Author: Riyad Emeran

Nike+ FuelBand SE Review

I have no shortage of activity trackers knocking around in my office. In fact, I probably have more trackers than I have wrists or pockets to put them in.  But the one tracker that I’ve used religiously has been my Nike+ FuelBand. This has something to do with the fact that I actually bought my original FuelBand from the Nike store in San Francisco, but also because the Nike+ ecosystem works for me. Since I also use the Nike+ Running App, as well as an Apple iPod with Nike+ Running built into it, the FuelBand fits into my regime...

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Fitbug Orb Review

The Fitbug Orb is packed full of features, but there’s one aspect of this activity tracker that really stands out – the price. At £45 the Orb represents amazing value for money, and if cost has been your excuse for not investing in an activity tracker, you can put that excuse to bed. The Fitbug Orb looks to be the ideal way to kick start a healthier lifestyle – it’s affordable, versatile and measures just about everything. There’s a decent online portal along with a smartphone app, and unlike earlier Fitbug products, you don’t need to pay a monthly...

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Klipsch A5i Sport Earphones Review

Choosing the right earphones to go running with isn’t a simple task. While there’s no shortage of headphones and earphones on the market, finding a pair that can stand up to the rigours of running, while still providing decent sound quality can be a challenge. I recently reviewed the Sennheiser PMX 685i Sport headphones, which ticked most of the right boxes, but the relative lack of noise isolation could be a problem for some, especially if you frequent a very noise gym. So today I’m looking at the Klipsch A5i Sport earphones, which employ a more traditional in-ear noise...

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Nike launches new sportswear as the NFL comes to London

The NFL is coming to London with the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers preparing to face off at Wembley stadium on Sunday. If you’re a gridiron fan living in the UK, this is one of the few opportunities that you’ll get to watch real NFL teams do battle. To mark this event, Nike has announced a new line of sportswear, stuffed full of features to make life more bearable for the players on the field. The new Nike Elite 51 Uniform is designed to be lighter, stronger, more comfortable and more breathable – important attributes for any sportswear,...

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TomTom Multi-Sport Review

Back in August I reviewed the TomTom Runner, which was the Dutch GPS giant’s first solo effort in the sports-watch arena. Today I’m looking at the TomTom Multi-Sport, which is a more feature rich version of the Runner, designed to appeal to fitness enthusiasts who partake in multiple pursuits. While the TomTom Runner could measure your outdoor running as well as your indoor treadmill sessions, the Multi-Sport will do that as well as track your cycling and swimming. So, it’s not hard to see that TomTom has triathletes firmly in its sights with the Multi-Sport. The problem with creating...

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Nike+ FuelBand SE Launches

When it comes to activity trackers, the Nike+ FuelBand is one of the most popular devices out there. I’ve lost count of the number of people who have stopped me and waved their wrist in my direction, indicating that we’re FuelBand buddies. Given its heritage, it comes as no surprise that the FuelBand is seen as something of a fashion item by many, but it’s also a great piece of kit for anyone that wants to keep an eye on their daily activity. There are some downsides to the device though, as I pointed out in my Nike+ FuelBand...

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Apple iPhone 5S: A phone with fitness in mind

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5S yesterday there wasn’t much that the world didn’t know about it already. As with all Apple products the rumour mill has been churning about the iPhone 5S for months, and most of the firmest rumours proved to be pretty much on the money. However, one thing that did surprise me about the iPhone 5S was Apple’s decision to include a co-processor specifically for processing motion data. The new M7 processor measures and analyses data from the built-in accelerometer, gyroscope and compass without the need to interrupt the main A7 CPU. With the M7...

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Xbox One Kinect: The ultimate home fitness gadget?

Motion control is nothing new when it comes to video games. After the Nintendo Wii made its big splash, Sony released its Move controllers and Microsoft unveiled the most ambitious system of all, in the shape of Kinect. What made Kinect different from the competition was that it needed no controller at all, tracking every aspect of your body’s movement, rather than just the hand holding the controller. Now there’s a new version of Kinect ready to hit the street along with the next generation Xbox One console. Kinect is an integral part of the Xbox One experience, and...

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Garmin Edge 810 Review

When I reviewed the Garmin Edge 800 a couple of years ago I found it to be an impressive device. It was the first cycling computer to sport a colour touchscreen, and offered full satellite navigation functionality as well as all the performance data logging you’d expect. But despite its impressive feature list, I never bonded with the Edge 800, and continued to use the Polar CS500 as my regular cycling computer. As its name suggests, the Garmin Edge 810 is an update of the Edge 800 rather than a completely new model. In fact, when you place the...

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Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor Review

If you regularly train with a sports watch or fully featured cycle computer, you’re well aware of the benefits these gadgets can bring to the party. Being able to track your performance in real time, as well as analysing the data post-training is both addictive and enlightening. For many, however, investing the cash in a dedicated fitness computer is a big decision, especially if they’re not sure how committed they are, or how useful the data captured might be. It’s therefore no surprise that the number of fitness related smartphone apps has exploded over the past couple of years....

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