Watcha gonna do

“Bad boys bad boys whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you”

Well one thing you can do when they come for you is to check your smartwatch for your heart rate, speed, location, blood saturation levels and many more

In this data-driven world smartwatches offer a third eye to look at your body from, gone are the days where you need to go to a doctor to view your heart rate and other data.

Now you can monitor your heart rate, sleep quality and blood oxygen saturation (SpO₂) all from the comfort of your wrist..

Monitor everything

You are now your body’s own data subject, you are your own big brother.

Now we know what you are thinking – “They are just trying to sell us smartwatches” and you would be correct: Smartwatch sales link but at least we are upfront about it 🙂

But there is more…

Our editor at large has been using a smartwatch for 3-5 years and we will just let him share his experience

My experience

I have a Huawei Band 3

Initially, I used the watch as all watches should be used – to tell the time

Over time I started using its workout modes tracking and heart rate monitoring. A few things that annoyed me about it were the short battery life, charging connector, and lack of SpO₂ monitoring. Now I’m a sports nut and love the data but I want more

Recently I tried sleeping with the watch on and I am blown away by the results. I can now view detailed sleep graphs showing when I fell asleep, deep sleep, woke up, and for what duration. Now I can correlate the ratio of sleep/deep sleep and measure it against productivity the following day. I have also set the alarm on the watch so no more loud alarm to wake my wife up as I get up at 5am to start my day.

Now I love my watch and i have turned off the heart rate monitoring as it consumes the battery life, all i need now is the SpO₂ monitoring and I will be happy.

editor at large

Based on this we have compiled a list of key smart watch features you should be on the lookout for

Screen

There are two key technologies with the screens : TFT, Amoled

Amoled is the more advanced and great for in sun screen visibility (great for when you are out for a run or marathon)

Other watches have larger displays that allow you to customize background pics and the likes

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GPS

GPS is one of the key smartwatch features, if you ever go out running, walking or cycling and want to sync your watch to a monitoring app that will show where you were on the map then GPS is vital.

This is a key feature that separates budget watches. If you are not really into tracking your every movement on a map but still want the monitoring then a watch like the XIAOMI band 5 is a good option

Smart Band 5

Battery life

The longer the better. The end.

Okay there is a bit more to it than that and here are some of the prominent watches their battery life

Watch Battery life Price
XIAOMI MI SMART BAND 514-day extra long battery life.R700
Huawei Band 46 days of usage time.R1200
Huawei Watch FIT – Black/PinkUp to 10-day battery lifeR2600
XIAOMI MI WATCH16 days of long battery life R2100
XIAOMI MI WATCH LITE9 days of battery life.R1100
XIAOMI SMART BAND 6 Up to 14-day battery lifeR899
Smart Watch Battery Comparision

Monitoring

When it comes to monitoring there are some key sensors to consider

  • Blood oxygen saturation (SpO₂)
  • Sleep monitoring : sleep duration, deep sleep, light sleep, and REM sleep
  • PPG biosensor measures your heart rate
  • Stress Monitor
  • Calories monitoring

If you are looking for a watch that monitors all these then have a look at the XIAOMI SMART BAND 6

XIAOMI SMART BAND 6

Workouts

Most watches have certain excercise/workout modes. These may include cycling, running, free training, pool swimming and open water swimming.

All these workouts require certain seonsors to be activated. There is nothing worse then going for a 50km cycle only to find out your watch is not recording the calories burnt as it senses that your arm is stationery and does not count the calories.

The standout watches here are the Huawei watch fit which has 96 Workout Modes and the XIAOMI MI fit which has 17 professional workout modes and 100 extended workout modes and can be used for triathlons, swimming and HIIT.

XIAOMI MI fit


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Fight the power

Warriors assemble 

Are you ready for load-shedding?

Do you have your rechargeable lights charged?

Candles insight? Matches and lighters at your fingertips?

The kettle boiled and fireplace nice and warm?

What if we told you there was a device you could get that would render all of this futile? 

A device that could power your essentials and more

A device that can keep your TV and router on as you watch the Olympics 


Introducing the mini-Power Station

How does this work you ask yourself? Well you plug it in the wall socket to charge when there is power and run your TV, router, and other appliances when there is no power 


Device No. 1 – RCT 

Get the RCT MegaPower 80000mAh AC Power Bank which has 2 USB ports and AC Power Points 
Features
-Portable compact AC power supply
-Universal AC output socket to power all electronics up to 200W
-USB type A & type C output to charge multiple phones & tablets
-Perfect for camping & outdoor events • Ideal for load shedding as it can
-BATTERY RATINGS: 80000mAh
Available for R4700 from the Grate Tech Store 

Device No. 2 – RavPower 

The Gizzu 296Wh Portable Power Station is the ideal solution for power outages. It features a 300W power output, 80000mAh lithium-ion battery, 296Wh, an LED flashlight, and a rugged, portable design for powering various small appliances and devices.
Available for R4599 from the Grate tech store 

Ematic 4K TV Box

Why I must get a Google certified TV Box

Android TV boxes care the only way for you to truly enjoy your Smart TV experience

Many Android media boxes available in South Africa are not Google-certified, meaning that they cannot support certain applications.

While you will be able to watch YouTube and Twitch on these uncertified boxes, you will not be able to access services like DStv Now and Netflix and even if you do the experience will be short lived as Apps are updated.

Google-certified

Google-certified devices offer support for all official apps as well as official versions of the Android TV OS.

Below are some of the best Google-certified Android TV boxes available in South Africa below.


Ematic 4K Android TV Box

Ematic 4K TV Box
Ematic 4K Android TV Box
Output4K @ 60fps HDR
CPUAmlogic S905X
GPUARM Mali 450
RAM2GB DDR3
Storage8GB eMMC
Operating SystemAndroid TV 9.0
Connectivity802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Ethernet
Ports1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card, 3.5mm audio

Xiaomi Mi Box S 4K

Xiaomi Mi Box S 4K
Output4K @ 60fps HDR
CPUCortex A53
GPUMali 450
RAM2GB DDR3
Storage8GB eMMC
Operating SystemAndroid TV 9.0
Connectivity802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Ports1x HDMI, 1x USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio
PriceR1300

MECOOL KM9 Pro

MECOOL KM9 Pro
MECOOL KM9 Pro
Output4K @ 60fps HDR
CPUAmlogic S905X2
GPUARM Dvalin MP2
RAM4GB
Storage32GB eMMC
Operating SystemAndroid TV 9.0
Connectivity802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Ports1x HDMI, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 3.5mm audio

MyGica ATV495Max

Mygica ATV495 Max
MyGica ATV495Max
Output4K @ 60fps HDR
CPUAmlogic S905X
GPUMali 450
RAM2GB DDR3
Storage16GB eMMC
Operating SystemAndroid TV 7.1.2
Connectivity802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Ethernet
Ports1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card, 3.5mm audio
PriceR1200

Wave TV Box

Wave Android TV box
Wave TV Box
Output4K @ 60fps HDR
CPUAmlogic S905X2
GPUARM Dvalin MP2
RAM4GB
Storage32GB eMMC
Operating SystemAndroid TV 9.0
Connectivity802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Ports1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card, 3.5mm audio

Telkom LIT Box

Telkom LIT Box
Output4K @ 60fps HDR
CPUAmlogic S905X
GPUARM Mali 450
RAM2GB DDR3
Storage8GB eMMC
Operating SystemAndroid TV 9.0
Connectivity802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Ethernet
Ports1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card, 3.5mm audio