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Best smartwatches under $500 in 2020 picked from our expert reviews

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Technology is advancing with each passing day. With the advancement in technology, our desire to own these brilliant gadgets and gizmos has also increased. Nowadays, you don’t have to spend over your limit to own a smart device. Gadgets come at an affordable price so that everyone has access to the latest technology. A person who is working or owns a business does not have the time to check his phone from time to time, as it is a waste of time. For a professional, time is money; thus, he cannot waste his time. Hence comes to his smart rescue watches. A smartwatch liberates you from the trouble of reaching out to your phone to check it. Therefore it gives the dual benefit of a clock and your very own tiny device to check your notifications. One can also invest their money in the best cheap smartwatch to make their life simpler and more accessible.

Why should you invest in a smartwatch today?

Nothing is better than owning a wearable piece of technology so that you do not need to worry about your phone all the time. For a long time, people wanted a breakthrough in technology that is wearable, and thus a smartwatch is a perfect innovation for the same. You can check essential emails within seconds or track your steps while working out all by wearing this fantastic device. Are you looking for a reason to buy one? Here are some reasons why you require it.

Find your smartphone – Are you one of those people who keep forgetting their smartphone at various places? If so, then worry not. We all have busy schedules, and at one point or another, we may myspace our phones. Thus buying a smartwatch would assist you in finding your phone by tracking its location using GPS. The sensors in the smartwatch help track the real-time location of your phone. Hence you can keep your expensive smartphones secured from theft by investing in this piece of technology.

Play music on the go – Everyone loves music. Be it riding a car alone or hitting the gym, we love to listen to music. Owning a smartwatch makes listening to music easier as you can play music with the touch of a button. You can connect it with any equipment and play music on the go. Hence you can pause, play, and change your music without any hassle. Also doesn’t need to buy a costly watch for these features as the best cheap smartwatches also offer these features.

Keep track of your fitness – With the number of diseases increasing rapidly, people have become more concerned about being fit. We all have hectic schedules, whether we are working as a salaried person or owning a business. Thus one may not find time to keep track of their health. A smartwatch keeps you updated with your heart rate, walking steps, calories consumed and burnt, etc. If you have a person at home who has health problems, you can give this device to them to keep track of their fitness, and with the emergency button option, you can call an ambulance with a touch of a button. They are hence securing you and your family from health problems.

Technology has advanced so rapidly that you don’t need to shell out money by breaking your savings or take a loan to buy one. A lot of top brands have smartwatches at an affordable price. Thus you can save your money by investing in a cheaper watch. Here are a few smartwatches you can buy under $500 in 2020 curated by our expert reviews. ( Prices may differ )

Samsung Smart Watch ( Price $346 ) is one of the freshest wearable pieces from one of the most popular smartphone brands, Samsung. Along with coming at a reasonable rate, this watch is one of the best from the company. It is light in weight and has a splendid design. It comes with a battery backup of upto 7 hours, and it is compatible with Android and iOS. Coming from one of the most trusted brands, it is a must-buy for every tech freak out there.

Apple Watch Series 3 ( Price – $266 ) – While there are many latest versions of the Apple Watch Series launched in the market recently. Still, to date, Series 3 is unbeatable in terms of sound quality at a reasonable price. While Watch 4 has been taken off the market, this has still been a top choice of consumers. The watch’s cost has dropped to $107, so you don’t have to wait to buy a smartwatch. While Watch 3 has all the functions that its successor has, but one of its demerits is that it has a smaller screen.

Apple Watch 5 series ( The best buy for iPhone lovers ) ($505) – If you own an iPhone and are looking for the best investment at a cost that suits your budget, then it is the one. The feature, which is a highlight in this one, is that it is always on display. But the battery backup of this one is not that good. One may find similar features in other smartwatches as well, but this might be the best choice for an iPhone lover. For fitness freaks, the good news is that it comes with an ECG feature to help keep track of your health. The fact that the price is still too high and only compatible with an iPhone makes you want to reconsider buying it. And not to forget it does not have a sleep tracking feature.

Ticwatch E2 (Best value smartwatch ) ( $195) – If you have a set budget of about $150 and you cannot afford to go beyond that, then this might be the best choice for you. It is a lightweight watch that comes at a value for money as it has almost all features that you need in a smartwatch at this price. It may have a plastic body but has an appealing design than many other smartwatches at this rate. It is equipped with an inbuilt GPS and 4gb of storage and only lacks a bullet in the speaker. It does not come with a swim tracker so you can buy its latest versions if you’re still keen on having a swim tracker then you can go for the latest versions of the same.

Although there might be a plethora of options to choose from when buying a smartphone, it is essential to filter out your choice based on your requirements in a watch. You might want to consider factors such as unique features, battery life, GPS tracking, design, and fitness tracking while choosing your best buy. A set budget can help you in filtering your choice. If you look forward to getting all the features, then you might go for an expensive smartwatch. Thus these reviews will help you choose the best from numerous options. One can also consult other buyers while refining their search for the same. Our reviewers have curated the best ones for 2020 to help you invest your money in the best smartwatch. 

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Here are Some Interesting Ways to Use a Wall Fan at Home

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We all would agree on one thing – summers in India are hard to deal with. During these months, the weather does not make things any easier for people living in different parts of the country. Stepping out of the house feels uncomfortable. It’s hot and humid. While we are presently at home following the current pandemic situation, we are still bothered by the heat inside our homes.

Even though air conditions are a good option to beat the heat, not everyone can afford the energy bills that come with it. In such cases, installing a wall fan can be your best choice. Wall fans are one of the most popular cooling options found in Indian households.

If you want to understand how to keep your room cool using wall fans, this blog is for you.

  • Two Fans are Better than One

Some rooms are larger than others in your home, which means one wall fan might not be able to provide enough cooling. Place two wall fans in your room if you can. In your space, this will optimize the flow of air.

It is a myth that each fan’s wind can collide with another one and minimize air circulation. Remember to position the wall fans on opposite sides of the room to cover more ground areas.

  • Avoid Any Obstruction Between You and the Wall Fan

In open spaces, wall fans function best, which means that their ventilation must not be obstructed to ensure that you get maximum cooling. To ensure that nothing is blocking the air path, it is best to move any item or piece of furniture within the vicinity of the fans.

  • Place Wall Fan in the Middle

It is optimal to position your wall fan in the center of a room to cover more area. It means that you could stand anywhere in a room and still receive air on a hot day to cool you down.

Installing your wall fan opposite a window can be another ingesting way to place your fan. When your fan blows the hot air outside your house, you can open it wide to welcome cool air in, effectively cooling down the temperature of your home.

  • Keep a Bowl of Ice or Wet Cloth

Place a bowl of ice in front of a wall fan if you want to get the feeling of an air conditioner. Like the ice tub, a wet cloth is just as beneficial, just hang it in front of the fan and enjoy the cool misty feeling. It is one of the easiest ways to use the wall fan for optimum efficacy.

In your house, a wall fan will ensure that you stay cool during warm days. Installing them in the right position will result in the right amount of airflow in the areas you need them the most. Also, you must pick one from premium brands like Luminous when purchasing a wall fan.

Their broad range of wall fans is best-in-class and offers two speeds, Normal Speed – 1350 rmp ( for temperate climate ) and High Speed -2100 rmp ( for tropical climate). Also, 60 CMM (Cubic Meters per minute) is the volume of air discharged in an area/room. You can also find a collection of various styles of fans other than wall fans, ranging from designer ceiling fans to heavy-duty ventilation fans. Not only this, the Luminous fans also come at an affordable price when compared to other brands. You can check out the wall fans from their online store and buy the one that suits you the best.

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How to trade or sell iPhone 8 in 2020

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The iPhone 8 was touted to be an entry-level handset on the iPhone SE category. The phone had a few drawbacks like no face ID, smaller screen, and bezels. However, it still helps you get a lot of cash when you resell it. You can expect around £200 if you sell iPhone 8 online at the best price. For the best price, it is always advisable to do thorough research online. Here are your options on how you can go about doing that.

What is the best place to sell iPhone 8

If you are looking for the best options to sell iPhone 8, you will have to research well. There are several marketplaces like AWS, bulk buyers, and aggregators. There are phone carriers as well that offer you to trade in old mobile phones and get some cash off from the price of the new one. There are plenty of recycling companies that will offer you adecent amount for your iPhone 8.

Websites like eBay are also an option. However, it is a heavily crowded website that has huge listings. So there is no guarantee that you will be able to sell your device at the desired price. If you have the time, you can also research mobile aggregators that make reselling a seamless process.

Things to keep in mind before selling your phone

 Here are some helpful tips that you can follow to sell your mobile. It will be especially beneficial for those who are trying to sell their mobile online for the first time.

  • Examine your handset

iPhone users and cracked screen go hand in hand. It is a known fact that at least one out of every five or six users will have a cracked screen. If you also belong to this category of users, you will still be able to sell broken iPhone, but at a reduced price. It will qualify under the broken device category, which also includes other damage to the handset like dents. Bulk buyers and marketplaces will still accept the broken devices as they have their repair centres. So research well and identify the buyers that will offer the highest amount for broken phones.

  • Research

Getting the maximum value for your old handset will depend a lot on the kind of research you do. Even if you find a few service providers offering a decent price, check once with their competitors as well. You might likely be able to find a better deal. Getting some extra cash will always be helpful, especially if you are targeting to buy the 11 Pro Max that costs a bomb. The higher the amount you get for your old phone, the lower you will have to put from your pocket for the purchase of the new one.

  • Factory reset

It is advisable to do a factory reset on your handset before selling old mobile phones. If you don’t do that, you might pass your data in the hands of a stranger. Even if you sell it to bulk buyers or recyclers, they will not accept a handset that has data in it. Before doing the factory reset, back up all your important data to a secure location so that you can restore it later on your new device. You can then safely do the factory reset and send the device to the buyer. 

Is it possible to sell locked iPhone 8?

You can sell locked phones as well, but the amount you will receive will be lesser than the one you will be getting for unlocked models. The amount for the locked devices also depends on the carriers linked to the device. At the time of sending the device, do not forget to mention that it is a locked device.

If you are not in a hurry, you can unlock the device first before selling it away. It will be a much better option to get a higher resale amount for your handset. Your network service provider should be able to do this within a few days. You can then add a new SIM card, backup your device and erase the existing settings.

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Review: Polaroid Now

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In 2008, Polaroid shut down its instant film production, ending an era of photographic fun.

But that era didn’t want to end, and the appropriately named Impossible Project revived first Polaroid film and then Polaroid cameras. Whether it’s nostalgia or genuine love, people want not just instant cameras but specifically Polaroid instant cameras.

The Impossible Project tapped into that love and achieved what Polaroid could not: success. In 2017, Impossible acquired the rights to the Polaroid brand as well as intellectual property and was reborn as Polaroid Originals. Now, Polaroid Originals is dropping the Originals to once again be just Polaroid.

The new Polaroid is more Impossible Project and less old-Polaroid. That’s good news because old-Polaroid became a sad endeavor toward the end, turning out plastic junk no one wanted. To kick-start life under its new name, the new Polaroid has launched the Now, a camera that takes everything that was great about the 1980s Polaroid cameras, updates the technology, and manages to make them fun again. If only the film were more consistent.

Mining the Past

Photograph: Polaroid 

The Polaroid Now isn’t a huge design departure from the OneStep 2 (6/10 WIRED Review), which wasn’t a huge design departure from the 1980s OneStep 600. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it—round it. And round it Polaroid has, taking the classic lines of the OneStep and adding tasteful curves.

The result is a camera that looks good and is reasonably comfortable to hold. It’s also available in the full rainbow of color accents: white, black, blue, green, yellow, red, and orange. But while the classic design remains, the function and smarts in the Polaroid Now are a vast improvement over the OneStep 2.

The camera sports the usual Polaroid front face layout with the viewfinder (the right eye of the face) extending out the back of the camera. This is matched on the opposite side of the front with a new, smarter flash (more on that in a minute). The “nose” of the front design is a 35-44-mm autofocus lens. This is the biggest concession to the modern world, replacing the typical single-focal-distance lens with an autofocus lens. It makes the camera work better for most people in more situations, though I did hit a couple of snags.

Polaroid claims the lens automatically switches between distance and portrait formats, and while it works, it does the switching without any way to control it (and it’s not perfect). Twice in two rolls of film I missed the shot in ways that still confuse me, but I assume this switching mechanism was the culprit. Both were close-ups of flowers that ended up off-center despite careful framing on my part. I went back and retried, listening for the clicking sound of the lens flipping between modes to tell when things were the way I wanted. I wish there was a visual indicator.

A big red shutter button and a self-timer button round out the front of the camera. There’s no selfie mirror, unfortunately. On the back, there’s a yellow power button, flash control button, and a tiny digital readout that lets you know how many images you have left.

Polaroid says the flash is more accurate, which really means the strength of the flash is better matched to the scene. The result is fewer washed-out, overexposed images of yesteryear. Indeed, I didn’t notice this until I asked Polaroid what they meant by “more accurate flash,” but then I went back and realized I didn’t have a single washed-out image. Score one for the modern world.

Future Results

Photograph: Polaroid 

The Polaroid Now is a frustratingly good camera. Frustrating because good as it is, I was still plagued by bad film. When I brought it up during the process of writing this review, several other WIRED writers chimed in to say they haven’t experienced many issues with Polaroid’s film. I’m perfectly willing to say it’s just me, but it is there.

If I leave out what I call the misprints—the starbursts and spiderweb emulsion artifacts—the Polaroid Now has produced some of the best images of any instant camera I’ve used, especially the black-and-white film. The camera is fun to use and portable enough to tote around. It’s a strong contender to unseat the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 as my favorite instant camera.

Which one should you get? To my mind, the real debate comes down to which ecosystem you want to invest in. Polaroid wins on size, no question. Polaroid images are gloriously big next to the Instax images. But the Polaroids are also considerably more expensive: $2 per image versus $.80 per image with the Instax Mini film (color in both cases). That’s a significant price difference over time, assuming you’re going to shoot dozens, maybe even hundreds of images a year.

Still, if you want the classic look, the classic size, and a classic camera, the Polaroid Now delivers on all counts.

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