The Best Shop For Electronics & Photography https://thebestshop.co.uk The Best Deals Are Here Fri, 13 Dec 2019 13:55:41 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://thebestshop.co.uk/data/2019/10/cropped-53bce488-5305-4793-82f1-d44b6dfd7dbd_200x200-e1570000790700-32x32.png The Best Shop For Electronics & Photography https://thebestshop.co.uk 32 32 Samsung Galaxy Fold sold 1 million systems– are collapsible phones ‘in’ now? https://thebestshop.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-fold/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=samsung-galaxy-fold Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:37:58 +0000 http://www.techradar.com/news/samsung-galaxy-fold-sold-1-million-units-are-foldable-phones-in-now Because the Samsung Galaxy Fold release was so hindered by mishaps, including resilience issues and a release date pushed back eight months in total. It wasn’t clear how many people would have an interest in the folding phone. However it appears a million individuals wanted to put down money to buy the device. That’s according […]

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Because the Samsung Galaxy Fold release was so hindered by mishaps, including resilience issues and a release date pushed back eight months in total. It wasn’t clear how many people would have an interest in the folding phone. However it appears a million individuals wanted to put down money to buy the device. That’s according to the president of Samsung Electronics Young Sohn,

Speaking at an occasion hosted by TechCrunch, who stated that Samsung had actually offered a million Galaxy Fold systems. One million units is an excellent figure given the gadget costs $1,980/ ₤ 1,900/ AU$ 2,900 to buy. It is also surprising too given that figure only represents about 3 months of sales.

Other Manufacturers joined in

When it became clear that numerous telephone companies would be launching folding phones, there was a great deal of excitement.,But a year of hold-ups, meant the phones were never ever launched. Unfavorable press around the devices, indicated we weren’t too sure how the very first collapsible handset would land. It appears we shouldn’t have been worried, though, because 1,000,000 people can’t all be incorrect.

Are foldable phones the brand-new big thing?

Now that the Samsung Galaxy Fold is a success, things are looking brilliant for the Motorola Razr 2019, the second commonly available foldable phone. It has actually got a lower cost than the Fold, so when it becomes available in January 2020 it could be a slightly more cost effective option for people.

This sales figure is also a motivating sign for other producers that have confirmed they are working on such gadgets, like Xiaomi, TCL, Microsoft, Oppo and Vivo. In addition, there are a few business that had actually been rumored to be working on collapsible phones. However nothing has been confirmed– Apple, Google, Sony and LG are all stated to have something in the works. The sales figure for the Fold might be encouragement for these business to carry on with these projects. Saying that, it’s still early days for collapsible phones, and we’ll need to see how popular the next few devices are. How well the Galaxy Fold does in the long run, will also affect development of similar models by other producers.

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Garmin Instinct review https://thebestshop.co.uk/garmin-instinct-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=garmin-instinct-review Wed, 11 Dec 2019 16:30:53 +0000 https://www.digitaltrends.com/?p=2390519 Garmin Instinct review: A budget smartwatch for adventurers “The Garmin Instinct is a good adventure smartwatch at a great price.” Affordable Plenty of outdoors features Rugged design Comfortable Low-resolution display No third-party apps Garmin’s Fenix series is the Cadillac of adventure watches, but not everyone has $600 or more to spare on a watch. Enter […]

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Garmin Instinct review: A budget smartwatch for adventurers

“The Garmin Instinct is a good adventure smartwatch at a great price.”

  • Affordable
  • Plenty of outdoors features
  • Rugged design
  • Comfortable
  • Low-resolution display
  • No third-party apps

Garmin’s Fenix series is the Cadillac of adventure watches, but not everyone has $600 or more to spare on a watch. Enter the $300 Garmin instinct, an affordable outdoors-focused watch that takes the best of the Fenix and houses it in a rugged, good-looking package that rivals Casio.

Does the Instinct deliver as an outdoors watch? We took it hiking, trail running, and backpacking to find out.

Rugged but not clunky

The Instinct screams outdoor watch with a look that reminds us of Casio’s hardcore sports watches. Weighing 52 grams and measuring 45mm across the casing, the Garmin Instinct is significantly smaller than the Fenix series. Its 22mm removable strap is compatible with Garmin’s other watches. The smaller size and soft silicone band make the Instinct comfortable to wear day and night.

Like most Garmin watches, durability is outstanding. The fiber-reinforced polymer casing is resistant to scratching and both the chemically strengthened glass and raised bezel protect the screen.

Garmin Instinct adventure smartwatch Kelly Hodgkins / Digital Trends

The 128 x 128-pixel monochrome display does the job. It’s easy to read in the sunlight and at night thanks to the backlight. It has a two-window design that is unique to this model. In the right corner is a small circular window that by default displays the date, while the rest of the display shows your stats. Though you cannot get rid of this extra window, you can customize both windows to show whatever metrics you want.

Five buttons you can’t forget

The Instinct has the standard five-button layout and user interface that Garmin employs across its Forerunner and Fenix lines. The buttons are clearly labeled, but we wish the right side buttons were a bit more prominent. They are nearly flush with the casing and difficult to press, especially with gloves on. The Instinct uses the same basic, intuitive interface found on Garmin’s other devices. The learning curve is short and once you master the interface, you can quickly navigate from screen to screen.

Garmin is know for the customizable interface on all its watches. In the Instinct, you can customize everything from the widgets to the data screens you view during workouts. The Instinct is outdoorsy on the outside and the inside. The interface has a strong outdoors focus with widgets for Sunrise/Sunset, the weather, Xero bow sighting, and InReach controls.

Sports tracking for your outdoorsy side

Like most Garmin watches, the Instinct has over 25 different activities that you can track. You can use it to track the big three – running, biking, and swimming — as well as less common activities like SUP, rowing and stair-stepping.

Activity tracking is accurate — both the heart rate and distance were similar to the Garmin Fenix 6S Pro and the Forerunner 245. During a workout, you can scroll through different data screens which are designed for the activity. Running includes heart rate zone, pace, and distance, while hiking and trail running include ascent and vertical speed which is helpful when climbing mountains. You can change these fields as needed.

Garmin Instinct adventure smartwatch Kelly Hodgkins / Digital Trends

I recently climbed a very steep section of a ravine and wanted to know the grade so I was able to swap out the vertical speed for the grade in just a few minutes. The Instinct also does 24/7 tracking allowing you to see steps, stairs, stress, and more.

Health and wellness on the side

The Instinct is more than just a fitness tracker. It also covers all the major health and wellness metrics such as sleep tracking, step counting, stair climbing, calorie burning, and more. The Instinct has stress tracking and offers a relaxing breathing session to lower your stress levels when they rise. There’s also a move alert that encourages you to get up and walk around when you’ve been sitting too long.

The Instinct has automatic sleep tracking, but it is on the basic side. It only monitors your heart rate and movement to break down your sleep into light, deep, and REM sleep. There is no pulse oximeter in the Instinct to detect breathing issues and similar sleep disturbances.

I also found the Instinct will overestimate your sleep, and it often could not tell the difference between laying quietly in bed and sleeping. Less-than-accurate sleep is not a deal-breaker for me, however, given this smartwatch focuses more on the outdoors.

Navigation that keeps you on the trail

The Instinct is an outdoors watch, so it’s not surprising the watch excels at GPS tracking and navigation. The Instinct supports GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo and connects quickly to these satellite systems. GPS tracking is accurate when compared to the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus.

On multiple runs and hikes, the two devices measured approximately the same distances and pace. Even though some people report issues with elevation, I had no problems with elevation. Elevation was accurate — within a 100 feet of my Garmin InReach and published summit elevations. I run the same mountain trail a few times a week and elevation was consistent between these runs.

Garmin Instinct adventure smartwatch Kelly Hodgkins / Digital Trends

Unlike the Fenix series, the Instinct lacks onboard topo maps which are not compatible with the low-resolution, non-color display. What you get instead are breadcrumb maps with a slew of navigation features. You can upload routes that you can follow or go back to the basics with the built-in compass. You can also add coordinates to which you can navigate.

If you get turned around on a hike, there’s a backtracking feature that helps you navigate back to the start and a compass. The Instinct’s basic navigation features saved me from getting lost on more than one occasion. On one hike, I accidentally followed an old logging road instead of the trail. I was able to use the breadcrumb map and the backtrack feature to find my way back to the original trail.

Power for a week at a time

Garmin advertises 14 days of battery life under regular usage and 16 hours in GPS mode. Based on my experience, these estimations are not exaggerated. I routinely went 10 days or more between charging and that was with daily hour-long workouts. I also used it hiking on 10 to 12 mile hikes and found the battery had enough stamina to track a day-long hike with juice to spare. The few times it ran out, it was my fault because I had not fully charged the watch before I left.

Not so smart smartwatch

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The Garmin Instinct is more of a GPS watch than a smartwatch. You can receive incoming notifications on the watch, but that is about it. You cannot connect to Garmin’s Connect IQ app store. You can control music on the phone using the watch’s music controls, but you cannot add music files or install Spotify on the watch. It also does not support Garmin pay.

Pricing, availability, and warranty information

The $300 Garmin Instinct can be found on Garmin’s website, Amazon and other online retailers. Garmin offers a one-year limited warranty that covers defects in materials or workmanship.

Our take

At $300, the Garmin Instinct hits the sweet spot for both features and price. It offers a suite of practical outdoors and sports features that’ll keep outdoors enthusiasts happy with a price tag that won’t break the bank.

Is there a better alternative?

Garmin Instinct fills the gap between expensive adventure watch and affordable fitness watch. It borrows the key features from the outdoors Fenix series but keeps the price low with an affordable, but rugged build. Though we recommend it for outdoors athletes on a budget, the Instinct is not for everyone.

If money is no object, prospective watch owners can upgrade to the $700 Fenix 6S Pro, which has all the features of the Instinct and adds a whole lot more including topographical maps, altitude-based pacing plans, and ClimbPro which displays incline. For a few hundred dollars more, the Apple Watch is also a solid choice. It may not have the detailed metrics of the Instinct but the Watch OS app store offers plenty of outdoors-focused apps.

Check our round-up of the best smartwatches for more options.

How long will it last?

The Garmin Instinct is solidly made with a raised bezel to protect the display. We expect the watch to last at least three years under normal usage.

Should you buy it?

Yes. Outdoor enthusiasts who want some of the outdoors features of the Fenix series without the adventure watch price should strongly consider purchasing the Garmin Instinct.

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The Xiaomi Yi action camera weighs just 2.64oz. Records Video 1080 (60fps), 1080p (48fps), 1080p (30fps), 1080p (24fps). 960P (60fps), 960P (48fps) 720P (120fps), 720P(60fps), 720P(48fps) and 480P (240fps). It records to a micro SD card (Sold Separately). It’s built in WIFI can connect to your Android Phone from up to 100m away which will allow you to easily and conveniently transfer Photos and Videos to your Phone. Four operating modes include; Photo / Time-lapse photo / Timed photo / Timed Video. LED battery status indicator assures you avoid the disappointment of an unexpected drained battery.

Xiaomi YI Action Camera Technical Specs

XIAOMI Sizes

Sensor & Lens

XIAOMI Yi Sensor

Image Processor:  Ambarella A7LS high-performance processor

Image Sensor:  16MP Sony EXMOR R CMOS BSI image sensor

Lens:   155ᵒ ultra wide angle glass lens / F2.8 Aperture
G Sensor:  ST high performance g-sensor
Waterproof:  Waterproof up to 40 m deep with waterproof housing (sold separately)

Video
Audio
Storage

This action camera has all the processing power, video facilities and a great lens and image sensor. It will take great photos and videos. It beats the entry-level GoPro Hero on both price and specs.

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