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Noise ColorFit Pro 4 Smartwatch Review: Affordable Bluetooth Calling

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Noise ColorFit Pro 4 Smartwatch Review: Affordable Bluetooth Calling

Smartwatch trends have shifted a fair bit in the past couple of years, and we now tend to expect certain features on affordable smartwatches such as heart rate and SpO2 tracking, high-resolution colour screens, and the ability to receive notifications from various apps. A big new trend for smartwatches is Bluetooth calling functionality — the benefit of being able to take calls on your wrist is tempting for buyers, since this has typically been limited to premium smartwatches in the past.

Getting into the Bluetooth calling game with its latest launch is Noise, with the ColorFit Pro 4. Priced at Rs. 3,499, this smartwatch promises a lot at a very competitive price, including the ability to make and receive calls on your wrist, key fitness and health tracking sensors, and up to seven days of battery life. Is this the best affordable smartwatch you can buy right now? Find out in this review.

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The main button of the Noise ColorFit Pro 4 doubles up as a dial for scrolling

 

Noise ColorFit Pro 4 design and specifications

The rectangular dial style popularised by the Apple Watch series is often seen on affordable smartwatches, and the Noise ColorFit Pro 4 has this aesthetic. The smartwatch has a 1.72-inch TFT LCD touch screen, with a resolution of 356×400 pixels and a peak brightness of 500 nits. The screen is quite sharp and detailed, allowing for easy reading of text and data on screen.

The Noise ColorFit Pro 4 is available in six colour options, so there’s plenty of choice when it comes to how flashy or distinct you want the smartwatch to look. My review unit had a silver-grey body and grey 22mm replaceable silicone straps, which I thought was quite attractive to look at for the price. There are fairly thick borders around the screen, but if you use a watch face with a black background, you’ll barely notice them in everyday use.

On the right side of the Noise ColorFit Pro 4 is the microphone, while the left side has a small speaker grille, both of which are used for the Bluetooth calling functionality. There is a single button on the right side, which also rotates to scroll for navigation. The bottom of the smartwatch has the optical sensors for heart rate and blood oxygen level detection, and the contact points for the magnetic charger. The ColorFit Pro 4 is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.

Included in the sales package is the charging cable for the Noise ColorFit Pro 4, and some user manuals and documents. The smartwatch weighs 24.1g, and uses Bluetooth 5.3 for connectivity. There is also an accelerometer which enables the lift-to-wake gesture to wake the screen.

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Noise ColorFit Pro 4 software and app

Like most affordable smartwatches, the software on the Noise ColorFit Pro 4 is basic, and geared around the hardware features of the device itself. Additionally, the device functions as a notifier, displaying notifications and providing a short preview of text-based alerts from your smartphone. There is also Bluetooth calling functionality, which sets the ColorFit Pro 4 up as a Bluetooth microphone and speaker system when paired with your smartphone.

The Bluetooth calling functionality is registered as a second Bluetooth device on your smartphone. When paired to this second device, the Noise ColorFit Pro 4 can be used to place and receive calls from your smartphone, just as you would use any Bluetooth audio device. To stop using it, simply disconnect the Bluetooth device from your smartphone as needed. This doesn’t affect the connection for synchronisation and notifications, as that is paired as a separate device and remains active in low-energy mode at all times.

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The Noise app lets you synchronise fitness data and change watch faces, along with maintaining the Bluetooth connection for notifications

 

Interestingly, the Noise ColorFit Pro 4 has functional, dynamic watch faces which can be interacted with to open the respective apps and view detailed statistics. While this feature is common on high-end smartwatches, affordable devices such as this don’t typically have these kinds of watch faces, so this is a useful touch. Unfortunately, there is no always-on mode for the screen. Activating the screen requires the lift-to-wake gesture or pressing the button; tapping the screen doesn’t do anything when the watch is on standby.

While the visible widgets and apps depend on the watch face in use, it’s usually possible to have the key functions in view on the home screen of the Noise ColorFit Pro 4. My favourite watch face on the device displayed steps, heart rate, and battery level, along with buttons to access the workout and activity screens, heart rate details, music remote, and phone dialler.

You can also download and use various other watch faces through the smartphone app, but most of these are static and don’t have the benefits of the dynamic watch faces. The user interface on the Noise ColorFit Pro 4 is clean, looks good on the sharp screen, and puts most features and functions within easy reach through taps or swipes.

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The list of apps on the Noise ColorFit Pro 4 is accessible by pressing the physical button once to open the app drawer. The apps on the device include Noise Health, Noise Buzz (the Bluetooth calling app), Clock (includes tools such as stopwatch, timer, and alarms), weather, stocks, flashlight, and watch faces. It isn’t possible to install any other apps on the smartwatch, but you can load watch faces onto the device using the NoiseFit app on your smartphone.

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The Noise ColorFit Pro 4 has preinstalled apps for its core functions, including fitness and Bluetooth calling

 

The NoiseFit app is available for iOS and Android, and works as the connection controller between the Noise ColorFit Pro 4 and your smartphone. Fitness and health data can be viewed on the app in detail once synchronised, settings for the device such as notification alerts, auto heart rate monitoring, weather settings, and more can be modified, and the firmware can be updated.

You can also download and sync new watch faces from the gallery, or create custom watch faces for the device from the app. The app is well laid out, and maintained a stable connection with the Noise ColorFit Pro 4, pushing notifications and synchronising data reliably during my time reviewing the smartwatch.

Noise ColorFit Pro 4 performance and battery life

Much like other affordable smartwatches, the Noise ColorFit Pro 4 works best as an accessory and notifier for your smartphone. What you get with the Noise ColorFit Pro 4 are the large, sharp screen, the ability to change watch faces according to your mood, and the fact that you can count on it to receive alerts from apps without having to pick up your smartphone.

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Of course, there is also the Bluetooth calling functionality, which worked well for me in certain conditions. The speaker and microphone are basic, so don’t expect to be able to have long conversations with the Noise ColorFit Pro 4; that wouldn’t even be very comfortable, since you have to hold the watch up near your face to both hear and be heard properly. However, this works just fine for short, quick conversations, particularly when you’re out and about, or even in the middle of a workout and your smartphone isn’t easily accessible.

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There is heart rate and SpO2 tracking on the Noise ColorFit Pro 4, but these aren’t very accurate

 

Fitness and health tracking on the Noise ColorFit Pro 4 weren’t very accurate, for the large part. Step tracking was quite inaccurate in our 1000-step test, with the ColorFit Pro 4 measuring 1,075 steps when I manually counted 1,000. Over longer distances, the difference rose to around 85 extra steps per 1,000 when compared to the Apple Watch Series 5.

Distance measurements were roughly the same as that of the Apple Watch, but calorie measurements were quite varied for identical workouts with both devices worn simultaneously. There are various types of workouts that can be engaged, with options for some rather unique workouts such as Kabaddi and Kite Flying, but I stuck to tracking walking workouts with the Noise ColorFit Pro 4.

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Heart rate and blood oxygen tracking were accurate when sitting down when compared to a pulse oximeter, but all over the place when on the move, as compared to the Apple Watch. Sleep tracking was reasonably good for the basics. On the whole, I wouldn’t recommend the Noise ColorFit Pro 4 for fitness and health tracking.

Battery life on the Noise ColorFit Pro 4 was decent enough, as compared to other smartwatches of this kind and in this price range. The smartwatch ran for around six days on a single charge, with usage covering multiple notifications from my smartphone throughout the day, occasional workout tracking, and perhaps a couple of minutes of using the Bluetooth calling functionality each day.

Verdict

As far as affordable smartwatches go, the Noise ColorFit Pro stands out for a couple of key reasons. For one, it offers a good set of features, including a sharp colour screen, dynamic watch faces, and Bluetooth calling. The second key point is that all of this is offered at a price that is significantly lower than much of the similarly-specced competition; at Rs. 3,499, you’re getting a capable experience that is as good, if not better, than much of the competition in this segment.

If you’re on a tight budget and want a good-looking, feature-filled smartwatch, the Noise ColorFit Pro 4 is worth looking at. Keep in mind that fitness tracking is not its strong point; buy this for the screen, Bluetooth calling functionality, and design, above all else.


Noise co-founder Amit Khatri joins Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, for a special episode. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.

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Wearable Technology Can Change Autistic People’s Lives – if They’re Involved in Designing It

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Many autistic people experience difficulties in expressing their emotions. This can result in increased anxiety, depression, anger and physical health problems. Research shows autistic adults are significantly more likely to experience depression and anxiety than their peers.

Imagine a future, where technology could help people regulate their emotions and alert them to sensory overload before they became overwhelmed.

An increasing number of technological solutions, that aim to help people regulate their emotions are being developed for autistic people. And some autistic people are adapting technology such as digital heart rate monitors to try and track their stress levels.

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Many studies have explored autistic people’s use of wearable technology, such as smartwatches, virtual reality (VR) or brain-computer interfaces (BCI) to regulate their emotions.

BCIs are a direct communication pathway between the brain’s electrical activity and an external device, commonly a computer or robotic limb.

Speaking to the community

But before our study, no one asked the autistic community for their views on how useful the technology is.

Poor usability is a longstanding problem for autistic users of this technology because developers lack of awareness of their needs.

A recent study found only 10 per cent of wearable technologies for autistic people addressed their needs and 90 per cent viewed autistic traits as shortcomings that need correcting.

Our recent study explored the autistic community’s thoughts on any technology they had previously used to help them regulate their emotions and their views on what they need from technology.

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Thirty-four autistic individuals and their allies (family, health and social care professionals and college staff) took part in focus groups.

We presented information on how emotional regulation technology could be used. For example, smartwatches that detect physiological stress signals and prompt users to start coping techniques.

We found the autistic community was keen to use technology to help regulate their emotions but it often costs too much, was difficult to use without training and wasn’t well adapted to their needs.

Our focus group results showed wearable technologies could be uniquely beneficial to autistic people, if they are involved in the design process.

Life with autism

One participant shared how their daughter deals with emotional challenges: “She looks perfectly fine and she’s behaving perfectly fine. Except she’s not. She hides it so well, the anxiety and everything that – we haven’t got a clue! Sometimes the prodding can lead to a big explosion.” Meanwhile, care staff spoke about how important it was to understand how autistic people are feeling: “You want to get in before the behaviour starts. Before it escalates. We could go in before to offer reassurance, a distraction. For other people it’s withdrawal. give them their own space.” Another care worker said: “We know there might be a pattern but we just can’t see it.” Participants told us technology could make all the difference. A relative of an autistic person said: “I’d like something … that he can self regulate, tell people how he’s feeling. Something that’s an app that somehow connects with a colour, so he can pick a picture that says how he’s feeling and people know without it being a big song and dance.” Some autistic participants felt there is a shortfall of support for those with higher IQ.

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One told us: “You feel like you kind of walk between the two worlds almost. You’re not quite severe. So you’re not at that point on the spectrum where you need a lot of support that you’d get if you were.” Help me, don’t fix me Most research has been based on out-of-date theories about autism, such as the idea it is a medical illness that can be cured or treated.

Recent breakthroughs in the neuro-diversity movement triggered a call for autism research to focus on empowering autistic people and their unique communication styles instead of trying to “fix” them.

Autistic participants agreed technological designs should promote independence, rather than try to mask autism.

Many participants were reluctant to use technology due to a lack of confidence in their ability to use it, especially within community care settings. Other barriers included cost or lack of awareness about existing technology.

Our study results emphasised the importance of strategies that take an individual’s life goals into consideration.

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Although a lot of money is spent on developing new technologies, both researchers and healthcare organisations often fail to consider how it will be implemented in practice.

As one autistic person, said: “If you’re going to make something for someone ask them what they want. Don’t just spit out something and go here’s what I made. The amount of papers where people claimed to have made something for learning disabilities. Have you ever had it tested? Have you ever used it with anyone?” Technology companies must create their products alongside the autistic community. And products should aim to adapt to the environment according to individual needs, rather than trying to change the person.

Autism is simply a different way of seeing the world. Not only would this new approach help develop useful technology-based support strategies, it would help to create more inclusive environments for everyone.


What should you make of Realme’s three new offerings? We discuss them on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.

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Fitbit to Discontinue Support for Music Transfer From Computers This Fall

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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.

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The Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Sense, and Fitbit Versa users can download the Deezer playlists and Flow directly to their watches. However, this feature is not available for Fitbit Versa Lite Edition.

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.


Are affordable smartwatches worth it? We discuss this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.

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LG Tone Free T90, T60 With 9 Hours of Battery Life, ANC Unveiled: All Details

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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.

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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.


What should you make of Realme’s three new offerings? We discuss them on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.

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