Bedside lamp Mi Smart 2
Price: Rs 2,499
If it's not obvious, it's a smart 16W, 16 million-color smart lamp that you can control with the Mi Home app or Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit.
Apple HomeKit support was a real surprise to me, given the poor nature of Apple's smart home ecosystem compatible products. Beyond that, this is a medium-sized lamp that can easily light a small room, but which is best suited for mood lighting, with the sheer number of color and brightness options available. You get the brightness and color control through a touch-sensitive control slider and a mode button on the face or, of course, inside the Mi Home app. Using the Mi Home app opens up a ton of color and brightness presets and more advanced options, such as conditions to trigger the lamp's ignition. Xiaomi has attracted this item: clean design, rich colors and wide brightness of 400 lights and sensible prices.
No complaints, really.
Canon EOS M200
Price: Rs 43,995 for body + lens kit
The M200 is the latest compact camera with mirrorless, mirrorless, changeable lenses, and what it lacks in pure specs and stunt rights, is made up in terms of ease of use, portability, good image quality and pure accessibility for a new buyer. Sensitive prices will attract young people who have reached the creative limits with their smartphones.
The M200 is a lot to like, which goes beyond pure specs, but for those who care, it comes with a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor, dual-pixel autofocus, 6.1 frames per second and 4K video recording. What is more important is how much fun you can have and use it, without most of which is normally associated with a camera with interchangeable lenses plus a lens. Think of it as a hybrid between a mirror and a point of view – even with the 15-45mm lens attached, it felt like something I could pack in the smallest of the holiday bags. This is partly due to the fact that the M200 is made of plastic, so you won't get the weather seal of one of the more pro cameras. Ignition, the camera feels like a more competent smartphone, which is accurate, given the target audience. Select how you want to shoot, and other options (including tips on how to shoot the perfect photo) are all on the touch screen. However, make no mistake – it focuses on the speed and accuracy of an appropriate mirrorless (focusing on eye detection is an added bonus), and the APS-C sensor means that the image quality blows the smartphone's photos out of the water. Accurate color photographs, with good clarity and detail, plus controlled noise levels in low / high ISO sensitivity photos – M200 offers a solid offer for the amateur photographer.
The kit lens is basic without manual focus. The control of the buttons is minimalist and many are managed through a crowded menu system. It is thin and lacks a good attachment point, so it is not intended for day-long photography. The folding screen creates a good vlogging camera, but the 4K output cut out and no headphone / microphone jack encourages the M200. In this price segment, you can get better mirrorless still cameras, though those targeting more experienced users.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G
Price: Rs 35,990
If you are looking for a smart device that matches your Android phone, but you want something a little worse than the Galaxy Watch, take a look at the Galaxy Watch Active 2, now in a 4G avatar. It packs in a bunch of 4G / LTE fitness and data connectivity features and has the widest appeal of the current generation of Android-compatible smart watches.
It is not possible to mistake the Watch Active 2 4G for an ordinary watch, which has a minimalist and classic design, but distinctly "smartwatch". Available in stainless steel versions in black, gold and silver (44mm), it offers a 1.4 inch screen with a 360×360 pixel Super AMOLED screen. Coming from Samsung, the screen is expected to be bright and clear, with deep black and appearing colors. Tizen OS is a pleasure to use on your wrist – it is fluid and offers a good selection of watch faces for the first part (they liked the watch faces from the match-for-your-face!) And a decent ecosystem for applications. third party compared to Google Wear OS, though, obviously, Apple is still a long way from here. That being said, I couldn't miss the physical rotating bezel, a user interface mechanism that clearly differentiated Galaxy watches from the rest. Fitness features are plentiful, with heart rate alerts, sleep monitoring and activity tracking for a variety of workout types, including swimming. E-sim connectivity is a bonus, whether it's calling or checking your Twitter feed, or accessing Spotify playlists on the go.
No way to connect the physical clock to a computer to say, to transfer music to its 4 GB internal space – only via Wi-Fi. At two days, the battery life is good, although not excellent.
Price: 21,990 Rs
After settling on the over-the-ear headphones and the truly wireless category, Sony brings the same sense of neck-style headphone enhancement with the WI-1000XM2 that cancels out noise. Earn an easy recommendation, but really only for fans of the form factor – you can do better for the price.
Worn around the neck, the WI-1000XM2 neck is made of a soft flexible silicone, which looks premium, but is difficult to use daily, probably due to the large battery. Upside? Almost 10 hours of use, with fast charging, reducing it to 1.5 hours of use in just 10 minutes. The two headsets are magnetically coupled when not in use.
In use, the audio signature is rather typical for Sony, with high-resolution audio support – good details, powerful means, clear levels and bass levels that will be satisfactory to most. Sony has discovered the secret sauce in Active Noise Canceling (ANC) – aided by a good fit through a series of ear tips – and the WI-1000XM2 adds a few tricks with Adaptive Sound Control (adjusting the ANC based on what you're doing. and the ability to optimize noise cancellation based on atmospheric pressure. Interestingly, you even have a 3.5mm AUX port, which comes in handy during flights.
Too complex business application.
Tushar Kanwar is a technology columnist and commentator. Follow him on Twitter @ 2shar. Submit your requests for technology [email protected]