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The Activity Meter: FitBit One Review

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Confession time: I'm not as fit as I should be, and I suspect many reading this aren't either. Curse of our times, really. And yes, most also know what needs to be done, but a little gadget-themed prodding — the new FitBit One — may be just what you need.
 
You see, this smooth pebble sized device is a tiny fitness monitor that counts the steps you take, the calories you burn, the stairs you climb and even tracks the quality of your sleep. At just 8 grams in weight, it's light enough to be worn on your person - in a pocket or clipped onto your clothes - during the day, and the included wristband lets you wear it while you sleep. It is rain and splash proof, which means it can stay on all day, whether you're outdoors or sweating it out in the gym.
 
If this sounds like a glorified pedometer, that's because it is! The One uses an accelerometer and altimeter to track your activity, and a single button lets you scroll through the step counter, distance covered, calories burned and a flower icon which shows you how active you've been throughout the day.
 
Once you're back home, the data wirelessly syncs with your PC/Mac when you're within range of the USB dongle and you can view all sorts of charts and graphs online on the FitBit website. The sleep monitor is especially neat, and I really like the silent alarm that wakes you up via a series of vibrating pulses on your wrist without disturbing your bedmate.
 
There's much to love about the One - solid battery life, easy operation and synching, unobtrusive lightweight design and a bunch of great features that let you pay more attention to your overall fitness and health. My big gripe, aside from the fact that this device doesn't actually retail in India is that you can't get the much-touted smartphone sync feature (that lets you see your activity data on your iOS/Android device) to work since the companion apps are geographically restricted and not available in the India store. A pity, but not a big minus if the One helps you get your rear-end off the couch!
 
Rating: 9/10
Price: $99.95
URL: http://bit.ly/VzGCbQ

 
Worth A Shot
Sony's NEX lineup of cameras has been at the forefront of the mirrorless interchangeable lens market for a while now, attracting millions of compact camera users who wanted better image quality but without the bulk of a DSLR. The NEX-6 marries the technology and manual controls first seen on the NEX-7 with the connectivity options available on the NEX-5R. What you get with the NEX-6 is 16.1MP shooter which packs in a dSLR-size APS-C sensor, Wi-Fi functionality (to connect to your smartphone for image uploads) and a smattering of camera apps but scrimps on the touch screen found in the NEX-5R.
 
In everyday use, the camera is comfortable to use, both in terms of how it feels in the hand and the access to the mode/control dials. Performance is plenty snappy from powering on to taking the first shot, and once you're shooting, the NEX-6 can snap 10 frames per second at full resolution. Image quality was top notch amongst its mirrorless peers, with well focussed and sharp images which offered good detail. Worth noting in particular was the impressive high-ISO (sensitivity to light) performance courtesy not only the big APS-C sized sensor but a good image processing engine that reduces noise in JPEGs without too much loss in detail.
 
At its price, you can certainly take your pick of mid-range DSLRs, but the NEX-6 makes a strong case in terms of form factor and performance. Minor quibbles, if any are around the lack of a touch screen and the relatively smaller choice in terms of compatible lenses.
 
Rating: 9/10
Price: Rs. 49,990/-
URL: http://bit.ly/ZlvcIm

 
Connected Route
The MapmyIndia CarPad 5 might look like an in-car GPS, but it is a 3G Android tablet, complete with pre-loaded all-India maps, a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen and the power of the Google Play store for additional apps. With its SIM capabilities, you can receive calls through the device as well, albeit through a connected Bluetooth headset, which makes it a fairly capable device overall. The bigger concern -a cheaper and more powerful tablet would do a better job with MapmyIndia software installed.
 
URL:
http://bit.ly/UOn983
Price: Rs 19,990

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