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Our Verdict

Of course it is too early to draw any serious conclusion about the relative strengths of Apple’s and Sony’s high-end smartwatches. Suffice to say that right now Sony wins by dint of existing. In a few weeks you will be able to buy the Smartwatch 3, and use it with your existing smartphone. The Apple Watch will likely cost more, and we know little else about it. But Apple has a good history of heading late to a market and coming up with the goods. So if you can afford to wait, it may be worthwhile – even if it is just to see what Apple does and then shop elsewhere. Remember, however, that the Apple Watch will work only with recent Apple iPhones.

Apple Watch vs Sony Smartwatch 3 stainless steel version: what they are, why we are comparing them

At its press conference for CES 2023, Sony announced a new stainless steel version of its SmartWatch 3 wearable. It’s a full-spec Android Wear smartwatch, offering various smart features on the wrists of smartphone users.

Unlike the Apple Watch, Sony’s SmartWatch 3 wearable actually exists. But Apple’s Watch will be a customisable smartwatch designed to work only with recent iPhones that is also a comprehensive health- and fitness device. So on the one hand we have a high-spec smartwatch limited to use with Apple smartphones, and the other an Android Wear smartwatch that should pair with all smartphones.

We know a lot about the Sony Smartwatch 3, and next to nothing about the Apple Watch. So bear that in mind as we take a look at these two devices.

Apple Watch vs Sony Smartwatch 3 stainless steel version: UK price, value

Inevitably we are going to have to speculate here, but although the details on pricing may not all be known, we can make some solid assumptions that show where both of these wearables fit into the market.

Sony hasn’t confirmed whether the stainless steel version of the Sony Smartwatch 3 will cost more than the regular model, but we assume that it will. The regular model costs £189.

The Apple Watch will start at $349 in the US, and we are awaiting UK price confirmation. We can extrapolate the UK price in much the same way. Indeed, typically US Apple prices transfer to the UK with a simple replacement of the $ sign with a £ sign. So we expect the Apple Watch to cost around £349 inc VAT. There are some complications here, however. Apple says the Apple Watch will be available in multiple SKUs. It may also bundle in the Apple Watch with smartphones to offset the cost. And because the Apple Watch will be an add-on to recent iPhones, it is possible it will be subsidised or given away with iPhone contract sales.

So expect the Apple watch to cost more than Sony’s. Same as it ever was. (See also: Microsoft Band vs Apple Watch comparison.)

It’s now reported that the Apple Watch won’t be available anywhere until the spring of 2023. And we can be pretty certain that it will launch in the US first – although it is possible it may be a global launch. The Smartwatch 3 stainless steel version will launch globally in February 2023. So if you are in a hurry to get your smartwatch, that is the one to wait for. (Also see: Apple Watch UK release date rumours, price, specs.)

Apple Watch vs Sony Smartwatch 3 stainless steel version: design

We haven’t had any hands-on time with the Apple Watch. No-one has! But we do know what Apple has told us. Expect a range of watch faces and six interchangeable straps. The Apple Watch is expected to be available in only two sizes: 38- and 42mm. Tough look for those with 49mm wrists.

There are also three distinct collections: the Apple Watch collection has a polished silver or black case made from a custom alloy of stainless steel; the Apple Watch Sport collection has an anodised aluminium case in silver or space grey, with strengthened Ion-X glass and colourful, durable straps; and the AppleWatch Edition is made from 18-carat yellow or rose gold, which is twice as hard as standard gold, and has sapphire crystal glass, and equisitely crafted straps and closures.

“Our approach to smart, wearable technology is based on the fundamentals of building depth and variety in user experiences, and providing choice with beautiful, functional products,” said Sony’s Kaz Tajima, launching the stainless steel Smartwatch 3 at CES. That’s nice. But what does it look like? Pretty good. That stainless steel finish is both premium-looking, and contemporary.

And that is good, but although the square Sony Smartwatch 3 may not be quite as stylish as some circular smartwatches, it does have a certain charm. And changing out the rubber for steel makes the 1.6in square colour screen look much more stylish. The only button is to the right, but you’ll rarely need it as the display lights up when you raise your arm or tap on the screen. It’s simple to pop out the display unit and swap straps, too. It’s easy to adjust the strap for size without cutting

Without seeing the Apple Watch it is impossible to judge a winner here. Suffice to say that both of these devices will look and feel premium.

Apple Watch vs Sony Smartwatch 3 stainless steel version: features

Apple’s Watch is a customisable smartwatch designed to work with the iPhone 6 that is also a comprehensive health- and fitness device. It’s accurate to +/-50ms no matter where in the world you are, and allows you to connect and communicate directly from your wrist. A Digital Crown enables you to interact with the watch without obstructing the screen, and also operates as the home button. Siri is also supported, allowing for smart messages and dictation.

A flexible retina display is a single crystal of sapphire. Force Touch, tiny electrodes around the display, recognise the difference between a tap and a press, allowing for different gestures to be made. A linear actuator provides haptic feedback. This is the Apple Watch’s so-called Taptic Engine: more than just helpfully vibrating when you receive a new notification, it can do such things as provide slightly different vibrations for left- and right turns within the Maps app.

On the back a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses protects four sensors that make up the heart-rate monitor, which allows the Apple Watch to build up a comprehensive picture of your daily activities. The Apple Watch also has an accelerometer to measure body movement, and it uses the Wi-Fi and GPS in your iPhone to track distance. There’s a speaker, too, which is water-resistant.

A Glances feature lets you swipe up from the bottom of the screen to see whatever information you choose to have there. This is quick, at-a-glance summaries of such things as the weather forecast, your location or your calendar.

The Apple Watch lets you control music on your iPhone or computer, or music stored on the Watch itself. Any photos you favourite on your iPhone or Mac will also show up on your Apple Watch.

You can choose what types of notifications you receive on the Apple Watch, then simply raise your wrist to see the notification.

Let’s flip over to the SmartWatch 3. Storage remains the same as the Sony SmartWatch 2 and rival Android Wear devices at 4GB eMMC flash memory. This can be used to store music which can be played without a companion smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth.

The SmartWatch 3 does have one ace, though: built-in GPS. With an on-board receiver, there’s no need to take your smartphone with you on a run, hike or bike ride. The GPS can record your route and feed the data back to the Sony Lifelog app.

There’s also NFC, a gyro, compass, accelerometer and Bluetooth. The latter isn’t merely useful for connection to a smartphone for Android notifications: you can pair the SmartWatch 3 with some headphones and listen to music stored on the watch (there’s 2.6GB of usable storage) when you’re exercising.

What it doesn’t have is a heart-rate monitor, although that doesn’t mean the G Watch R is the best choice for fitness enthusiasts. The LG has a heart-rate sensor, which takes on-demand readings rather than monitoring heart rate over time. If you need that, consider one of the new Fitbit trackers: the Charge HR or Surge.

Also, unlike those activity trackers and Sony’s own SmartBand Talk, the SmartWatch 3 has no barometer to detect floors climbed and neither does it track your sleep.

You can install apps on Android Wear, though, which add functions and features which could be even more useful. Right now the selection is rather thin on the ground, but it’s sure to improve over time.

A recent update to Android Wear 5.0 has fixed some of the issues with this fledgling operating system, but it’s still a work in progress. First-time users are likely to be surprised and frustrated by how much still needs to be done on the paired smartphone: you can preview messages but not reply, and ask for directions but be forced to use the phone to see a map, for example.

You can use Ok Google for many things, such as web searches, sending texts and emails, setting timers and alarms and more. It’s all a bit fiddly to set up and learn the specific commands, but once done it does work quite well.

These are both full featured smart, mobile devices. (See also: Apple Watch vs Motorola Moto 360 comparison.)

Apple Watch vs Sony Smartwatch 3 stainless steel version: specs and battery life

Apple made no mention of battery life during the Apple Watch announcement. But speaking to Re/code, Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris confirm that users should get used to a nightly charge.

“We anticipate that people will charge nightly which is why we designed an innovative charging solution that combines our MagSafe technology and inductive charging,” Kerris said. This is a pretty liberal use of the word ‘innovative’, as multiple Android Wear smartwatches engage this system. But we commend the nightstand charger approach as it should disrupt the average watch-wearer’s experience.

The Sony SmartWatch 3 has a 1.6in LCD Transflective screen, IP68 rating, GPS and a microUSB port. We found the 420mAh battery lasted exactly two days, which is slightly disappointing given then unusual screen technology. Instead of AMOLED or IPS, Sony has gone for transflective which means the display is still readable – given sufficient ambient light – without the backlight. It’s the same technology used in many outdoor GPS devices.

You can choose whether or not to keep the screen on all the time. If you turn it off, you’ll have to wake it up just to check the time, but if you leave it on permanently, you can merely glance at your wrist without having to tap or lift your arm.

Sony has also included an ambient light sensor so brightness can be adjusted automatically, but it doesn’t appear to yield any extra battery life.

If battery life were more like 4-5 days we’d forgive this, but LG’s G Watch R also lasts two days between charges. Recharge time is roughly an hour.

Apple Watch vs Sony Smartwatch 3 stainless steel version: verdict

Of course it is too early to draw any serious conclusion about the relative strengths of Apple’s and  Sony’s high-end smartwatches. Suffice to say that right now Sony wins by dint of existing. In a few weeks you will be able to buy the Smartwatch 3, and use it with your existing smartphone. The Apple Watch will likely cost more, and we know little else about it. But Apple has a good history of heading late to a market and coming up with the goods. So if you can afford to wait, it may be worthwhile – even if it is just to see what Apple does and then shop elsewhere. Remember, however, that the Apple Watch will work only with recent Apple iPhones.

Specs Sony SmartWatch 3: Specs

Android Wear OS

1.6in Transflective LCD touchscreen display 320×320 pixels

4GB internal storage (approx 2.6GB available)

512 MB RAM

Quad-core ARM V7 1.2GHz processor

Bluetooth 4.0 LE


gyro, accelerometer, compass, ambient light sensor

GPS receiver


420mAh battery

microUSB charging

IP68 dust and water resistant

Core unit 45g

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Apple Watch Se Review: The Smartwatch For The Masses

About this Apple Watch SE review: We spent 10 days using the Apple Watch SE as our main wearable. It was paired with an Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max and received one minor bug update (watchOS 7.0.1) during the evaluation period. Android Authority purchased the watch directly for this review.

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You’ll find the Apple Watch is a fine tool to have strapped to your wrist on the fitness front. It can automatically track many workouts, such as walks, swimming, or cycling, and can manually track many more. I found indoor and outdoor tracking to be very accurate. For example, I took the Watch SE on a regular (outdoor) hike that I do, and it got the mileage exactly right, with step counts that were about average for the trek. I also tested the Watch SE for walks on the treadmill. Its margin of error was within 0.03 miles, which is quite good over a 2.5-mile walk.

For an in-depth look at the Apple Watch SE’s fitness features, be sure to read our review of the Apple Watch Series 6.

Smartwatch features

Smartwatch functionality abounds on the Apple Watch SE. It includes all the core behaviors you expect from a modern smartwatch.

First, and perhaps most importantly, apps. If there’s one thing the Apple Watch SE does well, it’s apps. Apple has an entire app store just for its smartwatches, and developers have actually filled it with wrist-sized versions of their smartphone apps. For example, I can use the Starbucks app to pay for coffee or the United app to scan my boarding pass, or I can use the Spotify app to control my playlists or the CNN app to check the latest headlines.

Apple stuffed a plethora of its own apps aboard the watch, too. Smartwatch essentials, such as calendar, messaging, stopwatch, and compass are aboard, as are nice-to-haves such as the camera shutter release, Apple Maps, and Apple’s Memoji app.

There’s a new service called Family Setup. As long as you buy an LTE version of the Apple Watch SE and have an iPhone, you can set up multiple watches for the family. Think of it as the easiest possible way to get your kid a phone/smartwatch combo. Because the watch has LTE (this service does not work with GPS-only watches), it can send/receive messages, phone calls, and connect to the App Store for discovering apps. We were unable to test this, however, because we don’t have an LTE-capable Apple Watch.

Apple Watch SE review: Price and competition

Apple Watch SE (40mm, GPS): $279

Apple Watch SE (44mm, GPS): $309

Apple Watch SE (40mm, LTE): $329

Apple Watch SE (44mm, LTE): $359

You can spend as little as $199 on an Apple Watch or as much as $1,249, depending on the series and options you choose. The base prices are fairly straightforward. The Series 3, which is now the “budget” Apple Watch, slots in at $199, while the SE starts at $279, and the Series 6 starts at $399. Adding LTE, jumping to the larger screen size, or adopting a stainless steel band will set you back more.

Since we published this review, Apple has launched the Series 7, which doesn’t bring too many fundamental changes over the Series 6. However, it does introduce a more prominent face with a tougher coating. At $399, it’s a more futureproof alternative to the Apple Watch SE than the Series 6 if you don’t mind the unreliable heart-rate sensor.

Yes, the Apple Watch SE is still worth buying in 2023, especially if you’re on a budget but want an Apple Watch. We’d recommend the SE over the Series 3.

The Apple Watch SE officially launched in September 2023.

Apple doesn’t give a concrete support timeline for the Apple Watch SE, but it’s safe to say it’ll be supported for a few more years yet. Apple only just severed support for the Series 3 with watchOS 9, a model that launched in 2023.

Yes, provided your Apple Watch SE is connected to your phone, you can send and receive messages and use other communication features, like Walkie Talkie.

Where To Buy The Apple Watch 3

Apple Watch Series 3 was announced at Apple’s September 2023 launch event and is now officially on sale. It brings with it a handful of tweaks and features, including one big one: the option for a version with its own cellular connectivity.

So, if the new Apple Watch has piqued your interest, where can you get one? Here are all the places you can pick up an Apple Watch 3, with or without the cellular data option.

Buy it from Apple

Naturally, Apple’s own store will be the first port of call for most people looking to buy the Apple Watch. You can either visit a physical Apple shop (which we’d recommend for first time Watch owners purely so that you can compare the 38mm and 42mm models on your own wrist) or head to the online shop.

Buying from Apple online lets you buy either the regular GPS model (from £329/$329) or the GPS + cellular edition (from £399/$399) and you can buy either in a variety of different cases and bands.

Bear in mind that if you buy the cellular edition of the watch from Apple, you’ll still need to pay your phone carrier to link the Watch to your phone number – in the UK, it’s an EE exclusive, but US owners will get more choice.

The Apple Store also offers the Nike and Hermès versions of the Watch, and the Apple Watch Edition, which comes in a ceramic case.

Finally, Apple naturally also sells a whole range of other straps and accessories for the Watch (including several straps that aren’t options when you’re buying the Watch itself), so you can further customise it to your liking.

Buy from another retailer

If you don’t want to buy directly from Apple, you might find a better price by looking at alternative retailers.

You can also buy the Apple Watch from most major electronics retailers, which might help you find more competitive prices or offers – especially during big sales events like Black Friday. Bear in mind though that they’ll usually have fewer case and band options than Apple itself.

In the UK, take a look at Currys, John Lewis, Amazon, and Argos; if you’re in the US you probably want to look at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target.

Buy from a carrier

Finally, if you’re specifically looking for the new cellular version of the Apple Watch, you might want to try buying it directly from a phone carrier. Bear in mind that you’ll need your Apple Watch to be on the same carrier as your iPhone, and that you’ll have to pay a £5/$10 monthly surcharge for adding the Watch to your plan – not including data usage.

In the US, the Apple Watch 3 will be supported by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, so as long as you’re already on one of those networks you should be able to easily add the Apple Watch on. All of those are selling the Watch either outright or on credit, and will be charging $10 per month to add an Apple Watch to a plan, along with waiving their usual activation fee – and in some cases reportedly offering the first few months of service free.

It’s a little tricker in the UK – EE is the exclusive launch partner for the Apple Watch, so you can only use the cellular capabilities if EE is your network – meaning you not only have the buy the Watch, but you might also have to change your phone contract.

You can buy the Watch directly from EE, though it only stocks three variants: Gold Aluminium Case with Pink Sand Sport Band, Stainless Steel Case with Soft White Sport Band, and the Nike+ Space Grey Aluminium Case with Anthracite/Black Nike Sport Band – all in either 38mm or 42mm.

The bigger issue with buying from EE is the available plan – right now the company is only selling it on a £25 per month plan with unlimited data. That gets you the Watch with no upfront charge (or £29.99 for a 42mm size and more for the stainless steel), but costs £600 over the 2-year contract for the cheapest model – so you’re paying £200 just for the data, on top of your main phone contract.

That means you should be able to get better value by buying the Watch elsewhere and paying EE’s £5 monthly surcharge – which only kicks in after the first six months anyway, and includes a generous 10GB data a month. That would only cost £90 over the equivalent 2-year period – far less than £200 – without locking you into a contract.

It’s a similar situation in a few other countries too – check Apple’s list of partners to find out which carriers support the Apple Watch in your country.

Do note that the Apple Watch 3 LTE does not support roaming, so any additional features enabled by the e-SIM will not work when you take it abroad.

Sony Xperia Xz Vs Sony Xperia Xz1



Our Verdict

Sony’s Xperia XZ1 is closer to the XZ Premium than it is to the XZ. It offers a lot more power and will provide better performance, but it is also a lot more expensive than the XZ’s current price. If you’re looking to buy a new phone, we’d recommend paying the difference and getting an XZ1 as it will ensure a better user experience. If you already have an XZ and are wondering whether to buy the XZ1, the choice depends on your satisfaction levels regarding the XZ. If you don’t have a specific interest in the XZ1’s new features and find the XZ’s performance adequate, you might not need to upgrade. But if you’ve found the XZ lagging or underperforming, the XZ1 will definitely take care of those issues.

Sony has released its newest smartphone from the Xperia series: the Xperia XZ1. Coming just a year after the Xperia XZ (released last September), the XZ1 is set to be a better and stronger version of the previous model. We’ve already reviewed the Xperia XZ in depth, but we’ll now take a good look at the main differences between Sony’s two models.

You’ll be quick to notice that both phones look incredibly similar, but then again that’s true of most Xperia phones, no matter which line they’re coming from. The XZ1 has kept the XZ’s large bezels, but is a little rounder and curvier than the older model.

If you’ve been using the XZ, you’ll know that its ‘alkaleido’ metal finish is quite slippery. The XZ1 fixes this issue, as it’s made of a unibody metal that improves your grip on the phone.

Both phones are designed with what Sony refers to as a ‘loop surface’, a seamless surface that ‘loops’ around your phone and gives it a smoother feel. As far as colour options are concerned, the names have evolved but the colours remain the same: the Xperia XZ1 will be available in Black, Silver, Pink and Blue.

We’ve noticed minor changes to the camera layout on the back of the phone (it is now horizontal instead of vertical) and due to its curvier design, the XZ1 is no longer able to stand on its own, though we doubt this will be considered a major setback for anyone.

In terms of price, the Xperia XZ1 is set to start at £599 in the UK, making it pricier than the XZ’s debut price which was £449. You can buy your Xperia XZ1 from Sony, Carphone Warehouse or other UK operator.

Sony still sells  Xperia XZ at their original prices. This XZ is also available at Carphone Warehouse or Amazon for a similar price.

Xperia XZ vs Xperia XZ1 Features and Design

The XZ1 will be both a little larger and lighter than the XZ but the margins are too small for it to have a real impact on your user experience. Both phones are equipped with a 5.2in screen, but the XZ1’s screen to body ratio is a little lower (70.9% for the XZ to 68% now). The resolution and pixel density remain the same on both models (1080 x 1920p for 424ppi).

In terms of video quality, the XZ1 will now be HDR compliant, promising a better display and content support for Netflix and Prime Video. Not many changes were made to the camera, except that the XZ1 now benefits from the XZ Premium’s improvements, such as the Super Slow Motion tool (720p@960fps) and a few novelties like the ‘Smile Capture’ mode.

The XZ1’s camera is 19Mp while the XZ’s was 23Mp, but the difference won’t have enough of an impact to be a problem. The front camera is a 13Mp on both phones.

The Xperia XZ1 also comes with a new interesting feature: a 3D scanning option. Its camera lets you scan real-life objects to be used as stickers in conversations with your friends, or as background photos. If you have access to a 3D printer, you will even be able to print them.

But the area in which the XZ1 truly outpowers the XZ is in performance. The XZ launched with Android 6.0, though it quickly became eligible for a Nougat update. The XZ1 will launch with Android’s newest version, Oreo (read all about the update here). It is powered by the best processor available, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, backed by 4GB of RAM, while the XZ had to make do with a Snapdragon 820, and only 3GB of RAM. The CPU upgrades from quad-core to octa-core and the GPU from Adreno 530 to Adreno 540.

The battery will be a little less powerful on the XZ1 (2700mAh compared to 2900mAh on the XZ), but both phones enable fast-charging. Both are also dust and water resistant. The XZ is available with 32GB or 64GB of storage, while the XZ1 will only come in 64GB, but both models allow for storage to be expanded up to 256GB thanks to the MicroSD Slot.

Specs Sony Xperia XZ1: Specs

Android 8.0 Oreo

5.2in Full HD HDR display

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor


64GB storage, expandable via Micro-SD




Dual-band 11ac Wi-Fi

Headphone jack

Stereo speakers

19Mp rear-facing camera

13Mp front-facing camera

2700mAh battery




Dizo Watch R Talk Review: Makes An Affordable Smartwatch Worthwhile!

Dizo Watch R Talk Review (2023)

The review will talk about the design, performance, what Bluetooth calling was like, and more aspects in detail. In case you wish to check out a specific section, use the table below.

What’s in the Box

The Dizo Watch R Talk comes packed in a small box, which doesn’t include a lot of items. There’s the watch, the magnetic charging cable, and an instruction manual for you to get started. That’s it!

Dizo Watch R Talk: Specs Sheet Design and Build

From a far-off glance, it would be easy to misconstrue Dizo Watch R Talk as a Samsung Galaxy Watch. A metal frame, combined with different detailings like a dial rim around the display, makes it a premium-looking watch on a budget. But the dial rim here isn’t touch-sensitive or rotatable like the Galaxy Watch, making it just another addition to enhance the premium look and feel.

The watch has two physical buttons on the right side. The Home button has a red ring around it (also seen on the Galaxy Watch), whereas the other button lets you access the various sports modes. Sadly, a back button is not included, and you will have to use the Home button each time you want to navigate to a different option. And this was a persistent issue for me! The rear side has the charging pogo pins, the usual set of health-tracking sensors, and the “Dizo” branding.

The buckle is also made up of stainless steel paired with silicone straps. This sounds like your usual smartwatch details, but you might be a little disappointed here. The compromise that you will see on the Watch R Talk is in the silicone straps, which feel cheap. This is also when you can easily tell that the watch is affordable. 

The build quality has to get some good points, despite the not-so-amazing silicon straps available. Wearing the smartwatch for hours will leave an imprint! Plus, comfort isn’t always guaranteed. The watch felt too big for my wrist (a concern also aired by my colleagues), and I constantly knew I wearing one. This sadly made things uncomfortable for me at times.

I can’t term Watch R Talk a unisex watch, for it can be bulky for many girls out there. But then, it’s a subjective choice. The silver lining is that the straps won’t hurt your skin or cause any rashes (at least in my brief week-long use). It’s washable too, so sweat or water droplets while washing hands won’t be scary!

Big AMOLED Display

The watch size is sufficiently big for a clear view. Scrolling through the UI is easy, and I never encountered problems while trying to access the various features the Watch R Talk comes with. It supports 550 nits of peak brightness, making the display pretty bright. Using the watch outdoors was never a problem, and the text visibility and navigation were easy. Indoors, I stuck to 50% of the brightness, and even that proved more than adequate. So props to Realme for using a great display on a low budget.

Another bell and whistle here is the presence of the Always-on-Display (AOD) functionality. You can enable the AOD clock and even decide the screen time. When enabled, this AOD does take a toll on the battery and drains faster than usual, as expected. I’m not a fan of AOD, so I didn’t use it for a long time. New smartwatch users would appreciate the feature, though.

There are more than 150 watch faces to choose from, all coming from different themes in the Dial Market. You get the option to select and sync them to the watch via the Dizo app. Select a watch face, and it will be applied within a few seconds. The options are vast, but you can also make one for yourself, setting the font and photo you would want to see every time you lift your wrist to check the time. Sadly, the “raise to wake” feature wasn’t as seamless as the one on my Apple Watch.

Bluetooth Calling

Gone are the days when people wanted a smartwatch to solely record their heart rate or blood-oxygen levels (remember the COVID times?) The latest talk of the town is whether or not your smartwatch lets you make calls via Bluetooth or not. And the Dizo Watch R Talk ticks that box as well.

Now, even though it’s good, the Bluetooth calling feature has its little quirks. It isn’t fully refined and isn’t consistent. There will be times when despite the incoming call displayed on my phone, I couldn’t see the same on my Dizo watch. Plus, even when I aimed to talk via the paired phone, I faced connectivity issues. 

Nonetheless, this feature will come in handy when your phone isn’t around, and you are getting a call that just can’t be ignored. The watch has a dial pad and syncs the contacts too, so not having your phone with you won’t be a problem anymore.

Performance and Companion App

The Dizo Watch R Talk, much like most smartwatches, comes with a companion app called the Dizo app. It’s available on both the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store, allowing you to control things via your smartphone.

It’s an easy-to-navigate app with every section neatly placed to let you easily access the functionality you want. There’s a section to change the watch faces and to keep track of sleep, heart rate, and SpO2 numbers. Plus, the calorie and step counters are also displayed within the app. Other than that, the setting to turn on/off notifications, heart rate monitoring interval, and more can also be found here. As for people using a Dizo watch (or any watch for that matter) for the first time, this app makes things much simpler.

Besides the smooth interface of the Dizo app, the watch ran smoothly too. Playing around with the watch options wasn’t laggy, and while I was expecting an affordable watch like this to have some annoying issues, I didn’t encounter any. The whole experience was topped with a vibrant display too. Although I said this earlier, I certainly missed a back button, which could have made things smoother. The watch does support gestures but those are mainly when you enter the Settings menu.

Plus, the vibration is way too loud, and instead of alerting me, it can safely alert the person in close proximity too. This was the case when the vibration was set to “soft” mode, so I wonder what “strong” vibrations would have felt like! It was too strong for my liking, so I had to keep the watch silent at all times.

You also get features like camera/ music controls and weather updates, apart from the health features (details in the next section). Also, controlling music makes things super convenient while working out or when your phone is at a distance. Although, the watch struggles to make things work at times. You can check out the functioning yourself.

Health and Fitness Features

It’s almost standard for a smartwatch to include a melange of health features, and the Dizo Watch R Talk doesn’t disappoint. The mixture includes a 24×7 heart rate monitor, a SpO2 monitor, a sleep tracker, and even a period tracker. Their inclusion comes in pretty handy, and the COVID time has taught us that.

Although, I personally don’t feel the need to track my sleep for (a) wearing smartwatches to sleep is rather uncomfortable, and (b) it’s okay if I don’t know the metrics of my REM sleep. But, in case it’s something you are interested in, the Dizo Watch R Talk did a fine job. During my usage, it didn’t unnecessarily record my sleep time, and its sleep tracking was mainly active when I was asleep! So no false positives in my testing.

The Dizo Watch R also supports 110+ sports modes, allowing you to track a vast range of activities. There’s GPS-based outdoor running, walking, and cycling route tracking too (although, in-built GPS functionality isn’t there). These can help you get insights like heart rate, calories burnt, pace, and more while you go for any of these activities. There’s support for indoor activities, so you are sorted there too. I happened to mainly monitor my walking and was able to precisely do so. For me, keeping track of my steps and calories is the most-used aspect of a smartwatch and this was more often than not a success. Of course, the step tracking isn’t real-time and took a while to refresh.

There was a slight discrepancy in my iPhone’s Health app measurements and the workout on the Watch R Talk’s part, but nothing to fret about. I also compared the Dizo Watch R Talk to the Realme Watch 2 Pro, and the former was far more accurate. The Realme watch ended up recording 100 additional steps while the Dizo smartwatch has a difference of one or 2 steps in my testing. So, if you are like me and step-tracking is an essential feature for you, the Dizo Watch R Talk does an impressive job.

Battery and Charging

The battery life is without a doubt an important factor one will consider before buying a watch or even a phone for that matter. The Dizo Watch R Talk has a 300mAh battery, which Dizo claims to last up to 10 days on a single charge. And it tends to deliver.

I charged the Watch R Talk before starting to use it and a week later, it still has some juice left. And this is with Bluetooth calling enabled (and AOD disabled for most of the testing period). For a person coming from an Apple Watch SE, which required charging every two days, this experience was bliss.

As for the charging time, it took around 1 to 1.5 hours to juice up the watch from 10% to 100%, which isn’t bad either. The watch takes up all the juice via magnetic suction charging.

Dizo Watch R Talk: Pro and Cons

ProsConsLong battery lifeThe straps feel cheapLarge AMOLED displayNo in-built GPSClear Bluetooth calling sessionsToo loud a vibrationAccurate health trackingEasy-to-use companion app

Dizo Watch R Talk: Should You Buy or Not?

Dizo Watch R Talk is an attempt to further the functionality of a smartwatch, which mostly can be utilized to its full potential when your phone isn’t on you. You get all the notifications, calls, and a lot more on your wrist while helping you stay focused on your health. For Rs 4,999, this is a deal one can’t ignore, especially for those who are looking to dive into the world of smartwatches for the first time.

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Intel Vs. Apple: Strategic Vs. Tactical

Intel and Apple are very different companies, yet both produced some recent news that suggests a possible comparison. Last week Intel had their industry analyst meeting, and this week Tim Cook announced what amounts to the second and third major change from Steve Jobs’ policy.

Contrasting the two companies isn’t to showcase competitive strengths or weaknesses against each other. The firms are simply too different from one another (and Apple is an Intel customer). Instead, the point is to showcase policies that on Intel’s side are strategic and Apple’s tactical.

Intel’s event showcased as it as a firm thinking about where they will be in 5 or more years while Apple appears increasingly focused on stock value in real time. It is the strategic vs. the tactical. And since I think far too many companies focus far too much on the tactical, I’d like to explore this topic this week.

Of the companies that exist in the technology space, IBM is by far the most strategic. They have been around for over a century and the firm was designed by two generations of Watsons to be eternal.

The company’s historic near failure was the result of a string of executives that increasingly focused on quarterly results in exchange for strategic positions. It first give up the firm’s successful, and prophetic, model of computing as a service (they initially had software free on hardware they leased). And eventually it lost the desktop, largely as a result of validating Microsoft and then crippling the PC Jr. in order to protect the margins of their higher end products.

Currently IBM’s major initiatives involve the concept of Smarter Planet and they encompass the world with no apparent end date. The planet can never be smart enough, and this is the epitome of strategic.

The Intel Industry Analyst meetings are confidential so I can share only my impressions, not the content. However, more than I can remember since Andy Grove ran the company, last week Intel delivered a strategic message.

They also showcased a string of strategic investments in areas like security. This is likely where the future wars for processors will be fought. And the company once again emphasized strategic purchases like MacAfee, which are designed to assure that future.

Intel recognized that it is weak in tablets and smartphones and have shifted substantial resources to address these shortcomings. But over all of there was a growing sense of “better together,” where having Intel at all parts of a solution – from desktops and handhelds to networking and servers and services – that ensures that the future for Intel will be bright.

Finally, while they didn’t speak of this, surrounding the event were moves in the background by Intel’s media group. An organization focused on bringing Intel into the living room to create a new media service that could provide a bandwidth-optimized rich HD/3D home experience currently unmatched.

In short, at Intel, it was all about the long-term future and ensuring Intel’s would be bright. Paul Otellini is earning his salary and has emerged from the shadow of legendary CEO Andy Grove by doing what IBM’s Sam Palmisano did, and making sure he will leaving Intel far better than he found it.

This week Tim Cook announced two more changes from Steve Jobs’s policy. Apple will institute a stock buyback program and pay dividends. His prior change was to reinstitute Apple’s charitable giving program, something that Steve Jobs had killed when he came back. Jobs felt that if investors wanted to be philanthropic they would do so with their own money. They didn’t invest in firms like Apple to do that for them. Given Apple’s success it is hard to argue that Steve wasn’t right.

Cook historically did the jobs that Steve didn’t want to do, so while he was the best of those inside the firm he wasn’t really groomed to replace Steve. And if Apple has a grooming program to replace Cook it isn’t being disclosed.

As a result Apple is increasingly looking tactical, largely living off Jobs’s legacy. But changes are tied to improving the firm’s image with things like philanthropy or increasing the perceived value of its stock -– not in investing in the company’s future.

In the end that may make the new Apple seem much more like the old Apple.

Corporations are designed to be eternal but few actually work to ensure this immortality. There are a handful of firms that were around when IBM reached its 50-year anniversary that were around at IBM’s birth. And 50 years later that handful has dropped to a few fingers.

That’s thousands of avoidable failures of companies and millions of jobs lost because executives couldn’t see beyond the tactical and build for the future. Intel is the only company in technology that has a top cultural anthropologist, Genevieve Bell, running a lab analyzing the future to ensure Intel can anticipate it.

They showcase that a younger firm can learn from an older one in order to survive. Apple’s star is burning brighter but at greater risk of burning out because it hasn’t learned this lesson yet. And the technology graveyard is full of Digitals, Compaqs, Osbornes, Commodores, Netscapes, Suns, Palms and other firms that simply couldn’t figure out that if you don’t make sure you are planning for tomorrow, you’ll likely not be around when tomorrow comes.

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