The MOS Spring Lightning Cable is my second MOS product, the first being it’s flagship product, the Magnetic Organization System (MOS).

The MOS Spring Lightning Cable is coming to Singapore soon, but if you can’t wait, you can order it from the website itself for US$29.95 (S$41). Shipping to Singapore is an additional US$4.94 (S$7) via USPS First Class International.

The MOS Spring Lightning Cable is touted as the indestructible lightning cable.

The cable is being protected by a special Exoskeleton woven jacket which also makes it impossible to tangle the cable. The cable heads are made of anodized aluminum and there are also metal spring near the cable heads to relief the strain around that area because that is the most vulnerable part of the cable.

The MOS Spring Lightning Cable is the best lighting cable that I came across so far.

For those who doesn’t take care of their lightning cables and keep having to change it because it is spoils often, I totally recommend you getting the MOS Spring Lightning Cable when it comes to Singapore.

MOS Spring Lightning Cable - Packaging Front
MOS Spring Lightning Cable – Packaging Front

MOS Spring Lightning Cable - Packaging Back
MOS Spring Lightning Cable – Packaging Back

MOS Spring Lightning Cable - Packaging
MOS Spring Lightning Cable – Packaging

MOS Spring Lightning Cable
MOS Spring Lightning Cable

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Letv Announces Le 1, Le 1 Pro & Le Max

Thanks to Letv for inviting me to Beijing, China, for the launch of their new mobile phones along with other Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India media. This is the first time Letv is venturing into the smart phone market.

For the unaware, Letv was founded in 2004 by Jia Yueting (net worth US$3.7 billion) and is one of China’s biggest and fastest growing Internet companies. The company employs more than 5,000 people and is listed on the Growth Enterprise Market in China with a market capitalization of more than US$12 billion (Source: Wikipedia).

Letv delivers world-class content and experiences across platforms, smart devices and applications — including all six screens: mobile, tablet, TV, cinema, computer and electric car. Letv is powered by the “Letv Ecosystem,” a next generation Internet engine that is vertically integrated to offer an online platform completed with content, devices and applications. Letv Group is engaged in a rich array of businesses, spanning from Internet TV, video production and distribution, smart gadgets and large screen applications to e-commerce and Internet linked super electric cars, which were announced in late 2014.

Letv announces three phones during the launch event on 14th April 2015, Le 1, Le 1 Pro and Le Max.

Design

Le 1 vs Le 1 Pro (Back)
Le 1 vs Le 1 Pro (Back)

The Le 1 is the lower end phone running on MediaTek processor with a plastic back. It is only available in silver.

Le 1 vs Le 1 Pro (Back)
Le 1 vs Le 1 Pro (Back)

Le 1 Pro is the elder brother of Le 1 running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and the whole phone is made up of aluminium. It comes with 4GB of RAM. Le 1 Pro is available in both silver and gold.

Le Max is the phablet version of Le 1 Pro, it has a screen size of 6.33″ with a resolution of 2560×1440 (same as Le 1 Pro) and it comes with a fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone. Le Max is available in both silver and gold as well.

The Le 1, Le 1 Pro is almost bezel-less through it their press release, they claim it to be bezel free. When the phone is switched off, it looks bezel-less but when the phone is switched on, there is still some bezel around the display area. For the Le Max, it has a 1.5 mm bezel.

When I first saw the phones, it looks like a mashup of HTC and iPhone. When you look at the back of the phones, the top portion resembles HTC and the bottom portion resembles iPhone 6/6 Plus.

The Le 1, Le 1 Pro & Le Max are the first three smart phones in the world to use the USB Type-C port. The first tablet to use the USB Type-C port is the Nokia N1 Android Tablet and the first laptop to use the USB Type-C port is the new Apple MacBook.

Pricing

Le Max, Le 1 Pro, Le 1 (Front)
Le Max, Le 1 Pro, Le 1 (Front)

Le Max, Le 1 Pro, Le 1 (Back)
Le Max, Le 1 Pro, Le 1 (Back)

The price of the Le 1, Le 1 Pro & Le Max is the one that makes it special. It is the first time that a smart phone company sells a product based on Bill of materials (BoM). That means that they just sell you almost at cost price or rather the price that the company pay to buy the materials to make the phone. Letv will share the costs of the materials used to built their phones on their website soon.

The Le 1 retails for CN¥1,499 (S$328) for the 16GB, CN¥1599 (S$350) for the 32GB and CN¥1,799 (S$394) for 64GB.

The Le 1 Pro retails for CN¥2,499 (S$547) for the 32GB and CN¥2,699 (S$590) for the 64GB.

For the Le Max, the price is not set yet because they are letting their users set the price based on the publicized BOM cost at a later date.

Personally, I think Letv can set the price based on BoM because they make most of their money from their content and not their hardware.

Availability
The initial 200,000 phones will be available for reservations from 5th May 2015 in China and they will get to purchase it on 19th May 2015.

The phones will definitely come to Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India, but there is no date set yet.

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Scosche MagicMount Surface

Scosche MagicMount has similar concept to the Logitech + trip Universal Air Vent Mount iS45.

MagicMount is a new magnetic mounting system for conveniently mounting your smartphone, tablet and more. Just hover your device near the cell phone holder’s magnetic surface and it instantly locks securely in place.

There are many variants of Scosche MagicMount:

  • Scosche MagicMount Original – US$19.99 (S$28)
  • Scosche MagicMount Surface – US$14.99 (S$21)
  • Scosche MagicMount Window – US$24.99 (S$34)
  • Scosche MagicMount Power – US$34.99 (S$48)
  • Scosche MagicMount Dash/Window – US$24.99 (S$34)
  • Scosche MagicMount Vent – US$24.99 (S$34)
  • Scosche MagicMount Dash-GPS – US$24.99 (S$34)
  • Scosche MagicMount Mat – US$39.99 (S$55)

The Scosche MagicMount Vent will be the equivalent to Logitech + trip Universal Air Vent Mount.

My Hong Kong cousin bought me the Scosche MagicMount Surface from China as well so that I can mount my devices on the wall.

The Scosche MagicMount Surface is retailing for US$14.99 (S$21) and you get get it directly from Scosche.com because they do ship to Singapore.

The packaging content of the Scosche MagicMount Surface is similar to the Logitech + trip Universal Air Vent Mount. It contains the MagicMount, two MagicPlates and an additional alcohol wipe.

You have to stick the MagicMount to the surface (like a wall) that you want to mount your device on and the MagicPlate to the back of your device itself.

The strong magnet of the MagicMount will be able to secure your device to the surface.

For me, I am using Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover 2-in-1 case which already has magnetic properties and hence, I do not need to stick the MagicPlate on my phone.

*UPDATE* 20th April 2015 I saw the Scosche MagicMount being sold at Challenger (VivoCity). The Scosche MagicMount Original is retailing for S$39 (member’s price is S$25), the Scosche MagicMount Surface is retailing for S$39 (member’s price is S$29) and the Scosche MagicMount Window is retailing to S$49 (member’s price is S$44.10).

Scosche MagicMount Surface- Packaging Front
Scosche MagicMount Surface- Packaging Front

Scosche MagicMount Surface- Packaging Back
Scosche MagicMount Surface- Packaging Back

Scosche MagicMount Surface- Packaging Contents
Scosche MagicMount Surface- Packaging Contents

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