Personalized strain and recovery on your wrist

Patrick

NBA players use it. Professional skateboarders use it. CrossFitters use it. The Whoop Strap promises to go above and beyond what “normal” fitness trackers can do. You buy a Whoop Strap if you want to get an idea of how much you should be pushing your performance, and when you should be dialing things back.

I’ve spent over three weeks with the Whoop Strap 3.0 and I have a pretty good understanding of why it’s so popular among athletes — and why it may not be the training device everyone has been waiting for. This is Android Authority‘s full

Resetting the bar for Wear OS smartwatches

Patrick

There are few smartwatch makers that have shown more dedication to keeping Wear OS from falling into oblivion than Mobvoi, an AI company and creator of the TicWatch series of smartwatches. It’s therefore fitting that Mobvoi should be the first to debut a smartwatch powered by new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear silicon which is touted as the possible savior of Google’s woefully underserved wearables platform.

That watch is the TicWatch Pro 3. The third iteration of the Chinese firm’s flagship wearable packs a raft of new features, top specs, and subtle design tweaks in a familiar package.

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Bringing affordable 5G to everyone

Patrick

Most of the 5G phones released over the course of the last year suffer from what some have termed the “5G tax.” In other words, they cost an absurd amount of money and at least some of that absurdity is being blamed on the presence of 5G. Adding 5G as a feature, it seems, means the price should go up. The TCL 10 5G UW is here to democratize 5G. With its sub-$400 price point, most people should be able to afford it and the 5G features on board.

Is 5G worth the hype at this price level? We’re here

Fitbit Inspire 2 review: For new users only

Patrick

The Fitbit Inspire HR didn’t really need an update. Fitbit’s affordable tracker has been near the top of our best cheap fitness trackers list since it was announced in early 2018. However, Xiaomi’s Mi Band line has been making good progress over the years, offering better hardware, longer battery life, and more health sensors at a far cheaper price point. Look no further than the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 to see what I’m talking about.

The Fitbit Inspire 2 — the new tracker that succeeds the Inspire and Inspire HR — might be a bit underwhelming if you were expecting

Huawei Mate 40 Pro hands-on: Modernizing the Mate

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The Mate series is Huawei’s high-end suite of flagship devices. Last year’s Huawei Mate 30 Pro had a premium design, a stupendous camera, and fantastic battery life. It’s a year later and Huawei has announced its successor. The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is here, and it seeks to modernize the Mate line.

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With a faster display, a faster chipset, and faster charging, the Mate 40 Pro is Huawei’s answer to the 2020 premium flagship smartphone race. Here’s our early hands-on experience with the latest Huawei device.

Design and display: Baby steps

Heading in the right direction

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Sony Xperia 5 II in the hand

Sony’s 2020 flagship — the ultra-premium Xperia 1 II — has many strengths, but is ultimately a hard sell with its colossal $1,199/£1,099 price tag. The Xperia 5 range forms Sony’s more sensibly priced flagship tier, with the new Xperia 5 II coming in at a much more reasonable $949/£799. It’s been well received by critics too. In our review, we called it, “perhaps Sony’s best phone ever.”

I wasn’t enamored with the expensive Xperia 1 II, but I agree that Sony is definitely onto something with the 5 II. The handset provides exceptional hardware and a bewildering selection of

Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve review: A larger Mi Band

Patrick

2020 has seen Xiaomi try to morph itself from a budget darling to a brand that can hold its own in the mid-premium segment. While the Mi 10 delivered that on the smartphone side of things, Xiaomi has been attempting the same in the connected ecosystem space. The Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve is one such attempt to offer a more premium alternative to the extremely popular Mi Band.

However, can a souped-up fitness tracker be the answer to Wear OS watches like the Oppo Watch? Find out in the Android Authority Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve review.

Apple Watch Series 6 review: Take notes, Google

Patrick

The Apple Watch Series 6 is an iterative upgrade over the Series 5, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Without stiff competition at the high-end, Apple can afford to release minute upgrades to its smartwatch line every few years.

But the question is for how long? Additionally, now that Apple is pushing a new affordable smartwatch in its lineup, do you really need the highest-end Apple Watch anymore? Read our full Apple Watch Series 6 review to find out.

About this Apple Watch Series 6 review: I used the Apple Watch Series 6 for two weeks running watchOS 7.0.1. It

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