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Amazfit Ares is the Fitbit Versa Lite challenger you're looking for - Android Central
Huami has introduced an affordable new sports-focused smartwatch with 70 sports modes and claimed battery life of up to 14 days. It has been priced at just 499 yuan ($70) in China.
Fitbit rival Amazfit has launched an affordable new sports-focused smartwatch that offers a bunch of useful features and excellent battery life. The new Amazfit Ares sports a 1.28-inch square color display with 176 x 176 resolution and a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. It offers 70 sports modes, including cycling, swimming, hiking, and more. The smartwatch also includes a PPG heart rate sensor and sleep tracking support. Along with being able to track a wide range of physical activities, the Amazfit Aeri promises long battery life as well. Huami claims the Aeri can deliver up to 14 days of battery life under normal usage and up to 90 days with Bluetooth and heart-rate monitoring features disabled. The watch offers 5ATM water resistance as well, which is surprising given its affordable price tag. Best VPN providers 2020: Learn about ExpressVPN, NordVPN & more The feature-packed Amazfit Ares will be available in China starting June 1 for just 499 yuan ($70) in Black and Green colors. While Amazfit hasn't confirmed any plans yet, we expect the Ares to launched in at least a few markets outside China later this year.
How to move your Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos - Android Central
If you're old like me, chances are you have hundreds of photos on Facebook, and only on Facebook, from as far back as the mid-2000s. We'll show you how to easily get those off of Facebook and into a service you actually use — Google Photos.
If you've been on Facebook for more than a few years, you probably have loads of photos and videos that only exist there. They likely even predate your Google Photos, Dropbox, or OneDrive accounts. Sure, you could download all of your data, fish through it to find your photos, and start re-uploading them, but what a colossal pain! Thankfully now there is a tool from Facebook to move your pictures to Google Photos that is rolling out in the U.S. and Canada. Here's how to use it. I recommend doing this from a computer rather than a mobile device.
- Log in to Facebook.
- Click on the drop-down arrow at the top right of the screen.
- Click on Settings. Source: Android Central
- From the left navigation menu, click on Your Facebook Information. Source: Android Central
- Enter your Facebook password to continue. Source: Android Central
- Click on Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos (you can only do one at a time). Source: Android Central
- Choose Google Photos as the destination in the dropdown on the following screen. Source: Android Central
- Enter your Google Photos password to login and authenticate the transfer.
- Grant Facebook permission to add photos to your Google Photos library. Source: Android Central
- Click Confirm Transfer. Source: Android Central
Marshall Monitor II ANC review: A worthy alternative to Bose and Sony's best headphones - Android Central
Bose and Sony own the market of wireless noise-canceling headphones, but they're far from the only options out there. The Marshall Monitor II ANC aim to deliver just as good of an experience while coming in at a lower price. Here's what it's like to use them.
Source: Joe Maring / Android Central In the world of wireless headphones with noise-canceling, Bose and Sony tend to be the go-to options. Time and time again, both companies have proven that they create some of the very best audio gear in this department. However, if you aren't a fan of what either one is offering, what's a person to do? One alternative you may want to consider comes from Marshall. The company's Monitor II ANC headphones are the first noise-canceling cans the company has ever created, and they're clearly gunning for that Bose and Sony market with a very similar (albeit slightly lower) price. Marshall hasn't completely dethroned the likes of the WH1000XM3, but the Marshall II ANC are an excellent attempt that get more right than wrong. At a glance Bottom line: The Marshall Monitor II ANC are a fantastic alternative to the Bose and Sony's high-end wireless headphones. From a striking design, great sound, and effective noise-canceling, the Monitor II nail all of the basics. I also really love the control knob for managing playback, not to mention the passthrough button to quickly hear the world around you without taking the headphones off. If you can get over the high price and the lack of an aptX audio codec, the Monitor II ANC are well worth the investment. Pros
- Great, well-balanced sound
- Leather design looks outstanding
- Very effective noise-canceling
- Passthrough mode is handy
- Excellent playback knob and buttons
- No aptX codec
- Fierce competition
- High price
- Press to play/pause
- Move up/down to adjust volume
- Move left/right to switch between songs
- Battery life is rated for up to 30 hours per use. In other words, it's excellent. Depending on how often you're using the headphones, you can easily go through a week or two without needing to charge them.
- When it does come time to charge, it's done via USB-C .
- The Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connection has been extremely solid and reliable. I've yet to experience any interference and there's very minimal audio delay when watching videos.