Affordable smartwatches aren’t always very good looking, and devices that are priced under Rs. 5,000 are usually quite simple when it comes to design and the type of display used. However, the product I’m reviewing here wants to be the exception to the trend. The Pebble Cosmos Luxe is a new eye-catching smartwatch that tries to stand out among the competition, despite being priced affordably at Rs. 3,999 in India.
With a 1.36-inch round AMOLED display, Bluetooth calling capability, and sensors to measure steps, heart rate, and SpO2 levels, the Pebble Cosmos Luxe looks impressive on paper too. Does this affordably-priced smartwatch measure up to expectations, and can its looks help it stand out in the crowded budget segment? Find out in this review.
Pebble Cosmos Luxe design
The Pebble Cosmos Luxe stands out in this price segment for a couple of reasons. The round screen and polished finish on the casing immediately grabs your attention, as does the 1.36-inch AMOLED display. The two buttons on the right side, including one that looks and functions like the crown of a traditional mechanical watch, add to the attractive look and feel of the Cosmos Luxe.
The left side of the Pebble Cosmos Luxe has a grille for the speaker, which can be used for audio when paired to a smartphone using Bluetooth. The underside of the smartwatch has the optical sensors for health and fitness tracking, and contact points for the magnetic charging pin. The smartwatch is IP67-rated for dust and water resistance, and can therefore handle significant exposure to the elements. It can even be used for swimming in shallow water.
The rubber strap that comes with the smartwatch looks a bit out of place as compared to the rest of the device, but it is removable and replaceable with standard aftermarket 22mm watch straps. The bundled strap is completely waterproof and I found it comfortable to wear, with plenty of adjustment points to ensure a proper fit.
There’s a microphone placed alongside the two buttons on the right side of the Pebble Cosmos Luxe. The primary button or the crown controls power, opens the app drawer, and also lets you go back to the home screen. You can rotate the crown to scroll through menus, wherever possible. The second, smaller button takes you directly to the workout menu, and can also be used to quickly start the default walking workout tracking.
The Pebble Cosmos Luxe weighs 50g as per the product listing on Flipkart. It has a 1.36-inch 390×390-pixel round AMOLED display with a peak brightness of 600 nits. There is also Bluetooth 5 for connectivity, and sensors for step tracking, heart-rate monitoring, and SpO2 monitoring. Included in the sales package is the charging cable which plugs into a USB Type-A port, but no wall adapter.
The review unit sent to me seemed to have a slightly misaligned display as it was mildly turned in the anti-clockwise direction, but enough for me to notice it. This looked a bit strange, but it didn’t affect the functioning of the device in any way to hamper this review.
Pebble Cosmos Luxe software and app
Budget smartwatches tend to use a fairly basic software system for functionality and rely on the Bluetooth connection with the smartphone for synchronisation and other connectivity features. The Pebble Cosmos Luxe has its own software to cover core functionality, including controlling the watch faces, fitness and health tracking, and Bluetooth connectivity for calls with a paired smartphone.
Making good use of the AMOLED display, the Pebble Cosmos Luxe has an always-on mode which displays the time on the screen even when the watch is in standby, and you can choose between an analogue or digital version of the time and date. You can also turn it off if you want to improve battery life, but I found it nice to have it on to quickly check the time.
The screen can be normally woken with a lift-to-wake gesture or by pressing one of the buttons, as tapping the screen doesn’t activate it, unfortunately. The lift-to-wake gesture worked properly most of the time, but there were occasions where I had to press one of the buttons to wake the screen. You can also access toggles for the quick settings by swiping down from top to bottom. Notifications from supported apps can be accessed by swiping upwards from the bottom to the top on the screen. Finally, key apps can be found with a left to right swipe gesture, and widgets for select apps is available by swiping from right to left.
The built-in apps on the Pebble Cosmos Luxe include telephone, contacts, workout, workout records, heart rate, sleep, blood pressure, blood oxygen, stress, messages, weather, music, and various tools such as calculator and stopwatch. It isn’t possible to install any more apps on the smartwatch, and most of the existing apps work either on their own or by linking with the FitCloudPro app using Bluetooth.
The telephone app lets you use the watch as a wireless hands-free device for your smartphone. The contacts app lets you select your ‘favourite’ contacts for a quick call, the dialler lets you directly dial numbers, and the call records app maintains details of phone calls. There is also a voice assistant app that relies on Bluetooth connectivity to work with your phone, but this didn’t work when I tried it.
The FitCloudPro companion app handles the connection between the smartphone and Pebble Cosmos Luxe. You can use it to customise the settings, choose which apps to receive notifications from, and link it with your Google Fit data, among other things.
The app also synchronises and stores fitness data from the smartwatch and can be used to quickly activate all the sensors to get a combined report of your heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, and blood oxygen, which I found very useful. It’s a good app on the whole, and I didn’t face any connection issues during my time with the Pebble Cosmos Luxe.
A long-press on the home screen of the Pebble Cosmos Luxe lets you change the watch face, with nine pre-loaded watch faces already on the device. You can choose a tenth watch face from the companion app and load it onto the device, but just one of these post-loaded watch faces can be stored on the watch at a time. However, it can be changed quickly and easily whenever you like.
Most of the pre-loaded watch faces are decent and suit the sophisticated look of the watch, although a couple of these were a bit strange in appearance. The FitCloudPro app (available for iOS and Android) has a large collection of watch faces which can be loaded onto the Pebble Cosmos Luxe, so you have plenty of options for customisation.
Pebble Cosmos Luxe performance and battery life
The Pebble Cosmos Luxe is a smartwatch like most others in the affordable price segment, but tries to differentiate itself with its design and AMOLED display. The screen is indeed the most impressive feature of this smartwatch, allowing for easy visibility and legibility of the time and other data on the screen, including being able to view notifications clearly.
The always-on mode and the colour levels were good, but a typical benefit of AMOLED displays — deep blacks — weren’t really visible on the Pebble Cosmos Luxe. This is because the user interface seemed to always illuminate even the black colours rather than allowing the individual pixels to switch off, thus to some extent negating a key feature of the smartwatch. That said, the sharpness and detail in the screen still makes the display tech worthwhile on this smartwatch.
Many of the included watch faces are well designed with animated seconds hand in analogue faces, and have live widgets for certain data such as steps, heart rate, weather, and battery levels. However, the widgets aren’t interactive, so you’ll still have to open the apps through the app list to access detailed data and statistics on the watch itself.
Although visibly design-focused, the Pebble Cosmos Luxe also claims to be a capable device for fitness tracking thanks to what the company claims are the “best sensors” in the product class. That said, I didn’t experience any extraordinarily better tracking on the Cosmos Luxe than I did on most other devices in this price segment. The Cosmos Luxe had roughly the same error margins and drawbacks that I’ve seen on devices such as the Realme Watch 2 Pro and Just Corseca Ray Kanabis.
There are various workout modes optimised for tracking activity according to those workouts, with common ones such as walking, running, climbing, swimming, and cycling, as well as other sports such as basketball, badminton, football, and volleyball. For my review, I stuck to tracking my walking workouts, as well as climbing stairs.
When manually counting 1,000 steps, the Pebble Cosmos Luxe counted 1,042 steps, an error margin of a little over four percent. This rose to around 65 extra steps per 1,000 over longer distances, when compared to the Apple Watch Series 5. Measurements of distance were roughly the same as that of the Apple Watch, while calculations of calories burnt were strangely much higher on the Pebble Cosmos Luxe for the same workout.
Heart rate tracking was fairly accurate when compared to an accurate pulse oximeter and Apple Watch while standing still or sitting down. However, heart rate readings were all over the place when walking, and blood oxygen readings rarely ever matched what I saw on the pulse oximeter. The Pebble Cosmos Luxe also provides blood pressure readings, but as I’ve advised before in various reviews, relying on measurements from a smartwatch’s optical sensors for this isn’t recommended.
A major feature on the Pebble Cosmos Luxe is the ability to use the smartwatch as a hands-free device for calls. Like other smartwatches with this feature in this price segment, the Cosmos Luxe pairs with your smartphone in the same was a Bluetooth headset or speaker would, and can therefore be used even to play music on your wrist, if you like. It worked well for calls if I held the watch up near my mouth, and is suitable for short, quick calls. For longer calls, the sound quality and usage method weren’t too comfortable.
The Pebble Cosmos Luxe also has apps for various useful tools, including a remote for music playback on your smartphone, alarm clock, stopwatch, timer, calculator, and a way to ring your smartphone to help find it. Push notifications worked reliably for the apps I selected, sleep tracking was fairly accurate with specific details for light and deep sleep, and connectivity was stable during my time with the smartwatch.
Battery life on the Pebble Cosmos Luxe is decent enough for the price, with the smartwatch running for around five days on a single charge with regular use, including frequent fitness tracking, occasional use of the Bluetooth hands-free mode, and the always-on display mode active.
In a price segment where options are plentiful, the Pebble Cosmos Luxe tries to stand out with its good design, AMOLED display, and sensible pricing. It largely succeeds at this and offers a generally good budget smartwatch experience, although the software and interface aren’t very well optimised to take advantage of the display technology. Additional features such as Bluetooth hands-free functionality and plenty of good watch faces to choose from make this a worthwhile pick under Rs. 5,000.
The Pebble Cosmos Luxe is somewhat held back by the lack of fitness tracking accuracy, and I’d recommend looking at the Mi Band 6 or Realme Watch 2 Pro if you’re looking for better fitness tracking accuracy in this price segment. That said, the design and Bluetooth calling function of the Cosmos Luxe more than makes up for this to justify the price.
Fitbit to Discontinue Support for Music Transfer From Computers This Fall
Fitbit is putting an end to Fitbit Connect app, soon leaving the users unable to transfer music from their computer to a Fitbit device. The Fitbit owners will soon lose the company’s service to transfer music files to their Fitbit device.
In their statement on the Help page, Fitbit stated that they are discontinuing their Fitbit Connect app on October 13. However, the company has also given two options to users to download music to their devices. “You can continue to play personal music stored on your watch and transfer music to your watch with the Deezer app and Pandora app,” the statement read.
In the FAQs related to the discontinuation of the Fitbit Connect app, the company has elaborated that users can undertake a 90-day trial of Deezer or Pandora before subscribing to their paid services for downloading music to their Fitbit devices in the future.
Meanwhile, Fitbit users in the US can download the Pandora app to listen to music. The feature is supported in the Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Sense, and Fitbit Versa series (except Fitbit Versa Lite Edition). To download music from the app, one will need a paid subscription and a working Wi-Fi connection.
Fitbit Connect is a companion app for Mac and Windows computers that lets you sync fitness data between devices and transfer music to legacy Fitbit devices. The phasing out of the software on desktop is also evident from the fact that the company no longer recommends Fitbit Connect on its setup page.
LG Tone Free T90, T60 With 9 Hours of Battery Life, ANC Unveiled: All Details
LG Tone Free earbuds 2022 lineup has been unveiled along with some specifications by the South Korean company. The lineup includes Tone Free T90, T60, TF7, and TF8. The true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds are going to be rolled out starting late-August, according to LG Electronics. The Tone Free T90 TWS earbuds are this year’s flagship earphones from the company, and they feature up to 9 hours of battery life with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) off and a IPX4 rating for water and sweat resistance.
The South Korean tech giant, LG Electronics, has not revealed the prices for any of the above mentioned four TWS earbuds so far. Although the company is yet to reveal a definite launch timeline, it has announced that it will start rolling out the TWS earbuds in major markets globally in late-August. As previously mentioned, the company revealed some specifications of the LG Tone Free T90, T60, TF7, and TF8 earbuds.
LG Tone Free T90, T60, TF7, TF8 specifications
According to the company, the LG Tone Free T90 will be 2022’s flagship TWS earbuds offering from LG Electronics. It features a new internal structure with larger dynamic driver to help the earphones generate deeper and more satisfying bass, according to LG Electronics. The Tone Free T90 uses graphene, a material that is said to reduce vibrations. The earbuds also use Meridian Headphone Spatial Processing (HSP). The technology is said to enable the Tone Free T90 to offer a consistent tonal balance at a given volume.
LG Tone Free T90 TWS earbuds also feature Dolby Atmos with support for Dolby Head Tracking technology across all content. The company claims that the Tone Free T90 earbuds are the first wireless earbuds to feature an audio virtualiser designed by Dolby. They also support the Snapdragon Sound Technology Suite 1. It is said to offer 24-bit/96kHz resolution audio. The ANC technology on the Tone Free T90 gets the Double Step ANC Algorithm and Real Time ANC Optimiser. The Tone Free T90 feature a three mic + VPU setup. The eabuds support wireless charging. Both, Tone Free T90 and T60, feature IPX4 rating for water resistance.
The design of the upcoming earbuds’ has been created by LG Electronics in collaboration with POSTECH Ergonomic Design Technology Lab. The four TWS earbuds are said to be smaller and lighter in weight. The company said that the “Performance Fit” ensures the right positioning of the earbuds inside wearer’s ears. LG Tone Free T90 and T60 get the UVnano charging case, which offer a wider coverage by sterilising all parts of the ear gels. They also sport the Plug and Wireless feature that is said to enable the charging case to also work as a Bluetooth transmitter. The package will include a USB Type-C and an auxiliary cable as well.
LG Tone Free T90 and T60 are claimed to offer up to 9 hours of battery life with the ANC off. The charging cases of the two are claimed to come with up to 20 hours of battery life with ANC off. The quick charge feature on the Tone Free T90 and T60 TWS earbuds enables them to be completely charged after about an hour in the UVnano charging case.
Meanwhile, LG Tone Free Fit TF7 and TF8 feature a three-microphone setup. They also get the Median Sound technology and ANC. Both these earbuds models will also get UVnano charging cases. The earbuds are said to be designed for active lifestyles, and hence, they feature the SwivelGrip technology.
The Tone Free Fit earbuds also support fast charging. The Tone Free Fit TF8 and TF7 are claimed to offer up to 10 hours of battery life with ANC off, and the charging cases are said to come with up to 20 hours of battery life with ANC off. Both the TWS earbuds models from LG Electronics get a IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. The Tone Free Fit TF8 TWS earbuds also feature Plug and Wireless technology.
Apple Watch Series 8 Design, Colour Options Tipped: All Details
Apple Watch Series 8 has been tipped to feature the same design as its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 7. A tipster has shared the expected colour options for the company’s rumoured next-generation wearable device. The leak specifically refers to the base variant of the Apple Watch Series 8. It is also said to feature four aluminium colour options and two stainless steel colour options. According to the tipster, who cites an unnamed source, no new sensors were noticeable on the smartwatch. A recent report had suggested that the Apple Watch Series 8 could support a ‘fever detection’ feature.
Tipster ShrimpApplePro (@VNchocoTaco) has leaked details regarding the base variant of the rumoured Apple Watch Series 8. According to the tipster, the wearable will feature a design similar to the previous generation smartwatch form Apple. It is said to feature Midnight, Starlight, Product Red, Silver colour options in aluminium. It could also get Silver and Graphite colour options for the stainless steel version, the tipster added.
Apple Watch Series 8 leak
Note: the info is about the base series 8 only. No info abt the higher version atm
— ShrimpApplePro ???? (@VNchocoTaco) August 5, 2022
The base variant of the Apple Watch Series 8 will not be available in a titanium model, according to the tipster, who also notes that their source was unable to visually notice any new sensors on the rumoured smartwatch series from Apple. Additionally, the tipster has also shared that the box of the Apple Watch Series 8 will get a new seal with stronger glue. This is said to prevent retailers and from repackaging the smartwatch. It is said to enter mass production this month.
Apple Watch Series 8 will reportedly sport the largest display that the tech giant has placed on a wearable. As per the report, the Watch Series 8 could be called the Apple Watch Pro. The report also added that it could be the first major redesign for an Apple Watch since 2018. This claim has been purportedly refuted by tipster ShrimpApplePro.
According to a recent report, the Apple Watch Series 8 could feature a body temperature sensor that can reportedly detect if a user has fever. It is said to recommend wearers to see doctor or use a dedicated thermometer. The report added that the feature might not display the exact temperature like a traditional thermometer.
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