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The Best Health & Fitness Gadgets for your Phone in 2020

28 Jun 2020
Joseph

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amaysim's tech geek

You use your phone for almost everything, so why not use it to stay on top of your health and fitness?

These days we've become spoiled for choice, with an incredible amount of fitness equipment and apps that are able to sync with your phone to help you achieve your health goals.

With so many options, you might not know where to begin, so take a look at five of our favourite gadgets to help improve your health and fitness.

P.S - Make sure you're using a mobile or data plan that includes plenty of data before you begin tracking your new workout routines, as most fitness gadgets require data to keep you updated.

Fitbit

FitBit
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An obvious choice for high-tech workouts is the Fitbit , they’ve been killing the game for years now are great for both beginners and experienced fitness heads.

If you’ve never used one before, a Fitbit is a watch-style gadget that sits on your wrist and monitors your heart rate and movement to give you the data you need to exercise better.

When synced with the coordinating app, you can also track how many calories you take in, as well as how many you’ve burned throughout the day.

Jaybird Tarah Pro Exercise headphones

JayBird Headphones
Image Credit: JayBird

Headphones might seem overrated, but everyone should consider how far the fitness technology aspect of these products has come. The right headphones or earphones will keep you pumping away at the gym or running along a trail much longer than you thought you could because they provide either the focus or the distraction you need.

Queue up your workout playlist or hit play on a podcast that entertains you while you work out. Quality headphones and earbuds are ones that won’t fall out of your ears, deliver high-quality sound, with cords that don’t get caught up as you exercise.

We recommend the Jaybird Tarah Pro, which is designed for running and exercising.

PowerDot Electrical Muscle Stimulator

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Image Credit: PowerDot

Whether you need muscle recovery, improved muscle performance, or pain relief, muscle stimulation is incredibly useful, and the PowerDot is designed to bring that to your home.

Apply the kit to the area in question, and it uses electrical stimulation in varying Hertz ranges to activate muscle fibres, improving performance and recovery.

Electric muscle stimulation is safe, originally only used by doctors and professional athletes before it became more readily available. Pair your Power Dot system with the app on your phone and you’ll be able to target specific muscle groups and improve performance using this innovative technology and this handy fitness product.

Skulpt Scanner

Skulpt
Image Credit: Skulpt

Work smarter when you work out. Sometimes certain areas should be targeted more than others, and while a professional might be able to point them out, so can the clever and oh-so-convenient, Skulpt Scanner. It’s incredible technology-based smart fitness equipment that fitness freaks need to use.

The scanner is about the size of your palm, and it works to scan your muscle and fat composition in various areas of the body. Hold the device to the area you want to scan and it gives you all the details directly.

The Skulpt app gives you a more in-depth analysis and provides relevant workout guidance to help you burn fat and build muscle strength. And it’s not just great for men’s health, keeping an eye on your muscle mass is a good idea for anyone who’s looking to improve their strength and keep fit!

HidrateSpark Smart Water Bottle

HidrateSpark
Image credit: HidrateSpark

Hydrating your body properly is arguably the easiest step you can take towards achieving better health. A smart water bottle like the HidrateSpark smart bottle is designed to help you. Now in its third generation, the HidrateSpark 3 tracks every sip you take and syncs with the free app via Bluetooth to help you achieve better health.

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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.


Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.

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