It’s hard to believe, but the Apple Watch Series 3 is the fastest-selling LTE wearable on the market right now. This handy gadget isn’t just everyone’s favorite smartwatch – it’s also one of the best-selling watches in the world!
So what makes the Apple Watch so popular? For one, if you’re working out at the gym, you do not have to haul your bulky iPhone around with you. You can answer and decline calls directly from your wrist: Just tap the green button to take the call or the red one to reject it or transfer it to your phone, Bluetooth headset, or to your car.
Furthermore, if you opt for the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular service, you can make calls, listen to streaming music, and go online even if you leave your iPhone at home. With an Apple Watch on your wrist, you can also check all of your incoming emails and messages on the go.
To learn what other cool things you can do with your Apple Watch, check out this infographic:
Get Ready For More Peaceful Flights With Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Headphones
When I flew to Sweden back in September, I traveled Business Class for the 15-hour flight, and it was amazing, with a seat that folded into a bed, a personal entertainment center with plenty of movies to choose from, and Bose noise cancelling headphones to use in-flight.
Now despite being a frequent traveler (80K+ miles this year), I never bothered getting a pair of noise cancelling headphones. But after experiencing the difference first-hand, I was sold. The only problem? Those Bose headphones are freaking expensive!
So I decided to research and see what else was out there that offered comparable performance and comfort at a more wallet-friendly price point. And the recommendations that kept coming back were for the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC wireless headphones.
Priced at just $150, I was a little dubious if they would live up to the claims, as they were more than half the price of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. So I tried out a pair at an airport shop, and I was really impressed with them, so much so that I decided to give them a shot.
First impressions? The headphones look sharp yet understated, with a matte-black finish and cushy earpads that promise comfort throughout your trip. They fold up into a compact form factor for easy travel without taking up too much space, though I do wish they offered a hard-shell case rather than the provided canvas case, to offer a little more protection.
At just 8.4 ounces, the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC headphones are rather lightweight, allowing you to wear them for long periods of time without feeling fatigued. That said, those with large ears may be forced to wear these headphones on, rather than over the ear, in which case you might need to give your ears a rest from time to time.
You can pair the HD 4.50 BTNC with your devices using Bluetooth or NFC (or use the supplied cable if you prefer a wired experience), and there are ear-cup mounted controls for changing tracks, making calls, and adjusting the volume. You can also activate or deactivate active noise cancellation by holding down both volume buttons at once. It seems odd that they wouldn’t provide a dedicated button for something like that, but it works regardless.
I found the sound quality of the headphones to be second to none, delivering good clean bass and an overall nice sound profile. The active noise cancellation worked great at blocking out the ambient noise (and crying babies), and with a battery life of 19 hours (or 25 hours without ANC), you will be good for even the longest of flights.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC wireless headphones, and I’d highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for some peace and quiet on their next trip. They’re a bargain at just $150, and once you shut out the world and immerse yourself in music with these amazing headphones, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get them sooner.
Photo credit: Sennheiser
Apple Plans To Slash Price Of iPhone XR In Japan To Boost Sales
It’s been less than a month since the iPhone XR was released, and unfortunately sales haven’t been as strong as Apple had hoped for.. So much so that Apple is planning to roll out subsidies to Japanese carriers, according to a report from Wall Street Journal. (This has been confirmed as of 11/26, with NTT Docomo offering a $100 savings on a 24-month contract)
Now it’s rare that you see Apple (or any smartphone maker) slashing prices within a month of a phone’s release. Add in the fact that Apple has lowered production orders for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, and it’s clear that trouble is a brewing in Cupertino. (If you’re still not convinced, just look at their stock price, which has taken quite a hit as of late)
Personally, I think Apple got a little overzealous with the pricing of their new phones, and the public has spoken.. by keeping their existing phones instead. I’m guilty of that myself, sticking with my iPhone 7, because the trade-in rate is abysmal (seriously Apple, $250?!) and I can’t justify spending an extra $500+ on a new phone when mine works just fine.
And that’s the issue that Apple and other smartphone makers currently face. For most people, it’s just not worth upgrading every year when improvements are marginal at best. The days of revolutionary features are behind us. Now it’s just a game of bigger screens & better cameras.
The big question now is whether Apple follow suit in the US. For now, I plan on sitting on the sidelines and waiting things out.
Palm Is Back With A Crazy Small 3.3-Inch Smartphone
In a world where smartphones keep getting bigger and bigger, Palm is taking a rather different approach, introducing a sleek little smartphone with an incredibly tiny 3.3-inch screen. When I first heard the news, I was excited, as I never understood the appeal of these gigantic phones that barely fit in one’s pocket.
Sadly, as I came to learn more about the new $350 Palm phone, I found out that the phone had some serious shortcomings.. Namely the fact that this isn’t a standalone phone, but rather a companion for your “regular” smartphone that you can take with you on a run or to the gym. So you still need to drop $600+ on another phone.
Confused? Join the club. Given the fact that a number of smart watches out there have already solved this problem (in a better form factor to boot), it’s a little unclear why Palm felt the need to introduce a device like this in the first place.
It’s a shame, because I think that Palm was really onto something here, bucking the “bigger is better” trend with a small phone that can do everything you need it to do (running Android 8.1 with access to all of the apps from the Google Play Store), at an accessible price.
But then they ruined everything by requiring people to add it as a second phone to their plan, and locking you into Verizon (the only carrier that the Palm works with). Like they say, those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
That said, if you’re a Verizon customer that wants a smaller phone to take with them in lieu of their phablet, then you should check out The Verge’s review of the Palm. Or maybe just by a smartwatch like everyone else.
What do you guys think of the Palm smartphone?
Photo credit: Palm